Madge T. James Kindergarten Cardinal Character Students

Cardinal Character Students of the Month at Madge T. James Kindergarten Center were selected for displaying kindness.

(FRONT) Luna, Nora, Valence, Tyson, River, Kodi, Joshua, Kailey, Maddox.

(BACK) Ambrosia, Andres, Jannaya, Sidney, Brantley, Kathryn, Prim, Mailyah, Lily, Knox, Dominic and Ariel. – Tammy Talent photo


Mark Twain MVPs

Students honored during the January Game Day Assembly at Mark Twain Elementary School were nominated by their teachers for showing kindness.

The MVPs are (TOP) Cole, Cooper, Elisha, Emiliano. (MIDDLE) Hunter, Jeylani. (BOTTOM) Jozef, Perla, Phoenix and Tinlee.

February’s character trait will be integrity. – Brooke Roy photo

Kind Students of the Month and other news

New book published about Robert Boatright’s talent for fleecing

Author Kimberly Harper announces her second book, “Men of No Reputation: Robert Boatright, the Buckfoot Gang, and the Fleecing of Middle America,” is now available.

Boatright and his gang of confidence men, operating out of Webb City at the turn of the century, swindled dozens of victims out of millions of dollars on fixed foot races, prize fights, and even a rigged bicycle race. A further description and opportunity to buy the book are on Amazon.

Harper’s first book, “White Men’s Heaven: The Lynching and Expulsion of Blacks in the Southern Ozarks, 1894-1909,” earned the Missouri Humanities Council Distinguished Achievement in Literature (Non-Fiction) Award.

Free food safety training workshop for farmers

Food Safety Training for Farmers is set for 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the Yang Family Farm, 1213 Route U, Rocky Comfort, Mo. 

The free workshop will be led by the University of Missouri and Lincoln University produce food safety team. 

It will take place on a diversified vegetable farm, and all aspects of produce safety from field preparation to post-harvest handling will be demonstrated and discussed. Featured speakers will be Patrick Byers and Angela Brattin. 

The workshop will be in English with Hmong translation provided by host farmer Fu Yang. A certificate of completion, which can be displayed on the farm or at a vendor stand, will be provided to each participant.

For more information and to register by Feb. 2, browse to Farmers may also register at the workshop but may not receive handouts.

Tours of two farms set for Monday

Fruit will be the topic of a free farm tour this Monday, Feb. 5. The tour begins at Exeter Corn Maze & Apple Orchard at 9 a.m., where a pruning clinic will be held in the high-density apple orchard. The orchard is located 4 miles south of Exeter on Highway MM. Persons interested in trying their hand at pruning should bring their own tools and gloves. 

After a tour of the orchard and completion of the clinic, the tour will continue at Bishop’s Garden at 103 Enterprise Street in Exeter where a high tunnel strawberry production tour will start at approximately 10:30 a.m. The tour will end by noon.

Leaders of the tour are Patrick Byers, University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist, Lesa Queen, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension Farm Outreach Worker, and Angela Brattin, organizer and farmer presenter.

No registration is required.

The tour is underwritten by a specialty crops grant from the Missouri Department of Agriculture and sponsored by LU and MU Extension and the Webb City Farmers Market.