Area News

Atchison Makes Court Appearance

A Williamsville man accused of brutally murdering a young Mill Spring family in January made a court appearance last week in Wayne County Associate Circuit Court. Drew D. Atchison, 24, appeared in court Feb. 15 for a Counsel Status Hearing. Atchison is being represented by a public defender. According to court records, his counsel is…

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Clearwater Pro Start Wins Awards

This has been quite the year for Clearwater’s culinary arts program. The classroom was remodelled this year, and a restaurant kitchen was installed. Just a few weeks ago, Christy Johnson, the program’s instructor, was named Missouri ProStart Teacher of the Year. Last week, her students went to competition and brought home awards at the competition…

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Dinkins Elected State Rep

Republican Chris Dinkins of Annapolis was elected state representative Tuesday in a special election. Dinkins won by a 299 vote margin to fill the unexpired term of Paul Fitzwater who resigned in September to accept a gubernatorial appointment. Dinkins, who taught school for 17 years, has served as Fitzwater’s legislative aide for several years. Unofficial…

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Bunker Students of the Month

Bunker High School’s student of the month for December was Alexis Gordon. She in the 10th grade. Her parents are Barb and Doyle Gordon. Her grandparents are Janis and David Gordon, Jack and the late Lisa Houston, and Madeline and Paul Gordon. Her hobbies include hunting, fishing, riding four wheelers, buying things for her truck,…

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Lesterville Senior Spotlights

  Abby Robbs is the daughter of JR and Cathy Robbs. Her sister is Katy Robbs. Her grandparents are the late Richard and Agnes Farrar of Imperial, the late Emmit Robbs and the late Letha Crocker of Lesterville. Abby has been a member of Team Spirit, Sr. Beta and Shop Club for four years. She…

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MDC, Partners Eliminate More Than 6,500 Feral Hogs

The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) feral hog strike team has tallied up elimination numbers for 2017. The year yielded a total of 6,567 feral hogs removed by MDC, partner agencies and private landowners. In 2016, 5,358 feral hogs were removed from the landscape. Crews in southeast Missouri removed 2,858 feral hogs, which is where…

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Special Election Tuesday

A special election will be held Tuesday, Feb. 6, to fill the remaining term as state representative for the 144th District that was vacated by Paul Fitzwater, who resigned in September 2017 to accept an appointment with the Probation and Parole Board. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. For a list…

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Annapolis Man Seriously Injured

An Annapolis man was seriously injured Monday evening in a one-vehicle crash in Iron County. The accident occurred at 10:36 p.m. on Highway 49, .2 miles north of Route BB. Aaron D. Egerer, 38, was northbound in a 2003 Volkeswagon Jetta. The Highway Patrol said that Egerer’s car ran of the roadway, struck a tree…

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Triple Homicide in Wayne County

(Editor’s Note: Due to the nature of this crime, this news story contains some graphic information.) A young couple and their 17-month-old daughter have been murdered. A 24-year-old Williamsville man has been charged with nine felonies in connection with the murders. The dead have been identified as 24-year-old Harley Million, 23-year-old Samara Kitts, and 17-month-old…

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Three Found Murdered

A young couple and their 17-month-old daughter have been murdered. Sheriff Dean Finch released the information Monday morning. One person is in custody. Information released by authorities is very little at the current time. Sheriff Finch said more information will be released when formal charges have been filed. The dead have been identified as 24-year-old Harley…

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