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January through June
Victoria Kemper

This is part one of the Madison County year in review, covering January-June. The last six months of 2017 will be reviewed in the Jan. 3, 2018 issue of the Democrat News.

January

The Mennonite community was welcomed into Madison County and the city of Fredericktown. Accommodations were made for horses and buggies with the addition of a hitching post in a gravel parking lot north of the courthouse.

Officer Jordan Myers of the Fredericktown Police Department became the R-I District's first full-time resource officer.  

Severe ice storm left 1,612 BREC co-op members in Madison County without power. While the ice coated the scenery, the county came through the storm with minimal damages and power outages.

Fredericktown students Kristen Mungle and Brookelyn Lord were selected as FCCLA regional officers. 

The Fredericktown Branch of the Ozark Regional Library added talking books, braille and other forms of traditional printed materials for those with visual impairments.

The City Council approved the purchase of new UV lamps for the disinfection system at the Wastewater Department.

The Fredericktown R-I School Board approved the sale of $3,080,000 in lease certificates to L.J. Hart & Associates. The certificates funded the addition to the intermediate school, renovations to the high school gymnasium and other renovations on existing district facilities.

February

Grace Bradford and Ethan Rouse were crowned Fredericktown basketball Homecoming King and Queen. Grace is the daughter of Lisa and Ranson Bradford. Ethan is the son of Lori and Steve Rouse.

Nine area ambulance services attended a training day at Black Ricer Electric Co-opperative. The training was spearheaded by Madison and Washington County ambulance services. 

Two men were charged after a car chase around Madison County. A Madison County patrol car was damaged after allegedly being rammed by the stolen vehicle.

Madison County considered implementing a program to curb prescription drug abuse. The program was started by St. Louis County to track and halt the illegal movement of pharmaceutical opioids. 

Madison County Farm Burea Board President James Priday signed a proclamation adopting the state Farm Bureau "Thank a Farmer" week for Madison County. Farmers in Madison County were honored during a breakfast at Madison County Farm Supply.

The Barrett-Jensen car dealership in Fredericktown closed its doors after nearly twenty years in business.

The Lady Cats received the fifth seed in the Class 3, District Tournament. They began the MAAA Tournament as the sixth seed and exceeded their seeding by winning the fifth place game. 

The Fredericktown R-I school board accepted the bid from Brockmiller Construction to renovate the high school gymnasium. The bid of $425,000 included replacing the gym floor, installing new bleachers, and lighting fixtures.

Jonathan Moore was the third student in Fredericktown High School history to qualify as a finalist for a National Merit Scholarship

The local Boy Scouts troop announced a new opportunity for young people aged 11 to 14 called "Explorers club." The new club co-ed program opened up new opportunities for kids and the opportunity to get involved in scouts.

Madison County accepted a bid to remove and replace a bridge on County Road 217 crossing Village Creek. 

March

Local woman, Alyssa Grado, began offering free English classes to Spanish speakers in the basement of the Copper Mines Free Will Baptist Church.

Fredericktown residents were notified via notes on city utility bills that the Fredericktown public water system had been cited for a failure to meet state drinking water standards. According to Fredericktown City Administrator Doug Friend, the violation was a rules violation, and is not an emergency affecting public health.

Fredericktown High School Senior Jonathan Moore was selected for the 2017 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 or Missouri's top academic students in the graduating class of 2017.

The Kelly A. Burlison Middle School Academic Team took second place in the MAJHAA Academic Team Tournament. Patrick Sikes, Breanna Pullen and Madiosn Curry were finalists in the MAJHAA Spelling Bee.

The Fredericktown JROTC Booster Club held a "Womanless Beauty Pageant" with help from the Glass Slipper Project. The night consisted of contestants in swimwear, evening gowns and exhibiting their talents but unlike most pageants, all of the contestants were men.

Fredericktown High School library hosts its first STEAM Night.

Interested citizens filled Fredericktown City Hall. April Sarakas addressed the Fredericktown City Council on behalf of those gathered regarding the need of a sports complex in the community.

The Fredericktown Math Team took second place in a Mineral Area College math contest. 

The 50th Annual Missouri Whitewater Championships were held on the St. Francis River at Millstream Gardens Conservation Area in Madison County.

