Page 1


Page 8 Call for family history submissions

Page 6 Exotic Grill moves to new location

Page 14 Jazz Fest at TRC next week

The Most Important News of your Week 2.10.12

First project in TRC master plan under way

Page 2

Page 3

Current Events

Semo times 2 .10.12 Volume 4 Issue 5 2725 N. Westwood Blvd Suite 17 Poplar Bluff, MO 573-785-2200

Staff Publisher Scott R. Faughn

Managing Editor Tim Krakowiak

Reporter Liz Ellis

Ad Designer Nicole Malinowski

About US Established in 2008, the SEMO Times reports the most important news of your week. In addition to our online archives, plus our popular iPhone and Droid apps, the free publication is available in print at over 60 distribution locations throughout Butler County. With our primary coverage area centering in Poplar Bluff, our mission is to be the mouthpiece for our community. Our opinion section regularly features dozens of contributing columnists—voluntary writers that have included leaders of the business community and regional legislators. Made in Poplar Bluff, we are Butler County’s only 100 percent locally owned alternative newsweekly. We cover human interest stories, arts, entertainment, education and business, but our primary focus is bigger picture news. We report ‘The Why’ rather than ‘The What.’ Get with the Times!

The Week in Review It was a good week for Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Greg Carda, who was succeeded as chief executive officer by Charles Stewart, in the old HMA corporate shuffle. Carda led the hospital through one of its most difficult periods in history: the certificate of need process. For that, he deserves a standing ovation. Welcome to Poplar Bluff, Mr. Stewart. It was a bad week for bats in Poplar Bluff Schools. Moreover, it was a bad week for KFVS-12’s news judgment. It was a good week for Mexican food lovers in

Poplar Bluff. We got our sixth Mexican restaurant! Mayas, Las Margaritas, El Acapulco, Tio’s, Mi Casa and now the latest, Taqueria el Arcoiris. Not to mention La Fiesta Mexican Store. This is apparently the spot for Mexican entrepreneurship, and that’s fine with us at thumbs. It was a good week for presidential candidate Rick Santorum for dominating front-runner Mitt Romney in the Republican preferential primary election in Missouri. Too bad it was meaningless.

It was a good week for Downtown Poplar Bluff. A serious renovation going down. Show us the historical tax credits. We’ll have a major announcement to come (which may explain why we’ve been slightly out of touch lately). Thanks for bearing with us, all. Good things to come.

the social network from our friends at:

1. What was your favorite Super Bowl commercial?

Carla Champ-Hefner

2. Presidential preference primary – a waste, or every election is important?

Katina Wayne-Scott

Carla Drysdale

1. I liked the M&M one.

1. The M&Ms commercial.

1. Not a football fan.

‎2. No, it’s not a waste. If you dont vote, you can’t complain on the outcome.

2. A waste in the state of Missouri if it doesn’t count. Save our tax money.

2. All elections are important and... if Ron Paul isn’t there, write it in!

how to join our social network:

1. Become a friend of SEMO Times on Facebook 2. Reply to our questions for a chance to be featured with your profile pic in the newspaper

