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Jackson homecoming isn't a TV show

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Rainmaker

Remember the last time we had a decent rain of any measurable amount? It was on a Monday and I think it was a couple of weeks ago. That afternoon I ran into Rita Orr who said she was so happy to see the rain she, "almost went out and played in it." Almost? If we get the rain promised Sunday evening or Monday morning I'll bet there will be several folks who will go out and play in it this time.

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Déjà vu

I ran into Jingo Cole a couple of weeks ago and he was shopping for vegetable plants. I suggested he might want to think about opening a restaurant or something. He didn't think much of that suggestion.

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Area connection

The new coaching staff of the St. Louis Rams has an area connection.

According to the Post-Dispatch, Ran Carthon is the new Director of Pro Personnel for the Rams. Carthon, the newspaper reports, "is a native of Osceola, Ark., and the son of former NFL running back and longtime NFL coach Maurice Carthon. Maurice Carthon is currently assistant head coach for the Kansas City Chiefs.

"Ran Carthon is a former running back himself, with 1,480 yards rushing-receiving and 12 touchdowns over his final two years at the University of Florida. Signed by Indianapolis as an undrafted rookie in 2004, he appeared in nine games with the Colts in '05 and '06, scoring two TDs in limited work in the backfield and also returning a few kickoffs.

"With his NFL career over following the '06 season, he returned to college, earned his degree and joined the Falcons' personnel department in 2008 as a pro scout. Among his duties with Atlanta was advance scouting on upcoming opponents and the evaluation of potential free agents on other teams."

Maurice Carthon is a former Arkansas State University running back, having signed with them after graduating from Osceola High School.

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Idol time

Some folks may think that the hit Fox Broadcasting show, "American Idol" is coming to town. I hate to disappoint them, but on Thursday I learned that's really not the case.

What got those folks thinking they might get a local tryout in the first place was that they heard Randy Jackson was coming to town. Actually, he's already here and it turns out he's not coming to town, he's returning to town.

It's just that it's a different Randy Jackson than the judge on the television show.

Our Randy Jackson is the "new" manager of the soon-to-be open "new" Town & Country/Country Mart grocery store on the west end of town. Randy is from Kennett and is getting an opportunity to return to his hometown with the new store opening up here.

Plans are for a June opening and we'll have more details of that later. In the meantime Randy is staying busy getting everything set up and prepared for the big event. He adds that for the most part things have gone well with the store.

There's really only been one hiccup with the move. Seems Randy can't keep his dad, Huel, from going round and round with Randy's eight year-old son about the baseball standings. Apparently there are times when the youngster is right, but that doesn't slow his granddad down one bit.

"I can't help it," Huel tells Randy. "I've just got to argue with him." Randy just shakes his head and tries to stay out of the middle. Huel may be right if he doesn't set his grandson straight early on something horrible could happen to him. He might even turn out to be a Cubs fan and what a mess that would be.

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Twenty-two years ago

It was in May 1980 that Johnny Dalton set a new state record in the 1600-meter run at the state track meet in Jefferson City. Along with that record-setting run, Dalton captured two gold medals and led KHS to victory in Class 3A.

I'm pretty sure it was Johnny I saw earlier this week getting limbered up at the high school track. No stop watch was available so I can't report his times.

Thanks to Vivian Helton, the DDD's unofficial, but much appreciated, historian for passing that item along from the Monday, May 19, 1980 edition of the Daily Dunklin Democrat.

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