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I profess to be a summer-loving kind of girl. I enjoy the sunshine (with sunscreen, trust me young people, it is important!), trips to the river, lounging by the pool, t-ball games, late-night BBQ and grilling with friends, and all the other fun things that summer holds.

I have had the pleasure of taking several photos over the past few days of charitable giving... Salem Upper Elementary donating over 11,500 ounces of canned goods to His Place Soup Kitchen, grateful parents as they select gifts at the Dent County Firehouse Toy Drive, Current River Cruisers C…

This week marks my one-year anniversary with The Salem News. On Nov. 16, 2017, I began as a full-time reporter at what would be a year-long stretch of involvement with a town I was foreign to. That day also happens to be my birthday. On Nov. 16, 2018 I will begin my new position at the Phelp…

Sunday, November 11th marked the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, which marks the official end of World War I. Today we call the anniversary celebration Veterans’ Day, but the meaning is the same – a day where our country expresses its sincere gratitude for everything our nation’s veteran…

Last week was Halloween. I am always ready for any reason to dress up. Plans are in the works to have a family costume affair next year for trick or treating as our girls grow older and there are no more diaper changes or strollers involved.

Before my family moved to Salem the summer before I started third grade, we lived on a farm between Bland and Saint James, on Highway B, on the banks of the Bourbeuse River. Our closest neighbor — I remember it at about a quarter mile up the road — were an elderly couple named Milo and Grace.

As I write this, a 7,000-person migrant caravan is marching across Mexico towards the United States’ southern border. From the politicians that helped inspire and form the caravan to the immigration holes it highlights, it should serve as a wakeup call showing our need for a more secure bord…

 Missourians work hard day in and day out for their money, and they should have a government that watches over their dollars as carefully and responsibly as they do at home. We don’t mind paying our fair share to live in a safe nation, to have a judicial system that maintains law and order, …

In the United States, fall used to be called harvest. It was called harvest because—well, that’s when you harvest stuff. But urbanization meant more people weren’t harvesting anything. Rather, all people did this time of year was watch the leaves fall off the trees onto the city sidewalk.

Information is power. Unfortunately, current rules and regulations are preventing you from having all the information you need when paying for certain prescription drugs. That’s right, red tape and insider deals meant to benefit bottom lines are preventing your local pharmacy from being able…

My two girls and I were out eating dinner Friday evening while Andrew was at the football game. It was too chilly and damp for us, so we decided a trip for pizza was a better place to be. We were eating as normal, discussing how many more bites were needed before they could enjoy Stromboli a…