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Amanda's Column

Winter Blues

We all have those moments during the cold winter months once the Christmas rush is finally over and the first fun snow has been enjoyed. The dreary gray days set in and the cold grips our lives and eventually makes you believe it will never let go. We want out! But hope fades with every passing day as more gray clouds blanket the sky, refusing to allow the sun to shine in.

At some point, our endurance level is eliminated and we lose it! I think they call it cabin fever, even though most folks these days don't live in a cabin anymore. And it's usually the smallest little things that cause our emotions to collapse. A Ziploc bag that refuses to stay where you're attempting to set it. A spring loaded trash can lid that won't stay shut. An overlooked Christmas decoration that was discovered now has to be hauled up into storage, which can make anyone suddenly become a hysterical lunatic!

We begin to long for the spring days ahead. For the warmth of the sun to gleam against our pale faces and an inviting spring breeze to renew our hope that winter is well behind us. Birds will resume their cheerful songs and the evenings will fill with the chirping of frogs and crickets.

But until that time…we must continue to bear the bleakness of winter and at least try to keep our meltdowns to a minimum.

Last week our morning began with the sun shining bright through our windows. It was a spirit lifting event just being able to see the sun again, and as we worked on breakfast, we were noticing that the temperature outside was warming considerably and we were eager to get out in it.

So me and the kids made big plans of finding something to work on outside once morning chores were done. Everyone was cheerful and excited. It was still rather nippy out, but I figured at the rate the temp was rising, it would be quite passable once we completed the tasks at hand.

Dirty dishes were hurried through, the cabin was tidied, diapers were changed, kids were dressed and all the million odd and end duties were accomplished. We were about ready to make our grand appearance outside when a sudden gloom came over the cabin. Heavy gray clouds pushed in and a chilling breeze kicked up. A drizzly, ice-like rain began to fall periodically and all hopes of having a nice day outdoors were dashed to pieces. And that's when cabin fever abruptly seized most of the family.

Sam and Eli became emotional wrecks and anything would send them into sobbing fits. More than average bickering broke out amongst the kids, and after the stupid trash can lid refused to remain closed for the third time in a row, I was ready to have my own conniption fit. Even the house cat was getting short with anyone who simply looked at her funny and was sassing and slapping everyone who got near her while she hunkered under the wood cookstove with a perpetual scowl on her furry face.

But thanks to the Good Lord, we survived the day and are now enjoying a few days of warmth. They're still cloudy days, but who gives a rip when you can finally feel the will to live seeping back into your being as you venture out with tools in hand to tackle some task that's been put off all winter because it's just been too dang cold! The kids have been spending most of their time merrily making mud pies outside, building lean-tos for themselves with scraps of lumber that they lean up against one thing or the next and digging holes in the garden. Sibling-strife has dropped considerably and smiles and laughter are more abundant.

I'm sure we still have a few more cold-snaps ahead, but Lord willing, spring won't drag its feet to get here and winter won't be so reluctant to loosen its grip. But even though I readily get tired of the cold a week after it arrives, I am grateful for our seasons. The humid summers thick with biting insects and relentless sweat helps us appreciate winter, and the frigidness of winter improves our appreciation for the summer months. Spring aids us along to adjust to summer, and fall conditions us for the winter. All of which our Lord planned out accordingly for our wellbeing. Except for the ‘Alaskaians'. All He gave them was winter with a hiccup of spring before altering back to winter. I guess He made that country for the diehards that don't like the feeling of having fingers and toes.

Shannon County Minutes

Eminence School Board


MEMBERS: Carl Younger, President

Brian Wallace, Vice-President

Carolyn Dyer, Secretary/Treasurer (7:10 p.m.)

Ryan Liggett (absent)

Mark Slaton

Charles Reese (absent)

Jim Keeling

PRINCIPALS: Steve Voyles – Elementary, Pete McBride - High School (7:17p.m.)


The Eminence R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 6:45 p.m. in the conference room with four members present

Minutes recorded by Charles James


AGENDA: Motion by Brian to approve agenda, seconded by Mark. Passed 4-0

CONSENT AGENDA: Motion by Mark to approve consent agenda; seconded by Jim. Passed 4-0


a. Test Scores


BUILDING REPORTS: Elementary: Update provided by Steve Voyles. High School: Update provided by Pete Mcbride. Central Office: Update provided by Charles James

CLOSED SESSION: Motion by Carolyn to go into closed session for the purpose of discussing personnel and students; seconded by Brian. Passed 5-0, (Carl-yes, Brian–yes, Jim-yes, Mark-yes,

Carolyn-yes) (8:09 p.m.)

OPEN SESSION: Motion by Carolyn to resume through regular board action; second by Mark, Passed 5-0.

