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.


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;




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