Foothills Media Salutes The Trucking Industry

Part of our mission at Foothills Media is to preserve the past but we also salute and wish to preserve our unique Ozarks culture of the present. Trucking remains a staple industry of those living here and we want to salute those in the industry with our new t-shirt. Thank you to the truckers. You keep America running! These shirts are 100% cotton. $25 each.

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Missouri Workers Need Protection Against Mandates

This is going to be a very short post. On August 23, 2021 President Joe Biden gave a press conference stating that the Pfizer Covid vaccine had been approved by the FDA. In that same press conference he urged businesses to mandate the vaccine or face “harsh restrictions”.

In short he knows the Federal government would have a hard time legally enforcing such a mandate so he is trying to bully businesses in to doing it.

I personally have serious reservations about any of the Covid vaccines and don’t wish to take it. There are other methods that are safer and more effective in preventing and treating Covid other than the vaccine but big Pharma doesn’t want doctors, nurses or the medical field in general, to use them (it doesn’t benefit them).

I’m not here to berate anyone who chooses the vaccine, as I believe it is a personal choice, and that is the point I am trying to make. Employees shouldn’t have to choose between putting a substance in their body that they don’t feel comfortable with.

I’ve created a petition asking Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt to take action preventing employers from mandating the Covid vaccine. Someone will undoubtedly comment that “If you don’t want to take it, find another job,” someone always does and to that I counter; How will you find another job when every employer has been threatened by the Biden administration to mandate the vaccine?

I’m asking for those who still believe in freedom of choice to please sign the petition by clicking on the link below.


Holding Water

Farm Pond on Crowley’s Ridge, North Stoddard County, Missouri

I went to Mom and Dad’s Sunday for dinner. Afterwards one of my brothers took the 4-wheeler up in the hills to take a look at the old farm pond.

The farm used to belong to my Great Grandfather, who raised both crops and cattle on it.

The pond served a practical purpose for watering cattle back then, but in recent years was in need of repair.

This past Spring, Dad hired a local bulldozer operator to repair the levee and when my brother returned from investigating he reported, “It’s holding water.”

Curious as to what it looked like now, I took the 4-wheeler up to have a look for myself and take a few pictures.

Today the farm provides for an abundance of wildlife, which, no doubt, will appreciate the increased water level of the pond.


A Personal Choice

Unproven Vaccinations Should Be A Choice Not A Mandate For Missouri’s Workers

For the most part this website covers subjects from the past, so forgive me for taking you on a brief trip into the future.

First I want to say that if you have taken the Covid vaccine, that is your choice and I would never try to attack you personally for doing so.

That being said the vaccine is controversial, and in my opinion, based on my research, can cause serious side effects and the fact that the FDA has approved Pfizer’s Covid vaccine is of no comfort to me.

In an article written by Ethan Huff and published on the Natural News website, Huff writes:

“A detailed report from Liberty Counsel, a legal team that specializes in human rights and religious cases, explains that just because the FDA has given a rubber stamp to the Pfizer jab does not mean that it is in any way “safe.”

The group cited national data collected in the government’s Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), which shows that nearly 600,000 people have incurred adverse events after getting injected with the Pfizer needle. Another 13,608 people and counting have died from the jab.

“The deaths in this data includes approximately 3,079 deaths after receiving the Pfizer shot,” Liberty Counsel wrote in its report, explaining that it is actively fighting against covid vaccine “mandates” at the corporate level.

“Regulators also said they determined there are increased risks of myocarditis and pericarditis, or heart inflammation, following administration of the shot, particularly within the seven days following the second dose of the two-dose regimen.”

Huff continues:

“People should be leery of anything coming from Pfizer to begin with, as the company has been embroiled in numerous multi-billion-dollar legal cases involving dangerous drugs it has peddled on sick people over the years.

Back in 2009, Pfizer subsidiary Pharmacia & Upjohn Company Inc. shelled out a whopping $2.3 billion in what became the largest health care fraud settlement in history against a pharmaceutical company.

At the time, Pfizer pleaded guilty to a felony violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act for illegally marketing four drugs, including the anti-inflammatory drug Bextra, an antipsychotic drug called Geodon, an antipsychotic called Zyvox, and an anti-epileptic drug called Lyrica.

Earlier, in 2004, Pfizer agreed to pay out $430 million to both federal and state governments for illegally marketing an epilepsy drug called Neurontin, which is prescribed for migraine headaches, chronic pain and bipolar disorder.

Is a company like this trustworthy when it comes to the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19)?”

My opinion is , no, Pfizer can not be trusted.

In a press conference held on August 23, 2021 President Joe Biden touted the FDA’s approval of the Pfizer Covid vaccine. While doing so he urged business owners to mandate the vaccine to their employees stating:

“If you’re a business leader, a nonprofit leader, a state or local labor who has been waiting for full FDA approval to require vaccinations, I call on you now to do that. Require it. Do what I did last month and require your employees to get vaccinated or face strict requirements.”

