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So Close

When beginning our off-grid life together soon after Doug and I married, there were really only three things I really missed: ice, the Internet, and showers. Eventually, the lack of Internet and ice was resolved, but showers were still a struggle. Using a two-gallon garden waterer was working okay, but it was still a hassle and required a second person to operate it. Generally I'll save bath time for the end of the day, but since I'm the one having to handle the waterer, I've got a very small window of opportunity to accomplish the polishing of the family before dinner prep time arrives. So typically showers are rushed as I juggle small batches of water heating on the wood cookstove.

I never gave having a real shower in our cabin much thought though. I always figured that would be something we'd have in the real house once it ever got built. However, my lack of knowledge towards other possibilities was suddenly made apparent one evening as I was aimlessly skimming over fb posts.

It was the picture that caught my eye first. A hillbilly shower had been constructed out of a small rubber livestock water trough, a mess of pvc pipes and a cheap plastic shower curtain with clothes pins holding it in place. I didn't like the looks of the setup one bit, but it was the second picture that captured my interest. It was a shower head with a long hose running from it to a fist size pump at the other end. I scanned over a few of the comments below to note the word USB chargeable several times. A rechargeable, portable shower head? How's that work?

Intrigued, I rerouted my attention to Amazon and found there was a whole horde of so called, portable, rechargeable camping shower heads being offered. Good grief! How long have these been around? And why hadn't anyone told me about them!?!?!? I quickly found one with the highest ratings and became consumed in reading the reviews. Yes, the pump really could be charged in the wall, off the computer and even in a vehicle. The charge only took a few hours and many folks were claiming they could get ten plus showers out of each charge. All one had to do was fill a bucket with shower-temp water, (a five gallon bucket was claimed to be overkill), toss in the pump; hang up the shower head…and kablooey! A real shower could be had!

That was it for me! I made my birthday wish, which was still months away, clear to Doug and then got busy figuring out my shower set up. We already had a tub, but if the curtain was hung in the normal fashion, it would be terribly in the way and would block nearly all the sunlight in that corner of the cabin. It didn't take me long to get over that dilemma. I would make a frame that hung from the rafters over the tub and permanently fix the curtain to it. Once showers were done and curtain dried, all I'd have to do is roll the curtain up and fasten it to the frame.

I picked out some cedar poles from my pile outside and started on my measurements and cuts. Naturally, I couldn't stick to easy and wanted an octagon shaped frame for the curtain to hang from. So my cuts had to be sawn at a 22 1/2 degree angle. Unfortunately cutting anything at an angle isn't one of my strong points, and even with Doug's help my cuts weren't anything to brag on. But I knew once the frame was hung and the curtain attached, the gaping corners wouldn't be as obvious.

As the days passed with me working on the frame when I could, and the nights dragged on while I dreamed of long, warm solo showers, I started shopping for the perfect shower curtain online. But I had no idea how expensive those darn things were! Golly, who can afford such niceties anyway? Nevertheless, my searching on eBay resulted in me finding one that I truly fell in love with and the asking price was marvelous. I sent the link to Mom to show her what I'd found and she ended up getting it for me for an early birthday gift.

My nights became longer as eagerness and excitement grew, knowing how close I was getting to that shower. I'd managed to almost not nag Doug to death to get him to go ahead and order the showerhead, and it looked like everything was going to be ready by the time it arrived.

After completing the frame I realized two curtains would be needed in order for the entire tub to be enclosed, so a low-dollar Wal-Mart beige-colored cloth curtain was purchased. About this time, Doug seemed to be getting caught up in the excitement of the project and offered to rig up a battery operated light over the tub, which I was all for. Parts and pieces for the lighting were scrounged up and we bought our very first LED light bulb while we were out. Since Doug planned on hooking the light bulb directly to a small 12 volt battery, he'd have to convert it from 110v AC to 12v DC and remove the built-in inverter, but with a soldering iron, he was confident of being successful. The thought of having a real shower WITH real electric lighting was almost more than I could handle. Inwardly I was afraid my smile was going to split my whole face in two. Now don't get me wrong, I still love our oil lamps, but there's no good way of mounting one in or near the tub without the curtains touching it, creating a potential fire hazard.

