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Marshfield Community Theatre Presents the Sizzling Summer Variety Show

Marshfield, MO – July 1, 2024 – Marshfield Community Theatre is thrilled to announce the Sizzling Summer Variety Show, set to take place on July 13 at 7 PM. This highly anticipated event will showcase an array of talents, including singing, dancing, and comedy. Attendees can also enjoy an interactive photo booth, delectable concessions, and a unique boutique, making for an unforgettable evening of entertainment and fun.
Local Missouri Electric Youth Tour delegates Alexis Jared, of Rogersville, and Tara Mortensen, of Fordland were sponsored by Webster Electric Cooperative in Marshfield.


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Webster County kids see D.C. on Youth Tour

One hundred and two high school students participated in Missouri's 61th annual Missouri Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., June 14-20. Local delegates were Alexis Jared, Rogersville and Tara Mortensen, Fordland. They were sponsored by Webster Electric Cooperative, Marshfield.

MoDOT Seeks Public Input on I-44 Corridor Study

The Missouri Department of Transportation is conducting an environmental study, called Forward 44, of more than 250 miles of Interstate 44 from the Oklahoma state line to the Route 100 east interchange near Gray Summit in Franklin County. This summer, MoDOT is holding a series of public meetings and encourages the public to give input on their concerns and observations along I-44.

Tax-free weekend coming in August

The Back-to-School sales tax holiday is coming up in Missouri. By state law, the sales tax holiday begins on the first Friday in August and continues through the following Sunday.
Sports
Basketball
Conway's basketball season has ended shorter than anyone would have wanted. On Feb. 20, the boys' team entered their district tournament and went up against Dixon. That game would see Conway Bears give it their best shot, but Dixon would come out on top. The final score was Conway 45, Dixon 59, thus ending the Conway boys basketball season 6-21.
Mar. 3 was a big night for the Logan-Rogersville Wildcats Boys Basketball as they prepared to take on the Hollister Tigers. Both teams going into the game had an impressive season with over 20 wins, but one of these felines would be district champions and move on to State. After four intense quarters, Logan-Rogersville would be crowned Champions with a final score of 53-40 against Hollister.
Districts and State championships are in full swing. On Friday, Feb. 24, the Niangua Boys Basketball Team competed in the final round of districts against Chadwick. The Cardinals would get off to a slow start in the first quarter and gain momentum. That momentum, though, was not enough, and they would lose to Chadwick with the final score of 40-43.

Webster County shooters aim high

For the second year, Webster County 4-H members saw great success in the shootout in Bolivar. 


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Below is a summary of the Webster County 4-H results from the regional 4-H Shooting Sports tournament.   Photos from the event will be sent separately.
Trista Simpson (left) and Maddy Officer (right) recently took to the softball field on Mizzou's campus, taking part in the Mizzouri High School Fastpitch Coaches Association's annual Senior Showcase. 

One last game...

Recent Conway High School graduates Trista Simpson and Maddy Officer expected to have pitched the final innings and swung the last swings of their softball careers after the spring semester ended.
Adam Wainwright returned to Cardinals Country Friday night to headline the first ever stand-alone concert at Hammons Field.


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Wainwright plays Hammons Field

Adam Wainwright touched down in Nashville Thursday, eager to immediately hop on a bus toward Springfield, Missouri.
Pictured is State Champion triple jumper Brayden Hicks atop the podium.


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All-State finish for Track and Field Bluejays

Marshfield Track and Field concluded the season with the Class 4 state tournament at Jefferson City High School Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25.
The Marshfield Boys 4x100 team will go to state to compete. The relay squad is composed of Tyce Jones, MJ Gritts, Talon Funk and Brayden Hicks.


