I never noticed subtle changes bothering me much in my younger years. Maybe things weren't changing much back then, or I just wasn't taking note of them. But these days, just about any small alteration, be it the color of my beef stock lid to the layout of my Facebook page, tends to put me on edge. Apparently I'm a person of familiarity and don't care for modifications, unless it truly makes an item or situation better.
When I become aware of something of little concern that is no longer the same and begin to gripe and get worked up over it, Doug has begun calling me a guinea (fowl). And if you've ever been around those horribly noisy creatures, you'll know what I'm talking about. Every time something is out of its place or new, a guinea will lose it and begin squawking its head off. As I'm walking down the grocery aisle looking for the label I'm familiar with and I don't find it I take on the urge to start some high pitched, protesting chirps once I realize the label had been 'modified'.
Generally the 'new and improved' claim isn't all that 'improved' either. Sure…it's new and different, but typically the container and amount of the item has been lessoned or the quality has decreased, and yet the price stays the same or takes an upward climb. I've seen it so often now, that I grow annoyed and anxious when something I'm familiar with has been messed with.
Store bought items like canned goods and shampoo are a prime example. Regardless the fact that my hair is over five feet long, I can make a large bottle of shampoo last me a long time. Unfortunately, every time I need more and go for the brand and type I'm fond of, it's been changed so drastically that I'm forced to find a whole new style of shampoo. The brand name is about the only thing that stays the same.
And have you noticed the shrinkage in coffee can sizes? Always, 'new and improved', but if big Folgers cans get any smaller it's going to get pretty pointless buying in 'bulk'. And yet…the price continues to climb.
And then there's things like my fb page for example. Once I learned how things were laid out and how things functioned, I could use and understand it with no problem. But for the last year or so, someone who has control of the fb world must've gotten bored and has been monkeying around with it every few months; changing this or that, and altering the layout until I'm lucky if I even know how to make a post anymore. About the time I finally adjust to the revisions and let up on my squawking, they up and change it again! For heaven's sake! Just leave well enough ALONE!!!!
I do recall one thing that irked me when I was younger and that's when the color of the beef and chicken stock lids changed. For as long as I can remember the chicken always had a blue lid and the beef had a nice, rich, red colored lid. I never bothered looking at the label when using them in the kitchen. I'd snag the color I needed and there was no question on which kind I had. I didn't realized how much I relied on this until the company took the notion to pinch some pennies and decided to make all their lids one color…blue. I can't tell you how much that bothered me, so I held on to the last red lid we had on the beef stock and continued to replace the blue lid anytime I emptied a jar of stock. And for fear that someone would throw away my red lid once they emptied the jar, I wrote in big bold lettering 'DO NOT THROW AWAY' on the top. However one of the other cooks in the family must not read so great and pitched it one day. And that has riled me ever since every time I pulled out my beef stock and glared down at the blue lid.
However, one day while I was cleaning up my kitchen, my little world of familiarity took one step back to where I was used to it being. Doug had left an empty peanut container on my Hoosier to be thrown away, and as I hurriedly grabbed it to toss in the trash can I halted in my steps. Its lid! It was a rich, red color! And the size…why it looked like it was just about the same size as my beef stock lid. With eagerness and a somewhat racing heart, I twisted it off and compared it to the stock lid. By George, it fit like a glove! I let out a howl of glee as I danced around the kitchen with my new 'original' find. It's really strange how much relief and happiness that silly thing brought me. Somehow it made me feel more secure and content knowing that something was back to normal.
And then there's the Pepsi can label. I never knew the change in soda cans was bothering me. As long as they still tasted the same, I thought I didn't give a rip. They've changed so much throughout my years, I barely remember what they originally looked like when I was a kid. However, the last time we were in town, we stocked up on Pepsis since they were on sale. I'm more of a Dr. Pepper and Mountain Dew fan, but Doug likes his Pepsi and I like stealing sips from his cup as often as I can get away with it when he's enjoying one. When we got home and I opened up a case to put some in our beloved little refrigerator I was taken back by their appearance. By golly, I'd not seen that style since I was a kid! Boy did it jerk me back to the '80s quicker than I might have cared for. My first instinct was to start squawking, but instead a wave of utter relief came over me. Something familiar had reentered my life once more and I was tickled pink. Every time I open the fridge and see those cans I grin with satisfaction. Lord willing, other companies will catch wind of this trend and go with it. Now I'd be just fine with that sort of change, that's for sure.
Shannon County Minutes
Jeff called the meeting to order Monday, February 26, 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: Rhonda Kauffman, Jim Strauch, Patty Tastad, Janet Kline, Mark Stewart, Cammie Younger, Alan Stringer and Weston Gant
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)
Rhonda Kauffman, Missouri Employers Mutual Safety and Risk Specialist, presented information on the Safety Dividends Program.
Jim Strauch was present to request some road repair in his area.
Weston Gant, Southern Bank, presented loan documents for the Commission's signature to purchase a track hoe for the northern road department.
