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Semo The Week in Review times “The most important news of your week” 03.16.12 Volume 4 Issue 9 100 S. Main St Poplar Bluff, MO 573-785-2200

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It was a good week for the Raiders for reaching the NJCAA National Tournament. We’re rooting for Gene Bess to bring home a third national championship.

It was a bad week for Cpl. Shane Stewart of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who made darn near the ultimate sacrifice Saturday taking a bullet during a shootout with suspects in New Madrid County, over marijuana?! While one of the suspects was killed in the exchange, Stewart is expected to make a full recovery. It was a good week for thumbs favorite opera singer (and the only opera singer

we happen to know), Neal E. Boyd of Sikeston, who has announced he’s back in the Missouri House race for the newly drawn 149th District. It was a bad week for the water tower on the intersection of Business 60 & 67, which is in the process of coming down. We are losing a historical landmark that dates back to 1923. On the plus side, this may be fun to watch.


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by Tim Krakowiak, Managing Editor The first female contender since the late Marianna Wolpers, a 6-foot-8-inch former Raider, the youngest candidate in recent memory, the son of the longest serving trustee in local history, and an original downtowner—the Three Rivers hopefuls all have varying ties to the community college. With no lack of interest in serving the Three Rivers College Board of Trustees, as has come to be expected, five candidates will vie April 3 for two six-year terms. (Editor’s note: Listed in the order that they appear on the ballot, the candidates were each asked the same line of questioning).

Sub-District 1 Race

Christy Turner

A retired health care executive, Christy Turner, who completed her near 30-year career at then Lucy Lee Hospital in the late 1990s, has a primary goal of improving fiscal transparency from Three Rivers officials to the public. “Anything that’s a tiny bit controversial is discussed in executive session,” Name: Christy Turner Turner stated. “I Age: 71 feel a responsibility Birthplace: Wink, Texas to the people who Education: Odessa Junior College; Three Rivers vote for me and the College; University of Texas at Irving; Incarnate Word patrons of the colCollege and Our Lady of the Lake University, both in lege to see that they San Antonio; masters in health care administration at know what’s going Trinity University also in San Antonio on at the college.” Occupation: Retired health care executive If elected, she inCurrent Affiliations: organist, lector and tends to be a very minister of the Eucharist at Sacred Heart Catholic involved board Church; Texas Cradle Society; March of Dimes; United member, Turner Way added. “I want to Husband: Tom Turner see a lot of pieces Children: Juliana Murphy of paper, and if I’m

In Sub-District 1, which covers most of Butler County, Marion Tibbs opted not to run for a second term. Christy Turner, who lost by a narrow margin to Tibbs in 2006, decided to throw her hat in the race again. She will vie against Ben Ressel, a former Three Rivers basketball player.

told ‘no,’ I’ll keep asking until I get the information,” she said. Turner’s husband Tom served the board from 2002-08. About a year ago, the married couple, along with several doctors, met with president Dr. Devin Stephenson to begin a dialogue about establishing an electronic medical records program, a recommendation Turner would like to see carried through. She commended Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center for offering to donate its entire South campus to the Three Rivers nursing and allied health division, after the hospital opens its new facility on Oak Grove Road, but she said there is other health care training in demand that the college should provide. In meeting with voters in the southern part of the district, Turner said she was informed there was a donated plot of land available to establish an extension center in Neelyville. She thinks there “ought to be centers everywhere,” she said, depending on other higher education opportunities available. “Our job is to educate people if it’s fiscally responsible for us to jump in and provide the service,” Turner explained. “At some point Three Rivers Community College has to determine how far is too far. Willow Springs? Too far, in my opinion.” Turner said she first learned Three Rivers had a rodeo team when she came across their booth during the Ag Expo in January. She was disheartened to discover the cowboys have to travel so far to compete. “[Head men’s basketball coach] Gene Bess has done a marvelous job for TRCC putting basketball in the

spotlight, but that’s just one small part of what the college is all about,” Turner said. “All athletics are wonderful things, but providing an education comes first.” With recent record credit hours being taken, Turner said new students seem to be “rolling in,” so why raise tuition? “Don’t kill the gift horse,” she commented. Every college needs an adjustable short- and long-term plan, Turner said regarding the master plan that includes two new building projects and a grand entrance, but “it needs to be realistic.” “You cannot possibly put your finger on exactly what direction the college is going,” she said.

