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Friday, July 29, 2016
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?...
Bob Mitchell: The days before it was Memorial Day (05/25/16)
Seventy-five or 80 years ago, there was considerable anxiety around the Ray House at Ninth and Townsend about this time of the year, as Decoration Day neared and there was much to do in preparation. Two of my mother's sisters, Missie Pearl and Bland Hawk had both been widowed at a fairly young age. Others in the family had passed in a household that believed in remembering family members who were no longer with us...
Bob Mitchell:This week is a good time for planting (05/18/16)
According to a long-time belief established by my late father-in-law, Kenneth Brown, any time this week is a safe time to plant. He was always an advocate of waiting until after Mother's Day to do his major gardening. For him, it was always somewhat of a large undertaking...
Bob Mitchell: Hey, Cassville: What are we waiting for? (05/11/16)
I'm not sure what the waiting is for. Is it because Cassville is just one of those communities slow to give recognition when achievement is realized? Or, is it just because people here don't fully understand what Janet Kavandi has achieved? Those who have any age on them might shake the cobwebs out and remember she is a daughter of the late Bill and Ruth Sellers of Cassville. ...
Bob Mitchell: Have you ever wrapped a May pole? (05/04/16)
This is the time of year in days long past that tradition called for the wrapping of the May Pole to observe the complete arrival of spring. The tradition wasn't very popular with most of the participating kids, especially the boys who were required to wear their Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes. ...