The Rock Wall

Posted August 14, 2014 at 11:46 am

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 up on Pine Street. I can’t recall if the crossing guard had gone home or not. Didn’t matter.

Suddenly a late Elementary age girl darted between the northbound vehicles and ran right out in front of me. I found out later that she was upset because

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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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    Please be sure to go vote next Tuesday, Aug. 5. Thousands of soldiers have died fighting to give you that right and there are thousands more in uniform right now at the ready to fight for you to have that freedom.

    If someone told you that you couldn’t vote or told you how you had to vote, that would likely make you fighting mad. Tell you something else: I never miss an election. If you don’t vote, my vote counts more. But I’m perfectly willing for you to water down my vote

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    We were so sorry to learn about the tragedy which hit the Greg and Myrna Beydler family Friday night.

    - The weather was wonderful for the Picnic. We couldn’t have asked for any better.

    – So was the music by Tom Tough, Nick Sibley, Neil Parks, sound – Terry Bales, Mike Thompson and Densel Kimbrough. Lana (Smith) Wilson said the Class of 1969 was more than pleased with the performance. So were a lot of visitors including Raymond Fleischman (of course), Brad and Mary True and Kimball

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    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.

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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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