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Louisiana Police Deparment Deputy Chief April Epperson, left, and City Administrator/Executive Police Chief Bob Jenne participate in a law enforcement training session Tuesday morning at Pike County Memorial Hospital’s conference room.

Jenne named executive police chief, Epperson selected as deputy chief

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 9:35 am

During an executive session on Monday, July 21, as reported last Tuesday at, the Louisiana City Council voted to approve Bob Jenne as Executive Police Chief for the city. The duties will come in addition to Jenne’s role as the city’s administrator, a position he has held since 2008. “Mr. Jenne has extensive police chief experience and has previously held both positions concurrently for the city,” said Louisiana Mayor

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Cody Brown, a senior from Louisiana High School, loads the trunk of a car with a full bag of healthy produce last Wednesday during the food distribution event held by the Heart to Heart Community Outreach food pantry in conjunction with the St. Louis Area Food Bank.

Food fair assists dozens of Pike County families; volunteers help

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 9:32 am

More than 200 Pike County families were the beneficiaries of a food distribution event held last Wednesday on the grounds of the Louisiana American Legion. The distribution, organized by the St. Louis Area Food Bank in conjunction with Heart to Heart Community Outreach’s food pantry of Louisiana and the Hope Center food pantry of Bowling Green, resulted in 23,069 pounds of healthy foods for 210 families. “We have a lot

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  • Barges get stuck on railway bridge

    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Barges broke free and got stuck under the turntable of the historic railroad bridge at Louisiana on Tuesday, July 22.

    Two barges were lodged under the turntable of the Louisiana railroad bridge across the Mississippi River at Louisiana after breaking free from a tow about 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22. U.S. Coast Guard St. Louis office spokesman Petty Officer Berry said no one was injured in the mishap and no pollution occurred as the Press-Journal went to press. Berry said the barges broke free from a string of 15,

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  • Hwy. 79 open past Clarksville

    Posted on July 18, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Mississippi River flood waters have receded enough to allow MoDOT to open Hwy. 79 south of Clarksville. The highway is also open to Louisiana and points north.

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Louisiana Chamber of Commerce to host golf tournament

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 8:18 am

The inaugural Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament will be held Aug. 1. Sponsors and players are needed. The tournament will be held at the Pike County Country Club with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Businesses or individuals can sponsor individual holes for $100 or one of the contests within the tournament for $150. Each sponsor will have a sign located at its respective sponsorship location. Pre-registration is recommended

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  • Annual golf scramble planned

    Posted on July 8, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Kids In Motion will be having the 7th Annual KIM Golf Scramble Saturday, July 12. This event is sponsored and hosted by McDonald’s and Norwood’s Golf Club. Registration and lunch will be from 11:30 a.m.-12:45p.m. Tee time is set for 1 p.m. Teams will include four people which may consist of men, women, or any combination. The entry fee is $55 per golfer and cash prizes are being awarded. Prizes

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  • Martin signs with MacMurray

    Posted on July 2, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Recent Louisiana High School graduate Zach Martin will continue his football career this fall at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill.

    Zach Martin plans to continue his career as a student-athlete while studying physical education at MacMurray College next fall. The Louisiana High School Class of 2014 graduate recently signed on to play football at the Jacksonville, Ill. college. “I’m excited to go over there and get to work,” Martin said Friday, June 27. Martin played football for four years for the Louisiana Bulldogs at wide receiver and safety. He was

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Northeast Independent Living Services to celebrate 20th anniversary

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 9:23 am

NorthEast Independent Living Services will celebrate its 20th Anniversary early next month. A celebratory event will be held Saturday, Aug. 2 at the American Legion Hall on Highway MM in Hannibal from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event will include a bounce house, numerous carnival-type games for children, face painting and music. We are also excited to announce that a Hannibal Fire Department truck, Hannibal Police Department D.A.R.E. vehicle,

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  • McElfresh, Booth to wed

    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Michelle McElfresh and Chris Booth

    Michelle McElfresh of Louisiana and Chris Booth of Vincennes, Ind. announce their engagement. Michelle is the daughter of Darrell McElfresh of Donnellson, Iowa and Vicky and Kevin Keely of Louisiana. Grandparents are Joyce and Bob Findley of Louisiana, Patricia McElfresh of Lebanon and the late Lawrence ‘Mac’ McElfresh, and the late Charlie and Irene ‘Sissy’ Mitts. She is a graduate from Louisiana High School and a nursing graduate of Hannibal-LaGrange

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  • Library holds “Fiesta” story hour

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Twenty-three youngsters attended the “Fiesta” at the Louisiana Public Library on Wednesday, July 9. Children listened to read alouds, completed craft activities, received small gifts and each child attending was invited to select a “Keep Book”. Readers for the story hour were Leah Norvell and Jeremy Booth.  The books on display and the read aloud selections at the Story Hour were purchased through a GFWC Literacy Grant by GFWC Chautauqua

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Successful fair in the books as event ends

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 9:51 am

Another successful Pike County Fair is in the books as this year’s event came to a close Saturday. The fair, which ran Tuesday through Saturday of last week, is comparable to years passed, said fair board president Vernon Korte. According to Korte, the grand total of revenue for the 2014 fair appears to be slightly down from last year. “2013 was an exceptional year,” Korte countered, explaining the slight decrease

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  • Car show set in Vandalia, Mo.

    Posted on June 4, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Boyd Barrett’s 1970 Chevelle SS will be featured on the dash plaques for this year’s Dam Few Cruisers car show to be held at the Vandalia Fair grounds Saturday, June 21. The car was built in Arlington, Texas and originally invoiced to L.R. Cooke in Lexington, Ky. Barrett bought it in 2000 from his friend, Bill Harris.  He waited a few years and then started a complete restoration of the

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  • Twin Pike Family YMCA aquatics center on the way

    Posted on May 14, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Brian Black of Black Construction moves rebar around the footings for the new YMCA aquatic center.

    The Twin Pike Family YMCA aquatic center project is making progress and should be open in 2015, according to Executive Director Marsha Garrison. “They’re moving along really well,” Garrison said of Black Construction, of Pleasant Hill, Ill., which is building the center. “It should be open by mid-summer of next year,” or earlier, Garrison said, barring any major change orders. Footings were poured last week and the steel for the

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