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It's cotton pickin' time in

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bud Hunt publisher Daily Dunklin Democrat
"The first bale of ... cotton ginned in Dunklin County, the informal 'opening gun' of the harvest, was brought into Kennett Wednesday afternoon at 1:10 after having been ginned at about 11:30 that morning by the farmer who grew it.

"James Johnson and James Johnson, Jr., father and son of Frisbee, brought the bale to the Dunklin County Compress and Warehouse Co. at Kennett to be listed as winners of the $100 prize being offered by the Kennett Chamber of Commerce 'Man on the Farm' program for the first bale in the county.

"Johnson said the bale was picked from D. P. L. variety cotton planted April 18 and ginned at the Raspberry Gin in Holcomb.

"Chamber of Commerce secretary Logan Davie said Thursday that a public auction will be held on the steps of the courthouse Saturday afternoon at 1:00.

"This year's 'first' in Dunklin County wasn't Missouri's first this year, however, as it was (last year, when) a fast-moving Pemiscot County farmer had a bale in front of the National Bank of Caruthersville early Monday afternoon.

"He was W. A. Thornton, farming on L. K. Van Ausdall land southwest of Caruthersville.

"Sen. J.F. (Pat) Patterson, chamber of commerce secretary at Caruthersville, said the group's retail merchants committee bought the bale from him at the current market price, plus a $50 premium.

"A second bale was brought in Tuesday, he said, but ran out of the premium money."

Vivian Helton, the DDD's unofficial, but much appreciated historian, sent that news along from page one of the Friday, Aug. 24, 1951 edition of the newspaper.

The unofficial word is that cotton began arriving at a couple of area gins a couple of weeks ago. Of course, it wasn't as much as might have been ready for ginning had the rain we so longed for weeks ago had waited a while longer. Murphy probably has a rule about that similar to weather changing and the first real cool spell hitting at the same time as the Delta Fair.

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Email virus

Every once in a while someone with too much time on their hands and an inclination to do meanness will create and send out a "virus" that gets into computers and causes havoc. Sometimes that havoc is just a minor irritation, other times it can do serious damage to a computer.

Last week there was a story in the news about something called the "Here You Have" virus making its way into computers via email. It created a lot of havoc jamming servers with spam (worthless, unsolicited email). Chances are it's still out there on the web looking to make its way into more computers.

Last month there was a mischievous sort of text message (okay, I know that's different from email but there's a little similarity) making the rounds. I know it was in the local school system but I'm not sure how much further it went.

The text message read like so, "If you love Jesus send this to 10 of your friends. Close your phone if you love the devil." That's a little like those emails that come around promising untold riches or blessings or future bad luck if not forwarded on to 12 of your friends. Some of us are doomed right away because we are hard-pressed to come up with enough friends to ward off the evil spirits or reap the blessing so we just ignore them and hope for the best.

Chad Pritchett was one who received the text from a friend. And even though Chad said he knows better than to put any stock in such things, admitted he still had his phone open. He said every time he looked down at the message and read "Close your phone if you love the devil," he just couldn't bring himself to close the phone.

Coach Ken Riedinger, affectionately known as "Coach Red" in some circles, walked up about that time and said he had received the same message. He went on to say that even though his phone was in his pocket it was still open. He couldn't bring himself to close his phone, either.

I suppose one might consider something like this a practical joke in the digital age.

Bud Hunt is regional vice president, and publisher of the Daily Dunklin Democrat, Daily Statesman, Delta News-Citizen, Missourian-News and North Stoddard Countian.