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SEMO TIMES 4.1.11 Volume 3 Issue 22 2725 N. Westwood Blvd. Suite 17 Poplar Bluff, MO 63901 573-785-2200

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The Week in Review - 3 The Social Network - 3 Local Election Q&A - 4 SEMO News Briefs - 5 Your Local Expert - 6 Opinion: Smoking Ban- 7 Letter: Call to Give Blood - 7 Rethink - 10 The Rambler - 11 Twain Review -11 Hooked on Science - 15 +bluffee Event’s Calendar - 15 Scott R. Faughn, proprietor scottfaughn@semotimes.com Joe Clark, publisher joe@semotimes.com Tim Krakowiak, managing editor tim@semotimes.com Christy Norman, account executive christy@semotimes.com Mark Cozart, distribution manager mark@semotimes.com Jason DeBerry, intern jason@semotimes.com

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The Week in Review

It was a bad week for rural Conservatives. Rural Conour servatives fought gallantly from n: nds o e i r to keep Jefferson County out f of the Eight Congressional District, distanced from its more urban neighbors, but failed. Thumbs applauds the effort. It was a good week for the Three Rivers College Patrons of the Arts. ‘An Evening with Mark Twain’ was a huge success, and enlightening for us fellow Missourians to hear an expert’s interpretation of the great American’s tone. Tip of the hat to Mid-Continent Nail and Briggs & Stratton for sponsoring the event. It was a bad week for the Bronx Zookeeper. Losing an Egyptian cobra is not the way to land that promotion. Adding salt to the wound, the cobra has taken the fight to Twitter. Follow @bronxzooscobra for a good laugh.

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Voter’s Guide to Tuesday’s Election

During Election Day on Tuesday, voters will get to decide between four candidates who are vying for two at large seats on the Poplar Bluff City Council. Newcomers Max Clodfelter and Alan Shackleford are challenging incumbents Loyd Matthews and Susan McVey.

In the Poplar Bluff R-I School District race, incumbents Matt Riffle, Steve Sells and Roger Strickland are being challenged by Alana Robertson and Dan Ward for three seats on the school board. Here is why the candidates are running, in their own words:

Max Clodfelter

Education: B.S. in education – majors: history and political science Occupation: Retired from Missouri Board of Probation and Parole. Presently part time as private probation officer for Community Resource Counsel of Butler County. What would you have done differently in the previous term: I feel that our present council has acted in a professional and responsible manner. Based on what I have seen, I would have acted and voted in much the same way, especially due to limited fiscal resources that now face all governmental entities. What specifically do you wish to accomplish if elected by the voters: I am committed to the growth of Poplar Bluff geographically and population[wise]. New retail businesses are a necessity which will feed the local economy. The council in conjunction with the chamber of commerce and others need to remain focused on job development. Police and fire departments need to keep pace with all growth.

Loyd Matthews

Education: B.S. in Education: Missouri State. Graduate work at SEMO Occupation: Retired. Serving board member of: SEMO AAA,

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Butler County Caring Community, Black River Coliseum, NARFE, Poplar Bluff Downtown. Served on Boys and Girls Club, Northside Nutrition Center, and First Christian Church boards. Member AMVETS. Veteran of U.S. Navy. What was your most significant accomplishment during your previous term(s): Working with private, state and federal to provide funding for programs. Oak Grove Road; Eight Points; Shelby Road; upgrade to city utilities; cleaning up the city. What specifically do you wish to accomplish if elected by the voters: Listen to all citizens and treat them with dignity and respect. Continual review of all city expenditures to insure we receive dollar value for dollar spent.

