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CHRISTMAS IN CALLAO

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Callao Man Arrested On Drug Charges According to the Macon County Circuit Court and the Honorable Judge Philip Prewitt, Steven K. Mulnix, age 22 of Callao, Missouri was arrested and appeared in court on December 1, 2012 for charges of a Class C Felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance and a Class A Misdemeanor of Possession of Paraphernalia. Mulnix is currently out on a $9,000 Cash Only Bond for possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and admitted to using drugs marijuana and methamphetamine. He will appear on Thursday, December 6, 2012 for his initial arraignment.

Subscription Rates Beginning 2013 On January 1, 2013 the yearly subscription rates for The Home Press have been altered, as well as the weekly over counter rate. Walking into a store and picking up the paper you will now pay 75 cents per copy weekly. For subscriptions the new costs will be $25 for local drops, mailed subscriptions will be Macon County $30, Neighboring Counties $35, and Distant and Out of State $45. Please also add $5.00 for snowbirds. Internet subscriptions will remain at $15.00 yearly. We here at The Home Press keep working harder to bring you the weekly news and with the combination of the North and South editions, you will now get twice the news and a lower price in some areas. We appreciate you bringing us home and look forward to sharing the news with you. Merry Christmas!

On Saturday, December 8, 2012 a part of Christmas was held in early in Callao as the annual “Christmas In Callao” was held in the elementary school gym. Along with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Mickey and Minnie Mouse attended the event, several crafters set up booths, a bake sale and silent auction were held and drawings for prizes, plus entertainment throughout the morning.

More Volunteers Needed For American Cancer Society Relay For Life In Macon County The American Cancer Society is powered by volunteers –of all ages, from all walks of life. The common denominator is a passion to put an end to a disease that has taken too much from so many people. The American Cancer Society is seeking more volunteers in Macon County – cancer survivors, caregivers, community leaders, anyone wanting to make a difference in the fight against cancer. Volunteers are needed for the successful planning of the 2013 Relay For Life of Macon County. We still have com-

mittee positions open and, of course, we are always looking for teams to participate. New this year, our Relay For Life event does not have to be an overnight event! Our plan is to end at midnight. This is a new and exciting change for Relay, but in order for our event to continue in the community, we need volunteers! For more information about volunteering contact your staff partner, Brenda Carlin at 573-248-7502 or via email at Brenda.Carlin@cancer.org. The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding

passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers

to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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Santa Letters December 12th will be the deadline for Santa Letters to be delivered to our office for the printing of the December 19th edition. Please send your letters to PO Box 57, La Plata, Missouri 63549 or email them to lpnews@marktwain.net in order for us to get them to Santa. Remember, he’s watching, so be good.

The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association visited the La Plata Nursing Home on Sunday, December 9, 2012 presenting gifts to the Veteran residents and thanking them for their service, while wishing them a Merry Christmas. Combat Veteran members (left) Larry “Happy” Mills, Neal Kisner, Todd Christman, Donnie Mitten and Tom Gasperi.

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Cut To The Chase Working Together for a Dynamic Agriculture

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by Barry Bushue Open the food section of your favorite Sunday newspaper or visit the food and agriculture blogosphere and you occasionally get the impression that segments of agriculture are in a competitive feud with one another. It seems consumers are constantly pressured to pick a favorite. Organic versus conventional? Global market chains versus locally sourced? Traditional versus modern? But visit with farmers who earn their livelihood working the land, as I do, and you get a much different impression. Most farmers and agribusinessmen and women have an unbridled respect for their counterparts, regardless of the region where they live, the crops they choose to grow or the production methods they embrace. Today’s farmers are sophisticated and they understand that one size doesn’t fit all. And that it will take a diverse agriculture and food system to meet the 21st century demands of a rapidly escalating global population, more sensitive and

discerning wealthy consumers and increasingly strained natural resources. When I was appointed a member of AC21, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture, I didn’t plan on dispelling this misconception of a dueling agriculture industry. But along with my fellow committee members, I think we’ve made progress. Our committee just completed a yearlong discussion on ways to enhance coexistence among different production methods, specifically biotech and non-biotech crops. We tackled some challenging topics but in the end developed a set of consensus recommendations that aim to serve the interests of all segments of agriculture. I leave it to you to read every detail of the final AC21 report delivered this week. In brief, our recommendations centered on the history of successful coexistence in identitypreserved agriculture where there is a marketbased price premium for

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maintaining the integrity and purity of a crop; the potential to implement education and outreach initiatives to improve stewardship and neighborto-neighbor coexistence; and whether or not there is a need to help some farmers manage risk through a new insurance-type product. I’m optimistic the AC21 recommendations can improve the way farmers work together because they reflect a diversity and mutual respect embodied in our committee’s membership. For my part, there are two core principles I believe are worth keeping in mind as we work together to strive for a dynamic agriculture industry that continues to respond to consumer preferences while maintaining our role and reputation as the most productive source of affordable, high-quality agriculture products in the world. The first principle is choice. Farmers should have the freedom and ability to pursue their own best interest when determining what safe and environmentally sound crop-

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Obituary

Helen M. Garnett

Helen M. Garnett, age 90 of rural Atlanta, Missouri passed away Friday evening (November 30, 2012) at Loch Haven Nursing Home in Macon, Missouri. Helen was born on December 1, 1921 at Callao, the only child of Grover and Cella (King) Ford, who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death was a granddaughter, Whitney Garnett on December 29, 2007. She is survived by three children, Ronald J. and Beth Garnett of Atlanta, Missouri, Brenda and Rick Tate of Bevier, Missouri and Terry and Carla Garnett of Atlanta, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Josh and Shannon Garnett of La Plata, Missouri, Jill Garnett of Macon, Missouri, Courtney Garnett of Canton, Missouri, Josey and Jenny Garnett of Macon, Missouri, Mick Garnett of Atlanta, Missouri, Angie Taylor of Bevier, Missouri, Ryan and Elizabeth Tate of Columbia, Missouri and Ezekiel Garnett of Columbia, Missouri; five greatgrandchildren, McKenzey Pipes, Zoie Pipes, Grayson Tate, Kennedy Garnett and Grady Hruska; cousins, other relatives and a host of friends. Helen was a graduate of the Atlanta High School Class of 1941 and had lived most of her life in the Barnesville community, west of Atlanta. She loved gardening, growing flowers, and scrap booking. She dearly loved her family and was a devoted mother, grandmother and friend to many. She was a member of the Atlanta Baptist Church. Funeral services were held on Tuesday (December 4, 2012) at the Elliott Funeral Home in Atlanta, Missouri with Reverend Chance Glenn officiating. Musical selections were “In The Garden” and “Amazing Grace”. Vocalists were Jamee Bowen and Melodee Nelson with Paula Thompson, organist. Burial was in the Chariton Cemetery, north of Callao, Missouri, following the services. Pallbearers were Josh Garnett, Josey Garnett, Mick Garnett, Ryan Tate, McKenzey Pipes and Ezekiel Garnett. Services were under the direction of Elliott Funeral Home in Atlanta, Missouri. www.elliottfunerals.com

La Plata Nursing Home Has The Christmas Spirit! As Christ showed his Love to the world through his birth and death, we would like to spread that spirit of Love to our community. If anyone in the community would like a free meal delivered to their home on Christmas day, please call the nursing home at 332-4315 by

Friday, December 21st. The meal will include ham, homemade noodles, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, homemade bread, cranberry salad and pie. We will begin delivering meals after church. May you all experience the true spirit of Christmas this year.

Obituary

Thomas S. Stockbauer

Thomas S. Stockbauer, age 69 of Elmer, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at his home. Born July 23, 1943 in Kansas City, Kansas, he was the son of Alfred Fredrick and Marie (Scotstrom) Stockbauer. On December 31, 1985 in Liberty, Missouri, he married Mary E. (Dunlap) Keeney who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Steve Stockbauer of Camden Point, Missouri and Scott Stockbauer of Eldorodo Springs, Missouri; two step sons, John Keeney of Kansas City, Missouri and James Keeney of Overland Park, Kansas; one daughter, Rebecca Stockbauer of Kansas City, Missouri; two brothers, Art Gatemen of St. Louis, Missouri and Fred Gatemen of Bremington, Washington; one sister, Marsha Rodriquez of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and sixteen grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and one sister. Tom served in the United States Navy from 1960 to 1965. He was employed for thirty-five years with the National Starch and Chemical Company in North Kansas City. Tom moved to the Elmer community in 2001 from Kansas City, Missouri. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 7, 2012 at Travis Funeral Chapel in La Plata, Missouri. Burial with full military honors were held in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Jacksonville, Missouri.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT

Daxton Payne Hudson J.T. and Stacey Hudson of La Plata, Missouri are the parents of a son born at 6:01 p.m., Thursday, November 1, 2012 at Boone County Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and was 20 ¾ inches in length. He has been named Daxton Payne. Daxton joins two sisters Dayton Elizabeth, age 6 and Dawsyn Alyse, age 2. Grandparents are Butch and Mary Lou Ferry of La Plata, Missouri, Richard and Joyce Hudson of Camdenton, Missouri, and Novenda Hartsock of La Plata, Missouri. Great-grandparents include Vera Hall and Jean Crawford, both of Kirksville, Missouri. The mother is employed with Preferred Family Healthcare as the Vice President of Human Resources, the father is employed as the Assistant Superintendent at Kirksville Country Club and a Realtor with Heritage House.