Janet Kline, Mark Stewart, Cammie Younger and Alan Stringer were present to discuss information regarding the many benefits to our county through the Missouri University Extension programs.
Commission received two bids for the 1995 Kodiak dump truck. Dale motions to approve the bid from Phillip's Truck Repair. Herman seconds the motion. Motion carries with all in favor. (D-Y, H-Y, J-Y)
Dale motions to approve the minutes of February 20th. 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, March 5th at 9:00 a.m., county courtroom, first floor of the courthouse.
Eminence School Board
MEMBERS: Carl Younger, President
Brian Wallace, Vice-President
Carolyn Dyer, Secretary/Treasurer
Mark Slaton (absent)
Charles Reese (absent)
PRINCIPALS: Pete McBride - High School, Steve Voyles - Elementary
SUPERINTENDENT: Charles James
The Eminence R-I Board of Education met in special session on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the conference room with five members present. The purpose of this meeting was to approve FEMA Building Plans.
Minutes recorded by Charles James
Call To Order: 6:03 P.M.
AGENDA: Carolyn made a motion to approve the agenda, Brian seconded. Passed 5-0
a.) Motion by Jim to approve initial plans as revised and emergency opening procedures, seconded by Carolyn. Passed 5-0.
Adjourn: Motion by Carolyn to adjourn special meeting; second by Ryan. Passed 5-0 (6:32 p.m.)
This and That
This and That at Birch Tree Place
By: Beverly Craig, SSD
Hello again from Birch Tree Place. Well with February behind us I do believe spring is just around the corner. We have been able to get outside for some good old natural vitamin D this month. Also have been hearing the peepers! Before we know it Jerry will have his garden going, I can taste those fresh tomatoes already. Sure was nice to get the much needed rain, things were getting rather dry. The Health Occupation class from Liberty High School has joined us again this year, we sure enjoy having this young group of students.
At our monthly Family Day event this month we celebrated Valentine's Day. We had a good turnout with a wonderful lunch prepared by our dietary staff and the crowning of our 2018 King and Queen, Jerry Tice and Mandy Williams. Mark your calendar on the last Friday of the month we always have our monthly Family Lunch, plan now to join us in March.
Dr. Roberts came by this week on his way to the Good Samaritan Clinic, treated all of the staff to sodas, thanks Dr. Roberts. He also shared with us he will be returning to Haiti soon, can't wait to hear all about his trip. He and his team do such a wonderful work there, I have had the privilege to hear their stories, if you are ever given the opportunity to hear them speak I promise you will be blessed.
Those joining our rehab to home program; Jerry McAfee, Yvette Thurman and Sharon Ternes. Yvette has progressed well and was able to return home this month. Our sympathy goes out to the family of Lelah Cooley and Elsa Miller. These two ladies were both amazing and will be greatly missed by our community.
Birthdays celebrated this month were; Evelyn Burnham, Emma Johnes, Irene Ledgerwood, Andrea Norman, Edith Rickman, Esther Valencia and Cleo Wallace. Staff birthdays; Carmen Gardner and Mary Stayton. Happy Birthday everyone!
New members of our care team this month are Carmen Gardner SNA, Allison Mooney SNA and Crystal Lancaster Housekeeping. Welcome to our team ladies! Those celebrating years of service; Sara Agans 5 years, Beverly Craig 12 years, Jessica Hardwick 2 years, Betty Jo Holland 22 years and Elizabeth Sullivan 1 year. Congratulations everyone!
We have several upcoming events; Bingo at the Senior Centers, Eminence on the first Tuesday and Winona on the third Monday. Also nail care at the Senior Centers, Eminence on the first Tuesday, Birch Tree on the first Thursday and Winona on the third Monday. The Community Easter Egg Hunt will be at the Birch Tree Elementary on March 23. Remember even though this is held at the Elementary it is for the community. I know for a fact the Easter Bunny will be present!!! Once again don't forget our Family Lunch on the last Friday of the month, give us a call and we will set an extra plate.
Now Just For Laughs….
A doctor, we'll call him Jon and a lawyer; we'll call him Charles were talking at a party. Their conversation was constantly interrupted by people describing their ailments and asking Jon for free medical advice.
After an hour of this, the exasperated Jon asked Charles, "What do you do to stop people from asking you for legal advice when you're out of the office?"
"I give it to them," replied Charles, "and then I send them a bill."
Jon was shocked, but agreed to give it a try.
The next day, still feeling slightly guilty, Jon prepared the bills.
When he went to place them in his mailbox, he found a bill from Charles.
Until Next Time…
Mt View Public Library
New Eminence Public Library Hours: Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Location: Courthouse First Floor.
