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Do you recall a time when someone encouraged you? Perhaps you were frustrated or overburdened. Encouragement is a blessing to us in difficult times. You have the opportunity to encourage others and give them support just by writing them a note or offering to listen to their frustrations. You can help them see their strengths, remind them of God’s presence, and then look for ways you can lighten their burden. Giving advice isn’t always helpful, so just listen and show you care. When the Holy Spirit is at work in us, we show kindness and caring to others, and we can “encourage one another and build each other up.” (I Thessalonians 5:11). The Good News Translation of Ephesians 4:9 says, “Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to those who hear you.” May God bless your week! Diane Cooke, Pastor, Presbyterian Churches, Willow Springs and Mtn. View. more
Genesis 4:3 And it was so after some time that Cain brought of the fruits of the earth a sacrifice to the Lord. (Septuagint) more
In the vast and intricate tapestry of automobile history, where speed, design, and innovation converge, the MGB Roadster embroiders its own indelible mark, parading through the annals of time with an effortless blend of style, performance, and an undeniably British charm. A beacon of automotive artistry birthed by the Morris Garage (MG) marque, the MGB didn’t merely roll onto the roads; it cascaded into the hearts of auto enthusiasts, embodying a spirit that reverberated across generations and geographies. more
Early this month, Missouri's Division of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) issued 48 marijuana microbusiness licenses to top applicants drawn in the Aug. 28 lottery. To ensure the integrity of the random drawing, the Missouri Lottery conducted the drawing without reference to the identities of the applicants. DCR received more than 1,600 applications during the July 27-August 10 application period. more
After inflation surged to the highest average rates since the 1980s during mid-2022, now remains as good a time as any to reassess financial priorities. Rui Yao, a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and professor of personal financial planning in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri, shares tips on budgeting, investing and emergency funds to help people manage their finances in ways that best serve them. more
Ozarks Small Business Incubator will host two marketing workshops this month: Master Instagram Reels and Content, and Beyond the Eclipse: How to Attract Tourists and Keep Them Coming Back. more
This month, West Plains Bank and Trust Company joins the American Bankers Association (ABA) and banks across the nation to promote an industrywide campaign educating consumers about the persistent threat of phishing scams. more
Fall on the Farm, the annual celebration of fall at Piney River Brewing, is set to take place from 2 to 7 p.m Saturday, at the “BARn” — the brewery and tap room located off the junction of Highway 17 and ZZ Highway in Bucyrus, about 5 miles west of Houston in Texas County — with featured beers, live music, German food and custard.  more
This October, to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Ozarks Healthcare (OZH) Mobile Mammography Unit will hit the road and include stops at four West Plains Bank and Trust Company locations. Appointments are required to receive mammography services and may be scheduled by calling the OZH Mammography Department at 417-257-5912. However, say officials, the public is invited to stop by to view the unit. more
Outgoing Missouri State University President Clif Smart gave his final state of the university address Friday afternoon at Hass-Darr Hall on the Missouri State University-West Plains campus. more
Last weekend, the Willow Springs Bear City Fall Festival unfurled a tapestry of colors, flavors, and sounds, creating an unforgettable autumnal celebration that still lingers in the hearts of attendees. Orchestrated by the city’s chamber of commerce, the festival, which commenced brightly at 9 a.m. and concluded at 3 p.m., was an absolute triumph, according to revelers and organizers alike. more
Nestled within the uniquely contoured, forested hills stretching between southern Missouri and northern Arkansas, the Ozarks, a bioregion distinctive in its topography, watershed characteristics, and biodiversity, has profoundly shaped the human cultures enveloping it. Since 1980, the Ozark Area Community Congress (OACC) has embraced these intrinsic natural qualities, fostering a network of ecology-minded individuals who yearly unite to explore, celebrate, and learn about all things Ozark. more
The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri Department of Revenue have issued announcement to inform potential future Commercial Driver License (CDL) applicants of an upcoming change in CDL testing procedure. more
Ozarks Healthcare announced that, today, it will host a job fair in Mtn. Home, Ark., focused on recruiting dedicated mental health and therapy professionals. This event, said officials, is intended to provide an opportunity for those passionate about mental healthcare and therapies to explore career opportunities within the Ozarks Healthcare organization. more
Ozarks Healthcare officials announce the addition of family nurse practitioners Brooke Fair and Adam Mattison to Ozarks Healthcare in Mtn. Grove.  more
This week we are revisiting pumpkin spice everything, you know because it's October and it's the seasonal law. Just kidding, but pumpkin spice is everywhere and for good reason, you can make so much from the puree. This cool weather also makes coffee more popular too, so I'm pairing the two in a coffee cake. After a google search on coffee cakes, I learned there are over 2.4 billion results. Germany was the first country to serve coffee with a sponge-like cake, later becoming the popular traditional cinnamon-flavored coffee cakes in the United States. So, I set out to find a pumpkin coffee cake that would be perfect for any time of the day. This recipe is easy, it freezes well and won't last long. Oddly enough, very few coffee cake recipes included coffee in the ingredients, I may have to look further into that, sounds like a perfect pair to me. Happy baking. more
Providential Farms have their beautiful Fall mums every week in a great variety of colors! Collins Nursery has Fall trees, bushes, shrubs, and other nursery items until the end of October. more
Ah, dear culinary adventurers! Welcome back to my kitchen, where we embark on yet another gastronomic journey with me - but heed my warning, this isn't just a trot around the taste buds, it's a full-blown escapade into the whimsical world of creamy, dreamy soup alchemy. Gather ‘round, soup enthusiasts, as today, our cauldrons will bubble with a potion so potent in flavor, it could awaken the spirits of forgotten culinary wizards! more
During the first 40 years of my column, I’m sure the following reprinted column spread more joy, especially to mothers, than any. more
Ozarks Healthcare announces a collaborative effort with Assist America Home Services, Gentiva and all other organizations who provide community care across OZH’s seven-county service area in Missouri. more
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