Current Events

Page 4


First project in TRC master plan under way $1.5 million library renovation to start in spring “The redesign and renovation of the ARC will have an extremely positive impact on academia because students hree Rivers College adminis- will have a single place they could go trators are taking on their first for a variety of services to support the brick and mortar project at the learning process, based on their indimain campus, the $1.5 million renova- vidual needs and desires,” explained tion of Rutland Library, slated for com- Dr. Wes Payne, vice president for learning. “When I first arrived here” in pletion by the end of the year. The long-sought facility update was 2009, “we had a separate math lab, a originally announced by Dr. John Coo- separate writing center, of course nursper’s administration in 2007, when ing and allied health co-located in the Three Rivers received a $2.2 million library—it was evident that support windfall from the Missouri Higher services needed to be brought together Education Loan Authority as part of under one roof.” In developing a master plan with arformer Gov. Matt Blunt’s Lewis and chitectural firm Clark Discov“We believe it will be the Dille & Traxel ery Initiative. over the last year “We’ve had most popular place on and a half, upthe MOHELA dating the ARC money waiting campus.” was identified as on financial -Dr. Devin Stephenson, the highest pristability so ority because of Three Rivers College that we could the impact it will start updathave on student ing the facilities,” said Three Rivers trustee Marion Tibbs, who has served success, according to president Dr. on the board since 2006. “Building re- Devin Stephenson. “We believe it’s the first of its kind— modeling and repair was the original intent, but the loss of $1.4 million on the ARC. You don’t find this at every operations” from cuts in state alloca- college,” Stephenson said. “We believe tions “took the wind out of our sails for it will be the most popular place on campus.” a little while.” Stephenson noted that the Higher The Academic Resource Commons, Learning Commission would conduct which is what the Rutland Library its focus visit next year to help deterbuilding has been known as since a transition began in fall 2010 to cen- mine whether Three Rivers’ accreditralize academic support services, will tation will be renewed in 2017/18. To house the library, a coffee and pastry have the ARC up and running will be shop, testing and public computing physical proof that emphasis has been centers, rooms officials are calling col- placed on improving learning outlaboratories, tutoring and other educa- comes, something the community coltional resources through federal pro- lege was cited for lacking in 2008. Upon receiving a clean audit last grams. month, Stephenson decided to allocate


Tim Krakowiak Managing Editor


over space they already own, that’s not being used, and evaluate the entire building, because it’s better for them to use the money all at one time,” architect Ben Traxel said. “After that, what you have is a domino effect of departments moving out of other buildings.” Bids for construction and a local vendor will be opened in March. The ground is expected to be broken by late spring, with a goal to finish the remodel in December, according to project officials. The main entrance of the ARC will still face the Westover Administration Building, but the front doors will be shifted toward the east wing, Traxel Submitted photo said. There will be a circulation desk in the The late Myrtle Rutland, the namelobby, and where the sake of Rutland Library, is pictured old doors were located, making a donation to then Three Riv- a café will be designed. While plans are still ers President Dr. Stephen Poort. being modified, the second floor will inthe five-year-old capital improvement funding to the ARC. Space was freed clude the tutoring center and a multiup in the 24,000-square-foot facility a purpose space with adjustable walls, year ago when the nursing and allied according to planners. The building health program was moved out to Pop- will also contain computing stations as lar Bluff Regional Medical Center’s well as WiFi access. “When most of us think of libraries, South Campus, resulting from a partwe picture stacks and stacks of books nership forged with hospital officials. “With the current needs on campus, >> Cover Story, pg 9 that was the obvious thing—to take

Page 5


DNR sponsoring mercury drop-off site in Poplar Bluff JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is launching a statewide roundup to rid homes of mercury, sponsoring nearly 50 mercury drop-off locations throughout the state, including one in Poplar Bluff. Citizens seeking to dispose of items at these sites should first secure the item in two zip-top plastic bags and then place it in a crush-proof sealed container. The Poplar Bluff drop-off site is in Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Southeast Regional Office at 2155 N. Westwood Blvd. Call the site at 573-840-9750 before taking mercury instruments for disposal, and never leave items if the facility is closed. It is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The mercury roundup will end May 31. For more information on the mercury roundup, contact the nearest participating agency or the department’s environmental services program at 573-634-2436. A list of available mercury drop-off sites is available at: mercuryroundup-dnr.htm.

STL Shakespeare Fest to bring ‘Othello in Breath’ to Three Rivers The Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis will perform “Othello in a Breath” in the Tinnin Fine Arts Center at 7 p.m. Feb. 21. The show is presented by the Patrons of the Arts Society of Three Rivers College, and sponsored by the Missouri Arts Council. Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online at, or at the college business office, the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce, or at the door the night of the performance. The actors with the Shakespeare Festival will lead a 15-minute talkback discussion following their performance. Area high school English, literature and drama

teachers and their students are also invited to attend two separate workshops from 1:30-2:30 the afternoon before the performance. Interested teachers and school administrators may call Thompson at 573840-9648. For more information on the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, visit www.

