Greetings Fellow Missourians,

    I am currently serving as the Legislator for Missouri State House of Representative in the newly formed 125th district—thanks to the supporters in the Primary elections of 2012, 2014 and 2016. This district includes the southern half of Benton, northern third of Cedar, and all of Hickory and St. Clair Counties. [see map]

The Latest News

CAPITOL REPORT - December 7, 2017.  Friday, December 1, marked the first day legislators in both chambers of the MO General Assembly could pre-file bills for the upcoming session.  House Speaker Todd Richardson issued the following statement on the first day of pre-filing: “We came to Jefferson City to get results for Missouri families, and that’s what we’re going to do. We’re taking action on important issues. Members of the House have filed bills today that increase educational opportunities, improve economic growth, and cut burdensome regulations and barriers to innovation.”  I have pre-filed bills with language including the repeal of prevailing wage, the MO Veterans’ Heritage Protection Act, and outdoor advertising exemptions.  It looks like it is going to be a very busy session, because almost 300 bills have been pre-filed already amidst the 163 representatives. 

I attended the Missouri Farm Bureau 103th Annual Meeting on Monday, and members were informed of proposed policies and recommendations on many issues including: 1) “MFB urges the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to support public education that is accessible to all children in the State of Missouri; 2) MFB believes the Davis-Bacon Act, which requires payment of union scale wages on any construction project that is being paid for in whole, or in part, from Federal funds, should be repealed.  It is in the best interest of all concerned, especially the taxpayer, that projects constructed in the public interest be awarded on a competitive bid basis with no restrictions as to wage rates paid.  We oppose MO’s “Prevailing Wage” law for the same reasons.  We support exempting projects in 3rd Class counties from MO’s prevailing wage law; and 3) MFB supports the preservation of all grave sites, historical sites, and historical monuments.” 

PHOTO ABOVE: Rep. Love visited with students at the Roscoe School on Friday, December 1st, about state government and Missouri history.  The weather was so pleasant that they paused for a group photo outside.

PHOTO ABOVE (left-to-right):  Cindy Whitchurch, Ronald Whitchurch, Rep. Love. Ronald Whitchurch was presented with a resolution last Friday at his retirement reception at the Hickory County Division of Family Services. Whitchurch is a champion for children and families and will be greatly missed by the MO Dept. of Social Services’ Children’s Division.

BROADBAND PROGRESS IN DISTRICT 125: 

I received a letter this week from CenturyLink informing me that they are in the final stages of enabling upgraded and/or offering new broadband service to 816 total homes and businesses in El Dorado Springs.  Customers will be receiving a letter from CenturyLink announcing the broadband availability and a number to call for service when the upgrades are complete.  Their toll-free number to call for new broadband service in Missouri is 877-316-4712.  Also, for any service issues, please call 800-788-3600. 

ELECTRONIC LOGGING DEVICES: 

I recently sent a letter urging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to postpone the federal Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate until requirements include thorough exemptions for livestock haulers.   More time is needed to continue ongoing discussions by all those involved before the mandate goes into effect on December 18th.  The safety record for livestock hauling is very strong, and haulers want to do it safely for everyone on the road including the animals being transported.  Flexible service hours need to be taken into consideration so that haulers are able to transport safely as well as be respectful of animal welfare.  Transporting live cargo cross country is very different from hauling dry goods.  The likelihood of health risks and cross contamination must be taken into consideration if livestock haulers are forced to delay transport to a maximum of 11 hours in a 24-hour period.  An exemption of a 150-mile radius is in place, but this does not take into account long hauls to cattle feeding regions, stock shows, and competitions to include cattle, horses, pigs, and all other livestock.  

AGRICULTURE LAND VALUES:

The State Tax Commission held a hearing this week in Jefferson City regarding agriculture land values.  Dr. Scott Brown of the University of MO College of Agriculture, Blake Hurst of MO Farm Bureau, as well as representatives from the Beef, Corn, Dairy, Pork and Soybean Councils were present at the meeting.  I addressed the members of the commission and stated that margin profitability on pasture and hay fields in our district are down and there should not be an increase in land value at this time.   

SOME UPCOMING ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: 

12/08-09, “Descending the Decades” Christmas on the Harbor in Warsaw with the downtown parade scheduled at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. 

12/09, 26th Annual Christmas Parade in Lincoln on Main Street beginning at 11:00 a.m.  Christmas activities will take place at the Lincoln R-2 School.   Coffee, hot chocolate and donuts will be served in the Community Building from 10-11 before the parade.

If you would like to be added to the e-mail list to receive our Capitol Reports, you may e-mail me at warren.love@house.mo.gov or call the Capitol office at (573) 751-4065 and speak with Kelley Rogers, my Legislative Assistant.