Ben Ressel Having graduated from college just over a decade ago, with a wife who has recently resumed her own higher education, Ben Ressel said he has a good understanding of what students

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Subway North relocates to busiest intersection in town

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by Liz Ellis, Reporter


ubway North, formerly located in the Bluff Estates Shopping Center, moved to Mansion Mall Marketplace on Sunday. The new store has undergone some slight renovations in addition to the relocation, and customers are seeing the difference. “It’s very modern and everything’s very clean. I like it,” said Darrin Whited of Poplar Bluff. “It’s got a very industrial feel and looks very sleek.” “The parking is way better,” cus- Subway North has relocated to the tomer Patrick Krishna agreed. “It Mansion Mall Marketplace looks nice and it’s still really close Photo by Liz Ellis to my job.” The relocation, explained Karen group room—no more than 20 or so—but it Armes, Subway store and office manager, was will be nice.” simply a matter of space and timing. All of the renovation and moving costs were “It’s right across from the high school, you paid for by owner Russ Wilson, with corporate can access PP Highway to the back, Business only helping out with color schemes and layout. 67 is available through two exits, and the exit The new building will seat 35–40 customers, near us gets used quite a bit…” Armes said. not including the conference room and, Armes “We were due to be remodeled and [the own- said, lately it has been almost constantly full. ers] figured if we were going to remodel, we “Normally our busy time is lunch… but it needed more space than the space we were in.” seems like now we’re just busy all day long, This will be the first relocation for north from the time lunch rush ends to about 8 or 9 branch of Subway, which has been located in p.m.,” Armes said. And, she added, the conPoplar Bluff for the last 22 years. Since the struction in the back and upstairs part of the restaurant was opened, they have expanded to business is not even finished yet. serving 400-500 sandwiches per day. Hours of operation for Subway will remain The new store, located in the same strip as the same at their new location: 7 a.m.–11 p.m. Rue 21, not only has easier access and better Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–11 p.m. Saturparking, but the restaurant also has took on a day and 9 a.m.–11 p.m. Sunday. The new adfew extra seats and will soon be adding a small dress for is 1341 N. Westwood Blvd. and their conference room as well. The conference room phone number is 573-686-3222. is expected to be done sometime in April “We could use it as overflow seating for groups or even set up something for parties if Liz Ellis can be reached by emailing lizellis@ they called for it in advance and could fit back or by calling 573-785-2200. there,” Armes said. “It’s going to be a small

We all want to sell your home OK, let's say you have decided to sell your home. So you call a local realtor that you know, have done business with before, or that a trusted friend referred you to. You sign a listing agreement and the agent puts his or her sign in your yard. Now, whose job is it to get your home sold? Who is going to be working for you? Well, the simple and obvious answer is that the name on that sign in your front yard is the person who is working for you. But that's not the whole answer. In fact, basically every real estate agent in town is now working FOR you! Tuesday morning during the office meeting, the agent will tell the other agents in their office about your house. After the meeting, they will all load up in the van and go "tour" your home. All those agents will start going through their mental list of customers who might be looking for a home just like yours. They all want to sell your home. About that same time, your home will show up on the "Hot List" for our local MLS. As agents log on, they see "New Listings" and they check them often. Regardless of what agency they work for, they will also start looking for a buyer for your home. On the legal side, the agencies around town have a "Cooperation Agreement Between Brokers" which says that they will work together and split commissions when a property sells. But in Poplar Bluff, it goes way beyond that. We are fortunate to be in a market where the different offices actually cooperate far beyond a legal document. They work together to take care of the local customer. Very seldom is there any issue over who represents who. And that's because they realize that when you end up with a happy home seller and a happy home owner, everybody wins. So when you get ready to sell your home, call one of us. But know that you will have all of us working hard for you!


