• 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,
  • I have now officially found the best first date restaurant in Poplar Bluff. Where? Of course, you would ask that. Jim & Jerry’s Restaurant, Pub, and Cajun Food, located at 336 Vine Street, in downtown Poplar Bluff. Now, of course you want to know why I would select this particular venue as the best first date restaurant in Poplar Bluff. To understand my reasoning, you have to understand the subtle nuances of every single issue involving a first date. A first date is not merely a date. No...every single issue involving a first date is important because basically, it determines whether there will be a second date. Men often do not understand this. Even some women do not understand it.

    May 29,
  • The 23rd annual Children's Theatre Drama Camp will be held July 27-31 on Three Rivers College’s Poplar Bluff Campus, in the Tinnin Fine Arts Center. This will be the first year that the drama camp is spearheaded by the Three Rivers College Theatre Department. “We’re excited to be hosting this camp again and to be able to help continue this great tradition of fine arts education,” said Tim Thompson, Director of the Tinnin Fine Arts Center and one of the camp’s instructors. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for kids to have fun, develop their creative side, and participate in the excitement that is the world of theatre.” Campers will participate in activities teaching acting, improvisation, dance, theatre games, stage makeup, creative

    May 29,
  • It’s not every day that a country music legend pulls into town. But that will be the case on June 6 when country music legend Narvel Felts performs at Poplar Bluff’s Historic Rodgers Theatre. It won’t be the first time, though, notes Penny Cooley, manager of the theatre. “He has played at the Rodgers several times now, and it is always great because he has such a loyal fan base. They come from all over the country to come see him, and certainly from all over Missouri.” Felts is a country music legend, but he is also a regional home town guy. Felts was raised in Bernie and attended Bernie High School. As a matter of fact, he was “discovered”

    May 28,
  • Nine students of the Poplar Bluff Kindergarten Center were awarded medallions and bicycles with training wheels for maintaining perfect attendance all school year on Friday, May 15. Principal Carol Brotman presented each lucky kindergartner with a medal, then guidance counselor Rebekah Hager surprised the student with a new bike. Walmart donated two of the bikes for the attendance incentive.

    May 26,
  • As a child and certainly as a teenager, I used to bristle when I heard an older person talk about how easy "kids these days" had it.  At the time I was absolutely certain that they didn't have a clue about what having it hard was (extra homework, hour long bus ride, doing the dishes and bringing in firewood, et cetera). Brother was I wrong.  Becoming an adult and all the responsibilities entailed taught me that; having children added a whole extra dimension.  Add to that a farm where the animals health and well being is squarely on your shoulders and it's a full plate. Since moving to the farm, I now feel a sense of admiration and respect for

    May 26,
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