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February 11, 2011


From Then Until Now: TRC Med Lab Tech Program Expert: Tax season cranks up with Drenda Almost Famous - Tattooist leaving her mark in Poplar Bluff Opinion: Competing for bandwidth Review: Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”

Poplar Bluff Health Care Veteran Reflects on Over a

Half-Century in Medicine

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SEMO TIMES 1.27.11 Volume 3 Issue 16 Poplar Bluff, Missouri 573-785-2200

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The Week in Review - 3 The Social Network - 3 Feature: Ed Silkwood- 4 SEMO News Briefs - 5 Business - 6 Opinion - 7 MLT on South Campus - 10 Fork in the Road - 11 SEMO Review Team - 11 Tech Talk - 11 Almost Famous - 13 +bluffee Event’s Calendar - 15 Hooked on Science - 15

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The Week in Review

Thumbs up to Mark L. Richardson. The first statesman of Poplar Bluff, much to the surprise of nearly everyone, has opened a Facebook account. It is now officially cool for men to have Facebook pages. You can “friend” him by searching Mark Lee Richardson. Thumbs up to Walmart. The SEMO Times is now available at the Supercenter on the newspaper racks at either side of the checkout aisles, more specifically on the second to top shelf, directly underneath the daily. Thumbs down to the St. Louis Cardinals. The deadline to sign the game’s greatest player, Albert Pujhols, is fast approaching, and no contract extension. Look DeWitt, pay the man, or should we say pay “the Mang.” Thumbs up to 573 Magazine’s 40 under 40. The February edition featured 40 (well actually more like 43, but who’s counting?) leaders in business. It’s a fun and interesting read. With this many talented people under 40 years old, the future looks bright for Poplar Bluff. Check it out on newsstands, or at

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Poplar Bluff Health Care Veteran Reflects on Over a Half-Century in Medicine Tim Krakowiak Managing Editor

As the health care system in Poplar Bluff has been reduced from four to only one in-patient facility—in addition to the John J. Pershing Veterans Administration Medical Center—there has been a constant variable. Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center Laboratory Director Ed Silkwood, who turns 81 years old later this month, celebrated his 55th anniversary of employment in local hospital care last week, with no plans to retire. “I have marveled at Ed’s work here for many years,” said Greg Carda, PBRMC chief executive officer. “For someone to complete 55 years of service is amazing enough. But what is truly amazing is that Ed’s infectious smile is as big and bright as it ever has been.” Silkwood said he hopes he is around to be a part of the stateof-the-art $270 million hospital, anticipated to be constructed by 2013 south of the U.S. 60/67 intersection, although the exact coordinates are still being finalized, according to Carda. “They’re going to run me out of time if they don’t build it soon,” said Silkwood, lightheartedly. “The new hospital would be a center point to so many positives for this community, it has to happen.” If PBRMC receives approval from the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee to move

forward with the plan, Carda said, groundbreaking and site preparation would begin soon after the certificate of need hearing, slated to take place May 9 in Jefferson City.

“Every department could expand its services,” Silkwood said. “We just don’t have the space.” “Olden but golden” was written on the shirt of an old man stuffed toy that sat on top of papers on Silkwood’s desk in his office the size of a walk-in closet, that also contains a computer station and a small shelf filled with procedure manuals. “This is a giant place compared to the single-room lab we used to work out of,” he recalled. Silkwood spent the better part of his tenure at Doctors Regional Medical Center, now PBRMC’s South campus, which was just a mansion converted into a medical facility when he began in 1956. Having completed eight years of service in the U.S. Navy, Silkwood had planned to continue in the field of air traffic control as a civilian, until a military friend who was a laboratory technician convinced him to go to the Gradwohl School of Laboratory Technique in St. Louis. Upon graduating, Silkwood returned to his hometown of Poplar Bluff to carry out an internship at Doctors hospital, privately established by a group of physicians.

SEMO Times On Jan. 30, Ed Silkwood, laboratory director of PBRMC, celebrated his 55th anniversary in local health care.

