Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday and gave a report that included three of the four taxes received by the county being down for the month of October.
Smith continued with two more taxes received.
Smith went on to say all of the monthly averages are at or above what they were at this time last year, with the exception of the Use Tax. Its monthly average is down about $1,500.
UPDATE: Duea has been located and is being taken back to the home.
This past weekend, Butterfield Youth Services reported a youth ran away from its home on WW south of Marshall. Now, another youth has run away from the same home.
According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, just after 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7th, Saline County 911 received a call from B.Y.S. in reference to a runaway juvenile. Despite a search of the area by Marshall Police officers, the youth was not found.
The juvenile missing is reportedly 15-year-old Jordan Lee Duea, who is white and about 5-foot-10 and 136 pounds. He has a slender build, long brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Duea or 16-year-old Drew Tayler Catchings, described as a white male, 5-foot-11, 150 pounds with a slender build, short blonde hair and blue eyes, who reportedly ran away from the home on Saturday, October 3rd, is being urged to contact the Marshall Police Department at (660) 886-7411.
A Missouri State Official has alerted Missouri residents of a data breach.
According to a news release, Attorney General Chris Koster alerted T-Mobile customers who applied for credit through Experian that they are at risk of having their data compromised, and should consider taking steps to protect their credit.
Affected customers are those who applied for T-Mobile USA postpaid services between September 1st, 2013, and September 16th, 2015. According to an estimate from Experian, personal information of 263,000 Missourians was affected by the breach.
Among information that was breached includes customers' names, addresses, social-security numbers, dates of birth, I.D. numbers (driver's license, military I.D., etc.).
Customers who are affected should consider registering for a credit freeze with all three credit reporting agencies as a precautionary measure, according to Koster. You can get more information by visiting the website, www.ago.mo.gov.
A state official has issued an alert to Missouri business owners.
According to a news release, Secretary of State Jason Kander has alerted Missouri business owners about a deceptive mailer that claims to be a "Notice of Potential Compliance Violation" from a group calling itself the "Business Compliance Division." These postcards are not affiliated with any state or federal agency.
The postcards feature a seal with two hands shaking below an image of a scale. The mailing appears to be an official government document, but is not.
Dozens of Missouri businesses have reported receiving the postcard.
Individuals who have received the deceptive mailer are encouraged to report their experience to Kander's office at 1-(866)-223-6535.
Marshall Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jeff Stubblefield gave some good news about the budget during the Park Board meeting Wednesday night. The fiscal year ended on September 30th, with revenues being up.
The summer food program had some of the same negatives with the cost of food. But, overall, the funds ended up in good shape.
Stubblefield did note there are still a couple of bills that came in after the budget was updated that need to come out of park funds, such as a utility bill of roughly $10,000.
Overall, the park fund is still in the red from past years, but Stubblefield said the negative $200,000-plus could be wiped out soon, if next year is as good as this year was.
Marshall Police are currently investigating a report of an alleged burglary made by a local resident.
According to Marshall Police, a resident of the 800 block of South Lafayette told responding officers that his home was burglarized sometime between 10:00am and 3:00pm on Tuesday, October 6th.
Taken in the alleged break-in were a Sony Playstation 3 console, a Nintendo Wii U console, a video game headset and controller, a set of headphones and nine Playstation 3 video games. Total value of the stolen items is listed at $1,460.00.
No suspect information has been made available in the matter; police continue their investigation.
A Lafayette County roadway is closed for pipe work this week.
According to the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department, a section of Pioneer Road between Neale Road and Highway BB, will be closed for the next 2-3 days. The stretch of road was closed by crews on Tuesday for pipe replacement.
For questions or more information, call (660) 259-3622.
The Salisbury Board of Aldermen meets in regular session on Thursday, October 8th.
Items on the agenda include discussion on the city burn ordinance, bids for rock salt, adoption of an ordinance to limit the amount of revenue the city can collect in traffic tickets, and appointments to the Zoning Board and the Library Board.
The meeting takes place at 6:00pm at Salisbury City Hall at 128 West 2nd Street.
A former Missouri Valley College football star and World War II veteran will throw out the first pitch in Game One of the American League Divisional Series. Alumni Hugh Dunn, class of 1948, will do the ceremonial honors tonight to open the A.L.D.S. between the Kansas City Royals and the Houston Astros at Kauffman Stadium.
According to the college, Dunn enrolled in 1941 and spent a year at Valley before joining the U.S. Army and becoming a member of the 253rd Infantry Regiment. He lost his left hand and lower left arm in battle and after the war was awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star for courage on the battlefield.
Dunn returned to Valley in 1945, where he played football and ran track. As an All-American on the football field, he played running back, quarterback and blocking back; at quarterback, he led the Vikings to 41 straight wins and two bowl game wins, despite his war injuries.
After Valley, Dunn went on to Mizzou and earned a Master's Degree in Physical Education. He began coaching football at Macon High School, and over his 40-year career there racked up a record of 234-148-15, with six league championships and four playoff appearances. Macon later named their football stadium after Dunn, who has also been elected into the NAIA Hall of Fame, the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and the Missouri Coaches Hall of Fame.
A mid-Missouri man was hospitalized after a one-vehicle rollover accident in Pettis County on Wednesday.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 19-year-old Patrick Fletcher, of Harrisonville, fell asleep at the wheel of his 2011 Chevrolet, which ran off the roadway and struck two signs. The driver overcorrected, causing the vehicle to travel back across the road and off the opposite side where it hit the ground and overturned.
Fletcher suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was taken for treatment to Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia.
The crash reportedly occurred at around 10:40am on southbound U.S. 65, north of Claycomb Road. Troopers were assisted at the scene by members of the Pettis County Sheriffs Department.
Two area residents have been taken into custody and charged with multiple alleged felonies after police report finding drugs, drug-related items and a gun during a search on Tuesday.
According to a statement from Boonville Police, officers searched a home in the 1000 block of Taylor Drive at around 8:00am on Tuesday, Ocotber 6th, where they located 1.25 pounds of high grade marijuana, equipment used for growing marijuana, a firearm and ammunition, and other items used in the sale, packaging and use of marijuana.
Taken into custody at the scene were 27-year-old Jessica Dawn Corley, of Boonville, and 30-year-old Derrick J. Coady, of Columbia. Each has been charged as an accessory to three felony drug charges and a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge. Coady also faces a felony firearms charge while Corley is named as an accessory to the firearms charge.
Bond for each has been set at $50,000 cash or surety. An arraignment for the pair is scheduled for 1:00pm on Thursday, October 8th in Cooper County Circuit Court.
UPDATE (12:45PM): CHIEF DAY SAYS SIRENS WILL SOUND IN ARROW ROCK AND SWEET SPRINGS AT 1:00PM ON WEDNESDAY, MARSHALL SIRENS WILL SOUND AT 1:30PM ON WEDNESDAY, AND SLATER SIRENS WILL SOUND AT 12:00PM ON THURSDAY, OCOTBER 8TH.
Storm warning sirens will sound in the city of Marshall on Wednesday, October 7th.
According to Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day, officials will test the storm warning siren system at 1:30pm. All residents are reminded that it is only a test.
Day says it will most likely be the last siren test of the year, as temperatures begin to drop into the fall and winter months.
Two area Boards of Aldermen basically postponed events that were on their agendas this week.
According to Higginsville City Administrator Lee Barker, the recognition of a city employee for years of service was postponed until a later date because the employee had a conflict with the meeting date.
In other news, Barker reported the city's budget ended the fiscal year in good standing, and now the city is in the midst of having its books audited by an outside firm. He said the audit should take a little more than a week, and the results will probably be out in the middle or latter part of January.
As for Norborne, the board tabled all discussions scheduled until more information could be gathered, including an update on the Water Renovation Project.
A city official said it's yet to be determined, but there will be a special meeting scheduled for later this month. The next regular-session meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 2nd.
At the meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen this week, City Administrator Dale Klussman said he announced sidewalk work has been completed in front of City Hall and the park. He said the board originally said payment for the work would come out of the Park and Recreation's Capital Improvements fund and then the city would reimburse City Hall's portion of the cost.
In other business, Klussman said the board approved a bid from Rick Wood Construction to repair cracked joints at City Hall at about $2400 and approved a recommendation made by the Board of Zoning Adjustment for a side-yard setback at 101 Main Street.
The board also recognized Police Chief Jim Lynn for 20 years of service to the city.
A current campaign challenges Missouri high schools to drive safely and buckle up.
According to a news release from MoDOT, it is asking high schools to participate in the "It Only Takes One" campaign for an opportunity to win prizes for their school while educating young drivers about safe driving habits and safety-belt use. The statewide competition started on October 1st and runs through the end of the school year.
The campaign is to remind teens it only takes one text, one drink, one call, one reach or one distraction to cause one fatal moment. But one clicked safety belt could be the difference between life or death in a car crash.
Two groups want to put a cigarette tax increase on the November 2016 ballot. Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association Executive Director Ron Leone (Lee-own) says it supports increasing the tax by 23-cents per pack for the state’s general revenue fund and to help finance Missouri’s roads and bridges.
Leone says the increase would generate about $80 to 100 Million annually. "Raise Your Hands For Kids" Board Chairperson Erin Brower says her group wants to increase the tax by 50 cents per pack to help fund early childhood education and health screenings for children.
Brower says the increase would generate about $225 Million annually. Missouri’s cigarette tax is the lowest in the nation, at 17-cents per pack.
At the Tuesday meeting of the Slater City Council, members approved a bid for the demolition of several dilapidated houses in the community.
Two bids were submitted for council approval; council members awarded the bid for the demolition and removal of five structures to Gary Morrow for a total of $27,500.
Also, Mayor Stephen Allegri and Administrator Gene Griffith reminded all city residents that tree trimming along city streets will begin during the last week of October. Crews will begin at the far east end of the city and work their way west.
Allegri says the annual tree trimming is an important step in keeping power lines aloft during stormy and icy weather.
The Missouri Department of Conservation is reminding hunters that it has expanded pheasant hunting in Missouri from only the northern half of the state and a portion of the southeast to statewide starting with this year's fall hunting season.
Pheasant hunting starts with a youth-only weekend on October 24-25th followed by the regular season of November 1st through January 15th of 2016. Hunting remains limited to male pheasants only.
The daily bag limit is two male birds and the possession limit is four. Valid permits are Daily Small Game Hunting, Small Game Hunting and Fishing, or Small Game Hunting.
Pheasant hunting in Missouri was previously limited to a North Zone consisting of all counties north of Interstate 70 and a portion of St. Charles County south of I-70, and a Southeast Zone consisting of Dunklin, New Madrid, Pemiscot, and Stoddard counties.
An Odessa woman escaped serious injury after a one-vehicle accident Tuesday in Lafayette County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 22-year-old Courtney Hardesty was traveling northbound and lost control of her 2007 Ford in a curve. The car ran off the right side of the road, struck a culvert pipe and came to rest partially in the northbound lane of the highway.
Hardesty received minor injuries and was taken to St. Marys Hospital in Blue Springs for treatment. Patrol reports state the crash happened around 6:30am on Missouri 131 at Greenton Road.
MoDOT is reminding Kansas City Royals fans headed to Kauffman Stadium this week for the American League Division Series that it still has an extensive bridge rehabilitation project on the Stadium Road Bridges over I-435 and I-70 that will impact traffic. The construction zone will still be in place during the games.
Construction has restricted lanes on Stadium Road Bridges to one lane each direction and those traveling to the stadium should plan accordingly. Both bridges are located at Gates 6 and 7 (Bus/RV Exit) near Arrowhead. Motorists traveling to these gates should expect some potential delays. KC Scout message boards will also direct traffic to Blue Ridge Cutoff for gates 2 and 3 for a faster commute.
This is a full 24/7 lane closure but all work will be performed during daytime, work hours. All work is weather dependent.
MoDOT says it's working closely with the Royals and local law enforcement to make sure traffic is flowing smoothly through the work zone before and after the game.
Governor Jay Nixon on Tuesday announced more than $4 million has been awarded for low-interest loans to assist seven public schools, seven local governments and one public hospital with energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects, including three entities in the KMMO listening area.
According to the Department of Economic Development, the Marshall Public School District will receive $646,000 in loans for upgrades to its HVAC systems, as well as dishwashers, freezers, lighting, occupancy sensors and water heaters. The award is expected to save the district over $73,000 in annual electric costs.
The City of Concordia has been awarded $24,500 for lighting upgrades, estimated to help save the city almost $7,000 in electricity costs. Also, the Leeton R-10 School District in Johnson County will pick up nearly $40,000 in loans for lighting upgrades with an estimated savings of over $6300.
Across the state the funded projects, which are expected to support 69 jobs and benefit more than 117,000 Missourians, are expected to result in an annual energy savings of approximately $491,830.
Fire officials in an area community are reminding residents about the importance of safe outdoor burning and the need for a city burn permit.
According to the City of Sedalia, limbs and brush can be burnt with a permit from the Fire Department after an inspection to ensure that all requirements are met-- including the fire being at least 50 feet from any structure or the property line, someone has to be in attendance, a water hose has to be present and the fire out before dark.
Additionally, residents cannot burn building materials, trash, yard waste, or other items-- only brush. There is no cost for the permit; however, persons burning illegally can be issued a citation by the Sedalia Police Department or a summons to Municipal Court for burning without a permit.
The city says prior to this ordinance being enacted over 30 years ago, the city would experience several garage and shed fires every year from careless open burning. Not only is this a loss for the person starting the fire, but residents are also liable for damage to anyone else's property that is damaged as a result of their fire.
For additional information, call the Sedalia Fire Department at (660) 826-8044.
The Sedalia City Council held a short regular session meeting on Monday, October 5th at Sedalia City Hall.
A city spokesperson says council members approved a change order of $1,449 from Smi-Co Construction for the Peak Flow Management Improvements Stormwater Equalization Project.
Also approved was a proposal from Wilson and Company in the amount of $3,000 for additional work added to the traffic analysis for the intersection of Highway 50 and Curry Drive.
