"Scholastic to close Moberly facility, costing 135 jobs" in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch told of sad economic news for the publisher of "September 12: We Knew Everything Would Be All Right," the book published by Darlene Robertson's first grade class at H. Byron Masterson Elementary School. The book was published in 2002 after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 and brought much deserved attention to the class. A reprint announcement just a couple of months ago apparently was not enough to stave off the closure.
"The 10 Best Wine Regions You've Never Heard Of" was the title of a Fox News story about hidden jewels within the wine growing business. I checked out the story and discovered one of those regions included the Show Me State. Locally folks are familiar with the efforts of Missouri's vinters, but I was curious as to what the perception was of others. Reading the article I learned the state's winemaking roots can be traced back to the late 1830s when German immigrants began planting grape vines in the town of Hermann.
"Obama visit, Cards game likely to snarl traffic" was an ominous warning in the aforementioned P-D last Tuesday. The president was in town for a fundraising visit hosted by another recipient of a green jobs handout. The Cards were opening the first of what would be two games of their own version of fundraising. (One estimate pegged a Cardinals playoff game at a $5 million boon to the local economy).
The really interesting part of this story was what I learned a little later as several of us gathered to watch that Cardinals vs Phillies game. What wasn't headlined in the article was a meeting of the University of Missouri curators that was also taking place in St. Loo that evening. Curators were discussing, in closed session, a possible move by the Tigers from the Big 12 Conference (again). Anticipation among the faithful was high.
One of the guys watching the game, a Mizzou grad with deep ties to the university, mentioned that he follows a reporter for an online blog. The reporter had sent out a "tweet" saying that all of the curators were present for the meeting except "Judith Haggard of Kennett."
Once he read the tweet he then texted another local fellow asking if he knew why our favorite curator among the school's powerbrokers wasn't attending the meeting. In turn that guy contacted a family member of our curator's. He learned that she was headed to the meeting but was stuck in traffic. Word was relayed to the family member that the press had noticed Judy was not present.
Within minutes another tweet came out from the reporter something along the lines of, "Just learned that Haggard is on her way, but is stuck in traffic."
We had a little chuckle, guessing that Judy called ahead to let them know she was indeed on her way and would be there when things cleared up a bit.
I do wonder though about what happened to the airplane that was known to ferry curators around the state on occasion in bygone years. Guess it only flies for important stuff like football games.
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In last week's column I wrote about several Delta Fair Parade entrants. Among those mentioned was Associate Circuit Judge Mark Preyer. I reported that when the judge and I spoke he was riding in the back of a pickup truck and noted that he said something to the effect that protocol was for judges and politicians to "walk" the parade route in election years.
The judge took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to drop me a line about that misstatement.
"While I did mention that the protocol was that a politician only had to walk in election years, a better choice is to walk the Delta Fair Parade each year, as I did, from beginning to end. This was true in both 2009 and 2010 as well."
So there you have it. My apologies to the judge for my suggestion that he rode in the pickup during the parade. Actually, I only saw the judge when the parade was forming, at which time he was sitting in the pickup, preserving his strength I suppose, for when he got to where the parade formally began. I believe that must have been a wise move on his part because:
"... I do have one concern. Though the starting and ending points were the same for all three years, the distance seemed further this year as I felt a higher level of fatigue at the conclusion." He posited several theories as to why that was so but I'll leave that discussion for another time, perhaps.
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I would like to add my congratulations to Jim Reynolds and Mike Long for their induction, along with teammates J. Fred Waltz and Mike Gray, into the Cape Central High School Hall of Fame. The 1964 golf team captured the state title that year bringing glory and honor to themselves and the school.
One of the most impressive things about this honor, in my opinion, stems from the fact that the high school is 100 years old (so I'm told) and there are only 29 people included in the HOF.
Bud Hunt is regional vice
president, publisher of the
Daily Dunklin Democrat, Daily Statesman, Delta News-Citizen, Missourian-News and
North Stoddard Countian.