Thursday, September 8, 2022

Sept. 10th Speaker, Presiding Judge


Judge Mark A. Powell was appointed as associate circuit judge

for the 31st Judicial Circuit in 2000. In this role, his judicial assignments have included general associate criminal and circuit civil matters. Prior to being appointed to the bench, he was in private practice in Springfield.

 Here are a few things he will be discussing, but come prepared with questions of your own..


 1)  How he prepares behind the scenes for a court case.

2)  Some unorthodox/unusual cases.

3)  How he might handle an unprecedented murder case.


Saturday, July 30, 2022

August 13th Speaker/ Mindy Spitz Shamanic Practitioner, Healer & Visionary


Mindy Spitz is a trained Shaman in the ancient ways of the Earthkeeper, the Pampamesayoq, of the Q’ero region, in the high Andes of Peru (tradition of Inca of Peru)


A Shaman is one who can travel between this world and the world of spirit and can track the origins of illness and blockages.


Mindy’s life evolved to a new level after training 2 ½ years in the medicine ways of Peru with Karen Duncan, who taught with Alberto Villoldo’s Four Winds Society before embarking on her own teaching career. She has studied in Peru with the indigenous medicine women and men of the Q’ero nation as well as with Jose Luis Herrera, of Rainbow Jaguar and the Andean Research Institute. Mindy’s quantum leap took place when Doreen Virtue, the premier expert on Angels, gave her an on air reading that urged her to help other lightworkers find their way.

Mindy lives in Southwest Missouri, loves to hike, canoe and expand her connection to the land she loves. She has a passion for holistic health, the environment and animals. She campaigns for organic food safety, natural health choices and alternative energy sources, and especially TREES!

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

July 9th Speaker

Captain Michael Spencer Penland , Retired. 1986-2013. Began career at 19 in the Vehicle Service Center. At 21 years old began career as a reserve deputy then w

ent full time on patrol in 1992. Spent his entire career in the Patrol division rising to the rank of Patrol Lt. Promoted to the rank of Captain in 2008 and assumed command of the Administration division retiring out in 2013.


Captain Jim Barber , Retired Years of service 1984-2008 Began his career in 1984 as a patrol reserve going into patrol full time in 1986. Rose to the rank of Patrol Lt in 1997 then promoted to Patrol Captain in 1997 over the entire Patrol division. Moved to the Criminal Investigation Division..CID in 2006 overseeing at operational control of the detectives. Transferred to the training division in 2008 before retiring that same year. Both Captain Barber and Captain Penland have remained close personal friends thru out their entire careers and have mentored most all of the current senior command level Deputy’s that currently oversee the Sheriff’s Office.


Wednesday, April 6, 2022

April Speaker, Greene County Medical Examiner Tom Van De Berg


Greene County Medical Examiner, Tom Van De Berg will speak to Sleuths’ Ink in April.  Autopsies and external examinations are performed at the Medical Examiner’s Office. Cases are referred to the medical examiner based on criteria set forth in Missouri Statutes. The Medical Exam

iner will determine the need for an autopsy based on the information received through initial investigation. An autopsy is not done on every case referred to the Medical Examiner. Bodies are released to the funeral home of the next of kin’s choice as soon as the Medical Examiner has completed the examination.


Wednesday, March 2, 2022

March Speaker/Dr. Arthur Mallory

 Dr. Arthur Mallory served as dean of education for the University of Missouri-St. Louis and as president of MSU, then known as Southwest Missouri State University, for 6 1/2 years. Starting in 1971, he was named the Missouri State's Commissioner of Education and served in that capacity 18 years 

Sunday, February 13, 2022


 Our 12th Annual JANO event and subsequent party was a huge success.  Here are a few pictures.  Can't wait for next year.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

December Meeting/HOLIDAY PARTY

 December is our annual holiday party.  Not only will we share food and munchies from our members, but we'll vote on the 25-word holiday contest story.  We'll also have a Dirty/Secret Santa (whatever you prefer to call it)   Those in attendance need to bring a wrapped $5-ish gift to participate.

We'll also talk about our upcoming JANO event and the MEGA WRITE-IN we sponsor with Ozark Romance Authors in January. 

Join us at The Library Center in Room A at 11 AM.  Afterwards, a few members of Sleuths' Ink will participate in a BOOK SIGNING from 2 - 4 at HyVee on W. Battlefield.  Hope to see everyone Saturday.

Sept. 10th Speaker, Presiding Judge

  Judge Mark A. Powell was  appointed as associate circuit judge for the 31st Judicial Circuit in 2000 . In this role, his judicial assignme...