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Guinea Disaster

~ Continued ~

While in Springfield we were also supposed to get a trailer and bring home a large run to keep the birds in until they were big enough to roost. But that all fell through and we ended up going home without it. Which meant, I didn't have anything of good size for them.

A rabbit cage was all we had to work with and it was far from handy, but at least it kept the guineas safe while they did the rest of their growing outside. Within a few weeks we began to turn them loose during the day but continued to cage them up at night.

During one of those first days, our new dog Dirk snagged a bird and killed it. As a result he got some serious one on one training on never looking at those birds with even a twinkle of desire in his eyes ever again. If I remember right, I think we did lose another bird throughout the duration of the training. But he steers clear of them now.

Not long after that we were late getting outside to close up the birds. As a result we had four disappear on us. We're pretty sure they'd hunkered down someplace away from the rest and something snagged them during the night.

At last the vulnerable birds arrived to roosting age and chose a nice big cedar tree next to the cabin to be their favored roosting spot. At last I thought we'd made it through the prone-to-die-from-anything stage and we still had a few birds left. We flew through summer by the seat of our pants, (at least it felt like that) and happily watching those weird looking critters dedicatedly eliminating our tick problem. If I had to guess the tick population dropped 85% in the few months the birds were allowed to roam free. It was wonderful! And you know…the noise wasn't all that bad either.

But then our first cold rain came. It had been raining all day and I'd noticed that the guineas weren't heading for shelter. They just stood out there looking miserable. I mumbled about how dumb they were being, but never thought to try and do anything for them. There were plenty of places they could go to get out of the rain, so I figured they weren't minding getting wet.

But by evening I finally realized they weren't fairing well when I gently toed one off the front porch step and instead of flying off like they generally do, he simply fell over and rolled off. Startled I looked around for the others and found nearly half of them scattered about the yard lying on their sides.

Suddenly distressed, I hauled out our big critter carrier and gathered up the chilled birds and placed them inside. Then I caught the remaining few birds that were still functioning half way decently and tossed them in too. But then the better-off birds who were worked up over being cooped up began to trample the others. I was sure the weak ones wouldn't last long with their buddies jumping all over them, so not knowing what else to do I opened the crate back up and let them out.

Soon those who still had some life to them were falling over in the rain as well. After telling Doug about it, we went out and gathered the birds up again and put them back in the carrier. Only two stayed out of our reach and wouldn't allow us to catch them.

It was supposed to get down to freezing that night, so we carried the crate inside and put them next to the wood cook stove. I was almost certain most were going to die that night. I was hearing wheezings coming from most of them and nearly all were sprawled out on their sides, limp and lifeless. It's common knowlage to most who've raised guineas, once they get chilled, they're done in. They just can't handle it. I felt so bad that we hadn't done something for them sooner.

One died just before we went to bed. We placed some food and water in with them with the hopes that they'd somehow muster some strength to eat or drink, but they were lucky to be able to lift their heads. With nothing else we could do, we went to bed.

The next morning I woke up to the sound of a few guineas chirping inside the cabin. First I was quite surprised and delighted to hear such sounds. But the blissful feeling dove rather abruptly when I noted that the sounds weren't coming from where the crate was, but just under us where the couch set. Apparently we hadn't made sure the door was latched when we went to bed. Have you ever woken up to excited guinea birds in your living room? It's not a pleasant experience, nor a clean one.

After hurrying downstairs with Will on my heels we found birds trying to fly up the walls, knocking things off shelves as they went and leaving little birdie bombs behind. To my astonishment all but one bird was alive and well. Our prayers for them had been answered. Now we had to figure out how to get them out of the cabin. I opened one of the cabin doors and with Will's help, we herded them out, then cleaned up the mess.

We had a big cook-out at Steve's to go to that day, so just before we left, Doug carried the one bird that still wasn't back on its feet out and gently laid him against a tree in the warm sunlight. When we got home that night he was gone and it was too dark to investigate.

That morning we found him patrolling the area with his fellow survivors. About all we can figure was they hadn't been getting enough to eat and were malnourished which left them unprepared for the cold, wet weather. So we upped their feed and they've been thriving ever since.

Out of the twenty, we're now down to eight birds. Eight! But it's a nice number. Their squawking and chirping and screeching and screaming is tolerable and I think the amount is enough to keep the tick population down next spring and summer.

So the saying is quite true concerning guinea fowl. They're quite a hardy bird if they manage to reach adulthood. But it's those few months of life before maturity that so many of them fall death to. I'm just happy we have any at all that survived it. They ought to be indestructible now.

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Heads Up!

Got two more batches of preserves in the Emporium. Pumpkin Spice jam and a cranberry jelly. Also brought in a fresh supply of hand woven shawls just in time for Christmas.

Shannon County Minutes

Jeff called the meeting to order Monday, November 5th, 2018 at 9:16 a.m.

