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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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  • Occupancy permit debated, tabled at recent Silex city board meeting

    Posted on December 15, 2014 at 9:55 am

    At the Silex city board meeting on Tuesday, December 8, the Silex city board discussed an ordinance that would require an occupancy inspection for renters. The inspection would be at no cost. The ordinance was designed as an aid to local police officers who must respond to disturbance calls, then determine who is the responsible party at the residence. Some aldermen, Peggy Richardson and Justin Spanier in particular, had misgivings

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  • Moscow Mills food pantry to expand

    Posted on December 15, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Serving all Lincoln County residents, the Moscow Mills Community Food Pantry, located at the Moscow Mills United Methodist Church, 703 Main St., is not only expanding the number of recipients, but also in building facilities. A new building facility of 730 square feet, to be used for storage and sorting, is currently under construction. The pantry, having started in the church basement years ago, has continued to outgrow its space

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  • Sitler inducted into honor society

    Posted on December 15, 2014 at 9:50 am

    The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to announce that Lisa Sitler, of Hawk Point, was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Sitler was initiated at University of Missouri-St Louis. Sitler is among approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and

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  • NECAC seeks applications for weatherization program

    Posted on December 15, 2014 at 9:45 am

    The not-for-profit North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) is seeking applications for its home weatherization program in Lincoln County. Services available to income-qualifying households include home energy audits, air leak sealing, insulation of walls, attics and floors, and checks of heating systems to make sure they are working properly. NECAC can spend up to $6,500 per home. Rental and owner-occupied units and mobile homes are eligible. For more information, call

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  • Bettencourt resigns as Special Olympics director

    Posted on December 15, 2014 at 9:24 am

    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.

    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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  • A soldier comes home after 10 months in Afghanistan

    Posted on December 15, 2014 at 9:19 am

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    Sergeant Steve Steingruby, of the Army National Guard, was welcomed home by friends and family on Saturday, December 6 at 8 p.m. Dozens of Sgt. Steingruby’s neighbors gathered at the entrance of his subdivision in Winfield to greet him. His house was decorated with a banner and red, white and blue Christmas lights. The lights were donated and installed by Home Depot. The celebration was organized by Susan Fortner and

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