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    I Pledge Allegiance- Pictured above are the Galmey VFW, Auxiliary, and Wheatland elementary students as they lead the crowd in saying the Pledge of Allegiance Friday, Nov. 9, during the school’s annual Veterans Day program. This was followed by the singing of the National Anthem. They day also included several readings, special guest speaker Randy Thomas, and refreshments in the lobby afterwards. The art works of students honoring Veterans Day was also put on display in the gymnasium and lobby.
    Wheatland R-II says “Thank You” to veterans
    Wheatland R-II honored Veterans Day Friday, Nov. 9, with its annual Veterans Day assembly. It began at 1 p.m. with Wheatland ISS Supervisor, and Marine veteran, Tim Meece, welcoming everyone to the event.
    Presentation of flags- Weaubleau FFA members Brandon Packham, Auston Potter, Makayla VanGordon, and Ariana Chaluisant presented the flags Monday, Nov. 12, during the school’s annual Veterans Day ceremony. The day consisted of music, readings, an art contest presentation, and a speech by guest speaker Veteran Dr. Don Jump. Following the program, veterans were asked to stay and take part in refreshments.
    Weaubleau R-III honors veterans with annual program
    Weaubleau R-III School took a moment Monday, Nov. 12, to celebrate Veterans past, present and future with their annual Veterans Day Assembly. It began at 9:30 a.m. when Student Council President Danni Stewart welcomed all students and guests.
    Shop locally for Christmas
    A Small Business Stroll will take place throughout the Pomme de Terre region on the weekend following Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 25. Customers will have the opportunity to tour the area, stopping to get cards stamped at various variety stores.
    Weaubleau celebrates opening of new gymnasium
    Weaubleau R-III School District celebrated a major accomplishment Friday, Nov. 9, when their newly constructed gymnasium and lobby was officially opened for use. The journey began in November of 2017 when a continuation was passed on property taxes, granting the Weaubleau school district the ability to begin construction. It officially got started last Spring just before school let out for the summer. Since then, it has been steadily progressing over the last several months and finished just in time for the start of the high school basketball season.
    County Voter Turnout at 65 Percent
    Voter turnout was the deciding factor across the country Tuesday, Nov. 6, altering expected outcomes for this year’s General Election. A large amount of voters helped lead to the Democratic Party retaking control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate gaining in Republican representation, but did not alter outcomes much in Hickory County.
    Commission appoints Library board member
    Hickory County Commission met Thursday, Nov. 1, where they reviewed two applications for the vacant spot on the Hickory County Library Board. After some discussion, they chose to appoint Traci Brown to the board.
    How Our 911 Addressing Works
    Since we have switched to the new addressing, we have come across some confusion on how the system works. We do not have the enhanced 911 system. Enhanced 911 will give you information that includes address, phone numbers associated with the address, people listed as owners or tenants, and possibly GPS coordinates.
    Hunter’s Lunceon benefits local food pantry
    A hunter’s lunceon was held Saturday, Nov. 10, on the opening day of deer season, at the Cross Timbers Community Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It was by donation with proceeds going to benefit the Stephen’s Cupboard Food Pantry, run out of the Cross Timbers Baptist Church.
    Sing for America- The Skyline Singing Tigers Elementary Choir performed “Singing Freedom’s Song” by Natalie Sleeth Friday, Nov. 9, during the school’s annual Veterans Day Assembly. The hour-long program featured patriotic poems, a recognition of the various branches, a speech on honor flights, and performances by the Marching Band, Concert Choir, and County Men of Note. The morning started off with a Veterans Breakfast served by the Student Council. The Singing Tigers were led by Jennifer Kelley.
    Skyline honors America’s veterans
    Skyline students, staff, and patrons honored America’s fighting men and women Friday, Nov. 9, with the school’s Veterans Day ceremony.
    Like father, like son...a family racing tradition
    When Tabitha Terrell met Jason Pursley over twenty years ago, he was already a regular competitor at the Dallas County Speedway with his 1998 A-Modified. In fact, many members of this family had been bitten by the racing bug. Jason’s Dad, Larry Foltz had raced; his uncles, Donnie and Johnnie Fellers, still race and even his grandpas, Leon Fellers and Ernest Foltz, raced. Tabitha’s father, Mike and brother Tim, also raced. With so much in common right from the start, Tabitha and Jason hit it off and were married and eventually had two sons, Dayton and Kaden.
    Shrine breakfast Saturday
    Pomme de Terre Shrine Club will host a breakfast Saturday, Nov. 17, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. It will be by donation, with all proceeds going to benefit the club.
