• By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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The search is on for the perfect Halloween costume. As a kid, I never really had to worry about finding a costume every year because I would be the same character for consecutive Halloweens.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Franklin County has an 1818 Corporation that is spearheading the observance of the birth of the county 200 years ago. The county also has a Bicentennial Committee that will direct the 200th anniversary events and overall celebration.

  • Bill Miller Sr.
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Sen. Claire McCaskill believes that a member of Congress should meet with the home folks, face to face, and that’s why she is holding Town Hall meetings across the state. She held her 46th in Washington Wednesday.

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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Decorating for Halloween has been an ongoing family tradition since I can remember.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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A study last year sponsored by the National Rural Health Association found that 673 rural hospitals were at a risk of closing, and 210 are considered to be at an extreme risk for closing.

  • By Bill Battle Missourian Sports Editor
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Every once in a while, I’ll make a check through various websites just to see what fans are saying and to try and get a feel for what to put in these columns.

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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Recently, my favorite singer Kelly Clarkson released two new songs from her new album “Meaning of Life.” I have been a Kelly fan since she won “American Idol” when I was 9 years old in 2002.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Last week at the Missouri Press Association annual convention in Springfield, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft talked about the Safe at Home program. Since it was enacted in Missouri in 2007, we haven’t heard much about it lately.

National Newspaper Week begins Oct. 1. It’s a good time to look at the state of the industry. Community newspapers — weeklies, twice-a-week newspapers and small dailies — are not on the pressroom floor, ready to expire.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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An Associated Press story last Friday reported that a group of female students at a private school in Kansas City had been disciplined for posing with a swastika made from red plastic cups. It happened at an underage beer-drinking party.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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As  everybody knows, the 2016 presidential election was as close as it was controversial. That election will be the subject of many books, and American history instructors and students will dwell on it ad infinitum.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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An image a city has may not be the most important element in its well-being, but no one can deny it is important as to growth, viability and standard of living — quality of life.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Advances in technology have taken our country and others to an elevated status and there is much more to come. Automation and robots have replaced humans in many workplaces. Computers are in every office, large and small. Cellphones, because of what they can do, are a revolution in communication.

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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I saw the new “IT” movie that just came out in theaters. Having not read the book by Stephen King or the original, I thought it was an OK movie.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Most Franklin Countians were surprised to learn that hazardous waste is being stored in a former industrial plant at Berger. Those surprised included the Franklin County Commission.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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The headline on a column in The Wall Street Journal read “Democrats Inch Right on Abortion.” The column was by Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard.

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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Hello, loyal readers, and welcome to my corner of The Missourian. As always, feel free to shoot me an email at barmeiere@emissourian.com or give me a call at 636-629-1027.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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According to a court ruling, football coaches in public high schools can’t engage in public prayer at the 50-yard line after a game.

The Bicentennial year of Franklin County is fast approaching — 2018. County officials have formed a not-for-profit group, the Franklin County 1818 Corporation, that has the mission of fundraising to pay for the various events that will mark this historical year.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Even some of the non-excited people about the solar eclipse admitted it was a sight to see, remember and talk about after Monday’s viewing.

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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The small town of St. Clair was pretty much “lit” for four straight days with the parade on Friday night, bluegrass festival and St. Clare Catholic Church picnic on Saturday, the car show on Sunday, and with businesses along Main Street selling food, drinks, shirts, glasses and more Monday.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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"The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities” — Lord Acton (1834-1902).

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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A Washington man was surprised when a scam artist tried to get money from him through a phone call. The caller claimed to be a relative who had been arrested, was in jail and needed bail money.

  • By Arron Hustead Missourian Sports Writer
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As good as Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are in a boxing ring or an octagon, where they’ve really excelled is in the pre-match hype.

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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Hello, loyal readers, and welcome to my corner of The Missourian. As always feel free to give me a call at 636-629-1027 or shoot me an email at barmeiere@emissourian.com.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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The Missourian has heard complaints from readers that we have too many crime stories. They are right. But as a newspaper trying to serve and inform the community, we can’t ignore crime. Our mission is to report the good and the bad.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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The movie “Dunkirk”  is finding favor with many people, and not so much with many other Americans because it skipped relative historical facts that would have added to its value.

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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Hello, loyal readers, and welcome to my corner of The Missourian. As always, feel free to give me a call at 636-629-1027 or shoot me an email at barmeiere@emissourian.com.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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As the last of the inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame to speak Saturday night in Canton, Ohio, Kurt Warner of former St. Louis Rams fame, told a story of never giving up, despite many setbacks in his rocky road to reach the National Football League (NFL). His life is of best-seller…

  • By Arron Hustead Missourian Sports Writer
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Despite the rumor mill churning just as hard as it could about Lance Lynn landing on a number of other contending teams at Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline, he will continue to wear the birds on the bat across his chest, at least for the time being.

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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Hello, loyal readers, and welcome to my corner of The Missourian. As always feel free to contact me by email at barmeiere@emissourian.com or by phone 636-629-1027.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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At about the same time the 2017 Washington Town and Country Fair opened Wednesday, out of Columbia came a report that detailed the statewide economic impact that MU Extension has. It’s impressive.

Washington fairgoers are a mixed lot of people — from the youngsters to the adults. There usually is something special that fairgoers look for at the Fair and it varies as much as do the personalities of those attending.

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