Susan Williams-McVey

Education: Graduated from PBHS 1972 Occupation: State Farm Insurance Agent since 1987 (24 years). What was your most significant accomplishment during your previous term(s): I am most proud of the way our current council works together as a team. We have the Comprehensive Plan in place and are working toward the needs outlined by the study. We have the new Shelby Road open now. We are currently working to widen Oak Grove Road for the safety of our students and others that travel it on a daily basis. Hwy 67 is nearing completion. The exciting opportunity of two new hospitals along with a shopping area known as Eight Points will bring jobs and revenue to our city. I am currently serving on Missouri Municipal League as the only representative from the Southeast area. This is an important organization for our city. What specifically do you wish to accomplish if elected by the voters: I want to see both Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center

and Black River Community Hospital build new facilities with state-of-the-art medical services for our area; I would love to see the Eight Points shopping center be completed; and continue downtown development along with the historical train station renovation, to improve quality of life for the citizens of the city. If elected I can continue to serve on the state board of Missouri Municipal League of Cities representing Poplar Bluff and Southeast Missouri in Jefferson City.

in the previous term: I prefer not to “arm chair quarterback” other’s decisions. I would rather look forward to the upcoming term and what can be accomplished. What specifically do you wish to accomplish if elected by the voters: My goal is to make sure that Poplar Bluff continues to grow in a fiscally responsible manner. Spending money in areas that will create jobs and bring growth to our community should be a priority, but at the same time managing our funds in a conservative manner.

Alan Shackleford

Education: Twin Rivers High School, graduate Three Rivers College, graduate Excelsior College, Registered Nurse Occupation: owner of the Shooter’s Shack What would you have done differently

Dr. Matthew J. Riffle

Education: Doctor of Medicine degree at St. Louis University, BA in Chemistry at St. Louis University Occupation: Physician, private practice Internal Medicine What would you have done differently in the previous term: I would put more emphasis on student achievement which should be

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www.semotimes.com the No. 1 priority of the district. What specifically do you wish to accomplish if elected by the voters: Given the new leadership in our Jr. and Sr. high buildings, I hope that a more professional learning environment and a safer learning environment will development. I also hope that the public opinion and support of the district will improve. I’m proud and excited to work with our new front office staff to help our district fulfill the mission statement.

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@ semotimes.com Rodgers Theatre ‘Unplugged’ Series to Kick Off May 14 The managing board of the Rodgers Theatre, Southern Bank and Clear 94 recently announced a brand new series coming to the Rodgers Theatre beginning in the spring. Local Drycleaner Awarded Low-Interst Loan through State Program State Treasurer Clint Zweifel today announced Croy’s Perfect Press, a local drycleaner, has received a $139,000 low-interest loan. The loan was made to owners Donald and Debbie Allen through the Missouri linked deposit program.

Alana Robertson

Education: Poplar Bluff High School, B.S in Elementary Education from Southeast Missouri State University, M.S. in Education from Southwest Baptist University Occupation: retired elementary teacher (31 years teaching first grade at O’Neal Elementary) What would you have done differently in the previous term: I would allow the administrators to make the decisions and not try to micromanage the daily workings of the district. And I would encourage following the chain-of-command to deal with concerns and disagreements. What specifically do you wish to accomplish if elected by the voters: During these tough economic times I want to bring my experience as a classroom teacher to the board to do the best thing for children, families, and the staff.

Maymester to Begin this Spring at Three Rivers College “Maymester” is a new academic term at Three Rivers College that comes after traditional spring semester, but before summer and fall sessions. This accelerated session will begin on May 23, and registration is open now. Local “Science Guy” Creates DVD on Understanding Weather As we enter severe weather season many of you may be searching for a quick guide on understanding weather for your child. If so, “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey with Hooked on Science has teamed up with the Homeschool Channel to create just that, a six-part series called Junior Meteorology with Jason Lindsey. Read the full story on the daily fix over at the .com.

Steve Sells

Education: Dexter High School Occupation: Owner/Operator of McDonalds in Poplar Bluff and Doniphan What was your most significant accomplishment during your previous term(s): During the past three years we have brought new leadership into the upper levels of the administration. So I would expect to bring a great deal of leadership to the district, and see our schools continue to improve.

