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Commissioner concerns continue regarding August 2013 flood damage repairs PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (June 1, 2015) — Repair work may begin on flood-damaged roads and bridges in Pulaski County for which repairs have been on hold since the August 2013 flood. Or maybe not. During Monday’s county commission meeting, a representative of Great River Engineering, presented access agreements for adjacent landowners to sign for road construction work in the area of Red Oak where access has been hampered since the August 2013 flooding. However, Western District Commissioner Ricky Zweerink said he doesn't want to get "people stirred up" unless the project is close to starting. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Dixon Police Department gets new assistant chief DIXON, Mo. (June 1, 2015) — The city of Dixon has a new assistant to the head of its police department. Following Monday night’s city council meeting, Mayor Shawn Wethington and City Marshal Mike Plummer announced that Gary Brankel has been promoted from a dual role as officer and dispatcher to the rank of lieutenant, succeeding Lt. James LaChance. In Dixon, that’s the second-ranking post in the police department behind Plummer, who is an elected official. “We’re adding one more tool to the tool belt for the city to move forward and proactively address issues that we have,” Wethington said. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Kidnapping Waynesville leaders suggested as solution to Dixon looking "like a dump" DIXON, Mo. (April 15, 2015) — The husband of a newly elected Dixon alderman has a novel idea to improve his town: kidnap community leaders from Waynesville to find out what they’re doing that works. John Thilges made that suggestion during the public comment period of Wednesday’s city council meeting, the meeting in which his wife Betty was sworn into office as an alderman following the April 7 elections. The Thilgeses are far from new to Dixon politics; they’ve lived in the community for more than two decades and Betty Thilges had run for mayor many years ago while serving as an alderman. “When I drive through Dixon it looks like a dump. When I used to drive through Waynesville, it used to look like Dixon, only worse,” John Thilges said. “We need to find out who did that and kidnap them and do what it takes to bring them here... somebody knows what needs to be done.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Brig. Gen. Kent Savre
FLW's next commander's past fights included Superstorm Sandy and stopping IEDs The man who as a lieutenant colonel was once director of the unit at U.S. Army Fort Leonard Wood which trains soldiers to stop IEDs and other explosive devices, currently the main killer of American soldiers in Afghanistan, will soon return as a general to command the entire installation. At Friday’s Committee of Fifty meeting, Fort Leonard Wood’s chief of staff, Col. James Reckard, announced that Maj. Gen. Les Smith will move later this spring from commanding Fort Leonard Wood to serving as the deputy to the Army’s inspector general in the Pentagon. His successor will be Brig. Gen. Kent Savre, whose last time at Fort Leonard Wood was from 2005 to 2007 as head of the Counter-Explosive Hazard Center. More recently, Savre was at Fort Hood, Texas when an Army psychiatrist attacked and killed troops, including some under his command, and headed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division when Superstorm Sandy hit New York and New Jersey. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina