SUMMER FLOWERS are visible at 318 E. Main, Odessa. Grace Durham, 92, said she tends the garden, which includes many large hibiscus flowers, to stay active.
W-N Board approves 2% base
salary increase for teachers
Wellington-Napoleon R-9 Board of Education approved a 2% salary base increase during its July meeting.
The increase is higher than what was recommended by Mindy Hampton, superintendent, during her first meeting in the position. However, when it was questioned if a higher raise could make it difficult for her to balance her first budget, Hampton said she could take the challenge.
"That's the job," Hampton said. "I don't want to not give staff a raise because I don't have the experience with it." Read more in The Odessan.
Laura Scott to be Puddle Jumper parade marshal
Laura Scott has been chosen as marshal for the annual Puddle Jumper Days parade on August 6.
Theme this year is Small Town, Big Heart. Read more in The Odessan.
Special prosecutor to be assigned in Newhouse case
A special prosecutor from the Missouri Attorney General's office will determine the future of any case against Scott Newhouse, Odessa police chief.
Newhouse has been on administrative leave since Monday, July 11, after an incident involving another officer.
Kristen Ellis, Lafayette County prosecuting attorney, said Tuesday she had asked for a special prosecutor to be assigned due to the ethical nature of a case in which she works with both parties regularly. Read more in The Odessan.
Brandon Dyer trial delayed
The trial against Brandon Dyer, Odessa, related to an incident last year that included the death of his father, Randy Dyer, was delayed for the second time last week.
Kristen Ellis, Lafayette County prosecuting attorney, said Wednesday, July 13, Dyer was in custody elsewhere on unrelated charges and would not be available for the trial that was scheduled for the next morning. Read more in The Odessan.