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SEMO Times: In the spirit of full disclosure, could you tell us a little about your working relationship with 573 Media? Justin Robison: I reinvented the SEMO Times website, and continue to update it. I also handle the newspaper’s information technology and computer problems. I also rent out an office space at the 573 Media headquarters in the Ozark Plaza. ST: We understand Robison Tech Services is a family operated business. For those who are unfamiliar with the services you provide, please discuss your operation a bit. Robison: Mainly, I handle all the Web work and my brother Bryant Sheehy takes care of the repairs. Our work ranges from remedying a slow personal computer with a virus, to redoing the entire network system at Heartland X’press. ST: How did you become so computer-savvy? Robison: I grew up with computers and was self-taught to the point where when I was 16 or 17 years old, people would call me to have me fix their computers for them. Back then there weren’t any computer repair places around. I also got my bachelor’s degree in computer programming from ITT Tech in St. Louis.

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the issue for free. To the latter, I’m the type of guy that will research a problem until I figure it out. I have yet to be stumped. ST: Besides your computer repair service, we understand that you do some website design and graphic work. Do you care to share with our readers any of the sites you are responsible for, or perhaps a project you currently have under way? Robison: In addition to www.semotimes.com, I designed the Heartland X’Press website, which could be viewed at www. heartlandtruckstop.com. To see some of my other work, visit Robison Technology Services at: robisontechservices.com.

ST: Your computer repair service is marketed as undercutting the area’s competition. Your business guarantees repairs and network installations, or you do not charge the customer. Has there ever been a computer repair problem so large, you have been stumped? Robison: Whereas most other computer re- Tim Krakowiak can be pair shops charge an hourly rate, our guarantee reached by e-mailing tim@ means that if a problem that we fixed on a com- semotimes.com. puter ever returns for some reason, we’ll revisit

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Opinion & Editorial To The Editor:

March was Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross is asking you to join us in providing help and hope to people in need. The Red Cross works tirelessly to help those who need assistance, whether down the street, across the country, or around the world. We respond to disasters, help members of the military, provide blood for those in need and teach lifesaving skills. When you help with a gift of your time, your blood donation, or your financial gift, you join the Red Cross. We want to thank those supporters whose generosity helps ensure we are able to continue our service to those who need us. Thanks to them, the Red Cross is there when needed most. In the past year, the Southeast Missouri Chapter responded to 201 residential fires, processed 272 emergency connections for military families, and trained 13,618 individuals in lifesaving skills through classes offered by the chapter. And, people from this area donated 12,000 units of blood. Nationally, the Red Cross responds to disasters nearly 200 times every day. The organization provides a round-the-clock link between those in the military and their families, and supplies blood and blood products to approximately 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. Red Cross Month isn’t the only time for people to join the Red Cross. Please give blood, or sign up to be one of our volunteers. Please take one of our lifesaving training classes. Please give a financial gift. Please join us, and enable us to continue our work, both here at home, and around the world. Sincerely, Cheryl Klueppel Executive Director Southeast Missouri Chapter

What we can Learn from Cape about Smoking Ban Debate by Silence Dogood

I am a big fan of Southeast Missourian reporter Scott Moyers’ work. In fact, I am one of his Twitter followers. That may come as a surprise to some, as his boss Mr. Rust is the same man who is the boss of those at the daily here in Poplar Bluff, but the fact is many talented journalists work for Mr. Rust, Moyers being one of them. I have closely followed his reporting on the proposed smoking ban in the City of Cape Girardeau that will be voted on Tuesday. I am not a smoker, never have been, however I am a huge fan of freedom. It would make my experiences in local spots more enjoyable if smoking was banned, but I wonder just how far the government should go to impose its will on private property owners. I think we would all agree that in our lifetime smoking in public places will be banned. However, I would raise the question, is the market not already facilitating that ban where needed? Take for instance places for lunch here in Poplar Bluff. The Bread Company is non-smoking, while Myrtle’s is smoker friendly. If a smoking section is a bother to you, then you probably don’t go there. And if you need to smoke with your lunch, then of course The Bread Co. wouldn’t be your choice. Seems to work for me. In any event, someone whose opinion I respect brought up the point that workers in smoking establishments have no choice in the matter, and Poplar Bluff should be leaders in bringing the ban, not followers. I can sympathize because a young mayor made the same point one time about putting pseudoephedrine behind the counter.

