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Clopton High School Class of 2015 Valedictorian Megan Dameron and Salutatorian Michael Werkmeister were the speakers at graduation ceremonies at the high school on Sunday, May 17. For more graduation photos, see page 15.

Clopton graduates 29

Posted on May 23, 2015 at 1:41 pm

The Clopton High Class of 2015 was smaller than recent years at 29 students, but that didn’t stop the students from enjoying their high school graduation on Sunday, May 17 at the high school. Superintendent Mark Harvey welcomed the crowd and introduced the Pike County (Clopton) R-III School District board. Valedictorian Megan Dameron and Salutatorian Michael Werkmeister were the senior speakers and Werkmeister punctuated his speech with a dance, a

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  • Henderson gets 4-year deal to lead Louisiana

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 8:47 am

    The Louisiana City Council has approved a four-year deal with Kelly Henderson to stay on as city administrator, according to Mayor Bart Niedner. Henderson will be paid $65,000 in 2015-2016, with slight bumps each year to reach $73,000 by 2018-2019. He will also earn health benefits. Former City Administrator Bob Jenne’s salary was $78,000 per year when he was fired by the council in January. Henderson’s contract was approved in

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  • Council approves spending plan; none for pool

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 10:12 am

    The Louisiana City Council unanimously approved an austere  spending plan of almost $2.8 million for fiscal year 2015-2016 at the Monday, May 11 meeting. The spending plan and city budget provide no spending for the city pool at Veterans Park. It also cuts one full-time police officer, does not replace the fire truck driver position and does not fund janitorial services for city hall. If revenues come in like City

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City pool will not reopen, Y pool to open July 1

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 8:52 am

For the first time in years, Louisiana residents will not be able to swim outdoors this summer in the city pool at Veterans Park. The Louisiana City Council voted to not fund the old and decaying pool when it passed spending plans for the 2015-2016 at its May 11 meeting. The YMCA, which ran the outdoor pool in conjunction with the city for many years, will not step in to

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  • Bank of Louisiana utilizes solar energy

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 10:35 am

    With solar panels installed on the roof, the system can generate enough energy to replace approximately 34 percent of the bank’s electric costs.

    Bank of Louisiana installed solar panels on the roof of the Main Bank building on Third Street almost a year ago as part of the renovation process for the historic building.  The project consisted of ninety-one 270 watt solar panels installed in a design customized to optimize performance.  The entire system is 24.57 kilowatts that has equated to planting 468 trees every year. “The decision to utilize solar energy was

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  • Ameren electric bills to increase

    Posted on May 5, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    A ruling by the Missouri Public Service Commission (MSPC) will increase Ameren Missouri electric bills about $5.45 per month, according to the MSPC. The ruling granted a decreased rate for Noranda Aluminum, Inc., of New Madrid. Noranda is Ameren’s largest customer because of the electricity used at its smelter. Ameren said the cut for Noranda will keep the firm in business and keep overall rates lower in the future. The

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The Buck Stops Here

Posted on May 5, 2015 at 3:48 pm

You know you live in a wonderful place when you lose your wallet and checkbook and then get it back unaltered. That’s what happened to me last week when I put those two items on top of my car while at Louisiana High School. I mindlessly drove off and someone found my items somewhere and promptly turned them over to the Louisiana Police Department. The last time I lost my

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  • The Buck Stops Here

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Most newspapers use Associated Press (AP) style for continuity through the publication and the industry. Readers like familiarity, and it can get confusing when something is spelled, written or abbreviated in various forms in one article. That’ why you will consistently read in a newspaper that a basketball player in 6 feet, 6 inches tall, instead of six feet, six inches or 6’6.” It’s AP style. That is also why

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  • The Buck Stops Here

    Posted on April 21, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Keeping up with spring sports has my brain scrambled and unable to stay on point with a single subject. It’s time for some three-dot journalism. ••• I was proud to hear from my cousin that my uncle, Bob Moller, will be going on the Honor Flight for veterans of World War II at the end of the month. Uncle Bob served on a baby aircraft carrier during World War II

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