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Harmony M. Culbreath
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Suspicious death near Elsberry ruled suicide

 Posted on January 28, 2015 at 11:22 am

The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis was called in to investigate the death of a woman whose body was found by deputies in the first block of Goodwood Trail just south of Elsberry on Hwy. 79 at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 20. On Jan. 21 the body was identified as that of 38-year old Harmony M. Culbreath of Elsberry. During the initial stages of the investigation approximately

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Election 2014

Filings for spring election wrapped up

 Posted on January 28, 2015 at 11:45 am

LINCOLN COUNTY — Several contested races in many areas in the upcoming April spring elections. Silex R-I: Ben Henke, Kim Ellis. Elsberry R-II: Kandi Kinsler, Andy Burkemper. Troy R-III: Ron Mills, Dan Reed, Mary Sue Thompson and Stacy McLaughlin. Winfield R-IV: Wesley Burch, Melanie Jordan, Jennifer Bryan, Billie Lamb and Andrew Dodd. Two seats in each school district is are available. In the municipal elections, the following are candidates: Troy:

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  • Commissioners sign proclamation

     Posted on January 22, 2015 at 8:58 am


    On January 13, members of the Lincoln County Right to Life group gathered to witness the Commissioners of Lincoln County sign a proclamation declaring January 22 as a day in memoriam for unborn children. Signing the proclamation were (seated, L – R): Matt Bass, Dan Colbert and Gene Galloway. Those in attendance were Fr. Charles Tichacek, Donna Shilharvey, Dane Stuckey, Norma Padella, Brock Stuckey, Shirley and Jim Rothermich, Darlene Loeb,

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  • Candidates file for positions to April spring elections

     Posted on January 14, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Election 2014

    Several contested races are forming in many areas in the upcoming April spring elections. As of 10 a.m. Jan. 7, 2015, candidates for school board positions include: Silex R-I: Ben Henke. Elsberry R-II: Kandi Kinsler. Winfield R-IV: Wesley Burch, Melanie Jordan, Jennifer Bryan and Billie Lamb. Two seats in each school district are available. Interested candidates may file in the Superintendent office in the school districts. In the municipal elections,

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Krista Giannakis, Brittany O’Brien and Jasmine McCullough pose for a quick photo before cheering at the halftime performance of the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1.

Giannakis, O’Brien and McCullough represent Elsberry R-II in Orlando

 Posted on January 29, 2015 at 8:47 am

Last summer six members of Elsberry’s high school cheerleading squad performed so well before camp judges that they each qualified to cheer as members of the Capital One Bowl All American Cast during the Capital One Bowl halftime performance in Orlando on Jan. 1. That honor came with a price tag, however, as each of those six cheerleaders was required to pay approximately $1,400 [travel not included] for the privilege

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  • Defense paves the way for young Indians squad

     Posted on January 28, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Elsberry Indian Tyler Turnbull with a shot from three-point range in the Indians heartbreaking loss to Louisiana last week.

    The Elsberry Indians lost a nail-biter to the Louisiana Bulldogs on Jan. 20 by a razor-thin margin of 57-55. “We showed great heart and great pride,” said Head Coach Chad Twellman. “Our biggest problem was the way we played in the second quarter. We sort of laid an egg and forgot to play hard after coming out and playing a nice first quarter.” That second quarter lapse allowed Louisiana to

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  • ‘Momma said there’d be days like this’

     Posted on January 28, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Silex's Kate Nolan (44) blocks out Elsberry's Kate Boedeker (25) in the opening round of the Bowling Green Tournament. Silex defeated Elsberry and will play Bowling Green at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Elsberry will face off against Louisiana at 7 p.m.

    The Elsberry Lady Indians finished off last week with an away game against the Louisiana Lady Bulldogs on Jan. 23. Elsberry defeated Louisiana earlier in the season during the consolation round of the Clopton Tournament and Head Coach Hector Bencomo said prior to the Jan. 23 game that he was concerned the Lady Bulldogs would be hungry for revenge. That fear proved to be well founded as Louisiana got on

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John Cheek

“I think I cried the whole tour”

 Posted on January 14, 2015 at 10:22 am

As reported in the Dec. 31, 2014 issue of The Elsberry Democrat, Veterans Coffee Talk of Troy recently received a $5,000 Operation Round Up grant to help transport local veterans on their Honor Flight journey to Washington, D.C. Elsberry resident John Cheek recently had the opportunity to be a part of one of those flights, the last one of 2014 as it turned out. Cheek is originally from Independence and

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  • Three simple ways to trim monthly expenses

     Posted on December 31, 2014 at 2:16 pm


    (StatePoint) Everyone seems to be looking for ways to save more money, especially as the cost of living is on the rise. By trimming expenses on the things you need, you can devote more toward the things you want, as well as save more for the future. Home Maintenance If you’re paying a professional to perform simple home maintenance tasks and keep up the lawn, consider doing it yourself. From

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  • Job Seekers: Resolve to make a better impression in 2015

     Posted on December 31, 2014 at 2:07 pm


    (StatePoint) First impressions matter, particularly when you’re in the market for a new job. While a top notch resume and cover letter can help get your foot in the door, only you can seal the deal. The New Year is the perfect time to revamp your look for a smooth job search. Make a strong first impression at your next interview or networking event with these easy tips: • Be

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Kirby performs at Elsberry United Methodist Church

 Posted on January 8, 2015 at 11:26 am

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


    (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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  • Senate Theater hosts Star Wars marathon

     Posted on September 3, 2014 at 9:56 am

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    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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