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.   


Rev. Wiskus new Vicar at St. Paul’s

Rev. Richard Wiskus

The Rev. Richard Wiskus is the new part-time Vicar at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Ironton.

Rev. Wiskus is a Farmington resident who is also a part-time Vicar at All Saints Episcopal Church in Farmington.

He grew up on an Iowa dairy farm near Luxenberg. He attended Loras college and graduated with a degree in history in 1987, then attended graduate school in St. Louis at Aquinas Institute of Theology.

“I taught in Catholic high schools for 17 years,” he said. “I graduated with my masters from Aquinas in  1996 with a degree in  Systematic Theology. I joined the Episcopal Church in 2008.”

Fr. Richard was ordained a priest in early August 2018, however, he brings more than 25 years of non-ordained ministerial experience to St. Paul’s, including campus ministry, teaching theology and philosophy, and leading a not-for-profit organization.


Maguffee to be honored

A long-time AV School District R2 principal and superintendent will be honored with a special get-together on Friday, September 15.

The event will highlight the Maguffee Years - 1965-1988. Those were the years that J. D. Maguffee served the school district as a principal (1965-1970) and as a superintendent (1970-1988). All in all, Jim Maguffee dedicated 31 years of service to education.

The celebration will be held at the Arcadia Valley Elks Lodge in Pilot Knob on September 15 beginning with a mixer from 3 5 p.m. and dinner following from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The evening will continue after the meal from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with music by the DejaVu band and AVHS alumus Barry Helms.


AVHS registration set

Arcadia Valley High School student registration days will provide the opportunity for students to have a smooth start to this school year.

This is different than the way the school has done it in the past. This will allow a student to have all registration requirements done before open house so on that night we can focus on meeting teachers and picking up Chromebooks.

The important next step in beginning the 2018-19 school year is to attend registration on the date for your grade level. This will be the only time for you to adjust your schedule this year.

We expect all students to attend to complete registration and verify your schedule. We would like parents to attend as well but the required forms were mailed home so that students can bring the forms signed by their parents and parents do not have to attend.


Miss Missouri visits The Baptist Home

Miss Missouri 2018 Katelyn Lewis recently visited her grandmother Lena Patterson at the Baptist Home.

Miss Missouri 2018 Katelyn Lewis recently visited her grandmother, Lena Patterson, who lives at a villa at The Baptist Home. Katelyn is from Lake St. Louis. She attends Missouri Baptist University where she studies accounting. She is preparing for the Miss America pageant in September and busy making guest appearances throughout the state. While visiting her grandmother, she took time to talk and sing to other residents of The Baptist Home. You can find her on Facebook at Miss Missouri Katelyn Lewis. Incidentally, Lena celebrated her 101st birthday in April. Katelyn visits her grandmother often and said she loved Ironton.


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