Members Present: Jeff Cowen, Presiding Commissioner

Dale Counts, Northern Commissioner

Herman Kelly, Southern Commissioner

Shelly Bland, Deputy County Clerk

Members Absent: Shelly McAfee, County Clerk

Visitors: Jodie Brumble, Elizabeth Voyles, Jimile Voyles

Jodie Brumble, Prosecuting Attorney, was in to discuss the current salary of Elizabeth Voyles and the need to update the personnel policy.

Jodie stated that Elizabeth is currently making $10.75 an hour from the county prosecuting attorney's budget and she was being paid another $4.50 an hour from the PASTC fund that is available only to the prosecutor. As that fund has now been depleted, Elizabeth can only be paid what the county prosecutor's budget allows which is $10.75 per hour.

Jodie stated that Elizabeth should be making at least $11.50 an hour according to the personnel policy standards. Dale agreed that the county should pay her $11.00 an hour.

Jimile Voyles was in to discuss the deeding of some land to the county from Bob and Julie Frank.

Commission approved the invoices presented for payment. (D-Y, J-Y, H-Y)

Being no further business, Dale motions to adjourn the meeting at 12:00 p.m. Herman

seconds the motion. Motion carries with all in favor. (D-Y, J-Y, H-Y)

No regularly scheduled commission meeting will be held on Monday, November 19th due to attending the MAC conference at Osage Beach, MO.

The next meeting will be held Monday, November 26th, 2018 at 9:00 a.m., county courtroom, first floor of the courthouse.

Jeff called the meeting to order Monday, October 29, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Members Present: Jeff Cowen, Presiding Commissioner

Dale Counts, Northern Commissioner

Herman Kelly, Southern Commissioner

Shelly McAfee, County Clerk

Visitors: Renee Greenshields, Kim Demotte and Jon Fugina

Commission approved the run-ons and abates to the personal and real estate property valuations prepared by the Assessor's office. (D-Y, H-Y, J-Y)

Commission approved the invoices presented for payment. (D-Y, H-Y, J-Y)

Renee Greenshields, Echo Bluff Coordinator, Kim Demotte and Jon Fugina were present to finalize plans for the upcoming race day scheduled for February 2, 2019. The race caravan will be staged in the City limits of Eminence for a public ceremony and viewing before returning to the racing location. A meeting will be held in December at Echo Bluff to finalize the event.

(Jeff left meeting at 10:45 a.m. to attend a SCOCOG meeting)

Dale motions to approve the minutes of October 22, 2018. Herman seconds the motion. Motion carries with all in favor. (D-Y, H-Y)

Being no further business, Herman motions to adjourn the meeting at 12:00 p.m. Dale seconds the motion. Motion carries with all in favor. (D-Y, H-Y)

The next meeting will be held Monday, November 5, 2018 at 9:00 a.m., county courtroom, first floor of the courthouse.



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Shannon County Health Department Calendar



Monday, Dec. 3: FLU SHOTS, immunizations, blood draws, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings

Tuesday, Dec. 4: WIC open till 6 pm (by appointment only), immunizations

Wednesday, Dec. 5: WIC (by appointment only), immunizations

Monday, Dec. 10: FLU SHOTS, immunizations, blood draws, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings

Tuesday, Dec. 11: WIC (by appointment only), immunizations

Wednesday, Dec. 12: At Birch Tree Pioneer Baptist Church--WIC (by appt. only) & immunizations

Monday, Dec. 17: FLU SHOTS, immunizations, blood draws, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings

Tuesday, Dec. 18: WIC (by appointment only), immunizations

Wednesday, Dec. 19: At Birch Tree Pioneer Baptist Church--WIC (by appt. only) & immunizations



Wednesday, Dec. 26: WIC (by appointment only), immunizations

Monday, Dec. 31: FLU SHOTS, immunizations, blood draws, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings


Baby Announcements


The next monthly meeting of the Ozark Spring Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will be a Christmas potluck luncheon held at 12:00 pm Saturday, December 1, at the American Legion Hall, 1401 Bill Virdon Blvd.,West Plains.

Our featured speaker will be Jennifer Dodson, of Eminence. Dodson, a Missouri artist, has designed ornaments that showcase historic structures from national parks and historic sites of the Ozarks. Her ornaments will dazzle President's Park at the White House in Washington, D.C., as part of the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting display.

It is not necessary to be a DAR member to attend meetings. Any woman over the age of eighteen able to prove lineal descent from a Revolutionary War Patriot is eligible to join DAR and welcome to come and learn more about the organization.

For more information about Ozark Spring Chapter NSDAR and its programs, visit www.mssdar.org or contact Chapter Regent, Cindy Pirch at 417-629-4102 or Public Relations Chair, Sherri Jolliff at 417-274-7518,



Celebrate the holiday season with ‘The Christmas Skates'

Celebrate the holiday season by attending the Imaginary Theatre Company's production of "The Christmas Skates" Dec. 18 at the West Plains Civic Center theater.

