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42nd Annual Spelling Bee Held

 Scotland County R-1 School District held its 42nd annual Spelling Bee on Friday, February 16, 2024, at the elementary school gymnasium. There were two competitions: a competition between second and third grade students as well as a competition for fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students.  The winner of the second and third grade competition was second…

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Gorin Community Seeks Answers

 By Echo Menges  Scotland County, MO – A group of citizens living in and around the tiny town of Gorin have been making waves for the Gorin City Council and Mayor over the last several weeks.  The trouble began with an unassuming Facebook post by one of the city’s eldest residents, Dorothy Teel Kussman.  Kussman…

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Progress Report on the Roy Blunt Reservoir

 North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission Meeting Minutes  Submitted by Ellen Hodge  December 11, 2023 – Motion made by Jeanna Johnson was seconded by Greg Dobrinske to approve minutes of the November 13, 2023, meeting. All voted “yes”. Motion was approved.  Motion made Marjorie DeGreef was seconded by Richard Head to approve the Treasurer’s Report and…

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Batting Cage Closed Over Vandalism, Littering Concerns

 By Mike Scott  The indoor batting cage at the Kahoka Ball Park on Vine Street has been closed, rendered off-limits due to concerns over potential vandalism and rampant littering inside.  During the Kahoka City Council’s session on Monday, February 12, Alderman Les Billings brought these issues to the forefront, highlighting the damage inflicted upon the…

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 Statewide Tornado Drill to be Held on March 6 

State Emergency Management Agency  Missouri’s 2024 statewide tornado drill will be held on Wednesday, March 6 at 11 a.m. This is an opportunity for Missourians to practice their sheltering plans and ensure readiness in case of a severe weather emergency while at home, work or school.  Each year, the National Weather Service chooses the date…

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Special Cancellation Available at St. Patrick

 The Shrine of St. Patrick is proud to announce the design of their 2024 Special Pictorial Cancellation Envelope which celebrates the most iconic symbol for Ireland – the Celtic Shamrock.  The name Shamrock comes from Irish seamrog, which is the diminutive of the Irish word seamair, and simply means “young clover”. The Shamrock, used by…

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Forever Love: George & Diana Koontz

 By Emily Bontrager  The second Valentine Sweetheart couple this year is George and Diana Koontz. Let’s look back at their life together and how they met while chaperoning on a double date.  George Koontz was born on December 4, 1948 in Ottumwa, IA. He is the only child of William Lawrence and Eleanor Koontz, who…

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 Roy Blunt Reservoir Transportation Improvement Project 

Submitted by Naomi Daugherty, MoDOT  The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is administering a US DOT Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant project for the construction of transportation improvements around the planned Roy Blunt Reservoir (formerly known as East Locust Creek Reservoir). MoDOT is not involved with the building of the reservoir. The…

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