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Thomas Vincent Nellesen

Thomas Vincent Nellesen, age 49 of Hannibal, Missouri, died Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at Hannibal Regional Hospital. Thomas was born December 19, 1962 in Moberly, MO the son Julius E. and Vera G. (Sellmeyer) Nellesen. Thomas graduated from Westran High School in the class of 1982. He worked at the Harry S. Truman VA Hospital in Columbia, MO before moving to Hannibal, MO. Thomas was a Catholic by faith. He enjoyed visiting with family and friends, reading, and his cats. Survivors include one brother, David Nellesen of Madison, MO; five sisters, Kathyrn Nellesen of Marceline, MO, Teresa Robinett and husband Charles of Mexico, MO, Joyce Wilson of Madison, MO, Rose Perkins and husband Keith of Salisbury, MO, and Debra Nellesen of Columbia, MO; one nephew, Byron Perkins; one niece, Cassie Lybarger and husband Toby; one great niece and nephew. Mr. Nellesen was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Laurita Ann Nellesen and one brother-in-law Roger Wilson. Funeral Services were held Saturday, November 24, 2012 at Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury, MO. Burial was in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery Association or Central Missouri Humane Society.

John Lyle Rohrbough John Lyle Rohrbough, 89, died on December 2, 2012, at Cooper County Memorial Hospital in Boonville, Missouri, of complications from cancer. John was cremated as per wishes. Private family services will be held at a later date. The son of John Jay and Beulah Bragg Rohrbough, he was born December 26, 1922, in La Plata, Missouri. A 1940 graduate of La Plata High School, he served in the 101st Airborne of the U.S. Air Force during World War II. In 1945, he married Kathryn Jean Waltmire, who survives. Mr. Rohrbough was a 1949 Graduate of the University of Missouri. He worked for the Ford Motor Company in Detroit, Michigan, for the ITT Corporation in Chicago, Illinois, and for the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM), in Kirksville, Missouri. A talented musician, Mr. Rohrbough restored and tuned pianos for several years after retiring from KCOM. Mr. Rohrbough was a member of the La Plata Methodist Church. Also surviving are his children, Alan John Rohrbough and wife Sandy, of Boonville and Jennifer Rohrbough of rural Boone County , Missouri; grandchildren Dustin Ryan Rohrbough and wife, Christiana of Warrensburg, Missouri, and Daniel Alan Rohrbough of Boonville. Preceeding him in death are one daughter, Cynthia Jean Rohrbough, and one half-sister, Mildred Bragg Winchell. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association and Humane Society in care of Davis Funeral Chapel 1397 Ashley Road Boonville, Missouri 65233.

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Blonde But Blunt Pastor’s Corner BY BECKY JEFFCOAT EDITOR/PUBLISHER lpnews@marktwain.net

I’ve been soooooo good this year that I think I’ll probably need to rent a storage unit to spend Christmas Eve in, as Santa will have so much stuff for me, he’ll need to bring all the elves to help unload the sleigh!! I can’t wait!!  Only 13 days ‘til Christmas, unbelievable how fast the year went. Friday evening our family gathered together in my small apartment to put up and trim the Christmas Tree. The first year with the grandkids, who really could of given a care less, except for Quinci Jo who was intrigued with the lights. And, since she just started her full strut of crawling last month I’m gonna have to buy about four baby gates to keep her away from the tree to keep it from toppling over on her. I wanted to put a train set around it, I really think she would be badazzled at that move from memaw, but again, afraid she’ll get too close, so guess I’ll settle for a tree skirt, which by the way is one of my red sheets, yup, the same one I used for a table cloth at Thanksgiving. Guess ya know what I need for Christmas now huh? Anywho, with all eight of us in my apartment, its like a sauna, so the heat was down to almost off and windows and doors were open, but who would of guessed it would be 50 degrees on December 7th. And, also, who would of guessed that I would forget to turn the heat back on before I went to bed. Can you say, bbbrrrrrrrr!! Well warmed up quick as we gathered everyone up on Saturday morning and took off for the Callao Christmas! We had cinnamon rolls that were awesome, thank you to whomever baked those, we scoured the craft booths and with both grandkids and their parents there we met Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and as a bonus, we also visited with Mickey and Minnie Mouse! What a great time. I haven’t ever been to the Callao Christmas, but was glad I went and took the youngn’s and the boy friend. His parents were there amongst the activities and his mother shared her music talents with everyone. It was a treat to share the day with family and as a bonus for you, I took some pics for the paper. On Sunday I was amazed by the wonderful faces of the Combat Veteran’s Motorcycle

JEFFCOAT ­ ssociation A as they ­brightened the faces of residents at the La Plata Nursing Home by sharing gifts and the passing of smiles and love. Been doing a lot of Christmas shopping. Was in Columbia last weekend and hit all the stores, every isle, didn’t miss a thing. I swear, ask Scott! I dragged him with me, we left the house at 9:00 a.m. and returned at about7:00 p.m. Longest day shopping I’ve ever experienced. But a great time was had by all (not really, but don’t baby him). LOL My best deal of the day was a Rudolph horn and nose set for Randy’s car and it looks great if I say so myself. Also got one for the boyfriends mom, Scott said to get it and take it to her because it would annoy his dad. Sorry Bob, I had nothing to do with it.  Oh, yeah and I have some ocean front property in La Plata for sale. Call me! Have also been doing some cyber shopping and have hit some great deals online. Bought myself a new pair of jeans and I bought the elastic sides, just in case you wanna send that Christmas candy my way. I’m ready!!! So bring on the fudge! This will be my last column before Christmas, as next week will be Kathy’s turn at sharing with you, so I want to wish everyone a Very Very Merry Christmas!! Stay warm, drive safely and give all your families a hug for me. Sharing my life and events with you has been my pleasure this past year, makes me feel like part of your family. Thanks for bringing me into your home! I’ll be back on the 26th, just before New Year’s to tell ya what I got from the Jolly Ole Soul Himself!! P.S. I have a bucket of coal here at the office, so if those of you, and you know who you are, wanna stop by and get your gift, I’ll make sure someone is here to wrap it in paper for ya so you don’t get your hands black. (wink) Keep It Kool, Bec

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Liver and onions, mashed potatoes and gravy, wax beans, bread and butter, applesauce and milk.

Friday, December 21st Fish fillet, potato soup, winter mix, crackers, fruit and milk.

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We have seen lots of troubling things in our lifetimes. The longer a person lives the more trouble they see. Many of us have been affected by the casualties of war at one time or another. We live in scary times. We live in uncertain times. There was a times when some in this nations worried if foreign powers were going to take us over by military means. Now we wonder if they are going to take us over through economic means. We have seen wars play out on television. We have felt the results if economic upheaval and confusion. We have seen the damage done by earthquakes and hurricanes and tornadoes, either firsthand or on television. New technologies both help us and confuse us and many times increase our fear over current events. It seems as if the end of the world is near. Some say it is going to be December 21, just a few days away. But if we read the Bible, particularly Jesus' words in the books of the Gospels, we find out two things concerning these days.

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One, is that no one knows when the end of the world is going to come. Jesus did not know himself. He said the only God knows when the en will come. He also tells us that these signs are just the beginning of the last days. These things we are seeing are not as severe as they are going to be. Jesus also tells us that in those day he will return to take the faithful with him into his heavenly kingdom. We do not have to be afraid. Jesus is with us now and he will save us from the final destruction that is to come. If you want this promise in your life, just turn to Jesus. Visit a church this weekend to hear more about this Jesus.

From The Desk Of The Worship Center If Christ said we must forgive 7x70, what makes us think he would only forgive us once? Isn’t life full of mistakes? Luke 17:4 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. Luke 17:4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. Rev.2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. These scriptures show us that the need for repentance is never ending. Listen to the words of Paul, “But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver

me from the body of this death? Paul’s repentance was long after he was saved. Look at the disciple Peter . Jesus said unto him,” Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.” Then began he to curse and to swear, [saying], I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, “Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly”. There was a man who prayed, God be merciful to me a sinner. Luke 18:14th.v I tell you, this man went down to his house justified [rather] than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. Jesus will heal the broken heart. Ron Thomason The Worship Center

SHEPHERD’S CALL

Continuing Christmas Complaints by Dr. H. Wade Paris As we noted last week, it is common for people to complain about Christmas. Even today, I read where a much-respected Christian leader said, “Christmas has forgotten Christ. For many people, celebrating Christmas has little to do with Jesus’ birth.” I must agree with that; but to tell the truth, for many people life itself has nothing to do with Jesus. I have always been a lover of Christmas. I agree with Andy Williams, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Perhaps Christians could celebrate better if, rather than complain, we rejoiced in any celebration of Christ’s birth. Gift giving ranks high on the list of Christmas grievances. You have heard the protests, “I hate this gift swapping! Why should I give them a gift? How much should I spend?” Most of us enjoy receiving gifts, so most likely our dislike is more in the giving than in the receiving. Even in receiving, we are often ungrateful. “Look at this ugly whatever they gave me. I bet they got that at a garage sale.” If we know the joy of receiving, shouldn’t we want to give that joy to others? When I was a boy, my dad gave me a dog. I was ecstatic when I found that pup hidden in our corncrib. The dog, Queen, became my boyhood companion. Many years later, my wife wanted a dog; but I resisted. When I remembered my joy at receiving Queen, I relented and gave my wife a dog for Christmas. Jesus was right; it was more blessed (fun) to give than to receive. There is a Christmas complaint that more than once has caused me grief. It’s the word “Xmas”. I once used the word “Xmas” on our church sign to make it fit on the sign. We only had a small sign and a few letters. The entire town was down on me. Even unbelievers scolded me. Hopefully, a brief history lesson can

help us here. X in the language of the New Testament is the Greek letter chi. It is also the first letter of the word Christ. The early Christians regularly used the X to write about the Savior. The Greek chi is scratched everywhere

in the catacombs beneath Rome where first century Christians hid from persecution. Christians, take heart at Christmas! God has a way of penetrating our sinfulness. Leslie Weatherhead said it well, Jesus’

coming to earth is the best “news the world has ever received. In spite of man’s continual sinning, the human family can never be as though He had not joined it.”

