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The ribbon-cutting and open house at the new Fair Grove Senior Center was April 24, with a huge crowd; 232 was the count I was given. The hamburgers and hot dogs cooked by individuals associated with O’Bannon Bank were delicious, as were all the salads, deviled eggs, baked beans and desserts.

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Missouri’s economy has lagged behind the rest of the nation for many years. My recent article in the Missouri Policy Journal examined how Missouri’s economy, and its restrictions on labor markets, compare to other states. It’s not a pretty picture, and the voters’ recent approval of a minimu…

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I guess you’ve heard that there is more than one way to skin a cat. In reference to piecrust, Barbara Austin, one of my readers, sent her piecrust recipe. She got a kick out of my pie snob article. She tried my mother’s recipe, and it was really good, but she has one her daughter-in-law gave…

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When our middle child, Jack, was in kindergarten, he and his dad had a Sunday morning tradition. They’d flip to the back page of the comics in the Sunday paper and try to find the six differences between two similar pictures in the Slylock Fox cartoon strip. It was a race to see who could fi…

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Thanksgiving has come and gone, yet the holidays are an excellent time to be thankful for all the blessings that have been bestowed upon us as a nation. Today the “holidays” can be credibly defined as Thanksgiving through Jan. 1. Or, if you watch the Hallmark Channel, from July through Jan. 1.

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Last weekend, Tom and I went out to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. An acquaintance we bumped into said congratulations and then asked us, “So what’s the secret?” Honestly, I didn’t have a quick answer. She seemed almost annoyed, as if we were keeping the secret recipe all to ourselves.

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One of my favorite photos was taken during a Christmas parade at Fair Grove. It features me, Aunt Dazel and Mom. We were standing on Hood’s Store porch (on Main Street), waiting for the parade to pass by. I don’t remember what year, but it probably took place in the early 1980s. Accompanying…

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As Thanksgiving approaches, I am most thankful for all of God’s blessings that I have received during my life, which include my home and family. I also am thankful for the many freedoms we have in this country, but am concerned about our future more than at any time in decades.

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I would like to praise the Dallas County Library staff. They provide an exceptionally good and customer-friendly library. I love to read but have very poor eyesight. I’m blind in one eye, have cataracts and have astigmatism in my other eye.

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There are some topics I find myself reading about as often as possible. Time management is one of them. When a new magazine article about it comes across my news app, I pounce on it, read it and bookmark it so I can read it again.

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I didn’t know until a couple of weekends ago that I was a pie snob. OK, here is why my friend and I have declared, “We are pie snobs.” We only like our pies. You see, we both use my mother’s piecrust recipe. It is the best, or at least my friend and I believe it is.

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The Buffalo Reflex does not endorse candidates, but people have asked us about the many constitutional amendments that are on the Nov. 5 ballot. Jessica Franklin Maull, editor of our sister newspaper in Bolivar, has done a good job of explaining the amendments, and her article can be found o…

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Thank you for the coverage of our race in your latest edition (Buffalo Reflex, Oct. 24, 2018). I was pleased with the article about the state representative race with one exception. You quote me as saying, “I don’t want women to not be able to get an abortion in Missouri.” 

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I am proudly endorsed by Missouri Right to Life. My Christian beliefs lead me to being pro-life as well as wanting to improve the quality of life for all Missourians.

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The November election is just around the corner, and Missouri voters will decide on several ballot issues. The proposal with the widest potential impacts to our state is Amendment 1. Its supporters call it “Clean Missouri” because of its nominal ethics reforms. The amendment would limit lobb…

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It depends on what stage of life you happen to be in, as to what you think about the other person’s age. My mother lived to be 95. She would tell something about “this old lady” or “that old man,” then smile and say, “Well, I guess I’m older than they are.”

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Weekly newspaper people live by two cardinal rules: (1) never miss deadline, and (2) never on Tuesday, production day.

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We have a new “pet” in the family. It doesn’t eat. Doesn’t ever need a vet appointment. It can do lots of cool tricks. And here’s the best part — it never makes a mess.

