Each week, we take a look back at things that made us smile, laugh and congratulate as well as things that made us shake our heads and ask, “What?”

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Lake Ozark aldermen for approving a street study. The assessment will be the most detailed review of city streets since the city was incorporated in 1966. When it comes to infrastructure, planning is key.

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Citizens Against Domestic Violence for enhancing programs aimed at prevention of violence. With recent seminars on texting, social media and cyberbullying, this Lake area domestic violence organization is working to reduce violence among our youth.

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State Rep. David Wood, Parker Dunham and Eldon School. We loved that the opportunity was taken to expose a local high school student to the inner-workings of government, but also much credit to Parker for being interested in politics and possible leadership roles in our community.

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unspecified community service as punishment. The handcuffed drowning of Brandon Ellingson in 2014 on Lake of the Ozarks and the subsequent investigation and adjudication of former Trooper Anthony Piercy can still generate debate and controversy among area residents. Regardless of how you feel about Piercy though, a situation where someone has admitted guilt, even if just a misdemeanor, should still result in punishment that fits the crime. Surely someone could have mandated something that would have provided a better lesson, perhaps even an opportunity to pause for reflection on what happened, than building sets for a theater production.

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those who don’t educate themselves on issues prior to an election. The April 3 local election is fast-approaching, and the Lake Sun has and is providing information on multiple tax issues that are being proposed as well as candidate profiles in local races. Additionally, three fire protection districts and a school district have tax issues on the ballot and are holding hearings and talks with the public. It is important to attend and ask your own questions before making an informed decision.