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Ugh! What a rough couple of weeks it’s been. It’s been frustrating, painful and exhausting, to say the least. The past two weeks have been full of hard conversations, physical pain — because apparently, I'm getting old — and emotional exhaustion from it all causing me to want to run to a dee…

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During the fall, a lot of anglers welcome diversions like the baseball playoffs, the World Series, pro and college football and other sports. However, anglers need more than a good football game to keep them indoors in autumn — they need to be fishing.

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Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, nursery crops, horticulture and floriculture. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has started a Specialty Crop Block Grant program to help them be more competitive. Recently they have added $11 million in funding. 

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The last time Tom and I went to a home improvement store, we bought a container of yellow mums in the garden department. The official start of fall was only a few weeks away and that yellow mum looked like sunshine and happiness bursting out of a terracotta pot.

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Eating in an oriental fast-food place with my granddaughter last week, I found it necessary to pull out my trusty stainless-steel Case to cut up a couple of unruly chunks of cashew chicken.

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There’s a place of pure peace at the altar of God,

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When I was just a popcorn fart hanging out in elementary school, I loved Elmer's Glue. I've never been an overly artsy kid, but I was a big fan of any project that involved glue. No, I'm not a glue sniffer although I am definitely one of those people who like the smell of glue. And no worrie…

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After a week of the fall turkey season, hunters are finding some birds, but unless you are one of the lucky ones who flush a flock, hunting can be difficult.

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When Brenda Mae Tarpley, performing as Brenda Lee, was discovered by Ozark Jubilee host Red Foley and brought to Springfield as a regular on the nationally-broadcast television show, the exposure and her resulting popularity gained her appearances on other national TV shows such as the Perry…

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There are times when it is necessary to travel through the back roads of small towns to get to a destination; air travel can only take you where there are large airports ready to receive the multitudes and eat your luggage for breakfast, or dinner, depending on your flight time.

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Last weekend we loaded up the SUV and drove to Dallas to attend one of the loveliest weddings I’ve ever seen. Our niece Abbey and her new husband Andrew are off to a beautiful start as a married couple.

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Imagine for a moment you gave someone you love the perfect gift, a gift they will love and treasure, bringing them so much joy. But they chose to sit it on a shelf and never open it. How would you feel? Now imagine for a moment how our Father feels when we do the very same thing to him. He's…

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A growing number of campers, hunters and anglers are finding out October is special for many reasons including fewer bugs, less traffic around the lakes and streams in our area and more beauty to see as the fall color gets underway.

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On behalf of the Stockton Lake Sertoma Club, we want to thank absolutely everyone who attended, sponsored and volunteered at this year’s 2019 Black Walnut Festival. We could not host this festival without everyone’s help and support.

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Brandi Bradley. Parade.

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A ton of turkeys: 100 seasons spent in Missouri's turkey woods

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I’ve got good news and bad news. In March, an international team of scientists conducted an experiment showing time reversal is possible. But before you jump in your DeLorean for a joyride, I should tell you the rest of the story.

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Last Thursday, my FFA chapter took 24 members enrolled in Agriculture Science to University of Missouri-Columbia Field Day. It was such an amazing experience.

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•Tell us a little about yourself and your organization: “I’ve been with Duck Unlimited in some capacity for about 40 years.”

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When Tom Martin and Fred Summers, Jefferson City, hit Stockton Lake recently, they found the fishing good for walleye and crappie. Martin hooked a big walleye and Summers took a photo of the fish. Then Summers looked in wonder as Martin hung the fish over the side of the boat and released it…

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You have 24 hours and an unlimited supply of money, what would you do?

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There is no question about it, climate change and agriculture will be a hot topic in the presidential debates, mainly on the Democratic side of things. Agriculture has been in the spotlight recently with all of the tariffs and the proposition of the Green New Deal, which details the United S…

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It’s Friday evening, and I’m ready to go home to enjoy my weekend with my family. My colleague in Atlanta suggested we get together Saturday morning and discuss the outcome of all the meetings we had during the week. Normally I would not object, but this is cutting into my weekend. After a h…

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Because you’re a reader like me, I know you’ll understand how I felt when I saw this headline in last week’s paper: “Stuttgart, Helena newspapers to close.” The newspaper in Stuttgart, my hometown, published my first column more than 20 years ago. But more than that, it’s the paper that repo…

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When I first came to this place some years ago,

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You matter. More than anything else, that's what I wanted her to know. Her clothes didn't matter, her mom bod didn't matter, but her heart mattered, it mattered to me, and more importantly, it matters to the Lord.

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With hunting seasons opening up and fishing going strong, more than 34 million outdoorsmen and women will be keeping the unique American conservation system strong by raising $100,000 every 30 minutes through self-imposed fees and excise taxes. The 48th annual celebration of National Hunting…

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As I watched gray-haired old soldiers salute the flag last Friday, some standing only with the aid of a cane, my heart broke for these men and women of Tom Brokaw’s “Greatest Generation.”

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It was 18 years ago today when the deadliest, most violent act of terrorism ever perpetrated on American soil occurred.