2014: Looking Back

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

From Staff Reports

Jan. 1, 2014

Puxico City Clerk Alice Patrick announced Betty Glenn donated $18,500 to the Berry-Glenn Historical Museum. The Puxico High School Indians advanced to the consolation final of the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament.

Jan. 8, 2014

The PHS Indians claimed the consolation championship at the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament by beating Saxony Luther 68-54. Puxico R-8 Schools was closed because of the "brutal cold."

Jan. 22, 2014

The Puxico Board of Aldermen once again discussed accountability between the board and Marshal Johnny Clark at their regular monthly meeting. Puxico student Kaytlynn Haynes received one of only three national leadership awards given to Missouri students by the Junior Beta organization.

Jan. 29, 2014

After a hard-fought battle, the fifth-seeded Puxico Indians upset No. 4 Dexter 51-50 in the first round of the SCAA Tournament. Puxico was one of seven areas in southern Missouri to receive federal funding through the Delta Regional Authority to enable expansion in each community. Puxico was awarded $196,650 for a new bridge on State Route PP in town.

Feb. 12, 2014

Tim Schultz, pastor of Little Brushy Baptist Church in Wappapello, and retired minister Gary Dollar of Edwardsville, Ill., accompanied Dr. Harold Phillips of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to Bucharest, Romania, where they taught adult male students at the Gypsy Smith School. Puxico City Marshal Johnny Clark and the board of aldermen continued to disagree about whether aldermen Bill Hemby and Lance Hamann, as well as Mayor Rick McLean, entered the police department's evidence locker during an inventory conducted Dec. 7, 2013.

Feb. 26, 2014

Foul trouble caused Puxico's loss to Neelyville in the MSHSAA Class 2 District 2 matchup.

March 5, 2014

Taylor Baker and Marcus Lauder were named the 2013-2014 Puxico High School Homecoming Queen and King. A committee of local residents was spear-heading efforts to build an annex to the Puxico Public Library.

March 12, 2014

Puxico High School student Brenna Hancock gave a powerful speech in a bid for Missouri Senior Beta State Vice President at a convention in Branson.

March 19, 2014

The Puxico Board of Aldermen discussed Proposition 2 with the citizens in a packed city hall. Citizens addressed concerns about vicious pets and owners being responsible for tenant's delinquent water bills during a town hall meeting.

March 26, 2014

Mayor Rick McLean updated the board about a vicious dog incident that occurred. The Puxico Volunteer Fire Department was faced with the possibility of choosing between a new fire station or a new truck due to budget constraints.

April 9, 2014

Incumbents Gary Wilfong, Ward I, and Lance Hamann, Ward II, retained their seats on the Puxico Board of Aldermen. Proposition 2 failed. Chad Payne, Jeff Hamann and Brian Robison were elected to the Puxico R-8 Board of Education. The staff at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge battled a surging hog population.

April 16, 2014

Twenty years after the publication of "My Name is Mister Ryan," author Matt Chaney released "Puxico Basketball and Run-Shoot-Run," a condensed version available for Kindle readers.

April 23, 2014

Ward II Alderman Bill Hemby announced the Puxico Police Department "drug dog" had escaped from his enclosure three times in the previous month. Gary Wilfong and Lance Hamann were sworn in at the regular monthly meeting of the Puxico Board of Aldermen.

April 30, 2014

Puxico received 4.39 inches of rain but fared better than other communities when strong storms moved through southeast Missouri.

May 7, 2014

Jayna Little and Cody Taylor were named the 2014 Puxico Prom Queen and King. Ira Tucker, a "campground icon," retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the age of 82 after 27 years of service.

May 14, 2014

Donald Wilson, 41, of Puxico was behind bars after being accused of beating an individual in the head with a horseshoe and dousing her with gasoline. The new visitor center at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge opened.

May 21, 2014

Hannah Foriester and Destinee Cookson were the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, when the Puxico High School class of 2014 held their commencement exercises May 16, 2014.

May 28, 2014

Mayor Rick McLean and the Puxico Board of Aldermen were considering a location for a potential new Puxico Volunteer Fire Department station after learning the city could qualify for Rural Development grants and loans.

June 4, 2014

Melba Bell and Nicole Holloway, owners of Mel's Diner, celebrated the restaurant's 19th anniversary with their customers. The Stoddard County Commission voted to abandon a portion of Country Road 248 in New Lisbon Township. Sixteen Puxico students received awards in the 2014 Missouri Junior Duck Stamp Competition.

June 11, 2014

Jack C. Bess, an organizer of the Puxico State Bank and former bank president, passed away at the age of 93. Kim Smith opened Country Roads Creations Flowers and Gift Shop.

June 18, 2014

The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Puxico High School student Brooklyn McGowen's wish to remodel Houck Park.

