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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Gadberry promoted to teller supervisor

SIKESTON, Mo. — FOCUS Bank has announced the promotion of Mindy Gadberry of the Sikeston branch facility to teller supervisor.

Gadberry joined FOCUS Bank in August 2004 as a teller. She is an active member of the Sikeston community and proudly supports many clubs and organizations.

UPS employee honored for 20 years of service

SIKESTON, Mo. — Heath Poindexter was recently honored by UPS for completing 20 years of service with the company.

Poindexter, who is a delivery driver with UPS in Sikeston, was recognized for his loyal service contributions. Poindexter began his career in 1988 as a unloader with the company.

Poindexter is a resident of Sikeston.

Sikeston woman recognized as national artist

SIKESTON, Mo. — Mosaics-Missouri Festival for the Arts has announced the addition of Darlene Spell to its list of 100 national artists, which was displayed at the festival Sept. 19-21 in Olde Town St. Charles. Mosaics is the fifth largest art festival in the U.S., with more than 100,000 people attending the three-day event.

Spell, a photographer, lives in Sikeston with her family. She specializes in a technique called Gicle'e; the placement of photos on artist's canvas. Her works were displayed at the festival and available for purchase, along wth note cards, glossies and other items. Her art can be seen in Southeast Missouri, Texas and on her Web site at

36th Circuit Children's Divsion honored

Tammy McCall, circuit manager for the 36th Circuit Children's Division for Butler and Ripley Counties, has been recognized by Paula Neese, director of the Missouri Department of Social Services Children's Division. A certificate of achievement was presented for the circuit's accomplishment of compliance with nationally recognized standards of best practice. The standards are set forth by the Council on Accreditation. COA Missouri hopes to reach statewide national accreditation by August 2009.

Ryan Yount receives MetLife honor

PARK HILLS, Mo. — Ryan Yount was honored at MetLife's annual Leaders Conference. Membership in this elite group is reserved for outstanding individuals who exemplify the highest standards of personal integrity, professionalism, customer service and sales achievement.

Yount joined other top financial services representatives from across the nation to share best practices while attending business sessions and workshops. Yount, a graduate of Missouri State University, is a financial services representative at MetLife and a member of Alpha Gamma Sigma Agricultral Fraternity Alumnae and the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce. Yount has worked in the financial services industry for more than four years.

Sheila Doty is 'master designer'

PARK HILLS, Mo. — Home and Garden Party has just introduced Sheila Doty as its newest master designer in Park Hills. Doty said joining the home decor business was a terrific business move.

"With Home and Garden Party, I have found a new way to better my finances - while still being able to give my family my attention," Doty said. "Now that I am part of this fantastic team, I look forward to my future with the company and am very excited to see how much I can grow with my business here in the local community."

To qualify as a master designer, individuals must have sponsored one new designer and had personal sales of $300 or more each month.

Kirksman earns designation

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — The College for Financial Planning, located in Denver, Colo., announces that Erick V. Kirkman of Poplar Bluff has successfully completed the Accredited Asset Management Specialist Professional Designation Program. Individuals who complete the program pass a final exam, sign a code of ethics and disclosure form, and earn the right to use the AAMS mark.

Kirkman is o-owner of Kissinger & Kirkman Investment Centre. Additionally, he has been registered with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, formerly NASD, since 1998. Kirkman is also on the board of directors of the Poplar Bluff Rotary Club as well as the FCA of Southeast Missouri. He and his family live in Poplar Bluff and are active members of the Fellowship General Baptist Church. His office number is (573) 785-4174. Securities are offered thrrough LPL Financial member FINRA/SIPC.

RE/MAX names top agents

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — RE/MAX Real Estate Group has announced Julie Spencer as Top Lister and Cathy Stafford as Top Producer for August.

Spencer has been a realtor since November 1998. She earned the top producer award for 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006. She has received the RE/MAX Executive Club, President's Award and, for the last five years, the RE/MAX 100% Club Award. She is a member of the Three Rivers Board of Realtors and the Missouri and National Association of Realtors. She's earned the Pinnacle Level of Award of Excellence and the Gold Level of Award of Excellence. She has her CRS and GRI designations and is a member of the Council of Residential Specialists.

Stafford received her realtors license in March 2001. She has been in the real estate business for the past seven years and is a member of the Three Rivers Board of Realtors and the Missouri and National Association of Realtors. She has received the Award of Excellence for the first six years. She has received both the RE/MAX International Presidents Club and Executive Club awards for outstanding achievements.

