Work to begin on Hwy. 13 bridge over Truman Lake week of April 14

Posted April 17, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Henry County – Work on the southbound lanes of the Hwy. 13 bridge over the Grand River Arm of Truman Lake just south of Clinton is scheduled to begin the week of April 14, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

The project consists of rehabilitating the bridge deck on the southbound lanes. Motorists can expect the inside shoulders to be closed, some lane width restrictions and the speed limit reduced to 55 mph starting Wednesday, April 16.

During the week of May 5, temporary crossovers will be constructed moving two-way traffic into the northbound lanes of Hwy. 13 for the duration of the project. Completion date for the project is December 15.

In addition, drivers can expect occasional lane closings.

All work on the project will be done during the

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    Alleged kidnappers to face day in court

    Two Southwest Missouri men are scheduled for pre-trial conferences in New Jersey in a couple of weeks on four-year-old kidnapping charges.

    Doug Stangeland, Nevada, and Lonnie Swarnes, Rich Hill, are charged with kidnapping a man at his Newton, NJ, business in January 2010. The victim escaped and his abductors were arrested the next day at a Lake Ozark convenience store.

    A third alleged kidnapper – Swarnes’ nephew, Andrew Wadel – pleaded guilty and was sentenced to an 18-year term in July 2011.

    The pre-trial

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    Nevada sex offender pleads guilty

    Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Nevada man who is a registered sex offender pleaded guilty in federal court today to receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet.

    David Lee Knowles, 55, Nevada, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to the charge contained in an April 2, 2013, federal indictment. Knowles is a registered sex offender as a result of his 1997 conviction for sexual assault.

    By pleading guilty today, Knowles admitted that he received and

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    Sammie Harris sentenced to five years unsupervised probation for 2010 shooting

    Sammie Elton Harris, 88, Jerico Springs, was sentenced March 24, 2014, in Cedar County County Circuit Court to five years SIS (Suspended Imposition of Sentence) unsupervised probation for voluntary manslaughter and assault 2nd degree for the April 20, 2010, shotgun killing of his step son, Joseph Patton Cox, at the Harris home and for minor injuries to the arm of Amos D. Miller.

    Harris entered an Alford plea to both charges in the March 24 hearing.

    Initially, former Cedar County Prosecutor Michael Ash charged Harris with first degree

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    Superintendent explains need, urgency for bond issue

    Many of you know that El Dorado Springs R-2 Schools is again running a bond campaign for the construction of new facilities.

    This will be the district’s third attempt at convincing the voters to support this project. The last two times the issue fell short with slightly under 50% of the vote being in favor. A little over 57% is required to pass the issue in this election.

    In the dozens of conversations I have had with patrons regarding the bond issue

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    Two men sentenced for $2 million fraud scheme

    Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that two men were sentenced in federal court Monday,. March 24, for their roles in a $2 million scheme to defraud Cargill, Inc. by creating fictitious scale tickets for loads of corn that were paid for but never actually delivered to the company’s Butterfield feed mill.

    Bob True Beisly III, 40, Nevada, and Ronald Bunn, 45, Deerfield, were sentenced in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner. Beisly was sentenced to two years and 11 months in federal

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    Hwy. 97 closed at Stinking Creek Wednesday, April 9

    Where: Hwy. 97 CLOSED at Stinking Creek between Hwy. E/CC and Hwy. BB south of El Dorado Springs.

    When: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 9

    What: MoDOT crews repairing one-lane bridge

    Traffic Impacts: Drivers will have to find an alternate route around the closing. Drivers will be able to get to driveways and other entrances on either side of the closing. However, they will NOT be able to travel through the work zone.

    One alternate route is Hwy.

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    Needs still remain

    Superintendent Mark Koca

    Once again, we are disappointed that we have not managed to make our case to the voters for additional facilities. However, our needs still remain so we will continue to work with the patrons of the district to meet these needs in the



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    Stump Ford Bridge out

    TREE FALLS ON BRIDGE – When the Sun checked in with the Cedar County Commission on Monday, Northern Commissioner Don Boultinghouse reported that a county bridge “fell today.”

    He said that the county Road and Bridge Crew attemped to remove a tree that was leaning over the Stump Ford Bridge. He said that when the tree fell, it hit the bridge.

    Because of the three-ton load limit it is unlikely any school

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    R-II School Board open session at 6 p.m.

