Parkland Area News

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19 May 2019

  • KFMO B104 5-17-19 FRIDAY NEWS
    BAKER GUILTY
    The Bonne Terre woman accused in the death of her infant son, Roberta Baker, will be sentenced July 19th after being found guilty of a Class B Felony of abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death. She had been charged with a Class A Felony connected to the death of her son Elijah. Judge Wendy Wexler Horn determined in her ruling that the Class A Felony Baker was charged with couldn't be supported by the evidence however a Class B Felony charge could. Police say Baker gave birth at her home in the 1400 block of Highway 47 outside Bonne Terre in the early morning hours of Thursday, February 22nd. reports also show the baby died hours later. Law enforcement officials indicate Baker admitted to using methamphetamine while pregnant. Baker faces a possible sentence of10 to 30 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.


    PEDESTRIAN STRUCK
    A Farmington woman, 34 year old Yuelette L. Hootselle, is suffering serious injuries after Highway Patrolmen say she was struck by a vehicle while walking on Highway 00 at Kollmeyer road in St. Francois County. Reports indicate the accident happened just after 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. Troopers says Hootselle's car had went off the road earlier and she was walking on the northbound shoulder of the highway when she was struck by the front right side a vehicle driven north by Michael M. DeFrancesco, of Fredericktown. Hootselle was flown to Mercy Hospital St. Louis. DeFrancesco was not injured.


    CHAMBER NEEDS DIRECTOR
    Officials with the Washington County Chamber are looking for a new, full time, Director after announcing the hunt at Thursday's meeting of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. The President of the Chamber, Amber Coleman, says this announcement, the Chamber's Annual Report, and a list of area activities, made for a great meeting.

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    Coleman adds they also talked about the first ever Washington County Chamber of Commerce Member Mixer Monday, May 20th, at the Caledonia Barn from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. This weekend's Caledonia Vintage Market and Antique Show Bicentennial Celebration and Scottish Festival was also mentioned at the meeting.


    GOLF TOURNAMENT BEST EVER
    Officials at Mineral Area College are calling their latest annual Golf Tournament the best the college has ever held. The announcement was made at today's Mineral Area College Board of Director's meeting by Foundation Director, Kevin Thurmond. Thurmond said there were more teams than ever.

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    In other business enrollment was discussed. Enrollment Representative, Julie Sheets, told board members they are down 4.5% in student headcount and credit hours.


    BONNE TERRE EVENT CENTER
    A new type of event center might be coming to Bonne Terre, but it would be in a familiar spot. City Administrator Shawn Kay says it would in the old nutrition center.

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    Kay says there's no timeline on the idea, but it is moving forward with planning for now.


    FARMINGTON GRADUATION CEREMONY
    The Farmington High School Graduation Ceremony will be this Sunday afternoon. School Superintendent Matt Ruble says the Class of 2019 has picked out their speaker for this year.

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    The district will graduate with 229 at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Farmington Civic Center.


    PURPLE PLEDGE
    A fundraiser called Purple Pledge is underway for The SEMO Family Violence Council in the Parkland. Director Stephanie Bennett says it's easy to donate and it helps the organization out a lot.

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    Bennett says you can fill out a little paperwork and then a monthly amount can be debited from your account for the shelter. The donations are important, according to Bennett, to help meet the monthly financial needs of the shelter and for those that need the safety if provides them from violence. For more information, you can contact the SEMO Family Violence Council.


    JEFFCO LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION
    The Jefferson College Police Academy recently held a graduation ceremony. College Spokesman Roger Barrentine says the college is very proud of the graduates.

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    Barrentine says if you are looking for any information regarding some of the special degrees like the police academy that's offered, you can contact the college.



  • INCENTIVE PASSED FASTRACK
    INCENTIVE PASSED FASTRACK
    The special General Motors tax incentive package, put together by Missouri Legislators is on its way to Governor Mike Parson after being approved Tuesday evening by Senators. State Senator, Gary Romine, says communication with 6 Senators who were filibustering the bill helped get the measure approved.

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    Romine adds the tax incentive will provide 50 million dollars in tax breaks over a 10 year period and GM officials will invest 750 million dollars in the company's plant in Wentzville. According to Romine the legislation is tied to the Fastrack Education measure. He adds an important part of Fastrack is that it allows you to go back to school and improve your education and training provided you qualify.

