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Why community newspapers matter

“I got credit down at the grocery store and my barber tells me jokes…” —Roger Miller

The chosen theme for this year’s National Newspaper Week is “Power of the Press,” and that power, it seems to me, is a very relative thing.

Everybody understands the power of, say, The New York Times or The Washington Post, but probably less recognized and appreciated is the power of the Deer Creek

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From the Bench

By Circuit Judge R. Brent Elliott

In the last few articles, I discussed an alarming increase in juvenile court abuse or neglect cases in the 43rd Circuit. Abuse or neglect cases involve some sort of wrongdoing on the part of a parent or guardian that requires court intervention on behalf of the juvenile. This article reveals an equally alarming increase in delinquency cases. Delinquency cases are filed when the juvenile

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Capitol Perspectives: RIP Harold Caseky, a remarkable legislator

by Phill Brooks

Missouri lost on the first day of October one of the state’s most influential legislators in decades — Harold Caskey. But few in the statehouse would apply to Caskey the term some of my journalism students privately used as a display of affection about him — “teddy bear.”
Realize how intimidating Caskey could be for a beginning student reporter

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Poosey Digest: Getting into shape

PooseyDigest_WPby Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.
For a mere $79 you can buy a yoga mat that will roll itself up. I’m not kidding. Health and wellness enthusiasts who want to take the time and put forth the effort to do yoga can now save themselves the awful strain of rolling up their own mat. Seems to defeat the purpose but since I’m not yet a yoga enthusiast I’ll

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Thinking about others

Dw.cdrThe Good Book says we are to love one another. The good news on this week is provided by Mildred and Milton Huffman of Winston …who are deceased, Mildred since last year and Milton since 2007. They found a way.
You can read the details in the story published today. It is unusual, hence the headlines. But there’s more to this story.
Philanthropy isn’t a word commonly used by most

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Poosey Digest: Hungry for a Pope sandwich

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.
He had just met the President of the United States, the President’s family, the Vice President and a whole host of other dignitaries. Although Pope Francis was polite, he seemed slightly bored. Then he saw the rope line, the mass of less well-known folks behind the barrier. His eyes lit up. He smiled. And being the

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Giddy up Giddy up

Dw.cdrBy comparison to other shows, the car show at Chautauqua this past weekend wasn’t so big. There were enough entries to fill parking spaces on both sides of East Grand from the 4-way stop to city hall, and the quality of those displayed was very good. You might say the attraction was quality rather than quantity and be entirely accurate.

Car shows are more than just the vehicles, of course.

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Poosey Digest: Ronald Crump

by Freida Marie Crump

PooseyDigest_WPGreetings from Poosey.
I endure my husband’s family reunions like a yearly medical exam as I look at Herb’s relatives and think I may have gotten the pick of the litter. Most of them are tolerable, but I guess that every family has one irritation that we manage to endure for a couple of hours every summer. In the case of the Crump family, it’s Ronald.

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A Death Greatly Exaggerated

Dw.cdrHe hadn’t stopped by in quite awhile. He sat down in front of my desk, looking very somber as he said, “How ya doin’?”
I thought he was inquiring about my health. So, he rephrased. “I mean, with internet and the bad way for newspapers these days, how’s your business doing?”
I knew what he meant. I’ve been a newspaper hack here approaching 40 long years. A community newspaper’s health

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