Shopko and The Salvation Army kick-off annual ‘Tools for School’ campaign

Posted July 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Shopko announces that it is partnering with The Salvation Army to launch its annual “Tools for School” campaign. The two organizations have worked together on the “Tools for School” program since 2005. This year, from July 12 through Aug. 7, customers can help local students in need by dropping donated school supplies in collection bins that will be located in over 300 Shopko and Shopko Hometown stores.

“Shopko is proud to partner with The Salvation Army once again on the ‘Tools for School’ program,” said Peter McMahon, Shopko CEO. “Through the Shopko Foundation, we support projects that help students succeed in school and become self-sufficient adults. It’s fundamental to their education that students have the supplies that they need to be ready to learn each day and that’s why the ‘Tools for School’ project is so important.”


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    R-II Board holds special meeting

    The El Dorado Springs R-II School Board held its regular monthly meeting in a special place, the Elementary Library, Thursday, July 9, because of the work going on in the High School Library.

    Superintendent Mark Koca reported that the new carpet is down in the High School Library. A technician removed the asbestos in the past few weeks.

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

    The board approved policy

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    Drew Six at home in KC and Nashville

    DOING WHAT HE LOVES – Drew Six performs over 265 shows per year. He was named “best sexy musician” in Pitch Magazine’s “Best of Kansas City” issue and his band is also featured as one of KC Magazine’s “100 people that have changed life in Kansas City forever.” He will be at the Picnic Friday night.

    Roscoe School reunion July 19

    The Roscoe School reunion will be Sunday, July 19, at the Roscoe School.

    There will be a carry-in lunch at 12:30.

    Everyone who attended school at Roscoe is invited.

    Council selects insurance bid

    The El Dorado Springs City Council held a special session at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, because it knew it couldn’t get all of its questions answered on insurance coverage by the regularly scheduled Monday, July 6, meeting. The deadline on its property and casualty insurance coverage was July 9.

    All councilmen were present: Mayor Brad True, Mayor Pro Tem Randy Bland and Councilmen Jerry Baldwin, Jim Luster and Jimmy Luster.

    With City Attorney Bryan Breckenridge present, the council considered bids from Mid Missouri Insurance and Paul

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    Deer stands, buck skulls confiscated

    On July 6, deputies of the Cedar County Sheriff and Missouri Conservation Agent J. Shadwick served a search warrant at the residence of Mark Sutton Jr., age 18, and Christina Sutton, 4515 E. 1550 Road, Jerico Springs, for the theft of tree stands and possession of illegal wildlife.

    Several items were located inside the residence. Outside the residence approximately eight buck deer heads were located. Near the back door, Deputy Bridges observed about eight deer stands leaning against a walnut tree of which five had been reported stolen.

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    It’s only $2

    COME ONE, COME ALL – Prepare for a lifetime experience as local musician and entrepreneur Nick Sibley begins his Bowlacaust World Tour this Thursday, Friday and Saturday in his building at 101 N. Main Street in El Dorado Springs.

    The Bowlacaust exhibit consists of 43 “fire enhanced” bowling bowling balls retrieved from the ashes of the El Dorado Lanes that burned in December of last year. Each one has a name.

    Nick says for two dollars

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    Two major county bridges out of service

    Cedar County has two major county bridges out right now – one is in the works to be replaced in the next year, the other probably won’t be replaced. If it is replaced it would be three to four years down the road.

    The Stump Ford Bridge over Cedar Creek was knocked out of service when a county road crew fell a tree on it. The replacement is estimated to cost $500,000.

    The commissioners discussed that bridge at their regular meeting Monday, July 6. They are in the

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    St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office launches new website feature

    The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce a new feature has been added to its website that will allow the public to follow along with court cases in St. Clair County. The new feature, Court Case Update, can be accessed by logging onto and clicking on “Court Case Update” in the top bar. Visitors may also view the new feature by logging directly onto

    The new feature allows the public to view booking photos, incident dates, arrest dates

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    Picnic rules and regs for your safety

    by Jarrod D. Schiereck

    Chief of Police

    Once more it is Picnic time again, in fact the 134th Annual Picnic. Each year we pause to remember day’s gone bye, renew old friendships, meet new friends, have some school class reunions, and enjoy the carnival and entertainment in our City Park and our downtown area. Certainly, we at the Police Department want to assure the safety and security of everyone in attendance. So, we want to take this opportunity to offer the following information and suggestions that might help

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    2015 El Dorado Springs R-II budget better than last few years

    During its June 25 special session, the El Dorado Springs R-II School Board amended the 2014-15 budget to actual figures and adopted the 2015-16 budget.

