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“Won't You Be My Neighbor Day” will be observed at Summersville Library on Wednesday, March 20. It’s a perfect opportunity to remember the legacy of Fred Rogers, the beloved host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. His show taught valuable lessons about kindness, empathy, and self-worth to generations of children, and this day allows us to celebrate and continue his message. more
Around January 15 of this year, my husband and I decided that the arctic-like weather we were having was just too much for us. The temperature highs that week had been 0, 10, and 13 degrees, and it wasn’t looking good for a warm-up anytime soon. So, I remembered the old saying, “Everyone always complains about the weather, but no one ever does anything about it!” more
As a young boy growing up in West Plains on Walker street, right off of Grace, drinking nickel cokes and R.C.s (Royal Crown Colas), and occasionally eating a moon pie at Elba Francis Walker street grocery, I could never dreamed of what I have been blessed to have seen and heard in my life. more
Hey there, West Plains enthusiasts and supporters of all things local! As the dust settles on the frenzied voting frenzy of our beloved annual Best of West Plains, I'm here to spill some tea, share some thanks, and maybe drop a little wisdom along the way. So, grab your favorite beverage, get cozy, and let's dive into the heart of our community's vibrant showcase. more
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March 2 is the birthday of a world-famous American children's author and cartoonist. more
I’ve never depended on farming for my bread and butter, but I can thank FFA —Future Farmers of America, in my day — for launching my career as a journalist. more
Since I wrote a column detailing who Silas Claiborne Turnbo was and why his writings were important in the history of the Ozarks, I thought I’d add a sample of his work. more
Ah, the Ozarks. The land where weather forecasters must feel like they're crafting a particularly unpredictable narrative every single day. It's a place where you might wake up contemplating whether today's outfit leans more towards "beach-ready" or "bundled up like an Arctic explorer." As I sit here, tapping away at my keyboard, I'm decked out in a t-shirt, and I kid you not, considering swapping my khakis for shorts. And yes, the air conditioner in my car was my best friend during lunch. But as you're reading this, chances are you're wrapped up in a coat, wondering if I'm living in a parallel universe. By the time the weekend hits, we'll be riding another temperature rollercoaster back to the sunny, cheerful 70s. more
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Suddenly, I hear dogs barking across a farmer’s barren field, where cattle wait for their winter ration. The day is cold and cloudy, the dampness chilling to the bone. more
It is the fourth subzero day of January as I put pen to paper, every day of which I have devoted to mining for inspiration for my February columns. more
Change, that ever-constant presence in our lives, seems to be a concept we have a love-hate relationship with. On one hand, we're creatures of habit, seeking comfort in the familiar, the routine, the "way it's always been." On the other hand, there's this innate hunger for growth, improvement, and the thrill of something new. This duality within us makes navigating change a complex, often emotionally charged process, even when the change in question is something we thought we wanted. more
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When my colleagues selected me to lead the Ways and Means Committee in Congress, which has responsibility for writing our tax laws, I promised that my number one priority would be looking out for the interests of working-class Americans, small businesses, and family farmers. From day one in my role as chairman, I have worked around the clock to write legislation that would deliver on that promise. The Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act, a pro-worker, pro-family, and pro-American tax cuts package will directly benefit thousands of hardworking families in southeast and south-central Missouri. Having passed the House of Representatives with overwhelming support on Jan. 31, this bill is one step closer to becoming law. more
Lately, I've been struck with an undeniable urge, a call of the wild that's been impossible to ignore. It's this deep-seated yearning to just ditch everything and get lost in the woods for a while. And by "woods," I mean the breathtaking expanse of the Ozarks, with its sprawling landscapes that have a magical way of making all the world's noise fade away. You see, I've been neglecting my outdoor adventures in the Ozarks for far too long. Life has a funny way of sweeping you up in a whirlwind of responsibilities, deadlines, and whatnot. But let's rewind a bit. more
I was at the Zizzers boys basketball game vs. Waynesville, a week-ago Tues night. more
I was at the Zizzers boys basketball game vs. Waynesville, a week-ago Tues night. more
Feb. 22 is the 38th anniversary of the day my family moved from a rental house on the Shannon-Oregon county line to our Summersville home. It was an unforgettable experience for all. more
I love the outdoor sounds of spring and summer. I am beyond thrilled to hear the first batch of peepers (frogs) singing their high-pitched songs in March or April. Some years they come on strong for a few days and then get quiet again. But when they do decide the time is right, they are out and incredibly busy. Peepers mean spring to me- the promise that everything that seemed to wither and die during winter will come back. The reawakening of the world. more
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