s t h g i l High Highway Patrolman injured in shootout NEW MADRID, Mo. – A deadly shootout Saturday on Interstate 55 in New Madrid County left one Missouri State Highway Patrolman injured. Cpl. Shane Stewart is currently in good condition but has not yet been released from the hospital, according to law enforcement officials. The incident took place at about 10 p.m. when a red SUV was pulled over for a traffic violation. Three of the occupants involved in the shooting have been arrested: Tonya M. Brown, 42, of Dallas, and Jermaine K. Dennis, 24, and Maurice A. Ely, 18, both of Mesquite, Texas. They have each been charged with possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. The trio has also been charged with the second-degree murder of their companion due to the felony amount of marijuana, explained Clark Parrot, Troop E public information and education officer. The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug Crime Control continues to investigate this incident.

Poplar Bluff to receive $16K for downtown study JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The city of Poplar Bluff will receive a $16,125 grant through the federal Historic Preservation Fund, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday. The city, which is a certified local government, will use the grant to conduct a land use and building condition survey of their downtown area including the Poplar Bluff Commercial Historic District that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The data gathered will be used by the Poplar Bluff Planning Department to assist them in the preservation of the historic downtown area and to plan and promote future economic development. For more information about the CLG

program, visit the department’s state historic preservation office website at www.

Turkey calling workshop On March 27, University of Missouri Extension will host a turkey calling workshop from 6-8 p.m. at Hendrickson Park on Davis Street. This class will include teaching youth how to call turkeys for hunting using instruments. The deadline for registration is next Friday. To register, call Dara Shulse at 573686-8064. Turkey calling is eligible and free for youth ages 8-18. Transportation and an adult will need to be present for youth who are unable to drive.

FEMA denies request for major disaster declaration for 18 Missouri counties JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied a request from Gov. Jay Nixon for a federal major disaster declaration for 18 Missouri counties, including Stoddard. The governor, who declared a state of emergency on Feb. 29, made the request for counties impacted by the tornadoes, hail, high winds and heavy rain that began the previous day. “While this decision is disappointing, we’ll continue at the state level to provide the critical resources, assets and personnel that are necessary to help these affected communities recover and rebuild,” Nixon said.

4-H rabbit project starting soon Next month, Butler County 4-H will start a project on rabbits. For those interested in this educational program, call Dara Shulse at 573-686-8064 or come to the informational meeting April 3 in the First United Methodist Church at 500 N. Main St. This program will include handling, breeds, parts, management, feeding, health and breeding.



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>> Candidates, from pg 4 are looking for out of the collegiate ex- Sikeston, is “heading in the right direcperience. tion.” “I think I can bring a different per“I see the population of Poplar Bluff spective and diversity to the board,” increasing rapidly with the two new said Ressel, 34. “Although I’m young, hospital expansions,” Ressel said. “EnI have exrollment p e r i e n c e Name: Ben Ressel is up at on boards, Age: 34 T h r e e and any- Birthplace: Jackson, Mo. Rivers, one who Education: Associate degree from Three the satelknows me Rivers College; bachelor’s in business adminlite cenk n o w s istration with an emphasis in management from ters are I’m not all doing the University of Missouri at Columbia joining well. It’s Occupation: Vice president of First Mida board amazing west Bank just to sit to me how there. I Current Affiliations: Kiwanis Club; much the want to be Boys and Girls Club of Poplar Bluff; Boy college Scouts of America; Westwood Hills Country involved, has grown and I have Club s i n c e a lot of en- Wife: Leslie Rideout-Ressel I went ergy.” there in He cited 1995, and his role in fundraising to build a new I want to help continue that trend.” clubhouse and restaurant at Westwood Ressel is a big believer in communiHills Country Club a year ago, his ty college education, he said. A former eight years as a director of the Boys Three Rivers Raider, he was “dead set and Girls Club of Poplar Bluff and his on becoming a coach” in high school, leadership in the Friends of Scouting he recalled, but he was able to use his campaign for the Boy Scouts of Amer- two-year degree as a “stepping stone” ica’s Sioux District. “When times are to start a career in banking. like they are, you have to think outside “Let’s face it, 75 percent of students of the box when it comes to revenues aren’t ready to go to a four-year instiand expenses,” Ressel said. tution when they’re 18,” Ressel said. His initial goal is to increase partici- “Anyone who says community college pation in the “untapped resource” that is an extension of high school, come to is the Three Rivers Alumni Association the Bluff, and I’ll introduce you to my through launching more fundraising business owner, nurse, engineer and atevents tied in with reunions. torney friends who are all Three Rivers Ressel said the Three Rivers Endow- graduates.” ment Trust is a “well connected group” and he has no problem that there is al- Sub-District 2 Race ready the nonprofit Three Rivers Community College Foundation, “as long In Sub-District 2, which encompassas everybody is looking out for the best es Carter County and portions of Butler interest of the college.” and Ripley counties, Rocky Kingree of He also believes the capital fund- Van Buren and Dr. John Privett of Garraising campaign for a campus grand wood will challenge incumbent Randy entrance and two building projects in Grassham, also of Van Buren, for his Poplar Bluff, along with financing the seat on the board. establishment of an eastern campus in

