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Norma Lee Lloyd (November 22, 1930 - September 18, 2014)

Norma Lee Lloyd of Hermann, Missouri, passed away on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Mercy Hospital, Washington. She had reached the age of 83 years 9 months and 27 days.

Mrs. Lloyd was born in Owensville, Missouri on November 22, 1930, the daughter of the late E.C. and Viola (Meyer) Brinkmann.

On July 26, 1961 she was united in marriage to the late Robert H. "Bob" Lloyd at St. Paul U.C.C. in Hermann. Robert preceded her in death on January 15, 2005.

Norma had her nursing home and administrators license & real estate license. She and her husband Bob established Frene Valley Healthcare System 60 years ago and owned & operated Frene Valley Heath Center & Frene Valley G & R Center both in Hermann. In 1994 they opened Frene Valley Healthcare South in Owensville.

Discover Nature With Elk Driving Tours

Self-guided driving tours at Peck Ranch and Current River CAs offer great opportunities to see wild elk in Missouri's Ozarks. (photo courtesy of MDC)

This year’s offerings include routes on Current River and Peck Ranch conservation areas.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – An additional route will make it easier than ever to see Missouri’s wild elk this year, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

The Conservation Department began encouraging Missourians to view elk along designated internal roads at Peck Ranch Conservation Area (CA) shortly after bringing the first wild elk to Missouri in 2011.  The self-guided driving tour has become a popular tourist attraction, especially in October, when bull elk are bugling as part of their mating ritual.

Melvin Edward Holtgrewe (September 25, 1921 - September 16, 2014)

Melvin Edward Holtgrewe, 92, of New Haven, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at Mercy Hospital, Washington, Missouri.

Mr. Holtgrewe was born in New Haven, Missouri on September 25, 1921, the son of the late Herman G. and Dora I. (Thielke) Holtgrewe.

He was the husband of Selma E. (Von Behren) Holtgrewe. They were married November 3, 1946 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, New Haven, MO. Selma survives in New Haven.

Gov. Nixon Applauds GM On Announcement Of A Third Shift And 750 New Jobs At Wentzville Assembly Plant

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Gov. Jay Nixon Tuesday applauded the working men and women at the General Motors Assembly Plant in Wentzville on the announcement that GM will add a third shift at its Wentzville location, creating an estimated 750 new jobs.

“Four years ago we came together to pass historic, bipartisan legislation aimed at revitalizing the automotive industry in Missouri,” Gov. Nixon said. “Thanks to these efforts and our outstanding skilled workforce, the Show-Me State is now at the forefront of America’s automotive comeback. Today’s announcement by GM that it is expanding its workforce again by creating 750 new jobs is another victory for Missouri workers and our economy.”

Local Family Selected As State Fair Farm Family For Franklin County

Pictured receiving their award are Jennifer, Hanna, Mathilda, Marcella (in front), Madeline, Velma and Mark Eckstein. Presenters include (from left to right) Dr. Jack Magruder, Chair, Missouri State Fair Commission; Dr. Marc Linit, Senior Associate Dean, Research and Extension, University of Missouri; Barbara Hayden, Missouri State Fair Commission; Richard Fordyce, Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture; Blake Hurst, President, Missouri Farm Bureau; Ted Sheppard, Missouri State Fair Commission.

BEAUFORT, MO ― The Mark and Jennifer Eckstein family, of Beaufort, Mo. represented Franklin County during the Missouri State Fair’s Farm Family Day in Sedalia. They were selected by the Franklin County University of Missouri Extension Council and Franklin County Farm Bureau.

New Haven Care Center Wins Spirit Award At The Golden Age Games

Pictured on the residents and staff members from the New Haven Care Center who attended this year's Gold Age Games. (Photo courtesy of Emily Burkett)

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - Last Tuesday residents and nurses from the New Haven Care Center competed in the Annual Golden Age Games at Queeny Park.

