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Gram [above] was unable to attend the check presentation on Oct. 23 because he was in the hospital. His mother and siblings took the check to him afterward. The only thing bigger than the check was Gram’s $5,000 smile.

Soccer teams help “Team Gram” crush cancer

 Posted on October 29, 2014 at 10:04 am

Something rare and special took place during the halftime break of Elsberry’s last regular season soccer game on Oct. 23. The game took place on Elsberry’s home turf and was played against the Indians’ chief rivals, the Winfield Warriors. It was an extremely competitive contest that eventually ended in a 1-1 tie. Following the senior night halftime festivities, however, both teams temporarily put aside their respective desires to win and

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American Legion Auxiliary unit installs 2014-2015 officers

 Posted on October 30, 2014 at 9:13 am

Following a carry in dinner, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 226 recently installed new officers for the 2014-2015 year. Serving the Unit are Margie Koch- President, Reagan Skaggs – Vice-President, Laura Evans – Secretary, Robyn Loesing – Treasurer, Donna Pott – Chaplain, Sarah Miederhoff – Historian and Kelly Burkemper and Mindy Reed -  Sgt at Arms/Color Bearers. Koch is also serving at the District level as 9th District Historian. Committee

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  • Ambulance District hosts town hall meeting in Elsberry

     Posted on October 29, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Lincoln County Ambulance District Chief Administrator Ray Antonacci [left] looks on as the district’s accountant Ray Rognan [right] explains to Elsberry residents the various statistics associated with Proposition S, the district’s proposed tax increase that will be on the ballot on Nov. 4.

    The Lincoln County Ambulance District will once again be asking voters to support a tax increase during the general election this November. The increase, or Proposition S as it is more commonly known, was rejected by voters in Lincoln County during the primary election in April but board members chose to place it on the ballot again and they have spent the months since the April election doing everything possible

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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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Senior Night Group Photo


 Posted on October 30, 2014 at 9:56 am

Pictured above are senior members of Elsberry’s varsity soccer team. From left: Jacob Braden, Kris Pearson, Ben Rhoades, Dalton Barber, Grant Pifer, Kate Boedeker and Head Coach Dustin Robinson. For pictures of each senior member along with his or her parents, see page 17 of this week’s issue of The Elsberry Democrat.

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  • IndianHawks suffer season ending loss at Districts

     Posted on October 30, 2014 at 9:33 am

    The Clopton/Elsberry IndianHawks were unable to hold off the Van-Far Indians during the first round of district play on Oct. 24. Van-Far did most of their scoring early and despite an offensive flurry by the IndianHawks in the second half the game ended in a 26-24 loss for Clopton/Elsberry.

    It’s often said that revenge is a dish best served cold and the Clopton/Elsberry IndianHawks experienced that first hand during the first round of district football play on Oct. 24. A few weeks earlier, the IndianHawks pulled off a razor-thin 14-12 victory over the Van-Far Indians during homecoming. They drew that same opponent for the first round of districts. This time, however, the Indians were ready to return the favor.

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  • Kinsler, Gladney medal at Bowling Green

     Posted on October 30, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Elsberry’s Naomi Gladney earned a medal at the Oct. 24 Bowling Green Invitational with her seventh place finish and a time of 22:38.

    Elsberry’s Varsity Cross-Country teams competed against 19 other schools during the Bowling Green Cross-Country Invitational on Oct. 24. The girls 5K saw 61 harriers leave the line at the 4 p.m. gun. Naomi Gladney led the Elsberry pack and earned a medal with a seventh place finish and a time of 22:38. “I was pretty pleased with that time,” said Head Coach Ezra Tillotson. Tillotson was also happy with the

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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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