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Combining and Continuing the Plattsburg Leader & Lathrop Optimist

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Commissioners hear citizen concerns As the Clinton County Commissioners took their seats for the first time in 2011, a concerned segment of the public didn't want them getting too comfortable, too soon. Not without hearing their view. More than 30 residents met with the commission on Tuesday, January 4, hoping to address pressing government issues, both local and national, while outlining the general direction that they desire for the county.

Rick Mos (above right) was one of several residents that spoke to the Commissioners on Tuesday, January 4.

Local discussion revolved mostly around the county's dire need for a new jail and the negative findings of a state audit released last year. By the end of the hour-long meeting, the group had filled the commissioners' chambers and were backed up out the door. “It's a beginning,” said rural resident Rick Mos. “There's a lot of people in the county that feel that they're being cutout and not listened to. If they'll do it on the weekend, it would be better. It should be three or four times a year. But it's a beginning.” Mos, who spent more than 40 years working with the government before retiring, stated that the jail issue was the driving force in his participation on Tuesday. “There's no way around it,” he said after the meeting. “The county's going to have to have a jail or it'll bleed them dry. They're going to have to be decisive.” It was the first day on the job for new Presiding Commissioner Wade Wilken, Jr., who was elected to the position this past November. The meeting allowed him his first public interaction as an officeholder. “It was a great turnout,” said Wilken, who was particularly interested in the jail talks. “It was conflicting. You had one spokesman who continued on page 5

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County officials sworn in

Recently-elected Clinton County officials took their oaths of office on Monday, January 3, as the courthouse prepares for 2011. (Clockwise starting bottom left) Treasurer Leann Gump, Collector Sharon Cockrum, Presiding Commissioner Wade Wilken, Circuit Clerk/Recorder of Deeds Molly Livingston and Clerk Mary Blanton fill out the required paperwork after being sworn in by Judge Brent Elliott. (Not pictured: Prosecutor Bill Burris was also sworn in on Monday).

Year in Review - a look back at the headlines from 2010

Lathrop schools move to 4-day week; jail issue fails; Shatto Milk best in the world

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Lathrop fire receives new truck; Plattsburg AD Greg Stahl takes position with state activities association. February 11 – Plattsburg outlines water rate increase to Consolidated Public Water Supply District #4 (CPWSD #4) in relation to water plant expansion; Phillip Cox retires from Platte Valley Bank; Lathrop Board of Education holds first discussion on the fourday school week. February 18 – Michael Sandgren pleads guilty in 2009 robbery of Lathrop

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Opinions/Editorials . . . . . . . .page 4

Church News . . . . . . . . . . . .page 6 Year in Review . . . . . . . .page 1, 12 LHS Football Coach . . . . . . page 3 Legals . . . . . . . . . . . . . .page 8-10 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . .page 11

bank; City of Plattsburg reports good financial standing; Tigers, Mules both qualify five wrestlers for state tournament. February 25 – CCR-III refinances 2001 bond and saves nearly $600,000; Lathrop’s Tyler Mann takes second place at state wrestling tournament, Plattsburg’s Russell Treece finishes sixth; Plattsburg’s Victoria Mumm wins spelling bee after a 17-round final. March 4 – Plattsburg graduate Gary Jenkins holds viewing of his documentary

“Negroes to Hire” at PHS; Judge Warren McElwain retires after 35 years; Lathrop Lady Mules win KCI Conference basketball title; Plattsburg honors 1979 championship football team; PHS volleyball earns state recognition for academics. March 11 – Lathrop school district prepares for funding cuts, anticipated revenue decreases; Gower City Council hears from county on proposed jail sales tax; East Buchanan’s Taylor Spiers, Bryce Brookshire and Tyler Parks sign letters

(At the top) Army, Navy, Marine, Coast Guard and Air Force flags hang in the Clinton County Courthouse. Officials for the County were sworn in on Monday morning at the Courthouse. State legislators took their oath on Wednesday. This week a new wave of politicians take office around the country. According to online news sources, Republicans will hold the majority of governorships and their greatest number of state legislative seats since 1928. PHOTO BY BRETT ADKISON

of intent. March 18 – East Buchanan holds public meetings to discuss education funding cuts; City of Plattsburg approves local stimulus program; Francis Hales and Helen Russell take first ride in courthouse elevator; Former Clinton County employee Ronda VanDyke released on bail. March 25 – First day of Spring brings upwards of eight inches of snow to Clinton County; City of Lathrop announces they will seek continued on page 12


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Haiti earthquake; Bulldogs take the Bill Burns Classic; former Lathrop police chief settles lawsuit against City. January 28 – Beth Farwell named new planning and zoning administrator; CCR-III begins A+ Program. February 4 - The Economic Development Council of Clinton County (EDCCC) blames financial woes on 2009’s Summer Blowout event; Plattsburg resident Jamie Grayson honored by Missouri Western State University; Lathrop wrestling takes KCI Conference title;


January 7 – Winter weather continues to pound the midwest; Commissioners announce intent to cut $60,000 from department budget requests. January 14 – Local law enforcement witnessed increase in theft and burglary in 2009; Commissioners begin to craft county's annual budget, now anticipate cutting $100,000. January 21 – Commissioners chose to put tax question on April ballot to fund new jail; Barbara Quick’s daughter survives


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Thursday ThursdayNight Friday continued on page 5 of intent. March 18 – East Buchanan holds public meetings to discuss educa- tion funding c...