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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (07/27/2014) at 10:39 PM

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  • Horrigan: Overthinking Michael Wacha and 'Goodnight Moon'

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  • In Democratic primary, Steve Stenger for St. Louis County executive

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  • FOUL: Court gets it wrong on Obamacare

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  • FAIR: University City rights its wrong on Normandy transfer students

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  • FOUL: Key point in county executive primary debate debate: Shhh


    Kansas City Star - Editorials
    As of (07/27/2014) at 10:39 PM

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  • Primaries will decide three Jackson County Legislature races In those three races, no opponents in other political parties filed for the November general election. Here are The Star’s recommendations in the five contested races. The Monday poll: Speak out on taxes and transportation Aug. 5 brings primary elections in Missouri and Kansas. On the Missouri side, voters statewide and locally will face issues involving taxes, transportation and Kansas City’s proposed streetcar expansion. We’d like to know where you stand. Arthur Nemitoff: An open letter to Hamas Letter of the week: If I were president for six months Incumbents hold the cards in Missouri congressional races Emanuel Cleaver, Sam Graves and Vicky Hartzler have attracted multiple challengers, but few of those challengers have what it takes to win. The Star’s recommendations in contested Missouri House primaries The Missouri General Assembly desperately needs independent-minded representatives ...

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  • Protect taxpayers on soccer village in Kansas City, Kan. The project would boost the image and use of Sporting Park and bring more national attention to Kansas and Kansas City, Kan., in the fast-growing world of U.S. soccer. No one, though, got into the details about the public-private sector split on paying for the project, although it’s likely taxpayers will be asked to put in millions of dollars.

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  • KC, Hickman Mills schools to erase stigma with free meals It’s a bold step to provide free breakfast and lunch for all students in high-poverty schools, but it fits the need for wrap-around social services.

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  • Choose high-quality leaders in Clay and Platte counties’ primaries In the Aug. 5 primaries, voters in both of the fast-growing Northland counties have chances to help keep good people in office but also push forward other well-qualified candidates. Here are The Star’s recommendations in selected contested races.

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  • `Like' The Star on Facebook and enter to win an iPad Air Like The Star on Facebook, and you'll get local news updates in your news feed and have a chance to win an iPad Air. One iPad Air winner will be selected from all entries from all participating McClatchy newspapers. Forge a Gaza ceasefire now The rest of the world is tired of watching the bloodshed mount, tired of the pictures of death and grief, tired that this irreparable and ceaseless struggle over territory, identity, dignity and the right to exist has erupted once again into chaos and madness. Monday poll: How you voted We asked four questions about immigration. Here are the unscientific results based on about 2,000 online responses: Experienced leaders are best choices for Johnson County Commission primaries The Aug. 5 nonpartisan primaries will reduce the County Commission races to two candidates each in the November elections. The Star’s recommendations follow. End the embarrassment, restore common se...

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    The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
    As of (03/24/2014) at 11:55 PM

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  • This 'gracious lady' took interest in all her students Mar. 23, 2014 Trouble. It was not my fault. My parents, high school teachers and counselors reviewed my grades and decided I was smart enough to finish high school in three years and get a jump on college.

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  • 10 rules to live by, hard to live with Mar. 23, 2014

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  • Krauthammer: Ukraine needs strength, not MREs Mar. 23, 2014 Early in the Ukraine crisis, when the Europeans were working on bringing Ukraine into the EU system and Vladimir Putin was countering with threats and bribes, one British analyst lamented that 'we went to a knife fight with a baguette.'

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  • To the point/Roses and thorns Mar. 23, 2014

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  • Today's Editorial Cartoon 10:46 AM

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  • Vote 'No' to renew tax Mar. 22, 2014

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  • Stoeffler: Check out our fresh digital designs Mar. 22, 2014

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  • Sometimes life takes a near miss Mar. 22, 2014

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  • We are doing students a disservice when we make education an easy 'A' Mar. 22, 2014

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  • Readers' letters Mar. 22, 2014

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  • Vote 'No' to renew tax Often, we have to pay for our mistakes.

