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  On Monday, May 30th a Memorial Day ceremony was held at the Kahoka VFW Post 4342. Before the ceremony a light meal was served.   The Kahoka VFW Post 4342 will be hosting a Flag retiring ceremony on Tuesday, June 14th. There will be a light meal served at 5 pm and the ceremony will start at 6 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.                           

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Over Memorial Day weekend the CCR-1 Marching Indians participated in the Indianapolis 500 parade. Before traveling to Indianapolis the band made a quick trip to Chicago for a few hours to sight see and visit  Millennium Park , the “The Bean” and the Navy Pier to eat and shop. On Saturday the Marching Indians performed in the parade and on Sunday they were able to attend the Indianapolis 500.                                       Photos courtesy of the CCR-1 Facebook page & the CC Marching Indians Indy 500 parade Facebook page.

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  Cristian and Emily Reyes are happy to be embarking on a new adventure as they have started Kaho Coffee Co.      “Cristian and I met while we were in college in the Kansas City area. A lot of our first dates were spent exploring different coffee shops in Kansas City, and coffee has been something that we’ve grown to love together,” commented Emily.  “We got married after  college, and have lived in Kansas City for the past several years - working as baristas, pastors, and some other various jobs. We decided to move closer to our families in December, but really missed having good coffee nearby. So, we came up with the idea of Kaho.”

   Kaho Coffee Co. will be set up in the Mac's Super Saver parking lot in Kahoka, Thursday-Friday, 7 am - 11 am and Saturday, 8 am - 1 pm during the summer.                                   Photo by Bre Chamley

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  This past week Tim Bertram with Shelter Insurance donated 8 new patio chairs to the City of Kahoka Pool. Pictured above Tim Bertram with pool manager Kourtney Anderson. 

The Miss Clark County organization and the

Kahoka/Clark County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an open house/send off for

Miss Clark County Outstanding Teen - Abby Plenge;

Miss Clark County - Calissa Cormier;

Miss Northeast Missouri - Marissa Johnson; and

Miss Northeast Missouri Outstanding Teen - Camryn Crist

Who will be competing in the

Miss Missouri & Miss Missouri Outstanding Teen pageants next week June 15-18 at Mexico, Mo.

The open house will be held from 11 am to 1 pm this

Friday, June 10th in the park on the City of Kahoka square.

If raining the event will be moved to the

Sever Library in Kahoka.

Please be sure to stop by and wish the girls good luck and also get an autographed photo.

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The 2022 Spring Break Princess Camp was held Monday, April 18th at the Clark County Middle School. Those participating enjoyed a fun day of pampering and activities with local titleholders from across Missouri. The day concluded with an on-stage showcase for parents.

Photo courtesy of Tisha Gregory - Owner/ Photographer - Country Creations Photography.                                 

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   Congratulations to Brandon Kracht (Kahoka, MO) who signed a National  Letter of Intent on Tuesday, April 19th, to continue his athletic and academic career at Truman State University, located in Kirksville, MO. The NCAA DII program earns the services of Kracht over a large variety of NCAA DII and NAIA programs.   The 6’1” 165lb guard was a two-year starter for the Blazers and was an integral part in two consecutive Region 24 Championship game appearances. Brandon was named All Conference and All Region at the conclusion of the 2021-22 season. He leaves as 7th all-time in three point field goals made in Trail Blazer history. He finished his sophomore campaign posting 14 points and 2.5 rebounds, while shooting 41% from the three point line, while making 101 3FG in 32 games played.   Kracht is pictured above with his parents Dr. Ritchie & Sara Kracht. 

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2022 Clark County R-1 Prom 

Queen Grace Buschling & King Bryton Plenge

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   The Clark County Scholar Bowl Team hosted Father Tolton on Wednesday, April 20, in the State   Quarter-finals match. Father Tolton was able to defeat Clark County to advance to the State Tournament. Clark County finished with 24 wins on the season and an Elite 8 appearance.   Pictured above William Queen, Joe Wenger, Donald Anderson, Lucas James, Brody Waterman, Dane Brewer and Carson Clark. Not pictured Coach Mr. Reardon.

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   On Monday, April 11th, Flowers For You delivered a vase of flowers from the Kahoka State Bank for each of the residents at the Clark County Nursing Home. The flowers were beautifully decorated with Easter eggs and Easter ribbon. The residents loved them, a big Thank You, Kahoka State Bank for this generous donation. 

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There was a great turn out for the 13th annual Clark County Sheriff's Office Easter egg hunt that was held on Saturday.  Clark County Sheriff Shawn Webster would like to say Thank You to the Clark County RCF for filling the 5000 plastic Easter eggs, the Willing Workers 4-H Club for helping put the eggs out for the kids to collect, the Kahoka Ice Cream Shoppe and Wayland Ice Cream Express for selling the 200 small ice cream cones at a discounted rate, and my staff for helping with this event!                       

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At The Museum - Paul Rowe Museum  - What do those volunteers do in that museum?

     What do we do while we are there?  All our volunteers love history and especially Clark County history so it a joy to find and catalog any information for current and future residents. Paul Rowe Museum volunteers are scheduled to work according to their available time on Wednesdays or Fridays.  We bring our calendars to the monthly meeting and fill in the afternoons that will work for us.  The museum opens in March and is open to the public every Wednesday and Fridays from 1-4 pm and other times by appointment.  It closes for the season the end of November.

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Earlier this month the CCR-1 High School child development class hosted the K-2 IPLC kids to an egg hunt, crafts and some games. Each high school student was paired with a child to work one on one with.

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  On Wednesday, April 13th Clark County R-1 Senior Elizabeth Randall signed her Letter of Intent to continue her music career at Culver-Stockton College in Canton playing the trumpet.   Elizabeth plans to pursue a degree in Business  Administration with a minor in Psychology at Culver-Stockton College.   While at CCR-1 Elizabeth has been a member of the CCR-1 Marching Band,   Cheerleading Squad, Student Council and been a manager for the baseball team.   Pictured above is Elizabeth with her parents Roger & Gail Randall and CCR-1 Band Director Mr. Robert Dooley and Culver-Stockton College Marching Band Director Ryan Christian.  

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   Students at Running Fox Elementary were excited to learn that Lewis County REC Cares Foundation has recently awarded them with matching funds to purchase new playground equipment.  The student council had raised $2500 towards the project.  Pictured above members of the Running Fox Student  Council along with Mrs Nixon and Mrs. Daughtry student council advisors and Renee Kirchner with the Lewis Co. REC Cares Foundation. 

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2022 CCR-1 Courtwarming King, Queen & Attendants: Junior Attendants - Wyatt Randall and Allison Fox; Courtwarming Queen - Eleanor Cameron and Courtwarming King - Ryan Tweedy; Sophomore Attendants - Matthew Miller and Hanna Lapsley; Freshmen Attendants - Chayce Webster and Navaeh Stewart.

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   On Saturday, February 19th, Clark County R-1 School District honored Kelly “Winters” Campbell. Pictured above top left Jason Harper, CCR-1 High School Principal presenting Campbell with a plaque on behalf of the district. Pictured above top right Kelly Campbell with a few of her former players who were also in attendance for the basketball game & presentation.    

   As a player, Kelly led the Lady Indians to 3 Tri-Rivers Conference titles and 2 District titles. The 1983 graduate earned 1st Team Class 2A All-State recognition her senior year. Campbell served as head coach of the Lady Indians for 11 years. From 1991-1997, her teams won 6 consecutive undefeated Tri-Rivers Conference titles and 2 District titles. The 1994-1995 campaign saw her Lady Indians reach the Final Four and bring home the Class 2A 3rd Place trophy. Additionally, Kelly served the students of Clark County R-1 as a classroom teacher for 32 years. Clark County R-1 would like to Thank Kelly for all she has done to serve the children of Clark County.

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Clark County Nursing Home Valentine’s Day  King & Queen  

The Clark County Nursing Home held their traditional Valentine Party and the crowning of the King and Queen on Monday, February 14th.

This years Clark County Nursing Home’s Valentine’s Day Queen is Dorothy Toops and the King is Dennis Horton. Congratulations to both. 

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National FFA Week - February 19th - 26th, 2022 - Pictured above the Clark County R-1 FFA Chapter.

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The CCR-1 Drill & Dance team performed their couples routine on Saturday during halftime of the varsity girls basketball game. 

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This past week students at Black Hawk Elementary School had fun celebrating their 100th day at school. Every grade found unique ways to incorporate it into their day and the kids had a blast!                                         Photos courtesy of the CCR-1 Facebook page. 