Reynolds County Sheriff Department receives grant funding SIKESTON, Mo. – The Southeast Coalition for Roadway Safety recently awarded a portable breath tester to the Reynolds County Sheriff Department. Personal breathalyzers estimate the concentration of alcohol in the body by measuring the amount of alcohol exhaled from the lungs. Impaired driving contributes to nearly 30 percent of all Missouri traffic fatalities. The Reynolds County Sheriff Department was one of 10 law enforcement agencies in the southeast region receiving PBT’s this year. Other agencies included the police departments of Piedmont and Puxico. Southeast Coalition Regional Coordinator Kelly Martin says that Missouri has a zero tolerance law. For additional information, contact Missouri Department of Transportation’s customer service center at 888-275-6636, or visit index.html,, or

VA invites community to ‘salute’ veterans next week The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center invites the public to participate in openhouse activities Sunday to Saturday during the national salute to veteran patients. Anyone interested in volunteering or making donations should call acting voluntary service officer, Donna Reynolds at 573778-4275 or voluntary service assistant, Kevin Ellis at 573-778-4276.

Local press releases emailed to Managing Editor Tim Krakowiak at also appear at, and are shared on the SEMO Times’ Facebook and Twitter pages.


Page 6


Exotic Grill relocating to strip Owners hope to open in time for Valentine’s Day

new restaurant will be more upbeat and modern than its previous incarnation. It will also be larger. “We’re doing a lot of things you here will be nothing don’t normally see with interior delike it in Poplar Bluff. I guarantee it,” stated sign. I want the atmosphere to be difPaul Boyer, contrac- ferent. I want the restaurant to be an tor for the Exotic Grill’s new location. escape, somewhere you can relax.” “It’ll be something to see when it’s Dennis said. “I want that ‘Wow’ factor. When you look at [the building] from done.” The renovations of Exotic Grill’s the outside, it doesn’t look like much, new location at 207 N. Westwood Blvd. so that’s why we’re trying to make it as are nearing completion. The business pretty as possible.” A lot of the decorations from the closed their old location on Jan. 28 and old restaurant will be used at the new began renovations Saturday. The owners hope to have the Exotic Grill open place, but there will also be some new in time for Valentine’s Day. However, a touches. The final design and details of the renovation, however, are secret and concrete date has not yet been set. “That’s usually our busiest day of will be a big surprise for customers at the year,” sushi chef Kathleen Soriano the grand opening. “I can’t wait to see the color scheme— said. “But I would rather we take our I’m sure it will match the quality and time and get everything exactly the way we want rather than rush to get it creativity of all of the Exotic Grill owners and staff,” Inga Eubanks posted on open by that day.” Exotic Grill co-owner Dennis So- the Exotic Grill’s Facebook page. Renovations and relocating are not riano said that the atmosphere of the the only changes that are coming to Exotic Grill. The menu will be changing, and some of the less popular items will no longer be available. However, many of the choice dishPhoto by Liz Ellis es will remain. “We’re thinkDennis Soriano (right) and head sushi chef ing about doing Kathleen Soriano (left) agreed they expect some homecustomers to be pleasantly surprised by the style stews design and feel of the new restaurant. and things like

Liz Ellis Reporter



that,” Dennis said. “The sushi bar menu is going to be a bit different because it’s bigger now so it can accommodate for more things… but a lot of the favorite items will stay.” Part of the reason for this expansion and change is the size of the new Photo by Liz Ellis facility—nearly Co-Owner Dennis Soriano and Pro Builders twice the size of the old one. The contractor Paul Boyer discuss decorations at dining room the Exotic Grill’s new location on Westwood will feature an Boulevard. The restaurant moved from additional 50 seats, including their previous location at the end of January a dozen at the and hope to be reopened by Feb. 14. sushi bar, 12 at idea of the restaurant will stay the the alcohol bar and 20 in a separate same. room with a grill for private parties. “We started out as a mom and pop The kitchen, Dennis said, it easily three shop, and I think we’ll always be a times the size of the old one, and the mom and pop shop,” Kathleen said. parking lot is bigger also. “Patrons should expect the same sort “I think it was just time for a of thing, but the feel will be a lot more change,” Dennis said. “For one thing, modern than it was. It will still be the it was really hard for people to see us same place, with the same variety in [at the Harper Street location], and food. A lot of the time people misunwhen people can’t see you, your sales derstand our restaurant for being just aren’t going to be as good…With the Asian, but we have other things too, stoplights right there, this location is like steak, burgers, pasta and even Italvery visible.” ian… it’s a huge variety of things.” The new location, due to the layout of the restaurant, will be completely Liz Ellis can be reached by emailing nonsmoking. Their hours are not set or by calling yet, but Dennis said he did not expect 573-785-2200 to change them much. In fact, the core

