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Pulaski Enquirer / Re: The Back Fence
« on: October 04, 2007, 05:10:14 AM »
Mowers don't really need turn signals or brake lights. LOL
I just had to put a new battery on the riding lawn mower.  (Well, my neighbor did it).   
Now I am fussing with a brake lamp.   I got a flashing light on dash saying lamp out and the brake light on back drivers side is out and left turn signal is out.
I bought the recommended bulb at wallyworld and it was the wrong fit.  Went to parts store and got the right bulb, but it didn't make it work.
I hate having to take it to the shop if it is something I can do myself, which apparently I can't.  Might be a fuse, but dash says its a lamp.  Who am I to argue with a car?   It's bigger than I am.
Stupid pile of metal.  (bucket of bolts, I call it)

Anyone notice that the sky was falling?

Local News / Re: Is Farnham acting paranoid? Copied from Daily Guide.
« on: October 03, 2007, 05:12:15 AM »
I agree, but there have been some odd remarks come out of his mouth over the years you must admit. My biggest gripe with him was that he never stood up to the other commissioners, or made them accountable for their decision on the Law Enforcement Tax. I was shocked he stood up to Ransdall this time, Ransdall has no business being involved in the eastern district affairs unless there is a tie breaker needed. It does seem that Ransdall is power hungry, and he puts to much stock in his good Ole boy supporters.. Another gripe of mine is Farnham promise to be a full time Commissioner. Both of these men have done admirable work for our community, and they both know it opens them up for criticism, so don't feel sorry for them for their chosen profession.

msheek is right on the money with that comment.

Things that make you go HMMMM / Re: How Geeky Are You?
« on: October 01, 2007, 01:51:44 PM »
5.91716% - Poser
Computer knowledge killed me.

Local News / Re: Is Farnham acting paranoid? Copied from Daily Guide.
« on: October 01, 2007, 03:57:39 AM »
That's Farnham saying that, not Ransdall..

County Government Opinion / Re: Pulaski co Sheriff dept losing evidence
« on: October 01, 2007, 03:15:31 AM »
Well, it's about time.

Local News / Re: Is Farnham acting paranoid? Copied from Daily Guide.
« on: October 01, 2007, 02:39:19 AM »
He doesn't owe it to the people who live there to pave it, he just paved it because he's afraid he might lose a vote. We all got to foot the bill for their hill, and for his votes.

Restaurant Opinion / Re: sonic
« on: October 01, 2007, 02:11:57 AM »
Anyone know why sonic is closed.

Local News / Re: Is Farnham acting paranoid? Copied from Daily Guide.
« on: October 01, 2007, 12:10:11 AM »
My point was it is odd to make the claim that people who call Ransdall must not like him. Maybe it isn't paranoia, maybe he's just having an epiphany.
I am still trying to find the part in the article where Ransdall tutored him on finance. Maybe Darrel Todd missed adding that part. If you are going to tell a story Darell, please give it all to us. Many articles of late have left me feeling like so much is missing.

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: September 30, 2007, 05:57:20 PM »
Due to the death of my mother in law on Friday evening I will not be able to complete the column for this week.

Local News / Is Farnham acting paranoid? Copied from Daily Guide.
« on: September 30, 2007, 04:10:04 PM »
Farnham: Longview Road mess to be fixed next week
Darrell Todd Maurina

Residents of Shalom Mountain and Northern Heights Estates who use Longview Road to reach their homes via Highway 17 should finally get their road paved.

Presiding Commissioner Bill Ransdall said he’s “getting a jillion calls about Longview,” but Commissioner Bill Farnham, whose eastern district includes the area north of Waynesville, said people should call him instead.
“This is the problem: a lot of people who don’t like me come and talk to you, but they need to come and see me,” Farnham said. “Let me tell you what’s going on with Longview. Bobby Laughlin is in the process of making the necessary rock to put out on Longview. We were going to start filling the holes today, but we’ve got to have rock to put in them.”

