Sunshine matters
Tom Durkin, left, public education director for the Missouri Attorney General's office, visits with Moniteau County Presiding Commissioner Kenny Kunze at the conclusion of a workshop on the Sunshine Law sponsored by The Tipton Times Monday at Tipton City Hall. Public officials and employees were instructed in general application of the law and procedures for responding to requests for records. Durkin commended the 20 attending for their willingness to gain more knowledge about conducting public business, especially after many of them had already worked all day before attending the evening meeting. In addition to the county commission and clerk's office attendees represented Tipton city government, the Tipton R-VI School District, Mid-Mo Ambulance District and the Tipton Rural Fire Protection District .

Leaf hurdler
Kasie Lavery hurdles over a pile of leaves raked up by Jacob Garbarz, right, after local children were released from school early Thursday afternoon for parent/teacher conferences. The fun also included jumping in the pile and throwing leaves into the air so they fell like rain.

Waiting their turn
Donors wait to be prepped during the American Red Cross blood drive at the Tipton Knights of Columbus Hall Thursday afternoon, Oct. 23.

Local author's story focuses on surviving suffering

Book signing for John Agliata's 'The Envelope'
Tragedy helped bring Co-Mo Electric's communications manager to the cooperative, and it's the lessons learned through that tragedy that led to his new book, “The Envelope.”

Library visitors
Four and five year olds from Little Cardinals Learning Center make their way to Price James Library in their Halloween costumes on Tuesday morning, Oct. 21. The little ones sang songs and posed for pictures. Click the picture for a short video of a song.

Route 50 bridge partially closed due to accident
A truck hauling a loader hit the Route 50 bridge over Big Horn Drive west of Jefferson City today, damaging the bridge's concrete girders. As a result, the Route 50 eastbound passing lane at this location will be closed for at least two months while the Missouri Department of Transportation works to fix the bridge.

MCMC planning steak dinner
The Moniteau Christian Ministries Center, Inc. will host their Third Annual Steak Dinner fundraiser from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Tipton High School Cafeteria.

Web tool can help farmers make farm bill decisions
When farmers choose one of the 2014 farm bill's safety-net programs this winter, they are locked in for the next four years. A new online tool can help them evaluate which program is best for them.

Happy birthday!
Leonard Long had help from his mother, Katherine Long, in opening his gifts to celebrate his 49th birthday Monday.

Tipton Oak Manor happenings
by Brenda Matchett
Activities director
What a wonderful weekend we had for sports lovers with the Mizzou Tigers and Kansas City Chiefs bringing home wins, as well as the Kansas City Royals being in the World Series. How exciting!

MoDOT to allow overweight loads of grain
Recent heavy rains are hampering efforts to harvest a bumper grain crop. As muddy fields dry, farmers must race to draw grain from the fields and get it to market.

Lower feed costs, less production lead to record livestock prices
The marketing outlook for cattle is basically a continuation of the last couple years, with more record prices.

Farmers fret as wet October hampers harvest; forecast calls for less rain but slower drying
With potential record yields still in fields, crop farmers fret with wet weather in October, especially in northern and mid-Missouri areas that also had a wet September.

Extension to host free session on health care options
Do you have questions about the Affordable Care Act? The Morgan County University of Missouri Extension office has information for families, individuals and businesses about options and responsibilities under the health care law.

Cattle market
Central Missouri Sales Company, Sedalia

Tipton police report activity
The Tipton Police Department reported the following activity for the week.

Roadwork in Cooper County
Roadwork will take place during the day and night in Cooper County and MoDOt is asking drivers to use caution.

St. Andrew School names 1st quarter honor roll
St. Andrew Catholic School has recognized students who have earned honor roll status for their academic effort during the first quarter of the 2014-15 school year.

New books at the library
The following books are now available at Price James Library, 104 E. Morgan, Tipton, 660-433-5622.

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