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Posted October 23, 2014 at 1:14 pm

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 pigs, the husband asked sarcastically, “Relatives of yours?” “Yep,” the wife replied, “in-laws.”

• “Cash, check or charge?” I asked, after folding items the woman wished to purchase. As she fumbled for her wallet, I noticed a remote control for a television set in her purse.

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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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    Kimball and I were at Simone’s getting something cool while we waited for the Wayside Inn Museum to open so she could get a photo. She looked at a vehicle on the other side and said, “Isn’t that Jeanne Hoagland in the back seat?” I agreed that it was and her husband, John, was beside her. Their sunglasses made it hard to be sure, but I thought it was their son, Drew, driving and their daughter, Spencer, in the passenger seat.

    Monday, I called Jeanne to ask if she and her husband,

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    It’s back to school time at area schools (see the dates in the Back-To-School section) and you know what that means: Time for you to give the tykes (from tiny tykes to high school tykes) a brake. Get it? As in drive like one or more of the little dears will dart out in front of you.

    Our most precious of assets should be seen and not hurt.

    A year or so ago, I was driving south on Main Street within the speed limit about 8:30 a.m. coming

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    When I was talking to Jarrod Mays about the upcoming softball season, he told me ElDo will host a jamboree of eight teams on Aug. 16. I told him I have a previous commitment for that day. A little girl named Adrian Bernice Long will get married Aug. 16. I told Jarrod that he may forgive me if I miss the softball games, but she won’t if I miss her wedding.

    Wanda Baldwin just showed me a letter today she has saved for a lot of years which Adrian wrote her when

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