You Could Win a Roku Player at the Annual Meeting

Our 62nd Annual Meeting is coming up on March 4. One of the most popular – and fun – parts of the meeting is the prize drawing at the end. The year we will focus on cash prizes; there are three for adults in the amounts of $300, $200, and $100. As a bonus, we will also draw for a Roku 3 player, a streaming video device that connects to your television.

We encourage our customers to take a look at the advantages of streaming video over their Internet connections, and the Roku device is one of the premier ways to stream. Roku players can be an affordable alternative to pay TV or can be used as an enhancement to cable and satellite connections.

It’s simple to set up a Roku, which connects to your wireless network and your TV. Once connected, you create a Roku account and start streaming. The device has an easy-to-understand interface, a simple remote, and a mobile app for iOS and Android.

The Roku player is a gateway to a staggering amount of content. The Channel Store offers 3,500 streaming channels, including blockbuster movies, broadcast TV, big entertainment brands, and niche channels, along with live sports, news, and music. A surprising amount of content can be obtained for free or nearly free. Content is also available to rent or buy; in some cases a subscription is required. Well-known channels like Netflix and Hulu can be accessed through a Roku player, but there are a lot more choices to keep everyone in the family entertained, as you can see below.

Relax My Dog (free) – 4-hour long playlists and slideshows composed to relax your pet or keep them company when you’re away.

Bob Ross (free) – Paint happy clouds, mountains and trees in about twenty-six minutes with the beloved Bob Ross.

Popular Science (free) – Coverage of scientific developments like electric cars, electric airplanes, 3D printing, and bio-technology.

Jim Henson Family TV (free) – Kids and family TV from the magical world of Jim Henson.

Zumba (free/paid) – A mixture of introductory and advanced Zumba workout routines and basic Zumba steps. The channel is free to add, and you can browse the library of videos, which offers a mix of free content and video purchasing options.

No matter what you choose, the total cost is generally minimal. In fact, it’s likely you will save money by “cutting the cord” on your cable or satellite service and sticking to online streaming. For instance, if you keep it simple and are happy with over-the-air TV and Netflix, the cost can be as low as $10 per month (plus Internet connection). There are no monthly equipment rental fees for owning a Roku TV or player.

To stay informed on the world of online streaming, visit

On the Road, Off the Phone

passenger frightened by reckless driver holding a cell phone

Missouri currently has no laws restricting adults from using a cell phone while driving, but it does ban texting for all drivers 21 years old or younger. Teen distracted driving is a serious matter that is vividly (and disturbingly) reflected in available statistics. For instance, according to a Pew survey, 40% of all American teens say they

have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger. 11% percent of drivers aged 18 to 20 who were involved in an automobile accident and survived admitted they were sending or receiving text when they crashed, and 21% of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones.

If you have teens, what can you do to keep them safe? The FCC has some recommendations for you. Give teen drivers simple, clear instructions not to use their wireless devices while driving. Remind them that taking their eyes off the road, even for a few seconds, could cause injury or cost someone their life. Then remind yourself of the same thing! No one should text and drive. Children learn from their parents, so set rules for yourself and your household regarding distracted driving. It’s a simple as, “on the road, off the phone.”

For more information about distracted driving, visit




Good Times at the Open House

There were sunny skies, pleasant temperatures, and smiles all around at our 2016 Customer Appreciation Day on September 30. The event was held in the parking lot at our Auxvasse offices. Bratwurst, hot dogs, and chips were on the menu with fresh hot kettle corn for snacking. Everyone who attended received a t-shirt, and there was a drawing for two Roku 3 streaming video devices. Nita Wilkerson of Auxvasse  and Kim Rayhart of Portland were the winners.


Renee’, Lee and Joyce (left to right) talked to folks about streaming video and other content over the Internet. The Callaway County Public Library provided an outreach display on e-books.


Dave Jones and his four-legged helper from Missouri One Call shared goodies and information on the correct procedures to follow when digging and doing construction.


Steve rocks a patriotic hat!


Paula helped Jumping Jackie the kangaroo share our Jump 1 promotion.


Kettle corn has become one of the most popular features of our Open House. Thanks to Ryan Nevins of Westphalia for cooking.


Customers visit the Cut the Cord and Stream booth to sign up for our giveaways.

Customer Appreciation Day – You’re the Best!

Picnic Table Ready For Fourth of July Party

Take some time out of your busy schedule to join us for Customer Appreciation Day 2016 on Friday, September 30. The festivities will take place in the parking lot of our office in Auxvasse from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.

The theme this year is “The Freedom to Stream” and we’re rolling out the red, white, and blue for it. We want to bring attention to the benefits of cutting the cable cord or dumping the satellite dish in favor of streaming video over the Internet.