“Ride’n for the Brand”

State Representative

Representing the good people

of the 125th District


CAPITOL REPORT - November 30, 2017.  Another Thanksgiving has come and gone.  The gathering together of family is an annual tradition at our home.  My wife, Marla, has always planned and prepared, with the help of our children, a very memorable event.   Our family also has a Fall roundup time at the ranch during Thanksgiving.  We gather all the cattle and administer herd health veterinary practices.  It’s planned at this time because all of our children and grandchildren have an interest in the ranch, and it helps keep them involved. 

This is the time of year that farmers and ranchers wrap up harvest and reflect back on the year’s crop yields, and evaluate and plan for next year’s fuel, fertilizers, and seed needs.  Many times, this requires year-end buying, depending on tax liabilities.  And speaking of taxes, just as I am writing this report, President Trump has visited Missouri drumming up support for federal tax reform.  This reform is very much needed to bring companies back to the USA.  It also looks like the estate tax, commonly known as the death tax, is being reviewed by both the U.S. House and Senate.  A repeal of this estate tax would benefit farmers and ranchers greatly.  Currently, when the family farm owner passes away, most assets are usually tied up in land and machinery.  Many times, because of limited cash assets on hand, the family is forced to sell the land and machinery to pay the estate taxes, thus preventing the farmland from being passed on to future generations of the family.  Agriculture-related organizations are very much in favor of repealing this tax. 

CENTRAL MISSOURI OPIOID SUMMIT: 

On Wednesday, I attended an opioid summit in Columbia, Missouri.  This national epidemic was addressed by speakers from the MO Dept. of Health and Senior Services, Washington University, the DEA/US Dept. of Justice, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and the Missouri Institute of Mental Health.  According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and many others (4 out of 5 heroin users got their start with prescription drugs right out of the family medicine cabinet.) The US has 5% of the world’s population, and Americans use 97% of the opioids produced.  This is a frightening statistic.  In Missouri alone, 908 people died in 2016 from opioid abuse overdose which is a 35% increase from 2015.    Everyone that spoke on the epidemic stressed prevention through the prescription drug monitoring program.  They also stressed mental health education, because many believe that we are raising generations of children with poor coping skills, yet they have increased stress and anxiety in today’s world.  We must educate them with coping mechanisms instead of prescribing drugs.  Approximately, 89,000 prescriptions are written per every 100,000 people in Missouri; education and awareness must be used to reduce and prevent abuse.  With the statewide prescription drug monitoring program and utilization of drug courts, I am hoping this crisis will be a legislative priority in 2018 for the Missouri General Assembly by addressing dedicated funds for educational programs and prevention and treatment options.

PHOTO: Wednesday, Rep. Love finished preparing resolutions for 20 FFA American Degree recipients in District 125.  He looks forward to recognizing each of these students for their achievements during December and January.

MISSOURI TRAVELERS RECEIVE GOOD NEWS WITH REAL ID EXTENSION: 

Missourians with travel plans in 2018 received good news today as the Department of Homeland Security granted Missouri an extension to implement REAL-ID compliant driver licenses. The extension means Missourians will be able to use their current forms of identification to fly domestically and enter federal facilities until Oct. 10 of next year. 

The state will continue to work toward the implementation of the new REAL ID-compliant licenses, and is on track to have them in place by March, 2019. The state will have to apply for a second waiver next year in order to cover the gap between October, when the current waiver expires, and March, when the new IDs will be in circulation.  

SOME UPCOMING ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: 

12/02, “Christmas in the Country” in Appleton City at the Forest Park Building, Train Depot, and Drury Hotel with craft vendors, baked potato luncheon, contests and silent auction. 

12/04, Santa Claus is Coming to the St. Clair County Library in Osceola from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

12/05, Santa Claus is Coming to the St. Clair County Library in Lowry City from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

12/08-09, “Descending the Decades” Christmas on the Harbor in Warsaw with the downtown parade scheduled at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. 

12/09, 26th Annual Christmas Parade in Lincoln on Main Street beginning at 11:00 a.m.  Christmas activities will take place at the Lincoln R-2 School.   Coffee, hot chocolate and donuts will be served in the Community Building from 10-11 before the parade.


CAPITOL REPORT - November 16, 2017.  I thoroughly enjoyed helping commemorate our veterans last weekend.  On Saturday, the City of Weaubleau hosted a veterans’ parade and the laying of a wreath at their beautiful Veterans’ Memorial.  This memorial is one of the most impressive in Missouri, in my opinion, and located on Highway 54 (Discover More on Route 54!).  I also attended observances and ceremonies at the Osceola High School, the McCarty Senior Center in Wheatland, and the Wreathing of the Waters in Warsaw.   As I observed people in attendance at each of these functions, particularly the young children, it reminds me that we need to be so grateful to our veterans who served to preserve and protect our freedoms for future generations. 

