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Young man raises $1,000 for Chism Family

Posted December 18, 2014 at 11:43 am


When 16-year-old Jonathan Payne learned about the death of Cedar County Deputy Matthew Chism, he decided to do something to help raise money for Chism’s wife and son, Ashley and Hunter.

Jonathan is the creator of a small business, Nuclear Cord, which makes para cord bracelets and key chains of many styles and colors.

Jonathan decided for the Chism family to make a Thin Blue Line bracelet to honor Matt. The Thin Blue Line is a well-known symbol that represents fallen police officers. In doing so, Jonathan raised $1,000 and on Saturday, Dec. 13, Jonathan met with Ashley and Hunter Chism and presented her with the money he raised along with some Thin Blue Line bracelets and key chains for herself and her family.

Jonathan attends high school in Springfield and is the son

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    2014 El Dorado Springs Christmas Parade line-up

    At Conservation Dept. – EDS Police Dept – Lead, EDS Fire Truck #1, G3 Miss Merry Christmas candidates (6 vehicles), A – Mindy Harper – Miss Merry Christmas 2014 (ECS Freshman), B – Lakin Lindsey – runner up (EHS Junior), C – Alexis Tough – EHS Freshman candidate, D – Maria Escarda-Granados EHS Sophmore candidate, E – Paige Dobbs – EHS Junior candidate, F – Rachel Cross – EHS Senior candidate, Little Mr and Miss Santa contestants, Camp Clark National Guard-1/4’ Plate Steel Armored Hum V, Camp Clark National Guard-Palatized Load

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    Chamber of Commerce 2014 Holiday Home Lighting/Decorating Contest to be judged

    It’s time to start (or finish) decorating for the Chamber of Commerce Holiday Home Lighting / Decorating Contest. Decorate the exterior of your house and yard and you could win big money off your utility bill. Each of four qualifiers will receive $50 off and the Grand Prize Winner will receive $100 off their utilities from our friends from the City of El Dorado Springs.

    Judging will be on Thursday, Dec. 11, and Friday, Dec.12. Lights and decorations should be on each evening through Christmas Eve.

    Contact the

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    Chamber of Commerce 2014 ‘Happy!’ Christmas parade

    Businesses and organizations will parade their finest floats they have fashioned, bands will march melodiously down Main Street and Santa will shower salutations upon spectators.

    This Saturday it’s all downtown El Dorado Springs. The “Happy!” themed Christmas Parade will start at at 1 p.m. Parade entries should line up by 11:45 a.m. to be judged. Santa Claus will conclude the Christmas Parade visiting with children in Spring Park in the Lions Club Santa House.

    Christmas shop from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., before and after the parade at

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    Logan Ellison asks to wear street clothes

    Logan Ellison, the El Dorado Springs teenager held in Vernon County on $1 million bond in the shooting death of his grandparents, filed a motion Dec. 4, through his attorneys, K. Brown and J. Zuzul, to be allowed to wear street clothes in future hearings. Vernon County Associate Circuit Judge Neal Quitno took that motion under advisement.

    Ellison is scheduled for a motion hearing at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18.

    On Dec. 4, Vernon County Prosecutor Lynn Moore Ewing III filed a motion for a continuance in

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    Flags to be flown at half-staff on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

    The U.S. and Missouri flags on all state and local government buildings in Missouri will be flown at half-staff on Sunday, Dec. 7, to commemorate those who died or were wounded during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941. A 1996 state law designates the date as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and directs that on that day, flags be flown at half-staff by all state agencies and political subdivisions of the state.

    “As the Greatest Generation passes on, we must never forget the sacrifice that Americans from all walks

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    7 1⁄2 weeks to go

    MOVING ON UP – El Dorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jackson Tough and Co-director Peggy Snodgrass add red tape to the “Sidewalk to the Future” thermometer on Highway 54 indicating that about $5,000 has been raised for the project. The total of $31,250 needs to be raised by the community by Jan. 31, 2015.

    Donations needed for Christmas Baskets

    Donation barrels can be found at Ehlers Variety and Woods Grocery Store. Non perishable food items and new toys are badly needed to make the holidays a little brighter this year for your friends and neighbors.

    New, unwrapped toys need to be brought to the First Baptist Church on Main Street before noon on Monday, Dec. 15. Toys that do not require a battery are best. (Please include the battery with the toy if required). Boys and girls age newborn to 16 are included on the Christmas Basket “list”. Especially needed are

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    Ellison gets attorney

    Logan Ellison, who is being held in the Vernon County jail on two counts of 1st degree murder with a $1 million bond, now has an attorney, Joseph G. Zuzul, public defender.

    Ellison will have a pre-trial conference before Vernon County Associate Circuit Judge Neal Quitno at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20.

    Prosecutor Lynn Ewining III told the Sun that Ellison will be tried as an adult “because he is an adult at 17.”

