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Hermann Advertiser-Courier and New Haven Leader Editor Buck Collier

At The River’s Edge: Is disability the country’s new ‘welfare?’

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Not quite 20 years ago, I was Stoddard County’s representative to the Southeast Missouri Private Industry Council, an agency that would later evolve into the Workforce Investment Board. That agency was the result of President Bill Clinton’s successful partnership with the GOP-controlled Congress to reform what we commonly call the welfare program. The aim of the Private Industry Council, in brief, was to connect people receiving welfare payments with educational

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  • Gasconade Sheriff’s Department battles growing metal-theft problem

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 3:27 pm

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    The increase in the number of reported metal thefts is on the rise in Gasconade County. and that has Sheriff Randy Esphorst issuing an alert for residents. “Stop and think about it,” the sheriff said. “Metal is literally overhead and underfoot, from electrical lines to construction sites, from cell towers to ordinary buildings.  Thieves go after both old parts and new equipment. “Criminals look for easy marks.  Metal theft is

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  • Lines drawn early in public hearing on Hermann planning panel proposal

    Posted on October 14, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Ninety minutes into Monday night’s public hearing, the two sides appeared to be clearly drawn — those who favor more guest houses in residential areas and those who don’t. By the 90-minute mark, only two of the six Planning & Zoning Commission recommendations had been taken up for consideration. The aldermen had a long night ahead of them. The aldermen could vote on the recommendations regarding lodging facilities at their

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  • Hermann business marks National Shoe Repair Awareness Week

    Posted on October 7, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Did you know shoe repair is alive and well in your community? Many believe the old-fashioned cobbler has gone by the wayside, but that is not the case. Though they are fewer in numbers, shoe repairers are still saving soles, and October 9-15 is National Shoe Repair Awareness Week. Created by a congressional proclamation in 1994, National Shoe Repair Awareness Week is intended to educate consumers about the economic, environmental

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  • Interest builds as hearing nears on P&Z plan for Guest Houses in Hermann

    Posted on October 7, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Ann Lambing likely will be paying close attention Monday night to the testimony given at a public hearing held by the Hermann Board of Aldermen. That is, if she hasn’t already moved out of town. “I just want to go back home,” Lambing told the Advertiser-Courier, adding that she, too, is looking to sell her home on 6th Street. Her comments about being tired of dealing with the effects of

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  • Hermann P&Z recommends prohibiting Guest Houses in R-1 areas; mayor firmly opposed

    Posted on September 23, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Hermann Mayor Tom Shabel

    A recommendation to prohibit non-owner-occupied lodging facilities in single-family residential districts is drawing a rebuke from Mayor Tom Shabel, who says the move would hurt Hermann’s ability to raise revenue. Under a proposal unanimously approved Thursday night by the Hermann Planning & Zonign Commission, Bed & Breakfast Inns, Guest Houses, Vacation Rentals and other non-owner-occupied lodging facilities would be prohibited in an R-1 single-family residential area. The recommendation now goes

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  • Sen. Blunt talks with Hermann residents, local officials about federal regulations

    Posted on September 23, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri talks with Hermann-area residents and local officials Monday afternoon about federal agency regulations.

    U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri Monday told a group of local officials and residents that regulations issued by federal government agencies should include an expiration date. He said that such a move would allow elected officials to determine the effectiveness of the regulations and whether they should be renewed. “I’d put an end date on all of them,” Blunt told a group gathered Monday afternoon at Tri-County Trucking in

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