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Hermann’s Hollrah wins praise for top customer service

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Raylene Hollrah, an American Family Insurance agent in Hermann, has been recognized for providing outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification Program. “At American Family, the customer is at the center of all we do, and these agents have proven they are committed to consistently providing the best experience,” said Bill Westrate, American Family Insurance’s chief operating officer. “The agents who earn the American Star

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Gasconade County Commission puzzled by lack of bids on HVAC project

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Normally, receiving only one bid on a significant public works project would be cause for concern on the part of a government body. But in this case, the Gasconade County Commission is hoping the lone bid for HVAC work at the Courhouse means area companies are busy with other, more profitable projects. Clearly, that would be a sign of an improving local economy. However, they can’t be sure that’s why

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  • Hermann’s Hollrah wins praise for top customer service

    Posted on March 24, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Raylene Hollrah

    Raylene Hollrah, an American Family Insurance agent in Hermann, has been recognized for providing outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification Program. “At American Family, the customer is at the center of all we do, and these agents have proven they are committed to consistently providing the best experience,” said Bill Westrate, American Family Insurance’s chief operating officer. “The agents who earn the American Star

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  • Hermann mayor names himself to P&Z Commission

    Posted on March 24, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Hermann Mayor Tom Shabel

    Hermann Mayor Tom Shabel has inserted himself more  directly into policymaking by taking a seat on the Planning & Zoning Commission. The mayor, citing a provision of the ordinance that covers board appointments, appointed himself to the P&Z panel, a group of citizens that advises the Board of Aldermen on matters concerning land use within the city. “Early on in the mayor’s term, the mayor brought forth the idea of

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Bearcats hope for better hospitality on home field

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 8:38 am

The Hermann Bearcats were looking to even their record on the very young season Tuesday afternoon  — that is, if Mother Nature cooperated — when Rolla paid a visit as part of the Four Rivers Classic. The Bearcats dropped their season opener and first game of the Classic Friday afternoon 7-1 to Washington on the Blue Jays’ home field. ‘Cats Head Coach Alan Speckhals Monday afternoon was keeping an eye

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  • Owensville’s Josh Vinyard named new Bearcats head boys basketball coach

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 8:23 am

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    Josh Vinyard has been named the new head coach of the Hermann Bearcats boys basketball team, succeeding Tim Wenkel who took a leave of absence at the Christmas break. Vinyard was hired Tuesday night during a special session of the Gasconade County R-1 School District board. The Varsity Bearcats finished the 2015 portion of the season under the collective guidance of Associate Head Coaches Steve Heidger, Duane Kraettli and Larry

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  • Louisville rebounds, now back in fourth straight Sweet 16

    Posted on March 24, 2015 at 5:18 pm

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Louisville squad given little chance of advancing past its first NCAA Tournament game is still hanging around, poised to make a Final Four run. That’s what tournament wins can do for a squad. With victories over UC Irvine and Northern Iowa, the Cardinals’ outlook is much different than it was after losing two of three entering the tournament. Fourth-seeded Louisville (26-8) is preparing for a

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    Amish furniture means quality heirlooms

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 11:14 am

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      It is considered some of the best-made in the world, furniture without frills, hand-made with precision rather than with power tools. Amish furniture is in a class of its own, reflecting the character of its makers, hewn from quality wood and crafted with care. The Amish lead a simple life, one that is without ostentation and unnecessary fripperies. A reliance on modern conveniences and mechanizations taken for granted by

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Advertiser-Courier General Manager Cathi Utley

Cathi’s Corner

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 3:20 pm

I can smell the sausage now. Wurstfest in Hermann. What a great time. Enjoy this weekend, all. Jakes had a good crowd last weekend. Kids’ learning the correct way to track and hunt is a blessing. Thanks to all who helped make it possible…and there were a lot of folks who helped. You’re the best! The forum for the upcoming School Board and Hospital Board elections went well. Shame on

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  • Cathi’s Corner

    Posted on March 17, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Advertiser-Courier General Manager Cathi Utley

    What would happen if a school bus, a tour bus or one of our trolleys over turned or got into a wreck? Who’s trained to cut a bus up, know where the vehicle’s pressure points are or how to calm a crashed engine? The Hermann Fire Department does, that’s who. The department trained this weekend on mass transit emergencies and it was quite a sight to see. Our local men,

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  • R-1 board OKs plans for summer school

    Posted on March 17, 2015 at 1:28 pm

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    The calendar says it’s still winter, but the staff of the Gasconade County R-1 School District already are gearing for summer school. This year’s version will run Monday, June 1,- Friday, June 26 — 20 days’ worth of classes, field trips and fun. Summer school will be from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and held at Hermann Elementary School for kindergarteners through 8th Grade. Health forms and enrollment forms will be sent

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Hermann Wurstfest is best fest this weekend

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 2:49 pm

The 36th annual Hermann Wurstfest is set for this weekend with German music, lots of sausage sampling and a wiener dog race to enjoy. Set for Stone Hill Winery and Hermannhof Hofgarten, Wurstfest offers a showcase for some of the state’s best sausage makers to show what they can do. Sausage-making demonstrations will be held both days at Stone Hill and the Hofgarten. On Saturday and Sunday, events run from

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  • Hermann native researches era of local dance hall bands

    Posted on March 10, 2015 at 1:09 pm

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    No doubt about it, the post-war years and into the 1950s was a swinging time for Mid-Missouri counties when most weekends meant at least one night spent at the local dance hall. Kenneth Johnson, a Hermann native, takes us back in time to that era with “Moonlight Serenade to City Lights: Rare Images of Bands and Orchestras form the Dance Hall Era in Missouri.” Johnson and his publisher kicked off

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  • Hermann Arts Council to help bring Showboat back to life

    Posted on March 9, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Tim Puchta, left, of The Showboat Theater, accepts a donation from Arts Council President Gerald Korman to help restore the theater.

    The Hermann Arts Council will award The Showboat Theater a grant for $1,500 to help pay for a new digital projector so movies can once again be shown in Hermann. “The Showboat is a fixture in the Hermann community and we are hoping to bring the venue back to life this year,” said Tim Puchta, Showboat president. “The goal is to show movies, have music concerts, plays and more —

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