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Todd Smith named new Louisiana schools superintendent

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Louisiana High School Principal Todd Smith has been selected as the new superintendent of the Louisiana R-II School District, starting in August. Smith was selected unanimously by the district school board in a special meeting held Thursday, Feb. 26. Smith replaces Dr. Richard Basden, who will step down in August. For the full story, see the March 4 edition of the Louisiana Press-Journal.

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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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  • Jenne takes administrative police chief job

    Posted on February 23, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Deposed Louisiana City Administrator Bob Jenne has accepted a deal to be administrative police chief, according to Mayor Bart Niedner. Jenne was relieved of his city administrator duties earlier this month and put on administrative leave from the police position he assumed after the death of Police Chief Rich Hughes. Jenne was later offered to remain as administrative police chief through May for just under $8,000, or take a one-time

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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

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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  • Louisiana loses, Clopton teams play Friday in district finals

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 9:53 am

    The Louisiana Bulldogs turned the ball over too often and ended their season with a 69-45 loss to Sturgeon in district basketball action on Thursday, Feb. 26. However, both of Clopton High’s basketball teams will play in their district final games today, Friday, Feb. 27 at Barat Academy in Chesterfield. The Lady Hawks will play at 5:30 p.m. against New Haven. The Hawks will play  at 7 p.m. against Crystal

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  • Both Clopton teams advance in districts

    Posted on February 26, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Both of Clopton High’s basketball teams advanced in district basketball play on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Barat Academy in Chesterfield with lopsided victories. The Lady Hawks beat Crystal City, 65-25. They will play in the district final at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27 against New Haven. The Hawks beat Crossroads, 56-27. They will play in the district final at 7 p.m. that same evening against Crystal City. The Louisiana

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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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  • Local hoop shoot winners

    Posted on February 17, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Hoop Shoot

    The six local “Hoop Shoot” winners who participated in district competition at Christian High School in O’Fallon on Jan. 10 are front row, from left, Shana Yates (Clopton), Kenny McCormick (Louisiana) and Tramaine Chatman (Louisiana); back row, from left, Lillian Dameron (Bowling Green), Laura Huckstep (Boncl) and Shawn Yates (Clopton). Winning first place in the 8-9 year old age group were Shana Yates making 13 out of 25 and Kenny

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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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