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Semo times 11.18.11 Volume 3 Issue 49 2725 N. Westwood Blvd Suite 17 Poplar Bluff, MO 573-785-2200

Staff Publisher Scott R. Faughn

Managing Editor Tim Krakowiak

Reporter Liz Ellis

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The Week in Review It was a good week for Uncle Sam AKA Marion Tibbs, as Butler County has grown both commercially and residentially since last year, according to the recent tax assessment.

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Young combat veteran braces for Poplar Bluff return after loss of leg even 100 yards from the patrol base, we’d get ambushed.” Lack’s platoon, the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Unit, was ance Cpl. David Ray Lack, 24, delivered a major compliment has hopes of coming back home to Poplar Bluff soon, in many ways the from Gen. James Amos, U.S. same person he was prior to war, ex- Marine Corps commandant, cept now he has a Purple Heart and a that they were “really paving the way in Afghanistan,” which prosthetic leg. The young combat veteran stepped ultimately helped lead to the on an improvised explosive device May 2 killing of Osama bin while attempting to fight off Taliban Laden. Lack, who was deployed for guerilla insurgency on his platoon Oct. just four months before his life 17, 2010, in Marjah, Afghanistan’s was changed forever, described southern poppy-producing hub. Lack spent a full year recovering what had occurred on the tragic from his severe injuries at Walter Reed day last year when he absorbed National Military Medical Center, the brunt of an explosion as which, besides resulting in an ampu- point man. “My squad was on foot patated right leg, included two collapsed trol. We split up, eight to 10 lungs, blown eardrums, a torn cornea, a Submitted Photo people. Four guys, me and the shattered hand and other shrapnel damJust over two months after losing a leg in combat, Lance Cpl. David Lack [pictured rest, were about 100 meters age. with crutches] of Poplar Bluff welcomes the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines home Nov. 4 “I’m doing really good, actually,” away when we started getting in North Carolina. said Lack in a telephone interview shot at,” Lack recalled. “My from Bethesda, Md. “No reason to get team moved around to try to board evaluation to determine the ex- progress for several months following fight the enemy, and I pretty depressed. It’s not going to help.” tent of his disability. “Pretty much just his injury. The modern day war hero estimated much just, I guess, stepped on [the paperwork,” he explained, noting he He went from crutches to a cane, and that 90 percent of the servicemen at the IED] trying to hurry up and get around might attempt to return to a welding received his prosthetic leg Dec. 9 and military hospital base received similar next to a compound.” F o r t u - career, which he had been doing before was immediately able to walk forward, wounds enlisting. which typically takes patients several f r o m “The first thing I said [after receiving n a t e l y , “That’s the problem is they don’t weeks to learn, wrote Helling of Texas. Lack was IEDs. know what to do—what they are going Lack explained that he experiences “ O u r the news about my son] was, ‘He’s still r e s c u e d to be able to do—once they get out,” phantom pain from time to time bethrough whole alive.’ That’s all that mattered.” the ensu- said Lack’s mother Debbie, who re- cause the nerves in the brain remain battal-Debbie Lack, ing gun- sides in Poplar Bluff. “I don’t think at present, and he still can feel his lost ion was fire and this point he plans on staying separated knee and foot. mother’s Purple Heart recipient on the Even still, he recently returned from t r a n s - from his M.O.” frontLack was transferred to an outpa- a deer-hunting trip. Last week he parported by lines. tient facility sooner than expected to ticipated in the Veterans Day parade helicopter We were so spread out—just spread complete his lengthy physical thera- at Madison Square Park in New York thin,” Lack stated. “We’d go out four to nearby Camp Dwyer for emergency py, according to his 29-year-old sister City, which took on a new meaning for or five times a week, my platoon, all amputation. He is currently still listed under ac- Brooke Helling, who maintained a blog him and his family this year. by ourselves. And I don’t know, if we at“At first you see your soldier come got half a mile from everybody, maybe tive duty, but awaiting his medical lack, updating her younger brother’s continued on pg 9

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Greenwood to perform Valentine’s Day concert for vets at coliseum The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center is proud to announce it has been selected to host a “Valentines for Veterans” concert again in 2012, due to this year’s successes in partnering with volunteers, veterans affairs employees, veterans service organizations, businesses and the community. At 7 p.m. Feb. 17, the “Valentines for Veterans” concert will take place at the Black River Coliseum, featuring country music artist, Lee Greenwood.

