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    Wanted-
    Shanna Case, 44, Collins, is wanted for questioning by the Hickory County and St. Clair Sheriff’s Departments.
    Wanted-
    Jerry Eaton, 45, Osceola, is wanted for questioning by the Hickory County and St. Clair Sheriff’s Departments.
    Uncovered Items-
    Hickory County Sheriff Brian Whalen, right, and Deputy Larry Affolter stand next to their vehicles in front of the Sheriff’s Department Thursday, May 18, which are loaded down with what they believe to be stolen property. The items were located in the garage of an abandoned home near Quincy, which is the same home where two suspects where believed to have been staying before fleeing from Sheriff Whalen and his deputies. Local authorities have not processed all of the items as of yet, and so have not currently determined their monetary value. The suspects, Jerry Eaton of Osceola and Shanna Case of Collins are wanted by Hickory County, St. Clair, Cass and Henry County authorities.
    Law enforcement seeks suspects for questioning
    Law enforcement officials from Hickory and St. Clair Counties are seeking assistance in locating two individuals wanted for questioning.
    License Office closed for Memorial Day
    The Hickory County License office will be closed in observation of Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.
    Index Office Closed Friday
    In honor of the Memorial Day holiday, the Index office in Hermitage will be closed Friday, May 26. It will reopen Monday, May 29, for regular business from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Music and craft festival this Thursday
    The first-ever Main Street Music and Craft Festival will be held this weekend, Thursday through Saturday at the Highway 54 RV Park in Wheatland. Musical acts from Branson and nearby areas will take stage on a four-acre lot on North Main Street, at the location of the Highway 54 RV Park. The event is free, open to the public, and being held in conjunction with the Show Me 100 races at Lucas Oil Speedway.
    Weaubleau school project groundbreaking set for June 17
    The Weaubleau R-III School Board of Education met in regular session Wednesday, May 17, beginning with board member Jeff Freeman taking the oath of office. Superintendent Eric Wilken and board members then began the formal process of starting the building construction project.
    Hi...I’m Anna
    My name is Anna Ginnings. I am 16 years old. I am the daughter of Matt and Sue Ann Ginnings, and the granddaughter of Don and Kathy Ginnings, former owners of The Index. I am an older sister to Katie, 13, and Clayton, 10. I am the sixth generation of my family to be employed at The Index, so writing runs in my blood. I am currently attending Hermitage High School and will be a junior in the 2017-2018 school year. I am the catcher on the school’s varsity softball team and a guard on the varsity basketball team. Basketball and Softball also run in my family seeing as my mom is my basketball coach, and my grandpa, Jim Wilson, was hers. I am a member of our school’s Student Council and National Honor Society. I am also the secretary for the Future Business Leaders of America chapter. I also was on the yearbook staff this last school year. By far, my favorite things to do in my past time are watch my brother’s baseball games (Go Cobras!), hang out with my friends, laugh, and read, a lot.
    Preparing Lunch-
    St. Bernadette Altar and Rosary Society members Millie York and Evalena Samborski, not pictured, grilled up polish sausages and hamburgers for guests visiting the St. Bernadette Bazaar Saturday, May 20, south of Hermitage.
    These Are Nice-
    Nancy Albers, right, and Nancy Sisson wrapped up a pair of paintings for a guest at the St. Bernadette Bazaar Saturday, May 20. The sale was held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the community building behind the catholic church on Highway 254. Proceeds from the variety of items sold will help support activities of the St. Bernadette Altar and Rosary Society.
    Unique-
    Dixie Burbaugh looks over what she called a “very unique” hummingbird feeder while browsing items for sale at the St. Bernadette Catholic Church Bazaar Saturday, May 20. The bazaar is sponsored each spring by the St. Bernadette Altar and Rosary Society, with proceeds used to purchase items for the church like communion wine and wafers, candles and garments. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., gifts such as flowers, pots and pans, trinkets, pottery, small appliances and crafts were available in the community building behind the church. Polish sausages, hot dogs, and burgers were also served for lunch.
    Spirit of the ‘60s alive at PommeStock
    The Blue Pineapple, located on Highway 254 in Nemo next to Atkins Realty and behind Nemo Lanes, will sponsor an all day community event Memorial Day weekend, featuring live music and vendor booths. It’s called PommeStock, and it will be this Saturday, May 27, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s free and open to the public.
    Summer youth food program begins
    Hermitage R-IV has begun its summer food service program for area youth.
    Museum open house this Saturday
    The Hickory County Historical Society will hold an open house of the Hickory County Museum this Saturday, May 27, in Hermitage.
    Veterans to be honored on Memorial Day
    A number of Memorial Day ceremonies are being planned to honor America’s veterans.
    Going away party for Hermitage City employee Travis Martin June 1
    Hermitage City Hall is inviting the public to attend a going away party for city maintenance supervisor Travis Martin 10 a.m to 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at the City Hall. Refreshments will be provided.
    Pre-registration begins for free EMR class
    Hickory County Fire Rescue will host a free Emergency Medical Responder Class beginning July 15, at Hickory County Fire Rescue Base, located approximately a half mile east of Wheatland on Highway 54, on the north side of the road.
