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During their Nov. 10 meeting, Elsberry Special Road District Commissioners Jackie Briscoe [far left], Larry Wheeler [second from left] and Joel Conderman [far right] discussed the possibility of moving from a three-person to a five-person board. Also pictured above is Sharon Johnson [second from right], the district’s secretary.

Does the E.S.R.D. need five commissioners?

 Posted on November 19, 2014 at 9:46 am

The issue of whether or not to move to a five-member board once again reared its head at the Nov. 10 meeting of the Elsberry Special Road District [E.S.R.D.]. E.S.R.D. Presiding Commissioner Larry Wheeler brought the topic up as the first item of new business during the meeting and asked for a motion that would authorize the district’s attorney, Wendy J. Corley, to investigate the possibility of adding two more

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Silex water rates on the rise, by Jacob W. Thompson – Correspondent

 Posted on November 22, 2014 at 11:51 am

SILEX — Residents in Silex will be getting a bit of a surprise on their water and sewer bills after an increase implemented by the city’s board this week. City leaders after conferring with Missouri Rural Water and the Boonslick Regional Planning Commission have raised both rates to address concerns relating to both infrastructure and general cost of operation. While the idea of a rate change has been in the

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  • Silex High School builds new greenhouse on campus, by Jacob W. Thompson – Correspondent

     Posted on November 22, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Silex HS Greenhouse

    SILEX — Progress continues on the newest addition to Silex R-1 School District’s campus as they work on building a greenhouse for the Agricultural Education department. Started in mid-October the project has been moving along bit by bit.  Placed on the edge of the schools parking lot next to the Ag Shop will allow students easy access and a vital new learning resource.

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  • New fitness center to open in 2015

     Posted on November 20, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Elsberry resident Justin Keim and his investor, Ed O’Brien, have secured the building that formerly operated as The Dawg House Bar & Grill [pictured above] and will soon be transforming the property into a gym. The soft opening is currently scheduled for March of 2015.

    In March of 2015 the city of Elsberry will not only be losing a vacant building, it will be gaining a gym. Elsberry resident Justin Keim has been trying to secure a location in town for a gym since earlier this year and his efforts have finally born fruit. “Ed O’Brien, my investor, just acquired the property that was formerly The Dawg House Bar & Grill,” said Keim. “As soon

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Softball Academic All-Conference Team

Fall 2014 EMO Academic All-Conference Athletes

 Posted on November 20, 2014 at 10:43 am

Softball Team [back row, left to right] Sydney Pickard, Hannah Arne, Olivia Brown, Megan Henry, Taylor Barber and Angel Henke. Pictured in the front row from left to right are Tanner Bencomo and Madison Cleveland. For more on this and other stories pick up your copy of The Elsberry Democrat today  from one of our several locations.  You can also sign up for the online edition by visiting and

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  • Braves, Lady Braves play for title at Elsberry Tournament

     Posted on November 19, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Boys 1st Place Trophy

    Braves claim first place trophy Despite a slow start in the championship game against Bowling Green last Wednesday the Elsberry Braves turned up the heat holding off the Bobcats and winning the Elsberry Tournament. Members of the team are eighth graders: Carson Trammell, Jordan Simmons, Trevin Blair, Hunter Grills, Brock Howard, Stephen Boedeker, Michael Harrison, Derrick Taylor, Clayton Martin, Layton Bartlett, Nathan Reed, Garik Hill, Trevor Anthony, Jimmy Dickens and

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  • Middle School Basketball returns to EMS

     Posted on November 17, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    2014 Elsberry Braves Basketball Team

    The middle school basketball season is once again underway at Elsberry R-II and both teams are off to solid starts. This year’s middle school boys team is made up of seventh grade students Ethan Davis, Jon Davis, Dakota Thornhill, Aiden Miller, Bryan Hamilton, Shane Lewis and Jake Rimel. Eighth graders on the team include Carson Trammell, Jordan Simmons, Trevin Blair, Hunter Grills, Brock Howard, Stephen Boedeker, Michael Harrison, Derrick Taylor,

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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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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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