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The students of Morgan County R-II gather to show their school spirit Friday, Jan. 23 on Black and Gold day in the high school gym in Versailles. (submitted photo)
Morgan County R-II Superintendent Dr. Joyce Ryerson presented each school board member with a certificate from the Missouri School Board Association at the school board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 20 recognizing them for their service to the school and community. Pictured is board president Gay Marriott receiving her framed certificate from Ryerson. The presentations were to mark School Board Appreciation Week in Missouri, Jan 25 through Jan. 31. (photo by Robin Fish)
School board approves April board election ballot,
accepts bid for south school shelter construction
The Morgan County R-II School District Board of Education certified the ballot for the Tuesday, April 7 election at their regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 20 at the middle school library in Versailles.
Junior Adam Studna shows his spirit on “Little Kid” day, Thursday, Feb. 22 at Morgan County R-II high school in Versailles by dressing up as the little boy who owned Woody the doll in Toy Story. Note that he has the the hat, the horse and Buzz Lightyear toys. (photo by Robin Fish)
Tuesday, Jan. 20 was Extreme Weather day to begin the holiday-shortened spirit week at Morgan County R-II high school, and Bethany Boles took the theme of the day in a creative direction. Rather than dress for extreme weather, she dressed as extreme weather. Boles dressed up as a tornado. (submitted photo)
Missouri National Guard recruiter Staff Sergeant Lee Whited, right, visited Morgan County R-II high school Wednesday, Jan 21. He set up a table in the commons area and spoke to anyone interested. Jordan Fields, left, was talking with Whited at lunch time. (photo by Robin Fish)
Senior Olivia Aye dresses for spirit week Wednesday, Jan. 21 at Morgan County R-II high school in Versailles. Wednesday is Wacky Wednesday leading up to Matwarming on Thursday, Jan. 22 and Courtwarming on Friday, Jan. 23. (photo by Robin Fish)
High school choir dance shows style
Versailles high school hosted the choir dance Friday, Dec. 16 in the high school commons. Pictured are senior Keegan Rea, left and junior Nicole Lehman demonstrating their talents at dance. (submitted photo by Ali Lent)
Filing for April election closed
Filing for Tuesday, April 7 elections in Morgan County ended at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 20. The following updates have been reported by press time, Jan. 20:
Mid-Mo receives clean audit report,
addresses employee leave policy
The Mid-Mo Ambulance District received another good report from its auditor, Marshall Decker of Decker & DeGood, PC, Springfield, and directors gave input on the need to address an issue in the employee leave policy during their meeting Wednesday, Jan. 14.
Sunrise Beach looks
at cell tower ordinances
Sunrise Beach City Planner Roger Corbin, in a report to the village board on Monday, Jan. 12, said a company has requested locating a cell tower near the south end of town.
Gravois fire calls up,
income up, but not enough
According to a press release, the Gravois Fire Protection District responded to a total of 926 emergencies in 2014. This is a 5.5 percent increase from 2013.
Sunrise Beach eyes possible annexation
Now that the Village of Sunrise Beach has water and sewer, the village trustees are developing a plan for annexing properties into the village.
Sheriff Jim Petty receives the Above and Beyond award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Friday, Jan. 16 at the justice center in Versailles. The ESGR is a program of the United States Department of Defense with the mission of recognizing those employers who go out of their way to accommodate employees who serve in the Guard and Reserves. Pictured at the presentation are Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney Dustin Dunklee, front left, Sheriff Jim Petty, Samona Kosfeld of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Roger Connell, and Steven Brothers also of ESGR.
Petty receives Above and Beyond award
Morgan County Sheriff Jim Petty received the Employers Support of the Guard and Reserves “Above and Beyond award” Friday, Jan. 16 at a ceremony in a courtroom in the Morgan County Justice Center in Versailles.
Fire district renews insurance for 2015
The Versailles Rural Fire Protection District met Thursday, Jan. 15 for the first time in 2015 and for the first time with new fire chief Troy Nichols.
Laurie police chief requests police car when off-duty for safety
Laurie Police Chief Mark Black requested, at the Monday, Jan. 12 Laurie Board of Aldermen meeting, the board allow him to take home a police vehicle when off-duty.