June 25, 2014

Marshal Johnny Clark announced he would be resigning effective Aug. 31, 2014. Evelyn Long retired after 35 years with First Midwest Bank.

July 2, 2014

Marshal Johnny Clark talked about the many hats he has worn throughout his career in law enforcement in a small town.

July 9, 2014

Mandin Schulte of Puxico was one of four students from Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center to receive one of the nation's highest awards at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City.

July 23, 2014

The city's sidewalks, streets and parking as well as animal control and debris were all on the board of aldermen's agenda at their regular monthly meeting.

July 30, 2014

Several homes in Puxico, including that of former mayor Peter Coutavas and his wife, Mary Ann, sustained damage as a result of a wind storm. The Puxico R-8 Board of Education worked on a conservative budget during a workshop meeting. The conservative budget was in response to uncertain state and federal funding. The district was also preparing for the implementation of the next phase of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

Aug. 6, 2014

Brock Williams announced the Puxico VFW Men's Auxiliary Post 7822 had been officially chartered.

Aug. 13, 2014

Daniel Dew was appointed to serve as marshal to fill the remainder of Johnny Clark's term. The Puxico High School Band kicked it up a notch with their public preview performance of their marching music for the 2014 season. Loretta Roach was the winner of the Homecoming story contest sponsored by the Puxico Press.

Aug. 20, 2014

Addalyn Bridges was named Little Miss Puxico. Baileigh Meadows was crowned Miss Puxico. The late Jo Ann Snider Shelton and the late Ruth Snider Brockmeier George were honored by the Puxico Alumni Association. The premiere of the documentary "Puxico" was met with laughter, smiles and tears.

Aug. 27, 2014

Debby Hess was named the new administrator at Puxico Nursing & Rehab Center. Marshal Johnny Clark praised the Puxico Police Department's reserve officers for their many years of service.

Sept. 3, 2014

A ceremony was held for the "Remembering Our Fallen" exhibit at the Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center. The exhibit honors the men and women who gave their lives in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The late Nancy Holloway was remembered for her kindness and silliness. Several wore memorial T-shirts airbrushed by Steve Francis during the Puxico VFW Homecoming.

Sept. 10, 2014

Marshal Daniel Dew took his oath of office.

Sept. 17, 2014

Linda Miller shared her story about traveling to an albino orphanage in Shinyanga, Tanzania, for the dedication of playground equipment erected in memory of her daughter, Amanda Miller Hodges.

Sept. 24, 2014

Puxico Postmaster Roger Martin announced his retirement. Brady Chubb was recognized for saving his mother Sarah West's life with his quick actions when she was choking on a pecan.

Oct. 1, 2014

Lucille Crabtree, a resident at Puxico Nursing & Rehab Center, snagged a bronze medal at the Golden Age Games in Cape Girardeau. The Puxico Lady Indians Volleyball Team lost a "tug-of-war" game to Advance.

Oct. 8, 2014

An opening celebration was held at Kent Library for the collection of papers of Wayne and Sandy Cryts. The Puxico High School Lady Indians brought cancer awareness with their "Dig Pink Teal: There's a Cure" game against Greenville.

Oct. 15, 2014

Scott Allen was hired as a full-time officer for the Puxico Police Department. A line of strong storms rolled through the area with high winds knocking over trees and blowing down limbs.

Oct. 29, 2014

Local pharmacist Cecil Vincent Jr. passed away.

Nov. 5, 2014

Cecil Vincent Jr. was remembered during a candlelight vigil in Veterans Park. Dr. Randy Woods delivered a touching tribute to his longtime friend. Sarah Copeland, Samantha Cryts and Jessica Null were named to the All-District Volleyball Team.

Nov. 12, 2014

The Puxico High School Band celebrated an undefeated season. Work began on the bridge on Highway PP (at E.L. Hawks Street and Richardson Avenue).

Nov. 19, 2014

Work began on the addition to Puxico Public Library. The Puxico R-8 Board of Education voted to increase rental fees for district's facilities to cover the cost of insurance. Area veterans were honored at the Freedom Assembly in the Arnold Ryan Gymnasium.

Nov. 26, 2014

The Puxico High School boys' and girls' basketball teams prepared to kick off their respective seasons.

Dec. 3, 2014

The Puxico High School Indians advanced in the Holcomb Invitational.

Dec. 17, 2014

Members of the Puxico Junior Beta Club competed at the state convention. The Puxico Elementary Christmas concert, featuring the high school choir and students in first, third and fifth grades, put the crowd in a festive mood. Brown General Baptist Church members saw to "missions" at home with their annual free yard sale. Students in the School and Community Leadership class at Puxico High School wrapped up their semester, which included volunteering at the Berry-Glenn Historical Museum.

Dec. 31, 2014

The Puxico Community Corporation announced plans to submit applications for loans and grants from the United States Department of Agriculture-Rural Development for property for a new fire station, the cost of construction of the station and a new fire truck.

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