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Shafer, Rhonda

Shafer awarded statewide honor

Posted on December 15, 2014 at 10:37 am

Rhonda Shafer, left, was recently recognized with the Outstanding 4-H Youth Specialist Award sponsored by the Missouri Farm Bureau Federation. Rhonda has been a 4-H Youth Specialist for 22 years, headquartered in Lincoln County and serving Montgomery and Warren Counties. Presenting the award at the Extension Program Conference in Columbia, was Diane Olson, Promotion and Education Director for Missouri Farm Bureau.

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  • Schweich releases Municipal Court initiative guidelines

    Posted on December 15, 2014 at 10:15 am

    State Auditor Tom Schweich released the guidelines his auditors will use as they begin auditing municipal courts throughout Missouri. Schweich announced his Municipal Court Initiative in October to look for, among other things: compliance with the Mack’s Creek Law, statistics on warrants (including race and gender), embezzlement, special treatment or corruption and proper accounting practices. Schweich said his office intends to use, for audit purposes, the following definitions when conducting

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  • Influenza report from Lincoln County Health Department

    Posted on December 15, 2014 at 10:11 am

    As you probably know, influenza (“flu”) has hit Lincoln County, starting the week of Oct. 26 and increasing especially over Thanksgiving week and continuing to gain momentum. The Lincoln County Health Department has received 111 lab confirmed reports of influenza, all Type A, so far. Of those reported ill, only 12 are known to have received flu vaccine. The vaccine may not be as effective this year as expected (especially

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Beverly Eberhard  (left) accepts directorship, along with assistant Trisha Bobeen, (right) from resigning director Jan Bettencourt (middle) of the Special Olympics Missouri/Lincoln County Roadrunners program for Lincoln and Pike Counties.

Bettencourt resigns as Special Olympics director

Posted on December 15, 2014 at 9:24 am

Jan Bettencourt, Director of Special Olympics/Missouri-Lincoln County Roadrunners, resigned after 20 years with the program. Beverly Eberhard has accepted the position of Director, with Trisha Bobeen assisting as Co-Director, effective December 1. “When taking over for Ralph Coose 20 years ago, there were eight athletes,” says Bettencourt. “Now there are almost 70 athlete competing in basketball, soccer, track and field and golf and it’s time to turn the program over

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  • New fitness center in Elsberry to open in 2015

    Posted on December 8, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Elsberry resident Justin Keim has been trying to secure a location in Elsberry for a gym since earlier this year and his efforts have finally born fruit. “Ed O’Brien, my investor, just acquired the property that was formerly The Dawg House Bar & Grill,” said Keim. “As soon as I walked in I knew it was the right place. It was in much better shape than I expected.” Keim had

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  • Megee promoted at Providence Bank

    Posted on December 1, 2014 at 9:19 am


    Providence Bank, headquartered in Columbia, with banking offices in Missouri and Texas, announces the promotion of Jennifer Megee to Executive Vice President, Director of Retail Banking and Deposit Services. Megee joined Providence Bank in 2009 as the Banking Center Manager of the Fifth Street Banking Center in Columbia and Retail Manager over Elsberry and Winfield Banking Centers. In November 2010, she was promoted to Senior Vice President, Director of Retail

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Congress’ report on CIA “enhanced terrogation” released last week

Posted on December 15, 2014 at 9:55 am

The Senate has released its report on CIA interrogation techniques. Unfortunately, we’re all familiar with waterboarding, but the report details many other torture techniques that are shocking and reprehensible. It was reported that detainees suffered beatings, sleep deprivation, being forced to stand on broken limbs and something called rectal feeding and rehydration. One person was left chained to a wall, without monitoring, for 17 days. One detainee died of hypothermia

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  • Searching for some good in the world

    Posted on December 8, 2014 at 9:46 am

    When sitting down to write up a column I pondered all the things that were going on in the world. The first thing that came to mind was, of course, all the unrest in Ferguson. We all have heard both sides of the story, watched night after night while “peaceful protesters” take over the streets, heard racial comments in both directions…I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of it.

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  • Make Christmas a little brighter for our community

    Posted on December 8, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Before we get down to the heart of the column, two things I must get off my chest. My condolences go out to Bryan Burwell’s family upon hearing of this tragic death which silenced a well-respected sports columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He has been sharing his thoughts in St. Louis since 2002. I often didn’t agree with him but I respected his eloquent wording. The second thing is

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