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Jack Remembers: Protecting baby quail at any cost

Carl Shelby lived in Oak Grove for 85 years.  His great-grandfather was Civil War Gen. Joe Shelby. Carl graduated from Oak Grove High School in 1932 and was the Phillips…

 Millions of dollars – plus 2 cents

Our legislators who want to give state money to charter schools should all have to take a course to study the Kansas City Public School system. A federal Judge decided…

Political corruption, jobs reasons for the Greitens vote

I recently asked my readers why they voted for Eric Greitens for governor instead of Chris Koster, who had the endorsement of all the major farm organizations, including Farm Bureau,…

Our vote: Keep writing your columns, Jack

I have always said I was going to quit writing “Jack Remembers” when I hit 1,000 columns. Well, today is my 1,000th column.  Since we have all just voted this…

Remembering the infamous day, stuck in Chicago

Every time Sept. 11 comes around, I think about my trip to Chicago in 2001 on that infamous day. My best friend and client, Cecil Troutwine, who owned Chicago Beer,…

They want a job, but don’t know how to work

My dad taught me how to cultivate corn when I was 11 years old.  The cultivator and team would straddle a row of corn.  With the handles and footrest, I…

One tourist’s destination a moon show

Wesley Dickhout graduated from Oak Grove High School in 1957 and moved to southern California. His dad was an electrician. His mother and three sisters all worked at Mac’s Place.…

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…

Jack Remembers: An ingrained memory of Sept. 11, 2001, Chicago trip

By Jack Hackley Every time Sept. 11 comes around, I think about my trip to Chicago in 2001 on that infamous day. My best friend and client, Cecil Troutwine, who…

Jack Remembers: No matter what your age, an older sister has your back

By Jack Hackley Back in the late 1960s, Bill McCoy, who was a close friend and business partner, and I were trying to market an insurance policy to a nationwide…

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