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South Shelby Homecoming Queen
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Brennah Collins was crowned the 2017 South Shelby Homecoming Queen Friday night at halftime of the football game. Brennah is the daughter of Mark and Yvette Collins of Clarence.

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Crowd of Clarence and Shelbina People Attend R-4 School Board Meeting in Clarence
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The Shelby County R-IV School Board toured the Clarence Elementary facility Wednesday night prior to its regular September board meeting that was held in the Clarence Elementary gym. It also heard public comment for and against the possibility of a consolidated elementary school.
   The debate continued centered around talks of a possibility of a consolidated elementary school in the district. With the small numbers per grade in Clarence Elementary, the R-IV Board has been discussing its options the last few months.
   Public Comment
   During the public comment part of the meeting, four speakers talked. Larry Mitchell was the first speaker. He mentioned that he had written letters and talked with board members in the last few months. He said he felt the high school students have benefited from being together for the last 50-plus years, and the middle school students have benefited from being together the last 20 years. He said he believes the elementary students would benefit as well by being together. Mitchell said he also believes that putting the elementary schools together would be using the money of the patrons more wisely, and save hundreds of thousands of dollars.
   The next speaker was Lee Schoonover. He said the subject of consolidation comes down to two issues. The first being is this in the best interest of all our students, and what is the true cost of maintaining separate sites.
   Schoonover talked about the importance of smaller class sizes, and spending more per student. Schoonover said consolidating the elementary school will not, in itself, guarantee performance.
   Schoonover also said that low income students do not perform well in consolidated situations, according to data that he had on hand.
   Schoonover stated that the two elementary locations are meeting the needs of the students better than the middle school and high school campuses.
   Tim Farmer spoke next and said that this question was raised a couple of years ago and the answer to the question of consolidation was no. He also noted that there has been a lot of bitterness in the last few months about this issue. He said the board needs to find a way to calm that down. He also told the board to find solutions that both sides can support.
   Farmer said that currently there are 294 square miles in the district. Out of that 194 square miles is being served by Shelbina Elementary, and 100 square miles is being served by Clarence Elementary. Farmer noted that if that was adjusted it could have a positive impact on both buildings.
   Farmer also noted that while he and his wife worked in the Hannibal School District, there was a push to consolidate the elementary schools. He said that they decided not to consolidate their elementary schools.
   Mike Blackford also spoke and said he grew up in Clarence and moved to Moberly. He said they ended up moving back to Clarence because he felt they would get a better education in Clarence.
   Architect Discussion
   Maddex said the board hasn’t made any decisions at this point about what it will do in the future. But for the best way in finding out the total cost of all options, he recommended the district hire the PSBA Architectural firm.
   Maddex wants them to look at a new building options, as well as a renovation option. Maddex said he would get an estimated cost with prevailing wage and without prevailing wage.
   Board member Jarrell Foreman asked about what Capital Projects were included in the plan from three years ago. Maddex mentioned lights and windows at the middle school. Some of those projects were able to be done anyway. At the elementary schools, they concentrated on energy savings. At Shelbina they worked on the structure of the walls.
   Foreman asked what it would take to improve some of the issues at Shelbina Elementary such as electrical, windows and other things, and wondered if any community grants would be available. Foreman said looking back it seemed like a lot of money for the previous proposed projects. Board member Scott Gough explained that a lot of that went into the proposed tornado proof gym.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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Clarence Man Injured in One-Vehicle Accident
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A one-vehicle accident involving a Clarence man took place around 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, on private property off of Highway 15, four miles south of Memphis.
   According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 2010 Mac trash truck driven by 40-year-old Robert L. Hall, struck a bump in the roadway, causing damage to the undercarriage, and injuring Hall.
   He suffered moderate injuries and was transported by Scotland County Ambulance to the Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. According to the patrol, Hall was wearing his seat belt.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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Class of '82 Holds Reunion
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The South Shelby Class of 1982 recently held its 35th reunion.

The Class of 1982 held a tailgate party at South Shelby’s Homecoming game on September 15 with 14 present. After the game a few classmates strolled down memory lane, with a tour of South Shelby High. On Saturday evening, 19 members gathered to share a meal and conversation, while rocking to 80’s music at the Fr. Buhman Center. A memorial balloon release was held to honor Jack Allison, Rory Davis and Marie Fisher. Carla Wessling Tew traveled the farthest, coming from Alabama. Good times and fellowship was had by all. They are (pictured above, from the left to right) Tracy Grawe Smith, Debbie Byers Landon, Kenny Smithey, Carla Wessling Tew, Janet Fisher Klocke, Steve Gerrish, Pat Heathman, Troy Renner, Chris Threlkeld, Dee Hammond Gordon, Crystal Hipkins Perrigo, Sheila Bowling Kaiser, Cindy Dixon Neisen, J.D. Barry, Laura Harris, Lisa Wood Eubank, Linda Dieker Fisher, Laura Power Greenwell and Angie Wood Mefford.   9092 1738 9/20/2017 hdl

Couple Unites in Wedding Ceremony
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Luke and Marlana Smith

Marlana Bonnell and Luke Smith were united in marriage on September 9, 2017 at the Community Baptist Church in Emden by Reverend SD Bodwell.
   The bride is the daughter of David and Janet McCoy, Leonard, and Lance and Missy Bonnell, Durham. The groom is the son of David and Tanya Smith, Shelbina.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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