Greetings, My Fellow Missourians

With the General Assembly now in session, Friday is my in-district work day.  It actually started very early in the morning because of icy road conditions.  I took my wife, Marla, to her workplace in Warsaw.  While driving, it was obvious that the MoDOT road crews had been out salting the intersections and bridges.  So, in appreciation of their good work, I picked up some doughnuts and delivered them to the MoDOT barns in Warsaw and Preston.

From there, I called on the city officials of Weaubleau and Wheatland along the “Discover More on Highway 54” route.  I spent lunchtime at the McCarty Senior Center in Wheatland.  I had plans to make a presentation at Hermitage High School afterward, but due to schools closing because of the weather, the recognition event was moved to the McCarty Senior Center.  It was an honor to present a resolution to Hermitage High School Senior Easton Sabala.   This fine, young man placed 1st out of 165 competitors in the Class 1 State Cross Country Championship in November.  He also helped lead the Hermitage/Wheatland H.S. Cross Country Team to a 2nd place finish in the state championships following 3 consecutive years as the state champs.  We are very fortunate to have excelling students in our district who are blessed with wonderful guidance from their instructors and coaches!

Conservation/CWD update:

I conferenced with Aaron Jeffries, Missouri Dept. of Conservation Deputy Director, this week.  He updated me on the results of testing deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) that was completed in our area during opening weekend of the Fall firearm season.  While 2 positive samples were confirmed in our district (one adult buck in Cedar and one adult buck in Polk counties), MDC suggested the low number of positive results illustrated the disease was recently introduced into these areas.  The Missouri Department of Conservation has reported CWD-positive results for 15 free-ranging deer out of nearly 18,400 test results this season.   This season’s testing was called for because of 2 infected deer harvested in the previous 2016 hunting season.  Because of this year’s results, a rather small 4-6 mile area near Collins has been targeted for eradication of the deer herd.  Hopefully, this will lessen the spreading of the fatal disease.  You can learn more about CWD online at

District 125 survey online now:

The 2018 District 125 Online Survey can be found on my webpage on the Mo House of Representatives website at the following URL:    It may be accessed by visiting   The direct link to the survey is:  I encourage everyone to complete the survey; I greatly value your input.  If you do not have online access, please call my office 573-751-4065 and a printed copy of the survey will be mailed to you.