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Congressman reflects on session, events of Sept. 11 12/20/2001
In a recent interview with Missouri Congressman Sam Graves, he reflected on the most recent legislative session, as well as the turmoil the country has faced since the events of Sept. 11. "It's been an incredible year of priorities. With the first part of the year focusing on tax cuts, the education packets, lockbox security and the farm package," stated Graves. More on this Story

Commissioners list zoning appointments 12/13/2001
The Platte County Commission has announced three reappointments to the planning and zoning commission and the board of zoning adjustment. Leo Hayden was appointed as the representative for the Kickapoo Township to the planning and zoning commission. Dennis Stanton was also named the representative of the Marshall Township. Both men will serve a four-year term, to be effective Dec. 18, 2001 and expire Dec. 17, 2005. More on this Story

City of Platte City redesigns voting wards 12/13/2001
The Platte City Board of Alderman took action Tuesday evening to amend the voting wards in Platte City to comply with the intent of a state statute and balance the levels of population within the city's three wards. More on this Story

Negotiations to begin for stormwater study 12/6/2001
After receiving proposals from seven contractors regarding the Brush Creek Stormwater Study and interviews with prospective contractors, it was recommended to the Platte County Commission that negotiations be initiated with Burns and McDonnell of Kansas City. More on this Story

Prior sex offender gets 45-year term 12/6/2001
David P. Brown, 53, Kansas City, was sentenced to 45 years in prison for statutory sodomy in the first degree. Brown was found guilty by a Platte County jury on Oct. 16, after a two day trial.. More on this Story

Persistent DWI offender given four years in jail 12/6/2001
Jamie R. Padilla, 36, Kansas City, was sentenced to four years in prison last week for the class D felony of driving while intoxicated. The maximum sentence for a class D felony is five years. Padilla was found guilty by a Platte County jury on Oct. 1, after a one day trial. More on this Story

Committee groups setting five year plan for school 12/6/2001
Patrons from various areas in the Platte County R-3 School District have joined together to determine the district's five year strategic plan, known as Vision 2007. "Vision 2007 is to develop objectives and strategies of the next five years to help us achieve our mission as a district," said Dr. Mark Harpst, superintendent of Platte County R-3 Schools. More on this Story

City will provide uniforms to public works employees 12/6/2001
As an objective for the Platte City Board of Aldermen's fiscal year 2002, the board received three quotes from companies to provide shirts and pants for public works department employees.More on this Story

Landmark open house set Dec. 28 12/6/2001
Mark your calendars: The Landmark Newspaper's annual holiday open house is scheduled a little later in the month this time, with this year's gathering scheduled for Friday, Dec. 28. More on this Story

Deliberately set fires, vandalism strike Edgerton 12/6/2001
A series of fires and vandal-ism struck Edgerton Saturday morning, according to Sharon Crowder, Edgerton-Trimble Fire Protection District information officer. "Whoever did this was making a clear path from Nash Gas to the police station," said Crowder. More on this Story

Household shower planned for Lehman family 11/30/2001
A fire on Nov. 3 resulted in major damage for the home of Junior and Sandi Lehman of Edgerton. On Saturday, Dec. 8, from 1-5 p.m. a household shower with potluck is being organized by the Edgerton-Trimble volunteer firefighters and the Platte County Sheriff's Department. Family and friends attending are being asked to bring finger foods and visit with the Lehmans at the Edgerton-Trimble Station No. 1, 500 Belt Avenue, Edgerton. Drinks and table service will be provided.More on this Story

Oberdieks await decision from DNR on hog expansion 11/29/2001
The proposed Oberdiek hog operation expansion in Platte County is still awaiting final approval from Missouri Department of Natural Resources. According to Gary Oberdiek, the engineers notified him before Thanksgiving of their plans to visit the high rise facility in Ohio before making their decision. More on this Story

Whitters honored for service 11/29/2001
Paul Whitters received the "Truman V. Glenn Memorial Award" at the 17th annual presentation on Saturday evening at the Platte County Courthouse during Platte City's holiday lighting ceremony. This award is given to someone who has made a significant contribution to the betterment of the Platte City community over the years.More on this Story

A summary of the Pirates' 36-6
semifinal victory over Carl Junction
The Platte County Pirate football team overcame the Carl Junction Bulldogs with a 36-6 victory, sending the Pirates packing to St. Louis to battle the fifth ranked New Madrid County Central Eagles. The Pirates headed south to Carl Junction, which is about 10 miles west of Joplin, on Saturday, Nov. 17, to take on the Carl Junction Bulldogs in a contest that would determine which team would be headed to the former TWA Dome, in downtown St. Louis, to compete for a shot at the Missouri 3A State Title. More on this Story

Magazine rates R-3 near
the top of KC area schools
In a 2000 study published in Expansion Management Magazine, the publication rated Platte County R-3 School District as the third top district in the Kansas City metro area on the Missouri side. Ingram's, a business magazine, in its November 2001 issue looked at the survey and its overall purpose. More on this Story

Grant money will aid DWI enforcement effort 11/26/2001
The Platte County Sheriff's Office announced the receipt of a $6,667 grant from the Division of Highway Safety at the commission meeting Thursday. The funds received from the grant will be used by the DWI enforcement unit of the sheriff's department. $5,000 of the funds will be used to purchase an in-car video camera, with the remaining $1,667 of the grant money used toward the funding of PBT's (portable breath testers). More on this Story

Street light changes okayed by aldermen 11/26/2001
Platte County Regional Sewer District (PCRSD) 2002 rate study is complete and shows that an average 2002 rate increase for customers will again be less than two percent.More on this Story

