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It’s been busy here at the newspaper office. We’ve been pushing deadlines, staying up late and working hard to get the newspaper and our annual Ozark County Cookin’ cookbook out to our readers. Last week, after the papers and cookbooks were delivered across the county, I sat down at my desk with...
To read more of retired Gainesville educator Jane Elder’s blog, Ozark Road, visit gainesvillemo.blogspot.com.   It’s that time of year. I should be writing about Thanksgiving. And I am.  Squinting my eyes against the strong November morning sun, I turn to the west and see my beloved Caney peaks in...
While we welcome the opening of the new James Bridge over the North Fork of the White River, we must take considerable exception to denying individuals the right of access to the river at that long-used site.  For as long as roads have been constructed and bridges built, the public has had and used...
The Isabella VFW Post 5366 will once again serve our annual Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day community dinners. The meals are free to the public. We hold each dinner starting at noon on the day of the holiday. Many people in our area wouldn’t have a holiday dinner or a place to go without these...
Maybe you saw the same news clip I did from a couple of weeks ago titled “Cow escapes in Brooklyn, New York.” It was an aerial video, shot from a news helicopter, of either a steer or bull (it was not a cow, but I doubt too many people in Brooklyn know the difference) that had escaped during its...
To read more of retired Gainesville educator Jane Elder’s blog, Ozark Road, visit gainesvillemo.blogspot.com. One of my favorite sights and sounds of fall is the flocks of geese flying overhead...going south for the winter.  This morning on my walk I could hear their call before I saw them.  It...

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill
I’ve done a lot of town halls around Missouri—nearly 50 of them just this year—many in rural areas that remind me of where I grew up, in Houston and Lebanon. These are communities of working families, some of whom are living paycheck to paycheck, trying to earn enough money to pay their bills,...
I’ve been following and just read of the openings of the CC and PP highway bridges. Having worked for a government agency in another state in engineering, I laughed when MoDOT said the bridges would be built and open in mid-October. I thought the permits wouldn’t even be obtained in twice that time...

Letters to the editor
Twenty-five years ago, I attended my first pie auction at Bakersfield High School. The boys basketball team needed new uniforms, and someone suggested to me that a pie auction would raise the $2,500 we needed to cover the cost. I thought that was crazy, but we had one, and we raised the $2,500 that...
To read more of retired Gainesville educator Jane Elder’s blog, Ozark Road, visit gainesvilemo.blogspot.com. Here it is. The end of October, or nearly so. I finally broke down and got out the coats and heavier jackets, washed my winter clothes, bought some new winter shoes, located the caps and...

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