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 Odessa, Missouri Thursday, December 18, 2014 
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Story time... Melissa Register, Wellington-Napoleon Elementary School principal, takes a break to read a story to Kyla Sharp, Kinsey Cowier and Aaden Smith on the first day of preschool at Wellington-Napoleon. "This is my baby," Register said of the preschool program, which began Monday. Twelve students were present; two others were enrolled but absent due to illness, with four more set to begin the program in January. Register said families are still enrolling.  photo by Hannah Spaar

Bates City approves permit for KAT Excavation building
A permit for KAT Excavation to construct a new building was approved at a December 9 meeting of the Bates City Board of Aldermen and a December 10 meeting of the Bates City Planning and Zoning Commission.
A 10,800-square-foot building is planned on the firm's property to be used for storage of equipment.
Roger Kroh, Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), Kansas City, made the presentation to the aldermen and to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Kroh explained the structure will be an earth tone, manufactured metal building, three sided, open to the east. The building meets the city's setback requirements.
Four stipulations were listed in approval of the permit:
• four trees and four shrubs will be placed at the entrance to the business park.
• the work yard will be screened.
• building will be used for equipment storage. Read more in The Odessan.
Two finalists chosen for administrator interviews
Two men have been chosen as finalists for the Odessa city administrator position after interviews were held with six applicants.
Interview with the finalists will be held Wednesday, January 7. Read more in The Odessan.
Odessa Outreach honors loved ones
with ornaments
Odessa Outreach uses the Christmas tree at the police station in December to honor loved ones as part of its former fundraising campaign.
Members of the community who wish to reserve an ornament in memory of or in tribute to a loved one may make a $20 donation to Odessa Outreach at The Odessan, Don's Appliance, Odessa Diesel Repair or Tucker's Liquor. Read more in The Odessan.
Filings... Odessa R-7 School District Board of Education filings began at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Tahnami Gittinger, right, and Aaron Dillon, incumbents, were the first and second to file.
Filings begin for school, fire district
Filings began Tuesday for city, school and fire district positions. Filing will end January 20 for the April 7 elections.
Two incumbents were the first to file Tuesday morning for re-election to the Odessa R-7 Board of Education: Tahnami Gittinger and Aaron Dillon, who is serving as board president.
Three people have filed for two positions on the board of the Sni Valley Fire Protection District.
Steve Russell, 2401 South Park Ave., Oak Grove, board president, Matt Beal, 3300 High View Acres Road, Bates City, and Mindy Jacoby, 804 SW Bobcat, Oak Grove, have filed for six-year terms. Read more in The Odessan.
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