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Mayor Bart Niedner uses a chart to make some points during Monday’s meeting.

City Administrator finds glaring errors, deficit in city funds

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse for Louisiana, it did. Mayor Bart Niedner said at the Monday, April 13 city council meeting that City Administrator Kelly Henderson had discovered a fiscal black hole that even auditors didn’t find. Niedner said the city did not increase sewer rates enough in 2012 to adequately cover the cost of building the new wastewater treatment plant. The cost of the new plant

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  • Maplewood man killed in Pike County crash

    Posted on April 14, 2015 at 7:07 am

    James L. Hofmeister, 56, of Maplewood, was killed in a crash on Hwy. 54 just west of Curryville and east of Hwy. 154 on Sunday, April 12, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, (MSHP). Hofmeister’s vehicle hit a mailbox and a tree, the MSHP reported. For the full story, see the April 15 Louisiana Press-Journal.

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  • Winds tear tower apart

    Posted on April 10, 2015 at 2:26 pm


    High winds from the Thursday, April 9 storm tore pieces of siding and wall out of the tower next to the old Lighthouse Restaurant at the foot of the Champ Clark Bridge in Illinois. The owners said they will demolish the structure.

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New restaurant

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 3:58 pm

Domenico’s Pizza Italian Restaurant owner Rosalinda Leone cuts the ribbon during ceremonies opening the new establishment at 123 South Third St. in Louisiana on Monday, April 13. With Leone is her family at left, with multiple members of the Louisiana Chamber of Commerce behind her and at right.

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  • Luebrecht named PJ publisher

    Posted on April 8, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Long-time newspaper manager Linda Luebrecht has been named publisher of The Louisiana Press-Journal, effective March 25. Luebrecht will remain as publisher of The Bowling Green Times, a post she has held since 2002. In addition Ryan Smith is the new sales representative for both the Press-Journal and the Times. “Linda is a proven leader in newspaper management,” said Walt Gilbert, vice president of Lakeway Publishers of Missouri. “She has nearly

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  • Chamber of Commerce honors top people

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Mary Perkins, left, gives Vicky Keely her award as the Louisiana Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year.

    Vicky Keely was named Outstanding Citizen of the Year, with Mike and Charity Lesley earning the Members of the Year award at the annual Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Monday, March 30. “Everything I do in the community is with my family and Kevin (Keely) is always there,” Keely said. Her award was presented by 2014 Outstanding Citizen of the Year, Mary Perkins, at the Elks Lodge. Perkins announced

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The Buck Stops Here

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 4:01 pm

It was interesting to interview the three new Louisiana City Council members last week. Their direction is positive at a time when the city really needs it. They realize that infighting and constant bickering leads to  chaos and indecision, two afflictions of city politics for far too many years. Brice Chandler and Chris Koetters bring needed youth and vigor to the board and Nancy Evans brings added maturity. Several years

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  • The Buck Stops Here

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Plenty of stuff rolling around in the brain. Time for some three-dot journalism. ••• I certainly hope you are planning to vote in the April 7 election. If you can’t because you are not registered, I strongly suggest you do so for the next election. Voting has become more important in recent years with the fracture we have in government and political beliefs. So to say that your vote doesn’t

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  • The Buck Stops Here

    Posted on March 24, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    I learned a long time ago that gambling on sports is like trying to predict a jury’s verdict. Just about the time you think everything is crystal clear and the outcome is inevitable, something happens to completely baffle the senses and makes your prediction all wrong. Lawyers will tell you that you never really know what a jury is thinking until they render their decision. In sports gambling, upsets mean

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