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As part of its long-term strategy to identify and smooth out burs impeding business growth in the local area, the Troy Chamber of Commerce recently held an economic development summit with local business owners.


Troy Buchanan High School lost three students over the summer to car accidents on two separate occasions. The most recent of these, which occurred just before the start of school, took the lives of Brayden Hood and Mario Montalvo. Hunter Thorp was killed earlier in June. 

Ten year old Jaydon Powell’s passion for racing grows stronger and stronger each day.  This past weekend Powell competed in the ATVMX National Championship Series held at Loretta Lynn MX in Tennessee. Although it is the final race of the season it is the biggest race of the year for motocros…

Pictured are the new faces at Elsberry Schools for the 2019-2020 school year. Back row: (L to R) Erin Toeniskoetter, Food Service; Levi Jacyna, PE/Coach; Caleb Johnson, ISS Instructor/Coach; Colleen Lilley, High School Math; Beth Noe, Middle School Special Education; and Arla Jo Kaimann, Kin…

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To end the flood-heavy summer for the city of Winfield on a positive note, County Market hosted a car show fundraiser last Friday – bringing in over 50 classic automobiles for display and raising money to donate to the city directly.

Early last week, Troy lost two of its own in a car crash on Highway 47 – a tragic and sudden accident that only added to an already sad summer for the community. 

Two long-time friends sat down for lunch at a sushi restaurant. 

I have issues with bulk food.

Brenda Bryant of Hawk Point was elected National Guard of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the United States Auxiliary at its 106th National Convention in Orlando, Florida on July 24.


“I don’t know what it is about the water in Lincoln County, but I’ve never worked in an agency, a community that had so many child sex crimes,” said Lieutenant Andy Binder, public information officer for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.  “It’s been going on since 2006 when I started work…

America’s future generations are often asked what they want to be when they grow up. Depending upon whether you’re asking a child or a teenager, answers will vary from “a princess” to “a firefighter” to “a lawyer” or even “the President.” However, as we prepare America’s children for the fut…


On Aug. 15 the Lincoln County community came together to support the families of two teenagers that were lost in a car accident earlier that week – Brayden Hood (16) and Mario Montalvo (16). 

America’s future generations are often asked what they want to be when they grow up. Depending upon whether you’re asking a child or a teenager, answers will vary from “a princess” to “a firefighter” to “a lawyer” or even “the President.” However, as we prepare America’s children for the fut…

It’s been a dark week for Americans – really for just about everyone in this hemisphere – and our wonderful politicians are doing everything in their power to pick at the scabs and make things worse.

I listened to a podcast recently – a soccer podcast – where the hosts picked a soccer team from characters from the television show “Parks and Rec.” In the standard 4-4-2 formation, a soccer team is comprised, on the field, of a goalkeeper, four defenders, four midfielders and 2 forwards: 11…

Starting Oct. 1, 2020, Missourians who want to fly domestically will need a REAL ID-compliant driver license or identification card. The Missouri Department of Revenue began offering compliant licenses and identification cards in March in an effort to satisfy requirements of the federal REAL…

On Monday, in a packed, fifth-floor courtroom in the St. Charles County Courthouse, Pamela Hupp was sentenced for the murder of Louis Gumpenberger in 2016.


There are 200 sex offenders registered in Lincoln County as of Aug. 9. 

The time will come – somewhere in the stark, icy blast of winter – when I will miss them. The summertime bounty of my tomato garden will be a favorite memory. My mouth will water as I remember reaching toward the sticky/fuzzy plants in our back yard and plucking my taste buds’ desire from the vine.

True Republicans United (TRU) held their second annual Reagan Day Fundraiser “Crisis on the Border” on May 17 at the Moscow Mills Lions Hall. A large portion of TRU’s proceeds, $1,400.00, was just recently donated to the Border Patrol Foundation. Courtland Sykes, the keynote speaker, was hon…

As the 2019-20 school year is starting up, a new principal at Troy Buchanan High School will be stepping into place. Taking on the job will be Brian Brown, who formerly worked at Knox County High School in Edina, Missouri. He graduated from Centralia High School went on to attend Truman Stat…

There are many organizations that support veterans and their quest to survive in the world after their time in any of the military branches.  


Former Lincoln County Fair Queen, Chloe Momphard, represented the Lincoln County well at the Missouri State Fair this week, taking the title of 2019 Missouri State Fair Queen. The 2018 Troy Buchanan High School graduate is only the second young lady from Troy or Lincoln County to win this pr…

Two local charitable organizations were each awarded a $7,000 “Sharing Success” grant by Cuivre River Electric Cooperative (CREC) and CoBank. The recipients of the 2019 grants are Greater St. Louis Honor Flight and The Key Youth Center.

FEMA is scheduled to open a disaster recovery center in Lincoln County – for three days – starting this Thursday, August 8, to provide one-on-one assistance to Missourians affected by recent flooding, severe storms and tornadoes.


Local businesses, residents, cancer survivors and churches flooded Clonts Field last Friday for the Lincoln County Relay for Life event – an endeavor that raised over $60,000 for the fight against cancer. 

What a pair of debates! One so boring I almost fell asleep, and the other full of so many amazing moments. I could use five times the space to talk about all the things that happened, but really what grabbed my attention the most through the whole five-hour stretch (over both nights) were th…

So I’m flying solo for a couple weeks, while my lovely and gracious wife is visiting family. Put another way, I’m playing the part of Old Guy All Alone, which translates into lots of roadside stops for food because (it turns out) I am incapable of cooking my own meals.

A question that I hear get tossed out a lot, one that I am sure everyone has faced at some point in their lives and one that I am sure has been and will continue to be a hotbed for debate, argument, deep thought and longing: If you could have a superpower what would it be?


As the Key Youth Center continues finishing indoor construction, the people behind it have begun plans to hold an open house once construction is complete.

My car rolls to a stop in my driveway. I watch the gray, lifeless dust whirl around my tires. Turning off the ignition, I listen to the air conditioner wheeze a death rattle. As I reach for the door handle, I feel it. It’s right outside. Waiting.

Lincoln County families believe it is never too early to make a difference, which is why, whether it is August or December, they are transforming shoeboxes into gifts of joy. Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, delivers the s…