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Amanda's Column

Functional Mama

One of the main downsides of when I am ridiculously pregnant is the fact that I can no longer wear a belt which is used primarily to carry my Leatherman. Oh how powerless I become when without my most valued tool that is used daily. I feel like an unarmed gunslinger, vulnerable to trouble and doomed to be crushed by the most trivial adversary.

Now not being able to wear a belt once my waist disappears during the big-belly months is understandable, but let's talk about the impractical issues of maternity jeans in general. Clearly whoever designed most of them had NEVER been pregnant or been around those who were. Why in tarnation does the majority of motherhood jeans come so tight fitting??? The idiocy of it just makes no sense! For one thing, we already have trouble reaching our feet to begin with, and then having to fight and struggle to get those feet worked through leggings made for a skinny teenager is maddening. Comfort and functionality is our main goal as we undergo the growing of a child during its first nine months of life; not fashion. And having to use a shoehorn to get in and out of pants is most bothersome.

I've also come to find that pockets are not part of the big, modern, fashion idea when it comes to this line of clothing. I'm sure it's difficult including them in, along with the enormous stretchy lining that engulfs the big baby belly, but I do know it's possible. I own one pair of jeans that not only has back pockets, but front ones as well, AND the leggings are loose fitting. And it still includes the big, funny waist band that can be pulled nearly clean up to the chin. If I ever meet the soul who designed these beauties, I'd give them a medal! The pockets aren't big, but they're enough to carry my essentials like lighter, knife and lavender oil. Unfortunately though these pants are the best looking ones I've got, so they're saved for going to town. So all other days while working the homestead, I'm stuck with the ludicrous jeans.

At one point my husband, Doug, came home from selling some things at a gun show and showed me a baby Leatherman he'd gotten for a good deal. He planned on reselling it, but once I saw the cute little guy, I snatched it up and claimed him as my own. It was small enough to slip into the back pocket of my common jeans, so I was somewhat functional again now that I at least had a small blade and scissors on me. But it was still difficult trying to finger the tool out of my pocket when needed, so most times I didn't bother with it, even when I could have used the thing.

Life is full of dilemmas and difficulties, but the good thing is, given enough time and brain storming, most issues can be overcome. One morning, while wearily adorning myself with my un-practicals and mumbling something about not going to survive much longer without my essentials, Doug suggested I wear one of his belts. I'd done that in the past, until I'd gotten too big for it, and now I didn't feel like fussing with it anyway. How could I without a waist? But Doug was persistent and pulled out a wide, long leather belt he had.

In my mind I was going to have to strap it around my chest which really would have looked funny, but Doug took the time to fit it around me in such a way a retired, big-beer-gutted cowhand would have done it. I was suspiciously pleased that it fit rather nicely under my full-size belly and over my well-filled-out seater. I slipped my Leatherman on one side and slid a small leather pouch on the other which could hold my necessaries.

Suddenly I became a functional pregnant Mama! I may not look like the classy, fashion bug walking the streets of LA, but at least I'm now effectively prepared for daily challenges along the banks of Blair's Creek. If one of us gets stung by a wasp, my lavender oil is right there on my side, ready for action. When the oil lamps need lighting in the evenings, I don't have to wander around looking for a lighter now that I have mine back on me all the time. When something needs cutting, I now have three blade options to choose from: my baby Leatherman which I still carry, my big Leatherman, or my pocket knife. ChapStick is always a finger's length away and I still have some room for whatever else I might get the notion to slip into my pouch.

And the best part is, by this time I'm one step away from not caring a lick on how I look, just as long as I'm comfortable. So I could be outside working along our road in baggy sweatpants pulled plumb over my big belly, a roomy t-shirt that's still snug around the middle and a wide belt strapped around it all, and be able to smile and wave at four-wheeling joy-riders passing by with only an ounce of self-consciousness. I'm sure I've caused more than second glances, but hey, at this point it don't matter. I'm a functional Mama still being able to accomplish light-duty tasks while toting around a baby in my thirty pound tummy.



