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Gasconade County R-I School Board Announces Hiring Of New Superintendent

HERMANN, Mo. – Wednesday night the Gasconade County R-I Board of Education announced the hiring of Dr. Tracey Hankins, who will replace outgoing superintendent Dr. Chris Neale. Hankins will officially join the district on July 1, 2015.

Brenda Bader, Board President said, “The Board is very pleased to welcome Dr. Hankins to the top leadership post in our school district. Dr. Hankins has a strong skill set and a record of significant success in her previous positions. We welcome Dr. Hankins to our school and community and look forward to our continued success and progress under her leadership.”

UPDATED: BREAKING NEWS: Students Evacuated After Smoke Fills Hallway In New Haven Middle School

. -11:22 a.m. - New Haven Superintendent Kyle Kruse said that at 10:45 a.m. fire crews located the source that caused smoke to fill a hall way in the Middle School.  Kruse said that an an older electric motor part of the schools ventilation system had over heated, thus the cause of the smoke.

Firefighters began testing the air quality.  At 11:05 New Haven Firefighters informed school officials that the air quality throughout both buildings had returned to normal and was safe for students to return from the Memorial Baptist Church were students had been evacuated to.

MDC Says Spring Turkey Hunting Looks Good For Most Of Missouri

In spring, male turkeys (“toms”) begin gobbling to announce themselves to males and to attract females. Males perform elaborate strutting displays for females, spreading their tails like a peacock and puffing out their feathers. (Photo By: Jim Rathert)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri turkey hunters can expect a good spring season overall according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The spring turkey hunting season starts with a youth-only weekend April 11-12 for young hunters ages 6-15. The regular spring season runs April 20 through May 10.

“Hunters should generally expect similar opportunities as those during the past several seasons,” said MDC Turkey Biologist Jason Isabelle. “Two-year-old gobblers won’t be as abundant as they were in 2014 in most areas due to lower poult production in 2013, but carry-over from previous years should provide some great hunting.”

Watson Named NHHS February Student of the Month

Photo courtesy of New Haven High School.

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - The February Student of the Month is Senior Kayla Watson.  Kayla is the daughter of Stacey and Jeremy Watson.  She is active in FBLA.

Mrs. Borcherding said, “Kayla has put in a huge amount of time creating the school website and I think that the final product is really nicely done.  It's clean, contemporary, well organized, and displays the best things happening at New Haven High School.”

New Haven Community Track Project Becoming A Reality

Pictured above is preliminary drawing provided by BFA Engineering Surveying, showing the location of the new track in relation to the high school as well as how additional options added as funds are available, such as concrete around the track.

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - The construction of a track at New Haven High School is now becoming a reality and by late summer of this year the committee and very confident that construction will begin.

Tuesday evening a town hall meeting was held by The Committee to Build a New Track where committee member Brad Zobrist spoke about the projects financial status as well John Nilges, Project Manager with BFA Engineering Surveying, who revealed drawings and talked about the initial steps to kick start the project.

New Haven Elementary Will Have Brand New Playground By Next School Year

Click here to watch video of the announcement Thursday morning.

Student Playground Leaders present a check for $640 from the Funds for Playground Fun to members of the New Haven PTO, prior the big announcement.

Pictured in the front row from left to right:  Landon Burkett and David Otten, Back row:  Laura Humphreys (Financial Advisor), Bethany White (President), Terri Scheer(Secretary), Mandy Seitter (Vice-President), and Cassie Struckhoff (Treasurer). Photo courtesy of Bethany White

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - Thursday morning New Haven Elementary students erupted when Principal Kasi Meyer made a surprising and unexpected announcement that the New Haven PTO had raised enough money to purchase all new playground equipment for the school.

Gov. Nixon Visits St. Louis County Following Shooting Of Two Officers In Ferguson

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Following the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson Wednesday night, Gov. Jay Nixon traveled to St. Louis County this afternoon for a briefing from St. Louis County Police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Earlier in the day, the Governor spoke by phone with St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger and Captain Mike Nelson, acting Chief of the Webster Groves Police Department.

“I ask Missourians to join me in calling for calm in the wake of the cowardly and reprehensible ambush of two police officers who were acting to protect the public,” Gov. Nixon said. “I also thank all the brave law enforcement officers who selflessly risk their lives each day to keep communities safe.”

MDC Reports 11 New Cases Of CWD In Missouri Deer

The Missouri Department of Conservation has confirmed Chronic Wasting Disease in 24 Missouri free-ranging deer with four in Adair County, 19 in Macon County, and one in Cole County. (Photo courtesy of MDC)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that 11 new cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) have recently been found in deer harvested in Macon, Adair, and now Cole counties. A buck harvested near the village of Centertown in Cole County is the first case of the disease to be found outside of the Department’s six-county CWD Containment Zone of Adair, Chariton, Linn, Macon, Randolph, and Sullivan counties. All previous cases have been limited to Macon, Linn, and Adair counties.

Helen Lucille Luecke (Scherer) July 1, 1924 - March 10, 2015

Helen  Lucille  Luecke, 90, of New Haven, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at New Haven Care Center.Mrs. Luecke was born in Robertsville, Missouri on July 1, 1924, the daughter of the late George and Mary (Roetzer) Scherer.

She was the widow of Ivo "Jack" Luecke.  They were married June 21, 1947 at Holy Family Church, Port Hudson.  He preceded her in death on January 28, 1978.

Selma - St Louisans Answered The Call

Participants, some carrying American flags, marching in the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. (From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository)

By Rosalie Laune

I read with interest the coverage in the Saturday St Louis  Post-Dispatch commemorating “Bloody Sunday” and the role St. Louisans played in the events in Selma, Alabama in 1965.

The Charles and Mary Vatterott family, Archbishop Joseph E Ritter and Sister Antona Ebo an African American nun, member of the Franciscans Sisters of St. Mary, were profiled in the coverage and one of them with ties to New Haven.

How Should You Respond To Higher Interest Rates

By Jim Stiles, Edward Jones Financial Advisor in New Haven, Mo.

If the Federal Reserve (Fed) raises short-term interest rates this year, as many financial professionals predict, what will it mean to you? As a consumer, you might experience the “ripple” effects if long-term interest rates eventually follow suit, affecting mortgages and other loans. But as an investor, you might quickly feel the impact of a move by the Fed — especially if you own bonds.

In fact, the value of your existing bonds might drop noticeably if interest rates were to rise. That’s because no one will give you full price for your lower-paying bonds when new bonds are being issued at a higher interest rate. So if you want to sell your bonds, you might have to take a loss on them.