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Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015
Bob Mitchell: More winter? (01/28/15)
Along with the arrival of February, next week will be a weather indicator for the region when Groundhog Day rolls around. The rodent that is sometimes the ruination of crop fields will tell us whether there will be six more weeks of winter after Feb. 1. If the Barry County species sees its shadow, that will find us headed for six more weeks of winter before we can expect spring-like temperatures...
Bob Mitchell: Remembering Sport, the bird dog (01/14/15)
About 75 years ago, there was a brown and white Pointer bird dog named Sport, who was both a pet and an adequate hunting dog. More important, he was a constant companion of a boy that lived on the edge of town and spent most of his time in the outdoors. The two had a life that was not to be equaled in either of their minds...
Bob Mitchell: Cassville could use a good shot of innovation (01/07/15)
This being a brand new year for Cassville, it has so far been a complete success by getting this column named in the correct year, on the first try. The year 2015 will bring new projects for most of us. In the past, there were projects for various individuals, clubs and organizations, which very few paid any attention to. Consequently, a lot of good things went undone, were never attempted, or just flat out flunked...
Bob Mitchell: Time to wake up, Cassville (12/31/14)
What could be the most important project for Cassville in the New Year is possibly the revitalization of the Industrial Development Corp. (IDC). For the last decade or so, there has been no progress toward industrial economic development. The fact exists that manufacturing payroll numbers have declined...
Kyle Troutman: Hanging our stockings in hopes of economic prosperity (12/24/14)
As our stockings are hung by the chimney with care, it is our hope that an even stronger economy may soon be there. Steadily improving over the last few years, economic recovery seems just within sight. The first place to find a positive economic sign is in the Barry County unemployment rate, which peaked at 9.4 percent in January 2010. That number has dipped to 4.1 percent in October, the lowest since December 2006, according to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics...
Bob Mitchell: Yep, Suzie, there sure is a Santa Claus (12/24/14)
Christmas is a lot of things to a lot of people. The true meaning of the holiday is often lost in merchandising and profits. But, the true meaning of the season was put to a full meaning years ago in a New York newspaper which told a response to a letter from a little girl named Virginia...
Jo Nell Corn: Speak your mind on Mark Twain National Forest (12/17/14)
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 (12/17/14)
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...
Ozarks Viewpoints (12/10/14)
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 (11/26/14)
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 (11/26/14)
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 (11/12/14)
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...
Ozarks Viewpoints (11/05/14)
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...