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May Blood Drives. 4.15.14


Join the Red Cross family this month and make an appointment to give blood in honor of World Red Cross Day by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org.




Upcoming blood donation opportunities:


Bollinger County

May 9from 2 - 8 p.m. at Meadow Heights High School, Highway 72 in Patton, Mo.

May 14from 2 - 7 p.m. at Woodland High School, Route 5, Box 3210 in Marble Hill, Mo.


Butler County

May 5from 9 a.m. to  2 p.m. at Three Rivers Community College, 2080 Three Rivers Blvd. in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

May 6from 9 a.m. to  2 p.m. at Three Rivers Community College, 2080 Three Rivers Blvd. in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

May 10from 11:30 a.m. to  3:30 p.m. at Taylors Stateline Travel Center, 21761 Highway 67 South in Neelyville, Mo.

May 13from 12 - 4 p.m. at John J Pershing VA Medical Center, 1500 N Westwood, Hwy 67 N in Poplar Bluff, Mo.


Cape Girardeau County

May 12from 1:30 - 6:30 p.m. at American Legion Hall, North High St. in Jackson, Mo.

May 12from 2 - 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Church and Main Street in Altenburg, Mo.

May 14from 3 - 7 p.m. at Church of Christ, 310 North Shawnee in Jackson, Mo.


Carter County

May 6from 1 - 6 p.m. at FEMA Building, 202 West College in Van Buren, Mo.


Dunklin County

May 4from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall, Highway JJ in Qulin, Mo.

May 7from 2 - 6 p.m. at Kennett South Elementary School, 920 South Kennett St. in Kennett, Mo.


Jackson County

May 1from 10 a.m. to  2 p.m. at Southern Illinois University Carbondale Student Center, 1255 Lincoln Drive in Carbondale, Ill.

May 5from 11 a.m. to  4 p.m. at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, 405 West Jackson in Carbondale, Ill.

May 14from 3 - 7 p.m. at Elm Street Baptist Church, 1907 Elm St. in Murphysboro, Ill.

May 14from 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Illinois Department of Transportation, 2801 West Murphysboro Road in Carbondale, Ill.

May 15from 10 a.m. to  2 p.m. at Center for Medical Arts, 2601 West Main in Carbondale, Ill.


Pemiscot County

May 1from 1 - 6 p.m. at South Pemiscot County High School, 611 Beasley Road in Steele, Mo.


Perry County (Ill.)

May 1from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Christian Fellowship School, 616 US Route 51 South in Du Quoin, Ill.

May 7from 3 - 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church - Du Quoin, 308 East Park Street in Du Quoin, Ill.


Scott County

May 12from 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Chaffee Elementary School, 408 Elliot Ave. in Chaffee, Mo.

May 15from 1 - 5 p.m. at Missouri Delta Medical Center, 1008 North Main in Sikeston, Mo.

May 15from 8 a.m. to  1:30 p.m. at Sikeston High School, 200 Pine Street in Sikeston, Mo.


Stoddard County

May 5from 1 - 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 102 East Castor in Dexter, Mo.


Williamson County

May 3from 7 - 11 a.m. at Marion Masonic Lodge, 703 West Robinson Drive in Marion, Ill.

May 8from 2 - 7 p.m. at Carterville Community Center, 120 North Greenbriar in Carterville, Ill.

May 9from 2 - 6 p.m. at Shawnee Christian Nursing Center, 1901 N 13th St. in Herrin, Ill.

May 10from 12 - 4 p.m. at Illinois Star Centre, 3000 West DeYoung St. in Marion, Ill.

May 12from 3 - 7 p.m. at S.I. Bowl, 10240 Samuel Road in Carterville, Ill.

May 13from 2 - 6 p.m. at Aldersgate Methodist Church, 1201 Fair St .in Marion, Ill.

Former Basketball Coach Acquitted on Sexual Abuse Charges. 4.17.14


           The former head coach of the Doniphan varsity basketball team stood trial after being accused of sexually assaulting a female student on school property. Diane Silman, director of the Ozark Foothills Child Advocacy testified that the center received a referral from Doniphan patrolman Brian Walker in regards to allegations of sexual abuse involving a 15 year old student.


