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Bill's 40 Year Pin

Haugen recognized for 40 years of service

 Posted on December 10, 2014 at 10:17 am

On Dec. 5 Elsberry Postmaster Bill Haugen [at right] was presented with a certificate and pin commemorating his 40 years of dedication to the United States Postal Service. Haugen has spent the last 20 of those years in Elsberry. He was presented with his certificate and pin by Carol Miller [at left], manager of post office operations.

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  • Jury finds man guilty of child molestation

     Posted on December 5, 2014 at 12:58 pm


    Troy, Mo.-Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney Leah Wommack Askey announced yesterday that Jeremy R. Hobbs, 35, was found guilty of child molestation on Nov. 25. The case was heard in Pike County after a change of venue. The Pike County Jury sentenced him to 10 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Hobbs was 33 years old at the time of the molestation and the victim was five years old. “Cases

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  • Riesenberger named one of Mercy’s “Saints Among Us”

     Posted on December 3, 2014 at 11:48 am


    This year as Mercy Hospital celebrates Mercy Day – the opening of the first House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland in 1827 – they are also taking time to celebrate co-workers who exemplify Mercy’s values and mission. In September, Mercy honored Crystal Riesenberger, RN [pictured above], by naming her one of their “Saints Among Us”. Riesenberger, a nurse in Mercy Hospital’s trauma surgery unit, is the daughter of Ken and

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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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No more errands; stay home for the holidays

 Posted on December 6, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Let’s face it, the last thing you’re going to want to do during this holiday season is another errand. You’ve hung the lights, plugged them in, and were frustrated when you realized you needed to replace one little bulb to make the entire string work. That’s a trip to the store. You opened the cranberry sauce to discover it was mislabeled and you’re holding a delicious can of pink salmon.

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  • Tillotsons celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

     Posted on December 5, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Marilyn And Wayne Tillotson

    Marilyn and Wayne Tillotson of Elsberry celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary Nov. 26-29 at the Wyndham Mountain Vista Resort in Branson. The event was hosted and attended by their daughters Tracy Howard of Elsberry and her husband Kyle, Kelly Chaney of Troy and her husband Mark and their son David Tillotson of O’Fallon. Also attending were grandchildren Jessica Wilson of Hawk Point, Justin Chaney of Cape Girardeau, Dylan Howard of

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  • Wombles embraces expat lifestyle and devotes herself to helping orphans

     Posted on December 3, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Former Elsberry resident Tammy Wombles with one of the children she has helped as an orphanage volunteer in China.

    The Oct. 15, 2014 issue of The Elsberry Democrat brought readers the story of Chris and Leslie Fuller. The Fullers are an area family with roots in Elsberry and in October they were working to raise funds in preparation for the adoption of their third child from China. That story got the attention of another former Elsberry resident, Tammy Wombles. Wombles was raised in Elsberry and graduated from Elsberry High

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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


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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  • Cuivre River employees donate to Bread for Life Food Pantry

     Posted on December 27, 2013 at 8:26 am

    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 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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Christmas Dance king and queen

 Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:51 am

Seniors Paige Hoskins and DaVonte Richards were crowned this year’s EHS Christmas Dance Queen and King Saturday, December 13 on the high school campus. Other member are the court are: (l to r) Lydia Hanneken and Jacob LaCasse, sophomores; Queen and King; Alayna Conrad and Nick Daly, juniors; Taylor Burke and Jordan Oliver, freshmen. Retiring royalty, Kimmie Croxville and Cody Galloway were unable to attend the coronation.

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     Posted on December 14, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Madysen Kinsler

    This week’s question: “Twenty-five years from now, how do you think history will look back on the recent events in Ferguson?” Answered by Mr. Hunter’s History Class “In 25 years from now I hope people will look back at this event and never let this happen again. Maybe if people have an issue with racism, we will hopefully figure out how to help fix the issue instead of rioting.” “Historians

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  • Elsberry R-II Educator Profile

     Posted on December 13, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Kari Shipley

    Position – Kindergarten Aide Number of years at Elsberry Schools – 4 Favorite food – spaghetti Favorite color – pink Favorite quote – Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened! Dr. Seuss As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up- Cow Girl What is one of your fondest memories working at Elsberry -  All the new friends I’ve made here. One piece of

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Elsberry resident Jodi George [far right] and her grandchildren work to create Christmas cards for American soldiers serving overseas. Also pictured is George’s son-in-law  Jacob Roper [at far left].

George family continues tradition of honoring veterans

 Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:29 am

This Christmas 30 of America’s men and women serving the cause of peace and freedom overseas will be reminded that they are not forgotten and that they are still appreciated, and they will have Elsberry resident Jodi George to thank for that. George and her family have been sending Christmas cards and care packages to active duty American soldiers for the better part of a decade now and this holiday

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  • FFA members help The Salvation Army ring in the Christmas season

     Posted on December 12, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Bell Ringers First Weekend

    On Dec. 6 members of the Elsberry FFA Chapter began their first weekend of bell ringing for The Salvation Army outside of the Elsberry IGA. Pictured above are [left to right] Philip Brickey, Kaylee Calvin and Alex Boedeker

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  • Lincoln County Cupboard receives much needed assistance

     Posted on November 27, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Providence Bank Employees 1

    On Nov. 20 employees of Providence Bank in Elsberry donated their time and talent to helping those in need by volunteering at the Lincoln County Cupboard. The pantry also received assistance from four volunteers from Community Opportunities in Troy. 116 families visited the facility that day and Cecile Mesker, president of the Lincoln County Cupboard, said her staff couldn’t have kept pace without the 21 volunteers. “We had a lot

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