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Jason: Mom, this one’s for you, and me

By Jason Offutt The box tormented me. It sat on U.S. 71, an orange or strangely colored grapefruit printed on the side. The box was in the middle of the…

Letter: Not much right about Amendment 3, which would impose testing-based teacher evaluations in state

To the Editor There are so many things wrong about state Amendment 3, this permanent change to our state Constitution. • Financially, the amendment will force school districts to spend…

Cut to the Chase: Farms offering agritourism attraction grew 42.5 percent in latest AG Census

By Rebecca French Smith Fall is a perfect time to learn about agriculture. Harvest is in full swing and farmers are bringing the last fruits and vegetables of the summer…

Breeder working to prevent cross-pollination

By Ken Roseboro For nearly 15 years, Frank Kutka has been working to prevent genetically modified (GMO) corn from cross-pollinating with organic and other corn varieties. Kutka, a plant breeder,…

NASS agriculture, weather, grain stock reports

Missouri grain stocks Old crop corn stocks in all positions on Sept. 1, 2014, totaled 24.0 million bushels, up 39 percent from Sept. 1, 2013. On-farm stocks totaled 8.50 million…

Ray Health Department administering flu shots throughout county

Ray County Health Department is offering flu shots this fall at different locations and times. “Now is the best time to get your influenza vaccination,” said Stacey Cox, R.N. and…

Postcards: Bloody Bill got a proper tombstone, 103 years after death

By Linda Emley I’ve spent the last three years and 20 days planning the Battle of Albany reenactment. It’s hard to believe that we are only 24 days away from…

Jack Remembers: George Pirch’s students didn’t forget him or what he taught

By Jack Hackley Every once in a while, someone comes in to a small town and makes a big difference.  In Oak Grove, it was a school teacher and coach…

Program organized for grandparents faced with raising grandchildren

With a growing number of grandparents raising their children’s children, two Ray County organizations will partner in a new Grandparents Gathering Workshop/Support Group. Michelle Zwiers, outreach specialist for the Missouri…

It wasn’t about revenge for Hardin QB, but it was sweet nonetheless

Current Hardin-Central quarterback Sean Utley will remember this year’s Northwest Hughesville game more fondly than the one two years ago. In the earlier game, Utley sustained a torn labrum in…

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