Opinion

Biden Kicks Off Administration with Job-Destroying Energy Moves

By U.S. Senator Roy Blunt Affordable energy is important for our entire country, but it’s especially important where we live – for families, farmers, manufacturers, and small business owners. Unfortunately, President Biden has started his administration off with a rush to reinstate some of the worst Obama-era energy policies. These are policies that will destroy

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Racing is a Family Affair

By: Travis Naughton Watching Sunday’s Daytona 500, I couldn’t help but think about my mother Donna, the person most responsible for my lifelong obsession with automobiles and racing. Some of my fondest childhood memories involve watching racing with my mother and my brother Blake at dirt tracks in the 1970s and ’80s. My earliest recollections

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Southern Boone Superhero

Southern Boone County is home to all sorts of fine people including firefighters, EMS technicians, police officers, sheriff’s deputies, state troopers, active military personnel, decorated veterans, medical professionals, and dedicated teachers. Despite their many titles, there is but one word to accurately describe all of these selfless individuals: Hero. For a community with a relatively

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February Memories of Hoarfrost and Castle Gardens

In February of 2003, Kit and I were living at Breakfast Creek.  One bleak gray day, I exchanged weather news via email with my friend Ollie in Washington DC.  “My God but it’s chilly and grim hereabouts these days!” he complained.  Feeling the same way, I replied, “Here, too. I’m so ready for a change

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An Ashland Boy’s Remarkable Achievement

It is a well-established fact that the name Naughton is synonymous with Excellence. Case in point: I have held two official Guinness Book World Records and may have qualified for two more had I bothered to have them certified. In the 1980s, my mother, my brother Blake, and I were a part of the world’s

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Winter Challenges to the Respiratory System

It is February, and the second winter of Covid-19 isolation is upon us.   On rare mild winter days, we look for signs of hope.  We are surprised by joy when a flock of robins suddenly hops across the yard like a Broadway chorus line. Their spirit is contagious, so even when temperatures are still

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Another Great Adventure

This week, I began working an eight-week substitute teaching assignment in a second grade classroom, covering for a great friend and a wonderful educator who is taking maternity leave. This is the fifth time in my teaching career that I’ve had the privilege of working for friends/co-workers while they stayed home with their new babies.

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Our ‘Constant Struggle’

“If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower in a speech on March 6, 1956— For the past four years, the world

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Opinions, Oafs, and Oaths

“The slow-rising central horror of ‘Watergate’ is not that it might grind down to the reluctant impeachment of a vengeful thug of a president whose entire political career has been a monument to the same kind of cheap shots and treachery he finally got nailed for, but that we might somehow fail to learn something

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The Magic of Ice

In the warming room at Boomerang Creek, the smell of a fire in our Buck Stove is comforting. The calming scent of herbs wintering over in a south-facing window fills the room. I’ve just read an AP news article: “Snow, ice disrupt Spanish lives.”  Storm Filomena—a 50-year record blizzard—has paralyzed large parts of central Spain. 

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