(Carl-yes, Brian-yes, Jim-yes, Mark-yes, Carolyn-yes) (9:00 p.m.)


a. Jim made a motion to rehire Pete McBride as High School Principal for the 2018/2019 school year, seconded by Carolyn. Passed 5-0

ADJOURN: Motion by Mark to adjourn; seconded by Jim. Passed 5-0 (9:11 p.m.)


Mt View Public Library

The Mountain View Public Library is starting a Paws to Read program in March 2018. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Cheryl Miskiel with Laurel, her Great Dane and Pat Culbertson with Cochise, her mini

Australian Shepherd will be the dogs participating. Both dogs are certified therapy dogs that have been through many hours of training and have all required vaccinations.

Children, adults learning to read or any developmentally disabled adults may read to Laurel or Cochise. This provides a nonjudgmental environment for readers to relax and enjoy learning to read.

Eminence Library News


Winona Senior Citizens News

Eminence City Board Meeting News

Shannon County Food Pantry



Art Across the Ages-Call for Works!

The Salem Area Arts Council is sponsoring "Art Across the Ages" from March 5 through March 30, 2018 at the Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center (ONCRC) in Salem to celebrate Youth Art Month. Young people and adult artists from all around the Dent County area are encouraged to submit their work for display during this time to show how artistic talent can be found in many forms and artists can be of any age. Additionally, a "Meet the Artists" public reception with refreshments will be held on Monday, March 5 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to open this fun and exciting exhibit celebrating art that crosses the generation gap. Artists can make arrangements to drop off their artwork during the last week of February by calling (573) 247-0279. This is a wonderful way to display the amazing talent found within this area, and artists of all ages and art of all media are encouraged to participate. All school art teachers are being invited to submit examples of their student's work. For more information, please feel free to call the representative of the Salem Area Arts Council at 247-0279. The Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center is located at 202 South Main in Salem, MO.



Summersville Bookends

Summersville Branch of Texas County Library celebrated the 151st birthday of the beloved author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, by hosting the library's 4th annual party on February 17th. Many of the visitors wore pioneer bonnets, and others chose a bonnet to wear for the event from the Friends of the Library's collection.

Rachel McGregor braided hair for several of the party guests, and Betty Jo Bandy showed all how laundry was done by the pioneers. While butter was being made by passing the jars of cream to shake, Laura trivia was enjoyed before refreshments of heart-shaped caked and lemonade were served. Each guest received a souvenir coin purse from Laura's Mansfield Home, compliments of Summersville Friends of the Library.

Photographs by Cloyce Puckett.

This and That

Shannon County Health Department Calendar

Baby Announcements

Mason Vandevort and Destiny Brewer of Mountain View are the parents of a baby girl, Kennedy Faye Vandevort, born on February 8th at 5:15 p.m. at Ozarks Medical Center (OMC). She weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 19 3/4 inches long. Her sibling is Eathan, 4. Her grandparents are Wayne and Monica Brewer, Winona, and Lindell and Melinda Vandevort, Mountain View.

Zachary and Diana Stauffer of Mountain View are the parents of a baby boy, Karson Evander, born on February 10th at 8:38 p.m. at OMC. He weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 21 inches long. His grandparents are Emma Lamborn, Mountain View, and Ted and Leslie Stauffer, Edgar Springs.

Brandon and Lindsey Efird of Mountain View are the parents of a baby girl, Lillian Annette, born on February 12th at 8:04 p.m. at OMC. She weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 18 3/4 inches long. Her siblings are Adam, 2, and Adaelyine, 1. Her grandparents are Amanda Abercrombie, Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Michael and Latressa Efird, Willow Springs.



The Children's Ballet of the Ozarks along with the Star Theater is pleased to announce the presentation of Frank Sinatra's music as a tribute to him entitled "My Way." The ballet is under the direction of Malai Copling and will have adult ballerinas in most of the show with some numbers performed by children. Frank Sinatra's ballads were heard nationwide for over six decades in the United States. The performance dates are February 23rd @ 7 P.M. & February 24th at 2 P.M. and 7 P.M. at the historic Star Theater in Willow Springs. Tickets are $5.00 at the door or online @ Childrensballetoftheozarks.com or by calling 217-3546 or 469-2588

Mercy Announces Scholarships in Mountain View Area

Five area seniors will get a boost for their careers in health care

For the 14th year, the Mercy Health Foundation – St. Francis in Mountain View is offering five local seniors a shot at $1,000 scholarships. The Dr. Grace O. Doane scholarships are specifically for students interested in entering the health care profession.

"Year after year, we love watching our upcoming health care professionals get a boost in their studies," said Karen Simpson-Neasby, vice president of Mercy Health Foundation. "It's our hope that they'll return to their roots once they're ready to practice, and help us carry out our mission of serving others."

