Happy Birthday Hazel-
Long-time Hermitage and Hickory County resident Hazel Nasalroad will celebrate her 87th birthday Tuesday, Sept. 23. The family will be hosting a birthday party open house in her honor from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Christian Health Care in Hermitage in the Community Rooms. All family and friends are welcome to attend. A video presentation to play during the celebration is being prepared. Anyone wishing to send photos, memories or a video message may email it to For anyone who cannot attend, but would like to send a birthday card, send it to HC1 Box 71, Hermitage, MO, 65668. For more information, or questions, call Philip at (417) 380-0407 or Debi at (417) 380-0410.

Barbecue Picnic-
Hickory County C.A.R.E.S. food pantry and thrift shop volunteers were treated to a barbecue picnic Monday, Sept. 15, at the Lake Pomme de Terre Shelter, off Highway 254. Racks of smoked ribs, turkey, pork briskets were served from 12-1 p.m., along with a selection of pot luck vegetables and desserts. The meat was smoked by local chef Keith Johnson. Warren Olinger, President of Hickory County C.A.R.E.S., and board members put together the picnic as a way of showing their appreciation for all the volunteers have done throughout the past year.

4-H Champions-
Local youth who participated, and won ribbons, at the Hickory County 4-H Youth Fair and Livestock Show in July are pictured, in no particular order: Blake Darby, Eric Fillipi, Darby Fillipi, Ashlyn Eidson, Kole Armstrong, Jorja Harrison, Sam Fillipi, Mae Mize, Olivia Harrison, Sydney Bailey, Kallie Eidson and Kylie Missell.

4-H Participation:
Having fun, gaining skills, and so much more
According to a recent article in the Journal of Extension, the greatest motivator for participating in a county fair is “having fun.” However, Velynda Cameron, 4-H youth development specialist with University of Missouri Extension, said participating in a county fair is about much more.

Welcome to FBLA-
The Hermitage Middle Level FBLA Chapter met for the first time this school year Friday, Sept. 12, with 33 sixth- eighth graders arriving to learn more about the organization. High school district officers Brent Aubuchon and Cheyanna Jennings installed the new Middle Level officers at the beginning of the meeting. Those installed for the 2014-15 school year were: Parliamentarian Gracie Brune, historian Makayla Hostettler, reporter Emily Christian, treasurer Abby Irek, secretary Anna Ginnings, vice president Alex Williams, and president Lindsey Smith.

TNT hit again:
Thieves smash doors with pickup
For the second time in less than two months, the TNT Quick Stop convenience store has been the victim of a smash-in burglary.

Despite the winter chill, and the threat of more rain, Skyline High School students Samantha Dvorak and Karina Vannicolo were out at the Skyline football homecoming game Friday, Sept. 12, selling raffle tickets. The tickets were for a 50/50 drawing, with the money going to support Skyline FCCLA.

Carol Jean Bradley and William Poe announce their engagement to be married. The service will be held Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Wheatland Park. Family and friends are invited to attend, and to bring a dish for an old-fashioned Sunday dinner.

Health officials offer fall
prevention advice and resources
Tuesday, September 23 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day, and Care Connection for Aging Services officials are working to make sure the public is aware of the seriousness of the problem.

Galmey VFW to hold POW/MIA
ceremony Sept. 23 at Senior Center
Members of Galmey VFW Post 9638, the honor guard, and the Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a Prisoner of War/Missing in Action ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the McCarty Senior Center.

Grandparents Day-
Hermitage Elementary students invited their grandparents to school Friday, Sept. 12, for Grandparents' Day. Each class prepared a special song or poem to present to their grandparents, and the program was followed by refreshments and pictures. Weston Piper, Savannah Bourcier and Bryce Franse are pictured reading a poem to their grandparents.

Boys State-
Logan Smith, pictured giving an address during the American Legion Post 623 of Cross Timbers' Memorial Day celebration in May, recently returned from attending Boys State in Warrensburg, where he helped put together a pure democracy and learned how to take an active role in governmental leadership. Smith is a senior at Skyline High School. He was sponsored by American Legion Post 623.

Smith learns about
government at Boys State
Logan Chandler Smith recently participated in the American Legion's Boys State June 14-21, on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

Missouri State Fair Farm Family-
Randy, Ashley, Finley, Ada and Ralph Dee Mabary, of Preston, were named the Hickory County Missouri State Fair Farm Family by the Hickory County Extension Council and Hickory County Farm Bureau during the Missouri State Fair's Farm Family Day Monday, Aug. 11. Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their community, involved in agriculture, and participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H and FFA. This year, more than 110 families were honored. Pictured are, front: Ashley, Finley, Ada, Ralph Dee and Randy Mabary; back: University of Missouri Vice Provost for Extension Dr. Michael Ouart, Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe, 2014 Missouri State Fair Queen Hanna Keene, and Missouri State Fair Commissioners Sherry Jones and Lowell Mohler. The annual event was sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri State Fair, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and University of Missouri Extension.

