Child Advocacy Council
The Child Advocacy council received a $500 donation from the Ozarks Board of Realtors. Local members of the Board of Realtors include Akins Realty, Kathy Stanley Real Estate, Inc., and Pitts Realty. Pictured is Joyce Worsham (left) of the Child Advocacy Council receiving the check on behalf of the board by Kathy Stanley.

Hickory County C.A.R.E.S.
Food Pantry Expands to Pittsburg
Know Your Neighbors will start distributing the Temporary Food Assistance Program and Panty Groceries one time per month from the Pittsburg Community Center Wednesday, Jan. 21. They will distribute from 11 a.m. to 1: p.m. This was done to save residents of the Pittsburg area from driving to Wheatland to pick up the same foods from the Bartshe Building. Hickory County C.A.R.ES Food Pantry currently distributes food through the Lions Club in Weaubleau on the same days from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. Food distribution for 2015 at these locations will be the third Wednesday of the month except for January and October which will be the 4th Wednesday. Schedules are available at all locations.

Mitchell Automotive
Pictured above is the Mitchell Automotive family, receptionist Alicia Stewart, locksmith Kevin Stewart, receptionist Fae Mitchell, and owner/mechanic William Mitchell.

Mitchell Automotive
opens in Wheatland
A new automotive shop opened up Monday, Dec. 8 in Wheatland across from the former Darby Motors at 117 west U.S. highway 54.

FBLA Sponsors Miss Merry Christmas
The Hermitage FBLA chapter sponsored the 14th annual Miss Merry Christmas dance on Friday, Dec. 5, for the three middle school grades. High school members worked the admission table, sold drinks and glow necklaces, and staffed a picture area for the middle school dance attendees. A coronation was held during the evening to crown a Miss and Mr. Merry Christmas with representatives from each of the three classes. Pictured above are the 2014 royalty including the 2013 king and queen, freshman Easton Sabala and seventh grader Makayla Hostettler, sixth grade candidates William Forrest and Abi Borland, seventh grade king and queen Thomas Rauscher and Gracie Brune, and eighth grade candidates Sebachtion Given and Abby Irek.

Business Meeting
The Hermitage Middle Level FBLA chapter held their monthly business meeting after school on Friday, Dec. 5. During the meeting, the officers presented the Emblem ceremony. Members were awarded small prizes for their participation through the first semester of events. Pictured above are those winning gifts, placing tenth through first; William Forrest, Ryan Liberty, Abi Borland, Gracie Brune, Emily Christian, Makayla Hostettler, Anna Ginnings, Alex Williams, Abby Irek and Lindsey Smith. After the business portion of the meeting, the members had a Christmas party with snacks and games.

Stories sought for community features
Do you have someone in your life whom you think is an outstanding member of the community? The Index is looking for people to feature in future papers.

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