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Business briefcase 9/21

Sunday, September 21, 2003

SIKESTON - Dana Moore is the Bootheel Counseling Services' "Employee of the Quarter."

In naming her to the honor, officials noted her dedication, flexibility, professionalism and dependability. Moore is the center's support staff coordinator.

Bootheel Counseling Services is located at 760 Plantation Blvd. in Sikeston and has a branch office in Dexter.

POPLAR BLUFF -- Three Rivers Community College will offer a special, non-credit course covering the basics and the new wrinkles in preparing individual income tax returns.

The six-week course, aimed primarily at individuals who do their own taxes, will meet twice a week, 6-9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, starting Oct. 13 and ending Nov. 20. The instructor is Debra Downing, of the Jackson Hewitt Tax Service in Poplar Bluff.

Fee for the Fundamentals of Income Tax Preparation is $183 for students living within the TRCC district and $266 for those outside the district; $50 of each fee goes to Jackson Hewitt for course textbooks.

For more information, or to register for the course, contact TRCC's Division of Extended Learning at (573) 840-9690 or call toll-free at 877-TRY-TRCC, Extension 690.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Linda Storey Ross is the new executive assistant and chief of the Programs Management Branch for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District.

A native of Sikeston, Mo., Ross joined the Corps in 1978 and has served in a variety of increasingly responsible positions since then.

In her new position, she will serve as the primary liaison between the Corps of Engineers and members of Congress in both the House and Senate. She will also be primary liaison between the Corps and governors of the six states served by the Memphis District. As Programs Management Branch chief, she will be responsible for formulating the Memphis District's portion of the President's budget.

SIKESTON - Al "Blue" Blumenberg is now part of the sales staff at Bening Motor Co. in Sikeston.

With 11 years experience in vehicle sales, Blumenberg said he would like to invite his friends and previous customers to come by Bening Motor Co., 2317 E. Malone Ave., to visit and to see the "great deals" available.

Previously from East Prairie, Blumenberg now resides in Cape Girardeau.

SIKESTON - Cheryl Wolford, package driver for United Parcel Service, was recently honored for completing 20 years of service with the company. Wolford, who resides in Matthews, works out of the UPS facility 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.

SIKESTON - Renda Polk, an employee of Missouri Delta Medical Center, is the president-elect 2003-04 and president for 2004-05 of the Missouri State Tumor Registrars Association. She will be installed during the association's 28th annual meeting from Oct. 8-10 in Springfield.

The annual meeting is an opportunity for members to increase their knowledge of oncology data management, changes in staging and data standards. Also they provide registrars with continued education hours.

Polk has been a member of the MoSTRA since 1995 and the National Cancer Registrar Association since 1996. She has served as MoSTRA's arrangement chairman in 1997; secretary, 2000; junior board member, 2001; senior board member, 2002; and nomination chairman in 2002 in addition to serving on other committees.

Employed at MDMC for 22 years, she received her certification as a certified tumor registrar in 1996.

SIKESTON - Mary Catherine Eddy, business teacher at Scott County Central High School, was chosen to receive a grant by Jordan Fundamentals, a division of NIKE Inc.

Up to 400 grants of $2,500 are awarded annually nationwide by the Jordan Fundamentals Grant Program. Michael Jordan established the program because he believes education offers choice and opportunity.

To be eligible for the grant, an applicant must develop an original lesson plan or unit that demonstrates high student expectations. The plan must also be unique and demonstrate outstanding teaching and instructional creativity.

SIKESTON - At a time when other banks are discontinuing their debit or check card reward programs, U.S. Bank is expanding and enhancing its "Checking That Pays" program.

Now, when U.S. Bank customers use their debit or check card for signature based (non-PIN) transactions as part of Checking That Pays, they can choose from one of four different reward programs.

The four check card products now available to U.S. Bank customers include the Cash Bonus Visa Check Card, Visa Extras For Check Card, WorldPerks Visa Check Card and Harley-Davidson Visa Check Card. All four of these check card products are part o f the Checking That Pays program that reward signature-based purchases.

For more information on the program in Sikeston, contact U.S. Bank locations at 104 E. Canter St. of 625 N. Main St.

SIKESTON - Dean Wooden, a branch manager in the 471 N. Main office of Raymond James Financial Services Inc. and a member of the New York Stock Exchange/SIPC, recently completed the Raymond James Retirement Plan Dynamics Program.

Individuals like Wooden, who have completed the program are eligible to join the Raymond James Retirement Plan Consulting Group, which is comprised of financial advisors who focus their practices specifically on retirement plans.

The Retirement Plan Consulting Group identifies those individuals who have met rigorous experience and ethical requirements of Raymond James, have successfully completed a comprehensive three-day workshop and have demonstrated knowledge and skill in retirement alternatives and plan designs for individuals and businesses.

"The goal of the program," explained Dwight G. Edwards, director of Retirement Plan Consulting, "is to equip financial advisors with skills that allow them to offer a high level of valuable services to their clients."

Wooden specializes in financial planning, estate planning and retirement plans including annuities, IRAs, Roth IRAs and educational savings.