It is no exaggeration to say politics in our country is broken. The reasons abound, but high on the list is polarization — the vast gulf in goodwill and beliefs that now separates the two major political parties.

Sandy Lucy is passionate about her hometown of Washington. Prior to being elected mayor in 2010, she wore many hats in the community. She is a past president of Downtown Washington Inc. and the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce, and an original member of the Washington Tourism Committee.

Dr. Parvadha Govindaswamy is an associate professor at East Central College, where she has worked for the last 15 years. For the first 22 years of her life Chennai, India, was her playground, where she was born and brought up. Her family (mother, father and younger sister) live in India. Gov…

Every day we post the latest COVID-19 numbers on our website and twice a week we run a story on the front page, detailing the latest virus cases, which now total more than 2,400 in Franklin County.

One of the city of Union’s longtime civic volunteers and an instrumental force in the founding of East Central College, Ray Steffens, passed recently.

Two statewide ballot measures will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot. Both were referred by the Legislature.

It’s been a bad week for our state as a result of the coronavirus.

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If 2020 has ushered in a “new normal,” hopefully it will be the unknown factor of this year.

My wife and I recently took our first extended trip since moving to Missouri seven months ago.

Missouri Science and Technology, Rolla, is the worthy recipient of the largest single gift in the history of Missouri higher education.

Recently while sorting through some old stuff in the former press room downstairs at The Missourian, I came across two identical weathered brown boxes labeled This Is Your Neighbor. They each had odd and difficult-to-open latches, and that piqued my interest. I carried them to my office upst…

The city of Washington has taken proactive steps to promote a wide range of housing options that are making Washington a desirable place for more people to call home. As a result, developers are now aggressively looking at the city as a place to invest and build affordable housing and rental units.

Early Monday morning temperatures fell to the low 30s in Franklin County, and we noted that summer was slipping into fall.

One of the interesting dynamics of Missouri state politics is the pluck Democratic gubernatorial candidates display knowing full well if elected they will have to work with a General Assembly that is controlled by a supermajority of Republicans.

This is National Newspaper Week. It’s the time of year when we get a chance to speak up for ourselves, our mission and the profession of journalism.

If you remember last spring, when the COVID-19 pandemic was starting to shut down everything, we started a project here to create some buzz.

One of Downtown Washington, Inc.’s signature events is celebrating a milestone this weekend.

Among the traits missing in leadership today, especially in government, is optimism that can be effectively transmitted to the populace to inspire hope for the future.

We wish Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and first lady Teresa Parson a speedy recovery after learning both tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

It feels like we’ve only just begun, but we’re now in the home stretch of the Major League Baseball season.

Few would argue that we are in a strange time due to the coronavirus threat that is engulfing the world, causing much illness, quarantines, hospitalizations and deaths. The virus has disrupted normal life, changed working conditions and resulted in deep divisions of opinion as to which preca…

We have been impressed with U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt’s advocacy for health care — particularly mental health care — for some time.

It’s easy to dismiss Gov. Parson’s special session on violent crime, which concluded this past week, as a bust.

Even if they’ve been living under a rock, in a cave or a fallout shelter, everyone knows that 2020 has been a rough year.

Last week, Goldman Sachs, a major Wall Street investment bank, updated its index of economic activity for the country. It calculated the index at 72 — that economic activity has hit 72 percent of the pre-COVID level — citing “back-to-normal” metrics, including app downloads, spending data, T…

The City of Union could spend up to $30,000 to survey and relocate freshwater mussels in the Bourbeuse River before it starts construction on a planned $12 million Union Expressway. The road project includes a new bridge over the Bourbeuse.

Most things change over the years. One that hasn’t is the Franklin County Area United Way’s core mission. What was true in the 1950s for the United Way still holds true in 2020.

It’s a presidential election year and there are reports making the rounds about what the candidates said in the past, aimed at showing they are unfit for the presidency.

This is a tough time to be a police officer. Recent cases of police misconduct have caused the profession to be maligned and have catapulted the country into violent protests.

With 52 days until the Nov. 3 election, the claims and accusations by politicians are flying.

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