Sound Off

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  1. Anonymous on October 3, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    The city of Piedmont needs to do something about its sidewalks along Main Street, It’s becoming a trip hazard for walkers and those in Wheelchairs. I traveled the stretch from Sitze Barber Shop down to Subway on 10/1 and lost count on how many times I was almost thrown from my wheelchair. Both sides of the street are equally as bad.

  2. Anonymous on October 4, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    The city of Piedmont needs to make some of the businesses put a fresh coat of paint on their buildings. I know not every business is super successful and afford to spend a bunch of money on their stores, but Paint doesn’t cost much. Or maybe use a hose and wash the siding off. I doesn’t cost that much to spruce up our town.

  3. Anonymous on October 16, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    I think it’s a shame that the ozark heritage festival craft show is no longer held on the Clearwater high school baseball field. The parking downtown is terrible, the crafts on the greenway are so crowded you can’t hardly get through. It’s ridiculous that because a few piedmont merchants think they are being left out so they had to have it changed. The chamber of commerce should open your eyes and see that the downtown merchants have plenty of publicity and people have shopping opportunities while watching the parade on Main Street … I will never go to another craft show as long as it’s down in that “hole” on the green way .. good grief, wake up and put it back out at the high school!

  4. anonymous on October 22, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    We as the community feel that there should be some changes to the Dollar General Store in Piedmont, Mo
    You can not find anything without having to move storage shelves or totes. The previous manager Leigh always had everything in order. the stock room is were the “Stock” was kept until able to stock the shelves. When you ask the current employees something , they tell you they don’t know if they have it and will not help you look for it. Recently i went into the store and there were 5-6 employees outside on brake and the isles were cluttered you could not get through. We all need to pull together and call headquarters, as I did. We are a tourist town, this looks bad on our community. Hopefully with the new manager coming in, we will get this straightened out.

  5. anonymous on October 25, 2019 at 9:48 am

    A few weeks ago, someone had the nerve to walk into my yard and take my ceramic elephant yard ornament. I do not appreciate it and I have something to say about it. Not everyone was born with money or had someone to hand it down to them, we have to work for ours. Also, I hope it makes you fell real good to take from not only me but my children. My 4 year old enjoyed to go out and sit on that elephant every morning as she watched her sisters walk to the bus stop. When she woke up to go that morning it was gone.. Try explaining that to a child.. So the next time you want to steal from someone you need to think about who you will be hurting from your gain. One of the ten commandments state “THOU SHALT NOT STEAL”!!!!!!! Have a Blessed Day!

  6. Anonymous on October 26, 2019 at 8:19 am

    This SoundOff! column is a terrible idea and journalistic trash. While the preamble states that there will be no personal attacks or libel, this is precisely what has been published. Giving an anonymous platform for people with personal vendettas, axes to grind or political attacks is just a bad idea, plain and simple. The accused have no way to confront their accuser or respond with facts. It’s just bad mouthing and gossip. You are in serious legal jeopardy.

  7. anonymous on November 18, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Last month I submitted an article for the sound off complaining about our Dollar General store in Piedmont. Today I visited the Dollar General store and was completely satisfied with the new management and the former employees. They are cleaning up the store and are more friendly and helpful then previously. Tony the new manager was very thankful for my comment. He said he had more complaints than compliments. I had told him I was one of them that was complaining also. But I can see a total change in the attitude of the employees And the cleanliness of the store.

  8. anonymous on November 20, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    To the Individual asking about the Hours of the Wayne County Historical Society in the 11/20/2019 Edition of the WCJB, They are open most Wednesdays and Saturdays 10 am-2 pm 108 West Elm in Piedmont