Mosley promoted at Buffalo Wild Wings

Franchise owner Bill Zellmer has promoted James Mosley to front of the house manager at Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar, 2136 William St. in Cape Girardeau. His responsibilities include scheduling servers and cashiers, overseeing deliveries and implementing the new Night Hunger late-night menu with an emphasis on appetizers, sampler platters, burger slammers and light meals.

Mosley attended Southeast Missouri State University and is a 1996 graduate of Central High School. Mosley has 13 years of experience in the restaurant field.

Zellmer operates Buffalo Wild Wings at Sikeston, Mo., Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Carbondale, Ill.

Former SCC director to lead Missouri ACTE

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. — Laura Hendley, director of the Waynesville Career Center, and former director of Sikeston Career and Technology Center was recently voted to the office of president-elect of the Missouri Association for Career and Technical Education. This vote took place at the annual conference held in late July.

As president-elect, Hendley shall, in the absence of the president, perform the duties of the president. The president-elect also chairs the Missouri ACTE Program of Work Committee and will succeed the current president after the 2008 annual convention.

New stylists at Rage Hair Studio

SIKESTON, Mo. — Clyda Schwartz and Colyn Wibbenmeyer, formerly hairdressers at Beauty Inn, have joined the staff of Rage Hair Studio, 1022 Linn St. in Sikeston. The two have 73 years of combined experience. Schwartz and Wibbenmeyer are now taking appointments for Tuesday through Friday. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (573) 472-1088.

Lage inducted into Missouri Newspaper Hall of Fame

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Five men who used newspapers to pump life into their communities were honored Sept. 11 with induction into the Missouri Newspaper Hall of Fame.

This year's inductees were the late Ed Lee, publisher of the Savannah Reporter; the late David Steinbeck, publisher of the Canton Press-News Journal; Robert Blosser, retired president of the News Tribune in Jefferson City; Chuck Haney, former publisher of the Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune; and Wally Lage, vice president and chief operating officer of Rush Communications in Cape Girardeau.

Lage, a Missouri native, has exerted broad influence on the newspaper industry through his work with Rust Communications, Winsor Newspapers and PAGE, a newspaper industry purchasing cooperative. Since joining Rust Communications in 1993, he has been involved in the acquisition or start-up of nearly 50 newspapers in eight states. He helped create a system in which nearly all Rust publishers have part ownership of their newspapers.

Kissinger gets director's award

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Kissinger & Kirkman Investment Centre, LLC announces that Sharon J. Kissinger recently received the Director's Club Award for outstanding client service from LPL Financial.

"I am honored to receive tis award," Kissinger said. "Serving my clients is my job, sharing their lives is a privilege."

Kissinger, a financial consultant and co-owner of Kissinger & Kirkman Investment Centre, LLC, located in Poplar Bluff, has 28 years of experience in the financial services industry.

New leadership at Malden Chamber

MALDEN, Mo. — The Malden Chamber of Commerce board has recently elected a new president and hired an administrative assistant. Directing and planning the activities of the Chamber are Paula Reeder, Chamber director; Olivia Hamra, Chamber president; and Misty Golladay, administrative assistant.

Martin Joins Montgomery Bank

Bill Martin has joined Montgomery Bank as an investment representative in the wealth management division. Located in Montgomery Bank's Cape Girardeau office, Martin is responsible for counseling both individuals and companies on investment and retirement options, including the purchase of stocks, options, bonds and mutual funds.

Martin, a resident of Sikeston, brings nearly 20 years of industry experience to Montgomery Bank. Additionally, he serves as a member of Montgomery Bank's estate planning, business continuation and deferred compensation teams. He previously served as an independent investment representative with SWS Financial Services, Inc., in Tulsa, Okla.

Dohogne joins Hendrickson Business Advisors

Stacy Dohogne has joined Hendrickson Business Advisors as a project coordinator.

A Cape Girardeau native, Dohogne also attends Southeast Missouri State University where she expects to graduate with a bachelor's degree in public relations this December. Her primary assignment at the management and marketing consulting firm is coordinating the Image Advising and Faith Perceptions programs. Image Advising provides feedback to business owners on their customer's experience; Faith Perceptions provides similar feedback to pastors in a church setting.

Dohogne has experience working in a data-intensive environment as well as in a customer service capacity. She recently completed an internship with Lutheran Family and Children's Services (LFCS) where she assisted the director of development.

Cape native appointed to state parole board

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, serving as acting governor, appointed Cape Girardeau native David E. Bertrand to the state Board of Probation and Parole today pending confirmation from the Senate.

Bertrand has been a probation officer with District 22 of the Missouri Department of Corrections probation office for about 23 years, he said. He also serves as a court officer for Cape Girardeau County Circuit Judge William L. Syler.

