Morgan County employee Chris Cooper mows the courthouse lawn early in the day, Friday, Aug. 29, while the temperature is still in the 70's, getting the Versailles town square ready for the Labor Day week-end. (photo by Robin Fish)



The eighth grade choir, on Thursday, Aug. 28, practices songs and poses for a photo. Quentin Riddell, in front, plays the piano while Justice Soppe, second row from the left, Anna Knoerle, Garrett Boatright, and Wyatt Espinosa sing. Sarah Murphy, third row from the left, and Hailey Green complete the choir. (photo by Robin Fish)



The Morgan County R-II elementary school in Versailles held a tornado drill on Thursday, Aug. 28. Robin Geir's first grade class duck under their desks and cover their heads, they are joined by the kindergarten classes of Rachel Faron and Jessica Hancock, who line the walls and hide under tables where they can find room, practicing the drill as were taught. (photo by Robin Fish)



First-grader Cooper Helm, a student in Robin Geir's class, sold 24 Educational Funding Group (EFG) Cards by Thursday, Aug. 28, and won a whole list of prizes including a limo ride, a flying chicken, a radio, and earphones for the radio. EFG cards are a fundraiser for the elementary school which permits the purchaser to claim a two-for-one or a discount at various merchants in town. (photo by Robin Fish)



Culpepper & Merriweather Circus is coming to Versailles on Thursday, Sept. 4, with shows at 5 and 7:30 p.m., and to announce its coming Skeeter the clown toured Versailles on Wednesday, Aug. 27. Allison Pensy of the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce, left, Skeeter, and Chamber of Commerce President Deanna Lucas stopped at Square Deals for lunch. (photo by Robin Fish)


Commission hears road concerns
The Morgan County Commission listened to the concerns of Joe McCoin of Barnett about the condition of the roads in his area.


Meetings scheduled next week, 8/28 to 9/4
The Gravois Special Road District No. 8 is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 at the Highway 5 road district barn.


Lions hold special dinner
The Versailles Lions Club will hold a special appreciation dinner at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Pioneer Restaurant in Versailles.


Gravois Mills repairs roads
Gravois Mills completed some much needed street repair this month, said Bob Swengrosh, chairman of the Board of Trustees for Gravois Mills.


Food distribution is Sept. 2
Food 4 Morgan County will distribute food for those in need 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3 at the Family Worship Center gymnasium, 1000 Jones Ave., in Versailles.



Marvin Meyer helped install the heavy duty bailer behind him as part of the new recycling program that Quality Industries is set to begin soon. The whole project is funded by a grant from Region F Solid Waste Management. Meyer will be the recycling supervisor when everything is up and running. (photo by Robin Fish)



The Morgan County Delinquent Tax Sale was moved indoors Monday, Aug. 25, because of the forecast heat index for the day. The bidders filled the Morgan room of the courthouse, armed with the descriptions of the properties coming up for sale. Judy Jo Hutchison conducted the auction. (photo by Robin Fish)

2014 collector's tax sale moved indoors
The Morgan County Collector's 2014 tax sale was Monday, Aug. 25.



Quality Industries is taking the next step in the new recycling project with the installation of this industrial shedder on Tuesday, Aug 24. The project is funded by a grant from Region F Solid Waste Management. Marvin Meyer of Quality Industries, left, Doug Heritage of Catalyst Electric, Jeff Avey, and Gerald Lindsey of Dehart Recycling work to install the shredder. (photo by Robin Fish)





Sarah Fergerson, Adrianna Hooper and Addison Sumner man the grain bin safety booth at the Farm Safety event on Friday, Aug. 22, at the Versailles Rural Fire District fire house in Excelsior. They demonstrated with miniatures the potential dangers of standing in grain in a grain bin or a grain wagon. (photo by Robin Fish)


City-wide garage sale set
The Fall Versailles City-Wide Garage Sale is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 11 through Saturday, Sept. 13.



Mike Fiore
Mike Fiore sits on an Outerlimits Powerboat on the dock at Captain Ron's Bar and Grill in Sunrise Beach on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011 waiting for his turn to race. (photo by Janet Dabbs)

Shootout powerboat racer Mike Fiore dies
According to an official press release by the Outerlimits Offshore Powerboat Company, Outerlimits President/CEO and Founder Michael Fiore died the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 26 from injuries sustained during the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout on Saturday, Aug. 23 in Sunrise Beach. Fiore, age 44 of Bristol, R.I. developed complications from surgery when he died at University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia. “The entire Outerlimits family is devastated by the loss of our friend and leader of our company. Mike's love for high speed boating was only out matched by the love for his wife, three young children and his family," said Frank Sciacca, General Counsel of Outerlimits Offshore Powerboat Company.


Hillbilly Fair begins Thursday, Sept. 11 in Laurie
'Still Alive @ 45"
The theme this year for the Laurie Hillbilly Fair is “Still Alive @ 45.” This year the fair has a special carnival armband night from 6 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11.


Sunrise Beach fire district discusses personnel
by Janet Dabbs
The Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District board, on Monday, Aug. 18 went into closed session to discuss personnel and contract issues. No votes or decisions were announced.


Nutrition Site Menus
Thursday, Aug. 28 to Friday, Sept. 5


R-II School Menus
Thursday, Aug. 28 to Friday, Sept. 5


Kids Harbor boat races set for Sept. 7
by Janet Dabbs
The Kids Harbor Child Advocacy Center will hold the fourth annual Kids Harbor Homemade Boat Race 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 at Captain Ron's Bar and Grill in Sunrise Beach.


September clinics at health center
The following clinics are scheduled at the Morgan County Health Center in Versailles.


Offices closed
for Labor Day
The following offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 1 in observance of Labor Day: 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, Morgan County R-II Schools, Versailles City Hall, Laurie City Hall, Sunrise Beach City Hall, Versailles Post Office, Morgan County Soil and Water, Morgan County Library, Morgan County Health Center, Burrell Behavioral Health Services, Morgan County License Bureau, West Central Missouri Community Action Agency and the newspaper offices of The Morgan County Press and The Versailles Leader-Statesman.


Rotary club to host fall car show Sept. 6
by Janet Dabbs
The Laurie/Sunrise Beach Rotary Club's 10th Annual Westlake Street Machine Fall Follies Car Show is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Laurie Fairgrounds.


August clinics at health center
The following clinics are scheduled at the Morgan County Health Center in Versailles.







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