Council members did reject a bid for telephone services, a move recommended by the city's I.T. department. The council will revisit the matter at a later date.
In other business, the Sedalia Council gave out service awards to Police Detective Stephanie Davis for 20 years of service, Building Inspector Andy Burt and Animal Control Officer Tammy Smith for ten years of service, and Firefighters David Cummins, Lucas Fowler, and Joshua Nelson each for five years of service to the city.
Authorities in Marshall are asking the public's help to find a missing teenager.
According to a statement from Marshall Police, an employee with Butterfield Youth Services reported to Saline County 911 on Saturday, October 3rd that a juvenile had run away from the group's Boy's West Ranch on Highway WW. The young male is believed to have left the facility at around 2:00pm.
A Butterfield staff member stated they heard several loud crashing sounds coming from one of the Ranch's rooms that afternoon and discovered a window shattered out in the room. They then telephoned police.
The youth is identified as 16-year-old Drew Tayler Catchings, described as a white male, 5'11" tall and weighing about 150 pounds with a slender build. He also has short blonde hair and blue eyes. No description of the clothing he was wearing at the time of his disappearance has been made available.
Authorities are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Drew Catchings to contact the Marshall Police Department at (660) 886-7411.
At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, Saline County E.M.A. Director Emmitt Williams gave an update on the progress of getting generators to several cities in the county.
Williams said he made another trip on Monday.
Williams said the entire county will be covered with emergency generators that will sufficiently power up an emergency shelter site in each town, with the exception of Mt. Leonard. He said the possible purchase of one for Mt. Leonard will be sometime in 2016.
In other business, Commissioners opened sealed bids for construction of an addition to the Road and Bridge Department Building. Two bids were received and taken under advisement. A decision on which to accept will be made at a future meeting.
At the meeting of the Carrollton Town Council on Monday, the council handled a zoning issue involving animals in a residential area.
According to a city official, a resident had two goats living in their house in the 200 block of South Ely, which is against a city ordinance. The council decided the resident will need to find a way to get rid of the animals.
In other business, the council voted to approve an ordinance to allow Mayor Bryan Mathis to sign an agreement to sell a parcel of land at Industrial Park and another ordinance authorizing Mathis to sign an Airport Aid Agreement with MoDOT. Every five years, the city needs to repave the runway at the airport. The city official said the work is scheduled to be completed before winter this year.
A representative of Bartlett & West was on hand and gave a demonstration on the functionality of a GPS unit which was purchased earlier this year by the city and the utility company to track electric, water and sewer systems.
If you are looking for a job, there is an event coming up in an area city that may help you out.
According to a news release, nearly two dozen of the major employers in Moberly and the surrounding area will be on hand to take part in a Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14th, at the Municipal Auditorium in Moberly.
The event is free and open to the public.
Employers will be there with possible opportunities in manufacturing, customer service, sales and office administration.
Individuals searching for new employment are encouraged to dress for a business-style interview and have several copies of their resume with them.
For more information, call the Moberly Area Chamber of Commerce at 1-(660)-263-6070.
A Boonville man was arrested and is facing drug charges in Cooper County.
According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, 51-year-old Jerry Lavern Goldman was served a Cooper County warrant while in custody.
According to on-line court documents, Goldman has been charged with a Class B Felony for alleged Distribution/Delivery/Manufacturing/Producing or Attempt to Possess with intent to allegedly Distribute/Deliver/Manufacture or Produce a Controlled Substance and two other misdemeanor drug-related charges.
Bond was set at $7,500 cash or surety.
A hearing in the matter has been set for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10th, in Cooper County Circuit Court in Boonville.
An area college helped address the health-care worker shortage by aiding students in finding employment.
According to a news release, through the MoHealthWINS program, State Fair Community College in Sedalia received $931,000 of a federal grant, and used those funds to help 303 students achieve 781 industry-recognized credentials. Of those 303, 259 found employment after completing the program.
With grant funds, SFCC was able to train students to become Certified Nursing Assistants, Certified Medical Technicians, Phlebotomists, Sonographers, and certified Radiologists in Computed Tomography, Quality Management and Mammography.
In addition to approving four contracts, including two for a renovation project on the Marshall Municipal Airport Terminal Building, the Marshall City Council also heard a report from Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Guthrey on building permits issued in September.
A report about airport activity and a solid-waste summary also were given.
At the airport, activity dropped from the numbers in August to September but was in line with the figure last year, with 390 aircraft, including 32 jets, on the report. The solid-waste report shows total tons were up by 20 from August of this year to 760 and up slightly over last September's total of 754-1/2 tons.
The Marshall City Council approved four contracts at its regular-session meeting on Monday night,
Two of the contracts are annual agreements with the Marshall Community Chorus and the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra.
The other two involve a rehabilitation project at the Marshall Municipal Airport.
City Administrator Connie Latimer explains what each contract involves.
The first contract is with Rhad Baker Construction, LLC, for nearly $940,000 and the second is with Gerken Environmental Enterprises, Inc., for $47,300. Most of the funds will come out of grant money the city has received.
Latimer went on to say she is scheduled to meet with the contractors within the next week or so to outline the plans and get the renovation project going.
Missouri state employees are or are nearly the least paid in the country. The Missouri Corrections Officers Association says its members are a good example.
Executive Director Gary Gross says some prison guards hire on in Missouri long enough to train, and then move out-of-state where they can make significantly more for the same job.
Gross echoes what some Republicans told Missourinet: state pay isn't competing with the private sector.
Of 50 states and territories that reported on October 1, only three offer a lower starting salary than Missouri, but Gross says Missouri advances its officers up the pay scale slowly so its overall corrections staff remains lowest paid.
A suspect has been arrested in connection with an early-morning alleged robbery in Columbia.
According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, just before 8:30 a.m. on Monday, October 5th, officers were dispatched to an alleged robbery with a weapon at a church in the 2600 block of West Broadway. Two female victims at different locations outside of the church were allegedly robbed. The suspect allegedly took the car of one of the victims. The victims were not injured during the robbery.
An FBI agent in the area observed the alleged stolen vehicle, and a pursuit ensued. The suspect eventually abandoned the vehicle.
A 43-year-old Columbia man was arrested for: two counts of Robbery in the First Degree, with a to-be-set bond; two counts of Armed Criminal Action, with a to-be-set bond; Felonious Restraint with a bond of $4,500; Felony Leaving the Scene of an Accident, with a bond of $4,500; Felony Tampering in the First Degree, with a bond of $4,500; and a Probation and Parole Warrant, with no bond amount.
A future court date has not yet been set in Boone County.
The department of math and science at Central Methodist University held its annual Forbes Math and Science Competition last week on the Fayette campus. The event drew 102 middle school students from 17 school districts, including a few that ended up earning top spots in the contest.
In the lower grades division, first and second place honors went to Carrollton Middle School teams. Third place went to Marshall Public Schools.
The first place Carrollton Middle School team (grades 4-5) included Ruby Schmidt, Emma Degennaro, and Korbyn Broyles.
Carrollton's second place team comprised Glendon Satterlee, Karissa Peel and Elijah Peppers. The teacher for Carrollton's teams was Michael Broyles.
Marshall's third place team was composed of Hadley Guthrey, Adilynn Bolling, and Michael Carver. The team's teacher was Kathy Papreck.
Other participating schools came from districts in St. Mary's in Glasgow, Miami, Fayette, New Franklin, Slater, St. Joseph's in Salisbury, and Cairo.
The state has released the September 2015 General Revenue Report and the figures have jumped from last year at this time.
According to the Missouri Office of Administration, year-to-date net general revenue collections for Fiscal Year 2016 increased 3.6 percent compared to 2015, from $2.03 billion last year to $2.10 billion this year.
Net general revenue collections for September 2015 increased by 1.6 percent compared to those for September 2014, from $828.5 million to $842.1 million.
The office also announced that Missouri will not be receiving a payment of approximately $50 million anticipated under the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, based on last month's ruling by the Missouri Eastern District Court of Appeals.
Two area residents were taken for treatment after a one-car rollover crash in Henry County on Sunday afternoon.
The Highway Patrol says a southbound car driven by 37-year-old Erica Hart, of Clinton, failed to negotiate a curve and began to run off the right side of the road. The driver overcorrected, the vehicle returned to the road and ran off the opposite side before finally overturning.
Hart suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken by helicopter to Research Medical Center in Kansas City; a passenger, 18-year-old Isaiah Singleton, of Knob Noster, received moderate injuries and was transported to Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg.
Patrol reports say the crash occurred around 2:10pm on Missouri 13, less than a mile north of Route N.
A one-vehicle accident in Saline County Monday sent a Columbia resident to the hospital with injuries, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Trooper reports say 20-year-old Kwasi Vann was eastbound at the 84 mile marker on Interstate 70 when his 2004 Toyota ran off the side of the roadway, struck a cable and then a guardrail.
Vann suffered minor injuries in the crash and was taken for treatment to University Hospital in Columbia. Troopers were assisted at the scene by members of the Marshall Fire Department and Saline County EMS.
A Stover man was killed over the weekend in a one-vehicle crash in Morgan County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 61-year-old Steven Horton was southbound in a 1989 Jeep. The vehicle ran off the left side of the road, struck a masonry wall and overturned, partially ejecting the driver.
Trooper reports state he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
Horton suffered fatal injuries and was taken from the scene to an area funeral home. The Patrol says it happened around 10:15pm on Saturday on Ivy Bend Road, just south of Leprechaun Lane.
A big crowd packed the halls and lobby of Central Methodist University's newest building last Saturday for the dedication of the James and Helen Thogmorton Center for Allied Health.
The event commemorated Central Methodist's first new academic-centered building in more than a half-century, according to CMU President Roger Drake. The Thogmorton Center, which opened in late August, will house CMU's on campus nursing, occupational therapy, and physical therapy programs.
Following completion of the ribbon cutting, guests were treated to an open house in the Center. Nursing students were stationed throughout, giving demonstrations and talking about the new resources in the building.
A Wisconsin man has been sentenced in federal court for robbery of an area bank earlier this year.
According to a release from the office of the U.S. Western District Attorney of Missouri, earlier today, 31-year-old Oran Woodfin, of Lublin, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $7,900 from Bank Northwest on Main Street in Polo on Friday, January 9th.
According to on-line court documents, on the same day, Woodfin reportedly checked into a motel in Richmond and was later arrested by Richmond Police Officers. Officers subsequently executed a search warrant for the motel room and seized over $7,100, a new computer and other items. The vehicle he was driving was reported as stolen out of Wisconsin, and Woodfin had a warrant out for his arrest out of Wisconsin for a probation and parole violation.
The release says the judge sentenced Woodfin to seven years and six months in federal prison without parole.
Seven area students are tuning their vocal chords, warming up for concerts going to be performed by a singing group over the next three months.
According to a news release, 41 students make up the Conservatory Singers at Central Methodist University in Fayette.
Area students included are Rebecca Dey, a sophomore from Boonville; Kaitlin Thompson, a sophomore from Marceline; Shelby Dodson, a junior from Fayette; Danielle Franklin, a junior from Odessa; Parker Johnson, a junior from Richmond; Kelsey Swearingin, a junior from Oak Grove; and Tom Gilson, a senior from Fayette.
The Conservatory Singers are scheduled to perform as part of the service on Sunday, October 25th, at Linn Memorial United Methodist Church and concerts at the Swinney Conservatory on November 1st and December 13th.
A Kansas City man was injured in a one-vehicle crash in Ray County earlier today.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Ford F-150, driven by 21-year-old Hazem Krashan, traveled off the right then the left side of the roadway and eventually struck two trees and a mailbox before coming to rest.
Krashan was transported by Lawson E.M.S. to Liberty Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.
The crash happened at 4 a.m. on Route C, two-tenths of a mile south of Lester Lane.
A roadwork project will be taking place on Thursday of this week in Cooper County that will force drivers to seek an alternate route.
According to a news release from MoDOT, during daylight hours, culvert pipe replacement will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday on Route 179 between Cardinal Terrace and Highland School Drive South in Cooper County.
All work is weather dependent.
For information on this or any project or other transportation-related matters, call MoDOT at 1-(888)-ASK-MODOT or visit www.modot.org.
Missouri residents have a chance to win a contribution to an education account and also enjoy a sporting event.
According to a news release, Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced that MOST- Missouri's 529 College Savings Plan- is offering Missourians the chance to win a $529 contribution to an account and four tickets to the November 21st Mizzou home football game versus Tennessee, a Mizzou T-shirt and a concession gift card.
Missouri residents 18 years and older can enter. Two packages will be given away. You can enter at the website www.MissouriMost.org by November 1st. Winners will be notified in early November.
Swerving to miss a deer in the roadway caused a one-vehicle crash in Morgan County that resulted in minor injuries to an area resident on Sunday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a GMC Sierra, driven northbound on Missouri 135 by 65-year-old Steven Tower, of Stover, exited the left side of the roadway. The driver reportedly overcorrected, then the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.
While Tower reportedly was not injured, a passenger in the vehicle, 56-year-old Beverly Crawford, of Cole Camp, was transported to Bothwell Hospital by Mid-Missouri E.M.S. for treatment.
The crash happened just before 4:30 p.m. two-tenths of a mile south of Dixie Road.
Four area residents were injured in a three-motorcycle crash in Pettis County on Sunday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred on northbound Bothwell State Park Road as a Suzuki GSX, driven by 30-year-old Scott Hehner, of Smithton, reportedly accelerated and struck the right side of a Kawasaki, driven by 23-year-old Caleb Miller, of Sedalia. Miller's bike then struck a Harley Davidson, driven by 27-year-old Jason Nichols.
The Suzuki and Harley Davidson overturned during the crash, with Hehner and a passenger on the Kawasaki being ejected from their bikes.
Hehner and a passenger on the Harley Davidson, 24-year-old Heather Nichols, suffered moderate injuries and Miller and Nichols minor injuries. Miller reportedly left the scene before treatment, but the other three injured reportedly were transported by private vehicles to area hospitals for treatment.
