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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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. ...
Bob Mitchell: Memories of surveying (04/27/16)
It took the Barry Electric Cooperative's 70th annual meeting to shake loose some memories and lessons learned while surveying for future line construction before my 18th birthday. In 1946, when I was just about to enter my senior year in high school, a job opportunity came up. ...
Kyle Troutman: Civil and reasoned debate needed in Cassville dog issue (04/20/16)
In certain instances, an unfortunate incident can open up people's eyes to a problem that has been staring them the face for years, leading to a call to action. This was the case for Cassville resident Tracy Youngblood recently, whose chihuahua, Molly, was severely injured in an unprovoked attacked by a pit bull owned by the family of Cindy Carr, Cassville councilwoman. ...
Bob Mitchell: Keep Daylight Saving Time (04/20/16)
It's completely out of reach why the Missouri Legislature, beginning in the House, is so determined to get rid of Daylight Saving Time. Don't the House members have more important things to consider for the state than dropping something that actually helps this part of the state?...
Julie Youngblood: Cassville resident's sister supports dog leash law (04/20/16)
Dear Editor: I read the article concerning the city council meeting where my sister, Tracy Youngblood, addressed the need for leash laws in Cassville. Tracy spoke of the pit bull attack that led to the death of her little dog, Molly, and then attacked our sister, Shelley...
Majority should rule in local elections, but often doesn't (04/13/16)
"The people have spoken," is a common phrase used once all the votes have been counted. But, too often, what the people have actually said is, "We wanted someone else." Missouri allows candidates to be elected to office and earn party nominations with a plurality of the vote -- no majority required...
Bob Mitchell: Fond memories with the boys (04/13/16)
It's always great to gather with family and review happenings over generations. Some of the sidelights are equally enjoyable, even though it takes the whole group to remember names or events that have occurred over the span of more than 60 years. Such was the event that was enjoyed at Roaring River Lodge last week, when three of the Pearl boys came into these parts on a journey to re-live some of their past...
Bob Mitchell: April is here, no fooling (04/06/16)
Another month is down the tubes. We've arrived at April, and this column just missed the opportunity for an April Fool's prank. Regardless of what's missed, the opportunities are wide for this month, with the old saying, "April showers bring May flowers." Other choices might make you think it's time to get into some warm-weather activities...