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Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
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...
School, classes starting everywhere (08/22/14)
Hi neighbors. It is another hot weekend, so stay cool. Go swimming while the pool is still open. If it stays hot all day, go take in a movie at the local theater. There is always lots to do in Nevada. Although some places still traditionally start school after Labor Day (Sept. 1) Nevada is already started. Whatever school you attend, in these days of economic problems, it is often a family responsibility to get children their needed supplies for the school year...
Document what you own (08/22/14)
We have talked before about some of the things that can help deter would-be burglars and thieves, but when there is a theft, there are some things that can greatly help law enforcement when it comes to tracking down these thieves and finding the stolen property...
In life's journey, you need to purge! (08/22/14)
Much of my youth was spent moving from one home to another, and each time our family had to "purge" our collection of what we thought was valuable, to facilitate the process. Like most people, I still try to rid myself through regular purging, of a variety of unwanted things in my life, but as with many of you, I still possess an annoying and huge "hoarded" menagerie...
Anatomy lesson (08/22/14)
What do you do to pass the time when you are seated on the examining table in a doctor's office waiting for the doctor or nurse to appear? There are magazines that you could read, but they are usually out of reach without leaving the table. I would feel awkward if one of the professionals came in and found me somewhere different than they had left me. In fact, sometimes you might not be suitably clothed to go wandering around...
Unrest in St. Louis over shooting (08/18/14)
Hi neighbors. From the news it appears the racism riots of the 60s have returned. I will only touch briefly on the matter of a young man of 18 being shot by police in St. Louis. I don't feel I know enough about the situation to comment in detail. My main concern was why was the man shot? Was he committing a crime? Did it appear to the police that he was carrying or drawing a weapon?...
Slow down -- school, students on the street will be returning (08/18/14)
The car went whizzing past, not slowing down to notice the children lined up on the sidewalk waiting for the school bus. It didn't seem to matter it was a residential district -- a neighborhood -- where children congregate each morning waiting for their ride to school and arrive back at the same point in the afternoon after a full day of school...
Money scams and fighting back (08/18/14)
Last week I had someone bring me a check they got in the mail. This person believed the check to be suspicious because it came with a letter saying they had "won" the money and all they needed to do was deposit the check in the bank and then call to "activate" the check. Sounds too good to be true, right?...
More than carnival lights and cotton candy, Missouri State Fair features farmers (08/14/14)
By Rebecca French Smith Missouri Farm Bureau It always seems like summer is over too quickly. I spend much of the winter and spring longing for warmer days. Once summer is here though, it's gone. But right now, we have one last hurrah before school starts, the days start turning cooler and harvest begins -- the Missouri State Fair...
Is Facebook taking the place of listening in on the party line? (08/14/14)
I fondly remember two old women who spent their later days listening in to the party line phone calls. When we received a telegram that was phoned out to our home from the Nevada Western Union Office telling us when and where we were to meet our father who was traveling as part of his job, we often didn't get all the details straight...
A Different Ending (08/14/14)
In the novel "Centennial," James Michener uses the character of an Arapaho Indian woman named Blue Leaf, to show the unique method the American Plains Indians practiced, for the end of life. It is so different from our culture and values, but it is far from being uncivilized...
Great news for the future of Agriculture (08/08/14)
By Blake Hurst President of Missouri Farm Bureau The passage of Amendment No. 1, the Farming Rights Amendment, is great news for the future of Missouri agriculture. Although the vote was close, a majority of Missouri voters understood the issue and voiced their support for farmers. ...
Stay safe and still do a good deed (08/08/14)
Hi neighbors. I hope everyone has good fans or air conditioning! Or at least lots of water to drink and stick your feet in (well, not both activities from the same container!) Keep popsicles handy and other cold treats. Jell-O is always good, furnishes good flavor, water intake and helps cool you down...
I am a Vernon County Deputy on patrol, I am Batman (08/08/14)
When you work the night shift, you get to know the perfect places to sit and watch; maybe a side road where you can see a busy intersection, or an alley where you can see down a street full of houses or commercial buildings, or an area of the county where there has been suspicious activity reported...
Cost of vandalism to our parks (08/08/14)
By Dana Redburn Parks and Recreation Director As I was trying to decide what I was going to write about this week, I received a phone call about vandalism at one of our ball diamonds. Although I would like to say I am surprised, I am sad to say that is not the case. It seems I receive at least one call a week reporting some sort of vandalism...
Just another love story (08/08/14)
The world is observing the events leading up to the First World War, which took place 100 years ago this summer. In the years leading up to that war, there was a love story that will last for all time. The Austrian-Hungarian Empire was a huge conglomeration of different geographical locations in central and eastern Europe...
I had a privileged childhood (08/08/14)
We've all heard about the baby that was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Well, that was not me. But I did have a very privileged childhood. I was privileged to have had nine parents. Two of them were called Mama and Papa. The other seven were my seven older brothers and sisters who guided me, bossed me, included me, taught me, played with me, shared with me, maybe very rarely argued with me, and were proud of me...
Searching for missing Lynn, wife of Kerry Messer (08/01/14)
By Sen. Ed Emery Missouri Senatorial District 31 I am writing this Capitol Report in hopes of helping find Lynn Messer, a 52-year-old mother and grandmother who has been missing for two weeks. I have worked in the historic Capitol building for 12 years now. First as a representative and now as your Missouri senator for the 31st District. Since my first days at the Capitol, I have had the honor and privilege to know Kerry Messer and members of his family...
Be an informed, educated election voter (08/01/14)
The primary election is coming up Aug. 5. A few of us, unfortunately too few, will determine for the rest of us, who will lead us in key local races. We'll also whittle down some other races, selecting our party nominee. Turnout typically runs in the 20 to 40 percent level, depending on what the issues are, what races are up for grabs, and the whims of the public...
Back in the race -- walking race (08/01/14)
Hi neighbors. What a lovely week it has been! I have finally gotten some energy back and have been making the rounds of all of my old haunts to start some volunteer work. I will be helping out with the genealogy room on Thursdays and perhaps another day as well...
Attending the 2014 Missouri Sheriff's Training Summer Conference (08/01/14)
This last week I once again attended the summer Missouri Sheriff's Conference. This conference is held in a different city each year, and this year it took place in St. Charles, Mo. This is the second summer conference I have attended, and again, it was full of good training and a chance to meet and visit with other Sheriffs from around the state...