Medicare Part C and Medicare Part D Options
(Column ~ 03/19/15)
The Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) sent out notices around the end of February to individuals who are enrolled in Part C or Part D plans, if the plan has earned less than three stars for three consecutive years during the recent annual enrollment period. The plans can get ratings between 1 and 5 stars. 5 stars meaning excellent and 1 star being poor...
Surveillance, Bodycams and...Aretha Franklin
(Editorial ~ 03/19/15)
Cameras of all sorts are everywhere. Sometimes what they records is routine and innocuous, but often the events that are captured raise questions. When video recordings are prepared by or for a government agency in New York, they are "records" subject to rights conferred by FOIL (Freedom of Information Law). As in all instances, their content and the effects of disclosure are the key factors in determining which portions are public or may be withheld...
The Shepherd of Our Souls
(Column ~ 03/19/15)
The Bible often describes Christians as sheep. This is not necessarily a compliment yet it is an image that often clearly describes us as God's children. King David wrote in Psalm 23:1, "The Lord is my Shepherd." As our Shepherd, He takes care of us. He provides for us, protects us, and guides us. In John 10:11 Jesus said, "I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." As the good Shepherd he has come to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10)...
Cotton producers to meet in Kennett
(Local News ~ 03/19/15)
The Cotton Producers of Missouri will hold their annual meeting on Saturday, March 21, at the Opera House on the square in Kennett, Mo. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Bobby Skeen, from the National Cotton Board, and Kelly Smith, from Missouri Farm Bureau ,will discuss water issues in Missouri that impact farmers. The annual Cotton Fashion Show that takes place during the meeting will have a Western theme this year...
Agreement would exempt low income households from potential Ameren increase
(Local News ~ 03/19/15)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Low-income and low-usage customers in particular would benefit from an agreement filed today by Consumers Council of Missouri and other consumer groups in the Ameren Missouri rate case. The settlement would also lower Noranda Aluminum's electric rate in a way that protects other ratepayers...
Heartlander Abroad: Lake Washington, Mississippi
(Sports Column ~ 03/19/15)
I promise that this is the last time my report comes from Mississippi, that is of course unless I get another opportunity to go, in which case I apologize ahead of time, because I'll be down I-55 faster than you can say "Man that's a huge crappie!" This past weekend was the Bass Pro Shop's Crappie Master's tournament on my home away from home, Lake Washington, Mississippi. ...
Girls conference players
(High School Sports ~ 03/19/15)
Several members of the Portageville Lady Dogs basketball team have been selected to the Bootheel Conference team. they are, from left, Adrienne Duncan, All Conference Honorable Mention; Jelisha Minnis, All Conference; Jill Kellams, All Conference Player of the Year, and All District; Deondra Johnson, Junior Varisty All Conference; Briania Pitts, Varisty All Conference; Shaymia Roston, JV All Conference; and Coach Kellye Fowler Bootheel, Conference Coach of the Year...
MDC expands pheasant hunting to statewide
(Outdoors ~ 03/19/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has expanded pheasant hunting in Missouri from only the northern half of the state and a portion of the southeast to statewide starting with this year's fall hunting season. The new regulations are listed in the Department's recently released 2015 Summary of Missouri Hunting and Trapping Regulations booklet available at MDC offices, nature centers, other places where permits are sold, and online at mdc.mo.gov/node/3657...
Elmer Delisle Latham
(Obituary ~ 03/19/15)
Elmer Delisle Latham was born September 10, 1943 in Wardell to Elmer Andrew Latham and Pauline Waddell Latham. He died Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro, AR. He was 71 years old. Elmer was a retired truck driver, trader and horse shoer. His wife, June Latham, survives of the home...
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