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Tomorrow’s Citizens Local youth are pictured with siblings and are classified as “Tomorrow’s Citizens” SEE PAGE 2

Ivy Retirement Party City Administrator Ray Ivy will be ending his employment with the City of La Plata. A farewell party will be held. SEE PAGE 7

December 28, 2011

Speaking In Missouri Missionaries Jed and Kayla Olson visited Church WithOut Walls on Sunday, December 4, 2011. Jed is originally from Colorado and his wife, Kayla, is originally from Louisiana. They have been serving as missionaries in New Zealand for two years. The Olsons attended Central Christian College of the Bible when they were asked to serve as leaders at “The Cross,” a Saturday night worship


service at Community Presbyterian in La Plata, MO in 2009. They also attended Church WithOut Walls on Sunday mornings. Jed and Kayla visited both churches while on their furlough in the states this month. Church WithOut Walls serves as the sending agent for both missionaries. Prior to their furlough, Jed and Kayla visited South American ministry sites to learn how churches are training locals to evange-

lize to fellow natives. After the birth of their first child in April, the Olsons will travel to Cambodia. Kayla will focus her ministry on women and girls involved in sex trafficking. Jed will work to train natives to serve as missionaries in their homeland. To learn more about Mission Forward, visit To learn more about Church WithOut Walls, visit www.

Applications for the 2012 Missouri Corn Scholarships are now available for high school seniors and college juniors pursuing a degree in agronomy or related areas of agriculture. This year, 10 deserving students will be awarded $750 scholarships by the Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council. “With constricting budgets and expected tuition hikes, we want to ensure agriculture students have every opportunity to further their education,” says Kyle Kirby, Missouri Corn Scholarship Committee chairman and farmer from Liberal, Mo. “By helping these students build a firm foundation in education, we are strengthening future leaders and investing in our industry.” High school senior applicants must be Missouri residents from a Missouri farm or rural area. They must plan to attend a two- or four-year Missouri college or university and major in agronomy or agriculture-related field. The scholarship funds will apply toward the freshman year of college expenses for high school winners.

College applicants must also be Missouri residents from a Missouri farm or rural area, and currently a junior enrolled in a Missouri four-year college or university majoring in agronomy or agriculturerelated field. The scholarship funds will apply toward the senior year of expenses for college winners. Missouri Corn Scholarship applications are available for download at Missouri Corn Online. Interested students can also call the Missouri Corn office toll-free at (800) 827-4181 to request an application. Students must submit an application form, official high school or college transcript and at least one letter of recommendation to the Missouri Corn office by Feb. 10, 2012 to be eligible. Applications will be reviewed by the Missouri Corn Scholarship Committee and recipients will be notified by mail on or before April 16, 2012. This is the fifteenth year Missouri Corn Scholarships have been available. To learn more about Missouri Corn programs, please visit

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2011 1st Quarter In Review 2011 1st Quarter In Review is printed in this edition. SEE PAGE 4

4-H Turns 60 Years Old - Back in December 1951 a group of far sighted 4-H leaders and interested children decided to form the Oklahoma Indians 4-H Club. They received their charter from the University of Missouri Extension Center and that group has existed for 60 years. Recently the original charger was found sot he club celebrated Tuesday evening, Decemb er 13, 2011 at the La Plata Baptist Family Life Center. The club presently has 20 members. Their leader, Sharron Burns, is happy to continue a grand tradition for this group. They gathered to view the original charger and enjoy cake and drinks for the occasion. Pictured is President Sklar Rhodes, with the charter, Elaine Larson (future 4-H) and Trista Smith; middle row - Sarah Larson, Madison Taylor, Matthew Lewis and Molly West; back row - Kirk Larson, Tanner Smith, Justin Grove, MaKenzie Beautte and Sharron Burns.

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Seibert Club Meets The Seibert Club of La Plata met Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at the recently opened “54 Diner” in Kirksville, where five members enjoyed lunch together. Following lunch, we adjourned to the home of Marsha Yahl, which was beautifully decorated for Christmas. Kathy East called the meeting to order and led in prayer. Devotions were given by Dora Lovingier with the reading of the birth of Jesus from the Bible. Roll Call was answered with “What I would like for Christmas.” Secretary Betty Cribb read the November minutes and they were approved. She also read the list of items, which were donated recently to the La Plata Library by our group. In the absence of Treasurer Leila Ward, Irene Osborn gave the report. Leila was reimbursed for the birthday gifts given to residents of the La Plata Nursing Home at the November birthday party. There was no Old Business and under New Business, we signed Christmas cards for our “Ladies of Loving”: Bonelle Crosby, Ruth Hawkins, Hazel Hiles, and Helen Sees. We also called Leila Ward and Bonelle Crosby and sang, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” to them. For the “Hostess with Mostest” contest, small poinsettias were positioned around the room and everyone picked one. Dora Lovingier won the contest when she picked the lone red poinsettia. Her prize was a metal “star” ornament and an angel bell. Money was collected for the Treasury and the Club Collect was

repeated. All members of the Club presented Christmas-related articles as follows: Betty Cribb – a different version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”; Marsha Yahl – “The Night Before Jesus Came”, and “If You Look for Me At Christmas”; Irene Osborn – Shared remembrances of a special crocheted Christmas ornament; Dora Lovingier – “Christmas Guest”; and Kathy East – “A True Story” by Rob Reid. Kathy East will be hostess for the January meeting when roll call will be “How I fight the winter blahs.” Marsha Yahl will have the devotion and be responsible for the program. Marsha presented a red/ white floral arrangement in a Santa vase to Kathy East for serving as president during 2011. While Marsha prepared refreshments of drinks, Chex Mix snack, Puppy Chow snack, chocolate peanut clusters, and Red Velvet Cake, everyone worked on “Difficult Christmas Trivia Quiz”. Kathy East was the winner and received a set of “snowmen” coasters. Everyone also received caramel Santas with the compliments of Leila Ward. The meeting was adjourned and everyone enjoyed visiting.