The crash happened at 4 p.m. north of Bothwell Park Road.
A man from Florida suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Cooper County on Sunday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a Chrysler Town and Country, driven eastbound by 73-year-old Emily Baldwin, of Englewood, Florida, traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a mile-marker post and the guardrail.
The driver reportedly was not injured, but a passenger, 72-year-old Everett Baldwin, was transported by ambulance to Cooper County Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The crash happened at 2:20 p.m. on I-70 at the 87.6 mile marker.
Five Missouri school districts, including Boonville, are being audited to find out how it protects students’ personal information and Superintendent Mark Ficken feels the district does a good job of keeping personal data secure.
Ficken thinks the State Auditor chose his district for the audit because it is near the middle of the state in both enrollment and location.
The Civilian Labor Force statistics have been released for August, and the numbers are better than they were in July.
According to the figures, the unemployment rate in all of the counties in the area have dipped. In Saline County, the rate fell from 6.2 to 5.1 and Pettis from 7.1 to 6.0.
Howard County saw the biggest drop in the unemployment, falling from 6.2 to 4.8 percent. Cooper County's rate dropped from 7.5 to 6.4, Johnson County from 6.9 to 5.9, Carroll County from 7.4 to 6.6, Ray County from 6.2 to 5.4, Lafayette County from 5.5 to 5.0 and Chariton County from 5.7 to 5.2.
All of the rates were down from last year at this time, as well.
A Knob Noster woman suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Johnson County on Saturday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Toyota Yaris, driven by 30-year-old Sandra Marrero, reportedly failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the roadway, struck an embankment, overturned and struck a fence.
Marrero was transported by Johnson County Ambulance to Centerpoint Hospital in Independence for treatment.
The crash happened at 9:40 p.m. on U.S. Highway 50 at Route D.
A Blue Springs man suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Saline County on Saturday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as the driver of a westbound 2000 Ford Ranger, 23-year-old Zachary Winters, reportedly fell asleep and his vehicle struck the rear end of an unknown vehicle, which reportedly fled the scene.
Winters was transported to I-70 Medical Center by Concordia E.M.S. in Sweet Springs for treatment.
The crash happened at 4:05 p.m. on I-70 at the 63.6 Mile Marker.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state.
MDC is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for conservation areas and invites public comments. Draft plans for the J.N. Turkey Kearn Memorial Wildlife Area southeast of Knob Noster will be available for public comment through October 31st.
The 1,674-acre J.N. Turkey Kearn Memorial Wildlife Area is on three tracts of land in Johnson and Pettis counties, on or near the county line. The area offers fish, hunting, hiking, and other outdoor pursuits. The two largest fishing lakes are nine acres and 25 acres. Upland wildlife habitat on the area includes wooded hills, bottomlands, crop fields and native grass meadows.
To preview draft management plans and share comments online, visit www.mdc.mo.gov.
The Missouri National Guard will gain new military police and transportation units across the state, adding more than 400 full-time and part-time jobs to its current 12,000 Army and Air Guard personnel.
The additional positions are the result of the Missouri Guard achieving an all-time high strength level of 110 percent, said Major General Steve Danner, the Adjutant General.
Units will be strategically placed throughout the state based upon the size of the armory in an area and its proximity to a strong recruiting pool, including a new transportation battalion with 48 Soldiers will be split between Fredericktown and Farmington armories.
A transportation company with 164 Soldiers will be split between Bridgeton and Columbia and a military police company with 169 Soldiers will be added to Lebanon.
The units will be in place by the end of fiscal year 2016.
Authorities in Warrensburg are investigating an alleged shooting that took place in the early hours of Saturday morning.
According to a statement from acting Police Chief Tim Lowry,
"On October 3, 2015 at approximately 3:00am the Warrensburg Police Department responded to 132 East Culton Street in Warrensburg, MO in reference to a shots fired call. When officers arrived on the scene they found that a victim had been shot and had been transported to Western Missouri Medical Center by personal vehicle. The victim had been attending a large gathering that was being hosted at the business at 132 E. Culton St.
Officers found multiple shell casings at the scene of the incident. Police are continuing to investigate the incident at this time. Warrensburg Police Department is requesting that if anyone has any information in relation to this case to please contact the Warrensburg Police Department at (660) 747-9133."
KMMO News will have more details on this story as they are made available.
A two-vehicle crash in Henry County on Friday sent an area woman to the hospital with injuries.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it happened when a southbound S.U.V. driven by a Raymore woman attempted to pass a car that had pulled to the side of the road. The car, driven by 62-year-old Pamela Taylor, of Clinton, then attempted to make a left turn and pulled into the path of the passing car, causing both vehicles to run off the side of the roadway.
Taylor received minor injuries in the accident and was taken to Golden Valley Hospital for treatment. Reports say it happened around 12:35pm on Missouri 7, a half-mile south of Route C.
State Auditor Nicole Galloway’s office is auditing five Missouri school districts to see how they protect students' personal information. Galloway says there are serious consequences when a data breach occurs:
The audits will be of the Boonville, Cape Girardeau, Orchard Farm, Park Hill and Waynesville school districts.
Galloway says she’ll work with the Department of Education and educational associations. She plans to give suggestions and hold them accountable to make sure personal data is safe.
A single-vehicle accident in Saline County on Friday left a teenage passenger with injuries.
Trooper reports from the Highway Patrol say it happened when a westbound car driven by 18-year-old Darin Wood, of Lake St. Louis, ran off the left side of the road and returned to the road before running off again and striking a guardrail.
The driver escaped injury but a passenger, 18-year-old Devin Petit, of Wentzville, received minor injuries and was taken for treatment to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.
The accident occurred around 5:20am on westbound I-70 at the 83.2 mile marker.
The instruments are humming and the feet are tapping as the Central Methodist University Jazz Band readies itself to provide special music in concerts and for other special occasions on campus.
The jazz band is comprised of about 15 students with an occasional adult or two involved. This fall it is composed entirely of music education majors from the Swinney Conservatory of Music on Central's Fayette campus.
The band features several area students, including freshman Dakota Bartel from Marshall, sophomore Matthew Christal from Boonville, and senior Susan Henke from Salisbury.
High school bands from across mid-Missouri will convene on Fayette on Saturday, October 10th for Central Methodist University's Band Day.
Forty-four bands are expected to perform, starting at 9:00am. They will compete in five classes based on school enrollment, according to Roy “Skip” Vandelicht, associate professor of music and director of bands at CMU.
Participating bands from the KMMO listening area include Marshall, Fayette, Slater, Santa Fe, Boonville, Brunswick, Bunceton, Keytesville, New Franklin, Norborne, Glasgow, Leeton, Marceline, Smithton, Orrick, and Salisbury. The kickoff to the competition will be led by CMU's own Marching Eagle Band.
There are four categories of competition for this year: Street, Field, Color Guard, and Drum Line. Awards will also be given for Best Drum Major and Sweepstakes, given to the band that has received the most overall points.
Field competition will begin at noon and will run until approximately 7:30pm. Awards for Class 1, 2, and 3 will be given at 4:15pm.
The Marching Eagles will follow the last band in class 4 and 5 at around 6:45pm. After their performance, class 4 and 5 and Sweepstakes awards will be at 7:00pm.
Drum Line competition will begin at 10:50am at the Puckett Field House. Indoor Color Guard will begin at 11:30am at the Philips-Robb Recreation Center.
The State Fair Community College Music Arts program will present its fall concerts at 7:30pm October 16th-17th in the Stauffacher Theatre on the Sedalia campus.
The program will feature the SFCC Chamber Choir, Jazz Choir and Jazz Runners Band performing music ranging from Baroque to Big Band.
The choirs are under the direction of Ron Sayer, Music Arts program coordinator and instructor, and the jazz band is under the direction of Britt Faaborg, adjunct instructor of music. Staff accompanist Gwendolyn Kappelman will accompany the choirs.
Tickets are $6 for the public and groups of 10 or more are half price. For more information or to buy tickets, go to www.sfccmo.edu or call the SFCC box office at (660) 596-7387. Tickets also may be purchased at the door.
Wheelchair seating is available upon request one week prior to the concert. Admission is free to SFCC students and employees.
Missouri Lottery officials have announced some changes coming to Powerball, the lottery's biggest jackpot game.
According to a news release, beginning October 4th the game will feature bigger jackpots, better odds of winning, a higher multiplier and a larger third-level prize.
The average jackpot amount will increase from $170 million to $310 million, while the $10,000 third-level prize will jump to $50,000.
Also starting Sunday, players will pick five numbers from 1 through 69 and a Powerball number from 1 to 26. The move is expected to increase the odds of winning from one in 32 to one in 25.
Lottery officials will also increase the multiplier for players who use the Power Play option; when the jackpot is between $40 million and $150 million, the multiplier will go as high as ten times for all prizes, not just for the jackpot and the
$1 million match five prizes.
Officials say the price of the tickets will remain unchanged at $2.00 each.
A Boonville man faces a felony drug charge after his arrest this week in Cooper County.
Boonville police records show 51-year-old Jerry L. Goldman was placed on a 24-hour hold this week for possession of a controlled substance. Online court documents state Goldman has been charged with a Class B Felony charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, along with two misdemeanor charges for drug possession and drug paraphernalia.
Bond has been set at $7,500 cash or surety. A future court date has not been set.
The Missouri Rural Water Association (MRWA) says some 1,800 pounds of prescription medications didn't make it into area water supplies, thanks to a Prescription Drug Take-Back event held on September 26th across the state and nation.
A release from the MRWA says this year's event resulted in the collection of a higher amount of prescription drugs, despite the fact that only 8 of their 13 coordinated sites reporting their data. The MRWA estimates the combined sites will have collected almost 1.5 tons of drugs after all the data has been gathered.
The group worked in cooperation with numerous law enforcement agencies to help sponsor the drop-off sites and to produce banners and brochures to promote them.
MRWA officials say when not properly disposed of, often the drugs end up in area rivers and lakes after going through sewers and wastewater treatment plants. They say holding the events also helps to keep the drugs out of the hands of children and those who use the drugs illicitly.
The Missouri Rural Water Association says participating entities included Public Water Supply District #2 of Saline/Lafayette/Johnson counties.
The month of September proved to a mild one, as far as weather numbers are concerned.
According to the latest data from the National Weather Service, the high temperature for the month at the KMMO studios in Marshall averaged out at 83.6 degrees, with highs reaching past the 90 degree mark on eight separate days. A high temperature of 94 was recorded on three straight days, September 5th-7th.
The average low for the month came in at 61.2 degrees, with lows dipping into the 50's and 40's consistently during the latter half of September. The low for the month was 47 degrees, measured during the overnight hours on September 20th.
The month's rainfall averaged at 3.99 inches, with measurable precipitation on only seven days. The high rainfall mark came on September 11th, when 2.14 inches fell at our studios.
State Fair Community College-Boonville will host a Roadrunner Preview Day for prospective high school juniors and seniors and their families from 9:00am to 1:00pm on October 23rd at the Boonville location at 701 Third Street.
Participants will learn about the new Student Success Navigation advising program, admissions and financial aid; interact with someone from their programs of interest; meet instructors and current students; and tour the campus. Free lunch is included.
To reserve a spot, register online at www.sfccmo.edu by October 16th. Those unable to attend may schedule a tour online at www.sfccmo.edu/visit or call (660) 530-5833.
For more information, call SFCC-Boonville at (660) 882-3090, email Site Director Kinsey Feldmann Dona at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sfccmo.edu/boonville.
A Richmond man escaped with cuts and bruises after a one-vehicle accident Thursday in Ray County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a vehicle driven westbound by 29-year-old John Barber, of Independence, was negotiating a turn and was struck in the side by an eastbound vehicle driven by 41-year-old Kevin Nichols, of Richmond.
Nichols received minor injuries in the crash and reportedly refused treatment at the scene. Patrol reports say the collision happened around 2:42pm on Highway 210.
There's been a change at the top for the Cooper County Emergency Management Agency.
According to a statement from the Cooper County Commission, E.M.A. Assistant Director Candace Sorrell has been promoted to Director to replace outgoing Director Tom White. The move is effective as of Thursday, October 1st, 2015.
Also, commissioners say Cooper County will enter into an agreement with the Saline County 911 Board of Directors to provide, "interim oversight management of 911 service for Cooper County".
In the statement, Presiding Commissioner Don Bargary says Cooper County residents should expect no interruptions in 911 or emergency management services.
A Warrensburg man has been charged with an alleged sex crime in Federal Court.
According to a release from the U.S. District Attorney's office in Kansas City, 22-year-old Thomas Johnson has been indicted by a Grand Jury and faces a charge of crossing the state line for illicit sex with a minor.
According to an affidavit filed, the investigation began in the Eastern District of Virginia when law-enforcement agents were monitoring a child pornography Web site where Johnson had an account. Johnson allegedly logged onto the Web site and accessed images of child pornography.
Law-enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Johnson's residence on September 25th. His cell phone allegedly was found to have several explicit photos of possible minor females, including a 13-year-old in Olathe, Kansas. Johnson told law-enforcement officers he traveled to Olathe on two occasions to meet with the minor. The minor also reported illicit sexual contact between herself and Johnson.
Johnson was taken into custody by the Johnson County, Kansas, Sheriff's Department on September 25th for an outstanding warrant.
Charges are not evidence of guilt. Evidence must be presented to a federal trial jury, which will determine guilt or innocence.
A Sedalia man suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Pettis County on Thursday.
A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred as a 2005 Scion, driven westbound by 20-year-old Tia Shane, ran off the right side of the roadway, impacted a field entrance, became airborne and overturned three times before coming to rest on its wheels.
Shane was reportedly taken to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.
The crash happened at 6:50 a.m. on Route HH at Tanglenook Road.
Due to manufacturers playing a big role in the local economy, at its meeting on Thursday, the Saline County Commission approved a resolution and proclamation to honor them. The resolution was read by Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr.
According to the resolution, the Commission encourages all Missourians to show their support for the manufacturers by purchasing products made in Missouri and America.
