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Dyno Nobel unaware of link to chemical release

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 10:30 am

Dyno Nobel spokesman Jeffrey Droubay said Wednesday, March 25 that his firm is “unaware of any link” the chemical plant may have had to the hospitalization of eight people working on the Calumet Missouri plant expansion next door on Friday, March 20. Calumet officials said Dyno Nobel might have been responsible for a chemical release that overwhelmed the workers but added that it is also investigating the matter to see

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  • State jettisons three complaints leveled against Louisiana candidates

    Posted on March 24, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Three of the state complaints filed by Louisiana City Council candidate Tim Carter against two standing board members have now been dismissed. A complaint filed by Carter against Ward 2 Council woman Kathy Smith alleging nepotism with the state attorney general was dismissed March 12. It alleged that Smith committed nepotism when she filed a motion and voted to be on a  council public safety committee with her brother, Fire

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  • Louisiana sued over youth’s death in 2013 blaze

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 3:55 pm


    Ryan and Catherine Miller have filed a wrongful death suit against Louisiana and their landlord for the Oct. 31, 2013 blaze which took the life of their three-year-old son, Riley Rieser. The Millers contend that two city police officers used a taser on Ryan Miller and prevented him from saving his son from the fire at 405 South Main Street. They are also claiming that landlord Louis Houston, of Elsberry,

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Building a salon

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 4:40 pm

Phillip Francis, of Louisiana, throwing dirt, was busy building a hair salon in the 100 block of Georgia Street last week near Riverfront Park. Francis said he will erect a 24-by-44, one-story building for a business for himself and fiance Bobbie Calvin. Francis hopes to be open by the end of April. Helping Francis get ready to pour footings was Tim Johnson.

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  • Mayor Niedner pleads for new Mississippi River bridge

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Louisiana Mayor Bart Niedner made it clear to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission last week that a new Hwy. 54 bridge at Louisiana is not just a local need, but a statewide one. In testimony before the commission on Tuesday, March 10 in Jefferson City, Niedner said the Champ Clark Bridge needs to be replaced because the alternative is to close it. “The Champ Clark Bridge is a route

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  • YMCA raising rates to pay for pool, programs

    Posted on March 17, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Wilson Pools was pouring concrete last week for the new YMCA aquatic center.

    The Twin Pike YMCA is planning to increase rates to help  run the new aquatic center and more programs when the renovated complex opens in July. YMCA Executive Director Marsha Garrison said the rates will increase starting July 1 and will go into effect with the June 25 automatic payment schedule. The family rate will increase to $45 from $37. A single-parent family will increase to $36 from $30. Individuals

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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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  • The Buck Stops Here

    Posted on March 3, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    My job can be tedious, stressful and daunting at times, but covering high school sports brings me a lot of relief and joy. The basketball seasons can be very long and some of those trips in the snow to away games are not on my favorite memories list. But to get paid to watch a ballgame is not a bad deal at all, although it’s harder to do than most

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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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