The presentation is being sponsored by the Missouri State University-West Plains University/Community Programs (U/CP) Department and the West Plains Council on the Arts. Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

"It's our pleasure to partner with the West Plains Council on the Arts to bring this wonderful performance opportunity to the community," U/CP Director Brenda Polyard said.

The 50-minute play explores holiday traditions; themes of friendship, appreciation and giving; and accepting differences in each other. The true spirit of the holiday season shines brightly in this musical adaptation of Mary Griggs Van Voorhis's short story, "The Boy with the Box." It's nearly Christmas, and Tom Reynolds is excited to show off his brand-new skates - that is, until someone shows up with a newer, better pair. Meanwhile, across town, Harvey McGinnis is thrilled with the meager gifts he's managed to gather for his little sisters. Inspired by Harvey's kindness and spirit, Tom hatches a plan to give his new friend a holiday surprise to remember.

Two day-time performances will be offered free of charge for area students. A 7 p.m. evening performance is slated for the community, organizers said. Email info@westplainsarts.org or call Sally Robinson at 417-255-7966 to reserve seats for students at the daytime performances.

Organizers note the evening performance will be in a sensory-friendly format. "If you know a child who lives with sensory sensitivity, this is the perfect way to introduce the child to the theater," said Paula Speraneo, president of the arts council.

Tickets are $5 for adults for the evening performance. Students with a BearPass ID and children ages 13 and under will be admitted free.

For more information, call 417-255-7966 or email info@westplainsarts.org.





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Eminence Library News

New Eminence Public Library Hours: Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Location: Courthouse First Floor.



City Council Board Meeting

The meeting of the City Council of Winona, Missouri, was called to order at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2018 by the Mayor Adam Ipock, in the City Hall at 8488 Ash Street. On roll call, the following members were present:

Margaret Akers, Bill Brawley, Kerah Dickson, Adam Ipock, Gary Plunk, Carl McIntire, Jimalee Sartin

Also present was -Mandy Brown-City Clerk, Tom Bissell-City Supervisor, Israel Guidry-Chief of Police, Jason Yates, Mike Manis, Ester Manis, Mike Rector, Mike Vermillion, Danny Beatham, Avery Redman, Jayms Williams, Ryan Fisher, Ashley Fisher, Joe Brown, Mason Blanks, Randy Hobbs, Jonathan Mensendick, John Charles, Lori Hobbs, Constance Hobbs, Jenny Brawley, Rex Churchill, Patsy Blunk, Mary Friend, Stacey Ipock, Joni Mulvaney, Ashlee Sites, Tiffany Norris, Anthony Sites, Joshua Sartin, Ryan Norris, Lynn Guidry

Old Business


All members introduced themselves.


A motion to waive the reading of the minutes and accept the meeting minutes from October 9, October 11, October 18, October 23, and October 31, 2018 was made by Bill Brawley and seconded by Jimalee Sartin.

AYES: 6-Akers, Brawley, Dickson, McIntire, Plunk, Sartin


A motion was made to pay all the accounts payable by Kerah Dickson and seconded by Carl McIntire.

AYES: 6-Akers, Brawley, Dickson, McIntire, Plunk, Sartin


Second reading of Bill #2018-009 (Trash ordinance) title was read and discussed.

A motion was made to accept bill number 2018-009 by Kerah Dickson and seconded by Carl McIntire.

AYES: 6-Akers, Brawley, Dickson, McIntire, Plunk, Sartin


The budget resolution #2018-011 (budget resolution #8) title was read. The changes to the budget were discussed.

A motion was made to accept resolution number 2018-011 by Carl McIntire and seconded by Bill Brawley.

AYES: 6-Akers, Brawley, Dickson, McIntire, Plunk, Sartin


Bill #2018-010 (meter deposit ordinance) title was read. The changes that were discussed were that for homeowners the deposit would be $263.00 and for renters $513.00.


Resolution #2018-010 (election resolution) title was read. This was discussed with the public in attendance.

A motion was made to accept resolution number 2018-010 by Kerah Dickson and seconded by Margaret Akers.

AYES: 6-Akers, Brawley, Dickson, McIntire, Plunk, Sartin



New Business


Mike Manis spoke to the Board concerning what was in the paper from the last regularly scheduled meeting. This was discussed.

A motion was made to not charge rent to the Fire Department starting the year 2019 by Bill Brawley and seconded by Jimalee Sartin.

AYES: 4-Akers, Brawley, Dickson, Sartin

ABSTAIN: 2-McIntire, Plunk (on the Fire Department Board)


Jason Yates spoke with the Board concerning getting funding for the librarian through MERS Goodwill. The Board advised as long as they find funding for a librarian the library can remain open at the location they are.


Ashley Fisher spoke to the Board concerning the Christmas Parade and the Fireworks. The Park Board would like to have it on December 8, 2018.

A motion was made to have the Christmas Parade on December 8, 2018 by Gary Plunk and seconded by Jimalee Sartin.

