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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Eilers joins SEMO Medical Equipment staff

Andrea Eilers has joined the respiratory staff of SEMO Medical Equipment, 1417 N. Mount Auburn Road, Suite C, in Cape Girardeau. Eilers has more than five years of experience in respiratory therapy, most of which was at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter, Mo. She is a 2003 graduate of the certified respiratory program at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center and received an associate of science degree from Mineral Area Community College in Park Hills, Mo. SEMO Medical Equipment is a medical equipment company that specializes in respiratory care.

Fallert honored for work as nursing assistant

STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. — Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital announced that Lori Fallert won second place in the Positive Promotions' 2008 "I Make A Difference" Nursing Assistant of The Year Award contest. Fallert was selected over 200 nursing assistants who were nominated across the United States.

Fallert, who has worked as a CNA at SGCMH since 2004, plans to enter Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing in Cape Girardeau in May.

The hospital honored Fallert with a reception, certificate and $250 cash award. Hospital CEO Tom Keim also offered his congratulations.

Contest sponsor Positive Promotions, based in Hauppauge, N.Y., specializes in the production of promotional, educational, health, safety and recognition materials.

McCormick begins as trooper

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Dennis W. McCormick is the newest Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper in Troop E. He began work on Jan. 5, following his recent graduation from the Patrol's Law Enforcement Academy in Jefferson City.

McCormick has been assigned to Zone 10, which covers Dunklin County. His hometown is Campbell.

Rukstad is employee of the quarter

SIKESTON, Mo. — Jennifer Rukstad, a probation and parole officer, was selected as the employee of the month for the third quarter of Probation and Patole in the Department of Corrections.

Rukstad began work with the DOC in February 2004 at the District 14 office in Sikeston. During her tenure, Rukstad has supervised a variety of caseloads in Scott County. She is also the assistant court liaison for the Scott County Circuit Court.

Cargill employee earns commodity trading license

SIKESTON, Mo. — Millie Dannenmueller, a grain origination specialist at Cargill AgHorizons in Sikeston, recently passed the Series 3 exam to fulfill her commodity-trading advisor licensing requirements with Cargill AgHorizons Marketing Services. With a CTA license, Dannenmueller can assist CAMS personal marketing managers to offer a broader range of grain marketing advisory services to area producers.

A native of Blodgett, Dannenmueller is a Thomas W. Kelly High School graduate. She is registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as an associated person of CAMS, and a member of the National Futures Association.

Gaines among Gov. Award nominees

DEXTER, Mo. — Gary Gaines of Dexter, Mo., southeast regional office director for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, was recently named as a nominee for the Governor's Award for Quality and Productivity. He was one of six members from the DNR who made up the team that worked to expand the department's network of satellite offices in the state.

Other team members nominated were Jim Macy, director of field services; Karl Fett, Kansas City regional office director; Irene Crawford, northeast regional office director; Mike Struckhoff, St. Louis regional office director; and Cindy Davies, southwest regional office director.

Knodell is Top Producer

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Kurt Knodell is Top Producer for November at Poplar Bluff Realty, Inc. He belongs to the National Board of Realtors, the Missouri Association of Realtors, and the Three Rivers Board of Realtors. He can be reached at (573) 718-6399.

McGee is Employee of Year

VAN BUREN, Mo. — Missouri Highlands Health Care has named Cindy McGee, LPN, as its 2008 Employee of the Year. A resident of Van Buren, she has been a full-time employee with MHHC since 2006. Co-worker nominations noted McGee's dedication to MHHC's community mission and her excellent service to patients and customers. Along with the award, she was given a clock and a $500 bonus by executive director Sherilyn Clark.

SemoMarketplace.com adds account executives

Ray Smith and Caitlin McCuan have joined the staff of SemoMarketplace.com. SemoMarketplace is an online business directory featuring business hours, address, phone number, Google map, photo and payments accepted by more than 14,000 businesses in Southeast Missouri.

