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Princeton Teacher to China Institute this Summer

PRINCETON, MO — Maureen Funk, director of Princeton R-5’s Accelerated Learning Program, has been selected to participate at a special institute this summer in the People’s Republic of China. “Understanding Leadership: China in the 20th Century” is sponsored by National History Day. Funk is one of 12 middle school teachers from across the country chosen for the two-week program. The institute will include lectures and scholarly discussions with leading Chinese

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Mozingo Lake Embarks on Rebranding Campaign

MARYVILLE, MO — One of Missouri’s best lakes and recreation areas, Mozingo Lake Recreation Park, has embarked on a major rebranding process over the last seven months. Mozingo Lake, which is known for its quality fishing and golf course, has worked to improve its overall marketing strategy and operational structure. Changes include an updated marketing strategy, new logo, a new advertising campaign and website,  mozingolake.com. While some changes are subtle,

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Maryville to Repair Water Plant, System after Incidents

MARYVILLE, MO — After the February 24 and 27 incidents at the Maryville water treatment plant, including the rupture of a waterline and a water storage tank causing flood damage, emergency repairs were made. Further repairs are required for the plant to be back at full capacity, and during the March 25 Maryville city council meeting, items received approval to allow appropriate steps toward making the plant fully functional. The

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Lathrop to Build New Water Tower, Lines

LATHROP, MO — Still shy the survey numbers needed to qualify for a Community Development Block Grant, the City of Lathrop has voted to proceed with the engineering contract and survey with Ponzer-Youngquist of Kansas City. The contract would include a new water tower and over 22,000 feet of water lines. When voters approved a $4-million bond issue in April 2012, the ballot issue followed a series of studies and

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Capitol Report: Stopping Burdensome Regulations

by Congressman Sam Graves

One of the biggest complaints I hear from small businesses is about the regulations coming from Washington. Many of those regulations are implemented without getting input from the small businesses that are affected. A small business owner trying to beat the competition, make payroll and keep the business open may not have time to read proposed rules in Washington.

Most small businesses don’t have lawyers or

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Gun Sales Up, Prices Largely Unchanged

CHILLICOTHE, MO — Jim Swartz, owner of Medicine Creek Trading Company, has been in the firearms business for 24 years. He says that his gun and ammunition prices haven’t drastically changed since the Sandy Hook shooting in mid-December 2012. Ammunition prices are comparatively high since lead, copper and brass prices are the highest in history. While some gun shops may be attempting to keep prices favorable for valued customers, online

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Fairfax Corn Growers Win at National Yield Contest

FAIRFAX, MO — Two local corn growers have been honored as state winners in the 2012 National Corn Yield Contest, sponsored annually by the National Corn Growers Association. William Samuel Creed placed first in the state in the AA No-Till/Strip Till Non-Irrigated class with a yield of 273.6814 bushels per acre. The hybrid used in the winning field was DeKalb DKC63-25. Chris Smith placed second in the state in the

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Fighting Dogs Rescued from Martinsville Farm

MARTINSVILLE, MO — Law enforcement officers, accompanied by animal rescue personnel, raided a Martinsville-area farm early on March 24, seizing more than 40 dogs that were being trained for dog fights. Pete Davis Jr., 38, the owner of the farm, and Melvin Robinson, 41, both of Kansas City, KS, were charged in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, KS, with one count of buying, selling, delivering or transporting animals for

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New Truck Stop at Eagleville Exit off I-35

EAGLEVILLE, MO — The Oklahoma-based Love’s Travel Stop will begin work within the next few days on a new truck stop and convenience store to be located on the I-35 interchange at Eagleville. Earth-moving equipment is already on site, soon to begin preparing for the 10,000-square-ft truck stop. Love’s facilities are familiar stopping places for truckers and other travelers. The company has 300 truck stops in 39 states. The new

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