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Farming has always been one of the most hazardous occupations that exists. Machinery accidents and animal mishaps make the news but, over time, everyday wear and tear also take an unbelievable toll on the body of the average farmer.Two weeks ago, I had a cow that needed assistance in delivering her...
Greetings from your state Capitol. Gainesville eighth graders, along with their teachers Sherry Patterson and Trevor Hicks, visited with me and toured the Capitol on March 26. I had a great visit with them and answered their very thought-provoking questions.Last week the House passed to the Senate...
I have been reading about the destruction of the river and lake accesses in Ozark County due to last year’s flooding, particularly at Tecumseh. Obviously, some trees need to be planted at Tecumseh Park to control erosion and eventually provide shade.A tree that I do not remember seeing there is the...
Thank you for the Times Past picture in the March 21 issue of the Times that included my grandmother, Mary Mahan. Grandma Mahan was born in 1870 and died in 1959. She had seven girls, one boy and 39 grandchildren, and she was a widow for 40 years. Her farm was on Pond Fork above Theodosia.Emma...
We’ve all witnessed it at one time or another—probably way too often. You’re at a meeting, conference or other type of gathering where the person in charge asks if anyone has any comments or questions. Then one person (usually the same one every time) gets up and begins to drone on for several...
Editor’s note: To read more of retired Gainesville educator Jane Elder’s blog, “Ozark Road,” visit gainesvillekmo.blogspot.com. I was born in a small town in north central Illinois. The railroad splits it north and south. We lived on the north side, but truly there wasn’t much difference on which...
Greetings from your state Capitol. We have made it to our midway point with this session of the 99th General Assembly. In my opinion, we have passed legislation on to the Senate that would positively affect the lives of all Missourians.We finished the budget proposal from our budget committee about...
Anyone who knows me knows of my disdain for new technology. My sons call me a dinosaur, my friends call me technologically challenged and my wife says I’m simply bull-headed, but I doubt at my age my attitude is going to change.It’s not that I don’t understand or appreciate the conveniences and...
To read more of retired Gainesville educator Jane Elder’s blog, Ozark Road, visit gainesvillemo.blogspot.com. As I tell my friends, I have wintered well. In fact, too well. It seems as if ever since Thanksgiving, my will power and get-up-and-go have disappeared. Added pounds and lack of exercise...

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