Element 74 hires project director

Brad Davis has joined Element 74 as project director. He is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the website design and software development process from start to finish. He brings more than 20 years of professional photography experience to enhance the creative aspect and design of each project.He also has experience in marketing and public relations. Davis holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and a master of arts degree in management from Webster University in St. Louis. He lives in Jackson.

Koch joins Jackson's Hair Clips Salon

Hair Clips Salon in Jackson has hired Logan Koch. She is a graduate of Jackson High School and Trendsetters School of Cosmetology. Koch is available Tuesday through Friday and by appointment on Saturday.

Hutson moves to new office

Former AIG Retirement financial advisor Chris Hutson has moved offices and now works for Edward Jones in Cape Girardeau. The move to 2536 William St. happened Dec. 8. According to Hutson, his affiliation was independent from the AIG that needed government money to stay afloat.

Hutson's office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment. His phone number is (573) 335-9843.

Mike Shain retires from KFVS-12

Mike Shain, longtime news anchor for Heartland News on KFVS-12, is retiring after 36 years at the station. The announcement came from News Director Mark Little.

Shain will continue to contribute to Heartland News on a limited basis through special assignments and projects. On Jan. 15, KFVS-12 aired a special tribute to Shain, produced by co-anchor Mary-Ann Maloney and including comments from current and former anchors.

Shain began his career as a high school senior in 1956 at radio station KSIM in Sikeston. In 1970, he moved to radio station KMPL, also in Sikeston. He began his career at KFVS-TV in 1972. Since then, Shain has done nearly every job in the newsroom, including assignment editor, news director, producer, reporter and anchor.

For more information, contact Paul Keener, director of marketing, at (573) 335-1212

Samples honored for 30 years of service

KENNETT, Mo. — Kathy Samples was recognized recently for serving 30 years with the State Department of Economic Development. She received a plaque from Emily Modlin of the Missouri Career Center.

Curtis retires from Poplar Bluff bank

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — After 31 years of outstanding service in the banking industry, Tammy Curtis is retiring from Southern Missouri Bank. A reception was held in her honor on Jan. 16.

Strange elected bank board member

IRONTON, Mo. — Chris Wigger, president of First State Community Bank, Ironton, Mo., announces Darrin Strange as the bank's newest board member. Strange joins current Board of Directors William Cooper, Greg Allen, Chris Wigger, Jack Sebastian, John Komar, Roger McHenry, Donald Moses, Ray Johnson and Mark Williams.

Strange is a 1983 graduate of Arcadia Valley High School and a 1985 graduate of Mineral Area College with an associate's degree. He has been in the automobile business for 23 years and has owned and operated Darrin Strange Auto Network, Inc. since 1992.

Swingle joins State Farm

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Peggy Swingle has joined Susan Williams State Farm Insurance, locatd at 3366 S. Westwood Blvd., across from Ozark Border, as a multiple line representative. She maintains an LSA-5 designation with State Farm Insurance and is licensed to write property, casualty, life and health insurance in Missouri. Swingle has been employed as a licensed State Farm team member since August 2000. She brings with her multi-state insurance sales experience, having written and produced insurance policies in Missouri as well as Colorado.

Commerce Bank honors Isbell

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Bill Brandt, president of Commerce Bank, announced that Debbie Isbell has been named "Employee of the Year" for 2008. Isbell has been with Commerce Bank for 13 years. She has worked in the credit and bookkeeping departments, and currently works in the commercial loan department. She lives in Wappapello, Mo.

PB Realty top agents named

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Rhenda Hutchison has been named Top Lister and Kurt Knodell the Top Producer for November at Poplar Bluff Realty, Inc.

Hutchison has been a licensed real estate agent since 2005. She was owner of B.B.C. Market for 24 years, but is currently focusing on real estate. She is a member of the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Realtors, Missouri Association of Realtors and Three Rivers Board of Realtors.

Knodell currently serves as president of the Three Rivers Board of Realtors and also belongs to the National Association of Realtors and Missouri Association of Realtors. He has previous experience in finance, home remodeling and business ownership before becoming a full-time real estate broker-agent. He can be reached anytime at (573) 718-6399.

