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Business briefcase 6/6

Sunday, June 6, 2004

SIKESTON - Bootheel Counseling Services in Sikeston was awarded certification by the American Association of Suicidology. It will be honored for the achievement at the annual meeting of the association in April 2005 in Broomfield, Colo.

Certification signifies that an organization was evaluated by an on-site examination or other procedures and has met or exceeded specific standards in the following areas:

administration, training, general service delivery, services in life-threatening crisis, ethical issues, community integration and program evaluation.

Certification takes on added significance said Joan Wright, chief certification examiner, as consumers and providers become more aware of their rights and responsibilities regarding crisis services. "Certification helps assure citizens in a community that when in crisis, they have available properly trained staff providing quality services," said Ms. Wright.

POPLAR BLUFF -- Colleagues, family members and friends gathered at a reception in May to celebrate the retirement of five employees, including a Dexter resident, with a total of 106 years of service to Three Rivers Community College.

J. Larry Thompson was commended for 21 years teaching criminal justice courses at TRCC. Already a seasoned law enforcement professional when he joined the college in 1983, Thompson brought with him experience as a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer and as an investigator for the State Fire Marshal.

Cathy Wampler, TRCC division chair for Health and Human Services, called Thompson her "inspiration and mentor" and said his former students are employed in every imaginable branch of law enforcement and stay in touch with their instructor.

"It's not at all unusual to see in our parking lot cars from the Highway Patrol, the Park Service, the FBI, the Secret Service, the ATF, the Sheriff's Department or the city Police Department," she said.

Insurance program is completed

SIKESTON - Lee A. Bowman Jr. of Sikeston, a Modern Woodmen of America representative, has completed a five-day educational program at Modern Woodmen's home office in Rock Island, Ill.

The program focused on helping families with Modern Woodmen life insurance plans, annuities and fraternal member benefits.

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.

SIKESTON - Connie White is now affiliated with Hair Etc., 218 E. Center St. in Sikeston.

At her new job, White said she will promote natural nail care using the upscale line of Jessica Cosmetics and OPI. Also White provides multicultural beauty services and uses Paul Mitchell, Biolage, Mizani and Design Essentials hair care lines.

A 1984 graduate of Sikeston High School, White graduated from Trend Setters in Sikeston in December 2002. She was formerly employed at the JC Penney's Styling Salon.

Walk-ins are accepted but appointments are preferred, White said. To make an appointment call her at 573-471-3499.

BERTRAND - Betty Blackburn of Bertrand is the recipient of the "Spirit of Avon" Award for exemplifying the company's values and mission.

At an awards ceremony recognizing members of Avon President's Club, a group whose membership is limited to Avon's top sales representatives, Blackburn received the award.

One Avon President's Club member from each district is selected as best representing the values embraced by Avon. The award, a gold statuette of a woman stretching her arms to the sky in an expression of exultation, was newly designed for the 2004 tributes and is a symbol of strength, pride and femininity a befits the "company for women."

Blackburn was selected by Avon sales management because she is a role model for other representatives in her district, officials said. "Avon's core values of trust, respect, belief, humility and integrity have stood the test of time and are a cherished part of Avon's heritage," said Avon District Sales Manager Carolyn Cox.

ESSEX - Ron Ledbetter of Essex, a district representative with Modern Woodmen of America, was the membership leader and the agent of the month for the Missouri East Agency during April.

Ledbetter joined Modern Woodmen's Rainwater Agency, located in Farmington, in June 1991.

Modern Woodmen provides life insurance and annuity products to more than 760,000 members nationwide. For more information contact Ledbetter at 573-283-5925 or the agency office at 573-701-0163.

Supervisor earns recognition

SIKESTON - David Terrell is the Bootheel Counseling Services' Employee of the Quarter.

A supervisor at Bootheel Counseling Services, Terrell was chosen for the honor because of his high standards for himself as well as others and commitment to others, officials said. Described as a team player, Terrell was called "a very moral and ethical person."

Bootheel Counseling Services is located at 760 Plantation Blvd. in Sikeston with a branch office at 25 N. Walnut St. in Dexter.

NEW MADRID - New Madrid County Domestic Violence Assistance Program honored law enforcement during the Second Annual Victims' Rights Breakfast in April at the New Madrid County Courthouse.

Chosen by community ballot for honors were Freddie Hill, Police Officer of the Year; Judge Fred E. Copeland, Judge of the Year; and Shelia Edwards, Dispatcher of the year. Anthony Young, New Madrid County Central School Resource Officer received honorable mention honors.

Plaques and gift certificates were presented to the winners and the honorable mention received a certificate and gift certificate.

The New Madrid County Domestic Violence Assistance Program is a countywide collaborative effort to help increase awareness of domestic violence in New Madrid County. Members of the New Madrid Domestic Violence Assistance Program are: Kathie Miller, Paulette Chastain, Debbie Cowan, Sharon Derrington, Rosie Quinn-Davis, Kim Baker, Kristine Adams, Terry Stevens, Mary Young, Barbara Robinson, Michelle Terrell, Patty Moody, Shelia Hill, Sharon Shockney, Vanessa Frazier and Louis Recker.

For more Information please contact Tonya Carruth, executive director at 573-748-2778.