High School remodel almost complete

The new Neosho High School FEMA shelter addition will be completed in mid-July.

The foyer just inside the new west (main entrance) doors at Neosho High School. The wood decor ties in with the gymnasium design.

“The inside is 99 percent complete… just doing some finishing touches,” said Dan Decker, Neosho superintendent of schools.

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No same-sex marriage licenses given out locally

(Editor’s note: This is the second in a five-part series about same-sex marriage in Missouri.)

As of July 9, the Newton County Recorder’s Office has not had any same-sex couples come in for a marriage license.

“Frankly, I’m glad we haven’t had any, but it’s just a matter of time before we do,” said Lenora Hyder, Newton County Recorder of Deeds.

Although the marriage license itself was not altered to accommodate same-sex couples, the application for the marriage license was.

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Neosho library given early literacy grant

The Neosho/Newton County Library has received a grant in the amount of $3,445 to establish or expand existing early literacy programming.

The library will use the funds to offer six early literacy programs for parents and educators at partnering locations and will offer three onsite programs.

“This grant will help the Neosho/Newton County Library bolster early literacy programming that makes sure children are ready to read by the time they begin school,” said Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander.

“I’m proud my office is again able to increase learning opportunities and resources that help make Missouri’s libraries some of the best in the nation.”

The secretary of state’s literacy and educational enrichment grants are funded by the Library Services and Technology Act through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

Lant behind bills to protect kids

Two pieces of legislation to protect children that were handled and supported by State Rep. Bill Lant (R-Pineville) were signed into law Wednesday, July 8.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed both SB 321 and SB 341 during a brief ceremony in St. Joseph at the St. Joseph Youth Alliance.

“These are important strides forward to promote the health, safety, and well-being of young people in all parts of our state,” said Lant, who serves as chairman of the Joint Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect.

“I want to thank the governor for signing these bills into law, and applaud my colleagues for the strong bipartisan support they gave to these changes during the 2015 legislative session.”

Lant handled SB 321 on the House floor during the 2015 legislative session. The bill addresses an oversight in Missouri law that has prevented victims of rape and sexual assault from obtaining an order of protection against their assailants.

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Heat-related illness can strike anybody

Even if you think you’re getting used to the triple-digit temperatures, you need to watch out for signs of heat-related illness.

Forms of heat-related illness include heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, said Tammy Roberts, University of Missouri Extension nutrition and health education specialist.

Heat cramps usually occur as a result of heavy sweating, sometimes several hours after a person has been out of the heat, Roberts said. The cramps can be very painful and usually affect the arms, legs or abdomen.

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More traffic delays set next week

Drivers can expect lane closures and occasional traffic delays on Route 37 from near Sarcoxie to west of Monett beginning the week of July 20, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

Contractor crews will be adding shoulders and resurfacing driving lanes for nearly a nearly 16 mile stretch of Route 37. Crews will work on the project 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday.

Drivers should obey flaggers and wait for pilot cars to guide motorists through the work zone.

Weather and/or construction delays will alter the work schedule.

Lawmakers talk same-sex marriage

“Instead of solving a problem, the U.S. Supreme Court has created one,” said Bill Lant, State Representative for the 159th District of Missouri, which includes Seneca and all of McDonald County.

With the Supreme Court ruling on June 26 that same-sex couples are now legally allowed to marry in all 50 states, Lant and State Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho) have made it clear where they stand on the decision.

“I respect the law, but I disagree completely,” said Reiboldt, who represents the 160th District that includes Neosho and Granby.

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