Opinion

Editorial

I once found myself getting a close up photo of Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt as he interacted with SoBoCo kindergarten students while announcing his education budget to the media. One of the governor’s assistants I met that day chided me a bit, asking: “I guess this is pretty much the biggest story of the month

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I am so happy you failed

“Mr. Naughton, why aren’t you a ‘real’ teacher?” My young students at Southern Boone Primary School ask me—their substitute teacher—this question almost as often as they ask me to tie their shoes. And I respect them enough to give them an honest answer. “Because I didn’t try my best when I was in college.” This

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Information your graduate can use

Where did March and April go? Where did the last decade go? The sands of time seem to be shifting faster each year and now, ready or not, it is graduation time. It was five years ago I premiered as a commencement speaker, I have been relegated again this year to photographer – which is

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Three hoods are better than none

Just as I was settling in to write this week’s column, Santa Claus sent me the following text message. “Soooo, how late do you stay up? I have some goodies for you!” Although the calendar indicated that last Sunday was April 29, it felt a lot like Christmas Eve when jolly old St. Nick, a.k.a.

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Why reporters are banned from photos

My mother would be so proud. My father would be laughing out loud. It is the reason why, in the journalism world, we always – ALWAYS – have the reporters, editors and publishers behind the camera. Not in front of the camera, not getting their photo in the paper, but putting the spotlight on others.

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The Best $20.60 I’ve Ever Spent

“But we don’t NEED another stereo.” My exasperated wife was right, in a practical sense, that we were not in immediate need of another home stereo system. In our living room, there resides a perfectly functional sound system pieced together from garage sales past. Our basement family room contains a Bluetooth soundbar and subwoofer setup

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Hall of Fame Event

It was a Hall of Fame night worth remembering. The first Southern Boone High School Eagles Hall of Fame ceremony was held Saturday evening and it was a celebration of outstanding athletes…..and a few of the special things about Southern Boone. Old friends, like Dave Gill and Gerald Buescher were inducted, as were younger old

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EDITORIAL: Rep. Sara Walsh should call for the governor to resign

That Ashland and Dist. 50 State Rep. Sara Walsh did not call for Gov. Eric Greitens’ resignation when he was indicted last month seemed prudent to many at the time. This newspaper was quickly convinced that where there was smoke, there was fire and called for Greitens’ resignation upon the first sign of impropriety. “We

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Serendipity and the Violent Farmer

In April, 2005, I created my own blog site as a way to entertain myself and a handful of friends and family members online. My inspiration came from a buddy of mine named Paul Shields, a comedian/song writer/meth lab disposal technician, who was gracious enough to allow me to contribute to his hilarious blog from

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