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Taylor Swalley elected as SMSTA State Officer

Taylor Swalley from Gallatin has been nominated to serve as a state officer on the Student Missouri State Teachers Association (SMSTA) Board. Taylor is currently a student at North Central Missouri College pursuing her Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree and plans to continue her education to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.

“Statewide SMSTA officers set the agenda for the meeting of all SMSTA members in Missouri.

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Fire destroys Lock Springs home

A fire on Feb. 10 completely burned down a house on Fourth Street in the small town of Lock Springs. No one was injured.

The house was occupied by Robert James Tanner and his wife, Cristel, and their two small children, Isayah, one, and Aryana, three.

Robert said he was getting up around 6:30 a.m. to go to school at Chillicothe Vo-Tech.

“The breaker tripped and I reset it,” he

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Boater Safety Certification Course To Be Offered At Troop H Headquarters

Captain James E. McDonald, commanding officer Troop H, St Joseph, announces a boater safety certification course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Troop H Headquarters, 3525 North Belt, St. Joseph, Missouri. There is no fee for the course; however, students are required to pre-register online as seating will be limited. For more information, to register for the course, or to obtain

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Memories stand their ground long after buildings fall down…growing up on a Lickfork farm

   Written by Sammy Evans

The Evans family, consisting of my parents Ben and Ada and seven of us children (sisters, Lena Mae, Violet and Rosealee (Boyd Carpenter) and brothers, Floyd, James and Jack) were all born in the Lickfork neighborhood in southeast Daviess County and lived there for many years.

My great-grandfather built a large two-story house that stood on a knoll on the east side of the road, just

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Farmers’ Electric sponsors 54th Annual Essay Contest

Sophomores and juniors from area high schools have the opportunity to win all-expense paid trips this summer. Members of the junior class will be competing to win one of two trips to Washington D.C. Three sophomores will win trips to the Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (C.Y.C.L.E.) in Jefferson City. Youth Tour will be held June 9-15, while the C.Y.C.L.E. program will be July 12-14.

The essay contest is

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From the Bench: What it takes to provide foster care

by Judge R. Brent Elliott

This article will discuss requisites for becoming a foster care provider. Simply put, foster care is a form of substitute care, usually in a home licensed by a public agency, for children whose welfare requires they be removed from their own homes.

To become a foster care provider, applicants must participate in at least nine pre-service training sessions called STARS for a total of 27

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MU Grape and Wine Institute Bringing New Topics to Show-Me Grape and Wine Conference and Symposium

The Show-Me Grape and Wine Conference and Symposium will return in March with new topics and events, as well as a tasting of Missouri wines.

The events, which are hosted by the University of Missouri Grape and Wine Institute (GWI), will run from March 8-10. The Show-Me Grape and Wine Conference, in its second year, will be March 8-9. This will be the sixth year of the Show-Me Grape and

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Search for Missouri Century Farms continues

If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1917, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.

To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines. The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption. The

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Continued education scholarships awarded

The Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri will award up to nine continuing education scholarships to residents of their nine county service area. Applicants for the $750 scholarship should be, or plan to be, full-time students residing within one of the following Missouri counties: Caldwell, Daviess, Grundy, Harrison, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Putnam, or Sullivan and who live in an income-qualified household per federal CSBG poverty guidelines.

Applicants should be

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