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First off, I’m not going anywhere — not retiring, or moving or leaving our local newspaper. You will continue to see my byline as Newsbee or Chris in book columns in The Missourian. The only change is “Sights and Insights” is ending.



We all get busy. It’s a common lament. But in our hurry-hurry-rush-rush days we often overlook those who impact us in simple yet important ways. We give little thought to everyday things they do in their jobs that make our lives easier and more pleasant.

“Rivertowns: 100 Miles, 200 Years, Countless Stories,” the Nine Network special that taps into the social, natural and cultural changes in Missouri River communities over more than two centuries, will premiere on Channel 9 this Wednesday evening, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.

This week, I’ll be trekking up and down the steps to put away my summer things. The first to go will be the whites — because everyone knows you can’t wear white pants, shoes or carry a white purse after Labor Day.

Gina Vernaci has been promoted, effective Oct. 1, to the position of president and chief operating officer (COO) of Playhouse Square, a nonprofit performing arts center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Mr. and Mrs. Kirby and Debra Bliss of Union, along with Mr. and Mrs. Derrick and Donna Howard of Union, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sara Ann Howard, to Troy Robert Frick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Julie Frick of New Haven.

In the back corner of the banquet room at Röbller Winery in New Haven, musicians who had pulled chairs into a circle for an impromptu jam session had drawn a crowd of people who were watching, tapping their toes and some even recording the performance with their smartphones.

An elementary student worries about college and what she wants to be. She wishes she could talk to her mom because she can’t quit obsessing about it. The girl is only a fourth-grader.

One of the things children’s author/illustrator Loren Long is making sure to pack for his visit to Franklin County later this month is his ukulele. It will be integral to his presentations here promoting his newest title, “There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake.”

As part of its weekly free community meal, the Harvest Table will be giving away new pairs of socks for people of all sizes, infant to adult, at the dinner on Saturday, Sept. 15.

More than five years after Gwen Borgmann, Washington, was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer, she was still feeling weak from the toll all of it had taken on her body: Eight chemotherapy treatments spread out over 16 weeks followed by 33 radiation treatments.

As hard as it may be for today’s young people to comprehend, there was a time not too long ago — less than 50 years — that people actually believed women were not capable of running long distances, that it could harm their ability to bear children, among other things.

Registration is open online at foxpacf.org for all performing arts high school students in the metro area to compete in the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation’s Ninth Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition.

The pediatric cancer experts at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital kicked off the 50th anniversary of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Sept. 1 by celebrating the dramatic and record-breaking increase in survival rates over the past five decades and highlighting the hospital’s focus on how…

It’s rewarding to bask in the glow of a successful event, like last Thursday’s Teacher Appreciation Night that The Missourian and Neighborhood Reads sponsored. The bookstore wasn’t only brimming with books, it was packed with teachers and librarians anxious to learn more about Newspaper In E…

Every year on the second Saturday in September, a “promise garden” of colorful flowers springs up around the Main City Park in Washington as a crowd of more than 800 people take to the streets of downtown for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Many hands make light work, the saying goes.

The Friends of the Washington Public Library speaker series will host Benjamin Hochman this Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 6:30 p.m. for a presentation on his book, “The Big 50: St. Louis Cardinals: The Men and Moments That Made the St. Louis Cardinals.”

The secret to a long and healthy marriage is two words — “giving in,” said Art Giuliani, Washington, with a smile.

Every year on the second Satuday in September, a “promise garden” of colorful flowers springs up around the Main City Park in Washington as a crowd of more than 800 people take to the streets of downtown for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Good things come to those who wait. Around the holidays, a new project in town will have people humming tunes under their breath when they swing by Hillermann Nursery & Florist.

New Haven School District will hold a free public screening of the IndieFlix documentary “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety” on Monday, Sept. 10, at the Walt Theater, 111 Front St., in Downtown New Haven.

Learning about history can be boring for a lot of people, especially children. One approach to overcome that is storytelling.

A total of 393,398 people came to The Muny this summer to see one of the seven shows in its centennial lineup. That number represents a 6 percent growth from 2017 and an 11 percent growth in season tickets.

Jane Arnold, Washington, never expected that the photos she and a friend posed for last May in the garden of Beatrix Potter’s home while on a nearly month-long visit to England would ever come to anything. It was kind of a fluke that they were even invited to the photoshoot to begin with.

Spark’s idea of country roads and mine aren’t the same. That’s what I thought recently as we sped down a busy divided highway on our way home from a short cycling trip to Hartland, Wis., population small — a Lake Country town near Milwaukee.

Even before they left for Seattle, Wash., earlier this summer to represent Missouri in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, Amanda Koch, Washington, and Devin Bock, Union, felt like they had won.

The craft room at Rainbow Abilities Center in Union was humming with chatter and the sound of a sewing machine last Thursday as participants and staff worked together to make “knot” pillows — long skinny pillows that can be “tied” into different kinds of loose knots.

When the school bells ring this week, lots of area kiddos will be in for a nice surprise. Their teacher might have an apple on his or her desk, but students will have a book to sink their teeth into — not an academic volume, but a picture book or chapter book to read for pleasure.

When Darrell Gentry stepped off the plane from his trip to Washington, D.C., with the Franklin County Honor Flight on June 23, it had been 49 years since he had returned home from fighting in Vietnam.

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