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Librarian Sarah Hunt talks with children in the summer library program before turning them loose to make their own robots during the final day of the program.

“Fizz, Boom, Read” comes to an end

 Posted on August 20, 2014 at 10:26 am

The ninth annual summer library program has officially come to an end at the Joseph R. Palmer Family Memorial Library in Elsberry. Librarian Sarah Hunt has been orchestrating the program since 1995 and said this year saw some larger than usual numbers. “This year 70 kids took part in the program and they read a combined 30,312 minutes,” said Hunt. The theme of this year’s program, which ran from June

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  • Speech clinic moves services to Troy

     Posted on August 14, 2014 at 10:38 am


    The Walker Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders,  a 501(c)(3) charitable children’s clinic, will be consolidating services to four days a week in Troy and will close the Elsberry location as of Aug. 12. The Walker Scottish Rite Clinic has been serving preschool age children with communication challenges at the Elsberry Clinic site since 2005. The Clinic recognizes Don Bowers and his wife, Winona, for being instrumental in advocating

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  • Will fireworks return to Elsberry?

     Posted on August 14, 2014 at 10:16 am


    On Aug. 6 the city of Elsberry held a meeting at City Hall to discuss the possibility of bringing fireworks back to town for July 4, 2015 along with a revival of the ‘Old Glory Jubilee’ celebration that had been a regular part of Elsberry’s Independence Day Festivities until several years ago. The meeting was open to anyone in the community with an interest in donating the time and effort

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American Legion Baseball

Post #226 victorious in both American Legion All-Star Games

 Posted on August 7, 2014 at 9:31 am

On July 26 the Elsberry American Legion Post #226 sent 17 of its best players to New Haven to compete in the A and AA All-Star Games. Jeff Keiser’s A team sent John Hogan, Blake Kendall and Steve Boedeker. Spencer Keiser was also selected from that team but was unavailable due to the fact that he was playing in the Show Me State Games at the time. Jason Howard’s A

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  • Elsberry sends six of its best to Capital One Bowl

     Posted on August 6, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Pictured above are six of Elsberry’s cheerleaders who qualified to perform at the Capital One Bowl in Jan. 2015. In the back row from left to right are Brittany O’Brien, Megan Henry and Alayna Conrad. In the front row from left to right are Hannah Barber, Krista Giannakis and Jasmine McCullough.

    For the Elsberry R-II High School Cheerleading Squad the 2014-2015 season has started off with two very important firsts. To begin with, this summer was the only one in which the school’s cheerleaders were able to afford to attend a camp. That has never happened before in the entire history of the program. Even more impressive is the fact that several members of the squad performed so well at camp

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  • Cross Country practice dates

     Posted on August 3, 2014 at 11:03 am


    Cross Country practice for the Elsberry High School students will start Monday, Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. at Sun Valley Golf Course. Middle School practice will start on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. at Sun Valley Golf Course. Once school begins practice will be held after schools at Sun Valley. All students are required to bring a current physical to practice.

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Martha Vaughn [right] prepares to take a helicopter flight over Elsberry and New Hope in celebration of her 99th birthday.

Vaughn takes birthday flight

 Posted on August 20, 2014 at 10:21 am

In July The Elsberry Democrat brought readers the story of Martha Vaughn, a long-time Elsberry resident who had recently celebrated her 99th birthday. Vaughn, who is a descendant of Elsberry’s founder Robert Elsberry, turned 99 on July 2 and marked the occasion with a birthday lunch at Broadway Flowers and Fountain with family and friends. When asked by a friend whether there was anything special that she wanted to do

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  • Galloway Memorial Service brings back memories for Pastor

     Posted on August 14, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Pastor took this picture of Denis Galloway in the Highlands of Vietnam during one of the many times that he visited him while he was off duty.

    In April The Elsberry Democrat brought readers the story of Denis Wayne Galloway. Galloway is a graduate of Elsberry High School who was killed in action in Vietnam on Oct. 24, 1966. The impetus for that story was an April 7, 2014 graveside memorial service organized by Walter Davis and his wife to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Galloway’s graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Davis,

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  • Illy takes Honor Flight

     Posted on August 13, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Seen above is a KC-97. Illy served as a boom operator on this type of plane, which was used by the military for mid-air refueling operations after World War II and throughout the early days of the Cold War.