GOOOOOOD MORNING Thomas Hill Lake! What an eventful week you have brought to your lands my lady, Sunday so much fog...I was literally standing in the fog on the deck. Monday you spread sunshine & warm breezes across your lands, we had a picnic on the deck that day! A true lady is what you are and ever so changeable! The full moon seemed to last a week, the skies flooded with light and a aura around the moon was non-stop! This week I would like to ask you all for some help! Growing up I would hear my grandparents talking about “according to the old wives tales” this is going to happen. I regret now that I didn’t pay closer attention to what all the “Old Wives Tales” meaning; when you see dark colored willieworms, the winter is suppose to be bad, when tree leaves turn, it’s going to rain, I am very limited on my “tales”. I remember a time that my Grandmother Dixson seeped some types of outdoor leaves and plants, poured honey in it drank it and it cured all kinds of aches and pains! What did she gather outside? This is where I need your help! Please e-mail me with your tales and what they mean and we can discuss them in future columns. I am especially interested in the changes of seasons, animal behavior, weather, medical and cooking wives tales! I think this would be interesting for all involved and we might learn from others. So get to thinking and let’s talk Wives Tales! I had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful editor of our paper, my lunch with Becky and Randy was the highlight of my week, thank you all so much and keep up the great work that you both do! I am very excited about the merger of the north & south counties into one big paper, I’m sure the change will be a big plus! I read an article this morning and it really made me sad, the Official Christmas tree at the White House is now being called the “Holiday Tree”, what happened to the old days, why do we always have to be politically correct? My reaction to that one is....BAH HUM BUG!!!! Have a wonderful week, remember it’s the little things in life that has the best meanings! As Always, Love & Hugs from the lake.....Connie Contact me at: Einnoc@cvalley.net

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Joslyn West Performs Senior Recital At Central Methodist University The senior recital is one of the most important events in the college career of a student majoring in music. Joslyn West of Macon, who attends Central Methodist University, performed her senior recital on the evening of November 30. She per-

formed with grace and dignity and amazing talent despite her nervousness. Among those present were both sets of parents Sharon and Shon Coram and Charles and Elaine West. Also in the audience were Joslyn’s boyfriend Mathew Lay, Mr.

Larry Bennett who started Joslyn on trumpet when she was in 5th grade, the former assistant band director from high school, Mr. Andrew Murphy and Joslyn’s mentor/hero, the band director from high school, Mr. Jamie Baker.

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Gilbreath-McLorn Trustees Meet All five members of the Gilbreath-McLorn Board of Trustees, and Peggy Mohan, met at the home at 4:30 p.m. on November 1, 2012, for their monthly meeting. Chair Ann Bullock presided over the meeting. The minutes of the October meeting were read. Karen Wood moved they be approved, seconded by Judy Williams. Motion passed. Judy Williams, treasurer, reported that another gallon of white paint for the garage had to be purchased from La Plata Lumber. That made six gallons for the two outbuildings. Bryan Waddle

was paid for three mowings. Becky Mohan moved the report be accepted. Ann Bullock seconded. Motion passed. Atlas is now Liberty Utilities. Old Business – Ann washed the Homes sign in the front yard, and will purchase a solar light for the flag. New Business – Nancy Belfield presented a letter of resignation from the Board after serving for ten years. She appointed Peggy Mohan to serve in her place. Nancy will still be involved and will keep her phone number on the brochures as contact person. December 1, Alpha

Beta Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will be here to decorate for Christmas at 9:00 a.m. Peggy will see if sorority members have any trees or decorations they are not using. Beverly Billings donated a tree last Christmas. Karen will check with Baylon Belt on snow removal of two inches or more. The hose is in the basement for the winter, and there is a gallon of deck and wood stain to put on next summer. Prime both sides of the boards. The next meeting will be December 6, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. Meeting adjourned at 5:37 p.m.

Have A Safe Christmas Holiday

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Have you and your family members finished their wish list for the holiday? Is safe, crash free travel on those lists? If not, please add that to your list! The Missouri State Highway Patrol wishes everyone a merry and safe Christmas. One way for it to be merry is for everyone to arrive at their holiday celebrations safely. Last year over the Christmas holiday, there were 851 traffic crashes during the counting period. In those crashes, five people were killed and

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Be bright about safety. This season, keep things merry and bright by making sure your holiday lights are safe. Worn or damaged cords can pose a risk of electrical shock or fire. Inspect all your seasonal lights, replace any faulty or broken bulbs, and be sure the cords are in good condition before installing them. A little caution can help keep you safe all season long.

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another 317 were injured. This year’s traffic crash counting period begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 21, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, December 25, 2012. Please remember to wear your seat belt, pay attention to your driving, and please, don’t drink and drive. Travelers are reminded that holiday drivers will affect traffic patterns. If you’re planning a trip during the holiday, please keep this in mind. Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly. The Road Condition Report number is 1-800-222-6400. If bad weather is expected, make sure your vehicle is winterized. Allow extra time to reach your destination, and obey all traffic laws. If faced with a traffic emergency, motorists can contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol at

1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone. This emergency number will ring into the nearest ­Highway Patrol headquarters. Motorists should use this number if they are in a traffic crash, witness a crash or crime, or pass a stranded motorist in need of assistance, etc “Last year, a Missouri family was affected by a traffic crash every 14.5 minutes,” said Colonel Ron Replogle. “Please be a safe, courteous driver. Wear your seat belt, obey Missouri’s traffic laws, and if you include alcohol in your celebrations, please don’t drive.” The Patrol encourages motorists to protect themselves from all types of hazardous drivers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Click It 4 Life!

Elmer News

by Pam Burris

Dean and Pam Burris and Matt and Betty Tipton of Macon attended the 2012 Winter Music Program of K-2nd Rissler Elementary in Trenton at the Trenton Junior College on Friday night, November 30. Mady Tipton was in the program, she is a kindergartener at Rissler Elementary. Her parents and brother also attended. It was a very enjoyable program. Dean and Pam Burris spent the night and left Saturday morning for home. Shawn Burris and Asher Kimbrough of Moberly were Saturday afternoon visitors in the Dean Burris home.

Dean and Pam Burris along with several family members and friends attended a surprise birthday party for Melissa Howe Saturday night at the ­Elmer Community Building. Elmer Baptist Church had 17 in attendance for Sunday school and 22 for worship service. Pastor Zach message was entitled: Crying Out: To the End of the Earth, scripture was from Isaiah 49:1-6. Remember the Christmas program at Elmer Baptist Church on Sunday, December 16 at 11 a.m. followed by a carrying-in meal. Everyone is welcome.

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“Experience The Elegance” At Teresa’s Bridal Boutique The Bridal Boutique was born from a love for wedding gowns and a desire to give amazing service to it’s customers. The Cozy Boutique is located at 101 S. Baltimore in Kirksville. The Boutique is filled with beautiful wedding gowns which hang openly in the boutique welcoming brides to touch and view. As a business owner for over 30 years in Kirksville. Teresa has found that service comes with great effort and passion. And great service is what you receive when you walk through

the door of Teresa’s Bridal Boutique. Because of her love for stunning fashionable gowns. “I have been in business since Jan 2009...Always offering some great saving promotions for our brides.” stated Mills. She designed her store with a separate area within the shop to be filled with prom and pageant gowns. Every effort is taken with each young lady to see her beautifully gowned for her walk down the runway. Teresa takes her Pageant contestants very seriously. She has

personally gowned several contest ands and had winning results in national to state level contests. Make sure you make a point to stop by Teresa’s Bridal Boutique and “Experience The Elegance”. Call to schedule an appointment at 660-665-4888 or stop by 101 S. Baltimore, Kirksville, Missouri Walk-ins are graciously welcomed. However by scheduling an appointments the customer is guaranteed to have a bridal consultant to provide ­detailed service

Boutique Hours: June Through December: Wed - Friday 12:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Saturday - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Please note Boutique will be Closed Dec. 20-27.

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TOPS Meets TOPS MO877 La Plata met Tuesday, December 4th at 6:00 p.m. in the La Plata Christian Church fellowship hall with six members weighing in. Gail led the meeting. The group opened with the TOPS and KOPS pledges. Roll call was “did you lose, did you journal and did you use portion control, eat only 3 starches per day and eat no candy?” The best TOPS loser Gail.

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There were 3 who tied as runners up, they were Karen C. Barb Y and Bobbi. Barb Y. read “Words to Live By”, a common sense approach to life and it’s ups and downs. Also she gave us pointers about the Christmas program next week. Our weekly challenge is to write down our feelings as we track our food intake. There will be no regular meet-

Dec. 28th - May Monday - Friday 11:00 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. Saturday - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ing next week. We will weigh in and then drive to the La Plata Nursing Home for our Christmas meal with KOPS Veva. December 18th will be our last meeting in 2012, as Christmas Day and New Years Day fall on our meeting dates. Anyone interested in visiting or joining TOPS is welcome. Please call Gail at 660-651-3025 for more information.

