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A tale of two skies... Cloud formations April 9 over the corner of 12th and Broadway show the stormy skies heading east as the sun peeks out from the west.  photo by Derek Wiesemann

 
 
No changes after additional
ballots counted for Sni Valley
 
Nearly 400 votes in the Sni Valley Fire Board election went uncounted in Lafayette County April 7 when, due to a ballot and technical error, correctly-cast ballots were kicked out of the system.
Linda Niendick, county clerk, said Wednesday the reason why only 120 votes were initially counted in the election was due to the system only accepting ballots which voted for one candidate, rather than two.
Lafayette County ballots initially read to vote for one candidate in the election for six-year terms to the fire board, rather than two. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Rhett Rigby trial postponed again
 
Rhett Rigby, the Oak Grove man charged with four counts of statutory rape, four counts of statutory sodomy, felony sexual contact with a student by a teacher and felony tampering with a witness, appeared April 9 in Clay County Circuit Court for a pre-trial conference. He appeared with attorney Richard Jacoby, Independence.
A request was granted for continuance for a jury trial at 9 a.m. on August 3. Rigby is scheduled to appear at 1:30 p.m. May 22 for a motion hearing.
This is the second time the jury trial has been continued. Prior to setting the date for a jury trial in January and then in April, five hearings on the case were continued. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Aldermen to be sworn in at Monday night meeting
 
Three incumbent aldermen, Hank Melhorn, ward one, Larry Moore, ward two, and Mike Baxter, ward three, will be sworn into office at a Monday night meeting of the Oak Grove Board of Aldermen at the Civic Center.
Aldermen will approve the results of the election verified by the Jackson County Election Commission prior to the swearing-in ceremonies. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Jeffrey Sumy chosen as Crest Ridge superintendent
 
Jeffrey Sumy, former principal at Oak Grove High School, has been named superintendent at Crest Ridge School District, Centerview.
He was employed as superintendent at Wellington-Napoleon R-9 District in 2008 before moving to head the North Platte District. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.

 
 
City and state leaders... Steven Craig, second from left, city administrator, and Jeanie Lauer, third from left, state representative for District 32, are joined by Erin Craig, left, and Randy Ethington at Taste of Country.
 
Silent auction... Taste of Country attendees were given the opportunity to bid on many items. More photos on page 2A of the print edition.
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