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Death claims Mike Baxter, alderman ward three
Michael Thomas Baxter
Michael Thomas Baxter, 74, Oak Grove, alderman ward three, died August 20, 2016, at his home.
Born July 9, 1942, in Fort Worth, Tex., he was the son of Russell and Violet Baxter.
A Navy veteran, he served from 1959-64 aboard the USS Boston during the Vietnam War. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
R-6 board sets $5.1062 tax rate
No one spoke at a Monday night 6:45 p.m. public hearing before the Oak Grove R-6 Board of Education held to hear citizen comments on property tax rates to be set by the Oak Grove school district. Tax will produce revenues by which the budget for the fiscal year that began July 1 shows to be required from property tax.
Freddie Doherty, superintendent, presented the proposal, beginning by saying that although there was a slight increase in assessed valuation, it was not as much as hoped for.
The current tax year levy is set on personal property valuation of $22,949,674 and real estate valuation of $103,459,225 for a total assessed valuation of $125,408,899 compared to the prior year total of $125,773,622. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Mallory Griffin wins State Fair Idol contest
STATE FAIR IDOL | Mallory Griffin, 16, Oak Grove, performs during the Missouri State Fair Sunday, winning the Idol competition. This marks the second consecutive year an Oak Grove resident has come home with the title.
Mallory Griffin, 16, Oak Grove, won the Missouri State Fair Idol contest Sunday in Sedalia. Griffin competed against six other finalists for the title. Jessica McKinney, 38, Sedalia, received second place.
Singing Like We Never Loved at All, by Faith Hill, and Bleeding Love, by Leona Lewis, Griffin convinced judges and received the $500 top prize and a chance to perform the opening song at the 2017 Missouri State Fair grandstand.
Griffin said, in an interview after the contest, she hopes to pursue a singing career. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Monday morning accident claims mother, daughter
A two-vehicle accident at 7:30 a.m. Monday at the intersection of 50 Highway and Route Z claimed the lives of a mother and daughter, according to a report from the state highway patrol.
Accident occurred as Alicia A. McGinnis, 47, driving north on Route Z in a 1990 vehicle, pulled into the path of a 2007 Jeep driven west on 50 Highway by Chelsea R. Garton, 20, Kansas City. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
CSL needs food donations
Oak Grove Community Services League is requesting assistance to restock the shelves, as the number of those seeking assistance from the food pantry has increased. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Back to school for Oak Grove students
KINDERGARTEN ROCKS | Going into their classroom on the first day of school are, from left, Quentin Yuille, Ryder Maasen and Rowan Sibold.
READY TO LEARN | Alex Scarborough is all smiles on the first day of school.
EXCITED | Aiden Anderson is excited on his first day of school.
FOUR WORKSTATIONS | Bailee Doss, left, and Marshall Metcalf hold up four fingers in class to show the number of workstations around class.
FIRST DAY | The first day of school is exciting for Madison Gleason.
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