Coldwell honors top realtors

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Paul Arnold with Coldwell Banker Realty announces that Brock Littles has been named Top Producer and Laura Jane Yarbro as Top Lister for December.

Littles has worked at Coldwell Banker since January 2006 and was top listing agent for 2007. He attended Three Rivers Community College and obtained his degree from Southwest Baptist University. He is a member of the Three Rivers Board of Realtors and currently serves as state director for the membership. He is also a member of the Greater Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce. Littles was also named Top Lister and Top Producer for 2008.

Yarbro graduated from Missouri State University in Springfield with a master's degree in business administration. She has been in real estate for more than three years and is a member of the Three Rivers Board of Realtors, Missouri Association of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors.

RE/MAX lists monthly honors

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

Spencer has been a realtor since November 1998. She has earned the top producer awards from 1999-2006 and has received the RE/MAX Executive Club, President's Award, and for the last five years the RE/MAX 100% Club Award. 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. She is a member of the Three Rivers Board of Realtors and the Missouri and National Association of Realtors.

Stafford received her realtors license in March 2001. She 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 last six years. She has received both the REMAX International Presidents Club and Executive Club awards for outstanding achievements.

Miles joins Touch of Class

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Hairdresser Larissa Miles, formerly of SmartStyle, has joined the staff of Touch of Class, located in the Hillsdale Plaza. She works from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. To set up an appointment, call (573) 686-3636.

Barnhart joins Tastefully Simple

Malarie Barnhart of Scott City, Mo., has joined Tastefully Simple direct-sales company as an independent consultant. Tasefully Simple offers gourmet foods nationwide.

Dunn achieves milestone at Modern Woodmen

Ginger Dunn of Scott City was named December 2008 membership leader and representative of the month by the Modern Woodmen of America's Missouri East Region agency headed by Randy Rainwater of Farmington, Mo. Dunn started working full-time for the agency in July.

Boeller joins First State Community Bank board

Keith Boeller of Cape Girardeau has joined the First State Community Bank advisory board of directors in Cape Girardeau. Boeller is president of PAJCO Inc. in Cape Girardeau and operates the Rhodes 101 Stop Convenience Stores in the city.

Transportation company recognizes 19 employees

Genesis Transportation Company in Cape Girardeau recently presented safety awards at its annual banquet to 19 employees who, combined, had more than 20 million accident-free miles. Receiving awards were James Morgan of Benton, Mo.; Dennis Walker of Bismark, Mo.; Virgil Null, Kenneth Maevers, Dennis Shetley and John Salyer, all of Cape Girardeau; Bill Barker of Dexter, Mo.; Jimmy Hollingshad of Friedheim, Mo; Terry Smith of Grand Tower, Ill.; David Farrow, Gustav Wischmann, Harold Ringwald and Craig Kiefer, all of Jackson; Steve Haggard and Johnny Nanney of Marble Hill, Mo.; Otis Johnson of Parma, Mo.; and Donald Calhoun, Mike Gross and Robert Hennecke of Scott City.


Morton joins Hendrickson Business Advisors

Kelly Morton has joined Hendrickson Business Advisors as a project specialist and has developed an educational series for medical professionals titled "The Business of Medicine." As a project specialist, Morton works to help physician practices become more educated on issues related to business and marketing. She also works directly with small and mid-sized businesses to improve their customers' experience. The series' goal is to provide business ideas and strategies to help medical service providers improve their medical practice, allowing them more time to focus on patient care. Topics for 2009 include medical practice management, financial health of a medical practice, patient perception and satisfaction and retirement strategies.

Seven stylists complete bareMinerals training

Tanya Cwik, Cortney Gerard, Tennie Rust, Terry Brewer Cheatham, Christy Jones, Ashley Taylor and Elisha Gegg of elements Salon Spa & Boutique in Cape Girardeau recently completed 2009 continued education training with bareMinerals by Bare Escentuals. The beauty ambassadors are certified or licensed to work one-on-one with customers.

