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A sincere and heartfelt thank you…

                                               to the East Prairie Chamber of Commerce…

I received a phone call (Wednesday) afternoon from my Aunt Barbara Stinnett asking me about the christmas ornament they were going to do for my mother and did I know anything about it….

No, I didn’t.

But, Ms. Judy picks up Kaylie for church each Wednesday – when she’s not at traffic school – so I figured if it was something I needed to do or what she would let me know…; well today, I had an occasion to stop into the EP Chamber office to see Ms. Judy…

New to the job RSVP & Chamber Director Betty Bolden was in her office so I asked her…with Mrs. Duke Thresher as a witness…what and how Ms. Bolden said was one of the sweetest, kindest things I’ve ever heard in my life…brought tears to my eyes…

Done that twice lately; once proudly watching my 8-year old daughter grow up right before my very living eyes and today thinking of the precious memories of my late mother….

Thank You Ep Chamber members…; while she was a pain in the butt to (City Administrator) Lonnie (Thurmond) and the City workers who had the – pleasure –  of working with her during Christmas decorations….

…the job got done nicely and all of us got a little cheered up driving thru the Prairie during Christmas time to see and – to me – feel the season; the meaning of family…

Many may not know, my late father – Sonny – created many of the lights affixed to the poles in town; he did this in his later years working in his beloved shed…; tediously putting the lights on;hand welding designs of snowflakes, candles….




I know this isn’t really what folks normally assume when you talk about miracles; but anything short of that doesn’t come close to describing what has taken place over the last month with the St. Louis Cardinals.

According to ESPN’s Tim Kirkjan, “this was the most historic night in the history of the regular season in Major League baseball.”

Over 200,000 regular season games played since the beginning of the 20th century and last night – Wednesday Sept. 28 – we all witnessed history; and to share it with as many folks as I did via FACEBOOK made it all the more rewarding.

An ole Strat-O-Matic friend of mine; a classmate I looked up to; great friends; new acquaintances and just plain ole FB folks – we all had the delightful pleasure of watching our beloved Red Birds win the Wild Card and make the playoffs in a season of turmoil; tension and utter disbelief…

There will be time later to dwell on whether Albert Pujols will remain with the Cardinals. But now, it’s time to relish in the rally of a lifetime; the grit and determination of Don Tony’s henchman overwhelming the bedraggled Atlanta Braves will remain forever etched in Cardinal lore…

And, I was there. So were you. Just look at the past couple years; an Ice Storm for the Ages; an epic record Flood…and, tho it is just sports – a release for fans to watch from afar and feel from within – it has meaning and merit….

As I’ve said on multiple occasions, I can chronicle my life thru the sports pages of the St. Louis Cardinals….; the ’82 season will never be equalled in my lifetime for novice excitement and unbridled enthusiasm….’ ’85 and beyond became almost taken for granted…

And , really we Cardinals fans take a lot for granted. For instance, ask a Cubs fan…just saying…

Where this one ranks will fall out in the length of time they spend in the playoffs. Hey, there’s one good thing about Matt Holliday not being available for the series with Philly – no dropped sinking line drives to left field….; how far can this 2011 Cardinals edition go…

I will not be suprised with any outcome; nor will I be dissapointed…Kp

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WEEK SIX…midweek look….



The Missouri high school football season has reached the halfway point and district competition begins in two weeks. But week 6 will allow for teams to position themselves for SEMO Conference titles and Ep will enjoy Homecoming Friday hosting Chaffee while the Blue Jays will host Herculaneum in Week 7 for Homecoming festivities at the John Harris Marshall AThletic Complex…

Week 6, the Jays host Dexter in a key SEMO Central showdown; while Kennett looks to run the win streak to 3 with a Dunklin County showdown hosting Malden at Metz Cherry Stadium.

EP (1-4,0-2) CHAFFEE (3-2, 1-2)

It’s Homecoming. Coaches aren’t normally a fan of such events but understand they are a traditional part of the schedule where alums, family and friends get together – perhaps for the first time in a long time…and recall memories of their days in high school.

Eagle offensive coordinator Gary Scott is excited about Friday’s game.

“Our fans are great!  We expect a big crowd as usual. Hopefully we give them something worth watching.  It’s always good to see friends you haven’t seen in a while. It would be great to get a “W” Friday night in front of the Homecoming crowd!”


Ep freshman quarterback Mack Marcum who completed 8 of 9 passes against Liberty recognized his teammates for their protection in the game against the state ranked Eagles….

“Well Kp your right our lineman stepped up. Wyatt Heinrich a freshman stepped up to tackle and we moved Nick Hodges over to guard. A position he hasn’t played since last year a lil bit. I felt like Friday night I had something to prove to everyone. That I could do this. I really feel like Shawn King who ran TE really stepped up and was catching everything in his direction. Liberty was a very very fundamental ball club. I guess you have to be to be state ranked. It was homecoming there, very loud and energetic but I felt like we played very hard and to get all this experience as a freshman, and I talk for every freshman, really puts us ahead for the future.”


