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  • By Brynn Mechem
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Despite many different trials and tribulations, Don Brinker, Villa Ridge, always wears a smile.

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A “hands-on” history lesson and flying museum will be at the Branson Airport (BKG) when “Yellow Rose,” the Commemorative Air Force’s B-25 Mitchell bomber, visits Sept. 13-17 along with seven other historically significant aircraft that changed American history.

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The Franklin County Silver Games will begin this weekend. Events will be held Sept. 9-14 at various locations around Franklin County.

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  • By Chris Stuckenschneider
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We crossed over the Iowa-Missouri border recently on our way home from a getaway to escape the heat. The weekend in Waterloo, Iowa, was cool, perfect for riding the area’s 100-plus miles of paved bike trails without sweating your pedal pushers off.

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  • By Kavahn Mansouri
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Outside of St. Clair, on property mostly hidden from view, sits a farm seemingly from another century, and a woman who tries to spend everyday living the life of a bonafide pioneer woman.

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Registration for the 2017 Franklin County Silver Games is open now through Aug. 26. Registration forms are available at local libraries, online at http://franklincosilvergames.com under Forms, or by contacting Barb Gardner at 636-584-4172

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  • By Karen Butterfield
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When you mention Paul Cockrum’s name around Franklin County, people’s lips begin to curl into a smile, most likely at the nostalgia that his name brings back.

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  • By Karen Butterfield
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Bill Whittaker, 73, Union, stood before more than 230 doctors and nurses at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at a recent conference to share his miraculous experiences with proton beam therapy at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis.

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Branson is a one-of-a-kind family vacation destination nestled in the lakeside beauty of the Ozark Mountains with dozens of live performance theaters, three pristine lakes, championship golf courses, an international award-winning theme park, family attractions and museums, a Historic Downto…

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Krakow native Ken Schlitt is mostly retired from the American Red Cross, both in terms of working for the organization and in volunteer work — but that doesn’t stop him from his continual recruitment for the platelet donation program.

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“Skunked: Calpurnia Tate Girl Vet,” by Jacqueline Kelly

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In 2003, Jimmy Phillips, 81, Villa Ridge, was asked to fill in for a few months at Washington Regional Airport. Thirteen years later, he’s still there.

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  • By Tom Uhlenbrock, Missouri State Parks
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A 70-mile-wide circle of darkness will cross Missouri at midday next summer. With the proper planning, you can achieve what star-gazers call the “totality” of this astronomical experience.

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  • By Karen Cernich
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Paula Obermark, Washington, hadn’t been retired from her position as executive director of the Franklin County Area United Way for very long when she received a call from Sandy Crider, of Loving Hearts Outreach and the local chapter of Salvation Army. The two had worked closely over the year…

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  • By Karen Butterfield
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When Fern Claas’ granddaughter Theresa Borgmann called her late this summer and said “You won, Grandma!,” Claas wasn’t quite sure what she had won.

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  • By Karen Butterfield
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A lot of people are dog lovers. But Washington couple Dick and Kay Guetzloff are dog whisperers.

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  • By Monte Miller
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The old saying “Friends that play together, stay together” is certainly true for a group of travelers who are about to embark on their 40th weekend adventure together.

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