2012 is now behind us and thoughts for the new year abound. Last year didn’t go without significant events. This is the first in a two-part series.
Traffic lights were turned on Dec. 28 just in time for the new year at Hwy. 47 and Fairgrounds Road by MoDOT.
Emily Crane, senior at Troy Buchanan High, was named as the Softball Player of the Year in the St. Louis area. She was among the leaders for the Trojans who claimed the state championship. Teammates Liz Wiegand and Morgan Oliver were selected to the first team.
Russell Faria was charged with the murder of his wife, Elizabeth, whose body was found in the couple’s home.
Judge Ben Burkemper was appointed as special judge to hear two civil cases at the Missouri Supreme Court.
Mary Sue Thompson and Roger Kiesey were selected as the Troy Man and Woman of the Year by the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce. Kathryn Ragsdale was installed as the Chamber president and Bodine Aluminum was presented with the “Give Back” award.
Doug Haase, former Troy fire chief, and resident of Troy, was found deceased in his bed at the St. Charles Fire House. He had worked a call the previous evening.
Lincoln County Jail was once again housing federal prisoners after losing that contract when two prisoners escaped and following safety renovations at the facility.
The Bread For Life Food Pantry in Troy transitioned into its new facility during this month. The new facility is located on Cap-au-Gris next to Troy City Hall.
Elsberry High School held Marc Hill Night honoring their ‘favorite’ son. Hill enjoyed a major league career playing for St. Louis, San Francisco and the Chicago White Sox. Playing and coaching, he had a 32-year career in professional baseball.
Winfield and Elsberry shared a slice of the East Missouri Conference boys’ title, both finishing with 9-1 records. Troy Buchanan High Trojans won the GAC South title.
Toni Wankel, principal at the Clarence Cannon Elementary School in Elsberry, was one of 12 principals to be recognized with an award.
Skylar Weber, Troy Buchanan High, brought home a silver medal from the state wrestling meet.
Bodine Aluminum in Troy will produce new parts and add jobs as part of Toyota’s $155 million expansion effort in the United States.
Jim Mayes was recognized for his years of service in the Elsberry R-II School District. He is retiring from the board and he previously had served as a teacher and administrator.
Kathryn Ragsdale, president of the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce, was one of 10 economic leaders from throughout the country to provide testimony before a Senate Democratic hearing on economic development.
Silex R-I Schools retain “Distinction in Performance” level and was recognized by the state for this academic achievement.
Terry Martin was elected as mayor of Elsberry while voters in the Lincoln County R-III District passed Proposition KIDS.
A potential agreement between the City of Moscow Mills and the Missouri Department of Conservation in regards to the development and expansion of Mill Site Park was near.
Charlie Lowell, Winfield High School graduate, got his first taste of professional spring training camp. He is a member of the Miami Marlins system.
Claudia Richards and Jackson Ashley were voted as the Lincoln County 4-H Queen and King. Trenton Brewer and Hannah Magruder were the Clover Kids Prince and Princess.
Ed and Maria Schieffer received the Friend of 4-H Award.
Eli Burkemper, Winfield High; Casey Miller, Silex High; Rachel Delaney, Troy Buchanan and Eugenia Domingo, Elsberry, were selected by the peers and school as the Outstanding Seniors.
The new Bread for Life Food Pantry held an Open House. They were the designated recipients of a Monsanto grant by Edgar and Sally Lindsey.
Teddi Michler, of Troy, was named the 2012 OATS Volunteer of the Year.
Bob Dunard, of Hawk Point, was inducted into the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Moscow Mills Lions Club held a special banquet in observance of their 25 year anniversary.
Troy officially opened the Aquatic Center over the Memorial Day weekend. The new facility is financed through a voter-approved one-half cent capital improvement tax which will also help finance sewer and street projects.
The Lincoln County Habitat for Humanity officially opened their second home when Ellen Tallent and sons moved in. The home was dedicated in the memory of Paul and Esther Freese.
Community State Bank in Troy was robbed May 22 in the mid-afternoon hours with the robber getting away with an undisclosed amount of money. Jerry Brooks, of Ballwin, was arrested in June and charged with the crime.
Eric Gregory was named as the new superintendent of the Cuivre River State Park.
Construction began on the new Early Childhood Education Center to serve students in the Lincoln County R-III School District. It is located on South Main Street in Troy and funded through the Prop KIDS tax issued passed in April. It was completed prior to the end of the year and students were to use it when school resumed in January 2013.
Edward Jacquin was named as the Chief Clinical Officer at Lincoln County Medical Center in Troy.
Emily Crane was named the Gatorade Missouri Girls’ High School Softball Player of the Year.
It was officially announced that Lincoln County would be shifted into a new Congressional District …Third District now represented by Ninth District Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer.
There were no injuries following a plane crash June 10 on Meyer Road in southern Lincoln County. A plane had just lifted off from Greensfield Airport.
The DNA results have returned confirming the identity of the body pulled from the Mississippi River last year is Sherri Wood of Elsberry. Wood went missing from her home July 8, 2011.