Biden does not state outright that he himself will mandate the vaccine, instead he uses the threat of “strict requirements” to private businesses if THEY do not mandate it. Threatening others to get what he wants is one of his favorite tactics. A January 2, 2020 article published in The Hill magazine recounts the time Joe Biden bragged about strong-arming the entire country of Ukraine to protect his son Hunter Biden:

“In his own words, with video cameras rolling, he threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn’t
immediately ire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

“I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,’” Biden recalled telling Poroshenko.

“Well, son of a bitch, he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time,” Biden told the Council on Foreign Relations event, insisting that President Obama was in on the threat.”

But the January 2, 2020 article published in The Hill magazine reports one detail that Biden didn’t mention when the cameras were rolling:

“But Ukrainian officials tell me there was one crucial piece of information that Biden must have known but didn’t mention to his audience: The prosecutor he got fired was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into the natural gas firm that employed Biden’s younger son, Hunter, as a board member.

U.S. banking records show Hunter Biden’s American-based firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC, received regular transfers into one of its accounts —usually more than $166,000 a month — from Burisma from spring 2014 through fall 2015, during a period when Vice President Biden was the main U.S. official dealing with Ukraine and its tense relations with Russia.”

So you may be asking what is the point of this article? It’s very simple, Joe Biden has a history of using strong-arm tactics to get what he wants and Pfizer has a history of paying fines for fraud and illegal marketing of its products. If you can’t trust the man who is telling businesses to mandate the vaccine and you can’t trust the company that makes the product being mandated, common sense dictates that you can’t trust the product itself.

Allowing businesses to take away medical choice of employees over their bodies sets a dangerous precedent. It will erode the rights of workers and give control of workers bodies and medical choice to their employer.

Again if you want to take the vaccine, I’m not advocating preventing you from doing that but if President Biden’s threat of “harsh restrictions” to employers who don’t mandate the vaccine scares the hell out of you (as it does me) then I urge you to sign the petition (by clicking on the link below ) calling on Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt to prohibit corporations from forcing workers to take a medical treatment they are uncomfortable with.


I Love: Memories Made With Tom T. Hall

Tom T. Hall (Photo courtesy of NPR)

From local NPR affiliate KRCU, Cape Girardeau, Missouri:

“NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tom T. Hall, the singer-songwriter who composed “Harper Valley P.T.A.” and sang about life’s simple joys as country music’s consummate blue-collar bard, has died. He was 85.

His son, Dean Hall, confirmed the musician’s death on Friday at his home in Franklin, Tenn. Known as “The Storyteller” for his unadorned yet incisive lyrics, Hall composed hundreds of songs.”

As NPR correctly points out Tom T. Hall composed hundreds of songs but one particular song penned by Hall holds a special place in my heart.

When I was a young child my grandmother worked second shift at a local hospital in Chaffee, Missouri. Like many women of her era, Grandma never learned to drive, so my father would often have to pick her up when her work day was over and in the summertime when school was out of session, I would often ride with him.

Our entertainment on the drive was AM radio. I was fascinated at the stations from across America we could pick up at night, Chicago, New Orleans and all points in between. No matter the location of the station our car radio landed on, the format was the same, Country music.

One of the more popular songs of the time was Tom T. Hall’s “I Love”. I learned this song by singing it with Dad on those drives.

“I love little baby ducks, old pick-up trucks
Slow movin’ trains and rain
I love little country streams, sleep without dreams
Sunday school in May and hay

And I love you too…”

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Eastern Ozarks Band, HTHH Plays Sturgis

Local Carter County, Missouri band Harder Than Her Husband plays the main stage at Full Throttle Saloon at Sturgis, South Dakota. Full Throttle was made famous as a tv reality show open 10 days a year during the Sturgis motorcycle rally. The show features owner Mike Ballard, his wife Angie Ballard and Jesse James Dupree of the music group Jackyl. For more info on the band visit their Facebook page.

Carter County, Missouri natives Harder Than Her Husband play the main stage at Full Throttle Saloon, Sturgis, S.D. August, 2021 Click Here to watch.

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Unlikely Friend

Ed Boston Dorrer

The first time I met Ed “Boston” Dorrer he was at the Bollinger County Eagles in 2010. It was a memorable day. My kids were at their mother’s house , dark clouds were on the horizon and tornado warnings filled the airwaves, a typical stormy Spring day in Southeast, Missouri.

Looking back leaving the house to go hang out with my friends in a metal building to wait out an impending tornado was not exactly the smartest decision but I’m so glad I did.

