Gov. Nixon announces Missouri State Highway Patrol will take the lead on security responsibilities in Ferguson

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Gov.  Jay Nixon yesterday announced that the Missouri State Highway Patrol would immediately begin directing supervision of security responsibilities in the city of Ferguson. The Governor said those efforts would be under the supervision of Troop C Commander Capt. Ron Johnson, who grew up in north St. Louis County.

The Governor made the announcement at the University of Missouri – St. Louis in north St. Louis County, where he was joined by Capt. Johnson and by St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, and area legislators. Earlier today he participated in a meeting of the Clergy Coalition and also went to some of the sites in Ferguson that have been hit by civil unrest since the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on Saturday, including the site of the shooting. Gov. Nixon also spoke directly with President Obama today about the situation.

Nixon Responds About Release Of Ferguson Police Officer’s Name Involved In Shooting

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – Gov. Jay Nixon today issued the statement below after the Ferguson Police Department provided information about the officer involved in the shooting on Saturday of Michael Brown.

“I’m pleased that the people of Ferguson and the region began to get some long-overdue information today, and I will continue to call for openness and transparency as the parallel investigations into this tragedy proceed to their necessary conclusions."

UPDATED: Christopher Tyler Blankenship Dies At Age 38

UPDATED: Fri. Aug. 15 3:41 p.m.
ROSEBUD, Mo.
- Christopher Tyler Blankenship, 38, of Rosebud, Mo. passed away Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur from injuries in a dirt bike crash.

Chris was known by most as "Short," a nickname given to him by his brother Justin "Bink" when he was a toddler.  However, once they were older the name was actually more suitable for Bink.

Short graduated from Owensville High School in 1994.  He was united in marriage on October 6, 2001 at St. John's United Church of Christ in Bem to Crystal Cahill.  They have two children, Macen Noall, 11 and Kate Gracyn, 8.

He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Bem and a life member of the American Motorcyclist Association.  He was an assistant coach for 6th grade Dutchmen Youth Football and spent many hours helping various local organizations in Owensville and Rosebud.

Norma L. Whitman (March 25, 1929 - August 13, 2014)

Norma L. Whitman, 85, of Hermann, Missouri, passed away on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Frene Valley Health Center.

Mrs. Whitman was born in Arcola, Illinois on March 25, 1929, the daughter of the late Roy and Nellie (Grove) Diffenderfer.

She was the widow of Paul Whitman. They were married February 22, 1948 at Jonesburg, Missouri.

Girl Scout Uses Her Gold Award Project To Help Families Rebuild After House Fires

Samantha Copeland kept her smartphone working overtime as she led and coordinated with other people on her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Psalm 91:1 Care Packages. (Photo courtesy of Charles Bolinger, Communications Assistant.)

Samantha Copeland knows first-hand what it is like to lose her family’s home in a fire then struggle to find necessities for the first 24-48 hours afterward. For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Psalm 91:1 Care Packages, she wants to make sure no one else in her area endures the same issues after future house fires.
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest national award that a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador, girls in grades 9-12, can earn.

Susan Lenger HADH's Employee of Second Quarter

Pictured above: Assistant Administrator/Director of Radiology Matt Siebert presents Susan Lenger, OTA/L with hospital Employee of the Second Quarter certificate. (Photo courtesy of HADH)

HERMANN, Mo. - Susan Lenger, OTA/L (Occupational Therapy Assistant in our Rehabilitation Therapy and Home Health department) was selected Employee of 2nd Quarter (April, May, June) by the Employee Appreciation Committee of Hermann Area District Hospital.

The employee of the quarter is selected by a committee of peers based upon the employee going above and beyond for the hospital and the community we serve.  She received a certificate, corsage, and $50 gift certificate to Vintage Restaurant.

Hermann Fitness Source Silver Sneakers® Program

Pictured above: Rosie Branson, June Fricke, Shirley Speckhals, JoAnn Lenger, Darlene Schneider, Henrietta Bader, Ann Reed, Maxine Witte, Audrey Pottebaum, Barb Schutt, Anne Althauser, and Carol Paubel. (Photo courtesy of HADH)

HERMANN, Mo. - The Hermann Fitness Source Silver Sneakers® SilverSplash Program has completed its 7th year; time flies when you’re having fun!

