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R-III Board Of Education Has Regular Meeting Sept. 12

The recognition of two Holden High School athletes, monthly reports and approval of various new business items consumed the bulk of the agenda when the Holden R-III Board of Education met Sept. 12. Early in the meeting, student athletes Garrett Smith were recognized by the Board for their performances on the baseball field this year.…

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Former Image Editor Inducted Into MPA Newspaper Hall of Fame

Longtime Image Editor Dana Kephart (Raker), (retired) was an inductee in the Class of ’22 Missouri Press Association’s (MPA) Newspaper Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies were held Friday, September 16, 2022, during the 156th MPA Convention at the Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Missouri. Established by MPA in 1991, the 2022 Hall…

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HAMA Meets For September, Pantry Is Holding Steady

Donna Chaney Holden Area Ministerial Association The Holden Area Ministerial Association (HAMA) had its first meeting after a summer break on Wednesday, Sept. 7. There were six representatives in attendance. The president, Tamera Mortenson opened the meeting and asked Donna Chaney to give the opening prayer. Minutes from the May meeting were then read and…

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BPW Discusses Increasing Cost Of Doing Business

The increasing cost of doing business was a central theme when the Holden Board of Public Works met Monday, Sept 26 for its regular meeting. Water Superintendent Tony Lerda told the Board he recently had studied the actual figures from 2021-2022. Those were broken down by which expenses were used by the water department and…

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5 Injured In Crash With Buggy

  An accident occurring at approximately 1:46 p.m. on August 27 at Hwy. 58 and SW 1001 Rd. in Holden, resulted in three serious injuries. The mishap occurred when a 2003 Mercury driven by Glenn Gilbert, struck the rear of a horse and buggy resulting in serious injuries to three minor girls, ages three, five…

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H.O.P.E. Holds Monthly Meeting

Routine business marked the Aug. 17, meeting of the H.O.P.E. Board of Directors monthly meeting. In the Executive Director’s report, Lois Cheatham told the Board the organization had received approximately $1,300 in donations year-to-date. In community support she said those receiving Harvester’s items had increased from the prior month. She also informed board members that…

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R-III Board Informed Tax Rate Should Not Change

Information about a tax rate hearing was given by R-III Superintendent Dr. Mike Hough preceding the regular meeting of the Board of Friday, Aug. 15. Hough projected the tax rate would remain unchanged from the previous year at a total rate of $4.59. He stated the county assessed valuation was showing a projected increase of…

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Holden City Council Holds Work Session

With an assortment of major issues to deal with in the coming months, members of the Holden City Council began the task of addressing current and future problems with a work session last Thursday afternoon. City Administrator, Cynthia Freeman, led the session, assessing areas of need and offering ideas for improvement going forward. While the…

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Park And Stormwater Tax Measure Passes

  Holden’s Park and Stormwater Tax measure passed in last week’s election by a count of 218-189. Listed on the ballot as Holden Question 1, the measure read as follows: Shall the municipality of Holden, Missouri, impose a sales tax of one-half (1/2) percent for the purpose of providing funding for local parks and storm…

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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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