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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...
Bob Mitchell: Local missing persons are still missing (01/27/16)
Barry County has had its share of involvement with missing persons over the years, none of which has been solved, according to sheriff Mick Epperly. In each of the instances, pieces of information still filter to some of those involved and authorities have been involved in some of these contacts...
Bob Mitchell: 2016 brings good news for city, county (01/20/16)
There is good news for Cassville for the New Year, as a deal consummated by three major companies includes a vacant manufacturing plant here. The former Alvey and Thorco plant on Sale Barn Road is part of a 2 million-square-foot, seven-property portfolio purchased from a large global manufacturing firm. Properties are located in Missouri and Arkansas, formerly owned by the Marmon Company...
Bob Mitchell: Washdays are different now (01/13/16)
Walk into the laundry room of a modern-day home, and it is entirely different from when I was growing up at the Ray house at Ninth and West in Cassville. Today, there are modern conveniences that basically require transferring items from one machine to another. That's not to mean the process isn't complicated or a chore at times, but doing laundry these days is altogether different than it was in the middle 1930s...
Bob Mitchell: Tips for a good New Year (01/06/16)
To kick off 2016, how about a difference of opinion about the coming sidewalk program instituted by MoDOT that will remove the historical name sidewalks on the Cassville R-4 campus? There are a number of projects that could be well served with the funds, regardless of from where the directive came to destroy the existing walkways containing names of hundreds of grads...
Bob Mitchell: Here comes another year (12/30/15)
Ready or not, we'll drop into 2016 this week, come what may. There are many unknowns that will fall before us during the next 12 months. Hopefully, there are some that occurred during the previous year that won't be happening again. But, there is one thing for sure: Average Americans doesn't have to dwell extensively on those undesirable events in their past, especially in this neck of the woods. ...
Kyle Troutman: Sidewalk situation is not so simple (12/23/15)
For the past 18 months, and ramping up in the past couple weeks, the Cassville school district has been dealing with an issue seemingly outside of the realm of education -- sidewalks. The issue began for the district a year-and-a-half ago, when it put together a committee to study and deal with the impending Missouri Department of Transportation sidewalk project, where the department has been tasked by the U.S. ...
Tom Thomas: What Christmas means to me (12/23/15)
I love Christmas time. As a child, I used to love to wake up and run to the tree to see what Santa had brought. After the gifts were opened, we would all gather at the table for a great Christmas meal. We would eat, share, talk and laugh. We had many great times at the table. ...
Bob Mitchell: 'Twas the week before Christmas... (12/16/15)
'Twas the week before Christmas and throughout Barry County, there is great preparation and anticipation of the big day observing the birth of Jesus. Regardless the year, be it 1,845 years before Cassville was to become the City of Seven Valleys, to 2015, porch lights or lanterns can be seen burning in hopes that late-arriving packages might be delivered...
Bob Mitchell: Picking out the perfect tree (12/09/15)
It wasn't many years ago, perhaps 50 or so, that this time of the year signaled time to head to the woods and find a suitable cedar tree that would be the family Christmas tree. Not just any tree would do, it had to conform to the wish of a little girl in the crowd who usually got the last word in the selection process...
Bob Mitchell: Major dates to remember in December (12/02/15)
Here we are in the second day of 2015's final month, with many notes one needs to stay on top of what is happening in the community in the next few weeks. First, there is the Cassville Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. Saturday. This annual event is the second nighttime parade in the region, Branson being the first, dating long before the night-time march down Main Street Cassville in 1979...
Jacob Brower: Shop locally this holiday season (11/25/15)
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year. Some of my fondest memories involve the smell of turkey and pumpkin pie, the sounds of my loved ones' laughter, and the excitement of gridiron battles on TV. Once the wonderful tryptophan-induced haze wears off, it will be time to think about buying the perfect gifts for the people on your Christmas list. While tradition may compel you to jump in your car and head to the mall, we urge you to shop locally this holiday season...
Bob Mitchell: Thanksgiving, then and now (11/25/15)
It's been 394 years since the first Thanksgiving back in 1621, when the Pilgrims had a hard winter, suffered a number of problems, and were not having bountiful prospects for a celebration. But, out of the surrounding woods came the Native American Indians, which the new arrivals from England had put off their property, who came back bearing all the food items needed for the intended banquet...
Mitchell Beeson: Where has the patriotism gone in America? (11/21/15)
Dear Editor: Attending a Veterans Day celebration, I thought about my five brothers in World War II. Three of them were in combat, and I, too, am a veteran, but not a combat veteran, and there is a world of difference. My heroes are combat veterans, and my superheroes are people like Johnny Graves of Cassville and Monty Harper of Palmdale, Calif., who gave the supreme sacrifice for our freedom...
Bob Mitchell: 'Follow me' (11/18/15)
Back in the days of being involved with Troop 76 of the Cassville Boy Scouts, "Follow Me" was the slogan of the movement that was one of the most outstanding in the Ozarks Region. Time after time, the charges of Scoutmaster Charles Vaughan and a stalwart group of assistants proved their superior knowledge of Boy Scout skills in various competitions...