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MoDOT crews installed load signs on the Missouri side of the bridge last week, a possible indication of worse things to come.

Weight limit set on bridge, future closure possible

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 9:34 am

A routine inspection of the Champ  Clark Bridge over the Mississippi River at Louisiana has resulted in a load limit restriction for large trucks crossing the 86-year-old span. The Hwy. 54 bridge is inspected annually, but could be inspected more often considering its deteriorating condition, MoDOT Northeast District Engineer Paula Gough said last week. It is also possible that future inspections could result in a reduced load posting or a

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Champ Clark Bridge to close Oct. 6-10 for repairs

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 11:01 am

Weather permitting, MoDOT plans to close the Champ Clark Bridge over the Mississippi River at Louisiana from 6 a.m., Monday, Oct. 6 to some time on Friday, Oct. 10. That will allow motorists to use the bridge to attend the Saturday, Oct. 11 Applefest in Clarksville. The bridge is closing for expansion joint repairs, MoDOT said. For the full story, see the Sept. 24 edition of the Louisiana Press-Journal.

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  • Jazz band wows crowd in Clarksville

    Posted on September 16, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Clarinet player Jerry Epperson of Clarksville performed in a variety of musical styles with the Cornet Chop Suey Jazz Band at the Apple Shed in Clarksville on Saturday.

    The Cornet Chop Suey Jazz Band delighted the crowd with its virtuosity at Clarksville’s Apple Shed on Saturday, Sept. 13, sponsored by the Raintree Arts Council. The band played its New Orleans-style jazz but also did show tunes and jump-jive swing for the largest audience ever for the band’s annual visit to Pike County. Playing clarinet and saxophone for the band was former Clopton High School band teacher and Clarksville

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  • Louisiana area man sentenced to prison for assault

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Jamie Dee Stoops, 50, of the Louisiana area, pleaded guilty to felony domestic assault and resisting arrest and was sentenced to seven years in prison in Pike County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Sept. 9, according to court records. Stoops dragged a woman off of a horse and choked her with the reins during an Oct. 13, 2013 trail ride near Ashburn, court records show. He escaped from arriving officers through

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Bulldogs clawed by Monroe City on the road

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 9:21 am

The Louisiana Bulldogs showed improvement but still had trouble stopping the run in a 52-22 loss on the road Friday, Sept. 12 against the Monroe City Panthers. The Bulldogs are now 0-4 on the season. Louisiana actually outrushed the Panthers with 388 yards in 55 attempts but Monroe City ran for 387 yards on just 32 carries. “Cody Brown ran the ball very well but we gave up too many

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  • IndianHawks win, Bulldogs lose

    Posted on September 13, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Friday, Sept. 12 football scores. Clopton-Elsberry-18, Mark Twain-12. Monroe City-52, Louisiana-22. For the full stories, see the Sept. 17 edition of the Louisiana Press-Journal.

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  • SC Bulldogs destroy IndianHawks on stormy night, 53-14

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 9:28 am

    IndianHawk sophomore running back Kevin Hammett didn’t get too far on this carry in the first quarter.

    Thunderclaps and lightning forced the Clopton-Elsberry IndianHawks off the field for an extra 30 minutes on Friday, Sept. 5, but the rest didn’t do them any good against the South Callaway Bulldogs. The IndianHawks are now 2-1 on the year after the 53-14 home drubbing on Friday, Sept. 5. “South Callaway is a really good team,” said IndianHawks Head Coach Mike Scheibel. “At the 2a level when you have speed

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Jim Yonker

Pike County author draws on tough times for newly published novel

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 9:09 am

Although it’s not purely autobiographical, the new book “Southern Passage” by Pike County author Jim Yonker is based on his time dealing with racism in southern railway yards during his youth. Yonker lives outside Bowling Green and “developed the writing bug,” right after retiring from the parole office at Northeast Correction Center in Bowling Green about eight years ago. Yonker set up the office in 1998 and decided to stay

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  • Garden Club to host annual Tour of Homes

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 9:08 am

    The Gov. Lloyd Stark home will be one of the homes featured in this year’s Louisiana Garden Club Tour of Homes.

    The Louisiana Garden Club will host its annual Home Tour in  downtown Louisiana on Sept. 13 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) and Sept. 14 (1 p.m.-3 p.m.). Eight structures on Georgia Street will be a part of the tour. Homes have been selected this year from the lower section of Georgia Street. The studio/ home of Jon Moran was once a grocery store. The art filled studio is an excellent use of

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  • 4-H Fashion Revue results

    Posted on September 2, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Pike County 4-H held their Fashion Revue competition on Thursday, July 17.  This is an event for 4-H members enrolled in clothing projects.  Participants make or purchase their garment and then model it during the event.  Judging is based on fit and style of the garment. In the Clothes You Make, eight to 10 year old division, Emily Collins modeled her blue and red striped dress. Emily received a blue

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Calumet United Fund ice cream social set

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 9:04 am

The United Fund of Calumet will host its annual Ice Cream Social Sunday, Sept. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Apple Shed in Clarksville. Various flavors of home-made ice cream, including vanilla, blackberry, peach, strawberry, caramel, chocolate, Heath bar, and more will be served with cake and other desserts. These can all be enjoyed while listening to music performed by local artists. Each year during the event, United

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  • Sheriff’s office issues ice bucket challenge

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 9:32 am

    After being challenged by members of the Pike County Ambulance, The Pike County Sheriffs Office employees fulfilled their ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) challenge, to both raise awareness of the disease and to help raise money to defeat the disease. The employees completed their challenge with the help of the Bowling Green Fire Department. The employees nominated the following agencies to complete the challenge; Pike County Children’s Division, Pike County, IL

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  • Arts Council event featured Ingram

    Posted on August 5, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Debra Ingram performs at a recent Raintree Arts  Council event.

    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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