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Pastor Keith Barnhart of Edgewood Baptist Church presents a check to Kay Miller of Twin Pike Family YMCA for after school program scholarships.

Edgewood Baptist Church donates to YMCA program

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 9:27 am

Twin Pike Family YMCA sponsors before/after school programs in the BONCL, Bowling Green (including Frankford), Clopton, and Louisiana R-II school districts.  Knowing the importance of after school programs, many area churches and individuals provide scholarships for children to attend. Edgewood Baptist Church is one such organization.  For many years the people at Edgewood have sponsored two Pike County children, allowing them to attend the before/after school programs for one entire

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  • Dream comes true for local family

    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    From the left are Debbie Smith, NECAC; Becky Penrod, Realtor; Dorothy Penrod, owner of Penrod Real Estate; Janine Stephenson, USDA Rural Development; Rob Parsons; Isabel Parsons (6); Heather Parsons holding Emelia Parsons (2), and Madalin Parsons (7).

    On behalf of State Director Janie Dunning, Housing Specialist Janine Stephenson recently recognized homeowners, their realtor, and North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) in celebration of June as National Homeownership Month. Stephenson presented a certificate to homeowners Rob and Heather Parsons, recognizing their success at achieving the dream of homeownership. Becky Penrod and Dorothy Penrod, realtors with Penrod Real Estate, as well as Debbie Smith, NECAC Homeownership Programs Director, were

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  • Louisiana man killed in Illinois

    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    A Louisiana man was killed Friday, July 11 when he stepped in front of a car on Hwy. 96 in Illinois, according to the Pike County, Ill. Sheriff’s Department. Daniel L. Calvin, 40, attempted to cross the highway in a lowly lit area across from the Copperhead Tavern south of New Canton. Authorities believe Calvin was trying to get to a vehicle on the other side of the road when

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Louisiana’s Green named to baseball all-star team

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 11:40 am

Louisiana High School 2014 graduate Dustin Green has been selected for the second annual Missouri vs. Illinois All-Star Baseball Game. Green was a pitcher and infielder for the Bulldogs and one of the team’s top hitters. The game will be played at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 12 at Clemens Field in Hannibal. If that game is rained out, it will be played the next evening at 7 p.m. All-Star

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  • Louisiana High School to offer sports passes

    Posted on June 25, 2014 at 10:17 am

    The Louisiana R-II School District will offer season passes this year in a move to bolster gate counts and increase revenue for its sports programs. The school board approved the passes at the June 16 board meeting. School board members said in May when the plan was announced that the sales of passes could also save families money. A full-year pass to all middle school and high school sports will

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  • “Frog days” of summer arrive

    Posted on June 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Missouri has two frog species that are legal game — the bullfrog (in photo) and green frog. Frogging can be practiced with either a fishing permit or a hunting permit.

    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages Missourians to celebrate summer with a favorite outdoor pastime for many — frogging season. It begins at sunset on June 30 and ends Oct. 31. Missouri has two frog species that are legal game – bullfrog and green frog. Bullfrogs are larger and therefore more sought-after. The taste and texture of frog meat is similar to that of fresh-water fish. For recipes, visit

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Davidsons celebrate 50th

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Tom and Lillian (Spires) Davidson, of Middletown, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 22, at their home with a family dinner party.  The couple were high school sweethearts and were married June 23, 1964. They have lived most of their married life as residents of rural Middletown.  Farming has been their main occupation and both remain active on the farm today.  They have been blessed with four children, Tammy Robinson

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  • Card shower requested for Lilley’s birthday

    Posted on July 8, 2014 at 4:53 pm


    A card shower is requested for Stephen Martin Lilley in celebration of his birthday on July 14. He will be 37 years old. His address is: Stephen Lilley 11595 Hwy 61 E. Outer Road Frankford, MO 63441.

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  • Historical Society to highlight Governor Major of Pike County

    Posted on July 2, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Missouri’s Governor Elliot W. Major of Edgewood had several major accomplishments during his years in Jefferson City after being elected to office in November 1912. The story of another of Pike County’s outstanding citizens will be presented at the July 8 meeting of the Pike County Historical Society at the Saint’s Avenue restaurant in Bowling Green at 6:30 p.m. Marilyn Johnson will tell of Major’s rise from teaching in local

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Pet Stories


Pet of the Week

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 10:34 am

Delaney is an adult cat that would like a quiet home. She is very sweet once she get to know you and will be the perfect companion for someone. Visit or call C.A.P.A. at 573-470-2767 to adopt Delaney.

