The scene is set at Hermann Farm's Civil War Days

By Kaylin Bade.  Photos by Kyle Quick.

Hermann, Mo.
- Civil War Days at Hermann Farm kicked off this morning with a walk back in time.

Demonstrators and reenactors are entertaining visitors and preparing for tonight's cannon firing.

Visitors can engage in a Civil War Medical Exhibit, watch Apple Butter cooking, experience candle, broom, rug and soap making, and view blacksmiths, leatherworkers, and a cooper. 

Eli McDonald, Director of Operations and Historian at the farm explained the Civil War Days “is our attempt to spark interest in this era.  Our event allows visitors to step back into the 1860's and really witness what life was like for a civilian and a soldier.”

Exceptional Equestrians Is Exceptionally A Slice Of Heaven

Pictured: Claire Scheer during her lesson on Thursday at EEMV.

Washington, Mo. - Exceptional Equestrians of the Missouri Valley (EEMV) is truly an exceptional and extraordinary place where miracles happen.

The organization was established in 1991 by Charla Shurtleff in an effort to respond to local needs for affordable equine therapy and recreation for people of all ages.  This endeavor has become an accomplishment that has grown more than he probably ever imagined.

Get Ready For 24th Annual Hot Air Balloon Race And New For 2013 - Balloon Glow

Photo taken by Kyle Quick from the Pepsi Can balloon in 2011.

New Haven, Mo. - The 24th anniversary of the New Haven Balloon Race presented by the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of New Haven will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013.   The Balloon Race will take place at the New Haven City Park, on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. The New Haven Balloon Race is free and open to the public.

Next week, thanks to our friends at ABC17, Meteorologist Neville Miller will have a Balloon Race forecast and what kind of weather we can expect for both Friday night and then race day on Saturday.

Town And Country Women Make Donation To ALIVE of Franklin County

Photo courtesy of Leslie Penning

Members of the Town and Country Women's Group, (left) Leslie Penning and (right) Kathryn Spore are pictured with Cathy Covington.(ALIVE of Franklin County representative)

New Haven, Mo. -  The Town and Country Women's group recently made a $500 donation to the Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments (ALIVE) of Franklin County organization.

ALIVE's mission is to provide counseling, emergency sanctuary and other critical services to adults and children impacted by domestic abuse, as well as to increase awareness in order to create a supportive community. ALIVE's vision is to end domestic abuse, restoring safety and peace one family at a time.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Announce Upcoming Recruitment Events

Below is a list of recruitment events scheduled across Franklin and parts of Warren counties.

St. Louis, Mo. - Are you interested in finding leadership opportunities for your daughter? We provide opportunities for leadership at all ages, from the kindergarten Daisy Girl Scout who learns how to take turns, listen when someone else is talking and gain the confidence to raise her hand to answer a question to the fourth grade Junior Girl Scout who has the opportunity to serve as the leader of her troop as an officer.

Do team-building activities, learning about belonging to a sisterhood and developing skills that will last a lifetime sound appealing? Then you should bring your daughter to a Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Recruitment Event.

Mayor breaks tie in flooring bid votes

By Kaylin Bade.  Stock photo; does not represent scope of flooring bids.

Gerald, Mo. – At a regular meeting of the Gerald Board of Aldermen on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, sealed bids were opened for the flooring of the addition to City Hall. 

Three bids were submitted; Smilin’ Sam’s of Washington bid $9,540.65, Winter’s Home Furnishings of Owensville bid $8,440.00, and Kay Carpet & Furniture submitted $7,171.88 as their total bid for all flooring.  

Gerald Area Library Celebrates Library Card Sign-Up Month with Membership Drive


Gerald, Mo. - September is Library Card Sign-Up Month - a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that the most important school supply of all is at area libraries - it's your library card. 

September was first designated as Library Card Sign-Up Month in 1988, as a continuation of a national campaign launched the previous year.  

The Gerald Area Library is holding their biggest fundraiser of the year, their Annual Membership Drive.  “We are a unique institution, only one other 100% donation based library exists in Missouri and there is just a handful in the entire U.S.”, Schahara Wise, Library Board Member.