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Elsberry couple busted for cooking meth

 Posted on January 29, 2015 at 8:53 am

On Saturday, Jan. 17, around 2 p.m., a Lincoln County deputy was on patrol in unincorporated Lincoln County along Highway V when he observed two individuals and a red Pontiac Grand Am sitting near an old abandoned outbuilding on his family’s property. Looking suspicious and unusual, the deputy investigated. Upon pulling up near the outbuilding, the deputy observed a male subject quickly walk from behind the building. Feeling something was

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  • Elsberry patrol vehicle damaged during Dickerman arrest

     Posted on January 29, 2015 at 8:32 am


    On Jan. 23 the Elsberry Police Department responded to a call made by the manager of the Abel’s Quick Shop in Elsberry. Upon arrival, the responding officer found that John A. Dickerman was asking Abel’s customers for money, both inside the establishment and in the parking lot. Dickerman had already been banned from Abel’s due to at least one previous incident. He was placed in a patrol car and transported

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  • Could help be on the way to finance a new wastewater plant?

     Posted on January 21, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Elsberry's current lagoon. The Elsberry Community will soon have to upgrade to a wastewater treatment facility in order to remain in compliance with DNR and EPA regulations.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] launched the Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center on Jan. 16 to help communities across the country improve their wastewater, drinking water and stormwater systems, particularly through innovative financing and by building resilience to climate change. The new finance center may be coming at just the right time as far as the Elsberry community is concerned. As The Elsberry Democrat has previously reported, the

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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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  • 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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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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  • 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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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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Felicia Toeniskoetter

Elsberry R-II Educator Profile

 Posted on January 29, 2015 at 8:56 am

Position –  Elem. Aide Number of years at Elsberry Schools –  this is 6th full time Favorite food – chocolate Favorite color – purple Favorite quote – Choose “Kind” As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up- Mom What is one of your fondest memories working at Elsberry - watching kids grow and learn One piece of advice you would want to share with students

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  • Anthony named to All-Academic Team during MFA Shootout

     Posted on January 28, 2015 at 11:54 am


    On Jan. 18 the Elsberry Indians traveled to Columbia to compete in the 22nd Annual MFA Oil Break Time Shootout at the Mizzou Arena. Prior to each game of the shootout individual honors were bestowed upon those players from each team who had achieved the highest cumulative grade point averages. Those players were then named to the All-Academic Team for the event. Pictured above is Elsberry Indian Logan Anthony [at

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  • Anthony wins EMS National Geographic Bee

     Posted on January 26, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Chris Tiller, Elsberry Middle School Social Studies Teacher, presents Trevor Anthony a medal for his top place finish.

    Elsberry Middle School recently held their annual National Geographic Bee for students in grades fifth through eighth. For the second straight year, eighth grade student Trevor Anthony came out on top after the competition was over. The contest started  with all students answering seven questions, then the competition narrowed down to the top 10 students in the middle school. Those students were Trevor Anthony, (8); Raul Barragan, (6); Tori Edwards,

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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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  • Area churches come together to help those in need

     Posted on December 20, 2014 at 9:16 am


    On Dec. 12 the Elsberry Ministerial Alliance met at the Elsberry United Methodist Church to assemble food baskets for those in need during this holiday season. Volunteers worked diligently throughout the morning dividing up canned goods and other items and packing them into individual boxes, which were then disbursed to needy families in the area on Dec. 13.

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  • George family continues tradition of honoring veterans

     Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:29 am

    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].

    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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