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
Shannon County Health Department Calendar
March 19: Immunizations, blood draws, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings
March 20: WIC (appt. only), immunizations
March 21: WIC (appt. only), immunizations (both at Birch Tree Pioneer Baptist Church)
March 26: Immunizations, blood draws, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings, diabetes nutrition class with Robin Harwell (call our office for time)
March 27: WIC (appt. only), immunizations
Health Center Begins Diaper Program
The Shannon County Health Center is sponsoring a diaper drive on Saturday, March 17th at the new Eminence Ball Park during the upcoming Wood Bat Tournament. Any size diapers, from newborn on up (along with baby wipes), can be dropped off between 1:00 and 4:00 pm.
Through assistance with community partners such as the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks, Shannon County Family Services Division, Assembly of God Church, and the Eminence Senior High Beta Club, the diaper drive is under way to build up a stockpile of diapers to be distributed to families in need throughout the year.
At the Town Hall Focus Group held at Winona last fall, having a supply of clean diapers was noted as one of the issues that families in crisis often face. Kandra Counts, Administrator of the Shannon County Health Center points out, "When you have to choose between food and diapers, food is going to win. And this can leave the youngest and most helpless members of our community in an unhealthy situation."
For those who are struggling to make ends meet, diapers can be picked up during business hours at the Shannon County Health Center from 7:30 to 4:00, Monday through Friday. Pick-up will be limited to once per month. Cloth diaper kits will be available as well.
For those who cannot donate on March 17th, donations can be made
through the Diaper Drive Facebook fundraiser created by Tammy McCall at:
For more information, contact the Shannon County Health Center.
Federal Co-chair Chris Caldwell has announced that the
application cycle for the 2018 States' Economic
Development Assistance Program (SEDAP) opened on
Thursday, March 1st.
SCOCOG will be conducting an application workshop at the
West Plains Regional Airport in Pomona, MO (4523 County
Road 2340) beginning at 10:00AM March 21,2018.
Whole Kids Outreach Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Spring Festival
Whole Kids Outreach, located on Hwy. 21 five miles south of Ellington, is sponsoring their annual Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Festival on Saturday, March 24th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Registration will start at 10:00 a.m. There will be games, prizes, cake walk, pony rides, and a free lunch. The egg hunt, starting at 11:00, is for children up to 11 years old. Don't forget to visit the Easter Bunny! Children need to bring their own Easter baskets. For more information, please call 573-663-3257.
Public Hearing Notice:
Shannon County will hold a public hearing at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20th. The hearing will be located at the County Courthouse, Jury Room, 3rd Floor, in Eminence, Missouri to discuss the past performance by the County of the Household Water Well Loan Program. The project was funded by Community Block Grant and United States Department of Agriculture funds. All interested citizens and groups are encouraged to attend the scheduled hearing.
For more information or if you require special accommodations at the hearing, please contact Shelly McAfee at (573) 226-3414 ext.1.
THE WALL THAT HEALS IS COMING TO AVA, MISSOURI
ON Thursday, September 20 Sunday, September 23, 2018
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica Wall and Mobile Education Center
spreads healing legacy of The Wall and educates about the impact of the Vietnam War
The Wall That Heals, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile Education Center, is coming to Ava on September 20 – 23, 2018 at Missouri FoxTrot Breading Association Arena, 2 miles North of Ava on Hi-way 5 and will be open 24 hours a day and free to the public. The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of the most visited memorials in our nation's capital, with more than 5.3 million visitors each year. However, many Americans have not been able to visit what has become known to many as "The Wall." The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), the organization that built The Wall in 1982, wants to give all veterans and their family members across America an opportunity to see the Memorial.
"VVMF is pleased to bring The Wall That Heals mobile exhibit to AVA to allow local veterans and their family members a chance to visit The Wall and honor and remember those who have served and sacrificed," said Jim Knotts, president and CEO of VVMF. "We hope it provides an opportunity for healing and an educational experience for the whole community on the impact of the Vietnam War on America."
More than 250,000 people visited The Wall That Heals in 2016. Since its debut in 1996, the exhibit has been on display in nearly 500 U.S. communities in addition to an April 1999 tour of the Four Provinces of Ireland and a visit to Canada in 2005. Hosting The Wall That Heals provides a community with a multi-day experience that includes an educational experience for local schools and organizations on the history of the Vietnam era and The Wall. The exhibit includes The Wall replica and a mobile Education Center comprised of: digital displays of photos of service members whose names are on The Wall; letters and memorabilia representative of items left? at The Wall in D.C.; a map of Vietnam and a chronological overview of the Vietnam War. The exhibits tell the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the era surrounding the conflict, and are designed to put American experiences in Vietnam in a historical and cultural context.
VVMF coordinates local stops of The Wall That Heals and the accompanying mobile Education Center. The current schedule and more information can be found at: www.thewallthatheals.org. The 2018 national The Wall That Heals tour is hauled through a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and the trucking industry and generously sponsored by USAA. Local sponsors are Douglas County Veterans Memorial Association, Pet Bull Motorcycles, Krispi Kreme Donuts, and Hi-Land Dairy. We expect additional sponsors to come on board soon.