Name: Rocky Kingree Age: 27 Birthplace: Jefferson City Education: Three Rivers College; associate degree from St. Louis Community College; bachelor’s in history with minor in political science from Southeast Missouri State University at Cape Girardeau; juris doctor from University of Arkansas at Little Rock Occupation: Carter County prosecuting attorney; civil practice

Rocky Kingree

Having resided in three of the four counties that make up Three Rivers’ taxing district, Carter County Prosecutor Rocky Kingree, 27, promised that if elected he will open a full-service off campus center in Van Buren. “First, I care about rural education in the Ozarks and helping make community college more accessible,” Kingree said. “Secondly, I attended Three Rivers, my parents attended Three Rivers and both went on to become teachers, and my sisters and brother attended Three Rivers.” Carter Countians have to commute upward of an hour to get to the Poplar Bluff campus, according to Kingree, and the next closest campus will be Willow Springs when a center opens there in fall. “A single mother having to drive 55 minutes to class is going to limit her ability to go to college, considering the price of gas, having to hire a babysitter and cutting into her time to work,” Kingree said. “A new center in Dexter is great, but it’s 30 minutes from Poplar Bluff, while Carter County is actually on the tax bill, as voted in by the people.” Kingree said there is duplication of services in the state, with Southeast Missouri State University in Sikeston

and the University of Missouri in West Plains, and he believes Three Rivers should focus on forging partnership with universities so students can easily transfer, not “making major decisions based on egos involved.” He commended Three Rivers for having an elementary teaching program, but said there is a shortage of high school instructors in the region, and he would like to see more training tailored toward the local job market to retain young people and improve the economy. Kingree’s law background would help him understand the legal consequences of decisions of the board, he said, such as avoiding “the battle with SEMO” over rent that ensued from 2005-08. With regard to Three Rivers having two nonprofit fundraising arms, the Three Rivers Community College Foundation and the Three Rivers Endowment Trust, Kingree said he wants to work with both groups. “There’s nothing wrong with having more than one charitable organization,” he said. When Three Rivers announced 45 layoffs in 2010, Kingree said, it should have never come down to that. He also expressed his dismay with the lack of

News an adequate three-month contingency fund until recently. “You can’t make decisions today that put you in a bind tomorrow,” Kingree said. “First you make sure you’re financially stable, then you grow the college—it’s a two-step process.”

