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HIGGINSVILLE RECEIVES MDC CHECK FOR LAKE UPGRADES 5/4/16CC


An area community received a check for upgrades to its city lake from a state agency on Wednesday, May 4.

According to a release from the Missouri Department of Conservation, presented the city of Higginsville with a check for $116,000, a matching grant for improvements at two of the city's lakes used for recreation and as a drinking water source.


Jim Urfer (center left), the city's former manager for water and wastewater, accepted the check from Trish Yasger, MDC fisheries management biologist. Also present were city employees, MDC staff and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service staff. (Photo courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation).

Through a cooperative agreement, 75 percent of the total project cost was funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. MDC administers the federal funds to help communities provide fishing and boating recreation.

A covered and accessible floating fishing dock was installed at Higginsville City Lake in Lafayette County. Also added was a courtesy dock for boaters and a new restroom. The city installed walkways and security lighting. Upper Higginsville City Lake is separate and water from there flows into the main lake. A new restroom was also installed at the upper lake. All the improvements are accessible for wheelchairs.

FAIRGROUND LIGHTING PLAN MOVES AHEAD WITH CARROLLTON COUNCIL 5/4/16CC


The Carrollton Town Council met in regular session on Monday, May 2, at Carrollton City Hall.

A city spokesperson says council members spent time discussing proposed lighting upgrades at the Walnut Hills Fairgrounds using light poles that were recently donated. The council came to an agreement on the matter; the issue will now be taken up by the Carrollton Park Board before receiving final approval.

In other business, council members learned that no major street paving projects will take place this year, as Missouri Gas Energy crews will be in the city in late summer or early fall to replace numerous gas lines which will require digging into streets. The city has opted to wait until next year before continuing with major paving work.

Also at Monday's meeting, Scarlet Horine was administered the oath of office as Councilman-at-Large; she replaces outgoing Councilman-at-Large Steve Malden.

SEDALIA STUDENTS HELP OUT PATIENTS IN NEED 5/4/16CC


A group of area students recently helped make a difference in the lives of cancer patients.

Upward Bound, with the support of Smith-Cotton High School, recently was able to donate more than four months' worth of toilet paper, paper towels, laundry soap and other cleaning supplies to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Kansas City.

(From left): Students Brandi Estes,
Upward Bound advisor Brandon Hammond, Upward Bound advisor Linda Creach, Victoria Gonzales, Zachary Lowe, Kaitlyn Beck and Emily Morey, made the recent presentation to the Hope Lodge. (Photo courtesy of Sedalia 200 School District)

ACS Hope Lodge is a place where cancer patients and their families can stay free of charge while undergoing treatment. Upward Bound is a program designed to provide educational opportunities to motivate and support students.

SLATER MAYOR REMINDS RESIDENTS OF NUISANCE & PET TAG PENALTIES 5/4/16CC


Slater Mayor Stephen Allegri addressed the Slater City Council about a number of topics Tuesday night in his monthly mayor's report.

(From left) Mayor Stephen Allegri and city council members Wayne Heuman, Crystal Wiseman, and Matt Campbell. (Photo by Chris Clark)

Allegri encouraged Slater residents to make their yards are cleaned up and free of junk as nuisance letters are being issued across the city:



Later, Allegri and City Administrator Gene Griffith spoke about a deadline that's important to city pet owners:



For questions or more information about city dog tags or about weed and nuisance issues, contact Slater City Hall at 660-529-2271.

PHONE LINES DOWN AT KNOB NOSTER POLICE STATION 5/4/16CC


UPDATE (3:30 p.m.) Phone service to the Knob Noster Police Department has reportedly been restored, according to the Johnson County Sheriff's Department.

An area police department's phone lines are down, according to officials.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Department issued a bulletin Wednesday, May 4, stating that phone lines are currently down at the Knob Noster Police Department. No other information about the service outage has been made available.

For the time being, residents in that area are asked to call Johnson County Dispatch at 660-747-5511 or 911 for emergencies.

HIGGINSVILLE ALDERMEN APPROVE RESOLUTION INVOLVING RVs 5/4/16RK


The Higginsville Board of Aldermen approved a request and appointments and recognized a city employee during its meeting on Monday night.

According to a city spokesperson, the board approved a request for a resolution made by residents to allow Recreational Vehicles in Manufacturing Home Park Districts from May 3 through October 29, 2016.

The board also approved hiring of Chad Cobb as a part-time reserve police officer and recognized Danny Logan, who is the K-9 officer with the police department, for 10 years of service.

In other actions, the board named Alderman Donald Knehans as Mayor Pro-tem and as the Board of Aldermen Representative to the Arts Advisory Board.

A proclamation was read for this being Local Government Week, and some refreshments will be available throughout the week at City Hall. Annual Law Enforcment Day events, where fifth-grade students from throughout Lafayette County will converge on Higginsville City Park, will be held on Saturday, May 6.

ONE CANINE RETIRES, ANOTHER TAKES OVER FOR BOONVILLE K-9 UNIT 5/4/16RK


For more than two decades, an area police department has had the help of a canine with its drug enforcement.

On February 17, K-9 Kilo (left), a 9-year-old German Shepherd, was retired as a member of the K-9 Unit for the Boonville Police Department. So the department was in need of his replacement and some officers made a trip to the Keystone State, according to Boonville Police Chief Bobby Welliver.



The persons Welliver referred to are Sergeant Scott Wack of the Boonville Police Department and Boone County Sheriff's Deputy and Dog Trainer Chris Smith. At the time of the purchase of K-9 Vik (right, with Sgt. Wack), he was 19 months old and cost the department $7,000. Welliver said it is money well spent as the canine's abilities ordinarily will be utilized in investigations several times per week.

Welliver said the Boone County Sheriff's Department has had a big hand in saving the Boonville P.D. some dollars.



Welliver said Canine Vik's first day on the job was in late April. K-9 Kilo will live out his retirement days with Sgt. Wack.

(Photos courtesy Boonville Police Department)

MARSHALL WOMAN REPORTS INCIDENT OF IDENTITY THEFT 5/4/16RK


A Marshall woman has reported that her identity has been stolen.

According to a report from the Marshall Police Department, the Marshall resident came to the department and reported that she had received a call from Advance America, a debt-collection agency, on April 8, with the representative of the business stating the need to talk to the resident about a loan in the amount of $800.

The Advance America representative advised the resident she had taken out a loan on Aug. 15, 2015. The resident said she had no knowledge of the loan. The resident stated this is the fourth time since August 2015 that someone has taken out a loan in her name.

Marshall Police provided the resident with contact information for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which deals directly with on-line identity theft.

SALINE COUNTY ROADWAY CLOSED UNTIL 3 P.M. TODAY 5/4/16RK


A portion of a Saline County roadway will be closed for part of daylight hours today.

According to a spokesperson with MoDOT, crews have closed Route BB, two miles north of 20 Highway, for culvert replacement. The closure will be in effect until about 3 p.m. today. Drivers will need to seek an alternate route.

BOONVILLE MAN ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH ALLEGED FELONY FOR BURGLARY 5/4/16RK


A 31-year-old man, whose address is listed as homeless, recently was placed on a 24-hour hold by area authorities and has been charged with an alleged Felony and two misdemeanors in Cooper County.

According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, Johnny R. Bernard was served a Cooper County Warrant while in custody and transported to the Cooper County Detention Center.

On-line court documents state Bernard has been formally charged with a Class C Felony for Burglary in the Second Degree, as well as two misdemeanors.

Bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety.

A future date in Cooper County Circuit Court in Boonville has not yet been set.

COOPER COUNTY MAN ARRESTED, TO FACE ALLEGED FELONY CHARGES 5/4/16RK


Authorities recently served a warrant and a Boonville man was taken into custody to face two alleged Felony and five misdemeanor charges in Cooper County.

According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, a Cooper County Warrant was served to 17-year-old Caleb M. Johnson, of Boonville, while he was in custody.

According to on-line court documents, Johnson has been formally charged with a Class B Felony for Distribution/Delivery/Manufacturing/Production or attempt to Possess with Intent to Distribute/Deliver/Manufacture/Produce a Controlled Substance. He also is to face a Class C Felony for Tampering with a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree.

Bond was set at $5,000 cash only.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, in Cooper County Circuit Court in Boonville.

CONCORDIA ALDERMEN HEAR ENTRANCE PROJECT UPDATE 5/3/16CC


A recently-appointed Concordia resident officially joined the city's Board of Aldermen on Monday night.

Wayne Lindemann was sworn in by the city clerk to fill an unexpired term in Ward 1 left vacant when former alderman Michael Brown filed to run for mayor earlier this year. Lindemann was appointed to the seat by Mayor Brown at a special session board meeting last week.

In other business, City Administrator Dale Klussman says the board held discussion on the ongoing Concordia Entrance Project:



Klussman says the board took the necessary steps Monday night to move the project into the bidding phase:



Also this week, Concordia aldermen discussed financing options for a new street sweeper and approved a request to close Southeast 5th Street between Orange Street and Main Street for a St. Paul Lutheran Elementary School picnic on May 16 and 17.

HOWARD COUNTY CELEBRATES BICENTENNIAL THROUGHOUT 2016 5/3/16CC


One of the oldest counties in the state of Missouri is busy gearing up to celebrate its 200th birthday this year.

Presiding Commissioner Sam Stroupe talked with KMMO News recently about preparations for Howard County's Bicentennial celebration:



Stroupe says the county's 200th birthday will underscore a number of events and activities planned around Howard County from now until the end of November:



According to organizers, Howard County was first organized in January of 1816 and named for the state's first territorial governor, Benjamin Howard. More than 25 counties were formed from its original boundaries, earning it the nickname, "Mother of Counties".

STATE OFFICE OFFERS TOOL FOR CHOOSING INSURANCE PROVIDERS 5/3/16CC


Missourians can now use the 2015 Consumer Complaint Index as a tool when choosing an insurer.

The Missouri Department of Insurance released the index, which presents data on complaints against insurance companies received by the department between 2013 and 2015.

The 2015 Consumer Complaint Index presents data for seven lines of business including private passenger automobile, life and annuity, accident and health, long-term care, Medicare supplement, HMO's and homeowners which includes farm, mobile home, personal fire and allied lines.

One of reasons the department makes this information publicly available, is to allow consumers to use the index as a metric when choosing between different insurance companies. The complaint index compares the ratio of complaints to premium sales for each company to the industry average, for each line of business.

If consumers have insurance related questions, they can call department's Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-726-7390 or visit www.insurance.mo.gov.

SEDALIA HONORS LONGTIME POLICE CHIEF AT COUNCIL MEETING 5/3/16CC


An area law enforcement official with three decades on the job was honored this week by the city of Sedalia.

At the Monday meeting of the Sedalia City Council, Police Chief John DeGonia was recognized and thanked for his 30 years on the force. Two other employees with thirty years service were unable to attend but will be honored at a later date; they are Administrative Assistant Cherie Fredrickson with the Sanitation Department and Senior Equipment Operator Robert Reason with the Street Department.

In other business, the council awarded a bid for a dump truck with a snow plow and a salt spreader for the Street Department. The bid went to Navistar, Inc., in the amount of $131,731, funds made available through the Missouri Cooperative Procurement Program.

Also, the council amended the Code of Ordinances regarding the Zoning Board of Adjustment and approved a second amendment to the Sedalia Midtown Tax Increment Financing Redevelopment Plan and Project.

MVC NAMES WINNERS OF PRIZE HONORING LATE PROFESSOR 5/3/16CC


The 2016 Gruber Prizes have been awarded by Missouri Valley College in Marshall.

According to a release from the college, seniors Christina Bautista and Diego Dos Santos are the recipients of the College's 2016 Gruber Prizes. Named in honor of the late Professor Loren C. Gruber, the Gruber Prize is awarded annually by Valley's Writing Across the Curriculum program to recognize outstanding academic or artistic achievement by junior and senior level students.

Bautista, a senior graduating in May with a B.A. in English, was awarded the Gruber Prize in Communications, Humanities, and Human Services for her project titled The Creation, which is a selection of chapters from a post-apocalyptic young adult novel.  

Dos Santos, a December 2015 graduate with a B.S. in exercise science, was awarded the Gruber Prize in Health Sciences for his project, “Viking Healthy.” Dos Santos' project studied the financial and health benefits of a wellness program for Missouri Valley College's employees. The results of his study were presented to administrators from Valley's student life, human resources, and financial affairs offices.  

Gruber Prize winners are nominated by faculty in their discipline, and receive a $100 cash award.

GALLOWAY ANNOUNCES NEW LOCAL GOVERNMENT MAP 5/3/16CC


In conjunction with Local Government Week, Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has unveiled a new online tool to increase transparency in government taxes and operations, according to a news release from the Auditor's office.

The Show-Me Local Government Map allows users to search by county and includes news and financial information, including property taxes rates, for taxing districts in Missouri.

Missouri's 6,000 special taxing districts are made up of 30 different types of local government entities, including counties, cities, school districts and other special taxing districts like water, fire and ambulance protection districts.

Missouri's 2016 Local Government Week runs the first week of May and is coordinated by the Missouri Municipal League and partner organizations with a focus on the importance of local government and its service to citizens.

The Show-Me Local Government Map is available online at www.auditor.mo.gov.

MARSHALL MAN ARRESTED, TO FACE ALLEGED FELONY CHARGE 5/3/16RK


A Marshall man was served a warrant and a fugitive from justice and taken into custody for an alleged Felony charge.

