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Stories from Friday, November 28, 2003

Watershed group to meet at Summersville next month (11/28/03)
MAMMOTH SPRING: Oregon County Presiding Commissioner Leo Warren, who serves as president of the Scenic Rivers Watershed Partnership has announced that the groups next meeting will be Dec. 3 at the Family Youth Center located at 98 Youth Center Avenue in Summersville...
MS Chamber elects officers, discusses tourism events (11/28/03)
MAMMOTH SPRING -- The 2004 Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce officers were elected at the club meeting Nov. 13. New officer are Steve Russell, president; Tom Hoffman, vice president; Joan Baker, secretary; and Barbara Gantner, treasurer. The club met at Stateline Restaurant with 26 business owners and operators present...
Empty house burns in Bend (11/28/03)
A two-story home was fully engulfed in flames Nov. 22 when Horseshoe Bend Volunteer Fire and Rescue responded to the scene at 405 Icabod Lane. The structure, owned by Bruce and Pam Partridge, was a total loss. Flames were coming through the roof upon arrival, said Fire Chief Mike Hilliker...
Salem teens charged for school damage (11/28/03)
Three Salem High School students have been suspended after they were charged Nov. 21 with vandalizing the school and setting it on fire. The three are accused of spray painting "Highland Rules" on stage curtains in the cafeteria. One 13-year-old and two 15-year-old students, all males, have been charged with second-degree criminal mischief and commercial burglary, both felonies. The trio allegedly broke into Salem High School Nov. 14...
Sharp sales tax increase passes (11/28/03)
Sharp County voters approved a 1/4-cent sales tax for capital improvements in the Nov. 18 election. Now the quorum court is preparing to roll back the millage rate 1.95 mills as promised. The tax passed 957-488. "Judging from the results, it looks like the county felt pretty confident in passing the tax," said JP Darrell Kehrli, chairman of the county Tax Committee. "It's a good choice for the county and the property owners."...
'Wise spending' keeps Fulton in good shape (11/28/03)
The Fulton County Quorum Court approved the 2004 budget at the Nov. 17 meeting with the largest request -- $496,526 -- from the sheriff's office. The general fund budget totaled $1,515,467, with a projected general fund revenue of $1,481,402 and a carryover of $435,734...
Early morning accident (11/28/03)
Gary L. Owens, 44, of Salem was traveling on Highway 62, east of Salem, when the 1993 Kenworth tractor/trailer he was driving ran off the highway and overturned, spilling a load of PVC pipe along the highway, according to Arkansas State Police Cpl. Buck Foley who investigated the accident. Owens was transported to Fulton County Hospital where he was treated and released, according to hospital administrator Frank Wise. The truck was towed from the scene by Lynn's Auto Salvage. Photo/Ariola...
Willbanks graduates with high honors (11/28/03)
THAYER -- Seaman Recruit Bryan ( B.J.) Willbanks USN graduated from the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in August with high honors. Willbanks was selected to receive the United Service organization Shipmate Award. This award is presented to a graduating recruit for outstanding performance during training period...
Internet banking highlights Thayer- Mammoth Spring Rotary meeting (11/28/03)
THAYER -- Internet Banking was on the mind of the Thayer-Mammoth Spring Rotary Club at their Nov. 14 meeting. Lynn Hobbs presented the program and gave information on Internet banking. She discussed how the Internet could be used for money transfers, review of bank statements and paying bills. ...
Horseshoe Bend employees to get pay raise (11/28/03)
Horseshoe Bend City Council approved the 2004 budget Nov. 17 which includes a 3-percent pay raise for city employees. The anticipated revenue for the city, excluding the water department, is $855,623 and the projected expenditures, excluding the water department, is $769,907...
Thayer Junior Beta compete (11/28/03)
THAYER -- Last month 22 members of the Thayer Junior Beta Club went to Three Rivers Community College for the first ever Missouri Junior Beta Convention. Advisor Trudy Britton and high school principal Kevin Hedden accompanied the students. There were several categories the students could have entered to qualify for national contest, including essay, math, spelling, sculpture and more. ...