To qualify as an applicant, the high school student must be a Missouri resident preparing for a career in a health care field and be classified as a senior at one of the following schools: Eminence High School, Liberty High School, Summersville High School, Willow Springs High School, or Winona High School. Students must be planning to attend a Missouri college, university or technical school.

The application process requires an official high school transcript, three letters of recommendation and a short essay outlining the student's future career plans and goals. Applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered by March 16, 2018.

Mail to:

Mercy Health Foundation St. Francis

ATTN: Laurie Strosnider

100 U.S. Highway 60

Mountain View, MO 65548

Applicants must also demonstrate leadership potential through extra-curricular activities and work experiences, as well as a need for financial assistance. Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded, one for each school with qualifying applicants.

For more information about the Dr. Grace O. Doane health care scholarships, call (417) 533-6192. Interested students should contact their school counselor or call the Foundation office.




West Plains Parks & Recreation

‘The Voice' alum Angie Keilhauer to perform March 22 in West Plains

Angie Keilhauer, a contestant on season 10 of NBC's Emmy Award-winning vocal competition show "The Voice," will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the West Plains Civic Center theater.

Tickets for the event, sponsored by Missouri State University-West Plains' University/Community Programs (U/CP) Department, are $10 each and available through the West Plains Civic Center box office, 110 St. Louis St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, or by phone at 417-256-8087. Missouri State-West Plains students with a BearPass ID will be admitted free.

Keilhauer's road to becoming a touring country music artist began in 2012 when she was a full-time engineering student working at a salvage yard in Monroe, Georgia, according to her publicist. On weekends, she would drive for hours to play at smoky dive bars and honky-tonks all over the south dreaming of one day going on a real tour.

That summer her dream came true when Carnival Cruise lines offered her a job as a musician on one of its ships. The job not only funded her first live acoustic album, it also gave her just enough money to buy a decent car and PA system to start touring up and down the East Coast.

Two years later, she caught the eye of producers at "The Voice" and was invited to audition for the show. Her performance of "I Hold On" by Dierks Bentley earned her a spot on coach Blake Shelton's team.

After making it through three rounds on the show, Keilhauer decided to invest in her first ever full-band album, "Wild," released in June 2016, which managed to hit No. 5 on the iTunes charts.

She is currently on her fourth year of touring, averaging 17 to 20 shows a month in the U.S. and Central America and building a vast and loyal fan base.

She also has produced two original top 5 albums, landed several performances on primetime television, released a single for Walt Disney World with singer/dancer/actor Jordan Fisher, whose credits include vocals on Disney's "Moana" soundtrack and a stint as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton in the Broadway production of Hamilton.

Keilhauer was recently featured in Rolling Stone Country as one of their top 10 "Artists You Need to Know." Her third independent record release is slated for summer 2018.

For more information about Keilhauer's performance or other U/CP events, call 417-255-7966 or visit www.wp.missouristate.edu/ucp.

Caption for Photo:

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE for the March 22 performance by country music artist and "The Voice" alum Angie Keilhauer. Area residents can purchase tickets for the 7 p.m. performance at the West Plains Civic Center through the civic center's box office at 110 St. Louis St. or by phone at 417-256-8087. (Photo provided)




Reflections from the Road

By Rick Mansfield

City Council Board Meeting

Witch Hazel is Unique, Attractive,

and Native Plant for Ozarks Landscapes

Spring is around the corner, and a favorite harbinger of spring in the Ozarks is the witch hazel plant according to Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

Witch hazel is a native shrub that can be found across the Ozarks along streams, rivers and in other moist areas.

"We have two species in Missouri, one of which blooms in the fall and the Ozarks witch hazel, which blooms in the very early spring. The plant can grow to nine feet in height," said Byers.

The flowers on witch hazel are unique, and they look like spiders clinging to the bare shoots.

"The native witch hazel has flowers that are reddish to yellow. Horticultural forms usually have larger flowers," said Byers.

The plant is attractive all year round, and the fall foliage is especially nice, yellow in color.

"The seed pods split open in the fall, shooting the seeds long distances," said Byers.

Witch hazel extract, used in shaving lotions and sprain medications, comes from the leaves, bark, and twigs.

"The name witch hazel originates from the use of branches of this shrub for water witching," said Byers.

For more information, contact the Webster County Extension Center at (417) 859-2044.




Letters to the Editor!

Eminence Chamber

Eminence Area Senior Citizens News

We Seniors are very proud of our new sign! Now you can find the Senior Center so we will be looking for you to come enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch! We have been having very good lunches! Come check it out and since we are Missourians we will "show you" just how good they are! Also this Friday, February 23 will be birthday cake time for all seniors who celebrates their birthday in February! So if you have a February birthday come and enjoy lunch and celebrate by having birthday cake and ice cream! See you at the Eminence Senior Center!



