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Weaning time for fall-born calves is approaching soon. Now is a good time to do some planning and preparation before the big day arrives. more
On April 4, we will once again be asked to utilize one of our greatest freedoms and that is to cast our vote. more
One of my collateral duties aboard my first ship in the Navy was classified material control officer. Monthly, I would strap a .45 automatic on my hip and pick up new material at a closely guarded building. more
Liz Schleicher’s column on Saturday noted that few children’s books today are set on farms or deal with agriculture, and that today’s children are missing a great deal by not being able to read accurate books about farms and farm life. She is correct. more
Another municipal election approaches, and I always hope that “this year will be different.” The late Congressman, historian, and all-around good guy Ike Skelton said that all politics is local, and he meant locals must vote. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen in Sedalia. Though the percentage of Pettis County registered voters who actually vote in national elections is embarrassingly low, that percentage falls to dismal in municipal elections. more
The 50-year golden anniversary of Missouri’s Sunshine Law has led me to reflect on what could be done to restore the vision of Missouri’s original Sunshine Law sponsors. more
My mother’s people have two passions: farming and reading. I inherited the love of both. more
God hates _______. What comes to your mind to fill in that blank? You are probably thinking of a provocative poster at a protest. Or a person or yourself. The weight of this phrase should hit us. The perfect, infinite creator God, with all his power and authority, hates _____. How we fill in that blank is indicative of who we believe God is. more
Every spring, Boys & Girls Club members participate in the National Youth Outcomes Initiative Survey; here are a few things they said that stood out to me: more
I am a huge advocate of the topic, “Never stop growing.” more
The Missouri Constitution of 1875 outlines the duties of the various courts operating in the state, including the Supreme Court, the appellate courts, the circuit courts, the criminal courts, the probate courts, and the police or justice of the peace courts in various towns. more
Is there anything good for teenagers to do in Sedalia? more
I apologize to everyone with allergy problems, because I have never quite understood the agony of continual sneezing, blowing one’s nose, tears streaming down one’s face, and carrying around a box of tissues as if they were gold. Emily suffered mightily in both spring and fall, and the best I could do was say, “Oh, I’m so sorry. Please pick up your Kleenexes [or Puffs].” more
“What is your life?” writes James, the half-brother of Jesus. “For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (James 4:14). The Psalmist declares our life is “like smoke” (Ps 102:3). As I look around at the world and all those hurrying here and there, I ask myself, “what is the rush?” more
Normally, I read fiction, as it’s a great way to escape from reality for a bit. Recently, I have revisited my love for historical fiction. more
The poet William Wordsworth wrote of our “little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness ...” more
In listing the earliest residents of Blackwater Township in the northwest corner of Pettis County, the 1882 History of Pettis County names Isaiah Prigmore, who came in 1829 from Kentucky. more
Things are not the same as they were when I was growing up. I believe that every generation has said this from the beginning of time and that’s because of the one constant: change. more
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