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Macon County Oats The Macon County OATS Volunteer Support Committee met Monday, November 21, 2011, at 10:00 A.M. in the Fellowship Center of the Macon United Methodist Church. The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Mary Clark, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Secretary Kathy Vivian introduced Alan Carney of the Macon Rotary Club as the guest speaker prior to to business portion of the meeting. Carney explained that the Rotary Club is an international organization that provides goods and services needed in communities throughout the world. The Rotary Club provides polio vaccines to foreign countries as well as providing college scholarships to deserving students. In the Macon area, the club has provided funding for computers for the Macon Literacy Center; televisions and bookcases for the Macon Public Library; food for the local Food Pantry and the annual community turkey dinner; as well as a refrigerator for the Macon Compassion center. The Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at noon in a local restaurant to discuss community needs community needs and ways to raise money for these worthwhile endeavors. Carney answered questions asked by OATS Volunteers and was presented with an OATS mug in appreciation of his presentation. Volunteers were impressed with all that the Rotary Club does. Vivian read the minutes of the meeting held October 18. There was a correction to the financial report. The minutes were then approved. Treasurer Norma Benson gave the financial

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report. Clark announced that secretary-elect Cherryl Medina declined to serve as secretary for 2012. Geraldine Phillips made a motion to replace Medina with Kathy Vivian as secretary for 2012. Janet Wadlow seconded the motion. The motion carried. There were eleven volunteers present as well as guest speaker Alan Carney and OATS driver Stan Russon. Clark gave a report on the trip to Jennings Oprey in November. She reported that the lunch was delicious and the music was excellent. Those who went reported that they enjoyed the trip. A trip to see holiday lights is still being tentatively planned for the end of December. Anyone wanting trip information is asked to contact Norma Benson at 660-385-7734. New Business – Benson reported that applications for funding grants from Wal-Mart must now be made on-line. Vivian reported that she and Brenda Cole presented information about OATS to the Macon Kiwanis Club on November 14. Vivian mentioned that rides for doctor’s appoint-

ments can be made up to a month in advance with the Shelbina OATS Office and two months in advance through the Chamber of Commerce OATS cab route. A motion was made and carried to discontinue the CVTV ad in 2012. Volunteers signed thank you cards to P&E Cleaning Service and Ben Franklin for their donations generated by email sent by the Macon Chamber of Commerce for the No-Show Fundraiser. The volunteers decided to serve refreshments at the December meeting. Clark announced that the next meeting will be held on Monday, December 19, at 10:00 A.M. at the Macon Methodist Church. The meeting was adjourned. Volunteers are asked to bring Food Pantry donations and Best Choice labels to the meeting. All OATS meetings are open to the public, and all OATS buses are handicapped accessible. Anyone wishing a ride to the meeting may contact the Shelbina office at 1-800-6546287 by 3:00 P.M., Friday, December 16.

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Obituary William “Bill” Curtis Dausman William “Bill” Curtis Dausman, age 92 of Atlanta, Missouri, passed away Monday, December 19, 2011 at the La Plata Nursing Home in La Plata, Missouri. Born March 26, 1919 in Mayfield, Kentucky, he was the son of Arthur and Ruth (Streeby) Dausman. On May 14, 1998 in Kentucky he married Wanda (Haney) Lindley who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Paul Dausman of McHenry, Illinois and Bill Dausman of Eustis, Florida; one step-son, Nathan Duggins of Elmer, Missouri; three daughters, Mary Dausman of McHenry, Illinois, Karen Taminger of McHenry, Illinois and Leslie Costello of Union City, Tennessee; four step-daughters, Marie Gregg of Anchorage, Alaska, Lois Jean Knight of Colfax, Louisiana, Annie Yeager of Denver, Colora-

do and Penny Lindley Rice of Atlanta, Missouri; one brother, Bob Dausman of Mt. Vernon, Indiana; one sister, Susie Thompson of Mt. Vernon, Indiana; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents and wife, Marjorie Gay. Bill served in the United States Army during W.W. II. He was a heavy equipment operator and later raised cattle on his farm near Novelty, Missouri. He moved to Atlanta in 2009. Bill was an active member of Local 150 of the Operating Engineers of Joliet, Illinois. Funeral services were 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 23, 2011 at Travis Funeral Chapel, La Plata, Missouri. Burial with full military honors was in the Elmer Cemetery in Elmer, Missouri.

4-H & Lions Club Sing At Nursing Home

The Oklahoma Indians 4-H Club and some of the La Plata Lions Club worked together to bring Christmas music and greetings for the season on Friday, December 16, 2011 at the La Plata Nursing Home. The group strolled through the Nursing Home halls singing carols and visiting with the residents. Many of the residents sang along with the group. It was a wonderful time to share some music and time with the residents. Helping the Lions Club were Gary Cunningham, Robert and Charlotte Wheeler and Sharron Burns. Members of the Oklahoma Indians 4-H Club was represented by Skylar Rhodes, Matthew Lewis, Justin Grove, Madison Taylor, MaKenzie Beautte, Tanner Smith and Trista Smith, Jennifer Taylor, Kaden Taylor and Janet Taylor.

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Santa Letters from Mrs. Whitacre’s 4th Grade Class La Plata Elementary Dear Santa, How are you and Mrs. Clause? What is it like giving people presents? How are your reindeer? Are you cold on your sleigh going to each house? How can you go to each house in one night? I hope you have a good night, Santa! What I want for Christmas is alot of presents. What I want for Christmas is a cat! Another is Orbies Spa and glowing Orbies. I also want a new drum. I also want Guitar Hero on drums. Have a good night, Santa. Your Friend, Raegan St. Clair Dear Santa, I have been really waiting for Christmas. How are you and Miss. Claus? How are the reindeer? Are the elves busy? How cold has it been this Christmas? I just wanted to make sure everybody is ok. Santa I have been really good this year. I would really like a Kindle for Christmas. I would also like a dog. I would love a smartboard. Could you also get me the game What’s Gnu? This is what I want for Christmas. Your Friend, Sheridyn Bealmer Dear Santa, How are you doing? How are your Elves? How are your reindeer? How is your sleigh? I hope you, the elves and the reindeer are all ok. I want a laptop and a laptop case with peace sings on it. I also want Orbies smoothing spa the regular Orbies. I also want clothes for me. Your Friend, Emily Johnson Dear Santa, How are you? I want alot of things. If you do get me the Hawaiian American Girl doll you will need to get it before December 1st, because December 1st the doll will be gone. I want a makeup and hair stylist kit and tip book plus the modles. I also want a new nintindo game. And I want the movie Gromieo and Juliet and some really good smelling germex littles for my holder. Your Friend Addison Belfield

