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Members of Pike County Chapter NSDAR met with Mayor Bart Niedner in his office on Sept. 2 to witness the signing of a proclamation stating that Constitution Week would be observed in Louisiana Sept. 17-23. This year marks the 227th anniversary of the drafting of the constitution by the Constitutional Convention. From left: Chapter Regent Louise Sitton, Vice-Regent Cindy Blaylock and Secretary Marilyn Johnson are shown with the mayor.

Constitution Week proclamation signed

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 10:15 am

Louisiana Mayor Bart Niedner recently signed a proclamation declaring “Constitution Week” in the city. The document read as follows: P R O C L A M A T I O N Whereas, September 17, 2014 marks the two hundred and twenty-seventh anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention; and Whereas, it is fitting and proper to officially recognize this magnificent

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  • Five Louisiana students attend Boys State program

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 8:54 am

    By Holly Hill Five students from Louisiana High School attended American Legion Boys State in June: Elijah Oblinger, Jesus Ramos, Dallas Castagna, Jackson Chamberlain and Spencer Brown. The main purpose of Boys State is to teach young men about government and how life after school really is. Oblinger attended journalism school while living in Richardson City. His job in Richardson was to be the health commissioner. He made sure people

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  • Historical Museum awarded grant

    Posted on September 2, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Louisiana Area Historical Museum Board members Dorothy Webb, Pat Glenn, Judy Schmidt, Martha Sue Smith and Ned Glenn with Community Foundation Board Chair Andy Sprague from Kinderhook, Ill. The museum recently received a grant from the foundation.

    The Louisiana Area Historical Museum has been awarded a grant by the Community Foundation serving West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri. Museum Board members Judy Schmidt, Dorothy Webb, Dr. Ned Glenn and his wife, the Reverend Pat Glenn, and Martha Sue Smith attended the Community Foundation’s 16th Annual Competitive Grant Awards Presentation in Quincy, Ill., on Thursday, Aug. 14. A reception was held and the grant recipients were given an

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Lady Hawks rained out, many games ahead

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 10:16 am

The Clopton Lady Hawks softball team was rained out after four innings at North Callaway on Tuesday, Sept. 9 and was losing 2-0. The game will be resumed at a later date that has not been set. The Lady Hawks were rained out of a home game against Montgomery County on Thursday, Sept. 11. That game will be made up at a date that has not been announced. Next games

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  • Cheerleaders excel at summer camp

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 8:59 am

    cheer camp

    By Margaret Matteson This summer the LHS cheerleaders attended their first cheer camp administered by the Universal Cheerleading Association. The camp took place at Drury University in Springfield, where the girls stayed on campus for two days. They went to classes every day and learned many skills to use this year. The girls’ hard work showed when they were awarded five trophies and two plaques. Emily Francis and Bailey Wallace

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  • Four player co-ed sand volleyball to be offered

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Twin Pike Family YMCA and Bowling Green Parks and Rec.  will sponsor Fours Co-ed Sand Volleyball. Each team will play a best of three game series one week night, either Wednesday, Oct. 1 or Thursday, Oct. 2 at either 5:15 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. All teams will play a single elimination tournament on Sunday, Oct. 5 starting at noon. The teams should be composed of four players with at least

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Coming Back to School

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 9:00 am

By Josh Runyon For most people coming back to school is either really exciting or really dreadful. For me, I was ecstatic to come back to school. Doing nothing all day and not seeing any of my friends was becoming boring. I enjoy seeing all my friends and my favorite teachers again.  By far my favorite part of coming back to school is definitely starting football season. I love starting

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  • Celebrates 93rd birthday

    Posted on September 2, 2014 at 4:15 pm


    Aldon Veach celebrated his 93rd birthday on Aug. 21 by playing golf at the Pike County Country Club. John Veach furnished the cake and ice cream. He is shown here with his fellow golfers at PCCC. Front row, left to right: John Veach, Aldon Veach and Fred Bridwell. Middle, left to right: Joe Martin, Harry Benn, Terry Dean, Tom Wallace, Kenny Allen and Galen Johnson. Back, left to right: Steve

