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Nov. 4, 2014 Election Results

Yesterday’s election results for Daviess County were unusual in that there was no contest for six local officeholders. Voter turnout measured 38% of the 4,906 eligible to vote in the seven designated local precincts.

Republican J. Eggleston of Maysville won all 4 counties to record 69.2% of the vote to win the seat for 2nd District State Representative.

Republican Sam Graves carried all 36 counties to win re-election as 6th

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President Declares Disaster for Missouri

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Missouri to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during the period of September 9-10, 2014.

The President’s action makes federal funding available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a

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Gallatin Gal Elected as Prosecuting Attorney

Dw.cdrI could reminisce here about Kristen Ellis, a Gallatin gal who must feel on top of the world today. I could mention her wearing the Red & Black while playing third base for the Bulldog softball team. I still can hear in memory’s ear her sweet voice filling the auditorium singing before the judges at state music contest before graduating from GHS in 1999. But I don’t want to embarrass

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PSC Cold Weather Rule Takes Effect

The Missouri Public Service Commission’s Cold Weather Rule, designed to help customers with heat-related utility bills, began on Nov. 1. The rule will remain in effect through March 31, 2015. The Cold Weather Rule has been a part of the commission’s rules and regulations since 1977.

The Cold Weather Rule applies to natural gas and electric utilities under PSC jurisdiction that provide heat-related service. Municipally operated systems, cooperatives and those

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Capital Report: Honoring Our Military Veterans

by State Sen. Brad Lager

From the American Revolution to the war in the Middle East, the men and women of America’s military have a proud heritage of defending freedom and liberty. While this began with colonial farmers leaving their families to take up arms in their fight for liberty, their legacy carries on as brave Americans continue to make great sacrifices to support and defend our nation and our

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Some Thoughts on Governing

by Lee H. Hamilton

I have been working in or around government for over 50 years, and if you asked me to boil down what I’ve learned to one sentence, it is this: Governing is much harder work than most people imagine. This doesn’t excuse its lapses or sluggish rate of progress, but it does help explain them.

Why is it so hard? Partly it’s the country we live in.

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Follow-Up: Health Department Funding Cuts

Dear Editor:

I wanted to follow up with you about the story the North Missourian published [found HERE] about the funding cuts we received at the Daviess County Health Department. That funding was restored due to the Ebola scare.

The Governor met with Department of Health and Senior Services and representatives of local public health from around the state. I am not sure how long this will remain intact.

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Winston R-6 Opposes Amendment 3

Winston R-6 School District’s Board of Education has passed a resolution to officially oppose Amendment 3 on the November 2014 ballot.

“Amendment 3 will take away local control of our schools, and we are fundamentally opposed to that. The fact is Amendment 3 would implement unfunded, state-mandated standardized tests that could cost upwards of $1 billion, which school districts and taxpayers would be forced to pay. Additionally, Amendment 3 would

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Letter to the Editor: Amendment 3

Dear Editor:

In reference to last week’s article in this newspaper, submitted by State Senator Brad Lager, in regard to the voting initiative on Missouri Constitution Amendment 6: In the article, Mr. Lager seems to endorse the measure but then offers a subtle disclaimer by encouraging voters to become educated on this important issue. I’ll shout a big “Amen” to that advice. Has anyone looked closely at the language of

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