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Calm down, don’t panic shop, live regular life, think for yourself

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Some people are opting to stay home in order to protect those who are vulnerable to fatal COVID-19 symptoms. We at the CCR are doing so, as well, to the best extent we possibly can. Some people are still calling this virus a “hoax” and likening it to being no worse than the common flu, inclu…

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“Sooner or later every believer discovers the Christian life is a battleground, not a playground, and he faces an enemy who is much stronger than he is — apart from the Lord.” — Warren W. Wiersbe, author of Be Rich. 

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Like most able-bodied young men of my generation, I found my career prospects after graduating high school in May 1965 limited by two factors — the military draft and the war heating up in Vietnam. Menial work was easy enough to find, but anything with a future had to wait for Uncle Sam to h…

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One day this week, I watched a news recap of the presidential political debate. The news commentators called it “messy,” with a lot of chaos and yelling. Some faulted the debate moderators for an inability to reign in the candidates so intent on making their case, even if it meant ignoring d…

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WOW! What an amazing community we have. People turned out big time for the Caplinger Mills Volunteer Fire Department's “keep the trucks rolling” fish fry fundraiser. 

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My dad recently taught my youngest son to play chess. Tyler, my youngest is pretty good at it. He caught on quickly. I’m no chess player. However, I can really bring it when playing checkers. I love checkers. No matter what you are playing — chess, checkers, or basketball — you have to have …

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In the recent publication of candidate profiles, it was implied the current mayor encourages funding of local arts programs over needed repairs of the city’s infrastructure. 

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Now that the Super Bowl is over and most hunting seasons have all but ended, March 1, is a date which a lot of anglers are looking forward to. As the traditional opening day of the trout “catch and keep” season draws near in the four trout parks, many trout anglers are busy tying flies to us…

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Four years in FFA in the early 1960s left me with many priceless memories, such as an overnight trip to St. Louis to tour Purina Farms — my first experience in Missouri’s Gateway to the West — and another overnighter my senior year to the American Royal and National FFA Convention in Kansas City.

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Recently I took a shower and stood under the stream of hot water trying to think up profound, writerly thoughts. But it was hard to concentrate because I kept hearing a faint yet high-pitched sound: PING!

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Some of us love Valentine’s Day, some of us hate Valentine’s Day. No matter which group you fall under, all of the candy, flowers, and fancy dinners has got to come from somewhere, and that somewhere is the agriculture industry.