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2011 Monroe City Year in Review

Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Jan. 5
New elected officials for Monroe County were sworn in, Sandra Francis, County Clerk; Merry Sue Meals, Recorder; Heather Wheeler, newly elected Circuit Clerk; Mike Minor, newly elected Presiding Commissioner; Judge Michael P. Wilson and Talley Kendrick, Prosecuting Attorney.
Deaths: Anthony Martin (Tony) Williams, 72, of Shelbina, former Monroe City resident, died Dec. 30; and Raymond L. Bailey, 90, died Dec. 29 at Monroe City Manor Care Center.
Al Beck presented his 17th book to the Monroe City Library titled “An Awesome Possum Shares Wild Wisdom.”
Paula Delaney was named the Monroe County Health Department administrator.
The Monroe City Middle School was to host the 48th annual basketball tournament.
Aaron Peters was selected to the Missouri Coaches Association Academic Class 2A All-State Team as a football player.

Jan. 12
A 3/8 percent sales tax was to be considered to help fund the three-phase pool improvement.
Deaths: Vernon (Bud) Ragar, 75, of Canton, formerly of Monroe City, died Jan. 9; Lori Ann (Fible) Sudholt, 49, of St. Joseph, died Jan. 6; Terri Rachel Laird, 40, of Perry, died Jan. 6; Janice Marie Conrad, 48, of New London, died Jan. 5; and Rose Livers, 69, of Clarence, died Jan. 10.
Monroe City’s Got Talent was attended by a large crowd as 23 contestants entertained the packed house. Nick Schnerre took People’s Choice, while Anna and Matt Walker took first place. C.E. Talton won second place and Danny White and Jenifer Price, third place.
Derek Coats, former Monroe City resident, was named state director of U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s office.

Jan. 19
The Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri foreclosed on the 47-room Monroe City Inn after the default in payment.
BNSF Railroad was still working with city officials on an acceptable way to close crossings in town.
Deaths: Vernon “Bud” Ragar, 75, of Canton, died Jan. 9; Wayne DeLozier Johnson, 83, formerly of Hannibal, died Jan. 4; Geene O. Denish, 83, of Palmyra died Jan. 11; and Jack Brady, 89, of Paris, died Jan. 16.
Chrissie Robey and Jeffrey Niedens of Peoria, Ill., were to be married Jan. 22 in Cancun, Mexico.

Jan. 26
Holy Rosary School was to celebrate Catholic Schools Week with special activities during the week.
The Monroe City Fire Department was volunteering at the South Lake with special lighting and free hot chocolate for anyone wanting to sled down the hill.
Indian Creek Winery was among 18 outstanding small businesses in Missouri honored at the General Assembly Jan. 26 at Jefferson City.
Deaths: Kenneth Hansen, 90, of Center, died Jan. 20; Mildred Heathman, 89, of Mexico, formerly of Granville, died Jan. 18; and Anna Mae Utterback, 97, of Paris, died Jan. 21.
Brian Dawson and Mary Jo Collier were married at the Mark Twain State Park Oct. 23 by Rev. Steve Goughnour.
Births: a daughter, Cadence Joette, on Oct. 14 to Derrick and Kendra Adams.
The Monroe City Lady Panthers won fourth place in the Tony Lenzini Basketball Tournament held at Palmyra R-I High School.

Feb. 2
The area was bracing for blizzard conditions as the National Weather Service issued warnings for the weather and for residents to stay in.
New businesses to open in the former JP’s Corner, Adam Oswald is to open an insurance agency and City of Monroe City Attorney, John Wilcox was to move his law office to the former State Farm building at the corner of Main and Winter Streets.
Deaths: Charles Wesley Woollen III, 62, died Jan. 27.
The Daisy Troop #9341 honored Sgt. Fred Pierce during a skating party and pizza.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Bode celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Jan. 18.

Feb. 9
A picture on the front page of The Gazette was of Tom Hagan and Elizabeth as they trekked through the snow blizzard to feed the animals.
Deaths: C. Pauline Mettes, 91, of Chesterfield, died Jan. 7; Connie Mudd-Dickens, 62, of Springfield, Mo., formerly of Monroe City, died Feb. 3; and Mary C. Pyle, 97, of the Fabius Community, died Feb. 4.
Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Jones celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Jan. 22.
Basketball Homecoming candidates were freshman: Kyle Fulton, Heidi Potterfield, Emily Lee and Kenny Smithey; sophomores: Mason Browning, Leah Albus, Michael Hays, and Roberta Burns; juniors: Colton Bock, Kara Bichsel, Lindy Elliott and Kody Karr; and seniors: Hilary Wilson, Jack Pangborn, Debbie Purol and Jeff Durbin.