Bertrand has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Southeast Missouri State University. As a board member, Bertrand will help determine the release of individuals from confinement in the Department of Corrections through conditional release, or parole. Each of the state correctional centers holds parole hearings monthly.

Cape native Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry staff

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Cape Girardeau native Trent Summers has joined the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry as director of environmental and regulatory affairs.

In this role, Summers will work directly with legislators in the Capitol to help ensure the voice of the Missouri community is heard as new statutes are drafted. He will focus on issues relating to environment and energy, civil justice, employment law, immigration, governmental accountability, budget, regulatory affairs, elections, ethics, initiatives and gaming.

Summers, who holds a bachelor's degree from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, most recently worked as assistant commissioner of administration for the State of Missouri.

Real estate agent attends Milwaukee conference

Tom Meyer was one of two Missouri board members of the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association to attend its recent 40th annual convention in Milwaukee. The event provides a forum for bilateral trade and investment discussion between the Midwest and Japan. Meyer, of Exit Realty-Thomas Meyer Associates, 230 N. Sprigg St. in Cape Girardeau, has been attending the conferences in Japan for more than 10 years and is a site consultant for foreign investors and new plant interests in the Midwest, with an emphasis in Missouri.

Real estate brokers attend conference

The Mid-America Region Broker/Owner Conference for Realty Executives was recently held in Kansas City, Mo. The conference was attended by Jeff and Deb Martin, Terri Penrod and Bill and Susan Cole of Realty Executives of Cape County. Expert speakers covered topics on leadership, professional development, e-commerce, Web sites and marketing. The latest systems, tools and programs were discussed.

Realty Executives adds staff members

Donna McDonald and Mary Kistner have joined Realty Executives of Cape County. McDonald and Kistner both bring two years of real estate experience to the company.

Miller and Essner join staff of ERA Realty

Brenda Miller and Linda Essner have joined the staff of real estate agents at ERA Realty, 1409 N. Mount Auburn Road, Suite A, Cape Girardeau.

Bowman receives monthly award

SIKESTON, Mo. — Lee Bowman, a financial representative with Modern Woodmen of America, was representative of the month in the Missouri East Region for the month of August.

Bowman joined Modern Woodmen's Rainwater Region, located in Farmington, in November 2003.

Modern Woodmen of America is a fraternal life insurance society headquartered in Rock Island, Ill. It provides life insurance and annuity products to more than 765,000 members nationwide.

For more information, contact Bowman at (573) 471-5377, or the regional office at (573) 701-0163.

Massey honored for 10 years of service

KENNETT, Mo. — Raben Tire employee Jo Ann Massey received a clock as a gift for her 10 years of dedicated service. The award was presented by Herman Linter, district manager, and Rodney Bryant, store manager.

Littles, Baker lead Coldwell

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Paul Arnold with Coldwell Banker Realty announces that Brock Littles has been named Top Lister and Terry Baker as Top Producer for August.

Littles has worked at Ruth Holloway Realty, Inc., since January 2006. He attended Three Rivers Community College and obtained his degree from Southwest Baptist University in 1999. He is a member of the Three Rivers Board of Realtors and currently serves as a state director for the membership.

Baker has been a realtor in the Poplar Bluff area for about 10 years and a resident of Qulin for almost 25 years.

Bloomfield welcomes Smith as new fire chief

BLOOMFIELD, Mo. — Following the resignation of Fire Chief Chuck Edwards, the Bloomfield Board of Aldermen has named long-time fireman Michael B. Smith to fill the hole.

Smith, while new to the position, is not a new face to the department. He has served on the Bloomfield Fire Department for the last nine years and worked as assistant chief for the past year. Since February 2006, he has been the station's only full-time fireman in charge of maintenance and the day-to-day business of the department.

Former Chief Edwards will remain with the department as assistant fire chief, which Smith believes will be great for the department because of his experience and work ethic.

Chaffee hires police chief, fills city council position

CHAFFEE, Mo. — The Chaffee City Council has hired two employees and filled a vacant council seat.

Jim Chambers was hired as police chief. Chambers currently works as a jailer for the Cape Girardeau Police Department. He is a Chaffee native. Chambers replaces Jesse Chisum, who resigned in July to focus on studying for his nursing degree. Chisum left the job after 11 months on the job.

The council agreed to name Steve Loucks to fill a vacancy for the Ward 3 council seat. Loucks has not previously served on the council. Loucks replaces Bill Dysinger, who won an unopposed election in April to retain his seat but abruptly resigned in August.

The council also agreed to hire a new public works employee, Mark Lueder.