    In the Aug. 6 issue of The Elsberry Democrat readers were treated to the story of Maurice Illy, a local resident who served his country both during and after the Korean War as a boom operator on a KC-97 mid-air refueling plane. Illy flew all over the world with his crew before leaving the military in the late 1950s, at which time he married and began working on his family’s

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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

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 employees donate to Bread for Life Food Pantry

 Posted on December 27, 2013 at 8:26 am

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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  • Curnel gets her first deer

     Posted on December 20, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Amber Curnel, of Elsberry, wishes to thank Gus and Wendy Loness, of Elsberry, for allowing her to participate in this years youth hunt on their farm, harvesting her first deer ever.

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  • Robertson earns UCM’s Red and Black Scholarship

     Posted on December 16, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Amanda Robertson

    Dedication to academic success in high school has earned Amanda Robertson, daughter of Kenneth and Tina Riffle, of Elsberry, a Red and Black Scholarship in the amount of $500 per year to attend the University of Central Missouri. The Red and Black Scholarship is awarded to incoming UCM freshmen based upon their high school cumulative grade point average and ACT composite score. The scholarship is renewable and may be received

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Getting the school year off to a smooth, safe start

 Posted on August 14, 2014 at 11:36 am

There are a great many things for parents and students to think about when the beginning of a new school year rolls around. Unfortunately, one of the most important things to consider is also the one that most commonly gets overlooked – safety. This year Elsberry Superintendent Dr. Tim Reller is determined that the issue of school safety will receive the focus it deserves. One of the areas in which

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  • Elsberry R-II School District welcomes 11 new faces

     Posted on August 13, 2014 at 11:12 am

    (L-R) Andy Perry, Suzan Gnade, David Carter, Kara Borgsmiller, Emily Calvin, Jessica Johnson, Hillari Lagemann, Amy Boedeker, Rebecca Shroyer, Cari Braden and Chad Twellman.

    Change is definitely in the air this year for the Elsberry R-II School District. In all, 11 new teachers will be joining the ranks when school doors officially open on Aug. 14. For starters, Kara Borgsmiller has replaced former high school guidance counselor Julie Basler. Borgsmiller brings with her a substantial amount of experience from a number of different districts. “This is my 13th year in education,” said Borgsmiller. “I

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  • The only constant is change

     Posted on August 13, 2014 at 11:03 am

    This summer construction was seen all around the Elsberry School District as the outside and inside got quite a new and updated look.
Above is work that was being done on the Elementary side as new brick was being laid.

    Summer vacation is officially over for children in the Elsberry R-II School District. On Aug. 14 leisurely summer mornings will be replaced by the shrill cry of alarm clocks and breakfasts that are either wolfed down in two or three huge bites or hardly even touched at all and pajamas and hours in front of the television will give way to new school clothes and races to the bus stop.

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PB&T Donates To Relay For Life

People’s Bank & Trust donates to Relay for Life

 Posted on August 1, 2014 at 9:29 am

PB&T Employees raised $445 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life by making a donation in exchange to wear blue jeans and tennis shoes to work. The Relay for Life fundraising events take place all across the country and raise funds to improve cancer survival, decrease the incidence of cancer and improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their caregivers. PB&T employees Kris Moesch, Terry Boling, Jesse

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  • Bencomos run in 5K to raise organ donation awareness

     Posted on June 18, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Hector and Mikal Bencomo

    On June 7, Hector and Mikal Bencomo took part in the 5th annual Lifesaving 5K Run/Walk at Creve Coeur Park in St. Louis. This foundation was created to raise organ donation awareness. Its mission is to educate the public about organ donation and the significant impact each of us can contribute, to significantly increase the number of organ donations in the state of Missouri, to increase awareness about organ donation

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  • Simpson and Lewis help raise money for Edwards family

     Posted on June 12, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Kiera Simpson and Marissa Lewis

    Keira Simpson and Marissa Lewis, students in Jennifer Patton’s second grade classroom, announced  on May 30 that they had raised money for the Gram Edwards family. Gram is a 5-year old who has been battling leukemia. His sister Lorene and brother Owen both attend Clarence Cannon Elementary School. Simpson and Lewis, who are both classmates to Gram’s sister Lorene, made rubber band bracelets and sold them at their parents places

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