About ten days ago a story came out of southern Illinois about the 1811-12 earthquake, known around these parts for making the Mississippi River run backwards, that formed Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee and had Charles Richter been around a hundred years or so earlier, would have measured it at 8.0 on his scale by most estimates.
This story, from the Associated Press, cites research from the U.S. Geological Survey that suggests that earthquakes may not have originated in the Missouri Bootheel at all. The scientists suggest that earthquake may have actually originated with the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone in southern Illinois.
The story caught my attention for a couple of reasons.
One, is just living in this area and any time the New Madrid Fault is mentioned I'm interested. The second reason is because I had just driven through that part of Illinois days earlier. The Wabash River and the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility caught my attention, albeit for different reasons.
The two zones are virtually connected. The latest study points out that in recent years more substantial earthquakes have occurred along the Wabash Valley Fault. However, a quick glance at a map that tracks earthquakes seems to reveal there have been more, although smaller, quakes along the New Madrid Zone over the past 200 years.
What I know about seismology can be put into a thimble, but this smacks a little like revisionist history to me. I find it a little hard to believe a tectonic plate shift some 130 miles away can make a river run backwards.
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Rust Communications has a group of newspapers in Greencastle (home of Depaw University), Brazil and Linton, Ind. A friend of mine is the publisher there and has invited me up for several years to play in a charity golf tournament. Schedules did not allow me to do so until this year.
It was a fun few days. Reminded me a little of the old days of the Harold Simmons Memorial.
The late comedian and musician Phil Harris (think "The Bare Necessities" as the voice of Baloo in The Jungle Book) was a native of Linton and established a golf tournament there to fund college scholarships for local kids. One fellow that started coming with him to the area was Roy Clark.
Clark, is apparently an avid fisherman and there are a lot, a lot, of lakes in that area. I think every pickup I passed on Saturday morning was pulling a boat. Guess they sell those as a package deal in Linton. Clark has kept the tournament going with a dinner and concert on Friday evening before the golf.
I got to see Clark. He was out on the golf course Sunday holding a box of cigars someone had given him when his wife wasn't around. Apparently she frowns on that.
A couple of other guys I saw were Jim "Mudcat" Grant, former big league pitcher with the Minnesota Twins. He beat out my boss for closest to the pin on a par-3 hole. Don't know if he hit the ball with a golf club or threw it to the green.
Mickey Jones, musician and actor (the guy on Tool Time who looks like he belongs with the group ZZ Top although he played drums for Bob Dylan and The First Edition), was on hand and looked like he was enjoying himself. It looked like he was having so much fun I think Jones may have even paid them to let him attend.
For the record, my team shot 17-under par on Saturday; 15-under par on Sunday and finished in fifth place. Don't know if I'll get invited back or not.
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The census, conducted every 10 years is winding down. Last week, courtesy of the DDD's unofficial, but much appreciated historian, Vivian Helton I received census information from one conducted several years ago. Area towns and the population totals were:
Campbell -- 737
Cardwell -- 502
Holcomb -- 189
Hornersville -- 240
Kennett -- 1,509
Malden -- 1,462
Senath -- 241
The largest city, by population, in southeast Missouri was still Cape Girardeau with 4,815 people followed by Poplar Bluff with 4,321.
That census was conducted in 1901. Those figures were reported in the Jan. 25 edition of the weekly Dunklin Democrat.
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There's nothing wrong with on-the-job training. Sometimes. Unfortunately when OJT occurs in your first job where you actually have to run something at an executive level it can be tough on the people who are counting on you as the CEO.
I'm thinking that's where we are finding ourselves now with a president who has never had to run anything, making executive decisions with a multi-trillion dollar budget. He's in over his head and he's drowning in oil (some might say red ink).
Vice President Joe Biden told us there would be a time when this president would be tested. Biden was right about that, but wrong in his conclusions about the outcome.
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Patrick McHaney and Clay Faulkner are teeing it up in the Kennett Country Club's annual member-guest golf tournament this weekend. This will be the duo's 20th time to do so.
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