I firmly believe that this great nation will continue to be this great nation for our children and grandchildren as long as we have the right to life, liberty and the right to own property; we owe our veterans all of our respect and gratitude for these rights.   “We the People” need to do better taking care of our veterans.  We need to help them further their education, employ them when they return home, and provide the best of medical and mental care.  According to the VA Suicide Prevention Program Facts, there was an average of 20 veterans per day during 2014 who died from suicide in the United States.  Think about it:  that is 7,300 people…veterans…heroes who put their life on the line for our nation.  This is tragic and unacceptable.  Our actions must speak louder than our words.  We must uphold our obligations to care for and support our veterans. 

In recent months, our veterans’ heritage has been under attack with the desecration and vandalism to objects of remembrance:  a monument in the Springfield National Cemetery, an Iwo Jima Memorial in Massachusetts, a Frances Scott Key monument in Maryland, just to name a few.  I am passionate about history and our heritage and believe all objects of remembrance should be protected.  Therefore, I intend to sponsor the Missouri Veterans Heritage Protection Act during the 2018 legislative session. 

PHOTO Above: At the Veterans’ Day ceremony in Weaubleau on Saturday, it was very touching to catch a glimpse of these children deep in thought at the memorial.

PHOTO ABOVE: Veteran and member of the Warsaw American Legion, Dick Sanford, visits with Rep. Love before the Wreathing of the Waters ceremony on Saturday at Drake Harbor.

PHOTO ABOVE: The annual Wreathing of the Waters ceremony took place at Drake Harbor in Warsaw on Saturday commemorating all of our nation’s heroes. 

GIVING THANKS: 

My family and I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I look forward to spending time with my children and grandchildren next weekend.  My prayer is that everyone has a safe and blessed day with family, rich in thankfulness as well as giving! 

SOME UPCOMING ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: 

11/18, “Season of Giving” Annual Weaubleau Parade, 11 a.m. to 12 noon.  

11/18, “Thankful for the Holidays” El Dorado Springs Christmas Parade and Lighting Festivities with the parade beginning at 3 p.m. and lighting celebration activities in Spring Park beginning upon conclusion of the parade all in conjunction with the 4th Annual Home-Based/Small Business Holiday Expo in the Spring Park Community Building before and after the parade. 

11/22, Warsaw Downtown & Drake Harbor Christmas Lights begins and continues through January 2nd each night from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. 

11/25, Hermitage Christmas Parade beginning at 5:00 p.m. 

12/02, “Christmas in the Country” in Appleton City at the Forest Park Building, Train Depot, and Drury Hotel with craft vendors, baked potato luncheon, contests and silent auction. 

12/04, Santa Claus is Coming to the St. Clair County Library in Osceola from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

12/05, Santa Claus is Coming to the St. Clair County Library in Lowry City from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

12/08-09, “Descending the Decades” Christmas on the Harbor in Warsaw with the downtown parade scheduled at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. 

12/09, 26th Annual Christmas Parade in Lincoln on Main Street beginning at 11:00 a.m.  Christmas activities will take place at the Lincoln R-2 School.   Coffee, hot chocolate and donuts will be served in the Community Building from 10-11 before the parade.


CAPITOL REPORT - November 9, 2017.  

Saluting Our Nation’s Heroes on Veterans Day: 

It was renowned journalist and radio broadcaster, Elmer Davis, who so famously said our nation “will remain the land of the free only as long as it is the home of the brave.” These words echo as a reminder on a day like Veterans Day when we pause as a nation to recognize the service and the sacrifices of our nation’s heroes.   We are this great nation because of the dedication, passion, and patriotism of the heroic individuals who have stood in defense of the American dream.  We must always remember that freedom isn’t free, and we must never forget our veterans are the ones who have paid the price to defend the freedoms we too often take for granted.   For these reasons, it is imperative that we all take time to pay our respects and show our gratitude to all veterans.  Veterans Day is not one day out of the year to say thank you, but a reminder that we should remember and appreciate our veterans each and every day that America remains the land of the free and the home of the brave. **** 

It has been a busy week of activities in District 125.  Last Thursday, I enjoyed attending the El Dorado Springs Christian School Chili and Soup Supper Benefit.   On Friday, the El Dorado Springs Chamber of Commerce hosted the “Excellence in El Dorado Springs” Awards Gala and Dinner.  We enjoyed a delicious dinner and great entertainment with dueling pianos.  I would like to extend hearty congratulations to all the award recipients. 