St. Louis, here we come! Again 11/26/2001
Championship week update 11/19/01 - The following in formation is the current plan and times are subject to change. Please call the Pirate Sportsline 858-2162 Ext. 9 for updates as the week progresses. More on this Story

What you need to know about Carl Junction 11/15/2001
Sharon Koch is a lifelong resident of Carl Junction. She has spent the past 24 years as Principal Pamela George’s secretary at Carl Junction High School. She was a font of information when asked to fill Platte Countians in on the trip to the Southeastern Missouri burg. Here are some tips from Sharon for anyone heading south this weekend. More on this Story

A Cinderella story 11/15/2001
For the West Platte Blue Jays football team, a state semifinal action playoff drought has come to an end. Quarterfinal football action Monday night paired West Platte against last year's Class 1A football champions the Santa Fe Chiefs. The game came down to the final 1 minute and 45 seconds on the game clock. More on this Story

Homes tour planned at Oakmont 11/15/2001
A local chapter of the international service sorority, Beta Sigma Phi, is sponsoring its 4th annual Christmas Homes Tour on Saturday, Dec. 1. This year’s tour is arranged with safety and convenience in mind - all the homes are in the Lakes of Oakmont subdivision south of Platte City. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at any one of the homes on tour day. More on this Story

Deadline near for subscription offer aiding PTA 11/15/2001
The deadline for the annual school service program between The Landmark Newspaper and your local PTA is fast approaching. Until Nov. 30, elementary and intermediate school students in the Platte County R-3 and North Platte R-1 school districts are selling subscriptions to The Landmark at a discounted price of $18.25, which includes sales tax. For every subscription sold, The Landmark will donate $8 to the school's PTA to be used for projects that will benefit the school and its students. More on this Story

Annual holiday lighting ceremony will be Nov. 24 11/15/2001
Platte City Parks and Recreation Board wishes to remind the community of the upcoming holiday lighting ceremony, Saturday, Nov. 24. The evening begins at 6 p.m. on the courthouse steps. The annual announcement of the Truman Glenn Award will be presented and last year's recepient, Dr. Carl Myers will be on hand to flip the switch on the holiday lights for the season. More on this Story

Fall concerts announced 11/15/2001
The Platte City community is invited to attend the annual fall concert of the first and second grade music students from Rising Star and Siegirist Schools. The concert will be Monday, Nov. 19 and will be held at the Wilson performing Arts Center at the Platte County R-3 High School. More on this Story

Veterans commended for service and dedication 11/15/2001
A profound sense of patriotism filled the gymnasium of North Platte High School on Monday afternoon at the sixth annual salute to veterans program. With Veterans Day marking the two month anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, the day honoring those in the armed forces who have fought for our freedom and nation heightened Americans sense of pride and love for the United States and patriotic freedoms. More on this Story

Commission gives statement about hog farm proposal
The following is a statement from the Platte County Commission regarding the Confined Animal Feeding Operation recently proposed by Oberdiek Farms nearly Farley. The Platte County Commission has received notification from Oberdiek Farms of their intent to expand an existing Class II Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) to a Class IC CAFO. .
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Farley zoning request approved by commission
Schmidt noted that the developer will have to meet three contingencies. 1) build the development in phases, 2) complete a traffic study. The traffic study must look at the effects the development will have on the roads in the area, 3) complete a stormwater study. This study will look at what needs to be done to keep stormwater from having negative effects on surrounding property owners. The commission also approved many other zoning requests, including a proposed 20 acre townhouse development at the northwest corner of 136th and Running Horse Road. The zoning was changed from RMD, allows for apartments, to PR (planned residential).
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Previous sex offender found guilty of sodomy
David P. Brown, 53, Kansas City, was convicted by a Platte County jury on Oct. 16 of statutory sodomy in the first degree. Brown was working as a maintenance man in the Brentwood Apartment Complex in the Northland. The victim, a seven year-old-girl, lived in the apartment complex. On Nov. 18, 2000, she was at the defendant's home when he asked her if she wanted to see a burnt apartment in the complex. She agreed and accompanied him to the apartment complex office to retrieve a set of keys. The office was closed, and the defendant and the seven-year-old entered into a back .
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Local woman shares passion for doll houses
In 1989, Barbara Whitters was out with her friend, Shirley Adams, buying furnishings for a doll house that her friend just had made, when Barbara decided to purchase a farmhouse kit of her own. This purchase would lead Barbara to discover a passion she hadn't known could exist in her hobby of crafts. Twelve years later, Whitters is still actively pursuing her love for the craft of building and decorating doll houses. "I had always been a tomboy,
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Potholes causing problems for Camden Point
Last year's heavy snow conditions are causing problems in the city of Camden Point this year. According to Mayor Gloria Boyer, the city is experiencing a number of potholes in its streets. At a board of aldermen meeting on Monday evening, the board voted to allocate as much as $2,000 if needed to deal with the pothole situation. Boyer said the board hopes to More on this Story

