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The first week of Summer Reading 2024 was a busy one! Thirty readers registered for the month-long program, and fifteen attended the first activity on June 7 with Marty the Magician. A favorite with young and old alike, all ages attended this first “magical” activity of the month. more
Not too many years ago could be found on many dairy farmers’ calendars the telephone number of their “cow breeder.” more
My next column will be about how my ancestors from North Carolina immigrated to the Ozarks. They went to the Springfield area, which wasn’t actually incorporated until 1838. Samuel Martin and clan arrived ten years before that in 1828. more
Last weekend was nothing short of spectacular here in West Plains! We were graced with not one, not two, but three major events: the Old Time Music Festival, the Heart of the Ozarks Fair, and the HOBA Bluegrass Festival. It was a weekend packed to the brim with activities, sounds, and flavors that catered to everyone in our community. more
Over the last three years, Americans have grown increasingly frustrated over the Biden administration's disastrous open-border agenda. The American people know that President Joe Biden inherited the most secure border in American history thanks to the tough immigration policies of former President Donald Trump. They also know that Biden is directly responsible for creating the worst border crisis our nation has ever seen. That's why it was incredibly maddening when White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre recently stated that it was not Biden's job to secure our southern border. She couldn't be more wrong. He broke our immigration system. And now he refuses to fix it. more
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The energy is building in downtown West Plains, and it’s absolutely thrilling to witness. The collective efforts of our dedicated business owners, passionate property owners, and the ever-enthusiastic Downtown Revitalization Board are propelling us toward the vibrant, bustling downtown that we've all been dreaming of. It's a transformation that promises excitement, warmth, and a sense of community like never before. more
Marty the Magician will return to Summersville Branch Library on Friday, June 7th @ 1:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Texas County Library Summer Reading Program. A favorite with young and old alike, all are invited to attend this first “magical” activity of the month-long program! more
Before a packed Bison fieldhouse, Bud and Shirley Glazier’s eldest was inducted April 10 into the Dallas County R-1 School District Hall of Fame. more
Why are we as humans drawn to stories? Why do we read, watch, listen to, and write them? Every day, we encounter stories in newspapers, on the radio, and especially on television. Sometimes, it feels overwhelming, particularly with TV shows constantly vying for our attention. But are most of these worth paying attention to? No, they hold little to no value for me. Does anyone else feel this way? more
Every parent has experienced this situation. A few weekends ago, my daughter, Charlie, had a dance recital out of town. While I normally try to make these events, we ran into a scheduling conflict as my son, Max, had a soccer game at the same time. Lindsey and I had no choice but to divide and conquer. Not one to waste a great opportunity, Max and I spent the weekend playing soccer, shooting guns and getting out in our hunting blind to see if we could call in a spring turkey. more
From time to time, I hear friends and family complain about being called for jury duty. It seems the summons for jury duty never comes at a convenient time because of personal or work obligations. But serving on a jury is an incredibly important constitutional duty for all of us. To recognize and honor jury service, Missouri was one of a few states in the country to hold a statewide Juror Appreciation Week early in May.  more
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No one's more excited about the upcoming Summer Reading Program than the librarians!! more
As we honor this Memorial Day those military men and women who sacrificed their lives in service to our country, let us likewise honor those mortally wounded yet among us. more
You know, there are times when I look around and just scratch my head in confusion. We’re living in an era that I don’t understand and, to be honest, don’t really like. It feels like we’ve become a society that’s quick to anger and even quicker to take offense. And it’s not just about politics, although that's a big part of it. We seem so divided on so many levels, and it’s heartbreaking to witness. more
Last week, I wrote about my earliest Martin family history. I continue with this story because I believe it is very similar to the ancestry of many people who live in this area of the Ozarks. I have talked to a large number of people here in Howell County (as well as Ozark County) who can trace their family trees back to Tennessee or Kentucky and before that North Carolina, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Many of these settlers originated from Ulster in Northern Ireland. The label of Scots-Irish has been applied to those who arrived in the first great wave of immigration from 1700-1770. more
(THE CONVERSATION) Memorial Day, a national holiday to honor the 1.17 million men and women who have died to create and maintain the freedoms outlined in our Constitution, is not the only Memorial Day. more
In many ways, the 2024 state legislative session was a self-fulfilling prophecy. As Capitol watchers predicted, it was a disappointing result with little being accomplished. more
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