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Pictured above is the brine spreader that Alliance Manager Marshall Suddarth and his staff built in anticipation of the 2014-2015 winter weather that is rumored to be in store for the area. With the shortage of salt and the possibility that the city will use coal aggregate in its place, Suddarth fears the new spreader will go unused this year.

Salt shortage: Bad news for city streets and drivers

 Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:18 am

The first snowfall of the winter of 2013-2014 took place on Nov. 11 of last year. As it turned out, those flakes were but a mere harbinger of what was to come. A snowstorm in December 2013 delivered 10-15 inches of snow to various portions of the St. Louis metropolitan area and another deluge in January 2014 brought another 10 inches to the region. In all, those and other smaller

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National Radon Action Week Oct. 20-26

 Posted on October 23, 2014 at 10:11 am

Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible and odorless radioactive gas that will cause over 20,000 preventable cancer deaths this year in the United States. Oct. 20-26 is National Radon Action Week according to the U.S. EPA. Health agencies throughout the United States have joined forces to promote awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. The American Lung Association, Centers for Disease Control and national Cancer Institute all

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  • 12th & 14th Judicial Circuit Treatment Courts receive grant for $975,000

     Posted on October 18, 2014 at 9:48 am


    The 12th and 45th Judicial Circuits in collaboration with Preferred Family Healthcare are pleased to announce it has received a $325,000 grant renewable for three years from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for Audrain, Lincoln, Montgomery, Pike and Warren counties. These funds will implement expanded and enhanced cutting-edge, consumer-friendly behavioral health services to adult treatment court participants in rural Missouri who will access care electronically, using the

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  • The Elsberry Democrat Court News

     Posted on October 17, 2014 at 11:02 am


    Michael Hays, 49, Elsberry. Disorderly Conduct – $127; Resisting Arrest – $127; Fail to Obey Lawful Order – $127 James Ameling, 61, Cape Girardeau. Speeding 52-40 – $80 Benjamin Vineyard, 33, Carlinville, IL. Speeding 57-40 – $105 Gregory Whitler, 37, Carlinville, IL. Speeding 51-40 – $81 Thomas Duvall, 56, Winfield. Speeding 51-30 – $140 Darrell Mueller, 55, O’Fallon. Defective Equipment – $197.50 Ryan Richardson, 18, Elsberry. Seatbelt – $10 Todd

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Elsberry’s Varsity Girls Cross-Country Team. Pictured from left are Maggie Spratt, Madysen Kinsler, Faith Zimmerman, Sydney Pickard and Naomi Gladney.

Finishing the season in a sprint

 Posted on October 24, 2014 at 10:42 am

Clopton High School hosted their annual Cross-Country Hamburger Meet on Oct. 13. Twelve schools completed in the mud meet, the competitions having been postponed twice due to heavy rains. Boys and girls leave the line together in Clopton races and standing pools of water as well as a quickly chopped course added challenges for Elsberry’s harriers. For Elsberry’s middle school runners it was the last meet of the year. The

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  • Soccer split; Senior Night Thursday

     Posted on October 23, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Elsberry junior Rodney Chatman [above left] scored one of the goals that helped lift the Indians over Liberty  on Oct. 17. Chatman and his team were unable to rally the same offense against Warrenton on Oct. 20.

    Elsberry’s Varsity Soccer Team won one game out of two on the road this week. On Oct. 17 the team faced Liberty and game away with a 3-1 victory. “It was a good win for us,” said head Coach Dustin Robinson. “Liberty beat us 1-0 in the Winfield Tournament earlier this season. They’re a Class 3 team that received a Class 2 seed in their district so they were a

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  • IndianHawks close out the season with a win over Wright City

     Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:41 am

    IndianHawk running back Kevin Hammett

    The Clopton/Elsberry IndianHawks continued their winning streak to two games and ended the regular season on a high note with a 20-0 victory over Wright City at home on Oct. 17. “I was proud of the way our boys came out and took care of business tonight,” said Head Coach Mike Scheibel. The IndianHawks got on the board early with a touchdown in the first quarter that gave them a

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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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Senate Theater hosts Star Wars marathon

 Posted on September 3, 2014 at 9:56 am

Elsberry’s Senate Theatre hosted a Star Wars marathon the weekend of Aug. 30-31. All six of the blockbuster films were shown during the course of the two-day marathon. On Saturday, movie goers were treated to “The Phantom Menace”, “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith”. Sunday’s show bill featured “A New Hope”, “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”. Fans of the Star Wars series were

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  • Keep pests away from entertaining areas

     Posted on July 25, 2014 at 11:44 am

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

    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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