Open access petition group launches campaign website More than the 2,900 signatures were gathered to put open access to a vote of the people as promised by Poplar Bluff City Manager Doug Bagby, according to a press release. Now, the open access petition group turns its attention to protecting the voters who signed the petition. The group’s new website,, is designed to keep the citizens updated on progress and encourage valuable input.

Dickens’ classic from Marley’s point of view Dec. 3 at Tinnin The Patrons of the Arts Society of Three Rivers College will present its holiday-themed show “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Tinnin Fine Arts Center. Tickets are on sale now at www.trcc. edu/tinnin. Printed tickets can also be purchased at the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce, the Three Rivers College business/financial services office, and at the door the night of the performance.

SEMO Food Bank awarded $100,000 media grant CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – TriState Advertising & Marketing Professionals awarded the Southeast Missouri Food Bank the $100,000 advertising for a cause grant established to provide advertising assistance, production and media placement for regional public service organizations.

Doug Libla honored by Missouri Community College Association BRANSON, Mo. – Doug Libla received the Missouri Community College Association’s distinguished alumni award at the association’s annual convention held recently in Branson.

Harviell student receives scholarship to attend Three Rivers College A local student has received a scholarship to attend Three Rivers College. Mark Drysdale of Harviell has received the Norman Gamblin Memorial Scholarship. Drysdale is the son of Charles and Carla Drysdale and is a 2010 high school graduate. He plans to earn an associate of arts degree in business administration from Three Rivers College.

Sikeston man receives state-wide honor for land donation to Three Rivers College BRANSON, Mo. – R. Scott Matthews received the Missouri Community College Association’s award of distinction at the association’s annual convention Nov. 3 in Branson. The award was presented in recognition of Matthews’ support of Three Rivers College and of the mission of community colleges throughout the state.

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Your Local Expert On: Catering Liz Ellis Reporter For most people, jumping from working at a hospital to doing professional catering based on personal and cookbook recipes would be quite a feat. But for Karon Campbell, owner of Tasteful Creations, it was simply natural. “My absolute favorite book is a cookbook,” Campbell said. Campbell’s business began with home cooked meals from her own kitchen, and started with two clients a month. Now, eight years later, Tasteful Creations caters to about four clients a day and works out of a catering building built next to her house. “People had asked me to make things on the side and [they] liked my cooking,” Campbell said. “I really wanted to do it for fun and make some extra money, but it turned into a full-time job.” Not that she is complaining about that, of course. Campbell estimated that her business feeds 20,000-30,000 people a year. While the average client requires food for about 100, she has served 1,000 before. Tasteful Creations charges by the plate and most meals are between $12 - $17 per plate for something like prime rib or steak. Campbell caters to a huge region in Southeast


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Missouri, including Fredericktown, Sikeston, New Madrid, Kennett, Doniphan and Poplar Bluff. Campbell said that her business specializes in home cooking and Southern style food such as chicken and dumplings, homemade mashed potatoes,

roast and f r i e d chicken, to name a few items. “We do anything anybody wants,” C a m p bell said. Rather than using a supersecret family cookbook as the key to her success, Campbell tends to use cookbooks as guidelines for new recipe ideas,

more than anything. “I am not opposed to use a recipe from anybody,” she said. “But, I don’t really follow the recipes very well. I’m not very good about measuring. My kids say I don’t even know what measuring cups are,” Campbell joked.

