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Elsberry Special Road District Commissioner Larry Wheeler

If the phone rings and nobody answers it, is the call still illegal?

 Posted on August 20, 2014 at 10:17 am

In past issues, The Elsberry Democrat has reported on possible violations of the Missouri Sunshine Law with regard to the manner in which the Elsberry Special Road District [E.S.R.D.] posts meeting notices, creates meeting agendas, conducts meetings and justifies going into closed session. Pursuant to these possible violations Michael Short, Managing Editor of The Elsberry Democrat, contacted the Missouri Attorney General’s Office and filed a formal complaint. The investigation resulting

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     Posted on August 15, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Marijuana wax seized during a Lincoln County drug bust this week.

    Narcotic investigators with the Multi-County Narcotics and Violent Crimes Enforcement Unit (MCNVCEU) seized several vials of marijuana wax, also known as Butane Hash Oil this week in Lincoln County. Marijuana wax is the latest form of marijuana and is significantly more intoxicating than other forms of the drug. Marijuana wax has the appearance of ear wax and is stored in small glass containers. On the street it goes by many

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  • Harrison sentenced to 12 years

     Posted on August 14, 2014 at 10:45 am


    An Annada man caught in the June drug bust across Pike County has been sent to state prison for 12 years. John W. Harrison, 34, pleaded guilty to distributing methamphetamine near a school and was sentenced by Pike County Circuit Court Judge Chris Kunza Mennemeyer on Aug. 7. The sentence will run concurrently with a four-year sentence Mennemeyer gave Harrison that same day after a guilty plea to driving with

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Will Trinity Underground’s future be as unique as its past?

 Posted on May 28, 2014 at 11:01 am

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

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  • Elsberry License Office contract up for bid

     Posted on February 7, 2014 at 8:50 am

    The Missouri Office of Administration is now accepting management contract bids for the Elsberry License Office. Interested individuals and groups must submit their bids to operate the Elsberry License Office by Feb. 28. A copy of the Request for Proposal (RFP) bidders are required to use to develop their bids can be viewed here. Prospective bidders may also tour the Elsberry office from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., Feb. 11

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  • Sheriff’s office partners with VA to assist veterans

     Posted on February 3, 2014 at 11:09 am

    The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Jail Administration recently signed into an agreement to partner in the Veteran Administration’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program. This program helps returning veterans obtain specific job training, undergo skills coaching and gain meaningful employment. “Being a veteran myself, I understand returning vets leave the military with a wealth of transferable skills and professionalism,” said Sheriff Cottle.  “We entered into this agreement to assist veteran’s transition

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Rep. Ed Schieffer

View from the Capitol, by State Rep. Ed Schieffer

 Posted on August 16, 2014 at 11:18 am

Thank you to all the winners of the primary elections and to those who voted. Thanks to everyone who offered to be a public servant. It takes lots of money, time and energy to run for office. For those who gave of their time and resources, thank you for caring enough to get involved in the democratic process. A small number of voters actually participated in the primary. Please vote

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  • A piece of “Just Maggie”, a guest column by Kera Steavenson Mashek

     Posted on August 15, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Margaret Ann Watts Herring

    This spring, my family and the Elsberry community lost a true gem in Margaret Ann Watts-Herring. For decades, she poured her heart and soul into The Elsberry Democrat and the “Just Maggie” column was her signature. Maw Ann would share reflections on her community, her work and her family. I had the distinct privilege of working with Maw at The Democrat several summers growing up. At the time, I just

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

     Posted on August 14, 2014 at 11:14 am

    U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer

    Dealing with the current administration can feel sometimes, even as a member of Congress, like banging your head against a bureaucratic wall standing in the way of good government. So you can imagine that I was very pleased when I recently learned that a recent effort by me to keep the government from inappropriately interfering in the private sector has moved a step in the right direction. For the last

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