Shannon County Minutes

Jeff called the meeting to order Monday, April 23, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Members Present: Jeff Cowen, Presiding Commissioner

Dale Counts, Northern Commissioner

Herman Kelly, Southern Commissioner

Shelly McAfee, County Clerk



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)

Commission requested a bid notice for the purchase of culverts for the road departments. The bid will be awarded on Monday, May 21st at 10:00 a.m.

Herman motions to approve the Schedule 13-miles of line located in our county from the various telephone companies. Dale seconds the motion. Motion carries with all in favor. (D-Y, H-Y, J-Y)

Dale motions to approve the minutes of April 16th. Herman seconds the motion. Motion carries with all in favor. (D-Y, H-Y, J-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, J-Y)

The next meeting will be held Monday, April 30th at 9:00 a.m., county courtroom, first floor of the courthouse.

Get the shovel

By Randall Franks

I went to the garage and I grabbed the shovel, re-entered the living room and began moving through the room picking up a shovel full and dropping into a heavy duty garbage bag.

I am exaggerating the extent of my efforts to clean the house, but at times, I feel like that is the only way to find my way through.

It amazes me more everyday how much stuff I seem to accumulate despite every attempt not to bring anything else home I do not need.

Papers endlessly flow in through the mail, and from various meetings, and they seem to create endless piles.

Looking over my computer screen I see my treadmill. It makes such a wonderful addition to the living room holding up a pile of shirts waiting their turn on the nearby ironing board. I ironed half a day yesterday and there are still 25 or so piled there.

In preparation for a recent family visit, I managed to get everything spic and span at least in the areas accessible. I have so much more to do to get things in order.

I don't know about you but when things are in disarray, it makes me feel like I am standing underneath a huge pile of stuff sitting on top of a rickety ladder just waiting for it to drop on top of my head.

It can become overwhelming at times, but such is the nature of life. We all have things that tend to pile up around us as we take each step forward.

We can let those things become a burden and bog us down in the tedium of everyday or we can systematically take them in stride making sure things remain caught up and life doesn't become mired in mundane tasks.

Each day should be a balance after sustaining our existence with work, some time for family and friends; some time to those everyday tasks; and finally some to activities that allow our spirit to soar blessed by the creativity of the Lord's gifts for our soul.

Many people soar by sharing their energies and talents with others through great organizations that help change the community around them. Some serve their fellow men through service in government while others create things that uplift the soul through various art forms.

Yet no matter what we choose to do to balance our lives, we must strive to never forget that what we do comes from the strength within us. The choices we make must also help fuel that strength and feed our souls. An empty vessel cannot fill another.

I pray that you are taking the time to balance your life, feeding your soul in God's words and using His gifts to uplift those around you.

Randall Franks is an award-winning musician, singer and actor. He is best known for his role as "Officer Randy Goode" on TV's "In the Heat of the Night" now on WGN America. His latest CD release, "Keep 'Em Smilin'," is by Crimson Records. He is a member of the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame. His latest book is "A Badge or an Old Guitar: A Music City Murder Mystery." He is a syndicated columnist for http://randallfranks.com/ and can be reached at rfrankscatoosa@gmail.com.


MDC encourages motorists to give turtles a brake!

News from the region: Statewide

Joe Jerek

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages motorists to give turtles crossing roads a brake. Turtles are struck by cars throughout warmer months, but are at special risk this time of year because they are on the move.

Spring rains and warmer weather encourage turtles to emerge from their burrows and begin to search for food and mates, which sometimes leads them across roadways.

Turtles spend most of their lives in a small area of habitat, but sometimes wander as much as six miles. Young males make up most of the travelers as they search for territories of their own and for females. Females are also crossing roads in search of nesting sites.

Comfort is also a factor. Like other reptiles, turtles are cold-blooded so basking on warm asphalt feels good on cool spring days.

MDC encourages motorists to slow down when they see a turtle in the road and check to be sure they can safely steer around it. If helping a turtle cross a road, keep human safety as the number-one concern. Check for traffic and move the turtle across the road in the direction it is traveling.