Fifty Year Pin
Brother John Donahue was awarded his 50-year Masonic Pin by Right Worshipful Brother Dave Turner Saturday, Sept. 13, during a ceremony at Hermitage Masonic Lodge 288. This jewel signifies Donahue's loyalty, brotherhood and commitment to the Fraternal Order of Free and Accepted Freemasons, and his continued commitment to Masonic values. Following the ceremony, Donahue and his wife, Ginger, enjoyed cake and refreshments within everyone gathered at the lodge.

Parcel Lockers-
Hermitage Postmaster Angie Swearingin shows off the new parcel locker located in the Hermitage Post Office front lobby on Spring Street. By allowing large packages to be stored overnight, and easily retrievable by customers, these lockers should help cut down on customer wait time and improve performance. Each cabinet will require a post office box and a key.

New parcel locker to improve
customer service at Post Office
The Hermitage Post Office has gotten a new device to help provide better customer service both day and night.

Annual Banquet-
The Hickory County Farm Bureau held its annual banquet Monday, Sept. 8, at the McCarty Senior Center in Wheatland. Approximately 180 members and guests gathered for dinner at 6 p.m., dining on pork loin, vegetables, rolls, and dessert, while enjoying the country music stylings of Jerry Duff and his band. Following dinner, the annual business meeting was held. The evening included election of this year's board members, the honoring of MO Rep. Warren Love with the “Friend of Agriculture” Award, and presentation by guest speaker Kelly Smith, Missouri Farm Bureau Director of Marketing and Commodities. The entire program lasted for approximately two hours, and was attended by agriculture dignitaries from all over the county. It was said to be among the largest level of attendance in years.

The Public Speaks-
Hal Geltmacher, (right) President of the Hickory County Library Board of Directors, met with David Stokely, Field Representative for US Senator Claire McCaskill, Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Hickory County Library in Hermitage. Stokely was at the library from 1:30-3 p.m. to listen to citizens' concerns and answer questions, and gauge the feeling of the county, which he can report back to Senator McCaskill. These public meetings were informal one-on-one sessions, held by appointment. Stokely works out of McCaskill's Springfield office.

Classic Car Show-
The Pomme de Terre Car Club held a car show Friday, Sept. 5, on the Wheatland town square. Despite a looming thunderstorm, several car enthusiasts arrived in Wheatland to show off their classic models. Some of those cars included a black 1957 Chevy Bel Air (left), owned by Page Pickett of Wheatland. Pickett said the car used to belong to his father, but after he passed away, it sat in his mother's garage in North Carolina for years. Eventually, he took ownership and had it repainted, and some of the parts replaced. Now, he said it runs like new. Right: This baby blue 1958 Ford Ranchero is owned by Shorty Hampton. It is named “Princess Di,” in honor of Hampton's wife, who passed away in 2009, and he showed it off during the Wheatland Harvest Festival Parade Saturday, Sept. 6.

A Special Day-
Weaubleau students Hannah and Ryan Melvin are pictured enjoying breakfast with their grandparents Friday, Sept. 5, at the school. Grandparent's Day was celebrated at Weaubleau Elementary, allowing grandparents to eat breakfast with their grandchildren, view students' work, visit classrooms, and tour the book fair.

Naval Grad-
Sierra Main, daughter of Rhonda and John Southall of Pittsburg, has completed United States Navy basic training and “C” School, obtaining proficiency in structural engineering. She earned certificates, was graduated second in her class from a Pensacola, Fla. naval station, and will soon begin attending “A” School in California. Main, who graduated Hermitage High School in 2012, is the granddaughter of the late Chester Rife of Wheatland and Phillip Hargiss of Weaubleau, himself retired US Navy, and George and Jean Hargiss of Flemington.

Scientific Experiments-
Kindergartners at Hermitage Elementary have been learning about the scientific method. Students observed and gave hypothesis, before conducting a sink or float experiment. After conducting the experiment, the students journaled their conclusions in their science notebooks. Left: Cheyenne Rounkles and Emily Neidel touch and observe objects to see if they will sink or float.

Commission Minutes
The Hickory County Board of Commissioners held a series of regular meetings recently, including a meeting with Missouri Department of Transportation officials and the annual tax levy hearing.

Conservation Department joins
with 4-H to promote shooting sports
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is partnering with the Missouri 4-H Foundation for input on available services and usage of shooting ranges across the state.

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