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Business Briefcase

Sunday, November 3, 2002

Gee will lead

NEW MADRID - E.B. Gee III of the Heartland Nursery company in New Madrid was recently elected president of the Wholesale Nursery Growers of America.

WNGA is the grower division of the American Nursery and Landscape Association. The group's mission is to improve the industry's ability to grow, market and deliver quality plant material in a profitable and environmentally responsive manner.

The American Nursery and Landscape Association, organized in 1876, is the national trade association of the nursery and landscape industry. ANLA provides education, research, public relations and representation services to members. ANLA membership is made up of nearly 2,300 firms who grow and retail plants of all types and design and install landscapes for residential and commercial customers. The association is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

As the new president of WNGA, Gee said he hopes to improve upon the already strong member services component of the division while simultaneously pushing the group to more closely examine "big picture" issues that affect all sectors of the green industry.

As part of his commitment to showcasing the benefits of being an ANLA member, Gee helped to lead the WNGA Grower Tour to Australia in September.

Gee's one-year term as president will expire at the ANLA Convention in Boston in July 2003.

MARION, Ill. _ Pepsi-Cola North America and Marion Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. announced Oct. 10 they have reached an agreement to settle legal action involving the longtime business partners. The litigation, filed in June 1999, has been pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

The settlement strengthens and ensures the continuation of the 67-year relations between the parties. It leaves unresolved only issues relating to the constitutionality of an Illinois statute, which the two companies have asked the Court to decide. The parties have agreed not to disclose the terms of the settlement.

"Marion Pepsi is delighted that the litigation is being brought to a conclusion in a manner beneficial to both parties," said Marion Pepsi Chairman Harry L. Crisp II. "We can now get back to focusing exclusively on what really matters - serving our customers and meeting the needs of loyal Pepsi consumers."

"We are happy to have put this matter behind us," said Al Carey, chief operating officer of PepsiCo Beverages and Foods North America. "We look forward to working more closely with Marion Pepsi and, as with all of our bottling partners, building sustainable mutually profitable business growth."

Crisp noted that the settlement between PCNA and one of its largest independent bottlers comes at a good time. "The introduction of so many new innovative Pepsi products already has made this an exciting year at Marion Pepsi," he said. "The agreement we have now reached with PCNA has created an atmosphere in which everyone is eager to make the most of these great new opportunities."

Marion Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. is a family-owned business based in Marion, Ill., which has been a bottler and distributor of Pepsi soft drink products since 1935. It has approximately 650 employees and services a territory including portions of Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas.

One of the company's distribution facilities is located in Sikeston.

Styling salon

SIKESTON - Pam Simmers has joined the JC Penney Styling Salon as a hair designer.

Simmers specializes in cuts, styles, perms, foil highlighting and regular nail manicures and pedicures.

The salon is located at 1215 S. Main St. For more information or to make an appointment call 471-0987.

School counselors

CAPE GIRARDEAU - Jerry Brehmer and Mary Barron, Scott County Central Schools' guidance counselors, recently attended the fall meeting of the Southeast Missouri School Counselors' Association in Cape Girardeau. The meeting was held on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

The day began with a workshop that was provided for new counselors. Following this, counselors had an opportunity to participate in a "sharing" of ideas and programs with other Southeast Missouri school counselors who work with the same age level of students.

After the business meeting, counselors were provided lunch by Southeast Missouri State University. During the luncheon counselors received updated information on the university.

SEMOSCA provides a variety of professional development opportunities for its members each year in order to keep them informed and assist them in making a positive difference in the lives of the children with whom they work.

Stobaugh joins

SIKESTON - Marilyn Stobaugh has joined the staff of 1First Realty GMAC Real Estate.

Retired after teaching for 26 years in the Charleston R-1 School District then working with the New Madrid County R-1 School District, Stobaugh is a volunteer at the Sikeston Depot. She resides in Matthews and has two sons, Hearth and Jerod.

"I love working with people and would be happy to help you with your real estate needs," said Stobaugh.

1First Realty GMAC Real Estate is located at 522 S. Main St. in Sikeston.

Computer training

SIKESTON - Sikeston Career and Technology Center is offering technology and industrial training for the public.

Computer training includes Introduction to Computers, PC Repair and Upgrade, Desktop Publishing, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Also offered are over 150 on-line Internet Courses which are available from a home computer.