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This question was asked by the Statler Brothers in their 1973 country music hit of the same name, written by Don S. Reid and Harold Wilson Reid. The short answer is that you can watch Randolph Scott sometime during just about any day or night on the Grit television channel, and very often on…

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Cooler weather and a body’s thoughts naturally turn to outdoor things, such as cutting wood, chopping sprouts and burning brush piles.

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About 17 years ago, my husband, Tom, did a wonderful thing. For our third wedding anniversary, he booked a massage for me at a local spa. At the time, I wasn’t even sure it was something I wanted, although it sounded fancy. I was in my late 20s, but I’d never had a massage.

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American farmers chalked up several victories in the new free trade agreement that the United States struck with Mexico and Canada. The countries agreed to replace the quarter-century-old North American Free Trade Agreement mere hours before their end-of-September negotiation deadline. 

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 A few months ago I wrote about the tree-shaped mailbox stand my brother Joe Wayne built for our mother. When Mom passed away, the family sold her house. During the years since her death, we had no idea where the mailbox stand was. Then one day Amy Gardner saw a photo of the stand, complete …

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We’ve all known that Buffalo is a generous community that features a large number of volunteers that want to make the town and county a better place to live. This view was reinforced Monday night when Missouri Community Betterment named Buffalo as Community of the Year for 2018 (see front pa…

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Sometime in September, I had an urge to burn fall-scented candles during all waking hours, decorate with orange, red and yellow artificial flowers and consume every pumpkin food and beverage I came across. My husband asked what got into me, and I couldn’t come up with an answer that made sen…

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The Civil War was undoubtedly the most traumatic time in Missouri history. In Missouri, the conflict began brewing well before the war started. There were plenty of travesties committed between Red-legs and Jayhawkers from Kansas and abolitionists from Missouri to fuel the dark depths of men…

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At the September Fair Grove Sunshine Club meeting, held at Fellows Lake, we were to bring a box lunch in the type of container we took our lunch to school in. Our program consisted of photos and stories from our school days.

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As most people probably are aware, the latest trend among the crazies on the political left is to enter a restaurant and harass Republicans who are members of the Trump administration cabinet. Or the victims may be senators or congressmen who have voted in a way the anarchists didn’t like.

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Jeff Bezos created quite a stir by announcing that his company, Amazon, would increase entry-level wages to $15 an hour. Bernie Sanders and the Fight for $15 activists lauded this move, claiming victory for their campaign. 

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Last week Missouri Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general farm organization, announced its positions on several issues that will be before voters on the November ballot. The state board of directors took action based on the grassroots policies developed by and voted upon by representatives…

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Buffalo is blessed with great leadership. The second annual Women’s Summit offered so much for women of all ages as evidenced by the variety of products and information offered. I learned from each speaker and vendor; their enthusiasm is contagious. And let’s not leave out the free lunch. Wo…

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Prior to this year’s Fair Grove Heritage Reunion, I was asked to give a talk to four Fair Grove School second grade classes, on the history of Fair Grove. Using photos featured in the old Historical Society calendars, I picked out several I thought depicted the way our town looked during its…

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It feels good to be home. Even though we’ve technically been home all along, it hasn’t felt that way during the past few months of home renovation. It looked the same from the outside, but the interior of the first floor was an unrecognizable maze of boxes and bins, partitions from construct…

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Community leaders, newspaper folks both past and present, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, Gov. Mike Parson and a host of other notables honored retiring newspaper publisher Dave Berry with a big reception in Bolivar a couple weeks ago.

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After three years of court battles, a federal judge in South Carolina recently breathed new life into one of the worst ideas of the Obama Administration. The 2015 Waters of the United States Rule, commonly known as WOTUS, was an effort by President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency to …

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I want to thank Dr. Tim Ryan for his work in educating Dallas County residents on the needs of our school district.  I cannot think of a better investment in the future of our community than the education of our young people. We are blessed to have the programs that our career center offers.…

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In our Sept. 19 special publication of “Know Dallas County,” Jess Stafford talked about Buffalo and Dallas County in the 1970s when he was mayor. In 1972, for instance, the city had no police force because none was needed. There was only a night watchman who walked around town checking doors…