Dedicated family man, other contributions recognized
(Column ~ 02/29/20)
A highlight of my job is the opportunity to recognize special people on special occasions. One such event occurred when I recently presented a resolution in honor of Mr. Bob Healyís 85th birthday. Many of you might know Bob, who is originally from Poplar Bluff. ...
Senate bill would help abuse, neglected children
(Column ~ 02/29/20)
The first two months of the 2020 Legislative Session are off to a good start. Some bills are progressing quickly, while others seem to be riding on turtle shells. Senate Bill 623, which I sponsored, will ensure that abused and neglected children will have a court appointed guardian ad litem who will meet with the children within seven business days of their appointment. ...
Pray for our community
(Opinion ~ 02/29/20)
When I first heard the shocking news of the actions of a now-former trusted member of our community had allegedly done, I was confused. I was angry. I was upset. I couldnít understand how someone, who was supposed to be a beacon of trust for our community and our citizens, both young and old, could commit such acts...
Donít let a terrible tragedy tear us apart
(Editorial ~ 02/29/20)
Our community was rocked by something terrible Thursday. Someone we trusted not only with our public safety, but the safety of our children, was accused of some of the most horrible crimes imaginable. Not many details are known at this time about the charges that have been filed against a now former Poplar Bluff police officer and an area woman...
Dozens volunteer on Day of Service and Prayer
(Local News ~ 02/29/20)
Dozens of people turned out across Poplar Bluff and Butler County Saturday morning to make their communities a better place. The Community Day of Service and Prayer featured everything from trash cleanup and storm siren testing to prayer groups and more...
Police Reports - Feb. 29
(Police/Fire Report ~ 02/29/20)
_ Keshia Renee Youngblood, 32, of the 1100 block of Nooney was arrested at 10:35 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Youngblood was booked at the Butler County jail. _ Bernardo Ray Hood, 39, of the 900 block of Alice was arrested at 8:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, on a warrant for parole violation. He was booked at the Butler County jail...
James Ron Jones
(Obituary ~ 02/29/20)
Ron was born March 6, 1953 in Caruthersville, Mo. He ended his year-long battle with illness on Feb. 28, 2020 and departed to the open arms of God. Ron was the longest living single organ transplant (liver) out of Barnes-Jewish Hospital, having just celebrated 31 years on Jan. 31...