According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, officers arrested Christopher Wayne Crutchfield on Monday, May 2, at a residence in the 1500 block of South Conway Avenue.

According to on-line court documents, Crutchfield has been formally charged with a Class D Felony for Property Damage in the First Degree.

Bond was set at $7,500 cash or surety, with the conditions of no alcohol or drugs.

A future date in Saline County Circuit Court has not yet been set.

MDC OFFERS NEW FREE APP FOR MOBILE DEVICES 5/3/16RK


An award-winning statewide magazine now is available on a mobile-device app.

According to a news release, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering the Missouri Conservationist, through a free app.

You can read about research and other happenings with fish, forest, and wildlife in Missouri; get info on conservation news and events, in-depth articles, and ways to discover nature; browse captivating wildlife photography and videos.

Once downloaded, the app will offer current issues of the magazine to save and read. You can get more information and download the new MO CON MAG app for Apple or Android devices at www.mdc.mo.gov/mobile/mobile-apps/mo-conservationist-magazine-app.

SALINE COUNTY COURTHOUSE TO BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, MAY 9 5/3/16RK


During the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, May 3, the Commissioners approved letters of destruction for an obsolete computer and an old phone.

In other news, Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr. said work currently is under way to replace the heating and cooling system at the Saline County Justice Facility. He said several wells have been dug to date, with still several more to go. The Commissioners approved the work to be carried out for a price tag of $144,000 earlier this year.

Guthrey also said the hope is to have the fountains on the northeast and southwest corners of Saline County Courthouse lawn to be up and running by next week, and the courthouse will be closed on Monday, May 9, in observance of Harry S. Truman's birthday. Truman's birthday is on Sunday, May 8.

NORBORNE ALDERMEN APPROVE APPOINTMENTS, BID 5/3/16RK


A good portion of the meeting of the Norborne Board of Aldermen on Monday night was spent approving appointments made by Mayor Roger Leabo.

According to City Clerk Jennifer Hamilton, the appointments included Alderman Chuck Lichte as Mayor Pro-Tem; Aldermen Dorothy Strathman and Colby Kruse as Street and Alley Commissioners; Aldermen Ron Lyon and Lichte as Water and Sewer Commissioners; Pam Colborn as Water and Tax Collector; Julie McClure as City Treasurer; Hamilton as City Clerk; Jack Franken as City Attorney; and Doug Schulte as City Engineer.

The one action taken was to approve a $2,400 bid from a contractor in Walnut Shade, in Taney County, Mo., to rebuild six of the city's fire hydrants.

Hamilton administered the Oath of Office to Strathman for a new term. But Kurse was absent, so he will be administered the Oath at the next meeting, according to Hamilton.

All of the other items which were on the agenda are pending more information or more bids.

DONATION OF BLOOD COULD WIN YOU A TRIP TO AN AMUSEMENT PARK 5/3/16RK


With supplies in need of a boost, an organization is asking you to make a donation, and it won't cost you a dime.

According to a news release, during Trauma Awareness Month in May, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood and help ensure a sufficient supply for patient emergencies.

Donors of all blood types are needed. Every day, the Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood donations to meet the needs of trauma patients and others with serious medical conditions.

You can schedule an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting www.redcrossblood.org  or calling 1-(800)-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors can then visit www.redcrossblood.org/cedarfair  to enter to win one of two grand-prize packages for four to Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, or Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.

MARSHALL COUNCIL GIVES UPDATES ON BUILDING PERMITS, STREET PROGRAM 5/3/16RK


During a meeting where the Marshall City Council approved a bid for a car past its useful life without massive repairs and an ordinance to pay the city's bills, Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Guthrey gave an update on the number of building permits the city issued in April.



In other news, along with giving updates on activity at the Marshall Municipal Airport and the numbers on the Solid Waste Summary, Ward 3 Councilman Dan Brandt said a part of the street program is finished.



The airport activity was up by 80 total aircraft from 100 in March, and the solid-waste tons were down slightly from 778 to 759 from March to April. But recycling was up by roughly 15 tons.

MARSHALL APPROVES SALE OF LEASED CAR; ORDINANCE TO PAY CITY'S BILLS 5/3/16RK


Many discussions were held over a number of issues, but only two actions were taken at the meeting of the Marshall City Council on Monday night.

One of the actions taken involved the sale of a car that was beyond its useful life.

City Administrator Connie Latimer (left) gave the particulars as a 2006 leased Chevy Impala. The city received one bid, that from Cadwell's Towing, for $75.

After batting around several options, even listing it on a website or re-listing it for bid to fetch more money, the council voted to accept the lone bid.

The only other action taken was approving an ordinance to pay the city's bills out of the appropriate funds.

The council also received updates on progress of renovation at the old Fitzgibbon Hospital, the solar farm near the Marshall Municipal Airport, substandard properties in town and possible demolition grants available for next year.

And new Ward 2 Councilman Kirk Arends volunteered his services to update the city's website to make it more user friendly, appealing and mobile-device ready; the end being for the city to be more transparent. No opposition to Arends was given, but no formal action was taken.

BRUNSWICK TO HOLD MEETING ON SENIOR TAX PLAN 5/2/16CC


The city of Brunswick will play host on Wednesday, May 4, to a community meeting on a proposed tax aimed at helping area seniors.

The public is invited as area citizens will gather to talk about the pros and cons of placing a tax issue on the August ballot. The proposed tax is designed to provide more complete services for senior citizens in Chariton County. If passed, it would serve to assist seniors with access to increased health, nutrition, and well-being resources.

Should the issue make it to the ballot and be approved by voters, the Chariton County Commission would then appoint a seven-member board tasked with distributing the money generated by the tax. Any organization in the county serving residents 60 and over would be eligible to receive the funds.

The meeting gets underway at 6 p.m. in the council room of Brunswick City Hall at 115 West Broadway in Brunswick.

SILVER HAIRED LEGISLATURE ELECTIONS TAKE PLACE MAY 3 5/2/16CC


Area senior citizen centers will be the polling locations on Tuesday for elections for a Silver Haired Legislature Senator position.

On Tuesday elections for the Silver Haired Senator position will take place at senior centers in Marshall, Carrollton, Brunswick, Salisbury, Concordia, Higginsville, Lexington, and Odessa. The balloting will take place from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Candidates running for the position are Frank Dolezal and Shirley Ross.

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the Silver Haired Legislature is a formally elected body of citizens 60 years of age and older that promote legislative advocacy for Missouri's older adults. All members are volunteers who serve without pay. Elections are held annually during the month of May at local area agencies on aging nutrition or senior centers.

Senior citizens elect three senators and twelve representatives from each of the ten area agencies on aging for a total of 30 senators and 120 representatives. Following elections, the legislators meet to elect officers and begin to ascertain the needs of seniors in their districts. Bills and resolutions are then drawn up and prepared for presentation at the statewide conference in the fall.

For more information, contact the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services at 573-751-6400.

THREE FACE FELONY CHARGES AFTER FAYETTE DRUG BUSTS 5/2/16CC


Three Howard County residents are in custody and facing felony charges after multiple agencies served search warrants for drug activity over the weekend.









(From left) Terry Cassett, Jeana Hazlett, and Rita Powers
Photos courtesy of Fayette Police Department

According to a release from the East Central Drug Task Force, during the evening hours on Saturday, April 30, two narcotics search warrants were served in the 400 block of James Road and in the 700 block of North Church Street. The investigating teams were made up of members of the East Central Drug Task Force, Fayette Police Department, Howard County Sheriff's Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Once inside the homes, officers report finding methamphetamine, cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and items used for distributing drugs. Arrested were 46-year-old Rita M. Powers and 43-year-old Jeana M. Hazlett, both of Fayette, and 44-year-old Terry L. Cassett, of Armstrong.

Online court documents state that Powers is now charged with one felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance and a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge, Hazlett is charged with two felony counts for Possession of a Controlled Substance and a misdemeanor paraphernalia charge, and Cassett is charged with two felony counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance and a misdemeanor paraphernalia charge.

Bond for each person has been set at $10,000; each has an arraignment set for Tuesday, May 10, in Howard County Circuit Court.

MO VALLEY COLLEGE TO HOST COMMENCEMENT THIS SATURDAY 5/2/16CC


Missouri Valley College will confer 232 degrees to students at its commencement ceremonies at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at Gregg-Mitchell Field on the MVC campus.

It is the 127th class to graduate from MVC, consisting of 229 undergraduate students and three students graduating from the College's graduate program in community counseling.

The School of Nursing will hold its pinning ceremony for students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in nursing at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the Eckilson-Mabee Theatre.

MVC alumna Major Mollie Keith will give the Commencement address. Keith graduated from Valley in 2004 with a degree in physical education. Since then she has taught at Marshall Public Schools, served in the United States Army, and earned her master's degree in educational administration at Lindenwood University in 2007. In June, she will complete her master's degree in defense and strategic studies from the United States Naval War College.

Dr. Parris Watts, vice president of academic affairs, will present a senior man and woman with the Charles L. Bacon Distinguished Service Award, given annually and voted on by the senior class.

MVC will live-stream Commencement at www.moval.edu (click the Viking Sports Network icon). In addition, the College will provide a live video feed of Commencement in the Charles L. Bacon Conference Center in the Malcolm Center for Student Life.

PETTIS CO. TO HOST TWO BLOOD DRIVES THIS WEEK 5/2/16CC


The Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City will host two blood drives in Pettis County this week.

According to a news release, the first drive will take place on Thursday, May 5, at in the gymnasium of  Sacred Heart School at 416 West Third Street in Sedalia. The drive will run from 1-5 p.m.

The second drive will take place from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, May 6, at Olive Hill Mennonite School. The school is located at 29820 Olive Branch Road.

To learn more or to find a blood drive in your area, visit www.savealifenow.org.

MINISTERIAL ALLIANCE TO HOST MARSHALL PRAYER BREAKFAST 5/2/16CC


The Marshall Ministerial Alliance will sponsor a Prayer Breakfast this week to celebrate the 2016 National Day of Prayer.

The event will begin at 6:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church at 212 East North Street, two blocks east of the Marshall Square on North Street. A continental style breakfast and fellowship will precede a prayer service and reflection led by Dr. Laura Festa.

The breakfast and remarks are expected to conclude around 7:30 a.m.

The event is open to the public. To find out more, contact Rev. David Van Horn at 660-886-5441.

MARSHALL PARK BOARD TO MEET WEDNESDAY 5/2/16CC


The Marshall Park Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 4.

Board members will get updates on upcoming spring and summer park programs, golf course operations and park maintenance. The board may also adjourn into executive session at the conclusion of the regular meeting.

The board meets at 5 p.m. in the Park Administration Office at Indian Foothills Park in Marshall.

CAMPAIGN ASKS TEENS TO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE 5/2/16RK


Don't let one moment in time determine your future. A youth alcohol-awareness campaign is encouraging smart choices.

The campaign is trying to get youths to not drive while under the influence of alcohol.

According to a news release, in the last three years, there were 53 fatal crashes and 144 serious-injury crashes involving an impaired driver under the age of 21 in Missouri. The release says, as a result of making a wrong choice, 64 people died and 202 were seriously injured in these crashes.

Law enforcement will be on the lookout for underage impaired driving May 5 through 16 with a high-visibility enforcement campaign. Timing of the campaign will coincide with statewide prom and graduation dates.

Missouri has a Zero Tolerance Law. If you are under 21, your license will be suspended if you're caught driving with even a trace of alcohol in your system. Consequences of drunk driving include jail time, the loss of your driver's license or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Other financial hits include higher insurance rates, attorney fees and court costs.

For more information, visit www.saveMOlives.com.

M.M.U. BOARD APPROVES BASE RATE HIKE, BUT FIRST-TIER RATES DROP 5/2/16RK


With changes nationwide in many different ways electricity is provided nowadays involving net metering, the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works took action last week, increasing the base rate of the company's residential customers, but it should all be a push in the end.

M.M.U. spokesman Ken Gieringer explains how things have changed in recent years.



Gieringer says the net of all this should all be about equal.



In other news from the meeting, the board approved raises for the full-time employees; approved a change order for up to $18,000 more for engineering services for improvements to the North English Lift Station; and reorganization of the janitorial department: instead of having part-time employees, the board voted to approve a full-time janitor to take care of most of the company's facilities.

M.M.U. BOARD APPROVES 3.62-PERCENT PAY RAISES 5/2/16RK


Full-time employees for the Marshall Municipal Utilities will be getting a hike in pay.

At the most-recent meeting of the Board of Public Works, it approved raises. MMU spokesman Ken Gieringer said having a competitive wages-and-benefits package is important.



Gieringer gave the specifics of raises.



The board also approved a change order for up to $18,000 more for engineering services for improvements to the North English Lift Station; a hike of $6 per month for residential customers to their monthly base rates that is offset by a decrease in the first tier of energy from 10.5 cents to 9.4 cents; and reorganization of the janitorial department: instead of having part-time employees, the board voted to approve a full-time janitor to take care of most of the company's facilities.

APRIL WEATHER MUCH WETTER THAN MARCH 5/2/16RK


With more than two inches of precipitation, the month of April was much wetter than March, in which the KMMO area received less than an inch of the wet stuff.