Cox joins Roland Machinery as sales rep

Kevin Cox of Jackson has joined Roland Machinery in Cape Girardeau as parts and service sales representative. Cox will be responsible for supporting the sales department and calling customers in Southeast Missouri.

Real estate sales exec completes certification

Steve Missey, a sales executive with Realty Executives of Cape County, recently completed the steps necessary to become a certified financial specialist.

Manpower employee wins award, trip

SIKESTON, Mo. — Christopher Snider, permanent placement consultant, won Manpower's Divisional Commitment to Excellence Award. Along with the award is the opportunity to attend the annual National Association of Personnel Services in Orlando, Fla., branch manager Debbie Glenn announced.

"This is an educational opportunity that will encompass three days of learning from 'Perm Professionals,' as well as the opportunity to represent Manpower's Permanent Placement Program, not to mention the networking potential with hundreds of Professional Recruiters across the country," the news release said.

Confluent recognizes employee of the month

SIKESTON, Mo. — Adrian Henry has been named Confluent Technology Group's June Employee of the Month.

Henry graduated from Ozark Technical College in December of 2007 and accepted a position as a bench technician at Confluent Technology Group in January 2008. "He is an integral part of our Repair Lab and we are excited about the energy and expertise that Adrian brings to the position," said John Carden, repair center manager for Confluent.

Three Rivers selects president, vice president

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — The Three Rivers Community College Board of Trustees has selected Joe Rozman as the new college president and Cindy Clark as vice president.

Rozman has been serving since June as the interim president at Three Rivers and is the vice president for student affairs and technology. He will serve as president until June 2009, when he plans to retire from the college.

The selection of a new college president was necessary after the departure of Dr. John Cooper in June.

Rozman joined Three Rivers in 1992 after 21 years of distinguished service in the U.S. Army, from which he retired as a lieutenant colonel. He earned his bachelor's in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech and his master's in operations research from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He lives in Poplar Bluff.

UPS Driver Pingel honored for safety

SCOTT CITY, Mo. — Dale Pingel, a package car driver for UPS, was recently recognized by the company for completed 25 years without an accident. Pingel works out of the facility located at 3425 Willow Road, Scott City. He presently provides services in the Southeast Missouri area.

District Manager Ray Bernick presented Pingel with the 25-year safe driving award, recognizing his achievement.

Pingel and his family live in Cape Girardeau.

UPS has long enjoyed an outstanding reputation for safety in the transportation industry. UPS drivers log over two billion miles a year on U.S. roads and average less than one accident per million miles driven.

Jackson woman wins Prudential CARES Volunteer Grants Award

NEWARK, N.J. — The Prudential Foundation and Prudential Financial recently provided $466,250 in Prudential CARES Volunteer Grants to 603 nonprofit organizations worldwide. The Prudential CARES Volunteer Grants program recognizes individual and team volunteers based on a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service per individual. Crystal Burress, of Jackson, Mo., was presented with an award to pass along to her chosen charity.

Burress, an agent for Prudential Insurance, was a recipient for $1,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society, High Plains Division. She contributed 58 volunteer hours in 2007, her eighth year with ACS.

Founded in 1977, The Prudential Foundation is the nonprofit grant-making organization funded by Prudential Financial, Inc.

Scott County officers attend conference

BENTON, Mo. — Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter announced that two officers attended the 2008 Project Safe Childhood National Conference, held in September in Columbus, Ohio.

Walter said Lt. Jerry Bledsoe and Deputy Laurie Caid attended the training and found it to be very beneficial in their duties conducting on-line investigations.

The training is highly specialized and provided by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program. Areas of training included community outreach, on-line investigations, legal aspects, management of child exploitation units, offenders, technology, and dealing with victims of sexual exploitation.

ARI names Employees of the Month

SIKESTON, Mo. — American Railcar Industries and Custom (formerly Custom Steel) recently selected its Employees of the Month for September. They include Daniel McNabb as Safety Employee of the Month for Custom; David Hargrove as Employee of the Month for Custom; and Leola Jones for Safety Employee and Employee of the Month for ARI.

Downing named among Best Lawyers

KENNETT, Mo. — Kennett native Don Downing, a member of the law firm Gray, Ritter and Graham, P.C. in St. Louis, was recently named among the 2009 Best Lawyers in America. Downing is listed in the commercial litigation and antitrust law categories.

The firm Downing is associated with primarily practices in matters of catastrophic injury and death, product liability, medical negligence, railroad and river worker injuries, and complex commercial and consumer litigation.

The Best Lawyers list represents 80 specialties in 50 states and Washington, D.C. The lists are compiled through a peer-review survey of 25,000 lawyers in the United States, voting for the best.

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