On Saturday morning, my brother-in-law, Rick Reed, hosted an historical tour of Osceola and the surrounding area.  He offers this guided bus tour every other year that highlights significant locations and battlegrounds in the Osceola area during the Civil War.  The tour is then followed by a wonderful fish fry with all the trimmings led by my sister-in-law, Deona Reed, while “Cole Younger and Frank James” character performers entertain and educate everyone.    Proceeds from the tour are used for historical markers and restoration of monuments and headstones for those who lost their lives during the Civil War.  This tour quickly sells out each time it is offered. 

“DESTINATION: OSCEOLA”: 

I attended a very informative meeting on Wednesday morning along with 25-30 business and community leaders in Osceola.  Patty Cantrell, Community Wealth Building Director of the West Central MO Community Action Agency, presented“Destination:  Osceola” focused on opportunities for area tourism to boost the local economy.  This is a community effort to develop tourism in the Osceola area and connect into a larger regional tourism initiative that is in development.  Organized by the West Central Missouri Community Action Agency and hosted by the City of Osceola and St. Clair County Economic Development, the workshop launched 4 work groups with tasks they will accomplish in 120 days (by Feb. 8, 2018):  1) Inventory of sites and other assets for development of a poster/map to distribute to places that people stop at or visit;  2) Rough blueprint for discussion of a first hiking trail to build, including a possible ferry from town across water to public lands;  3) Map delineating different public lands (Army Corps/MO Dept. of Conservation) and explanations of its history or what may be seen and done on these public lands to clarify for locals and tourists; and 4) Chamber of Commerce-led tourism group with business development classes and support to entrepreneurs. Two regional organizations will be working with the city and partners to support these and other efforts:  West Central MO Community Action Agency/contact Patty Cantrell:  pcantrell@wcmcaa.org and Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission/contact Sheridan Garman-Neeman:sgarman@kaysinger.com.   Also, please feel free to contact Osceola City Clerk Lila Foster:lfoster@cityofosceolamo.com.  Stay tuned for more community presentations on regional tourism in District 125 to be held in 2018.

Photo Below: Some of the Osceola business and community leaders who attended “Destination:  Osceola” on November 8th to explore local tourism opportunities. 

MISSOURI CHAMBER AWARD: 

This year, 20 representatives and senators had perfect voting records on the biggest pro-business bills of the 2017 Missouri Legislative Session.  I am honored to be one of these 20 legislators listed in the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry 2017 100% Club Winners.  This is my second consecutive year to receive this award.  Business and policy leaders from across the state will gather on November 16th for the annual Missouri Business Awards to be held in St. Louis. 

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE IN CEDAR COUNTY: 

The Cedar County MU Extension Council is accepting nominations for the 2018 public election of new council members.  Nominations will be reviewed at the December 4th council meeting, so please contact the extension office as soon as possible.  Elections will take place for new council members during the third week of January.  For questions, please call (417) 276-3313. 

SOME UPCOMING ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: 

11/10, Veterans’ Breakfast at Osceola High School, 9:00 a.m. 

11/10, Special Veterans’ Ceremony at McCarty Senior Center in Wheatland, 11:00 a.m. 

11/11, “Wreathing of the Waters Ceremony” at Drake Harbor, Warsaw, at 11:00 a.m. 

11/18, “Season of Giving” Annual Weaubleau Parade, 11 a.m. to 12 noon.  

11/18, “Thankful for the Holidays” El Dorado Springs Christmas Parade and Lighting Festivities with the parade beginning at 3 p.m. and lighting celebration activities in Spring Park beginning upon conclusion of the parade all in conjunction with the 4th Annual Home-Based/Small Business Holiday Expo in the Spring Park Community Building before and after the parade. 

12/02, “Christmas in the Country” Appleton City at the Forest Park Building, Train Depot, and Drury Hotel with craft vendors, baked potato luncheon, contests and silent auction.


CAPITOL REPORT - November 2, 2017.  Early Monday morning I attended the monthly board meeting of the St. Clair County Health Department in Osceola.  Several owners/operators of St. Clair County restaurants were also in attendance.  The issue they have been concerned about regards the health department’s recent announcement on charging inspection fees in 2018.  The health department’s decision to adopt new inspection fees did not receive approval by the St. Clair County Commissioners.  MO State Statute 192.300 is interpreted differently throughout the state; some counties interpret that it requires county commissions and county health boards to work together to adopt new ordinances and fees.  However, other cases have occurred where only county health boards adopt new ordinances and fees without county commission approval.  One of my goals for the past five legislative sessions has been to clarify this statute in governing food handling facilities and wastewater regulations.  There has been too much related controversy on this topic, and we need to readdress this statute and fine tune the language. 

