It is hard to believe that summer is over and fall has arrived. Hopefully you were able to spend time floating or enjoying our Ozark streams in some way the last few months. We were fortunate this summer and we received plenty of rain. The water level was better than normal which provided great access on the local streams. Now the temperatures have started dropping and the public use around these areas has decreased dramatically as it always does with the change in season. I would encourage folks to get out and take advantage of the cooler temperatures before the weather turns sour. October is a perfect time to hike, float, fish, or even gig.
A Hunter Education Skills Course is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Clearwater Middle School multipurpose room. Students must preregister by going online to www.mdc.mo.gov.
Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish for more than half-a-million hunters and 1.1 million anglers. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages Missourians from all around the Show-Me State to join Americans nationwide in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, Sept. 26.
Smallmouth bass and rock bass -- also called goggle eye -- are very popular with anglers on Missouri’s Ozark streams. However, research by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that both species grow slowly and that many do not reach a quality size before dying from natural causes or being caught by anglers.
Kelly Potter of the Piedmont Running Club will be holding a nine-week 5K training program three nights per week starting Monday, Sept. 14, in Greenville. This program is open to the public and will take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings starting at 5 p.m. at the City Park in Greenville. There is a one-time $25 non-refundable fee, due on the first night of training, which goes to St. Jude’s.
Dena Hart of Harviell, left, and Kelly Potter of Piedmont rode 60 miles in the Tour de Corn at East Prairie on Saturday.
Harvey Thompson, left, and Eli Thompson, center, are pictured with Harvey’s dad, Arley Thompson, and the 12 hogs that Harvey and Eli killed in a trap—10 sows and three boars. Each sow has an average of five piglets, and she can have three litters a year.
Clearwater’s Dayvon Slack, seated at center, signed a National Letter of Intent Monday afternoon to attend Mineral Area College in the fall and play basketball. Joining Slack at the signing ceremony were his parents, April and Alphea Crenshaw, seated besidehim; back from left, Clearwater Athletic Director Shannon England, Clearwater Basketball Coach Andy Beck, and MAC Basketball Assistant Coach Marcus Scott.
Allie Holmes signed a national letter of intent to play college volleyball next year at Lindenwood University in Belleville, Ill. Holmes is currently a senior at Clearwater High School and had a stand-out season as a senior. She won many honors including being named Black River League Player of the Year, All-District, All-Region, and Second-Team All-State. She is pictured with her parents, Stacey and Tim Holmes (seated), and Lindenwood’s head volleyball coach, Justin Wells. Holmes plans to obtain a bachelor degree in biology/nursing.
Members of the Three Rivers College Rodeo team recently visited Community Living Center (nursing home) residents at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff. The team explained their events, enjoyed conversations with the Veterans, and provided them with tickets to the upcoming college rodeo. Voluntary Services Officer, Donna Reynolds noted, “We really appreciate Three Rivers College and the rodeo team – it was a great visit!”Pictured are (front row) Veterans Jerry Bishop and Crawford Price, (back row) Veteran Gene Kimes, Cory Ann McCuston, Recreation Therapist Brian Berlin, Tyler Lewis, Veteran Ken Leach, Tyler Albright, Lane Rowland, Veteran Lawrence Riley, Coach Cale Emmett, Jeffrey Pearson, Luke Swinney, Veteran Erie Jordan, Callie Stanhouse and Gigi Robey.Those interested in volunteering, visiting, or donating may contact Voluntary Services Officer, Donna Reynolds at 573/778-4275, Voluntary Services Specialist, Chris Luecke at 573/778-4276, or Voluntary Services Assistant, Bennie Hicks at 573/778-4499.
A sixth-grade AAU basketball team coached by Jeff Ayers recently finished the season undefeated. All games were played in Park Hills. Members of the team are: front from left, Laney Smith, Gracie Smith, Hailey Pauley, Alyssa Malone; back, Callie Miller, Rachel Rowold, Jada Brooks, Michalea Ayers, and Zoe Griffith.