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Saturday 11/10/2018
KCI Conference football reaffirms its powerhouse status
Updated: November 10, 2018 - 11:00 am

For years, my colleague Brett Adkison and I have made the claim that when it comes to high school football, the KCI Conference is one of the toughest, if not the toughest, small school conference in the state of Missouri.

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Thursday 11/08/2018
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 8:57 pm

The road may have changed for the Lathrop Mules football team over the years, but the roadblock hasn't.

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Leader website is shutting down
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 9:03 pm

Beginning at the end of the December, The Clinton County Leader will no longer be offering its full weekly edition online and be moving to a new, business-oriented website. For those who are current online-only subscribers to The Clinton County Leader, please call us at (816) 539-2111 for a prorated refund for the time remaining on your subscription.

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Thursday 11/01/2018
Semifinal Preview - East Buchanan vs. Mid-Buchanan
Updated: November 01, 2018 - 9:23 pm

When it comes to KCI Conference rivalries, the rivalry between East Buchanan (8-2) and Mid-Buchanan (6-4) tends to be overshadowed by the more historic and intense rivalries that take place inside one of the toughest small school conferences in the state of Missouri.

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Friday 10/26/2018
The Final 2018 KCI Conference Power Rankings
Updated: October 26, 2018 - 5:04 am

Clint Dye - Leader Reporter

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Thursday 10/18/2018
Preview: Lathrop-East Buchanan for the KCI title
Updated: October 18, 2018 - 7:17 am

Last Friday night, as the Lathrop Mules' defense put an emphatic exclamation point on their shutout victory over the rival Plattsburg Tigers, the East Buchanan Bulldogs were putting the final touches on a dominant victory over the North Platte Panthers.

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Thursday 10/11/2018
PREVIEW: 98th Plattsburg vs. Lathrop football game
Posted: October 11, 2018 - 5:43 pm

The KCI Conference’s most storied rivalry, Plattsburg versus Lathrop, has fallen one-sided in recent years.

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KCI Conference Power Rankings - Week 8
Updated: October 11, 2018 - 12:10 pm

Clint Dye - Leader Sports Reporter

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Tuesday 10/09/2018
War Turtle helps Lathrop football to 7-0 record
Updated: October 09, 2018 - 7:03 am

His time in the 40-yard dash is ridiculously slow and his hands aren't the most nimble, but that hasn't kept Tatum the Turtle from becoming a central figure in Lathrop football's run to a 7-0 record and a spot in the top three in the Missouri Class 2 State Rankings.

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Monday 10/08/2018
Misfiled charges against Wilken were only misdemeanors
Updated: October 08, 2018 - 9:24 am

Questions surrounding Wade Wilken, Jr.'s eligibility for public office have seemingly been put to rest.

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Friday 10/05/2018
Leader Power Rankings - Week 7
Updated: October 05, 2018 - 11:16 am

Clint Dye - Leader Sports Reporter

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Thursday 09/27/2018
KCI Conference Football - Week 6 Preview
Updated: September 27, 2018 - 9:22 am

2018 KCI Conference Standings

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Wednesday 09/26/2018
Cameron, Mo. teacher charged with child pornography
Updated: September 27, 2018 - 10:01 am

A teacher from Cameron, Mo. has been charged with seven felony charges ranging from possession of child pornography to statutory sodomy.

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Thursday 09/20/2018
Preview: East Buchanan vs. Plattsburg
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 5:37 pm

Clinton County football fans. It’s been the best of times. It’s been the worst of times. This is the tale of two football programs.

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Monday 09/17/2018
Wilken's eligibility in question after discovery of felony charges
Updated: October 08, 2018 - 9:33 am

UPDATED: Monday, October 8, 9:30 a.m.

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Friday 09/14/2018
KCI Conference Power Rankings - Week 4
Updated: September 14, 2018 - 10:43 am

Clint Dye | Leader Sports Reporter

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Thursday 09/06/2018
Preview: East Buchanan vs. Hamilton
Updated: September 06, 2018 - 11:57 am

Anyone from Northwest Missouri who follows high school football knows the KCI Conference is one of the toughest small school conferences in the area. Currently, four of the eight teams are ranked in the state top ten of Missouri Class 1 and Class 2.

