Easter 2007 has arrived with a snowstorm. The Kosse Easter Pageant had to be cancelled Saturday night due to the inclement weather. This is the first time in sixty years we have seen snow on April 7. Click for article. The snowflakes were huge (for this area) and the ground had a beautiful blanket of white. I did hear on the news that this late freeze across a large portion of the U.S. will result in significant agricultural losses, especially in regards to the peach, strawberry, and wheat crops. I don't know what local agrarian effect this late freeze will have although the effects will be felt on our pocketbooks if the wheat prices suddenly rise. We run through a lot of bread and flour product at the restaurants so my personal pocketbook will be lightened.
I am continually amazed at some of the things I read in the Bremond Press. This week there was a picture and accompanying article about the Robertson County Fair Queen candidates from Bremond. One of the young ladies was named First Runner-Up, while another was Second Runner-Up. In other words, Bremond (one of the smaller towns in Robertson County) was able to grab two of the three places in the Queen's contest. Sounds like a fairly good showing. With that preface, the article stated the following:
In the last two decades or longer no Bremond candidate has ever been chosen Fair Queen causing some folks to believe there is a "gentleman's agreement" that the queen should always be from Franklin or Hearne. So far the supposed "glass ceiling" has not affected prize winning in the exhibition of animals and projects.
This is what I find inappropriate about these statements. First, they are in a news article rather than the editorial/opinion section (which the Bremond Press does indeed have). While the words 'causing some folks to believe' and 'supposed' are used, the implication is beyond subtle that the contest is rigged. No one is directly quoted which implies even further that these are the opinions of the writer. There is also no indication that the contest judges were contacted to provide an explanation. Professional journalistic protocol calls for opinions such as these to be placed in an editorial/opinion column and not in the hard news section. Or so I learned in Journalism 101 many years ago. The second disturbing aspect to these published comments is that it is a direct slap in the face to the young lady from Franklin who was named Fair Queen. If I were her parent I would be most offended, and would be having a blunt conversation with the Bremond Press publisher.
April 6, 2007
Easter weekend is upon us. I watched a documentary on the Discovery Times Channel which chronicled the last few days of Jesus from a historical perspective. It was very interesting.
A couple of the cafe girls are playing on the Lady Goats golf team. Blythe "Tiger Woods" Stewart and Tiffany Johnston are members of the currently second-place in district team. What I find interesting is that both of them told me they have never played golf before this year. In fact, Tiffany finished ninth out of 63 golfers at the most recent tournament. My golfing experience in life has been limited to a one-semester physical education course my freshman year in college. Everyone was required to take four p.e. courses so I ended up taking golf, bowling, archery, and fencing. Not exactly a decathlon-conditioning foursome of choices but I enjoyed all of them.
It was brought to my attention that I overlooked some of the Kosse winners at the recent Limestone County Fair. Krystal Nicholas was named Limestone County Fair Queen and Bonnie Swinnea was named Little Miss Limestone County Fair Queen. Click for photos. Both of these young beauties are from Kosse. We not only have the brightest kids in Kosse, we also have the prettiest! Krystal was also the exhibitor of the first place goat, and Chelsea Pettigrew placed 3rd with her heifer.
April 5, 2007
I recently mentioned a number of upcoming Kosse activities that were sent in by Karen Partin. She was kind enough to email more detailed information on these events.
Chamber of Commerce Meeting on April 16th at 6:30 at the Heritage House, items up for discussion will be Homecoming Parade, and the much needed "Town Clean-Up" priorities and what we can do....
Heritage House Meeting on April 16th at 6pm at the Heritage House.
Kosse Greyhound 5K organizational Meeting on April 24th at the Kosse Community Center. All those interested in assisting need to attend. Meeting will be at 6:30pm.
Kosse Greyhound 5K Looking for Sponsors! Kosse 5K walk/run/jog will be held on June 9th at 8am. Proceeds will benefit the Kosse City Park/playground equipment. We are in need of sponsors for the 5K T-shirts.If interested please call 375-9603. Your logo will be advertised on the back of a T-shirt.
Fish Out Day! On June 9th also starting at 8am will be "Fish Day" at the Kosse City Park. Contestants will be assigned back numbers which must be worn while fishing. Fee will be a $1.00 per pole. Fishing time will be from 8am-10am. Awards will be given for various fish categories; Biggest Fish,Smallest Fish & the most fish. More details as time progresses. The smallest fish will be thrown back in....
Kosse 4-H Meeting. Kosse 4-H will meet on April 30th at 6:30 pm at the Kosse City Park for their year end meeting.
