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Last week saw a lot of Norfork Lake stripers caught. My son and I landed multiple limits of stripers daily. The striper bite right now is almost entirely live bait. Some are being caught trolling using umbrella rigs and spoons. However, if you want to catch numbers right now, hire a live-bait guide...
This week marks the start of one of my favorite annual traditions, the 8th Congressional District farm tour. In southeast and south central Missouri, we know agriculture is at the heart of not only our economy, but also our communities and our families. The early mornings, late days and stress that...
Given the current conditions we’re all facing in my part of the country, I was reminded of a meeting I attended a few years ago. The situation was very similar to this year—a really short supply of hay … and an even shorter supply of grass that had turned brown much too soon. I’m not big on...
Our county assessor has reappraised some property values this year, as required by the state. If you have small acreage located around Norfork and Bull Shoals Lakes, you probably got the notice of the increases. However, if you own large-acreage land (about 10 or more acres) around the lakes, you...
I have worked at Dora, Hurley and Springfield Public Schools, so I have a wide variety of experiences in culture, tax dollars and size of schools.The truth of the matter is, Gainesville is operating at a huge disadvantage. I know there are wonderful teachers/staff there because some of them I call...
Due to the response to my sale, we will now be closing on July 31. There is still value in the stock that is left, and I anticipate most of that will be gone in the next two weeks.Bass fishing during these hot days can be frustrating, but some anglers are doing quite well. Several have told me that...
For Kalena Bruce, a fifth-generation cattle farmer in Stockton, finding affordable health coverage under Obamacare hasn’t been easy. She’s a young mom and business owner paying $700 a month in premiums alone, not to mention deductibles and copays.That’s why she’s become an advocate for association...

Jenny and Zack Yarger with their children Ezra, left, and Zeke
Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a fan of summer. I can just look outside and start sweating. And don’t even get me started on the bugs. So, even though submerging in beautiful Bull Shoals Lake or my parents’ swimming pool helps, at times I often search for fun things to do in the air conditioning...

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