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Have you noticed the change?

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 10:56 a.m. CST

I need to start this column out with an announcement.

Perhaps you noticed.

Last week, the letters AP reappeared on the front page of the Creston News Advertiser. We are an Associated Press newspaper again. This is Christmas come early for me. Why?

AP wire service will provide you with much more timely, in-depth coverage of state and national news than our former service — McClatchy Tribune (MCT) – which frankly just wasn’t getting the job done.

The move to AP excites me because our editorial staff works hard each week to provide our subscribers with the most important and entertaining stories in southwest Iowa. We need a wire service that does the same statewide.

We’re happy to be back with AP and believe you’ll see the difference, too.

I know the professional sports enthusiasts — who follow MLB, NBA and NFL daily — will like having AP again as we will now have standings, game scores and upcoming game times in our sports section much more frequently.

Athletic honors

Creston News Advertiser and Osceola Sentinel-Tribune announced their male and female South Central Iowa Athletes of Year last week. Congrats to Libby Bemis of Clarke-Osceola and Jacob Sobotka of Mount Ayr.

And, thanks to Scott Vicker and Larry Peterson in our sports department for the large volume of hours spent on this project. It’s no easy task selecting the top athletes in their nine-county coverage area.

This endeavor includes many hours of compiling statistics and discussions with coaches/athletic directors before arriving at a decision. Thank you both for all you do for the athletes you recognize and the readers you inform.

Vegas trip

Stormy Lee and I leave for Las Vegas, Nev., Friday morning. We will spend three days there with friends Danielle and Derek Kleve.

This is my first trip to Sin City.

We do have one day trip planned —where we rent a car and tour Hoover Dam and Old Vegas. Otherwise, our schedule has purposely been left open. My general to-do list does include lounging at the pool, playing roulette and sightseeing.

Frozen

Our daughter Harper is 14 months old now and can say the words hello, bye, all gone, daddy don’t, uh-oh, ta-dah, thank you. Yes, you read that correctly. Harper says daddy don’t thanks to some encouragement from Grand-Momica Fastenow.

We’ve introduced her to a potty chair. And, we’re working on her ABC’s now.

She also, like all young girls, loves the Walt Disney movie “Frozen.” You put that movie in and a calm engulfs all of our 1,500 square foot of upstairs living. It’s a magical movie and can be a parents best friend.

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