About seven miles south of Seneca, just past the Newton-McDonald County line, at the intersection of State Highway 43 and B Highway, lies the hamlet of Hart.

About seven miles south of Seneca, just past the Newton-McDonald County line, at the intersection of State Highway 43 and B Highway, lies the hamlet of Hart.
I grew up a few miles southeast of there, in Beeman Hollow. There's no cell phone reception anywhere on my parents' farm, so when one needs to make a cell phone call, or check voicemail messages, they drive up to Hart, to the Baptist church parking lot. The church, a few houses, a cemetery, and a salvage yard is about the only thing I can remember there ever being at Hart my whole life growing up. Once in a while someone will put a business in the old store building on the northeast corner of the intersection, across from the church, and there may even be a business operating there now. It has been a while since I've traveled that way. But most of the time the old building has sat empty, to my knowledge.

Read the complete story in the Jan. 22 print edition of the Neosho Daily News.