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Presiding commissioner candidates square off; Voters decide Tuesday

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 2:43 pm

The only contested Pike County political race on Tuesday, Nov. 4 is for presiding commissioner. The two candidates for the spot answered questions of the media and crowd at a Thursday, Oct. 23 forum at the American Legion Hall in Louisiana. Democrat Terry Burris and Republican Chris Gamm appeared before about 50 voters. Gamm was unopposed in the primary and Burris beat out incumbent Dan Miller to run against Gamm.

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  • R-II board not eager to arm staff

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Don’t look for Louisiana R-2 School District teachers or administrators to be carrying firearms any time soon. In a lengthy discussion about arming school staff members at the Oct. 20 board meeting, board members came to a consensus that it was not a good idea. Instead, the board agreed to keep looking at ways to increase security internally. Arming school staff members has been on the American conscience because of

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  • Letter to city puts focus on what to do with jail

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 9:39 am

    A recent letter to the City of Louisiana from its insurance carrier has officials looking at how to deal with city jail inmates. Meadowbrook Insurance didn’t threaten to raise the city’s insurance rates in the letter, but did voice concerns about the jail “due to our inadequate staffing,” according to City Administrator Bob Jenne, who got the hint. Currently, inmates are watched by dispatchers but Meadowbrook thinks they lack proper

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  • IndianHawks win, Louisiana loses

    Posted on October 17, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Final scores for Friday, Oct. 17: Clopton-Elsberry-20, Wright City-0. Highland-29, Louisiana-14. For details and photos, see the Oct. 22 edition of the Louisiana Press-Journal.

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  • State bumps grain haul weight limits 10 percent

    Posted on October 16, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Due to the bumper crop of corn and soybeans in Missouri and recent rains which interrupted harvest, MoDOT and Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday, Oct. 16 that grain trucks will be allowed to haul 10 percent more than their licensed weight. The heavier loads will not be allowed on Missouri interstates but will be on all other roads and highways. However, all posted weight limits for bridges must be adhered

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  • Citations, possible lawsuit next steps in building dispute

    Posted on October 14, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    The City of Louisiana and downtown building owner Doug Dempsey have both said they don’t want their dispute over his structure at 314 Georgia Street to end up in a lawsuit. But Dempsey said Tuesday, Oct. 14 that legal action is very likely after learning the city plans to start issuing him citations for not following building codes. He also said he is being unfairly singled out for punishment and

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  • Bridge closure rescheduled for Oct. 20-24

    Posted on October 13, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    With wet weather expected and the Louisiana Colorfest on tap for Oct. 18-19, MoDOT has moved the maintenance closure of the Champ Clark Bridge back to Oct. 20-24, weather permitting.  

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  • Three from Vandalia injured

    Posted on October 13, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Charles L. Cunningham, 45, Rita E. Cunningham, 41, and Ariel L. Harvey, 20, all of Vandalia, suffered moderate to minor injuries in a Hwy. 54 crash on Oct. 10. See the Oct. 15 Louisiana Press-Journal for details.

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  • Flash flood watch issued

    Posted on October 9, 2014 at 9:43 am

    The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Pike County for Thursday, Oct. 9 through Friday night, Oct. 10. Heavy rainfall is likely Thursday and Friday from strong storms that could produce small hail and gusty winds.

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