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Amanda's Column

The Thing About Trees

I love trees! I'm no tree-hugger mind you, but I do appreciate the value of a good tree or the potential of a good one and don't go out of my way to cut them down. I think I got that from my Dad. He too had a thing for trees and would go to great pains to avoid cutting one if he could get around it and would mourn over one that would have to be downed. Honey locust trees however, he hated with a passion and any chance he got, he'd eliminate them. I on the other hand, know how good the seed pods are for farm animals like goats (not that I plan on owning any form of goat if I can help it). So I even enjoy the sight of a few locust trees on our property.

Flatlanders though appear to hold no value for trees and seem to have this impulse to cut any and all trees down if given the opportunity. Even my father-in-law is like that for the most part. It's really weird! If a tree looks even slightly ill he'll charge for the chainsaw! Or if the tree is leaning ever so slightly, down it goes. He's always itching to cut trees down at our place because of this or that, and we really have to keep an eye on him when he's down for a visit.

Most every time we go back to IL for a time I spy more fresh tree stumps along the highway or farm roads. And they're not small stumps either. They had been massive trees at some point and no telling how old they'd been before being aimlessly downed. I'll study an area along a field where four or five huge trees once stood and wonder…why, why the heck did people feel they had to be removed? There were no buildings nearby for them to possibly fall on during a storm, and the stumps appeared to have belonged to healthy trees. The only reason I can figure is the things were blocking a farmer's view to his next field. Meanwhile, that very same person was most likely standing on his porch cursing the wind that forever blows throughout that state! Uhhh, here's a thought; leave the trees to block the winds so the soil doesn't get blown away! Doug informed me that years back most all the fields in IL had been bordered with native trees or planted with Osage Orange trees. And most likely the winds there weren't near as bad as it is now. And shade! There is none aside from the few trees that were purposely planted in yards.

Meanwhile back in MO, even though logging is a big part of the locals' livelihood, we still have plenty of trees hereabouts. Doug and I both GREATLY value trees and understand their benefit to the environment, but it's still necessary to rid some areas of them. Nevertheless, we still feel sick every time we have to down one in order to allow sunlight to hit our solar panels. Most of the south side of our cabin is now exposed to harsh sunlight and we hate it! Its gets so hot right there where it had once been pleasantly shaded throughout the day. And if there was some other way of getting light to our panels without removing the trees, they'd most certainly still be there.

Some of them had to be bulldozed to make room for the cabin, house site and garden, and afterwards I spent many months clearing saplings and brush out of the garden and to make way for the beginnings of a small yard. I gotta tell ya, it was rather hard to let the biggest cedar tree I'd ever seen fall in order for us to have that garden, but I'm still using its branches in building projects and its trunk, which had been cut down to several sections, has served us well in many other areas. So hardly any of it was ever wasted. A lot of the other trees that had been dozed served as firewood and were not pushed into a pile to rot like many of the flatlanders will do.

Now I will say this, not all Illinoisans are irritated by the God-given tree. Soon after Doug and I were married and clearing our land for settlement, Doug's folks came down for a visit and brought a wedding gift to us from a friend in IL. Larry was chuckling when he handed us a tiny little oakling in a pot. The family friend had been so proud of that little tree and thought of us when she obtained it, thinking we'd want a nice tree for our yard. I'm assuming she'd never seen our part of MO to know how wooded it could be. I was touched by her thoughtfulness, but the problem was, where to plant the silly thing since we had just plowed over a good portion of woods just to put in our cabin. Out of appreciation, I planted the sapling at the edge of our clearing, but I'm afraid I most likely weed whacked it the following spring. All oaks look the same if you ask me. And we already had a ton of established oaks, so we really didn't need to save saplings, but I did feel bad about it.

Anyhow, what brought on this thought of trees is the fact that my garden is a bit too shaded at one end and some trees will have to be relocated to the wood cookstove's firebox or building projects at some point in order for my asparagus to grow further than wisps of fern-like sprigs. The sad thing is there's a mighty oak and giant cedar tree that are casting most of the shade. Other than that there's a bunch of iron wood and small maples here and there that make the area cool and inviting. They won't cause any issues right now, but will in the future once they're allowed more sunlight when the oak and cedar are gone. I love this wooded spot next to our garden and it does give me relief in the late mornings while I'm out there weeding or watering, but things don't tend to grow well in shaded gardens. It's hard to have the best of both worlds. What can one do? Asparagus…or shade? Can't eat shade is my thinking.

