SIKESTON - Dr. Mercy Saba was chosen by her colleagues as "Employee of the Year" at Bootheel Counseling Services.
Employed with the agency one and half years, Saba is a staff psychiatrist. She is described as being "patient, caring, and easy to talk to for clients and staff members," by her nominators.
Saba resides in Cape Girardeau with her husband and two daughters.
JEFFERSON CITY - Forty-eight people reported to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Academy on Jan. 8 to begin the 27-week training course to become a trooper. The 86th Recruit Class is scheduled to graduate on July 13.
As of March 1, 2007, 37 recruits remain in the class. Of the recruits, 13 have some college experience, one has an associate's degree, five have more than 60 hours of college credit, 14 have bachelor's degrees, and one has a master's degree. Nine of the recruits have worked in law enforcement and six have prior military experience.
Among those from the area joining the class are Brooks A. Pratt of Sikeston; Dimechi H. Herring of Cape Girardeau; and Terry M. James and Adam N. Miller of Jackson.
SIKESTON - Jana Paddock, the community support supervisor for Bootheel Counseling Services, has attained certification as a National Certified Counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors Inc. Paddock joins more than 40,000 NCCs who are certified through NBCC.
A resident of Campbell, Paddock has been employed by Bootheel Counseling Services since 1999.
Bootheel Counseling Services is a private not-for-profit outpatient community mental health center with locations in Sikeston and Bloomfield.
NBCC, located in Greensboro, N.C., is the largest national counselor credentialing organization in the United States. National Certification promotes professional accountability and ensures that consumer's rights are protected through the NBCC Code of Ethics.
As a newly designated NCC, Paddock has fulfilled the requirements for the NCC credential. Those requirements include a graduate degree in counseling from a regionally accredited institution, supervised post-master's counseling experience and a passing score on the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification.
JACKSON - A class being offered by the University of Missouri Extension called "The Basics of Writing a Business Plan" is being held at the Jackson Chamber of Commerce Building at 6 p.m. March 19. The class is sponsored by the Jackson Chamber of Commerce.
In today's business world, many start up businesses need a business plan to obtain financing. Also many existing businesses need one to get further financing for their growth and working capital.
The class will teach key parts of a business plan and while providing guidelines for styles and appearance of the plan. The importance of a business plan will also be covered as well as who needs to write one.
To register for the upcoming class, please call 573-243-3581. Seating is limited due to the popularity of the class.
SBDC/Extension business programs are also sponsored by the Small Business Administration and University of Missouri.
SIKESTON - In March, Wells Askew, MD, will present original research at an international medical conference in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
Askew is a 1993 graduate of Sikeston High School and is now an associate professor of cardiology on staff at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He also recently authored a cardiology chapter in a text book of medicine.
He is the son of Carol and John Askew of Sikeston. John Askew, recently retired after 32 years of practice at Ferguson Medical Group.