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    The current session ends this Friday. Our last legislative report of the session, on the KFMO Morning Drive, is scheduled to feature a visit with State Representative, Mike Henderson.

  • KFMO B104 5-15-19 WEDNESDAY NEWS
    FARMINGTON WOMAN CHARGED
    A woman from Farmington, 30 year old Samantha Hemsath-Haas, is being held in the St. Francois County Jail on 100 thousand dollars bond after being charged with domestic assault in the first degree and armed criminal action. Desloge Police Chief, James Bullock, says a car pulled up to the Desloge Police Station Monday night about 8 o'clock. According to Bullock the 33 year old man driving was from Park Hills. He had been wounded and was bleeding badly.

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    It appears the weapon was a hatchet found in the vehicle. Authorities say the victim had three large lacerations from the weapon.


    DESLOGE MEETING MEDICAL MARIJUANA
    Desloge City officials are looking at how to deal with marijuana dispensaries, and grow operations, now that voters have said yes to medical marijuana in the State. The city's Board of Aldermen met Monday night and City Administrator, Dan Bryan, says there are a lot of issues city leaders will have to deal with, that they've never had to think about until now.

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    According to Bryan it is illegal to make any ordinance so restrictive that a dispensary, or manufacturer, could not locate in Desloge.

    DeslogeMeetingMedicalMarijuanaBryan1       :24

    In other business at the Monday night meeting of Desloge Aldermen street overlay and paving improvements were discussed, the donation of a police vehicle to the Bismarck Police Department was approved, and surplus equipment was purchased from the City of Farmington.


    BONNE TERRE MEETS
    Bonne Terre citizens could see work soon on four bridges in town after voters approved a property tax in the November elections last year. The city Administrator for Bonne Terre, Shawn Kay, says since they now have a property tax, city officials are able to pursue grant funding to improve the city's infrastructure, including four bridges in town.

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    The grant application was discussed at Monday night's Bonne Terre City Council meeting. In other business council members approved the mutual aid agreement with Desloge and the purchase of a new 2019 Ford F150 for the Police Department.


    GOVERNOR ON GM INCENTIVE
    Governor Mike Parson is urging some Missouri Senators to overcome their problems with the tax incentives for General Motors and move forward with the package which could give GM up to 50 million dollars if the company invests 750 million dollars in their Wentzville Missouri plant. Governor Parson says Missourians need the jobs and if Senators don't pass the measure the company could easily take their business elsewhere.

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    KFMO B104 News has been in contact with State Senator Gary Romine. He tells us Senators are having conversations now to try and reach an agreement on the issue. Republicans from St. Charles have filibustered because they believe the state wouldn't be getting the advantage of employees being retained and new jobs being created under the proposed incentive agreement. Even though an alternative measure came from the House, Senate President, Dave Schatz, says the senate is not taking any options at the moment. The last day of this session is Friday at 6 p.m.


    ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY WRECK
    A man from Park Hills, 26 year old Kyle R. Wilson, is recovering from moderate injuries after his car crashed into a tree in St. Francois County Tuesday afternoon at 1:45. According to Highway Patrol reports Wilson was driving west on Old Highway 8, west of Mayberry Lane, when he lost control of his automobile in a curve. It ran off the north side of the road and smashed where into a tree. Troopers say Wilson was not wearing his seatbelt at the time. He was taken to Parkland Health Center South in Farmington.


    MAC KICKS BAND CONCERT
    The Mineral Area College Kicks Band Spring Concert is will be held tomorrow evening at the Mineral Area College Fine Arts Theater on the Park Hills campus. The Director of the Kicks Band, Dan Schunks, says it's going to be a special evening of big band jazz.

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    Schunks says the MAC Kicks Band Spring Concert will be held at 7:30 and it's free to attend.


    RECYCLE FUND DRIVE
    Two different organizations that share the same building are sharing the same fund drive. Aluminum cans are typically just thrown away in many households, but Shared Blessings Homeless Shelter and New Beginnings have teamed up to take those cans off your hands and turn them into money for the two organizations. Shared Blessings Executive Director Shelley Bess says every can will help both organizations right away...