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  • Let's end domestic abuse

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  • Let's let the 'Sunshine' in

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  • Morris is wildlife leader

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    The Independence Examiner - Editorials
    As of (07/27/2014) at 10:39 PM

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  • For when you want faith to be more than a subplot Updated at 7:13 PM Sometimes it’s the truth that makes fiction so powerful. That’s the case with Sharon Garlough Brown’s book, “Sensible Shoes: A Story about the Spiritual Journey” ($18, IVP Books). “I longed for my characters to be windows and mirrors,” Brown said from her home in Michigan. “It is often easier to see true things about somebody […] --

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  • Box Office: Lucy Tops Hercules Posted at 6:05 PM Lucy was the queen of the box office this weekend.The action film that stars 

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  • Qatar's Purchase Of Billions Of US Weaponry — And Support For Hamas — Shows How Awkward Foreign Policy Can Be Posted at 7:55 PM

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  • Supernatural: Demon Dean Gets Tied Up, Sings Karaoke Posted at 4:05 PM At Sunday's packed Comic-Con panel for Supernatural, stars

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  • Here’s How Much Money People Need To Earn To Feel Successful Posted at 7:55 PM

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  • 11 Crucial Lessons Everyone Learns In Business School Posted at 3:25 PM

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  • Days gone by Posted at 12:45 PM 50 YEARS AGOThe following items were taken from July 19 through 25, 1964, Examiner.• Delegates to the National Education Association annual convention in Seattle have returned home. Mrs. Henry L. Livingston,...

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  • Finally, Proof That Buying Generic Is A Good Idea Posted at 3:25 PM

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  • RICH BERNSTEIN: People Become Visibly Disappointed When I Tell Them About The Best Investment Opportunity In The World Posted at 3:25 PM

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  • Sensory friendly night at Wonderscope Children’s Museum Posted at 11:00 AM Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City will hold a Sensory Friendly Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1, 5700 King, Shawnee.This event will provide a comfortable, protected and accepting environment, allow parents to make... 6 Money Lessons You Should Have Learned Before College Posted at 11:55 AM NEXT 10  »


    The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
    As of (07/27/2014) at 10:39 PM

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Kimberly Shaw has experience to be circuit court judge By Jane Foland Poore : Kim Shaw practices in Division 5 several times a week. She is well-versed in both criminal and civil law. Having practiced for 25 years, she is a seasoned attorney. She’s what Boone County needs.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Finley Gibbs right choice for circuit court by Tomo O'Connor and Diana Moxon : Finley Gibbs exhibits many of the characteristics desirable in a judge — fairness, compassion, rationality, and an ability to analyze complex situations and form a cohesive and persuasive argument.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Transportation sales tax positively impacts all Missourians by Russell Crane : Gas tax revenue is an increasingly unstable revenue source. It would be shortsighted, and foolish, to present voters with a transportation funding solution that will have declining revenues from the very beginning of its passage.

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  • DEAR READER: It's almost time again to get smart on politics by Tom Warhover : As the Aug. 5 election approaches, voters guides update Missouri residents about hot-button issues.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Considering contentious ballot issues by Springfield News-Leader : Amendment 5, which goes beyond gun rights, could be dangerous, and Amendment 8 doesn"t really help veterans, so voters should not approve either one of those. Amendment 9, however, makes sense in the electronic age, and voters would be wise to approve it.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Citizens deserve another option to save Boone County fairgrounds by Steve Spellman : Also not on the table is to initiate the next chapter in the fairgrounds history with real leadership to build a community-based nonprofit cooperative of perhaps the fair board, 4-H groups, FFA groups, equine enthusiasts and other caring citizens who are willing to ... put the fairgrounds on a more financial, cultural and politically sustainable path for the future.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Timing of campaign checks trips up Missouri GOP again by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : When it comes to denying that ill-timed campaign checks influence public policy, Missouri Republicans are having a hard time keeping their stories straight.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri should stop holding out on prescription drug database by The Joplin Globe : Missouri continues to be the only state in the United States that won"t allow a prescription drug database to be established. The opposition to the database comes from a small group of Missouri lawmakers who say it would violate personal privacy.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri farming needs regulation to prevent soil erosion by Mark Belwood : If we want to save our soil, then discredited farming practices must be abandoned — not enshrined in the bill of rights as Amendment 1 would.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Right to Farm' amendment threatens animal welfare by Jessica Blome : At the very least, the Amendment will eliminate the rights of some local governments to regulate factory farms within their borders.

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  • DAVID ROSMAN: For the most part, don't mess with state constitution by David Rosman : With the primary election coming soon, David Rosman shares his opinion on the ballot measures and how he intends to vote.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's higher education department scores A+ on immigration studies by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : The legislature has barred students who have applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status from receiving in-state tuition, so the department is offering them free tuition at community colleges to work around that decision.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Amendment 1 would protect all of Missouri's farmers, ranchers by Michael L. Parson : State Sen. Michael L Parson says the "Right to Farm" amendment was drafted to ensure all Missouri farmers are able to operate without "unreasonable intrusion from outside interests."

