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Rolla-area bluegrass group to perform Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 January 2018
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GUIDON staff

The Bluegrass at the Barn series presents Jimmie Allison and the Ozark Rounders, who are scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Barn, 13015 Highway 28 near Dixon.

Well-known bluegrass entertainers in and around Rolla for several years, Jimmie Allison and the Ozark Rounders have appeared at festivals and venues throughout the state, performing a variety of traditional bluegrass tunes.

Tickets are $15 per person and are available at the door or by calling Bill Johnson at 573.433.9370. Admission is free for children ages 12 and younger.

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 13 January 2018 )
Battling millennials and military brats Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 January 2018
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By Lisa Smith Molinari
Special to GUIDON

Our 19-year-old daughter whined, “you guys are so loud,” as she came loping downstairs into the kitchen where my husband and I were chatting. Her hair was a rat’s nest. One sock was half off, the excess flapping with each step. She was wearing the sweater she’d had on the day before and had slept in.

The clock read twelve-thirty-five in the afternoon.

“I’m sorry, Anna, did we wake you?” I said with enough sarcasm to curl the wallpaper. She yawned and poured herself a cup of coffee, tsking when she realized the pot had gone cold. Anna stood with the refrigerator door open for what seemed like eons, before selecting eggs and the fresh avocado I had bought for taco night.

There was a half avocado beginning to brown on the edges but perfectly usable, sitting right beside the new one. But after a semester of college fashion design classes, sorority functions, and weekend tailgate parties, Anna felt fully entitled to our hospitality while on winter break. That included laundry service, use of a vehicle, gas money, free wifi, home-cooked meals, the right to steal our phone chargers, and apparently, fresh avocado for her breakfast… or lunch, as it were.

“Pick your battles,” I thought. “We’ll survive without the avocado.”

Thirty minutes later, there was a knock at the door. “Taylor and I are going for a walk on the beach. Should I take the dog?” Anna called from the front hall.

“That would be great,” I replied, relieved to scratch the task off my to-do list. “Just remember to keep him on a leash,” I warned.

“Oh,” Anna reconsidered, “never mind then.” Without brushing her pillow-head out, she pulled on her thigh-high boots, grabbed the fluorescent orange camouflage hunting jacket she’d recently bought from a thrift store, and propped a pink pair of reflective sunglasses on the end of her nose.

I watched as she pranced off in the odd outfit, silently totaling up the tuition we were paying for her to pursue a degree in fashion.

“Pick your battles,” I thought. “She’s artistic.”

Suddenly, I was startled by the presence of our 22-year-old son in the hall.

“Oh, Hayden, you’re up?” I said, genuinely surprised. While home on winter break from college, Hayden’s natural waking time was two in the afternoon and it was barely one-o-clock. “Why didn’t you come into the kitchen to chat with Dad and me?”

“I don’t know.”

Hayden was a few months shy of graduating from a major research institution with a degree in Computer Science. He was earning As and Bs in intensive courses such as Cryptography and Network Security, Linear Algebra, Graph Theory, Data Mathematics, and Parallel Programming. He had already accepted a job offer to be a Software Engineer after graduation, at a starting salary that took my husband over a decade to attain in the Navy.

But, invariably, Hayden answered almost every question we asked of him with, “I don’t know.”

“Pick your battles,” I thought. “He’ll talk to us some day.”

“Hayden, will you walk the dog please,” I requested.

In bare feet and pajama pants with bits of pillow fuzz in his beard, he sighed. “Well, I’m about to eat lunch.” Hayden did take the dog on a long walk, but not until he polished off the rest of the good deli meat and expensive cheese. In his pajama pants. At three in the afternoon.

As military brats, our kids know that their father’s 28 years of active duty service paved and paid the way for their college educations. They respect that I stayed home to manage our family. Having lived overseas, they know the importance of worldliness, adaptability, and lasting friendships. Living on a military family budget, they understand the value of a hard-earned dollar.

But ironically, our resilient military brats are also self-absorbed millennials who were forced to move every few years. Self-absorbed millennials who gave up friends, homes, and schools many times. Self-absorbed millennials who are now away at college most of the year.

“Pick your battles,” I thought. “It’s okay if they can finally take home for granted.”    

(Editor’s note: Molinari writes a column covering different aspects of military life. You can find her articles at
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 January 2018 )
ARNG celebrates 381 years Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 January 2018
Lt. Col. Kelvin Nichols, left, National Guard interim chief of staff and most senior guardsman present; Maj. Gen. Kent Savre, center, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general; and Pvt. Zach Spencer, Soldier in training and youngest guardsman present, cut the cake during a ceremony held Dec. 13 in the Lincoln Hall Atrium.
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Citizen-Soldiers have fought in every major conflict since their first muster in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1636 to the present day. On Dec. 13, Soldiers across Fort Leonard Wood gathered in the Lincoln Hall Atrium to help celebrate the National Guard’s 381st birthday.

“That’s a long time,” said Lt. Col. Kelvin Nichols, interim chief of staff Army National Guard and guest speaker. “This year is also the 100th  anniversary of U.S. early entry into World War I, even then, the National Guard provided the bulk of the U.S. forces through the summer of 1918 and was the vanguard of American might that broke the stalemate and turned the war in our favor.”

Nichols said this was an important part in the guard’s history, calling it the “birth of the modern National Guard as a dual-use, capability force unit indispensable both at home and overseas.”

Maj. Gen. Kent Savre, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, said the National Guard has been at the forefront of protecting our security as a nation since the very beginning.

“The National Guard brings so much more capability in terms of the ability to help our government by doing things in our states and territories that the regular Army can’t do,” Savre said. “It’s critically important to our national interest as well as to the people of America.”

As part of the ceremony, the most senior guardsman present, Nichols; the youngest guardsman present, Pvt. Zach Spencer, Soldier in training; and Savre cut the birthday cake.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 January 2018 )
Historic mural now on display at John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 January 2018

GUIDON staff

The Staff Sgt. Samuel Countee mural is on display at the John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex, giving the public a chance to view the $370,000 piece of historic artwork before it’s returned to Building 2101, the former World War II era Black Officers Club.

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The former club is currently being renovated to function as a classroom facility. Samuel Albert Countee, an artist and contributor to the national New Negro Movement, was drafted into the Army in 1942. While serving with a dump truck company, he was commissioned by the military to paint a mural in the Black Officers Club.

 The mural was completed in 1945 and is thought to be the only surviving example of Countee’s military art career. The 4-by-10-foot painting portrays a young couple picnicking. Located at 495 S. Dakota Avenue, the museum is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.


Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 January 2018 )
First baby of 2018 arrives Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 January 2018
First-time mother, Sgt. Porscha Flagg, wel- comed Aria Jade Leslie into the world at 8:59 a.m. Monday. Aria was the first baby born at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital in 2018. Aria weighed 6lbs 14oz and is 20 inches long. Flagg is assigned to 554th Engineer Battalion. Photo by John Brooks, GLWACH
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 January 2018 )
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