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in the latest edition of Focus on Oak Grove.
Another wreck...west of Oak Grove on I-70 had traffic backed up to Bates City on the morning of July 22 when a truck full of copper lost its load.
photo by Ronda Marshall
MoDOT asks drivers to zipper merge
For safety and traffic flow reasons, MoDOT is encouraging motorists driving on Interstate 70 in Jackson and Saline counties to try an alternative type of merge at work zones this summer.
Bridge repairs along I-70 at the Sni-A-Bar Bridges between Oak Grove and Grain Valley and Blackwater Bridges near Sedalia have created miles of backups.
To help ease the congestion, motorists are asked to use the "zipper merge" and take turns to merge safely as they come into the work zone. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Bluegrass bands to be featured
Saturday at first annual festival
Oak Grove Historical Society will host the first annual Oak Grove Bluegrass Festival from noon until dusk on Saturday at the Horseshoe Creek Pavilion, 401 Southeast Golden Belt Road.
Featured bands will be Blue River Express, Missouri Town Band & Dancers, The Wildwood Boys, Homegrown, Scarlett Town and Liberty Highway Band. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Death claims Orval Johnson
Orval F. Johnson
Orval F. Johnson, 96, Oak Grove, died July 22, 2015, at Research Medical Center, Kansas City.
Johnson and his family moved in 1969 to Oak Grove. He was an active participant at the Oak Grove Senior Center.
He was born May 29, 1919, the son of Elmer and Vera Johnson, in Bogard and was raised by his stepmother, Goldie Johnson. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Facility planning committee
reviews results of citizen survey
A committee of Oak Grove residents challenged with the issue of evaluating the five city-owned facilities reviewed the results of a citizen survey at a recent meeting.
Committee will meet at noon Wednesday, August 5, in the lower level of the Civic Center to continue the evaluation and perhaps to make recommendations.
City has been working with SFS Architects, Kansas City, on the project. The firm has handled other city projects, including a space-needs study in 2007. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Route FF to close Tuesday
Due to unforeseen issues, crews did not close portions of Route FF on July 28.
Work has been rescheduled. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Bailey Bennett
Bailey's Foundation to help families
in local communities
Bailey's Foundation announces that because of the community's love and support, they have officially helped their first family of a child fighting cancer.
They hope it will be the first of many families that Bailey's legacy will bless.
The foundation was founded in 2014 in honor of Bailey Bennett, a local girl who touched many people during her fight with childhood cancer. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Back-to-school sales tax holiday begins August 7
By state law, the sales tax holiday begins on the first Friday in August and continues through the following Sunday.
This year's three-day holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, August 7, and runs through Sunday, August 9. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Aldermen to meet Monday night
Oak Grove Board of Aldermen will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Civic Center for the first meeting of the month.
Jeremy Martin, mayor, will preside.
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