The Laughlin family owns a gravel pit southwest of St. Robert and one family member, Jerry Laughlin, is the developer of Northern Heights Estates.

Jerry Laughlin has proposed donating all the rock needed to put on Longview Road and then paying $14,070 — half of the asphalt cost from Willard Asphalt, which provided the low bid for the road repairs — to put a hard surface on the road. Ransdall asked if the county’s road budget could handle the remaining expense of $14,070 to accept Laughlin’s offer.
Farnham said he’s saved money in his department by not immediately filling several employee vacancies and didn’t appreciate Ransdall’s efforts to explain how the budget would need to be amended to allow a transfer between line items.

“You don’t need to give us a tutorial in finance,” Farnham said.

Farnham then proposed that the county commission go into closed session to discuss unspecified legal matters pertaining to the road and bridge department. After the closed session, Farnham said he’s been advised by attorneys not to explain what road issue prompted consideration of legal action.
Farnham said it’s important for motorists to pay attention to road workers when they’re passing county workers trying to repair Longview Road.

“I wish those people out there would slow down,” Farnham said. “They’re wanting their road fixed. It takes time and a lot of work and a lot of machinery to do it, so I wish they’d be patient and leave home a few minutes earlier.”

Commissioner Dennis Thornsberry had another suggestion on how to deal with Shalom Mountain and Northern Heights Estates residents who don’t slow down for road workers: calling in sheriff’s deputies.
“If they’d write a few tickets, word of mouth would slow them down,” Thornsberry said.

Farnham said he plans to ask deputies to address speeding issues that endanger road workers.

Ransdall urged patience as well.
“We’re going to have to ask the people to work with us,” Ransdall said. “It will take some time, but when the road workers get done, the people up there will have a new asphalt surface on their road two thirds of the way up the hill.”

The problems on Longview Road are just one example of major problems Pulaski County will face in the future, Farnham said, unless something is done to address road finance issues.

“We have growing pains and from what I hear on the radio and what I read in the paper, it’s just going to continue as we get more military folks in,” Farnham said. “I don’t want to be the commissioner who tells someone on the phone that we aren’t going to fix their road because we don’t have the money. I’m just not going to do it.”

Local News / Re: Shelia Acosta
« on: September 30, 2007, 02:49:50 PM »

County Government Opinion / Re: State Audit Report PUlaski County 2007
« on: September 30, 2007, 02:54:00 AM »
My take on what you may percieve as your personal department failures, mostly rest on the shoulders of current and former Commissioners.

County Government Opinion / Re: State Audit Report PUlaski County 2007
« on: September 30, 2007, 02:52:24 AM »
Just got back from Kansas tonight. My first thoughts are how could you posiibly do all that with your limited budget. We already know why they are allowed to acumulate so much leave time. Answer, you are short handed. How could the Commissioners posiible fix that without increasing your funding. I don't think that's possible.

County Government Opinion / Re: Pulaski co Sheriff dept losing evidence
« on: September 28, 2007, 06:12:05 PM »
I have been saying this a long time. There is a group called POST, they should be the ones spearheading the petition drive.

City Government Opinion / Re: SR police getting sued
« on: September 28, 2007, 01:22:04 PM »
True, we are losing a huge assett to our community.
Ms. Kristi Bohrer is getting married and her and her husband will be living out of state were he will next be stationed. Kristi is one of the most honest and thoughtful persons I have had the pleasure of dealing with as well as the St. Robert Police Department.

Things that make you go HMMMM / Re: letter from Waynesville R-VI Schools
« on: September 28, 2007, 01:12:20 PM »
Looked to me like they tossed some blame on the parents.

Local News / Someone stabed in Waynesvile?
« on: September 28, 2007, 03:26:36 AM »
Anyone heard any more details about this?

