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There will be new coaching blood in I-70 this year (11/19/14)
Aside from the fact the I-70 Conference has some of the longest-tenured coaches in the state, such as John Beerman at Saint Paul and Todd Shannon at Wellington, the conference also will have some new head coaches this season. There are new coaches at Orrick, and one coach will be doing double duty as boys' and girls' head coach...
Half of I-70's top players last year were seniors (11/19/14)
While the majority of the players receiving postseason honors will be returning on the girls' side in the I-70 Conference, half of the honorees on the boys' side have graduated. The graduates include two of the most prolific scorers in I-70 history in Concordia's Cass Heimsoth and Sweet Springs' Jacob Schowengerdt...
Majority of high school elite girls' players back for 2014-15 (11/19/14)
Looking at the list of players who earned all-conference status last year, the majority of them will return for another season on the hardwoods. The only seniors listed on the 10-player first team were Sweet Springs' Christina Higgins and Orrick's Madison Winters...
Lady Saints need to work on stamina after jamboree (11/19/14)
Missouri high school football teams have been participating in preseason scrimmages for a number of years, but for the last two years, high-school basketball teams have had the same opportunity. On Saturday at Higginsville, the Saint Paul Lady Saints and Concordia Lady Orioles had the chance to work out some kinks against each other and versus Higginsville...
SPLHS students participate in math, science competition (11/19/14)
Two weeks ago, Saturday, Nov. 1, a group of eight young women from Saint Paul Lutheran High School, along with their sponsor Val Krause, traveled to Avila University, in Kansas City, to participate in that school's 24th Annual Science and Mathematics Challenge for Young Women...
City reviews water bills, grant application (11/19/14)
A discussion of water and sewer bills surfaced to the table Monday evening as the Concordia Board of Aldermen reviewed several year's worth of uncollected debt, as well as a request for bill forgiveness. City Administrator Dale Klussman reminded the board of a request for forgiveness from Bethel United Church of Christ in the amount of $49.16 -- a majority of that amount for the water portion of the bill...
Aldermen continue discussion of state of community center (11/19/14)
The Concordia Board of Aldermen continued a discussion about the state of the Concordia Community Center building during a meeting Monday evening, reviewing some information presented two weeks ago by engineer Carl Martin. Currently the board is determining whether the building should be renovated, at an estimated cost of $530,000, or demolished and reconstructed. Demolition and rebuilding the office area could potentially cost $2 million...
Students learn about native habitats by trading desks for acreage (11/19/14)
In a cultivated field at the entrance of Blind Pony Lake Conservation Area, Northeast of Sweet Springs, 38 fourth-grade students from Sweet Springs Elementary School picked up more than a fishing pole. Instead, they learned about conservation in a "habitat pollinators youth project" Friday, Nov. 8...
Treat awarded scholarship (11/19/14)
Darci Treat, a junior at Concordia R-2 High School, shakes hands with Concordia Board of Education President Bart Brackman at the board's Thursday, Nov. 13, meeting. ...
Sweet Springs principal takes reading to a new level (11/17/14)
As a way to promote reading during National Young Readers Week, Sweet Springs Elementary School Principal Melanie Schlup read all day Wednesday, Nov. 12, and issued a special challenge to students. Students who met the necessary criteria were treated to a special reward as they gathered in the Sweet Springs Elementary playground to watch Ms. Schlup read from atop the roof...
MU Extension recognizes 2014 Century Farms (11/13/14)
Eight family farms were recognized as Century Farms in Lafayette County this month, according to a press release from the University of Missouri Extension office, in Higginsville. Applicants certified as owners of a 2014 Missouri Century Farm included Steve Brunkhorst and Roger Tieman from Alma; Thieman Farm from Concordia; Mark Boland from Corder; Larry Fischer from Higginsville; Margaret Teichman Lawrence from Lexington; Donald Owings and Varner Farms from Odessa; Curtis Dieckmann from Sibley; and Donna Windmeyer from Waverly. ...
Moderate to serious injuries in crashes this past week (11/12/14)
Over the past week three crashes occurred that ended in moderate to serious injuries. Richard A. Bennett II, 35, of Marshall, was driving a 1999 Oldsmobile Wednesday, Nov. 5, on Mo. Route 20 427 feet east of Rocky Ford Road, when it crashed at 10:45 a.m. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol Report,...
Community serves veterans at Tuesday morning ceremony (11/12/14)
Even though the chilly weather meant moving the Veterans Day ceremony from Central Park to the Concordia Community Center, it didn't dampen the spirits of those who attended. The ceremony started with a welcome from Harold Yates, commander of the VFW Post 5649, of Concordia...
Concordia downtown Halloween 2014

On Friday evening, Oct. 31, crowds of ghouls, clowns, princesses, superheros and other characters amassed in downtown Concordia for the annual Halloween business trick-or-treating. At least 500 youths and their families participated in this year's...

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State news
  • Union: Charges seem unlikely for Ferguson officer
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The suburban St. Louis police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown seems confident that he will not face criminal charges from a grand jury that has been investigating the case for several months, a police union official said Thursday....
  • Schweich weighing running for Missouri governor
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Fresh off his re-election, Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich confirmed Thursday that he is considering a bid for governor in 2016 and touted an encouraging letter from supporters as "a powerful incentive to go forward" with a campaign....
  • EPA says underground landfill fire not moving
    BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency doesn't believe an underground fire smoldering at the Bridgeton Landfill in Missouri is moving toward an adjacent landfill that contains radioactive waste, according to an official's letter....
  • Papal official tempers point about accused bishops
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The head of Pope Francis' commission to fight clerical sex abuse is tempering his remarks about accountability for bishops accused of covering up for abusive priests, saying they deserve a fair hearing, too....
  • St. Louis region prepares for Ferguson decision
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis region is on edge in anticipation of an announcement from the grand jury that is weighing whether to charge police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The August shooting led to weeks of protests, some of them violent, and many people fear renewed violence after the decision, particularly if the panel does not issue an indictment. Some key things to know about the situation:...
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