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January 2015 Palmer Library News, by Sarah Hunt-Palmer Librarian

 Posted on January 31, 2015 at 9:48 am

Great things have arrived at the library for 2015. During this cold stretch it is always good to eat hearty and we have Kay Robertson’s (of Duck Dynasty fame) new cookbook called “Miss Kay’s Kitchen”. It is chock full of down home wisdom and great recipes for winter comfort food. Check it out, cook and bring us samples! If you would just like straight up Duck Dynasty wisdom, try “The

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  • Conners welcome home twin baby girls

     Posted on January 31, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Conner Twins

    Chris and Kelsi Conner of Elsberry welcomed two new baby girls into their family on Nov. 28, 2014. Emeri Jordan was born at 11:10 p.m. She weighed 5lbs. 5oz and was 18 inches long. Emeri’s sister Azlyn Grace was born at 11:11 p.m. She weighed 4lbs 15oz. and was 17 3/4 inches long. Proud grandparents are Alan and Katie Lagemann of Elsberry and Margie and Jerry Herring of Elsberry. Emeri

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  • Mueller graduates from St. Louis County Fire Academy

     Posted on January 30, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Travis Mueller

    On Dec. 10 Travis Mueller of Elsberry graduated from the St. Louis County Fire Academy. The ceremony was held at the Maryland Heights Community Center where 29 graduates from throughout the St. Louis area were recognized for their achievement at the 94th Recruit Graduation. The eleven week academy involved classroom lectures on safety, building construction, fire behavior, fire control, rescue operations and vehicle extrication, as well as live burn training

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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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Ashley Morgan


 Posted on January 31, 2015 at 3:38 pm

This week’s question: “Based on something you have already done, how might you make it into the Guinness Book of World Records?” Answered by Mrs. Heitman’s Class “The most accidents in a totally safe environment.” “The most hypothetical question.” “Drinking the most cartons of milk in one sitting.” “Having the most tennis shoes in one closet.”

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

     Posted on January 31, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Teacher Talk

    Students are, without a doubt, quizzical of the world around them. They constantly have questions about the world around them that they find interesting. In our sixth grade science class, students are going to spend the next month and a half exploring answers to questions that interest them using the steps in the Scientific Method. Students will start by observing and asking a testable question for their experiment. After gaining

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  • EMS students put their work on display at Palmer Library

     Posted on January 30, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Use 3

    The Elsberry R-II sixth grade art classes are currently displaying their artwork at the Joseph R. Palmer Family Memorial Library. “They were studying Ancient Greece in their classroom so I decided to incorporate their curriculum into the art room as well,” said Elsberry R-II Middle School/Elementary Art Teacher Mandy Hartley. Hartley’s students drew a series of Greek vases, a project that took them approximately four class periods. “We talked about

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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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