          When asked by Attorney Steve Walsh is she knew that the student had told four different stories to four different people she responded that she was not aware. A Wayne co jury began its deliberations Tuesday afternoon at 221pm. The jury took 8 minutes to acquit 39 year old Raymond Stewart the 3rd of Fisk, MO. The jury found Stewart not guilty on both counts.

Twin Rivers R-X Health Care Change Approved. 4.17.14


        According to the daily American republic, Twin Rivers R-X will join a transitional tier of the Missouri Educators United Health Plan or MEUHP, board members decided Tuesday night. The district will also cap funding insurance premiums at $630.33. MEUHP is a self-funded consortium of 116 Missouri schools providing health insurance to 12,000 teachers and administrators through Anthem. The consortium's plans are administered by Forrest T. Jones & Company.


        Missouri superintendents oversee the consortium, and schools can only enroll if invited. Kriste Martin, regional sales director for Forest T. Jones, recently met with MEUHP underwriters to see if Twin Rivers could qualify. The group typically offers insurance in three tiers, with the healthiest in Tier 1 offered the best rates. Twin Rivers will be offered a transitional Tier 4. 



Kennett City Council Passes Smoking Ban. 4.17.14


          In an 8-1 vote, the Kennett City Council passed an ordinance tonight that mirrors voter support for a city-wide smoking ban. 68 percent of those who casted a ballot said yes to the ban. The ban forbids smoking in most public places within the Kennett city limits. The exemptions are a private residence, outdoor areas of places of employment, a place where more than 50 percent of the business carried out deals in some way with tobacco sales, as well as bars and taverns whose license is held by a charitable, religious, or veteran's organization. Hotels and motels can set aside 25 percent for smokers.

CNN Political Analyst will speak at TRC's Commencement Ceremony. 4.15.14


           CNN political analyst Kevin Madden will be the keynote speaker for Three Rivers College’s Commencement ceremony, to be held May 18 at 4 p.m. at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff. The ceremony will be free and open to the public.In addition to his work as a political analyst for CNN, Madden has served a Senior Advisor to Governor Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. He was also National Press Secretary for Governor Romney’s 2008 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Madden currently is a partner and executive vice president at JDA Frontline, a public affairs firm.


          “We’re pleased to have Kevin Madden as our keynote speaker. He’s an immensely talented speaker with a long history of work at the highest levels of politics,” said Dr. Devin Stephenson, President of Three Rivers College. “We appreciate Mr. Madden taking the time out of his busy schedule to help us commemorate Commencement at Three Rivers. We encourage anyone who wants to celebrate with us to join us for the ceremony.”



           Prior to joining Governor Romney’s campaign, Madden served as Press Secretary to then-House Majority Leader John Boehner. In that office, he served as a top communications strategist for the House of Representatives leadership office charged with directing legislative action. Before beginning work on Capitol Hill, Madden served as the Department of Justice’s national spokesman on issues ranging from national security to litigation before the federal courts. He was also a member of President George W. Bush’s media team during the 2004 campaign, serving as the president’s campaign spokesman. Madden currently resides in Washington, D.C.





        Commencement 2014 will also feature a musical performance by gospel group Geron Davis & Kindred Souls. The group will perform “I Will Sing,” written by Davis, and “God Bless America.” The group also features Davis’ wife Becky, Angela Primm, and Evan Milby. The group is based out of Nashville, Tennessee. December 2013 and May 2014 graduates wishing to participate in this year’s commencement exercises must apply for graduation either in the Enrollment Services Office or online @ trcc.edu/academics/graduation. Additional event information about this year’s ceremony is posted at trcc.edu/commencement


Police Chase in Cape Leads to Arrest. 4.14.14


            A Cape Girardeau man faces multiple charges in connection with a Thursday evening police chase. t. 18 year old Jimmy Latray Walker was charged Friday with unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest, both felonies, and careless and imprudent driving; leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident; and driving while his license was suspended or revoked. Walker is accused of leaping from a moving vehicle and letting it crash into a parked car while he fled on foot. The suspect was apparently trying to avoid a routine traffic stop.