County gets safety grant; study for center planned
The Platte County Sheriff's Department has announced the receipt of a highway safety grant from the Missouri Division of Highway Safety. The announcement came at Thursday's meeting of the Platte County Commission, in which it was also announced the county is moving forward with plans for a public survey/study to help formulate plans for community centers. The Sheriff's Department had applied for the safety grant on May 17, and on
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Patrons get answers about proposed center
A community forum to discuss the pros and cons of building a community center on the Platte County R-3 School District campus attracted approximately 70 community members, parents, and school staff at the Platte County R-3 Wilson Performing Arts Center on Thursday night. Community members came to voice their opinions, questions and concerns regarding the proposition of a community center on 10-acres of school property to the members of the Platte County R-3 School Board. Mark Harpst, superintendent of Platte County R-3 School District, began the forum with an information handout concerning the most asked questions about the proposed community center.
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School resource officer quits
For the second time in the past several months, a police officer serving as school resource officer (SRO) at Platte County R-3 High School has resigned. Platte City Police Chief Bill Massock announced Tuesday night that officer Mike Guinn has left the department. Massock said Guinn gave a resignation letter listing personal/health reasons for his resignation. Guinn had served as SRO at the high school since January when he replaced Alan Lowry, who had resigned.
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Local holiday lighting ceremony will be Nov. 24
Platte City Parks and Recreation wishes to remind the community that Saturday, Nov. 24 will be the annual Christmas Lighting Ceremony. This year the event will return to the steps of the Platte County Courthouse.The event is sponsored by the Platte City Parks Board and is chaired by Debbie Dance Uhrig.Students from the Platte County R-3 Schools will be singing for the ceremony and the newly formed Platte City Orchestra hopes to perform. Other events scheduled for the evening include the presentation of the Truman Glenn Award, the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus, photos with Santa, hot mulled cider, and a soup supper sponsored by the Baptist Youth Group. Local gift stores are encouraged to be open during the evening. More detailed information will follow in the weeks ahead. At present the evening is to begin at 6 p.m. Coordinator can be reached at 532-8342.
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Edgerton man dies in crash on Hwy. 371
A 77-year-old Edgerton man was killed last Wednesday when his vehicle crossed the center line of Hwy. 371 and hit a pickup truck nearly head-on. James White, Jr. died in the crash. His northbound 1995 Chrysler Concorde crossed the center line and hit a southbound 1999 Dodge pickup being driven by Joedd Biggs, 72, of Platte City. The accident occurred on Hwy. 371 just south of Bee Creek Road in northern Platte County, reports Shelle Browning of the Platte County Sheriff's Department.
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Building permit numbers show continued growth
A report from Platte County Planning and Zoning shows increased building growth within the county compared to the figures in September of 2000. At Thursday's county commission meeting, Gale Cantu of planning and zoning reported issuing 17 single family housing permits in September with 48 building permits issued total for the month. From January to September 2001, there have been 176 single family permits issued, up 38 compared to last year's figures in September. Total permits issued for the year stand at 422, compared to last year's total in September of 391. Cantu stated the assessed valuation of the permits issued in September of this year totals $28,274,268.
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Pirate Marching Band is grand champion at MWSC
The Platte Count Pirate Pride Marching Band and Color Guard has proven itself again. This past Saturday, the 97-member group participated in the Missouri Western State College Homecoming parade competition in St. Joseph. Earning 103 points out of a possible 115, the band secured a first place victory in the 4A class competing against bands from Kearney, Excelsior Springs, St. Joseph-Lafayette, and Savannah. the bank with the overall highest point total earns the title of Grand Champion. Platte County's 103 points earned them this title, nudging out 5A bands from Raytown South, Liberty, and St. Joseph-Central.
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Landmark wins pair of statewide awards
For the second year in a row, The Landmark has garnered some statewide awards for journalism. A photo by Bill Hankins earned The Landmark first place in the Missouri Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest. Public announcement of the awards was made Saturday at the press association's annual convention in the Lake of the Ozarks.
Hankins' photo won in the category of Best Feature Photograph for weekly newspapers. It shows Ann Kipper decorating a memorial cross she placed near Interstate 29 north of Platte City where her daughter, Crystal, disappeared after her car broke down in 1997. The picture, which originally ran in The Landmark in July of 2000, is reprinted in this week's issue.
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Hog expansion will be topic of Farley meetings
A public meeting regarding the possible expansion of a hog farm in the river bottom area near Farley has been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at the fire station located on Main Street in Farley. Arrangements are being made for Department of Natural Resources personnel and county and state officials to attend. Concerned citizens are encouraged to attend this meeting to obtain additional information about this proposal. For information, call State Rep. Meg Harding at 816-741-4389.
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Hog farm expansion may face opposition
A Farley area farmer this week detailed plans his family has to expand its hog farm operation. His plans could be met with opposition. A letter to the editor by a leader of the group known as Concerned Citizens of Platte County in last week's issue of The Landmark brought the issue to public attention without listing the name of the farmer in question. Gary Oberdiek of Oberdiek Family Farms says the operation referenced in the letter is his family's. "That's us," he said this week as he explained his family's intention to convert a couple of its current "finishing" buildings to nurseries and add two 1,100-head finishing buildings.
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Commission approves workforce development program with EDC
Director of the Economic Development Council, Pete Fullerton, spoke to the Platte County Commission on Sept. 27, regarding a contract to put forth a work force development program between Platte County and the EDC. Fullerton stated that on Sept. 18, the EDC board approved the proposal to present to the commission. In his proposal, Fullerton stated he wanted to research other area communities regarding their workforce development programs. He also wants to look at what the local needs are as a county and come up with an effective tool that can be used as a community.
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Subscription special will benefit PTA
