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
“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
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
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.
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.
“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
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
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
You may as well accept it now: Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens will never testify under oath in court. Why? He cannot keep his story straight and it will not stand up to cross-examination under oath. Greitens will at trial invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. And Greitens’ attorneys and public relations team will
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