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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler gestures near the end of a hearing for a vote on Net Neutrality, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at the FCC in Washington. The FCC has agreed to impose strict new regulations on Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T. The regulatory agency voted 3-2 Thursday in favor of rules aimed at enforcing what's called "net neutrality." That's the idea that service providers shouldn't intentionally block or slow web traffic, creating paid fast lanes on the Internet. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

News Guide: FCC ‘net neutrality’ vote and what it means

 Posted on February 27, 2015 at 9:00 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet activists scored a major victory after the Federal Communications Commission agreed to rules that would ban service providers from creating Internet fast lanes. What “net neutrality” means and what is likely to happen next: —- THE ISSUE Net neutrality is the idea that Internet service providers won’t block or slow Web traffic, instead allowing all data to have equal access to its networks. That means you

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MoCHIP-Child Identification and Protection Program returns to Elsberry on Saturday

 Posted on February 26, 2015 at 8:05 am

The MoCHIP Child ID Program, which has processed more than 155,000 children in the past seven years, will be offering its services free of charge to the Elsberry community on Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Elsberry R-II Cafeteria. The program consists of five major components. These include digital photographs, digital fingerprints, vital child information and emergency contacts, a dental bite impression and two laminated ID

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  • Bluhm looks forward to improving E.S.R.D.’s public perception if elected

     Posted on February 25, 2015 at 10:58 am

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    Elsberry resident Randy Bluhm has officially thrown his hat into the ring and will now be campaigning for a position on the board of the Elsberry Special Road District [E.S.R.D.]. Bluhm served in the United States Marines until the 1980s and moved to Missouri in 1987 to take a job with McDonnell Douglas/Boeing. In 1993 he relocated from the O’Fallon area to Lincoln County and moved into a home in

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  • Architect, construction firm added in latest development of Port of Lincoln

     Posted on February 19, 2015 at 8:59 am

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    In an update from the promoters of the Port of Lincoln County, an architect and a  construction manager have been added. This is a major step  going forward in the plans for this  major port and development which will be situated in eastern Lincoln County along the Mississippi River. Dirk Lohan, FAIS architect and planner for  Lohan Anderson, issued the following statement. “The Port of Lincoln is a very innovative

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Sports

Lady Indian Tanner Bencomo drives to the basket against Lutheran on Feb. 21. Elsberry lost that game 55-21. Lady Indians Head Coach Hector Bencomo said Tanner is explosive, can score from anywhere and will be tough to replace next season.

Lutheran hands Lady Indians season-ending loss at districts

 Posted on February 25, 2015 at 11:59 am

The Lutheran Lady Cougars defeated the Elsberry Lady Indians during the first round of the district tournament on Feb. 21 by a final score of 55-21, officially bringing Elsberry’s basketball season to a close. Lutheran got off to a fast start and ended the first quarter with a 17-3 lead, but Lady Indians Head Coach Hector Bencomo said those numbers didn’t concern him. “That first quarter score was very deceiving,”

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  • Indians end season at Districts

     Posted on February 25, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Indian Gavin Hill [at right] scored 13 points during Elsberry’s loss to the Pioneers at the district tournament.

    The Elsberry Indians finished their 2014-2015 basketball season with a 65-37 loss to the Duchesne Pioneers on Feb. 23. “We didn’t play very well during the first half,” said Head Coach Chad Twellman. “If we had taken advantage of the fact that they came out and sort of went to sleep on us a little bit I think the second half may have been different.” Instead, Twellman said all his

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  • Senior Tanner Bencomo reaches 1000 point plateau

     Posted on February 25, 2015 at 11:08 am

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    The Elsberry Lady Indians recently celebrated a milestone for the second consecutive season. During a Feb. 17 game against Montgomery County Elsberry senior Tanner Bencomo scored her 1000th career point. Bencomo is the second Lady Indian to record such an accomplishment within the last two years. Elsberry’s Brittni Hagemeier, a 2014 graduate, put up her 1000th point last February. Bencomo said she was thrilled to not only score her 1000th

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Lifestyles

Moving

Must haves for a comfortable move

 Posted on February 20, 2015 at 1:56 pm

When prepping for the big move into a new home it often seems like there aren’t enough hours in a day. With all the packing and planning it’s easy to get lost in the midst of the chaos. However, there are a few surefire ways to make a move seem less like a full time job. “Moving into a new home is always an exciting experience, but one that requires

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  • Vaughn shares “Her Heart” survivor story

     Posted on February 11, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Elsberry resident Arlene Vaughn speaks to the crowd assembled at the Feb. 6 SSM “Her Heart-Every Beat Counts” event at The Heart of St. Charles Banquet Center. Vaughn attended last year’s event as well and suffered a heart attack four days later. This year, as one of the events featured speakers, Vaughn shared her experience with those in attendance and encouraged them to become advocates for their own health.

    On Feb. 6 SSM Heart Institute hosted its annual “Her Heart-Every Beat Counts” event at The Heart of St. Charles Banquet Center. One of this year’s speakers was Elsberry resident Arlene Vaughn. Vaughn was born in Dec. 1940 in Kimmswick but her family relocated to Elsberry in 1955. “I come from a very large family but I’m especially close to my sister Dorothy,” said Vaughn. “She is 18 months older

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  • What you need to know to protect your home and wallet from weather events

     Posted on February 5, 2015 at 11:56 am

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    (StatePoint) Whether you like to hibernate all winter or you enjoy hitting the slopes, don’t forget to be prepared for power outages, especially this year, as the “Old Farmer’s Almanac,” known for accurately forecasting weather since 1792, is calling for the “worst winter in years.” Last winter, hundreds of thousands of homeowners learned the hard way about the importance of having immediate back-up power.  And, as more people work from

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PlaceSetting

Three creative ideas for winter entertaining and parties

 Posted on February 5, 2015 at 12:11 pm

(StatePoint) The look of your party can be just as important as its other elements. So go above and beyond a plain table setting. Set the mood for your party and provide a striking visual to accompany the feast by creating a thematic “tablescape.” The experts at Bed Bath & Beyond are offering three ideas for elevating your entertaining décor: Rustic Living A warm, woodsy vibe invites lingering conversation. Skip

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  • Kirby performs at Elsberry United Methodist Church

     Posted on January 8, 2015 at 11:26 am

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    On Dec. 28 the Elsberry United Methodist Church hosted an organ and violin recital by Mitchell Kirby [above]. Kirby is originally from Troy and is currently a student at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. He treated those in attendance to a number of classical pieces on both the organ and the violin, which he began playing when he was only four years old.

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  • How to throw the sweetest party ever

     Posted on December 31, 2014 at 2:42 pm

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    (StatePoint) How do you put a twist on your entertaining traditions? To add new flavor and excitement to your parties, consider incorporating a series of sweet surprises to delight your guests. The Perfect Pairing You’re probably familiar with the concept of pairing appetizers and entrées with the perfect wines, but you may not realize that it’s just as important for your sweet treats! If you’re serving a particularly sweet candy

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