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Cameron’s Harrison Wins National Teacher Award

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Parkview kindergarten teacher Donn Harrison of Cameron won the 2015 Top Teacher Award from the “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” show. He is shown with hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan.

Harrison was the top vote getter among the four finalists for the award.

He won a new Ford Edge and $20,000 in addition to the already awarded seven-day family vacation to Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort in Curacao.

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Access II’s Grimes Scholarship Given

This year’s Ed “Eddie” Grimes Scholarship from Access II Independent Living Center goes to Joshua Fish from Bethany. He is awarded $500 to use toward furthering his education. Joshua plans to pursue a degree in visual communications and computer science at Truman State University.

The Grimes Scholarship was created by Access II Independent Living Center in memory of Ed “Eddie” Grimes. At age 38, Eddie enrolled and graduated from North

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Plans for New Gallatin Middle School Continue

Plans for the construction of a new middle school on the Gallatin R-5 campus have been downsized but most improvements originally targeted are now expected to become reality by the second semester of the 2015-16 school year.

A $1.5 million bid for the construction of a new 1-story middle school was approved by the R-5 Board of Education during a special meeting held April 28.

The necessity of revising original

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Pattonsburg Student Wins FEC Sponsored Trip to D.C.

Michael Siever

Michael Siever, a junior at Pattonsburg High School, has won the Annual Youth Tour to Washington essay contest, sponsored by Farmers’ Electric Cooperative. Michael is the son of George and Sherry Siever of Cameron.

Two juniors won all-expense paid trips to Washington, D.C. Three sophomores won all-expense paid trips to the Cooperative Youth Conference & Leadership Experience (C.Y.C.L.E.) conference in Jefferson City.

Placing second in the essay contest

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Twelve Future Ag Teachers Selected as National Ambassadors

Twelve future agriculture teachers, including Gallatin High School graduate Breanne Brammer, University of Missouri, have been selected to promote agricultural education at the local, state and national levels, over the next year, through the National Teach Ag Ambassador program. The students were selected, this spring, from a nationwide pool of agricultural education college majors.

The 2015 Teach Ag Ambassadors will have the responsibility of promoting agricultural education as a major

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State Fair Scholarships Awarded to 4-H and FFA Youth

Tannah Terry and Dane Brammer

Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe recently announced that 32 youth, selected from Missouri 4-H and FFA, will be awarded scholarships by the Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture (YIA) committee, including Dane Brammer and Tannah Terry, both seniors at Gallatin High School, who were chosen to receive $1,500 scholarships. These students are seeking higher education in agriculture-related fields, and received their scholarships Friday,

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Chinese Solar Greenhouse for Winter Crops

by Tim Baker, Horticulture Specialist

I recently attended an update on high tunnel technology at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. One of the speakers was a grower who was sharing his experiences building and using a Chinese Solar Greenhouse.

Submitted Photo/Patrick Byers

I first heard the term, “Chinese Solar Greenhouse,” from our former State Vegetable Specialist, Dr. Sanjun Gu, at the Great Plains Growers Conference several years ago. Dr. Gu

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VFW Recognizes Student, Teacher at Ceremony

Mrs. Johnson accepts her award.

On March 12, 2015, VFW Post 2172 Commander Ray Clevenger, with the assistance of Patriot’s Pen Essay winner Jessi Becerra of Gallatin High School, presented certificates of recognition to graduating senior Jesse Bundy in recognition of his attaining the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. The VFW also recognized GHS teacher Kim Johnson for winning the VFW Missouri District 1 Teacher

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Food Preservation Classes Offered Around NW Missouri

by Janet Hackert, Regional Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, University of Missouri Extension

The spring thaw brings thoughts of growing things and the hope of a bumper crop this year. But home food preservation has changed since our grandmothers put food up so many years ago. With transportation opening up the world to travel for humans, it has also opened up the spread of germs. How we destroy those microorganisms

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