Bob Mitchell: Attractions of days past in Cassville
Years ago there were a couple of businesses in Cassville that were of particular interest to visitors that always amused the locals. They both presented an opportunity for big city youngsters to visit the town's square by themselves, and browse up and down the aisles of the two businesses...
Kyle Troutman: A change of pace in Cassville
When I first moved to Cassville, I wasn't sure what to expect. The oldest of six children in my family and always surrounded by close friends, moving four hours away from all that was a challenge. I was getting out of Arkansas, but I was doing it alone...
Bob Mitchell: Dog days of summers past
Triple-digit temperatures experienced recently are nothing new in this area. They can easily be around for several days during the dog days of summer. Today's answer to these sweltering times is obviously air conditioning, as far as residences or businesses are concerned. Replacing such cooling sources of the past such as fans and water coolers, modern answers to hot weather has also included water parks which are a far cry of the swimming facilities of the past...
Bob Mitchell: A good, busy week with the great-grands
This past week has been an experience of a lifetime for the Mitchell house in Chinquapin Woods, as the Grebenik family from Colorado Springs arrived for a weeklong visit. This was the first time for the six-member group to be with us here in the Ozarks. If you don't think this was an experience of a lifetime, perhaps you should try it sometime...
Jacob Brower: Recognize those who make our community a great place to live
The nature of the news business is that bad news often takes precedent. After all, things happening the way they're supposed to happen makes for boring headlines, and failure to serve as the public's watchdog would be negligent. But that doesn't mean that we shouldn't take time to smell the roses and focus on the things that make our community great...
Mitchell: The cost of independence
Two days from now, Americans will be observing one of the most important events of their history. Topped possibly by Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving, we have so much to be grateful for on this date that it's likely we don't give the freedoms and way of life those patriots back centuries ago who provided their sacrifices the true respect due them...
Mitchell: Rowdy Saturday nights of old in Cassville
These days, Saturday night is nothing special in Cassville, not like it once was about 70 or so years ago when the town, at least parts of the square, were hopping with activities. Of particular interest was the south side of the square. That was where the Cassville Democrat published for decades after the fire of 1893 destroyed the west side of the public square and the upstairs location of the newspaper. ...
Mitchell: Roaring River needs better upkeep
My latest trip to Roaring River State Park produced an overview that would not be a personal preference for the appearance at Missouri's No. 1 park. Probably harking back to the days of superintendents Don Reid and Lige Frost when the weeds were clipped and the stream was kept clear of debris, this trip produced high weeds in some parts, small trees in the stream and limbs caught on the baffles...
Cassville community failing in caring for animals
Dear Editor: Mahatma Ghandi said, "The greatness of a society and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals." This being said, we are failing here in our community and county. We have uncared-for animals running loose in Cassville, and countless dogs and cats are dropped off in rural areas by uncaring people. Unwanted puppies and kittens are given away in the Walmart parking lot with no thought as to their futures. Some are just left there...