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Mercantile Bank earns national recognition

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 4:26 pm

The Mercantile Bank of Louisiana was recently recognized as one of the “Top 200 Healthiest Banks in the United States” by Each year the website evaluates the financial health of every federally insured bank in the country, approximately 6,500 nationwide.  Each institution is graded on a number of factors, including capitalization, deposit growth, and loan to reserve ratios, in order to determine a comprehensive health score. Only 11 banks

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  • Stark Bro’s hosts Paint the Pumpkins Pink event

    Posted on November 12, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Katelyn Watts (left), a member of the Louisiana High School Interact Club, assisted Paint the Pumpkins Pink Coordinator Betsy Hendrickson (right) at the registration table.

    Organizers of the Stark Garden Center “Paint the Pumpkins Pink” event couldn’t have asked for nicer weather. The sunny afternoon helped to attract nearly 50 participants of all ages for this first-time event, which was held in one of the greenhouses located on the Stark Garden Center property. The event was held in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness month. Participants paid a small registration fee, which provided them with a

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  • State program will pay employers to train new workers and keep them

    Posted on November 4, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Employers know that keeping good workers is just as hard as finding them. Now they can take advantage of two programs from the Missouri Division of Workplace Development that will meet those goals and even pay them for it. The programs also help low income or displaced workers who were laid off, lost their jobs due to a business closure, or veterans who received an honorable discharge and are looking

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  • Pike County Dairy Queens dodge thieves

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:06 am

    The Dairy Queen restaurants in Louisiana and Bowling Green were not affected by a recent attack by hackers that captured some customer credit or debit card information, according to the firm’s website. Hackers using malware got information from 17 stores in Missouri and 19 in Illinois, but not from the two restaurants in Pike County, or the ones in Vandalia or Hannibal. “The affected systems contained customers’ names, payment card

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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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  • Louisiana chamber, county tourism board bind to attract state ad dollars

    Posted on October 8, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Louisiana Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s and Convention Bureau Director Chris Koetters has added a number of brochures to travelers coming through Louisiana.

    The Louisiana Visitor’s and Convention Bureau (LVCB) is bonding with the Pike County Tourism Commission to obtain more advertising dollars from the state of Missouri. LVCB and Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Director Chris Koetters will be the conduit to get co-op advertising funds from the Missouri Department of Tourism. The $4,000 the consortium is shooting for would double the county tourist board’s advertising budget, Koetters said recently. The funds would

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  • Burbridge joins local real estate agency

    Posted on September 16, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    LaNora Burbridge

    LaNora Burbridge has joined Century 21 The Wells Group at its Bowling Green office. Burbridge has 33 years of experience in the field and for the last 30 years was Broker/Owner of LaNora Burbridge Real Estate. “We are so pleased to announce that LaNora will be joining our team.” said Brenda Wells, Broker/Owner of Century 21 The Wells Group. “We believe her experience will greatly enhance the services we provide

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