    Trash and Treasure sale
    Hermitage Christian Church, on Highway 254 at the south end of Hermitage, will be hold its annual Trash and Treasure sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 27.
    McCarty Center Spring Festival-
    Several colorful booths were on display at the McCarty Senior Center Saturday, May 20, during the annual Spring Festival. Approximately 13 vendors booths lined the community room, offering a variety of items such as clothes, quilts, rugs, books, dolls, paintings, birdhouses and other wooden trinkets, DVDs, toys, tools and more. While browsing, guests were treated to live music from local artists, and treats from the concession stand. A number of larger items were available through a silent auction, and the Hickory County Master Gardeners operated a plant sale out back. The event ran from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with biscuits and gravy served at 7 a.m. Center staff hold this event twice a year to help raise funds from the Home Delivered Meals Program. The Fall Festival will be Nov. 18, in Wheatland.
    Have a Corn Dog-
    McCarty Senior Center Coordinator and Head Chef Mark Swigert proudly showed how he prepares his “famous” corn dogs, which were available Saturday, May 20, during the McCarty Senior Center Spring Festival. Proceeds will support the Home Delivered Meals Program.
    Live Music-
    Local favorites Dave and Kent start off Hank Williams Sr.’s “Cold, Cold Heart” during the McCarty Senior Center Spring Festival Saturday, May 20, in Wheatland. Musicians accompanied visitors all day, as they browsed the vendor booths on display during the annual fundraiser. Music was played from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. by Dave and Kent; David and Cheri Tippets; Becky Walker; and Dave, Donnita and Mark.
    Reds, Whites and Greens-
    Sharon Jackson, Carole Huber and Carol Underwood took a moment to browse the Begonia, Daisy and Marigold flowers, as well as a variety of other plants, on sale Saturday, May 20, at the McCarty Senior Center in Wheatland. The Hickory County Master Gardeners held a plant sale in the back in conjunction with the Spring Festival.
    Animal Info-
    Joanne McClelland, right, stopped by the Four Legs and Fur booth operated by Berta Bryner and Jo Rose during the McCarty Senior Center Spring Festival Saturday, May 20, in Wheatland. Four Legs and Fur Animal Society members provided information on their organization and “Give $5 to Save Our Lives” program, and also sold T-shirts to help raise funds for spay and neutering services. They were one of around 13 vendor booths lined up in the senior center as part of a spring fundraiser.
    Polk County Cattlemen hosting scholarship dinner
    The Polk County Cattlemen’s Association will host a scholarship benefit auction and dinner to benefit all Polk County high school seniors Friday, May 26, at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar.
    Senior Center hosting Wellness Fair Thursday
    McCarty Senior Center staff will host a Wellness Fair for Seniors Thursday, May 25, at the center in Wheatland.
    Hermitage begins summer bus routes
    Hermitage school officials are running bus routes for summer SACC programming, which began May 23 and will go through June 30. Following are the pick up times:
    County Library to begin yearbook digitization project
    Wheatland R-II yearbooks will soon be available in a digital format thanks to a new program being implemented by the Hickory County Library.
    Commission and school officials
    meet to discuss D.A.R.E. program
    After deciding on some pressing issues last week, the Hickory County Board of Commissioners had more relaxed sessions this week, with the largest agenda item being a discussion with school officials about reimplementing the D.A.R.E. program.
    Celebrating Senior Health and Fitness Day
    More than 20 Missouri senior centers operated by Care Connection for Aging Services will celebrate National Senior Health and Fitness Day on Wednesday, May 31.
    Annie meets Elga-
    Gwynn Miler, right, is shown helping her friend’s daughter, Annie, pet a cow named Elga. Elga was one of three Irish Dexter cows brought to the Hickory County Farmers Market Friday, May 12, by EEHCo Farms out of Buffalo.
    Hard at work-
    Carina Vannicolo, a Skyline FCCLA member is shown working at the Hickory County Farmers Market Friday, May 12, to raise money to go to the National Convention.
    EEHCo Farms visits farmers market
    The Hickory County Farmers Market had a special guest Friday, May 12, in the form of EEHCo Farms out of Buffalo. EEHCo Farms is co-owned by Emmitt “Bo” Hampton and Dewon “Butch” Pankiny, though only Hampton and his herd manager, Rob Doehring, were able to visit the market. With them, they brought three Irish Dexter Cows named Ainne, Elga, and Kathleen. Ainne and Elga were both 15 months old, and Kathleen was seven months.
    Free memory screening in Wheatland June 8
    Care Connection for Aging Services officials will conduct free, confidential memory screenings from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 8, at the McCarty Senior Center.
    Wheatland School Board
    accepts bid from OakStar Bank
    The Wheatland R-II School Board met Thursday, May 18, where they accepted a bid from OakStar Bank as the school depository for the next four years. They also approved the first reading for the following board policy updates: P1210 and P5550, with the change of all maximum charges of $25.
    Skyline School board
    approves lease agreement
    The Hickory County R-I Skyline Board of Education met Thursday, May 18, where a three year lease agreement with Midwest Transit was approved. This agreement leases three 2018, 65 passenger school buses.
