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Learning to eat nutritiously is key to healthy families

The inaugural Cooking is the Cure cooking class was held on March 18. Dr. Taylor Pedersen's Show Me Strong Kids initiative identified nutrition and lack of family involvement as key issues children experience in Dallas County. Dallas County Family Medical Center started the first cooking class by starting with the basics, with families cooking together in the kitchen. This program is one of the first classes to address issues children experience and provide ways to help them overcome them.
Pictured are, from left to right: Shelby Sechler (Consumer Lender, OakStar Bank), Dr. Tim Ryan (Dallas County R-I Superintendent), Travis Bybee (OakStar Bank, Dallas County Market President), and Sam Woods (AVP, Commercial Loan Officer, OakStar Bank).

Oakstar Bank presents a check to DCR-1

OakStar Bank presented Dr. Tim Ryan, Superintendent of the Dallas County R-1 School District, with a check for $4,420.41 for proceeds from OakStar Bank’s School Debit Card Program. Since 2016, Dallas County Schools have received more than $20,000 as a result of the program that makes a donation based on purchases made by OakStar Bank customers who use their Bison Card.
Christopher Avery Goodman

Buffalo man charged with arson and accused of setting fire at multiple locations

Christopher Avery Goodman, born in 1997, was charged by Dallas County Prosecuting Attorney Jonathan D. Barker in Dallas County Circuit Court with two counts of the class D felony of arson in the second degree and two counts of the class E felony of knowingly burning on February 10, 2024.
Dr. Temple Grandin spoke about autism to a large audience in the Skyline High School auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 30. She was hosted by the Show Me Romy Foundation.

Show Me Romey Foundation presented Dr. Temple Grandin on Jan. 30

The Show Me Romey Foundation hosted Dr. Temple Grandin at the Skyline High School.

Save a trip to town and stop by Johnny’s Store in Long Lane

The small business, Johnny’s Store, is owned by John and Melanie Long and opened in September of 2023. For customers convenience, the store offers some grocery necessities and serves pizza and sandwiches, with home baked bread, for a quick and delicious bite to eat. Johnny’s Store also has home cooked lunch specials. A menu and specials can be found on their Facebook.
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I'm lucky that my first professional writing job was in a newsroom because it taught me something important: You don't need a perfect environment to get work done. You don't need silence, an organized room, a particular candle, or a big chunk of time. 
Recently, I took my two youngest grandchildren to the jump park at the Battlefield Mall.
Good news, armchair critics: Young people can still write compelling and coherent prose and poetry with exceptional candor and grammatical skill.
Two days ago, while sitting at my desk attempting to be a productive human, a noise broke my focus and nearly broke my window, too. 
The Dallas County Economic Development Group (DCEDG) is writing to support the renewal of the Dallas County Half-Cent Road and Bridge Capital Improvement Sales Tax appearing on the April 2, 2024 ballot. This tax was first passed in 1984 with a sunset provision ensuring the law would be subjected to a renewal vote every 10 years. This tax comprises approximately two-thirds of Dallas County’s current road and bridge budget. On April 2, the County is seeking that this tax be placed without the sunset provision.

Aldermen return to fulfill another two year term

Newly elected Buffalo aldermen were sworn in at the Buffalo City Council meeting on Monday, April 8. From left, Lonnie Glor (Ward 1), Bret Viets (Ward 3) and Brandon Stewart (Ward 2) repeat the oath recited by Buffalo City Clerk Mandy Wecker to uphold and honor their position for another two year term.
The April 8th Buffalo Board of Aldermen meeting was called to order by Mayor Brandon Kenall after the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Death Notices

Donald Kent Garrison

State of Missouri vs. Tricia Rhea Garrett-Barton

Tricia Rhea Garrett-Barton, Lebanon, born in 1977, was charged by Dallas County Prosecuting Attorney Jonathan D. Barker in Dallas County Circuit Court with the class D felony of burglary in the second degree and the class E felony of property damage in the first degree on or about February 5, 2024.