Feb. 16
Miss Iowa Pauli Mayfield, 25 year-old daughter of Monroe City native Clyde Mayfield, said that her favorite place to visit was Monroe City.
Deaths: Chase Patrick Anderson, 16, of Palmyra, died Feb. 12; Loyce Eileen Stoddard Nesbit, 86, died Feb. 9; Walter R. Tuley, Sr., 87, of Philadelphia, died Feb. 5; and Mary Margaret Hagan, 94, died Feb. 9.
Births: a son, Robert Dean, on Feb. 7 to David and Pam Poelker; and a son, Rance Timothy, on Jan. 22 to Heath and Tiffany Grieman,
Stephen Matthew Kendrick and Karen DeNeen Hancock announced plans to be married.
The staff of The Lake Gazette attended the Missouri Press Association annual Legislative Days at the Capital.

Feb. 23
Three grown bobcats were caught on a wildlife camera owned by Oral Barnes on his land on Route J.
Deaths: Dorothy Cecilia Clayton Thurman, died Sept. 20; Jay Riley, 89, of Shelbina, died Feb. 15; Harold Eugene Perry, 72, of Hunnewell, died Feb. 17; and Sharon Anne Smith, 69, of Blue Eye, former Monroe City resident, died Feb. 18.
Jim Chitwood celebrated his 80th birthday with relatives and friends at the Monroe City Senior Nutrition Center.
Joni Leanne Sparks and Bradley Scott Mudd announced plans to be married April 16; and Lauren Ann Winking and Johnathan Ray Watson announced plans to be married March 12.
Births: a daughter, Laurel Catherine, on Nov. 17 to Lance and Jodi (Perry) Burditt of St. Louis.
Charlie Sandifer and Hazel Dooley were crowned the 2011 Valentine King and Queen of the Monroe City Manor Care Center.

March 2
Brian Hancock vaulted to a record breaking height on Feb. 18 as he was able to hit his all new high of 17’ 7.75” on his second attempt at the a meet held at the Missouri Collegiate Challenge held at the Hearnes Center in Columbia. He broke the record previously held at MU of 17’ 7.25.
Deaths: Michael Eugene Resa, 45, of Sarcoxie, died Feb. 19. He was the brother of Shirley Hunt; Bayard C. Plowman, 88, of Hannibal, an area banking leader; Aletha Josephine Sharp Hart, 85, died Feb. 25; Amy Carter, 92, of Paris, died Feb. 17; Arthur James McCune, 53, of Palmyra, died Feb. 24; and Martha Allene (Jane) Painter Caldwell, 94, of Alexandria, Va., died Feb. 15.
Births: a son, Brendan Michael, on Jan. 16 to Glenn and Lindsay Thome; a daughter, Harper Ann, on Jan. 19 to Rick and Melissa Hays; a daughter, Addison Grace, on Jan. 18 to David Hammond and Michelle Prenger; and twins, Layla Eve and Jaxon Avery, on Dec. 25 to Krystal Graupman and Shawn Tuder of Mexico.
Ribbon cuttings were held at the Main Street Thrift Shop and the FITe Club, both businesses located on Main Street.
March 9
The Monroe City Community Betterment was sponsoring the second annual St. Paddy’s Day Polar Bear Plunge at the South Lake on Saturday, March 12.
Officials from the Burlington-Northern Santa Fe Railroad, Missouri Department of Transportation and the City of Monroe City discussed the railroad issue.
Deaths: Cheryl Kay Tyree Dowell, 62, of Hannibal, died Feb. 28.
A ribbon cutting was held at the Indian Creek Winery’s new location at the “Robey Place.”
Pictures from Grandparents Day at the Monroe City Elementary sponsored by the Community School Connection adorned the center section of the Gazette.
March 16
The St. Paddy’s Day Polar Bear Plunge sponsored by the Monroe City Community Betterment raised $1,186.
A St. Louis company INDEECO, bought Accu-Therm from the Orion Investment Group of Clayton.
Deaths: Lois Smithey, 71, of Shelbina, died March 12; and Robert Eugene “Robbie” Nifen, Jr. of Barry, Ill., died March 5.
Births: a daughter, Clare Rose, on Feb. 28 to Greg and Colleen Williams of St. Louis.
The High School Robotics Team earned the Grand Champion prize at the Robotics Day at Moberly Area Community College sponsored by the Northeast Missouri Tech Prep Consortium.
March 23
The Athlete’s Corner was to open at 205 W. Dover and was to feature gently used recycled athletic apparel and equipment. It was to be opened by mid-April and open the same hours as Debbie’s Beauty Shoppe.
Mary Lynn Powell was appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon as treasurer of Monroe County to fill the vacancy left by Brandie Baker Kinnaman who was unable to obtain bonding for the job.
