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Louisiana’s premier annual event is on for this weekend, and organizers have a lot in store.

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CLARKSVILLE – As he prepared his remarks honoring long-time fire-fighter Joe Mabry, Assistant Fire Chief Randy Lovell struggled to find the exact year Mabry first signed up Clarksville’s volunteer fire department.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation has announced a tentative schedule for the demolition of the Champ Clark Bridge. Their press release is copied below. Local organizations are still selling opportunities to press the button — find the details here.

The Buffalo Township United Fund hosted its annual farm-to-table dinner last Friday, part of its efforts to raise money in support of good causes around Louisiana.

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LOUISIANA – Destroying a major piece of infrastructure will usually get you a hefty  prison sentence and a lot of public ill will.

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LOUISIANA – It all started in a grim moment, when John Kroeze’s car was rear-ended, outside of the building he is renovating to serve as a non-profit cafe.

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BOWLING GREEN—Making it easy to get to the information people need is something every city government wants for its citizens. And the City of Bowling Green has taken a good step toward that goal.

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BOWLING GREEN – Up until August of last year, the 911 center’s operations had been under the office of the Pike County Sheriff. But after the passing of the 9-16 sales tax, last year, which people voted for, the center became a separate entity.

Remembrance: Otis Madden and Steve Moss fold the American flag at the riverfront. In observance of Sept. 11, 2001. Madden drove the Legion motorcycle and rang the bell nine times for the month and then 11 times for the day. Rev. Bill Maupin led the group in an invocation. Photo courtesy Char…

BOWLING GREEN – Local officials heard about an additional $16 million in infrastructure spending in the region from a representative of the Missouri Department of Transportation at a meeting last Thursday of the Hwy. 54 Coalition.

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LOUISIANA – The Old Champ Clark Bridge will end with a bang, not a whimper  — the details of which will be sketched out at a public meeting this Saturday

BOWLING GREEN – The governing body behind emergency dispatching in Pike County will make a  major investment in clearer communication with first responders.

President Donald Trump recently signed a bipartisan bill expanding eligibility for membership in the biggest and most politically influential veterans service organization in the country.

BOWLING GREEN – The Bowling Green-based not-for-profit North East Community Action Corporation is getting ready to process applications for winter energy assistance in its 12 Missouri counties.

CURRYVILLE – The Missouri Department of Transportation reported Thursday, Sept. 19, that work has been completed on a bridge north of Curryville, re-opening Route E.

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Parade started the day; coronation preceded the game

Our posterity: Mayor Marvin Brown signed Louisiana’s proclamation of Constitution Day, which was Sept. 17, alongside Beverly Cogar, center, and Marilyn Johnson, right. In observance of the 240-year-old US Constitution, church bells in Louisiana were rung at 4 p.m. to commemorate its signing.…

CLARKSVILLE – When storms and floods struck the state in the spring and summer of 2019, Missouri Department of Corrections staff and offenders invested long work days and hard-earned dollars to help fellow Missourians.

WINFIELD, MO – The Missouri Department of Transportation announced last week that a bridge will be replaced on Route 79 near Winfield in Lincoln County.

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CLARKSVILLE – With the river down and Route 79 open, Clarksville residents are beginning the process of imagining what their town might look like after the floods of 2019.

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BOWLING GREEN—Purple was the color of the evening. Those wearing purple shirts are the cancer survivors. But as they showed Friday night; they are more than survivors. They are the warriors who have beat cancer.

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BOWLING GREEN—Members of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented a proclamation to Bowling Green Mayor Don Hunter Thursday to recognize the drafting of the U.S. Constitution 232 years ago.

LOUISIANA – Massman Construction expects to begin explosive demolitions of the now-closed Old Champ Clark Bridge in mid-to-late October, a company representative said last week.

LOUISIANA – The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that a one-car crash west of Louisiana last Friday evening destroyed a car but left its driver with only minor injuries.

Update: After this article was published in print and online, MoDOT announced that the work had been delayed to later next week and the week after. Pike County Route H will be closed on Sept. 19 and 20. Pike Country Route D will be closed Sept. 23-25. The article has been changed to reflect …

Namesake: Larry Twellman, left, Brent Engel and Marisa Ellison stand behind the sign that had once been attached to the old Champ Clark Bridge. MoDOT donated the sign to the Champ Clark House to be displayed along with its other historical artifacts. Champ and his wife, Genevieve, moved into…

LOUISIANA – The Buffalo Township United Fund (BTUF) applied for and was recently awarded a local Community Grant from Wal-Mart and the Wal-Mart Foundation. 

A sense of relief: The East Central Board of Realtors presented a generous donation to the City of Clarksville in the amount of $500 to be used for flood disaster relief. Mayor Jo Anne Smiley is shown accepting the check on behalf of the city from Kevin Jayne, a realtor in Chesterfield, Mo.