Larry Hacker appointed new Bates County Southern Commissioner

Posted October 23, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Larry J. Hacker, of Rich Hill, Thursday, Sept. 18, as the new Bates County Southern District Commissioner. The position became vacant upon the death of Commissioner Larry Berry earlier this summer.

Hacker, formerly from El Dorado Springs, a Democrat, is a licensed real estate agent who also owns and operates a pizza restaurant, vehicle sales business, and auction business. He retired from the United States Postal Service in 2010 after 23 years, reaching the position of postmaster. Hacker is president of the Rich Hill Community Corporation and a past president of the Rich Hill Chamber of Commerce.

“Larry Hacker has strong roots in Bates County, and people in the county know him from his involvement in business, the postal service and in many civic organizations,” Gov. Nixon said. “I am confident he will ably

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    Donate to Connie Fox Gerster Fund

    An account has been opened at Community Bank in El Dorado Springs for Connie Fox Gerster, who is fighting cancer. Deposits can be made to “Connie Fox Gerster Fund.”

    If you would like a receipt for you contribution for tax purposes, write a check to Dederick Christian Church with a notation that the check is for the Gerster Fund. Checks may be mailed to Dederick Christian Church c/o Elayne Hillsman, 30195 E. Noah Rd., El Dorado Springs, MO 64744 or given to Brent or Vicki Hillsman or Margaret Charbonneau.

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    Looks bad, but it’s not

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    El Dorado Springs R-II joins Bright Futures

    Bright Futures USA is excited to welcome El Dorado Springs as its 26th Bright Futures affiliate community. El Dorado Springs is the newest community to become part of the Bright Futures family. On Aug. 19, the El Dorado Springs Board of Education approved affiliation with Bright Futures USA.

    The Bright Futures initiative began in Joplin in 2010 and has expanded throughout the region as a means of helping schools and communities connect to meet student needs. Bright Futures now serves communities in the states of Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Virginia.

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    A Claire choice

    WALNUT FESTIVAL QUEEN CANDIDATE – Claire Silvers, a senior at EHS, will represent El Dorado Springs in the Stockton Black Walnut Festival Queen contest Saturday, Sept. 27. Claire’s list of FFA accomplishments are literally “too numerous to mention.” She is currently the Area 9 Missouri FFA state vice president and was the El Dorado Springs chapter president last year. Her list of 4-H accomplishments is almost as long. She

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    Bulldog Homecoming 2014

    It is time to prepare for the El Dorado Springs High School Homecoming. El Dorado Springs will host the Pierce City Eagles on Friday, Oct. 3. This year’s theme is “Eagle season is now open!”

    Bulldog fans are encouraged to wear red and black and decorate their homes and businesses. Alumni, businesses, organizations and youth groups are encouraged to participate in the parade by completing an entry form or by contacting Kate Barger at 417/459-3700. Entry forms are available in the High School office and Middle School office.

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    Save the date

    Oct. 18 – Big Doins

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    The third weekend in October has traditionally been a busy time in downtown El Dorado Springs. This year is no exception with a couple of new events being added to the fun on Saturday, Oct. 18.

    The morning begins with a pancake feed at the Wayside Inn Museum.

    The 10th annual Spring City Revitalization Group Chili Cook-off starts with cookers set up and cooking by 9 a.m. The

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    EHS students beat state average on ACT

    The El Dorado Springs R-2 School District is proud to announce that the average score for students who took the ACT in 2014 was 22.1 which were higher than the State of Missouri average score of 21.8. Furthermore, students scored higher than the state average in English, Reading and Science

    Superintendent Mark Koca called the news, “Fantastic.” Coming on the heels of the Community Development Block Grant for the Early Learning Center, this is wonderful news for the school.

    Assistant Superintendent Dr. Theresa Christian noted that in 2015

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    The stories it could tell

    THE REAL MARTHA CHAMBERS EMERGENCY HOSPITAL – The yellow cottage with the multi colored picket fence at 210 Hightower in El Dorado Springs sits quietly in the shade of large trees. It is the home of Bill McPeak and is the actual former location of the Martha Chambers Emergency Hospital. The picture in last week’s Sun was of the house recently owned by the late Pete and Lily Francis at 408 S. Jackson. At one time is was used as

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    On Sept. 14, officers of the El Dorado Springs Police Department and deputies from the Cedar County Sheriff’s office responded to the 400 block of West Martin Street concerning a reported assault and careless and imprudent Driving. During this time, officers and deputies responded to Cedar County Memorial Hospital for a reported gunshot wound.

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    The

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