Hudgings receives national recognition     

Jo Jo Hudgings, ATC at Citizens Memorial Hospital Sports Medicine Center, has been awarded the “Impact Advocate Award” by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. She will receive the award in June at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Clinical Symposia and Expo in Las Vegas.



Hudgings has been a certified athletic trainer at CMH since 2017, according to a CMH news release. She received her Bachelor of Science in athletic training from Truman State University, Kirksville, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in athletic training from Missouri State University in Springfield.

The CMH Sports Medicine Center is on the campus of Southwest Baptist University inside the Jane and Ken Meyer Wellness Center.  For more information on athletic training services at CMH, call 777-7763.

Choate named DAISY Award winner

Mary Choate, a registered nurse with Citizens Memorial Home Care Services in Bolivar, was named the CMH DAISY Award winner for May 2019. Choate received the award during a surprise ceremony surrounded by her family and co-workers on May 21.

Choate has been a nurse for 27 years. She worked for CMH for 18 years in labor and delivery and surgery departments and most recently joined CMH Home Care Services in January, according to a CMH news release.

One of Choate's home health patients nominated her for the DAISY Award, describing her as an "extraordinary person,” the release said. The patient specifically requests Choate to care for her and says that she is kind, good, listens and always goes above and beyond in her care.

"I am just overwhelmed," Choate said in the release. "I don't deserve it, but I am honored.”

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 of idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura, an auto-immune disease. The Barnes family created the international award to say thank you to nurses everywhere.

CMH implemented the DAISY Awards in January 2019. Each month, a CMH or CMH Foundation nurse will be presented with this recognition.

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Mary Choate

To submit a CMH DAISY Award nomination, go to For more information about the DAISY Award and Foundation, visit

King participates in national conference

Larry King, partner in 21st Century Financial Services, Buffalo, recently attended a week-long event in Washington, D.C., where he met with Sens. Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley and their staffs regarding perceived needs in the federal taxation system.  

Each year, nearly 100 of the National Association of Enrolled Agents member leaders, including the national board of directors, committee members and state affiliate members from nearly 40 states and regions, convene in Washington, according to a news release. In addition to discussing and deciding association affairs as they relate to issues facing the tax profession, at this multi-day event, participants have an opportunity to network soon after tax season and collect helpful news and information to take back to their tax firms and utilize in working with their clients.

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Sen. Josh Hawley and Larry King

This year’s events were May 13 - 17 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport. 

The National Association of Enrolled Agents is an organization providing enrolled agents with networking, educational opportunities, programs and services that enable enrolled agents, tax professionals and students to excel in working with their tax clients, the release said. 

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Sen. Roy Blunt and Larry King

King’s office, 21st Century Financial Services, is at 1330 W. Dallas St. in Buffalo. He may be reached at the office at 345-4418, by text at 733-4418 or by fax at 345-4419.

Reynolds to host customer day

Kristy Reynolds Farmers Insurance will host a customer appreciation day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, June 7.

The event will feature food, drinks, free T-shirts and prizes.

“We look forward to seeing you there and are honored to show our appreciation for this amazing community,” the office said in a news release.

Farmers Insurance is at 403 S. Springfield Ave. in Bolivar.

Edward Jones introduces Paul Folbre

Over the coming months, Paul Folbre plans to meet residents in Bolivar and Polk County — that’s because he is the new Edward Jones financial adviser in town and wants to get to know residents and business owners.



“I decided to enter the financial services industry because I like helping people achieve their long-term financial goals,” he said in a news release. “This is a fascinating business, and I hope I can pass my enthusiasm for my work on to my clients.”

Folbre grew up in southwest Missouri and earned a bachelor’s in business administration from Missouri Southern State University.

He works on a variety of customized solutions to help clients prepare for retirement, live in retirement, save for a major purchase, fund a child’s or grandchild’s education and transfer assets, the release said.

He will work out of Tim Erickson’s Springfield Avenue office over the next several months, then will continue serving investors throughout Bolivar and Polk County in his own Edward Jones branch office in Bolivar, location to be determined.

He can be contacted by phone at 777-5780.

Ollis/Akers/Arney moves into new space

Ollis/Akers/Arney Insurance and Business Advisors has moved into its new office space in the former First National Bank building at 108 N. Main St. in Bolivar. 

For more information, contact Paul Long or a member of the Ollis/Akers/Arney team at 881-8333 or visit

Ollis/Akers/Arney provides risk assessment, risk solutions, health and group benefits, human resources solutions and commercial insurance, as well as personal lines of insurance.

For more about the move, as well as the history of the FNB building renovation, look back at the Wednesday, May 29, edition of the BH-FP or visit


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