I needed a lawnmower back in 2007. I looked at the retail chains in town and several of the implement dealers out B Hwy. On one such trip out to the John Deere store, I saw red-and-grey mowers out front of an older block building with signage proclaiming “Morgan’s Small Engine”
I stopped in and met the owner: Emmett Morgan. Spending time with Emmett was a treat. He’s a huge St Louis Cardinals fan and loves history which includes collecting beautiful photos of our area. He recently purchased three incredible black & whites which are proudly on display. One photo is of the Texaco station which was located near the corner of Westwood and Maud where First Midwest now sits.
I bought my zero-radius-turn, 48″ deck eXmark mower that day as Emmett explained all of the remarkable features of his product line. Two things that struck me were 100% made in the USA and the quality workmanship. Since that time I’ve purchased a chainsaw and weed-eater from his store.
I stopped by last week to pick up new mower blades and Emmett took me out to show me one of the newest models of eXmark mowers he had on display. The features were amazing and the chair was the most comfortable mower chair I’ve ever sat on…complete with weight-adjustable suspension to prevent you from bouncing too much or being too stiff. It was amazing.
eXmark has two different lines of mowers: one for home and one for commercial contractors. Look around the next time you are driving the streets of Poplar Bluff. Many of the lawn care experts have switched to riding the distinctly painted red-and-grey eXmark machines. Whether you need a mower for your own yard or you plan on making a living in landscaping, eXmark mowers deserve a serious consideration.
Emmit and his crew definitely have grease-thumbs (my equivalent to the green-thumb of gardeners). No matter what problem I’ve brought to the store, it is fixed and the charges are very reasonable.
If you are in need of a mower, mower service or any small engine repair… I highly recommend Morgan’s Small Engine at 522 N G Street on the east side of Poplar Bluff (intersection of Business 60 and G Street).
Morgan’s Small Engine carries:
Husqvarna (mowers, weed eaters and chainsaws)
Maruyama (leaf blowers & weed eaters)
Generac (generators and pressure washers)
Poulan Pro (weed eaters & leaf blowers, chainsaws)
Parts for Briggs & Stratton and Kohler
After graduating from Mizzou with Computer and Electrical Engineering degrees in 1985, Brian Becker spent a decade singing Christian Rock and being a labeled artist with Benson Music Group of Nashville. In 1995, he and several investors started the area's first Internet Service called PBMO.net and by 2000 the company was serviing Internet access in over 50 communities throughout Southeast Missouri as SEMO.net. In July 2014, Becker again made a major pivot and became Publisher of the SEMO TIMES: a weekly print and daily online news and entertainment source for the region.
In its 87th year, the Stoddard County Fair will officially begin with a parade through downtown Dexter at 5:30pm on Tuesday, Sept. 16. (Exhibit entries will be accepted on the [...]
In its 87th year, the Stoddard County Fair will officially begin with a parade through downtown Dexter at 5:30pm on Tuesday, Sept. 16. (Exhibit entries will be accepted on the 14th and 15th) The winner of 2013′s Band Competition, The Puxico Rhythm Steppers, will be the lead band for this year’s parade.
Immediately after the parade in Arena A there will be youth games and chicken catching; while Arena B will host the Queen’s Contest.
Bill Hulvey and the Side Street Band will entertain on the Midway at 7pm and Prof. Farquar and Polecat Annie will perform nightly.
At 6pm Wednesday, Tyler Feller and Kryst Lyke will offer a youth ministry on the Midway.
Thursday will be armband night; the brave may ride all the Midway’s mechanical attractions as often as they like from 5:30 to 10pm for $25. At 6pm in Arena A cattle, hogs and equine judging will take place, followed at 7pm by a Future Farmers of America (FFA) Tractor Rodeo in Arena A and karaoke in Arena B.
New this year at the Stoddard County Fair on the Midway is a state-of-the-art mechanical ride dubbed “The Cliff Hanger.” Daredevils who enjoy this attraction range in ages from nine to ninety. The Cliff Hanger was built by Dartron Industries of Salem, Oregon and is brought to the fair by Tinsley Amusements. Tinsley provides all the carnival features on the Midway.
Friday’s featured Midway entertainer at 7pm will be Rickie Lee Tanner. Simultaneously in Arena A, the Bootheel Tractor Pulls will be followed by karaoke at 8pm in Arena B.
Saturday from 1to 5pm will be armband afternoon; armbands for all rides are $20.
Saturday’s list of events includes at 8am a Buyers Breakfast; at 9am at the Livestock Barns a 4H and FFA Livestock Auction; at 10am on the Midway the Stoddard County Youth Pageant; at 2pm on the Midway the 4-H/FFA Public Speaking Contest; and at 3pm in Arena B will be Youth Games.
At 7pm on Saturday in Arena A will be the Demolition Derby.
Midway entertainers for Saturday 4pm will be Anna Catherine DeHart; at 6pm Maggie Thorn; and at 8pm Neil E. Boyd. Karaoke will be at 8pm in Arena B.
The parade is free. However there is a $2 charge to enter the Stoddard County Fair. For more details see StoddardCountyFair.com.
14 (Sunday) - 21 (Sunday)