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Chaney to spend five weeks in Khon Kaen

 Posted on February 26, 2015 at 8:08 am

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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  • Miederhoff graduates from Missouri Auction School

     Posted on February 20, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Graduation Photo

    John Miederhoff has successfully completed the course in Auctioneering and Auction Sales Management at the Missouri Auction School. The diploma granted to Miederhoff included the honorary title of Colonel, a title that is a tradition dating back to the Civil War. The concentrated course is conducted by the Missouri Auction School at the world’s largest auction training center. The training included lectures and workshops featuring prominent auctioneers from throughout America,

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  • Modglin brings fireworks back to Elsberry and surrounding areas

     Posted on February 19, 2015 at 9:16 am


    If everything goes according to plan, and there is every indication that it will, Elsberry and a number of other surrounding communities will soon have a new fireworks stand. “Fireworks Fanatics, LLC is a joint venture between two families who are the best of friends,” said Robert Modglin, co-owner of Fireworks Fanatics, LLC. “We believe life is all about making memories with those you love.” Modglin said that some of

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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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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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  • 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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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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Kaylee Calvin


 Posted on February 27, 2015 at 10:44 am

This week’s question: “If you only had the time and/or resources to develop one of your skills and/or talents, which one would you choose and why?” Answered by Mr. Vandivort’s AG class “My public speaking skills because I love being able to do prepared public speaking in FFA and I would like to be better at it.” “I would choose public speaking so that I would be able to do

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  • University of Missouri Fall 2014 graduates

     Posted on February 27, 2015 at 8:35 am


    The University of Missouri has released its list of graduates for the fall semester of 2014. Local students on that list include Katherine Rose Almus of Elsberry, who received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, and Curtis Wayne Smith of Elsberry, who received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance and banking. Other local students on the graduation list include Casey Elise Eggert

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  • Hagemeier named to Culver-Stockton’s Dean’s List

     Posted on February 26, 2015 at 8:14 am


    Brittni Hagemeier, sophomore legal studies major from Elsberry, was named to the Culver-Stockton College Dean’s List for work done during the fall 2014 semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, Culver-Stockton College requires students to meet high academic standards. Dean’s List students have earned between a 3.5 and 3.99 GPA and were enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours, with no grade lower than a C. Culver-Stockton College, located

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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.

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

 Posted on February 25, 2015 at 11:36 am

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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  • 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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