Guthrey Jr. said about half of the counties in Missouri are approving the same resolution.
In other business, Commissioners noted the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Grand Pass Bridge, which is on Afton Avenue in westernmost Saline County, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 2nd.
Saline County Emergency Management Director Emmitt Williams was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday and reported five pieces of emergency equipment will be picked up for usage in the smaller communities in the county.
The money used to purchase the standby generators came from the Emergency Management Performance Grant and was already in the yearly budget.
Williams said once the generators are distributed to Nelson, Gilliam, Miami, Grand Pass and Blackburn by next week, the only smaller community that will not have one is Mt. Leonard. He said that could be purchased sometime next year.
Missouri shoppers paid a little more for selected food items than they did six months ago, according to the results of the third quarter Marketbasket survey conducted by Missouri Farm Bureau (MFB).
According to a news release, the 16 items totaled $48.96 compared to $47.45 at the end of the first quarter for an increase of $1.51. Year over year, the price was lower than last year's cost of $51.13, saving shoppers $2.17.
Of the 16 items surveyed, 10 were more costly this quarter while six dropped in price.
Items in the meat and dairy case accounted for the bulk of the price shift. Ground chuck rose 43 cents per pound, while sirloin tip roast increased by 48 cents per pound. Egg prices rose to $3.27 compared to $2.11 during the first quarter and $1.34 at this time last year. Milk prices dropped 12 cents to $3.79 for a gallon of whole milk, which sold for $3.94 this same time a year ago.
In the first full week of October, which is Liver Awareness Month, there are three American Red Cross Blood Drives scheduled in the area.
According to a release from the Red Cross, a blood drive is scheduled for Cooper County on Monday, October 5th. The drive will be held from 2:45 to 6:30 p.m. at the Blackwater Depot Community Center at 200 Railroad Avenue.
On Tuesday, October 6th, a blood drive is set for Chariton County at Keytesville High School at 27247 Highway 5, from 2 to 6:30 p.m.
And on Thursday, October 8th, a blood drive is scheduled in Lafayette County at the Ragland Building on West 1st Street in Higginsville from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information or to set up an appointment to donate blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, call 1 (800) RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.
The Missouri Department of Conservation is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for almost 1,000 conservation areas throughout the state and invites public comments.
According to a news release, the MDC seeks public input on the final draft of a long-range management plan for the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area in Lee's Summit at www.mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.
The public comment period will remain open through October 31st.
For more than 60 years, MDC's Reed Area has offered Missourians hunting, fishing, hiking, birding and other outdoor recreation. Families visit the area to fish, watch wildlife or shoot at the target archery range. The 3,084-acre area includes 12 lakes ranging in size from one acre to 42 acres. In winter, trout fishing is popular.
State Fair Community College is seeking comments from the public in regard to its Practical Nursing program in preparation for its five-year site survey visit by the Missouri State Board of Nursing scheduled for November 17th on the Sedalia and Eldon campuses.
The team of surveyors will review the Year One Practical Nursing program to assure continued maintenance of minimum standards for approved programs of Practical Nursing.
Comments should be submitted by November 1st to Tara Weber, Practical Nursing program director, State Fair Community College, 3201 W. 16th St., Sedalia, Missouri 65301, or email comments to email@example.com.
Marshall Police were called this week to investigate an alleged attempted burglary.
According to Marshall Police, an officer was dispatched on Monday to a residence in the 700 block of East Yerby at around 8:20am. Once on scene, the resident advised they had seen a male subject in a white T-shirt on their property that morning.
The resident also stated they discovered fresh pry marks on the hinges of an outside door. The unidentified intruder apparently left the property and was followed by the resident, who eventually lost sight of the man.
No dollar value has been placed on the damages to the door and no other information on a suspect has been made available. Investigation into the incident continues.
A few changes are coming this year to the annual Smith Cotton Homecoming Parade in Sedalia on Friday, October 2nd.
The district says the parade will start at 3:00pm this year as opposed to 3:30pm in years past.
Also, due to ongoing construction in the downtown Sedalia area and an effort to keep traffic moving on Highway 50, the parade assembly areas have been moved to north of the highway.
The parade begins at Sixth Street and Ohio Avenue and proceeds north on Ohio to Main Street; the parade will then travel east on Main to Massachusetts Avenue and head south to Sixth Street. It will disband at Sixth and Ohio.
Parade entries will assemble in the First Baptist Church parking areas at Seventh Street and Massachusetts Avenue; along both Sixth Street and Seventh Street between Massachusetts and Lafayette avenues; and along Lafayette between Sixth and Seventh streets.
A Leeton man was hospitalized after an A.T.V. accident Tuesday night in Johnson County.
According to the Missouri State Highway patrol, it happened when 22-year-old Billy Pickard was eastbound on a Kawasaki A.T.V. As he was crossing a trail, reports say he struck a downed tree and was thrown from the vehicle when it overturned.
Pickard suffered serious injuries and was first taken to Western Missouri Medical Center before being transferred to St. Lukes Hospital for treatment.
Trooper reports say the crash happened around 10:45pm, just east of Southwest 101st Road.
During the meeting of the Warrensburg City Council this week, the council recognized the four storm shelters in the community.
Warrensburg Public Information Officer Sylvia Carpenter listed the locations of the shelters.
In other news, Carpenter said Warrensburg Fire Chief Jim Kushner read a proclamation for Fire Prevention Week.
Carpenter also said the council approved a resolution establishing the city's Five-Year Capital Improvement Program and approved all of the ordinances, including one to annex a property on the north side of the Essex Drive cul-de-sac into the city.
A roadway in an area city will be closed for five days in October.
According to a release from the city of Sedalia, South Mitchell Road from West 10th Street to Leroy Van Dyke Avenue will be closed to through traffic from Monday, October 5th, through Friday, October 9th, for sewer work.
For more information, call Sedalia City Hall at 827-3000.
A Saline County resident recently reported a possible scam to authorities.
According to a report from the Saline County Sheriff's Department, a resident was contacted via telephone and advised of being the recipient of a $9,200 federal grant because they had never been late on their taxes.
The resident was provided a phone number of (202) 738-1316, extension 117, to contact for more information. When the number was called, the resident was instructed to go to Wal-Mart and wire $400 to a specific location and then the $9,200 award would be sent to them.
The resident did not comply with the request, concerned it is a scam.
If you suspect any type of a scam, contact your local law-enforcement agency.
Students in an area school district will be benefiting from a grant to help fund an outdoor activity.
According to a news release, students at Lafayette County C-1 School District in Higginsville will be able to participate this year in the Missouri National Archery in Schools (MoNASP) program, thanks to grants and assistance from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).
Conservation Agent Lance Moore and other MDC staff recently held a training session for the program startup at Higginsville schools. Educators from some neighboring districts also attended to learn about the competitive archery program. The Higginsville MoNASP program is for fifth- through eighth-grade students.
Higginsville schools were able to purchase equipment at minimal cost thanks to grants from MDC, the Conservation Federation of Missouri, and local chapters of Whitetails Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Statewide, 525 schools and more than 150,000 students are participating in the MoNASP program. For more information on MoNASP, visit www.mdc.mo.gov/education/monasp.
Are you interested in a career in criminal justice?
According to a news release, the Missouri Sheriff's Assocation offers 16 $1,000 scholarships each year to college-bound high-school seniors who intend to pursue a criminal-justice career and will be attending a Missouri college or university.
Among the requirements are: the student must be in good standing with his/her school; have at least a 2.0 grade-point average; and participate in extra-curricular activities.
To apply or find out more information, visit www.mosheriffs.com and follow the scholarship link.
A one-vehicle crash in Johnson County today caused moderate injuries to a Bates City man.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Volkswagen, driven by 59-year-old Neil Shelton, ran off the right side of the roadway in a curve, struck a mailbox, continued through a grassy area, where is struck a decorative fence, an electrical box and a tree.
Shelton was transported to Lee's Summit Medical Center for treatment.
The crash happened just before 3 a.m. at 1689 Northwest 785th Road.
A Green Ridge man was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Tuesday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Oldsmobile, driven by 26-year-old Chelsey Kroeger, of Sedalia, was stopped in traffic with a turn signal on waiting to turn when it was struck in the rear by a westbound Suzuki Katana, driven by 31-year-old Dustin Wilson, of Green Ridge.
Wilson reportedly refused treatment of minor injuries at the scene, while Kroeger reportedly was not injured.
The crash happened at 6:20pm on U.S. Highway 50 at Route M.
A two-vehicle collision in Lafayette County Tuesday sent two Carroll County residents to the hospital with injuries.
According to the Missouri State Highway patrol, it happened when an eastbound vehicle driven by 48-year-old Anthony Arroyo, of Kansas City, traveled into the path of a vehicle driven by 43-year-old Tracey Bingham, of Norborne. The two vehicle collided in the roadway, causing Arroyo to be ejected from his truck while the Bingham car ran off the side of the road.
Arroyo suffered serious injuries in the crash, while Bingham and a passenger, 15-year-old Gracie Bingham, received moderate injuries. All three were taken by ambulance to Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence for treatment.
Reports say the accident happened around 2:00pm on Highway 24 at Route 131.
At its meeting this week, the Higginsville Board of Aldermen took up a number of items, including an electric rate increase and final budget amendments.
The Board first approved an ordinance for the second step in an increase in electric rates, which will amount to a hike of about twelve percent. Aldermen also approved amendments to the 2014-15 budget in order to close the books before the start of the new Fiscal Year on Thursday; also given approval this week was the city's budget for 2015-16.
In other business, board members approved the rezoning of a property on Highway 13 from Agricultural to Highway Commercial to make way for the construction of a new Farm Credit Services building.
The board also gave the green light for the Chamber of Commerce to close a portion of Main Street on October 31st for the annual "Halloween Spooktacular", recognized EMS Paramedic Karen Reickard for ten years of service, and approved the addition of fireman Josh Ditmer to the Higginsville Fire Department.
Marshall area residents with municipal court fines and fees to pay can now submit those payments electronically.
According the Marshall Police Department, the Marshall Municipal Court will now be utilizing an online payment option called nCourt to make it easier and faster to render payments. The service, offered in more than 30 states, allows citizens to pay fines by way of their computer, smart phone or tablet and to pay by credit or debit card.
Police say the nCourt service also offers a Customer Care Center for residents who have questions or who need to make multiple payments at once.
Interested citizens may visit www.cityofmarshalltix.com or call nCourt at 877-793-7144 to make payments or visit in person at the Marshall Police Department, Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
Work on one bridge in Saline County has been completed and rehabilitation of another will start soon.
At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner reported all construction is complete on a bridge west of Grand Pass near Waverly.
Fenner said a ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday, October 2nd, at the bridge site.
The bridge is located on Afton Avenue the last road in Saline County before the Waverly city limit.
Fenner added, the next bridge project is called the Stouffer Bridge, which is west of Napton. Rhodes will be in the Commissioner's chambers earlier Friday morning to sign off on some paperwork.
In other news, county officials and employees can get their flu shots in the Commissioner's chambers from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 15th. Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell said if the employee's insurance doesn't cover it, the shot costs $20 for those under the age of 65 and $33 for those who are 65 and older.
Residents and businesses using the bridge on U.S. Route 24 over the Mussel Fork River, just east of Keytesville in Chariton County, have noticed temporary signals in place. Recently, a different type of temporary signal was installed at this location and the bridge will be reduced to one lane until such time as funds can be secured for necessary work to open the bridge to two lanes without a weight restriction.
According to a news release, inspectors from MoDOT found areas of deterioration on both the superstructure and the substructure and in August a weight limit of 35 tons was imposed. However, after meeting with local residents, commissioners and state elected officials, it was determined that the best course of action was to lift the weight limit but restrict movement across the bridge to only one lane.
The Mussel Fork River Bridge was built in 1927 and carries approximately 1,600 vehicles a day. The bridge is not currently scheduled to be replaced.
In the middle of last week, Saline County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a location in Blackburn with the report of an alleged burglary.
According to a release from the Sheriff's Office, once officers arrived at an apartment complex, they talked with the custodian of the property who said somebody had allegedly broken into the facility's office sometime between September 19th and 23rd.
Deputies noted pry marks on the door by the deadbolt lock.
During a special-session meeting of the Marshall City Council on Monday night, the council gave the thumbs up to two ordinances, including one that will increase grant funds to spruce up the Marshall Municipal Airport's Terminal Building.
City Administrator Connie Latimer explains it involves a grant through the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.
She went on to say it will lower the city's cost to $127,000 for the project. She said the city already has paid $11,000, and it will get $60,000 from the solar farm that will help out. She said the city budgeted $100,000 but actually will only have to spend $56,000.
The other ordinance approved was for a grant to rehabilitate the apron at the airport.
A Sedalia bicyclist was seriously injured when his bike was hit by a vehicle in Pettis County on Monday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a Chevrolet Silverado, driven northbound by 57-year-old Russell DeHaven, was traveling in the southbound lanes and struck the bicycle's passenger-side mirror.
While DeHaven was not injured, a rider on the bike, 44-year-old Sean Burks, was transported by ambulance to Bothwell Regional Medical Center in Sedalia for treatment.
The crash happened at 7:40 p.m. on Route M, south of U.S. Highway 50.
A Blue Springs man was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Lafayette County on Monday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Volvo, driven by 53-year-old Robert Snodell, of Kansas City, was making a right-hand turn and was struck in the rear by an eastbound Buick, driven by 27-year-old Kenneth Crawford, of Blue Springs.
While Snodell reportedly was not injured, Crawford was transported by E.M.S. to Centerpoint Hospital in Independence for treatment of minor injuries.
The crash happened at 2:05 p.m. on Golden Belt Road at Gibson Road.
Authorities say a medical episode may have been to blame for a weekend accident where a pickup truck crashed into a Marshall home.
A statement from the Marshall Police Department says it happened around 6:15pm Sunday evening, when a truck driven by a man identified as James Wayne Miller (no age/hometown provided) crashed into the garage of a home in the 1000 block of South Hawthorne.
