Parkland Area News

Local Information

14 November 2018

    A new Superintendent has been chosen for the Central School District. Current Superintendent, Dr. Desi Mayberry, says Dr. Ashley McMillian, who is the Superintendent in the Holcomb, Missouri schools, was chosen after an extensive search by members of the district's Board of Education.

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    Mayberry will continue to be Superintendent at Central until the end of the current fiscal year. Mayberry spent 10 years as Central's Superintendent and 7 years as Assistant Superintendent in the district.

    No injuries are being reported after a fire this morning in Desloge at 601 Tyler Street. Desloge Fire Chief, Larry Gremminger, tells KFMO B014 news at first firefighters were made aware there may be someone trapped in the house. Gremminger says when they pulled up the residents of the home were already outside.

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    According to Gremminger the cause of the blaze appears to be a short in a the power cord for a piece of electrical equipment. It was burned off and the fire appeared to have spread from there to a grass catcher and other nearby items. The blaze was called out as a First Alarm fire and Desloge firemen received assistance from the Big River, Farmington, and Park Hills fire departments.

    Members of the St. Francois County Road and Bridge Crew have been ready to clear roads in case snow or icy conditions developed after a winter weather advisory was issued yesterday yet roads have turned out to be clear in our area. Associate St. Francois County Commissioner, Gay Wilkenson, says he admires the work the crew does when roads are covered with snow and ice. Wilkenson also says he gets compliments from residents on the work put into clearing county roads but it's really the men on the crew who should get the credit.

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    Although there was some snow in the area most roads weren't effected as negatively as was expected.

    A Bismarck man, 28 year old Aaron Wilkinson, is in custody after being charged with a class A felony of murder in the first degree after allegedly admitting to family members he killed his grandmother, 67 year old Bismarck resident, Brenda DeClue. Reports indicate Bismarck Police found DeClue dead in her home after Washington County Sheriff's Deputies alerted them to the comments made by Wilkinson. DeClue was found to have been killed during an assault. Wilkinson was taken into custody and he's being held in the St. Francois County jail.

    144th District State Representative, Chris Dinkins, will be the new House Caucus Secretary after being selected for the role by caucus members. Dinkins says she's grateful and honored to have been chosen.

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    Dinkins adds she wants to be use her new job as a springboard to continue to be a strong voice for rural Missouri in the coming session. Dinkins says she feels sometimes our state's rural citizens are left behind in representation over our more populated cities. Missouri Legislators will be able to pre file bills as of December 1st. The next legislative session begins in January.

    State Representative, Mike Henderson, will be headed back to Jefferson City as the Missouri Legislature convenes for it's next session in January. Henderson defeated challenger Kayla Chick in the mid term election last week and he says he hopes to accomplish more this session after the experience gained in the last couple of legislative sessions.

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    Remember to tune in our legislative reports on the KFMO Morning Drive. We'll begin those reports once the legislature convenes for a new session in January.

    Members of the Mineral Area College Board of Trustees are getting their search underway for a replacement for the current President of the college, Dr. Steven Kurtz. He announced his retirement from the job recently and Kurtz says they've set up a solid search committee whose members will go through several steps to find his replacement.

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    According to Kurtz typically a semi finalist round of candidates might include certain communication technologies like Skype so committee members can interview candidates in a more timely, efficient manor. The committee should start their work in a few days.

    A special Movie Trivia Night will be held to benefit St. POaul Lutheran High School of Farmington Sunday, November 18th. A Music Teacher and Guidance Councilor at St. Paul High, Cara Robbs, says it's completely about movies.

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    The entry fee is 20 dollars per person or 150 dollars for a table. The event will be held at St. Paul Lutheran School Gym in downtown Farmington. Students in the 5th through 12th grades can sign up for just 10 dollars as an early bird special November 5th through the 12th. Meals and concessions will be available featuring Jimmy John's, Domino's, and Applebee's. Robbs says they also encourage everyone to come dressed as their favorite movie character and decorate your table for prizes.

    The Nutcracker will be presented by the Young People's Performing Arts Theater Group December 6th, 7th, and 8th at the Farmington Centene Center. One of the members who plays the Snow Queen during the Saturday Night Performance, Gabriella Miller, says her favorite part of the play is the battle scene with the Nutcracker King.

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    The Nutcracker performances are held at 7 o'clock each evening Thursday, December 6th, Friday the 7th, and Saturday the 8th. There is also a matinee at 1 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Ticket prices for reserved seating are 15 and 13 dollars. You may purchase your tickets at the Civic Center Box office or by calling 573-756-0900.

    When Nutritionists talk about a balanced meal they include dairy as a part of the mix. A Nutrition Specialist with the St. Louis District Dairy Council, Jaelyn Munson, says not only do diary products add extra zip to your meals, they're packed with nutrients.

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    Munson adds a balanced meal needs to include at least three of the five major food groups and since dairy is one of those it's a good idea to add some kind of milk, cheese, or other dairy to your meals.