5 years ago
• With the replacement of Lost Creek bridge on Main Street set to begin in early March, there is much concern about were potential downtown Seneca business customers will park.
• Seneca City Council members approved the $100,00 purchase of the former Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) maintenance building on Highway 43, north of Seneca, at the meeting on Monday Jan. 9.
• On Monday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m., Seneca Elementary School will be holding its parent night for the third grade parents to discuss the new Common Core state standards. Parents will be informed as to what their child needs to be able to do to meet the expectations outlined in these standards so they will be prepared for fourth grade.
10 years ago
• Patti Britt loves to crochet and her husband, Mike, loves to give away the finished product of her labor of love. Hundreds of children, as well as adults, have had their spirits lifted through a gift from the Britts.
• The Commerce (Okla.) Police Department started a new canine unit in 2006. The unit was started through donations by area merchants and individual contributions. Doug Grammar is the officer assigned to the K-9 unit, and e his the one that started the unit.
• Brian West, community development specialist for the Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council, was a guest at the Jan. 8 Seneca City Council meeting. All council members were present. There were 11 visitors in attendance including four student council members.
15 years ago
• Seneca’s new police car should arrive in town soon. Seneca Police Chief Doyle Shields told the City Council Monday night that the car is ready to be picked up in Kansas City.
• Aaron Wendel, Miss Missouri, confirmed that she plans to attend the Seneca banquet, according to Dale Washburn. Wendel was a guest in Seneca and participated in the Christmas parade in November as well as speaking to students as part of the School’s AmeriCorps program.
20 years ago
• The Seneca High School Mighty Marching Indian band has returned home from a successful trip to the 1996 Peach Bowl in Atlanta. They won the third place Peach Bowl trophy.
• A Springfield meeting to help prepare representatives from non-profit organizations to write proposals for grants to fund programs has been set for Jan. 28-29.
•Thomas H. Buske, president of Buske Lines, Inc. of Litchfield, Ill., has announced that Arthur Brandt, of Morrisonville, Ill., has been selected by Buske Lines as Driver of the Year for 1986.
• For the 167th time in its history, the Missouri House of Representatives will officially convene to consider legislation on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1987.
40 years ago
• George Burr, Newton County assessor, announced that the personal tax forms for Newton County have been mailed to residents in several townships.
• The Neosho Women’s Glow Fellowship will hold its monthly meeting Monday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Neosho Municipal Auditorium.
• Heavy snow, frigid temperatures and stiff, north winds invaded the Seneca area on Sunday, Jan.9. The blizzard-like conditions resulted in hazardous driving.
50 years ago
• Tilile Weddington, 91, of Fairland Okla., suffered a broken right hip when she fell Wednesday afternoon at a Fairland rest home. She underwent surgery at Freeman Hospital in Joplin on Thursday night.
• New stop signs changing the right-of-way for drivers were erected Monday at the junction of old Highway 60 and 43 at the south edge of town.
• Seneca firemen answered two fire alarms Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. when they were called to extinguish a trash fire at the Richard Barnes home located neater the new elementary school building.