Interview with new superintendent, Heath Oates

Q. I understand you are our next superintendent. Yes, sir, that’s the word. Q. You are currently the superintendent at Rich Hill? I am. Q. How long have you been there? This will be my third year. So 2 1⁄2 years. Q. Had you been a superintendent somewhere before that? No, I was an administrator

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1st Christmas

SANTA HEARS EVERYONE – Jason Dougherty takes a picture of his son, Shep, during the Wayside Inn Museum’s pancakes with Santa event on Saturday, Dec.7. Shep’s mom, Sydney and grandparents, Jerry and Rhonda Friar, were all there to witness the event.

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Children’s Food Boxes for Christmas

The Sheriff’s Office will be holding its 7th annual children’s food drive for Christmas until December 23rd. Food will be delivered on Christmas Eve to families with small children who have been placed on the food-box list. People who wish to help are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items at a drop-off location before

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Holiday Home Tour this Sunday

Come enjoy the beautiful Christmas décor in these three homes: Rhonda Friar at 110 W. Martin; Ashley Cartwright at 300 N. Main and Rosie Bogart at 1403 S. Schrock. Admission is by donation only. While there, enjoy a little snack and beverage. This event is sponsored by the ladies Sunday School class at the Church

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Arson suspected

BURNING BUSH – Two firetrucks arrived at the scene of  burning ornamental grasses in the Park on Saturday, Dec. 7. The fire was extinguished and the incident is under investigation.

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The Rock Wall

I had a pleasant conversation with our new superintendent, Heath Oates, on Friday and again Monday morning. I think we are going to like him – young man, young family, tries to help principals grow in his current job as Rich Hill superintendent. Can’t be all bad – he likes to turkey hunt and fish.

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Nevada man sentenced to prison

Timothy Kohler, 52, Nevada, was formally sentenced Thursday for sexually abusing 6-year-old girl in Springfield. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison after he admitted to sexually abusing one child in Springfield and propositioning another. Kohler was formally sentenced Thursday after he pleaded guilty in November to statutory rape, statutory sodomy, child molestation and

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Leadership 101: Grow accountability

While some people respond with trepidation when they hear the word “accountability,” it is a core trait that is foundational to good leadership, according to Dr. Pam Duitsman, county engagement specialist in community economic development with University of Missouri Extension. “I once received some excellent advice from a supervisor when I found myself in a

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BBB winter travel reservations

When the weather outside is frightful, many people have visions of sunshine and crystal clear water in mind. Maybe you’ve been browsing travel websites for months, in search of the perfect destination. Or you may be tempted to check out a travel special from an email or mailer; however, finding the right accommodations, transportation and

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Workforce analytics can help employers overcome challenges

University of Missouri Extension is a critical labor market intermediary in leading local workforce solutions. MU Extension is at the center of workforce development and works with businesses and communities to identify key stakeholders, facilitate collaboration, and support data-driven decisions.   Leading the efforts in southwest Missouri is Dr. Amy Patillo, a labor and workforce

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