National Newspaper Week

Posted October 16, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Newspapers are the Foundation of Vibrant Communities

by David L. Burton

A recent visitor to my house noted that I had four different weekly newspapers on the kitchen counter. “If you have that many newspaper subscriptions, you must be rich,” said my friend, who confessed to never having subscribed to a newspaper in his entire life.

I wanted to cry in response to the fact that he had never subscribed to a newspaper, but I laughed instead. “I am not rich when it comes to money, but these communities are better off by having a weekly newspaper,” I said. “That is why I support local newspapers with my subscription.”

As a consumer, I know first-hand that most weekly newspaper subscriptions are reasonable. I have subscriptions to my hometown newspaper, the newspaper

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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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    New interchange open at Osceola

    MoDOT was scheduled to open the new Hwy. 13/82 interchange highways at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7.

    Construction began in January to replace the at-grade intersection with a new interchange over Hwy. 13.

    The $7 million project includes a new Hwy. 82 bridge which will carry traffic over Hwy. 13 and new ramps. The project also relocated Business Hwy. 13’s intersection with Hwy. 82 slightly to the west and relocated a connection road’s access to Hwy. 82 on the east side of the interchange.

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    Collins man arrested on felony assault charge

    On Sept. 27, Leslie Besser, 82, Collins, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with a class A felony of assault-first degree. Bond is set at $50,000 cash or surety.

    The charge stems from an incident earlier the same day when a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to the Pilot Truck Stop, Collins, in reference to an individual being shot at. Dan Reese explained he had an agreement with Besser to stay at his property on SE 1200 Rd,

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    2014 Bulldog football royalty

    LEADERS OF THE PACK – On Friday night, Oct. 3, the El Dorado Springs Bulldogs crowned Megan Chism as their 2014 Homecoming queen and Colten Hedrick as their 2014 Homecoming king. Flower girl was Alexis Collins, daughter of Alan and Becky Collins. Crown bearer was Marshall Stauffer, son of Daniel and Rachel Stauffer. The Bulldogs put the icing on the Homecoming cake with a 48-16 win over the Pierce City Eagles.

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    Looks bad, but it’s not

    BUS APPEARS TO CRUSH TAXI – Emergency personnel from Vernon County, the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, the El Dorado Springs Fire Department, the Nevada Fire Department the Missouri Highway Patrol, Vernon County Ambulance District, Barton County Ambulance District, Northeast Vernon County R-1 School District and Durham Bus for the El Dorado Springs School District converged on a “bus wreck” Tuesday afternoon on a rural road north of Walker to “rescue” 15 volunteer “victims.” The purpose of the bus wreck drill

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    Chili cook-off tickets available

    Tickets for the 10th Annual SCRG Chili Cook-off are available at Toshua Barnes McCormick/State Farm, The El Dorado Springs Sun, Mid-Missouri Bank, Community Bank, Heritage State Bank and Liberty Bank.

    Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the “door.” A ticket entitles you to a bowl, a spoon, a drink and all the chili you can eat. The public tasting begins at 11:30. Extra drinks are $1 each.

    Ticket holders also get to vote on the People’s Choice Award – the best chili according to your taste

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    Class of 1943

    71st YEAR CLASS REUNION – Members of the EHS Class of 1943 held their class reunion Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at Pogo’s Pizza. Those who attended were (front row, from left) Evelyn (Dennis) Harvey, Erma Jean Walden, Betty (Timmons) Gordon, Helen (Shellhorn) Wolf, Pauline (Julian) Hlavacek and Beverly (Allen) Bearden; (back row, from left) Lester Englund, Emily (Bybee) Farmer, Jim Conner, Gene Lowe, Bob Bishop and Gene Dale.

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    Vernon County man flees from motor vehicle accident

    A Vernon County resident was taken into custody Saturday afternoon following a lengthy foot pursuit.

    According to a press release from the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, a male subject fled on foot from a motor vehicle accident on Hwy. E and ran into some nearby woods. Responding deputies set up a perimeter and waited for additional units and the department's K-9 to arrive.

    Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said off duty deputies were called out to assist with

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    Larry Hacker appointed new Bates County Southern Commissioner

    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

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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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    Strafford Indians get past Bulldogs 21-8

    Posted October 16, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    The Strafford Indians remained undefeated on Friday night by edging past the El Dorado Springs Bulldogs 21-8.

