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Be A Miracle

A while back my pastor made a comment before a sermon that gripped and challenged me. He said, “Do you want to see a miracle or do you want to be a miracle?”. Those words have been permanently imprinted in my mind. Now I suppose you could look at this quote in different ways, but

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Motorists asked to buckle up, put phonesd down

Missouri Department of Transportation Senior Maintenance Worker Justin Sundell recalls a time he was flagging vehicles through a work zone on Route 68 when he noticed a car that wasn’t slowing down. Sundell says the next thing he heard was the sound of squealing tires and locking brakes. “It was really scary,” Sundell said. “The

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Ashcroft announces Robin Westphal as new state librarian

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has chosen former Livingston County Library director Robin Westphal to be Missouri’s State Librarian, beginning Monday, April 9. The State Library is a division of the Missouri Secretary of State’s office. “We are excited to bring Robin back to Missouri to help lead the State Library,” Ashcroft said. “She brings

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MDC encourages people to help hummingbirds

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages people to discover nature this spring by learning about the ruby-throated hummingbird. Missourians will begin seeing these birds this month as the tiny long-distance fliers return to the state as part of their spring migration. “Hummingbirds will be arriving soon and a few have already been spotted in

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Tax deadline looms: Should you file for an extension?

The bell for the April 17 tax return deadline tolls for thee. But don’t panic, says University of Missouri Extension personal financial planning specialist Andrew Zumwalt. Income tax extensions are easy to file and give filers some breathing room. You can get an automatic six-month extension of time to file from the Internal Revenue Service.

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MDC encourages public not to plant invasive Bradford pear trees

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages homeowners and landscapers to avoid planting Callery pear trees this spring. Better known as Bradford pears, the Callery pear tree is an invasive species known to multiply quickly and crowd out Missouri native plants. While it’s been a popular landscaping tree for decades, cultivated forms have spread aggressively

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The more steel and fuel you put between the sun and a cow’s mouth, the less profitable you will be

The 95th Annual Agriculture Production Conference and Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Meeting was held March 20 at Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, 6821 West Independence, Springfield. This year’s event drew a crowd of 90 local landowners that were interested in the agriculture topics addressed by the two featured speakers. Drought management Dr.

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Savvy Senior®

Getting a handle on prescription medications Dear Savvy Senior, I’m concerned that my 80-year-old mother is taking too many medications. She currently takes 10 different drugs prescribed by three different doctors, which I think is causing her some problems. She also struggles to keep up with all the drug costs. Any suggestions? Concerned Daughter Dear

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Calibrachoa: Petunia’s pretty little cousin takes center stage in 2018

While new flowering species are introduced on a fairly regular basis, very few have supplanted longtime garden favorites such as geraniums and petunias, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. An exception is calibrachoa, or “callie” for short. Introduced in the 1990s, this diminutive relative of petunia has become one of the hottest sellers

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New 2018 Missouri poverty report available now

The Missourians to End Poverty coalition announces the release of its new 2018 Missouri Poverty Report. This 20-page report is a comprehensive snapshot of poverty statistics in Missouri, updated and expanded from the recent 2016 edition of this biennial publication. While Missouri has seen a decline in poverty since a 10-year high of 16.2% in

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