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FLW's next commander's past fights included Superstorm Sandy and stopping IEDs

Brig. Gen. Kent Savre
FLW's next commander's past fights included Superstorm Sandy and stopping IEDs
The man who as a lieutenant colonel was once director of the unit at U.S. Army Fort Leonard Wood which trains soldiers to stop IEDs and other explosive devices, currently the main killer of American soldiers in Afghanistan, will soon return as a general to command the entire installation. At Friday’s Committee of Fifty meeting, Fort Leonard Wood’s chief of staff, Col. James Reckard, announced that Maj. Gen. Les Smith will move later this spring from commanding Fort Leonard Wood to serving as the deputy to the Army’s inspector general in the Pentagon. His successor will be Brig. Gen. Kent Savre, whose last time at Fort Leonard Wood was from 2005 to 2007 as head of the Counter-Explosive Hazard Center. More recently, Savre was at Fort Hood, Texas when an Army psychiatrist attacked and killed troops, including some under his command, and headed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division when Superstorm Sandy hit New York and New Jersey. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

Man threatens to burn trailer early Saturday morning
(Jan. 31, 2015) — When Crocker Fire Protection District personnel were paged about 2:30 a.m. Saturday to a residential structure fire, initial reports said a man was destroying a trailer and had set it on fire. Firefighters chose to wait for law enforcement upon arriving at a location within sight of the single-wide travel trailer set up as a mobile home on the 28000 grid of Riverside Road off Highway T south of Swedeborg since the scene wasn’t yet safe. Once deputies arrived and Crocker firefighters were able to enter the trailer, they found no active fire and at 2:53 a.m. cancelled a mutual aid call to the Tri-County Fire Protection District, whose firefighters were on their way coming from Richland. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

MoDOT engineer warns that state roads will deteriorate due to funding problems
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Jan. 29, 2015) — Secondary state roads are likely to deteriorate and it’s not clear whether the Route 66 bridge over the Gasconade River near Hazelgreen can be fixed at all, Preston Kramer, the area engineer from the Missouri Department of Transportation warned Pulaski County commissioners during their Thursday morning meeting. Kramer said that due to the failure of a ballot proposal to increase state road taxes, there’s no way MoDOT road crews can afford to maintain roads off the primary road system, which mostly covers interstate highways, US routes, and the numbered rather than lettered state roads. “We’re back to where we were 10 years ago where the only money we’ve got is the gas tax and that hasn’t changed in 40 years,” Kramer said. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

New restaurants coming to Pulaski County
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Jan. 29, 2015) — Looking for someplace to eat? Pulaski County diners won't see the familiar KFC - Kentucky Fried Chicken national brand name anymore in ‪‎Saint Robert‬, and one long-term Asian restaurant, Chopstix, is merging with another, Ocean Buffet, into the Ocean Buffet location on St. Robert Boulevard in what was once Ryan's. ‪Richland diners are seeing a long-time landmark restaurant, Crossroads Restaurant, reopen under new ownership as Fox's Crossroads Country Diner, and also will get a branch operation of Mink's Family Pizzeria whose main operation is in ‪Crocker‬. In that city, a new Wagon Wheel restaurant is opening in the location previously used by The Sky's the Limit Restaurant in Crocker VFW Post 4956. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

Threats made to kill firefighters responding to blaze

Four fire departments responded to a Wednesday afternoon blaze in a Hazelgreen trailer.
Threats made to kill firefighters responding to blaze
HAZELGREEN, Mo. (Jan. 29, 2015) — Firefighters wear bunker gear to protect against blazing flames, not flying bullets. But on Wednesday afternoon, firefighters from four departments battling a trailer fire on the 33000 grid of Route 66 just west of the Laclede-Pulaski county line near Hazelgreen had to deal with situation in which, according to preliminary reports, “the alleged arsonist calls the scene and admits burning a residence and furthermore states he is coming to kill all public safety on the scene.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

Wyndridge resident asks if his subdivision can get a NID for road repairs
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Jan. 29, 2015) — While Missouri Department of Transportation officials warned Pulaski County commissioners that the state doesn’t have enough money to maintain MoDOT’s secondary roads, Pulaski County has its own funding problems. Scott Davis, a homeowner in the Wyndridge Estates subdivision east of St. Robert, asked whether the county will be able to set up a NID (neighborhood improvement district) in his area. Eastern District Commissioner Lynn Sharp said that for now, he’s focusing on the Highway H area of Hunters Point south of Waynesville, which already has a NID but whose residents will need to vote to renew the NID, to learn more about a NID and how it works. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

