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Emily Teasley...was crowned 2014 Oak Grove Homecoming Queen Friday night, making father, John, and mother, Carol, very happy.  photos by Mary Edwards

Bates City residents warned about dangers of hauling water
Drew Hodgdon, environmental specialist, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, attended the September 9 meeting of the Bates City Board of Aldermen to warn of and discuss potential problems which arise when residents choose to haul water rather than pay increased water rates.
Hodgdon attended the meeting after a request from Shawn Fox, mayor, and Randy Volskay, water/sewer operator.
Hodgdon stressed that hauled water, if hooked to the water system of a home or building, had the potential of cross-contamination of the entire system and any water from a tank going into either should be outfitted with a back-flow device.
Hauled water used for other purposes such as watering a garden would not be a safety concern.
Diana Rickey, former mayor, challenged the need for the increased rates. She referred to a change made by Fox and the current board of no longer billing a minimum charge at vacant properties even when no water was used, which helped meet the water improvement bond payments.
As he has done in past meetings, Fox said the charges were being made with no city ordinance authorizing the practice. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Sni Valley seeks input on tax levy
Sni Valley Fire Protection District is asking for input from residents about a tax levy issue. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Mr. Oak Grove... George Pirch, who has been a part of Oak Grove High School football for 40 years, was awarded a proclamation declaring Wednesday, September 10, "Orange Power Day For George Pirch." Jeremy Martin, mayor, left, read the proclamation at the Wednesday OGHS Pep Rally.
"Mr. Oak Grove" honored on Orange Power Day
The cane, it seemed, was second to the handshake.
On Wednesday, September 10, "Mr. Oak Grove" defied numerous protests of "don't get up" as he greeted person after person before the Homecoming pep rally.
He shook hands with husbands. He fist-bumped with sons. He found common ground with everyone, whether they were fellow Panthers, University of Missouri graduates or even former Odessa Bulldogs.
After going on the floor for the national anthem with others who have served in the armed forces, he shook hands with the cheerleaders.
Then, in turn, all that standing was rewarded with a standing ovation.
George Pirch was honored at the rally with a reading of a proclamation by Jeremy Martin, mayor, declaring this Wednesday Orange Power Day for George Pirch. The text of the proclamation also named him "Mr. Oak Grove." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Memories recalled at Hall of Fame induction
Several faces of athletic seasons past gathered before the Homecoming football game Friday to induct a new group of greats into the Oak Grove Athletic Wall of Fame.
Honorees included Michele Cervant Richardson, Kevin Alewine, Ryan Fry, George Pirch, Odus Liston, the 1991-92 Oak Grove High School baseball team and the 1983-84 OGHS wrestling team.
Richardson was a four-time state champion in hurdles and was designated All-State in basketball and track. She earned 11 varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and track.
However, she had wanted to be a cheerleader, Richardson recalled. She spoke about how her basketball coach called her mother and told her not to allow her to be a cheerleader due to her athletic talent.
Richardson also recalled practicing on the old gravel track with wood and metal hurdles on weekends. She said she hopes her daughters find the same passion for sports.
Alewine's No. 35 football jersey was retired by OGHS in 1985. He was an All-State running back twice. He also qualified for state wrestling twice and state track three times. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
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