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Newspaper reader surveys often tell us what we already know. The National Newspaper Association conducted a readership survey and it found that 90 percent of the readers said their community newspaper keeps them informed.

It’s more noticeable in the summer months because people are outside, walking, working on their lawns or flowers, or sitting on their decks. We are writing about the noise from vehicles, especially motorcycles. They are violating a municipal law — unnecessary noise or peace disturbance.

When two industries in Washington decide to move their headquarters here, that’s good news. When the two industries make announcements of intended headquarters moves here almost back to back, that’s unusual, and may be a first for the city.

It is one of the main events at the Washington Fair — the Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction, which will begin at noon Saturday.

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It is amazing how so many activities slow down during the week of the annual Washington Town & Country Fair. It is a bit unsettling to some people, but for most Fair time is a welcomed relief from what we hear called the routine of life.

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This coming Friday, July 27, is the 65th anniversary of the ceasefire in the Korean War. The memories of the final night of firing are alive in the minds of the GIs who were in the war zone.

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At one time in the core of Downtown Washington there were five pharmacies  — with the anchor store for many decades being Schroeder Drugs at Second and Elm streets. That will change later this year when Schroeder Drugs moves to a location on Fifth Street, known as the Stumpe property. A new …

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Quote of the week: “By finding the courage to be ourselves, we gain the power to make a difference.” — Lindsey Stirling.

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Although the movement has not reached a hurricane force, there is momentum to quit using plastic products because of their potential  harm to the environment and wildlife in particular.

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Before every American Legion baseball game, the teams are called to their respective lines and recite the American Legion Code of Sportsmanship.

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Quote of the week: “Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles.” – Tina Fey

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It’s still “iffy” but right now the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) plans to open the new Highway 47 bridge over the Missouri River Saturday, Dec. 1. The date earlier was announced as Dec. 3. Saturday is a much better day.

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For nine innings Saturday night, the clock was turned back and former Washington Post 218 players were able to relive their glory days.

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There is a serious problem with the culture at FBI headquarters,” according to Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch.

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Recently we wrote about the news fatigue that many people have. There is so much media today, illegitimate and legitimate, that there is overkill on what is reported, especially as to politicians and government.

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Probably no one knows Gov. Mike Parson better than Dave Berry, publisher of the Bolivar Herald-Free Press. Dave is a talented and experienced news guy. In some ways his personality is much the same as Gov. Parson.

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“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it,” Ferris Bueller, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

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By now most people know that President Donald Trump is a hard guy to figure out. Why does he do some of the things he does, and why does he say or text some of the things he does?

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With news reports coming at us from the many electronic and print mediums today, there is such a thing as news fatigue. The Pew Research Center even conducted a survey to find out how many people are inflicted with news fatigue. The malady is more common than most of us think, according to t…

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We’ve given space in this column before about D-Day, June 6, 1944, when the greatest land invasion in the history of the world occurred when Allied troops hit the beaches of Normandy, France — 74 years ago.

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With his victim suit on, Gov. Eric Greitens announced his resignation, effective June 1, with no contrition made for his misdeeds and for the havoc he caused the state, including the costs resulting from multiple legal investigations.

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Another Memorial Day is here. Aside from recognizing all of the American men and women who died while serving in the military, one thought that emerges quickly is that we owe a salute to members of veterans’ organizations for Memorial Day programs.

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There is one truism about the Missouri General Assembly, the members like the gifts they get from lobbyists. They like perks. They look forward to them.

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"Have a nice day.” How often in one day do we hear those words. The words are boring, lack creativity and are not a substitute for “Thank you.”

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For several years now there have been comments of concern about homeless people in Washington. People wonder where they come from, and if they are dangerous.

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This is supposed to be a time to celebrate the 50th year that East Central College has been in existence. There’s not much to celebrate with the unrest that currently prevails and the accusations that are being fired at the board and the president.

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In our long journalistic career, we have never had a governor who garnered newspaper headlines like Eric Greitens. Of course, we never in the history of Missouri had a governor the likes of Greitens to our knowledge.

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