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Man given prison term in meth case 4/4/2002
A man found guilty of manufacturing methamphetamine in a Platte City motel has been sentenced to prison time. More on this Story.

Wegner offering to discuss roads with residents 4/4/2002
Platte County 2nd District Commissioner Steve Wegner has offered to meet individually with area neighborhood groups who would like to disucss possible solutions for road and bridge issues with County Road District Number One. More on this Story.

Spring clean-up set by county public works dept. 4/4/2002
The Platte County Public Works Department will be sponsoring a county-wide clean-up Thursday, April 11 through Saturday, April 13. More on this Story.

County offering dust control on gravel roads 4/4/2002
The Platte County Public Works Department has announced they will again be offering dust control to residents who live on gravel roads within County Road District Number One. More on this Story.

Dave Brooks wins mayor's race 4/4/2002
His message of a friendlier attitude at city hall must have worked. Dave Brooks was elected the new mayor of Platte City on Tuesday, defeating incumbent Frank Offutt by a comfortable margin, gaining 305 votes to 191 for Offutt. More on this Story.

Stolen Pirate now back at Platte County High 4/4/2002
The Pilfered Pirate is back on school grounds. That was the word Tuesday afternoon from Platte City Police Chief Bill Massock. More on this Story.

North Platte establishes early resignation policy 3/7/2002
With many school districts across the state as well as the nation experiencing teacher shortages, the North Platte School Board recently discussed the implementation of an early resignation policy for its teachers. More on this Story

Platte County will seek public input on roads plan 3/7/2002
As part of ongoing development of a roads master plan, the Platte County Commission has announced it will hold a public meeting to gather citizen input. The meeting will be held Monday, March 11, at the Platte County Administration Building (415 Third Street, Platte City, Mo) and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. More on this Story

West Platte School Board adopts new district goals 3/7/2002
The West Platte School Board has adopted 11 top goals as a priority for the district in 2002-2003. More on this story

Get your entry into Landmark bracket contest 3/7/2002
Don't look now, but it's that time of year again. Yes, it's time for all those shameless plugs about The Landmark's annual NCAA Tournament bracket contest. This year's winner gets $50 in cash in the popular local contest. More on this Story

Barry students involved in 'Pennies for Patients' 3/7/2002
Coming together to help others is what students at Barry School did during the month of February. The students of Barry School recently participated in Pennies for Patients, a fundraising event for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, Feb. 4-22. More on this Story

Stormwater commission studying material 3/7/2002
A commission studying stormwater drainage issues in Platte City is busy analyzing data presented to it by engineers, Mayor Frank Offutt said this week. More on this Story

Local attorney goes from Supreme Court to Night Court in one day 3/7/2002
It was the Supreme Court to local Night Court all in one day for a Platte City attorney last week. More on this Story

Crash victim dies in hospital 3/7/2002
An 83-year-old Weston man died over the weekend at North Kansas City Hospital as a result of injuries he suffered in a car accident Feb. 19 in Platte City. More on this Story

Platte County receives funds for trail project 2/28/2002
Platte County Commissioners have approved a program agreement between Platte County and the Missouri Highways Transportation Commission for the 64th Street Trail Project. More on this Story

School board gives nod to Head Start in Platte City 2/28/2002
The Platte County Head Start program will call Platte City home next year. More on this Story

Five murder cases facing county prosecutor's office 2/28/2002
A Platte County grand jury has returned murder indictments on Jimmy Williams, Brenda Williams and James Detmer, bringing to five the number of people currently facing murder charges in the county. More on this Story

Weston man seriously hurt in local crash 2/28/2002
A car accident last Tuesday morning in Platte City left an 83-year-old Weston man hospitalized in North Kansas City. More on this Story

Case vs. firefighter nearng trial 2/28/2002
Platte County Prosecutor Tammy Glick says her office is ready to go to trial in the case against an Edgerton-Trimble volunteer firefighter accused of second degree murder. More on this Story

Landmark's annual bracket contest ready 2/28/2002
Prize money and pride are on the line in The Landmark's annual
NCAA basketball tournament bracket contest. Prize money this year is $50 to the winner. Entry is free and limited to one entry per person. More on this Story

Another major development on the way 2/28/2002
A second major proposed subdivision preliminary plat within a month was presented to the Platte County Commission for approval. More on this Story

Officials outline major transportation needs 2/28/2002
Area county and city officials presented Congressman Sam Graves with their entities' transportation needs at Friday's transportation advisory committee meeting at the county administration building. More on this Story