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    Bess says the drop off area is at their facility at 518 Grove St in Bonne Terre. For more information, you can contact either organization.


  • KFMO B104 5-14-19 NEWS UPDATE
    GOVERNOR ON GM INCENTIVE
    Governor Mike Parson is urging some Missouri Senators to overcome their problems with the tax incentives for General Motors and move forward with the package which could give GM up to 50 million dollars if the company invests 750 million dollars in their Wentzville Missouri plant. Governor Parson says Missourians need the jobs and if Senators don't pass the measure the company could easily take their business elsewhere.

    GovernorOnGMIncentiveParson         :19

    KFMO B104 News has been in contact with State Senator Gary Romine. He tells us Senators are having conversations now to try and reach an agreement on the issue. Republicans from St. Charles have filibustered because they believe the state wouldn't be getting the advantage of employees being retained and new jobs being created under the proposed incentive agreement. Even though an alternative measure came from the House, Senate President, Dave Schatz, says the senate is not taking any options at the moment. The last day of this session is Friday at 6 p.m.


    DESLOGE MEETING MEDICAL MARIJUANA
    Desloge City officials are looking at how to deal with marijuana dispensaries, and grow operations, now that voters have said yes to medical marijuana in the State. The city's Board of Aldermen met Monday night and City Administrator, Dan Bryan, says there are a lot of issues city leaders will have to deal with, that they've never had to think about until now.

    DeslogeMeetingMedicalMarijuanaBryan         :15

    According to Bryan it is illegal to make any ordinances so restrictive that a dispensary, or manufacturer, could not locate in Desloge.

    DeslogeMeetingMedicalMarijuanaBryan1       :24

    In other business at the Monday night meeting of Desloge Aldermen street overlay and paving improvements were discussed, the donation of a police vehicle to the Bismarck Police Department was approved, and surplus equipment was purchased from the City of Farmington.


    BONNE TERRE MEETS
    Bonne Terre citizens could see work soon on four bridges in town after voters approved a property tax in the November elections last year. The city Administrator for Bonne Terre, Shawn Kay, says since they now have a property tax, city officials are able to pursue grant funding to improve the city's infrastructure, including four bridges in town.

    BonneTerreMeetsKay         :23

    The grant application was discussed at Monday night's Bonne Terre City Council meeting. In other business council members approved the mutual aid agreement with Desloge and the purchase of a new 2019 Ford F150 for the Police Department.


  • KFMO B104 5-14-19 THUESDAY NEWS
    COBALT MINE HIRING NOW
    If you're looking for a job in the Fredericktown Cobalt Mine project, they are ready to hire. Mike Campbell is with the Missouri Jobs Center of Park Hills and he says if you're looking for a job, you'll want to be ready to interview, and be prepared to be hired on the spot today at a hiring event in Fredericktown.

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    Remember, the hiring event is at the United Methodist Church in Fredericktown until 3 pm today. Campbell adds you should dress sharp, have a copy of your resume handy, and for more information, call the Missouri Jobs Center of Park Hills at 573-518-2431.


    THE HEARTBEAT BILL
    The Heartbeat Bill sponsored by State Representative, Dale Wright, designed to place new limits on abortion, is set to be heard this week in the Senate after passing a vote in the House. Wright says it's one of the strongest pro-life measures in the nation.

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    The measure has been placed on the Senate's informal calendar for this week as part of an omnibus bill. The last day of the current Missouri Legislative session is this Friday, May 17th.


    SHOW ME HISTORY
    Caledonia's Bicentennial Celebration and Scottish Festival is coming up this weekend. Matt McClain reports.

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    BONNE TERRE WOMAN INJURED
    A Bonne Terre woman, 57 year old Christina M. Heath, is suffering moderate injuries after her car ran off northbound Highway 67, just south of Route CC, in Jefferson County Monday morning just after 6 o'clock. Highway Patrol reports show Heath was driving north on 67 when she lost control of the automobile and it ran off the west side of the road and crashed into the median wall. Troopers say Heath was wearing her seat belt during the accident. She was taken to Mercy Hospital Jefferson.


