Proclamation- Hermitage Mayor James Fitts reads a proclamation during the Hermitage City Council meeting Monday, Oct. 13, designating November as National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. He is joined by Melinda Collin and her daughters Oryanna and Alyna Collin. Each year, Colin, a Hermitage resident acting on behalf of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, requests the city read this proclamation. She said she became interested in the fight against this disease following the sudden death of her best friend, Kim Petterson, in 2012, and hopes to garner more attention about the disease.

Hermitage council passes proclamation,
discusses fire department during meeting
The Hermitage City Council met Monday, Oct. 13, with discussion centering around the Hermitage Volunteer Fire Department, a presentation from Representative Warren Love on the Discover More on 54 project, and the reading of a proclamation.

Commission Minutes
The Hickory County Board of Commissioners held a series of regular meetings Thursday, Oct. 2 and Monday, Oct. 6, which were focused on filing end-of-the-month reports and the bridge project.

Library board discusses programs
The Hickory County Library Board of Trustees gathered for its regular meeting Monday, Oct. 13, where they discussed ongoing entertainment programs, the annual book sale, and roof repairs.

Skyline R-I discuss
school protection officers
The Hickory County R-I (Skyline) Board of Education met Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m., where officials discussed the potential hiring of school protection officers.

Wheatland School Board
several adopts board policies
The Wheatland School Board met in regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, where members approved the 2015 prom proposal and FFA trip, added to the substitute list, and approved a number of board policies and regulations.

Weaubleau R-III considers
long-term facility planning
The Weaubleau R-III Board of Education met in regular session Wednesday, Oct. 15, with District Superintendent Eric Wilken discussing funding issues and facilities planning. Board members also approved conferences, senior activities, and bus routes.

The Teeny Tiny Women- The Hickory County Library will present the “Teeny Tiny Women” puppet show Saturday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m. This free Halloween inspired program, presented by Parasol Puppets, is based on the children's storybook of the same name. The show will be headed by master puppeteer Peter Allen of Rolla, who creates and designs his own puppets and theater.

Farmers Market- Construction began Wednesday, Oct. 15, on the Farmers Market being built on the old R&K property on Highway 254. Gary Pearson of Pearson Concrete laid down and smoothed out concrete floor slabs in the old shed in preparation for it's conversion into a year-round market, featuring fresh fruits and vegetables. Plans are to also connect electricity and pipes and to build a bathroom. The Farmer's Market is being overseen by the Hickory County Farmer's Market Board and Hickory County Health Department, with funds coming from the health department's Missouri Foundation for Health Grant.

Hickory County FBLA Showboats- Students from the Wheatland, Hermitage and Skyline FBLA Chapters teamed up to celebrate American free enterprise. Each year, a day is set aside to salute and publicize the American free enterprise system. This year the American Enterprise Luncheon consisted of a behind the scenes tour of the Showboat Branson Belle, a panel discussion with professionals from the Showboat Branson Belle and Herschend Family Corporation, and a luncheon. The day concluded with the students taking in a noon cruise on the Showboat. Pictured are, no particular order: Tanner Calhoun, Dakota Duvall, Ashley Poley, Cody Corlew, Katlin Pickens, McKyndal Calhoun, Monica Corlew, Savannah Dorman, Devin Hartle, Gracie Fatino, Hailey Coulsell, McKinsey Bryan, Junee Mooneyham, Laine Kennedy, Hannah Phillips, Maddie Schultz, Izzy Simmons, Michelle Bryan, Mikayla Johnston, Devin Shields, Jacob Finn, Devin Koenig, Tanner Koenig, Tristen Shaddox, Zac Sutt, Kahlyn Huntsman, Corben Kite, Mara Hamer, Stephanie Phillips, Mitch Bigham and Bubba Howe.

Skyline holding book fair
Skyline School District teachers and staff will host the Scholastic Book Fair Thursday, Oct. 23, from 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., during parent teacher conferences, and from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27.

Wheatland fall
clean-up Saturday
The Wheatland Residential Fall Clean-Up will take place Saturday, Oct. 25. Beginning early that morning, Allied Waste drivers will make their way through town picking up trash and other discarded items from homes and businesses.

It is flu shot season
Care Connection for Aging Services, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and the National Council on Aging are reminding the public that it is the time of year for flu shots.

Friends of Weaubleau
Park holding Chili Cook Off
The Friends of Weaubleau Park will be holding their 4th Annual Chili Cook Off Saturday, Oct. 25, froom 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Weaubleau Park. The meal will feature an endless chili bowl, vender booths, a pumpkin chuckin' contest, live music, hay rides, bounce houses, games and a horseshoe tournament. Friends of the Weaubleau Park are attempting to raise funds for both park upkeep and to have a community center built. For more information about call Jessie Kilgore at (417) 399-6644.