According to numbers from the National Weather Service, 2.27 inches of rain was received at the KMMO studio. Over a third of that total was received on one day, April 27, when nine-tenths of an inch fell. On three other days, at least three-tenths of an inch was recorded.

As for temperatures, the average high was 67 and average low was 44.4 degrees. The mercury climbed into the 70s on 12 days, and the high was 81 on April 25-- the only reading in the 80s. Temperatures dipped to or below the freezing mark of 32 degrees on five nights, with the low of 25 being recorded on April 9 and 10.

PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP TO MEET MAY 5 IN COLUMBIA 5/2/16RK


An area group will be meeting later this week to talk about a disease.

According to a release, the Columbia Parkinson's Support Group will meet at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, at the Lenoir Community Center at 3710 South Lenoir Street in Columbia.

The speaker this month will be longtime neurologist and movement disorder specialist Dr. Irving Asher. Anyone diagnosed with Parkinson's and their family or friends are welcome to attend.

Contact Patsy or David Dalton, Parkinson's Group facilitators, for more information at (573)356-6036 or (573) 434-4569.

SFCC TO PRESENT MUSICAL RESTROSPECT MAY 3-4 5/1/16CC


Students in State Fair Community College's Music Arts ensembles will present their spring musical retrospect at 7:30 p.m. May 3-4 in the Stauffacher Theatre on the Sedalia campus.
 
The students will showcase material they have worked on throughout the year as well as new selections prepared for this concert.

SFCC Jazz Runners will perform a variety of musical styles, from Latin-infused jazz and Big Band jazz standards to contemporary selections. Several members of the Jazz Choir will join them for a special musical surprise.

For more information or to buy tickets, go to www.sfccmo.edu/thearts to purchase online or call the SFCC box office at (660) 596-7387.

MVC STUDENT TO PRESENT ART SHOW THIS WEEK 5/1/16CC


Missouri Valley College senior Michelle Cano, student in the college's visual art department, will host a solo art exhibition this week entitled La Ventana

The show will be on display from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., May 2-6 in Baity Hall's Vern Nestor Gallery.

La Ventana is an advertising campaign complete with logo and marketing posters for a fictional airline company called Floreana Airways.  The exhibition will present illustrations from all over the world that promote fantasy destinations.  The artwork brings together commerce and imagery using incredible clouds in abstract shapes and silhouettes.

An opening reception for the show will be held on May 2 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Vern Nester Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public.

MVC HONOR SOCIETY TO RELEASE "THE PURPLE PATCH" 5/1/16CC


The Missouri Valley College Nu Epsilon chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, will release The Purple Patch on Monday, May 2.

A release party featuring readings by authors, artwork, and refreshments will take place that afternoon at 4:15 p.m. in the Murrell Library Coffee by the Book Room on the MVC campus.

The Purple Patch, MVC's literary journal, is edited each year by a senior Sigma Tau Delta member; it features poetry, fiction, prose, and artwork by MVC students. This year's journal was edited by senior Christina Bautista, of Katy, Texas.

The Purple Patch contains writing and artwork by 22 Missouri Valley College students. Copies are available on campus and online at www.moval.edu.

AREA WOMAN & BOY HURT AS CAR HITS SEMI IN SALINE CO. 5/1/16CC


Two Knob Noster residents were hospitalized after a two-vehicle collision in Saline County on Saturday afternoon.

Trooper reports from the Highway Patrol state it happened when a westbound car driven by 56-year-old Bridgette Love struck the towed unit of a tractor trailer driven by 54-year-old Barry Ferguson, of Alberta, Canada.

Love and a five-year-old passenger both sustained moderate injuries and were taken from the scene to a Columbia hospital for treatment. The truck driver was reportedly not injured.

Reports say the crash happened at 2:49 p.m. on westbound I-70 at the 78.4 mile marker.

TWO INJURED IN COOPER CO. ROLLOVER CRASH 5/1/16CC


A one-vehicle accident on I-70 in Cooper County on Sunday sent two area residents to the hospital with injuries.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a westbound car driven by 20-year-old Leah Cohon, of Kansas City, ran off the left side of the road and cross the median into the eastbound lanes. The vehicle then ran off the far side of the interstate, then went airborne and traveled down an embankment where it overturned and came to rest on its top.

Cohon suffered serious injuries while moderate injuries were received by a passenger, 25-year-old Whitney Whittaker, of Mexico, Missouri; both were taken from the scene by helicopter to a Columbia hospital for treatment. Troopers say neither occupant was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Patrol reports say the crash happened at 2:37 a.m. at the 95.8 mile marker on Interstate 70.

SAFE KIDS MOBILE UNIT UNVEILED EARLIER TODAY 4/30/16RK


A vehicle to help promote safety among youths has been revealed during a ceremony in Columbia today.

According to a news release, University of Missouri Children's Hospital has unveiled its new Safe Kids Mobile Education Unit during the fifth annual Safe Kids Day in the MU Hearnes Center Fieldhouse in Columbia.. The van will be used to provide resources and education to families within the Safe Kids Columbia region, including Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper and Howard counties.

The Safe Kids Mobile Education Unit will go to camps, bike rodeos and other community events over the summer, according to Safe Kids Columbia Coordinator Sheila Robertson.

S-C LADY TIGERS' SOCCER EVENT RAISES OVER $5,000 FOR CANCER UNIT 4/30/16RK


An area high school sports team's event gained some healthy support during a fundraiser to help an area hospital battle a disease earlier this week.

According to a news release, the Smith-Cotton Lady Tigers' soccer team raised $5,612 for Bothwell Regional Health Center's cancer care unit through the team's annual "Kickin' It For a Cure" game Thursday, April 28, against O'Hara High School at Susie Ditzfeld Memorial Soccer Complex in Sedalia.

At halftime of the varsity game, Sedalia School District 200 Superintendent Brad Pollitt (left) called the live auction of a Waterloo tool chest and four game balls autographed by
the team. Additional funds were raised through T-shirt sales and a 50/50 raffle.

The Lady Tigers sported pink jerseys, donated by Bothwell, as the varsity team won 10-0 and the JV squad won 7-1.

TWO OTTERVILLE RESIDENTS HURT IN PETTIS CRASH 4/30/16RK


Two Otterville residents were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Friday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound vehicle, driven by 32-year-old Daniel Branz, of Smithton, reportedly overtook and struck in the rear a westbound vehicle, driven by 65-year-old Scott Teiberis, of Otterville.

Branz reportedly was not injured, but Teiberis suffered minor injuries and reportedly was transported by private vehicle to a hospital in Sedalia for treatment. A passenger in the Teiberis vehicle, 64-year-old Raedene Teiberis, suffered moderate injuries and was transported by E.M.S. to a hospital in Sedalia for treatment.

The crash happened at 7 p.m. on U.S. Highway 50, west of Route TT.

COOPER COUNTY ROAD WORK SET TO CONTINUE, START ON MAY 2 4/30/16RK


Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be out in full force taking care of roadwork projects in Cooper County, many of them starting on Monday, May 2. Some of them are continuing this upcoming week.

According to a news release, during daylight and nighttime hours, Route Z over Heaths Creek, south of Interstate 70 - Bridge deck replacement will begin May 2. The bridge will be closed to traffic. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route around the work area. The project is scheduled for completion in early July.

Route AA over Smiley Creek, east of Lachner Farm Drive - Bridge replacement continues. The bridge is closed to traffic. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route around the work area. The project is scheduled for completion in late June.

During daylight hours, Route 135 between Route M and the Pettis County line - Roadway maintenance will take place Monday, May 2 through Thursday, May 12. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route 179 between Route 98 and Route 87 in Moniteau County - Roadway resurfacing continues.

* Guardrail installation at the Route 179/I-70 interchange will continue the week of May 2. The ramps will remain open, but will be narrow through the work area. The project is set for completion in July.

Route 179 over the Petite Saline Creek, north of Copps Chapel Road - Bridge maintenance will take place Monday, May 2 through Thursday, May 5. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route O between Route J and Swan Road - Culvert pipe replacement will take place Monday, May 2 through Thursday, May 5. The road will be closed between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route around the area.

For more information on these or any MoDOT project, call (888)-ASK-MODOT or visit www.modot.org.

MO STUDENTS CAN WIN PRIZE BY SAVING FOR COLLEGE 4/29/16CC


Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced this week that one lucky grand prize winner will receive a contribution worth $5,290 to a MOST 529 account as part of the annual 529 College Savings Day Giveaway. In addition, 10 first prize winners will each receive a $529 contribution to a MOST 529 account.

The giveaway is part of a month-long effort to encourage families to save for higher education using MOST-Missouri's 529 College Savings Plan. In addition to the giveaway, Zweifel will be visiting elementary schools, MOST 529 representatives will appear at regional events and a Twitter Chat will be held on May 25.

Applications will be accepted online beginning May 1 through May 31. You do not have to be a MOST 529 account owner to enter. The grand prize and the 10 first prize account contributions will be invested in accordance with the rules of MOST 529 Plan, and the beneficiaries can use the funds received for higher education costs, such as tuition and room and board.

Contest rules and applications are found at www.MissouriMost.org.

MVC STUDENT WINS ENDOWED HONORS AWARD 4/29/16CC


The Missouri Valley College Honors Program hosted its first senior research symposium on April 27. Senior Sonia Addo was presented with the first Loren C. Gruber Endowed Honors Award.

The scholarship is given to a student in good standing for writing an MVC Honors Program thesis with superior clarity of expression, evidentiary support, originality of thought, and insight as judged by members of the Honors Program Committee.

The students who presented their research are the first class to graduate from the MVC Honors Program, which began in 2012.

At the symposium Sonia Addo presented her research titled “Relevance of Primary Care and Imbalance between Primary Care Physicians and Specialist Physicians.” Connor Jenisch presented research titled  “Musculoskeletal Injuries and Proper Treatments.” Both projects were directed by Dr. Andrew Linsenbardt. Jessica Crabtree presented a series of journalism articles titled “The Joplin Tornado Five Years Later,” under the direction of Mr. David Roberts.

For more information on the MVC Honors Program, visit www.moval.edu.

ONE INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH IN PETTIS COUNTY 4/29/16CC


A Nevada motorist escaped serious injury after a one-vehicle rollover crash in Pettis County on Thursday.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened when an eastbound vehicle driven by 25-year-old Anthony Jefferson, of Las Vegas, swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway, overcorrected and traveled off the left side of the road. Jefferson's SUV. then struck a culvert and overturned several times.

Jefferson received minor injuries and was first treated at the scene before being transported by private vehicle to a Sedalia hospital for treatment. Patrol reports say it happened at 5:20 p.m. on Highway Y, just east of Mahin.

CARROLL COUNTY COMMISSION APPROVES BID TO REPLACE BRIDGE 4/29/16RK


During a meeting of the Carroll County Commission this week, commissioners approved a bid to replace a truss, high-bannister bridge-- which is 100 feet long-by-24 feet wide-- south and east of Tina.

Presiding Commissioner Nelson Heil says the bid accepted was less than the estimate given by the engineer.



Heil continued on, saying the figures have not been confirmed. The commissioners were scheduled to go over them with a fine-toothed comb with the engineer on Friday.

Heil also said a small bridge, north and west of Bosworth,will be replaced with a concrete box culvert in the near future. Commissioners will open bids for that project on Tuesday, May 10.

Both of the bridges are on the Federal B.R.O. Program, in which the government pays for 80 percent of the cost of the project.

MARSHALL MAN CHARGED WITH ALLEGED FELONIES 4/29/16RK


A Counsel Status Hearing for Marshall man accused of two Felonies was held on Thursday, April 28.

According to on-line court documents, Michael Christopher Defoor, who was served a warrant for his arrest by Marshall Police Officers on Wednesday, April 27, has been charged with a Class C Felony for Tampering with a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree, a Class D Felony for Resisting Arrest by Fleeing--Creating a Substantial Risk of Serious Injury or Death to Any Person and two misdemeanors.

On-line documents say during the status hearing, Defoor, who was arraigned and advised of the range of punishment and his rights, advised the court he plans to seek a Public Defender.

Bond was set at $10,000 cash only.

The case was continued to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, in Saline County Circuit Court.

SALINE COUNTY COMMISSION APPROVES ITEMS FOR SHERIFF'S DEPT 4/29/16RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday, commissioners were asked by Saline County Sheriff Cindi Mullins to give her the go-ahead to get four credit cards for the department.

Saline County Auditor Tara Vogelsmeier pointed out all the commissioners need to do is sign a form to authorize the applications, so the commissioners approved the request.

In other business involving the Sheriff's Department, Mullins made a request for a new hire. Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr. announced the particulars.


Kirchhoff's hiring was approved by commissioners. He will start on Monday, May 9, 2016.

LINDEMANN APPROVED TO FILL OUT UNEXPIRED TERM AS CONCORDIA ALDERMAN 4/29/16RK


A man who has served before on a school board and held an executive position with a business was recommended to take the place of Michael Brown and fill out the remainder of his term representing Ward 1 on the Concordia Board of Aldermen during a special meeting Thursday night.

Brown, who was elected Mayor during the April 5 Municipal Election, tells us about the particulars.



Brown said Lindemann has an abundance of experience, including serving as a Chief Executive Officer of an insurance company.



After what Brown deemed a couple of routine questions, the board voted unanimously to approve the appointment. Lindemann's term ends in April 2017.

SFCC TO ROLL BACK IN-DISTRICT TUITION RATE 4/29/16RK


Actions by the state legislature and the governor will save some area college students some dollars.

