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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, second right, waits with U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, left, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, second left, and others before a meeting with Russia, China, France, Germany, European Union and Iranian officials at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland Monday, March 30, 2015, during Iran nuclear talks. Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program are entering a critical phase with differences still remaining just two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

Iran nuclear talks at crunch time, differences remain

 Posted on March 30, 2015 at 11:03 am

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program entered a critical phase on Monday with substantial differences still remaining less than two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement. With the March 31 target fast approaching, the top diplomats from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, Germany and Iran were meeting to try to bridge remaining gaps and hammer out the framework deal

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MSHP responds to separate accidents in Lincoln County

 Posted on March 27, 2015 at 8:25 am

On March 19 at approximately 3:55 p.m., Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop C responded to an accident involving a 2001 Ford Mustang driven by David M. Fleet, 19, of Elsberry. According to the crash report, Fleet was driving southbound on Ridge Road just south of Half Mile Lane when he traveled off the east side of the road and struck a tree. Fleet suffered minor injuries and was transported to

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  • Veterans Coffee Talk celebrates fourth anniversary

     Posted on March 25, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Roger Kiesey, founder of the Veterans Coffee Talks in Troy, accepts a service award from his fellow veterans. Assembled behind him are all those Lincoln County veterans who have participated in the Honor Flight Program.

    On March 19 the Lincoln County Veterans Coffee Talk celebrated its fourth anniversary. The event, as all previous Veterans Coffee Talks, was held at the LCCOA Center in Troy. In adition to coffee, all in attendance were served cake in commemoration of the group’s special milestone. The talks were the brainchild of Lincoln County veteran Roger Kiesey. “Veterans Coffee Talk got its start during a conversation I had with a

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  • Hillcrest Lodge and Motel gets a new look and new purpose

     Posted on March 18, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Workers put the finishing touches on the Hillcrest Lodge and Motel in Elsberry. The facility is scheduled to reopen this April.

    The Hillcrest Lodge and Motel in Elsberry has been resurrected and reinvented and will soon reopen, albeit in a much different format. “We’re starting a non-profit corporation called ‘God’s House of Ministry’, said new owner Jeff Ivy. Just so there isn’t any confusion, Ivy said he wants it made clear that he is reopening the motel and will be offering 14 rentable rooms, five of which will be single occupancy.

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Indian Grant Black was selected as the Peoples Bank and Trust Player of the Game by the Indian Sports Network after Elsberry’s 5-4 loss to Winfield on March 21. Black’s RBI single in the first inning gave Elsberry an early 2-0 lead.

Indians suffer back-to-back losses to Winfield and Festus to open the season

 Posted on March 25, 2015 at 12:33 pm

The Elsberry Indians kicked off their 2015 baseball season with back-to-back games at Winfield on March 21. Elsberry squared off against the Warriors on their home turf during the first game and they got off to a quick start offensively. In the first inning Jon Almus reached first base due to an infield error on the part of Winfield’s third baseman. A few batters later, Indian Zach Rimel reached first

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  • Lady Owls/Lady Indians notch first soccer win in program history

     Posted on March 25, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Elly Booth [in white] scored seven of Elsberry’s nine goals in games against Fulton, Warrenton and Liberty last weekend. Booth also scored the only goal in the team’s 5-1 loss to Father Tolten on March 23.

    At the start of last year’s Lady Indians soccer season Head Coach Hector Bencomo stated that he and his team were determined to score at least one goal. After enduring the previous season in which the team was unable to record a win or even score a single goal, their determination to put at least one point on the board in 2014 may have seemed a lofty dream to some.

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  • Carter inherits a veteran golf team

     Posted on March 19, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Elsberry’s Alex Kinsler is just one of the returning veterans that Coach David Carter is looking to this season for team leadership.

    This season Elsberry’s golf torch has been passed to newcomer David Carter. Carter is a first year biology teacher at Elsberry High School and has never coached golf before. “I picked up golf when I was in college but I just played for recreation,” said Carter. “I had a lot of fun with it. I picked up tips here and there from my friends and I learned how to play

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Tips to trace your family’s past

 Posted on March 20, 2015 at 10:10 am

(StatePoint) Were your ancestors humble farmers or wealthy nobility? Did they travel to find their fortune or have they always lived close to your current home? Exploring your genealogy can be fascinating. In the 2010 U.S. Census, 34.7 million Americans claimed Irish ancestry, the nation’s second most frequently reported ancestry, representing more than seven times the population of Ireland itself. Those of Irish descent, or those who suspect they have

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  • Must haves for a comfortable move

     Posted on February 20, 2015 at 1:56 pm


    When prepping for the big move into a new home it often seems like there aren’t enough hours in a day. With all the packing and planning it’s easy to get lost in the midst of the chaos. However, there are a few surefire ways to make a move seem less like a full time job. “Moving into a new home is always an exciting experience, but one that requires

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  • Vaughn shares “Her Heart” survivor story

     Posted on February 11, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Elsberry resident Arlene Vaughn speaks to the crowd assembled at the Feb. 6 SSM “Her Heart-Every Beat Counts” event at The Heart of St. Charles Banquet Center. Vaughn attended last year’s event as well and suffered a heart attack four days later. This year, as one of the events featured speakers, Vaughn shared her experience with those in attendance and encouraged them to become advocates for their own health.

    On Feb. 6 SSM Heart Institute hosted its annual “Her Heart-Every Beat Counts” event at The Heart of St. Charles Banquet Center. One of this year’s speakers was Elsberry resident Arlene Vaughn. Vaughn was born in Dec. 1940 in Kimmswick but her family relocated to Elsberry in 1955. “I come from a very large family but I’m especially close to my sister Dorothy,” said Vaughn. “She is 18 months older

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Spring into Easter with these entertaining tips

 Posted on March 20, 2015 at 9:48 am

(StatePoint) With Easter around the corner, you’re probably already thinking about creating the perfect Easter baskets and planning a celebration for family and friends. As everyone knows, there’s nothing more delightful and heartwarming than sharing a meal with your loved ones, so sweeten this year’s celebration by surprising your guests with an unforgettable Easter get together. Egg-cellent Ideas The iconic Easter egg should take center stage when it comes to

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  • Three creative ideas for winter entertaining and parties

     Posted on February 5, 2015 at 12:11 pm


    (StatePoint) The look of your party can be just as important as its other elements. So go above and beyond a plain table setting. Set the mood for your party and provide a striking visual to accompany the feast by creating a thematic “tablescape.” The experts at Bed Bath & Beyond are offering three ideas for elevating your entertaining décor: Rustic Living A warm, woodsy vibe invites lingering conversation. Skip

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  • Kirby performs at Elsberry United Methodist Church

     Posted on January 8, 2015 at 11:26 am

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    On Dec. 28 the Elsberry United Methodist Church hosted an organ and violin recital by Mitchell Kirby [above]. Kirby is originally from Troy and is currently a student at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. He treated those in attendance to a number of classical pieces on both the organ and the violin, which he began playing when he was only four years old.

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