Russell and Woods honored: Two receive ACS awards for service (11/28/03)
OREGON COUNTY -- The American Cancer Society Heartland Division recently recognized two individuals in Oregon County for their dedication and service to the organization. The awards were presented Nov. 6 at West Plains. The Oregon County Health Department and administrator Sheila Russell received the Patient Service Award for their efforts in providing the American Cancer Society services to cancer patients and their families in Oregon County...
Watershed group to meet at Summersville next month (11/28/03)
MAMMOTH SPRING: Oregon County Presiding Commissioner Leo Warren, who serves as president of the Scenic Rivers Watershed Partnership has announced that the groups next meeting will be Dec. 3 at the Family Youth Center located at 98 Youth Center Avenue in Summersville...
Thayer Junior Beta compete (11/28/03)
THAYER -- Last month 22 members of the Thayer Junior Beta Club went to Three Rivers Community College for the first ever Missouri Junior Beta Convention. Advisor Trudy Britton and high school principal Kevin Hedden accompanied the students. There were several categories the students could have entered to qualify for national contest, including essay, math, spelling, sculpture and more. ...
Horseshoe Bend employees to get pay raise (11/28/03)
Horseshoe Bend City Council approved the 2004 budget Nov. 17 which includes a 3-percent pay raise for city employees. The anticipated revenue for the city, excluding the water department, is $855,623 and the projected expenditures, excluding the water department, is $769,907...
Internet banking highlights Thayer- Mammoth Spring Rotary meeting (11/28/03)
THAYER -- Internet Banking was on the mind of the Thayer-Mammoth Spring Rotary Club at their Nov. 14 meeting. Lynn Hobbs presented the program and gave information on Internet banking. She discussed how the Internet could be used for money transfers, review of bank statements and paying bills. ...
Early morning accident (11/28/03)
Gary L. Owens, 44, of Salem was traveling on Highway 62, east of Salem, when the 1993 Kenworth tractor/trailer he was driving ran off the highway and overturned, spilling a load of PVC pipe along the highway, according to Arkansas State Police Cpl. Buck Foley who investigated the accident. Owens was transported to Fulton County Hospital where he was treated and released, according to hospital administrator Frank Wise. The truck was towed from the scene by Lynn's Auto Salvage. Photo/Ariola...
MS Chamber elects officers, discusses tourism events (11/28/03)
MAMMOTH SPRING -- The 2004 Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce officers were elected at the club meeting Nov. 13. New officer are Steve Russell, president; Tom Hoffman, vice president; Joan Baker, secretary; and Barbara Gantner, treasurer. The club met at Stateline Restaurant with 26 business owners and operators present...
Sharp sales tax increase passes (11/28/03)
Sharp County voters approved a 1/4-cent sales tax for capital improvements in the Nov. 18 election. Now the quorum court is preparing to roll back the millage rate 1.95 mills as promised. The tax passed 957-488. "Judging from the results, it looks like the county felt pretty confident in passing the tax," said JP Darrell Kehrli, chairman of the county Tax Committee. "It's a good choice for the county and the property owners."...
Willbanks graduates with high honors (11/28/03)
THAYER -- Seaman Recruit Bryan ( B.J.) Willbanks USN graduated from the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in August with high honors. Willbanks was selected to receive the United Service organization Shipmate Award. This award is presented to a graduating recruit for outstanding performance during training period...
Salem teens charged for school damage (11/28/03)
Three Salem High School students have been suspended after they were charged Nov. 21 with vandalizing the school and setting it on fire. The three are accused of spray painting "Highland Rules" on stage curtains in the cafeteria. One 13-year-old and two 15-year-old students, all males, have been charged with second-degree criminal mischief and commercial burglary, both felonies. The trio allegedly broke into Salem High School Nov. 14...
Empty house burns in Bend (11/28/03)
A two-story home was fully engulfed in flames Nov. 22 when Horseshoe Bend Volunteer Fire and Rescue responded to the scene at 405 Icabod Lane. The structure, owned by Bruce and Pam Partridge, was a total loss. Flames were coming through the roof upon arrival, said Fire Chief Mike Hilliker...
Russell and Woods honored: Two receive ACS awards for service (11/28/03)
OREGON COUNTY -- The American Cancer Society Heartland Division recently recognized two individuals in Oregon County for their dedication and service to the organization. The awards were presented Nov. 6 at West Plains. The Oregon County Health Department and administrator Sheila Russell received the Patient Service Award for their efforts in providing the American Cancer Society services to cancer patients and their families in Oregon County...
