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Holiday Bazaar returns

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By Don Groves

The Albany Ledger

For the third year in a row, shoppers can get a head start on the holiday without leaving home at the Albany Chamber of Commerce Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 22 at Albany High School.

The event has grown since its beginning and this year will feature at least 37 vendors, nearly double the first Holiday Bazaar in 2012.

“It’s a huge deal this year,” event organizer Tonya McCampbell said.

While shoppers can find a variety of items such as Scentsy candles, jewelry, and handmade crafts as they have in previous years, several new foods will be available from vendors.

Granny’s Kettle Korn from Blockton, Iowa, will offer different flavors, the Albany Young Farm Wives will sell homemade noodles and Jennifer Eddis of Bethany will have cinnamon roasted pecans and almonds, McCampbell said.

Also new this year is Dana Hulet, who will sell primitive crafts, and the chance to win a hand-quilted antique pineapple pattern quilt created by the Carnegie Library Nimble Thimble Quilters as a fundraiser for the Albany Carnegie Public Library.

McCampbell said Deb’s Dinky Diner will be back again this year to supply breakfast and lunch, which will include hot dogs and chili dogs. Deb’s will also sell whole pies.

McCampbell said she expects this year’s turnout to be even bigger as well.

“Last year we had around 275 people,” McCampbell said. “We’re expecting at least 300, if the weather is permitting.”

Entrance to the Holiday Bazaar is $1 or a donation of canned food items, McCampbell said. The food items will go to the Albany Ministerial Alliance food pantry at Albany United Methodist Church and The Lord’s Warehouse, the said.

For more information about the Holiday Bazaar, contact McCampbell at 726-5591 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Albany couple plead guilty

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By Don Groves

The Albany Ledger

An Albany couple pleaded guilty to Class C felony stealing Nov. 6 during Gentry County Law Day.

Judge Roger M Prokes accepted the pleas of Christine R. Lininger and Christopher S. Lininger who were charged in September 2013 with allegedly passing bad money orders at Hy-Vee and Shoats.

Under a plea agreement, the two will receive a suspended imposition of sentence of up to seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections pending a favorable Sentencing Assessment Report. They also agreed to pay restitution and fees, serve 60 days house arrest as shock time and five years probation. If restitution is paid early, house arrest will be shortened.

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 4.

A 46-year-old St. Joseph man waived formal arraignment and entered a not guilty plea to Class C felony passing a bad check.

John W. Rothwell, who is serving five years at Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron for probation violation in 2013 in Buchanan County, is alleged to have written a $3,996.55 check “drawn upon a nonexistent account with Bank Midwest” to Northwest Implement in September 2012.

Rothwell’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 5.

Prokes continued probation for Michael L. Knight after admitting using Xanax. Knight is serving probation after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance in February. Prokes continued Knight’s probation after Knight said he has found full-time position with Murphy-Brown.

Prokes also continued probation for Felicia D. McLean of Riverside, Mo. McLean is serving probation Class D felony tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree. Her attorney, Mike Shipley, said she is being treated for post traumatic stress disorder and drug abuse. McLean changed residency without permission while on probation. She said her daughter, which was born Oct. 4, is now in foster care.

“I want to get my daughter and if I go away a long time I won’t get her,” McLean said.

Prokes will review her probation Feb. 5.

Prokes continued probation for Hunter R. Sweat of Albany as well. Sweat is serving probation for Class C felony distributing marijuana. Sweat admitted buying hydrocodone off the street to treat pain after testing positive for an opiate in September.

Sweat said he submitted papers for a 16-month Teen Challenge, a faith-based residential recovery program. Prokes told Sweat to report for probation, continue to undergo treatment for drug abuse and attend Teen Challenge if he’s accepted.

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