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I'm the sort of person who attends Superbowl parties for the snacks. Sports have never been my thing, and I sat under Friday night lights for the very first time at Willow's homecoming game in 2019. Last Friday night, I had the particular pleasure of taking some friends, who are transplants like...
Howdy friends and neighbors! My ancestor Sgt. George Abney served under General Andrew Pickens in the Revolutionary War. I can’t even begin to imagine all the hardships he must have faced. He was an original patriot. I have often wondered about him, and if I would have the same gumption and...
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Your first thought took you to the movie, didn't it?  While that was a great movie, West Plains has an equally great program for all ages, and I found one young man who has changed his life forever because of karate. Timothy Mill, a local freshman has been involved with Family Karate in West...
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He was born Ira Lee Briscoe on a summer day in June twenty-seven years ago, to a down-to-earth, country couple who lived a simple life. He was their only son. This is this story of one Mother's painful quest of finding her missing boy. I recently sat down with Marilyn Briscoe to hear her side...
"Standing only 5'6", my father was a giant among men."   My uncle spoke these words during his eulogy for his dad, my grandfather. I found them surprising, and ultimately chalked it up to a mistake. "That's not right,' I thought to myself. "He was surely taller than that."   My...
Somebody needs to say it: it is not illegal to receive treatment for miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or any other reproductive emergency in Missouri.  It is, however, illegal to perform an elective abortion.  It is illegal to perform them even in the cases of rape or incest. About 1% of...
My skin was crawling, and my stomach was churning as I covered last week’s community forum about school safety. The checkerboard tile floor and the aroma of fresh-baked pizza did not add much levity to the very heavy subject at hand: school shootings.  As a homeschool mom, Thursday night was...
Isaiah 30:13  "This sin will become for you like a high wall, cracked and bulging, that collapses suddenly, in an instant."Currently watching a pending calamity about to occur in my local community, I am reminded of an identical situation in the town where I grew up.Tragically, three front-street...
Two months have passed since I published an editorial that repeatedly used the word "circus" to describe circumstances at Mountain View City Hall. I wrote those words, but did not hear any feedback on them until last week. And the feedback was delivered in a form that I believe is so unacceptable...
(but I definitely laughed)     It started as a seemingly simple photo contest. The City of Willow Springs invited high school students to submit photographs showcasing the town. About 30 photos were posted online for voting.  The picture that received the most votes was a striking view of...

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