Prom Sundays: Jan. 13th through March 31st 1:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Information for Box: Owner: Teresa Mills Phone: 660-665-4888 Address: 101 S. Baltimore, Kirksville, MO 63501

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Tuesday afternoon, December 2, 2012, North Missouri American Legion Riders Chapter 228 had the honor to provide a motorcycle escort for the funeral cortege of deceased United States Marine Corps Veteran Bernard Milton Jones, Jr. from Ethel, Missouri to the Jacksonville Missouri Veterans Cemetery. Jones served in the United States Marines during the Korean War; was awarded the Bronze Star medal for valor and the Purple Heart for wounded in action. Chapter 228 Director Steve Spink had been driving Jones to the Columbia Veterans Hospital, the past two years, stated, “Bernie was an inspiration and a truly remarkable person – we have lost a true hero.” PHOTO LEFT TO RIGHT: American Legion Riders prepare to escort funeral group to Jacksonville; Clark Milligan-Sumner, Cathy and Richard Jackson-Bucklin, Robert Maddox-New Cambria, Steve Spink–Chapter 228 Director, Harry Coles-Macon, and Norman Scowcroft-Ethel.

Federal Estate Tax by Joe Koenen, Agri-Business Specialist, University of Missouri Extension Another tax issue that impacts farmers (and small businesses also) is the Federal Estate Tax. This is something you need to keep up on since it impacts all of you. The last couple of years the Federal Estate Tax exemption amount has been at $5 million per person and $10 million per couple indexed for inflation. So unless you have an estate with a fair market value of higher than that you haven’t had to worry about

estate taxes. However, that is one of the things being discussed and argued about in Washington right now. Many legislators and the President feel like that is too high an exemption amount and in fact if nothing is done before the 1st of the year it will go back down to $1 million. What it finally ends up at is anybody’s guess currently but this has a large impact on farm estate planning. Remember that estates are figured at their fair market

value and with land bringing what it is now that can raise your total estate value to those levels quickly. What can you do about it? First, you can keep informed about what’s happening with that discussion in Washington. Second, contact your legislators to inform them how critical this is to your business. We have their addresses and contact numbers here at our office. Third, if you haven’t begun planning your estate and business

succession plan, don’t keep putting it off just because they will change the laws again. Attend classes and discuss what you want to happen with your spouse or significant other and heirs. We will have a couple of classes coming up: Farm and Small Business Estate Planning on January 16, 23, 30 and February 6 (weather date) in Brookfield at the Career Center or Annie’s III Estate, Business and Succession Planning on

February 4, 11, 18 and 25 in Kirksville (targeted to farm women). More information will be coming out on both programs but contact us (660.947.2705 or koenenj@missouri.edu) if you’re interested. Finally, keep in mind that estate taxes aren’t the only thing to plan for as probate, business succession and long-term care are concerns to discuss as well. Reminders The Missouri Livestock

Symposium is coming up this weekend (December 7th and 8th) so plan to attend this outstanding program. You can go online at www.missourilivestock.com for more information. The Macon County Extension Center now has both the Corn and Soybean Missouri Crop Performance Bulletins for 2012. You can get the information online at http:// agebb.missouri.edu/cropperf/index.htm.

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The Santa Claus Star ing, Grandpa lit his pipe filled with ‘Captain Black White’ an aromatic tobacco blend that we always loved. As Grandpa started we all looked at the crimson ornament. “It’s the Santa Claus star, kids. Colored in Santa Claus red and trimmed with bright white. This star has magical powers during the Christmas season and is one of Santa’s favorite tools that help him tell whether little boys and girls are being good.” Both Kathy and I hung on every word, but Billy shook his head and laughed. “There’s no Santa Claus, Grandpa. Everybody knows that.” I had to wonder if Billy was right. After all he did go to school so I figured he knew about things I had no knowledge of; although some of his early revelation proved false, such as the moon being on the other side of the sun. Grandpa put his pipe down. “Okay, Billy, tell me why you think there is no Santa.” Before replying Billy sucked his lips together in a defiant manner. “Okay, Grandpa. How can Santa stop at every house in the world on one night and even if he could, how could he carry that many presents on his sleigh?” “Fair question; I know you guys have seen a shooting star. Well, Santa’s sleigh is 100 times faster. That’s why you can’t see him. As far as all the presents, he has lots of helpers and drops most of

by Patrick Shanahan I watched as, Kathy, my four year old sister brushed away the tears that streamed down both cheeks. “Where’s our Christmas angel?” she sobbed. Billy, my older brother and I both looked up at the red star, trimmed in white that was brightly lit on top of our Christmas tree. Mother, hearing our conversation explained that the angel, our favorite ornament, was crafted from cardboard and angel hair and was unable to withstand the cold winters and hot summers in the attic. Kathy looked up at Mother and asked, “Did the angel go to heaven?” Billy turned his head and grinned while Mother answered, “I’m sure she did.” When Kathy questioned why we now had A STAR atop the tree instead of another angel, Mother sat us down and told us the biblical story of the Star of Bethlehem and how a special star sent by God led the magi (three wise men) to Jerusalem and the stable where the baby Jesus was born. I had a question. “Mother, was the Star of Bethlehem just like this one?” Grandpa was taking this all in and winked at Mother, sending an unspoken adult message. “I have things to do.” Mother said. “Ask your Grandfather to tell you about the star on our tree.” A moment later Kathy sat on his lap and I sat next to him, with Billy sitting legs folded on the floor. Before start-

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the gifts off before Christmas and all of us helpers hide them until Christmas Eve when he comes and personally puts them under the Christmas trees.” Kathy and I were mesmerized but Billy wasn’t buying. “You can’t prove that, Grandpa.” Grandpa then told us that he would check with Santa and see if he could put one present each under the tree that night. He looked up at the illuminated star and started talking to it like it was a telephone and of course only he could hear Santa’s reply. After a moment he looked at us. “Okay, it’s all set. One present each, but you’re not allowed to open or even touch it until Christmas Eve. If you do the present will turn into a lump of coal.” I knew Billy was doubtful but smart enough not to risk any comment. Sure enough, the next morning there were three presents under the tree, one for each of us. We looked, but neither Kathy nor I would dare touch our gift, but Billy picked his up and shook the box and smiled at the rattled response. Next he carefully unwrapped the package just enough to reveal the words “Military Action Figures” “Just what I wanted,” he gloated. Now he encouraged us to sneak a peek too, but we decided to play it safe. He rewrapped the package like nothing ever happened, but on Christmas Eve as I was admiring my new slot cars and Kathy her doll, Billy was sniffling as the box of toy soldiers was now filled with macaroni. Grandpa looked at him and shrugged his shoulders. Billy tearfully and very humbly asked Grandpa what he could do to redeem himself. “Now do you believe in the spirit of Christmas?” Billy bowed his head in contrition. “Yes, Grandpa, I believe.” Grandpa looked up at the Santa Claus star and whispered to Billy, “Santa heard you and I’ve got a hunch that those action figures might be under the tree in the morning.

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OATS Driver John Painter was recently honored as the recipient of the annual 2012 Safe Driver Award for the Northeast Missouri region. Painter was selected to receive the award based on his exemplary commitment to safe driving and outstanding customer service. Painter lives in Monroe County and drives a dialysis route in Ralls County and the surrounding area.

The Safe Driver Award Program was developed by OATS because of an emphasis on the importance of safe driving, and serves as a way to recognize well-deserving staff of professional, caring drivers. OATS recognizes their drivers are the backbone of the business, which is why award programs such as this were created. Companywide, OATS drivers have provided a cumulative total of 2,400 years of safe driving for the people that are served by OATS. OATS, Inc. is a private, non-profit transportation provider serving the elderly, disabled and others who need transportation assistance in rural areas of 87 Missouri counties. OATS is funded, in part, an allotment of federal funds from the Missouri Department of Transportation, and through contracts with Missouri Elderly and Handicapped Transportation Assistance Program (MEHTAP), private contracts, rider donations and contributions. For more information about OATS, Inc., please visit our website at www.oatstransit.org; “Like” us at Facebook.com/oatstransit.

Atalpal II Meets Atalpal II met at 4:00 p.m. on November 8th at the home of Jerry Prather. Fifteen members were present. President Sharron Burns opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag and also to the flags of the state of Missouri. The minutes of the October 11th meeting were read and approved. The treasurer reported the same balance as in September. Report approved. Courtesy - A $50 Anniversary card was sent to Tom and Becky Mohan. Correspondence None. Old Business - 100% of the members present voted in the November 6th election. New Business - The Christmas Party will be December 13th at 6:00 p.m. at a La Plata restaurant, served buffet style. A discussion was held whether to have spouses attend and Jerry men-

tioned that many in the club did not have living spouses. Becky moved that only club members and female guests attend. Jerry seconded the motion. Motion carried. Everyone is to bring a wrapped white elephant, any price. Shirley moved that each member bring $5 to be donated to the Christian Ministry. Marie seconded. Motion passed. Peggy moved that $100 be given to the Green Theatre Building Fund. Paula seconded. Motion passed. Sharron said that the new doors had been ordered at $1,000. A marquee will cost between $12 and $14,000. There is no money for it at this time. The FFLP will be holding a Flea Market at the Silver Rails on February 26th to raise money for the theater. Paula brought up the idea that Atalpal adopt the Green Theater as a project, since the club did so much to keep it open in

the 80’s. Young people are not getting involved in it’s restoration and they need to be shown how it could be used. There is no Chamber of Commerce to help get businesses or to help on community projects. This will be tabled until the new year. The next meeting will be the Christmas Party on December 13th with Wanda and Shirley as hostesses. Marie was the program chair and she introduced Donna Zurcher, who gave a fascinating and detailed history of La Plata. She included the present day locations of many happenings in the past, and members remembered nostalgically either knowing or hearing about our ancestors. Jerry served delicious refreshments and everyone visited and stayed well past the usual time.