Randy Grassham Incumbent Randy Grassham was first appointed to the board in 2009. The following year he defeated Dr. Gene Oakley to complete the two-year term left vacated by his father, the late James. Much like his dad, Grassham was not afforded the opportunity to go to college, as he began working for Grassham Chevrolet, now closed, when he was just a boy. “My father always knew the importance of continued education,” Grassham said. “He knew there would come a day when you had to use your head as much as you did your body.” Grassham has been a part of some milestones at Three Rivers, he pointed out, including record enrollment, exceeding the 4,000 mark for the first time this past fall semester. He said Three Rivers has the largest reserve it has ever had, over $4 million, plus the community college continues to expand programs and services at off campus locations. “Communities are begging us to come, and if we don’t, someone else

will,” said Grassham, noting that the board first discussed the vision for extension centers in the mid-1980s. “We have a large [voluntary] service area and our extension centers generate profits that come back to the core campus in Poplar Bluff, so it’s a win-win.” He said Van Buren was one of the first high schools to offer night classes from Three Rivers in 1991. In about a week, a ribbon cutting will be held for a public computing center for students to take courses online equipped by Three Rivers in a safe room through a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant secured by R-I superintendent Dr. Jeff Lindsey. “It’s been a long time coming,” Grassham said. “Darren Garrison [who represents Sub-District 3], is looking at what we’re doing here so he could duplicate it at Clearwater.” Trying to keep tuition as low as possible during a period of cuts in state allocations is a careful balancing act, according to Grassham, but he attributes the newfound success to the college leadership. “We’ve had to make some unpopular decisions, restructuring to get where we’re at, and it’s definitely been a team effort between staff, faculty and administration,” Grassham said. “Wonderful, selfless people lit the torch, and [Vice President for Learning] Dr. Wes Payne and [President] Dr. Devin Stephenson simply took the torch instead of standing still, but there’s a lot of people behind the scenes putting in overtime.” Name: Randy Grassham Age: 58 Birthplace: Van Buren Education: Van Buren High School Occupation: Partner at Grassham Lumber & Hardware Current Affiliations: Mayor of Van Buren; First Baptist Church praise and worship team Children: Heath and Holly

John Privett Dr. John Privett’s solution to most of the challenges Three Rivers faces, such as budget shortfalls and overcrowding, is to expand the taxing district to the other 11 counties the college has been designated to serve. “I don’t begrudge them the education, but pay taxes just like we do,” Privett stated. After growing up in Ellsinore, before leaving the area for 30 years, Privett graduated from Three Rivers in 1975, when the community college was scattered about in storefronts downtown. While he was the president of the Student Government Association, his father Dale served as financial aid director for the community college, and was instrumental in securing the initial $850,000 that helped establish the present-day campus in 1979, according to Privett. Having attended five different colleges across the Midwest, Privett said: “I received just as good of an education at Three Rivers as I did in the big schools.” Privett has held substitute teaching jobs, worked on a tugboat crew in the Gulf of Mexico, was employed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Internal Revenue Service and most recently, operates a family practice that provides health care to low-income patients.

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Name: John Privett Age: 55 Birthplace: Dover, Del. Education: Associate degree from Three Rivers College; Illinois Central College in East Peoria; Southeast Missouri State University at Cape Girardeau; bachelor’s in history with a minor in biology from Northwest Missouri State University at Maryville; doctoral degree from University of Kansas at Lawrence Occupation: Physician with Missouri Highlands Healthcare Wife: N. Sharon Privett Children: Nancy, Rebecca and Jessica “I see a lot of kids that are patients and I always ask them, ‘Why don’t you go to Three Rivers?’” Privett explained. While the population of the cities in his sub-district may be sparse, he said he finds many do not pursue their higher education because of the cost of travel. Privett would like to see full-service centers in Van Buren, Piedmont and Doniphan on his watch. “It’s the old classic taxation without representation,” Privett commented. “I’m not trying to be critical, but we’ve been paying our taxes for 50 years, yet we’re not afforded the same opportunities.” Instead of raising in-district tuition, Privett said cuts should first be made outside of the taxing district. “I would like to see the community put back in community college,” Privett said, referring to the marketing campaign of the college over the past year and a half that removed the word ‘community’ from Three Rivers’ namesake. Tim Krakowiak can be contacted by emailing or follow him on Twitter @TimKrakowiak.




