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Even if you never drive on a country road, chances are that you will end up following a combine, tractor pulling a grain cart or wagon, or even a semi-truck hauling grain. Please be patient, the … more
I have checked the Harrison County Board of Supervisors website weekly for five months. Sometimes, numerous times in one week. To this day, Sept. 21, 2021, the minutes of the weekly BOS meetings are … more
The gate to the front yard beckoned, only ten yards away. I pictured Mom inside the house working on supper. When I walked in she would take one look at my severely injured knee and immediately shift into motherly-care mode. She would gently wash the scrape and clean out the gravel. I could almost smell the hydrogen peroxide that she would pour over it, making it sting like the dickens. White droplets would puff out on all the scratches. “It’s killing the germs,” she would say as the tiny bubbles popped, whispering a fizzing sound. more
Harrison County Assessor Brenda Loftus recently hired a firm out of Omaha called HR Systems to study whether her salary is in line with the other 98 County assessor's salaries. Their findings were … more
On Sept. 2 and Sept. 9, I went to the supervisor’s meeting to address the large amounts of money that the supervisors are spending, seemingly without any regard to what the … more
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen recently announced that, within the next month, the federal government will exhaust so-called “extraordinary measures” that are being used to fund our debt obligations. Put simply, this means a fight to raise the debt ceiling will be at the top of the agenda when the House reconvenes next week. more
“Make sure she gets on the bike again,” Dad instructed Dorothy after my heel was bandaged. We all knew what he meant; I needed to ride again to overcome the fear of getting hurt. In challenging life situations our father was known to say, “It’s like getting thrown off a horse; you just have to get back on again.” I was glad he didn’t say that this time because he made it clear that I could not have a horse. more
Life presents challenges to us all and most of us understand worry. There are enough ordeals along the way of life to cause each of us to worry our heads off. However, worry will never add another day to our lives. Worry will not smooth a wrinkle, dry a tear or eliminate disease, poverty. It will not keep someone from harm. Worry has never prevented bad news or bad things from happening. more
Twenty years ago, on a bright, clear-skied September morning, our nation was attacked. Many of us probably remember where we were on that fateful, horrific day. I know I do. more
I don’t remember a time when we did not have a television in our home as I grew up. The black and white Zenith sat next to the roll-top desk in the living room and often provided night-time entertainment for the family. more
“If cats don’t go to heaven, then I don’t want to go either!” I boldly announced to the young pastor at my first year confirmation class. Two summers ago I related this statement from my youth to three close friends as we sat around my sunroom table, while my cat Elsa rubbed tortoiseshell hairs on every leg and basked in the extra head rubs and ear scratches. “Of course they go to heaven,” asserted one of the ladies. She smiled softly and added, “They give us a taste of heaven on earth.” more
I didn’t send my young children to school that day, though the two who were old enough to attend school were ready and even excited for the day ahead of them. I got a phone call as I was … more
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