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Pike-Lincoln Tech rebuilding slated for May

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 11:20 am

The rebuilding of the burned down Pike-Lincoln Technical Center in Eolia could start the first week in May if the weather permits according to Pike County R-III (Clopton) Schools Superintendent Mark Harvey. The Clopton School Board picked the low bid of just under $3.5 million from Layneco Construction Services, of O’Fallon. Phase one plans call for a new main building to house nursing, computer and technical classes. A second shop

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  • Buffalo Township United Fund kicks off annual drive for area agencies

    Posted on April 15, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    The Buffalo Township United Fund (BTUF) kicked off its annual drive for 14 local area agencies last week with a goal of reaching $35,000. The BTUF gathered $28,000 last year, short of its goal, but still well-needed funds for the agencies that range from Girl Scouts to Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and the Louisiana Area Historical Museum. The year got off to a good start when Charlie and Mary

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  • New Louisiana mayor, council promise openness

    Posted on April 15, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Outgoing Louisiana Mayor Tom Wallace gave outgoing city council members, from left, Larry White, Jim Wood and Monroe Elliott certificates of appreciation at their last meeting on Monday, April 14.

    Louisiana’s new city council members and Mayor Bart Niedner promised more transparent governing after being sworn in on Monday, April 14. They also outlined initial priorities for the city. Those priorities included economic development, infrastructure and beautification among others. “The top thing for me is to empower you,” Niedner told the board. Louisiana government has swung too far toward the authority of the mayor, Niedner said, and the council should

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  • Louisiana City Council ponders wage increase for police force

    Posted on April 15, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Newly elected Louisiana city council members Tom Carter, Don Oakley Lori Helkey, Chuck Hoffman, and Mayor Bart Niedner take their oath of office at the Monday, April 14 board meeting.

    Louisiana City Council member Sal Pollice introduced a proposal to increase city police wages at the Monday, April 14 meeting in order to keep officers longer. “Five of the last eight left for financial reasons,” over less than four years, Pollice said. “We have not been competitive,” with salaries. Pollice and Police Chief Rich Hughes researched area law enforcement salaries and found out why Louisiana officers have been leaving for

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  • Buffalo Township United Fund kicks off campaign

    Posted on April 10, 2014 at 9:37 am

    The Buffalo Township United Fund kicked off its 2014 campaign at a special breakfast held at the Seton Center on Thursday, April 10. Charlie and Mary Perkins of Trailerman Trailers immediately donated $5,000 to the fund that goes to all local organizations, like Head Start, Kids in Motion and the Pike County Council on Aging. No donated money leaves the area and administrative costs are less than one percent. The

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  • Honor came as surprise to her, but not to others

    Posted on April 9, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Mary Perkins

    Mary Perkins was surprised when the Louisiana Chamber of Commerce named her Citizen of the Year. But it wasn’t surprising to many in the audience who know what she did to deserve it. When Perkins and husband Charlie Perkins moved here in 1995 and started Trailerman Trailers they made a pact. “We said we would give back to the community every year from a certain percentage of our profits,” Mary

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  • Local woman faces drug charge after allegedly posing as nurse; other drug arrests made

    Posted on April 9, 2014 at 3:36 pm


    A Louisiana woman faces drug charges after allegedly impersonating a nurse on the phone to get prescription painkillers. Julie Noah, 36, was arrested Jan. 22 at Family Drug after picking up a prescription for the pain killer hydrocodone, according to a probable cause statement from Louisiana police. She is scheduled to be arraigned on charges of fraudulently attempting to obtain drugs and drug possession on Wednesday, April 9, according to

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  • Niedner is Louisiana’s new mayor

    Posted on April 8, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Bart Niedner is the new mayor of Louisiana after beating Russell Stephens, David Minor, David Johner and Doug Dempsey in the Tuesday, April 8 election. In Louisiana’s Ward 1, Tim Carter defeated Neil Darnell. In Ward 2,Don Oakley came back to office, defeating Tom Hooper and Bruce McKenna. In Ward 4, Lori Helkey beat Jim Gott, Jr. and Amy Turner. In the Louisiana R-2 School Board race, Daryle Wallace, Melissa

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  • Despite rain, fire advisory still going

    Posted on April 1, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Despite last week’s rains, the fire advisory for Pike County is still in effect, according to Emergency Management Director Al Murry. “We won’t lift it until things green up,” Murry said. The advisory is not a ban, because Pike County does not have that authority by current Missouri law, Murry said. A ban can only be issued when the federal government decides a state is at an extreme drought level,

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