Wednesday started with a trip to Springfield to attend the MO Health Care Association (MHCA) Legislative Luncheon held at Maranatha Village.  MHCA members include 500+ nursing facilities in Missouri.  The long term care industry contributes billions to the state economy on an annual basis.  After the long-term care budget cuts this year, the state saved $16.2 million.  However, it returned $27.9 million to the federal government, because with every $1 the state spends on its skilled nursing facility residents, the federal government matches it with $1.60.  Missouri must enhance this federal match soon or this budget cut to save money will negatively impact the state general revenue fund by over $40 million.   Affiliated MHCA members are committed to compassion, advocacy, and the advancement of excellence and quality in the long term care industry.   We must work to insure this continues. 

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Cedar County Ambulance District building in Stockton was held on Wednesday afternoon with a good attendance in spite of the damp, cool weather.  I commend the Cedar County Ambulance District Board for seeking out a local architect and local contractor for this project.  And speaking of projects, it is really encouraging to drive throughout the district and see so many construction sites.  I hope this building boom continues leading to increased job growth and a stronger district economy.

PHOTO: The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Cedar County Ambulance District building in Stockton took place on Wednesday afternoon. 

I headed to Springfield again Thursday for the Missouri State Troopers Association Legislative Breakfast at Troop D Headquarters.  Missouri Highway Patrol Colonel Sandra Karsten visited with me at length about new technology the patrol has incorporated to aid in the fight against crime such as helicopter video to aid on-the-ground patrol.  She also shared concerns with me about recruitment and retention for state troopers and the fact that both are down across the state.  The MO State Highway Patrol is one of the most highly respected law enforcement agencies in the country.  However, Colonel Karsten believes recent issues in the state have had an impact on personnel.  For anyone interested in a career with the patrol, the next recruit class is tentatively scheduled for July, 2018.  More information is available through the Missouri State Highway Patrol Career Recruitment Division online or by calling 1-800-796-7000.   College student internships are also offered through the Career Recruitment Division.

PHOTO: Missouri State Highway Patrol Colonel Sandra Karsten visits with Rep. Love at Troop D Headquarters in Springfield. 

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE IN CEDAR COUNTY: 

The Cedar County MU Extension Council is accepting nominations for the 2018 public election of new council members.  Nominations will be reviewed at the December 4th council meeting, so please contact the extension office as soon as possible.  Elections will take place for new council members during the third week of January.  For questions, please call 417-276-3313. 

SOME UPCOMING ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: 

11/10, Veterans’ Breakfast at Osceola High School, 9:00 a.m. 

11/10, Special Veterans’ Ceremony at McCarty Senior Center in Wheatland, 11:00 a.m. 

11/11, “Wreathing of the Waters Ceremony” at Drake Harbor, Warsaw, at 11:00 a.m. 

11/18, “Season of Giving” Annual Weaubleau Parade, 11 a.m. to 12 noon.  

11/18, “Thankful for the Holidays” El Dorado Springs Christmas Parade and Lighting Festivities with the parade beginning at 3 p.m. and lighting celebration activities in Spring Park beginning upon conclusion of the parade all in conjunction with the 4th Annual Home-Based/Small Business Holiday Expo in the Spring Park Community Building before and after the parade. 

12/02, “Christmas in the Country” Appleton City at the Forest Park Building, Train Depot, and Drury Hotel with craft vendors, baked potato luncheon, contests and silent auction.


CAPITOL REPORT - October 26, 2017. Sunday would have been my 9th year to saddle my horse and take him by trailer to the Pioneer Heritage Days in Warsaw.  However, a steady, cold rain changed my plans.  Each year I have been delivering the circuit riding preacher’s message to the exhibitors and guests outside on the slope of a hill as everyone sits on straw bales.   I was still able to deliver the sermon, thankfully, inside the little one-room schoolhouse located on the grounds nearby and heated by a wood stove.  It brought back memories of yesteryear.  My message was about objects of remembrance entitled "Building Memorials to Remember."  Bible text found in the Book of Joshua, Chapter 4, explains when the Israelites crossed the Jordan River to enter the Promised Land for the first time, God commanded Joshua to pile up a mound of stones at that place. These stones were to become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever. They were memorial stones of God’s great grace. 

On Tuesday, I certainly enjoyed attending the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Hickory County Health Department.  It is going to be located 1.5 miles south of Hermitage on Highway 254 South.  Excavation is scheduled to begin the last week of October, and the estimated date of the completion of the new facility is July 1, 2018.

Photo Above: Gladys Smith was presented with a resolution by Rep. Love on Wednesday, October 25th, in recognition of her 27 years of service to St. Clair County.  Gladys, who is the St. Clair County Assessor, will be retiring on October 31st.

Photo Above: Rep. Love visited with the 4th Grade Classes of Ms. Fellhoelter and Ms. Lasswell at Lakeland Elementary today, October 26th, about Missouri history and the State Capitol in Jefferson City. 

