Business notebook (July 8)

Friday, July 6, 2018

Workforce Development Boards assume program

SIKESTON — While MERS/Goodwill will no longer be providing WIOA youth services in Scott and New Madrid Counties, the services will continue.

In both counties, the services will be provided by the Workforce Development Board.

The WDB will work to provide services to qualified youth (ages 16-24) by helping them obtain the experience, skills and support needed to become successful young adults.

The Scott County office will be located at the Missouri Job Center, 202 S. Kingshighway in Sikeston. Anyone who has questions can contact Scott County’s Youth Case Manager, Melissa Triplett at (573) 979-8918 or by email at

The New Madrid County office will be located at the Resource Center , 420 Virginia Ave., Suite B, in New Madrid, Mo. Anyone with questions can contact WDB Youth Case Manager Jesseca Sprouse at (573) 748-6006 or by email at

Former Dexter man named to economic development board

(SMNS) — Brian Thompson, president and chief executive officer of Lebanon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (Lebanon-REDI) and a former Dexter resident, was selected last week by statewide peers to serve as an at-large director on the Missouri Economic Development Council (MEDC) Board of Directors.

MEDC is the authoritative voice on economic development and related issues in Missouri. A statewide, nonprofit association of economic development professionals and community leaders, MEDC has been the unified voice of Missouri economic developers since 1979. Each year, MEDC members select 14 district directors representing seven sub-regions of the state and three at-large directors to serve in positions representing the state of Missouri overall. Thompson served two years as a co-director for District 6, comprised of 26 counties in southwest Missouri, prior to his statewide appointment.

Thompson is a 1999 graduate of Dexter High School. He earned his associate of arts degree in pre-journalism from Three Rivers Community College (Poplar Bluff) in May 2001 and his bachelor of science degree in journalism, emphasis in public relations with a minor in marketing, from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark., in 2003.

Thompson is the son of Jimmy and Thelma Thompson of Dexter.

New director takes over Dexter Chamber of Commerce

DEXTER (SMNS) — The new Dexter Chamber of Commerce executive director hopes to have a hand in growing her adopted community.

Korie Fish took over this month from former director Hillary Starnes.

“I want to continue to be a resource for the businesses and the people of the community,” explained Fish, who started at the chamber June 11. “I want the economy to thrive on a local level.”

Fish originally moved to Dexter six years ago for work. She previously worked in pharmaceuticals and home respiratory sales.

Dexter officially became home after she met and married native Ryan Fish. The couple welcomed their first child, Elliett Grace, six months ago.

Fish looks forward to being out in the community, meeting new people and helping plan events.

“What Hillary did in the community was really good ... and everything that Dexter has going on now, I think is great,” said Fish. “I want to continue to do all of the events and be involved.”

The chamber has more than 300 members and hosts a number of events, including a farmers market through the summer, a chamber golf scramble in September and others in the fall and for the holidays.

These events offer a chance for Dexter residents and those from neighboring communities to come together, something Fish said she wants to be a part of.

“There are so many hats I feel like the director of the chamber wears. I feel like Hillary did a really good job balancing those. I’m going to continue to build off what she had and overall making Dexter a welcoming and active community,” Fish said.

Fish holds a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Move brings pediatric group inside SFMC

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Saint Francis Healthcare System’s two pediatric groups are set to consolidate at the end of next month.

Beginning Monday, July 30, Cape Pediatric Group will begin seeing patients inside Saint Francis Medical Center, in the same space as Cape Physician Associates, on the third floor of the Healing Arts Center at 3250 Gordonville Road (Entrance 2).

Dr. Gary Olson, Michelle Garnett, Erika Westrich and the rest of Cape Pediatric’s staff will join Cape Physician Associates’ Dr. Sarah Aydt, Dr. Beverly Brown, Dr. Jean Diemer, Dr. Maria Duroseau, and nurse practitioner Lorelei Leible.

Cooperation between the two clinics is nothing new, but sharing an office space is intended to help eliminate confusion for patients. Saint Francis offers free valet parking at this entrance and registration in the lobby. There is no need to transfer records as both clinics share the same electronic medical record and MyChart. Additionally, on-site lab draws and X-ray are available in the Medical Center.

Appointments scheduled July 30 will occur at the new office. Cape Pediatric Group’s phone number will remain the same, 573-334-9498. As always, patients will receive the expert care consistent with the reputations of both clinics.

Three Rivers Endowment Trust selects new chair

The Three Rivers Endowment Trust has selected its officers for new fiscal year. Leading the organization as its chair is Keith Holloway, whose term begins July 1 and runs through June 2019. 

He and his family live in the Cape Girardeau area, where Holloway owns Professional Packaging, a regional pallet brokerage. His wife, Kathy Bess Holloway, is the General Manager at Bluff City Beer; the couple have two sons, Joda and James.

 Holloway grew up in Poplar Bluff, and both he and Kathy have deep connections to Butler County and Three Rivers College. Holloway’s father, James A. “Bud” Holloway, served on the first Board of Trustees for the College and was instrumental in promoting the establishment of the College. The Holloway and Bess families (also including Herschel Bess, Joda Bess, Buddy Bess, and their families) have provided much financial support for TRC through the years. 

Holloway has served as a Board Member of the National Wooded Pallet and Container Association and president of the Butler County Board of Realtors.

He was the recipient of the State and National Award of the Missouri and United States Jaycees when he was an officer of the Poplar Bluff Jaycees in the mid-1980s. While living in Poplar Bluff, Holloway taught a real estate continuing education course and attended management courses at Three Rivers and was the recipient of the Raiders Booster Award when he was a member of the Three Rivers Booster Club.   

Regina Griffin of Doniphan, a Three Rivers alumni who works in the insurance business, preceded Holloway as chair. Other officers for the upcoming year are secretary Allen Brooks and treasurer Christy Frazier-Moore, both of Poplar Bluff.

The Three Rivers Endowment Trust formed in 2010 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, designated by Three Rivers College to receive and manage gifts on behalf of the College. It acts as a trustee for donations to assure that gifts are distributed in the manner specified by the donor.

In addition to accepting annual gifts, pledges, and planned gifts, the Three Rivers Endowment Trust is involved in activities throughout the year, including a Trivia Night, the “Day at the Ballpark” with the St. Louis Cardinals, an annual golf tournament, a benefit run, and other activities. It awards thousands of dollars in scholarships annually.

Stepping off the board this year are Rebecca Wilcox of Doniphan, Natalie Riley of Dexter, Michael Hackworth of Piedmont, and Dr. Richard Logan of Charleston. 

For more information on the Three Rivers Endowment Trust and ways to support Three Rivers College, visit or contact Michelle Reynolds at 573-840-9077 or

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