'Wise spending' keeps Fulton in good shape (11/28/03)
The Fulton County Quorum Court approved the 2004 budget at the Nov. 17 meeting with the largest request -- $496,526 -- from the sheriff's office. The general fund budget totaled $1,515,467, with a projected general fund revenue of $1,481,402 and a carryover of $435,734...
Areawide Media names Halloween coloring contest winners (11/28/03)
Areawide Media Advertising Manager Joyce Minor has named the winners of the recent Halloween coloring contest. Winners in the age 5 and under division are Rachel Trivitt of Agnos, first place and $25 winner; Bailey McBryde of Evening Shade, second place and $15 winner; and Kylie Pruett of Evening Shade, third place and $10 winner...
Military News (11/28/03)
Marine Corps Pfc. Brandon P. Huber, son of Danette G. and Daniel P. Huber of Thayer, recently graduated from the Marine Corps Basic Combat Engineer Course at Marine Corps Engineer School at the Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune, N.C. During the five-week course, Huber received instruction in the fundamentals of engineering support for combat units, including the procedures for building and repairing bridges, roads and field fortifications. ...
Graddy reception set (11/28/03)
An open house wedding reception honoring Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Graddy will be Dec. 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the NAEC Orange Room in Salem. The couple requests no gifts.
Art exhibit set in historic home (11/28/03)
Handmade paper artist Carol Funke of Cherokee Village said, "I always wanted to have textured paper. I like texture to paint on and could never find, even with rough watercolor paper, enough texture so I decided to make my own paper. I love to design and with everything I see, I try to relate to something I can do on paper." Funke has taken her work with handmade paper into areas she never imagined and her unique art style is known internationally...
Military News (11/28/03)
Marine Corps Pfc. Brandon P. Huber, son of Danette G. and Daniel P. Huber of Thayer, recently graduated from the Marine Corps Basic Combat Engineer Course at Marine Corps Engineer School at the Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune, N.C. During the five-week course, Huber received instruction in the fundamentals of engineering support for combat units, including the procedures for building and repairing bridges, roads and field fortifications. ...
Areawide Media names Halloween coloring contest winners (11/28/03)
Areawide Media Advertising Manager Joyce Minor has named the winners of the recent Halloween coloring contest. Winners in the age 5 and under division are Rachel Trivitt of Agnos, first place and $25 winner; Bailey McBryde of Evening Shade, second place and $15 winner; and Kylie Pruett of Evening Shade, third place and $10 winner...
Graddy reception set (11/28/03)
An open house wedding reception honoring Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Graddy will be Dec. 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the NAEC Orange Room in Salem. The couple requests no gifts.
Art exhibit set in historic home (11/28/03)
Handmade paper artist Carol Funke of Cherokee Village said, "I always wanted to have textured paper. I like texture to paint on and could never find, even with rough watercolor paper, enough texture so I decided to make my own paper. I love to design and with everything I see, I try to relate to something I can do on paper." Funke has taken her work with handmade paper into areas she never imagined and her unique art style is known internationally...
Bears have happy homecoming at Viola's expense (11/28/03)
The Mammoth Spring Bears took advantage of a three-minute scoring drought by Viola in the second period of their Nov. 21 matchup to grab a lead they would not relinquish as they handed the Longhorns a 61-49 loss on Bears' Homecoming 2003 at the Mammoth Spring Gymnasium...
Weather, selective hunters cause dip in deer harvest (11/28/03)
A significant drop in the number of deer taken during the opening weekend of Missouri's 11-day November firearms deer season probably resulted from warm weather and confident hunters, according to officials with the Missouri Department of Conservation. They say the dip probably is temporary and will even out during the remainder of the season...
Slow second period decisive in Longhorn loss (11/28/03)
The Mammoth Spring Bears took advantage of a three-minute scoring drought by Viola in the second period of their Nov. 21 matchup to grab a lead they would not relinquish as they handed the Longhorns a 61-49 loss on Bears' Homecoming 2003 at the Mammoth Spring Gymnasium...