    Hermitage R-IV issues commendations
    The Hermitage R-IV Board of Education held a brief regular meeting at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 15, with the focus being new teacher hirings and resignations, and the issuance of commendations.
    Humansville woman hired to lead West Central economic development
    West Central Missouri Community Action Agency officials announced that efforts have been undertaken to focus on regional economic development in its nine-county service region, which includes Hickory County. As such, the West Central Community Development Corporation (WCCDC) was recently established to focus on regional, community economic development issues, and the first staff member has been hired coordinate initiatives.
    Hostettler-
    Austin Hostettler, son of Jeremy and Stephani Hostettler of Hermitage
    McGrady-
    Eli McGrady, son of James and Valerie McGrady at Skyline
    Sutt-
    Zac Sutt, son of Troy and Judi Sutt, of Wheatland
    Sutt, Hostettler and McGrady
    awarded Good Citizen Scholarships
    Three local high school graduates were awarded the “Good Citizen” Scholarship from Oak Star Bank.
    Casey’s General Stores compete to sell cookies
    Casey’s General Store is in the middle of their annual Cookie Contest, where all area stores compete to sell the most cookies in order to win their town a pizza party. Wheatland and Hermitage Casey’s are competing in the same area against Osage Beach and Camdenton. They have to beat out approximately 50 other stores. Weaubleau’s Casey’s General Store is in a different area and details on who they are competing against were not made available by press time noon Monday, May 22.
    Capitol Report
    My Fellow Missourians:
    Wheatland releases scholarship and awards list
    Wheatland R-II High School released their list of scholarship and awards winners.
    NARFE meeting June 7
    The next chapter meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 7, at Smith’s Family Restaurant.
    College Graduate-
    Hermitage alumnus Jay Salmon, son of Shane and Jill Salmon of Hermitage, was graduated from State Technical College of Missouri Saturday, May 6, with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Networking Systems Technology. He is pictured with Lead Instructor Shawn Berhorst and Instructor Chris Hillen of the NST Department. In addition, he recently competed in the state SkillsUSA contest and placed first in Internetworking, becoming a national qualifier. He will compete at the 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference for SkillsUSA next month in Louisville, Kent.
    Scholarships-
    St. Bernadette Catholic Church’s Fr. Donald Powers Knights of Columbus Council #13786 awarded a $500 scholarship to Hermitage graduate Jeff Salmon, son of Shane and Jill Salmon of Hermitage. Council officers Keith Mertz and Fr. Rob Fields, pictured, made the presentation during Hermitage R-IV graduation ceremonies Friday, May 12. In addition, Fr. Fields presented Salmon with the $1,000 Lake Pomme de Terre Ministerial Fellowship Scholarship.
    Continuing the Journey-
    Pomme de Terre Archaeological Society members attended a rare Saturday meeting May 20. The group of about 14 members continued their study from last month on Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery, looked over items in the new lending library, and held a door prize drawing. The Pomme de Terre Archaeological Society meets the third Sunday of each month at the University of Missouri Extension building in Hermitage. The date for next the meeting is still being decided, so as not to interfere with Father’s Day.
    Hermitage R-IV releases
    list of scholarships and awards
    Hermitage R-IV High School released their list of scholarship and award winners.
    Cross Timbers
    Greg and Evelynn Sundwall went to Warsaw to visit a friend at McDonalds. Greg visited Mike Bybee in Bolivar where he had knee repair. Evelynn went to the Cross Timbers Quilters meeting, and Greg and Evelynn went to the fellowship night at the Christian Church. They went to the graduation Friday of Jentzen Bates, who graduated from Missouri State with honors. Her brother, Keenan, had graduated last week from Missouri University with honors. Jentzen will work at a theater in St. Louis. They are the children of Jeff and Hariett Bates of Springfield. Greg and Evelynn visited William and Melissa Sundwall and had supper together. Greg and Evelynn went to the Driskill-Thomas reunion and to the archaeology meeting in Hermitage.
    Church News
    Wheatland Christian
    Preston
    Janice Chronister met Jim and Peggy Mackie, Katie and Cindy Anderson for breakfast Tuesday morning. Everyone left after breakfast for Muldrow, Okla., except Cindy. They went to the visitation and funeral of Gene Emberton. They were able to visit with many of their cousins.
    Hickory County Associate Court
    Hickory County Associate proceedings May 8-12. James A. Hackett presiding. Costs ordered in accordance with state statutes and county commission orders.
    Land Transfers In Hickory County
    Land transfers in Hickory County from the office of Pamela Hutton, recorder.
    HICKORY COUNTY HISTORY:
    The late Herbert Lindstrom is shown cultivating his farming land on the east side of the county with a fine team of mules, circa 1940’s. Herbert’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Lindstrom, natives of Sweden, were among early settlers of the county. Photo reprinted from The Index archives.
    Looking Back
    Thursday, May 24, 1917
    Fidget spinners for sale at The Index
    The Index office at 109 W Polk in Hermitage has a limited number of Fidget Spinners for sale. Stop by today to get yours.
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