The Landmark Newspaper and your local PTA are teaming up on a school service program for the sixth consecutive year. Beginning this week, elementary and intermediate school students in the Platte County R-3 and North Platte R-1 school districts are selling subscriptions to The Landmark at a discounted price of $18.25, which includes sales tax. For every subscription sold, The Landmark will donate $8 to the school's PTA to be used for projects that will benefit the school and its students.
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Tammy Glick will be named new prosecutor
It's official—Tammy Glick will be the next Platte County Prosecutor. Gov. Bob Holden has announced that Glick is his choice to fill the post vacated last week when Todd Graves was sworn in as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. Glick, a 1979 graduate of Platte County R-3 High School, will be sworn into office next Thursday, Oct. 4 by Platte County Presiding Circuit Court Judge Lee Hull. A formal swearing-in ceremony will take place in the Platte County Administration Building meeting room on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. "I appreciate the opportunity to serve the citizens of Platte County as their prosecutor," Glick said. "I thank Gov. Holden for his confidence in my abilities and I look forward to devoting my full time to the vigorous prosecution of crime in Platte County."
Gov. Holden, as expected, followed party lines by appointing Glick, a Democrat. Glick will serve until the prosecutor's spot comes up for election in November of 2002..
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KC Wolf hits town with message of self-esteem
While you can usually see the famous KC Wolf on the sidelines and in the stands of Arrowhead Stadium cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs, he also travels to nearly 130 schools across the Midwest each year talking to students about self-esteem. This past Friday, KC Wolf, also known as Dan Meers to many outside Arrowhead Stadium, stopped by Platte County R-3 to speak with students from Rising Star and Siegrist Elementary Schools. "I take my job as a role model seriously because I do speak at a lot of schools," said Meers. "It's fun to be a role model for kids because they definitely need them this day and age."
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North Platte board hears of slight enrollment growth
Principals' reports that detailed a slight growth in enrollment were a topic at last week's meeting of the North Platte R-1 School Board. The meeting began with usual business and principals representing each of their respective schools presenting a report to the school board members. Karen Seckel of North Platte Elementary reported to the board that the school currently has 209 students enrolled, with 56 students in kindergarten, 44 students in first grade, 54 students in second grade and 55 students in third grade.
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Library gives annual report to commissioners
At the Sept. 20 meeting of the Platte County Commissioners, Paul White, director of the Mid-Continent Library, presented the commissioners with the annual audit report. White reported that the library has seen a 9.4 percent increase in usage of non-book materials (such as CD's and videos) and has maintained steady usage from the public. The library has also updated its system to 118 electronic databases. This allows patrons to gain access to the electronic databases from their home computer, as long as they have a current library card. The Mid-Continent Library is the 26th largest library system in the state of Missouri and is the largest summer reading program in the nation, donating 58,771 free books to children in the district.
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Web site features taking shape; updates posted often
Several features and a normal schedule for web site updates have developed for The Landmark's web site. Internet users can find us at Breaking news stories and commentary pieces are posted as warranted. Local news, commentary and some sports from the current week's issue of the newspaper are normally posted late in the day on Thursdays. Chiefs Chatter articles are updated several times throughout the week. Landmark columnists try hard not to embarrass themselves with Pigskin Picks, normally posted late Thursday or early Friday. Ivan Foley's 'Guaran-Dam-Teed' NFL picks are posted late Friday or early Saturday..
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Todd Graves sworn in as United States Attorney
Todd Graves accepted a call to duty on Monday. In a late afternoon ceremony at the federal courthouse in Kansas City, the Platte County Prosecutor for nearly seven years was sworn in as United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. It was a relatively quickly-called ceremony attended by family and friends. President George W. Bush had appointed Graves to the post several weeks ago, but the appointment had not yet gone through the process of being confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Graves' appointment will still need to be approved by the Senate, but that is seen as a formality at this point. "The judges of the federal district court are appointing me. They wanted me to do this 45 days ago," Graves said Monday afternoon as he said goodbye to his staff at the prosecutor's office in Platte City. Last week's terrorist attack will delay the Senate confirmation process as U.S. leaders deal with more pressing matters.
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A firsthand account
It's an absolute war zone." That was the opinion of three firefighters from the Central Platte Fire Department who got an up close and personal look at the destruction caused by last week's terroristic attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York City. Local firefighters Cooper Scott, Clint Rhodes and Al Ryan arrived in New York Friday night, helped in the clean-up efforts on Saturday and came back to Platte County on Sunday after being told there wasn't room for all the volunteers who had showed up to work the scene. "There were people who would have paid to be able to go in there and help," said Scott. Some phone calls by Rhodes eventually led to the three local men catching a flight to New York. The Salvation Army covered the cost of the trip.
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Congressman shares his thoughts about attacks
Missouri Sixth District Congressman Sam Graves was in Platte County this week, having returned to his district on Saturday after being in Washington when terrorists hijacked planes and crashed them into the Pentagon and into the World Trade Center towers in New York City. During a stop in The Landmark office on Monday afternoon, Congressman Graves spoke about the day of the attack. "It started off like any other day for millions of Americans and me. But the normalcy of the day would not last long," he said, explaining how he and fellow Congressmen became aware of how serious the situation had become when the Speaker of the House was whisked away by Secret Service personnel to ensure the order of presidential succession. The Speaker of the House is second only to the vice president in the line of presidential order.
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Northeast just an organized practice for Pirates
Going into their matchup against Northeast, the Pirates did not figure that they would have to struggle for a win. Platte County saw this game as a way to refine their skills and to get prepared for some of their up- coming events, and won it easily, 67-0. Senior quarterback Robbie Campbell had been injured the week before during the Platte County victory at Harrisonville. Entering the contest against Northeast, it was unclear whether or not Campbell would suit up, or how serious his injuries were. Campbell did decide to lead his team against Northeast. Platte County would start the game off with a long opening kickoff by junior Nick Jaros, letting Northeast start the game deep in their own territory. The Vikings found themselves three and out on their opening series..
