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Business briefcase 11/21

Sunday, November 21, 2004

SIKESTON - For the second year, Rent-A-Center will be collecting Christmas toys for children.

Toys can be brought by Rent-A-Center, 132 W. Front St., during business hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday now through Dec. 14. Those who bring in a toy valued at least at $10 will receive their first week's rent free, according to store management.

Toys will be given to the DAEOC Center for its Christmas party.

SIKESTON - Lee A. Bowman Jr., a Modern Woodmen of America representative in Sikeston, has attained the Fraternal Insurance Counselor (FIC) designation.

The FIC title is an educational designation that can be earned by career life insurance representatives associated with fraternal insurance societies. Representatives devote more than one year to meet the examination and career development criteria set by the Fraternal Field Managers Association.

Founded in 1883 as a fraternal benefit society, today Modern Woodmen of America offers financial services and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.

JEFFERSON CITY - Forty-seven people reported to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Academy on Oct. 18 to begin the 27-week training course to become a trooper. The 83rd Recruit Class is scheduled to graduate on May 7, 2005. As of November 15, 39 recruits remain in the class.

The average age of the members of the 83rd Recruit Class is 26.13 years. Of the recruits, 10 have some college experience, two have earned associate's degrees, seven have more than 60 hours of college credit, and 15 have bachelor's degrees. Twelve of the recruits have worked in law enforcement and four have prior military experience.

Local members of the 83rd Recruit Class include: Russell R. Gibson Jr. of Sikeston; Tosha N. Green of Scott City; John A. Lacey of Cape Girardeau; Ricky L. Vannada Jr. of Poplar Bluff and Juston R. Wheetley of Puxico.

SIKESTON - Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty, a progressive new treatment in the fight to stop the progression of glaucoma, is now available at Marion Eye Centers.

"Screening and early intervention is critical to detecting and stopping the relentless progression of glaucoma," said Dr. M. Ahmad. "Our facility is proud to offer this breakthrough laser treatment that has been clinically proven to reduce intraocular pressure which has been attributed to the progression of glaucoma. With virtually no side effects and thereby eliminating or reducing the quantity of prescription medications, eye drops, surgery and other invasive treatments required to control the disease, SLT is the ideal treatment modality."

The Marion Eye Center, under the direction of Ahmad, specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and research of glaucoma. For more information or to make an appointment call 1-800-344-7058.

SIKESTON - Two new advertising consultants, Mary Lynn Alcorn and Tara Phillips, are now calling on area businesses on behalf of the Standard Democrat.

Phillips joined the Standard Democrat's advertising department Oct. 1.

A native of Sikeston, Phillips is the daughter of Charles and Beverly Phillips. She is a graduate of Arkansas State University where she received her degree in journalism.

Prior to working with the Sikeston newspaper, Phillips worked in graphic Design with New Wave and was employed in advertising with the Tennessean, the Nashville newspaper.

Alcorn, who joined the Standard Democrat staff on Nov. 1, previously worked at the Southeast Missouri Correctional Center at Charleston as a recreational officer. In addition to her newspaper duties, she works as a fitness instructor at the YMCA of Southeast Missouri, where she is a member of the board and serves on the Events Committee.

She is the mother of two sons, Trey and Cody Alcorn.

DeAnna Nelson, advertising director for the Standard Democrat, said while it has been a number of years since there was turnover in the newspaper's advertising department, she hoped the retail community would welcome the additions to the sales force.

"We know that this fourth quarter of the year is our retailers biggest season and it is very important to them as it is to us," said Nelson. "We will support Mary Lynn and Tara with veteran help from Kathie Archie and myself during this busy and important time of year."

SIKESTON - For the fourth consecutive year, Medicine Shoppe Pharmacies have claimed top honors for overall customer satisfaction in the annual WilsonRx Pharmacy Survey.

The survey, compiled each year by Wilson Health Information, America's leading pharmacy satisfaction research firm, interviewed over 17,000 pharmacy customers about perceptions and satisfaction levels with the 30 leading pharmacies in the United States. The 2004 Wilson Rx survey ranked Medicine Shoppe Pharmacies No. 1 in 18 unique claims, such as the ability to speak with a pharmacies about questions or concerns, obtain information about medications and avoid side effects, get clear instructions and receive help with insurance problems. Medicine Shoppe also ranked tops in satisfaction with their treatment in three specific areas - allergies, cough and cold symptoms and low back pain.

"Medicine Shoppe pharmacies prove year after year that they are dedicated to improving the health of their customers, be it through keeping them informed, giving advice, helping with insurance or simply being kind and courteous," said Jim Wilson, president of Wilson Health Information.

Survey respondents also identified Medicine Shoppe Pharmacies as the pharmacy they are most likely to return to in order to fill prescriptions and the pharmacy they would most likely recommend to a friend or relative.

In Sikeston, The Medicine Shoppe is located at 613 S. Main St.

SIKESTON - In keeping with the annual tradition, Malco Theatres will offer "Wrapped with Love" for the continued research of childhood diseases at Memphis' St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

This program, in its fifth year, kicks off Thanksgiving Day and runs through Christmas Eve at all 35 Malco Theatre locations, including the Sikeston Malco Trio.

Theatre employees will sell hand-made bows created from actual film for $1 each. As the materials and the volunteer production hours for the bows are donated, there is no cost to Malco Theatres, making St. Jude Children's Research Hospital the true beneficiary of all proceeds.

Since 1999, Malco Theatres has given over $100,000 to the hospital. This year's Wrapped with Love goal is to sell 80,000 bows.