Enchanted Village of Lights had close to 20,000 visitors
Laurie Parks and Events Director Susann Huff reported on the 2014 Enchanted Village of Lights display at the Monday, Jan. 12 Laurie Board of Aldermen meeting.
County commission sets groundwork for coming year
The Morgan County Commission set the groundwork for the coming year at its first meeting of the new year Thursday, Jan. 15 in the Morgan room of the courthouse in Versailles.
Bank gives real world experience
to high school marketing class
The Bank of Versailles worked second quarter with Becky Lehman’s Marketing 2 class to create new campaigns for the bank’s instant personalized debit cards and mobile banking.
Bennett graduates from William Woods
Jana Bennett of Gravois Mills graduated from William Woods University in Fulton Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 at winter commencement.
Black and Kumberg named to academic achievement list
Angelique Black of Sunrise Beach and Melissa Kumberg of Versailles were named to the Central Methodist University academic achievement list Tuesday, Jan. 13.
Chloride source reduction needed
Wastewater facility manager for Versailles Chad Shelby is sending every household in Versailles a piece of mail about reducing the chloride in wastewater.
Area students named to MU dean’s list
Several area students were named to the dean’s list at the University of Missouri in Columbia for the fall 2014 term.
Awana ham and bean dinner at First Baptist in Laurie
The Awana club of First Baptist Church of Laurie is having a homemade, all-you-can-eat ham and bean fundraiser lunch and dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30 at the church in Laurie.
Alice Tietjen, left, Tara Bauer and Tracy Weicken represent the Golden Age Living Center Thursday, Jan. 15 at the Glensted Crime Watch in the Glensted fellowship hall. (Submitted photo)
Tietjen addresses crime watch
Alice Tietjen, social services director at the Golden Age Living Center in Stover, was guest speaker at the Glensted Crime Watch meeting Thursday evening, Jan. 15 at the Glensted fellowship hall.
Shade Bullock, left, Delany Brumm, and Brooklynn Bryant, represented Morgan County R-II high school in Versailles Tuesday, Jan 13 at Fatima high school in Westphalia at the Regon 13 FCCLA conference and elections. Bullock was elected to state office representing region 13 and Bryant was elected to community service officer for region 13.
FCCLA elects two local girls
The Family Careers Community Leaders of America, FCCLA, held region 13 elections Tuesday, Jan 13 at Fatima high school in Westphalia.
The Bird's Eye View
The newspaper is a business.
Backstage at the Royal
Wendy Warner, from the Main Street Opry will present, “The Many Faces of Wendy Warner,” 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Royal Theatre in Versailles.
Library Bookworm
The library is now accepting books, DVDs, and audio books for the annual book sale in April. Clean, gently used materials are welcomed. All donations must be given during library hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday. Any materials left outside will be destroyed.
Birth
Jason and Nancy Nolt of Fortuna are the parents of a daughter born Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City.
Golden Beach Community News
Last Monday and Tuesday were pretty quiet around here. A lot of wind and kind of cold. So I stayed in a lot. My husband was not feeling good so I made him an appointment on Thursday and they drew blood. On Friday they called us to say his sugar levels were way too high. So he is a diabetic. They gave him medication to help and he is doing really well. He does not like getting stuck four times a day but who would. Just please keep us in your prayers.
Karsten Korn
Korn is VMS student of week
The seventh grade team at the Versailles Middle School has chosen Karsten Korn as the student of the week for January.
Mr. and Mrs. Haile
Patton, Haile wed
Penny Patton and David Haile of Versailles were married Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in Puerto Rico.
Morgan County Retired School Personnel
Morgan County Retired School Personnel will meet for lunch at noon Monday, Jan. 26, at Pioneer Restaurant in Versailles. The program will be presented by New Hope Home Care. The meeting is open to all retired school personnel. For more information, contact Brenda Lapp, 573-392-5680.
Melody Zimmerman and Vernon Byler
Zimmerman, Byler engaged
Melody A. Zimmerman, daughter of Steve and Juanita Zimmerman of Tipton, and Vernon R. Byler, son of Willis and Lydia Byler of Cole Camp, have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.
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