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Barges slam into river railway bridge at Louisiana

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 9:43 am

A number of barges are piled up against the Kansas City Southern Lines railway bridge at Louisiana, after hitting the historic span about 4 a.m. this morning, Tuesday, June 22, according to company officials on the scene. River traffic and Kansas City Southern trains  are blocked. The railway official had no details on the mishap and said the bridge’s reopening is contingent on investigators who were on the way.

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

Barges get stuck on railway bridge

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 4:40 pm

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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  • Hwy. 79 open to Clarksville

    Posted on July 17, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Hwy. 79 was opened this morning, Thursday, July 17, from Louisiana to Clarksville. MoDOT says the highway is still closed south of Clarksville.

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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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Michelle McElfresh and Chris Booth

McElfresh, Booth to wed

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 5:01 pm

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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  • Freeman, Pease engaged

    Posted on July 8, 2014 at 4:26 pm

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    Shirley Freeman, of Bowling Green, announces the engagement and forthcoming marriage of her daughter, Sarah Marie, to Caleb Eugene Pease. Sarah graduated from North Platte High School and attended Mid-Plains Community College, North Platte, Neb.  She is employed at Community State Bank. Caleb graduated from Bowling Green High School and received an associate degree in auto mechanics from Linn Tech.  He is employed at Weber Automotive. He is the son

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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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  • Historical society learns about Louisiana’s Mesker Buildings

    Posted on April 22, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Downtown Louisiana has the sixth largest number of Mesker buildings in the United States and Chuck Hoffman told the Pike County Historical Society why that is important at the April 15 meeting at Seton Hall in Louisiana. The Mesker Iron Works was started by German immigrants in Cincinnati, Ohio and then in St. Louis. They produced decorative metal facades for wooden buildings and produced a catalog in 1884. The buildings

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