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Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
Nevada Elks Lodge No. 564 -- More than a century of service (02/24/17)
Editor's Note: The following column originally appeared in the Sept. 17, 1999 edition of the Nevada Daily Mail. On March 15, 2000, the Nevada Elks Lodge No. 564 will commemorate its 100th anniversary with celebrations and historical notices. The anniversary cannot be much more exciting than its origin, which was written up in the March 16, 1900, edition of the Nevada Daily Mail as follows:...
My best friend the magician (02/24/17)
It's been 26 years since I lost my best and oldest friend, Randy Emery. He was an amazing personality and he was also a professional magician. His life and mine will be forever linked. Randy and I were destined to be close. Our family connections traced back through several family generations. My Grandfather Ben Hart, came to this area shortly after the First World War. He operated the Bank of Milo until it closed in the late 1940s...
Using the Sheriff's Office new mobile app (02/18/17)
We recently updated our website to include a mobile app version for smart phones. On this mobile app, you can easily look up our most wanted list, search for sex offenders in Vernon County, read press releases and send anonymous tips by simply typing a message and clicking send...
President's Day (02/18/17)
Hi neighbors. Monday is President's Day. Most government offices will be closed including courts, post offices and schools. Due to the change in the laws in 1968 several holidays were moved to Monday observances to offer more three-day weekends to employees in an effort to cut back on absenteeism...
Electricity imperative (02/15/17)
Missouri 31st Senatorial Dist. "Principle 3 -- The most promising method of securing a virtuous people is to elect virtuous leaders." Found in "The 5000 Year Leap." "Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who ... ...
House addresses funding for cemeteries (02/15/17)
Missouri 126th District JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Many cemeteries across the state are falling into disrepair because of a lack of funding for maintenance. The Missouri House took action this week to address the problem by passing legislation (HB 51) that would allow for more investment options with the goal of making more funds available for upkeep...
When we say come out or we will come in, we're not joking (02/11/17)
Last week detectives were working on a case that involved stolen property, and during the investigation they discovered a suspect in that case was staying at a house with another person who also had warrants. The Detectives decided to try an old technique called "knock and talk" at the house...
Celebrating Valentine's Day! (02/11/17)
Hi neighbors. This Tuesday is Valentine's Day, are you prepared? If you think you'll just stop and pick up some flowers on the way home from work, you should know most florists run out of roses (the flower representing passionate love) a day or two before Valentine's Day. There is a language of the flowers, and if you don't know it you should learn it if you are in a relationship with a lady...
It's time to take legislative action against addiction (02/10/17)
Dear Editor, People are often surprised when I tell them that I've been investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. My story is not one you'd expect to hear from a pastor at First Baptist Church and the chairman of the Nevada Regional Medical Center's Board of Directors...
The death of the unknown woman in many clothes (02/10/17)
Editor's Note: The following column originally appeared in the July 26, 2002 edition of the Nevada Daily Mail. A story that has no satisfactory ending remains in the memories of those who have heard it as a haunting mystery. This is the case of the unknown grave near Ellis that has been written about, put on national TV and discussed over many a cup of coffee. ...
What would Earl predict? (02/10/17)
For most of my youthful days, everyone in the Pittsburg, Kan., viewing area religiously followed Channel 7's weatherman, Earl Ludlum, when we needed a meteorological prediction. It's February, and I wish Earl was still around to let me know what's ahead for all of us!...
Historic vote on "Right to Work" legislation (02/04/17)
By Rep. Patricia Pike Missouri's 126 Congressional District JEFFERSON CITY, MO: It was a busy week at the Capitol with District 126 guests visiting and several of my sponsored bills moving forward. Following is an update on current legislation: Right-to-Work set to be signed into law (SB 19)...
What will be will be (02/04/17)
Hi neighbors. Groundhog Day was Thursday and Pete saw his shadow so six more weeks of winter weather was foreseen. Of course, the season of winter doesn't end on the calendar for six more weeks, but there's no reason to let facts like that interfere with a great tradition...
This year's plans for the Sheriff's Office and Jail (02/04/17)
January of this year has turned out to be a busy month for the Vernon County Jail. With a new housing contract between the city of Springfield and Vernon County, we have had a steady stream of paying inmates being booked in and out daily. Although we house for eight other agencies, Springfield is the only one that is bringing inmates on a daily basis to our fine bed and breakfast...
Former food service director continues serving others (02/03/17)
With school starting next week those of us who are "middle age" plus have memories of days when we carried a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to school in a brown bag or dashed home for a quick lunch. Some of our richer friends even hurried uptown to buy a hamburger or some other treat...
'The Swann on Wheels' (02/03/17)
The title of this week's column is taken from one of my all time favorite novels, "God Is an Englishman." The setting for this novel begins in the middle of the Victorian England period, and details the issues that the "Industrial Age," brought to the people of that era. One might not consider that age's insights to be of much use for comparison to today's world, I definitely feel it does...
When it comes to tomatoes and melons, please pass the salt (01/27/17)
Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Aug. 19, 1999 edition of the Daily Mail. I am really enjoying the melons and tomatoes fresh from the garden at this time of year. Or course, they are fresh from someone else's garden since we didn't get a garden put out this year. But with generous offerings on the sharing table at church, the Farmer's Market and good neighbors, we usually get many good tastes of my favorites...
Emptying my clutter bin solves writer's block (01/27/17)
There are some weeks where nothing seems to "strike my fancy" in selecting a theme for my column. When all else fails, I turn to my "clutter bin." This location contains past ideas that have failed to measure up to a full story line, or some new thoughts that only require a few passing sentences. This is one of those weeks...