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  CCR-1 High School held their annual “Pack the Place Pink” game on Tuesday, February 1st.  The teams took on Palmyra in the contest.  Students involved in basketball, cheerleading, drill and dance,  pep band, along with students in the crowd, and members of the community filled the gym wearing pink to show  support and help raise money for local cancer support. Pictured above the Lady Indians basketball team and pictured below the CCR-1 Cheerleaders.

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    The Silver Beaver award is a National award presented by the local Council. It is the top honor that they can bestow upon a volunteer.   2021 Class of Silver Beaver Recipients are:  

 Jamie Edmondson - Jamie is a long-time volunteer from Clark County. She has been involved with the Pack and Troop and has been very involved with the River Valley and Eagle Valley districts as well as numerous Council activities. She will  receive this top honor at the Council Dinner on February 19, 2022.           

   Frank Arnold - A standard figure at Saukenauk Scout Reservation, Frank is the lead for the Campmaster Corps. He's been around since the dawn of the property and has helped guide it's success throughout the decades.      

   Michelle Meyer - Starting as a Tiger Den Leader, Michelle has jumped two feet into Scouting with her whole family with a Son in Troop 1 and a daughter in Pack 22. Michelle has been a part of the Council Philmont contingent that was rerouted to Colorado due to wild fires, has been a part of many Council and  District run activities. 

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Clark County Health Department is Heart Healthy in February. February is American Heart Month, and Feb. 4th was the Annual National Wear Red Day, drawing attention to cardiovascular disease. Pictured above the staff at the Clark County Health Department. The Clark County Health Department will be offering cholesterol screening at a reduced rate of $15.00 for the entire month of February in conjunction with Heart Month on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, call for an appointment. Cholesterol screening is available every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the year for $20.00. You do need to be fasting for this test (no food or drink after midnight the night before).

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CCR-1 Drill & Dance Team Hosts Dance Camp On January 27th the CCR-1 Drill & Dance held a dance camp night at Black Hawk Elementary School. Those in attendance had a fun evening of working with the high school drill and dance team and learning a routine that they performed at the varsity basketball games on Tuesday, February 1st. 

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   On Sunday, January 9th the Harlem Wizards were in town to take on the Indian Dream Team at the CCR-1 High School. This event was hosted by the Running Fox Elementary School PTO.  

  During the evening those attending watched the Harlem Wizards take on the Indian Dream Team along with  getting to meet and get autographs from some of the Wizard players. It was a fun filled evening for those in attendance. 

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    The City of Kahoka Board of Aldermen held a special meeting on Thursday, January 13th at 7 pm at City Hall. During the meeting the board appointed Kahoka resident Tony Anderson as the new City of Kahoka Mayor.   Anderson was appointed to finish the term of the late Mayor Jerry Webber who passed away earlier this month.

    Anna Lucille Logsdon was posthumously selected as Queen Isabellan for the St. Patrick Circle Daughters of Isabella for the State Convention in September, 2021.    Anna was born in St. Patrick, Mo. on June 25, 1937 to Walter and Rosalind Uhlmeyer.  She passed away on March 24, 2021.  She married Larry Logsdon on June 6, 1959 and to this union 6 children were born.  She was grandmother to 14, great-grandmother to 19, as well as 3 step-grandchildren and 1 step-great grandchild.    Anna served at St. Patrick Postmaster from July 1971 to March 1983.  She was a lifelong member of the Shrine of St. Patrick and had a deep faith in God.  She joined the Daughters of Isabella in March, 1964, and was a member for 57 years.  She served in several positions in the Circle for many years.   She enjoyed gardening and especially liked to plant flowers.  She was an avid baker and baked for her grandchildren, friends and neighbors.   A plaque and a Blessed Mother holy water font, in honor of Anna, has been placed in the Shrine  Rectory.

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 Almost 8 inches of snow accumulated in the area from Friday evening to Saturday morning. 

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Exchange Bank Of Northeast Missouri Announces Change In Leadership

   Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri announced Paula J. Fox is retiring as President and CEO.  She will be succeeded by Jed M. Wilson, who most recently served as Executive Vice President of Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri. Wilson officially took on his new duties January 12, 2022.  However, to ensure a seamless transition, Fox will remain working until March 31, 2022, at which time she will retire from the day-to- day operations of the bank.  Fox will retain her position as a director of the Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri.   “This has been an              extremely hard decision as I have served Exchange  Bank of Northeast Missouri for almost 49 years, but it is time to let my younger staff carry the torch and I have every confidence in them,” said Fox. “Over the years we have been cross training staff from the executive level down and I am leaving the bank in good hands and feel confident about the future of the bank.”   Fox joined the Exchange Bank of Kahoka, as it was known in July 1973, as a loan secretary.  During these years Fox began working closely with Patsy McLaughlin, learning all departments of the bank: compliance, regulatory reporting requirements, and worked as an assistant to the president. In December 1998, the bank was purchased by Lincoln County Bancorp in Troy, Missouri and the name changed to the present          Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri. In February 2007, Fox accepted the position of President. During her time as president, Exchange Bank grew from $87 million to $207 million in assets and  expanded to seven locations spanning five counties.

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  Earlier this month City of Kahoka police officer, Jacob Pittman had a young boy approach him to report his bike had been stolen.   With help & donations from the community members and the Life Tabernacle Ministries, Officer Pittman and a few community members were able to deliver new bikes to the young man and his twin brother on Saturday to help them celebrate their birthdays.   They were both very excited and  appreciative of everyone who helped make this possible. The boys received bikes, helmets, locks, lights and much more.

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                    Ellison Signs Letter of Intent To Participate in Track & Field At Western Illinois University   

    Clark County senior Alexis Ellison signed her national   letter of intent to participate in track & field at Western             Illinois University in Macomb, IL on Thursday,   January 6th. 

    "I chose WIU because when I went on my visit it felt like home to me. The people are so welcoming and it's very close to home,” commented Alexis. “I plan to major in Law Enforcement and they have one of the best Law Enforcement programs in the United States”.    

    Alexis has participated in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400 meter dashes at Clark County along with competing in the long jump during her high school career.

 Pictured above Alexis Ellison with her parents Travis & Gena Ellison and Tammy & Mark Kelley along with siblings Dane Brewer and Abby Ellison. Also pictured with Alexis and her family is CCR-1 Track & Field Coaches Nicole Harper, Ethan Allen and Erin Hopp.  

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               Bald Eagle Days changes locations for 2022

                By Joe Benedict, City Editor Daily Gate City  

    In late September, the Keokuk Area Convention and Tourism Bureau held its annual Geode Fest in the parking lot of the First Christian Church. There was a great turnout for the event, so that got t organization to thinking about Bald Eagle Appreciation Days.   Soon, the church officials had agreed that the 38th Annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days could be held at their facility at 3476 Main St. Naturally, it won’t be in the parking lot, as the day the event will be there is Saturday, Jan. 15.   This year’s event is two days, but only one will be at the First Christian Church in Keokuk, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The second day will be held at the Montrose Riverfront Landing in Montrose on Sunday, Jan. 16.  

   “It will give people a chance to go up the river and maybe get a little different perspective of the birds,” Kirk Brandenberger, executive director of the Keokuk Area Convention and Tourism Bureau said.   Brandenberger said the church is a brighter, climate-controlled venue for the first day of the event. He said there is going to be plenty of room to have all the usual activities the event had at the River City Mall for the previous three decades.

Lady Indians Pink Wreath Raffle

Winner will be drawn at the

Pack the Place Pink Game

on February 1, 2022.

Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.

Please contact a member of the

Lady Indians basketball team

to purchase a ticket. 

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     The Clark County Scholar Bowl had a great day at the South Shelby Tournament on Saturday, January 8th. The team went 7-2 in their 9 matches, finishing in 3rd Place overall. Brody Waterman was named to the All-Tournament team. Pictured above team members: Donald Anderson, Dane Brewer, Joe Wenger, Brody Waterman, William Queen and Lucas James.  

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Kahoka State Bank Staff, with the help of lots of people in our communities, we were able to give out presents to 146 Angel Tree children.  Every year we are  amazed by the generous people that live in our County.  Thank You to each of you for helping make Christmas a little better for so many children.

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The new year has brought the first snowfall and cold temperatures to us here in Clark County. Many local churches canceled services on Sunday due to the drifting snow and dangerously cold windchills. 

