on August 27th, 2014

A new gift show for retailers in the central United States, with an emphasis on Missouri retailers, will be held October 8th and 9th in Mexico, MO.  Brenda Wright, Show Manager, commented, “Many retailers across the Midwest have come to the Wild Bird Expo™  and asked us why we don’t expand the show to cover the needs of those in the Midwest looking for more unique, gift items.  We are doing so this October 8th and 9th.  Over 2000 such stores identified within 250 miles of Mexico, MO have been invited to this year’s event.”  General gift stores, wineries with gift shops, hospital gift shops, hardware stores, Hallmark stores, pharmacies carrying gifts and many other unique shopping destinations are among the stores invited and already signing up for the Heart of America Gift Show™ .  Wright states, “We are so excited to bring this much anticipated opportunity for gift retailers to our home state and to our Midwest neighbors.”

To encourage attendance a free $25 gas gift card and sample box containing over $100 of free product is given to each store who pre-registers for the October 8th and 9th event.  In addition free meals are offered each day for stores who pre-register.

Attendees will be able to shop from the offerings of over 200 vendors including gift industry leading vendors like Woodstock Chimes, Evergreen, Regal Gifts, River’s Edge, Premier Designs, Magnet Works, Pumpernickel Press, Tree-Free Greetings and more!  In addition over 12,000 items will be on display and available for cash and carry sales.

The show is open to all qualified retailers in the Midwest.  Show owner Mel Toellner commented, “Until now Midwest retailers have had to travel to Atlanta, Chicago, Denver or New York to see this range of vendors.”  Toellner continued, “We’re pleased to save Missouri and surrounding state retailers much time and expense for seeking out the items they need for their stores and we’re pleased for the benefit this will bring the Mexico, Missouri and surrounding economies as people travel to us for this show.”

For further information on attending or exhibiting at the show, interested parties can go to or call Show Manager Brenda Wright at 888-985-2473 or email Brenda at

Starting April 1, SSM Health Care will own and operate Audrain Medical Center and its nine MedChoice rural clinics. The agreement was reached last Thursday and announced today via press release.

“Being part of SSM Health Care means a bright, sustainable future for Audrain Medical Center,” said David Neuendorf, president and CEO of Audrain Medical Center. Neuendorf, who will remain as president of AMC, says that the move benefits the employees and physicians of AMC, as well as the entire community.

As part of the transaction, AMC’s name will be changed.

Visit for the complete press release. on January 8th, 2013

Audrain Medical Center announced today that it is in exclusive affiliation talks with SSM Health Care. The alignment would include SSM Health Care operating and managing AMC.

SSM operates 17 hospitals, including St. Mary’s Health Center in Jeff City and the SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis.

“A partnership with SSM fosters a bright, sustainable future for Audrain Medical Center, which benefits our employees and physicians, and the residents and communities that we serve,” says AMC President/CEO David Neuendorf.

Click the source link below for the full press release.

[Source: Audrain Medical Center] on January 2nd, 2013

Finnegan Michael McHatton was born on January 1, 2013 at 4:26 p.m.  He is the son of Ryan and Heather McHatton of Mexico. Finnegan Michael weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 20 inches. He joins a brother, Lucas David, age 5. His birth makes him the first baby born at Audrain Medical Center in 2013.

As the Audrain Medical Center New Year’s baby, the family received a variety of gifts from the hospital and Women and Children’s Services including formula, diapers, Thirty-One diaper bag and accessory bag, Longaberger mug, a photo sitting from Snowfall Designs Photography, roses from Garden Gate Florist and a digital thermometer. liked this post

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The Missouri Public Service Commission is holding a public meeting Thursday, August 23 for the discussion of Ameren’s proposed 14% rate increase in utility bills. The meeting has been moved to a Presser Hall (900 S. Jefferson) to accommodate an anticipated larger group (the original location was at the courthouse).

A public information/question and answer session will start at 12 p.m. with the taking of sworn testimony to follow.

On Feb. 3, 2012, Ameren Missouri filed an electric rate case with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking to increase annual electric operating revenues by approximately $375.6 million. For the average residential customer the proposed increase would be approximately 14 percent or $14 per month. Ameren Missouri’s filing also includes a request to continue its fuel adjustment clause that reflects changes in the cost of fuel used to generate electricity on customers’ bills through a separately-identified surcharge or credit outside a general rate case.

[Source:] on August 14th, 2012

That one festival that seems to “define” our once-agricultural-based community is back this month. The Soybean Festival takes place Friday, August 24 through Saturday, August 25 in downtown Mexico, MO.

There is a lot of fun stuff lined up for the whole family, including the popular “Mexico Idol” contest and, oh yes, the “Mr. and Miss Little Soybean” contest. Complete details can be found at the source link below.

Friday night is pretty much a “Beer and BBQ” night. However, Saturday’s schedule includes the following:

Saturday, August 25, 2012

7:00 AM — 5k/10k Run Registration

8:00 AM — 5k/10k Run Begins

8:00 AM — Baby Show Registration

9:15 AM — Baby Show Contest

9:30 AM — Little Mr. & Mrs. Registration

10:00 AM — Tractor Show Registration

10:15 AM — BBQ Judging Begins

10:30 AM — Little Mr. & Mrs. Contest

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM — Kids Activities Begin

12:00 PM — Whip Show

12:00 PM – 7:00PM — Vendor Booths Open

12:15 PM — BBQ Contest Winners Announced

1:00 PM — Parade Line-Up

2:00 PM — Parade Begins

3:00 PM — Antique Tractor Judging

3:00PM – 3:30PM — Mexico Idol Contestant Registration

3:30 PM– 5:30 PM — Mexico Idol Junior and Senior Preliminary Competition

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM — Beer and Wine Garden Open

5:00 PM — Antique Tractor Show Winners Announced

5:30 PM — Mexico Idols Finals and Awards

7:30 PM – 8:30PM — Live Concert: Flood Brothers

8:45 PM – 10:30 — Live Concert: The Hipnecks on April 16th, 2012

Representative John Cauthorn will be speaking this week at The Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast. The event is Friday, April 20th at 7:30 am. This event is free and open to the public. on April 11th, 2012

Public Safety, along with Mexico Schools and various emergency agencies will be conducting an “active shooter” exercise at the High School today from 4pm -6pm.

According to a statement from Public Safety, the exercise will simulate an active shooter in the school,and the subsequent emergency response. The exercise will involve numerous people and vehicles and it would be best to avoid the area during this period of time.

[Source: Mexico Public Safety, Mexico Public Schools] on April 10th, 2012

One of our favorites – the Mexico, MO’s Farmer’s Market will be open for business in just a couple weeks – April 28. A message on the event’s Facebook page, says it all: on April 3rd, 2012

Oh yes, it’s time to watch the the scavengers race throughout the night in search of somebody else’s trash…er, treasures!

Mexico’s Annual Spring Cleanup will be held on Saturdays during the month of April. If your regular trash pickup day is Monday or Thursday, your clean up day will be Saturday, April 14th, if your regular trash pickup day is Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday, your clean up day will be Saturday, April 7th.

So, start cleaning out that garage!

Click the source link below for complete details.

[Source: City of Mexico]