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BBB tips to avoid getting spooked this Halloween

Halloween is a time for tricks and treats, but shopping for decorations and costumes shouldn’t be a scary experience. Shoppers should rely on trusted merchants and research unfamiliar stores or websites before buying. BBB received 88 complaints last year, and received 49 complaints so far in 2019, about masquerade costume businesses, which include Halloween stores

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Love note from Jeff City

Greetings, My Fellow Missourians Last Thursday, I attended the Hickory County Cattleman’s monthly meeting. Katie Stewart, with Farmers Care MO Beef Program, presented the MO Beef MO Kids MO Fit (MoBKF) program. This program connects schools with farmers and ranchers to “beef” up the lunches served in schools. Beef has lots of essential nutrients, including

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District Update

Dear Friends, Last week I returned from a bipartisan Armed Services Committee trip to Poland, Estonia, and Ukraine. I was the lead Republican on the trip, among six members of Congress and spoke and asked questions at every meeting we had with foreign leaders.  We met with the defense ministers and minsters of foreign affairs

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Knowing the Bible

by Pastor Larry Sorrells, Rockville, Trinity UMC George Barna is the founder of the Barna Group, a market research firm that specializes in studying religious beliefs and behaviors of Americans in modern culture. I have always found his discoveries interesting. A few years ago, he conducted a revealing survey of self-pronounced Christians and here’s what

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BBB tips: research breast cancer charities before donating

You may think that orange and black are the color scheme for October, but breast cancer charities would argue that it’s pink. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the time for fun runs, pink-ribbon tie-ins and direct appeals to donate to a variety of charities that support research or breast cancer survivors. There’s no doubt

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Love note from Jeff City

Greetings, My Fellow Missourians Last Thursday, my brother-in-law Richard “Rick” Reed and I attended a public informational meeting at the Confederate Memorial State Historic Site in Higginsville. About twenty, mostly members of the Daughters and Sons of the Confederate Veterans, attended the meeting. Jim Dehart with the Missouri State Parks gave an update on the

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We Must Fix Veteran Homelessness

Dear Friends, Last week I penned an opinion editorial in The Military Times discussing the problem of veteran homelessness and highlighting some of the great work that non-profit organizations in our local communities are doing to combat this grave issue. Veteran homelessness is an issue that is often overlooked and should make all of us

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Home canning is a science and accuracy is crucial for safety

In southwest Missouri, food preservation is a time honored tradition for many families. However, if part of that tradition includes using old family recipes, it is wise to update to new recipes and methods according to Jennifer Nevatt, county engagement specialist in nutrition and health with University of Missouri Extension. “Food preservation is a science

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Fall for wild mushrooms

It’s a toss-up. I love spring when it comes. But I also love autumn when it arrives. Which do I like best? It’s hard to say. Both give me a sort of high, an adrenaline rush. Spring with its rebirth of nature, seeds emerging into living plants, flowers popping with magical color and morels scooting

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GOVERNOR SIGNS POACHING BILL

GOVERNOR SIGNS POACHING BILL – Gov. Parson recently signed HB260 (Poaching Bill) into law that significantly raises fines for those convicted of illegally taking Missouri game species and other native wildlife. He is shown here signing the bill and is flanked by MDC commissioners and staff along with key state legislators and others.

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