Raymond Carl Shellhorn

Raymond Carl Shellhorn, 75, Independence, passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Raymond was born Jan. 31, 1941, in Montevallo, to Jesse and Viola Shellhorn. Brother, Robert Shellhorn, sisters, Rosalee Bogart and Rhonda Friar. He married Shirley Mae Rice April 2, 1960, and had two children, Stacy and Kevin (wife, Julie), two grandchildren, Jessica and Amanda,

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Leslie Leroy Wooten

Leslie Wooten, 67, El Dorado Springs, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away July 26, 2016, in Springfield. He was born in Hamburg, IA, to Irene (Cook)Wooten and Clyde Wooten. Les served in the Air Force, including a tour of Vietnam and was a Staff Sgt. at the time of his discharge. He was a retired

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Marian Roberts

Marian was born May 5, 1920 in Humboldt, KS, the daughter of Leslie Henry Sims and Anna (Hall) Sims. She graduated from William Chrisman High School in Independence. She was united in marriage to Joseph A. Roberts on Nov.  22, 1941 in Independence. The couple raised their two sons, J. C. and Charles A. on

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SCHELL CITY FIRE RECEIVES CHECK FROM MDC

Billy Neuenschwander, (left) Missouri Department of Conservation Resource Tech, presents a check for $2,973.97 to James Goodman, Schell City Volunteer Fire Chief. It is that time of year again where local fire departments are receiving grant checks from the Conservation Department. The intent of the grant program is to organize, train and equip fire protection

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Take Square Dance lessons

Mo-Kan Square Dancers will offer beginning mainstream dance lessons starting on Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. Jay Wright will be the instructor. These will be held in the Home Ec Building at the Vernon County Fairgrounds in Nevada. The first lesson is free and new students will be accepted on Aug. 9,

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First aid for leaky basements

If your basement sprung a leak during recent intense rainfalls, you’re not alone. University of Missouri Extension state housing and environmental design specialist Michael Goldschmidt recommends inspecting basement walls and floors to locate cracks or breaks that can turn into active water leaks. Find the source of the leak if possible. Water takes the path

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GMO labeling poised to become law

by Blake Hurst The Senate will soon be voting on a bill that will require mandatory labeling of food products produced by genetic engineering. Farm Bureau and most farm groups have long opposed mandatory labeling, arguing correctly that there was no reason for a label that tells the consumer absolutely nothing about the safety, nutritional

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CHAMBER RIBBON CUTTING

Preferred Family Healthcare, 1402 S. Hwy. 32 in El Dorado Springs, was honored with an official Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting on Friday, July 29. Preferred Family Healthcare of Joplin sent state officials to assist with the event. Pictured are (from left, first row) Direct Support Staffer Rita James, Regional Director Matt Ferguson, Vice President

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Echo Bluff State Park opened Saturday, July 30

Gov. Jay Nixon and leadership from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Missouri State Parks celebrated the official opening of Missouri’s newest state park – Echo Bluff State Park in Shannon County – with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, July 30. Echo Bluff State Park is named for the largest sheer bluff feature

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Breakfast smorgasbord at Fair Haven

Fair Haven Park will have an all you can eat breakfast smorgasbord from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. The menu will consist of pancakes, sausage, biscuits, sausage gravy, scrambles eggs coffee or tea. Adults will be a $5 donation, Children ages four to 10 $3 and four and under are free. All donations used for

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