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Simmons Says - Border battle classic

Rivalry games can sometimes be a letdown. Friday night wasn’t one of those times.

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Just a Thought - Normal drive to work takes terrifying turn

It was a normal day, a day much like any other day of the week.

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The Art of Racing - DUI not good for NASCAR

The Art of Racing - DUI not good for NASCAR

Everyone was elated when Chase Elliott won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen, but the elation was short lived when Brian ...

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The Scoop - Technology to make Standard even better

The Scoop - Technology to make Standard even better

As editor of a newspaper, I'm often asked my thoughts on the future of the industry. Specifically, people ask me how much longer newspapers ...

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Simmons Says - Rivalries increase intensity

The look on Hailey Wood’s face said it all.

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Livin' la Vida Lacy - I'm proud to be a McMinnville native

Westwood is a magical little neighborhood. I’m genuinely smitten. A lady from Chicago even came into editorial today bragging about the beauty of it.

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Afterthoughts - Celebrating a silver Standard anniversary

Afterthoughts - Celebrating a silver Standard anniversary

I’m celebrating my 25th anniversary. No, not my silver wedding anniversary, but my 25 years being an employee of the Southern Standard. Pat Zechman ...

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My Turn - Reflections on living life

My Turn - Reflections on living life

Twenty years ago about this time, I started writing a song about turning 60. The “hook,” as songwriters say, was “Is that 60 I see ...

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Just a Thought - Commissioners deserve a raise

Just a Thought - Commissioners deserve a raise

I might take an unpopular stance here, but that’s nothing new for me. I think Warren County commissioners should receive a raise occasionally.

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Simmons Says - Pioneers need more numbers

Simmons Says - Pioneers need more numbers

Football season is upon us. This Friday, the Pioneers will make the trip to Smithville to renew the fierce rivalry with the Tigers.

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The Art of Racing - Elliott earns victory

The Art of Racing - Elliott earns victory

Watkins Glen turned out to be an Elliott weekend. It was announced Saturday that Bill Elliott would be back in a NASCAR car when he ...

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The Scoop - Many voters are only presidential

The Scoop - Many voters are only presidential

The piñata that was Election Day last Thursday has left candy all over the floor. As we begin to pick up the pieces and ...

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Livin' la Vida Lacy - Fighting illness with rhymes

Livin' la Vida Lacy - Fighting illness with rhymes

As I write this week’s column, I have a sinus and an ear infection. Feeling inspired, I even typed a short poem about it ...

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Simmons Says - Finding positives in Pioneers

Simmons Says - Finding positives in Pioneers

Maybe it’s a part of getting older and maturing, or just a fondness for the program, but I’ve made a decision this fall.

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