MDC reports on spring turkey season

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that turkey hunters checked 38,730 birds during Missouri’s 2020 regular spring turkey season, April 20 through May 10. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 899 birds harvested, Callaway with 699, and Laclede with 651. Young turkey hunters also harvested 2,724 birds during the 2020 spring

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You Are Not Alone

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, which gives me a good excuse to write about my favorite subject: Me. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “Nearly 450 million people worldwide are currently living with a mental illness, yet nearly two thirds of people with a known mental illness never seek treatment.”

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The Common Ingredient that Connects Us

In its December 2014 magazine, National Geographic provided a link to an initiative exploring the future of food (natgeofood.com).  Revisiting this issue over five years later, its relevance is powerfully prescient and enlightening.  Findings have shown that there is enough food to go around, and that global undernourishment shouldn’t exist.  The world as a whole

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Ryan Edwards 1985-2020

Ryan Kieth Edwards, 34, passed away at his home in Hartsburg, Missouri on Saturday, May 9, 2020. He was born to Larry Edwards and Bobbi Joanne Nichols on December 15, 1985 in Columbia, Missouri. He was a 2004 graduate of Southern Boone Schools in Ashland, Missouri. He will be forever in our  hearts and is

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COVID-19 Testing

We are told that no physician’s note is required for you to be tested. There will be medical professionals on site to take care of the necessary paperwork. This is all the information we have been given. Any questions need to be directed to one of the testing providers. Truman VA and the Columbia Vet

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Teachers love students?

Several years ago, when I was subbing in Music at Southern Boone Primary School, a first grader approached me and whispered in my ear, “Mr. Naughton, I have loose stools.”  “Do you need to use the restroom?” I asked, with equal parts of concern and panic in my voice. “No, I just thought you should

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Stay at Home Cooking Memories that Feed the Spirit

My food memories of Stephenson’s old Apple Farm Restaurant go back to a spring road trip in the Midwest about 46 years ago— my final April in Omaha, Nebraska before beginning a new chapter of life teaching in Los Angeles.  My good friend Pat Fennell had invited me to accompany her on an adventure to

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Southern Boone: What 2021 may look like

Across the globe, the world has witnessed a few upsides to the current pandemic:  air quality has greatly increased, seismologists have noticed a significant drop in the vibrations/movements of the earth’s surface, Miami has gone seven weeks without a murder for the first time since 1957, and families appear to be using parks and outdoor

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Ashland businesses reopening

Many businesses throughout Missouri are reopening this week within the restrictions outlined in Governor Parson’s “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan, which took effect on Monday.  All businesses are allowed to open, provided that the social distancing guidelines set forth in the new health order are followed. Some businesses will be required to take additional precautions

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Watch for Motorcycles

After being cooped up for weeks during the COVID 19 pandemic, warmer weather and the need for continued social distancing could find many more motorcycles on our roadways this spring and summer. The Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety want to remind motorists to “Watch for Motorcycles” in order to

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