Gower Days Set to be Four Days of Summer Fun
Despite the pandemic, Gower’s biggest summer party will go on later this week at the Gower City Park.
The annual Gower Days festival will run from Thursday, July 9, through Sunday, July 12, and will have something for everybody.
The event will open on Thursday, July 9, at 6 p.m. with the Little Mr. and Miss Gower contest, along with princess and queen pageant. Carnival games will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. that night, which will be capped off with a performance from Casi Joy, the Smithville-raised singer who was a member of Blake Shelton’s team on NBC’s The Voice in 2017, and who has shared the stage with the likes of Montgomery Gentry, Keith Urban, and more. There will be a chance to meet Joy at 9:30 p.m. after her performance.
The festival continues on Friday, July 10, with vendors and rides opening at 5 p.m. The opening ceremonies will be at 5:30 p.m. The baby show is at 6 p.m. followed by a performance by Snow Day Jam at 7 p.m. and Country Classics at 8 p.m. Attendees will be treated to a fireworks show at 10 p.m.
Saturday will begin early with a 5K walk and run beginning at 8 a.m. (registration begins at 7 a.m. at BulldogLand, Etc.). Vendors open at 9 a.m. and the parade will begin at 10 a.m. (line-up begins at 9:30 a.m. at EBHS). Rides open at 11 a.m. and the blind golf cart races will be on Railroad Avenue beginning at 11 a.m. (registration at Clear View Insurance).
Phil Vandel will perform at noon. The Gower Outhouse Races will be at 3 p.m., Gower Has Talent will go on at the same time, hosted by Teddy Dixson. The Missouri Rebels will take the stage at 4:30 p.m. followed by the Not So Newly Wed Game at 7:30 p.m. Blue Oyster Culture Club performs at 8 p.m.
Sunday will include the car show, with registration starting at 8 a.m. and running through 11 a.m. at the masonic lodge. The Cowboys for Christ Church Service is at 11 a.m. and the car show awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m.
Paul Conrad, Tracy Moore, Lloyd Smith, Dwight Haun, Joe Kipper and E.J. Harris were chosen from the Plattsburg Mustang Teams I and II for the Tri County All Star Team.
CHIEF WELLER TALKS SAFETY… This group of youngsters heard about bike and skateboard safety at the Summer Reading Program from Plattsburg Chief of Police Buddy Weller. After the presentation Weller answered questions from the young people then passed out literature advising of the proper operation of bikes, etc.
The undefeated Lathrop Stallions. Front Row (left to right) Chase Harrison, Tyger Marshall, Blake Vaughn, Chad Harrison, John Allison, Jake Goucher. Second row: Coach Scott Marshall, Josh Paxton, Drayven Sumpter, Jordan Smith, Tyler Gilliland, Coach Clint Sumpter, Zack Donelson, Coach Marty Schnatz. Not Pictured: Jonas Cassity and Coach Brett Adkison.
Do any of our readers recall the occasion for this event across the street from the Courthouse on Main Street in Plattsburg in the year 1914 or thereabout?
EVERYONE IS ASKING FOR AN “ENCORE”...The Salads Galore event last Monday at the Legion Hall in Plattsburg was more that enjoyable..it was a roaring success. More than 225 dined on a large selection of salads. Everyone who enjoyed the meal asked those in charge “When is this event going to happen again?”.
Joy riding at vacation bible school
Kelly Riche took time on Thursday, June 24, to give rides to vacation bible schoolers at the First Baptist Church of Plattsburg. (Photo) Riche gives five-year-old Abigail Wood a ride on “Ike”.
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Council approves CID board, budget for next fiscal year
After Lathrop’s eastward expansion to Interstate 35, the city is looking to help fund the sewer expansion that will follow.
The Lathrop City Council met in a special session meeting on Monday, June 15, to officially form the board of the community improvement district (CID) that will encompass the previously-approved voluntary annexation, which brought a swath of land north of 116 Highway and stretching past Interstate 35 into the city limits.