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We ended November with one morning temperature of 15 degrees. Now in December it has been up to 5 and quite warm How could you have missed the beautiful moon? Good old Missouri weather remains the conservation of most area residents. Where is the snow and cold we have been expecting? Jeremy Jarman, Lana Daniels, Roger Jay Jarman visited Mary and Roger Jarman this week. Sunday evening supper guests of Connie and David Gunnels included Nikisha, Lance, Brooklynn and Kady Couch, Jennifer and Timerrick Gunnels, Christy Bristow. They helped Kady celebrate her 7th birthday! Gifford Christian Church Sunday attendance included: Dean and Marietta Slaughter, Rich and Sharron Burns, Chad, Amanda, Claire and Morgan Belfield, Debbie Newland, Kirby Bailey, Kim and Leighton Shoop, Donna Gray, Donna and Bud Seibold and pastor

Nathaniel Iman. Oklahoma Indians 4-H club rang bells for Salvation Army Friday night and Saturday. Marilyn Sinnock visited her sister, Carolyn Hill in Clarence Sunday. Carla Easley, granddaughters, Karli and Maci, Tom and Sandy Bolin enjoyed dining Friday evening at the Santa Fe restaurant in Ethel. Sharron and Richard Burns attended the visitation of a wonderful lady, Ruth Hawkins, Tuesday night. Our sympathy is extended to Jan and Tom Mitten, Jerry and Beth Mason, Jim and Marge Hawkins and Keith and Joann Hawkins and their families. Tawyna and Howard Worchester, Alvie Bowers were recent visitors in the Dimple Lockett home. Carla Easley, Sandy Bolin, Karli Easley, Maci Easley attended the Christmas in Bevier, the Craft show in Macon and a carriage ride in Bevier Saturday.

Clarence Chronicles By Patty Truitt

It has been a busy week for our household. I spent all of last Thursday decorating the rest of my house. I now have 8 trees up, The banister is wrapped in garland and lights, all tables, shelves and cabinets are covered with some kind of Christmas decoration. I had thought I was done then my grandson had a great idea. He and his best friend put blue lights around the front porch and around the family room and they even put lights around the peak of the upstairs. So now all my outside front of the house is covered in blue lights. The boys gave up their Sunday to get this done for me. We all had lots of fun and I baked them some cookies and Kenny was in charge of holding the ladder for them. I want to give a big thank you to the two Dereks. My house is not the only house covered in lights, it is worth a drive to Clarence to see all the decorated houses. I assure you that if you come over and drive around our community you will not be disappointed. Some houses are so beautiful and the house and yard are full of lights. Saturday evening I had a great time. I went with my daughter-in law Jess and granddaughters Norma and Bella to the Clarence Community Betterment tree lighting. We were all so excited when the fire truck came rolling in and Santa Claus got out of the truck. He then walked up on the stage and took a seat as each child came upon stage they got to set on Sana’s lap and tell him what they wanted for Christmas. They then took the ornament they had made at school and placed it on the tree. When all this was done the tree was lit and everyone cheered. There were refreshments of cookies and hot chocolate served and we all had

a great time visiting as it was such a warm night. The Community Betterment group had several gift packages that they are having silent bids on. I must say I bid on most of them. These gift packages will also be at the School Christmas program on December 14th and again when Santa comes to town just before Christmas. You must go and bid on some of these items, they are not only a great buy but the group does such good work and needs the support of the community. Carolyn Hill told me that her sister Marilyn Sinnock came to spend Sunday with her. They spent the day doing some Christmas cooking and just visiting and having a great time. Don’t miss all the upcoming Christmas events in Clarence this month. Friday December 14th will be the school Christmas program at 7pm. The kids will then be out on Christmas break from December 21st to January 7th 2013. The Christian church will have its Christmas program December 16th at 6pm. Santa will be coming back to Clarence on Wednesday, December 19th from 5:30pm to 8:30 pm at the VFW Hall! He will have a special surprise for each child that comes to see him! You will also get to view the “Live Nativity” that will be there. The Clarence Horseshoe Club will be serving cookies and hot chocolate to everyone! This event is Free and put on just for the community so be sure and mark your calendars! Here’s hoping you have a great week and take time to enjoy this most glorious Christmas season. If you have news call me 660676-6353 or 699-2465. Till next week Patty

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BO SANDERSON IS ONE YEAR OLD While Jeffery and Kristy Sanderson and their young son, Bo, were in route from Jeffery’s assignment in Germany to the Air Force base in Anchorage, Alaska they visited family and friends here in Missouri as they passed through. They also got to introduce their little son, Bo Octavius Sanderson, who was born in Germany to his state side kin. Bo celebrated his first birthday in November so a belated party was held in his honor at Shakespeare’s Pizza in Columbia, Mo. Sunday afternoon, December 2nd, 2012. Among relatives attending were Jerry and Betty King, Ed, Rose, Lydia and Lily King from Bucklin. Bo’s paternal grandparents are former Bucklin residents, Paul and Anita Sanderson, Columbia, Mo. Paternal great grandparents are Jerry and Leona Mae Litteral of Columbia, Mo. SOUTH SWEDE PROGRAM The annual program of the South Swede Covenant Church will be Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 2 p.m. The Church is located north of Bucklin off of Highway 129 on Naples Drive. This is an annual program which has been rotating each year between October, November and December. Gayla Corbin will have the little Country Church decorated for Christmas. Leroy Miller is planning the program. Pearl Miller is the chairman of the Church and Cemetery which has not had regular church services since the early 1960's. The public is invited to attend. CARDS REQUESTED Lola (Burstert) Miller has been transferred from Boone Hospital to Landmark Hospital in Columbia to recuperate from extensive surgery. Her address is Landmark Hospital, 604 Old Highway 63, Columbia, Mo. 65201. Lola is a graduate of Bucklin High School Class of 1954. CIVIC CLUB CHRISTMAS SUPPER The annual Civic Club Christmas party was held December 4th, 2012 with 15 members attending. Following the supper President Debbie Reid conducted a brief business meeting and distributed a personalized hand crafted towel to each member. Plans were finalized for the Citizen’s Appreciation Dinner on ­December 6th, 2012. President Reid presented Marj King a plaque in honor of her many years of service to the club. Marj continues to serve in many capacities and is therefore awarded the title, Honorary Member. It was noted a thank you should be extended the Bucklin Community Association and the City Council and Mayor for their efforts and cooperation decorating our little town in such a festive manner for Christmas. A signup sheet for the responsibilities of hostess, program and newsletter was passed around. Patti Gilmore will make the yearbooks for the year 2012-2013 and will distribute these at the March 2013 meeting.

Songs, readings and Christmas memories were shared. Thelma Jones conducted a game with the prizes awarded to Aleta Casady and Jasmine Stark. The party ended with the group praying the Lord’s Prayer together. There is no business meeting scheduled for ­December, January or February. HAPPY BIRTHDAY COOPER NOAH Grandparents Hank and Pat Noah were in LaPlata last week to help their grandson, Cooper, celebrate his ninth birthday. Other family members enjoying supper and birthday cake were his parents Craig and Julie and brothers Hank L., Tucker and Cy Noah.

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WE TIP OUR CAP TO YOU Here is a list given me of those working in the cold wind to decorate our park. First every strand and bulb was checked then the work of decorating began. Bob Davis, David Jenkins and Greg Noah were in charge of the big tree and star in the Jones Addition of the park. Working in the park with the other decorations were Doug and Stacey Anders, Lynn Shipley, Sue Tallman, Rick and Tammy Standley, Thelma Jones, George Simmons, Terry Epperly and Lori Davis. Advance workers checking bulbs and strands were Darla, Eden and Heath St. Dennis. We tip our old stocking cap to those mentioned and if any workers were missed please give me a call. Who would have thought these folks would have provided so much pleasure as we approach the celebration of Jesus’ birth?

