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Beth Jinkins selected MMEA Outstanding Music Educator
Beth Jinkins
Beth Jinkins, a director of bands at Oak Grove High School, has been selected as Missouri Music Educators Association Outstanding Music Educator for 2015.
Jinkins was selected after being nominated by her colleagues and then submitted for consideration by the MMEA West Central District number 4 to the MMEA Board of Directors.
Jinkins was selected for her dedication and contributions to the band students of Oak Grove High School.
The letters of recommendation held similar themes: "Beth's dedication, loyalty, and passion for her students and music education. She nurtures her students with the love of a parent. Respect, inspiration and admiration of fellow colleagues."
Jinkins will be honored with a plaque at the first general session of the 77th Missouri Music Educators Association annual in-service/conference at 10:30 a.m. January 29 in Salon A at the Tan-Tar-A Resort, Osage Beach.
Jinkins has been a music educator in the Oak Grove School District since August 23, 1989. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Sni Valley places two issues on ballot
Directors of Sni Valley Fire Protection District have placed two issues on the ballot for the April 7 election.
Voters will be asked to approve a 15¢ levy increase on $100 assessed valuation to provide funding for emergency medical services and district operating costs.
The second issue concerns collection of a 1/2¢ sales tax on motor vehicles, trailers, boats and outboard motors that are purchased from a source other than a licensed Missouri dealer.
Ballot language states that approval will not place Missouri dealers at a competitive disadvantage to non-Missouri dealers.
Sni Valley Board
George Scott, current director of the Sni Valley Fire Protection District, will have opposition on the April 7 ballot from Keith Weaver, 1002 Whitetail Drive.
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, will compete for two six-year terms on the board. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Bates City aldermen address water leaks, budget, legislation
Bates City Board of Aldermen met for 50 minutes January 13 to conduct mostly routine business and to hear updates on issues reported at the December meeting.
Present were Shawn Fox, mayor, and Roy Trussell, John Everett and Don White, aldermen. Donnie Hammond, alderman, was absent.
Before opening the floor to public comments, Fox announced in the interest of time and order, in this and future meetings he would require any public comments be confined to the time allotted on the agenda and not throughout the meetings, unless the speaker asked and was granted permission to speak.
Doug Rickey, former alderman, used the opportunity of public participation to ask if anything had been done to control water leaks.
Fox referred to the 2014 water loss report contained in alderman packets which showed a decline in loss from 37.52% in January to 24.89% in December, with a 27.64% overall loss for the year or 49,500 gallons. Also noted was 5000 gallons of water used by the railroad in September and an unknown amount used by the fire department.
In his report to the board, Randy Volskay, water/sewer operator, said Missouri Rural Water would assist in locating remaining leaks. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Donation... Jeremy Martin, mayor, presents Community Services League director Melodie Chrisman with a check for funds raised by the Mayor's Christmas Tree fund.
   Martin said in addition to the money raised, the fund received gift cards, gifts, books and food items which were included in the Community Services League's Christmas store.
City to extend burning periods
Oak Grove aldermen considered expanding the fall burning period Monday night after a proposal from Hank Melhorn, alderman ward one.
Other items discussed during the half-hour meeting included the purchase of two police vehicles and the renewal of Broadway Grille's liquor license.
Burning period
Melhorn asked for the burning period to be extended to 60 days from the current ordinance, specifying 35 days.
"If it's too dry or too windy," Melhorn said, "you lose a day."
Jeremy Taylor, alderman ward one, asked if the city typically used the full 35 days.
Steven Craig, city administrator, told him it had changes depending on the start and end date chosen by the fire chief. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
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