    The Indians began the game by kicking the ball off to the Bulldogs, where Lance Molz returned the ball 49 yards to the Strafford 46-yard line. Despite a 7-yard gain by Kason Schwalm on

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    Posted October 16, 2014 at 10:37 am

    BRONZE MEDAL WINNERS – ECH Lady Buffalo’s traveled to Ft. Scott, KS on Saturday, Oct. 11, to compete in the annual MOKAN Volleyball Tournament which was hosted by Christian Learning Center. The team brought home the third place MOKAN Tournament

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    Bulldog softball varsity loses at districts

    Posted October 16, 2014 at 10:32 am

    The El Dorado Springs Bulldogs Varsity let Marion C. Early get away late in 7-1 loss in the second round of Class 2, District 6 play. As the No. 2 seed with a 16-6 record, El Dorado Springs drew a bye in the first round. Marion

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    ElDo VB Oct. 6-9

    Posted October 16, 2014 at 10:20 am

    The Lady Bulldogs started the week of Oct. 6 off strong with quick two set win over Skyline, 25-18, 25-17.

    Megan Chism led the team in kills with eight, aces with four and solo blocks with four. Kameron Schaaf added six kills, and Kinli Simmons and Rachel Bush each had three.

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    Posted October 16, 2014 at 10:12 am

    was chosen as the American Volleyball Coaches Association Player of the Week in the state of Missouri for the week of Sept. 22. Megan was chosen by the association based on their stats on for that entire

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    ElDo VB Oct. 13

    Posted October 16, 2014 at 10:11 am

    ElDo (varsity) beat Buffalo Monday night there in three – 25-18, 21-25, 25-23.

    JV lost in three.

    VolleyDogs beat Skyline

    Posted October 9, 2014 at 11:07 am

    In a Monday night message from VolleyDog Coach Ashley Rogers, she told the Sun:

    Varsity beat Skyline in two 25-18, 25-17

    Varsity record- 18-9-1

    JV is playing now.

    Bulldogs run cross country at the Chile Pepper

    Posted October 9, 2014 at 10:52 am

    by Coach Josh Smith

    The El Dorado Springs Cross Country team just finished the busiest part of their schedule. The team has competed in four races in the past two weeks. The Bulldogs have done a lot of racing in a short

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    Pumpkins provide plethora of possibilities

    Posted October 16, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    October’s most famous squash is also its most versatile according to Dr. Pam Duitsman, a nutrition and health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

    “Whether you are using this fruit disguised as a vegetable to decorate for fall or preparing it

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    Savvy Senior®

    Posted October 16, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Burial and memorial benefits available to veterans

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    Does the Veterans Administration provide any special funeral services or benefits to old veterans? My father is a 90-year-old World War II veteran with late stage Alzheimer’s, so

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    Farm Bureau FARM-PAC endorses Parson

    Posted October 9, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Trustees of Missouri Farm Bureau’s 4th Congressional District FARM-PAC announced their endorsement of Mike Parson for re-election to the Missouri Senate from the 28th Senatorial District.

    Parson was first elected to the Missouri Senate in 2010 representing the citizens of Benton, Cedar,

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    Kids on cell phones can be in danger while walking

    Posted October 9, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Every hour of every day, a teen pedestrian is killed or injured in the U.S.

    New research released from Safe Kids Worldwide revealed alarming news: 40 percent of teens have been hit or nearly hit by a car, bike or motorcycle while

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    Savvy Senior®

    Posted October 9, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Vaccination options available to seniors this flu season

    Dear Savvy Senior

    I understand that there are several types of flu vaccines being offered to seniors this flu season. What can you tell me about them?

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    Tips for the 2015 Medicare annual enrollment period

    Posted October 9, 2014 at 10:40 am

    If you’re 65 or older, you probably know that the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Generally, this is the only time you can make changes to your coverage.

    According to Herb Fritch, president of Cigna-HealthSpring, a leading

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News Archived

    Lottery winner

    Paul Sanderson, Schell City, won $1,000 in the Missouri Lottery Club Keno game in September.


    On Oct. 3, Julia Mitchell, 53, Collins, was arrested in St. Clair County on a Cass County warrant charging

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