Jo Nell Corn: Speak your mind on Mark Twain National Forest
Dear editor I have heard the phrase, "Speak now or forever hold your peace," at weddings, but I am realizing now this also applies to the Butler Hollow Project, involving 18,000-plus acres of the Mark Twain National Forest. The notification letter states only those who submit timely, specific written comments during this 30-day period, which ends Dec. 22, will be eligible to file an objection in the future...
Bob Mitchell: 'Deck the halls' history in Cassville
Like the songs advocate, now is the time for decorating whatever amount you intend to do for the Christmas holiday. If you want to make any observance on the season for your home or business, remember it is almost time to acknowledge the birth of Jesus Christ...
During a four-year hitch in Uncle Sam's Navy, it was my luck to be one of those sailors who was home for two of those holidays. First, there was the 1949 holiday when the trip from Key West, Fla., provided some interesting events on the return to the duty station...
Kyle Troutman: Pass the peas and thanks
This week, when we all sit down at the dinner table with family and friends -- hopefully with a big bird and enough peas and potatoes to put us in food comas -- we should take a minute to give thanks for what we have. While I'm not a billionaire with a supermodel wife and a beachside house in the Bahamas (well, not yet anyway), I can think of plenty of things for which to be thankful...
Bob Mitchell: A pilgrim spoof
What would have happened in the New World, and subsequently Thanksgiving, if the Native Americans that the newcomers found on our shores, had not been friendly? Under the circumstances and hardships, those seeking a new life free of oppression would have been in more trouble than they encountered that first winter...
Bob Mitchell: Catching up with an ardent reader
It had been some time since we had been to the Cassville Senior Center for lunch, until a couple of weeks ago when we went next door south of the one-time Pet Milk Plant to enjoy some of their cooking. There at the same table where we were seated was one of my favorite readers. She always identifies herself as a long-time reader...
There won't be any parades in Cassville to mark the occasion, but Tuesday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day. While not important to some, to approximately 3,000 Barry Countians who have served in the Armed Forces of this country, this will possibly bring back memories -- some good, some bad...
Kyle Troutman: Mental health care resources lacking in Barry County
My mother is my hero for multiple reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is how she has handled -- and continues to handle -- challenges with her children that many moms have never had to deal with. From her first-born (me) popping out with only one hand, to her last-born, my little sister Zoe, being diagnosed with atypical autism (pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified), which falls in the middle of the autism spectrum, my mother amazes me with her compassion, care and love -- not to mention her unbelievable patience.. ...
Bob Mitchell: Old friends and neighbors revisited
Ever have anyone that you enjoyed being associated with suddenly pass out of sight, as far as eyeball contact is concerned? That happened over several months for me, although their location was known for these former neighbors and persons of interest over a period of years. We were across-the-street neighbors for a period of years for Steve and Sue Crain while he was a member of the Missouri Water Patrol and she taught at the Cassville Elementary School...
Breast cancer fighter: 'God was with us every step'
Growing up as a female, you hear the words breast cancer often. You see it on billboards, the television, the radio and even the ongoing awareness information during the entire month of October. There are campaigns to raise money for awareness and to celebrate survivors. The information is everywhere around us...