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Posted April 17, 2014 at 3:18 pm

With the $6,000 plus donation from Randy and Sandy Hendricks in memory of their mother and father, Marie and Joe, the Opera House Theatre is only about $20,000 from their goal to purchase a digital projector for the restored movie house.

The Hendricks ran the theatre from about 1955 to the late sixties. Sandy remembers selling lots of popcorn and drinks. Hendricks also donated a Peggy Sibley painting of the Park to be used as an auction item to raise more money for the theatre.

Pictured are (from left) Davin Allison, Jan Neale, Sandy Hendricks and Greg Allison.

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    Vernal and Sharyl Henry investigate the Sanborn Insurance Maps of El Dorado Springs before Della Bailey’s presentation about the maps’ importance at the Preserve Our Past Society’s Annual meeting on Monday, April 14, in the Community Building. There are a total of 16 maps from the years 1889, 1894, 1900, 1906 and 1914. Ms. Bailey has two reproductions that she used in the presentation. The maps were originally used to assess fire hazards in El Dorado Springs.

    Ms. Bailey explained how

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    Aunika Whitesell places 11th

    The 37th Annual Joplin Globe Spelling Bee was held on Monday, March 17, at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School in Joplin. There were 83 contestants competing from a wide range of Elementary and Middle Schools within the area. Representing the El Dorado Springs RII Elementary School was Aunika Whitesell. Aunika is a fifth grader in Mrs. Tandi Leonard’s room. In order to qualify for the spelling bee, Aunika won her class competition and then competed and won against other fourth and fifth grade class winners within her school.

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    Lottery Winner

    Florence Post, El Dorado Springs, had a $5,000 scratcher winner in March.

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    On Wednesday, April 9, the Missouri State 3A Champion El Dorado Springs Lady Bulldogs were introduced in the Senate by State Senator Mike Parson (in photo). Representatives Warren Love and Sue Entlicher introduced them in the House.

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    St. Clair County Extension Council holds annual dinner meeting


    The St. Clair County Extension Council held their 2014 Annual Dinner Meeting on Tuesday, April 1, in the Valley Center Church in Deepwater.

    Approximately 47 people attended the meeting. In attendance were council members and their families, county commissioners, county clerk, sponsors, staff and guests.

    Saralee Jamieson, County Program Director, opened the meeting with introductions and welcomed all in attendance. Council member, Dan Wisner, gave the invocation. A wonderful meal was shared by everyone. The meal was prepared by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Valley Center Church. We

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    Sheriff’s Office makes three drug busts in one day

    Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said his office and members of the CNET Drug task force conducted multiple investigations on drug activity and recovered illegal drugs from three towns in Vernon County on Thursday.

    The Sheriff said Brenden Moreland, 26, Nevada, was arrested in the north part of Nevada while deputies and agents with the CNET drug task force were conducting surveillance. Moreland, who was currently on parole was placed under arrest for possession of a substance believed to be crystal meth, and a loaded firearm.

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    Food Pantry receives matching grant

    The Church of Christ Food Pantry was awarded a matching grant from Ozarks Food Harvest to help provide food assistance to community members in need in El Dorado Springs.

    The fundraising period began Oct. 1, 2013, and ended April 1, 2014. The Church of Christ Food Pantry raised $2,000, which was matched dollar-for-dollar, bringing the total funds raised to $4,000.

    Ozarks Food Harvest received a total of 47 grant requests from its nonprofit member organizations, totaling nearly $160,000. While The Food Bank could not fund every agency’s full

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    Dirt bike dumps rider

    Clifford L. Sumner, 18, El Dorado Springs, suffered injuries reported as moderate when the 200 Suziki 125 cc dirt bike he was riding on Park Avenue in Schell City at 6:04 p.m. Saturday, April 12, went out of control on gravel, overturned and ejected the driver who was not wearing a helmet, according to the report by Trooper Brian Sullivan.

    The driver was taken to Freeman Hospital in Joplin.

    Nevada man charged with eight felonies

    A 52-year-old Nevada man has been arraigned in Vernon County associate circuit court on eight felony charges alleging the abuse of a woman at a rural Nevada residence Valentine’s Day, 2014.

    Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher says Christopher A. Hoover was arrested on the Vernon County warrant Wednesday by authorities in Newton County and was booked at the county jail in Nevada that evening on charges alleging domestic assault, kidnapping, the unlawful use of a weapon, sodomy, rape, the unlawful possession of a firearm and two counts of armed criminal action.

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