    Index office closed for Thanksgiving
    In celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday, The Index office in Hermitage will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23. It will reopen for regular business hours on Monday, Nov. 27.
    Community Thanksgiving Worship Service Nov. 19
    The Lake Pomme de Terre Ministerial Fellowship will hold its annual combined Thanksgiving Service Monday, Nov. 19, at the Wheatland Church of the Nazarene. It will begin at 7 p.m., with Pastor Bill Rose of Bethel Baptist Church of Pittsburg as the featured speaker.
    Deputies investigate break-in at Caseys
    Hickory County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a break-in at the Casey’s General Store in Wheatland over the weekend.
    HVFD meeting Monday, Nov. 26
    The Hermitage Volunteer Fire Department has announced that its annual membership meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at Station One in Hermitage.
    Hermitage Christmas Parade at 5 p.m. Nov. 24
    The annual Hermitage Christmas Parade is now accepting float entries. This year’s theme is “Unwrap the Magic of Christmas” and the parade will take place Saturday, Nov. 24, at 5 p.m. Before the official start of the parade, Santa Claus will be meeting with children at the gazebo in front of the Hickory County Courthouse.
    CTRFD soup and chili lunch this Saturday
    Cross Timbers Rural Fire Department announced its annual Soup and Chili Lunch will be Saturday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cross Timbers Community Building. They will be accepting donations at the door and a dessert auction will be at noon.
    Search for the Bismarck
    The National Geographic program Search For Battleship Bismarck will be the subject of the next meeting of the Pomme de Terre Archaeological Society.
    McCarty Fall Fest Saturday
    The McCarty Senior Center’s annual Fall Festival will be this Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will be serving biscuits and gravy at 7 a.m. and concessions will be open all day. All proceeds support the Home Delivered Meals Program.
    Community Forum at Hickory County R-I
    There was a decent turnout Thursday, Nov. 8, for a Hickory County R-I sponsored community forum on shifting to a four-day school week next year. Approximately 50 to 60 concerned parents, community members, and patrons arrived for the hour-long session, which began at 7 p.m. in the elementary cafeteria. Skyline Superintendent Dr. Mark Beem led the discussion, using both a PowerPoint presentation and his own notes to explain the reasons for the district’s consideration of the change.
    Prairie Chapel UMC honors God and Country
    Prairie Chapel United Methodist Church held a special service Sunday, Nov. 11, in honor of veterans and their families.
    Standing Guard- Galmey VFW’s Honor Guard and Auxiliary members posted the American colors Monday, Nov. 12, during the Hermitage R-IV Veterans Day ceremony. Everyone in school gymnasium then put their hands over their hearts as the kindergärtners led them in the Pledge of Allegiance. The ceremony took place at 9:30 a.m.
    Hermitage Veterans Day ceremony speaks to miracles and sacrifice
    Hermitage R-IV held its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in the school gymnasium. It featured musical performances, patriotic readings, a video presentation, and a guest speaker.
    First two of the morning- Eastern Star member Holly Hackett, left, is shown serving the first two early morning hunters, Lee Pfannenstiel and Ray Lockridge, to make their way to the Hermitage Masonic Lodge Saturday, Nov. 10, to get breakfast. This is the second annual hunter’s breakfast event the Eastern Star has hosted, serving meals by donation to raise money for many of their charity funds.
    Eastern Star hosts Hunter’s Breakfast
    Local Eastern Star members hosted a hunter’s breakfast on opening day of deer season Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Hermitage Masonic Lodge from 4:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. This was the second year for the event, which was all by-donation with the goal of feeding hungry hunters on the opening day of deer season.
    This is What We Want to Do Here- Presiding Commissioner Robert Sawyer, left, notes to potential bidders how the county would like to see six-inch gutters placed around the County Annex building during a Thursday, Nov. 8, pre-bid walkthrough of the Hermitage building. Plans also call for new windows and doors, sheet rocking and painting of interior walls, new light fixtures, a new front lobby, and kitchen cabinets in the Missouri Extension Center offices. It is all part of a $30,000 budgeted reconstruction effort expected to begin early next year.
    Officials go on pre-bid tour of County Annex
    Hickory County’s Board of Commissioners took a pre-bid walkthrough of the County Annex building Thursday, Nov. 8, laying out renovation plans and discussing construction ideas with potential bidders.
    CTRFD soup and chili lunch Nov. 17
    Cross Timbers Rural Fire Department announced its annual Soup and Chili Lunch will be Saturday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cross Timbers Community Building. They will be accepting donations at the door and a dessert auction will be at noon.
    Local FFAs plan events
    Local FFA organizations have several upcoming activities coming up.
    Local meeting schedule
    Below is an updated meeting schedule of local districts.
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