*Oak Ridge was nominated by area farmers for the school district's math and science education. The Monsanto contest is an initiative recognizing the vital contributions rural farmers have for communities. The school district received the check during the Mississippi Valley Conference Volleyball Tournament, Oct. 11, at the high school.
*Missouri State Parks hosts open house Oct. 13 at Trail of Tears State Park: The public is invited to bring their ideas to an open house Saturday, Oct. 13 at Trail of Tears State Park near Jackson. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the open house will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the park's visitor center. Trail of Tears State Park is located approximately 12 miles north of Cape Girardeau and 12 miles east of Jackson off of Highway 177.
*Missouri's State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) will be hosting several Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) events in Southeast region. It is recommended that all Medicare beneficiaries review all their options for Medicare Part D and Part C plans for the upcoming year. Missouri CLAIM can be contacted at 1.800.390.3330 regarding these events:
Wednesday, October 24, 10:30 am to noon at Altenburg Senior Center, 20 Church St., Altenburg.
Wednesday, October 31, 10a.m to noon at Jackson Senior Center, 2690 Traveler's Way, Jackson.
*Ameren is hosting an Open House, October 16, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Osage Center, 1625 N. Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau. This gathering is to provide southeast Missourians the latest information regarding a new electric transmission facility in the area. You can link here to visit the project's website: Ameren's Transmission Project.
*Next week is National Teen Driver Safety Week. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of fatalities among 16- to 20-year olds in the United States. In 2011 there were 81 teen vehicle occupants killed in Missouri traffic crashes, with 79 percent being unbelted. Eighteen percent of the unbelted teens who were killed were teen impaired drivers.
Teen drivers are more likely to drive distracted or substance-impaired than other drivers. Under Missouri law, drivers age 21 and under are banned from texting while driving, and can be fined up to $200 for this offense. Missouri also has a Zero Tolerance Law. If you are under 21, your license will be suspended if you're caught driving with even a trace of alcohol in your system. For more information on teen driver safety, go to www.savemolives.com.
*Don't forget to take the pledge not to text while driving: http://itcanwait.com