Page 7

Page 8


Call for entries in third Butler County Family History Book March 31 deadline for family history submission


Liz Ellis Reporter

urther down in the years, people will be able to look back at this book and they will see the people that lived here, and remember how they lived,” said Brenda Sheridan, chairwoman for the Butler County History Book Committee. “It has been a while since the last book was published, and this will give everyone a chance to share their family history.” The call for entries has gone out for the next volume of the Butler County Family History Book. Residents in Butler County are asked to mail in a 500-word description of their family history and a photo to be included in the book. Submissions are free up to 500 words, with a 15 cent cost for every word over 500. The first picture may be submitted free, but the second will cost an additional $15. “If you’re someone who traces you family history, 500 words isn’t a whole lot to explain it all,” Sheridan said. “And Acclaimed Press will tweak it a little bit.” Addresses, she added, will not be included in the book. Sheridan said that purchase of the finished book is not necessary to submit an article and for those wishing to have their history included, but do not feel comfortable with writing it, there is a questionnaire available that will allow the history to be written by the writers at Acclaimed Press in Sikeston. Deadline for submissions is set at March 31. This 300 to 400-page book will cost $54.95 for the limited edition, and $89.95 for the deluxe leather edition.


A family name can be book that is holdembossed on the cover ing people back. and the book can be “I don’t think mailed to home adwe would have dresses for additional received a better fees. Money from the price anywhere. sales will go to the Genealogy books Butler County Geneaare generally exlogical Society to pay pensive. For what for events and speakit is, this is a preters throughout the ty good price,” year. Sheridan said. “This is an opportu“That’s definity for more people nitely a good to get their history in buy,” Warren Photo Submitted by Butler County Genelogical Society the book,” said Conie agreed. “A lot of Warren, book com- This photo, showing the first school bus in Broseley and work goes into mittee member. “It’s these books, and Butler County, circa 1931, is an example of the many just good for the future people have to do and for their children. historical images and stories told in the Butler County a lot of research. Grandchildren can Family History Book. Pictured left to right: Herbert There is a lot of look at this book and information and read about their grand- Hill, bus driver, Gertie Duffy, secretary, Bill Smith, hard work that parents and great- Sam L. Hill, Sidney Head, Charles Duffy, W.D. Jackson goes into them.” grandparents.” The Butler and Francis Batten. The following towns County Genealished sometime next year and will also and communities are eligible to have likely be available at the library. The logical Society was started in 1973 and their histories published: finished copy of the book will also in- is dedicated to promoting the history Ash Hill, Barron, Batesville, Belcher, clude the history of various buildings and genealogy of those living in the Booser, Broseley, Brush Arbor, Carola, in Butler County. county. The group has about 50 memFagus, Fisk, Gheen, Halloran, Han“It’s just time for a new one,” Sheri- bers, and they meet at on the fourth leyville, Harviell, Hendrickson, Hico- dan said. “There are new faces, new Thursday of every month at 2 p.m. at ria Spur, Hilliard, Kenner Cave, Kelly businesses and new schools around the Snider Room in the Twin Towers. Town, Kremlin Mill, Lone Hill, Menor- and we want to leave records for the For more information about the Butkanut, Neelyville, Osborn, Parks, Plan- future, so they can look back on this ler County Genealogical Society or the tanus, Poplar Bluff, Quercus, Quilin, book the same way we look back at the Butler County Family History Book, Rombauer, Rossville, Roxie, Shady other books and see the families that contact Sheridan at butlercountyhisDell, Sims, Stringtown, Vastus, Vin- lived here.” egar Hill, Whitlow and Wilby. Sheridan said that since their anThe first two volumes in this series nouncement last month, they have re- Liz Ellis can be reached by emailing were published in 1988, and copies can ceived about a dozen history submis- or by calling be viewed at the Poplar Bluff Public sions and about 15 book orders. But 573-785-2200. Library. The current book will be pub- she does not think it is the price of the

