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Budget approved at jail, road sign ditched

The 2017 budget for the Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail was approved during a meeting of the board held on Dec. 22.

In other business, a raise for Jim Baker, investigator, was approved. Mr. Baker works a maximum of 999 hours per years. His raise puts him at $16 per hour.

Mark Higgins won the bid for the financial audit.

United Health Care won the bid for health insurance effective Jan. 1.

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Daviess County Library holds wellness expo

The Daviess County Library will hold “It’s Bloody Cold Outside Blood Drive & Wellness Expo” in conjunction with its Adult Winter Reading Program from 2-6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, in the basement community room.

Several local wellness experts will be on-hand during the Wellness Expo to answer questions pertaining to healthy endeavors. Demonstrations and topical presentations will take place throughout the afternoon in the upstairs conference room.

Presenters are:

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Detours, dreams just part of life’s road for these snowbirds

by T.L. Huffman

Every October, Jack and Arlene Finwick of Hamilton pack their bags, load up the RV, and wave goodbye to the cold weather. They’ll be gone seven months, returning in April.

They go to avoid slips on the ice and shoveling snow, but also because Jack’s health requires it. Jack was in an accident on his farm in south Daviess County in June of 1998. He got off

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Keep your eyes on this year’s resolution

Every New Year, you make a list of things you will do to stay healthy so you can feel your best. But, did you realize that feeling your best includes seeing your best too? January is Glaucoma Awareness Month – the perfect time to spread the word about the disease. So, this year, add learning about glaucoma to your list. Your eyes will thank you for it.

Glaucoma can cause

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Benefit Jan. 14 to purchase headstone for Ryker Tucker

A benefit to help purchase the headstone for infant Ryker Cole Tucker of Bethany will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Vikings/Kamlers bar in Cameron, 105 East Grand Street. The meal will be at 3 p.m., followed by an auction at 4 p.m. Bands will start at 8 p.m. and include Collapse and Bridges Burnt.

Donations for items for the auction and food donations for the dinner are

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MFA Oil Company acquires Northeast Arkansas Propane Supplier

Pictured from left to right: Jeff Goodwin, MFA Oil district manager; Nathan Dunman, former Keiser Oil and Gas Company owner; Chip Bennet, MFA Oil acquisition specialist; Joe Case, MFA Oil acquisition specialist

MFA Oil Company, the seventh largest propane retailer in the United States, announces it has acquired the propane operations of Keiser Oil & LP Gas Co., an independent propane retailer based in Keiser, Arkansas.
“We continue to build

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WIC will serve 178 in county

The Daviess County Health Department announces that a contract to continue providing Women, Infants and Children (WIC) services for federal fiscal year 2017 has been signed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Under the terms of the contract, the Daviess County Health Department will be able to serve a caseload of 178 persons eligible for WIC every month.

WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program providing services

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Ameren customers may see rate increase

The Missouri Public Service Commission held a local public hearing in Jefferson City today, Jan. 11, in an electric rate case filed by Ameren Missouri.

On July 1, 2016, Ameren Missouri filed an electric rate case with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking to increase annual electric revenues by approximately $206.4 million. According to the filing, residential customers would pay approximately $99 more per year if the rate request is

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Art Contest Aims to “Make a Difference”

Students encouraged to create posters on importance of wearing a safety belt.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is pleased to announce the “Make a Difference” art contest for Missouri students ages 14-19. Students can create a poster to support the importance of wearing a seat belt. The contest begins on Jan. 9 and runs through Feb. 27.

The poster must have a strong call to action and encourage peers

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