AYES: 6-Akers, Brawley, Dickson, McIntire, Plunk, Sartin

A motion was made to pay $3,000 for fireworks by Gary Plunk and seconded by Margaret Akers.

AYES: 6-Akers, Brawley, Dickson, McIntire, Plunk, Sartin

Alderman Sartin advised Ashley Fisher about a possible fundraiser for placing advertisements on the ball fields. This was discussed.


Chief Guidry stated that there were 105 Calls for Services for the month of October. Animal complaints were discussed, as well as citizens getting bitten by dogs. Chief Guidry discussed Officer Brumble and the good job he did. Chief Guidry advised that November 11, 2018 would be his last day. Chief Guidry advised that he feels that Officer Churchill would be a good replacement.


Tom Bissell advised that Woolsey gave the City a $1000 check for the electric for Well #5. Woolsey has placed a timer on the Well to cycle on and off and it isn't costing the City anything. Tom Bissell advised the Board that three different companies have come and spoke with him concerning the electric meters and we are waiting on bids from these companies. Tom Bissell advised that the flags were all changed for Veteran's Day observance.


Mandy Brown advised that Tammy Kile has the opportunity to attend training for Court in Hollister for free. The only expense would be travel.

A motion was made to allow Tammy Kile to attend training in Hollister by Bill Brawley and seconded by Kerah Dickson.

AYES: 6-Akers, Brawley, Dickson, McIntire, Plunk, Sartin

The Municipal Court was discussed at this time and questioned if we were going to continue at this time. This brought up the Sales Tax and this was discussed as well.

Mandy Brown advised that Richard Hardwick has applied to have a cabin placed on his property on Hoover Street. The Board looked at the photographs of the cabin.

A motion was made to allow Richard Hardwick to place the cabin on his property by Carl McIntire and seconded by Gary Plunk.

AYES: 6-Akers, Brawley, Dickson, McIntire, Plunk, Sartin

Mandy Brown advised that Shawn Halferty has turned in an application for net metering.

A motion was made to allow Shawn Halferty to go ahead with his net metering by Margaret Akers and seconded by Kerah Dickson.

AYES: 6-Akers, Brawley, Dickson, McIntire, Plunk, Sartin

Mandy Brown spoke with the Board concerning the accounts.

A motion was made to combine all the accounts except Municipal Court, Bonds, and Utility Deposits by Carl McIntire and seconded by Bill Brawley.

AYES: 6-Akers, Brawley, Dickson, McIntire, Plunk, Sartin

Closing a CD was discussed.

A motion was made to close one CD by Bill Brawley and seconded by Carl McIntire.

AYES: 6-Akers, Brawley, Dickson, McIntire, Plunk, Sartin

The holiday meal was discussed. It was decided that the City would do a Potluck and it would be held on December 21.


Shop with a cop was discussed. The Board advised Mandy Brown to call Walmart to see about a grant for Shop with a Cop. The complaint against Dennis Bradshaw was discussed. The Board decided that a letter to owner would need to be sent. The spreadsheet that was provided to the Board concerning Brown Oil was discussed. The crosswalk was discussed and that there haven't been any officers there.

A motion was made at 7:51 p.m. to move to closed session per RSMO 610.021 (3, 13) by Carl McIntire and seconded by Jimalee Sartin.

AYES: 6-Akers, Brawley, Dickson, McIntire, Plunk, Sartin

The meeting came back to open at 8:30 p.m.

The Board advised Mandy Brown to look at the verbiage for placing someone for Interim Chief of Police. The ad for the Chief of Police needs to be placed in the West Plains Quill.

A motion was made to adjourn the meeting at 8:37 pm by Carl McIntire and seconded by Kerah Dickson.

AYES: 6-Akers, Brawley, Dickson, McIntire, Plunk, Sartin





From University of Missouri Extension

Three Steps Helpful in Raising Children with Gratitude

Most parents would love for their children to understand gratitude all year long, but especially during the gift-giving holidays. Some basic steps can help develop a child's spirit of gratitude according to Janice Emery, 4-H youth development specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

"Many parents experience the dreaded gift opening moment when grandma is watching your child open her gift and the child grimaces at the new socks she bought them," said Emery.

Parents can try several tactics to raise grateful children. For starters, it can be helpful to prepare your child before any gift-giving situation to be appreciative. However, according to Emery, there are also three basic gratitude-building steps parents can use.

First, be a good role model. Children are always learning from what adults around them do. Family therapists say to try lacing grateful comments into everyday expressions. For example, instead of saying, "What a long day at work" try "I had a long day at work, but I am grateful for my job so we can buy what we need."

Emery says parents can also add a new daily dinner table routine, and go around the table saying what each person is most thankful for that day.

Second, make giving and volunteering a habit in your household. Donate toys, clothing, or household items to a local Goodwill center and get your kids in on the act.