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Marshfield track and field qualifies several for state tournament

The Marshfield Track and Field program had 14 athletes qualify for the state tournament over the weekend.
Opinion
I have often written of my third great-grandfather, Capt. Peter Daly, an Irish-born soldier in the British army during the American Revolution who settled in Canada after the war. I’ve known Captain Daly’s story since childhood, as it was told me in letters from elderly aunts in Ontario, and long been proud of his loyalty to his homeland.
By the time you read this, another Father's Day will have come and gone, and I have no idea how I spent the holiday, because I’m writing this in late May.
Hi friends and neighbors of the Marshfield Mail community. We certainly are so very blessed to have plenty of rain this year. After three years of drought I hope I never complain about mud again. O K everyone are we all ready to continue on with our story about how our Native Americans were treated when they were being rounded up for the forced march known as the Trail of Tears? Before we pick up where we left off last week, let me remind everyone about the last eight weeks. During the administrations of President Jackson and Van Buren they both had a joint goal to rid America of the five civilized tribes of Native Americans. Through years of haggling, bogus peace treaties and local hatred from greedy plantation owners and other white settlers our Indian friends stood little chance against the thousands of federal and state troops searching for their capture. Our weekly focus has been on the Cherokees however the other tribes went through similar experiences of torture and brutality. Now let’s bring everyone up to the watering trough of knowledge and remind everyone where we left off last week. General Winfield Scott commissioned Captain Folers with hundreds of federal troops to take over the Valley Flatt Plantation. The soldiers used the Valley Flat as their base of operations to ride up into nearby Cherokee land and bring Indian captives back to keep them incarcerated until the time was ready to begin their forced march to Oklahoma. The Mr Igley Moley of the Valley Flatt wants the rich farmland and slaves of the Cherokees and the army wants to capture the Indians. Idimer Hader is the Valley Flatt’s head henchman and has used a former captured slave of the Cherokees to lead the soldiers to the Cherokees hiding place inside Buzzard Beak Cave. Last week we left off with the soldiers and Idimer surrounding the cave and setting fires inside and outside to smoke the Indians and slaves out for capture. O K my faithful readers one more step. Mount up your favorite history horse to take us back into the past for this week’s sad story. All mounted? Let’s ride! Close your eyes count to three and —------ we made it! We are now in stealth mode invisible to everyone around us below. Let’s listen and watch–oh, over there by the cave entrance, fire is raging while the Indians and slaves are trapped inside. Idimer Hader, “O K men, them Injuns and slaves will be coming out like rats before you know it.(suddenly a 6 year old Indian child comes running out screaming and crying) Idimer Hader, “let me get him. (Idimer spurs his old mule and ropes the kid and dragging him around while he is screaming and hollering in pain. He stops and from a distance begins talking in Cherokee) We have one of your Di-Ni-Yo-TLI. (means children in Cherokee) Come out or else!” Instantly the child’s father comes running out with a rifle and a barrage of gunfire from the awaiting soldiers opens up and he is killed instantly.) O K rambling readers let’s listen inside the cave to what is going on with our trapped Indians and slaves. Chief Rain Frog, Tender Leaf the school teacher, Ezekiel the slave that used to be with the Cherokees until Idimer captured him and others are frantically running around dipping up water to put out the internal fires. Chief Rain Frog, “Everyone come together we must council! We finally got the fires out. Tall Tree has already been shot and killed by the white men trying to rescue his son.” Swift Horse—raising up his spear, “I say we all go out together and charge the white men and destroy them now!” Tender Leaf, “No! Please listen to me. The White Soldiers have many guns waiting for us. We must think of the future of our children and people. We must have faith that we can endure this present trial and persevere for the future of our people. I say we surrender. Otherwise we all perish.” Little Fox, “I will never surrender to them. I would rather die than surrender and be the white man's slave. What do you think Ezekiel? You’ve been the white man's slave for the last three years and our’s since birth.” Ezekiel, “ My family and people here have no choice. We either will die here today or we
Not too many years ago could be found on many dairy farmers’ calendars the telephone number of their “cow breeder.”
