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Unflinching in the fight against fraud

 Posted on January 9, 2015 at 10:38 am

“If you’re like most people, you protect what’s valuable to you,” said SSA District Manager Stephanie Raimer. “To protect your family financially, you buy health and life insurance. To protect your home, you get homeowner’s insurance, a security alarm, or perhaps a large dog. To protect your jewelry, you hide it in a safe place or buy insurance in case you need to replace it. To protect your money, you

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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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  • What are the odds?

     Posted on November 12, 2014 at 9:49 am

    7 Grandmothers

    According to children need four to six involved and caring adults in their lives in order to develop emotionally and socially. Research published on that same website indicates that the grandparent/grandchild relationship is second in emotional importance only to the parent/child relationship. Results of the 1900 census showed that less than 50 percent of the nation’s teenagers had two or more grandparents still living. Due to improvements in healthcare

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  • Humphrey celebrates 100th birthday a few months early

     Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Surprise Party 2

    Elsberry resident Francis Humphrey [above] celebrated her 100th birthday on Oct. 18 at the First Christian Church in Elsberry. Humphrey won’t actually turn 100 until Christmas Eve but due to the fact that so many of her family members live out of state and were unable to make it in during the holidays her friends in Elsberry decided to surprise her with an early birthday party. Humphrey celebrated in the

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