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    Super supper-
    The annual Cross Timbers Windy Day Supper was held Saturday, March 18. Along with serving a variety of soups, chili, and desserts donated by the community, there was also a dessert auction, with Chase Crawford acting as the auctioneer. Overall, the event raised nearly $900. This will help decorate the town square for Christmas and help fund the Christmas program.
    Windy Day Supper raises money for
    Cross Timbers’ square Christmas decor
    The annual Cross Timbers Windy Day Supper was held Saturday, March 18, at the Cross Timbers Community building.
    “Dedicated to the life of my mother, and the memory of my father”-
    The Hickory County Library held the dedication of the Melvin and Frances Benner Learning Laboratory Sunday, March 19. The Benner’s son, Steve, funded the project, allowing the library to purchase two new computers and educational software for kids grade pre-kindergarten through early elementary. Steve dedicated the lab in his parent’s name, saying “dedicated to the life of my mother, and the memory of my father.” The lab is in the children’s section of library. Frances Benner and her daughter, Sharon Barrett, are pictured to the left addressing the crowd, most of whom are out of frame.
    Hickory County Library unveils Benner Learning Lab
    The Hickory County Library unveiled the Melvin and Frances Benner Learning Laboratory Sunday, March 19. The learning laboratory features two new computers equipped with educational software for grades pre-kindergarten through early elementary. While the computers do not have access to the Internet, they do have access to over 100 different interactive games in all subjects from math to music. They are intended to help kids get ahead in their learning, while also having fun.
    EMS movie night March 25
    The Emergency Services of Hickory County have officially rescheduled their movie. They originally had intended to host a movie night at the Pomme de Terre United Methodist Church in December, but it was cancelled due to inclement weather. It has officially been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Pomme de Terre United Methodist Church. The theme is Easter.
    Heather Kellison
    benefit on March 25
    A benefit is being planned for Heather Kellison.
    Emergency management releases list of storm refuge centers
    March is Severe Weather Awareness Month. In light of this, the Hickory County Emergency Management Office has taken the time to compile a list refuge centers available around the county for use during severe weather. They also released information about recent changes in regard to the Outdoor Warning Siren System (tornado sirens).
    Public meeting-
    Employees at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mingle among guests at public meeting Tuesday, March 14. The main subject of the meeting was the water level management plan, which they will take comments on until Tuesday, March 28.
    Corps of Engineers hosts public meeting educating on dam operations
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a public meeting on their water level management plan from 1-6 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, at Hermitage Nursing and Rehab. The meeting was set up convention style, with five stations that guests could wonder between and learn about the dam’s functions, how it is managed, and the process of creating a water level plan. They were also seeking community input on the 2017 plan. While the days attendance was low, Pomme de Terre Project Manager Brian Wright wasn’t concerned, stating, “Although we had low attendance, it met the requirements. Our view is there are minimal concerns in the way the water level at Pomme de Terre is being managed and/or operated.” The Corps is also accepting written comments until March 28.
    Hermitage city-wide clean up date scheduled
    • The date for the Hermitage city-wide clean-up effort is Saturday, April 29.
    License office to close on Saturdays
    Effective Saturday, April 1, the Hermitage License Office will be closed on Saturdays.
    Weaubleau FFA to host
    fish fry and member auction
    The Weaubleau FFA will host a fish fry and member auction Saturday, March 25. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and the auction will be at 7 p.m. in the Weaubleau Ag Building.
    Annual Ag Conference March 28
    The annual Hickory County Agriculture Conference will be held Tuesday, March 28, at the McCarty Senior Center in Wheatland.
    PdT Community Choir
    set dates for Easter performance
    The Pomme de Terre Community Choir will be presenting “Lest We Forget,” an Easter musical composed by Michael Parks, on the following dates: at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at Bethel Assembly of God in Hermitage; at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at the Antioch Christian Church in Pittsburg; at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at the Galmey Community Bible Church in Galmey; at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at the Hermitage Nursing and Rehab, in Hermitage
    Thank you-
    The volunteer first responders of Hickory County Fire Rescue, and their families, gathered Thursday, March 16, to participate in a appreciation dinner catered by Sugarfoot BBQ out of Osceola. They also had several door prizes given away. Forty-five people attended.
    HCFR hosts appreciation dinner
    Hickory County Fire Rescue hosted its annual appreciation dinner Thursday, March 16, at Rescue Base. The appreciation dinner is a chance to recognize the volunteer first responders that make up the organization with a dinner and door prizes. Forty-five people attended.
    Quincy get together April 1
    The Quincy bi-annual get together will be 6 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Quincy Hall. Guests are encouraged to bring a covered dish. Meat and tableware are furnished.
