Anna Elder is quickly learning how to operate the handcycle that has given her freedom of movement she didn’t have before at Louisiana Elementary School.

Anna Elder gets freedom with chair attachment

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 9:35 am

Anna Elder can go just about anywhere she wants now and have fun doing it. Last week, the Louisiana fifth-grader took possession of a Rio Firefly Handcycle, a motorized attachment for her wheelchair that turns it into a three-wheeled motorcycle. “It’s fun, it goes everywhere,” she said. That includes the playground that she used to have to sit beside and other terrain that was out of the question. Elder is

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  • Clopton exchange student’s dream comes true with time in America

    Posted on January 13, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Amanda Kriger

    Clopton High Rotary Exchange student Amanda Kriger loves everything about her new school, family and friends in eastern Pike County, with one notable exception. “It’s so cold,” she said last week on a 15 degree day. “I like the snow, but I don’t like the cold.” That’s to be expected from someone who lives in a country where the temperature often hovers around 100 degrees. Kriger, 16,  hails from Francisco

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  • Hall of famer

    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 9:33 am

    William Luke

    Clarksville schools graduate William Luke has been named to the Village of Homewood Hall of Fame in suburban Chicago. He taught in the town’s school system for 39 years and was the head of the music department. He was also the choir director at the St. Paul Community Church in Homewood from 1957 to 1999.  He is the brother of Francis Luke, of Clarksville.

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Pike DAR meets at state headquarters

Posted on December 30, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Roslyn Heights in Boonville is headquarters for the Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution. A week-long Christmas open house is held there each year offering lunch and tours of the beautifully decorated Victorian house for the public. Pike County Chapter held the chapter meeting there on Dec. 10.  Children of a local church preschool sang Christmas songs as the entertainment that day. Attending were Regent Louise Sitton, Vice

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  • Louisiana keeps license office with new leader

    Posted on December 2, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Angela Butler

    Louisiana will retain its state vehicle license office in city hall now that Angela Butler has been hired as the new office manager. Last month city officials were worried the office which handles motor vehicle transactions could close. That was because the city was having trouble finding a qualified candidate for the manager’s job who was willing to accept the $10.50 per hour salary after Katherine Schilling resigned in October.

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  • FTA tours Culver Stockton College

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Rachel Williams, Cecilia Maruiz, Molly Ross, Taylor Cunningham, Katelynn Hoskins, Leah Waddell and Lloyd Cunningham enjoy their guided tour of Culver Stockton College.

    By Josh Runyon On Oct. 29, the Future Teachers of America, FTA, took a trip to Culver Stockton College. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors toured the college. They learned all about the simulated classrooms where students learn teaching skills to use in their careers. Then, they toured the rest of the college and enjoyed lunch in the cafeteria. When asked if she would ever consider going to Culver Stockton College

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New bus, security high on Louisiana school board’s budget wish list

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 9:29 am

A new bus, security vestibules, parking lot repairs and heating-cooling units will get serious attention and maybe funding for the 2015-16 Louisiana R-II School District’s budget. Board members and Superintendent Dr. Richard Basden started compiling the budget “wish list” at the Tuesday, Jan. 20 meeting. The list will be refined monthly as the July budget deadline nears, he added. The budget will be about $7 million in operating funds and

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  • Weight lifting classes catching on at LHS

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Louisiana High School junior Jose DelaRosa lifts weights after school as part of football coach Greg Purdum’s weight lifting program for students.

    When Greg Purdum arrived to take over the Louisiana High School football program in 2013, he brought more to the school’s athletics department than most probably realized. Purdum has been a football coach for 37 seasons, but he has also been a strength coach for the past 35 years, teaching students and players how to properly lift weights. There are now  four personal fitness classes at the high school where

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  • UCM announces recent dean’s lists

    Posted on January 13, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    The University of Central Missouri recently announced its  Dean’s Lists. Each semester, the Dean’s List is divided into two parts. The first list includes the names of students who have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average, and the second list includes the names of students who attained a grade point average of 3.50 to 3.99. The following Pike County students earned a spot on the 4.0 Dean’s List at

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Ministerial alliance to hold service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 10:59 am

A service to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held on Sunday, Jan. 25 at Bethel AME Church at 6th and Tennessee Streets in Louisiana. The program begins in the church sanctuary at 2 p.m. and refreshments will be served in the lower level immediately following the service.  Special music will be offered by members of the First Baptist Church choir. The program, which is sponsored

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  • Recovery program begins

    Posted on December 23, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Recently, “Celebrate Recovery” began in Louisiana. “Celebrate Recovery” is a fellowship of people who join together to celebrate God’s healing power in their lives in gaining victory over alcoholism, divorce, sexual abuse, codependency, domestic violence, drug addition, food addiction and gambling addiction. Through 12 Steps and eight Recovery Principles people experience the power to change their lives, by gaining strength and hope. In addition, by being willing to accept God’s

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  • Area churches to hold Christmas Eve services

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Several area churches will host Christmas Eve services next week. Centenary United Methodist Church will present a Christmas Cantata on Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Clarksville Christian church will hold its Christmas Eve Service Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. at the Clarksville Christian Church, 502 S. 2nd St. in Clarksville. Buffalo Presbyterian Church on Pike 252 in rural Louisiana will hold its Christmas Eve Service on Wednesday, Dec.

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sneakers and snowflakes

Sneakers and Snowflakes

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 9:33 am

There wasn’t much snow on the ground but plenty of tennis shoes at the annual Sneakers and Snowflakes run put on by the Twin Pike Family YMCA at the Louisiana riverfront on Saturday, Jan. 24. About 70 runners participated, the highest amount ever for the event, according to YMCA Executive Director Marsha Garrison.

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  • Louisiana considering girls swim team

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 9:39 am

    With the aquatic center making progress at the Twin Pike Family YMCA, Louisiana High School (LHS) is considering a girls swim team. The Louisiana R-II school board decided Tuesday, Jan. 20 to send a survey to eighth through twelfth grade girls to see if there is interest. The team would swim in the winter and could draw from area towns, according to preliminary ideas projected by LHS Activities Director Curtis

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  • Louisiana fire department seeks camera

    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 9:33 am

    The Louisiana Volunteer Fire Department is asking the public to help replace a thermal imaging camera used during blazes for fire fighting safety. The existing camera is outdated and broken to the point where it can’t be repaired, according to Fire Chief Mike Lesley. The cameras can see through smoke and  darkness to find people inside burning buildings. They also tell firefighters about the  source of the fire, the integrity

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