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Dear Santa, How is everything up North? I would like a few pieces of a wild west outfit. I would like a horse too. I wish I could have a truck. How are your raindeer doing? How cold is it up there? From Josh Perry Oh! November the 7th, 2011 was my birthday! Dear Santa, How is the North Pole? How is Mrs. Clause? How are the elves doing? How are the elves doing on the presents? I hope you have a Merry Christmas. What I want for Christmas is the new Justin Bieber CD about Christmas. I also want Hot Sox. I also want a thing from a magazine that projects stars on the ceiling. I also want my mom off duty. The last thing I want is for everybody to have a good Christmas. Your Friend, Lilly Cox Dear Santa, I would really like it if you got me Red Dead Redemtion Special Edition, Dead Island, Uncharted 3, a buck knife, a controller charger, new MP3 head phones, MW3, and Jack and Jill the movie. I hope you, your elves, Mrs. Clause, and the reindeer are doing very good. Merry Christmas Santa. Your Friend Ben Cook Dear Santa, Can I have some Nerf guns and WWE rumbles? Can I have a TV for my room? And at the North Pole how is everybody? I hope I can get this stuff because I’ve been good. Your Friend Justin Wood Dear Santa, How are you? What do you like about being Santa? What is the best present you have given? I have been a good girl. I want 2 big things for Christmas. I want a new phone. Best of all I want JB tickets. I want a new phone because my last one didn’t work. I want JB tickets because I want to see him live for the first time ever. See You on Christmas. Your Friend, Karisa Thompson

Dear Santa, I want to know how everything is up in the North Pole? Can you tell Mrs. Claus hi for me? Also can you tell me how she is? How are the reindeer? Are they excited? Are the elves working hard? Are they excited? That is all I need to know. These are all the things I want for Christmas. I want a laptop, two Moxie Girls RidDear Santa, ing Club dolls, a Justin Bieber Can you get me these CD that has the songs “Under things for Christmas? I want the Mistletoe” and “Santa is a laptop, a new dog, a new Coming to Town”, two Justin TV and a big chapter book. Bieber tickets, a new bike, the And thanks for everything barn and horses that go with last year, like the breakable the Moxie Girls, and finally, dolls the Breaking Dawn movie. Your Friend, Sincerly, Mckayla Walker Victoria Bode Dear Santa, Hi Santa, how are you? I’m doing good. I have been waiting for this day. And I would love presents out there but I got a little list. Here it goes. I want a video game, legos, chess, phone, TV, and a pack of sweetarts. Your Biggest Fan, Tel Wheeler

Dear Santa, Santa Claus I do not need any presents. My family is enough. Besides toys are made in China. They break really easy.. Your Writer, Jacob Fouch

Dear Santa Claus, How are the reindeer? Are you busy making toys for girls and boys? How are you doing at the North Pole? How are the elves doing? How is Mrs. Claus. These are the things I want

for Christmas: Moxi Girls Riding Dolls and the horses and the barn that goes with it and an IPod. I also wnat the movie Breaking Dawn and I also want Orbies. Your friend, Chloe Ebeling Dear Santa, How are you and Mrs. Claus doing? Oh and I can’nt forget the elves? Here’s what I want for Christmas Santa. One thing I want is a good pair of boots and a new laptop to my self. Please let it snow on Christmas eve so I can bury myself. I would be such a happy little boy if I get some things on my list. Your Friend Cody Pinson Santa Letters from Mrs. Arbuckle’s 2nd Grade Class La Plata Elementary Dear Santa, I want a Baby Alive. I want a Pillow pet. I want a huggable friend. I want a long sleeved shirt. I want a Barbie. I want a new dog. I want a new Strawberry Short Cake Cover. I want a flat screen TV. I want a Justin Bieber doll. Your friend, Ciera Dear Santa, Hi this is Pieper! I want a Baby Alive and a tent. I want a Pee Wee pet and a pogo bogo. I want a platinum screen TV. I want a pillow pet and a poster of Justin Bieber. I love him so much. Your friend, Pieper Dear Santa Clause, I wish for a D.S.I. and a whole bunch of PJs and clothes. I want a bunch of Barbie’s. I want a lot of D.S.I. games and I don’t really care what I get. Your friend, Jenna Dear Santa, For Christmas I want a Nintendo DS, hot wheels, a new bike, and a Lightning McQueen game and toys for Christmas. I also want a Razor E-spark Electric Scooter. I would like a Pee Wee Cardinals pillow pet. Your greatest friend, Logan Dear Santa, I want an X-box 360 for Christmas and some games for my X-box 360, PlayStation and Wii. I want some toys and a new game for my Nintendo DS XL. Your best friend, Austin Dear Santa, I want a Happy Napper and a pillow pet and Cookie my playful pet. Your friend, Hannah Dear Santa, What are you going to bring me this year? I hope you bring me a giraffe because I love animals. I also want a pet T- Rex, bat, horse, and a rabbit. Your very best friend, Heidi Dear Santa, I want an X-box game and a PSP game and a Zhu Zhu pet and a basketball and a toy. I love you Santa. Your friend, Peyton

Dear Santa, Santa I want a Razor Espark Electric Scooter. Your friend, Matthew Dear Santa, I want a Zebra pillow pet. My pillow pet is in Macon at Wal-Mart. I want an X-box 360. Your best friend, Brooklynn Dear Santa, I want a pillow pet, baby doll, brush, cubs, comb, and money. Your friend, Angel Dear Santa, I want a Razor E-spark Electric Scooter. I want a Loops game. I want the new bat cave. I want some Lego Star Wars. I would like some PlayStation games. Your friend, Ryan Dear Santa, I want a doll of Justin Bieber. I want a DVD of Dogs vs. Cats. I want a Pee Wee pet. I want a toy cat. I want a My Little Pony. Your friend, Tara Santa Letters from Mrs. Wood’s Kindergarten Class La Plata Elementary Dear Santa, I want a hunting set and a John Deere tent and a farm set. I want rotten teeth so I can play bank robbers! I want two toy ghost so I can play with my cousin and a calf and a tennis ball and a Wii for myself because my sister has one and I don’t. I want a 4-wheeler, Billy the exterminator, a coon trap, and the Home Alone 2 movie. I hope you make it with your reindeer. Thank you for my toys. I will leave you milk and cookies. Tucker Beautte Dear Santa, I would like monster high. I want a toy monkey and a new coloring book. I want a new toothbrush and a candy cane. Thank you Santa! Paige Carvajal Dear Santa, I want a baby doll, a Barbie, and a Nintendo DS. I want a Nintendo DS Rapunzel game. I want training wheel bike. I will leave you milk and cookies! Rachel Case Dear Santa, I want a Barbie, monster high, and zombie brain. I want gluey Louie and I want a pet bird and a chick. I also want a goldfish and a cat. I want a globe and some vampire teeth. I need a little thing to trace my name and a pencil. Santa I think you are handsome! Karson Cook Dear Santa, I need a new bike and a new coat. I want new clothes and a play phone and new shoes. I would like to have new baby dolls. Thank you for my presents. Kady Couch Dear Santa, I want a green teddy bear and BIG bottle of Cherry Pepsi and Barbie doll with curly hair. I want a Munster

