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...
Mitchell: The cost of independence
Two days from now, Americans will be observing one of the most important events of their history. Topped possibly by Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving, we have so much to be grateful for on this date that it's likely we don't give the freedoms and way of life those patriots back centuries ago who provided their sacrifices the true respect due them...
Mitchell: Rowdy Saturday nights of old in Cassville
These days, Saturday night is nothing special in Cassville, not like it once was about 70 or so years ago when the town, at least parts of the square, were hopping with activities. Of particular interest was the south side of the square. That was where the Cassville Democrat published for decades after the fire of 1893 destroyed the west side of the public square and the upstairs location of the newspaper. ...
Mitchell: Roaring River needs better upkeep
My latest trip to Roaring River State Park produced an overview that would not be a personal preference for the appearance at Missouri's No. 1 park. Probably harking back to the days of superintendents Don Reid and Lige Frost when the weeds were clipped and the stream was kept clear of debris, this trip produced high weeds in some parts, small trees in the stream and limbs caught on the baffles...
Cassville community failing in caring for animals
Dear Editor: Mahatma Ghandi said, "The greatness of a society and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals." This being said, we are failing here in our community and county. We have uncared-for animals running loose in Cassville, and countless dogs and cats are dropped off in rural areas by uncaring people. Unwanted puppies and kittens are given away in the Walmart parking lot with no thought as to their futures. Some are just left there...
A flag tale
Since this is just before Saturday's Flag Day, it seemed appropriate to tell a flag tale that involves the banner of the United States of America. The scene sets on the Amphibious Force Base in Coronado, Calif., back in the early 1950s. The event was presentation of a medal to a U.S. Marine that he had earned in the Korean War. Presentations were to be in the office of Brigadier General Chesty Puller...
Cassville gym had many names
Built in 1936 by Works Progress Administration workers, the limestone gymnasium on the Cassville R-4 campus has been known by many names. It was actually the first honest-to-goodness gymnasium for Cassville Schools. Prior to get the then-modern facility, basketball games were at the community building on the west side of the public square. ...
Bob Mitchell: Fishing in Cassville, Shell Knob
Flags were at half-mast (for you Navy types), even at the Barry County Courthouse two weeks ago, honoring the death of former Missouri Gov. Joe Teasdale. A friend of Cassville, he cornered a nickname during his run for the state's highest office by walking across Missouri during his campaign. ...
Mitchell: Landmarks going by the wayside
It had been some time since my route to Chinquapin Woods had included heading east on 13th Street, so it was a surprise when rounding the curve near the Old Reunion Grounds that a new roof appeared on the right side of the road. What was happening was a new home was going up on what in our family had always been called the Mitchell Spring Home. ...
Bob Mitchell: Almanac says storms are brewing
It's probably safe to say there were a lot of prayers answered this past week with the rain showers that visited the area. Generally, gauges put an inch and a few tenths on the ground before the rain departed this area. At the top of the list of those grateful people were those who were in their second and third plantings in their gardens after cold snaps visited the area in weeks past...
Mitchell: Spirits of southerners during spring break
On our spring break trip to what was supposed to be the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, we had a new experience when requesting directions. We had come into Jonesboro, Ark., from the south on U.S. 49 for the first time. Wanting to land at the Holiday Inn and being completely unfamiliar with this part of town, we stopped to get directions...