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Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014
Memorial needed in Nevada for veterans of all branches of military (09/12/14)
Dear Editor: After visiting my hometown and home region the past five weeks, I noticed something that Nevada is lacking... a real nice state of the art memorial to veterans. Many area towns, like Adrian, Butler, Lamar, Fort Scott and others have really neat monuments and markers to war heroes and people who served in the Armed Forces...
Remembering the sacrifice and heroism of many (09/12/14)
The world has changed, for each of us. We were forced to come to grips with the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001. The aftermath of that day ripples still and has forever altered our national psyche. Much like the Oklahoma City bombing left its mark on us in 1995 and we were faced with the unthinkable, before hoping that surely, events like this wouldn't happen again, still more has happened...
A death in the family, Gentry Malcom (09/12/14)
Hi neighbors. It has been a sad week for members of the Malcom family as my childrens' father, Gentry Finis Malcom, passed away suddenly on the 9th. Like most families facing a tragedy, they found themselves unprepared for the event of their father's passing so suddenly. He had been ill for the last year or more, but was in a nursing home and seemed to be stable...
What matters most when hiring deputies? (09/12/14)
When hiring deputies at the Sheriff's Office, there are certain things we look for during the interview process. Beside the normal qualifications and background checks they must pass, we also try to determine the real reason the applicant got into law enforcement and what their motives are for wanting to be in this career...
Regular school attendance is the law, truancy court educates, offers information on the importance of attendance (09/11/14)
By Mary Russell Missouri Chief Justice As school bells ring and children all across our state enter classrooms, I am reminded that I, too, will be going back to school again. Thursday mornings at 7:45, wearing my black robe, I meet with students at the Lewis and Clark Middle School in Jefferson City to teach them the importance of regular school attendance. ...
An important member of the community (09/11/14)
Dear Editor: You know, I would really like for folks of the community to know just how very hard my boss, Marye Sanderson, works for them to help keep their lights, gas and propane going. She will be walking out the door to go to one of her various meetings she is involved in and someone will come in, having no appointment, which they are supposed to have, and Mrs. Marye will set aside her wants and needs to help the person...
Best eatery this side of Paris (09/11/14)
"Odie, turn on channel 19, there is a Charles Gusewelle special on." That was my entreaty to my friend and long time devotee of the author and columnist for the Kansas City Star, Charles Gusewelle. Little did I realize at the time, that this special show would hit so close to home, and especially to one of my favorite restaurants, which Gusewelle described as the "best little eatery this side of Paris!"...
Learning how Children's Mercy Hospital cares for our children (09/11/14)
By David Pearce Missouri Senator District 21 I knew it wasn't going to be a typical Thursday when I found myself in the back of an ambulance heading to Kansas City's downtown airport. Fortunately, I ended up in that ambulance by choice -- and by invitation -- as a guest of Children's Mercy Hospital as part of a unique program that immerses community leaders from around the region in the culture of one of the finest children's hospitals in the world...
Jihad is here, it's well past time for Americans to wake up (09/11/14)
"The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists." -- Ernest Hemmingway Some will call this "hate speech." It is not. As a Christian, I can love the Muslim people because John 3:16 was written for them just as much as it was for any of us...
Leftovers define me (09/11/14)
I've been thinking about changing my profile on Facebook. I know probably at least half of my readers are not on Facebook so you may not want to read about my problems there. But for you two who are on Facebook, do you have trouble making your profile sound like you think you should sound?...
A smorgasbord of September celebrations, holidays (with insightful commentary) (09/05/14)
Hi neighbors. September is upon us and, boy, is it loaded with celebrations and weird holidays. Here are most of them. Starting with the 6th, is one of my favorite days, National Writing Date Day. Try your hand at writing! The 7th lists Grandma Moses Day, Grandparent's Day (another one of my personal favorites!), National Attention Deficit Disorder Awareness Day, "Neither Snow nor Rain" Day (say thanks to your mail delivery person), Pet Rock Day (do you remember when this started?), Salami Day, and International Literacy Day.. ...
You can't take it back (09/05/14)
During a recent visit with a couple of friends, we discussed the philosophy of the modern day practice of texting. That conversation led to a wide range of related topics about the meaning of words, and how long they remained in one's life. It was soon evident to us, that once spoken, written, texted, or aired, any utterance takes on its very own existence...