SHARING THE HARVEST: 

If you are a deer hunter with surplus venison this year, please consider donating to theShare the Harvest program.  This program is administered by the Conservation Federation of Missouri and the Missouri Department of Conservation.   In 2016, almost 4,300 hunters donated venison.  Since the program was started in 1992, Share the Harvest has provided more than 3.6 million pounds of venison to help feed hungry Missourians. 

The program works by deer hunters donating their extra venison -- from several pounds to whole deer -- to participating meat processors throughout the state who grind and package the deer meat. The packaged venison is then given to food banks and food pantries for distribution to Missourians in need of food assistance.  Processing fees are fully covered or in part by local and statewide sponsors that include: MDC, CFM, Shelter Insurance, Bass Pro Shops, Missouri Chapter Safari Club International, Missouri Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation, Midway USA Inc., Missouri Food Banks Association, and United Bowhunters of Missouri. 

Hunters need to contact individual processors to determine what funds are available. The cost of processing is the hunter’s responsibility when funds to help cover the full cost of processing are not available.  Local meat processors participating in District 125 are Jackman’s Meat Processing, (417)998-6488, in Fristoe at 36892 Jackman Avenue and Hays Processing, (417)282-5853, in Quincy at Route 1, Box 79. 

Nonprofit, charitable organizations distribute the frozen, uncooked venison directly to families or individuals in need.  For more questions on this program, please call Share the Harvest, Missouri Department of Conservation, at (573)751-4115. 

SOME UPCOMING ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: 

10/28-29, Pomme de Terre Rendezvous at the Outlet Park below the Dam, 3 miles south of Hermitage highlighting pre-1840 camping and attire with seminars, music, food, and contests. 

10/31, Halloween in the Park at Appleton City Forest Park beginning at 5 p.m.  

10/31, Lowry City’s 5th Annual Trunk-or-Treat on Main Street from 6-8 p.m. 

11/18, “Season of Giving” Annual Weaubleau Parade, 11 a.m. to 12 noon.  

11/18, “Thankful for the Holidays” El Dorado Springs Christmas Parade and Lighting Festivities with the parade beginning at 3 p.m. and lighting celebration activities in Spring Park beginning upon conclusion of the parade all in conjunction with the 4th Annual Home-Based/Small Business Holiday Expo in the Spring Park Community Building before and after the parade.


CAPITOL REPORT - October 19, 2017.  Last Thursday, Marla and I attended a fundraiser at the Appleton City Train Depot with a potato bar luncheon.  While we were there we watched a coal train come through on its way to the Kansas City Power and Light power plant in Montrose.  Sadly, this may be one of the last trains to come through, because the Montrose power plant is scheduled to close in late 2018.  Appleton City has a rich heritage with the railroad.  The city dates its birth to a short time before the arrival of the Iron Horse or what was known as the Tebo and Neosho Railroad, which then merged with the Katy or Missouri-Kansas & Texas division of the Missouri Pacific Railroad.   The late Justin Stephan was instrumental in working with Union Pacific to have Appleton City designated as a “Train Town USA.”  Justin was Mayor of the city and worked to get the city added to a national list of recognition of those railroad towns that made it possible to open up a grand frontier to the west.  Currently, there are only 132 cities in the nation with this designation celebrating railroad heritage.

The Appleton City Train Depot

We then drove to El Dorado Springs and stopped by Heritage State Bank to have Todd Leonard sign documents designating him as the new Treasurer of “Discover More on Route 54.”  We appreciate his willingness to serve on the committee.  We are always seeking new supporters for the website to promote tourism and awareness on Highway 54, and the website is a great way to advertise local businesses for only $25. 

I also paid a ‘better late than never’ visit to the Dawson and Dawson Law Office to present a resolution to the former Judge Michael Dawson.   He served St. Clair County for 3 terms as Judge, Prosecutor, and Associate Circuit Judge over a 12 year period.   Upon stepping down, he resumed his law practice in El Dorado Springs in 2015 and is now proud to have his son, Jake, at his side.  Jake graduated from Osceola High School; it’s wonderful to have our local students return to live and work in the community they grew up in.  I congratulate them both! 

Last Saturday, I attended the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Fall 2017 business meeting held at the Capitol in Jefferson City.  This organization is dedicated to preserving the history of those who served in the Civil War by educating others about the legacy of the war and documenting and preserving graves, monuments, and memorials honoring Union veterans.  I am a proud member of the Sons of Union Veterans and the Sons of Confederate Veterans honoring my ancestors who fought on both sides.

Members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War gathered for the Fall 2017 Business Meeting at the Capitol in Jefferson City on Saturday, October 14th.

I left the meeting at the Capitol and headed back to District 125 for the Fristoe Community Fish Fry Fundraiser held at the Antweiler Park Community Center on Route CC to benefit the addition of handicapped accessibility at the community center.  Afterward, I still had time to go to the 7th Annual Osceola Optimist Club Fall Festival at Wisner Farms.  The beautiful weather allowed for great gatherings at the events.

