The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


October 19, 2013

BIELEMA: New website additions give glimpse into city's past

Coverage of local events, hometown news and national news stories’ local impact are the many angles we look at each day as we put together our news budget at the Clinton Herald.

Whether it be feature stories that will help readers in the kitchen or shine the light on medical issues, an advice column that a reader looks forward to checking out each day, or the sports or comics pages, we in the Clinton Herald newsroom must work consistently day in and day out to bring readers what they are seeking in their local newspaper.

When I began my career here what feels like a short 18 years ago, it was that print product that was the focus of each day’s work and, as such, there was a 24-hour window of time to get stories written and turned in so they could be edited, cut and pasted up onto a page, and sent to the pressroom to be included in the daily edition.

But in just a few years, the world of news was about to change.

That change was the Internet and newspapers’ subsequent creation of their own websites to have an online presence. Ours is found at

Now, here we are a good 15 years later and in that time we have learned the extreme importance of that presence.

Not only can readers see stories that we post throughout the day, but we also deliver the news through social networking sites to which readers subscribe. We now also have an online edition of our newspaper for those would rather read their Clinton Herald online.

There also are other benefits to the online world as far as newspapers are concerned.

One, of course, is the ability to deliver news as it happens. Readers can see photos and read the latest updates of ongoing news stories. Sure it can be a big fire, but the coverage of Clinton’s legal malpractice lawsuit trial going on for the past 2 1/2 weeks in Scott County shows how readers can be updated throughout the day without having to wait for tomorrow’s edition.

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  • 4-15-14 13-Photo, Masters Bubba more than local hero? AUGUSTA, Ga. -- He plays a sexy game of golf, owns two green jackets and -- in what constitutes a show of major respect in these parts --Bubba Watson made rabid Georgia Bulldog fans take a break from spring football to watch some golf this weekend. A

    April 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • Leonard Pitts mug ...and this is Overkill News Network Enough, already. Please, for the love of Cronkite: Give us a break from the missing plane. Yes, we all wonder what happened to it. Yes, our hearts go out to the families seeking resolution. But really, CNN ... enough. Put your hands up and step away

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • If I can do it... If I can do this, you can also do this. What I would like to tell you about is being a volunteer driver for the Veterans Administration. I am retired from the electrical trade. I worked as an electrician for 36 years. When I took my retirement some t

    April 15, 2014

  • Allie Kibler mugshot YWCA camp offers fun for kids Each month YWCA members and volunteers are featured highlighting the many facets of our community in which they're a part of. This month, YWCA Youth Director, Allie Kibler shares information on this summer's YWCA Fun in the Sun Summer Camp program. T

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Could LBJ do as much today? Fifty years later, it's hard to imagine the enactment of the Civil Rights Act by today's polarized Congress. Maybe, as the old saying goes, today's fighting is so vicious because the stakes are so small. We Americans fight less among ourselves when w

    April 14, 2014

  • Retiring CCC instructors praise college's growth, direction After more than 35 years of service to Clinton Community College, we would like to offer some pre-retirement observations about the college: its past, its present and its future. When we arrived at the college in 1976, it had already been transforme

    April 14, 2014

  • School funding still an ongoing topic The budget still has several hurdles to jump before it is finalized. Now the House has to reach a consensus and then if the House and Senate cannot agree, a conference committee would have to merge the two versions. Finally, the governor has to sign

    April 12, 2014

  • Meier Take a survey, win a cruise; not going to happen A Clinton woman called me last week to report on a phone call she received. She first received a call from a young woman, who asked her to take a short survey. It sounded innocent enough, so she agreed, and answered a few questions, none of which so

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Economic plan invests in Iowans Our work at the statehouse this week has been spent on the last few major budget bills. Since I serve as vice-chairwoman of the Economic Development Budget subcommittee, I have been focused on House File 2460. This bill funds small business developm

    April 12, 2014

  • The cool way of driving around

    Driving around with the windows down has taken on a whole new perspective.
    With spring finally arriving, I was able to roll down my windows, bask in the sunlight and turn up the tunes in my car this week. As I age, the music has changed a bit, and even three years ago, I wrote about the morphing tune of how “cool” I appeared while cruising around.

    April 11, 2014


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