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Amanda's Column


Mom was given a KitchenAid for Christmas one year when I was in my early teens, but I was the one who ended up using the thing 85% of the time. I loved it and knew when I had my own place, I'd need one to grace my kitchen.

Starting out in our cramped, little cabin without electric, I figured I'd live without the handy mixer until the real house was built. My mother-in-law, Nan, had one and said I'd inherit hers when she retired from doing much cooking anymore, so I figured by that time, I'd have some room and electric for it. Until then, I used hers every chance I got while visiting her.

However, these last few months I suddenly got to wishing I had my own to use at the cabin. I knew I could find room for it one way or the other and we're soon to have another set of solar panels set up which would offer enough electricity to run it. But, affording such a nicety was out of the question. I wanted to ask Doug for one, but knew now was not the time when we are still striving to be rid of Sam's hospital bills. Even the used ones weren't cheap. So I kept quiet.

Not long afterwards, Doug was offered some more work in IL, so we headed back over there for a spell. One of the first evenings Doug was home from work, he was telling me that he'd been helping some people clean out a basement and was listing the sort of things they were hauling out and taking to a local charity store. And that's when he told me about the KitchenAid. "There was one down there that had been used by a cook at some point. It was eventually left down there when they no longer used a cook. No one else seemed to want it. They asked me if I wanted it, but…"

I stared at him wide-eyed. "What?!?! You left it!?!? I've been wanting a KitchenAid!"

"Yeah, I knew you'd want one for when we had the big house, but I didn't know if you were ready for one now."

Over-dramatically I grabbed Doug by the collar. "YES! If I can find room for a big-screen TV, I can find room for a KitchenAid! Go get it!!!"

Of course it was too late for him to go back that night; not that he'd even consider it since he'd be going right back there the next day. But he said he'd see about getting it if no one else had snagged it by then.

Oh, how I fretted over that thing all night and well into the next day. I kept sending Doug text messages asking him if he was to get it, but all he was responding with was annoying little smiley faces. I was pretty sure he'd gotten it the way he was funning with me, but I sure wouldn't have minded a solid confirmation.

Well, he finally made it home and, yes he did have the KitchenAid with him. It was still in fine condition and was even a step up from Nan's. Only downside was that it was white. But who's going to get all bent out of shape over a little thing like that? I scrubbed the ol' gal up, named her Whitey, and then playfully became snobby towards Nan's mixer. Puny, underpowered thing! Whitey was far superior to hers and I made that clear every time I was using it when Nan walked in. Thankfully Nan can handle my humor pretty good.

Our stay in IL eventually ended and I wasted no time in hauling Whitey into the cabin when we got home to find a good spot for her. I planted her on my wooden countertop which is set up in the kitchen area. She's kind of big for that spot, but it's about the best I can do for now. I'm just thrilled to have one!

This sort of thing has happened so many times, and I'm humbled on every occasion. I didn't need a KitchenAid. I was functioning just fine without one. It was just something I desired that I hadn't even asked for. And yet…the Good Lord sees fit to bless me with even the un-necessaries.

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Eminence Library News


The new books have arrived. Come see our assorted adult titles, including The Nightingale, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, and seven new books by Francine Rivers. For the kids, we have many of the wildly popular Dog Man and Captain Underpants titles by Dav Pilkey, and the Inspiration Station series. Let us know what you would like to see in the library so we can keep those orders coming and keep you supplied with great reading.

Do you have 3 spare hours during the week in your busy life? If so, your time as a volunteer at the library would be appreciated.

Library Hours: 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Location: Courthouse lower level


Winona Senior Citizens News

Eminence City Board Meeting News

City Board Meeting December 12, 2017

Those present were Mayor, Jim Anderson, Alderman, George, Alderman, Cleary, Alderman, Orchard, Alderman, Stewart, Ron Hanger, Steve Hogan, Barry Barnes, Mindy Galloway, and Tina McQuerry.

The Mayor called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Minutes: Motion by Alderman, Stewart to approve the minutes as written; second by Alderman, Orchard. Motion passed with all in favor.

Bills: Motion by Alderman, Orchard to pay the bills as presented; second by Alderman, Cleary. Motion passed with all in favor.