Deaths: Alice Josephine Gander, 94, died March 18; and Zeno Martin (Marty) Stawizynski, 45, of Camdenton, died March 19.
Twelve new members were inducted into the Monroe City Knights of Columbus Council 1165.
Albert and Emmy Ely were to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary March 25.
School Board candidates were featured in the Gazette. They included Linda Greening, Dennis Long, Marlin Reagan, Riss Hays, Matthew Harris and Allen Mehrer.
March 30
The Monroe City Cub Scouts held a Pinewood Derby at the V.F.W. hall with lots of spectators watching.
Death: Leona Opal Itschner, 100, of Perry, died March 25; Joseph Daniel Bock, 23, died March 21; Verona D. Dye, 92, of Paris, died March 21; and Clair Ann Mays, 67, died March 26.
Chrissie Nicole Robey and Jeffrey Gray Niedens were married Jan. 22 in Cancun, Mexico.
The Florida United Methodist Church was getting renovated.
Ron Atchison of Stoutsville won $55,000 with a Show Me Cash lottery ticket.
Helen Gosney celebrated her 90th birthday with family and friends at the Monroe City Manor Care Center.
The Panther Players presented the comedy “Get Smart.”
April 6
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo) toured Lakeside Casting Solutions on Saturday, April 2, and was encouraged by what he saw. The visit was one of the four scheduled events in Northeast Missouri.
Deaths: Gary Largent, 55, of Hannibal, died April 3; Elsie M. Power, 87, of Hannibal, died March 30; Leon “Bussy” Selsor, 80, of Jacksonville, died March 29; Billy Clay Walker, 64, of Paris, died March 29; Eva Alwilda Snider, 89, of Shelbina, died March 30; June Winneferd Subke, 90, died March 30; and Loretta F. Foster, 77, of Hannibal, died April 5.
Raymond and Marjorie Gottman were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on April 10.
Joe Paul and Bertha Williams were to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary April 9.
Baby chicks were hatching at Holy Rosary School through the incubation process provided by the University of Missouri Extension Office.
April 13
Viola McNeill was to be honored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as a “Woman of Courage” at a luncheon held at the Ritz-Carlton in St. Louis.
Deaths: Lawrence “Larry” Dodd, Sr., 60, of Hannibal, died April 5; Laurie Lake, 44, of Palmyra, died April 5; and Margaret Ruth Shields Snow, 88, of Lamar, died April 6.
Joseph and Marilyn Miles were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at the Indian Creek Winery on April 16.
A special Mass was said at St. Peter’s Church at Brush Creek with four bishops and a cardinal in attendance. The event was filmed by EWTN global Catholic television network.
April 20
Manuel Cazares was found guilty of the two murders of former Monroe City residents, Amanda Thomas and Patrick Epley.
Deaths: James Robert Lechliter, 81, of Paris, died April 12; Joseph Otto Antweiler, 92, of Jefferson City, father of Father Don Antweiler, died April 12; Irene H. Penland, died March 29; and Harold Lee Volkmer, 80, former member of Congress, died April 16.
Cindy Foster was named by the Mark Twain District United Methodist Women “Woman of the Year”.
Births: a daughter, Emma Marie, to Nikkie and Scott Eagan, on March 2; and a daughter, Madeline Rae, on Feb. 16 to Lance and Angie O’Bryan.
Maurice Lehenbauer, World War II Veteran, made the trip of a lifetime when he went on the trip to the nation’s capital with the Honor Flight.
Four members of the VFW 4240 were honored with lifetime memberships in the VFW. Those members included Lemuel Beck, Eugene Copenhaver, Harold Garrett and Jimmy Clark.
April 27
Brianna Berry was pictured with her Easter Bonnet during the Monroe City Community Task Force’s annual Easter Egg Hunt.
Deaths: Sheila Lynn Osbourne, 60, owner of the Indian Creek Winery, died April 21; Joseph Bernhart Riehl, of Paris, died April 21; Harry David Yates, 92, of rural Monroe City, died April 19; and Guy Thomas Schwettman, 57, died April 23.
Births: Carson Matthew Watson was born Jan. 25 to Meagan Harris and Ty Watson.
Bill and Karen Clifton were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on May 6.
Monica Marie Quinn and John Thomas Halloran were married March 19. Monica is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Quinn.
May 4
The Mark Twain Landing hosted the National BBQ competition May 20-21.
Deaths: Harold Bernard (Barney) Snider, 89, of Shelbina, died April 28.
Cheryl Goans and Gerald Spalding of Springfield were married April 28 in Springfield.
Births: Audra Rose, March 30 to Drew and Melissa Quinn of West Palm Beach, Fla.; Kylie Anasten, Feb. 25 to Darren and Ashley Hardwick of Moberly; and Kiersten Marie, Dec. 17 to Marcus and Whitney Pfaff.
