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Ross honored at CMU Banquet

 Posted on May 22, 2015 at 2:43 pm

Brendan Ross recently won the Dr. Marianne Inman Award given in honor of the former president of Central Methodist University [CMU]. The award is given to a CMU sophomore who exhibits good citizenship, performs community service, has good social standing and maintains a grade point average above a 3.0. Ross is one of the CMU golf team captains and recently received his award at the annual CMU All-Sports Banquet. He

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  • Bristol Manor receives certificate of excellence

     Posted on May 21, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Bristol Manor, a residential care facility in Elsberry, was recently awarded a certificate of excellence by the Missouri Assisted Living Association.

    Bristol Manor, a residential care facility in Elsberry, was recently awarded a certificate of excellence by the Missouri Assisted Living Association certifying that the facility was “deficiency free” in 2014. “As Missourians we are extremely fortunate to have facilities such as these leading the way in long term care for our seniors,” said Missouri Assisted Living Association Director Keith Sappington. “One of our state’s greatest treasures is our seniors, and

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  • Elsberry R-II teams with the community to help raise funds for Maddie “O”

     Posted on May 20, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Maddie O

    The Elsberry R-II School District and the local community came together on May 14 to help Elsberry Middle School student Maddie “O” and her family raise funds to offset the costs incurred during Maddie’s battle with cancer. Those funds were raised via a drawing for a handmade quilt and Cardinal baseball tickets. Leanna Bueneman was the winner of the quilt and the tickets were won by Robin Stafstrom of Broadway

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Bencomo signs with Jefferson Community College

 Posted on May 14, 2015 at 10:06 am

On May 12 Elsberry senior Tanner Bencomo officially signed a letter of intent to attend and play basketball for Jefferson Community College in Hillsboro. Pictured above are [front row left-right] Elizabeth Bencomo [Tanner’s mother], Tanner Bencomo, and Hector Bencomo [Tanner’s father]. In the back row from left to right are Elsberry R-II Activities Director Chad Twellman and  Steve Jarvis, head women’s basketball coach at Jefferson Community College.

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  • Meet Elsberry’s feeder teams

     Posted on April 26, 2015 at 10:01 am

    4th grade Basketball
Front row: Emily Johnson, Candace Dowell, Mya Pflasterer, Addyson Steele, Indyanna Richardson. Back row: Coach Crystal Dowell, Neosho Henderson, Mckenzie Gladney, Emily Moellman, Alyssa Love, and Mia Spurlock.

    Pictured are Elsberry’s fourth grade basketball feeder team coached by Crystal Dowell, and the fifth and sixth grade [teams one and two] teams coached by Dowell and Greg Pflasterer. Each of these four teams competed in tournaments at Clopton, Elsberry, Montgomery City, Bowling Green, Van-Far and Mark Twain during the spring 2015 season.      

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  • Lesley signs with Northern Colorado

     Posted on April 23, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Former Elsberry Indian Kenny Lesley will be joining the ranks of the North Colorado Bears for the upcoming 2015-2016 college basketball season.

    Greeley, Colo. – The Northern Colorado men’s basketball team padded its roster with the addition of Kenny Lesley. Head coach B.J. Hill announced on Wednesday that Lesley will be joining the Bears for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Lesley hails from Elsberry, Missouri where he was a stand-out during his high school career. At 6”8, Lesley brings not only height, but versatility with him and adds much needed depth at the

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Elsberry DU Committee attends State Convention

 Posted on May 14, 2015 at 9:49 am

The Elsberry Ducks Unlimited [DU] Committee recently traveled to Columbia for a fun night at the State DU Convention and Awards Ceremony. In the above photo, the committee poses with State Chairman Bill Cox, who is originally from the Elsberry area. Members pictured include Darrell and Susan Painter, Joe and Donna Pott, Tony and Leslie Martin, Scott Mills, Matt Jones, Chris Koch, Alan Lagemann. Bill Cox is pictured in the

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  • Wilch struggles to reclaim his life following identity theft

     Posted on May 13, 2015 at 11:30 am


    The April 29 edition of The Elsberry Democrat contained a story about local residents Sarah Hunt and Rob Guinness and some of the experiences they had been forced to go through as the result of identity theft. Hunt and Guinness discovered their identities had been stolen when they attempted to file their taxes online and found that someone else had already done so. In the article, Hunt mentioned that she

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  • Troop #391 braves the weather to raise summer funds

     Posted on April 30, 2015 at 9:49 am


    On April 25 Cub Master David Wait of Elsberry Cub Scout Pack #391, along with a number of his scouts and troop leaders, took to the streets to raise money for the pack’s summer activities. Wait’s teams stood at the four-way stop at Broadway and Hwy. 79 and collected donations from passing motorists. Pack #391 will be hosting their annual pancake breakfast at the Elsberry United Methodist Church on May

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Pet Stories

Studies indicate that veterinary visits are in decline, a disturbing trend that may be putting pets' health in jeopardy.