Bears have happy homecoming at Viola's expense (11/28/03)
The Mammoth Spring Bears took advantage of a three-minute scoring drought by Viola in the second period of their Nov. 21 matchup to grab a lead they would not relinquish as they handed the Longhorns a 61-49 loss on Bears' Homecoming 2003 at the Mammoth Spring Gymnasium...
Weather, selective hunters cause dip in deer harvest (11/28/03)
A significant drop in the number of deer taken during the opening weekend of Missouri's 11-day November firearms deer season probably resulted from warm weather and confident hunters, according to officials with the Missouri Department of Conservation. They say the dip probably is temporary and will even out during the remainder of the season...
Slow second period decisive in Longhorn loss (11/28/03)
The Mammoth Spring Bears took advantage of a three-minute scoring drought by Viola in the second period of their Nov. 21 matchup to grab a lead they would not relinquish as they handed the Longhorns a 61-49 loss on Bears' Homecoming 2003 at the Mammoth Spring Gymnasium...
Karlena Montgomery (11/28/03)
Karlena Montgomery, 75, of Viola, Ark., died Nov. 21, 2003, at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Ark. Survivors include her husband, Ralph Montgomery of Viola; six daughters -- Sandy Sanders of Salem, Linda Ciallella and her husband, Tony, of Lexington, Tenn., Anita Johnson and her husband, Jeff, of Jonesboro, Shelia Berry and her husband, Ray, of Mountain home, Yvonne Zeigler and her husband, Kelly, of Salem, and Nanette Carter and her husband, Rick, of Pocahontas; and two sisters -- Pansy Perryman of Viola and Vestal Sears of Lees Summit, Mo.. ...
Gleffogene Winfree (11/28/03)
Gleffogene "Jean" Winfree, of Steger, Ill., daughter of the late William Lone Gaston and Mary Bet Gaston was born on Dec. 11, 1937, in Violet Hill, Ark. She died Nov. 15, 2003, in Steger, Ill., at the age of 65. She married James Winfree and to this union two children were born. She spent her working years as a beautician...
Elizabeth I. Miller (11/28/03)
Elizabeth I. Wickins Miller, of Koshkonong, Mo., was born March 18, 1931, in Koshkonong, Mo., to John E. "Jack" and Doris Vincent Wickins. She died Nov. 16, 2003, in Springfield, Mo. She had been married 51 years to Robert G. "Bob" Miller. She was devoted to her family, a wonderful homemaker, cook, and seamstress. She was well known for her talent in crocheting and knitting. She and Bob retired to the family farm near Koshkonong Jan. 1, 1975...
(Cora) Marie Flynn (11/28/03)
(Cora) Marie Reimers Flynn was born Oct. 6, 1918, in Seattle, Wash., the daughter off August and Marie Reimers. She lived in Oklahoma, Illinois, and Arkansas before moving to Springfield, Mo., in 1945. She died Nov. 6, 2003, in her home. She was retired from Lily Tulip and enjoyed life, mostly working outside with farm animals and country neighbors who helped with what she loved to do. ...
Donald Kingsford Jr. (11/28/03)
Donald Kingsford Jr., 77, of Cherokee Village died Nov. 21, 2003, at Eastern Ozarks Regional Health Systems in Cherokee Village. Born March 3, 1926, in Los Angeles, Calif., he was the son of Donald Kingsford Sr. and Elizabeth Kent Kingsford. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. He married Olive Heim June 1, 1976, in Reno, Nev. He retired as the head of the parts department for Alameda County in California. He moved to Cherokee Village eight years ago from Modesto, Calif...
Agnes Ella Oliver (11/28/03)
Agnes Ella Oliver, 81 of Hardy died Nov. 16, 2003, at White River Medical Center in Batesville. Born May 26, 1922 in Quitman, Miss., she was the daughter of Ed and Ella Hamilton Edgar. She was married to James C. Oliver in March 1950, in Mississippi. She was a homemaker...
Lois Branscum Lindsey (11/28/03)
Lois Marie Branscum Lindsey, 72, of Wideman, Ark., daughter of the late Clint Branscum and Angie Moody Branscum was born Feb. 27, 1931, in Culp, Ark. She died Nov. 21, 2003, in Calico Rock, Ark. She married Milton Marvin Lindsey Feb. 26, 1955, in Calico Rock and to this union two children were born. She was a homemaker, wife and mother. During her working years she owned and operated a grocery store and worked at a nursing home and a restaurant...