Shannon County Minutes

Jeff called the meeting to order Monday, July 2, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Members Present: Jeff Cowen, Presiding Commissioner

Dale Counts, Northern Commissioner

Herman Kelly, Southern Commissioner

Shelly Bland, Deputy County Clerk

Members Absent: Shelly McAfee, County Clerk

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

Commission tabled minutes from the June 18th, 2018 meeting until the July 9th, 2018 meeting.

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. (H-Y, D-Y, J-Y)

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

Jeff called the meeting to order Monday, June 25, 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: J.C. Kuessner, John Minnich and Russell Nash

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)

J.C. Kuessner was present to discuss an issue of Shannon County sales tax revenue possibly being distributed to other counties when our area citizens have an address from the neighboring counties. He suggested contacting the Missouri Association of Counties to help with the issue.

John Minnich was present to discuss the new physical addressing system.

Russell Nash was present to request maintenance on his county road.

Dale motions to re-adopt the present conflict of interest ordinance. Herman seconds the motion. Motion carries with all in favor. (D-Y, H-Y, J-Y)

Dale motions to approve the minutes of June 18, 2018. Herman seconds the motion. Motion carries with all in favor. (D-Y, H-Y, J-Y)Being no further business, Dale motions to adjourn the meeting at 12:10 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, July 2nd at 9:00 a.m., county courtroom, first floor of the courthouse.


Eminence School Board


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



Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Heat index values as high as 96. Northeast wind 3 to 6 mph.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.


A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming east around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67.


A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 89.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 70.


Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 69.


Sunny, with a high near 91.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 66.


Sunny, with a high near 91.


Summersville Bookends

Shannon County Health Department Calendar

JULY 2018

Monday, July 23: Diabetes nutrition class with Robin Harwell (call our office for time), immunizations, blood draws, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings

Tuesday, July 24: WIC (appt. only), immunizations; blood pressures at Winona Senior Center at 11:30 am

Wednesday, July 27: WIC (appt. only), immunizations

Monday, July 30: Immunizations, blood draws, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings

Tuesday, July 31: WIC (appt. only), immunizations



Baby Announcements

Christian and Kassandra Drumright of Mountain View are the parents of a baby boy, Aiden Jesse, born June 25 at 5:55 p.m. at OMC. He weighed 5 pounds 4 1/2 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long. His grandparents are Rodney and Sheila Stoops of Summersville and Steven and Vicky Drumright of West Plains.

Juan and Rhiannon Juarez of Mountain View are the parents of a baby girl, Stella Blue, born June 29 at 7:32 a.m. at OMC. She weighed 8 pounds 1/2 ounce and was 19 3/4 inches long. Her sibling is Lennon, 1. Her grandparents are Brad and Diane Hadley of Birch Tree and Amelia Aguirre of Mountain View.

Josh and Amanda Conner of Birch Tree are the parents of a baby boy, Carter William, born July 3 at 2:23 p.m. at OMC. He weighed 7 pounds 4 ounces and was 21 inches long. His sibling is Mattilyn, 1. His grandparents are Ervin and Sharon Mensendick, Birch Tree and Laddie and Melinda Hood, Mountain View.

Tyler and Tymber Zitter of Mountain View are the parents of a baby girl, Tucker Mae, born July 4 at 8:11 a.m. at OMC. She weighed 7 pounds and was 20 1/2 inches long. Her sibling is Taylen, 8. Her grandparents are Kevin Wallace, Van Buren; Angela Needels, Winona; and Bruce and Tamatha Zitter, Mountain View.

Anthony Perry and Destiny Mapes of Mountain View are the parents of a baby boy, Conrad William Mapes, born July 5 at 7:06 p.m. at OMC. He weighed 8 pounds 7 1/2 ounces and was 21 inches long. His siblings are Aspen, 5, and Landen, 2. His grandparents are Jerri Wells, Worland, Wyoming, and Earl Mapes, Butte, Montana.

