The Rock Wall

Posted July 16, 2015 at 11:09 am

I think the Land O Lakes Youth Fair Board may be considering a new event – racing pigs.

At the Youth Fair Auction Friday night, everything was going pretty smoothly, that is, until Tackett Arnold drove his reserve champion market hog into the ring. As soon as that 220 lb. plus pig got into the ring, he immediately went into overdrive.

I grew up on a farm with hogs and that was part of my FFA project list. I have seen young pigs run and play, but I’ve never seen a hog that big move that fast for that long. I kept my eyes on Tackett’s hog as he made several laps around the ring. There was no doubt in my mind what would happen if I got in his way.

When it was

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    So, what’s on your mind this week? If you are sitting on the Rock Wall today (Tuesday), you likely have water on your mind if not your brain.

    I’d say this fits Walt Truitt’s definition of a Norther, which when one hit in West Texas after the first of August would foretell the first hard freeze 90 days later, if I remember Walt’s pronostication correctly.

    If we can move that up a month because Walt and Barb have moved this far north, then will we have the first

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    Folks, we are almost a month behind on this one because I just heard about it late last week. But you have come through at least twice before and I’m confident you can do it again. Voting will run from June 8 to July 21 with the winners being announced at a banquet on Tuesday, July 28, at the Ramada Oasis.

    EHS Athletic Director Mike Durnell wrote: “Lance Molz has been nominated for the 3rd Annual O-Zone Sports 1 Award. Lance is one of only four Ozarks male athletes who have been

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    At the Cedar County Youth Fair auction Saturday evening, Joyce Watts asked me what was going on at the Caplinger Dam. She had heard on the scanner about the incident. We saw the report that night on TV.

    I called Ron Masters Monday thinking he might have additional information or photos about the drowning at the Caplinger Dam Saturday evening since he owns and operates Riverside Bait & Canoe overlooking the dam.

    Not only did he know about it, Ron saw it up close and personal.

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    Sometimes a fresh set of eyes or a fresh set of brain cells can help bring something into focus. On Friday, Kimball told Chamber Co – Executive Director Jackson Tough about our multitude of internet woes Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Jackson suggested that I thank the ones publicly who went the extra mile to fix it.

    I can tell you that I profusely thanked Century Link’s Mark Parshall and Charlie Cantrell Tuesday night when they got us back on line after I had spent 1 hour, 27 minutes and 5 seconds

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    Clarence Hillsman Jr. gave me the news article to put in the paper about Mike Parson’s June 8 address to the Common Sense Conservation group then asked me to introduce Senator Mike Parson, who is a candidate for governor of Missouri. I immediately deferred to Kimball who likes to speak in front of audiences.

    It’s a good thing because Monday night I had a list as long as your leg of articles and cutlines to write, assuming you are taller than me.

    When she got back to the

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    Had a phone call late last week from a subscriber looking for the “jump” on the Rock Wall.

    I go home when I get finished on the paper, usually about 10 p.m. Tuesday night so I will be able to stay awake when my alarm goes off at 2 a.m. to get me to Nevada by 3 a.m. to pick up the paper. Then I’m usually back to the office by about 5 a.m. to meet Gwen, Nancy and Fern. Davis comes in a little later. They stuff papers for the stores

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    Adrian came home for the first time since she and Cain got married. Davis, Kimball and I picked her up at the Branson Airport Friday. Her flight from Austin was scheduled to land at 12:45 p.m. and it did according to the computer screen which said, “At gate” for maybe 30 minutes before we saw the plane touch down.

    She rode up and back with Candy Coburn who remembered performing in El Dorado Springs. The guitar case was a dead giveaway when they got off the plane.

    We

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    Be sure to look at the photo and cutline on H.E.R.O on Page 1. I was impressed with the unique approach to anti-bullying they presented to the Students Against Destructive Decisions club Tuesday afternoon. It will offer a hand to students who are bullied and a network to help them remove themselves from the ranks of victims.

    I don’t know how to relate the complicated and almost surreal events that happened after Colten Hedrick served on the waitstaff at the Lighthouse Children’s Theater gala so he and other members of the Fellowship

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    As Kimball went into CCMH to collect papers, she slipped her cell phone into her hip pocket. By the time she walked up to the receptionist, Melissa Thompson, she realized that she had missed her back pocket and had put her cell phone inside her waistband. She asked Melissa to give her a moment while she shook her leg, the only socially acceptable thing to do in the hospital lobby to correct the problem. Once she “passed” the cell phone, she and Mellissa laughed and then Kimball went back to work.

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