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For his service... Cathy Smith, Oak Grove city clerk, left, and Hank Melhorn, alderman ward one, far right, present Mark Fulks with a plaque and his nameplate after he stepped down as mayor of Oak Grove. Fulks did not run for office this year after 10 years as mayor.
 
Jeremy Martin begins term as mayor of Oak Grove
 
Mark Fulks received good wishes, praise and a plaque after his 10 years as mayor of Oak Grove ended with the swearing in of Jeremy Martin as mayor at Oak Grove Board of Aldermen meeting Monday night.
"It's a different situation than it was 10 years ago," Fulks said as he addressed the board before stepping down.
Fulks thanked the current board and others who have served as aldermen during his time as mayor.
He spoke on the projects the city has undertaken over the past 10 years, and mentioned that the city has not raised taxes to complete them.
"I think what we've done over the past 10 years has been pretty unprecedented," Fulks said.
Hank Melhorn, alderman ward one, gave a presentation to Fulks after he stepped down. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Pit bull attack injures two, owner arrested, dog put down
 
Steven Craig, Oak Grove city administrator, confirmed a dog that injured two Oak Grove residents April 6 was put down Thursday. A police report by Sgt. Travis Rhyne states that at 5:30 p.m. April 6 he responded to a report that a pit bull had attacked two people in the area of SE Seventh and S. Salem streets.
When he arrived, Rhyne found Norma Major, 67, and Nicola Bloss, 38, sitting on the sidewalk with visible dog bite wounds.
The report said he was advised the dog had been locked inside the house of its owner, Karla Swift.
Rhyne called Sni Valley, who tended to the women's wounds, which Rhyne described as minor.
Report says Major had been visiting Swift's home when the dog got loose. Major attempted to catch the dog but it attacked her. Bloss was driving past the home and honked her car horn at the dog and it stopped attacking Major. When Bloss got out of her car to assist Major, the dog attacked her as well. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Sni Valley swears in chaplain, volunteers
 
Carl Hunt was sworn in as department chaplain at a Monday night meeting of directors of the Sni Valley Fire Protection District.
Four volunteers, Adam Mallory, Henry DuPont II, Joshua Sidebottom and Travis Kampe, also were sworn in.
During the hour-long meeting, April 8 election results and budget amendments were approved.
Budget increases totaled $237,805 and the budget decreases were $15,003.
Troy Negrete, fire chief, reported:
>148 responses in March; 20 fire, 106 Emergency Medical Service, 11 of which were motor vehicle accidents, four hazardous conditions and the remainder service calls. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
R-6 Board of Education...met at 5:45 p.m. Monday to reorganize. After certifying April 8 election results, members dissolved the current board, after which Sue Alexander, right, Troy Pavlica and Ricki Lawler, left, re-elected incumbent members, were sworn into office. Board members then elected officers for 2014-15: Alexander, president; G.C. Matson, vice president; and Pavlica, treasurer. Montie Tripp was appointed as delegate to Missouri School Board Association, with Greg Latshaw as alternate.
 
R-6 Board hires 2014-15 staff
 
Oak Grove Board of Education met Monday in closed session after which it was announced the following staff were employed for the 2014-15 school year:
Jim Ketteman, transferred to night custodial supervisor/maintenance effective July 1; Jarrod Best, High School (HS) theater; Kelsey Bowers, HS forensics; Rachael Zimmerman, HS English; Matt Jordan, HS science; Lori Klaus, HS physical education/head volleyball/assistant track coach; Toni Brundage, HS physical education/assistant girls basketball coach; Terry Parker, HS/Middle School permanent substitute/head softball coach; Jared Broughton, head girls basketball coach; Jana Sattler, primary special education; Amanda Goble, primary first grade; and Rachel Smith, elementary third grade.
Board convened into open session to approve minutes of the February 24 regular session and a March 24 closed session, approve payment of bills and to accept the resignation of Ashley Harleman, third grade teacher. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.

 
 
Royalty-to-be... Prom candidates selected at Oak Grove High School are, front, from left, Jessi Cathey, Devonn Ritchie, Jordyn Anspach, Lucy Harrenstien, Chelsea Lucas, Andrea Matson, queen candidates; back, Jake Kienzler, Dakota Hearn, TJ Wittman, Drew Phillips, Tony Phillips, Ethan Fugitt, king candidates. Prom will be held Saturday, May 3, at the Elks Lodge in Blue Springs.
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