Budget: Motion by Alderman, Cleary to approve the budget as presented; second by Alderman, George. Motion passed with all in favor

Council talked to Ronnie and Barry about things they need, Ronnie is sending the grader back and is still trying to get the other equipment he needs. Ronnie talked to the council about his plans to replace water lines before fixing the streets he estimates that it will take around a month to complete the water line work on 3rd street.

Ronnie would also like to use the old city shop that EMI uses to house some equipment and parts, the mayor informed the council that the sheriff would also like to house a boat for the sheriff office it was recommend that the sheriff ask the county to use their lot area over in West Eminence as there is a lot more room.

Steve Hogan says that the Durango needs serviced, and the radar unit needs fixed. Steve informed the council that Pat Kelly the City attorney has been very sick and is unable to do work for the city and recommends that the city consider hiring Jodi Brumble to be the City attorney as she is the Shannon County Prosecuting attorney.

Motion by Alderman, Stewart to hire Jodi Brumble at the same rate that the city paid Pat $300.00 a month and she will assume the duties of City Attorney for the city of Eminence second; by Alderman, Orchard. Motion passed with all in favor. The Clerk was asked to contact Pat and thank him for his years of service and to inform him of his dismissal as the City Attorney.

Motion by Alderman, Cleary to pay the Winona police department bill for housing prisoners for the city second; Alderman, Stewart. Motion passed with all in favor.

Mindy asked the council to work (3) three days a week during this slow time. Motion by Alderman, Stewart to up Mindy to 3 days a week till the end of March John wants her to report on what she has been crossed trained on in the city office second; Alderman, Orchard. Motion passed with all in favor.

Motion by Alderman, Orchard to keep Tory on 32 hrs a week till next board meeting as Ronnie wants her to finish cleaning out the shop second; Alderman, Cleary. Motion passed with all in favor.

Pay Raises: Motion by Alderman, Stewart to increase Steve, Ronnie, Tina and Barry a $1.00 per hour second; Alderman, Cleary. Motion passed with all in favor.

Motion by Alderman, Cleary to give $100.00 to all city workers and hams second; Alderman, George. Motion passed with all in favor.

The Council will look at giving Tory a raise at the end of March.

Motion to close the meeting by Alderman, Cleary second; by Alderman, George. Motion passed with all in favor.

Closed Meeting of December 20, 2017

On the Chip Brewer case.

The Mayor asked the council if they wanted the City Clerk to stay in the meeting the council asked her not to be present for the meeting.

The Mayor called the meeting to order at 4:00p.m.

Those present were Mayor, Anderson, Alderman, Stewart, Alderman George, Alderman, Orchard, Alderman, Cleary.

Motion by Alderman, Cleary to come out of closed session second; Alderman, George. Motion passed with all in favor. The City Clerk was asked to come into the meeting to record the results of the meeting.

Motion by Alderman, Cleary to have the Attorney that is with MOPERM the city's insurance to represent the City and the council on the Chip Brewer case second; Alderman, Stewart. Motion passed with all in favor.

Motion by Alderman, Cleary to discontinue the services of Jeff Kays until the Moperm attorney has covered all articles he can on behalf the city and council Mr. Kays has agreed to these terms and will refund the City a portion of the retainer the city has paid him and if the City of Eminence and council needs he will return to the case when he is needed.

Closed Meeting of January 4. 2018

On the Chip Brewer case.

Attorney Matt Wilson asked that the City Clerk not stay for the meeting as it is to conduct attorney client business and she is not listed as a person on the suit.

Those present were Mayor, Anderson, Alderman, George, Alderman, Cleary, Alderman, Orchard, Alderman, Stewart, Attorney, and Matt Wilson.

Closed session was called to order at 6:05 p.m. by Mayor, Anderson.

Motion by Alderman, Cleary to close session second; Alderman, Stewart. Motion closed with all in favor.

Motion to come out of closed session by Alderman, Cleary; second by Alderman, Stewart. Motion passed with all in favor.

Motion to close the meeting by Alderman, Cleary second; Alderman, George. Motion passed with all in favor.

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Summersville Bookends

Something magical happens when our girls dress up and put on a tiara. Add a real princess to the day, and it should be a Day to Remember!

The library will be transformed into a glittering tea room with tiaras and stunning little princesses at the library's 4th annual Princess Tea Party this Saturday, January 20th @ 11 a.m. It's always a fun time for "princesses" of any age.