The annual Kosse Easter Pageant begins tomorrow evening. This is a very interesting presentation to which all are invited. Meet at dusk at the Kosse Community Center for a guided tour.
I say it to the point of ad nauseam, but Kosse really is an amazing town of 500 people.
April 3, 2007
The local Kosse 4-H and FFA clubs had a great showing in the Limestone County Fair this past weekend. Twenty-two projects made it to sale. Trent McNutt won Grand Champion Heifer, Cody Ingram Reserve Champion Heifer, Austin McCarver Reserve Champion Broiler, Brittany Hitchcock Reserve Champion Lamb,and Kaitlyn Denman Grand Champion Goat. Congratulations to the participants and also to the adults who are in charge of the organizations. Kosse continues to shine.
I save my political opinions for this blog, hence it being labeled "Observations from the Owner of the Kosse Cafe". I want to make sure it is recognized as my personal observations not necessarily shared by others. With that said, I had a conversation with a gentleman from Bremond this morning. He told me he was 73 years old and currently had four family members suffering from various forms of cancer. While I did suffer a bout with squamous cell carcinoma a couple of years ago, I was fortunate that the cancer was able to be removed simply by cutting a nice-sized hole out of my back, therefore I have never been in as dire a situation as he was describing about his relatives. Anyway, as the conversation progressed I could see him becoming agitated. He then began a diatribe about the debacle in Iraq and how the monies could have been spent towards cancer research and other positive activities instead of the Bush disaster. At this point his general opinion is shared by 2/3 of Americans including myself. It amazes me that the President cannot see how he blew it by getting us into this mess.
April 2, 2007
The month that just ended was the wettest March in over 100 years. Click for article. The forecast calls for more rain tomorrow followed by a cool front. A number of villages in the Solomon Islands were wiped out by a tsunami. Click for article. Vince McMahon got his head shaved at Wrestlemania XXIII. Click for article. And the price of gas in Bremond is up to $2.53 with further rises predicted.
Ryan is beginning his new life in Washington state today. He will be terribly missed but I know he is happy when he is with his group of friends in the northwest. Good luck little man.
April 1, 2007
A new month has arrived, the storms have finally moved on, and Wrestlemania XXIII is here. This year's WWE extravaganza has a headline match where either Vince McMahon or Donald Trump will have their head shaved. Click for video. Whenever I hear about the world of professional wrestling I think of Danny Moss. Danny left us way too early in life and his passing was a great loss for Sissy and Kosse. Danny was a professional wrestler for a number of years and related some of his experiences to me. He was cast as a villain and undoubtedly was good at playing the part. While today even the promoters admit it is scripted entertainment, in the 70's and 80's professional wrestling was still being portrayed on the surface as reality. Danny would do the most devious things imaginable to incite the crowd at the events. There were some at the shows who took it all quite seriously and Danny said he would be the object of great hostility. Of course that was the purpose of his character and the reaction of the crowd proved his success in the role. Outside of the ring Danny was a true gentle giant and one of the most helpful and ambitious people I ever knew in Kosse.
March 30, 2007
It is 5:46 p.m. as I write this and the news ticker on the Channel 10 website is saying at 5:39 p.m. a tornado touched down near Riesel. While Kosse has seen substantial rain today, we have not had the flooding that has been found in the Waco area.
March 29, 2007
The March, 2007 sales tax disbursements have been made by the State Comptroller's office and Kosse is once again on the upswing. According to the Groesbeck Journal, Kosse received $3019.96 in March compared to last year's $1147.88. For the year Kosse has received $7360.27 versus last year's $5378.69.
I have never seen as many 18-wheelers come through town, and they are coming from all directions. This area's boom is in its beginning throes and promises even more activity to come. The cafe truck parking area was finally opened following months of being closed by the road construction. The positive impact on business was immediate.
For those who think world events do not impact our life in Kosse, all one has to do is look at the price of gasoline at Cefco. This morning it was at $2.49 per gallon and will be going higher. Click for article. This recent escalation is due to tensions with Iran, especially regarding their taking fifteen British sailors hostage. In the referenced article there is a statement that is especially worrisome. Though denied by the U.S. military, it was rumored that Iran fired a missile at an American ship in the Persian Gulf. While I have stated many times the Iraq situation has been a debacle, there is no reasonable option but to respond militarily if Iran attacks our navy. At the moment the U.S. Navy has a huge presence of force in the Persian Gulf (click for article) and it would seem to be quite foolish for Iran to take them on, but it would not surprise me if it happens.