    Class offered on LP Gas, register by March 25
    There will be a class on handling propane (LP) gas emergencies from 1 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday April 1. The class will be split into two segments, a four hour class room lecture at the MU Extension Office in Hermitage and a four hour live action skills test to be performed at the Wheatland Sports Complex. Those wishing to participate in the class must be pre-registered by Saturday, March 25.
    Macedonia Church revival
    There will be a revival at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church at 7:30 p.m. nightly, beginning, Monday, March 27.
    The memorial service for Christine Maley has been rescheduled from December 17, 2016, to Saturday, March 25, 11 a.m. at Prairie Chapel Methodist Church, across from Skyline School, Hwy. 65.
    Big Plans-
    During a public meeting Saturday, March 18, Weaubleau R-III District Superintendent Eric Wilken used a slide slow presentation to offer an artist’s rendering of what the new Weaubleau R-III campus should look like, if a proposed no tax rate bond issue is passed by the voters on the Tuesday, April 4. The bond extension would generate $2.2 million, allowing the school to move forward with building a new gymnasium and lobby, repairing the agriculture building, securing new equipment for the music and drama students, and a host of school improvement plans. This was the second of five planned public meetings, in which officials looking to engage the voters directly.
    Weaubleau R-III holds public
    meeting on bond issue, more planned
    Weaubleau R-III recently held the second of five planned public meetings this spring to discuss a no tax/bond extension bond issue on the Tuesday, April 4 election ballot.
    Discovering History-
    Eighth grade history students from Hermitage R-IV visited the Missouri State Capitol, along with their instructor, Carolyn Allison, Wednesday, March 15, in Jefferson City. They met with Rep. Warren Love, observed a session debate and took a tour of the historic state capitol building.
    Friendly Meeting-
    Rep. Warren Love, right, said that he enjoyed discussing current issues with his friend and fellow church member, Tim Corbin, of Hermitage Nursing and Rehab on Wednesday, March 15, when Corbin stopped by the Missouri State Capitol.
    It’s tradition-
    The Wheatland PTSO hosted its annual garage sale Saturday, March 18. Eight vendors were set up. Proceeds made from concessions and selling space to vendors went towards the PTSO, which helps fund school activities.
    Wheatland PTSO hosts annual garage sale
    The Wheatland PTSO hosted its annual garage sale Saturday, March 18, in the Wheatland cafeteria.
    MoDOT begin road work on 54 March 27
    Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) announced they will be working to improve Highway 54 in Camden and Hickory County beginning Monday, March 27.
    Pittsburg Know Your
    Neighbors plan anniversary
    The Pittsburg Know Your Neighbor Club met Thursday, March 9, with 13 members present. There were no guests.
    Making Metal-
    A blacksmith demonstrated how to forge metal for local school children during last year’s Pomme de Terre Rendezvous. The Historical Society heard a presentation on blacksmiths Tuesday, March 14, at their regular meeting,
    Life of the blacksmith explored by Historical Society
    The Hickory County Historical Society held its monthly meeting Tuesday, March 14, in the Hickory County Library, beginning with a program on county blacksmiths.
    4-H to host Mexican dinner
    The Hickory County 4-H is having their annual fundraiser dinner 5-7 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the United Methodist Church. It is open to the public.
    Local Meetings
    March 22
    County Commission at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 23, and 10 a.m. Monday, March 27, in the basement of the Hickory County Court house
    County approved grant
    for recycling program
    Hickory County officials have been tentatively approved grant funds to begin a county recycling program.
    Hermitage council moves to redistrict city
    Districts, water rates, fire department, subdivision among topics in lengthy meeting
    The Hermitage City Council moved forward with plans to redistrict the city, shifting from east/west wards to an “at-large” representation Monday, March 13, during its regular monthly meeting. This was just one of the many issues tackled during a lengthy session. Other topics included addressing a water rate billing issue, a discussion with Hermitage Fire Chief Travis Martin regarding equipment purchases, bids on the trash service contract, employee salary reviews, and the city’s role in regard to a possible east side subdivision development.
    Viking History-
    Members of the Pomme de Terre Archeological Society shared a laugh, snacks, and stories Sunday, March 19, before the start of the day’s meeting. The focus was on the life of Vikings. Attendees watched a PBS documentary about the possibility of Viking settlements in North America. They also discussed upcoming archeological society events, and were given door prizes. The meeting began at 2 p.m. at the Extension Center in Hermitage.
    Vikings unearthed during
    Sunday’s archeological meeting
    The Pomme de Terre Archeological Society held its regular meeting Sunday, March 19, with a program on Vikings.
