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Workers prepare to direct traffic on Hatfield Road on July 29.

Is E.S.R.D. shooting from the hip with road maintenance?

 Posted on July 30, 2014 at 10:02 am

Over the course of the last few months there has been a significant amount of debate and turmoil in the Elsberry community with regard to the Elsberry Special Road District [E.S.R.D.] and the decision of the District’s Commissioners to spend the vast majority of this year’s repair and maintenance funds on portions of Old Hwy. 79 and Hatfield Road. After sifting through the maze of arguments in favor of and

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Flooding

Water on Old Hwy. 79 vexes commuters

 Posted on July 24, 2014 at 10:13 am

The recent flooding in the Elsberry area has kept the Elsberry Fire Department busy these last few weeks. However, they haven’t been dealing with the usual barrage of fires, vehicle accidents or other injuries. Rather, they’ve been rescuing people whose vehicles have somehow become trapped in rising river water. On July 10 two adult males were traveling together and drove off into the floodwater on Old Hwy. 79 in Elsberry.

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  • MSHP responds to accident on Brownsmill Road

     Posted on July 24, 2014 at 10:07 am

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    On Saturday, July 12 at approximately 12:41 a.m., Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop C responded to an accident involving a 2004 Dodge Neon driven by Dillon B. Barber, 20, of Elsberry. According to the crash report, Barber was driving westbound on Brownsmill Road in Elsberry. Barber was driving too fast for the road and other conditions and lost control. This caused the vehicle to travel off of the roadway and

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  • Is third time a charm for city gas tax?

     Posted on July 23, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Oil Prices

    In the April 8 general election Elsberry voters approved a citywide one-cent fuel tax that had been proposed as a way to create revenue for the maintenance and repair of the city’s streets. However, the ballot measure passed by a simple majority only, and failed to meet the two-thirds or 66 percent requirement that would have made it official. This was the second time that the tax had been placed

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Sports

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

Legion Baseball Recap

 Posted on June 18, 2014 at 11:10 am

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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  • Legion Baseball versus Mother Nature

     Posted on June 11, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Elsberry AA player Steven Tow

    It was another busy week for Elsberry Legion Baseball. Jason Howard’s A Team started things off with a victory against West on June 3. “Right now we are 7-8 overall but 4-0 in district play,” said Howard. “We are playing too inconsistent at times but we’re seeing improvement.” Both of Elsberry’s A teams were scheduled to play on June 4 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., but Mother Nature had

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Lifestyles

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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Entertainment

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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