Laura Ruff, a 2001 graduate of Thomas W. Kelly High School, graduated from Stage One Beauty School in November 2003.
Parents of Ruff are Doug and Sandy Ruff of Sikeston, and she is the granddaughter of Henry and Betty Coffer of Charleston, Marvin Ruff, Red and Louise Taylor of Sikeston and the late Carolyn Ruff.
Ruff is employed by Eugene's Total Care Salon in Cape Girardeau.
ESSEX - Ronald L. Ledbetter of Essex, a representative of Modern Woodmen of America, was named to the Modern Woodmen's 2003 President's Cabinet. This distinction recognizes Ledbetter's high achievement in life insurance sales and ranking among the organization's top representatives nationwide.
Founded in 1883 as a fraternal benefit society, today Modern Woodmen of America offers financial services and fraternal members benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.
PADUCAH, Ky. - Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant workers, former workers, subcontractors or their survivors, who qualify, may be entitled to compensation under a law that was passed by Congress in October 2000.
The law provides a lump-sum payment of $150,000 and payment of medical expenses to individuals who have suffered certain illnesses caused by exposure to radiation.
Subcontractors include those who worked for F.H. McGraw or their subcontractors in the construction of the Paducah plant in the 1950s. also it includes subcontractors who have worked on special projects over the years of operation of the plant by the Department of energy and its predecessor agencies.
Those wishing further information should contact: Paducah Compensation Resource Center, 125 Memorial Drive, Paducah, KY, 4200l. The telephone number is 270-534-0599 or toll free 1-866-543-0599.
JACKSON, Miss. - Christina L. Dial, D.O., has affiliated with River Oaks Health System. She joins William Gibson, M.D., at the Mississippi Breast Center in Jackson.
Dial received her doctor of osteopathic medicine from the University of Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Mo. She completed a surgical residency at Midwestern University in Chicago where she served a chief resident from 2000-01. After completing her residency, she trained and worked at The Breast Center in Marietta, Ga., before arriving in Jackson.
Dial holds committee appointments in the American Society of Osteopathic Surgeons and the American Society of Breast Surgeons and participates in the American Medical Association and American Institute of Ultrasound as well as other local and state organizations.
Bringing experience in cutting edge breast biopsy techniques including stereotactic, ultrasound, cyroblation, and sentinel lymph nodes biopsy as well as accelerated interstital partial breast irradiation, Dial has also presented seminars and lectures to the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons national meeting, Mammographers Society meeting and other church and community programs.
"The addition of Dr. Christina Dial will not only enhance our breast services at River Oaks Health System, but also assist Dr. Gibson in his current practice by allowing more patients to be seen and treated for breast-related problems," said Sherry Smith, administrator at Woman's Hospital. "We welcome Dr. Dial and her vast knowledge of breast health and look forward to her serving the women of Mississippi."
Dial is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold A. Dial and the granddaughter of Doug Dial of Portageville, Mo.
SIKESTON - The Sikeston Board of Realtors named Gene Shaw, GRI, the 2003 Realtor of the Year.
Shaw earned his real estate license in 1973. In 1979 he completed a 96-hour program entitling him to use the professional designation of Graduate Realtors Institute (GRI)
A member of the Sikeston Board of Realtors since 1976, Shaw served as vice president of the board in 1980 and as the president in 1981. Also he has serves on the Sikeston Board of Directors and is a life member of the Million Dollar Club.
Shaw is a broker-associate with Century 21 Premiere Realty in Sikeston.
JEFFERSON CITY - Eddie Lowrey, IT specialist for Southern TeleCenter in Portageville, was among numerous local leaders to express support at Jefferson City for Senate Bill 1069 and House Bill 1303, which could lead to increased DSL deployment statewide.
The legislation helps provide added incentive for communications companies to roll out new services - like high-speed Internet services - to home and businesses and would also provide more flexibility for companies to price and package many popular services.
"From universities to community colleges, every institution of higher learning in every part of the state should have access to high-speed Internet," said Lowery. "We're all winners if the Missouri Legislature gives companies the incentive to invest in advanced technology."