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Have you ever been rolling along thinking that you’re doing a decent job of keeping everything done? Me, either! But one thing I have always thought I was pretty good at was recycling. … more
It is a wonderful time of year here in Polk County!  On behalf of the board of directors and members of the Bolivar Area Chamber of Commerce, I’d like to say thank you to the many people, … more
Christmas used to be simpler. I’m not talking about way back when people roasted chestnuts and used flip phones. I’m talking about a dozen years ago when our three kids were little. I … more
The 10 deaths at a packed Houston, Texas, concert crowd raised powerful and haunting memories for me from an episode of an old TV series more than four decades ago — "WKRP in … more
Now comes December, slipping in like Santa Claus with a hefty sack upon its shoulders — a tote filled not only with holiday surprises, but laden with treasured memories of seasons past. At … more
To celebrate Thanksgiving 2021, here are 21 things the pandemic has made me more thankful for this year: 21) Movie theatres: I didn’t realize how much I’d miss sitting in a big room … more
I keep hearing the term “new normal” and am not particularly fond of it. I wasn’t tired of the old one yet. Even Mother Nature throws her options in the mix occasionally, just to … more
Among my most prized books is a tattered copy of a late 19th century tome titled “Table, Home and Health.” Passed down to me through a succession of grandmothers, it contains hundreds … more
Concerned parent My name is Rex Groves, and I am a very concerned yet aggravated parent of two children in the Fair Play school district.  First of all, the school and the staff members … more
This column isn’t about beer goggles, but let’s start there. Just in case you’ve never worn them or heard the term, here’s a quick definition. “Beer goggles” … more
The best legacy I can leave When MBC tried to take over all of SBU’s land, buildings, equipment and tell excellent teachers what and how to teach, it just didn’t seem right. … more
A recent New York Times article about U.S. Supreme Court edits of wording mistakes reminded me about how Missouri's Supreme Court has dealt with legislative mistakes. The New York Times story … more
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