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16xChamps... Oak Grove won a record-tying 16th state wrestling championship on Saturday.  See story in Sports section.

Sni Valley Fire District receives clean audit report
Directors of the Sni Valley Fire Protection District received a clean audit report at a February 18 meeting. Meeting was postponed to Wednesday night due to the President's Day holiday on February 16.
Clarkson Hanner, CPA with Marr & Co., presented the audit to the three directors in attendance. George Scott and Roger Lake, directors, were not present.
During the 45 minute meeting directors:
•rejected all bids to replace three 13 x 13 sections of concrete on the front apron of the building.
•received pamphlets containing information on the proposed tax levy which will appear on the April ballot.
•approved destruction of Missouri ambulance report forms from January 1 to December 31 for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. The documents are past the required retention period. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
R-6 Board hires six teachers
Oak Grove R-6 Board of Education met in an hour-long closed session Monday night to discuss personnel evaluations, legal issues, and employment of personnel. It was announced that teachers employed for the 2015-16 school year are Taylor Bittiker, kindergarten; Meagan Buesing, elementary art; Amanda Pavlica, elementary; Reed Pattee, elementary music; Marcus Brinkley, middle school special education; and April Lyn Beissenherz, high school math.
Board met in regular session for an additional 35 minutes to approve consent agenda items, to hear reports from administrators, and to adopt policy related to speakers at school district events.
Included in consent agenda items were minutes of January meetings, payment of invoices and acceptance of resignations from Marilyn Sapp, bus driver, and Sarah Hoog, elementary art, and the retirement of Susan Fry, middle school health, all effective at the end of the current school year.
The speakers' policy, resulting from Missouri H.B. 1303, establishes parameters for speakers at events such as graduation, assemblies, professional development meetings, and in the classroom. The policy covers student speakers and speakers from outside the district. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Severe Weather Awareness Week to feature drill on Tuesday
The National Weather Service and the State Emergency Management Agency have declared the week of March 2-7 as Severe Weather Awareness Week for Missouri.
A good time to practice severe weather plans will be during the annual Missouri Severe Weather Drill, which will be held around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
In Oak Grove, the monthly outdoor warning siren test will be held at this time. Normally tests of the outdoor warning sirens are conducted at 11 a.m. on the first Wednesday of the month.
In case of threatening weather, the statewide tornado drill will be held Thursday, March 5.
Many questions have been received over the past year concerning the sound of the sirens in Oak Grove. The regional guidelines of the emergency managers in the Kansas City area call for use of the "most noticeable" sound available for severe weather warnings. In Oak Grove, the most noticeable siren tone available is "pulsed wail." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Aldermen to hear two grant requests
Oak Grove Board of Aldermen will hear two requests for grant applications at a 7 p.m. Monday meeting at the Civic Center.
Aldermen will consider a resolution authorizing the application for the 2015 Emergency Management Performance Grant with the State Emergency Management Agency. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
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