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On August 18, Congressman Jason Smith submitted official comments for the record expressing concern about the Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR) proposed Roads and Trails Plan Preliminary Alternatives (R&T Plan). In his comments, he noted this proposal could reduce trails and limit access...
Looks like we're going into another year with downtown sidewalk still blocked off. The City can’t do any thing about it! They make a lot of noise about other properies in town. But won’t take care of their own buildings. The City Hall, Police Station, Fire station could use a little paint and not...
"These are spots in their banquets, feasting together without fear, feeding themselves, clouds without water, which are carried about by winds, trees of the autumn, unfruitful, twice dead, plucked up by the roots, 13Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own confusion; wandering stars, to...
May we never forget.  As a nation, it is time to reflect and remember the nearly 3,000 lives that were lost 20 years ago on a Tuesday in September that is now simply known as 9/11. It was on that day that a group of terrorists acted to induce fear and panic in the citizens of the United States...
"And there were also two other malefactors led with him to be put to death. 33And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, they crucified him there; and the robbers, one on the right hand, and the other on the left (Luke 23:32-33, Douay-Rheims Bible)." Often we feel isolated...
I would like to personally thank all the communities and residents of Texas County (and surrounding areas) for the privilege and honor to serve as CEO of Texas County Memorial Hospital for the past 18 1/2 years.   When I interviewed for the position 19 years ago, one specific Board member asked...
Dear Editor,   I’m writing to provide a counter view on Mr. Vokac’s “Letter to the Editor” printed in the Howell County News issue dated September 1. First of all, Critical race theory, was drawn from roots laid down by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.  You might remember Marx because...
CRT. Critical Race Theory. This is a term used to soften the reality of the Marxist agenda that it represents. Of course under this administration of moral and family values degradation, the communist agenda to divide by race and control, conquer is alive and well. All an intelligent person...
At the Capitol, we are heading into veto session this month.  With a Republican Governor and a Republican legislative majority at our Missouri Capitol working together, veto session will likely be pretty short. We will continue budget and other committee meetings and continue planning upcoming...
Senate Bill 126 also extends hours for alcohol sales on Sundays to between 6 a.m. Sunday and 1:30 a.m. Monday     The waiver that allowed Missouri restaurants to sell "to-go" alcoholic drinks beginning on April 14, 2020, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, became permanent when Senate...

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