National News / Gates expects to approve Army expansion
« on: September 28, 2007, 02:12:17 AM »
Gates expects to approve Army expansion By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday he's inclined to approve an Army proposal to spend nearly $3 billion extra over the next four years to accelerate an expansion of its force. Army Secretary Pete Geren said speeding up the growth of the force, stretched thin by wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, would mean recruiting faster and increasing the number of soldiers who re-enlist.

"I'm probably going to recommend they go ahead and give it a try," Gates told reporters at a Pentagon news conference. Appearing with Gates was Gen. Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who is retiring on Monday after 40 years in the Marine Corps.
The defense secretary cautioned that he would not accept any accelerated expansion of the Army that would lead the Army to lower its recruiting standards, including levels of education required.

"I'm inclined to approve it," Gates said. "My questions have focused principally on whether they can do it, in terms of recruitment and whether they can do so without lowering standards and, in fact, to begin to move back toward the high standards of not too many months ago."
Gates mentioned, as an example, that the percentage of Army recruits with a high school diploma has dropped to about 76 percent, compared with over 90 percent in recent years. "We'd like to see that get back up," he said.

Geren, in an earlier interview with a group of reporters, also said it was possible that even while five Army combat brigades are withdrawn from Iraq between December and July, the number of non-combat troops there could stay the same or even increase. He stressed that he was not predicting any particular level of support forces in Iraq in 2008 but also was not assuming the number would be lower by then.

It has generally been assumed that the number of support troops in Iraq would decline next year as part of the plan announced by President Bush earlier this month to withdraw five combat brigades by July.

Gates told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday that commanders in Iraq have not yet worked out in detail what portion of the support force will be pulled out next year. He mentioned, as one example, that an Army helicopter unit might remain. In all, about 8,000 extra support troops were sent in the first half of the year as part of a troop buildup in Baghdad and Anbar province.

Among the issues still on the table, Geren said, is this: Would a reduction in the number of combat brigades mean more need or less need for troops performing support functions like training the Iraqi army and police?

"That's a possibility," he said. "I'm not saying it's a likelihood."
Because of that uncertainty, among others, it is not possible to know yet how soon the Army will be in position to shorten Iraq deployments to 12 months, Geren said. Tours were increased to 15 months in January in order to enable commanders to maintain a higher level of forces in Iraq until next spring.

Also in January, when Bush announced his intention to send five extra combat brigades to Iraq in a change of war strategy, he approved a plan to increase the size of the active-duty Army by 65,000 soldiers over five years, to a total of 547,000. Geren said Thursday that the Army also is planning to increase the size of the National Guard and Reserve, for a combined increase — including the active force — of 74,000. He did not provide details on growth targets for the Guard and Reserve.

The rationale for the expansion is that the Army needs to get bigger in order to sustain a long-term commitment in Iraq and Afghanistan without wearing out the troops and alienating their families.

The Marine Corps also is expanding for the same reason.
Geren said the Army now sees a need to accelerate its growth plan, as strains on troops continue to mount. He said the Army estimates it will cost an extra $2.7 billion to $2.8 billion — mainly in added personnel costs — to accomplish the 74,000 increase in four years rather than five.

"We have concluded that we could expedite the growth by a year, and that would reduce stress on the force," Geren said.

The Army secretary also said that one of the key lessons from the Iraq war is that the proper role of private contractors in a war zone needs to be examined more fully. He noted the controversy that has arisen over accusations against Blackwater security contractors in connection with the killing of 11 Iraqis on Sept. 16 in Baghdad. Those contractors were working for the State Department, not the U.S. military, but Geren said it highlighted an issue that needs closer scrutiny.

Geren said the Army has put Jacques Gansler, who was the Pentagon's technology chief from 1997-2001, in charge of an independent commission that is studying the role of private contractors in war. The study is due to be completed at the end of October, he said. (This version CLARIFIES that proposed expansion is for the entire Army, not just active-duty force; corrects that growth target for active force is 547,000.)

