Category Archives: Lexington Missouri

A memory of #1 Miami Hurricanes vs. BYU Cougars in 1990

— MRW

Missouri Ethics Commission quashes ‘witch hunt’ against former Lexington, MO city administrator

I just received this info, and I’ll add to it by reporting that new members were elected to Lexington (MO) City Council in a write-in campaign this past April.

As I pointed out back in 2017, when concerned citizens were first proposing that Joe Aull be hired as city administrator, he would have been in a far stronger position had he run for mayor instead. As an elected official, he couldn’t have been removed from office on specious grounds for undisclosed motives, and against the will of most Lexington residents.

I’ll continue watching developments back in the old hometown, but it seems to me that nothing much has changed at Lexington City Hall.

See the MEC finding in re Joe Aull below. (Thanks, Merl Nelson, for sending this to me.)

— MRW

‘Lexington (MO) stacks sandbags as Missouri River threatens town’

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(Kansas City Star photo)

My comment on the KCTV5 website follows below:

Back in the flood of ’93, the Lexington water plant did go offline for a short time. As I recall, various fire departments in surrounding towns and rural fire districts brought in plenty of fresh drinking water. This latest flood is nothing new for Lexington residents. What is new is that the city is now running its own water department, and back in ’93 it was a private company. Speaking as a former city councilman (I now live in Colorado), I have my doubts about the city’s competence to deal with a real crisis. City hall in my old hometown continues to shoot itself in the foot, most recently by firing a highly qualified city administrator. Good luck to everyone!

— MRW

Lexington, MO politics is still FUBAR

Back in 2017, the city administrator resigned and took a similar position in the neighboring city of Richmond, in the midst of a lot of controversy at Lexington City Hall.

After many moons, concerned citizens thought they had persuaded the new mayor and city council to hire Joe Aull as city administrator. Certainly a highly qualified person, with deep ties to the town. At the time, I suggested that Mr. Aull would likely run into difficulties as city administrator, in a form of municipal government in which the mayor has all of the power (subject to council approval).

I wasn’t entirely surprised to see this news yesterday, a couple of months late (I don’t follow news from the old hometown as closely now as I once did): Joe Aull out as Lexington City Administrator from KMZU. 

Residents in the small town of Lexington, MO (population less than 5,000) are apparently scratching their heads, and the explanation given on the city’s website is lacking in specifics. See below:

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It is frankly unbelievable to me, as one who knows how crooked Lexington City Hall has been at times, that anyone of Mr. Aull’s extensive political experience as a state representative for several terms could run afoul of ethics rules.

I smell a rat . . . And there is probably more than one rat between the current mayor and city council members, unfortunately.

If any Lexington, MO residents read this post, please leave a comment with details of what’s going on back there, and you can do so anonymously.

— MRW

My White Privilege circa 1972

I’m so tired of reading dumb comments from Boulder snowflakes suffering terribly from White Guilt. Let me tell you what happened in my perfect world of White Privilege one summer night back in 1972, when I was a lad of 16:

There was a rock concert featuring local talent being held in the parking lot of one of the old hometown’s supermarkets. Hundreds of kids were there, from Lexington, MO and surrounding towns. A black kid my age from LHS decided to try and rob me.

He had a box cutter, which he held up to my neck as he demanded my money. Poor dumb bastard; I was just as poor as he was! When he realized he wasn’t going to get a penny from me, he just made a slashing motion down across my chest. It wasn’t until a few minutes later, after somebody pointed it out, that I noticed I was bleeding. Luckily, no stitches were required, and all I did was apply some rubbing alcohol (OUCH) when I got home. Of course, I reported it to police.

The black kid was on probation already, and when he was arrested the judge simply revoked his probation and he went to the state juvenile facility to serve his sentence on the previous crime. I didn’t pursue criminal charges in my case. The U.S. Marines recruited him right out of lockup, since they needed warm bodies at the tail end of Vietnam. Maybe that military service did him good; I don’t know.

In any case, this isolated incident in which a young black guy slashed me with a box cutter in a failed robbery didn’t cause me to hate black people, not a bit. In fact, a couple of black friends of mine offered to smack the s*** out of him, so it’s probably lucky the police got to him first.

This Naropa University black snowflake, who is reported to be a Yoga Studies major, and all of his white snowflake supporters in Boulder, CO need a reality check, which I hope my story has provided. He wasn’t even touched by the white police officers, so there is NO justification for hating them.

Y’all need to grow up . . .

— MRW

Missouri’s new U.S. Senator

Some background on young Josh during his brief time in Lexington, MO: His daddy was president of one of the local banks, the family was active in the United Methodist Church there, and Josh NEVER attended Lexington High School — instead commuting all the way to private Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, MO (40 miles each way).

He has led a charmed life, so far . . .

— MRW

Don’t know how I missed this story from the old hometown of Lexington, MO

I happened upon it today, and can’t honestly say I’m surprised that Lexington, MO — a small rural town that has always celebrated its Confederate heritage — attracts an extremist like this guy:

Anti-immigrant activist Craig Nelsen resurfaces in Missouri, attempting to start boxing club for opioid addicts.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a resource I don’t check as often as I should. As to why Mr. Nelsen came to Lexington, that’s because s*** draws flies. Lest you doubt what the upper crust in my old hometown is all about:

Civil War Ball in Lexington, MO

Okay, I admit adding the caption to a photo taken by someone else, but it points out the hypocrisy of cherry-picking only romantic aspects of antebellum life, which was BRUTAL AND DEGRADING for the African slaves who built the wealth of prominent families there. The descendants of those slaveholders continue to be high profile residents, more than 150 years after the Confederacy’s ignominious surrender to Gen. Grant, and many other white folks can hardly bear to acknowledge the fact that the state of Missouri NEVER seceded to join the traitors.

Now, some benighted residents act surprised at the chickens coming home to roost.

Come to think of it, this BS was taking place while I was recuperating from my heart attack in December of 2017, and also lacked access to the Internet. (Rather than edit the title of this post, I’ll put my creeping memory deficit on full display.)

I’ll presume that the City of Lexington rejected Nelsen’s crackpot scheme . . .

— MRW