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  • Local leaders give updates on different parts of the community

  • Local leaders updated the community on various events and progress taking place during Tuesday night's Community Forum, hosted by the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce.
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  • Local leaders updated the community on various events and progress taking place during Monday night's Community Forum, hosted by the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce.
    Pulaski County Presiding Comissioner Gene Newkirk, St. Robert Mayor George Sanders, Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman, Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith, Command Sgt. Maj. Terrence Murphy, Waynesville R-VI School District Superindendat Judene Blackburn and Dorsey Newcomb of the Leonard Wood Institute and Sustainable Ozarks Partnership served as guest speakers for the event.
    Each speaker was given a few minutes to provide the community with an update. Here are a few things each of the leaders discussed.
    Pulaski County
    • ‪Pulaski County Sheriff's Office ‪has expanded the County Jail by adding 28 beds. This saves the tax payers $340,000 by no longer having to pay Miller County to house inmates.
    • Pulaski County has installed a drop box in front of the Courthouse for any payments or reports that goes to the courthouse. The drop box is guarded by a security camera.
    • The Devil's Elbow Bridge is expected to be reopened in September after a major facelifting project.
    • Inmates are now painting the courthouse, which helps save money for tax payers.
    St. Robert
    • St. Robert will soon be constructing a pedestrian bridge that will connect Kum and Go and Cracker Barrel across I-44 called “Bridging Together.” The construction will begin within the next 45 days.
    • Hardee's in St. Robert is now open.
    • According to recent Census findings, Waynesville has grown in population by 6.4 percent since the last Census in 2010 with a current population of 5,137.
    • the last eight years, more than $4 million has been spent on Downtown Waynesville.
    • Developers are working to bring restaurants and shops to Patriot Landing near the new theatre on GW Lane.
    • Dollar General plans to build a 10,500 square foot store on the corner of Ichord Ave. and Route 66.
    • City continues to work on the Industrial Park and is working to install infrastructure and roads.
    • City sales tax has increased 22.3 percent in the last five years. Property tax value has increased 25.8 percent in the last five years.
    • The City is busy planning a park stage for the Roubidoux Park and a special-needs playground in the City Park.
    • Waynesville has increased the roads and grounds budget by $20,000 each year and plans to pave the second downtown parking lot soon.
    Fort Leonard Wood
    -Best Warrior Competition winners:
    • Soldier of the Year -- Spc. Joshua Roberts, 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade
    • Drill Sergeant of the Year -- Staff Sgt. Jonathan Miller, 14th Military Police Brigade
    • Joint Service Junior Enlisted Member of the Year -- Lance Cpl. Jeremy Banks, Marine Corps Detachment
    • Fort Leonard Wood hosted its first SHARP summit with leaders to highlight the significance of preventing sexual assault among leaders and soldiers.
    • Fort Leonard Wood is working with local institutions to give civilian credentials to active-duty soldiers in order to help them secure jobs after their military careers.
    • Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith said “We are working to make Fort Leonard Wood no. 1 in hunting, golf, and community support.”
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    • Graduation will be held on May 23 in the new Tiger Stadium.
    • 5,827 students are currently enrolled in Waynesville Schools. This is a 2 percent decrease in enrollment from last year.
    • 784 staff members work in Waynesville School District.
    • Army force reductions will affect enrollment over the next two years. They expect a loss of an estimated 400 to 700 students and 60-80 staff members within the next two years.
    • The Waynsville School District is operating on a $71 million budget this year.
    • A FEMA Shelter will be built this fall at East Elementary.
    • Dr. Judene Blackburn will be retiring in June.
    • Waynesville Americorps and Vista teams will soon be recognized by the Missouri Community Service Commision with the Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service award.
    • Waynesville Career Center students recently won 23 gold medals at the state-wide Skills USA competition.
    • Superintendent Dr. Judene Blackburn will be retiring in June.
    Sustainable Ozarks Partnership
    • Sustainable Ozarks Partnership is a member-based non-profit organization representing Pulaski, Phelps, Laclede, and Texas counties and seeks to preserve and enhance Fort Leonard Wood's mission.
    • Fort Leonard Wood is the fifth-largest employer in Missouri and the state has received an economic boost from the base.
    • SOP has been working for two years establishing credibility to defend Fort Leonard Wood.
    • SOP has worked closely with Sen. Roy Blunt, Sen. Claire McCaskill, and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler.
    • Missouri has recently scored in the top ten on a military-friendly scorecard.
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