With all the talk and heated debate around the subject of guns today, I developed an interest and curiosity I never had before. As a mom of two teenage boys who love to hunt on the family farm where we live, I decided that I owe it to them to become more knowledgeable about the handling of guns.
Guns made me nervous and I knew the apprehension stemmed from a tragic story from my high school days. The lazy summer of my 16th year was shattered by the news that two brothers, a year apart in age and both good friends of mine, were target shooting on their farm and my classmate’s gun caused the death of his brother. The horror of the experience still weighed heavy on me and I thought it was about time that I replaced the fear with knowledge and new experiences going forward.
A good friend, Jim Akers, owns and operates a local firearms training company with Ryan Thurman, called Patriot Training Academy, LLC. Both Jim and Ryan have impeccable career qualifications being law enforcement firearms instructors for Missouri Sheriff’s Academy, Butler Co. Sheriff’s office, Poplar Bluff P.D., Missouri Coroners, and several other agencies in S. E. Missouri. The company has been around for over five years and has trained thousands of individuals in firearm handling, safety and security. Proudly, I became a student of Patriot Training Academy just this weekend.
The Concealed Carry Class was held at the Black River Coliseum. It began promptly at 8 am and I was heading home from the shooting range with my test target and certification form later in the afternoon. The class was well-attended by around 25 participants with experience ranging from blank slate (that’d be me) to, say, the guy two targets down from me at the firing range who never once strayed from the bullseye. The reasons for taking the class ranged from personal protection to concerns about recent talk of federal gun bans. As a complete novice I was made to feel very comfortable both in the classroom and shooting range setting where we were instructed in:
Whew!! I went from having a nervous feeling about firearms to really enjoying the training and firing a Sig Sauer .22 Pistol and Smith and Wesson .22 Small Frame Revolver in just eight hours where I emerged with my target test sheet and a Firearms Safety Training Course Certificate.
Also on hand to assist in the training course were T.J. Akers, Firearms Instructor and Poplar Bluff City Police K9 Officer, as well as Jim Akers Sr., retired former Federal Police Officer/MP who was Range Safety Officer. Though the class was large and diverse, I had personal assistance all day. At the end of the course I felt a great sense of accomplishment and welcomed a new mental script about guns to replace the tragic one from my past. I thought about stealing that sharp shooter’s silhouette target sheet to take home and really freak out my sons but I felt just as comfortable showing them that their mom had it in her, perhaps, to one day become a pretty darn good shot.
I highly recommend this course offered by Patriot Training Academy. Weapons are available for loan, the cost is competitive and a great value, the instruction is personal and comprehensive and targeted to your needs whether novice or expert, and classes are held weekly. Contact Jim Akers at 573-718-0839 or Ryan Thurman at 573-429-7979 or email at PatTrainingLLC@gmail.com to enroll in an upcoming course. You will be very glad you did.
See you at the range!!!
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
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