MDC also advises people to leave wild turtles wild. Taking a wild turtle and keeping it as a pet usually ends in a slow death for the captive turtle.

Three-toed box turtles, ornate box turtles, and common snapping turtles are species often seen crossing roads in Missouri. While most Missouri turtles live 15 to 30 years, box turtles can live 50 to 80 years, occasionally more than 100 years. They spend their quiet lives eating plants, earthworms and insects. Their shell provides a bony shield to protect them from most natural enemies. For more information on Missouri turtles, visit MDC's online Field Guide at nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/search/turtle.



Eminence School Board


This and That


Mt View Public Library




Winona Senior Citizens News

Play BINGO at the Winona Senior Center Wed. March 28th at 12 noon. Fun & everyone wins a prize!


Eminence City Board Meeting News

Shannon County Food Pantry






Summersville Bookends

Shannon County Health Department Calendar

May 2018 Calendar

Wednesday, May 9 - WIC (appt. only) and immunizations at Birch Tree Pioneer Baptist Church

Monday, May 14 - Blood pressure, blood sugar screening, blood draws, immunizations

Tuesday, May 15 - WIC (appt. only) and immunizations

Wednesday, May 16 - WIC (appt. only) and immunizations at Birch Tree Pioneer Baptist Church

Monday, May 21 - Blood pressure, blood sugar screening, blood draws, immunizations

Tuesday, May 22 - WIC (appt. only) and immunizations, Blood Pressure Clinic at Winona Senior Center at 11:30 am Wednesday, May 23 - WIC (appt. only) and immunizations

Monday, May 28 - Office closed for Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 29 - Blood pressure, blood sugar screening, blood draws, immunizations, WIC (appt. only) and immunizations, Board of Trustees Meeting at 4:00 pm

Wednesday, May 30 - WIC (appt. only) and immunizations


Baby Announcements

Jacob Stark and Lacey Foster of Mountain View are the parents of a baby girl, Memphis Jacey Morgan Stark, born on April 21st at 4:04 p.m. at OMC. She weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 19 3/4 inches long. Her siblings are Harmony, 8; Naylee, 6; and Ransin, 4. Her grandparents are Kaye Pruett, Mountain View; Kyle Foster, Mountain View; Joe Stark, West Plains; and Jeff and Renae McCrane, Mountain View.

Michael Lyons and Betty Fisher of West Plains are the parents of a baby girl, Jolene Kaylee Lyons, born on May 2nd at 9:13 a.m. She weighed 8 pounds and 1/2 an ounce. Her siblings are Kyler, 7; Connor, 5; and Brody, 2. Her grandparents are Jerry and Linda Fisher, Mountain View, and Donald and Kate Lyons, White Church.


Akers Reunion at Akers Ferry: A Weekend of Fun!

Shannon County Museum Partners with National Park Service

The weekend of May 19 & 20, visitors are invited to join the Shannon County Museum members and our National Park Service to celebrate and remember an important part of Shannon County. Participants are encouraged to explore all the historic sites, including Akers Ferry, Mt. Zion Church, Devil's Well, Howell/Maggard Cabin, Welch Spring and the overlook at Devil's Backbone. This weekend will be packed with fun events, such as potlucks, music and canoeing fun! Those with a connection to the Akers community will have an opportunity to share memories with everyone in attendance.


Saturday, May 19th

All Day: Discounted Float trips from Welch Spring to Akers Ferry ($20 per vessel) provided Akers Ferry Canoe Rental

All Day: Explore all the historic sites: Akers Ferry, Mt. Zion Church, Devil's Well, Howell/Maggard Cabin, Welch Spring and overlook at Devil's Backbone.