Kneibert, who was also the founder of Kneibert Clinic, asked Silkwood to fill in for his son Jack Kneibert, who was recovering from an accidental gunshot wound. When Jack Kneibert returned to the laboratory, Silkwood was asked to stay. Silkwood’s wife Mary Silkwood was now working at the former Poplar Bluff Bank, and the couple decided to postpone their plans to travel the countryside. “I had a good relationship with all the physicians and I knew most of the patients,” Silkwood explained. “It just kind of grew onto me, and I grew [professionally] with the opportunity.”

One of the owners, Dr. Fred L.

In 1959, Silkwood and his coworker Jim Hillis opened their own laboratory, allowing them to conduct additional testing for Brandon, Lucy Lee and Poplar Bluff hospitals, along with the VA.

“This is a giant place compared to the singleroom lab we used to work out of.” - Ed Silkwood


page 4 The laboratory was shut down as the result of Medicare legislation passing in 1965 with new regulations requiring the oversight of a pathologist.

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“That just meant we had more free time at night,” Silkwood said, half-jokingly.

Red Cross Volunteer Orientation in Poplar Bluff

The Southeast Missouri chapter of the American Red Cross announced that a new volunteer orientation will be offered at 9 a.m. Feb. 19 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Doctors and Lucy Lee, the remaining hospitals, consolidated in 1999 with the last in-patient moving to PBRMC’s present northern campus facility in 2003, ultimately under the umbrella of Health Management Associates, headquartered in Naples, Fla.

Huckabee Slated to Speak at TRC Graduation

Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, former presidential candidate and host of the number-one-rated weekend hit “Huckabee” on the Fox News Channel, will be the featured speaker at Three Rivers College’s commencement slated to take place at 4 p.m. May 22 at the Black River Coliseum.

Looking back, Silkwood said the biggest clinical revolution within the field of medicine was the automation of microbiology through use of the blood cell counter, and being able to get a full profile of a patient’s chemical makeup within seconds. After first working under Silkwood as a laboratory assistant when he was a junior at Poplar Bluff High School, David Crabtree, now 60 years old, had a career waiting for him the day he completed his training at the Lackland Air Force Base School of Medicine.

Booths on Sale for Merchants Showcase

Booths are on sale for the annual Merchants Showcase, hosted by Collegiate DECA at Three Rivers College.

Patrol Announces Sobriety Checkpoint

“Ed is a kind person, who has a soft spot for people, but he demands that you do your job, and do it well,” said Crabtree, who is the day supervisor of the laboratory. “It’s great to see him here every day. Don’t let him fool you; he still has the bottom line.”

A sobriety checkpoint will be conducted in Butler County some time during the month of March, announced Capt. George Ridens, commanding officer of Troop E of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Designing Women Foundation Offers 3rd Annual Benefit Print The Designing Women Foundation is taking pre-orders for the organization’s 2011 benefit print, “Reading Stories; Sharing Dreams,” by nationally known local artist Kathy Dickson.

Tim Krakowiak can be reached by e-mailing

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Filing Taxes

Tim Krakowiak Managing Editor The business name Drenda’s Fast Tax accurately sets the tone for the tax and accounting service, as owner Drenda Casinger is on a first name basis with much of her clientele. “This is personal business to her,” said Carol Moore, Casinger’s clerk, and best friend since a teenager. “She keeps her I’s dotted, and completely checks every return.” Casinger has operated her business since 1997. Prior to that, she worked for five years under certified public accountant Dairel Denton Jr., who showed her the ropes in filing income tax returns, she said. “We are here to help people get the income tax credit they are eligible to receive,” Casinger stated. She recommended keeping up-to-date records such as logging mileage or itemizing other incidentals like cell phone bills in case of a state audit. Some business folks work out of their vehicles or have an office at home, Casinger explained, and they may be entitled to claim more than the standard deduction that the Internal Revenue Service allows a business to write off without documentation. Asked what the main questions individuals and business owners want to know when they enter her office, Casinger replied without missing a beat: “How much money do I get, and how fast will the check be in the mail?” There are multiple variables that go into their first query, she said, but the answer to the latter is generally eight to 14 days for those who direct deposit, otherwise it takes the IRS three to four weeks. During the peak of tax season, which is presently under way, Casinger and her five-person staff work 12-hour days, and welcome walk-ins at the South Broadway location. After the April due date for tax returns to be filed, Casinger will go back to working by appointment only, keeping the monthly books for individual