Everyone is invited to come and meet Miss Texas County, Madison Horner as she reigns over this royal event. Contact Kathie @ the library or phone 932-4866 for more information.

We're an active library! Watch this column for future activities – always free of charge thanks to Texas County Library and Summersville Friends of the Library.

Winter does bring the possibility of inclement weather, so if ice or heavy snow accumulation is involved, staff might not be able to make it in to work, and the library could be closed.

Library branch closings will be announced on local radio stations, but patrons are advised to phone their branch before risking life and limb to only find the library closed. Contact info for our branch may be found @ the end of this column.

New items to our branch's collection include The Noel Diary , fiction by Richard Paul Evans; Painting the Secret World of Nature, non-fiction by John Agnew; and Big Momma's House, DVD starring Martin Lawrence.

The Summersville Friends of the Library group meets at the library on the 2nd Monday of each month @ 5:00 p.m. The next scheduled meeting will be on February 12th. New members are invited to join this active group in supporting and participating in the continuing growth of the Summersville Branch Library.

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

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

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

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Greitens delivers State of the State address

Gov. Eric Greitens took a reflective tone Wednesday night during his State of the State address, lauding his first-year successes while offering little specifics on policy initiatives he wishes to achieve this year.

In front of a full House gallery at the Capitol, Greitens sang the praises of Missouri's economy, saying it has the lowest unemployment rate in the past 17 years and is outpacing the nation in job growth.

"Over the past year, we have devoted the energy and attention of our office to putting Missourians back to work," Greitens said. "We are bringing good-quality jobs back to Missouri."

For the second year in a row, Greitens didn't announce a proposed budget in his address. He offered vague policy objectives to lawmakers, asking the legislature to push through bills addressing taxes, ethics reform, deregulation and foster care.

He announced he would lay out a tax reform proposal early next week, calling it the "boldest state tax reform in America."

"With your help, we will lower taxes for working families and make it easier for business to come to Missouri and create jobs," Greitens said. "And we will do it in a way that is fiscally sound, maintains our state's triple-A credit rating, and does not burden our children with debt."

House Speaker Todd Richardson in a statement after the address said the House is ready to work on tax reform and is confident something can get done.ac

"The House has a strong desire to work on tax reform that reduces the burden for working families," Richardson said, "and I look forward to the governor laying out his plan in the coming weeks."

The sophomore governor secured key legislative wins last year with the passage of several bills relating to labor, workplace discrimination lawsuits and anti-abortion rights. Those wins came amid a tense relationship with the Missouri Senate, which has carried over to the 2018 session.

He's faced criticism from both Republicans and Democrats for his lack of transparency in regard to campaign finance and his use of dark money funds, and his handling of the appointment of five members to the Missouri Board of Education. Greitens ran on a campaign of ethics reform, and shortly after taking office signed an executive order banning gifts from lobbyists to state employees in the executive branch.

While the legislature continues to work on any kind of gift ban — which has previously stalled in the Senate — Greitens urged lawmakers during his address to, at the least, not accept any gifts in the meantime. It drew meager applause from lawmakers.

"We need to slam shut the door between the legislature and lobbyists, and we need to pass term limits for every statewide officeholder," Greitens said.

A bill sponsored by Rep. Justin Alferman, R-Hermann, that would limit most lobbyist gifts received initial approval in the House on Wednesday and will have a final vote Thursday.cq A similar bill last year also sponsored by Alferman received a hearing in a Senate committee, but sat untouched for the rest of the session. It's unclear whether the Senate is prepared to push through any sort of ethics reform this session.

House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty, D-Kansas City, said Alferman's bill is like "putting a Band-Aid on a hemorrhaging wound," and that legislators need to go all-in on ethics reform.

"I think at this point if we're going to do true reform, we need to do a 100-percent gift ban," Beatty said.ac

Some Republicans are opposed to this idea, saying it would result in "gotcha" moments, where they receive a gift without realizing it. Beatty disagrees.

"We're legislators. We're held to a higher standard, and if there's no gifts to be given," she said, "I'm not sure how you get in a gotcha moment, because either you took it or you didn't."

As for tax cuts, Beatty said she was concerned about what they might mean for Missouri's economy.

