National Newspaper Week

Posted October 16, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Newspapers are the Foundation of Vibrant Communities

by David L. Burton

A recent visitor to my house noted that I had four different weekly newspapers on the kitchen counter. “If you have that many newspaper subscriptions, you must be rich,” said my friend, who confessed to never having subscribed to a newspaper in his entire life.

I wanted to cry in response to the fact that he had never subscribed to a newspaper, but I laughed instead. “I am not rich when it comes to money, but these communities are better off by having a weekly newspaper,” I said. “That is why I support local newspapers with my subscription.”

As a consumer, I know first-hand that most weekly newspaper subscriptions are reasonable. I have subscriptions to my hometown newspaper, the newspaper

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    Blood Drive Wednesday, Oct. 22.

    The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) will conduct at Blood Drive in the El Dorado Springs High School, 901 South Grand Street, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

    Each donation will be awarded LifePoints as a part of CBCO’s donor rewards program. LifePoints may be redeemed online for a variety of gift cards or points may be assigned to other meaningful causes or charities. More information on the LifePoints donor rewards program may be found at

    To be eligible to give

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    Spooky square dance Friday

    On Friday, Oct. 17, the Mo-Kan Square Dancers will hold a Halloween Dance with Monty Hackler, National Caller. The dance will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the Home Ec Building on the Vernon County Fairgrounds, Nevada. Admission will be $5 per adult dancer and $3 per youth dancer. Costumes are optional. All area dancers are invited.

    For more information, call the Harolds at 417/465-2241, the Eberts at 417/667-3069 or the Burneys at 417/432-3703.

    CCAD to meet


    Oct. 20

    The board of directors of the Cedar County Ambulance District is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the Stockton Ambulance Barn.

    Items on the just released tentative agenda include: (unfinished business) storm damage – El Dorado Springs station and driveway bids; (new business) payment to CMH.

    Anyone wishing to address the board in the public forum needs to sign the list on the front table prior

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    CCMH annual fundraiser Nov. 1

    Don’t miss the annual Cedar County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) Fundraiser to be held at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center, 500 South Main Street, Saturday, Nov. 1. CCMH’s “A Night in Italy” will begin with the doors opening at 6:00 p.m.

    Attendees are welcome to view the auction items or sit and sample the appetizers while enjoying the entertainment. The El Dorado Springs High School choir will bring a small group to perform Italian themed songs.

    Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. There will be a

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    Upcoming MU Extension meetings

    Just wanted eo make you aware of upcoming MU Extension meetings in Cedar County. Thank you and if you have any questions or if you have any questions about the events, please contact the Cedar County MU Extension Center:

    • Oct. 16 – Beef and Forage Tour, El Dorado Springs

    • Oct. 30 – How to Write a Successful Business Plan, Stockton, Preregistration and payment required by Oct. 28 to the Cedar County MU Extension Center

    • Nov. 6 – Social Media Marketing Made

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    Boat stolen

    On Oct.13, a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to SW 764 Road, El Dorado Springs, in reference to a boat being stolen from a residence. Dennis Hallford reported a10 foot aluminum flat bottom boat missing from his residence. The boat’s value was estimated at $300. The investigation is ongoing.

    CMH to open CMH Osceola Medical Center and Walk-In Clinic on Saturday, Nov. 1

    Citizens Memorial Hospital is committed to serving St. Clair County and the region by bringing high quality healthcare to Osceola starting 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1.

    The CMH Osceola Medical Center and Walk-In Clinic will be conveniently open seven days a week from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. The clinic will provide family medicine, walk-in care, lab, imaging, vaccinations, and telehealth services. CMH Osceola Community Pharmacy will operate in its current hospital location until remodeling is complete. The clinic is located at 855 Arduser Drive, Osceola.

    An open

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    Fall events at Living Waters Ranch

    It’s gearing up to be a beautiful, busy fall at Living Waters Ranch. The annual Fall Festival is planned for Oct. 18. Thanks to many wonderful sponsors the zipline will be included in the $5 admission. New T-shirts will be available with our updated list of sponsors.

    Lots of family fun for all ages is on the agenda. This is a small fundraiser for LWR to help with insurance payments that come due during the winter months. Lots of fun activities for kids of all ages are planned.

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    Loren King joins Fidelity Communications as video product manager

    Loren King, a veteran of the cable TV industry, recently joined Fidelity as Video Product Manager.

    He comes to Fidelity from Fox Networks where he was the Regional Distribution Manager, negotiating programming contracts for 20 networks including Fox Sports Midwest, Big Ten Network, National Geographic, FX and Fox Broadcast. He also assisted cable providers with marketing plans to increase their presence in their local markets.

    “My goal is to build on the success that Fidelity has developed,” King

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