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We have dozens of options for a quick hamburger today, but when I was a boy fast-food hamburgers were not so common, at least not as far as I knew. more
In the Ozarks of Northwest Arkansas, an event that has become synonymous with fall will bring over 100,000 people to a three-story, red, grist mill called War Eagle. There on October 19-22, 2023, visitors from all over the US will converge on the tiny area for the annual War Eagle Fall Arts and Crafts Show. It is actually three shows in one: The War Eagle Mill Fall Arts and Crafts Fair; The Sharps’ Show; and War Eagle Fair. more
To the lovely readers who find solace in the pages of this publication, today I pull back the curtains, inviting you into my own delightful chaos, a world beyond words, notes, and interviews - the whimsically chaotic domain of set building at our very own Avenue Theatre. more
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There is nothing more stressful to a farmer than a field of square hay bales all lined up in rows with dark storm clouds in the sky. Growing up, I spent many hours chasing square balers through fields, and all too often spent what felt like days squirreled away in some loft, shoving hay bales in between rafters. 
As the lights dim and the gentle hush of anticipation sweeps through the gathered audience, there's an undeniable magic that blankets the Avenue Theatre. It’s a palpable energy, a vibrant heartbeat that I've come to know, cherish, and vehemently protect in my role as Executive Director. This isn't merely a job or a position of leadership; it is an intimate dance with a building, an institution, that has seeped deeply into the core of my being. more
Didn’t everybody grow up watching the CBS sitcom The Andy Griffith Show? Perhaps you'll remember Andy from when the show debuted in October 1960 and ran until April 1968. It has been in syndication for 62 years on various networks. Generations of Americans have grown up with Barney, Aunt Bee, Opie, Goober and Gomer, Floyd, and the charming city of Mayberry. But did you know that one special part of the show came straight from the Ozarks of Missouri? more
Like many folks of my generation, I tend to see much as it once was, not as it is. more
Every day life, and every day living, I love it. I love the people, all people everywhere! What a joy to just love people! Every person has stories to tell. Some about misfortune, some about ill-will, some about family and especially grandkids, some about work, and some about play and some about… someday! more
Some of us complained about the cost of sugar and the amount of time we spent cleaning and refilling their feeders all summer, but I think most of us are beginning to miss the activity of the hummingbirds around the feeders. more
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It is with a heavy heart that I pen my memories of George, my ever-vigilant squirrel chaser, my silent confidante, and my faithful friend who, after nearly 18 lively years, has chosen to chase squirrels in the infinite meadows above. His departure, a little over a week ago, has left a void in my life that no amount of treats or belly rubs can fill. more
“In 1848, gold was discovered in California. Thousands of people migrated west to seek their fortunes in the gold fields. Over the following ten years, hundreds of towns were built in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to meet the needs of the miners. Most of those towns died when the gold gave out and became known as ghost towns. This is the setting for this story.” (Excerpt from Adventure on Cherokee Ridge by author, Bruce C Isham) more
Bear with me as we take time to remember Dee, for more than 23 years my South Dakota Bride, but much more than just the local newspaper editor’s wife. more
In the year 1920, a large crowd of people looked on as one of the most exciting accidents in the history of West Plains occurred. An object fell from the sky and crashed into the downtown area of West Plains. more
Did I see a leaf on a tree turning color from green to yellow in my neighbors yard? I did. more
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Social Security strives to deliver great customer service and helpful information to everyone, including people who are more comfortable reading and speaking Spanish.    more
Editor’s note: Author Lacey Miller and her family are Missouri Farm Bureau members. After losing her father, Ralph Griesbaum, in a rollover tractor accident on their Marion County farm, the family has become farm safety warriors, working to spare others a similar tragedy.  more
In 1837, a ten-year-old boy named Washington P. Hawkins embarked on a journey with his family to the Ozarks of Missouri, traveling by oxcart. Wash, as he was affectionately called, happened to be my 3x great grandfather. His family, hailing from Warren County, Tennessee, found themselves in a situation where the encroaching presence of neighbors and civilization had become rather uncomfortable. The old saying "If you could hear your neighbor's dog bark or rooster crow, it was time to move!" applied in this situation. They loaded up the wagons and headed West. more
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