Nearly 400 Cardinal fans and supporters of the Boys and Girls club came out last night to see St Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny speak at the Boys and Girls club steak and burger dinner last night at the Black River Coliseum. Matheny opened by saying the passion of the fans in Poplar Bluff is just as strong as the passion of the fans in downtown St Louis. Matheny spoke about his love for the game and his support for the Boys and Girls club. He also talked about game 6 of the 2013 world series, the pride he takes in his team, the way the rookie pitchers handled the post season pressure, and ended with taking questions from the audience. Before he left, Matheny challenged everyone to find time to invest in helping others.
Mike Matheny signing a baseball for a fan during a meet and greet before his speech.
Thursday, December 12, 2013, Congressman Jason Smith (MO-8) released the following statement in regards to his opposition of the Ryan-Murray budget compromise:
"While I appreciate the time and effort that went into crafting this budget deal, I ultimately cannot support this plan because it increases spending without guaranteed deficit reduction measures. Simply put this agreement raises revenue and spends more money." said Smith. "I would much rather see the automatic spending cuts from the Budget Control Act exchanged for targeted spending cuts instead of being traded for more revenue. Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue problem."
Congressman Jason Smith-R
Give the gift of life on Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Cape Nature Center’s annual blood drive. Make an appointment ahead of time at www.redcrossblood.org or walk into the Nature Center to give blood any time between 3 to 7 p.m. Ages 16 and up are encouraged to donate, but 16 year-olds must complete paperwork with parental consent prior to donating. Nature Center at Night is also scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 19. From 5 to 8 p.m., all ages are invited to stop by and learn fascinating facts about Missouri’s wild mammals that make their homes within southeast Missouri’s diverse habitats. Naturalists will lead two mammal presentations, one at 6 p.m. and another at 7 p.m.
According to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), DNA testing will help determine if a canine shot in Wayne County in late November by a private landowner while hunting is a gray wolf, coyote, or other canine species. The landowner contacted MDC after he shot the animal and surrendered it to the Department so MDC could determine what species the animal is. Coyotes may be taken by hunting throughout the year as permitted by the Wildlife Code of Missouri. Wolves are a protected species in Missouri.
When a canine that appears to be a wolf is shot or trapped in Missouri, MDC biologists use DNA testing to determine if it is a wolf, wolf hybrid, or other type of canine. DNA testing can also reveal the origin of the animal. “Because of the great variety in the bodies of dogs, coyotes and wolves, it’s important that we get DNA evidence to ensure correct identification of the animal,” MDC Resource Scientist Jeff Beringer said. “We have DNA signatures from all captive wolves and wolf-hybrids in the state. We also compare DNA from the animal in question with DNA of wolves around the country to help determine the origin of the animal.”
Initial examination of the animal by Beringer determined that it was an 80-pound female canine, approximately two years old. The animal did not have a microchip, tag or tattoo, which would identify it as an escaped captive animal. Beringer said that wolves can appear similar to coyotes, but are significantly larger. Coyotes seldom exceed 30 pounds in Missouri. According to MDC, there is no known breeding population of wolves in Missouri. Over the past decade, Missouri hunters have occasionally shot wolves that wandered here from other states, mistaking them for coyotes.
“The few wolves that have appeared in Missouri in recent years are young animals from other states seeking new territories, particularly from Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Michigan,” Beringer said.
A hearing has been scheduled for aDexter woman accused of having shaken her infant child. Megan Kirby was charged in August with the Class B felony of abuse or neglect of a child resulting in serious emotional or physical injury and the Class C felony of endangering the welfare of a child. Kirby will remain in the Stoddard county jail until her hearing, under a $500,000 cash-only bond. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 5. When she will stand trial before Judge Robert Mayer in a Stoddard County courtroom.
Do you want to be in charge of who gets your assets after you’re gone? Are you concerned about what your estate will cost your heirs? What are the best tools available to plan your estate the way you want? These are just a few of the questions that will be answered at the Farm & Small Business Estate Planning Workshop series that is being held on January 14, 21, 28, and February 4. The sessions will begin at 6:00 p.m. and run until 9:00 p.m. on the Three Rivers Campus in the E.K. Porter Distance Learning Center. These sessions will be held via Interactive TV and each site will have a local facilitator. The cost to attend is $60 per person or $70 per couple or single business entity (one set of materials). Pre-registration is required by January 11th.
“Due to the fact that farmers and businesses have some very unique estate issues, these sessions are geared to their specific needs” says Joe Koenen, Agricultural Business Specialist with University of Missouri Extension who is one of the presenters who will help teach this program. “The major increase in asset values, especially land, in the last several years, and the recent law discussions at the Federal level has made this topic even more critical of late” said Joe. Any interested persons are welcome to attend. Karl DeMarce, an Associate Circuit Judge from Memphis will discuss probate in Missouri as well.
Session 1 will discuss Why Plan Your Estate; Who Should Be Involved; What Materials You’ll Need; Property Ownership and Business Organization and Choosing Advisors, including attorneys. Session 2 is on Probate in Missouri; Estate and Gift Taxes; Communication Issues with Family and others and an Introduction to Estate Planning Tools. Session 3 will cover Probate with Judge DeMarce. Session 4 will finish up with Estate Planning Tools and discuss where to go from here. You need to attend all 4 sessions of this class.
Registration fees include your materials and a light meal each night. We hope you’ll plan to attend these worthwhile workshops. To pre-register, contact Chris Waite at(573) 686-8064 or e-mail WaiteC@missouri.edu. Space is limited so sign-up today.This program is brought to you by the Small Business and Technology Development Center, Three Rivers College, and Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce.
Ag Expo will celebrate its 28th Anniversary on January 24 and 25 at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Agriculture booth spaces are now available to rent. This is one of the largest ag trade shows in the region, which is sponsored by Butler County University of Missouri Extension Council and the Ag Club of Three Rivers College.There will be 118 booths available to visit and learn first-hand about agriculture and natural resources and their importance to the area’s economy. The expo will also feature outdoor exhibits. Ten thousand people attended last year’s two-day event.
The event will be held Friday, January 24 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, January 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and the two days are packed with activities for the whole family. Entertainment and events include youth dancing and clogging; gospel, jazz, and contemporary music; agriculture seminars; beauty pageants; and toy tractor pedal pull contests for youth ages 4 to 9. There will be tractor driving contests for FFA members; petting farm; an old time auction; a milking contest; an ag photography contest; duck calling contest for adults and youth; and baking contest. This year the Pesticide Applicator Training for private re-certification will be held at the Expo on Friday afternoon from 2 to 5 pm. The Master Gardeners will provide Garden Adventures for Kids Saturday morning and 4-H will host a Youth Farm Safety program Saturday afternoon 12 pm to 2 pm. New this year will be a Mobile Certified Kitchen and a live cow milking demonstration will be held every two hours during the expo.
Remember, honor, and teach – those are the goals of the Wreaths Across America program. This time of year, the organization places wreaths on the graves of veterans at Arlington National Cemetery and at 26 cemeteries across Missouri this weekend. Holly Anthony coordinates and recruits community sponsors for wreaths at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, and says Saturday's event offers a meaningful pause during a hectic time of year. Anthony says she hopes the program will continue to grow throughout the state, and that more community groups and individuals will consider sponsoring a wreath.
As the number of sponsorships for wreaths grows, so too does the number of deceased veterans. The U-S Veterans Administration estimates that World War Two veterans are dying at a rate of 600 per day. Saturday's wreath-laying ceremonies are open to the public. A listing of the times and locations as well as sponsorship information is online at "WreathsAcrossAmerica.org."