You’ll want to be sure to visit the new educational booth focusing on the streaming video revolution. Streaming video is an easy and economical alternative to cable or satellite television. It is especially attractive because you can tailor it to your taste and budget. We will broadcast some of the streaming services on-screen for you and showcase the Roku player, one of the most popular streaming devices.

The highlight of the event will be our traditional cook-out. We are grilling bratwurst and hot dogs for you and will serve them with chips and bottled water. Folks with a sweet tooth can enjoy bags of kettle corn in classic and gourmet flavors.

Missouri One Call will join us with their great giveaways and information on how to safely handle excavation projects from planting trees to putting in fence posts. Many utility lines are located underground and out of sight, so digging carelessly can cause disruption of services, environmental damage, or even loss of life.

It wouldn’t be Customer Appreciation Day without giveaways. Customers clamor for our t-shirts, so pick up the 2016 edition tee when you arrive. You can sign up for our drawing at the same table. To complement  the streaming video theme, we are giving away a Roku 3 streaming player. The Roku 3 provides access to 3,000 channels-on-demand, offering more than 300,000 movies and TV episodes, and the ability to search across more than twenty top streaming channels to find the best price and option. An Internet connection is required.

We’re hoping, of course, for a pretty autumn day. Perhaps the best part of Customer Appreciation Day is the opportunity to get together, sit in the warm sunshine, and visit with each other. Join us, plan on having a great time, and let us thank you for your business!

Volunteers Wanted! 75,000 Strong!

Civil War Reenactment

Are you a history buff? Do you have a computer and Internet access?  The call is out for volunteers to join the Decoding the Civil War (DCW) Volunteer Corps. It’s a crowd sourcing project that bands experts and amateurs together to transcribe the daily telegram communications among Union officers, Cabinet members, telegraph operators, and others. Volunteers will examine a collection consisting of almost 16,000 telegrams and 32 code books from the Thomas T. Eckert Papers, an archive believed to be lost at the end of the war.

Let’s take a peek at how it works. To begin, choose “Classify” or “Get Started!”, and you will be presented with a randomly selected image drawn from one of 35 ledgers or 32 code books. A Field Guide will help you figure out if the image is a telegram, a page from a code book; a blank page, a cover, a spine, or something else. Then just type the words you see, following the simple directions – and prepare to be fascinated by the world you have entered.

The transcriptions and decoding of this material will allow the public access to previously unavailable historical records and help to build a deeper understanding of the United States Civil War, giving insight into telegraphy, cryptography, and civilian-military relations. Answer the muster call at





Broadband and Life as a Senior


It won’t be long before one out of five of us is considered a senior citizen. Folks over 65 years old will account for 20% of the population by 2025. The golden years of these seniors won’t be the same as the lives their grandparents led, thanks to broadband technology and Internet connectivity.

These technologies will play a prominent role in this new era of aging, allowing more people to age in place, in their own homes. Telemedicine services, like in-home monitoring, have already begun to improve senior wellness, especially in rural areas. The Veterans’ Administration, for instance, is leading the field in telemedicine. So far, VA telemedicine programs have reduced bed days by 56 percent, reduced re-admissions by 32 percent, and decreased total psychiatric admissions by 35 percent.

One of the most intriguing aspects of broadband and aging in place is the smart home, a house outfitted with sensors and network devices. Dozens of sensors throughout a house – on appliances, computers, smartphones, thermostats, etc. – could collect information on the location and well-being of the homeowners as well as make it easier for them to accomplish the routines of daily living.

This is just a peek into how technology is improving life for seniors today and will continue to do so in the future. For in-depth insights into broadband and aging in place, take a look at this report from the Foundation for Rural Service,


Seeking a Stunning Photograph

The almost world famous 2016 Directory Cover Photo Contest is at the halfway point, and we have some fine entries again this year. It’s always fun to see what we will receive. Over the years, talented and creative local photographers have given us eye-catching phone book covers time and again.

There is plenty of time to throw your hat in the ring, and we invite you to participate in the fun. All entries must be received by April 15.

The photographs will be posted on our Facebook page as they are received, Fans are invited to vote by liking the photo they think would make the best directory cover. Voting will be open through April 17.


The picture above, Duck Hunting, is the current leader in the popular vote with 180 likes.

When voting ends, a committee of Kingdom employees will select the winners from the ten photos that receive the most votes.

The first place photo will be featured on the directory cover and the winner will be awarded a $100 cash prize. Second and third places will win $50 and $25 respectively.


• Any resident of Audrain, Callaway, or Montgomery counties may enter.
• One entry per contestant, please include your name and phone number.
• Photos should be in color and a high-resolution digital format.
• Entries should not include identifiable people.
• Entries may be e-mailed to


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