At last...the day arrived! The pump and second curtain was in and the frame and curtains were hung. I'd plugged the pump in that morning just to make sure it had plenty of time to take its charge. All that needed to be done now was screw in a hook on the frame for the showerhead to hang off of, then heat up my water.

As I was about to get the water on, I decided to check on the pump. It had been plugged in for well over seven hours so I was sure it was ready to go.

That's funny. The red light was still on. And boy, that pump sure was warm. Surely seven hours was more than enough time. My heart was beginning to sink knowing both of those signs indicated possible problems. I took it to Doug and we gave it a test run outside. I plopped the pump in my water barrel as Doug turned it on. Nothing. Not even a hum from the pump. Doug looked it over but didn't want to dig into it since the thing had a warranty on it. We took it back inside and I plugged it in again. The pump ran while plugged in, but it appeared to have an issue taking a charge. Apparently out of the thousands of pumps that were made, I was the one who got the occasional dud. Talk about a heart wrencher!

So, the waiting continues. The shower head was returned and another ordered. Meanwhile, every time I walk by my beautiful shower set up, I'll admire it, and continue to cling to the hope that someday soon, I'll be taking a real shower, complete with a soft glowing light bulb over my head. And you know what…I just may use a full five-gallon bucket of warm water for my very first shower and use up every drop.

Shannon County Minutes

Jeff called the meeting to order Monday, March 5, 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: Darrin Brawley and Eric Dannemaier

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 informed Darrin Brawley, Sheriff, concerning the National Park Service rangers issuing tickets for no ATV permits and threatening to ticket the county for grading the county road at the Broadfoot fields. Commission requested Sheriff Brawley's assistance with these issues.

Eric Dannemaier presented a recommendation for the county to take over the road maintenance on additional roads in the Jack's Fork River Estates.

Herman motions to approve the minutes of February 26th. Dale seconds the motion. Motion carries with all in favor. (D-Y, H-Y, J-Y)

Commission issued a support letter for the Solid Waste District program. (D-Y, H-Y, J-Y)

Being no further business, Dale motions to adjourn the meeting at 12:15 p.m. Herman seconds the motion. Motion carries with all in favor. (D-Y, H-Y, J-Y)

The next meeting will be held Monday, March 12th at 9:00 a.m., county courtroom, first floor of the courthouse.

Eminence School Board


This and That


Mt View Public Library

Eminence Library News

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






Summersville Bookends

What do hummingbirds and genealogists have in common at Summersville Library? We anticipate their arrival in our town every spring, and they never disappoint.

Genealogy season has begun early this year @ our library. This week, we had a couple from Arkansas here on their quest to find a few missing pieces in their family's puzzle. The first piece was a cemetery that was located on private land, and we found it with just a few phone calls and help from Facebook. One of our townspeople even drove to the library and led the visitors down some gravel roads to the cemetery. The couple was amazed @ our hospitality, but we have the most accommodating people in our community.

The library is an excellent resource for information re genealogy. AncestryLibrary.com can be expensive, but it's free when accessed from the library's computers. We also have Summersville Beacons that date back to 1965, Texas County Heritage books, several high school yearbooks, and much more. If that's not enough, we're a small town, so we may know a person who knows a person! Just ask.

The book-signing on March 14th for Tyrone Dust: A Saga of the West Plains To Rolla Road by H. Ray Sigler was a huge success. About 20-25 people attended the activity to visit with the author and purchase a signed copy of his newest book, a sequel to Tyrone Dust.

The Summersville Friends of the Library group meets at the library on the 2nd Monday of each month @ 5:00 p.m. The next scheduled meeting will be on April 9th to plan their annual Plant & Book Sale for April 20th. New members are invited to join this active group in supporting and participating in the continuing growth of the Summersville Branch Library.

