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PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT for a subdivision by Graham Development, LLC, is shown in this concept drawing, looking Southeast from existing neighborhoods. The Oak Grove facilities steering committee reviewed plans for the construction of the subdivision, extension of South Oak Ridge Drive, and proposed Aquatics Center on the Bent Oaks golf course property during a meeting Thursday. A half-cent sales tax increase will be on the April 5 ballot to fund the aquatic center construction, among other projects.
 
Facilities committee discusses April ballot issue
 
The committee tasked with reviewing Oak Grove's city facilities met last week for the first time since a ballot issue failed in November to discuss a similar issue voters will see in April.
The November issue involved an increase of two quarter-cent sales taxes to one-half cent to fund city projects, including a new aquatic center on the Bent Oaks property and renovation of the Civic Center to house both City Hall and the police department. It failed by a margin of 16 votes.
Jeremy Martin, mayor, and others have acknowledged the speculation around what role the Royals World Series parade had on the election, though Martin has referred to that as an "excuse." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Aldermen to meet Tuesday night
 
Oak Grove Board of Aldermen will meet Tuesday night rather than Monday due to the Presidents' Day holiday.
Proposed agenda includes:
• 2015 year end budget amendment.
• presentation of water tower design award from Midwest Coating. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
GEORGE AND RUTH PIRCH were married August 16, 1966, in Nowata, Okla.
 
Valentine's Day a prelude
to nearly 50 years of marriage
 
Valentine's Day will be a prelude for an Oak Grove couple who will observe their 50th wedding anniversary on August 16.
The couple met while both were employed in Ray County. George Pirch was a 32-year-old bachelor, teacher and coach at Richmond High School and Ruth Hertzog was the county home economist.
When Pirch agreed to play Santa Claus for the Dale-Patton 4-H Club it was inevitable the two would meet. A free potluck dinner was his reward for playing Santa. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
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