Just a reminder that the Neosho Arts Council is inviting you to display your painting of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery or scenes from the City of Neosho. In conjunction with the celebration of the hatchery's 130th anniversary, on July 12, the arts council is holding a one-day art show which will feature scenes from Neosho. They are looking especially for works that were painted in the past and maybe have never been shown in public. It doesn't matter if the painter is still alive or not.

Just a reminder that the Neosho Arts Council is inviting you to display your painting of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery or scenes from the City of Neosho. In conjunction with the celebration of the hatchery's 130th anniversary, on July 12, the arts council is holding a one-day art show which will feature scenes from Neosho. They are looking especially for works that were painted in the past and maybe have never been shown in public. It doesn't matter if the painter is still alive or not.
I also want to remind the public to stop by the hatchery that day to congratulate the staff and to see the art show. Refreshments will be served.
If you have a piece of Neosho art and want to show it off, please call 451-3415 for more information on the show.
With summer setting in I fear we are going to be dry again. We had wonderful rains all year but I see the rain clouds bypass us now. The earlier rains got gardens off to a good start, but we can depend on those rains only for so long.
The hurricanes have already started. The first one, Alberto, came ashore on the Gulf Coast. When we are very dry, the drought is often broken by a hurricane. But no one appreciates a bad hurricane and all the destruction and havoc it brings. So let's hope for the best this year—no hurricanes, just nice rains.
I hope some of you got to enjoy the new book written by Larry James and published by Shoal Creek Heritage Association. Most of us have little or not knowledge of many crossroads communities that once were active in the county. But reading the book, it brings an appreciation for these things from our county's past.
We hear so much about the poor education that schools are delivering today. If that is true, we need to solve the problem.
Many people believe that schools are too big, and a return to more and smaller schools is one answer, at least through the grade school years. But many things fight against that. They say that smaller schools don't have all the kids need. With computers and the internet, there is very little that small school can't provide. I'm sure kids learn as much in the small schools as they do in town schools. Children learn as much as they desire, no matter where. Russell always felt he could teach kids even if they met under a shade tree and had one book.
A motivated kid is not going to be stopped.
When I was in sixth grade, a rural school closed and the kids came to our town school. There was a pair of twins who were my age and in my class. I envied them for getting a country school education. By the time we were seniors, this pair of twins graduated valedictorian and salutatorian.
Not bad for a couple of country kids.


Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.