Gov. Nixon Orders Flags To Half-Staff Monday In Honor Of Fallen Soldier From Jefferson County

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at state buildings in all 114 counties and the City of St. Louis be flown at half-staff on June 16 to honor the bravery and sacrifice of Specialist Matthew H. Walker.

Specialist Walker, age 20, of Hillsboro, was a soldier in the United States Army serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He died on June 5 while serving his country in Paktika Province, Afghanistan.

Sixteenth Annual HADH Auxiliary Golf Tournament Raises $7,400

Pictured are this year’s Tournament Champions, (left to right) “Stock Team” Abbey Timmerberg, Doug Stock, and Amanda Booth who shot a 61. (Golf tournament photo slide show below)

HERMANN, Mo. - The 16th Annual Hermann Area District Hospital /Auxiliary golf tournament once again was a success thanks to the 26 three person teams participating and over 40 sponsors and contributors, a total of $7,400 was raised.

A portion of the funds raised will be used to purchase a Bio-Feedback unit for the Therapy Department, use for bladder control therapy.

Deann Dorothy Otten (August 21, 1943 - June 11, 2014)

Deann Dorothy Otten, 70, of Morrison, Mo., passed away on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at her home.

Mrs. Otten was born in Detroit, Michigan on August 21, 1943, the daughter of the late D. Gene and Ruth (Klann) Kozinski.

Deann was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church on September 12, 1943. She was confirmed there also on May 20, 1956. She was a graduate of Concordia Teachers College River Forest.

She was the wife of Carl Otten. They were married in June of 1965 at Zion Lutheran Church. Carl survives in Morrison.

Gasconade County R-I School Board Receives 2014 MSBA Governance Team Award

Pictured:(right) Board member and MSBA Delegate for the Gasconade County R-I School Board, Ken Lerbs, accepts the award from Executive Director of MSBA Dr. Carter Ward. (Photo courtesy of Superintendent Chris Neale)

HERMANN, Mo. - The Gasconade County R-I School Board was one of Twenty-One Missouri School Board to receive the Missouri School Board Association’s Governance Team Award.

This prestigious award is based on those school boards’ outstanding commitment to ongoing professional development in areas such as student achievement, school law, finance, board operations, and contemporary issues in education.

Eloise J. Linkinhoker (April 12, 1938 - June 11, 2014)

Eloise  J.  Linkinhoker, 76, of New Haven, Mo, passed away on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at her home.

Mrs. Linkinhoker was born April 12, 1938 at New Haven, Missouri, the daughter of the late August and Flora Belle (Trost) Seitter.

Eloise is survived by three sons, Edward Linkinhoker & wife Gwen of New Haven, Warren Linkinhoker of Gerald and Jeffery Linkinhoker & wife Laura of Kansas City, Missouri, three brothers Arnold Seitter & wife Marilyn, Glen Seitter & wife Georgia and Edward Seitter all of New Haven,  by a granddaughter Christina Gilbert & husband Jason of New Haven, grandson Jason Linkinhoker & wife Alexandria of New Haven, granddaughter Megan Perry & husband Dakota of Fairbanks, Alaska, great grandchildren Benjamin & Matthew Gilbert of New Haven, William Linkinhoker of New Haven and Emmaleigh Perry of Fairbanks, Alaska.  She is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Emerson "Skip" and Melvin Seitter and a sister Rose Brune.

Lynne S. Crouch (February 8, 1962 - June 10, 2014)

Lynne S. Crouch, 52, of Hermann, Mo, passed away on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Frene Valley Health Center.

Mrs. Crouch was born in Houston, Texas on February 8, 1962, the daughter of the late Charles and Pattie (Shearon) Scott.

Lynne is survived by her three sons, Justin Reynolds & wife Misty of Hermann, Daniel Reynolds of Hermann and Kody Baker of Rhineland, by two sisters Sherry Englert & husband Larry of Rhineland and Milo Vaness of Ripley, Tennessee and by a granddaughter Aubrey Reynolds of Hermann. She is preceded in death by her parents.

Gov. Nixon Vetoes "Special Interest Breaks" In Final Hours Of Legislative Session

"Fiscally irresponsible carve-outs were not accounted for in the budget passed by the General Assembly or in the budgets of local jurisdictions they would impact", said Nixon.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon today vetoed legislation containing more than a dozen special breaks and exemptions passed in the final hours of the legislative session.

These special interest carve-outs would reduce state and local revenues by up to $776 million annually and were not accounted for in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget passed by the legislature or in the budgets of the local jurisdictions they would impact.

In a letter addressed to members of the General Assembly, the Governor faulted the legislature for ignoring the legislative process and adding new loopholes to the tax code that will shift a greater tax burden to the majority of taxpayers.

Man Takes His Own Life - No Foul Play Suspected

BERGER, Mo. - Tuesday afternoon at approximately 1:00 PM, Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke said earlier this morning that deputies responded to a residence in the 7000 block of Zero Road in reference to a gunshot victim.

The investigation revealed that Merle Winford Jr. a white male, age 53 from Jonesburg, Mo, had suffered what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

James O. Rouse, Jr. (June 30, 1927 - June 9, 2014)

James O. Rouse, Jr., 86, of Berger, Missouri, passed away on Monday, June 9, 2014 at his home.

Mr. Rouse, Jr. was born in New Franklin, Missouri on June 30, 1927, the son of the late James O. and Rachel Chloe (Calvert) Rouse.

He was the husband of Anna (Meyer) Rouse. They were married June 1, 1950 at St. Paul Church, Berger, Missouri. Anna survives in Berger.

New Haven Garden Club Had Busy Winter

By:  Rosalie Laune

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - In spite of our challenging winter, members of the New Haven Garden Club had a full agenda for the winter and spring months.

In February members enjoyed the orchid show at the Missouri Botanical Gardens and in March the Art in Bloom event at the St Louis Art Museum.

In April members were given a tour of the wild flower garden at the Shaw Nature Reserve by a Franklin County Master Gardener and in late May members weeded and mulched the downtown garden.

Boles Fire Protection District Safety Day - Saturday June 21

VILLA RIDGE, Mo. - The Boles Fire Protection District Annual Safety Day and Missouri Child Identification Program (MoCHIP) Event will be held on Saturday, June 21st from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The event will be held at 233 Hwy M in Villa Ridge at the Boles Fire House Station #3.

This free public event will include Carseat Checks, Bounce House, Refreshments, Safety House with Severe Storm Simulator, Fire Trucks, and Meramec EMS will be doing blood pressure checks.