Campbell does most of the cooking herself, and everything is tasted before it is sent out to customers, just to ensure that it is up to standards. Campbell’s daughters and five sisters occasionally help out with the cooking, and she hires some college students part time to help during Christmas parties. However, unlike most catering services, Tasteful Creations does not do very many weddings. Campbell said that they do more businesses and board meetings than anything. “We’ve had so much support from the community and my family. They’ve been wonderful to help me out, and the community has been so supportive,” Campbell said. In fact, because of her successes, Campbell said that she is considering expanding Tasteful Creations sometime in the near future, and maybe even trying to market some of her homemade dressings. That, however, is still in the works. For now, Campbell said, she loves her job as it is. “The thing I like the best about it is that if I want to be off with my family, I can say, ‘Sorry, I’m booked,’” Campbell said. Liz Ellis can be reached by emailing or by calling 573-785-2200.

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Exiled on Vine Street Liz Ellis Reporter


hat would happen if there was a place where you could ask whatever question you wanted and could challenge anything? Where the only rule was to be nice to others, and it would be OK to wear whatever you wanted? What if you could own up to your strange quirks and hobbies and not have to worry about being judged or mocked? What if you could share your beliefs and opinions and question the beliefs and opinions of others without fear? Imagine that place exists. Imagine that it is welcoming and relaxed, a place where everyone is free to be themselves, to be imperfect and loved for it. Imagine that place is in Poplar Bluff. Now, imagine that place is a church. If it is hard to believe, then you probably have not heard of The Exiles Church, located at 411 Vine St. This nearly five-year-old emergent congregation was founded on the idea that no question would be taboo and the most important thing was to, “Be Nice.” “The first few meetings were actually at a restaurant,” said Bob McDonald, pastor of The Exiles Church. “We decided that it was time to do something different, to try to create some-


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The Exiles Church logo is as simple as their motto: Be Nice. However, it is, pastor Bob McDonald said, a bit harder to live by than it sounds. thing where culture wasn’t always the enemy. There is a strong cultural line that runs through churches in this area, and a lot of people aren’t comfortable with it and kind of run counter to it.” An example of that culture is the assumption some places have that if you

are Christian, you will also be a Republican, Bob said. But not everyone fits that mold, and this church is a place for those who fall between the cracks. The idea, he continued, was to create a church where bikers and gamers and business people could all intermingle without worry, and where everyone fits in. The church has no particular denomination and often attracts people from all different sects of Christianity including Catholics, Baptists, Pentecostals and others. “This whole thing is really relationally based,” Bob explained. “What does it mean to be a follower of Christ? What does it mean to be a Christian? Well it means to be part of this family, and to be a part of each other’s lives. That’s what it means. It means things like loyalty; like showing actual compassion for the poor. It means we love people where they are, regardless of where they are, without preconception or judgment.” With more than 50 different churches in Poplar Bluff, the McDonalds said they are not trying to compete with other churches; they merely are offering a different kind of experience. And it is not for everyone. “If you are a person who has got it all figured out, who has your theology lined out with how it ought to be, then we’re probably not going to be your

place,” Bob said. “We really like to appeal to people who aren’t afraid of questions. The questions are more important than the answers for us a lot of the time, and nothing is off limits. You can ask whatever you want about whatever you want.”

Beliefs The belief system at The Exiles is pretty simple: be nice and love one another. “…Scripture teaches that God loves us with a pure and perfect love. He loves you right now as much as he ever will,” Bob said. “In our screwed up, fallen, horrible condition, he loves you. If you’re trying to do better, he loves you. If you have no intention of ever doing better in your life, he loves you. If you intend on getting worse, he still loves you.” The Exiles Church is also about studying and discussing the Bible’s teachings to better understand them. And, Bob said, they often do not agree on anything. But disagreement and argument is a method of teaching that the McDonalds embrace. Bob sums the church’s stance up like this: “You don’t have to act like you didn’t see that movie. You know how it is, when the new movie comes out,

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“My team moved around to try to fight the enemy, and I pretty much just, I guess, stepped on [the improvised explosive device] trying to hurry up and get around next to a compound.” -Lance Cpl. David Lack, U.S. Marine Corps from pg 4

