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Volume 1, Number 11 Thank You 2012 Corporate Sponsors

December 2012

Spirit Award Winner “Our partners and staff are active throughout the community in their churches & schools; nonprofits, such as the Jaycees & Elks Lodge; Leadership Sikeston program; sponsors of various community-wide Sikeston events; and Downtown Sikeston members (HMDG).. We have revamped our website for a better legal experience and to reach more general customers. We try Lawrence and Pearson, LLC to provide a wide range of client 250 N. Kingshighway, Sikeston, MO 63801 services by accommodating walk-ins as well as immediately returning phone calls and going above and beyond our clients expectations.� Click here to see past Spirit Winners!

Membership Spotlight Miner Branch Manager, Josh Gilbert, is proud to be a member of the Sikeston community and of the Montgomery Bank family. Originally chartered in 1903, controlling interest in Montgomery Bank was purchased in 1957 by Joel Montgomery Sr., a native of Sikeston, Missouri. Though now retired, the bank is still owned and managed by the Montgomery Family. A community bank by tradition and design, Montgomery Bank takes care of the customer and his business personally. It is our unique style to provide quality customer service to all of our customers, while at the same time embracing technological advances in banking. Each branch is staffed with individuals from the local community who are actively involved in local interests. These individuals bring years of combined experience to ensure that you receive knowledgeable and competent attention. Montgomery Bank is one of the largest privately-held and familyowned community banks in Missouri, with 12 locations in Southeast Missouri and St. Louis. We invite you to visit our Sikeston branch located at the corner of Main and Malone or our Miner facility located at 2201 E. Malone. You can also visit us online at


In late October the University of Tennessee held a fall field day and workshop at Color Wheel Farms near Vonore, TN. Attendees were able to get a first hand look at switch grass production and harvest as well as visit vendor booths and workshop presentations throughout the day. Workshops included educational information on different types of feedstock such as switch grass and biomass varieties of sorghum. Demonstration of equipment used to harvest switch grass were also on display from a variety of different companies. Those in attendance were able to learn more about crops which are primarily grown in the region for biomass production and also learn about sustainability and their benefits beyond bioenergy production. The following day, tours were given at Genera Energy’s Biomass processing and storage facility as well as an open house at Dupont’s Biorefinery facility both located at the Biomass Innovation Park in Vonore. Genera Energy contracts with area farmers to grow and produce biomass from switch grass on over 5000 acres within a 50 mile radius of the facility. Genera collects data and researches different methods of handling and processing of the switch grass as it is delivered to the facility. The adjacent biorefinery, owned and operated by Dupont Cellulosic Ethanol, produces pre-commercial ethanol that is supplied back to the University of Tennessee to power their University fleet vehicles. This scale of research, demonstration, and production are great examples of how biorenewables can be grown, processed, and used all across the United States. Projects such as these enable other regions throughout the country, such as the Missouri Bootheel, to learn and build off of the experience that is gained through the cooperation and investments of companies, universities, and USDA to build and promote bioenergy through agriculture.

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University of Missouri recently held their annual field day August 31st at the Jake Fisher Delta Research Center in Portageville, Missouri. The event was filled with a variety of vendors as well as informational workshops that included topics on irrigation, weed, fertilizer, and soybean management. This year the University included biomass/biofuels production to their list of workshops. Missouri Delta AgBioWorks along with Pete Nelson of Delta BioRenewables of Memphis, TN presented educational information regarding sweet sorghum production in the Missouri Bootheel. Sweet sorghum can be used to produce ethanol as well as a petroleum replacement in everyday products such as plastics, carpets, and paint. The goal of Missouri Delta AgBioWorks in partnership with companies such as Delta BioRenewables is to introduce and establish crops such as sweet sorghum into existing crop rotations in Southeast Missouri. As energy crop acreage increases, the potential for processing and manufacturing becomes a reality which ultimately grows the agriculture economy as well as the economy as a whole throughout the region. Like us on @!/MissouriDeltaAgBioWorks For more information regarding Missouri Delta AgBioWorks: Chris Evans 215 N. New Madrid Sikeston, Mo 63801 Office : 573-471-2498 Mobile: 573-887-1096

Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Executive Committee President: Cheryl Jones, Bootheel Counseling Services Past President: Jon Gilmore SEMO Title Company First Vice President: Rebecca Steward Attorney at Law Secretary/Treasurer: Mike McReynolds Mike Rentals At Large: Debbie Glenn Manpower At Large: Scott Nichols Health Facilities Rehab Voting Directors Justin Taylor, Edward Jones Investments Leslie Hardy, DeWitt Company Mackenzie Scherer, Scherer Shelter Insurance Patrick Douglas, Blanton Law Firm Steve Deere, Steve Deere Insurance Agency Terry Williams, Southern Bank Tim Mitchell, Heartland Wood Products Tracy Cookson, DJ’s Shoes & Things Ex-Officio Clyde Hawes, New Madrid Co. Commissioner Doug Friend, Sikeston City Manager Ed Dust, Sikeston Economic Development Jamie Burger, Scott Co. Commissioner Pastor John Neeley, Tanner Street Church of God Frank Tatum, Mayor of Miner Marc Leible, Sikeston Jaycees Steve Borgsmiller, SEMO State Sikeston Tom Williams, Sikeston Public Schools

SACC Staff Interim Executive Director: Susan Glasgow Lawrence Administrative Director: Berneatress Hunt Mid-South Economic Development Director: Susan Glasgow Lawrence AgBioworks Biomass Director: Chris Evans

SEMO’s Kathy Mangels Speaks at Luncheon From continued increases in enrollment to building projects, there is a lot happening at Southeast Missouri State University and all its regional centers. Kathy Mangels, vice president of finance and administration, gave an update on University happenings at the November Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Mangels stated that she was speaking on behalf of Dr. Ken Dobbins, Southeast president, who was called to testify at state budget hearings. Photo and article by: Standard-Democrat

New Chamber Members!! Fox Haven Country Club Rob Collins 1 Country Club Drive Sikeston, MO 63801 573-481-2175 Plies Dance Academy Brittany DeWitt / Lawren McMullan 136 North Ridge Road Sikeston, MO 63801 573-380-1475 573-380-3664

2013 Leadership Sikeston Starts in January! Leadership Sikeston is an innovative community program designed to identify and motivate emerging leaders and to develop their potential for community leadership roles by exposing them to the opportunities, realities, and challenges of our community. This program is for individuals who want to be community leaders and desire to increase their own level of involvement by broadening their knowledge of the Sikeston/ Miner area. APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL SEATS ARE FILLED!!! For application, visit OR email us at

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Greetings Holiday Shoppers!!

Looking for a unique gift this Christmas? Stop by the Chamber to pick up your Sikestonopoly games and Sikeston Mugs now! Games: $25 Mugs: $5

December 2012 Calendar of Events Be sure to visit our website for more event details. ADD YOUR EVENT HERE! Want to add your event to the Calendar of Events??? 12/1/2012 - 12/14/2012 Coats for Kids Southern Bank is collecting children’s coats ages 3-12. New and used, laundered coats and cash donations can be dropped off at Southern Bank 1205 S. Main. Contact Terry Williams, 471-1901 12/3/2012 - 12/7/2012 City Leaf Collection Service Northwest and Southwest sections of Sikeston 12/3/2012 - 12/17/2012 TRCC Free Basic Computer Skills IV 4:00-6:00 PM, Mondays Must Pre-Register!!! Three Rivers College @ Sikeston 573-472-5223 12/3/2012 Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting 4:30 PM Library’s McAmis Community Room, 121 E. North St. 12/3/2012 Sikeston City Council Meeting 5:00 PM Council Chambers, Sikeston City Hall 12/4/2012 - 12/18/2012 Weight Watchers Drop in Hours and Meetings 6:30 - 7:00 AM, Tuesdays Drop in Hours; 12:00 pm and 5:30 pm - Meetings. $10.00 your first month if you enroll by purchasing a Monthly Pass in any December Sikeston meeting. YMCA, 511 Taylor, Sikeston MO Contact Dena, 12/4/2012 Slusher Farm & Home 2nd Annual Ladies Night Out 5:30 PM Come see what’s new for special people your list. Special pricing, door prizes and refreshments. Contact 573-471-5371 12/4/2012 Three Rivers Presents Free Christmas Concert 7:00 PM Free “Classics for Christmas” concert featuring college choirs and symphonic band. The concert will be held at