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Free St. Patty’s Day concert at Hays Music Three local bands slated to perform


by Liz Ellis, Reporter

o hear a local or nonprofessional band play live, the first place most people look to is a bar of some sort. With smoking and drinking, such atmospheres are not appropriate for all ages or even for all people. However, live music enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that Hays Music is bringing back their free concerts once a month or so. “When we moved down here, we used to have live music every weekend for about a year, and I guess we kind of sort of got burnt out on it,” said Greg Hays, owner of Hays Music. “For a long time our stage was kind of a storage area, and about a year ago we decided it would be nice to have music again, so we built the stage out. It’s twice as deep now, big enough for a full drum set plus some people.” Since 2010, Hays estimated they have had

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about 10 performances on their small stage in the store, and performances usually bring in 50100 people. “It’s an opportunity for people to come in without the atmosphere of a bar… [to] enjoy live music without the drinking and smoking,” said Allen Gallamore, Hays Music employee. “They’re supporting young people and live music. There are a lot worse things kids could get into than music.” The next concert will be from 6:30 p.m. to about 9 p.m. Saturday and will feature three bands from the Southeast Missouri area: Disgruntled Bastards, Past Time and Fate’s Undertaking. “It’ll be a great show,” said Gregg Pearson, lead singer of Disgruntled Bastards. “It’s something different. You can go to a bar and hear a

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Arts & Entertainment cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd again or you can come here and hear original music.” Hays Music originally started doing live performances when they made their final move to their current location in 2000. The shows were once a week and generally featured bluegrass and country artists. Now, however, they lean more toward rock and similar genres and only do concerts once a month. “A lot of these bands don’t have a place to play, so they can come here and play and have a good time,” Gallamore said. Many of the bands supply their own guitar amp and instruments, while Hays Music loans the PA system. However, they are more than willing to work with performing musicians who need equipment during the concerts. Most concerts follow a theme based on the genre and style of the main act, which has made it a little difficult to set up concerts in the past. Now those worries are in the past. “I think the word is out, and we’re not really searching out bands any-

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more—they’re coming to us, asking when they can play,” Gallamore said. The three bands playing this weekend are mostly rock and punk, but there are other bands in the sidelines waiting to play—including popular acts like Powder Mill and Damnation Alley. “We’re just trying to support local music,” Gallamore said. A date for the next concert has not been set, but Gallamore said that it is expected to be sometime in April or May. In addition, the store is looking to celebrate their 55th anniversary this year. Again, a date has not been set yet. “We didn’t set up shop yesterday,” Hays said. “We’ve been around a while so we must be doing something right.” Liz Ellis can be reached by emailing or by calling 573-785-2200.

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Disgruntled Bastards is a punk rock band that was created by Gregg Pearson and Jesse McElroy. The group writes and performs original music that is both serious and funny and they recently released their first CD. Their catchy and attention-grabbing lyrics are sure to make you laugh, smile and blush—possibly at the same time. They will be playing their set last, and parents should note that their music does contain some curse words that may not be appropriate for younger children. “If it puts a smile on a fan’s face and it puts a smile on our face, we’re good to go,” Pearson said. “…But we want to be vulgar. We want to have fun with it. We want to be bastards.” The group is from Poplar Bluff and has been together for about two years. Their lead guitarist, McElroy is currently out of the country, so the band has moved the roles of the band members about to compensate. Regardless, their performance will likely be as good as ever. “Come out see us,” Pearson said. “Because for one night, it’s a chance to be a bastard.”

This band from Matthews, plays both original music and covers of popular songs from bands like Alice in Chains and Ted Nugent. Their style is mostly hard rock with some occasional softer edges, filled to the brim with emotion and honesty. From head-banging anthems to softer songs, this band has a very ‘90s feel and will definitely have something for any rock lover to enjoy. “It’s definitely going to be a great show and a great opportunity for music lovers to get out and experience a great variety of local music and talent,” said Ben Pyles, lead singer. “There's something for everyone. Each band has a different style—that's the beauty of music. And it's free… you can't beat that.” Created only last year, this is the first time this band has played at Hays Music and the second time in Poplar Bluff. “It's a great venue and we think it’s awesome how [Hays Music is] supporting local music by hosting events there once a month. We feel honored to be playing alongside Fates Undertaking and Disgruntled Bastards,” Pyles said.

