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    Explaining the issues
    The crowd listens as Cindy Dix, left, a plaintiff in the lawsuit brought against the Moniteau County Library District and board, and Annie Willis, one of the attorney's who represented the city of Tipton and the plaintiffs, answer questions on the issues related to the judgment entered by the judge in the case. They also discussed the placement of a proposition on the August ballot to create a municipal district with a tax to fund Price James Memorial Library during the town hall meeting Monday night at St. Andrew School. At right are city council members Mike Kelly, Don Basinger and Charlie Hainen.
    Many say they will support local library, tax;
    sign petition asking council to hold election
    Patrons of Price James Library and supporters attended a town hall meeting Monday evening at St. Andrew School to hear information on the outcome of a lawsuit filed against the Moniteau County Library District and help decide where to go from here.
    MoDOT plans road work
    MoDOT has released road work plans for the week of March 20-31 in Moniteau County and surrounding areas.
    Clean up
    Members of the Grow and Glow Garden Club take advantage of the 70+ degree weather to clean the brush, weeds and trash at the Grow and Glow Garden Club Park off Highway 50. Mickey Williams, left, and Linda Reid work on pulling weeds from the gardens. Five club members were there to help with the work.
    Tipton Oak Manor happenings
    First off let me wish a “Happy Birthday” to Judy Asbell and Pat Gerlt this week, and send my best wishes to Sherry Menning on her return home.
    Gold Award
    Tipton High School Student Council attended the Missouri Association of Student Councils at Mehlville High School in St. Louis, Mo., earning the Gold Awards. Members of the student council are, from left: Front row, Rachel Schmidt, Gwyn Wood, Reese Wood, Lexie Crowe and Courtney Strobel; back, Dalton Weaver, Dylan Turner, Wyatt Schmidt, Cade Petree and Mrs. Heather Martin. Photo submitted
    Tipton Student Council makes history earning first Honor Council Award
    Tipton High School student council attended the Missouri Association of Student Councils Covention at Mehlville High School, St. Louis, Mo. Thursday, March 9-Saturday, March 11.
    Fish and convo
    Don Justine, Ralph Brizendine, and Jackie Hickam enjoy fish and conversation at Bunceton Lion’s Club fish fry on March 19.
    Bunceton fishermen snag spoonbill
    BUNCETON-Even though Bunceton was not in session on St. Patrick’s Day, they celebrated by dressing up as leprechauns on March 15th. They were so determined to catch a little man dressed in green while they are on spring break, they each made a trap to catch them.
    Gardens, crop and pastureland in need of rain
    SYRACUSE-The weather in Syracuse is as good this week as it was bad last week, with a 20-30 degree difference in the temperatures. I hated to see the hard freeze and what it did to all of the ornamentals as well as the fruit trees. It may also stunt the trees in leafing out. Although there has been a forecast of a change of rain nearly ever day, we have not received a significant amount.
    Moniteau County Health Center gives last months numbers
    The Moniteau County Health Center announces February’s records and numbers.
    Outstanding team
    Tipton DECA attended the State Career Development Conference at the Lake of the Ozarks on Sunday, March 12, walking away with numerous qualifiers and five top eight members. Those attending are, from left: Front row, Marybeth Loganbill, Abby Backes, Rachel Schmidt, Alyssa Petree, Taylor Alee and Trisha Bailey; middle, Mitchell Moon, Abbi Barnett, Becca Schmidt, Haley Arnel and McKenna Knipp; back, Dylan Turner, Garred Oldham, Elizabeth Knipp, Shea Crouch, Ella Claas, Halle Claas Lexi Crowe and Shaylnn Meador. Photo submitted
    Tipton DECA sends three to Anaheim, CA., five place in top eight of Missouri
    Tipton DECA attended the State Career Development Conference at the Lake of the Ozarks on Sunday, March 12, and had outstanding performances. Three members qualified for the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Ca. Five members were recognized for performing in the Top eight in Missouri.
    Meet the candidates at Democrat open forum
    The Moniteau County Democrat Club will host a candidate forum for Tipton area candidates on Tuesday, March 28. The forum, beginning at 7 p.m., will be held at the Co-Mo Electric Cooperative meeting room.
