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    And so it begins- The Hickory County Commission met Thursday, Jan. 11, to begin reviewing budgets requests for the 2018 financial year. They met with Sheriff Brian Whalen, Accessor Clint Baker, and Recorder Pam Hutton to hear their budget requests, but as they have until Jan. 26, to make changes to the requests no decisions were made at this point. The sole purpose of the meeting was simply to hear what the officers felt they needed and if it would be feasible to grant those requests at a later date.
    Hickory County Commission listens to 2018 budget requests
    The Hickory County Commission met Thursday, Jan. 11, where they reviewed budget requests from Sheriff Brian Whalen, Hickory County Assessor Clint Baker, and Hickory County Recorder Pam Hutton. The meeting began at 10 a.m. and ended at 1:20 p.m., with a brief recess taking place for lunch.
    Submissions requested for Index ‘Veteran of the Week’
    The Index staff is asking community members to submit photographs of American veterans for a new feature.
    Bill would alter public health statute
    New legislation has been proposed that is designed to ease any confusion between the powers of county commissions and county health boards.
    Tips on how to prevent the flu
    By the Department of Health Office of Public Information
    Archeology meeting this Sunday
    The Hickory County Archeology Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at the MU Extension Center in Hermitage.
    Mid-Mo drug task force releases annual statistics
    Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force officials have released their statistics for 2017, showing the number of cases investigated, arrests made, and the estimated street value of seized narcotics. The task force covers the counties of Hickory, Benton, Pettis, Miller, Moniteau, St. Clair, and Osage, and figures printed below are compiled from all those regions.
    City of Wheatland plans public hearing
    A public hearing will be held by the Wheatland Board of Aldermen at 5:55 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at City Hall.
    Hartzler’s staff to visit Hermitage
    The Office of U.S. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, representing Missouri’s 4th District, announced that a member of her staff will visit Hermitage Wednesday, Jan. 17, for a mobile listening post.
    Local family seeks to regain family
    mementos after losing home to recent fire
    On Thursday, Dec. 21, the home of Ron and Sue Rash, located on County Road 543, was lost to a blaze which sparked in the early afternoon. No injuries were reported, though the family did report the loss of two pets.
    Account set up to assist Meyer family
    Benefits are being organized for local man Glen Meyer, who was severely injured at his home right before the new year.
    Donations sought for Purse for Paws Auction
    Donations are needed for the third annual Four Legs and Four Purses for Paws Auction and Prime Rib dinner, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 19.
    McCarty Senior Center raising funds for OFH grant
    McCarty Senior Center staff are raising $500 in order to receive a dollar-for-dollar matching grant from Ozarks Food Harvest, the regional food bank for Southwest Missouri. The funds are due in part to a grant The Food Bank received from the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program.
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