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MSHP Welcomes New Troopers

The Missouri State Highway Patrol will hold a graduation ceremony for 31 new state troopers on Friday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m., at the Law Enforcement Academy in Jefferson City. Graduates will report for duty on Jan. 5. They’d begun training at the academy on July 1.

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Christmas Cultural Luncheon

CHILLICOTHE, MO — The Chillicothe Area Arts Council is sponsoring its annual Christmas Cultural Luncheon, from noon to 1 p.m., on Dec. 17, at the First Christian Church (900 Jackson Street). Lunch is served from noon to 12:25 in the church’s social hall, and from 12:30 – 12:55 a special program of sacred and popular Christmas music will be presented in the sanctuary by musicians Frosty Garr on

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Missouri Faces Illinois in Annual Braggin’ Rights Game

by Benjamin Herrold 

For Missouri Tiger fans, certain events are associated with different parts of the calendar. March is for basketball tournaments, conference and hopefully NCAA; August is excitement for the football season about to begin; and October brings the traditions of Homecoming. And every year, a few days before Christmas comes the annual Braggin’ Rights game with Illinois in St. Louis.

It’s a fantastic atmosphere, with the crowd

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Winston Teen Seriously Injured in Accident

Ezekiel Bridgeman, 19, Winston, was seriously injured in an accident that happened at about 10:53 p.m. on Dec. 12, in DeKalb County.

According to the highway patrol, Ezekiel was traveling northbound on Route EE about three miles north of Cameron. He attempted to pass a vehicle and traveled off the west side of the roadway. His 2001 Toyota Avalon struck a mailbox and impacted a ditch, overturning onto its top.

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Jennifer Acree Graduates Basic Training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Jennifer M. Acree graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air

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Bobby Chrisman d. December 9, 2014

Funeral services for Bobby Chrisman were held Dec. 13, 2014, at Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe.

Bobby Chrisman, 81, Gallatin, died on Dec. 9, 2014.

Survivors include two sons, Andy Chrisman of Houston, Texas; and Randall Chrisman and Pam Pierce of Lathrop; and one daughter, Rosemary Eisaman and husband Ron of Chillicothe.

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Altamont BBQ Serves 2,000; Little Town Sticks to the Ribs

by Lanita Sconce Smith, Daviess County Genealogical Society President

Jefferson Township was originally a part of Grindstone township, one of the three first townships formed in Daviess County. Anderson Smith was the first permanent white settler who settled in 1834. He and his wife, Mahala A. Henderson, who was a sister to Daviess County’s Judge Henderson, settled here from Clay County. Other early settlers were John Owings, John Higgins,

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Good Thinking: How Far to Bethlehem?

by Dr. Don Kuehle

Every year, thousands of people travel to Bethlehem to be a part of the Christmas crowd. They think, perhaps, that being in the very place where the Christ-child was born will make Him more real to them. Every year, millions of people do not get to travel to Bethlehem. Most of us have never stood with the faithful around the manger-bed. Most of us have

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Season to Be Jolly

by Dr. H. Wade Paris

ShepherdCalls_WP“‘Tis the season to be jolly.” At least, that is what the song says. Truthfully, however, not everyone is jolly at Christmas. Admittedly, all the world should rejoice. Christmas is the birthday of Jesus our Savior. Nevertheless, things are not always as they should be. Perhaps we can understand an unbeliever would lack joy at Christmas. For them, it is just an over-commercialized holiday.


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