EHS Alumni News

by: Pearl Bunch Edgar


Birch Tree

WHS Alumni News



Gain Private Land Hunting Permission Now

Obtaining permission to hunt on private land is a growing concern many of us share. It's becoming harder and harder. Too many hunters wait until the month just before deer season to try and acquire permissions, but now is the time to start working on your next great hunting spot.

Missouri hunters are fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue game on our state's vast tracts of public lands. While we should take great pride in our national forests, conservation areas, and Army Corps lands, it remains a fact the majority of hunting in Missouri takes place on privately owned ground.

Gaining permission to hunt on privately property is a challenge hunters face. Questions such as; who to ask, how to approach landowners, and where to seek permission often deter hunters from tackling the challenge of attempting to acquire permission to hunt privately owned ground.

The vast majority of Missouri's general population understands and accepts the fact that hunting is necessary for controlling our state's wildlife populations. Farmers are advocates of hunting as a means of population control. They appreciate hunters reducing crop damage, and we appreciate the fact much of our wildlife lives on agriculture lands. Therefore, quite a few farmers are willing to grant permission for hunting on their property, if they are comfortable with the person asking. Obtaining permission to hunt private land may not be as difficult as you might believe.

"Before I owned my own hunting ground, I was forced to seek permission for places to hunt from private landowners. Now, the people who I let hunt my ground are family and friends who pitch and help maintain the ground all year long," said David Ray.

Confidence is built from experiencing success. A family member or close personal friend who owns a tract of land is a great resource for acquiring permission to hunt. Start with the people you know or people with whom you share a mutual connection. There is a better chance they'll say yes because of your relationship. Any success in obtaining permission will help build your confidence for approaching unacquainted landowners.

Try to understand how a landowner is going to assess your request to utilize their resource. What risk will be involved for the landowner? Will the landowner experience any hardship from your presence? What is their benfit of having you on the land? These are just a few of the questions you should ask yourself prior to approaching a landowner to discuss possible hunting permission.

"The idea of allowing someone you don't know to hunt your ground makes you nervous," Steve Wisely said. "I want to be sure I can trust them before I allow them access to my place."

Inside of all of us, there is at least little bit of a salesman. Selling yourself to a landowner as person they should feel comfortable having on their property should be an easy sales pitch for you, if you honestly believe yourself to be an ethical hunter and a moral individual. You know yourself better than anyone. Hopefully you understand and follow all game laws, act responsibly with weapons, and portray a conservationist's respect for wildlife.

So ask yourself, "Why should the landowner allow me to hunt their land?" Your answers should be included in your pitch. If you do not have family or friends capable of providing you with private ground to hunt, and therefore must seek permission from unknown landowners, there is much you can do to tip the scale in your favor when a landowner considers whether or not to grant you permission.

"I always try to present myself in the most professional way possible," said Jason Yack. "I've never owned ground, and neither has anyone in my family, so I have always had to acquire permission from strangers. I try to look like someone I would let hunt my ground if the situation was reversed."

First impressions are extremely important. When you approach a landowner, he or she is going to see you before they speak to you. By the time your mouth opens, their impression of you will already be forming. Look presentable.

Hunting on a private piece of property is a privilege you should take seriously. Ask the landowner if there is anything you can do to repay them for allowing you access to their property. A good relationship benefits all parties. Do your part to bring benefit to the relationship and you may have found yourself a great piece of private ground to hunt for years to come.

See you down the trail…

Pic: Jimmy Rowan's first buck came from private land in rural Monroe County.



Winona City News

Board of Aldermen Meeting

February 8, 2018

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

Brenda Barkman, Margaret Akers, Adam Ipock, Carl McIntire, Gary Plunk, Mark Simpson

Also present was –Mandy Brown-City Clerk, Tom Bissell-City Supervisor, Elisha Pierce-Utilities Clerk, Mary White, Gail Smotherman, Patricia Tyson, Suzanne Davis, Nicole Krampitz, Barbara Honeycutt, Joel West, Tiffany Norris, Joni Mulvaney, Charlotte Allmon, Kristal Derryberry, Kimberly Martin, Jeannette Taylor, Molly Ice, Kim Martin (didn't sign in), Alonzo Bradwell-Chief of Police (didn't sign in)

Business Portion

An introduction of the Aldermen and City Personnel was made.


A motion to accept the meeting minutes from January 11, 2018 was made by Gary Plunk and seconded by Adam Ipock.



The Aldermen looked at the accounts payable sheet. Adam Ipock brought to the attention that there was a payment to the Police Department of $1,500 twice within a couple of days. Mandy Brown advised that it was a typing mistake that only one deposit of $1,500 was made.

