The Rock Wall

Posted July 17, 2014 at 10:44 am

Picnic time. When I was a kid, that was the highlight of the year for me every summer. Time to pocket my blackberry money and find my buddies. I don’t remember spending any money or what I spent it on, but it was important to have it.

If you don’t get your paper on Wednesday, we may have already seen you on Wednesday night when we make our first pass down the midway and take some photos of the street dance winners.

See you there.

- I sent CCMH CEO Jana Witt an e-mail which told about several bills the governor had signed including one that involved health care. Jana’s rely commented on one of the bills I had noticed but didn’t say anything about. House Bill 1603 designates “jumping jacks” as the official

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    I received Jim German’s obituary Tuesday. I got to know Jim when he ran Schell-Osage Wildlife Area and have liked him ever since. Always friendly. Nice man.

    I called Lana Wilson to make sure that the folks at MDC knew about his death. Lana did. She said Jim hired her back in 1981. She labeled him as the nicest man she ever knew.

    Lana had lunch with him once a month on fried chicken day at the Senior Center. Jim always paid even though Lana tried to buy.

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    July 1 was our anniversary in the Sun office. – July 1, 1979. I thought I was a writer and knew I wasn’t a newspaper person. I waxed the copy on both sides and it had to be retyped. No computers back then. The typist saw one line at a time. No going back or editing on screen. There were no screens. But when I pulled my waxing stunt, there may have been screams.

    I don’t know that either Adrian or Davis ever used a typewriter. I typed every article I

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    I went to the Cedar County Youth Fair auction Saturday night. Everybody thanked me for coming and gave me royal treatment including a free meal. It was a lot more like visiting with neighbors than doing a job.

    I loved the basket of bunnies.

    It took a second for me to realize what was happening when Emily Mehl stood by the shoulder of Kade Collins’ grand champion steer she had just bought and it tried to kick her, sort of humped up and tried to reach forward with

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    The most amazing information we got out of the tour of the Osage Indian Historic Site was that the Osage Indians were 6 1⁄2 to 7 feet tall. They were the height of a professional basketball team before basketball was invented.

    The tribe moved to Potosi, OK, and has grown shorter over the centuries.

    – The definition of the word Conundrum is: something that is puzzling or confusing. Here are six Conundrums of socialism in the United States of America:

    1. America is

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    Russ Warren, KNEM radio, e-mailed this to me last Thursday: I saw an on-line report this morning about the discovery of the body of an apparent murder victim in a cemetery near Peculiar. (How odd.) The report said originally a caller told 911 personnel there was a body in the cemetery and it was not yet scheduled for burial there.

    - The El Dorado Springs Post Office lost a letter the other day. This was no 49¢ delivery gone wrong. A while after I noticed the loss, I got around to telling

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    Kimball and I went to the ribbon cutting and open house Saturday for the new Cedar County jail. Kimball has told me several times it was a lot more impressive than she expected. Actually, I didn’t know what to expect. My first concern was to get the officials lined up for the ribbon cutting photo to show the front of the building and get everyone in the picture. That accomplished, I turned the camera over to Kimball and I was just a spectator.

    I thought I was about finished with my tour

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    Sunday afternoon, Kimball, Davis and I went to Sand Ridge Cemetery to decorate graves.

    I started to say, “Put flowers on graves,” but remembered Mom and Dad always called it Decoration Day.

    Someone had been there before us, I assume Margaret and Tom. We put the arrangements on Mom and Dad’s graves then had Davis take a photo with my cell phone to send to Adrian.

    I always get seven extra flowers – one each for my grandparents, Charlie and Netti Long, and for

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    High School Principal Dave Hedrick told Kimball that the scholarship money for the Class of 2014 plus the A+ money puts the total for the class at a record $600,000. That’s a lot of education, folks, a lot of help for our young graduates to get an education.

    Just talked to one of them today – Mirra Cornejo. I’ve called her Kiddo since she was a really young pup and she’s called me Guydo. She will start school in August, she says, to become a Registered Nurse. Heaven help me if Kiddo

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    Ever since the Bulldog girls volleyball team won the state championship in 1998 and again in 2005, I’ve thought (and told some folks) that the teams deserved more recognition than they were getting. I wanted people passing through El Dorado Springs to be made aware.

    At the school board meeting last Thursday, Supt. Mark Koca announced that City Manager Bruce Rogers had told him that MoDOT will let the city have up to three signs each city limit sign…for a price, of course. All the community and clubs have to do is

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