Category Archives: EDITORIALS

Farewell Hummingbirds

Written on October 18, 2016 at 3:48 pm, by

I know we are all missing all of our summer songbirds, but especially we miss the Ruby-throated hummingbird the most. We know I enjoy their daily visits to my feeders.  I have several so I can keep them zooming around in my whole yard.  It is by far Missouri’s smallest bird. There are certain large […]

Rutledge Renegades

Written on October 18, 2016 at 1:29 pm, by

Earl and Minerva Zimmerman went on a bus tour of the New England States, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Islands.   They were gone for twelve days.  She said it was a beautiful trip.  They got to see all the leaves turning color. Eleanor Zimmerman and Esther Huber went to Pennsylvania to visit family and friends. […]

Let’s All Eat Turnips

Written on October 18, 2016 at 10:37 am, by

Howdy again, y’all. Ben here, bringing you an update from the rolling hills of Northeast Missouri. The weather is transitioning here, but I’m not ultimately sure towards what. Within a week we’ve had patchy frost of the sort that makes the sweet potato greens die back, and a few days that’ve been hot enough to […]

My Power Verse That Won’t Quit Producing 

Written on October 18, 2016 at 9:43 am, by

“BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING, but in EVERYTHING by prayer and supplication WITH THANKSGIVING let your requests be known to God. And the PEACE of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is […]


Written on October 18, 2016 at 9:37 am, by

I’m not much of a duck hunter. I like it but in my area there are not many places to go – or many ducks. So, my duck experiences are usually in other states as a guest of friends. As a result, it has taken several years for me to put together a mental picture […]

October Birds

Written on October 11, 2016 at 4:21 pm, by

Time to take down the hummingbird feeders, clean them, and put away in a place you won’t forget. Bring out the suet feeders and sunflower seeds.  I have not had mine out at the house yet, but on the trails I am having a multitude of song birds. Here at the house, unfortunately my house […]

Rutledge Renegades

Written on October 11, 2016 at 12:11 pm, by

Our sympathy to family and friends of Mona Tague, Joan Ferguson and Francis Swearingen. Marjorie Peterson’s church, First Christian Church at Memphis, celebrated 100 years.  They had a carry-in dinner on Sunday. Charlene Montgomery went to Hurdland.  She also went to Kirksville. Charlene Montgomery and Neta Phillips went to Kirksville. Lena Mae’s husband, Luke Horning, […]

Life Depends On The Placement Of Our Backs 

Written on October 11, 2016 at 12:04 pm, by

Stress.  Concern.  Pressure.  These three, and more, push and prod.  They poke.  They jab.  We live with these elements which frustrate; even depress.  Their forces are so strong that it is often said that our backs are against the wall. What would this phrase, “Our backs are against the wall” imply?  Cornered?  In trouble?  No […]


Written on October 11, 2016 at 10:47 am, by

Have you ever noticed that many of the best bucks ever taken have been of the non-typical type? The racks of these monsters are as unique as the stories of how they made it to the wall of fame.  They come in 16, 20, and even 30 point varieties. They may have drop-tines, multiple brow […]

Autumn is Here

Written on October 11, 2016 at 10:10 am, by

Forty-two degrees as a low the other night brought me clearly to awareness, and even an embrace of, autumn. I must admit I’m not ready for a frost yet, but we have had them as early as Sept. 15 in my years here, so all of this time– still-ripening tomatoes and peppers and having our […]