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY NICHOLE Pearl Miller, Bucklin, attended her Granddaughter Nicole Fritts' 40th birthday supper Sunday evening December 2nd, 2012. This was on the eve of Nicole's December 3rd, birthday. Nicole chose The Cheesecake Factory on the Kansas City Plaza for her birthday supper. The Christmas lights on the Plaza and a warm evening added to the festive spirit. Others attending were GiGi Leighr and daughters Miranda and Madison, Kearney; Sharon Fritts, Travis and Nicole Fritts and children Madelyn and Logan, Columbia; and Leroy Miller, Marceline. Pearl and Leroy stopped at the Leighr home in Kearney and visited with Dr. David Leightr before going to the party in Kansas City. DATES TO REMEMBER December 12th: City Council meets in the City Hall at 5:00 p m. This is an open meeting and anyone interested is invited to attend. December 15th: Breakfast at the Legion Hall with the Legion men doing the cooking. Serving is from 8:00 a m until the gravy is gone. All are welcome. December 15th: Bucklin Community Association hosts the annual City Christmas Supper at the Community Building in the park. No charge however you may bring a covered dish and your table service. The meal is served at 6:00 p m with a brief program and drawing for cash prizes after supper. Contact BCA

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COMMUNITY NEWS Clarence Care Center

by Kim Hutcherson

Doug Beldon and Tim Harvey led Church services for the residents and their guests Sunday morning. Those attending were Dale Carr, Jim Hill, Birdie Judd, Felicia Lomelin, Lawrence Rice, Mildred Walter, Helen Griswold, Frank Mason, Dorothy Dee Daniel, Mary Gertrude Edwards, Marilyn Stockmann, Dolores White, Grace Killen, Blanche Hoffman, Loreta Wynne, and Norma Latimer. Another book was brought to life this afternoon through a dynamic reading by Bill Bevan. We really appreciate Bill coming out and reading to us! Monday morning, Holly and the residents met for their monthly Resident Council meeting, then in the afternoon, everyone was eager to get Bingo started. Our wonderful volunteers, Linda Barton, Delores Burmeister, Mary Lee Gingrich, Helen Sinklear, and Denise Quinley, helped us all out and provided some great prizes. The grand prize winners were Norma Latimer, Oreta Imler, and Felicia Lomelin. Others playing and also winning prizes were Donave Still, Mildred Walter, Geneva Oliver, Dorothy Dee Daniel, Isabel Hutcherson, Mary Gertrude Edwards, Grace Killen, Blanche Hoffman, Jaunita Garner, Dolores White, Loreta Wynne, Marilyn Stockmann, Helen Griswold, Mary Jane Rainey, Lou Ann Taylor, Darrell McDowell, Bob Rhoten, Larry Vaughn,

Dale Carr, and Glenn Wallace. Members of the Mt. Ary Baptist Church came out this evening and sang for us. It was the perfect ending to our day! Holly and the residents were busy trying out a new recipe Tuesday morning. During Home Baked Love, they made a Chocolate Chip Cheese ball. They all agreed that this was an appetizer recipe that was worth keeping. The residents played the Nintendo Wii Charge game this afternoon. Receiving the most points were Geneva and Helen. David Foster was here this evening to sing. The residents loved singing and tapping along! The Friendship Design class met Wednesday morning. They made big candy canes to decorate their room doors. Pastor Delbert Early wine, from the Clarence United Methodist Church, led Bible study this afternoon. The topic of study was Jesus' birth. After dinner this evening, the County Kickers really put on a show for everyone. They danced and danced and put everyone in a jolly mood. The residents watched "Miracle on 34th Street" Thursday morning. They loved watching this classic Christmas movie. Holly and the residents played Bingo this afternoon. The grand prize winners were Blanche Hoffman, Juanita Garner, and Dorothy Dee Daniel. Clark Dobbs, from the Macon First Baptist

Church, led Bible study Friday morning. The study title was "Yahweh Our God". Scripture was read from Exodus 6:28; 15:1-21. We learned that Yahweh, God's personal name, is a name that shows His sovereign and powerful character, and we can trust Him as the one faithful God who keeps His promises. Vernon and Holly took Glenn Wallace, Geneva Oliver, Mildred Walter, Larry Vaughn, and Dale Carr to the Blees Still Hildreth Museum's Open House in Macon this afternoon. Everything was decorated so beautifully and the trees were magnificent! Thank you to Linda Farmer, our tour guide, for a magical afternoon complete with delicious refreshments! Ronnie Shores was here Saturday morning and shared his collection of music and story cd's. The residents watched the movie "White Christmas" this afternoon. We would like to thank the Duncan's Bridge Methodist Church, Jim Hill, and Lola Wobken for their recent donations to the Care Center. Also, we would like to remind our residents' families of the upcoming Resident and Family Christmas Party. It will be in the Community Room, Friday, December 21st, at 1:00pm. We are looking forward to celebrating this wonderful Christmas season with those we love! Have a wonderful week!

7 Habits for Highly Effect Kids t-shirt winners for November at Brashear School were Front Row R-L Kindergartener-Meia Shahan; 1st grader-Rhett Whitlow; 2nd grader-Brooklyn DeFries; Back Row R-L 3rd grader-Abby Hartwig; 4th graderTrace Gottman; 5th grader-Aubrey Bleything; and 6th grader-Eliza Magruder.

Academic, Behavior and Character winners for November at Brashear School were: Kindergarten; A Paige Stutsman, B Andi Shaw, C Riley Whitlow; 1st grade; A Jake Holcomb, B Gunner Lonberger, C Reece Allen; 2nd grade, A Alex Houghton, B McKenna Hartwig, C Avery Zentz; 3rd grade, A Brandon Jochimsen, B Peyton Osborn, C Lane Stutsman; 4th grade, A Trace Gottman, B Madison Taylor, C Nikiah Smith; 5th grade A Emily Mason, B Hannah Patterson, C Fisher Reese; 6th grade A Wyatt Potter, B Alan Sanchez, C Valerie Sizemore.

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tive’s addresses and phone number is: 16221 Wilson View Estates Drive, Chesterfield, MO 63005. The personal representatives attorneys name, business address and phone number is: Paul Parkinson, 218 North Rollins Street, Suite 103, PO box 596, Macon, Missouri 63552, (660) 385-5216. All creditors of said decedent are notified to file claims in court within six (6) months from the date of the first publication of this notice or if a copy of this notice was mailed to, or served upon, such creditor by the personal representative, then within two (2) months from the date it was mailed or served, whichever is later, or be forever barred to the fullest extent permissible by law. Such six (6) month period and such two (2) month period do not extend the limitation period that would bar claims one (1) year after the decedent’s death, as provided in Section 473.444, RSMo, or any other applicable limitation periods. Nothing in Section 473.033, RSMo, shall be construed to bar any action against a decedent’s liability insurance carrier through a defendant ad litem pursuant to Section 537.021, RSMo. Date of decedent’s death: November 7, 2012. Date of first publication: December 5, 2012. /s/ Ann Henry Probate Clerk Dates of publication are December 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2012.

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Tri-County Electric To Increase Rates In January 2013 After extensive consideration, Tri-County Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors has approved a rate increase of 1.6 cents per kilowatt hour sold. In addition, a Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) will be added to the existing rate. The rate adjustments will take effect on January 1, 2013, with the January bill being due by February 20, 2013. Chart of Expenses: Purchased Power 47% Other Operating 53% Expenses The chart is included to help demonstrate TriCounty’s cost structure. As shown above, purchased power represents roughly 47% of the cooperative’s total costs. The cooperative has little control over purchased power costs and they have continuing upward pressure from: Rising cost of fossil fuels used for

generation (coal, natural gas, oil); Shortages of generating plant capacity and increasing construction costs for generating plants; Transmission system congestion; and Increased environmental and regulatory requirements. Purchased power costs represent a large percentage of Tri-County’s total cost. Therefore, even a small increase in the purchased power rate has a large impact on the cooperative financially. Thus, Tri-County has chosen to add a PCA to the cooperative’s existing rates. The PCA will allow Tri-County to recover or refund the difference between the power costs that were in effect when our rates were structured and the current monthly power costs. With the PCA, members will be charged for the current cost of power, rather than a set historical rate. Other operating costs

that Tri-County incurs include: (These cost increases are covered by the 1.6 cents per kWh charge) Contract Labor, Employee & Director Costs; Fuel, Equipment & Vehicle Costs; Property & Liability Insurance, Legal Fees, Debt Service, Property Taxes; Material, Inventory & Supplies for Distribution System Construction; and Office, IT, Communications and Member Relations Expenditures The costs listed above are subject to pressure from inflation, rising health insurance & benefits costs, rising fuel costs, increased raw material prices, interest rate pressures and other factors. The expenditures TriCounty has experienced in the last several years have exceeded the revenues available. As may be expected, this has ­resulted in a declining equity position. In addition,

construction and maintenance projects have been delayed due to financial constraints. The absorption of excess costs has developed over time as a result of past attempts to minimize the cost of electricity to our members. Tri-County directors and employees still desire the lowest rates possible. However, in order to maintain operational and financial stability and to provide reliable and safe service to our member owners, we cannot continue to absorb excess costs. We empathize with ongoing increased costs of living and regret the necessary rate adjustment. We appreciate the membership’s continuing support through this difficult decision and expect that our members will benefit from the additional system maintenance efforts that this rate increase will support.