Sophomore Frank Nave said the Eagles are working hard in practice preparing for a different look on offense and the team is responding.

“Yeah. Practice is looking GOOD. Teams going for a W.”

Defensively, the Eagles will have to be ready for Jordan Yahn and the Red Devils passing attack; something tells me Ep got a tune up on a potent passing game this past week at Liberty and will be ready for the Red Devils aerial attack.

GAME PICK: Ep 22  Chaffee 20

DEXTER (4-1, 0-0) at CHARLESTON (2-3, 2-0)

A key SEMO Conference Central showdown will take place Friday at John Harris Marshall Athletic Complex. The Bearcats are an experienced and veteran team familiar with winning – Dexter has had one of SEMO’s more consistent winning programs…and they will be banking on that to help them Friday with a Blue Jay team poised for a signature win in the tenure of second year coach Brett Blackman.

Veteran Dexter coach – and Bearcat alum – Aaron Pixley is well aware of the difference in the team the Blue Jays are fielding this year under second year Charleston coach Brett Blackman.


*(Remarks made earlier this week by Pixley…)

*”I think (Charleston) is program that’s turning it arround..they definetely  got excellent athletes. They’ve really impressed me on film.”

“Charleston is faster than we are in spots; they’re a very dangerous team…I feel like their a good football team and I feel like we’ll have to play better than them to beat them.”

Dual threat quarterback Cody Stevens operates behind a team strength in the offensive line. Running backs Josh Overall and Nick Summers give Dexter the ability to run the ball as well as throw.

Receiving threats for the Bearcats  include Jake Lee and Tyler Miller.

Stevens, is the son of former Bearcat Nate Stevens – also a teammate of Pixley’s in the late 80’s – and is known as a hard nose player.

“Oh yeah, very much so,” said Pixley when asked if the son played like the father. “If you’re gonna play quarterback for us you better be tough and hard-nosed. In our offense, he not only throws, he runs and hammers it in there (inside); he does a good job with that.”

“Our line has been playing well of late,” Pixley continued, “defensively, we’ve got to do a better job of not giving up big plays and Charleston has the kind of team that can do just that. That will be a big task of ours, preventing the big play and taking nothing for granted; take care of the ball. Football 101.”

Charleston will have Jamaul Gray back in the offensive backfield but not under the center; as the senior Gray will be playing with a broken left-throwing hand; Mike Kellum has given the Jays a big lift and quarterback and Michael Hull has a game under his belt to add weapons to the Jay arsenal.

Maurice Moore eclipsed the century mark in his return against Hayti after missing time with a knee injury. Robert Bogan contributed well prior to his injury and Rontavious Clark has had a solid year.

This game will come down to the Charleston defense. A shut out two weeks ago against NMCC (0-5, 0-2) and then held Hayti (4-1, 3-0) to 14 first half points before surrendering two late fourth quarter TDs’; the Jays have played solid defensively as of late…

They will need their best effort this season to pull out the victory over the Bearcats.

GAME PICK: Charleston 32  Dexter 28

MALDEN (3-2, 2-1) at KENNETT (2-3, 0-1)

Kennett first-year coach Corey Adkisson is feeling a lot better about the Indians with the possibility of a 3-game winning streak on the line Friday nite at Metz Cherry Stadium in the Battle of Dunklin County.


“I feel we’ve improved from week to week and that’s what we’re looking to do,” said Adkisson. “We have seen solid improvement up front; on the offensive line and defense. We still need to be more aggressive; physical but we’re continuing to improve and that’s the key.”

The Indians will have to stop Malden’s dual threat quarterback Tanner Murphy to get to the .500 mark with SEMO’s top team Sikeston o(4-1, 2-0) on the horizon in Week 7 before district play gets underway. Like Charleston, Kennett plays a rugged schedule year in and year out…

GAME PICK: Kennett 31  Malden 21

OTHER games of note: Sikeston at NMCC – the running clock will begin late in the second quarter. Bulldogs roll 48-6; Portageville (-4, 0-3) at Scott City (3-2, 2-1) – this one should be a good matchup of SEMO South teams. If the game were at Jim McKay Field I would pick the Bulldogs but with the game being played at William Wilfong Field I think the Rams get the edge: SC 35 P’ville  32: Caruthersville (5-0, 1-0) at Herculaneum (3-2). There’s no stopping the Tigers (#5 in 2A) until the third round of the state playoffs. C’ville 41 Herky 12; Cape Central (4-1, 1-0) at St. Charles West (5-0); the Tigers will get a test playing out of the region. Just a guess but SCW 21  CC  14; Poplar Bluff (2-3, 0-1) at Farmington(4-1). The Black Knights likely smarting from last week’s 45-17 loss to McCluer North will kick the Mules – whose lone win is over NMCC 20-0 in week 2; Farmington 49 PB   14….; Hayti has an open date….

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