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Grandson of local man still listed as missing
The attack by terrorists on the twin World Trade Center towers in New York City directly touched the life of at least one Platte County man. Kenneth Sloan of rural Platte City says his grandson, 28-year-old Paul Sloan, was working on the 88th floor of the 110-story second World Trade Center tower that was hit. He has not been seen since the attack and remains on the lengthy list of missing persons, now believed to contain more than 5,000 names. "He watched the plane hit the other building. He called his mother, father and brother then we lost contact after that," Sloan explained. Paul talked to his mother in California, his father in Texas and his brother in Los Angeles in three separate conversations before the second plane hit the tower where he worked in the investment business.
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Proposed community center to be topic of public forum
Platte County R-3 School District Superintendent Dr. Mark Harpst has announced that a school/community forum will address the proposed community center project. The forum, slated for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4 at the high school auditorium, will present information regarding the proposed center, while answering questions and concerns the public may have regarding the issue. "The proposed community center affects the school district, community and all of Platte County," said Harpst. "It's important we get an understanding of the support for the community center on school property." The school district, in a collaborative effort with Platte County and the YMCA, would be looking at contributing some property in exchange for the students being able to use the community center.
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Americans' way of life tested
As Platte County residents and people across the United States tried to settle back into their normal daily routines on Monday, many were faced with the inner struggle of the mind, emotions and spirit of last Tuesday's terrorist attacks. Ever since Sept. 11, United States citizens have been devastated by the unthinkable acts of terrorism that struck inside the nation's borders, leaving a lead footprint of the attack imbedded in everyone's mind. On Sunday, President George W. Bush urged Americans to try to get back to a normal routine by heading back to work and school on Monday. With President Bush's reassurance that the people who caused this tragic event "would hear all of us soon," children, parents and government officials returned to work on Monday with the strong American will that surfaced in everyone last Tuesday.
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Commission meeting opens with moment of silence
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America"...these words, which may have seemed routine at a county commissioner's meeting a week and a half ago, took on a new meaning and emotion at the Sept. 13 session. Just two days after the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, Platte County Commissioner's convened last week's administrative session with a moment of silence and the pledge of allegiance. Following the moment of silence, County Commissioner, Steve Wegner stated these strong words, "September 11 is a sad day in our country. But we will be stronger and we will survive." In recognition of Tuesday's attacks on our nation, the Platte County Commissioners implemented a resolution encouraging Platte County citizens to support relief efforts for the thousands of terrorist victims affected by the tragedy in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.
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Police fire shots during chase through Platte City
A robbery of an antique store in Weston on Thursday led to a high speed chase of the suspect's vehicle through Platte City, with two officers firing shots during the chase. Eventually, after a chase that included speeds believed to reach 100 mph and the fired bullets, the suspect, identified as Matthew R. Graham, 31, of Bonner Springs, Ks., was taken into custody by Platte City and Platte County officers at the junction of Hwy. N, Hwy. 152 and I-435. Graham is charged with robbery in the first degree, a Class A felony. He is being held on $250,000 bond. According to court records, Graham is accused of producing "what the victim believed to be a semi automatic handgun and took $1,870" in cash and a cordless phone from the victim before leaving Old Geezers Mantiques store in Weston.
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Weather, injury to QB can't stop Pirates
A thunderstorm and an injured quarterback weren't enough to keep the Platte County Pirates from beating Harrisonville 24-0 in a game that started Friday night and was finished Saturday afternoon after weather forced a postponement of the second half. The Pirates got off to a quick start finding success in running the ball on the Harrisonville Wildcats defense. Senior running back Zach Sherman was the first person to find the end zone in the ball game. After the touchdown Harrisonville jumped off sides before the extra point attempt. This penalty moved the ball half of the distance to the goal. This led the Pirates to attempt a two-point conversion. Senior quarterback Robbie Campbell handed the ball off to the 5-9, 190 pound Sherman who sprinted into the left side of the end zone converting the two points. Platte County was up 8-0 early in the game.
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School official urges committee to 'think big'
Some of the details regarding potential uses and potential funding for a multimillion dollar county community center proposed in Platte City are starting to take shape. A task force composed of a few private citizens as well as representatives of several agencies involved in the project met Wednesday night in Platte City. It was primarily a feeling-out session, with committee members speaking the positions of their agencies, though there were several interesting developments come to light. "Everything is still in the discussion stages, but the meeting was very positive and very upbeat. I want to emphasize our school district has not yet made a commitment," Dr. Mark Harpst, Platte County R-3 School District superintendent, said Thursday.
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Head-on collision near Farley injures two
A head-on crash on Hwy. 45 near Farley on Monday morning sent two people to area hospitals via LifeFlight. According to the Platte County Sheriff's Department, a Ford pickup driven by Stephen D. Lauber, 41, of Leavenworth apparently crossed the center line and collided with a Cadillac Seville driven by Cheryl M. Carter, 41, of Kansas City, Ks. Shelle Browning, public information officer for the sheriff's department, said according to the investigating officer's report Lauber lost control of his vehicle and crossed the center line. She said the report indicates that probable contributing circumstances included excessive speed and improper passing. The accident occurred around 7:45 a.m.
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Sheriff releases list of most wanted felons
This is the current list of persons wanted on Platte County felony warrants. Please note this list was current as of 2 p.m. on Sept. 7, 2001. If you know the whereabouts of someone listed, do not approach them. Immediately contact Captain Paul Carrill at the Platte County Sheriff’s Department at (816) 858-2424 or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-8477.