YES, we are still collecting Best Choice barcodes. Drop them off @ any Texas County Library Branch.

Texas County Library now has e-Books and audio books available to download for Texas County Library patrons! To view the catalog and download, go to our website: texascountylibrary.lib.mo.us, click on "e-books", or come by the library for assistance. Texas County Library cards are required.

Summersville Library is a branch of Texas County Library and located at 480 First Street, on the south side of the square, next door to Open Door in Summersville. Business hours are 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m Saturday. Check out our webpage @ texascountylibrary.lib.mo.us or contact the library: 417-932-5261 or toll-free 888-609-4491, or e-mail us: svlib@texascountylibrary.lib.mo.us, or fax: 417-932-5262.

Shannon County Health Department Calendar

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

Baby Announcements

Wyatt Plowman and Kyli McNew of Summersville are the parents of twins, a baby boy and a baby girl, Hudson Dean Plowman and Hadley Jean Plowman, born at 7:38 a.m. and 7:39 a.m. at OMC. Hudson weighed 4 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 18 inches long. Hadley was 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and 18 inches long. Their sibling is Haysli, 4. Their grandparents are Kenny and Shelly McNew, Summersville and Steve and Melissa Plowman, Summersville.

Joseph and Heaven Rosa of Mountain View are the parents of a baby girl, Khe-Anna Chaydence, born on February 25th at 4:49 a.m. at OMC. She weighed 8 pounds and was 21 inches long. Her siblings are Patience, 3, and Grace, 2. Her grandparents are Sandra Pilcher, Mountain View; DJ Morris, Mountain View; Terry and Audrey Rosa, Mountain View; and Crystal Ramsey, Dallas, Texas.

Chris Pribble and Autumn Gammon of West Plains are the parents of Deborah Michelle Pribble, born on March 2nd at 7:46 a.m. at OMC. She weighed 8 pounds, 3 1/2 ounces, and was 20 1/2 inches long. Her siblings are Clarence, 22 months, and Tyler, 13 months. Her grandparents are Traice Gammon, Houston; Cheryl Simmons, Houston; and Johnny Pribble, Mountain View.

Shawn Van Horn and Courtney Wisecarver of Birch Tree are the parents of a baby girl, Saraya Rose Van Horn, born on March 6th at 6:08 a.m. at OMC. She weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 18 inches long. Her sibling is Kenya, 5. Her grandparents are Kent and Sherri Wisecarver, Birch Tree; Tammy Wisecarver, Winona; and Jon and Amy Van Horn, Mountain View.



50th Anniversary

Gene & Judy Haynes

Winona Senior Center

March 31st 1:00pm -4:00pm

Food & cake will be served

The City of Eminence is looking for people interested in serving on the City park board for the old city park. Any interested persons can contact City hall. 573-226-3717

Chronic Disease Self Management program still going on every Thursday noon to 2:00pm till April 12th at the Winona Senior Center. Come join us for BINGO Wed., March 28th at noon. Fun & everyone wins a prize!! Happy birthday to our March birthday list: Bill York, Carlene Norris, Gene Goodwin, Kathie Frederick, Peggy Dixon, Charlotte Cox, Geneva Brawley.

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.


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.

West Plains Parks & Recreation




Reflections from the Road

By Rick Mansfield

City Council Board Meeting



Letters to the Editor!

We are excited and working very hard to make our Ozark Mountain Festival a Success.

It will be a three day event this year we will kick it off on Friday Evening May 4th. with an opening ceremony, beginning with the National Anthem, following with a prayer introduction of leaders in our community, Bury the Razor Ceremony, Music, Eminence Historical Walk sponsored by the Shannon County Area Museum and Civil War Encampment.

Saturday May 5th will be filled with a full day of activities which will consist of Demonstrations, Craft and Food Booths setting up downtown, Pet Parade, Car Show, ATV Show, Chamber Auction, Crowning of Miss Eminence Sesquicentennial, Performance by the Baker Family and Marriott Family, Cloggers, Civil War Encampment and Reenactment (Stewarts Landing) Museum will be open all day with Story Telling and Cast Iron Cooking Demonstrations.

