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Wellness is an essential aspect of a healthy life, and it encompasses various dimensions such as physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual wellness. Unfortunately, many people … more
It is time to give serious thought to privacy and the surveillance made possible by technology since law and civil norms always lag behind technology. With policy issues, the pendulum swings too far … more
We often hear promoters of exercise programs promise using their system will result in getting toned up. That raises the question of what does it mean to be toned? Is a toned body difficult to … more
No, I am not talking about the candy bar known as Butterfingers, unless I am trying to unwrap that tasty morsel perhaps with slick or sticky fingers and can’t get it unwrapped. When I … more
Here is a compilation of stories appearing in the May 1923 issues of the Paris Beacon-News. Spelling and punctuation have not been changed except where necessary for better understanding. CIRCUS … more
Once again, it is that time of year.  Local high schools and colleges are celebrating the graduates of the Class of 2023.  For those receiving their diplomas, it is a wonderful time of … more
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Old Codger was unable to create a new column this week, so here is a previously printed column to keep his readers … more
Congress is debating the debt limit. The bulk of spending goes to the military and entitlement programs. One area likely to be cut is spending on research. Research spending did escalate $50 … more
There is a begonia for everyone. Grow them outside in light shade in the summer and then enjoy them as a houseplant the rest of the year. There are 7 categories of begonias from which to choose and … more
My first experience with soybeans was using it as hay in the wintertime for feeder cattle in the early 1940s. As far as I was concerned, it was the awfullest stuff to handle because it was … more
Here is a compilation of stories appearing in the May 1923 issues of the Paris Beacon-News. Spelling and punctuation have not been changed except where necessary to better understanding. BROCTON … more
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. Usually, the best we preachers can do to connect Mother’s Day to scripture is to focus on one or two especially well-known biblical mothers, perhaps Jesus’ … more
Alvie McNull was a retired farmer from White County. He was active in his younger days, mostly involved in raising Hereford beef cattle. For a few years, he traveled with a rodeo group from … more
Hair, skin and eye color are controlled by genetics. Some of our knowledge dates back to our earliest understanding of genetics, but scientists just unlocked a major secret controlling how it changes … more
Back in the 1940s, it seemed a lot more people lived in the country. At least it seemed that way when I was a little boy. In the Pine Grove neighborhood where I grew up we didn’t go to … more
Here is a compilation of stories appearing in the late April and early May 1923 issues of the Paris Beacon-News. Spelling and punctuation have not been changed except where necessary for better … more
“So the LOR D has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight. With the merciful you show yourself merciful; with the blameless man you show … more
Everybody in the village of Hume here in Edgar County seems to know everybody else in Hume. After all, the village only has a population of 300.  It is in their thrifty village where … more
A small town in Illinois made the list of the 20 best places to visit in May. Among the major attractions like Hawaii and San Francisco touted by travel bloggers Megan and Aram is a small river … more
Here is a compilation of stories appearing in the April 1923 issues of the Paris Beacon-News. Spelling and punctuation have not been changed except where necessary for better understanding. BLOW … more
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