Catch crappie and walleye deep at Stockton Lake

By Bill Cooper
    The big Sea-Ark boat sat in 35 feet of water on Stockton Lake north of Springfield. Damon Spurgeon and I fished eighth-ounce jigs tipped with an earthworm for walleye. My rod tipped bounced noticeably, atypical of a walleye bite. After applying pressure on the fish, it felt heavy.

Nature and today’s world

By Larry Dablemont
    There is no good or bad in nature. That is a hard thing for many to accept. When my daughters were little girls, I tried to explain nature to them, and yet, protect them from the harshness of it. We’d be on a trip somewhere, and one of my girls would notice a dead rabbit in the road.

S&T researcher examines if AI have a mind of their own

Most people encounter artificial intelligence (AI) every day in their personal and professional lives. Without giving it a second thought, people ask Alexa to add soda to a shopping list, drive with Google Maps and add filters to their Snapchat – all examples of AI use. But a Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher is examining what is considered evidence of AIs having a “mind,” which will show when a person perceives AI actions as morally wrong.

MDC wants public comments on proposed bear-hunting season

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is seeking initial public input on a proposed limited and highly regulated hunting season for black bears, which would be open only to Missouri residents. If approved by the Missouri Conservation Commission, a season could occur as soon as the fall of 2021. MDC is asking for initial public comments through June 5.

County receives CARES Act funding

    Crawford County has received $2.8 million in funding from the federal government as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES” Act). These funds are to be solely allocated to necessary expenditures incurred as a result of the public health emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marshall writes book about Maramec Spring Park and Mrs. James

    Danny Marshall, former regional manager of The James Foundation, has written a new book on the history of Maramec Spring Park from 1877 through 1940 and how Lucy Wortham James impacted the region. Marshall has donated a copy to the James Memorial Public Library and plans to give copies to libraries in Crawford County.