5 PM: Blue Grass and Country Music and food available

Contact dave_tobey@nps.gov Judy Maggard Stewart-573-247-8706 or jstewart001@centurytel.net

Sunday, May 20th

11:00 a.m. Church service at Mt. Zion Church

Noon -2:00 PM--Potluck Lunch; Stories welcome. Music Jam session (Bring your instrument)

All Day: Discounted Float trips from Welch Spring to Akers Ferry ($20 per vessel) provided Akers Ferry Canoe Rental

Join us on this exciting weekend to learn more about our area and explore often forgotten sites! Reservations for discounted float trips must be made in advance. Bring food or other goodies to share at the potluck! Lawn chairs are encouraged. For more information or to

schedule a float, contact Judy Maggard Stewart at 573- 247-8706


May 7, 2018

Gerald L. Thomas, 77, Eminence, Missouri, died May 6, 2018 at his home in Eminence, Missouri.

Mercy Announces Scholarship Recipients in Mountain View Area

Four area seniors receive $1,000 scholarships

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Mo. (May 1, 2018) - Four local high school seniors who plan to enter the medical field are getting a little help paying for their education, thanks to Mercy Health Foundation - St. Francis in Mountain View.

This is the 14th year for the Dr. Grace O. Doane scholarships. To apply, seniors must meet grade requirements, get three letters of recommendation and complete a short essay outlining their future career plans and goals.

"As we go through these applications, we are always amazed at the talented young people in our area," said Karen Simpson-Neasby, executive director of Mercy Health Foundation. "This year's recipients are no exception."

Here are this year's recipients:

Eminence High School: Kasey Wood

Summersville R-II: Nicole Watson

Willow Springs: Grace Madison Minge

Winona R-3 High School: Delaney Hicks

Each student will receive a one-time award of $1,000. "We hope these students will someday return to this area and help provide health care to their family, friends and neighbors," said Simpson-Neasby. "We wish them the very best as they continue their education."


Memorial Day flowers are available at The Flower Cottage Florist in Eminence. Sprays, Baskets and made to order. Come by or call 573-226-5691.



Some people have such a dread of snakes that they actually avoid going outdoors to fish, hunt, hike, or picnic. Others kill every snake they see. This is too bad, both for the people who let the fear of snakes keep them from enjoying nature, and for nature itself. It's relatively easy to avoid direct encounters with snakes, and all snakes - even venomous ones - help control populations of rodents and other pests. Getting to know the kinds, natural history, and distribution of Missouri's snakes can help you overcome your fear of them and appreciate their role in nature.

Snakebites are Rare

Contrary to popular belief, snakes do not go looking for people to bite. In fact, snakes are more afraid of you than you are of them.

Important to People and Nature

Missouri, with its variety of wildlife habitats, is home to a total of 47 species and subspecies of snakes. The majority (88 percent) of our snakes are harmless.

Missouri's Wildlife Code Protects Snakes

Few Missourians realize that all snakes native to our state are protected. The Wildlife Code of Missouri treats snakes, lizards, and most turtles as nongame. This means that there is no open season on these animals, and it is technically unlawful to kill them. There is a realistic exception, however: when a venomous snake is in close association with people, which could result in someone being bitten. We hope that more people realize that snakes are interesting, valuable, and, for the most part, harmless.

Snakes are reptiles - a group that also includes lizards, crocodiles, and turtles. Reptiles in general are covered with scales, are the same temperature as their surroundings, and have been around for millions of years. Snakes and lizards are closely related. Snakes are legless, have no external ear opening, and are not slimy. About half of our snakes lay eggs, and half give birth to completely developed young. As they grow, snakes shed their outer skins three to five times a year. All snakes can swim. The internal organs of snakes are elongated, which allows them to fit into the tubular body cavity. Most species have an elongated right lung and no left lung.

All snakes eat other animals and are classified as carnivorous. As noted above, they play an important role in controlling rodent populations, and they also serve as a food source for other wildlife, such as hawks, owls, mink, skunks, and herons. Some snakes even eat other snakes. Kingsnakes, which are immune to the venom of our venomous snakes, will kill and consume them if given the opportunity. Although many of our harmless snakes will bite to defend themselves, usually their bite produces nothing more than simple scratches. Many kinds of snakes, both venomous or nonvenomous, will vibrate their tails when alarmed or threatened.

