Thursday, Jan. 30, was the Eugene Cole R-V D.A.R.E. graduation. Pictured are, from left, Cole County Sheriff's Department Deputy Josh Stockman, Former St. Louis Cardinal Tom Henke and Cole County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Ralph Lemongelli presenting D.A.R.E. certificates to the six grade graduates. (Photo by Tammy Witherspoon)
The Eldon Friends of Music group hosted a pancake night Wednesday, Jan. 28 at the Eldon McDonald's with proceeds going to support the needs of the Eldon school district vocal and instrumental music programs. Above, Eldon High School band member Esther George (center) serves another piece of sausage to Grace Petet (right) as grandmother Grace Petet looks on. (Photo by Tim Flora)
In observance of American Heart Month, Lake Regional Health System is offering a cardiovascular screening and Heart Health forum Saturday, Feb. 14 in the hospital’s third floor conference room in Osage Beach.
Late last year, I wrote a bulletin on the amount of regulations the Obama Administration proposed for 2015. That number was an astounding 3,415 regulations. A quick review of them makes it clear that many of these regulations, particularly from the Environmental Protection Agency, will harm American families, farmers, small businesses, and our economy in general.
Last week at the capitol we heard from Governor Jerimiah J. Nixon and Chief Justice Mary Russell on the State of the State and the State of the Judiciary. We also passed our first significant piece of legislation with HCR 4, which stopped raises from being implemented for representatives, senators, and statewide elected officials.
On Wednesday the governor delivered his state of the state address. As has been the case throughout his entire term, the governor offered many platitudes, but very few solutions. He admonished the legislature to tackle issues such as transportation and education funding, but failed to note that the legislature has taken action, some of which are identical to what he is now proposing, in past years only to have the governor deliberately scuttle those reforms via veto or with-holding of funds. I found two things particularly interesting: 1) the budget director admitted last week during an appropriations hearing that the estimate for revenue was $940 million off ? that is almost a billion dollars -- for our current 2015 budget, but the governor still claims that he has the corner on financial discipline, and 2) the same governor who has been completely absent from working with the legislature for six years now makes a commitment to engage. As has been the case for the last six years, the legislature will do the real work of crafting a budget based upon economic realities rather than political pandering and pie-in-the-sky fiction.
Last night I listened and made notes as the Governor gave his State of the State speech. In recent years the governor has used this address to outline proposed spending plans that were simply unrealistic, if not impossible. Time and again he has asked for spending that far exceeds our revenues, and each time we have done what we thought was the fiscally responsible thing by scaling back his proposals to draft a realistic, balanced budget, and stay within it.
The Partners in Hope Relay for Life team is polishing the disco ball and turning up the ‘70s music! The 2015 All Ladies’ Prom will be held Saturday, March 7 at the Our Lady of Snows center. The theme of this year is Disco Divas. Attendees will enjoy music, dancing, photo opportunities, prizes and snacks. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Contact the Mary’s Home Bank or Carol Braun at 573-498-3516 for tickets or more information.
The annual Charlie Town Bowling Tournament has been completed. Nick Wilde, chairman of the tournament, reported that the Community Center profit was about $3,900. The board is extending appreciation to all who participated. This is one of the fund-raisers which keeps the Center operating.
Saturday morning Don and Rosalie Wyss, Mark Wyss, Jim and Barbara McDonald and Brenda Wyss had breakfast at Don and Rosalie’s. Mark, Don and Rosalie drove to the Columbia airport Friday to meet Brenda, who flew in from Boston, Mass.
TOPS MO 1002 Crocker met Monday, Jan. 26, at the Pulaski County Health Department, 101 12th Street, with Leader Randy, presiding. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. The KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) Pledge was said by Joy, Juanita, Paula, Gladys and Vernetia followed by the TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Pledge.