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A year of changes for Leadwood

Leadwood started the year out by filling several vacant positions with the city and working to finish work on the new city hall.

January

Anna Woods was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the Board of Alderman after Alderman Jeff Mahurin stepped down because he had been hired by the city street department.

February

Leadwood became the center of national attention after the disappearance of city resident Frank Ancona. After Ancona’s body was discovered in Washington County three days after his disappearance, his wife Malissa and stepson Paul Jinkerson were eventually charged with the murder.

The Leadwood Board of Aldermen approved a resolution to request funds from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to pursue updates to the city’s wastewater system.

Syr Charles Lyons and Mason Pratt became the second and third West County students to be named National Merit Scholarship finalists.

March

After serving on the West County Board of Education for a combined 37 years, Lynn Frago decided not to run for reelection.

West County Board of Education President Brett Forshee, who had served on the board for 12 years, also declined to run.

April

Rocky Stevens and Tiffani Wright were elected to the West County Board of Education. Andy Kearns was also reelected.

May

The Leadwood Board of Aldermen tour the new City Hall alongside Mayor Dennis Parks and other city employees in preparation of moving into the new building.

The West County High School Varsity Scholar Bowl Team travelled to Columbia, Missouri to compete in the Missouri State High School Activities Association Scholar Bowl State Championship.

West County’s Tiffany Miller was named Missouri Educators of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) New Teacher of the Year.

Ashley Brewer became the first West County High School alum to graduate high school with a college degree.

The West County Board of Education voted to form the district’s first-ever cross country team.

July

A group of West County Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) students made a name for themselves on a national level when they placed third in the organization’s LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl at the 2017 National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

August

Leah Mills, a teacher of 25 years and a veteran’s daughter, was recognized as the Desloge VFW Post’s Teacher of the Year for her dedication to instilling patriotism in her students.

West County students were out of school on Aug. 21 for the Great American Eclipse.

September

West County held a special ceremony in remembrance of 9/11, with local veterans speaking about the event that occurred before many of the students in the audience were born.

West County was again awarded a $2 million 21st Century Grant to go toward afterschool activities.

October

The Leadwood Bluegrass Festival was a success despite intermittent showers throughout the day. The festival featured the likes of Buck Trent, Roni Stoneman and Leona Williams.

November

A large crowd assembled at Leadwood City Hall for an informational meeting with city officials and representatives of Taylor Engineering and the United States Department of Agriculture. The topic to be discussed was the proposed raising of utility rates to qualify Leadwood for assistance with an overhaul of the city’s water system.

Later in the month, the board adopted the new water rates and established fees for reconnection and initial deposit for water service.

Robert Riley II, co-founder of the Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery, spoke to West County students about the dangers of opioid abuse.

West County FCCLA students organized a meet and greet for students to hear from local veterans before the district’s annual Veterans Day concert.

December

City Clerk Charlotte Lewis was let go after a breach in protocol, related to a statement that arrived at Leadwood City Hall and did not make it to the police department as intended.

The board room at Leadwood City Hall is packed in November as residents came to express their frustration over proposed water rate increases.

The board room at Leadwood City Hall is packed in November as residents came to express their frustration over proposed water rate increases.

The crew from Lewis Builders finishes much of the exterior work on Leadwood's new city hall at the beginning of 2017.

The crew from Lewis Builders finishes much of the exterior work on Leadwood’s new city hall at the beginning of 2017.

Hee-Haw star and long-time Porter Waggoner accompanist Buck Trent performs in October at the Leadwood Bluegrass Festival.

Hee-Haw star and long-time Porter Waggoner accompanist Buck Trent performs in October at the Leadwood Bluegrass Festival.

Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at jscott@dailyjournalonline.com.

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