Kyle Troutman: Mental health care resources lacking in Barry County
My mother is my hero for multiple reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is how she has handled -- and continues to handle -- challenges with her children that many moms have never had to deal with. From her first-born (me) popping out with only one hand, to her last-born, my little sister Zoe, being diagnosed with atypical autism (pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified), which falls in the middle of the autism spectrum, my mother amazes me with her compassion, care and love -- not to mention her unbelievable patience.. ...
Bob Mitchell: Old friends and neighbors revisited
Ever have anyone that you enjoyed being associated with suddenly pass out of sight, as far as eyeball contact is concerned? That happened over several months for me, although their location was known for these former neighbors and persons of interest over a period of years. We were across-the-street neighbors for a period of years for Steve and Sue Crain while he was a member of the Missouri Water Patrol and she taught at the Cassville Elementary School...
Breast cancer fighter: 'God was with us every step'
Growing up as a female, you hear the words breast cancer often. You see it on billboards, the television, the radio and even the ongoing awareness information during the entire month of October. There are campaigns to raise money for awareness and to celebrate survivors. The information is everywhere around us...
Bob Mitchell: Attractions of days past in Cassville
Years ago there were a couple of businesses in Cassville that were of particular interest to visitors that always amused the locals. They both presented an opportunity for big city youngsters to visit the town's square by themselves, and browse up and down the aisles of the two businesses...
Kyle Troutman: A change of pace in Cassville
When I first moved to Cassville, I wasn't sure what to expect. The oldest of six children in my family and always surrounded by close friends, moving four hours away from all that was a challenge. I was getting out of Arkansas, but I was doing it alone...
Bob Mitchell: Dog days of summers past
Triple-digit temperatures experienced recently are nothing new in this area. They can easily be around for several days during the dog days of summer. Today's answer to these sweltering times is obviously air conditioning, as far as residences or businesses are concerned. Replacing such cooling sources of the past such as fans and water coolers, modern answers to hot weather has also included water parks which are a far cry of the swimming facilities of the past...
Bob Mitchell: A good, busy week with the great-grands
This past week has been an experience of a lifetime for the Mitchell house in Chinquapin Woods, as the Grebenik family from Colorado Springs arrived for a weeklong visit. This was the first time for the six-member group to be with us here in the Ozarks. If you don't think this was an experience of a lifetime, perhaps you should try it sometime...
Jacob Brower: Recognize those who make our community a great place to live
The nature of the news business is that bad news often takes precedent. After all, things happening the way they're supposed to happen makes for boring headlines, and failure to serve as the public's watchdog would be negligent. But that doesn't mean that we shouldn't take time to smell the roses and focus on the things that make our community great...