• It seems nearly impossible to fathom that someone as brilliant and funny as Robin Williams could be so tortured emotionally that he takes himself out of the human race. Yet, last week, one by one, each of us across the whole globe, fixed our attention on the sad news of this beloved actor’s suicide. Sometimes, a blip of news in the vast sea of information we are bombarded with daily, seems to slap us so hard in the face that we can almost hear the collective groan rippling through space and time. Then we all try our best to reckon with reality. And what a devastating reality Robin Williams’ death reveals - that someone who, by his very nature, brought

    Aug 26,
  • For several months I've heard from contractors and City employees about the apartments being constructed outside the city limits on Hwy W. Most I've spoken to have indicated that the buildings do not meet Poplar Bluff building codes. The owners of the property, Gill Family Properties from Dexter, have built three townhouses and have plans for a total of 12 buildings in the subdivision. The townhouses are very nice looking and quality rental properties are always a plus for a growing community. Outside the city limits, no licenses are required for builders, plumbers, electricians, etc., and no inspections are made of the property. So buildings can be built much cheaper using non-certified workers to pull electrical cable, install outlets and electrical

    May 30,
  • With no explanation as to why, Judge Ligons threw out our request to reconsider. The city is still trying to get the judge to award them summary judgment on their case against us, the judge should make that decision in the next month.

    May 17,
  • SEMO.net has compiled this general timeline from Sunshine documents received, DAR reports and personal conversations: Monday, April 15 - City Clerk Kearbey improperly, and possibly illegally, conducted the Mayoral election. Read earlier post. Monday, April 16 - Brannum tells City Manager Bagby he intends to make a motion at the May 6 meeting to fire Kearbey for her improper actions during the mayoral election. Monday, April 22 - Attorney Danny Moore mails a letter addressed to Brannum saying his client, a City employee, is "very concerned about his actions and demeanor toward her." Tuesday, April 23 @ 8:50 am - Don Schrieber, Editor in Chief of the Daily American Republic, goes to City Hall and makes a Sunshine Request for "Any files relating

    May 15,
  • Do you have the time to make the summer of 11 boys better? One of the seven Pony League teams' coach had to back out and the Parks Dept is looking for a replacement.  Some of the boys' parents are willing to help out, but they need a head coach. All games are played at McLane Park. You typically play once per week on Monday, Wednesday or Friday night. The season is scheduled to start May 20 and is over by July 18. You won't really be too far behind any of the other teams because of all the rain. For example, the Pony League team I coach has only had one practice up til now. The sponsor has already committed

    May 06,
  • I spoke with Jim Chrisman today and the Depot Stairs Restoration Project still needs $20,000 to get the matching grant funds of over $250,000 to restore the staircase at the old depot. If there is any way you can help them out, please consider donating using their paypal link. This would be such a wonderful enhancement to our downtown area so please get involved and help them with this funding goal. Check out this promotional video for the project: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH6GoQ_FqcQ#!

    May 03,

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