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    Courtyard construction
    Crews from Dick Otke Construction work on the courtyard area at the new Rock Island Village assisted living facility. Work is progressing on the extensive renovation of the old Carousel International building on E. Eighth Street in Eldon. (Photo by Tim Flora)
    Rock Island Village to open this summer
    Work is progressing quickly at Rock Island Village, an assisted living facility in the old Carousel International building on E. Eighth Street in Eldon. Developer Christopher Foster said the facility will feature 48 units, including 12 dedicated to memory care (residents suffering from progressive memory loss).
    Clowning around! (Click on photo to view video)
    Eldon South Elementary School first graders staged the musical "Circus, Circus" Monday evening, March 20, at the performing arts center. Above, members of the clown troupe perform during the song "Clowning Around." Other first grade classes presented the musical Tuesday evening. (Photo and video by Tim Flora)
    Iberia Legion Post plans BBQ March 26
    The Iberia American Legion Post 105 will hold its first barbecue of the year on Sunday, March 26. Serving will begin at 11 a.m. Pork steak and chicken will be served.
    Photo workshop coming to Eldon Sept. 24-30
    Eldon will be the focus, literally, the week of Sept. 24-30, as 40 photographers from around the world will be in town for the annual Missouri Photo Workshop.
    R-III registering, screening
    kindergartners, 4-yr.-olds
    Miller County R-III School in Tuscumbia will hold kindergarten screenings and registration for the 2017-2018 school year on Thursday, March 30. Any child who is or will be 5 years of age on or before July 31, 2017, is eligible to attend kindergarten next year.
    Tom Hurst’s Capitol Report
    In a busy week in the House, members gave approval to legislation meant to provide young people in failing schools with additional educational opportunities. The bill would allow charter schools to expand to areas where at least one school is performing poorly.
    Hard votes
    Another successful week is in the books. There is a lot to discuss regarding this past week, so let’s get to it.
    Shirley Looten, Hazel Rea, Shirley Scrivner, Rosalie Wyss, Reta Casten, Gloria Proctor, Joyce Browner, Janet Ruse and Carol Seidel gathered for breakfast Wednesday morning at Bea’s Place Cafe in Russellville.
    I apologize for last week I had my newsletter written at McDonald’s like I do every week, but from McDonald’s to the newspaper office I lost it. I retraced my steps, but had no luck finding it. So I’ll try to rewrite as much as I can.
    Sunday morning, Beverly Meyer attended the visitation of Beverly Harney of Sedalia at the Christian church. Mr. and Mrs. Harney were parents of four daughters that were all involved with band and vocal music activities when Beverly taught at Green Ridge.
    I would like to send a special thank you for those who made the Iberia Alumni dinner and event such a success. I know that a lot of hard work and energy went into putting all of the historical data togther. It bought back a lot of memories from 1977.
    TOPS MO 1002 Crocker news
    et Monday, March 20, at the Pulaski County Health Department, 101 12th Street, with Leader Randy presiding. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. The KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) Pledge was said by Pauline, Joy, Gladys, Juanita, Nancy and Vernetia followed by the TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) pledge.
    St. Elizabeth Knights of Columbus fish fry Friday evening, March 17, was well attended. Just two under 400 (including adults and children) came to eat. The menu with fish as the main entree included baked potatoes, French fries, hush puppies, baked beans, slaw and apple sauce and chocolate cake for dessert.
    Area VIII FFA officers
    Newly elected Area VIII FFA officers for 2017-18 are, from left, front row: Historian Kayla Lackman from Nichols Career Center, Secretary Halle Oliver from California, Vice President Hattie Grisham from Eldon, Reporter Ariana Evers from Eugene; back row: Parliamentarian Nathan Bates from Calvary Lutheran, Chaplain Shalynn Meadors from Tipton, Sentinel Lincoln McGuire from Lake Career and Technical Center, Treasurer Trenton Barbour from Jamestown and President Ryan Siegel from Otterville. (Submitted photo)
    Mr. and Mrs. Harold Vore
    Bonnie Gossage and Harold Vore were married in a 3 p.m. ceremony Friday, March 10, 2017 at the Eldon Community Center.
    Ameren electric rates rise April 1,
    but by less than requested rate hike
    Ameren Missouri customers will pay a little bit more each month for their electricity starting in April, but far less than the increase requested by the utility.
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