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Capitol Report: Plan for the future by reflecting on the past

by State Sen. Brad Lager

From spending fights at the federal level to the most significant federal election of our lifetime, calendar year 2012 will be remembered as a turning point for our nation. The repercussions of these decisions will be felt for generations as their impacts flow into state capitols across the country impacting budgets, regulations and economies.

As individuals, we work to overcome the uncertainty and confusion being

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Corn growers to hold regional meeting Jan. 14

Please mark your calendar to attend the Corn Growers Association Meeting scheduled for Monday, Jan. 14 at the Ramada Inn, in St. Joseph. The meeting will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. The growers have arranged for Dan Basse, President of Ag Resource, to be flown from Chicago, to discuss the marketing outlook for 2013 and beyond. Other meeting topics include a weather update, cover crops, impact of new tax

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On the Street: At the end of 2012

CHILLICOTHE, MO — As we conclude the year 2012 here are a couple of things to think about.  Earlier in December we reached repetitive dates of 12-12-12.

December also brings us five Saturdays, five Sundays and five Mondays. That does not occur again for 283 years.

Just a year ago as we were concluding 2011, the city learned that Gear for Sports was closing and heading to Mexico. As we

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Thomas Hart Benton once focused on Bethany

BETHANY, MO — The old Harrison County Courthouse provided the setting for a noted painting by world famous Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton. The painting, based on a pen and ink sketch made by Benton in 1938, caused a local stire after it appeared on the Historical Bethany site on Facebook. Mark Irvin, a local historical artifact collector who maintains the Facebook site, said he did not know about the

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Recycle those Christmas trees

NORTHWEST MISSOURI — After you enjoy your real Christmas tree for the holidays, recycle it. Since 1992 it has been illegal to dispose of Christmas trees in Missouri landfills. Make sure to remove all tree trimmings and the tree stand. Most trimmings such as tinsel, lights, ornaments are reusable. Trimmings left on the tree can contaminate mulch, pollute water, harm wildlife and cause litter problems. Do not burn your Christmas

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Pet photo contest announced

TRENTON, MO — The Green Hills Animal Shelter will publish a pet photo calendar and is asking you to submit your favorite original pet photo for consideration. The calendar will be for 2014. There will be 25 winning photographs selected, one for the cover and two for each month. Additional photos will be included elsewhere in the calendar. The contest is a fundraiser, with all profits going toward care of

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Guidelines develop for storm siren use

CAMERON, MO — The Region H Outdoor Warning Siren (OWS) Working Group has been developing guidelines for the activation of outdoor warning sirens during severe weather events. Members of the group met with local officials, collected data, and conducted research to help develop standards for activating the warning sirens. There is concern that the public has become desensitized to warning sirens. A National Weather Service damage survey following tornadoes that

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Men charged with child abuse, using cattle prod

RIDGEWAY, MO — A Ridgeway father and son were charged recently with the horrific crime of allegedly using a cattle prod on children in their home. Thomas James Affuso, 51, and his son, Rocco James Affuso, 33, face four counts of child abuse following an investigation by the Harrison County Sheriff’s office. Authorities were notified that an 11-year-old had started a fire in the boys’ bathroom of the Ridgeway school.

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Win prizes in ‘Weight Loss Challenge’

TRENTON, MO — Is weight loss on your list of New Year’s resolutions or are you just looking to improve your health during 2013? If so, then you may want to be a part of the 6th Annual Green Hills Wellness Challenge, sponsored by the Grundy County Health Department, the Ketcham Community Center and the Trenton Republican-Times. Sign-up for this year’s challenge will take place on Thursday, Jan. 10, and

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