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And the survey says…?

by Darryl Wilkinson

by Darryl Wilkinson

There seems to be a public opinion poll on everything. And yet, I keep looking for some survey from Transylvania about the real question of the day: Do Transylvanians really believe that werewolves and vampires prowl the earth?

You might be surprised at what a professor of folklore reported. He studied folklore in Romania while on a Fulbright fellowship. He says people in Eastern

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Family Daze: A Halloween Angel

by Debbie Farmer

Halloween is the scariest holiday of the year, especially at my house. I live in sheer terror, from the first week of October, of my young daughter asking for a homemade costume. Ghosts, ghouls, and goblins don’t strike fear into my heart as much as the electric torture device known as "The Sewing Machine".

The last time I saw mine, it was holding up the back end

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Family Daze: Making the Cut

by Debbie Farmer

This Halloween my five-year old son insisted on having a dinosaur carved onto the side of his pumpkin. Now maybe it’s me, but I’ve noticed that pumpkin carving sure isn’t what it used to be. Only a few years ago a respectable Jack O’ Lantern had two triangle eyes, a tiny triangle nose, and a jaunty crescent mouth with a crooked tooth. The only complicated part was

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Post Scripts: Patience wearing thin

by Joe Snyder

Imagine that while we are preparing to avenge the Afghanistan terrorists for their recent attacks on the U.S., China decides to attack Taiwan, or North Korea begins an assault on South Korea. Two wars at once; that’s the Pentagon’s "two-war" notion around which we have been developing for a decade. This concept was developed by V.P. Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Colin Powell when they ran

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Quips by Jack Stapleton, Jr.

Quips by Jack Stapleton, Jr.

* You know you’re getting older when you can remember when Russia was America’s mortal enemy, and you’re approaching senility if you can still recall when it was Germany.

* You’re also getting along in years if you can remember when the most dreaded piece of mail you could receive was a letter from the Internal Revenue Service.

* The

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A very real turnoff

by Jack Stapleton, Jr.

by Jack Stapleton, Jr.

After recently rummaging through one empty box after another searching, vainly I might add, for the set of instructions that accompanied a new electronic gizmo I had foolishly bought, I was struck with a somewhat different revelation: I think I know why we Americans are reading less and less of our traditional sources of information. This category includes books, magazines, newspapers and

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Coonridge Digest: Unroll the duct tape, Mr. Boeing…that’s the answer

by Freida Marie Crump

Dear Mr. Boeing,

(I’m not sure whether there is still a Mr. Boeing around and kickin’ but if not, please forward this on to whoever opens the mail at your airplane factory. If it’s recognized as the genius I think it is, give me a call: Coonridge, two longs and three shorts.) Greetin’s from the Ridge.

I don’t care whether you call it "duck tape" or

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Barnwarming selects royalty

Members of the Gallatin FCCLA and FFA Chapters joined together to host the annual Barnwarming dance and festivities on Oct. 20.

Members of the Gallatin FCCLA and FFA Chapters joined together to host the annual Barnwarming dance and festivities on Oct. 20. The J&J Seed plant served as the site for the dance again this year. The Dowell family were hosts. Over 200 members and guests enjoyed a night of

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Nathan Henderson named Crystal Award Scholar at Northwest

Nathan Henderson was presented with the Plowman Scholar crystal award

Nathan Henderson, a physical therapy education major at Northwest Missouri State University, was presented with the Plowman Scholar crystal award on Sept. 29 in honor of his academic excellence and distinction as one of the newest Plowman Scholars. Nathan, a 2001 graduate of Gallatin R-5 High and son of Mike and Vicki Henderson of Gallatin, was thrilled to receive the

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