A FOND FAREWELL: Karen Pierce, owner of Karen’s Kitchen in Horseshoe Bend, has moved from the area and closed her business. Karen was involved in a vehicle accident on July 28, where she sustained injuries and was taken to a Springfield hospital by Air Evac. She was treated for non-life threatening injuries according to her family, but is having other health related issues. Karen and her late husband Bill, opened the family-style restaurant over 15 years ago, and she has served the community faithfully since then. Karen’s “porch” has been the scene of many local and national political debates over the years, with a crew of coffee drinkers finding a home there. Her windows displayed holiday artwork each December, with locals looking forward to the new theme each year. The community sends their well-wishes to Karen and prayers for her future.

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