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Over Congress’ October work period, I spent a very productive two weeks in Missouri’s Third District meeting with constituents. From home builders to medical technology professionals to families continuing to struggle with the effects of the devastating flooding over the summer, I met with a…

The tempo of missions being flown by Air Evac Lifeteam 146 has picked up in a major way since the medical helicopter operation moved from Carrolton, Illinois to Louisiana Missouri.

Community members held an impromptu street dance at the corner of Cherry Street and Main in Downtown Troy Friday, Oct. 11, to raise awareness for an upcoming candlelight vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which will be held this Friday, Oct. 18 at the Fairgrounds Park. Learn more a…

Here’s something I have definitely never said in any of these columns before: I like soccer.

Sometimes things happen that we hate to even acknowledge. Those accidents that forever change lives. When I heard about it, I literally cried, because I couldn’t even come close to imagining the pain it brought. That being said, I had to hit the pause button in my life this week. I stopped t…

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The Lincoln County Walk to End Alzheimer’s was held Oct. 12, with a large crowd turning out to raise support for the fight against the disease. Right now, the walk has raised $37,000, $11,000 dollars away from its goal. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/groups/LincolnCountyWalktoEndAlzheimers.

It’s Sunday afternoon. All is right with the world. The air is autumn-crisp, the sky is crowded with fluffy clouds and the birds are singing. But that’s MY world. In the kitchen, a strange and scurried existence is eating up the afternoon. That would be my hubby’s life. All is NOT RIGHT with…

On Sept. 28, Toyota Bodine hosted nearly 60 volunteers for the annual National Public Lands Day volunteer event at Cuivre River State Park.  Volunteers cleaned up more than 500 lbs of trash, removed invasive plants, re-painted campground gates and collected seeds. National Public Lands Day a…

On November 30, 2018, President Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto signed the new U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, commonly called the USMCA. The trilateral agreement was designed to replace the 25-year-old NAFTA with a modern trade deal that …

Lincoln County Health Department, in partnership with regional partner agencies, will be conducting “Star-Spangled Fright,” a bioterrorism response exercise this Wednesday. Events are planned through Oct. 10, and community members and other groups are invited to participate in the exercise o…

When we struggle to do something hard, it helps to have an example to follow. 

The season finally seems to be turning, the weather cooling down, the days getting shorter and I couldn’t be happier.

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Hot on the heels of the Troy Bicentennial Run – which was held in the morning on Sept. 21 before the city’s 200th birthday celebration – is the fast-approaching Veterans Day 5k. The run and following ceremony will be on Sunday, Nov. 10, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Old Courthouse on Main Str…

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A battle that should not have been fought, but had to be. It was a meaningless war full of meaningful deaths. The blood that fell on the ground that day should not have been shed, unfortunately for those who lost their lives, it had to be. Well, let us get to the story and then you will understand.

I’m not much of a gambler. And I hate waiting in line at QuikTrip while customers slap down bills for tickets that seldom pay off. 

People’s Bank and Trust employee, Kris Moesch presented a check recently in support of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s to Donald Danielson, a member of RebALZ for a Cure Walk Team. 

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Troy Middle School will be flooded with purple on Oct. 12 during the annual Walk To End Alzheimer’s as caregivers, family members and those battling the disease stretch their legs. 

Steve Paulsell of Central Missouri Honor Flight (left) accepts fundraised for Honor Flight from Rick Esinbath at a Veterans Coffee Talk in September. The group raised about $12,500 for Honor Flight. Prior to giving the money to Paulsell, several veterans spoke to the crowd about their experi…

Maxwell Gessert, a student at Troy Buchanan, recently was in the hospital for a fracture of his temporal bone in his skull. Many students at TBHS dressed up in support of Maxwell as a tribute to him on Sept. 30 to let him know that they are hoping for a speedy recovery.

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Starting the last week of October and running through the end of the year, the Lincoln County Ambulance District (LCAD) will be hitting the road for a county-wide listening tour in hopes of getting the “pulse of the community.”

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This Friday at LCCOA (1380 Boone Street in Troy) a Bingo night will be held to support the fast-approaching Lincoln County Walk to End Alzheimer's. The event will feature a silent auction, door prizes, raffles and game prizes. popcorn and soda will be served. Doors open at 6 p.m. on Oct. 4, …

“The government both in the executive and the legislative branches must carry out in good faith the platforms upon which the party was entrusted with power. But the government is that of the whole people; the party is the instrument through which policies are determined and men chosen to bri…

Cancel culture is just garbage. It finally hit its zenith last week, when people decided a few bad tweets were more important than donating millions of dollars to sick children. 

I don’t know, and will never know how airplanes work. I am sure that I could watch some five-minute Youtube video called “How Airplanes Work for Dummies,” or something like that but, to be completely honest, I do perfectly fine not knowing how they work.

Has it been busy or what?

It’s Homecoming week for Troy Buchanan High School and the Lincoln County R-III School District. To me, and to many, Homecoming represents school spirit, hometown pride, and tradition. 

Every morning before high school, a collective expletive could be heard in the air above my small hometown in the 50s and early 60s, as girls twisted and shouted themselves into their nylons.

 Regarding  “Root of the Issue”, it was nice of you to tell your friend to be tolerant of an anti-immigration group. You told her that a person’s concerns don’t actually have to be legitimate or even rational. 

Some of my most enjoyable moments have always been reading about our local sports teams, in The Lincoln County Journal. 

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Winfield lights up the sky with one of the best lightshows in town. The Independence Celebration was held Sept. 21 this year, rather than July 4, due to heavy flooding in the summer. Judging by the fireworks, the city’s enthusiasm for the celebration was not dampened a bit. Photos by Angela …

Elsberry, Silex, and other Lincoln County residents have long known what the third weekend of September is:  the Lincoln County Old Thresher’s Show!  But now they can also bank on knowing what the last Saturday of September is:  the Elsberry Fall Festival.  The date for this year’s festival,…

“We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitutio…

The American Red Cross is urging people of all races and ethnicities to give blood or platelets to help increase the diversity of the blood supply in local blood drives, three of which are coming up soon in Troy. The first of these is Sept. 26, at St. Stephens Methodist Church, with drives o…

Everybody does this: You know something, some situation or topic so well that when you are explaining it to someone else, you leave gaps in your explanation.

I like to go on runs a couple times a week. Let me rephrase that: I go on runs a couple times a week.