    Appear in Tipton Municipal Court
    Monday, March 20
    Tabbatha May
    CO II May is TCC March employee
    Corrections Officer II Tabbatha May earned the Employee of the Month award for March at the Tipton Correctional Center.
    St. Andrew’s to hold kindergarten
    screening, enroll new students
    Families with incoming kindergarten students and those interested in enrolling a child in St. Andrew School are asked to attend a screening and enrollment session on Tuesday, March 28. Screenings begin at 2 p.m.
    R-VI to screen, enroll next
    year’s kindergarten class
    Kindergarten screening for children of the Tipton R-VI School District will be held friday, April 7.
    Winners in music
    Tipton’s Chamber Choir and Band traveled to Jefferson City on Saturday, March 18 to perform at the State Music Festival for Choirs in the Miller Performing Arts Center. The Chamber Choir, pictured above, received a 2 rating to end the day. (Photo submitted)
    Tipton’s music department show their talent at State Music Festival for Choirs
    For the first time in at least nine years, Tipton High School will have a vocal ensemble perform at state competiton, after both Women’s Trio and Men’s 6 received a 1 rating at the State Music Festival for Choirs on Saturday, March 18 at the Miller Performing Center in Jefferson City.
    St. Pat’s birthday
    Darla Williams celebrated her sixth birthday on St. Patrick’s Day.
    Birthdays celebrated at Latham
    LATHAM-The Latham Braves hosted Eldon Tuesday evening, March 14 in a softball game. Eldon left with the top score.
    Report on Monday's cattle sale
    Central Missouri
    Rural Development surveying citizens
    The Missouri Rural Development Partners is holding the first annual Missouri Rural Survey to hear from rural citizens, business owners and leaders about the key issues, opportunities and challenges facing rural Missouri communities.
    Texas Hold ’Em winners
    Winners of the Texas Hold ’Em Tournament held at the Lamine River Hunt Club Saturday were, from the left, Zane Meyer, first place, Bob Hardy, second place, and Roy Luvin, third place. Proceeds will help fund the 2017 Youth Turkey Season.
    Card games benefit turkey season
    at Lamine River Hunt Club
    Saturday March 18 a Texas Hold ’Em Tournament was held at the Lamine River Hunt Club to help fund the 2017 Youth Turkey Season.
    THS FFA prepare for Districts with multiple competitions
    The Tipton FFA Chapter is preparing for disticts by competing in a coulple competitions to sharpen their skills and knowledge.
    Guest editorial:
    What if the workers owned it?
    The owners of a mid-sized manufacturing plant in a nearby small town were ready to retire, but no one in the next generation was interested in taking over.
    Be on the lookout
    The Missouri Department of Conservation encourages people to Be Bear Aware! Don’t feed bears. Avoid encounters. React right. Learn more at
    MDC encourages ‘Be Bear Aware!’
    As blossoms and buds emerge each spring, so do Missouri’s estimated 300 native black bears. As they leave their winter dens this time of year, finding food is their main focus. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds people to “Be Bear Aware” by not feeding bears and not providing potential sources of food.
    Missouri Capitol Report
    What a week! The budget is getting closer to coming to the floor of the House of Representatives, prevailing wage debate began, charter school expansion was voted on, and I presented bills in the budget committee. Thank goodness Spring Break is this week.
    Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Strickfaden
    Strickfadens celebrating
    45 years of marriage
    Jerry and Sharron Strickfaden, Tipton, will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary on Saturday, March 25 with a reception at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church at 30555 Hwy. E, Clarksburg, from 2 until 4 p.m.
    Price James has new books
    The following books are now available at Price James Memorial Library.
    Moniteau County Court proceedings
    Infractions, Misdemeanor, Criminal Felony and Civil Cases Disposed
    Changes in property ownership
    filed with recorder's office
    The following changes in property ownership were filed recently with the Moniteau County Recorder of Deeds. This report is a brief description of the deeds filed with the recorder. For a complete description of the properties visit the recorder’s office at the Moniteau County Courthouse in California.
    Tipton Nutrition Center menu, activities
    421 Independence Avenue
    School menus
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