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•Part I (The Battle of Platte County)
•Part II (Local lawmen shoot it out with notorious bandits)
Part III (Further on up the road)
•Part IV (Holt Coffey: Platte County Hero)

Local News

Top stories of 2008

12/31/2008
Landmark renovation project complete
Porter, Walsh file for alderman
Hanman, Bos fined for milking the system
It was politics, crime, and zoning in '08

12/24/2008
R-3 Hires superintendent
The Reik choice
Rest stop murder still being probed
Cost of water, sewer on the rise at Tracy
The year that was

12/17/2008
Woody's home destroyed
Sales tax revenues slow in county
GOP wins drive for charity
Former Park Hill student killed in car wreck
Parkville increases budget for legal fees
Death on the tracks

12/10/2008
Man hit by train
Is Reik the choice?
Landmark party is Friday evening
Shop with a deputy
Jung returns to board of aldermen
Weston annexation proposal on ice

12/3/2008
Offutt set to appoint Jung as new alderman
Smoking ban doused
R-3 board meeting goes beyond 'closed'
Sloan resigns as Platte City alderman
TDD sales tax revenue projections go down
Platte-Clay looks to sell its downtown building
Landmark party set for Friday

11/26/2008
Former Chiefs player charged with DUI
Radio personality coming to Landmark party
Commissioners, auditor at odds over budget
Plaza road work now on hold till March
Political parties teaming up in local charitable drive

11/19/2008
R-3 narrows search
Annexation proposal remains stalled
County budget proposes salary hikes
Smoking debate still smoldering in Parkville
Park Hill still pondering sewer line options
Felonious crimes up slightly in county

11/12/2008
Drug case investigated
KC studies Tomahawke annexation request
Weston annexation proposal questioned
Settlers Crossing
Financing found for Plaza road improvements
Change-orders reduce cost of county projects
Prior offender guilty of burglary, stealing

11/05/2008
Wild night at Waffle House
Graves crushes Barnes; Jason Brown reelected
GOP's Plunkett, Dusenbery win commission seats
Lisa Pope, Bonnie Brown returned to office by voters
Parkville makes hire
Light rail issue derailed by voters
Dearborn boil order issued

10/29/2008
Parkville to hire administrator Tuesday
Tomahawke to KC?
County worker guilty of making threats
Plaza road projects halted
Quitmeier vs. Dusenbery race getting emotional
Plunkett seeking reelection to commission
Brown, Baier battling for statehouse position
Communication needs to be improved, Fulton says
Brown and McCormick tout qualities

10/22/2008
Annexation effort delayed
Mayor wants exceptions to potential smoking ban
Propane explosion injures man
Site plan for new KFC approved in Platte City
Train death a suicide, police say
New alderman takes oath at Tracy

10/15/2008
County employee charged with making threats
Jury finds Gilmer guilty of murder
Train fatality still being investigated
Ground broken for KCI business center
Sewer district to study Park Hill's dilemma

10/8/2008
Tomahawke chopped
Murder trial begins in county
City wants input on annexation
Harrisonville's hiring of Moody stalls
Dispute over lights in Parkville resolved
Barry Road bank robbed
Radio host talks media bias, politics

10/1/2008
Park Hill halts project
Friday night fight breaks out after homecoming
Graduation rate drops at North Platte
Parkville facing potential water increase
Need for more athletic fields expressed

9/24/2008
Developer wants annexed
Person of interest sought in homicide
Tracy okays ordinance not listed on agenda
County cuts tax rate to two cents
Musical to tell story of Pirate Hall of Famer

9/17/2008
Patrol cars damaged in pursuit
Parkville's police chief says he'll call it quits
The Landmark wins five statewide awards
Person of interest sought
Janice Bolin chosen by Park Hill board
Suspects charged in robbery at Dearborn
Subscriptions offered at half price

9/10/2008
Man dies of gunshot at I-29 rest area
Previous dispute led to brawl at Parkville
Sampling continues for Landmark
Park Hill board probes applicants
Dearborn Trex Mart robbed at gunpoint

9/3/2008
KC mayor: Speed up Barry bridge
Cab driver charged with rape
Landmark subscriptions half price
Parkville softens its ethics ordinance
Local men given Medal of Valor
Sewer project faces opposition
School board opening narrowed to seven candidates

8/27/2008
Chamber finds itself in middle of heated topic
Athletic equipment stolen at R-3 High
Two major road projects on horizon
Teen killed crossing Interstate 29
Ambulance board increases tax levy
Eighteen want to be on board at Park Hill

8/21/2008
Party at Parkville ends with brawling
City 'losing' millions of gallons of water
Courthouse to get 80 new windows
Alleged rapist says he saw police car
Weatherby Lake area hit with bridge closure
Parkville lowers its tax levy
New administrator meets city workers
A change in plans: Tax decrease pondered

8/13/2008
Tomahawke toppled
Attempted rape reported at Weston
Developers' lawsuits vs. county get rolling
Aldermen create profile of City of Parkville
River bank project moving forward
North Platte delays start of classes

8/6/2008
Dusenbery, Quitmeier win
Steelman carries Platte
Staff favors denial of Tomahawke proposal
Flash flood damage to be fixed by city
Motorcycle crash claims life
Man, 48, may have abused area children

7/30/2008
Primary voters have choices
Sexual assault reported in Platte City
KC woman accused of stealing from Riverside firm
Opponents brace for second round
Man drowns in private pool at Parkville
Another transit plan being considered

7/24/2008
The new guy hired
Downing calls it quits as mayor of Dearborn
Gang's local battle recalled
City considering four-day weeks
Steelman's kitchen table tour makes a local stop
Recipe columnist really has something cookin'
R-3 teachers get $500 raise in base pay

