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Hospital working out repayment plans with feds

After some conversations with Medicare/Medicaid officials and officials with the US Dept. of Agriculture, Iron County Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Joshua Gilmore has allowed himself to be optimistic. 

This week will bring additional meetings with both the USDA and with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), under the Department of Health and Human Services. The meetings are centered on enabling the institution to repay approximately $2.6 million it owes to CMS and to get back on track with USDA  bond payments.

“Medicare (CMS) has responded with a graduated repayment play for the hos

cial,” Gilmore said Monday. “We had a brief telephone meeting with them,” he explained. “The follow up meeting for that, and the details of which, will be worked out tomorrow morning (Tuesday, July 18).”

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COLARS struggles to keep Open Hearts Thrift Store operating

The Open Hearts Thrift Store, located at 202 Main Street in Arcadia, is operated by the non-profit Circle of Life Animal Rescue Society (COLARS). For years the store has depended upon the donation of items to resell, the proceeds of which help the organization with its animal welfare projects.  Sales have inexplicably dropped off, leading to uncertainty about the future of the store and the organization.

The volunteers who make up Iron County’s non-profit Circle of Life Animal Rescue Society (COLARS) are bewildered - donations to the thrift store operated by the organization to pay for its popular spay and neuter program - have dropped off dramatically.  So dramatically, in fact, the future of the store and the organization is uncertain.

“We are losing funds,” said a worried Norma Ferguson. “We don’t have much daily income, like we did.  It has dropped off.

“Now, I panic when it comes to the end of the month,” she added, “because I’m not sure I can pay the veterinarian bill.”

Norma, along with Amy Patterson and Susan Degonia, are the core of COLARS.  For the past decade, people have cleaned out their closets and donated usable items to “Open Hearts Thrift Shop” in Arcadia, knowing that the proceeds for the sale of those items would be used for the welfare of local pets.

Thu
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FEMA expands federal disaster declaration

Jefferson City – More Missouri homeowners, renters and businesses, and local government agencies, can receive federal disaster assistance after the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens request to expand the federal disaster declaration for spring flooding and severe storms in Missouri.

“This expansion of the federal disaster declaration means more Missouri families and communities will receive critical assistance as they recover from historic flooding that left some with unprecedented clean up and recovery expenses,” Gov. Greitens said. “I urge Missourians to act quickly and apply to FEMA so they can take advantage of this opportunity to advance Missouri’s recovery across the state.”

 

Assistance to Individuals and Families

Wed
19
Jul

Native plant species highlighted in the Ironton library’s new gardens

Volunteers Linda Bennett, Jim Hemphill and Mariah Fabry do some weeding.

Thanks to the hard work of local volunteers, two installations at the Ozark Regional Library in Ironton tell a different kind of story.

In a general way, it is the story of native plants of the area and the other flora and fauna that interact with them. And it all came about with a little bit of discussion and a lot of volunteer elbow grease.

Last year, Linda Bennett hosted a “Native Plant Workshop” at The Academy in Arcadia. She and her husband, Bill, have an interest in native plants and have spent years with other volunteers in St. Louis planting native gardens around the city.

“We were at the workshop,” said Mariah Fabry and her husband, Jim Hemphill, “and (Library Director) Holly (Martin Huffman) sat down at a table with me and a couple of my friends.”

During the conversation, Fabry made the comment that she thought it would be neat if some of the public areas in The Valley had native  species planted.  The idea germinated.

Wed
19
Jul

Pilot Knob woman injured in accident

A Pilot Knob woman received moderate injuries in a one-vehicle crash on Wednesday, July 5.

Brandie L. Hartley, 23, was transported from the scene by St. Francois County Ambulance District to Iron County Medical Center in Pilot Knob, according to a report by the Missouri Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred at 7:30 a.m. on Missouri Highway 221 near Kings School Road in St. Francois County.

Hartley was driving a 2007 Dodge Caliber northbound and was traveling too fast for wet conditions, the report stated.  She failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the right side of the road, and struck a tree.

She was wearing a safety belt, the report stated.

 

Teens injured 

in one-car accident

Two area teenagers received moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident on Sunday, July 9.

Wed
19
Jul

Ellis announces candidacy for 8th Dist.

Kathy Ellis

A Festus psychotherapist and addiction counselor has announced her candidacy for the 8th District congressional seat in 2018.  The announcement was made on June 24 at Jefferson College.

“What is going on in Washington has got to stop,” Ellis said in a press release,” people are dying from the lack of healthcare and Washington’s answer is tax cuts for the wealthy.” 

