• 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,
  • A story has been posted all over Facebook showing that Poplar Bluff was recently listed at the #1 most Ghetto place to live in Missouri. Citing crime statistics, median family income, graduation rates, and the number of convenience/drug/discount stores along with other data they came to the conclusion that PB is #ghetto-est. The site clearly claims that their scientifically-based opinions are totally for infotainment, but for those who call Poplar Bluff home it is a bittersweet laugh. I did a search on their site and Poplar Bluff has shown up often. PB is: #1 in ghetto #8 in drunkest #4 in most redneck #8 in worst places to live   RoadSnacks.net - Search Results for: Poplar Bluff These Are The

    Dec 31,
  • Here we are only a few days from Christmas and 2016 and I have this overwhelming urge to say thank you to everyone who uses Bluff Technologies, Inc. and SEMO.net. I'm the only remaining employee of SEMO.net. So when customers call in they talk with me. That's a far cry from 10 years ago when Poplar Bluff Internet had 50 employees working 24/7. As I write this, I'm in Nashville because my oldest son, Ben, has a recording session this afternoon for two of his songs. But, with the wonders of technology, our phone system tracks me down and I can still work no matter where I am (though the hold times might be a little longer today and tomorrow).

    Dec 21,
  • The Poplar Bluff Public School Foundation has awarded $3,300 in computer components so Technical Career Center students can gain experience building CPUs and upgrade their basic skills lab in the process. Approved unanimously by the board last month, the mini-grant was part of the nonprofit’s innovative educational project program which finances one-time classroom proposals that involve new technologies, unusual field experiences, supportive curriculum resources or exceptional instructional strategies. “When considering the price for these computers, we decided to forego labor costs of a pre-manufactured computer and use our computer technology students to build the CPUs from scratch,” read the grant submission, written by Vocational Resource Educator Barbie Hon. “This proposal serves two purposes then because it also provides enrichment

    Dec 09,
  • The Tinnin Fine Arts Center at Three Rivers College will open 2016 with the first children’s show of the 2015-16 Patrons of the Arts season, as well as a special two-man production from Center Stage. “We’re kicking off the new year with two really powerful shows at the Tinnin Center,” said Tim Thompson, Director of the Tinnin Fine Arts Center. “’Goodbye Marianne’ has the raw emotion of any Holocaust story, and ‘Tuesdays With Morrie’ is a classic heartstring puller. I think these are two of the most affecting shows we’ve ever done at the Tinnin Center.” The Tinnin Fine Arts Center schedule for January 2016 will include the following performances. All shows are held in the Tinnin Center unless otherwise

    Dec 09,
  • Several students from the Poplar Bluff Middle School Junior Beta Club qualified to compete in nationals during the 13th annual state convention held Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4-5, at the Black River Coliseum. Lucas Robertson placed first in spelling; Sidonia White placed third in social studies; and Lily Johnson, Nathan Mays, Clara Rahlmann and River Rowland with alternates Daine Dugas and Landen Maurer placed first in written response and second overall in the Quiz Bowl Division 1 competition. The students all earned the option to participate in the national Junior Beta Convention June 23-30 in New Orleans. Additionally, a team comprised of Kennedy Rowland, Brady Robertson, Blake Yarbro, Hannah Spencer and Addison Kirkman with Olivia Kirkman as an alternate vied

    Dec 09,

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