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ToC Encore: Turning Personal Tragedy Into Hit Records

Turning a personal tragedy into a hit record is tricky, and not just for all the normal reasons that it's difficult to make a song into a hit. Artists who write a great personal song may be hesitant to record it for months or years. Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes considers three powerful songs and three artists who dealt with the personal tragedies that inspired them in very different ways. 

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What Are Your Favorite Kid-Friendly Curse Words? [SURVEY]

We've all had those moments when kids have been around and you almost let a curse word slip. I know for a fact that I don't want any child repeating some of the stuff that I have said. I have heard some great variations of curse words in my day. We all know what your trying to say, but you get away with it by altering some words.

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The Top 10 Things You Should Never, Ever Say at a Rodeo

The rodeo is back in Sedalia once again this weekend! I went to the bullriding last week and had an amazing time. It's a really fun, great atmosphere, and I noticed there's a certain kind of "rodeo culture."

With that, I present to you the "Top 10 Things You Should Never, Ever Say at a Rodeo." Seriously, don't. You might get beat up.

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ToC Encore: A Defense for Artists Who Play SeaWorld

Nearly a dozen others refused, but Alan Jackson, Gretchen Wilson and Kid Rock have taken the stage to play SeaWorld's Bands, Brews & BBQ concert series, despite heavy protest from a controversy started after a documentary called 'Blackfish' aired. Should those who play be demonized?

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The British Invasion Has Been Hyped Too Much [OPINION]

I have had enough of all the swooning over the Beatles and the talk about them changing America.

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Pettis County Loses its Freakin’ Mind Over Winter Storm Forecast [OPINION]

In case you've been living under a rock for the past couple of days, Pettis County is in for some snow this week. According to the Pettis County Emergency Management Agency, we're looking at 4-6 inches on Tuesday (Feb. 3) with winds up to 30 mph and poor visibility. And you know what? Everything is going to be fine.

I can't believe how freaked out people are over the forecast this week. This is Missouri weather! It happens every winter, so why are people so worried? Isn't everyone used to this by now?

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ToC Encore: Country Music Can’t Win at the Super Bowl

Why isn't a country superstar performing during halftime of the Super Bowl? It's a fair question, and one country fans have asked every year since Shania Twain took the stage in 2003. Surely there are stars big enough to draw the nation's interest, right? Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes argues that fans of Nashville's biggest names should actually be grateful for this missed opportunity. 

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Those Critical of the Sedalia 200 School Board Should Be Running for School Board Seats [OPINION]

Sedalia will not hold a School Board Election again this year because only the incumbents have signed up to run. While this could show well-deserved confidence in those who now serve, it is disturbing that those people who criticize the current members of the board and the staff of the Sedalia 200 School District in online venues do not come forward to challenge the incumbents for those positions.

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5 Reasons Behka’s Mad Because She Can’t Go to Tropical Nights: Boots in the Sand

Guys, I'm sure you've heard us talking about the Tropical Nights: Boots in the Sand event. This is huge. It's a thing where you can get away from it all in the sunnier, warmer climes of Riviera Maya.

I'm sadly one of the jerks who can't go. But here's the thing: I'm mad about it. I'm hoppin' mad. I'm madder than a wet hen. Or, maybe just really, really jealous of those of you who can or could go. Here's five reasons why I hate everything and pine for the Riviera Maya.

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Whose Nipple Do You Want to See at This Year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show? [POLL]

At the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, the world was stunned as Justin Timberlake ripped back a piece of Janet Jackson's clothing and exposed her breast on live television. It has been a full decade since that performance, but it is still brought up every year around this time.

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