Page 9


Crossword of the Week

>> Cover Story, from pg 4 on dusty shelves,” said Corey Halaychik, Three Rivers reference/ circulation librarian. “From our student surveys, we gathered they were looking for more of a balance between quiet study spaces and, after spending their time in the classroom all day, a more collaborative environment that is comfortable— like a home away from home.” The exterior of the ARC will feature masonry and brick work that will become the community college’s standard for future building projects included in the master plan. Last June, the Three Rivers Endowment Trust hired the Clements Group based in Salt Lake City, Utah to launch a major capital fundraising campaign for an event center and a humanities and social sciences building on the Poplar Bluff campus. “The ARC is only our genesis of

Down 1. Gospel singer Winans 2. Deep blue 3. Wander 4. Eradicate 5. “Honor Thy Father” author 6. Jocose 7. Epic narrative poem 8. AOL, e.g. 9. Floral ornament 10. Tree of the birch family 11. Get to know 12. Coniferous evergreen forest 13. First name in

building projects here,” Stephenson stated. Named after major contributor, the late Myrtle Rutland—a Bernie native, Rutland Library was built in 1980 using donations from hundreds of people. To save money, the 30 plus year-old building was combined with occupational technology through a partnership between Three Rivers and Poplar Bluff Industries, according to community college records. “This could not be coming to fruition without the hard work of the administration and the sacrifices made by the faculty and staff,” Tibbs said. “I wish we could put up a sign with everyone’s name on it: ‘This project made possible by…” And it would have to be a big one!”

Presented by

The Book Shop

320 N. Main Street, Poplar Bluff 573-714-5642

Tim Krakowiak can be contacted by emailing or follow him on Twitter: @TimKrakowiak.

photography 21. Bust maker 23. Averages 25. First name in cosmetics 26. Precious stones 27. Et ___ 28. Interpret 29. Battery pole 32. Dadaist Max 33. City in central Bavaria 34. Are you ___ out? 35. Black cuckoos 36. Composer Schifrin 38. Eight Days ___ 42. Sharon, e.g. 43. Fix up

47. Buyer 48. Hiding place 49. Component of organic fertilizer 50. Tree insect 51. Scenes 52. Grecian architectural style 54. “Give that ____ cigar!” 55. Feminine suffix 56. Garage sale sign 57. Bump into 60. Actor Herbert

Crossword puzzles provided by Used with permission

Across 1. Insertion mark 6. Small dam 10. Neighbor of Sask. 14. ___ Gay 15. ___ facto 16. Incline 17. Polite 18. Outstanding 19. Raised platform 20. First principles 22. Come out 24. Brit’s exclamation 25. Endless

26. Gather 29. “The Thin Man” dog 30. Zeno’s home 31. 100th anniversary 37. Mazda model 39. Fish eggs 40. Traditional portion of Muslim law 41. Rattlesnake 44. Agitate 45. “___ quam videri” (North Carolina’s motto) 46. Extremely

48. Corrupt 52. As previously given, in footnotes 53. Russian sleigh 54. Ray of moonlight 58. Bern’s river 59. Brio 61. Compact 62. Bouillabaisse, e.g. 63. Actress Anderson 64. Bert’s buddy 65. “His and ___” 66. Apple product 67. Discharge Solution on pg 16


Page 10

Page 11

Page 12

Page 13


Game Review: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Rob Burson SEMO Times Review Team “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning” was released Tuesday by EA Games, 38 Studios and Big Huge Games. Designed by Ken Rolston, the lead designer of the third and fourth “Elder Scrolls” games and featuring artwork by Todd McFarlane, the creator of “Spawn,” and a storyline by R.A. Salvatore, noted fantasy author, “Kingdoms of Amalur” has nothing but promise simply from the names of the people who worked on it. It certainly delivers, dropping you into a rich world with wonderful ambience and all of the traditional hack, slash and quest roleplay game experience you could ever want. I would give the game an overall 9/10 and here is why.

