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‘Handful’ of hopefuls lobby for appointment to Gasconade County Commission

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Just how many Gasconade County residents are being considered by Gov. Jay Nixon for appointment to a seat on the County Commission is unclear. What is clear is that the person tabbed for the Northern District Associate Commissioner’s seat might again be someone not recommended by the Democrat or Republican parties. The seat became vacant officially Jan. 1 when Northern District Associate Commissioner Larry Miskel took office as Presiding Commissioner.

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  • Hermann’s Alferman wins seat on House Budget Committee

    Posted on January 20, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    61st District State Rep.-elect Justin Alferman.

    Missouri State Rep. Justin Alferman, R-Hermann, has obtained a seat on the highly coveted House Budget Committee. A seat on the budget panel — the largest committee in the House — is considered a plum appointment. Alferman is one of only three first-term legislators named to the panel that crafts the states operating budget. While most House committees have 7 or 9 members, the Budget Committee has 19 members. Alferman,

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  • For Hermann educators, ‘homeless’ has a young look

    Posted on January 13, 2015 at 12:51 pm

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    For educators, “homeless” doesn’t mean that scraggly bearded man living in a cardboard box under a bridge or that strangely dressed woman pushing a shopping cart filled with black plastic bags down the sidewalk. For educators, it unfortunately means that 7-year-old trying to make new friends in his most recent classroom; or, it refers to that 17-year-old high school junior trying to overcome the embarassment of not being able to

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Hermann Utility Advisory Board meets Monday night

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 11:02 am

The Hermann Utility Advisory Board (UAB) could make a recommendation on residents’ electricity rates after it meets Monday night in advance of a session of the Board of Aldermen. The UAB is mulling several options for rate increases, ranging from a 25-percent increase sought by Mayor Tom Shabel to a lesser amount based on a new structure for determining various rates. The advisory panel will meet at 6 p.m.; the

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  • As HADH ponders closer tie, Mercy Health grows larger

    Posted on January 22, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Hermann Area District Hospital.

    The directors of Hermann Area District Hospital Monday night might formally sign off on an agreement that could lead to closer ties with Mercy Hospital Washington and its parent four-state Mercy Health. While the HADH Board of Directors prepares for Monday night’s meeting, set for 6 p.m., Mercy Health officials are announcing the addition of another eastern Missouri hospital to its roster of medical facilities — Lincoln County Medical Center

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  • Hermann High School students will get introduction to area employers

    Posted on January 20, 2015 at 12:36 pm


    Local high school students will have an opportunity to hear from Hermann-area employers during an Employer  Panel Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Hermann High School. The event is a project of the Hermann Regional Economic Development Corporation (HREDC), a year-old consortium of businesses and employers working to strengthen the local economy. Heading HREDC is Gasconade County R-1 Superintendent Chris Neale. The Employer Panel will allow local businesses to showcase their products

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Hermann Advertiser-Courier Editor Buck Collier

At The River’s Edge: Alferman wins a plum assignment

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 12:59 pm

Hermann’s Justin Alferman is the envy of many Missouri state legislators — veterans and freshmen alike. The 61st District state representative was assigned a seat on the all-important House Budget Committee, one of only three freshmen among the 19 members named to the panel. There are veteran House members who can’t get a seat at that exclusive table, so to be a freshman named to the committee that has first

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  • Cathi’s Corner

    Posted on January 20, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Advertiser-Courier General Manager Cathi Utley

    I saw Kevin “soup” Stiers last week and he reminded me that January was his month. What? His birthday? No, January is traditionally the month we eat soup, so he has adopted it as his own. I rolled my eyes. Happy MONTH, Soup. Speaking of soup, have you entered the “best soup” contest? We have several entries so far. After the contest we will print all the recipes. If you

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  • From The Mayor’s Desk

    Posted on January 20, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Hermann Mayor Tom Shabel

    As reported in the Advertiser-Courier January 14, the Board of Aldermen and the Utility Advisory Board held a workshop to address the ongoing problems with the electric utility and also to begin looking at the next elephant in the living room issue, our gas utility.  This article pretty much got it right.  As did Buck Collier’s column “At the Rivers Edge.” The electric utility lost $417,197.82 for the calendar year

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