According to a news release, as a result of the Missouri Legislature's actions and Gov. Jay Nixon's signature on House Bill 2003, the Fiscal Year 2017 budget for higher education, State Fair Community College will not implement a tuition increase for in-district students approved by the SFCC Board of Trustees in March.

SFCC President Dr. Joanna Anderson said the base in-district tuition rate will remain at $100 per credit hour.

In addition to the four-percent increase in performance funding for all of higher education, the legislature passed an equity increase for the entire community college sector of $4.5 million, according to Anderson. She said the additional revenue will enable the college to continue its successful student completion initiatives and fill the budget gap caused by an enrollment decrease this year.

SEDALIA RESIDENT INJURED IN TWO-CAR CRASH IN JOHNSON COUNTY 4/29/16RK


A Sedalia woman suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Johnson County on Thursday.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred as an eastbound car, driven by 26-year-old Alisha Anderson, of Sedalia, was stopped for traffic and reportedly was struck in the rear by an eastbound car, driven by 43-year-old Bonnie Mullins, of Sedalia.

While Mullins reportedly was not injured, Anderson reportedly was transported by private vehicle to an area hospital for treatment of her injuries.

The crash happened at 5:45 p.m. on U.S. Highway 50, two-tenths of a mile east of Route D.

NEW CITY HALL TO OPEN THIS WEEKEND IN MAYVIEW 4/28/16CC


The public is invited this weekend as a Lafayette County community cuts the ribbon on its new city hall and community center.

The city of Mayview will host a grand opening and open house for the new facility on Sunday, May 1, from 3-5 p.m. It is located at 104 Marshall Street; entrance to City Hall can be accessed on North Benning Street.

The new community center reportedly has an area inside capable of seating upwards of 200 people and is handicap accessible.

The event on the Sunday will feature a ribbon-cutting by Mayor James Gum and a member of the city's Community Betterment group. The public is invited to tour the new facility; refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact the city of Mayview at 660-237-4353.

JAIL REFINANCE TO SAVE COOPER COUNTY OVER $50,000 4/28/16CC


A move made this week by the Cooper County Commission should save the county tens of thousands of dollars and help pay off a long-term debt in a shorter amount of time.

Western Commissioner David Booker explains:




(Photo courtesy of Cooper Co. Sheriff's Department)

In other news, Booker says progress on the renovation of the county courthouse exterior is going well and that county crews have been taking advantage of mild weather conditions to tackle a number of county road and bridge projects.

COOPER CO. COMMISSIONER SAYS SPRING PROJECTS RIGHT ON TRACK 4/28/16CC


Cooper County Commissioners have been busy lately, working to cross a number of items off of the county's to-do list.

Western Commissioner David Booker says over the past few weeks, Mother Nature has definitely worked in the county's favor as crews work to get projects completed:



Booker says one area bridge project took some big steps forward this week and another project will be bid on next week:



In other business, Booker says the county this week completed refinancing the Cooper County Detention Center, a move he says will save the county over $52,000 and should shorten the payoff period to about three years.

JOBLESS RATES ACROSS MID-MISSOURI DOWN FOR MONTH OF MARCH 4/28/16CC


Area unemployment numbers edged down slightly in the month of March, according to the latest non-seasonally adjusted numbers from the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

The lowest unemployment rate in the area came out of Howard County at 4.4%, followed by Lafayette County at 4.6%, Chariton County at 4.7%, and Saline County at 4.9%

Other counties in the KMMO listening area include Pettis County at 5%, Cooper County at 5.4%, and Carroll County at 6.7%. Every county in the area saw a slight dip in its jobless rate from February to March with the exception of Carroll County; its rate stayed unchanged from the previous month.

The state unemployment rate dipped slightly from 5% to 4.8% while the national average also dropped from 5.2% to 5.1%, according to the Department of Economic Development.

LIGHTHOUSE SHELTER IN MARSHALL TO CLOSE ITS DOORS TODAY 4/28/16RK


Although the Lighthouse Shelter in Marshall will close its doors for victims of domestic violence at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, the Lighthouse Thrift Store (above), at 555 West Arrow Street, will remain open for now. It is open Tuesdays through Saturdays. (Photo by Robert King)


Still reeling from losses and expenditures incurred from a former Executive Director pleading guilty to embezzling more than $100,000 about two years ago, an organization, which offers services to victims of domestic violence and has been in Marshall for more than two decades, will be closing its doors at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 28.

Current Executive Director Becky Plattner thought when she took the position on November 1, 2015, she, along with the Lighthouse Shelter's board, could figure out ways to keep the facility functioning. But the organization being more than $200,000 in debt was just too much to overcome.



Plattner said the mission of the organization had gotten lost because it always was in survival mode, with at least $10,000 in bills to pay each month beyond the debt. In addition to the losses, the organization did not receive grant monies, which could've helped pay its employees keep its doors open.



Plattner pointed out that as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, all of the victims who had been living at the shelter had been relocated to safe houses. She said the organization served over 500 persons per year.

The Lighthouse Thrift Store, which was relocated to trim expenses, will remain open for the time being until it is sold. It is located at 555 West Arrow, next door to the shelter. For now, she said they are still taking clothes and other donations and the store is open Tuesdays through Saturdays.

MARSHALL MAN ARRESTED, TO FACE ALLEGED DRUG CHARGES 4/28/16RK


Earlier this week, officers from the Marshall Police Department served a warrant and took a man into custody, and he is to face alleged drug charges.

According to a release from the department, the warrant was served in the 600 block of North Franklin Avenue and arrested was Joshua Parsons as a fugitive from justice in Saline County.

Parsons was booked at the Marshall Police Department and then transported to the Saline County Justice Facility, where custody was transferred to deputies.

According to on-line court documents, Parsons has been formally charged with two counts of a Class C Felony for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Except 35 Grams or Less of Marijuana and two drug-related misdemeanors.

Bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety.

Arraignment hearing has been set for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in Saline County Circuit Court.

TRACTOR TRAILER DRIVER INJURED IN COOPER COUNTY CRASH 4/28/16RK


The driver of a tractor trailer suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash on I-70 in Cooper County on Wednesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound tractor trailer, driven by 40-year-old Jerry Belton, of Monroe, La., was traveling in the passing lane when an unknown vehicle reportedly began to merge into the lane, forcing the tractor trailer into the median, where it struck the median cable.

Belton was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Cooper County for treatment of his injuries.

The crash happened at 7:55 p.m. at the 98.9 mile marker.

PLEASANT HILL WOMAN SUFFERS MODERATE INJURIES IN ROLLOVER CRASH 4/28/16RK


As a result of a one-vehicle rollover crash in which she was ejected, a Pleasant Hill woman received moderate injuries.

A report from the Missouri State Highway patrol says the crash occurred as a southbound vehicle, driven by 26-year-old Jessica Brasel, traveled off the right side of the roadway. The driver reportedly overcorrected, causing the vehicle to travel off the left side of the roadway and overturn.

While two youths in the vehicle reportedly were wearing safety devices and were uninjured, Brasel, who reportedly was not wearing a seat belt, was transported to a hospital in Independence for treatment.

The crash happened at 9:20 Wednesday night on Missouri 131 at NW 700th Road.

ODESSA WOMAN INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY 4/28/16RK


An Odessa woman suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Lafayette County on Wednesday.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol states the crash occurred as the driver, 17-year-old Saedi Wolkey, of Odessa, reportedly lost control of her eastbound vehicle. The vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, then the left side of the roadway and the right side of the roadway again and overturned.

While the driver reportedly escaped injury, a passenger, 18-year-old Hannah Nelson, reportedly was taken by private vehicle to an area hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 7:50 p.m. on Golden Belt Road at Curtis Road.

ROUTE Z BRIDGE WORK STARTS MONDAY IN COOPER COUNTY 4/27/16CC


A long-term bridge project in Cooper County will begin during the first week of May, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

MoDOT says deck replacement on the Cooper County Route Z bridge over Heaths Creek, south of Interstate 70, is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 2. Detours will be signed along state routes Z, N, J and AE.

The bridge and road will be closed until early July, according to MoDOT.

The deck replacement is part of a larger project that also includes replacing the deck on the Missouri Route 179 bridge over Splice Creek north of Route 87 in Moniteau County; that work will begin upon the completion of the work on Route Z.

Find out more at www.modot.org or by calling toll-free at 888-ASK-MoDOT (888-275-6636).

CONCORDIA BOARD MEETS TO HEAR PICK FOR EMPTY ALDERMAN SEAT 4/27/16CC


The election of a new mayor in the city of Concordia earlier this month left a vacancy on the city's Board of Aldermen that now has to be filled, according to city officials.

The Board of Aldermen will convene for a special session meeting on Thursday, April 28, to hear Mayor Michael Brown's recommendation for an appointment to the Ward I aldermen seat vacated when Brown filed to run for mayor. The appointment is to fill out the remaining term expiring March 31, 2017.

The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in Room 203 of the Concordia Community Center at 802 South Gordon Street.

CHARITON CO. TO HOST DRUG TAKE-BACK EVENT ON SATURDAY 4/27/16CC


With the number of deaths linked to prescription medication abuse on the rise across the nation, local and federal law enforcement agencies are teaming up this weekend to get many of those drugs off the streets and into the hands of proper authorities.

Chariton County Sheriff Chris Hughes says his department will take part in a national prescription drug take-back event scheduled for this Saturday, April 30:



Hughes says all residents need to do is show up to drop off their unused or expired prescription meds and the sheriff's department will take care of the rest:



To find out more contact the Chariton County Sheriff's Department at 660-288-3277.

Similar events will take place on Saturday in Marshall, Higginsville, Carrollton, Fayette, Pilot Grove, Boonville, Lexington, Warrensburg, Knob Noster, and Whiteman Air Force Base.

CONCORDIA TOURISM BOARD TALKS BUDGET, STREET FAIR MONIES 4/27/16CC


At Tuesday's meeting of the Concordia Tourism Board, members reviewed a list of requests involving the 2016-17 budget.

City Administrator Dale Klussman explains some the items on the board's to-do list:



All budget items are subject to the approval of the city's Board of Aldermen.

In other business, Klussman says a motion was made to sweeten the pot for float and band entries in the annual Concordia Street Fair:



Klussman says the board also spent time reviewing the city's participation in the Old trails Regional Partnership and discussing ways to generate new tourism dollars in the city of Concordia.

FLOODING CLOSES STATE HIGHWAY IN JOHNSON COUNTY 4/27/16CC


A state highway in an area county has been been temporarily closed in the wake of heavy rains and flooding on Tuesday.

The Missouri Department of Transportation Route E in Johnson County, between Route MM and Route CC, has been closed due to flooding of the Blackwater River in the area. No timetable has been given as to when the roadway will be opened to traffic.

MoDOT reminds all motorists to be on guard for flood-covered roadways in the area; you can stay up on the most recent road closings for flooding or debris in the roadway at www.modot.org.

SEDALIA OFFICIALS OFFER FREE SMOKE ALARM PROGRAM THIS WEEKEND 4/27/16CC


Sedalia residents can have a free smoke alarm installed properly in their home on Saturday, April 30.

Photo courtesy of Sedalia Fire Department

The Sedalia Fire Department, American Red Cross and other community partners will be going through selected Sedalia neighborhoods to install smoke alarms at no charge to the residents, according to a release from the Pettis County Sheriff's Department.

The smoke alarm will be installed in the homes of anyone needing one. The program is part of a nationwide campaign to reduce home fire deaths and injuries by 25% during a five-year period. Officials say home fires kill an average of seven people each day in the United States.

Residents can schedule the installation of a free smoke alarm (even if not on April 30) by contacting the Sedalia Fire Department at 660-826-8044.

ARROW ROCK TO HOST FREE LANDSCAPE AND GARDEN EVENTS 4/27/16CC


Two upcoming free events are scheduled in the village of Arrow Rock for those who enjoy landscaping and gardening.



According to a release from Friends of Arrow Rock, the First Saturday Lecture Series continues Saturday, May 7, with a presentation by Dana Ripper and Ethan Duke, directors of the Missouri River Bird Observatory. These conservation experts will speak on “The Earth Friendly Backyard: Native Landscaping for Wildlife and Beauty.” The one-hour presentation takes place at 10 a.m. at the Arrow Rock State Historic Site.
    


   
    Photo courtesy of Experience Arrow
    Rock tourism committee.


Also taking place in the village of Arrow Rock that day is the annual Spring Garden Market & Vintage Bazaar, taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Arrow Rock Schoolhouse at 716 Main Street. Vendors will be on hand, offering a wide variety of healthy plants, lawn and garden décor, handcrafted items, vintage and antique furnishings and décor, original art, and more. The event will take place rain or shine.

To find out more about the day's events, visit www.arrowrock.org.

DMH EXPLAINS SECURITY FEATURES OF CRISIS HOMES IN MARSHALL 4/27/16RK


A resident who lives in the immediate area of where the new Crisis Unit for the Missouri Department of Mental Health and Northwest Community Services (formerly the Marshall Habilitation Center) raised some safety concerns during the most-recent Marshall City Council meeting on the site chosen for the construction of the two-home setting at the intersection of South Atchison Avenue and Route YY.

He was concerned about the location being too residential in the event a consumer in one of the two homes would elude staff and make their way into the community.

