John Cheek

“I think I cried the whole tour”

 Posted on January 14, 2015 at 10:22 am

As reported in the Dec. 31, 2014 issue of The Elsberry Democrat, Veterans Coffee Talk of Troy recently received a $5,000 Operation Round Up grant to help transport local veterans on their Honor Flight journey to Washington, D.C. Elsberry resident John Cheek recently had the opportunity to be a part of one of those flights, the last one of 2014 as it turned out. Cheek is originally from Independence and

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  • Three simple ways to trim monthly expenses

     Posted on December 31, 2014 at 2:16 pm


    (StatePoint) Everyone seems to be looking for ways to save more money, especially as the cost of living is on the rise. By trimming expenses on the things you need, you can devote more toward the things you want, as well as save more for the future. Home Maintenance If you’re paying a professional to perform simple home maintenance tasks and keep up the lawn, consider doing it yourself. From

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  • Job Seekers: Resolve to make a better impression in 2015

     Posted on December 31, 2014 at 2:07 pm


    (StatePoint) First impressions matter, particularly when you’re in the market for a new job. While a top notch resume and cover letter can help get your foot in the door, only you can seal the deal. The New Year is the perfect time to revamp your look for a smooth job search. Make a strong first impression at your next interview or networking event with these easy tips: • Be

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End-of-summer trips make for a great end  to a beloved time of year.

End of summer travel tips

 Posted on July 25, 2014 at 11:52 am

Summer is a season beloved by many. Warm air, time off from school and summer hours at the office make the months of June, July and August some of the most relaxing weeks of the year. Unfortunately, like all seasons, summer must eventually come to a close. But even as summer’s end draws near, there is still time to squeeze in one last summer trip. The following are a few

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  • More road work ahead

     Posted on September 27, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Weather permitting, beginning Monday, Sept. 23, MoDOT and its contractor, Blevins Asphalt Construction Company of Mount Vernon, will begin work to seal approximately 17 miles of Hwy 79 from the Pike County line five miles south of Annada to Hwy 47 near Winfield. The project will consist of placing a thin coat of oil and chips on the roadway to seal and protect the pavement and extend the pavement life.

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  • Sandy Creek Bridge reopens to travelers five days early

     Posted on September 25, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Many may have noticed the commute south of Elsberry a little smoother and a lot less dusty. Well that is because construction on Sandy Creek Bridge, just north of Foley has been completed in remarkable time. The bridge, which was supposed to be closed for approximately 45 days, was done in just 40 by Bleigh Construction of Hannibal. The new bridge is 32-feet wide with 12-foot lanes and four foot

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School board recognition week Jan. 25-31

 Posted on January 23, 2015 at 10:11 am

LINCOLN COUNTY — Missourians benefit every day from the dedicated energies and countless hours devoted by a group of more than 3,600 men and women in every community across the state. These public servants are elected by local constituents and do not receive compensation for their tireless efforts. These men and women are the local school board members of Missouri. During the week of January 25-31, communities across the state

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  • Elsberry may be footing the bill for “hold harmless” school districts

     Posted on January 22, 2015 at 10:36 am


    At the Jan. 14 meeting of the Elsberry R-II School Board Superintendent Dr. Tim Reller informed board members that the district may end up losing money down the road in order to satisfy a provision within Missouri’s public school funding formula. Reller explained that Missouri’s foundation formula is not currently fully funded. “There’s a proration factor [that goes along] with it,” said Reller. “Within that there are also some ‘hold

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  • WGU Missouri Offers Tips, Scholarships for Missourians Going Back To School in 2015

     Posted on January 8, 2015 at 12:44 pm

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    ST. LOUIS—(Jan. 7, 2015) With the New Year just beginning, nonprofit online university WGU Missouri is urging working adults to make earning a college degree one of their New Year’s resolutions. For the 755,000 Missourians with some college but no degree, a diploma can be the key to better opportunities. To help inspire potential students, the university is launching the new College Counts 2015 Scholarship. The scholarship subtracts $2,015 (over four

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Morning Star Church Offers Safe Haven for Christmas Blues

 Posted on November 24, 2014 at 12:45 pm

This time of year, Americans are flooded with messages saying they should be full of joy for the holidays – a myth saying that something is wrong with those that feel blue for Christmas. Morning Star Church doesn’t believe this myth and is offering an alternative. Knowing that many people experience profound sadness during the holiday season, Morning Star is hosting its third annual ‘Blue Christmas Service’ on Dec. 17

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  • Elsberry United Methodist Church launches “Community Garden” project

     Posted on September 10, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Elsberry United Methodist Church member Tom Seeger addresses the Elsberry Board of Aldermen during the Aug. 12 meeting.

    During the Aug. 12 meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Elsberry, Tom Seeger, a member of the Elsberry United Methodist Church, addressed the board with regard to the possibility of creating a “community garden” on land currently owned by the city. “About 2 ½ years ago we started a mission project at our church called ‘Feed Them, Teach Them, Love Them’,” said Seeger. “We found certain

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  • Celebrating 160 years of A.B.S. in Lincoln County

     Posted on August 14, 2014 at 10:26 am


    On August 20, the Lincoln County Chapter of the American Bible Society will hold its 160th annual gathering. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a fellowship meal in the Mount Zion A.R. Presbyterian Church located at 861 Hwy. V. The meal is scheduled to end at 7:00 p.m., at which time special music will be provided by Angela Winkelmeier and her parents, Rev. Bill and Brenda Maupin. Bill,

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Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Ambulance district, health department among partners in CO alarm program

 Posted on January 21, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Safe Kids Eastern Quad Counties has partnered with the Lincoln County Ambulance District and Wright City Fire District to secure a grant to provide Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms to families in member counties. Lisa Sitler, RN, PhD health educator with the Lincoln County Health Department wrote the grant that was ultimately approved by Safe Kids. Sitler remarked, “I believe in Safe Kids CO Alarm program, and if it saves one

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  • LCAD takes steps to disinfect ambulances with UV-C Light Technology

     Posted on January 15, 2015 at 7:43 am


    The Lincoln County Ambulance District [LCAD] recently took a big step in keeping the community safe from nasty viruses like Ebola, Flu, MRSA and C-Diff. “LCAD recently purchased four  EDU-435 UV-C Disinfection Lamps, one for each ambulance base,” said LCAD Chief Administrator Ray Antonacci. “These lamps will be used to help disinfect ambulances and the ambulance bases.  They have been shown to protect the public and personnel from exposure to

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  • Advice for navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace

     Posted on January 7, 2015 at 11:11 am


    November 15 marked the beginning of the open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace. That open enrollment period will come to an end on Feb. 15, 2015, and in anticipation of the dread and procrastination that many health care experts are expecting consumers to experience Rick Lindquist and Paul Zane Pilzer, coauthors of “The End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance: Why It’s Good for You, Your Family, and Your Company”,

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