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Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016
Bob Mitchell: Day still lives on in infamy (11/30/16)
Next Wednesday, Dec. 7, will always be a Day in Infamy, so proclaimed by the late Franklin Roosevelt in 1941 when he asked Congress to declare war on Japan after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Even though that was 75 years ago, in many minds today, that declaration remains deeply embedded in the minds of many generations...
Bob Mitchell: Thanksgiving from a wood-burning stove (11/23/16)
There might never again be a Thanksgiving dinner prepared entirely on a wood-burning, Home Comfort stove like the one that stood for generations in the kitchen of the Ray house at Ninth and Townsend in Cassville. More than likely, if one were to appear somewhere again, it's doubtful those operating it would be as proficient as Aunt Missie, Aunt Bland and my mother...
Bob Mitchell: An argument about True Ozarkers (11/16/16)
Back some 35 years ago, a friend of mine, Frank Farmer, was editor of the editorial page of the Springfield Daily News, the morning issue that no longer exists, putting us in dispute about True Ozarkers. On a hot July day in 1981, here was his reply to the Cassville Democrat's stand:...
Bob Mitchell: Honor our local veterans (11/09/16)
This Friday is Veterans Day, which was once known by Armistice Day, which designated the end of World War II. In later years, after other conflicts and wars, Congress saw fit to change the name of this observance. Veterans Day can be more than enjoying a holiday, a fishing trip, an outing camping or just eating too much. ...
Bob Mitchell: Democrats in county offices (11/02/16)
Given the one-party political make-up of Barry County, some might not believe there have been some long-term office holders who were elected under the emblem of the Donkey. Not many, it must be admitted, but those who have held office in the courthouse have done so admirably and some long-term as a result of their abilities...
Bob Mitchell: They're all good. Try some. (10/26/16)
This time of the year, seasonal Ozarks produce is becoming available, of which some of our newcomers may not be aware. Some of the older heads might have forgotten. Each and every one of them can be a real treat in their own way, providing some of them are handled correctly...
Ron Anderson: Cassville resident wants Congressional term limits (10/26/16)
Dear Editor, On Tuesday, Nov. 8, we Americans vote in a national election of importance to our children and grandchildren. Here is a message for all 2016 concerned voters and all Democrats and Republicans in Washington, D.C., and all the wannabes. I quote Grandpa Gust, "You cannot get the water to clear up until you get the pigs out of the creek," an old West Virginnie hillbilly saying by my great-grandfather, August A. Anderson...
Bob Mitchell: Local events of years past (10/19/16)
Fall was once the signal for many events to be scheduled in this area. The coming of cooler weather enhanced a couple of them because there were dogs involved and in most instances, the ticks and chiggers were in fewer numbers. One of these was the Barry County Coon Hunter's Association gathering for a couple of days at the Earl Sparkman place down Flat Creek from Cassville. ...
Bob Mitchell: 7 original members return to show (10/12/16)
When the 24th consecutive The Show hits the Cassville stage this year, it will mark 24 years that seven members of the band have been with the local entertainment group. Their performance this year will highlight a busy mid-October for the Cassville Chamber of Commerce...
Bob Mitchell: Local events of years past (10/05/16)
It would be interesting to know how many readers will remember some of the activities of years past. Some factors that contributed to the demise of some activities were out of the hands of those involved for the most part, but some went out of style due to a lack of interest...
Bob Mitchell: What we once accomplished (09/28/16)
With autumn here, the question of what is in front of us in relation to weather and activities are on the minds of a lot of people, including this writer. This question set in motion thoughts concerning what once went on in Cassville and what has passed out of the scene in today's world. Most of you would be surprised how many events and happenings once took place in this small town of ours...
Bob Mitchell: Who showed movies here? (09/21/16)
Thinking about movies in Cassville brought to mind those who were in the projection rooms of the theaters during the eras of the Ozark and Hall theaters in town. Folks came from far and wide to enjoy the entertainment, and they always appreciated no film break interruptions, which required an experienced operator overhead to make this happen...
Dana Kammerlohr: Officers appreciated for work (09/21/16)
We live in amazing area in Missouri. In the last few weeks the Cassville Police Department has experienced an outpouring of support to our officers and I know other departments have experienced the same. Our officers have received encouragement by words, cards, items given to each officer and department wide; this has been from individuals, churches and business. ...
Ron Anderson: Mental failures of both presidential candidates (09/21/16)
Dear Editor, In less than 60 days, Americans will experience the most unusual, or rather absurd, presidential election in our history. It is not the election itself that is out of the normal, but the mental failure of the two candidates. The U.S. Congress, made up of Representatives and Senators, has for 50 years been my object of study regarding the social and inner psyche of Congressional members' thinking...
Bob Mitchell: Cassville shakes, rattles and roars (09/14/16)
Pre-Labor Day excitement arrived in Cassville at 7:02 a.m. Saturday with tremors from an earthquake originating in Pawnee, Okla. It was the first in recent years to so react in Barry County communities. Rated at 5.6 on the Richter scale, the quake was rated the most severe in Oklahoma history. ...
Bob Mitchell: Fall equinox is almost upon us (09/07/16)
Hopefully, everyone got through the Labor Day weekend without incident, and some of you might have witnessed evidence that fall is almost upon us. Those signs will be welcome by some, and not by others. We're in September, and there is no getting around that. ...