The Rock Wall

Posted June 25, 2015 at 10:15 am

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.

He said that two couples went up around the bend south of the dam to drift back down to the boat landing. By the time they came around the bend, the current had them out in the middle of the river with no hope of getting their tubes

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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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    I was going to take photos of the girls discus throw Monday during the Middle School track meet. In order to get a shot without looking through the chain line fence, I would have to peek around the corner, so to speak, as the competitor released the 2.2 lb. metal disk. After a couple of the girls crashed the disk into the protective fence. I decided I didn’t need that shot.

    At the high jump, I was fascinated by a 7th grade jumper from Bolivar, Bladen Hancock, who had what I thought

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    Mark Boch was in Tuesday morning just back from his last mushroom hunt of the season. He showed us a huge morel which told him the season is over. He reminisced about the two times he and his dad found 2,500 morels in one day, back when the elm trees died.

    I remember when Dutch Elm Disease struck and Mom and Dad found morel mushrooms just about everywhere. I was little, but I have a mental picture of mushrooms growing in the edge of a wheat field north of the house nearly

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    I just got the most enthusiastic report from Bobby Dains I think I ever got from any of my fishing reporters. His report sounds like the spoonbills, big spoonbills, are running right against the bank Tuesday afternoon.

    And the mushroom hunting, probably more my speed, is great, too, so good that Bobby thinks he might even be able to find them. Maybe me, too. I’m not much of a mushroom hound either.

    - Our cat, Caddeaux, put on a show Tuesday morning that left me in stitches.

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