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Hill hits the ground running as one of Driven’s top salesmen

 Posted on April 16, 2015 at 8:27 am

Elsberry resident Kevin Hill is proving that anytime can be the right time for a career change. “I had been with Davis Ready Mix for the past five years,” said Hill. “I really enjoyed that but I decided that it was time to move on to a new adventure.” Hill said he has always enjoyed being involved in sales, so he approached the owner of Driven Auto Sales on Hwy.

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  • Honor Flight participants set to receive huge welcome home

     Posted on April 15, 2015 at 10:27 am


    The Great River Honor Flight Program operating out of the Hannibal/Quincy area will be experiencing something new this week. On April 16, 35 area veterans will be returning from their trip to Washington, D.C. and for the first time ever they will be welcomed home at various stops along the way. “They will be coming through Troy at approximately 9 p.m. on Thursday,” said Roger Kiesey. Kiesey heads up the

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  • Shaffer and crew help bring “Hope For The Warriors”

     Posted on April 9, 2015 at 11:16 am


    This year Casey’s General Store in Elsberry has once again teamed up with the Hope For The Warriors program in an effort to help better the lives of post-9/11 active duty, National Guard and reserve service members and veterans from all branches of the military. The mission of the program is to enhance the quality of life for these service members and their families, as well as to support families

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Pictured above are Elsberry coaches [back row, left to right] Jeanne Ogden, Kristen Hagemeier, Dustin Robinson, Scott Cleveland, David Carter, Judy Gomel and Chris Tiller. In the front row are [left to right] Trudy Bull, Sam York and Hector Bencomo.

A salute to Elsberry’s coaches

 Posted on March 19, 2015 at 2:53 pm

This week The Elsberry Democrat offers a special salute to all of the coaches in the Elsberry R-II School District. Elsberry has a wealth of talent from which to draw when it comes to coaching. Some of those talented individuals include Chris Tiller, Chad Twellman, Hector Bencomo, Dustin Robinson, David Carter, Scott Cleveland, Trudy Bull, Kenny Youmans, Susan Painter, Jeanne Ogden, Kristen Hagemeier, Judy Gomel, Sam York  and Reagan Skaggs.

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  • Elsberry’s eighth grade Lumberjacks

     Posted on February 5, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Elsberry's Eighth Grade Lumberjacks

    Elsberry’s eighth grade boys have started a traveling team called the Lumberjacks. Although still in its infancy, the team has already established itself by taking second place at a tournament held at Whitmore High School in St. Louis last month. “We beat one of the top teams in St. Louis in the first game,” said Coach Kevin Hill. Pictured above are [back row, l-r] Trevin Blair, Coach Kevin Hill, Hunter

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  • “Best thing since sliced bread syndrome” — not in Elsberry

     Posted on January 2, 2015 at 8:19 am


    It’s the end of the year, which always brings time for reflection. However, as I sat down to write this, I started to get side-tracked. I didn’t just reflect on the past year, I started to think about all the teams I have had a chance to cover in my nine years at The Elsberry Democrat. We have seen championship-after-championship in just about every sport, the addition of a football

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Rachel's Birthday

Donald celebrates her ninth birthday

 Posted on April 15, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Rachel Donald, daughter of Lisa and Carlos Donald of Ballwin, celebrated her 9th birthday with a sleep-over at her home on April 10. Six of her friends from Oak Brook Elementary spent the night. Her brother Andrew and a Kindergartner friend of his enjoyed the early-evening festivities as well. Sending gifts to her party were her paternal grandparents from Guelph, Ontario, Neville and Eileen Donald, and her maternal grandparents from

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  • Greens celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

     Posted on April 15, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Green Anniversary

    Richard and Karen Green recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple entertained a small dinner party. Special guests were their wedding attendants Jim Sutton and Deana Langford. The Greens have one daughter, Darcy, a son-in-law, Lee and two grandchildren, Ethan and Leah. The couple has lived in Elsberry for the entire 50 years of their marriage. Pictured above from left to right are Jim Sutton, Richard Green, Karen Green

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  • MDC says spring turkey hunting looks good for most of Missouri

     Posted on April 13, 2015 at 10:18 am


    Missouri turkey hunters can expect a good spring season overall according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The spring turkey hunting season starts with a youth-only weekend April 11-12 for young hunters ages 6-15. The regular spring season runs April 20 through May 10. “Hunters should generally expect similar opportunities as those during the past several seasons,” said MDC Turkey Biologist Jason Isabelle. “Two-year-old gobblers won’t be as abundant

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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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Nathanel Harris


 Posted on April 17, 2015 at 10:02 am

This week’s question: “Name one thing that others often do that drives you completely crazy? (In other words, what is your pet peeve?)” Answered by Mrs. Mudd’s Fourth Grade Class “What drives me crazy it would be my sisters because they always yell. Another thing is the talking too much. Last thing is they ask me to play my xbox.” “Something that drives me crazy is when i have ask

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  • Elementary hosts fifth annual Math Carnival

     Posted on April 17, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Title I Teacher Carol Spratt assists students during one of the many activities offered to them at the 2015 Elementary Math Carnival held on April 9-10.

    On April 9-10 Clarence Cannon Elementary School in Elsberry hosted its fifth annual Elementary Math Carnival in the school’s multi-purpose room. The two-day carnival is open to all students in grades Kindergarten through fourth and is organized by the district’s Title I teachers Kristen Hagemeier, Carol Spratt and Diane Dietrich. “We spend about two months going through and making sure all of the activities line up with the curriculum,” said

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

     Posted on April 17, 2015 at 9:17 am


    Music just comes natural to some people, and Elsberry Music Teacher JennyLynn Heras is one of those people. She shares her talent every day, all day with the students in grades pre-K through eighth. She does more than just classroom instructing. Students in grades fourth, fifth, and sixth have the opportunity to be a member of a group of singers called “Treblemakers”. After the Christmas program members start rehearsing for

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State seeking organizations to serve meals to children during summer months

 Posted on March 5, 2015 at 11:06 am

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is looking for organizations throughout the state to help feed thousands of children who would otherwise go without meals during the summer months when school is not in session. The Summer Food Service Program reimburses organizations for meals they serve to children who are at risk of not having enough to eat. The program is one way Missouri is working to fight

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  • Peoples Bank & Trust helps create “Brighter Futures” for Elsberry students

     Posted on February 25, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Bright Futures Volunteer Karen Kinsler [at left] poses with the tote full of clothing that the organization recently received from Peoples Bank and Trust in Elsberry. Pictured at right is John Armstrong, vice president and branch manager of Peoples Bank and Trust in Elsberry.

    On Feb. 20 Peoples Bank and Trust in Elsberry donated a supply of clothing to the Bright Futures Program. “Bright Futures has been in Troy for a year,” said volunteer Karen Kinsler. “We are now expanding to Elsberry, the goal of which is to enhance the life of every child by helping to better their school experiences through meeting their basic needs at home.” Some of those basic needs, at

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  • Operation Round Up helps stock food pantry shelves

     Posted on January 2, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    During the final two months of the year, Cuivre River Electric Community Trust volunteers who put Operation Round Up funds to work in their communities directed more than $12,000 to help local food pantries serve hungry families in need. The Immaculate Conception Church Dardenne Prairie Conference of the St. Vincent DePaul (SVDP) Society and the St. Patrick’s Wentzville Conference of the SVDP Society each received $3,000 from Operation Round Up

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