• From the start, our paper has tried to adhere to the Associated Press style when writing. It is the standard among newspapers and each of our reporters was provided the 2013 edition of The Associated Press Stylebook. Toni and I often refer to that book while editing. In our short publication history, I've received my share of punctuation and capitalization challenges similar to the one posed last week. A reader from Florida who picked up the SEMO TIMES while visiting asked, “Why did you put quotes around Gone Girl in your Oct 16 edition when it should have been italicized?” I informed the questioner that according to AP, movie titles are in quotes and book titles are italicized. Here the

    Oct 31,
  • The fall season ushers in shorter days, chilly evenings and traditions richly rooted in curious lore. Halloween occurs every year on the 31st day of October but the preparations marketed by retailers begin in late August. Pumpkins, straw bales, corn stalks, fall-colored wreaths and vibrant mums abound to inspire the home décor enthusiasts but it’s the bustling of excited kids rummaging through the crowded racks of crazy costumes and accessories that captures the spirit of Halloween. To most Halloween revelers, the holiday is an opportunity to decorate the house, host themed parties, carve pumpkins, dress up in fun costumes and score on some serious candy by trick-or-treating. Most don’t inquire about the history that spawned the festivities we engage in;

    Oct 31,
  • Photo  - Charlie and Charlie (not sure which one is which) Charles West has been in downtown Dexter for a long time. He now operates “Mr. Charlie’s” at 22 East Stoddard Street. “I’ve operated a store downtown for 40 years,” explained West. For many years, he had stores in both Dexter and Malden. At one time he had both a furniture and shoe store. “Then I retired, or at least thought I’d retire,” said West. But, once again, he was drawn back to downtown Dexter. He said it’s a hard habit to break. “Downtown Dexter has gone through a lot of stages over the years,” said West. It’s had boom times and then times when things weren’t looking so great.

    Oct 31,
  • PHOTO - Cindy Jenks, DNAP Board, Candi Whitlow, DNAP Board and Bloodlines of Salem Descendant, Kat Robinson, Event Coordinator and Bloodlines of Salem, Lynn Maples, Museum Curator.   There will be a huge Halloween celebration in Doniphan Friday evening and the town has an unusual bit of genealogy to credit for the celebration. When Kat Robinson started researching her family’s genealogy, she ran across something very surprising. She found she was a direct descendant of the Bloodlines of Salem Massachusetts. “Luckily, my multi-great grandparents, Thomas and Mrs. Roberts, weren’t executed, but they were banished to Rhode Island,” explained Robinson. This was prior to the famous witch trials of 1692. Those trials resulted in the execution of twenty people, most of

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