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“Good Company”

“He danced for those at minstrel shows and county fairs  throughout the south He spoke through tears of 15 years how his dog and him traveled about The dog up and died, he up and died And after 20 years he still grieves.” (From Mr. Bojangles, written by Jerry Jeff Walker and performed by the […]

Church History

We are asking for your assistance in research for the history of this church. Mt. Tabor Primitive Baptist Church, southwest of Hurdland, Knox County, MO, is celebrating their 125th Anniversary, July 2015.  We would like anyone who would have any memories or pictures of the church or persons attending in the past 125 years to […]

Children’s Organ Transplant Association

Dear Editor: The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) was founded in 1986 when residents of Bloomington, Indiana, rallied around a toddler who needed a life-saving liver transplant.  In less than eight weeks, the community raised $100,000 to place the boy on the organ waiting list.  But the child died before an organ became available.  Those […]

Parental Rights in Education

Do you have a child in the public school system? If so, do you realize you relinquished certain rights when you enrolled your child? That is what I was told when I notified the school that my child would not be taking the intrusive and indoctrinated Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia test. I sent in an […]

Life Isn’t Fair

Dear Editor, ‘Life Isn’t Fair’ — We’ve all heard it growing up and I know I’ve said it to my kid. It can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on the circumstances. Drake, our black lab, was Samson’s dad. I remember the day we went out with Dave & Melinda for them […]

All for the price of a stamp…

All for the price of a stamp… Since our country was founded, the U.S. Postal Service has connected friends, families, neighbors and businesses by mail. Our original mandate called for an institution that would provide universal service to all Americans. That mandate is just as important to this nation today as it was over 240 […]

Home Runs and Errors

by Davis M. Burrus Yankee Stadium: June 3rd 1937 The legendary Josh Gibson is at the plate.  The fans suddenly hear the loud crack of the bat!  The ball just keeps going!  They are astonished to watch the ball soar 580 feet, to hit within two feet of the top of the façade at Yankee […]

Disgruntled natural gas customer

I want to thank Connie Rohrbah for her very informative letter to the editor recently, otherwise I would never had known about this 25% tax hike the natural gas company has extracted from me in the last year.  Also, I would not have known that the fat cats who are sitting on the Public Service […]


Choose this day whom ye will serve… But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15   Many years ago Joshua spoke these words to the Israelites when they had strayed away from God and were serving idols. Where are we today? Will we allow things and busyness to be […]

School Board

Dear Mr. Editor: January 25th through the 29th is School Board Recognition Week in Missouri. With this in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the seven current members of the Scotland County R-I School Board for their dedication to our school district. It is a difficult job and comes with many […]

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