Army Reserve SFC will be new Crocker school resource officer
CROCKER, Mo. (Jan. 27, 2015) — The Crocker R-II School District has a new school resource officer, Shawn Wright, but he’s far from new to law enforcement or to the Crocker community, having served as a reserve officer in the Crocker Police Department since 1998. Wright told board members that he originally came to the area due to his military duties at Fort Leonard Wood, decided to stay, and entered civilian law enforcement while remaining a member of the Army Reserve, where he currently holds the rank of sergeant first class and for the last 11 years has been a military instructor. Since 2002, in addition to his reserve commission with the Crocker Police Department and his Army Reserve NCO status, he’s been a police officer with the University of Missouri. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

Crocker says current policies aren't being followed, votes against new policies
CROCKER, Mo. (Jan. 27, 2015) — While Crocker R-II School Board members voted unanimously to hire a school resource officer, Tuesday night’s other board votes including significant disagreement. State law requires school districts to adopt policies regarding numerous educational matters. The Missouri School Boards Association generally prepares policies for local districts to adopt, though districts sometimes draft their own local policies on issues that aren’t addressed by state law. After closed session, however, Crocker board members voted by a 3-3 margin to reject all the policies presented for adoption. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

Academic Honors

Becky Archibald, Deven Dehnel on Troy University provost's list; Archibald graduates
TROY, Ala. (June 23, 2014) — Two area residents, Becky Archibald of Waynesville and Deven Dehnel of St. Robert, have been named to the Spring 2014 provost's list at Troy University in Alabama. Archibald also graduated in May. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...


Robert Max "Bobby" Thornsberry (10/13/1927-10/9/2014), 86, of Richland
Robert Max “Bobby” Thornsberry, 86, of Richland, a retired school teacher and farmer, died Thursday, October 9, 2014 in the Life Care Center of Waynesville. He is survived by his wife: Wanda Thornsberry; two sons: Dr. Max Thornsberry and wife Brenda of Richland, and Dr. Michael Thornsberry and wife Susan of Macon, Ga.; four grandchildren: Dr. Jonathan Thornsberry and wife Holli of Ozark, Jessica Hartman and husband Travis of St. Charles, Melissa Thornsberry of Malibu, Calif. and Sarah Thornsberry of Gainesville, Fla.; five great grandchildren: Jacob, Jordan, Johanna, Jensen and Stella; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...

Kellis Lloyd Williams (3/22/1929-11/26/2000), 71, of Perryville, formerly of Waynesville
Kellice “Lloyd” Williams, 71, of Perryville, formerly of Waynesville, died November 26, 2000. Survivors include a son: Kellis Lee Williams of Floral City, Fla.; daughter: Dana Renee Sutton of Ozark; three sisters: Arrena Graves of Laquey, Ella Rose of Canyon, Colo. and Donna Shoemaker of Waynesville, as well as Betty Ann Williams of Perryville and Michael Scott Williams of the state of Kentucky. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...

Orlena May York (9/5/1922-10/4/2014), 92, of Richland
Orlena May York, died Saturday, October 4, 2014. Survivors include her four children, Ellis York (Lorie) of Fairborn, Ohio, Dallas York (Linda) of Springfield, Ohio, Lyndal York (Peggy) of Laquey, and Violet McKinnon (James) of Richland. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...

Linda Marie Helton (9/4/1949-10/2/2014), 65, owner of Crocker Academy
Linda Marie Helton, owner and operator of Crocker Academy Day Care, was born on September 4, 1949, in Burlington, Wis., daughter of Clifford and Doris (Oldenberg) Knutson, and died Thursday, October 2, 2014, in the Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis. On October 26, 1982, she married Richard Dale Helton, and had five children. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Cheryl Mayes. Survivors include her husband, Richard Helton, Crocker; three sons, Joshua Helton, Lake of the Ozarks; Richie Helton, Crocker and Jacob Helton, Lake of the Ozarks; two daughters and one son-in-law, Kari Helton, Ashland and Keli and Michael Allen, Crocker; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Martin and Wanda Knutson, Louisville, Kentucky; Tom and Cindy Knutson, Rochester, Wisconsin and Mike Knutson, Germantown, Wisconsin; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Colleen and Robert Holder, Rochester, Wisconsin; Chris and Dan Rathbone, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin and Peggy and Steve Thorp, Hales Corner, Wisconsin; four grandchildren, Zoie Allen, Gabby Kingsley, Blake Helton and Kairi Helton. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...

