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Sun
14
Oct

VFW Dept. Service Officer to visit

A certified Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Missouri Service Officer will be at Bismarck VFW Post 6947 on Saturday, October 20 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The post is located at 1008 Veterans Drive.

Any veteran or dependent who needs assistance in filing a claim or needing information should attend.

The post phone is 573-734-6033. Contact persons are Joe Snyder (573-734-1146), Jeff Higginbotham (573-438-71370), Don Kernan (815-326-0479), or Elmer Winingar (573-637-2585).

Sun
14
Oct

2018 Arcadia Valley Fall Festival Queen candidates announced

The AV Fall Festival Queen candidates have been announced. Among them are (from left): Freshman Candidate Allie Tyndall, Sophomore Candidate Hannah Helvey, Junior Candidate Emmalea Nelson, and Senior Candidate Laney Tucker.

The AV Fall Festival Queen candidates have been announced. Among them are:

•Freshman Candidate Allie Tyndall, daughter of Brian and Rachel Tyndall of Ironton. Her escort will be Isaiah Eudy, son of Jeremy and Amanda Eudy of Ironton.

•Sophomore Candidate Hannah Helvey, daughter of Bruce and Lisa Helvey of Ironton. Her escort will be Taylon Jones, son of April Jones and the late Carl Jones.

•Junior Candidate Emmalea Nelson, daughter of Jeremy and Shanyn Nelson of Belleview. Her escort will be Kaleb Melton, son of Mary Wadlow of Ironton and Kevin Melton of Jacksonville, AR.

•Senior Candidate Laney Tucker, daughter of Janice Tucker of Ironton and Eddie and Kim Tucker of Farmington. Her escort will be Jackson Lamb, son of Scott and Tara Lamb of Ironton.

This year’s Queen will be announced and crowned during a coronation ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 20. The parade begins that day at 10 a.m.

Thu
11
Oct

Arcadia woman seriously injured in one-car accident

An Arcadia woman was seriously injured in an accident in St. Francois County on Friday, September 28.

Breana L. Sikorski, 26, was taken by medical helicopter to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, according to a report by the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Sikorski was driving a 2008 Ford Focus northbound  on MO Highway 221 when the accident occurred north of Shy Road.

Tue
09
Oct

Scouts hold Flag Retirement Ceremony

Scouts (from left) Hunter Hogan, Malichi Windle, James Bridges and Garrett Redinger were among those helping in the Flag Retirement Ceremony.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 403 and Cub Scout Pack 403 incinerate worn-out U.S. flags, part of a formal flag retirement ceremony held on Sunday, September 30 at the Arcadia Valley Sports Complex. The traditional ceremony is a respectful way to dispose of flags that have become too worn and tattered to display.  The scouts retired some 300 flags provided by the community, first cutting the flags into four pieces, incinerating the blue star field first before the red and white stripes. The ashes are then buried. Scoutmaster Jeremy Medley oversaw the ceremony. 

Mon
24
Sep

Ironton man joins veterans ‘Honor Flight’ to D.C.

Joining John (left) on the Honor Flight was his twin brother, Carl Mertens (right). They both had the opportunity to meet up with their niece, Laura Mertens, a resident of the Washington D.C. area. John is an Army vet, while Carl is a Navy vet.

Since 2009, the Central Missouri Honor Flight organization has been giving elderly veterans a free trip to Washington D.C. to see the memorials that have been erected in their honor.

John Mertens of Ironton recently returned from such a trip and was enthusiastic in recommending it to other vets.

“My brother Chuck went last year – he was in the Air Force,” Mertens explained. I had learned about it several years ago and thought it would be pretty neat. So he got me an application.”

The Honor Flight left Columbia, MO on Tuesday, August 14 and included John and his twin brother, Carl.

John is an Army veteran, serving as radioteletype operator from 1964-66.  He sent in his application for the program “9 or 10 months ago” and was accepted for the August 14 flight.

“Each flight has 110 people,” he said. “For every three veterans they have another person called a guardian to help you and keep you from getting lost.”

Mon
24
Sep

Guided hike offered at Pilot Knob National Wildlife Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff will lead two guided hikes to the top of Pilot Knob National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, Oct. 6, and Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Hike participants will meet at 9:30 a.m. each day at Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site.

During the hike, staff and volunteers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will discuss how past mining has created critical habitat for endangered Indiana bats.

This important refuge with its unique geology and mining history provided hibernation habitat that continues today. Space is limited; participants must pre-register to reserve their spot for the hike by calling the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge at 573-222-3589.

Hikers will walk up steep terrain with loose rock and uneven footing.  Participants must be physically able to make this hike.  Details on time and meeting location will be provided to registered participants.

Thu
06
Sep

Three countians injured in three separate crashes

Annapolis man injured

An Annapolis man was injured in a one-vehicle accident at 6:35 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 3, in Iron County.

Timothy J. Mayes, 19, received moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Iron County Medical Center in Pilot Knob, according to a report by the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Thu
06
Sep

Medicare conducting survey of beneficiaries

An official survey of Medicare beneficiaries is under way, and the Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is offering some pointers to folks who may receive visits.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with NORC at the University of Chicago to conduct a national study to provide information on the healthcare experiences of Medicare recipients. As part of the effort, the NORC representatives are interviewing Medicare beneficiaries in Missouri.

Thu
06
Sep

Fitzwater named new Arcadia Police Chief

Officer Fitzwater

Jason Fitzwater has been named Police Chief at Arcadia. 

Fitzwater, 39, and his wife, Ryane, have two children, a daughter, 13, and a son, 3.

Thu
06
Sep

Turner tours Europe with MO student band

Libby Turner and her mom, Betsy, at the Matterhorn in Switzerland.

An Arcadia Valley High School student was among a group of Missouri musicians who toured Europe this summer for a series of concerts.

Libby Turner, the daugher of Corby and Betsy Turner of rural Arcadia, was nominated by her band instructor, Charles Lee, for the tour, organized by Voyagers International. The company has been arranging such tours for over 40 years. Students must be nominated by their music directors to participate. The nominations are based on such things as playing ability (Libby plays the trumpet) and character.

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