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

Hermann VFW Auxiliary treats River Bluff employees to dinner

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 7:56 am

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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  • Gasconade County Democrats tab Hermann’s Schwartz as nominee for County Commission post

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 8:25 am

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    Hermann businessman Doug Schwartz has been tabbed as the Democrat nominee for Northern District seat on the Gasconade County Commission. The seat will become vacant Dec. 31 when Associate Commissioner Larry Miskel of Hermann receives the oath of office as the new presiding commissioner. The seat will be filled by Gov. Jay Nixon. The county’s Republican Central Committee has selected Paul Hilkebaumer of Rosebud as its nominee for the seat.

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  • Key factor in Hermann area’s economic development: ‘Bring our kids back’

    Posted on December 11, 2014 at 7:44 am


    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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  • Faerber gets Ward 2 seat, McDonald new tourism director

    Posted on December 10, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Dave Faerber receives the oath of office from Hermann City Clerk Patricia Heaney.

    Dave Faerber has been sworn in as a Ward 2 alderman. He succeeds Justin Alferman, who stepped down from the Hermann Board of Aldermen Nov. 24 as he prepares to begin a term as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives. Faerber was named to the post by Mayor Tom Shabel and confirmed by the board at Monday night’s session. Also named to a city government post Monday night

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