Sunday will conclude our Festival with the Civil War Encampment and Reenactment, the Eminence Ministerial will have A Community Service at 10:45 am followed by Pitch In Dinner this will be held at the new City Ball Park weather permitting. (Alternate Location School Gymnasium)

This is a once in a lifetime event to make this happen we need your support by sponsoring this event. Please consider being a sponsor. We will have four levels this year $1,000, $500, $250 and $100. If you would like to be a sponsors please email or call 573--226-3318.

Dear Editor,

Representative Jason Smith's weekly column on Sanctuary Cities showed his true colors. In the past he often accused the previous administration of using government overreach to infringe on state's rights. Smith's position on Sanctuary Cities shows that he now supports federal government overreach. It is important to our national security that local governments be allowed to protect it's tax paying citizen's from federal overreach. The federal government cannot force state or local governments to take away rights that are established by local legislators. The U.S. Constitution identified local governing bodies as having sovereign rights to determine what is best for their citizens. State rights were established in our constitution at a time when our country was resisting attempts by an imperial power to control our civil liberties. The Supreme Court stated in Heckler v. Chaney that "Localities, not Washington bureaucrats, are best suited to determine local law enforcement according to a multitude of factors, in any given situation." Jason Smith's position on Sanctuary Cities does not protect Americans from violence but sows distrust and fear. He should be building trust among Americans to keep us safe- not dividing us and using fear as a way to advance his own political career. We must keep our sacred liberties safe if we are to protect our communities from violence.

Janet Fossey



Eminence Chamber

Eminence Area Senior Citizens News

EHS Alumni News

by: Pearl Bunch Edgar


Birch Tree

WHS Alumni News

Campaign Aims to Raise Awareness of Abuse of People with Disabilities in Missouri

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council (MODDC) and the Arc of Missouri , CITY JEFFERSONhave launched a statewide campaign entitled "It's Happening, and We Can Stop It" that highlights the abuse, neglect and exploitation of adults with Intellectual and Developmental (I/DD) disabilities.

Adults with I/DD are being verbally, physically, emotionally and sexually abused; neglected in many ways; and financially exploited. The abuse, neglect, and exploitation is prevalent and pervasive. It happens in many ways, and it happens repeatedly to victims with all types of disabilities.

Most people in our society refuse to believe that anyone would even consider abusing, neglecting or exploiting a person with an intellectual or developmental disability. But adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are being "verbally, fiscally, physically, and sexually abused. It's happening in every metropolitan city and in every small town in Missouri. And we can stop it", said Dolores Sparks, Program Coordinator for the MODDC. "Since 2016, the MODDC and the Arc of Missouri have co-sponsored the ‘It's Happening' campaign designed to raise awareness of this problem. And because March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we're ramping up the campaign with TV, radio, outdoor and digital initiatives in hopes that people will report such abuse."

The campaign, created by mkelly+ (www.mkellyplus.com) and Films for Humanity (www.filmsforhumanity.com) includes a website (www.andwecanstopit.org), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/andwecanstopit), TV, radio, outdoor and digital initiatives as well as a series of short films depicting real life stories of abuse, which can be viewed at www.andwecanstopit.org/real-stories

"Our goal with this campaign is two-fold. First, we want to raise awareness. Second, and most importantly, we want to get people to report suspected abuse, neglect and exploitation by calling the Adult Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation Hotline at (800) 392-0210", said Ed Thomas, President of the Arc of Missouri.