High doll named blue lagoon. She is a fish. I want real live baby kitty and I want another BIG can of Cherry Coke. I want an easy bake oven. I am done now. I love you Santa! Claire Coy

Dear Santa, How are you? Miley wants a stuffed reindeer. I would like a play pizza pan. And I think that’s all I want. Your Friend, Abby Morse

Dear Santa, I want a Barbie computer and a big red bouncy ball. I want some dress up shoes. I love you, Santa! Brooke Crawford

Dear Santa, I love you for all you’ve given us. I miss you and I always want to see you. I want a toy fire truck and a fire man that comes with it. I am Brandon Lewis CalDear Santa, lahan and that’s my name. I I want a trampoline and always know how to say my a new Barbie. I want a big prayers. present that is a big swimLove, Brandon Callahan ming pool. I want a new piano and I want a giant TV Dear Santa, and little TV for mommy and I want a four-wheeler for daddies bedroom. I want a Christmas. I want a pet hernew toy room and I want a mit crab. I want a pet duck. playground. I will leave you Thank you for all these animilk and cookies. mals. My name is Gage. Piper Halstead Love, Gage Kitts Dear Santa, I would like some new toys. I will leave you milk and cookies. Austin Heath

Dear Santa, I want a desk. I will give you some cookies and milk. You are the best Santa in the whole wide world. Please bring a four-wheeler for my Dear Santa, sister. I want a dirt bike and a Your friend, play station game. I want a Addy Thomas Wii game. I want a dirt bike My sister’s name is Khloe. the most. Brayden Lewis Dear Santa, Dear Santa, I want a new real teacher’s I want a transformer hel- desk and I like you Santa met and a new TV. I want a and I also want a new book new dinosaur and that’s all. I and I want a princess robot. will leave you milk and cook- I want a new princess Baries. bie and I want a laptop and Noah Mitchell I want a new white board. I don’t think it will fit in your Dear Santa, bag. And I want like a little I want optimus prime and night lamp. And I want new a black buzz light year. I need markers. And I also want a a new dinosaur. I will leave star that has a radio so it can you milk and cookies. talk. Santa, I can’t stop caring Teagan Powell about you. I like you. Love, Dear Santa, Amarra Nelson I want Play Station 2 games. I want the ninja tur- Dear Santa, tles and shooting 2. I love I want a Thomas the Train you, Santa. I will leave you set and a big school so I can go milk and cookies. to school every day and a big Keyton Sizemore Cars Lego thing that shoots Lightning McQueen out, and Dear Santa, I want one of those toys from I want a truck and a Toys R Us that shoots little 4-wheeler and a dirt bike. I round bullets with holes in want glasses and a pen. I will them and a new Leap Frog leave you cookies. with Lightning McQueen Andy Spencer and Wally and a Halloween game. My dad won’t have the Dear Santa, tree set up so bring it to my I want buzz light year cousin Kelly’s, actually just toy and I want a kitty cat. I bring it to my dad’s anyway, want a toy optimus prime and I want pretty diamonds. and megatron. I want a toy I also want a game where you bumble bee car. I want the are the controller and you movie Cars 2. I also want a dance and a thing where you toy named Star Scream. push a button and talk into it Jerimiha Stewart and push another button and it records what you said and a Dear Santa, Sponge Bob game and that’s I want a princess scooter all. My name is Kruze. and teddy bear. I want prinYour Friend, cess dollies and a Barbie Kruze Beeson house. That’s all! Maggie Weaver Dear Santa, I would like a bicycle and Dear Santa, a Lego toy set and a remote I want a Barbie case and control dinosaur. some Barbie clothes. I want a Your Friend, Christmas book. I want some Noah Graham coloring books. I want some blue paper and markers. I Dear Santa, want a stamp pad and some I want a new bike and stamps. I want some new more train tracks and playbaby dolls and baby clothes. doh. I want more trains too. I want some real baby bottles How are you? for my babies. I want a real Love, baby car seat. Thank you for Jace Lene my gifts, Santa. I will give you milk and cookies. I will Dear Santa, leave the reindeer carrots. Thank you for the things Kierstin Wood that you gave me last year. I’m going to leave food out Santa Letters from for you and hot chocolate Mrs. Hunt’s out. Kindergarten Class Your friend, La Plata Elementary Maddie Bane

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Dear Santa, Lightyear. My name is Elaine, and Love, I would like you to get me Haiden Powell a Teddy Bear and an ABC board, and I would like a toy Dear Santa, horse and a Christmas tree Good Morning! I want for Christmas, and I like you, some Legos. and I will leave cookies for Love, you. Conner Folsom Your Friend, Elaine Larson Santa Letters from Mrs. Curtis’ Dear Santa, 2nd Grade Class I want an umbrella and a La Plata Elementary movie and a Christmas tree and a Teddy Bear. Merry Dear Santa, Christmas Santa! Hello Santa! May I please Your friend, have a scrap book, DSi games, Bethanie Tippett and a notebook just for me, chapter books, toy box, iPod, Dear Santa, sleeping bag, clothes and a How are you doing? I cellphone. want a mote control dinoMerry Christmas, saur, a DS, a xbox 360, and Brooklyn then I want a new Superman toy. I want a new night suit Dear Santa, and a ninja suit and then a Can you get me an iPod mote control dragon and and I want it big please. Oh, that’s all. say hi to your elves for me. Your Friend, You are the greatest of all! Baylin Roberts Love, Alice Dear Santa, I want a Christmas pres- Dear Santa, ent and clothes. I want a I hope you had a great year. Christmas tree. I can have a I want a chess case, an iPod, a real laptop and play doh stuff, new bike, a four wheeler, and learning cards, books and Nintendo DS with games. that’s all. Love, Love, Drew Gracie Williams Dear Santa, Dear Santa, How are the reindeer doI want my own doll, ing? I hope you had a great clothes, a dress, and doll year. What I want for Christclothes. Thank you if you give mas is a ping pong table, a me all that. trampoline, MP4 player, an Your friend, android phone, iPad, and an Alice Darland across bow with deer targets. Love, Dear Santa, Tanner I want a bed and I want a bike, and I want a table, that’s Dear Santa, it. How are you and the elves Love, doing? I want a 410 rifle, a Landen Knight ping pong table, and a real dirt bike for Christmas. Dear Santa, Merry Christmas, I love you. I want to give Ty you cookies and chocolate milk, and candy. I want a Dear Santa, I hope you have a Merry water gun and a dumpster truck, a pumpkin, and a new Christmas. I would like an hot wheels, and I want some Xbox 360, a laptop computer, new toy monster trucks. an iPod, and a dirt bike and a And I want one more thing, four wheeler. Love, I want new blocks. I want Neil new books and I want a new nerf gun and I want a new toy bow and arrow with three Dear Santa, How did the reindeer like new arrows. Love, the carrots I gave them last Harley Carmack year? I would like a Barbie car, a controller for my Xbox 360, batteries for my phone, Dear Santa, I would like a black Buzz a bike, a makeup set, and an