Pumpkin Chuckin' Fun- Area children and their families participated in some fall-time fun during the Pomme de Terre Lake Pumpkin Chuckin' event, presented by the Hickory County Fair Board. The event started at 4 p.m. with a รข??Pumpkin Chuckin' demonstration. A device was set up on the park grounds, where kids launched watermelons and baby-sized pumpkins into the air.

Master Gardeners- The annual Hickory County Master Gardeners fund-raiser was held Sunday, Oct. 19, at the McCarty Senior Center in Wheatland. Lunch was served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring chicken, roast beef, and a variety of potato side dishes. Members also presented a handmade quilt to Sue Rush, who won it in a raffle last week at Pittsburg Day. The quilt was crafted by Elaine Pieper, Dee Cauvel, and Evelyn Brinley.

Skyline hosting
Senior Citizen Day
The Hickory County R-1 School District will hold its 35th Annual Senior Citizens Day Friday, Oct. 31.

Quilt Raffle-
Elaine Pieper and Dee Cauvel of the Hickory County Master Gardeners were selling tickets for this hand-made quilt Saturday, Oct. 11, during the annual Pittsburg Day. Pieper, Cauvel and Evelyn Brinley made the quilt, and it will be raffled off Sunday, Oct. 19, at the annual Master Gardeners fund-raiser. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Master Gardeners will host a fund-raising dinner at the McCarty Senior Center, featuring a meal of chicken, roast beef, and a variety of potato-based side dishes. The Master Gardeners' mission is to help beautify Hickory County.

Halloween Fun-
Most of the children who came to the Hickory County Fair Board's fall festival Saturday, Oct. 11, arrived in their Halloween costumes. Aleah Conrad, 6, decided to dress up as a devil, while her seven-year-old sister, Kaiden, came as a witch. Nine-year-old Wyatt Van Gordon chose to become as a ninja. In addition to all the fun of wearing Halloween costumes, local children also got to carve and decorate pumpkins, enjoy free hot dogs and popcorn, shuck corn, watch a pumpkin chunkin demonstration, and pass through a Haunted Walk on the Running River Trail. The event began at 4 p.m. at the Outlet Park on Highway 254, south of Hermitage.

For C.J.-
Skyline student C.J. Wade will be honored Friday, Oct. 17, during the Skyline Tigers varsity football game against the Tipton Cardinals. C.J. is battling cancer and has been living in and out of the Kansas City hospital, where he receives treatment. Since the family must travel back and forth regularly, the school district decided to help with expenses. All gate proceeds from Friday's game will be donated to the family. Regular donations will also be accepted.

Benches Added-
Work continues on the new picnic shelter at Pickering Park. In late August, a concrete slab was poured at the Hermitage park, in anticipation of adding a shelter. Two picnic tables have just been added, leaving shelter construction as the next step. Depending on when ordered parts arrive, and the speed of the work, that shelter should be ready for public use soon. This is a part of ongoing park upgrades being organized by a park committee of the Hermitage Lions Club and funded by donations from Larry and Susanne Pickering. The Pickerings' donations helped to establish the new park more than a year ago.

Hermitage CBCO Blood Drive-
Hermitage High School hosted a Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) blood drive Friday, Oct. 10. Jessica Evans, Donor Specialist, is pictured using the Double Red Machine to take two units of blood from Hermitage High School's Head of Maintenance Dan Corum. The Double Red Machine takes the red blood cells and returns the platelets and plasma. CBCO officials said they are in need of all blood types, but a code yellow has been issued for O- and B- blood types.

4-H Day at Lucas Oil Speedway-
The first 4-H Day at Lucas Oil Speedway was held Saturday, Sept. 13. The event raised money for the many Hickory County 4-H activities throughout the 4-H year, and also provided an opportunity for other clubs to meet each other. Pictured above, leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance prior to the races, are: Tony Morgan, Barton County 4-H; Abagail Hammer, Hickory County 4-H; Darby Fillipi, Hickory County 4-H; Wyatt Munsey, Hickory County 4-H; Anna Schneider, Cole County 4-H; Stella Cordrey, St. Clair County 4-H and Velynda Cameron. Flag bearers are Kelsie and Matthew Morgan, Barton County 4-H.

Chili Supper-
Rebecca Farmer (left), Mary Lou Gideon, Jan Prowe (right) and Bob Gideon enjoyed ample bowls of chili Saturday, Oct. 11, as they attended the Dennis Crawford chili supper benefit in the Skyline High School gymnasium. The event, designed to help the Dennis Crawford family pay for medical expenses, also featured a live Justin Crawford auction and music from the Crawford Family Bluegrass Band. Mostly, however, it was a chance for the Hickory County community to come out and show support for one of its own.

Blood drive at Skyline
Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will hold a blood drive from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Skyline High School on Highway 65.

Wheatland Students of the Month-
Wheatland High School recently recognized their September students of the month, seniors Tanner Koenig and Michelle Bryan.

Wheatland Teacher and Staff of the Month-
Wheatland High School recognized its September Teacher and Staff Member of the Month. The teacher of the month was Jolanna Turner, and the staff member was Steve Mawhiney.

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