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Elsberry senior Ashley Thompson [at center] poses with Debbie and Jerry Callahan, co-owners of Elsberry Pharmacy. Thompson began working for the pharmacy on a part-time basis during her junior year of high school and ended up choosing pharmacy as her future career.

An after school job leads to a career for EHS senior Ashley Thompson

 Posted on March 4, 2015 at 11:53 am

Several issues ago in its weekly fun question segment The Elsberry Democrat asked students at Elsberry High School what career they would choose if they could fast-forward their lives by just a few years. EHS senior Ashley Thompson knew the answer without even having to think about it. Thompson stated that she wanted to be a pharmacist and added that not so long ago she was uncertain as to her

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     Posted on February 27, 2015 at 8:48 am


    Since 1939, March has meant one thing in the world of sports-March Madness. In this tournament, 68 college basketball teams compete through the month until only the final four teams remain. Coaches gather their teams to drive home the gravity of the moment, reminding them that they’ve worked hard and that how they respond to the pressure directly determines the outcome. When it comes to retirement, you can secure your

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  • Unflinching in the fight against fraud

     Posted on January 9, 2015 at 10:38 am


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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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  • Interest in taxidermy at a young age turns to a career

     Posted on November 26, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Pictured above is one of the three deer that Elsberry resident Bobby Mahurin completed during his eight-week taxidermy course.

    “I’d say about 75 percent of the people around here hunt, fish or do something else along those lines,” said Elsberry resident Bobby Mahurin. “Every one of those people has a chance to kill a trophy and most people who do kill a trophy are going to want it mounted. To have someone out here with that ability is a real asset because people don’t have to drive.” In fact,

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