Clark County Pharmacy Celebrates 35 years!
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The Clark County Pharmacy is celebrating 35 years of business. The pharmacy has proudly served the community and has provided many services for local patrons over the years.
It all started in 1987, when Neill McKee bought the Greening Pharmacy from Homer Greening. The Greening Pharmacy was located just off of the Kahoka Square, where H&M Antiques store is located today. The name was then changed to Clark County Pharmacy.
The pharmacy is now owned by Tony McKee. Tony, 53, is the son of Neill McKee and Roberta Moore. Tony is originally from Warsaw, Illinois but has lived in the Kahoka area for many years. He and his wife Tara have two children, Colin and Karcyn.
Ever since Tony can remember, he has always wanted to be a pharmacist.
“Since I went to a career day in 6th grade, I’ve always wanted to be one,” Tony said.
“It is what dad did and it’s probably all I’ve known,” he added.
After graduating from Warsaw High School in 1987, Tony pursued his childhood dreams. He attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and in 1992, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Pharmacy degree.
In 1992, after graduating from Drake University, Tony began working as a pharmacist at the Clark County Pharmacy in Kahoka.
“I worked here until 1996, then moved to Chicago for two years,” Tony said.
“I just wanted to be someplace else for a little while and once we had Colin, we said we would rather raise him in a small town than in a city.”
The current building, where the Clark County Pharmacy is located, was built in 1997. It is located at 250 South Johnson Street, in Kahoka, Missouri. Tony and his family moved back to Clark County in 1998 and they have been here ever since.
In January of 2007, Tony had the opportunity to buy the pharmacy from his father.
“It was the family business, and he was ready to move on to different adventures,” Tony explained.
Over the years, the pharmacy has continued to provide new services to the local community.
“We started with the photo machine and that was a big thing. We do the MTM’s now, the vaccine program, and Medicare Part D sign up. We help people with that at no charge,” Tony said.
“Compounding was something we started when I came back too,” he added.
Local pharmacies are vital to small town communities and provide services to the area that other pharmacies may not provide to their patrons.
“They are vital, especially when the next closest pharmacy is 25 miles away. With the weather getting bad, we can deliver and take care of people in that way,” Tony said.
“There are a lot of people that don’t have the ability to get out,” Tony added.
Tony’s brother, Matt McKee, owns a small town pharmacy in Scotland County as well and Tony has worked there when needed. There are also two other family members who are pursuing their pharmacy license. Tony’s son, Colin, will be going back to pharmacy school soon and Tony’s nephew, Justin, is in school now.
Tony has some advice for those who are interested in becoming a pharmacist.
“Go shadow at different pharmacies and learn what you want to do and what you enjoy doing. Most pharmacies will have a shadowing program,” Tony said.
“First, do that and second be good at math and science. If you can’t do math and science, it’s probably not the career choice for you.”
The Clark County Pharmacy has served the community for 35 years and will continue to serve patrons for years to come. Tony has been a pharmacist for 30 years, and 28 of those years he has served the Clark County community.
“I enjoy working with the employees, who are wonderful people. I like being in a small town and knowing everybody and helping people. It’s a good community and a nice place to live to raise families,” Tony said.
“I also like providing a service to them that helps their lives out too.”