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Holden City Council Discusses Hiring Of New City Officials

The hiring of a city administrator, a street superintendent and a new codes enforcement and animal control officer highlighted the July 12 meeting of the Holden City Council. After Mayor Rae Briscoe’s second reading of resolution R6-22, authorizing the mayor and city clerk to… “Enter Into And Execute On Behalf Of The City Of Holden,…

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John Michael Sechrest

John Michael Sechrest, 28, of Holden Missouri, passed away unexpectedly Saturday July 30, 2022. Michael was born Sunday, March 6, 1994, in Kansas City, Missouri, to John William Sechrest and Paula (Blankenship) Sechrest. Michael lived in Holden his whole life and graduated from Holden High School in 2012. Michael absolutely loved his Kansas City Chiefs…

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Stephen Wayne Jester

Stephen Wayne Jester, age 72, passed away July 26, 2022. Steve was born March 17, 1950. He was preceded in death by his mother, Vivian Jean Jester; grandparents, Ray and Goldie Stufflebeam; his brother, George David Jester; and his two sons, Stephen Wayne and David Wayne Jester. He graduated from Kingsville, (MO) High School. He…

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Swap & Shop Off To Good Start

Swap & Shop… The Miller Mausoleum Swap and Shop is off to a good start this summer. Vendors and individuals have been offering a good variety of merchandise for sale. Youth enterprising businesses are allowed free space to sell their products if they are 18 years old or younger. One teenager sold spare automobile parts…

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Annual Kids Fishing Derby Takes Place This Saturday

This Saturday, July 30, will be the annual Kids Fishing Derby. The event will be at the Holden City Lake. Registration begins at 8:00. All children 15 and under are welcome to participate. All bait is provided. No other bait is allowed. There will be some fishing poles available to use if children don’t have…

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LeRoy Oren VanGilder

LeRoy Oren VanGilder, 86, of Garden City, Missouri passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, July 22, 2022, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in Vernon County, Missouri Friday, November 22, 1935, to Lloyd and Estella (Davis) VanGilder. LeRoy attended Scaley Bark grade school, from there going to and graduating from Holden…

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Shirley Hobbs

Shirley passed away Friday, July 22, 2022 at Ignite Rehabilitation Center in Blue Springs. She was born August 31, 1948 in Kansas City, Missouri the daughter of Robert and Bertha (Robison) Whitaker. She graduated from Loretto Academy in Kansas City and received her BS in Education from Central Missouri State Teacher’s College in Warrensburg. Shirley…

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Homer Carrol Jarman

Homer Carroll Jarman, 88, of Centerview, Missouri, passed away Friday July 22, 2022. He was born on April 23, 1934 to the late Eugene Carroll and Enna Elizabeth (Windsor) Jarman. A lifelong resident of the Columbus area, he attended a one-room schoolhouse there from 1st through 6th grades. He graduated in 1952 from College High…

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Cynthia Freeman Takes Over As New City Administrator

In a recent meeting, the Holden City Council hired Cynthia Freeman, Kingsville, MO, as it’s new City Administrator. While she will have other duties, her main focus will be to oversee all financial matters pertaining to the City. Freeman brings a wealth of experience to the position, including almost five years with the Missouri Department…

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