5 years ago 

• The low water bridge located on Bluff Street, which runs through Lost Creek in downtown Seneca, has been temporarily closed for the bridge construction crew to continue working on the Main Street bridge.

Due to the flooding a few weeks back, the water levels are still high and are delaying the forms to be built for the base of the new bridge, said Leo Hirdler, with Seneca’s public works department.

After closing the Bluff Street low water bridge last week, a pump was set up to get the water levels down at the construction site.

• The Newton County Fairgrounds, along with the Missouri Cattle Association, Farm Bureau, Missouri Farmers Care, and Missouri Equine Council, will host an all-day Four-State Agriculture and Sportsman Expo, set for Saturday, May 12. It is to allow Seneca and other Newton County residents to see and get a hands-on experience of equipment and supplies of the area

• The sinkhole at 100 Fawn Trail has been temporarily filled by the City of Seneca’s public works department with large boulders, chunks of old asphalt and three-quarter compaction rock. According to the public works department’s Leo Hirdler, the city is still waiting on approval from the state declaring it an old mine shaft and getting assistance in a permanent fix of the sinkhole by filling it with concrete.

10 years ago 

• U.S. Senator Christopher S. “Kit” Bond announced this week that a special Listening Post Forum will be held on Tuesday, April 17, in Neosho. A representative of the Senator, Stacy Burks, will be available to constituents at 9:30 a.m. at the Newton County Courthouse.

• The Seneca R-7 School Board will meet Monday, April 16, at 5 p.m. in the Board office at 914 Frisco Street.

• On April 7, the Easter Bunny was hippitty-hoppin arrond the Seneca city park and he wasn’t alone. Over 100 children and parents were there taking advantage pf the opportunity to hang out with the Easter Bunny.

15 years ago

• Following the completion of old business the Seneca City Council accepted the certification of the April 3 election results during the Monday night, April 9 meeting. Eric Decker, incumbent, was unopposed for his seat in Ward I. Susan Bradshaw won the position for the Ward III seat defeating the only challenger, Dennis Rogers. Harlod Massey did not seek re-election.

• The weather was great, the eggs and candy were abundant and cameras were capturing the moments all around. Seneca area kids, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles enjoyed the Seneca Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at City Park. From the time the whistle blows to the time the entire park has been canvassed and completely wiped clean of all treats is about 20 seconds. But it is certainly an enjoyable 20 seconds for kids and spectators alike.

20 years ago

• The Ozark Empire Fair has announced that the theme for this year’s event is “You’re A Grand New Fair.” The patriotic theme will also emphasize the grand opening of the new grandstand facility. The new facility, currently under construction, will be completed just in time for the July 25-Aug. 3 event. The grandstand will seat 8,000 people, an increased capacity of over 75 percent.

• The Seneca Business and Professional Women’s Club will celebrate its 50th year of existence Monday evening, April 14, with a meeting at Virginia’s Family Restaurant. All former and present members of the club, which was started in 1947, are urged to make reservations by Friday, April 11.

• On Tuesday, April 15, Seneca High School will host a job fair from 10 a.m. to noon in the high school gymnasium. High school juniors and seniors will participate in the job fair. Students will discuss career information with three or more businesses of their choosing. A variety of area businesses to represent a diversity of career choices have been invited to accommodate students interests.

30 years ago

• Newton County voters went to the polls Tuesday and defeated two county-wide proposals. Complete, unofficial returns showed that voters in all of the county’s 27 precincts defeated a proposal to impose a half-cent countywide sales tax for road and bridge improvements. The vote was 2,270 to 3,495.

40 years ago

• The Seneca police report for March shows that, in addition to the 14 summons issued by the department for traffic violations, only one case of burglary, one case of petty larceny and one case of destruction of property were handled. The department also confined seven dogs, disposed of six dogs and returned one to owner with a fine of $10.

• The Wyandotte Future Farmers of America chapter won first place in the Fourth Annual State Forest Management Contest held last week. The event is co-sponsored by the Oklahoma Forestry Association and the Forestry Department, Eastern Oklahoma State College.

• A capacity crowd attended the country western blue-grass and gospel music show sponsored by the junior high wrestling team Monday evening.

50 years ago

• The Seneca Study Club will hold its final meeting of the year Tuesday night, April 18, at the home of Mrs. A.A. Thompson in Wyandotte. Assisting hostess will be Mrs. J.N. Kagey, also of Wyandotte.

• Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Hanks, of Eldorado, Kan., won the week’s free vacation at a Grand Lake Resort given by the Seneca Mattress and Furniture Co., during the 4-Businessmen Jamboree Sale.

• Nine students with their sponsor, Cecil Farmer, are making an educational trip to Washington, D.C. They will attend the Cherry  Blossom festival and a ceremony at the Jefferson Memorial. They will also make a tour of the White House, Supreme Court building, Arlington Cemetery and other places of interest.

(compiled by MyraGale Sexton)

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