It’s Fire Prevention Week

Posted October 8, 2015 at 10:07 am

Even if you regularly check the batteries and test your home smoke detectors, you may not be alerted if a fire breaks out.

Residential fires accounted for 83 percent of fire deaths in the United States during 2011-2013. Deaths are twice as high in homes without smoke alarms or with nonworking alarms, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

“If smoke alarms are over 10 years old, you should look at a replacement plan,” said Dave Hedrick, director of University of Missouri Extension’s Fire and Rescue Training Institute. “Over time, smoke alarms lose their sensitivity and, of course, there have been improvements in the newer models.”

Hedrick recommends replacing older units with dual-sensor models. “Smoke detectors with ionization and photoelectric sensors have the ability to activate the quickest in fire situations.”

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    ElDo Homecoming 2015

    It is time to prepare for the El Dorado Springs High School Homecoming. El Dorado Springs will be hosting the University Academy Gryphons on Friday, Sept. 25. This year’s theme is “Grill the Gryphons.” Bulldog fans are encouraged to wear red and black and decorate their homes and businesses.

    Alumni, businesses, organizations, and youth groups are encouraged to participate in the parade by completing an entry form or by contacting Kate Barger at 417/459-3700. Entry forms are available in the high school office and middle school office. Deadline for entries is Monday,

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    Festival ready

    ELDO’S WALNUT QUEEN ENTRY – Hannah Kruckenburg, EHS senior, will represent El Dorado Springs in the annual Miss Black Walnut queen contest during the Black Walnut Festival in Stockton this weekend. The queen candidates from various towns will ride in the parade Saturday then appear on stage that night at 8 p.m. for the coronation ceremony. Hannah, the daughter of Dave and Lou Ferguson, has been on the EHS cheer team for four years.

    Brown murder trail set

    In a hearing on Sept. 14, Judge Calvin R. Holden scheduled a jury trial for Joshua Jay Brown to begin at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 16, 2016, in Greene County.

    Brown is charged with second degree murder in the death of Cedar County Deputy Matt Chism.

    Brown is represented by Jeffrey Christian Sowash. Ty Gaither is the Cedar County Prosecutor.

    Three fire fighters injured

    On Monday, Sept. 21, at 4:29 a.m., officers of the El Dorado Springs Police and Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the Waste Corporation of America transfer station north of the City Cemetery on 70 Road inside City Limits concerning a waste transfer trailer fire.

    The El Dorado Springs Volunteer Fire Department began fire suppression operations upon their arrival. During this time the trailer jacks along the front of the trailer collapsed resulting in the front of the trailer falling. Firefighters Craig Carpenter, 46, Austin Taylor, 36, and Andrew “Bryan” Cloyd, 28, all

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    Bad dude in the building

    ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING – On Monday, Stratagos International which was in ElDo about five years ago, sent three safety experts to train school staff on how to protect themselves and students if an intruder gets into the school with a gun. The state requires some sort of training every year. Last year the school had a one-hour training. This one was eight hours. There are about 35 teachers and administrators that weren’t here during the last training.

    Cost to

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    Top Dogs

    2015 HOMECOMING ROYALTY – Before the El Dorado Springs Bulldogs took to the field against the University Academy Gryphons, they crowned their 2015 Football Homecoming royalty. The 2015 queen is Cameron McPeak. The 2015 king is Landen Smith. The 2014 royalty, Queen Megan Chism and King Colten Hedrick crowned their successors. The flower girl was Miley Boultinghouse, daughter of Mike Boultinghouse and Karen Keith. The crown bearer was Lincoln Scrogging, son of Derek and Amy Scroggins.

    Ambulance Board to meet Monday

    The Cedar County Ambulance District Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, in the El Dorado Springs Ambulance Barn.

    1. Unfinished Business: Updates on New Ambulances, Disposition of Used Ambulances, El Dorado Storage, Dispatching and Computer Anti-virus update.

    2. New Business: Bookkeeper.

    Resz pleads guilty to sodomizing child

    Cedar County Prosecutor Ty Gaither has released a statement that on Thursday, Sept. 24, in the Circuit Court of Vernon County, Joseph Resz III, pled guilty to two counts of statutory sodomy of a child under 12 years old.

    Sentencing is set for Jan. 14, 2016.