Henson is Daily Journal Citizen of Year

PARK HILLS, Mo. — Roy Henson has received the Daily Journal Citizen of the Year Award. His award, along with several others, was presented at the Park Hills-Leadington Chamber of Commerce annual banquet on Jan. 16.

The Chamber's Friend award went to Karen Mohan and Virginia Blaine for their efforts to start a new bicycling event in the Parkland. The KFMO/B104 Sweat Equity Award went to Debbie Bunch, the incoming Chamber president.The KREI/KTJJ 110 Percent Award went to Mary Lee and Harvey Faircloth for their work in many civic organizations and community efforts.

The banquet also included recognition of retiring board members Lori Ball, Diann Bess, Mary Lee Faircloth and Lois Anne Meyer; outgoing president Chuck Odle; and installation of the 2009 officers: President Debbie Bunch, 1st Vice President Glenda Straughn, 2nd Vice President Jenni Thorn, Treasurer Anne Strangmeier, Executive Director Tammi Burns, Secretary Juanita Mahurin, Ex-officio for Park Hills Norman Lucas, Ex-officio for Leadington Mayor Larry Kennon, and Immediate Past President Chuck Odle.

The board of directors also was installed: Ron Burns, Debbie Thomure, Chuck Odle, Anne Strangmeier, Charlie Boyer, Debbie Bunch, Kelly Hamski, Glenda Straughn, Chad Bradley, Linda Dickerson, Ron Scott and Jenni Thorn.

New Era Bank promotions and hires

FREDERICKTOWN, Mo. — Mike Burcham, president of New Era Bank, recently announced the promotions of four New Era Bank employees.

Kent Marler was promoted to vice president. He joined the bank in 2003 and has served as assistant vice president and investment services manager. He has 11 years of investment, brokerage and banking experience and is a graduate of the Barrett School of Banking in Memphis, Tenn.

Paul Hale, Jr., was promoted to assistant vice president. Hale began his career with the bank in 1999. He is a graduate of Southeast Missouri University and serves as the bank's compliance officer and security officer, as well as overseeing the information technology department.

Paula Moser was promoted to assistant vice president. She began her employment with New Era in 1996.

Terrie Toppins was promoted to operations officer. She joined the bank in 1992 as a teller and later worked in several areas of the bank including operations and new accounts. Toppins has worked in the IT department since 2005.

Stephen R. Green, chairman and CEO of New Era Bank, also announced the addition of Tony Myers to New Era Bank Farmington Advisory Board. Myers is the corporate senior director of Organizational Development for Centene Corporation in Clayton and a graduate of the University of Missouri. Myers has worked in human resources for more than 20 years.

New Era Bank is a subsidiary of New Era Bancorporation, a 252 million dollar bank holding company headquartered in Fredericktown. New Era bank has five banking locations in Fredericktown, Farmington and Park Hills.


Bootheel Counseling Services recognizes employees

SIKESTON, Mo. — Tammy Deen was chosen by her co-workers at Bootheel Counseling Services as the employee of the quarter for the fourth quarter 2008. She was chosen based on her devotion to her job, respect shown toward her employees, efficiency in meeting deadlines, taking ownership in her responsibilities and upholding the values of Bootheel Counseling Services. She has been with the agency for nine years and currently serves as the billing supervisor. She lives in Canalou, Mo.

Kiana Sanders was chosen by her co-workers at Bootheel Counseling Services as Employee of the Year for 2008. She was chosen for demonstrating respect and empathy toward clients. She is also recognized as an individual with high ethical standards who carries out the mission of Bootheel Counseling Services as her own. She has been with the agency for four years and currently works as a case manager. She lives in Sikeston.

Dill is Daily Journal Citizen of Year

BONNE TERRE, Mo. — Nancy Dill, the executive director of the Bonne Terre Chamber of Commerce, has received the Daily Journal Citizen of the Year Award. Dill took on the job as part-time executive director in June of 2007 after spending 26 years at Southwestern Bell, which became AT&T. She also serves as the chairperson of the city's Grant Committee and is on on the city's Community Betterment Committee.

