Next Wednesday is Valentine’s Day. I’m sure there will be a number of people out looking for gifts for their loved ones. Flowers, candy and jewelry seem to be the most in demand. But of course, a nice dinner is always a good choice if you want to make everybody happy. It doesn’t always have to be steak and lobster. Even a nice pizza or bucket of chicken would do in my book. I don’t think it’s on my diet right now, but I know others would enjoy it.
For the first time ever, we will be closed on Presidents’ Day. There will be no paper that day. It’s a way to help reward our hard-working employees. The company picked Presidents’ Day due the fact the founder of our company was B.F. Shaw, who along with some guy named Abraham Lincoln founded the Republican Party in Illinois back in the 1800’s. It seems like a time off is one of the top things that employees seem to covet these days, so a day in February will be a welcome relief. The next major holiday for timeout for us is Memorial Day. So basically we only get the major holidays off. As usual, we thank everyone for reading and patronizing the paper. We can’t do it without you!
I’ve quizzed lots of people over the last week about if they received any extra funds in their paycheck compared to before the new federal tax charts.
No one has told me they make less money in their check. But I had one person tell me she only got 2 cents more on her check! I’ve had some people tell me that have got about $100 on their check, and just about every amount in between. The normal seems to be in the $30-40 range. I’m sure everybody appreciates the money unless of course you remember someday we will all have to pay it back one way or another. The debt is getting bigger every day!
We were fortunate to win several awards last week at the Iowa Newspaper Association meeting along with several Associated Press awards. We have a great staff here at the newspaper. There were over 5,000 entries in the Iowa Newspaper Association awards with only about 400 awards given out. So it does take a good effort to win one. The Associated Press awards also have many entries, so it nice to see we won four of those awards. So congratulations to all the winners.
Boy, hang on to the roller coaster for the up and down ride on the stock market this week. Most people are in it for the long term. The market has been going almost straight up for the last year. The old saying “of what goes up must come down” always seems to come into play at some point. I would not be surprised to see another downturn before the market starts back up at a slower pace than we saw last year. There are not many alternatives to put your money anywhere else. Under the mattress doesn’t pay too much interest!
The annual Parks dinner and comedy night will be Feb. 24 with the usually wonderful smoked prime rib dinner and a great comedian named Tim Sullivan. There is always a nice selection of raffle prizes and baskets for the offering, with all the money going back into the Creston parks. You can get tickets here at the newspaper office for $30 each. It’s always a fun night!
Thought for the week: “The best and most beautiful thing in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller