In this space a couple of weeks ago I asked readers how many more speed bumps they thought MoDot would be able to put in along Highway 25 between Holcomb and Bernie. Repair work had begun on that stretch of highway and the initial phase involved fixing some of the more serious breaks in the pavement. Some of those repairs, particularly around Clarkton, came close to resembling a speed bump.
MoDot and its contractor are moving forward. Asphalt is being laid on Highway 25 and once it's completed the drive will be pretty smooth. At least for a while.
Remember when Missouri voters passed a tax increase to widen Highway 25, and every other state highway between municipalities of 7,000 and greater, to four lanes? That was almost 20 years ago, by the way.
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Rep. Kent Hampton stopped in for a few minutes last week. Even though the legislature is out of session the representative is staying fairly busy.
Kent was telling me about a meeting for a nutrition center in one of the communities in his district. He basically pulled everyone who had a stake in the matter into one room and got everyone on the same page. Seemed pretty logical to him, and to most regular folks too, that instead of going back and forth between agencies to get something done. He's optimistic the Brosley community will once again have a local nutrition center.
We talked a little about redistricting. Both of the maps out there, one drawn by Democrats and the other by Republicans, show all of Dunklin County ending up back in the 163rd District. Currently the 163rd runs from Bernie to just south of Kennett with part of southeast Butler County included. The lower section of Dunklin County falls into the 162nd District.
Kent also has been doing some work related to Highway 25 but I'll let him make that announcement in a couple of months.
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Save the date
The Usual Suspects are planning a return trip to B.B. King's Restaurant and Blues Club on Beale Street in Memphis next month. This year's concert/engagement is set for Saturday, August 20.
B.B.'s is becoming a regular stop on the group's world tour since they first appeared there in the summer of 2006. They've returned to play for a packed house every year.
This year's concert/party is set to begin at 8 o'clock. No word on who will open for the group or who might sit in. At the group's first concert they let the daughter of their trumpet player sit in for a couple of tunes as a way to help her along in her career. Guess they figured her first few Grammy Awards weren't enough.
Mark your calendars and have a good time.
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Not in the program
My wife and I, along with several hundred others, attended the wedding of Samantha Wages and Jacob Waddell last Saturday afternoon. It was all very pretty and came off well. These things can be stressful, I'm told, but everything went very well thanks to the assistant candle lighter.
One of the two youngsters designated to light the candles at the beginning of the ceremony was having a hard time seeing the top of the candle and couldn't get a couple of them lit on his side of the platform.
Quick as any super hero ever sprung into action Keith, father of the groom, stepped up and gave the young man a helping hand. After all, the ceremony couldn't go any further until the candles were lit.
It was suggested perhaps the program should have been amended to show Keith as Assistant Candle Lighter in addition to his role as a supporting cast member.
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Looking for an edge
We note, courtesy of the Rotary Club newsletter, that TRRMC head honcho, John Graves, celebrated the anniversary of his birth last week.
John was all excited, apparently, because he now thinks this will allow him to play golf from the gold (forward) tees in his regular weekend group.
Silly John. That's not gonna happen. At least not until he quits beating the members of his group while playing from the regular tees.
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Save the date II
"... you should keep these dates in mind and begin now to make arrangements to be there ...
"Twice daily on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
"The new management of the Campbell Fair wanted to put on a FREE ATTRACTION that would really amount to something, so they contracted with the Young Aeroplane Co., of Kansas City, for six fligts by Ralph McMillin, one of the most daring flyers in the United States, and we do not hesitate to say that this is the Costliest Free Attraction Ever Seen at a County Fair in this part of the state. McMillin will use a 60 horse power Curtiss Bi-Plane and will make all flights and landings right in front of the grand stand. The famous aviator will fly twice daily Wednesday, Thursday and Friday-RAIN OR SHINE-or he gets not pay-so there is not much danger of his failing to fly. This feature is worth coming to see."
The "aeroplane" was just one of the many attractions at the 1913 edition of the Campbell Fair. Thanks to the DDD's unofficial, but much appreciated historian, Vivian Helton, who found that timely advertisement on the pages of the Friday, Sept. 12, 1913 edition of the Dunklin Democrat.
By the way, the Campbell Peach Fair is Aug. 12-20 this year. No word on whether or not that other world famous aviator, Dow Croom, will be putting on a demonstration this year.
Bud Hunt is regional vice
president, publisher of the
Daily Dunklin Democrat, Daily Statesman, Delta News-Citizen, Missourian-News and
North Stoddard Countian.