Opinion

Thank you, I’m sorry

The people of Southern Boone County have treated me much better than I deserve. Over the years, and especially in recent weeks, various members of our growing community have paid me compliments and given me words of encouragement that both flatter and humble me. “I really enjoyed your column last week.” “You did a great

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Teens don’t change, distractions do

Based on recent events and the new school year, I went on a survey tour. I went to discover the answer to the question: “Are high school teenagers different today than they were 10, 25 or 35-years ago?” Why this survey now? Because the national opioid crisis is on our doorstep. This is not exactly

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The Southern Boone Way

When Parker Boyce, Southern Boone High School’s talented kicker, nailed a long field goal to take a late lead against arch rival Hallsville in last Friday night’s football game, I got a little carried away in the excitement of the moment. “Phillips’ field goal was good from 43 yards!” I yelled into the microphone from

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Forty yards is a long way to run

The 40-yard dash is still an important part of measuring a football’s player’s ability and potential. College coaches, when recruiting high school players and the pros looking to draft college stars rely and “the 40 time.” When was the last time you ran 40-yards? Frankly, it’s been such a longtime for me, I’m not sure

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Beer yoga and the ubiquity of alcohol

So, apparently “beer yoga” is a thing now. People do yoga poses while holding and drinking a bottle of beer. It’s kind of a big thing now, I guess. Go figure. I’ve always thought it a bit odd that at 5K runs and half-marathons, (the literal stomping grounds of those who are obsessed with fitness

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Coach makes the right call when it comes to kids

Let’s just get it out right now and move on with things. If you can’t get past this one and move onto more important challenges and situations, then you will wind up spinning your wheels. You know you will have to admit it – so just do so and move forward. It’s probably a one

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Advice from a hardened snowflake

While watching football and visiting with a good friend last week, our conversation steered in the direction of a recent court case in which a public high school coach was ordered to stop asking his players to pray with him on the field after games. My friend, (an unabashed, Christian conservative), didn’t see any harm

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No reason for city to not get Internet tax

While most of us have noticed – an used – self-checkout lines at big box stores such as Walmart and Home Depot, few of us might realize another change in the back of Walmart stores. In a back office where associates previously counted the days cash and balance the books from the store’s registers, there

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W.W.M.R.D.?

Like millions of other kids who grew up watching “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” on television, I loved Fred Rogers. I deliberately use the word “love” to describe my feelings for the kind gentleman who taught so many young people how to treat their fellow human beings because his was always a message about love and respect.

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Eclipse was no time to think, just enjoy

Monday’s total eclipse of the sun brought a lot more light onto one mystery I’ve wondered about for more than a decade: Who are these Boone County Journal guys in Belvedere, Illinois? That’s right. The weekly newspaper in Belvedere, Illinois – population 25,000 – is known as the Boone County Journal. We get each other’s

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