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Two Seriously Injured In Thanksgiving Day Crash

A Thanksgiving afternoon crash on Highway 21, east of Lesterville left two people with serious injuries. The crash occurred at approximately 2:49 p.m. on Highway 21 east of Lesterville. Jim E. Brown, 53, of Park Hills was eastbound in a 2008 Nissan Titan. According to the preliminary investigation, the crash occurred as the vehicle ran…

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Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors

Susan Smith Kline As the cold weather is here, it’s important to be reminded of the dangers of carbon monoxide and how we can safely heat our homes. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that can build up in your bloodstream, causing serious tissue damage or even death. It is produced by…

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Community Thanksgiving Dinner

By Jessica McMahan Several area groups and organizations provided Thanksgiving meals to members of the community this past week.  One such dinner took place Thanksgiving Day at the Wayne County Community Building in Piedmont.  The Share the Blessings Community Dinner was an annual event for over two decades in Piedmont until 2020 when it was…

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas in Piedmont

The sights and sounds of the Christmas season are starting to show up all around. The community is coming alive with holiday cheer and spreading joy to the area. Last Wednesday, workers could be seen hanging decorations along Piedmont’s Main Street.  The McKenzie Creek Greenway is the location for this year’s Festival of Lights, and…

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Chamber purchases new Christmas decorations for Greenville

When driving through the Wayne County seat this holiday season motorists will be sure to notice the wonderful new Christmas decorations attached to the street light poles on Main and Front Streets. In October the officers and directors of the East Wayne County, Missouri Chamber of Commerce agreed to purchase the new decorations for Greenville.…

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Iowa Robbery Suspects Arrested in Williamsville and Piedmont

By Kimberly A. Combs Four bank robbery suspects, who allegedly conducted a robbery Wednesday, Nov. 15 in West Des Moines, Iowa, were apprehended Thursday in Wayne County. Two arrests occurred in Williamsville and two occurred in Piedmont. None of the suspects were from Iowa; two were from Louisiana, and the other two were from Texas.…

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Waites Pleads Guilty

A 46-year-old Piedmont man pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor in federal court on Tuesday, Nov. 7, in Cape Girardeau. According to federal prosecutors, Tony R. Waites admitted to making recordings of his sex acts with minors and pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a minor. Waites is scheduled to…

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Special Solar Eclipse Event Planned

Volunteers needed to help with planning By Susan Smith Kline On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The total solar eclipse will begin over the South Pacific Ocean. Weather permitting, the first location in continental North America to experience totality will…

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36th Annual Freedom Fest In Annapolis Oct. 6 & 7

It’s the perfect time for a beautiful drive to the quaint little town of Annapolis to enjoy the 36th annual Freedom Fest!  On Friday Vendors will open at 12 noon.  Ham & Bean Dinner/Ice Cream Social, Cake Walks & Bingo with Prizes begins at 5pm.  Pet Show registration at 4:30pm; Pet Show at 5pm.  Breakfast…

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2nd Annual Scarecrow Decorating Contest

Last year 22 local businesses and organizations participated in the 1st Annual Scarecrow Decorating Contest during the Ozark Heritage Festival.  During the weeks leading up to the event, unique scarecrows depicting the business they represented began showing up throughout the area.  People were invited to visit the businesses and vote for their favorite scarecrow. On…

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