Business Briefs for Wednesday, June 19

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Secrest joins Countryside

Countryside Veterinary Large Animal Clinic of Bolivar welcomed Cody Secrest, DVM associate large animal veterinarian, in May.



Secrest graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in 2006 from College of the Ozarks.

He was previously employed from 2007 to 2013 with the federal government, working horses. He trained riders, quarter horses and mustangs.

Secrest grew up working cattle, beef and dairy.

He graduated from Eldon High School in 2001.

He has received various awards, including the Eastbrook large animal award in 2018 and combined equine and food animal award in 2019, which he earned from MU College of Veterinary Medicine faculty.

Secrest is 36. He and his wife have two children.

Rural small business program set for June 27

University of Missouri Extension, Missouri Small Business Development Centers, the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will come together to host a small business program Thursday, June 27, in El Dorado Springs.

The event will focus on federal lending programs aimed at powering rural small businesses.

The meeting will be from noon to 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, 1303 S. State Hwy. 32.

The event is free, but preregistration is required by June 26. To sign up, contact Cedar County MU Extension at 276-3313 or at

Heavener joins CMH medical staff

Citizens Memorial Hospital has announced the appointment of hospitalist Trace Heavener, D.O., MBA, to the CMH medical staff. Heavener will join the CMH hospitalist staff Monday, July 1.

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Heavener attended medical school at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and completed his residency in internal medicine at Texas A&M, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, Temple, Texas. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Herriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, U.K.

CMH hospitalists provide care to individuals while they are in the hospital. For more information about Heavener or the CMH hospitalist program, call 326-6000.

Governor appoints Ludden to state commission

Jim Ludden of Bolivar was recently appointed by Gov. Mike Parson to the Missouri Fire Safety Education/Advisory Commission.



Ludden is a battalion chief for Battlefield Fire Protection District. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and Theater from Southwest Baptist University. He previously served as chief of the Bolivar City Fire Department. 

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