A motion was made by Gary Plunk to pay all the accounts payable and is seconded Mark Simpson.



Mandy Brown advised that because of some accounts payable things that needed to be taken care of that the budget needed to be reworked. Mandy Brown advised that both Tom Bissell and Alonzo Bradwell had input on the budgets for their departments. Mandy Brown also advised that it would a resolution would need to be passed and that all Aldermen as well as the public have a copy of the resolution. The resolution 2018-001 was read to the public.

A motion was made by Mark Simpson to accept Resolution 2018-001 (Budget adjustment) and is seconded Margaret Akers.



Mandy Brown advised that the City Attorney had looked at the deed for the land sale to Gary Fisher and that the Aldermen need to pass a resolution to sale the land to him. Mandy Brown advised that the Aldermen and the Public have a copy of Resolution 2018-002. The resolution 2018-002 was read to the public.

A motion was made to accept Resolution 2018-002 by Gary Plunk and was seconded by Adam Ipock.



Mandy Brown advised that she has written an ordinance and the City Attorney has checked it for any errors. Several of the Aldermen wanted a stipulation in the ordinance that they not be required to take the compensation. Mandy Brown advised that she would add that to the ordinance and have the City Attorney check it before presenting it to the Board again.

Public Portion

Joel West spoke with the Aldermen concerning the electric into his house. Several weeks ago his lights were flickering low then bright in other places. He stated that he would check and the voltage would be fine. He started having surges which caused his washing machine, alarm clocks, fridge, electric fireplace, and light bulbs to quit working altogether. Joel stated that he had Mike Kile come out and look at the electric and Mike advised that he would have Ronnie Neal come out and look at it on the following Monday. Ronnie came and looked at it and found that the neutral wire behind the meter was loose and that was causing the issues with the electric. Mandy Brown was advised by the Aldermen to contact the insurance company and see if they would cover this since the line was behind the meter even though it was on the customer's side. The Aldermen discuss how much to reimburse Joel West.

A motion was made to reimburse Joel West $1,820 by Carl McIntire and seconded by Mark Simpson.


Kristal Derryberry spoke to the Aldermen about moving a trailer onto her property. She advised that the trailer is 14' by 56' and was built in the year 1981. She advised that she is aware that there is an issue with drainage on the property but she has to put a road on the property to get to where she wants to place the trailer. Kristal is also aware of the costs involved with getting water, sewer and electric to the trailer.

A motion was made to allow Kristal Derryberry to place her trailer on the property because she has met the standard set forth in the ordinance by Gary Plunk and seconded by Carl McIntire.


Brenda Barkman advised the Aldermen that there were several individuals that had busted water pipes. All these people would like to have their water and sewer adjusted. The individuals are Stella Honeycutt, Tyler Taylor, Lena Thompson and Red Walker. The Aldermen had a discussion concerning these accounts. The Baptist Church asked about their water and how the bill was for $10,000 gallons. Elisha Pierce advised that it was re-read at the time and the reading was correct. They aren't asking for reimbursement but were just questioning the usage.

Kim Martin asked about being told from a previous Alderman about how some people have meters that run slow. Tom Bissell advised the individual that the meters come from the manufacturer and that they just put them in.

A motion was made to adjust the water bills for Stella Honeycutt, Tyler Taylor, Lena Thompson and Red Walker (use the average amount) by Margaret Akers and was seconded by Adam Ipock.


Brenda Barkman advised that Christina Rowland had contacted the City and wanted to know if she owed any money. She advised that she moved out in August of 2015 and paid her final bill in September 2015. Christina advised that she told Terri that she wanted the utilities cut off in August but that they were not cut off until October. Elisha advised that nothing has been paid to the collection agency.

A motion was made allow Christina Rowland turn utilities on providing that she pays the deposit and that she pays in full every month by Adam Ipock and was seconded by Gary Plunk.


Brenda Barkman advises the Aldermen that Luke Walker has been using a stolen meter to get electricity and cut the lock off the water meter. Brenda advises that this isn't the first time that Luke Walker has stolen utilities from the city. She advises the Aldermen that she would like to see an ordinance that would exclude individuals who steal utilities from the city.

Brenda Barkman advises the Aldermen that Megan Dooley has contacted the city and wants utilities in her name. She stated that she would pay half the late bill and her ex-husband can pay the other half.

A motion was made for Megan Dooley to pay half of the old bill then provided that she make the deposit she can have utilities placed in her name by Adam Ipock and seconded by Carl McIntire.


Mandy Brown advises that the bank doesn't have a 30 day CD for the money from Farm Bureau. The Aldermen advised that the check should be placed into the General Revenue account.

