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PAOLA — Paola city leaders have had no problem coming up with a list of projects that could be funded by the half-cent sales tax voters approved in 2019, but paring that list down is proving more difficult.

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When Chuck Smith decided earlier this year to take a motorcycle ride through the mountains of Colorado toward the Grand Canyon and across the rustic terrain of the western states, it was simply to clear his head and realize one of his dreams.

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PAOLA — Paola USD 368 school board members decided Monday, Sept. 13, to stay in Phase 1 of the district’s Safe Return to School Plan, which means masks will remain optional for now.

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PAOLA — Paola city officials are moving forward with plans to demolish a house at 401 E. Kaskaskia St. due to structural deficiencies that have not been addressed.

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A total of 18 new Paola USD 368 teachers met at the district office on Monday, Aug. 9, to get more acquainted with the district during an orientation led by Tammy Thomasson, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.

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PAOLA — With the temperature hovering near triple digits around noon on Aug. 11, the large crowd that had assembled at the Peoria Street railroad crossing in Paola was growing a bit impatient as they awaited the arrival of Union Pacific’s historic “Big Boy” steam locomotive.

Erik P. Brakner, a 2020 Paola High School graduate, completed Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, on July 29.

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may have prevented Miami County Medical Center Auxiliary from hosting its annual volunteer luncheon this summer, but it couldn’t stop the organization from once again providing scholarships for local nursing students.

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A 46-year-old Paola woman was killed in a one-vehicle rollover accident shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, on 343rd Street, between Columbia and Victory roads.