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Elsberry children get an early visit from Kris Kringle

 Posted on December 19, 2014 at 10:48 am

Santa Claus visited Elsberry on Dec. 14 and was driven from house to house by members of the Elsberry Police and Fire Departments. Jolly Old Saint Nick arrived at approximately 12:30 p.m. and made stops in each of Elsberry’s various neighborhoods distributing bags of candy to the children who were gathered there. Pictured are some of Santa’s stops in the Elsberry subdivision of Hillcrest.

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  • Donald celebrates his sixth birthday

     Posted on December 18, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Andrew Donald

    Andrew Donald, son of Lisa and Carlos Donald of Ballwin, celebrated his sixth birthday on Oct. 25 at Bounce U with his Kindergarten class. Attending the party in addition to Andrew’s parents and classmates were his big sister Rachel, his paternal grandparents Neville and Eileen Donald of Guelph, Ontario, Canada and his maternal grandparents Keith and Judy Palmer of Elsberry. Andrew’s birth date is October 24.

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  • Between a rock and a hard place

     Posted on December 18, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Elsberry's current lagoon

    As The Elsberry Democrat has previously reported, the city of Elsberry will soon be in the position of having to change its current wastewater treatment system in order to comply with increasingly strict regulations from the Department of Natural Resources [DNR] and the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA]. “People have become more and more Earth-conscious and EPA and DNR regulations have stiffened,” said Alliance Manager Marshall Suddarth. “Thirty years ago half

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IndianHawks Football Announcer Shane Martin

Martin finds his niche behind the microphone

 Posted on October 30, 2014 at 9:22 am

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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  • Homecoming candidates announced

     Posted on October 8, 2014 at 11:18 am


    Football Homecoming will be held Friday Night, Oct 10 at the Clopton Football Field. The Indian Hawks take on the Van-Far Indians. Candidates for EHS are Jonathan Jansen and Krista Giannakis, seniors; Dillon Zumwalt and Alayna Conrad. juniors; Donovan Guccione and Julia Vaughn, sophomores; and Luke Holtsclaw and Brittney Taubig, freshmen.

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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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  • Wombles embraces expat lifestyle and devotes herself to helping orphans

     Posted on December 3, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Former Elsberry resident Tammy Wombles with one of the children she has helped as an orphanage volunteer in China.

    The Oct. 15, 2014 issue of The Elsberry Democrat brought readers the story of Chris and Leslie Fuller. The Fullers are an area family with roots in Elsberry and in October they were working to raise funds in preparation for the adoption of their third child from China. That story got the attention of another former Elsberry resident, Tammy Wombles. Wombles was raised in Elsberry and graduated from Elsberry High

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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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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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  • 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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 Posted on December 20, 2014 at 9:52 am

This week’s question: “If you could change one rule that your family has, what rule would you chance and why?” Answered by Mrs. Jones Fourth Grade Class “I would change that I had to do the dishes before hunting. I would change that rule by hunting and not doing the dishes at all.” “I would change one rule and it would be don’t watch scary movies at night cause I

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  • Santa, elves make an appearance at EHS Book Fair

     Posted on December 19, 2014 at 10:32 am


    The Elsberry High School Book Fair was held in the EHS library during the first week of December. The fair, which had a holiday theme, was sponsored by Scholastic and the event raised $2,100 to go toward free books [in lieu of cash]. “We can use the ‘Scholastic dollars’ in the spring for the pre-K through 12th grade book giveaway which is sponsored by the Friends of Elsberry Literacy,” said

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  • “Feeling Groovy About Leadership”

     Posted on December 19, 2014 at 10:27 am

    "Feeling Groovy About Leadership"

    On Dec. 12 teachers at Clarence Cannon Elementary School in Elsberry reached back several decades into their respective closets and came to work dressed in their best period attire from the 1960s and early 1970s in order to show their students that  they were “Feeling Groovy About Leadership”.

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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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  • FFA members help The Salvation Army ring in the Christmas season

     Posted on December 12, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Bell Ringers First Weekend

    On Dec. 6 members of the Elsberry FFA Chapter began their first weekend of bell ringing for The Salvation Army outside of the Elsberry IGA. Pictured above are [left to right] Philip Brickey, Kaylee Calvin and Alex Boedeker

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