• 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,
  •   To some, the launch of a new website may not sound like a big deal. But to Jan Morrow, Director of the Ripley County Health Department, it is a huge deal. “Our health department was first opened in 1954 in the basement of the Courthouse with just one nurse and one clerk,” recalls Morrow. The department took a huge step forward in 1964 when it got its own building through Hill Burton funds, with an original cost of about $35,000. Then the building received an addition in the 1990’s. The physical growth was greatly needed to keep up with the caseload growth. “In 1978, we had a caseload of only 75 a month in our WIC program. Now we

    Jan 27,
  • Three Rivers College will honor 50 years of alumni, faculty, staff, and leadership at its second annual Raider Reunion celebration. The event will be held in the Bess Activity Center on the college’s Poplar Bluff Campus, Saturday, Feb. 6, in conjunction with the Raiders and Lady Raiders basketball games versus State Fair. All Three Rivers former students and graduates; faculty, and staff, former and present; and college supporters are welcome to attend. Admission to the event and both games will be free. “For 50 years, our alumni, faculty, and staff have supported this college, and now it’s time to give back,” said Dr. Wesley Payne, President of Three Rivers College. “The foundation laid fifty years ago has made it possible

    Jan 26,
  • Today, at Grace United Methodist Church in St Louis, the Memorial Service for Paul Andrew Kidwell was held. As my lovely wife Toni posted on Facebook, "Brian and I said goodbye to a bosom buddy today. It was the hardest time I've ever had singing through the emotions, and I've sung at many goodbyes. In the midst of the deep grief, though, there were sweet reunions with friends gathered in the majestic sanctuary from another era of all of our lives. We shared a love and respect for Paul." Toni and I sang "My Chains Are Gone - Amazing Grace" as Special Music. Stacy Garrett (Paul's friend from 4th Grade on) and I were both honored to be asked to

    Jan 16,
  • You can register at the event for the Ag Expo Beauty Pageant which will be held at the 30th annual Ag Expo 2016 on Saturday, January 16, at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff, MO.  The divisions include: 9:30 am, Baby Girl, birth to 12 months; 10:00 am, Toddler Girl, 1st birthday to 23 months; 10:30 am, Petite Miss, 2 to 4 years; 11:00 am, Tiny Miss, 5 to 7 years; 11:30 am, Little Miss, 8 to 12 years; 12:00 noon, Junior Miss, 13 to 15 years; and 12:30 pm, Miss Ag Expo, 16 to 20 years. Pageant wear is requested.  However, it is not required in the baby and toddler divisions held at 9:30 am and 10:00 am. Three

    Jan 15,

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