Created in 2010, this Jonesborough, Ark. band recently recorded their first CD and will be performing many of their original songs at the concert at Hays Music. This show will be the band’s first show in Missouri, but they have no qualms about driving far distances for shows. “We just love playing shows and we’re pretty much down to play anywhere, anytime,” said Kevin Lambert, guitarist. This rock/alternative/southern rock band prides themselves on both their original and pop covers of songs such as Britney Spears’ “Hit Me Baby One More Time,” and many others. Their influences include bands like Shinedown, Framing Hanley, Whitechapel, Fear Factory, HIM, Slipknot, Nirvana and many others. Their music has been played on Z95 a few times, so Bonehead fans may recognize some of the songs. “Expect an energetic show,” Lambert said. “You may find a few people singing the choruses to a few songs, even if it’s the first time they’ve heard the song because they’re pretty catchy.”

Gregg Pearson – Vocals Jesse McElroy – Lead Guitar Chris Jackson – Rhythm Guitar Becky Blagg – Bass Guitar Kyle Daniels – Drums

Ben Pyles – Lead Singer/Rhythm Guitar Eric Blankenship – Lead Guitar Jeffrey Hunter – Bass Guitar Calvin Baggett – Drums

Chad Thompson – Vocals Brandon Hurt – Guitar/Vocals Kevin Lambert – Guitar Jimi Copeland – Bass Guitar Kurtis Smith – Drums


Opinion & Editorial

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Break the grass ceiling I was very intrigued by the discussion going on locally about Hillview and the Neelyville public school system. The Neelyville R-IV School District is looking at passing an 86 cent tax levy increase to generate $4.5 million to improve the district’s buildings. The plan includes closing Hillview, which now houses Neelyville’s lower elementary children, while the rest attend the facilities in Neelyville. Hillview was built in 1963, and the district has not had any major improvements to their district since. All of this brings up some interesting issues. It’s obvious that Neelyville R-IV is due for some major improvements, and it is obvious they’ve got budget issues. But the problem is families out in the area of Butler County, near the Highway 160 location of Hillview, are feeling shut out and threatened. Their children will have a considerably longer school bus ride into Neelyville, but perhaps even more of concern to them is the feeling that they are losing their neighborhood identity. I know a little bit about their perspective because both my grandmother and grandfather, Marie and Voris Poe, were long-time teachers in this area. Grandma switched to teaching at Hillview after the state consolidated the area’s many one-room school houses. When my mother was a little girl, Grandma was her teacher at Eureka School. I also know a little bit about this issue because I was also a teacher for 16 years in Cape Girardeau. When Grandma taught in a one-room school house, she had children of vary-

