Recent photo galleries

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    More than 400 area residents participated in Fitzgibbon Hospitalís 11th annual Fling at the Martin Community Center on Friday evening, April 7.
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    The Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra performed its final concert of the 54th season Sunday, April 9, at Bueker Middle School.
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    Members of the Marshall community, along with students and faculty, gathered in the Charles L. Bacon Conference Center at MVC to celebrate this yearís Ethics in Action Award recipient, Pastor Charles Stephenson Jr. and his wife, Le Dawn, of Powerhouse Ministries, during the 16th annual Ethics in Action luncheon on Wednesday, March 22.
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    The middle school Academic Team faced Laura Speed Elliott (LSE) Middle School, from Boonville, at Bueker Middle School on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 28. The competition was the team's last for the year, with the eighth-grade team winning 290-60 and the seventh-grade team losing 160-280. According to Head Coach Lari Welch, both team's have shown success over the year.
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    The Marshall High School Theater Department will present "Robin Hood," by Don Nigro, on March 1-3 at 7 p.m. each night in the MHS Little Theater. The play consists of two acts and lasts approximately 120 minutes. The cast consists of 32 students, 13 of which are seniors, and for some, this play will be their first show. Photos were taken during dress rehearsal on Thursday, Feb. 23.
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    Author Claudia Mills read two books to preschoolers at the Viking Learning Academy on Wednesday, Feb. 22. She first read "Yertle the Turtle" by Dr. Seuss in honor of Dr. Seuss week. She then read one of her own books "Ziggy's Blue-Ribbon Day."
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    The Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra performs its third concert of the 2016-2017 Season, its 54th season, at the Harold L. Lickey Auditorium in Bueker Middle School Sunday, Feb. 19.
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    Kindergarten students from Eastwood Elementary, in Marshall, tour the Marshall post office on Friday, Feb. 17. Students were first shown the outer lobby by Bill Mathews, where they learned about post office boxes, and then received stamps so they could mail letters they had written prior to the tour.
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    Northwest Elementary parents and students embrace the power of STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics) during Parents Night at the Martin Community Center Thursday, Feb. 16.
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    An ongoing historical restoration of the Henry Blosser House, located near the former town of Blosser, east of Malta Bend, will potentially turn the property into an event venue and country inn by fall 2017. The house, built in 1878, was admitted to the National Registry of Historic Places a hundred years later, and was named Missouri's most endangered historic place in 2014.
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    As the fourth generation to live in the family home, Jan Stapleton and Jim Crapenhost are no strangers to celebrating and decorating for Christmas. Their home was one of five displayed during the Christmas Homes Tour, sponsored by Friends of Jim the Wonder Dog, to benefit the Jim the Wonder Dog Museum and Park.
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    Five generations of history was displayed at Kosy Grove Farm in Malta Bend during the Christmas Homes Tour held Sunday, Dec. 11, to benefit the Jim the Wonder Dog Museum and Park.
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    More than 20 Christmas trees, varying in size from a foot tall to as tall as the ceiling, fill Shirley Lundy and son Matt Jackson's home for the Christmas season, and during the Christmas Homes Tour Sunday, Dec. 11, as part of a fundraiser for the Jim the Wonder Dog Museum and Park.
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    Five Bueker Middle School teachers were chosen to endure pies thrown in their faces as part of a fundraiser during the school's Owl Pride Assembly Tuesday, Dec. 20. Library Media Specialist Katie Berger, Eighth Grade Teacher Julie Hieronymus, Seventh Grade Teacher Justin Van Winkle, Sixth Grade Teacher Gynnah Gaudreau and Fifth Grade Teacher Mandy Beerman all received a pie in the face because their classes had raised the most funds during the school's "Dollars for Our Dog" fundraiser. Students were asked to bring monetary donations to school and put them in the corresponding jar of the teacher they wanted a pie thrown at.
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    The Bueker Middle School Drama Club presents "Christmas in the Land of Oz," by Tamara Tudor, before the school's Owl Pride Assembly on Tuesday, Dec. 20.
