SEMO TIMES NEW YEAR, NEW SEMO TIMES
Todd Richardson, Doug Libla, and more kick off a new legislative session
BEST REPRESENTATION IN THE CAPITOL
SHERYL CROW ON KENNETT CROSSROADS SUCCESS, GROWING UP IN THE BOOTHEEL
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'05 FORD F150 EXTENDED CAB 4X4
'01 PONTIAC BOONEVILLE V6 AUTO GREAT CAR 127,XXX
'02 Ford Explorer LEATHER, LOADED
FORD EXPLORER '93 LEATHER SUNROOF 4X4, 89K MILES
LOCAL TRADE - DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!
1997 FORD F1502 WHEEL DRIVE LONG BED
4-5 CROSSFIT HITS BOOTHEEL AND CROSSES BARRIERS
6 ACTIVE KAT YOGA GROWS
7 REYNOLDS COUNTY HOSTS
WEIGHT LOSS COMPETITION
8SHERYL CROW SPEAKS TO ST
10 KENNETT CROSSROADS A SUCCESS
10 WOMEN TAKING TO THE ROADS AND TRAILS
11 WHAT CAN STOP JOE WEBER?
12 -13BEST REPRESENTATION IN THE CAPITOL
1410 ON A TANK
15 BUTCHER BLOCK & BOURBON
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3Like the owners and investors of SEMO Times and many of you, I started off the year with a resolution. I resolve, as the new publisher of SEMO Times, to provide Southeast Missourians with diverse and quality current coverage. I see a demand as I get to know more and more of your neighbors - a demand for relevant and original, thoughtful content. This demand is fueled by social media - mostly Facebook!
Since I took the helm just weeks ago, Ive noticed that over 90% of our traffic comes from Facebook. So, will you do me a huge favor and go like our page if you havent yet? Ill return the favor and increase the diversity and regionalism of coverage. We will get you your news, but we will also get you features and profiles on the most interesting events, people, and places in Southeast Missouri. We will reach from Farmington and Cape Girardeau to the Bootheel and Poplar Bluff.
Ive got plenty of ideas, but Im sure you have some too. If theres an event you want included or a question about a business you want answered or you want to know whats going on down the street, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Were growing and I want you to come with us in 2015. My resolution boils down to having
the best resource of a website in Southeast Missouri - we have the news, features, profiles, announcements, calendar, classifieds, photos, etc. I invite you to check out (are you really still reading?) the website and even make it your homepage, because there will always be something new, interesting, and relevant.
It was truly an honor to be asked to be publisher of SEMO Times. I have a lot to learn, but I and many that know me believe I have even more to bring to the table - and I hope theyre right.
You will see more of SEMO at SEMOTimes.com.
Thanks for having me,
SEMO Times is very excited to see 2015! Like most of you make New Years Resolutions, so did we. As owners of this publication serving you fine readers, we resolve to make this the best publication serving the entirety of the bootheel. This is the first issue printed with Rachael Herndon as publisher, who we have utmost faith and trust in. I hope that you will embrace her and share with her your experiences.
In case youve missed it, there have been some changes online. Obituaries are posted and updated daily. The event calendar is updated daily. We are working to post birth, engagement, and wedding announcements and we need your help to know who is on the verge of a life changing event. Be sure to like us on Facebook to ensure you dont miss any news and feel free to write on our wall, send us a message or better yet, post in our forum at semotimes.com. We want you to use the forum online to post your rants, raves, announcements, opinions, reviews, and all.
Also, dont forget that we have classifieds! They will be free! Our website gets thousands of hits a day and all of our classifieds are verified and modified - so you dont have to worry about scams like you do with other websites.
ST will continue to increase coverage and distribution - if you want your business to be noticed, please be sure to contact Angela Hankins and get your ad in! She can be reached at (573) 614-8564.
SEMO is a community and we resolve to present the Times of it. Look for the print every first of the month and be sure to check our website regularly and like us on Facebook!
