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in the latest edition of Focus on Oak Grove.
Former R-6 assistant principal
charged with statutory rape
Matthew Lindsey
A former Oak Grove R-6 employee has been charged with two felony counts of statutory rape in a case dating back to his time at the Richmond school district in the 1990s.
Matthew Lindsey, rural Oak Grove, is believed to have carried on a sexual relationship with a Richmond student between October 1, 1997, and when she graduated in 1999, though the time frame for the charges stop in 1998 when she turned 17.
Lindsey was Richmond High School vice principal and basketball coach. He left the Richmond school district in 2000 and became Oak Grove High School assistant principal from 2000-02. At the time of his arrest, Lindsey was Winnetonka High School principal. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Incumbents refile for local boards
The April 4 election will likely be a quiet one in Oak Grove, as candidate filings closed Tuesday with only incumbents deciding to seek terms on the Oak Grove Board of Aldermen, Sni Valley Fire Protection District board of directors and Oak Grove R-6 School District board of directors.
Unless additional candidates certify as write-ins, all boards will roll over with their current members. The City of Oak Grove would still hold an election, but the fire and school districts would not hold elections. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Bates City aldermen discuss fire station, water loss
Bates City Board of Aldermen heard a welcomed progress report from Carl Scarborough, Sni Valley Fire Protection District chief, during its January 10 meeting. Scarborough reported the Bates City Station will now be staffed around the clock with a minimum of one firefighter/EMT and one firefighter/paramedic on duty and would be fully equipped to answer any type of call.
Staffing will be provided by full-time and reserve personnel.
Darren Hilbrenner, mayor, expressed his appreciation for the long-awaited opening of the station and the positive impact he hopes it will have on the city and residents. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.

STAFF MEMBER OF THE MONTH | Terry Griffith, secretary, has been named Oak Grove Middle School Staff Member of the Month for December.

Historical Society to hear about life
in Oak Grove in the '40s and '50s
Elmer Young, a lifelong resident of the Oak Grove area, will speak to the Oak Grove Historical Society at 10 a.m. Saturday in the basement of the Davis Center.
Young will talk about life in the Oak Grove area during the '40s and '50s. Young's information is gleaned from his time working as a barber with his father, John Young. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
OGPD to hold Citizens Police Academy
Oak Grove Police Department will host its annual Citizens Police Academy from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, February 23 to May 4, at the Oak Grove Civic Center.
Academy is free and is open to Oak Grove residents or those who work in Oak Grove.
"The academy is a time for officers, and those whom officers serve, to interact with one another while officers and others demonstrate the various aspects of the police officer's job," Joseph Chapman, captain, said. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Coffee with a Cop set for Saturday
Oak Grove Police Department will hold "Coffee with a Cop" from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Oak Grove Market.

OGHS FOOTBALL FIELD | The process has begun on installing new turf on the football field.
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