Iwo Jima, Feb. 19, 1945: A five-week bloodbath

Iwo Jima, Feb. 19, 1945: A five-week bloodbath

I was born into a wonderful family in the most wonderful country there ever was. So were thousands of other boys.I enjoyed life, I loved all the thing...

February 21st, 2017 updated: February 21st, 2017. |  


‘Are you ready to come home to the Missouri State Fair?’

‘Are you ready to come home to the Missouri State Fair?’

The Missouri State Fair information season is officially underway with the recent reveal of the 2017 Fair theme: “Come Home.” Prepare for ...

February 21st, 2017 |  


Special days at the Missouri State Fair

Special days at the Missouri State Fair

The summer of 1930 was exceedingly hot. During the first and second weeks of August, the Sedalia Democrat reported temperatures of over 100 degrees wi...

February 21st, 2017 |  


Smoking is just a memory

Smoking is just a memory

Religion and politics are among the few subjects I can think of that are discussed more than smoking when a group of people gather and, depending on w...

February 17th, 2017 |  


Valentine’s Day can be irritating … sometimes

Valentine’s Day can be irritating … sometimes

As you undoubtedly know, Valentine’s Day, the most irritating holiday ever, was this past Tuesday. I usually look askance on Valentine’s D...

February 17th, 2017 updated: February 18th, 2017. |  


Some fun, interesing Presidents Day facts

Some fun, interesing Presidents Day facts

Growing up in Indiana, there was one morsel of presidential trivia we all knew: William Henry Harrison had the shortest tenure in the White House, las...

February 17th, 2017 updated: February 18th, 2017. |  


Athletic Hall of fame adds stars

Athletic Hall of fame adds starsDear Editor,The Smith-Cotton Athletic Hall of Fame grew brighter with the addition of four stars on Feb. 3. Activities...

February 15th, 2017 |  


German immigrant Fred Helm

German immigrant Fred Helm

Missouri became home to many immigrants from Germany during the 19th century. Travelers from Germany such as Gottfried Duden visited Missouri and wrot...

February 14th, 2017 |  


New Woods Market to make its debut

New Woods Market to make its debut

Things are always going to change. There are some people who are so afraid of that fact that they let it define them. But we should keep in mind that ...

February 14th, 2017 |  


Girlfriends and valentines

Girlfriends and valentines

Like a lot of little boys, most of my girlfriends when I was in grade school had no idea they were even in that category, because like most little boy...

February 10th, 2017 |