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Posted at 10:15 AM

Travel out to the fields of Kansas during November and you’ll see farmers wrapping up fall harvest. Combines chomp through fields of corn, milo, soybeans and sunflowers eager to dump the bountiful crops into waiting trucks and grain carts before Old Man Winter arrives with ice, snow and sleet.Approximately 86 percent of the corn crop has been harvested, 72 percent of the soybean crop is in the bin, 52 percent of sorghum is out of the field and 57 percent of the sunflowers...

Posted Nov 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Are you tired of starting the New Year with a pile of debt that remains from holiday shopping? Here are a few suggestions for stretching your holiday dollars and managing your money and resources throughout the season and into the New...

Posted Nov 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Bill Cosby's career has been deeply rooted in the possibilities and protections provided by freedom of speech.The legendary comedian and actor's career began with landmark comedy routines in which he tackled sensitive racial subjects. He...

Posted Nov 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM

It seems every observer of politics has strongly-held opinions regarding the Nov. 4 election results, but which ones hold up when compared with actual data?Claim 1: Democrats lost because wealthy Republicans “bought” the...

Posted Nov 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM

I am an old dog and sometimes I growl.I am only 52 years old. My mantra is that 60 is the new 40.But I look old, far older than I am. It’s the white hair and the bags under my eyes. I walk from Grubbs Hall to teach my classes...

Posted Nov 17, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Well, deer season is upon us. The orange clad carnival is about to begin, a time when a man’s hunting and outdoor prowess is determined by the size of the antlers he brings home. For the first time ever, I won’t buy a deer...

Posted Nov 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM

While many shoppers are feeling the pinch of price increases, there’s a way today’s smart, frugal shoppers can save money on the family food bill. Some estimates place this figure at 10 -15 percent. On the average food bill, this...

Posted Nov 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM

While most of the US corn and soybean crop is already harvested, wheat farmers have much of their crop in the field. The most common varieties of wheat grown in the United States are known as winter wheat, which is planted in the fall, becomes...

Posted Nov 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM

As harvesting season draws nearer to the end, most producers are experiencing a big sigh of relief. Although this year’s crops will soon be out of sight and out of mind, it is not too early to be thinking about next year. While driving...

Posted Nov 16, 2014 at 1:30 PM

If you like to catch trout, the White River below Bull Shoals dam is a great place to fish in November because as it gets cold, the fishermen are far fewer.The winter spawning season is drawing near and both rainbow and brown trout are...

Posted Nov 16, 2014 at 10:15 AM

My name is Jeff Wilbert; I am serving as this year’s campaign co-chairman for the United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas. The United Way needs your support. You might be asking yourself why I should give to the United...

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