February 27, 2015 I would like to extend my sympathy to the family of State Auditor Tom Schweich during their time of grief and humbly ask my readers to please keep the Schweich family in your thoughts and prayers. He was a wonderful Auditor that worked hard for the people of Missouri and will be greatly missed...
Q: Can a cruel winter lead to paranoia? A: It is the perfect conduit.
A fellow is having a near nightmare. He is driving on a two-lane highway following a Greyhound Bus that is splashing ice & snow onto his windshield. Right behind him is a little black car that is weaving in and out trying to pass. There are two anomalies going on here, and one causing considerable angst. ...
What Do You Know about Bees?
Did you know that Missouri is home to more than 450 species of bees? Don't be alarmed by that figure. These pollinators help to fertilize native plants, commercial crops, fruit trees, vegetables and small fruit making each available for consumption...
"How the Health Care Law is Effecting Tax Returns"
I recently received a tax update from the IRS providing details on how the health care law is effecting the preparation of tax returns this year. Most are aware that the Affordable Care Act contains tax provisions that will affect your 2014 income tax return and most will be affected by the individual shared responsibility provision this tax season. Although cumbersome, it is important to understand your role in the correct preparation and presentation on your 2014 tax return...
The Time for Giving Up
February 18 is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the penitential season of Lent, which lasts forty days, minus the Sundays, that mirrors our Lord's forty days in the desert, when He was tempted by the devil. (Matthew 4:1-11) During Lent, some Christians may struggle against a particular sin or unhealthy habit, to better appreciate our Lord's suffering. ...
One Special Valentine
It is sad that theaters will be showing a smutty movie that premieres the day before Valentine's Day. This film will not promote the biblical perspective of love and marriage. While most people still desire a love that will last a lifetime, they are unfamiliar with God's way of how to obtain it...
Time for Talk
Feb. 9-13, 2015 New Wave Cable Channel 2 7:00 PM Monday - A Look at the Rotary Auction in Action (2010) The upcoming Rotary Auction scheduled for next week prompted a replay of Rotary's 2010 auction activities in the community room of the Southern Bank to see just how everything is carried on. ...
Many of you are starting to ask about vegetables. It doesn't matter if you have been growing a garden as long as you can remember or if you are just thinking about starting, information is always useful. Remember how often Mike and I stress to know what is going on with your soil. ...
January 14, 2015 Charles Bloniarz, leaving scene of motor vehicle accident, to appear Aug. 12; Billie J. Borschnack, assault first degree, bench trial set for March 27; James R. Boykin, tampering with motor vehicle accident, pled guilty, suspended imposition of sentence, four years supervised probation;...
You are His
When we think of the glory days of God's kingdom of Israel, we think of King David, who ruled circa 1000 B.C. David's son, Solomon, came after him, ruling until about 950 B.C. After him, the kingdom was divided, and over time, the two kingdoms "forgot" the Lord--they paid nominal tribute to God and saw Him as only one possibility for a source of truth. ...
The Simplicity of Christ's Teaching
Christ's teaching is simple. The simplicity of His teaching is the consequence of truth. Truth is simple and not complicated by the false and erroneous teachings of man. (Mark 7:7-9) "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." (John 17:17)...
Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor, The Governor has explained his view of the state of the state. We need more money for things like fully funding education, so our kids are protected in the world. We owe it to them. We also need to help keep them alive and healthy. We have passed up $4B over the last 2 years to help our kids (and the economy) by expanding Medicaid. ...
It was the best of times; it was the worst of times
This is the opening line of "The Tale of Two Cities" written by Charles Dickens. This is also applicable to Missouri cotton producers. In the January 14, 2015 Cotton and Wool Outlook, the projection of Missouri cotton yields has increased to 1,117 pounds per acre. This is up from the 1,097 pounds per acre in the December report. If this projection holds up, then this will be a new record yield for Missouri cotton. This is 11 pounds per acre over the previous record of 1,106 in 2008...