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Memorable speech... Anna Lee, valedictorian, provides a memorable moment during her speech for the graduating class of 2015. More photos on page 8A of print edition.  photo by Mary Edwards

John VanGorkom resigns as Sni Valley finance officer
Directors of Sni Valley Fire Protection District faced a lengthy agenda at a Monday night meeting.
John VanGorkom, finance officer of the Sni Valley Fire Protection District, submitted his resignation to directors at an April 22 meeting.
Resignation will be effective August 28.
VanGorkom served as fire chief of the district from April 2009 to November 2014. He stepped down from that position and continued to serve as finance officer. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Aldermen approve changes to city personnel manual
Oak Grove Board of Aldermen approved changes to the city personnel policy manual at a Monday night meeting.
Changes were intended to make the manual reflect current policies and practices, Steven Craig, city administrator, said.
The changes largely deal with overtime and compensatory leave time and whether employees are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.

New postmaster... David Dyer was installed as Oak Grove Postmaster in a ceremony Friday afternoon at the Oak Grove post office. Dyer, who has been with the postal service for 16 years, has most recently been postmaster in Lexington.  photo by Hannah Spaar

Bates City Board swears in new mayor, two aldermen
Shawn Fox called the final Board of Aldermen meeting of his term in office as mayor to order May 12, with all members present.
Minutes of April 14 were corrected to reflect that Roy Trussell, alderman, was absent. The board then conducted the only item of old business remaining by certifying the results of the April 7 general election, after which Fox and John Everett, alderman, neither of whom ran for re-election, vacated their seats.
Oaths of office were administered by Carol Branson, city clerk, to Darren Hilbrenner, mayor; Kathleen Braun, ward two alderman; and Donnie Hammond, re-elected ward one alderman. Hammond was declared the winner of a tie vote with Don McCarty, former alderman, who withdrew. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
R-6 Board raises base salary
Personnel matters were the main items of business in both a 6 p.m. Monday night closed session of the Oak Grove Board of Education and a 35-minute open session starting at 7:10 p.m.
On recommendation of Freddie Doherty, superintendent, the board voted to raise the base salary for teachers from $34,340 to $34,500 and to approve a step increase for all certified employees. Non-certified employees will receive a 1% increase. Board previously had agreed to absorb increased costs of health insurance.
In recommending the increases, Doherty expressed his appreciation for district staff and said he hoped future budgets would allow for increased compensation. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
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