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Tinnen Publishing purchases the Rural Reporter

Tinnen Publishing, publisher of The Clinton County Leader, has purchased the Rural Reporter, an award-winning weekly publication covering Lathrop and Gower for the better part of two decades. The final issue of the Rural Reporter rolled off the presses this week. Current subscriptions to the publication will be honored by The Leader. For more information on Tinnen Publishing and The Clinton County Leader, visit us online at

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EB Student Chosen as Area 1 FFA Missouri State VP
On Tuesday March 11, 2014 Morgan Walkup, East Buchanan Chapter President and Area 1 Association President, received the prestigious award of being chosen to represent Area 1 as our Missouri FFA Association State Vice President.

City looking to increase sewer rates
By Pauli Clariday
Eight months into the 2014 Fiscal Year Budget, the city is faced with what is already a $102,000 deficit in the sewer fund revenues and expenditures.

Budgeted at $385,050 in expenses and $216,900 in income, the sewer fund for the City of Lathrop is a matter Mayor Gene Schoonover addressed at the Lathrop City Council meeting Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

“Our sewer income is not keeping up with expenses,” Mayor Schoonover said. “Due to the (Missouri DNR) AOC (Area of Concern requirements) and engineer fees, we need more revenues.

Doug Miller hired as HS Principal; Wrestling & Cross Country sports considered
Board Summary
Paul Mensching, Superintendent
The East Buchanan C-1 Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 17, 2014. The meeting was called to order by Mrs. Cindy Crouse, Board President at 7:30 p.m. in the High School Library. Seven members were present along with a few guests.
Following the approval of the agenda, communication to the Board was read by Mrs. Crouse. A thank you card was received and read from Jim and Amy Adams on behalf of the family of Tom Adams.

The first report was from Mrs. Jade Lewis on behalf of the Community Teachers’ Association. Mrs. Lewis summarized the last CTA meeting which was a retirement seminar sponsored by Dennis Cooper of the Cooper Group, a financial advisor service.

Lions Club & FFA Alumni sponsor Spring Trap Shoot
April 12, 2014 at the Heritage Park, the Lions Club & FFA Alumni will sponsor a Trap Shoot, with prizes and fun for all age groups.

Bringing back an annual event, formerly named “Turkey Shoot” the groups hope to raise funds for both organizations and create a fun day for the citizens of Gower.

FFA Trap Shooting has become a popular sport for the youth, with strong support of the men of the community..

Get that shotgun out and cleaned, plenty of clay pigeons for the event.

Common Core Community Meeting
Presenter Jill Noble, who serves as the CWA (Concerned Women for America) of Missouri as the Education Coordinator, will present a lively discussion on the issue of Common Core that effects our families, communities, state and nation.

The Presentation is scheduled for March 22, 2014, 2:00pm at the Lathrop Community Center, 406 Elm St., Lathrop.

Jill has a passion for education as she demonstrated by her 16 years of homeschooling her six children and currently teaching special education in the public school setting. A devoted follower of Jesus, she considers education to be her highest calling.

Jill’s statement, “Common Core is an issue that we cannot ignore for the sake of our children and our Constitutional rights.”

Lathrop Community Outreach to take the Feinstein Challenge
2014 marks the 5th year that the Lathrop Community Outreach has taken on the Feinstein Challenge to raise funds and food stuffs for its Food Pantry.

Founded in 1991 by Alan Shawn Feinstein, the Feinstein Foundation is dedicated to the alleviation of hunger, the importance of community service in education and the values of caring, compassion and brotherhood.

From March 1st through April 30th, every food product, paper good or dollar collected is reported to Feinstein and we receive part of a million dollar reimbursement program.

This year we are asking for your support once again.

Involving your members, employees, and customers, not only aids the Food Pantry, but creates community awareness and gives those wishing to help their fellowman an avenue through which to do so.

We currently serve approximately 60 to 80 families each month, and also feed 82 children in our Back Pack program. Through this program, children are provided with food for the three days each week that school is not in session.

Please conduct Pat Holloway at 816-405-2072, or Rayann Herndon at 816-582-9675 with any questions you may have.

Donations of any kind can be left at the Christian Church in Lathrop on Monday mornings, between 9:00am and 11:00am, or we will be glad to pick up goods.

We are always proud to tell what a wonderful response Lathrop community members give to those in need, thank you for your participation.

School, city candidates forum to be held
The Lathrop R-II School District will be hosting a community meeting on Monday, March 24th in the PAC starting at 6:00 pm.

At 6, Superintendent Chris Fine will share the progress on the School Improvement Goals and current financial information. Starting at 7 pm, a Meet the Candidates forum will be held, with Harry Leyden, Darrell Morgan (incumbent), Jeff Wright, Andy Noll, Habe Darr, Alice Crawford and Gerry Hinshaw invited to participate.

Immediately following school board candidates, City of Lathrop Candidates Susan Pryor, Gerald Mepplelink, Cindy Weers and Leonard Eads have been invited to answer questions as City Council candidates.

South Ward Alderman City Council Candidate, Gerald Mepplelink
Gerald Meppelink, Jr.
Occupation: Shop Manager for Sam’s Body & Glass Shop
Family Information: Wife Ruth Ann, Children: Elizabeth, Johnathan, Courtney, Jennifer, Cody. Two grandchildren: Addie and Harley

Lathrop R-II School Board Candidate, Alice (Sellers) Crawford
Alice (Sellers) Crawford
Occupation: Janitor
Family information: Married to Corey Crawford, 5 children-Brock, Brice, Bryant, Brooke & Breann. LHS Alumni 1984, 3 boys graduated from LHS and 2 daughters still attending
Do you feel the school is generally going in the right direction for the future? Yes. The Administration and teachers work hard to educate the kids so they can score high on MAP & EOC tests If they see low areas, they try to fix those areas and improve for the next year.

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