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On Tuesday, I was one of more than 20% of Howell county who participated in a fundamental act that defines us as Americans: I voted. It is a point of patriotic pride for me that I can say I have … more
“The man that saved the town is the same man that saved a nation.” However humble was he.  “Whose team is my 6-year-old son Tracy on?” the dad … more
Next month I will have been a Dallas Countian for 65 years, arriving with my folks in Sheridan Township in August 1957. Exactly 21 years later I came to Buffalo to become editor of the Buffalo … more
Our Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program will soon be over for the summer. Ms. Kathie held the last craft on Monday, Missouri Department of Conservation will be our special presenter on … more
On my wrist is a faded bracelet made out of recycled plastic bottles that reads, “Progress not perfection.” I bought this gift for myself a little over a year ago to remind myself that … more
It’s been a rough couple of weeks. I think everyone can agree on that to some degree. It’s hot and humid, most of us haven’t had any rain to speak of in a month and everything … more
A member of my household, who shall remain nameless as much for the preservation of my own health and well-being as to protect them from potential embarrassment, once asked me why I had not washed … more
Little did I know when I wrote last week’s column inviting readers to share their memories of their senior year in high school that I would have cause to stop and think about a particularly … more
Last week, I paid $120 to fill my tank. Diesel is over $5.00 per gallon across most of Missouri. Propane to heat farmers’ barns, dry grain and run equipment is up over 450% in the past two … more
If my picture appeared in the dictionary next to a word, that word would likely be "anti-government." Or perhaps "pro-gridlock." I don't like government much, and I'm happier when it's not getting … more
If there is one thing the Biden Administration excels at, it is blaming everyone and anything to avoid taking responsibility. Its favorite thing to do is play the blame game. When it is clear that … more
“Oh yeah, they remembered how they got here.” Georgia Osborne shot the three and hit some key baskets going down the stretch.  Olivia Lawson, so young and brave. Kaylee … more
I’m not surprised when my daughter, Melissa, shows herself unselfish. She demonstrates it daily as Mom to a special needs son and her husband’s special brother, as well as her … more
This week marks the one-year anniversary of President Biden and Washington Democrats passing the Biden Bailout Bill, a $2 trillion package that has directly led to worker shortages, billions in … more
Revelation 13:17-18 And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name. Wisdom is needed here. Let the one with … more
There is no other emotion or experience quite as powerful as love. Of all the emotions, it is love as humans that we crave and desire most. It is love that enables us to hope, dream and achieve the … more
All of us have been touched by the tragic stories coming out of Ukraine. It is heartbreaking to watch the daily horror stories we now see. News of the maternity hospital bombing in Mariupol last week … more
The night and the deep Ozarks woods may conceal many mysteries. Discovery of some may inspire fear, or at a least vivid imagination, as did the “bear tree” we located one night with … more
Zizzer Basketball would move from the armory in the city park to the new high school in 1957.  The two facilities were quite a contrast. I kept score of some games played at the armory. … more
Daylight saving time begins Sunday. Wonder if my two stocker calves will remember to reset their clocks. Probably not. Our milk cows never did when I was boy. In fact, it was never an issue until … more
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