Young combat vet braces for return after loss of leg back and think, ‘Oh Lord.’ But once you’ve gone through it, and see what all he’s accomplished in a short period,” said Debbie Lack, pausing. “I’m truly in awe of David.” His mother continued: “My son is alive. That’s what I said from the beginning when my husband [David Sr.] called me and told me the news. The first thing I said was, ‘He’s still alive.’ That’s all that mattered. It’s all I prayed for. I didn’t ask God to bring him back in one piece because that wasn’t fair. I asked him to bring David back, and he did that for me.” On June 22, Pres. Barack Obama declared that the U.S. had largely achieved its goals in Afghanistan. Operation New Dawn currently calls for withdrawing 10,000 American troops by the end of the year, and 20,000 more next summer, with plans to hand over security to Middle Eastern authorities in 2014. “Do I think [the war’s] winding down and we should pull out? No,” Debbie Lack said. “If we’re going to pull out, we need to bring all our boys home, not leave them so thin that it’s easy for them to get ambushed.” Tim Krakowiak can be contacted by emailing, or follow him on Twitter @TimKrakowiak.

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News The Exiles Church, from pg 8 like the ‘Harry Potter’ series, and you all aren’t supposed to see it. But you all snuck in and saw it. But you don’t want to say anything at church and get busted? Here, you’ll be lucky if we don’t have a huge party and do a marathon on our big projector.” The basic idea behind the church is to come as you are. “Most churches I’ve been too are all crisp, clean. Here you can be yourself,” said Lindsay Porter of Poplar Bluff. “You don’t have to hide anything.” “I believe, when it says He who loves the son is set free, I am actually free to be OK with being me, which frees me to actually work on me some,” Bob explained. “Because I’m not trying to hide me, I’m just trying to make me better. I want to be able to enjoy the things I enjoy and I want to be able to enjoy them with people I enjoy. I want to watch good movies and goofy scifi.” And here, at The Exiles, that is perfectly OK. You do not have to like anime or “Harry Potter” to join the church, though. In fact, Sherry McDonald, secretary at the church and wife of pastor Bob, said that many of their members do not like either very much. They come for the love and the companionship and the nonjudgmental attitude. “Some people only come some of the time, because they love us, but they can’t stand our disorganization,” Sherry said. “We are a bit disorganized at times.”

Service That relaxed attitude is exactly what draws some people, though. At The Exiles, church service often does not start at a specific time every week. The doors open at 11 a.m., and services usually start around 11:30, depending on when everyone finishes talking and settles down. “It starts whenever we feel it ought to start,” Bob joked. Unlike most church services, which preach on a different topic every Sun-

day, The Exiles goes line-by-line through a book of the Bible, breaking it down and discussing it in-depth. In fact, Bob said, they just finished the Book of Luke, an endeavor that took them about a year and a half. Services are free-flowing, however, and the audience can interrupt at any point and ask whatever question they want, or challenge anything said. “We openly challenge and discuss and debate. That’s why we can’t say what the format will be most of the time,” Bob went on. “I may get through a whole chapter, or I may get two lines in and it will descend into a three-hour debate on gay marriage. I don’t know. We just let it go where it’s going to go.” However, the arguments do not get heated, and are not usually confrontational. Sherry said she could not think of a time when the arguments got out of hand. “It’s like a healthy family group. We accept the individual’s dysfunction, and we try to get along,” Sherry said. Generally, the discussions are about relevant topics. But, they are not always related to religion. “I get off topic sometimes,” Bob admitted. “And it may be about a political matter of the day, or it may be my disgust at George Lucas’ first three episodes or how vampires don’t glitter…” “It’s different, in a good way,” said Casey Allen of Poplar Bluff. “Most churches have their own ideas, but are based around the same things. This is basically more laid back and he tells it to you, rather than preaching it to you. It’s a very relaxed setting.” Most services at The Exiles Church have 30-40 people in attendance, while some of their annual events—such as communion on Christmas Eve—draw as many as 100 people. Their congregation is generally college-aged and above, with a few teenagers and a few older members. The entire church is funded through donation, and none of the workers there are paid—it is solely voluntary.

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The Exiles Church hosts an anime night on the second Monday of every month. While the church itself has no sign outside, these anime fans have no trouble finding their way there to hang out and watch their favorite shows.

