• The newly instated Junior High Trap team competed in its first meet Friday, Oct. 16, at the Poplar Bluff Gun Club, showcasing some real potential despite having limited time to practice shooting, according to spectators. “Several coaches of other schools were impressed with the skill level of the team,” stated Sandy Pike, a parent. “Trap is one of the biggest up and coming sports, and it ties in well with all the conservation opportunities we have in this area.” In September, the Board of Education approved the establishment of a trap team at the Junior High level so students can gain two more years of competitive experience before entering high school. Josh Wesemann, a PBJHS social studies teacher, was

    Oct 28,
  • USA Team marathon runner Josphat Boit Skyped with the Poplar Bluff High School Cross Country team on Thursday, Oct. 22, by way of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., where he is training at 8,000-feet elevation for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Mules Cross Country Head Coach Beth Lewis-Muse, who was teammates with Boit at Central Methodist University in Fayette, arranged for the video call to take place prior to the Cross Country District Championship over the weekend. Boit answered student questions about his training regimen, recovery, nutrition and psychology. The Kenyan athlete played soccer in high school, he revealed, and only decided to take up running in order to land a scholarship to attend college in the United States. He has eight

    Oct 28,
  • One in five people will have a panic attack once in their lifetime. What would you do when this happens to a student, loved one, or church member? Attend the Youth Mental Health First Aid course to recognize symptoms of mental health problems, how to help, and how to guide the youth to professional help.  University of Missouri Extension is sponsoring Youth Mental Health First Aid training on Thursday, December 3 in Poplar Bluff. The one-day training will be held at the First Presbyterian Church from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The registration fee is waived which includes a workbook and lunch. It is provided free of charge because of funds provided by the Missouri Institute of Mental Health. Instructors,

    Oct 22,
  • Amanda Vinson, a student at Three Rivers College, has received the Allison Grace Daughhetee Scholarship. Vinson, a non-traditional nursing student, received a $1,000 scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year. A mother of two children, as well as three foster children, Vinson currently works as a CNA while she completes her nursing degree. “I’m here to try to make a better life for myself and my children, and thanks to this scholarship, that’s gotten easier,” said Vinson. “I love being in the Nursing program at Three Rivers. I’m happiest when taking care of others.” The scholarship was endowed in memory of Allison Grace Daughhetee, the daughter of Three Rivers nursing students Ronnie and Melissa Daughhetee, who were in the process of

    Oct 22,
  • The new classroom building on the Three Rivers College campus in Poplar Bluff has acquired a new name, thanks to a donation accepted recently by the college’s Board of Trustees. Naming rights to the new “Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center” were secured by the Robert W. Plaster Foundation, a charitable organization in Lebanon, Mo., in exchange for a significant seven-figure donation to be used toward the cost of the building. The donation also makes the building the new home of Three Rivers’ business programs, as part of the Plaster Foundation’s emphasis on business, free enterprise, and entrepreneurship education. “We’re extremely pleased to partner with the Plaster Foundation to create the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center,” said Dr. Wesley

    Oct 14,

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