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LOOKING LIKE CHRISTMAS Callao is beginning to look like Christmas more every day as several people are decorating their yards with their Christmas displays The American Legion Park is also decorated every year by the city. It is well worth a drive to Callao to see the Latchford display in the east part of town. Coming from the east at night on highway 36 you will see a large lighted cross on the east side of their barn. Drive carefully. Callao is small so a drive through won't take too long, go on past Latchfords and you will see more ,but then go clear to the north edge too, as John and Kathy Terzo are adding to their decorations all of the time. Have a Blessed Christmas ! MACON COUNTY COWBOY CHURCH The Macon County Cowboy Church met Thursday Evening, November 15 at the 36 & 3 One Stop Cafe in Callao. C.J. Carlson opened the meeting with prayer for praises and concerns. Molly Mc Leland led the group in singing three hymns. Genny Wright sang a special "Thank You For Your Blessings On Me." Mariam Farrington gave a reading " Just Thanksgiving." Scott Dalyrymple brought the message for the evening taken from 1 Cor.9: 19-21, HOW WE CAN REACH OTHERS . He closed the meeting with a prayer. Refresh-

ments were served. The group will meet again Thursday, at the 36 & 3 One Stop Cafe. Everyone is welcome. CALLAO CHRISTIAN CHURCH After Food & Fellowship at 8:15--8:45 and the Sunday School Hour ,the regular Worship Hour began at 10:00 a.m. with Welcome and Announcements by Richard Castle. He also had the Opening Prayer. A Praise song was sung and Prayer Request cards were read followed by prayer by Bernard Hepworth. Praise song and a Communion hymn were sung before the Communion Devotion by Bob Gress. Larry Stacy had the Scripture reading before the message by Ken Mantle, which was " Giving Thanks To God" from Psalms 100. Scott Coleman was recognized as he had recently returned from a missionary trip to Haiti. 36 & 3 ONE STOP HOLIDAY DRAWING The Thanksgiving drawing at 36 & 3 winners were : FREE POWERBALL WINNERS: Rick Roberts and Gerald Lute FREE SCRATCHER TICKERS: Crystal Sickel. Konda North, Mandy Grable, and Janet Leath. BUY 1 GET 1 FREE BREAKFAST OR DINNER Matt Castle, Carla Farrington, Jayne Roberts and Vicki Latchford.

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FOR THE RECORD City of La Plata NOTICE OF FILING DEADLINE

Country Living By Carrie Chiarottino Life in the country was interrupted Thursday, November 29th at 6:35 a.m. A single phone call left me standing in the kitchen stunned with disbelief. Someone had called and told me the Pear Tree had burnt down taking with it the Black Diamond building. I couldn’t wrap my mind around what I was hearing. I had left the church after AWANA at 8:30 p.m. the night before and everything was fine. Only to find out the following morning of the destruction that was upon our beloved town and famous restaurant. I called my dad. He told me it had been burning all night and he had been in town making calls, turning valves, and checking the water pressure so the fire fighters would have the water they needed to fight the fire. I just couldn’t believe it. I started up my computer and logged onto Facebook. That’s were all the breaking news is. Sure enough there were photos on Facebook posted by eye witnesses. It was all true. Later that morning I called my cousin and sister who had worked with me at the Pear Tree and let them know of the sad news. They had the same reaction I did shock and disbelief. My cousin Kim McGee Houf, no longer lives in Bevier had this to say, “When I heard of this, it truly broke my heart. SO MANY WONDERFUL memories were made there. Many people may look at it just as a building lost, but it was so much more than that! It was not only a great place to work for young kids starting out, but it instilled valuable skills that many young kids don’t get a chance to be given....especially for their first job! My heart goes out to Al, Mike and everyone who

ever experienced it. My heart is sad for Bevier, because even though I no longer live there....it will always be my HOME!” She is so right. That statement brought back so many memories of working at the Pear Tree. Al really did give us kids a chance and the money we made there, no other restaurant could come close to matching at that time. We had to pay for our car, insurance, gas, and any extra spending so our job was important to us. Back then a waitress did the work schedule and you were expected to work nearly every night. If something came up and we needed a night off we would have to okay it with Al. That was a little intimidating. He had a way of making you feel needed and not sure he could spare you on a busy night. Believe me no one asked off very often. Al was very good to us. He may not say much, but what he did say was usually very important. He was very proud of his restaurant, as he should have been. Over the year the bus kids have come and gone along with some waitresses. The way the old building was decorated and the natural character it had compared to no other. I was 9 years old when the Pear Tree came to Bevier. So I don’t remember Al starting his business or the rebirth of the building which became the Pear Tree. I can only imagine that people around here thought he was crazy and it would never work. Such an elegant restaurant tucked into an old coal mining town. Well Al, you showed them! Thank you Al and Mike, for all you gave to our beloved community. The building may be gone, but the memories and values you gave us, we will have forever.

Thank you Al and Mike, for all you gave to our beloved community.

Any individuals who qualify and wish to file for the offices listed below, to be voted on April 3, 2013, election, may do so with the City Clerk at City Hall Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the exception of any posted holiday. Filing opens December 11, 2012 and closes on January 15, 2013. The following officers will be elected: Alderman Ward I -two year term Alderman Ward II - two year term Bobbie Jacques, City Clerk

City of Atlanta NOTICE OF FILING DEADLINE Any individuals who qualify and wish to file for the offices listed below, to be voted on April 3, 2013, election, may do so with the Atlanta City Clerk. The following officers will be elected: (2) COUNCILMEN -two year terms, Contact the City Clerk, 239-4890 or go to Atlanta City Hall. Filing opens on December 13, 2011 and closes on January 17, 2012.

La Plata R-II School District Statement of Cash Receipts, Disbursements and Changes in Cash Basis Fund Balances - Governmental Funds As of and for the Year Ended June 30, 2012 NOTICE OF ELECTION Public Water Supply District No. 1 of Macon County, Missouri gives notice of an election for the position of Director for Sub District #5 to be held on April 2, 2013. The term of Tom Easley will expire in 2013. Candidates may file for the position with the Clerk of the District at the District’s office located at 28890 Highway 63, Macon, MO. The office is one and one-tenth-mile north of the Junction of U.S. Highways 36 & 63 on the East Side of Highway 63, Macon, MO. The first day for filing is December 11, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. and the deadline for filing is January 15, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Qualifications for directors are as stated in Missouri Revised Statutes 247.060. Candidates for director shall be a voter of the District, shall reside in the Sub-District, have resided within the Water District one whole year immediately prior to this election or if not a voter or resident of said district, shall have received service from the district at his or her primary place of residence one whole year immediately prior to his or her election, be at least 25 years of age and shall not be delinquent in payment of their taxes at the time of their election.

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Notice is Hereby given to all qualified voters of the City of Bevier, Missouri, that a General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 for the purpose of electing the following:

Alerman - 2 year term Alderman - 2 year term Mayor - 2 year term City Clerk - 2 year term

Filings for these positions will be taken beginning at 8 am on December 11, 2012 and will close at 5 pm on January 15, 2013. Filings are to be conducted in the office of the City Clerk located at the Bevier City Office 102 Platte Street, Bevier during regular office hours 8 am to Noon and 1 pm to 5 pm. For additional information and requirements contact Trinette Peukert, City Clerk at 773-5314

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COMMUNITY NEWS Local Woman Making Doll Beds For Children In Need For five plus years, Tracy Miller of Macon, Missouri has committed to making doll beds for little girls all over the world. Last year Tracy shipped over 100 beds to Afganstain and Iraq. She has also donated to The United Way, United Trinity Church and Columbia Children’s Hospital. Tracy has a goal of completing 103 beds before Christmas this year and already has a list of places to send them. Tracy is always prepared and encourages anyone that knows a little girl that needs a little extra this year to please let her know as she loves giving. This year she will be sending beds to St. Judes Mercy in Kansas City, United Way in Kirksville and United Trinity Church to name a few. Tracy uses all donated material and items to make the beds. She appreciates any help of donations of 2” foam, fabric, 1X12 pine lumber etc… Tracy said she tries to get different photos from coloring books and uses different fabric so no bed is alike. Tracy explained that a smile on a little girls face when they receive a doll bed is all worth it and she plans on continuing her projects for as long as she can.

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know lots of families are facing hard times during this holiday season, and I certainly know what that is like. I was fifty years old when I lost absolutely everything. I was bankrupt and broke, plus I still owed several million dollars that couldn’t be discharged. Officers of the court came and took all my belongings from furniture and dishes to my car. Even worse, I had lost the company I founded, and I had lost my family. Of course, the biggest problem of all was that I had lost out with God years before. That was the root of all my problems, but I couldn’t see that. All I could see was that I had become a total failure. Starting over at my age looked impossible, and I asked God to let me die. When I woke up the next morning and realized He hadn’t done that, I decided to go to work. I couldn’t think of anything else to do, so I got dressed and went out to sell some insurance. For the next eight years, I sold insurance six days a week for the people who had taken over my company. Eventually, by the mercy of God and the help

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of tremendous friends, I bought the company back. It was a total miracle, and I knew that. But I didn’t know why God allowed it. I still wasn’t serving Him. Yet He had something much bigger in mind than my life. God was looking ahead to thousands of other people who would find themselves in that same hopeless state. He had a plan to provide them a place where they could get a fresh start in life. A place where they could find a job, a home, and a relationship with Jesus Christ. So many people have found those things at Heartland. As we celebrate this Christmas season, I am so grateful for all God

has done. Those years of struggle were nothing compared to the wonder of seeing lives changed, families restored, and people set right with God. If you are having a tough time this year, we’d like to invite you to come visit us. Have a cup of coffee in the café, take a tour of the dairy, or slip into a seat at one of our church services. You’ll find someone in all of those places who would be glad to help you out. All you have to do is ask. We pray this will be the year when you get the best Christmas present ever—a fresh start in life. - Charlie Sharpe, Pastor Heartland Academy Community Church

Celebrating Changed Lives...

Pictured is Tracy and the beds she has completed for this year.

Black Diamond Jubilee What a great show we had on November 24th with Wade Benson Landry and his wonderful wife Theresa Bowe Landry from the God and Country Theater in Branson! Wade gave the crowd a serving of his Cajun-style music and stories while Theresa sang some great country songs. They also sang a few duets, one of which was written by Wade. If you get down to Branson in the spring, make sure you catch their show. We’ll try to have them back in the near future. The December 8th show was filled with great singing and fiddling as Kathy Brink and John Kleine took the stage along with the very talented Black Diamond Jubilee Band. Kathy, who is from Quincy, Illinois, showed off her singing talent with several country standards.