"Quite frankly, I don't know what those tax cuts are, but my concern is, what are we going to have to cut in order to get these tax cuts?" Beatty said. "Are we going to become Kansas?"

There are plenty of details still to be hashed out between Republicans and Democrats in both chambers on several key issues. Greitens' main message for Missouri residents Wednesday night, though, is one that he's delivered numerous times.

"Tonight, we can look back with pride and look forward with confidence," Greitens said. "The state of our state today reflects what the state of our people has always been: Missouri is stronger, and she is getting stronger."




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Reflections from the Road

By Rick Mansfield

City Council Board Meeting

City Board Meeting October 10, 2017


Sportshows Open World of Possibilities

It's show season. All across the country, Boat, Sport and Travel Shows are kicking off with the intention of introducing outdoors enthusiasts to people, places and products that can enrich pursuits of fish and game, and outdoor recreation. Here in Missouri, the Kansas City Boat and Sportshow is set to take place January 18-21 at H. Roe Bartle Hall and the St. Louis Boat and Sportshow is February 8-11 at America's Center.

Growing up in Northwest Indiana, Grandpa always took me to the Chicago Sportshow and a much smaller one in South Bend on the campus of Notre Dame. My parents would allow me to take a day off school, because grandpa refused to fight the weekend crowds. We would browse the aisles, always buying lures and beef jerky. We collected enough marketing materials about lodges and fishing guides to fill a grocery bag.

Back home, I'd spend hours upon hours sorting through the brochures I'd collected, dreaming about one day being able to visit such amazing destinations. The older I become, the sweeter these memories of trips to the sportshow with grandpa are. He's been gone 14-years now, but I don't even have to close my eyes to see the old man walking those aisles in all his glory.

Over the years, I have built great relationships with lodges and their staff I have met at the sportshows. Every kid is excited to see the slab crappie on ice in the coolers Blue Bank Resort keeps in their booth. Having fished out of Blue Bank many times now, Billy Blakely has become a guy I hop in a boat with every year. Bull Shoals Boat Dock and Marina is a place my uncle first took my cousins and I over 20 years ago after he booked a houseboat trip at a sportshow. Now Kevin Eastwold, a third generation owner, is a dear friend. I always dreamed of fishing Lake Erie, so one show I booked a trip with Sea Breeze Charters. Captain Bob Witt put me on a 9-pound walleye that hangs on my office wall.

The Kansas City and St. Louis Boat and Sportshows are great places to find local and far away outfitters and guides who can help you create lasting memories. Usually, they offer special deals at the shows, so not only will you get to meet the lodge owners and outfitters in person, you save a few bucks by cutting a deal at the show. The same goes with boat dealers and tackle retailers. Another fun and informative reason to attend these shows is to learn from experts presenting seminars. You can usually pick up some tips from the pros.

It's the energy found in the aisles of these shows that make them so appealing to me. I love watching the excited faces of kids scurrying about. It takes me back to my own happy childhood days. I will be attending a number of sport shows this year with hopes of coming away with some new information, great contacts and a few good deals.

See you down the trail…


Pic: Booths like this one belonging to Bulls Shoals Boat Dock and Marina offer information and show specials to help you plan your next adventure.


Letters to the Editor!

Dear Editor,

On Saturday, Jan. 20 there is a National March For Impeachment Protest from 1:00pm-2:00pm at Representative Jason Smith's Rolla office (830A S. Bishop) on the public sidewalk. We are demonstrating against the Trump agenda and calling for his impeachment. This is a peaceful protest organized by Take Action Now Indivisible.

Also on Sunday, Jan. 21, A Take Action Now Indivisible Meeting is scheduled from 2:00pm-4:30 pm at Timber Lodge-Shannondale (23 miles south from Salem on HWY 19). Topic: Broadband Access to Rural Areas. Guest: Kathy Ellis, candidate for the 8th Congressional District.

Thank You!

Janet Fossey

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MSHP Troop G

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop G online arrest reports:

• Joseph D. Phelps, 29, of Pomona, was arrested in Shannon County at 4:30 PM on Jan. 8 for: (1) Misdemeanor Willow Springs PD warrant for fail to appear - no valid license; (2) Two Texas County misdemeanor warrants for fail to appear - insurance and fail to register motor vehicle. He was taken to Howell County jail, where release information was listed as bondable.

