The Lake Today Columns


Have spring fever?

You know that old saying, “In spring a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of love.” Well last weekend’s spring-like temperatures also influenced my thought processes, but I wasn’t fancying myself in love.

Around the Lake: Community collaboration is at forefront of continued Camdenton Chamber’s success

Collaboration is a concept that incorporates many of the following words: teamwork, cooperation, partnership, shared mission and so on. Those words are turned into action in all facets of our organization.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Wildlife refuge held hostage by armed criminals

Armed militants have taken hostage public property belonging to the American people. For some reason, after three weeks of armed occupation, these anti-government protesters who have illegally broken into and refused to leave federally owned property at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon have yet to be held accountable for their actions. It’s time for this charade to end, and for these criminals to be arrested and prosecuted.

Some weather myths may be closer to truths

We are all familiar with all the old adages and jokes about our state’s notoriously changeable weather patterns. Well believe or not, according to the University of Missouri Climate Center’s website, most of those old adages and jokes aren’t that far off the mark.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Understanding AR-15 modern sporting rifles

With all the political buzz about gun control in the last couple of weeks, it’s important to separate fact from fiction. AR-15s are often referred to as assault weapons, when in actuality, they are just a modern version of a semi-automatic sporting rifle.

Around the Lake: Lodging tax collections, TCLA Advertising Effectiveness Study results discussed

We would like to thank the Lake Today staff for the opportunity to share with their readers how the Lake of the Ozarks Tri-County Lodging Association (TCLA) Board of Directors works to promote tourism and bring more visitors to the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks.

SCORE: Would your hobby make a sustainable business?

Running a successful business centered on doing something you love is the dream of many entrepreneurs. What could be more gratifying than making a living sharing your talents and skills with others?

Curious about my paternal ancestors

I realized while I know pretty much all there is to know about my maternal ancestors, I know very little about Dad’s side of the family.

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Tim’s Two Cents: Losing the St. Louis Rams

To help introduce Tim Leible's new, weekly online column, "Tim's Two Cents," debuting Friday, Jan. 22, he has shared an insightful column about losing his hometown NFL team.

Health Beat: A burning question

Do you need acid reflux surgery?

You’ve read all the tips and tricks. You raised the head of your bed. You regularly take heartburn medication. You even avoid your favorite foods in favor of a bland diet. And yet, you still experience the pain of acid reflux.

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Driftwood Outdoors: New Years resolution for Missouri outdoor adventures

If you want to accomplish your goals, write them down. Experts often repeat this sage advice in self-help seminars and articles. I’ve learned to believe it, and have long been an advocate of pushing one’s self to experience new adventures and to repeat those enjoyed in the past.

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Around the Lake: CVB prepares for 2016 tourism season

The Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau (CVB) staff and board of directors are preparing for the 2016 season.

Remembering the house I grew up in

I simply cannot form a picture in my mind of what that 120-acre plot of land will look like without that house at its center point.

SCORE: Tips for creating a social media policy for a small business

Social media use by employees — posting on their personal accounts during work hours and mentioning your company on social media outside of work hours — presents opportunities and challenges for small business owners.

Reasons to be thankful despite local disaster

This year, I’m finding it a little harder to remember all those good things. For I can’t think of a time when the Lake Area, or the state of Missouri for that matter, has gone through a tougher holiday week than the one we suffered between Christmas 2015 and New Year’s 2016.