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Top of the class... Anna Lee, valedictorian, left, and Taylor Bird, salutatorian, were announced at the Academic Letter Reception on March 19 at the Performing Arts Center.

R-6 Board accepts resignations
After meeting in closed session for an hour Monday night, the Oak Grove R-6 Board of Education convened into open session at 7:10 p.m. for a 30-minute meeting.
Board members approved minutes of February closed and open sessions, increases in lunch prices, employee health insurance rates and summer school dates.
Hiring and accepting resignations of personnel and setting a date for the April meeting completed the agenda. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Bates City P&Z approves revised map with change
All members of the Bates City Planning and Zoning Commission were present for a March 16 special meeting to consider three issues: a request by Steve Bailey, KAT Excavation, to reconsider stipulation previously agreed to regarding a permit to build a second storage building; to conduct a public hearing on recommendations to the board of aldermen on zoning boundaries; and the adoption of a revised official zoning map.
Darren Hilbrenner, chair, called the meeting to order at 6 p.m. to approve the minutes of February 9 and to consider the request.
Bailey was present to address questions and concerns. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Rigby's motion hearing rescheduled to April 3
A motion hearing for 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, was rescheduled on March 20 in Clay County Circuit Court. Motion hearing will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 3.
Jury trial is set for 9 a.m. on April 20. Rigby was scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. April 9 for a pre-trial conference.
According to court documents, a subpoena was returned March 13 showing service on Donald Miesle, St. Louis County. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Mike Baxter wants to continue to "give back"
Mike Baxter
Mike Baxter, 304 SE 24th Street, has represented the third ward in Oak Grove for eight years. He is running unopposed for a fifth term.
Baxter and his wife, Shirla, have four grown children. They have lived in Oak Grove since 2004.
Baxter attended Turner High School and grew up in Wyandotte County, Kan. He worked for Ford Motor Co. and was involved with the United Auto Workers Union. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Hank Melhorn running for sixth term as alderman
Hank Melhorn
Hank Melhorn, 2500 SW Locust Street, is running unopposed for a sixth term as alderman, ward one.
Melhorn grew up in Fort Madison, Ia. He attended Drake University. While at Drake, he met his wife, Connie, and they have been married for 50 years.
The Melhorns have two children: Kristi Smith, Blue Springs, and Mark Melhorn, rural Oak Grove. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Larry Moore believes in his decisions on board
Larry Moore
Larry Moore, 1706 SE High Drive, has lived in Oak Grove his entire life, of which he has spent the last 10 years representing the second ward. He is unopposed as he runs for a sixth term on the board.
Moore graduated from Oak Grove High School in 1964 and attended Finley Engineering College, Kansas City.
"I drove a tractor-trailer most of my life," Moore said, noting he was also a mechanic. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
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