Monday we were at MSSU getting our yearly Legislative update. Dr. Marble and his capable staff have some great plans for the future of higher education in our area. They plan to work with Crowder to insure that we are offering a quality education for the college students in our area. There are future plans for the addition of both a Medical School and a Dental School.
Tuesday evening we attended the Southwest Center's 18th Annual Celebration of Schools. Area schools and teachers were given awards in recognition of their accomplishments. Ross and Vicki Babbitt were given the "Friends of Schools" award for their many contributions to McDonald County Schools over the years.
On Wednesday we sponsored a CLAIM Medicare meeting at the Pineville and Seneca Libraries. Medicare experts were available to guide seniors through the process of selecting a Part B plan that would best fit their needs for the least cost. They also assisted them with prescription plans. I sponsor this event yearly and everyone is invited to come.
The Stellabration was held on Saturday at the Stella Veteran's Park. Bill Reiboldt and I awarded Resolutions to honor Glen Crumbliss, a WWII B17 Bomber Pilot, Fred Hall, who served three years in Sicily, and Rebecca Hall, who served both in the Women's Army Corps and the National Guard. We also recognized Bill and LaMelia Beckett for their tireless work on the Veteran's Park as well as the Senior Center.
The Newton County Republican Committee hosted the Annual Bean Feed Saturday evening and we heard from four Governor hopefuls. Catherine Hanaway, Peter Kinder, John Brunner, and Bob Dixon were asked a series of questions about issues facing the state. They all did a great job of answering the