It will certainly be interesting to see the debate unfold in Poplar Bluff. Local government is always the most interesting because it forces ideologues to choose between going with the flow or sticking to principle. Might make them respect the folks in Jefferson City and D.C. who are put in the same tight spots. I don’t know how the vote in Cape will go, but I hope when the issue comes up in Poplar Bluff, our community does as good of a job debating the issue as Cape has, and our coverage is as solid as Moyers has provided. This goes against my grain. I typically take Three Rivers’ side vs. Southeast; Todd Richardson is more my taste than Peter Kinder; Poplar Bluff High School owns Cape Central. Well, you get the point. But in this case, maybe we could pick up a couple pointers from our friends to the east.

To submit a letter to the editor or become a contributing columnist, e-mail the managing editor Tim Krakowiak at tim@semotimes.com.

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Citywide Church Event at Rodgers Theatre Wednesday Encouraging Area Youth to ‘Rethink’

Tim Krakowiak Managing Editor Since 2008, thousands of Bibles have been distributed to area youth, hundreds of whom have been linked up with churches during the Fellowship of Christian Athletes annual Fields of Faith, yet religious leaders say their work is not done. More than a dozen youth pastors have recently teamed up to organize a follow-up program entitled “Rethink,” through which all participating churches will be provided a month-long curriculum that addresses major issues young people are struggling with today, organizers said. OH the FIRE, a contemporary Christian band based in West Plains, will lead a worship service, and several members of the pastoral community will explain the concept behind “Rethink” during the kickoff slated to take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Rodgers Theatre. “If you’re in today’s marketplace, or today’s world, day in and day out you’re taught to look a certain way, act cool, have sex before marriage, drink and smoke,” said Adam Fears, youth pastor of First United Methodist Church. “Kids who went to Fields of Faith are told to go and read the Bible and live for Jesus, and that’s all fine and dandy, but it’s hard for a 13 or a 16 year old to actually thumb through an 1,800page book and put it into action.” The “Rethink” subcommittee, which has been planning the event since December, organized the curriculum into four themes that they have identified as having been addressed in Scripture: image, anger, family and sexuality. Church leaders who attend the initial event will be provided free resources to deliver the teachings to their youth service divisions, a package which will include supplemental media. “The whole concept behind ‘Rethink’ is to rethink what the world tells you and [discover] what the word of God says,” explained Josh Reasons, youth pastor for the Palace of Praise. Fellow youth pastor T.J. Woodard of Bluff First Assembly Church distinguished “Rethink” from FOF, which he referred to as a one-night evangelical event, saying the four-week program will focus more on “discipleship” for the long term.

“We get inundated by the media—whether it is the radio, a song, television,” Woodard explained. “We get filled with ideas from movie stars and athletes, and as a result even kids who go to church may not know the truth of what the Bible says.” Last year, the FOF committee brought the faith-based independent film, “To Save a Life,” to ShowPlace 8, and it had a successful run even though there were no mainstream actors involved. “Rethink” is a reflection of the message, teaching about doing the right thing despite societal pressures, according to Bill Ray, Southeast Missouri area representative for the FCA. “It’s like [American television personality] Dr. Phil says, ‘How’s that working for you?’” Ray said. “Well, how’s what the world and the media is telling you working for you? It’s not working very well.” After area churches individualize the weekly lessons, all congregations will be invited to a celebration service scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 6 at Three Rivers College’s Tinnin Fine Arts Center, featuring the worship music of Paul ‘Dub’ Pierce, a Bernie native. Community college officials in student success were looking to host a Christian-based event on campus when the opportunity presented itself, according to John Collins, Baptist Student Union director at Three Rivers. Besides opening up their facilities, Three Rivers has provided several hundred promotional “Rethink” T-shirts to be distributed to area students. “At Fields of Faith, a lot of first-time decisions to give lives to Christ were made,” Collins said. “‘Rethink’ is simply designed to give them some tools to continue to grow in their faith.” Young people from

