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Would you like to extend your waterfowl hunting season? Take up hunting local flocks of Canada geese. With a little work you can enjoy more days afield hunting waterfowl, and put some delicious meals on the family dinner table.

One day, I was delivering a load of steel mats in Northwest Kansas. About 10:30 a.m., I received a phone call from my wife, Opal. She asked me to pray for our granddaughter, Breanna Gant. She said she had red blotches all over the upper part of her body and that it was causing her a lot of d…

Yesterday John and I were driving to Jefferson City with our oldest grandson, Reuben. We were taking him home so we could celebrate his eighth birthday with his mom and dad. As we were driving to the place he had chosen to eat this celebratory birthday lunch, we passed the Harbor Freight sto…

William Smith was tired and troubled. Always a man comfortable in his surroundings, he was now disoriented. What he had seen was making him doubt his sanity, and perhaps more troubling, his purpose. He was struggling to fully grasp the true costs of his success; the real value of his existen…

William Smith walked back to the old cabin he and his cousin had built years before, still trying to comprehend all he had been told earlier in the day. To say he was still unnerved from being visited by what should have been a several-year-old corpse would have been an understatement. To ha…

December 9, 1877 – “The candles are the fancy of the hour, and the trade in them has assumed enormous proportions. They are chiefly used as ornament, the cost being too great to admit of their habitual burning. They cost from 50 cents to five dollars each.” Hermann Advertisor-Courier

I sat down to write this pre-holidays column, but before I did, I went through my emails one last time before I entered writing mode. It doesn’t pay to get too far behind when it comes to email. Anyway, one of the emails was about a recently released book that promises to explain “how to thr…

William Smith walked back to the old cabin he and his cousin had built years before, still trying to comprehend all he had been told earlier in the day. To say he was still unnerved from being visited by what should have been a several-year-old corpse would have been an understatement. To ha…

December 9, 1877 – “The candles are the fancy of the hour, and the trade in them has assumed enormous proportions. They are chiefly used as ornament, the cost being too great to admit of their habitual burning. They cost from 50 cents to five dollars each.” Hermann Advertisor-Courier

I sat down to write this pre-holidays column, but before I did, I went through my emails one last time before I entered writing mode. It doesn’t pay to get too far behind when it comes to email. Anyway, one of the emails was about a recently released book that promises to explain “how to thr…

Sorry, Billy Shakespeare, but these are desperate times. We are in the midst of a global pandemic with COVID-19. The United States has been hit particularly hard. For 2020, COVID is currently the third leading cause of all deaths at 227,000 people (and we’re not even through the year yet); i…

A couple days before I left for college for the first time, I went to the local drugstore for toothpaste, deodorant and stuff like that – there was no Walmart in town – and on my way out of the store was greeted by one of my grandfather’s friends. He had heard I was going out of state to col…

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(The following statement from Jeanne Spencer Parris in response to the dismissal of the murder case against Donald “Doc” Nash ran as a letter to the editor in the Oct. 20 edition of The Salem News.)

Between legislative activities in Jefferson City and chores on the farm, I’ve finally found time to comb through my mail stack. Among all the campaign literature and advertising circulars that filled my mailbox, I discovered some useful information from the USDA Farm Service Agency. A number…

Things change fast at the Missouri State Capitol. Last week, the Senate passed a package of legislation to combat violent crime in Missouri’s metropolitan areas. Senate Bill 1 contained six provisions specifically requested by the governor when he announced an extra legislative session to be…

An extra legislative session called by the governor, which began July 27, continued last week. The General Assembly is tasked with passing a package of legislation to address violent crime in Missouri’s largest cities. The Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Policy Committee hea…

School is starting for many in the coming weeks, and for some of my family down South, it already has. Several family and friends posted the obligatory first day of school pics via social media, with kids in their cute uniforms or outfits, along with a mask to match. Masks were previously re…

First came toilet paper and paper towels. We hoarded them, for no good reason other than the fear of not having it six months down the road. There was no toilet paper shortage, paper towels either the experts told us, but still some of you (not me) built up a healthy supply, I guess because …

The governor lifted all statewide stay-at-home orders regarding COVID-19 June 16 and launched Phase 2 of Missouri’s Show-Me Strong Recovery Plan. Although the pandemic is still a concern, our state is ready to get back to work. As businesses reopen and customers return to stores and restaura…

Some people in the media call it an infodemic, the proliferation of information available at the click of a mouse or the tap of a finger. Problem is, some of that information is not true and leads to not only confusion, but reactions that are not good for the community. While social media ha…

Countless activities, events and occasions have been postponed or cancelled amidst the global pandemic. A few months ago, I would bet most of us had never uttered the words, “social distancing,” or “shelter at home.” Our world seems to be returning to a semi-normal state, as events are start…