The loss of a lige-long friend

The loss of a lige-long friend

I got the bad news this week that Wanda Baker died. Wanda graduated from Thayer High with my father, and was probably 93 years old. But to me, she was...

February 24th, 2017 |  


For the love of old barns

For the love of old barns

There are many sad reminders of the past littering Pettis County’s countryside; old plows rusting in untilled fields, windmills that drew their ...

February 24th, 2017 |  


St. Paul’s has familiar face in the kitchen

St. Paul’s has familiar face in the kitchen

Since 1998, John Nail has nourished the minds and souls of students at St. Paul’s Lutheran School. Now he also nourishes their bodies, moving fr...

February 24th, 2017 updated: February 24th, 2017. |  


‘Better than a quart of oil’

When I was in college, the old ‘64 Ford I drove had 115,000 miles on it. There were 289 engines that had many times that number of miles on them...

February 24th, 2017 |  


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. |