Steven Michael French (8/13/1955-10/3/2014), 59, of Dixon
Steven Michael French, of Dixon, was born on August 13, 1955, at Dixon, a son of Timothy L. and Martha Marie (Groves) French, and died Friday, October 3, 2014, at his residence near Dixon. On July 2, 2009, he married Ruby Margaret Fainter. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Jason Levi French on January 29, 2008. Steve was a United States Army veteran and had worked for Kingsford Charcoal in Belle for over twenty years and at the time of his passing was a trainer on the assembly line for Copeland Emerson Climate Technology in Lebanon. Survivors include his wife; one son, Jared French, Olympia, Washington; one daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and John Paul, Olympia, Washington; one brother, Harold French, Belle; one sister, Mary Wilson, Dixon; and two grandchildren, Aaron and Sarah. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...

Jane Jones (12/23/1945-10/3/2014), 68, formerly of Richland
Elizabeth Jane Jones, daughter of John and Elizabeth “Betty” Manes Lucas, was born December 23, 1945, in Waynesville, and died October 3, 2014, in Lebanon. She graduated from Richland High School in 1963, attended business school in Springfield, and moved to the Lebanon community in the early 1970s, working 14 years for Empire Gas, followed by D&A Distributing. She married her husband, Jay, on August 29, 1987, with one daughter born in 27 years of marriage. Survivors include her husband; one daughter, Ashley Kay Sommerville and her husband Keith of Columbia; one sister, Carmen Debo and her husband William of Devil’s Elbow; and one grandchild, Graaf McKay Sommerville. She was preceded in death by her parents. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...

William "Bill" Manes (6/9/1931-9/30/2014), 83, of Crocker
William Edward Manes, of Crocker, was born on June 9, 1931, at Swedeborg, a son of William Clair and Anna Mae (Peterson) Manes, and died Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. On January 18, 1956 in Mackinaw, Ill., he married Marjory Ann DePoister, and had five children. He was preceded in death by his wife on September 9, 2014; his parents and one brother, Robert Manes. A United States Navy veteran, he retired from General Electric as a purchasing agent for the company. Survivors include four sons and three daughters-in-law, Mike and Linda Manes, Dallas, Georgia; Tim and Beth Manes, Greer, South Carolina; Ron Manes, Omaha, Nebraska and Tom and Leatha Manes, Bloomington, Illinois; one daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and John Allen, Littleton, Colorado; three sisters, Laverne Carroll and Pat Wilkes, both of Crocker and Mary Ann Jacobson, Swedeborg. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...

Harold Dean McKinnon (1/10/1944-9/23/2014), 70, of Richland
Harold Dean McKinnon, son of the late Melvin Andrew and Vivian Marie (Helms) McKinnon, was born January 10, 1944 in Waynesville. After serving in the Army, he worked for several businesses including a tree trimming business, a moving business and a bulk oil company in Richland. He died Tuesday, September 23, 2014. Survivors include his son, Harold David McKinnon and his wife, Amber, of New Port Richey, Fla; three grandchildren; his brother, Gene McKinnon and sister-in-law, Rosemary McKinnon of Jefferson City. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...

Anna Irene Harris (7/3/1933-9/25/2014), 81, of Richland
Anna Irene (Gill) Harris, daughter of the late Elijah and Jessie Irene (Newell) Gill, was born July 3, 1933, in Richland. On February 18, 1968 she married David Scott Harris, a soldier, and worked at H.D. Lee for approximately 35 years. However, her life was centered on raising her family and taking care of her home. She died on Thursday, September 26, 2014. Survivors include her husband; two children, Darlene Fisher and Kevin Harris of Richland, MO; four grandchildren, Loretta Rhoades and Keith Joiner of Richland, and Taylor Harris and Carson Harris of Lebanon; four great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; a brother, Clyde Gill, of Osceola; and a number of nieces and nephews. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...

