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Helping Hands Outreach Center of Gasconade County has been serving our community for the last 17 years with a goal of making sure no one goes without food in our community.   Over the years … more
Over Memorial Day weekend, many of us, my family included, enjoyed a good old fashioned American bar be que. In our case it was brats and hamburgers — something simple. Maybe you had a pork … more
Now I know what farmers complain about in spotty rains. Last week a spotty rain fell on my head. When I looked out to go to work, bright sunshine was everywhere. By the time I picked up my laptop … more
Did you make it to work on Monday? Apparently several million U.S. employees missed work on Monday for what I consider one of the most lame excuses ever concocted. According to cleverism.com … more
 As we get close to Memorial Day, we remember our loved ones who have passed away, often honoring them by placing flowers or decoration on their graves. The big cemeteries are manicured, … more
Missouri has lost one of the most successful and charismatic House speakers I’ve covered in nearly one half century. Kenneth Rothman, who died late April, served as speaker from 1977 to … more
The Affordable Care Act, having been savaged during the process of political approval, still leaves nearly 30 million Americans without health insurance coverage. As a consequence, we are the … more
For those over the age of 50, you can probably remember taking a typing class in high school. After the advent of the computer, students learn to type at a much earlier age.  Many of … more
Rain after rain stops crop planting. Not getting seed in the ground worries farmers and forecasters don’t offer reassurances. A drive from Columbia to Cape Girardeau and back gave a good … more
It was the fall of 2003 when Connie became the librarian at Owensville High School. Part of her duties as the librarian was teaching a class on videography. Because of that class, and other duties, … more
What we eat affects what farmers grow. Feedback to farms runs slow, but it alters farming. I’ve watched farming and consumers long enough to see changes. When I began reporting, pork … more
In January President Donald Trump welcomed the 2018 national college football champions, the Clemson Tigers, to the White House. Trump bragged that he served the team hamburgers “piled up a … more
Carryover stocks were mentioned by most of the speakers at the MU FAPRI farm outlook meeting last week at Bradford Farm. Agriculture has lots of meat in the freezer and crop farmers have lots of corn … more
Growing up in rural Missouri we all know the true meaning of Easter — that Jesus died for our sins and rose again on the third day. But our young children have another interpretation of the … more
The Owensville Police Department would like to thank all the community members and businesses who donated money, candy, and gift baskets to our Easter Egg Hunt. We would also like to thank all the … more
Soybean farmers use AI to raise their crop. I know AI, that’s artificial insemination that groups calving times. My brain must shift gears. At the Soybean Symposium I learned AI also stands … more
As you may know I’m a conservative. I also consider myself a conservative when it comes to my use of the earth’s resources. But I have to admit that many of my tendencies to be … more
We need a lot more common sense. But, wait! Common sense means an idea that’s widely held, not that it is right. Some things appearing true are not. Over the centuries we’ve learned … more
To the Editor: Everybody’s an “innie” or an “outie”. That used to be the dividing line our kids talked about with belly buttons. Now it’s a fundamental dynamic … more
Human touch, something we all need. Touch has been shown to ease pain, lift depression and just make anyone feel better about themselves. On the flip side, studies have shown that babies who are not … more
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