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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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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  • Veterans honored to be on flight

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Russell Ransdell

    Two U.S. military veterans from Louisiana who were on Great River Honor Flights to Washington D.C. in recent months have one thing in common. It was one of the highlights of their lives. Don Giltner Army veteran Don Giltner, 80, took the trip honoring veterans for their service in April and fellow Army veteran Russell Ransdell, 84, went in May. Giltner served from 1954 to 1959 during the Cold War

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  • National off-road event finds way to Pike County, Illinois

    Posted on July 8, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    They came from locations coast to coast, from Canada and Florida, for one purpose: to put their off-road rigs to the test, and perhaps promote their products a bit in the process. And that they did as 27 vehicles built for off-road driving gathered in Pike County, Ill. last week as one stop on the annual Ultimate Adventure. The event sponsored by Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road Magazine, is held in

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R-II school board approves budget

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 5:03 pm

The Louisiana R-II School district board passed a $10 million budget at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 15. The budget includes $7 million in operations for the 2014-2015 school year and $3 million in reserve funds. On paper, the reserve fund is just under the 40 percent amount of the operating budget the board strives for. But on Friday, Sept. 12, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon released $100 million in state

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  • New teacher has arrived

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Ms. Teresa Long

    By Elijah Oblinger Ms. Teresa Long is new to the Louisiana school district this year and has high expectations. She has been teaching for 20 years and has a Bachelor’s degree in English Education for grades 7-12 and a Master’s of Science in Education in Administrative Leadership. She has many goals and has high hopes for the students this year. She came to Louisiana to be closer to her daughter

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  • All three Eastern Pike County schools do well on APR tests

    Posted on September 2, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    All three eastern Pike County school districts did well on the Missouri annual performance report (APR) scores. More than half of the districts in the state raised their scores, including BONCL R-X schools which had a mistake rectified from last year’s scores and jumped substantially. Thirty-nine percent decreased like Clopton and four percent stayed the same like Louisiana. Individual scores fluctuated at the Louisiana R-II School District but the total

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Free Heritage Fest breakfast set for Sept. 13 at local church

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 3:47 pm

The First United Methodist Church in Bowling Green, located at the corner of Church and Broadway streets, will be serving a free breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13. The breakfast will consist of pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. The breakfast is being provided as part of the church’s Acts of Kindness ministry. To learn more about the First United Methodist Church in Bowling Green, visit

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  • Glenn speaks to Ecumenical Women’s Breakfast Group

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Rebecca Glenn

    The Ecumenical Women’s Breakfast group met on Monday, June 9 at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Louisiana with 37 in attendance from 10 area churches. Father Lou Dorn offered a prayer before the meal, which was prepared by the ladies of Bethel AME of Louisiana and the First Christian Church. President Judy Allely introduced Rebecca Glenn of Bowling Green, who is the Director of the Learning Center,

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  • Old Knob Baptist Church to hold annual services

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Mt. Ayre better known as “Old Knob Baptist Church” will hold its Annual Basket Dinner services on Sunday, Aug. 3 in Edgewood. Dinner will be served starting at 1:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 2:30 p.m. Services are held each year at the church and the money that is raised goes toward the upkeep of the Cemetery. These services are a long-standing tradition for the church and the

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Jenna Loveless, right, looks on as Mayor Bart Niedner signs the proclamation for National Assisted Living Week®.

Lynn’s Heritage House to observe National Assisted Living Week®

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 8:41 am

In observance of National Assisted Living Week®, Sept. 7-13, Lynn’s Heritage House will host a series of events developed as a special opportunity to bring together residents, families, employees, volunteers and the surrounding community to celebrate “Magic of Music.” The “Magic of Music” celebrates the role music plays in the daily lives of assisted living residents. The theme also celebrates the bonds built between residents and their families, friends, staff

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  • Health department to offer flu vaccinations

    Posted on September 2, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    The Pike County Health Department is urging residents to protect themselves, as well as others this flu season by being proactive and getting vaccinated. Research has proven that the single best way to prevent the flu is through receiving a flu vaccine every year. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that everyone six months of age and older receive an annual influenza (flu) vaccination. Due to this

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  • YMCA tumbling to begin

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Twin Pike Family YMCA will hold tumbling sessions at the YMCA on Monday nights. Mommy and Me will be from 5:30-6:15 p.m., PreK/K will be from 6:15-7:15 p.m. and sessions for grades one through three will be from 7:15-8:15 p.m. Sessions options are Sept. 8-29, Oct. 6-27, or Nov. 3-Dec. 8. For more information contact the Twin Pike Family YMCA at 573-754-4497.

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