• 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,
  • Celebrate Mardi Gras Fat SATURDAY and help raise money for "Just Within Reach". This evening of fun begins with a 3-course dinner served at 6pm by Poplar Bluff's premiere restaurant "The Wine Rack.". The night includes DJ entertainment, dancing and all the New Orleans fun you can handle. Tickets are $60 per person with a large portion of the ticket price going to help the "Just Within Reach" charity. Call (573) 785-0999 for reservations or just stop by and enjoy the festivities. Great Fun for a great cause!!! Mardi Gras FAT SATURDAY at 6pm!

    Feb 25,
  • Our community lost a dear friend over the weekend. Everyone who came near Mazie Hyland was impacted by her bigger-than-life presence. Ms. Mazie, as she was called by many of her friends, was originally from Corning Arkansas. She and her husband, Howard, moved to Poplar Bluff from California in 1983. This lady was no shrinking violet. She was “the boss” for an oil company she worked for in Bakersfield before returning to the area to help care for her elderly parents. She is fondly remembered by many as “the boss” wherever she worked or volunteered. Her personality was large, her heart was kind, and she walked into your life with every conversation. Most recently, she volunteered at Physician’s Park Primary

    Feb 25,
  • As of 5pm last night (Feb 18), all documents have been submitted to the Southern District Court of Appeals regarding Poplar Bluff Internet (who used to own SEMO.net*) and the City of Poplar Bluff. On January 3, Poplar Bluff Internet filed their Appellant Brief; on February 3, the City filed their Respondent Brief; and on February 18, PBII filed the final submission: Reply Brief. Unless they call for oral argument, it is now in the hands of a three judge panel. We are hoping that the court will take the issue up during their October session in Poplar Bluff. To my knowledge the judges have not been named. Our appeal appears to contain a "case of first impression" on two

    Feb 19,
  • Back in June, 2010, when I sat down to discuss Open Access with the Municipal Utilities Advisory Board, I sat across the table from three Board members of Southern Bank, one executive officer of First Midwest Bank, and one executive officer of Commerce Bank. It made me wonder why this board was dominated by one industry. One friend told me it was because of how much cash flows through MU/City Cable. Another source told me that at least one local bank paid a bonus to their executive officers if appointed to Municipal Utilities Advisory Board (MUAB). Let me make a couple of things extremely clear: I'm not accusing any banks or bankers of wrong-doing I believe banks are extremely important

    Feb 11,
  • I was in the courthouse today for a hearing and after court was adjourned, I walked up to City Attorney Wally Duncan and DAR Reporter David Silverberg. I said, "Hey, Wally, can you tell me when the City will be closing on their sale of City Cable?" Duncan stood still and silent for 20 seconds and then responded, "Nothing I can tell you." The DAR Reporter stated he would look into it as another story. But then, Duncan said "How did you find out about it?"

    Feb 07,

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