First of all, contrary to what the DAR reported, there was no warrant and “Becker’s Assets” are not being seized. In my opinion, the paper’s slanderous headline of “BECKER’s ASSETS” is seriously appalling. Friends and family have been contacting us to make sure we are okay. I really cannot believe that the DAR would make such a terrible statement directed at me personally. In June, the newspaper also made this about me, personally, and not the company. Isn’t this covered in Journalism 101?
As for the photo on the front page of the newspaper, I have it on good authority that the City Attorney has NEVER before asked to go out with the Sheriff’s department to deliver papers until today. I can also assure you that the Sheriff’s department is not who invited the Daily American Republic to come to 1877 N Westwood and take a photo. I’m confident that it was Wally because when I asked about the DAR photographer, Deputy Armes said “I had nothing to do with that and didn’t know he was there until after the picture was taken.”
Deputy Armes who served the papers was very kind. His wife is Vicky Armes and Toni just wrote about her lovely garden a few weeks back on SEMO.net. I know Mr. Armes felt awkward about the whole deal, but I tried to reassure him that I knew it wasn’t his fault that the City had tried to make a spectacle out of all this.
Even funnier was Wally standing in my office asking what assets were Poplar Bluff Internet’s. My entire staff was laughing because it sounded like Duncan was going to grab something and carry it out to his car. It was comical and we’ve laughed about it several times since. I guess that’s why the DAR photographer was hanging out in the parking lot, just in case Wally came out with some PBII spoils. I even offered him a PBII-owned chair that he could carry out, but I guess he decided that wouldn’t be a very good caption: Duncan Seizes Office Chair To Repay City.
I asked Mr. Armes if I could have some time to provide a list of assets. Wally said “What? 24 hours?” I said, “Monday would be better for me.” Wally said, “Friday.” The deputy looked at me and I said, “How about I have a list for you sitting on this counter at 10am on Monday” and he looked at Wally and said I’m out of town on Friday anyway. Wally frowned and nodded his head, and Mr Armes said that would be fine.
Also, I did not say that “most of the assets have been transferred to another company” as Duncan told the paper. I said “sold.” Wally really doesn’t listen well. Of course “transferred” probably sounds more sinister…I guess that was his next option after he decided not to carry the chair out my front door.
In April 2011, at the injunction hearing I testified as CEO/President of Poplar Bluff Internet, Inc., that Poplar Bluff Internet could not sustain the loss of Cable Internet and continue to operate. In early 2012, Poplar Bluff Internet brought in an outside consultant firm who confirmed that there was no way to sustain the company going forward.
Bluff Technologies, Inc., purchased the brand and domain name of SEMO.net and all their users. Bluff Technologies, Inc. hired me as President and all of Poplar Bluff Internet’s staff in 2012 as well. For more than a year, SEMO.net has operated as a “dba” or “doing business as” of Bluff Technologies.
Of course SEMO.net has been and is suffering. We’ve lost a lot of customers and our income continues to drop. We’ve had terrible problems with our wireless service because of all the rain and lightning over the past four weeks which has caused even more problems for us. But we are doing our very best to stay online and continue serving our customers. Our goal is to survive. And we still have every expectation to do so. We even still have hope that some day, when the GOBs no longer control City Council, we will once again have open access to the public network in Poplar Bluff.
Friends, thank you for your prayers and support. We will get through this “asset seizure of Poplar Bluff Internet” just like all the other stuff we’ve gone through. Just know my heart is set to do the right thing and act according to my faith.
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.
Oct 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31 Nov 1 Friday Hours will be 6pm to 11:30pm Sat hours will be 4pm - 6pm Kid Friendly (no [...]
Oct 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31
Friday Hours will be 6pm to 11:30pm
Sat hours will be 4pm – 6pm Kid Friendly (no monsters)
Sat Hours will be 6pm – 11:30pm
Sun hours will be 6pm – 10pm
Tickets will be:
$10 per person for adults (non-discounted)
$8 per person for adults (discounted)
$5 per child 10 and under (non-discounted)
Presented by Kiwanis Club – Poplar Bluff MO and Kiwanis network of school aged children enrolled in Key Club, Builders Club, K Club and other eager volunteers – ALL hoping to survive the nightmares of Kinyon School. Poplar Bluff is coming at you in full force with the science, the urban legends, the slight of hand and of course monsters of all shapes and sizes.
Come join us for a month of weekends filled with ever-changing Spookiliciousness. And we do mean ever changing. Come one week and have fun. Come the next week, get your mind blown by how different it is now. Come another time and you’ll start to doubt your own ability to remember what is real and what isn’t. This school doesn’t teach anything anymore. ITS LEARNING FROM YOUR FEAR AND ITS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER AT SHOWING YOU WHAT SCARES YOU MOST!
If you’re in school and want to participate – you must be a registered member of one of the Kiwanis groups this fall through the The Boys & Girls Club of Poplar Bluff called The Builders Club and K-Kids. High School students must be a member of Key Club. There will be lots of opportunities to be mentored as we build and design and promote this huge event opening the first weekend in October.
Watch for casting calls this summer for key players in the Haunted scenes. Lots of great ideas and warped “out of the box” thinking going on these days. We are all starting to feel a little mutant.
We’ll stay in touch. Even when you don’t know we’re there, heh heh – we’ll be there – silent but deadly!
October 4 (Saturday) 7:00 pm - November 1 (Saturday) 10:00 pm
Kinyon Kinyon School
910 Vine St, Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901
Kiwanis Club - Poplar Bluff MO
Tim Funke sees October 24-30 as a week to put faith in motion. That is the week scheduled for the film, “A Matter of Faith” to be shown at
Tim Funke sees October 24-30 as a week to put faith in motion.