County Government Opinion / Re: Pulaski co Sheriff dept losing evidence
« on: September 27, 2007, 05:58:48 PM »
I think what is unprofessional is, politicians who don't think they have to explain anything to us. JB is not one of those elite who thinks he is better than us. He should be commended, not attacked for it.
Well said Talbot!!  VERY WELL SAID!

There is a fine line between informing the public and keeping them abreast of the situation and "appearing" to be whining and complaining.  I think we may have crossed that line a few months back, but that's just my personal opinion.  I too get tired of reading the same thing over and over and over again... it's getting old.  We know there is a problem, JB has done a very good job of informing us .  We know what the problem is, again JB has done a very good job of informing us.  We know ONE solution is a LE Sales Tax (which I support), but obviously that isn't going anywhere.  In fact, I've seen the tide turn over the past month from nearly 100% support to about a 50 / 50 split.  In case no one is watching, this constant badgering is becoming detrimental...

Now, back on the subject of the thread... I purposefully left this alone, but I suppose I'll throw my $.02 in now that I'm already typing...  It IS JB's responsibility, fault, etc.  Blaming someone else does no good; JB is the "Man" in charge, EVERYTHING his deputies do comes back to him.  Saying things like

"#2 I think I am sorry I paid for your replacement window out of my own pocket."
"Your last post, quoted last sentence above, tells me that you saw how careless he was with evidence with your own eyes. He left my employ before this window issue came up. I have already said we did a poor job for you."

... is very childish and unprofessional (again, MY opinion).

Local News / Re: Accident
« on: September 26, 2007, 03:34:09 PM »
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Local News / Re: Accident
« on: September 26, 2007, 03:32:23 PM »
Heard anything else?
Has anyone heard anything about a fatal accident involving Phil Gann on 28 near Dixon?

Religion Opinion / Re: Judy Tillett
« on: September 25, 2007, 05:34:57 PM »
I just gave up one on I-44 for $200 per month. It included power bill for lights.
Geezz, I've got 4 boards and can't rent a I talking to the right people?

Oh, this was about porn tax and taxes.....

I tend to agree with taxing the churches as well.  You would get a lot closer to that $300k goal.

Things that make you go HMMMM / Re: Just for fun...
« on: September 25, 2007, 05:00:07 AM »
You want my honest opinion?
 Does that make me a pretender?

Local News / Re: County struggles to pay for road work. Daily Guide
« on: September 24, 2007, 11:41:24 PM »
I think politcians take the handfull of supporters thay have, way to serious.
Answer to Kbohon, in my opinion, to appease his conservative (fiscal conservative) friends. Commissioner Farnham has a group of them (I call them his little corner Republicans down there) who supported him very much. They are fiscally conservatives. Also, they fear the new conservative (again fiscally conservatives, most folks here were socially conservative long time anyway, regardless of party) but a fear of the so called new military conservatives who vote here now.

I just heard on the Scanner / Re: Kristi just heard
« on: September 24, 2007, 03:19:07 PM »
The scanner is public too, I guess we shouldn't listen to it either, just in case something happens to our family.

Just my own opionion. But I personally don't like this thread, So much gossip gets tossed in thru here. and if it is true, it could be someones relative whom which use the board. and personally I wouldn't wanna hear about anything happening to my family over a public chat room...

Restaurant Opinion / Re: MITCHES HAMBURGER STAND
« on: September 24, 2007, 03:53:06 AM »
The Mitchell's owned it. The daughter, Shirley, worked there and she now works at Good Samaritan in Waynesville. You can get a hold of her there.

