Answering His Call
After seven-and-a-half years, Pastor Ed Stovall and his wife, Mary, will be retiring from their service at Wheatland Nazarene Church. A ceremony will be held at the church at noon Sunday, July 27, where they will be honored by church members, family, and friends. The Stovalls, who began in the ministry 40 years ago, said they felt blessed to have served the people of Hickory County and to have been called by the Lord.

Pastor Ed and Mary Stovall prepare for
goodbye at Wheatland Nazarene Church
After seven-and-a-half years as the pastor of Wheatland Nazarene Church, Pastor Ed Stovall is retiring.

Medical Staff
Sandi Nelson, Linda Wilson, and Debbie Smith are part of the Medical Staff at the Hickory County Health Department, and all play multiple roles. In addition to being the health educator, Nelson, RN, serves as epidemiologist and investigates communicable diseases. Wilson, RN, also serves as epidemiologist, and is a state-licensed day care inspector, school nurse supervisor, manager of vaccines for children, and manager of lab services. Smith is certified as a phlebotomy technician, assists as the deputy registrar, is the certifier of the Women and Infant Child program, and wellness coordinator for the Healthy Active Community program. Donna Moriarity (not pictured) is a women's health nurse practitioner and is at the health department for bi-monthly women's clinics.

Hickory County Health Department
medical staff serves public in many ways
By Hickory County Health Department Administrator Dawn Vader
This is the second in a three-part series, wherein the Hickory County Health Department requested the opportunity to provide a brief history and introduce their staff and the services provided. This week will feature the medical staff of Sandi Nelson, Linda Wilson, Debbie Smith, and Donna Moriarity (not pictured), the individuals who provide communicable disease investigation, health education programs, women's health services, blood pressure checks, immunizations, and lab services for Hickory County.

Lost Dog
A Kansas City area man is seeking the public's assistance in locating the owner of a lost dog. Josh Wadman of Shawnee, Kan. said he found this black Labrador female, approximately six months old, around 8 p.m. Sunday, July 18, near the Dry Harbor Storage building on Highway 254 near Nemo. She had no collar, and appeared to be hungry and afraid. The dog also appears to be in good condition, meaning someone might have been taking care of her regularly. Wadman said he would keep the pet if no one claimed her, but hated this thought of an owner missing their dog. Anyone who recognizes her may contact him at (913) 378-4643 or call The Index. Wadman also provided his address as 5134 Garnett Street, Shawnee, Kan., 66203.

Jacob Matthew Cribb and Olivia Brooke Mathis were united in marriage Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Liberty Christian Church in Cairo, Mo. Brother Terry Gentry, Sr. officiated. Jacob Cribb is the son of Howard Spencer of Cross Timbers, and Brooke Cribb is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Mathis of Cairo. The couple resides in Spickard, and are both locally employed.

Geonomics enhance
beef cattle breeding
Selecting breeding animals on how they look, by phenotype, has worked for centuries, but progress in improving cattle was made just on appearance. Now genotype pushes phenotype back to horse-and-buggy days, with the arrival of huge computers and sequencing of the bovine genome changing everything.

Koenig Visits Nashville
Wheatland High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) member Tanner Koenig, along with his adviser, Jolanna Turner, recently traveled to Nashville, Tenn. for the National FBLA Conference. There, Koenig competed in the Agribusiness event, and served as the Wheatland Chapter's voting delegate. FBLA, the largest and oldest student business organization, held its National Leadership Conference June 29-July 2, with more than 10,000 students showcasing their talents as future business leaders. Participants from across the US, and two countries, were in attendance to sharpen their core business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 60 business and business-related competitive events. For many students, these events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to the competitions, Koenig immersed himself in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

NARFE Aug. 6
The Hickory County Chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees will meet Wednesday, Aug. 6.

Prairie Chapel VBS Camp Aug. 2
Prairie Chapel United Methodist Church will host a one-day Vacation Bible School Kids Camp Saturday, Aug. 2, at the church on Highway 65.

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