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Love and War

A Soldier’s Letters Reveal Hardships and Hope in World War II By Rachael Reynolds-Soucie rachaelthepaper@gmail.com Dalton Bunting Sr. never spoke much to his children about serving in World War II, especially not about being on the front lines. It wasn’t…

Gardner Grade School All-Star Day Hits a Home Run

Retiring Teacher Sharon Sovey’s ‘Sax’-tastic Day Celebrating the hard work of students on state achievement tests, Gardner Grade School’s Student Council hosted a “Break Up the Test” theme week. On Thursday April 25, the “All-Star Day” theme ushered in quite…

Ron Wilder Remembered As a Hero To Many

Ron Wilder of Dwight was one of those guys who couldn’t go anywhere without running into someone he knew. But that’s what happens when you spend more than 70 years as an insurance and real estate agent in town. And…

Coach Joe and Dwight

It is basketball time everywhere, and it is most definitely basketball time in Dwight, Illinois. The 8th grade basketball team has advanced to the state tournament, cementing them as a top 4 team in the state. I just wanted to…

He Set the Ice On Fire

Now Mike Oughton is Headed to ISU’s Hall of Fame Mike Oughton remembers his very first Blackhawks hockey game. It was back in the 1960s, when he was a 10-year-old who had developed a love of the ice, the puck…

A Hero Among Us

Odell Hellcat Pilot Named One of Illinois’ Top 200 Veterans Arthur Leach remembers flying a Grumman fighter over China during the second World War, dodging tracer bullets, one after another. Suddenly, he felt something warm running down his back, but…

‘The Rug Guy’ Keeps Busy On Antique Loom

Eighty-eight-year-old Herb Voigts has been retired from the state highway department for nearly 30 years now and one way he keeps busy is by making rugs. Voigts owns 260 acres in rural Dwight and lives on the farm where he…

Single Mom Loves Farm Life

By Rachael Reynolds-Soucie rachaelthepaper@gmail.com Thirty-two acres would be a lot for any livestock farmer to maintain with good help. But Kim Snyder does it all by herself, seven days a week, 352 days a year.   The single mom is…

Dwight Resident Gets the Sister She Always Wanted

By Rachael Reynolds-Souci—- Nancy Louis of Dwight always wanted a sister, but she was adopted and became an only child growing up on a farm in Kempton. Her loving parents, James and Bernice Bergan, never kept the adoption a secret…