iPod Touch. Merry Christmas, Diamond Dear Santa, I love the reindeer, elves, and you Santa. Santa all I want for Christmas is an Easy Bake Oven and a Barbie doll with curly long hair and she is pretty and young. A big can of Pepsi, a Zombie laboratory that has Zombie barf, a bug that you can eat, an iPod cover with stripes, and a Xbox360 please. Love, Olivia Dear Santa, Can I have a Ratchet and Clank game for my Xbox, some Barbie dolls, a toy horse, a Zoo Zoo Pet, a toy dog and a toy cat? I would also like a new writing journal, coloring book, silly bands, a barn for my horses, and a DS, a Wii, an iPod Touch, and a laptop computer. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Love, Kassie Dear Santa, I don’t want much, I have all that I need and that is my family. I would like to have a cellphone, an Xbox, a bown-arrow, an iPad, or a microphone stand. I hope the toy factory is working well for you. Merry Christmas, Tierney Dear Santa, Can I have a Wii for Christmas? If I don’t get a Wii I would like a Monster truck or a remote controlled truck. Merry Christmas, Jonathon Dear Santa, How are the reindeer? I want a dart gun, a Halo set, a Battlefield III game, and a four wheeler. Merry Christmas, Tytian Santa Letters from Mrs. Howe’ 3rd Grade Class La Plata Elementary Dear Santa, I have been a very good boy. This year I have done my chores and studied for tests. I would like a remote tractor. I would also llike a John Deere gift card. I think I need

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some new work boots. I will like what ever else you would like to bring me for Christmas. I will leave you cookies and milk, and carrots for your reindeer. Love, Andrew Fleak

Dear Santa, I have worked hard, And I would like a computer with a lot of games with a battery that won’t die. Please and thank you! Sincerely, Ben Larson

Dear Santa, I have been a good girl! I have worked hard and been very honest and nice to people. I would like a Nintendo DSI with a fox racing cover and case. The colors I want will be pink green and orange. I will leave milk cookied and oats for the randeers. Love, Nikiah Smith

Dear Santa, I have been a good boy! My mom would like a spoiler for her car. My sister would like some clothes. My dad would like a job that pays good and is not far away. I want some cool DS games. Some more markers. Karmyn wants Dear Santa, I have been a good boy! I some baby toys. Love, have worked hard and been Bret Jennings honest and respectful. I would like a DSi for Christmas this year year and a game Dear Santa, I have been a good boy! for it and an new wii game. I have worked hard, I have And a dog. Love, been nice to my sisters. I was Caden Breuklander wondering if you could get me a dog, some baseballs, jeans, water guns, socks, NinDear Santa, I have been a good girl! I tendo, a backpack, shaving cream, basketball, football, been a hard working sister. I would like a Tori doll, and Wii games. I’ll leave some a fluffy pillow for my bed, cookies and carrots. Love, amd a fake puppy dog, and Coleman Harden I will give you cookies and milk, and for the reindeer, and I hope the North Pole is Dear Santa, I have been a very good very well, and Merry Christboy I have been nice, and mas Santa Claus. Love, I want a DS and a log truck Laney Jackson and a dirtbike and a bike and a farm set and toy tractor and PS2 games and games for my Dear Santa, I have been a very good DS, and a Ipod and backaroo boy! I have worked hard. I boots. Thank you very much. Love, would like an ipod touch, I Khayne Hall would like a NCAA basketbal and football 2 all for PS2 for Dear Santa, my brother. I’ve been a good kid. I Love, Gage McHenry would like a zoobles set. My little sister would like two baby dolls and a drawing Dear Santa, I would like a new pair of toy. I would also like a Wii. I fuzzy socks for Christmas. I want a Wii because my nana would also like a Nintendo has one. It is really fun. I will DS. My brothers would like put some cookies out for you. a big box of Legos. I want a I will leave carrots out for pair of shoes and a flashlight. the reindeer. Have a Merry Christmas. Please get me all I want. Thanks alot, Love, Nicole Mansfield Laken Folsom

Dear Santa, I have been a very good girl! I have worked very hard. I would like a DS games. I would take care of them very good. I will charge it everyday. Think you! Love, Trista Smith Dear Santa, I have been a very good girl. If you can please get me an Apple ipad, I would also really like to get my sister a big lap top, and bobit XT. I hope you get all the little children’s presints. Love, Seraiden O’Haver Dear Santa, I have been a very good girl! I have worked hard in class. The only thing I want is cowgirl boots. I want them to be round toe or square toe. I also want them to be pink or blue! Thank you for all your hard work. Love, Madisyn Tuggle Dear Santa, What I would like for Christmas is a Nintendo DSi and a four wheeler or three wheeler but I would really like a is a dog or cat. Sicerely, Adeen Brylee Robinson Dear Santa, I have been a very god boy! I have worked very hard and been honest and respectful. I would like an Nintendo DS with an Xbox 360 kenect with a few games. Love, Brendon Lene

Dear Santa, I have been a very good girl! I would like a DS cookie Mama game and I would like a pare of boots to and some cats. Love, Avery Slaughter

Dear Santa, I have been a very good girl! For Christmas I would like an Ipod and a dog, brown or white. I would like some bootes, brown or black. That is all. Thank you! Love, Shaelyn Weber

Dear Santa, I have been a good girl and for Christmas I want a real live hampster and a camera and clothes and a Nintendo ds but most of all I want my family to be happy. Sincerly, Jade Allen

Dear Santa, I have been a very good boy! I have worked hard and been honest and respectful. I would like a Lego set a DS and three games, three Wii games and nightstand. And I will leave you cookies and carrots for the reindeer. Have a safe trip. Love, Cameron Benson