John McLain and Jessie Bonar of Willow Springs are the parents of a baby boy, Charlie Wayne McLain, born July 4 at 5:42 a.m. at OMC. He weighed 6 pounds 9 ounces and was 20 inches long. His grandparents are Kim Cleary, Summersville; Scott Bonar, Phoenix, Arizona; Kelly McLaine, Gainesville, Florida; and Lonnie Kirk, Gainesville, Florida.



Missouri State-West Plains to host Technology Showcase Aug. 2 at GOCAT

Area residents needing to increase their employability skills to meet the demands of today's manufacturing industries are encouraged to attend the "Technology Showcase @ GOCAT" between 4 and 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Technology (GOCAT), 395 Jackie D. Garrett Ave., in West Plains.

Sponsored by Missouri State University-West Plains, the showcase will give those attending the opportunity to tour the facility and its training equipment, see demonstrations, speak one-on-one with instructors, and meet with area employers to find out how the skills taught in the programs offered at the GOCAT are needed by area industries, many of which are currently hiring.

"These training programs have been developed hand-in-hand with local manufacturers with the primary goal of benefitting both students and our area industries," said Dr. Dennis Lancaster, dean of academic affairs at Missouri State-West Plains. "Some of our manufacturers need new workers with these skill sets now, and others may need their current workers to increase their skills in specific areas. This is an ideal opportunity for these workers to learn how they can be ready to meet these changing demands on the plant floor."

"As an employer, officials at Missouri State-West Plains have developed curriculum which will meet the continuously changing needs of industry," said Garland Barton, senior director of human resources at DRS Land Systems in West Plains. "To ensure they are delivering what industry needs, they asked, developed, got feedback, modified as needed and are now putting that curriculum to use. Graduating from one of these programs will provide workers with the skills they need for an entry level position as a manufacturing technician."

According to Sheila Barton, manager of Missouri State University-West Plains programs at the GOCAT, courses in electricity, electronics, biofuels, solar and wind energy, welding machining, PLCs, CAD and CNC programming are offered at the facility.

"What we heard from our industry partners as we developed the GOCAT and our programs was that they needed workers to have foundational skills in all of these areas, not just one area," she explained. "Today's industrial environment is increasingly dependent on technology-focused and technology-enabled manufacturing. To put it simply, this isn't the assembly line work of the past; this is cutting edge stuff, and it's exciting stuff, too."

In addition to tours of the facility and visits with area manufacturers, those attending the showcase will learn how they can enroll in the courses and programs, apply for financial aid from a variety of sources, and discover how successful completion of these programs can put them on a pathway to certain jobs. Representatives from Missouri State University-West Plains and the Missouri Job Center will be on hand to answer questions.

"Every individual's goals and needs are different," Sheila Barton noted. "While you might not be eligible for financial assistance from one source, you may be eligible from a different place. And while you might not be interested in ‘Career Path A,' you might find ‘Career Path Z' is a great option, and that you can start down that path at the GOCAT."

Although the showcase is being offered in a "drop-in" format, those planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP by calling 417-255-7955. Refreshments will be served.

For more information about Missouri State-West Plains programs offered at the GOCAT, visit www.gocat.wp.missouristate.edu, call the GOCAT office at 417-255-7784 or email Barton at SheilaFBarton@MissouriState.edu.

Missouri State University-West Plains empowers students to achieve personal success and to enrich their local and global communities by providing accessible, affordable and quality educational opportunities. Missouri State-West Plains offers associate degrees and credit and non-credit courses, and serves as a delivery site for bachelor's and master's degrees offered by Missouri State University in Springfield. For more information about becoming a student, call 417-255-7955 or visit www.wp.missouristate.edu/admissions. For more information about ways to support the university, call 417-255-7240 or visit www.wp.missouristate.edu/development.



Notice of Public Meeting

The Winona R-3 School District will hold a public meeting on Monday, July 30, 2018, at the office of the Elementary Principal, at 10 AM. The meeting will give citizens the opportunity to become acquainted with the proposed project of remodeling school playground. Comments will be heard about economic and environmental impacts, service area, alternatives to the project, or any other issue.