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    Friday, December 31st was Larry Mohr’s official last day as manager of Dollar General in Kahoka. Larry started with Dollar General in Canton and then transfered to Kahoka almost 25 years ago, when they opened a location here in Kahoka. “We started out at 150 West Main St. next to the square and was there for about 5 years before moving to the Old Fox Valley building out on the hwy. Then we built our current location and will have been here three years in March,” Larry stated.   Larry plans to enjoy spending time with his family and getting see the country in his upcoming retirement. “We really have no set plans at this time. It will be nice just to not have a schedule for a little while. I love watching baseball & football games and hope to make it to a few games in person with family.” Larry commented. “I will miss the routine and our customers, but I felt like this would be a good time for me and my family to retire”.   Current Dollar General employee, Kris Huston will take over as the new   manager as the new year begins. 

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  Recently Ball Volvo Truck & Tire Center in Kahoka presented Helping Hands of Clark County with a donation of $1000.00. Helping Hands of Clark County is a 501c3 non-profit organization that distributes food once a month to Clark County residents only. Pictured above Carla Ball of Ball Volvo Truck & Tire Center presenting Nancie Holmes and Sherri Brunk from Helping Hands of Clark County with the donation.   

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Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot 12-13 year old Free Throw contest winners at the Middle School. Pictured above Grace Parker and  Corrick Hunziker. They will advance to Keokuk January 8th for District Competition.

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Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot Free Throw contest winners at Running Fox Elementary School. Pictured above Weston Davis, 5th grade; Mac Schulte 3rd grade; Tinley Holsted 3rd grade; Chloe Shatley 5th grade. They will advance to Keokuk January 8th for District Competition.

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The Clark County Food Pantry Volunteers have been "working overtime" to get everything ready for the  distribution of Thanksgiving Baskets this year. On Monday volunteers met at the Kahoka Christian Church for the distribution.  After an individual received their items at the church,  they were able to go to Mac’s Super Saver to pick up their turkey. Pictured above are a few of the volunteers who helped in this years distribution.

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Clark County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Recently Honored Outstanding Teacher/Good Citizen/Youth Citizenship

  The Clark County Chapter NSDAR was proud to recognize Clark County R-I's 2021 Youth Citizenship, Good  Citizen, and Outstanding American History Teacher at a ceremony held Saturday, November 13th at the NE Sever Library.

   The 2021 Youth Citizenship recipients for Clark County R-I is Riley Moeller. Riley is the son of Chris and Amber Moeller. The 2021 Good Citizens from Clark County  R-I is Grace Buschling. Grace is the daughter of Jeff &           Angela Buschling of Canton. This year’s Clark County Chapter’s recipient is Donna Flood, from Clark County R-I.

    Pictured above: Back Row: Mitzie Pitford, Riley Moeller, Grace Buschling, Caren Whitehead. Front Row: Carol Ragar, Kathy Blythe, Anne Schock, Donna Flood, Lois Humes, Diana Ridgley, Debbie Smith and Helen St. Clair.

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     The holiday season is rapidly approaching.  During this time, it is important to remember the joy we can give to         others. In a joint effort, Kahoka State Bank and Sever Library will once again sponsor the Angel Tree for needy children through 16 years of age in our community.  

Angel trees went up this past week at Kahoka State Bank locations in Kahoka & Wayland! Deadline to have gifts back to the bank is December 10th. Sign up is at the Library and last day to sign up is Friday, December 3rd.    

Participants will need to pick up packages on December 20th at Kahoka State Bank by 4:30p.m. using the front door.    Community support has made this a very successful program and we hope this year will provide some happiness for the boys and girls in our community.  

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

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On November 11th the CCR-1 FCCLA club hosted their annual Veterans Day assembly at the high school to honor local Veterans. Those in attendance were able to enjoy performances from the CCR-1 high school marching band and chorus. Black Hawk & Running Fox students sent over photos and videos that were played during the ceremony saying “Thank You” to our local Veterans, along with hearing from guest speaker Retired Private 1st Class Leon M. Buford. Members of the Sewcial Quilters of Clark County were also in attendance to present Quilts of Valor to six local veterans. Also on November 11th the  Ayer Boatman VFW Post 4342 held a Veterans Day Soup & Sandwich Lunch while many local businesses had specials to honor local veterans.  Pictured above is a group photo of the Veterans who were in attendance for this years assembly. Pictured below the CCR-1 Marching Indians getting ready to perform during the assembly.

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Sewcial Quilters of Clark County Presented Quilts of Valor At Veterans Day Assembly

The Sewcial Quilters of Clark County presented six Quilts of Valor to Veterans during the Veterans assembly at the Clark County High School on Thursday, November 11th. Pictured above members of the Sewcial Quilters of Clark County  Pam Oilar, Becky Rodgers, Cinda James and Carol Johnson along with the Veterans they honored, Jerry Thorn, Chuck Jenkins, John Helbing, Steve Wilson, Gene Tanner and East Burke. ,

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  Clark County senior Ethan Nelson signed his national letter of intent to run cross country next fall, at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo on Tuesday, November 9th. "I am very excited about this opportunity and happy that I can continue my cross country career after high school. In high school we run 3 miles/5K and in college I will increase to running 5 miles/8K. I chose Culver-Stockton because everyone at the college has been very welcoming and friendly to me and I really liked the campus," commented Nelson.

 Pictured top left Ethan Nelson with his parents Rob & Marcella Nelson, CCR-1 Cross Country Coach Nicole Harper and Culver-Stockton Cross Country Coach Doug Savage.

Pictured top right Ethan Nelson with members of the girls and boys Cross Country teams and Coach Nicole Harper.

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   Over the past couple of years, Shiloh Christian School has been participating in a recycling program called the ABC Promise Partnership through Green Tree Plastics. ABC was designed for school children by a team of eighth graders in 2010 for a nation-wide academic competition in community problem solving with the topic being recycling. Since then, it has grown to wide-spread popularity in schools or groups across the United States as a teaching tool in caring for God's world.  

 SCS students were introduced to the program and its expectations through mentoring led by Joe and Sue Thomson of Kahoka. Bottle caps and other plastic lids that were made of recyclable materials were collected, sorted, cleaned, bagged and weighed by students while being overseen by the school administrator and the Thomsons. Once the goal was met, students were able to order a bench created from the melted and molded plastic which will be placed at the Shiloh Christian Children's Ranch site.   A special tribute plaque is planned by the students in memory of Don "Grandpa" Harris, who went home to be with the Lord last year. "Grandpa" served as a volunteer for Shiloh for many years, often joining the students for chapel service, celebrations, or a meal by the pond where the bench is to be placed in his honor.

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The City of Kahoka hosted their annual Trick or Treat night on Saturday, October 30th. Members of our local emergency personnel such as ambulance, fire department, and sheriff’s department, along with local businesses, county officials and members of the community were handing out candy to trick or treaters at the safety stops on the square in Kahoka.  

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Running Fox Elementary School hosted their annual Fall Festival PTO Fundraiser on Friday, October 29th. Those in attendance were able to enjoy playing a variety of games, pumpkin decorating, cake walker, a dance party, hay rides and a photo shoot from Teri Hooper photography. 

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  The Clark County Girls Cross Country team is off to STATE again as they finished second in the new Super-District format at Linn, Mo on Saturday, October 30th. They will compete in the MSHSAA State Championships Saturday at Gans Creek in Columbia. Pictured above left to right: MaKenna Hodges, Trinity Little, Mia Johnson, Grace Buschling, Coach Nicole Harper, Delana Hess, Cady St. Clair, and Emery Goings.   

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Pictured above those medaling on Saturday included Cady St. Clair (13th), Grace Buschling (2nd), Ethan Nelson (5th), and Delana Hess (23rd). For the boys cross country team senior Ethan Nelson will also be returning and competing at the State meet on Saturday. 

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DISTRICT CHAMPIONS -The Clark County Lady Indians won the Class 2 District 5 tournament on Saturday,  October 16th as they defeated Highland 7-3. Clark County, 12-14 on the season, hosts a Class 2 state  quarterfinal game against Marceline at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Marceline, 25-3-1, won its 17th straight game by  defeating Putman County 7-2 in the Class 2 District 6 championship.
  MSHSAA does not permit in person cash purchases at the gate.  You may purchase a ticket by accessing the MSHSAA website by visiting https://www.mshsaa.org. Click on the Hometown Ticketing banner near the top right side of the MSHSAA Homepage. Select “Fall Softball” then select “Class 2” and finally, select “GET TICKETS” for Quarterfinal 3 Clark vs Marceline. Bring your ticket codes to be scanned at the admission gate on Game Day. Tickets must be purchased as outlined above.  No cash sales at the gate. All Tickets are $7.00 with no reserved seating.  Fans are welcome to bring lawn chairs. Gates open at 4:30.                             

