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Jeri Kay Hardy, 39
Posted Wednesday, June 3, at 1:46 PM
Jerri Kay Hardy is not a new face to the education system in Missouri's Bootheel. She is a 1994 graduate of Senath-Hornersville High School and has, since 2002, worked in education throughout the region. When Jeri Kay was only in third grade at Kennett Elementary School, she was inspired by her teacher, Judy Montgomery, whose classroom motto was to always do your best. She has tried to live by that motto since...

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Mark Pickard, 38
Posted Wednesday, June 3, at 1:41 PM

"My whole life has led to this path," explained Mark Pickard in reference to his ministry as pastor of Semo Community Church in Malden. He believes that all his other life experiences have given him a background for this ministry. Mark was born in 1976 in St. Louis- the son of a police officer and a stay-at-home mom. He has one brother...

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Meredith Garris, 36
Posted Wednesday, June 3, at 1:39 PM

Meredith Garris was elected as a Malden City Councilperson for Ward IV in 2013. Her primary goal as a Councilperson has been to assist with the annual budget and continue to help ensure that good financial decisions are made for the City and that the budget remains balanced...

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Ben Foster, 28
Posted Tuesday, May 26, at 11:28 PM

When considering a career, Ben Foster looked back through the years and thought about those who had influenced him- they were teachers, coaches, and administrators. "I wanted to have an impact on lives," he remembers. Ben was an athlete and says his life revolved around sports, especially baseball and football. He was also a member of the National Honor Society...

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Mike Vipperman, 32
Posted Tuesday, May 26, at 11:27 PM

In 1982, Mike Vipperman was born in Mansfield, Ohio, the youngest of four brothers. As a young person, he enjoyed football, basketball, and soccer. Mike was also involved in his church's choir and drama programs and youth outreach team. He was an active member of his local FCA group...

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Sandra Saulsbery, 39
Posted Tuesday, May 26, at 11:26 PM

Since 1994, Sandra Saulsbery has worked in banking. Fresh out of high school, she started a part-time job as a teller at Roosevelt Bank in Malden. She was soon hired on as a full-time employee and has over the last 21 years, worked her way up to Branch Manager at First State Community Bank in Malden and Retail Regional Manager over the Kennett, Malden, Hayti, Portageville, and Risco facilities...

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Josh Blaylock, 35
Posted Tuesday, May 26, at 11:24 PM

In 1980, Josh Blaylock was born into a family of athletes and educators. It seemed inevitable he would follow a similar path. He is the only son of retired Malden School teachers, Gary and Pat Blaylock. He had a love for sports from the beginning and typically played whatever was in season. From the time he was in Little League through his final year of high school, his dad coached him in some capacity...

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Phillip Wilkins, Jr., 26
Posted Tuesday, May 26, at 11:22 PM

"I would see him, the way that he could really help patients out and I wanted to be able to do that too," said Phillip Wilkins, Jr., pharmacist at Malden Pharmacy, of his father, Phillip Wilkins who has for many years been a successful pharmacist. "I always wanted to do something where you can be beneficial to others- make a noticeable difference."...

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Samuel Pulley, 36
Posted Tuesday, May 26, at 11:21 PM

Samuel Pulley grew up a pastor's kid. After seeing first hand a dad who ministered for the Lord, Samuel began feeling a call to the same work. After many years serving in various types of ministry, Samuel began to make plans to start a church in Malden. He felt that God led him directly to that location- one he was familiar with, having spent many years there in his childhood...

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Kassandra Browning, 30
Posted Tuesday, May 26, at 11:19 PM

Malden chiropractor Kassandra Browning knew she wanted to be part of the medical field but was uncertain in what direction. After consulting with her friend Leslie, who was also interested in chiropractic, Kassandra researched the field and realized that was the direction she wanted to go. The natural approach of chiropractic appealed to her...

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Aulden LeBlanc, 39
Posted Wednesday, May 6, at 3:57 PM

Aulden LeBlanc spent the majority of his life living in southwest Louisiana. In 1975, he was born in a small, unincorporated town called Hathaway, which was part of the Jennings, Louisiana address. His dad, mom, and sister all still live in the area...

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Denton Kooyman, 38
Posted Wednesday, May 6, at 3:55 PM

Denton Kooyman is a familiar face to area children as he is the assistant director at the popular Bootheel Youth Museum in Malden. He has also been a coach and referee for the local soccer league and has been a soccer commissioner for the last four years. ...

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Lytyron Robinson, 37
Posted Wednesday, May 6, at 3:53 PM

In 2011, Lytyron Robinson became a volunteer for the Malden Fire Department and recently joined on as a full-time engineer and firefighter. He appreciates the comradery of being a member of the Fire Department and has, since he first volunteered, enjoyed being around the other fire fighters...

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Jonce Chidister, 34
Posted Wednesday, April 29, at 3:27 PM

By Courtney Luke Jonce Chidister has been Dunklin County's assistant prosecuting attorney since 2006, serving under both Steve Sokoloff and Jeff McCormick. He was born in 1980 growing up in Malden. His mother is now a retired junior high and high school math teacher and his father has been in management at Helena Chemical, formerly Hawkins MFA, since 1983...

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Amy Baker, 38
Posted Wednesday, April 29, at 3:22 PM

By Courtney Luke "Don't be afraid to take risks," advises Amy Baker, the thirty-eight year old school superintendent of the Risco School District. "As long as you learn from them and a make a commitment to improve- it's going to happen." Amy has found that the saying is true that if you find a job you love, you will never have to work a day in your life...

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Tyler Miller, 30
Posted Wednesday, April 29, at 2:51 PM

By Courtney Luke Clarkton's Tyler Miller has been a member of the Clarkton City Council and a member of the Clarkton Board of Education. A 2003 graduate of the high school, both the school and the town have always been important to him. "You can come here with nothing- no matter your color or income or name," he explains of the school district , continuing "Here, politics matter a little less."...

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Boots
Posted Tuesday, December 2, at 11:12 AM

By Courtney Luke Recently, our family celebrated 90 years of life of one of our oldest relatives. My mother's uncle has lived a life of adventure. He spent a portion of World War II serving in the South Pacific in the Solomon Islands. As many of that generation, he doesn't consider what he did any great sacrifice...

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Four days in Savannah
Posted Friday, June 13, at 3:31 PM

By Courtney Luke Draping Spanish Moss, cobblestone streets, elegant parks, grand homes, and a laid-back Southern vibe are what visitors typically expect of Savannah, Georgia. Last month, I was able to spend several days in this oldest Georgian city that is nestled between the Savannah River and the Atlantic Ocean and a few things surprised me about it...

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'Man, that's a good looking girl!'
Posted Tuesday, May 6, at 5:18 PM

By Courtney Luke When the new girl walked into Mr. Shelvage's science class, Dwayne Lunbeck was immediately smitten. "I thought, 'Man, that's a good looking girl!'," Dwayne recalled. That new girl, Glenda Lunbeck, was, at the time, a little reserved. Her friends had accused her of being a wall flower. In retaliation of those accusations, Glenda had told them that she would agree to go out with the very next young man who asked...

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'I kinda believe it's gonna work'
Posted Tuesday, May 6, at 4:52 PM

By Courtney Luke After 68 years, Harold Zimmerman of Bernie is convinced things are going to keep working between him and his wife, Eva. Harold was, of course, making a light hearted joke when he said, "I kinda believe it's gonna work... after 68 years."...

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