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Posted May 21, 2015 at 10:13 am

Chris Vickers is a native of the Tri-County Area and has worked 17 years at Community Springs. Chris spent his childhood on a farm 10 miles west of town and attended K-12 school at the El Dorado Springs R-2 Schools. He attended Missouri State University in Springfield.

Following college, Chris worked at Community Springs for two years in 1984-86 as Maintenance and Environmental Services supervisor.

Chris left Community Springs in 1986 and worked 15 years for a contract company in Missouri hospitals managing Plant Engineering & Maintenance, Housekeeping, Laundry, Dietary, Bio-Medical and Material Management services in accounts in Houston, Lebanon, Bolivar and Carthage during his tenure.

Chris also traveled a lot working on start-ups and project work in Houston and Bay City, TX; Great Bend and

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    Click It or Ticket’ began May 18

    The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office will join with statewide law enforcement May 18–31 for an aggressive “Click It or Ticket” mobilization to crack down on Missouri’s seat belt violations.

    Six out of 10 people killed in Missouri traffic crashes are unbuckled. Even with all the advancements in automobile safety and education on the importance of seat belt use, Missouri’s seat belt use has remained relatively unchanged in the last six years and consistently below the national average.

    Missouri has a 79 percent seat belt use, which is

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    At its May 14 meeting, the El Dorado Springs R-II School Board honored retiring teachers who collectively have over 150 years of service as teachers; 126 of which were with R-2 Schools. In subsequent conversation regarding how many college hours they had between them, Assistant Superintendent Teresa Christian estimated that the entire staff has about 17,000 to 18,000 of college credit hours collectively. Supt. Mark Koca added to this conversation and said that student loans are the unseen crisis in education. He said he has known teachers who

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    Warrants issued in stolen briefcase investigation

    Warrants have been issued for a suspect that was taken into custody early Thursday morning.

    According to court records, Jeremy L Pyle, 37, Nevada, has been charged with Theft/Stealing, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia as a result of an undercover sting conducted by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office early Thursday morning.

    According to the Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, one other person arrested at the time has been released pending further investigation. Pyle is being held in the Vernon County Jail with

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    Complaints from Sue Rice gridlock CCAD meeting

    Once again, at the Monday, May 18, of the Cedar County Ambulance District meeting in El Dorado Springs, complaints from Board Member Sue Rice about their bookkeeper stopped the meeting for about a half hour.

    Two of the board members turned on Rice accusing her of constantly complaining about the bookkeeper and trying to harm her professionally.

    Rice became irate and said that no one wanted to listen to her.

    Since it was not obvious what Rice was complaining about, the Sun asked her

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    CCMH hires new Chief Nursing Officer

    Cedar County Memorial Hospital CEO Jana Witt told the Board of Trustees at their regular monthly meting on Monday, May 18, that the new Chief Nursing Officer, Drew Alexander, would start on Monday, June 8. Alexander has a wide variety of experience in the healthcare field beginning his career as an EMT in 1977. He has been very involved in ambulance service operations over the years. He has many years of experience in the ER Departments of various hospitals in the area.

    He was the Administrative Director of Emergency and Trauma Services

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    Art of Falconry at State Parks


    By Tom Uhlenbrock

    Missouri State Parks

    Meagan Duffee-Yates remembers the moment she became enraptured by raptors.

    She was 12 and living with her parents in Dallas, Texas, when the family attended “Medieval Times,” a theater performance that features knights in armor.

    “They had a falconry dinner show,” Duffee-Yates said. “They fly birds around you as you eat your dinner.”

    In college, she started working with hawks, eagles and owls for educational use.


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    Community Springs HCF celebrated MHCA Long Term Care week with the theme “Bring on the Fiesta!” Much fun was had with many activities and an abundance of food and snacks! Highlights of the week were Monday the Salsa Fiesta , Tuesday Cactus Toss and Fiesta Kickball, Wednesday was Cookies Grande and Sombrero Madness, Thursday there was a Piñata Fiesta and Friday we ended a week-long celebration with a Sombrero Toss, wheelchair races and entertainment by Circle S. A big thank you to everyone who

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    FB’s Cut to the Chase

    by Rebecca French Smith

    Decoration Day was always a big deal in our house, when I was a child. It was right up there with all of the major holidays — Easter, Christmas, Fourth of July. Getting gussied up, packing a picnic and flowers and visiting the country cemetery where six generations of my family rested was the schedule for the day.

    “Memorial Day” didn’t come into my vocabulary until I was older. Though some began calling it such in the 1880s, the moniker wasn’t official until 1967.

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    TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

    TOPS Chapter 0319 El Dorado Springs met in the Church Of Christ Meeting Room on Thursday, May 19.

    The Open House committee met to make plans for our Open House on Thursday, June 4. Anyone who would like to see what TOPS is all about is encouraged to stop by and visit. We are in the Church Of Christ meeting room, 302 E Hospital Road, El Dorado Springs. We weigh in from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The meeting and program is from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Visitors are welcome at

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Community Archived

    Burglary complaint

    On May 9, a St. Clair County deputy took a burglary report on NE 600 Road, Osceola. Randy Collins reported a caretaker of his property had

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    PSU spring 2015 graduates

    More than 1100 students are expected to participate in Pittsburg State University’s spring commencement exercises on May 8 and 9, 2015. Commencement exercises will be held

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    Lotery winners

    Club Keno winner

    Jennica Witt, El Dorado Springs – $1,050

    $1,000 scratcher winners

    All from El Dorado Springs – Floyd Neely, Suzanna Harger, Cassandra Carver

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