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Pictured are the Ninth Grade Ambassadors with just a few of their bags that were assembled for residents. Also pictured are, John and Sandy Emerson (back at left), and Sandy Jung Executive Director of LCCOA and Cheryl Wehde  Ninth Grade Center Guidance Counselor (back at right).

Students team up with The Salvation Army, LCCOA for homebound residents

Posted on December 22, 2014 at 9:11 am

On Friday, December 12, a group of Ninth Grade Ambassadors volunteered to help make a difference in the lives of those who are not able to go out and get their daily essentials. The youth were contacted by The Salvation Army of Lincoln County to help get together care packages for Lincoln County residents who are homebound. A total of 20 students formed an assembly line to put items such

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  • Missouri raises minimum wage; requires employers to post info

    Posted on December 22, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Employers in Missouri most likely are aware that the state minimum wage is adjusted annually for inflation, and that the mandated increase in the minimum wage from $7.50 per hour to $7.65 per hour will take place on January 1 of 2015. Many, however, are unsure of their related responsibilities. All employers, regardless of the number of employees, need to communicate minimum wage increase information to their workers. For most

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  • Silex R-I hosting Recycling Day for the public

    Posted on December 22, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Silex R-1 School is hosting a Recycling Day on January 10, 2015 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. This is a free service. The collection will take place in the elementary parking lot. Most electronics and technology devices are accepted whether they are working or nonworking. You can also bring your old rechargeable batteries, CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes for recycling. Computer, networking, office equipment, medical and retail equipment, personal

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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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You are responsible for the gifts you give

Posted on December 22, 2014 at 9:05 am

Christmas lists have already been maade and some of the last minute shopping is just being wrapped up. I know from reading the cute Santa Letters from the kids around the area that a “real dog” or “real cat” were pretty high on the demands of these young kiddos. Parents always try their hardest to make Christmas special for their children but you must weigh all possibilities when making a

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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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