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  • Louisiana animal shelter jam-packed with cats

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 8:10 am

    These two cats were among 27 that were up for adoption at the Louisiana Animal Shelter on 30th Street.

    The Louisiana Animal Shelter has reopened after a major fumigation to rid the facility of a flea infestation brought on by a rash of cats. “We had flea medication given to us which we gave all the cats and we fumigated,” said city Animal Control Officer Wiley Harrison. “Hopefully that will work.” The shelter had 27 cats for adoption on Friday, July 18. “Only two are feral cats and they

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  • Pet of the Week

    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 8:32 am


      Drake is a 1 1/2-year-old boy. He is dog, cat, and kid friendly. Wonderful dog that loves to play and wants to be a part of your family. He is crate and leash-trained. To apply to adopt Drake, visit or call C.A.P.A. at 573-470-2767.

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Citizen's Journalism

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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  • FCA joins list of Louisiana High School clubs

    Posted on April 29, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Louisiana High School recently created a new club called FCA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Head softball coach Bill Capps is in charge of the club. FCA was founded in Pittsburg in 1954 and many chapters are found throughout the United States today. FCA was created here at LHS so athletes could strengthen their relationships with Jesus and fellowship with other Christians at school. FCA provides training and resources for sponsors

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Louisiana R-II announces Open House/Registration Dates

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 9:44 am

Louisiana RII school district recently announced its 2014-2015 Open House/Registration Dates. Louisiana RII School District-wide open house will be held Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 5-7 p.m. Freshman Transition Night will be held Thursday, Aug. 7 beginning at 6 p.m. in the LHS Commons Louisiana High School Registration Seniors: Monday, Aug. 11 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Juniors: Monday, Aug. 11 from noon-2:30 p.m. Sophomores: Tuesday, Aug. 12 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Freshmen: Tuesday,

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  • DuVall honored by seminary

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Duke DuVall, former Clarksville resident, addresses fellow Master’s and Doctoral Graduates and introduces the keynote speaker, seminary President Dr. Luther J. Blackwell, at the Dwight McDaniels Theological Seminary in St. Louis.

    Clopton High School alumnus, class of 1973, Duke DuVall, was honored at the graduation exercises of the Dwight McDaniels Theological Seminary in St. Louis. The seminary is part of an association of more than 300 Christian colleges and graduate schools worldwide that are committed to excellence in Biblical scholarship and training teachers, preachers and missionaries in global evangelism and servant leadership. The seminary recognized DuVall’s 30 years of international service

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  • Eolia’s Tucker receives Sousa award

    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Kristen Tucker

    Kristen Kelly Tucker of Eolia was awarded the John Philip Sousa Band Award at Clopton  High School’s recent Music Awards Banquet. The Sousa Award is the most prestigious award for high school band students. Tucker has been a member of Clopton Band for the past eight years.  She participated in Marching Band, Pep Band, EMO Band, and was awarded a 2 rating at Music District Competition for clarinet solo as

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Louisiana students learn on trip to help Haitians

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 9:47 am

Three Louisiana High School students and several others from the area recently got a life experience in a trip to help Haitians. Bailey Wallace, Chadwick Dowell and Dawson Miller made the trip with Louisiana High Interact Group and instructor Dr. John Piccone. They were accompanied by students from Bowling Green, Hannibal and Curryville. The students helped begin a new cement block school house for Haitian students in St. Marc, which

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  • Ward recognized

    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Kenneth “Bucky” Ward, left, is presented with a Veterans Service Award by Peter Kinder.

    Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder recently presented Veterans Service Awards to 26 Missouri veterans who provide exemplary volunteer service to their communities. Winners were selected from seven regions of the state. The winners in Northeast Missouri were James Boettcher of Palmyra, Roger Kiesey of Troy and Kenneth “Bucky” Ward of Louisiana. Lt. Gov. Kinder honored all the winners at a banquet in their honor in the State Capitol in Jefferson

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  • Rotary installs officers; recognizes members

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Presidents Bart Niedner, right,  and Gregg Blaylock, left, recognize Betty Dolbeare, center.

    The Louisiana Rotary Club held its Installation of Officers and Recognitions meeting on June 26 at the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall. President Bart Niedner opened the meeting and welcomed the club members to the annual celebration. Assistant Governor Kim Stevens presented Niedner with the “Every Rotarian; Every Year” award on behalf of Rotary International and District 6060. This recognizes that every Rotarian in the club has given toward the

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