SISTER WIVES: The towns of Hannibal, Nauvoo and Carthage got some national publicity during Sunday's episode of "Sister Wives," a reality show on TLC. The show highlights Kody Brown, his four wives and their 16 combined children. Nearly the whole crew made the trip to the area when filming was done in June. Before it arrived in Nauvoo, the family stopped in Hannibal to visit Mark Twain's boyhood home and hear what the author had written about the Morman faith. The family stayed in Nauvoo at the Hyrum Smith house. Hyrum Smith was the brother of Morman leader Joseph Smith. The family also took a trip to the Carthage Jail where Joseph and Hyrum were murdered. The family was denied entrance to a museum across the street from the jail. The tour guide told Brown that his family was being denied admittance because they practice polygamy. The episode will be aired again tonight at 7.
n DEGREE OF HUMOR: Phil Conover got a tongue-in-cheek honor from his former co-workers at John Wood Community College a while back. Conover was named interim president of the Great River Economic Development Foundationn this year. He had previously worked at JWCC where he was an interim consultant, interim dean and interim vice president of instruction. That resume convinced JWCC President John Letts to bestow "The Degree of Interimology" on Conover.
n CELEBRATION: The family of 2-year-old Ella Cain is looking at Thursday as a celebration, rather than an anniversary. It was a year ago Jan. 3 the Quincy toddler was severely burned over more than half of her body in a house fire and no expected to live through the day. A year later, "Baby Ella" is alive, well, recovering -- and on Dec. 22 took part in a local dance recital. Ella has undergone more than 20 operations and now wears a compression suit to help her body's healing process, much of it tied to the numerous skin grafts she has undergone. "We no longer look back, we only look ahead," said Ella's mom, Sarah Ginster. "We have so much to be thankful for -- and to celebrate."
n LOCAL CONNECTION: Dwight Bernard knows that he has to be one of Josh Kinney's favorite coaches in the Seattle Mariners' organization. Bernard, who was Kinney's pitching coach at Triple-A Tacoma for parts of the last two seasons, owns his own gun shop, Dwight's Guns in Belle Rive, Ill. Kinney, a former Quincy University star who helped the St. Louis Cardinals win the 2006 World Series, has been with the Mariners for the last two seasons and has a major-league contract with the team for the 2013 season. Bernard is a former Major Leaguer in his own right, having pitched in 115 games in a 12-year MLB career. During the off-season, he runs his gun shop. Kinney, an avid hunter, is a favorite client, Bernard said. "I have two guns for him right here that he ordered from me," said Bernard, who was one of dozens of dealers to set up shop this weekend at the hunting and trade show put on by Centralia, Ill.-based ECA Inc. at the Oakley-Lindsay Center.
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