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Marlene Krewson, 85 of Hannibal, Missouri passed away at 7:00 PM Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at Luther Manor in Hannibal, Missouri.

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Mary Louise Sampson, 93, of Hannibal, died January 19, 2022, at Beth Haven Nursing Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 21, at the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel. Burial will be in the Grand…

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I do not know if it is due to advancing age, or just the fact that I have lived a full life, but I seem to have memory gaps regarding different things I have done over the past 60-some years a…

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Children’s church didn’t exist when I was young. We sat in “big church”, first on our mother’s lap and then on our own bottoms.

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Over Christmas break, the kids and I watched the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Special — and while they laughed at Charlie Brown trying to put together a Thanksgiving feast for his friends, I was…

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If Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, the first days of January must be the most miserable. Why? Is it the weather? The defeated feeling of having already broken every resolutio…

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On my birthday last month, I received a phone call from my older brother, Larry. Our conversation had not been going on very long before my brother began to reminisce about some of the antics …

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I trust that you had an enjoyable Christmas. And even though receiving gifts is not the reason for the season, I hope that Santa was generous when it came to the presents that he left behind u…

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'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a Duncan was stirring — not even a mouse.

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Of the five children my wife, Nancy, and I have reared in America’s Hometown only one, our youngest daughter, Anna, still calls Hannibal home.

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John and I argue every Christmas about gift wrapping. It’s a tradition we’ve grown comfortable with. We get out the wrapping paper, tape and scissors. Then the fun begins.

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The day that their offspring move out can be a challenging one for many parents, especially if they enjoyed a particularly close relationship.

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From the first time Popeye strode across the boards of a black and white pier, his blimpy forearms and clenched fists gyrating in piston motion, I was hooked.

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Standing behind the cash register, my coworker looked at me with burning eyes.

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A few years ago, with my Parkinson's symptoms obviously worsening, I concluded that I would likely not have many more opportunities to photograph Northeast Missouri's fall colors, I decided to…

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How broad is your vocabulary? When I ask that question I don't mean the "technobable" that only someone in your profession or who participates in a specific hobby might come to know and use fl…

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The Christmas season is here, and it pretty much just snuck into the room, tapped me on the shoulder and whispered in my ear, “Hey there sleepy-head. It’s time to GO! GO! GO!”

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When it comes to taking pharmaceutical products that are intended to alleviate the Parkinson's symptoms that I have, I am a delicate flower. I was reminded of that fact during the past week wh…

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Thanksgiving morning, 1973. The year I cooked my first turkey. I stuck my arm into the still half-frozen bird and pulled out a waxed paper bag of something.

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If there’s anything that being 40-something has taught me, it’s that time really does go by fast. I never really took that saying seriously until it took me three times as long to scroll for m…

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When a nip is in the air and anticipation fills the hearts of men, it can only mean one thing: Deer season is near!

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We are required by law to wear seat belts in our cars. But there was a time when Mom was the only seat belt we needed.

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Let me tell you. There are days I need to stay away from Proverbs 31. Instead I move on over to verses like in Romans 3:23 where all of us fall short of God’s glory.

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Kids of the '60s looked forward to Halloween night with an excitement that made October seem magical. We whispered and giggled our costume ideas to our friends for weeks before the Big Night, …

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When I was growing up, smoking was as normal as breathing. We thought it meant we were mature and worldly, and it was a given that we would all smoke someday.

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I have always had an understanding with spiders that if they would just stay out of my house then I would cause them no harm.

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How much sleep would you say you get on an average night? Six hours. Perhaps eight hours. Maybe 10 hours.

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After more than three years at the helm of The Herald-Whig and Courier-Post newsrooms, I’m writing today to let you, our readers, know that I have stepped down as executive editor.

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It is said we are the sum of our experiences. Our minds have the ability to take seemingly trivial activities and transform them into skills we use our whole lives through.

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Let the record show that the first, and quite possibly the last, photo that I will take in 2021 has already occurred. In fact it happened several months ago.

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My granddaughter scraped her leg and her mother applied antiseptic cream guaranteed not to sting or stain. Bree hopped up afterwards and was off to play immediately.

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After recently prepping and painting the Henley hacienda's front porch railing, Nancy, my wife, announced that it was time for the porch swing to be repainted as well.

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I rarely print pictures these days, I just snap a photo and then upload to the social media site of my choice and assume that family generations to come will flip through random pictures of my…

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They arrive in late summer, lurking within paper bags and tattered cardboard boxes. It’s an old menace — one that finds its way to the surface of our hungry society each summer. We bring it on…

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With a potential move to eastern Kansas a possibility in 2022, a portion of 2021 has been dedicated to preparing the Henley hacienda to be placed on the real estate market for sale.

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The '90s were a rough time for young girls who didn't know how to do hair, because that magical Aquanet nest on top of your head was a big deal. Another important skill to master as a '90s tee…