• James R. Perego, 35, of Mountain View, was arrested in Shannon County at 4:36 PM on Jan. 12 for a misdemeanor Mountain View Police Depart-ment warrant for traffic offense. He was taken to the Mountain View Police Department, where release information was listed as bondable.


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Lora A. Walters, 25, of Summersville was transported by aircraft to Mercy Hospital in Springfield with "moderate" injuries on Jan. 12. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Corporal D. W. Hinten's report, Walters was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Impala northbound on Hwy 17 when it ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, traveled off the left side of the road and overturned. The accident occurred in Texas County at about 9:25 PM, approximately five miles north of Mountain View...


February is Heart Month

Ozarks Medical Center announces events for the community

In honor of American Heart Month in February, Ozarks Medical Center is offering several free educational events and heart health screenings. West Plains Mayor Jack Pahlmann has signed a proclamation declaring February as Heart Month.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One in every four deaths in the United States is the result of heart disease.

Symptoms include chest discomfort, discomfort in other areas of the upper body including one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach, and shortness of breath. Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

"OMC is one of only nine hospitals in the state of Missouri with an accredited Chest Pain Center. If a person exhibits symptoms of chest pain, 911 should be called. Early intervention improves outcomes, which is why we have the saying ‘Time lost is muscle lost' when it comes to heart attack," said Dr. M. Faisal Khan, Interventional Cardiologist at OMC.

"Listen to your heart. It may be trying to tell you something. Receiving prompt medical attention is crucial if you are suffering from a heart attack. If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, dial 911. The longer you wait, the greater your chances are of having irreversible heart damage or potentially not surviving your heart attack. When you use 911, you receive quick assessment and care as soon as emergency medical responders arrive. OMC is alerted so our specialized cardiac team is ready to continue your care as soon as you come through our doors," according to Devon Emerson, Director of Cardiopulmonary Services." At OMC, we are proud to offer a full line of cardiology care including round-the-clock interventional cardiology for patients suffering from a heart attack."

In recognition of Heart Month, OMC will host a number of community events.

February 1

Community Education Dinner at Willard Hunter Classroom

6-7 p.m., OMC Parkway Center, West Plains.

The speaker is Dr. A. K. George, Cardiologist discussing heart care. The dinner is free, but reservations are required. Call 417-257-6793.

February 2

Wear Red Day-Free Apple

West Plains Mayor Jack Pahlmann has joined with Ozarks Medical Center Heart Care Services to promote awareness of heart health by declaring Friday, Feb. 3 Wear Red Day. This is a national event that encourages people to wear red to recognize the beginning of American Heart Month, celebrated each February. On this day, individuals wearing red may visit the OMC Cafeteria and receive a free apple.

February 8

Free Heart Risk Screening & Heart Healthy Breakfast

7-9 a.m., Mountain Grove Senior Center

A free Heart Health Screening will take place. The screening includes a lipid panel, glucose, A1C, and blood pressure check. Fasting is required for testing. OMC Dietician will be on-hand with heart healthy recipes and samples. Additional low cost labs also are available for a minimal fee. The event is free and no appointment is necessary. A breakfast bar will be available. Questions, please call 417-926-6563 for more information.

• 7:00-8:00 a.m. ~ Lipid Panel, Glucose and A1C, and Blood Pressure Check

• 8:00-9:00 a.m. ~ Breakfast Bar & Presentation by Dr. Archana Sinha

February 9

Free Heart Risk Screening & Heart Healthy Breakfast

6:30-10:00 a.m., OMC Heart Care Services, 1115 Alaska Ave., West Plains.

A free Heart Health Screening that includes a lipid panel, glucose, A1C, blood pressure check, and a Vein Screening. Fasting is required for testing. OMC Dietician will be on-hand with heart healthy recipes and samples. The event is free and no appointment is necessary except for the Vein Screening (for Venous Insufficiency). Additional low cost labs also are available for a minimal fee. Questions or to reserve a time for the Vein Screening, please call OMC Education Services at 417-257-6793.

February 10

Women With Heart Luncheon

A fundraising luncheon for OMC Heart Care Services. Tickets are $50 each. The guest speaker is Sharon Alexander. Call 417-256-4725 for tickets or more information.

