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    Buddy Bass Winners-
    Stillwater Buddy Bass Winners- Jeff Cullifer and J.C. Barnes were the winners of the annual Stillwater Buddy Bass Tournament held Saturday, April 22. Their total weight was 14.48 pounds. Big bass weight was 4.51. They received $300 to split between them.
    Stillwater Buddy Bass-
    Boats participating in the annual Stillwater Buddy Bass Tournament headed out onto Lake Pomme de Terre early Saturday, April 22. Ten boats and 20 participants set sail at 6 a.m. and returned at 3 p.m. for the weigh in. The team of Jeff Cullifer and J.C. Barnes won first place for total weight of 14.48 pounds, as well as big bass, 4.51 pounds. The received a total of $300. The Buddy Bass Tournament was hosted by Stillwater Resort.
    Bass tournament winners receive $300
    Stillwater Resort hosted its annual Buddy Bass Tournament Saturday, April 22. The owners of the resort, Brian and Kim Finnigan, estimated they have been hosting the tournament since they bought the resort four years ago. This year 10 boats, for a total of 20 people, participated.
    Car fire-
    Cross Timbers Rural Fire Department Volunteers went through Firefighter I and II training during a car fire practice scenario Saturday, April 22. They were taught the proper technique of approach needed to safely extinguish a car fire. They also practiced structure fires, Class A material fires, flammable liquids, gas cylinders, and wild land.
    CTRFD conducts live burns
    The Cross Timber Rural Fire Department (CTRFD), as part of their Firefighter I and II training, went through a live burn training Saturday, April 22, on the Cross Timbers square. Five of the department’s volunteer firefighters were practicing for their test to receive their firefighter I and II certificates. Those going through the course include Fire Chief Bill Mitchell, Assistant Chief Brian Bennett, Mike Mitchell, Jared Bennett, and Greg Bennett. Other Cross Timbers volunteer firefighters came out to help with safety lines.
    Wheatland spring concert
    The Wheatland R-II Music Department will be hosting its annual spring concert at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in the school gymnasium.
    Dorman Bridge reopens
    Dorman Bridge has officially been reopened.
    Material bids, speed limits and drug
    law proposal focus of commission meetings
    The Hickory County Board of Commissioners held their regular meeting Thursday, April 20, in which they discussed the implementation of speed limits on a county road, approved a new printer for the assessor’s office, and reviewed road and bridge material bids.
    Ham, beans, TVs, and Smokey the Bear-
    Galmey Volunteer Fire Department hosted its annual ham and bean dinner Saturday, April 22. They served a meal of ham and beans, corn bread muffins, and desserts. They also held a raffle for a quilt and television, and a drawing for a candle burner and candles.
    Galmey Volunteer Fire Department
    hosts annual ham and bean dinner
    The Galmey Volunteer Fire Department hosted its annual ham and bean dinner Saturday, April 22. This event has been occurring for approximately 15 years according to some of the board members.
    Elkton Baptist turns 165 years old
    The Elkton Baptist Church extends an invitation to the community to attend the first of two celebrations in honor of its 165th anniversary, Sunday, April 30.
    Farm and Garden Expo April 28
    The Hickory County Farmer’s Market will be kicking of its third season Friday, April 28, with the second annual Farm and Garden Expo.
    A slice for you-
    Mark Swigert cuts off a slice of baked ham for Carly Klingingsmith Sunday, April 23, during the annual grilled chicken dinner in support of the Wheatland Settler’s Village. Klingingsmith and her husband Jon, pastor at Wheatland Christian Church, were two of the many people who arrived for grilled chicken, baked ham, vegetables and desserts, all prepared by volunteers. Funds from the annual dinner will be used to support the historic Wheatland log cabins and the October Harvest Festival.
    Grilled chicken dinner held for Settlers’ Village
    Hungry community members arrived at the McCarty Senior Center in Wheatland Sunday, April 23, for the annual Grilled Chicken dinner in support of the Settler’s Village.
    Hermitage FFA plant sale
    The Hermitage FFA Chapter will begin hosting a Spring Plant Sale this week.
    Spring plant sale continues Saturday
    The Hickory County Master Gardeners began hosting its annual Spring Into Gardening Plant Sale this week.
    Colorful-
    Sue and Bill Arnold arrived at the McCarty Senior Center Sunday, April 23, decked out in their most colorful fashions. Bill Arnold joked that he had been informed it was “Dress-up Day” at the Senior Center, as he and his wife stopped by for the grilled chicken dinner. Actually, it had been “Humorous Day” at church, a Sunday morning of laughter following the Easter season.
    Bohanna Heights garage sale
    Bohanna Heights will hosting its Community Garage Sale at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 29.
