• CARUTHERSVILLE, MO - You could call him the Steve Jobs of Crappie Fishing. Big Lou Mansfield started the Grizzly Jig Company in his garage and in 1991 opened in a sheltered workshop in Haiti Heights. In less than a year, the company outgrew their space and moved into downtown Caruthersville. By 1994, the store needed more space and began buying up the block of buildings at the corner of Ward and 3rd Streets. Grizzly sells everything from rods and reels, trolling motors and depth finders, boat seats and accessories, and an enormous selection of jig heads, plastics, and jigs. Many of their products are exclusive to Grizzly, like their hand tied jigs, custom crappie poles, and locally poured heads and

    Dec 15,
  • By Angie West As I sit here in my comfy chair, sipping coffee and finishing the book Blackdeath 23, I am more thankful than ever to be an American. Blackdeath 23 is a book written by Poplar Bluff High School graduate of the class of 1991, Rob Mills. The book chronicles his daily life in the United States Cavalry as a Chief Warrant Officer 2 as an Army helicopter pilot during Operation Iraqi Freedom. As a young boy, Rob would draw helicopters and dream that someday he would be able to fly them. But as he grew up, jobs, marriage, kids and their associated responsibilities became the order of the day. However, as months turned into years, Rob felt like

    Nov 13,
  • Walmart & Harps Tie For Best Prices - Krogers Most Expensive POPLAR BLUFF – While talking with a friend about the new Harps in Poplar Bluff (on Shelby Road), they said, “Harps is really nice, but it’s more expensive.” SEMO TIMES felt it would be an interesting task to see how grocery shopping in Poplar Bluff compared among stores. When we mentioned grocery stores to Poplar Bluffians, the list was usually Walmart, Kroger and Harps. So those were the stores we focused on. Yes, there are other places to buy groceries but on the budget we had for the story the limit was set at three. If this story is popular, we might also do a comparison of ALDI, PriceSaver

    Oct 18,
  • Dhafer’s Mediterranean Steakhouse 117 S. Locust, Dexter For most of my life, if someone would tell me they were eating in Dexter my mind instantly wondered if it was Hickory Log or Dexter BBQ. These two restaurants feature the iconic flavors of hickory-smoked barbeque that made dry-rub famous in these parts, earning their reputations as the very best. But now, the mention of Dexter has a Pavolovian effect on my pallet after one meal at Dhafer’s Mediterranean Steakhouse. After several days of being in downtown Dexter; enjoying getting to know the owners of the local businesses and interviewing the city administrator, chamber director, college director, I stopped at Dhafer’s for dinner. In one meal, this restaurant’s personality, charm and cuisine

    Oct 16,
  • When I was growing up in Southeast Missouri, there were no cultural events to attend. If one wanted to see a concert, stage play, and certainly something as unique as a ballet, travel as far as St. Louis or Memphis was in order. Once I moved away to college, I understood what a huge disadvantage that was for me. In order to be truly educated, one must have some background in the arts. Thankfully, that is changing. In Poplar Bluff, that change has, in large part, been brought about by Three Rivers College's building of the Tinnin Fine Arts Building in 1997 and the more recent productions sponsored by the Patrons of the Arts Society. Since its inception, the Patrons

    Sep 16,

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