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General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Alarming number of illegal immigrant children reported in U.S.

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Recently, thousands of illegal immigrant children have crossed the Texas border into the U.S. and there have been stories nationwide as to where they might end up. While it’s still uncertain how this situation will be addressed, this is only one of many cases that have already occurred like it since January 1, 2014 that many U.S. citizens haven’t heard about. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Dear Editor, Initially, I was concerned about the increased utility deposit amounts. That was until I read about the $33,000 deficit in 2013. That money could be better spent on other needs. On a social level, I have contemplated the different circumstances that citizens live and always come back to the idea of accountability. All citizens have an adult responsibility to every other citizen to promptly pay their utility bills.

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  • A strange situation took place at a hospital in Springfield, Mo.

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    A few weeks back, I reminded readers that they should be on alert when taking their children to hospitals in lieu of the Justina Pelletier case, where she was removed from her family’s care for more than a year. This came after a bad diagnosis and her parents became irate with what was going on. Their actions, along with a diagnosis of a mental condition, led to Justina being pulled

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  • Census Bureau provides troubling statistics for young women

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    The U.S. Census Bureau released troubling statistics recently in regards to first-time mothers in our country. According to a report titled “Fertility of Women in the United States: 2012,” the percentage of young first-time mothers who are married is dropping. In the early 1990s, reportedly a little more than half of all first births by mothers younger than 23 occurred in marriage. Since 2005, 38% of mothers younger than 23

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  • Buildings and trees can be replaced in storms, people can’t

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    Devastating storms left their mark during the late evening of Monday, July 7 and early Tuesday, July 8 in the Vandalia area after 70 m.p.h. winds left a lot of damage in its path. In Vandalia, Chad Wallace’s Pioneer Seeds morton building was completely destroyed. Power was out for a couple of hours as there were several down power lines. There was also tree debris on roads throughout town as

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  • Last verse of national anthem is something to reflect on

    Posted on July 2, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    I’m forever grateful for the many set aside days throughout the year that force all of us to pause and reflect on how great our country is due to the sacrifices so many men and women have made. Just one month after Memorial Day, most of us will have the day off on Friday, July 4 to reflect on the history and freedoms of our nation. While it’s hard not

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  • It’s hard to believe Lydia is about to celebrate her birthday

    Posted on June 18, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    It’s difficult to believe it has been nearly one year since I rushed my wife to the hospital to give birth to my baby girl three months before her due date. She spent two long months in the Newborn ICU. We watched her tiny body reach one obstacle then conquer another until she was finally able to come home with us. Meanwhile, our family was split between several homes and

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