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Economic development group works to lure back young Hermannites

Posted on December 23, 2014 at 2:28 pm

At first glance, it might appear that the effort to promote economic development in the Hermann area is more than slightly off the mark. Sort of putting the cart before the horse. It’s all about creating jobs, right? Yes, but there are various ways of achieving that goal and the Hermann Regional Economic Development Corporation (HREDC) is taking one of those alternate routes, at least at the outset of its

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  • A+ students will have to pay some for community college

    Posted on December 22, 2014 at 1:49 pm


    High school counselors learned Monday afternoon that students qualifying for Missouri’s A+ program — designed to provide two years of no-cost education toward an associate’s degree — will have to pay for one credit hour of their schooling, less that what some had education officials had feared. The A+ program’s ability to fully finance a student’s associate degree education, typically at a community college, was made doubtful through a withholding

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  • Hermann educators hope new commish makes early childhood ed a priority

    Posted on December 22, 2014 at 8:30 am

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    Moving down the hall into the big office as the new Missouri Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education is Margaret Vandeven, now deputy commissioner for the Division of Learning Services. Vandeven, 46, succeeds Chris Nicastro, who is retiring at the end of this year. In her role as head of Learning Services, Vandeven is responsible for all efforts to improve students’ academic performance. Key for two Hermann educators is not

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  • Hermann VFW Auxiliary treats River Bluff employees to dinner

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 7:56 am

    The Hermann VFW Auxiliary makes a donation to River Bluff Industries.

    Riverbluff Industries was an infant enterprise in Hermann in 1981 when then-VFW Auxiliary President Dorothy Thornton suggested the Auxiliary give a gift to the organization. The sheltered workshop employs and empowers adults with physical and mental challenges by providing them the opportunity for gainful, meaningful employment close to home. The concept of mainstreaming special-needs persons was rather innovative, even for the time. Often, challenged individuals, who thrive on human interaction,

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  • Hermann PD probes recent burglaries

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 7:29 am

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    A pair of recent burglaries are being investigated by the Hermann Police Department. On Monday, police received notice of a break-in at Wine Valley Inn and several days earlier Sugar Momma’s was the target of burglars. “We’re still investigating,” said Lt. Matt Straatman, Hermann’s acting police chief. No additional information was available about the break-ins.  

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  • NUMBER CRUNCHER: Putting together FY 15 budget a taxing task

    Posted on December 16, 2014 at 1:46 pm

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    For Gasconade County officials, budget time can never be considered a fun time. But for County Clerk Lesa Lietzow, the county’s chief budget officer,  putting together the 2015 spending plan is an even-less enjoyable task. “Next year won’t start as well as this year did,” Lietzow said Thursday morning, moments before the start of the weekly County Commission meeting that focused in part on — what else ? — the

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  • Latest sales tax numbers give rise to optimism in Gasconade County Courthouse

    Posted on December 15, 2014 at 9:46 am

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    When the latest sales tax revenue figures arrived, Gasconade County Clerk Lesa Lietzow couldn’t help but be excited. “We’re turning cartwheels over sales tax” figures, she said during last week’s session of the County Commission. The November figures from the Missouri Department of Revenue shows Gasconade receiveing about $108,000 in sales tax revenue, up about $16,000 from the amount received for November of 2013. It’s not just Gasconade that saw

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