            Shortly after 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Cape Girardeau police surrounded a house at 420 S. Benton St., where they arrested Walker and led him away in handcuffs. An arrest warrant filed Friday in Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court states Walker was carrying a concealed handgun, and when an officer tried to arrest him, he "resisted the arrest ... by using or threatening the use of violence or physical force." Walker's bond on the new charges was set at $20,000 cash only.

Cell Phones for Soldiers. 4.14.14


           Members of Dexter Elks Lodge #2439 are joining forces with a group called, "Cell Phones for Soldiers." The organization's mission is to provide cost-free communication services to active duty military members and veterans. Phones may be donated at the local Elks Lodge on Two Mile Road between 4 p.m. and midnight daily. Other drop-off points are at any Verizon office, Bernie Police Department, and at LeGrand's Communications at 320 W. Business 60.

TRC: Merchant Showcase and Car Show. 4.11.14


            Three Rivers College will host the 35th Annual Merchant Showcase and the 2nd Annual Three Rivers College Car Show on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for the Merchant Showcase and 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. for the Car Show. Admission to the Merchant Showcase is $1, and admission for spectators to the Car Show is free.


            The Merchant Showcase gives local businesses and vendors an opportunity to showcase their services to the public. Participating businesses will have booths set up in the Bess Gym for giveaways, demonstrations, contests, and more. Visitors will have the chance to win one of four cash giveaways with paid attendance, sponsored by the Greater Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce and Three Rivers College.


           “It’s a great opportunity for both businesses and local residents,” said Steve Halter, President of the Greater Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce. “Not only is it a fun atmosphere, it’s a chance for people to learn about businesses they didn't know existed.”


            The 2nd Annual Car Show, sponsored by the Three Rivers Auto Club, will show off the best in modern and classic automobiles from around the Southeast Missouri region. Nine categories of vehicles will be competing, including vintage, classic, modern, modified/custom, and motorcycles. Registration will be the day of the show and will cost $10. Proceeds will go toward endowing a scholarship for future Three Rivers students.


           “We had an amazing turnout last year, and we only expect it to get better this year,” said Dede Ross, a Learning Specialist at the college who helps coordinate the Car Show. “Even if you’re only interested in cars, and don’t have one to show, it’s a chance to see some of the best automobiles the region has to offer, all in one place.”


            Those interested in having a booth at the Merchant Showcase may register until Friday, April 11. Businesses at the Showcase also gain access to a special business-to-business networking session from 8 to 10 a.m. on the day of the Showcase, and the chance to win a $100 cash giveaway. For more information or to register, call the Greater Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce at (573) 785-7761.

Upcoming Blood Drives. UPDATED.


     Approximately 5,600 times a day someone receives blood donated through the Red Cross. While all types are needed, donors with type O positive or negative, B negative and A negative are especially encouraged to give.  Visit redcrossblood.orgor call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to learn more and schedule an appointment.




Upcoming blood donation opportunities:


Butler County

April 8from 2 -6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 5th and North Main in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

April 11from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Butler County Health Department, 1619 North Main in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

April 12from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic School, 111 North 8th St. in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

April 14from 1 - 6 p.m. at Neelyville High School, Park and Broadway in Neelyville, Mo.


Cape Girardeau County

April 3from 4 - 8 p.m. at Texas Roadhouse, 13 Doctors Park in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

April 4from 3 - 7 p.m. at New McKendree United Methodist Church, 1770 South Hope in Jackson, Mo.


Jackson County

April 8from 3:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Newman Center, 715 South Washington in Carbondale, Ill.

April 9from 1 - 6 p.m. at Southern Illinois University Carbondale Greek Student Center, 1255 Lincoln Drive in Carbondale, Ill.

April 10from 1 - 6 p.m. at Elverado HS-Elkville, 514 South 6th St. in Elkville, Ill.

April 10from 2 - 7 p.m. at Shawnee Amish Church, 6346 Rock Crusher Road in Campbell Hill, Ill.


Madison County

April 15from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Marquand Zion High School, 205 East Morley in Marquand, Mo.

April 15from 2 - 7 p.m. at Knights of Columbus, Knights of Columbus in Fredericktown, Mo.


