New Bedrooms- T
The 14 Rehab to Home patient rooms are private, single person dwellings, complete with a comfy chair, wardrobe, and television set. For those patients only at Hermitage Christian Health and Rehab for a short-time, it allows them the ability to maintain some privacy and control, as they prepare to return to their own homes.

Christian Health Care holds grand
opening for new Rehab to Home program
Officials with Christian Health Care and Rehab in Hermitage have completed their summer-long “Rehab to Home (RTH)” remodeling project, and they celebrated Friday, Sept. 26, with a grand opening. From 2-4 p.m., residents, employees and members of the public were invited to the new RTH dining room for cake, ice cream and punch. Some were also given a brief tour of the therapy gymnasium.

Cooling Off On a Hot Day-
Some gusty Hermitage teachers stepped up to the plate Wednesday, Sept. 24, and took an ice bucket bath for ALS research. These teachers were encouraged by Hermitage FCCLA students and their advisor, Becky Bishop, with the students promising to donate money for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's Disease, if the school officials participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge, and the students did the pouring. Bishop said she would be taking the money raised to the ALS Research Foundation event in Springfield in the name of former Pittsburg resident Phillip Hoge. Hoge, a former teacher, was diagnosed with the disease in February, and has since moved to Springfield for treatment. Bishop was one of his students. Left: Those who got doused are, front: Bishop, Hermitage R-IV Principal Krissy Friedman, Stacy Sabala, FFA Advisor MaryAnn Boro, Abby Gordon and Carolyn Allison; back: District Superintendent Ed Vest, Coach Mark Sabala, Coach Shane Salmon, and FBLA advisor Jill Salmon. Right: Cheyanna Jennings and Vest provide Coach Sabala with his icy shower.

Hall of Famers-
Kathy and Don Ginnings received their induction into the Missouri Press Association's Newspaper Hall of Fame Friday, Sept. 26, during the 24th annual induction ceremony at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. They are pictured alonsidhe beside announcer Chuck Haney; Richard Gard, Missouri Press Association President; and a host of family members and friends. The Ginningses, former owners of The Index, were honored for their more than 40 years in the newspaper industry. Also inducted were Gary and Helen Sosniecki, former owners and publishers of the Humansville Star Leader.Kathy and Don Ginnings received their induction into the Missouri Press Association's Newspaper Hall of Fame Friday, Sept. 26, during the 24th annual induction ceremony at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. They are pictured alonsidhe beside announcer Chuck Haney; Richard Gard, Missouri Press Association President; and a host of family members and friends. The Ginningses, former owners of The Index, were honored for their more than 40 years in the newspaper industry. Also inducted were Gary and Helen Sosniecki, former owners and publishers of the Humansville Star Leader.

Don and Kathy Ginnings inducted
into MPA Newspaper Hall of Fame
Hermitage residents Don and Kathy Ginnings, former owners and publishers of The Index, were recently honored with an induction into the Missouri Press Association's 24th annual Newspaper Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Drug Take Back-
Hickory County Sheriff's Deputy Nate Mueller; Sandi Nelson, RN; and Hickory County Health Department Administrator Dawn Vader set up shop in front of the Hickory County Health Department Saturday, Sept. 27, for the Drug Take Back event. The health department, in conjunction with the Hickory County Sheriff's Department, conducts this Drug Enforcement Agency sponsored prescription drug take back program twice a year. It is designed to provide a place for the public to dispose of their expired prescriptions. The event ran from 9 a.m. to noon, with customers filling up the boxes to the right. In all, 30 pounds of drugs were received, with 20-25 visitors.

Just Browsing-
Leo Burke and Tiarra Wrightnour browse a selection of shotguns, .22 caliber, and high caliber rifles on sale Saturday, Sept. 27, at the third annual Pomme de Terre Shrine Club Gun and Knife Show. Beginning at 8 a.m., merchandise vendors set up more than 50 tables around the Pomme de Terre Shrine Club, featuring a collection of antique and modern knives, rifles, shotguns, and pistols. The guests quickly strolled in, eager to see everything being offered.

