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    Memorial message- Madison Troupe, left, and Timothy Trowbridge are shown reciting the message etched into the Weaubleau Veteran’s Park memorial behind them. The two young kids were asked to read the message at the ceremony following the Weaulbeau Veterans Day Parade Saturday, Nov. 11.
    Weaubleau Veterans Day Parade features nearly 30 floats
    The Weaubleau Veterans Day Parade took place this past weekend on Saturday, Nov. 11, with 25-30 floats participating.
    Sacrifice- U.S. Air Force Major Tom Turner (Ret.) was the guest speaker for the Friday, Nov. 10, Hermitage R-IV Veterans Day assembly. He spoke of sacrifice, freedom, and the importance of the American flag and our Constitutional rights. The ceremony was held in the school gymnasium, and conducted by the middle school students and members of Ms. Allison’s history class.
    Hermitage’s Veterans Day ceremony focuses on history and remembrance
    Hermitage R-IV held its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the school gymnasium. It featured musical performances, a host of special readings, a video presentation, and a guest speaker.
    A message to veterans- Pictured is a small portion of the Weaubleau Elementary Student Council doing a special reading for veterans during the Weaubleau Veteran Day Program Friday, Nov. 10.
    Weaubleau R-III celebrates veterans with morning program
    Weaubleau R-III school district took a moment out of their day Friday, Nov. 10, to honor the Veterans who have served, or are serving, in the United States military. The morning program began at 9 a.m. and opened with high school student council president Jerika Vanderford welcoming all the veterans and thanking them for attending the program.
    National Anthem- Pictured above are the veterans and their families who attended the Wheatland R-II annual Veterans Day Assembly Friday, Nov. 10, in the high school gymnasium. They were honored with songs and special readings, and afterwards were invited to stay for refreshments.
    Wheatland R-II recognizes Veterans
    Wheatland R-II celebrated the men and women who fought for their freedoms Friday, Nov. 10, with their annual Veterans Day program. It took place at 1 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Veterans and their families were given ground floor seats to the assembly held in their honor, while non-participating students filled into bleachers on either side of the gym.
    Standing for America- A sea of standing veterans and community members made for an inspiring portrait Friday, Nov. 10, as they placed their hands over their hearts and said the Pledge of Allegiance during the Skyline R-I Veterans Day assembly. The event, sponsored by the Skyline Student Council and Performing Arts Department, began at 8:45 a.m. and featured a collection of patriotic songs and speeches, and individual recognition of local veterans, and a slide show. It all started with an early breakfast, which the students served to local veterans.
    Skyline celebrates soldiers with song
    Hickory County R-I students, staff, and patrons honored America’s fighting men and women Friday, Nov. 10, with the school’s “Liberty and Justice For All” annual Veterans Day ceremony.
    McCarty Center Fall Fest this Saturday
    The McCarty Senior Center will host its Fall Festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in Wheatland.
    Tinsel and Toys the theme of this year’s Hermitage Christmas Parade
    The 2017 Home for the Holidays Christmas Parade will be Saturday, Nov. 25, in Hermitage.
    Wreath placement- Pete Rothrock, right, places a wreath at the base of the flag Friday, Nov. 10, at the American Legion Post 785 Veterans Day Ceremony, at the McCarty Senior Center. Curtis Gist, left, was the announcer for the event, and Sam Combs, center, presented the colors just a few moments before. State Representative Warren Love was the guest speaker.
    American Legion honors veterans at McCarty Senior Center
    American Legion Post 785, with the help of Galmey VFW Auxiliary and the McCarty Senior Center staff, put on a special ceremony honoring veterans Friday, Nov. 10, at the McCarty Senior Center in Wheatland. They also had a special display set out for World War I, as it was the 100th anniversary of when the United States entered the war.
    Weaubleau Holiday Parade begins at 11 this Saturday
    The Weaubleau Holiday Parade will be this Saturday, Nov. 18, in downtown Weaubleau.
    Toys For Kids drive now underway
    As the holiday season draws nearer, many people in Hickory County have probably already noted the appearance of Christmas wrapped collection barrels in local stores. The 33rd annual Toys For Kids drive is well underway, accepting both donations and sign-ups.
    Shrine Club to host jam session
    The Pomme de Terre Shrine Club will host a jam session at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. Guests are encouraged to bring friends, instruments, singing voices, and snacks for the evening.