About the half-scale replica
The replica Wall is approximately 250 feet in length, and like the original Memorial is erected in a chevron-shape. The replica is constructed of powder-coated aluminum, supported by an aluminum frame, and is made up of 24 individual panels, each containing six columns of names.
The names on The Wall That Heals replicate the names on The Wall in Washington, D.C. As on The Wall, the names are listed alphabetically by day of casualty. Beginning at the center/apex, the names start on the East Wall (right-hand side) working their way out to the end of that wing, picking up again at the far end of the West Wall (left-hand side) and working their way back in to the center/apex. Thus, the beginning and ending of the conflict are joined at the center, signifying an epoch in American history.
he Wall That Heals is transported from community to community by a trailer with cases built into its sides, allowing it to serve as a mobile Education Center that tells the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the divisive era in American history.
About VVMF and the Education Center at The Wall
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is the nonprofit organization that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, D.C. in 1982. VVMF is dedicated to honoring and preserving the legacy of service in America and educating all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War and era through programs, ceremonies and education materials.
Three decades after building The Wall, the mission continues as VVMF raises funds to build the Education Center at The Wall. The Center will be an interactive learning facility on the National Mall where our military heroes' stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten. The Education Center will feature the faces and stories of the more than 58,000 men and women on The Wall and honor America's Legacy of Service, including those serving in our nation's Armed Forces today. Time Warner is the Lead Gift Benefactor in the campaign to build the Education Center at The Wall. To learn more about VVMF and the future Education Center at The Wall, visit www.vvmf.org or call 202-393-0090.
Keeping the Farm in the Family: Succession Planning Workshop to be offered March 27th in Van Buren, MO
If you own and care for a farm or forest, you probably have strong feelings about leaving your land in good condition for the next generation. But, have you shared your passion and vision with the loved ones you intend to pass your land onto? A smooth transition takes not only vision, but preparation and planning.
MU Forestry Extension in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy is offering a free, evening workshop designed to give landowners and their heirs the tools to make a successful transition. The workshop focuses on how to communicate your intentions, getting advice from your lawyer or other professionals on your succession plan, and the tools and steps you will use in preparing your plan.
Our financial planner assisting in the workshop, David Watson (CLU, ChFC, RHU, REBC) is also a landowner, so he personally knows the importance of having a legacy plan.
The workshop will be Tuesday, March 27th from 5-8:30pm at the Carter County Nutrition Center, #16 Ball Park Road in Van Buren. Each family attending will receive a free packet of materials containing valuable information to help you ensure your legacy.
Families are encouraged to attend. Dinner refreshments will be provided. To sign-up, please call Rebecca Landewe at The Nature Conservancy, 573-323-8790 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Plains Parks & Recreation
Reflections from the Road
By Rick Mansfield
City Council Board Meeting
Letters to the Editor!
After much thought and prayers and effective January 1, 2019 (the end of my current term of office), I am announcing my retirement from the position of Presiding Circuit Judge of the 37th Judicial Circuit. The 37th Circuit includes Carter, Howell, Oregon, and Shannon Counties. I am most proud of having worked with such a great team of court clerks, juvenile officers, case workers, CASA volunteers, and my secretaries and court reporters--all dedicated to helping their communities and in particular to helping children in need.
The 37th Circuit has been blessed with having the best group of good hearted and conscientious judges to be elected and to serve others with fairness, empathy, and justice. It has been my greatest privilege to have worked hard for you first as a municipal judge for Mountain View, West Plains, and Willow Springs, then as an associate circuit judge for Howell County, and now as a circuit court judge for the 37th Judicial Circuit.
I make this decision with a heavy heart knowing that I am disappointing many friends and colleagues that have been encouraging me to run for just one more 6-year term, but after serving 28 years as a trial judge in this state, it is time to pass the torch.
Perhaps what has weighed most heavily on my mind all these years is that the job of judge is reactive, and under our constitution, it must always be that way. A crime is committed, and the system reacts. A child is abused, injured, neglected, and removed from the home, and only then are court cases filed and only then can we legally, as trial judges, try to help, but children still grow up to become adults facing substance abuse issues, failing to finish high school, and suffering from poverty and other significant problems. For a long time, I have dreamed of the day when I could devote all of my time and energy to helping people, to helping kids, and to helping our communities before dreams are lost. With a happy soul, I am looking forward to that day.
I will be praying for guidance, and ask that you keep me and my family in your prayers as we face these challenges together.
In this job, tough decisions between competing interests must be made. Many of those decisions are life changing and difficult, but that is unavoidable. My wife, Sandy Evans, has stood by me each and every day. She has been the shoulder on which I have been supported, and the foundation of everything that I have done. Thank you Sandy for what you have done and continue to mean to me each day. I thank also our children (Kristin, Aaron, Matthew, and David) as well as our grandchildren (David, Harper, and Grace) for the blessings and strength that each has brought to our lives.