Graphics and Sound

The graphics are great, but not quite comparable to other recent games, such as “Skyrim” or “Arkham City.” The most spectacular part of the graphics is the ambient feeling. In the forests of the Faelands, you get the feel of your

character being in a magical world, with glowing flowers, small blue wisps zipping about and character rendering is some of the best I have ever encountered in a game of this sort. The sound scores highly, with very original sounding scores and, once again, great ambient atmosphere. So, as far as graphics and sound go, I would give the game 9/10.

Concept and Playability

With an immensely original concept and a great world, I think that the game is really quite original for a hack-andslash roleplay. Set in the Faelands with twisted variants of traditional faeriefolk as your primary enemies, the whole concept feels like a mash up of old myths and legends and the best fantasy books ever. The playability gives little to comment on as it is very standard in execution, the most noteworthy things being the crafting options and some of the “mini-games” used to unlock certain chests. As far as crafting, you can do alchemy, blacksmithing, and sagecrafting. Alchemy allows the player to create potions, much like “Skyrim” or “Two Worlds” and blacksmithing allows the salvaging and rebuilding of equipment. Sagecrafting allows for the creation of various crystals to insert into equipment to enhance it in various ways. For concept and playability, I would give 10/10. I would be willing to grant

a perfect rating on the concept alone, but with the addition of a traditionally styled RPG, the game has more than delivered the promised experience.

Entertainment and Replay Value

I’ll start this section by saying 9/10. Truly enjoyable and with a captivating world, the entertainment value is immense. The replay is only slightly lacking because of the absence of rigidity in character aspects. You can change appearance, destiny and even skills around to recreate your character in the game, saving yourself the time of replaying it all. That said, it’s still very playable, enjoyable and the variety of races, factions and choices can lead to varying experiences per play. All in all, it’s a very fresh idea with more than decent graphics and, mostly,

it’s fun to play. I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys roleplaying games, magic, fantasy or great stories. Rob Burson of Poplar Bluff is an avid gamer and a proud nerd. His reviews are primarily over Xbox 360 games, and he will gladly take suggestions for new games to review in the future. He can be contacted by emailing


Page 14

Arts & Events

21st Annual Jazz

Fest coming to TRC

Free concerts Thursday and next Saturday open to public Liz Ellis Reporter


azz lovers in Southern Missouri should mark their calendars for the annual Jazz Fest, scheduled for next weekend at Three Rivers College. The festival begins Feb. 16 and runs until Feb. 18. While much of the event is aimed at area students, there will be a free concert open to the public on the first and last day of the festival. These concerts are both at 7 p.m. in the Tinnin Fine Arts Center. “This is a chance for folks to experience something that they can’t experience at home,” said Kris Berg, guest artist and clinician for the festival. This year’s festival will include 13 different jazz bands from eight schools, totaling more than 300 students. The festival is open to both junior high and high school as well as Three Rivers students. During the days of the festival, Berg will be speaking and working with jazz students, along with directing one of the concerts. “We are all looking forward to meeting Kris,” said Buddy White, Three Rivers music instructor and host of

Arts & Events

Photo submitted by Buddy White

TRC will be hosting a Jazz Fest from Feb. 16 - 18 for Jr. High, High School and TRC students. The festival will include two free concerts open to the public, one on Feb. 16 and the other on Feb. 18. Both concerts are at 7 p.m. and will include student performers. the festival. “It’s neat that his old high school is one of the schools that regularly attend this event. It’s part of the reason he is doing the festival and it shows we have a very high quality of student musicians in this area.” Berg is the director of Jazz Studies at Collin College in Denton, Texas, although he is originally from Desloge, and attended North County High School. Berg is a best-selling big band composer and arranger for Belwin

Jazz, a division of Alfred Publishing, and is especially known for his funk charts. He has written charts for many artists and for honors bands in Texas, Oklahoma, Montana and Missouri, and for colleges and public school bands across the country. Berg’s music has been performed and recorded all over the world. “I love doing festivals and working with young students of jazz,” Berg said. “I have been truly blessed with an

ever-evolving career and I feel I have things to pass on to a younger generation, just like the guests I used to see passed on things to me when I was that age.” In addition to the celebration of jazz, this festival will include some information about black history month. “So many jazz artists are famous black musicians,” White explained. “A lot of jazz music comes from Africa— the rhythms, the tuning systems that

