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Monday, October 15, 2012

JOHNSON JOINS P.B. REALTY

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Steve Johnson joined Poplar Bluff Realty Inc. as a real estate agent. He has worked in business management for 27 years.

HICKS ATTENDS VETERINARY TRAINING

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Dr. Cathy Hicks, practitioner at Hicks Animal Hospital, attended the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association's Fall Equine Dentistry Lecture and Wet Lab in Union, Mo. The course, held Sept. 7 to 9 at the Missouri Humane Society's Longmeadow Rescue Ranch, offered 18.5 hours of state licensing board-approved continuing education. Veterinarian attendees performed various dental treatments at no charge on 25 of the ranch's horses waiting for adoption.

Courtney Bohnert

BOHNERT JOINS WRIGHT GROUP

PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Courtney Bohnert joined the Wright Group's sales and marketing department as director of business development and customer relations. She comes to the company with 10 years of experience in marketing communications with River Eagle Distributing and Semco Stone.

BOWMAN GETS LIFE LEADER AWARD

SIKESTON, Mo. -- Lee Bowman of Sikeston, a financial representative with Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial, was New Member Leader in the Missouri East Region for August.

SHEETS HIRED AS PROGRAM SUPPORT SPECIALIST

PARK HILLS, Mo. -- Alison Sheets of Farmington, Mo., joined Mineral Area College as a program support specialist, part of the three-year MOHealthWINs grant in which the community college is participating. MOHealthWINs is a Department of Labor program to serve Trade Act participants, veterans, unemployed, underemployed and low-skilled Missourians. The program supports training activities in health services and health sciences career pathways throughout the state. Sheets comes to MAC from Presbyterian Manor, where she worked for six years as director of marketing and senior living counselor.

JEWELL HIRED AS READING INSTRUCTOR

Deanna Jewell

PARK HILLS, Mo. -- Deanna Jewell joined Mineral Area College as a reading instructor. She comes to the college from Saint Louis Community College, where she was a reading instructor. She also has taught reading and study skills at Arapahoe Community College in Colorado.

NORDENIA HONORS EMPLOYEES

Penny Hartle was employee of the month for September at Mondi Jackson, formerly Nordenia USA Inc. Hartle, an accountant III from Jackson, has been with the company since April 6, 2011. Mondi Jackson also recognizes the following employees for five years of service: Diana Johnson, Brendan Love, Glenn Stacy and Tony Whitaker.

GOODE HIRED AS CITY MANAGER

CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Richard Goode took over as city manager in Charleston Sept. 1., the Sikeston Standard Democrat reported. Goode, a Kentucky native, filled the position following the March 19 death of then-city manager Daniel Gruen.

UNITED CANCER ASSISTANCE NETWORK HAS NEW DIRECTOR

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Melody Melloy is the new executive director for the United Cancer Assistance Network. She joined UCAN seven months ago as marketing director. She previously worked for six years as director of membership and office manager at the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce.

TEMPLETON NAMED CENTER DIRECTOR

HAYTI, Mo. -- Dr. Stan Templeton is the new director of the Pemiscot County Career and Technology Center. He has 15 years of experience as a classroom teacher, principal and superintendent.

EDINGTON GETS PINNACLE CLUB STATUS

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Lucas Edington, broker with Mossy Oak Properties Mozark Realty, earned Pinnacle Club status for the second quarter of 2012. The club recognizes the top land sales professionals each quarter from a network of more than 300 agents and brokers in 19 states.

LAWYER MOVES TO LOWES & DRUSCH

Michael Maguire joined the law firm of Lowes & Drusch at 2913 Independence St. in Cape Girardeau. He has practiced law in Cape Girardeau for 26 years, specializing in family law and criminal law. Maguire previously worked at Lowes & Drusch before opening his own practice.

MILLER, FISHER TOP RE/MAX

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- JoNell Miller was top lister for August at RE/MAX Real Estate Group Inc. and Donna Fisher was top producer.

Chris Dirnberger

DIRNBERGER JOINS CUBA FINANCIAL

Christopher Dirnberger was named director of business development at Cuba Financial Group in Cape Girardeau. He is responsible for implementing marketing strategies and growth and development efforts for the Midwest region.

