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Winning top honors in the second-grade Spelling Bee at Smithville Elementary were, first, Elliot Barne; second, Bratten Cook and third, Maggie Myrick. Awards were issued by Shan Burklow.

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GPS mapping and maintenance of the city’s nearly 300 fire hydrants will be contracted to an outside firm, the end result likely leading to a saving of money in Smithville’s insurance rating.

“It will help with ISO rating,” said Smithville Fire Chief Charlie Parker of the overdue maintenance needed on the numerous fire plugs around the city. “It will also help with water flow and not just at the hydrant.”

The chief told the city board of mayor and aldermen that the fire department does not have the manpower to undertake the extensive project. However, the GPS mapping ...

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