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Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016
Get out and about (08/20/16)
Hi neighbors. My daughter sent me pictures of her and her family at the Iowa State Fair via email today. She lives just a block away from the fairgrounds and goes every year. Usually friends and family converge on her home for a two to four day stay to attend...
If you bring pizza, the criminals will answer the door! (08/20/16)
If you are trying to arrest a wanted fugitive, they will not always open the door just because you have a gun and badge. What will they open the door for? Pizza! We often receive tips letting us know where people are or where they may be hanging out. ...
Giving thanks to my older relatives (08/19/16)
Editor's note: This column originally appeared in the Oct. 11, 2012, edition of the Nevada Daily Mail We have often said that our family make-up has provided good experiences for each family member. For example, I learned much about taking care of babies before I had my own little ones to care for. ...
County basketball legends (08/19/16)
There was a time when the Vernon County High Schools, held an annual winter basketball tournament. The tournament was originally played in the old Nevada High School gym, and later in the new gym, following the high school fire in November of 1956. Even though I was a student at NHS, I, like many local patrons, attended and thoroughly enjoyed watching those schools compete each year...
Make America great again (08/16/16)
The campaign slogan sounds too good to be true, but one who is old enough (like me) can recall the America of greatness in the decade of the 50s and wish for many things to change back. Realistically, I am skeptical that it could ever happen due to the top-heavy weighting of liars and traitors in the U.S. from the president on down. But, in a world of dreams......
Protect your child and mold the next generation (08/13/16)
With the conclusion of this week brings a new week with big changes for many young people: the start of school. Although it is a normal routine for most parents and something they know from experience will bring certain outcomes in their child's life, for a small child the start of school can be a very dramatic change...
The good old days at school (08/13/16)
Hi neighbors. Now is the time to really appreciate the free days we still have till school starts again. It won't be much longer before weekends will again be the only time to plan for family outings. School will start soon and the daily routines for all family members will again revolve around that activity. Planning, shopping and scheduling seem to become a full time job for the family secretary. In most families, this job description falls on Mom...
The responsibilities of greatness (08/12/16)
Editor's Note: The following column originally ran in the Oct. 25, 2013, edition of the Nevada Daily Mail. The word great has many meanings. In the dictionary one definition is big or large. Another meaning implies more than usual. Other synonyms are: important, remarkable, famous, most important and favorite. And then there is the one meaning that applies to me. That meaning is, divided by a generation...
Sinister (08/12/16)
Editor's Note: This was originally published eight years ago right before the presidential election. Richard Carpenter has updated it, but he said he still has his doubts about those lefties lol. I, like many of you, have already tired of this presidential election year. I would not be writing this now if it were not of vital importance. For you see friends, there is a "sinister plot" hidden in this campaign. If the news media is correct, our next president will be left-handed!...
Vernon County Robotics needs more girls (08/10/16)
Dear Editor: There is a new opportunity in Nevada you may not have heard about. Vernon County Robotics is a program for boys and girls to learn how to design, build, and program robots. I was part of the team to begin VCR because my son fell in love with programming robots at a summer camp. Because we did not have robotics for 9-year-olds in our community, a group of interested parents set about to make it happen...
Fort McKean (08/10/16)
During the Civil War, a "Union" outpost named Fort McKean was established 12 miles southeast of Fort Scott where the Military Road crossed Drywood Creek. This fort had three main functions which were to protect the ford which was used to cross the Drywood Creek, to be a point of assembly for the long supply trains traveling from Fort Scott to Fort Smith, Ark., and Fort Gibson, Indian Territory (present Oklahoma and to protect the ford where the Military Road crossed Drywood Creek. ...
A piece of history (08/09/16)
Recently, a gift package of local history items arrived in Fort Scott courtesy of the U. S. Postal Service and was delivered to Don Miller. This was not unusual as both he and I often receive interesting items in the mail or find them left on our doorstep. ...
Back to school? (08/06/16)
Hi neighbors. August is here and the countdown to summer's end is already being announced with back to school sales. How would you feel about having year round school? We already have summer school. Some could take classes scheduled for the next year and gain more credit hours for graduation and free their next years schedule for additional classes of interest...
Whisper, the Sheriff is listening (08/06/16)
I like to tell a few funny stories from time to time about how brilliant our aspiring criminals can be. I thought I had covered some of the following issues, but apparently we need to cover some of them once again. I did not think it was a secret that phone lines in the jail were recorded. So if there is something confusing about that let me elaborate on it. WE LISTEN TO THOSE RECORDINGS!...
Games, game shows and re-runs (08/05/16)
Editor's Note: This column originally was published in the Jan. 12, 2013 edition of the Nevada Daily Mail. Games are great to play with other people. They help you get to know each other. You have fun. You learn things about each other when you are having fun together and laughing...
Billy, Jesse, and other legends (08/05/16)
Over the weekend, I watched the eighth and final segment of AMC's, "The American West." As stated in the information cover for the show -- "Spanning the years 1865 to 1890, 'The American West,' will show how -- in the aftermath of the Civil War -- the United States transforms into the 'land of opportunity.'" Once again, I was reminded of just how much, the facts, legends, and myths of the American West, shaped so much of how Americans and the rest of the world perceive us...
A response to Mr. Pat Perkins letter to editor (08/02/16)
Dear Editor, In response to Mr. Pat Perkins' letter in which he chided the Vernon County Sheriff for his support of folks owning an assault weapon, I support the Sheriff. I own an assault weapon, as many of my friends also. My view of the Second Amendment is that it was not designed to give hunter's rights to hunt with a gun. ...
Economic mayhem ahead (08/02/16)
We have explained in the past how the "elite" have taken over control of the United States in 1913 by establishing the Federal Reserve Act, which removed the control of our money (and hence, the power and decision-making) from Congress where it belongs and placed it instead in the hands of mostly foreign, non-accountable big bankers. The "Fed" is actually not a part of our government, and has no "reserves."...
The running of the candidates (07/30/16)
Hi neighbors. I have never been so weary of elections as I am now with the current presidential debacle. With three months left till Election Day, I cannot wait for it to come and pass. I no longer can stomach the thought of either of the current candidates representing America as its president...
Kind words from a community who cares (07/30/16)
The past few months have again been filled with news stories of riots, protests against police brutality, and sadly the murders of multiple police officers from around the country. With constant alerts from state and federal agencies warning law enforcement officers to be more observant and watch for signs of possible ambushes, it can make the job even more stressful than it already is for so many people in this field...
Open here (07/29/16)
We all remember the saying, "He's so weak he couldn't punch his way out of a paper bag." I relive that saying each day except that the bags I am trying to get open are usually not paper, but plastic. In our zeal to keep everything sanitary and fresh we are buying prepackaged foods more and more. ...
Watermelons and a fiddler (07/29/16)
August always brings with it nostalgic memories for me. Two vivid recollections include watermelons and a fiddler. Both reminiscences from my youth are connected to the Sheldon Old Settlers Picnic. From Aug. 18-20, Sheldon, will host its 112th annual, "Old Settlers Picnic." I don't know if there will be a fiddler, but I'm guessing there will be a watermelon contest...