Loads of morel mushrooms were pictured in the Gazette this week.
Pictures of Prom 2011 were featured in the paper along with pictures of mom drawn by their children for Mother’s Day.
May 11
Youngsters from the local pre-schools visited the farm of Mark and Charity Hetheriton and enjoyed the animals.
Baccalaureate services were to be held on Sunday, May 15 at the Christian Church.
Deaths: Paul A. Hill, 82, died May 3; and Charles G. Hilbert, 49, of Quincy, died May 3.
A 72 pound flathead catfish was caught by three local men: Chase Eckman, Andy Utterback and Aaron Utterback on May 7.
May 18
MoDOT officials discussed the proposed maintenance shed closing in Monroe City due to cutbacks.
Deaths: Mary Ellen Mudd Jennings, 98, of Monroe City, died May 16.
Chris Kleindienst and Melissa Meeker opened the MC Designs at the Mark Twain Shopping Center. The feature printed and embroidered items.
The Main Street Mini Mall was getting a makeover as Chrissy Doolin, Georgia Rothweiler, Angie Chapman, Penny DeLaporte and Sally Hawker joined together to revamp the historic mini-mall.
Jacqui Kendrick and Zack Price announced plans to be married July 30 at the Monroe City Christian Church.
Births: a son, Christian Charles, March 3 to Brandon and Ashley Osborn.
Terri Hall Loughrey and Bob Brown of Columbia were married May 1.
May 25
Fifty-nine seniors graduated from Monroe City R-I High School. Jordan Woodall was valedictorian and Ashlyn Hays was salutatorian.
Deaths: Larry Wayne Happel, 60, of Satsuma, Fla. and former Monroe City resident, died May 5.
Bill and Jane Anne Olson celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on May 23.
Kelsey Whelan and Ty Watson were to be married Aug. 6 at Buzzard’s Roost Park in Florida, Mo.
SSG Joseph Hagan and SGT Arianna Saucedo were married Jan 7.
There were 46 graduates from the Monroe City Middle School and 22 graduates from Holy Rosary Catholic School.
June 1
The City of Monroe City purchased the building and some of the acreage of Lakeside Casting Solutions and will lease it back to Lakeside at a monthly payment of $9,000.
Deaths: Billy Acuff, 85, former Paris resident, died May 25.
The Job and Resource Fair held at the Knights of Columbus Parish Hall brought in more than 10 prospective employers and employment agencies on May 25.
Sarah Ishmael and David Distin were to be married June 4 in Monmouth, Ill.; and Melinda Kerns and Troy Ritter were to be married June 4 at St. Jude’s Church.
Births: Dahlia Avalynn, April 13 to Grant and Jackie Barnes of Omaha, Neb.
Wilcox Law Firm and Black Creek Abstract and Trust held ribbon cuttings on May 26 at their new location at 107 N. Main St.
June 8
The Belle Johnson exhibit was to open at the Massillon Museum in Ohio on June 11.
Deaths: David L. Utterback, 88, of Hunnewell, died June 4;  and Donnie E. Johnson, 59, of Huntsville, died May 30.
MoDOT held a ribbon cutting on June 1 to celebrate the completion of four bridge projects in Ralls County.
June 15
The Kolton Karr memorial fish fry was held at the Hometown Auto & Tractor Parts on June 10-11 with a tractor parade and kids games.
Deaths: Nellie Fay McCurdy, 85, of Vandalia, died June 8; William Claude Holmes II, 15, of Santa Fe, died June 10; Burley Elmer Bertram, 85, of Memphis, Mo, died June 6; Tom Abell, 92, of Paris, died June 7; Joshua Taylor Boyer, 13, of Columbia, died June 13; Joey Dwight Embree, 54, of Madison, died June 8;  and Norman Lawrence Ewing, 86, of Milan, Ill., former Hunnewell resident, died June 8.
MoDOT plan to close the facility in Monroe City passed.
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Long were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary June 17.
Suzanne McClintic and Jeremy Wiebold were married March 26 in Columbia.
Chasney Wiseman and Billy Dowell were to be married July 16 at the Mark Twain Lake.
June 22
Four hundred sixteen balloons were released to represent the 416 pounds lost in the Biggest Loser Challenge with Monroe City and Palmyra residents. The biggest loser was Dana Bassett who lost 42 pounds.
Deaths: Dorothy Aileen Beaver, 87, died June 16; Harold Gene Barkley, 86, died June 14; Leona Shepard, 89, of Paris, died June 20; and Luellen Anna Pryor, 96, of Quincy, died June 14.
Malissie Gwinner and Dennis Hellige were to be married Nov. 19 at Hannibal.