HASHEIDER APPOINTED TO STATE COMMITTEE

Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Mark Hasheider to the Advisory Committee for 911 Service Oversight, according to a news release from the governor's office. Hasheider is an assistant fire chief with the Cape Girardeau Fire Department and has been on staff since 1985. His term on the state advisory committee expires April 9, 2014.

FRANCIS HONORED FOR LIBRARY DESIGN

Angela Francis

Angela Francis of Angela Francis Interiors LLC in Cape Girardeau was honored by St. Louis Homes + Lifestyles magazine. She won the best library/home office category for the design of her home library.

KEMP NAMED DAILY STATESMAN PUBLISHER

DEXTER, Mo. -- Ron Kemp, currently a publisher over several Rust Communications-owned newspapers in Arkansas, will now serve as publisher of The Daily Statesman, the newspaper reported. Kemp replaces Bud Hunt, who was promoted to the newly created position of vice president of revenue. In his new role, Hunt will oversee the creation of a sales training and evaluation program for the company. He will also assist in product development and launch of new corporate initiatives. Kemp has been in the newspaper business for nearly three decades. He also holds the title of regional vice president for Rust Communications. Kemp will continue serving as publisher of the Arkansas-based papers and will also assume the publisher's role at The Daily Dunklin Democrat in Kennett, Mo., and The Delta News Citizen in Malden, Mo. He also heads up papers in north central and western Arkansas, Dyersburg and Shelbyville, Tenn., and Marshall and Nevada, Mo. Bobby Greer will remain in his position as general manager at The Daily Statesman, overseeing the daily operations of the paper including circulation, the newsroom, advertising and composition.

Seth Merriman

MERRIMAN NAMED GENERAL MANAGER

Seth Merriman was named general manager of Bagger Dave's Burger Tavern in Cape Girardeau. He is responsible for customer service and quality. Merriman worked with franchise partner Lonnie Griggs to hire and train the initial restaurant staff before opening.

MARY KAY HONORS TOP PRODUCERS

Jana Jateff and Kay Waller, both of Cape Girardeau, Sherry McCall of Sedgewickville, Mo., and Gail Sanchez of Jackson were all honored by Mary Kay cosmetics company for being the top producers this quarter.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR RESIGNS

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Rick Sliger, Butler County emergency management director, submitted his resignation before the start of the Butler County Commission meeting Sept. 21, the Daily American Republic reported. Robbie Myers was appointed interim director of the Emergency Management Agency, and the commissioners plan to begin advertising for a permanent EMA director. Sliger had served in the position for six years. Myers served as Eastern District commissioner from 1997 through 2008.

LANE NAMED ASSISTANT COORDINATOR IN DEXTER

DEXTER, Mo. -- Michelle Lane took over as assistant coordinator of the Three Rivers College campus in Dexter, the Daily Statesman reported. She replaces Ann Matthews, who took a position with the Three Rivers campus in Kennett, Mo. Lane previously served as administrative assistant for academic careers and outreach services at Three Rivers' main campus in Poplar Bluff, Mo. In her new role, Lane will advise students, help with retention and work in the day-to-day operations of the center in Dexter.

PARKER ATTENDS FINANCIAL CONFERENCE

SIKESTON, Mo. -- Michael L. Parker of LPL Financial attended focus12, a leading financial services industry conference hosted by LPL Financial. The conference, held Aug. 19 to 22 in San Diego, offered opportunities to learn new strategies and skills, expand knowledge in numerous product areas and network with peers and industry experts.

Wanda Duncan
Jan McClanahan

DUNCAN, MCCLANAHAN OBTAIN NEW CERTIFICATION

Wanda Duncan and Jan McClanahan with Realty Executives of Cape County earned the nationally recognized short sales and foreclosure resource certification. The National Association of Realtors offers the certification to Realtors who want to help both buyers and sellers navigate these complicated transactions, as demand for professional expertise with distressed sales grows.

DUNCAN ELECTED STATE COUNCIL SECRETARY

Wanda Duncan with Realty Executives of Cape County was elected secretary of the State Council of Residential Specialists for 2013. The CRS is a professional network of nearly 33,000 residential real estate professionals worldwide.

P.B. MAN NAMED VP BY MFA OIL

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- David Dunlap of Poplar Bluff, Mo., was promoted to company vice president at MFA Oil Co., along with James Greer and Jackie Maxwell, the Daily American Republic reported. Dunlap, an 18-year veteran of MFA, is eastern region manager for the company's bulk and propane operations. He moved to Poplar Bluff in 1998 to serve as district sales manager for Southeast Missouri and was later promoted to eastern region sales manager covering the eastern half of Missouri, Arkansas, Indiana, Southeast Iowa and Kentucky. Dunlap will continue to reside in Poplar Bluff.