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The Miss Clark County, Miss Northeast Missouri & Miss Outstanding Teen Pageants were held on Sunday, October 17th at the Clark County R-1 Middle School.  Pictured above Miss Clark County Outstanding Teen - Abby Plenge; Miss Clark County - Calissa Cormier; Miss Missouri - Callie Cox; Miss Northeast Missouri - Marissa Johnson and Miss Northeast Missouri  Outstanding Teen - Camryn Crist.  Calissa Cormier was also awarded a $500.00 Miss Clark County Scholarship.

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  During the evening at the Miss Clark County, Miss Northeast Missouri & Miss Outstanding Teen Pageants the theme was to “Pack the Place Pink” in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month.
  Through the generous donation of those in attendance over $600 was raised and donated to the Clark County Local Cancer Fund. Pictured above the Miss Clark County Board Members: Heather Webster, Jessica Pitford and Cora Webster presenting a check to Kim Daniel of the Clark County Local Cancer Fund.
  The Clark County Local Cancer Fund helps provide gas cards for those in our community who are battling cancer.

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   The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri once again partnered with Kahoka Motors to raise funds during their “Changing Oil Changing Lives” campaign.  Matt Gutting with Kahoka Motors presented a check in the amount of $375, which will enable  The Food Bank to provide 1500 meals to families in need in our community. Steve Yager, Regional Coordinator of The Food Bank, received the check at the local dealership. “it’s continued partnerships like this, that help feed kids, senior adults and families locally,” said Yager. For more information to get involved check out our website: www:sharefoodbringhope.org

 

A large crowd attended the 35th Annual Clark County Mule Festival that was held on September 16th - 18th at the Clark County Fairgrounds.

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Kahoka Lumber Company Makes Donation To CCR-1 Building Trades Program

    This past week Kahoka   Lumber Company donated tools and materials required for students in the CCR-1 Building Trades Program. "I feel as though our building trades program is a very important and valuable class that is offered at CCR-1. It  offers a great opportunity for our students to learn a variety of skills before graduating from high school," commented Matt Plenge, co-owner of Kahoka Lumber Company. "We had one of our representatives provide funds for this donation and then we donated the rest to help the students".
  Building Trades teacher Curtis Mack currently has fourteen students participating in the class this year between his morning & afternoon classes. "We are very thankful to Kahoka Lumber Company for their generous donation. This is one of the biggest groups that I have had in a few years. We have finished our  classroom work and will be starting on this year's trades project which is building a new home just outside of  Kahoka," commented Mr. Mack.



 

The annual Old Settler’s Queen & Princess contest was held on Sunday, September 19th at the Clark County R-1 Middle School, sponsored by the Miss Clark County Scholarship Program. Pictured above this years queen and princess contestants along with the 2019 Queen & Princess and event organizers and volunteers. Front row: Skylar Currence, Isabella Irvin, Jerilynn Ray, Jessica Pitford, Alexis Hageman, Helena Howes, Anja Brunk, Terrigan McAfee, Hayden West, Irelyn Perry, Kensley Ball and Madison Oilar. Back row: 2019 Old Settler’s Princess Kathrynn Schmitz, 2019 Old Settler’s Queen Ariel Kalinauskaus, Angeliah Oilar, Evan Jones, Ashtyn Ebeling, Kambel James, Cady St. Clair, Mia Johnson, Delana Hess, Chrissy Plenge and Emma Pitford.                                                    Photos courtesy of Kristen Hageman, KrissyDan Photography

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2021 Old Settler’s Princess Contest: 1st Runner Up - Irelyn Perry, daughter of Jay & Jamie Perry; 2nd Runner Up - Anja Brunk, daughter of Jeremiah & Ashley Brunk; 2021 Old Settler’s Princess Madison Oilar, daughter of Dan & Michelle Oilar.

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2021 Old Settler’s Queen Contest: 1st Runner Up - Ashtyn Ebeling,  daughter of Chris & Michelle Ebeling;  2021 Old Settler’s Queen Kambel James, daughter of Doug & Nolene James; 2nd Runner Up - Evan Jones, daughter of Sharon Jones & Jesse Jones.

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                                                           Ashcroft Visits Local Libraries

 Jefferson City, Mo. – Today, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft visited with library staff to acknowledge their efforts to make Missouri communities a better place to work and live.
  Missouri has over 360 libraries that serve individuals in many ways. With limited budgets, libraries strive to innovate and update to best serve the needs of the community.

     Visits on August, 25, included: Shelbina Carnegie Library, Knox County Library, Scotland County Memorial Library, Sever-Clark County Library, La Grange Public Library and Marion County Library Sub District #1.     
  Since taking office in 2017, Ashcroft has worked closely with Missouri’s libraries and the state legislature to improve state funding and improve public libraries.


 

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                      Wyaconda, Mo Antique Tractor Pull Honors Richard Courtney Of Kahoka, Mo

   Richard didn’t have much time for a hobby. He worked at Griffin Wheel for 33 ½ years, plus raising cattle and we raised quarter horses for 24 years on the farm.
  He retired from the factory in March 2010. In April of 2010 he bought a W9 Standard form Tim Shayhan of Hurdland, MO. The W9 pulled a sawmill for 34 years, from there it started (tractor fever). Richard’s first pull with it was at Fairfield, IA with Ronnie & Darlene Graham. It won a class or two. There wasn’t many classes for the W9 Standard.

 A big thank you to the Wyaconda Tractor pulling team for all the dedication and hard work getting everything ready so all we have to do is show up and have a fun day, and if we are lucky maybe even take home a trophy.

 

On Wednesday, August 25th at the Clark County Courthouse, Judge Rick Roberts swore into office John Campbell as the new Clark County Assessor.

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Congratulations to Erin Hopp, Janine Riney,  Kelli Lemmon, Lori Anderson and Michelle Oilar. They each won $100 for their classroom from Shelter Insurance, Tim Bertram, Agent’s teacher back to school drawing.

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The Kahoka Police Department and Clark County Ambulance District’s 3rd Annual Charities For Children was held August 20, 2021 at Omakohak Park, Kahoka, Mo. Everyone enjoyed a great fish fry meal with all the trimmings.  All the proceeds from the event go to St. Jude's Children Hospital. Donations of Food, Supplies and Helpers By: Clark County Memorial Shop, Kahoka Meat Processing & Deli and C&R Supermarket. The Air Evac Lifeteam was also in attendance for those in attendance to get to see the helicopter and meet the crew.

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This past week the staff at Peoples Bank of Wyaconda served lunch prepared by Steve’s Family Dining to the CCR-1 staff members on Wednesday. Then on Thursday they donated kleenexes and disinfecting wipes to the district.

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Wyle & Ally Winters recently participated in their first Missouri State Fair Market Lamb Show.  Wyle won Reserve Champion AOB Market Lamb and received first place in the 4H/FFA Carcass Lamb Class. They also received two seconds in the on hoof classes.  Wyle was recognized for his first place carcass lamb at an awards ceremony on Saturday. They are the children of Brandon & LeAnn Winters.

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  The Summer Reading Program is winding down and boys and girls have read SO many books. There are still several prizes and treats available to those participating.
  There was another prize give-away this week, which was an Adventure Force Farm Set.  The prize was won by Emmett Boltz, son of David Boltz and Jacqueline Boltz.
  The Game Farmology was won by Milah Ogle, Micah Ogle, Asher Ogle and Uriah Ogle, children of Seth & Gina Ogle.

 

                                      THE CLARK CO. MULE FESTIVAL IS BACK!             

The Clark Co. Mule Festival will soon begin on September 16, 17, and 18, 2021.    This is our 35TH annual event.  It is held at the Clark County Fairgrounds on Business Route EE or 23130 East Main St., just 1 mile east out of Kahoka, Mo.  
  Kahoka is in the northeast corner of Missouri.  The main gate admission will be   $5.00 per person for a commemorative button or wrist band for the whole week.  The button or wrist band must be on the person for the entire weekend!  The front gate will be open all day and evening though out the week before.   Children 10 and under get in free.  Also, the box seats in the grandstand are being sold now.  There are still some left.  Contact Lori Hamner for more information.  All other seating is first come first serve.   People from all over the United States come to our mule and craft show.

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Clark and Lewis County 4-H Youth Selected for 4-H Best of Show Exhibit Awards at the 2021 Missouri State Fair  

Erin Bash of Kahoka and Mason McDaniel of Kahoka and members of the Ashton Cloverleaf 4-H Club in Clark County and Claire Wiskirchen of Ewing, member of the Walnut Grove 4-H Club in Lewis County, were among fifty-one youth whose projects were selected as Best of Show entries in the 4-H Building at the Missouri State Fair.