    OPAA, the R-II School’s food service provider will serve a dinner to the board at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 10, then the El Dorado Springs R-II School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10, to certify bond election and board election results and swear in new members. Then the board will reorganize electing a president and vice president.

    In old business, the board will review the FY 2014 budget.

    In new business, the board will hear a presentation on Parents As Teachers, approve February route miles

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    Jay Farris to be inducted into Hall of Fame

    Posted April 17, 2014 at 11:24 am

    We are excited to announce the inaugural Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Weekend in Springfield, Missouri on April 26 and 27. For the first time the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Academic All-State banquet, and Missouri Challenge showcasing top seniors from throughout Missouri will

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    Wrestling awards

    Posted April 17, 2014 at 11:19 am


    TOP WINNERS – (from left) Gage Miller – Big Heart Award, Landon Leonard – Most Improved, Matt Thurman – Grinder Award and Hayden Harper – Take Down Machine and King Pin. Harper was also a

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    Time to get ready for soccer season

    Posted April 17, 2014 at 11:03 am

    So we have finally made it to the time of year when many begin to look forward to the end of the school year and the beginning of the new sports seasons. The El Dorado Springs

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    Baseball Stats

    Posted April 17, 2014 at 10:26 am

    El Dorado Springs vs. Clinton

    James Dubois did all he could to give the El Dorado Springs Bulldogs a boost, but it wasn’t enough to get past Clinton, as the Bulldogs lost 9-6 in seven innings at Clinton Tournament

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    Posted April 10, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    The El Dorado Christian track team traveled to Lone Jack, on Saturday, March 29. The Buffalos competed against several schools at the practice meet. The team consists of elementary, junior high and high school. Those pictured: (front

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    El Dorado Springs @ Pleasant Hope

    Posted April 10, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Spencer Young powered the El Dorado Springs Bulldogs Varsity at the plate and on the bump Tuesday, willing the El Dorado Springs Bulldogs Varsity to a 9-5 victory over Pleasant Hope. Spencer got on base three times in the game for the El Dorado Springs Bulldogs

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    ElDo Springs JV @ Pleasant Hope

    Posted April 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    The El Dorado Springs Bulldogs JV fell 9-8 to Pleasant Hope JV in five innings on Tuesday at Pleasant Hope despite racking up seven hits and eight runs.

    Jacob Holder racked up four RBIs on two hits for the El Dorado Springs

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    El Dorado Springs @ Bronaugh

    Posted April 10, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    The El Dorado Springs Bulldogs Varsity rolled over Bronaugh 15-5 on Monday at Bronaugh after an eight-run rally in the third inning.

    Riley Boyd racked up four RBIs on three hits for the El Dorado Springs Bulldogs Varsity. He homered in the

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    Posted April 10, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    The El Dorado Springs Baseball Bulldogs senior players for the 2014 season are – #7 Utility Player James Dubois, #23 Pitcher and 1st Baseman Tanner Widener, #15 Catcher Robert Keith and #6 Outfielder Matt Hackleman. Center of

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    Middle School track competes in Butler

    Posted April 10, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    The El Dorado Springs Middle School track team competed on April 1 for the first time at Butler. The Butler Relay was an all relay meet as individual track athletes were teamed up with two or three of their teammates to compete in each event. Additional

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    Senate passes bill to establish Israel trade office

    Posted April 17, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, announced Thursday, April 9, that the Missouri State Senate passed Senate Bill 812 by a vote of 32-0. Senate Bill 812 directs the Missouri Department of Economic Development to establish a trade office in Israel for the purpose of promoting trade and

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    Committee created to study Common Core

    Posted April 17, 2014 at 11:43 am

    My Fellow Missourians,

    On my way to Jefferson City, I stopped by the Hickory County Health Department. The County Health Sanatorium and I discussed my HB 1728, which will clarify that County Commissioners and County

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    What a Savior

    Posted April 17, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Pastor David Woods, Herriman Chapel

    He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not (Isaiah 53:3, ESV).

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    10 easy ways to help save our planet

    Posted April 17, 2014 at 10:02 am

    1.Compost your garbage.

    Biodegradable waste, such as food scraps and yard clippings comprise about 25 percent of landfills. Compost at home and nurture your garden.

    2.Reduce your carbon footprint.


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    Savvy Senior®

    Posted April 17, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Personal sound amplification products can help seniors hear better

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    What types of amplification products can you recommend to help people with hearing impairment? My 62-year-old husband has some hearing issues, but doesn’t think he needs

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