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Sunday, May 29, 2016
Hackberry Cemetery maintainance (05/28/16)
Dear Editor: Hackberry Cemetery is a small country cemetery located southwest of Nevada, one-fourth mile south of Highway KK on 850 Road. Many older people in the area will remember attending Hackberry School adjacent to the cemetery. The school building burned many years ago, but the cemetery is still being cared for...
Memorial Day memories (05/28/16)
Hi neighbors. Happy Memorial Day weekend! As a child growing up in Wichita, Kan., most of my memories of my father's family involve holiday trips back to Missouri when my father had a day off and there was no school. Memorial Day always involved a trip to the cemeteries, a picnic at the park and a family gathering at my grandmother's house. ...
You can "identify" as whatever you want, but you are not following my daughter into the bathroom (05/28/16)
"Bad seed is a robbery of the worst kind: for your pocket-book not only suffers by it, but your preparations are lost and a season passes away unimproved." -- George Washington I have decided that I have an identity problem. I have been living my entire life thinking I was an average American person, but have recently searched my inner self and discovered that I identify better as a rich person. ...
When do you get all stressed out? (05/27/16)
Editor's Note: This column was originally published in the Nov.4, 1999 edition of the Daily Mail. I recently attended a meeting where Dr. Terry Loney talked to the group about stress and how to deal with it. A little questionnaire was distributed which gave symptoms you might show if you are dealing with stress. Scores of seven or below showed you either had very little stress in your life or you were handling it well...
Can you still write like this? (05/27/16)
A few days ago, I received a graduation announcement, from a very good friend's graduating senior daughter. When I looked at the front of the envelope, there was an obvious error on the address line that had been corrected. In my address, a lower case error printed 'e' had been replaced with a lower case 'i.' That seemingly insignificant miscue, would lead me to a startling discovery. It appears we no longer teach cursive writing in our public schools!...
Back to Iowa to visit family (05/21/16)
Hi neighbors. I've spent this last week in Des Moines, Iowa, visiting my daughter's family. The weather was a little cooler than here in Nevada. As usual, I had a wonderful time visiting and spending time with my granddaughter and son-in-law as well as my daughter!...
Communications: A new department at the VCSO (05/21/16)
By the end of this month, the Sheriff's Office will be taking over dispatch services for the county and offering contracting services to other agencies within the county, such as the city of Nevada and the Vernon County Ambulance District. I have had a lot of questions from people about why this change was needed and if the community will see any effects from it...
Having fun is contagious (05/20/16)
Editors note: this column originally ran in the Dec. 9, 1999 edition of the Daily Mail. I recently spent parts of two days at a book signing in Branson. I have been in Branson hundreds of times because my mother-in-law and others of the Thornton family have lived in Branson for yams. ...
Just wading along (05/20/16)
For the second time is the past few days, I was awakened by booming thunder and the steady cadence of rain showers pounding on the roof and windows. My lifelong affinity for thunderstorms made sleeping a delightful experience. As a kid I loved rainstorms, as they allowed me to accomplish one of my favorite activities, "wading."...
Productive 2016 legislative session comes to a close (05/14/16)
By Rep. Patricia Pike Missouri 126th District JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- After more than four months of hard work, late nights and lengthy discussions, the Missouri House of Representatives concluded the 2016 legislative session with a long list of accomplishments. ...
Enjoying the changing weather (05/14/16)
Hi neighbors. May is here and flowers are blooming everywhere! Roses are beautiful this year and in full bloom everywhere I look. These last couple of days with warmer weather reminds us that spring is pretty much gone, with nothing to look forward to but thunderstorms and tornadoes. Summer is just around the bend. I've already had to turn on the air conditioner once!...
New detention officers complete in-house jail academy training (05/14/16)
This week a group of detention officers will complete the first in-house jail academy hosted by the Sheriff's Office. In the past, new detention officers started their training on their first day of the job and were assigned to a training officer. A few weeks ago, four people started at the Sheriff's Office; but unlike before, their first few weeks of training was a mixture of classroom and hands-on training giving them the ability to hear from different instructors on different subjects throughout the training cycle. ...
Thank you to everyone who made After Prom a success (05/13/16)
Dear Editor, The 2016 NHS After Prom Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank our generous community for its support of this year's After Prom festivities. As you may know, After Prom provides our students with safe, fun, supervised activities at the conclusion of their Junior-Senior Prom. ...
Over easy or well done (05/13/16)
Editor's note: This column was originally published in 1999. I ate a couple of eggs yesterday without feeling that I was risking my good health. A recent article in the paper said that the harm from cholesterol in eggs had been exaggerated. It went on to say that eggs had some very important health benefits...
Check your ringer at the door (05/13/16)
In a recent discussion with some friends, we covered the topic of how "smart phones," should be used in public schools. Our conversations covered issues, ranging from -- should they be allowed, to the many problems they pose. I will begin with the following declaimer. This discussion group was comprised of 'baby boomer seniors.' The school kids and their phones that were at the center of this discussion, represent our grandchildren's generation...
What I had hoped to hear at Nevada's National Day of Prayer gathering (05/11/16)
Dear Editor: As I traveled to the National Day of Prayer, organized by some houses of worship in our county and celebrated around the flagpole in front of the Vernon County Courthouse, I hoped for many things to be lifted up to God together as a community in prayer...
Middle Age Plus Minus (05/06/16)
It is with regret I inform my readers this will be my last Middle Age Plus column. Due to my health limitations, I am no longer able to maintain the level I have tried to maintain in my writing. Coordination of eyes, fingers and thoughts has become more difficult...
Keep this under your tongue please (05/06/16)
How many times do you remember that order from your mother, when she was taking your temperature? Most of my fellow "boomers," grew up using those old glass thermometers. Like so many innovations in our modern world, we now have digitized thermometers...
Flossie's little house in the big back yard (04/30/16)
Hi neighbors. If you recall from last week, Flossie had determined she needed a storage shed. In the process of searching for the perfect storage shed she fell in love with the little sheds that look like houses. She bought one with a front porch and three windows and a single door. Her first decision was to put the little house on a small lot she had by a local lake. That didn't work out for several reasons...
In the eyes of a killer (04/30/16)
The look of regret as someone is being placed in handcuffs is a look that you see a lot and after some time, you began to recognize this look very easily. People make mistakes and that is always going to happen. A bad choice does not make a bad person, and believe it or not, that look of regret they have in their eyes is a good sign and it means there is still hope for that offender to become someone who would not make the same choices again...