Along with computer training, other classes offered include Industrial and Commercial Air Conditioning, Automotive Air Conditioning, Small Engine Repair, Basic Welding, MIG and TIG Welding, Industrial Electricity, Auto Body Refinishing and Repair, Medical Terminology, CPR Basic Life Support, Medical Coding, CMT, Ward Clerk, EMT, CNA Classroom Training, IV Therapy for LPNs, Child Development Associate and more. All courses are led by certified instructors in their perspective fields, providing hands-on access during the training.

SCTC is offering a full-time Modern Office Technology Course using the latest software programs. This is an 18-week, Monday through Friday course with a certificate issues at completion of the program. Early enrollment is encouraged for Pell Grant eligibility.

Full course listings are available at SCTC. Spring semester begins Jan. 13. For more information call 573-471-5442 or stop by the office at 200 Pine Street (Sikeston High School G Building).

WIB appointment

SIKESTON - Laura Hendley, director of the Sikeston Career and Technical Center, has been appointed to the Workforce Investment Board of Southeast Missouri.

Hendley has been involved in vocational education since 1985, and has been director at Sikeston since 1998. She spent six years with The Rolla Technical Institute and worked at Linn State Tech and The Waynesville Technical Academy, replacing Gerald Jackson at the Sikeston Career and Technical Center when he retired in July 1998. The Sikeston Center now serves about 1,000 students.

Hendley replaces Harold Tilley who resigned. He recently retired as director of the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center and had served on The Workforce Investment Board since September 1998.

Henley will be attending her first meeting of The Workforce Investment Board of Southeast Missouri on Nov. 19 at Drury Inn at Cape Girardeau.

The vision of the WIB, which serves 13 counties in Southeast Missouri, is a high quality standard of life for the region. It's mission is to promote a state of economic well-being by helping create a skilled diverse, motivated and adaptable work force.

For information about job training funds and transportation available through the Workforce Investment Board of Southeast Missouri, call 573-334-0990, extension 19.

Agent honored

ESSEX - Ron Ledbetter of Essex, a district representative with Modern Woodmen of America, was the Agent of the Month in the Missouri East Agency for September.

Modern Woodmen of America is a fraternal life insurance society headquartered in Rock Island, Ill.

Ledbetter joined Modern Woodmen's Rainwater Agency, located in Farmington in June 1991. He can be reached at 573-283-5925 or at 573-701-0163.

Travel company

SIKESTON - Renea Medlin, president of Sikeston's Carlson Wagonlit Travel Inc., was recently awarded the title of VIP Preferred Counselor for Couples Resorts in Jamaica. Carlson Wagonlit Travel is the only travel agency within a 200-mile radius to earn this designation.

Couples Resorts consists of three of the Caribbean's finest all-inclusive resorts, said Medlin, with locations at Couples Ocho Rios, Couples Negril and Couples Swept Away Negril. Each resort has its own distinctive charm and ambience, while all three enjoy the beautiful scenery and lush tropical climate of Jamaica, she added.

The preferred counselor title is given only to individual agencies which have demonstrated an expertise in these Caribbean destination. As a preferred counselor, Sikeston's Carlson Wagonlit Travel Agency can be accessed on Couples' special website.

"At Couples we applaud the professionalism of our preferred counselors. With their assistance, we know visitors to Couples will have an excellent experience," said Randy Russell, Couples vice president of sales.

U.S. Bank ups

MINNEAPOLIS - U.S. Bank has increased its SBA loan production by 24 percent based on dollar volume, according to information released by the SBA.

Through its SBA Division, U.S. Bank provided $411,575,958 in SBA-Guaranteed loans to 1,132 small businesses nationwide during the SBA's fiscal year 2002, which ended on Sept. 30. U.S. Bank ranked third among bank lenders for the year and fifth among bank and non-bank lenders combined.

In Sikeston, U.S. Bank is located at 625 N. Main St. and 104 E. Center St.

Bill joins Carlson

SIKESTON - Patricia Bill has joined the staff of Carlson Wagonlit Travel of Sikeston in administration/marketing/special promotions.

Mrs. Bill, a native of Sikeston, graduated from Sikeston Senior High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Vanderbilt University. She has lived in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Bill and her husband, Josh, are the parents of three children and reside in Sikeston.