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On June 30, it was my great honor and privilege to participate in a flag retirement ceremony sponsored by the Sampson Masonic Lodge in Theodosia. Our nation’s banner is more than just a piece of cloth; Old Glory is a symbol of strength and perseverance. Through the respect we display for our flag,...
Bass fishing has been good after dark. Salt craws, jigs and plastic worms have all been effective. Most bass can be found in the 20- to 25-foot range, although a few fish have been caught in shallower water. If you are day fishing, fish early and late for best results. Some top-water activity...
On the Fourth of July, thoughts of America’s history remind us of Philadelphia’s role as our country’s birthplace –  where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed. Thinking about Phila-delphia always reminds me of my visit there shortly after my husband, Dave, and I moved...
This Fourth of July, Americans all over the world will join together to celebrate our 242 years of independence. The freedoms we enjoy every day came at a great cost. ... As I think of the brave patriots who put it all on the line for us in 1776, I am proud and fortunate to be an American, and I’m...

Tommie Taylor shows one of the turkeys he killed during a recent hunting season. This one had four beards. His wife Donnis told the Times, “I can’t even imagine all the men he’s taken turkey hunting” in the 52 years since this story started.
Editor’s note: Ozark County native Tommie Taylor retired in 2016 after working for the county in different jobs for more than 20 years. He and his wife, Donnis, live in Gainesville. My turkey hunting story started when I was 14 years old. My friend Dale Chisam was working on my family’s barn one...

Tommie Taylor shows one of the turkeys he killed during a recent hunting season. This one had four beards. His wife Donnis told the Times, “I can’t even imagine all the men he’s taken turkey hunting” in the 52 years since this story started.
Editor’s note: Ozark County native Tommie Taylor retired in 2016 after working for the county in different jobs for more than 20 years. He and his wife, Donnis, live in Gainesville. My turkey hunting story started when I was 14 years old. My friend Dale Chisam was working on my family’s barn one...
Friday, the governor signed an important piece of legislation that I sponsored during the 2018 legislative session. Senate Bill 782 includes several provisions regarding the Depart-ment of Natural Resources while also adding language to state law protecting farmers from issues surrounding storm...
Editor’s note: This column has been edited to reflect local conditions.Since the devastating 2012 drought, many Missouri farmers have spent the past five seasons rebuilding their herds and getting back to a sustainable level. Many have just started to feel like their feet are back under them. But...

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