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Sometimes I wonder if people in the community realize what a huge impact volunteerism has on the quality of life here. Volunteer efforts, opportunities and results are way too numerous to mention, but take a look around and it isn’t hard to realize what would happen if every volunteer took a…

The NFL is celebrating its 100th season this year, and it’s been great fun to read stories and watch videos about those first 100 years. I don’t keep up with the NFL like I use to, but remember vividly how I fell in love with football and the NFL’s Green Bay Packers when I was a youngster an…

I had only been in Salem a month or two when someone told me I needed to go with him south of town and meet Frankie Schwartz. I can’t remember who took me, because my first few months here are still a whirlwind, and that was awhile back, in 1996. I may not be able to remember who took me to …

An in-depth analysis of where Salem is and where it needs to go has resulted in a detailed plan for priorities announced recently to the Salem Board of Aldermen. That board accepted the list, named the Salem Economic Development Strategic Plan, and now it’s time for not only the board to go …

Way back in 1946, Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A, decided his restaurant would not open on Sundays. Most of us are well aware of Cathy and his family, who still own the company that makes headlines for its faith.

About once a month, the wife and I decide we need to do a better job of recycling. That’s about how long it takes to fill up a large Kohl’s plastic bag stuffed with dozens of other plastic bags, mostly from the grocery store or a big-box store.

My first memory of walking into the MFA coop in Salem over two decades ago was the smell. It was the same smell that decades before that visit, I smelled when accompanying my grandfather to a feed store near Jackson, Missouri, close to where he had a small cattle operation.

There is a trend emerging at meetings of local elected boards that has me a bit concerned. In many instances these days, the meetings are only lasting a few minutes, with many of the decisions being made behind closed doors, far from the oversight of not only our elected officials, but repor…

On a trip to Las Vegas to visit a relative last year I stepped into a convenience store to buy a bottle of water and was stunned to find a row of slot machines on one of the walls. Fly into Vegas, and right when you get off the plane you are met with rows upon rows of slot machines. Go to th…