Tiger pride bands hold winter concert
The Morgan County R-II Tiger pride bands, under the direction of Morgan County R-II band instructor Ryan Lewis, presented the 2014 winter concert Wednesday, Dec. 17 in the middle school gym in Versailles.


Christmas worship services in Versailles
The following congregations have worship services on either Christmas Eve or Christmas this year:


Piano recitals at high school Dec. 16
The piano students of music teacher Lori Croy at Morgan County R-II high school put on a show Tuesday, Dec. 16 as part of their evaluation for a grade and to demonstrate how far they have come in their lessons.


Commission cleans house, considers hazardous waste management
The Morgan County Commission did some end-of-the-year cleaning at the meeting Thursday, Dec. 18 at the courthouse in Versailles.



Ryan Lewis, band instructor for Morgan County R-II Schools, directs the Tiger Pride bands at the Winter Concert Wednesday, Dec. 17 in the middle school gymnasium in Versailles. This is perspective the audience rarely sees, but the band always sees, and it shows the passion with which he leads the band. (photo by Robin Fish)



James Kauffman of the Missouri Department of Transportation operates a salt and sand mix spreader at approximately 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18 on West Jasper Street in Versailles. “The roads are clear,” Kauffman said. (photo by R. D. Fish)


Living Christmas tree at First Assembly of God
NOTE Time Correction
The First Assembly of God, 501 West Hicks, Versailles, will present the living Christmas tree at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Dec. 20 and 21.


Invention lab visits R-II middle school
Brendan Bagby brought the Sinquefield Inventions Lab to Morgan County R-II middle school Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 15 and 16.



According to a Morgan County Sheriff's Department press release Joelle C. Lawson, age 28 of Barnett, and her 2-year-old daughter, Jada Faye Opie, perished in an apartment fire early morning Friday, Dec. 12. The cause of death is under investigation. (photo by Carla Herndon)

Christmas tree cause of fire that killed two in Barnett
by Janet Dabbs
Joelle C. Lawson, 28 of Barnett, and her 2-year-old daughter, Jada Faye Opie, perished in an apartment fire on Friday, Dec. 12.



Brendan Bagby of the Great River Council of the Boy Scouts of America brought the Sinquefield Invention Lab to Morgan County R-II middle school in Versailles Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 15 and 16. He shared cutting edge technology with Jamiann Turner's sixth grade fourth hour enrichment class. Pictured are Dylan Teague, left, Alaiyna Wheaton, Analyssa Pence, Seth Gideon, and Aden Buckingham. (photo by Robin Fish)


Chief Jones retires in January,
Nichols selected new chief
Fire Chief M.B. “Doc” Jones submitted his resignation as Versailles Rural Fire Protection District Chief effective Monday, Jan. 12 at the meeting of the Board of Directors Thursday, Dec. 11 at Station No. 1 in Versailles.


Budget grows but remains balanced
The Versailles City Council approved the final version of the budget for 2015 at their meeting Tuesday, Dec. 9 at city hall in Versailles. The editor of the Leader-Statesman reported the budget with a comparison of figures that was inaccurate, comparing total budget figures to a portion of the 2014 budget.


Holiday worship services in Versailles churches
The following congregations have worship services on either Christmas Eve or Christmas this year:


School district is stable financially,
moves ahead on buses and debt retirement
The Morgan County R-II school board reviewed reports reflecting a stable financial condition, and continued to step forward with district business at the meeting Monday, Dec. 15 at the middle school library in Versailles.


Chamber looks forward to new year
The Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce set plans in motion for 2015 while looking back on a successful year at the potluck dinner meeting at Square Deals Ice Cream Shop Monday, Dec. 15.


Offices closed
for Christmas
The following offices will be closed Christmas Day Thursday, Dec. 25 and Friday, Dec. 26: Morgan County Courthouse, Morgan County Circuit Court, Morgan County Associate Circuit Court, Division of Employment Security, Laurie City Hall, Sunrise Beach City Hall, Burrell Behavioral Health Services, Morgan County Health Center (also closed Dec. 24), and the offices of The Versailles Leader-Statesman and Morgan County Press. -- The following offices will be closed Christmas Day Thursday, Dec. 25 only: Morgan County Division of Family Services and Senior Services, West Central Missouri Community Action Agency, Morgan County Soil & Water, Versailles City Hall, Versailles Post Office (closing at noon Dec. 24), Morgan County Library (also closed Dec. 24), Morgan County License Bureau (also closed Dec. 24). -- There is no school at Morgan County R-II Monday, Dec. 22 through Monday, Jan. 5.



The Morgan County R-II Vocal Music Department in Versailles held the 2014 Christmas Concert Saturday, Dec. 13 middle school gym in Versailles. The choirs are under the direction of music teacher Lori Croy. To hear how it started Saturday click on the picture for a short video.



