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One hour in poverty

Posted July 23, 2015 at 4:13 pm

IT CONSUMES YOUR LIFE – Sylvia Ackley, Kelly Delk and Gina Ensor, members of the “Olson family,” review instructions and the revenue and expenses for their family situation before the start of the Poverty Simulation held last Thursday, June 18, in City Hall in El Dorado Springs.

A whistle blew and for the next hour the lives of the members of the four family groups were consumed with trying to make ends meet with insufficient or limited funds.

Participants were divided into family groups and given names, addresses, social security numbers and a scenario to live through during the four 15 minutes segments that represented four weeks in a month. The room was lined with long tables covered with items that represented

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    One drowns

    Two go over Caplinger Mills dam

    According to Cedar County Sherrif Leon Dwerlkotte, on Saturday, June 20, at approximately 4:25 p.m., the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office received information that a male and female were floating on inner tubes on Sac River in the Caplinger Mills area, had gone over the old dam and were needing rescue.

    Per witnesses the female subject. later identified as Ashley M. Brinkley, 30, from Miller, was in the churning waters and had been struck in the head from the logs in the area prior

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    Register for Picnic Talent contest

    Judi Baldwin, Picnic secretary, will begin to accept registrations for the 2015 El Dorado Springs Picnic talent contest on July 5. Anyone wishing to enter the talent contest can do so by calling 417/876-2691.

    Auditions are not needed; however, advance registration is required. It is necessary to have each contestant’s name (first and last), age(s), what the talent is, name of music or song and a contact telephone number. Songs will not be repeated, so you must register your song and if you change your song, you must contact Judi to

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    Relay for Life

    HEADED FOR HOME – Khloie Farran and Robert Hite led the walk of cancer survivors at the 2015 Annual Relay for Life held on the R-II School track on Saturday, June 20. Because of the heat, survivors were told they could stop at the first turn in the track, but all completed one lap around the track as the official start of the event.

    The seven teams in this year’s event raised more that $17,000 to help

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    Commissioners discuss prisoner health care

    Health care for prisoners in the Cedar County Jail was the main topic of discussion at the weekly meeting of the Cedar County Commission on Monday, June 22,

    Cedar County Clerk Peggy Kenney said that the commissioners are looking at saving money by contracting with a local doctor to provide those medical needs.

    Weather hampers ElDo Special Road

    Weather is affecting his work schedule Carl Swager told the commissioners of the El Dorado Springs Special Road District at their meeting Tuesday, June 23, in the district headquarters on South First Street.

    All commissioners were present: Lalan Cole – presiding, Mike Bush and Ron Swopes. Bookkeeper Linda Breeden was present.

    The commissioners said that Swager is mowing when it is raining and patching holes when it is not. Swager said he sprays right-of-way when the wind is not blowing.

    The commissioners and Swager

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    Carnival wrist bands available for all three nights

    The Picnic Committee and Pride Amusements, Inc., are offering three nights of carnival wrist bands for the 134th Annual El Dorado Springs Picnic July 16-18.

    Wristband tickets for each night may be purchased for $20 in advance from City Hall during regular business hours beginning Monday, July 13, until Friday, July 17. Cash only will be accepted. Wristband tickets may also be purchased at the carnival ticket booths for $22 per night. Single tickets are also available at the ticket booths to be purchased.

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    A Vernon County resident is in custody after deputies made a traffic stop just outside of Sheldon Tuesday afternoon, June 9. According to court records, a felony warrant has been issued for Thomas D Shelton, 59, of Hume for possession with intent to distribute, a B felony.

    According to a press release from the Vernon County Sheriff’s office, Shelton was the target of an investigation being conducted by the Sheriff’s Office and was being followed by undercover agents with the CNET Drug Task

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    Progress report

    RAISING COOL – Saturday morning, members of the El Dorado Springs R-II maintenance crew assisted as Mike’s Wreckers from Stockton lifted 19 new HVAC units onto the school roof plus one with a new coil. Stutesman Heating & Air jumped on the $101,000 project and had all the AC units intalled before the weekend was over and are 90% complete on hooking up the gaslines.


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    St. Clair County Hwy. D Bridge to close

    The Missouri Hwy. D bridge three miles west of Hwy. 13 near Lowry City in St. Clair County will be closed for up to 46 calendar days beginning the week of June 22 (this bridge was originally scheduled to close the following week).

    Contractor crews will replace the bridge deck or driving surface.

    Signs and message boards will alert drivers to these bridge closings. Drivers will need to find alternate routes around the work zones.

    Weather and/or construction delays will alter the work schedule.

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