The five-member board will meet once yearly with a single primary function – to disburse sales tax revenues from the CID to fund the city’s sewer collection system expansion past the interstate and connecting with Trex Mart. The truck stop will be the only existing tax-paying business in the CID.
After its formation on Monday, the CID board met for the first time on Tuesday, June 16, and voted to file for an election proposing a one-percent sales tax within the CID (which includes only the annexation areas and not the previous city limits). Lathrop City Administrator Bob Burns said that the election would be held by mailed ballot, as only 12 landowners within the CID would vote on it. Those landowners would have two weeks to vote on the tax.
If approved, the one-percent sales tax would join with the city’s existing half-cent sales – which is already in effect within the annexation – to fund the collection system expansion.
The members of the CID board include Lathrop City Administrator Bob Burns, Lathrop Police Chief Dave Speiser, Lathrop Public Works Supervisor Dwight Adkison, Mike Shrewsbury, and Trex Mart owner and operator Lowell Hartell.
In the regular Lathrop City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 16, the council voted to approve the budget for Fiscal Year 2021, which will begin on July 1. Lathrop City Administrator Bob Burns said in a later interview that the city is expected to finish the 2020 fiscal year on June 30 in the black.
The city’s general revenue fund for the 2021 fiscal year was set at $1.239 million with $1.225 million in expected revenues. The general revenue fund will carry over $34,487 from 2020. The water budget has $650,000 in outlined expenditures against $641,000 in expected revenues, with a carryover of $220,000.
The city’s sewer fund budget will be inflated this year due to ongoing construction to the collection system and major upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment facility. The budget was set at $5.08 million in expenses and $5.22 million in revenues, which includes SRF loan funds and grant funds for the sewer.
With the COVID-19 pandemic pushing back the April election to earlier this month, the Lathrop City Council swore in two members for new terms – incumbent South Ward Alderman Donnie Quinn and newcomer North Ward Alderman Porter Hensen.
The council also made its yearly appointments. Quinn named the Mayor Pro Temp and was appointed to the zoning board. Bob Burns was appointed as the representative to Lathrop Area Chamber of Commerce and the Mo-Kan Regional Development Council. Resident Scott Haahr was appointed to the Board of Adjustment, Kendra Gagnon was appointed to the Commission on Human Rights, Julia Kistner and John Horn were appointed to the planning commission, and Michelle Eads, Troy Everly, Gabe Goad and Missy Jones were reappointed to the park board. Dave Speiser was reappointed to chair the annexation committee.
The council approved the renewal of the city’s property and liability insurance with MoPERM at a rate increase of 1.7 percent. Also, after discussion, the council voted against a proposal to remove pit bulls from the city’s banned animals list. The motion was shot down 3-1, with Hensen, Quinn and Gerald Snodgrass voting against its removal from the list, while Coetta Whiteley voted for removal.
Purchase Young’s Cafe
Mr. and Mrs. James Stanaland have purchased Young’s cafe and started operation June 27, 1970. It will be called Helen’s Cafe.
Mr. and Mrs. Stanaland are residents of Gower. Mrs. Stanaland was formerly Helen Mann of Lathrop.
The staff will remain the same.
They plan to have an informal open house at a later date to be announced.
LAST DAY AT JON’S MARKET...DARN IT...The pleasant, pretty face of Betty Welsh is going to be missed at the checkout at Jon’s Market, Plattsburg. Betty is going to follow the example of her husband, Charles and retire.
After all, how else can she keep up with the travelin’ Charles
Presenting Betty left, with a bouquet and a special envelope are left to right, Darlene and Jon Strong.
Four-year-old Christen Burns of Gallatin pedals her heart out in the pedal tractor pull on Saturday. The event – which is one of the biggest draws for the youth crowd – was moved indoors after Saturday morning’s rain.
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