DMH Director of Public Legislative Affairs Debra Walker answered some of the concerns in an email. She said the individuals at these houses previously have been supported in a community setting, but need additional services in order to be successful.

As for the security measures that will be in place, Walker said "There will be privacy fences in the back yards of both homes. The doors will be locked with key-card access. The homes will be highly supervised, around the clock, seven days a week."

There were two bidders for the homes, with LaClair Construction Services, of St. Louis, being selected. Walker said two locations were proposed, and this one was selected. It will not change. The other location also was on South Atchison Avenue.

Marshall-Saline Development Corporation's bid was not accepted to build the homes, but Executive Director Stan Moore says he is glad the homes are being built here.



The homes are scheduled for completion and the consumers to move in by the latter part of this year, according to Walker.

SALINE HEALTH DEPARTMENT UPDATES BUDGET DURING MEETINGS 4/27/16RK


The Saline County Health Department is heeding the advice it has received on keeping on top of its books.

Administrator Tara Brewer said finances are fluid, and they need to make changes as they happen.



So, the department gave the update of amendments to the 2016 budget during the Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, April 26.

Brewer also pointed out the department owned a Ford vehicle, which was sold about three weeks ago.



Brewer said that money-- $9,000 for the 2002 Excursion-- was placed in the budget on the line for travel and building repair and purchases. The company doesn't have a vehicle anymore, so if employees make trips involving business for the company, they will use their own vehicle and get reimbursed mileage.

LIGHTNING STRIKE LEADS TO FIRE NORTH OF CONCORDIA 4/27/16RK


An area fire department's personnel were toned out just after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, to put out a fire that reportedly was sparked by a lightning strike.

According to a spokesperson with the Concordia Fire Department, the call came in at 2:08 p.m. and firefighters responded to a barn/shed fire about 1-1/2 miles north of the city off of Highway 23 to the east on Davis Road. It reportedly was caused when a tree was struck by lightning and toppled onto the structure.

Firefighters were on the scene 1-1/2 to two hours, making sure all hot spots were out.

No damage estimate was given, but the spokesperson said it probably was a total loss.

SHOW-ME HONOR FLIGHT RETURNS TO MISSOURI 4/27/16RK


Despite their initial return flight being canceled, veterans who took part in Show-Me Honor Flight No. 20 are back in Missouri.

Saline County Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie explains some of what happened in Baltimore on Tuesday after veterans spent the day visiting a number of memorials in Washington, D.C. After the cancellation of their original flight, they were told the only flight available was 6 a.m. today. But then some negotiating took place.



Thus, the veterans were flown home starting at 1 a.m. today. The flight arrived at KCI at 5:19 a.m. Guthrie said the 40 veterans were the only occupants on the plane, and he gave kudos to everybody involved.



Guthrie said this is the first time Show-Me Honor Flight has had a flight canceled. He said Southwest Airlines came through for Honor Flight and is a good partner in the endeavor.

In all, the trip included three from World War II, five from the Korean War and 32 from the Vietnam War.

BRUNSWICK RESIDENT INJURED IN HICKORY COUNTY CRASH 4/27/16RK


A Chariton County resident suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Hickory County earlier today.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound vehicle, driven by 19-year-old Kimberly Elliot, of Brunswick, ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch and a tree.

A passenger in the vehicle, 19-year-old Kaylin Bubach, of Russellville, suffered moderate injuries. Both were transported to a hospital in Bolivar for treatment of their injuries.

The crash happened at 12:20 a.m. on Route D, two miles south of Preston.

SLATER FIRE CREWS BATTLE BLAZE AT OLD GAS STATION 4/26/16CC


No one was injured after fire broke out at a former Slater business on Tuesday morning.

Slater Fire Chief Todd Jenkins talks about what crews found on the scene after getting the call of a structure fire just before 11 a.m. at the old Standard gas station building:



Jenkins says luckily no one was injured and that the fire remains under investigation:



The Slater chief says crews were on the scene at Elm and Maple for about three-and-a-half hours. No dollar value has yet been placed on the damages to the building and its contents.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK SATURDAY IN FAYETTE 4/26/16CC


The Fayette Police Department will join law enforcement agencies across the state and nation this weekend in hosting a Prescription Drug Take Back Event.

The events, sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, are held nationwide to give people an opportunity to safely dispose of unused or expired prescription medications.

Fayette Police Chief Jeff Oswald provides the details on where Fayette and Howard County residents can take their unused drugs for disposal:



Oswald says left undisposed of, it's often too easy for prescription medications to end up in the hands of children or in a city water supply:



For more information, contact the Fayette Police Department at 660-248-2241.

Similar events will be hosted on Saturday, April 30, by police departments in Marshall, Higginsville, Carrollton, Pilot Grove, Boonville, and Lexington as well as a drug take back to be hosted by the Chariton County Sheriff's Department.

COLUMBIA MAN ESCAPES SERIOUS INJURY IN SALINE CO. CRASH 4/26/16CC


Wet pavement caused an area man to lose control of his car and crash on a Saline County roadway on Tuesday, according to reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Troopers say 24-year-old Irvin Cason, of Columbia, received minor injuries in the accident and was taken from the scene by Sweet Springs EMS to an area hospital for treatment.

Reports state it happened around 9:50 a.m. at the 71.8 mile marker of Interstate 70 in Saline County.

3,000+ HOMES WITHOUT POWER AFTER STORM RIPS INTO SEDALIA 4/26/16CC


Heavy rains and winds in excess of 60 mph moved through mid-Missouri Tuesday morning, leaving thousands without power in the city of Sedalia and damages scattered throughout the area.

Pettis County Emergency Management Agency Director Dave Clippert gives us the latest:



The National Weather Service reports numerous power poles and highway signs downed by high winds, as well as a barn reported knocked down on Griessen Road. Clippert says he also has an unconfirmed report of the roof blown off a Sedalia business:



The National Weather Service says the damages are mostly between the north side of Sedalia and the Sedalia airport and occurred within a span of about seven minutes.

No injuries have been reported and the complete extent of damages is not known at this time.

SLATER FIREFIGHTERS BATTLING BLAZE AT ELM AND MAPLE 4/26/16RK


Slater firefighters currently are battling a structure blaze.

A caller into KMMO called in a report that the fire is located at the corner of Elm and Maple Streets, the old Standard gas station, across from the Slater Post Office. The fire was reported before 11 a.m.

The Slater Police Department has confirmed the fire's location.

A spokesperson with the Marshall Fire Department confirmed scanner traffic as to the fire, but he said Marshall firefighters have not been toned out at this time. The Marshall Fire Department does offer Mutual-Aid to Slater when the department asks for it.

KMMO News will bring you more information as it becomes available.

MARSHALL P.D. INVESTIGATING INCIDENT OF ALLEGED STOLEN BIKE 4/26/16RK


Marshall Police are investigating the incident of an alleged stolen bicycle.

According to a release from the department, a resident in the 400 block of West Morgan Street reported a bicycle had been taken off of the residence's front porch between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 25.

It is described as a chrome-colored, 20-inch Huffy Diesel BMX-style bike with mismatched rims.

The bike has a City License No. 72 and a Serial No. HCL9C13129. The estimated value of the bike is $100.

The bike was listed into the Marshall Police Department bicycle log.

SALINE COUNTY TO RECEIVE REIMBURSEMENT CHECKS FOR FLOOD DAMAGE 4/26/16RK


Hard work by the Saline County Road and Bridge Supervisor has paid off in a big way for the county.

At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner said the county will receive a pair of checks totaling nearly $50,000. The first is from FEMA.



Fenner went on to talk about a second check that will be cut to the county.



Fenner said the checks are a direct result of Justin Cowart traveling around the county explaining the flood damage and what the county did as a result at 20 different sites last spring and summer. He said the reimbursement money will be put back in the Road and Bridge account to cover the expenses incurred.

COLE CAMP MAN INJURED WHEN HIS MOTORCYCLE HITS ANIMAL IN ROADWAY 4/26/16RK


A Cole Camp man was injured when the motorcycle he was driving hit an animal in the roadway in Benton County today.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol states the crash occurred as a northbound Kawasaki, driven by 43-year-old Robert Meuschke, hit the animal just before 6 a.m. on U.S. Highway 65, seven-tenths of a mile south of Cedar Gate Drive.

Meuschke, who suffered moderate injuries, was transported by Warsaw/Lincoln E.M.S. to an area hospital for treatment.

ENDANGERED SILVER ADVISORY ISSUED FOR MISSING WARSAW MAN 4/26/16RK


(UPDATE: THE ENDANGERED SILVER ADVISORY HAS BEEN CANCELED. JERALD DAUGHERTY HAS BEEN FOUND, AND HE IS SAFE.)

Authorities have issued a Silver Advisory for a missing adult male from Benton County.

According to a release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Warsaw Police Department has issued the advisory for 77-year-old Jerald D. Daugherty, who has not been seen since noon on Monday, April 25, at a residence in the 1600 block of Estate Drive in Warsaw.

After Daugherty reportedly was involved in an argument with his wife, he packed an overnight bag and left in a white 2013 Ford F150 bearing Missouri license plates OCK76. He possibly could be headed to Kansas City or the Springfield area.

Daugherty is 6-foot tall and 210 pounds with gray hair and hazel eyes and reportedly suffers from dementia. He was last seen wearing an unknown color sports shirt and tan dress shorts.

Anyone seeing or having any information regarding the endangered missing person or the vehicle is being urged to immediately call 911 to contact the nearest law-enforcement agency or call the Warsaw Police Department at (660) 438-9555.

 

OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING IN RANDOLPH COUNTY 4/25/16CC


An officer-involved shooting in Randolph County on Tuesday is currently under investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, at around 11 a.m. on April 25 a Randolph County deputy attempted to stop a vehicle occupied by a male driver and a female passenger on Randolph County Road 2270 for careless driving. The vehicle failed to stop for the deputy and a pursuit ensued.

The vehicle continued west until the suspect vehicle reached Missouri Route C on U.S. Highway 24, where a state trooper successfully deployed a tire deflation device. The vehicle continued westbound a short distance and traveled on the north side of the road and stopped. The male suspect exited the vehicle and began to flee on foot.

As two deputies gave chase, the suspect reportedly displayed a firearm and fired it at officers. Deputies returned gunfire and the suspect sustained at least two gunshot wounds. The injured suspect, a 34-year-old male from Moberly, was transported to Columbia for treatment. No law enforcement personnel were injured in the incident. The female passenger has been detained for questioning.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control continues to investigate with help from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, Moberly Police Department, Huntsville Police Department, and the Randolph County Ambulance District.

PETTIS OFFICIALS ATTEND SUMMIT ON MENTAL HEALTH & JAILS 4/25/16CC


Representatives from the Pettis County Mental Health Coalition recently attended a two-day summit that brought together select teams from U.S. communities of all sizes as part of a national initiative to address the mental health crisis in our nation's jails.

Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond talks about the Stepping Up Summit and how officials hope they can work to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jail:



Bond says more people with mental illnesses are ending up in custody as a result of fewer services and fewer available treatment facilities left by federal and state funding cuts for mental health programs:



The team from Pettis County attending the summit consisted of Sheriff Bond, Presiding Commissioner David Dick, Associate Circuit Judge Paul Beard, Pettis County Health Center Administrator JoAnn Martin and District 29 Probation and Parole Officer Jennifer Fleharty.

CARROLL, CHARITON BRIDGE INSPECTIONS SET FOR THIS WEEK, NEXT WEEK 4/25/16RK


In-depth bridge inspections will take place over the next couple of weeks in Carroll and Chariton Counties.

According to a release from MoDOT, starting today, an inspection will be conducted on the bridge on U.S. Highway 24 over the Grand River in Carroll County.

Beginning on Monday, May 2, two bridges will be inspected in Chariton County. They are the bridges on U.S. Highway 24 over Mussel Fork Creek and on Route KK over the Little Chariton River.

MoDOT crews may close one lane during the inspections. All work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled.

For more information, call (888)-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/northwest.

VALLEY STUDENTS EARN COMMUNICATIONS AWARDS 4/25/16RK


Three Missouri Valley College students recently claimed first-place honors in categories from the Missouri Broadcast Education Association.

According to a release from Valley, sophomore Nathan Gerdts, of Concordia, took the top spot in audio sports play-by-play for his broadcast of the Evangel-MVC women's basketball game.

Junior Randi Beck captured first place in Audio Aircheck for announcing work on KMVC-FM; and freshman Jesus Zilli in Audio Feature Story for a story on a student from El Salvador discussing the violence in his country and his opportunities in the United States and at MVC. Valley students also claimed two other honorable-mention awards.

This organization is made up of mass communication departments from 14 colleges and universities in the state of Missouri. Each year students enter audio and video projects that are judged by professionals in the industry.

Three students in the broadcast division of the MVC mass communication department also received honors from the Missouri College Media Association for their video projects that appeared in the College's on-line newspaper, including junior Courtney Campbell, of Marshall, with a first-place award for "Students Take Title IX Course."

Students also claimed a second and a third.

MARSHALL MAN ARRESTED, TO FACE MULTIPLE ALLEGED FELONIES 4/25/16RK


A Marshall man was arrested on a warrant by Marshall Police on Friday, April 22, and has been charged with multiple alleged Felonies.

According to a release from the Police Department, the warrant was served in the 200 block of South Davis Avenue, and taken into custody was Derrick Jacobs.

