The Champion News – Wilda Moses

Good news in Champion comes from Jim Cantrell of the West Plains Wagon Club.  He called Henson’s Downtown G&G to let the community know that the wagon train will be rolling through Champion on September 20th this year!  In the Champion Neighbors category on the website  find “West Plains Wagon Club” and that will lead you to the posting of September 22, 2017. From there you can scroll through pictures of the wagon trains visiting Champion all the way back to 2008.  It is an exciting adventure. Come out and enjoy it live on the 20th.  The train generally rolls into town about mid-day.  They take their rest and enjoy their lunch on the Square before ambling on up the hill north to Cold Springs Road and beyond. The travelers are always pleased to have folks come out to see the wagons and draft animals and to share their experiences along the trail.  It is also a good chance to run into some of your friends and neighbors for some good visiting and catching up. 

Wilma Hutchison was at the Vanzant Bluegrass Jam on Thursday night and passed along a note in her beautiful handwriting saying Bud’s Champion Trial Ride will be October 17th.  Andrew Hardin will lead, leaving Champion at 10:00am.  She said to bring lunch or buy something at Henson’s Store to eat when you get to the Shannon Ranch.  Idaho dignitaries were the target of poked fun that night.  They were in the neighborhood visiting family and attending the Wilder Days in Mansfield.  The General requested the ever-popular tune, “Five Pounds of Possum,” as a dedication to his kin. Sherry Bennett complied, to the great delight of everyone so pleased to have her back after a back-surgery enforced absence.  She is in fine voice and had with her a handsome, talented grandson.  Sue Upshaw, her daughter, Darcy, and their friend, Donnelle, were suitably mesmerized. David Richardson (sitting in Jerry’s chair) promised that, as emcee of the Wilder Days Celebration, he would take every opportunity to embarrass Sue since she has a bonafide historic family connection to Laura’s sister Carrie.  The Idaho sojourners were headed back North on Tuesday after a family ice cream social Sunday with 25 in attendance.  It is nice to have a joyful reason for family gatherings.

There will likely be a nice family gathering for Louise Hutchison as she celebrates her birthday on Friday, September 21st. She shares the day with Zoey Louise, Champion granddaughter in Austin and great niece Penelope Zappler of that same city.  The next day will be the Autumnal Equinox signaling the beginning of fall. Along the roadsides already the sumac is brilliant red.  Perhaps we will enjoy some colorful foliage this year. 

American Sign Language is a natural language that serves as the predominant sign language of deaf communities in the United States and many other places worldwide.  Here, at the Skyline R2 School Grandparents Day Celebration, the whole student body employed sign language together with their beautiful voices to sing, “Thank you Grandma, Thank you Grandpa for being part of my life!”  Some old folks teared up remembering their own grandparents and the joy of being the old people for these extraordinary young people. It is a precious thing to have grandchildren and to have grandparents. Ms. Casper directed the heart-warming program. The students have been preparing for this for some while.  The building was decorated with great colorful posters saying “Grandparents are Awesome”  “Grandparents Rock!” etc.  There were decidedly more Grandmas there than Grandpas, but the old guys were every bit as touched and proud. 

Bridget Hicks oversees the Archery program at Skyline.  She and her team are looking forward to the chance to participate in the Pioneer Heritage Festival of the Ozarks, which is coming up on the first week-end in October, the 6th and 7th. It will especially be exciting to see the young archers getting acquainted with Butch Stone. He may inspire some to knap flint.  The festival will provide many opportunities for young folks to learn about what it was like to be a kid 100 years ago and to take part in some of the activities popular back then like sack races, three legged races, and the egg toss.  There will be a youth stringed instrument talent show from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Saturday and lots to do and see. There is a great music line up that starts at 11:00 both days featuring a number of local groups.

The Wall That Heals, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica and Mobile Education Center, will be at the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association Facility 1 mile North of Ava on Highway 5 on September 20-23.  There are 58,318 names on the wall. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund founded The Wall and states as their mission “to honor and preserve the legacy of service in America. We honor the service of all, preserve the memory of those who died during the war and since returning home, and educate all generations about the lasting impact of the war.” The war and that era have been the subjects of conversations in the Historic Emporium recently. Though it happened a long time ago, feelings are still fresh and old grievances linger with some, giving pause to ponder.

Helen Batten writes that Midwest Computer Recycling will be at the Skyline School on Tuesday, September 25 at approximately 10:00 a.m.  She says they will try to have everything around back by the kitchen door for easy loading.  You may bring anything that plugs in and they will take it away, free of charge, except for televisions.  They charge $20.00 to $25.00 for those, depending on the size.  Helen says this is a chance to do some fall cleaning and get rid of those items you no longer want.  She hopes we will all take advantage of the opportunity and make it worth their while to come to our school with this service. It can be a part of the Champion put away  -give away-throw away project.  Share your news at or snail mail to The Champion News, Rt. 72 Box 367, Norwood, MO 65717. Go to to see what you may have missed in printed versions.

Nancy, the nurse from the Douglas County Health Department, will be in Champion Friday morning, the 21st, to do blood pressure screenings.  It is a real service to the community.  Warren Buffet advises:  “You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you.  True power is sitting back and observing things with logic.  True power is restraint.  If words control you, everyone else can control you.  Breathe and allow things to pass.”  That is good advice these days, as in Isaiah 10:1-3.   Champion—Looking on the Bright Side!