How to Tell Venomous from Nonvenomous Snakes

Venomous snakes

All venomous snakes native to Missouri are members of the pit viper family. Pit vipers have a characteristic pit located between the eye and nostril on each side of the head. They also have a pair of well-developed fangs.

Note the shape of the pupil. The pupils of venomous snakes appear as vertical slits within the iris.

Our venomous species all have a single row of scales along the underside of the tail.

Missouri's venomous snakes include the copperhead, cottonmouth, western pygmy rattlesnake, massasauga rattlesnake, and timber rattlesnake. The western diamond-backed rattlesnake and coralsnake are not found in Missouri. The most common venomous snake in Missouri is the copperhead.

Nonvenomous snakes

Harmless snakes have round pupils and a double row of scales along the undersides of their tails.

A triangle-shaped head doesn't necessarily mean danger. Although the venomous snakes have a somewhat triangle-shaped head, several harmless species, such as watersnakes, gartersnakes, and hog-nosed snakes, can and do flatten their heads, which can cause them to appear triangular.


Discourage Snakes From Buildings

Although snakes are an interesting and natural part of our outdoors, there may be times and places where their presence is unwanted. Venomous snakes have no place around human dwellings, and even harmless species may cause problems because most people fear them. There are no really effective means of eliminating snakes completely, but it is possible to discourage them around homes by the same method effective for controlling other animal pests - eliminating their food and shelter. Piles of boards, fence posts, dump heaps, slabs of roofing paper, scrap corrugated steel roofing, burlap, slabs of bark, and piles of rocks provide hiding places for snakes and the food they eat. Removing these attractions and generally tidying up are the best ways to keep the premises free of snakes. Inspect foundations, doors, and low windows to make sure there are no openings where snakes might enter. We recommend that any harmless snake encountered be captured with a hoe or stick and released unharmed in an isolated, safe habitat.

Create Snake-Friendly Habitat on Your Land

In general, a diversified, well-managed habitat will support a variety of both game and nongame species of animals. Snakes benefit from the addition of various kinds of shelters, such as brush piles, logs, and rock piles. These shelters will provide security for snakes and may increase the availability of food animals (mice, native rats, lizards, toads, and frogs).

Ponds built near forested areas will also benefit several kinds of snakes and other wildlife as long as the pond is properly maintained. See our Pond Improvements section under Related Information below to learn more about building and maintaining ponds on your Missouri property.

Join a Herpetological Society

If you're interested in conserving Missouri's amphibians and reptiles, you might enjoy being a member of a herpetological society. These nonprofit organizations study amphibians and reptiles, help educate the public about them, and help conserve them and their habitat.


Winona Senior News

West Plains Parks & Recreation



Eminence Library News

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


Reflections from the Road

By Rick Mansfield

City Council Board Meeting

Letters to the Editor!

Dear Editor,

National Stuttering Awareness Week begins May 7, 2018. Did you know more than three million Americans stutter? That's more than the populations of Wyoming, Vermont, Alaska, North Dakota, and Washington, DC combined.

One percent of your readers stutter, and up to five percent of children stutter for a time during their early developmental years.

In the spirit of spreading awareness, the most important thing you and your readers can do for someone who stutters - or for anyone you are speaking with - is listen. Listen to what they have to say rather than how they say it.

For more information, visit our website: StutteringHelp.org.


Jane Fraser

President, The Stuttering Foundation

Memphis, Tennessee



Tuesday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Southeast wind around 6 mph.


A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. Southwest wind 6 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.


A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

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Eminence Area Senior Citizens News

EHS Alumni News

by: Pearl Bunch Edgar

Birch Tree

Hello once again from Birch Tree Place. I do believe we have finally said good bye to ole man winter. I noticed the other day as I left the facility Jerry has his plants out and they are thriving. Starting to get whiffs of fresh cut grass. Oh and one of my favorites, baseball season has finally gotten underway. The Health Occupations Class finished up their time for this school year, and I am very pleased to announce 100% of the class completed and passed their certification test! We are so proud of these young adults and always look forward to having the class come every year. We have had good turn outs for the bingo and nail care clinics. It is always good to get together with friends. Our Monthly Family Luncheon had a Mexican Theme; we served taco salads with all the extras and for dessert bu–uelos.

