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Michael Bales

Did Bales slip through the cracks?

 Posted on October 29, 2014 at 9:59 am

The recent arrest of Elsberry Police Sergeant Michael Bales has many residents asking how he managed to secure his position with the city while he was a suspect in an ongoing investigation and had a prior arrest record. Bales has been charged with breaking into the home of his stepmother and taking $37,000 in cash that was hidden in a briefcase. In addition, an Apple iPod, a .22-caliber handgun and

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  • Voters may soon be faced with a tough choice

     Posted on October 23, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Elsberry's current lagoon.

    Elsberry voters may soon find themselves in the unenviable position of having to chose between funding a new wastewater treatment plant or facing hefty fines that are likely to be imposed by the Department of Natural Resources [DNR] and the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA]. “People have become more and more Earth-conscious and EPA and DNR regulations have stiffened,” said Alliance Manager Marshall Suddarth. “Thirty years ago half of those regulations

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  • Jeffries sworn in as new Police Chief

     Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Chief Jeffries Sworn In

    Officer Brian Jeffries [center] was officially sworn in as Elsberry’s new Chief of Police during the city council meeting held on Oct. 15. Jeffries was sworn in by Elsberry City Clerk Jo Anne Cordsiemon [at left]. Afterward, Elsberry Mayor Terry Martin [at right] presented Jeffries with his new badge. Jeffries said the focus of his administration would simply be to make sure that the laws are enforced in the city

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IndianHawks Football Announcer Shane Martin

Martin finds his niche behind the microphone

 Posted on October 30, 2014 at 9:22 am

Now that the regular season is over for the Clopton/Elsberry IndianHawks announcer Shane Martin can finally take some time to reflect on his first year behind the microphone. Martin grew up in Arkansas and moved to Missouri during his teenage years. After relocating he spent most of his time in Troy before he and his family moved to the Clarksville area approximately seven years ago. Martin and his wife have

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  • Hills play in Junior Gateway PGA

     Posted on October 10, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Gavin and Garik at Crescent Farms

    Gavin [left] and Garik Hill [right] played at Crescent Farms in Eureka on Sept. 21 in the Junior Gateway PGA. This was Garik’s first time playing in the Junior Gateway PGA. He completed in the 14 and under group and placed 13th out of 17 competitors with a score of 96. Gavin, who competes in the 16-19 year old division, took first place with a score of 76.

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  • Homecoming candidates announced

     Posted on October 8, 2014 at 11:18 am


    Football Homecoming will be held Friday Night, Oct 10 at the Clopton Football Field. The Indian Hawks take on the Van-Far Indians. Candidates for EHS are Jonathan Jansen and Krista Giannakis, seniors; Dillon Zumwalt and Alayna Conrad. juniors; Donovan Guccione and Julia Vaughn, sophomores; and Luke Holtsclaw and Brittney Taubig, freshmen.

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Surprise Party 2

Humphrey celebrates 100th birthday a few months early

 Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:32 am

Elsberry resident Francis Humphrey [above] celebrated her 100th birthday on Oct. 18 at the First Christian Church in Elsberry. Humphrey won’t actually turn 100 until Christmas Eve but due to the fact that so many of her family members live out of state and were unable to make it in during the holidays her friends in Elsberry decided to surprise her with an early birthday party. Humphrey celebrated in the

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  • A day in the life of a conservation agent

     Posted on October 15, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Agent Tim McDaniel [right] accepting his Wildlife Officer of the Year award in 2010.

    The Elsberry Democrat’s October edition of Day-n-the-Life segment is focused on the daily routine of a conservation agent. It seems, however, that there really is no such thing as a typical day in that particular line of work, at least according to Lincoln County Conservation Agent Tim McDaniel. “It varies pretty drastically depending on the time of year,” said McDaniel. “It’s very seasonal. That’s one of the nice things about

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  • Hunt and Joseph help Elsberry discover its past

     Posted on September 3, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Sarah Hunt, librarian at Joseph R. Palmer Family Memorial Library, displays some of the items in the library’s genealogy room. Hunt said recent advances in technology have made it easier for people to trace their roots and become more familiar with their family’s history.

