Opinion

McDonald’s knows how to build

by Bruce Wallace The pure excitement of a new, stand-alone McDonald’s with a double-window drive-thru — that’s right, you heard me, a drive-thru to take your money and a drive-thru to hand you your food – is almost too much to be believed. OK, there’s as much sarcasm in that opening paragraph as there is

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Naughtons survive Florida

By now, I’m certain you’ve grown weary of reading about all of the misfortunes that have befallen the Naughton family on our many R.V. adventures. As a favor to you, loyal reader, I will not write about the fact that we were able to run our roof-top air conditioner for a grand total of only

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Politics and County Fair

Let’s face it, the funniest political commercial on TV this election season is the one in which three children, including one young blonde girl, are sticking their tongues out at each other, saying: “Nyah-Nyah-Nyah” and actually slinging mud at each other. Meanwhile, Lt. Governor Peter Kinder tells the watcher that being governor requires more than name-calling

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Naughtons in Paradise

By Travis Naughton Author’s note: I strongly recommend reading today’s column aloud, preferably in your very best Southern accent, if you please. Begging your pardon, kind lady (or gentleman), but would it be too great an imposition to ask you to indulge, for just a moment, this poor excuse for a writer from America’s heartland

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New Programs at YMCA

By Bruce Wallace Just returned from a national conference of YMCA directors, managers and volunteers, Southern Boone YMCA Director Kip Batye was excited to get to work on Monday morning – and ready to implement a number of new programs at the Southern Boone YMCA. I sat down with Batye for a Q&A: Q: What

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My friends, Black and Blue

What is a friend? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a friend as: one attached to another by affection or esteem; an acquaintance; one that is not hostile; one that is of the same nation, party, or group. Dictionary.com adds that a friend is: a person who gives assistance; a person who is on good terms with

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Skinny bridge is exciting ride

It is a bridge which should have been dumped in the river 30 years ago. A bridge so painfully narrow, you squeeze your shoulders together and hold your breath as you slowly inch your way over it. As with all road trip stories, this one starts at the beginning. You know the ending – I

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This Boots was made for walkin’

by Travis Naughton Over eleven years ago, back when we still lived in our first house, a stray cat showed up at our back door one day and decided to have a litter of kittens. Alex was only four years-old at the time, and he loved playing with the tiny furballs whenever he went outside.

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The Shave-less Summer

Having solemnized my fourth wedding of the season last weekend, I now have three full months to do as I please before facilitating the final two nuptials on my schedule this fall. I could have performed two more ceremonies between now and then, but I declined those requests so that I can focus more time

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It is our nature to explore

Coming right up is my favorite holiday, Independence Day, and just behind that, the anniversary of an event which reminds us of America’s greatness – then and now. This will be the 240th anniversary of the day which patriots banded together to sign Mr. Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence. In just a few weeks, it

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