"Let them help you sort out what you will donate and make sure they donate at least one of their belongings they no longer use. It will introduce children to the feeling of giving and get them excited that they have the ability to help others." Emery said.

Third, make sure your child expresses the classic, "Thank You."

"Regardless of the monetary value of the gift, kids need to learn to express in words their gratitude to the giver. Sending thank you cards after a birthday party, or special event is never out of style," said Emery.

It is a good idea to have the child add a personal touch to thank you cards so they can have a deeper appreciation of the effort that went into the gift. It is also good to remind children that gifts are not about material gain, but about the thoughtfulness the giver put into it.

"As parents, it is important to validate our children's feelings while still giving them a spirit of appreciation. Kids under the age of five are not emotionally developed enough to hide their negative feelings to protect the feelings of others," said Emery.

When a child opens a gift and is disappointed, Emery suggests reframing the issue. For example, saying, "I know you wanted a remote control car, but just think of all the different ways you will be able to play with this toy train." Reframing can help defuse the situation and also remind the child to appreciate what they have been given.

"Children go through many phases and developmental milestones. It is never too late to teach gratitude. Just because your teenager does not seem to be thankful doesn't mean these steps will not make an impression to ensure you raise a grateful, generous adult," said Emery.

The 4-H program instills many different life skills including gratitude through participation in community service projects.

Missouri 4-H is University of Missouri Extension's youth development program. The 4-H program helps to create opportunities for young people to be valued, contributing members of their community. To learn how to get involved locally go to http://mo4h.missouri.edu.

Residents of southwest Missouri can contact any of these 4-H youth development specialists and educators with MU Extension for information: Jennifer Hancock in Christian County, (417) 581-3558; Krista Tate in Howell County, (417) 256-2391; Bob McNary in Dade County, (417) 637-2112; Karla Deaver in Lawrence County, (417) 466-3102; Mike Coffey in Newton County, (417) 455-9500; Velynda Cameron in Polk County, (417) 326-4916; Willa Williams in Taney County, (417) 546-4431; or Janice Weddle in Wright County, (417) 547-7545.

Source: Janice Weddle, (417) 547-7545


Letters to the Editor!

Dear Editor,

On December 6, the first provisions of medical marijuana in Missouri will be implemented, seemingly a departure from Missouri's conservative political climate until you consider what else was decided on in the November 6 general election.

Missourians also elected to pass lobbying and campaign finance reform and an increase to the minimum wage.

Equally notable were the losses from that day, including a fuel tax increase that would have supported road and bridge improvements along with road law enforcement efforts. Also losing were two other different medical marijuana ballot questions.

Voters were clearly informed of their choices heading into the November election and made their decisions on the ballot accordingly. The state's newspapers had a huge role in this thanks to their regular editorial coverage of the issues and the legal requirements for ballot questions to be printed in local newspapers (Article XII, Section 2B for Amendments, and R.S.Mo. 116.260 for State Statutes).

Armed with knowledge, voters took to the polls in record numbers for a mid-term election. More than 2.4 million votes were cast last month, just a few hundred thousand less than the 2016 presidential election and a million more votes than were cast in the 2014 mid-term election.

The Missouri Secretary of State's Office spent $5.7 million advertising ballot issues with Missouri newspapers, a bargain considering those dollars helped ensure voters in every community of the state had access to ballot language before heading to the polls.

The importance of legal notices goes back to the earliest days of the state's and country's histories. The Public Notices Resource Center reminds us that in 1789, the Acts of the First Session of the Congress required all bills, orders, resolutions and congressional votes be published in at least three publicly available newspapers.

Missouri courts have long recognized the importance of legal notices, such as an 1885 reference to "public notices" regarding a corporate matter in a case decided that year. An 1892 case determined that the owner of hogs running loose on city streets would be given notice "by one week's publication in some newspaper of general circulation in the city." In 1897, a court pointed out that the general public is entitled to notice about a certain matter in a case pending before it.

"It is the purpose of legal notices and advertisements to give notice of legal and public events and proceedings," a judge confirmed in a 1980 case. Speaking specifically about Section 493.050, R.S.Mo., the statute that defines qualifications to be a legal-notice paper, the judge noted, "We think it may be reasonably deduced that the primary and basic purpose of the act is to require publication in a ‘going' regularly published and well-established newspaper. This, upon the theory that, by reason of long establishment of the newspaper in which it is published, the notice will more likely come to the attention of a greater number of citizens in the county."

"The goal of the statute is to give notice to the widest audience possible. In order to ensure that each newspaper that publishes these notices can reach the entire audience, the statute mandates the duration and circulation requirements," another judge in a 2000 decision said, speaking of Section 493.050.

Public notices provide transparency and accessibility to citizens who want to be informed, while offering the public opportunities to influence governing bodies and be an active participant in a democratic society. Missouri's November 2018 general election proves the state's newspapers are exceptionally suited to fulfilling this role.

