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Use of food stamps rises in Phelps County

    The use of food stamps in Phelps County increased during the recession, assisting families in stretching their food dollars, contributing to local spending and helping spark a national debate about the future of the federal nutrition program.

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County may remove storage tanks

    During the week of May 1, Phelps County commissioners:
    • Heard the need to repair or removal of underground storage tanks at the Rolla Road Department facility. Commissioner Gary Hicks has been researching any available funding to assist in the project. He noted that he had contacted a local engineering firm with expertise in this area to obtain information needed to move forward.

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23 Patrol Employees Honored At Annual Awards Ceremony

Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, would like to congratulate the 23 employees honored at the Patrol's annual awards and The MASTERS banquet recently. Held at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, family, friends, and members of The MASTERS (Missouri Association of State Troopers Emergency Relief Society) gathered to honor the heroes of 2013.

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Low-water bridge study completed

    During the week of April 24, Phelps county Commissioners:
    • Heard from Todd Dablemont, Benton and Associates, who appeared before the commission and presented them with the completed Bridge Engineering Assistance Program Study on 16 low-water crossings.

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Property donation rejected

    During the week of April 15, Phelps County commissioners:
    • Heard discussion on the use of local workforce for the construction of the bridge project on Road 7050. Jennifer Jones, Missouri Department of Transportation, advised that the county will need to provide documentation showing reasonable costs in order to use local workforce. She also advised that documentation of costs will have to be provided up front in order for the county to receive reimbursement. Commissioner Gary Hicks will tour potential bridge sites for relocation and meet with property owners. The county can use in-kind labor for a 20 percent match.

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Temporary post, primaries for 120th district on August 5 ballot

    Voters at the polls on August 5 will be asked to vote twice on their ballot for State Representatives in the 120th district. There is a special election to fill the currently empty seat for the remainder of this term (to the end of this year). Those two candidates are Democrat Zechariah (Zech) Hockersmith and Republican Shawn Sisco. The primary election on this ballot is between Democrats Robert Mesger and Zechariah (Zech) Hockersmith, and Republicans Jason Chipman and Shawn Sisco. The winners of those two races will face one another in November.

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