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If you haven’t noticed, and to the dismay of many who want to hang on to old customs, a lot of us no longer use cash to make transactions.  Businesses now install signs, many hand-written, …

Banks get in trouble by taking money entrusted to them by depositors and making poor decisions with it.  It started back in 2008. Lehman Brothers was a larger bank, and it became sort of …

    For the good Do you remember the story about Joseph in the book of Genesis? Joseph was sold into slavery by his very own brothers because they hated him for the …

During June and July, newspapers across Missouri are publishing tens of thousands of names of people for whom the State Treasurer’s Office is holding unclaimed property totaling more than $1 …

Shortly after first meeting my eventual wife, part of her family and I took a road trip to Liberty for a Christmas bell concert. I was excited to go, mostly because I was smitten by the lady I now …

Missouri’s state auditor will be taking a hard look at the Department of Conservation. A yearly review is done on the fiscal health of the MDC, according to its 2024 budget request.  …

Memorial Day is a time when we as a people join together to remember and celebrate the sacrifice of those who have paid the ultimate price to protect our freedoms and allow this nation to flourish. …

In many ways, the 2024 state legislative session was a self-fulfilling prophecy. As Capitol watchers predicted, it was a disappointing result with little being accomplished. Nonetheless, Missouri …

I bought a house several years ago. I live in it and pay for all the things. But I really don’t feel like I’m getting as much out of ownership as I want. Therefore, I am …

Every parent has experienced this situation. A few weekends ago, my daughter, Charlie, had a dance recital out of town. While I normally try to make these events, we ran into a scheduling conflict as …

   The General Assembly officially adjourned Friday, May 17, which concluded the portion of the legislative session when bills can be passed. The governor will now have the opportunity to …

I round up. I learned how to round up in elementary school, and I am darn good at it. I was taught to round up when the last digit is a 5 or greater, but I’ll round up on a four or a …

A garden is hard work. The tilling, planting, weeding and harvesting all take a lot of time and energy. There are many times I do not want to get out of bed to go work in my garden. It's hot and it …

The end of session is upon us. At this time of session, it becomes an absolute priority the budget is completed. Otherwise, it can cost taxpayers substantially for us to come back for an …

Everyone in the whole world knew we would have an eclipse in Poplar Bluff. And Hot Springs, Ark. We knew it in 2017. We were getting hyped for it seven years ago. When it finally …

   Entering the final weeks of the 2024 legislative session, our Missouri General Assembly has continued to push forward in an effort to pass several vital pieces of legislation. Several …

We really jumped into spring, with the April showers arriving in May. The corn is growing thick already along Highway 50. The trees got right with it and they have shot out leaves just as …

   Whenever the city closed on the expansion property at our park, the feeling that the dog had finally caught the car came over us. We knew the initial estimates, from acquisition to …

Dear parents, guardians and patrons, Excellence is important for our kids, our district and our community. Excellence is a journey and not a destination. The teachers, staff and community are …

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”   Do you know who made this quote famous? Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, is credited with it. Said another …

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