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Jerry W. Ragsdale left his earthly journey and began his heavenly journey February 21, 2021.  His life is an example of running the race with endurance and the hard work necessary to realize your … more
I saw a bumper sticker on Spur Drive the other day by that said “This too shall pass... it may pass like a kidney stone, but it’ll pass.” Oh, the imagery! I physically laughed out loud at the … more
I can't remember a single time in my life that I've felt truly chilled to the bone, until this week. With subzero temperatures and windchills well into the negatives, I realized how much I've yet to … more
There’s few things I respect more in this job than athletes who give thought-provoking answers immediately following a painful loss. It is never lost on me how difficult it can be. That a Super … more
My hand started shaking as I stared at the blank slip of paper on the table. "Insert message here," it said. After staring at the sheet for what seemed like an hour, I wrote something like, "I … more
Some of my fondest memories from high school stem from my time spent in the Marshfield FFA. From traveling to Mizzou for state competition, to wearing my best boots to the annual Barnwarming party, … more
There’s a lot of misconception bred by modern forms of communication. Most of the time, facts seem to dissipate as a story travels mouth by mouth, ear to ear, news outlet to news outlet, one social … more
Tis the season for wrong addresses. My friend deals with that a lot on the job, especially during the holidays. That's often a misconception some people have about carriers, assuming they can put … more
I sat in the living room of my family’s new farm Christmas morning, counting every one of my blessings. I’d describe 2020 as hellacious at best, yet Christmas brings me an indescribable sense of … more
Dear  Editor, Thanks to the road department for putting in the roundabout at the junction of Banning and Hubble drive, which, was a dangerous intersection. And thanks again for paving the … more
For some area birds, winter is a time to come together. You can see a flock of birds at any time of year, but for some species, the urge to congregate is strongest in winter. Starlings are among … more
My optimistic brain wasn’t prepared for the challenges and tribulations that would come with 2020. None of us were expecting it. We never thought we’d experience a global pandemic, isolation … more
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