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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  • Walter Williams mug Wage discrimination everywhere 'President Obama Vows Zero Tolerance on Gender Wage Gap," read one headline. Another read, "Women Still Earned 77 Cents On Men's Dollar In 2012." It's presumed that big, greedy corporations are responsible for what is seen as wage injustice. Before

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Celebrity quack moms are a terrible influence on everyday parents

    On April 15, the actress Alicia Silverstone released a book called "The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning." It's chock-full of attachment parenting lessons and dangerous misinformation.

    April 24, 2014

  • Community College provides good, affordable education The people of the Clinton area can be very proud of their outstanding educational services starting with pre-school through the 12th grade. In addition we have Clinton Community College, which provides two more years of education with preparation for

    April 24, 2014

  • Will Illinois school aid formula get a makeover? People in Illinois hear a lot about schools not getting enough funding from the state, but not much about an effort afoot in Springfield to develop a fairer way to distribute the money. Whether Senate Bill 16, the School Funding Reform Act, can achie

    April 24, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Basketball stars may linger on campus a while longer

    The NBA seems serious about raising its minimum age, which could signal the end of the one-and-done era in college basketball.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Race card season again? After years of mostly hedging any suggestion that racism has anything to do with President Barack Obama's ferocious opposition, there's a new racial etiquette in town. Top Democrats are slipping off the kid gloves. "To a significant extent, the Repub

    April 21, 2014

  • Report suggests a reasonable approach Illinois has long had the most units of government in the nation - 6,963 at last count. Do we need so many taxing districts to provide governmental services across the Land of Lincoln? Supporters and opponents of the status quo can both find somethin

    April 21, 2014

  • Stand up against child abuse April is National Child Abuse Month and I would like to take a moment to share that our children are precious and Clinton County has one of the highest in the state when it comes to children who have been abused. You are able to check the statistics

    April 19, 2014

  • Bills to move quickly in final days Tuesday marks the 100th and last day of this scheduled session. After Tuesday, clerks will be sent home and legislators driving and living expenses will no longer be paid by the state. That usually means remaining legislation and Fiscal Year 2015 bu

    April 19, 2014

  • Reducing money's influence in politics The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald There's no doubt that money influences politics -- in big ways. Big money influences politics in even bigger ways, sometimes leading to corruption. That's why there are federal caps on the amount of money someone c

    April 19, 2014


With the Clinton County Justice Coordinating Commission and the Clinton County Board of Supervisors discussing proposals to construct a new jail, do you think the time has come for Clinton County to construct such a facility?

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