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      Students cut ribbon for new playground

      Elementary students at one local school participated in a special ceremony Tuesday.

      Students at the Adair County R-II School District had the opportunity to cut the ribbon marking the official open of their new playground. The new playground has been in the works since 2010 and was funded by members of the community, as well as by numerous fundraisers. The playground is made of recyclable materials to go in part with the town's recycling project. All children in the community will have the opportunity to utilize the playground, not just children at the school.

      "For the community, it's great. We have two pre-schools in our district and so those kids can come up and play on it, and on the weekends the kids can come over and play and have a place that they can go that's safe," said Shelly Shipman, Superintendent of the Adair County R-II Schools.

      The total cost of the new playground was just under $41,000, which included the structure, ground cover and other building materials.