<![CDATA[Feature articles are those newsworthy stories that aren't exactly news. Is a mysterious death from the 1920's a news story? Not usually. How about a centenarian taking a hot air balloon ride? Probably not. But these stories are still important. A newspaper isn't just a record of city council meetings, weather events, marriages, births, deaths and club potlucks. The newspaper is an ongoing record of the why of the way that we live. Growing up I only ever read the features section. I spent my afternoons at my grandmother's shop, the Winters Antique Co. After scrounging up enough quarters I would walk down to the newspaper machines that stood in front of the Winters Express office and Cody's Bar and Grill to purchase the latest edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. The news section went to my mom, the sports section became packing material and I would settle in with the features. Like most kids and too many adults, I had no interest in the news. That's why my internal calendar says Clinton was threatened with impeachment about a decade before I was born and not 1999, a year that I was very much alive and literate enough to read a headline. I've learned to read the news, but sometimes I am still tempted to skip it and head straight for the feel-good features. Instead of reading about the latest deadly wildfire or the children separated from their parents at the border or the rise of authoritarianism around the globe or the cataclysmic environmental disaster that is already happening and the even more terrible one we are hurtling towards–sometimes I’d rather read about a three-legged dog who beat the odds and learned to skateboard. If the news articles are the meat and potatoes of a newspaper–necessary, important, life-sustaining–the features section is a hearty stew. The features say sure, meat and potatoes are great, but why not add a few onions and a bay leaf? In 2018 the Express published feature stories that covered local history and current events. Remember when that family rode their horses to the Starbucks drive-thru? Hopefully, because that was hilarious. How about the friendly bird that turned Winters into real-life version of Disney’s “Snow White” for a few weeks? Here’s a look back at some of the features stories that we covered in 2018.
What were the feature stories of 2018?
Feature articles are those newsworthy stories that aren’t exactly news – but they are still important.