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During my 26-year military career, I’ve been stuck with so many needles that I’m immune to diseases ranging from the Black Plague to yellow fever.

Yessir, Seymour, I’m coming to you today with a news scoop! It’s one of the biggest news breaks of 2020! You ready? Here it goes: On Saturday, Dec. 5, there will be corndogs.

Seymour from the sky looks wonderful, doesn’t it? You know what doesn’t look wonderful?

When I first came to Webster County more than 25 years ago, politically speaking, ours truly was the definition of a “purple” county.

Last week in my column, I mentioned how Communist China, the birthplace of COVID-19, is thriving after passing along the coronavirus to the rest of the planet.

Since I’ve been at the Citizen, which dates back more than a quarter century, my newspaper has been sold at the business now known as the Hot Spot, located at the corner of Business 60 and North Frances Street.

Several readers contacted me last week after being either temporarily blocked or suspended from the social-media sites Facebook or Twitter.

I support Dan’s idea in his column last week about making election day the first Tuesday in November a federal holiday.

The geniuses from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) never cease to amaze me.

Last week’s walk down memory lane told the story of Seymour’s most-famous lawman, W.F. “Pistol Bill” Silvey, and his long-missing Smith & Wesson revolver. One of these days, I’ll have to retell the saga of another legendary lawman who kept Seymour safe in the 1940s, “Two Gun” Ben Absher.

This .32-20 Smith & Wesson revolver that belonged to longtime Seymour lawman William Franklin "Pistol Bill" SIlvey now is owned by Seymour North Ward Alderman William Pogue, who inherited it from his dad, former Seymour Police Chief Verl Pogue.

 This past Friday, I had the honor to hold in my hand William Franklin “Pistol Bill” Silvey’s famous .32-20 Smith & Wesson, 4-inch barreled, military-and-police revolver.

In last week’s column, I made a couple of observations about how Barack Obama’s former vice president, Joe Biden, was stretching the truth a wee bit during his umpteenth run for the presidency as he described how he would save us from the evil COVID-19 virus that he blames on President Donal…

During my lifetime, a lot of words have changed meaning or their usage is no longer acceptable.

No sooner than U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s body had cooled after death, banter began within all forms of media regarding her replacement on our nation’s highest court.

I had a few extra minutes today, so I decided to scout out the site of the city of Seymour’s annual fall citywide cleanup here at the electric shed between Division and Frances streets.

If Missouri Gov. Mike Parson needs to find a shining example of a county distributing federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery and Economic Stimulus (C.A.R.E.S.) Act funding to the people who need it the most — our local governments, schools, institutions of faith, organizations and small businesse…

Not since the days of Gordon Nordquist, more than two decades ago, have I engaged in newsprint banter with the folks at The Marshfield Mail.

Let me say this ... I don’t like this guy. He’s mean and very threatening.

Roughly four months ago, Seymour City Administrator Hillary Gintz and I attended the inaugural meeting held by Webster County officials for $4.6 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Stimulus (C.A.R.E.S.) Act funding that recently had been deposited in the county’s treasury.

Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden emerged from his bunker last week and make an appearance in Pennsylvania, likely hoping to stem to momentum gained by his opponent, Republican incumbent Donald Trump, in the wake of both parties’ presidential conventions.

In one of my first columns concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, I referenced a song by “The Doors” and their mega-hit “Strange Days.”