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Gov. Nixon announces that MoDOT will waive weight limits to help farmers impacted by heavy rains

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – With heavy rains affecting farmers’ ability to harvest their crops in many areas of the state, Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that the Missouri Department of Transportation has agreed to allow heavier than normal truck loads of farm commodities on Missouri highways.

The Governor made the announcement during a visit to BioZyme Inc., an animal nutrition company in St. Joseph. While the waiver is in effect, farmers, private and for-hire motor carriers may carry up to 10 percent more than their licensed weight on Missouri highways.

8th Annual Community Coat Drive Being Held Until Oct. 25

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. - The Second Blessings Food Pantry in Union, Mo is currently holding their 8th Annual Community Coat Drive until Oct. 25th.

Winter outerwear items such as gently used and new coats, scarves, gloves, boots, etc. or being collected.

Items will then be distributed on Oct. 25th from the Union Moose Lodge from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Anyone needing winter clothing is welcome and there are no obligations.

Items can be dropped off at any of the following locations:

Shamrocks Go Perfect To Win Four Rivers Conference

Pictured: The 2014 Four Rivers Conference Volleyball Champions.

OWENSVILLE, Mo. - Tuesday night New Haven’s perfect record in conference play remained in tacked after knocking off Owensville in straight sets (25-3, 25-16) to win the Four Rivers Conference for first time since 2005. New Haven not only went undefeated (7-0) but did so without dropping a single set in their seven conference matches.

Driver Of Tractor Trailer Shot At From Behind - Headrest Stops Bullet

PACIFIC, Mo. - Last Friday (October 10) at approximately 8:15 PM, deputies received a call in reference to an assault that occurred in the area of I-44 near the Pacific exit. Eureka Police contacted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and advised they were out with a tractor trailer that was shot by a passing motorist near the 257 mile marker on east bound 44.

It was reported that St. Louis County Police were with the suspects in the area of I-44 and the 270 interchange, Sherriff Gary Toelke stated in a press release from this morning.

East Central Soccer Captures MCCAC Conference Title With Win Over Jefferson

UNION, Mo. - The East Central College Soccer Falcons (7-7-1) made huge strides to reach the .500 plateau by beating Region 16 and Missouri Community College Athletic Conference rival Jefferson College by a score of 2-1.

The victory also has the Falcons on top of the MCCAC standings as conference champions for the first time since 2011.

High School Students Invited to Math, Science and Engineering Career Event at ECC

UNION, Mo. - The Transfer Engineering Department at East Central College will host a Math and Science Career Night for high school students from the area Wednesday, October 22.  The annual event is co-sponsored by Missouri University of Science & Technology and will be presented from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Training Center on the ECC campus in Union.

Julie Moeckli - New Haven High School's September Student Of The Month

Pictured left is Julie Moeckli. (Photo courtesy of New Haven High School)

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - The Student of the Month for September is Senior Julie Moeckli.  Julie is the daughter of Clayton and Linda Moeckli. 

She is active in FBLA, FCCA, NHS, and is a manager for the volleyball and girls basketball teams.

One teacher remarked, ”Julie is very conscientious about getting assignments in on time and making sure they have been completed thoroughly with quality answers. She often assumes the role of group leader when she and her fellow classmates work on projects.  Julie's personality is an asset to the classroom because she is  polite and she always has a big smile.”

‘Bake Your Best’ Fall Product Recipe Contest - Winner Receives Apple iPad

Girl Scouts encourage customers to buy some of the many available Fall Products at a booth in 2013. (photo courtesy of Charles Bolinger Communications Assistant for Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri)

--Calling all cooks! Love creating new dessert recipes? Use your creativity to win an Apple® iPad® as Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri invites the entire community to take part in the “Bake Your Best” recipe contest.

For the Bake Your Best contest, customers must use one or more items from Girl Scouts’ Fall Product Program and develop their own dessert recipe. To be considered for the competition, each participant must submit the recipe, a photo of the finished dessert and a photo of the cook with the Fall Product used.

It’s Green October For Shamrock Fans - New Haven Picks Up 26th Win

The last time New Haven won more than 25 games was in 2005 when they not only went undefeated in conference but also end the season with a Class 1 State Championship.

By Kyle Quick

--With New Haven’s win over St. Clair Thursday night (25-21, 25-20) they improve to 26-4 and remain a perfect 6-0 in conference play. Thursday night’s win also guarantees the Shamrocks a share of the Four Rivers Conference Title and will have a chance to win the conference outright for the first time since 2005.

Whether it is their calm demeanor or unwavering desire to win, there is something special about this year’s volleyball team and while their season is far from over it’s worth pointing out what they are capable of accomplishing.

New Haven School Board Goes On Record Opposing Amendment 3

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - There has been little, if any support from teachers or school officials on Amendment 3, which will be on the November ballot.

Since being certified by the secretary of state’s office, over 140 school districts have adopted  a Resolution in Opposition to Amendment 3 according to “Protect Our Local Schools” which is a coalition of parents, teachers, principals, superintendents and school boards that was formed to defeat Constitutional Amendment 3

During Wednesday’s monthly meeting the New Haven School District Board Officials joined the long list of school districts by approving a Resolution in Opposition to Amendment 3.

Board President Brenda Menke said, “Amendment 3 takes away local control of educational decisions from parents, teachers, administrators, and school boards.

Gov. Nixon, GM Officials And Local Autoworkers Celebrate The Rollout Of New Missouri-Made Trucks In Wentzville

October marks the fourth anniversary of the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act and thousands of jobs created as a result, Gov. Nixon says.

WENTZVILLE, MO – Gov. Jay Nixon today joined General Motors executives, UAW leaders, local autoworkers and auto-dealers at the General Motors Assembly Plant in Wentzville for the launch of the Missouri-made, new mid-size trucks, the 2015 GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado.  The Governor said the rollout marks another milestone in Missouri’s automotive comeback, facilitated by the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act, which went into effect four years ago this week.