  9. anonymous on November 21, 2019 at 11:43 am

    I’m brainstorming for help and ideas on how to find massive spayed/neutered cats a home where they will be cared for properly!!! By “properly,” I mean given vaccinations yearly, given flea/tick protection, given shelter from the elements, be fed good food and given fresh water daily…oh and LOVE!!! Piedmont Pound Paws, Inc, does not have the funds, fosters, or facility to rescue at least 50+ cats/kittens that were dumped on the Greenville Cat Lady and she is STILL struggling. She’s NOT going to let any go unless she knows they will be taken care of and she cannot possibly do this all herself. Personally, I am appalled at the Greenville community for not seeing what they were doing to her when they referred every irresponsible person to her, for years and years. Does anyone have any ideas and willingness to actually DO SOMETHING to help??? I’ve taken on as much as I can handle without help. Maybe help get photos to help me get them courtesy listed??? Maybe offer to help her clean sometime??? Maybe adopt a fixed cat from her and take proper care of it??? Or even adopt one that Piedmont Pound Paws, Inc was able to get from her, give it “the works,” and list up for adoption at ANYTHING??? PLEASE???

  10. anonymous on November 26, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Why? Why does South Iron have to beat a team by 90+ points? What does that say for sportsmanship? There is none anymore. So you have the best team in the area, good for you! That is awesome and wonderful for the student athletes. But, the team is lead by the Coach and by him keeping starters in the game for a long time and running up points against a team that is not as good as yours is a low class move. What if your child played for the loosing team? How would it make you feel? Your child feel? Would it want them to continue to play sports? Compete at anything?
    This is no way to TEACH children in any way shape or form on or off the court. It is a sad day for SI if they think this makes their school look good.

  11. anonymous on December 10, 2019 at 12:31 am

    Seems like more people put Christmas displays at Clearwater Lake than the greenway in town. My family has offered to put up displays for area businesses, etc., if can’t seem to find time to do it. Please see Georgia & she’ll pass the word to us to put up your display for you. Pretty sad no more people get in the spirit of Christmas. Come on, let’s fill the greenway. Still not too late 🎄 Merry Christmas 🎄

  12. anonymous on December 23, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    Driving down Hwy 34 today passing the now abandoned Pine Hill Drive-in I was appalled to see the place falling apart. How could the owners let this Iconic Wayne County Venue fall apart as it is? Swallow your pride and sell it, even if you’re losing money. Let someone else take it over that will take care of it and possibly one day reopen this Iconic place.

  13. anonymous on January 11, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    All Missourians should be thankful and supportive of the U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS) decision to join the Missouri Feral Hog Elimination Partnership. In December the USFS announced the decision to no longer allow hunting of feral hogs in the Mark Twain National Forest (MTNF). This was both a wise move and a positive step in the fight to eliminate highly invasive and destructive feral hogs. Most public land agencies had already closed feral hog hunting in 2016, after 25 years of allowing hog hunting only increased the population and range of feral hogs in Missouri.
    Along with the USFS’s closure of feral hog hunting in MTNF, they also announced that feral hogs could be “opportunistically taken” during deer and turkey hunting seasons by hunters with an unfilled permit in compliance with the permit conditions.
    Consistency across all public lands in Missouri to halt the spread of feral hogs will be a good thing. The Missouri Department of Conservation is leading an interagency task force to eliminate feral hogs through a program focused primarily on trapping. Hunting is not an efficient means toward that goal. Hunting activities, particularly hunting with dogs, scatters the sounder and makes trapping efforts much more difficult.
    Professional wildlife managers and biologists know what they are doing, and by focusing their efforts on trapping they are making headway toward eliminating feral hogs in Missouri. They should be allowed to continue doing their jobs unimpeded by politicians and others who wish to interfere with sound science-based management.

  14. anonymous on February 1, 2020 at 6:36 am

    Is anyone else tired of all the bad mouthing that Wayne County law enforcement and courts get? Pseudo journalists, ambulance chasing lawyers, entitled citizens, criminals and their families among others, are always quick to blame someone else when they run afoul of the law and suffer the consequences. Many times, they are given multiple chances before incurring penalties. Law enforcement and the courts serve the good citizens of Wayne County, trying to make our community a better place. A true shame some people think they should not be held responsible for their own actions.The common denominator in all their problems, is themselves. If you don’t like our legal system when they do their jobs, stop committing CRIMES. Be a benefit to your community, not a burden.

