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Excavator extracted from Pike County creek

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 10:53 am

A Pike County Road Department excavator got stuck in the mire on Tuesday, Aug. 19 that weekend rains spread around a bridge over Grassy Creek on Pike County Road 135 north of Louisiana. The excavator was in the creek to dig out trees and mud that had washed down the creek and built up almost to the bridge deck from continuing deluges on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17. Members of the

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Officers subdued the second simulated shooter when he hid inside the teachers’ lounge.

INTRUDER: Simulated shooting trains school staff, police

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm

The rounds were blank but the bullet and shotgun casings pinging and spinning on the floor of Louisiana High School last week were real. So was a heavy pall of smoke in the air as Pike County deputies, Louisiana Police, BONCL and R-2 schools staff got a taste of what it was like to have real shooters inside the building. “One of the main points of this is to expose

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  • Louisiana school board joins battle against Ameren tax reassessment

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Add the Louisiana R-II School Board to the entities battling an attempt by Ameren Missouri to slash its property tax bill in rural Missouri counties. The board joined districts and towns from 19 counties on Monday, Aug. 18, allocating $10,000 for the legal battle against Ameren. It would save the R-II schools $30,000 should it be successful, according to Superintendent Dr. Richard Basden. The Louisiana City Council allocated $2,045 on

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  • Primary yields November race for new presiding commissioner

    Posted on August 12, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Incumbent Pike County Presiding Commissioner Danny Miller was a bit surprised but not undone by his 33-vote loss to Terry Burris in the Aug. 5 Democratic primary election. “He worked harder than I did,” Miller said last week. “People thought it was time for a change and I accept it.” Burris will now run against Republican Chris Gamm in the final election on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Miller said he would

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Twin Pike Family YMCA Co-ed Slow pitch Softball wrapped up July 20. Nine teams participated in the league with more than 110 individuals playing over the course of the season. Teams playing were Bad New Players, captain Adrian Hendricks; Unda Da Sea, captain Ariel Dorsey; Don’t Stop Believin’, captain Kelsey Henderson; Fred’s Auto, captains Lynn and Rich Wilkinson; Down and Dirty, captain Kenneth Smith; Team Judy, captains April and Mark Fronick; Batman Returns, captains Brenna Smith and Scott Parrish; Prez Eisenhower, captain Jennifer Eisenhower; and Backstreet’s Back, captain Mike Rieck.
Pictured is the first place team Backstreet’s Back. Back row left to right are Nick Lower, Daneal Wommack, Jen Grote, Justin Wommack and Greg Pitzer. Front row left to right are Anna Lower, Kelly Orf, Jacquiline Turner, Macey Black and Mike Rieck.

Slow pitch softball season concludes

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 3:26 pm

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  • Jenkins’ team captures chamber tournament

    Posted on August 6, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Amber Shafer of the Bank of Louisiana team putts during the tournament on Friday, Aug. 1.

    The inaugural Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament played Friday, Aug. 1 was won by the Shelter Insurance team. Team members  Tim Jenkins, Brett Branstetter and D.J. Koester dodged raindrops and won the trophy at the Pike County Country Club. Taking second place was Team Wallace. Team members were Tommy Wallace Jr., Ed Woods and Leroy Perkins. Team Henderson captured third place with members Kelly Henderson,Robert Branstetter and Randell Borrowman.

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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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Cheyenne Allen and A.J. Knight

Knight, Allen to wed

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Amy and David Hill of Nebo, Ill. are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Cheyenne, to A.J. Knight, son of Elaine and Duncan Prior of Troy and Ralph and ReNell Knight of Racine, Wis. The couple will wed Sept. 6 at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge in Illinois. Grandparents of the bride are Connie and Jim Manker of Griggsville, Ill. and Delores Allen of Pittsfield, Ill. Grandparents of the groom

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  • Children enjoy Great Egg Drop at the Library

    Posted on August 12, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Area children participated in the Great Egg Drop.

    Things were “smashing” at the Library on Wednesday July 23 at the Great Egg Drop.  A team of young engineers, with help from parents and Friends of the Library members Julie Stephens and Stan Ehinger, created safe havens for their eggs and watched them being dropped by city administrator, Bob Jenne outside the library. Youngsters ages four to six joined the young scientists as an enthusiastic audience for the big

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  • Eolia farmer recounts Korean War: Notice of ill father probably saved his life

    Posted on August 5, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Eolia farmer

    If his father hadn’t fallen ill, Eolia farmer and Korean War veteran John Hood probably wouldn’t be here today. Hood, 84, recently gave an account of his experiences in the Korean War at the Elsberry Nutrition Center. Hood was drafted in 1951 and said he experienced a number of heavy battles during his time in Korea, a stay that was much shorter than for most other soldiers. Early in 1952,

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Debra Ingram performs at a recent Raintree Arts  Council event.

Arts Council event featured Ingram

Posted on August 5, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Raintree Arts Council presented a stirring concert by well known local artist Debra Ingram and guest Jennifer Eisenhower.  Saturday night’s performance at Bowling Green High School gave the audience soaring vocals of contemporary country, gospel and old standards. Volunteers manned the tables for the refreshment served at intermission. Missouri Arts Council provided financial assistance for the performance.

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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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