Last week I told you about seeing Debra Hughes going outside in the rain to check the rain gauge at Baker Farm & Hardware. I suggested that Debra went back in and reported to everyone that according to her rain gauge it was indeed raining.
Last week Debra clarified things for me a little. She sent along an email saying that what she was actually doing was going out to replace a broken rain gauge. Apparently someone had backed into and broken the one that was there.
And, proving that she was not falling down on the job just because it wasn't raining, Debra reported that the sun was shining that morning. Sorry, I don't know if she went outside to check her sundial before sending that weather report along.
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Darren and Malinda Harris slipped away to Las Vegas for a few days to celebrate a birthday. When they arrived someone started passing out a bunch of flyers about all the things to do, other than spend time at the casino, while vacationing there.
One of the pamphlets handed out was about a skydiving adventure.
Darren says he has always wanted to do that but was never thought Malinda would let him jump out of a perfectly good airplane. Well, as they talked about it Malinda said skydiving sounded like fun and maybe she would just do it with him.
They booked the flight and made their plans. One part of that plan included not telling either of their parents back in Kennett, Mo., until after they had jumped. Darren told his dad, Ron, that he was sure everything would be okay, but they didn't want to worry anyone.
Reports I'm getting say both of them enjoyed the heck out the experience. It was a tandem jump, meaning they jumped attached to an experienced skydiver. After a whole five minutes of training.
They were told that when leaving the plane it would take their breath away and that the way to get it back was to scream. Somehow I don't think it would be necessary for anyone to tell me to scream jumping out of a plane.
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Some local folks may recall former St. Louis University and Southwest Missouri State University (it was still SMS when he was there) basketball coach Charlie Spoonhour visiting here one year when the Harold Simmons Memorial Golf Tournament was an annual event.
Conversations among several of us last week recalled that visit. Joe Stillman was one of the fellows that played with him and spoke about how gracious a fellow the coach was during the time we spent with him. He was a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan -- it was his Cardinals connection that ultimately brought him to the HSM.
With the passing of Bob Forsch earlier this year two really good guys associated with the tournament that brought us a lot of memories have passed.
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Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog who gets all the glory for predicting the arrival of spring saw his shadow last week. According to Phil we are looking at six more weeks of winter.
According to Bootheel Bob, the Boll Weevil, spring is just around the corner. The reason I think Bob's prediction is a little more accurate is because I can report seeing two mosquitoes last week, one of which did not fly fast enough to avoid the swatter.
Spring is here, per Bob.
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"Not So Bad
"Most sensational reports have been circulated this week about the small situation at Cardwell, but they seem to have been without foundation. One report, Monday, was that nineteen new cases developed the day before, and that there had been many recent deaths there from the effect o f the disease.
"J. E. Thomas, a responsible citizen, and a truthful one, told the Democrat on Wednesday that there were, altogether, but seven cases in Cardwell, and that all of these were quarantined. He also said that since the first case appeared, in the winter, there had been but four deaths that could be traced remotely to it and that n all of these cases, there were other complications. He said there was no real cause for alarm, anymore than there had been at Paragould, Campbell, Malden, Senath or Kennett, the disease being in mild form, as it is everywhere this season."
Vivian Helton, the DDD's unofficial, but much appreciated historian, pulled that blurb from the pages of the Dunklin Democrat published on Friday, April 26, 1901, reminding us that the "good old days" were not always necessarily good.
Bud Hunt is regional vice
president, publisher of the
Daily Dunklin Democrat, Daily Statesman, Delta News-Citizen, Missourian-News and
North Stoddard Countian.