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The Haunted Heartland…Murder by the decades -1900

From the Gallatin Democrat, December 20, 1900

State vs. George Henry Clay

Defense: Attorney: Rollin J. Britton and Joshua W. Alexander

Prosecutor: John C. Leopard, assisted by Attorneys J.A. Selby & Givens.

Jury: J.L. Black, Robert Drummond, J.H. Myers, J.R. Williams, A.B. Hale, Fred Fossinger, Henry Heaston, C.M. Hale, P.L. Hoskins, W.W. Hopkins, Milton Trosper and Noah Hershberg.

Sentence: Found guilty of murder in the first degree. Sentenced be hanged

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2015 Year in Review (January – June)


  • Concert violinist Brent Busselberg performed in Gallatin Jan. 17, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints building.
  • First Baptist Church of Gallatin announced the employment of Wood Marshall as youth pastor.
  • Bryan Scott Carter of Gallatin plead guilty to assault first degree, amended from statutory rape, and one count of incest in a 2013 case involving his then 4-month-old child.
  • Pattonsburg Multi‑Purpose Center’s Third Annual Catfish,
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Blast from the past

Dec. 28, 2005

H. Olsen completed 20 years of service to the Daviess County FSA Committee and 18 years dedicated service to the Daviess County Community Committee.

Students from our area named to the NCMC President’s Honor Roll were Kyle Hefley and Jenny Stanhope of Gallatin; Felicia Nelson of Jameson; and Susanna Bennett and Melody Prescott of Jamesport.

Russell Hamilton, pastor of the Gallatin First Christian Church, recently received the

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Blast from the past

Dec. 21, 2005

Searcy Principal Kelly Warren promised students kindergarten through sixth grades that if they could raise $10,000 for their school fund, she’d kiss a pig. The students met the challenge and then some, raising over $12,000 selling QSP Reader’s Digest catalog items.

Nic Burrell finished with a career high 27 points to lead Gallatin to a 60-48 victory over Trenton. He scored seven treys and Andrew Adkison tossed

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Blast from the past

Dec. 15, 2005

Modern Woodmen of America, a national provider of fraternal financial services and programs, recently honored Jeanette Sprague of Pattonsburg for outstanding leadership of kids.

Earning medals at the Lexington Wrestling Tournament for Gallatin were Cody Selby, Daniel Horvatin and Clayton Baker, first place; Dale Ray Curtis and Stephen Wood, second place.

Dec. 13, 1995

The Gallatin FFA Chapter set a record this year, selling over $13,000 worth

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Blast from the Past

Dec. 7, 2005

Gallatin’s drive to the Class 1 football quarterfinals paid more dividends this week with the announcement that seniors Daniel Horvatin and Clayton Baker have been named to the Class 1 all-state teams.

Gallatin’s boys erupted for 17 unanswered points in the third quarter, then out-dueled South Harrison down the stretch to claim a third straight Gallatin Invitational title. Andrew Adkison (MVP) and Nic Burrell were named to

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Murder by the decades…Gallatin 1977, sheriff shot by youth

From the Gallatin North Missourian Sept. 14, 1977 and Dec. 13, 1978

Daviess County Sheriff Leland Houghton lost his life early Sunday morning when he was shot to death by a 16-year-old youth he had tried to help. The sheriff had driven the boy to his home in his patrol car after the young man had driven his own vehicle into a ditch.

Sheriff Houghton was dead on arrival at

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Whitt Cemetery…not dead yet

The Whitt Cemetery located about four miles south of Gallatin, off Highway 13, is a neatly mown, fenced, and well maintained family cemetery. There are none of the signs of neglect common to the old, old cemeteries in the area.

So it was with some surprise that Sarah Dowell, who took on the Whitt Cemetery as her master gardener project some years ago, learned about a complaint on the newspaper’s

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Murder by the Decades: Life sentence to Ninemires

Leo Ninemires was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Jackie Lee Brown in the courtroom of the Daviess County courthouse Wednesday afternoon (September 1955).

The jury of 12 men prepared a statement not only finding the accused man guilty of first degree murder, but also assessing his punishment at “imprisonment in the state penitentiary for the rest of his natural life.”

Judge James W. Davis presided at the

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