Dorothy Baumgartner, left, and Diane Brummer, Dorothy's daughter, pose for a picture in Dorothy's room at the Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles Friday, Dec. 12. Baumgartner is taking a break from writing the Bethel News column as she recuperates in the Care Center from a fall. (photo by Robin Fish)



The Chamber Choir performed “Ding-a-Ding” at the Versailles Vocal Music Department's 2014 Christmas Concert Saturday, Dec. 13 in the middle school gym in Versailles. The choir is directed by Morgan County R-II high school music teacher Lori Croy. (submitted photo)





The Lake Area Community Orchestra brought their Winter Concert Series for 2014 to the Royal Theatre in Versailles Sunday, Dec. 14. They played Christmas music and a special salute to the Wizard of Oz to mark the movie's 75th anniversary. The performance was recorded for broadcast later. (photo by Robin Fish)



Megan Edwards, left Olivia Heissler, Maddy Hibdon, Ali Lent, Alyssa Harlin, Autumn Danforth and Ila Garber sang “Amazing Grace” Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Versailles Vocal Music Department Christmas Concert in The Morgan County R-II middle school gym in Versailles. The song was dedicated to Lent's father and was the last song he had heard before his passing. (photo by Robin Fish)


Mid-Mo grants raises, may revise criteria
by Becky Holloway
Mid-Mo Ambulance district employees will be getting a raise effective with the new year, however the criteria will likely be rewritten before next year so raises more adequately reflect each employee's merits for deserving increased pay.



The Dixieland Garage Band performed their Christmas concert for the residents of Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles Saturday, Dec. 13. They played a mix of traditional dixieland music and Christmas carols in a dixieland style. Ed Coleman, left, was on trumpet, John Robertson on banjo, John Wagner on trombone, and Bryan Jones on drums. Clint Kincaid, usually on sax, was not with the band Saturday. (photo by Robin Fish)


Versailles man hit by car
A pedestrian was seriously injured Thursday, Dec. 11 when a car struck him on Highway 52 between Stover and Versailles.



Vernon Publishing, Inc. employees gather for a Christmas party Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Versailles Leader-Statesman office. Pictured from left are Linda Koester, Morgan County Press ad sales; Barb Schnirch, Versailles office manager; Dorothy Anderson, Leader-Statesman ad sales; Patsy Kays and Lisa Simpson, Versailles front office. A total of 39 people, including guests from the Advertiser office in Eldon, the Index in Hermitage and the Tipton Times, shared a potluck meal, games, a prize drawing, and a steal-a-gift exchange. (photo by R. D. Fish)

Click here for a slideshow of the party.


Filing for local offices opens Dec. 16
Filing for all Tuesday, April 7 elections opens 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16. Filing will close at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20.



2014 City of Versailles Budget Report (click here)


Collector's office open extra hours
The Morgan County collector's office will be open extended hours to accommodate payment of real estate and personal property taxes before the end of the year.


Trash pickup Christmas week on regular days
The City of Versailles announced Wednesday, Dec. 3 that trash pickup for the Christmas week, beginning Monday, Dec. 22, will be on the regularly scheduled days.


Offices closed for New Year's Day
The following offices will be closed New Year's Day, Thursday, Jan. 1: Morgan County Courthouse, Morgan County Circuit Court, Morgan County Associate Circuit Court, Morgan County Division of Family Services and Senior Services, Division of Employment Security, Versailles City Hall, Laurie City Hall, Sunrise Beach City Hall, Versailles Post Office (closing at noon Wednesday, Dec. 31), Morgan County Soil & Water, Morgan County Library, Morgan County Health Center (also closed Friday, Jan. 2), Burrell Behavioral Health Services (also closed Friday, Jan. 2), Morgan County License Bureau, West Central Missouri Community Action Agency and the newspaper offices of The Morgan County Press and The Versailles Leader-Statesman. -- Classes resume at Morgan County R-II schools on Tuesday, Jan. 6.


Versailles Police Report
Wednesday, Dec. 3 to Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
The Versailles Police Department recently responded to the following:


Associate Circuit Court


Morgan County Land Transfers


Nutrition Site Menus
Thursday, Dec. 18 to Friday, Dec. 26


Morgan County
Sheriff's Report
Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 to Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014


City of Laurie adopts subdivision roads
by Janet Dabbs
After many years of negotiation between the City of Laurie and Ozark Meadows subdivision homeowners, the Laurie Board of Aldermen unanimously approved an ordinance accepting the existing roadways in the Ozark Meadows subdivision. The roads will be repaired and maintained by the city as of their acceptance on Tuesday, Dec. 9.


Sunrise Beach discusses annexation
by Janet Dabbs
In a closed session meeting on Monday, Dec. 8, the Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees asked Sunrise Beach Attorney Greg Williams to draft a resolution to annex propoerty into Sunrise Beach.


R-II School Menus
Thursday, Dec. 11 to Friday, Dec. 19






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