Funding request tabled 2/21/2002
An item to request federal funds for the Humphrey's Access Bridge at the county commission meeting Thursday had to be tabled regarding a stipulation, according to Dale Thomas, director of public works.. More on this Story

Officer visibility key in keeping crime rate down 2/21/2002
For the Platte City Police Department, the number of officers placed on the 30-miles of roadway across the city and the increased visibility of those officers seem to be the key reasons for low numbers in the city's crime totals. More on this Story

A three-peat performance 2/21/2002
Team effort and hard work prevailed for the Platte County Pirates wrestling team on Saturday as they clinched their third straight Class 1A-2A state championship. A one point differential was enough to knock off Oak Grove 178.5 to 177.5. More on this Story

County to seek grant for trail near Weston 2/7/2002
Brian Novotny, director of Platte County Parks and Recreation, informed the county commission of the department's decision to apply for a grant through the Lewis and Clark Challenge Cost Share Program. More on this Story

Lights, camera, action... 2/7/2002
Lights, camera, action. For eight-year-old Lacey Backues of Platte City, these words she heard two years ago as a fun weekend on the Plaza in Kansas City turned into a possible chance of lifetime many eight-year-olds could only imagine. More on this Story

Detmer arrested in Texas 1/31/2002
The Platte County Sheriff's Department received information from the Houston, Tex. Police Department Wednesday that James Detmer, wanted on suspicion of murder in Platte County, is being held without bond in Harris County, Tex. More on this Story

Bank of Weston, PCRSD pen deal for Tracy location 1/31/2002
Acontract has been signed that will allow the Platte County Regional Sewer District (PCRSD) to purchase the building that currently houses the Bank of Weston at Tracy. The contract calls for a purchase price of $225,000. More on this Story

County's budget totals $24.9 million 1/31/2002
Platte County Auditor Sandra Thomas says that a $24.9 million budget has been set for all county funds, up from the 2001 budget of $22.3 million. More on this Story

Adjustment will even population in districts 1/31/2002
After the results of the 2000 Census, the data showed an imbalance in the two commission districts in Platte County. At Thursday's meeting, county commissioners voted to approve the redistricting of District 1 and District 2 to correct the imbalance of representation in the districts. More on this Storys

Dryer fire causes evacuation at law center 1/31/2002
A fire started in one of the dryers in the basement of the Platte County Law Enforcement Center on Monday, causing the evacuation of the upper level of the law enforcement center. More on this Story

City parks director leaving to take job with the county1/31/2002
A job offer to expand his career opportunities in the parks department field wasn't passed up by Justin Stuart when approached by Brian Nowotny, director of Platte County Parks and Recreation. More on this Story

Grant will help promote lifelong fitness for students 1/31/2002
A grant received by the Platte City Middle School will help promote fitness to students well into the future. The $2,000 after-school physical education grant is one of 32 grants offered by the State of Missouri. More on this Story

Name chosen for Platte City civic group 1/24/2002
A name has been chosen and the first project is underway for a local civic group. As an initial project in its organization stage, the newly-organized Platte City Area Development Association (the group formerly known as the Platte City Main Street Association) is attempting to gather names of all businesses in Platte City. To report your business name to the organization, call Jody Knighton at 858-2213. Next meeting for the development association will be Monday, Jan. 28 at 12 noon at Fannie's Restaurant. More on this Story

R-1 will seek tax increase for air conditioning 1/24/2002
Students of the North Platte School District are one step closer to seeing air conditioning in their building. At last week's meeting of the North Platte Board of Education, the board voted to place a 10¢ cent additional operating levy on the April ballot. More on this Story

Platte City administrator gets 3% raise 1/24/2002
Platte City's Board of Aldermen Tuesday night awarded Keith Moody, city administrator, a three percent merit pay increase. In addition, the board cleared up some other issues involving Moody's employment by spelling out his car allowance and severance package in a written employment agreement. More on this Story

R-3 says five-year plan may require tax increase 1/24/2002
A presentation on Vision 2007—the Platte County R-3 School District's master plan for the next five years—was a highlight of Thursday's school board meeting. The Vision 2007 Strategic Plan analyzes three areas including: student achievement/curriculum/technology, student programs/student services/district operations, and facilities/finance/community relations/long-range planning. More on this Story

Hills of Oakmont on horizon 1/24/2002
Get ready for the Hills of Oakmont, a 304-lot subdivision that will soon be going up south of Platte City. The Platte County Commission has approved a rezoning request by Valkyrie Land Investments, asking sto rezone 166 acres from PI (Planned Industrial) to R-7 (Single Family High Density), for the development of the 304 lot single-family residential subdivision. More on this Story

