True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar’


Abraham could have asked for anything. The Make-A-Wish folks stood ready to make a dream come true for the 13-year-old boy, who has aplastic anemia, a life-threatening blood disorder. But Adeola “Abraham” Olagbegi didn’t ask for a PS5 or a day with LeBron James. No, he just wanted to ...

Tucker Carlson’s ‘Patriot Purge’ was the final straw


I quit Fox News after more than a decade as a contributor. So did my business partner and friend Steve Hayes. We explained our reasons on the Dispatch, a media company we founded. But the decision was a long time in coming. Like Ernest Hemingway’s description of bankruptcy, it came ...

Thankful for Marshalltown


As my husband and I strolled down Main Street this past weekend, we were reminded of our first picturesque Holiday Stroll in 2019 filled with gratitude for our new home. When I accepted the position of Iowa Valley Community College District Chancellor and moved to Marshalltown two and half ...

Televised murder — reprised and once again revolting


He’s baaaack and on a TV screen near you! Dexter, that wacky and seemingly affable character who loyal viewers were led to believe had died in a hurricane 10 years ago is, in fact, alive and well and once again up to no good. Executives at the cable service Showtime never forgot the ...

Hello Marshalltown


I would like to reach out to all the friendly readers of the Times-Republican and take the time to introduce myself. My name is Susanna Meyer, and I will be both a new addition to the Times-Republican team as a reporter and a new resident of Marshalltown who can’t wait to serve this charming ...

Resources for first generation college students


As a parent, you want better for your kids – and often times, that means sending them to college, even if have never attended college yourself. You want your child to succeed, improve their lifetime earning potential, to create a better future for themselves, and college is often the answer. ...