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L.C.A.D. Years of Service Awards

 Posted on March 5, 2015 at 10:38 am

On Feb. 18 the Lincoln County Ambulance District [L.C.A.D.] honored four of its paramedics with Years of Service Awards.  These employees have dedicated their lives and careers to the Lincoln County residents.  Those employees receiving awards included Brenda Jakubczak [top photo] with 35 years of service, Tom Burns [middle photo] with 35 years of service and Chris Huffman [bottom photo] with 25 years of service.  Not pictured is Brian Reed

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  • Reed’s shot off target, “Orange Out the Night” event hits the mark

     Posted on March 4, 2015 at 10:49 am


    (Above Top) Elsberry eighth grade student Nathan Reed prepares to shoot from the half-court line of the Elsberry R-II High School Gym during the “Orange Out the Night” event on Feb. 20. Reed’s name was drawn from a number of entries following a game between the Elsberry Lady Indians and the Silex Lady Owls and he was given the opportunity to shoot for a chance to win $500. He was

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  • Chaney to spend five weeks in Khon Kaen

     Posted on February 26, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Justin Chaney

    Justin Chaney, son of Kelly and Mark Chaney of Troy and grandson of Marilyn and Wayne Tillotson of Elsberry, was recently invited to spend five weeks in Khon Kaen, Thailand this summer. Approximately 16 other college students from four universities involved in a Christian ministry known as Campus Outreach will be making the journey along with Chaney. The trip will take place from May 22 to June 27. Chaney and

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Elsberry's Eighth Grade Lumberjacks

Elsberry’s eighth grade Lumberjacks

 Posted on February 5, 2015 at 9:54 am

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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  • Martin finds his niche behind the microphone

     Posted on October 30, 2014 at 9:22 am

    IndianHawks Football Announcer Shane Martin

    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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Elsberry senior Ashley Thompson [at center] poses with Debbie and Jerry Callahan, co-owners of Elsberry Pharmacy. Thompson began working for the pharmacy on a part-time basis during her junior year of high school and ended up choosing pharmacy as her future career.

An after school job leads to a career for EHS senior Ashley Thompson

 Posted on March 4, 2015 at 11:53 am

Several issues ago in its weekly fun question segment The Elsberry Democrat asked students at Elsberry High School what career they would choose if they could fast-forward their lives by just a few years. EHS senior Ashley Thompson knew the answer without even having to think about it. Thompson stated that she wanted to be a pharmacist and added that not so long ago she was uncertain as to her

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  • Your Final Four from Social Security

     Posted on February 27, 2015 at 8:48 am


    Since 1939, March has meant one thing in the world of sports-March Madness. In this tournament, 68 college basketball teams compete through the month until only the final four teams remain. Coaches gather their teams to drive home the gravity of the moment, reminding them that they’ve worked hard and that how they respond to the pressure directly determines the outcome. When it comes to retirement, you can secure your

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  • Unflinching in the fight against fraud

     Posted on January 9, 2015 at 10:38 am


    “If you’re like most people, you protect what’s valuable to you,” said SSA District Manager Stephanie Raimer. “To protect your family financially, you buy health and life insurance. To protect your home, you get homeowner’s insurance, a security alarm, or perhaps a large dog. To protect your jewelry, you hide it in a safe place or buy insurance in case you need to replace it. To protect your money, you

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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

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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  • 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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February Kiwanis “Terrific Kid Awards”

 Posted on March 5, 2015 at 10:50 am

The Elsberry Kiwanis Club presented its monthly “Terrific Kid Awards” to Clarence Cannon Elementary students on Feb. 25. The awards were presented during the school’s morning gathering activities in the multi-purpose room. Pictured in the front row from left to right are Noah Hausgen, Ali Hausgen, Kenny Jones, Brayden George, Noah Killian, Lillian Hassel, Rex Mauzy and Addi Barber. In the back row from left to right are Stanley Bazaan,

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  • Hagan, Simpson to star in EHS production of “Footloose”

     Posted on March 4, 2015 at 11:43 am

    EHS School Play

    Elsberry High School senior Ashley Hagan and junior Alex Simpson will play the lead roles in the school’s production of “Footloose”, performed by the EHS Drama Department. The musical tells the story of the young and rebellious Ren McCormack [played by Simpson] who moves to the small and strict town of Bomont where dancing is against the law. There he meets the wild preacher’s daughter, Ariel [played by Hagan]. Together

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  • Niche report gives EHS high marks

     Posted on March 4, 2015 at 10:39 am

    The 2015 Niche Public High School Rankings are out and Elsberry High School has received a ranking of 57th.

    The Niche Public High School Rankings have just been released and Elsberry High School is currently ranked 57th on a list of the best public high schools in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Best Public High Schools ranks 14,431 high schools based on dozens of key statistics and 4.6 million opinions from 280,000 students and parents in order to provide a comprehensive assessment of the overall experience at public high

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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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