ST. LOUIS - Ronald Cook, feeder driver for the United Parcel Service, was recently honored for completing 25 years of service with the company. Cook, a resident of Sikeston, works out of the UPS facility in St. Louis.
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 - Bootheel Counseling Services has named Tammy Deen as the "Employee of the Quarter."
Deen, the center's billing coordinator, has been employed with Bootheel Counseling Services for five years. She was chosen because of her dedication, dependability, integrity and worth ethic, a spokesman said.
Bootheel Counseling Services is located at 760 Plantation Blvd. in Sikeston with a branch office at 25 N. Walnut St. in Dexter.
KELSO - The Farmers and Merchants Corner, 151 S. Messmer St., is planning a grand opening for Oct. 2.
Located in the former Farmers and Merchants Bank in Kelso, the business is owned by Ray and Cindy Ressel. They plan for the business to be a unique shop specializing in modern contemporary oils, acrylic and watercolor paintings alongside antiques, gifts and classical works of art. In addition to the shopping gallery there will be a soda fountain with homemade, hand-dipped ice cream, sno-cones, cappuccino and coffees which can be served in either a sidewalk cafe setting or indoor parlor.
The 84-year-old building has been restored following a year's work. The building still features its 800-pound iron safe door and imported Italian marble floor.
The open house will be designed to be a mini-Octoberfest. Franks and sauerkraut will be served along with beer and wines. There will be live jazz performed by a trio.
DEXTER - Leaders from the Missouri Funeral Directors Association took part in the National Funeral Directors Association Leadership Conference July 26-28 in San Diego. The event focused on advancing leadership in funeral services through educational seminars and round-table discussions.
Among those attending was Stephen Watkins, president-elect of the Missouri Funeral Directors Association. Watkins and the participants examined key issues affecting the funeral service business providing them with practical insights into effective communication, innovative business strategies and strategic planing.
Watkins, who is also Missouri's representative on the NFDA's Policy Board, also represented the state during the board's meeting prior to the leadership conference.
More about the National Funeral Directors Association is available at www.nfda.org.
SIKESTON - Scott Nichols, a physical therapist, athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist for Health Facilities Rehab in Sikeston, recently attended the National Strength and Conditioning Association's annual conference. The focus of this year's event was "Strength, Power, Plyometrics, Speed and Agility for the High School Athlete."
Nichols is director of the Sports Enhancement Training program at Health Facilities Rehab. SET is designed for athletes to improve their performance and decrease injuries. Health Facilities Rehab provides physical, occupational and speech therapy; sports and industrial medicine; and the Biometrics one-on-one weight loss program with outpatient centers in Sikeston, New Madrid, Portageville and Thayer.
For information or a free consultation about SET, call Nichols at 471-5755.
PORTAGEVILLE - Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance recently presented DAEOC Community Action Agency with a certificate of recognition for creating and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment.
Louie Prestage, loss prevention consultant for Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance, presented the award. Prestage commented, "I have been working with DAEOC for approximately three years and have observed and witnessed their commitment to providing a safe workplace and controlling injuries."
DAEOC has implemented and/or enhanced several important loss prevention policies and procedures such as: enhanced hiring/placement process; enhanced new employee training; enhanced on-going training to all employees; implemented facility inspections to identify and correct unsafe conditions; and developed emergency action procedures. DAEOC has reduced the number of employee injuries from 34 in the 2000-2001-policy period to 11 in the 2003-2004-policy period.
"We were able to decrease the number of on-the-job injuries, thanks to all of the employees' efforts in following through with DAEOC's safety procedures. I think that is pretty good and the employees should be commended," said Ken Thompson, human resource director for DAEOC.
The mission of DAEOC Community Action Agency is to provide appropriate Community Action programs and services that effectively assist residents in their goals to achieve self-sufficiency. The goal is to improve the quality of the personal and family lives.
SIKESTON - The Appliance Store, formerly known as Clark Appliance Rentals, has moved to a new location, 834 W. Malone Ave. Managed by Gary Shackles,the business now offers a selection in name brand appliance sales and rentals as well as full service. The telephone number for the business is 471-4733.
KFVS names new sports director
CAPE GIRARDEAU - Todd Richards is the new sports director for Heartland News on KFVS12 and UPN The Beat.
Richards is an award-winning broadcaster who most recently served as sports anchor for WFIE, the NBC affiliate in Evansville, Ind., where he was voted "Best Evansville Sports Anchor" for three years in a row.
He grew up in Michigan and attended Northern Michigan University on a football scholarship. He has been recognized by the Associated Press for various awards for sports coverage.
"I'm so excited for this opportunity to cover sports in the Heartland," stated Richards. "There's so much sports heritage in this area and I can't wait to start covering it."
"We're very excited to have a broadcaster of Todd's caliber join us," added Mark Little, news director for Heartland News. "He brings energy and passion for sports coverage that will help us make Heartland News even better."
Prior to Evansville, Richards worked at WYMT-TV, the CBS affiliate in Hazard, Ky.
"My greatest pride comes from covering local sports and showing the human and emotional side of athletes," continued Richards. "From what I've learned about this area, there is unlimited pride in local sports."
KFVS12 is the CBS Network affiliate serving the Cape Girardeau/Paducah/ Harrisburg television market since 1954, and is available free over the air and throughout the region on cable and satellite. UPN The Beat is WQWQ-TV, the UPN Network affiliate also serving the Cape Girardeau/Paducah market, with its main transmitter located in Paducah, Ky.