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Deputies recognized for compassion when dealing with mental health persons

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Two deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department received high recognition in dealing with persons with mental health issues. Since 1987, Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri has formally recognized police officers who have shown concern and compassion when assisting a person in psychiatric crisis. In 1989, this act of recognition was officially named the John J. McAtee Award. Over the years, more than 600 officers have been recognized. This

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  • Lincoln County Man Charged With Child Molestation and Enticement

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:32 pm


    In late April, investigators with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office began investigating 25-year old, Jeremy Wayne Preston, of Elsberry, after receiving a complaint he sexually enticed a child. During a forensic interview with the female victim under the age of 10 told investigators while playing with Preston at a residence along the 1200 block of Riverview Drive, in Elsberry, his pants would fall down exposing his genitals. On one occasion,

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  • McFarlane charged with child abuse

    Posted on May 18, 2015 at 11:30 am


    An investigation by county detectives has resulted in charges brought against a Lincoln County man. On May 4, 2015, detectives with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office began investigating a criminal complaint of child abuse along the 2000 block of Highway E in Lincoln County. According to the victim’s mother, she woke up that morning and discovered a hand shaped contusion on her daughter’s face and called authorities. The 10-year old

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Empire Piers moves operations to Lincoln County

Posted on March 23, 2015 at 11:51 am

Empire Piers LLC, a national helical pile systems manufacturer, has combined their two current plants in Crestwood and Louisiana, as well as their corporate offices, and moved to their new 50,000 square foot manufacturing complex located near Winfield. Empire Piers began its professional practice in 2009 and has experienced substantial growth over the past six years, along with the growth and development of their professional staff. “We have attracted high-quality,

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  • Peoples Bank provides space for community library in Hawk Point

    Posted on March 23, 2015 at 8:53 am

    The Hawk Point Branch of Peoples Bank & Trust Co. has donated a corner of the bank lobby for use as the Hawk Point Community Library. The Hawk Point Community Library is a free, self service children’s lending library that is open to the public during the lobby hours of the bank. Books can be borrowed by simply signing them out in a notebook and returned by placing them in

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  • New dealership to take shape soon

    Posted on March 23, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Behlman Ground Breaking

    The groundbreaking for the new Behlmann Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in Troy took place on March 18. Manning the shovels were, from left, Mayor Mark Cross, investor Cheryl Christensen, partner/dealer principal Doug Kohnen, partner/vice president Dan Behlmann and project manager for Freise Construction Andy Wohldmann. Also in attendance was Kerry Klump, Executive Director of the Troy area Chamber of Commerce, fourth from the right and Larry Tucker, Lincoln County

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Sheriff shares and leads open discussion on services

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 10:07 am

The inner workings of law enforcement was brought into perspective for a small group of Lincoln County citizens Wednesday evening as Sheriff John Cottle literally ‘opened’ all  doors of the jail . Sheriff Cottle had encouraged all county citizens to visit the  office for a cup of coffee in an informal setting. He provided a brief outline of what is happening at the sheriff’s office and what is in store

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  • Look Up: Viewing Life Through Our Eyes, Not Phones

    Posted on May 18, 2015 at 10:04 am

    As I was driving home from my lunch break today, I came to a stop at an intersection. I looked over to see two kids, probably around middle school age, walking side by side, heads down, hands glued to their phones. I had to laugh. I remember when I was their age. I didn’t have a cell phone. To be honest, I don’t think we had progressed past bag phones

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  • Graduation is big time for both graduates, community

    Posted on May 11, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Friday night began the first of planned Commencement exercises at the area high schools. New Horizons High School held their service at Bonfils Auditorium  followed on Sunday when Troy Buchanan High graduates walked down the aisles at the Family Arena in St. Charles. Similar Commencements will be held May 17 in Elsberry and Winfield climaxed with Silex High School sending their graduates out on May 22. These three will be

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