Hi rambling friends and neighbors of the Marshfield Mail. I’m very glad to be back to share week 7 about the history of the Trail of Tears. We have a lot of ground to cover this week so let’s begin with a review of the last six weeks. At one time our country had Native Americans everywhere. As the white men approached they pushed them off of their land. President Andrew Jackson had as his priority to remove our Native Americans from the United States to take them to the Oklahoma Territory by any means possible. He assigned General Winfield Scott with thousands of federal troops. In addition the locals were asked to join in to help locate and capture Indians that did not go willingly. The most prominent of the Native Americans were the Cherokees since they were considered wealthy and many were educated. In addition they owned over 1500 black slaves and even gold was discovered on their land in northern Georgia. Our priority through the rambling weekly articles has been on the Cherokees. O K folks: are we all ready to ride? Our magical history horses are all saddled and ready to get started. My personal horse ‘Flashback’ is already saddled along with the others. Mount up, close your eyes, count to three. Whoa! We made it. We are now in Northern Georgia overlooking the Valley Flat Plantation. Idimer Hader and the federal troops are getting started to ride out to search and find by any means where the Cherokees are located and bring them back in chains and put them in stockades until the time to begin moving them. Let’s listen in and watch for ourselves what is going on. Idimer Hader, (speaking and pointing at one of his slaves) “hey Mulebone, go get Ezekiel and bring him here. He’s in the cotton barn.” Mulebone, “Yes sir Master Hader.” Mulebone goes over to the cotton barn and sends Ezekiel to Idimer Hader. (O K readers I need to give you a little background about Ezekiel. Originally he was with his family and a slave for the Cherokee Indians and his master was Chief Rain Frog. One day Idimer Hader was going after a runaway slave in Cherokee country when he found Ezekiel picking peaches. Being that Ezekiel was a strong healthy black man he knew he would make a fine slave for the Valley Flat Plantation. He captured him and brought him back. Ever since he has made it known that he wants to return. Once he escaped and Idimer captured him back and gave him a severe whippin’) Idimer Hader, “Ezekiel, how would you like to join up with your family again? Ezekiel, “Master Hader, yes sir I would! Do you really mean it?” Idimer Hader, “Sure do we’re going to Cherokee land now. You find your family members and you will get to be with them. Go saddle Windstorm and ride with us.” Ezekiel, “Yes sir Master Hader.” (In the meantime Captain Folers of the federal troops begins questioning Idimer Hader while Ezekiel is gone saddling up his horse.) Captain Folers, “Idimer, what’s the meaning of taking a slave with us? We don’t need him. I thought you knew where all of the Cherokees lived.) Idimer Hader, Don’t you understand? Ezekiel has lived with the Cherokees for over 30 years; he knows all of their hiding places and everything about them. I am using him to find his family alright but also to find your Cherokees for you. We will both be happy. You get your Injuns and I get their slaves for the Valley Flatt Plantation.) O K rambling friends let’s take a little break and fast forward two weeks. We are now looking down at Chief Rain Frog’s cabin and village where his people used to live. It is very obvious they have left the area and are in hiding. Captain Folers “Idimer—- where are the Indians?” Idimer Hader, “Don’t worry Captain we will find our Indians. Just be patient with me and don’t say anything. Let’s pay a little visit with Ezekiel; he's at the end of the column. (meanwhile Idimer and the Captain ride back to where Ezekiel is) Idimer, “Ezekiel, we made it. It’s just like you told us. I don’t see your family or your old Master Chief Rain Frog. Tell you what I will do. I'll give you two weeks of food and we will turn around and go back to the Valley Flat
Schools
As the new year starts, so does the second half of the school year. It will be the final semester for high school seniors before they venture out into the real world; some will join the workforce, and others will go on to college.
It is a new year, and the Marshfield High School Speech and Debate Team members have been seeing success. Since starting competitions in October, the students have been bringing home trophies, some being 1st place.
The gears are turning for the Strafford Robotics team.
The Marshfield High School Choral program has been earning honors and breaking records for the past few months.
Students at Strafford Elementary sailed the seas and learned some important lessons as Author Isaiah "Izzy B" Basye visited the school on Nov. 8. He and illustrator Ben Askew were there talking about their latest book, "The Mighty McKraken." This fun story introduces kids to concepts such as please and thank you, sharing, and treating others with respect.
Business
The colder it gets outside this winter season, the more people will turn up the heater. We often forget that besides the refrigerator, our heater/AC, aka HVAC is one of the most crucial machines in our homes we need to keep our lives going comfortably. Until the heater stops working… heaven forbid that were to happen, but if so, who should you turn to?
A new weekly segment coming to the Marshfield Mail will feature and Athlete or Scholar of the week from around the County.
Q: What is the most challenging part of your job?
On December 16 the Webster County Sheriff’s Department notified the public of a missing woman, Prem Kuar Prasad, a 65 year old Indian woman.
If you have a senior family member or an adult family member with a disability, it will come as no surprise that there is a house shortage for that population. Wait lists can be up to two years long for some housing centers. For Marshfield, that crisis will soon be less extensive.
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