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    Jamie McClanahan and Pete Welton's home, nicknamed "The Grand Old Lady," was open for viewing during the Christmas Homes Tour, sponsored by Friends of Jim the Wonder Dog, to benefit the Jim Museum and Garden, on Sunday, Dec. 11.
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    Students at Southeast Elementary present "The Sounds of Christmas," during the school's Christmas program Thursday, Dec. 15. Songs, accompanied with hand motions, included "Red and Green," "Don't eat a Poinsettia," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Feliz Navidad," and more.
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    Viking Learning Academy's 3-and-4-year-olds perform Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the VLA Christmas Program at Eckilson-Mabee Theatre. The classes performed a reading of Joseph Slate's "Who is coming to our house," as well as renditions of several holiday classics accompanied by hand motions. Songs included "Away in a Manger," "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," and more.
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    American Legion Post No. 478 in Blackburn held a Breakfast with Santa event Saturday, Dec. 10, offering a buffet, face painting and raffle opportunity. According to Post Commander Richard Wagner Jr., the post brought the event back this year after an approximate six-year hiatus. "It used to be regular ... and we're getting it back going again," Wagner said, adding that the purpose is to connect with the community. "Santa Claus is here already ... A photographer is here to take pictures of kids with Santa."
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    Journey Through Bethlehem offered an interactive experience for patrons as they traveled through the live nativity.
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    Various themed Christmas trees fill the Rudd family home this Christmas season. The home is one of five open for tours during the Christmas Homes Tour, scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 11.
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    More than 300 nativities were on display during Marshall Ministerial Alliance's Nativity Festival on Sunday, Dec. 4.
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    Sunday, Dec. 4, was the annual Christmas concert, which combined performances from Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra and Marshall Community Chorus.
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    The annual Community Christmas, organized by the Marshall Chamber of Commerce, draws a festive crowd to the town square and courthouse lawn for performances, a parade and a chance to meet Santa Claus Friday, Dec. 2.
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    The city of Slater opened the holiday season with its annual turkey giveaway and Christmas lighting ceremony on Wednesday evening, Nov. 23. Mayor Stephen Allegri, with help from Santa Claus, Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith and the Slater Fire Department, handed out turkeys to families present during the night's festivities. Children drew names while Allegri announced sponsors of each of the turkeys. Those who were present claimed their bird as their names were called. In addition, children could do activities during the event. The city's Christmas lights and the mayor's Christmas tree were also lit during the ceremony, after children helped count down from 10 before the switch was flipped. Allegri estimated they gave away approximately 75 turkeys at last year's ceremony.
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    The Marshall Chamber of Commerce welcomed 22 new businesses and four individuals during the 61st annual newcomer's banquet Thursday evening, Nov. 10. The chamber also recognized new employees, employee promotions and veterans during the banquet.
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    Within the first hour, the Fitzgibbon Auxiliary Bazaar was already drawing a crowd this past Friday, Nov. 11.
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    The Knights of Columbus Hall and the Marshall Rotary Club welcomed veterans during its seventh annual Veterans Day Breakfast on Friday morning, Nov. 11.
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    More than a decade has passed since the first St. Peter School Dinner and Auction, and supporters are still packing the event. On Saturday, Nov. 5, the 12th annual dinner and auction drew well over 320 guests to the community center, in Marshall.
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    Sirens sounded, playing the national anthem, on Wednesday morning, Nov. 2, as part of the new storm siren testing ceremony held inside and in front of the Wood & Huston Bank Community Room on the Marshall square.
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    The Slater Optimist Club hosted a trunk-or-treat event on Main Street in Slater on Monday evening, Oct. 31. Vehicles decked out in Halloween decor lined both sides of the street in front of and south of Slater City Hall. Children were assigned groups and within each group, top costumes were announced before children were able to walk down Main Street to collect candy from vehicles. Vehicles were also judged during the event.
