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Columnist’s note: I have never been happier to be informed that there was an error in my previous column. (Goodbye to donuts, 11/6/21) As it turns out, my Green Ridge neighbor with the homemade … more
Since the kitchen is operational, it’s time to have dinner guests! We started a few weeks ago with a shrimp and grits dinner. Next, we planned a birthday celebration, so I began mapping out … more
We honored veterans this week, as well we should. But how many of us have any inkling of what it’s like to be fighting for your life against an enemy out to kill you? As a Marine, Sedalian … more
Most people know at least something about the Bible. Even if a person has never entered a church, they at least have seen John 3:16 on cardboard signs or painted under Tim Tebow’s eyes. … more
Regarding my column last week regarding the current landfill proposal, I would like to make a correction concerning a piece of content that I incorrectly noted. The project is being developed by … more
Sedalia experienced a building boom in the 1880s and 1890s. Several local churches built new and larger buildings to replace their earlier buildings built in the late 1860s and early 1870s. They … more
While I am not one of those people who decorate as soon as the calendar hits Nov. 1 (that is what Thanksgiving weekend is for, people), I do like knowing that we’re in the midst of the holiday … more
Last week’s column garnered a variety of responses, some favorable, and others, well, not so much. My favorite, though, was from someone who reads my column every week. He wasn’t sure how … more
Three things happened last week which signaled the end of three worlds in three tiny, but unrelated universes. The first: In a tiny town in Illinois, a high school volleyball team played its last … more
Balance can be elusive in our lives. People are incredibly busy with a variety of things. Commitments and responsibilities can be overwhelming. The amount of information at our fingertips is almost … more
When Georgetown waned after it refused to support the movement of the Pacific Railroad through its community, most of Georgetown moved to the newly established town of Sedalia. Sedalia then reached … more
If you have been following the recent proposal of another landfill in Pettis County, the following will come as no surprise to you. If you have not, please continue reading and consider attending a … more
I waited for my wife to come out of Walmart the other day when my attention was drawn to a young woman who had just come out of the store. The woman was struggling mightily with a large purse over … more
Saturday’s print edition also includes the third edition of the Democrat’s 20 Under 40 publication. As the page 2 description indicates, “20 Under 40 is a celebration of young … more
We’re facing what may be an unprecedented labor shortage in this country, and no one seems to know exactly why. In its Oct. 15 issue, The Wall Street Journal listed factors that are thought … more
Tell the truth. Before a certain political party started warning of its “dangers,” before a certain “news” network started ranting about its being taught in schools – … more
As Congress hashes out President Biden’s proposed Build Back Better spending plan, it keeps getting smaller.  This is normal, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. But this time, … more
As I approach the end of October, autumn colors can be seen and cooler temperatures can be felt! All of this is a way of reminding me that nature is once again in the dying phase that is … more
It’s OK to say “no.” This is something that I have always found very difficult to do because I am a people pleaser. I have always been very self-conscious about the way in which … more
The first white settlers in what would become the northern part of Pettis County came in the first two decades of the 19th century. They were primarily old stock Americans who came from Virginia, … more
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