** Note: LKA Last known address

CHASTAIN, Jack T. WM 10/27/55 5'11" 190 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes LKA: 3504 N. Drury Kansas City, Mo. 64117.
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Blunt probe unearths 14 votes from the graves
St. Louis election polling sites were haunted by at least 14 deceased voters in the 2000 election according to Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt. Elected in November 2000, Blunt told the Platte Republican Association on Friday that one of his first tasks was to investigate election wrongdoing in St. Louis. In addition to votes made in the names of dead people, Blunt stated, "Thousands of questionable ballots were cast." The secretary of state is the chief elections officer in Missouri. Blunt reported that he turned over the results of his investigation to federal and state prosecutors because, "The only way to stop election fraud is to punish people."
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Donation of watercraft made to Central Platte
The Central Platte Fire District has a new lifesaving tool to use this year--Kawasaki JET SKI® watercraft. The two Kawasaki 900 STX™ watercraft, which were provided by McBrann Kawasaki of Gladstone, will enable rescuers to reach distressed swimmers and tow disabled boats to safety. The watercraft will also be especially helpful with patrolling and law enforcement. The versatile 900 STX™ watercraft has an extra-long, wide, comfortable seat that hold up to three people. The craft's deep-V hull and high performance triple-cylinder powerplant will be an invaluable asset to the Central Platte Fire District during rescue situations.
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Eric Zahnd will seek post as County Prosecutor
Eric Zahnd has announced his intention to become Platte County Prosecuting Attorney. Zahnd seeks the office being vacated by Todd Graves, who will become the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. Zahnd will run for the office as a Republican in the November 2002 election. Zahnd said, "My mission as prosecutor will be clear: I will aggressively enforce the law and put a priority on the safety of Platte County families." Zahnd pledged to be especially tough on violent crimes, domestic abuse, and sex offenses. "I look forward to working with Platte County's other law enforcement officials to put those who prey on law-abiding citizens behind bars."
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Downtown revitalization discussed by 'new' group
The possibility of organizing a downtown revitalization effort was the topic of a meeting in Platte City Friday morning. Around 20 interested persons turned out to discuss potential revitalization efforts for downtown Platte City. There were more questions than answers at the 7 a.m. breakfast gathering held at Fannie's Restaurant, though it was agreed the group will meet again soon. The meeting was chaired by Mark Hubbard, president of the Main Street Association that recently voted to disband. Coming up with a new name for the group was one topic addressed, as well as developing a list of objectives and goals for the group.
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Trash rates, tax rate going up in Platte City
Residents of Platte City will be paying more for refuse pickup.
Platte City's Board of Aldermen raised many trash rates at their regular meeting last week. Rates that didn't increase were residential curbside collection fees, which will remain at $10.60 per month. Also, commercial curbside service will remain at $25 per month for each business without a dumpster. Fees seeing an increase include: •Curbside fees for those with a dumpster will go from $8.50 per tipping up to $10 per tipping.
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KC area's 9-1-1 system will get major upgrade
At its meeting Tuesday, Aug. 28, the Mid America Regional Counsel (MARC) Board of Directors authorized the execution of an agreement with Commenco, Inc. software and hardware to upgrade dispatching operations in 9-1-1 public safety answer points around the eight county Kansas City region, which includes Platte County. The value of equipment and five year maintenance plan is $7.9 million. In addition, the new equipment will allow agencies to process 9-1-1 calls from landline phones with greater efficiency. It also provides the region with capability of identifying the number and location of wireless calls, once the phone companies upgrade their systems.
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Nominations being sought for Truman Glenn Award
To all people of the Platte City community: Do you know someone you believe deserving of public recognition for his/her outstanding contribution to the betterment of the Platte City community through service in one or more of the following fields: civic and in youth or senior citizen rograms...patriotism...religion? That's what the annual presentation of the Truman V. Glenn Memorial Award is all about and that person won't receive it unless you are willing to do something about it. Your nomination must be writing and not exceed a single typewritten page or its equivalent. State only the facts in answering the following questions: 1. What has this person done that you consider an outstanding contribution to the betterment of the Platte City community? .
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Ordinance aims to bring equity to road funding
Platte County Commissioners say they are trying to bring equity to road funding in the county. That's the reasoning behind the passage of an ordinance on Thursday that regulates distribution of County Aid Road Trust (CART) revenues, motor vehicle sales tax revenues and motor vehicle fee increase revenues. The ordinance prohibits distributing the CART revenues to road districts that have more money to spend per mile of road than County Road District No. 1, which is managed by the county commission.
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Five persons to be inducted into Pirate Hall of Fame
The Platte County Pirate Hall of Fame announces the Hall of Fame class of 2001. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Friday, Sept 28 prior to the Chillicothe football game at the Platte County R-3 Stadium.
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Farley, neighbors reach pact on zoning
It looks like R-15 zoning will now be the plan for a proposed development south of Platte City that had drawn opposition earlier this year. Landowner James Farley and developers Willis and Darrin Sherry have reached a compromise with several nearby property owners who had been in opposition to the development in its originally proposed form. The development is planned on 80 acres near 136th St.
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Building project bids are within budget at R-3
Platte County R-3 School District's plans of expansion have the green light after a building project bid approval. The project is in reference to the 2001 bond issue passed by voters last year. The plans are to build six additional classroom at Siegrist Elementary; eight additional classrooms, a new media center, computer lab and office suite at Paxton School; and to join the middle school and the high school with a music room.