Historic Tool Restoration, (July 21, 2018) 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Growing up, were you ever interested in the tools your grandfather would use? These tools, used by hardworking men and women, tell a story all their own. Come to the Heritage Shop at the Van Buren Visitor Center to learn how to restore old tools to their former beauty.



Eminence School Board

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

Respect the Load. Share the Road.

Commercial motor vehicle awareness campaign runs through summer.

Beginning July 15, a statewide awareness campaign will remind Missouri motorists to drive safely around commercial motor vehicles. In turn, commercial motor vehicle drivers will be reminded to obey traffic laws, use their seat belts, slow down and pay attention.

Commercial motor vehicles make up 20 percent of Missouri's interstate traffic, carry goods from coast to coast, and are a vital part of our nation's economy. When crashes involving tractor trailers happen the disproportionate size of the large truck versus a car means those crashes can often involve serious injuries, or worse. Research shows that in the majority of these crashes, drivers of passenger cars unnecessarily endanger themselves by not paying attention and driving recklessly around big rigs. That's why it's so important for all motorists to drive safely around big trucks. Respect the load. Share the road.

There's no room for taking chances around big rigs – they require big room. "We don't want you to bet your life on it when it comes to safely moving around big trucks," said Jon Nelson, MoDOT assistant to the state highway and traffic engineer. "Please pay attention."

• Don't cut off large trucks or buses. Make sure you can see the truck's cab lights in your rearview mirror before moving back into your original lane.

• Stay out of the "No Zone." Big rigs have large blind spots on either side and up to 200 feet behind a vehicle. Pass only on the left side.

• Watch your following distance. Keep a safety cushion around trucks. Can you see the truck's side mirrors? If not, the driver cannot see you.

Sharing the road with commercial motor vehicles is a necessary part of travel. For more information on Commercial Motor Vehicle Awareness Campaign, visit www.saveMOlives.com.



Letters to the Editor!

Dear Editor,

In his weekly Capitol Report (February 16, 2018) titled "Putting Rural America First", Representative Jason Smith claims that rural America is "roaring back". He stated that "With the President's leadership, we have been able to deliver tax cuts for American farmers, reduce federal regulations at a rate of 22 to 1, drive down energy prices and have grown the economy to bring jobs back to rural America."

Unfortunately Smith is wrong when he says that he supported legislation that favored family farms in rural areas of his district. Only large corporate farms benefit from the current administration's policies. Smith would have us believe that working families, including family farmers, benefited the most from the GOP tax cuts. The opposite is true. Big business and corporate farms gained the most.

The farm subsidies that Smith voted "yea" on in the Farm Bill went to widely planted crops like soybeans, corn and cotton. Programs that promote organic agriculture and locally grown food did not receive funding in the House Farm Bill that Smith voted for. Another example of Smith favoring the "factory farms" and hurting the rural family farms.

Smith's claims that the lifting of Obama era environmental regulations on the use of pesticides allows farmers to operate more efficiently. This is only true for large corporate farms, not the small family farm that is growing fruit and vegetables. Smith voted to make it harder to regulate pesticides impact on the environment; again siding with big agriculture instead of the small family farm.

It is apparent to me that Representative Smith is deceiving us when he claims that he is proud of what he has accomplished for rural farms. We have an alternative to Jason Smith in the midterm election this November. Kathy Ellis will fight for trade and farm bills that put local farmers first and benefit family farms instead of corporate farms. Let's protect family farms by voting for Kathy Ellis for Congress.

Janet Fossey


Dear Editor,

Our Shannon County Food Pantry is presently in a fundraising drive to raise money to move to a new location which would allow us to better serve our fellow Shannon County residents. We are also raising funds to buy new tables for two local facilities, the Winona Lions Club (which also provides us with the building space for our Food Pantry) and the Birch Tree American Legion Hall. Both of these local meeting areas allow us to have fundraising dinners, dances and other events. Financial donations may be mailed to: Shannon County Food Pantry, PO Box 537, Winona, Mo., 65588. If you wish to direct your funds specifically towards the purchase of our new tables, the building fund, or to our normal operations budget please note this on your check or an enclosed note with your donation. Donations and support from our local citizens, churches and businesses allow our Pantry to remain open and provide this vital service to our citizens. We would like to thank Tim Combs of Tim's Bestway Grocery in Eminence for his recent generous donations of cleaning supplies made to our Pantry. We would also like to thank Security Bank of the Ozarks for their continued support, as well as for providing drop-off locations for pantry monetary donations.