middle school to college are encouraged to attend the event next week. Timothy Starnes, 19, of Poplar Bluff, said he would not miss it. “I think that this event is a great way for many different youth groups and churches to get together and have an awesome time worshipping God under the same roof,” Starnes said. For more information, e-mail Ray at bray@fca.org or call him at 573-280-0932. Tim Krakowiak can be reached by e-mailing tim@semotimes.com.

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I overheard a pretty good story in Mountain View’s Back 40 Café recently. I was in the area for Mark Bilyeu’s Woody Guthrie tribute at the Yellow House Community Arts Center in West Plains on Dec. 12. I’m not recommending the Back 40 as an eating establishment (in fact, I’m not sure it’s still open), but at 7:30 with Gordon Johnston on a Sunday morning, it was either that or McDonalds. There had been some attempt to spruce up the place since I was there last—the overhead lighting had bulbs that worked, and the dead parts of the plants atop the barrier dividing smoking from non- had been trimmed off. The man-sized hole in the plate-glass window was still patched with plywood and duct tape, though. My breakfast reading material was a religious publication called “Signs of the Times.” The story I read told how God created humans to eat only plant foods; it was Satan who gave us the taste for blood. Two men were drinking coffee in the next booth. An elderly gentleman in a white cowboy hat was facing me so that I could hear most of what he was saying. “I never did grow a moustache or beard—well, I take that back; one time out in California me and another guy went hunting, and we said we wouldn’t shave until one of us shot a deer.” He said his beard grew out an inch and a half or so before he finally got his deer. He indicated the approximate length with his thumb and forefinger. “I carried that deer out over my shoulder, and it had fleas.” I didn’t hear clearly what he said next, but it included profanities. Anyway, he shaved and never grew a beard again. Mark Bilyeu’s been growing a beard for awhile. As befits the front man for Springfield’s premier hillbilly band, Big Smith, Bilyeu’s Saturday night persona is pretty scruffy, but he had spiffed up for this Sunday afternoon show. Or maybe he always trims his beard on the Lord’s day. Backed with his own simple guitar accompaniment, Mark’s song choices, each preceded by an anecdotal introduction, provided ample evidence of the great folksinger’s genius: the ever-relevant “Deportee;” “I’m Going to Mail Myself to You,” one of Guthrie’s many children’s songs; “Pretty Boy Floyd” (“Some will rob you with a six gun, some with a fountain pen);” and “Jesus Christ,” a rewrite of the old ballad, “Jesse James,” in which Christ, champion of the poor, is laid low by the “dirty coward” Judas Iscariot. Rounding out the set were “Song to Woody,” one of Bob Dylan’s first songwriting efforts, and two songs from Billy Bragg & Wilco’s “Mermaid Avenue” (lyrics by Woody): the gorgeous “California Stars” and the wittily suggestive “Ingrid Bergman.” Mark acknowledged that his high tenor might put some songs out of our range, but no one had difficulty singing along with “This Land Is Your Land.” Bilyeu said Guthrie wrote it as an antidote to Irving Berlin’s saccharin “God Bless America.” I’ve always liked that song’s soaring melody, but nothing can turn me into a patriotic puddle faster than a Woody Guthrie singalong. And no other song embodies the American people’s mystical attachment to their homeland like Woody’s greatest song. Like a true folksinger, Bilyeu rendered each number with little embellishment, keeping the focus on the song. Indeed, at the end when we all stood to clap, I had the feeling that the applause was not so much for Mark as for Woody, whose greatness we had taken for granted and had been so exquisitely reminded of.

