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’Tis the season for the hustle and bustle of the holidays. For many this time of year is full of joy, while for others with disabilities, this time of year presents unique physical, emotional and sensory challenges.

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In an effort to further the holiday spirit and finding a way to put a charitable donation to use, the staff of Great Southern Bank, Stockton, collectively decided their $1,000 donation should be given to Polk County House of Hope.

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Members, American Legion Trent-Sallee Post 230, Stockton honor guard, auxiliary, family members and volunteers spent part of Sunday, Dec. 7, assisting with the placement of wreaths at the Springfield National Cemetery in a show of patriotic support while observing Pearl Harbor Day as a group.

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Final preparations for the 2019 Stockton Christmas Basket program are just around the corner. All activities will take place at the Assembly of God Church, 1505 S. Third St., Stockton.

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If you could somehow ask Domino, the Stockton Elementary and Middle School’s emotional therapy dog, what he actually does on campus, he might answer, “I make kids want to come to school.”

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Former Cedar County sheriff Leon Dwerlkotte was posthumously honored as Co-Worker of the Year by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department. Dwerlkotte was a Polk County deputy at the time of his death, Tuesday, Sept. 24.

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Heath Oates has been named to replace the retiring Mark Koca as superintendent of the El Dorado Springs R-II school district. Currently the superintendent at Rich Hill, Oates will assume his new position effective July 1, 2020.

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Stephen Marlo Brody, a former Stockton Christian Church youth minister who later pled guilty to two counts of statutory sodomy, died Saturday, Nov. 30, of pancreatic cancer while in hospice care in Rockaway Beach. He was 63.

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A 79-year-old Stockton man died in an ATV accident Thursday, Nov. 21, on private property near south 1201 Road, 10 miles east of El Dorado Springs.

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With the season of giving upon us, a local Vietnam combat veteran has taken up for a longtime Cedar County farmer after a recent and unfortunate theft.

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With a combined effort from the Council on Culture and Arts, the City Hall Art Gallery Program hosted its fourth quarter art gallery Thursday, Nov. 14, at Stockton City Hall.

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Stockton residents and the Cedar County community are invited to join the city of Stockton for all things merry and bright for the Christmas Lighting Ceremony beginning 4:30 p.m., Friday Nov. 30, on the Stockton square.

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The Stockton Board of Aldermen have yet to reach a final decision on whether to approve a contract with the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office for police service to the city in 2020.

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Cedar County MU Extension Council is accepting nominations for the 2020 public election of county extension council members. Names of nominees are needed for review by existing county council members at the Tuesday, Dec. 3, council meeting. This invitation is to any Cedar County resident int…

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Since the pioneer days of the American Midwest, quilts have been a cornerstone of Missouri culture, fashion and tradition. In honor of our great state’s 200-year anniversary, The State Historical Society of Missouri and Missouri Star Quilt Company, in partnership with the Missouri State Quil…

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The Cedar County Ambulance Board spent the bulk of their 32-minute meeting Monday, Nov. 18, discussing financials and a proposed budget for next fiscal year, but tabled any decisions until December as district accountant Kalena Bruce was unavailable to explain various line items.

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El Dorado Springs Chamber of Commerce CEO Jackson Tough announced at the November lunch meeting the chamber executive board’s vacant seat has been filled. The board elected to ask Travis Comeau of McDonald's Restaurant to take the seat vacated by Eran Dawson of Citizens Memorial Hospital. Da…

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Cedar County clerk Heather York has reached an out-of-court settlement with a former employee of her office who filed a civil rights lawsuit against York earlier this year. Terms were not disclosed.

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A new season of Stockton Tiger basketball means new faces will fill the voids left by five graduated players. Just two seniors remain to lead the way for coach Derald Henderson, as the Tigers look to improve on last year’s overall record of 19-8, 2-3 in the Mid-Lakes Conference.

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol would like to remind the public that driver examination stations throughout the state will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28-29, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal operations will resume on Monday, Dec. 2.
Too many people die in traffic c…

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With several events and local happenings on the horizon, the Stockton Area Chamber of Commerce held its monthly board meeting Wednesday, Nov. 13.

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In continuing their support of local law enforcement, board members from the Stockton Area Chamber of Commerce presented the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office with its annual gift of appreciation bags the morning of Friday, Nov. 15.

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Numerous Stockton-area businesses are gearing up for the Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping blitz by having a Holiday Open House Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22-23.

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Stockton city workers use an asphalt saw to cut into a portion of South and Richter streets as they attempt to locate a water leak under the roadway. Traffic on South Street was reduced to one lane for a couple of blocks in the late morning hours of Tuesday, Nov. 5, as the workers dug down.

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In a ceremony coordinated by veterans committee chairman Denise Russo, the Lake Stockton Elks Lodge 2858, placed dedicated its POW table the evening of Saturday, Nov. 9.

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Many area veterans and a few active service people were honored at a pair of assemblies Friday, Nov. 8, at Stockton Middle and High Schools.

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The El Dorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Spring City Spooktacular was Halloween evening, Thursday. Oct. 31. The day was clear and cool but it didn’t stop 350-400 pint-sized ghosts, ghouls and goblins and their parents from attending the autumn event.

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Cold, winter-like temps did not stop hundreds or area residents and Halloween lovers from striking out in search of scares, community fun and sugar-coated goodies the evening of Thursday, Oct. 31, throughout Stockton’s City Park.