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Quality of life for seniors is topic for Graves' tour
Congressman Sam Graves met with seniors of Platte County recently as part of a series of meetings focusing on senior issues that he will be holding within the 6th District. At a meeting in the Hillview Nursing and Rehab in Platte City last week, Graves addressed seniors and spoke on issues such as increasing access to quality health care; helping seniors better prepare for retirement; and improving the quality of life for seniors.
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High School coach admits to having sex with player
A basketball coach who admit-ted having sex with a girl on his team at Oak Park High School has been sentenced to two years probation and 10 days in the Platte County jail. Darin Mason, age 34, no longer coaches at Oak Park, having been placed on leave in March of 2000 after school officials learned he was being investigated. He pled guilty on Thursday in Platte County Circuit Court to second degree statutory rape and second degree statutory sodomy. The girl was 15 when the sex acts occurred between Sept. 1, 1999 and March 27, 2000 at Mason's home in Lake Waukomis in Platte County. Prosecutors said Mason will lose his Missouri teaching certificate. He will also be required to be involved in a sex offenders treatment program. In addition, he must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life..
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Scuffle at MoPub facility results in charges
Charges filed in Platte County Circuit Court accuse a former supervisor with utility company Missouri Public Service (MoPub) of assaulting a MoPub employee. James A. Craig, 39, of Smithville, is charged with a Class A misdemeanor of assault in the third degree. He is accused of assaulting a MoPub employee, identified in court documents as Leroy Babcock of Platte City, at the MoPub service facility located on Bethel Road east of Platte City. A Platte County Sheriff's Department report indicates the incident occurred on July 11 at about 9:50 a.m. According to the sheriff's report, Babcock told authorities that he and Craig were doing paperwork when Craig became angry and made a threatening comment to him. Babcock told authorities that Craig then punched him in the face, shoved him against a wall and began choking him.
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School resource officer in place at North Platte
The Platte County Sheriff's Department is sending one of its own back to school. Deputy Tom Taulbee is the selected officer who will be attending North Platte R-1 School District along with about 700 students this year. "We're working with the school to conduct a study to determine if a school resource officer would be beneficial to the school," said Shelle Browning, Platte County Sheriff's Department spokesperson. To understand how a school resource officer could benefit North Platte, Taulbee will keep an office in the high school and will work flexible hours as needed throughout the school district serving various roles. After the 2001-2002 school year, the sheriff's department will receive feedback from the school and review the outcomes to decide whether to continue the program permanently.
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Mo Pub seeking to up electric rates
The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold formal hearings beginning in late January in an electric rate case filed by Missouri Public Service (MPS). The hearing schedule is as follows: Jan. 22, 2002 through Jan. 25, 2002; Jan. 28, 2002 through Jan. 30 2002; and Feb. 1, 2002, Feb. 4, 2002 through Feb. 8, 2002. These hearings will be held in room 310 of the Governor Office Building, 200, Madison Street, in Jefferson City. The Governor Office Building meets accessibility standards required by the Americans With Disabilities Act. If any person needs additional accommodations to participate in the formal hearings, they should call the Public Service Commission's hotline at 1-800-392-4211 (voice) or 1-800-829-7541 (TDD) prior to the hearing.
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County's assessed value up $86 million
The final assessed valuation re-ports are in by the county's Board of Equalization, since taxpayer appeals have been heard. Platte County's assessed valuation has grown more than $86 million dollars since last year according to the report given by County Clerk Sandy Krohne at Thursday's Platte County Commission session. The final assessed valuations for Platte County compared to last year are as follows: •County of Platte: $1,239,663,143, an increase of $86,396,134. •Road and Bridge District No. 1: $178,089,431, an increase of $13,677,633. •Drainage Ditch District No. 1: $1,740,583, a decrease of $30,503. The commission also approved a request from the Platte County Board of Services to set its levy at $.13, which was approved by Platte County voters and is the same as last year.
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Air conditioning for R-1 elementary is requested
North Platte R-1 students headed back to school this week and already have a couple days of learning under their belt. Last week before the homework began, the North Platte Board of Education met to discuss the upcoming year. Parent Susan Brown attended the meeting and addressed the board with concern for her daughter that is in the North Platte Elementary School. She questioned board members about the possibility of adding air conditioning to the elementary school. Superintendent Dr. Francis Moran told Brown that the board had taken up the issue and plans to look at it more throughout the year. He also told Brown to visit with the building administrator and the parent/teachers organization. "It (air conditioning) will probably take an extra levy increase," Dr. Moran said. "It not only costs to install it, but also to run it." Later in the session it was brought up that the band room also needs air conditioning to help preserve the instruments.
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R-1 numbers up slightly; R-2 is down
The North Platte R-1 District had a slight increase in enrollment this year compared to last, as area schools went back to class this week. The North Platte Elementary reported having 208 students, an increase of 11 from last year; the intermediate school is about the same as last year with 175 students; the junior high grew by 28 students for a total of 117; and the high school held about the same with 217 students enrolled. The West Platte R-2 District didn't seem as fortunate. They opened the school year with an overall student population of 679 which was a decrease from last year at 711.
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Post your events on the web at no cost
Community organizations and non-profit groups are encouraged to post their upcoming events on the community events calendar located on The Landmark's interactive web site, which can be found at There is no charge for the service.
To place your event, click on the community events link, then scroll down to the "add an event" form at the bottom of the page. Fill in your information, then click save and your event is posted.