Archie Earle Allen (11/28/03)
Archie Earl Allen, son of the late William Shelton Allen and Nettie Leona Williams Allen was born Sept. 30, 1919, in Koshkonong, Mo., and died Nov. 18, 2003, at his home in Thayer, Mo., at the age of 84. He was married in Salem, Ark., on Oct. 8, 1946, to Helen Stith. Archie, who was known as "Earl" by his friends in the Koshkonong area, was an avid quail hunter and loved to play the piano...
Leslie Hugh Lawyer (11/28/03)
Leslie Hugh Lawyer, of Salem, Ark., son of the late Fredrick Hugh and Ruth White Lawyer, was born Aug. 29, 1925, in Salem, Ark. He died Nov. 21, 2003, at Fulton County Hospital in Salem at the age of 78 years. He married Mary Lou Young June 2, 1950, at Salem. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was self-employed as a farmer and was a Baptist...
(Cora) Marie Flynn (11/28/03)
(Cora) Marie Reimers Flynn was born Oct. 6, 1918, in Seattle, Wash., the daughter off August and Marie Reimers. She lived in Oklahoma, Illinois, and Arkansas before moving to Springfield, Mo., in 1945. She died Nov. 6, 2003, in her home. She was retired from Lily Tulip and enjoyed life, mostly working outside with farm animals and country neighbors who helped with what she loved to do. ...
Agnes Ella Oliver (11/28/03)
Agnes Ella Oliver, 81 of Hardy died Nov. 16, 2003, at White River Medical Center in Batesville. Born May 26, 1922 in Quitman, Miss., she was the daughter of Ed and Ella Hamilton Edgar. She was married to James C. Oliver in March 1950, in Mississippi. She was a homemaker...
Donald Kingsford Jr. (11/28/03)
Donald Kingsford Jr., 77, of Cherokee Village died Nov. 21, 2003, at Eastern Ozarks Regional Health Systems in Cherokee Village. Born March 3, 1926, in Los Angeles, Calif., he was the son of Donald Kingsford Sr. and Elizabeth Kent Kingsford. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. He married Olive Heim June 1, 1976, in Reno, Nev. He retired as the head of the parts department for Alameda County in California. He moved to Cherokee Village eight years ago from Modesto, Calif...
Elizabeth I. Miller (11/28/03)
Elizabeth I. Wickins Miller, of Koshkonong, Mo., was born March 18, 1931, in Koshkonong, Mo., to John E. "Jack" and Doris Vincent Wickins. She died Nov. 16, 2003, in Springfield, Mo. She had been married 51 years to Robert G. "Bob" Miller. She was devoted to her family, a wonderful homemaker, cook, and seamstress. She was well known for her talent in crocheting and knitting. She and Bob retired to the family farm near Koshkonong Jan. 1, 1975...
Gleffogene Winfree (11/28/03)
Gleffogene "Jean" Winfree, of Steger, Ill., daughter of the late William Lone Gaston and Mary Bet Gaston was born on Dec. 11, 1937, in Violet Hill, Ark. She died Nov. 15, 2003, in Steger, Ill., at the age of 65. She married James Winfree and to this union two children were born. She spent her working years as a beautician...
Karlena Montgomery (11/28/03)
Karlena Montgomery, 75, of Viola, Ark., died Nov. 21, 2003, at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Ark. Survivors include her husband, Ralph Montgomery of Viola; six daughters -- Sandy Sanders of Salem, Linda Ciallella and her husband, Tony, of Lexington, Tenn., Anita Johnson and her husband, Jeff, of Jonesboro, Shelia Berry and her husband, Ray, of Mountain home, Yvonne Zeigler and her husband, Kelly, of Salem, and Nanette Carter and her husband, Rick, of Pocahontas; and two sisters -- Pansy Perryman of Viola and Vestal Sears of Lees Summit, Mo.. ...
