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From the Bench ‘Puppies for parole’ a circuit success!

By Circuit Judge R. Brent Elliott

State Representative Jay Eggleston and I were recently invited to Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron to witness the 4,000th adoption of a dog under the “Puppies for Parole” (PFP) program. Although I was aware of the program I had no idea how many people are involved in and benefit from its operation.

According to guest speakers Governor Jay Nixon and George Lombardi (Director of

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Hugs from Home quilt project boosts morale one hug at a time

The Hugs from Home Quilt Project provides free handmade quilts for deployed military personnel during the Christmas season. “Hugs” also provide the quilts to various local needs, such as “The River Front Relief Project” for homeless families living on the Missouri river front, Women’s Shelters, Veterans Administration, and other special needs.

The “Hugs” project is offered for free through donations of time and materials from the community. Volunteers work at

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Oh the Drama…September

The Gallatin Theater League (GTL) fall production will be the musical comedy “Nunsense.”  GTL will host auditions at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, at the theater.  Community members are invited to audition. Directors Doug Nichols and Tom Garnett encourage all to come join the fun. GTL will donate two tickets to “Nunsense” to the Kickin’ Cancer fundraiser.

League members Nancy Garnett, Lana Belshe, and Elizabeth Plotner will be ready

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Gallatin Bulldog Pride marching band


On Saturday, Sept. 24, the Bulldog Pride Marching Band competed at Carrollton Band Day in Indoor Color Guard, Parade Street Marching, and Drumline. The Band competed in their class 2A rank, placing third in Parade Street Marching and first  in Drumline competition. Congratulations to Gallatin Bulldog Pride Marching Band for showing our Bulldog spirit, and putting forth effort. On Oct. 8, the Band will be competing at Fayette, and on

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Learn and Do Club marks 50 years


Irene Taul and Lola Critten just observed their 50th anniversary … as original charter members of the Learn and Do Extension Club!

Observing 50 years of fun and friendship, the Learn and Do Club met Sept. 22 at the home of Darlene Morrison, with two 50-year charter members in attendance, Irene Taul and Lola Critten. They marked the occasion with a dozen roses and an anniversary cake. Darlene served a

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Jeremy Ruth of Gallatin selected for Harding University marching band

Jeremy Ruth of Gallatin has been selected for the 2016-17 Harding University Thundering Herd marching band. Ruth plays the tenors. The band performs at all home football games and selected fall exhibitions and parades.

The band consists of instrumentalists including woodwind players, brass players and percussionists from all majors. The marching band is directed by Dr. Wesley Parker, assistant professor of music.

Ruth began the 2016 Thundering Herd season with

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Smithfield donates bottled water


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For the fifth consecutive year, Smithfield Hog Production Division–Missouri donated bottled water to area schools to be sold in concessions for fundraising or used for other purposes throughout the school year.  This year 1,940 cases of bottled water were donated to 21 area schools.  Among the schools receiving up to 100 cases each of bottled water were Gallatin and Winston.  Students, faculty, and staff from each

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Kickin’ Cancer Fundraiser

Kickin’ Cancer with Kindness Committee will again be raising funds from free-will donations during a Kickin’ Cancer with Kindness event. Money raised will be used for the purchase of gas cards for patients who travel to treatment.

Daviess County BBQ fundraiser block party will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, on Market Street, between the Gallatin Methodist Church and the lumber yard.

Bring your family and enjoy

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Red Cross and county fire departments team up to provide smoke alarms

The American Red Cross of Northwest Missouri and the Daviess County Fire Departments are teaming up to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires by ensuring all homes in Daviess County have working smoke alarms.

“Last year, the American Red Cross of Northwest Missouri responded to over 100 home fires”, states Karla Long, Disaster Program Manager, with the American Red Cross.  “The good news is that

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