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Evans scholarships... Drew, left, Madison and Tony Phillips are the 2014 recipients of the Floyd D. Evans scholarships. The three, seniors at Oak Grove High School, will graduate May 17. Drew and Tony Phillips will attend the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and have been accepted into the six-year medical program. Madison will attend Longview Community College, Lee's Summit.
 
Phillips twins, sister receive Floyd D. Evans scholarships
 
Drew, Tony and Madison Phillips were awarded Floyd D. Evans scholarships at a Sunday evening dinner in their honor at the Hereford House, Independence.
Dennis Evans, son of the late Floyd Evans, presented the soon-to-be Oak Grove High School graduates with the scholarship awards. His mother, Frances, his wife, Amber, and daughter, Ellee, were in attendance.
At baccalaureate ceremonies on May 15, the three will receive certificates and be recognized as Floyd Evans scholarship recipients.
Drew and Tony Phillips will attend the University of Missouri, Kansas City, to pursue degrees in medicine. Madison Phillips will attend Longview Community College, Lee's Summit, on the A+ Program. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Shepherd retires after 23 years of service
 
Shirlee Shepherd...celebrated her retirement from Oak Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Friday at Webb Park with flowers, friends, food and gifts after 23 years of service.
Shirlee Shepherd, LPN, has retired after 23 years of service to the residents of Oak Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation. Her position was LPN supervisor.
Shepherd was surrounded by many well-wishers, current and former co-workers, as well as family and friends Friday at Webb Park for a farewell gathering.
She is fondly remembered for bringing Red Friday to the residents. Her guests included KC Wolf and some of the a "party animals," as Shepherd referred to the fans of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Since the residents couldn't make it to the game, "I decided to bring the game to them," Shepherd said.
Although Shepherd lives in Warrensburg, she had a desire to give back to the Oak Grove community. Every Red Friday was held in conjunction with a food drive for the Community Services League (CSL) of Oak Grove. Shepherd selected a certain food to bring for each week to provide a variety of food to the CSL. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
 
 
 
Graduates to be honored
in May 15 special section
 
Graduating seniors of Oak Grove High School will be honored in a special section planned for May 15 in Focus on Oak Grove. Graduation is set for May 17.
Any business or professional person who would like to sponsor a graduate may call John Spaar, 230-5311, or Nancy Mathis, 690-7218. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Restorers... From right, Dan Bishop, owner, and workers, Rick Davila, John Arnold and Donnie Young take a break Friday from the brick work for the restoration of the building at 1109 S. Broadway.
 
Dan Bishop renovating building on Broadway
 
Dan Bishop, owner of the property at 1109 S. Broadway, is restoring the building.
Originally built as a car dealership, Karate for Kids was the last business to occupy the building before moving to a new location.
Bishop is using the terra cotta blocks, salvaged from the razed jail behind the building, for the restoration of the facade. Blocks are kiln-fired, fire-resistant clay tiles.
New windows on the north, east and west walls are in the plans for the restoration.
The interior has been gutted.
New steel beams, plumbing and electrical wiring have been added. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Gimme... Vivien Craig, seven months, grabs for the camera while she's held by her mother, Erin Craig, at the Taste of Country event. Vivien's father is Steven Craig, Oak Grove city administrator.
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