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Long-time tradition first “popped” up 45 years ago
National Popcorn Day took place Thursday, Jan. 19 and the courthouse celebrated a day early with it’s weekly Wednesday popcorn tradition. 
Atkison returns as Mail Editor
Marshfield’s Shelby Atkison has returned to lead operations at the Marshfield Mail as the new Editor.
Rippee pleads guilty
Terry Rippee stood before a judge last Friday, Jan 13, and pleaded guilty to one count of Statutory Rape in the first degree.
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Q&A with Mail Editor Shelby Atkison

Shelby Atkison

Good neighbors

Last week there was a call for help posted to the infamous “Now You Know…Marshfield” Facebook group. A local Marshfield resident posted that her cat was stuck in a tree.

Trouble at Sand Springs

Hi everyone! Are you ready for a new rambling this week to get you revved up? Two weeks ago, we started a new series about a civil war love story between a young lady whose parents are southerners and a young man whose dad is the Union Captain of the Webster County Home Guard. As you can imagine, the sparks fly quickly when our southern family is established, and their political viewpoints are known. Let’s review it just in case you are a new reader.

University of Missouri Dean’s List

COLUMBIA, MO–The University of Missouri fall semester 2022 dean's list has been announced.

Conway man faces statutory charge

Rance Dale Baston III, of Conway, has been charged with Statutory Sodomy Or Attempted Statutory Sodomy with a victim less than 12 years of age on Jan 4, 2023.

Keeping Your Chimneys Clean

We continue our winter service series by looking at another source of heat for many residents, the fireplace. Thanks to the fine workers of Chimney Cricket Cleaning Service, licensed and insured in Missouri.

Blue Jays speech team soars at Liberty Invitation

The Marshfield Blue Jays Speech and Debate team headed to the Liberty Invitational January 13 and 14 to compete in the 48 school event. The following students were selected to compete:
Local Sports
Ladycats Come Up Short Against Webb City
Hitting the courts twice this week was the Logan-Rogersville Ladycats. Their first game of the week was against Central on Tuesday, Jan 3. That game saw the Ladycats roar to victory, with a final score against Central 64-43.
Athlete of the week: Pakorn Kanprasertkit aka Sun
A new weekly segment coming to the Marshfield Mail will feature and Athlete or Scholar of the week from around the County.
Marshfield Open: Girls swim team takes fourth
The Marshfield Lady Jays swim team hosted Marshfield Open in Seymour on January 3, 2023. The meet welcomed seven teams with West Plains taking first followed by Monett, Lebanon, Marshfield, Waynesville, Camdenton and Seymour.
Webster County Tournament Rundown
Welcome back to the Webster County Rundown when we last left off all of the schools were participating in various tournaments including the Pink and White for the Ladies basketball and Blue and Gold for the Men's basketball. Without any further delay let's take a look at how everyone fared.
Blue Jays wrestle the 55th Kinloch Classic
The Marshfield Blue Jays boy wrestling team hit the mats at the 55th Kinloch Classic on December 30, 2022. The team took 6th place overall with a score of 192.50.
Webster County Basketball Rundown
Welcome back to this week of the Webster County Rundown. Let us go to the courts and see how everyone is doing this week.
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Opinion
Not long ago, I did a piece and a follow-up regarding resolutions. Afterward, I started thinking and looking at myself. I reflected on what I had been through and what goals I needed to set. It was not easy reflecting on myself. As a human, it's easy to point out the flaws in others or think we do not need to change anything about ourselves.
Just when you think you’ve got it all together: bills paid, groceries in the fridge, closets cleaned, dishes done every day for a week (that’s a really big accomplishment at my house), house cleaned from fire (thank you Amanda for your help), laundry caught up-you know all the crap that goes into being a mom/wife/housekeeper-the kids can have a way of making that all look not so spectacular.
This week, I decided to have a little fun and give readers a peak at what streaming services I use when doing my movie and show reviews. Of course, these are my personal favorites, the old reliables. So, without delay, here, in no particular order, are my top five streaming services.
For the second year in a row my family and I packed up the day after Christmas and headed to Gulf Shores, AL.
Hope gives us energy, fortitude, initiative and stamina, things needed for a productive life doesn't it? Through hope we can visualize our way out of bad times, it's something we can hold onto. If I have hope I can start something with confidence, I have the energy to pursue a positive thought. But if hope alludes me and I am unable to imagine myself in better times, my condition then becomes my reality and replaces the primer of success, ambition. I get frozen into a strange mold of some sort of limitation.Right now, at the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023, I think we Americans find our condition in decline. Our great American educational system is forced into a four day week. Prices are steadily increasing with no end in sight, in many cases straining our budgets to the point of having to choose between two unpleasant outcomes. At the same time the traditional American liberty and now the freedom to express ourselves seems to be under some sort of unbelievable attack with hardly any of our elected officials willing to go to bat for us while China remains more important to the leaders of Congress than you and I.But for me, the worst of it all has been the depressing reality in what I sense from the truth of the last election, and that is that my fellow countryman, for the most part don't seem to care.I expected the 'Red Wave', a reaction to the senseless policies of the extreme left but that didn't happen did it? No. Now the condition of my hope for a better life for my son has all but vanished. Spending, perversion, censorship and control seem to be ascending to the forefront of national policies and call me crazy but the social and cultural circumstances that cause schools to have to reduce the number of days they can provide for the education of our kids is a pretty reliable source of our condition. That should never happen. As a nation we are sick. Yep, sick puppies. Right is wrong and wrong seems to be winning but we don't email, call, or visit our representatives do we? What's the condition of your hope?
Schools
Logan-Rogersville School District is hosting an open event. It is free for the community and will help raise awareness about our children's technological world and how we can reach, teach and support them. In addition, there will be a film screening of the documentary Childhood 2.0. Afterward, Katey McPherson from Bark for Schools will lead a discussion and question-answer session. There are two opportunities to attend, January 3rd or 4th, at the Logan Rogersville High School Auditorium at 300 N. Missouri Blvd, Rogersville, MO.
All through the town, Mrs. Jo Jones' bus wheels went round and round. For 33 years, she ensured Marshfield R-1 school district students safely made it to their destinations. After all this time, Jones decided to hang up the keys and drove her bus one last time on Wednesday, Dec 21, 2022.
Last Wednesday, Dec 21, Webster Elementary held its Annual Christmas concert.
Before the Marshfield Boys enter the Blue and Gold Tournament on Dec 26, let us look at their recent stats, courtesy of Coach John Cherne III. 
On Friday, Dec 16, the Logan-Rogersville Wildcats took on the West Plains Zizzers. Both teams had a burning passion for winning on that cold night, but only one would win. So, whose fire burned brighter?
Business
The colder it gets outside this winter season, the more people will turn up the heater. We often forget that besides the refrigerator, our heater/AC, aka HVAC is one of the most crucial machines in our homes we need to keep our lives going comfortably. Until the heater stops working… heaven forbid that were to happen, but if so, who should you turn to?
Q: What is the most challenging part of your job?
On December 16 the Webster County Sheriff’s Department notified the public of a missing woman, Prem Kuar Prasad, a 65 year old Indian woman.
If you have a senior family member or an adult family member with a disability, it will come as no surprise that there is a house shortage for that population. Wait lists can be up to two years long for some housing centers. For Marshfield, that crisis will soon be less extensive.
On November 8, 2022 Missouri voters made history when when they voted to legalize Marijuana for recreational use in the state. The new law goes into effect on December 8, 2022.
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