Finally, I want to thank each of you for your past and continued support. Court has made my life interesting, complex, and sometimes entertaining. I have always tried to be vigilant in protecting the interests of all parties, to make a difference, and to treat every person in court with the courtesy and respect each is due. It has been my honor to be your judge.
37th Judicial Circuit
Carter, Howell, Oregon & Shannon Counties
Eminence Area Senior Citizens News
EHS Alumni News
by: Pearl Bunch Edgar
WHS Alumni News
Winona City News
MSHP Troop G
Be Prepared for Youth Turkey Season
After three years in a row of my youth turkey hunting partner taking a bird, last year ended in a miss. I blame myself. My partner was not as prepared for his first hunt as he should have been. I won't make that mistake again.
Youth turkey season is my favorite weekend of the year. My oldest daughter, who is 12, has developed a love for turkey hunting. This is a special time we share together outdoors. Watching her develop as a hunter over the last few seasons has been the most rewarding experience of my hunting life. And watching her work a slate call is mesmerizing. Almost as amazing has been the privilege I've had of serving as a mentor to three young men in recent years. Two successfully took their first turkey.
Introducing a youth to hunting is about so much more than just harvesting an animal. We must invest the time to educate these young hunters on a number of issues. Firearms and archery safety are the most paramount lessons. Learning to become proficient with a firearm is not something that happens in one practice session. Any youth hunter heading out for the first time should have had ample opportunity to pull the trigger. This may not change the impact of the adrenaline rush they're going to experience when a turkey comes into range, but the repetition of shooting at a target may help them through those nerves. Watching new shooters overcome their fear of firearms while learning to respect the responsibility of firearms operation under proper supervision is rewarding. After the first shot, when they realize it doesn't really hurt and a smile stretches across their faces, they're ready to shoot some more.
We must also instruct the youth hunters in calling, judging distance and hunting ethics. A lot of the fun of turkey hunting is the vocalizations made with calls. Be sure to let your youth hunter work a call. Box calls are pretty easy to get the hang of. Also, work with them to judge distance. Before the season, have the youth walk around with a range finder. Make them guess the distance of a tree then range it for the actual yardage. With practice, they'll become better at mentally calculating distance.
Nothing is more important than teaching youth hunters proper ethics. We must teach them to follow all the rules, and even sometimes, to make a decision to act on the best interest of wildlife even if something is legal, but not quite right. Emphasizing ethics should be paramount in every mentoring opportunity.
Last year, my partner fired a shotgun for the first time the day before the hunt. His father was with us. We went over safety in depth and practiced shooting. He was doing real well on the target, but the next morning, when a big old gobbler approached to 25 yard, he was shaking like a leaf and whiffed on the shot. I don't know if more practice could have helped with the turkey fever, but it may have. From now on, I'll try my best to work with any youth, or new hunter for that matter, for weeks before the hunt. Time is an issue, but practice is too important to pass up.
While preparing for the hunt, we spent a lot of time talking about turkey hunting. This included talking about calling and turkey behavior. I emphasized the importance of sitting super still because turkeys have incredible eyesight, but also explained the benefit of a blind like the one we'd hunting from for the benefit of concealment.
This year, Missouri's special youth wild turkey hunting season is April 7-8. Youth hunters who are age 6-15 on opening day may participate. A youth season bird count as the youth's first week turkey, meaning they may not harvest their second turkey until April 23.
See you down the trail…
Youth turkey hunting requires practice and preparation before heading out to hunt.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Seeks Public Feedback on Waymeyer, Chilton Creek and Pin Oak Areas
Ozark National Scenic Riverways is seeking initial public comments to aid with preparing a range of alternative actions to be considered for the maintenance, rehabilitation and management of the Waymeyer, Chilton Creek, and Pin Oak locations of the park. The National Park Service (NPS) will develop a range of actions that will be consistent with the zoning concepts of the 2015 General Management Plan, and will also define specific resource conditions, visitor experiences, visitor capacity, recreational activities, and any development for this area.
These areas are located on the Current River approximately six miles upstream from Van Buren, Missouri. The park maintains two semi-developed sites which provide access to the Current River in the area – Waymeyer Landing for non-motorized watercraft, and Chilton Creek Boat ramp for motorized boats. The Waymeyer site is a designated access point for commercial outfitters, contractors to the NPS who provide rentals and shuttle service to the visiting public. The Waymeyer site is also used by visitors launching privately owned non-motorized watercraft. While designed for motorized boats, the Chilton Creek Boat Ramp is also sometimes used by non-motorized watercraft which can create conflicts among users.
Because these facilities are located close to the river they are subject to seasonal flooding and the shifting of the river. The record flooding that occurred in the spring of 2017 resulted in significant damage and the closing of the Pin Oak campground. The gravel bar at Waymeyer access has been reduced in size over the past decade through seasonal flooding. Elk viewing in the adjacent fields is becoming more popular and attracts more visitors to the area.