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  • ROSE NOLEN: Uncertain about right to farm, when corporations are involved by ROSE M. NOLEN : The proposed amendment raises questions about who the right to farm will apply to and what it will mean.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Rejecting transportation sales tax would hurt Missouri by Springfield News-Leader : Yes, it’s big, but we believe the price is worth paying if the state’s roads, bridges and other transportation-related needs are met.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Underfunding national and state parks shortchanges America's treasures by Jill Richardson : America’s greatest vacation destinations are also our most egalitarian. You can almost certainly afford the price tag of admission — even to the likes of the Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Partisan power struggle isn't serving Missouri residents by Jefferson City News-Tribune : We encourage Missouri lawmakers to consider gubernatorial vetoes individually, not collectively. Further action that intensifies discord would be a mistake and not in the best interests of Missouri residents.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Wrongly imprisoned, Mark Woodworth deserves justice by The Kansas City Star : With Mark Woodworth"s case dismissed, who will answer for the 17 years he spent in prison?

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon's veto of e-cigarette bill was smart move by Jefferson City News Tribune : Even though e-cigarettes do not contain any tobacco, they do contain additive nicotine — also found in tobacco products — and so they should be regulated like other tobacco products for the sake of the public"s health.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Too much regulation threatens ability to fight fires by Wall Street Journal : The Department of Defense"s decision to stop supplying federal firefighting equipment to states on the grounds that the equipment does not meet emissions standards is ill-timed.


    Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
    As of (07/27/2014) at 10:43 PM

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  • Amendments Too often Missouri lawmakers punt difficult issues to voters in the form of amendments to the state constitution, putting the onus on citizens to make the hard calls. As a general rule, voters should be wary of “cluttering” the constitution.

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  • Obamacare Lovers and haters of the Affordable Care Act found something to cheer in two recent findings by federal appeals courts.

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  • District 47 Republicans will choose Aug. 5 between Chuck Basye and Betsy Phillips to run against incumbent Democrat John Wright for Missouri House District 47 representative. Wright is unopposed in his primary race.

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  • Fairground tax Opposition to the proposed county-wide eighth-cent sales tax primarily to support operations at the Boone County Fairgrounds boils down to a two-prong attack that has nothing to do with the need.

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  • Recorder Two Democrats and one Republican are running to succeed Bettie Johnson, who is retiring after 35 years as Boone County recorder of deeds. In their campaigns, the three agree on one thing: Bettie is the best goldanged recorder who ever...

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  • Campaign donations So what?

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  • Associate circuit judge Incumbent Larry Bryson is retiring, opening the office of associate circuit judge for a mini-rush of would-be successors.

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  • Amendment 7 Recognizing a severe shortage of funds to maintain and build Missouri transportation facilities, supporters faced an unprecedented dilemma. Motor fuel taxes no longer are adequate, so they propose turning to a three-fourths-cent sales tax increase expected to produce $534 million...

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  • Good idea The Mayor's Task Force on Violent Crime recommends “ban the box,” referring to a box routinely appearing on employment forms for applicants to check if they have ever been convicted of a crime.

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  • Sales taxes Financing for important public initiatives has fallen so far behind that increased sales taxes become the only way to gain the needed revenue, and projects are so important it makes no sense to put them off. Passage of time will...

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  • Early voting Democrats seem to favor earlier voting, and Republicans seem to be against. Why is that?

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  • Parks funding The city of Columbia is conducting a professional survey of the potential for attracting more sports events, already shown to be good business for the community.

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  • `Right to farm' Protecting a “right to farm” seems obvious, but should any such thing be enshrined in the Missouri Constitution?

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  • Protecting the language I am indebted to the executive editor of the Paducah Sun, who recently published reminiscences of usage advice from the late John Bremner's book “Words on Words.” Bremner spent most of his career teaching journalism at the University of Kansas.

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  • TIF veto A few days ago, Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed HB1553, an omnibus bill that included the sudden late-inning restriction sought by Boone County on the ability of the city of Columbia to implement tax increment financing.

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    St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
    As of (07/27/2014) at 10:44 PM

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  • Plans will help heal old wounds Considering no new jobs were attached to Heartland Health/Mosaic Life Care's big announcement Friday, the buzz around this news of a move of at least 200 jobs to Downtown St. Joseph is noteworthy.

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  • New hope for small towns Like a watch that's been neglected, small towns across our region seem to be "winding down.” But look to the east and to the west and see two communities taking their fate into their hands and not leaving it to the hands of time.

