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68 Seniors poised for commencement

Sixty-eight seniors are scheduled to participate in Tracy Area High School’s commencement ceremony Sunday, May 24, 2 p.m.

Senior speakers are Jackson Pond, Samantha Gervais, and Cassandra Hook. Sandy Yang will offer the class welcome, and Anna Peterson the class farewell.

The class valedictorian and class salutatorian will be announced at the ceremony, as will the gold honor chord seniors.

Supt. Chad Anderson, Tracy school board members Rod Benson and Nicole Swanson, and a Milroy school district board member will present the diplomas.

The high school band, which will launch the ceremony with the traditional “Pomp & Circumstance” processional, will also perform “How To Train Your Dragon.”   The high school choir will sing “I Will Remember You.”

A reception line outside the school’s north entrance is planned following the ceremony.

The Class of 2015’s motto is: “The things that lay behind us and the things that lay before us are small matters compared to the things that lie within us.”

This year’s commencement falls on the 125th anniversary of Tracy High School’s first graduating class in 1890.  There were seven graduates that year: Walter Carver, Myrtle Biggs, Stella Hughes, Llewellyn Hunter, Myrtl Johnson, Charles Little, and Romeo Webster.

Land bought for new Dollar General

The developer of a planned Dollar General store in Tracy has completed the purchase of a 1.69 acre parcel of Hwy. 14 land for the new store.

Dru Larson, Tracy, said that he and has wife, Nicole, completed the property sale last week.  The site is on the northwest corner of the intersection of Hwy. 14 and the Highline Road. 

Overland Properties, LLC, of West Plains, MO, has obtained a city building permit for the store.  Frase Construction of Ottumwa, IA., is listed as the contractor.

The planned 9,100-square foot store would face Hwy. 14 and have a parking lot for 45 vehicles.  The building permit estimates the value of construction at $600,000.

A plan to annex the property into Tracy city limits has already been approved by the city and Monroe Township.