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I am writing concerning the bridge and low-water crossing on County Road 840 1 mile west of Noble. It is almost impassable by car. The ends of the bridge and low-water crossing are washed out, and you can’t go east or west. Each is in the same condition. They put a little dirt at the end, and when...
Last week wrapped up the second regular session of the 99th General Assembly. Last week also wrapped up the final regular session for me since term limits are bringing my time in the General Assembly to an end. It’s been a good ride, but it’s time for me to go home and back to family and the farm. ...
Editor’s note: In response to Sen. Claire McCaskill’s call for the U.S. Postal Service to ensure that citizens have a mailing address in the actual state where they live, we contacted a couple of Arkansas residents who live on the north side of Bull Shoals Lake adjoining Ozark County. One Arkansas...
Because I’m a member of the so-called “farm media,” I receive several e-mail press releases each week. Most are from companies or universities touting some new innovation or product, and I try to scan the crux of each one before hitting the delete button. But occasionally, one garners enough of my...
When I get the chance to sit and look out of my office window, I have been observing all the improvements taking place around the Capitol grounds and the outside of the building and wondering what it’s going to look like when they’re done. There are lots of construction workers, heavy equipment,...
The comeback of rural America, ignited in large part by a president who understands that we are more than just flyover country on the way to Hollywood, has been joined in recent months with new optimism from American small businesses. Whether it be a result of reducing the federal tax burden,...
 Since the dawning of mankind, humans have always been concerned with the measurement of time. Ancient civilizations first started equating the movement and position of the moon, sun and stars as a way of calculating time. The smartest members of their groups spent vast amounts of time and effort...

Gainesville sixth graders, teachers and several parents toured the Capitol in Jefferson City April 30. Pictured, from left (first row): Jamon Crisp, Tyler Ellison, Kannon Morrison, Corwin Morris, Elijah Burrow, Nathan Sanchez, Kelsie Ripley, Nicole Byerley, Ashley Dunn, Skylar Acklin; (second row) Mr. Jason Morris, Aiden Anderson, Jillian Morse, Savannah Bushner, Alexia Cowart, Emily McClure, Abigail Weisbrod, Emory Warden, Leigha Rowland, Dylan Woodward; (third row) Mrs. Melanie Johns, Andrew Hambelton, Sarah Hossman, Lakyn Suter, Marcus Winrod, Morgan Strain, Amber Gibson, Diana Wages, Madison Petter, Maddox Wynn; (fourth row) Mrs. Sheila Thomas, Mrs. Ralena Roberts, Taylor Shaw, Lahna Pecina, Marcy Henderson, James Loggins, Leland Adams, Nick Goodson, Chevy Mahan,Robert Dover, Garrett Taber, Jarett Hoganl (top row) Representative Lyle Rowland, Creeden Campbell, Sean Wallace, Easton McGee, Loran Myers, Kailey Ramagli, Brady Myers, Owen Possehl, Wyatt Walker, Nathan Kiger, Derek Winrod.
Last week we had lots of visitors to the Capitol. On Monday, I had the opportunity to meet with the Gainesville sixth graders along with their principal, teachers and a large group of parents. On Friday, Forsyth juniors and seniors (government students) along with their teachers and parents visited...

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