Bob Mitchell: Family at the White House
Technicians have provided us information and equipment that we can enjoy, providing you can operate it correctly, by keeping in contact from long distance. That same technical advance makes it possible to have pictorial contact with family who might reside many miles away...
Bob Mitchell: Winter is still hanging on
The first day of spring is past, Good Friday services were at Corinth, Easter was last Sunday, Easter lilies are in full bloom and yet there are freezing temperatures still threatening in the Barry County Ozarks. It makes me think this might be a weather prediction like one 34 years ago. ...
Bob Mitchell: Young minds of today
Many of you have experienced having grandchildren visit, maybe even great-grandkids, but last week was our first since last summer with one 7-year-old. Talon Mitchell of Colorado Springs included our abode as part of his spring break, bringing his parents along...
Bob Mitchell: Ray Correll, an overlooked Cassville personality
Driving around the City of Seven Valleys recently -- a frequent hobby of mine -- I noticed there were some streets named after individuals who had served Cassville in one capacity or another. Whether they were all justified is left to others to decided...
Bob Mitchell: Off the spike
Before this last snow, there was some moisture in the area, according to Allen Sparks' gauge -- a freeze-proof type. It measured two inches from the snow and rains that have come through the area. Recent snows haven't been anything like they were back "in the good old days" when the Seventh Street West, or Old School House Hill was roped-off from traffic, and sledding was the recreation of the day. ...
Bob Mitchell: Earlier generations more hardy
Trout season opened last week in an event that was once long awaited for. A late concessionaire, Norman O. Chaney, had his own name for the park: Beautiful Roaring River State Park. Opening Day attracted one of the lowest numbers of fishermen in recent years under a situation of weather not being all that much of a problem. ...
Bob Mitchell: Search for warmth leads to cold beach
Continuing on with our attempt to find some warm weather during February, we instead found a cold Gulf of Mexico, just across Highway 90 from our townhouse in Long Beach, Miss. The afternoons weren't all that bad, but the weather didn't permit short sleeves, except for one afternoon during the month-long stay...
Bob Mitchell: Don't miss opening day
Whether you are a native, longtime resident or newcomer, make it a point to get up early next Sunday and be one of those stream-side in Roaring River Hollow for the 2015 opening of Rainbow Trout Season. There will be plenty of time after the opening excitement of the event for you to go back home and change out of the layers of clothing required by the normally cold conditions to your church attire...
Who is going to feed us?
What started as a jaunt to find warm weather the first week in January, ended up as a question of: "Who is going to feed us in the future?" Bringing this subject to the forefront were conversations with the folks further south who were responsible in years past for providing the produce that many folks in these parts had grown accustomed to enjoying...
Politicians and the press
In these days of politicians and their cronies grabbing a large share of news coverage in this country, I will never forget there were two politicians who I have always admired. One was the late Missouri Secretary of State Jim Kirkpatrick, the other was the late President Harry S. Truman...
Bob Mitchell: Sports shows
It's that time of year when Sports, Boat and Travel Show arrangements are being completed by those resorts and related businesses around the country. The goal is to whet the appetites of people who participate in leisure activities a little earlier and perhaps sign them up for early reservations and purchases...
Bob Mitchell: More winter?
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...