Hickory County Commission approves Cross Timbers petition request
City disincorporation to be on November ballot
At 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, the Hickory County Board of Commissioners approved a signed petition from Cross Timbers calling for a ballot measure for the disincorporation of the City. This measure will be added to the November election ballot and follows recent reports, including one in this issue of The Index, about the City’s financial difficulties, outstanding debt, and troubled future.
Facing mounting debt, and with seemingly few options, City of Cross Timbers officials were, according to the minutes of a recent meeting, notified on Monday, Aug. 26, that a vote was needed to proceed with a ballot measure for disincorporation of the City.
The second annual Pomme de Toure Grinder Bicycle Race will take place this weekend on Saturday, Sept. 21. Event coordinators are issuing a request to the community to use caution while driving and keep an eye out for bicyclists traveling Hickory County roadways, particularly those who will be driving any of the roads mentioned. The race will begin at Outlet Park below the Pomme de Terre Dam at 7 a.m., and will end at 7 p.m. when cyclists circle back around to Outlet Park.
Grill Master- Robb Pitts, Past President of the Hickory County Cattlemen’s Association, was all smiles has he grilled up burgers during the group’s annual cookout Thursday, Sept. 12. The event began at 6:30 p.m. at the Shelter House near the Corps of Engineers Project Office. It included a meal of burgers, hot dogs, chips, and desserts. There was also a short business meeting. This is put on by the Cattlemen each year as a thank you to members for their support and as a night of fellowship.
County Cattlemen hold annual cookout
The Hickory County Cattlemen kicked off their fourth fall season Thursday, Sept. 12, with annual cookout at the Pomme de Terre Shelter Building near Pomme de Terre Lake. As in previous years, the event brought out several local cattle producers and their families for an evening of hamburgers and hot dogs, a business update, and fellowship. It began about 6:30 p.m. and lasted until 8 p.m. About 35 attended.
“One Nation, Under God”- A Never Forget 9-11 Ceremony was held Wednesday, Sept. 11, on the courthouse lawn in Hermitage from 11:45 a.m. to noon. It included musical performances by the County Men of Note, pictured above, and a prayer by Galmey Community Church Pastor Bob Townsend. Approximately 60 people attended.
Never Forget 9-11 Ceremony draws crowd of 60
A special Never Forget 9-11 Ceremony was held Wednesday, Sept. 11, on the court house lawn in Hermitage. This event was one of many going on across the country as the United States of America, and the world, looked back on the tragic event that occurred 18 years ago that day. On September 11 2001, 2,996 people were killed in what is still the largest terrorist attack to take place in American history. Ceremonies like this are held to honor the memories of those who were lost and the heroes who were willing to sacrifice everything to save them.
“We Climbed 110 floors, 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Wheatland, Mo”- Area fire departments including Pittsburg, Central Hickory Fire and Rescue, Halfway, and Sac Osage, and several civilians participated in Hickory County’s first ever official 9-11-2001 Memorial Stair Climb Wednesday, Sept. 11. They climbed 110 floors, which is the exact height of the Twin Towers, by walking all the stair cases of Lucas Oil Speedway grandstands five times. There were a total of 12 participants in the event, which began at 8 a.m. and continued to just before 11 a.m.
Area fire departments participate in 110 floor stair climb
As a way of honoring the 18th anniversary of the 9-11-2001 terrorist attacks, Central Hickory County Fire and Rescue (formerly known as Wheatland Volunteer Fire Department and Hermitage Volunteer Fire Department) and Pittsburg Volunteer Fire Department sponsored a 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Lucas Oil Speedway Race Track in Wheatland. The morning began bright and early at 8 a.m. with Central Fire’s board Chaplin, David Stewart, saying a few words and leading the group in prayer. Then it was time to suit up and start the trek.
Weaubleau community members arrived at the City Park Saturday, Sept. 14, for the fifth year of a very special get together. It was the annual Dave McQuown Memorial Gospel in the Park, started by the late Dave McQuown as a way to bring the people of Hickory County together in the spirit of love, song, and remembering Jesus’ sacrifice. This year featured around eight performers, with some singing and others offering prayers and scripture. It also featured a hamburger and hot dog cookout.
The monthly swap meet will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Pittsburg Community Building from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is a fee for vendors to set up booth. Event coordinators stressed that all vendors are welcome, even those who do not live in the Pittsburg community.
The Don Moerschel Fishing For Vets Annual Memorial Derby will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, on Pomme de Terre Lake. Take off will be at 7 a.m. and the weigh-in will be 3 p.m. They have a guaranteed $1,000 first place pay off. Take off and weigh in will be at Lighthouse/Harbor Marina boat launch.
Knights of Columbus and Pomme de Terre Shrine Club will host their annual steak dinner Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Shrine Club. The two organizations host this semi-annual dinner every September and April. The steak dinner will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.