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Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016
Bob Mitchell: Football coming home to Cassville (08/24/16)
Football will be in the air in Cassville Friday night, as the Wildcats play their home opener. It will be a special recognition night for those who wore the Black and Gold 46-50 years ago as they will be recognized in pre-game activities and receive a replica football jersey with their old number on it. They will also be recognized in the program with the position played indicated...
Bob Mitchell: Golf course story needs to be told (08/17/16)
I got a wake-up call at this year's Hillbilly Golf Tournament, when the event awarded a 50th anniversary recognition plaque to the Cassville Golf Course on the anniversary of the course. At the end of the presentation, I realized I was the lone living member of the original board of directors. However, that's not the focus of this column, but to add a bit of nostalgia to what really happened in the initial phases of the project...
Bob Mitchell: Experiences with great-grandkids continue (08/10/16)
If you have never experienced hosting six great-grandkids and their families over a two-week period, you have missed a real experience in life. These youngsters were from just under 2 years of age up to 12. They were from not ready for any schooling to having reached junior high school. They were evenly divided, three girls and three boys...
Murray Bishoff: Monett continues down its path to political irrelevance (08/10/16)
Primary elections promote interest in voting. Primaries help parties define who they are and rally people to their cause. The volume of interest will vary with the candidates, but the actual exercise of choosing between candidates stimulates interest...
Bob Mitchell: Cassville High School sidewalk nostalgia (08/03/16)
Machinery hummed on north Main Street this week as a piece of Cassville's history went down the tubes due to a new opinion of life in the community and state. Gone are the named sidewalks of Cassville High School graduates over a period of years -- destroyed due to a pitiful lawsuit that will result in the State of Missouri virtually wasting a big chunk of money in replacing sidewalks along Main Street...
Murray Bishoff: Lessons from the 1972 election (08/03/16)
Reviewing the 1972 race for sheriff in Barry County offered a few insights into why we're not likely to see 25 people run for county sheriff again any time soon. In his runs for state office, Jack Goodman, the current presiding judge for the 39th Judicial Circuit, showed the advantage of campaigning your colleagues not to run. ...
Bob Mitchell: Cassville Democrat's role in local elections (07/27/16)
In just six days, we will know the Republican nominee for Barry County sheriff, as well as who will become the next public administrator. There will be one significant historical mark for this year's voting. Not since 1972 have there been more candidates running for sheriff. ...
Bob Mitchell: Times, they have changed (07/20/16)
Nearly a song title, this statement couldn't be more true, in the way cattle are moved these days compared to yesteryear. The cattle trailers of today are as long as a house and some of them can take up five or six parking spaces at McDonald's, or any other parking lot as far as that is concerned. These haulers even require something extra in the vehicle towing them where an ordinary pickup couldn't muster enough horsepower to make them go...
Analysis: What the poll results mean (07/13/16)
Knowing the numbers is one thing. Knowing what they mean is another. Here are the five major things we should take away from the polling results in today's edition: 1. These races are close. Real close. Former highway patrolman Travis Hilburn has a slight lead outside the margin of error in the Barry County sheriff's race. ...
Bob Mitchell: Cassville's electric service (07/13/16)
This area, Cassville included, could have missed the boat when it came to electrical power through Rural Electrical Administration (REA) advantages due to a controversy involving the service 69 years ago. The city of Cassville, and a short outreach into neighboring areas, was once served by Missouri Southern Public Service Co. (MSPSC), owned by a Kentucky holding company...
Bob Mitchell: K.C. Star article touches on Cassville's past (07/06/16)
A recent article in the Kansas City Star, without mentioning it, touched Cassville's past in a big way. Reaching back to the 1950s, the column wrote about Ben Craig, who happens to be the first paid manager of the Cassville Chamber of Commerce. How Craig happened to come here and what happened after he came could evolve into one of the best success stories of the Midwest...
Dr. Luis Contreras: Area resident calls for action on Butler Hollow (07/02/16)
Dear Editor: The future of Butler Hollow has not been decided. July 8 is the deadline to send opposing comments to USFS. They plan prescribed fires on 3,600 acres every three years with no end in sight. This is Phase One of an 18,000-acre fire restoration project, a joint venture with The Nature Conservancy and the National Wild Turkey Federation...
Murray Bishoff: Cassville is the benefactor of Monett's political apathy (06/29/16)
It's a long way between Monett and Cassville, a distance that seems to vary depending on the topic. When it comes to politics, the precipice between the two cities hangs mighty wide. Some relationships are so sensible that mutual benefit spans the gap. Take the partnership between the Cassville, Shell Knob and Monett Chambers of Commerce over tourism. Everybody benefits from more sales tax that comes from more traffic to the area...
Bob Mitchell: Our freedoms are threatened (06/29/16)
Perhaps Monday, July 4, Independence Day, will be a good time to reflect not only how fortunate we are to live in this nation of freedoms, but additionally, what we are going to do to continue what we have enjoyed for so many years. Recent incidents, including the one in Orlando, Fla., should make it clear to any thinking person that this type of incident and killings of groups or individuals must cease. ...
Bob Mitchell: Where are the boys on Flat Creek? (06/22/16)
Maybe I'm just not in the right place at the right time to see them, but boys fishing on Flat Creek seem to be absent from what they were in days gone past. Perhaps there is another factor to consider -- there might not be the good fishing holes to fish that once existed on Flat Creek...
Bob Mitchell: Hungry Hollow Bridge problem (06/15/16)
Even after the disaster of a Cassville 8-year-old boy losing his life at the scene just recently, problems still exist on the Hungry Hollow Bridge over Flat Creek just north of Cassville. The crossing, once the subject of replacement, has been a source of difficulties for residents of the area who use the crossing to reach their property...
Bob Mitchell: Whatever happened to Cassville? (06/08/16)
On PBS recently was a final concert by a favorite group of mine, The Statler Brothers, who have been around about as long as I have. One of their favorite songs, "'Whatever Happened To Randolph Scott?" is also one of mine. During their presentation of this particular number, came this realization: "Whatever happened to Cassville's past activities and organizations?" For those who don't know, it might be well to wonder what might be going on in our community...
Bob Mitchell: June's busting out all over (06/01/16)
This is the first day of the sixth month of the year, and as the old song once proclaimed, "June is busting out all over." According to the Farmers Almanac, the first part of the month is an ideal time to plant tomatoes. This would more than likely preclude the possibility of having a crop by July 4, but that's what the book says. Why argue with tradition?...