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Candis Barks Recognized By VA With BEE Award

  The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Poplar Bluff recently presented its “BEE Award” to Advanced Medical Support Assistant and Navy Veteran, Candis Barks.   The BEE Award stands for “Being Exceptional Every (Day)” and was adopted by the John J. Pershing VAMC  in 2021. It is designed to be the DAISY…

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Lieutenant Governor Visits Ironton Bike Park

  By Susan Smith Kline Mike Kehoe, the lieutenant governor of Missouri visited our area on Thursday, July 28th. Mr. Kehoe had heard so much about Shepherd Mountain bike park that he wanted to see it. Also in attendance were Elaine Gannon who is a member of the Missouri Senate, representing District 3, Chris Dinkins…

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24/7 Ambulance Service Restored in Reynolds County

A new ambulance board has been appointed by the Reynolds County Commission and 24/7 ambulance service has been restored. Washington County has been contracted to manage the service. The ambulance board is now comprised of Joe Loyd, Gina O’Brien, Randy Freeman, Brandon Robinson, Paula Henson, and Evelyn Williams. Henson is the only member of the…

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New Reynolds County Ambulance Board Appointed

A new ambulance board has been appointed by the Reynolds County Commission. The board was slated to meet Monday night. One item on that agenda was possibly leasing out the ambulance service to another agency. The ambulance board is now comprised of Joe Loyd, Gina O’Brien, Randy Freeman, Brandon Robinson, Paula Henson, and Evelyn Williams.…

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Wayne County Suffers Moderate Drought

  By: Clay Steward The topsoil is dry, corn yield is small, pastures are not growing and crops are stressed. Urban watering is extensive, pond and river levels decline and fire threat increases along with burn bans. These are all indicators of a moderate drought. 100% of Wayne County is suffering from a moderate drought.…

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Fire Claims Life of Piedmont Woman

Firefighters were dispatched to a fire on V Highway Sunday afternoon. A Piedmont woman died at the scene. The Clearwater Fire Protection District was dispatched at 1:18 p.m., according to Active 911. A neighbor reported a fire at Fred Zamzow’s farm. Fourteen firefighters from the Clearwater Fire Protection District and Piedmont Fire Department responded. The…

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Smith Accepts Job With State Tax Commission

Tara Smith has announced plans to step down as Wayne County Assessor. Smith has accepted a position with the State Tax Commission. She will resign her position as Wayne County Assessor effective Aug 15th, 2022. Smith is serving her first term as assessor but has been in the assessor’s office for over two decades. She…

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