Dill was one of several to receive awards Jan. 17 at the Chamber's annual awards and installation banquet. Patty Knight received the KFMO Business Leader of the Year award for Crossroads. The business opened this year in a new location across the street from the old one. Knight took over ownership of the restaurant in 1995.

Rob Strauser and David Spray received the KTJJ 110 Percent Award for organizing the Bonne Terre Soccer League, which has grown from 150 youth members in its first year to about 400 members.

Charlene Huskey received the Bonne Terre Chamber Elite Service Award for being a founder of Shared Blessings, a resource and shelter for the homeless.

Earl Mullins, director and founder of The Space Museum in Bonne Terre, received the Bonne Terre Chamber Hometown Hero Award for his work with the museum and bringing astronauts to Bonne Terre through events and festivals.

Patricia and Ray Murphy of Spacewalker received the Bonne Terre Chamber Lifetime Achievement Award.

Other plaques went to Miller and Dan Ward, who won't be on the Chamber Board of Directors next year. Another plaque went to outgoing president John Owings.

The new board consists of Marty Umfleet, president; Carolyn Simily, vice president; Tammy Baranovic, treasurer; and Kevin Andres, Brandon Hubbard, Amber Young, Carolyn Kaeser, Dave Bahr, J.J. Vickers and Ginger Williams.

Whitson attends accounting seminar

MALDEN, Mo. — Glenda L. Whitson, EA, of Whitson Tax & Accounting, LLC, attended the 2008 Gear Up Tax Seminar in St. Louis from Dec. 2-3. The event was hosted by the Missouri Society of Accountants. As a federally licensed tax professional, Whitson believes in attending educational events to maintain awarenes of tax issues and ever changing regulations facing her clients. Seminar topics included the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 and new tax regulations, Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief of 2007, foreclosures of residences, Recovery Rebates for 2008, Section 179 deductions and more.

Ketcherside, McCoy honored by Century 21

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Melba Jean McCoy has been named Top Lister and Natali Ketcherside the Top Producer for December at Century 21 American Realty, according to Rick Lansford, broker and owner.

McCoy is a member of the Missouri Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, and Three Rivers Board of Realtors. She has earned the Award of Excellence and has been a Million Dollar Producer for the past several years. McCoy is experienced in listing and selling all types of real estate. She can be reached at (573) 776-5207 or (573) 785-2121, x110.

Ketcherside joined Century 21 in 2003. She received a degree in business administration from Three Rivers Community College and is a member of the Three Rivers Board of Realtors and Missouri and National Association of Realtors. She received the Award of Excellence from C-21 Corporation in St. Louis and was a member of the Million Dollar Club in 2005.

Henderson finished course

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Vicki L. Henderson, CRS, GRI ePRO, has recently completed the designated course requirements and is officially a certified financing specialist. Established in 1988, RE/MAX Real Estate Group is the oldest active real estate company in Poplar Bluff. The group's agents represent over 100 years of cumulative experience.

Rankin joins Rick's Hair

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Tracy Rankin is now with Rick's Hair Fashions, 2201 N. Westwood Blvd. in Poplar Bluff. She has 22 years of experience and also does ear piercing. For an appointment, call (573) 785-0123, (573) 785-0124 or (573) 776-8292.

Smith joins Coldwell Banker

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Jared Smith has joined Coldwell Banker as a sales associate. Smith graduated from Southwest Missouri State University and has been involved in real estate as a licensed appraiser since 2005. He lives in Poplar Bluff and is a member of the Three Rivers Board of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

United Way volunteers serve on council

John McGowan, community impact director for United Way of Southeast Missouri, is currently serving as board secretary for the Southeast Missouri P-20 Council. Two United Way volunteers also serve on the council. Wayne Wallingford, of McDonald's, serves as treasurer, and Kathy Swan, of JCS Tel-Link, serves as vice-chair. The P-20 Council is a partnership between business and education to create a 21st century workforce. It was previously known as the Business and Education Network of Southeast Missouri

Mueller receives Fulenwider Award

Marybelle Mueller — the first female lawyer elected to a judicial post in Missouri — has received the R.A. Fulenwider Meritorious Community Service Award. The award was presented during the Jackson Chamber of Commerce and Jackson Industrial Development Authority banquet Jan. 22 in Jackson.

