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Motorists: ‘buckle up’ and pay attention

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 9:39 am

Warm April days find more motorists on Missouri’s roadways. Some are on a mission, while others are just out on a leisurely drive to see the sights of spring. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants to remind motorists that law enforcement will be out in full force on April 14, cracking down on unbelted motorists, and encouraging drivers to not drive distracted. April is National Distracted Driving Month. This

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  • Arrow earns his ‘wings’

    Posted on April 14, 2014 at 9:22 am


    Ensign Anthony Arrow was winged a Naval Aviator on March 28, 2014. This important event is the culmination of many months of intensive application, which is required for the successful completion of the demanding academic, military, and airborne curriculum. Arrow was also tested under extreme stress to measure his success. J. M. Pavelko from the Department of the Navy said this about earning “wings of gold”, “Naval Aviators are the

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  • Kids vs. Kidnappers

    Posted on March 24, 2014 at 10:04 am


    On Thursday, March 20, Main Street Elementary held a self-defense class for the school in honor of Hailey Owens. The idea started when Houston Hilger, a kindergartner at Main Street Elementary, spoke with Mr. Steen, owner of Steen’s ATA Black Belt Academy in Troy, and his Assistance Principal, Mr. Clark, about how he wanted to keep his friends safe. Hilger took Hailey Owens’ story and brought a great self-defense class

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  • Sullivan’s surprise scholarship

    Posted on March 24, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Rachel (center) poses with her family and her giant check for the amount of 109,504 dollars, the amount of the four year scholarship she received from Columbia College.

    Rachel Sullivan received the surprise of a lifetime when admissions counselors and the mascot from Columbia College came to her classroom at Troy Buchanan High School to announce she received the Columbia College Scholarship. The Columbia College Scholarship is a four-year scholarship to Columbia College valued at 109,504 dollars. Her family was in on the surprise doing their very best not to tell, only telling her she should dress nice

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  • Illinois Levee Laws to cause major flooding in area if passed

    Posted on March 24, 2014 at 8:29 am

    As winter begins to settle down and the calendar marks the beginning of spring, Lincoln County residents must wonder if this year, like last year, will bring high waters and flooding to much of the Missouri farming lands. Plan H has been a back and forth battle between states and Missouri isn’t willing to give up without a fight. If Illinois levee laws go into affect, that will allow that

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  • Using art to heal: Curt Bean gets creative to help treat combat veterans suffering from PTSD

    Posted on March 10, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Curt Painting3

    In 2003 at the age of 17 Curtis Bean graduated from Troy Buchanan High School and just three weeks after graduation he was off to serve his country in the US Army. Serve his country he did, Curt served in Operation Iraqi Freedom I, II, and III as both a Cavalry Scout and sniper. Then in 2008, after serving five years (two and half years of combat) and losing four

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  • State champ! Hahn moves to elite status with four titles

    Posted on March 3, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Rodney Hahn, of Winfield, accomplished recently what so few young athletes have ever when he won his fourth state championship in high school wrestling in Columbia. Competing in the 160-pound weight class, he completed a 53-0 season when he pinned his opponent in the second round. The win made him only one of only 24 four-time champions in state history. He competed at Whitfield High School and his record over

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