[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, December 3, 2015]
Every day is a trying time at Creston Fire Department, but recently, it’s been more challenging than usual.
Two of my fellow firefighters are battling severe illness and injury, and we as a department have been doing all we can to help them and their families through it all.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: Benefit to be held for local firefighters
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser December 17, 2015]
The staccato of Darwin West’s voice reverberated throughout the room as he pointed to members of the crowd holding up little white cards. The tension rose, a steady thing you could practically feel in your chest.
Then, it was over. But the tension remained. This tension wasn’t because of a mounting fight among auction-goers. It wasn’t about silly words out of a person’s mouth. This tension was like magic because it increased every time the Creston Fire and Rescue bench went up for bid in the course of one night.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: It’s what we do
Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #1
Published: September 2008
Publisher: Scholastic Press
From: Shawna Freeman
The fourth and final Hunger Games film was released on the silver screen: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II. Since I don’t have cable or Internet, I’ve been slow in learning when certain films will be released; this one is included. But, when I discovered it was showing at the Creston movie theater, I jumped back on the wagon I love so much and began devouring the Suzanne Collins novels.
Continue reading Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, October 29, 2015]
It was the screeching noise as I turned onto the highway that caught my attention.
My car had been making funny noises for awhile, but nothing that made me wonder if I should take it in to get fixed. That is, until the moment I turned the wheel and accelerated onto Highway 25 and a weird metallic screech reverberated up through the frame and into the cab.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: Dolores to the rescue
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, August 6, 2015]
There has been a lot of uproar about Cecil the Lion, a mascot of Zimbabwe, Africa, and his death by an American dentist. I saw so many posts on social media and news stories by Time and BBC that I couldn’t read anything else online for a couple days.
For those who hadn’t heard much about this, Cecil the Lion was lured from his animal reserve within a national park in Zimbabwe by a team of hunters who tied a dead animal to the top of their truck. The American dentist shot Cecil with a bow and tracked him for 40 hours before shooting him with a rifle, beheaded and skinned the animal and left the rest for the scavengers.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: Why Cecil’s death matters
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, July 30, 2015]
The sun baked my skin and scents of wood chips, tilled Iowa earth and cow manure wafted on the warm breeze. I stood with my arms resting on a large metal gate at the south end of the Union County Fair show arena talking to several men about the beef show.
I have always been from the Midwest, but I had never found county fairs very interesting until I moved to Creston.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: Awaiting next year’s fairs
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, July 17, 2015]
The sound of nails hammered into wooden planks echoed through a maintenance shed, and voices rang as men yelled to each other for building materials.
I was one of more than 10 participants to attend a trench excavation and rescue class at Southwestern Community College, and enjoyed learning among Creston, Afton and Osceola firefighters.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: Firefighting: not just fighting fires
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, July 7, 2015]
First, before I start in on my column’s main focus, I’d like to wish my coworker Jake Waddingham all the best as he continues his education at Iowa State University. I truly hope he reaches his goals!
Now, I want to apologize to the police officer I nearly hit Saturday evening.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: Control the uncontrolled intersections
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, June 18, 2015]
One of my favorite things to do with my coworkers is talk about books and movies. We have such varying degrees of respect for different genres that sometimes it makes for interesting conversation hearing what two opposite-thinkers think about one bit of entertainment.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: Writing might be in the stars
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, June 4, 2015]
Part of the job of a news reporter is to be unbiased: we tell the whole story, both sides, without including any personal thoughts into our stories because it’s up to our readers to form their own opinions.
However, sometimes you find that one thing that deserves being discussed in more than just a news story.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: Young is a subtle inspiration