Events we’re using—and it enriches every- first one will include the guest clinician and jazz bands from Jefferson, one’s culture as a whole.” Originally, the festival began as Poplar Bluff, Dexter, Charleston and simply a way for student jazz musi- North County schools, in addition to cians to learn about their music. Now, the Three Rivers College Jazz Com21 years later, this part of Missouri is bo, directed by White. The Southeast well known for its jazz music, accord- District All-Jazz Band will be performing on Feb. 18 under the direcing to White. tion of Berg. “I would say that “It is great music, it’s true we have a “This is a chance for and the audience reputation for jazz folks to experience will leave tapping here,” White said. “Out of the 21 something that they their feet,” White said. “They will years, we’ve had can’t experience at leave singing the over 21 clinicians songs they hear and from all over the home.” they will feel betstate… We have a reputation to do -Kris Berg, director of jazz ter about the young people in this couna little better evstudies, Collin College try.” ery year, and we For more inforhave. It’s grown so mation on the Jazz much, and the musicality of all the students has grown Fest, call the Three Rivers music department at 573-840-9639. so much.” This festival will feature two performances open to the public, one on Liz Ellis can be reached by emailing Feb. 16 and the other on Feb. 18. The or by calling

Upcoming Events

Page 15

Bringing an easy list of events, entertainment and activities in the SEMO area! • Show Me Whatcha Got Talent & Variety Show 7-9 p.m. Feb. 10 Three Rivers Tinnin Fine Arts Center Poplar Bluff • 21st Annual Jazz Fest 7 p.m. Feb. 16 9:30 p.m. Feb. 18 Tinnin Fine Arts Center Three Rivers Poplar Bluff • G Set Records Valentine’s Weekend Party 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Feb. 18 American Legion Poplar Bluff

• Benefit Dinner for Tina Boley Huey 3-11:30 p.m. Feb. 18 Eagles Club Perryville • The Lester Family in concert 6:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 24 Freedom Church International Poplar Bluff • Bluff City Ducks Unlimited Dinner & Auction 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Feb. 25 American Legion Poplar Bluff

How to submit an event:

1. Create a Facebook event

Photo submitted by William White

The Three Rivers Jazz Combo poses near a bulldozer after one of their performances. They will be one of many jazz bands performing at the Jazz Fest this next weekend.

2. Invite the SEMO Times on Facebook

3. Event will automatically be updated to www.

4. Your event will appear the paper!

A collaboration with Dr. Ben Adkins of Adkins Chiropractic & Wellness


Page 16

The Book Shop 320 N Main Poplar Bluff



Crossword Solution

from pg 9

Page 17

Page 18

Nice guys (and gals) are top producers George Washington Carver once said, "How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these." I had discussions last week with two different people on the subject of "being nice.” And then today, I heard that quote on the radio. So please bear with me for a minute while I share some thoughts that I believe apply to the real estate profession. And, I guess they apply to most other professions out there. I just feel they are worth taking a little time to contemplate. All our lives, we have heard that the nice guy finishes last. I recently sat at our Three Rivers Board of Realtors Christmas luncheon and looked around the room. There were a lot of very nice people there. We are fortunate. And as I looked around, I realized that the agents who are thriving right now were the nicest ones in the room. Some are surprise performers that you wouldn't think would be doing as well as they are in this market. But they are, and I think their "niceness" is a huge factor. There were others that you would expect to do well... they always have. But then again, they've always been very nice. I guess the bottom line is that we all would rather deal with a nice person than a "not so nice" person. We all can choose when it comes to which businesspeople we deal with (regardless of the industry). And we all choose our attitude when we get out of bed in the morning and show up for work. So who am I "preaching" at today? I guess I am telling the real estate customer out there to find a nice agent to deal with; it will be a more enjoyable experience. I guess I'm telling the local businesspeople out there to be nice; it's going to benefit you. And I guess (most of all) that I am reminding myself that how far I go in life depends on how I treat others. At least I know that one person got something out of my column.

