Shawn Andreasen, center, facing front, registered nurse, is a flight nurse with Staff for Life. He is attending the annual training event Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Mid-Mo base just west of Versailles, along with many of the medical personnel of Staff for Life. Andreasen also works at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach as a emergency room nurse. (photo by Robin Fish)



Staff Three is the official designation for this helicopter which took part in the Staff for Life annual training event Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Mid-Mo garage just west of Versailles on Highway 52. Two of three Staff for Life helicopters participated. (photo by Robin Fish)

Staff for Life holds annual training event in Versailles
Staff for Life held its third annual training event Thursday, Sept. 18 west of Versailles at the Mid-Mo Ambulance base on Highway 52 west of Route T.



This is day two of a two-day strategic planning workshop in the Morgan County R-II middle school library on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and Thursday, Sept. 18. The workshop was led by Raina Knox of Excellence in Missouri Foundation. Attending were teachers, administrators, parents and bus drivers. The event was open to the public. Dr. Jim Rich, Assistant Superintendent of Morgan County R-II district is in front, middle school assistant principal Melissa Marriott to his right, and Superintendent Dr. Joyce Ryerson next to her. (photo by Robin Fish)



Sheila Letchworth of the Morgan County MU Extension Center leads a true/false exercise in a discussion about nutrition on Thursday, Sept. 18, in Kent Thomas' sixth grade health class at the Morgan County R-II middle school in Versailles. If the answer was “true” they were to run to one end of the classroom. If the answer was false, they ran to the other end. Letchworth is at the back of the pack near the right side of the crowd. (photo by Robin Fish)



Activities assistant Stephanie Field leads a group of residents in their daily exercise on Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles. They are, Jeanne Kirby, left, Willa Morrison, Olive Caviness, Pat Walters, Larry Buckmayer, Field, and James Dump. The exercises were stretching exercises mostly, but essential to maintaining good mobility. (photo by Robin Fish)



Jonathon Geier, left, Joe Jeffries, Sam Dornan, and Arabela Rowland of Christine Troyer's Alpha class were in the Morgan County R-II high school library on Thursday, Sept. 18, each trying to design a bridge to be the safest, most cost effective to build, and most decorative. The project is part of a scholarship contest in which they are taking part. (photo by Robin Fish)



The Hillbilly Fair began with a ceremony of the setting of the colors, performed by American Legion Zack Wheat Post #624 of Sunrise Beach Friday, Sept. 12, at the main stage on the Laurie Fairgrounds. To see a brief video of the event click on the picture above.



The Hillbilly Fair began with a ceremony of the setting of the colors, performed by American Legion Zack Wheat Post #624 of Sunrise Beach Friday, Sept. 12, at the main stage on the Laurie Fairgrounds. To see a brief video of the event click on the picture above.



Ruth Ann Eidson played Betsy, the indentured servant, and Sarah Schad played Ida Mae Culpepper, the free woman who said she could not read because, "I never learned how to spell 'cause I'm a girl," at the third grade assembly Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Morgan County R-II elementary school in Versailles. After the lesson on the constitution, led by third grade teacher Sandra Pope, the two historical figures distributed awards for the Liberty Bell coloring contest to the third grade winners. The winners were: Teagan McGill from the left, of Alison Miller's class, fourth place; Zoe Slape of Alison Millers class, third place; Payden Teague of Alicia Bland's class, second place; and Desmond Baker of Lisa Brodersen's class, first place. Standing behind the winners are Schad, left, and Eidson. The prizes were bells and pencils and other treats donated by Casey's General Store.


Sewer construction to start in 2015
Years of effort and dedicated service by volunteers in the Rocky Mount Sewer District are about to pay off.



Mayor Terry Silvey, left, presents a proclamation for Constitution Week to Daughters of the American Revolution members Sandy Comer, center, and Linda Appleton, encouraging everyone to reaffirm the ideals of our Constitution. (submitted photo)

D.A.R. celebrates Constitution
The Eldon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) is celebrating Constitution Week Sept. 17-23. This year's celebration commemorates the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, an important document which all American citizens should read and study.



Sanda Roberson shows off the new storm shelter Tuesday, Sept. 16, installed during the summer at the Versailles Head Start Center at 510 S. Walnut St. Versailles, at the Open House. Monthly drills will take place to teach children about safety during storms and other emergencies that may occur. The shelter is built to withstand up to an F-5 tornado with winds of 250 miles per hour. (photo by Dorothy Anderson)


Commission increases levies for 2014
The Morgan County Commission approved two tax levies at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 16.


R-II board steers a steady course for 2014-2015
The Morgan County R-II School District Board of Education continued with the current course in insurance at its regular meeting Monday, Sept. 15.



The Versailles Marching Band performed at the Hillbilly Fair Parade on Saturday, Sept. 13. To a brief video of the Marching Tigers in action click on the photo.


