Union Hall 4-H selling tickets

Posted April 30, 2015 at 10:35 am

by Sydney Barger, reporter

Union Hall 4-H cancelled its meeting on Apr. 8 due to weather. Members are selling raffle tickets for a 50/50 drawing to be held May 9 at the 54 Cruisers Car Show. We will also have a bake sale at the car show.

We plan to celebrate our graduating Seniors at our next club meeting, which will begin at 6:30 on Wednesday, May 6, at the Land-O-Lakes Fairgrounds.

    Joshua Jay Brown bound over

    In a preliminary hearing held on Apr. 6 before Associate Circuit Judge David R. Munton in the Cedar County courtroom in Stockton, the judge found probable cause to believe the defendant, Joshua Jay Brown, committed the felonies charged in relation to the shooting death of Cedar County Deputy Matt Chism by driving the car from which the shooter, William A. Collins, fled on foot and a few minutes later shot Deputy Chism.

    Judge Munton ordered the defendant to appear before Presiding Judge James Bickel at 1:30 p.m. on Apr. 13 for further

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    Edmiston pleads not guilty

    In an arraignment before Cedar County Associate Circuit Judge Thomas G. Pyle on Wednesday, Apr. 8,, Darren A. Edmiston waived a formal arraignment then entered a plea of not guilty to the charge of theft/stealing of any firearm.

    Reportedly, Edmiston is charged with stealing and selling the .45 caliber pistol which was used to murder Cedar County Deputy Matt Chism.

    Judge Pyle set a case management conference for Edmiston for 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, in his courtroom.

    R-II Board re-elects officers

    After the El Dorado Springs R-II School Board certified the election results last Thursday evening then installed the newly elected board members, it re-elected Darrell Eason as board president and Greg Beydler as vice president.

    Then it began its regularly scheduled meeting.

    All board members were present – Walt Anderson, Benny Brower, Scott Cluck, Allen Hoover, Josh Floyd, Greg Beydler and Darrell Eason – presiding.

    Supt. Mark Koca gave a report on the progress of the Early Childhood Center. He said the plan is

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    Officers waiting in woods

    GARY DRAKE JR. CAUGHT – Gary W. (Bud) Drake Jr. may have avoided officers the first time they served a search warrant at a residence between Schell City and Walker. The second time, officers were waiting in the woods in case he ran when fellow officers went to the front door. He did.

    Drake taken into custody

    One of Vernon County’s most wanted was captured early Friday morning when the Vernon County Special Response Team as well as other members of the Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at a residence on South 2270 Road between Walker and Schell City. According to a press release from the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, Gary W Drake Jr., who has an El Dorado Springs address, was taken into custody by the SRT Team in the woods when Drake tried to run on foot from deputies approaching the residence from the drive way. Vernon County Sheriff Jason

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    Headed for court

    CHARGED WITH MURDER – On Monday, Apr. 13, Joshua Jay Brown, who is charged with second degree murder and related crimes in connection with the Nov. 2, 2014, death of Cedar County Deputy Matt Chism, was escorted into the Cedar County Courthouse by Transport Corrections Officer Richard Campbell, along with Andrew Cypret who had a parole violation hearing. Brown waved every time he saw the camera pointed his way. Brown was scheduled for arraignment before Circuit Judge James Bickel. Brown’s attorney,

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    Allison best in state in Ag Mechanics

    Chandler Allison, El Dorado Springs, won the Missouri FFA Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award at the 87th Missouri FFA Convention.

    Allison, a senior at El Dorado Springs R-II High School, is the son of Troy and Gina Allison. He is a member of the El Dorado Springs FFA Chapter. His FFA advisors are Brett Neil and Courtney Poirot.

    Allison’s supervised agricultural experience comprises working in his family’s tire shop. Allison has many responsibilities including rotating and balancing tires, tire inspections, public relations and training new

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    No strain, no gain

    EHS NATIONAL WINNING POWER LIFTING TEAM – On Saturday, March 28, these six members of the El Dorado Springs High School power lifting team competed at the NASA National High School Power Lifting Championships in Oklahoma City. They are(front row from left) Amy Ford, Hannah Kruckenberg, Emily Ford and Dayton Austin; (second row) Kason Schwalm; (back row) Colten Hedrick and Landon Leonard.

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    Four peat for Scholar Bowl Team

    4th STRAIGHT DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP FOR SCHOLAR BOWL TEAM – by Coach Darrin Griffin – The El Dorado Springs Scholar Bowl Team won its 4th straight district championship at Lamar on Saturday, April 18. In tight competition during the preliminary rounds, the Bulldogs beat Buffalo 500-170, lost to Stockton 260-290 in overtime, and defeated Lamar 390-320. With three teams finishing at 2-1, El Dorado Springs got the number one seed based on points. After defeating Buffalo 370-180 in the semi-finals,

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    Stark wins state in beef production

    Hesston Stark, El Dorado Springs, earned the first-place Missouri FFA Beef Production Placement Proficiency Award at the 87th Missouri FFA Convention.

