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Katy Black found herself engulfed in Uganda — with hugs.

 

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Katy, a 2008 graduate of Gallatin High School, recently returned from a mission trip to Uganda with Rescued Readers, an organization founded by teachers to connect schools in America to schools in Africa through literacy.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect of Africa,” Katy said. “But everywhere we were greeted with open arms, hugs and excited screams of children.”

D-t7katy to uganda 1Katy is in her third year as a sixth-grade teacher

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If you need it you can find it at the Amish school auction

The Annual Two-Day Spring Hill Amish School Consignment Auction was held June 6 and 7 on a farm located one mile west of Jamesport on Hwy. NN. Pictures were taken at the auction on Thursday, July 7, which sold horses, buggies, wagons, saddles, harness, machinery and much more. Household, stove, washing machines, antiques and collectibles were sold on Wednesday. Ray Pettit and Mose Graber were auctioneers with help from as

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MU Extension offers food preservation classes

by Janet Hackert, Regional Nutrition and Health Education Specialist

Spring has turned to summer and, just as in our grandparents’ day, the harvest has begun. But home food preservation has changed since our grandmothers put food up so many years ago. With transportation opening up the world to travel for humans, it has also opened up the spread of germs. How we destroy those microorganisms has changed as well. Food

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Taking a break from the long horse ride

Long horse rideOn June 19, Megan Lewis wrote that her two horses, Lady and Mo (short for Missouri) were staying with Mike and Bonnie Robinson at Eagle Mountain, Utah, while she takes a respite from riding.

Ms. Lewis, 65, is the rider and writer behind “The Long Horse Ride”, a blog and website about her international travels via horseback. Since 2008, Ms. Lewis has been riding across the world, raising money along

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125 years of family, friends and fun at the Jameson Picnic

Homemade pies of all kinds including—apple, cherry, gooseberry, and chocolate with real meringue — luscious vine-ripened dark red tomatoes, hamburgers, hot dogs, picnic fries and legendary tenderloins (more than 1,500 sold over the span of the two evening and one day and evening event); can all be found at the annual Jameson Lions Club Picnic on August 11-13.

In addition to the food, a baby show, parade, lawn mower pull,

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Lessons Learned During Our 1st T-Ball Season

  1. Asking to hug your bat while you run around the bases because you “love it” seems like a legit request
  2. Sharing bats, helmets, and even water bottles is accepted practice
  3. People become coaches because of their love for the game, their love for their child, and/or because their spouse filled out the form without them
  4. Coaches are more worried, and justifiably so, about snack sign-up than the score
  5. Girls and
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Hot air balloon perfection    

 by Troy Lesan

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“An experience I would highly recommend,” Carl Carder commented after he and his wife Sherri went for a ride over Lake Viking on the RE/MAX hot air balloon on June 18. The Carders had won the balloon ride in a drawing at a fund-raiser for the Gallatin Senior Center held earlier this year at the Lake Viking Clubhouse.

Hot air balloons are not exactly a precise science

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Hummingbirds gone from feeders? They’ll be back

A Ruby-Throated Hummingbird flies while attempting to drink a sugar water from feeder in Moberly, MO

A Ruby-Throated Hummingbird flies while attempting to drink a sugar water from feeder in Moberly, MO

MDC biologist says migrants increase feeder visits in spring and late summer

The ruby-throated hummingbird with blurred wingbeats and the ability to hover in the air is a fascinating visitor to flower gardens and home bird feeders. But each summer they seem to mysteriously vanish from some yards. They will return, says Larry Rizzo,

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Effort to Save Historic Route 66 Bridge

By Tom Uhlenbrock
Missouri State Parks

A highway landmark that once carried motorists on Historic Route 66 across the Meramec River in southwest St. Louis County may be reborn as a pedestrian walkway for hikers and bikers in Route 66 State Park.

Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, is supportive of the effort to save the bridge from a scheduled demolition date of early next year.

“It is an

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