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Lady Saints end seven-game losing streak
It was far from easy, but the Saint Paul Lady Saints ended a seven-game losing streak with a 51-47 victory at home over Kansas City Lutheran 51-47 last week Tuesday. "We kept it interesting until the very end," SPLHS head coach John Beerman said. "We need to learn how to close out games. We had about eight or nine unforced errors in the fourth quarter, which resulted in chances for Kansas City Lutheran to stay in the game."...
Lady Chiefs take over lead in conference race
When the Santa Fe Lady Chiefs met Crest Ridge for the championship in the I-70 Conference tournament on Dec. 12, the game was in doubt all the way until the final couple of minutes in a 45-38 SFHS victory. In Friday night's regular-season rematch at Centerview, the Lady Chiefs dominated throughout, eventually settling for a 49-30 win...
Orioles suffer three losses during week
A tough week for the Concordia Orioles, which began with back-to-back lopsided losses to state-ranked teams, ended with a third setback to a team that has taken plenty of lumps, as well this year. The Orioles were beaten 81-23 at home by Wellington last week Tuesday and 65-51 to Leeton at home on Thursday...
Lady Orioles claim three wins, two in conference
Susie Vandevender's Concordia Lady Orioles sandwiched two I-70 Conference wins around a non-conference victory last week. Downing Wellington 58-51 last week Tuesday and Sweet Springs 64-23 on Friday, the Lady Orioles have put themselves in a position to grab at least a share of the league title, raining their I-70 mark to 4-1, a game behind unbeaten Santa Fe...
IRS warns of phone scams during tax season
Tax season officially started Jan. 1, and phone scams are already underway, according to the Internal Revenue Service. The calls are usually aggressive or threatening in nature. Phone scams are part of the "Dirty Dozen" of techniques used against individuals during the income tax period, and are top of the list for the IRS...
Progress underway for LGSH remodel
Work on the remodel and refurbishment of the Lutheran Good Shepherd Home, in Concordia, is officially underway. LGSH has been in operation for more than 50 years and at its 50-year celebration in 2014, the plans for the remodel were revealed. A groun-breaking ceremony was held September 8, 2015, for the facility expansion...
Gas prices on downward trend
Gas prices are steadily on the decline. As of Thursday, Feb. 4, prices were $1.34 at the Concordia Eagle Stop. Missouri has one of the lowest fuel taxes in the country and the lowest when compared to neighboring states. Fuel tax rates ― on average ― are anywhere from 25- to 35-cents per gallon in the United States. Missouri's fuel tax rate, however, is 17.3.
There are a number of bills currently being debated in the Missouri General Assembly relating to Missouri's fuel-tax rate. The most popular of the proposals so far is a 1.5-cent increase on gasoline and a 3.5-cent increase on diesel. This proposal would not need approval by Missouri voters, while other bills would. If passed, the increase would help shore up a portion of the Missouri Department of Transportation shortfalls. At present, MoDOT only has enough money in its budget to maintain already-existing roads. It cannot conduct any new construction projects.
The shortfall also affects bridges in the state. According to MoDOT, safety concerns relating to a number of bridges in Missouri are forcing their closure and is detouring traffic.
According to GasBuddy as of Friday, Feb. 5, the lowest gas price was $1.24, in Springfield, while the most expensive was $2.59 in Cape Girardeau.
First 'Hardwood Classic' brings rival schools together
Concordia R-2 physical education teacher Sam Willis (right) reaches for the ball during the faculty basketball game against Sweet Springs Saturday evening, Feb. 6, at the Concordia High School gymnasium. Proceeds from ticket sales will support the CHS Future Business Leaders of America program. This was the inaugural Staff Hardwood Classic.
Temporary railings fulfill safety need
A worker from Chester Bross Construction Company, of Hannibal, installs temporary railings in front of the Concordia Senior Center Wednesday, Feb. 3. Temporary railings were also installed at the steps on the 500 block of South Main Street. Installation of permanent handrails was delayed initially due to the need for specialized equipment. Now, however, the delay is weather related.
An epoxy resin used to stabilize the permanent handrails needs specific temperatures over a period of days to properly cure. Both Chester Bross and the Missouri Department of Transportation have indicated frustration over the inability to install the permanent handrails at this time.
'Reading Super Bowl' concludes
St. Paul's Lutheran School celebrated the end of its "Reading Super Bowl" Friday afternoon, Feb. 5. Students and parents had to keep a log of how much a student read. Grade level, top three and family group winners were announced at Friday's celebration...
Concordia High School crowns courtwarming winners
Ellison Brunkhorst (left) and Jordan Schlueter were named Concordia R-2 High School's Courtwarming royalty. Brunkhorst, the daughter of Norman and Kimberly Brunkhorst, plans to major in engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Schlueter, the son of Jeff and Tammy Schlueter, plans to pursue an education degree at Westminster College, in Fulton.
Boy Scout Troop 258 holds pinewood derby
Noah Franklin (left), son of Shannon Goodnight, and Micah Neal, son of Eric and Lisa Neal, rapturously watch their cars compete in the Concordia Boy Scout Troop 258 pinewood derby Sunday, Jan. 31. ...
Saint Paul crowns royalty at winter courtwarming
Saint Paul Lutheran High School held its winter courtwarming Friday evening, Jan. 29. Those crowned (from left) are: Bowen Wei as king, Minjun Kim as queen, Matthias Paul as prince and Corinna Colwell as princess.
A holiday home
Area youth gathered at the Waverly branch of Trails Regional Library Monday, Dec. 21. to create gingerbread houses out of graham crackers, icing and candy. They attached graham cracker pieces to the outside of a milk carton to give their houses...
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