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Amanda's Column

Well Wishes

A few months back, my uncle Jeff came down from St. Louis to spend the weekend with us. Before he left, we all took a three mile hike down the four-wheeler road that leads to the river. With all kids in tote, we never made it to the river, but did manage to get as far as one of my favored old home sites. All that remains is shards of broken pottery, a rusted out galvanized wash tub, some rocks faintly marking where the home's foundation once was, and the hand dug well.

I've always been fascinated and very impressed by these numinous wells that dot the landscape. Some have been covered over, but most have been left open, revealing the hand-laid rock that lines the inside and is now covered in thick, green moss.

It was easy to imagine how much work was put into those wells. The bedrock alone had to have caused quite the struggle, not to mention the abundant boulders, and cantaloupe size rocks that are well known in the Ozarks. And those massive tree roots! It must have taken some serious determination…or a relentless nagging wife to get those dug.

After that hike, wells got to pestering my thoughts. I got to thinking about what it would be like to have one ourselves. Doug always talked about rigging up a solar-powered water pump that would run water from the creek to the cabin. But to me, it sounds like too much of a hassle. First, think of all that piping that would have to be buried. It's a fair piece from the creek to the cabin, and after that, there'd have to be some kind of huge tank for the water to be pumped into. Then there's the many years of future floodings to have to deal with. Every time there's that chance of the valley coming down, we'd have to haul out the pump, and possibly some of the pipes as well to prevent it from getting washed away. Just seems like a ton of continual work in order to skip out on hauling buckets of water.

However, due to this summer's drought, I got thoroughly burnt out on hauling water. It wasn't so bad when it was just me and Doug and a new baby to keep supplied in hand-hauled water, but now that we're on the verge of becoming a family of seven, I'm really struggling to keep up on the water. So it might not be so bad to have a water pump. But having a well seems a heap more simpler. Dig a hole…stick in some pipes for the pump, build a little wellhouse, set up solar panel and battery to run it…and wal-lah! Twist on some water hoses and I could have running water wherever I desired…with pressure!!! Now I rather like that idea!

So, for months, my sole notion on thoughts was digging me a well. I was quite willing to put in the effort if it would eventually completely eliminate all water hassle. I had a pick, good post-hole-digger and shovel! I'd probably need to get a good breaker bar and Doug has an ax that can be used for hacking through roots. But what about the bedrock? How'd the old-timers get through it? I figured the best way to find out was to ask them. So during the Eminence craft show, I singled out those few elderly chaps that grew up in the area and picked at their memories on how such matters were resolved.

"Well now…first you'll need yourself a canary. Got to keep that bird down there with ya so's you know when you hit gas. When you see the little feller sudden keel over with its feet curled up, you knows to get the heck on out a there!"

A canary. That'd be easy enough to get.

"Then you'll need yourself some sticks of dynamite for that bedrock and a body who knows how to use it. You won't want to use the whole stick mind you. Just sprinkle enough where ya need it just so's to break up the bedrock in that one spot. Don't want to blow up the whole shelf or your well will be useless."

My heart sank on that one. I had no idea how to get my hands on some dynamite, and finding someone who really knew how to use it would probably be just as hard. Well, there's goes that idea.

I thought of a jack hammer, but that seemed a bit over-the-top, and I doubt the midwife would be too fond with the idea of me getting shaken up like a jar of cream for butter while in the family way. That was another problem too. Every month I was going to be getting larger and larger in the midriff, which would mean, I'd have to make my well wide enough to accommodate me AND Baby, or get it done before baby put on much size. So I dismissed the whole idea. It was a fun scheme but quite frankly, unrealistic.

But about the time I was able to kick the nagging notion and fantastic dream of not having to haul water anymore, we had someone pop in for a visit. In the middle of our random conversations, he suddenly asked how much it would cost to have a well dug. I'd never given that a thought since I always heard the charged price was insane. But after that, to my dismay, wells got to dancing in my brain again.

Determined to either grab a pick and get to work, or at last bring the whole concept to a final end, I got online and Googled well diggers in our area. Wouldn't you know it…there's one in Summersville! Naturally I called them up. After giving just a few descriptive directions the guy knew exactly where we were and had in fact drilled two wells just over the hill from us. And thus came the inevitable question. How much?

"Well now, it all depends on the terrain and exactly where the well will be dug. It can run you from five to ten thousand dollars."

Might as well have been two million. I jokingly laughed and said, "Okay, thank you. I guess I'll just dig it myself."

And so, there's where the well wishing died unless some unknown rich uncle passes away and leaves us rich. Until then, I'll have to pray for the Good Lord to give me the strength needed to keep on with the water hauling. But darn it!!!! After writing this up, I'm more than ever wanting to at least see how far I can dig. It's got to be possible one way or the other! Golly! I mean, all Moses had to do was hit a rock with a stick to get water. Perhaps another miracle could be preformed for our sake.

