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Thursday, February 20, 2020
Upcoming City Talk

We want to hear what you have to say...So, we are inviting you to attend the upcoming City Talk, which will be held at 7pm, on Monday, March 2, in the Hall of Fame Room at Spratt Stadium on the campus of Missouri Western State University. This City Talk is being hosted by Mayor Bill McMurray and Brenda Blessing, Councilmember At-Large. Light refreshments will be provided from 6:30-7pm, if you'd like to come early and visit with your City Council representatives.

This is your opportunity to let us know what is on your mind. We welcome questions, suggestions, complaints and even compliments. Or, you can just come and listen to what your neighbors have to say.
Minor Upgrades at the Civic Arena

The Civic Arena received some much-needed new toilet kits for the restrooms. The kits included flush valves for 29 toilets and 16 urinals. The replacement took two weeks and cost just over $4,000. Next on the list is the replacement of sink fixtures to address the leaking faucets and damage from hard water build-up.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. This is an issue that impacts everyone, not just teens, but their parents, teachers, friends and communities as well. Together, we can raise the nation’s awareness about teen dating violence and promote safe, healthy relationships. 

Nationwide, youth age 12 to 19 experience the highest rates of rape and sexual assault. Girls are particularly vulnerable to experiencing violence in their relationships and are more likely to suffer long-term behavioral and health consequences, including suicide attempts, eating disorders and drug use. Teen dating violence can include any of the following:

  • Physical: This includes pinching, hitting, shoving or kicking.
  • Emotional: This involves threatening a partner or harming his or her sense of self-worth. Examples include name calling, controlling/jealous behaviors, consistent monitoring, shaming, bullying (online, texting and in person), intentionally embarrassing him/her, keeping him/her away from friends and family.
  • Sexual: This is defined as forcing a partner to engage in acts when he or she does not or cannot consent.

If you know of a teen or parent who could benefit from speaking to a trained peer advocate, please connect them with the National Dating Abuse Helpline, a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, at 1-866-331-9474 (TTY: 1-866-331-8453), by texting "loveis" to 77054, or through live chat at   loveisrespect.org.

Should We Blame the Moon?

If you work in public safety or in the medical field, you might have heard about the lunar effect. The lunar effect, for those who have not heard the term... read more
Matilda Takes the Stage

Experience the power of imagination and the determination of one little girl this weekend as the Robidoux Resident Theatre presents  Matilda: The Musical at the Missouri Theater. There will be three opportunities to catch the show: Friday, February 21, at 7:30pm, Saturday, February 22, at 7:30pm, and Sunday, February 23, at 2pm. For more information or to purchase tickets online, click here.
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