clients that Drenda Casinger include owner, Drenda’s Fast Tax farmers and truckers. The self-taught Casinger has experience from doing the bookkeeping for a feed store operation and a furniture business in California that she owned with her husband, the late Tommy Casinger. Casinger said she inherited her analytical mind from her father, William T. Brian, who retired from the math department of the Poplar Bluff school system in the mid1970s. “It takes sheer determination, hard work and a lot of hours, then you read and read,” Casinger said to those looking to master the art of tax filing. “Also invest in good computer software.” Tim Krakowiak can be reached by e-mailing tim@


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Opinion & Editorial Don’t Get Run Over

Don’t get between Senator [Claire] McCaskill and the “political center” or you could get run over and have serious injuries. In her pell mell run to the right, Sen. McCaskill now says she is seeking ways to “modify” the individual mandate. Yes, that Sen. McCaskill who was the loyal supporter of Obamacare for two years of Sarah gut wretching, heated debate Steelman about the individual mandate, its desirability and constitutionality. Republicans and Tea Party activists consistently said it was neither desirable nor constitutional. And Claire’s fellow Democrats, and the MSM called us “crazy,” “extreme,” and “out of the mainstream.” Even after Obamacare was turned back by 71 percent of Missourians, Claire didn’t openly question the mandate until after the November election - guess she was hoping the conservative revolution would not materialize at the ballot box. In fact, back in August 2010, after Missourians resoundingly registered their opposition to “Obamacare” and the individual mandate, McCaskill said that this overwhelming defeat for “Obamacare” was due to “a lack of education about the bill” and “people. . .don’t realize there’s going to be more access and affordability and more choices.” In other words, we Missourians are just not very bright and are uneducated about these complicated matters. She just sort of patted Missourians on the head and urged us to get back to our guns and religion. Now, and because it seems to fit her re-election needs, she is “moderating” her position and “moving to the center.” This is exactly what is wrong with politicians. If you believe in something, believe in it and fight for it; don’t sway in the political breeze. I am very comfortable being the candidate the Democratic politicians call out of the mainstream and extreme, who has, and will, oppose the individual mandate-period. Sarah Steelman is a former Missouri State Treasurer, former Missouri State Senator, and a professor at Missouri State University. Steelman lives in Rolla and is a candidate for the United States Senate.

Brighton Jay If a voter is trying to figure out who Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is by the rhetoric coming out of her office lately, that person may decide that she is a centrist Democrat—what with talks of balanced budgets and government reforms. What that voter would not realize would be the rhetoric changes according to whether it is an election year versus a non-election year. Just two-and-a-half years ago she was fawning over then Senator Barack Obama as if he were the new Moses, come to save the American people from captivity in a barren land. Whatever rhetoric comes out of her office, whether it is to endear herself to a president for political gain or to ingratiate herself to the voters in Missouri, the one place where interested and educated voters can go to find out the truth is straight back to her voting record. Her record shows a consistent support for the “tax and spend” economic policy that has us in the fiscal hole we are in, as well as bigger, more intrusive government, controlling areas of our lives the federal government has no place being. The latest example of Sen. McCaskill’s true colors were displayed for all to see this month when she, once again, ignored the will of Missouri voters and voted ‘no’ on the repeal of the health care bill. Even after Missouri voters overwhelmingly showed their displeasure with the health care bill by voting 70 percent – 30 percent for Proposition C this past August, the senator thumbed her proverbial nose at them. Does she truly believe she is so smart as to tell us what is best for us and ignore our will as the people she was sent to Washington, D.C. to represent? Does she really think we Missourians are that preoccupied and uninterested to not notice her hypocrisy and arrogance? The arrogance of this vote cannot be ignored. We, as Missourians, must mobilize the voting base and make sure in 2012 that Claire McCaskill reaps the consequences of ignoring her constituents. It is time for the voters to send her into retirement once and for all.