Shannon County Minutes

Jeff called the meeting to order Monday, October 30, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

Members Present: Jeff Cowen, Presiding Commissioner

Dale Counts, Northern Commissioner

Herman Kelly, Southern Commissioner

Shelly McAfee, County Clerk

Visitors: Tina Asplin, Mary Lou Kelso, Larry Johnson, Larry Sandarciero and Chris Young

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)

Tina Asplin and Mary Lou Kelso were present to discuss the Birch Tree Golden Age Center and the tax dollar funding it receives. They stated the amount received does not seem fair to them as they do not receive any state funding and rely solely on the tax dollars and sales from meals provided on Thursday evenings. They are still serving over one hundred meals each Thursday evening, as well as offering some services during the days the center is open. They encouraged the commission to determine if the decisions made from the Shannon County Senior Citizens Service Fund Board are being voted on by the entire board and to assist with any additional funding for their senior center if at all possible.

Commission approves CERF retirement withholdings to remain the same as currently elected for the 2018 year. (D-Y, H-Y, J-Y)

Larry Johnson and Larry Sandarciero, Ozark National Scenic Riverways, were present to update the commission on improvements made to the parks since the flooding in April. Mr. Johnson advised the revised roads and trails document would be available for public comment in the next couple of months. No public meetings are scheduled to discuss the new roads and trails plan but they will take public comments for a thirty day period once it is released. The group also discussed the need for updating new rangers to the area concerning gun laws inside the parks. Dale also asked about a new ranger recently issuing a ticket to a local resident because his dog was in the park. Dale explained in the past the rangers have always just called the dog owner and asked them to remove the dog from the park with no tickets being issued. Mr. Johnson stated the park has a leash law but understands it should be at the ranger's discretion and circumstances of each particular incident.

Dale motions to approve the minutes of October 23rd, 2017. Herman seconds the motion. Motion carries with all in favor. (D-Y, H-Y, J-Y)

The courthouse will be closed Friday, November 10th in observance of Veterans Day.

Being no further business, Herman motions to adjourn the meeting at 12:00 p.m. Dale seconds the motion. Motion carries with all in favor. (D-Y, H-Y, J-Y)

The next meeting will be held Monday, November 6th at 9:00 a.m., county courtroom, first floor of the courthouse.

School News and Sports

MEMBERS: Carl Younger, President

Brian Wallace, Vice-President

Carolyn Dyer, Secretary/Treasurer

Ryan Liggett

Mark Slaton

Charles Reese

Jim Keeling

PRINCIPALS: Steve Voyles – Elementary, Pete McBride - High School


The Eminence R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the conference room with seven members present


Minutes recorded by Amy Rolen


AGENDA: Motion by Charles to approve agenda as amended, seconded by Carolyn. Passed 7-0

CONSENT AGENDA: Motion by Brian to approve consent agenda; seconded by Carolyn. Passed 7-0

VISITORS: Ashley Enloe and Wendy Smith



b. FEMA Building

c. Bus Drivers


a. Senior Trip: Motion was made by Mark that the District will not sponsor extracurricular activities that incur any liabilities not covered by the District's Missouri United School Insurance Council Policy, Ryan seconded. Passed 7-0

Jim made a motion to set the last day of school for the Senior Class as April 27, 2018, Carolyn seconded. Passed 7-0

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 Charles to go into closed session for the purpose of discussing personnel and students; seconded by Mark. Passed 7-0, (Carl-yes, Brian–yes, Jim-yes, Carolyn-yes,

Mark-yes, Ryan-yes, Charles-yes) (7:21 p.m.)

OPEN SESSION: Motion by Mark to resume through regular board action; second by Carolyn, Passed 7-0.

(Carl-yes, Brian-yes, Jim-yes, Carolyn-yes, Mark-yes, Ryan-yes, Charles-yes) (9:09 p.m.)


a. Mark made a motion to hire Randy Wilkins and Dehlia Voyles as Bus Drivers, pending completion of paperwork, seconded by Jim. Passed 7-0

ADJOURN: Motion by Carolyn to adjourn; seconded by Jim. Passed 7-0 (9:25 p.m.)

Mt View Public Library

Eminence Library News


Winona Senior Citizens News

Eminence City Board Meeting News

Shannon County Food Pantry




Summersville Bookends


Summersville Senior Center

Shannon County Health Department Calendar


Nov. 27: FLU SHOTS; blood draws, immunizations, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings; Robin Harwell, RD: Diabetes Education Class 11:00 am till 1:00 pm (Walk-ins Welcome)

Nov. 28: WIC (cert/recert, check pick-up, appt. only) and immunizations in basement of health center; blood pressures at Winona Senior Center

Nov. 29: WIC (cert/recert, check pick-up, appt. only); immunizations

Baby Announcements

Mason Lloyd Bland

Joshua and Alicia Bland of Eminence are the parents of a baby boy, Mason Lloyd, born on November 1st at 6:11 p.m. at OMC. He weighed 7 pounds, 10 1/2 ounces, and was 20 1/4 inches long. His grandparents are Brad and Jackie, West Plains, and Kenneth and Judy Bland, Eminence.