Dear Santa, I have been a good girlt his year. And I would like a pink round sled. Oh, I would like Dear Santa, I have been a very good an American Girl Doll. Love, girl. And I hope you the Shayna Jacobs raindeers and the elves have a very good Christmas. And I want a pink papazion very Dear Santa, I have been a good girl and very bad. But I relly want the worked very hard. Please new twlite poster. Love, bring me Mario cart for my Kennedy Garnett ds. And a new peace sign hat. I will not forget cookies and carrots and milk. Hope all Dear Santa, I have been a very good goes well. Love, boy! I’ve been working in Chloe Craig class very hard. I would like a Apple Ipod for Christmas this year. I will take good Dear Santa, I have been a good girl. I care of it. I will share with have got good grades. I want my brother and sister and an AR15. I would like a trac- I will charge it and I will let tor. I want a tron video game. my mom and dad look at it. Also bring dad some sweets. Please and Thank you! I will Santa will you please get my have cookies and milk for sister that doll that she want- you and I will have corn for ed. Please make mom like her them and have a good and bike. I would also like a ramp safe trip here and back adn hope you give it to me. for my bike. Thank you! Love, Love, Kolbee Cook Riley Case Dear Santa, I have been a very good girl. I need a cleaning cloth for my glasses. I need mittens. Please and thank you. Love, Sylvia Darland

Merry Christmas!!

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The Farmer’s Tale Twenty three people went Christmas caroling on December 14 from Atlanta Christian Church. Afterwards they met at the church for soup, sandwiches, and snacks. Hostesses were Dawn Moore and Shara Thrasher. Later ten women met for the monthly Women’s council meeting. A discussion was held about our Christmas project, helping a local family. It was announced that Christmas in the park will be held on December 17. Our church is to help furnish pies for the meal. January 8 was set as the date to take down Christmas decorations at the church. Daily needs

items will be collected in January for Julie Kay and Daniel Howe family, who lost their home in a fire recently. The group decided to sponsor a child at the Saint Anne Orphanage in Romania.Prayer requwests were given and Dolores Harpster led the closing prayer. Larry Fletcher visited Basil Hammons Wednesday night. Elva Thorne of Independence had lunch with Basil and Marsha Hammons Friday. Julie Kay and Sheridan Howe and Dolores Harpster were Sunday lunch guests of Basil and Marsha Hammons.

Dean and Pam Burris visited in the home of Roger, Betty and Matt Tipton of Macon on Saturday morning. Mike, Melanie, Mady and Maddox Tipton of Trenton were home to attend the Tipton family Christmas dinner that day at Tommy and Karen Baker of Macon. Shawn Burris of Moberly was an overnight guest of his parents, Dean and Pam Burris on Saturday. Shawn was up hunting for the weekend. Elmer Baptist Church had 21 present for Sunday school on December 18 and 28 present for the Christmas program. The skit was “The Angel Is the Reason for the Season No It’s Not”. Madison Peavler was Scarlet; Molly Waddle was Nicole; Tucker Waddle was Eugene; Donald Crosby was the Inn Keep-

er; Megan Peavler was Mary; Keaton Hatcher was Jospeh and Brody Hatcher was a shepherd. Madison Peavler played “Jingle Bells’ on the piano for special music. Fourteen stayed for the Christmas dinner. There will be no Sunday morning services on Christmas Day or New Year Day but there will be prayer meeting and discipleship training on December 21 and 28 at 6:30 p.m. No Wednesday night service on January 3, 2012. Beulah Aldinger was a caller in the Burris home on Sunday afternoon. We would like to welcome the newest member of the community, Ayden Matthew Doss, son of Mandy and Aaron Doss, grandson of David and Wanda St. Clair, born December 12.

Christmas is not just for those in the city where stores are abundant and bright lights shine pretty. Dwellers in big towns would no doubt be shocked to find out that farmers keep Santa Claus stocked. Now don’t get me wrong, the elf makes the toys and delivers them worldwide to good girls and boys, but animals get hungry working hour by hour and reindeer don’t run on nuclear power. St. Nick, he would tire without milk and a snack, but the reindeer must haul that fat elf and his pack, so Santa must feed them to finish his task – the farmer will tell all who take time to ask. ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all ‘cross the farm the cattle were mooing as if in alarm. I sprang from my bed and put on my wrap, but neglected to button my long-handles flap. That wakes you up fast on a cold winter’s night, so I went back inside and fastened it right. I picked up my flashlight and rifle, what’s more, and fully awake again stepped out the door. Visions of wrong-doers ran through my mind, rustlers or poachers I expected to find. The cattle were herding ‘ore the hill that cold night, so I followed their lead toward a very strange light. When you follow a cow, as all farmers know, you don’t look ahead but directly below. Old habits like that are not easy to break, but I gazed straight ahead since much more was at stake. To the top of the hill the cattle I followed, to the source of the light by the hay in the hollow. A whiskered fat man was reharnessing his team - they had stolen my hay, or so it would seem. I angered not much for the cost of the hay, but who wants to toss bales on Christmas day? “Hold it right there,” I yelled at the elf. “You really should be quite ashamed of yourself. I planted and harvested a good fescue crop, and you pause here as if it’s a roadside rest stop.” Looking my way, he laughed with a roar. He regained his composure, then ho-hoed some more. My rifle and threats had caused him no fear, and why do I feel such a draft from the rear? Looking behind me expecting a trap, I saw nothing more than my unbuttoned flap. Ho, ho, ho, he laughed with delight. I guess he was laughing at the ridiculous sight. Of this farmer in long johns with flashlight and rifle, ranting and raving while exposed just a trifle. Embarrassed and angered, I was prepared to do battle - I pushed my way through that big herd of cattle. His laughter continued as we met eye-to-eye, and I was finding it hard to be mad at the guy. We ha-ha’d and ho-ho’d for an hour together at my careless exposure, to be sure for the weather, but even the best of good times must soon halt, so I bade him good-bye and said “Leave without fault.” For the use of my pasture and consumption of hay, he kindly and generously offered to pay, but I wouldn’t hear of it - it gave me a lift to think that just once he was given a gift. He picked up the reins and got on his way. The reindeer took off with that magical sleigh. I made my way back to my home and my bed, and laughed to myself at the last words he said, As he steered north by the stars without aid of a map, “Merry Christmas to you - and button your flap.” I know that my story has taken a while, but the time was well spent if it brought you a smile. Merry Christmas from farmers who plow up the furrow, and Denny Banister reporting for the Missouri Farm Bureau.

Merry Christmas from

4-H Club Rings And Rings


The Oklahoma Indians 4-H Club members have been active with one of their service projects for the 4-H year. The members gave of their time to stop and help the Salvation Army at C&R Market for two Friday nights. Helping to ring bells were Cordel Bane, MaKenzie Beautte, Ben Larson, Elizabeth Lar-

son, Justin Grove, Laryn Pinkston, Madison Taylor, Molly West, Eva Buck, Matthew Lewis, Skylar Rhodes, Trista Smith, Tanner Smith, Sarah Larson, Kirk Larson and helpers, Elivia Larson and Elaine Larson. The group collected over $120 to help the Salvation Army.

