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Marshfield Police Chief Doug Fannen

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Marshfield Police Chief Doug Fannen
Growing up on a farm in Kansas, Marshfield Police Chief Doug Fannen says he always dreamed of being a police officer, but envisioned a career of farming in his future. Ultimately, he decided that serving the community through law enforcement was his destiny. He graduated from the academy in Kansas and started out as a police officer in his hometown of Fort Scott, where he worked for a few years before moving to Utah. He went through the academy in Utah and was hired at the Lehi Police Department where he also attended the Advanced Officers Academy. It was also here that he met his wife and had three boys.
Chief Steven Pogue

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Seymour Police Chief Steven Pouge
Born and raised in the town of Seymour and graduated in 2015, Steven Pogue has been proudly serving his hometown as chief of the Seymour Police Department—something he has always wanted to do.
Duane Sanders has been serving as Chief for the last 7 years. 

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Chief Duane Sanders
Leonard Duane Sanders is one of the most experienced lawmen in the county. With over three decades in law enforcement, he currently serves as Chief of the Fordland Police Department.
Local News
Hundreds attended the annual Protect the Harvest Chapter Banquet at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield on Saturday, including several Webster County residents. Pictured is Webster County Presiding Commissioner Paul Ipock alongside his wife, Robin. 


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Hundreds gather to "Protect the Harvest"
Whitetails Unlimited hosted a banquet and raffle event Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Ozarks Empire Fairgrounds to benefit Protect the Harvest. The fundraising effort included a dinner, auction, prizes and a wide array of products such as firearms, outfitter packages, hunting, and outdoor-related equipment, artwork and collectibles. 
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Caught on camera
Cody Keener is scheduled to appear back in Webster County Court on Feb. 14 for an arraignment with Judge Justin Evans presiding, according to CaseNet.
Local Sports
The Lady Jays took third place at the Pink & White Tournament at Drury University on Saturday, Nov. 30. They also received the Dr. Tim Jester Sportsmanship Award after the game. 
Lady Jays take third at Pink & White
The Lady Jays took third place at the Pink & White Tournament at Drury University on Saturday, Dec. 30. This is the highest Marshfield has placed in the tournament since 2008’s Lady Jays championship run.
Lauren Luebbert and the Lady Jays storm the court at the Nashville Shootout in Tennessee on Friday, Dec. 15.

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Lady Jays travel to Tennessee for Nashville Shootout
The Lady Jays competed in the Nashville Shootout over the weekend on Friday, Dec. 15 and Saturday, Dec. 16.
Issac Freeman, a senior, knocks one down from behind the arc on Friday, Dec. 15.

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Conway junior drops 32 points to conquer Summit Conference matchup
The Fordland Eagles traveled to Conway for a matchup with the Bears on Friday, Nov. 15.
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Hi to all my wonderful rambling friends. I am glad to be back for another story from the past. Last Tuesday, I had a call from a school wanting to bring 100 third graders to Frontier Theater for their annual spring field trip. I told the teacher that I was no longer hosting school field trips. Folks, for those who do not know, I started Frontier Theater in 1989. For five years, it featured many different venues. In 1994, we hosted our first school field trip. Long story short, the park entertained and educated over 100,000 kids. We featured Native American Skills, Early Settler Adventures, and Civil War Reenactments. Plus: old-fashioned games and much more. Friends, I can not begin to tell you how wonderful our artisans and reenactors were. The best of the best! The kids loved and respected them greatly.
Last week I wrote about “Mean Girls” and the problem of having seen a version of the movie before, which made it too familiar and predictable. I meant it in a very literal sense – there was a 2004 movie called “Mean Girls,” written by Tina Fey, with basically the same characters and story (though no
A friend called a few days ago asking if I had a lantern she could borrow, not an unusual request from someone needing a light, but she had another purpose.
Hi to all my rambling friends of Webster County and beyond. A few weeks ago, I was driving down Old Wire Road (west of Marshfield off of Hwy 38 and E ) and noticed a crew of skilled masonry workers. They were restoring the old spring house that kept the milk cool before electricity was available across from the famous Hosmer dairy barn. O.K. folks: Let’s all go back into the past and review when the Hosmer’s dairy operation was the pinnacle of all dairy herds. During the early 1900s, the Wire Road was the main travel route through Webster County. In addition, Highway 38 West from Marshfield was nothing but a dirt trail. When the Hosmer’s first began they milked a handful of cattle with the aspirations of expanding. They were always trying to improve and be the best. Through hard work and good management, they expanded over the years to an unheard number of 100 cows.
I’ve come across the word “anachronism” often in reading, but I was never exactly sure what it meant. Context usually hinted it was something out of place, but I wanted to be sure; so, as a last resort I looked it up in the dictionary.
As the new year starts, so does the second half of the school year. It will be the final semester for high school seniors before they venture out into the real world; some will join the workforce, and others will go on to college.
It is a new year, and the Marshfield High School Speech and Debate Team members have been seeing success. Since starting competitions in October, the students have been bringing home trophies, some being 1st place.
The gears are turning for the Strafford Robotics team.
The Marshfield High School Choral program has been earning honors and breaking records for the past few months.
Students at Strafford Elementary sailed the seas and learned some important lessons as Author Isaiah "Izzy B" Basye visited the school on Nov. 8. He and illustrator Ben Askew were there talking about their latest book, "The Mighty McKraken." This fun story introduces kids to concepts such as please and thank you, sharing, and treating others with respect.
The colder it gets outside this winter season, the more people will turn up the heater. We often forget that besides the refrigerator, our heater/AC, aka HVAC is one of the most crucial machines in our homes we need to keep our lives going comfortably. Until the heater stops working… heaven forbid that were to happen, but if so, who should you turn to?
A new weekly segment coming to the Marshfield Mail will feature and Athlete or Scholar of the week from around the County.
Q: What is the most challenging part of your job?
On December 16 the Webster County Sheriff’s Department notified the public of a missing woman, Prem Kuar Prasad, a 65 year old Indian woman.
If you have a senior family member or an adult family member with a disability, it will come as no surprise that there is a house shortage for that population. Wait lists can be up to two years long for some housing centers. For Marshfield, that crisis will soon be less extensive.
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