    ROAD WORK
    County roadwork in St. Francois County can begin fort a few areas but there are certain preparations that have to be finished before others can be worked on. St. Francois County Presiding Commissioner, Harold Gallaher, says things like tree trimming even come into play.

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    Gallaher adds crews are also out mowing the roads of St. Francois County and he asks drivers to be cautious when you see work crews whether it's paving or mowing.


    TIME TO BE A COP
    Men and women signing up to be a police officer has taken a bit of a lull in the past few years. This has left many police departments in the Parkland and beyond having the help wanted signs on display. Police Academy Instructor at Mineral Area College Brad Tinker says if you want a job and you would make a good cop, now is the perfect time to go through the academy.

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    Tinker says enrollment is also down at the academy, but there are enough recruits each year over the past few years to keep classes going. He says if you are interested in being a police officer or working in law enforcement, call the Police Academy on the campus of Mineral Area College.


    EMAA HEADSTART RECRUITING SOON
    Officials with the Headstart program are recruiting students. Local Headstart Director, Renee Killian, says you will need to bring some information with you in order to qualify to expedite the process along.

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    EMAA serves an 8 county area across the region, 4 of those locations are in St Francois County. Killian says they are required to serve the oldest children first, and also ones with the lowest income first. She says they served almost 550 children this year. For more information on registration, you can call 573-431-5191.


    PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER MOMS NIGHT
    The Parkland Pregnancy Resource Center has a Summer program for moms-to-be called Mom's Night. The Director of Development at the center is Amanda Little. She says she is pleased churches have stepped up to fill the slots needed to make Mom's Night a success all Summer long.

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    Little explains this program has been successful for years. She also says if your church can take care of the June 17th timeslot for a Mom's Night event, call 573-431-6001 for more information.


  • KFMO B104 5-13-91 MONDAY NEWS
    KFMO B104 5-13-19 MONDAY NEWS
    RIVER FLOODING CONTINUES
    The Missouri River is causing new problems in a flood-battered part of northwest Missouri where the river broke through levees in March, and that water is moving toward our area, but will the river levels rise again? Matt McClain reports.

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    HEARNE HAS ARRAIGNMENT
    A Farmington youth, 16 year old Jacob Hearne, will have his initial arraignment soon on charges of murder in the second degree, and armed criminal action, in the stabbing death of 35 year old Alicia Morris. The incident took place in May of 2017. Hearne has been certified as an adult for allegedly stabbing Morris with a steak knife he said he was carrying for protection. Records show Morris and Hearne's mother were allegedly in a fight when he came up behind Morris and, police say, stabbed her once in the back puncturing her lung and severing a major artery. Hearne's arraignment will be held this Friday, May 17th, in St. Francois County court.


    ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY MODERATE
    A Bonne Terre man, 39 year old Charles W. Allender, is suffering moderate injuries after he was injured during during a one vehicle traffic accident that occurred Sunday night about 9:45 in St. Francois County. Highway Patrol reports show Allender was driving north on Primrose Road, north of Berry Road, when he lost control of his S.U.V. and it ran off the left side of the road and smashed into a tree. Troopers say Allender was not wearing his seat belt during the accident. He was taken to Parkland Health Center at Bonne Terre.


    FARMINGTON MAN SERIOUSLY HURT
    A 29 year old Farmington man, Nicholas J. Million, is seriously injured after his S.U.V. ran off Old Highway 21 in Jefferson County Sunday evening just after 6 o'clock. According to Highway Patrol records Million was driving north on Old Highway 21, at Shady Valley, when he lost control of his S.U.V. and it ran off the right side of the highway, crashed into a rock bluff, rolled over. Million was thrown from the vehicle ass he was not wearing his seat belt during the crash. He was taken to Mercy Hospital South in St. Louis.


    CENTRAL R3 GRADUATION
    Officials with the Central School District will be holding their graduation ceremony Thursday. The Superintendent of the District, Desi Mayberry, says he's moved by graduation this year because it's his last at the school as superintendent.

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    Mayberry says the Field House is more enjoyable for graduation after air conditioning was added several years ago.


