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Man jailed after shooting wife in head with birdshot

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 9:13 am

A Pike County resident remains in custody at the county Jail for allegedly shooting his wife in the forehead with birdshot, according to Sheriff Stephen Korte. Steven L. Rusher, 47,  called 911 at 4:21 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20 to report he had accidentally shot Colleen Rusher, 42, at their home in the county boot heel outside of New Hartford, Korte said. Mrs. Rusher was taken in serious condition to

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    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Final scores for Friday, Aug. 22. Clopton-Elsberry-50, Winfield-22. Bowling Green-47, Louisiana-14.

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  • Heat index warning through Sunday evening

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 9:52 am

    The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a heat index warning through 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24 of 105-110 degrees. The high heat index is being caused by temperatures in the mid to high 90s with extreme humidity, the NWS said. The combination will likely lead to an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness for the elderly, the very young and those without air conditioning. Strenuous outside work

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  • Excavator extracted from Pike County creek

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 10:53 am


    A Pike County Road Department excavator got stuck in the mire on Tuesday, Aug. 19 that weekend rains spread around a bridge over Grassy Creek on Pike County Road 135 north of Louisiana. The excavator was in the creek to dig out trees and mud that had washed down the creek and built up almost to the bridge deck from continuing deluges on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17. Members of the

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  • INTRUDER: Simulated shooting trains school staff, police

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Officers subdued the second simulated shooter when he hid inside the teachers’ lounge.

    The rounds were blank but the bullet and shotgun casings pinging and spinning on the floor of Louisiana High School last week were real. So was a heavy pall of smoke in the air as Pike County deputies, Louisiana Police, BONCL and R-2 schools staff got a taste of what it was like to have real shooters inside the building. “One of the main points of this is to expose

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  • Louisiana school board joins battle against Ameren tax reassessment

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Add the Louisiana R-II School Board to the entities battling an attempt by Ameren Missouri to slash its property tax bill in rural Missouri counties. The board joined districts and towns from 19 counties on Monday, Aug. 18, allocating $10,000 for the legal battle against Ameren. It would save the R-II schools $30,000 should it be successful, according to Superintendent Dr. Richard Basden. The Louisiana City Council allocated $2,045 on

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  • Primary yields November race for new presiding commissioner

    Posted on August 12, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Incumbent Pike County Presiding Commissioner Danny Miller was a bit surprised but not undone by his 33-vote loss to Terry Burris in the Aug. 5 Democratic primary election. “He worked harder than I did,” Miller said last week. “People thought it was time for a change and I accept it.” Burris will now run against Republican Chris Gamm in the final election on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Miller said he would

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  • Youth council nears reality for Louisiana

    Posted on August 12, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    The audience at the Monday, Aug. 11 Louisiana City Council meeting had a component rarely seen in the past; young people. They were there to discuss the establishment of the Louisiana Youth Council, an idea spurred by Mayor Bart Niedner. The establishment of the youth council will be voted on next month by the city council. It is now being formulated by city Intern Brett Bolton and University of Missouri

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  • Three injured in two Pike County crashes

    Posted on August 10, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Three people were injured in two separate early morning crashes on Sunday, Aug. 10 in Pike County. Allan R. Betts, 52, and Barbara A. Betts, 56, both of Clarksville, were hurt when an ATV they were in overturned on private property just off of  Hwy. YY north of Louisiana at 12:30 a.m., according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Both of them suffered moderate injuries. Magdelyn J. Schmidt, 19, of

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