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    Patrol seeks help with sexual assault investigation
    Following the recent arrest of a Kansas couple, the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control is seeking further information for an ongoing sexual assault investigation in the Lake of the Ozarks area.
    Weighing in on wastewater
    Byron Shaw from MECO Engineering reviews facts and figures on the city’s sewer treatment plant with the revenue bond issue on the April 7 ballot to construct a new treatment plant. The current plant is over capacity and must be replaced. To view a video of the discussion, scan this photo using the free VPI Interactive app on a smart phone or tablet. (Photo and video by Tim Flora)
    Eldon officials discuss critical
    need for new treatment plant
    The Eldon City Council Tuesday night again discussed the critical need for construction of a new sewer treatment plant and the impact on monthly sewer rates should voters not pass the revenue bond issue on the April 7 ballot.
    Eldon officials discuss medical marijuana dispensary,
    approve grant application, equipment purchases
    Eldon officials Tuesday night discussed the arrival of a medical marijuana dispensary later this year in Eldon.
    Internet safety program March 17 in Iberia
    Lake Regional Hospital and Miller County Extension will host an Internet safety for children program at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 at Iberia High School.
    Mayoral town hall forum March 4
    Eldon mayoral candidates will field questions Wednesday evening, March 4 at a candidate town hall forum hosted by the Miller County Democrat Committee.
    Miller County voting precincts change
    Two voting precincts have been changed starting with the April 7 election.
    Russellville royal
    Erica Schweer was crowned Russellville High School Homecoming queen Friday night, Feb. 21. A senior, she is the daughter of Justin Schweer and Christy Meller. (Photo by Tom Collins)
    Tuscumbia school board
    increases base pay to $31,000
    Members of the Tuscumbia R-III School Board agreed to a redesign of the teachers’ salary schedule at its Feb. 19 meeting.
    Aromatherapy author
    St. Elizabeth resident Amber Robinson has authored a book on organic aromatherapy which is now available on Amazon. Herbs and aromatherapy are her passion and she forages the farm that used to belong to her grandfather to plants and flowers to use. She says she lives the life. She doesn’t just write about it.
    I live the life, I don’t just write about it
    Just outside of St. Elizabeth, Amber Robinson and her young family live on a farm that once belonged to her grandpa.
    Eugene school district pays off bonds early
    Eugene Cole R-V Superintendent Dawna Burrow told the board the district has paid off $435,000 in bonds early to keep the district’s debt service levy positive.
    Ambulance district to purchase new ambulance
    The Miller County Ambulance District approved the purchase of a new ambulance from Osage Ambulance, located in Linn, with the stipulation the ambulance will be delivered no later than Nov. 1.
    St. Elizabeth R-IV approves guaranteed school calendar
    Wednesday, Feb. 19, the St. Elizabeth School Board approved a guaranteed school calendar.
    New counselor hired at Iberia R-V;
    hefty insurance increase discussed
    After a closed session to discuss personnel, the Iberia R-V School Board Tuesday night named teacher Whitney Holtmeyer as new elementary counselor, effective next school year. She will replace longtime counselor Carole Copus who will retire at the end of the current school year.
    Chamber First Friday Coffee is March 6
    The Eldon Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its “First Friday Coffee” from 7 to 8 a.m. Friday, March 6 at Rock Island Village at 619 E. Eighth Street in Eldon.
    TRiO proclamation
    Eldon Mayor Larry Henderson signed an official proclamation last week officially declaring “National TRiO Day” in the city. TRiO is a federal program designed to help low-income youth and adults succeed academically in and beyond high school. Pictured with the mayor at the proclamation are, from left: Dr. Brent Bates, vice president of education and student support services (back); academic coordinator Linda Creach, academic advisors Osiris Ochoa and Rona Prater, Donn Taylor, Jackalynn Pineda, Caleb Simmons, Mackenzie Kesel, Marissa Wazir, Dakota Sieling, program director Jeromy Layman, Harley McGee and academic advisor Nicholas Home. (Photo by Tim Flora)
    State Fair Upward Bound program continues
    State Fair Community College continues to partner with TRiO, a federal program aimed at helping disadvantaged students succeed in and beyond high school.
    Eldon woman injured in head-on crash
    An Eldon woman was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash at 12:25 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24 on eastbound Highway 54, 2/10 of a mile west of Route E in Cole County.
    RMFPD: still no luck in search for ladder truck
    The Rocky Mount Fire Protection District will continue to look for a used ladder truck after the one in Kentucky was not found to be suitable.
    Mardi Gras fun
    From left, Miller County Care and Rehabilitation Center residents Sammy Humphrey, Theresa Sheridan, Dave Humphrey, Bernice Kallenbach, Marie Shackleford and Wilma Gardner make Mardi Gras masks for the Fat Tuesday party. (Submitted photo)
    Miller County Care and Rehabilitation news
    We would like to thank the group from Mount Zion Church for coming in this past Sunday for church services.
    Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Phillips in 1965 and today
    Jesse and Donna Phillips celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary with a reception Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Magic of Midnight venue in Brumley. The celebration was hosted by their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    Lenten lunches begin March 5
    The Eldon Ministerial Alliance will host its annual Lenten lunches beginning Thursday, March 5.
    Program March 26 on
    healthy living for brain and body
    “Healthy living for your brain and body,” a free program, will be offered Thursday, March 26 at the Willow Creek Clubhouse in Eldon. A meal will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program at noon.
    Lincoln Day banquet March 8 in Tuscumbia
    Barbecue, music and speakers are on the agenda Sunday, March 8 at the annual Lincoln Day banquet, with the event starting at 1 p.m. in the Tuscumbia school gym.
    Special program Sunday, March 1
    at Tuscumbia Christian Church
    Don Todd, founder and president of Memphis Inner City Outreach, will present a program this Sunday, March 1 at the Tuscumbia Christian Church.
    Lake Regional hosts memory,
    stress reduction courses in March
    Lake Regional Health System is partnering with MU Extension in Camden County to offer two courses in March aimed at improving mental health and wellness.
    Dodgeball tourney March 21 in T-town
    Tuscumbia First Assembly of God Youth and the Tuscumbia Betterment Committee will host a dodgeball tournament Saturday, March 21 at the high school gymnasium.
    Trivia Night March 21 for Montessori school
    If trivia’s your game you will have a chance Saturday, March 21 to showcase your skills and help out the Eldon Montessori Children’s House.
    Tuscumbia FFA hosts fish fry, labor auction
    The Tuscumbia FFA chapter will fry fish and auction off members Friday, March 6 at its annual fund-raiser.
    Iberia classmates reunion March 14
    The Iberia High School classes of 1963-67 will hold their 53rd reunion at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 14 at The Barn at Honeysuckle Farms at 41 Tavern Creek Road outside Iberia.
    High Point School hosts children’s
    poetry, book author Monday, March 2
    Judy Young, author of 27 children’s poetry, fiction and non-fiction books, will speak with students at High Point School Monday, March 2.
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