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Local author John Robinson has won an Emmy for the Web series highlighting his discoveries along Missouri’s roadways, as chronicled in his books A Road Trip Into America’s Hidden Heart and Coastal Missouri. The “Finding Wild Missouri” series, developed by the Missouri Department of Conservation, follows Robinson and his car, Erifnus Caitnop, throughout Missouri as it encourages Missourians to explore the Show-Me State’s natural treasures. Robinson shares the award with producers Beth Pike and Stephen Hudnell. The series won the Emmy for Short Format Program, awarded by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Mid-America Chapter in September.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 59 the Bixby Endowment. Bixby, a 1982 graduate of Columbia College, is executive vice president and vice chairman of the board for Kansas City Life, and president of the Kansas City-based Old American Insurance Co. He has been a member of the college’s board of trustees since 1991. The Missouri Department of Economic Development recently approved more than $4.2 million in tax credits for 23 Missouri nonprofit organizations under the Neighborhood Assistance Program. Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home in Harrisburg has been approved for $348,660 in credits. Show-Me State Games Missouri Lottery Male Athlete of the Year Elmer Hawse is the 2014 National Congress of State SHOW-ME GAMES Games Male Athlete of the Year. Hawse, 81, was honored in October at the National Congress of State Games Annual Symposium in Grand Rapids, Mich. He also was recognized on Oct. 25 — along with Missouri Lottery Female Athlete of the Year Christina Lehmuth and Show-Me State Games Sportspersons of the Year Sean Horan and Hailey Mitchell — during an onfield presentation during the MissouriVanderbilt Homecoming football game. Established in 1985, the Show-Me State Games take place in Columbia each year, hosted by the University of Missouri; the

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Olympic-style competition is the largest state games in the nation. MFA Oil Co., continues to expand with the purchases of Home Service Oil Co., Home Service Propane Gas LLC, All Propane, and New Hampton Implement and Propane. The Home Service acquisition covers refined fuels and propane customers in southeast Missouri and northeast Arkansas. All Propane, based in Murfreesboro, Tenn., is the first propane operation for MFA Oil in Tennessee. The New Hampton acquisition covers propane customers in northwest Missouri. The Columbia-based farmer-owned cooperative has made 16 acquisitions in the last 25 months, purchasing companies in its existing market area as well as expanding its footprint to other states. Columbia College has established its 35th nationwide location, Columbia CollegeMesquite on the campus of Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas. Set to open in January, the Mesquite campus will offer junior and senior level courses to allow students with an associate degree from Eastfield or another institution to transition into Columbia College’s bachelor’s degree program. The Country Club of Missouri opened its new event center last month. The 5,000-square-foot space adjacent to the current clubhouse has a capacity for 320 guests. It boasts floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the golf course, hardwood floors, a fireplace and a wraparound patio. The club has also added 150 parking spaces. Stephens College is launching two new

graduate degree programs: a Master of Physician Assistant degree and a new Master of Fine Arts in Television and Screenwriting. The Master in Physician Assistant program will prepare physician assistants to work in primary care settings. Richard Oliver, former dean of the University of Missouri School of Health Professions, serves as a consultant for the program. Local partners providing clinical rotations include Boone Hospital Center, the University of Missouri Health System and Capital Regional Medical Center. The Stephens M.F.A. in writing will focus exclusively on writing for television and film. Online courses and mentoring will be supplemented by 10 days each semester in Los Angeles, where students will engage in workshops with working television and screenwriters, visit studios, connect with agents, managers, executives and producers. Former Columbian and accomplished screenwriter Ken LaZebnik (“Touched by an Angel,” “Star Trek: Enterprise”) is the program’s founding director. Songbird Station celebrated its 19th anniversary in Columbia this fall with the opening of a wine gifts and accessories department. Founded by owner Mel Toellner in 1995, the wild bird and nature store at 2010 Chapel Plaza Court was named Small Business of the Year in 2011. The Sunrise Southwest Rotary Club has installed its first Little Free Library in the laundromat of the Columbia Housing Authority’s Bear Creek Family Townhomes area. The library, built by members Mike Morris, Sean McCollegan and Don Ladd, and supplied with books donated by club members, contains six shelves filled with dozens of books for children of all ages. Free for area residents to use, families are asked to adhere to the “Take a Book – Return a Book” principle of The Little Free Library. Woodhaven marked its 50th anniversary in August with an open-house reception and dinner and gala. Woodhaven opened in 1964 with the support of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). It provides services to empower individuals with developmental disabilities in mid-Missouri by assisting them in their own homes and supporting them as they work and volunteer in the community. MU Health Care opened its new MU ENT, Hearing and Balance Center at 525 N. Keene St. in October. The 12,800-squarefoot center offers audiology services such as hearing testing, hearing aids and cochlear implants; neurotology services and vestibular testing for patients experiencing dizziness or balance issues; laryngology services for voice

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