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Elsberry Special Road District Commissioners Jackie Briscoe, Larry Wheeler, Treasurer Sharon Johnson and Joel Conderman.

Conderman demands answers involving Norton Woods Road chip-n-seal addition

 Posted on August 13, 2014 at 10:59 am

Despite the controversy surrounding the repair and maintenance work that the Elsberry Special Road District voted to do on Hatfield Road and Old Hwy. 79 this summer, the project is now completed and the turmoil is over. Or is it? During the Aug. 11 meeting of the Elsberry Special Road District Commissioner Joel Conderman voiced his concern that taxpayer money had been spent on additional roads and sections of roads

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Marijuana wax seized during a Lincoln County drug bust this week.


 Posted on August 15, 2014 at 10:08 am

Narcotic investigators with the Multi-County Narcotics and Violent Crimes Enforcement Unit (MCNVCEU) seized several vials of marijuana wax, also known as Butane Hash Oil this week in Lincoln County. Marijuana wax is the latest form of marijuana and is significantly more intoxicating than other forms of the drug. Marijuana wax has the appearance of ear wax and is stored in small glass containers. On the street it goes by many

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  • Harrison sentenced to 12 years

     Posted on August 14, 2014 at 10:45 am


    An Annada man caught in the June drug bust across Pike County has been sent to state prison for 12 years. John W. Harrison, 34, pleaded guilty to distributing methamphetamine near a school and was sentenced by Pike County Circuit Court Judge Chris Kunza Mennemeyer on Aug. 7. The sentence will run concurrently with a four-year sentence Mennemeyer gave Harrison that same day after a guilty plea to driving with

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  • August Primary Election Recap; city gas tax fails a third time

     Posted on August 13, 2014 at 11:26 am


    The Aug. 5, 2014 Primary election is now a matter for the history books and all of the political chatter has died down, at least until time begins to draw closer to the general election in November. For those who have not yet heard the results, are confused as to what passed versus what failed, or simply didn’t take note of the election at all, the following is a brief

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Grills poses with his team after their sixth place finish at the tournament in Panama City, Florida.

Passing the torch

 Posted on July 31, 2014 at 8:59 am

For Coach Jason Grills and his 18 and under Missouri Ice softball team, the 2013-2014 season marked the end of an era. Grills started his select team approximately three years ago and he has had the pleasure of watching it grow in both size and popularity ever since. “We started with a group of girls from Elsberry and then built around them,” said Grills. In the three years since its

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  • Legion Baseball Recap

     Posted on June 18, 2014 at 11:10 am

    AAA Legion First Base Coach Rick Phillips gives direction to Josh Phillips after reaching first.

    Legion Baseball in Elsberry has been going at a break-neck pace since late May despite the rain and the otherwise inconsistent weather patterns. This week Elsberry’s AAA team was set to start off the action at home on June 11 with a 6:30 p.m. game against Sullivan. That game was rescheduled for June 12 due to field conditions but weather forced the cancellation of all games set for that date

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  • Dream Killers place first

     Posted on June 11, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Gus Macker

    The Dream Killers took 1st Place at Gus Macker (3 on 3 basketballtournament) in Quincy, Illinois on Memorial Day weekend. The girls competed on the 16-17 year court, and they play the St. Louis Hype. This is the third year the Dream Killers have won this 3 on 3 tournament. Pictured Above (l-r): Coach Hector Bencomo, Natalie Otten, Tanner Bencomo, Gaby Walker, Kendra Davis, and Coach Steph Irons.

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Jesse Cox

Hood’s presentation triggers memories for Cox

 Posted on July 23, 2014 at 10:16 am

On July 16 The Elsberry Democrat brought readers the story of John Hood, 84, of Eolia. Hood is a veteran of the Korean War and displayed some of his military memorabilia at the Elsberry Nutrition Center. One of the artifacts that Hood shared with visitors was a set of 40-millimeter anti-aircraft shells from the USS Missouri. That July 16 article served to trigger the memories of Elsberry resident Jesse Cox.

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  • Dreams of a better life

     Posted on May 14, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Svetlana Johnson

    In the April 9 installment of “15 Seconds of Fame”, The Elsberry Democrat introduced its readers to Svetlana Johnson, a 23 year-old Russian woman working in the field of outside sales. As in other installments of that particular segment, Johnson shared with readers some basic facts about herself, including her favorite food, movie, television show, etc. It turns out, however, that Johnson has a much more interesting story to tell

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  • Bowers and Hammack serve on 33rd Degree Team for Scottish Rite

     Posted on February 13, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Don Bowers and his wife Winona

    In Scottish Rite Masonry, an honorary degree known as the 33rd Degree is given to members who have provided outstanding service to Freemasonry or to their communities. This is an honor that cannot be campaigned for and is granted solely by the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite. It is bestowed on Master Masons who have exhibited knowledge, passion and sacrifice to their respective crafts and is a way of

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Make entertaining areas comfortable and safe by keeping pests at bay.

Keep pests away from entertaining areas

 Posted on July 25, 2014 at 11:44 am

Outdoor entertaining is one of the joys of nicer weather. People routinely gather on the patio or around the pool when the weather warms up, and such recreational activities can foster companionship and reduce stress. However, if nuisance animals and insects are sharing entertaining spaces, these pests can quickly put a damper on the festivities. While it may seem impossible to keep an outdoor entertaining area completely pest-free, there are

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  • Blast from the past

     Posted on July 2, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Car Cruise at Cadillac Bills

    The last Sunday evening of every month, take a trip up north Hwy. 79 through Elsberry and allow yourself to be taken back-in-time as Cadillac Bills holds their monthly Car Cruise. Once a month numerous classic cars will be parked outside, including this Chevy. Owners Bill and Phyllis Rockwell have been holding the Car Cruises (weather permitting) for the last few years. It has grown to include cars from numerous

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  • DAREDEVILS Wankel and Jones…very brave souls

     Posted on May 21, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Wankel and Jones

    During the morning hours on Monday, Elsberry Elementary students had the opportunity to watch BMX bikers perform tricks and stunts. A special half-pipe ramp was set up in the Elementary School parking lot as numerous bikers did flips, jumps and much more. At one point, Elementary Principal Toni Wankel and fourth grade teacher Sherrill Jones sat atop the ramp while a BMX rider performed a 360°flip.

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