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Pavement repair will close the right lane of westbound Interstate 70 between Mo. Route 13 and Route E from 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5.

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Area Sports
Lady Orioles hammer Smithton (11/25/14)
Using a stifling defense that caused numerous turnovers, the Concordia Lady Orioles cruised past visiting Smithton 52-16 in the season opener on Monday night in Concordia. The Lady Orioles raced out to a 15-4 lead through one quarter and led 30-10 at the intermission. It was a 46-12 advantage with a quarter to go...
Tigers down Orioles in opener (11/25/14)
It was a rough opening night for the Concordia Orioles' basketball team, losing 79-39 to visiting Smithton on Monday. The Tigers raced away to a 34-9 lead after one quarter and cruised the rest of the way. Concordia trimmed the deficit to 48-26 by halftime, but the Tigers answered with a 24-12 run in the third stanza for a 72-38 advantage, forcing the quick-clock rule for the fourth quarter...
Pitsch happy with Saints' play at jamboree (11/25/14)
Losing three starters, including two all-conference, first-team selections, will make the 2014-2015 basketball season challenging for Saint Paul head coach Monte Pitsch. The veteran mentor knows replacing quality athletes such as Gerhard von zur Muehlen and Elijah Rodewald isn't going to be easy. Also gone is starter Michael Nebel...
Former I-70 head coach heading back to state title game (11/25/14)
A former head coach on the gridiron in the I-70 Conference is doing quite well at a Class 3 Missouri River Valley Conference school. In fact, he will be leading his team into the Class 3 state championship game this weekend in St. Louis. When Pat Richard arrived on the scene at Orrick, he knew it was going to take a lot of work to build a downtrodden program into a respectable and competitive one...
Chamber of Commerce to hold annual Christmas events (11/25/14)
The Concordia Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its annual chili and soup supper from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6, at the Concordia Community Center, 802 S. Gordon St. A drawing will be held for prizes donated by the area chamber members. Individuals may obtain drawing tickets from any participating business and deposit them at the dinner. ...
Dollar General holds grand re-opening (11/25/14)
After a few months of construction, the doors to the new, larger location of Dollar General, north of Interstate 70, were officially opened in a grand re-opening Saturday morning, Nov. 22. While products were moved into the store two weeks ago, and it was open for business, the definitive opening was Saturday...
SPLS, SPLHS essay winners honored at VFW meeting (11/25/14)
Last Tuesday evening, Nov. 18, six students from St. Paul's Lutheran School and Saint Paul Lutheran High School were honored by the Concordia VFW Post 5649 and its auxiliary for their award-winning entries in the local VFW Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy competitions...
Familiar equipment installed at Concordia Park playground (11/25/14)
Working in near-freezing temperatures Tuesday morning, Nov. 25, crew members with Fry and Associates installed playground equipment at Concordia Park, in Concordia. The equipment was donated to the city's Parks and Recreation Department from the Concordia R-2 School District and has since undergone some upgrades...
Christmas lights bring cheer to downtown Concordia (11/25/14)
Residents and motorists were greeted by an early holiday sight this season, as Christmas decorations were installed along Concordia's Main Street Wednesday, Nov. 19. ...
8 CHS, 17 SPLHS students perform in I-70 Conference Choir (11/25/14)
On Saturday evening, Nov. 22, student choir members from schools within the I-70 Conference came together to give a concert for family and friends at Sweet Springs R-7 High School. Eight students from Concordia R-2 High School and 17 students from Saint Paul Lutheran High school participated. According to emcee Jayson Moll, of Orrick R-11, there were 79 members in the choir...
Flickering lights affect residents over 2-week span (11/25/14)
While seemingly connected, power outages on Tuesday, Nov. 11, and Tuesday, Nov. 18, only had one thing in common -- wind. Early morning winds knocked out power for residents within Concordia, Sweet Springs and Mt. Leonard areas Nov. 11, according to Kansas City Power and Light spokesperson Rebecca Galati. The power outage occurred at 4:25 a.m., she added, and it was restored by 5:35 a.m. for all customers. Around 2,204 residences and places of business were affected...
Area crashes end with injuries (11/25/14)
Two separate crashes in the county led to moderate-to-severe injuries in the past week. Gloria J. Foster, 61, of Mendon, was driving eastbound on U.S. Route 24, one mile east of Mo. Route 23, when the 2007 Jeep she was driving crashed at 8:25 p.m. Friday, Nov. ...
Around the Neighborhood -- County Line Boats: Built to last for all your duck hunting needs (11/19/14)
Andy Wycoff, of Concordia, is a waterfowl-hunting enthusiast. It was this enthusiasm that led him to create County Line Boats, which are low-profile layout boats specifically for hunting ducks and other waterfowl. He's been in business just over a year and has built seven boats for clients in that time frame...
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
  • A glance at Ferguson: Then, now and the future
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- There were only scattered demonstrations around Ferguson during the third night of protests since a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old....
  • Protesters dwindle to small groups in Ferguson
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- The throngs of protesters who overran Ferguson after the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case dwindled to just a few small groups as people began cleaning up this battered community and seeking something closer to a normal routine....
  • Ferguson grand jury papers full of inconsistencies
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when Officer Darren Wilson "finished him off." Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they did not see the shooting at all....
  • 2 FBI agents, police officer shot; suspect dead
    UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A man who fatally shot his mother and wounded a suburban St. Louis police officer and two FBI agents is dead, authorities said Wednesday....
  • A glance at Ferguson: Then, now and the future
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Ferguson business owners and residents boarded up windows and cleared debris Wednesday after two nights of unrest - the second far less violent than the first - over a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old. Protesters continued to hold scattered demonstrations in the area....
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