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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Trails presentation Feb. 1 at Welcome Center

Two historical and educational programs will be presented at the Monroe County Welcome Center (Shoemaker School) in Columbia beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday,...

Going to church | Mark’s Remarks

I’ve run into plenty of people who don’t go to church.  Being the judgmental person I am, you might think I might look down...

Pioneers of the Illinois Frontier, part III

by Deborah Heal James and Isabelle Garretson and the other families had come to the Illinois Country in 1782, thinking that with the Revolutionary War...

Happy Thanksmas | Mark’s Remarks

Every year at this time, we all start griping about the rushing of the Christmas holiday.  Take a look...

Fog | Mark’s Remarks

When does our brain start to experience fog warnings? I am amazed at how quickly I’m forgetting things. I used to be...

Aliens or Bust | Planet Ryan

Before NASA announced that a very salty, transient water exists on the surface of Mars, I'll be honest, I was crossing my fingers and...

Going to the Movies | Mark’s Remarks

I recently started writing movie reviews. I go see a movie a week or so before it comes out. I judge the movie, giving...

The Blind Side: Spin-Off 1 | Mark’s Remarks

A while back, I talked about my disdain for the movie the “Blind Side.” This was after Sandra Bullock won an Academy Award for...

Mark’s Remarks | 21 years

My oldest son just turned 21. For real. I was looking at pictures of that tiny baby a few days ago and...

Richard Jewell | Movie Review

On some level, I think we all want to be like Clint Eastwood. For many people, that...

Mundane Talk of Trees and Leaves | Mark’s Remarks

My yard has evolved somewhat since we first moved in 10 years ago.  Two trees that were once there have since died mysterious deaths and...

The secret to lower grocery bills | Planet Ryan

By RYAN LEDENDECKER Columnist Did you know that back in 1913, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, a loaf of bread would set you...
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