7/16/2008
Canoe trip to St. Louis 'a fun adventure'
Tomahawke back on table
Serious accident at Winan
Another candidate offered city job
Cracking down
Bonnie & Clyde

7/9/2008
Hankins to hall of fame
Landlord to stand trial for murder
Chip Sherman bound for the Hall
4-wheeler accident proves fatal
Big night for elephants

7/2/2008
No more back door
Moody extension proposed
Blasts promised at local celebrations
Talk of smoking ban is ablaze at Parkville
Hulshof and Steelman will speak in Platte County

6/25/2008
Heavy concerns about light rail
Battle vs. Barrow Gang was 75 yrs. ago
July 4th walk/run has new meaning
Little public input given to R-3 board
South Platte's on-time response rate is 88%
Parking restrictions approved by aldermen

6/18/2008
Elementary boundaries may change at Park Hill
Saunders will aid Parkville in search
Field of applicants narrowed to four
School district facing major sewer project
Resident: Zoning should match current land uses
Local jury finds man guilty of sodomy

6/11/2008
Cell tower okayed for park in Platte City
Local pair face charges for stealing, police assault
City's search hits snag
Trash rates at Weston could rise by 67 percent
Unsightly property draws fire at Dearborn meeting

6/4/2008
Tomahawke proposal dropped
Light rail plan only offers buses to Platte
County roads to get maintenance work
Ambulance board ponders tax hike
Narrower lanes bring more parking spots

5/28/2008
Power Plant Tragedy
Developer files suit vs. county
Teacher accused in drug scam
Park Hill leader suggests tax increase
Questions raised about city's letter

5/21/2008
Local man named in milk probe
New homes, truck stop may be on way to Tracy
Bomb threat note found in backpack
County's goals outlined in Platte Profile
Civil War marker will be placed at Parkville

5/14/2008
Audit of Tracy sought
County pays $1.25 million for ground at Parkville
Wooddell quits as building inspector
Brentwood Parc project denied by commission
Weston to consider municipal complex

5/7/2008
Ethics controversy examined
Helping others while cleaning up after the storm
Park board short on members in Platte City
Olson hired as interim administrator
Curb helpers a point of debate for city
Gettin' Funky

4/30/2008
Ethics complaint advances
R-3 appears to settle for nine cents from KC
North Platte secretly applies for A+ status
Sand and gravel pit proposal still coming
Steelman campaigns here

4/23/2008
Beverly appeal denied
Weston collector guilty of stealing
No parking area extended by city
Tracy will need new board member

4/16/2008
Jason vs. Jason
Dusenbery accused in ethics complaint
Strange device detonated at Trex Mart in Tracy
CPA expresses concerns about Parkville issues
City begins search for new administrator
Woman pleads guilty in fatality accident

4/9/2008
Offutt crushes Brooks
Stinnett rolls at R-3
Richardson wins handily in Parkville mayor's race
Election results
Asher, Hoeffner and Matney win at R-1
New mayor at Tracy?
Bracket contest winners
KC mayor talks with county about light rail

4/2/2008
More than 60% never attended HOG rally
Tomahawke compatibility questioned by airport
Hutsler; Richardson square off for mayor
Commission okays new surcharge
Your list of candidates for cities, schools
Frank Offutt poised to challenge Brooks
Annexation, other issues discussed by candidates
Six candidates seeking three spots on R-1 board
Five candidates seeking three spots on R-3 board
Write-in candidates develop in Tracy races

3/26/2008
Burglaries continue in rural areas
Pryor pulls out, others jump in
City administrator resigns at Parkville
Police rate high; low on communication
Alderman wants Tracy officials to give up pay
Tornado sirens on way to county rural areas

3/19/2008
Tom Pryor quits race for Commissioner
New R-3 School won't open on time
Platte City teen found dead at Weston
Quitmeier will have primary foe
New trash ordinance approved
Bracket battle entry deadline nearing

3/12/2008
Rash of burglaries in Platte County
MoDOT wants more right of way from Tomahawke
It's the law: Weston dogs must defecate in own yard
Get your entry ready for annual bracket contest

3/5/2008
Charged in home invasion
Plan for offices okayed at Parkville
Employee cell phone policy being studied
Farley will pay for security at meetings
Basketball bracket contest on horizon

2/27/2008
Crime spree hits Platte City
City to stop commercial dumpster service
R-3 opposes tax abatement at KCI
Width of Winan Rd. could pose problem
Board wants security

2/20/2008
Four to be interviewed by aldermen
Sex crime vicitms urged to come forward
Investment strategies for city funds discussed
Alleys, variances topic at Dearborn

2/13/2008
Roads, traffic flow top survey concerns
Hammond's position eliminated at Parkville
Residents get organized, question traffic study

2/6/2008
Area zoning controversies on the horizon
Vote on Platte Ridge deal delayed
Sunshine issue nearly bites R-3 school board
Hammond's fate still up in air

1/30/2008
City gives Moody severance deal
Replacement search begins
Hammond's future could be decided Feb. 5
Development concerns expressed
Farley man charged in murder case
Sand and gravel officials state their case

1/23/2008
Board votes to fire Moody
Dearborn bank robbed Tuesday
Development of 600 homes proposed
Hammond reportedly out at City of Parkville
Fire proves fatal to mother of R-3 teacher
Park Hill South student killed in accident

1/16/2008
NP fills position without posting opening
Some parents object to Aug. 13 start date
Sheriff gets boost in budget
New downtown bridge planned at Parkville

1/9/2008
Salary hike approved for Parkville officials
Home foreclosures up 23% in county
2007: Part II of looking back
KC will share TIF info with Platte County

1/2/2008
Salt has become a precious commodity
Candidate filings trickling in
Wrong turn puts plane in mud at KCI
Procedural changes made to county budget
2007: The year that was...

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