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September 11 will mark the twentieth anniversary of a horrific day in the United States. It is suggested for the nation to observe six moments of silence. Most everyone who is able to remember back 20 years ago, can share exactly where they were when our great nation was attacked. Now 20 yea…

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The Union Covered Bridge celebrated its 150-year anniversary on Monday, September 6. Residents from all over the State gathered together during the afternoon to observe the surviving real-life artifact and historical landmark in Monroe County. Missouri State Parks served refreshments which i…

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During the 1850’s, pioneers and settlers were moving west, using skills and talents to assist in making travel simpler. Located near the Salt River, Edwin Ruthvin Wheeler, had settled with his family in Hunnewell to build the St. Joseph-Hannibal railroad bridge over Salt River. Wheeler was a…

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The Monroe City Park Board will host the sixth annual Cemetery Walk on Memorial Day. Citizens are invited to St. Jude’s Church to take a walk down memory lane at 10:30 a.m.

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Illinois is considered to be ‘The Land of Lincoln’. Perhaps North Fork should be considered as ‘The Land of Lincoln’s Girlfriend’. Abe arrived in North Fork, stepping off the stage coach in search for his other Mary, known as Mary Owens. Miss Owens was a Kentucky plantation belle, and Lincol…

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Several community members had voiced concern inquiring about the old jailhouse door, which was in the old electric building being demolished. Rumors had spread around town the door was missing or could not be located. Mayor Jerry Potterfield assured those in attendance at the recent council …

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Today, November 11, Veteran’s Day, marks a day of remembrance and a day of honor to those who have sacrificed so much to serve their country. Not only have countless lives been lost in times of service, but days, weeks, holidays and time cannot be made up. There are empty chairs at tables ac…

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On November 9, the fate of the Florida Cabin will be determined. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources personnel at Mark Twain State Park want to get “rid” of this log cabin. The Friends of Florida are “fighting” to keep it at its present location.

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Stonemasons Alan Hindal, of Moberly, and his father, Nate Hindal, of Higbee, added a fireplace and chimney of stone to the 1840’s Quarles’ house as part of the planned reconstruction of thin internationally known historic site. Each year visitors from around the world tour this site. It is t…

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Located in the north-western tier of Monroe County is a territory known as the Washington Township. In 1836, two towns, Clinton and Jonesburg, were formed with only an alleyway separating them. The two towns have been deemed rivals throughout history and are located south-west of Hunnewell. …

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Mark Twain’s well-known Quarles’ farm will host an all-volunteer dig on Saturday, September 7, Saturday, September 14, and Saturday, September 21 at the hilltop site located just off highway 107 four miles north of Florida, MO.

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Karen Hunt, archaeologist and current owner of Mark Twain’s Uncle Quarles farm, hosted guests attending the Clemens Conference last Thursday in Florida, MO. The conference included approximately 60 scholars and professors from all over the world, who come to learn and experience the hands-on…

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“A beautiful home site for famous homemade Rhubarb and Norton Grape wines with a dinner of schweinhaxen and sauerkraut: NewMarket, Marion County, Missouri”

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“A collection of information on the love and legends of a ghost town: Newmarket, Marion County, Missouri”

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The community was impacted by an arctic blast which moved through the area on January 29-31. Temperatures were reported at the Cpt. Ben Smith Airfield, to be -11 with wind chills in the area being reported of -35 or greater.

In this Aug. 18, 2017, photo, a statue of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest sits in a park in Memphis, Tenn. A new historical marker in Memphis will point out that a famed Confederate general was a prosperous slave trader before the Civil War. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz, File)

Kimberly Kronwell, registrar of exhibits and loans to the Colorado History Museum, opens the case containing the “Holy Grail” of baseball cards, a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle that is valued at more than $10 million, to put on display as part of baseball memorabilia exhibit at the Colorado Histo…

In this Wednesday, June 27, 2018 photo, visitors look at exhibits, entitled “The House of Herod: Life and Power in the Age of the New Testament,” at the Terra Sancta Museum in Jerusalem. Jerusalem’s Franciscan friars have opened The Terra Sancta Museum, a new museum in the old city of Jerusa…

In this April 1, 2016 file photo, radar scanning experts scan a wall in King Tutankhamun’s burial chamber in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt. Egypt’s antiquities ministry said Sunday, May 6, 2018, that new radar scans have provided conclusive evidence that there are no hidden rooms, as…