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   Construction of the new location for Kahoka Dental is expected to be completed by December and Dr. Deana Ball and her staff will begin seeing patients in the new clinic in January.
  The new space will provide much more room and completely new dental equipment to better serve the existing patients and continue to grow the practice. Kahoka Dental sees patients from early childhood through seniors and accepts many forms of insurance, including Missouri Medicaid which will soon be available to many more adults as Missouri expands eligibility. The state of Missouri  estimates that at least 1,300 adults in Clark, Scotland, Lewis and Shelby counties will soon be eligible for coverage under the new eligibility rules.  Patients who need free assistance in enrollment under the new eligibility rules can contact Saralyn Erwin at 660-665-6067.

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                     Museum To Host Quilt Show on Old Settler's Day
  In honor of Missouri's  Bicentennial year and in conjunction with the arrival and display of the State's          Bicentennial quilt, the Friends of Paul Rowe museum will host a quilt show at the Sever  Library.  
  Also on display will be the museum's Clark County quilt celebrating Missouri's Bicentennial with many thanks to all our block contributors! Quilts will be on display at the Sever Library from 10:00-4:00 on Old Settler's day with a People's Choice Award and prize awarded at 2:30 PM.  Winner will be chosen by visitor's votes.  Quilts may be picked up after 3:30 PM.
  Anyone wanting to display a quilt will need to deliver it to the museum on Friday, September 17 or Wednesday, September 22 to allow time for displaying at the library.  
  Any information you have about the history of your quilt may be added to the information card that will be attached to the quilt.   The library will be staffed by museum volunteers until 4:00 PM and all quilts not picked up will be moved to the museum and may be picked up the next week.   (Museum is open every Wednesday and Friday from 1-4 PM).  Okay everyone, time to choose a quilt to display – a family heirloom,  crazy quilt,  family quilt, quilt of valor, sampler quilt, etc.  
  You have it – let us see it!   
  For any questions contact Linda Plenge 660-727-3862 or Jo Bryant 660-948-2522.

 

   The Kahoka Police Department would like to warn it's residents and businesses of fake money circulating through the community.
  In the last few days multiple fake bills have been used at local businesses.
  The fake money has been used in different dollar amounts, the bills have foreign language writing on the left side of the bills.
  Please remain diligent in inspecting money and to report any             suspicious activity to the Kahoka Police Department or the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

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  Sunday, August 15th was a beautiful afternoon for the rescheduled Clark County Fair 4-H & FFA Horse Show.
  Please see next weeks newspaper for results of the event and see the             Hometown Journal facebook page for more photos from the show.

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The Clark County R-1 Board of Education approved the COVID school plan for 21-22 at the regularly  scheduled board meeting last week.
The District will start in "green status" and masks will not be required in the buildings for students or staff. Anyone can wear a mask if they want to. Students and staff will be socially distanced as much as possible to reduce potential COVID exposure. They will still be under the quarantine guidelines of 15 minutes or more of close contact (within 6 feet) with a person who tests positive.
  The elementary buildings and Indian Pride Learning Center will continue the cohort model to reduce the amount of individuals who may be exposed to a
person testing positive.
Due to a Federal mandate in which the school board and our local health  department cannot override - masks will be required on all school buses.
The entire plan is located on the school's website. https://clarkcounty.k12.mo.us

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  On Friday, August 6th, Kahoka State Bank hosted a Free Swimming night at the City of Kahoka Pool.    The bank and the staff were also happy to host a back to school backpack drawing as well.  Two backpacks that included school supplies were given away for each grade level K-2, 3-5,6-8, and 9-12. Pictured above attendees enjoying their time in the pool and pictured below the staff of Kahoka State Bank with the back packs before they were given away that night.
                        Top photo courtesy of Kristen Hageman, KrissyDan Photography.

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With school starting in just a couple weeks community members have been busy collecting, purchasing and organizing back to school supplies for this year’s Back-to-School Backpack giveaway. This year the Clark County Minister's Association helped with the event. On Thursday, August 5th volunteers met at the Kahoka Christian Church to put the school supplies and backpacks together for the over 100 students who had registered and then on Saturday afternoon the backpacks were handed out.  Pictured above just a few of the volunteers who helped with this years event and they were Mike & Barb Clark, Barb Parrish and Opal Nixon. Thank you to everyone who helped support this event in any way.

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Clark, Knox, and Scotland County 4-H Members Come Together for a 4-H Olympics Themed Day Camp

   On Tuesday July 27th, twenty-seven 4-H members from Clark, Knox, and Scotland Counties came together on the Scotland County Fairgrounds for a day camp. The theme of the day was 4-H Olympics Unplugged where members came together, in person after a year of so many experiences shifting to online, to form countries and compete in a series of physical and mental challenges. Through these activities there was a focus on physical activity, health and nutrition, teamwork, and communication. Activites included: magic carpet ride, balloon volleyball, javelin toss, catapult construction, building the tallest tower, boat building, sailing, basketball, shotput, discus, back-to-back race, bucket-fill relay, water balloon toss, Sponge race, fishing for marbles, tub balance, and playing drip-drip-drop in addition to helping prepare fruits and vegetables for their nutrious lunch.

 

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Walker kids grow Giant Watermelons - Sadie,  Calvin,  and Aiden Walker grew these watermelons in our garden this summer.  This was their first time growing watermelons.

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  This past week David Alderton with Peoples Bank of Wyaconda and Denise Mathes with Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri presented donations to Industrial Opportunities to help pay for the new concrete that was recently poured to help with drainage and help improve safety. Pictured above accepting the donations are Industrial Opportunity Board Members Matt Moore, Wayne Blum, Steve Krueger and Ralph Plenge, Jr. along with Industrial Opportunities Manager Sara Louck.

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This past week MK Phillips Construction started building the new outdoor classroom for students and faculty at Black Hawk Elementary School.

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   Locally the Kahoka VFW Post 4342 hosted a FREE July 4th Family Fun Day on Sunday, July 4th with great food, fun games and a fireworks display to end the night.
   The Shrine of St. Patrick also hosted a July 4th Family Picnic on Sunday in St. Patrick. Everyone in attendance enjoyed a fried chicken dinner, family fun games and the Oak Hollow Campground sponsored the Fireworks Show again this year. Please see page 9 for photos from these events.

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    Joelle Tomlinson, our guest reader this summer, read   several books to the boys and girls for Storytime this week.  One of the books was “Little Joe Chickapig,” which was the book for the drawing.  The book was won by Eloise Brookhart, the daughter of Elizabeth and Jacob Brookhart.  
  The children took home a really cute “chickapig” craft.  Sever Library will be having in-house Storytime on Wednesdays at 10:00 for the next four Wednesdays.
  There will be drawings for books.  This program is for preschoolers and grade school students. There will be crafts for the boys and girls to take home.  We hope to see you next week!
  There was another prize give-away this week, which was an art project.  
  Jessie Sturm was our winner this week.  She is the daughter of Crystal and Rickie Sturm.

 

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   Wayne J. Blum was presented a Quilt of Valor at his home by Cinda James, Mary Ann Barnes and Cheryl Buschling, members of the Sewcial Quilters of Clark County.
  Wayne entered the Army in September 1955 along with two of his neighbor boys, Albert Brewer and Bill Mohr. They took their basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo then he advanced for training in Fort Dix, N.J. and then was assigned to Fort Riley, Kansas, to the First Division (the Big Red One). While at Fort Dix he was able to spend his 20th birthday and New Year's Eve in New York City. Following his            honorable discharge from the Army he served 4 years in the Army Reserve and took summer training at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin.

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  This past week Junior Indian Football camp was held at the CCR-1 Activity Field. Those attending    included: Bennett Plenge, Owen Eddleman, Blake Rodgers, Corrick Hunziker, Wyatt Billings, Maverick Kirchner, Khoal Stark, Grady Webster, Conner Waples, Brody Davis, Riley Moeller, Cooper Green, Ryles McIntire, Liam McIntire, Kia Binsbacher, Cash Wilson, Wyatt Davis, Landon Roberts, Tuff Pitford, Lukas Weaver, Elijah Miller, Avery Biggerstaff, Isaiah Kiger, Conner Smith, Kole Ross, Brennan Fuller, Reid Sammons, Darin Shotts, Gracyn Holsted, Corbin White, Kade Wilson, Avery Dent and Wyatt Lovell.