Archie Earle Allen (11/28/03)
Archie Earl Allen, son of the late William Shelton Allen and Nettie Leona Williams Allen was born Sept. 30, 1919, in Koshkonong, Mo., and died Nov. 18, 2003, at his home in Thayer, Mo., at the age of 84. He was married in Salem, Ark., on Oct. 8, 1946, to Helen Stith. Archie, who was known as "Earl" by his friends in the Koshkonong area, was an avid quail hunter and loved to play the piano...
Leslie Hugh Lawyer (11/28/03)
Leslie Hugh Lawyer, of Salem, Ark., son of the late Fredrick Hugh and Ruth White Lawyer, was born Aug. 29, 1925, in Salem, Ark. He died Nov. 21, 2003, at Fulton County Hospital in Salem at the age of 78 years. He married Mary Lou Young June 2, 1950, at Salem. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was self-employed as a farmer and was a Baptist...
Lois Branscum Lindsey (11/28/03)
Lois Marie Branscum Lindsey, 72, of Wideman, Ark., daughter of the late Clint Branscum and Angie Moody Branscum was born Feb. 27, 1931, in Culp, Ark. She died Nov. 21, 2003, in Calico Rock, Ark. She married Milton Marvin Lindsey Feb. 26, 1955, in Calico Rock and to this union two children were born. She was a homemaker, wife and mother. During her working years she owned and operated a grocery store and worked at a nursing home and a restaurant...
Greyson Lee Gibson (11/28/03)
Danny and Tina Gibson of Ash Flat have announced the birth of their son, Greyson Lee Gibson, born Nov. 6, 2003, at St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro. He weighed 8 pounds 2 ounces, and was welcomed by his sibling, Lucas, 11. Grandparents are Randy and Sharon Cullum, and Don and Billie Gibson, all of Ash Flat...
Greyson Lee Gibson (11/28/03)
Danny and Tina Gibson of Ash Flat have announced the birth of their son, Greyson Lee Gibson, born Nov. 6, 2003, at St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro. He weighed 8 pounds 2 ounces, and was welcomed by his sibling, Lucas, 11. Grandparents are Randy and Sharon Cullum, and Don and Billie Gibson, all of Ash Flat...
Rescued from a lonely Thanksgiving (11/28/03)
Winter comes early in Nebraska. A fresh blanket of snow already covered everything that gray November day, unspoiled this time by the foot traffic of students hurrying to class. All was silent and empty as icy gusts of wind formed rows of dusty snow drifts, erasing the sidewalks that crisscrossed the lonely campus...
Boldly Going Nowhere (11/28/03)
On Dec. 4, 1619, the first Thanksgiving celebration was held in America at the Berkeley Plantation in Virginia. Thirty-eight English settlers attended the event. It was part of their original charter to set aside one day every year to observe a day of thanksgiving for their annual harvest. Due to hardships and other factors, the annual festivities lasted only one year...
Walking With Jackie the Ripper (11/28/03)
It's a shame to report it but my dog does not suffer cats gladly. I like them and wish she did. I'd get us one. Perhaps having another companion animal might do The Rip some good. Sometimes I'm concerned about her being an only dog. She is not as well behaved as my brother's dogs who, he vows, will not even approach their feed until given permission. Jackie, on the other hand, would take off your arm all the way to the elbow if you got in her way...
Walking With Jackie the Ripper (11/28/03)
It's a shame to report it but my dog does not suffer cats gladly. I like them and wish she did. I'd get us one. Perhaps having another companion animal might do The Rip some good. Sometimes I'm concerned about her being an only dog. She is not as well behaved as my brother's dogs who, he vows, will not even approach their feed until given permission. Jackie, on the other hand, would take off your arm all the way to the elbow if you got in her way...
Boldly Going Nowhere (11/28/03)
On Dec. 4, 1619, the first Thanksgiving celebration was held in America at the Berkeley Plantation in Virginia. Thirty-eight English settlers attended the event. It was part of their original charter to set aside one day every year to observe a day of thanksgiving for their annual harvest. Due to hardships and other factors, the annual festivities lasted only one year...
Rescued from a lonely Thanksgiving (11/28/03)
Winter comes early in Nebraska. A fresh blanket of snow already covered everything that gray November day, unspoiled this time by the foot traffic of students hurrying to class. All was silent and empty as icy gusts of wind formed rows of dusty snow drifts, erasing the sidewalks that crisscrossed the lonely campus...