    Cross Timbers RFD annual soup and chili lunch Saturday
    The Cross Timbers Rural Fire Department will host its annual Soup and Chili lunch Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Cross Timbers Community Building. The lunch be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    PDT UMC invite community to join Ministerial fellowship
    Prairie Chapel United Methodist Church, located on Highway 65 across from Skyline School, is inviting the community to attend the annual Lake Pomme de Terre Ministerial Fellowship at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20.
    Farmers Market to host Thanksgiving event Nov. 20
    The Hickory County Farmers Market will host Thanksgiving at the Market Monday, Nov. 20, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting.
    Bethel Harvest Party- A family is shown arriving at the Bethel Southern Baptist Church for the church’s first every community Harvest Party Wednesday, Oct. 25. There were games, trunk or treating, and food. An estimated 30 kids attended, and there were eight trunk or treater vendors.
    Bethel Southern Baptist Church hosts first ever community Harvest Party
    Bethel Southern Baptist Church hosted their first ever community Harvest Party Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The evening activities also included games, trunk or treating, and a meal. While this was the first community harvest party, the church has been doing a fall festival of some kind for church youth for at least the past 10-12 years.
    Have Some Chili- Savannah Bourcier, left, assists Nancy Rose, center, and Jackie Anderson with serving guests chili or potato soup Saturday, Nov. 11, during the Bethel Southern Baptist Soup and Chili Lunch. Three adult volunteers and around 11 members of the church youth took care of guests from 11 a.m. to around 1 p.m.
    Bethel Baptist youth serve up chili
    Bethel Southern Baptist Church youth welcomed guests to a soup and chili lunch Saturday, Nov. 11, in the fellowship hall on Highway J in Pittsburg
    Donations sought for Purse for Paws Auction
    Donations are needed for the third annual Four Legs and Four Purses for Paws Auction and Prime Rib dinner, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 19.
    Wheatland FFA labor auction and fish fry this Friday, Nov. 17
    The Wheatland FFA will host its annual fish fry and labor auction Friday, Nov. 17. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the auction around 7 p.m. They will also be awarding their Greenhand and Chapter FFA degrees.
    Just a Little Left- Lana McNew with Galmey VFW Post 9638 Auxiliary showed what remained of the gravy Sunday, Nov. 12, while helping to cook for the annual VFW turkey dinner. This was at around 12:30 p.m., after more than 150 guests had filed in for a Thanksgiving-style meal. Auxiliary members began preparing the food about two days before, with an estimated nine 20 pound turkeys.
    VFW Auxiliary host annual turkey dinner
    Galmey VFW Auxiliary 9638 members held their annual turkey dinner Sunday, Nov. 12, at the VFW on Highway 254. Officials estimated this was around the 30th year for the event, which serves as both a kick-off to Thanksgiving and a Veterans Day celebration.
    Shook writes a book- Caylee Shook, 20, of Urbana, is a former Skyline student who, in two years since graduating, has written, finished and published her first book. The title of the book is “Just Follow The Word.” It is a collection of messages that God placed on her heart, while she was under conviction, to lead her to salvation and is geared towards helping younger people understand the purpose God has given to them.
    Local woman discovers God’s purpose for her,
    releases first novel “Just Follow The Word” at age 20
    Caylee Shook, 20-years old, Urbana, is a 2015 Skyline graduate who has already began her career as a Christian novelist. She recently had her first book published called “Just Follow The Word,” an inspiring story about the struggles of being under conviction, recognizing when one is under conviction, and finally overcoming the battle and finding salvation.
    McCarty Senior Center raising funds for OFH grant
    McCarty Senior Center staff are raising $500 in order to receive a dollar-for-dollar matching grant from Ozarks Food Harvest, the regional food bank for Southwest Missouri. The funds are due in part to a grant The Food Bank received from the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program.
    Index office closed for Thanksgiving
    In order to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, The Index office in Hermitage will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24.
    Mid-Mo Task Force seizes $131,000 worth of narcotics
    Officers with the Mid-Missouri Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force had an extremely busy month, facilitating almost 70 arrests and seizing more than a hundred thousand dollars worth of narcotics.
    Share Your Christmas
    By Joyce Worsham
    McCarty Senior Center planning Fall Festival
    This year’s McCarty Senior Center Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. To 2 p.m. in Wheatland.
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