Pictured above are Debbie Smith, Betty Rosbrugh, Andrea Chaney, Megan Pitts, and Sharon Korsi.

Hickory County Health
Department receives excellence award
The Hickory County Health Department WIC Program was one of 6 counties in Missouri that received recognition at the 2014 WIC Conference in Columbia, in October for Excellence in Customer Service. The recognition was based on the highest standards of service by focusing on extended hours for the convenience of the client, reduced or short waiting times at the clinic for service, reminders for missed appointments and cooperation of staff with its clientele. The other counties awarded were Butler, Johnson, Morgan, Ripley, and Washington Counties. Hickory County WIC has opened 2 WIC satellite clinics in Hickory County this past year. One is near Preston at Prairie Chapel United Methodist Church and the other is in Pittsburg at the Pomme de Terre Southern Baptist Church. Hickory WIC has also expanded its hours and days serving their participants. “We love our jobs and serving the community. It is a pleasure working with the women, infants, and children in our community and making their lives a little healthier and happier,” states WIC Coordinator Megan Pitts RN, BSN. With these changes, the number of WIC participants has increased by 42 over the last year, for a total of 236 participants served per month. “We treat our participants how we would want to be treated, with kindness and respect.”

Christian Graduates
Kaylee Christian, 21, of Hermitage graduates from college, moving on with her career in nursing.

Christian hired at CMH
Kaylee Christian, 21, of Hermitage, said farewell to The Index Friday, Nov. 21 as she completed her last day of work, while she was attending college. Christian is the seventh generation of her family to work for The Index. Christian is moving on to work at Citizens Memorial Hospital at Bolivar in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Christian said “I have been blessed to be able to work for my family all of my life, but I am excited to see what my future in nursing has in store.”

True Patriot
Above Kaylee Cok winner of the 2014-15 VFW ladies auxiliary patriots pen essay competition.

Cook wins Patriot's
Pen essay contest
This year's annual Patriot's Pen essay contest was available to grades 6-9. This is the first level for the competition that has four levels. This level is the VFW post level. Winners from here move to regional, state and then national judging to win $5000 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Unlock Treasures
The Unlock the treasures of Hickory County open house event kicked off last weekend with a two-day event to visit nine places. Above Jan Richardson and Helen Staley of Hermitage have their key stamped by Christi Parrack, owner of Hermitage Floral and Gift. This was just one stop in the nine-stop route throughout the county.

The Mill City
Recently twelve Hermitage FBLA members traveled to Minneapolis, Minn., by charter bus for the National Fall Leadership Conference from Nov. 12-16, with their adviser Jill Salmon. Student members toured several businesses including, the Mill City Museum, SEA LIFE aquarium at the Mall of America, and the Guthrie Theater. During the conference, members attended opening and closing sessions with motivational speakers and many leadership workshops. Those who attended are shown above, front: Jewel Frame, Tyler Vignoe, Kasie Grunow, Taylor Scott, Sadi Hostettler, Brittney Cullumber, Nichole Bell; back: Jeff Salmon, Austin Hostettler, Brent Aubuchon, Alex Aubuchon and Jodee Heckadon

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.

Hickory County School District Personnel and Staff
The Hickory County school districts have released their annual list of personnel and staff members. These are printed below, by school.

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