Bob Mitchell: Book brings back memories
Memories can come at you many ways, especially when you have been newspapering 62 years. You can have your own recollections of what happened in the past, and then a publication comes to your attention that will rattle up some memories of times that have passed...
Bob Mitchell: Happy 25th birthday, GPS
Last month, the US Air Force and Air Force Space Command celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Global Positioning System (GPS) becoming operational. The Air Force celebrated this with fireworks from Cape Canaveral in late July by sending another new GPS satellite into orbit to continue refreshing the aging fleet of spacecraft, almost all of which have exceeded their design lifetimes with 10-plus years in orbit...
Bob Mitchell: The dog days of summer
Here we are smack-dab in the middle of the dog days of summer -- a time years ago that such things as swimming in Flat Creek were discouraged. That was in the era of Polio being the dreaded disease that it was. Come to think of it, not in my memory was there ever a case of Polio connected with the waters of Flat Creek...
Bob Mitchell: Important historic dates
Between the span of eight years, 70 years ago, there were three points of history that ranked in the foremost of America's existence. They all involved a time of conflict during the Korean War and World War II. The people of the latter time have been labeled the Greatest Generation...
Bob Mitchell: Second round of flooding
Post-flood comments were a little out of line, since there was no idea that a second round of rain would result in more flooding. Neither was it determined that water would hit the City of Seven Valleys from the west. That second round of flooding, although not as severe or resulting from extra heavy rainfall, was enough to push Flat Creek and Horner Branch out of their banks a second time, causing additional damage in south town...
Bob Mitchell: Riding the saplings with Ma Fields
Young people these days don't realize how much enjoyment they might have out in a field full of saplings. Riding them was once a few hours of enjoyment for young people, as an individual or in a group. This experience first came to me during my tenure in the Cub Scouts with Cubmaster Ma (Mrs. F.O.) Fields. She had one thing going for her in this position -- she was a stern teacher who didn't intend for her charges not to learn something from their experiences...
Bob Mitchell: 'Toad strangler' hits Cassville
Perhaps using the term "toad strangler" in reference to recent rainfalls wasn't out of line, since last week truly brought that type rainfall to the Cassville area -- so much so that the south part of town was flooded to an extent not experienced in years...
Bob Mitchell: A flock of grandchildren
Those who haven't experienced a flock of grandchildren visiting for about a week just haven't lived a full life. We were honored last week by having six great-grandchildren and five adults arrive in Chinquapin Woods almost in one fell swoop. They came from Creve Coir, Md.; Colorado Springs, Colo., and Overland Park, Kan., using their vacation and Navy leave time to enjoy the Barry County Ozarks. ...
Bob Mitchell: America's Founders lost their shirts
Independence Day this Saturday will be observed with the usual round of activities this generation seems to enjoy. Little observation with the holiday has anything to do with the framers of our Constitution and the hardships they endured with our separating from England's rule...
Bob Mitchell: Appliance Capital of the Ozarks
Cassville could well have claimed the title of Appliance Capital of the Ozarks at one time back in the late 1940s, when Barry Electric Cooperative began extending power lines into the rural communities of their area. It was in 1948 when the building of lines really got going and there were a couple of businesses that saw the opportunities that appliance businesses might have -- both immediately and long term...
Bob Mitchell: Memories of my dad as Father's Day approaches
With Father's Day coming Sunday, I remembered some of the things my dad and I did and some of the things we didn't do. One of the most memorable outings was always -- without fail -- on my birthday, July 15. In those days long ago, this was opening day for catfish on the White, James and Kings rivers. My dad always preferred White River for pursuing those whiskered ones...
Bob Mitchell: 20 years since Cassville Democrat sale
Everyone knows time flies in their later years. Perhaps that's why the last 20 have been so swift. It was 20 years ago this month that Sue and I sold the Cassville Democrat, ending 123 years of ownership by the Ray family. The paper was acquired in October 1872 after the Civil War by Dr. John Ray and continued in the Ray family until 1995...