Officers arriving on the scene had Miller checked by medical personnel for injuries and then proceeded to administer a field sobriety test for impairment, which turned out negative. It was later determined that the man may have suffered a stroke, at which point he was transported by ambulance to Fitzgibbon Hospital for treatment.
No other injuries were reported from the scene. Damages to the home were listed as minimal.
Sedalia School District 200 is sending eight Smith-Cotton High School students to the Gateway2Change orientation in St. Louis on Wednesday, September 30th. A release from the district says, "Gateway2Change is a movement to empower a connected student community of positive change agents to transform the world".
The eight students are Courtney Cooper, Caleb Reed, Devin Hill, Brittany Borke, Brady Herrington, Lilibeth Lozada, Margarita Antonova and Luis Estrada. They will meet with other students from Affton, Ferguson-Florissant, Francis Howell, Ladue and numerous other St. Louis area schools.
The district says the goal is to provide these students with leadership skills that can change a school, district, city, state, nation and maybe the world. Gateway2Change seeks to show how diversity can serve as a positive, synergistic force to improve people's lives.
The students will be accompanied by four adults who will also receive training, including Assistant Superintendent Dr. Nancy Scott. The student summits will take place throughout the year.
Two area libraries will benefit from technology grants awarded this week by the Missouri Secretary of State's office.
According to the office of Secretary Jason Kander, both the Marshall and Carrollton Public Libraries have been awarded five-figure grants to help them improve and upgrade computers and software.
Kander's office says the Marshall Library will receive $10,236 to add eight new public computers. Carrollton's library will reportedly receive $14,525 to upgrade the public computer lab and replace obsolete software.
The funds are made available through the Library Services and Technology Act by way of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Kander's office says over $242,000 has been awarded so far to libraries across the Show-Me State in Fiscal Year 2016.
Three Richmond residents were injured in a two-car collision over the weekend in Lafayette County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Trooper reports say it happened when a northbound Ford driven by 50-year-old Kipper Burstert, of Richmond, hit a horse in the road and became disabled. The vehicle was then struck from behind by a northbound Chevy driven by 57-year-old Robert Phillips, of Wellington.
Burstert and two passengers, 78-year-old Barbara Burstert and 20-year-old Allie Burstert, all of Richmond, received minor injuries and were transported to Lafayette Regional Hospital for treatment. Phillips was reportedly not injured in the collision.
The crash occurred around 11:20pm Saturday on Missouri 13 at Long Grove Road.
A one-vehicle accident in Pettis County left a Cole Camp motorcyclist with serious injuries on Sunday evening.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 23-year-old Cole Weddle lost control of his westbound 2005 Harley Davidson and it overturned. Damage to the bike was listed as moderate.
Weddle was taken from the scene by private vehicle to Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia for treatment.
Reports say the crash happened around 6:00pm on state Route AA, just east of Route 127.
A Gilliam man was arrested over the weekend and has been charged with two Felonies in Saline County.
According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, 39-year-old Shane Lee Williams was taken into custody on Saturday, September 26th.
According to on-line court documents, Williams has been charged with a Class C Felony for Possession of a Controlled Substance, except 35 Grams of Less of Marijuana, and a Class D Felony for Tampering with Physical Evidence in Felony Prosecution.
Bond was set at $7,500 cash only with 10 percent approved.
A hearing has been set for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 30th, in Saline County Circuit Court.
Combining eight locations, authorities collected nearly 650 pounds of prescription medications during a two-day event in an area county.
According to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, four events in Columbia and others in Ashland, Centralia, Sturgeon and Hallsville netted a total of 648.8 pounds of unwanted and/or no longer needed medications on Friday and Saturday, September 25th and 26th, during a National Drug Take-Back event.
All medications will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for proper disposal.
Results from Saturday's National Drug Take-Back Day have been released by authorities in Marshall.
According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, during the four-hour event, approximately 45 people turned in a total of 173 pounds of prescription medications to officers at the Marshall Municipal Court Building.
The medications will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency for safe disposal.
A Smithville man was hurt when his motorcycle hit a car in Pettis County on Sunday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Ford, driven by 20-year-old Chad Locastro, of Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster, was stopped at a traffic signal and was struck in the rear by a westbound Harley Davidson, driven by 58-year-old Greyling Carey.
While Locastro was not injured, Carey was transported to Bothwell Regional Hospital in Sedalia for treatment of minor injuries.
The crash happened just after 3 p.m. on U.S. Highway 50 at Route MM.
A bicycle rider from Sedalia suffered moderate injuries when her bike was hit by a car on Sunday in Pettis County.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Nissan Altima, driven by 18-year-old Keyare Marshall, of Sedalia, reportedly struck the rear of a bike, driven by 49-year-old Julie Bush.
Bush was taken by Pettis County Ambulance to Bothwell Regional Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.
Marshall was not injured.
The accident happened at 2:25 p.m. on West 32nd Street, just east of Quisenberry Road.
A Hazelwood man was killed when two boats collided on Lake of the Ozarks on Saturday.
According to a report from the Water Division of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a Bass Tracker Boat, driven southbound by 62-year-old Edward Sandt, of Hazelwood, came out of a cove at a high rate of speed and crossed the path of a northbound Triton Bass Boat, driven by 59-year-old Philip McKemie, of St. Louis. McKemie swerved his boat to try to miss the boat driven by Sandt but could not. Sandt was ejected from his boat in the crash.
Sandt's boat continued circling and struck Sandt while he was in the water.
Sandt was pronounced dead by the Medical Examiner at 8:20 a.m.
A passenger in the Sandt vessel, 65-year-old Francis Sandt, of St. Charles, suffered serious injuries and was transported by Staff For Life helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
While McKemie reportedly was not injured, 53-year-old Mark Schaeffer, of Fenton, a passenger in the McKemie boat, suffered minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment.
The crash happened just after 7 a.m. at the 8 Mile Marker of the Osage Arm.
A Glasgow man escaped with cuts and bruises after a one-vehicle crash in Boone County on Sunday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Ford Explorer, driven by 33-year-old Justin Goodwin, swerved to avoid a deer, traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment, went airborne and struck a utility pole.
Goodwin reportedly would seek his own treatment.
The crash happened at 1:30 p.m. on Route O, just south of Brome Road.
There is a general highway maintenance project slated for Cooper County this week that could delay traffic.
According to a release from MoDOT, on Route Y, between Route 87 and Boonville Road, roadway maintenance will start on Monday, September 28th, and continue through Thursday, October 1st, during daylight hours. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
All work is weather dependent.
For more information on this or any MoDOT project, call 1-(888)-ASK-MODOT or visit www.modot.org.
A Lexington man was killed in a two-vehicle crash early this morning in Lafayette County.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a Ford F-150, pulling a towed unit and driven by 60-year-old Kevin Kraft, of Lexington, was backing west onto Highway 224 and entered the eastbound lanes. A Ford F-250, driven eastbound by 40-year-old Noel Sparks, of Lexington, struck the F-150 and overturned, landing on the driver's side after impact. While the F-250 came to rest in the eastbound lanes, the F-150 and its towed unit came to rest off the side of the roadway in a ditch.
Kraft reportedly was not injured, but Sparks was pronounced dead at Lafayette Regional Hospital by Deputy Dale Cox. Another passenger in the Sparks vehicle, 66-year-old Lester Huffman, of Lexington, was seriously injured and transported to Lafayette Regional Hospital for treatment.
The crash happened at 12:01 on Highway 224, one-tenth of a mile east of Gilbin Hill Road.
A stretch of Cooper County roadway that closed until next month for road work has reopened ahead of schedule, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.
MoDOT says pavement replacement work on the Route 5 interchange at Interstate 70 in Boonville has been completed and the interchange is now open, more than a week ahead of the slated October 6th completion date.
Route 5 at Fuqua Drive is also open, as well as the on and off ramps to and from I-70. The interchange closed on September 21st.
For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org.
Boone County authorities have announced a $2,000 reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) in a double homicide last weekend in the 6900 block of East Mexico Gravel Road.
Officials say 41-year-old James W. Richardson, of Columbia, and 42-year-old Kenneth B. Long, of Mexico, were found shot to death on September 19th on the property of the former El Ray Trailer Court.
An employee of a company asphalting East Mexico Gravel Road located Richardson about 75 feet from the road; the body of Long was found by a sheriff's canine unit a few hours later in a field about 150 yards to the west of where Richardson was located.
Anyone with information about these homicides is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS. All calls to CrimeStoppers are held in strict confidence and a caller does not have to provide their name to collect a reward.
Governor Jay Nixon has announced new investments through Missouri Start Smart to expand access to quality early childhood education opportunities so more Missouri children start kindergarten ready for school and beyond.
The Governor announced that, through the Missouri Start Smart initiative, the Missouri Department of Economic Development will authorize more than $2.9 million in competitive funding awards to several early childhood education projects, including money to help construct a facility in Sedalia.
Nixon's office says $999,505 will be awarded to the City of Sedalia to assist the Missouri Valley Community Action Agency construct a new 9,872 square foot building on land donated by the city for the purpose of relocating the Sedalia Head Start program.
The new facility will serve 115 children, meet ADA standards and border Hubbard Park on the city's north side.
A Sedalia man suffered moderate injuries after a one-vehicle rollover accident in Benton County on Saturday morning.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 47-year-old Yuriy Kovalenko was traveling westbound just after 5:30am. Reports say his 2007 Volkswagen ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a tree and overturned.
Kovalenko was treated at the scene by Benton County paramedics. The crash reportedly happened on Golf Road, just west of West Dam Access Road.
Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel has announced the release of his Missouri Public Fund Investment Guide, a booklet available to county and municipal governments and any public investment officer in Missouri.
The guide outlines investment policy for local governments according to the Missouri constitution and statutes, as well as offers insights into smart investing practices for public funds.
The Investment Guide gives a detailed analysis on topics such as allowable investments, collateral for public funds and understanding risk. In addition to being available online, public finance officers may request the booklet from Treasurer Zweifel's office.
Governor Jay Nixon has called for nominations from Missourians to the Academy of Missouri Squires, a non-profit organization that honors Missourians for their accomplishments on the community, state or national levels.
The Academy, founded in 1960, is limited to 100 living members. Currently, there are 85 living members and 15 vacancies; up to 10 new Squires may be added in the Class of 2015.
To qualify for membership, one must have achieved true greatness in their community, the state of Missouri or the United States; and either legally reside in Missouri, be employed by the state, or be a native-born Missourian whose current residence may be outside the state.
Nominations are made by submitting a brief nomination form describing, in 100 words or less, why the nominee should be selected to join the Academy.
Forms may be obtained and submitted online at www.governor.mo.gov. The deadline to submit nominations for consideration for the Class of 2015 is October 12th.
Among the first class of Squires in 1960 were Harry Truman, Thomas Hart Benton and Stan Musial.
Some area car enthusiasts recently got a chance to show off their rides all while raising money for a good cause.
According to a release from the Boys and Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri, the group has received a donation of $3,700 from 301 Street Cars. 301 hosted its second annual Austin Martin Benefit Cruise in late August, featuring classic and new cars, a live auction, raffles and games.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri operates afterschool programs at 11 sites in Sedalia, Cole Camp, Green Ridge, La Monte, Leeton and Smithton. The group is celebrating its 55th anniversary this year.
The Marshall School Board held a special session meeting on Thursday, September 24th.
A news release from the district says board members were introduced to representatives from ConEdison, who presented information on the condition of buildings in the Marshall School District. Discussion was held on various options for the repair and upgrade of district facilities.
No formal actions were taken by the board in the special session meeting.
Area residents are invited to plan a visit to Lexington State Historic Site and learn about the Arabia Steamboat. The site will host a staff person from the Arabia Steamboat Museum at 2:00pm on Saturday, September 26th in the theater at the museum.
When the Steamboat Arabia sank near Kansas City in 1856, she carried 200 tons of mystery cargo. Lost for 132 years, recovery began in in 1988. The event will feature artifacts from the steamboat excavation and a presentation about the Arabia Steamboat and museum. The program is free and open to the public.
Battle of Lexington State Historic Site is located in Lexington. For more about the event, contact the park at 660-259-4654. For more information on Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites, visit www.mostateparks.com.
An auditorium that dates back to the 1930s is being renovated in an area town.
The Lexington City Council received an update on the group doing the work at its meeting this week.
Rounds says plans are to bring some entertainers to the auditorium, once its completely renovated. It also could be used for some community events.
In other news, the council also is considering a logo to put on the currently-being-constructed 600,000-gallon water tower. Rounds said about 15 to 20 logos have been submitted, and a decision on the winner will be made in the near future. The water tower is scheduled to be completed by around Christmas of this year.
The Apples, Arts & Antiques events are going on this weekend in Lexington, according to Rounds.
The Columbia Police Department has received multiple phone calls this week about the Phone Warrant Scam that has been plaguing Boone County residents this summer.
The warrant scam is where the caller impersonates a Deputy or Court Employee in an attempt to gain personal and financial information by telling citizens they have a warrant for their arrest for failing to report for jury duty.
In each case, the scammer asks for citizens debit or credit information to take care of the fictitious warrant. Government agencies do not telephone citizens asking for payment with debit, credit or green dot cards.
The Police Department reminds residents to never give out personal information such as credit-card numbers, dates of birth, social-security numbers, etc.; call back the number that called you to verify it is legit, and if an answering machine picks up, then it's a scam; and, if something doesn't seem right, it's not.
If you have any information about or suspect a fraud, report it to a law-enforcement agency.
Local fire officials ask residents planning controlled burns to give authorities a call in advance to help reduce false calls.
According to a news release from the Pettis County Sheriff's Office, fire agencies in Pettis County are regularly dispatched to controlled burns because the landowner fails to notify officials in advance of the burn. This not only wastes precious firefighting resources, but also creates citizen and personnel risk from unneeded emergency responses.
Residents planning controlled burns can contact their local fire department or Pettis County Sheriff's Dispatch at (660)-827-0052 in advance of the burn. Dispatchers will log the incident so that an emergency response will not occur when unknowing citizens see and then reporting the fire.