About the MODDC

The Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council is a federally funded, 23-member, consumer-driven Council appointed by the Governor. Its Council mandate is to plan, advocate for, and give advice concerning programs and services for persons with developmental disabilities that will increase their opportunities for independence, productivity, and integration into communities. To learn more, visit www.moddcouncil.org

About the Arc of Missouri

The Arc of Missouri's mission is to assist people with developmental disabilities and their families in achieving the opportunity to realize their hopes and dreams. To learn more, visit www.arcofmissouri.org


Public Announcement

Birch Tree Elementary Kindergarten Screening will be held April 4th & 5th from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Birch Tree. Please call the school at 573-292-3106 for an appointment.

To enter Kindergarten a student must be five years old by August 1, 2018.

Please bring your child's birth certificate (must be original), social security card, and all shot records. To enter Kindergarten your child must have four to five DPT's and three Polios on or after 4th birthday, two MMR, and TWO Varicella (Chickenpox). Children must also have a Hepatitis B series (3 shots). The series must be started before enrollment.

Birch Tree Elementary Preschool Screening will be held April 9th & 10th from

8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Birch Tree. Please call the school at 573-292-3106 for an appointment.

To enter Preschool a student must be three years old by August 1, 2018. Birch Tree Elementary offers a half-day three-year old program. The student must be four years old by August 1, 2018 to attend the half-day four-year old program.

Please bring your child's birth certificate (must be original), social security card, and all shot records. To enter Preschool your child must have four DPT's, three Polios, one MMR, HIB series, one Varicella (Chickenpox), and four PCV (Pneumococcal). Children must also have a Hepatitis B series (3 shots). The series must be started before enrollment.



Kayaking Opportunities Abound Across Missouri

There are many advantages to a kayak. They're usually light, making them easy to transport and control. One person can handle most. You can take them anywhere. They'll fit on top of most vehicles. Kayaks also provide exercise. They don't use gas or batteries, so they're environmentally sound. The list can go on. Here are a few Missouri waters where kayaks are great to paddle.

Missouri River

Urban areas rarely receive the recognition they deserve in terms of outdoor opportunity. Visual perception often clouds reality causing many otherwise perfectly sane outdoor-minded individuals to turn up their noses at natural enjoyment within city limits. To do so is a mistake. The Missouri River is not to be messed with. You need to respect her enormity and power. However, the Missouri is one of the grandest rivers in the world and to ignore the opportunity to float along her course would be a shame.

The Missouri River makes it's way through two major urban areas in our state – Kansas City and St. Louis. Between the two cities, she courses through the countryside, passing by wonderful communities like Boonville, Jefferson City and Washington. Those with some experience in a kayak should not overlook this incredible river. Just be sure to use precautions, like always wearing a life vest and paddling with a friend whenever possible.

North Fork of the White River

The North Fork of the White River is a scenic gem. Tucked away deep in the Missouri Ozarks, this fast flowing river is a perfect destination to get away from it all, as well as an amazing fishery. Combine the two, and the North Fork is ideal for kayaking.

The North Fork flows for 67 miles across Douglas and Ozark counties before emptying into Northfork Reservoir near Tecumseh. It is heavily spring fed and has long stretches of riffles and even some class II whitewater. Smallmouth bass, goggle-eye and sunfish can be caught throughout the river. The lower 12 miles of the North Fork are trophy trout sections.

Since the North Fork is so far south and located a great distance from any large population base, it remains rather less crowded than some of the more northern float rivers in Missouri. Don't mistake less crowded for not crowded. The North Fork does have its floaters, but it's not as crowded as many rivers closer to large cities.

Niangua River

The Niangua flows through a beautiful landscape of looming forest and unique rock features. There are many access points where you can launch a kayak. The Bennett Spring area is a hub for this river, where you can rent a kayak from one of many local liveries.

Bennett Spring is one of the most popular State Parks in Missouri, with visitors coming from all across the Midwest each year to fish, camp, picnic and more. The spring from which the park derives its name is the third largest in the state, producing an average of 100,000,000 gallons of water a day that pour into the Niangua River. Camping in the park or staying in one of the cabins is a great experience. This is a great place to camp for the weekend and spend a couple of days kayaking different sections of the river.

