Ballpark Village announces world-class country concept, PBR St. Louis: A Cowboy Bar

Photo of the Kansas City location of the PBR Sky Bar courtesy

ST. LOUIS, MO – The St. Louis Cardinals, The Cordish Companies and PBR (Professional Bull Riders, Inc.) announced today that PBR St. Louis: A Cowboy Bar will open at Ballpark Village making it the eighth location across the United States.

From the toughest sport on dirt comes the fastest growing country concept in the nation, PBR. 

PBR St. Louis will bring an authentic country experience to Ballpark Village. PBR has agreed that this will be their only venue within the St. Louis region.

Hannah Kruse selected to attend sophomore pilgrimage

Photo courtesy of New Haven High School.

New Haven, Mo. - This year the Greater Foundation of Women’s Clubs, Eighth District Missouri Federation of Women's Clubs, which includes clubs in all the Missouri counties of the Greater St. Louis metro area, is sponsoring, for the 79th year, students to participate in the Sophomore Pilgrimage to Jefferson City on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

The New Haven sophomore selected to attend the Sophomore Pilgrimage is Hannah Kruse.  Hanna is the daughter of Kyle and Dena Kruse.

OBITUARY: Hermann: Austin Lee Van Booven (December 31, 1991 - February 12, 2013)

Austin Lee Van Booven, 21, of Rhineland, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at New Haven, Missouri.

Mr. Van Booven was born in Hermann, Missouri on December 31, 1991, the son of David Lee and Brenda Jean (Bader) Van Booven of Rhineland, Missouri.

Austin was a member of the National Wildlife Turkey Federation. He enjoyed life, enjoyed playing sports in school, he loved to help on the family farm, hunting and fishing and spending time with his friends.

He worked at Wortman Erectors in Montgomery City. He also worked for Dr. Robert Lund as a farm hand, at Heberle Packing Company, Trailside Bar & Grill in Rhineland and helped on the family farm. He also helped local schools as a referee for basketball games.

OBITUARY: Hermann: Amanda Lee Witthaus (January 17, 1986 - February 12, 2013)

Amanda Lee Witthaus, 27, of Hermann, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at New Haven, Missouri.

Amanda was born in Hermann, Missouri on January 17, 1986, the daughter of Kevin and Janet (Grass) Witthaus.

She was a member of St. George Church, Hermann, Missouri and she worked for Pulaski Bank of Creve Coeur as a bank analyst.

Friends of Amanda Witthaus and Austin Van Booven speak about loss of two great people

We will continually update this article.  Are hope is to provide one place where friends and family can see how much Amanda and Austin were loved by so many people.

We also hope this can be a place you come and maybe find some comfort in knowing you’re not alone.  This is a time when everyone must come together and be there for one another.

We ask everyone across the world to keep Amanda and Austin’s friends and families in their prayers.

Dear God, we ask you to comfort those who grieve over the loss of Amanda Witthaus and Austin VanBooven.  Give them strength and help in the days, weeks, months, and years to come.  In your name we pray. Amen.

Highway 100 shut down after two die in tragic head-on crash

New Haven, Mo
. – Highway 100 was shut down for three hours after a head-on collision took the lives of two individuals.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol 27-year-old Amanda Witthaus of Hermann, Mo. and 21-year-old Austin VanBooven of Rhineland, Mo. were both pronounced dead at the scene after their vehicles collided head-on.

Business groups “uncomfortable” supporting Medicaid expansion

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — House Speaker Tim Jones says business groups are uncomfortable with the fiscal impact of Medicaid expansion, despite their public push for Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposal to expand the program.

“I think the business groups are receiving a lot of pressure from those who would gain the most financially from medicaid expansion,” he said. “From talking to them privately, I’m not sure they’re very comfortable with their positions.”

Suspect gets the Taser – resisting arrest after crawling out from basement window.

St. Clair Mo. - Thursday evening Franklin County deputies received information at approximately 7:00 p.m. that 26-year-old Lucas Glenn was at a residence in the 2000 block of the North Service Road West of St. Clair.

Glenn had numerous outstanding warrants for narcotics violations, property damage, and ordinance violations.  Glenn was also known from past encounters for fleeing law enforcement and resisting arrest.

