Small town law enforcement

Posted November 13, 2014 at 3:02 pm

by Laura Billingsley, El Dorado Springs

When I was first told of the tragedy that took Deputy Matthew Chism’s life over Halloween weekend, it took a little while for the news to sink in. Honestly, this is El Dorado Springs, Missouri. Quiet, lovely, safe El Dorado Springs, Missouri. Things like this don’t happen here! Things like this aren’t supposed to happen here!

Well, obviously things like this can happen here. So, in light of this stunning tragedy, I realize how easy it is to forget that danger is actually real. Death actually can happen when you least expect it. It isn’t confined to cities, some national border, another town outside our state. It isn’t a Hollywood production or mainstream news item that is securely trapped in a television set or computer monitor. It’s real. It’s surprisingly fast and

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    R-II Board selects architect

    After a special meeting on Thursday, Oct. 30, to interview architects for the Early Childhood building, the board voted 6-0 to approve Dake Wells Architecture for those services.

    The board also interviewed Jack Ball Architects and Paragon Architecture.

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

    Burglar caught red handed

    A Vernon County resident is in jail after being arrested for burglary at a county address just west of Nevada Monday morning.

    According to a press release from the Vernon County Sheriff’s office, dispatch received a 911 call of a burglary in progress early Monday morning. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the call and arrested a male subject they found still in the home during a security sweep of the residence.

    According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, investigators believe there may have been a second person involved in

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    On Nov. 4, a St. Clair County arrest warrant was issued for Anthony Cooper, 26, Collins, for failing to appear in court on three felony charges, stealing a motor vehicle, first degree property damage and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident. The charges stem from an incident in March when a St. Clair County deputy took a report of a stolen vehicle near Hwy. PP and Hwy. 54.

    Ashley Miller, Leewood, KS, reported she was with Cooper and another individual at a

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    On Sunday, Nov. 9, the last day of the week-long tribute for fallen Cedar County Deputy Matthew Chism, members of the El Dorado Springs Police Department, El Dorado Springs Fire Department and the Cedar County Ambulance Crew gathered to participate in the “lights on” program at the police and fire department building on South Main.

    Pastor Joe Trussell, chaplain for the El Dorado Springs Fire Department, spoke to the group accompanied by the flashing lights of official vehicles.

    Cards of Thanks

    On behalf of Deputy Matthew Chism and the Cedar County Sheriff’s office, we wish to thank all other Law Enforcement Officers and agencies, both near and far, First Responders and medical personnel that assisted and shared in our loss and have stood beside us while we grieve.

    Our appreciation in all that you do and have done in the past, your endless endeavors to help make a difference, your understanding and compassionate ways will help us through this very difficult time.

    Matt was more than a dedicated officer,

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    New November 2014 issue of ‘Historic Schools Quarterly’ released online

    Every three months, members of the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance receive a newsletter full of information related to one-room and historic schools in Missouri. The “Historic Schools Quarterly” is also available for purchase by non-members online at as a digital download.

    The 20-page November 2014 issue includes some unique features stories. Learn about the newly renovated Liberty School in Springfield and see highlights from the 100th Anniversary of Greenwood School near Marshfield. Also read about the restoration of Mt. Sterling School in

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    Scars on their Souls

    This is a reprint of an article used in this column many times before for Veterans Day. If you have read this before, we hope you will find it worth your time to read it once again.)

    By Denny Banister

    We are playing taps far too frequently these days for our comrades from World War II, and Korean War vets are also decreasing in numbers. We Vietnam-era vets know we’re next.

    Like many veterans, I belong to the American Legion in my hometown. Most

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    Hartzler's Veterans Day message honoring Americans who have served

    Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has released the following Veterans Day statement to honor America’s men and women who have served our country:

    “Veterans Day provides America with the opportunity to pay tribute to our men and women in uniform who have sacrificed to keep us free. Since its origin as Armistice Day marking the end of World War One on Nov. 11, 1918, it has been a day for Americans to honor those who have served at home and abroad.

    As the daughter of an Army Reservist, I

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    CLOVER KIDS – who received certificates for successfully completing their Clover Kids project this year were Marshal Stauffer and Kentley Rieder.

    FRIEND OF 4-H – The 2014 Friend of 4-H award recipient is Mike Goetz. Mike was nominated by the Stockton Seekers 4-H Club. He was nominated based on outstanding support of the 4-H program here in Cedar County. Lauren Ford with the Stockton Seekers 4-H Club made the presentation. Photo by Julie Reider.

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