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Posted September 18, 2014 at 8:49 am

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 this week:

Sis Jackson was a High School PE teacher back in the day. Always colorful, she was subbing for a PE class one day and told us about a military experience. She was “sitting up” with a soldier who had been killed with a knife.

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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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    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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