Perry County

April 13from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Ta.m.aroa Community Center, 534 West 2nd North St. in Tamaroa, Ill.


Reynolds County

April 2from 12:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Lesterville High School, Highway 21 in Lesterville, Mo.

April 3from 12:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Southern Reynolds County High School, 1 School St. in Ellington, Mo.


Ripley County

April 15from 2 - 6 p.m. at Naylor High School, Route 2 Box 512 in Naylor, Mo.


Scott County

April 2from 2 - 6 p.m. at St Denis School, 105 North Winchester in Benton, Mo.

April 7from 1 - 6 p.m. at Scott City Elementary School, 3000 Main St. in Scott City, Mo.

April 9from 4 - 8 p.m. at Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores, 100 Outlet Drive in Sikeston, Mo.

April 14from 1 - 6 p.m. at Oran High School, 310 Church St. in Oran, Mo.


Stoddard County

April 4from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mingo Job Corps Center, 4253 State Highway T in Puxico, Mo.

April 11from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Puxico High School, 481 North Bedford in Puxico, Mo.


Williamson County

April 1from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Johnston City High School, 1500 Jefferson in Johnston City, Ill.

April 5from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Washington Elementary School, 420 East Main in Marion, Ill.

April 6from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Zion United Church of Christ, 930 West Cherry in Marion, Ill.

April 14from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at John A Logan College, 700 Logan College Road in Carterville, Ill.



Butler County

April 29from 12 - 4 p.m. at McGuire Orthodontics, 2951 Kanell Blvd. in Poplar Bluff, Mo.


Dunklin County

April 23from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Senath Hornersville High School, 800 State St. in Senath, Mo.

April 24from 2 - 6 p.m. at City of Arbyrd Fire Station, 102 East Frisco St. in Arbyrd, Mo.

April 24from 3 - 7 p.m. at Malden Elementary School, 505 Burkhart in Malden, Mo.



Ripley County

April 28from 12:30 - 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 308 Walnut in Doniphan, Mo.


Scott County

April 26from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores, 100 Outlet Drive in Sikeston, Mo.


Wayne County


April 28from 2 - 7 p.m. at Clearwater High School, 825 North Main in Piedmont, Mo.

The Annual Eighth Congressional District Art Contest. 2.24.14


           Congressman Jason Smith announced the opening of the annual Eighth Congressional District Art Contest and invited high school students in Missouri’s Eighth Congressional District to participate in the contest. Contest entrees need to be submitted to one of Smith’s offices by Friday, April 25th.


           Each spring, this nationwide high school art competition recognizes and encourages artistic talent. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Students in grades 9-12 can submit original paintings, drawings, collages, mixed media, computer-generated art, and photographs. A panel of art experts will select a winning work of art to represent Missouri’s Eighth District. The art will be displayed on Capitol Hill for one year. In addition, the winner of the Eighth Congressional District Art Contest will receive free airfare to attend a national recognition reception in Washington D.C. held in June.

“The Congressional Art Contest is a great way to recognize talented high school students in our Eighth Congressional District. In addition to being recognized locally, the winner of the contest will also be invited to Washington D.C. to attend a recognition ceremony and see their art displayed on Capitol Hill,” said Smith. “We hope to have participation from schools across our district. I encourage anyone who is interested in participating in the contest to contact my office.”

Entrees must be submitted to one of Smith’s offices by Friday, April 25th. Artwork can be dropped off at:


·         Cape Girardeau Office: 2502 Tanner Drive, Suite 205, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703, 573-335-0101

·         Farmington Office: 22 East Columbia Street, Farmington, MO 63640, 573-756-9755

·         Poplar Bluff Office: 2911 North Westwood Blvd., Suite C, Poplar Bluff, MO 63907, 573-778-6679

·         Rolla Office: 830A South Bishop, Rolla, MO 65401, Rolla, MO 573-364-2455

·         West Plains Office: 35 Court Square, Suite 300, West Plains, MO 417-255-1515


For more information, students may contact Leslie Herbst at 573-335-0101 or email leslie.herbst@mail.house.gov. In addition, student can get more information by visiting: http://www.house.gov/content/educate/art_competition/