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McMurtrey free on $10,000 bail in large pot case

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 4:24 pm

Alleged marijuana distributor Bill McMurtrey, 74, of Clarksville is free on a $10,000 cash bond from the Pike County jail. McMurtrey’s bail was slashed from $50,000 to $10,000 at a hearing before Judge David Ash in Pike County Circuit Court on Wednesday, March 4. McMurtrey’s home was raided in late September 2013 and federal agents allegedly found 144 pounds of marijuana. He was not arrested until Feb. 23, when Pike

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  • Former local woman is one of eight victims

    Posted on March 3, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Carey Shriver and Valirea Shriver are shown here with their children, Kayla at far right and John Shriver at far left.
Photo courtesy of the Houston Herald.

    Louisiana High School graduate Valirea Carline (Love) Shriver, 44, was one of the eight people who died last Thursday, Feb. 26 in the shooting incidents in Tyrone, Mo. She graduated in 1989. There will be a memorial visitation from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday March 7, for  Shriver, her husband Carey Dean Shriver, 46, and father-in-law Darrell Dean Shriver, 68. It will be held at Faith Fellowship Church in Houston. Burial

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  • Todd Smith named new Louisiana schools superintendent

    Posted on March 3, 2015 at 12:53 pm


    The Louisiana R-II School District board didn’t have to look very far or long to name a replacement for Superintendent Dr. Richard Basden Louisiana High School Principal Todd Smith was unanimously selected to replace Basden by the district school board in a special meeting held Thursday, Feb. 26. Basden has decided to retire to spend more time with his family. Smith will take over in mid-August and Basden will step

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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 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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  • 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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