February 15

Free Heart Risk Screening & Heart Healthy Breakfast

7-9 a.m., Mountain View Senior Center

A free Heart Health Screening will take place. The screening includes a lipid panel, glucose, A1C, and blood pressure check. Fasting is required for testing. OMC Dietician will be on-hand with heart healthy recipes and samples. Additional low cost labs also are available for a minimal fee. The event is free and no appointment is necessary. A breakfast bar will be available. Questions, please call 417-934-2273 for more information.

• 7:00-8:00 a.m. ~ Lipid Panel, Glucose and A1C, and Blood Pressure Check

• 8:00-9:00 a.m. ~ Breakfast Bar & Presentation by Dr. Archana Sinha

February 17

Free Community Heart Saver Course

8 a.m. to noon, OMC Parkway Center, West Plains

A free community Heart Saver course taught by joint effort of Ozarks Medical Center, South Howell County Ambulance and Air Evac will be offered. This course teaches CPR for the lay person. Please call the OMC Education Services at 417-257-6793 to enroll. Limited space is available.

February 19-23

Free Heart Risk Screening at Rural Clinics

Individuals may receive a free heart health screening including a lipid panel, glucose, A1C, and blood pressure check from an OMC rural health clinic. Additional low cost labs also are available for a minimal fee. Contact one of the clinics listed below for an appointment. OMC rural health clinic locations include:

• Alton Medical Clinic: 417-778-7227

• Gainesville Medical Clinic: 417-679-4613

• Mammoth Spring Medical Clinic: 870-625-3228

• Mountain Grove Medical Complex: 417-926-6563

• Mountain View Medical Clinic: 417-934-2273

• Thayer Medical Clinic: 417-264-7136

• West Plains Primary Care: 417-257-5911

• Winona Medical Clinic: 573-325-4237

February 22

Love Your Heart Breakfast & Heart Health Screenings

7-9 a.m., Fun & Friends Senior Center, 100 Chestnut St., Thayer

A free Heart Health Screening will take place. The screening includes a lipid panel, glucose, A1C, and blood pressure check. Fasting is required for testing. OMC Dietician will be on-hand with heart healthy recipes and samples. Additional low cost labs also are available for a minimal fee. The event is free and no appointment is necessary. A breakfast bar will be available. Questions, please call 417-257-6793 for more information.

• 7:00-8:00 a.m. ~ Lipid Panel, Glucose and A1C, and Blood Pressure Check

• 8:00-9:00 a.m. ~ Breakfast Bar & presentation by Dr. Faisal Khan

February 23

OMC and Community Blood Center of the Ozarks Blood Drive

12-6 p.m., OMC Parkway Center.

Walk in, call 1-800-280-5337, or visit https://www.cbco.org/donate-blood/to make an appointment.

February 27

Free Heart Risk Screening & Heart Healthy Breakfast

7-9 a.m., Willow Springs Senior Center

A free Heart Health Screening will take place. The screening includes a lipid panel, glucose, A1C, and blood pressure check. Fasting is required for testing. OMC Dietician will be on-hand with heart healthy recipes and samples. Additional low cost labs also are available for a minimal fee. The event is free and no appointment is necessary. A breakfast bar will be available. Questions, please call 417-257-6793 for more information.

• 7:00-8:00 a.m. ~ Lipid Panel, Glucose and A1C, and Blood Pressure Check

• 8:00-9:00 a.m. ~ Breakfast Bar & Presentation by Heart Care Services provider

February 27 (5:30 p.m.):

Couch to 5K Information Session

5:30-6:00 p.m., Willard Hunter Classroom, OMC Parkway Center, West Plains.

It's time to get moving! Learn more about the Couch to 5K program at 5:30 p.m. at the Willard Hunter Classroom in OMC Parkway Center. Join OMC coworkers leading evening workout sessions or workout on your own with the Couch to 5K phone app. The Couch to 5K program is free, but registration is required in a Fun Run event (1.5 mile walk or 5K). All Couch to 5K participants will receive a free t-shirt in addition to the Fun Run t-shirt. Workout sessions will begin the week of February 27. At the end of the 8-week program, you will be ready for your Fun Run event! For more information, call 417-257-6737.