At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday, Saline County E.M.A. Director Emmitt Williams said the county needs to appoint a Safety Committee. He said after a recent audit, he was told having this committee in place could lead to cheaper insurance premiums.
Williams gives details on who he recommends for the committee.
Sharon Sheffer will serve as the secretary.
The commission approved Williams' recommendations.
Williams added the committee's first meeting will be in the early part of October, but a date and time has not been set in stone.
In other news, it was noted that if there is a request by 10 or more elected county officials and/or county employees, a nurse from the Saline County Health Department will be in the Saline County Courthouse to administer flu shots from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 15th. The cost, without insurance, of a regular flu shot is $20. The cost, without insurance, of a high-dose flu shot for those 65 or older is $33.
An opportunity has arisen for the Saline County Commission to invest a little and gain a lot, netting some easy cash that will come in handy when paying Saline County's portion for B.R.O. Bridge projects.
At the Thursday Commission meeting, Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner said a deal that has been proposed will cost the county a maximum of 7.1 cents for every dollar it will receive in soft-match money.
Fenner went on to explain the county will pay up to $15,000-- it could be less-- to hold up its end of the deal.
Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie pointed out the money will be used toward the next three bridge projects, including the currently-being-built Grand Pass Bridge and the Stouffer Bridge, which is next on the B.R.O. Program's list. The B.R.O. Program is a federal program where the U.S. Government pays 80 percent and the county pays 20 percent of the bridge project's cost.
The commissioners approved to enter into a contract with Howe Company, Inc.
A two-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Wednesday resulted in injuries to a Columbia woman.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Chevrolet, driven by 63-year-old Grigoriy Limanskiy, of Sedalia, reportedly failed to stop at a stop sign and pulled into the path of and was struck by a northbound Kia Forte, driven by 52-year-old Janet Smith, of Columbia.
Smith suffered minor injuries and reportedly would seek her own treatment, while Limanskiy was not injured.
The crash happened at 4:45 p.m. on U.S. Highway 65 at Kemp Road.
An area driver escaped injury in a two-vehicle crash in Lafayette County on Wednesday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Mitsubishi Galant, driven by 26-year-old Blair Hunter, of Concordia, swerved to miss another vehicle and struck an eastbound Toyota Sienna, driven by 43-year-old Kim Ngan, of the state on Pennsylvania.
While Hunter reportedly was not injured, Ngan suffered minor injuries and was transported to Lafayette Regional Hospital in Lexington by Higginsville E.M.S. for treatment.
The crash happened at 3:30 p.m. on eastbound I-70 at the 50.8 Mile Marker.
The Carrollton Town Council met in regular session on Monday evening.
Council members were updated on the Walnut Hills building, which is being renovated to house a Head Start early education facility. Members learned about steps being taken to battle mold within the structure and also about future grant opportunities that could help fund the center.
Council members awarded a geo melt bid to Smith Fertilizer and Grain, of Iowa, for $1.70 a gallon; a spokesperson says the city will order 600 gallons of the material. Also awarded was a bid for road salt to Pavlich Trucking, of Kansas City, for $82.00 a ton; the city has ordered 100 tons of salt to prepare for the winter months.
The council also authorized Mayor Brian Mathis to sign a contract with MoDOT in regards to the sign recently erected at the intersection of Mason Street and Highway 65 in Carrollton. Also approved was the authorization for the Mayor to sign a contract for grant monies used for resealing the runway at the airport.
Johnson County Clerk Diane Thompson announced that her office will conduct an all-mail ballot election for the Leeton R-10 School District. The district asked to hold a special election on November 3rd to present to voters a question to issue general obligation bonds with no change to the current debt service levy.
The ballot language is as follows: “Shall the Leeton R-X School District issue its general obligation bonds in the amount of $1,300,000 for the purpose of constructing, improving, furnishing, and equipping school facilities?”
If the question is approved, the District's debt service tax levy is estimated to remain unchanged at the current levy of $0.86 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation.
An arrest has been made in regard to recent fires being set in Cooper County.
According to a release from the Cooper County Sheriff's Office, deputies detained a man for questioning on Monday. Subsequent investigation and questioning has led to the arrest of a man originally from Illinois.
On Tuesday, a warrant was issued for the arrest of 39-year-old Macario Villeras Ortiz, of Boonville, allegedly committing the crimes.
According to on-line court documents, Ortiz has been charged with three counts of a Class C Felony of Arson in the Second Degree and six counts of a Class D Felony of Knowingly Burning or Exploding.
Bond has been set at $100,000 cash only.
Ortiz is currently being held in the Cooper County Detention Center.
At Tuesday's meeting of the Saline County Commisison, Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie said a ceremony was held in Slater on Saturday to honor Saline County and three cities in it.
Guthrie said the event was well attended.
Guthrie said the plaque and proclamation will be on display in the Saline County Courthouse in Marshall. He also said signs will be erected in the next two weeks or so at each city's city limit and at the Saline County line designating them as Purple Heart Cities/County.
In addition to discussing the budget and appproving amendments to it and its projected shortfall of about $251,000, the Marshall School Board also approved two bids at its meeting Tuesday night.
One was for a 1994 GMC Safari van. Of the three bids submitted, Jim Gilpin had the high bid of $255, which was accepted by the board.
The other bid involved an antenna in the district. Transportation Director Craig Thompson explained that he had two bids, including one for nearly $16,000 to take down the old antenna and relocate it. But another bid from L & B Electronics for all new equipment at the new location for $6,680 was accepted by the board. L&B will not be moving the old antenna, just taking it down.
There was some talk about the 2015-16 budget for the Marshall Public School District at its school board meeting Tuesday night.
Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher said with the amendments that were later approved by the board, the district is projected to operate in the red by just over $250,000. She said they are hopeful on making up most of the shortfall via money received from the pipeline running through the area.
Dr. Maher pointed out that the tax levy decreasing from $3.1275 to $2.75 will cost the district some $590,000, even though the assessed valuation has gone up some $3 million. And, she said expenditures are up for the district, too.
It was batted around by members of the board as to whether or not the board should put together another ballot issue for a tax increase in the future to increase revenues. But nothing was decided at the meeting.
An Edwards woman suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Benton County on Tuesday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Ford Explorer, driven by 49-year-old Caron Rider, traveled off the right side of the roadway, returned to the roadway and the driver reportedly overcorrected. The vehicle then traveled off the left side of the roadway, and the driver overcorrected again, causing the vehicle to travel off the right side of the roadway and overturn.
Rider was transported to Golden Valley Hospital by Warsaw-Lincoln E.M.S. for treatment.
The crash happened at 1:15 p.m. on Poor Boy Road, 1.2 miles east of McGlaughlin Avenue.
A Cole Camp man was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Benton County on Tuesday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Dodge Stratus, driven by Adam Krug, of Warsaw, slowed to make a right turn and was struck by a northbound Chevrolet Trailblazer, driven by 56-year-old Mitchell Harms, of Cole Camp. Harms' vehicle overturned and came to rest on its wheels in a ditch.
Harms, who swerved his vehicle in an attempt to avoid the collision, suffered minor injuries and reportedly would seek his own treatment. Krug reportedly was not injured.
The crash happened at 3:28 p.m. on U.S. Highway 65, two-tenths of mile south of Route H.
A Columbia man faces several felony charges after his arrest by Boonville Police this week.
According to the Boonville Police Department, 24-year-old Mitchell C. Fisher was placed on a 24-hour hold Monday following his arrest for stealing and drug offenses; the man also reportedly had several outstanding warrants from Cooper and Boone Counties.
Online court documents state Fisher has been charged in Cooper County court with a class C Felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a class D Felony count of Driving While Revoked and a class D Felony count of Theft or Stealing of More than $500 but Less Than $25,000. He also faces a misdemeanor charge for Unlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia.
Bond in the matter has been set at $500 cash only and $5,000 surety. A future court date has not yet been established.
In addition to approving authorization of a contract with Lamp, Rynearson & Associates, Inc., for the corporation to make improvements to the North English Lift Station, the Marshall City Council also set the city's tax rate on real property at one dollar, 15.19 cents per $100 of assessed valuation at its meeting Monday night.
The taxes break down to 65.6 cents for the General Fund, 28.36 cents for the Park Fund, 16.84 cents for the Library Fund and 4.39 cents for the Band Fund.
In other business, City Administrator Connie Latimer reported Marshall received a plaque as being a Purple Heart City during a ceremony held at the Slater Fall Festival on Saturday.
The council also heard that a pair of requests by citizens recently were approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission for rezoning purposes. One is for a 30-acre plot of land on South Odell Avenue and the other is a tract of land at 1311, 1329, 1345 and 1415 East Eastwood Street. A public hearing has been set for both requests on October 19th prior to the regular-session council meeting.
A Lee's Summit woman was injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Johnson County this morning.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a Honda Accord, driven northbound by 19-year-old Rachel Cutrell, swerved to miss a deer, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned several times before coming to rest.
Cutrell, who reportedly was not wearing a seat belt, suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence by Johnson County Ambulance for treatment.
The crash happened at 12:05 on County Road Northwest 1901, two-tenths of a mile south of County Road Northwest 1000.
University of Missouri Extension's Small Steps to Health and Wealth program is being offered through the Saline County Career Center Community Education Program this fall.
Taught by two University of Missouri Extension Specialists, the six-week program encourages participants to make positive behavior changes aimed to improve both their health and their finances.
Participants will set a health and/or wealth goal, then take action toward success. Class includes discussion on the similarities between and impact health and wealth issues have on each other, behavior change strategies and key success factors.
Sessions are on Mondays from 5:30-7:00pm weekly starting October 5th at the Saline County Career Center at 900 West Vest in Marshall. To register, call (660) 886-6958 or enroll online at www.marshallschools.com/sccc. Pre-registration is required by Monday, September 28th.
The $60 program is free thanks to the University of Missouri Family Nutrition Education Program.
An Odessa man has been hospitalized after a one-vehicle rollover accident in Lafayette County on Monday.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 37-year-old Jason Perkins lost control of his 1999 Jeep at the 33 mile marker on eastbound Interstate 70 at around 8:45am. The vehicle reportedly struck a guardrail and overturned several times before finally coming a stop.
Perkins suffered moderate injuries and was taken by Odessa EMS to Centerpoint Medical Center for treatment. Trooper reports say he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
A Boonville woman has been arrested and will face two Felony drug charges in Cooper County Court.
According to a release from the Cooper County Sheriff's Department, on Friday, September 18th, Deputies, troopers with Missouri State Highway Patrol, officers of the Boonville Police Department and the East Central Drug Task Force, executed a narcotics search warrant at a residence located in the 900 block of Shamrock Terrace in Boonville. As a result, officers seized methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Arrested was 51-year-old Debbie E. Martin.
According to on-line court documents, Martin has been formally charged with a Class B Felony of Distribute/Deliver/Manufacture/Produce Or Attempt To Possess With Intent To Distribute/Deliver/Manufacture/Produce A Controlled Substance and a Class C Felony for Keeping Or Maintaining A Public Nuisance. She also has been charged with a misdemeanor.
Bond has been set at $2,000 cash and $10,000 surety.
An area Sheriff's Department is investigating a number of fires that were set over this past weekend.
According to a media release, the Cooper County Sheriff's Office is looking into four separate fires set during the afternoon of Saturday September 19th. The fires are being investigated as arsons.
Sheriff's deputies, Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers and Boonville Police officers conducted a search of an area on the northeast side of Boonville between highways B and 87, but the search did not turn up any suspects.
Deputies also are working with the Boonville Police Department on at least one recent fire in the city limits of Boonville.
If you have any information regarding any of these fires, contact the Cooper County Sheriff's Office at (660) 882-2771.
Several months ago, the Slater School Board voted the school district's activities to move to the Central Activities Conference. All sports and activities, except football, are competing in the conference now. The football Wildcats are part of the Lewis and Clark Conference for the rest of this season, the final year of a two-year cycle.
Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz said the transition to the new league has been going smoothly.
Dr. Lorenz said he feels the Slater students will be able to be more competitive against schools more Slater's size in the C.A.C.
Dr. Lorenz said the administration is working on putting together an independent 11-man football schedule for the 2016 season because that is not a sport offered by the C.A.C. All other sports and activities are offered by the C.A.C.
A pair of area residents suffered moderate injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Jackson County on Sunday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as 23-year-old Ryan Merrifield, of Higginsville, reportedly lost control of his westbound Dodge Dart at a high rate of speed and struck a westbound Chevrolet Express, driven by 27-year-old Nikolay Sulakov, of South Carolina.
The Chevrolet then spun out, traveled off the left side of the roadway and into the median cables.
The Dodge Dart rolled over, ejected the driver and came to rest on its wheels facing east.
While Sulakov reportedly was not injured, Merrifield, who reportedly fled the scene on foot, and a passenger in his car, 24-year-old Hector Guzman, of Grain Valley, each suffered moderate injuries.
Guzman was transported by Jackson County E.M.S. to Centerpoint Medical Center for treatment.
The crash happened at 10:20 p.m. on westbound I-70 at the 22.6 Mile Marker.
A Rayville woman suffered moderate injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Ray County on Sunday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound 2004 Ford, driven by 54-year-old Christopher Chenier, of Rayville, reportedly failed to yield to a westbound 2006 Ford, driven by 51-year-old Rosita Dial, of Richmond, and began to make a left turn onto Missouri 10. The 2004 Ford was struck by the 2006 Ford.
While the drivers reportedly escaped injury, 57-year-old Karen Chenier, a passenger in the 2004 Ford, was taken to Liberty Hospital by Ray County E.M.S. for treatment.
The crash happened at 9:30 a.m. on Missouri 10 at Elkhorn Road.
A Warrensburg man suffered serious injuries and was flown from the scene of a one-vehicle rollover crash in Johnson County today.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a 2004 GMC, driven southbound by 44-year-old Theodore Potter, ran off the right side of the roadway, returned to the roadway and ran off the left side of the roadway where it overturned and struck a fence.