Anime Night One of the main events that the church puts on is an anime night once a month, on the second Monday from 7-9 p.m. Anime movies are shown, and there are often Japanese snacks that the attendees can purchase. However, while the event is held inside of the church, the anime night is considered to be separate and draws a somewhat different crowd. “Some shows have some religious themes, or raise religious questions. And we show others because they are just really, really good. There are no redeeming qualities in the fourth ‘Naruto’ movie or that ‘Bleach’ movie other than it was just really, really good,” Bob said. “I do it simply because I like anime and I want to like it in a setting with other people who like it and enjoy it and appreciate it.” And the night is exactly for that. It is not related to the church and is not meant to convert anybody to anything. It is just for relaxation and fun. They are, however, careful with what anime that they show. “We don’t edit, we don’t cut or do anything like that,” Bob said. “And there are shows that I have opted not

to show because they were, maybe, a little too far over the edge than people would be comfortable with. Now, do we show things that other churches would be uncomfortable with? Absolutely. I fully expect that.” “I come because I like anime and they show me new ones I might not watch otherwise,” said Jyssica Morris of Poplar Bluff. “There are worse things out there,” Porter said. “They show a [good] variety.” Anime nights often draw 40-50 people on an average night, and more on nights they show more popular anime—such as “Bleach” or “Naruto.” “We’re careful. My pulse is enough on anime, that I am aware where the lines are,” Bob said. So, while they may show some anime that is more violent than most churches would be comfortable with, the movies won’t have gratuitous sex and other bad messages in them.” For more information on The Exiles, check out their Facebook page at The Exiles Church. Liz Ellis can be reached by emailing or by calling 573-785-2200.


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Margaret Harwell Art Museum pumps up art classes Liz Ellis Reporter


spiring artists in the Poplar Bluff area are beginning to flock to the art museum. But it is not to look at the ever-changing art that is cycled through the Victorian building— although many do come for that—it is to take art classes on various topics offered there. Many of the classes are geared toward children, but there is no age limit and most of the classes have all the materials provided in the fee. Children under 4, however, must be accompanied by an adult to take a class. While these classes were once more oriented toward crafts, now they tend to have more of an art and educational leaning, thanks to assistant educational and exhibition manager for the museum, Lisa Tuttle. “We have more traditional art offerings now—just some basics of particular mediums… but we’re still doing things that are educational and they can take home with them,” Tuttle said. Tuttle teaches all of the children’s classes and some a d u l t classes at the Margaret Harwell Art Museum Annex, next door to the museum. In the past, the Submitted Photo museum Kailyn Dickson proudly has ofdisplays her sock puppet fered a made during an art two-hour class at the museum. children’s

