Recent photo galleries

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    The Goat Show took place Wednesday evening, July 12, at Saline County Fairground.
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    The Western Heritage Shoot was held at the Saline County Shooting Sports Range, less than a mile north of Marshall city limits, on Saturday, July 8. The boys were dressed in costume that represented their characters from the time period of 1860-1900.
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    Showmen from across three age divisions, each division with more than a dozen competitors, showcase their versatility as livestock exhibitors during the Round Robin Showmanship competition at the Saline County Fair Friday, July 14. Entrants took turns showing four species of livestock ó sheep, swine, goats and cattle.
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    Beef exhibitors make their rounds through the show ring during the 2017 cattle show at the Saline County Fair Friday, July 14.
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    Youth participate in the 2017 Barnyard Olympics during the Saline County Fair on Friday, July 14.
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    The 4-H/FFA Rabbit Show took place Thursday, July 13, at Saline County Fairground.
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    The Saline County Fair Sheep Show took place Thursday morning, July 13, at Saline County Fairground.
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    Nine acts graced the stage in the annual Show Me Music Showcase at the Saline County Fair Wednesday, July 12. Bathsheba Love, reigning champion of the event, successfully defended the top prize, taking first place for the second straight year. The Morton Sisters placed second and 2016 runner-up Becca Allen placed third.
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    A variety of dogs led the way during this yearís Saline County Fairís 4-H Dog Show on Monday morning, July 10.
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    Participants led their horses through the arena during a horsemanship event at the Saline County Fair Horse Show held Monday, July 10.
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    Mud flew as a total of 24 cars battled it out during the Saline County Fairís Demolition Derby on Saturday evening, July 8.
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    Crews with Earthwork Excavating, of Higginsville, continue the demolition of the old Masonic Hall structure on North Street, in Marshall, Friday, June 30.
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    Crews with Earthwork Excavating, of Higginsville, began the demolition of the old Masonic Hall structure on North Street, in Marshall, June 28.
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    Countless classic and newer generation hot rods passed through Waverly Sunday morning, June 11, en route from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City to Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. A total of 6,000 cars were expected to participate in the weeklong event with stops in Kansas City, Netwon and Davenport, Iowa, Champaign and Madison, Ill., Indianapolis, Ind., and Bowling Green, Ky. After cars passed departed Kansas City, most waiting until the scheduled departure time of 7:30 a.m, they eventually traveled along U.S. Highway 24 through Waverly before turning north on U.S. Highway 65 to continue their journey.
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    Two new county fair queens and three new fair princesses were selected as onlookers watched during the 60th annual Saline County BBQ Saturday evening, June 3. Presiding over the county fair in July will be Senior Queen Rachael Ann Bagnell and Junior Queen Gracyn Elizabeth Bristow. Bagnell will also represent Saline County in the queen contest during the Missouri State Fair.
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    Slater High School seniors were honored during a commencement ceremony held Sunday, May 14.
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    Malta Bend High School seniors were honored during a commencement ceremony Sunday, May 14.
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    Sweet Springs High School honors its class of 2017 graduates Sunday, May 14.
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    The 154 graduates of the Marshall High School Class of 2017 receive their diplomas and honors Sunday, May 14.
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    Missouri Valley College celebrated its 128th commencement on Saturday, May 6. A total of 222 seniors earned their bachelor's degrees, five earned their associate degrees, and 11 earned their master's degrees during Saturday's ceremony. Dr. Marci Dowdy, class of 1975, was the keynote speaker, and Ty Stillwell offered greetings from the class of 2017.
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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.