Preventative care important for pets

 Posted on July 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm

According to a 2011 Bayer Veterinary Care Usage study, companion animal veterinary visits have been declining over the past several years. Study participants reported their pets saw the vet nearly 20 percent less than they did a mere four years ago. The infrequency of vet visits might be traced to a host of factors, including financial concerns stemming from the recent recession, the high cost of veterinary care, increased use

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Missouri Mom Wins National Scholarship

 Posted on March 9, 2015 at 3:32 pm

SAINT PETERS, Missouri, Feb. March 9 — announced Sarah Czarnecki, 34, of Saint Peters, Missouri, is one of three winners of the company’s $1,000 national Working Parent Scholarship. “Winning this scholarship was both exciting and humbling. Knowing there is less of a financial burden my family has to face is a great feeling,” said Czarnecki, who has two children and is a nursing student at St. Charles Community College

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  • Missouri Property Owners Can Appeal Real Estate Assessments in 2015

     Posted on January 14, 2015 at 11:15 am

    JANUARY 9, 2015, St. Louis, Missouri…Missouri property owners that disagree with real property reassessments in 2015 can appeal those assessments to potentially lower their tax bill, notes Drey A. Cooley, attorney with the law firm Capes, Sokol, Goodman & Sarachan, P.C. “Commercial and residential property owners, including not-for-profit organizations, are entitled to appeal their assessments – not all real property assessments are accurate,” says Cooley, who represents property owners before

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  • The Elsberry Kindergarten students share their thoughts on how a Thanksgiving turkey is made

     Posted on November 26, 2014 at 12:01 pm


    We all know kids say the “Darndest” things. But have you ever asked them about how a Thanksgiving turkey is made? The Elsberry Kindergarten students share their thoughts on how a Thanksgiving turkey is made! Mrs. Sodemann’s Kindergarten Class Camden Brewer My mom buys are turkey at Wal-Mart. She buys on that weighs ten pounds and is six inches tall. It costs either 50 cents or 50 dollars. Mom as

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Members of the EHS Jazz Band perform “Ain’t Misbehavin”, “Over The Rainbow” and “Easy Street”.

Elsberry R-II hosts 2015 spring music concert

 Posted on May 22, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Elsberry high school and middle school students participated in the school’s annual spring music concert on  May 12. The event, which took place in the Elsberry High School Gymnasium at 6:30 p.m., featured the sixth through eighth grade bands, the jazz band, the high school choir and the high school band. Each of those groups performed under the direction of Elsberry Band and Choir Director Rebecca Shroyer. The sixth grade

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  • Leadership Day at Clarence Cannon receives high marks from attendees

     Posted on May 21, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Clarence Cannon students explain their leadership roles to some of the visitors who attended the May 7 Leadership Day.

    On May 7 Clarence Cannon Elementary School presented its 2015 Leadership Day and played host to 38 guests from other school districts and from area businesses, all of whom came out to see just how the facility was implementing The Leader in Me curriculum that they have been giving so much attention to as of late. An offshoot of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Leader in Me

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  • EHS says farewell to Class of 2015

     Posted on May 20, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Elsberry High School Class of 2015

    As another school year comes to an end it is time once again to say farewell to the graduation seniors, the Class of 2015. Commencement was held on Sunday, May 17 at 2 p.m. at the Elsberry High School Gymnasium. Forty-two seniors, along with family, friends and faculty filled the gymnasium as Superintendent Tim Reller, Ed.D welcomed everyone. Olivia Brown and Amanda Talbot provided the senior addresses. Olivia Brown received

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Gram and his family pose on the couch in his new bedroom. Cheryl Snow, interior designer for Special Spaces, said the furniture for the new room was chosen specifically to have an industrial look that matched Gram’s desired monster truck theme.

Special Spaces St. Louis creates another place of peace and hope for an Elsberry child

 Posted on May 6, 2015 at 10:49 am

Sharing a room with his brother just got a lot more fun for Elsberry Kindergarten student Gram Edwards. On May 2 Edwards, who has been battling T-cell Leukemia for some time now, was the latest recipient of a new bedroom courtesy of Special Spaces St. Louis. Special Spaces operates on the belief that children battling life-threatening illnesses need their own special spaces, places of hope and inspiration where they can

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