The 4th of July holiday went off with more than a bang for area residents July 5.
While visiting the area from DeSoto, Mo., Anna Leonard and her father, "Cowboy" Ray Holland, single-handedly caught and rescued a 30- to 40-pound blue catfish from a shallow hole left by the Sherwood Lake spillway.
While on his way to work that afternoon Anna Leonard's brother, Steven, and friend Jeff Mathes noticed the catfish and called home. Holland had just gotten off work from Bloomsdale Excavating, the company building the new bypass around Hardy.
After many attempts to catch the large fish with dip nets, they finally caught it.
The fish was trapped in about two feet of water with no escape route due to its size.
Many people, after seeing the large fish, asked what was done with it. Holland replied, "Something that has lived that long deserves to life longer."
So the large fish was carried to the home of Kerry Evans and released back into the lake.