Opinion

Chicken Patty Wednesday may change

News alert to Southern Boone students: The infamous Chicken Patty Wednesday, a staple of the school lunch menu, could be taking on a whole new taste. Or, maybe not. You be the judge. The news from San Francisco’s Memphis Meats, Inc. is that they claim they have created the world’s first chicken strips grown from

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Naughton Family Spring

Spring Break Part One Greetings from beautiful Grapevine, Texas! I am happy to report that despite several minor catastrophes, the Naughton family has miraculously managed to survive the first few days of yet another epic adventure in our eighteen year-old recreational vehicle. Barely. There are some people who might interpret the two separate and simultaneous

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Kids need to learn how to play

One of the more interesting parts of being a grandparent is to sit back and watch your child be a parent. I spent a good part of the past week watching my daughter be a parent to my 9-month old grandson, Luke, (365 new photos and you don’t have to tell me you was to

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SoBoCo Heroes

By Travis Naughton The flames of the largest wildfire in Kansas history had barely been extinguished when Southern Boone native Courtney Collins started putting a plan together to get help to the people whose lives and livelihoods had just been destroyed by the firestorm that ravaged large parts of Kansas and Oklahoma. Courtney had seen

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Fire Department Answers the Call

By Bruce Wallace Monday’s temperatures set a record high temperature at 84-degrees, but that did not stop Southern Boone firefighters working, in full bunker gear, to demonstrate to high school teens what happens at the aftermath of a deadly car wreck. Those same fire volunteers made a real call late in the afternoon to fight

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A Little of This, A Little of That

By Bruce Wallace A few notes from the past few weeks: If you missed the Family of Christ Lutheran Church fish fry, you missed one outstanding meal. Not only was the fish, fries and slaw the best, they had the best help clearing plates I’ve seen in a few years. A young man tentatively approached

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Your Tax Dollars and Politicians’ Egos

By Sen. Claire McCaskill When politicians’ egos and taxpayer money combine, you’re bound to get a bad result. Wasting taxpayer money is wrong, whether it’s a billion dollars or a single penny. And so, finding and cutting waste has been a passion of mine since I worked as Missouri’s State Auditor. I recently found one

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Struggling with desire to scratch an itch

I just can’t today. Normally, I try to write something that will inspire you or make you laugh out loud. Not today. Sometimes I write about local heroes in our community or our stellar schools. Nope and nope. Today is not one of those days. Today, my friends, I must confess that I am struggling.

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No need for traffic signals in future

The future is always something new we can dream about, never quite put our finger on and laugh at when it gets too crazy. Yes, I’m still waiting for the George Jetson Jet Pack 3600 with the Easy Landing options. Sure, it’s easy to laugh at what others might tell us the future might be.

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High School Musical

Despite my well-earned reputation as a pathological attention seeker, my participation in high school musicals was limited to the relative anonymity of playing trombone in the orchestra pit. Although I was no stranger to the stage, having been a member of Hannibal High School’s studio jazz ensemble, a two-time performer at the annual talent show,

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