To kickoff the Gold Age Games, each year all the nursing homes perform a skit that is related to the theme of this year’s games, which was ALOHA.  The nursing home with the best performance is then awarded the Spirit Award.

Gloria J. Nixon (October 24, 1934 - September 12, 2014)

Gloria J. Nixon, 79, of New Haven, Missouri, passed away on Friday, September 12, 2014 at New Haven Care Center.

Mrs. Nixon was born in Edgemont, Illinois on October 24, 1934, the daughter of the late George and Alberta "Helen" (Rieff) Williams.

She was the widow of William "Bill" Nixon. They were married December 4, 1954 at East St. Louis, Illinois. Bill preceded her in death on April 17, 1998.

Gloria is survived by two daughters, Diane Callant of St. Louis and Dedra Lensing & husband Mark of New Haven, a sister Joan Sackmann of Belleville, Illinois and by four grandchildren, Amber Lauren Palazzolo & husband John, Cole William Lensing, Hunter Ian Lensing and Brayden Zane Lensing.

Throwback Thursday - At Ground Zero Six Months After 9-11 Attacks

Pictured are two New York Fire Fighters and myself that was taken from Ground Zero only six months after the terrorist attacks.

By Kyle Quick

I am sure most of you can recall exactly what you were doing at the exact time you first heard about the terrorist attacks that occurred 13 years ago.

I was a senior in high school and was in study hall on that Tuesday September, 11 when my aunt Renee Laune, high school Librarian, turned on the TV.

It never once crossed my mind that my classmates and I would be standing at “Ground Zero” just six months later while on our Senior Trip.

Elizabeth "Beth" L. Atwood (February 17, 1965 - September 9, 2014)

Elizabeth "Beth" L. Atwood, 49, of Hermann, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at Berger, Missouri.

Mrs. Atwood was born in St. Louis, Missouri on February 17, 1965, the daughter of the late Larry E. and Mary M. (Moss) Dever.

She was the wife of Walter Atwood. They were married June 28, 2008 at St. Clair, Missouri. Walter survives in Hermann.

One person Killed In Highway 100 Accident

BERGER, Mo. - Tuesday evening at 4:56 p.m. New Haven/Berger fire crews and Hermann EMS Paramedics responded for a vehicle rollover involving one car on Highway 100, just east of Highway B near Berger, leaving Highway 100 shut down for just over three hours.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP), one person was killed and a second was transported by Hermann EMS to Mercy Hospital with serious injuries.

UDPATED: Highway 100 Near Berger Reopened After Vehicle Accident Left Highway Shutdown For 3 Hours

(UPDATED: 7:14 p.m.) BERGER, Mo. - Highway 100 has now been reopened after being shutdown for 3 hours following a vehicle crash near the intersection of Highway B at Berger.

Fire crews from New Haven and Hermann along with Hermann EMS responded for the motor vehicle accident earlier this evening at 4:56 p.m.

Lady Rocks Off To A Hot 4-0 Start

Sweet taste of victory.
UPATED: Mon. Sept 8.

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - New Haven’s Varsity and JV volleyball teams are off to a perfect 4-0 start following Thursday night’s win over Montgomery County.

After defeating Montgomery County in two sets (25-11, 25-14) Varsity Head Coach Jaime Hoener said, “I am happy with the teams overall performance, especially the last three games.”

National Child Passenger Safety Week - Facts About Safety Seats

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri State Highway Patrol joins the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Ad Council, and other safety advocates to commemorate National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 14-20, 2014).

The primary goal of this program is to remind all parents and other adults responsible for children traveling in motor vehicles of the importance of child safety seats and seat belts. Every year, children suffer needless injuries in traffic crashes. Preliminary statistics indicate that in 2013, 12 children under the age of eight were killed in traffic crashes, and another 1,720 were injured.

Troopers issued citations to 2,311 drivers who failed to secure children less than eight years old in a child restraint/booster seat in 2013.