Memorial Service Saturday for Former ECC President Dale Gibson

Pictured left: Dr. Dale Gibson, president of East Central College from 1990 to 1999.

UNION, Mo. - Dr. Dale Gibson, president of East Central College in the 1990s, died Saturday, August 9, following a brief illness. He was 81.  

A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 16, at 2 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Washington, MO.

New Haven Police Issue Stern Warning To Drivers: School Starts Next Week

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - New Haven Police Chief John Sheible would like to remind motorists that the new school year is upon us. As in years past, the officers will be watching for unsafe driving around all schools.

“We’ve noticed that many people don’t seem to understand the area at the Highway 100 and Douglas St. intersection. There is a crosswalk there, and it is well marked with a flashing yellow light and signs. Drivers must yield to people crossing in the crosswalk", said Chief Sheible.

Fire Engulfs Home On Scenic Point Drive

Scenic Point Drive surrounded by smoke as Washington Fire Department works to put out the fire.

WASHINGTON, Mo. – Washington Fire Department responded to a house fire on Scenic Point Drive in Washington, MO earlier today, Monday August 11. 

Washington Fire Chief Bill Helmich said, “We got two 911 calls for a house fully involved on Scenic Point Drive. On our arrival we had fire through the roof, 50 percent of flame and smoke environment, and it was advancing to the rest of the house to the North.”

Gov. Nixon Calls For U.S. Department of Justice Conduct Independent Investigation In Ferguson Shooting

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that he has requested that the U.S. Department of Justice conduct an independent investigation of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Mo. on Saturday.
 
“This morning, I notified St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley that I would be making a formal request to the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct an independent investigation into the fatal shooting in Ferguson this past Saturday,” Gov. Nixon said.

Man Walking Across Country Stops In Hermann, New Haven

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Norman Horn, pictured above, takes a short break from his walk across the country to take a picture with his Coast 2 Coast FTK cart which holds his supplies for the trip. 

HERMANN, NEW HAVEN, Mo. – Norman Horn, founder of Coast 2 Coast FTK, an organization that helps fight childhood cancer, stopped in Hermann, MO, Friday, August 8 and New Haven, MO, Saturday, August 9, on his way across the country.

Horn stayed overnight at The Stone Giraffe Bed & Breakfast in Hermann Friday before making his way to New Haven the next morning. While in New Haven, Horn stayed at The Flamingo Key. He left this morning, August 10, and is currently on his way to Augusta, MO.

Miss Warren County Crowned 2014 Missouri State Fair Queen

Miss Hanna Keene from Warrenton was named the 2014 Missouri State Fair Queen.  Miss Keene received the highest score of 58 contestants vying for the title in the competition.  Miss Keene will reign over the remaining State Fair events and be an ambassador for the State Fair and Missouri agriculture throughout the coming year.

SEDALIA, Mo. –Miss Hanna Keene from Warrenton was named the 2014 Missouri State Fair Queen in a ceremony held yesterday, Aug. 8.

Miss Keene received the highest score of 58 contestants vying for the title in the competition held at 3 p.m. in the Mathewson Exhibition Center.

Miss Keene will reign over the remaining State Fair events and be an ambassador for the State Fair and Missouri agriculture throughout the coming year. Winning entries have also been announced in the Fine Arts Department and Opening Day Parade.

Marie C. LaBoube (May 29, 1924 - August 8, 2014)

Marie C. LaBoube, 90, of Hermann passed away Friday, August 8, 2014 at The Arbors at Victorian Place, Washington, MO.

Mrs. LaBoube was born in Litchfield, Illinois on May 29, 1924, the daughter of the late Henry and Theresa (nee Meyer) Meyer.

She was a member of St. Paul's Church Berger, MO. Marie loved to sew, garden and take care of her lawn, she also enjoyed traveling with her husband.

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