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April 2023 election

By Christy Porter, Managing Editor The City of Licking will have all uncontested, two-year term incumbents on the election ballot in April. Mayor Keith Cantrell has been serving since April 2015 and is running uncontested to retain the mayor position; he has previously served as an Alderman on the City Council. Also running uncontested is…

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Celebrating 45 years at George O. White Nursery

By Christy Porter, Managing Editor A retirement luncheon was held for Georgia McBride on Friday, March17, at the George O. White State Forest Nursery. Young and old, previously retired and current employees, and family and friends all gathered to celebrate McBride and her 45-years with the nursery. McBride, who is now 96 years old, began…

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Friends of the Library: A love of reading

By Christy Porter, Managing Editor The Licking Branch of the county library opened June 3, 1947. After being housed in numerous smaller locations, it moved to its current location on Dec. 31, 2002, with the help of the community and the Friends of the Library. The Friends of the Library are a group of citizens…

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Narcotics arrest

Rolla PD Officers of the Rolla Area Drug Enforcement Task Force, Rolla Police Department, and Phelps County Sheriff’s Department concluded a long term narcotics investigation in the 25000 block of County Road 6050, in Edgar Springs, Mo., on March 13, 2023. A search warrant was executed on the residence. Fentanyl, methamphetamine, a pistol and items…

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