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Todd Smith named new Louisiana schools superintendent

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 12:53 pm

The Louisiana R-II School District board didn’t have to look very far or long to name a replacement for Superintendent Dr. Richard Basden Louisiana High School Principal Todd Smith was unanimously selected to replace Basden by the district school board in a special meeting held Thursday, Feb. 26. Basden has decided to retire to spend more time with his family. Smith will take over in mid-August and Basden will step

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Carey Shriver and Valirea Shriver are shown here with their children, Kayla at far right and John Shriver at far left.
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Former local woman is one of eight victims

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Louisiana High School graduate Valirea Carline (Love) Shriver, 44, was one of the eight people who died last Thursday, Feb. 26 in the shooting incidents in Tyrone, Mo. She graduated in 1989. There will be a memorial visitation from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday March 7, for  Shriver, her husband Carey Dean Shriver, 46, and father-in-law Darrell Dean Shriver, 68. It will be held at Faith Fellowship Church in Houston. Burial

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  • Louisiana advances in districts with OT win

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 9:54 am

    The Louisiana Bulldogs advanced to the second round of the district tournament with a 74-71 overtime win over South Shelby at Sturgeon High School near Columbia on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Louisiana senior guard Elijah Oblinger picked a good night to get hot, shooting 75 percent from the field for 37 points, including an eye-popping 10 three-pointers. The Bulldogs will play in the second round against Sturgeon at 7:30 p.m. on

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  • Clarksville man arrested with 114 pounds of pot

    Posted on February 24, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Bill McMurtrey

    In one of the largest drug busts in Pike County history, a senior citizen-businessman from Clarksville was arrested for allegedly possessing 114 pounds of marijuana for distribution. William (Bill) Joseph McMurtrey, 74, was incarcerated on a $50,000, cash-only bond after an arrest warrant was served on him at his home on Thursday, Feb. 19, according to Pike County Circuit Court records. McMurtrey was still in jail on Tuesday, Feb. 24

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Clopton game postponed to Thursday

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 2:14 pm

The Clopton Lady Hawks game with Viburnum in the sectional round of the state tournament scheduled for tonight in Hillsboro has been postponed due to the weather. The game at Jefferson College has been rescheduled for 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 at the same location.

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  • Lady Hawks capture district crown

    Posted on March 3, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    The Clopton Lady Hawks celebrated with their first-place plaque moments after winning the district basketball championship against New Haven on Friday, Feb. 27.

    The Clopton Lady Hawks won the Class 2, District 5 championship on Friday, Feb. 27 by beating the New Haven Lady Shamrocks at Barat Academy in Chesterfield. Four of Clopton’s starters made the all-district team, including senior guard Lauren Lagemann, sophomore center Ashtyn Lagemann, junior guard Sabrina Stewart and sophomore guard Emily Bruen. The Lady Hawks are now 24-3 on the year. They will play Viburnum in the first round

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  • Clopton girls capture EMO conference crown, Lagemann scores 1,000th point on senior night

    Posted on March 1, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Clopton girls bball

    The Lady Hawks won two games last week to take their season record to 22-3 and win the Eastern Missouri Conference. They will play in the district tournament this week. Clopton-64 Van-Far-29 The Lady Hawks held the Lady Indians scoreless in the fourth quarter and won at home in a romp on Thursday, Feb. 19. Senior guard Lauren Lagemann scored her 1000th point on Senior Night in her last home

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Line dancing taught at Clopton YMCA program

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 2:54 pm

Clopton YMCA Before and After School students were found kicking up their heels to songs such as “Electric Slide” and “Cotton Eyed Joe” during the month of January as they were given the opportunity to learn the skills of line dancing. Elizabeth Bencomo, Clopton teacher, presented a special program to all YMCA students, providing them with this new knowledge in a fun way. The Twin Pike Family YMCA Before and

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  • Louisiana and Clopton FFA Chapters celebrate FFA Week

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 12:12 pm


    The Louisiana  and Clopton FFA Chapters will celebrate National FFA Week, Feb. 21-28. This year’s theme is Go All Out! and it embraces more than 80 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization’s future. More than half a million members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels. These members have a passion for agriculture. Designated as National FFA Week in 1947,

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  • Black history honored at Bethel AME Church

    Posted on February 24, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Singing to open the program were: from left, Craig McPike, Chris Redd, Tom Burse, Delores Burse and Charlie Shelton.

    The history of black Americans and Lincoln School was celebrated in a special service and program at the Bethel AME Church in Louisiana on Sunday, Feb. 22. A good number of those in attendance went to  Lincoln School during the segregation era. Lincoln School was opened in 1900 and wasn’t closed until Louisiana schools were fully integrated in 1961, according to Joanna Hammuck, whose mother went there. The school on

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Travis Spratt to perform at local church Feb. 8

Posted on February 3, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Travis Spratt, a lead vocalist with the Pierce Arrow Theater in Branson will be performing in Louisiana on Sunday, Feb. 8. Spratt will be presenting a vocal concert for a fundraising event sponsored by Centenary United Methodist Church. The event will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church, located at 7th and S. Carolina Streets in Louisiana. An array of desserts will be served at 4 p.m. in the church

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  • Eagle Days

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 10:10 am

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    Johanna Burton of the World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park spoke to the crowd Sunday, Jan. 25 with an American bald eagle on her arm during the annual Eagle Days event in Clarksville. While some bald eagles live in Pike County along the Mississippi River, many more migrate through and stop to fish at the lock and dam in Clarksville during the winter months. Also at the event was sanctuary

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  • Contest winners announced

    Posted on December 30, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    The Louisiana Community Betterment Committee has announced the winners of the city-wide Christmas/holiday decoration contest. According to the Louisiana Community Betterment Committee, the winners are as follows. In the residential category, first prize is awarded to Mike and Glenda Sherman at 811 N. 8th St.; second prize is awarded to  Kenny and Lil Peabody at 1811 Michael Drive; and third prize is awarded to Rodney and Diane Todd at 411

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