CHEERS 'N' JEERS -- Each week, we take a look back at things that made us smile, laugh and congratulate as well as things that made us shake our heads and ask, “What?”

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Local robotics teams in Eldon, Camdenton and Tuscumbia for their recent impressive achievements. Schools in our region do a great job overall, and this is just one indicator of all local education is doing for our children.

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Jim Pirch who was among the first recipients in the inaugural presentation of the Right Hand Man Assistant Coach Award during the Missouri Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame banquet recently.

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Eric Cook and friends. This Hawthorn Elementary teacher along with Shawnee Bluff Winery helped bring Christmas gifts to students who would otherwise be left out of holiday gift-giving.

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the lack of candidates so far who have signed for municipal and school board elections in April 2018. We hope to see more area residents consider putting their hats in the ring. Democracy needs options to thrive.

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the spate of serious and fatal motor vehicle crashes we’ve seen in the region of late. Losing a life is always tragic, but is especially difficult during the holiday season. We remind all drivers to stay focused on what they’re doing when they’re out on the roadways, exercising caution and making good decisions.