    Shiloh Tabernacle Reunion this Saturday
    Shiloh Community Church will host its annual Shiloh Reunion Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Shiloh Tabernacle nearby Quincy.
    NARFE meeting May 3
    The regular meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, at the Smith’s Family Restaurant in Collins.
    Several medal in SkillsUSA-
    Students from the Dallas County Technical Center competed in the SkillsUSA State Competition Thursday, April 6, through Saturday, April 8, pictured are, front row, from the left: Kiera Hopper, Kristen Breshears, Carla Bayer, Amanda Kreft, Sierra Retherford (Skyline), Cheyenne Randall, Mariah Winingear and Brittany Blankenship (Skyline); middle, Aaliyah Elkins (Weaubleau), Abigail Duskin, Jasmin Roy, Taley Buscher, Anastasia Bilas, Crystal Price (Skyline), Isabell Waltman and Cooper Payne; back, Michelle Gereke, Max Dunkle, Joshua Wisdom, Corben Kite (Wheatland), Evan Maddux and Joshua Hesse. Not Pictured are Megan Liberty, Vanessa Hodge, Kaitlynn Blattel, Carl Ackels and Cody Westfall.
    Local students compete in SkillsUSA
    Thursday, April 6, through Saturday, April 8, marked the 52nd annual SkillsUSA Missouri State Competition at Linn State Technical College.
    Wheatland Alumni Reunion and Parade May 6
    Wheatland Alumni Association School Reunion and Parade will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 6. Lt. Governor Mike Parson, a graduate of Wheatland High School, will be the Grand Marshal.
    Historic angler at this year's Rendezvous
    The Pomme de Terre Rendezvous will be Saturday, May 6, through Sunday, May 7. It will be proceeded by the annual Kids Day event, which will be held 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 5.
    Honored-
    Amanda Smith of Preston, Weaubleau R-III FFA Instructor, was presented with an Honorary State FFA Degree Friday, April 21, during the during the 89th Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia. She was honored for her work supporting FFA activities through the years.
    Amanda Smith receives
    Honorary State FFA Degree
    Amanda Smith, FFA advisor at Weaubleau R-III, was named with an Honorary State FFA Degree during the 89th Missouri FFA Convention, held April 20-21 in Columbia.
    Creepy Creatures-
    Pictured are the Skyline second graders singing songs about “creepy creatures” at the annual Skyline Spring Concert. Before them, the Kindergarten classes and the Singing Tiger Choir performed. The concert took place Thursday, April 20.
    Skyline hosts annual Spring concert
    The annual Skyline Spring concert was held Thursday, April 20, and featured the Kindergarten class and the Singing Tigers. In a separate concert held that same night, the Skyline second grade also performed.
    Members sworn in to Wheatland School Board
    The Wheatland Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Thursday, April 20, beginning with a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. to reorganize the board following the election.
    Local Meetings April 26
    County Commission at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 27, and 10 a.m. Monday, May 1, in the basement of the Hickory County Court house
    Meet My Friend-
    Elwood P. Dowd (Brandon Hoard), left, attempts to introduce his friend “Harvey” to Dr. Lyman Sanderson (Colton Lambeth) and Nurse Ruth Kelly (Abigail Hackleman) at the asylum. The problem is “Harvey” is a six foot tall rabbit that only Dowd can see and hear. The Weaubleau High School Music and Drama students put on the Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winning production Saturday, April 22, for audiences in the school gymnasium.
    Weaubleau drama students
    introduce “Harvey” to community
    The Weaubleau High School Music and Drama Department presented the play “Harvey” to audiences Saturday, April 22, in the school gymnasium.
    National Day of Prayer May 4
    at Gazebo and Antioch Church
    This year’s National Day of Prayer will be Thursday, May 4, and will carry the theme of “For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us...Forgive Us...Heal Us!” Citizens will gather for prayer and other activities throughout the United States, including in Hickory County.
    Skyline FFA soils team
    first at state conference
    Skyline’s FFA Chapter won the Soils Evaluation career development event at the 89th Missouri State FFA Convention April 21-22, in Columbia.
    Mr. SHS-
    Skyline High School participated in the annual Mr. SHS Pageant Saturday, April 21. The Mr. SHS pageant is a fundraising activity for the Star County Dreamers Special Olympics. Senior boys dress up as women and perform different activities such as an evening gown showcase, talent showcase, and interview. The first runner-up was Miss Meegan Holly-Wood, AKA Nicky Holland. The winner was Miss Edda Mae Jenkins, AKA Brayden Perry. More information will be available next week.
    Hermitage R-IV swears in new board members
    The Hermitage R-IV Board of Education held its monthly meeting Tuesday, April 18. The election results were accepted as certified by the County Clerk. Robb Pitts, Shelly Aubuchon, and Tony Long were sworn in as board members.