Kinlee Marie Grandstaff

Oran and Tiffany Grandstaff of Birch Tree are the parents of a baby girl, Kinlee Marie, born on October 22nd at 9:42 p.m. at Ozarks Medical Center (OMC). She weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 19 1/4 inches long. Her siblings are Gage, 11; Korbin, 6; and Austin, 4. Her grandparents are Rob and Karie Douglas, Winona; Tim and Angie Bolin, Harviell; and Richard and Nikki Grandstaff, Birch Tree.



You are invited to join us for a Community Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by Mountain View Family Youth Center. We will be serving up a traditional Thanksgiving meal free of charge as a thank you to all of the community support we have received in the last 21 years. It will be held Tuesday, November 21 at 6 p.m. Please bring your families to share in food, conversation, and maybe even a little entertainment. We do understand that some family members might be unable to attend due to work schedules, if needed children attending school may ride the bus and participate in our after-school activities followed by the community dinner.

Please contact MVFYC for details. Please pre-register by November 17th. We can be contacted by phone at 417-934-KIDS between the hours of 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and also on Facebook. We hope to see everyone there!


A grave side service will take place at 12:30 pm Monday ,November 27 at Bethany Chapel Cemetery for the late Robert Wyble, husband of the late Mary Nichols Wyble of Winona MO. 




November 22, 1995

I said I wasn't going to do it and I didn't intend to do it, but I went deer hunting again. After ten years of forcing myself to stay home because I was too deaf to hunt I finally gave in to a warm invitation to hunt with friends south of Booneville, sort of an extended family of people who hunt the same land every year. I actually let my friend Bob Painter convince me that the visuals were more important and it wasn't necessary to hear. Of course, I knew better but went anyway.

It was strange hunting on my part. The last thing I needed out of the experience was to kill a deer, which made me a little different than my friends—but not much, since they also go to the woods for a lot besides meat. I wanted to see deer, or several if I could, and I wanted to see somebody kill one because that's what the ritual is all about. I wanted in on those earnest planning sessions that deer hunters get into, hear all the strange names for places that are landmarks to them and Greek to you, where you are going to meet or start out, or stand or drive. Of course, I didn't understand half of what was said because deer hunters talk in whispers in the woods, but sure enough, all I needed was for someone to put me out at a place and tell me what I needed to do.

I got to see several deer and I even got to shoot twice (missed both times!) and I got to ride around in a military Jeep with the windshield folded down, which was like my old one. It was nearly a trip home.

Best of all, I got to stand in fall-brown woods and hear a gun go off near me, which wraps up all the adrenaline surge and sets every sense you own to tingling. If the hunter missed, you might be in line for the escape route. Other shots were missed besides mine. As an old man told me, "They're missable." It's like listening to hounds, when a gun goes off you try to guess if it's familiar and if you can pinpoint it. Since four of us had 30.30's the "whack" of one of those become familiar right away.

I remember when I used to hunt on Hutchins Creek and it seemed like everyone had a different kind of gun. You knew when Wilber Roberts got his deer, because he had a forty-five seventy and a single "BLAM-POW!" you could never mistake. Porky Emory had a 30 carbine, Alec Emory had a 30.06 and his dad hunted with 12-guage slugs. It was a signature sound for men who had hunted together for years, and if you could hear well you could pretty near walk to the deer and help drag it out.

These were all things I thought I'd miss, but I found there were things to make up for not hearing. When your hearing goes, your other senses try to make up for it. You look twice as carefully, you notice every subtle change in the wind, and you are doubly careful about where you put your feet because you can't hear your own racket.

What made this one day of deer hunting shine for me was the company, a good-natured bunch of family and friends who took me into their hunt like an honored guest. The sun shone bright and I got to see a buck and a doe painted bright with it, run across a black field of winter wheat. Hahlleluja, like a greenhorn kid, I got to miss them both. My thanks to a family of hunters who allowed me a day of memories and the season of the deer one more time.

West Plains Parks & Recreation

Winona City News

Winona, MO

City Council Board Meeting

November 9, 2017

The meeting of the City Council of Winona, Missouri, was called to order at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 09, 2017 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, Gary Plunk, Mark Simpson

Also present was – Carl McIntire, Israel Guidry, Mandy Brown, City Clerk, Tiffany Norris, Gracie Fox, Joanie Mulvaney, Charlotte Allmon, Sharleene Williams, Mike Kile, Kenneth Lovens, Jessica Feldbaulmer, Patti and Bob Kahora, Leann Abbey, Kim Kapp and Anna Smith

Business Portion


A motion to accept the meeting minutes from October 10, 2017 was made by Mark Simpson and seconded by Gary Plunk.

AYES: 4-Akers, Ipock, Plunk, Simpson




The Aldermen looked at the accounts payable sheet and Mandy Brown verbally added a $55.00 amount payable to Brenda Barkman for flowers to Jackie Bissell.