    Update on Joshua Jay Brown case

    Joshua Jay Brown, who is charged with second degree murder in the death of Cedar County Deputy Sheriff Matt Chism, is scheduled for a probation violation hearing at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, before Circuit Judge James R. Bickel.

    Cedar County Assistant Prosecutor Ty Gaither said that Brown was scheduled for a hearing at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, to determine if he is eligble to be represented by the public defender. He is currently represented by Rebecca Elliston.

    The advantage for Cedar County taxpayers is that if

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    Joshua Jay Brown wants own attorney

    Joshua Jay Brown, El Dorado Springs, who is charged with second degree murder in connection with the death of Cedar County Deputy Matt Chism, had a day in court on Dec. 3 before Cedar County Associate Circuit Judge Dennie Dwight Reaves.

    Brown appeared in custody. Dwayne Perry appeared for the public defender’s office. Perry told the court that he consulted with the defendant who declined to apply for public defender representation.

    The court questioned Defendant Brown who stated his family is hiring an attorney and that he has

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    Wrestlers squeeze out wins

    Posted December 18, 2014 at 11:12 am

    In the December Activities Report to the school board, Activities Director Mike Durnell reported that wrestling got off to a slow start against some very strong teams. Bulldog wrestlers have shown great improvement. They lost to Eldon very badly early on and have come back to

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    Bulldogs clip Blackhawks

    Posted December 18, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Monday night at home, the El Dorado Springs Bulldog varsity boys barely outlasted the Adrian Blackhawks 79-76.

    Richard Lyness led the scoring with 31 points. Colten Hedrick was second with 16 followed closely by Spencer Young with 15.

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    El Dorado Springs vs. KnobNoster

    Posted December 18, 2014 at 11:04 am

    UP AND OVER – Enough thinking. Colten Hedrick took action going up and over the Panther defender for two of his 29 points in the Bulldogs’ 50-52 overtime loss.

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    Lady Bulldogs stop Adrian 59-43

    Posted December 18, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Head Coach Beau Swopes said Tuesday that in the Monday night game at home against Adrian, “The girls started out slow, but picked it up in the second half of the game last night against Adrian.”

    He said, “ We battled through

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    Eighth grade loses to Clinton at home

    Posted December 11, 2014 at 9:41 am


    8th grade results

    Butler Tournament

    Dec. 1 – versus Adrian LOST 44-18 Trey Babcock leading score w/ 6.

    Dec. 3 – vs. Butler LOST 55-32, Shelby McKinney lead score with 11, Dagan McIntire with 9.

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    Posted December 4, 2014 at 10:45 am

    (Front row, from left) Paige Esry, Kameron Schaaf, Cameron McPeak, Rachel Bush, Kinli Simmons, Taylor Witt, Megan Chism, and Anyssa Salazar; (second row, from left) Candice Loane, Keili Tough, Hannah Kruckenberg, Amy Ford, Alexis Tough, Amy Ford,

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    Hurst re-elected Missouri Farm Bureau President

    Posted December 18, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    A farmer from Atchison County was re-elected president of the Missouri Farm Bureau Federation at its 100th annual meeting. Voting delegates elected Blake Hurst, of Westboro, Mo., Dec. 9, to his third 2-year term. Approving 2015 legislative policy and electing board meetings capped the three-day meeting

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    Joint Committee on Governmental Accountability holds first hearing

    Posted December 18, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Missouri legislators took the first steps to investigate the response to the unrest in Ferguson and surrounding areas. The Joint Committee on Governmental Accountability held its first hearing Dec. 11 to gain a complete account of what happened before and after the grand jury’s decision on

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    Picking pretty poinsettias

    Posted December 18, 2014 at 10:52 am

    No flower says Christmas like the poinsettia. Now is the time of year when these colorful plants adorn mantels, tables and hallways across the country.

    Originally from Mexico, poinsettia is the most popular potted plant in the United States. Every year poinsettia

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    Choosing and caring for your Christmas Tree

    Posted December 18, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Many people will soon visit their local tree grower or tree lot in search of the perfect Christmas tree. Selecting a good tree and proper care for it once it is home can ensure a safer, more enjoyable holiday season.

    The first

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    Savvy Senior®

    Posted December 18, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Convenient ways to get help with your social security questions

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    Can you recommend some easier ways that I can get help with my Social Security questions? When I call their toll-free help line I get

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    Extension hires new Family Financial Education Specialist

    Posted December 11, 2014 at 11:10 am

    University of Missouri Extension has hired Doug Scotten for a specialist position to be located in Vernon County. Scotten is the Regional Family Financial Education Specialist for the University of Missouri Extension, located in Vernon County, Missouri. The position is responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating

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    Kander convenes Elections Integrity Task Force

    Posted December 11, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander on Dec. 9 convened the bipartisan Elections Integrity Task Force, which brought together local, state and federal law enforcement and election authorities to open new lines of communication and establish best practices for responding to alleged violations in the elections

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