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: September 23, 2007, 12:57:23 AM »
The Sheriff’s View #39, Week of Sept. 24 to 28, 2007
Welcome aboard one more time. It has been a long week and we have a lot of ground to cover so lets start with the calls for service/case number for this past week. And the number was 6,465. And the number last week was 6,255. Which gave us a figure of 210 calls. Or as I predicted when I bragged on last week’s low numbers, I put the jinx on us for this week. This reminds me of what happens when I brag that none of our Patrol cars have been towed in lately. We will lose at least three cars over the next few days after I make that statement. I have got to learn to stay quiet about some things.
We got some real good news this past week. At the Commission meeting on Thursday I learned that our jail plumber has finally found a place he can order the obsolete parts he needs to fix our jail. He has been working on this for a year and when I talked to him two weeks ago he was banging his head against his truck because he could not find the parts anywhere. We thought we were going to have to do a major renovation of the jail plumbing at great expense just because we could not get the parts. But now it looks like we may have been saved.
If anyone out there in reader land can tell me when this jail was first built I would like to hear from you. I know that it was modified in 1976 and then the new courthouse was built around the old jail about 1989. But when was the original jail built? Just how old are those pipes and fixtures?
This has been a hard week on department morale. The Crawford County Commission gave their Sheriff’s employees a major salary raise this past week. Their lowest paid deputy beats all of my Deputies. The Phelps County Commission gave the Phelps County jail staff a major raise last week in order to keep their experienced staff. The Phelps County jail staff makes more money than my Deputies. And here in Pulaski County, well I get to announce that once again we have lost one of our most promising young officers. He has resigned to take a job on Ft. Wood at well over double the pay we gave him. The good news is that he will continue to act as a reserve Deputy for us. So once again I get to write, how can we continue to prosper as a department when we continue to lose our best officers?
While I am on this nasty topic I guess I should mention that we have also lost our retired FBI agent who was working in the Reserve Detective unit. He is currently supporting the 82nd Airborne with police related intelligence work in a place far away from here with a whole lot of mountains. I would love to turn on CNN and find out that he put the grab on OBL. Boy would that be neat! You may recall that when I announced that he would join us I also said it would only be a matter of time until somebody dangled an obscene amount of money in his face and he would leave us for other pastures. We do expect him back someday but we do not know when.
And I also lost, for at least two years, another very experienced member of the Reserve Detective unit. He went to another far away place that is home to a lot of Serbs and is running the Department of Justice Police Training Academy in that semi-peaceful part of the world. The good news here is that sooner or later he will be back for sure.
In other news the murder trial we had this past week ended with a not guilty verdict from the jury. We had held this defendant in our jail since shortly after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. We had the warrant in the system but had been unable to locate him. A team composed of one Louisiana State Trooper and one New York State Trooper made a simple traffic stop on him just outside of New Orleans and they were told about the warrant.
We had another shooting incident on Rt. W this past week that sent one person to Springfield by helicopter. This shooting incident was fairly complex in nature and we are still working on the sequence of events. We plan to send this case to the Prosecutor for a decision on charges. Hopefully that will occur soon.
We had another case this past week where one of our Deputies recovered two stolen cars in one day. Even better he was able to submit a charge on one case to the PA and I think a charge was filed. I did not get time to send out a news release on this case so hopefully I can do that first thing Monday morning.
On Thursday and Friday of this next week the entire Command staff will be gone from the office. We must take the ICS-400 class, which will be held at the St, Robert Police Department. Tom, Cory and I must have this class by 10-01-07 or the department will not be eligible for Federal Grants. Capt. Tom and Lt. Cory got the ICS-300 some time ago and I completed the 300 course last week. You must have 300 before you can take 400. All three of us have class number’s 100, 200, 300, 700, 800 completed and 400 is pending.
I also seem to be over the word count once again which means I have completed another column for the world to view. Once again I would ask you to drive careful and to stay legal. We do not want your jail business but the lights are on.

Local News / Re: County struggles to pay for road work. Daily Guide
« on: September 22, 2007, 02:59:01 PM »
Yes, correction This site.

I will agree he is a smart aleck. Just watch him in those films of him on his site.