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 Odessa, Missouri Thursday, October 16, 2014 
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Royalty... Madison Thornburg was crowned queen Friday while Alex Rodenberg was king of the Wellington-Napoleon Homecoming festivities. More Homecoming photos on page 2A of print edition.  photo by Bob Buhrmester

Aldermen agree to survey to obtain CDBG grant
Odessa Board of Aldermen Monday night agreed to seek an income survey to qualify for $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to reconstruct a section of Johnson Drive.
The board also narrowly authorized an agreement with the Odessa Fire and Rescue Protection District for the temporary location of the ambulance department, with Adam Couch casting his first tie-breaking vote as mayor.
Mark Bellington, alderman ward three, questioned the energy-sharing fees in the agreement, which called for 100% of natural gas to be paid by the city.
Agreement also calls for the city to pay 100% of electricity, water, sewer and trash service.
Bellington said he understood the bay was heated as well as the building, and while the ambulances would be making more calls than the fire trucks and therefore causing more frequent reheating, the ambulances would be taking up a small area of the bay compared to the fire trucks.
"I understand what you're saying," Steve Wright, alderman ward two said, "but where else are we gonna go?" Read more in The Odessan.
W-N R-9 Board agrees to oppose Amendment 3
Frustration with the state was palpable at the Wellington-Napoleon R-9 Board of Education meeting October 8, where a resolution was passed against Missouri Constitutional Amendment 3. Board members reluctantly passed a host of recommended policy updates including the recognition of Bird Day.
Amendment 3 would require schools to base hiring, firing and advancement of teachers on a system with at least 51% of consideration afforded to student performance on standardized testing. The amendment would also limit teacher tenure.
"It just takes away all school board control, all local control," David Twente, board president, said.
The vote for the resolution against the amendment was unanimous.
The board also approved the third package of recommended policy updates from the Missouri School Board Association.
The policies are recommended to keep the district in compliance with state requirements. Read more in The Odessan.
Attorney General to speak October 22 in Bates City
Chris Koster, Attorney General for the state of Missouri, will speak Wednesday, October 22, at Bates City Bar-B-Que. Read more in The Odessan.
Veterans banquet planned for Thursday, November 6
A Veterans Appreciation Banquet and program for all county veterans and a guest will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 6, at the Community Christian Center in Wellington.
Event tickets are free to veterans but reservations are required and space is limited. Read more in The Odessan.
City sets date for power outage
The City of Odessa has planned a two-hour power outage starting at 3 p.m. Friday, October 24, for a limited area of the city. All necessary repairs to damaged equipment will be made by city staff. Read more in The Odessan.
Chamber to elect directors on October 22
Odessa Chamber of Commerce members will elect directors at a noon meeting Wednesday, October 22, at Thompson's Country Kitchen. Read more in The Odessan.
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