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Friday 08/31/2018
Traction Week at East Buchanan
Updated: August 31, 2018 - 9:21 am

On Thursday, July 26, through Saturday, July 28, East Buchanan High School students attended a MoDOT TRACTION Leadership Conference. From this experience, 11 high school students created an action plan to address driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs along with the importance of seat belts.

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Thursday 08/30/2018
KCI Conference Power Rankings - Week 2
Updated: August 30, 2018 - 7:52 pm

Clint Dye • Leader Sports Reporter

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Friday 08/24/2018
Clinton County Football Preview: Week 1
Posted: August 24, 2018 - 11:18 am

Clinton County football fans, it’s that time of year again. The 2018 high school football season is upon us and we got you covered on what you need to know as Lathrop, Plattsburg and East Buchanan take the field.

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Thursday 08/16/2018
Unexpected Rise to All-American for Higgins
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 6:32 pm

It’s been nearly a year and the video is still impressive.

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Tuesday 04/03/2018
Clinton County Election Ticker: April 3
Updated: April 03, 2018 - 7:00 pm
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Wednesday 03/21/2018
BREAKING: Plattsburg moves to four-day school week
Updated: March 21, 2018 - 8:48 pm

The Clinton County R-III School District in Plattsburg made history Wednesday evening as the second school in Clinton County to move to the four-day school week.

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Friday 03/16/2018
Letter: The Four-Day School Week - A Community Perspective
Updated: March 16, 2018 - 4:14 pm

The administrators of Clinton County R-III have submitted a proposal for a four-day school week to our school board. It is our duty as citizens of this community to inform ourselves about the proposed four-day school week. Regardless of whether you have children enrolled in Clinton County R-III schools, our community will be affected if this proposed change is approved.

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Wednesday 03/14/2018
2018 KCI Conference Bracket Battle: Best Rivalry
Updated: March 14, 2018 - 10:23 am

Oh, March. The brief empty time between winter sports and springs sports. A rest for some and a wasteland for others.

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Wednesday 02/28/2018
Plattsburg hosts four-day school forums
Posted: February 28, 2018 - 10:55 am

The inclement weather played havoc with the Clinton County R-III school week and also the schedule for three informational forums regarding the potential change to a four-day school week.

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Friday 02/09/2018
Wardie B. Hines
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 8:45 am

Wardie B. Hines, 101, of Gower, MO passed away, Wednesday, February 8, 2018.

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Thursday 01/18/2018
Plattsburg, Lathrop Courtwarming this week
Updated: January 18, 2018 - 10:39 am

Plattsburg High School will host its Courtwarming coronation on Friday, January 19, when the basketball teams face off against Northland Christian at PHS.

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Thursday 11/09/2017
Playoff Preivew: East Buchanan vs. Princeton
Posted: November 09, 2017 - 1:22 pm

For years now, the KCI Conference and the Grand River Conference have traded victories and losses. This season alone, the two conferences have paired up 13 times, with the KCI holding an 8-5 advantage.

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Saturday 10/14/2017
Lathrop defeats Hamilton, advances to Springfield
Updated: October 14, 2017 - 2:15 pm

For the third consecutive year, Lathrop softball is headed to Springfield and the Missouri Class 2 State Championships.

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Thursday 10/12/2017
Clinton County Football Preview: Week 9
Updated: October 12, 2017 - 7:41 pm

Since 2012, when Hamilton joined the KCI Conference, the Hornets and East Buchanan Bulldogs have met six times on the gridiron. In four of those six meetings, a championship of some sort has been on the line. So it should come as no surprise to anyone in Northwest Missouri that this Friday’s contest in Hamilton will determine where the KCI Conference championship will reside for the next year.

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Thursday 10/05/2017
Clinton County Football Preview: Week 8
Posted: October 05, 2017 - 12:49 pm

This Friday in Gower, the fate of the KCI Conference championship will become a little clearer, as the East Buchanan Bulldogs (6-1) and the Lathrop Mules (6-1) meet on the gridiron.

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Friday 09/29/2017
Preview: 97th Lathrop v. Plattsburg Game
Updated: September 29, 2017 - 9:34 am

Preview by Clint Dye

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Friday 09/22/2017
Clinton County Football Preview - Week 6
Posted: September 22, 2017 - 10:03 am

It's Week 6 in the KCI Conference and just one game has found itself on the marquee this Friday – East Buchanan vs. Lawson.

