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.  


Coat Donation

Coat Donation - The Iron County Medical Center, ICMC employees, and the ICMC Community Outreach Committee joined forces and donated new coats, hats, gloves/mittens, scarves and socks to the Arcadia Valley R-II School District. 

Coat Donation - The Iron County Medical Center, ICMC employees, and the ICMC Community Outreach Committee joined forces and donated new coats, hats, gloves/mittens, scarves and socks to the Arcadia Valley R-II School District. Cold weather is here, and ICMC and its employees want students to stay warm and healthy. From left are Vicki Branstetter (ICMC), Crystal Buckman (AV Middle School Counselor), Brandi Brogan (AV School Nurse), Christi Johnson (ICMC), Rosie Thompson (ICMC), Sylvia Beard (ICMC), Tasha Schilli (ICMC) and Kassi Inman (AV Elementary School Counselor).


Strange Graduates from Maryville University

Kylie Strange

Kylie Strange (King), a 2011 graduate of Arcadia Valley High School, graduated from Maryville University in August 2018.

Kylie graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing Degree.  She was recently certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Kylie graduated with honors and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.

She graduated in 2013 with her Associates Degree as a Registered Nurse from MAC, and in 2015 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from the University of MO-Kansas City School of Nursing.

Kylie is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

She will be working as a Family Nurse Practitioner for Missouri Highlands Health Care at their northern clinics.


Arcadia Academy students earn MMTA ratings

Students earn MMTA ratings - From left:  Kailyn George, Dylan George, Audrey McCulley, MacKenzie McAllister and Emily Parker (teacher) - photo taken at The Baptist Home.

Several students from the Arcadian Academy of Music participated in the District Competition for the Missouri Music Teachers Association held in Cape Girardeau on Friday, September 21.  The students performed two or more solo Classical pieces in either piano or voice. 

Three of the students:  Kailyn George of Farmington (9th grade piano), MacKenzie McAllister of Farmington (9th grade piano), and Audrey McCulley of Annapolis (12th grade voice) received I ratings and will compete at the State MMTA Conference in November.

Dylan George of Farmington (12th grade piano) received a II rating. 

Prior to competing at the District Festival, all four students performed for residents of The Baptist Home.   


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