Twain gets off the Train in Poplar Bluff

By Mark Cozark, SEMO Times Missourians take great pride in being able to claim the birthplace of great American author and humorist Mark Twain. There are statues in Hannibal, murals in Cape Girardeau, and words printed in the hearts and minds of readers statewide. This is the reason why Poplar Bluff turned out in big numbers Saturday to see Dr. Michael Mauldin’s portrayal of Twain during “An Evening With Mark Twain” at Three Rivers College’s Tinnin Fine Arts Center. Mauldin left a fantastic impression, dressed in a wrinkled white suit and looking very much like Twain likely did at the age of 70. Twain spoke to the audience and joked of his reputation as a great speaker and author, saying he’ll gladly accept that “complimentary thunderbolt.” He said he had come to Poplar Bluff by way of train, which was very slow to his liking. Twain thought that the “cow catcher” should be placed on the back instead of front because there was “no danger of catching any cows, but it would stop them from climbing onto the train.” The joke that really seemed to resonate with the audience the most was his talk of vices. While smoking a cigar, he said he had given a sick woman valuable advice. Twain told the woman to give up drinking, smoking, cursing and other nasty habits. The woman proudly told him she had no such vices to which he commented: “She was a sinking ship with no cargo to throw overboard.” The lecture also had several serious tones such as his thoughts on race relations in the United States. Twain spoke about a need for morally brave men who can stand up to church going gangs of hooded murderers (the Ku Klux Klan), and that there is a profound poverty of morally brave men. The most serious speech that gave me chills was when he talked about his late wife, Olivia. They married in 1870, and her wedding ring never left her finger, not even after her death. The most compelling part was the small instances of silence indicating the mental and emotional anguish. Mauldin acted out the words well, but the non-verbal expressions and silence made it exceptional. I secretly doubted whether Mauldin could single-handedly keep the attention of the audience for two hours. One-man plays are often performed in larger cities, but I certainly didn’t think Poplar Bluff would be so thoroughly entertained to last until the end. They gave him a standing ovation. This is a testament to the acting prowess and stage presence of Mauldin’s portrayal of native son, Mark Twain. It should be noted, the man smoked a real cigar inside the Tinnin Center. The SEMO Times staff later was told by Three Rivers officials that this act was never discussed beforehand. We wouldn’t have expected anything less if it were Twain himself.

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What specifically do you wish to accomplish if elected by the voters: I would like to address the budget deficit. I think we should keep our focus on the kids. As we continue to deal with shrinking funding from the state, I would like to see us address funding deficits without affecting the classroom.

Roger Strickland

Education: Bachelors of Science in Education from Southeast Missouri State University Occupation: Retired teacher after 30 years with the Poplar Bluff School System What was your most significant accomplishment during your previous term(s): I have tried to listen to everyone and make the best decisions I could have for the children. I have listened to my heart and done the best I could have. What specifically do you wish to accomplish if re-elected by the voters: I have been very proud of the buildings we have built for the students, so I want to continueon that progress. I also want to provide our students a safe and clean place to learn. The hospital not wanting tax assistnace will provide us with more resources, but as with everything, a new hospital will bring more students, so we have to be prepared to continue to grow.

Dan Ward

Education: Graduated from Francis Howell High School Occupation: Barber at L&M in downtown Poplar Bluff What would you have done differently in the previous term: I don’t know all that was going on so it is hard to say, but I would have tried to keep any budget cuts focused on things like gas, travel, aides and even administrator pay, instead of cutting things that affect the classroom. What specifically do you wish to accomplish if elected by the voters: I will be a passionate voice in focusing all of our attention and efforts on the classroom. I will work to help our teachers provide the best learning environment for our children.

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