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Sunday, November 4, 2018

There's a storm cloud brewing...

Well, not exactly. More than likely it's a large group of starlings out shopping for dinner.

You might think our more intelligent winged friends would head south for the season, but starlings prefer  to hang around, knowing theres plenty of spilled grain just for the taking.

The gatherings get so large this time of year, it often looks like a column of smoke that runs for miles in the distance. In fact, just a few years ago one ongoing string flew over the same place near Amsterdam for some 45 minutes, a nonstop showing of thousands and thousands of birds.

It makes you wonder who is the special bird that gets lead a line like that...

At any rate, starlings do spread disease and otherwise wreak havoc on farms around the area. You can learn a little more about these graceful varmints here

In the meantime, it's probably not a dark cloud you see in the distance. Just some hungry, noisy birds.

Come join us tomorrow!

Come have coffee and dessert with me on Monday November 5th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Union Restaurant and Public House on the south side of the Historic Butler Square. 

During this event I would like to thank all the people that have supported me during the campaign. I appreciate your vote on Tuesday.

Obituary - Leroy George

Leroy George, age 78 of Blairstown, passed away Thursday, November 1, 2018 at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri. Condolences and fond memories may be left online at

Visitation will be on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 5-7pm at Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton, Missouri. Funeral service will be on Thursday, November 8 at 2pm also at the funeral home. 

Interment will follow at Vansant Road Cemetery, Clinton, Missouri. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Vansant Road Cemetery, Clinton, Missouri and may be left in care of the funeral home.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton, Missouri.

Obituary - Marvin L. Houk

Marvin L. Houk, age 62, formerly of Clinton, MO, died in Waverly, MO, on October, 28, 2018.

Marvin was born July 12, 1956 to Leo G. Houk and Mary L. ‘Hook’ Houk. After graduating from Calhoun High School, he worked at several jobs, but enjoyed being a professional truck driver the most. Marvin attended the Bible Baptist Church of Clinton, MO.

Marvin always had a smile on his face and loved spending time with his family. Family meant a lot to Marvin and he liked fishing, sitting around a campfire, riding motorcycles and playing his harmonica. Marvin put his faith and trust in Jesus Christ and we can know he is now free with the Lord.

Survivors include two sisters, Marilyn (Jimmie) Cooper and Kathy (Ed) Schmidli.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Victoria Wright.

The family has scheduled a memorial graveside at Englewood Cemetery, Clinton, on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bible Baptist Church (Clinton) and left in care of Consalus Funeral Home, 209 S. 2nd St., Clinton, MO 64735.