Category Archives: EDITORIALS

Rutledge Renegades

Written on March 21, 2017 at 12:18 pm, by

Our sympathy to family and friends of Lavaughn Ketchum, Herb Brookhart and Bill Delaney. The topic of conversation on Monday morning, March 13 was the building across the street (corner of first and main) caught on fire and burned to the ground.  It was a two-story brick building that held quilt batting for Zimmerman’s Store. […]

Good Scars

Written on March 21, 2017 at 9:56 am, by

One of my favorite hunts is hog hunting. In the south, hogs have fast become a farmer’s worst nuisance and destroyer of property. They have become so numerous most game commissions allow them to be hunted or killed at any time and using any means. For the locals they are trouble, but for those of […]

Happy Spring!

Written on March 21, 2017 at 9:54 am, by

The cat lockdown began this week, initiating four months (through mid-July) of our annual attempt to shelter ground-nesting birds in the village area from the depredations of our vicious feline friends in the most sensitive period of raising their young. Ted here—a little weary from multiple nighttime wake-ups by my cat Gromit to let him […]


Written on March 20, 2017 at 11:14 pm, by

I know most of you who read this column enjoy birding.  It is becoming more and more popular. There are 1.7 million wildlife watchers in Missouri alone. Now this does not necessarily mean they are watching birds, but I bet a good many of them are. There are trails and hiking trails all over the […]

Faith Isn’t Church Rule. It’s a Believer’s Sight 

Written on March 20, 2017 at 7:55 pm, by

Seeing can be believing.  To the contrary, seeing can persuade disbelieving.  The difference between the two is whether we depend upon what the eyes of our head view or what the eyes of our hearts perceive.  Think about it.  We are to walk by faith…and…not by sight.  Something’s up with this, wouldn’t you think? God […]


Written on March 14, 2017 at 4:48 pm, by

Many thoughts come to mind as I sit here looking at outside plants sprouting, turning green, budding out, and more. What a February.  I have been on a time out from bird watching and column writing. Texas and basketball are two things I have been busy with. Since my return, I have continued to feed […]

Rutledge Renegades

Written on March 14, 2017 at 1:37 pm, by

Congratulations to Scotland County Lady Tigers! Katrina and Great-Aunt Neta went to Quincy. Neta Phillips went to Kirksville. Neta Phillips went to Kirksville. Charlene Montgomery went to Kirksville and spent the day with friends Charlene Wheeler, Joe Pheifer, and John Weaver. Charlene Montgomery, Neta Phillips and Claire Wehrmann went to Hannibal to the official inspection […]

How To Have An Immediately Much Better Day 

Written on March 14, 2017 at 10:35 am, by

The way to the top is to move to the bottom.  Jesus taught it.  He lived it.  He is THE success story of all stories because he lived with purpose as as well as personal fulfillment… and he defied the grave. This. We. Want. If we believe that we are going to find joy in […]

Do Your Best

Written on March 14, 2017 at 10:32 am, by

Unlike some other types of hunting, pursuing the turkey is very enjoyable doing with a partner; especially if one is doing the calling and the other is doing the shooting. Most people who have hunted turkey for a period of time will tell you they enjoy calling in a bird as much as shooting one. […]

The Work of Life, with Laughter and Tears

Written on March 14, 2017 at 10:26 am, by

After weeks of record-breaking warmth and associated wild weather, the return to more seasonal temperatures has been a relief. While the maples have all bloomed, and the maple sugar season was over before it really started, the colder days have slowed the budding of the fruit trees. Hopefully the delay will hold them long enough […]