Rocky Fork Conservation Area

Whether you call them strip pits, lakes or ponds, the waters of the Rocky Fork Conservation Area are worth a visit. Located just six miles north of Columbia on Highway 63, Rocky Fork is an easily accessible, outstanding place to paddle a kayak.

Rocky Fork CA consists of 2,200 acres. About 1,200 of those acres were strip-mined before the Missouri Department of Conservation acquired the property in 1979. Today, the reclaimed land consists of roughly 60 strip pits. Most of the strip pits are small, as in less than a few acres. For the most part, the pits are secluded, with heavily forested shorelines. The water often drops off deep from the bank. You can bring a camera on this kayak trip and likely find some nice nature scenes to photograph.

See you down the trail…

Pic: Kayaks offer a great way to access many waters for paddling across Missouri while providingexercise.

Winona City News


MSHP Troop G


Arrest Reports


Area Church News


Jack's Fork Country Church

Black Pond

Birch Tree Assembly of God

Church Faith Tabernacle

Moment In The Word

Area Church News

Eminence First Baptist Church
Website: www.fbceminence.org

But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. The world has been crucified to me through the cross, and I to the world." Galatians 6:14 That is our memory verse for this month. We repeat it every Sunday so hopefully we will learn it and apply it to our lives. Every month we have a memory verse but I can't remember last month's verse. So I guess it didn't work for me!! Even though it was cloudy outside the SON was shinning in our service. We were graced with a song by Miss Rachel McGregor on the piano "Jesus Paid it All" was the title and Yes through his death he paid it all.

Activities this week and for the future: Wednesday March 21st Team Kid ages preschool through 5th grade 6pm – 7:50. We will also have youth group from 6 – 8pm. We will have business meeting at 6:30. March 24th Community Gospel Sing at the Assembly of God at 6 pm. March 25th Palm Sunday Lord's Supper, Good Friday service March 30th will be held at 6:30 at the Christian Church in West Eminence, April 1st Easter Sunrise at 6:30 at Cross Hill on the Rader Farm with a" Pitch in" breakfast following. Sunday morning we will present our Easter Cantata "The Day He Wore My Crown" by the choir and led by Bruce Bressler. April 15-18 is our spring revival our evangelist are John Rogers and Doyle Hobson. Beginning April 23rd at 7:30 there will be a class taught on how to honor God with our finances. This is a 9 week course led by Mike Bill and Rockie Dailey they can answer all your questions.

Prayer list for March 18th Mark McGregor, Sherry Basham, Sconce family, Richard Tyler family. Jonabeth Crider, Revival, Youth Group, Children's Group, Dailey family, Ipoc family, and Titus family. If I can insert a little personal opinion here. The Sconce family has been on my mind for a while now. This would be Wendell and Phyllis Sconce and their son Wesley and their grandson Braedon. Braedon was killed in a car accident on I44 during the time of that bad snow storm with ice and freezing rain. He was a well liked young man still in high school playing football. It is heart breaking that the Lord chose Braedon to come home at such a young age. You just have to trust and believe God has a reason for everything. You may not understand his reasons now while we grieve but in time we will know the reason. Please remember all the families who have had their children taken away at a young age I can't even imagine the pain they have to endure.

If you do not have a church home please join us on Sunday at 9:45 for Sunday School and 11:00 for morning worship, Sunday night at 6:30 and Wednesday night at 6:30.


Eminence Assembly of God


Eminence  Methodist 

Please join us Sunday's at 11:00. We are located one block west on Highway 106 from the 19/106 junction.

Happy Sunday! Church opened with prayer and the call to worship. Spring is getting closer with the trees budding and the daffodils blooming.

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Richard Tyler and ask for prayers for his family. We ask for prayers of healing for Francis Spurgeon and Carol Underwood.

Our hymns this Sunday were "Come Thou Almighty King," " Take the Name of Jesus With You," and our closing hymn was "Help Somebody Today."

Pastor David and Paula were on a trip to Florida to attend Grandparent's Day after receiving a special invitation from their grandchildren. We prayed for safe travels and know they enjoyed visiting family and Florida's warm weather.