That is the week scheduled for the film, “A Matter of Faith” to be shown at Poplar Bluff’s AMC Showplace Theatre.
The film is about a Christian girl who goes off to college for her freshman year. Once there, she is heavily influenced by her biology professor, who teaches that evolution is the answer to the origins of life on earth.
Her father decides he needs to take action in order to keep his daughter from drifting away from her foundations of faith.
Funke says he first ran cross the movie on a website, and it struck a chord with him.
“I just hate bad science,” explained Funke. “I don’t care whether the topic is global warming or evolution, there are a lot of people who will throw those out to you as fact, without any real basis.”
He continues to believe those of faith must speak out equally strongly about the faith side of the story.
After checking out the movie, he found that it isn’t being shown everywhere.
“Basically, I found out that to bring it to Poplar Bluff, we had to pay the costs of getting the movie here, and we basically had to be able to promise to sell at least 1,000 tickets,” explained Funke.
As a long time owner of Aire Solutions in Poplar Bluff, and as a member of both the business and faith communities, Funke felt led to get the film to Poplar Bluff.
“We’ve had a lot of good feedback from folks, and we’ve had some pre-sold tickets, but I’m guessing the majority of people who want to see it will just show up to buy tickets at the door. But all indications are that this film will do very well in Poplar Bluff,” said Funke.
“It really is one of those films that family and friends can go to see and feel that they’ve seen something of real value. It could even change someone’s life,” explained Funke. “That is very rare these days. So often we go to see things that have no real lasting value for us. This is something worth seeing.”
To buy tickets online go to AMC SHOWPLACE 8
SEMO TIMES salutes Tim Funke and Aire Solutions for their efforts to bring this movie to our community.
24 (Friday) - 30 (Thursday)
AMC Theaters Showplace 8
3525 S Westwood Blvd, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Tim Funke, Aire Solutions
The Grotto Presents:
The Haunted Grotto
October 24th thru 31st nightly open at 7pm.
Rain or Shine
3102 Kennedy Lane
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
24 (Friday) 7:00 pm - 31 (Friday) 10:00 pm
3102 Kennedy Lane Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
It's a chance to have a great time, and at the same time raise money for a great cause. That's how Lance Inman characterizes the "Halloween BATFEST" being held Saturday, [...]
It’s a chance to have a great time, and at the same time raise money for a great cause. That’s how Lance Inman characterizes the “Halloween BATFEST” being held Saturday, Oct. 25 at McLane Park in Poplar Bluff.
The event is being sponsored by Lucas Edington of Mossy Oak Properties, Mozark Realty and by Inman with SLAMA Softball Club. The coed softball tournament is to raise money and awareness for Poplar Bluff’s Child Concern Center.
The Child Concern Center is an organization designed to help provide clothing, diapers, food, utilities and other emergency items for area low income families in need. The group was originally organized by the women of Poplar Bluff’s First United Methodist Church over 35 years ago. Now the organization is a 501(c)3 group registered with the State of Missouri. Its staff is all volunteer.
Inman describes BATFEST as a Halloween-themed tournament. “Players get to dress up in their favorite scary costumes or as super heroes. It’s going to be a very kid-friendly atmosphere with a lot of activities for kids, too,” said Inman. Some of the children’s activities include three-legged races, apple bobbing, face painting and potato sack races.
Twelve teams are expected to participate. “We will have three pools of four teams each in three fields playing. Each team gets three games in the pool play. After pool play, we will have a single elimination tournament to determine a champion,” explained Inman.
Each team will consist of five guys and five girls. Homeruns will be limited to three per team, and as an additional fundraiser, homerun bracelets will be available for $10 per player. Inman said that this event got its start back in January when he and Lucas Edington were talking about ways they could help the Child Concern Center, a favorite cause for both of them.
“I’ve hosted several charity tournaments in the past, like for UCAN and March of Dimes. So we decided this would be a good event for the Child Concern Center,” explained Inman. “Everyone loves dressing up for Halloween, and we know a lot of people love softball,” said Inman. “So this just seemed to be a natural combination.”
Inman said that a lot of people are not aware of Child Concern Center and all it does for the community. As a lifelong resident of Poplar Bluff, he’s seen the work they do, and feels it is very important for our community.
Trophies and awards will be given out to the players for best costume and other categories.
“We really want to make this a fun atmosphere for everyone, and we hope to raise a lot of money for this group. They certainly deserve it,” concluded Inman.
The event organizer said along with money raised through the tournament, the group will be accepting monetary donations along with clothing for all ages, toys for Christmas, non-perishable foods, toiletries and baby items, especially diapers of any size.
Entry fee for the tournament is $175 per team without team t-shirts, or $225 with team t-shirts. Each team will play a minimum of 4 games. Those with questions may call Inman at 573-718-1936 or 573-614-4446.
All Day (Saturday)
As always admission is free to the public. Some of the things we have in the works are; A Costume Contest for children 12 years old and under, [...]
As always admission is free to the public. Some of the things we have in the works are; A Costume Contest for children 12 years old and under, A Grilled Cheese Cook Off! Live Entertainment, Games, and a Craft Area for the kids, Pony Rides, Bounce House, Yummy Foods, Vendor Booths (with all kinds of awesome things), Fire Safety House, and so much more! We will be adding as we go! Make plans to come out and have a ton of fun
(Saturday) 9:00 am
Historic Train Station
400 S Main St, Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901
Come join us for a ghostly fun time! Candy drop, haunted hayride, trunk or treat, haunted museum, haunted homestead, food, games, contests, vendors and more. Come help make this the [...]
(Friday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Doniphan Neighborhood Assistance Program