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    Young Farmers- Ben and Justine Owsley of Hickory County attended the Missouri Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference Feb. 9-11 at Tan-Tar-A Resort. The event was for farmers 18 to 35, and featured networking opportunities with other young farmers and sessions on everything from cover crops to wine tasting. This year’s theme was “Agvocate.”
    Young Farmers Attend Farm Bureau YF&R Leadership Conference
    More than 520 young farmers and ranchers took a break from their daily chores to attend the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Leadership Conference Feb. 9-11 at Tan-Tar-A Resort at the Lake of the Ozarks. Missouri Farm Bureau members Ben and Justine Owsley and Trent and Brooke Butler of Hickory County were among those who enjoyed a weekend mixing fun with learning.
    Weaubleau releases semi-annual financial report
    Weaubleau city officials released their semi-annual financial report, covering June 31 to Dec. 31, 2017. Numbers printed below are rounded to the nearest dollar amount.
    Submissions requested for Index ‘Veteran of the Week’
    The Index staff is asking community members to submit photographs of American veterans for a new feature.
    FFA Flex- FFA President Bobbi Long, left, jokingly flexes her muscles in an attempt to raise the amount of money being bid on her during the FFA labor action Friday, Feb. 16. The auction was held between games for the Hermitage senior night. Beside her stands auctioneer Chase Crawford with Crawford Auction Services.
    Hermitage FFA holds annual labor auction
    The Hermitage FFA held its annual labor auction Friday, Feb. 16. This was also the basketball senior night that recognized players, cheerleaders, managers, and their families. During half times and between games, individuals or sets of students, in groups of two or three, were sold to the highest bidder.
    Book signing- Children’s author Ralph “Little Eagle” Williston is shown signing a book for his young fan Cooper Whitney at the Hickory County Library Friday, Feb. 16. Williston was at the library promoting his newest book to the young guests. He did an illustrative narrative with the kids, as he told them the story depicted in his book and got them involved in the process. Afterwards, he signed any of the newly purchased books and visited with the children. With him was his wife, Nancy, and local artist and illustrator of his newest book, Gwen Lind.
    Children’s author and local artist visit library for book signing
    The Hickory County Library hosted several special guests Friday, Feb. 16. The first was children’s book author Ralph “Little Eagle” Williston. With him, he brought his wife, Nancy, and local artist, and former Wheatland art teacher, Gwen Lind, who had illustrated his latest book “Catch Your Pony.”
    Public notices issued for bids
    There are two public notices of note in this newspaper.
    Dr. Loehr certified by Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics
    Dr. Steven Loehr, formerly of Weaubleau, has earned Board Certification by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics (CACCP) in the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association’s (ICPA) renowned Certification Program. He becomes the first chiropractor to receive this designation in Southwest Missouri and joins an elite field of specialized chiropractors to offer unique techniques and care protocols for children and pregnant women.
    Annual fish habitat project uses 200 trees
    The Corps of Engineers and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently conducted their annual fish habitat project Monday, Jan. 29, through Thursday, Feb. 1. This project has been going on for over 30 years, according to officials.
    Dances to be held at McCarty Senior Center
    The McCarty Senior Center wishes to announce that they will be hosting community dances on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. Live music will be provided each week, with the Moonshiners band playing on the second Tuesday and Kent Eakins and Friends playing on the fourth.
    Health Department releases financial report
    The Hickory County Health Department released its annual financial report, listing revenue sources and expenses from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2017. Health Department financing comes from three main sources: Government funds, local funds, and grants. Figures listed below are rounded to the nearest dollar.
    MU Extension now taking applications for century farms
    If anyone has a farm that has been in their family since Dec. 31, 1918, they can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.
    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.
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