Potter was taken by Life Flight to Research medical center in Kansas City for treatment.
The crash happened at 9:15 a.m. on County Road Southwest 101, just north of County Road Southwest 500.
Winners have been named in an area city's contest for upkeep of residential yards.
According to a release from the City of Sedalia, Heather Hunter at 1100 Wilkerson Street, was named the First Ward and Grand Prize winner for September in the Way To Grow, Sedalia! Contest.
The Second Ward winner was Delores Cantwell at 3203 East Broadway. In the Third Ward, the winner was John Rucker at 909 South Arlington, and the residence of Bob and Laura Heitmeyer at 3208 Buckingham Drive was the winner in the Fourth Ward.
Four Lincoln residents were injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Pettis County on Saturday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a 1999 Ford, driven northbound by 18-year-old Dalton Lukecart, traveled off the left side of the roadway. It returned to the roadway, then travled off the right side of the roadway where it struck a ditch and overturned several times. The vehicle came to rest on its top in a field.
Two youths, an infant boy and a 2-year-old girl, suffered minor injuries and were transported to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.
Lukecart suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Bothwell Hospital for treatment.
Another passenger, 34-year-old Chad McDaniel, suffered serious injuries and was life flighted to University Hospital in Columbia for treatement.
The crash happened at 8:00pm on U.S. Highway 65 at Ball Road.
A Blue Springs woman suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Carroll County on Saturday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound 2004 Pontiac, driven by 27-year-old Caitlyn Evans, ran off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment, traveled across another roadway, struck a second embankment and came to rest in a corn field.
Evans was transported by Carroll County E.M.S. to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The crash happened at 7:58 p.m. on Missouri 10 at County Road 141.
The Salisbury R-4 School Board met in regular session last week with a number of items on the agenda.
Board members were given a presentation by Crocket Engineering and Septagon Construction about options for improvements to the high school and elementary parking lots. The board discussed several changes to the parking lot plans and approved an agreement with Septagon for the project.
In other business, the board approved the naming of the City of Salisbury as a district business partner and approved the hiring of seven new substitute teachers and one new instructional aide.
At the most recent meeting of the Fayette R-3 Board of Education, board members learned that district test scores have improved over last year.
A report to the board illustrated the fact that the district this year had eight testing categories that were above state levels, of which the five highest performing areas were English 2, Algebra 2, Biology, 4th grade English and Algebra 1. Last year the district had three areas that were at or above state levels.
In other business, the board approved the district's Special Education Local Plan and several policy updates from the Missouri School Board Association.
Board members also discussed submitting grant applications for playground equipment, Therapy Room equipment, and a sound field system for the middle school science classroom.
An area teenager is dead after a two-vehicle crash in Benton County on Thursday night.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a car driven westbound by 17-year-old Jordon Powers, of Edwards, failed to stop at a stop sign and drove into the path of a northbound pickup driven by 64-year-old Eugene Hayes, of Lincoln. The truck struck the car, which spun in the road and ejected the driver and a passenger from inside.
Powers suffered fatal injuries in the crash while a passenger, 17-year-old Mason Flippin, of Warsaw, sustained serious injuries and was taken by helicopter to University Hospital for treatment. The second driver, Hayes, received moderate injuries and was taken from the scene by private vehicle for treatment.
The Patrol says the crash happened around 8:40pm on Highway 65 at Route BB in Benton County.
After a traffic stop by a Marshall Police Officer and subsequent search of a vehicle, a Marshall woman was arrested and faces drug charges.
According to a release from the police department, the traffic stop was made due to an expired license plate on the vehicle just after 1:00pm on Wednesday, September 16th.
The officer asked if he could search the car, which was granted. The officer located a camouflage pack on the floor, which he opened and found syringes and an eyeglass case, which contained methamphetamine. Karamico Roll was then arrested.
According to on-line court documents, a warrnat was issued on September 17th, and Roll has been formally charged with a Class C Felony for Possession Of Controlled Substance Except 35 Grams Or Less Of Marijuana.
It was mostly a routine meeting for the Sweet Springs R-7 School Board on Wednesday, but the board did take two actions.
The board approved the bus routes and an additional substitute teacher, Rebecca Lemmert.
In other news, Elementary Principal Melanie Schlup reported attendance is at 98.54 percent. She also reminded the board PreSchool Open House is September 18th and third- and fourth-grade students will be attending the Annual Corn Husking Education Day on Thursday, September 24th.
During High School Principal David Honeycutt's report, he pointed out the attendance rate has been 98.28 percent. He also said Homecoming week is next week, starting with the annual painting of the streets on Sunday at 5:00pm. He also noted an FFA/Student Council Blood Drive is set for Tuesday, October 13th.
At its monthly meeting, the Glasgow School Board on Wednesday, the board approved several bids, including one a general-contract bid for the track project to Frech Paving. According to a release from the school district, additionally, the board approved subcontracts for work related to the track to Cale Aholt, Glasgow Ready Mix, J & L Trucking and Korte Trucking.
The board also approved All-State Consultants as engineers for the track improvements.
In other news, the board approved a new scoreboard for which the Glasgow Booster Club raised half of the funds.
The school also received an FV-4 enhancement grant for new technology for the business department.
The board also gave the thumbs up to bus routes as presented and approved a list of surplus items to be put up for sale. The surplus items will be available in the high school office over the next two weeks.
A Marshall man charged with attempting to shoot a police officer appeared for a hearing in Saline County on Wednesday.
According to on-line court documents, 31-year-old Carl Clayton Roettgen appeared via video from the Saline County Jail.
Roettgen faces seven felony charges connected to an incident where he allegedly pointed a gun at a Marshall police officer in the parking lot of Wal-Mart as the officer attempted to arrest him on an outstanding warrant four months ago. Roettgen, who allegedly pulled the trigger but the gun didn't fire, fled the scene on May 13th and was apprehended a week later by U.S. Marshals in Gulf Shores, Alabama. He was extradited back to Missouri by Saline County Sheriff's Deputies in late May.
The case has been continued with a preliminary hearing set for 1:30pm on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015. Bond remains the same at $100,000 cash only.
There are several events coming up in the city of Sweet Springs in the next several weeks.
At the meeting of the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen this week, the board approved a number of requests, including one for a trap shoot at the park, which will be held on four different Sundays, according to a city official.
The trap shoots, which will be at Sweet Springs City Park, will be held on September 20th and 27th and October 4th and 11th.
Oktoberfest will be held on Saturday, October 3rd, and the council approved Miller and Turner Streets to be blocked off for usage by vendors.
It also was noted by the council that a nurse from the Saline County Health Department will be at City Hall from 3:00 to 6:00pm on Thursday, October 8th, to administer flu shots to all who want one. The charge for those who do not have an insurance that is accepted is $20 for a regular flu shot and $33 for High-Dose flu shots for persons 65 and older.
The council also approved back taxes on some properties to be abated in the amount of $1,855.45.
A Sweet Springs man suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Lafayette County on Tuesday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Isuzu Rodeo, driven by 35-year-old Aaron Smith, traveled off the right side of the roadway where it struck a tree and overturned.
Smith was transported to Centerpoint Medical Center for treatment.
The crash happened just before 4:00pm at Mile Marker 39 on I-70.
Two Odessa residents suffered minor in a two-vehicle crash in Lafayette County on Tuesday.
As per a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Ford Edge, driven by 53-year-old Lynora Darden, of Odessa, and a westbound 2006 Ford, driven by 93-year-old Cecilia Geary, collided in an intersection. After impact, the Ford Edge continued north, traveled off the roadway and into a field.
Darden was transported by E.M.S. to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment, while Geary was transported by Sni-Valley E.M.S. to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.
The crash happened at 8:56am at the intersection of Johnson Drive and Barkertown Road.
A driver from Salem suffered minor injuries in a rollover crash in Johnson County on Tuesday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a 1999 Kenworth, driven eastbound by 55-year-old Clinton Hodges, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a guardrail, continued eastbound and also struck a highway signpost, a ditch and overturned.
Hodges reportedly refused treatment of his injuries at the scene.
The crash happened at 8:00am on U.S. Highway 50, east of Northwest 751st Road.
An area hospital board of trustees has three new members.
According to a news release, the Fitzgibbon Hospital Board of Trustees welcomed Jacquelyn Eidson, Scott Hartwig and Jan Stapleton to its ranks at its August meeting.
In addition to President Fred Utlaut, the three new members join remaining members: William Summers, Donald Vogelsmeier, Gayle Carter, Rook Evans, Randy Morrow, James Sowash, M.D., Jack Uhrig, M.D., and Lorenzo Romney, D.O. president of the hospital's medical staff.
The 12-member board, primarily from the local community, governs the mission and vision of the hospital, an independent, nonprofit organization.
If you're an older adult and looking for a job, listen up!
According to a news release, there is good news for older Missourians needing help to reenter the work force in Saline County. A local nonprofit has openings in a program that offers training and other services as a stepping stone to employment.
The Experience Works Missouri state office, a national nonprofit organization, operates the Department of Labor's Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) in 102 Missouri counties. The program is free and provides paid community service assignments at local and public nonprofit organizations, training, referral to needed services, and job search assistance.
The program is available to people age 55 and older, who are unemployed and meet other criteria.
For more information, to find out if you qualify, or to schedule an appointment, call Experience Works toll-free at 1-(877)-872-4740 or 573-445-4509, or visit www.experienceworks.org.
During the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner said there will be more bridge work done in Saline County.
Fenner said the bridge probably won't be completed in the next year, but the county needs to stay ahead.
Fenner said, the Grand Pass Bridge, located on Afton Avenue--the last road in Saline County near the city of Waverly--, which is currently under construction, should be completed late this month. Fenner said Engineer Rich Rhodes said he is hopeful of holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony sometime between the 28th and 30th of September.
At the meeting of the Saline County Commission Tuesday, the commissioners approved some bids on vehicles to be purchased from the county's coffers.
Sealed bids for two cars and one truck from the Saline County Sheriff's Department were opened during the session of the commission on Thursday, September 10th. The bids, at that time, were taken under advisement.
After Sheriff Wally George looked over the bids, he made the recommendation of all three vehicles to be sold to the same bidder.
Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie gives the particulars of George's recommendations.
A Kirksville man suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Chariton County on Monday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a Nissan Pickup, driven northbound by 38-year-old Larry Logston, traveled through an intersection, struck a fence and overturned, coming to rest on its wheels.
Logston was transported by Chariton County Ambulance to Pershing Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The crash happened at 4:50pm on Edian Avenue at Knox Road, three miles south of Wien.
A Knob Noster 16-year-old suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Johnson County on Monday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Saturn ION, driven by 16-year-old John Rehbock, of Knob Noster, traveled off the right side of the roadway. The driver reportedly overcorrected, causing an uncontrolled skid. Then the vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, where it overturned, coming to rest on its top.
While Rehbock reportedly was not injured, a passenger, Jacob Sutherland was transported via Johnson County Ambulance to Children's Mercy Hospital for treatment.
The crash happened at 4:40pm on Route D, one-half mile north of Southeast 100th Road.
A sentence was handed down in a baby-shaking case dating back nearly four years in Saline County Circuit Court on Monday.
According to online court documents, Felony Class C charges for Endangering the Welfare of Child were filed against Nakisha D. O'Bryan, of Marshall, for allegedly shaking an infant, causing head injuries, on January 29th, 2012.
On July 30th, 2015, O'Bryan was found guilty by a jury.
After hearing arguments from both O'Bryan's lawyer, Danieal H. Miller, of Columbia, Saline County Prosecuting Attorney, Don Stouffer, and a victim-impact statement given by the victim's mother on Monday, Judge Dennis Rolf sentenced O'Bryan to the maximum of seven years in the Department of Corrections. However, Rolf suspended the sentence, subsequently placing O'Bryan on three- to five-years probation, with the stipulation she have no contact with the victim or the victim's family nor O'Bryan's husband, Joshua Pabst.
A 23-year-old man is being held in the Boone County Jail on drug charges following his arrest Saturday, September 12th, by sheriff's deputies during a traffic stop in the 4600 block of North Paris Road.
According to a news release, the subject was driving a 1999 Ford Mustang without a front license plate and a rear plate that checked to a 2005 Chevrolet. Upon making contact with the subject, who was driving with a revoked operator's license, the deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
A subsequent search of the Mustang netted a large amount of a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, more than an ounce of marijuana and various drug paraphernalia.
The subject's bond has been set at $40,000 on an alleged charge of suspicion of Distribution, Manufacturing or Possession of a Controlled Substance.
A future court appearance is pending in the matter.
An exhibition of diverse artworks--"Kindered Virtuosities"-- by three artists whose studios are located in Kansas City will open September 26th at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art on the State Fair Community College campus in Sedalia. All exhibitions will be available to view through December 22nd.
Artist-led gallery talks are planned at 6:00pm Thursdays in October. Miki Baird will speak October 1st in the Freed Gallery; Garry Noland on October 15th in the Scott Gallery; and Susan White on October 29th in the Freed Gallery.
Museum hours are 11:00am to 5:00pm Tuesdays through Fridays and 1:00 to 5:00pm Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free. For more information, call (660) 530-5888 or visit the website at www.daummuseum.org.
An area college will present a hit musical in October.
According to a news release, the Missouri Valley College Division of Fine Arts will present "Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits" at 7:30 nightly, October 7th-9th in MVC's Charles L. Bacon Conference Center inside the Malcolm Center for Student Life.
Tickets are $5 for the general public and children 18 and under or individuals with an MVC ID are free. Tickets can be reserved by calling (660) 831-4052 or visiting www.moval.edu.
The production will also include a special fundraising event with the Culinary Cabaret at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 9. The Culinary Cabaret will feature a selection of hors d'oeuvres and wine pairings prepared by Chef Eron Baker. Tickets (includes food, wine, and show) for the Culinary Cabaret are $30 per person or $200 for a table of eight and must be purchased by October 2. To reserve tickets for the Culinary Cabaret, call (660) 831-4052.
