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Following a national trend, levels of major crimes have been dropping in Louisiana since 2010, according to FBI and Missouri State Highway Patrol statistics. That’s a fortunate trend and a reflection of the relative safety of living in Louisiana, according to Police Chief Rich Hughes. But Hughes knows the increase could also be a string of luck, despite the police force’s use of statistics to target crime times and areas.
An administrative changing of the guard was begun last week when was announced as the new Louisiana Elementary School principal. Hamlett will begin work on Thursday, Aug. 1 and will replace current Principal Erik Melton, who has accepted a principal’s job in the Hazelwood school district in northern St. Louis County. Hamlett has been the principal at Wellsville-Middletown Elementary School for the past five years. She was a school counselor
The National Weather Service is predicting possible severe thunderstorms to continue for Pike County through Wednesday, May 22. The storms will be capable of producing damaging winds and large hail. Heavy rainfall is also a distinct possibility.
Late March snows and heavy April and May rains have kept Pike County farmers out of soaked crop lands but that is starting to change. “We are finally blowing smoke and getting tractors out into the fields,” said Pike County Farm Service Bureau Director Roger Colbert on Friday, May 17. “We’ve still got guys with three feet of water on the land (in the Mississippi River bottoms) and some are
Disadvantaged families recently suffered a setback with the closure of the Louisiana Evangelical Outreach Food Pantry. But two other faith-related food pantries remain and the evangelical group’s facility could return, according to coordinator Lois Turner. The evangelical food pantry was recently closed because of her illness and for a lack of a building. “We still haven’t found a building,” Turner said last week. Some charge too much rent for the
Bank of Louisiana donated $500 to the Louisiana Kids In Motion. Kids In Motion is a local program that supports at-risk middle school aged young people by teaching them to value work, their community and their future. Kids in Motion is under the umbrella of Douglass Community Services. In addition to character growth, kids involved in the program have the opportunity to earn money through community service projects. On their
Sometimes I think that people who don’t care for sports really don’t understand what it does for a person. Major league sports salaries, taxpayer-financed stadiums and high-ticket prices are easy to criticize and should be, but that misses the big picture. I particularly think about the many kids I see involved in high school sports here who are not gifted athletes, not stars and whose names rarely get in the
On Wednesday, May 15, a community celebration of faith and accomplishment for graduates of Louisiana High School will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church, 7th & South Carolina Streets at 7 p.m. This annual Baccalaureate is sponsored by the Louisiana Ministerial Alliance, with ministers and representatives from eight local churches participating in the service. A reception will follow. For more information, please call the church office at 573-754-4412.
The Louisiana High School Interact Club held a banquet Tuesday night to celebrate this year’s accomplishments and look forward to future success in next year’s program. Student leaders Kelsey Henderson, Stephanie Crawford, Meghan Pursley, Jennifer Radcliff and Shelby Renner provided an overview of the Interact Club’s undertakings throughout the past school year. The dinner was followed by a whole hog raffle drawing and a silent auction. Special thanks goes out