    Cattlemen Gearing Up-
    Members of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association hosted a leadership conference Monday, March 13, and Tuesday, March 14, in Jefferson City. Their day included a legislative visit to the Missouri State Capitol. Pictured, with Rep. Warren Love, from left: Chase Crawford of Hickory County; John Love; Rep. Love; Hickory County Cattlemen’s Association President Rob Potts, and Brandon Uchtman. The Hickory County Cattlemen’s Association held its first official meeting in front of more 100 interested participants at the Wheatland Senior Center. Approximately 60 more members joined. Officers were selected, an agenda was laid out, and the date for the next meeting was decided.
    Hickory County Cattlemen elect officers
    The newly established Hickory County Cattlemen Association met Thursday, March 16, at the McCarty Senior Center in Wheatland, where they elected officers. Robb Pitts was elected president; Ginger Culbertson is vice-president; Joni Henry was voted treasurer; Alana Brauch was elected secretary; Chase Crawford became the state representative; Ben Owsley and Carl Button are the eastern district representatives; and Kevin Piper and Austin Rains are the western districts representatives.
    National Park Day
    April 1 at Museum
    Local history buffs, community leaders and preservationists are invited to team up for a clean up and restoration effort Saturday, April 1.
    Wheatland elementary school principal resigns
    The Wheatland R-II School Board had quite a bit on its agenda this past week, after meeting Thursday, March 16, for the regular meeting.
    Skyline Performing Arts students advance to state
    Skyline Performing Arts had nine entries compete in the MSHSAA District Music Festival Saturday, March 18, at Lebanon High School. Of those, all received honor ratings and six will be heading the State Music Festival Saturday. April 29, at the University of Missouri in Columbia.
    Weaubleau R-III to host meetings on bond election
    Weaubleau R-III School board met Wednesday, March 15, where they held a discussion on the April No Tax Rate Increase Bond Election.
    Capitol Report
    My Fellow Missourians:
    Rare Coins-
    Jim Carman of Crowley’s Ridge Coins World Coins and Currency adjusted some of the rare foreign currency he had for sale Saturday, March 18, during the HicoMo Coin Show at the Pomme de Terre Shrine Club. Jim and his wife Judy brought their wares from Branson to buy, sell or trade with local coin enthusiasts.
    HicoMo Coin Show attracts large crowd
    The first-ever HicoMo Coin Show was deemed a success.
    Pay with credit or debit at Hermitage City Hall
    The City of Hermitage is now accepting credit and debit cards for bill payments.
    Letter to Editor:
    I have always had a keen interest in our criminal justice system and how it works.
    Master Gardeners training to begin in May
    The MU Extension Center will be hosting a Master Gardeners training class every Thursday, beginning May 11, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. until July 20, at the Hickory County Extension Center in Hermitage. To attend these trainings, participants must be registered by May 11. There is a registration fee covering the resource book, certification, name tag, and travel and instruction expense for class educators.
    Urbana man receives
    seven years on five charges
    An Urbana man was sentenced to seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to multiple charges.
    FBC Youth Conference-
    More than 350 students, parents, and adult mentors arrived at Hermitage First Baptist Church this past weekend for the annual youth conference. The three-day conference allowed students from all over the state to gather together to hear God’s message through break-out sessions, ministry team sessions, fun activities, question and answer panels and worship services. The theme was “Rooted,” with activities focused on being strong in one’s faith.
    Comedian Paul May, formerly of Weaubleau, invited Hermitage junior Enrique Sentana and Skyline sophomore Carina Vannicolo to “get closer” Friday, March 17, during a game of “Simon Says.” May performed an interactive stand-up routine Friday night in the Hermitage gymnasium as part of the FBC youth conference. Sentana, Vannicolo and Weaubleau’s Caden Kauffman were all finalists in the group activity. May is the son of Roger and Kathy Foster.
    Hermitage FBC roots more than 300
    students in faith at annual youth conference
    Hermitage First Baptist Church hosted its annual youth conference this past weekend, March 17-19, with an estimated 300-250 students and mentors attending. Group members arrived from various Hickory County churches, and all over Mid-Missouri, for three days of fellowship focused on helping them become Christian adults who will make a positive impacts on their communities.
    Country Gospel-
    Country gospel musician Eldon Potts sang “The Sweetest Words He Ever Said (I Forgive)” as one of his selections Sunday, March 19, at Antioch Christian Church. Potts, from Jolin, performed several numbers for the Pittsburg church congregation Sunday, during the 11 a.m. worship service. He also shared stories about his recent mission trip to the Philippines and joined in the day’s message. He has produced 15 recordings, offering an unique style of country gospel that appeals to all ages. He has traveled extensively across the U.S., and joined in missions all around the world. Worship was extended until 12:30 p.m., followed by a fellowship pot luck dinner.