Betty Ruth Wagner (10/12/1949-9/26/2014), 64, formerly of Dixon
Betty Ruth Wagner (10/12/1949-9/26/2014), 64, of Bland, formerly of Dixon, sister of former Dixon Mayor Darrell French, died Friday, September 26, 2014 at University Hospital in Columbia. She was born in Dixon on October 12, 1949 to the late Norman French and Wilma (Lawson) French. On November 28, 1975, in Dixon she was united in marriage to Rev. Steve Wagner, pastoring Open Door Fellowship Church in Bland for the last 27 years. Survivors include her husband; her children, Jamie Thompson and husband Curtis of Columbia, Kiley Medlock and husband Patrick of Owensville and Josh Wagner and fiancé Tonya Zelch of Rosebud; stepmother, Maxine French of Dixon; brothers, Darrell French and Judy of Dixon, Danny French of Dixon, Matt Peltz of Las Vegas, Nevada and Brice Veasman and Kay of Diamond City, Arkansas; sisters, Diane Evans and Jerry of Pochahontas, Arkansas, Norma Martin and Donnie of Springfield, Janet Parker and Virgel of Dixon, Judy Martin and Danny of Wentzville and Jodie Sims of Pacific; grandchildren, Jordyn, Preston and Tori Thompson, Mackenzie Wagner, Arissa Ison, Ciara Medlock, Madie Lansford, Celine Lansford, Maiyah, Alex and Haylee Wagner; great-grandchild, Aaliyah Thompson; and by numerous nieces and nephews. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...

Juanita M. Crawford (10/10/1916-9/24/2014), 97, of Crocker
Juanita Mae (Burgess) Crawford was born on October 10, 1916, in Stoutland, the daughter of Jess T. Burgess and Nancy Jane (Wheeler) Burgess. She died on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at the Life Care nursing home in Waynesville. On December 1, 1934, she married James Riley Crawford in Crocker, who preceded her in death. Survivors include her son, Gary and Sandy Crawford; seven grandsons, Joe and Liz Crawford, Ben and Ediane Crawford, Craig and Kathy Crawford, Rick and Karen Crawford, John David and Wanda Crawford, John Anthony and Yvonne Crawford, Billy Crawford and one granddaughter, Lisa (Crawford) Thomsen; seven great-grandsons, Jonathon, John Jr, Luke, Christopher, Michael, Bradley and Quinn; four great-granddaughters, Jean, Jessikah, Rebekha and Destany; two great-great-grandsons, Levi and Uriah and two great-great- granddaughters, Arielle and Sophia. Also Barbara (Burgess) Duncan. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...

Retired SFC Leroy Daniel Brown (10/13/1939-9/24/2014), 74, of Waynesville
SFC (Ret) Leroy Brown was born in Harrisonburg, Va., on October 13, 1939. He completed his education at Lucy Simms High, moved to Philadelphia, and in 1957, joined the United States Army, retiring as a Sergeant First Class after 24 years in uniform. He then worked for AAFES, retiring as theater manager and also working for the Waynesville Vocational School as a tool man in the automotive and auto body shops. He married Erika Majer while stationed in Berlin, Germany, sharing over 46 years of marriage with four children. He died Wednesday, September 24, 2014. Survivors include his wife; four children: Pete Brown and his wife Glerda, Evelyne Martinez and her husband Luis, Tee Brown and his wife Stephanie, and Monnett Brown; one sister: Linda Brown; three aunts: Geraldine Brown, Lorraine Brown, and Pauline Brown; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; 4 generations of cousins; other relatives and friends. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...

Susie Marie Harper (12/12/1925-9/25/2014), 87, of Richland
Susie Marie Harper, daughter of the late Henry and Naomi (McDaniel) Patterson, was born December 12, 1925 in Montreal, where she grew up and later graduated from Stoutland High School. She died Thursday, September 25, 2014 in the Park View Care Center in Bolivar. Survivors include her son: Gray Jones and his wife Theresa of Fair Play; three sisters: Alice Fowler of Richland, Clarice Payne of Richland, and Ruth Fowler of Tulsa, Okla.; and one brother: Paul Frisbee of Louisville, Ky. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...

Lorna Kathleen (Doran) Carroll (9/14/1954-9/23/2014), 60, of Richland
Lorna Kathleen (Doran) Carroll, daughter of the late Richard Lee and Peggy Nell (Grayson) Doran was born September 14, 1954 in California where she grew up and graduated from high school. She married Donald “Wayne” Carroll. The two moved to Richland in 1995, sharing many years of love, joy, family, friends, and a lifetime of memories together before his passing on January 10, 2012. Lorna raised her four children, Daniel, Colt Lee, Cortni Marie and Tonya. She was proud of her little family and lovingly cared for them, and her home. She worked outside the home at Wal-Mart for over 19 years. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...

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Bids for Dale Lane road extension in the City of Dixon
DIXON, Mo. (Oct. 6, 2014) — The city of Dixon is accepting bids for the excavation, clearing, grubbing and installation of the newly proposed alignment(s) of Dale Lane. Deadline: Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Dixon City Hall at 2 p.m. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
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