A 30-day public comment period about this area began February 28, 2018. Public input is being solicited to help define any issues to be addressed in formulating the desired management actions in an upcoming planning document. Public comments received during this 30-day "scoping" period will be used to develop the alternatives. When the alternative actions are developed and released for review, the public will be encouraged to comment.
Public comment will be accepted through March 30, 2018, and may be submitted online at the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website, http://parkplanning.nps.gov/ozar, or sent to:
Superintendent – Waymeyer, Chilton Creek and Pin Oak Campground
Ozarks National Scenic Riverways
P.O. Box 490
Van Buren, MO 63965
Commenters should be aware that their comments, including names and home addresses, are considered public information and may be released to the public. However, individual commenters may request that their name and home address be withheld from public release by stating this in their comment letter.
For more information about the Riverways, call (573) 323-4236; visit the park's Facebook page, or website at www.nps.gov/ozar.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, the surrounding resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people.
Area Church News
Jack's Fork Country Church
We began our Sunday service with prayer and the pledge, led by Dave Anderson. The Promise was read from Psalms 111:10, and Scripture from Ephesians 4:31-32. We praised our Lord with singing "Sweet By & By", "Mansion Over the Hilltop", "Sweet Hour of Prayer" and "Give Thanks".
Praises: Congratulations, Redwings, for winning first place in state in Eminence boys' basketball! We are proud of your hard work and great sportsmanship!
Announcement: Bible Study, 7:00 (new time) Monday evenings.
Prayers: Mary Barnes, Patsy Coker, Randy Liggett, Brooke Fields & baby, Nikki Watson, Leta Hightower, Betty Porter, Shirley Powell, Jerry Evans, Terri's parents, Mike's parents & Maria, Dorothy Ennis, Dave Kentch, Gwen Counts, Kate Puschell, Dustin Riley, Lois' grandson, Blake, Sheila Worrell, Nancy's cousin, Kinslee, Kris Hurt, Lucas Duncan, Richard Tyler, Webb Byrne, our military & their families, our country & leaders, our schools and our church. Bill Fullerton, Jr. led us in prayer & The Lord's Prayer.
Tileta Burkhead sang a beautiful special song, "Jesus Never Fails".
Nancy Ray adjourned to Children's Church.
Howell Burkhead gave our sermon today on "The Pathway of Comfort". He read from II Corinthians 1:3-5. Physical comfort is the sweetest feeling on earth when we are injured, when we have care & medicine. Also, emotional comfort is also sweet! Serving God is not a trouble-free existence and problems will come. However, comfort from God is just as certain!
God is always there to comfort us! You NEED the comfort of the Lord in all hardships.
We cry out to God, & somehow He comes in to comfort us. God is with our lost loved ones, and He is also with us here! So, you see, we are only a half-step away from our loved ones! "Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, Brother, smile!" Doesn't work! You must come to the Lord for comfort.
.A young mother's little son was bored, so she sent him next door to visit a recently widowed neighbor who might need some help. The boy reluctantly did as he was told.When he returned, she asked what he did for him. "I just sat on his lap & helped him cry."
**We need comfort! It comes, fills our souls then we pass it on! Praise God!
We closed with hymns "Just Over in the Glory Land" and "Old Country Church". Prayer.
Birch Tree Assembly of God
Church Faith Tabernacle
Moment In The Word
Area Church News
Winona First Baptist
Once again we faced Satan this morning. And once again we had our victory over him. As many know our pastor Nick has a seriously bad spider bite and couldn't be in church this morning. Please keep him in prayer. We missed him.
What is unique about the Kingdom of God is that you are assured of victory. You have won! You are assured that you will someday stand before the face of God and see the king of kings. You are assured that someday you will enter a world where there will be no more pain, no more tears, no more sorrow.
We know the imortance of a friend, your handshake, your warmth, your walk, your friendliness could make the difference in someone's life. I know we are not supposed to brag, but I'm going to brag on my church. You may beg to differ but I think I have one of the most loving, caring churches in town. Thanks to all those who stepped up at a moments notice so we could have church today. We had church without our pastor. We had music, testimonies, and amazingly before church was over God gave us a message from James 5:14. Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him annointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. Thoiugh God often heals through medicine, the use of oil here is mainly symbolic because it is applied in the name of the Lord.
I don't believe it was some accident the lord gave us this message, many peole need healing, but don't give their all to God so he can heal. Sometimes our healing isn't on earth, but if you are a God fearing christian, you're a winner either way. Whether the healing is on earth or in heaven. Trust God, he knows what he is doing.
Happy Birthday Shelly Blanks, Mar. 12, Nick Smotherman, Mar. 13 (Granny) Mabel Shemwell, Mar 15, Danni Ann Kile, Mar. 16. Wish you all many more. Sorry if I miss anyone.
Please pray for our nation, leaders, police officers, the homeless and the needy, and pray for one another. Have a blessed week. God Bless.
Sunday school 10 a.m. Worship service 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome.