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  • Habitat's stewardship seen in board, support It's nice to be recognized for your work.

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  • Let's build on camp success The "new" has worn off, but visiting the Kansas City Chiefs' training camp on the campus of Missouri Western State University still is a unique treat for football fans, year in and year out.

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  • We don't have to like it Complying with federal environmental standards is a costly proposition for sewer ratepayers in St. Joseph, and now we will be reminded each month.

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  • Tourism important every day In the countdown to the Kansas City Chiefs' training camp, much has been made of how our city will enjoy a nice boost in tourism over the next three weeks.

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  • Trends positive for teens Here's some good news: Teens are making better choices about risky behaviors.

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  • Road tax emerges as best option Veterans of lawmaking will tell you: Sometimes the best public policy decision is the one voters will approve.

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  • Send a message: We value schools In the middle of summer, when the minds of both parents and kids are on other things, today presents a rare opportunity to leave a long-lasting message that education matters greatly in the grand scheme of things.

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  • Pumps lift spirits at Lake Contrary The water level is up at "the lake," but it's not sustainable without nature's help and annual checks written by the Lake Contrary Development Association.

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  • On giving the dying a chance No one should go around touting Missouri House Bill 1685 as the savior for all terminally ill patients. It is far, far from that.

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  • Standards' debaters find middle ground "Common Core." The words by themselves are a lightning rod attracting a heated reaction from people throughout the Midland Empire who favor local control and oversight of their schools.

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  • Prepare to teach a child Not to put any extra pressure on parents, but they really are their children's first teachers.

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  • Transfer without hassles Pursuing a college degree in Missouri is now easier, thanks to action by state lawmakers and education leaders.

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  • Economic vitality requires teamwork Surviving in this global economy is one thing. Thriving is another.

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  • College? Are you sure? Know a young person heading to college this fall? Are you sure?

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  • Casino parlays bets into solid record As the St. Jo Frontier Casino celebrates its 20th anniversary this summer, managers are pondering two recent reports - one good and one not so good.

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  • Streets have our attention You can almost hear the legions of St. Joseph citizens cheering on their representatives:

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  • No quit in levee boosters It should be clear by now - whether we have a week of heavy rains or not - that our levees protecting Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas from ravaging floods are in need of constant attention.

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  • Why not save together? Down in Kansas City, civic and business leaders are teaming up with Kansas City Power & Light Co. in an unusual partnership to reduce energy use while competing with nine other large cities nationwide.


    The Joplin Globe - Editorials
    As of (07/27/2014) at 10:44 PM

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  • Our view: 'Yes' on 7 Opponents of Amendment 7 say this: “Missouri families are already hard pressed to pay their bills during this period of slow economic recovery.” July 26, 2014

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  • Wally Kennedy: Baskin-Robbins set to open in August At one time, the area around 30th and Main streets was the place to go for ice cream. On one corner was Anderson’s Ice Cream, and on a corner a bit further north on the other side of the street was Dairy Queen. July 26, 2014

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  • Mike Pound: Parents 'literally' losing minds, sunglasses It was five minutes after nine on Friday morning when my wife walked into our kitchen. I was pouring myself a cup of coffee and getting ready to sit down and read my paper. July 26, 2014

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  • Other Views: Forge Gaza ceasefire It’s of utmost and urgent importance that Secretary of State John Kerry succeed in his mission to broker a ceasefire in the Gaza conflict between Israel and Hamas. July 25, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Tom Lindley, columnist: Better police needed to catch cheaters Cheating has been part of college athletics probably for as long as people have bothered to keep score. July 25, 2014

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  • Your View: Misleading ballot language Amendment 1, the “Right to Farm” amendment, on the Aug. 5 ballot isn’t as wholesome as it sounds. July 25, 2014

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  • Your View: Amendment will help all Missourians I would like to address concerns that Amendment 1 may not be good for all Missourians. July 25, 2014

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  • Our View: Scratch this off your list Missouri voters will go to the polls on Aug. 5 and consider a measure that would create a new lottery ticket devoted to helping fund the Missouri Veterans Commission. July 25, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Our View: MDC's got it right You might be surprised to learn that one of Missouri’s most robust volunteer programs is run by the government. July 24, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Your View: Confusing the facts I have found during my time in public service if someone is on the wrong side of an issue, the best they can do is attempt to confuse the public with statements that do not reflect the facts. July 23, 2014


    The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
    As of (07/27/2014) at 10:44 PM

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  • Your Opinion: Chamber contribution for ballot issue questioned - Politics and the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce Jefferson City Government and the Cole County Commission annually provide tax funds to the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce to promote our city and surrounding area.