single class. They think, art is a valuable craft for both are often on topics students and adults to learn. like basic drawing “I tell my art students that you have or painting. Prices to be fearless to do art,” Tuttle said. will vary, depending “But you also learn problem solving. on the medium and And that’s why I think art is imporwhether or not a ma- tant—not just art history, but hands-on terials fee is added. art experience, because you can trans“Paint costs more fer that problem-solving ability into than charcoal. So every aspect of your life.” [price is] pretty variHowever, art classes are not for evable, but we try and eryone. For those who are more interkeep the price as ested in viewing than doing art, the affordable as pos- Margaret Harwell Art Museum will sible,” Tuttle said. display their new exhibit, ‘50 States “For me, it’s about Fired Up: An American Clay Invitaspreading knowl- tional’ from Dec. 3- Jan. 29. edge, not about getThe open house for the exhibit will ting rich. I mean, be held from 6 – 9 p.m. Dec. 3 at the if you’re an artist, museum and will feature refreshments, Submitted Photo you’re not getting a demonstration of a local artist craftAnna Joseph shows off her Chinese dragon puppet rich.” ing clay pots, and live music. made during the annual summer camp organized by Tuttle also tutors “We tried to get pieces that are kind the Margaret Harwell Art Museum. students privately, of descriptive of each state,” said Tina teaching core artis- Magill, museum director. “We’ll have tic skills, such as an array of different types of pottery. class once a month for ages 7-12. However, Tuttle said, the need for children’s drawing from life and even painting There will be sculptures there; not just art activities is greater. As of this year, skills. Her sessions generally last a few vases and bowls. It’s a little bit of evthey have been offering a second class, hours and each one can have up to two erything.” This exhibit has been a year in the where lunch, supplies and a break time students. Requests for tutoring, Tuttle for participants is offered as well. This said, have increased as more people making, and will feature 50 different artists—one from add-on class is usually a couple hours are becoming aware about each state. Fortylong, or may be a secondary part to the the other five of the 50 pieces normal two-hour session. classes that will be for sale at the The fee for children’s classes is $30 the art museopen house. for the full class, which includes all For more informamaterials. Tuttle said she tries to have um offers. “ W h e n tion on the Margaret the classes be more than just art, and Harwell Art Musethey often include multiple disciplines. people think um, check out their “When you start combining disci- about where Facebook page or plines, you bring in things like learning and how they can learn art, visit their website at bug anatomy when you are doing bug they call the sculptures or if we’re doing puppetmaking, we might actually do some museum first, Liz Ellis can be acting and theater,” Tuttle said. “So the which I think Submitted Photo is fabulous,” reached by emailing kids are learning about literature and This vase is one of 50 pieces that will lizellis@semotimes. science and a variety of other things Tuttle said. be part of the clay exhibit coming to And, contrary com. while they’re learning about art.” the Margaret Harwell Art Museum in to what some Adult classes are three hours long, December. either spread out during a month or a people might

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Opinion and Editorial Yoga Instructor Kat Robinson

Healthy Lifestyle It’s deer season here in Southeast Missouri. A huge event in our neck of the woods. Second only to Christmas. Businesses and schools close for the event and the excitement of filling your freezer with meat is a relief to many. There are those who believe me to be a vegetarian because I teach yoga. I can assure you, I am not. I love meat as much as the next person. Though there are some good arguments for becoming vegetarian, it simply is not how I roll. I am, however, discriminate about the type of meat I choose, and wild game is a good choice for me. Not only do we not have to worry about added hormones or additives, but wild game is leaner and has fewer calories than lean cuts of beef or pork. In fact, about one-third fewer calories, with game birds having about half the calories. They also have less saturated fat making it a good choice for those watching their cholesterol. Game meat also has a significantly higher content of EPA (eico sapentaenoic acid, a type of omega 3 fatty acid, which is a good type of oil, often referred to as fish oil) than domestic meat. EPA is thought to reduce the risk of developing atherosclerosis, one of the major causes of heart attack and stroke. Not only is wild game a healthy choice, but it is also becoming quite

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Eating wild game fashionable as many people are trying to eat more locally grown foods. High dollar restaurants are also adding game meats to the menus. Of course there are some things on the downside as well, and since I feel life is about balance, I have to give both sides. There are some arguments about whether or not wild game should be eaten by children under the age of six and pregnant women. That is certainly something you would want to talk to your doctor about. There are those that believe if the ammunition used is lead that the meat can be poisoned by the lead, making it particularly dangerous for those who are pregnant and very young. It is advised to remove the part of the meat where the bullet went in as soon as possible to prevent any lead contamination. But for those of us who are healthy, not pregnant and over the age of six, I say pass the deer meat! Fewer calories, less fat, omega 3, no hormones or additives. Enjoy! Til next time, here’s to your health! A yoga/healthy lifestyle instructor, Kat Robinson is the owner of Active Kat Yoga in Doniphan, which can be found online at You can reach her by emailing, kat@

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The Rambler with Gordon Johnston