A motion was made for the check from Farm Bureau to be placed into the General Revenue by Gary Plunk and seconded by Mark Simpson.


Mandy Brown advises the Aldermen that everyone has a copy of the bill for the recycle bags. Mandy advises to break even the city would need to charge $2.0645.

A motion was made to charge $2.50 for the recycle bags by Adam Ipock and was seconded by Gary Plunk.


Mandy Brown spoke to the Aldermen about the organization MPUA. This organization is the one that Tom Bissell spoke about in the last meeting. Mandy advised that the total cost to join would be $1,093.25.

A motion was made join MPUA by Margaret Akers and was seconded by Gary Plunk.


Mandy Brown also advised that we would need two more accounts for restricted funds from the Municipal Court. The Inmate Detainee Fund and the Law Enforcement Training are restricted and need to be separate per RSMO.

A motion was made to open up two new accounts, one for Inmate Detainee Fund and one for Law Enforcement Training by Mark Simpson and was seconded by Gary Plunk.


Mandy Brown advised that Tom had come to her concerning the personal and vacation time. Tom is concerned because they work 4 1/2 hours in the morning and 3 1/2 hours in the afternoon. Taking the personal and vacation time in ? increments would be preferable. The Aldermen discussed this and tabled this discussion for later.

Mandy Brown spoke with the Aldermen concerning that Elisha only has a $10,000 bond and Tammy and I have $25,000 bonds.

A motion was made to raise Elisha Pierce's bond to $25,000 by Carl McIntire and seconded by Gary Plunk.


Mandy Brown also advised that an employee was questioning why the dispatchers were getting overtime and none of the other employees were able to get overtime.

Supervisor Report

Tom Bissell advised that they are almost done with Well #5 and would like to have all the Aldermen come and look at it. An Alderman asked about why the power kept going off in the subdivision and Tom stated that it was the squirrel's more than likely. The electric being out at Redi-Mix costs the City approximately $10,000.

Police Report

Chief Alonzo Bradwell went over the statistics for the month of January with the Aldermen. He discussed the K-9, the recertification he received and helping other agencies. He discussed going to surplus and getting some items. He discussed the school zone and how the officers had only missed a couple of days and getting radar guns for the school zone because where they sit is getting muddy. A discussion was had about getting gravel for the area that they have been sitting and it was stated to check with MODOT and see if they had the right of way there. Chief Bradwell also discussed hiring new dispatchers and that the overtime for the dispatchers is now over because they have the personnel. Chief Bradwell wants to give Tammy Orchard and Nicole Krampitz a raise to $9.50 because they have stuck with him and he wasn't at the meeting when all the other employees got their raises. He would like to start the raises on March 1st. When asked by the Aldermen if he has the money and he advised that he did. Aldermen asked about the Bayird Bill and he discussed what was wrong with the Charger. A motion was made to raise Tammy Orchard and Nicole Krampitz pay to $9.50 by Adam Ipock and was seconded by Margaret Akers.

AYES: 4-Akers, Ipock, McIntire, Plunk

NOES: 1-Simpson

Chief Alonzo Bradwell stated that Dustin Lyons is getting the same amount of pay that Robert Dyer and Israel Guidry is getting and he is on probation. He feels that this is not fair to the officers that have been here for a while. Alonzo feels that the weekly pay needs to be reduced to $455 weekly.

A motion was made to decrease the salary for Dustin Lyons to $455 weekly by Gary Plunk and seconded by Adam Ipock.


Chief Alonzo Bradwell wanted to know if Nicole Krampitz could get two separate paychecks because she is getting LAGERS taken out and it put her into the next tax bracket due to her working dispatch and officer hours. Mandy Brown advised that LAGERS is based on your income and the same amount would be taken out even if there were two checks. Mandy Brown also advised that the tax would remain the same because she is still claiming the same deductions.

Brenda Barkman advises that we got the DNR report for the sewer. Tom just advised that we were missing some paperwork and if it is turned in by February 22 it would be good. Brenda Barkman asked if the meeting dates could be changed to Tuesday nights in a couple of months because an individual that is running for Aldermen is in college and she has classes on Thursdays. The Aldermen agreed that this would be okay. Brenda Barkman brought up these storage buildings being placed on properties. She stated that people are living in these and she is concerned that they are not hooked up to the utilities. Carl McIntire commented that he spoke to Laverne Prewett. She stated that she is going to purchase a culvert and Tom will place it. Brenda Barkman brought up the letters that was sent to the business for cleaning up their property. An Alderman brought up if we still get the Motor Vehicle Tax. Mandy advised that we didn't. The Aldermen advised to check into getting this tax. Elisha Pierce spoke concerning Shane Millers bill and adjusting it because the amount was typed into the account incorrectly. A motion was made adjust the account to reflect the correct numbers by Carl McIntire and seconded by Mark Simpson.


