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Aging is not for the weak of mind. Memories of old keep surfacing as birthdays move me ever closer to the ending chapters of my life. My youth was full of love by parents who, though not highly educated, were caring, valued learning, were continuous learners themselves, and instilled in my b…

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I received my City of Salem utility bill June 8, along with a monthly consumption data chart and a 5% credit incentive if I pay in full. My bill was close to what I expected since I record my consumption data monthly and planned ahead for this three-month catch-up utility statement.

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…

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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.)

Since school was dismissed for the remainder of this academic year things have changed at a rapid pace for us as parents, employees and the population in general. Many schools have reorganized lesson plans, made packets, delivered packets, all assisting in distance learning for our children.

Uncertain is “not known or definite,” by definition. That is the only way I can describe what is going on in the world around us. Never in my years on Earth (almost 36 of them), have I seen something affect the world around me like COVID-19. It literally effects every person in one way or another.

Public libraries are one of the few remaining institutions that allow individuals free, unstructured resources for intellectual exploration. With a myriad of volumes from which to choose, one can explore worlds created by those who dared to think them into existence. Books contain material t…

“For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.

Public libraries are one of the few remaining institutions that allow individuals free, unstructured resources for intellectual exploration. With a myriad of volumes from which to choose, one can explore worlds created by those who dared to think them into existence. Books contain material t…

“For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.

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…