Missouri Wine Celebrates The Vignoles Grape

Photo courtesy of Missouri Wine

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo - For the entire month of August, Missouri wineries and the Missouri Wine and Grape Board are featuring the Vignoles grape varietal. The Vignoles (veen-yole) grape is a varietal that thrives in the demanding weather conditions of the state, and is the most commonly grown white grape. It is used to make a range of wines, including sweet, semi-sweet, semi-dry, and dessert.

The Vignoles grape is often used to make wines with fragrances of a fresh cut, citrus fruit ranging in sweetness from semi-dry to sweet. This varietal boasts flavors of tropical and citrus fruit. Fresh fruit and spicy dishes pair well with wines made from Vignoles grapes.

Vignoles' unique characteristics and the way Missouri winemakers use the varietal attracted world-renowned glassmaker, Georg Riedel of Riedel Crystal.

Come Out Friday Night To 3rd Annual Screwball Tournament And See Who Will Kiss The Pig

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - This weekend the New Haven Care Center will be hosting their 3rd Annual Screwball Tournament fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association.  This year’s tournament will kick off with one of the Care Center’s Board of Directors showing their love by kissing a pig.

Over the past month each member had their picture on collection cans that were placed throughout local businesses.  Friday night at 6 p.m. the winner will be announced and awarded a kiss with a real live pig.

Special Saturday Registration Session Set for August 2 at East Central College

UNION, Mo. - The Student Service Center at East Central College has been bustling with activity this summer.  To accommodate new and returning students, a special Saturday registration session is set for August 2.  Staff will be available from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Fall semester classes begin Wednesday, August 13.

Although the priority deadline for financial aid was July 1, students can still apply for financial aid and wait for disbursement after the start of the fall semester.  In 2013-14, ECC disbursed $17.3 million in financial aid to students through  scholarships, state money, grants, veteran benefits, loans and other sources. Tuition must be paid before classes start, so students are encouraged to utilize our payment plan so they can spread the cost out over several months or until their financial aid is in place.

Harold A. Ocheskey (August 24, 1916 - July 26, 2014)

Harold Ocheskey passed away Saturday July 26th at the age of 97 at the Frene Valley Nursing Center Hermann, Missouri.

He was born in Pershing Missouri on August 24, 1916 to the late Arthur and Pauline Ocheskey. Harold was united in marriage to Erline Baries on November 20,1939.

Erline proceded him in death on November 20, 2007. He is survived by a son, Glen and his wife Janet Ocheskey of Hermann, a daughter-law Mary Jane Ocheskey of New Haven, 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

New Haven High School Registration for the School Year 2014-2015

NEW HAVEN, Mo - New Haven High School will hold registration for the upcoming school year from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. on the following days.

The incoming senior class will register on Friday, August 1. Incoming juniors will register on Monday, August 4. The incoming sophomore class is scheduled to register Tuesday, August 5, and incoming freshmen will register on Wednesday, August 6.

New students to the New Haven School District should register on Thursday, August 7.

Girl-Boy Scouts Collaborate On Buddy Benches To Foster Inclusion At School

Photos courtesy of Charles Bolinger.

WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. - Shy students, new ones or those who struggle in social situations may find elementary school recess awkward. What started as one child’s way to increase inclusion on the playground has turned into a growing movement – Buddy Benches.
Buddy Benches are placed on or near playgrounds for student use during recess. According to the Buddy Bench website, strategies for children to effectively use the Buddy Bench include: have a plan before you go out to play, decide what to do, walk up to a person on the playground, smile and say, “Do you want to play ?”

This summer, area Girl and Boy Scout troops collaborated to install two Buddy Benches at Edgar Road Elementary School in Webster Groves and create therapy gardens around them.

"We needed these benches at our school because some kids don't know how to make friends," said Girl Scout Brownie and Edgar Road student Natalie Felgenhauer.

Missing 4-Year-Old Cuba Girl Found Safe In Virginia

Updated July 29
CUBA, Mo. - On Sunday July 27th Sabrina Omeni was found safe at a hotel in Chesapeake, Va., according to the Cuba Police Department.

She was found with her grandmother, who is expected to be charged with kidnapping and will be extradited back to Missouri.

Orginal story published July 25

The Cuba Police Department has issued an Endangered Person Advisory for Sabrina Omeni, black, female, age 4 with black hair, and brown eyes.

Two Local "Wishmakers" Make Young Girl's Wish Come True

By Kelly Hoffmann

Pictured with Madeline are the two local “Wishmakers” (on left) Janice Gradel and (on right) Brenda Bailey who recently made Madeline’s wish come true.

NEW HAVEN, Mo. – Brenda Bailey and Janice Gradel recently worked with the Make-A-Wish foundation in Missouri to help grant a wish for six year old, Madeline, known as Madi, who has ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia).

Bailey and Gradel met with Madi and her family and asked her if there was one thing she really wanted to do. Madi said she really wanted to go to Disney World, but if that couldn’t happen then she would like to go to the beach.

Franklin County Sheriff's Department Receives “People Saving People” Award

Pictured left to right: Dep Cody Lauth, Dep Dave Arflack, Dep Charlie Herwig, Sgt Steve Pelton, Cpl Mike Richardson, Dep Delbert Bullock, and Sheriff Gary Toelke. (Photo courtesy of Franklin County Sheriff's office.)

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. - The Missouri Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Advisory Council (LETSAC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Region 7 office has selected the Franklin County Traffic Safety Unit as a “People Saving People” award winner this year for the Public Safety category.

Pinckney Bend Distillery Wins Medals in London

http://www.quicknewsnow.com/sites/default/files/storyphotos/pickneybend.jpgNEW HAVEN, Mo. - Pinckney Bend Distillery in New Haven, MO was awarded two medals at the prestigious International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) in London.  A Silver Medal was awarded to the distillery’s Rested American Whiskey, and a Bronze Medal to its American Gin.

IWSC is the oldest and most respected spirits competition in the world, drawing entrants from over 90 countries.  All judges are industry professionals, and only a fraction of the entrants survive its tough testing, tasting and evaluation process.

Gladys Ottilie Bolte (April 23, 1921 - July 22, 2014)

Gladys Bolte of Beaufort, MO passed away on Tuesday, July 22. 

She is survived by four sons, Gary Bolte and his wife Brenda of Union, MO, Glenn Bolte of Beaufort, MO, Galen Bolte of Beaufort, MO, Greg Bolte and wife Amy of Beaufort, MO.

Mrs. Bolte is also survived by five daughters Bonnie Bolte of Beaufort, MO, Linda Pohlmann and her husband Dale of Beaufort, MO, Janice Pohlmann and her husband Glen of Beaufort, MO, Carol Mangrum and husband Steve of Eurkea, MO, and Ellen Bolte of Beaufort, MO.

Gov. Nixon Orders Comprehensive Review So Missouri Lottery Keeps Promise To Public Schools

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that he has ordered the Office of Administration to conduct a comprehensive review of the Missouri Lottery’s operations to assess its ability to carry out its voter-approved mandate to provide a stable funding source for public schools.

Gov. Nixon said, “For more than two decades, Missourians have counted on the lottery to help provide the resources our schools need to deliver the high quality education our kids deserve,”