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   This past week Beverly Laffoon with Kahoka State Bank presented Tammy McDaniel-Ramsey and Delma Smith of the Clark County Nursing Home with a flower arrangement of red, white and blue carnations prepared by Flowers For You for each one of the residents.  The residents really appreciated them.  Pictured are just a couple of the residents with the beautiful arrangements.
of the smiles as they passed them out.

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On Wednesday, June 23rd Beverly Laffoon of Kahoka State Bank presented City of Kahoka Mayor Jerry Webber with a check for $2,000 to go towards the purchase of the new slide for the city pool.

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                                           Quilt of Valor Presentation

Gerald Harper was awarded a Quilt of Valor by the Sewcial Quilters of Clark County. Presenting the quilt were Pam Oilar and Audrey Eckle.

       

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     Sever Library had its first Storytime this week, and it was a great success.  
  Joelle Tomlinson is our guest reader this summer, and   Vivian Reardon is her helper.  The drawing for the book, “Cowhide and Seek,” was won by Isaiah Kiger, the son of Bailee and Cory Kiger.  The children took home a really cute cow craft.
  Sever Library will be having in house Storytime on Wednesdays at 10:00 for the next five Wednesdays. There will be drawings for books.  This program is for preschoolers and grade school students. There will be crafts for the boys and girls to take home.
  There was another prize give-away this week.  Camden and Knox Kiger were the lucky winners!  They are the sons of Bailee and Cory Kiger.

   This past week the tri-state area had multiple days of severe weather that passed through bringing large amounts of rain, small amounts of hail, strong winds and some interesting clouds. Water over the road was reported in some parts of the county and strong winds did cause some downed tree limbs in the county as well. The above photo was taken on the evening of Tuesday, June 22nd.

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            Clark County DAR Chapter Named Outstanding Chapter Of the Year

    Despite COVID, members of the Clark County Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution had an active 2020. They recognized American History essay participants, sponsored a poster for Missouri’s Bicentennial, donated items for Community Classrooms, collected caps for Quincy’s 2x4 for Hope, had Constitution Week displays, sent cards to nursing home residence, donated items to Welcome Home veterans’ homeless shelter in Columbia, helped distribute wreaths at Forest Grove Cemetery for Wreaths Across America, sent cards to local public service personnel, donated food to the local food pantry, gave 35 American Flags, sent over 5,500 coupons to overseas military bases, and donated $1,450 of Coke Rewards to schools. While the chapter is small – just 25 members –  these ladies were also able to award an Outstanding American History Teacher, four additional Vietnam veterans with the 50-year anniversary lapel pin, a Quilt of Valor to World War II Vet, sponsor two Good Citizens and two Youth Citizenships, submit a Patriot of the Month, and recognize two Community Service Award recipients.

  All of these endeavors were acknowledged at the 122nd Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution Conference that was held June 3-6 in Kansas City. Our local DAR chapter, the Clark County Chapter, was awarded Outstanding Chapter of the Year for 2021. The chapter’s name and the year will be put on a plaque and placed at Roslyn Heights, the MSSDAR headquarters located in Booneville, MO.
 

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  Any female over the age of 18 that can prove her lineal decent from an individual who was a patriot of the American Revolution can join the DAR. If you are interested in more information, please contact Regent Caren Whitehead at (660)342-1323 or e-mail carenwhitehead@outlook.com or contact Vice-Regent Mitzie Pitford at (660)341-9414 or e-mail Mitzie18@yahoo.com  Clark County DAR Chapter members include: Kathy Blythe, Mary Corvaia, Michele Cragg, Sandra Heath, Cheryl Hill, Lois Humes, Dorothy Lyon, Erin McCarty, Tami McCoy, Barb Neyens, Rayline Perry, Twila Peters, Mitzie Pitford, Carol Ragar, Mary Reep, Diana Ridgely, Lea Sayre, Anne Schock, Jennifer Schock-Bolles, Susan Schults, Debbie Smith, Lois Snider, Helen St Clair, Elizabeth Watson and Caren Whitehead.

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In this photo, Aynsley Harmon, bottom left, and fellow 4-H’ers practice the reciting the 4-H pledge, led by DeafLEAD’s Nicole Hohlt, middle row, right; and Katie Hogan, MU Extension engagement specialist in 4-H youth development, bottom right.

Pledging head, heart, hands and health, Missouri 4-H'ers flock to new ASL project

Writer: Katherine Foran -  University of Missouri Extension
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, Mo. – Aynsley Harmon, a 12-year-old from Kahoka, Missouri, wanted to be able to talk with a deaf  relative she sees at family  reunions. So she did what any resourceful 4-H’er does: She looked for a project to help her accomplish her goal.
  With a lot of support and   collaboration along the way, her determination resulted in a statewide Missouri 4-H project that highlights the best features of university extension and engagement, said Katie Hogan, University of Missouri Extension engagement specialist in 4-H youth development in Clark County.
  Missouri 4-H piloted the American Sign Language project this spring for youths grades six and up. Aynsley and the 11 other members of the inaugural online class learned to sign the alphabet, introductions, greetings, feelings, family members and how to answer basic questions. Their final assignment? Reciting the 4-H pledge in ASL.

 

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   The Kahoka/Clark County Chamber of Commerce held their annual Flag Day Parade on Monday, June 14th. Pictured above this years color guard Landon Gutting, Paul Brotherton & Robert Smith leading the parade.
Also pictured above are a few candids from the parade.

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2021 Flag Day Parade Winners Age 0-3: 1st place Peyton Yates and Braelynn McDaniel (right); 2nd place Crue Bash and Mila Bash (middle); 3rd place Elisia March and Jozie March (left).

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2021 Flag Day Parade Winners Age 4-6: 1st place Taizlee Washburn (middle);  2nd place Jameson McDaniel (left); 3rd place Kindrick McDaniel (right).

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2021 Flag Day Parade Winner
Age 7-8:
1st place Donovan Hardman

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1st place Taviah Washburn

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2021 Flag Day Parade Winner  - Summer School
1st place Mrs. Anderson & Mrs. Mason's Kindergarten Classes

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2021 Flag Day Parade Winner  - Daycare: 1st place Kid's Korner Daycare

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Arnold Brunk was recently presented a Quilt of Valor by Pam Oilar and Cinda James of the Sewcial Quilters of Clark County. Brunk was presented the quilt at his 90th birthday celebration earlier this month.

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After the Flag Day Parade on Monday, June 14th, members of the Sewcial Quilters of Clark County presented seven Quilts of Valor to seven of our local veterans. The Veterans honored included: Paul David Schultz, Brian Hillyer, Roscoe Nelson, Donald "Pete" Yates, Keith Wilson, Roy Brown and James Folker.





 

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        Sever Memorial Library News 

   Starting June 23 – July 28 the library will be having in house Storytime on Wednesdays at 10:00 with a special reader featuring a farm theme. There will be drawings for books.  This program is for preschoolers and grade school students. There will be crafts for the boys and girls to take home.
  There was another prize give-away this week.  Leah Hedrick was the lucky winner!  She is the daughter of Hilary and Chance Hedrick.
                      NEW BOOKS
   The President’s Daughter by Bill Clinton & James Patterson
      That Summer by Jennifer Weiner
  The Mistress of Auschwitz by Terrence Williamson
   Righteous Fury by Terrence Williamson


 

  The new slide was installed this past week at the City of Kahoka Pool.   The new pool hours are Monday - Saturday 12:30 pm- 8:30 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Admission will be $3.00 per person above 2 years old. Water aerobics is from 7:45 pm to 8:30 pm and morning lap swim from 6:30 am to 7:45 am Monday through Thursday. For questions about the pool you can call 660-342-2566.

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John Huffman Announces Retirement, Mandy Ross To Be New Agent

John Huffman, is happy to announce that he will be retiring later this year from Huffman Insurance & Clark Mutual Insurance Co. and is welcoming Mandy Ross as the new owner/agent/ manager of the companies.
  "My wife, Nancy, and I are very excited about this decision to welcome Mandy. We had been starting to look for someone to take over the business and we wanted a local person, and someone that would be good for our business.  Mandy had approached me last December on what my plans were and then we talked about it again in March of this year. We just really felt like this was the right time and right person to take over the business that we have worked hard to build over the years. Our board of directors was also very pleased when it was brought to them about hiring Mandy as the new agent," John said.  

 

A new scoreboard was installed at the City of Kahoka Baseball field this past week. Thank You to Exchange Bank for purchasing the scoreboard and the city employees for installing it.

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The American Legion held a flag disposal ceremony at the St. Paul Cemetery on  Sunday, June 13th.

Members of John H. McNeil Camp Sons of Union Veterans held a memorial service at the Athens Cemetery near the Battle of Athens State Historic Site. Following the service flags were placed on the graves of veterans whose final resting place is the Athens Cemetery. The service was held Saturday, May 29th.