    FIRECRACKER RUN COMING UP
    The Park Hills Leadington Chamber of Commerce 16th Annual Firecracker Run is coming up soon at Park Hills. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Tammi Coleman, says now is the time to sign up for lower registration prices.

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    The run is on Saturday June 29th, from 7:00 am - 11:00 am. Registration begins at 7:00 am, 1 Mile Run begins at 8:00 am, 1 Mile & 5K Walk begins at 8:05 am, and the 5K Run & Business Team 5K Challenge begins at 8:30 am. The run will once again be held at Central High School. For more information, you can go to the Park Hills Leadington Chamber of Commerce website.


    PARKLAND HEALTH FOUNDATION
    The Parkland Health Center Foundation says things are changing in the medical industry and with all the money Parkland gives away each month in donations and writing off patient bills, Foundation Director Carla Crocker says they are now more important to the hospital than ever before.

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    Crocker says many people may not realize how much money Parkland gives away in free care each month. She says the foundation plays a critical role in making sure the hospital is adequately supplied with what they need.


    COMMUNITY BAND CONCERT
    A Mineral Area College Community Band Concert is coming up tomorrow. The Director of the band, Dan Schunks says they have some very challenging musical selections.

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    Schunks explains the concert will be held in the college's Fine Arts Theater at 7 pm and it's free.


  • KFMO B104 5-10-19 FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE
    BUDGET ON TO GOVERNOR
    Missouri Legislators are sending the state budget on to Governor Mike Parson for his signature after a late Thursday night session in Jefferson City. State Representative, Dale Wright, says even though members of the House and Senate have agreed on the budget, they still need to address the bonding issue for just over $300 Million dollars to build bridges in the state. Wright explains improving our state's roads and bridges is a major infrastructure concern for legislators.

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    Wright explains the budget is the largest in Missouri history at 29-point-7 billion dollars.


    BONNE TERRE AIRPORT CANCELS EVENT
    Officials with the Bonne Terre Airport say they are canceling tomorrow's 50th anniversary celebration because of the threat of rain. The Proprietor of the airport, Steve Vogt, says they've been able to make some needed improvements since taking over in April of 2013.

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    Vogt adds he will not reschedule the 50th Anniversary program. The next program at the Bonne Terre Airport will be the Radio Controlled Airplane Weekend in September. Again,...tomorrow's Saturday, May 11th 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Bonne Terre Airport, has been canceled due to the weather. There is a 90% chance of rain in the forecast yet no severe weather is expected.


    SISK NOW DIRECTOR
    Officials with Serenity Hospice Care want to announce the appointment of their Interim Director, Gayla Sisk, to the permanent position of Director of the group. Sisk says when she began working at Serenity she discovered this job could help her make a difference in people's lives.

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    Sisk explains she started working for Serenity 13 years ago.

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    Serenity Hospice Care was established in 1989 and is the area's only not for profit hospice organization.


  • BUDGET ON TO GOVERNOR
    Missouri Legislators are sending the state budget on to Governor Mike Parson for his signature after a late Thursday night session in Jefferson City. State Representative, Dale Wright, says even though members of the House and Senate have agreed on the budget, they still need to address the bonding issue for just over $300 Million dollars to build bridges in the state. Wright explains improving our state's roads and bridges is a major infrastructure concern for legislators.

    BudgetOnToGovernorWright         :21

    Wright explains the budget is the largest in Missouri history at 29-point-7 billion dollars.


    BONNE TERRE AIRPORT CANCELS EVENT
    Officials with the Bonne Terre Airport say they are canceling tomorrow's 50th anniversary celebration because of the threat of rain. The Proprietor of the airport, Steve Vogt, says they've been able to make some needed improvements since taking over in April of 2013.

    BonneTerreAiroortCancelsEventVogt         :24

    Vogt adds he will not reschedule the 50th Anniversary program. The next program at the Bonne Terre Airport will be the Radio Controlled Airplane Weekend in September. Again,...tomorrow's Saturday, May 11th 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Bonne Terre Airport, has been canceled due to the weather. There is a 90% chance of rain in the forecast yet no severe weather is expected.


    SISK NOW DIRECTOR
    Officials with Serenity Hospice Care want to announce the appointment of their Interim Director, Gayla Sisk, to the permanent position of Director of the group. Sisk says when she began working at Serenity she discovered this job could help her make a difference in people's lives.

