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Do you live in fear? You probably don’t want to look at it that way. Do I live in fear? Every single day, and it isn’t something new or forced on me by conspiracies. It is a fact of life. Life is full of things to fear, and if you don’t fear these things, then I don’t know if I’m impressed b…

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The start of Missouri's legislature during the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic raises questions about how lawmakers will adjust to the realities of this rampant virus.

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The year 2021 marks the 200th anniversary of statehood for Missouri — Aug. 10, to be exact. Almost seven years ago, the 97th Missouri General Assembly put the State Historical Society of Missouri in charge of planning statewide commemorations of the bicentennial. Since that time, we have vis…

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In a normal year, I dread the chore of putting away Christmas decorations. Not only does it take a while, it also feels like we’re packing up joy and shoving it into the storage closet to sit in the corner for the next 11 months.

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Share Your Christmas 2020 served 346 Polk County families, providing gift bags for every family member as well as food. This was the 35th year for Polk County Christian Ministries to sponsor the countywide program. 

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Our annual Shop with a Cop Program serves the Polk County area public school students (kindergarten through third grade). Each law enforcement officer shopping with a student was provided with $100 cash to spend with each student they were assigned. The student shoppers are chosen by their s…

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I suppose the closing was inevitable due to changing customer “banking preferences and behaviors,” as the Oct. 2 letter stated. I’m sure the move to online banking has reduced the need for live tellers. Though I’ve never done it, I guess borrowers can get loans without darkening the bank’s d…

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Look at the promises God makes to the Israelites in Leviticus 26:3-13. They’re marvelous and pretty well all-encompassing! Increase of harvests, peace in the land, harmful beasts banished and on and on. 

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For 42 years, I have shared my experiences and opinions on the pages of the Buffalo Reflex and for about half those years on pages of her sister newspapers.

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When Missouri's House begins its 2021 session, it may face a fascinating issue of residency which has a long history.

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“Don’t believe everything you hear,” a phrase usually used for stories about humans, can also be applied to some animal anecdotes.

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This column is inspired by a 1970 song by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young for parents to "teach your children well."

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Mirrored reflections of Christmas’s past,

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Our Christmas tree has a trunk made of plastic tubing, branches of twisted wire and needles of something synthetic and green. It’s a fake, but you know the adage, “If it looks like a duck….”

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The American Heritage Girls, sister organization to Trail Life USA, troop MO-0315 of Bolivar wish to thank the generosity of Bolivar citizens as they donated to our troop ministry at Dunnegan Memorial Park's Light The Park on Dec. 15.