Local News Headlines – Tues, Dec 12

THE MURRAY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WILL MEET AT 8:30 THIS MORNING AT THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER IN SLAYTON. THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS SALARIES FOR THE COUNTY AUDITOR-TREASURER, THE COUNTY ATTORNEY AND THE COUNTY RECORDER. A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD ON THE 2018 COUNTY FEE SCHEDULE. THE COUNTY ENGINEER WILL DISCUSS A BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM. THE BOARD WILL HEAR THE FINAL REPORT ON THE EMPLOYEE CLASSIFICATION AND COMPENSATION STUDY. AN UPDATED LIST OF JOB DESCRIPTIONS WILL BE REVIEWED.
THE AMERICAN LUTHERAN CHURCH IN WINDOM WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL LIVING NATIVITY ON WEDNESDAY. THE LIVE MANGER SCENE WILL BE SET UP IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH ON PROSPECT AVENUE. VIEWING WILL BE FROM 5:30 TO 7:30 WEDNESDAY EVENING. PROSPECT WILL BE A ONE-WAY STREET, WITH SOUTH-BOUND TRAFFIC ONLY.  THERE WILL BE LIVE ANIMALS AS PART OF THE MANGER SCENE. INSIDE THE CHURCH, THERE WILL BE A BAKE SALE, A SOUP AND CHILI SUPPER, LIVE MUSIC AND REFRESHMENTS. DONATIONS TO THE FOOD SHELF WILL BE ACCEPTED.
AN ELEMENTARY MUSIC CONCERT WILL BE HELD AT 6:30 TONIGHT IN THE GOLD GYM AT THE WINDOM AREA MIDDLE-HIGH SCHOOL. MUSIC WILL BE PERFORMED BY STURDENTS IN THE 1ST THROUGH THE 3RD GRADES, WITH ALL GROUPS DIRECTED BY JONI GARRISON. THE THEME FOR THE SHOW IS “SING IN THE HOLIDAYS.” THE CONCERT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. EACH GRADE WILL PERFORM BY ITSELF, AND THERE WILL BE SEVERAL NUMBERS PERFORMED BY A MASS CHOIR.
THE WINDOM SCHOOL BOARD HELD A SPECIAL MEETING LAST WEEK. THE TRUTH IN TAXATION HEARING WAS HELD. FOLLOWING THE HEARING, THE BOARD ESTABLISHED THE FINAL 2017 PROPERTY TAX LEVY, PAYABLE IN 2018. THE LEVY WAS SET AT JUST OVER 2.8-MILLION DOLLARS – AN INCREASE OF 2.52% OVER THE CURRENT YEAR’S LEVY. LEVY INCREASES WERE NOTED FOR LONG-TERM FACILITY MAINTENANCE, AND LEASE PAYMENTS FOR THE PORTABLE CLASSROOMS.
MORE AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES ARE BEING HELD IN THE AREA. TODAY, THERE WILL BE A BLOOD DRIVE AT ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH IN MORGAN FROM 1:30 TO 6:30. ON WDNESDAY, THERE WILL BE A BLOOD DRIVE AT WABASSO HIGH SCHOOL FROM 9:00 UNTIL 2:00, AND AT THE FULDA COMMUNITY CENTER FROM 12:30 UNTIL 6:30. ALL BLOOD TYPES ARE NEEDED. YOU WILL NEED TO SHOW IDENTIFICATION AT CHECK-IN, INCLUDING A BLOOD DONORS’ CARD OR DRIVERS’ LICENSE.
THE MURRAY COUNTY BOARD WILL BE HOLDING TWO SPECIAL MEETINGS THIS WEEK. THE COMMISSIONERS WILL MEET AT 10:30 WEDNESDAY MORNING AT THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER IN SLAYTON. THE BOARD WILL BE CONDUCTING LABOR CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES. ANOTHER MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 10:00 THURSDAY MORNING. LABOR CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED WITH THE COUNTY DEPUTIES.