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    Superheroes, princesses, zombies and more gathered at the Salt Fork YMCA for activities and candy on Saturday evening, Oct. 29. A constant stream of costumed children and adults filled the halls and formed lines in the gym to participate in activities. Some of the activities included an inflatable bounce house, bean bag toss, miniature golf, spin art, limbo, a shell game and more. "We had a great time hosting the community at our annual Halloween party," Program Director Jay Bradley said. "We are very thankful to all those who volunteered to help, and we hope everyone had a fun time." The YMCA has hosted a Halloween party each year for approximately 20 years and saw close to 1,000 people last year.
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    Sidewalks were standing-room only at times during the downtown trick-or-treat event held Thursday, Oct. 27. Ghouls, goblins, Ninja Turtles, monsters, fairies and other mystical creatures swarmed store fronts for candy. Others made their way through businesses that had open doors to see what surprises awaited inside. The Marshall Chamber of Commerce-hosted event also included a hayride about the square, offered by Mid-Day Optimist Club. Marshall High School juniors also sold apple cider for patrons on the square.
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    Missouri State Senator David Pearce read to children at Hardeman R-10 School as part of the "Read for the Record" campaign on Thursday morning, Oct. 27. Pearce read "The Bear Ate Your Sandwich," by Julia Sarcone-Roach, to kindergarteners, first- and second-graders. Children also received their own copies of the books to take home. Pearce noted books were paid for by the Missouri State Board of Education and Missouri teachers. According to its website, "Read for the Record" is a national campaign that addresses educational inequities among young children and is part of the world's largest reading experience.
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    The Marshall Fire Department trained at the Missouri Valley College Burns Athletic Complex and at the Marshall Municipal Utilities Power Plant on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
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    Delta Dental's Tooth Wizard and Plaqueman presented "Land of Smiles" to Southeast Elementary on Tuesday, Oct. 25, as part of Delta Dental of Missouri's Land of Smiles program. They also visited Hardeman R-X and Benton Elementary in order to reach more than 225 children. According to a press release, "Land of Smiles" is a highly entertaining and effective educational program that teaches school-aged children good oral and overall health habits. Students learned how to properly brush and floss their teeth, as well as the proper use of mouth rinse. Each student was sent home with a "smile bag" from Delta Dental that included a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, an educational coloring sheet and mirror decal. Each school also received a curriculum guide with lessons and activities that teachers can incorporate in the classroom.
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    The Sweet Springs Greyhounds hang tough after falling behind by two scores early to advance to the District Semifinals with a 21-14 victory over the Salisbury Panthers Friday, Oct. 21.
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    As the foliage begins to reach the peak of its fall coloring, a rainy drizzle settles over Marshall and Indian Foothills Park Thursday, Oct. 20.
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    Blue Valley Public Safety, Inc. (BVPS), with help from the Marshall Fire Department, installed four new storm sirens in the bell tower of the Saline County Courthouse on Thursday, Oct. 20.
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    Slater Schools hosted their first district-wide event, "Careers for Years," on Tuesday evening, Oct. 18. Vehicles and equipment, including a fire engine, ambulance, farm equipment and police vehicles, parked in the circle drive for students to visit and look at. Students could also talk with professionals from each career. Several booths were also set up for other local businesses.
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    The fourth annual Foothills Fest took place at Saline County Fairground Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14-15, with live music, vendors and camping.
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    Ethan Meyers, owner and operator of Exotic Life Inc., displayed several different reptiles during the 2016 Slater Fall Festival Exotic Reptile Exhibit on Saturday, Sept. 17.
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    The Marshall Community shows its school spirit in support of the Marshall High School football team against Hogan Prep Academy Charter during the annual Homecoming parade Friday, Sept. 30.
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    Benton Elementary second graders showcase their school spirit and character during a Drug Free Character Parade on the town square the morning of Marshall High School's homecoming football game against Hogan Prep Academy Charter Friday, Sept. 30.
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    A skill that serves the purpose of providing warmth and comfort is now seen by some as a form of art. And that talent -- held by a number of area residents -- was draped before the public at Country Patchwork Quilt Guild's annual show Sept. 24-25.
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    Saturday, Sept. 24, marked the Missouri State Corn Husking competition. The event -- a sport in its own right as huskers compete for the fastest time -- is also a celebration of agriculture heritage.