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

AYES: 4-Akers, Ipock, Plunk, Simpson




Mayor Brenda Barkman read Bill Knobbe's resignation letter aloud to the Aldermen. A motion was made by Margaret Akers to accept the letter of resignation and was seconded by Gary Plunk.

AYES: 4-Akers, Ipock, Plunk, Simpson



Public Portion

Jessica Feldbaumer spoke of behalf of the Park Board. The budget, previous events that have been hosted, future events, Facebook, baseball equipment, and not having access to the room upstairs in City Hall were discussed. The Christmas Parade payout amounts were discussed and it was determined that the payout would be $150, $100, and $75. The Park Board will also be updating their bylaws since they haven't been updated since 1983. It was also discussed that the Park Board become independent from the city.

Supervisor's Report

Mike Kile stated that the city workers have been working on reading meters, trimming trees and cleaning the treatment plant. He also stated that his truck is broke down and is at the Ford Dealership in Doniphan. He also questioned about the overtime, standby, and the hours worked.

Police Report

Israel Guidry gave the report. The search warrant that was served was discussed, taking applications for shop with a cop, the October movies on the square, the escaped inmate, and patches and decals for the vehicles. He also requested that R. Churchill stay on probation until Chief Bradwell returns from Puerto Rico.

Mayor Report

Mayor Brenda Barkman spoke about the gift certificates that have been given in the past for Christmas and Thanksgiving, as well as the Christmas Dinner. Mayor Brenda Barkman stated would bring to the next meeting quotes from Flossie's and Birch Tree Nursing Home.

A motion was made by Adam Ipock for giving the employees $50 for Thanksgiving and Christmas and for a Christmas Dinner and was seconded by Gary Plunk.

AYES: 4-Akers, Ipock, Plunk, Simpson



Mayor Brenda Barkman also spoke on how much the city would like to sell the land between Douglas Saw Shop and the Old Dollar Store as well as the land between Sartin's old building and the well. Mark Simpson asked what was going to go on the land. This discussion was tabled for further discussion.

Mayor Brenda Barkman brought up that Tiffany Norris was asking about the land behind their house and if it was for sale. Tiffany Norris requested that if it does come up for sale that they get to have the 1st offer. Mayor Brenda Barkman and Gary Plunk stated that if the land was to be sold that Tiffany Norris would get the 1st offer.

Mayor Brenda Barkman stated that Margaret Akers and she held interviews for the court clerk on Monday, November 6. They interviewed two individuals, Tammy Kile and Kathy Vermillion.

A motion was made by Gary Plunk to hire Tammy Kile as the court clerk and the motion was seconded by Margaret Akers.

AYES: 4-Akers, Ipock, Plunk, Simpson



A motion was made by Adam Ipock to pay $10 an hour to Tammy Kile and was seconded by Mark Simpson.

AYES: 4-Akers, Ipock, Plunk, Simpson



Mayor Brenda Barkman also discussed the vacancies of the two Alderman positions both from Ward I. She also stated that there were going to be several positions available in the April election.

A motion was made by Gary Plunk to place Carl McIntire as Alderman for Ward I and was seconded by Mark Simpson.

AYES: 4-Akers, Ipock, Plunk, Simpson



Mandy Brown discussed the laws concerning the salary of the police department. The Fair Labor Standard Act stated that the officers' salary is to be $455 a week minimum, as of today the officers get paid a salary of $420 a week.

A motion was made by Mark Simpson to raise the salary for the police officers to $455 a week and was seconded by Adam Ipock.

AYES: 4-Akers, Ipock, Plunk, Simpson



Public Portion

Kim Kapp complained about the way that disconnects were done last month and about the bill. She stated that the sign states that the bill paid in full by the 17th. Mayor Brenda Barkman stated that the sign will be changed to state that the bill needs to be paid before the 17th of the month and will look into the way that disconnects are done.

Kenneth Lovens asked about when he was going to get his power cut on. Mayor Brenda Barkman stated that when we get a letter from the inspector stating that the house has passed inspection. Kenneth stated that he would get that letter.

Gracie Fox stated that there is a big dog problem in the city and something needs to be done about it. Several other citizens spoke up concerning this as well. This discussion was tabled for further discussion.

A motion was made by Mark Simpson at 7:59 PM to move to closed session and was seconded by Gary Plunk.

AYES: 4-Akers, Ipock, Plunk, Simpson



At 8:54 PM the board came back into open session.

The flat rate utility letter was discussed. The letter will be sent out and the flat rate will stop on January 1st. Mark Simspon wanted to make sure that the Cold Weather Rule didn't apply to the City.

A motion was made by Mark Simspon to send the letter concerning the stopping of the flat rate on January 1st and was seconded by Gary Plunk.

AYES: 4-Akers, Ipock, Plunk, Simpson



There was a discussion of having a rate study concerning the city. This was table for further discussion.

Mandy Brown brought up that the health insurance was coming up due on December 1 for the employees. There was a discussion concerning the health insurance. This issue was tabled for the next Alderman meeting on November 16, 2017 at 6:30 PM.