The first face I recognized was Dennis Willis, so I headed for his table, and a fateful meeting with “Boston”. With a scowl on his face he looked at me and said, “I don’t like people I don’t know sitting at my table.”

To which I replied, “Well it’s not just your table, it’s “Chief’s” too and besides, around here we put the Yankees outside to watch for funnel clouds.”

It was at this point “Boston” laughed and “allowed” me to sit at “his” table. It was his test and I had just passed it. It was the beginning of many friendly “arguments” between he and I.

“Boston” was a red-blooded American who had staked his claim in Marble Hill. He loved it here and convinced others to move here as well. Noone or no force of nature was going to move him either.

His house sat next to Crooked Creek and one time, during a flood, I went to check on him. When I arrived at his house, there he stood on his front porch wearing his “newsboy” hat, a sweatshirt, shorts and rubber boots, comical yet defiant. He informed me that he had already secured his possessions and wasn’t going anywhere. That was “Boston.”

He was a good friend to me , and many others in the area and once told me not long after moving here, that he had fallen upon “hard times” but the people of this town helped him out. He never forgot their generosity and afterwards you could find him at the Food Pantry, every Tuesday, helping area residents out just as they had helped him. Some people talked about caring, “Boston” proved he did through his actions.

Rest In Peace my Yankee friend.

– Clint Lacy

Sasquatch Investigations in the Eastern Ozarks.

I’m posting Part 2 of The Current River Killer. I did not produce these documentaries, that credit goes to Sasquatch Theory over at YouTube. If .you missed Part 1 you can watch it by clicking on this link.

Of course residents of Bollinger County, Missouri may be surprised to learn of a Sasquatch sighting which occurred near Grassy, on the Castor River in 2012.

According to the report, the incident occurred on July 27, 2012 the person being interviewed stated:

“While at our cabin at Castor River in Bollinger Co Missouri our 14 yr old son and his friend witnessed what they said appeared to be a 7-8 ft tall human like creature knock down a dead tree across the river in their direction. (my wife and I were at the spot the day before and the tree wasn’t there..when we went the next morning we seen it in the river) It then landed in the water and stood there, it started towards them and they ran back to our cabin. Before this happened they heard rocks or something being thrown into the water. This occurred about 10-11 at night while the boys were in the river gigging. Which is knee to waist deep. These boys are all boy and spend nights out in tents at the river and woods.. This night they were extremely upset and scared and wouldn’t stay in the tent. They wanted to leave that night and come home! I don’t know what they seen, but I don’t think they are making this up, they were truly scared!!”

You can read the full report by clicking on this link.

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They Thought He Was Frank James

Randles James

I was recently given some old copies of the “Echo” , a magazine that used to be published by the Bollinger County (Missouri) Historical Society. I am already finding some interesting material.

One such story was found in the October, 1979 issue of the Echo, on page 117. The article, titled “They Thought He Was Jesse James’ Brother , Frank” was written by Clyde Willis who writes about a visit to the Randles James farm by two Pinkerton detectives:

“It was Friday, February 13, 1874. Just two weeks after the Gads Hill robbery when the two detectives drove their buggy to the Randles James farm on Cane Creek. They called Mr. James to the door and asked if he had any hogs for sale. They said that they were stock buyers and were traveling about the country buying stock for a large packing company in St. Louis. Both men were dressed in flashy suits with heavy overcoats and derby hats. They looked like typical stock buyers of the day.”

According to Mr. Willis’ article Randles James told the detectives that he had some hogs which were previously grazing on the range but were penned up to feed out and were not ready to sell yet. At the insistence of the detectives, Randles James took them to the pen at which time the detectives pulled their revolvers out and arrested James, who asked if they could stop at the house to tell his family what was transpiring and to get a heavier coat. James’ request was denied and the two Pinkerton agents transported James to Marble Hill as fast as their horses could travel.

There was a region for the urgency, the detectives thought they had captured Frank James, brother of Jesse James. Willis writes that the agents did not arrive at Marble Hill until after dark at which time they awoke Sheriff John Hopkins and informed him they had captured Frank James.

When the detectives asked Sheriff Hopkins to hold the “outlaw” overnight until the train arrived the next morning, he refused.

“Sheriff Hopkins, after one look at their prisoner , informed the detectives that they had made a mistake. “That is not Frank James”, he said. “That is Randles James. I have known this man all my life. He is a good law-abiding citizen. This man never broke the law in his life.”

The Pinkerton agents produced a photograph and insisted that the man they had in custody was Frank James.

Willis writes that:

“At that late hour , Sheriff Hopkins was in no mood to argue with the detectives. He made them release Mr. James and advised them to catch the first train out of Bollinger County. He also threatened to lock them both in the Marble Hill jail if they ever attempted to arrest a citizen of Bollinger County again.”

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