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Posted March 26, 2015 at 5:32 pm

SEN. PARSON LEGISLATOR OF YEAR – Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, was recently recognized as the Legislator of the Year in the Missouri Senate at the annual Reagan Lincoln Days event held in Kansas City last weekend.

“I am truly honored and humbled to be recognized with such an outstanding award,” said Sen. Parson. “Being an effective legislator is not an easy task, and I would like to thank my colleagues and staff for their hard work and support throughout the year.”

Senator Parson was a leader on last year’s efforts in passing Right to Farm, and other legislation signed by the governor dealing with agriculture, sales and use taxes, state bonding projects and the Missouri Works Training Programs.

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    Ultimate sacrifice

    PLAQUES HONOR FALLEN DEPUTY CHISM – Cedar County Sheriff Leon Dwerlkotte hosted a town hall meeting on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, at the Stockton High School cafeteria. On behalf of the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum, (Titusville, FL) Sheriff Dwerlkotte presented a plaque, a Medal Of Honor Ribbon and a Survivor Badge to Ashley and Hunter Chism, wife and son of fallen Cedar County officer Matthew Chism. A certificate and Medal of Honor Ribbon was presented to Rod

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    El Dorado Springs Community Foundation awards grants

    The El Dorado Springs Community Foundation is pleased to announce grant awards of $13,102 for local school and civic projects.

    Grants have been awarded to the following applicants:

    1. El Dorado Christian School – $500 toward purchase of AED (automatic electronic defibrulator) and classroom tools

    2. El Dorado Springs R-2 School – $3,390 for a variety of projects to enhance learning i.e. updating library books, special projects for gifted program and science project, choir robes and classroom tools

    3. Lighthouse

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    Steer/Market Heifer weigh-in March 1

    Because of the weather Monday, the Steer/Market Heifer weigh-in for the Land O Lakes Youth Fair has been moved to Sunday, March 1, from 2 to 4 p.m.

    Public invited to bond issue meeting March 3

    While addressing the February Chamber of Commerce meeting, El Dorado Springs R-II Superintendent Mark Koca invited the public to a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, where school officials will discuss the upcoming $9 million bond issue vote.

    The meeting will take place in the Old Gym.

    Coffee Bar and dessert will be served during the break.

    Child care will be provided during the meeting.

    Burglary complaint in Collins

    On Feb. 15, a St. Clair County deputy took a burglary complaint on Coon Creek Street, Collins.

    Ashley Ebeling reported someone forced opened a door to her residence and several items are missing. Ebeling reported a 27” flat screen television, Nintendo Wii video game console with four controllers and two games, a Dell Laptop computer and 100 miscellaneous music CDs missing. The total value of the items was estimated at $1,100.

    Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment extended for special circumstances

    Consumers who had started to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace before the Feb. 15 deadline but were unable to finish because of a system glitch may still sign up.

    The special enrollment period – which applies only to people who have started the enrollment process – will extend through Feb. 22, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Monday. The insurance policies will be effective March 1.

    The deadline extension applies only to people who were unable to complete their enrollment because of longer-than-normal wait times

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    Chisms to recive award

    Sheriff slates two town hall meetings

    The Cedar County Sheriff’s Office will host two town hall meetings, one in Stockton and one in El Dorado Springs.

    On Friday, Feb. 20, the first public meeting will convene at 6 p.m. in the Stockton High School Common Area. At this meeting the sheriff’s office will give Ashley Chism and Mr. and Mrs. Rod Chism awards from the American Federation of Police for their loss of a husband and son.

    A second town hall meeting will be held

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    In case you missed it

    AT LAST – After ignoring the one Holiday where snow would be appreciated and taking a vacation in January, Mother Nature waved her magic wand and finally blessed us with Winter. She can now dust off her shimmering garments, call it “done” and head on towards Spring.

    However, the fresh Monday morning snow in the Park was beautiful – before the animals, kids and shortcut citizens decorated it with trails.

    Farm Bill safety-net deadlines approaching

    U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Missouri State Executive Director Mark Cadle reminds producers of upcoming important deadlines for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres is Feb. 27, 2015, and the final day for farm owners and producers to choose coverage is March 31, 2015.

    “These programs provide financial protection against unexpected changes in the marketplace, so now is the time to have

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