    Weaubleau R-III re-organizational meeting
    The Weaubleau R-III School Board of Education met Tuesday, April 18, to hold their re-organizational meeting. The April 2017 board election was not needed since there were only three candidates. Jason Daggett, Jeff Freeman, and Brian Hackleman shall assume their respective offices.
    Blooming Hickories
    4-H Club report
    (The following was sent in by 10-year-old Charley Crouch, the new club reporter for the Blooming Hickories 4-H Club. This is an elected position where the duties are to write a summary of the club’s monthly meetings and send a report into the local newspaper for publication. Below is Charley’s report.)
    Health Dept.
    May calendar
    May
    Wheatland Alumni Association
    shares exciting changes, will host parade
    After decades of class reunions at evening banquets, the Wheatland Alumni Association is in the process of giving itself a makeover. The proof is the pudding, so to speak, with the 2017 Annual Reunion planned for Saturday, May 6.
    Deputies seek help
    with grave desecrations
    Hickory County Sheriff’s Deputies are currently investigating cases of grave desecration in area cemeteries.
    Vietnam Memorial
    replica coming to Stockton
    Veterans, family members, and members of the general public will soon have the opportunity to visit a local replica of the Vietnam Wall.
    Walking the track-
    Pictured are Skyline Elementary students “Walking the Track” in honor of Walk To School Week Wednesday. April 19. As Skyline School is located directly off of Highway 65, it is not possible for the students to walk to the school. So, they ride the bus to school and then walk a few laps around the track to make up for it.
    Commentary
    Dear Readers:
    Archeologists learn about Lewis and Clark
    The Pomme de Terre Chapter of the Missouri Archeological Society held its regular meeting Sunday, April 23, with a discussion about explorers Lewis and Clark.
    Letter to the Editor:
    First, I’d like to thank you and Vernon Publishing for all the excellent coverage and promotion you provide of the efforts of the Four Legs and Fur Animal Society. We couldn’t do any of what we do without the whole-hearted support of the Hickory County community. Thank you so much for the excellent placement of the coverage of our recent public meeting; however, there were a couple of areas in the article I would appreciate clarifying:
    Church News
    Elkton Christian
    Ninja equipment-
    Skyline students played on the newly installed Ninja Playground equipment/obstacle course at Skyline School. The Healthy School and Community grant was used to fund the purchase of the equipment.
    Preston
    Naomi Reed and Liberty Hammer were visitors of Virginia Mabary Sunday.
    Cross Timbers
    Mallie Allison visited by phone with Jeff Allison of Oklahoma, Chuck Zimmerman and Hannah Buffalo of Arkansas, Donnie Owsley and Allison Gunter. Mallie went to Wheatland to the McCarty Center on the OATS bus.
    Third grade-
    The Hermitage third grade students performed at the annual spring concert Thursday, April 13. They are being led in song by music teacher Jack Bowden and accompanied by high school student instrumentals. The concert was a celebration of American Folk Music.
    Hermitage spring concert
    celebrates American Folk Music
    The Hermitage R-IV Spring Concert was held Thursday, April 13, and was a celebration of American Folk Music. It featured grades Kindergarten through sixth grade and high school students. Music teacher Jack Bowden directed the performance.
    Annual chicken dinner-
    The Hermitage Masonic Lodge held its annual chicken dinner Saturday, April 15. They began serving at 4 p.m. and continued until the food ran out. The dinner raised over $700 for the lodge’s general fund.
    Chicken dinner a success
    The Hermitage Masonic Lodge held its annual chicken dinner Saturday, April 15, and raised over $700. All proceeds go towards the general funds of the lodge.
    Easter breakfast-
    The Pomme de Terre United Methodist Church held its annual community Easter Sunday breakfast Sunday, April 16. They served a meal of egg casseroles, fruits, and cinnamon rolls. “We are glad so many people attended today and hope to have a good service,” said church member Pat Bergthold. After breakfast, the guests moved to the chapel room for church services.
    Marriage licenses
    Marriage licenses in Hickory County from the office of Pamela Hutton, recorder.
    It’s the time of year when baby animals appear
    Between now and the end of the next month, most of the wildlife around the area will have had, or will be having, their babies. This is just a friendly piece of advice. Even though they may be cute, fuzzy, and cuddly, they are wild animals and need to stay in the wild. Not in your house, barn, garage, dog kennel, or anywhere else.
    Looking Back
    Thursday, April 26, 1917
    Local man pleads
    guilty to auto theft
    A local man has been put on probation after pleading guilty to motor vehicle theft.
    HICKORY COUNTY HISTORY:
    This photo is an old postcard stating “West Side of square, Cross Timbers, Mo. Pub. by Dr. A. C. Curl, Registered Druggist.” Submitted by Harry Lee Pitts.
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