    SiskNowDirectorSisk         :12

    Sisk explains she started working for Serenity 13 years ago.

    SiskNowDirectorSisk1       :27

    Serenity Hospice Care was established in 1989 and is the area's only not for profit hospice organization.


  • BONNE TERRE AIRPORT CANCELS EVENT
    BONNE TERRE AIRPORT CANCELS EVENT
    Officials with the Bonne Terre Airport say they are canceling tomorrow's 50th anniversary celebration because of the threat of rain. The Proprietor of the airport, Steve Vogt, says they've been able to make some needed improvements since taking over in April of 2013.

    BonneTerreAiroortCancelsEventVogt         :24

    Vogt adds he will not reschedule the 50th Anniversary program. The next program at the Bonne Terre Airport will be the Radio Controlled Airplane Weekend in September. Again,...tomorrow's Saturday, May 11th 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Bonne Terre Airport, has been canceled due to the weather. There is a 90% chance of rain in the forecast yet no severe weather is expected.

  • KFMO B104 5-10-19 FRIDAY NEWS

    MAC GRADUATION
    Students at Mineral Area College will graduate Saturday. The President of the Mineral Area College Board of Trustees, Alan Wells, says State Representative Mike Henderson will be their guest speaker.

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    Wells adds students have worked hard and deserve congratulations on their graduation.

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    The Commencement exercises will be held at 10:30 Saturday morning at the Bob Sechrest Fieldhouse on the main campus at Perk Hills.


    BONNE TERRE AIRPORT TURNS 50
    The Bonne Terre Airport turns 50 years old this weekend, and a celebration is in order. Airport Operator Steve Vogt says they've actually got an event that is going to showcase a lot of different types of aircraft.


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    Vogt says multiple other types of aircraft will be there as well. The event will start at 10 am on Saturday and run for the rest of the day until question mark. It is a free event for the entire family, according to Vogt. Hot dogs and drinks will be available for purchase on site as well. The airport is located at 7444 Williams Lane in Bonne Terre.


    ENTERPRISE TRAINING
    A special training session for those interested in working in factory situations is coming up Monday May 20th, through Thursday the 23rd, at the Missouri Jobs Center of Park Hills. The Center's Mike Campbell, says the Missouri Enterprise Training Group is a non profit organization that helps ready workers for factory work.

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    Campbell stresses in order to take advantage of the program you must sign up for the free training as soon as possible. The deadline for registering is this coming Monday, the 13th.

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    The Enterprise classes run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Campbell says to remember, you must register fro the free class by Monday, May 13th. To register, or get more information, call Mike Campbell at the Missouri Job Center in Park Hills at 518-2638 or stop by the offices at 403 Parkway Drive in Park Hills.


    PACKING FOOD TOMORROW
    The Faith Cowboy Church of Desloge is holding a special event Saturday to pack food for back pack programs in area schools. The Pastor of the Church, Ron Rothlisberger, says they've partnered with the group Meals for a Million to help make sure each child in the area has enough food for the summer while they're out of school.

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    According to Rothlisberger children in one area school district are given bottled water to take home because they don't even have running water in their home.

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    Rothlisberger is sure to stress financial donations are needed, as well as volunteers. 100% of every single dollar goes entirely toward food for the children in our area. Visit the website faithcowboychurch.faith and look for the Packin for Packs link. According to Rothlisberger their goal is $100,000.


    PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER MOMS NIGHT
    The Parkland Pregnancy Resource Center has a Summer program for moms-to-be called Mom's Night. Center Director Amanda Little says she is so happy that churches have stepped up to fill the slots needed to make Mom's Night a success all Summer long.

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    Little says this program has been successful for years. She says if you can take care of the June 17th timeslot for a Mom's Night to call 573-431-6001 and you can get more information.


    MACOTA NEXT YEAR LINEUP
    Next year's lineup for shows with the Mineral Area Council on the Arts is starting to be booked. Executive Director Danielle Basler says she's very excited to be able to already announce one show coming up in October.

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    Basler says contract negotiations are well underway on multiple different shows and they can't release any additional information about potential shows until they are under contract.