    Stark, a senior at El Dorado Springs R-II High School, is the son of Travis and Charla Stark. He is a member of the El Dorado Springs FFA Chapter. His chapter advisors are Brett Neil and Courtney Poirot.

    Starks’ supervised agricultural experience program began by helping his dad with the cattle on the family farm. Once he turned 16, he started working on the fencing crew at

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    Posted April 30, 2015 at 9:40 am

    El Dorado Springs Christian School Senior, Dayton Robison, signed to play basketball next year with Stockton –Culver College in Canton, MO. With Dayton are Coaches Tim Scott and Travis Cole.

    Dayton’s parents are Gale Robison

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    Posted April 30, 2015 at 9:38 am

    A sophomore outside hitter/defensive specialist with the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team, has signed papers to transfer to Western Illinois University in Macomb to play for the Fighting Leathernecks beginning this fall. On hand for

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    Posted April 30, 2015 at 9:36 am

    On Tuesday, Apr. 28, Richard Lyness, an El Dorado Springs High School multi-sport star athlete, signed a letter of intent to run in cross country for Allen Community College, Iola, KS. Present for the ceremony were (seated

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    Posted April 30, 2015 at 9:35 am

    El Dorado Springs High School Dance Team Coach Sandy Lackey awarded individual honors to team members. They are (from left) Maria Escarda, sophomore – Most Improved; Felecia Ozbun, senior – Most Dependable and Bulldog Award; Kristen Lackey,

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    MS Track competes at Lamar

    Posted April 30, 2015 at 9:30 am


    by Tonya Hooper, Middle School Track Coach

    The El Dorado Springs Middle School Track team travelled to Lamar on Apr. 21. Weather conditions were not favorable as El Do athletes endured heavy rain and wind during the meet.


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    Studer takes 2nd at home golf match

    Posted April 23, 2015 at 9:46 am

    ElDo Golf results from the April 14 match at El Dorado Springs vs Clinton and Stockton

    Jakob Studer placed 2nd overall with a 47, Jake Hillsman 54, Jakob Boleyn 63, Payton Babcock 64, Landon Leonard 66, Landon Mays 70, Walter Burk 74

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    MS track competes at Stockton

    Posted April 23, 2015 at 9:43 am

    The El Dorado Springs Middle School track team traveled to Stockton on Apr. 16.

    For the 8th grade girls, Tori Rawlings finished third in the 200 meter dash and fourth in the 100 meter dash. Mikayla Loane finished fifth in the 100

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    ElDo track athletes excel at meets

    Posted April 23, 2015 at 9:42 am

    by Track Head Coach Brian Goatley

    Results of the El Dorado Springs meet are at www.trackmeetmanager.com. Once there then go to the lower right corner where it says view meet results and click on that, and then click on El Dorado Springs

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    Bulldogs take 2nd in Holden tournament

    Posted April 23, 2015 at 9:42 am

    The El Dorado Springs Bulldogs finished second in the Holden State Farm Classic Baseball Tournament by going 3-1 in four games.

    Dawgs beat Sherwood in Game 1

    Sherwood outdone by Spencer Young and the El Dorado Springs

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    Love note from Jeff City

    Posted April 30, 2015 at 10:32 am

    My Fellow Missourians,

    This past Friday on my In-District day, I was invited to Skyline School by Elementary Counselor Tammy Smith. I was given a tour and saw first-hand the Elementary students taking the new state mandated

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    Budget for Fiscal Year 2016 approved

    Posted April 30, 2015 at 10:32 am

    The General Assembly approved its final version of the state’s $26.1 billion operating budget for Fiscal Year 2016, and a supplemental budget for the rest of this fiscal year. Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees worked late

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    Dog breeders contribute to state economy

    Posted April 30, 2015 at 10:30 am

    A new study from the University of Missouri Commercial Ag Program shows Missouri’s dog breeders contribute significantly to the state’s economy. The first-of-its-kind study illustrates the fiscal impact of dog breeding in Missouri.

    Every year, economic statistics are gathered on what Missouri

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    Introducing Saralee Jameison…

    Posted April 30, 2015 at 10:29 am

    This profile of a University of Missouri Extension specialist is part of an on-going series designed to inform the news media and the general public about the wide range of program expertise that exists among extension specialists in southwest Missouri.

    Name/title: Saralee

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    Proper road etiquette

    Posted April 30, 2015 at 10:09 am

    by Rebecca French Smith

    When our kids learn to drive, part of their instruction in today’s world of connectedness includes appropriate times to text and call. One moment of distracted driving could mean a lifetime of regret. As rural citizens, we also

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    A 100% calf crop worthy goal

    Posted April 30, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Achieving a 100 percent calf crop is very difficult, unless a farmer has only one cow. But a 100 percent calf crop is a great goal according to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

    “The percent calf crop weaned

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