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Kevin Hailey helps Aryanna Eaton at the plate.

A lesson in the true meaning of sportsmanship

 Posted on July 30, 2014 at 10:06 am

Participating in sports teaches children a number of valuable life lessons. Practices instill in them the value of being somewhere on time and the necessity of preparation. Games teach them how to perform and give their best while under pressure. Winning teaches them that hard work and sacrifice really do pay off and that it is possible to set achievable goals. Finally, losing teaches them that things won’t always end

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  • ‘My Social Security’ website to help simplify seniors lives

     Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:17 am

    So many people buzz through extremely busy and complicated schedules these days. A smartphone in one hand, a computer in front of you, and a digital task list that never seems to end. In addition, to complicate things just a little more, there’s another event you need to add to your list—National Simplify Your Life week. This event takes place August 1 through 7. Put it on your calendar so

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  • Korean War Veteran shares his experiences

     Posted on July 16, 2014 at 1:31 pm


    On July 9 visitors to the Elsberry Nutrition Center were treated to a first-hand account of the Korean War courtesy of John Hood, 84, an Eolia farmer who was drafted in 1951 and experienced some of the most intense fighting imaginable prior to returning home. The war began on June 25, 1950 when approximately 75,000 North Korean soldiers crossed in mass over the 38th parallel, the division between North and

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  • Bringing a classic back to life

     Posted on July 9, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Pat Mesker of Elsberry in his 1931 Ford Model A at the Annual Missouri Valley Region Model A Restorers Club Start-Up Party. The Ford was started in 41 minutes.

    The Ford Model A first appeared as a prototype on March 27, 1927 as a replacement for the Model T. Henry Ford was reluctant to replace the Model T, believing that it provided more than adequately for the transportation needs of the average American. Ford proved to be behind the times, however, as average Americans began looking to Chevrolet and Chrysler to satisfy their desire for increased speed, convenience and

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  • Simultaneous Milestones; Vaughn and Reid turn 99 years old

     Posted on July 9, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Ella Haworth and Martha Vaughn

    Elsberry played host to two very special birthday parties last week. Martha Vaughn and Doris Reid, both residents of Elsberry, celebrated their 99th birthdays during the first week of July. Vaughn turned 99 on July 2 and celebrated with friends and family during a surprise party at Broadway Flowers & Fountain that afternoon. The event was even more special due to the fact that Vaughn shares a birthday with her

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  • How to enjoy the rest of the summer without breaking the bank

     Posted on July 3, 2014 at 10:42 am


    It’s that time of year again when not only is the regular school session out for the summer, but summer school is done as well. While that is usually music to a child’s ears, it can be a source of stress for parents and caregivers who are faced with the prospect of keeping their children entertained for the remainder of the summer. Added to that is the fact that we

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  • Keep safety and tradition in mind when enjoying fireworks

     Posted on July 2, 2014 at 10:41 am


    Americans have enjoyed celebrating Independence Day with fireworks for so long now that one seldom stops to give the matter any thought. That being the case, it’s fair to assume that many people are unaware of the history behind the simple act of shooting off fireworks in conjunction with the Fourth of July. It turns out that we probably owe the tradition, at least in large part, to John Adams.

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