    Recent advances in technology have led to an increased interest in genealogy research and the Elsberry community is certainly no exception. “I think there’s more interest now because people can get online and almost do it all from their computers,” said Sarah Hunt, librarian at the Joseph R. Palmer Family Memorial Library in Elsberry. “If people are willing to pay to join or they can get access to

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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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Citizen's Journalism

Cuivre River Electric Cooperative employees presented non-perishable food items and donated $1,010 cash to Bread for Life Food Pantry in Troy.  From left, Vicki Stonebarger (Cuivre River), Harriet Zuroweste and Becky Wilhoit (Bread for Life), and Lynn White and Patty Williams (Cuivre River) celebrate the donations.

Cuivre River employees donate to Bread for Life Food Pantry

 Posted on December 27, 2013 at 8:26 am

Cuivre River Electric Cooperative employees joined forces to present non-perishable food items and $1,010 cash to the Bread for Life Food Pantry in Troy. The donations were raised though Cuivre River’s “Santa Claus for a Cause” fundraising events, such as chili lunches and blue jean days. Bread for Life, which serves Lincoln County residents, is located at 820 Cap au Gris in Troy and can be reached at 636.528.3646. The

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  • Curnel gets her first deer

     Posted on December 20, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Amber Curnel, of Elsberry, wishes to thank Gus and Wendy Loness, of Elsberry, for allowing her to participate in this years youth hunt on their farm, harvesting her first deer ever.

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  • Robertson earns UCM’s Red and Black Scholarship

     Posted on December 16, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Amanda Robertson

    Dedication to academic success in high school has earned Amanda Robertson, daughter of Kenneth and Tina Riffle, of Elsberry, a Red and Black Scholarship in the amount of $500 per year to attend the University of Central Missouri. The Red and Black Scholarship is awarded to incoming UCM freshmen based upon their high school cumulative grade point average and ACT composite score. The scholarship is renewable and may be received

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Pat Smith

Elsberry R-II Educator Profile

 Posted on October 30, 2014 at 9:16 am

Position – Food Service Number of years at Elsberry Schools – 23 Favorite food – Pizza Favorite color – Pink Favorite quote – When it rains it pours! As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up- Nurse One piece of advice you would want to share with students – Work and study but have fun!

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  • Teacher Talk at Elsberry R-2 School District, by Kim Jones-Media Liaison

     Posted on October 29, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Teacher Talk

    Events at Elsberry Schools are popping up right and left to finish out the first half of the school year. In November, winter sports will be getting underway. This year Middle School basketball games start the first part of November and finish by the end of December. High School basketball teams will begin practicing and their games will start the first part of December and run through the end of

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     Posted on October 28, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Cierra Russell

    This week’s question: Would you cheat if you knew there was no possible way you would ever get caught? Answered by Tori Towery’s MS Lit Analysis Class “The answer is obviously no, or so you would think, but actually about a third of students said that they would cheat if they knew for sure they wouldn’t get caught. (Cheating Statistics). The problem with this is students assume that they won’t

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Jonathan Jansen

Jansen hosts fundraiser to benefit ballpark

 Posted on September 11, 2014 at 9:01 am

Jonathan Jansen, a local Elsberry Troop 391 Boy Scout, has attained the rank of Life Scout and has earned all merit badges needed to achieve his goal of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Scouting. Jansen needs to complete his Eagle Scout Service Project as his last step and wants to do something that will benefit the entire community. As he has been a Scout and baseball player since first

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  • People’s Bank & Trust donates to Relay for Life

     Posted on August 1, 2014 at 9:29 am

    PB&T Donates To Relay For Life

    PB&T Employees raised $445 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life by making a donation in exchange to wear blue jeans and tennis shoes to work. The Relay for Life fundraising events take place all across the country and raise funds to improve cancer survival, decrease the incidence of cancer and improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their caregivers. PB&T employees Kris Moesch, Terry Boling, Jesse

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  • Bencomos run in 5K to raise organ donation awareness

     Posted on June 18, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Hector and Mikal Bencomo

    On June 7, Hector and Mikal Bencomo took part in the 5th annual Lifesaving 5K Run/Walk at Creve Coeur Park in St. Louis. This foundation was created to raise organ donation awareness. Its mission is to educate the public about organ donation and the significant impact each of us can contribute, to significantly increase the number of organ donations in the state of Missouri, to increase awareness about organ donation

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