Now I would like to introduce you to our newest community member. Her name is Sadie. She is just a young pup that is still learning but she already has a very special place in the hearts of the other members of our community. As you move about the facility you may find her just about anywhere. She enjoys spending time at the front door as a greeter or trying a chance at running out the door. So next time you come by for a visit look her up she would love to introduce herself!

Martha Michloney joined our re-hab to home program this month. We wish her a very speedy recovery. We have also had some return from recent hospital stays; James Holmes, Shirley Powell and Lorene Hicks, welcome back to you! We had several discharge home from our re-hab program; Marlena Smith, Barbara Denner, Jerry McAfee and Cecil Ward, congratulations to all for your hard work and accomplishments! Sympathy is extended to the family of Veronica (Vickie) Rector, we are so sorry for you loss.

We have added several new faces to our care team; Jean Wrightfield RN, Payton West CNA, Sarah Basham CNA, Aaron Viloria SNA and Kasey Lindsey SNA. Welcome to your team!

Those with birthdays in April were Ruby Adams, Jackline Bissell, Judith Loomis and Larry Plowman. Staff celebrating were; Megan Frey, Rachel McDonald, Jessica Howell, Kortnee Phipps, Allison Mooney, Elizabeth Sullivan and Melissa Simpson. Happy Happy Birthday to all!

We had a couple celebrate years of service; Dena Reeves and Jamie Johnston both with six years of dedication and service. Thank you ladies you are appreciated.

Well that is about all of our news for this month. Vacation time is around the corner so maybe next time I will have some travel stories to share. Don't forget to look for us at the local senior centers for nail care and bingo. Speaking of nail care, a little birdy told me the nail care girls will be offering their services in the very near future at the Mountain View Center. Hope to see you at one of these centers. Also as a reminder our monthly family luncheons are on the last Friday of the month. Make plans to join us, call ahead and we will set an extra plate.

Just for laughs

Potato Patch

An old man lived alone in the country. He wanted to dig his potato garden but it was very hard work as the ground was hard. His only son Fred, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament.

Dear Fred, I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won't be able to plant my potato garden this year. I'm just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If you were here, all my troubles would be over I know you would dig the plot for me. Love, Dad

A few days later he received a letter from his son.

Dear Dad, For heaven's sake, don't dig up that garden! That's where I buried the BODIES! Love, Fred

At 4am the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left. That same day the old man received another letter from his son.

Dear Dad, Go ahead and plant the potatoes now. That's the best I could do under the circumstances. Love, Fred

Until Next Time


WHS Alumni News

Montana's Milk River Is a Dream for Deer Hunters

A buddy of mine and I were talking the other day about what a shame it is we can't be retired during our thirties and forties in exchange for working later in life. I know by the time we reach our seventies, we won't want to work either, but having time to roam while our bodies can still take more abuse would be a best use of life in my book.

As it is, for most of us in mid-life, adventures must be squeezed into an allocation of vacation days. When you have a young family, most of those vacation days are going to be spent with them. Leaving maybe a week per year if you're lucky to pursue a sporting quest. So when I suggest such an adventure to you, I do so personally understanding the immense value of the time I am suggesting you appropriate to such a trip.

Hunting whitetails along Montana's Milk River is one such trip I suggest. The Milk River is in the northeast portion of the state. It's a remote region that in some ways, time left behind. Bars still have bullet holes from the cowboy days. The badland topography looks like the setting of a Louis L'Amour novel. Except for much of the land following the river. Most of it has been planted in alfalfa. In September these lush fields are as green as spring in Ireland and deer flock to them.

Once you commit to tackling the travel issue, and it is a long drive, hunting the Milk River becomes a viable, affordable option. You don't need a guide. You don't need an outfitter. You just need to understand Montana's Block Management Program (BMP).

