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Last season, Kansas City Chiefs football fans saw a 50-year Super Bowl drought come to an end after they finally made it back to the big game. Thankfully for Chiefs fans, they also ended a 50-year …

Reacting to the DC riots

Like most of you, my heart broke for the loss of life at the riot at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. after what was mostly a peaceful protest rally that day. And it was a peaceful day. I …

It was a week before Christmas when I picked up one final box of personal belongings and walked out of my Missouri State Capitol office for the last time. With all legislative activity done for the …

There is always something special about the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. No matter what struggles or challenges any of us had to go through in the past 365 or 366 days, all of …

Holidays set for basketball

Seven of the eight Wright County public school varsity basketball teams will be competing among three holiday tournaments starting this Saturday, Dec. 26. Both the Hartvillle and Mountain Grove …

Christmas 2020 to be memorable

With this week’s issue, it’s hard to believe that our next publication will be dated December 23, just two days before Christmas 2020. Lately, listening to the timeless loop of …

As of the Dec. 2 COVID-19 update issued by the Wright County Health Department, the county now has a total of 18 deaths reportedly attributed to the pandemic. In looking at that total, I sure do …

Like many of our readers, I too was looking forward to finally getting some time off with the Thanksgiving holiday last week. I enjoyed leaving early on Wednesday as our family enjoyed …

It’s hard to believe that after this long and crazy year of 2020, we have finally arrived to Thanksgiving week. All of our lives have been affected with the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of you …

If you are a supporter of President-elect Joe Biden, you are feeling good about life right now. The mainstream media is now covering transition stories on who Biden will have in his …

It appears the mainstream media has not learned anything from the controversial election of 20 years ago when many of the television networks declared Vice President Al Gore the winner of the …

For the second year in a row, there were easily more than 1,000 people who attended the Trunk or Treat event on the square in Mountain Grove this past Saturday. I have attended many Trunk or …

When I interviewed Mansfield native Patty Thompson last week regarding her book for sale on Amazon called, “Look What God Did!,” she asked me if I would consider writing an official …

When the fall sports season began for Wright County school districts, there was a lot of uncertainty among coaches and administration in regards to just how many games the programs would actually …

When it comes to the high school fall sports season, three of Wright County’s districts field competitive baseball teams that don’t compete for a district title until the spring season. …

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of countless community events during the past six months. Though October will be absent of annual events like Wilder Day, which was previously …

Over the years, I’ve written countless editorials on a variety of topics. Every so often, I like to use my column space as a way to give a public shut out to members of the community for …

Back on April 22, I had written an editorial expressing my gratefulness that our area had not been hit harder by the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time, Wright County had just nine reported cases …

When Wright County school districts started their 2020-2021 school year during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, administrators and staff were hoping their districts could somehow make their way through …

Journalists and anonymous sources

It seems like during every presidential election cycle, an article gets published in a mainstream publication using anonymous sources that has concerning information regarding one of the two main …

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