A dear friend of mine donated money in honor of my Mom who recently passed. My Mom was an active volunteer for her church, children in need and for the mentally challenged. My friend wanted his money to go specifically to the purchase of new tables to honor her memory of community service. What a lovely thing to do! Thank you for your consideration of supporting this noble local charity, and to you who make it possible now. Sincerely,

Kevin Hogan

Vice-President Shannon County Food Pantry

Birch Tree

Eminence Area Senior Citizens News

EHS Alumni News

by: Pearl Bunch Edgar

Birch Tree

WHS Alumni News

Freedom Found on the Current River

The Fourth of July is about celebrating freedom. This year, I experienced a level few enjoy in these modern times. Over the course of three days and two nights, my cousin, Derek Butler, and I completed a 35-mile journey on the Current River. We slept on gravel bars and worried about little more than what we would grill for our next meal and if we were using the right lure to tempt a might brown trout from behind a boulder. The river washed away the stress of society.

Derek and I grew up hunting and fishing together. From the time we could walk, we were engrossed in the outdoors. Now with children of our own, we are trying to pass on a love of wilderness, while still finding to make memories together. We spent the first half of the week with our wives and children swimming, fishing, grilling, snorkeling, and making s'mores at my cabin, but once our families headed back home, Derek and I set out on an adventure. We went searching for the sort of freedom we once knew in abundance, but do not experience nearly often enough today. We found it on the Current River.

This trip wasn't in some far off remote land. It took place in southern Missouri in our state's crown jewel of outdoor opportunity - the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. This national park is far different from what most people think about when considering a visit to a government-operated park. There is no entrance fee. Out in the wilderness, there is no camping fee. We were able to simply pull our canoes over on the riverbank wherever we wanted and set up a camp.

It's an incredible sense of freedom to simply become part of the flow of the river. When you feel like taking break, you stop and do so. There is no designated area. It's public land that belongs to you and me and every other American. It's another amazing birth right granted to those of us lucky enough to be born in the greatest country in the world.

We started our trip in the evening and floated only a few miles before stopping to set up camp. Our goal was to be far enough downstream to begin the next day a good ways ahead of any busload of canoes coming from a livery. The plan worked to perfection. For the first half of our trip, we never saw another person on the river. It's hard to believe, that on a river as beautiful and accessible as the Current, you can escape all others.

I set my tent mere feet from the water's edge. Lying there, on the night of the Fourth of July, falling asleep to the gurgling of a small riffle, I deeply contemplated this incredible gift of American freedom. I thought about all the places in the world where an opportunity such as this is beyond imagination. Where others are simply trying to survive, while I as an American am afforded such luxuries as public lands, clean water and healthy fish and wildlife populations. I gave thanks for my good fortune and renewed my personal commitment to doing all I can to protect this right from those who wish to infringe upon it.

We are so blessed as Americans, that I am afraid we often overlook our good fortune. Complaining about what one does not have too often clouds the gratefulness we should feel for the blessing we share. Sadly, want and greed divide our society. This wilderness trip Derek and I experienced is in the minds of some a waste of our resources. There is a segment of our society who would gladly strip away our rights to these wild lands in the name of "progress." There are politicians holding office today who hope to see these lands privatized. Sold to the highest bidder. Thus stealing from you and every generation who comes after you the opportunity to experience wilderness and wildlife.

When I vote, I research and pay attention to how those I cast my ballot for treat our wild lands and wildlife. I'll likely never own 1,000 acres. Chances are you won't either. So if you, like tens-of-millions of other Americans, rely on public lands to maintain your freedom to roam the wild, to float a river and set up a camp on a gravel bar, then pay attention. Ask your elected officials and candidates where they stand on public land, and then hold them accountable to their answers.

Missouri's Ozark Mountains offer an unbelievable amount of outdoor recreation. There's hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, wildlife watching and so much more. It can be hard for the urban Missourian to fathom just how much public land we have at our disposal in the Ozarks. Take a trip and see what you own.

I am so thankful for all who fought and sacrificed for these United States, so all of us can enjoy the freedom found in wilderness.

