Your Turn/Kayla Wittler
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Your Turn/Kayla Wittler

Kayla Ann Wittler, 27, is from Palmyra, Mo., and has worked at Blessing Health System about six years. She is currently president of the Palmyra Chamber of Commerce. She and her fiance, Trevor Sparrow, will be getting married Oct. 17, 2020.

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Much has been lost, or at least greatly overshadowed at times, in the regular news cycle over the past 2 1/2 months. We owe that, of course, to the daily deluge of information tied to the pandemic.

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'Ferris,' 'Clueless' and 'Fast Times" lead the way

Usually, summertime is a great time for blockbuster movie releases. This year, however, promises to be much different.

Pandemic heroes come in all sizes and from all backgrounds
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Pandemic heroes come in all sizes and from all backgrounds

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The world's largest cheeseburger weighed how much?
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Your Turn/Susie Wray
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Your Turn/Susie Wray

Susie Wray, 38, lives in Ursa and while growing up, she was active in 4-H, FFA and showing cattle. Wray, her husband Scott (married 15 years) and children Cole, 12, and Emily, 10, are grain and livestock farmers. She works at Ursa Farmers Coop.

Ahhh ... remembering the days of Bobo Brazil and the coco butt
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Ahhh ... remembering the days of Bobo Brazil and the coco butt

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Fauci the new Cronkite?
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Fauci the new Cronkite?

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Your Turn/Mike Drew
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Your Turn/Mike Drew

Mike Drew, 48, grew up in Quincy and has three great teenagers — Kaitlyn, Zach and Zoe. He is the director for the West Central Area Agency on Aging which oversees many programs for seniors including Meals on Wheels, in-home care, housing, elder abuse investigation and Medicare/Medicaid assistance.

Some parents of babies born during the pandemic are choosing names that instill heroism and hope
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Some parents of babies born during the pandemic are choosing names that instill heroism and hope

This pandemic thing has obviously affected our lives in numerous ways, ranging from social distancing to self-quarantining, but one area that may not have crossed many minds is that of baby names.