EDITORIAL: What happened to hungry America?

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By Glenn Mollette

America seemed hungrier back in the sixties than today.  My family did whatever they could to survive. My grandpa ran a country grocery store. My dad drove two hours to work in an underground coal mine. We raised a garden and had livestock. One uncle drove to a northern city to paint during the week. Another uncle raised strawberries and drove a school bus. Another uncle was a peddler salesman driving over several counties. Nobody was rich but everybody was very busy trying to take care of their families. This was all back before food stamps and other current government programs became popular. There is no question that people in our area of Appalachia had struggles but people had a hunger and a desire to survive.

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Gov. Nixon declares state of emergency in response to severe and dangerous weather

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Governor urges Missourians to follow weather reports and be prepared for severe weather

JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Jay Nixon today declared a state of emergency in Missouri as a widespread severe weather system continued to move across the state, bringing heavy rain, hail, high winds, flooding and flash flooding, and at least one reported tornado. The heavy rain associated with the severe weather has already led to several water rescues along flooded streams and rivers.  Another round of severe weather is forecast for much of the state today.

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Powerful storms sweep through area

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Domestic assault, shots fired at officers, suspect suicide

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Following is a statement released by Hermann Police Chief Frank Tennant:

Last night at approximately 8:45 pm officers of the Hermann Police Department responded to a report of a Domestic Assault that had occurred just moments previous at 201 Schiller Street.  The officers met the victim, a 51 year old female Hermann resident at a location in the immediate proximity where she had fled from her assailant.  The victim was transported to Hermann Hospital for treatment of her injuries.  The victim had identified her assailant as her 58 year old boyfriend who was at the residence at 201 Schiller Street.

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City Lodging Tax Debate goes to the voters - by Frank Tennant

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by Frank Tennant
City Administrator, City of Hermann

A few months ago the Board of Aldermen voted to place the potential increase of the city’s Lodging Tax on the April ballot for the voters to decide.  Presently lodging establishments within the city limits are required to tax guests 3% on the costs of each room.  The proceeds of that tax are spent solely on the promotion and marketing of tourism in our community.  The question for voters is whether or not it should be raised to 5%.  The Lodging Tax presently generates approximately $115,000 each year.  The 2% increase is expected to generate an additional $76,000 in revenue towards tourism expenses.

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BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Nixon appoints longtime Gasconade County Prosecuting Attorney as Associate Circuit Judge

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today appointed Gasconade County Prosecuting Attorney Ada Brehe-Krueger, of Hermann, as Associate Circuit Judge for Gasconade County. She will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable John B. Berkemeyer.

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OBITUARY: GASCONADE: U.S. Veteran Richard Arthur Gillette (Dec. 14, 1930 to Mar. 29, 2014)

Richard Arthur Gillette, age 83 of Gasconade MO, Passed away on March 29, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Washington, MO.

Mr. Gillette was born in Greenbush TWP, Warren County IL December 14, 1930. The son of the late James Arthur Gillette and Zelma Fern (Fayler) Gillette preceded him in death.

HMS Fourth and fifth graders honored for "positive work ethic"

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Fourth and fifth grade students were treated to Lunch with the Principal at Hermann Middle School on March 26 for displaying Positive Work Ethic in their classrooms.

Pictured left to right on the bottom row:  Hunter Lauer, Kris Rohling, Halle Jordan.
Top row:  Nick Waechter, Faith Payne, Ben Cass, and Adelein McKay

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Montgomery County woman flies high in Air Force basic training

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Air Force Airman 1st Class Melinda L. Sachs 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.

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A message from Montgomery County Sheriff Bob Davis - Sheriff questions logic of state racial profiling law

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This week I was at the Lake of the Ozarks for the Missouri Sheriff’s Conference. Missouri sheriffs are required to have 20 hours of training every year specific to the office of sheriff in addition to the training that all officers get. This is my 5th term in office so now I am becoming one of the old timers in the bunch. One of the required classes we have every year is racial profile reporting.

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Arrest made, charges filed in alleged theft of $2,600 from Linn High School

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A 17 year old Linn man was arrested on March 21st, after deputies with the Osage County Sheriff’s Office have been investigating a series of thefts and burglaries at the Linn High School.  Over the past few months, school officials have reported cash missing from administrative offices at the Linn High School and from the Ag Building to the total of roughly $2600.00 over three separate incidents. 

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News from the VFW Post 4182 and Auxiliary

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The VFW Post is well into their Spring (Lenten) Fish Fry Season. Upcoming Fish Fries will be held on Fridays: March 28, April 4, and April 11. The menu features Fried Cod Fish Squares, Catfish filets, and Chicken with sides of seasoned fries, German Potato Salad, Slaw, Veggie and ho-made desserts. Dine in and the meal is all you care to eat, but carry out meals are also available.

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Final days of Affordable Care Act "open enrollment" - Help available at The Merck Tuesday night

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The McKittrick Farmers Mercantile will host one more affordable care act open enrollment event on Tuesday, March 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The deadline to register for a health care plan is March 31.  Sign up at this free event with a certified application counselor from NECAC, Dennis Weber.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Library official writes in support of tax levy for library

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Following is the opinion of Steven W. Campbell, Library Director of the Scenic Regional Library

Scenic Regional Library has a tax levy measure on the April 8 ballot. Most people find it almost unbelievable that the library hasn’t had a single tax increase in its entire 55-year history; it’s still operating with the same 10-cent levy it began with in 1959. It’s no surprise that compared to other libraries, Scenic Regional is poorly funded. Among 133 public libraries, its tax rate is the third-lowest in Missouri. And while schools also receive federal funds, 96% of the library’s revenue is derived from local property tax. The library doesn’t receive any federal funds and very little money from the state.

The Library Proposition is really an incredible opportunity for the residents of Gasconade County. They can transform one of the most poorly-funded libraries in the state into a library system of which the community can be proud.

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Tennant comments on Saturday night assault on Gutenberg St.

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Following is a statement issued by Hermann Police Chief Frank Tennant:

On Saturday night at at approximately 7:30 p.m. the Hermann Police Department received a call to respond to an assault that had just occurred in the 200 block of Gutenberg St.  Officers arrived at the scene to find three injured males at different locations in that immediate area.  All three of the males had sustained injuries as a result of the altercation that they had been involved in.  The three, all non-residents of Hermann, were transported to local area hospitals for treatment to the injuries sustained in the altercation

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Master Gardener speaker series continues

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Montgomery City man graduates basic training

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Air Force Airman Robert A. Rodriguez Jr. 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.

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