  15. anonymous on February 13, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    I just wanted to express my appreciation to the 4 clearwater middle school teachers who had on the matching tshirts that seem to have become an issue . These 4 women are excellent in everything they do at Clearwater. I know for a fact, as I worked with all of them before retiring a few years ago . I think it would be so nice if the citizens in our community would put themselves in a teachers place and realize just how hard they all work to make future productive People in an invironment that nowadays, is really ugly . Why don’t we all take a step back and appreciate the goodness in these teachers who were just trying to make the day a little more fun and laid back for our kids . I am very proud to know these women personally and professionally and every thing they stand for. Thanks CMS !

  16. anonymous on March 9, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    There is no longer a cat rescue in Greenville. After many years of having a place to dump your unwanted cats it is CLOSED. You will just have to take them home with you, because dumping animals is against the law and our whole neighborhood is watching. We are being over ran with dumped cats and kittens that r going to starve. There r plenty or reasonable spay and neuter clinics some are free if u can’t afford it. Spay or nueter today. Or keep your kittens.

  17. anonymous on March 18, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    Just a clarification. The Historic church in Greenville is not going to be a library like it was intended to be. The library is now being ran elsewhere. If you donated to help fund the library you should ask questions and look into why the new library is not being helped by the Historic society as planned. Before you donate or buy things ask questions to figure out what the fundraising profits are going towards. Just a suggestion.

  18. anonymous on March 25, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Why is town n country in piedmont still making their employees carry customers grocieries out? Seems they don’t care about the Covid-9 outlines by the CDC. Who makes these descions ? Or do they only care about profit ?

  19. anonymous on March 25, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Sue Hagan never seems to say anything positive about anyone! It is always negative and political.I am convensed she thinks her ideas are the only ones that are right.Unless her article is changed somewhat ,I don’t think it needs to be published anymore!Her space could be used for articles about the Piedmont community!

  20. anonymous on March 25, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    I can say I really like Ray Rehder column every week, I read it first thing. He usually tells it like it is. Most everything he says is correct, and it needs to be brought up and out where everyone can see. Keep up the good work!!!!!

  21. anonymous on April 1, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    I really like the Rattlesnake holler articles. It’s the only one in the paper that deals with facts and not the FAKE TRUMP BS. I wonder what Jason Smith, Ray Rehder, and Wayne Wallingford have done since being in office. All you ever get out of their idiotic articles is what our lying president really meant and how the Democrats are trying to make him look bad. Anyone with any common sense can see our president is a bold faced liar and it will insult the average person’s intelligence but unfortunately common sense isn’t so common anymore. Why do we even need Smith or Rehder articles when you hear the exact same thing every time you hear our phony president. Wake up people they are for big business. A WORKING MAN VOTING REPUBLICAN IS LIKE A CHICKEN VOTING FOR COLONEL SANDERS.

  22. Anonymous on April 1, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    I just wonder how many of the Republicans in Wayne county who are capitalist and supposedly conservative are going to take the stimulus money. It’s a no brainer that they’ll spend it,puff up and tell everyone what trump did for them when what is it other than socialism and the worst part is many will be on social security, Medicare, SSI, or welfare. They don’t know whose programs benefit them or like businesses who are capitalist until they hit hard times and then BAIL ME OUT DONALD TRUMP AT THE SAME TIME YOU DO YOURSELF.

  23. Anonymous on April 16, 2020 at 8:31 am

    I’m sorry. I just don’t “get it”.
    I am a small business owner and this virus has hurt me terribly and it angers me that the rules can be broken for some but not for others.
    I just don’t understand that it is “okay” for people to go to public camping places, privately owed or not. I agree that they are probably further apart at a campsite than at home (sometimes), but on their journey to this camp spot, did they stop along the way for gas? Food? Do they have enough for the entire time they are camping or will they have to run to our local markets for milk and bread? Do they have a washer and dryer in their camper? Bathroom and shower? Bringing their own wood?
    Are the owners of the campgrounds prepared to sanitize each spot after they vacate it?

    We have a non-essential ban on traveling but is it considered vacation to go camping? I can stay out of the way of people when I travel on vacation as well, but since I stay at hotels, I am banned from traveling because it is “non-essential”. Both ways of travel can be called vacations but only one is allowed…not fair.