A motion was made at 9:30 p.m. to adjourn by Gary Plunk and was seconded by Mark Simpson.

AYES: 4-Akers, Ipock, Plunk, Simpson



Reflections from the Road

By Rick Mansfield

City Council Board Meeting

Letters to the Editor!

Dear Editor,

Every young lady is invited to compete for the title of Miss Sparkle, Miss Snowflake, Miss Holly and Miss Merry Christmas 2017. There are four categories. Ages 3-5 for Miss Sparkle, ages 6-9 for Miss Snowflake, ages 10-13 for Miss Holly, and ages 14-18 for Miss Merry Christmas. Please fill out your applications that are available at Eminence Elementary, Eminence High School, and the City office. There is no fee to participate.

The Queen's Christmas Tea will be held at the Masonic Lodge, Saturday, December 2, at 11 a.m. All participants, their escorts (which could be their father, grandfather, uncle, brother or a friend) and families are invited to atend. The dress code is formal.

Three finalists from each category will be chosen by the Eastern Stars and the winners announced on December 2nd at 2 p.m. on the Courthouse steps.

This event is sponsored by Current River Chapter 239, Order of the Eastern Star. Please contact Tina McQuerry at (573) 226-5250 or Mickey Schad at (573) 247-6680 if you have any questions.

Dear Editor,

How many times have you voted for someone to represent you in our state congress and turn around scratching your head trying to figure out what they are doing? I have wondered about this for quite a long time. Our representatives in Jefferson City have buried their heads in the sand for several years concerning the conditions of our roads and bridges.

It has been several years that they have been warned about the deterioration of our roads and bridges that need replaced before one of our bridges fall killing several people travelling over it. The 2004 Constitutional Amendment 3 was a disaster in itself considering the distribution of the funds. They are considering putting another Amendment before the people of the state making another pig in a poke. The people of our state do not need this. I wrote a letter to the editor back in May 2015 concerning this subject. Our road and bridges need the repairs and replacement now, not years from now. I have and still believe and know that the people of our state are not as stupid to the facts as our politicians seem to feel that we are.

The ones that use the roads and bridges should be the ones that pay for the needed work. An added fuel tax on gasoline and diesel should be put before the people of our state and the wording should be that the money raised will go to Road and Bridge Repair and Replacement, PERIOD, and that none of it will ever be taken from this fund for any other purpose. It should be handled in the same way that our Department of Conservation funds are handled. The Conservation funding has been the only funding in our state that has been utilized as it was intended to be.

The people of our state need to contact their representatives and let them know that the only fair and just thing is, for the ones using the roads and bridges, should be the ones paying for the work to keep them useable.

Gerald T. (Tom) Melton

Doniphan, MO


Eminence Area Senior Citizens News


Shop with a Cop

The Winona Police Department is now accepting applications for Shop with a Cop. The applications will be accepted until November 30th. You can pick up the applications at the Winona Police Department.



Birch Tree

WHS Alumni News


EHS Alumni News

Fire Marshal urges Missourians to check their fire extinguishers after millions are recalled

Recall includes 134 models of Kidde plastic-handle and push-button extinguishers manufactured since 1973 that may not work in an emergency

State Fire Marshal Tim Bean is urging all Missourians to check their fire extinguishers following a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall of almost 38 million Kidde brand fire extinguishers in the U.S. The recall involves two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers – plastic handle fire extinguishers and push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers – representing 134 different models manufactured between 1973 and Aug. 15, 2017.

"Fire extinguishers are life-saving devices and among the most important things in your home and vehicles," State Fire Marshal Tim Bean said. "I urge all Missourians to check all their fire extinguishers so they can be confident they will work when needed. Millions of Kidde brand fire extinguishers are being recalled, and many of them are likely in Missouri."

Consumers can contact Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends, or online at www.kidde.com (click on "Product Safety Recall") for more information.

Thursday's CPSC recall notice links one death to a Kidde extinguisher that did not work properly for emergency personnel at a car fire in 2014. CPSC says there have been almost 400 reports of failures to activate or nozzles detaching with enough force to pose a hazard.

The Kidde fire extinguishers were sold in red, white and silver, and are either ABC- or BC-rated. The recall includes models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015.

Information on the CPSC recall, including photographs and model numbers, is available on the CPSC website: https://www.cpsc.gov/

Fire Marshal Bean also reminded Missourians to use the extra hour they'll gain when clocks "fall back" on Sunday morning, Nov. 5, to check the batteries and make replacements when necessary in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The end of Daylight Saving Time serves as an excellent reminder to test these life-saving devices.



Have you heard about the WIC program?

What is WIC?

