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Cherry Blossom Festival Auxiliary News

The Cherry Blossom Festival Auxiliary met for its monthly meeting on Saturday, April 13th at the Webster County Extension Office. President Jeanette Alcorn called the meeting to order, and Joyce Inman opened the meeting in prayer, and Jill Campbell (Secretary) read the March meeting minutes. Rachel Andrews (Treasurer) presented the monthly treasurer's report. Members present included: Joyce Inman, Marie Bristol, Blanche Firestone, Nicholas Inman, Dale Hartwell, Sarah Inman, Jackson Inman, Emmett Thiele, Penny Bolin, Donnie Kendrick, Laurabeth Smith, Yleen Hartwell, Barbara Bailey, Jeannie Moreno, Susie Jones, Darlene Smith, Tammie Robison, Vivian King, Linda Dickinson, Jane Hamilton Smith, Martha Myers, Martha Faulkner and Carol Fuller.
Louis Graziano, the last living witness to the German surrender in WWII, will be present at the Cherry Blossom Festival, and the WWII Patriot Breakfast Thursday, April 25 at Son-Rise Christian Church. 

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Cherry Blossom offers full schedule for spring festival

The Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival in Marshfield is approaching with a larger schedule and more events than ever. The annual three-day event takes place each spring in Marshfield, celebrating and preserving American, state and local history.
Shook Elementary 4th graders learn about the importance of trees and how to plant them at this year's Arbor Day Celebration with Tree City USA. 

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Shook celebrates Arbor Day with Tree City USA

Hundreds gathered at Shook Elementary Friday to celebrate both Earth Day and Marshfield’s Arbor Day; a celebration centered around trees.
The Junior Jackpot Show on Saturday, April 13, at the Polk County Fairgrounds will once again feature local youth proudly showing off their animals, as they did here in 2023.

Beef Days' Junior Jackpot show, rodeo and ag expo to shine light on agriculture industry

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.
Marshfield's Logan Kisner swings at Thursday's tournament, where he shot a 97.

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MHS golf sees improved strokes

The Marshfield High School boys golf team played in the Ozark Invitational tournament at Fremont Hills Country Club last Thursday, April 11.
Conway Archery's Mason Atkinson will compete in the NASP National Tournament after a successful performance at the State Tournament in Branson. 

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Conway Archer sets sights for National Tournament

Mason Atkinson represented Conway in the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) state tournament presented by Bass Pro Shops in March at the Branson Convention Center.
Marshfield Senior Jackson Gardner takes a swing during the Bolivar Invitional Monday.

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Golf Jays compete in Bolivar Inviational

Marshfield golf wrapped its second tournament of the season April 1 with the Bolivar Invitational. The contest included 22 teams and 110 golfers with tough competition throughout the tournament.
Dr. Howes from Southwest Baptist University speaks to Marshfield Choir students as their guest clinician at the pre-contest performance.

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Marshfield stands out at District Solo & Ensemble contest

Marshfield High School Choirs competed at the MSHSAA District Solo & Ensemble contest at Lebanon High School on Saturday, March 23. Numerous students received satisfactory, outstanding and exemplary ratings in both solo and ensemble performances.
Marshfield punched their ticket to Mizzou Arena and the Final Four on Friday night in front of a packed gym at Marshfield High School.

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Lady Jays to make first final four appearance in a decade