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  • Your Opinion: Transportation tax shifts burden unfairly - This three-fourth cent transportation sales tax coming up for a vote is, in my opinion, all part of a bigger plan to cut income taxes for the wealthy and corporations and raise taxes on the masses, comprised of low- and middle-income people, not to mention seniors and disabled individuals living on fixed incomes.

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  • Your Opinion: Transportation sales tax unfair - I don't know about you, but I'm getting really irritated at the advertising in favor of the transportation sales tax.

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  • Your Opinion: Right to Farm opposed - Are the people's rights, whether they be farmers or not, important to our political leaders?

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  • Our Opinion: Approve zoning for Cole County News Tribune editorial - The dual goal of Cole County zoning is to protect individual property values while promoting orderly growth countywide.

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  • Perspective: Cheap Chinese buffet analogy returns - Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to include a declaration that the right to keep and bear arms is an unalienable right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right?

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  • Perspective: Lessons to be learned from summer travels - Like many of you, I have traveled a few days during the summer, but I didn't make big plans or go to any faraway places. Instead, I shared time with family in a couple of different places in Arkansas.

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  • Analysis: Putin stays on offense in Ukraine - Russian President Vladimir Putin might be expected to hunker down into defense mode as he is besieged by accusations of Russian involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Instead he has stayed on offense and appears to positioning for the long game.

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  • Our Opinion: Attractions enhance fair's agricultural traditions News Tribune editorial - Instead of candied apples and country music, a single hog show once formed the backbone of the entertainment on tap at the early Cole County Fair.

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  • Perspective: Growing up under Obama's policies - I'm sure you recognize the many difficulties of being a parent and understand how expensive it is to care for our young ones. Unfortunately for parents, things have only gotten worse thanks to the misguided economic policies of this administration.

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  • Your Opinion: Costs of 'green energy' not publicized - It is interesting that actual costs were omitted from a press release about a Greene County solar facility.

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  • Your Opinion: Historical obstacles to outcome in Iraq - I must conclude this Iraq question with my response to Mr. Horstmann and Mr. Schneiders.

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  • Your Opinion: Drivers should pay transportation tax - I do not believe Sen. Kehoe is acting in the best interest of Missourians when he advocates increasing the sales tax to support the needs of transportation in Missouri.

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  • Our Opinion: Respect: A fundamental for education - The popular evangelist's quote - recently posted on Facebook by a co-worker - triggered thoughts about the role of respect in connection with public education, a subject of this forum on Wednesday and Thursday.

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  • Your Opinion: Farmers need protection from animal-welfare groups - I hope that you have a better understanding of family framers and corporate farms and that by attacking corporate farms you will affect the family farm.


    The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
    As of (07/27/2014) at 10:44 PM

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  • Our take on August ballot issues (07/27/14) 3 Several amendments appear on the August primary ballot. Here's our take on the issues. Amendment 1: "Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to ensure that the right of Missouri citizens to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices shall not be infringed? The potential costs or savings to governmental entities are unknown, but likely limited unless the resolution leads to increased litigation costs and/or the loss of federal funding. ...

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  • Editorial Hoops for Life has special meaning for local couple, runners (07/25/14) Shannon and Amy Aldridge are an inspiration. The couple lost their daughter Sahara in 2007 to brain cancer. But the Aldridges have been dedicated to helping others and, in effect, honoring their daughter. The annual Hoops for Life charity 5k set for Saturday is named after Sahara, whose nickname was "Hoops."...

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  • Letter to the Editor Other options to fund roads (07/25/14) Our Republican Legislature once again is sending a mixed message, thanks to the influence of big-business lobbying. The message: "To avoid raising taxes, state services are to be paid for by those who use the services; but we'll make a big exception for big trucking."...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 7/25/14 (07/25/14) This call is from a subscriber in Perry County and I would just like to give you a thanks for your "Congressional votes" column. They are very informative. I really appreciate them. And also, on another line, your crossword puzzles have improved greatly and are more challenging, and I really appreciate them...

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  • Paid Letter Clark is effective recorder (07/24/14) I am writing to voice my support for Republican Scott R. Clark, incumbent candidate for Cape County recorder. As a fellow officeholder, I enjoyed working with Scott. He has proven himself to be both capable and effective in leading the recorder's office. I have seen firsthand Scott's work ethic. He is committed to serving the community and improving the office for those who utilize the recorder's services and the county as a whole...

