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.


AVHS students place at MAMTA

Arcadia Valley High School math students competed at the recent 48th Annual MAMTA Math Contest held at Mineral Area College in Park Hills. The students are taught by Michele Spitzmiller.

Among the winners were:


9th-10th grade team 

placed 3rd in Division 1


9th Grade

Taylon Jones

Carter Brogan

Jaiden Phelps

Erica Standefer

Jacob Gibbs

Grace Young

Jacob Hogan

10th Grade

Gracie Layton

Katie Whited 

Faith Sasser

Allie McWherter

Madison Edgars

Haley Harbison


11th-12th grade team placed 1st in Division I 


11th Grade

Jesse Wren

Macey Browers

Briley Whited

Kyle Helms

Austin Emert

12th grade

Haleigh Usher

Melissa Orrick


Lesterville FBLA members earn District Conference awards

Lesterville Future Business Leaders of America members.


On Saturday, February 17, Lesterville students competed at the FBLA District Leadership Conference at Mineral Area College in Park Hills. 

The following students won these FBLA District awards: 

1st Place- Journalism- Libby Orr

1st Place- Help Desk- Jadon Lanham

1st Place- Client Service- Elly Ratliff

1st Place- Computer Problem Solving- Jadon Lanham

1st Place- Management Decision Making- Vince Mathes, Cameron Boyer & Tray Amsden

2nd Place- Intro to Parliamentary Procedures- Miles Winn

2nd Place- Cyber Security- Jadon Lanham

2nd Place- Website Design- Rhylan Gray & Hannah Steward

2nd Place- Broadcast Journalism- Abby Robbs & Elly Ratliff

2nd Place- Healthcare Administration- Laney Bailey

3rd Place- Healthcare Administration- Emma Reese

4th Place- Economics- Drew Richardson

4th Place- Intro to Financial Math- Brendan Myers

4th Place- Journalism- Holden Laughman


New Iron County Extension officers, Council members sworn in 

Iron County Clerk Virginia Queen gives the oath of office to newly elected 2018 County Extension Council officers and members.

Iron County Clerk Virginia Queen gives the oath of office to newly elected 2018 County Extension Council officers and members on Tuesday evening (February 20) at the organization’s annual dinner meeting. From left are Chairman Ken Wooten, Vice Chairman Johnny Underwood, Council member Margo Gilmore, Treasurer Denise Anderson, Secretary Michelle Swane and Virginia Queen. Other newly elected or re-elected Council members not present for photo include Barb Graham, Lesa Mason, Josh Campbell, Monique Browers and Beth Havelka.


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.


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