The Eldon Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet Thursday evening, April 23. Awards were presented to Small Business of the Year Gateway Industries, Large Business of the Year Johnson Controls, Educator of the Year Lisa Edinger, Organization of the Year Eldon Garden Club, Volunteer of the Year Larry David Flaugher and Citizen of the Year Linda Bierbower. The Eldon Community Foundation also presented grant checks totalling $12,000. See complete story in The Advertiser. (Photo by Tim Flora)
Members of the Tuscumbia High School senior class were up early on Friday, April 24, and they and their parents cooked chicken and pork steak and will be serving lunch from late morning until everything is sold. Carry-outs are available. In the photo, Zane Humphreys moves a stock pot full of barbecue sauce while Mike Gunter tells his daughter Tempary and Summer Rush what he needs them to do.
The Eldon School Board Monday night reorganized after the April election, approved changes to the classified salary schedule, approved funds for an additional SkillsUSA sponsor and took steps to revamp the district website.
June is fast approaching, which means it’s almost time for the Eldon Lions Club Follies. The local service club will present its annual community showcase at 7 p.m. Friday, June 5 in the Eldon Community Center.
Iberia High School students watched a docudrama Thursday, April 23, depicting an after-prom wreck that took the life of one student and injures others. Sponsored by the high school TREND group, with the assistance of area emergency service agencies, the drama is presented about every four years. After seeing response and rescue activities up through the "deceased" student being put in a body bag for transport to the funeral home, the students participated in an assembly. Some IHS students were participants in the drama and spoke at the assembly. Students who did not want to participate in one or both parts of the activity were allowed to gather in a classroom for another activity.
Iberia board considers options after failed bond issue
With Superintendent Thomas Gotsch planning to have the preliminary 2015-16 budget ready for the board to review at the May meeting, the Iberia School Board gave him some direction on how they want to handle large maintenance and improvement needs after the failure of a bond issue at the April election.
Jacob G. Dudenhoeffer and Olivia C. Schemel of Bradenton, Fla. are parents of a son, born at 10:24 a.m. Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Manatee Memorial Hospital. He weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces, was 21 inches long at birth, and has been named Jackson Wallace Dudenhoeffer.
On April 15, 1865, President Lincoln died. He was shot the night before in Ford’s Theater. On April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank. It struck an iceberg the night before. In 1954, April 15 became the deadline for filing Income Tax returns. Unrelated incidents but interesting coincidence. I hope all got through “Tax Day” without too much heartburn.
There has been a lot of discussion on the funding for our roads. The state spoke loudly with their vote last summer that defeated the sales tax for the Missouri Department of Transportation. The discussions that I have had with constituents have made this less clear because there were a variety of reasons for voting down the proposals. Many people will not vote for any tax increase and I understand their position. There are several that would support the tax increase if the Department of Transportation were more responsible with the funds that they are currently receiving and I understand their position. There are some that voted against the proposal because it funded other things besides roads such as a trolley in Kansas City and I understand their position.
With only four weeks remaining in the legislative session, both the pace and the volume of legislation being heard is increasing. As is the case every year, budget discussions are at the forefront. In the week since the senate passed its version of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget, there has been a great deal of conversation with the house, stakeholders, and citizens. This is as it should be with a budget in excess of $26 billion. The next formal step in the process is for the house and the senate to reconcile the differences between their versions in conference committees.
St. Anthony Sunshine Gals met Thursday, April 16, in the Miller County Historical Museum in Tuscumbia. The program for the meeting was given by Bill Weidinger, on the museum board members. Hostesses for the meeting were Sandy Plassmeyer and Ellen Holtmeyer.
Monday, Betty Scrivner returned home from Cushing, Okla., where she visited her sister, Carol Brown, and helped her move. She also visited her brother, Carl Brown, Carol’s twin brother, in Cushing. Sunday, Betty and Carol traveled to Oklahoma City to visit their oldest brother, Clifford Brown, his wife Verrona and another brother, Jerry Brown. They had dinner at Red Rock on Lake Hesner in Oklahoma City.
St. Elizabeth Memorial Unit 545, the American Legion Auxiliary, met Tuesday evening, April 21, in the Community Center here. Rose Buechter called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Minutes of the March meeting were read by Judy Kesel. She also gave the treasury report. It was reported that $172 had been made on the silent auction held Feb. 28.
The Tuscumbia High School Scholar Bowl team won the Class 1, District 7 tournament Saturday and will compete in sectionals Wednesday, April 29. A win there would propel the team to the state tournament.
Lori Ann Sansom, daughter of Brandon and Bobbi Jo Randall of Montreal and Richard and Donna Sansom of Camdenton; and Jacob Duane “Jake” Hees, son of Duane and Lydia Hees of Eldon, announce their engagement.
Thanks for the service -- Retiring Tuscumbia School Board member Scott Patterson, right, accepts a plaque of appreciation from school Superintendent Jason Price Monday, April 20, after the old board adjourned for the final time and the new board reorganized.
R-III actions limited with absent members
With several members not at the meeting, the Tuscumbia R-III School Board was able to reorganize Monday night, April 20, but could not complete action on personnel because some of the four members present had conflicts of interest and could not vote.