April

Eleven JROTC teams from seven different schools competed in the fourth annual Fredericktown Raider Challenge. 

Fredericktown R-I Superintendent Brett Reutzel was among eight Missouri superintendents recognized by the Missouri Association of School Administrators for outstanding performance as a new superintendent.

Carl Jones, owner and operator of Carl R. Jones Excavating and Hauling LLC, was named a a finalist in a Contractor of the Year Contest through Equipment World magazine, sponsored by Caterpillar. 

Sass-A-Frass Boutique, Salon and Tanning in Marquand held its grand opening at its location on South Harding Street.

Fredericktown High School Seniors Russ Parker, Riley Dodson and McKenna Neubrand earned Distinguished Student Leader Awards from the Missouri Association of Student Councils at the 2017 MASC State Convention.

The Fredericktown High School Student Council was awarded the Missouri Association of Student Councils Gold Award.

Fredericktown Post Office celebrated 600 days accident free.

A tax proposal to increase funding of the Ozark Regional Library System was passed bringing the system to the state-recommended minimum of tax support.

The University of Missouri Extension Center in Madison County became a Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite.

Former Harlem Globe Trotter, Captain Magic Valentino Willis visited Fredericktown Elementary School.

The Fifth Annual Chris Parsons SEMO SWAT Challenge was hosted by the Fredericktown Police Department. Named for a Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy (and former local officer) killed in the line of duty, the event drew competing officers from around the state and across the nation including Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.

Furever Paws & Claws Rescue, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding homes for rescued animals from Madison County, was formed.

The Azalea Festival Committee donated the money for materials to blacktop paths at Azalea and Priest Parks.

The Fredericktown High School Girls Soccer Team won third place in the Hillsboro Invitational Tournament.

Madison County Ambulance District's Chief Medical Officer Darick Day was nominated to receive national recognition for his contributions to the ambulance service's operations. Day was nominated for the Stars of Life Program through the American Ambulance Association.

The Fredericktown Ghosts Youth Soccer Team took First Place in Jackson's Spring Tournament.

May

Raylyn Dodd and Travis Reed were crowned Fredericktown Prom King and Queen. Raylyn is the daughter of Ray and Shannon Dodd. Travis is the son of Joe and Sherri Reed.

An area couple were rescued from the Little St. Francis River after the couple's boat went over the spillway at City Lake in Fredericktown.

Heavy rains caused flooding across Madison County. Schools were closed and several local roads and bridges were closed. The American Red Cross in Missouri opened a shelter in Marquand at the Marquand-Zion High School.

Don Firebaugh was named recipient of Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson's Senior Service Award. 

Joslyn Schott was crowned the 2017 Azalea Queen at the Azalea Queen Scholarship Pageant at Kelly A. Burlison Middle School. The 2017 Azalea Festival theme was “Under the Sea.”

Fredericktown High School graduated 143 seniors in the class of 2017. Among the speakers at Commencement were Salutatorian Wyatt Boushie, Co-Valedictorian Jonathan Moore and Co-Valedictorian Lauren Bathe.

Marquand-Zion High School graduated 12 seniors in their 2017 commencement ceremony. Speeches were given by Salutatorian Adriana Clippard and Valedictorian Hailey Boyer.

Kelly A. Burlison Middle School hosted a "Living Historical Museum." Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students portrayed historical figures, in costume, while parents, siblings and friends had the opportunity to learn about the historical figures. 

Members of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Farmington Air Force JROTC gathered at the Madison County Courthouse May 29 to hold a Memorial Day ceremony honoring fallen service members.

June

The 20th annual Madison and Iron Counties Relay for Life event was held in the Kelly A. Burlison Middle School gymnasium. The event managed to raise more than $29,000 to go toward finding a cure for cancer.

The Home Gardens Community Market opened its doors for the first time. The store is operated by the Mennonite community.

Fredericktown City Council approved the appointment of Dawn Martin as Municipal Court Clerk and was sworn in by City Clerk Barb Stevens.

Fredericktown Mayor Kelly Korokis signs a proclamation recognizing the 50th anniversary of Christian camps being held at Camp Canaan.

The 53rd annual Fredericktown Lions Club Rodeo came to town for two evenings of cowboy competitions. 

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