Jean Sigourney tries his hand at witches hat ring toss Thursday, Oct. 30 at Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles, assisted by Dawne Cooper, activities director. (photo by Robin Fish)



Shelby Howser shows off a pumpkin she decorated as part of Brittney Bair's Tiger Paw Smoothie Company Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Morgan County R-II high school in Versailles. (photo by Robin Fish)



The Morgan County R-II middle school student council for 2014-2015 school year posed for a picture Thursday, Oct. 30 in the middle school gym in Versailles. The council includes Josh Denman, front row left, Kyle Rainey, Luke Aeschbacher, Anna Knoerle, Madisen Buckingham, Mattie Hoeppner, Gracie Hamrick, Ty Chamberlain, middle row left, Joel Faron, Briana Nguyen, Averee Hooper, Kyrstin Thurman, Clayton Coleman, back row left, Mikhail Gulyayev, Riley Carlyon, Kylie Viebrock, Cylan Burns, and Jaida Eklund. Jacob Baker was absent. (photo by Robin Fish)



The Eldon Rock Island Trail Committee and Missouri Rock Island Trail coalition hosted a regional meeting Monday, Oct. 27 to provide information on the status of the Rock Island Trail project following Ameren's decision to proceed with railbanking the former Rock Island railroad through Missouri. At right, Daphney Partridge, MORIT and Eldon task force member, speaks to more than 60 people who attended.

Forum outlines future of Rock Island Trail
by Tim Flora
The two decade dream of converting the old Rock Island railroad corridor to a biking and walking trail may be closer to becoming a reality.



First Baptist Church held a Trunk-r-Treat Saturday evening, Oct. 25 for the children of the community. Among the participants is Keaton Fisher, left, son of Martin and Denise Fisher, as a caveman; Cole Moon, 2, son of Jason and Sara Moon, as a puppy taking his turn in the bounce house; and Cordell Stegner, 6, son of Val Lubberts, as Batman. (submitted photos)



Yes, there's a manual for that: Leader-Statesman editor Robin Fish presents a copy of the 2013-2014 Official Manual of the State of Missouri to Leslie Brantley, librarian at Morgan County R-II high school in Versailles. Affectionately known as the Blue Book, it is a gift from Vernon Publishing Inc. Brantley said she was excited to look inside the book, which contains information about the state's government agencies, communities and resources. (photo by R. D. Fish)



Carol Buck displays one of her many gardens filled with mums Wednesday, Oct. 29 at her home north of Versailes. There are a variety of other flowers as well, but Buck says she has hundreds of mums of almost any color one can imagine. (photo by Robin Fish)


Good Shepherd doing well, studies phone system upgrade
Good Shepherd Nursing Home District “over all is doing okay,” said District Administrator Lance Smith at the Board of Directors meeting Tuesday, Oct. 28 at the care center in Versailles.


Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday
Daylight Saving Time ends 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 2.


Health center to close Fridays after Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year
The Morgan County Health Center Board of Trustees decided to keep the health center closed the day after Thanksgiving, the day after Christmas and the day after New Year's Day.


Commission accepts striping bid,
hears concern on Peach Tree Road
The Morgan County Commission accepted the bid of Magic Seal and Stripe of Joplin Tuesday, Oct. 28 for striping on 15.3 miles of newly paved roads.



It is crazy socks day Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Morgan County R-II middle school in Versailles as a part of Red Ribbon week and Breanna Riddell and teacher Debbie Spears show off their crazy socks. (submitted photo)



Troy Sinclair of Vernon Publishing readies the Versailles Leader-Statesman office for winter by powerwashing the building Friday, Oct. 24 and washing the windows. (photo by Robin Fish)



Adrian Hooper shows his skill on the grill, cooking dozens of Angus hambugers Saturday, Oct. 25, for the 4-H barbecue on the recognition night. Sitting behind the grill is his daughter, Adrianna. (photo by Robin Fish)

4-H recognition night joined with hayride and barbecue
The Morgan County 4-H Clubs held their annual recognition night Saturday, Oct. 25 at Providence in connection with a barbecue and hayride. The evening concluded with a bonfire.


Missouri Bar judges the judges
In the general election Tuesday, Nov. 4, voters will be asked to vote whether or not to retain four judges in office.




Election verification will be Nov. 7
The Verification Board for the general election Tuesday, Nov. 4, will meet at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in the county clerk's office at the Morgan County Courthouse in Versailles.


Voting equipment will be tested
A public test of electronic voting equipment will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3 in the county clerk's office at the Morgan County Courthouse in Versailles.


Community bridge and emergency entities at odds over tolls
by Janet Dabbs
The Community Bridge of Lake of the Ozarks sent a notice to emergency entities this month, stating the entities are required to pay the bridge tolls for crossing unless it is during an emergency and they have their lights flashing.


Lake West ambulance requests
turn lane in Sunrise Beach
by Janet Dabbs
Lake West Ambulance District board member Pee Wee Helton wants the Missouri Department of Transportation to widen Highway 5 in front of the district's north ambulance station.



Anita Allee of the Morgan County Historical Society speaks with Ryan Lewis' eighth grade history class Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Morgan County R-II middle school in Versailles. She was presenting about the history of Morgan County during the Civil War. Lewis said Allee is a well published history buff. She has published 8 books on history with her first book being published in 1991. Lewis said, “She did a great job.” (photo by Robin Fish)


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


Versailles Police Report
Sunday, Oct. 19 to Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
The Versailles Police Department recently responded to the following:


R-II School Menus
Thursday, Oct. 20 to Friday, Nov. 7


Nutrition Site Menus
Thursday, Oct. 20 to Friday, Nov. 7


Versailles Rural Fire Report
The Versailles Rural Fire Department recently responded to the following calls.


Morgan County Land Transfers


Associate Circuit Court


Offices closed for Veterans Day
The following offices will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans 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, 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, Morgan County License Bureau, and West Central Missouri Community Action Agency.


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







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