Jalisa Poe and Christopher Nunn announced their engagement to be married Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. Poe is the daughter of Derek Poe of Strafford and Jacobi Walker of Weaubleau, and the granddaughter of Franklin and Gynemia Walker and Alan and Janice Poe, all of Wheatland. Nunn is the son of Kurt Nunn of Wheatland and Toby and Shanna Ott of Weaubleau. He is the grandson of Sam and Joanie Miller of Preston, Jimmy and Diane Nunn of Wheatland, Bob and Barbara Ott of Weaubleau and Paula Dorman of the state of Florida. The couple, both of Weaubleau, will be married at 5 p.m. at the home of Franklin and Gynemia Walker.

Nurse Practitioner-
Carol Kramme is the newest staff member at Ozarks Community Health Center. Kramme is a nurse practitioner who has spent most of her adult life in the health care industry. A former local farm girl, she said she is eager to return to practicing family medicine in a rural community.

OCHC hires nurse practitioner
Ozarks Community Health Center officials have hired Carol Kramme of Springfield as its newest nurse practitioner.

McCarty Senior Center
starts trend of expanded menus
The staff at the McCarty Senior Center has done something they can be proud of, as it seems they have are trendsetters in providing better quality meals for their clients.

CBCO blood drive at Wheatland/Hermitage Schools
Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will hold a blood drive Thursday, Oct. 9, at Wheatland High School and Friday, Oct. 10, at Hermitage High School.

Rock Pile-
Kevin Kliegel, with Lehman Construction, stands on top of a large rock pile on Highway 254, near the site of construction of the Highway 254 bridge. Kliegel said that this was all the concrete that had been removed from the bridge deck, and it towered a good four feet above the ground. Bridge construction continued this past week, with crew members pouring concrete the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 26.

See You At the Pole-
Students, teachers, parents and community members gathered at the Hermitage R-IV flag pole the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 24, for the annual “See You At the Pole” prayer session. “See You At the Pole” is a national movement where students, independent of school districts, come together in solidarity and worship, often offering praying for their family members, teachers, and the community. The theme, #neverstoppraying, was incorporated into the Hermitage event, as each attendee was given the chance to say a prayer aloud or silently. This event was sponsored by the Hermitage Fellowship for Christian Athletes organization.

The Crowd Comes Out-
Ventriloquist and illusionist Kevin Horner performed for a large crowd of both kids and adults Thursday, Sept. 25, leaving very little room to maneuver in the Hickory County Library in Hermitage. Library Administrator Stacy Coulsell said it was one of the largest crowds they have ever had for a children's programming event, admitting it might have had something to do with the 6 p.m. weekday start time, as opposed to the typical Saturday morning sessions. Horner, pictured preparing to capture a cellphone in a balloon, has been coming to the library for the past five years. He is a three-time People's Choice Award winner for both his illusions and his work with puppets.

Sharon Zidlicky, LCSW

Sharon Zidlicky earns her LCSW
Sharon Zidlicky, LCSW, with Christian Health Care and Rehab has become a licensed clinical social worker.

Floral Workshop-
Gynemia Walker, owner of the Floral and Gift Shop of Wheatland, recently provided a floral arranging workshop for the Hickory County Master Gardeners. Pictured with some of the resulting arrangements are Mardi Schultz, Karen Darby, Deanna Loeffner and Gynemia Walker. Not pictured are Elizabeth Pearson, Linda Davis and Brenda Charles.

Best of the Best-
Hickory County 4-H Blooming Hickory members Sydney Bailey and Abagail Hammer were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments as the “Best of the Best in Hickory County” by the Greene County 4-H Foundation. The recognition came during an annual event held Sunday, Sept. 21, in Center Hall at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. “4-H members are selected for the award according to their overall accomplishments and their personal contributions to their county,” said Velynda Cameron, 4-H Youth Development Specialist. To join other award winning 4-H members in the community, call Cameron at the University of Missouri Extension Center in Hickory County at (417) 745-6767.

