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What Ricky’s Reading

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell You can tell when a stranger is deceiving you, right? We see people do it all the time on television. Liars show some of those classic signs – eyes darting, a little twitch, or maybe a bead of sweat on the brow. If we […]

A remarkable life

It could be said that Ruben “Chuck” Woodley, a poet and former longtime resident of Nectar, has led a remarkable life, although a line from one of his poems would make you think he might demur. “That’s what happens when you get old. We have lots of stories that’ve never been told.” Chuck and his wife Ann (originally from Hayden) […]

A Place at the Table

When A Place at the Table was organized three years ago, no one really had any idea how it would truly impact those who chose to attend. The hope was for people to come together, eat, and have casual conversations. I recently attended an APATT meeting to see firsthand how those attending interacted with each other, what has kept this […]

Recipe Corner

Bacon Cheeseburger Roll-up 1 pound ground chuck4 slices bacon, chopped1 small onion, chopped8 oz. block sharp cheddar cheese,shredded1 package refrigerated pizza crust Cook ground chuck, bacon, and onions in a large skillet then drain. Press pizza dough into a 15×8 rectangle on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray; spread evenly with the meat mixture and sprinkle the shredded cheese […]


As we have shuffled and cleaned in the office since Molly and Rob passed, we have found what may seem insignificant bits of paper to the average Joe. To those of us who knew, worked with, and loved them, they are treasures. I keep a slip of paper in my desk, probably written by Jane Hill, with a great joke. […]

91st birthday

Ralph III (Krissy) Johnson, Jan (Deanna) Johnson, and Jay (Delores) Johnson wish their mom, Charlya Johnson, a great and happy 91st birthday on Dec. 28, 2019. We love you! Charlya is married to Ralph Johnson Jr. and they have four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Standridge named to Dean’s List

Wes Standridge of Blountsville was named to the Southeast Missouri State University Dean’s List for academic achievement during the fall 2019 semester.

Snead State NSLS inductees

Snead State Community College inducted 106 students into the National Society of Leadership and Success, the nation’s largest leadership honor society, on Dec. 2. Among them were: Donovan Guinois-Golden, Donna Perez, and Evan Priest of Altoona; Yesenia Hernandez and Kayla Putman of Blountsville; Eulalia Alonzo, Pablo Martinez, Ashton Quick, Shallon Vines, and Caleb Ward of Horton; and Jordan Criswell, Noah […]