WHITTEN LEADS AMERICAN REALTY

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Terri Whitten was top producer and top lister for August at Century 21 American Realty Inc.

CHANGES MADE IN SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

NEW MADRID, Mo. -- The New Madrid County Board of Education announced a change in its district leadership for the 2013-2014 school year, the Sikeston Standard Democrat reported. After eight years as superintendent, Bill Nance is stepping down. The board accepted his resignation effective June 30, 2013. However, he will continue to work part-time in the school district as assistant to the new superintendent. Assuming the duties of superintendent is Dr. Cynthia Sharp Amick, who is currently assistant superintendent for the district.

ZARCONE, SCHIMWEG JOIN L.I.F.E. CENTER

FARMINGTON, Mo. -- The L.I.F.E. Inc. Center for Independent Living added Candy Zarcone and Denise Schimweg to help launch its new employment network, L.I.F.E. Inc. Employment Solutions. Zarcone, formerly a special programs consultant for the St. Francois County Community Partnership, will serve as employment and training coordinator. Schimweg will serve as transition age teens employment specialist. Besides serving as a special educator for the Farmington R-7 School District, Schimweg has also been an instructor, academic adviser and education coordinator with Missouri Baptist University's Education program. The new Employment Network offers free assistance with career exploration, resume building, interview skills, job coaching, job placement and other employment-related services. Zarcone and Schimweg are also currently training to become Certified Work Incentive Coordinators.

STUDENT/FACULTY ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN AMERICAN NURSERYMAN

Two Southeast Missouri State University students collaborated with a faculty member to co-author an article published in the September issue of American Nurseryman. The article, "Trillium recurvatum," focuses on a perennial that is abundant in woodland forests in Southeast Missouri in the spring. Authors of the article are David Schnoes of St. Louis, a biology major, wildlife management option; Corey Jones of Jackson, an agribusiness major, horticulture option; and Dr. Sven Svenson, assistant professor of agriculture, who teaches horticulture at Southeast.

Amanda Abner
Jessica Haws

CONCEPTS PROMOTES TWO TO EDUCATOR

Concepts Styling Salon in Cape Girardeau promoted Amanda Abner and Jessica Haws to Concepts Salon educators. Abner and Haws recently completed the Bumble and Bumble University network educator program in New York City. Concepts hosts monthly training courses to improve the salon team's technical education.

HAMPTON NAMED DETENTION CENTER SUPERINTENDENT

BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Judi Hampton took over Oct. 8 as superintendent of the Stoddard County Juvenile Detention Center at Bloomfield, the Daily American Republic reported. She replaces Dennis Fowler, who retired. For the past 13 years, Hampton has been a deputy court clerk in Stoddard County, as well as working for six years as a part-time detention aide in the county's juvenile center.

Robert I. Houchins

MODERN WOODMEN REP FINISHES COURSES; TWO RECEIVE HONORS

Modern Woodmen of America representative Robert I. Houchins of Jackson completed an educational program at Modern Woodmen's home office in Rock Island, Ill. The training program focused on helping business owners with life insurance plans, annuities and IRAs. Training also included strategies to help provide income from retirement assets and pension plans to those approaching retirement. Kelly Darby of Jackson earned the Life Applications Leader award and was also new member leader in the Missouri east region in September. Ken Volkerding of Jackson was Modern Woodmen of America's district agent of the month for September.

CAPE LAWYER ELECTED TO STATE BOARD

Michael Gardner was elected to the board of governors of the Missouri Bar as representative of the young lawyers' section. He was also re-elected to the young lawyers' section council. Gardner practices with Osburn, Hine, Yates & Murphy in Cape Girardeau.

BESS, FELKER EARN INSURANCE DISTINCTION

MADISON, Wis. -- William Bess, American Family Insurance agent in Park Hills, Mo., and Edward Felker, American Family Insurance agent in Bonne Terre, Mo., were each recognized for providing outstanding customer experience under the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Insurance Agency Program. Bess has been an agent for American Family since November 1982, and Felker joined the company in March 2003. The company is headquartered in Madison, Wis.

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