Brandy Peterson Q&A

Brandy Peterson
The Garden Scouts: Buzzing with Love by Rachael Hartzell is available on Amazon for Kindle, softbound, or hardback.

BOOK REVIEW - The Garden Scouts: Buzzing with Love

Entering the pages of the children’s book The Garden Scouts: Buzzing with Love, one starts a stroll through a colorful, cheery walk in The Garden of Wild Haven. Throughout the author’s first book, the story paints the Garden Scouts as seekers of the Fruits of the Spirit, focusing on love.
Russ and Amy Wisdom on their Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic crossing the wooden bridge at War Eagle, Arkansas.

Meet Russ

Russ Wisdom’s Dallas County roots run pretty deep. He spent his early years growing up on the Wisdom family farm in Dallas County near Urbana and he lives in the Urbana area today. Wisdom has a new job in Buffalo, that of city’s official building inspector. His life has supplied him with many years of experience in the construction, plumbing and electrical fields.
Local Sports

Fair Grove silences Lady Bison’s bats with 5-0 win

Fair Grove’s Addie Voorhis allowed only three hits in a 5-0 shutout of Buffalo Monday.
Addie Voorhis had perhaps her best outing of the year Monday at Buffalo as the Fair Grove freshman hurler shut out the Lady Bison 5-0. She allowed just three hits while striking out seven batters and walking none, although she hit one batter.
Ashlen Garrett poured in 37 points in Skyline’s 6147 win over Principia in the Class 2 state championship game. Brooke Daniels, right, goes up high for a layup following one of her four steals during Fair Grove’s 33-27 win over El Dorado Springs in the Class 3 state title game.

Skyline, Fair Grove girls win state championships

History was made last week when both the Skyline and Fair Grove girls basketball teams won state championships at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. It was the first time two teams from the Buffalo Reflex’s readership area have won state titles in the same year.
Blair Abraham is an unusual 6-7 player in that he can hit 3-point shots as he did here after looking over the defense.

Buffalo boys end nine-game skid with win at New Covenant

Buffalo’s boys basketball team rolled past New Covenant 68-42 Tuesday, Jan. 23 in a road, non-conference game. This broke a nine-game losing streak.\The Bison came close to winning another game Friday on courtwarming night as they were ultimately defeated by Clever 47-39.

Altics take first place at OHC wrestling meet

Buffalo’s Makayla Altic won first place in the Ozark Highlands Conference girls wrestling tournament on Jan. 18 and Peyton Altic won first in the boys tourney.
The always-hustling Shelby Redd races to get by a Boonville defender.

Skyline girls roll past Boonville and Blair Oaks

Boonville, a Class 4 team, brought a 12-3 record to Skyline Saturday, but the Lady Tigers, ranked number one in the state in Class 2, sent the Lady Pirates home with a stunning 64-41 loss. Earlier on Tuesday, the Lady Tigers pummeled Blair Oaks 81-31.

Ozarks RFD - Witnesses to history

Now and then I am reminded that we born after World War II were witnesses to some of the most momentous events of the 20th century. Following are selected events from the Time-Life series,”Our American Century.”

S.teve O.n a S.oapbox -

As you learned in my column last week, I have a brother and a sister. I talked a little about my brother last week (there is so much more I could say), and this column is about Judy. When i learned my mother was going to give us a little brother or sister, I wasn’t real thrilled. I had been the baby of the family for six years and wasn’t quite ready to give up that position to a baby sibling.

EnJOYable Journey - Debbie Downer or Pollyanna — who are you?

I've had the best interviews since the beginning of the year. People are upbeat, love the projects they're involved in, and want the best for the community—me, too.

The Rockwood Files: Why we need a jolt of joy

For months now, I've been eating breakfast with a goose. 

Ozarks RFD - Just a glass of orange juice

Just a few days ago I poured myself a glass of orange juice, something I seldom do because we seldom have any in the refrigerator unless grandkids are coming to visit.

Letter to the editor

Last week (March 13, 2024) marked the FOURTH roadside cross in 9 miles on U.S. Hwy. 65 going north out of Buffalo.
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