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  • Letter to the Editor Red House speakers (07/24/14) I attended a talk last Saturday at Cape's Red House on Mississippi and Ohio Valleys 1750-1830: A Chessboard of International Intrigue. I had never considered -- if Louis Lorimier was handing out Spanish land grants when Lewis and Clark came through, how was it that the U.S. government bought Louisiana purchase from the French a few months later?...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 7/24/14 (07/24/14) I was looking at the news, and they said that now after the Fourth of July, the gas prices were going down, because now there's a little bit more adequate oil for us in a reserve type situation. Who are they trying to kid? We've had plenty of fuel all along, but we haven't tapped into it. ...

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  • Editorial A lesson in perseverance (07/24/14) Everyone could use a dose of inspiration, and the recent story in the Southeast Missourian of Chris Hrabik fits the bill. Hrabik, who lives in Sedgewickville, Missouri, was in a car accident 10 years ago. Only 18 years old and not wearing a seat belt, the crash left him a quadrapelegic -- although he has some use of his arms...

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  • Opinion Column Give taxpayers all the facts on the budget (07/23/14) Over the last month and a half, the governor has traveled the state to justify the massive withholdings and vetoes he inflicted on the FY 2015 budget passed by the General Assembly. Among those cuts were huge funding decreases in K-12, higher education, mental health and numerous other programs heavily relied upon by Missourians...

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  • Editorial Discovery Playhouse opens new exhibits (07/23/14) Children can activate their imaginations with the new house, dental office and farm mural exhibits at the Discovery Playhouse. These are the latest additions to the growing children's museum on Broadway in Cape Girardeau. Pretending the house is up for sale by Realty Executives, the exhibit allows youngsters to walk through and see mini appliances. ...

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  • Opinion Column Do the math (07/23/14) Despite the White House assessment last week that the Obama foreign policy has brought a new "global tranquility," the headlines would say otherwise. You would have to search long and hard to find "tranquility" across the world that is being touted by this administration...

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  • Opinion Column Missing an opportunity with Morocco, Western Sahara (07/22/14) The Obama administration has been very engaged in North Africa, from the president's 2009 Cairo speech to the policy of "leading from behind" during the Libyan Revolution of 2011. These efforts have had limited success, with some spectacular failures, but the region remains of great importance to the United States, given its geography and resources...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 7/22/14 (07/22/14) Calm down people. I guarantee you the border crisis will be resolved just as soon as it is determined that enough people will be allowed to remain in the country who will, in the future, vote Democratic. Fundraiser in chief Isn't it amazing to watch President Obama conduct the office of president of the United States? Does anyone recall when a president seemed so disengaged from the actual duties of his office? All he cares about are fundraisers and bashing anyone who disagrees with him. ...

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  • Letter to the Editor Opposed to Prop K (07/22/14) On Aug. 5 the county is asking permission to raise our sales taxes. This will be to administer an unknown budget for a yet to be determined need, administered by an administrator who will be unaccountable. The "needs" I have heard of are already being addressed by other private or governmental agencies...

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  • Letter to the Editor Looking for ‘Gone Girl' items (07/22/14) The Cape River Heritage Museum is looking for artifacts of old Cape movie theaters for inclusion in an exhibit to coincide with the opening of "Gone Girl" in October. Anyone willing to loan or donate items is asked to call Margaret Ford, director, at 335-56459...

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  • Editorial Jackson Homecomers opens tonight (07/22/14) Jackson's annual Homecomers festival kicks off tonight in the city's downtown. This Southeast Missouri summertime event brings thousands to the streets for music, rides and good family fun. A past event that will not take place this week is the talent show. Organizers replaced the show due to a lack of interest. However, an expanded gospel performance and Senior Idol contest will be held...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 7/21/14 (07/21/14) I would like to make a comment about people who leave their kids out in the car while they run inside. I work next door to a suntanning place, and I can't believe the women who will leave their kids in the car for a half-hour, while they get suntanned...

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  • Paid Letter I will listen (07/21/14) I'm a Democratic candidate for state representative, and I know how to listen. I've had training on listening, and I know about active listening, body language, tone, etc. I've worked at jobs where listening is critical. I believe elected officials are tools people can use to shape their government and solve their problems. And the better the officials listen, the better they can serve. I will listen, and I will respond to your inquiries, even if the response is not what you want to hear...