To submit a letter to the editor or become a contributing columnist, e-mail the managing editor Tim Krakowiak at

Bandwidth Battles

Ten years ago, my father was a telecommunications contractor installing DSLAMs (Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer) in the Midwest. He was a small part of an effort by corporate telephone companies (Telcos) to blanket the U.S. in DSL service. As the story so often goes in today’s world, the economy bottomed out, resulting in the eventual demise of both the plans for nationwide DSL and my father’s employment. In spite of the grand campaign by the TelCos who had thrown money at the DSL project, most rural residents remained relegated to the world of dialup service. Major Internet Service Providers concentrated on expanding services in the heavily populated urban areas where the profits were greatest. Small, local ISPs continued to be the only companies attempting to provide service to those end users who had to suffer through the plaintive squeals of their dialup modems and wait impatiently for even the most basic pages to load. Much like Walmart was the catalyst for the demise of the mom and pop store, AT&T, Charter and a host of other mammoth entities ate the little guys like Pac-Man with the munchies. In the recent State of the Union address, President [Barack] Obama unveiled a goal to make it possible for businesses to deploy high speed wireless to 98 percent of the U.S. within the next five years. I have little doubt that the same aforementioned major ISPs will be relied upon to achieve this dream. However, most existing technology being utilized by the larger companies does not have the capacity to provide rural residents with decent service, and leaves behind the local ISPs, which are already attempting to do exactly that. There is room for most ISPs in the quest to leave dialup behind for every citizen; as long as the little guys are allowed to contribute their ingenuity and are justly rewarded for that contribution. In addition, it is very important that competition exists in a level playing field for service providers of all shapes and sizes. Competition keeps costs down and innovation up, which is beneficial for both consumer bandwidth and the bottom line. If you want to see faster speed, expanded coverage, lower costs and increasingly reliable service – support your local ISP and any legislation that assists in giving the little guy a fighting chance. You can read more about Obama’s plan for broadband at, and visit to find a list of local ISPs in your area. Brighton Jay, a customer service manager at a local business, can be reached by e-mailing


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TRC Medical Laboratory Technology Program Moves to South Campus

son. Doctors, Lucy According to the American SoThree Rivers used $877,000 Lee, Poplar Bluff and ciety for Clinical Pathology, more from Gov. Jay Nixon’s Training for Ripley County Memo- than 70 percent of medical deciTomorrow and Caring for Misrial hospitals pooled sions made in 2010 were based on sourians initiatives to establish a together the necessary laboratory results. simulated hospital setting. $20,000, according to With the additional space of the “Now, our students will experiher recollection. new Three Rivers Nursing and ence an educational facility that is In 1996, Wilson Allied Health Center at South a model for the region,” said Dr. shifted to teaching campus, the MLT program is able Devin Stephenson, Three Rivers anatomy and physiolo- to more than double its capacity to president. “The equipment, the gy at Three Rivers and 32 students. There are currently 14 facilities, the technology, the outDionne Thompson, enrolled. standing faculty, and strong support who earned her bachIn September, Three Rivers from our administration and trustentered a five-year lease agreement ees creates the perfect [academic] SEMO TIMES elor’s in MLT from the TRC MLT Students participate in lab at the new University of Arkansas with PBRMC to utilize a portion environment.” Three Rivers Nursing and Allied Health Center. at Jonesboro, took of the Pine Street facility at a cost Tim Krakowiak over the program. of only $1 annually. The hospital Tim Krakowiak can be reached Managing Editor “I tell my students, the nurse’s still houses its infusion and wound by e-mailing job is to study and learn how to center there, as well as acute psyThree Rivers College is one of care for the patient,” Thompson chiatric services. two higher education institutions in said. “A Missouri to offer a medical labora- med lab tory technician degree program. tech studies Longtime Poplar Bluff Regional the human Medical Center Laboratory Direcbody from tor Ed Silkwood was instrumental a scientific in establishing the program here 30 standpoint, years ago. and gives Last month, the community colthe doctor lege’s nursing and allied health information courses began operating out of and tools PBRMC’s South campus, formerly needed to Doctors Regional Medical Center, properly dithe very hospital facility where agnose the SEMO Times Silkwood spent the bulk of his patient.” Dionne Thompson, TRC MLT Program Director, leads lecture in a classroom at South campus. career. “Ed was one of the main supporters willing to speak up for the program from the very beginning,” said Madelyn Wilson, who was the MLT program director during the first half of its existence. “If he hadn’t been there, it wouldn’t have been possible.” Silkwood recalled Wilson strolling into his office in 1981 to inquire about the program. She and her husband Dr. Robert Casshione, a pathologist, migrated to Poplar Bluff by way of Albuquerque, N.M., where Wilson was a medical laboratory technologist for several years. Three Rivers officials were willing to staff the program, but did not have the start-up funds for equipment, according to WilSOUTHEAST MISSOURI’S NEWS-MAGAZINE OF POLITICS AND CULTURE

