Humor may not translate in tragic world
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Humor may not translate in tragic world

Writing humor in a tragic world can be difficult. When serious and even heartbreaking things are happening all around me, my little family stories sometimes feel like a cop out

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Mom sees germy threats that son doesn't
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Mom sees germy threats that son doesn't

Upon entering the world, our son was offered a welcome bag complete with hand sanitizer, wipes and a clean little bubble he was immediately placed in

McKee founded law-enforcement force, but couldn't protect his son
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McKee founded law-enforcement force, but couldn't protect his son

A school spelling bee in Peaksville, Clark County, Mo., provided the setting for the untimely demise of a prominent cattleman of that neighborhood, 35-year-old Lloyd McKee

Gratitude ought to replace bad attitude
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Gratitude ought to replace bad attitude

One day last week, on an especially frustrating day, I looked at my friend and said what I'd been thinking all day long

The loss of parents still takes some adjustments
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The loss of parents still takes some adjustments

February 15th marked a year since Mom died – although Valentine's Day was the last time I saw her. It's now been a year and a half since Dad died

Red hats put a focus on heart health
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Red hats put a focus on heart health

To help raise awareness and celebrate Heart Month, members of the Hannibal Regional Auxiliary knitting committee are making red hats for all babies born at Hannibal Regional Hospital in the month of February

NECAC, Hardee's team up to raise money for heat assistance
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NECAC, Hardee's team up to raise money for heat assistance

Customers at Hardee's in Louisiana and Bowling Green can help their Pike County neighbors in need on Valentine's Day Feb. 14

United Way will hold annual meeting Feb. 6
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United Way will hold annual meeting Feb. 6

Honorees for Second Annual United Way Evening of Philanthropy will be announced during event

You never know when Y2K might hit
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You never know when Y2K might hit

The year 2020 is upon us.


As I sit and I write this, it is New Year's Eve 2019. Yet, it feels like only a few years ago that we were certain the dark ages would return at the stroke of midnight.


Can we all just sit and reflect for a moment that the Y2K scare was two decades ago?


It was twenty years ago when my mom convinced my dad to buy a full-sized van with pink stripes, because she was certain that the TV inside it would still play Frasier while the world around her crashed and burned.


I still remember wincing and waiting for the electricity to blow as the clock struck midnight and the year 2000 arrived. Since I was 21 years old at the time, it didn't keep my group of friends from going out — I mean, who wants to be stuck at home in the middle of a societal breakdown?