Jacobs was transported to the Police Department for booking and then transferred to the custody of the Saline County Justice Facility.

On-line court documents state Jacobs has been formally charged with a Class D Felony for Tampering with Physical Evidence in Felony Prosecution and a Class C Felony for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Except 35 Grams or Less of Marijuana, as well as two other drug-related misdemeanors.

Bond was set at $7,500 cash or surety.

A future date in Saline County Circuit Court has not been set yet.

MARSHALL MAN TO FACE ALLEGED DRUG CHARGES AFTER ARREST 4/25/16RK


A Marshall man was arrested on an outstanding warrant on Friday, April 22.

According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, Tyler Wyatt Morrison was taken into custody to face alleged drug charges at a residence in the 700 block of East Yerby Street.

Morrison was taken to the Marshall Police Department for booking and then to the Saline County Justice Facility, where he was turned over the custody of staff there.

On-line court documents state a warrant was issued on April 22 and Morrison has been formally charged with a Class C Felony for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Except 35 Grams or Less of Marijuana and two other drug-related misdemeanors.

Bond was set at $7,500 cash or surety.

A future date in Saline County Circuit Court has not been set yet.

DELAYS SHOULD BE EXPECTED DURING PETTIS COUNTY BRIDGE WORK TODAY 4/25/16RK


Delays should be expected if you are driving southbound on U.S. Highway 65 in Pettis County for more than six hours today.

According to the MoDOT Traveler Information Map, bridge maintenance is scheduled from 8:30 to 3 p.m.

The bridge is located over Muddy Creek, just north of Bothwell Lodge.

BOONE COUNTY AUTHORITIES MAKE ARREST ON I-70 NEAR ROCHEPORT 4/25/16RK


On Sunday, April 24, authorities in an area county made an arrest after stopping vehicle that reportedly was stolen in another state.

According to a news release, at 3:41 a.m., Boone County Sheriff's Department Deputies were alerted to an alleged stolen vehicle from the State of Tennessee traveling west on Interstate 70 by an automated license plate reader.

A traffic stop was done with the vehicle at the intersection with Route J, near Rocheport. Inside the vehicle, deputies encountered 20-year-old resident of Oak Grove, Kentucky. The driver was taken into custody without incident.

During a search of the vehicle, deputies reportedly discovered a large amount of illegal narcotics, including marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, and ecstasy. Along with the illegal narcotics deputies discovered items associated with the packaging and sales of narcotics.

Formal charges are pending with the Boone County Prosecutor's Office.

HUMANSVILLE EARNS TITLE OF BEST TASTING WATER IN MISSOURI 4/25/16RK


An area village was in the running for having the best-tasting water in the state late last week. But that honor went to a community in Polk County.

According to a news release, the City of Humansville has the best tasting water in Missouri for 2016, which was the determination of a panel of judges on April 20 at the Missouri Rural Water Association (MRWA) annual Legislative Open House and Fish Fry in Ashland.

Other contenders for the title of Best Tasting Water were the village of Ionia, which straddles the Pettis and Benton County lines, and Puxico in Stoddard County; as well as St. Francois County Public Water Supply District (PWSD) 2, located in Park Hills; and Barton, Dade, Cedar and Jasper Consolidated PWSD 1, with its office in Lamar.

KINGSVILLE MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED WHEN MOTORCYCLE HITS DEER IN ROADWAY 4/25/16RK


A Kingsville resident suffered serious injuries when a motorcycle he was driving struck wildlife in the roadway in Jackson County on Sunday.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol states the crash occurred as a westbound bike, driven by 62-year-old Jack Albright, hit a deer in the roadway.

Albright was transported to a hospital in Independence for treatment.

The crash happened just after 6:30 a.m. on U.S. Highway 50 at Route F.

CARROLL COUNTY COMMISSION TO OPEN BRIDGE BIDS ON APRIL 25 4/22/16RK


Carroll County Presiding Commissioner Nelson Heil says there are a couple of big dates to determine who will be building bridges in the county.

He said the commisisoners will open bids for Bridge No. 70, which is part of the Federal B.R.O. Program, during its meeting at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 25. The bridge is located north and west of Bosworth.

The commissioners also are scheduled to open bids on Bridge No. 71, another B.R.O. Bridge, at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 9. That bridge is located south and east of Tina.

Heil also pointed out the Road and Bridge Crew has been able to do more work than usual this time of the year.

AREA SCHOOL FFA CHAPTERS HELP OUT IN MEDIA ROOM AT STATE EVENT 4/24/16RK


At least three school districts help out in the media room during the 88th Annual State FFA Convention in Columbia on Thursday and Friday.

According to news releases, students from the Santa Fe, Norborne and Otterville High School FFA Chapters aided in distributing news releases to hundreds of media outlets throughout the state.

In other news from the event, a news release says Abby Bertz and Allison Bertz, of the Odessa FFA Chapter, received the Building our American Communities Grant from the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

SIX AREA STUDENTS EARN SCHOLARSHIPS AT STATE FFA CONVENTION 4/24/16RK


Six area high school FFA students earned scholarships at the 88th Annual FFA State Convention at Columbia on Thursday and Friday.

Marshall FFA member Abigail Gass, Sweet Springs FFA member Austin Knipmeyer, Higginsville FFA member Dalton Michael Edwards, and Wellington-Napoleon FFA student Samuel Fahrmeier and Hanna Gregory, an FFA student at Pettis County R-V High School in Hughesville all received the Youth In Agriculture Scholarship.

Nicole Foley, of the Holden FFA Chapter, received the FFA Alumni Washington Leadership Conference Scholarship.

LOCK FINISHED THIRD, EDWARDS FIFTH IN EVENT AT FFA CONVENTION 4/24/16RK


Other than the winners and second-place finishers at the 88th Annual State FFA Convention on Thursday and Friday in Columbia, two other area students earned top-five finishes in competitions.

Allie Lock, of Carrollton, claimed third place in the Prepared Public Speaking competition. Lock's FFA advisors are David Parrack and Brooke Swindler.

Winding up fifth in the same event was Megan Edwards, of the Salisbury FFA Chapter. Her advisor is Elicia Hickman.

THREE AREA STUDENTS EARN SECOND PLACE AT STATE FFA CONVENTION 4/24/16RK


Three area high school students earned second-place finishes in competitions at the 88th Annual FFA Convention in Columbia Thursday and Friday.

Tyler Jenkins, of Marshall, received second place in Agricultural Sales Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award. He is a graduate of Malta Bend R-5 School and is the son of Terry Jenkins and Susan Pointer. He is a member of the Malta Bend FFA Chapter, and his advisor is Terry Jenkins.

Seth Gibson, of Norborne, also was second in the Fiber and/or Oil Crop Proficiency Award. He is a junior at Norborne High School and is the son of Todd and Sharon Gibson. He is a member of the Norborne FFA Chapter. His advisor is Kelly Lee.

Rylee D. Streit, of Holden, was second in the Equine Management Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award. She is a member of the Holden FFA, and her parents are Marshall and Sandra Streit. The Holden FFA advisors are Jay Craven and Emily Reed.

SALISBURY STUDENTS WIN CATEGORIES AT STATE FFA EVENT 4/24/16RK


Three area high school students were named winners in competitions at the 88th Annual FFA Convention in Columbia on Thursday and Friday.

According to a news release, Holly Harlan, a member of the Salisbury High School FFA Chapter, won the extemporaneous public speaking career development event.

Also from the Salisbury FFA Chapter, Emily Binder won the advanced prepared public speaking career development event.

Their advisor is Elicia Hickman.

Courtney Timm, of Boonville, won the Diversified Horticulture Proficiency Award. Timm is a student at the Boonslick Technical Education Center and is a member of the Boonville FFA Chapter. Her advisors are Deanna Theis and Doug Henke.

WELLINGTON MAN INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY 4/24/16RK


A Wellington man was injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Lafayette County on Saturday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound car, driven by 18-year-old Hunter Pence, reportedly failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned, coming to rest on its top.

Pence was transported by E.M.S. to a hospital in Independence for treatment of moderate injuries.

The crash happened at 11:45 p.m. on Missouri 131 and Elmwood.

ODESSA RIDER INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH 4/23/16CC


An area man was hospitalized Saturday after being thrown from his motorcycle on a Benton County roadway.

Trooper reports say 47-year-old Troy Kirchoff, of Odessa, suffered serious injuries when his northbound bike ran off the right side of the road, overturned, and threw him from the seat. The victim was taken from the scene by helicopter to a Columbia hospital for treatment.

Patrol reports say the crash happened around 1:15 p.m. on Missouri 7, one mile west of Highway BB.

LOCK, FAHRMEIER TO ATTEND STATE AG ACADEMY 4/23/16CC


The Missouri FFA has announced additional area award winners from the 88th State Convention in Columbia:



* Carrollton FFA member Allie Lock has received a Missouri Agribusiness Academy certificate. Lock will attend the academy, which is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, this summer.

Her FFA advisors are Brooke Swindler and David Parrack.




State Ag Director Richard Fordyce presents
Allie Lock with her Agribusiness Academy
cerftificate (photo courtesy of Missouri FFA)




* Wellington-Napoleon FFA member Elizabeth Fahrmeier has received a Missouri Agribusiness Academy certificate. Fahrmeier will attend the academy, which is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, this summer.

Her FFA advisor is Devin Garland.
 



Elizabeth Fahrmeier accepts her Agribusiness
Academy Certificate from Ag Director Richard
Fordyce (photo courtesy of Missouri FFA)

* Allison Bertz of the Odessa FFA Chapter placed second in the extemporaneous public speaking career development event. Sixteen students from six districts were selected to compete at the state level. Bertz's advisor is Bill Angel.

* Kara Berrey of the Carrollton ACC FFA Chapter placed second in the advanced prepared public speaking career development event. Sixteen individuals were selected from six districts to compete at the state level. Berrey’s advisors are David Parrack and Brooke Swindler.

* Tyler Schuster of the Boonville FFA Chapter placed sixth in the Division I prepared public speaking career development event. Sixteen students from six districts were selected to compete at the state level.

In addition, the Boonville FFA Chapter placed fourth in the FFA agricultural issues forum career development event. Boonville team members include Katelyn Cates, Andrew Garrison, Megan Kammerich, Emily Oerly, Megan Roth, Kerigan Samer and Leigha Vollmer. Boonville advisors are Doug Henke, John Sponaugle and Deanna Thies.


You can view complete results from the annual state FFA convention at www.missouriffa.org.

GOOD THINGS COME IN THREES FOR NORBORNE FFA MEMBER 4/23/16CC


An area FFA member has notched a third big win at the 88th Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia.

 
During the annual two-day convention, Logan Korff, of Norborne, was named as both the 2016-17 State FFA Vice President for Area 2 and Area 2 Star Farmer; on Saturday the state FFA announced that Korff had also won a prominent essay contest at the convention.

According to an FFA release, Korff was selected as the winner of the Growmark Essay Contest, sponsored by regional ag supply cooperative Growmark, Inc.

In the essay contest, students were asked to explain the importance of sustainability and its role in the ag industry.

  Photo courtesy of Missouri FFA

Korff is a member of the Norborne FFA Chapter, and his advisor is Kelly Lee. His parents are Rob and GayLynn Korff, of Norborne.

ROUTE O IN COOPER CO. TO CLOSE FOR CULVERT WORK 4/23/16CC


Upcoming culvert work will close a Cooper County roadway for about a week, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

According to MoDOT, culvert pipe replacement will take place Thursday, April 28 through Thursday, May 5, on Route O between Route J and Swan Road.

The road will be closed between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. each weekday. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route around the area.

Also, a couple of ongoing road and bridge projects could create slowdowns for area motorists:

* Route AA over Smiley Creek, east of Lachner Farm Drive – Bridge replacement continues and the bridge is closed to traffic. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route around the work area. The project is scheduled for completion in late June.

* Route 179 between Route 98 and Route 87 in Moniteau County - Roadway resurfacing continues; one lane is open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area. The project is set for completion in July.

Find out more about area road and bridge projects by calling 888-ASK-MoDOT (toll-free) or by visiting www.modot.org.

AREA STUDENTS WIN STATE FFA PROFICIENCY HONORS 4/23/16CC



A number of area students went home with Proficiency Awards from the final day of the 88th Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia on Friday.

* Grant Driskell, of Marshall, received the second place Diversified Crop- Entrepreneurship Proficiency award. Driskell, a senior at Marshall High School, is a member of the Marshall FFA Chapter. He is the son of Clark and Mary Driskell; his advisors are Randy Plattner and Paige Brock.


2016 State Convention Program Cover



* Olivia Loges, of Sweet Springs, won the Agricultural Communications Entrepreneurship and Placement Combined Proficiency Award. Loges, a graduate of Sweet Springs R-7 High School, is the daughter of Doug Loges and Diana Ernst. She is a member of the Sweet Springs FFA chapter and her FFA advisors are Kristen Fenner and Brent Niemeyer.

* Dakota Sweeney, of Carrollton, won the Agriscience Plant Systems Research Proficiency Award. Sweeney is a senior at Carrollton High School, where he is a member of the Carrollton Area Career Center FFA chapter. His parents are Brian and Kelly Sweeney; his advisors are Brooke Swindler and David Parrak.