    Rejects bid on Early Childhood Development Center

    School Board approves application to Mid-Lakes Conference

    In their Sept. 10 regular meeting, the El Dorado Springs R-II School Board received a letter from Kelly Lowe, superintendent at Pleasant Hope, saying the Mid Lakes Conference (MLC) “would like to cordially invite El Dorado Springs R-II to potentially join as a new member for the 2018/19 school year. This letter is meant to clarity whether you have interest in being affiliated with the Mid Lakes Conference as we move forward. The final vote for acceptance of new members will take place at the Mid

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    Council works on department budgets

    The El Dorado Springs City Council met in regular session at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, in City Hall.

    The Council observed a moment of silence for the three firemen that were injured early that morning.

    Mayor True led the Pledge of Allegiance.

    Members present were Mayor Brad True, Mayor Pro Tem Randy Bland and Council Members Jerry Baldwin, Jimmy Luster and Gene Floyd.

    Personnel present was City Manager Bruce Rogers..

    Kimball Long was present from

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    Bulldogs pluck the Eagles 48-20

    Posted October 8, 2015 at 9:20 am

    ElDo racked up 490 yards of offense to defeat Pierce City 48-20 on Friday night.

    El Dorado Springs received the opening kickoff. Riley Boyd returned the short kick to the Bulldogs 43-yard line. On the second play of the game, Dayton Austin

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    ElDo vollyball report Oct. 8

    Posted October 8, 2015 at 9:15 am

    PINK OUT NIGHT – Monday night, El Dorado Springs held their annual Pink Out night. They sold T-shirts and game ball raffle tickets and raised $645 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Kholie Farran and

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    Posted October 8, 2015 at 9:00 am

    The seventh grade girl’s ensemble from El Dorado Christian School sang, “Were You There?” at Community Springs Healthcare on Wednesday, Sept. 23. Music teacher, Mrs. Becky LeeMasters, directed the group.

    Softball Bulldogs take 5th

    Posted October 1, 2015 at 9:05 am

    In the Pleasant Hope softball tournament last weekend, the El Dorado Springs Bulldogs won one and lost two on their way to a fifth place finish.

    ElDo grad gets 300th soccer win

    Posted October 1, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Steve Fast, a 1990 EHS grad and the son of Pete and Murnie Fast, El Dorado Springs, got his 300th win as the coach of the Bolivar Liberators High School soccer team with his team’s 2-0 shutout of the

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    Lady Bulldogs beat Wheatland 5-1

    Posted October 1, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Tailor Hutsell struck out 21 batters to lift the El Dorado Springs Bulldogs Varsity to a 5-1 win over Wheatland at El Dorado Springs High School in seven innings on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at home.

    Kameron Schaaf racked up two RBIs on

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    Tailor Hutsell strikes out 10 Humansville Tigers

    Posted October 1, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Tailor Hutsell tossed a shutout to lift the El Dorado Springs Bulldogs Varsity to a 7-0 win over Humansville at Humansville in seven innings.

    Hutsell kept contact to a minimum, striking out 10 Humansville batters. The El Dorado Springs Bulldogs Varsity’s pitcher

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    Savvy Senior®

    Posted October 8, 2015 at 8:48 am

    How to find a better Medicare prescription drug plan

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    I recently received a letter from my Medicare drug plan provider notifying me that they are increasing my co-pays next year. I’d like to look for

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    New ways to strengthen your immune system

    Posted October 8, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Daily stress in a busy life can challenge immune system function. No matter what season it is, it’s important to continually build robust immunity, say experts.

    “The immune system is incredibly complex and we’re learning more each day about what weakens it

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    Safety features in your car that you may not know about

    Posted October 8, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Today’s vehicles come with an abundance of new features and technologies that can aid drivers, make passengers more comfortable and provide real-time information about a vehicle’s health. Most importantly, many vehicle technologies today are designed with safety in mind and have the potential to save lives.

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    Cedar County Library receives technology grant

    Posted October 1, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Secretary of State Jason Kander announced that Cedar County Library received a technology grant in the amount of $2,595. The funds will be used to replace four obsolete laptops used for computer lab services, improving the technology services offered to patrons.


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    Kander awards reading grant to library

    Posted October 1, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Secretary of State Jason Kander announced that Cedar County Library received a grant in the amount of $2,238 to establish or expand existing early literacy programming. The funds will be used to strengthen the library’s partnership with local Head Start programs and provide in- house story

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    Hartzler continues fight to defund Planned Parenthood

    Posted October 1, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) today voted to pass the Women’s Public Health and Safety Act, giving states flexibility in determining whether individuals or entities that perform or participate in the performance of elective abortions can participate as providers in their Medicaid programs.

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