Local News


Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires

 Posted on November 25, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Cooking is, and has long been, the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries, and according to the National Fire Protection Association [NFPA] home cooking fires peak on major U.S. holidays that traditionally include cooking,  such as Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Easter. NFPA’s 2013 “Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment” report stated that in 2011 Thanks giving was the leading day for home cooking fires, with

Read Full Story
  • Silex water rates on the rise, by Jacob W. Thompson – Correspondent

     Posted on November 22, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Silex City Hall

    SILEX — Residents in Silex will be getting a bit of a surprise on their water and sewer bills after an increase implemented by the city’s board this week. City leaders after conferring with Missouri Rural Water and the Boonslick Regional Planning Commission have raised both rates to address concerns relating to both infrastructure and general cost of operation. While the idea of a rate change has been in the

    Read Full Story
  • Silex High School builds new greenhouse on campus, by Jacob W. Thompson – Correspondent

     Posted on November 22, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Silex HS Greenhouse

    SILEX — Progress continues on the newest addition to Silex R-1 School District’s campus as they work on building a greenhouse for the Agricultural Education department. Started in mid-October the project has been moving along bit by bit.  Placed on the edge of the schools parking lot next to the Ag Shop will allow students easy access and a vital new learning resource.

    Read Full Story

National News

Business News


Career colleges play key role in demand for skilled workers

 Posted on October 23, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Education is not a one-size-fits-all system. Much like each public university has its own unique culture, so does each type of higher education institution. In addition, the goals of each student are not the same. Some students are fresh out of high school and looking forward to the social opportunities that a public university will give them, and they are not in a hurry to get their degree. Some are

Read Full Story
  • Jackson’s Automotive: providing quality service for more than 13 years

     Posted on September 10, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Shown above are [left-right] Brian Jackson, Melissa Jackson, Matt Dustin and Chris Dunlap

    This month The Elsberry Democrat’s Business Spotlight shines on Jackson’s Automotive. The business, located at 109 South Main Street in Elsberry, is co-owned by Brian Jackson and his wife Melissa and has been providing service to the Elsberry community and its surrounding areas since 2001. “I decided there was a need for a repair shop here in Elsberry,” said Brian. “The gentleman who owned this property at the time let

    Read Full Story
  • Will Trinity Underground’s future be as unique as its past?

     Posted on May 28, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Inside North

    For some, an old abandoned limestone mine is just that – old and abandoned. For those with a little bit of vision, imagination and ambition, however, it has the potential to be so much more than that. Such is the case for Trinity Underground, LLC., a local mine owned by the family of Lisa Boling. For more on this and other stories pick up your copy of The Elsberry Democrat

    Read Full Story



Rep. Ed Schieffer

View from the Capitol, by State Rep. Ed Schieffer

 Posted on November 26, 2014 at 10:42 am

As we are gathering with family and friends this Thanksgiving, I wanted to share with you my gratitude to you for electing me eight years ago to serve as your state representative. It has been my distinct privilege and pleasure to assist those constituents who called needing help with a state agency or advice to resolve an issue. I hope we were able to make things better for you. I

Read Full Story
  • Blaine’s Bulletin, by U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer

     Posted on November 22, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer

    The word ‘family’ holds a special meaning in my heart and the ties that bind our families together provide a nurturing environment for our children to grow and succeed. With November designated as National Adoption Month and November 22 deemed National Adoption Day, I wanted to raise awareness about adoptions and foster youth across the nation. In the United States, there are 397,122 children living without permanent families in the

    Read Full Story
  • View from the Capitol, by State Rep. Ed Schieffer

     Posted on November 20, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Rep. Ed Schieffer

    In 2006, the Missouri Legislature did away with the restrictions on campaign contributions in our state. Every Republican representative at the time, along with one Democrat, Jamilah Nasheed, voted for unlimited campaign donations. Since then, millions and millions of dollars have poured into Jefferson City. Large sums of money destroy our ethical system and corrupt politicians into seeking money for themselves, instead of what is just and right with respect

    Read Full Story

Headlines of the Day