Lions Club receives check for Sister of Liberty restoration
A special check presentation occurred Monday, June 17, for the Sister of Liberty restoration project. Concorida Area Heritage Society treasurer Patty Dionne presented the check to Fred Droege, president of the Concordia Lions Club. "We are all very excited about the restoration. We've had fundraisers, donations, sold calendars and booklets," said Dionne...
Habitat for Humanity Seeks to Build 14th Home
The Lafayette County Habitat for Humanity, HFH, is currently raising money to build its 14th home. A family in Odessa will receive the honor of a new home this fall. The HFH received a $2,500 grant at the beginning of June from the Tri-County Community Foundation, and more fundraisers are planned...
Juneteenth celebration begins (Updated at 4:22 p.m. Tuesday, June 18)
It was a quiet Saturday morning at Fairground Park in Higginsville until a line of vehicles began cruising in. Starting from the downtown area and stretching to the park, the parade was comprised of dancers, equestrians, classic cars, music and military servicemen and women who came together for this year's Juneteenth celebration...
Carnival to raise funds for early childhood education
Next weekend, children will find something unexpected at Concordia Park, as organizers are preparing for His Little Lambs Carnival and Family Fun Day. On Saturday, June 22, a variety of activities will be open to the public. "We've served lots of people from area communities over the years," Janis Hartwig, director of His Little Lambs Child Development Center, said...
Unexpected plat map shows 1886 Concordia
The town of Concordia was displayed on a grid with property owners' names drawn out in a legible lattice work.
A plat map dating back to 1886 was recently acquired by Concordia Area Historical Society. Although some may be unaware of the size of the original town, the origin of the map brings a mystery of its own.
Sidewalk construction closes one block of 6th Street
Motorists may have a slight inconvenience as a portion of a downtown road is closed today. One block of Southeast 6th Street is blocked off while sidewalk repairs are taking place. The walkway between Gordon Street and Bismark Street -- Alternates 1 and 2 of the Trail of Memories project, which are divided by an alley -- had previously been completed. ...
Lions Club holds annual auction
Concordia Lions Club held its annual Fish Fry and Auction event Monday evening, June 10, at the Lions Shelter at Edwin A. Pape Lake. After officers for the 2013-2014 year were installed, members and guests vied for their favorite auction items. The event raised approximately $2,400, according to officials, who said nearly all of the proceeds will benefit the Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation...
Photos showcase stories, weave moments of family history
Photographs line the walls in Esther Wolpers' room at Lutheran Good Shepherd Home. Their locations were carefully chosen as each of them is within view from anywhere in the room. But the images don't just decorate her space -- they thread together moments in her life like a fine quilt...
Phase 1 complete: City gives snapshot of trail design changes
A placard beneath a sunset maple tree reads: "Given and Planted as a Seedling in Loving Memory ..." The Trail of Memories -- lined with mature trees that have grown in the past 20-plus years -- is once again open to the public. With Phase 1 complete, land that was once occupied by the railroad, and then dedicated to the city by its previous owners, is now a path to recreation and remembrance...
Heavy rain blamed for residential flood
A flood at a Concordia apartment complex less than two weeks ago resulted in the relocation of three residents and a report to the Department of Natural Resources. Several Concordia residents woke up to flooded homes, but it wasn't a leaky roof that caused the problem...
Chamber finds treasure with Junk in the Trunk event
Coordinators opened up parking spaces along the north side of Central Park early Saturday morning to make way for a dozen booths. This was this first year Concordia Area Chamber of Commerce organized Junk in the Trunk -- a pseudo community-wide yard sale allowing residents to sell as many items as they could pack into their vehicles...
Educators worry less after veto of HB 253
Education professionals have been watching the movement of HB 253, a bill that proposed the first decrease in income tax rates the state would have seen since 1921. The broad-based tax relief bill, sponsored by state Rep. T.J. Berry, would have decreased income tax over a five-year period. It was vetoed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon June 5...
Senator Blunt's staff hosts Constituent Listening Post
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt's staff will host a Listening Post Meeting Tuesday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Lafayette County Courthouse, located at 1001 Main Street in Lexington.
5K run/walk to benefit Habitat for Humanity
The 12th annual Cannon Ball 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 15, will benefit Lafayette County Habitat for Humanity. Registration begins at 6 a.m. in front of the court house, in Lexington, with the start of the race at 7:30 a.m. Teams from businesses, organizations and churches are encouraged to vie for two traveling trophies to be presented, one to the team with the most participants and a second to the team contributing the most donations. ...
Goal reached for Sister of Liberty restoration project
Some ran, others walked and even roller bladed the 3.1 miles in Saturday morning's 5K run/walk, which was the first of several activities scheduled to raise funds for the Sister of Liberty restoration project. The weather cooperated for participants that day; the event had been rescheduled due to thunderstorms last month. Thirty-nine people threaded through Concordia streets, adding $815 to the fund...
Flood cleanup begins on state Highway 23
MoDOT crews work on flood water cleanup early Wednesday morning on state Highway 23, near the Blackwater River. The roadway often floods during periods of heavy rainfall, and has been closed since May 27. A fraction of the south outer road of Interstate 70 also remains closed after rising water from Davis Creek swallowed a low-lying portion of it near Sweet Springs...
Concordia resident celebrates 101st birthday
Minerva Tebbenkamp rested beneath the hum of a hair drier, her curlers pinned tautly to form the delicate curls she enjoys. Tebbenkamp, a native Concordian, celebrated her 101st birthday May 28. Having grown up as the second oldest of nine girls and three boys on a family farm, she understands the challenges one can face...
Air Force celebrates birthday with ball
Sixty-five years ago on Sept. 18, 1947, the United States Air Force was born when President Truman signed the Armed Forces Unification Act, and Stuart Symington was sworn in as the first Secretary of the Air Force. At Air Force bases all across the United States and in foreign countries, the U.S. ...
Base council holds meeting
Lt. Gen. Darrel D. Jones from United States Air Force Headquarters spoke of major changes taking place within today's Air Force during the monthly Base Community Council meeting held Thursday, at Mission's End at Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster...