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Louisiana advances in districts with OT win

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 9:54 am

The Louisiana Bulldogs advanced to the second round of the district tournament with a 74-71 overtime win over South Shelby at Sturgeon High School near Columbia on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Louisiana senior guard Elijah Oblinger picked a good night to get hot, shooting 75 percent from the field for 37 points, including an eye-popping 10 three-pointers. The Bulldogs will play in the second round against Sturgeon at 7:30 p.m. on

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  • Clarksville man arrested with 114 pounds of pot

    Posted on February 24, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Bill McMurtrey

    In one of the largest drug busts in Pike County history, a senior citizen-businessman from Clarksville was arrested for allegedly possessing 114 pounds of marijuana for distribution. William (Bill) Joseph McMurtrey, 74, was incarcerated on a $50,000, cash-only bond after an arrest warrant was served on him at his home on Thursday, Feb. 19, according to Pike County Circuit Court records. McMurtrey was still in jail on Tuesday, Feb. 24

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  • Jenne takes administrative police chief job

    Posted on February 23, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Deposed Louisiana City Administrator Bob Jenne has accepted a deal to be administrative police chief, according to Mayor Bart Niedner. Jenne was relieved of his city administrator duties earlier this month and put on administrative leave from the police position he assumed after the death of Police Chief Rich Hughes. Jenne was later offered to remain as administrative police chief through May for just under $8,000, or take a one-time

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Nancy Cordes, left, receives a gift certificate from Amber Shafer, president of the Bank of Louisiana.

Bank honors Cordes

Posted on February 17, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Nancy M. Cordes was presented with a gift certificate awarding her a 10 day trip/cruise of her choice in honor of 30 years of continuous loyal service with Bank of Louisiana. Cordes was hired as a bank teller in January 1985. As a teller, she carries out various transactions for the customers such as accepting deposits, disbursing cash withdrawals, verifying and cashing checks, cross-selling additional bank services, and receiving and

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  • Provenance Project brings commerce

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 10:04 am

    The old ASL Pewter business is gone but it will soon be replaced by an Italian restaurant in downtown Louisiana.

    When the Louisiana City Council and mayor’s office were sifting through economic development ideas last year, they dusted off an old one that is already reaping benefits. The Provenance Project first used to attract artisans to Pike County more than 20 years ago was resurrected by the Louisiana Economic Development Committee last August. The idea was to attract artisans again and businesses to empty storefronts through a new project called

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  • Jenkins earns promotion

    Posted on February 3, 2015 at 3:56 pm


    Ashley Jenkins has filled the position of Broker-Associate with Penrod Real Estate, LLC, after recently completing a broker licensure exam. Jenkins has been a full-time salesperson with the Louisiana-based real estate firm since 2012. As a lifetime resident of Pike County, she is also knowledgeable about the area. Jenkins is a Director of the East Central Board of Realtors, a member of the National Association of Realtors and Missouri Association

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The Buck Stops Here

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 11:25 am

There’s not enough in my brain this week for a single-themed column and too much to wait for subsequent editions, so it’s time for some three-dot journalism. ••• It won’t be easy to replace Louisiana R-II School District Superintendent Rich Basden, who announced his retirement last week. Rich and I both started working in Louisiana in the late summer of 2010 and have always had a professional friendship because of

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  • The Buck Stops Here

    Posted on February 17, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Missouri is the only state in the union with  unlimited campaign donations, no lobbyist gift limits and no rules against state legislators becoming lobbyists as soon as they leave office. So I was encouraged when new state Senator Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) said she was going to introduce legislation to address those items. I opined that as a Democrat in a Republican-controlled state senate, she probably wouldn’t get anywhere with

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  • The Buck Stops Here

    Posted on February 3, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Several things jumping around in my head this week, so it’s time for some three-dot journalism. ••• What in God’s name is going on in my old hometown? It seems like I read about a murder or at least a shooting per day in the St. Louis area and I have to wonder about how safe it is there anymore. Normally, the violence occurs in the city proper, but it

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