VP Reporter Makes Cover of TIME
Vernon Publishing, Inc. sportswriter and photographer Curtis Simmons, Tuesday, Sept. 23, holds the latest issue of TIME magazine that features, on the cover, a photo Simmons took of Tipton Cardinal football player Chad Stover. The photo of Chad was taken last year on the same night he received a serious head injury during a football game that ultimately led to his death. Inside the magazine is Chad's story told from the perspective of the Stover family, hoping his death will lead to more safety precautions in the game they still love.

First Gold Cup-
Addy Durnell, daughter of Zane and Rachel Durnell of Weableau, recently received her First Gold Cup in Piano Solo for completion of 15 points and three years participation at the Federation of Music Clubs Junior “Gold Cup” Music Festival. Durnell is a sixth grader at Warsaw Middle School and studies piano with Alice Kugler.

Second Gold Cup-
Amanda Newman, daughter of Darin and Kathy Newman of Hermitage, recently received her Second Gold Cup in Piano Solo for completion of 30 points and six years participation at the Federation of Music Clubs Junior ???Gold Cup' Music Festival. Newman is a freshman at Hermitage High School and studies piano with Alice Kugler.

Five generations recently gathered as a family in Warsaw for lunch and coffee and a photograph. Lynn Rooney of Overland Park, Kan. is pictured with her infant daughter Harper. Next to her is great grandmother Irene Hall of Hermitage. Standing in the back is Lynn's mother, Christy Hunter of Harrisonville, and her mother, Jean Byrd of Warsaw. Also joining the celebration was Jim Hall of Hermitage and great grand daughter Kendra Hunter, who took this photograph at the Truman Dam. Following this, lunch was had at Cosmic Coffee in Warsaw.

Wheatland Elementary School announced its September students of the month for the character trait of respect. Each one of these students have displayed respect to their teachers, classmates, and friends. Pictured are, front row: Serenity Duncan, Kindergarten; Jenna Hunt, first grade; Miranda West, fourth grade; and Libby LupPlace- third grade; back row: Addison Kerr, second grade; Emily Hyzer, fifth grade; and Cody LupPlace, sixth grade. Right: A very special “Sticking to it” award went to Jillian Kennedy for always trying her best and never giving up.

Skyline Students Make All-District Choir
All-District choir auditions for the South Central Missouri All-District Choir were held Saturday, Sept. 20 at Kickapoo High School. Skyline students Maya Weitz, Goldie Miller, Nicholas Holland, and Holden Childress auditioned, and all four were selected as members of the freshman/sophomore All-District Choir. Each student performed for two judges in a blind audition, and had to sing a prepared song called “I'll Say It Anyway,” a major scale, and sight read a musical piece. They will rehearse and perform during a concert Saturday, Nov. 1, at Southwest Baptist University.

Chiefs Fans-
The Kansas City Chief's “KC Wolf” visited Hermitage, Wheatland and Skyline Elementary schools Wednesday, Sept. 17. At Hermitage, they met with the students of Mrs. Sara Pratt's Kindergarten class. Pratt said that the students and teachers alike had a lot of fun listening to Dan Meers, the man inside the suit, as he spoke about being a good person by remembering to utilize the personality traits of attitude, behavior and character.

Unique Mushroom-
Helen Long of Wheatland discovered this unique mushroom Saturday, Sept. 20, on her son's property at Smotherton Hill, near Galmey. She said she first thought it was a grapefruit, as, originally, the bell shaped mushroom had a yellow core and purple stem. By Monday, Sept. 23, however, those colors had darkened. Long took her find to the University of Missouri Extension, where it was identified as a “Bolete” mushroom, from the Boletaceae family. This is a blood red cap mushroom with red pores and a red, webbed stalk, where all parts bruise blue. It typically grows scattered on the ground in oak woods. “I have never seen anything like it,” she said.

