Henk retires from Extension Service

Debra Henk (left) receives a Certificate of Appreciation from the University of Missouri’s Vice-Chancellor’s office for her tenure with the Missouri Extension. Making the presentation is Janet Kline, the extension’s regional director. Kline was involve with the local council’s hiring of Henk as the 4H Youth Specialist some 16 1/2 years ago

Although Debra Henk’s official last day in the office is Dec. 15, she had enough vacation days left that enabled her to say goodbye to her associates at the Iron County Extension office in a get-together on Oct. 13.

For 16 1/2 years, Henk has been the 4H Youth Specialist for Iron, Reynolds and Shannon counties. In 2003, she also took on the duties of the County Program Director.

“I’ve been painting and I’m ready to tear into the bedroom,” she said, when contacted at home by telephone. By “tear into,” she means continuing the rehab work she has been doing on her home, built in 1818.  

“This is the longest I’ve ever had a job and the longest I’ve ever lived in one place,” said the Pennsylvania native. She grew up “outside of Chicago,” got married and then she and her ex- husband “moved all over the place.”

Before she came to The Valley, she was working as a tour guide and interpreter at a State Park in Minnesota.


Hartungs celebrate 60th anniversary

Rosemary and Harley Hartung


Rosemary Ann (Steinhoff) Hartung and Harley Henry Hartung celebrated their 60th anniversary on October 5 with a family gathering at their rural Caledonia home.

They were married on October 5, 1957 at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in University City.

Harley, 85, was a brick layer for 32 years at his own business in Fenton.

Rosemary, 85, worked for the federal government as a typist and clerical worker until she had children, then she became a stay-at-home mom.

They have three sons, Kenny from Sullivan, Jim from Bowling Green, and John from Hillsboro.

The couple has four grandchildren, Ben, John Tyler, Sam, and Anne Marie.

The Hartungs said the secret to their successful marriage is a Christ-centered life: “If you remember Jesus every day and apply what you learn from the Bible, you shouldn’t have any problems getting along.”


Books available this week at Ozark Regional Library

If you don’t see it at your local branch, ask your librarian to order it for you (or you can go to the online catalogue and place a hold on the item yourself).



•Alexander, Ellie. Death on Tap

•Babst, C. Morgan. The Floating World

•Bischof, Joanne. The Lady and the Lion Heart

•Clark, Mary Higgins. Every Breath You Take

•Cole, Alyssa. An Extraordinary Union

•Cornick, Nicola. House of Shadows

•Diaz, Hernan. In The Distance

•Eicher, Jerry. Hannah 

•Hanks, Tom. Uncommon Type: Some Stories

•Hill, Joe. Strange Weather: Four Short Novels

•Huber, Anna Lee. This Side of Murder: A Verity Kent Mystery

•Leo, Jennifer Lamont. You’re the Cream in My Coffee: A Roaring Twenties Novel

•Olmstead, Robert. Savage Country


AVHS FBLA officers attend Leadership Conference

AVHS FBLA Officers and Advisor attend the Fall Leadership Conference held in St. Louis on November 10-11.  From left are Jesse Wren, Katie Wren, Hanna-Beth Walker, FBLA Advisor Shelly Walker and Haylee Walker.

Over 800 Missouri middle, high, and college students attended the 2017 Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda National Fall Leadership Conference in St. Louis November 10-11.  

The National Fall Leadership Conference is the premier leadership opportunity for America’s business students each fall.  In total, nearly 2,400 members traveled from across the country to the Show-Me State for two days of leadership development and career planning.

“Missouri had the pleasure and honor of serving as the host to NFLC in St. Louis.  With such a vibrant, rich, and diverse business environment, the Show-Me State was the perfect setting a business conference.  We could not be more proud of the hospitality our local chapters and the state gave to all attendees,” Chris Dzurick, Missouri FBLA-PBL State Adviser.


Reading Carnival planned at library

Kids and teens ages 8-18 are invited to attend Ozark Regional Library’s Summer Reading Carnival event to be held on July 22, 2017 from 10 a.m.-noon.  

Circus Kaput is bringing a Caricaturist, Balloon Artist, and Face Painter to the event.  In addition, there will be games, crafts, and carnival snacks.

For more information about this event or the Summer Reading Program, please contact Kelsey Fitzgerald, Youth Librarian, at 573-546-2615 or email her at

This event is a part of Ozark Regional Library’s Summer Reading Program and is funded by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. 


William Woods graduates 840 students

Fulton - William Woods University celebrated its 147th commencement on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The university conferred 840 degrees, including 243 undergraduate and 597 graduate students. 

They earned degrees including: associate of applied arts, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of social work, master of business administration, master of education, education specialist in administration, and doctorate in educational leadership.

Award-winning country music star and New York Times best-selling author, Jimmy Wayne, spoke at the undergraduate ceremony in the morning, while Dr. Sherri Thomas, a William Woods alumna and principal of the Lewis and Clark Middle School in Jefferson City, spoke to the graduate students in the afternoon.

Local students who graduated include:

William Hartwig, of Ironton, received a Master of Education in Education Administration


Local students named to Dean’s List at Mineral Area College

Park Hills – The Mineral Area College Dean’s List has been announced for the Spring 2017 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.

The following students maintained a 4.0 grade point average for the semester:



Firebaugh, Krista N;

Jackson, Garrett V;



Noel, Jasmine R;

Reichert, Madison M;



Haworth, Ethan R;



Sargent, Randi D;



Boes, Neil;

Colwell, John W;

Cuneio, Jordan B;

Melancon, Dana A;

Reed, Taylor M;




Local students among those named to CMU Dean’s List

Fayette - Out of Central Methodist University’s nearly 5,000 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and College of Graduate and Extended Studies (CGES) students, 964 were named to the spring semester Dean’s List.

These students study at CMU’s main campus in Fayette, at a CMU center, or through CMU’s online program.

This outstanding academic achievement is awarded only to students who maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.50 or above for the semester, among other criteria, according to CMU Provost and Dean of the University Dr. Rita Gulstad.

The following CMU students from local areas were named to the Spring 2017 Dean’s List:

Alexandria Watts from Ellington, a business major who is an online student

Willie Carter from Ironton, a computer science major who is an online student

Terence Anderson II from Middlebrook, a criminal justice major who is an online student


Strange graduates from UMKC School of Dentistry

Aaron Strange, a 2010 graduate of Arcadia Valley High School, graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry on Friday, May 12, 2017.  

Strange graduated Summa Cum Laude with his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree.  Aaron graduated from UMKC with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 2013, and went on to complete his DDS degree.  

During his time at the School of Dentistry, Aaron was one of five students to participate in the Senior Departmental Advanced Studies in Oral Surgery.  

He earned the Outstanding Grand Rounds Presentation Award with Dr. Isaac Dains.  Aaron was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a Dental Honor Society, representing the top 12 percent of the graduating dental class.  

Aaron earned the Christopher S. “Kit” Bond Community Health Scholarship Award in 2016.  He was also awarded UMKC Dental Alumni scholarships, the American College of Dentist Scholarship, and the Missouri Dental Association Scholarship.    


Summer Reading Program aims to ‘Build a Better World’

Readers of all ages will explore engineering, gardening, community service, and much more this summer as Ozark Regional Library presents “Build a Better World” during the summer library program. 

Activities may include building, gardening, volunteering, art projects, science and engineering experiments, and more.

The 2017 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through young adult, with programs, prize drawings, story times, a reading club, and more. Registration for “Build a Better World” begins on June 5, 2017.  

For more information, call the library at 573-546-2615 or visit the website,

All programs are free of charge.


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