June 29
The Lake Gazette was sold to Lakeway Publisher of Missouri, effective June 30.
Strong winds from a storm damaged parts of Monroe City, the airport and rural areas.
Deaths: Savanah Marie Herold, infant daughter of Ryan and Angela Herald, died June 21; Marie Darlene Hultz, 76, of Philadelphia, died June 23; Peggy Ann Wilson, 72, died June 22; Robert Riley Caldwell Sr., 97, died June 24; Marie Youngblood, 87, died June 26; and Louise Chisham, 88, died June 27.
Edward Gottman was to celebrate his 100th birthday July 10 at the Monroe City Senior Nutrition Center.
The Progress Edition was in the Gazette this week and featured Monroe Tire & Battery, Shelter Insurance, Dowell’s Pit Stop, The Dugout Lounge, Trav’s, Farmer’s Elevator & Exchange, Great River Engineering, Sheltered Workshop, Applebee Tree, Main Street Mini Mall, See Real Estate, and LaRue Insurance.
July 6
Pictures of the Fourth of July Parade were on the front page of The Gazette.
Deaths: Catherine Peters, 94, died June 23; Joy C. Livingston, former local business owner, died June 16 in Florida; and Ruby Poage, 89, of rural Palmyra, died July 4.
Norma Jackson, formerly of Monroe City, graduated form the University of Missouri School of Law May 15.
July 13
Edward Gottman celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends at the Monroe City Senior Nutrition Center on July 6.
Florida, Mo. was host of several reenactments of the battles of 1861 and 1862.
Deaths: Sr. Celeste Marie, former Dominican sister from Sparkill, N.Y., died June 28. She taught at Holy Rosary School from 1958-66; Charlotte Murray Sweeting, 65, of Clayton, Ill, formerly of Hunnewell, died July 2; Ronald Dean Davis, Jr., 29, of Headland, Ala., died June 29; Charles Michael Gatson, Jr., 48, of St. Peters, died July 4; Virginia Hawkins, 81, of Holliday, died July 7; James Calvin Fry, 90, of Perry, died July 13; and Mary Hawn, 78, of Hunnewell, died July 10;
Jim and Joann Woodall celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary July 11.
July 20
Chase, Cole and Caden Pennewell were to be featured in the North American Whitetail TV which airs on the Fox Sports Net and Sportsman Channel with the big deer they bagged in the 2010 deer season.
A hog confinement fire killed approximately 2,600 swine on Monday, July 18. The confinement was owned by Alan Quinn.
Deaths: Mary Margaret Evans, 89, died July 14; James Rodgers Kurz, 92, died July 18; and James Anthony “Tony” Ratliff, 62, died July 11.
Donnie and Joyce Mudd were to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on July 23.
Births: Keaton Walker on May 3 to Ben and Sara Sapp; Isaac James on May 30 to Micah and Lorie Lehenbauer.
The oldest picnic in Missouri, the Swinkey Picnic, was held July 17.
July 27
A single-engine airplane had to make an emergency landing in a field just west of Monroe City. Bryan Pender of Midlothian, Texas, was on his way to Osh Kosh, Wis., when his plane lost power.
An Illinois man, Richard L. Goodwin, 75, drowned in the Mark Twain Lake after falling overboard from his boat on July 22.
Deaths: Mary Virginia Johnson, 99, of Paris, died July 19; Rita M. Maher, 86, died July 26; Anthony A. Blickhan, 91, of Quincy, former Monroe City native, died July 14; William Michael Jackson, Sr., 64, of Alabama, died July 22; and Leo T. Broughton, 92, of Iowa, died July 25.
Births: Bella Rose on May 13 to Eric and Beth Keller; Mason James on June 30 to Darren and Mindy Hays; and Rylan Maxwell on May 24 to Courtney and David Brown of Independence.
Samantha Slater and Carson Brucks of Oak Grove, Mo., were married June 17.
Aug. 3
The Girl Scouts were selling lemonade, brownies and cupcakes and raffling off baskets of goodies to raise money for school supplies for the Monroe City students who need supplies.
Residents of Hunnewell and Stoutsville were concerned that their Post Offices could close due to the nationwide closings.
Deaths: Rita M. Maher, 86, died July 26; Mary Jean Voepel, 86, of Center, died July 29; Loree Vern Seward, 83, died July 29; and  Bernice Dean, 105, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Monroe City, died Aug. 1.
Births: a daughter, Deborah Kathryn, March 20 to Keith and Tricia Blackford.
Spc. Sarah Lupescu was named the DVIDS Journalist of the Month for June.
Gladys Berlin celebrated her 90th birthday at Ryan’s Steakhouse in Longview, Texas on July 23.
