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Mills retires from IGA after 12 years of service

 Posted on March 26, 2015 at 8:14 am

Susan Mills is retiring from the IGA Deli after 12 years of service. Mills has resided in the Elsberry area for 50 years and worked in food service at the Elsberry R-II School District for approximately 20 years before coming to IGA. Mills said she will miss her coworkers and the IGA customers after she retires, but she is looking forward to having more time for reading, doing puzzles, going

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  • Jeffries responds to Facebook chatter

     Posted on March 25, 2015 at 10:09 am


    Several months ago various Elsberry residents began approaching The Elsberry Democrat and asking why the newspaper wasn’t “doing its job and reporting on the city’s drug problem”. The trouble was, and still is, that the vast majority of these residents refused to provide their names. Even those who were willing to introduce themselves asked that they not appear in the newspaper. In the absence of specific information and without anyone

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  • When the lights go down in the city

     Posted on March 19, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    April Taylor

    April Taylor, chairperson for the Page Branch Park Committee, gave a report during the March 10 meeting of the Elsberry Board of Aldermen in which she announced that the ornamental lights running along the park’s walkway would have to be removed. “The lights are being torn up,” said Taylor. “We don’t have the funds to replace them so we are going to remove the remaining lights that are out there

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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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Dean Tapley upon his induction into the United States Army in 1969.

Tapley relives memories of Vietnam in anticipation of Honor Flight

 Posted on March 25, 2015 at 10:20 am

Honor Flights for America’s veterans are set to pick back up in April and Elsberry resident Dean Tapley is hoping to be one of the first local veterans to participate. “I’m not really sure when I will be chosen but it could be any time between now and the end of the year,” said Tapley. Tapley and a friend have both applied to the Central Missouri Honor Flight Program in

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

     Posted on March 4, 2015 at 11:53 am

    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.

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

 Posted on March 27, 2015 at 8:55 am

Previously, I mentioned that Physical Education teachers at Elsberry Schools are very versatile people, mainly because at any time of the day they could be teaching elementary, middle school, or high school students. Elsberry Alumni Trudy Bull instructs elementary school classes each morning. Her morning hours are followed with Freshmen PE classes, a high school Health class, and her day finishes with fifth or sixth grade students. Currently students in

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  • Flame set to perform at Elsberry FCA event

     Posted on March 27, 2015 at 8:02 am


    The Elsberry R-II Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) will be hosting a concert in the high school gymnasium on April 3 at 7 p.m. The scheduled performer for the event will be the artist “Flame”, who will host a special meet and greet at his merchandise table following the concert. The event itself is free, but there will be a concession stand and the FCA will be collecting a love

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  • Elsberry Alumni Banquet set for May 2

     Posted on March 26, 2015 at 8:52 am


    The annual Elsberry High School Alumni Banquet will be held on May 2 at 6:00 p.m. in the Elsberry High School gymnasium. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. The class of 1965 will be special guests this year and will be honored as 50-year graduates. The class of 1990 will be honored as 25-year graduates. The class of 2015 will be welcomed as the newest Alumni Association members. Graduates of

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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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