The Marshfield Lady Jays are going to the Final Four!
I told myself I wouldn’t write this column, but Angela just won’t let go, nor would I wish it so. This is for all who mourn Angelas of their own:
Hi rambling friends and neighbors. I am so very honored to be back for a new exciting adventure that all of us will enjoy and learn about our local history. Now for a little bit of background to explain why this is so very important. I have always liked stories from the past, especially the 1800’s. Forty years ago I soon realized that many of our families have Indian lineage in our family trees. I often wondered why and soon discovered that the Trail of Tears is the reason. Today nearly everyone has heard something about the forced march of the Indians through our county of long ago. Now let’s go back to a story that I heard in 1990 about a family of Indians that came to our county to pay respect for their fallen family member as a result of the forced march. I will admit I simply could not shake this story from my head so I began researching and going back into the past to the root reason why they came through to begin with. I want everyone to sit back at this time and pay close attention to everything written this week because in the future everything will hinge on this background knowledge to understand (the rest of the story) as the famous Paul Harvey used to say. Also: dear friends: I have a whole herd of special horses for all of you to ride with me into the past to understand and personally witness for yourself what happened. Other writers tell you about their story- as a rambling reader you can read and watch both. O K everyone got your mount picked out? We are riding into the past to the year of 1829 and President Andrew Jackson was our president and he was a ( I don’t care what you think) kind of President. One of his first actions was firing everyone from the past administration and hiring his own people to run the country. This custom began with his administration and is continued today as a result of President Jackson. Also: General Jackson years earlier was the hero of: ‘The battle of New Orleans.’ Alright everyone, I see that everyone is mounted. Follow me, let's ride!------- Whoa everyone!! Let’s look at what our country looked like long ago. Everything looks so very different. Congress is in session and President Jackson is speaking .Let’s all listen to President Jackson telling members of congress what he wants to accomplish during his term. “I want all of the civilized tribes of the Muscogee, Seminole, Chickasaw, Choctaw and especially the Cherokees to be removed from our country. I am going to submit the Indian Removal Act soon and I want congress to pass it and I’ll sign it. Our country will be much better without Indians in our land. I want them all to be sent to a place called the Oklahoma Territory, the land of red clay and rattlesnakes.” O K my friends let me tell you a few back stories as we listen to Andrew Jackson talking again. The five civilized tribes were considered a threat to white Europeans citizens because they were educated and many of them had adopted the White man’s ways. The Cherokees in particular were worrisome to Jackson and considered them a threat and a scourge. The governor of Georgia was a good friend to Jackson and let’s fast forward a bit and listen in on their conversation. Governor Gilmer: “President Jackson we have been good friends for several years. Now I think we both share the same sentiments about the Indians. They are educated, well respected by many and even gold has been discovered on their land. My state is passing a law making it legal to take everything away from the Indians especially the Cherokees and Seminoles! President Jackson: “well done my friend, If I have my way I am going to get congress to give me the authority to tell them to get out or I will round them up like cattle and force them out of our great country. I want it to be my greatest accomplishment that I –Andrew Jackson was responsible for removing all the Indians. Don’t worry Governor Gilmer I will not let you down.” Governor Gilmer, “Thank you my friend I knew I could count on you for support on this personal matter.” Oh my rambling friends, these two aren’t very nice! Now let’s give you some more back stories, The process of trying to
Nearly a century ago, Vance Randolph began wandering the hills and hollers of the Ozarks visiting rich and poor alike, on shady porches, and beside the welcoming fire of foxhunters. Truly a man of the people, he listened to bankers, ferrymen, hunters, doctors and itinerant berry pickers, recording what he heard, saving large swaths of Ozark country’s culture in story and song. He made every attempt to meet and try to understand the people he was recording, by “immersing himself in village life, contributing items for the paper, dabbling in local politics” and in some cases living with his informants for several months. This culminated in classics such as Ozark Magic and Folklore, Who Blew up the Churchouse?, and finally the bawdy collection, Pissing in the Snow. His newest work, Mildred Quit Hollering! holds true to all previous volumes, and provides fresh commentary on the subject matter. Published forty-three years after his death, this volume became a labor of love for Curtis Copeland, who was given the unfinished collection by Dr. Gordon McCann who in turn, had received it from Randolph himself.
I want to thank the citizens of Marshfield for electing me to another term as Mayor. The weight of this honor does not go unnoticed. I want to thank all of those that showed support by delivering Easter eggs, watching the forum or even a simple message to say you were on my side. It all means the world to me. Your confidence in my continued leadership is humbling and so appreciated!
Good news, armchair critics: Young people can still write compelling and coherent prose and poetry with exceptional candor and grammatical skill.
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.
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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