Dan Wehmer - Publisher's Pen

Dan Wehmer - Publisher's Pen

Monday morning, which was Labor Day, discovered was a crime committed by someone who certainly didn’t need to take the day off.

Because it’s certain the perpetrator doesn’t labor at a real job. The crime itself proves that.

Discovered was the break in and robbery of Unit 34 at Seymour Storage, located behind the south side of the city square. The unit robbed belongs to the Seymour Merchants’ Association, sponsor of the annual Seymour Apple Festival, our community’s “homecoming” in many ways, which dates back to 1973.

Taken was the festival’s public-address system.

Cut were the unit’s locks.

The great score for the thief or thieves was a decades-old P.A. system that maybe contained $10 in copper.

However, to replace it, the merchants likely will have to spend thousands. Instead of giving that festival-raised money back to the community, a total that by my count is more than $400,000 over nearly five decades, the merchants will have to purchase a portable P.A. system to replace the one stolen by one or some of Seymour’s finest.

Let the crime sink in, folks.

A charitable organization was robbed.

An organization created and staffed by all volunteers.

Many of those volunteers are you, the people reading this column. You work two-hour shifts in the barbecue and corndog booths, giving your time so the festival can give back to your community.

In essence, you are the victim of a crime, because the festival is yours. It’s a community effort and has been for 49 years. That effort brings more than 30,000 people to the city square every second weekend in September.

The aforementioned crime occurred between late Friday afternoon and late Monday morning.

The perpetrators had the ability to cut locks.

They took a system that’s not easy to transport.

Hopefully, someone knows something.

Hopefully, the thief or thieves are caught.

Hopefully, the system can be salvaged if found.

Hopefully, it’s returned before the start of the festival at noon this Thursday.

One thing I do know is that the person who organized this crime is a scumbag.

He or she, as well as their cronies, if also involved, are lousy, no-good individuals.

I also know that you will get caught.

An arrest is coming.

When you’re nabbed, I plan to let everyone in town know your name or names.

We’ll run your mugshot.

Introduce you to the community.

Because you are a thief.

And you robbed all of us.

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Reading time, two minutes:

• Don’t free Terry Rippee.


In this week’s paper, you’ll see nine more charges were tacked on to the 28 first-degree felonies he faces. All 37 of them are for sexual crimes against children.

Not so long ago, our local police force received complaints about Rippee lingering around the Family Dollar store on the northeast corner of the Seymour square.

City cops could do nothing.

Rippee’s wife worked there.

Today, those complaints seem more valid, especially in light of the newest charges that have surfaced.

Pedophiles should be feared.

They aren’t victims.

Those who enable them aren’t either.

• It appears perfect weather is coming to this week’s Seymour Apple Festival with highs in the upper 80s, lows in the mid-50s and absolutely no rain.

Two years ago when the festival last was held, we had record crowds, estimated above 30,000 over three days.

This year, I’m expecting a larger tally than that. Expect a packed square from noon Friday until the event’s conclusion late Saturday night.

While here, stop by the office and say hello.

Even trusty Citizen intern William Wehmer will be here, visiting from his new confines at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

But I’m not paying him to eat corndogs.

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

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