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.
One in five people will have a panic attack once in their lifetime. What would you do when this happens to a co-worker, loved one, or church member? Attend the [...]
One in five people will have a panic attack once in their lifetime. What would you do when this happens to a co-worker, loved one, or church member? Attend the Mental Health First Aid course to recognize symptoms of mental health problems, how to help, and how to guide the person to professional help. University of Missouri Extension and Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health are sponsoring Mental Health First Aid training on Tuesday, September 30 in Poplar Bluff.
The one-day training will be held at the First Presbyterian Church from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The registration fee is $20 which includes lunch and a workbook. Registration is usually $40 but this class is partially funded by a University of Missouri grant. Instructors, who are certified Mental Health First Aid Trainers, include Phyllis Flanigan, Human Development Specialist for University of Missouri Extension and Amber Windhorst, Prevention and Community Intervention Coordinator, from Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health.
This 8-hour course teaches people how to give first aid to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis situation. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of the most common mental health problems, where and when to get help, and what type of help has been shown to be effective. The purpose of the program is to also demystify the whole topic of mental illness, to increase mental health literacy, and to decrease any stigma.
Specific audiences for the training vary, but include key professions such as law enforcement, first responders, primary care professionals, nursing home staff, school administration and educators. Other participating entities include faith communities, employers, chambers of commerce, state policymakers, mental health advocacy organizations, shelter volunteers, families and the general public.
For more information and to register contact the University of Missouri Extension Center, 222 North Broadway, Poplar Bluff (686-8064). The registration form is found on our website extension.missouri.edu/butler. Deadline to register is Monday, September 22.
MU is an equal opportunity/ADA institution
(Tuesday) 8:00 am - 8:00 am
First Presbyterian Church
301 N Main, Poplar Bluff, MO
University of Missouri Extension Center