Mueller was chosen based on her credentials and community involvement. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia Law School in 1950. She served as magistrate judge from 1955-1962 and associate circuit judge for Cape Girardeau County from 1974-1994. She has participated in community activities ranging from the Daughters of the American Revolution to New McKendree United Methodist Church.

Also that evening, Busey Truck Equipment Co., a family-owned business that has been in Jackson since 1983, was honored as Industry of the Year. Jones Drug Store and Overhead Door were both named Small Businesses of the Year. Jones Drug Store has been operating in Jackson since 1873 while Overhead Door has had a presence in the city since 1957.

Trucking company honors employees

Byron L. Lang Inc. recently hosted an employee appreciation dinner, with about 30 employees present. Jack Faries was recognized for his 18 years of dedicated service to the trucking company. Faries retired Dec. 11, 2008. He recorded more than 2 million miles for the company without a single accident.

Other employees honored included Kenny Weinrich, 25 years; Tim Tuschhoff, 17 years; Kelly Fluegge, 15 years; Jamie DeBrock, 15 years; Paul Miler, 13 years; Herbie McCutcheon, 13 years; Linda McCutcheon, 13 years; Gary Sander, 11 years; Gary Weber, 11 years; Chris Schaefer, 10 years; Dean Meyr, nine years; Greg Houchin, eight years; Mike Strange, seven years; Danny Neal, seven years; Jeff Proctor, six years; Johnny McCutcheon, five years; Mike Coffee, four years; Glenn Cook, four years; Eddie White, four years; Gary Lathum, three years; Gene Pendergrass, three years; J.R. Cook, two years; and Sean Mitchell, two years.

Employee promoted at Edward Jones

Tina Roberts has been promoted from a trainee position to branch office administrator at the Cape Girardeau office of Edward Jones financial services firm. Roberts has lived in the Cape Girardeau and Jackson area for more than 40 years. She was promoted after successfully completing the firm's in-depth training program.

Tyson Foods presents awards

DEXTER, Mo. — Fourth quarter service awards were handed out in January to Tyson Foods employees who have consistently served at the Dexter plant. Those recognized included Jimmy Shafter and Jerry Hill for five years; and Rose Quade, Mose Collier, Jimmy Duncan, Guadalupe Everett, Yvonne Wood, Jimmy Comstock, Bobby Mooy and Robert Harris for 10 years.

Photographer's work shown on phone book

BONNE TERRE, Mo. — A local photographer who won the Bonne Terre photography contest at the city's fall festival will have his work pictured on the cover of the next AT&T Missouri Parkland phone directory.

In October, Dion Davidson of Bonne Terre, the postmaster for Caledonia, put together photographs of Bonne Terre as part of a contest that asked people to "Show us how you see Bonne Terre." His work included the miner's statue overlooking the city, showing the history of the area.

The phone book was unveiled Feb. 6 at Bonne Terre City Hall. The event was sponsored by AT&T, along with the Bonne Terre Chamber of Commerce and the Bonne Terre Community Betterment Committee.

NORDENIA honors employees

NORDENIA USA has named William Andrews, print first assistant, as February employee of the month. Andrews has been with NORDENIA since July 19, 2005. He lives in Millersville, Mo.

NORDENIA USA also recognized the following five, 10 and 15-year anniversaries:

Fifteen years of service: Heather Perreault and Michael Renaud.

Ten years of service: Joseph Bracken and Billy Martin.

Five years of service: Jonathan Kasten.

NORDENIA USA manufactures plastic packaging and films.

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