Dan Wehmer - Publisher's Pen

Dan Wehmer

While perusing social media over the weekend, I landed on a Facebook page that led me to the website of the Diggins Baptist Church, located at www.digginsbaptist.com.

On it, there was an online inventory of sermons from the church’s pastor, Gary Dedmon, who is a super guy.

One of them caught my attention.

It was titled “A Final Testimony.”

It was his eulogy for Brett Holmes, a local teenager who died earlier this summer in a tragic series of events tied to a float trip.

I’m not going to summarize Dedmon’s message. Doing so would be an injustice.

Simply stated, his 34-minute eulogy was fantastic. It brought tears to my eyes. It made me think. It made me appreciate the fact I’ve got two boys, ages 21 and 16, who are with me today.

Whether you’re a Christian or not, go to the church’s Facebook page and find Dedmon’s audio. His words may change your life; if they don’t, it’s certain they will alter your perspective.

It also brings truth to a topic I’ve heard discussed by many in the community.

Bottom line, Brett Holmes was a fine young man.

He made a mistake.

It didn’t effect who he was or where he now is.

But his life was lost. Too soon.

My personal condolences to his parents, John and Trish Holmes, as well as Brett’s grandmother, Barbara, who I’ve had to pleasure to know for 25 years. I’m so sorry for your loss.

I also want to thank John and Trish for requesting that Dedmon share Brett’s final four statements before he died.

In doing so, I’ve got no doubt those words will save future lives, as well as lead many more to Christ.

Too many young people in southern Webster County are losing their lives too soon.

All of us must do what we can do to curb this epidemic.

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Per a news release from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), drivers can expect one-lane traffic, lane closings and possible traffic delays in southern Webster County along U.S. 60 this week.

Reason for the traffic snafu?

New, brighter “Wrong Way” and “Do Not Enter” signs will replace the current ones on various highway interchanges to combat wrong-way crashes in 14 counties.

Cost for the work is $927,000, MoDOT said.

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Reading time, two minutes:

• Free unmowed yards.

• For those with inquisitive minds, the city of Seymour appears positioned to sell its two-lot tract at the corner of Charles and Washington streets. Since the potential deal hasn’t yet been struck, I won’t name the buyer or the offer, but if it works out, the old home on the property will be razed, with a new home built. If the lot sells, that will leave the city with two lots from its Home Reclamation Project — one of Davis Street and another on East Summit Avenue.

Bring your offers.

• Speaking of MoDOT, we’re told City Administrator Hillary Gintz had a productive meeting Monday in Springfield with officials from the district office.

We’re also told MoDOT doesn’t like this newspaper’s editorial stance as it pertains to the state’s role in the city’s lack of an overpass.

I can accept that.

But this issue goes back almost half a century when engineers from MoDOT deemed Seymour wasn’t worthy of an overpass while Mansfield got two.

Even the metropolis of Macomb has an overpass.

Ultimately, we got stoplights.

And decades of promises.

None fulfilled.

• If you’re in the market for mums, I’ll suggest a stop.

Make a trip east down Garfield Street until the road turns into gravel and reaches the Seymour FFA’s greenhouse.

There you will find the largest mums you’ll ever see.

Better yet, they are a bargain.

Ones in 9-inch pots are $10 each or two for $18.

Larger ones in 3-gallon pots cost $20 each or you can get two for $35.

Best of all, the proceeds go to a great cause, our local FFA chapter.

Dan Wehmer is the Citizen’s editor, publisher and owner. He can he reached at 417-935-2257 or via e-mail at citizen@webstercountycitizen.com.

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