* Megan King, of Bogard, received the second-place Food Science and Technology Proficiency Award. King, a sophomore at Carrollton High School, is the daughter of Ronald and Mechelle King. She is a member of the Carrollton Area Career Center FFA Chapter and her chapter advisors are Brooke Swindler and David Parrack.

* Cody Weisz, of Norborne, won the Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance Placement Proficiency Award. Weisz, a graduate of Norborne High School, is the son of Ben Weisz. He is a member of the Norborne FFA Chapter His advisor is Kelly Lee.

* Colton Williams, of Higginsville, won the Swine Production-Entrepreneurship Proficiency award. Williams, a graduate of Lafayette County C-1 High School, is the son of Mike and Cheri Williams. He is a member of the Higginsville FFA Chapter; his FFA advisors are Melissa Bertz and Adam Brock.

* Samuel Fahrmeier, of Wellington, received the second-place Diversified Agriculture Production Entrepreneurship and Placement Proficiency Award. Fahrmeier, a senior of Wellington-Napoleon R-IX High School, is the son of Lynn and Donna Fahrmeier. He is a member of the Wellington-Napoleon FFA Chapter and his advisor is Devin Garland.

* Ryan Siegel, of Otterville, received the second place Dairy Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award. Siegel, a sophomore at Otterville High School, is the son of Timothy and Virginia Siegel. He is a member of the Otterville FFA Chapter; his advisor is Kaitlin Frank.

* Katherine Kussmann, of Brunswick, received the second-place Fruit Production Proficiency Award. Kussmann, a junior at Brunswick High School, is the daughter of Donald and Karen Kussmann. She is a member of the Brunswick FFA Chapter and her chapter advisor is Kendra Rieckhoff.

* Dylan Watts, of Sumner, won the Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production Proficiency Award at the 88th Missouri FFA Convention. Watts, a senior at Northwestern R-1 High School, is the son of Terry and Carla Watts. He is a member of the Northwestern FFA Chapter; his FFA advisor is Cayanne Storm.

See complete results from the 88th Missouri FFA Convention at www.missouriffa.org.

BOONVILLE FFA TAKES HOME FOUR STATE PROFICIENCY AWARDS 4/23/16CC


Proficiency awards in a variety of agricultural categories were given out on the final day of the 88th Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia on Friday.

Four Boonville FFA Chapter members were honored with awards, as senior Alex Wright won the Vegetable Production Entrepreneurship and Placement Combined Proficiency Award; junior Erica Mantle won the Fruit Production Proficiency Award; Boonville graduate Jasmine Simmons received the second place Landscape Management Proficiency Award; and Blackwater Technical Education Center student Natasha Jenkins received the second place Turf Grass Management Entrepreneurship and Placement Combined Proficiency Award.

The Boonville FFA Chapter advisors are Deanna Thies and Doug Henke.

Also, University of Missouri-Columbia student Caleb Martin received a Missouri Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association scholarship at the state convention. Martin is a senior agricultural education major; he also student teaches and advises members of the Boonville FFA Chapter.

HONORARY FFA DEGREES GIVEN TO FOUR AREA RESIDENTS 4/22/16CC


Several area residents have been recognized with Honorary State Degrees from the 88th Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia.

According to an FFA release, two Sedalia residents have been given noteworthy distinctions by the FFA, Billie Long and Ed Holhubner.

Long teaches classes about judging fruits and vegetables along with horticulture and is responsible for finding and organizing horticulture judges for FFA at the Missouri State Fair and for county fairs across Missouri. Long also has served as a judge at the Missouri State Fair for several years.

Holhubner works as a regional coordinator for Missouri Farm Bureau, which allows him to work with area FFA chapters and advisors. He has helped with FFA public speaking contests, the Missouri Agricultural Skills and Knowledge Industry Recognized Credential Program, and the Missouri Farm Bureau Youth Leadership Day. Holhubner also advises the University of Central Missouri Collegiate Farm Bureau in Warrensburg.

Also honored by the FFA this week were Macae McKinley, of Warrensburg, who is a 13-year agricultural education instructor in the La Monte R-IV School District, and Don Honeycutt, of Richmond, an agricultural education instructor in the Orrick R-XI School District who has taught agriculture for 16 years.

FFA HONORS SEVERAL AREA STUDENTS WITH STAR AWARDS 4/22/16CC


Several area students have achieved individual honors at the 88th Missouri State FFA Convention in Columbia.

A release from the FFA says Grant Alexander Driskell, of the Marshall FFA Chapter, has been named as Area 6 Star Farmer. His parents are Clark and Marylou Driskell of Marshall and his advisors are Paige Brock, Seleene Lewis and Randy Plattner.

Logan Korff, of the Norborne FFA Chapter, has been named as Area 2 Star Farmer after being selected as the 2016-17 State FFA Vice President representing Area 2. Korff is the son of Rob and Gay Lynn Korff of Norborne and his advisor is Kelly Lee.

Three members of the Carrollton ACC FFA Chapter have received Star recognition. Emily Lock was named as Area 6 Star in Agriscience, one day after being named as the 2016-17 State FFA Vice President representing Area 6 on Thursday. Lock is the daughter of Susan Lock of Carrollton.

Also honored from the Carrollton chapter is Clay Wooldridge, who was recognized as Area 6 Star in Placement. Wooldridge is the son of Mark and Coreen Wooldridge of Carrollton. Receiving the designation of Area 6 Star in Agribusiness was William Grant; his parents are Charles and Renee Grant.

FFA advisors for Lock, Wooldridge, and Grant are Brooke Swindler and David Parrack.

SFCC TO OFFER FREE HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY CLASSES IN MAY 4/22/16RK


An area college will be offering a free way for area residents to improve themselves academically in May.

According to a news release, High School Equivalency (HSE) classes will be offered at State Fair Community College in Sedalia.

Registration will be held May 16-20 for the classes to be held on the Sedalia campus and at sites in Appleton City, Boonville, Carrollton, Clinton, Richmond, Osceola, Warrensburg, and Warsaw. The program provides individualized and group instruction for anyone who wants to develop or improve skills in language arts, reading, math, social studies, or science toward taking the HSE exam, which was formerly known as the G.E.D.

Enrollment for HSE day class will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 16-20 and enrollment for HSE night class will be held from 6-9 p.m. April 16-18 in Yeater Learning Center, Room 163, on the Sedalia campus.

HSE classes are free, but students must enroll in person and complete an orientation before attending class.

For more information, call (660) 596-7289 or (660) 596-7380 or stop by offices in the Student Success Center in the Yeater Learning Center.

CARROLLTON STUDENT NAMED FFA AREA 6 VP FOR 2016-17 4/22/16RK


During the 88th Missouri FFA Convention, an area student was named an officer for the upcoming school year.

According to a news release, Emily Lock, of Carrollton, was named the 2016-17 State FFA Vice President representing Area 6. Lock is a member of the Carrollton ACC FFA Chapter. Her advisors are Brooke Swindler and David Parrack. Her mother is Susan Lock.

Lock's supervised agriculture experience program involves research on the effects of food allergies on the nation's school lunch programs. In addition to her research, she works at her aunt's flower shop.

Lock has served as chapter president and secretary as well as treasurer of the Area 6 FFA Association.

Lock has participated in the Missouri FFA AgriScience Fair where she has competed in food processing, product systems and social systems. At the chapter level, Lock has been selected as the outstanding leadership member for the past three years. In addition, she has won two grand champion and three reserve champion ribbons for her floriculture projects at the Missouri State Fair.

In addition to FFA, Lock has served as president of the Carrollton DECA Chapter, dance captain of the 9th Street Singers Varsity Show Choir, ambassador for the Carrollton Area Career Center and student representative of the marketing advisory board. Lock has participated in varsity volleyball, golf, track, band, jazz band, madrigal choir, district choir and honor band. She also has volunteered at the HELP (Harmonized Efforts to Lessen Poverty) Services Cancer Fund annual fundraiser for eight years.

After high school, Lock plans to study biochemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

NORBORNE STUDENT NAMED VP OF AREA 2 FOR 2016-17 4/22/16RK


During the 88th Missouri FFA Convention, an area high school student has been named as one of the officers for next school year.

According to a news release, Logan Korff, of Norborne, was named the 2016-17 State FFA Vice President representing Area 2. Korff is a member of the Norborne FFA Chapter, and his advisor is Kelly Lee. His parents are Rob and GayLynn Korff.

Korff's supervised agriculture experience program consists of a corn and soybean row-crop operation. He also works for his family's row-crop operation and a local seed dealership.

Korff has served as chapter president and sentinel. He also has served as second vice president of the Area 2 FFA Association.

Korff has competed in multiple career development events at the state level including FFA knowledge, forestry, poultry evaluation and agronomy. Korff is competing in the farm management CDE this year. Korff also has participated in the Missouri Farm Bureau fall public speaking contest. He also has received area proficiency awards for diversified crop production and grain production. He also was named area Star Farmer. Korff has attended Missouri Agribusiness Academy and received the Emerging Leader Award from the Missouri Corn Growers Association.

After graduation, Korff plans to study plant science and agricultural economics at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS INSTALLED AT MHS BASEBALL FIELD AFTER VANDALISM 4/22/16RK



The turf on the Marshall High School baseball field is new. It was installed last summer for a price tag of roughly $258,000. (Photo by Robert King)

An emergency cleanup session was necessary at a high school sports facility in the last couple of weeks.

Marshall Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher said there was some glue that was used in construction of the field taken out of one of the maintenance sheds and spread all over the field turf at the baseball/softball complex on the MHS campus. She said MHS personnel from the district called the company that installed the turf, which cost roughly $258,000, to figure out how to get the glue off the field before it caused permanent damage.



Dr. Maher said the school district has taken steps to see that this type of incident doesn't happen again.



At this point, Dr. Maher said she does not know eactly how much the surveillance systems will cost. She said they will do as much as they can to keep the facilities safe and deter any possible future incidents.

FELONY CHARGES FOR MARSHALL MAN WHO FLED FROM POLICE 4/21/16CC


A Marshall man faces multiple felony charges after his arrest for alleged drug and weapons activity.

According to online court documents, 44-year-old Mark Anthony Sutton, Jr., of Marshall, has been formally charged with a felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and one felony count of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Bond in the matter has been set at $50,000 cash only.

A report from the Marshall Police Department states Sutton was taken into custody on Thursday morning after a warrant was served at a residence in the 700 block of West Morgan Street. The resident fled the scene and later was apprehended at a residence in the 800 block of West Jackson Street.

While fleeing, police say the suspect was seen throwing an object that later was recovered and found to be a quantity of marijuana packaged for sale. A search of the residence on West Morgan Street reportedly revealed a firearm and drug paraphernalia.

MARSHALL FFA NAMED #2 CHAPTER AT STATE CONVENTION 4/21/16CC


After four years as the top chapter in the state of Missouri, the Marshall FFA chapter has been awarded a second place finish at the 88th Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia.

Photo courtesy of Randy Plattner/Marshall FFA

Marshall was named as the #2 chapter in the state, was named as a Model of Innovation winner in Community Development, and earned a Top Chapter Award. Only 10% of state chapters achieve the Top Chapter designation each year.

Other area chapters in the top 50 are
Sweet Springs at #10, Tipton at #14, Carrollton at #16, Boonville at #30, and Slater at #32.

The Troy FFA Chapter has reportedly been named as the #1 chapter in the state for 2016.

Over 300 state chapters were in the running for top honors at the annual state convention, which runs through Friday.

APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED FOR STATE PARKS YOUTH CORPS 4/21/16CC


For the seventh year in a row, young people in Missouri will have an opportunity to work outdoors at state parks and historic sites through the State Parks Youth Corps, Governor Jay Nixon announced this week.

A release from Nixon's office says online applications are now being accepted for youth ages 17 to 24 to participate in the 2016 program.

State Parks Youth Corps- a nationally recognized jobs initiative started in 2010 to enhance Missouri's 88 state parks and historic sites - is a cooperative partnership between the Division of Workforce Development and Missouri State Parks.

Since the program was launched in 2010, more than 3,500 young people have contributed more than 700,000 hours to improving parks and historic sites throughout the state.

In 2016, the Corps will offer more than 600 positions to Missourians between ages 17 and 24 at state parks and historic sites as well as in municipal parks in St. Louis and Kansas City. Applications for the program are now being accepted online at www.thinkoutside.mo.gov.

MoDOT TO INSPECT CARROLL, CHARITON CO. BRIDGES 4/21/16CC


Both Carroll and Chariton County motorists could see some brief delays when approaching selected area bridges over the next few weeks, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

MoDOT says in-depth bridge inspections are scheduled at a number of area bridges which could result in traffic being reduced to one lane and slowdowns for crews and equipment in the roadway.

During the week of April 25, MoDOT crews will be inspecting the US Route 24 bridge over the Grand River in Carroll County; during the week of May 2, crews will inspect two Chariton County bridges-- the US Route 24 bridge over Mussel Fork Creek and the Route KK bridge over the Little Chariton River.

All work is weather permitting. MODOT asks all motorists to slow down and pay attention to workers and signage whenever driving in a work zone.

HOWELL, McSWAIN SWORN IN ON FAYETTE SCHOOL BOARD 4/21/16CC


The Fayette R-3 School Board welcomed in two newly-elected board members at its regular session meeting on Monday, April 18.

The oath of office was given to incumbent Michelle Howell and newcomer Eric McSwain after former board member Jessica Quint was presented with a plaque and thanked for her service to the school board. Members then elected Howell as Board President, Gary Gose as Vice-President, Jackie Besgrove as Treasurer and Trish Elliott as Secretary.