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                                    Willing Workers 4-H Club Contributes
    The Willing Workers 4-H Club recently donated $2,000 they raised by selling caramel corn and cotton candy at the Clark County Cattlemen’s Spring Fling to the Clark County Junior Livestock Committee’s Bathrooms Project. The club would like to thank all those who supported their efforts.   Pictured above: 4-H members Lucas Snead, Tanner Snead, Bennett Harmon, Aynsley Harmon, and FFA members Kelsey Forquer, Ronee Scott, and Ameila Boudreau are presented a check by Willing Workers 4-H Club members Landon Nye, Lindy Nye, and Walter Dunlap. Pictured below: Progress has begun on the project.

 

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On Tuesday, June 8th the Clark County Football Association held their annual banquet. Special awards given out during the evening included: Drew Holsted, Scout Team Player of the Year; Layne Sommers, Co Offensive MVP; Sam Wheeler, Co Offensive MVP & Defensive MVP; Gabe Hunziker, Indian Pride; Aaron Day, Indian Pride; Justin Webster, Indian Pride; Tristen Shores, CCFA Indian Character Award. 
 

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   Members of the Clark County A&M Fair Board are happy to announce the line up for this years Clark County Fair scheduled for July 14th - July 17th at the Clark County Fairgrounds.

     This years Clark County Fair will feature Rhonda Vincent in concert on Saturday, July 17th. The concert will start at 11:00 am in the grandstand at the Clark County Fairgrounds.  The concert requires a regular front gate fee of $10.00 or season ticket pass, plus $20.00 at the amphitheater, children 5 and under free. To purchase your concert tickets early you can contact Shawn McAfee.

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Kahoka Resident Competes For State Title
  MEXICO, MISSOURI – Miss Missouri candidates from across the state, their pageant directors and families will travel to the heart of Missouri June 14 to kick off a week filled with rehearsals, talent performances, interviews, and evening gowns at Missouri Military Academy. After having to delay an entire year, the Miss Missouri Scholarship Organization is excited to get back on the stage and crown a new Miss Missouri.
  The group includes Miss Columbia Calissa Cormier.   Calissa, the daughter of Brigitte Egley and Matt Cormier, is a Kahoka native. She is currently a student at the University of Missouri-Columbia where she is pursuing a biology degree. Calissa has competed previously in the Miss Missouri Scholarship  organization.

 

   Wilson & Triplett Funeral Home unveiled the Wall of Honor over the weekend. A few of the American Legion members (George, Ted, Judy, Chuck, and Chuck's service dog, Dickens) stopped by to place a Memorial Day wreath upon the wall. The wall features a framed plaque that is made by the funeral home every Veteran's Day honoring the veterans that the funeral home had served over the past year. Also thanking our veterans were two of Chris and Sandra Triplett’s nieces Gracie and Astora.
  One of the main idea's behind the Honor Wall is that an archive of those  veterans that have passed are placed in perpetuity upon the wall at the funeral home. The wall is open to the public and a constant testament to the sacrifices of those who keep us free.  Wilson & Triplett Funeral Home has been humbled by the support they have received over this project and honored to support our local veterans.

 

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   Donations made to the Show Me-FCE Club in memory of Karen Walker are being used to purchase two books for each of the CCR-1 Elementary School libraries and two for the Sever Memorial Library.

   Pictured above: Betty Anderson, Barb Clark, Ozelma Shoup and Gloria Macomber presenting the books for the Black Hawk & Running Fox Elementary School Libraries in memory of Karen Walker.

    Pictured below: Dixie Blum, Kay Hess, Kathy Heinze, Betty Anderson, Barb Clark, and Gloria Macomber presenting Brenda Brown with the Sever Memorial Library with the books in memory of Karen Walker.
 

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  Despite the rainy weather there was a great turnout for the annual Kids vs Fish event on Saturday, May 22nd at Fox Valley Lake.

   The City of Kahoka pool will be opening the first week of June. The new hours will be Monday - Saturday 12:30 pm- 8:30 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Admission will be $3.00 per person above 2 years old. Water aerobics will start Tuesday, June 1st from 7:45 pm to 8:30 pm. and morning lap swim will also start on Tuesday, June 1st from 6:30 am to 7:45 am.

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  Wednesday, May 26th, Community Action Head Start at Kahoka had a retirement party for Beverly Hasner.  Ms. Bev is moving to Rolla to be closer to her children.  She has taught in Canton, retired, then came to Kahoka Head Start for the past several years.  Thank you Ms. Bev for all that you've done for the children and our agency and best wishes for your retirement.
  Pictured left to right: Terri Cross, Head Start Director, Beverly Hasner, teacher,(Kahoka) Julianna Knowles, teacher assistant,(Kahoka) Helena Maddox, cook, (Kahoka) Pam Barnett, Education Content Area Manager, Doris Weibrect, Inkind/Bus/Maintenance, Chris Shoup, Kahoka Center Supervisor/  Family Advocate, Kailey Wheeler, PFCE/ERSEA Content Area Manager, Shelby Sattman, Health/ Nutrition Content Area Manager and Bree Vaughn, Teacher Assistant (Kahoka).

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Outstanding Senior Athletes Sam Wheeler & Kiara Brunk.

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Nine Clark County Athletes participated in the Class 2 State Track & Field Meet on Friday, May 21st. Pictured above Head Coach Nicole Harper, Assistant Coach Erin Hopp, Delana Hess, Elly Hamner, Ally Fox, Grace Buschling, Ethan Nelson, Maggie Weaver, Abby Plenge, Kiara Brunk, Alexis Ellison and Assistant Coach Ethan Allen.

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 Lewis County REC Cares Foundation board members Ryan St. Clair and Renee Kirchner present MU Extension County Engagement  Specialist Katie Hogan with a check for

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On Friday, May 21st Brian Alderton from Peoples Bank of Wyaconda and Jed Wilson from Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri each presented City of Kahoka Alderman Les Billings with a check for $2,000 to go towards the purchase of the new slide for the city pool.

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Clark County R-1 Senior Class of 2021

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   At the Kahoka City Council meeting this past week members of the Clark County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented City of Kahoka Alderman/Cemetery Board Member Larry Young with a donation of $500 to purchase one of the new flagpoles for the Kahoka Cemetery.  Alderman Young stated at the meeting that all but 3 flagpoles have been purchased and some community members have offered to purchase some of the flags to be flown on the new memorial flag poles at the Cemetery.
  Pictured above with Alderman Young are Clark County DAR members Anne Schock, Rayline Perry, Debbie Smith, Mitzie Pitford, Kathy Blythe, and Lois Humes.

 

MU Announces Flagship Scholarship Recipients from Clark County

   Amelia Boudreau and Zoe Hunziker were selected as the 2021 Clark County recipients of the University of Missouri Flagship Scholarship.
  The scholarship is worth up to $15,000 a year for four years to complete an undergraduate degree.  This scholarship is made possible by a donation from Mark McAndrew in honor of his parents, Jack and Ladene McAndrew.
  Amelia is the daughter of  David and Pam Boudreau. While at the University of Missouri she is planning to pursue a degree in Agriculture.

 Zoe is the daughter of  Chad Hunziker and Natalie Hunziker. While at the University of Missouri she is planning to major in speech, language and hearing sciences.

   Pictured to the right the 2020 Flagship Recipient Karah Brown is picture with her parents and Mark McAndrew. Karah is the daughter of Jason and Bambi Brown.
  She is currently a sophomore at the University of Missouri pursuing an Arts & Science degree.

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  This past week the residents & staff at the Clark County Nursing Home               celebrated National Skilled Nursing Care Week. The theme this year is "Together Through the Seasons".   Everyone enjoyed participating in a variety of activities during the week. Pictured above the residents getting ready for the balloon release.

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Congratulations to the following nine athletes who have qualified for the to Class 2 State Track & Field Meet on Friday, May 21st in Jefferson City, Mo.

Alexis Ellison will be competing in the 100 Meter Dash, 200 Meter Dash & Long Jump.

Abby Plenge will be competing in the 100 Meter Dash, 400 Meter Dash & 4x400 Meter Relay.

Elly Hamner & Ally Fox will be competing in the javelin throw.

Grace Buschling will be competing in the 1600 meter run & 3200 Meter Run.

4x400 meter relay team of Delana Hess, Kiara Bunk, Maggie Weaver & Abby Plenge.

Ethan Nelson will be competing in the 3200 meter run.