Aug. 10
The price tag for the repair for the town’s sewer system was estimated at $4.77 million dollars.
Deaths: Rita M. Derksen, 80, of Warsaw, Ill., died Aug. 4; Kevin Hahn, 48, of Stoutsville, died July 26; Lucy Jane Broughton, 90, of Davenport, Iowa, died Aug. 3; and Jerry Kendrick, 70, of Shelbina, died Aug. 3.
Richard and Rusty Adam were to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary Aug. 21 at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
Kayla Wilkerson and Mitch Creel were married July 7 in Hinesville, Ga.
Births: a daughter, Addison Leaona, on July 22, to Levi and Brandy Templeton of Columbia; and a son, Carter Ambrose on June 16 to David and Amber Hays.
Aug. 17
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a ribbon cutting at the Frank Russell Recreation Area for the newly opened shelter house.
Deaths: Bonnie Rae Walkup, 75, died Aug. 10; and Helen M. Little, 70, died Aug. 9.
Mike and Barbara Sell celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 6.
Randy and Carla Jarman celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on Aug. 15.
Betty Holland was named the winner of the John Fields Award during the Monroe City Senior Nutrition Center banquet.
Velma Berrey of Burlington, Iowa, celebrated her 101st birthday on July 4.
Aug. 24
Students were pictured in the Gazette on their first day of school on Aug. 17.
Deaths: Denis Jon Gilbert, 73, died Aug. 18; and Alice L. Vaughn, 98, of Paris, died Aug. 21.
Births: a son, Darren James, July 20 to Sam and Tara Huff of Ballwin.
Sisters Angie Griggs and Catherine Yoder graduated from the 48th annual pinning ceremony of the Hannibal Public School of Practical Nursing on Aug. 11.
Aug. 31
The Monroe City Senior Nutrition Center received a $100,000 grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health.
Deaths: Honorable Judge Ronald McKenzie, 80, of Hannibal, died Aug. 23; Marion Terrance “Terry” Maupin, 59, died Aug. 27;  and James A. Yates of George, Wash., died Aug. 11.
Amanda Thomas and Jessie Kindhart announced plans to be married Sept. 10.
Jenifer Price and Daniel White announced plans to be married Sept. 3.
Births: twins, Vivienne Kate and Nicholas Beau, May 26 to Nicholas and Katie Greufe of Hannibal; and a daughter, Reese Ann, July 21 to Russell and Sara Flick.
Sept. 7
Construction on the dry fertilizer plant for the Farmers Elevator & Exchange was progressing.
Pfc. Laith Tarvin was one of the guardsmen from 2175th Military Police Company of Hannibal, to be deployed to Qatar.
Deaths: Sandra Mae Butler, 75, died Sept. 2; Sylvia May Dodd Lucas, 97, of Emden, died Aug. 31; Brittany Shinn, 21, of Shelbina, died Sept. 4;  and Nicholas Spilker, 25 of Bethel, died Sept. 4.
Births: a son, Cal Alexander, July 28 to Alex and Melissa Threlkeld.
Jacqueline Kendrick and Zackery Price were married July 30 at the Monroe City Christian Church.
Stacy Mudd and Greg Beaver announced plans to be married Oct. 8.
Sept. 14
Alice Bastian celebrated her 100th birthday at the Monroe City Senior Nutrition Center on Sept. 11.
Deaths: Susan K. Lake, 64, died Sept. 11.
James and Betty Floyd celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 12.
Joni Sparks and Bradley Mudd were married April 16 at the Brunswick Christian Church in Brunswick.
Rashelle Porter won the area Punt, Pass and Kick contest held in Macon and was to advance to the regional competition held in Chillicothe.
Sept. 21
Over 60 residents expressed concern over the potential closing of the Stoutsville Post Office during a meeting held Sept. 15.
Deaths: Essie Mae Groner, 86, died Sept. 12; Mary Jane Martin, 54, of Center, died Sept. 15; and Cathleen Kitchen, 27, of Shelbyville, died Sept. 19.
Sarah Wolken and Kip Kendrick were married March 26 at the St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbia.
Births: a son, Mark Stephen, June 2 to Derek and Erika Long of Lee’s Summit.
Shannah Addison graduated for the JWCC Surgical Tech program.
Monroe City school students enjoyed the activities at the NEMO Old Threshers in Shelbina.
Sept. 28
Don Giltner, former girls track coach, was to be inducted into the Missouri Track Hall of Fame Dec. 9 in Columbia.
Deaths: Harold Dean Chitwood, 85, of Palmyra, died Sept. 25; Dennis L. Greeves, 64, died Sept. 21; Ken Robinson, former Monroe City native, died Sept. 19; Rose Mary Vaughn, 87, of Paris, died Sept. 23; Ray Clifton McClure, 91, of Columbia, died Sept. 17; and Gary W. Bradney, 62, of Palmyra, died Sept. 21.
