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Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016
Bob Mitchell: What we once accomplished (09/28/16)
With autumn here, the question of what is in front of us in relation to weather and activities are on the minds of a lot of people, including this writer. This question set in motion thoughts concerning what once went on in Cassville and what has passed out of the scene in today's world. Most of you would be surprised how many events and happenings once took place in this small town of ours...
Bob Mitchell: Who showed movies here? (09/21/16)
Thinking about movies in Cassville brought to mind those who were in the projection rooms of the theaters during the eras of the Ozark and Hall theaters in town. Folks came from far and wide to enjoy the entertainment, and they always appreciated no film break interruptions, which required an experienced operator overhead to make this happen...
Dana Kammerlohr: Officers appreciated for work (09/21/16)
We live in amazing area in Missouri. In the last few weeks the Cassville Police Department has experienced an outpouring of support to our officers and I know other departments have experienced the same. Our officers have received encouragement by words, cards, items given to each officer and department wide; this has been from individuals, churches and business. ...
Ron Anderson: Mental failures of both presidential candidates (09/21/16)
Dear Editor, In less than 60 days, Americans will experience the most unusual, or rather absurd, presidential election in our history. It is not the election itself that is out of the normal, but the mental failure of the two candidates. The U.S. Congress, made up of Representatives and Senators, has for 50 years been my object of study regarding the social and inner psyche of Congressional members' thinking...
Bob Mitchell: Cassville shakes, rattles and roars (09/14/16)
Pre-Labor Day excitement arrived in Cassville at 7:02 a.m. Saturday with tremors from an earthquake originating in Pawnee, Okla. It was the first in recent years to so react in Barry County communities. Rated at 5.6 on the Richter scale, the quake was rated the most severe in Oklahoma history. ...
Bob Mitchell: Fall equinox is almost upon us (09/07/16)
Hopefully, everyone got through the Labor Day weekend without incident, and some of you might have witnessed evidence that fall is almost upon us. Those signs will be welcome by some, and not by others. We're in September, and there is no getting around that. ...
Bob Mitchell: The rest of the golf story (08/31/16)
For those who might think Cassville woke up one morning the discovered a Grass Green Golf Course south of town on Highway 112, they might have caught on last week that there were obstacles thrown in the path of the progress. In addition to the lost option on land problem, directors and those interested in the possibility of switching from sand to grass greens at a new location faced a local problem regarding the membership declarations required by the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA)...
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...