WIC is a nutrition education/health promotion program designed to help moms and young children eat well and stay healthy. WIC provides nutrition information, promotes health and provides nutritious foods to supplement your diet. Your WIC food package may include: milk, cheese, evaporated milk, cereal, juice, eggs, peanut butter, beans, fresh or frozen vegetables and fruits, and bread, tortillas or brown rice. Infants receive baby cereal and jars of baby food, as well as formula, if needed. In addition tuna is provided to breastfeeding moms. These foods are chosen because they will help you and your child to be healthy. They include nutrients like: protein, calcium, iron, vitamins A & C, folate and zinc.

Who is WIC for? Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or whose pregnancy recently ended, infants under 12 months old, children under 5 years old.


April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018

Family Size Annual Monthly Weekly

1 22,311 1,860 430

2 30,044 2,504 578

3 37,777 3,149 727

4 45,510 3,793 876

5 53,243 4,437 1,024

6 60,976 5,082 1,173

7 68,709 5,726 1,322

8 76,442 6,371 1,471

9 84,175 7,015 1,619

10 91,908 7,659 1,768

Each additional +7,733 +645 +149

family member

*Pregnant women are counted as two family members *Income guidelines are based on 185% poverty level

The Shannon County Health Center has a signed contract with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and Region G WIC Group to continue to provide WIC services for federal fiscal year 2108. Under the terms of the contract, the Shannon County Health Center will be able to serve 256 persons eligible for WIC every month. Total caseload for the year is 3,072 participants. WIC is by appointment only. Anyone interested in participating in this program lease call (573) 226-3914 for an appointment. Shannon County Health Center is proud to be associated with the WIC program and recognizes their contribution in making Shannon County a healthier place to live.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail to: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; by fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: program.intake@usda.gov.

Area Church News


Jack's Fork Country Church

Jacks Fork Country

Greetings from JFCC! We gathered for worship and Dave Anderson led us in the pledge and prayer. We began with hymns, "The Glory Land Way", "Let Others See Jesus in You" and "Give Thanks".

Prayers were asked for Julie Duncan, Evan Marks, Donna Bohms, Patsy Coker, Randy Liggett, Brooke Fields and baby, Nikki Watson, Jeannie McConnell, Leta Hightower, Charlene Williams, David Smith, Betty Porter, Brooke Keeling Porter and baby, Shirley Powell, Jerry Evans, Terri's parents, sister and co-worker, Mike's parents and their daughter, Dorothy Ennis, Jeremy Fullerton, Gwen Counts, the family of Imogene Blake, our military and their families, our country and it's leaders and our church. Bill Fullerton, Jr. led us in prayer and The Lord's Prayer.

Dave Anderson had a backup famous singer helping him with his special! Actually, Dave backed up Alan Jackson on "Stroll Over Heaven With You". And, alas, Alan wasn't actually present. Good job, Dave and Alan!

Nancy Ray adjourned to Children's Church, and Tommy Boyd gave our sermon from Judges 2 and Galatians 6.

In Moses' time, God instructed his people to go into Egypt to destroy their idols and images. They were told not to worship any other God! They disobeyed and were sent to the forest to remain 30-40 years. In Joshua's time, God gave the same instructions. Again, the people did the same thing after their forefathers had passed! We are to plan for our future because we will reap what we sow.

Corinthians II, 5:10: We all must stand before God for judgments when we get to Heaven. We must prepare for this while on earth or it will be too late! We are to plant our crop everyday. Actually we will reap More than we sow! The good seeds planted in God's garden will grow, but so will the bad seeds. We will have a big crop of either joy or sorrow. We are all living in the consequences of the bad decision of Adam and Eve. Obedience matters! In Matthew, we are told that if we sow the wind, we will reap the whirlwind!

We reap Later than we sow. We have to wait for God's timing for our reward. Keep living the Christian life! We are to live by the Golden Rule, treating even our enemies as we want to be treated. Sow forgiveness, giving, grace, joy and mercy! Be not discouraged as your harvest will come in!

We closed with "This World is Not My Home" and "Old Country Church". Mike Svaleson led us in prayer.

"Store the bible in your heart, not on a shelf!"

Black Pond

Birch Tree Assembly of God


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Eminence First Baptist Church
Website: www.fbceminence.org

Eminence First Baptist

It was another great day at the house of the Lord! We had some special guests with us this morning! Thank you to the Schweitzer UMC Puppet Ministry from Springfield for being with us and sharing your muppets with us! The group sang some old fashioned gospel favorites for us and did an outstanding job! Thank you to all of our veterans for their sacrifice and service to our country!

Thank you Pastor Paul for preaching the truth of the Word from Acts 12! God uses persecution in our lives to: 1) Increase our confidence in God's plan 2) Increase our consistency in prayer and 3) Increase our confidence in the ministry God has called us to. God never wastes a pain and our most painful moments lead us to our most greatest ministry.

