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Debbie Woodall, right, shares a devotional with GFWC Chautauqua club members from left, Ann Handford, Linda Frank and Sue Deines.

GFWC celebrates the Christmas season

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 9:54 am

Members of GFWC Chautauqua recently celebrated the holiday season with a dinner at the Clarksville Boat Club. The event was hosted by Mary Dockery and Debbie Woodall. Following a social gathering there was a brief business meeting. In January, club members will donate children’s books to the Clarksville Library and will be entertained by storyteller and club member Ann Handford. For more information about this organization contact Sue Deines at

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  • FTA sponsors Great Turkey Challenge

    Posted on December 9, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    By Holly Hill This year the FTA held the annual Great Turkey Challenge for teachers, with the prize being a $25 gift card to County Market. This year the turkey challenge was set up by a committee of four FTA students. The students developed the clues and their hiding spots, and Mrs. Lisa Leake, FTA sponsor, hid them. The reason behind the FTA turkey hunt is to promote a good

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  • MoDOT sets local road work

    Posted on December 2, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    MoDOT has set the following road work for this week and in the future: • Business Hwy. 61 in Bowling Green will be down to one-lane traffic from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2 as the Press-Journal went to press. Ditch work will be done from the Hwy. 161 intersection to the roundabout near Walmart. • Weather permitting on Wednesday, Dec. 3, MoDOT crews will close Hwy.

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This year’s deer harvest ahead of 2013

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 10:01 am

Hunters checked 9,107 deer during the antlerless portion of Missouri’s firearms deer season, bringing this year’s tally to 194,997. Top harvest counties for the antlerless portion were Pike with 287 deer checked, Callaway with 283 and Macon with 257. Hunters checked 1,474 fewer deer during the antlerless portion this year than they did in 2013. However, when combined with preceding early youth, urban, and November portions, this year’s total stands

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  • Hoop shoot victors

    Posted on December 2, 2014 at 3:43 pm

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    Brother and sister Shawn Yates, 12, and Shana Yates, 9, of the Clopton schools, both won the Louisiana Elks Hoop Shoot contest on Nov. 22. The Yates each sank the most free throws out of 25 attempts in their age groups. They will now compete at the district level in O’Fallon in January.

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  • Young hunters successful this year

    Posted on November 18, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announced that young hunters ages six through 15 checked 18,091 deer during Missouri’s early youth portion of deer hunting seasons on Nov. 1 and 2. Top counties for the early youth hunt were Osage with 448, Franklin with 393, and Howell with 376 deer checked. Last year’s harvest total for the early youth hunt was 18,676. Antlered bucks accounted for 11,481 of deer harvested,

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Anna Stewart (right), age 3, getting her face painted by Clopton High School Cheerleader Jessica Barnes (left).

Area children enjoy a breakfast with Santa

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 10:08 am

Sixty participants enjoyed Christmas activities at the annual Clopton Parents As Teachers (PAT) Breakfast With Santa event held Saturday, Dec. 6. The event, held in the Clopton cafeteria, was co-sponsored by the Clarksville United Methodist Church. Sandi Lingua, PAT parent educator, Elementary Principal Linda Henderson, along with Debra Smith, Martha Hipes, Barb Meyer, Betty Hooten, Linda Frank and Bobbi Fox, coordinated the events which included ornament making, visiting with Santa,

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  • Drama Club performs ‘Beauty’

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    By Elijah Oblinger On Nov. 14 and 15, the LHS Drama Club performed a musical version of the famed Beauty and the Beast, directed by Mr. Micah Gooden and Ms. Teresa Long. People love the movie. Some even know every line, creating very high expectations. Mr. Gooden said, “I have been participating in or producing high school musicals for many years. This is by far the biggest production I have

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  • Attending the Marine Corps Ball

    Posted on November 18, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Alix Guthrie, Corporal Danny Guthrie, Staff Sergeant Mark Smith and Maria Smith attended the 239th Marine Corps birthday ball on Friday, Nov. 7 at Pechanga Casino in Temecula, Calif. Cpl. Guthrie and Staff Sgt. Smith are assigned to First Maintenance Battalion at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Cpl. and Mrs. Guthrie and Staff Sgt. Smith are all graduates of Louisiana High School. Mrs. Smith is a graduate of Bowling Green High School.

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Pet Stories


Pet of the Week

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 10:32 am

Thomas would love a home before next year! He’s grown a little chunky while waiting for that special home. He gets along with cats and dogs wonderfully and is soooo sweet! To adopt Thomas, visit or call C.A.P.A. at 573-470-2767.