See you down the trail…

Pic: Brandon Butler and Derek Butler at the end of a 35-mile float trip on the Current River.


Winona City News

MSHP Troop G Arrest Reports

2018 Current River Cleanup

Bags Boatloads of Trash

By Eric Mansfield

A beautiful day was shared by more than seventy-five volunteers this past Saturday as the Current River Power Team (Stream Team # 4025) held their annual cleanup. Staged out of the Log Yard gravel bar, participants were signed up by volunteers Bill Swyres and Francis McIntosh and received free work gloves and trash bags. They returned later for the meal at 1:00 PM, this provided by Town & Country of Ellington.

Diane and Mark Roberts were first on the scene and gathered, if not the most trash during the day (it was close), certainly honorable mention. A new camouflaged boat seat donated by Ernie's Sales & Service of Ellington along with a cast-iron fish cooker donated by County Fuels and the Rowden family went to the two parties (Eric Bland and Janice and Jim Robins) grabbing that honor. If there had been an award for biggest piece of trash collected by participants 12 and under (and next year there will be), that would have gone to Carter St. Gemme and his sister Zoe.

The Clingman family won the prize for largest single group of volunteers. Edna and her children collected several large bags of trash from the gravel bar itself, and received the refurbished metal storage box donated by Moss Oil. More than fifty green bags of trash were collected, along with numerous other large items including a section of flooring — joists and all — more than a dozen feet long.

The event is held the first Saturday after the 4th of July and always has a shirt for sale to help fund the activity. There are a few shirts still available. All participants received a free Stream Team T-shirt and got to select a door prize as names were drawn by assistants Zoe St. Gemme and Gracie Brawley. The Ozark Heritage Project co-hosted the event and wishes to thank all who participated. OHP Sponsor Blazer Boats is planning even bigger and better things for next year in '19!



Area Church News


Jack's Fork Country Church

Welcome, prayer and pledge by Dave Anderson. The promise was Matthew 7:12, scripture from Romans 8:28. We added Charlotte Kay to our prayers. Judy Wenzel sang, "The Darkest Hour". Songs today were: "Blest be the Tie that Binds", "Do Lord, Remember Me", "Give Thanks" and "The Old Country Church.

The thought of the day:

"Leave it in the hands that were wounded for you."

The sermon was from Nehemiah by Tommy Boyd.

Nehemiah, the King's cup bearer, was very protective of the king. He worried about the Jewish people who had escaped. The people were struggling and the walls of Jerusalem were broken down. The grieved Nehemiah fasted and prayed for them. We too try to solve our own problems instead of seeking God's help. Nehemiah was a man who could stand tall on his knees. He found such great favor from the King that the king gave him whatever he needed to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

When a person stands tall for God, the enemy will come to oppose them. There were many obstacles that Nehemiah faced and only God's hand working for him could the city be rebuilt. It took only 52 days to accomplish the task!

We also face struggles, but nothing too hard for God to work through us to accomplish His will, and to overcome all difficulties.

Nehemiah always looked to God first whenever he encountered opposition. Our prayers will not be answered if we have unconfessed sin in our lives. We have to humble ourselves and confess our sins to God asking for His forgiveness. Then in faith, ask God to answer your prayers, or guide you in doing His will. We also need to be available to God. Our greatest job is to obey God. Nehemiah's success was due to his dependency on God; not himself.

God has us in this particular time and place for a reason. We are to do God's will right now, right here. If you could do anything for the rest of your life, what would you do?


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

When I think about blessings in the community my mind lands on TF and Joy Gail Cox on the 12th of July they were married 55 years! Isn't that a testimony as to the sanctity of a marriage and love, loyalty and devotion? Thank you guys, for your testimony to all of us about the strength of a marriage.

In a community full of music my hat is off to Marie Johnson and Rose Perry for their assistance with the piano and organ. Rose played a beautiful song today "The Old Rugged Cross" One of my favorite hymns. Also we have beautiful song leaders Alan Stringer, Darlynn Stringer, Corrie Mahna and Sarah Bressler. It takes a whole group to lead us just like it takes a community to raise a child. We also want to say Happy Birthday to our Pastor Paul Wellinghoff. We really love him and Laura and the way he leads our church! Love you guys a lot.