Mark Maassen

Missouri Press Association

Columbia, MO

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Driftwood Outdoors By Brandon Butler


When Fishing is Slow Switch to the Miracle Fly

The ego of a fly fisherman can be fragile. Nothing is worse than when you're fishing near someone hammering trout while you're struggling for a bite. When this is happening, tying on a egg pattern can be the answer. The Miracle Fly, which is an enhanced jig head egg pattern, can be your best bet.

I first met Jeremy Hunt during a media event at Lilleys' Landing Resort and Marina on Lake Taneycomo nearly a decade ago. We've fished together numerous times since, and I credit him with my introduction to this fuzzy little miracle.

"First of all, I didn't invent or come up with the concept of this fly, but I do like to think that I've turned a novelty pattern into a legitimate weapon," Hunt said. "I was introduced to jig head eggs at Roaring River State Park by Tim's Fly Shop. That day, I caught a rainbow over 10 pounds, my biggest ever, and I knew that there was something about this particular style of egg that appealed to large trout."

To make sure the Roaring River experience wasn't a fluke, Hunt took the jig head egg pattern back to his home waters of Lake Taneycomo. He fished it during low water and caught a nice brown, and the rainbows were fighting over it. He was sold from that point on.

"The Miracle Fly works so well because it stays down where the fish are. A big key to the ease of using this fly is that the hook rides up, so it will rarely hang on the bottom. Even though the Miracle Fly can help beginners catch more fish, I prefer a specialized approach when the water is lower, and I will rarely fish blind. Still, the fact that so many bites come on the fall makes it so a lot of guys will catch a few fish pretty much by accident," Hunt said.

The Miracle Fly is effective when fished a number of different ways. You can blind nymph the fly and feel for strikes. You can also drift it down current under a strike indicator. What Hunt really enjoys is sight fishing to the Miracle Fly to large trout.

"I've seen huge browns just pick this fly right off the bottom in slack areas. I prefer to sight-fish on light to moderate flows when I can. This way, I can see the bites and get a really solid hook-set," Hunt said

Sometimes, in order to have more fun, we just need to catch some trout when we are out on the water. The Miracle Fly offers a way to fish with confidence. There are times when fish are very picky about what they will eat. An instinctual pattern like an egg can elicit a response from trout that would otherwise snub the most subtle of offerings.

Hunt is also an expert guide, so if you're looking for a trip with a fella who can teach you a ton about catching trout on Taneycomo, get ahold of Hunt. Those interested in purchasing some Miracle Flies or learning more about the materials used to tie them, should check out Hunt's website .flysandguides.com.

See you down the trail…

Pic: A Lake Taneycomo trout caught on a Miracle Fly.


Delightful December...dancing snowflakes, dreamy, frosty mornings, days inside meant for reading.

Some say it's the most wonderful time of the year (are y'all singing as you read those words?) and in many ways I agree! This time of year means holidays and family gatherings and shopping trips and Christmas songs, and most importantly celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Something happens to the world around the holidays, something magical. Worries melt away and life offers us more opportunities to do the things we enjoy most like spending time with loved ones and for me, catching up on my huge "to be read" pile of books.

November offered us a taste with a snowy morning and freezing temperatures. We had a fun activity at the library with candy corn in a jar and patrons were asked to guess how many. I have decided that this particular game can tell a lot about a person. We had guesses that ranged from 10 all the way to 500. The correct amount of candy corn in the jar...132! The winning guess was...a tie! Betsy McGibney from Thayer, Missouri was 12 under with a guess of 120 and Jeanie Crow from West Plains, Missouri, guessed 140 which made her 12 over! The winners will receive a prize. Thank you to everyone who participated! We have gotten many new books in this month including some really wonderful children's books. A few new arrivals include, "Pete the Cat's 12 Groovy Days of Christmas" by James Dean; Sesame Street: Another Monster at the End of This Book" by Jon Stone; "Winter is Here" by Kevin Henkes; "Home Alone: The Classic Illustrated Storybook" by Kim Smith. We also have many new adult fiction books. "Family Trust" by Kathy Wang; "Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe" by Debbie Johnson; "Only Girl in the World: A Memoir" by Maude Julien and "One Day in December" by Josie Silver. Our December display is "Snow many books" with a snowflakes theme.

Our next LADIES WHO READ book club will be on December 4th at 4pm. Everyone bring a book you are reading and a treat to share. If you have any questions, just give me a call!

Announcing new hours! We will now be staying open later. I hope this helps working folks have move time to get to the library. Our new hours : Tuesday 10am-5pm, Wednesday 10am-5pm and Thursday 10am-4pm. We have a few programs available to the public such as a women's book club. If anyone would like more information on this please give me a call. I want to say a special thank you to everyone who has donated books to the rebuilding of the library. At this time, we are no longer taking donations.

Remember, library cards are FREE! Come get your library card today! (Please bring in a photo id and two pieces of mail to get signed up) Thomasville Public Library is a branch of the Oregon County Library District and is located in the Thomasville Community Center. Business hours are Tuesday 10am-5pm, Wednesday 10am-5pm and Thursday 10am-4pm. Like us on Facebook at Thomasville Public Library. If you have any questions call at 417-764-3603

Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling.