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  • Pet of the Week

    Posted on December 9, 2014 at 8:50 am


    Valentine has been waiting a long time for a home of his own. He loves to play, gets along with some dogs and smiles all of the time! To adopt Valentine, visit or call C.A.P.A. at 573-470-2767.

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  • Pet of the Week

    Posted on December 2, 2014 at 8:57 am


    Snickers is 4 1/2 months old and cute as can be. Loves to play and cuddle. All of our cats/kittens have a very low adoption fee. To adopt Snickers, visit or call C.A.P.A. at 573-470-2767.

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Citizen's Journalism

Girls State was a rewarding experience

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 9:01 am

By Ryan Pursifull Over the summer, three LHS girls attended American Legion Girls State: Leah Waddell, Emily Love and Emily Francis. The girls got to stay in Ellis Hall at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Waddell, Love and Francis were assigned a political party. Waddell was in the Nationalist Party, while Love and Francis were in the Federalist Party. While at Girls State Waddell and Love both attended

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  • Use of Food Stamps Rises in Pike County, Missouri

    Posted on June 4, 2014 at 11:46 am

    By Emily Guerin and Tim Marema The use of food stamps in Pike County increased during the recession, assisting families in stretching their food dollars, contributing to local spending and helping spark a national debate about the future of the federal nutrition program. The proportion of Pike County residents receiving food stamps hit 13.8 percent in 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services. That’s

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  • Things are Batty at LHS

    Posted on May 7, 2014 at 9:55 am

    By Ryan Pursifull One of the major improvements to the high school after the renovations took place was additional lighting to the front parking lot. This improved lighting helps safety and convenience during nighttime events. Along with the benefits of this feature came an unforeseen consequence. The light draws in small bugs, which are the primary food source for the Missouri Brown Bat. The Brown Bat is a protected species

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Gabbie Stanek

Stanek receives honor

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 9:51 am

The Clopton High School Band recently announced that sophomore, Gabbie Stanek made  All-District Honorable Mention Band. Stanek traveled to Moberly on Nov. 8 for blind auditions. Band director Amber Smith said, “Gabbie has been working hard to learn her scales and audition materials for months and it paid off when she received fifth chair in the band. There were numerous clarinets also auditioning. We are very proud of her hard

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  • LHS music to hold Christmas concert

    Posted on December 9, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    By Kaelee Wernowsky The Louisiana High School band and choir will be performing in the high school gym on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. The band and choir are directed by Mr. Micah Gooden. The choir will be performing first. They will be performing Jinglin’ Bells, My Favorite Things, Give Us Hope and A Very Merry Extra Ordinary Christmas. The seniors this year are Vaci Smith and Morgan Silvey,

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  • History class visit WWI museum

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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    By Kaelee Wernowsky American History students attended the World War 1 Museum in Kansas City, chaperoned by Mrs. Jennifer Gshwender, Mr. Ryan Griffin, Mrs. Marilyn Behlmann and Mrs. Julie Dewey. The museum is dedicated to the First World War. Liberty Memorial Tower was built in 1926, and the museum was opened in 2006. Mrs. Gschwender, American History teacher, did in fact enjoy the museum visit. Her favorite part of the

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trish connelly

Volunteer of the year

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 9:55 am

Trish Connelly, left, has been named Volunteer of the Year by the Clarksville Community Chamber of Commerce. A plaque was presented to her by the Chamber’s President, Joanna Brock, right, and Mayor Jo Anne Smiley. Connelly is on the front lines of sandbagging crews and is Chairman of the City’s Parks and Recreation Committee who single-handedly plants grass, pulls weeds, plans landscapes, arranges for landscaping rocks among other things.  She is also

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  • Interact participates in Operation Christmas Child

    Posted on December 9, 2014 at 3:57 pm

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    By Ryan Pursifull The LHS Interact Club has taken on a new challenge this holiday season. The group has been working with the international charitable organization Samaritan’s Purse to provide shoeboxes full of gifts and personal care items for children in the third world countries to be delivered over the holiday season. The project is known as Operation Christmas Child. President Chadwick Dowell notes, “Many charitable organizations, community outreach programs

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  • Buffalo Township United Fund reaches goal

    Posted on November 18, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    The same evening the winter temperatures rolled in last week, the Buffalo Township United Fund (United Fund) board received some heart-warming news from its treasurer.  She shared that the 2014 goal of $27,175 had been met. Thus the 12 non-profit agencies that made funding requests to the United Fund for 2014 last November will receive 100 percent of their requests.  As a matter of fact, checks totaling $27,175 were written

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