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In this March 25, 2015 file photo, a rescue worker climbs past debris at the plane crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France after a Germanwings jetliner crashed Tuesday in the French Alps. Following the intentional crashing of Germanwings Flight 9525 by the co-pilot a long-running debate over autonomous jets is resurfacing. At the very least, some have suggested allowing authorities on the ground to take control of a plane if there is a rouge pilot in the cockpit. The head of Germany's air traffic control agency on Wednesday became the latest to raise such a prospect. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

After Alps crash, some experts ponder flights without pilots

 Posted on April 17, 2015 at 10:11 am

NEW YORK (AP) — To improve airline safety, maybe we need to remove the pilots. That radical idea is decades away, if it ever becomes a reality. But following the intentional crashing of Germanwings Flight 9525 by the co-pilot, a long-running debate over autonomous jets is resurfacing. At the very least, some have suggested allowing authorities on the ground to take control of a plane if there is a rogue

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John Armstrong, Vice-President and Branch Manager of Peoples Bank and Trust in Elsberry, presents a check to Elsberry NHS members Maggie Spratt, Kristy Burkemper and Amanda Jo Talbot.

Peoples Bank and Trust helps “Operation Backpack” keep the pantry stocked

 Posted on April 17, 2015 at 9:25 am

A number of needy school children in the Elsberry community are likely to have a little more food between Friday afternoon and Monday morning thanks to Peoples Bank and Trust. The bank’s Elsberry branch recently made a donation to “Operation Backpack”, a program instituted and maintained by the EHS National Honor Society. “We started the program about four or five years ago,” said Elsberry NHS Sponsor Karen Busiere. “We patterned

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  • Young turkey hunters harvest 4,441 birds during youth weekend

     Posted on April 16, 2015 at 9:04 am

    MDC Outdoors Skills Specialist Brian Flowers helped 10-year-old Oliver Koenig harvest his first turkey during an MDC mentored youth hunt in Callaway County during the 2015 youth spring turkey hunting weekend April 11 and 12.

    Jefferson City – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that young turkey hunters harvested 4,441 birds during the 2015 spring youth season on April 11 and 12. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 117 birds, Greene with 88, and Cedar with 87. For more harvest information by county, visit the MDC online harvest map at Young hunters checked 4,332 turkeys during last year’s spring youth weekend. Hunters ages

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  • MSHP responds to accident on Old Hwy. 79

     Posted on April 16, 2015 at 8:30 am


    On April 11 at approximately 7:10 p.m., Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop C responded to an accident involving a 1994 Chevrolet 1500 driven by Emma M. Henry, 16, of Foley. According to the crash report, Henry was driving northbound on Old Hwy. 79 when she lost control of her vehicle, traveled off the west side of the roadway and subsequently overturned. Henry suffered minor injuries and was transported to St.

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New Elsberry Long Jump Record

Blair sets new school record in the long jump

 Posted on April 15, 2015 at 11:51 am

On April 8 Elsberry Middle School student Trevin Blair set a new school record in the long jump competition with a distance of 17’. The record was set at Monroe City where Blair and his fellow middle school track and field athletes had traveled to compete against 14 other schools. What makes this accomplishment even more unique is the fact that Blair set the new record during his first recorded

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  • Indians struggle at Palmyra but fire on all cylinders against the Bulldogs

     Posted on April 15, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Elsberry Indian Jon Almus reached base three out of four times against Louisiana on April 13. Almus had two stolen bases, crossed the plate in the fourth inning and was the winning pitcher in the contest as well.

    “It was an interesting affair.” That’s how Indians Head Coach Dustin Robinson described the game his varsity baseball team played against Palmyra on April 10. “It was a really windy day and there’s usually nothing better than batting with the wind blowing out,” said Robinson. “Unfortunately, we just didn’t seem to be able to scare anything up.” Robinson said his team came out and had a lot of base runners

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  • Bowling Green and St. Dominic prove fertile ground for EHS track and field teams

     Posted on April 15, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Elsberry senior Jacob Braden competed in the high jump, long jump and triple jump events during meets at Bowling Green and St. Dominic last week.

    Elsberry’s varsity track and field teams competed in their first non-practice meet of the season at Bowling Green on April 7. Both teams saw success in a variety of events. For the boys, Jacob Braden took second place in the high jump with a leap of 5’ 8”. Braden also took fifth place in the long jump with a distance of 18’ 11”. In other action for the boys, Logan

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Taxes, ex-spouse benefits and you

 Posted on April 3, 2015 at 11:12 am

April 14 is both Ex-Spouse Day and the eve of tax day. These two observances are doubly important if you are an ex-spouse, because Social Security pays benefits to eligible former spouses, and you may need to claim this income on your tax forms. If you are age 62, unmarried, and divorced from someone entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits, you may be eligible to receive benefits based

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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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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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