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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the more than 8,500 positive comments filed with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources State Parks Department in support of the Rock Island Trail. When completed, the next 143 miles of trail fills a gap where there are no state parks while connecting Kansas City to Missouri’s largest state park at Lake of the Ozarks. The trail will not only enhance recreational opportunities in the area but will bring more visitors to the Lake of the Ozarks.

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the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout for surpassing the $1 million mark in charitable contributions over the last decade. This week the committee who organizes the event reported $200,000 was being donated to charity from the 2017 races held in August.

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Camdenton R-III School District for implementing the first course of the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science Program this semester. The Biomedical Science pathway is designed for students in grades 9-12. The courses are designed to help students develop interest and skills in careers that are in high demand. It's a good example of school district's preparing students for the future.

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flat sales tax growth for the city of Camdenton. The loss of $13,000 over the course of a fiscal year may not seem like much but over time, the loss could add up to a significant amount. Online shopping may be the culprit. It's convenient; you can shop 24 hours a day and have your purchases delivered right to your door. But local businesses need your support to generate local taxes that support our communities. Think about that before you make your next online purchase.

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the Missouri Public Defender System. The system needs to be overhauled. Public defenders across the state are speaking out about a system that is failing to provide the most basic legal representation. The U.S. Constitution ensures competent, effective and ethical representation of all defendents. When public defenders themselves are pleading with judges to appoint private attorneys to take cases, there is something terribly wrong.