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Today, Valentine’s Day falls on Ash Wednesday. If you, like me, are someone who observes Lent and also wants to celebrate your love…today is kind of a bummer. In my house, Lent trumps a fourth-class feast day. Instead of festive flowers and thoughtful gifts, today is about fasting, wearing ashes...
  Every week in these pages, I subject our elected officials to intense scrutiny. This week, I’m using this space to show that no one, especially me, is above this scrutiny. I made a mistake, and I reported something inaccurately. I’d like to make it right and make sure the truth is crystal...
There has been a video circulating on social media of Officer Israel Guidry arresting a woman inside a car wash bay in Mountain View. Allegations surrounding this video use the word “chokehold” to describe the way the officer handles the arrest. This would be a very serious allegation if it...
Two weeks ago, I accepted the presidential gavel of the Ozark Press Association. In the 134-year history of the OPA, I am the eleventh woman to do so. Of these eleven, I can’t be sure how many are mothers. I am morally certain, however, that I am the only OPA president to ever accept that gavel...
What happened in Marion, Kansas on August 11 was illegal. The local police department served a search warrant and raided the news office of the Marion County Record as well as the home of its owner. They took computers, phones, servers, records, and essentially everything the paper needs to...
Why did you buy the newspaper in your hands?   Whether you are a subscriber or you picked up this copy from a newsstand, the last answer I would suspect is because of the legal notices inside. Of course not, right? I work hard to put original content on every page of this publication – from...
Interesting!  I’ve made the newspaper again! 1.  I bid everything out that I do- even though I don’t have to. 2. The Tax Sale listing has been fully printed to state Statute in a newspaper in the county of general publication.   3. Bid print amounts were .50 cents per word vs. $5.75 a...
Last week, I reported that former Alderman David Collins stepped down and has been replaced with Tyler Morris as the Ward II Alderman in Willow Springs. It was a very tame transfer of power – exactly the kind of regime change that characterizes a healthy democracy. If you’re looking for a scoop...
The issue in your hands features something new to us: a Flag Day pullout section. On page three, there is an American flag printed on the full page. I encourage you to keep this flag and display it proudly this week. I hope you tape it up in a window and reflect on what those stars and stripes...
Four folding chairs in the shade on the side of the road is a very low-key setting for powerful people to talk about an ambitious plan. Nonetheless, that’s where I found myself Thursday afternoon as I, the least significant or powerful person in the circle, listened to a community pillar, a state...

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