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Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014
We just had one and that was all we expected to have (12/26/14)
We are still in the midst of Christmas giving. Many families postponed their family day to the weekend so that they could go to the "other" family on the actual date. Others chose to stay home with their immediate family to enjoy a quiet Christmas before the one shared by many aunts, uncles and cousins. ...
It's still too cold for me, even if winters are warmer (12/26/14)
My ability to deal with winter and cold weather has decreased at the same rate as my age has increased. This story will be printed just a couple of days after the official first day of winter. I am already counting the days till spring! About the only solace I can take is that the days are now getting longer. I just hope that this is one of those milder winters that we sometimes have in this part of Missouri...
My Life event making difference for female students (12/23/14)
Dear Editor: Have you ever had so many people take part in a large project and when it's all over, saying thank you just doesn't seem like it is enough? This is definitely the case for the My Life Event that took place on Tuesday, Nov. 25. The My Life program allowed us to encourage our young female students to make positive life choices related to dating, relationships and life. ...
May I have your attention, please? (12/23/14)
Special to the Dail Mail What gets your attention? Please use your imagination while reading. If the editor published an edition with the front page completely blank except for one word printed in very small type, would you read what is there? If there was a single word, such as danger, would you read the rest of the paper?...
Christmas memories made to share (12/20/14)
Everyone has a favorite Christmas memory. It can be something simple, like sharing a moment with loved ones no longer present. It can be the times we spend with our family and friends during this holiday time. It can be attending the performances of Christmas plays or concerts at our school...
A new Christmas poem from Flossie (12/20/14)
Hi neighbors. I hope you have all finished your shopping and are ready to just hang out at home and wait for the little fat guy in a red suit to show up. I have finished shopping to the best of my knowledge. I'll try to stay out of stores and off shopping websites until after New Year's Day...
Seeking out integrity, creating new leaders (12/20/14)
During the month of December, we have conducted several interviews for internal job openings that include jail administrator, detective, patrol sergeant, and drug task force agent for the Community Narcotics Enforcement Team. We have also conducted a couple of interviews for detention officers. Each time we schedule a testing date, we re-evaluate our interview process and see if there is any way we can improve it...
There are only six more days (12/19/14)
When someone announces that there are only six more days, we can be filled with anxiety, or we can be impatient with anticipation. I haven't said what will happen on the sixth day, but right now we are thinking about Christmas. Hearing this proclamation we immediately think about Christmas gifts, programs, church services, cards to be written and decorations to be finished. ...
'The Newsroom' series finale sad, but fitting (12/19/14)
Sunday night, the HBO series "The Newsroom," aired its final episode. This ending was paradoxical for me. On the one hand, I was disappointed that such an interesting show was concluding, but at the same time realizing that the premise and content of the creators and writers, had effectively completed their mission...
Santa Claus is watching -- I hope! (12/13/14)
Hi neighbors. The time is fast approaching when those little reindeer feet prance around on our rooftops, displacing shingles and kicking off attic fan covers. Soon Santa will dispense chimney soot all over our front rooms, eat cookies, drink milk and leave soot-covered colorful gifts strung around the tree...
Guard against growing problem of identity theft (12/13/14)
Identity theft -- it's a growing problem nationwide and one that seems to increase around the holidays and around the first of the year. More than 30 million Americans have become victims in the last five years. Law enforcement, credit agencies, banking and lending institutions have been getting out the word that each of us needs to be more careful...
A crime scene investigation team in Vernon County (12/13/14)
In the law enforcement world, like anywhere, we see many changes in the methods used, the equipment available, and the people who serve. When most people think of a detective, there is often a wide range of views on what they think that job entails. ...
'We'll have this to remember' (12/12/14)
A popular song when I was at the dating age told about candlelit moments, walks in woods, and other romantic settings as something that would always remain in their memory of each other. Some of that holds true, but hopefully the best memories are the ones shared with the one who later became your spouse...
From the window to beneath the tree (12/12/14)
Early this morning after deleting several dozen more online emails and Facebook advertisements, I let my thoughts return to my youthful memories of Christmas. The holidays I remember from those times seem much more personable. In past years I have written about the variety of local businesses that had wonderful Christmas displays. This was of course in the years before there were Wal-Marts and online shopping venues. More importantly, there were no UPS or FedEx home delivery systems...
Worthy causes abound during the holidays, year-round (12/06/14)
Contributions, of both time and money, are a key part of the fabric of our society. Our quality of life is often determined by just how much we give. Many organizations and efforts wouldn't exist without our generosity -- United Way, the Humane Society, the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, the Children's Center, Community Outreach, Teen Angel, the Vernon County Ambulance District and American Legion toy drives -- the list is endless...
There is nothing wrong with Flossie -- hypothetically (12/06/14)
Flossie burst through my back door the other day. She grabbed a coffee cup before she took off her coat. I sensed she was upset over some major issue. "I have cake," I offered. After cutting her some cake, filling both of our cups with hot coffee, and giving her several packs of artificial sweetener and creamer; we both sat down on the couch...
We are here to help residents when needed (12/06/14)
It was late in the night, cold and windy; her car would not start, and there was no one around to help. Her phone was not getting a signal, and she was not sure she could walk the distance to the nearest phone in this weather to call for help. Sitting inside the car and waiting for help out here would not do much good, and even if someone did come along, in this part of the county a passerby may bring more danger than help...
Justice or revenge -- which do you want? (12/05/14)
Dear Editor: How would the world remember the two players in Ferguson had the tables been turned? If Officer Wilson had not stopped the threat by firing on Brown and Brown had taken Wilson's gun, killed Wilson, and done who knows what with the gun, possibly robbing or killing others, how would you remember each?...
Making choices becomes harder with age (12/05/14)
As a person gets older it would seem that every choice made would be very important. Time may be running out sooner than expected, or abilities to participate in some activities might become more limited as age passes. Therefore it seems logical that each choice would be very important and undertaken with much thought and deliberation...
The past, the present, and education (12/05/14)
My vision and faith in two of the pillars upon which I have based much of my life, were renewed earlier this week, when I watched a movie titled, "The Emperor's Club." First, a brief movie review is appropriate. The movie has been around for some time, having been originally released in 2002. ...
Holiday memories made to share for giving thanks (11/29/14)
Holidays are synonymous with sharing and giving. It can be something simple, like recalling a moment enjoyed with loved ones no longer present. It can be the times we spend with our family and friends today. It can be taking stock of all of our blessings and joys...
The camera doesn't lie, but can it tell too much? (11/29/14)
It was alarming and disturbing to see all the violence that broke out all over the country Monday night after the grand jury announcement in Ferguson. Any channel you turned to was showing people from all around the country giving their opinion and discussing the facts that were released that night...
Thanksgiving leftovers always abound (11/29/14)
Hi neighbors. I trust we have all loosened our belts and ingested large numbers of carbs, sugars, salts and calories in general. Hopefully there were plenty of family members about to share the food and the guilt of overindulgence. Now that the company has gone home, the stuffed feeling has left us and settled into references to turkey leftovers only. We will have to eat turkey and candied sweet potatoes for another day at least...