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Jason: Folks Down Under get down when attacked

By Jason Offutt I’m worried about America, and not for the obvious reasons. The crumbling economy, the rise in violent crime and the fact that “Keeping up with the Kardashians”…

Pat’s Panty: Winter goodness

By Pat Mills Chase away the winter chill with a slow cooker of warm spicy stew or soup. Place all ingredients in your slow cooker then head off to work…

Postcards: Things made from wood date to a time when Ray settlers made about everything from trees that surrounded them

By Linda Emley We live in a world where many things are made from metal or plastic, but this girl will always be in love with the wooden artifacts from…

A Look Back – 2013 in Photos (see other photos in the Jan. 2, 2014 print version

Jo’s Jottings: Holiday remains a time for family, acts of random kindness

By Jo Ellen Dale Hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas.  I certainly did.  My son Chuck came and brought dinner.  All  I had to provide was dessert…

Letter: Dirty nails worthy of respect

To the Editor: This past week our septic tank runneth over and had to be emptied. The man who came out to pump it out was an older man who…

Postcards: Potatoes were once king in Orrick, although POWs might disagree

By Linda Emley I remember how shocked I was the first time I heard that World War II POWs had worked in Orrick during the potato harvest. When we think…

Adoption joy ‘beyond my wildest dreams’

By Lisa Stellansdottir and Aimee Simons/For The Richmond News Amanda Nachtmann started a new life when she arrived at Kansas City International Airport with her two new daughters, Vika and…

Jason: When pregnant wife’s sneeze begets something else, clock begins ticking on statute of limitations

By Jason Offutt The sneeze seemed innocent enough. My wife and I walked along the outer aisle of the grocery store when a dainty “a-choo” slipped out of her. She…

Cut to the Chase: In 2014, let’s work on improving life in rural U.S.

By Rebecca French Smith It’s an interesting time of year. As the New Year begins, we reflect.  For the past week, we’ve seen all sorts of topics to consider. Google…