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Friday 09/15/2017
Clinton County Football Preview: Week 5
Updated: September 15, 2017 - 10:14 am

There's a big week ahead for Clinton County's football teams, including a match-up in Lawson that could shape the KCI Conference going forward.

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Friday 09/08/2017
Clinton County deputy terminated after alleged misconduct
Posted: September 08, 2017 - 4:46 pm

A deputy with the Clinton County Sheriff's Department has been fired after allegations of misconduct with an inmate.

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Thursday 09/07/2017
Clinton County Football Preview: Week #4
Updated: September 07, 2017 - 3:48 pm

After three close games last week, the KCI Conference is set for another big contest in Week 4, as the Plattsburg Tigers and East Buchanan Bulldogs square off in their district title rematch from last season. For Clint Dye's awesome preview for the game, click right... no... hold on... okay, found it... click right here.

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Friday 09/01/2017
Clinton County Football Preview: Week 3
Posted: September 01, 2017 - 9:13 am

Week 3 of the high school football season is here and that means it’s the start of conference play, and the KCI Conference has an electric slate of games involving all three Clinton County teams scheduled for Friday night.

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Thursday 08/31/2017
Preview: Lathrop vs. Hamilton
Updated: August 31, 2017 - 11:31 am

Let's take a momentary trip back in time, to when Lathrop had a brick high school, a grass football field, and went to school five days a week.

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Friday 08/25/2017
Preview: East Buchanan, LeBlond meet in Week 2
Posted: August 25, 2017 - 10:12 am

EB-LB Preview Preview by Clint Dye

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Friday 08/18/2017
Clinton County Football: Week 1 Preview
Updated: August 18, 2017 - 10:10 am

Brett: So, here we are again. Another season. A clean slate. Anything is possible. It's opening day. But, as I realized earlier, we still have 21 days until the East Buchanan vs. Plattsburg rematch. I don't want to wish away the first three games, but how much are you looking forward to that one?

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Thursday 06/29/2017
Warrant sweep focused on Lathrop results in a dozen drug-related arrests
Updated: July 13, 2017 - 8:59 am

An early morning sweep by local law enforcement resulted in more than a dozen drug-related arrests in Clinton County on Thursday.

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Thursday 05/18/2017
2017 Plattsburg Valedictorian and Salutatorian Speeches
Updated: May 18, 2017 - 10:25 am

By Plattsburg Valedictorian Abagail Moran

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Friday 05/05/2017
Fatality accident near Plattsburg on Thursday
Updated: May 05, 2017 - 9:02 am

A Rayville, Mo. man lost his life in a one-car accident outside of Plattsburg yesterday.

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Friday 03/31/2017
Lathrop hires new girls basketball coach
Updated: March 31, 2017 - 1:06 pm

The Lathrop girls basketball program has a new coach at the helm.

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Friday 03/17/2017
Tolbert hired as the new football coach Plattsburg
Updated: March 17, 2017 - 2:55 pm

Plattsburg football has its new head coach, and they didn't have to look far to find him.

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Friday 11/11/2016
Lovable Losers no more
Updated: November 11, 2016 - 1:48 pm

As I sat there watching Kris Bryant throw the game winning out to Anthony Rizzo bringing an end to one of the most fascinating baseball games I've ever witnessed and officially crowning the Chicago Cubs World Series Champions for the first time since 1908, my first thought was of my grandmother and how she had to be watching from above with a huge grin on her face.

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Friday 11/04/2016
Plattsburg wins district championship over East Buchanan
Updated: November 04, 2016 - 10:51 pm

With just minutes left in the game and East Buchanan's postseason hopes slipping away, Elijah Curl delivered the final punch.

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Thursday 11/03/2016
Championship Preview: Clash of Clinton County
Updated: November 03, 2016 - 9:48 am

To the communities of Plattsburg and Gower, you are hereby cordially invited to the Clash of Clinton County this Friday night.

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Friday 10/28/2016
Football Preview: District Semifinals
Updated: October 28, 2016 - 1:21 pm

Two local high school football teams are looking to extend their seasons and punch their respective tickets to the Missouri Class 1, District 7 tournament this evening.

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