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China Garden

The first step to recovery is to admit that you have a problem. “I have a problem!” One of my favorite local restaurants is China Garden. In fact, I would put it up against any Chinese restaurant that I’ve eaten at. Even when I’ve traveled abroad and enjoyed authentic Chinese cuisine in its birthplace (yes, Springfield, Mo.), I have not found better. So a few months ago I was eating lunch with a friend at China Garden. I was enjoying my usual sesame Chicken and crab rangoon from the buffet. He said, “Have you tried the grill?” Ignorant, yet curious, I allowed him to lead me down the path that soon became an obsession. We went to the cold bar beside the buffet and picked out some raw veggies. I gotta admit that they didn’t look that good…..I’m not a raw veggie freak. We sat it in the grill window and I requested chicken and shrimp. A few minutes later, my order reappeared. That was the beginning of the end. The grilled veggies were to die for. The chicken and shrimp were hot and delicious. As much as I love the buffet at China Garden, I suddenly realized that I had been depriving myself of a culinary delight that had been hiding just a few steps away. For the next few weeks, I had to have the grill at least every other day. I was obviously addicted. Fortunately, the cravings subsided to a weekly meltdown. As I type these words and think about the grill, my hands begin to shake. I am weak. I have a problem.

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“Black Swan”

Darrin Aronofsky seems to have a knack for doing a lot with a little. Just as Aronofsky was able to pull a heartwarming yet tragic performance out of Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler” despite a lackluster script, he was able to garner an award winning performance out of Natalie Portman in “Black Swan” despite a plot that would be considered simplistic without the additional artistic qualities inserted by its director. “Black Swan” chronicles the rise of Nina (Portman), a young dancer, to the starring role in a new interpretation of the classic ballet “Swan Lake.” While she possesses the poise and technique necessary to portray the white swan, a frigid and fragile Nina displays difficulty with the embodiment of the Swan Queen role due to an inability to embrace a dark and seductive quality that the black swan personality requires. Pressure from her overly protective mother, a free spirited understudy, and a bordering on sociopath director prove to be too much for Nina to endure and we progressively see her unravel throughout the course of the film. The real questions about the film are largely left unanswered. Is Nina’s mother really that overbearing or is Nina delusional and in need of protective intervention? Is Nina’s understudy, Lily (Mila Kunis) a supportive friend or manipulative opportunist? These questions are not clearly answered, but I think that most viewers would come to the conclusion that much of the film is the result of paranoia and delusional thinking by the main character. The film really is all about Portman’s character and it’s her stellar performance that carries the film. Without her ability to convey the fragility, intensity, and dare I say “freakiness” of Nina’s character the film would almost certainly have fallen flat. The other acting performances in the film are worthy of note, especially a surprise appearance by Winona Ryder as an aging ballerina that the younger Nina replaces. While worth a trip to the theater, keep in mind that this is not a film for the kiddies. Some of the graphic sexuality may be too much for some movie goers, as I think one scene in particular goes too far in that it becomes about the sexual act being portrayed rather than how the interaction fits into the story. Despite its uncertainty, the climax of the film provides the kind of edge of your seat intensity absent from most modern psychological thrillers. “Black Swan” is a must see for those interested in a dynamic and probably Oscar winning perforBret and Judy Ladewig own 1-2-1 Computer Services offering computer support, Web design, online marketmance from Portman as well as those who appreciate artistic ing services and training classes for small businesses and choices in filmmaking, but probably shouldn’t be on your individuals in Poplar Bluff and the surrounding area. Find radar if you’re just wanting a relaxing night at the theater. them online at This movie is anything but relaxing. If you have hundreds of friends and pages you like, your Facebook home page can be overwhelming. Friends Lists are one way to help make it more manageable. With