Kevin Long received the Mississippi Valley Division’s Hydropower Excellence Award through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Births: Cameron Avery, on June 12 to Clint Dowell and Ashley Harvey.
Oct. 5
Emily Herron, college student at the University of Missouri School of Journalism at Columbia, won $5,000 in a gum wrapper design contest for Orbit Gum.
Riley James and Kody Karr were named 2011 MHS Football Homecoming Queen and King during the half of the Monroe City Panthers and Mark Twain Tigers game.
Deaths: Carole Anne Ellis, 64, of Columbia, died Sept. 29; Karen Greenup, 60, of Stoutsville, died Oct. 2; and Mary Fern Utterback, 92, died Oct. 3.
Keith B. Painter and Hayley K. DuPre of Tennessee were married May 28, in Bristol, Tenn.
Nicholas Schnerre auditioned for America’s Got Talent in St. Louis.
Oct. 12
The Monroe City Lion’s Club was to celebrate the 80th anniversary of its organization in Monroe City with a chicken barbeque at the Lion’s Club Field.
Deaths: Mark Survant, 58, of Troy, died Oct. 5.
Births: a son, Lincoln Alexander, on Aug. 15 to Leo and Kara White of Kansas City; a daughter, Karsyn Ryan, on Oct. 3 to Ryan and Angie Ward of Derby, Kan.
Lincoln Buckman, son of Lambert and Lorrie Buckman, graduated for the NASCAR Technical Institute Sept. 30.
The Lady Panther softball team went into district play in the Clarence Cannon Conference with a 14-10 record and lost to Elsberry 12-2, ending their season.
The Monroe City Band took second place at the Cark County Parade of Champions in Kahoka, Mo.
Oct. 19
More than 3,600 people attended the annual Halloween Walk at the Indian Creek Campground sponsored by the Corps of Engineers.
Deaths: Archie Floyd Haubrock, 72, of rural Shelbina, died Sept. 30; Johnny Ray Mayfield, 63, of Des Moines, Iowa, died Oct. 11; and Richard William Campfield, 36, died Oct. 10.
Bill and Rita Taylor celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at the Community Center in Hunnewell on Aug. 21.
Ty Crain was named Northeast District Middle School Principal of the Year by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals.
Oct. 26
The Holy Rosary fifth and sixth grade students presented the musical “Joust” at the Msgr. Connolly Gym.
Deaths: Marilee (June) Rives, 80, of Paris, died Oct. 16; Nelson Holmes Willingham, 95, of Paris, died Oct. 23; Cecil E. Smith, 55 , of Paris, died Oct. 13; and Sharon Ann Wilt, 68, of Plattsburg, died Oct. 23.
J. Robert and Barbara Kendrick were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 6 with an open house at the Monroe City Senior Nutrition Center.
Births: Chloe Paige, on Oct. 1 to Austin O’Bryan and Bridget Muehring of Quincy.
William “Billy” Dowell and Chasney Wiseman of Shelbina were married July 16.
Rashelle Porter, daughter of Brad Porter and Kim Beers, placed first in the Punt, Pass and Kick Competition sectionals in Chillicothe.
Nov. 2
The Chamber of Commerce Fall Home Tour was to be held with home showcased by Charlotte and Carl Thompson, Mike and Penny Fulton, Amy and Richard Willard, Crystal Poliuto, Heather Hathaway and Andy Utterback.
Deaths: Stanley E. Hawn, 80, of rural Hunnewell, died Oct. 29; Rhonda Kaye (Painter) Barbee, 64, of Clearfield, Utah, died Oct. 27; and Agnes Bernice Dean, 105, of Tucson, Ariz. formerly of Monroe City, died Aug. 1.
Descendents of Stoutsville gathered to celebrate the town’s 140th anniversary.
Students from Monroe City R-I School celebrated Red Ribbon Week with special activities.
Nov. 9
The Panther Players’ Fall 2011 musical was Disney’s “High School Musical” to be presented Nov. 11, 12 and 13.
Deaths: David Bragg, 51, of Paris, died Oct. 31; Father John Joseph Lakers, OFM, 81, of Quincy, died Nov. 4; Emily Jeanne Bode, 79, of Kansas, died Oct. 27; Catherine Ann Stone, 18, of rural Philadelphia, died Nov. 4;  and Kenneth L. Kendrick, 95, died Nov. 7.
Births: a son, Maxwell Blaze, on Oct. 17 to Steve and Linda Fahle, of Shelbina; a daughter, Charley Reese, on Sept. 14 to Jeff and Casey Mikus of Lubbock, Tex.; a son, Christopher George Lorenz, on Sept. 29 to George and Jetawn Smith of Jefferson City; and a son, Jesse Eugene, on Oct. 17 to Samantha and Jason Dexter.