Puppy Reading Partners-
Three Hermitage Elementary second graders participated in the “Reading has Gone to the Dogs” program at the Hickory County Library Saturday, Sept. 20. The students were given the opportunity to come to the library and read to Joker or Heavenly, a pair of dogs owned by Bill Arnold. The motivation behind the program is to give kids someone to read to who is less intimidating than a classmate or adult, in an environment that is relaxed and free of judgement. The kids had a great time and all wanted to come back and read again. Those participating were Brody Pratt, Cash Turner and Briann Lupton, who is pictured reading a story with Heavenly sitting on her lap.

Leah Shantel Gates and Austin Lee Rains announce their marriage Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at 4 p.m. in Quincy, Mo. Leah Shantel Gates is the daughter of Cindy Rife-Gates of Wheatland. She is the granddaughter of Jim and Glenda Rife of Wheatland and Jim and Peggy Mackie of Cross Timbers, and the great granddaughter of Helen and the late Harold Long of Wheatland and Marguerite and the late JD Gates of Cross Timbers. She is a graduate of Ozark Technical College in Springfield, holding an Associate of Applied Science degree in Physical Therapy. She is a licensed PTA and is currently employed at Citizens Memorial Hospital. Austin Lee Rains is the son of Paul and Kathy Rains of Quincy. He is the grandson of Joyce and the late Buddy Rains of Quincy and Carroll and Norine Osburn of Strafford. Rains is employed by the Rains Ice Company and Rains Refrigeration. The wedding will be officiated by John Deems. The couple will reside in Quincy.

Erin Reynolds and Nathan Walker announce their engagement to be married, with the wedding Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Reynolds is the daughter of David and Patty Reynolds of Bolivar. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Missouri State University and is employed with West Plains Veterinary Supply of Springfield. Walker is the son of Randall and Janice Walker of Bolivar. He graduated from Bolivar High School and is employed at Southwest Baptist University.

Fire Safety-
Skyline Elementary second graders have been learning about fire safety by reading “Fighting the Fire” and discussing fire safety tips and awareness. Thursday, Sept. 4, firefighters Dalton Trippe and Curtis Nimmo from the Urbana and Louisburg Fire Departments stopped by to put on an demonstration for the students. Trippe spoke about fire safety, while Nimmo got suited up in full firefighter gear and demonstrated what they do in a real life situations.

Future Writers-
Weaubleau Elementary third graders Jaylynn Rogers, Dawson Stewart, Sutton Mitchell, Shannon Cadwallader, Kaydence Conduff, Tyler McCoy, Chloe Beals, and Paul Roberts work together Thursday, Sept. 18, to create Play-Doh creatures to help them understand the writing process. Students in Melissa Chaney's third grade class used the Play-Doh to learn about the five steps of the writing process. First, they brainstormed an unknown creature. Then they drafted that creature onto paper, revised and added details to make it more interesting, and edited it by taking off unnecessary parts. Finally, they published their work by creating the creature and giving it a name. Insert: An example of one of the Play-Doh creations, courtesy of Grace Martin.

US Marine-
Hunter Lee Bollinger was graduated from United States Marine Corps boot camp Tuesday, Sept. 12, in San Diego. He is the grandson of Larry and Cheryl Bollinger of Wheatland.

Commission Minutes
The Hickory County Board of Commissioners held a series of regular meetings over the past week. The first meeting began Thursday, Sept. 11, at 10:04 a.m. It was attended by Presiding Commissioner Robert Sawyer, Commissioners Rick Pearson and Robert Breshears and Hickory County Clerk Jeanne Lindsey.

Buffalo man gets five years
probation for domestic assault
A Buffalo man was given probation in Hickory County court Tuesday, Sept. 16, after entering an Alford Plea on a domestic assault charge.

Deputies investigate
break-in at Weaubleau home
Hickory County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating an alleged break-in and burglary at a Weaubleau residence.

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