Opinion & Editorial

Opinion & Editorial

Everything’s coming up roses There is no doubt, spring is just around the corner. I’ve even got a couple of daffodils blooming in my yard already. I’m noticing a little budding on some of my trees. Some will say it is too early for that. Some will say nature is getting ready to play a cruel trick, taunting us with days of sunshine and blue skies in January and February just so she can dump inches of snow on delicate new buds. I can’t guarantee that won’t happen. But spring is already blooming in my closet! Psychologically, I’m over winter. As soon as I packed my Christmas tree away, I was ready to ditch the sweaters and jeans and start slowly bringing out the flowers. Yes… I love floral prints. I really love them. Everyone in my family can tell you that. I have floral prints in the house, on pillows, on my bed… and definitely in my closet. I think it’s because there is nothing more life-affirming than flowers. They are all about the power of perseverance. It doesn’t matter how harsh and colorless the winter has been… you can bet by May, the world will become colorful again with sunny yellows, vibrant pinks and reds, bold blues and purples. And green… a virtual sea of green in all its beautiful, plush shades. There are a few guidelines, though, for wearing florals. Though it’s hard for me to admit because I love them so, they can become overwhelming if over-done. If you want to create impact, choose a floral print dress. You can pair it with a solid jacket to break the print up. And jackets and sweaters are still a practical addition to the dress since nature has not yet made up her mind about temperature. Mornings are still cool, with the sun not doing its warming magic until later in the day. Sundresses are an excellent choice for florals. And the appearance of sundresses is as much a

welcome sign of spring as the flowers themselves. Time to put on that summer glow. Floral tops give denim or casual capris a light and airy look. And even if you don’t want to go full frontal floral, you can use the spring ritual of florals on cardigans, and on shoes and purses, even in your hair. Citrus colors are going to be very popular this spring. Lily Pulitzer may have been one of the pioneers of using the juicy oranges, lemons and limes in clothing, but it is definitely a trend that has spread throughout fashion and home décor. As with everything in fashion, scale is important. If you are a petite woman, you may want to choose petite floral prints. Bold prints may overwhelm, or draw increased attention to ample busts or hips. It’s also a good idea to be somewhat sparing with floral prints. For instance, if you are wearing a floral dress, you probably want to keep everything else less busy, such as wearing the dress with neutral wedges or flats and a handbag. Too many floral patterns can get a bit dizzying. But don’t be afraid to get creative with florals. They often look great when combined with other patterns like stripes. Or combine the floral with solids that accentuate one of the colors in the floral. Most of all… stop and smell the roses while they last. Like everything in nature, the rose has its day and then yields to the colors of fall. So… enjoy the bounty of color like a good party. Come early… stay late… and dance every dance. Tammy Hilderbrand is the owner of Hilderbrand Diamond Company in Poplar Bluff, which can be found online at You can reach her by emailing tammy@

Page 19


Dear Joy, I don’t know what to get my lady for Valentine’s Day. Any suggestions? Clueless in Poplar Bluff Clueless, Wow, so many options come to mind. Since I don’t know her, it is hard to be specific. Personally, I think calling in for flowers and having them delivered is a little lazy. I want someone to put some thought into it. But... if you know she loves flowers, go pick them out yourself and hand deliver them! Jewels are a big item for Valentine’s Day also. If you choose that option, make sure you know her taste! Some women love gift certificates to their favorite store. I remember getting a gift card to have a manicure and pedicure. That was great! Bath & Body Works or something like that is also good. I personally would have a $10 gift that I knew was something with meaning just for me, over a $100 gift bought because that’s what you do on Valentine’s Day. Let your gift reflect how you feel about her. If you know all her little quirks and her favorite things, then make it special order just for her. Now if she is vain and wants to tell all her friends what you did for her, forget all I said and stand in line with a lot of other mindless men, and do the traditional obligation gift buying you can’t afford! Happy Valentine’s Day to you,


A weekly advice column from a local romance expert, Ask Joy is our own version of the nationally syndicated Ask Abby. To ask Joy a relationship question, email her at, or befriend her on Facebook at Ask Joy. Names are kept confidential.


party supplies and more

SALE 20-50% off select merchandise

The Spa

of Poplar Bluff

1411 N Westwood Blvd. 573.785.2772

$99 F

ebruary SpecialS UV Teeth Whitening Valentine’s Day Beauty Treatment with gift

573.727.9998 1201 Sterling Dr. Poplar Bluff, MO

2.10.12 semo times  

semo times