Our prayer list for this week Bruce and Jade Bressler, Greg Taylor, VBS and the decisions to be made, Dayton Anderson, Charlie Blake, Jonabeth Crider, Kaye Spurgin, Jayne Rader and Pearl Edgar, Dick and Charlotte, Vinnie and Lisa Fasso, The Basham family, Sam Rayfield, Nikki Warren and her family as they deal with cancer, Angie Bolin, Joe Moore, Jim and Diane Lawson and the family of Winston Buford. Also I don't know whether to pray for good weather or rain during Bible school. We need the rain but if the sun shines it will be 100 degrees during VBS. Either way it will be the Lord's way.

Activities this week include VBS from 6-9 pm, Friday the 20th we will have a World Series Family Carnival at the New Ball Park from 6-8 pm. July 22nd Deacon's Meeting, Wednesday the 25th Business meetings at 6:30, July 28th Back to School fair at the new gym from 9-noon, Lord's Supper in morning worship, July 29th Warriors for Christ Youth outing to Sky Zone and Christian Night at the Springfield Cardinals, July 29th 5th Sunday sing at Jack's Fork Church at 6 pm.

Don't forget the sign up sheet for special music on the bulletin board. Also don't forget the nursey volunteer sheet. We still need 3-4 more people to place in the rotation.

Our sermon this morning was about getting off the bench and joining God's team. If you're a member of the team get up and join the game in helping to defeat Satan and being a Christian. Living the Christian life which begins with faith. Faith needs to be in God, not belief in a group of doctrines. Faith involves God's power and his promises. In his power we will have eternity because that is his promise. Read 2Peter 1:1-11 to see God's Promises. Don't just sit in the stadium- you are not a spectator. Church is not a spectator sport! Don't dress out and just sit on the sidelines-be ready to get in the only game that counts.

If you don't have a home church come worship with us at 9:45 on Sunday morning, 6:30 Sunday evening and 6:30 on Wednesday evening.

Eminence  Methodist 

Please join us Sundays at 11:00. We are located one block west of the 106/19 junction.

Services opened this morning with prayer and the call to worship. Congratulations to David and Alice Neal celebrating 49 years of marriage! The world was thankful for answered prayers this past week for the miracle rescue of the soccer team in the Thailand cave. Pastor David reported that the Methodist missionaries in the Philippines were safely back home in the U.S. and Africa.

Special prayers are for Courtney Bland, Sharon Newman, Selma Hamer, and Kenneth Collins. Pastor David has finished his book and would ask for prayer for a publisher.

Hymns this week were Rock of Ages, God Will Take Care of You, and Jesus' Hands Were Kind Hands. Scripture was from Mark 5:21-34 and Mark 5:35-43.

This was the 7th week in the series on faith - Faith Can Make You Well. The key verse was Mark 5:34 "Your faith can make you well."

Healing through faith comes in many forms - prayer, medicine, miracles, and ultimately leaving our old bodies and finding a new body in heaven. The message this week was from the healing by Jesus of Jairus's daughter and the woman who suffered bleeding for 12 years and was healed through her faith by touching Jesus's robe. 1) God can heal because he loves us and 2) healing comes through love and prayer. 3) We are NEVER to imply that illness is a punishment. 4) When we pray, know that it can take a while and NEVER imply that it is due to a lack of faith. 5) When in doubt, pray for healing anyway.

Healing comes from believing in Jesus. The woman who had bled for 12 years believed in Jesus by just touching His robe as did Jairus who believed Jesus could save his daughter. Healing comes from asking for it. He can heal us and wants to heal us.

We must come to Jesus - whatever it takes and do not be embarrassed by seeking him. Reach out to Jesus by words or actions and make that contact. And keep trusting Jesus and don't let appearances steal your healing.

Pastor David experienced healing this past week through his faith in Jesus. A year ago he was stung and went into Anaphylaxis shock and now has to carry an EpiPen in case he experiences another sting. He was stung by a yellow jacket and took Benadryl and he and Paula took off for the emergency room. He began speaking words of healing and believed his words could heal him. He recovered without the use of the EpiPen, which is extremely tough on one's system, while waiting in the emergency room and was able to go home.

