Ag students receive technical skills certificates

High school students enrolled in agriculture education courses have the unique opportunity to go beyond the classroom and learn real-world applications in a number of disciplines. Whether it is in agricultural mechanics, livestock evaluation, or a dozen other areas of learning, the Missouri Agricultural Skills and Knowledge Assessment Industry Recognized Credential (MOASK IRC) program recognizes students performing at a proficient level as determined by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

The Arcadia Valley Career Technology students whohave completed the required education/training and demonstrated proficiency in one or several of 15 skill areas are:


OR Library’s summer reading program begins

Readers of all ages will explore “A Universe of Stories,” with topics from space to science fiction and more this summer as the Ozark Regional Library presents its summer reading program.

A Kickoff Party will be held at the Ironton branch at 402 N. Main St. on Saturday, June 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Kickoff Party will include free barbecue provided by the Arcadia Valley BBQ Society, games, crafts, participatory art murals, and the first opportunity to sign up for the Summer Reading Program.  The event is open to everyone. All ages are welcome, from birth through adults.

In addition to the reading program, the library has other events planned for the summer including Story Time and STEAM activities for youth, Escape Rooms, Mad Science, and magicians, robotics activities, Sci-Fi Trivia and evening programs for adults exploring “A Universe of Stories” in our own backyard.


Lappe returns to Family Care Clinic

Angelica Lappe

Family Nurse Practitioner Angelica Lappe will be rejoining Iron County Medical Center’s Family Care Clinic on June 3, according to Joshua Gilmore, CEO for Iron County Medical Center.

“We are very excited to welcome Angelica back to our Family Care Clinic team,” stated Gilmore. “She provides a great blend of top-notch clinical education and knowledge with a strong passion for providing exceptional care to her patients.  Her past experience serving patients throughout our community demonstrates her dedication, commitment and passion for rural health.”

Angelica’s skills and abilities include evaluation, diagnosis, management, education and prevention of a wide variety of illnesses and disease within family practice, dermatology, urgent care and emergency care settings.  She exhibits a passion for patient care and is enthused to be returning to ICMC.


Fisher Furniture takes part in nationwide give-back effort

Vicky Moses Oberle and Don Moses

Las Vegas, NV – Local retailer Fisher Furniture joined hundreds of other independently owned furniture, appliance, bedding and consumer electronics dealers in Las Vegas to make great strides in the fight against child hunger.   Fisher Furniture, a Member of Nationwide Marketing Group, teamed with fellow retailers at the bi-annual PrimeTime buying show and convention, where members of their team joined efforts supporting No Child Hungry, the food distribution arm of respected charity My Neighbor’s Children.


Detmers celebrate 50th anniversary

Larry and Phillis Dettmer

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Dettmer, of Arcadia, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on February 14. They were married at Black Mountain Baptist Church on Feb. 14, 1969.

The couple has resided in Arcadia since their union and are the parents of Jill Sutton and Mindy Pingel. Jill and husband, Steve Sutton, live in Arcadia. Mindy and husband, Clint Pingel, live in Farmington. The Dettmers have four grandchildren, Caleb Sutton, Kyle Sutton, Cassie Sutton, and Allison Pingel.

Larry and Phyllis were honored for their 50th at a celebration put on by their daughters, Jill and Mindy. A host of family and friends helped them celebrate in the Laundry House at the Arcadia Academy on Feb. 16, 2019. Their wedding cake was recreated by Violet Kennedy, mother of Phyllis.


Gill wins music award

Stone Gill

Stone Gill, a 7th grader at Arcadia Valley Middle School, has earned a first-place award in the University of Missouri-Columbia’s New Music Initiative’s annual competition, Creating Original Music Project (COMP). COMP is a statewide competition that recognizes Missouri students (K-12) who compose original works in a variety of musical styles.

Winning composers and their schools are awarded cash prizes. This year, as a 7th grader, he won 1st place in the popular music division. He will be awarded $500 for himself and $1000 for the Arcadia Valley Middle School music program.  Stone will perform his song live at the University of Missouri-Columbia on April 13.

When Stone was in 5th grade, he placed 3rd in the instrumental elementary division winning $200 for himself and $500 for Arcadia Valley Middle School’s music program. As a 6th grader, he placed second with a pop rap song that he composed and performed. He won $400 for himself and $750 for AVMS music.


MAC Dean’s List released

Park Hills – The Mineral Area College Dean’s List has been announced for the Fall 2018 semester.

Students at the Park Hills-based community college who are so honored must

•earn no grade below a “C” or any incomplete grades,

•be enrolled in at least 12 hours of two-year degree credit, and

•have a current grade point average of 3.25 or higher.

For more information on the Mineral Area College Dean’s List, contact Registrar Connie Holder at (573) 518-2119 or

Mineral Area College is a comprehensive, public, two-year community college in Park Hills, Missouri.

The following area students maintained a 4.0 grade point average for the semester, which is the highest attainable:


Dean’s List 4.0

Arcadia, Missouri

Nathaniel J Sahagun

Jayla M Wilson

Belleview, Missouri


Arcadian Academy of Music holds Winter Recital

Winter Recital

Students at The Arcadian Academy of Music in Ironton were featured in a winter recital held Sunday, December 16.  Among the students were (first row, from left) Alex Trowbride, Abbey Rouse, Amelia Stringham, Samuel Buckner, Nadia Parker, (second row, from left) Dylan George, Kailyn George, Austin Bradshaw, Gatlin Portell, Mackenzie McAllister, Liam Ring, Allison LaBrot, Emily Parker (teacher), Audrey McCulley, Desirae Conrad, Megan Cooper and Nataly Walker.

The Arcadian Academy of Music in Ironton held its fourth annual Winter Recital on Sunday, December 16th at the Jeanette McKinney Recital Hall.  Students performed a classical work and a traditional Christmas song of their choice.  Performers displayed their talents either on the piano or with their voice.

Following the recital, special recognition was given to three students who achieved the opportunity to compete at the State Missouri Music Teachers Association (MMTA) Convention held in Columbia in November.  This competition requires students K - 12 to perform multiple contrasting pieces from memory in order to gain a rating - with a I rating being the best.  Those students who receive a I rating at the District competition in Cape Girardeau are allowed to compete at State.  The best students at State are given a I rating, and a winner is declared from that group.


Rev. Gerling new pastor First Church of the Nazarene

Rev. Jon Gerling

Jonathan “Jon” Gerling is the new pastor at the Ironton First Church of the Nazarene.  He replaces the Rev. Henry Shelly, who is now the pastor at a church in Bernie.

“We have been friends with the Shellys for nearly 24 years,” Rev. Gerling said. “We went to Bible College together.”

Gerling entered the Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, CO when we was 28, a latecomer to the ministry.

“I’ve been in the ministry over 20 years,” he explained,  “but I grew up on a farm and I originally talked about taking over my dad’s farm between Washington and New Haven, MO.”

Although there are no other ministers in his family (he is the first), he is a third-generation member of the Church of the Nazarene.

“My grandparents on both sides are Nazarene, my parents are Nazarene, and we all went to the Nazarene Church in Union, MO our whole lives,” he said.

He had a good job when God intervened.


Fernández Barrera - Hitchings wed

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Hitchings

Gregg and Thea Hitchings of Belleview are pleased to announce the marriage of their son, Andrew, to Marcela Fernández Barrera, daughter of Javier and Marcela Fernández Barrera, of Monterrey, México.  

Marcela graduated from Tecnológico de Monterrey and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  


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