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FROM THE OWNERS FROM THE PUBLISHER
In the Spirit of the Blues River Spirit Gallery of Van Buren Missouri is happy to sponsor:
Tickets are $5.00 at the door. All ticket proceeds will go to benefit the community center.
Come out and support the first Bulldog Blues Festival...the first of many to come!For more information call: Vickie Glassman at River Spirit Gallery at 417-247-1495
The First Bulldog Blues FestivalSaturday Feb. 7th 6:00 p.m.
Van Buren Community Center, Van Buren, Missouri
Bands Include:Michael Blindcat McIntire and Sandie Mamacat Zemblidge
Darin Stevens and the Black River Blues Band | Violet and the Stolen Smokes
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BY TAMMY HILDERBRAND
It was probably after the 1950s that Americans first realized something was going terribly wrong with their bodies.
Before that, America was largely a rural country. People stayed in decent physical shape for two reasons. First, there wasnt a huge surplus of food, and second, people still did physical labor to work off the calories of everything they ate.
But once Americans made their mass exodus from farms into cities, things changed. The jobs changed. Food changed.
All of the sudden they started gaining weight because they were spending their time every day in offices rather than working on farms. People start-ed buying their food at grocery stores rather than raising it on their own farm.
By the 1960s, it was start-ing to become obvious that America had a weight problem. By the time the 1980s rolled around, there was already talk of an obesity epidemic, and suddenly exercise became in vogue.
Then it became a multi-mil-lion dollar business, with peo-ple flocking to gyms in spandex to get physical. Gyms got busier and fancier, with weight machines, personal trainers, saunas, massages, and even swimming pools. Some even developed salons and put in tanning beds.
But there was one problem: a lot of people didnt really like that. It was a fad, not a way of life. People would switch health clubs, looking for the hot club, looking for social-ization as much as exercise. Sure.theyd come for a few weeks, maybe a few months in their spandex, with ear phones plugged in to walk on the treadmill. But.they were getting bored
And as Americans were aging, they came to realize it was fine to make your body look better. But what they re-
ally wanted was to make their bodies work better.
During these years, a lot of American service people were serving their country overseas, in places like Iraq and Afghani-stan. Soldiers needed a place to stay in shape, but on the typical military base, there wasnt the space or money for high-tech fitness gadgetry.
So.they went back to basics. They built modest gyms with low tech exercise equip-ment like free weights and maybe some gymnastics equip-ment. The idea became not to exercise for the six-pack abs, but to stay strong and healthy.
The Crossfit star was born, and many of those military people brought their back to basics gyms with them back to the United States.
One of those people was Charles Williams, a 33-year-old Cape Girardeau man who served in the National Guard in Iraq. Thats where he became involved in Crossfit and came to really like its simple princi-ples.
He opened Muddy Water Crossfit in Cape Girardeau in 2012. His gym consists basical-ly of free weights and rowing machines.
The beauty of Crossfit is that anyone can do it, explained Williams. Ive had everybody in this gym from a 76-year-old to people who are professional athletes, to people who just want to strengthen their bodys core.
Its a very simple idea, but many people at first find Cross-fit intimidating.
The idea of lifting weights scares a lot of people at first. They think they cant do it, said Williams. But once they get past that psychological hur-dle, there is no stopping them, and they always surprise them-selves at what they can do.
As a matter of fact, they are so thrilled with their own prog-ress that they inevitably tell all their friends and family about what they are accomplishing.
Literally, I have had to do
no advertising, said Williams. This has spread just by word of mouth.
One of the things people like about Crossfit is that it allows them to develop their own goals.
Most people come four days a week, but once they get to a certain point, often they back down to just three days a week to maintain themselves, he explained. Some will get so into it that they start attending competitions.
The other thing Williams says people like about Crossfit is the social aspect of it.
For a lot of people, it be-comes a center to their life. All of the sudden, all their friends are into it, said Williams. Part of that is because part of the Crossfit culture is encourage-ment of one another, and also holding one another account-able.
If someone misses class, another person from that class is sure to contact them and find out why they werent there, said Williams. That keeps people involved. They are less likely to drop out. Every-one wants to see every single p