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D.A.R. Essay Contest winners recognized at board meeting

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Several Van-Far students were present at last week’s Van-Far R-I School Board meeting to be recognized for their participation in this year’s D.A.R. Essay Contest. Van-Far Elementary Principal Brian Hummel introduced the winners of the D.A.R. “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island” Essay Contest. • 5th grade winners: 1) Ennis Childs; 2) MaKenna Ungelsbee; 3)Cameron Jones. • 6th grade winners: 1) Annalynn Culwell; 2)Skylar Curtis; 3) Madison Swank. Mrs. Joy

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  • R-VI board approves move to four day school week

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    A few presentations were made during the Community R-VI Board meeting held last week at the district.

    After a few months of discussion, the Community R-VI School Board voted to change to a four day school week calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. A public session was held on the topic back in November. At that time, potential plans had district students out of school on Mondays while the other four days were set to be 35 minutes longer. One of the reasons for the change is

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  • Absentee ballots are available for election

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Absentee ballots for the April 7 municipal elections are now available at the County Clerk’s office. You may vote absentee in the County Clerk’s office Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The last day to vote by absentee ballot in person is Monday, April 6 at 5 p.m. If you are requesting an absentee ballot be mailed, the request must be received no later than Wednesday, April 1 at 5 p.m.

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Absentee ballots are available for election

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 11:59 am

Absentee ballots for the April 7 municipal elections are now available at the County Clerk’s office. You may vote absentee in the County Clerk’s office Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The last day to vote by absentee ballot in person is Monday, April 6 at 5 p.m. If you are requesting an absentee ballot be mailed, the request must be received no later than Wednesday, April 1 at 5 p.m.

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  • RCEC names new CEO/Manager

    Posted on February 18, 2015 at 4:05 pm

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    The Board of Directors of Ralls County Electric Cooperative (RCEC), headquartered in New London, Missouri, announced  the appointment of Lynn Hodges as the next CEO/Manager of RCEC. Hodges currently serves RCEC as its Assistant Manager. Through his more than 12 years at RCEC, Hodges has gained a strong knowledge of all areas of the cooperative and its subsidiary Ralls Technologies, LLC. Hodges will assume the duties of CEO/Manager on April

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  • Agriculture celebrated during the annual “Thank a Farmer Week” held February 8-14

    Posted on February 4, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Join the celebration of agriculture as Farm Bureau members across the state share the important contributions of agriculture during “Thank a Farmer Week,” February 8-14. Agriculture is everywhere! Take a look around and ask, where did this come from? Whether it is food, clothing, shelter, transportation, personal and household items, medications, or school supplies, what we use in our daily lives has a connection to agriculture. County Farm Bureau leaders

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General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Government recommends less meat consumption

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 12:06 pm

Many Americans have their reasons for being upset at the U.S. government. Some women want a better wage equality. Some members in the LGBT community want to be more accepted. Some people want the immigration system fixed so folks can have a easier and quicker path to becoming U.S. citizens. And the list goes on… The latest group under attack is the “meat-eaters” who live in our country. I know

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  • President Obama gets criticized for discussing Crusades

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 8:54 am

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    Recently, U.S. President Barack Obama was highly criticized for his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast when he referenced the Crusades done in the name of Christ. Many critics felt like he was attacking Christianity when talking about the Crusades while not being aggressive in his language dealing with what are called “Muslim extremists,” falling short of calling ISIL or ISIS as a group of terrorists. They felt he should

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  • Furnace destruction symbolizes the lost steel industry

    Posted on February 4, 2015 at 8:41 am

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    Last Wednesday marked the end of an era for my family who still lives in the Baltimore, Maryland area. A 32-story L Blast Furnace, which was the tallest such furnace in the western hemisphere, was detonated with 94 explosive charges in Sparrows Point. The furnace was two separate structures. It included a 320’ tall main furnace weighing 8 million pounds and a 200’ tall exoskeleton weighing 3 million pounds. It

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