The Rock Wall

Posted November 13, 2014 at 10:53 am

As I got ready to go to the City Cemetery Tuesday for the VFW’s Veteran’s Day program, I almost decided not to put on my long handles and heavy sweatshirt thinking I wouldn’t be there long and it “won’t be that bad.” I had plenty of time so I dressed for the weather.

Boy, I was glad I did. The temperature was 32 ̊ and I have no idea about the wind chill. The flag Capt. Brian Collins was guarding stood straight out from the pole. The wind cut through me like a knife.

Made me think that our soldiers serve in conditions more brutal and can’t go warm up as soon as the ceremony is over.

- You might want to take a look at Larry Dablemont’s column on Page 8 before you

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    Saurday night, I had set all the clocks back an hour before Kimball and I went to bed and we were sound asleep when the phone rang. I looked at the clock on her dresser and saw that it was after midnight. I always hate to answer a late night call expecting the worst. It was.

    Davis told me that there was something going on and that an officer had been shot.

    He had some questions about news coverage I wasn’t awake enough to answer. I turned the

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    We go back to Central Standard Time Sunday morning at 2 a.m. or some such. I guess it would be O.K. to set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed. I had to stop a second and think: fall back, spring ahead.

    Or you can just stay up until 2 a.m. to change your clocks.

    They recommend that you change the batteries in your smoke detectors at that time.

    What do you know – I remembered the time change.

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    Wanna seine some fish legally? See the article in the Outdoors section.

    - Many of you remember my friend, Kenny Smith, a long time resident of Idaho who claimed Dec. 14 as his birthday two years before I did. He sent me an e-mail you might enjoy:

    • A couple drove down a country road for several miles, not saying a word. An earlier discussion had led to an argument and neither of them wanted to concede their position. As they passed a barnyard of mules, goats, and

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    Adrian and Cain were buying running shoes in Austin. At the checkout, the clerk asked where they were from. Adrian said Cain is from Lousiana and she is from Missouri.

    Where in Missouri?, the clerk asked. Southwest Missouri.

    Where in Southwest Missouri? A little town you’ve never heard of.

    The clerk persisted – What’s its name?.

    El Dorado Springs.

    He surprised her – I’m from Stockton.

    His name is Lucas Manring.

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    Invisible woman? I got the quote right but my source wrong in the Sept. 18. I said it was Judy Nichols who told me but Nancy Smith said it was her in the minutes of the Cedar County Historical Society who told me about the invisible man who married an invisible woman and their kids weren’t much to look at either.

    - Remember the great photo we published last week of Lance Molz making one of his trademarked runs? Well, I didn’t make the trip to Joplin for that.

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    Got a report from the U.S. Attorney on arrests of several individuals for a string of Craigslist robberies in KCMO. Mary tells me that she has heard reports of Craigslist robberies in Springfield.

    The scam worked both ways with the victims as sellers or as buyers.

    Sometimes the crook grabbed the item and ran, then accomplices appeared brandishing guns and robbed the victim(s). Two victims were shot multiple times.

    A few years ago the son of one of my Birmingham, AL, buddies pulled a

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    Yes, we ran the wrong photo of Martha Chambers Emergency Hospital last week. Someone gave us a postcard with the name on the house. For some reason, I don’t have a vivid memory of the house where I was born. After we published the paper, Kimball saw the front page photo and recognized it as Pete and Lilly Francis’ house. On Tuesday, Kimball took a photo of the real Martha Chambers Emergency Hospital structure. Hope she doesn’t decide that I’m not the real deal.

    - We lost two of our community pillars

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    The 2014 Schell City Fall Festival got a running start with beautiful weather Friday evening. I drew the straw to photo the opening ceremonies and the royalty coronation so Kimball could play the piano at the Concord revival.

    It’s good to see Bro. DeWayne and Sis. Janice Burdette again. He was our pastor when Adrian was born and again later. They just got back from a trip to Florida with a stop in NE Louisiana for him to tie the knot at a wedding.

    The ladies took good

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    When Kimball went into Evans Tuesday, the always bright and cheery Dana Whitesell asked, “Have you heard?”

    Kimball had. She just told me this morning.

    Over the weekend, Adrian and Cain went to a local hangout in Austin, the town where they reside, to watch an LSU game against Wisconsin. During the game, Adrian looked at the crowd and thought maybe she saw a familiar face approaching.

    Then, it definitely was a familiar face, Kama Whitesell Deschane, from El Dorado Springs, Dana’s daughter, the

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