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A teal is a duck… a little duck about half the size of a half-grown chicken. Most of them have a wingspan just shy of 24 inches and a weight just shy of a pound. There are blue-winged teal and … more
What a great country we are! Where else do we have immigrants from around the world who stood in line for years or risked their lives to be part of the U.S. and also mobs of people who want to … more
Missouri’s House displayed unusual constitutional discipline during this summer’s anti-crime special session. House leaders obeyed a state constitutional provision which requires a … more
Most all waters in the Midwest have catfish, but if you want to eat some, you should go after those in ponds, lakes or rivers that are not muddy or of substandard water quality. Preparing for a … more
Over the last several weeks and months we have seen our case count increase and most notably over the last couple of weeks we have seen a sharp increase in numbers. As of the prior weekend … more
The Missouri Senate concluded its work on an extra session to address violent crime this past week with the passage of several important measures.The session, called by the governor, specifically … more
When a person is found to have a communicable disease (COVID-19, HIV, tuberculosis, chlamydia, etc), one of the jobs of the nurses at the County Health Department is to identify those people who were … more
Well, after last Saturday (Aug. 29) no one can say that racism is not alive and well in the Owensville, Rosebud, Gerald area. No one can say that what happened  in Rosebud in 2014 when the … more
Some years back I took a pair of northerners on an Ozark float trip and in mid-afternoon dark clouds began to form to the west, with the ominous roll of thunder in the distance. I knew of a big, … more
We in the newspaper business have been concerned about the ability of the United States Post Office to deliver the mail in a timely manner for as long as I can remember — specifically … more
As most of you know, we had a graphic story in last week’s newspapers. A lot of people are asking, “Why would you print such a horrendous story?” The reason is very … more
This was the first week back to school for many students in the Third District. Since our state’s schools closed in April parents, students, and teachers have all stepped up to adapt to distance … more
The Senate Intelligence Report of August 19th deserves attention. The report is very damning in regards to Mr. Stone coordinating with a Russian spy, think GRU, for coordinating with Wikileaks for … more
We were flying to the Moon, we were finding life on Mars, we were dropping bombs with drones, we were getting bigger cars. We were building finer homes, flying out to warmer lands, we were busy … more
The Challenge of CoronaTo the Editor: In response to your article, I want to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude for your reporting of a disturbing case that affects the whole … more
We are a nation adrift. Even before the pandemic and George Floyd’s death, the US was piling on problems with little sense that we had either the leadership or the political will to address … more
So you’re registered to vote. You’ve heard a lot about different ways to vote in the November election. If you haven’t decided whether to cast your ballot in person or not, don’t wait too … more
Dove season has opened by the time you read this. There are dozens of them here on Lightnin’ Ridge, feeding beneath the bird feeders, nesting and raising young and then watering at my pond just … more
In 1935 — during the great depression — President Franklin D. Roosevelt introduced America to the “New Deal.” This was a reference to poker and the notion that some had been dealt a bad … more
 Of the numerous services the federal government provides, the United States Post Office (USPS) is one of the very few actually named in the Constitution. Our founders fully understood the … more
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