Our guest speaker today was our own Richard Hunt. His message was "Lord Love a Duck." He used this humorous story about a duck approaching a bar tender and asking for duck food and being repeatedly turned down. As a sales trainer, Richard used this story as a lesson in persistence. When he was asked to deliver this Sunday's message he thought of this story and how it related to being a Christian. Simply put, the duck had a need and was turned down again and again. As Christians, our faith propels us to help those in need whether they ask, or if we become aware of the needs of someone else.

Scripture today from James 2:14-17 states "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."

Our churches and community practice faith by giving unconditionally to those in need. We give through Dollar Sunday, the Ministerial Alliance, our dinners for families who have lost loved ones, our Blessing Box, our Christmas families we give to, our thrift store, our volunteer first responders, and the countless good deeds that go unrecognized. Christians do not expect a thank you, but we are grateful for the many good deeds they do.

Matthew 25:35-40 says For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'

Our good deeds do glorify God and it is what Jesus has asked of us. Will you help someone in need today?


Mt. View Baptist


Faith Tabernacle Bibleway Assembly

Area Church News



West Eminence Christian Church

We gathered again on a springlike Sunday for worship. We were pleased to have Brant Titus and his mom Samantha as our friendly greeters. Bob Heller led our worship leader with scripture and song to celebrate Jesus' love. Love Lifted Me, How Marvelous, Since Jesus Came Into My Heart, and He's My Friend were sung among others. Roger Smith led our communion devotion with thoughts about suffering. Suffering convicts us to what we really believe. It conforms us to the image of Christ. And it provokes commitment. Jesus suffered with the ability to take himself down from the cross but the conviction that only he could bear the sins of the world.

Praises include Isaac and Emily Haumesser have a new baby and Stephen Haumesser is engaged to marry this summer and Emma Russell is doing well after surgery.. Prayer needs include family of Richard Tyler, family of Sue Harding, Brenda Gadbury, Susan Harvel, Debbie Wethy, Pauline Goforth, Anna Cox, family of Tracy Lynn Martin.

Brother Allen's message was "Jesus Loved Enough to let us Choose." We were created in God's image with the capacity to make choices. Abel chose to honor God with his sacrifice, Cain chose to kill. Daivid, ask king chose to serve God. Saul as king chose power. One thif crucified with Jesus chose to ridicule him and seek something for himself. One thief humbly sought for Jesus to remember him when he came in his kingdom. We are all urged to fix our eyes on Jesus.

Kids Stop will meet after school this Wednesday. Everyone is invited to join us for the Community Good /Frieday Service on March 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Fellowship Tabernacle, West Eminence

Women of Faith

Winona Assembly of God

Winona Baptist 

Winona First Baptist

What a blessing it was to have Brother Nick back with us today. I have never seen the Devil work so hard to keep God's children from coming to church. There are a lot of excuses out there and God has heard them all.

When the Book of Life is opened, will your name be written there? Matt. 7:21, 23 Not everyone that saith unto me Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven. v. 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Think about it.

Brother Nick's message, I Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Psalm 23:4, Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. No matter what you are going through, God has already been there. He saith fear no evil for thou art with you. Give your all to Jesus, he will turn your sadness into joy.

I would like to thank Kathy Jaster for donating the lightbulbs for the church. Thanks also to Brittany Wellman for the fresh basil herbs she grew and donated. These ladies are a blessing to our church. And thanks for the CD also.

Happy birthday Marilyn Spencer, Mar 20, Mary Martin, Mar 21, Molly Ice & Shyanne Brewer, Mar 22. Wish you all many more.

Please pray for our nation, leaders, police officers, the homeless, needy and for one another. For our churches and schools.

We will be having a business meeting Sunday, March 25, so if you are a member you need to be there.

Sunday school 10 a.m. Worship service 11 a.m. have a blessed week. God bless.

Ladies Fill My Cup Fellowship

Winona Christian Church


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