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Hermann Advertiser-Courier Editor Buck Collier

At The River’s Edge: Debate flows freely about Missouri River water

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 2:40 pm

In listening to Gov. Jay Nixon’s State of the State message last week to a joint session of the Missouri General Assembly, I was struck by a portion of his speech about a concern that has become all too common for Missouri governors . . . of both parties. The need for the Show-Me State to protect the water of the Missouri River. Not just protect in the sense of

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    Posted on January 20, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Hermann Advertiser-Courier Editor Buck Collier

    Hermann’s Justin Alferman is the envy of many Missouri state legislators — veterans and freshmen alike. The 61st District state representative was assigned a seat on the all-important House Budget Committee, one of only three freshmen among the 19 members named to the panel. There are veteran House members who can’t get a seat at that exclusive table, so to be a freshman named to the committee that has first

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    Posted on January 20, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Advertiser-Courier General Manager Cathi Utley

    I saw Kevin “soup” Stiers last week and he reminded me that January was his month. What? His birthday? No, January is traditionally the month we eat soup, so he has adopted it as his own. I rolled my eyes. Happy MONTH, Soup. Speaking of soup, have you entered the “best soup” contest? We have several entries so far. After the contest we will print all the recipes. If you

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    Posted on January 20, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Hermann Mayor Tom Shabel

    As reported in the Advertiser-Courier January 14, the Board of Aldermen and the Utility Advisory Board held a workshop to address the ongoing problems with the electric utility and also to begin looking at the next elephant in the living room issue, our gas utility.  This article pretty much got it right.  As did Buck Collier’s column “At the Rivers Edge.” The electric utility lost $417,197.82 for the calendar year

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    Posted on December 30, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Hermann Advertiser-Courier Editor Buck Collier

    Call this the “Case of the Vanishing Legislator” featuring 61st District State Rep. Dave Schatz of Sullivan. Or, if you prefer, “The Great Pretender,” featuring 61st District State Rep.-elect Justin Alferman of Hermann. As I was making my cursory check of state government websites in search of some useful information, I checked the listing of the Missouri Hosue of Representatives to see what, if anything, my state representative, Dave Schatz

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    Posted on December 2, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Hermann Advertiser-Courier Editor Buck Collier

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    Posted on November 25, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Hermann Mayor Tom Shabel

    The Wednesday, November 12, edition of the AC contained a letter, which they titled “A request for more information,” written by P. Dennis Barks. This letter was a copy of one the Mayor had received early in September.  Because the “letter” asked for information that was extensive and either covered by a non disclosure agreement or was already public information I forwarded the letter to our city attorney and asked

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