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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Clayton Cowen for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Not only did he complete a community service with the construction of a new storage for his church, he also took a big step in growing into a responsible young man.

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students at Heritage Elementary of School of the Osage. Student Izzy Amsinger had the idea to bring the fun of a tetherball court to Heritage and a core of eight students worked together with teachers to make it happen. What great initiative!

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Missouri State Parks for setting funding in motion to begin planning for a stabilization project of the Ha Ha Tonka castle ruins. A cool artifact of history and a gem of the state park system, the old stone walls are important part of not just tourism but the fabric of the Lake community. Preservation is definitely worthwhile.

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the road sign thieves plaguing Camden County. In some respects this is small beans, but that’s also exactly why it is so frustrating. The road signs are vital to emergency response and just general navigation for the public and the county has many public needs to try to address, yet it is expending so many resources replacing signs. 

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the slow pace of justice that continues to burden the area. While a third judge was added to the 26th circuit earlier this year, a backlog of old cases are just starting to see conclusion.

The trial of Emily Usnick for the 2009 death of her newborn child, in which she was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, as well as the plea deal for state trooper Anthony Piercy in the 2014 handcuffed drowning of Brandon Ellingson are just two examples.

Victims and their families - as well as the community - are ground down by a system that allows justice to lag.