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Welcome to May 2021. It’s the start of a new month and a great time to take a pause to salute under-appreciated people doing vital work in our community.

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Quote of the Week: "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." 

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It was about this time last year that we started realizing here in the Midwest that this virus thing called COVID-19 was getting serious. We started hearing about it in January, but a lot of us weren’t worrying about it too much. President Trump declared a national emergency on March 13, and…

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For many Ozarkers, sneezing and watering eyes are reasons to cast hateful looks at cedar trees at this time of year.

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A big congratulations to our own Jaron Van Houden who is a senior at Chadwick High School. He recently won first place in the Missouri Quarter Horse Southwest District speaking contest, representing the Chadwick FFA chapter. I am not surprised, because he does great in anything he is involved in. 

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We enjoyed a few days without the air conditioner running. That may change this week.

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Meteor showers are one of the best ways to introduce others to astronomy. It was the Perseid meteor shower that sparked my interest in astronomy. To this day, it is the one meteor shower that I look forward to watching. 

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My goodness, what a week! The heat was really on. I did get a quarter of an inch of rain one evening. That didn't last long.

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I would like to thank those of the Christian County Health Department/environmental public health specialists for their professional guidance and friendliness working with me in my project meet and greet held June 28 at Roller Park in Sparta. 

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I just would like to recommend to the citizens of Christian County that you take a hard look at my friend Aaron Johns, who is running for Christian County treasurer. I have known Aaron for over 15 years. We became friends with the Johns family through going to the same church together. As ti…

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As we have finished celebrating the 244th year of our nation's independence, the question before us is “Is this republic worth preserving?” And, what kind of a country are we going to hand down to our children and grandchildren?

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The Christian County Chapter of the Missouri Republican Assembly (CCMRA) is a group of Constitutional conservatives who seek to restore the Republican Party of Missouri to its traditional roots including: respect for and compliance with the Constitution of the United States, the Missouri Con…