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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.

Paddling upstream to Arctic

Posted on March 17, 2015 at 2:49 pm

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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  • Line dancing taught at Clopton YMCA program

    Posted on March 3, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Clopton YMCA Before and After School students were found kicking up their heels to songs such as “Electric Slide” and “Cotton Eyed Joe” during the month of January as they were given the opportunity to learn the skills of line dancing. Elizabeth Bencomo, Clopton teacher, presented a special program to all YMCA students, providing them with this new knowledge in a fun way. The Twin Pike Family YMCA Before and

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  • Louisiana and Clopton FFA Chapters celebrate FFA Week

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 12:12 pm

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    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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  • Brothers Roberson win country music honors in Nashville

    Posted on February 3, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Rhett Roberson, left, and Brendan Roberson won the Country Showdown in Nashville with their original tunes.

    The burgeoning music career of the Brothers Roberson got a major boost recently when they won $100,000 and top honors at the national Country Showdown competition in Nashville, Tenn. Brendan, 25 and Rhett Roberson, 28, are the sons of Angie Korte-Traynor, of Louisiana. She is the fiance of Jim Gott Jr., of Louisiana. Brendan works at Gott’s J&D Auto and Tire in Louisiana during the week, but the brothers officially

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