Overlook Farm Director of Operations Tom Vogt stands inside Avalon Hall, which will offer weekend meals starting Friday, Nov. 28.

Overlook Farm complex rebounding from catastrophic restaurant blaze

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Last April when Nathalie Pettus pondered the smoldering remains of her Clarksville Restaurant, the Station, she was already thinking about what could rise from the ashes. Pettus initially envisioned a new restaurant and gift shop, until she realized that would cost $2 million. So the Clarksville area’s largest private employer decided on a different tact tied to Pike County’s seasonal businesses. That’s how the Courtyard Restaurant came about, which just

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  • Museum diners hear tale of the ‘real’ John Wood

    Posted on November 18, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    A large crowed turned out for the annual Louisiana Area Historical Museum Fall Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 13 and learned a bit about the area’s past. Speaker and historian Reg Ankrom of Quincy, Ill. told the crowd at the American Legion Hall about his historic passion for Abraham Lincoln, Steven Douglas and “the real John Wood.” Wood farmed near Louisiana in the 1800s and the community college in Quincy is

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  • Paynes to celebrate 65th wedding anniversary

    Posted on November 12, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Mr. and Mrs. Scott Payne - 2014

    Scott and Lois Payne of Pittsfield will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their daughters from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene in the Family Center in Pittsfield, Ill. The couple requests no gifts please. Mr. Payne and the former Lois Criss were married on Nov. 16, 1949 in Pittsfield, Ill., at the home of Brother Joe Maynard. Attendants

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Mark Brown plays the piano bike while, from left, Jules Cunningham, Sam Genon and Marty Stano listen on Georgia Street in downtown Louisiana.

Cyclists boosting arts, sports visit Louisiana en route to New Orleans

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 11:00 am

An Englishman in a canoe during the winter, a Captain America character in the grueling summer and Indians in the fall have all traversed through the Louisiana area in recent years in a trek down the Mississippi for one cause or another. But perhaps the most unique group traveling from the Minnesota headwaters to New Orleans pedaled through Louisiana last Thursday, Oct. 9 on a contraption designed to attract contributions

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  • MoDOT plans county road work

    Posted on October 8, 2014 at 10:57 am

    • Hwy. 61 – Through Friday, Oct. 31. One- lane traffic for pavement undersealing on southbound lanes from Pike County Road 310 and Hwy. N near Bowling Green to Hwy. E south of Eolia. • Hwy. FF/D at Hwy. 61 – From Wednesday, Oct. 15 through Thursday, Oct. 30. One-lane traffic will be controlled by flaggers with a 12-foot width restriction on the bridge while crews are present for expansion

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  • Louisiana students learn on trip to help Haitians

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Three Louisiana High School students and several others from the area recently got a life experience in a trip to help Haitians. Bailey Wallace, Chadwick Dowell and Dawson Miller made the trip with Louisiana High Interact Group and instructor Dr. John Piccone. They were accompanied by students from Bowling Green, Hannibal and Curryville. The students helped begin a new cement block school house for Haitian students in St. Marc, which

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Clopton named top high school by ratings firm

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Clopton High School has been named one of the top 100 high schools in the St. Louis metropolitan area by a national ratings service. Niche started out as a rating service for prospective college students and their parents. It now also rates school districts for families moving around the United States. Clopton ranked 23 on the top 100 list, most of which is dominated by much larger schools from mid-Missouri

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  • Louisiana FFA attends National Convention

    Posted on November 12, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    By Ryan Pursifull The 87th National FFA Convention was held once again in Louisville, Ky., and it was attended by FFA members from all around the United States. The Louisiana FFA, sponsored by Mr. Bill Capps, took eight students to the FFA National Convention. The students were Katelyn Watts, Ally Cross, Carolina Taylor, Ashley Sheppard, Carly Heil, Ryan Pursifull, James Rubino and Eric Reid. In the National Convention the FFA

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  • LHS alumni host dinner, plan trivia event

    Posted on November 4, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Some of the Class of ’84 under “their” jersey.  Front row from left: Danita DeWeese Martin and Debbie Rue Holland; middle row from left, Earl Salmons, Jr., Stacy White Shade and Pam Horton Riedmeyer; back row from left, Laurie Severson Petty and Elise Ludwig Hopper.

    Thousands of people filled the streets of Louisiana on Saturday, Oct. 18. Hundreds of them were out-of-towners who attended school in town and returned to share camaraderie with classmates and friends. The Louisiana Alumni and Friends Association held all-school reunion events throughout the day. It started with an open house at the high school and middle school campus. Current students toured alumni through the halls of the “new” high school

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Louisiana churches Thanksgiving dinner suspended

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 1:41 pm

The churches of Louisiana will not hold the annual free Thanksgiving dinner for area residents this year at the Centenary United Methodist Church, according to Methodist church council member Sara Drummond. No group came forward to assemble, cook and serve the dinner which fed 300 people in 2013, Drummond said. There are hopes the dinner can be put on again next year, she added. For the full story, see the

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  • River of Life ministries expanding thrift store

    Posted on November 4, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    River of Life Church Pastor Mark Sheppard takes a break while getting the church’s new thrift shop ready in the Raintree Mall.

    Flush with donations, the River of Life Church Community Bargain Shop in Louisiana is expanding into two more locations. The shop was expected to open a facility at the western end of the Raintree Mall last week and plans to occupy the old ALPS grocery store across Georgia Street some time next spring, according to Pastor Mark Sheppard. “We just needed more room,” Sheppard said. “We had to have it.

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  • First Christian Church to host “Revive Our Land”

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    On Saturday, Nov. 1, the First Christian Church of Louisiana will open its sanctuary for people to gather together to “Revive Our Land” through an evening of music, prayer, and proclamations for revival. The service will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the church, located at 517 South Carolina Street. In addition to honoring Pike County veterans, elected officials and candidates in this pre-election event, the church hopes to have a

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Silent auction participants view items at the PCMH Foundation dinner.

PCMH foundation does well at ‘wonderful’ fundraiser

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 3:58 pm

More than $50,000 was raised by the Pike County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) Foundation at its annual dinner and auction on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bowling Green. “It was a wonderful evening,” said PCMH Administrator Lorraine Harness. “It took a lot of hours of people donating their time and it turned out well,” she said. About 240 guests dined in a decorated atmosphere and bid

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  • Louisiana student gets more than candy for Halloween at assembly

    Posted on November 4, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Anna Elder, center, front row, got hugs from classmates Catrina Turnbaugh, at top, Samantha Kilby, at left and Landon Haddock after it was announced that the money had come in for her wheelchair scooter attachment.

    Louisiana Elementary School students were excited before their annual Halloween parade on Friday, Oct. 31. But they became even more excited after a special announcement assembly just before they marched in their costumes. In that assembly, fifth grade teacher Stacy Kingsley announced that the monetary goal had been reached in the Tabs for Anna campaign. It meant that fifthgrader Anna Elder will now get a Rio Firefly, a scooter type

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  • Local hospital has plan for Ebola, if needed

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:46 am

    In order to address the recent concerns about Ebola, Pike County Memorial Hospital is assuring  that they are prepared should the disease surface in our community. Preparations by the Hospital include a review of Hospital protocols to insure they follow all CDC recommendations for an infectious disease.  Refresher sessions on the use of personal protective equipment have been conducted as well as assessing and increasing the inventory of PPE. As

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