She has been entertaining at Mark Twain Cave plus some of the other local oprys. John, who is only 17 years old, played some fantastic fiddle tunes plus he joined in with the band. Great show! We do not have a show on December 22nd as everyone is busy with the Christmas season. We wish everybody a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us here at the Black Diamond Jubilee – and don’t forget the reason for the season. Our next scheduled show is January 12, 2013 when we celebrate out 17th anniversary. It’s hard to believe we’ve been doing the show at the Wilcox Barn that long. We were all just kids when we started, that is, except old Bill Potts. He remembers when the Dead Sea just had a fever.

Our anniversary show will feature Franci Chrisman with her dynamic voice. Franci comes from Centralia, Missouri. Also, Matt Carroll will be here. Everybody loves Matt’s singing. Matt, from the outskirts of Excello, will entertain you with his great mix of country and gospel songs. Don’t miss these two very talented folks and help kick off our 18th year here at the Black Diamond Jubilee. Showtime is 8 pm at the Wilcox Opry Barn, Highway 63 South in Macon, Missouri. You can also “Like” us on Facebook. For reservations call 660-385-2304 or 660-3461111. On show days call 660-385-2304. Listen for show cancelations on Moberly radio KRES, 104.70 on the FM dial or call. See you next month!

See the Live Nativity and Visit Santa! Wednesday, December 19, 2012 5:30 to 8:30 at the VFW Hall Highway 151 Clarence, Missouri

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Tune in to these television/radio stations for Straight from the Heart Christmas programs in December, then back to our regular programming in January. CW (Formerly WB)......................Sunday 6:00am KHQA Hannibal TV7 (CBS)...........Sunday 7:00am KTVO Channel 3..........................Sunday 9:00am WGEM Channel 10......................Sunday 9:00am CGEM Quincy Cable (Fox)............Saturday 12:00pm WTJR Channel 16 .......................Sunday 11:00am, Tuesday 9:30pm, Thursday 2:00pm Also Available for Viewing Online at www.hland.tv

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Atlanta Lady Hornets were the proud recipients of the Consolation Trophy during the Novinger High School Basketball Tournament. Congratulations Girls!

Atlanta Hornet & Lady Hornet Basketball Both Atlanta teams played for the Consolation Trophy during the Novinger High School Basketball Tournament. The girls went home with the hardware outscoring the Brashear Lady Tigers 58-42. Scoring for the Lady Hornets were Demetri Thomas 2, Samantha Reed 22,

Abi Parton 7, Ashton Ross 10, Shalyla Collier 7, Ashlea  Pennington 1, Maddie Cuppy 1 and Sheyenne Klamert 8. The boys were not as lucky with a disappointing loss to La Plata 37-66. Scoring for the Hornets were Justin Grigsby 3, Collan Thrasher 7, Dylan Hruska 6, Vincent Elrod 2,

Korbin Gunnels 2, Tagan Brookhart 11, Lane Waddle 3 and Ethan Baker 3. On Tuesday, December 4th the Hornets faced Meadville ending the night with two losses. The girls scored 38 to Meadville’s 59 and the boys also put in 38 points to Meadville’s 64. Scoring for the girls were Samantha Reed 14, Demetri Thomas 2, Ashton Ross 3, Shalyla Collier 5, Katy Baker 2 and Sheyenne Klamert 14. The girls record is now 3-2 overall. Scoring for the boys were Collan Thrasher 8, Dylan Hruska 6, Vincent Elrod 7, Lance Weber 8 and Tagan Brookhart 9. The boys record is now 1-4 overall.

Seth Brown and Travis Small qualified to participate in Cross County Track at State by winning districts on October 27, placing 1st and 2nd respectively. Seth placed an incredible 11th at the state meet gaining him all state honors and is pictured on the left. This, after falling down from exhaustion due to such a tough course, but dug deep and somehow found his way to the finish line. The image on the right is Travis beginning his push to overtake the Marion County and Salisbury runners. Congratulations to Seth and Travis.

La Plata Bulldog Basketball The La Plata Bulldogs took 3rd place at the Novinger tournament in the Saturday afternoon game vs. Atlanta coming out on top with a score of 66-37 bringing home the trophy. Scoring for La Plata were Baylon

Belt 2, Seth Brown 7, Kirk Larson 2, Tanner Riggins 11, Hunter Howe 2, Ty Davison 6, Nathan Petersen 2, Matt Safley 11 and Jace Brown 23. On Tuesday, December 4th the Bulldogs rode the bus to Bevier to face the

Wildcats bringing home a narrow win of 61-56 in overtime play. Scoring for La Plata were Baylon Belt 2, Seth Brown 4, Tanner Riggins 22, Hunter Howe 2, Nathan Petersen 13, Matt Safley 11 and Jace Brown 7.

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COMMUNITY NEWS Macon’s Annual Christmas Parade was held on Friday, November 30th downtown Macon. With hundreds of spectators out and perfect parade weather left delight on spectators faces as Santa led the way for the wonderful floats and participants. The parade ended at Jackson Street park for the lighting and Santa made his way to his house to visit with all the children waiting in a line all the way to the road. View all the Christmas parade photos at our gallery www.hpsouth.com

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The American Legion Green Hills Post 57 with the Ladies Auxiliary and Squadron 57 Sons of the American Legion held their 2012 Christmas Party, December 2, 2012, at the Bucklin Legion Hall. Fifty-one members and guests attended the event starting with a carry-in supper followed by a Chinese Gift exchange, and then an everyone wins bingo games with prizes provided, Regional Missouri Bank, Macon Electric Cooperative, and Macon Insurance Group. Post 57 Commander Ralph Thomas thanked the group for the 2012 years activities: 5 K Run, numerous Military Rites, Four Chaplain presentations, Boys & Girls State, Relay for Life participation, School Color Guard, and especially the North Missouri Community for supporting the Post 57. PHOTO: American Legion Post 57 members and guests attend the December 2, 2012 Christmas Party.

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A Family Affair It’s that time of the year when families are gathering together for the Holidays, sharing stories and memories with each other and enjoying the time off from work. That would be the case for many families, but not for the Fouch’s. In 1989 Darrell and Sara Fouch opened a Christmas Tree Farm just north of La Plata, Missouri. Sara said “It was a hobby of my husband’s that got out of hand”. Today, that hobby is a family affair as David and Janie Fouch has made it their lives as well. In 1989 they had a few trees, but no cabin as they do today. The cabin was built in 1990 and has been a wonderful attribute to the farm.

David, a retired teacher, stated they planted their first crop in 1983. This year they planted about 4,000 trees, however due to the drought several trees were lost. Going to a Christmas Tree Farm to pick out that perfect tree is an experience everyone should live at least once. As you are arriving to the farm, you begin to look through the fields for that one tree that stands out among the rest before you even get out of your vehicle. As you walk up to the cabin to get your saw you have to make the decision of which way to head as there are rows of trees to choose from in every direction. Once everyone agrees on that special tree, which can take some time, you saw it down as

City of La Plata Mayor’s Report by Charlie Thompson, Mayor La Plata Citizens will be glad to know that the electrical shutdown necessary to connect the two new generators occurred in the early morning hours of December 2nd and went off without any damages to the 3-phase motors throughout the city as forecasted by many of the “local experts”. Special thanks should of fact, and certainly no be directed to the city fault of their own. administrator, Dickie Brown, and electrical Woops - Correction In the Mayor’s Report employees, Cory Cook and Nathan See for all last week two paragraphs their work and efforts. It were combined and words went off exactly as they were left out. It should of had planned all along and read… No limbs, branches, or no changes had to be made from the original plans of tree trunks greater than 12 inches in diameter a few months ago. These individuals need area allowed as well as to be commended also for any shredded or chipped their perseverance while materials. Please accept our receiving a barrage of for any criticism and ridicule for apologies which there was no basis inconvenience.

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the smell of fresh cut pine fills the air and everyone is excited to get it home to decorate. The Fouch family is there to help you every step of the way if needed. Once the tree is back to the cabin, they will shake and bundle it for you. The tree farm is open on Thanksgiving day and will continue to sell trees right up to Christmas. So before you get that old, dusty, artificial tree out of storage, think about experiencing a day with your loved ones picking out that perfect tree for your home. Don’t forget your camera, as a tree farm is a beautiful place to get those precious photos you can revisit for years to come.

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THE WORKSHOP WOULD LIKE TO ALERT THE PUBLIC THAT HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AND BIO-HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ARE NOT TO BE LEFT AT, OR DONATED TO THE WORKSHOP. UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS: Recyclables that are NOT clean and dry. Items contaminated by spoiled food/liquids. Used tissue paper - Kleenex, paper towels, plates, napkins or toilet paper. Items exposed to human or animal blood, feces, urine, or other body fluids/waste. Shredded paper that is NOT in a bag and separated from other items. Glass jars or bottles meant for recycling. Plastics resin coded 3-7 NOTE: Look for the triangle symbol with a number in it on the bottom or side of a product. Items like these listed above are either not recyclable at our facility or will create mold or other harmful bacteria or contain contaminates that endanger the employees working with the items and therefore are not appreciated and have no value to the recycle effort of the workshop.

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