Parkland Area News

Local Information

19 November 2018


    The new Desloge location of Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy will have a Grand Opening and ribbon cutting Wednesday, November 28th. The business Manager for Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy, Debbie Hamby, says they've been able to enhance their services with this larger building.

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    Hanby adds the event will feature giveaways, free goodies in the store, and Smokey Valley Barbecue will be there to provide a lunch for purchase. The Grand Opening event for the new Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy Desloge building is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and you're invited. The ribbon cutting will be held at noon.


    The annual Farmington Turkey Trot will be held again this year on Thanksgiving morning. Jake LaHay is an aquatic and fitness coordinator at the Farmington Civic Center. He says this year, they've added an event more for the kids.

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    The 5k run will begin at 9:00 on Thanksgiving morning with the fun run at 10:00. Registration is $25 and you can do that at the Civic Center or go to Both runs will begin and end at the Farmington Public Library.

    A special toy merchandise table will be set up by the group Toys for Hope, a part of Visions of Hope, during the Chris Morrison State Farm Agent Thanksgiving Basketball Classic this week at Mineral Area College. One of the organizers of Visions of Hope, a group that helps those in the autism spectrum gain job training and other skills, Jessica Harmon, says her youngest son, Morgan Gann, started Toys For Hope.

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    The Thanksgiving Basketball Classic takes place this Friday and Saturday, November 23rd and 24th, at Mineral Area College. All door proceeds will benefit the Visions of Hope organization.


    A public hearing at 5:45 p.m. kicks off tonight's meeting of the Bonne Terre City Council. the hearing is to get citizen input on a proposal to annex Rock Quarry Road into the city limits. In other business during the regular portion of the meeting councilmen will discuss and vote to approve an ordinance that would place a real property tax levy for the city on the April, 2019 ballot. Council members will also look at an ordinance replatting of a portion of the Orchard Subdivision, talk about rezoning a little over 5 acres of land at Stormy Lane, and mull over the possibility of removing the penalty charge from the town's water bills. With the hearing at 5:45 the regular portion of the meeting begins at 6 o'clock. Both will be held at Bonne Terre City Hall, 118 North Allen Street. The meeting is open to the public.


    Guidance Councilors in the Bismarck school district are busy with several programs and the Superintendent of the district, Jason King, says these councilors, and the important job they do, are often overlooked. King adds officials in the Bismarck district want patrons to know about the great work of their councilors.

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    King explains Hillary Freeman is the councilor for the elementary classes while Mark Reeves is their High School councilor.


    A Cadet woman is recovering from injuries after a single vehicle accident over the weekend in Washington County. The Highway Patrol says the wreck happened shortly after 4:30 Sunday afternoon on Route E, south of Powder Spring Lake Road. 48 year old Tracy Wartenbe of Cadet was driving a 20018 Chrysler 300, and went off the side of the road to avoid a vehicle that traveled into her lane and hit a tree. Wartenbe received moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.

    Madison County authorities are warning AT&T customers of a phone scam. Accoding to the Madison County Sheriff's Department, scammers are calling residents and an automated recording plays saying that the persons AT&T account is compromised. The recording then prompts the caller to press 1 to be further advised of the process. Officials are advising resident to not press one and hang up immediately to avoid being scammed. AT&T says they will not call individuals personally for this type of alleged issue. Police say the call does sound legitimate at first because of the AT&T recorded message but the sheriff's office said this has definitely been labeled as a scam.

    A man from Farmington, 39 year old Eric L. Sellers, is facing charges of promoting child pornography and possession of child pornography video. He was arrested Wednesday by members of the State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control with help from officers with the Farmington Police Department. A Digital Forensics Investigative Unit search warrant was executed at Seller's residence on Maple Street and child pornography, along with computer equipment, was seized. Sellers was taken to the St. Francois County Jail. Bond was set at 50,000 dollars.

    With the forecast for today being very different from Wednesday and Thursday's snow days, the city crew in Bonne Terre will be getting a break after clearing roads and making the streets passable. The City Administrator of Bonne Terre, Sean Kay, says they were able to keep much of the snow out of the way of drivers. According to Kay purchasing, and storing, the materials to scatter on the roads can be a difficult process.

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    Kay also says purchasing the materials can be costly and problematic since you have to make your best guess as to how much material to purchase each year before the winter weather hits.

    Our Recent snow effected school districts throughout the area with closings and cancellations. The Principal of the Middle School in the West County district, Kevin Coffman, says unexpected days off can cause the school calendar to be changed abruptly.

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    Coffman says in the case of calendar changes they always make sure to notify district patrons of the change.