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We have a person flying a large F…K Biden flag – letters spelled out in all caps. It is on a main highway that passes by our Dairy Queen, municipal swimming pool, golf course and a large park. It is also less than three blocks from the elementary school. I ran into our mayor this morning and…

A primary school teacher just submitted a photo with three kids in it and information about students in her class each writing, illustrating and publishing a story during the year. I asked her to identify the students. She wrote back, "Due to new SOPA (student privacy act) we can no longer p…

We are finding that all too frequently people are taking a picture of an article in our paper and posting it on either their own Facebook page or to an FB group. There’s a soccer mom who does it with our boys soccer coverage to the boys soccer group. the local Farm Bureau posted an article t…

Our print publication is a tabloid and we have set ad sizes, ex. 1/4 page, 1/2 page, etc. We offer multiple run discounts of 3-time (5%), 6-time (10%), and 12-time (20%), requiring ads to be of the same size. Our logic is that we don't want to give 20% off a big ad, say a full page, if they …

Our county fiscal court (it's like a city council, but for the county) has a closed session on the agenda at all of their bi-monthly meetings. When they return to open session they adjourn, never taking any action on what they have discussed in closed session. This has been going on for at l…