During this time for Fall festivals, it is so good to see the unity of communities in support of good causes.  I hope each of you have the opportunity to spend some time outdoors and attend a nearby function to spend time with family, friends, and neighbors.

Some upcoming activities include:

10/21-22, Annual Warsaw Pioneer Heritage Days at the Truman Visitors Center/Drake Harbor area showcasing arts/crafts, demonstrations, exhibits, live entertainment, and food. 

10/21, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Monster Truck Nationals Eve of Destruction.  Wear your Halloween costume and Trick or Treat with the drivers during the Pit Party from 5-6:30 p.m. 

10/28-29, Pomme de Terre Rendezvous at the Outlet Park below the Dam, 3 miles south of Hermitage highlighting pre-1840 camping and attire with seminars, music, food, and contests. 

10/31, Halloween in the Park at Appleton City Forest Park beginning at 5 p.m.  

10/31, Lowry City’s 5th Annual Trunk-or-Treat on Main Street from 6-8 p.m. 

11/18, “Season of Giving” Annual Weaubleau Parade, 11 a.m. to 12 noon.  

11/18, “Thankful for the Holidays” El Dorado Springs Christmas Parade and Lighting Festivities with the parade beginning at 3 p.m. and lighting celebration activities in Spring Park beginning upon conclusion of the parade all in conjunction with the 4th Annual Home-Based/Small Business Holiday Expo in the Spring Park Community Building before and after the parade.


CAPITOL REPORT - October 12, 2017. It’s no secret that I have a passion for history, especially local history.  My report is somewhat different this week as I want to share some of that local history with everyone.   A few weeks ago, I was asked by the St. Clair County Historical Society to give a presentation at the Iconium Cemetery Historical Walk-Through on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, October 8th.  About 30 like-minded history enthusiasts joined together for a step back in time. 

Stop #1 was presented by Dr. Wayne Morton.  His presentation was about Dr. John W. Wright, born December 20, 1836, in Washington County, Kentucky.  His father, Nathaniel Wright, was born October 14, 1806, and on October 11, 1831, married Miss Elizabeth Parker, daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Parker; she was born October 11, 1813, in Culpeper County, Virginia.  John W., the second child and oldest son in the family, received a good education in youth, attending the Georgetown College at Georgetown, Kentucky, where he graduated in the class of 1861.  Entering the Medical College of Kentucky at Louisville, he graduated in 1863, and in 1864 was a graduate from the Louisville University, having been a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of that institution.  He first commenced practice in Louisville, but after remaining there one year, went to High Grove in 1865, where he had an extensive patronage for four years.  April 1, 1868, he married Miss Amanda Rouse, a daughter of William A. and Amanda Rouse, of Bullitt County, Kentucky, and they had two daughters:  Nancy A., born April 19, 1869, and Matilda B., born August 28, 1875.  In 1870, Dr. Wright purchased a tract of 80 acres of land in Jackson Township, St. Clair County, Missouri, and devoted some attention to agricultural pursuits and raising livestock.  From time to time, he added to his original purchase until he became owner of 1,200 acres of excellent land on both sides of the Osage River in Tally Bend, several hundred acres which were fenced and well adapted for fine stock which included Kentucky Horses.  In 1880, he served St. Clair County as a Democrat representative in the state legislature.  Upon completion of his service, he resumed his extensive medical practice.   A member of the A. F. & A. M. and A. O.U. W. fraternities, he was known for being well versed in his profession, kind and gentle to the sick, and affable in his manners. 

Janine Jacomb shared about Grace Souther for Stop # 2.  Janine and her husband, Jim, own and live in the "Ben and Grace Souther Home" located across from Scott’s Iconium Store on Highway C.  During the early years of the H. Roe Bartle Boy Scout Camp, which was started in 1929, the Souther Home operated as a hotel.  Then during the 1950's and early 60's, Grace Souther was the Iconium Post Master, and operated the Iconium Rural Station Post Office from her home. 

I gave the 3rd Iconium Cemetery walk-thru presentation.  The subject was Granville Green, born May 8, 1822, in Kentucky. He married Martha Smith also born in Kentucky.  They moved with several young children to the Iconium Prairie in the late 1840's and lived on a farm 1/4 mile west of Iconium.  When St. Clair Countians filled out their 1861/62 personal property tax assessment, many were earmarked as being Southern Sympathizers. During 1862, they were hunted down and killed by the Missouri State Militia (MSM).  On December 8, a squad of MSM federal funded soldiers rode their Cavalry Horses into the earmarked Green Family yard.  Granville managed to hide, however, his pregnant wife, Martha, holding the hand of little 2 year old James Green, watched from the porch as the soldiers caught two of the older boys about ages 10 and 12.  The young boys were roped and dragged to a tall tree nearby.  They were hung by their feet and swung back in forth in taunting torment until their father, Granville, came out from hiding.  The soldiers shot and killed Granville.  His young sons were allowed to live, however, heartbroken at the loss of their father at Christmas time.

