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Saturday, Apr. 30, 2016
Bob Mitchell: Memories of surveying (04/27/16)
It took the Barry Electric Cooperative's 70th annual meeting to shake loose some memories and lessons learned while surveying for future line construction before my 18th birthday. In 1946, when I was just about to enter my senior year in high school, a job opportunity came up. ...
Kyle Troutman: Civil and reasoned debate needed in Cassville dog issue (04/20/16)
In certain instances, an unfortunate incident can open up people's eyes to a problem that has been staring them the face for years, leading to a call to action. This was the case for Cassville resident Tracy Youngblood recently, whose chihuahua, Molly, was severely injured in an unprovoked attacked by a pit bull owned by the family of Cindy Carr, Cassville councilwoman. ...
Bob Mitchell: Keep Daylight Saving Time (04/20/16)
It's completely out of reach why the Missouri Legislature, beginning in the House, is so determined to get rid of Daylight Saving Time. Don't the House members have more important things to consider for the state than dropping something that actually helps this part of the state?...
Julie Youngblood: Cassville resident's sister supports dog leash law (04/20/16)
Dear Editor: I read the article concerning the city council meeting where my sister, Tracy Youngblood, addressed the need for leash laws in Cassville. Tracy spoke of the pit bull attack that led to the death of her little dog, Molly, and then attacked our sister, Shelley...
Majority should rule in local elections, but often doesn't (04/13/16)
"The people have spoken," is a common phrase used once all the votes have been counted. But, too often, what the people have actually said is, "We wanted someone else." Missouri allows candidates to be elected to office and earn party nominations with a plurality of the vote -- no majority required...
Bob Mitchell: Fond memories with the boys (04/13/16)
It's always great to gather with family and review happenings over generations. Some of the sidelights are equally enjoyable, even though it takes the whole group to remember names or events that have occurred over the span of more than 60 years. Such was the event that was enjoyed at Roaring River Lodge last week, when three of the Pearl boys came into these parts on a journey to re-live some of their past...
Bob Mitchell: April is here, no fooling (04/06/16)
Another month is down the tubes. We've arrived at April, and this column just missed the opportunity for an April Fool's prank. Regardless of what's missed, the opportunities are wide for this month, with the old saying, "April showers bring May flowers." Other choices might make you think it's time to get into some warm-weather activities...
Bob Mitchell: A local connection to NASA (03/30/16)
The new director of the NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland has strong ties to Cassville. Janet Kavandi, who had served as deputy director for the past year, was recently named director. As a member of the United States astronaut crew, she was included in space missions. She is a daughter of the late Bill and Ruth Sellers of Cassville...
Bob Mitchell: Easters of this area's past (03/23/16)
Special religious holidays are arriving this month, including Good Friday and Easter Sunday. First United Methodist Church will hold a service Friday night. Years ago, there were numerous Easter sunrise services throughout the area. Apparently, that became more of a task than many groups wanted to tackle...
Bob Mitchell: The best part of the year (03/16/16)
We're getting to the very best part of the year, early spring, when there are a lot of activities that can keep us busy if we let life flow as it's supposed to. We've gotten past the arrival of Daylight Saving Time, and Thursday is St. Patrick's Day, which brings back so many memories of years past that are very pleasant to recall...
Bob Mitchell: A balmy 2016 Roaring River Opening Day (03/09/16)
Mother Nature smiled on the 2016 opening day of Roaring River State Park, with coffee servers walking around quite comfortably in their shirt sleeves as they made their pre-dawn rounds. Jeremy Marple, one of those servers, said the brew was welcomed by most he served during the early morning hours. He admitted that some of the anglers wanted the servers out of the way as they concentrated on making their first cast in their favorite baffle hole...
Bob Mitchell: Several weeks until spring, but is winter over? (03/02/16)
Here we are the second day out of February, hoping that the last of the winter winds have blown through Barry County. There is no reason to believe the area isn't due some reasonable weather conditions, even though there are several weeks ahead until the official arrival of spring...
Bob Mitchell: Meeting with Roaring River benefactor (02/24/16)
Opening day of trout season on Tuesday brings to mind the opportunity I had years ago when I met someone who had something to do with the park's existence in the state's system. I was about to enter my freshman year in high school and we were living in St. Louis one summer while my dad was working at a munitions plant during World War II...
Bob Mitchell: Cassville square back in retail days (02/17/16)
Cassville doesn't have many problems around the public square, but the most controversial could be the issue of parking. Even in old days, with not as many vehicles as today, parking was at a premium and important to the retail businesspeople whose storefronts surrounded the square...
Bob Mitchell: Groundhog's shadow myth (02/10/16)
He did it. The rodent Groundhog had ample opportunity to see his shadow on Feb. 2. He had to come out a little later in the morning to dodge some rain showers that blew through the area, but undoubtedly did see his shadow. One thing about this myth, as Bill Douglas noted recently: Even if he did see his shadow, denoting six more weeks of winter, that time frame would run right up to March 20, the first day of Spring...
Bob Mitchell: Groundhog predicting an early spring (02/03/16)
Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog, saw his shadow Tuesday. Legend has it that the groundhog's prediction means an early spring. There is absolutely no doubt that folks in this part of the woods are anxious to get out of winter and into some weather that gets them thinking about gardening, fishing or just getting out of the house into pleasant weather, some of which has been around during the cold weather season...