MDC seeks public input on plans for glade areas in St. Clair County

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. MDC is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for the Dave Rock and Lichen Glade conservation areas in St. Clair County. Plans for the areas will be available for public comment through

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Grant funds, hog hunting ban make gains in feral hog fight

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and its partners are already seeing the benefits of grant funds designated to help fight the invasive feral hog population. Paired with recent banning of hog hunting on conservation areas, this marks progress in the fight against feral hogs according to John Burk, a regional wildlife biologist with the

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Why everyone ought to hunt squirrels in the summer

Just outside my screened porch, there are white oaks well over 200 years old, and they are loaded with acorns. Just after dawn this morning I sat there watching pieces of acorn rain down from high limbs as a grey squirrel ate his breakfast. Those white oak acorns bode well for a wide variety of

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Lizards an infrequent sight for most people

Most of us have seen lizards — we just don’t see them very frequently. It’s not that we never see them. On the contrary, you have probably seen a lizard on occasion scurrying across the foundation of your house or across a nearby sidewalk. Or maybe you saw one sunning itself on a rock or

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Savvy Senior®

How to find financial assistance for elderly parents Dear Savvy Senior Where can I go to locate financial assistance programs for seniors? I have been helping support my 70-year-old mother the past couple years and really can’t afford to do it any longer. Feeling Overwhelmed Dear Overwhelmed, There are actually a wide variety of financial

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The truth about Alzheimer’s: early detection makes a difference

It’s the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, affects more than 5 million Americans and one out of every three seniors will die from it. Yet misconceptions surround Alzheimer’s disease. Contrary to what many people think about Alzheimer’s, it’s not a normal part of growing older. And while there’s not yet a way

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Why you need to do more than just turn up the volume

Approximately 20 percent of Americans live with hearing loss, according to the Hearing Loss Association of America. If you’re among them, you may think all you need to do in order to hear better is to turn up the volume. But many factors make up hearing, including sound quality, clarity, the ability to identify where

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Entertainment 2016 ElDo Picnic

Blue Mound Sound And Mr. A PASTMASTERS TAKE STAGE BY STORM – If they drive like they perform, the El Dorado Springs Picnic Saturday night grand finale entertainment would collect a string of felony tickets. They belted out high energy, non-stop dance hits from start to almost midnight and that pleased the crowd.

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Gardening to distraction

11 Best Watering Practices In addition to stressing people and pets, temperatures over 90F for several consecutive days stresses plants. In those conditions, plants stop making nectar and pollen, eliminating any possibility of flowers and fruit and frustrating gardening friends aspiring to have perfect lawns. Luckily that’s not me. However, as we head into the

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Rare squirrel sparks wonder for Hannibal boy and caretaker

By Trevor McDonald Hannibal Courier-Post reporter Just outside the window, a furry surprise appeared for a Hannibal boy who loves to watch wildlife with his caretaker. Patty Lawrence said she takes care of a boy who loves to watch the various creatures who fly and scurry through his yard. Recently, Lawrence snapped photos of an

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