at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center at Poplar Bluff’s Campus. Contact William White, 12/5/2012 Compost Site Open December 5 from 7:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Compress Road 12/5/2012 MORCA Training 10:00 AM MORCA is a cooperative effort between retail loss prevention and law enforcement to reduce organized retail crimes. Contact Sikeston DPS, 201 S Kingshighway 12/6/2012 Fifth Annual Holiday Party 5:00 PM To benefit the Sikeston Public Schools Foundation at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Steward in Sikeston. 5:00pm until 8:00pm. Ticket Price: $25.00 108 West Salcedo Road 12/6/2012 Montgomery Bank After-Hours Mixer 5:30-7:00 PM Please help us recognize our local SACC member and the improvements they have made to their business. Refreshments will be served. Montgomery Bank, One Montgomery Plaza Contact 471-2275 12/7/2012 Family Night at the Museum's "Santa at the Depot" 5:00—7:00 PM Meet Santa Claus and participate in crafts, art, storytelling, etc., with gifts for all. Free to the public. Sikeston Depot Museum, 116 W. Malone Ave. Contact Mike or Shari, 481-9967 12/8/2012 Sikeston Area Habitat for Humanity Open House and Dedication Ceremony 10:30 AM 425 Matthews Avenue.

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December 2012 Calendar of Events Be sure to visit our website for more event details. ADD YOUR EVENT HERE! Want to add your event to the Calendar of Events??? 12/8/2012 Pictures With Santa 1:00—6:00 PM Proceeds to Benefit Levi's Adventure Trail at Discovery Playhouse. Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores, next to Carter's 12/8/2012 MBRC Annual Volunteer Appreciation Education Program 6:00 PM Miner Convention Center Contact Wendy or Charlotte, 471-9400 12/9/2012 Community Choir Concert 2:00 PM 1st United Methodist, 1307 N. Main 12/10/2012 - 12/14/2012 City Leaf Collection Service Northeast and Southeast sections of Sikeston 12/10/2012 Housing Authority Commission Meeting 12:00 PM 360 Allen Blvd.

Meeting 4:00 PM 107 E. Malone Ave 12/13/2012 Christmas Miracles at the Tinnin Three Rivers College scholarships and music and theatre programs. Tickets $30. Choose to attend at NOON or at 6:00PM. Contact 573-840-9662 12/17/2012 City Council Work Session 11:30 AM Council Chambers of City Hall 12/17/2012 Roundtable Discussion on Heroin in Southeast Region 12:00 PM First United Methodist Church Contact Jane Pfefferkorn, 12/20/2012 Vision for Tomorrow Strategic Plan Implementation Commission 11:30 AM Council Chambers of Sikeston City Hall

12/10/2012 Personal Financial Management Class 6:00—8:00 PM Registration fee for the class is $40. YMCA Community Room Contact 573-471-9737

12/20/2012 December Chamber Luncheon 12:00 PM Wesley United Methodist Church

12/11/2012 DED Executive Board Meeting 11:30 AM DED Board Room, 128 N. New Madrid St.

12/22/2012 Personal Financial Management Class 8:30—10:30 AM Registration fee for the class is $40. YMCA Community Room Contact 573-471-9737

12/11/2012 Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting 4:00 PM Council Chambers of City Hall

12/24/2012 - 12/25/2012 City Offices Closed

12/11/2012 Board of Municipal Utilities Commission

Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce Events December 20 General Membership Chamber Luncheon 12:00 PM Wesley United Methodist Church Speaker: New SACC Board of Directors and Officials

December 24 Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce OFFICE CLOSING at 12:00 PM

December 25 Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce OFFICE CLOSED

January 18 “Amazing Race” Membership Drive 8:30 AM—4:30 PM

12/25/2012 VNA Hospice Grief Support Meeting 1218 Linn Street

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