August 16, 2017 Edition

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Protecting eyes is necessity
for viewing eclipse

Faithful reader Cherry Nichols of Hoxie shared a newspaper article from Crystal City, Mo., sent by her sister. The Leader Publications of Jefferson County, just south of St. Louis, report that people from around the world will be heading to Jefferson County to view the total eclipse on Monday and to attend various activities going on in the days leading up to the event.

According to The Leader, the city of Herculaneum is one of only three official NASA-sanctioned viewing sites in the region, and the Festus Public Library is one of only three in the nation to partner with NASA for coverage of the event.

Pictures of the Past

Hoxie School was established in July of 1886, offering classes for students up to eighth grade. The first known building was a two-story red brick structure at the corner of Lawrence and Annie Streets. In 1908, a new school was built at the corner of Lawrence and Lindsey Streets, pictured here from a postcard mailed in 1912. One hundred years ago, during the 1918 school year, high school classes were first offered in this building. The first graduates were Mary and Marion Bassett in 1922. (Pictures of the Past is a cooperative effort of The Times Dispatch and the Lawrence County Historical Society. Readers are encouraged to submit historic photos.)
Photo courtesy of Jon Walter

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