-Edna Ferber






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Jack's Fork Country Church


We began our service with prayer & the pledge, led by Dave Anderson.

Promise: JOHN 11:25, .Scripture: PSALMS 100:1-5 HYMN SINGING ENJOYED!

CORRECTION: January - Women's Conference is at Eminence Baptist Church, not Mountain View!

BLESSINGS: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Lynn, & to Kate Staples!

Thank you card from Judy Thomas for our prayers during her cancer treatment!

JFCC PARADE FLOAT: We won 2nd prize!

Theme: "I Learned about Jesus in Grandma's Rocking Chair."

PRAYERS: Sue Keeling, Nikki Watson, Mackie Redman, Jonabeth Crider, Charlotte Hunt, Fred Richardson, Mike Woolsey, Lee Buffington, Gas's granddaughter, Sylvia; Kate's cousin, Danny Staples, Svaleson's niece, Reva Miley, Judy Wenzel, Our military, country leaders & families.

Communion was led by Allen Akers.

Nancy Ray & youth group studied "The Reason for the Season!"

Tommy Boyd sang two hymns: "Stand Up, Stand Up" & "When He was on the Cross, I was on His mind".


He wants us to praise Him and Bless His name! Praise Him all ye nations!

Even if we don't feel like it, that's when we should even more. We should praise God for His unlimited love. In His eyes, a person's value has no relationship to his or her own wealth or position in this world. God supersedes the social orders on earth! Don't worry & focus on the shape this world is in because God is coming back! He is still in control!

Let us be demonstrators by our actions. All people are valuable & useful in God's eyes! PROVERBS 3:5. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." When we have important decisions to make, when we feel we can't trust anyone (not even God!), remember: God knows what is best for us!

Bring your decisions to God in prayer! He will make your path straight again by guiding & protecting you. Even in your trials, give Him praise & glory, then ask God where He wants you to be! Spend some real quality time with Christ!

We closed our service with "Old Country Church & prayer.

We meet on Sundays at 11 a.m., South Main, Eminence. All are welcome!

Black Pond

Birch Tree Assembly of God

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Eminence First Baptist Church
Website: www.fbceminence.org


We are the "pretty little church with the blue cross on top" just west of Hwy 19 & 106 in Eminence. Worship service is at ll:00 a.m. Today we celebrated Communion, as we always do the first Sunday of the month. It was also the first Sunday of Advent. Josh and Crystal Chilton lit the Candle of Promise on the Advent wreath, lighting the way to Jesus. The church was magnificent with the sparkle and gleam of the season. Thank you to Dorothy Williams "and the girls" for always seeing to this.

Today's Key Verse was Isaiah 40:3: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God." The sermon was "The Christmas Message" which gives, verse by verse, the account of the coming of Christ and is the basis for the beautiful Handel's Messiah. The message is one of comfort, speaking tenderly in the voice of Christ, and forgiveness. Unforgiveness is Satan's bondage, but forgiveness brings freedom to those who choose to forgive. It is not a feeling but a decision. Love is a decision. God's love for us and forgiveness is why Jesus came. We are to wrap ourselves in Jesus' righteousness. God is faithful, dependable and never changes. We can make it our daily prayer to help someone in whatever way needed. Pastor David asked us for a Christmas gift to the church: to pray daily during the Advent and Christmas season, using a sheet prepared to guide our prayers. Scripture Readers were Judy Cook, from Luke 1:5-17, and Josh Chilton, from Isaiah 40:1-11. Bryce and Brent Rowden shared candlelighting duty.

Joys include Tom Burrus now home and doing well, the enjoyable town Christmas parade last night (inspiring us to think early of entering a float in 2019!), young Bryce Rowden's 7th birthday and our singing to him, and the material from Pastor David's new book requested to be used by new Christian groups in Kenya. Concerns given were Oksun Bland, in a St. Louis hospital, Willard Knuckles, Lottie Bailey, and Eileen Frescoln. Shannon Reary in Birch View Manor would love to have visitors. There is now a poinsettia sign-up sheet on the back table. Christmas Dinner followed church in the also beautifully decked out Fellowship Hall, with another tree from the Harrisons and another smaller one beside a basket for our gifts to the elementary children.


Eminence Assembly of God

Can you believe we are in December? We ask ourselves where did this year go? Time waits for no one. Even with this wonderful weather we had Saturday night everyone enjoyed the beautiful parade. There was certainly a lot of time and effort spent on each of the floats and everyone seemed to enjoy getting into the Christmas spirit. Our town is so festively decorated as well. As much as we enjoy all the festivities, decorations and music let us not forget that Jesus is the ultimate GIFT we can ever have!