What's Happening at FBCE: Our church has collected 84 shoe box gifts for Operation Christmas Child! We have a goal of 100 and should reach that by our last day which is this Sunday! Thank you everyone for giving; our "Warriors for Christ" Youth group is growing every week! Thank you to all of our volunteers that make this ministry happen! You are a blessing to all; due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the youth will meet Tuesday, Nov. 21st, and then go to the Community Thanksgiving service at the Church of God Prophecy. Service is at 6:30 PM; please pray for the children and their leaders as they prepare for the Children's Christmas Program. Rehearsal is Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. Program will be on December 17th at 10:45am; our Thanksgiving Dinner Ministry will be on Wednesday, November 22. Assembly and distribution of meals will begin around Noon. Thank you to everyone who helps make this ministry a reality! We will be praying for all the families who will receive this wonderful blessing; Birch Tree Place Christmas gifts need to be returned by December 3; 2017 Church Ministry Survey. Surveys are available in the church foyer. Please take one and complete it and return by December 3.

Please pray for the safety of all our deer hunters, Imogene Blake, Charlotte Kay, Nora Rader, Dayton and Jenna, Viola Nichols, Jane McCoy, Brian Smith, Fred Goodall, our veterans, our country, our community, our schools - both public and private, our children, our youth, and those who need to trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord of their lives.

If you do not have a church home, you are always welcome here!


Eminence Assembly of God

Eminence Assembly of God

What a glorious time we had in the house of God this morning! Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty! God's presence was felt throughout the morning service in worship, special singing and the preaching of the word. All of these things prepare us for what God is doing in the altars.

If you are tired of dry, dull, doleful church services, or if you are just hungry for more of God, come see us.

Starting next Sunday, November 19th, our Sunday evening service will begin at 5 PM. Our Sunday School begins at 10 AM and morning worship service starts at 10:45 AM. Our mid week worship service is on Wednesday night at 7 PM. God is doing some incredible things in our midst; we would love to have you join us. Pentecost is alive and well at the Eminence First Assembly of God. I'll save a seat for you.

The Thanksgiving service will be held Tuesday, November 21st at 6 PM at Church of God of Prophecy.

Service times: Sunday School 10 AM, Worship at 10:45 AM and Sunday night 5 PM. Wednesday night service is at 7 PM. Come join in the fellowship!

Eminence  Methodist 

Eminence Methodist

Find us in Eminence just west of the Hwy 19 and 106 intersection, the pretty church with the blue cross on top. The church bell rings at 11 AM.

We heard Pastor David's Foundation #6: Eternal Judgment, this morning, with Key Verse from Revelation 20:15, "Anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire." As a physical foundation should be examined from time to time for its continued strength, so must we be reminded of these foundations of faith. Jesus came first to serve and to lay down His life for us, but the next time He comes will be as conqueror and judge. God's fierce wrath against evil will unleash punishment. The devil, god of this world, and his angels will be defeated, and we will be judged according to our deeds in this life. We are asked if our name in the Book of Life by accepting His gift of grace before He comes again, how hard we worked ‘laying up treasure in heaven,' and will we take up the cross to be more like Jesus? Who in your life is waiting for you to tell him or her about Jesus? Crystal Chilton was candlelighter and Ashlin Brewer and Alice Neal read the First and Second Scripture Readings from Revelations 19 and 20.

Thanksgiving services will be this Tuesday, November 21, at the Church of God of Prophecy at 6 PM.

We were introduced to Pat Kaveny of Solid House Ministries who will be guest minister next week, as we wish safe travels to David and Paula who are travelling to Virginia to be with family for the holiday and into December.

Alice mentioned to the congregation the presence of an Americorps team doing intensive work in Mtn. View and asked for help to put together a big meal for them here.

We are so glad to have Carol and Otto Underwood back with us after a long absence.

We send condolences to the families of Imogene Blake and Jesse Rainbolt.

November 12

This Sunday we honored our veterans. Our congregation shared special recognition of their family members who have served or are currently serving. Some of our loved ones gave their lives for our freedoms. Doris Medley's father served in WWI and Pastor Wentz and Paula's son Jediddiah is currently serving in the armed forces. Our church family have loved ones who served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. We continue to keep those currently serving in prayer and thank them for their commitment to keeping our country safe.

Prayers of healing were for Edibeth Ross and prayers of comfort for the families of Emily Cunningham and Jesse Rainbolt.

Church opened with prayer and the Call to Worship. Hymns were "Ask Ye What Great Things I Know," "My Faith Looks Up to Thee," and "Jesus Hands Were Kind Hands." Paula Wentz read scripture from Acts 8:1-25 which was about the laying of hands. The sermon was 5th in the series Foundation: "Imparting a Blessing," specifically, the laying of hands.

On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit gave the Apostles the gift of healing, just as Jesus had. Today, this spiritual gift has been handed down to our pastors in the United Methodist Church and to all Christians. Touch has been medically proven to promote well being. It also imparts something spiritual as well as physical. When we focus on our faith, the power of the laying of hands becomes stronger. It gives a blessing and comfort. If it is physically impossible to lay hands, it can be done by proxy and by strong faith, just as Jesus healed the Centurion's servant. Every Christian has the authority for the laying of hands, in the name of Jesus. We must ask the person first if they want the laying of hands and then we allow the Holy Spirit to come through us. Pastor Wentz shared his own experiences with the laying of hands on him. Each time he felt something spiritually. We invite all believers to investigate it, learn about it, study it, and talk to others who have experienced it or have given it.

