Posted tagged ‘Football’

Ozark football, parade suggestion for congestion

November 14, 2007

Ozark will be all agog Saturday, Nov. 17, with the annual Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. just following the 1:30 p.m. football game between the Tigers, 8-4 and Lee Summit West, 12-0.

The winner of that game will play for the Class 4 high school championship in the Edward Jones Dome at St. Louis at 3:15 p.m. Nov. 23 against either Parkway Central, 11-1 or Vaschon 9-2—both teams are from the St. Louis area. According to information from the Ozark High School, the school counted 4,000 paid receipts for the quarter-final game Monday night. There were cars parked everywhere–some where cars shouldn’t be parked at all.

This semi-final game will draw as many or more and rest assured, unless it is Ozark leading by four touchdowns in the fourth quarter, no one will exit the field early. The Tigers recently proved twice what baseball legend Yogi Bera always knew: “It ain’t over ‘till it’s over.”

The traffic situation may be one for the record books when you couple the game with the Christmas Parade that draws visitors to Ozark early in the afternoon. But no one really needs to be anywhere else Saturday afternoon anyway. Paraders will stage behind the former Fasco plant; the location was changed from the junior high school parking lot to accommodate the sporting event.

Should the Tigers make the kill, half the town will evaporate six days later to watch the championship game in St. Louis .  We wish it so.

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From football to kickin’ around in the sunshine

November 8, 2007

The Ozark community rejoiced in a nail-biter of a football game last night when the Tigers beat Union in OT by a two-point conversion. That brings the Tigers to the quarter finals Monday night in Ozark against Carthage. To borrow a quote from Bill Shankly:
“Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don’t like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that.”
Good luck to the Ozark Tigers and we hope to see them advance to the finals.
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Now to less serious business. The Gadfly will lend his experiences to a panel discussion on the Sunshine Law later this month with esteemed colleagues in media. I am not sure why the event is presented as “the practical use of Missouri’s Sunshine law,” unless that means to enforce it, you have to practically be a lawyer, play one on TV, or have enough discretionary money on hand to hire one to sue and still be able to retire someday.

Many, not all, public officials snub their noses at the law and rather than give up what might be inconvenient, challenge the public’s right to know and suffer insignificant consequences. They, some close to home, cry foul when a citizen exercises his or her right to sue and then the officials complain about having to retain counsel to defend themselves.
Please. Stop the madness. Obey the law—we ask so little from you.

Anyway, here it is from the horses mouth:

Sunshine Law topic of media panel discussion Nov. 15 at Evangel

SPRINGFIELD, MO. — “Practical Use of the Sunshine Law” will be the topic of a media panel discussion starting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, in Room 102 of Trask Hall (aka Academic Building 2) on the campus of Evangel University in Springfield.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Southwest Missouri PRO Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, in conjunction with the pre-law club and the Society of Collegiate Journalists at Evangel, are jointly hosting this panel discussion to focus attention on the practical use of Missouri’s Sunshine Law.

Panelists include Ron Carrier, chief counsel for the Missouri attorney general in southwest Missouri; Tony Messenger, Springfield News-Leader editorial page editor; Ron Davis, KSPR senior news producer; and Ernie O’Gaffney, Christian County resident.

The program will include a 30-minute overview of the Sunshine Law and then an open panel discussion about the pros and cons of the Sunshine Law, ways to use the law effectively, examples of how the law can be used and some things that might be changed to improve the law.

Parking is available on the east side of the campus, facing Glenstone, and signs will be posted pointing visitors toward Trask Hall.

For more information about the program or the panelists, contact either David Burton, president of the local SPJ Chapter at (417) 862-9284 or Melinda Booze, journalism/communication instructor at Evangel (417) 865-2815.