Notice Of Sealed Bids City of La Plata Properties

The City of La Plata will be selling the following properties by sealed by only. Lot South of La Plata Post Office All of lots 9 and 10 of Block 4 of original town of La Plata, Missouri; except the east 40 feet of Lots 9 an 10. Lot size 80’x120’. Beginning at the Southwest Corner of Lot 10, Block 4 of original town of La Plata, thence north 80’, thence east 120’, thence south 80’, thence west 120’ to point of beginning. Old Fire Station All of Lots 8 and the west 20’ of Lot 13 all in Block 1 of Williamson Second Addition in the City of La Plata. Beginning at the southwest corner of Lot 8, thence north 160’, thence east 80’, thence south 46’, thence west 20, thence south 114’, thence west 60’ to point of beginning. Sealed bids must be delivered to the La Plata City Clerk by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. Bids may be dropped off at or mailed to: “Sealed Bids” La Plata City Clerk 101 S. Gex Street La Plata, Missouri 63549

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US DOT Prohibits Interstate Commercial Truck & Bus Drivers From Using Mobile Devices While Driving IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF MACON COUNTY, MISSOURI PROBATE DIVISION


For default in the payment of debt secured by a deed of trust executed by Yvette M. CalIn Re: The Estate of Delbert K. May, lison and Todd W. Callison Deceased , dated April 11, 2005, and Estate No. 11MA-PR00076 recorded on April 18, 2005, Document No. 20050853, in NOTICE OF LETTERS OF Book No. 855, at Page 321 TESTAMENTARY in the Office of the Recorder GRANTED of Deeds, Macon County, (Supervised Administration) Missouri, the undersigned To All Persons Interested In Successor Trustee will on The Estate of Delbert K. May, January 11, 2012, at 1:30 Decedent. PM, at the South Front Door On November 29, 2011, the of the Macon County CourtLast Will of the decedent having been admitted to probate, house, Macon, Missouri, sell Lois Holman was appointed at public vendue to the highest personal representative of the bidder for cash: estate of Delbert K. May, decedent, by the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Macon County, Missouri. The names, business addresses, and phone numbers of the personal representative is: Lois Holman, 904 W. Bourke Street, Macon, Missouri 63552; (660) 395-2552. The Personal Representative attorney's name, business address and phone number is: Paul Parkinson, 218 N. Rollins, Suite 103, P.O. 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 13, 2011. Date of first publication: December 7, 2011. /s/ Ann Henry Probate Clerk

FOR RENT: 10’x10’, 10’x5’, 5’x5’ and 10’x20’. La Plata Storage. Call 332-7630 or 332-7599.

Lots 1, 2, and 3 in Block 5, in BABCOCK’S SECOND ADDITION to the town of Atlanta, Macon County, Missouri , commonly known as 117 E. Goodding Street, Atlanta, MO, 63530 subject to all prior easements, restrictions, reservations, covenants and encumbrances now of record, if any, to satisfy the debt and costs. James D. Smiser, Successor Trustee First Publication: December 14, 2011. For more information, visit <> NOTICE Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. §1692c(b), no information concerning the collection of this debt may be given without the prior consent of the consumer given directly to the debt collector or the express permission of a court of competent jurisdiction. The debt collector is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose (Casefile No. 96051 / Invoice No. 96051548680).

Dates of publication are DeDates of publication are De- cember 14, 21, 28, 2011 and cember 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2011. January 4, 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 #1 and Sub District #4 to be held on April 5, 2012. The terms of Charles Wilson Jr. and Rusty Timbrook will expire in 2012. Candidates may file for the position with the Clerk of the District at the District’s office located at 28890 Highway 63, Macon, Missouri. 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, Missouri. The first day for filing is December 13, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. and the deadline for filing is January 17, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Qualifications for directors are as stated in Missouri Revised Statutes 247.060. Candidates for director shall be a vote of the District, shall reside in the Sub-District, have resided within the Water District one whole year immediately prior to his election or if not a voter 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.


found FOUND: Small dog, white with black spots and brown face. Found south of Brashear on December 11th. Call (660) 281-2241.

Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, would like to inform the public of a new U.S. Department of Transportation rule affecting interstate commercial truck and bus drivers. Effective November 23, 2011, the USDOT announced a final rule specifically prohibiting interstate commercial truck and bus drivers from conducting voice communication using a handheld mobile communicating device while driving their vehicles. The joint rule from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is the latest rule by the USDOT to address distracted driving. The definition of a mobile communication device includes cell phones and “push to talk” phones. The rule does NOT include CB radios. A mobile communication device that is not hands-free may be used in emergencies or to contact law enforcement to report crashes, intoxicated drivers, etc. The The Kirksville new rule also places some restrictions on handsfree mobile communication devices. Hands-free devices must be able to be dialed by pressing a single 2011 button. Reaching

for a mobile communication device in an unsafe manner (i.e., reaching for the mobile device on the passenger seat, under the driver’s seat, in a sleeper birth, or any area outside the driver’s reach) is prohibited. The new rule affects all commercial motor vehicles operated in interstate commerce with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more, a vehicle operated solely in intrastate commerce with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, or a vehicle transporting any amount of hazardous materials requiring a placard. The new rule includes all contracted school bus operations and shuttle buses. All intrastate carriers who are exempted currently from the federal regulations by the state of Missouri will not be af-

fected by the new rule. The final rule can be found on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website at gov. The state of Missouri adopts federal regulations such as this under RSMo. 307.400. The Missouri State Highway Patrol urges all drivers to pay attention when driving. If you need to make a phone call, please do so before you begin driving.

City of Atlanta NOTICE OF FILING DEADLINE Any individuals who qualify and wish to file for the MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK officesCYAN listed below, to be voted on April 3, 2012, election, may do so with the Atlanta City Clerk. The following officers be elected: “A weekly publication providingwill shopping information for eight counties in Northeast Missouri”






Contact the City Clerk, 239-4890 or go to Atlanta City Hall.

