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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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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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Remember to Say “Thanks!”

We got a reminder last week on just how fragile the delivery of your newspaper can be.

Many things have to go right and right on time for delivery to be Anormal.@ There are certain stages that narrow the work flow to a precarious place, stages where there simply is no backup or APlan B.@ Things have to work. For instance, the imagesetter MUST work (at

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What Kind of Legacy Are You Building?

That can be a pretty heavy topic to discuss. Sometimes it’s an attention grabber on another request for you to bequeath money to something. Like a college education fund or a benevolent foundation. That’s all well and good, but that’s not what I’m thinking about. You don’t have to have money or some grandiose plan to make a lasting impression or to initiate a new tradition. And you don’t have

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Ranking 2,604th Among the 3,111

I have friends who have lived in numerous locations throughout the world who choose to call Daviess County home. That’s about the nicest compliment we can expect, a “them” wanting to join “us.” And yet, I can’t help but sometimes wonder, “Why?”


Certainly, when it comes to climate and scenery, we don’t particularly stand out. We have no mountain views (Goat Mountain just outside Gallatin doesn’t count). We have no

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Transparency Taken to a Future Level

We appreciate reader comments. It’s not that we like hearing complaints, but at least it confirms that people are reading. Sometimes there’s even a compliment in the mix.

Recently we published minutes from the Daviess County Board of Equalization meetings. This isn’t the kind of fluff you read on Facebook or even the lighter fare you read elsewhere. Choosing what you read is like eating at a smorgasbord. There are

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Hurry Up, Sylvie … Slow Down, Sylvie!

You’d better hurry up, Sylvia. You’ve got a lot of catchin’ up to do. You almost missed your first family vacation.

You’re only four months old and so you almost missed the first chapter in what I hope becomes a family tradition. This past weekend was the first time our clan attempted a long weekend together at Branson. Nine adults were almost outnumbered by seven youngsters (ages 9-6-3-2-2-1 and you,

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Are We a Target in the Crosshairs?

I am about to share some thoughts on issues beyond my full comprehension (and probably beyond my capacity to ever completely understand). But this much I know: the federal Clean Power Plan announced this week might become shocking news someday for every electricity user in Gallatin, MO.

By that I mean hang on to your wallet.

Dw.cdrThe Obama Administration is pushing to reduce our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels and

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Some Things That I Like

Writing this column is, at times, therapeutic. All this rainfall is getting me down. So, this is a deliberate attempt to not look at the rain gauge half full, but half empty.

I like bug bites. If I have no bug bites, then I’ve been spending too much time in the office behind the computer. A bug bite means I’ve been outside working on something or reading the newspaper out

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