New methods to investigations; hunting down criminals (09/05/14)
I have said before that drugs and stolen property often go together, and each time we serve warrants, or solve cases, that is proven over and over again to be true. Recently, we have investigated a case that involved multiple suspects at different locations throughout the county. This investigation yielded not only one of the largest seizures of crystal meth in the county's history, but also one of the largest recoveries of stolen firearms...
Center High's impressions of Nevada High School's football team and fans (09/04/14)
Editor's note: The following was sent to Nevada High Athletic Director John McNeley. Dear Editor: Welcome to the West Central! I think the football game was our first conference contest. The outcome of the game might not have been what your team was looking for, but I thought I would share with you things I saw before, during, and after the game...
The devil is in the details with attorney, candidate Dustin Dunfield's bench trial (09/04/14)
Dear Editor: I sat on the hard benches for four and a half hours and listened intently to the evidence at the Dunfield bench trial at Cedar County Circuit Court last Friday. I did that because I wanted to see and hear for myself what the facts were. I wanted to see if the local media covered this proceeding and how accurately they reported the proceedings...
How I spent the Labor Day weekend holiday (09/04/14)
I remember various Labor Day weekends in my life. It was never a biggie in our family, and I don't remember doing anything really special when I was a child. But in adulthood, I remember trying to get in one more trip to the river, or hosting some family members who were en route back to their jobs or schools in the East...
Motivation and the basis of beliefs (09/04/14)
Because of letters written to the Editor expressing opinions about current issues, an invitation was given to write columns defending positions taken by the Democratic Party. It would be helpful to readers to know how my opinions are formed and foundations of my reasoning. If the series is to be continued (space in the paper is limited) there must be some explanation of rationale...
If disaster strikes, being prepared at home is essential (08/30/14)
George Washington said, "to be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace." With the trials and dangers that Washington and the rest of our founding fathers faced in their day, this was an extremely important philosophy. I think that this idea has the same importance today as it did back then, but I also think we can put that type of thinking to more than just the idea of war...
Wrapping up summer, preparing for fall and winter (08/30/14)
Hi neighbors. It is the last weekend of August and we bid goodbye to the last full month of summer. Where did it go? Not that there still aren't lots of things to work on and play with, and hopefully cooler weather in which to do the outside work and play...
A dog's tale -- our family's Clover (08/30/14)
In honor of National Dog Day, this is a story about a boy and his dog, or more accurately a family and their dog. Unfortunately, we lost our dog recently as she succumbed to a quick but deadly illness called HGE, in which she seemed normal Friday, became ill Saturday, and left us Sunday morning...
Grazing livestock producers, farmers may be eligible for drought compensation (08/28/14)
Dear Editor: Did you own livestock in 2012? What a year that was! Pastures and ponds dried up. Hay was a hot commodity and in some cases, hard to find. Things may have looked pretty bleak at the time. Fast forward to the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill with legislation authorizing the Livestock Forage Disaster Assistance Program...
Different Jayhawkers pillage, plunder (08/28/14)
During the Civil War in western Missouri, the word "Jayhawker" normally referred to Kansas soldiers or civilians who conducted raids into Missouri. However, as the war continued the word Jayhawker was used by both the Yankees and Confederates to mean any soldier or civilian who was engaged in jayhawking or the act of the robbery or murder of civilians or the destruction of their respective property be it homes, stores, barns or other structures. ...
Are the Dog Days of 2014 completed yet? (08/28/14)
Rural children grew up being warned about the Dog Days of summer. Adults didn't want the children to go swimming in the creeks or ponds. Some insisted that the children wear shoes during these days. Others tried to keep the children indoors as much as possible...
Reflecting on my tenure as 2014 Vernon County Youth Fair queen (08/22/14)
Dear Editor: With the end of the Missouri State Fair, I would like to take the time to reflect and share with you my experiences of being the 2014 Vernon County Youth Fair queen. The queen competition started off two weeks prior to the fair with the queen/princess social at the United Methodist Church in Nevada...
Support your local school by volunteering (08/22/14)
We're heading into a new school year. And with the children preparing to adjust to the routine of books and classes, so too do we as parents need to find our routine. I'm convinced that routine should include a healthy dose of support and volunteerism...