Our service ended with our members hugging each other so we all experienced the comfort and well being through the power of touch!

Please join us Sundays at 11:00. Our members believe in open hearts, open minds, and open doors and we welcome you.


Mt. View Baptist


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West Eminence Christian Church

It was a great time of fellowship as we entered to worship at West Eminence Christian. Shirley Powell was our friendly greeter.

Bob Heller led our worship with thoughts and songs of Thanksgiving: For the beauty of the Earth, We are So Blessed, All Creatures of our God and King, and There is a Redeemer.

Don Parker brought our communion devotion reminding that Thanksgiving is a truly American holiday. We say thank you as a social courtesy; but a thank you to God is because He is worthy of thanks. For our provision, protection, and salvation we thank Him.

Praises include that we have a loving and dependable God. Marianna was very blessed to be here from Germany. We are thankful for faithful families. Thankful that youth and sponsors got to go to the conference on missions. We are thankful for Dan and Anna Reeves' marriage this weekend.

Prayer needs include Viola Nichols, Wayne Gilman, travellers, Ruby Rainbolt, Stephenie Verren, Hunter Ipock, families of Fay Wagner, David Hyde, Imogene Blake, Sheena Allen.

Thanksgiving is a heritage of faith. It is a biblical heritage beginning from the law in Leviticus to the Psalms of David to the celebration of a return to Jerusalem in Nehemiah to the call on Christians to "Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances. We have a national heritage of thanksgiving from the pilgrims of Plymouth Rock to the Puritans of Massachusetts Bay, to the settlers of Virginia, to the lady who convinced President Lincoln to establish a national thanksgiving day. We should perpetuate the thanksgiving with regular prayer, including many in the expressions of thanksgiving (not just consuming and relaxing and watching sports and preparing for shopping).

We encourage all to join us at the community Thanksgiving service on Nov. 21 at the Church of God of Prophecy at 6:30 PM.

Fellowship Tabernacle, West Eminence

Women of Faith

Women of Faith


Once again we come together to honor God. Our ladies have done the shoe box Christmas. Thanks to some of my friends from Eminence for helping do the boxes, without one complaint about the extra $9.00. Thanks to everyone that has helped, God will bless you for your generosity, to help these needy children all over the world. And thanks to our ladies for all the donations for the Shop with a Cop program that helps children in our community.

Tonight we draw names for Christmas. We always have a great time of fellowship.

Please keep me in prayer, I took a bad fall and had to spend my day in ER. Our ladies had a fun night doing an auction to raise money for our group. I understand Ms. Joyce made an awesome auctioneer. I'm not sure how much money they raised today but thanks to everyone that brought stuff to sell.

Joyce opened in prayer and some of the ladies shared a devotion.

What is God'e grace? It is the breath of God upon my face and the touch of God upon my heart, gently moving me in the right direction. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. I John 4:11

Please keep each other in prayer. Do something to help someone this week. Our meeting , 2nd Tuesday each month at Joyce & Hazel's house at 6 PM

Have a blessed week.

Jennive Shemwell and The Women of Faith Group

Winona Assembly of God

Winona Baptist 

Winona First Baptist

What's important to you? Are you willing to surrender your all? Are you willing to love, honor and serve God, country and church?

We need to remember our veterans, the men and women in the service, the police, firefighters and all the civil workers in harms way. A lot of our veterans were drafted a long time back. Now you have a choice to honor and serve your country. God gives us a lot of choices. We can go to church and honor and serve God. That's our choice. What do you choose to do? You can go into the service and honor our country.

How precious all our children are to us. Do we go out and serve God? Or do we just come to church when we feel like it? Just to say we go to church. Remember our children live what they learn. If we miss church every time we have aches and pains, what is that teaching our children?

I used to think money was the root to all evil. I believe cell phnes are next in line when it starts taking family time away, that's evil.

Brother Nick's message Luke7:36-49. Jesus is annointed by a sinner. Jesus was known for his association with sinners (v 34) but he also extends himself to the well-to-do, who stand in the same need of salvation. v. 7:38. normally the head, not the feet, were annointed. The woman's weeping, and the fact that she let down her hair in public (forbidden in that society) suggests that she may have been overcome with feeling. v. 47 Wherefore I say unto thee, her sins which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much, but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little v. 50 And he said to the woman, thy faith hath saved thee, go in peace.

Please pray for Jesse Rainboldt's family, our police officers, our nation's leaders and our vets and for one another.

Sunday school 10 a.m. Worship service 11 a.m. Have a blessed week. Pray about our attendance at church. Search your heart to see what God wants you to do.

Thank you to all our veterans, we salute you and thank you for your service to America. God Bless. "Notice readers, my church news is always a week behind."

Ladies Fill My Cup Fellowship

Winona Christian Church


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