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Village Idiot: After a week’s cruise, binging and purging the only way to get into those Speedos

By Jim Mullen After spending a week in the Caribbean on a cruise ship, I wondered if Sue had been intentionally starving me all these years. We never have mid-morning…

Capitol Report: Spring break time to catch up, with family, Richmond leaders and others

By Joe Don McGaugh Last week Jefferson City and the State Capitol were abandoned, as the House remained adjourned the entire week for spring break. I was able to spend…

Match made in heaven: discounted senior dogs for senior citizens

From Gloria, a Humane Society volunteer who photographs and sends descriptions of adoptable pets: “We are having a ‘Seniors for Seniors Special.’ We have several senior dogs we are offering…

Rabbit Tracks: For now, hunt morels the old-fashioned way

When my son and daughter were teenagers, we had a ritual that we went through every three or four months.  While their mother was at work, we would take all…

Letter: School board: Why not let parents, law enforcement monitor drug use?

Dear Editor Let me see if I’ve got this straight: An unnamed “Springfield-based company” approaches Richmond High School officials and tries to sell them a drug-testing program. There was no…

Jason: Once a Pokémaniac, always a Pokémaniac

By Jason Offutt The students were talking about Pokémon. What bothered me is I knew they were talking about Pokémon. I’m a grown man. I shouldn’t know such things. “I’m…

Pat’s Pantry: A tasty supper

By Pat Mills When a recipe has been in circulation for 25, 50, even 60 years, you know that it has to be a good one. These recipes have been…

Postcards: Bates County memorializes Order #11 legacy

By Linda Emley My grandmother, Mildred Kell Schooler, was born March 22, 1907. For many years, I would take off work on her birthday and we would do something special.…

Jack Remembers: With Russkies bearing down, fun-loving GIs knew what to do

By Jack Hackley Actually, we were just kids even though we were 19 and some just 20 when we got drafted into the army. In today’s world, we would not…

April 10: MVCAA Poverty awareness march and Rally

Where you start not as important as where you wind up MVCAA will mark its 50 years of fighting poverty with community-awareness events in each of its seven counties, including…