November 2012

Season’s greetings

As you shop this Christmas season, please remember those hard-hit by the Obama recession. When you see a Salvation Army bell ringer, give, if you can, to help local folks get back on their feet.

If you wish to help ring the red kettle bell, call Norma Lehmoine at 288-2205 to enlist. Weekday help especially is needed.


A tip of the hard hat to the Missouri Department of Transportation for completing bridge work over I-44 on Jefferson before winter.

Judge: Expert can testify about BDSM Bagley's defense successfully argues explanation is necessary to mitigate the 'ick factor'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A federal judge has ruled that lawyers for a Missouri couple accused of sexual slavery may call an expert to explain bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism to jurors.

But in his ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple also said the expert won't be allowed to discuss whether acts allegedly committed by the couple conform to norms in the BDSM community.

Edward Bagley Sr. and his wife, Marilyn Bagley, are charged with keeping a young woman as a sex slave in their home near Phillipsburg.

Shirley K. Berry

Shirley K. Berry, 73, of Lebanon, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.

She was born April 13, 1939, in Lebanon to Floyd Berry and Rachel Young Berry, who preceded her in death.

She also was preceded in death by a sister, Flossie Ann Dampier.

Arrangements for Shirley K. Berry are currently incomplete and will be announced by Shadel’s Colonial Chapel of Lebanon.

For information or to sign the guest book, go to

James Robert “Bob’’ Brown

James Robert “Bob’’ Brown, 60, of Richland, a science teacher at Richland High School, died Thursday afternoon, Nov. 29, 2012, at Mercy Hospital Springfield.

He was born April 2, 1952, in Long Beach, Calif., to James E. and Ellen Evans Brown.

James Robert “Bob” Brown was raised in California, then moved to Florissant, where he graduated from McCluer High School. He then earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Mom goes to wrong school to get child

The Missouri Department of Social Services was contacted when a seemingly intoxicated woman went to the wrong school to pick up her child.

At about 2:51 p.m. Thursday, the Lebanon Police Department was notified by a case worker that a woman was looking for her child at an elementary school which her child did not attend. An officer met the caseworker at Maplecrest to meet the parent when she arrived at the correct school, according to a Lebanon Police Department report.

County leaders groan, pay bill for court costs

County leaders held their noses Thursday and voted to pay the court costs associated with a civil suit that was tried here.

Presiding Commissioner Danny Rhoades voted against making the payment, even though he said he recognized that the county has no choice.

At issue was $935.10 in court costs that the circuit court initially was paid by one of the parties in the lawsuit. Shortly thereafter, an attorney demanded the money back, saying that state law made the court costs the county's responsibility.

Debra Lee “Debbie” Keen

Debra Lee “Debbie” Keen, 49, of Lebanon, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.

She was born Sept. 7, 1963, in Camdenton to David Marcum Jr. and Cora Haynes Marcum.

She married on June 22, 1987. She worked as a homemaker for her husband and family. She attended the Oasis Worship Center.

Debra Lee “Debbie” Keen was preceded in death by her father; her husband, Glenn, on Nov. 17, 2012; her twin sister, Diana Marcum, on Oct. 7, 2007; and her sister-in-law, Joy Marcum, on Oct. 6, 2012.

Mary Vivian Shannon

Mary Vivian Shannon, 99, of Mountain Grove, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in her home.

She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Norma Shirley Shannon of Mountain Grove, as well as a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements for Mary Vivian Shannon are currently incomplete and will be announced by the Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Lebanon.

For more information or to sign the online memorial, go to

COPE Chili Cook-off will heat up February Annual event draws thousands to Cowan Civic Center for chili, bragging rights

For some the next-best holiday after Christmas and New Year's Eve comes in February. That's when people gather at the Kenneth E. Cowan Civic Center to see who has the best chili in town.

Plans are being made now for the 10th annual Cope Chili Cook-off from noon to 3 p.m. on Feb. 16.

The Cook-Off is the largest fundraiser of the year for Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment (COPE). Last year's event raised more than $19,000 to support programs for victims of domestic violence and abuse.

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