There are many kinds of healing - physical, guilt, or emotional pain. Jesus died for us so we may be healed and begin life anew, on earth and in eventually in Heaven. We hope to see you Sunday!

Eminence Assembly of God


Mt. View Baptist


Faith Tabernacle Bibleway Assembly

Area Church News



West Eminence Christian Church

We began worship with a "Hallelujah" for the refreshing rain. Bea Atchison and Mary Kay Rainbolt extended a friendly greeting to all who gathered. We celebrated in song with Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, I Am Thine, O Lord, Whiter than Snow and others emphasizing a commitment to the Lord who is worthy of our lives.

Bob Heller led our communion devotion with an emphasis on examining ourselves as we partake. The need is to think not just of ourselves, but of benefit to the whole body of Christ.

Prayer Needs included Maxine Fry, Annetta Hernandez, Bonnie Russell, Dot Hudson, Larry Plowman, the Unrest in Nicaraugua, Church at Dexter, Rock Garden Camp, Our Nation, Tabitha's mission trip to Zambia, Alyza Rose's mission trip to Ireland, the rec. trip led by D.M. and other travellers.

Bro Allen's message was "A Voice of Praise." We have the example of David who noted that God inhabits praise, that a new song of praise benefits the spiritual lives of people around us, and that each day is one that should draw our praise for the Lord. David actually surprised and offended some by his exuberant praise when he brought the ark of the covenant back to Jerusalem. But he was willing to be "undignified" in order humbly celebrate the goodness of God. May our voices and our lives "praise ye the Lord."

The Back to school Fair has been rescheduled for July 28 and Mindy's Helping Heart will be that day, as well. The Jacks Fork Country Church will host the Fifth Sunday Sing on July 29. We will have guest speaker, Terry Stine, on August 3-5.

Fellowship Tabernacle, West Eminence

Women of Faith

July 10, 2018

What a joy it was to meet with our ladies tonight. We had our yearly picnic. Thanks to our special guests who joined us, Will, Colton, Nick, Steve, Korey and Laquita. We celebrated Joyce Haynes 87th birthday and also Patsy Martin's birthday. We had a great turnout. Thanks to all our ladies who helped make this picnic and birthday celebration possible. I couldn't have done it without the help of everyone. If you want to feel good about yourself, do something good for others, you will be amazed. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.

When Jesus returns to the earth, we are told, "every eye shall see him". 1 John 3: 2 says when he (Jesus) shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is".

Ladies that didn't get to come to our meeting tonight, you missed a blessing. Hope to see you next month. Do something this week to help others. Step out of your comfort zone, away from your TV and your AC and bless someone. It's amazing what God can do when you take that step. Have a great week. God bless.

Jennive Shemwell and the Women of Faith Group, Winona MO

We meet the 2nd Tuesday every month at 6 p.m. at Joyce and Hazel's house. Everyone is welcome to come.

Winona Assembly of God

Winona Baptist 

July 18, 2018

First of all our prayers go out to the Holthaus family, Judy fought a good fight. She lost her battle to cancer, but she now and forever will be in the arms of Jesus, so her battle is won. Please pray for one another.

Bro Nick's message today 1 Cor. 6: 12-15. V 13 & 14, paul's use of the pronoun us shows that his use of the term body goes beyond it's normal usage to signify the whole man. V 15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Romans 12: 4, 5 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office, so we , being many, are one body in Christ and every one members one of another.

If we find ourselves falling into sin, call out to God in repentence, so we don't fall out of the favor of God. God will forgive us and wash us clean again and again if necessary. God doesn't want to lose, not one of his children. Our God is a jealous God, he will not inhabit us if we welcome Satan unto the body.

I would like to praise God, Katy is doing much better after surgery and thank God for helping those children that were trapped in the cave, and for the rescue workers getting them to safety.

Happy birthday Chonda Martin, July 22, Amanda Fitzanko, July 23, Korey Buckner, July 24, Joyce Haynes, July 25, Erma Hardwick, July 28. Happy anniversary Charlene & Bill Fears, July 27. Wish you all many more. Have a blessed week. Sunday school 10 a.m. Worship service 11 a.m. Eveyone welcome.

Ladies Fill My Cup Fellowship

Winona Christian Church



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