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Downtown revitalization meeting set
Interested persons are invited to a public meeting to discuss the revitalization of downtown Platte City. The meeting will be held next Friday, Aug. 31 at 7 a.m. at Fannie's Restaurant. The Main Street Association will host the meeting.
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Man killed by train at Parkville
A man sitting on railroad tracks just outside of Parkville was killed Monday night when he was hit by a train. John B. Molenkamp, 55, of Platte County, was dead at the scene, according to authorities. Engineers of the eastbound train saw someone sitting on the south rail at about 9:50 p.m. Monday..
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Farley, neighbors work on compromise zoning deal
Compromise has been the missing link to uniting land owner James Farley and a group of residents over rezoning of property near 136th Street and the Broken Bridge Subdivision just south of Platte City. The original rezoning request called for a change of R-40 (approximately 40,000 square feet per lot) to R-7 (approximately 7,500 square feet per lot). That request was tabled at the May session of the Platte County Planning and Zoning Commission. Then days before the June meeting, Farley withdrew his rezoning application that was scheduled to be heard by the planning and zoning commission on June 12. At that time he said he was studying the situation and deciding where to go next.
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Murder for hire
Detectives from the Platte County Sheriff's Department served an arrest warrant on Friday to Eric M. Payne, 26, for a probation violation after Payne attempted to hire an undercover detective to kill his ex-girlfriend.
Payne, from Peculiar, Mo., pled guilty last January to a class C felony of tampering in the first degree after cutting the phone lines at the home of his ex-girlfriend, a Platte County resident. Payne received a suspended imposition of sentence, was placed on probation for three years and was ordered to serve 30 days "shock time" in the Platte County Detention Centet.
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NRAD finding comfort in new digs on Hwy. 92
The crew of the Northland Re-gional Ambulance District is settling into a new home with a lot more space and commodities along Hwy. 92 near Eggen's Hardware in Platte City.
The NRAD operation officially moved out of its downtown Platte City location on Friday and relocated into a spacious 4,800 square foot building that includes a three part garage, three bedrooms, a living area, kitchen area, two offices and one large main office.
"It's nice to be out of downtown and have the space," said office manager Cheryl Youtsey.
NRAD Executive Director Bill Bishop said the relocation project had been an idea since April of 1997 and really started to unfold in April of 2000.
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Delinquent tax properties head for the auction block
It may never be a good idea to let taxes go unpaid, but letting them go for three years until they are put into a delinquent tax sale is even a bigger and more complicated problem than most individuals realize. Platte County Collector Donna Nash and her staff have been getting ready for the public auction of all lands and lots on which taxes are delinquent in Platte County, which is always held on the fourth Monday in August. This year's sale will take place in the county commission meeting room located in the Platte County Administration Building, beginning at 10 a.m., on Monday, Aug. 27. Nash admits that it's the worst part of her job, but it is one way that the state has devised for collecting taxes on real estate. "It's not a good idea to let it go," said Nash as she refers to individuals who wait hoping that their delinquent taxes will be sold at the auction..
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Hog roast benefit for Brown
A benefit hog roast will be held Saturday, Sept. 15 at the North Platte High School, hosted by the Dearborn Area Fire Protection District in honor of volunteer firefighter Travis Brown. Brown lost his life in the line of duty on Saturday, June 2, when the tanker truck he was riding in overturned while en route to a mutual aid call from the Edgerton-Trimble Fire Protection District. Brown is survived by his wife Tammy and five children. The benefit will help support the children and assist with the cost of a memorial to be placed at the Dearborn Fire Station.
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Weston's tax rate will not change; street signs tabled
The residents of Weston can give a sigh of relief, the tax rate will stay right where it is for this year anyway. Weston City Treasurer J.P. Coldren gave final figures to the Weston Board of Aldermen on Monday night. "The good news is that we're not going to raise our rates," announced Coldren. He explained that the assessed valuation from last year stood at $13,666,888, and that the last amended valuation for this year is $14,332,983. Coldren stated that the total tax for this year will stay the same as last year at 79 cents per $100 assessed valuation. Last year this tax generated $107,982 in funds for the city and this year it is expected that $111,662 should be generated.
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Graves one step closer to being U.S. attorney
Another step in the process of Todd Graves becoming the next U.S. attorney for Missouri's Western District has taken place. In a move that had been anticipated for months, President George W. Bush last week formally nominated Graves for the position. All that's left now is for the nomination of Graves to be approved by the U.S. Senate. The Senate, which won't return to session in Washington, D.C. until Sept. 4, is expected to okay the nomination by the middle of September. "I'm thrilled," said Graves, who has consistently low-keyed discussion of his pending appointment.
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Hitting the books
When the calendar rolls over onto the eighth month of the year, it's a reminder to students that it's time to trade in the summer swimsuits and sprinklers for a new set of school clothes and a desk. Summer is winding down for many who reside within Platte County and schools are ready to greet those individuals once again, for some the very first time. The academic year for Platte County R-3 begins on Wednesday, Aug. 22..
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State law adds new fee to Platte City water service
There's a new fee on water service in Platte City, thanks to a state law pertaining to water pollution control. The Missouri Clean Water Law was recently amended. It now requires persons with a direct or indirect sewer service connection to a public sewer system owned or operated by a city, public sewer district, public water district, or other publicly owned treatment works shall pay an annual fee. The fee is to be collected by the agency billing the customers—in this instance the City of Platte City—and remitted to the state at least once per year.
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