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K.D. Butler crowned Odessa Rodeo queen
 
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RODEO QUEEN | K.D. Butler, 2016 Odessa Chamber of Commerce Rodeo queen, with her crown, sash, and roses. Butler was crowned June 17.
 
K.D. Butler, a senior at Oak Grove High School, was crowned queen June 17 at the Odessa Chamber of Commerce Rodeo.
Butler also won for high ticket sales and Miss Congeniality.
To be eligible as a candidate, Butler had to submit an application. She was sponsored by Papa Murphy's Pizza, Grain Valley. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Sni Valley Board trims fire chief candidates to six
 
Directors of Sni Valley Fire Protection District narrowed the candidates for fire chief to six from 11 in a closed session held June 21 at the fire station.
Mike Johnson has been serving as interim chief since the February resignation of Troy Negrete.
The six finalists will undergo testing July 18 and 19 by fire chiefs from other districts who will be chosen by Jeanie Lauer, state representative. Lauer is assisting the district in a search for a new chief. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Oak Grove R-6 Board approves
2016-17 preliminary budget
 
Oak Grove Board of Education met in closed and open sessions Monday night to continue the transition from the 2015-16 school year to 2016-17. The 6 p.m. closed session resulted in several personnel hirings and extra-duty decisions. Those hired included Fred Pinion, middle school social studies; Keith Patton, high school counselor; Mary Brown, elementary school special education paraprofessional; and Matt Smith, computer technician. Assigned extra duties were Marcus Brinkley, middle school track; Charity Schupp, musical assistant; Reed Phillips, academic assistant; and Megan Buesing, junior class sponsor.
Sue Alexander, board president, convened the open session at 7 p.m. after which members voted 5-0 to approve the agenda and consent agenda items, including minutes of May 16 closed and open sessions, payment of bills, and approval of Missouri School Board Association 2016 policy update. Montie Tripp, board member was absent.
After receiving reports from administrators, members also voted to approve building handbooks with changes and additions suggested by the building principals. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Webb Park Fourth of July celebration
 
Our nation's birthday will be celebrated Monday at Webb Park with activities such as inflatables, games and food vendors. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Volunteers needed at Sni Valley
Emergency Management
 
Volunteers are needed to help Sni Valley Emergency Management carry out its mission of emergency planning, emergency warning, public education, operation of a joint Emergency Operations Center in time of emergency, sheltering of evacuees in cooperation with the American Red Cross and local organizations, coordination with federal, state and regional emergency response organizations, maintenance of emergency supplies and equipment, and mapping and address system maintenance.
Volunteers are needed for:
•Emergency Operations Center worker
•Radio communicator
•Amateur radio communicator Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Aldermen meeting canceled
 
A Tuesday night meeting of the Oak Grove Board of Aldermen has been canceled due to a lack of agenda items. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
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