Filing opens on December 13, 2011 and closes on 17, 2012. VOLUME 37: ISSUE 22 DECEMBER 21, 2011 • 110 E. January MCPHERSON STREET • P.O. BOX 809 • KIRKSVILLE, MO 63501 • 660-665-4663 FAX: 660-665-2608

TOPS MO #877 TOPS MO#877 La Plata met Tuesday, December 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the La Plata Christian Church fellowship hall with 7 members weighing in. Gail led the meeting. We opened with our TOPS and KOPS pledges and the “TOPS Red Song” led by Karen C. Roll call was “whether we lost or gained weight.” TOPS best loser was a tie with Ginger and Karen L. KOPS best loser was Barbara G. Gail received a Christmas card from our retiring Area Captain, Janet Trainor. We opened our grab bag gifts. We didn’t switch or trade gifts. All were happy with what they received. Ginger read a humorous TOPS letter to Santa Claus, written by Barb Y. about all the members, their good and bad habits and their wants and needs. We enjoyed our Christmas meal prepared by C&R market. Our weekly challenge is “If you bite it, write it and proportion it out.” Anyone interested in visiting or joining TOPS is welcome. Please call Gail at 323-5244 fro more information.

It may be a winter wonderland outside, but our hearts are filled with warmth as we reminisce about the wonderful year we’ve had serving all of you. Thank you for your patronage.

P.E. Jepson Lumber Co. “The Best For Less” Highway 63 South, Kirksville - 660-665-0313

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Happy New Year Start 2012 Year Safley The end of this year is fast approaching, and many Missourians will make plans to bring in 2012 in a special way. The Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages everyone to make good decisions regarding their New Year’s celebration. If the weather is bad, allow extra time for traveling or be flexible with your plans. Staying home might be safer. If you do plan to drive to a New Year’s gathering, remember to buckle up and obey all traffic laws. If your plans include alcohol, choose a designated driver. The roadway is no place for a driver who has been drinking. If you cause a traffic crash, your new year might bring getting arrested, court costs, medical bills, or jail time! If you kill or injure some-

one, you’ll pay a price for the rest of your life. No one wants to begin 2012 in jail. Be smart! Designate a sober driver or take a taxi. During the New Year’s traffic crash counting period from 6 p.m., Friday, December 30, 2011 to 11:59 p.m. Monday, January 2, 2012, all available officers will be on the roadways. Last year, 869 traffic crashes occurred in Missouri over the New Year’s holiday weekend. In those crashes five people were killed and 331 were injured. One person was killed or injured every 13.9 minutes. “The members and employees of the Missouri State Highway Patrol wish each of you a happy and safe beginning to 2012,” said Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Patrol.

The Upsilon Mu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met on December 7, 2011 at the Santa Fe Expresso. Hostess was Charlotte Bailey and Co Hostess was Donna Hettinger. The evening meeting was called to order by President Charlotte Bailey. There were 21 members present and 5 absent. Reading of the November Minutes and Treasure report was given by Mary Ellyson.

The Social Committee reported the November 6th dinner and movie at Kirksville and the December 4th dinner and lights display at Quincy events were well attended. The Service Committee projects for December will be the LaPlata Nursing Home and Christmas Family Project. The Evening program was the ornament & gift exchange. Meeting was adjourned.

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Minutes Macon County Commission – November 7, 2011. Members Present: Alan R. Wyatt, Drew Belt and Jon Dwiggins. Chris Waddle, road supervisor, was in to discuss work orders for the county. The Commission met with Allan Muncy, Denise Bennett and Dale Bagley, regarding the use of the MoDOT District Headquarters Building. The Commission agreed to continue to pay $377.76 per month for health insurance for County employees for the year of 2012. Tom Koch met with the Commissioners regarding rock on Lion Avenue. Minutes Macon County Commission – November 10, 2011. Members Present: Alan R. Wyatt, Drew Belt and Jon Dwiggins. Isaiah Curtis, assistant road supervisor, was in to discuss work orders for the county. The Commission met with Denise Bennett, Allan Muncy, and Dale Bagley, regarding an agreement to lease the MoDOT Building. The Commission voted to certify the Election on the dissolution of the village of South Gifford. 29 votes No, 12 votes yes, motion made by Commissioner Dwiggins, 2nd by Commissioner Belt, Vote 3-0.

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Minutes Macon County Commission – November 14, 2011. Members Present: Alan R. Wyatt, Drew Belt and Jon Dwiggins. Chris Waddle, road supervisor, was in to discuss work orders for the county. David Akins, John Smith, and John Thompson were in concerning the Bayport Bridge. Gary Strack with SKW was in to discuss upcoming projects. Minutes Macon County Commission – November 17, 2011. Members Present: Alan R. Wyatt, Drew Belt and Jon Dwiggins. Chris Waddle, road supervisor, was in to discuss work orders for the county. The Commission received a petition to close a portion of Road 538 in Narrows Township, and will begin the process for a closure hearing. Dean Slaughter called concerning beavers trying to dam up low waters on Drawbridge Place. Maintenance is also needed on the crossing. Minutes Macon County Commission – November 21, 2011. Members Present: Alan R. Wyatt, Drew Belt and Jon Dwiggins. Isaiah Curtis, assistant road supervisor, was in to discuss work orders for the county. David Akins was in concerning Bayport Bridge. The Commission met

with Denise Bennett, Allan Muncy, and Dale Bagley to review MoDOT negotiations. Donald Slightom was in regarding the use of County Road 538. The Commission met with the Macon County OATS Volunteer Support Committee: Mary Clark, Chairperson, Geraldine Phillips, Mary Frances Troy, Betty B. Smith, Steven Russon, Driver, Kathy Vivian, Secretary, Janet L. Wadlow, Norma J. Benson, Treasurer, and Teresa Flennory. OATS has started a route that travels through out Macon County on the third Tuesday of the month. Call Shelbina office for a ride at 800-6546287. Minutes Macon County Commission – November 28, 2011. Members Present: Alan R. Wyatt, Drew Belt and Jon Dwiggins. Chris Waddle, road supervisor, was in to discuss work orders for the county. Steve Lindley was in regarding some culverts washing out on Dairy Avenue and Domino Street. Chad Thompson met with the Commission to report a back wall on a bridge on Mendota Street had washed out. He asked that the Commission replace the low water crossing with a tube or a bridge. The Commission met with Jim Franklin regard-

ing when the County would be building a bridge on Heron Street. David Wilson called with concerns about grading work on Major Avenue. The Commission reviewed and approved accounts payable. Commissioner Belt was sworn in as temporary Presiding Commissioner in order to sign accounts payable and payroll checks due to Commissioners Wyatt and Dwiggins attending meetings in Jefferson City later in the day. Jennifer Wilson with N Form Architecture called about work she had done for the County so that the County could apply for a grant. Mike Smith called regarding Hilton Avenue North of Highway 156 needing rock. The Commission spoke with Rusty Gates concerning Emergency Management.


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