A favored son of Van Buren County has garnered national acclaim. Dr. Donald Warren, DDS, has been appointed to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. To read all about it, click here!


On Tuesday, Van Buren County voters decided two related Bond issues. The unofficial tabulations reported by the VBC Clerk's Office as of 9:20pm (CT), October 24, are as follows:

Bond Refinance Issue:

For: 2008

Against: 1195

Hospital Bond Issue:

For: 2082

Against: 1189

As to other things gentle on my mind...

With the Presidential  Election less than two weeks away, I've been scouring the Internet for intelligent grist to fuel my ''who to vote for'' decision making process. In addition to a lot of useless rhetoric, I found one decent  article about ''wasted votes'' that pretty much says a lot of what's going on in my head. To read it, click here.

And, if the number of emails I receive on the subject is any indicator, it seems that I'm not alone in my political ponderings. But there's something unsettling about the content of those emails... Most of them are political jokes

Now don't get me wrong here. I like jokes. And some of the one's I've received are real funny. But what bothers me is that here we have this great communications medium at a time when so many folks are criticizing ''negative'' campaigning and bemoaning the bias of mainstream media... and ''we the people'' -- rather than taking the bull by the horns and carrying on some form of intelligent debate -- seem to be sinking to the lowest common denominator. 

But, other than expressing my inner-most thoughts on the subject here, I really don't know what else to do or say, except for this:

From now until election day we're going to focus on posting links to what we believe to be useful information, related to the well-being of ''us'' and the choices it will soon be incumbent upon us to make. For starters, have a look at the Website of the U.S. Census Bureau. There's a lot of interesting information there, given you take the time to scout around.

Then, how about visiting the on-line headquarters of Bush, Gore, and Nader. And, if I dare say, evaluate what they say in the context of how well the present it on the Web.... remembering that the primary job of every elected official is to effectively communicate with YOU. 

As you give serious introspection to these critical ballot-casting matters, turn your attention homeward. Find out who is running for what in your district, county, and state. Politics is a ''trickle-up'' business. The city council folks today may be governors tomorrow. Attending such decisions with contemplation is -- to my way of thinking -- our most fundamental job. 

To enable our fellow Van Buren County-ites in this selective process, click here for a list of the folks we'll have to choose from on November 7. 

By our count, 79 candidates have registered to fill 58 offices. Of the 79, 12 are women and 40 are unopposed. In the spirit of good journalism, we'll let you draw your own conclusions from these numbers.

And, as candidates furnish us with profiles to post, you'll find them linked to their name on the above noted page. One profile is already posted and we give an A+ for ''paying attention'' to VBC Sheriff candidate Russell Pridgen for being the first and only candidate to submit a profile without being asked. 

Now, if you happen to be a political candidate and you have NOT yet submitted a profile for us to post... well, you better get to it. Just send it via email to and we'll post it, verbatim. If you'd like us to post a photo of you with your profile, attach a digital one. And, if you don't know how to do these things, well... we gotta ask... What are you doing running for public office in the year 2000? 

On other interesting fronts, with October being the traditional season of harvest, this month we'll be wandering through our gozarks garden, selecting the finest of what we produce, preparing a banquet of delicacies for future editions, and culling the chaff from our e-zine wheat. 

In the true spirit of the harvest season, we'd sure appreciate some help....

What do you like most about gozarks? What do you like least? We have some ideas about this, as we keep tabs on the pages that are visited with the greatest regularity, and we get notes from folks about stuff they've especially enjoyed... but still, we'd really like to hear from you.  

Yes, YOU. The person who is looking at the monitor right now, reading the words on this electronic page!!!

And we're not fishing for compliments, honest. (Though the encouraging words of support that have streamed in our direction since this publication made its debut six months ago are heartwarming.) What we're hoping y'all will grace us with are a few contrary words. That is: What you like least about gozarks. Then, having gleaned this valuable info from you, we'll be better enabled to move ahead.

So... get busy please!! Send your  email to And, while we're gathering your input, we'll have lots of new items for you to reflect on this month. 

Anyway, while you're waiting (with baited breath, I'm sure) for us to  deliver more of October's great content, have a look at the work of our newest columnist, Herschel Raney, as he muses about the the wonder, awe and beauty of life in Random Natural Acts. And of course, last month's Front Page is now tucked into our Archives. Like our left-side Contents Column, it's loaded with links for you to peruse.  

Now, I must sign off for the moment. But, while I'm away from my desk, know that my steadfast thanks are with you -- our readers, our columnists, our advertisers and the Hyper Tech team -- for everything you have done and continue to do to make gozarks the #1 place to find out everything you ever wanted to know about the Ozarks on-line!!!  

Happy candidate surfing, 

Christine Louise Weiss, Editor  

Justin Bonds, Webmaster

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