Friends Lists you can organize your friends and pages, and browse the site more easily. You can organize your friends and pages in categories that make sense to you. For example, you might create a list of friends that you went to high school or college with or a list of pages related to a favorite hobby. Here’s how to create a list: • Click the Friends link on the side of your page. • Click the Edit Friends button. • Click the Create List button. • Type a list name. • To add friends or pages to the list either enter names in the search box or select them from the list provided. • When finished adding, click the Create List button. Your new list will display along with additional suggestions you might want to add. • To access your lists, click the Friends link on the left side of the profile page, then click the Edit Friends button. Your lists will display on the left of your complete Friends list. You can also filter your home page to list only items related to friends or pages on a selected list. Here’s how: • Make sure your News Feed is displaying the most recent posts by clicking the Most Recent link. • Click the down arrow next to Most Recent. • Select the list you want to display items for. • Your home page will update to show only posts related to the selected list. Finally, you can use Friends Lists to customize your privacy settings. For example, you may want only close friends to have your personal contact information. Here’s how to customize your privacy settings: • Click Privacy Settings link under the Account tab. • Click the Customize Settings link. • For each information type, click the drop down box on the right side of the page, then select Customize. • Under Make this Visible to, select Specific people. • In the box that displays, type the name of the friends list you want to have access to this information. Friends Lists are a great way to help you organize and manage your time on Facebook. 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Laura Robinett

There is a cliché dictum that goes, “with great power, comes great responsibility,” but with artistry it is sometimes the object that gives power that defines you. Power can be determined by a position, social status or income, but for Laura Robinett, it resides in her tattoo gun, and the responsibility is forever. As a graduate of Dexter High School, Robinett went to Three Rivers College in 2003 to pursue a degree in computer maintenance technology, which was the catalyst for a full-time position repairing computers within the Poplar Bluff R-I School District. In the midst of monotonous class attending and book studying, Robinett set out to find a tattoo apprenticeship, which led her down a threeyear road of inauspicious and discouraging results. “None of them seemed right,” Robinett stated, still hopeful. After nearly four years of conducting computer repairs, Robinett decided to venture into the field of art. “I worked for a graphic design company for around six months, but was laid off due to a position change,” Robinett said. Being forced back into the job market, Robinett started contracting out of a computer repair shop, doing some freelance graphic design. While creating graphics for various businesses and organizations from the confines of her shop, Tattered Soul Christian Body Art began to establish a clientele next door in which Robinett was able to trade out a website for the apprenticeship fee. She began her long-awaited apprenticeship in July. Being a fairly small market in Southeast Missouri, tattooing could be a highly competitive market, especially for her new tattoo shop, Geeks Ink. “Since there are only three other tattoo shops in the area, and most of them have several years of experience on me, I’d say there is a lot of competition here,” Robinett admitted. “It’s hard to tell what makes me shine since I’m so new to the scene, but I can say that most of my art has a strong Japanese influence. I’m pretty laid back, which makes my clients feel comfortable.” Robinett mentioned a few other ambitions she has. “My hobbies are mostly arty related. I just finished a book cover for a friends’ novel that will be published soon.” Her love for computers still exists, as she continues to work on friends’ systems here and there. “Here lately,” explained Robinett, “my main hobby is writing. I’ve been working on a novel and recently [was] asked to write several articles for a teen art magazine.” Robinett offers services in tattooing, graphic design, decorative painting and murals. She can be reached through e-mail at laura@geenksink. com, or by phone at 573-840-0096.


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