Ronald and Maxine Powell were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 11.
A salute to the area Veteran’s was featured in the Gazette this week.
Nov. 16
Over 40 veterans attended the annual Monroe City R-I Veteran’s Day assembly.
Deaths: Roy W. Brose, 88, of Hannibal, died Nov. 10; and Vincent Rozkiewicz, 70, of Shelbina, died Nov. 8.
Andrew G. McNally, son of Mark and Rose McNally, and Kirsten L. Amundson were married Aug. 19 in San Diego, Calf.
Krystal Graupman and Shawn Tuder were married Oct. 31 in Moberly.
Roy and Linda Hogan were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 26.
Don Giltner received the Outstanding Youth Award at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet. Other winners included Monroe City Lion’s Club- Community Service Award; Carla Coleman- Roland Oelschlaeger Award; Monroe City Ready Mix- Business Community Award; and Todd Hays- Agriculture Award.
Granny’s Resale, owned and operated by Mary Jo Williams, was set to open at 106 N. Main. The store features everything except guns, with a monthly booth rental.
Diana Hendrix was honored for her hard work at the Monroe City Senior Nutrition Center for 30 years.
Nov. 23
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers annual handicapped deer hunt was a success as 35 deer were harvested.
Deaths: Missy Joy Lueckenotte, 74, of Jefferson City, died Nov. 16; Harold Francis Hills, 80, died Nov. 20; Lulu Margaret (Pat) Proehl Hall, 97, of Paris, died Nov. 17; and Martha Ann Fredd, 81, of Hannibal, died Nov. 17.
Births: Angela Ann, on Sept. 24 to Alexa Bleeker and Michael Etter of Shelbina.
Thanksgiving Blessing were featured in the Gazette written by the school children of Monroe City Elementary and Holy Rosary.
David Shively, member of the Monroe City R-I FFA, received the American FFA Degree.
Nov. 30
It was announced that INDEECO purchased the AccuTherm plant in Monroe City and was going to consolidate their two plants in Boonville, Mo. and Meadville, Pa. to Monroe City and would bring in 87 more jobs.
First Lieutenant Tyfani L. Hail, daughter of Kym and Eddie Hulse, was awarded the bronze star medal for her personal courage and mission accomplishment in a combat zone during Operation Enduring Freedom while in Afghanistan.
Deaths: Howard Adam, 78, of Shelbyville, died Nov. 25; Jimmie Ray Scott, 86, died Nov. 26; Cecil Albert Ravenscraft, 69, of Kansas City, died Nov. 23; and Rev. Jay H. Stinson, 69, of New London, died Nov. 25.
Births: Evan Case, on Oct. 17, to Keith and Mandy Shortridge of Stoutsville.
The Monroe City Singers were to present their annual Christmas Concert at the Methodist Church on Dec. 4.
Dec. 7
The Wedge building was to be added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Deaths: Mary Vinita Scott, 83, of Hunnewell, died Nov. 30;
Josephine Straub was to celebrate her 90th birthday and still remains active by quilting, playing cards and dominos.
Nine hundred people were fed at the annual Holy Rosary Altar Society Fall Dinner held on Oct. 30.
Pictures were featured in the Gazette of the annual Christmas Parade.
High School Principal, Ryan Watson, was pictured as he had a pie put into his face as part of the half-time show of the Wednesday game of the Monroe City Invitational Tournament.
Dec. 14
City aldermen discussed the new pool project and the sale tax assessed to help pay for it.
Deaths: Paula Little, 88, died Dec. 10; and Betty Mitchell, 87, of Holliday, died Dec. 10.
Todd Hays was re-elected at vice president of the Missouri Farm Bureau Federation during the 97th annual meeting held at the Lake of the Ozarks.
A new steel roof was being applied to the Msgr. Connolly Gymnasium by Whetstone Construction of Philadelphia.
The Monroe City Lady Panthers took third place in the Monroe City Invitational Tournament.
Dec. 21
Devyn Otte and her three sons were the recipients of the J.C. Shoemyer Inc. as the Benevolence Program winner.
Bill Light’s Exotic Ranch of Bethel visited at Orscheln’s Farm and Home Store with his reindeer named Dasher.
Deaths: James A. (Jim) Adam, of East Moline, Ill., former Indian Creek resident, died Dec. 13; Shirley Jean Bock, 70, died Dec. 14; Eleanor (Ellie) Rothweiler, 75, died Dec. 16; and Mildred Fern Jaeger, 83, died Dec. 18.
Blake Anthony-Ray Lantz was trying to spread Christmas cheer by sending Christmas cards to local veterans and soldiers.