A motion was made at 9:00 p.m. to move to closed session by Gary Plunk and seconded by Mark Simpson.


The council returned to open session at 9:30 p.m.

Chris Haynes raise was discussed. A motion was made to raise Chris Haynes pay to $11.50 by Mark Simpson and seconded by Gary Plunk.

AYES: 4-Akers, McIntire, Plunk, Simpson

NOES: 1-Ipock

Brenda Barkman discussed that Mandy Brown has finished her 90 day probation and would like to recommend her for a raise. A motion was made to raise Mandy Brown pay to $12.00 by Mark Simpson and seconded by Gary Plunk.


Brenda Barkman discussed that Tammy Kile has finished her 90 day probation and would like to recommend her for a raise. A motion was made to raise Tammy Kile pay to $10.50 by Mark Simpson and seconded by Gary Plunk.


Mandy Brown stated that she was waiting on the Police Department for the radio type and will be email the company that information so the tornado siren can be changed to the Police Department.

A motion was made at 9:40 p.m. to adjourn by Gary Plunk and was seconded by Adam Ipock.

AYES: 5-Akers, Ipock, McIntire, Plunk, Simpson





MSHP Troop G


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Area Church News


Jack's Fork Country Church

Thought for the day: The happiest people aren't those getting more-but those giving more. Prayer and Pledge by Dave Anderson. Promise from the book of John. Scripture from Ecclesiastes 5:10-11. Prayer and the Lord's Prayer by Mike Svaleson. Hymns: Open my Eyes that I May See, Standing on the Promises, Give Thanks, Trust and Obey, The Old Country Church. Special Music by Kate Staples, Here I am to Worship. We sang Happy Birthday to Janet Boyd and Danny Ray Staples. Prayer list: Mary Barnes, Evan Marks, Patsy Coker, Randy Liggett, Brooke Fields and Baby, Nikki Watson, Leta Hightower, David Smith, Betty Porter, Shirley Powell, Jerry Evans, Terri's Parents, Mike's Parents and their daughter Maria, Dorothy Ennis, Dave Kentch, Gwen Counts, Kate Puschell, Dustin Riley, Lois' Grandson Blake, Sheila Worrell, Nancy's Cousin Kinslee, Kris Hurt, Daniel Hanger, Lucas Duncan, The families in Fl and school shooting, The family of Kitty McAfee, our military and families, our country and leaders, our church, unspoken request, traveling mercies. Children's Church by Nancy Ray. Closing song by Dave Anderson, I Won't Have to Worry Anymore, Closing Prayer by Allen Akers.

Sermon by Tommy Boyd: 2 Chronicles 20:1-13

In this scripture a battle is going on that they know they cannot win but they turn to God. There's nothing in the world greater than our God. One can seek the Lord but we should seek the Lord together. We face many things in this world that we have no strength against nor know what to do, but we can keep our eyes on God. Verse 12 says Neither know I what to do but my eyes are on you. If we'll listen to the word of God we'll hear God speak to us; we just need to be aware and listening. He may try and get our attention by: giving us a restless spirit, sending us a spoken word through verse or song or from others, blessing us, allowing for unanswered prayers, disappointments and setbacks. Lord we trust you to lead us and guide us; help us be still so that we may hear from you and follow the path you have made for us, Amen.

Black Pond

Birch Tree Assembly of God

Church Faith Tabernacle

Moment In The Word

Edwin Woolsey

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

This Monday morning started with horrifying news. At 5:00, I was awakened by my nephew, announcing that my niece had just suffered two heart attacks and was heading for a third.

The voice on the phone was urging me, "Please pray!"

However, sometimes circumstances in life can absolutely knock our legs out from under us. We are so shocked by sudden events that prayer nearly becomes impossible. In those situations, St. Paul said, "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." Romans 8:26

By God's assurance, take hope that "prayer is the ministry of the Holy Spirit." Even when we do not know how to pray, yet the Holy Spirit prays for us in ways that are beyond human understanding. He surpasses human knowledge and ability, to intercede for our urgent need in just the right way.

In my own circumstance, I prayed in the best way I could, feeling very inadequate to the magnitude of the need, and then I went to visit my niece. Praise God! By the time I arrived, our Heavenly Father had already intervened.

Thankful for God's faithful mercies, I remembered St. Paul's words about the Holy Spirit's indescribable supplication; and while I was meditating on Romans 8:26, God spoke to my heart, "Prayer belongs to my Holy Spirit, but I leave praise totally up to you!"

And in that very same moment, an old hymn came to mind...

