One of the nation’s brightest new sports authors speaks at “Wonder of Words” festival on Sunday

By CHUCK OFFENBURGER DES MOINES, Iowa, June 15, 2016 — My fellow Vanderbilt University alumnus  Andrew Maraniss, of Nashville, who has quickly become one of the best new sports authors working in the U.S., speaks Sunday late afternoon at the fourth “Wonder of Words” literary festival at the Western Gateway Park downtown in Iowa’s capital city. …

School’s out! Let’s celebrate! Strike up the band, march around the square and eat donut holes!

JEFFERSON, Iowa, June 2, 2016 — A wonderful tradition that marks the end of another school year happened here Wednesday morning.  It was the 18th annual “Breakfast with the Band,” sponsored by Randy and Phyllis Bunkers, owners of our county seat town’s famous Bunkers Dunkers Bakery, home of the best glazed donuts in the world.…