Now we know what ‘spoon with mushroom’ means

February 8, 2011 When Jean McCracken of Sidney sliced a persimmon seed in half longways in late fall to get the “persimmon seed” forecast, she found something she had never seen before.Folklore across much of the United States is that if the white embryonic matter inside the seed is shaped like a spoon, that means a lot of snow during the upcoming winter. Just think of the spoon as a snow shovel.If it’s shaped like a fork, that means to expect a mild winter.And a knife shape means bitter, icy winds that feel as if they are cutting through you like a knife.

‘Perch’ problem

February 7, 2011 To the Editor,There is a viral video of a chimp putting its finger in a hole only a health professional should. The chimp is so shocked at the aroma from the offending finger, he falls from his perch. It appears we have at least one city alderman on his perch given to proctology.

Freeloaders should pay

February 7, 2011 Dear Editor:Batesville City officials are in a quandary. They want more police protection but they say they don’t have the extra money available to pay for it. Consequently, they have to either do without or figure out how to get others to bear the expense. Another tax may not set well with city voters so what are the officials to do?

Thanks Waylon

February 7, 2011 I stared at my computer screen in disbelief. Waylon Jennings was dead at the age of 64.“It couldn’t be. Not Waylon. Not my Dad’s favorite singer. Not someone whose music I had heard all my life and who I had grown to appreciate,” I thought to myself.

Resident loves growth

February 4, 2011 Dear editor:It was a good feeling for Urba and me to see all the new road work activity north of town. The new skeet shooting area is really shaping up, also. We hope there will be lots of shooting competition attracting shooters from all over.When will we hear how much Batesville has grown in population? Shouldn’t we want to grow? One suggestion was to identify smaller areas near town that might like to be included and ask them what it would take to get them in. Being intentional in growing in small increments might get us over the 10,000 mark.

Watchdogs still needed

February 4, 2011  News council’s demise still leaves many venues for press criticsAfter 40 years on the job, the Minnesota News Council is closing down.Council President Tony Carideo has said public complaints are down and so is corporate support for the independent news-review operation. Carideo noted that e-mail and Twitter now provide  virtually instantaneous ways for people to raise their concerns directly with journalists — presumably in contrast to the relatively lengthy notification-and-hearing process involved in council proceedings.

Legislative updates

February 4, 2011 LITTLE ROCK —  The General Assembly has given overwhelming support to ethics legislation, which mandates that lawmakers must wait for at least a year after they leave office before they can register as lobbyists.SB 194, the Senate version of the legislation, has 35 sponsors. That means it has the support of the entire membership of the 35-member Senate. It has been voted on favorably in committee and will come up for a vote this week in the full Senate. The House version of the bill is progressing with similar success.

Super Bowl: The untold story

February 3, 2011 There has been a lot of media buzz about the thousands of prostitutes, strippers and pole dancers streaming into the Dallas area for the Super Bowl weekend. But what rarely gets reported is the alarming fact that hiding behind the push-up bras, false eyelashes and stilettos are children, some as young as 12 years of age, who are victims of human sex trafficking.

Carithers on Missouri S&T list

February 2, 2011 ROLLA, Mo. — Forrest Clark Carithers of Ash Flat, a sophomore in engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla), has been named to the honor list for the 2010 fall semester.Those on the list carried a minimum of 12 hours and had grade point averages of 3.2 or above out of a possible 4.0. Missouri S&T is one of four campuses in the University of Missouri System and one of the nation’s top technological research universities.