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  • Paid Letter Clark a knowledgeable recorder (07/21/14) I am writing to support Scott R. Clark, incumbent candidate for Cape Girardeau County recorder of deeds. As a former chief deputy recorder working in that office for more than 46 years, I was trained by a recorder of deeds, and in my time there I trained three other recorders. Of all of them, Scott was the most knowledgeable about the office and what's happening within this field. The improvements he has made over the past three years have been tremendous...

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  • Editorial Collecting photos for Vietnam project (07/21/14) The Missouri Press Association, in cooperation with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation, is embarking on a noble project aimed at recognizing Vietnam Veterans in conjunction with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. The groups are looking for photographs of Vietnam soldiers who died in combat...


    Sedalia Democrat - Editorials
    As of (07/27/2014) at 12:55 PM

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  • The Little Red Hen bakes bread 2 days 13 hours ago Linda Pospisil, of Sedalia, has loved baking all her life, and it comes naturally, passed down from the Klein side of her family — German immigrants who settled in this area in 1852. She loves it so much she’s stared her own little baking business.“I’ve always baked, I think Easy-Bake Oven came out when I was little,” she said laughing. “And I got one. My great-aunt bought me one.”Pospisil recently began a new baking venture after leaving Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg in October last year as a respiratory therapist. In May she began “The Little Red Hen Bakery” and started selling her wares at the Sedalia Area Farmers Market on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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  • Community Calendar for July 28 to Aug. 3 MONDAYNoon: Sedalia Rotary Club, Best Western State Fair Inn, 3120 S. Limit Ave.4 p.m.: Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, (TOPS) Chapter 102, Boonslick Regional Library, 219 W. Third St.6 p.m.: Cornerstone Celebrate Recovery. Bible-based twelve step program for Hurts, Habits and Hangups. Free supper at 6 p.m.; large group meeting at 7 p.m.; small groups at 8 p.m.; live band and child care, programs ...

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  • Travelers fall in back-and-forth contest The Post 642 Sedalia Travelers rallied from three down to tie it up at six apiece in the seventh inning, but the Rods A’s plated a run in the bottom half and held on for a 7-6 win Saturday at Dey Field at Liberty Park.The win for the A’s advanced them to Sunday’s 1 p.m. game against Fike, which will determine who plays the Lee’s Summit Outlaws for the Zone Tournament title at 4 p.m. Sunday. If the A’s or Fike beats the Outlaws, they will play a second ...

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  • Shipman anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Shipman will celebrate their 30th anniversary July 27.John Shipman and Donita Ephland were married July 27, 1984, at Christ the King Church in Kansas City.Mr. Shipman is a corrections supervisor at Tipton Correctional Center in Tipton.Mrs. Shipman is in imaging informatics at Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia.The have two children, Jack Shipman, of Warrensburg, and Wyatt Shipman, of Blue Springs.The couple will celeb...

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  • Travelers drop first game, win second of Zone Tourney The Sedalia Travelers were close to forging a path through the winners bracket in the American Legion Zone Tournament Friday at Dey Field at Liberty Park. But errors proved costly in an 11-10 afternoon loss to Fike and the Travelers needed a three-run eighth inning rally to beat Post 21 8-6 in the nightcap.Trailing 6-5 heading into the top of the eighth against Post 21, the Travelers got a run from a Chance McMullin double to score AJ Paul. An error in center field later allowed Mc...

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  • Tempers flare in MINK title game ST. JOSEPH – The Sedalia Bombers’ defense and pitching was on target in Friday’s MINK League title game, but the bats never got going in a 4-1 loss to the St. Joseph Mustangs at Phil Welch Stadium.Mustangs pitcher Brandon Baker allowed one run on five hits in 7 2-3 innings.It was soon after Baker was taken out of the game when the Bombers’ players couldn’t hold their tempers any longer.A number of players came out of the dugout on...

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  • Driskell joins city council Ward 2 It’s been almost a week since Russell Driskell was sworn in as the newest member of the Sedalia City Council, and the life-long resident said he’s ready to give back to his hometown.Driskell was sworn in during Monday’s council meeting and joins Councilmember Bonita Nash in Ward 2. He is filling a seat vacated by former councilmember Becca La Strada, who resigned a few weeks ago due to health reasons. Mayor Steve Galliher was already familiar with Driskell when th...

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  • (No heading) The Cole Camp Pharmacy Bluebirds first and second grade machine pitch baseball team finished second in the Kaysinger conference.Pictured are, front row from left, Sam Jones, Jeffrey Cronin, Colton Dieckman, Jackson Schmidt, Kaden Wolfe. Second row, CJ Benn, Gage Oelrichs, Grady Strahman, Peyton Webb, Gentry Dieckman, Connor Rogers.Third row, Assistant coaches Dustin Schmidt, Chris Dieckman and head coach Dan Cronin.

