• Work is progressing to put a new city well online at the Houston Industrial Park. The water department will fill the tank, drain and then refill before tests begin. Once approved, the new investment will be available for public consumption. The city is anxious to complete the project because it would then be eligible for other projects under the Community Development Block Grant program.

• At city hall: Utility Clerk Carol Pittman has announced her retirement effective Feb. 1…A water line expansion off Millstone Road is completed. Two new businesses are locating there – a flea market and sporting goods shop…The city’s electrical department has completed hanging Christmas decorations. The annual parade is Saturday.

• The Children’s Place, a not-for-profit day care center at Cabool, has closed after 37 years. The center’s license was returned to the state after its building failed to pass a recent state inspection. Volunteers associated with the project hope to explore opening another one at a new location.

• The Missouri Historic Schools Alliance has announced publication of the “Directory of Historic and One-Room School Books,” which is available for purchase on Amazon.

The cost is $15.50 for the 126-page paperback book.

• Texas County native Larry Dablemont has written a new book, “Little Home on the Piney.” Dablemont writes an outdoors column for several publications, including the Herald.

• With one election barely over, another cycle of filings is about to begin.

Posts ranging from school board to city government will be filed next year at the April 4 election.

Two county boards also will fill positions — the county health department and TCMH.

A list of whose terms expire and details about filings appear on Page A1 in today’s newspaper. Legal notices appear in Section B.

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