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  • Clarksville yard of the month

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Vicki Lagemann

    The Clarksville Garden Club yard of the month committee, Janet Church, Pat Feilner and Maisie Keeser, chose the Vicki and Bill Lagemann home, 211 Smith St., Clarksville as the yard of the month for August. They have a beautifully landscaped front and back yard and both porches. The front yard includes the Donnie garden. They built this garden, where Vicki is standing, in honor of their son, Donnie who died

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Pet Stories


Pet of the Week

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 10:28 am

Cali-Co is about 12 weeks old, playful and loving. She is up to date on vaccinations, spayed, dewormed, FeLuk negative, and microchipped. She will make an ideal indoor pet. To apply to adopt Cali-Co, visit or call C.A.P.A. at 573-470-2767.

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  • Pet of the Week

    Posted on September 9, 2014 at 10:39 am


    Junebug is a beautiful black German Shepherd mix. She has one blue eye and one brown eye. Super sweet and friendly. Very well behaved. She is about 3 years old. Housetrained, and fully vetted. To adopt Junebug, visit or call C.A.P.A. at 573-470-2767.

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  • Pet of the Week

    Posted on August 26, 2014 at 10:53 am


    Ruby is a small girl, ready to go! She is compact-sized, a perfect fit for any size home. She loves her walks and loves to play. Well-behaved young lady, gets along with most dogs. To apply to adopt Ruby, 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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CREC scholarship deadline set for Oct. 1

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 10:07 am

College students from Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties are encouraged to apply for a Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Scholarship. The CREC scholarship deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 1. Scholarship funds are donated by CREC members who participate in Operation Round Up by rounding up their electric bill payments each month to the next highest dollar. For more information on the scholarship program, or to obtain an application, visit

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  • LHS welcomes new face

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Ms. Brittney Jahr

    By Zach Richardson Louisiana High School has welcomed a new member to the staff. Ms. Brittney Jahr accepted a position as the Algebra A, Algebra B and Geometry teacher. Jahr grew up in the town of Columbia, Ill. She attended college at Missouri S&T in Rolla. At Missouri S&T, Jahr majored in applied Mathematics with an emphasis in secondary education. “I wanted to share my passion for math with other

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  • Phillips earns top honors at FBLA

    Posted on September 2, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Sean Phillips

    Sean Phillips, a Clopton 2014 Senior, placed 4th in Client Service at the National FBLA Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn. this summer. More than 10,000 of America’s best and brightest youth traveled to vie for the opportunity to win over $165,000 in cash awards. Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), the largest and oldest student business organization, held its National Leadership Conference in Nashville on June 29–July 2. Participants

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Andy Amelung and her father, Don, fold bulletins at Second Baptist Church in Bowling Green. Andy is the grand marshal in Saturday’s Champ Clark Heritage Festival parade, which will honor disabled people.

Festival to spotlight local history of serving disabled

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 9:30 am

Disabled people have found a welcome sign in Pike County for decades. Now, their neighbors are celebrating the diverse programs and abundant opportunities offered in a place that helped lead a fundamental change in national attitudes about those once mistakenly viewed as beyond societal inclusion. “Breaking Barriers” is the theme of the Champ Clark Heritage Festival parade, which is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, in Bowling Green. Andrea

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  • District official addresses Rotary

    Posted on September 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Rose Cooper

    Rose Cooper, Rotary District 6060 Annual Funds Chairman attended the Louisiana Club meeting on Aug. 28 to share and update local Rotarians.  Cooper made special note that Louisiana Rotarians have traditionally been a charitable club and that fact has not gone unnoticed by the district. It was explained that the district designated funds program provides money back to the district membership. The program is funded by district members’ past three

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  • Volunteers sought for Louisiana animal shelter

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    The Louisiana animal shelter needs a hand from volunteers, according to city Animal Officer Wiley Harrison. “We’re going to try a volunteer program again,” Harrison said Friday, Aug. 8. “Ever since Rich Hughes passed, I haven’t had a day off. He was my relief for cleaning up the pound.” A volunteer program was in place about four years ago, “but it didn’t go well,” Harrison said. “They didn’t pass their

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