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Candidates... Oak Grove R-6 School District Board of Education filings began at 8 a.m. Tuesday. First candidates to file were G. C. Matson, left, and Brian O'Neill, incumbents.
 
Filings begin for city, school, fire district
 
Filings began Tuesday for city, school and fire district positions. Filing will end January 20 for the April 7 elections.
Three persons have filed for two positions on the board of the Sni Valley Fire Protection District.
Steve Russell, 2401 South Park Ave., Oak Grove, board president, Matt Beal, 3300 High View Acres Road, Bates City, and Mindy Jacoby, 804 SW Bobcat, Oak Grove, have filed for six-year terms.Steve Russell, 2401 South Park Ave., Oak Grove, board president, Matt Beal, 3300 High View Acres Road, Bates City, and Mindy Jacoby, 804 SW Bobcat, Oak Grove, have filed for six-year terms.
Russell and Beal are currently serving on the board. Beal was appointed to fill out the unexpired term of Sam Russell, who resigned. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Aldermen to continue incentives
for building single-family homes
 
Oak Grove Board of Aldermen, Monday night, moved toward the possibility of renewing the city's single-family home building incentive and heard a presentation on a possible maintenance contract for the city's water towers.
Homebuilding incentives
Steven Craig, city administrator, announced that of the 15 permits, which allow for sewer and inspection fees to be waived and water connection fees lowered, only one is still available. The 15 permits were allotted in April to be used for a year.
"There have been inquiries about continuing the program," Craig said.
Craig and Tony Adamson, building official, said the city expects an increase of requests for permits in February and March, before the end of the current slate of permits.
Brad Alexander, alderman ward two, asked if the program could be set up on an annual basis so it would not need to be brought back to the board.
Chris Williams, city attorney, answered "yes." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Aaron Graham
 
Aaron Graham wins Frank Fontana Award
 
The Simone Awards, which recognize some of the best football players in the Kansas City metropolitan area, took place December 9 at Lee's Summit High School.
Two Oak Grove Panthers were up for awards. Aaron Graham was one of five finalists for the 16th annual Frank Fontana Award, given to the most outstanding small class football player in the Kansas City area.
Drew Cortez, St. Joseph Lafayette, Dawson Downing, Bishop Miege, Brody McMahon, Maryville, and Ryan Willis, Bishop Miege, were the other award finalists, but it was Graham who took home the big trophy.
Graham wrapped up an amazing career with a state championship in Class 3 while running for 2934 yards on 291 carries, an average of 10.1 yards per attempt. He found the end zone 41 times. Graham totaled 3542 all-purpose yards for the season and was named Offensive Player of the Year in Class 3 by the Missouri Football Coaches Association.
Dalton Brinegar was a finalist for the 15th annual Bobby Bell Award, given to the best lineman/linebacker in Missouri's and Kansas' four smallest classes. Colton Beebe, Piper, Cale Garrett, Kearney, and Tanner Owens, Kearney, also were nominated for the award. Beebe went home with the award, but it does not overshadow the incredible season Brinegar had in 2014. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Teenager charged with kidnapping, assault
 
The Oak Grove Police Department was one of many agencies involved November 26 in arresting a 17-year-old suspect believed to have taken his mother hostage in her Oak Grove home.
Javn Griffitt, 17, has been charged as an adult with felony kidnapping, two counts of felony second degree assault and felony unlawful exhibiting of a weapon.
According to court documents, on the morning of November 26 Griffitt's grandmother came to the Oak Grove Police Department and reported to Officer Josh Laitner that she believed her daughter, Griffitt's mother, was being held against her will in her home in the 100 block of Southwest Seventh Street.
According to the documents filed by Bob Csukker, Oak Grove police detective, the grandmother stated Griffitt had a drug problem "and has been acting more violent and agitated as time went on."
The court documents state the grandmother had only been able to speak to her daughter with the speaker phone activated on her daughter's cell phone so Griffitt was able to hear the conversation. According to the document she also said she had seen him brandish a handgun in the past.
The documents give a timeline of the night before, in which it is said Griffitt, armed with a gun, told his mother to drive to Kansas City to retrieve two handguns, which the documents later state the mother claims had been stolen from the home. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
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