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Sunday, April 4, 2004

SIKESTON - Manpower Inc. was named one of America's Most Admired Companies by Fortune magazine in its annual report card on corporate reputation. For the second consecutive year, Manpower ranked No. 1 in the temporary help industry, joining companies like Wal-Mart, Microsoft and Southwest Airlines that are the top of their industries.

"We are proud of our commitment to superior customer service and leadership in the employment services industry, and are honored to again be the top staffing company on Fortune's ranking of America's Most Admired Companies," said Peggy Gates, who is manager for Manpower's Southeast Missouri operation with Debbie Glenn.

Each company was evaluated in eight areas that are considered key attributes of reputation. Manpower, with improved scores in each category, led the staffing industry in every area, including: quality of production/services, innovation, employee talent, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment and use of corporate assets.

Also recognized was U.S. Bancorp.

The company was listed as the fifth most admired company in the megabanks industry category by Fortune magazine. U.S. Bancorp jumped three places in the annual listing compared to its ranking in 2003.

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

Ledbetter, a resident of Essex, joined the Modern Woodmen's Rainwater Agency in Farmington in June 1991.

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.

ORAN - Alliance Bank has added two members to the staff at the new Alliance Bank branch located at 1100 Highway W in Oran.

Head teller for the new branch will be Tammy Seyer, according to Jim Gosche, vice president and branch manager.

"Tammy brings with her a great deal of banking experience and we are very excited and pleased to have her on board," he said.

A 1978 graduate of Oran High School, Seyer has attended various banking and related seminars and training. Most recently she served as lead teller with Capaha Bank in Cape Girardeau.

Amanda Gregery will serve as teller of the new bank.

Recently transferring from the Cape Alliance Bank, Gregery is a graduate of Oran schools. She resides in Oran with her husband, Robby, who is currently serving overseas in the military.

"Oran is Amanda's hometown and she will be an asset to our facility," said Gosche.

Alliance Bank was established in 1997 and has expanded to an $80 million banking facility which serves Scott, Cape, New Madrid and Mississippi counties.

PERRYVILLE - Mike Flaker of the C.M. Brown and Associates Truck Insurance Agency of Perryville has completed the annual continuing education requirement of the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors in Austin, Texas.

In order to earn the designation CIC, each individual must have attended five institutes covering all phases of the insurance business and passed five examinations. Additionally, the National Society requires annual attendance in the program to maintain the designation.

Flaker, an 18-year veteran of the truck insurance industry, has been a CIC since 1990. He specializes in insurance and risk management for the transportation industry.

SIKESTON - State Farm Insurance agent Joe Recker of Sikeston has qualified for one of State Farm's most prestigious awards, the Ambassadors for Life Club.

Companies Agency Field Executive Mitch Shelby announced the honor adding Recker received special recognition and an award in March.

In earning this honor, Recker demonstrated his ability and achievement in being a leader in the sales of life insurance and financial products. He is one of only eight State Farm agents in southeast Missouri to qualify for this award.

State Farm is the largest writer of auto and homeowners insurance in the United States, as well as being the largest multiple-line insurance company. Recker's office is located at 114 N. Ingram, Sikeston.

SIKESTON - Marvin Wolverton, package driver for United Parcel Service, was recently honored for completing 25 years of service with the company.

Wolverton works out the UPS facility in Sikeston, He also resides in Sikeston.

UPS, the world's largest package distribution company, serves more than 200 countries and territories with a broad range of integrated ground and air express delivery options and customized logistics services.

CHARLESTON - The vibrant red and gray Cenex colors will soon brand Delta Growers Association's six fueling sites, all of which previously carried a proprietary brand.

The sites in Kewanee, Wyatt, New Madrid, Sikeston and two in and around Charleston are owned and operated by Delta Growers Association with fueling supplied by CHS.

The decision to brand with Cenex was made as Delta Growers in Charleston looked to partner with a strong regional brand.

"Customers want a positive experience with a familiar brand," said Keith Jorgansen, president of Delta Growers Association. "Cenex is established and trusted. A partnership with them is a win-win situation."

Cenex officials said it is win-win with them as well. "We welcome Delta Growers Association as a member of the Cenex family and are pleased to have a presence in their communities.," said Don Olson, senior vice president of Cenex Refined Fuels Marketing and Supply.

Cenex is the largest member-owned petroleum brand in North America, meeting the energy needs of homeowners, businesses and communities through nearly 1,500 local cooperatives, independent retailers and Cenex-identified convenience stores from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Northwest and from the Canadian border to Texas. Its products include refined fuels, propane, lubricants and related equipment.

Cenex is a branch of CHS, a diversified Fortune 500 company providing essential grain, food and energy resources.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Dairy Queen® creatively combines some of its most popular flavors to create a new line of Blizzard® Flavor Treats: the Oreo® CheeseQuake™, Strawberry CheeseQuake and Toffee CheeseQuake Blizzard treats as the April Blizzard of the Month selections.

"Our introduction of the Strawberry CheeseQuake Blizzard as a Blizzard of the Month selection last year was wildly successful," said Michael Keller, executive vice president of Marketing for International Dairy Queen, Inc. "We just expanded the line to include toffee and Oreo, our most popular Blizzard flavor ever."

The Dairy Queen Blizzard of the Month program began last year and will continue throughout 2004 with seasonal as well as new flavors.

In Sikeston, there is a Dairy Queen located at 1100 S. Main St.

LAKE OZARK - F. Scott Mainord Jr., Scott County (Benton) Farm Bureau insurance agent, received the Director's Award for sales of crop insurance by the American Farm Bureau Insurance Services. Mainord competed for the honor with more than 200 professional agents throughout the state.

Mike Voiles, Town and Country Insurance manager, made the presentation during the company's All Star Sales Conference. The three-day conference was March 5-7 at the Lodge of the Four Seasons at Lake Ozark.

CHARLESTON - TieTeanna Steele of Charleston was awarded a Child Development Association 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. As part of the CDA assessment process, each candidate for the CDA credential is observed working with young children of 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.