The Lake Today Columns


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Arts at the Lake: Ozark Jazz Society spices up music scene at the Lake

The Ozark Jazz Society invites you to put some fun in your life with live concerts, featuring some of the finest professional musicians and bands in the country.

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Around the Lake: New board, awards abound at CVB Annual Dinner

The Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau (CVB) Annual Dinner was held March 27 at the Country Club Hotel and Spa in Lake Ozark.

Fishing Tip & Lure: Crappie still biting, barometric pressure can play a factor

Bill Cassidy, Osage Beach Bait & Tackle owner and award-winning fisherman, said crappie are quite abundant right now, however, are not biting as frequently.

Driftwood Outdoors: Legislature considers changing captive deer classification

Legislation is currently working its way through the Missouri Senate (SB964) and House of Representatives (HB2031) to change the classification of captive cervids (deer) from "wildlife" to "livestock."

The newspaper-reading public and me

One of the great things about working in the news business is the constant contact with the reading public and its reaction to the articles that are published.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Missouri deer breeders fear for the future

The Missouri Whitetail Breeders and Hunting Ranch Association sponsored what they deemed a Town Hall Meeting in Macon on Friday night to discuss Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) and the future of their industry.

Planting seeds of success: Networking, community events blossom in Eldon this spring

Spring is in the air. As we begin sowing seeds in our gardens, anticipating a bountiful harvest during the coming year, seeds of a different nature are also being planted in our community-seeds of success, revitalization and hope.

SCORE: Eliminate office clutter for better results

Small business owners—particularly those who work from home—are justifiably proud of what they’ve accomplished as entrepreneurs, but they’ll rarely invite visitors into their offices. Those who are granted access to that all-important sanctum usually receive an up-front apology for the mess they’re about to encounter.

April is a great month

As we all know April is famous for a number of reasons. April Fool’s Day, Easter and, of course, my birthday so on this, the second day of the month, I thought it would be fun to reflect on some of the other reasons that this 30-day period is such an important time of the year.

Ozark Daze: Revisiting the Larry Don with readers

The piece last month went viral but before going into the multitude of responses I received on my “Ozark Daze” piece on the Larry Don last month, I have a humorous recollection on a piece I wrote for a newspaper in Columbia, Mo.

Around the Lake: Networking opportunities, Easter activities and community involvement abound in Versailles

The Versailles Area Chamber is very excited to offer a free seminar on the benefits of marketing though Facebook and how it can help grow your business. The seminar is set up 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10 at Square Deals Ice Cream Shop on the south corner of the Versailles Square.

Fun facts about spring

After this year’s winter season that seemed to go on forever, and because this is the first full week of the spring season I thought it would be fun to look up some facts about the season.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Missouri’s Johnny Morris: A man who gives back

Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops, walked into the main banquet room of Big Cedar Lodge, the enormous, rustic yet elegant resort he operates on Table Rock Lake that was the host facility of the North America Whitetail Summit, and what was on the jumbo screens? Two gigantic Cabela’s logos.

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Around the Lake: Lake Area Chamber gears up for the 26th Annual Magic Dragon Street Meet

The Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is once again gearing up for the 26th Annual Magic Dragon Street Meet Nations, which is presented by Iguana Watersports, Friday, May 2 through Sunday, May 4 on historical Bagnell Dam Boulevard in Lake Ozark.

Remembering my first new car

I am not writing this article to brag on my new car, even though it is a beautiful example of American heavy metal. I am writing to contrast my feelings about last week’s purchase with those I experienced when I bought my very first new car.