World’s Largest Christmas Project Opens Collection Site In Franklin County Nov. 17-24

(Photo courtesy of Samaritans Purse)

Area Residents Help 10 Million Children in Need this Christmas through Operation Christmas Child.

UNION, Mo, October 27, 2014— People across the United States are beginning to fill up their Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes in a global mission to help needy children across the world. 

ECC Celebrates International Education November 17-21

UNION, Mo. - East Central College in Union will hold International Education Week activities Monday-Friday, November 17-21.

Leigh Kolb, ECC English and journalism instructor, noted that International Education Week is an avenue for ECC students, faculty and staff to invite community members to campus so everyone can become more aware of and better understand cultural similarities and differences that make up the world at large.

“We encourage community members to come to campus to participate in any of the free cultural or educational events that we have scheduled,” said Kolb. 

All events are free.  See schedule of events below.

Community Invited to ECC for Veterans Day Flag Raising Ceremony

UNION, Mo. - East Central College in Union invites community members to attend a flag raising ceremony in observance of Veterans Day on Tuesday, November 11.  The event will begin at 7:50 a.m. at the flag poles on the south side of Buescher Hall.  A flag detail comprised of ECC students and staff who have served in the United States military will raise the flag during  the singing of the National Anthem.

Capt. Aaron Scroggins, United States Marine Corps Reserve, an ECC employee, will announce a moment of remembrance for those who are currently deployed and the significance of  the ceremony. 

College President Jon Bauer will offer brief closing remarks. "It is fitting that we take an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made by our veterans, and especially remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice on the field of battle,” Bauer said.  “Many of our students are veterans, and we are eager to work with them as they prepare for the academic and career paths that lie ahead.”

Two Union School Students Found Carrying A Knife – One Reportedly Made A Threat

Correction: It was no indicated whether the 16-year-old female was in high school or middle school.

UNION, Mo. –Union Police Chief Norman Brune said in a statement Monday evening that two Union School students were found carrying a knife at school on Monday.

A 16-year-old female was found to be in possession of a folding pocketknife after it was reported to the School Resource Officer that she had threatened a student on the bus after school this past Friday (Oct. 17).

Investigation in this incident is still on going.

Attempted Child Abduction Near Union Middle School

UNION, Mo – Monday afternoon Union Police Chief Norman Brune said in a statement that a 13-year-old white male of Union MO, reported today that last Friday (Oct. 17) a white male in a bluish or black colored van was following him as he walked west bound on West End Drive near the Union Middle School just west of Westmoreland Blvd approximately one hour after school let out.

According to Chief Brune the victim stated the driver of the van, possibly a while male between 30 to 40 years of age with a small beard (possibly a goatee) bald or with short hair wearing blue jeans and a black shirt asked him if he needed a ride.

Memorial Service Saturday for Former ECC President Dale Gibson

Pictured left: Dr. Dale Gibson, president of East Central College from 1990 to 1999.

UNION, Mo. - Dr. Dale Gibson, president of East Central College in the 1990s, died Saturday, August 9, following a brief illness. He was 81.  

A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 16, at 2 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Washington, MO.

Meeting to Explain Livestock Disaster Aid – August 19 In Union, MO

UNION, Mo. - There will be a meeting to explain the Livestock Forage Disaster Program on Tuesday evening August 19, 2014, in the basement of the Union Memorial Auditorium (City Hall) starting at 7:00 pm.

Times were tough for Missouri livestock farmers in 2012, the worst drought in decades. Pastures and hay fields dried up. Feed prices shot up. Worse, federal disaster programs for such times expired earlier.

Congressional passage of the 2014 farm bill reinstates disaster assistance. The new law covers drought and other losses. If you owned eligible livestock as of July 24, 2012 in Franklin County, you may be compensated.