Bro. Jones Sunday morning message was taken from 2 Samuel. It had to do with lame Mephibosheth; son of Jonathan. Mephibosheth was destined for greatness but circumstances in his early childhood prevented this and King David had him brought out of LoDebar and brought to him. Just as King David called for Mephibosheth; God is calling for each of us because he loves us so!

Sunday evening we had special by Patty Jones "He'll Do It Again", Jean Crider "Keeper Of The Door" and Bro. Jones "I've Got Confidence". There are times in our Christian walk that we become frustrated and feel that we've become stale with God or he doesn't hear our prayers. God is ALWAYS there and he does hear and answer. The answers may not be what we wanted but they are what we needed. So, just take at look at where you are now and where you've been then remember - he'll do it again.

May each and everyone have a blessed week and remember to keep in prayer Gusher Yardley and Tom Burrus who are still in rehabilitation, Dean Nash and Oksun Bland.

Our Christmas Service is Sunday, December 23rd at 10:45 with a luncheon following. We will be HOSTING the 5th Sunday Singing on the 30th with snacks following. Join us for some wonderful music and fellowship! You are more than welcome to join us at the Eminence First Assembly of God Church our hours are as follows: Sunday School 10 a.m., Morning Worship at 10:45 a.m. and Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. If you have any questions or need a ride please call 573-226-3635.




Mt. View Baptist



Moment In The Word



Faith Tabernacle Bibleway Assembly

Update church number For a ride from Eminence and Winona call 573-604-0800


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West Eminence Christian Church

As we enter into the advent season, it is a blessing to gather for worship. Ron and Mindy Ipock and Hunter were our friendly greeters today. Bob Heller led us in scripture and song that noted how there were prophecies of the coming Messiah and Jesus was expected. Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus, O Come O Come Emmanuel, and Joy to the World. Roger Smith led our communion meditation with reminder that we are directed by a code of conduct and integrity defined by our Lord and His Word. In Christ we can be forgiven, but our guide for living is the Lord, not the changing norms of mankind.

We are thankful for the good and successfull surgeries for Don Parker and Shirley Connor. Prayer needs include Willard Knuckles, Denver Ward, Hunter Ipock, Iris Gilbert, Eli French, Austin Bradley, Ronnie Baker, Shirley Powell.

The sermon was "The Beginning of the Christmas Story". Though we usually think of the baby Jesus, the story actually begins in Genesis. I the paradise of the garden of Eden, Satan came to tempt. He used the form of a serpent and tempted Eve who then broke the only command from God that had been given at that time. Sin entered the world and the need for a Savior was realized. Sin brought distance from God, shame, strained relationships, and natural suffering. But there is a glimmer of hope given when God says to the serpent Satan--"I'll put enmity between your seed and the offspring of the woman. You'll bruise his heel, but he'll crush your head." And so it came about in the birth and life and death and resurrection of Jesus.

We rejoice that Abigail Bates was baptized into Christ this morning.

We will have Kids Stop on Wednesday after school this week.

Fellowship Tabernacle, West Eminence

Women of Faith

Winona Assembly of God

Winona Baptist 

Winona Baptist

Nov. 25, 2018

The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; Psalm 24:14,

Please keep George Hagler family in prayer, and our Police Dept., nation, leaders, schools, the homeless and the needy, and pray for one another, our community and Fire Dept.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything, they just make the most of everything they have.

Bro. Nick's message today was 2 Corinthians 2:5-16 "Forgiveness for the offender". If any have caused grief; Paul is generalizing in order to state a principle. At that same time he is speaking specifically to the situation recorded in I Cor. 5. He hath not grieved me, but in part; that I may not overcharge you all; The sentence structure is awkward here, and the sense is difficult to derive from the KJV. (V 10) To whom ye forgive anything, I forgive also; for if I forgave anything, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I, it in the person of Christ; (V 11) Lest Satan should get an advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices. His devices: Paul knows that Satan can and will use this incident to distract and diminish the work of God in the Corinithian assembly, unless it is properly handled. The main target of Satan's attack is the gospel (ef, 4:4) If he can bring disunity to the church, which is the agent of propagating the gospel, then he will also bring dishonor on the gospel. The church that God can best use is the church that exudes God's forgiveness and conselation. On Satan's devices, see also 10:3, 4; 11:3, 12-14.

Not only does Satan target our churches, he targets our community, and all that works in it. Satan is trying hard to destroy our Winona Police Dept. and anything else in our community that is much needed. We need to pray hard for our police and fire dept., because Satan knows just how to rip a community apart. God is good, and if you don't fear God, you should. Everything we have God provided it for us, be thankful. God has given you life, and a community to live in. Where people help other people in their time of need. Search your heart this week and see how we can help our community and our churches. God loves us.

Happy birthday Andrew Bourland, Dec. 2. Wish you many more. Have a blessed week. God bless. Sunday school 10 a.m. Worship service 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Stand up for Jesus, you will be glad you did.


Ladies Fill My Cup Fellowship

Winona Christian Church



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