SIKESTON - C.O.'s Market and Convenience Store is celebrating 25 years of business.
"We started with a 20 by 30-foot building, a small cooler and a couple of shelves of groceries," said Clem Scheffer, who owns the business with his wife, Evelyn. About a year after opening, they added gasoline and wider driveways, next came a new cooler and soft drink machines.
"About 12 years ago we increased the size of our building to carry more and different grocery items and provide a place for customers to eat," Scheffer said. "Over the years we have tripled the size of the store to provide a greater selection."
Recently the store added home appliances. According to Scheffer, the store carries a variety of models and sizes in refrigerators, electric stoves, washers and dryers. While the models are pre-owned, he explained each is checked by trained appliance technicians.
"We have always worked hard to provide only the best in equipment and service," said Scheffer. "We intend to do so with this venture."
CO's Market and Convenience Store is located on Highway H, three miles north of Miner, next to Scheffer's Office Furniture. For more information contact the Scheffers at 472-3003 or 472-3659.
ESSEX - Ron Ledbetter of Essex, a district representative with Modern Woodmen of America, is the "Agent of the Year" in the Missouri East Agency for 2004.
Modern Woodmen of America is a fraternal life insurance society headquartered in Rock Island, Ill. Modern Woodmen provides life insurance and annuity products to more than 760,000 members nationwide.
Ledbetter joined Modern Woodmen's Rainwater Agency in Farmington in 1991. For more information contact Ledbetter at 573-283-5925.
SIKESTON - Donna Eftink, licensed esthetician with Skin Medics, has completed her training with Palomar IPL (laser) Systems in Kansas City, Kan. The Palomar IPL is used for hair removal, photofacials and laser acne treatment. Also it is used to treat rosacea (facial redness), abnormal pigmentation (brown spots), vasulcar lesion (red spots), enlarged pores, facial lines and wrinkles.
Eftink has also completed training with the DiamondTome Microabrasion System. Skin Medics is the only clinic between St. Louis and Memphis to provide this service.
Under the supervision of Dr. Kenneth Stone, Skin Medics is located at 121 Smith St. inside the First Choice Family and Occupational Clinic.