Before starting Christmas break at noon Friday, Dec. 19, Iberia students participated in the annual Winter Assembly, taking part in games to see which class would win. To see a short video, click on the photo.

Supporting Christian West (for a brief video of the chant off click on photo)
Eldon Upper Elementary students were decked out in their maroon support Christian West shirts and chanting their support during a filmed assembly Friday, Dec. 19. The students were supporting their support for classmate fourth grader Christian West who is fighting a rare form of cancer. The video will be showed to Christian Saturday, Dec. 20.

Eldon inks contract with administrator,
10-year agreement with Johnson Controls
Eldon has a new city administrator and Johnson Controls has a 10-year lease purchase with a 75 percent personal property tax abatement for $7.5 million worth of equipment.

Eldon Tour of Churches (Click on photo for video link)
The Eldon Ministerial Alliance hosted its annual Christmas Tour of Churches Wednesday evening, Dec. 17, with stops at the United Methodist Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, First Christian Church, First Baptist Church, Ninth Street Christian Church, Bethany Lutheran Church and First Assembly of God, plus the Nazarene Church live nativity scene. Above, members of the Eldon First Baptist Church choir perform during their portion of the program. (Photo and video by Tim Flora)

First in school history -- Iberia High School Band member Johnathan Curtman, a trombonist, was chosen for the Missouri All-State Band, which will perform in January. He is believed to be the first IHS band member to earn the honor in the band's 77-year history. Iberia School Board President Rachel Imperato presented him with a certificate of achievement Tuesday night, Dec. 16, during the monthly school board meeting.

Band concert (Click on photo for video link)
Due to scheduling conflicts, the Eldon seventh and eighth grade and high school bands presented their Christmas concerts together Tuesday evening at the high school gym. The middle school bands are under the direction of Rex McCargar and the high school band is directed by Ashley Hanks. (Photo and video by Tim Flora)

R-III vo-ag teacher resigns
Monday night, Dec. 15, the Tuscumbia R-III School Board accepted the resignation of vo-ag teacher Doug Simms, effective immediately.

County taxes due by Dec. 31
Miller County real estate and property tax bills must be paid by Wednesday, Dec. 31, to be considered on time. After that, penalties and interest will apply to the 2014 tax bills that were sent out in November.

Sheriff's office reporting scam
The Miller County Sheriff's Department is warning residents of a scam currently going through the area.

Eldon seventh grade band Christmas concert (Click on photo for video link)
The Eldon seventh grade band presented its Christmas concert Tuesday evening at the high school gym. (Photo and video by Tim Flora)

Eldon eighth grade band Christmas concert (Click on photo for video link)
The Eldon eighth grade band presented its Christmas concert Tuesday evening at the high school gym. (Photo and video by Tim Flora)

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Iberia FEMA building well ahead of schedule
Iberia R-V's FEMA safe room, which will be outfitted as a small gymnasium, is well ahead of schedule and the school should be given full control of the building sometime in March.

Iberia lighting winners named
Christmas lighting displays in the Iberia community were judged Monday night, Dec. 15. The newspaper plans to get photos of the winning efforts and publish them in the Dec. 25 issue.

St. Elizabeth School's sixth grade band performs during the winter concert at the school Monday night, Dec. 15. To hear some of the performances, click on the photo.

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