    I, like many people, also want a change of scenery, but we also want to go back to work so we can continue to pay our bills! The longer people defy the rules the longer it will take to get this Country back where it needs to be.
    Hey, I am all for business to get back to normal and I try to support my fellow small businessmen as much as possible, but isn’t this still a form of defiance? Public camping is not “essential” and I don’t agree that these places should be open it encourages people to break the rules and don’t you think we have enough of that already?

    Now, if you have your OWN LAND and have a camper/home there and you stop at your regular stores and gas stations and do not need to use anything along the way to get there or while you are there…what are you waiting for?

  24. Anonymous on May 20, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    ALL these so called people of Faith in this small town bitching and complaining because workers in stores aren’t wearing mask. If your that fearful of dying and meeting your maker, then stay home and hide under your bed ! Some of us truly have Faith and refuse to be cowards to this over blown political ploy.

  25. Anonymous on May 23, 2020 at 10:37 am

    Sue Hagan is once again bad mouthing people. Ray Rehder writes a great article as does Jason Smith. Both of these individuals tell what they have helped do in the past week. If sue Hagan thinks she can do a better job then she needs to run for office in November! Politicians are always great at telling what other people aren’t doing to please them but never say what good they could do if elected! And to win she will have to tell how she will improve what others are doing. Personally I don’t believe she would get enough votes to count ! Unless she is so depressed with the world and people in it then I would like to see an article from her where she congratulates others for their hard work. As of the present time I for one don’t have much respect for her or her articles.

  26. Anonymous on May 28, 2020 at 8:20 am

    What is it with people going to the food pantry or food banks to get food for themselves or someone in need then go to someone else and try to sell what he got for free.
    Shame on you Gerry that is so wrong. You took from families that might not have made it there or had no way to get there to get food

  27. anonymous on May 29, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    Why does the new owner of Town N Country in Piedmont not require Paying Customers to wear Mask inside their For Profit Store ? Yet they force their miniman wage workers to cover thier Faces. How is that preventing the spread of this pandemic ? Do they just want their Paying visitors MONEY ????…..all about making money, and make the workers suffer while putting out a false pretense that stockers Mask will protect their Paying Visitors…….ALL ABOUT MAKING MONEY FOLKS……they don’t care about their Employees………Is their family name GOTT or GOTTI ?

  28. Anonymous on June 1, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Sooo the new owners of Town N Country , the Gott Group or is it the Gotti Family ? Since they took over gave the employees 2 weeks of Hazard Pay because the Corona is deadly, then promptly stopped Hazard Pay and then Mandated all employees wear Face Coverings. What about Customers walking around freely ? NOPE… no face covering needed because we want your MONEY ! Face Mask do more harm than good, but the company obviously made the decision to make their Paying Customers believe they were looking out for their best interest while putting their Employees who make mininum wage at harm. All the while 90 % of paying customers coming into the store have no Face Coverings. SO what is it Gotti Family ? Are the Town N Country employees all infected with the Virus while YOUR customers are not ?

  29. Tara hillis on June 2, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    I would like to thank Tequilas Mexican restaurant in Piedmont for their great eating establishment . Their food and service has always been exceptional , but during the covid19 shutdown this business has really been careful and conscientious with making sure the food is prepared and served up safe for their customers .. hats off to the Mendiola family . We are lucky to have such a great restaurant In town. The food is always great, the people who work there are always so nice. I look forward to going back inside and sitting down for a meal but also really appreciate them for Their concern in making sure it’s safe to open up.. Keep up the good work !

  30. Pam Brewer on June 3, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    In your may 27 issue there was a column that was voiced by Ray Rehder that was appalling. After careful consideration I & many others who read it, will not be renewing our subscription.

  31. anonymous on June 22, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    I would like to thank Jeff Clark of town and Country supermarket for keeping our local store supplied when other stores in surrounding towns were out of food and paper products. Even with meat shortage this store always has had plenty. Also the employees are always friendly and will go out of their way to assist you in any way! I am happy to have this kind of store in the community I shop in and hope it will remain here for a long time !!

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