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It has been a real joy to connect with old friends from Salem via social media. If you scrolled through my Twitter feed (@TitusLive, if you’re interested), my Facebook profile (just look me up…I’m not the Titus Benton who is a Hip Hop DJ, I’m the other one), or my Instagram (@TitusLive) you’…

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Jess Baldwin of Salem calls it her “mid-life crisis.” For many of us, sitting in a kayak and trying to traverse the 340 miles from Kansas City to St. Charles in 88 hours or less would definitely be a crisis.

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Liberal extremists are taking their open borders strategies to new lengths with their latest rally cry to completely eliminate the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE). Extremist calls to “abolish ICE” – sometimes without even understanding what the brave men and women who enforc…

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Perry Como said it best in the 1954 hit, “Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays, 'Cause no matter how far away you roam. If you wanna to be happy in a million ways, For the holidays you can't beat home sweet home!”

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I think we can all benefit from broadening our horizons by learning something about a different culture. To that end, I decided to share some things I learned from my husband. You may have noticed that while I have a distinctly European face, my name isn’t European. My husband Paul is Japane…

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First, the numbers. Suicide rates in America have risen about 30 percent since 1999, according to a recent report from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention. They increased among men and women, all ethnic groups, urban and rural. Half of the people who died by suicide had a known m…

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This past weekend was Missouri Free Fishing Days, a two-day event that allows license-less and tag-less fishing within state parks. This gives individuals within and out of the state a chance to experience the bounty of Missouri waters without the price and commitment of a yearly license. Fo…

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Last week I wrote about the scope of poverty in the Ozarks. To refresh your memory, the Ozarks is plagued with some of the worst poverty in the state, bringing with it a myriad of problems. In Dent County, the poverty rate was 19.8 percent in 2016, and it was 19.6 percent in Phelps County, a…

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What does poverty look like? Sometimes it’s a little hard to see, hiding behind the faces of the people you see walking an aisle at Walmart or the little kid who is standing beside your kid in the elementary school choir program.

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A dog is dropped off at a pound. He had been shot multiple times, and then he was hit by a car. His leg was crushed, then amputated, and the bullets were dug out. This story is just one example of the hundreds of cats and dogs that Dent County Animal Welfare Society helps each year.