The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) website explains Block Management as, "a cooperative program between private landowners and FWP, Block Management helps landowners manage hunting activities and provides the public with free hunting access to private land, and sometimes to adjacent or isolated public lands."

Block Management Areas (BMA) vary in size and regulation. Some parcels are as small as 50 acres while others are larger than 100,000 acres. Landowners retain certain rights concerning how their land is managed. For instance, how hunters access the land and how hunters obtain permission. Some areas are walk-in only, while others are accessible by vehicle. Some require a face-to-face interaction before hunting permission is granted, while others are posted with sign-in boxes where hunters simply fill out a slip before hunting. Individual landowners make their own rules.

Learning how to obtain permission for each specific piece of property is easily accomplished by reading posted signs or consulting a regional Hunter Access Guide, which lists the block management opportunities available for the current season. These are published on or before August 15, annually, and are available in hard copy and online. Montana is divided into seven regions. The Milk River is located in Region 6.

The first time I visited the Milk River was over a decade ago. I spent an entire day exploring the river bottoms from Glasgow to Malta. Although I had watched hunting shows featuring the Milk River for years, I wasn't prepared for what I saw. The number of deer is unimaginable. I believe I saw more bucks that first evening along the Milk River, than I had in any single year prior. I must have seen 1,000 whitetails that day. Honestly, it was more than that, but I'm afraid you'll think I'm imbelishing.

The first year I hunted the Milk River, I killed a great buck on a BMA. The field I hunted is on a bend in the river. Between the river bank and the field is a strip of timber, fluctuating in size from roughly 50 to 100 yards wide. The first night I hunted it, I watched somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 deer make their way from that woodlot into the alfalfa. As darkness fell, they were still filtering in.

A lot of people only hunt evenings along the Milk River. I think this is a mistake, especially when you have a limited number of days to hunt. The reasoning behind evening only hunting is the thought if let the deer reach their beds undisturbed in the morning, you can catch them returning to alfalfa fields at night. Mmy belief is, hunt as much as you can, but hunt smart. Don't go blowing through bedding areas or hunting a spot that could potentially block deer from returning to the timber they inhabit during daylight. But hunt them on their way there in the morning, or be on the fringe of where you know they are going.

Montana's Block Management Program makes finding a place to hunt much easier than one might expect. Even in the Milk River region, hunters can obtain access to quality ground. You can hunt the Milk River. All you have to do is research BMAs, and suffer a long drive, but if you love whitetails, this trip is worth every mile.

See you down the trail

Montana's Milk River is whitetail deer hunting destination worth the trip.

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Eminence First Baptist Church
Website: www.fbceminence.org

What beautiful weather we have been having and the dogwoods are everywhere! Our little piece of heaven on earth is right here. I have to share something that many of you probably all ready know but I think it is awesome. This came from a letter sent to Jim Pete from some folks in Grain Valley, MO. The couple were here at Echo Bluff enjoying themselves. The husband was a retired school councilor and his wife was a retired teacher. They had been in town looking around and stopped at dairy shack for a burger. They were still there when a group of young high school girls came by to enjoy a soda. As they drank their sodas the couple noticed not a bad word from any of them. There were not any words of profanity spoken or cross words of any kind. They even interacted with several younger girls and there was nothing to suggest the older girls "were above" the younger girls. The couple had words of encouragement and praise for the group of high school girls They also complimented the parents and teachers of the girls. They were not used to seeing a group of girls that acted in such a manner. So to all the parents, teachers and students "WE ARE ALL PROUD OF THE YOUNG ADULTS YOU HAVE BECOME." I just had to share this news with everyone. Now on to the church news. We had Sunday school at church and then everyone moved to the new ball park for a community wide service. We had a great turn out and I really felt the Lord's presence during the sermons. The three pastors Bro. Paul, Bro. Randy and Bro. David did a fine job. They kept their sermons short, sweet and to the point. Bro. Dave Anderson did a fine job with the music I really enjoyed those older hymns. Bro. Jones backed up with electric guitar, he is so talented!