 

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   The Antioch 4-H Club presented the Clark County Junior Livestock Committee with a check for $450 for the Bathroom’s Project that they raised during a recent fundraiser.
  Pictured: Front- Lucas Snead, Tanner Snead, Bennett Harmon, Landon Nye, Lindy Nye, Walter Dunlap. Back- Aynsley Harmon, Kelsey Forquer, Ronee Scott, Amelia Boudreau.

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     The Clark County Junior Livestock Committee received a donation of $1,000 from Bayer, presented by Shelby Fuhr, Dekalb/Asgrow Field Sales Representative for the Bathrooms Project.
Pictured: Front- Lucas Snead, Tanner Snead, Bennett Harmon, Landon Nye, Lindy Nye, Walter Dunlap. Back- Aynsley Harmon, Kelsey Forquer, Ronee Scott, Amelia Boudreau, Shelby Fuhr.

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  Clark County FFA has contributed $1,000 to the Clark County Junior Livestock Committee’s Building Fund for the Bathrooms Project.
  Pictured:  Front- Lucas Snead, Tanner Snead, Bennett Harmon, Landon Nye, Lindy Nye, Walter Dunlap, Clark County FFA Officer- Ronee Scott. Back- Aynsley Harmon, Kelsey Forquer, Amelia Boudreau.

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   On behalf of the St. Patrick Knights of Columbus, Chris Pearl presented at check for $500 for the the Bathrooms Project at the Clark County Fairgrounds.
  Pictured: Front- Lucas Snead, Tanner Snead, Bennett Harmon, Landon Nye, Lindy Nye, Walter Dunlap, Chris Pearl- St. Patrick Knights of Columbus. Back- Aynsley Harmon, Kelsey Forquer, Ronee Scott, Amelia Boudreau
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    Kahoka MFA Agri-Service Manager Tony Chancellor and Bookkeeper Lesia Hunziker present Clark County 4-H and FFA members with a $2,000 donation from MFA Agri-Service for the Clark County Junior Livestock Committee’s Bathrooms Project at the Clark County Fairgrounds.
  Pictured above: Front- Lucas Snead, Tanner Snead, Bennett Harmon, Landon Nye, Lindy Nye, Walter Dunlap. Back- Tony Chancellor- Kahoka MFA Agri-Service Manager, Aynsley Harmon, Kelsey Forquer, Ronee Scott, Amelia Boudreau, Lesia Hunziker- Kahoka MFA Agri-Service Bookkeeper.

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The MFA Oil Foundation has awarded a grant to the Clark County Jr. Livestock Committee to assist with purchasing materials to install restrooms in the Clark County fairgrounds for youth exhibiting with 4-H and FFA. Pictured above: front row -  Lucas Snead, Tanner Snead, Bennett Harmon, Landon Nye, Lindy Nye, Walter Dunlap. Back row -  Monte Fisher- MFA Oil Foundation Board Member, Aynsley Harmon, Kelsey Forquer, Ronee Scott, Amelia Boudreau, Cory Fett- MFA Oil Kahoka, Manager.

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    A surprise open house was held on Friday, May 7th for Sarah St. Clair - Calnan at Tanglez Hair Salon in Kahoka.
  Sarah completed her apprenticeship in February 2021 and is now a licensed cosmetologist.
   Congratulations to Sarah on her achievement.
  Photo courtesy of Tabitha Ball.



 

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Clark County girls & boys track teams competed in the Class 2 District 4  Track and Field Meet Saturday at Monroe City High School. The Clark County Lady Indians won the girls district track title with 113.75 points. Palmyra was second with 112 points, and Marceline claimed third with 88.5 points. The top four finishers in each event advance to the Class 2 Sectional 2 at Monroe City Saturday.

Clark County Cattlemen’s Spring Fling In The Park was held Saturday, May 1st. Those in attendance included the Clark County Cattlemen, Kahoka Lions Club, and many of our local 4-H groups, along with other local residents selling crafts, baked goods and more. Members from the Kahoka First Baptist Church were also in attendance to help show the community about the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoebox ministry outreach program. The shoebox project collects and delivers a shoebox full of personal hygiene items and school supplies to children affected by war, poverty, natural disasters, and other crises located in some of the hardest-to-reach places in the world.

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On Tuesday, April 27th students and staff at Kahoka Head Start released 3 Monarch butterflies that started out as larvae.  The children have been doing lessons on insects.

 

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    Local bank President, Paula Fox of Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri recently presented a check in the amount of $2500. to Steve Yager, RC coordinator for The Food Bank for Central and Northeast  Missouri. These funds will serve 5 counties within the banks various locations in Clark, Marion, Shelby, Scottland, and Schuyler.
  The amount of these funds received will allow The Food Bank for Central and Northeast to help provide at least over 10,000 meals and Buddy Packs to students within the counties The Food Bank serves.
  It’s partnerships like Exchange Bank, that enable The Food Bank to make an impact on neighbors in need.  To learn more how you can get involved go to www:sharefoodbringhope.org.

 

 

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 With this year coming to an end and our senior officers getting ready to graduate, the Clark County FFA Chapter had to come up with a new officer team slate. So on Tuesday, April 20th the senior officers and advisors conducted the officer interviews for the new upcoming officer team.
  After the interviews were finished and they looked over the applications they came to a decision. Then the officers placed the candidates where they thought that they would fit best and to bring success for the chapter for the upcoming year. It could not be finalized until the meeting on Thursday where the club would vote on whether or not this list provided would be the next year’s officer team for our chapter.
  So on Thursday, April 22 the chapter voted to have the following as the new officers for next FFA year, President: Ethan Nelson, First Vice President: Colin Nichols, Second Vice President: Halea Davis, Secretary: Jacob Oliar, Assistant Secretary: Landon Arnold, Treasurer: Clayton Heinze, Assistant Treasurer: Callan Wheeler, Reporter: Ronee Scott, Assistant Reporter: Erin Bash, Assistant Reporter: Taylor Schantz, Sentinel: Luke Brown, Assistant Sentinel: Seth LaFrenz, Chaplain: Landon Toolate, Historian: Bryleigh Shaffer, Parliamentarian: Brenna Schantz.


 

Local Emergency Responders Participate in Grain Bin Engulfment Rescue Training

    On Saturday, April 24th, twenty emergency responders from across northeast Missouri came to Kahoka to partake in Grain Bin Engulfment Rescue Training, sponsored by the Kahoka Fire Department. Three Missouri University Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MUFRTI) instructors from southern Missouri, each with over a decade of grain bin rescue experience came to share to share their knowledge. Under a joint partnership with the Missouri Division of Fire Service, MFA and MUFRTI, this eight-hour class was brought to Clark County for no charge to the participating departments and firefighters. The twenty-three emergency responders represented Rutledge, Revere, Wayland, Newark, Farmington, Kahoka, Lewis County R4 and Lewis R5 Fire Departments, including three local firefighters who also serve with the Clark County Rescue Squad.

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The annual Spring CARE Soccer Program started earlier this month. Over the last few weeks kids Pre-K thru 5th Grade have been having fun learning about the fundamentals of soccer. Pictured are just two of the age groups having fun practicing on Saturday morning at the CARE Soccer fields.

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The Clark County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently celebrated Twila Peter’s 50th year of membership in DAR. Pictured above with Twila are Clark County DAR members Rayline Perry, Anne Schock, Lois Humes, Mitzie Pitford, Leah Sayre, Debbie Smith, Kathy Blythe, Carol Ragar and Caren Whitehead.

      Clark County Fourth Grade Students win Essay and Artwork Contest
   The annual 4th Grade Essay and Artwork Contest for the current 2020-2021 school year was held on the subject of  “Responsibility”.  The Show-Me Family, Community and Education club sponsored the local contest.  This year’s theme is one of the Six Pillars of Character. 

   The students who entered the contest had to write an essay and create a hand drawn picture.
  This is a nationwide contest by F.C.E. clubs providing an opportunity for students to       improve their literacy skills and develop ethical values.  
    The top three winners were awarded their certificates and prizes at the Clark County Court House on Friday, April 2nd.   Kiara Winters, daughter of Shay and Leslie Winters won first place at the county, district and state level.  Judging on the national level is currently under way.  Kiara is a student at Running Fox Elementary School.  Hali Justice, daughter of Jeremiah and Jessica Justice won second place at the county level.  

     She is a student at Running Fox Elementary School.  Bennett Harmon, son of Ardith and Jamie Harmon is the winner of third place.  He is a student at Black Hawk Elementary School. 

   A supper is being planned for these three, their families and their reading teachers at a later date.  Last year’s winners will also be included as the pandemic prevented having a supper for them.