Cricket Wireless opened a new store in Harrisonville at 1501 N. Missouri 291.
The cell-phone plan provider, a subsidiary of AT&T, offers no-contract plans starting at $30 per month.
The new store, which is owned and operated by Gateway Wireless, an authorized retailer, will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
“This new store in Harrisonville will help meet the growing needs of our customers,” said Bobby Terhune, market director for Cricket Wireless. “We want to make our products and services easily accessible to shoppers. This new store will help us do that.”
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Grant’s Realty joins Keller Williams
Grant’s Realty Team has joined Keller Williams Southland Partners, based in Raymore.
Scott Grant, owner of Grant’s Realty Team, has been a licensed real-estate agent for more than 10 years. The company also builds houses through Grant’s Custom Homes.
Devon West serves as the company’s team lead, while Cathy Gilbert, Michelle Pegram and Megan Deitz work as sales associates.
Grant’s Realty Team, 1006 W. Foxwood Drive in Raymore, flourished under the Reece & Nichols banner in early 2017 before joining Keller Williams, which is based in Austin, Texas, has more than 900 offices and 173,000 employees across five continents.
Conservation department hit by vandals
The Missouri Department of Conservation and local police are seeking information about vandalism at the Amarugia Conservation Area in rural Archie, which has been hit four times by vandals during the past three months.
Most of the damage has been directed at bulletin boards and sign boards in the parking lots. A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.
Anyone with information on the vandalism is asked to contact the Operation Game Thief Hotline at 800-392-1111 or Conservation Agent Phil Needham and make a report, which can be done anonymously.
Speaking of Amarugia Lake ...
Amarugia Lake will remain closed to fishing through 2018, but it’s expected to reopen during the second half of 2019.
Renovations, which started during the fall of 2014 and wrapped up in the fall of 2016, increased the lake depth near the banks fishing areas. Fish structures and spawning areas also were added.
The Missouri Department of Conservation stocked the lake with bluegill, redear sunfish, channel catfish and bass. If those fish has flourished and reached good size by the middle of next year, it will reopen.
The Department also is asking for help keeping other fish, especially crappie, out of the lake as the presence of small crappie tends to limit bass and bluegill populations.
Thanks a Farmer Week wraps up Saturday
Missouri Farm Bureau and County Farm Bureau’s across the state joined forces Feb. 4-10 for “Celebrate Agriculture: Thanks a Farmer Week!”
On average, U.S. farms and farmers — there are 2.1 million farms with 3.2 million farm operators — produce enough food and fiber for 165 people, including 106 here and 59 abroad.
But with the projected growth of the global population by 2050, farmers are expected to have to produce 70 percent more food to meet that demand, while farm and ranch families account for less than 2 percent of the U.S. population.
“Agriculture is important to our daily lives and our community,” County President Matt Moreland says. “Because 98 percent of the population doesn’t farm, it is easy to take for granted the importance of our farmers. Celebrate Agriculture: Thank a Farmer Week is a great time to recognize the important contribution made by farmers.”
Agriculture remained Missouri’s top industry, contributing $88.4 billion to the economy, according to a 2016 study commissioned by the Missouri Department of Agriculture and Missouri Farm Bureau.
Driver’s exam stations closed
The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s driver examination stations will be closed Feb. 12 in observance of Lincoln Day, a state holiday, and Feb. 19 in observance of President’s Day, a federal holiday.
Normal operations will resume on Feb. 13 and 20 during the next two weeks.
Compiled by Tod Palmer, firstname.lastname@example.org, editor of The Democrat.