Hillbilly Fair honors floats, costumes
A variety of parade floats and costumes won awards Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13, at the 45th annual Laurie Hillbilly Fair.



Click on the photo to see a video of Camdenton Marching in the Hillbilly Fair Parade.


Gravois Lions hold BBQ dinner
The Gravois Arm Lions Club will host a pulled pork barbecue dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Gravois Arm Lions community center.


City will flush hydrants
The department of public works will be flushing hydrants during the week of Sept. 22 through Sept. 26 in Versailles.


Gravois Mills man dies in Osage Beach accident
At 3:28 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, Osage Beach Police Officers, Osage Beach Ambulance and Osage Beach Fire Department personnel responded to an accident involving a pedestrian on westbound U.S. Highway 54, just past the Highway 54 on-ramp from the Osage Beach Parkway near the 4900 block of Highway 54.



The color guard of Zack Wheat Post #624 of Sunrise Beach provide the color guard at the opening ceremonies of the 45th annual Hillbilly Fair on Friday, Sept 12. The Rev. Kelly Caldwell gives the invocation to start the festivities. (photo by Robin Fish)



Ernie Westby, left and R.D. Fish watch the karaoke contest at the Hillbilly Fair Saturday, Sept. 13 from the picnic pavillion by the main stage at the Laurie Fairgrounds. Westby, former editor of the Morgan County Press, reports his health is still a major issue, but he was able to get to the fair, and he met the new editor. They swapped stories while they listened to the singing. (photo by Robin Fish)



The floats were throwing candy for the children, and they were scrambling to get their share at the parade at the Hillbilly Fair on Saturday, Sept. 13, on Highway 5 in Laurie. (photo by Robin Fish)



Assistant Vice President Danielle Kincaid drives the Bank of Versailles entry, a replica of a 1901 Oldsmobile, in the Hillbilly Fair parade Saturday, Sept. 13 down Highway 5 in Laurie. Her son, Emmett Kincaid rides along and help distribute the candy to the onlookers. (photo by Robin Fish)



Now this is hillbilly paradin'
The most authentic section of the 2014 Hillbilly Parade finishes their route at the fairgrounds Saturday, Sept. 13, in Laurie.



Kaelli McKay of Stover, sings Madonna's hit "Like a Prayer" in the karaoke contest Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Laurie Hillbilly Fair. (photo by Robin Fish)



Lily Ellis of Eldon, sings "Redneck Woman" in the karaoke contest Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Laurie Hillbilly Fair. Ellis was the 2014 Junior Miss Stover. (photo by Robin Fish)



Hillbilly Fair King Allen and Queen Christina Robinette pose with contest co-ordinator Cheryl Dodwell, center, at the Hillbilly Fair Friday, Sept. 12, in front of the main stage at the Laurie Fairgrounds in Laurie. Dodwell said this year was her last Hillbilly Fair as a worker. She co-ordinated the King and Queen contest this year, and celebrated her birthday on Saturday, Sept. 13. (photo by Robin Fish)



Tom Boyce mans a display of vintage weaponry Saturday, Sept. 13, in the Zack Wheat-Sunrise Beach American Legion Post 624 booth at the Laurie Hillbilly Fair. (photo by R. D. Fish)



Cassidy Ross fries up a huge pork rind Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Laurie Hillbilly Fair. (photo by R. D. Fish)





Connor McLaurin, 8, finishes the course Saturday, Sept. 13, in the kids' tractor pull event at the Laurie Hillbilly Fair. (photo by R. D. Fish)



The Missouri Trailbusters Crawler Club of Gravois Mills and Versailles line up behind their remote-controlled trucks Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Laurie Hillbilly Fair. In front are Todd Vitzthum, left, Brad Trout, Amy Little, Joe Reeves, Dani Woodford, Doug Woodford, David "Tiny" Johnson, Nathan Poire, Nick Fry, Camron Reeves, and Jason McIntosh. Behind them from left are Jason Coffman, Jeff Bunch, Jeffrey Bunch, Elliott Wagner on Curtis Trippensee's knee, and Doug Taylor. (photo by R. D. Fish)



Carson Shuck, 4, pulls his weight Saturday, Sept. 13, in the kids' tractor pull event at the Laurie Hillbilly Fair. Mike Dieckman provides coaching support. (photo by R. D. Fish)



Nick Fry of the Missouri Trailbusters Crawler Club, Gravois Mills and Versailles, steers his remote-control truck through tricky terrain Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Laurie Hillbilly Fair. (photo by R. D. Fish)



Olivia Potter, left, participates in a kids' craft booth Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Laurie Hillbilly Fair. Assisting her is volunteer Joan Ganous. (photo by R. D. Fish)



The Moore's Farms cornfield float wins the award for best humorous parade float Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Laurie Hillbilly Fair. John Haselton, left, receives the plaque from Gayla Almond. (photo by R. D. Fish)