In Sunday school we had a short prayer list Jonabeth Crider, Sam Rayfield, Alan Stringer, Kim Hoffman and VBS (which is July 16th). Jimmie Huffman reported she had 51 adults that have volunteered to help out where needed.. We welcomed a couple of visitors Tori McAfee and John Larimore. John owns the house on Mockingbird Hill and he is remodeling it. I have always loved that house.

Sunday Night we had our Graduation Banquet. Bibles were awarded to all graduates and if you weren't there your Bible will be delivered to you. There was lots of food, fellowship, smiles and fun for everyone.

Next Sunday is Mother's Day and high school Baccalaureate and Graduation. The day we honor all Mothers for the calling they received in raising their children. Never forget to tell your mother how much you appreciate her because you will never have another mother. No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother's unconditional love.

See you next Sunday in Sunday school at 9:45 and 10:45 for worship service.

Eminence Assembly of God



Eminence  Methodist 

It was a joy to become one church this morning as all the denominations gathered at the river to celebrate the Eminence Sesquicentennial in worship. After hearing the actual history of the many separate churches, the various pastors spoke of the source, course and force of God in us, with the symbol of a river. Singing together was uplifting. Thank you to the event planners who thought of this and those who made it happen. It should be an annual event.


Mt. View Baptist


Faith Tabernacle Bibleway Assembly

Area Church News



West Eminence Christian Church

We had a shortened worship service so as to attend the community worship. Gary Colvin and worship team led us in praising the Lord together. We were thankful for the new lights and fans that were a gift from the family of Avis Rayfield. We are also thankful for the youth and youth leaders for the power-washing and painting they did at the parsonage. We congratulate Lauren and Michael Gaddy on the birth of their daughter. And we were especially glad to celebrate in the baptism of Shaylyn Roberts on Sunday. Congratulations, Shaylyn.

We are always blessed to share in the Lord's Supper as we did again Sunday. Prayer needs include Ronnie Baker, Bea Atchison, youth, our nation, and those who have lost loved ones.

Kids Stop will be on Wednesday after school for our elementary age kids. We also encourage all mothers to join us on Mothers Day where they will be honored with skits, songs, and a small gift. We will also be honoring our graduates on Sunday and the baccalaureate will precede the graduation next Sunday afternoon.

West Eminence Christian

Thanks to all who had a part in the community worship service at the ball park on Sunday. Thanks especially to Jim Rainbolt for the trailer used as our stage, to Gary Alcorn for setting up the sound system, to Dave Anderson for leading the music, and to all of the pastors for their participation. We thank all who attended and lifted up praise to the lord together as the community of believers. Thanks to the Security Bank for providing the burgers, hot dogs and chips and for Tiny Gorman doing the grilling. God certainly is a great blessing to us all.


Fellowship Tabernacle, West Eminence

Women of Faith

Winona Assembly of God

Winona Baptist 

First of all, I want to thank everyone who came out to celebrate Colten and Steve's new life in Christ. They were baptized. I'm sorry I missed it. I was in the hospital for a few days. Please keep me in prayer. I may not have been in church, but my heart was with them both. I love everyone in my church.

As we walk through life on earth we will experience daily situations that will reveal our character. Jesus gives us the example of kindness and gentleness. He was full of sympathy and affection, and always loved with mercy. Jesus said "Beloved, I understand your pain, your grief, I care, I love you and I can help you".

If you have a friend or loved one that doesn't know the Lord, share with them how you come to know the Lord. They may be going through some of the stuff you went through. Most of all, tell them that God loves them. You don't have to beat them to death with your bible. Just show them love and kindness.

Please pray for our police officers, and our Winona community, and pray for one another. Happy late birthday, Viola Weaver, May 2, Boyd Garner, May 11. Wish you both many more.

Sunday school 10 a.m. Worship service 11 a.m. have a blessed week. Remember John 3:16 For God so loved the world.

Ladies Fill My Cup Fellowship

Winona Christian Church


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