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Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014

College athletes need to be students (11/21/14)
I didn't sign a formal agreement that I would never attempt sports writing for the Chronicle Times, but I assume that restriction was understood when I took the job. At the risk of violating this understanding, I must weigh in on a subject that was intensely debated in the recent past, but has faded as a topic of national attention...
Library News (11/19/14)
It's always fun to read a brand new book. But sometimes when you're reading one from the Cherokee Public Library, it's necessary to make a reservation. We have a few books right now that have generated waiting lists so I thought it might be good to review our procedure for handling requests...
Basic Biittner: The Mighty Mississipi (11/10/14)
I've had the opportunity recently to take two brief vacations, both of which involved contact with one of the true landmarks of this country - the Mississippi River. The Mississippi has been celebrated in song and verse for centuries now by everyone from Stephen Foster to Mark Twain to Louis Armstrong to The Doobie Brothers and everyone in between. ...
Ross Rambles : Making the world less scary (11/07/14)
I've been suffering from withdrawal since my loss of home TV and Internet. Not long ago, Mediacom advertised quick service with half-hour windows for connection during times convenient for the customer. Apparently, providing adequate service just wasn't working out for Mediacom, so they returned to really terrible service. That must work better for them...
Basic Biittner: The Ultimate World Series (11/03/14)
Every year the Yankees aren't in the World Series, I always make it a point to declare that year's series an "Unofficial" Series, and this year's recently completed Fall Classic met that criteria. However, I'll admit that this year's matchup between the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants had a lot of things going for it...
Ross Rambles : Coming home (10/31/14)
I left Cherokee in August of 2008 after nearly 18 years of working at Cherokee newspapers, first the Cherokee Daily Times, then the Chronicle, then the Chronicle Times. An opportunity arose to return to the community when staff writer Mike Leckband decided to pursue other interests. I was contacted by my former supervisors and long-time colleagues Paul Struck and Troy Valentine. They knew that I was between jobs and inquired as to whether I'd be interested in returning to the Chronicle Times...
Library News (10/29/14)
I hate it when winter holiday hoopla supersedes Halloween and I normally do not acknowledge red and green while it's time for orange and black. But timing is everything and it's time to talk about the Friends of the Library's annual book basket fundraiser...