Strange meat It seems like the topic of “what’s the strangest animal you’ve ever eaten?” comes up in conversation more often than you’d expect. I was at my younger sister’s in Greene County last Saturday. My older sister and her husband were visiting from Nebraska. In the afternoon we went over to Joplin to see how things were progressing. Most of the debris has been cleared away and there’s a lot of construction going on, but still it was a sobering sight. My younger sister’s husband is facing some serious health issues and didn’t go with us, but by the time we got back he was feeling chipper enough to fix us an interesting dinner that included sweet potato fries, deep fried pickles, catfish and frog legs. Later, he brought out a product of a recent retirement project, rabbit sausage. So that’s how the question came up. Here’s the tally. One of us had eaten octopus; two, snake; turtle, nobody. Then my younger sister’s husband said the strangest thing he’d had was muskrat stew. Rattlesnake noodle casserole seemed tame after that. On the way home I stopped to visit a friend, and he told me how he’d spent his day. His neighbor Dave’s wife was having a girl’s day out, so he invited his friend Butch over, and the three of them ended up spending the day in West Plains patronizing obscure pawn shops that specialize in guns and bad jewelry, eating at a bad buffet,

and taking in a mediocre action flick at the $4 theater. At dinner, the subject of seafood came up. Butch said he’d never had clams or oysters, or that “fish egg stuff.” My friend said, “Caviar? Yeah, that stuff’s nasty.” Butch said he’d probably never eat an oyster. Then he asked Dave, “What’s the worst thing you ever ate?” Dave said, “I like everything.” Then he remembered he’d eaten some beets one time that he didn’t care for. “No, I mean what’s the worst meat you ever had?” Dave said, “I like all kinds of meat. What’s the worst you’ve had?” Butch said, in what I can only imagine (since I wasn’t there) was a solemn voice, “Bobcat.” Dave exploded: “YOU AIN’T SUPPOSED TO EAT CAT!” So there it is. People in various cultures eat or have eaten dog, even horse. Someone told me once that the Filipinos will crack open a live monkey’s skull and eat the brains raw. In our own region, many a table has been graced by a fat, baked possum, and I’ve been advised that there’s more interest in the culinary possibilities of armadillo than I care to contemplate. But I’m with Dave on this one. No civilized human eats cat. Gordon Johnston is the director of library services at Three Rivers College. He can be reached by emailing

Game Review: 10/10 Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Rob Burson SEMO Times Review Team “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” was released on Nov. 11 by Bethesda Softworks. It was labeled the “most anticipated game of the year” and has already been nominated for “game of the year” as well as multiple other awards. After a couple of hours of playing, I found it to be truly deserving of both titles. In true Elder Scrolls tradition, you begin the game as a prisoner, and the action starts within minutes of character creation. The dragons are returning and no one knows why. Your character, armed with your newfound dragonborn powers, sets out to find the answer. I am, without hesitation, going to give this game at least a 10/10, if not higher. As soon as I started playing the game, I was hooked, almost like reading a good book or watching an engaging movie. And with the plot, characters and world to back the experience, I found myself not just playing, but actually experiencing Skyrim. Graphics and Sound – While the graphics of Skyrim are smooth and crisp in HD, in standard definition the words are a bit hard to read. In HD, the game is beautiful and crisp, with realistic water and weather effects. The blood of enemies and allies pools around bodies and the details are astounding. The soundtrack is mind blowing. In fact, I deeply regret not pre-ordering the game and getting the soundtrack with it. Even the menu music is rousing and it only gets better. So, as far as graphics and sound go, I would give the game a solid 10/10. Concept and Playability – The concept is very standard for Bethesda, being a first or third person roleplaying game. However,

skills have been reinvented, the menu redone, as well as the map and magic system. Everything is fresh, new and well done. The playability is superb. While some controls are a bit confusing at first, after a little bit you really get the hang of it and then you’re off. And if you shut it off and come back to it, they become second nature. This section also deserves a 10/10 because the plot is so twisted and in-depth that the game is, in my opinion, deserving of the game of the year title. Entertainment and Replay Value – I’ll start this section by saying 10/10. The game is engaging and you can make whatever decision you want at any point in the game. If you want to climb a mountain, you can. The world is completely open to you. There are multiple areas where you have two choices and either one can change a small aspect of the game. If you kill a chicken, you’ll be set upon by guards and townsfolk. If you help a beggar, then the Gods bless you. The replay value is greatly influenced by the entertainment value. With 10 races, fully customizable appearances and a plethora of skills, no two experiences will be quite the same. There are also at least six factions that a player can join, including the thieves guild and the return of the assassin’s guild. Another added aspect that deserves mention is the generation of random events. You may die and reload a saved game to find a completely different encounter waiting for you. In closing, I highly recommend this game for anyone who enjoys the Elder Scrolls series, roleplaying games in general and anyone interested in the genre. It’s fun, engaging and fascinating. Hard to put down and easy to pick up, “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” is a must try! Rob Burson of Poplar Bluff is an avid gamer and a proud nerd. He reviews only Xbox 360 games, but will gladly take suggestions for new games to review. He can be contacted by emailing