Eminence Assembly of God
Eminence Methodist METHODIST CHURCH We welcome you to the "pretty little church with the blue cross on
top," just west of Hwy 19 and 106 in Eminence. Worship service is at 11:00
a.m. Whatever you choose to obey is your master. This morning we learned of
the strength of the church in uniting us with Christ to defeat sin,
wherein it is no longer one's master. In this world we are always
surrounded with 'mud' and backsliding. Every thought, word and action is a
choice between freedom in God and slavery in sin. Pastor David's sermon:
"The Church's Support: Help each Other Stay Out of the Mud" gave seven
ways we can help each other. These seven points are to pray for each
other, teach each other, look out for each other, speak the truth in love
to each other, be accountable to each other, forgive each other, and
support each other. You just might be the one who is helped, a spiritually
humbling experience. Key Verse: James 5:19-20: "My dear brothers and
sisters, if anyone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought
back again, you can be sure that the one who brings that person back will
save that sinner from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins."
First reader Ashlin Brewer read from Ephesians 1:16-20; 3:16-19, which
included the especially profound reminder of the "breadth and length and
height and depth of the love of Christ" and Second reader Alice Neal read
Romans 6:5-23. Dick Hunt will be conducting services next Sunday while Pastor David
and Paula head to Florida to visit son Josh and family. Under the "Joys"
column we are so proud to be the hometown of the new State Basketball
champs. Congratulations to the team and their great leadership. Please join us Sunday's at 11:00. We are located 1 block east of the
Highways 19/106 junction. Congratulations to our boys basketball team who took first place in the
state last Saturday! It is a great joy to have young men who showed great
composure, sportsmanship and teamwork all through the basketball season.
Credit goes to the coaches and parents who have instilled these values in
our young players. They have brought great pride to Eminence! Please keep in prayer the family of Alan Wills and prayer for those
needing healing physically and spiritually, for our churches around the
world and at home, and for our country. Scripture reading was from Ephesians 1:16-20, 3:16-19 and Romans
6:5-23. Our hymns were "Wonderful Words of Life," "Help Somebody Today,"
and "Take Time to be Holy." The sermon was "The Church's Support: Help Each Other Stay Out of the
Mud." Mud is sin. The key verse: James 5:19-20 My dear brothers and
sisters, if anyone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought
back again, you can be sure that the one who brings that person back will
save that sinner from death and bring about forgiveness of many sins. Christians are sometimes tempted by the Devil and sometimes we may
question our beliefs when life's events and challenges happen to us.
Christ's defeating sin is for us and we are no longer held by sin. We are
held down by life's burdens but we can change our environment by being
with other Christians. We are given free will and every thought, word and
action is a choice between freedom in God or slavery in sin. As Christians we can help each other stay away from sin through prayer.
We can teach each other to turn away from sin. We look out for each other
and notice if one is wandering. This is not judging because it is not
condemning, but helping. We must speak truth in love, using the Bible as a
guide and it is done with genuine concern. We are to be accountable in
each other by receiving concerns and prayer. Being asked about sin helps
us not to sin. We are to forgive each other. We all slip up and when
someone does we do not lecture or become self-righteous. Finally,
Christians support each other. We can help each other bear the weight of
sin. And we should help each other stay out of sin. God uses the church to accomplish these supports we have for each
other. Please join us Sundays and share in supporting each other and God's
We welcome you to the "pretty little church with the blue cross on top," just west of Hwy 19 and 106 in Eminence. Worship service is at 11:00 a.m.
Whatever you choose to obey is your master. This morning we learned of the strength of the church in uniting us with Christ to defeat sin, wherein it is no longer one's master. In this world we are always surrounded with 'mud' and backsliding. Every thought, word and action is a choice between freedom in God and slavery in sin. Pastor David's sermon: "The Church's Support: Help each Other Stay Out of the Mud" gave seven ways we can help each other. These seven points are to pray for each other, teach each other, look out for each other, speak the truth in love to each other, be accountable to each other, forgive each other, and support each other. You just might be the one who is helped, a spiritually humbling experience. Key Verse: James 5:19-20: "My dear brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought back again, you can be sure that the one who brings that person back will save that sinner from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins." First reader Ashlin Brewer read from Ephesians 1:16-20; 3:16-19, which included the especially profound reminder of the "breadth and length and height and depth of the love of Christ" and Second reader Alice Neal read Romans 6:5-23.
Dick Hunt will be conducting services next Sunday while Pastor David and Paula head to Florida to visit son Josh and family. Under the "Joys" column we are so proud to be the hometown of the new State Basketball champs. Congratulations to the team and their great leadership.
Please join us Sunday's at 11:00. We are located 1 block east of the Highways 19/106 junction.
Congratulations to our boys basketball team who took first place in the state last Saturday! It is a great joy to have young men who showed great composure, sportsmanship and teamwork all through the basketball season. Credit goes to the coaches and parents who have instilled these values in our young players. They have brought great pride to Eminence!