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  • Sobaski wins Junior Series championship Olivia Sobaski carded a 5-over-par 76 on Wednesday to win the the Missouri Golf Association Hieronymus Junior Girls Championship held at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club in New Bloomfield. Sobaski shot even par (36) on the opening nine, and finished the back with a 5-over 40. Nicole Marquis of Moberly earned runner up honors firing a 13 over par 84, and Jenna Kosmatka of Jefferson City took third place with 86.Sobaski will travel to the Osage National Golf Club next week to compete i...

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  • Tenors to perform in August Mark your calendars! Even though we have not officially re-scheduled the long-postponed “Spring on Broadway,” we have scheduled a really fabulous musical event.A few years ago, Big Boy Groups became famous: The Three Tenors, The Irish Tenors, The Texas Tenors, and Il Divo, to name a few. Coming to Broadway Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 — Two And A Half Tenors!

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  • Changing families need support Friends who live in states where few, if any, abortion clinics exist are having difficulties finding places where they can receive help. Unfortunately, there seems to be very little help for women who have children outside of marriage.Finding foster families for children is not an easy task. I have one cousin who volunteered to accept a pre-teen child several years ago. She managed to keep the child until he reached adulthood, but it wasn’t easy,We have done an ina...

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  • Handy horoscopes to plan your life Half a dozen months ago, I “tracked the constellations for (a) week, borrowed Travis McMullen’s Ouija board and consulted with the Beaman Monster” to come up with some pretty solid constellational readings, better known as horoscopes. Now, quoting one of your own columns is a pretty lame trick, but that will soon be outdone.Behold, your latest messages from the stars (and I ain’t talking about Wilford Brimley):Aries: Lately you’ve felt like ...

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  • (No heading) Submitted photo The Sun Devils 12-and-under softball team competed in the Show-Me State Games in Columbia July 19-20. They went 5-1 to capture second place. Pictured are, front row, Rakaylah Holt, Genesis Smith, Brooke Young, Lyndsey Koll. Back row, TJ Henderson, Aleah Paxton, Chloe Reese, Christina Eckhoff, Haley Mackey.

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  • S-C football scrimmage Smith-Cotton defensive back Josh Hartman breaks up a pass to a Skyline High receiver during Friday’s scrimmage at Jennie Jaynes Stadium. S-C, Skyline and Northwest took part in 7-on-7, 11-on-11 and lineman challenge drills as the teams prepare for the upcoming football season. After the workout, the Smith-Cotton Football Booster Club treated the players to watermelon and other fresh fruit.

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  • Solomon anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Solomon, of Sedalia, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner.Rose Ann Heuerman and Bob Solomon were married July 30, 1954, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church by the Rev. Walter Strickert.Before their marriage Mrs. Solomon worked at the Fox Theater as a cashier. After their marriage they moved to Excelsior Springs where Mr. Solomon taught high school science for 14 years. After moving to Sedalia in 1968 Mr. Solomon taught...

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  • Hopkins anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hopkins will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m., hosted by their children, on Aug. 2 at the Lamine Baptist Church, 7538 Swinging Bridge Dr. in Pilot Grove.Ellen Stahl and Roy Hopkins were married Aug. 1, 1964, at the First Baptist Church in Tipton by the Rev. J.D. Cooper.Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins are both retired.They have three children, Wayne Hopkins, of Otterville, Dawn Twenter and Jacinda Wassam, both of ...

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  • Squires-Bailey engagement Mark and Debra Mitchell, of Warsaw, announce the engagement of their daughter, Christina Squires, of Sedalia, to Eddie Bailey, also of Sedalia. He is the son of Dencil and Debra Bailey, of Sedalia.A Sept. 13, 2014, wedding is planned at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Sedalia.

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  • Samson-Dillon wedding Sara D. Samson and Dalton M. Dillon were married at 6 p.m. April 4, 2014, at the First Baptist Church in Houstonia. The bride is the daughter of Phillip Samson and Becky Samson, both of Versailles. The groom is the son of Terri Dillon, of Houstonia, and Mike and Lisa Dillon, of Fulton.Grandparents of the bride include the late John Phillip Samson and late Helen Samson-Feik. Groom’s grandparents include Mary Mullins, of Houstonia, Ancel Mullins, of Silom Springs, Ark., and Dar...


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