Local Highlights

The Ripley County Extension Council announces the list of 2018 candidates for the upcoming election. Votes can be cast online by visiting the University of Missouri Extension website at www.extension.missouri.edu/ripley/ or below any locations.

The Ripley County Extension Council is comprised of elected and appointed citizens who guide local MU Extension educational programming. County council members: work with regional specialists to provide the county educational programs, manage finances of local extension operations, provide personnel to carry out extension activities, and elect and organize the local extension council.


Any person aged 18 or older who resides in Ripley County may cast one ballot in the Ripley County Extension Council election.


Seven candidates seek positions on the council and the five receiving the most votes will be elected to serve two-year terms.


The election will be held from January 3rd to January 12th and will consist of voting in person at the Ripley County Extension office in the Courthouse, online by visiting the University of Missouri Extension website at www.extension.missouri.edu/ripley/ or at one of the following businesses where a ballot box is located.  Ballot boxes will be in place from January 3rd to January 12th at Bank of Grandin-Doniphan location, Super Town & Country Supermarket, Harp’s Country Mart, Doniphan Nutrition Centers, Naylor Quick Stop, People Community State Bank Doniphan location, Southern Missouri Bank-Doniphan location, US Bank-Downtown and Northend locations, Medical Center Pharmacy, Hometown Pharmacy, E&S Pharmacy, and Shopko Pharmacy.


Missouri state statutes create county extension councils to work with University of Missouri Extension. The publicly elected (and appointed) council members assist in planning and carrying out extension programs in their county, providing local extension governance and representing the diversity of the county’s changing population. University of Missouri Extension offers educational programs addressing high-priority areas like agriculture, horticulture, nutrition, consumer and family economics, business and industry, community development and youth development (4-H), If you have any questions please contact the Ripley County Extension Office by phone at 573-996-2921.



Tabitha Allen

Tabitha Allen is a teacher, wife and mother with interests in horses, sports and other activities for young people. She and her husband Chris reside near Doniphan with their son Lane (11) and daughter Presli (8). Allen teaches science at Doniphan High School. She and her family attend First Church of God and are active in the Ripley County Saddle Club. Her interests include riding horses, going to horse shows, playing volleyball, riding four-wheelers and watching her kids play sports.

Amy Braschler

Amy Braschler is a professional dog trainer and resides near Doniphan with her husband, Dustin, and daughter, Audrey. Her interests include family, horses, showing dogs and raising livestock. She has served as president of the SEMO Kennel Club and is a member of the Ripley County Fair Board and First Church of God. Braschler frequently serves as a presenter at seminars for adults and educational programs for 4-H and school groups.

Rebecca Elliott

Rebecca Elliott works for her family’s business, Elliott’s Custom Wood Designs, and is a Ripley County native. She and her husband, Garrett Coomer, reside in Doniphan. They attend West Point United Pentecostal Church.

Charlene Mills

Charlene Mills of Doniphan is a wife, mother and full-time student pursuing a degree in middle school education. The family includes her husband, Michael, daughter McKenna (13) and son, Easton (2). She serves as a Ripley County 4-H volunteer and enjoys scrapbooking, quilting, fishing, hunting and spending time with family and friends. She is of the Baptist faith.

Graling Robinson

Graling Robinson was a teacher at Doniphan Middle School for several years before retiring in 2016. A lifetime resident of Ripley County, he has a master of science degree in education as well as a bachelor of science degree in education. He presently serves on the county extension council. He has three grown children and enjoys playing music, horses, hunting and fishing.

Jesse Roy

Jesse Roy has resided at Route 2, Doniphan, for more than 30 years. He is employed at D&D Tire And Service Center and enjoys raising cattle and goats as well as spending time with his family and volunteering in the community. He is married to Deborah Roy. They are members of Belleview Baptist Church. He serves on the K Highway Fire Department board and is a member of the Doniphan Masonic Lodge.

Bill Wyatt

Bill Wyatt is a Ripley County rancher and resides near Doniphan. His interests include working on the farm, spending time on the river and traveling.



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Flood recovery resources:

Flood related resources from University of Missouri Extension

Missouri Flood Information on Facebook

Missouri Flood Info, http://www.facebook.com/MoFloodInfo, is a collaboration of state, federal and local agencies and organizations involved addressing flooding in Missouri, including the Partnership for Disaster Recovery. Managed by MU Extension.

Missouri Flood Information on MU Extension Web Site

MU Extension Flood Resources


MP904, Resources for Your Flooded Home


How-to-Install a Self-Help Tarp


Rehabbing Flooded Houses: A Guide for Builders and Contractors


Mold control resources


Understanding the Effects of Flooding on Trees


Flooding Q & A (while not all of these questions are germane to spring-time flooding, there are several good bits of advice that apply to the current situation)



Design Storm Alert System (tracks accumulated precipitation and helps with managing stored manure or domestic wastewater)


Loan assistance for business


MoDOT road travel conditions



Pesticide Applicator Training

A grower can currently obtain a Private Applicator License by scheduling training through the Ripley County Extension Center 573-996-2921.  Training is done from 8:00 am to 11:00 am or 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and requires three hours.

Your community classroom

MU Extension is the University of Missouri’s classroom in Ripley County. We connect people to research-based education to enrich the quality of life and enhance the economic well-being of our communities. MU Extension in Ripley County is your one-stop source for practical education and information on almost anything.

MU Extension partners with the Ripley County Commission and other local organizations to provide education, information and services that meet people’s needs. The elected and appointed members of the Ripley County Extension Council provide guidance in identifying those needs to ensure that our educational programs are relevant, reliable and responsive.

Whether it’s resources for yourself or your family, farm, business or community, we invite you to explore our website, give us a call at 573-996-2921 or send an email to ripleyco@missouri.edu. to learn how we can help you.

Here to help

The staff of the Ripley County Extension Center is available to assist residents with research-based information on a variety of topics. If you can't find what you are looking for on our website, give us a call at 573-996-2921 or send an email to ripleyco@missouri.edu.

Canning guides in MU Extension publications

4-H Enrollment

Missouri 4-H Website

Ripley County Native Helps Local Students attending MIZZOU

The Prospect-News news article (PDF)

Southeast regional newsletters

The Garden Spade

Missouri Ag News

Ripley County emergency information

MU Extension publication EMW 1011, Family Disaster Plan

Hiring Contractors After Disaster (PDF)

Safety and Preparedness

Local Severe Weather