SIKESTON - Three recent graduates of Trend Setters School of Cosmetology are now at work in Southeast Missouri.
Connie White is employed at the J.C. Penney Salon in Sikeston.
A 1984 graduate of Sikeston High School, she attended Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, where she majored in marketing and management. The daughter of Viola Blow and Teddy Echols of Sikeston is married to Michael White.
Phyllis Harrison is working at the J.C. Penney Salon in Poplar Bluff. The daughter of Sue Crum of Piggott, Ark., Harrison is the mother of Gwynda Allen of Springfield and Chuck Harrison Jr. of Poplar Bluff.
Mary Robertson is providing a variety of hair care services at Tangles Styling Salon, 718 Lake St. in Sikeston. Her services include haircuts, perms, color, weaves, manicures and pedicures. Call 471-0772 for an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.
SIKESTON - The Bible Factory Outlet chain participated in a cooperative effort with Blue Ridge Broadcasting and Christian Blind Mission International to collect eyeglasses and spread the word of God.
For two weeks in March, Bible Factory Outlet store locations collected eyeglasses which were sent to Christian Blind Mission International for distribution to needy men, women and children around the world. Each person who receives a pair of eyeglasses will also receive a Bible.
"The mission of Bible Factory Outlet is to glorify God by distributing the Bible, literature and products that minister to, inspire and encourage our customers," said Bill Simmons, president of Bible Factory Outlet. "By partnering with Blue Ridge Broadcasting and ministries such as Christian Blind Mission, we are able to enlarge that mission by offering a simple and effective means for our staff and customers to impact the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
There is a Bible Factory Outlet located in the Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores in Miner.
SIKESTON - Lynn Fortner was chosen as the Bootheel Counseling Services' "Employee of the Quarter."
In naming Fortner to the honor, officials cited her dedication, dependability and work ethic.
Bootheel Counseling Services is located at 760 Plantation Blvd. in Sikeston and has a branch office at 25 N. Walnut St. in Dexter.
SIKESTON - Several U.S. Bank employees earned the company's quarterly "Pinnacle" award, one of U.S. Bank's highest retail employee achievement honors. U.S. Bank's quarterly Pinnacle awards program recognizes outstanding achievement and rewards employees for their tremendous performance.
As an expression of U.S. Bank management's gratitude and appreciation, all of the winners received a commemorative gift at local awards ceremonies. Branch managers will also be in the running for the bank's annual Pinnacle Award program, in which top performers will be invited to a trip to San Francisco and earn a chance to receive a trip for two to anywhere in the world.
Michele T. Knickman, mortgage representative for U.S. Bank located at 625 N. Main St. in Sikeston, won thee Pinnacle Award in the third quarter.
SIKESTON - Bill Ballinger was recently promoted as roll goods manager at the Dewitt Company.
Ballinger began employment in February 2000 as machine operator and February 2001 progressed to scheduler. As roll goods manager, he is responsible for scheduling production orders, inventory and oversees 30 personnel.
In 1980 he married Kim Hoyer Ballinger, and they have two children, son, Bill, junior at Southeast Missouri State University, and daughter, Jessica Ballinger, freshman at Southeast Missouri State University.
FARMINGTON - Justin M. Pobst has accepted a position as credit analyst for U.S. Bank in Farmington.
"We are very pleased and excited to have Justin in our banking group," said Michael Bender, regional bank president. "He is a great addition to our team and has a bright future in the banking industry."
Pobst, a 1999 graduate of Sikeston High School., graduated with a bachelor of science degree in finance from Southeast Missouri State University in December. He and his wife, the former Merideth McDowell of Sikeston, make their home in Farmington.
KELSO -- Jenny Jenkins is the new director of Care-A-Lot Learning Center in Kelso.
"Jenny has been at Care-A-Lot for three years as the assistant director and already took care of much of the day-to-day business," said Steve Bollinger, who along with his wife Sue has owned the Learning Center for 19 years. "She was the logical choice to be promoted to director. We know our school and the children are in very capable hands."
Jenkins has worked in the child care field for over six years and has earned her Child Development Associate (CDA) credentials.
"Jenny has a compassionate and loving nature," Bollinger said. "She always has a smile, hug or kind word for the children."
With Jenkins' promotion, Jill Klipfel was promoted to assistant director. Klipfel has been a teacher at the learning center for over six years.
POPLAR BLUFF - Don Bedell, CEO, and Brad Bedell, president of Health Facilities Management Corporation of Sikeston, have purchased the Beverly Healthcare Facility in Poplar Bluff. The new name of the facility if The Manor of Poplar Bluff.
Health Facilities Management Corporation is a nursing home management company with 34 nursing facilities in Missouri, Arkansas and Arizona. Also under the corporate umbrella is Home Advantage Home Health and In-Home Services.