• 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,
  • How about a little spring weather my friends! Bright sunshine and warm afternoons has turned the crappie on across the lower Midwest, and according to my various social media outlets, a lot of anglers are getting in on the action. There’s a big tournament coming up on Kentucky Lake that is going to land right on some of the best crappie fishing of the year. The Henry County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse has planned the Second Annual Carl Perkins Center-Tosh Farm Annual Crappie tournament for April 25, 2015 at Paris Landing on Kentucky Lake Entry fee will be $55 per person. 100% of the application fee goes to fight child abuse and aid in the

    Mar 31,
  • Poplar Bluff High School math instructor Hope Conover was recently elected to serve a three-year term representing the Southeast District of the Missouri Association of Student Councils. Conover, the PBHS Student Council adviser, attended her first meeting during the annual MASC state convention, which was held Thursday through Saturday, March 19-21, at Park Hill South High School in the Kansas City area. “I have come to love this organization and everything it stands for,” Conover stated. “The other advisers are incredible people and it is such a wonderful opportunity to work with and be surrounded with some of the state’s best teachers and young leaders. I want to do everything that I can to help MASC be as great as

    Mar 31,
  • Students of the Poplar Bluff 5th & 6th Grade Center made a $70 donation to the Poplar Bluff Historic Depot Restoration Corporation on Wednesday, March 25, to aid in the efforts in restoring the grand staircase. The community service project was coordinated by teacher Terena Whitworth. The classes of Keri Jameson and Robyn Dickerson were the top fundraisers, earning an ice cream party and an extra recess for their efforts. Wendy Nepean’s class placed in third, Jennifer Edwards - fourth, and Juliane Gambill’s students came in fifth place.

    Mar 31,
  • Its tournament time for bass fisherman in the area.  The Wappapello Bass Circuit will have their first tournament March 28, fishing from Redman Creek launch ramp.  Take off will be at 6am with weigh in at 3. The remainder of their schedule is April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25 and August 29.  All tournaments will be at Redman Creek.  Also their Classic will be October 10 and 11 at Redman Creek. For tournament information on these two events, you can contact Dennis Outdoors in Poplar Bluff or call Julie Stuever at (573) 686-1744 daytime or (573) 718-5373 in the evening. Other tournament dates will be listed as I receive information from the sponsors of the events. UKC competition

    Mar 30,
  • It is no secret that America has the finest fighting force this world has ever seen. When those brave military men and women return from service, it is our duty to provide them with the benefits they have earned and deserve. From long wait times to subpar care, the Department of Veterans Affairs has not provided the exceptional care that we expect for our heroes.  This is especially apparent for veterans in rural areas.  As an advocate for rural America, it has been my mission to improve the care of these veterans, and all veterans across this great nation. There have been multiple improvements to the VA recently, including the Veterans Choice program established in the Veterans Access, Choice, and

    Mar 27,
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