New SRO combines teaching and law enforcement into the perfect job 1/17/2002
A love of teaching and the love of being a police officer has combined to offer Darrick Bruns what he feels is a perfect job opportunity within the Platte County R-3 School District. More on this Story

Surviving cancer isn't just an option 1/17/2002
For Tina Zubeck, surviving lymphoma isn't just an option. It's a necessity. A diagnosis by doctors at a leading lymphoma hospital in June of 2001 showed that Tina's small cell lymphoma was progressing into large cell lymphoma. Tina's story actually began seveal years ago. After an original diagnosis of small cell lymphoma in 1997, Tina's nearly three-year waiting period came to an end in November of 1999 when tests revealed that the lymphoma was progressing. She needed to start thinking about treatments. More on this Story

Platte County: The best place to raise children 1/17/2002
For Platte County residents, being ranked number one in several areas is something they have become accustomed to. According to Kid Count 2000, these factors, as well as many others combined to name Platte County the number one county in the state of Missouri to raise your children. More on this Story

Draft master plan lists future Hwy. 92 projects 1/17/2002
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has evaluated the information gathered during the first three phases of the Route 92/10 Corridor Master Plan Study and has developed a Draft Master Plan with recommendations for improvements across the corridor. More on this Story

Man dies after exchanging fire with deputy 1/17/2002
An exchange of gunfire with a sheriff's deputy brought death to a 63-year-old man on Graden Avenue near Parkville in Platte County on Saturday evening. More on this Story

Tourist home ordinance killed by Weston board 1/17/2002
Weston Board of Alderman members got their chance to vote their opinion regarding the proposed tourist home ordinance at Monday night's meeting. More on this Story

There will be three races in Platte City's elections 1/17/2002
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has evaluated the information gathered during the first three phases of the Route 92/10 Corridor Master Plan Study and has developed a Draft Master Plan with recommendations for improvements across the corridor. More on this Story

Platte County's growth shown in building permits 1/10/2002
In the final building permit report for the year 2001, Gale Cantu of the planning and zoning office reported to the Platte County Commission that 235 single family housing permits were issued this year. More on this Story

Husband and wife charged in Northland murder case 1/10/2002
Platte County Prosecutor Tammy Glick has charged Jimmy L. Williams, 47, and his wife, Brenda K. Williams, 46, both of Kansas City with murder stemming from the shooting death of Thadd Mize, 28, also of Kansas City on Dec. 12. More on this Story

Offut says he'll run again 1/10/2002
As was expected, Platte City Mayor Frank Offutt announced Tuesday night that he will seek a third term in office, and other filings are trickling in for the city and school election to be held in April. More on this Story

City reviews its finances; stormwater update given 1/10/2002
A look at the latest financial reports and an update on the study of the city's stormwater drainage system were two major topics facing the Platte City Board of Aldermen at a meeting Tuesday night. More on this Story

Casey's says it doesn't
have room to sell Landmarks;
go to KCL Express instead
Sorry folks, but the big guy who manages the Casey's General Store in Platte City says he doesn't have the shelf room anymore to sell copies of The Landmark.

Store manager Ron—and why do I get the feeling there's more (perhaps politics? perhaps 'friendship' with a Landmark competitor?) to the story than Ron is telling me—has made the decision to carry the St. Joseph News Press on his rack instead of your local Landmark. He claims the home office now limits him to just 3 newspapers on the shelf, and he just gets too many requests for that St. Joe paper. More on this Story

North Platte will study tax increase for air conditioning 1/3/2002
An announcement by the North Platte R-1 School Board on Dec. 19, may cut back the number of early dismissals due to the heat when warm Kansas City temperatures roll around. More on this Story

County acquires 80-acres of land for parks usage 1/3/2002
The Platte County Commission on Monday acquired 80 acres of land in eastern Platte County for parks development.The site, which is located west of Hwy. 169 and Metro North Mall in Platte County, is comprised of two 40-acres of property. More on this Story

Never at a loss for news 1/3/2002
Not surprisingly, 2001 proved to be another year full of in-
teresting events and news stories in Platte County. Here's a summary of the news as it appeared in the pages of The Landmark. More on this Story

Three local teenagers are injured in crash 12/20/2001
Three local teenagers suffered injuries in a one-vehicle wreck on Highway 92 east of Platte City Saturday night.All three of the teens are from Platte City and all are students at Platte County High School. More on this Story


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