    Superintendent Mark Koca told the board, “I feel pretty good about that. It’s been a pretty good year for us, all things considered.” “The budget adopted for 14-15 was $455,000 in the red—we trimmed this deficit to just $157,000 by the end of the year.”

    In closed session, the board accepted the resignation of Tammy Morrison and hired Ginger Nowak as an Elementary

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    Posted July 9, 2015 at 8:47 am

    St. Clair County State Bank went undefeated in coach's pitch. Pictured are (from left, front row) Cooper Brown, Bradley Brownsberger, McKini Mays and Dayton Edwards; (2nd row) Austin Mansell, Avery Floyd, Jillian Spurgeon, Karson Burley, Rowan Johnson and Blazic

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    Grizzly Volleyball team, 2 players receive academic honors from NJCAA

    Posted July 2, 2015 at 10:28 am

    The 2014 Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team, sophomore defensive specialist Kaili Simmons, El Dorado Springs, and sophomore setter Brianna Zebert, Pierce City, recently received academic honors from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

    The team was named one of

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    VolleyDogs win quarter final

    Posted March 6, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Lady Bulldogs beat Lafayette County 79-58 in their quarter final game Wednesday, March 5. This means they will play in the semi-final game in the Independence Center (Kansas City) at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8. Great job girls! Keep it up!

    Bulldogs compete in Clinton tournament

    Posted January 31, 2013 at 10:17 am

    JV PLAYS LIBERAL – On Saturday, the final game of the El Dorado Springs JV tournament was for third place pitting El Dorado Springs against Liberal. Here, Freshman Cody McNeece gets in close for a shot.

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    Posted March 15, 2012 at 10:39 am

    - During the seniors vs. faculty game of the Hoops for Heart fundraiser game last Thursday night, Bulldog Assistant Football Coach Scott Svendson broke through for a lay-up. After trailing by one point at the

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    Iran Deal Jeopardizes National Security

    Posted July 23, 2015 at 11:49 am

    This week was underscored by the President’s announcement that he had reached an agreement with Iran regarding its nuclear capabilities. By his own admission, the deal that was struck did not meet the

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    Parson’s Community Health Liaisons Bill signed into law

    Posted July 23, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Senate Bill 426, sponsored by Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, was recently signed into law. The measure allows community health liaisons (CMHLs) to access information regarding Missourians who have been civilly committed in order to improve and quicken communications between public safety officials and the courts.

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    Savvy Senior®

    Posted July 23, 2015 at 9:22 am

    How to choose the best place to retire

    Dear Savvy Senior

    My wife and I will both be retiring in a year or two and are interested in moving to a smaller house in a better climate

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    Health trumps wealth in importance to retirees’ well-being

    Posted July 23, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Whoever said, “If you have your health, you have everything,” must have been retired.

    That’s because retirees feel more financially secure when they’re in good health according to new research. And when they feel financially secure, retirees also report they’re enjoying retirement

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    What you think you know about Soc. Sec. may be totally wrong

    Posted July 23, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Americans may have faith in the Social Security system, but many still don’t really understand how it works. That’s a key take-away from a recent survey of Americans’ knowledge of Social Security retirement benefits. While 63 percent of respondents said they do believe Social Security benefits

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    Vicky Hartzler column

    Posted July 16, 2015 at 10:58 am

    The U.S. Army announced the results of its Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA), announcing cuts of 774 uniformed personnel at Fort Leonard Wood by the end of fiscal year 2017. The SPEA originally

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    Gov. Nixon signs Macks Creek law update

    Posted July 16, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Gov. Jay Nixon today joined legislators, civil rights advocates, and business, civic and faith leaders at the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District to sign Senate Bill 5, legislation to reform the well-publicized abuses of the municipal court system in the St. Louis region

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    Veto gives municipalities power to override state laws

    Posted July 16, 2015 at 10:55 am

    One day after taking control away from municipal governments through a law that limits the amount of fines local communities can levy, Gov. Nixon gave local municipalities the power to override state laws governing Missouri workplaces, ironically citing the importance of local control as his reason

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