Ellis, a Democrat, proposes healthcare for all, investment in jobs in Southeast Missouri through improvements to infrastructure, increased access to quality education, protecting and defending Social Security, and passing a long-term farm bill.

The first-time candidate decided to run for office after  “the devastating upheaval produced by the 2016 election” and after participating in the Women’s March in Washington D.C. earlier this year.

Wed
19
Jul

Kelsheimer recognized with Amtrak award

Charles “Wick” Moorman, ceo and president of AmTrak, presents a Champion of the Rails award to Carol Kelsheimer of Arcadia. Carol is the president of Our Town Tomorrow and was the driving force behind the effort to obtain an Amtrak stop for The Valley.

 

Washington D.C. — On June 22, 2017, Amtrak recognized three individuals with its “Champion of the Rails” award. Given out annually as part of the President’s Service and Safety Awards, it honors non-Amtrak employees who have worked to promote and improve intercity passenger rail service throughout the nation.

This year, Amtrak President and CEO Wick Moorman presented the Champion of the Rails award to Carol Kelsheimer of Arcadia, MO and Richard and Christina Anderson of Marshall, TX. All three have strongly supported projects to establish and rehabilitate Amtrak stations in Missouri, Texas and Arkansas.

Kelsheimer was a driving force behind the creation of a new stop on the Texas Eagle (Chicago-San Antonio-Los Angeles) serving Missouri’s beautiful Arcadia Valley. The station, which opened in fall 2016, restored regularly scheduled passenger rail service to the area for the first time since 1968.

Wed
19
Jul

AV ROCKS! Brummett wants you to move it, move it

A table full of AV Rocks! co-conspirators gathered Thursday evening at the Arcadia Valley Sports Complex to try out their creativity painting rocks.  Clues to the whereabouts of the brightly colored stones are listed on Facebook and some of them are scattered randomly about. The just-for-fun exercise is just that - an attempt to get people out to get some exercise and to promote this beautiful area we call The Valley. Taking part in the fun are (clockwise from upper right) Richard Brummett, Holly DeMaria, Jenn Sutton, Maddox Sutton, Mason Sutton, Jake Sutton, Emma DeMaria, Sarala Buckman and Mandy DeMaria.  Others came to help later in the evening.  In all, 31 people chipped in to help.

If there is one thing the Arcadia Valley has plenty of, it is rocks.  They are everywhere in this ancient volcanic region. However, you might start seeing some brightly painted stones if you get out of the house and do some walking.

That is what Rich Brummett is trying to do: get people out, moving and appreciating what the local area has to offer.

AV Rocks! is his brainchild, although he fully admits he adapted the idea from his hometown of Joplin.  For the past couple of weeks, he has been painting - and hiding - rocks emblazoned with the slogan “AV Rocks!”

“At different places all across the country – it is a fun, free activity,” he explained. “They paint rocks and drop them around the area, use social media to give clues, and try to get people to go out and look for them.  It gets people out and about in the community and, whether you are 99 years old or 6 years old, it is something you can enjoy.”

Wed
19
Jul

Archambault’s jewelry now helps empower women in their job search

Pat Archambault

Pat Archambault was known for her sense of style. As an employee in the administration building at Arcadia Valley R2 School District for some 20 years, she was a well-known striking figure.

“She was awesome,” said her son, Gregg. “Everybody in The Valley loved her and she was such a cool lady.”

Part of her persona was to always be dressed to the nines.

“She was fashion conscious, but she wasn’t a prude about it or judgemental,” Gregg explained. “Dressing nicely was just something she liked to do. Whether she was going to Town and Country Market or going out, she always wanted to look good.

“She loved jewelry.  It’s funny because she was kind of a conservative person, but she wore a ring on every finger. She had a little Gypsy in her, I guess.”

Wed
19
Jul

Pilot Knob woman injured in accident

A Pilot Knob woman received moderate injuries in a one-vehicle crash on Wednesday, July 5.

Brandie L. Hartley, 23, was transported from the scene by St. Francois County Ambulance District to Iron County Medical Center in Pilot Knob, according to a report by the Missouri Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred at 7:30 a.m. on Missouri Highway 221 near Kings School Road in St. Francois County.

Hartley was driving a 2007 Dodge Caliber northbound and was traveling too fast for wet conditions, the report stated.  She failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the right side of the road, and struck a tree.

She was wearing a safety belt, the report stated.

 

Teens injured 

in one-car accident

Two area teenagers received moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident on Sunday, July 9.

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