Deputies responded to the residence and observed Glenn inside.  When deputies made entry Glenn ran to the basement attempting to hide from authorities.  Glenn did not realize that deputies had surrounded the residence.

The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus

Article by Pastor David Poe

The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus is the new sermon series by Pastor David Poe during the Lenten Season, which begins with Ash Wednesday, February 13 until Easter Sunday.

Join us as we explore the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. This sermon series is based on Adam Hamilton's inspiring book of the same title. Using videos shot on location, we will take you to the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized and the wilderness where he was tempted.

State of the Union 2013: President Obama's Speech is Just the Beginning

President Barack Obama meets with Cody Keenan, Deputy Director of Speechwriting, left, and Jon Favreau, Director of Speechwriting, in the Oval Office, Feb. 5, 2013.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

The White House, Macon Phillips -
With Tuesday's State of the Union address only hours away (7:00 p.m. CST), we're putting the final touches on a week that's jam-packed with opportunities to respond to the speech, get answers to your questions and join an online video-chat with the President.

In addition to some things that have been really popular for past "SOTU" Addresses, we've got some exciting new features to introduce. Here's the rundown:

When the President addresses the nation, the White House will provide something you can't find anywhere else: an enhanced version of the speech that offers charts, facts and other info as the President speaks.  You can watch live on, through the White House mobile apps for iPhone, Android and iPad, and also on the official White House presences on YouTube, Google+, Hulu, Facebook, and Ustream.

Steinhoff banks in 1,000

Junior Rachel Steinhoff drives down the right side of lane scoring career points 1,000 and 1,001.

Less than 50 seconds remained in Monday night's win over St. Clair with Steinhoff needing one point to reach a career milestone.

Steinhoff caught the ball on the right side of the lane just below the free throw line, drove to the basket, drew the foul, made the basket, and hit the free throw giving her 18 points in the game and 1,002 in her career.

Looking back and ahead to New Haven's final week of regular season

Recap of New Haven’s losses to Hermann and about a special moment between Friday night’s games.

By Kyle Quick:

New Haven enters their final week of the regular season with both teams looking to find their rhythm that will carry them into districts, which begins next Monday.

Both varsity teams find themselves in similar situations, putting together four quarters then finding a way to pull out a win.  The potential is there but can they find it in time.

This final week has the potential for two historical and special moments to take place.  One moment has already been set in stone, which will make for a very emotional Friday night in between games, as New Haven will take on Owensville in their final regular season game.

Stone Hill Winery Grapes to Glass event is an amazing Must-See

Stone Hill Winery's Senior Winemaker Dave Johnson draws wine from a 16,000 gallon stainless steel tank during the tour for guests.  Photo by Kaylin Bade.

By Kaylin Bade
Hermann, MO - An absolutely amazing local attraction, Stone Hill Winery’s Grapes to Glass Tour is one that is unforgettable.

Unlike their regular tours, this exclusive feeling, extensive, behind-the-scenes look allows one to go where the general public is rarely allowed to go, and is led by a member of their expert winemaking staff. 

Female beaten with battle-axe after bringing home suspect from a bar

Villa Ridge, Mo. – Monday morning a white male, age 33 from Cottage Hills, Illinois has officially been charged with assault in the first degree after striking 37 year-old, Cheryl Gettys numerous times with a battle-axe.

Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke said deputies responded Sunday morning at approximately 1:20 a.m. to an apartment complex in the 900 block of Osage Village Court in Villa Ridge, Mo. after receiving reports from neighboring residents of a female heard screaming in one of the apartments.

After deputies arrived they were told that a female living in the apartments had been assaulted with an ax and the suspect was reported to be armed.

BREAKING NEWS - Citing health reasons, Pope Benedict announced today he will resign

Photo courtesy Paul Haring, Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY, Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
 - Saying he no longer has the strength to exercise ministry over the universal church, Pope Benedict XVI announced Feb. 11 that he would be resigning at the end of the month.

"After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry," the pope told cardinals gathered for an ordinary public consistory to approve the canonization of new saints.

Pope Benedict, who was elected in April 2005, will be the first pope to resign in almost 600 years.