by Tammy Hilderbrand, Contributor

ing ages, which of course is more com- Hillview area feel they are losing their ter and stronger, without sacrificing plicated for a teacher. But what she had community’s identify. And it is true. community identity. working in her favor was the fact that Many of our small Ozarkian communiIt would be a ground-breaking move, she knew every child and their fam- ties are losing their identities. To me, originating here. We would be breakily. There was no getting around it… the hallmark of these communities has ing what I call the “grass ceiling.” It’s if you got in trouble at school, your always been self-sufficiency. not just St. Louis and Kansas City that parents were going to find out about And that is where a charter school deserve the autonomy to improve their it from Mrs. Poe. And there was never can come in. Make school relevant schools in ways that make them more any question about who was in charge. to their lives. Teach math and science relevant to their communities. But it worked, because Grandma knew through teaching gardening and raisYes… it would take a change in Misthose families and their problems and ing animals. Teach them not only how souri law, but we have legislators with challenges, just like they knew her. to succeed in school so that they can the drive and experience to get the law When schools started consolidating leave home when they are grown, but changed. in the name of efficiency and suppos- also teach them skills so that they can Tammy Hilderbrand, edly better learning environments, that come back to this area and make it betFairdealing relationship was something that got lost. So… all of this has been on my mind as I’ve been thinking about this Hillview situation and all the To the editor: people involved. This time last year we all heard rumblings of Poplar Bluff city leadership voting to And then an idea hit me. deny access for private Internet providers to the citizen-owned cable system… there Why not turn Hillview into would be no more open access. And soon we'd all be forced to use Poplar Bluff City a charter school? Cable for Internet services. At first, I was sure this wouldn't happen. Why would our Charter schools are a own city government take customers away from local Internet businesses? It didn't growing trend in the Unitmake sense. A company builds a customer base and then the city takes it from them? ed States because they are Fast forward and we've done everything we possibly could do to convince city counseen as a way of addresscil members that not only was open access very good for the PB cable Internet coning local issues and popusumers, but over 3,000 of their constituents wanted it. The city council represents the lations with schools decitizens of Poplar Bluff... citizens wanted their choices back. However, at every turn, signed especially for them. we all were denied our rights. Charter schools receive An election approaches on April 3. Johnny Brannum is opposing Mr. [Tracy] Edingstate funding like any other ton in Ward 4. Mr. Brannum promises to listen to the citizens and act on their behalf. public school, but the idea I’ve heard that he has walked Ward 4 and many citizens have discussed their concerns is that they can gear their with him… including the denial of open access. A new city council member who will curriculum to what they listen AND implement the will of the people would be a refreshing change. I'm voting feel their specific commufor Mr. Brannum. nity needs. At the polls, we, the citizens of Poplar Bluff, can make change a reality and WE have Right now Missouri the power. The city cannot deny us our rights there. Yes, the change will be slow, one law only allows charter election at a time, but it CAN happen. Take time to vote for new city council members. schools in the St. Louis As for Ward 2, the current city council member is running unopposed. We urge you to and Kansas City districts, GO VOTE, just don’t turn in a vote for [Mayor] Ed Degaris. A low tally would send a to address some of the message he needs to hear. education problems in the Sincerely, inner cities. Barbara Rexroat, Here in Butler County, Poplar Bluff a lot of these people in the

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Dear Joy, I really need some help. My girlfriend is great. I love her to death--her laugh, her smile, her jokes... and even her family. But what I can’t stand are her dogs. Five of them, to be exact--all toy dogs that she dresses up in little clothes and pampers like children. She is always wanting me to take them for walks and has made it repeatedly clear that her dogs are as important to her as anything else. If I love her, I have to love her dogs. The problem is, I HATE dogs. They bark, they growl, they pee everywhere--I just can’t deal with it. I love my girl, and I don’t want to lose her. The dogs, I can do without. Help! What do I do? Cat person, Fairdealing Cat person, OMG, can I EVER relate to this. Is this someone playing a joke on me? So... I have two dogs that RUN my life. They too are the love of my life but... no more going away for the weekend on a lark! Gotta find a dog friendly motel, then have to check on them every few hours! So you are in for a life, buddy. I will say this: you better make sure she has a good dog sitter or your life REALLY will be so changed. I am not joking here. Mine are so spoiled I can’t take them to a doggie motel for the weekend because they will miss me sooo bad, I can’t stand to do that to them. They follow me around the house. As I sit here and type, they are under my feet asleep. When I get up here, they come. I can’t EVEN imagine five dogs. OMG. So what I have to say is if you don’t want this life of dogs, you better get out now. Love or no love, she will probably choose the dogs over you! So get it in your head. You have a life FOREVER with dogs, that you have to like and be nice to. If you can’t imagine that, then you are in trouble, pal! You can only act like you somewhat like her dogs for so long. Sooner or later she will figure out you don’t love her babies! Like I said, you’re in trouble. My advice is be honest with her. If she plans on having dogs for life, you better find a cat woman. -Joy

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