    Erickson writes to friends in community
    Myrtle Erickson of Harmony Gardens, Warrensburg, formerly of Preston, Mo., writes to the community here. She says her son, Michael Hines of Steamboat Springs, Colo., visited her and Doris and Roger Howard for a few days. The weather had delayed his visit. He took his mother shopping Saturday afternoon, then they went to the Howard home for an evening meal. Roger provided food from Jack Stack Restaurant. The group planned to meet for lunch the next day, but Myrtle fell, so she stayed home. She and Michael watched the football game after he returned from lunch. He and Deanna Hines have been on a 14-day Caribbean cruise.
    Preston man gets probation
    Billy Boyd, of Preston, pled guilty to unlawful use of weapon Tuesday, March 14. He was sentenced, to five years supervised probation, and a Crime Victims Fund amount of $46.
    The Hermitage R-IV students that starred in the performance of Snow White and the Kachus Monday, March 13, were Emily Hamilton, left, Chelsi Horn, Maggie Proebe, Savannah Bourcier, Wesley Butler, Haley Mack, Bradley Forest. Not shown was Tracy Lampe, who played the narrator. The play was directed by Carolyn Allison and Lampe.
    Snow White-
    Hermitage R-IV Drama Club performed Snow White and the Kachus Monday, March 13, in the cafeteria. The play started Maggie Proebe as Snow White, Chelsi Horn as Foofoo, Emily Hamilton as Fifi, Savannah Bourcier as Evil Queen, Bradley Forrest as Soldier Bill, Haley Mack as Soldier Ted, Wesley Butler as Prince Douglas, and Tracy Lampe as the narrator.
    Hermitage Drama performs
    Snow White and the Kachus by D.M. Larson
    The Hermitage R-IV Drama Club performed Snow White and the Kachus Monday, March 13, in the cafeteria. The play was written by D.M. Larson.
    Cats’ View of God
    Editor’s Note: The following was sent in by a reader and, being a cat owner and animal lover, I found it humorous enough to share. I was unable to determine the original author, even through the Internet. I hope you’ll forgive that and enjoy a chuckle about cats and their (oftentime) superior attitudes.
    Urbana resident injured in motorcycle crash
    Urbana resident Kenneth Vancamp, 23, was seriously injured Wednesday, March 15, in a motor vehicle accident (MVA) in Benton County. He was taken by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia.
    Wheatland residents injured in Polk County wreck
    Two Wheatland residents were involved in a Polk County motor vehicle accident Tuesday, March 14. Gabriel Walker, 41, Wheatland, was uninjured. His passenger Lisa Nelson, 49, Wheatland, received minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar. The driver of the other vehicle, 18-year-old Madison Appleton of Brighton, was also uninjured.
    Red Hatters
    celebrate birthdays
    The Red Hatter and friends will celebrate Billie Duffin’s 91st birthday, Barbara Garwin’s 96th birthday, Betty Dailey’s birthday, and Veda Wolfe’s 90th birthday at the McCarty Senior Center in Wheatland. The celebration will be Wednesday, March 22, at 11:15 a.m.
    Skyline Stars-
    Skyline students of the month from the middle school are pictured, from left, front: Destiny Holt, Morgan Beck, Summer Miller and Makenna Poynter; back, Logan Clemmons, Trent Pinon, Zack Kelly and Dawson Owen. The students earned pizza Wednesday for showing good character.
    Church Pages
    Pittsburg Bethel Southern Baptist
    True Tigers-
    Skyline students of the month, from the elementary school are pictured, from left, front: Gracie Dismang, Tucker Pippen, Payton Meade and Isaac Davis; back, Mason Jones, Morgan Turner, Kaylynn Morehead, Jason Clancy, Ella Gordon and Georgia Schafer. They were recognized with a pizza party Wednesday, March 15 for showing good character at school.
    Looking Back
    Thursday, March 22, 1917
    Cross Timbers
    Alice Kugler attended a genomics workshop Thursday evening at the Springfield Livestock Market. Several speakers discussed various topics related to increasing productivity in livestock operations. Mrs. Kugler was in Lebanon Saturday for the District Music Festival where she was the accompanist for the Skyline High School music department entries. All the students performed very well and received 6 one ratings (exemplary) and 3 two ratings (excellent). Rodney Jensen is the Skyline music director.
    Prairie Chapel evening quilters met at church Monday. Present were Roseland Martin, Carol Snyder, Carol Driskill, Cheryl Stidham, Karen Nelson, Connie Welch, Cindy Riebel, June Shipps, Cindy and Katie Anderson. Carol Snyder, Connie Welch, Carol Driskill and Katie Anderson participated in show and tell.
    Old postcard stating “East View of Downs Mines, Hermitage, Mo.” Back of card stated Mrs. Henry Hooper, Pittsburg, Mo. No. 10.” Photo submitted by Harry Lee Pitts.
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