With archery deer-hunting season opening tomorrow in Missouri, the Missouri Department of Conservation is asking deer hunters to help out families in need by sharing the harvest this year.
According to a release from the MDC, many Missouri families can't afford to put high-quality, low-fat red meat on the dinner table, and the venison-donation program connects deer hunters with hungry Missourians through participating meat processors and local hunger-relief agencies around the state.
The program began in 1992. Since then, Missouri hunters have donated more than 3.3 million pounds of venison through the program. Last year nearly 4,000 hunters donated more than 212,000 pounds of venison.
To find participating processors pick up MDC's 2015 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet at MDC offices and nature center, where hunting permits are sold, and online at www.mdc.mo.gov.
For more information on Share the Harvest and providing processing funds, visit CFM online at www.confedmo.org.
An Odessa 17-year-old driver suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Lafayette County on Sunday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound 1988 Ford, driven by Brooke Poulignot, traveled off the roadway and impacted a ditch. The driver then reportedly overcorrected the vehicle, which traveled off the opposite side of the roadway and came to rest.
Poulignot was transported to Centerpoint Hospital by Odessa E.M.S. for treatment.
The crash happened at 10:15pm on Varner Road, just west of Oakland School Road.
An official review of Medicare beneficiaries is under way, and the Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol and Care Connection for Aging Services and are offering some pointers to folks who may receive the phone calls and visits.
According to a release from Care Connection for Aging Services in Warrensburg, the aims of the study are to help understand problems beneficiaries are experiencing, to increase efficiency, to guide legislators and improve quality of care.
Interviewers will visit pre-selected households, and individuals' answers will be kept private. Answers will not affect a participant's benefits.
If you have questions, call Senior Medicare Patrol at 1-(888)-515-6565 or Care Connection at 1-(800)-748-7826.
Two Boonville residents were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Cooper County on Saturday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Ford Taurus, driven by 18-year-old Adam Lixey, of Boonville, reportedly crossed into the lane of and struck a southbound Freightliner, driven by 22-year-old Nathaniel Brown, of New Franklin. After impact, both vehicles exited off the right side of the roadway, where the Taurus struck a sign.
While Brown was reportedly not injured, Lixey suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Boone County Hospital for treatment. A passenger in the Taurus, 15-year-old Jaylen Butner, of New Franklin, was flown from the scene by Staff For Life helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries.
The crash happened at 10:17am on Southbound Missouri 5, south of Smith Street.
A new report issued by the federal government shows that Missouri ranks second in the nation in 'very low food security.' That is defined as “multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake" and represents those who struggle the most with hunger.
The report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture finds that 7.9% of Missourians fall into the very low food security category, which ranks only behind Arkansas at 8.1%. Missouri has an overall food insecurity rate of 16.8%, which is tied for seventh highest in the nation.
Food banks in Missouri continue to be stretched in their response to the hunger problem. According to the most recent “Hunger in America” report for Missouri, nearly 60% of partner food programs in the state reported an increase in the volume of clients being served. Last year, Missouri's food banks distributed over 122 million pounds of food to a network of nearly 1,500 pantries, shelters, and kitchens.
A Carroll County woman was killed in a two-vehicle accident in Livingston County on Friday night.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a northbound vehicle driven by 53-year-old Ronnie Fauss, of Corder, failed to negotiate a curve and and traveled into the southbound lane. Fauss's 1977 Ford struck a southbound 1990 Ford driven by 74-year-old Perry McCollum, of Tina, head-on.
Fauss suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment while McCollum suffered serious injuries and was taken by helicopter to Truman Medical Center.
A passenger in the second car, 55-year-old Karen McCollum, of Tina, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Patrol says the accident happened around 7:05pm on Highway 65, five miles north of Chillicothe.
The Slater Fire Chief has been arrested and now faces multiple felony charges for alleged sex crimes.
According to a release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Drug and Crime Control Division, 39-year-old Levi J. Dennis was taken into custody this week after a recent investigation into allegations of sexual abuse.
Court documents state Dennis was formally charged Friday, September 11th in Saline County Circuit Court with twenty felony counts, including fourteen counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child and two counts of First Degree Attempted Statutory Sodomy.
A court date in the matter has not yet been set. Dennis is currently in custody in the Saline County jail on $500,000 cash only bond.
The Pettis County Health Center has received a report regarding the death of a Pettis County resident from West Nile Virus.
West Nile Virus disease is a viral illness that is spread primarily by the bite of a mosquito. The Department of Health and Senior Services recently released a Health Advisory regarding the increase number of West Nile cases in Missouri.
The Pettis County Health Center reminds county residents that although cooler weather is approaching, mosquitos are still active. Use an insect repellent containing DEET or other approved insect repellent. Avoid being outdoors at dawn or dusk when mosquitos are most active. Wear long sleeve shirts, long pants, socks and shoes to avoid insect bites. Empty containers where standing water may collect to reduce mosquito breeding areas.
Health experts say eliminating mosquito bites is the most important way to prevent developing West Nile Virus disease.
For additional information, contact the Pettis County Health Center at 660-827-1130 or your local county health agency.
In order to keep functioning and providing quality programs for school-age kids, the Boys and Girls Clubs Organization of West-Central Missouri relies on donations and grants.
One of the six sites the organization is located just received a big boost from a corporation.
According to a news release, Tyson Foods, Inc., has donated $100,000 to the La Monte site.
Communications Coordinator Emily Jarrett explains the services the organization provides.
Jarrett said $100,000 is one of the largest donations the organization, which celebrated its 55th anniversary this year, has received, and it's not always known from where the money is going to come.
According to the release, the La Monte site serves an average of 60 children daily. Other sites are in Cole Camp, Green Ridge, Leeton, Sedalia and Smithton. For more information, you can visit the Club's website www.bgckids.com.
Three of the taxes received by Saline County nearly doubled from the figures in August.
According to the tax report provided by Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith at the Saline County Commission meeting on Thursday, the sales tax collected for September was more than $118,000, which was $54,000 more than in August and more than $3,000 more than September of 2014.
Law-Enforcement tax was up $41,000 from $48,000 in August to $89,000 in September. The $89,000 is roughly $3,000 more than the September 2014 figure.
Also way up was the Court House Tax at $62,000 an increase of about $30,000 from August. The increase is about $2,000 from last year's September figure.
However, the Use Tax was way down, dropping from more than $35,000 in August to $14,500 in September, which is down about $3,000 from last year.
A tractor-trailer driver from Michigan suffered serious injuries in a crash in Pettis County on Wednesday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Eagle International, driven by 56-year-old Forrest Luhcs, of Colfax, Michigan, traveled off the right side of the roadway, returned to the roadway, where it began to skid and crossed the center line. The tractor-trailer then traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a ditch and a utility pole and returned to the roadway again where it came to rest on its side.
Luhcs was transported to St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City for treatment.
The crash happened at 5:09pm on Highway 127 north of Green Ridge.
A Green Ridge woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Wednesday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound 2004 Dodge, driven by 78-year-old Ruby Stezer, of Green Ridge, attempted to cross Missouri 52 on Highway E and was struck by an eastbound 2008 Cadillac, driven by 77-year-old Ellen Meinert, of Warsaw.
Meinert reportedly was not injured. Setzer was treated for minor injuries and was released at the scene.
An Odessa man has been sentenced to three year's probation for reportedly selling fake Native American artwork.
According to the office of the Western District Attorney, 63-year-old Terry Lee Whetstone pleaded guilty Wednesday to the "misrepresentation of Indian-produced goods and products". The man created and sold paintings and other artwork over the internet and across the country, claiming they were Native American-made.
As far back as 2007, Whetstone used a fraudulent Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma enrollment card to pass himself off as a tribe member; that claim was later refuted and disproved by the Cherokee Nation.
Under his probation, Whetstone is prohibited from selling any artwork unless he formally notifies the buyer that he is not a member of any recognized Native American tribe; he must also take down his website and refrain from advertising and promoting his artwork in any fashion during the duration of his probation.
With a new solar power farm currently under construction in Marshall, officials with Marshall Municipal Utilities are gearing up for the addition of a new power source to the area power grid.
MMU Administrative Services Director Ken Gieringer says the utility company will save some money by utilizing power created in the immediate area:
Gieringer says right now MMU is making some technical adjustments to ensure they can continue to operate in a safe and efficient manner:
The solar farm will be constructed along U.S. 65 Highway across from Fitzgibbon Hospital and close to Marshall Municipal Airport on Fairground Road. The farm will be approximately 14 acres and include more than 10,580 solar panels.
The facility is exepcted to be completed and running later this year.
At a ceremony this week in Lafayette County, the Old Trails Regional Tourism partnership received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture worth nearly $50,000.
Officials with the U.S.D.A.'s Rural Development division were on hand to award the Old Trails group with a Rural Business Enterprise Grant of $49,500. The funds will be used to allow the group to continue with an Executive Director's position to lead the group in its mission of drawing more tourism dollars to the Old Trails region.
The Old Trails region includes Saline, Carroll, Chariton, Cooper, Howard, Lafayette and Ray counties. 2015 marks the third year the group has received the U.S.D.A. grant.
Tuesday's grant award ceremony was held at Baltimore Bend Vineyard in Waverly.
An area health department will soon be under new leadership.
According to the Saline County Health Department, current Administrator Lisa Thomas has resigned from the position effective October 5th of this year. Thomas will continue to work full-time at the Health Department in another capacity.
The Department says Tara Brewer will assume the Administrator's position after October 5th. Brewer has served as Assistant Administrator for the past two and a half years.
A man accused of robbing a Blackwater bank two years ago has pleaded guilty in federal court to robberies at a dozen banks and eleven different businesses across a five-state area.
According to the office of U.S. Western District Attorney Tammy Dickinson, 45-year-old Timothy Patrick Hoyt, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, pleaded guilty on Wednesday, September 9th to charges contained in a federal indictment in District Court as well as charges from four separate federal cases in Kansas, South Dakota, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
Among the other cases, Hoyt is accused of displaying what appeared to be a handgun and stealing $5,123 from Alliant Bank in Blackwater in June of 2013. The handgun was later found to be a pellet gun, which Hoyt admitted to shoplifting from a mid-Missouri retailer before robbing the bank in Blackwater.
If convicted, Hoyt could face up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and restitution for each of the robberies. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after a presentence investigation is completed by the U.S. Probation Office.
A Marshall woman has been charged with multiple counts in a Cooper County courtroom.
According to Boonville Police and online court documents, 26-year-old Rachel Ann Landreth taken into custody Sunday after a judge issued a warrant for her arrest. Landreth is charged with four Class C Felony counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, along with two misdemeanor drug paraphernalia and theft charges.
Landreth is scheduled to appear for an arraignment in Cooper County court at 1:00pm on Tuesday, October 13th.
A Boone County man faces a felony weapons charge in Cooper County.
According to Boonville Police, 25-year-old Charles E. Hayes, of Ashland, was recently arrested and placed in the Cooper County Detention Center on $5,000 bond after a warrant was issued on August 28th.
Online court documents state Hayes has been charged in Cooper County Circuit Court with a Class C Felony count of Unlawful Possession, Transport, Manufacture, Repair or Sale of an Illegal Weapon.
An arraignment has been scheduled for 1:00pm on Tuesday, October 20th.
Motorists heading to Columbia for Mizzou football this season will want to be aware of several planned road closures in and around Columbia that could alter routes to and from the game.
The Columbia Police Department will be closing a portion of Old Route K at the West Outer Road of Providence during all of the Mizzou home football games. The closure will occur from just south of the Bridge past the drive to the MU tennis courts on Old Route K to the north drive of Providence Hill Apartments. The plan is to close the road three hours before game time through the duration of the game.
At the start of the fourth quarter of each football game until after game traffic has cleared, westbound traffic on Walnut from Fourth Street to Providence will be restricted not allowing any through traffic. Eastbound traffic will also be restricted on Walnut from Second Street to Providence to through traffic.
At the start of the fourth quarter of each football game until after game traffic has cleared, westbound traffic on Ash from Fourth Street to Providence will be restricted not allowing any through traffic. Eastbound traffic on Ash from First Street to Providence will also be restricted to through traffic.
Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner said the Commissioners met with the Daughters of the American Revolution and members of the Masonic Lodge in Marshall on Tuesday and finalized a plan for finishing up the revitalization project of the two fountains on the Saline County Courthouse grounds and the ceremony to follow.
Fenner said the 100th Anniversary for one of the fountains and the rededication ceremony will be on October 14th.
Fenner said the D.A.R. leaders have chosen a plaque that will be erected containing 10 names of men who fought in the Revolutionary War who are buried in Saline County.
The Missouri Department of Conservation is offering matching grant funds for fire departments for 2016.
According to a news release from MDC, applications are being accepted through October 30th for the 2016 Volunteer Matching Grant Program.
In order to qualify, fire departments must serve a population of 10,000 or fewer and match every dollar they're granted. The maximum amount available is $3,000. If the fire department has a complete, MDC-approved Community Wildfire Protection Plan, it can access an additional $1,000 in matching funds.
The application and other details can be found by visiting www.mdc.mo.gov.
According to the state Department of Revenue, Missouri will offer a tax amnesty period from September 1st through November 30th.
The tax amnesty provides individuals and businesses with a one-time opportunity to pay back taxes that were due prior to December 31st of 2014 without interest or penalties.
Tax types that are amnesty eligible include individual income tax, corporate income tax, corporate franchise tax, employer withholding tax, sales tax, consumer's use tax, vendor's use tax and fiduciary tax.
The program requires taxpayers to stay in compliance with all state tax laws for eight years after signing the agreement. Taxpayers who are the subject of any civil or criminal state tax-related investigations or litigation cannot participate in amnesty.
The Missouri Department of Revenue will mail tax amnesty notices to delinquent taxpayers and businesses in late-August. The mailings include information such as the amounts owed and the amount the taxpayer will save in interest and penalties.
For more information about the tax amnesty and to obtain an application online, visit www.dor.mo.gov or call (573) 751-7200.