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Bennett Spring Stream Team 5462 will meet at 1 p.m. Aug. 17 to discuss the water quality of the Bennett Spring.All are welcome to come to the nature center at Bennett Spring State Park for a short water quality lesson followed by a hands-on activity around the Bennett Spring.  Clean, safe, u…

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Meeting another guideline set by Article XIV of the Missouri Constitution, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Section for Medical Marijuana Regulation has systems in place to begin accepting applications for medical marijuana facilities beginning at midnight Aug. 3 until 1…

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Our commander, Melissa Hernandez, and her adjutant have been in Orlando, Fla., for the annual DAV National Convention. We look forward to sharing all we have learned and what is coming about in the future.

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Bennett Spring State Park invites the public to a “Ride With a Ranger” event at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug 17.Participants will join the park’s ranger on a bicycle ride across the historical Civilian Conservation Corps bridge around Bennett Spring Zone 1 to Shelter A and back.Those wishing to join…

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The State Historical Society of Missouri is ready to open its doors to the public at its new headquarters at 605 Elm St., Columbia. The grand opening and building dedication will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. Staff, members and trustees of SHSMO, public officials, representatives of the U…

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Medical Explorers, a longtime tradition at CoxHealth, offers young adults the chance to see if a career in the health care industry is right for them — and registration for the next chance to participate is going on now.

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Twenty-five years ago, Jack and Melba Shewmaker established the Shewmaker Scholarship Trust for the purpose of providing scholarships for higher learning at the college or university level. In order to specifically benefit local students, the scholarships are only available to deserving grad…

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Joy Beamer, moderator for the DIVAS — the chamber’s women’s professional development group is the featured speaker for the August chamber meeting to be held at noon, Aug. 7th, at the alumni building located just north of D.A. Mallory Elementary School.

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Citizens Memorial Home Medical Equipment has launched its new website this month — hme.citizensmemorial.com — that features products, patient education videos, location information and more. 

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Cherry Grove Baptist Church will have a one-day-only vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, for children ages 1 to 12 years old.

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On July 18, the Federal Emergency Management Agency agreed to the state of Missouri’s request to consider expanding last week’s federal disaster declaration. FEMA agreed to re-evaluate the request for inclusion of 21 counties, including Dallas, that were denied federal assistance July 9. FEM…

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The Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary will host its annual rummage and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 7 and 8 at the DAV Hall, 1100 N. Maple St., Buffalo.

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The take-home message from July’s DIVAS meeting is everyone should make an appointment with your personal insurance agent and review your policies. Also, never, ever buy insurance from 800 numbers. A local agent will protect your personal needs.

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The Hillcrest Quilters women are trying to get back in the swing of things, as many members have been ill or suffered a loss. Our prayers are with them.

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The Huber and Evans family reunion will be at noon on Aug. 3 at Branch Assembly of God Church in Branch, on Mo. 73 south of U.S. 54.

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Tanya Watson, executive director of the Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce, is now taking clan applications for the 17th annual Southwest Missouri Celtic Heritage Festival and Highland Games. The festivities will take place Sept. 6-7 at Buffalo City Park by the Buffalo City Pool. 

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The Missouri Department of Agriculture, in coordination with USDA Animal and Plant Inspection Service, has detected ramorum blight on rhododendron plants shipped to some retail nurseries in Missouri. The disease is more commonly known as sudden oak death when it infects oak trees. The rhodod…

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The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has opened its 2019-20 grant-making program for nonprofit agencies serving the CFO’s region in central and southern Missouri.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency opened enrollment for the Dairy Margin Coverage program on June 17 and has started issuing payments to producers who purchased coverage. Producers can enroll through Sept. 20, 2019. 

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Missouri State Park rangers at Ha Ha Tonka State Park will host Row With a Ranger at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 21. This event allows people of all ages to experience the joy of kayaking. Rangers will provide information about Ha Ha Tonka State Park and nearby attractions as well as information re…

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Our next “Helping Hands” volunteer date is set for 9 a.m. to noon on July 20. Participants should meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Dallas County Community Park on Autoscope Drive in Buffalo.   

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Insurance is confusing and overwhelming, except to an insurance agent. That’s why local insurance agents were invited to form a panel discussion at the July’s DIVAS meeting. They will give answers to burning questions like the following:

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Adult Japanese beetles are on the move in southwest Missouri, and like past years, they will bring a big appetite with them, according to Kelly McGowan, horticulture specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

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The Dallas County Fair and Junior Livestock Show 2019 is now behind us. There are so many people to thank for the hard work and time that goes into this event. Many people spend many hours for our youth. A lot of local businesses and residents in Buffalo made financial donations and spent lo…

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The Missouri Job Center and American Legion Post 639 are joining forces to host a Hiring and Resource Fair to provide employer engagement opportunities and access to local resources for veterans and their families. The Post-Independence Day Veterans Hiring and Resource Fair will be 2 to 6 p.…

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Whether it’s just for a day or two or an extended vacation, there are a number of things people can do to have a safe, smooth and enjoyable trip when heading out in their vehicle. 

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The Southwest Missouri Council of Governments was awarded a 2019 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations for the Low Water Crossing Inventory and Prioritization — Dade, Dallas and Polk Counties. 

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The annual Halfway Antique-Farm Stock-Classic Tractor Pull will be Saturday, July 13, at the Lions Club grounds in Halfway. Weigh-in starts at 1 p.m. with the first class of tractors pulling at 6 p.m.

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Dollar General recently announced it has completed a remodel of its store at 109 N. Dallas St. in Urbana. With an updated layout and design, the store now offers a selection of produce and expanded frozen and refrigerated food offerings, in addition to the same categories, brands and product…

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I want to recommend a great music duo that I recently saw at the Dallas County Fair. Boy, was I surprised!

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Bennett Spring State Park invites the public to a Ride With a Ranger event at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13. Participants will join the park’s ranger on a bike ride across the historical Civilian Conservation Corps bridge around Bennett Spring Zone 1 to Shelter A and back. Those wishing to join t…

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Dan “Tiny” Cross of Morrisville will present the program at the Dallas County Historical Society’s July open house Saturday, July 6, at the historical park on South Ash Street in Buffalo.

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The DIVAS motto is “Helping Women, Help Women.” During the next meeting in June, the women will hear from two organizations that are in the business of helping others. 

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Do you think you can build a better mouse trap? If so, the Dallas County Economic Development GRO program wants entrepreneurs and new business owners to open offices or stores in Buffalo, and is putting money where its mouth is.