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SeptemberFest to begin Friday
with music, contests, carnival
 
LANA CARR-METZGER
COLORFUL RIDES | Many rides are being put together for the SeptemberFest carnival this weekend at Webb Park.
 
SeptemberFest, sponsored by the Oak Grove Chamber of Commerce, will begin Friday with varied events.
Carnival will be open from 6-10 p.m. today (Thursday) but no other events are planned.
Landon and Delany will perform at 5 p.m. on Friday. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GOODIES | Funnel cake, pie, and hot cinnamon rolls are just a few foods offered by vendors at this weekend's SeptemberFest.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aldermen make short work of
four items on Monday agenda
 
Oak Grove Board of Aldermen whipped through a short agenda at a Monday night meeting lasting only 20 minutes.
Aldermen agreed:
• to the installation of two additional street lights in the Oaks of Edgewood subdivision at SW Whitetail Drive by Kansas City Power and Light and an additional street light authorized by Tim Mathes, assistant city administrator. Cost will increase the city's monthly bill by $44.32.
• to acceptance of a $3348 grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation for support of the Missouri Safety Program focused on DWI enforcement. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
One-half cent sales tax to go into effect October 1
 
The one-half cent sales tax which voters approved in April will go into effect October 1.
The new sales tax will be dedicated to the construction of an aquatic center at the former Bent Oak golf course, renovation of the Bent Oak Country Club to a new Civic Center and the transfer of the police station to the present Civic Center, which will include renovation of that building.
With the additional one-half cent sales tax, Oak Grove's total sales tax will be 8.475%. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Bates City aldermen hear report from MoDOT engineer
 
Bates City Board of Aldermen met for 45 minutes September 13 beginning with an announcement that the 7 p.m. scheduled public hearing on the site plan for Elite Auto Transport was canceled. The company had decided not to proceed with plans. Darren Hillbrenner, mayor, called the regular session to order at 7:07 p.m. with all members present.
Prior to addressing the agenda, Hillbrenner introduced Richard Shipley, MoDOT area engineer, who said he was there to meet and become acquainted with aldermen and the city.
Shipley addressed concerns raised about traffic on Highway Z and assured aldermen that MoDOT was aware of the concerns and would address them as funds were available. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Little Mr., Miss Oak Grove to be named Saturday
 
TASHA LINDSEY
VOTING BOARD | Voting is available through Friday for the Little Mr. and Miss Oak Grove competition. One penny equals one vote.
 
A Little Mr. and Miss Oak Grove competition will be held during SeptemberFest. Voting online at www.oakgroveseptemberfest.com/lil-mr-miss or at a voting box at Walmart or Oak Grove Market will run through Friday. One penny equals one point.
All children participating in the competition must be between 6 months and 7 years of age and live in the Oak Grove School District. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
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