The Westwind Tool float wins the award for best vintage vehicle in the parade Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Laurie Hillbilly Fair. Ben Boone, left, receives the plaque from Gayla Almond. (photo by R. D. Fish)



The Lake Bloomers win the award for best civic organization float in the parade Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Laurie Hillbilly Fair. Accepting the award are Ruth Smith, left, Gail Conavay, Kay Marcy, Lee Stanley, Nancy Carpenter, and Walt Conavay. (photo by R. D. Fish)



Cake walk contestants move to the music Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Laurie Hillbilly Fair. (photo by R. D. Fish)



Bill Smith represents General Douglas MacArthur Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Zack Wheat American Legion Post 624 booth at the Laurie Hillbilly Fair. Post 624 is sited in Sunrise Beach. (photo by R. D. Fish)



Fireman Jim Mellody of the Gravois Mills Fire Protection District displays a truckload of firefighting equipment Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Laurie Hillbilly Fair. (photo by R. D. Fish)



Buddy the Clown of Sprinkles & Co. makes balloon animals for children Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Laurie Hillbilly Fair. (photo by R. D. Fish)



Rose Petal the face painting clown gives the butterfly treatment to Emory McDaniel Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Laurie Hillbilly Fair. (photo by R. D. Fish)



The Scrambler takes a full load of passengers for a spin Saturday, Sept. 13, in the carnival area of the Laurie Hillbilly Fair. (photo by R. D. Fish)



Gage Smith, left, and Randy Cole Smith are among the members of Boy Scout Troop 138 of Laurie taking part in the boy scouts' cake walk Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Laurie Hillbilly Fair. (photo by R. D. Fish)



Josh Layde, left, Jeri Landon, Robert Landon, and Elizabeth McDuffie watch the Hillbilly Parade Saturday, Sept. 12, along Highway 5 in Laurie. (photo by R. D. Fish)



Jocelyn Bachofer, front row left, Gavin Bachofer, and exchange student Jose Spim of Brazil watch the Hillbilly Fair parade Saturday, Sept. 13, along Highway 5 in Laurie. It was Spim's first time experiencing an American cultural event. Behind them from left are Michele Chorpening, Vince Bachofer, and Keri Bachofer. (photo by R. D. Fish)



Tom Ringsdorf, left, Gary Colliver, Dave Stoddard, Larry Huber, and Bonnie Melke ply the taps Friday, Sept. 12, at the Laurie Hillbilly Fair's main stage beer garden. (photo by R. D. Fish)



Allen and Christina Robinette are crowned the King and Queen of the Hillbilly Fair Friday, Sept. 12, at the Laurie Fairgrounds. (photo by R. D. Fish)



Paula Duncan displays her Closet Critters, made from used clothing and a quirky imagination, Friday, Sept. 12 at the Laurie Hillbilly Fair. (photo by R. D. Fish)



J.C. and the Outlaws perform Friday, Sept. 12 by the Little Beer Garden at the Laurie Hillbilly Fair. (photo by R. D. Fish)



Blacksmith Denis Yates of Sunrise Beach keeps a dying art alive Friday, Sept. 12 at the Laurie Hillbilly Fair. (photo by R. D. Fish)



Michelle Kelsay, left, and a face-painted Lily Eckard snuggle for warmth Friday, Sept. 12, at the Hair Divas Boutique stand at the Laurie Hillbilly Fair. (photo by R. D. Fish)



Tanner Crabtee, front row left, Billie Lee, and Charlie Lee attend an evening class in the High School Equivalency program Thursday, Sept. 11, at Morgan County R-II high school in Versailles. Priscilla Climes, standing at right, teaches the class. Sitting farther back are Sheena Smith, left, Sherry Davidson, Lucinda Hauerwas, and Stan Ball. (photo by R. D. Fish)

HSE class gives second chance to learn
The High School Equivalency program offers a second chance to adults who missed their first grab at a high school diploma.



Lisa Brodersen, left, Sandy Brodersen, John Brodersen, and Dale Brodersen go through the food line at the Community Teachers' Association hog roast Thursday, Sept. 11, in the Morgan County R-II school cafeteria in Versailles. Servers from left are Dana Edgar, Joy Dock, Robin Gier, and Dr. Mari Pat Brooks. (photo by R. D. Fish)



Lukas Loganbill, left, holds paws with Spotty the Fire Dog, also known as Kari Loganbill, at the CTA hog roast Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Morgan County R-II school cafeteria in Versailles. (photo by R. D. Fish)


Farm Bureau dinner informs, advocates, and entertains
The Morgan County Farm Bureau's annual business meeting and dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the First Assembly of God gym in Versailles.


R-II School Menus
Thursday, Sept. 18 to Friday, Sept. 26


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


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








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