Wade Harris, a VFW and member of the American Legion, gave a very interesting presentation on the 4 Lewis Brothers of Iconium (see photo below).  These 4 brothers all served in the Army in Europe during WWII.  D-Day,  June 6, 1944, was the day the Allied powers crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, beginning the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control during WWII.  Within 3 months, the northern part of France would be freed and the invasion force would be preparing to enter Germany.  Two of the brothers, George and William were in the early invasion and were both killed during the first two months.  The third brother, James, served through the terrible winter and the Battle of the Bulge before being killed.  After the loss of 3 brothers who gave their all for our freedom, the 4th brother, John, was called in from the battlefield and sent back home.  The 3 brothers who were killed in action were buried in France.  Then in 1948, the Lewis Family requested that the 3 brothers’ remains be returned home.  One of the largest graveside military funerals ever held in the Iconium Cemetery was on that day of re-interment. 

VETERANS WEEK KICKOFF-NOVEMBER 4TH: 

There will be a special Veterans Week Kickoff at the Capitol on Saturday, November 4, hosted by Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson to honor veterans, law enforcement, and emergency personnel. Special performances, displays and recognition have been planned for the ceremony that will take place on the South Lawn beginning at 10:00 a.m.   Motorcycles and patrol cars are welcome and encouraged. 


CAPITOL REPORT - October 5, 2017. My wife, Marla, and I were blessed on Sunday to attend the 125th Anniversary Celebration of New Hope United Methodist Church in Edwards.  The original church was constructed in 1892 with free labor.  There have been many loving additions and expansions; and just recently, they doubled the fellowship hall area with no debt incurred along the way.  I was honored to present Minister Cliff Saupe and the congregation with a resolution recognizing this wonderful anniversary and building dedication of the fellowship hall addition.  Church members and visitors celebrated with a delicious dinner with all the trimmings and praise music.  “To God be the Glory” was ever present throughout the day’s worship and praise. 

EL DORADO SPRINGS SENIOR CENTER: 

I visited the El Dorado Springs Senior Center last Friday and was given the opportunity to work at the Reception Desk meeting and greeting visitors during lunch time.  I have sure enjoyed the time I have spent during September learning more about the vital role senior centers play in our communities.  The El Dorado Springs Senior Center serves almost 27,000 meals per year.  That’s about 520 meals per week just in the El Dorado Springs area alone.  Yes, the meals are very important, but all of the other activities, services, and social time that each senior center provides are irreplaceable.   As I have encouraged before, please consider attending, volunteering or taking part in a fundraiser. 

COMMUNITY FISH FRY IN FRISTOE: 

Join me in Fristoe on Saturday, October 14, for the Community Fish Fry.  It will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the Community Center in Antwiler Park on Route CC.  Fristoe is making plans for a new community center to include many wonderful opportunities, and surveys will be available at the fish fry for public input on the new center.  

HARVEST SEASON IS UNDERWAY ON MISSOURI FARMS…

MoDOT Cautions Motorists to Watch Out for Slow Moving Vehicles 

It’s harvest time on Missouri farms and MoDOT wants to remind motorists to pay extra attention to farm equipment using and crossing state roadways. “Harvest season is a busy time of the year for Missouri’s farm families, and MoDOT wants to make it a safe time of year, too,” said MoDOT Highway Safety and Traffic Engineer Nicole Hood.  “Farm equipment vehicles can be slow moving, and motorists may be surprised when they come up behind one on a Missouri highway.”  Missouri’s 34,000 miles of state roadway pass alongside the fields of thousands of farms throughout the state. Farm equipment vehicles were involved in 582 crashes in the three years of 2014 through 2016.   These crashes resulted in 17 people being killed and 199 injured.  The majority of these crashes occurred on letter routes and county roads, but some crashes also occurred on interstates and other high-speed roadways.  Motorists are advised to slow down when approaching farm vehicles.  Be patient as the farm vehicles travel to and from their field entrances.  As a reminder, legislation was passed in 2015 that allows weight limitations to be exceeded by as much as 10% on highways for hauling grain and grain co-products during the harvest season. 

VETERANS WEEK KICKOFF-NOVEMBER 4TH: 

There will be a special Veterans Week Kickoff at the Capitol on Saturday, November 4, hosted by Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson to honor veterans, law enforcement, and emergency personnel. Special performances, displays and recognition have been planned for the ceremony that will take place on the South Lawn beginning at 10:00 a.m.   Motorcycles and patrol cars are welcome and encouraged. 

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