Taxes, ex-spouse benefits and you

 Posted on April 3, 2015 at 11:12 am

April 14 is both Ex-Spouse Day and the eve of tax day. These two observances are doubly important if you are an ex-spouse, because Social Security pays benefits to eligible former spouses, and you may need to claim this income on your tax forms. If you are age 62, unmarried, and divorced from someone entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits, you may be eligible to receive benefits based

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  • Tips to trace your family’s past

     Posted on March 20, 2015 at 10:10 am


    (StatePoint) Were your ancestors humble farmers or wealthy nobility? Did they travel to find their fortune or have they always lived close to your current home? Exploring your genealogy can be fascinating. In the 2010 U.S. Census, 34.7 million Americans claimed Irish ancestry, the nation’s second most frequently reported ancestry, representing more than seven times the population of Ireland itself. Those of Irish descent, or those who suspect they have

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  • Must haves for a comfortable move

     Posted on February 20, 2015 at 1:56 pm


    When prepping for the big move into a new home it often seems like there aren’t enough hours in a day. With all the packing and planning it’s easy to get lost in the midst of the chaos. However, there are a few surefire ways to make a move seem less like a full time job. “Moving into a new home is always an exciting experience, but one that requires

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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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Cuivre River’s 2014 Youth Tour delegates, shown here on Capitol Hill, will pass the torch of leadership to a new group of juniors this spring. These delegates, now seniors, include (L-R) Elizabeth Citrowske and Alison Boehmer, O’Fallon; Brandelyn Martin, Silex; Gabe Holtmeyer, Warrenton; Marissa Burch, Winfield; and Grant Cordell, Warrenton. Visit for complete 2015 Youth Tour essay contest details.

CREC Youth Tour contest gets underway

 Posted on February 7, 2015 at 8:30 am

Cuivre River Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CREC) invites high school juniors of Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties to participate in the Youth Tour essay contest. “The Power of Cooperative Principles” is the essay topic chosen for students who enter the competition which begins on Feb. 2. This is Cuivre River’s 47th annual contest to select high school juniors to serve as delegates to the National Youth Tour Conference in

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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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God’s House of Ministry to offer free meal to the community on April 26

 Posted on April 23, 2015 at 9:33 am

Several weeks ago The Elsberry Democrat reported that the Hillcrest Lodge and Motel was returning to Elsberry and shared with its readers the efforts of Lee Hartley and others to operate the facility as both a business and a ministry. Those efforts have already born fruit. “‘God’s House of Ministry’ is up and running,” said Hartley. The church, located at 3407 N. Hwy. 79, enjoyed an attendance of more than

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  • Stations of the Cross to be observed in Elsberry

     Posted on March 26, 2015 at 8:09 am


    The Elsberry Ministerial Alliance would like to invite the residents of Elsberry to join them in a special Easter Worship Experience known as the Stations of the Cross on April 3. The event, held on Good Friday, will begin at the Elsberry United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. After attendees have assembled, the group will leave the church and proceed along a pre-planned route on Broadway. In the event of

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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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Lincoln County Health Department releases March 2015 inspection results

 Posted on April 16, 2015 at 8:33 am

The Lincoln County Health Department has released the results of its March 2015 inspections. Three of Elsberry’s businesses and eateries received the attention of the health department last month. These included the Elsberry Nutrition Center, H.L. Purdin High School and the Lincoln County Cupboard. The Lincoln County Health Department inspects each food establishment at least once every six months and more often if warranted. At each inspection the establishment is

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  • Lincoln County Medical Center becomes Mercy Hospital Lincoln

     Posted on April 8, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Moments following the formal ‘Blessing’ and dedication of Mercy Hospital Lincoln, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held by hospital, staff and community leaders.

    Mercy Hospital Lincoln, formerly Lincoln County Medical Center, became part of Mercy on March 1 and held a blessing and celebration on March 5 with co-workers along with Mercy and community leaders. As a critical access hospital, Mercy Hospital Lincoln falls under the leadership of Mercy Hospital St. Louis’ president Jeff Johnston. In addition to Johnston’s leadership, Tony Rothermich was named local administrator. “Tony knows the area and will be

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  • L.C.H.D. April 2015 Calendar of Events

     Posted on April 2, 2015 at 9:27 am


    Apr. 1 – Immunization Clinic, WIC Clinic, Silex Blood Pressure Clinic 11am – 12pm, Public Health Lunch ‘n Learn Featuring David Lotsoff, MD Board Certified Gastroenterologist 12 – 1 pm Apr. 2 – Late Immunization Clinic, WIC Clinic Apr. 6 -  Immunization Clinic Apr. 7 – WIC Clinic, Walk-In Flu Clinic  9:00 am – 4:00 pm Apr. 8 – Immunization Clinic, WIC Clinic, Dental Clinic, Elsberry Blood Pressure Clinic 11am

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