"Great is Thy faithfulness," O God my Father,

There is no shadow of turning with Thee;

Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not

As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

"Great is Thy faithfulness!" "Great is Thy faithfulness!"

Morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—

"Great is Thy faithfulness," Lord, unto me!

Before leaving you with a question, please consider St. Paul's command regarding the old hymn I was reminded of, "Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Eph. 5:19-20

So, think about this, "Are we as faithful to 'praise God' for answered prayer as the Holy Spirit is faithful to 'pray to God' for our urgent needs?"



Area Church News

Eminence First Baptist Church
Website: www.fbceminence.org

Eminence Assembly of God


Eminence  Methodist 


Arms are open wide to 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.

We are reminded this is the first Sunday of Lent. We are reminded that Christ suffered for our sins. This is the "mud" of the Pastor David's sermon title: "The Church's Warning: Hey, You're Stuck in the Mud!" Key Verse is from Romans 3:23, "All have sinned, all fall short of God's glorious standard." We are all covered in this mud. Condemnation is not helpful, but, instead, a warning, a testimony, an invitation and a welcome. As scripture reader Sydney Williams read to us from Revelations 3:14-22, "turn from your indifference." Especially resonant was the sermon's drawing parallels between us being the descendents of sinners Adam and Eve and Christ's paying with his blood to redeem us, and the descendents of Alex Haley's Roots progenitor Kunta Kinte's slave descendents, whose redemption is paid for with the blood shed in the Civil war. The church is today's Underground Railroad. We aspire to cleansing with God's purifying love. Pastor David prayed we bring out from church God's love, power, presence and his reality.

A church planning meeting will be this Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 6:00 p.m. Sandwiches and snacks will be provided. Everyone is welcome and urged to come. Brad Williams asked us all to keep in mind the ongoing expenses of maintaining the old parsonage (Partnership in Faith thrift shop), especially the furnace situation. We sang Happy Birthday to Pastor David and Dan Searcy, 96 today. Judy Cook was happy to have son Judd with his sons Hunter and Riley here this morning, and we congratulated both the boys and girls basketball team victories this weekend, as well as our Sydney being crowned Homecoming Queen. Eveline Cox told us of her sister's health concern and we also remember the family of Kitty McAfee.


Mt. View Baptist


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West Eminence Christian Church

We enjoyed a day of joy and praise as we entered to worship. Thanks to Alan and Lynett Peters for a warm welcome. We were glad to see Shirley Powell again with us. We received heartfelt thanks from the families of Edibeth Chilton Ross and Anna Atchison. Our choral ensemble began with the song "God's Wonderful people", a fitting start to "Friend Day." We were glad to welcome a number of friends, some we hadn't seen for a while. Bob Heller led our worship with songs like Share His Love and the Old Rugged Cross. Our communion meditation emphasized the two greatest commandmdnts to love God and love our neighbors. Sometimes it is hard to love our neighbors, but with the spirit and attitude of Christ, we can. His loving attitude led him to the cross for us. Praises include that Nathan Martin was baptized this Sunday. Prayer needs include the families of Mike McAllister and Kitty McAfee, the families and school in Parkland, FL who are recovering from the horrible shooting, and for Donna Ruth Stewart who will have surgery. Reese Parish also had surgery.

Thanks to the youth and to Jerald and Kathryn Conway for sharing thoughts on friendship. Bro. Allen's message involved 5 reasons we need friends: For spiritual growth, for emotional support, for better health, for social enjoyment, and to reach our goals. We do that by investing time, earning trust, listening with empathy, celebrating wins and sharing losses. But mostly, we can have an eternal friend in Jesus Christ.

Thanks to all who helped make a blessed "Friend Day" and for the great meeal afterward.

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Fellowship Tabernacle, West Eminence

Women of Faith

Winona Assembly of God

Winona Baptist 

Once again Church was cancelled, but just because you're not in church, doesn't mean you can't have church.

This week is Valentine's Day, the love week. What is love? It is God's greatest gift. We should love one another. Sometimes we look at the world around us, sometimes it's difficult to understand the fairness of life. it's not fair that the young should suffer, or a child to be abused. But nor is it fair that God would have to come to earth and hang on his own cross to protect us from the evil one. It's not fair...but that's love. And that's God.

No matter what you do , no matter how you fall, no matter how ugly you become, God has a relentless, undying , unfathomable, unquenchable love from which you cannot be separated. Ever! Jesus is the greatest love you will ever know.

The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control. Galatians 5:22 We should love our neighbor as ourself. Do we? For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever beleives in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 This is love.

Please keep our nation, leaders, police officers, the homeless and one another in prayer. This week do something out of love to help someone.

Happy Birthday Polly Cooley, Feb. 20, Barb Yearwood, Feb. 23, James Williams, Feb. 24. wish you all many more.

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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