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Dream job comes true: Branstetter new principal at LHS

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 3:47 pm

Earning his “dream job,” Derrick Branstetter has been named the new principal at Louisiana High School (LHS). The LHS boys basketball coach and teacher of business and social studies will take over Wednesday, July 1 for outgoing Principal Todd Smith. Smith has been named to replace Dr. Richard Basden as superintendent of the Louisiana R-II School District for the 2015-16 school year. Basden said Branstetter was one of two finalists

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Foley man killed in Pike County crash

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 10:47 am

A Foley man riding in a vehicle was killed in a Pike County crash on Thursday, April 16, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP). Jacob E. Roper, 23, was riding in a vehicle driven by Jeremiah D. Hampshire, 37, of Elsberry, that hit trees on Hwy. P near the Mississippi River, the MSHP reported. Hampshire suffered minor injuries and second passenger Kayla M. Risby, 27, of Elsberry, suffered

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  • City Administrator finds glaring errors, deficit in city funds

    Posted on April 14, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Mayor Bart Niedner uses a chart to make some points during Monday’s meeting.

    Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse for Louisiana, it did. Mayor Bart Niedner said at the Monday, April 13 city council meeting that City Administrator Kelly Henderson had discovered a fiscal black hole that even auditors didn’t find. Niedner said the city did not increase sewer rates enough in 2012 to adequately cover the cost of building the new wastewater treatment plant. The cost of the new plant

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  • Maplewood man killed in Pike County crash

    Posted on April 14, 2015 at 7:07 am

    James L. Hofmeister, 56, of Maplewood, was killed in a crash on Hwy. 54 just west of Curryville and east of Hwy. 154 on Sunday, April 12, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, (MSHP). Hofmeister’s vehicle hit a mailbox and a tree, the MSHP reported. For the full story, see the April 15 Louisiana Press-Journal.

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Sports

Louisiana baseball team record goes to 6-4 on year

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 4:04 pm

The Louisiana Bulldogs lost two games and won one last week to move their season record to 6-4. A loss to Clopton is in an accompanying story. Elsberry-7 Louisiana-4 The Bulldogs lost at home to the Indians on Monday, April 13. Elsberry scored one run in the third inning and two more in the fourth to make it 3-0. The Indians scored once in the fourth inning, twice in the

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  • Bulldog golfers second at Louisiana tourney

    Posted on April 8, 2015 at 10:40 am

    The Louisiana High School (LHS) Bulldogs golf team came in second place at the LHS Bulldog Quad on Wednesday, April 1 at the Pike County Country Club. Palmyra came in first with a collective score of 171 strokes. Louisiana had 184 strokes, followed by Bowling Green with 230 and Van-Far with 243. Noah Wilson was the individual tournament winner with a 39. Louisiana senior Dallas Castagna was second with a

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  • Bulldogs end busy opening week at 3-2

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Pitcher Hank Calvin had a strong outing but Louisiana’s defense let him down.

    The Louisiana Bulldogs squeezed five games in last week between storms to start the season and are now 3-2 on the year. “It’s been a rough stretch, but our defense is getting better and the offense is starting to come along,” said Louisiana Head Baseball Coach Ryan Griffin. “We’re trying to find that perfect lineup.” Louisiana-14 Wellsville-4 The Bulldogs invoked the 10-run rule after six innings and cruised to a

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Clopton FBLA hosts blood drive

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 4:05 pm

Clopton junior Sabrina Stewart prepares to give blood as the Clopton FBLA, advised by Lynn Hall, hosted a blood drive on Monday, March 23. The drive was conducted by the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. The FBLA blood drive had 19 donors and collected 15 units of blood.

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  • Paddling upstream to Arctic

    Posted on March 17, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Traveling upstream on the Mississippi River from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean are: from left, Dan Flynn, Adam Trigg, Winchell Delano,  John Keaveny, Luke Kimmes and Jarrad Moore.

    Pike County residents know that adventurers paddle, peddle  or walk long stretches of the Mississippi River each year, passing through Louisiana and Clarksville for a cause or just the pleasure. But few start at the Gulf of Mexico and paddle upstream with designs on reaching the Arctic Ocean. That’s what a six-member group called Rediscovering North America was doing last week just as the ice was finally thawing out of

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  • Retired teachers attend legislative day at capitol

    Posted on March 10, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Retired teachers from Pike County who attended the Legislative Day are in front, Mary Twellman and in back from left,  Debi Ingram, Cheryl Ward, Louise Hunter, Nancy Wilfong, Larry Wilfong and Frank Berlin.

    Several members of the local retired school personnel chapter attended the annual MRTA Legislative Day in Jefferson City on Wednesday, Feb. 18. Many retired educators from all across Missouri attended, to meet and discuss educational issues with their state representatives and senators. The Pike County group met with state senator Brian Munzlinger and state representative Jim Hansen. They discussed issues such as the full funding of the Foundation Formula for

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Entertainment

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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