Community forum on human trafficking to be held at St. John’s UCC in Bem

    St. John’s United Church of Christ at Bem, Missouri is hosting an important community forum on September 15 for local leaders, churches, first responders, care providers, educators, residents and neighbors on human trafficking.

MU guide explains livestock insurance revisions from USDA

With volatile livestock market prices, farmers now have more appealing insurance underwritten by the USDA. The federally subsidized protection has been revised and simplified.

Protecting the health of our children and communities with immunizations

    Currently making headlines all over the United States, measles is a highly contagious vaccine-preventable illness that has made a frightening comeback. Fortunately, Missouri is not home to one of the current outbreaks as just one case has been confirmed so far this year in the state. This is occurring not long after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared the disease to be eliminated in the year 2000 thanks to a highly effective nationwide vaccination program.

Route 66 Parrot Heads donate to local charities

    At the April monthly meeting, it was noted the club had a surplus of cash in its bank account. The bank balance had continued to grow from membership dues, tee shirt sales and other miscellaneous cash generating activities. Donnie Kerksieck suggested the club give the money away to charity. At that time, a committee was formed. In early June, the committee selected five local charities to be the recipient of the funds. They presented their recommendations at the July meeting and the membership approved the recommendations.
    On Thursday, August 8, 2019, the Route 66 Parrot Head Club held their monthly meeting at Belmont Winery in Leasburg, Missouri. Representatives from the chosen charities were invited to attend.  Each charity received a $500 donation.
    The charities donated to are as follows:

Partners for Cuba Pound
Missy Mullally, representative
    This organization provides all medical care/shots etc. needed before adoptions. Without donations, they would not be able to provide this service. Partners is a private, non‐profit fund that allows for donation of money and goods to benefit the Cuba Animal Control Facility. All donations go directly to the care and needs of the animals at the Cuba Shelter.  Their motto is “We make broken look beautiful.”

All Abilities Athletics
Chris Homyk, representative
    AAA is #extrAAAordinary. The mission is to provide first class athletics for individuals with special needs. The athletics are for ages ranging from Pre‐K to high school. They serve athletes with autism, blindness, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, etc. They focus on the athletes building skills, self‐confidence and friendships through sports.  

Exception Equestrians
Dana Baynes, representative
    This program is equine assisted therapy program that provides enjoyable, affordable horsemanship experiences for therapeutic effect, developing and strengthening mind, body and spirit. They serve more than 120 individuals a week, ages two and up with a wide range of diagnosis from autism to down syndrome to ADHD to individuals with TBI. They even have a 72‐year‐old with an oxygen tank that they serve weekly! There is an PT and OC on staff. Exception Equestrians  has three arenas and 13 horses. For every horse, there is a horse leader, two side walkers and the therapeutic riding instructor.  Volunteers are needed!

Franklin County Humane Society
Ron Boone, representative
    The humane society is an open‐admission shelter where homeless animals receive treatment, medical care and adoption/fostering. They also promote education programs that reduce animal abuse, pet overpopulation and euthanasia. Franklin County Humane Society has over 2,000 cats and dogs per year dropped off at the shelter. It costs over $1,500 a day to keep this shelter open and is dependent on private donations from the community.  They do not receive any state, county tax support and no funding from any other humane organizations or United Way.  

Glenda Volmer, representative
    CASA is Court Appointed Special Advocates, whose mission is to advocate for the best interest of children of abuse and neglect who are under the protection of the Franklin County Juvenile Courts. All volunteer advocates go through a training program before they meet one on one with the child.  The average child moves three times in one year, therefore the advocate has to be familiar with the child to help them through every move to secure a safe and permanent home for them. Volunteers are needed, as there are over 340 children in Foster Care from Franklin County’s Juvenile Division.
    The Route 66 Parrot Head Club is sanctioned by the Parrot Heads In Paradise international organization. They are a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide a variety of social activities while volunteering and giving back to their surrounding communities. From 2012 through 2018, they have raised over $130,000 in monies and goods for local charities.  
    To learn more about this organization, visit them online at

Free financial aid workshops are being held at East Central College

    Getting financial aid for college can be stressful for many people. There are many forms to fill out, and it’s not always clear what scholarships and grants you are eligible for. Plus, there are lots of deadlines!