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Most who read my column will already know that my father-in-law, Frank Lefevers, lost his long battle with cancer last week. As you read this, we will be laying him to rest. Over the past week, … more
It’s been a rough start, Chiefs fans. After several winning seasons and back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, a 1-2 record can feel disappointing. It’s the first time the Chiefs have … more
I’m a “true crime buff.” It all started with the TV series “Unsolved Mysteries” when I was a little girl. Our whole family watched it, and my mom would tape episodes on … more
Today, words are swirling around in my head like the leaves that will soon fall from the trees – or the leaves that ended up in the street after the storm the other day. I attribute that to the … more
I’m a bit late, but happy 200th birthday anniversary, Missouri. You might be interested to know that the debate over how to pronounce your name has continued to this very day. As we all … more
With the situations that we are facing in this world today, we have a need to put a little more love in our hearts toward our fellow man.  The 13th chapter of 1st Corinthians tells us about … more
Like many people during this pandemic, I cut my activities quite a bit, and until recently I had spent most of my time in my house watching television.  The biggest downside to this lack of … more
Cancer Sucks! That’s a term that we hear quite often because it affects so many people, but it is as accurate a statement that can be made when it strikes home. Many of you read that I … more
Citizens National Bank closed on Nov. 6, 1931, following the death by suicide of bank president William Powell. Bank examiners began to review the bank’s records to discover the condition of … more
How many times have you heard the phrase “be kind?” Apparently for some people, they haven’t heard it nearly enough.  I’ve worked with the public in every job … more
It’s the end of the Summer of the Kitchen. Well, certainly it is the end of summer, but fortunately, it is the end of the kitchen construction, as well. Yes, I believe we’re there. I … more
When the Supreme Court declined to block it, the Texas “heartbeat law” became effective Sept. 1 — at which point the abortion industry, President Biden and the Democratic Party went … more
We have officially entered fall. The days will be shorter. The nights will be longer. The summer heat passes and meets the cool of autumn. I’ve always found it interesting that when we have a … more
Editor’s note: While Stephanie spends some important time with her family, she is bringing back this column that originally appeared in the Jan. 22, 2020, edition of the Democrat. As many of … more
Sedalians were shocked when Charles C. Evans, president of Sedalia Trust Company, shot and killed himself at the family home at 810 W. Broadway Blvd. on Jan. 29, 1932. Evans left a note claiming he … more
It’s almost time for the next season to arrive. I know there are plenty of stereotypes of “basic” girls being a little too obsessed with fall. I’m just as baffled as you … more
Dear readers: I have been on and off sick for the past three weeks. Ragweed season is upon us, and after an extra dusty and pollen-y weekend, I developed the intense hay fever that usually gives me … more
One of the few instances where Donald Trump and Joe Biden agreed was the need for the United States to disengage from Afghanistan after 20 years of war. But there the similarity ends. President … more
It’s painful to see how far we’ve fallen.  During my mother’s 30-year teaching career, she dealt with myriad school boards and never was subjected to the vitriol exhibited … more
Recently I was reading a story in the Old Testament regarding the Prophet Elijah and the calling of Elisha. I’ll come back to that story in just a minute. First, let me remind you of where … more
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