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Business briefcase 10/8

Sunday, October 8, 2006

CHICAGO -- A Sikeston native is leading an effort in Chicago to help find missing children with the use of DNA.

Susan Rockett, assistant chief of Calumet Police Department in Chicago, is heading the department's assistance to collect DNA samples from parents and relatives of missing children in the Chicago area. Rockett is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Rockett of Sikeston.

The initiative, created by National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and in partnership, with the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas, collects DNA from parents and relatives of long-term and endangered missing children in an effort to resolve missing children cases.

The Calumet Park Police Department is the first law enforcement agency to help collect DNA on a regional basis as part of the Missing Child DNA Identification Project.

Equipped with special collection kits, the Calumet Park Police Department uses mitochondrial DNA testing to catalog reference samples. Once compiled, the samples are profiled and added to the Combined DNA Index System Missing Persons DNA Database, a national database that enables multi-

jurisdictional crime labs to exchange and compare DNA profiles electronically.

CHARLESTON - Carla Bell, director of Special Services of the Charleston R-1 School District, recently attended the 2006 Special Education Administrators' Conference.

The event, sponsored by the Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education, was held Sept. 24-26 at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The 2006 MOCASE Conference featured nationally recognized keynote speakers and numerous workshops and clinics designed to improve the skills of school personnel involved in special education.

The Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education is a not-for-

profit organization that promotes professional leadership among special educators in school districts throughout Missouri.

SIKESTON - Martha Kirchhofner is the Missouri Delta Medical Center's Employee of the Month.

Kirchhofner, who has been with Missouri Delta Medical Center for more than 30 years, is a recovery room nurse.

Her nominator stated: "Martha is a great worker with an excellent work ethic. Martha goes above and beyond her work duties. She always promotes MDMC and loves her job. She treats everyone like family. She is a great PACU nurse who is always dependable and always puts the patient first."

SCOTT CITY - The Board of Commissioners of the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority and Board of Directors of the Semo Port Railroad Inc. will hold their regular monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Port Office, 10 Bill Bess Drive.

Agenda items include: 1) Call to Order; 2) Roll call; 3) Regular session items; and 4) Executive session items.

The next regular meeting is 1:30 p.m. Nov. 13.

ST. JOSEPH - Birk Design Cattle of Charleston is a new member of the American Angus Association.

The American Angus Association, with more than 34,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef cattle registry Association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on more than 14 million registered Angus.

The Association records ancestral information and keeps production records on individual animals for its members. These permanent records help members select and mate the best animals in their herds to produce high quality, efficient breeding cattle which are then recorded with the American Angus Association. Most of these registered Angus are used by the U.S. farmers and ranchers who raise high quality beef for U.S. consumption.

SIKESTON -- A retirement party in honor of Ron Steinmetz, executive director for Bootheel Counseling Services, will be held Oct. 16 at the Sikeston Elk's Lodge. A social hour will begin at 5 p.m. followed by a program at 6 p.m.

All friends, colleagues and members of the public are invited to attend.

Please R.S.V.P. to Laura Stone, director of fund development and public relations at Bootheel Counseling Services by calling 471-0800.

SIKESTON - Jim Taylor has joined the staff at Morlan Dodge,1110 S. Main St. in Sikeston as a sales representative for new and pre-owned vehicles.

As a salesman, Taylor said he intends to make customer satisfaction his goal. "I would like to invite the public to come visit me at Morlan Dodge," Taylor said.

A native of New Madrid County, Taylor lives in Matthews.