Please keep in prayer the family of Alan Wills and prayer for those needing healing physically and spiritually, for our churches around the world and at home, and for our country.
Scripture reading was from Ephesians 1:16-20, 3:16-19 and Romans 6:5-23. Our hymns were "Wonderful Words of Life," "Help Somebody Today," and "Take Time to be Holy."
The sermon was "The Church's Support: Help Each Other Stay Out of the Mud." Mud is sin. The key verse: James 5:19-20 My dear brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought back again, you can be sure that the one who brings that person back will save that sinner from death and bring about forgiveness of many sins.
Christians are sometimes tempted by the Devil and sometimes we may question our beliefs when life's events and challenges happen to us. Christ's defeating sin is for us and we are no longer held by sin. We are held down by life's burdens but we can change our environment by being with other Christians. We are given free will and every thought, word and action is a choice between freedom in God or slavery in sin.
As Christians we can help each other stay away from sin through prayer. We can teach each other to turn away from sin. We look out for each other and notice if one is wandering. This is not judging because it is not condemning, but helping. We must speak truth in love, using the Bible as a guide and it is done with genuine concern. We are to be accountable in each other by receiving concerns and prayer. Being asked about sin helps us not to sin. We are to forgive each other. We all slip up and when someone does we do not lecture or become self-righteous. Finally, Christians support each other. We can help each other bear the weight of sin. And we should help each other stay out of sin.
God uses the church to accomplish these supports we have for each other. Please join us Sundays and share in supporting each other and God's love.
Mt. View Baptist
Faith Tabernacle Bibleway Assembly
Area Church News
We were blessed to have Shirley Powell back with us today as one of our greeters along with Debbie Ipock. And what a joy to welcome some of Avis Rayfield's family, as well. Gary Colvin and worship team led us to "Come and let us sing to the Lord." And so we did with a sacrifice of praise. "Come Into His Presence", Be Exalted, The Stedfast Love, and He Is Good were among our songs of praise.
Noel Orchard led our communion devotion with thoughts regarding our attitude as we gather round the table of the Lord. We come with repentant and contrite hearts to remember and be thankful for Jesus' great sacrifice. Praises include the birth of Parker and Paisley Nichols to Brittany and Eric Nichols. Congrats to them and to grandparents, as well. We rejoice along with the Redwings basketball team who brought home first place hardware from the state basketball championship. And we were proud of their excellent sportsmanship through the tournament, as well. Prayer needs include Joyce Brandt, Richard Tyler, Sherry Slattery, Doug Conway, Jerry Chilton.
Bro Allen's message was " Jesus Loved Enough to Forgive." To find his forgiveness we acknowledge that we have sinned according to the definition of sin in God's Word. We see that the powerful hand of Christ submitted to the cross and that even in that pain and sorrow Jesus prayed, "Father, forgive them." So we seek his forgiveness and by his strength we also extend forgiveness to those who have hurt us.
Kids stop will be on March 21 for our elementary students.
Fellowship Tabernacle, West Eminence
Women of Faith
Winona Assembly of God
Ladies Fill My Cup Fellowship
Winona Christian Church
Well, after a very long absence, I am once again attempting the church news. I have been in and out of the hospital and a few weeks in the nursing home for therapy. I am better now but not back up to where I was before surgery. Thank you everyone for all your thoughts and prayers, visits and cards and flowers. I am truly blessed to live in such a caring loving community.
First things first and WOW 1st place in the state!!! A picture showed up on facebook of our whole team and the cheerleaders circled up in prayer. What a witness and inspiration to others. We have a great group of young people.
Next Sunday the 18th Carolyn Carr is responsible for breakfast. Max and Jayne Rader will be in the nursery, and special music will be by Rachel McGregor.
Our activities are numerous I hope I don't miss any: Week of prayer for Home Missions March 4-11; Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for home missions, church goal is $3000; If you were unable to have pictures taken for the church directory you can email a picture to Pastor Paul at (email@example.com); March 14th Team KID preschool through 5th grade 6:30-8:00 pm youth group 6-8 pm and Bible study at 6:30. March 24th Community Gospel Sing at 6pm;March 25th Palm Sunday the Lord's Supper; April 1st Easter Sunrise service at the Rader Farm and Easter Cantata "The Day He Wore My Crown" during morning worship; Spring Revival April 15th to 18th; Financial Peace University is a 9 week class that will teach you how to honor God with your finances.
Special music today was by Andy, Alvin, and Bruce Bressler. Doc Napier brought up the bass part.
Prayer requests this Sunday are The Counts Family, the Bishop family, Dailey family, Richard Tyler, Doris Warren, Bette Steele and Betty Pummill Logue. I am sure there are many more but God knows them and he will take care of his flock.
I hope everyone will search out a church family and join in the fellowship. Come worship with us each Sunday at 9:30 for breakfast, 9:45 for Sunday School, 9:45 for worship service. Sunday night at 6:30 and Wednesday evening at 6.
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