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Dear Joy, I have feelings that my boyfriend might be cheating on me. He has started ignoring my calls and text messages when he goes out with friends, and he is always hiding his phone. He has also been looking at this girl’s Facebook page a lot lately. When I’ve questioned him about it, he becomes very defensive. He’s told me there is nothing to worry about but my gut tells me otherwise. I don’t know how to deal with this. -Suspicious Mind, Poplar Bluff Suspicious Mind, First impression, he’s guilty!!! But… we can’t always go on first impressions. OK, have you been suspicious of other boyfriends? Honestly, do you have a pattern of being jealous? I’m just making sure you’re not being the paranoid one. If you are sure it’s not you, then let’s move on to him. Ignoring calls and texts is strange, if he previously answered them, same with hiding the phone. In fact, it all smells to me. I would follow my gut above all. The fact is, if he wants to cheat on you, he will. There are no threats or nagging that will stop a man on the hunt. You have to decide what you want. Keep seeing someone you don’t trust, living under constant suspicion? Trust is something a relationship must have to ever be fulfilling and bring forth happiness. You have to make that decision for yourself. Remember, life is short. You can’t ever get back time. Don’t waste it. Good luck to you. -Joy A weekly advice column from a local romance expert, Ask Joy is our own version of Ask Abby. To ask Joy a relationship question, email her at, or friend her on Facebook at Ask Joy.


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Event Calendar

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Upcoming community events from Nov. 18 - Dec. 3 Madrigal Dinner at TRC Nov. 18 6 p.m. Tinnin Fine Arts Center Poplar Bluff

Matt Stell and the Crashers Nov 18 7 p.m. Whiskey Down Poplar Bluff

Benefit for Kimberly Adelson Nov. 18 7:30 p.m. Dockside Cape Girardeau

“Fancy Folding Screens” Art Class Nov. 19 10 a.m. - noon Margaret Harwell Art Museum Annex Poplar Bluff

“Sculpting in Color” Art Class Nov 19 1-3 p.m. Margaret Harwell Art Museum Annex Poplar Bluff

Flash Mob Zombie Final Shoot Nov 19 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Check Facebook for location Poplar Bluff

Las Mas & SEMO Times party Nov. 23 8:30-11:30 p.m. Las Margaritas Poplar Bluff

John D. Hale Band Nov 25 7 p.m. Whiskey Down Poplar Bluff

Joe Berry Toy Run Nov. 26 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Jim and Jerry’s Pub and Restaurant Poplar Bluff

Festival of Lights Christmas Auto Tour Nov. 26 Dusk to 9 p.m. Redman Creek East Campground Wappapello

“50 States Fired Up: An American Pottery Invitational Exhibit” Open house Dec. 3 1-4 p.m. Margaret Harwell Art Museum Poplar Bluff

Jacob Marley’s Christmas carol Dec. 3 7 p.m. Tinnin Fine Arts Center Poplar Bluff

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See it Live Southern Skies

This Arkansas band has an old town country/blues sound, with a good mix of classic rock. Their music is smooth, with great lead guitar rifts and overall a good sound. They will be performing both original music as well as various covers. Where: Whiskey Down When: Friday, Nov. 18 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Band members: Nathan Palmer lead vocals and rhythm guitar Albert Hall lead guitar David Reed lead guitar Luke Reed Drums Paul Holt Bass

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