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Cut to the Chase: Warning! Don’t buy a farm and buy the farm

by Denny Banister

I spotted a headline for an article in a recent issue of Time Magazine that caught my attention; it read, “Want to Make More Than a Banker? Become a Farmer!” The article quotes a Wall Street investment advisor who foresees a serious problem in producing the necessary future food supply for our growing world population. His conclusion is the world does not need more bankers, it needs

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Minimum-wage earners falling further behind

by Christine Owens

Two years ago this week, 4.5 million of America’s workers enjoyed a modest pay increase, as the federal minimum wage rose from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour. The increase was the final of a three-step boost enacted in 2007. Of those getting a bump in pay, more than three-quarters were adults, nearly two-thirds were women, and nearly half a million were single parents with children under 18.

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Letters to the Editor: Unions are needed

Dear Editor:

I’m writing in response to an article in the paper of July 20 titled: “Prevailing wage: a bad deal for taxpayers and most workers.” Mr. Greer uses the tragedy in Joplin to push the anti-worker, union-busting right wing agenda.

First of all I must address Mr. Greer’s statement that the Davis-Bacon Act was the Union’s way of eliminating blacks from joining the union. That might have been the

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Hunter Education Class offered in Gallatin

The Missouri Department of Conservation will sponsor a one day Hunter Education Course on Aug. 13 at the Dockery Park Building in Gallatin.

The class will run from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The class is open to anyone 11-years-of-age and older. The class is free of charge.

Hunter Education Classes will teach the students about firearms, ammunition, gun safety, the role of the hunter and hunting in wildlife conservation,

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Nixon’s office continues study of appointees

Gov. Jay Nixon’s office said the appointment of a replacement for the position of District 2 Associate Commissioner for Daviess County is well underway.

"There is no set time table for filling the position," said Scott Holste, a spokesman for the governor’s office. "But all the appropriate notification has been received from the county."

He added that the governor was "talking to folks."

"Gov. Nixon recognizes the importance of the

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Letters to the Editor: Remembering Bob Paul

Dear Editor,

Robert Paul was the first full time music instructor at Gallatin R-5. Before him W.E. Tracey who was also music instructor at Cameron, was in Gallatin two days a week giving lessons and head of music.

I started on the trombone when in junior high. Back then the band did concerts on a bandstand on the west side of the square where the Gannon tire shop is now.

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It’s a science thing: Missouri State Fair

Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe announced that the annual 11-day agriculture showcase will host its third year of science activities as part of an ongoing effort to demonstrate the significant correlation between science and today’s agriculture environment.

New this year to the four-day science focus is an emphasis on green technology. In an event called, Show-Me the Green: Conservation, Energy and Innovation, fairgoers can participate in fun, hands-on experiences

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Rolosons celebrate 60th anniversary

Wilbur and Kathleen (Brown) Roloson of Gallatin will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 1, 2011. They were married on that date in 1951 in Cameron.

Wilbur is a veteran of the Korean War. He retired from the Pattonsburg Cap Factory in 1990 after 39 years of service. Kathleen was in the insurance business for 37 years before retiring.

The couple lived all of their life in Pattonsburg

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Clevenger, Conkling to be wed Sept. 10

Kaydence Clevenger would like to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of her mother Kimberly Clevenger to Kyle Conkling. Kim is the daughter of Ray and Mary Ann Clevenger of Gallatin.

She graduated high school at Gallatin R-5 in 2002. She then received her nursing degree from North Central Missouri College and is now a registered nurse at Liberty Hospital in the emergency room.

Kyle is the son of Robert

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