OSAGE BEACH - Jami Geske of Matthews was elected to a third two-year term on the Missouri Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Geske represents the South District at Large are of the state.
As a member of the board, she also co-chairs the state promotion and education committee, which is responsible for ag in classroom projects and other promotional activities. Locally, she has served as New Madrid County Farm Bureau treasurer, promotion and education committee chairman, membership chairman and county president.
Geske and her husband, Mike, raise corn, soybeans, cotton and rice near Matthews. The elected took place during the 90th Annual Missouri Farm Bureau Meeting in December.
BENTON - Jill Klipfel was awarded a Child Development Associate Credential in recognition of outstanding work with young children. The credential was awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C., which represents the early childhood profession.
CDA is the only major national effort to improve childcare by evaluation and recognizing the skills of individuals providing care. The first credential was awarded 25 years ago and 46 states in addition to the District of Columbia now include CDA in their childcare licensing regulations.
Parents who use childcare are especially concerned today about their children's welfare. With this in mind, as part of the CDA assessment process, every candidate for the CDA credential is observed working with young children or families by an early childhood professional. The candidate must also demonstrate the ability to work with families to develop children's physical and intellectual capabilities in a safe and healthy learning environment.
The CDA credential has shown a positive effect on the quality of childcare. Its impact is evident in center-based and home visitor programs as well as family childcare, the most common form of care for children under age 5.
For more information about CDA, write to the Council for Professional Recognition, 2460 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009-3575.
MINER - Loretta Ellis, a housekeeper with Miner Nursing Center, was selected the December Employee of the Month.
Nominated and selected by her co-workers and supervisors, Ellis was cited for her excellent attendance and her willingness to help in any way needed. "She is always pleasant to work with, has a positive attitude and isn't afraid of work," her nominator said.
Ellis has worked at Miner Nursing Center since 1994.
SIKESTON - Two Southeast Missouri highway contractors have earned awards from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) for their work on highway improvement projects.
MoDOT Chief Engineer Kevin Keith recently presented the awards to specialty, light, medium and heavy volume contractors statewide who performed work for MoDOT in 2003.
Dumey Contracting Inc. of Benton earned an award for excellent performance in the Light Volume - Contract Administration category and an award for excellent performance in the Medium Volume - Quality category was presented to Penzel Construction Co. Inc. from Jackson.
MoDOT officials complete performance questionnaires annually to evaluate construction contractors. More than 100 questions on the form pertain to following contract rules to passing field tests to staying on schedule. Results from the questionnaires determine award winners.
"With MoDOT's Smoother, Safer, Sooner Amendment 3 program beginning in 2005, good work from contractors will be more important than ever," said District Engineer Scott Meyer.
SIKESTON - Wayne Burch has joined the sales staff of Morlan, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep Dealership.
Burch is a lifelong resident of Sikeston. Prior to joining Morlan Dodge, he was self-employed for 20 years in his business, MORAD.
He and his wife, Jacque; daughters, Emily and Ella Rose; son and daughter-in-law, Ethan and Chassey; and granddaughter, Dacey, all reside in the Sikeston area.
Morlan Dodge is located at 1110 S. Main St. in Sikeston.
MEMPHIS, Tenn - Malco Theatres Inc is again a partner in the National "Gold Heart Campaign" to benefit The Variety Club.
The annual national campaign has the support of top motion picture distributors, entertainment companies and over 1500 theatres worldwide. This unique fundraising program centers around the sale of a Gold Heart Pin, a symbol of love, hope…and The Variety Club, one of the oldest and largest children's charities in the world.
The Variety Club is an organization that is devoted to helping underprivileged and physically challenged children. Throughout the month of February, moviegoers will be able to purchase the collectible Spiderman series Gold Heart pins for just $2 each at any local Malco Theatre. All of the money raised will go directly to The Variety Club of Memphis-Tent 20, and then distributed to the local charities surrounding each Malco Theatre location within Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky and Mississippi. Theatre managers at locations in Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky and Mississippi have each designated a specific charity within the community to benefit from this fundraiser.
Malco Theatres is the nation's 18th largest theatre circuit operating 35 sites, including Sikeston, with over 250 screens in five mid-southern states.
SIKESTON - Faye Walborg, broker with Century 21 Premier Realty, announced the firm's 2004 award winners recently. Sandy Sitzes had $2 million in sales and was the Top Agent; Myrna Johnson was Rookie of the Year and had $1 million in sales. Also Marilyn Ferrell, Sue Guess, Gene Shaw and Dub Featherston had $1 million in sales.