"American Heart Month is an excellent time to make an important decision to do everything you can to reduce your risk factors for heart disease," said A.K. George, MD, OMC Cardiologist. "Early detection of risk factors and lifestyle changes can reduce your risk and a free screening event is the place to get information to help you embark on a healthier lifestyle."

Heart Care Services, located at 1115 Alaska Avenue, Suite 114, provides complete cardiac care to the community, including open heart surgery, a 24/7 Cardiac Catheterization Lab, diagnostic testing, and Cardiac Rehabilitation program. OMC's team of cardiology experts includes Interventional Cardiologists Kevin Crowe, MD, and M. Faisal Khan, MD; Cardiologists A.K. George, MD, and Archana Sinha, MD; Cardiothoracic Surgeon William "Andy" McGee, MD; and Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist Jim Streff.

West Plains Mayor Jack Pahlmann signs proclamation declaring February as Heart Month. Present for the signing are several staff members of Ozarks Medical Center Heart Care Services. Pictured left to right: Heather Myers, RN; Debbie Kinder, RN; Leann Mask, Clinic Tech; Susan Thompson, LPN; Samantha Vanhooser, Office Assistant; Catherine Walters, Office Assistant; Dr. A.K. George, Cardiologist; Pahlmann; Jim Streff, ACNS; Devon Emerson, Director Cardiopulmonary Services; Tracy Litchfield, RN; Kathy Stone, LPN; Leni Barnett, Cardiodiagnostic Tech; and Bonnie Wallace, Office Assistant.

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Moment In The Word

Edwin Woolsey

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Life is very complex and often beyond our ability to control. There are so many circumstance that are out of reach but still impact or influence our existence. Frighteningly, Jesus warned that in the Last Days, "Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken." Luke 21:26

Christ's statement was twofold regarding the Earth and the Heavens, which lends an ominous element to His prophecy. We are familiar with our constantly changing planet; fashions, societal trends, politics, climate, etc. However, the Heavens seem to be eternally enduring. Think of the constellations, the broad band of the Milky Way, the precise movements of the Sun and Moon that mark seconds, hours, weeks, months, seasons, and years. Still, according to God's Son, when time stops, the unchanging Creation will completely change in the end. How disconcerting!

Taking Jesus' warning as a natural allegory that represents our personal life, there are constants we would never expect to change in a million years; close friends, relatives, sons, daughters, and spouses. But tragically, these change too. Then, without faith in Christ, we are rocked to our foundation when a vital part of our existence unexpectedly alters. Suddenly, we are left asking, "What now?"

Well, God has promised, "For I am the LORD, I change not!" Malachi 3:6 And then again, "Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid... for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed." Deut. 31:6, 8

Although men's hearts fail, fraught for the transience of what first appeared permanent, yet individuals who focus their love and attention on God alone will find a refuge of perfect spiritual, emotional, and mental peace. Or as St. Paul said, "We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:18 Only the peace of God, which surpasses human understanding, will be able to keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:7

Thus by faith, we understand that the reality of the Cosmos is made by the word of God, so that what seems to be permanent is actually made from nothing at all. (Hebrews 11:3) All things were made by His Word; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:3) As Jesus said, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away." Matt. 24:35

I leave you with the words to the closing line of Martin Luther's old hymn – A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, "Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also; The body they may kill: God's truth abideth still, His kingdom is forever." When everything else has fallen away, only God's Kingdom will remain!


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Eminence First Baptist Church
Website: www.fbceminence.org

Eminence Assembly of God

What a glorious time we have had during the Holidays, God has blessed and continues to pour out His Spirit upon our congregation. Upcoming Events: January 21 thru 23 we will have four special revival services. Rev, Gary Ellsworth from Community Outreach will be with us on Sunday morning at 10:45 am and Sunday night at 5:00pm. Brother Ellsworth's passion is seeing believers filled with the Holy Spirit. Monday night, Rev. Derek Jones pastor of the First Assembly of God in Desoto, Mo. will be ministering at 7:00 pm. Tuesday night Rev. Dwight Jones of the Harvest Christian Centre in Park Hills Mo. will be ministering. We are seeking God for a Holy Ghost outpouring.

God is doing some incredible things in our congregation; 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!

Service times: Sunday School 10 a.m. and Worship at 10:45 a.m. and Sunday night 5 p.m. Wednesday night service is at 7 p.m. Come join in the fellowship!!


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