In other business, the board approved the summer school program to run 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily from May 25-June 22, with Fridays and Memorial Day off. The board learned earlier in the night that the district has been approved by the Department of Health and Senior Services for the Summer Food Service Program, enabling it to serve free breakfast and lunch to its summer school students.

Board members also got an update on the demolition of four storage buildings that have tested positive for asbestos. Superintendent Dr. Tamara Kimball notified the board that the most cost-effective move will be to implode the buildings and then place them in a roll-off dumpster for disposal.

She also noted that Septagon Construction will be providing the district with an Abatement Inspection Report as the demolition is carried out.

GLASGOW SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES INSURANCE & SALARY RECOMMENDATIONS 4/21/16CC


The Glasgow School Board met in regular session on Wednesday, April 20.

According to a district release, board members approved preliminary health insurance quotes for 2016-17 and adopted salary schedule recommendations for certified staff and administrators.

The board also learned that the outdoor track has been prepped for a final installation of rubber top coat. Weather permitting, the district hopes to be able to host track meets on the refinished track during the first two weeks of May.

At the conclusion of the regular meeting, the current board was dissolved and then reorganized with the swearing-in of incumbent members David Clements and Bob Draffen. Clements was then re-elected as board President and Draffen was selected as Vice-President along with Sally Hackman as Secretary and Miriam Gebhardt as Treasurer for the 2016-17 school year.

MARSHALL POLICE MAKE ARREST AFTER SEARCH WARRANT, SUSPECT FLEES 4/21/16RK


Despite an attempt to escape authorities, Marshall Police have arrested a man after serving a search warrant at a city residence.

According to a release from the police department, the warrant was served at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 21, at a residence in the 700 block of West Morgan Street. The resident fled the scene and later was apprehended at a residence in the 800 block of West Jackson Street. While he was fleeing, the suspect reportedly was seen throwing an object that later was recovered and found to be a quantity of marijuana packaged for sale.

The search of the residence on West Morgan Street revealed a firearm and drug paraphernalia.

The 44-year-old man is being held at the Marshall Police Department for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute; Possession of a Controlled Substance; Possession of a Firearm Unlawful for Certain Persons; Resisting Arrest; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Formal charges are pending with the Saline County Prosecutor's Office.

More information will be available if formal charges are filed.

BOONVILLE WOMAN ARRESTED, TO FACE ALLEGED DRUG CHARGE 4/21/16RK


A Boonville 19-year-old was served a warrant, has been arrested and faces an alleged Felony charge in Cooper County.

According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, Shawna B. Dewey, was arrested and taken to the Cooper County Detention Center on Wednesday, April 20.

On-line court documents state Dewey has been formally charged with a Class C Felony for Possession of a Controlled Substance, except 35 Grams or Less of Marijuana and a drug-related misdemeanor offense.

Bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety.

A future date in Cooper County Circuit Court has not been set yet.

SALINE C.A.R.T. TAX NUMBERS UP FOR APRIL 4/21/16RK


Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith (right) was on hand at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday and gave the report about the funds received from the state on the County Aid Road Trust-- or C.A.R.T.-- Tax.



In other news from the meeting, the commissioners approved the voiding of a check. Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr. gave the details of that.

 

The void of the check was for Saline County Recorder, Jamie Franklin Nichols, to attend a recorder's meeting. Guthrey said the money will be returned to the training line item in the Recorder's fund.

LT. GOV. SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR 2016 VETERANS SERVICE AWARD 4/21/16RK


A state officeholder is asking for the public's nominations for those who have served in the armed forces and volunteer their time to help out others.

According to a release, Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder is seeking nominations for the 2016 Lieutenant Governor's Silver Service Award, which was created to recognize Missouri veterans who provide volunteer service to their communities.

To be considered for the award, individuals must have served or currently be serving in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and volunteer a minimum of 25 hours per year.

A nomination form can be found on the Lieutenant Governor's website-- www.ltgov.mo.gov -- and clicking on the appropriate tab. Forms also are available through veteran service agencies, libraries, courthouses and senior centers throughout the state.

The deadline for nominations is May 7. Winners will be selected on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. They will be presented with an official Declaration from Lieutenant Governor Kinder.

FIRE DAMAGES HOUSE ON EAST HIGHLANDER IN MARSHALL 4/21/16RK



Fire is present on the front porch as smoke bellows from the home in the 200 block of East Highlander in Marshall on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy Ken Lewellen)

A fire that likely was started when a candle was knocked over caused damage that was estimated at six figures to a Marshall home and its contents on Wednesday.

According to a Marshall Fire Department spokesperson, firefighters were toned out at 7:42 p.m. and were on the scene of the blaze that was mainly contained in the front porch, living room and kitchen area of a home in the 200 block of East Highlander.

Firemen were on the scene for just over two hours putting out the blaze that caused an estimated $75,000 worth of damage to the house and $25,000 damage to its contents. The spokesperson said the fire caused extensive smoke damage. But water damage was minimal.

The spokesperson said the preliminary indication of the cause of the fire was one of the animals living in the home had knocked over a burning candle in the living room.

There were no injuries reported, as the owner and all of the animals got out of the structure safely. Firemen returned to their quarters at 9:54 p.m.

SEVERAL ACTIONS TAKEN BY SLATER SCHOOL BOARD AT ITS TUESDAY MEETING 4/21/16RK


After accepting the results of the April 5 Municipal Election and reorganizing--although the officers remained the same-- the Slater School Board approved some purchases during its meeting on Tuesday, April 19.

Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz explains one of the items purchased will aid in keeping the district buildings' floors in good shape.



In other business, the board gave the green light to start using purchase cards to make transactions run a little smoother, as well as an increase of 10 cents for each lunch tray, excluding free and reduced lunches, for next year and approved Barb Humberg to be the graduation speaker for the 2016 ceremony.

The board also gave a thumbs up to rehiring the extra-duty staff for another year as one action in closed session. Lorenz fills us in on two more actions taken.



Lorenz also said the board has extended a contract offer for a person to be the new guidance counselor to replace Jessica Clements, who will be the Slater High School Principal next year. But he said it is not known at this time if the contract offer will be accepted.

BRUNSWICK SCHOOL BOARD WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS 4/20/16CC


Like most area school districts, the Brunswick R-2 School Board was dissolved and then reconvened with newly-elected members following the April 5 Municipal Election.

Superintendent Bob Kottman talks about the outgoing and incoming school board members:



Kottman says the board leadership has remained much the same after the election of officers on Monday night:



In other business, Kottman says the board was updated on tax collections and the summer maintenance project list, approved a $300 increase to teacher's base salaries, approved health insurance rates, and gave approval to the district's summer school program.

SLATER GEARS UP FOR McQUEEN DAY, CITYWIDE GARAGE SALE 4/20/16CC


At Tuesday's meeting of the Slater City Council, council members got a few reminders about upcoming events in the city.

City Administrator Gene Griffith said the annual Steve McQueen Day celebration is coming up fast and he's hoping to find some more volunteers to make the event run as smoothly as possible:



Steve McQueen festivities are scheduled for Saturday, April 30, and will feature a classic car show and a variety of vendors throughout the day.



The following weekend, Mayor Stephen Allegri say the city will take part in what is becoming another annual Slater tradition:



For more information on how to get involved with Steve McQueen Day or to find out more about the citywide garage sale, contact Slater City Hall at 66-529-2271 or visit www.cityofslater.com.

SEDALIA POLICE CHIEF TALKS ABOUT GETTING BODY CAMS FOR OFFICERS 4/20/16RK


At Monday night's Sedalia City Council meeting, the council voted to approve the purchase of 38 body cameras for officers on the Sedalia police force.

Sedalia Police Chief John DeGonia explains how it works financially, to cover the $47,000 price tag.


DeGonia said it's not going to mean every officer will have a body cam, but it's close.



DeGonia said the department is hoping to make the purchase in the next month or so. He said it is another solid step forward for the safety and security of the officers and the public. He said the vehicles have had dash cams for about 15 years, but this purchase will help out even more when there are disputes.

SWEET SPRINGS ALDERMEN DO NOT ACT ON SUPPORT OF TIGER GRANT 4/20/16RK


At a special meeting of the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen on Monday, April 18, the board did not act on support for a multi-county grant but did vote to allow the city park to be closed for part of a day in May.

According to a release from the city, Pioneer Trails is working on a TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant. Pioneer Trails is asking for support from surrounding communities along the Missouri River Corridor. A motion was asked for to write the letter of support but none was given.

In other business, Drake Goode with the Baptist Youth Group asked to have the city park closed for a youth event for youths in grades 7-12 from 5:30 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, which was approved unanimously.

Mayor Dee Friel told the board that she plans on running for West Missouri Optimist Governor. If she wins the position, she would not take office until October of 2017. If she would win that position, it would mean she would be out of the Sweet Springs office on occasion.

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES PAY RAISES, INSURANCE PLAN FOR STAFF 4/20/16RK



Secretary of the Marshall School Board, Linda Perkins (left), administers the Oath of Office to Mike Mills (left) and Eddie Harper at Tuesday night's meeting. Mills has been a member of the board for several years, while Harper is a new member of the board. (Photo by Robert King)

After reorganization, and the swearing-in of new member Eddie Harper and current member Mike Mills, the Marshall School Board approved four different program reviews and a recommendation for raises and insurance for the district's faculty during its meeting on Tuesday night.

In his presentation, Director of Data Analysis and Dissemination, Jim Papreck, said the district lags behind other area districts in pay and benefits. So, what the Salary and Benefits Committee came up with is basically a 3.2 percent pay increase across the board.

Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher said this makes the raises equitable.



As for insurance, the district will be staying with its current provider, and the recommendation would be for the district to offer a flexpoint plan. Instead of paying for a 100-percent funded plan. Elaine Kelly, who was on the Salary and Benefits Committee which came up with the plans, said less than 10 percent of employees in the district actually need what she called a "Cadillac Plan."



Under the new plan, doctor's visits will be limited to six per year, different than the PPO plan the district has had in the past.

In all, the new increases and adjustments will cost the district more than $360,000 over the $110,000 worth of extra-duty salary increases the board OK'd in February.

LANES REDUCED AS SEDALIA SIDEWALK WORK STARTS WEDNESDAY 4/19/16CC


Sidewalk work in Sedalia will reduce traffic and cause lane reductions over the next two weeks, according to a release from the Pettis County Sheriff's Department.

The release says sidewalk improvements on West Main Street will reduce traffic down to one lane in each direction between Prospect
Avenue and US Highway 65. The work is scheduled to run from Wednesday, April 20 to Wednesday, May 4, and will take place each day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All work is weather permitting. For more information, contact the Pettis County Sheriff's Department at 660-827-0052.

CHARGES FILED AGAINST MARSHALL MAN IN SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE 4/19/16CC


A Marshall man faces felony charges in Pettis County after his recent arrest on rape and sodomy charges.

According to the Pettis County Sheriff's Department, 22-year-old Juan Humberto Guzman was arrested by deputies last week following an investigation into a report of sexual assault in the 100 block of South Prospect Avenue in Sedalia on April 12.

Online court documents show Guzman has been charged with one felony count of First Degree Rape or Attempted Rape and one felony count of First Degree Sodomy or Attempted Sodomy.

Bond in the matter was set at $100,000 with a condition that Guzman has no contact of any kind with the victim. Court records say Guzman posted bond on Monday, April 18.

A future date in Pettis County Circuit Court has not yet been established.

CHARGES FILED IN ALLEGED MARSHALL SHOOTING INCIDENT 4/19/16CC


Three mid-Missouri men now face formal charges in connection with an alleged shooting incident in Marshall over the weekend.

According to online court documents, 33-year-old Vincent Shane Barriere, Jr., of Belton; 28-year-old Daniel Wayne Wallace, of Marshall; and 26-year-old Marcus Dion Lewis, of Sedalia, were charged Tuesday in Saline County Circuit Court for their roles in a reported case of shots fired between a person and a vehicle at around 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening in the 1300 block of South Grant Avenue.

Barriere, Jr., and Wallace are both charged with felony counts of First Degree Assault, Armed Criminal Action, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Bond for each man has been set at $100,000 cash only.

Lewis is charged with a felony count of First Degree Assault; his bond has been set at $50,000 cash only. He appeared at a Tuesday arraignment where a Counsel Status Hearing was set for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20, in Circuit Court.

MARSHALL COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY RECEIVES $1,000 CHECK 4/19/16RK



The Marshall Community Food Pantry received a $1,000 donation check from Enbridge Energy Company, Inc., on Tuesday. Pictured (from left) are: Marshall City Administrator Connie Latimer, Food Pantry Director Ron Duvall, Food Pantry Board Member Phyllis Marcum and Enbridge Community Relations Advisor Brent Rush. Not Pictured, Saline County Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner. (Photo by Robert King)

A representative from Enbridge Energy Company, Inc., was the guest of honor at the Community Food Pantry in Marshall this morning.

On hand was Community Relations Advisor Brent Rush to present the nonprofit organization with a $1,000 check.

Pantry Director Ron Duvall said the money will come in handy as the pantry recently bought eight new freezers to store items that need to be frozen until area patrons pick up the goods.

Pantry hours are 5-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, except the last full week of each month, which is actually next week (April 25-29), when the pantry is open for distribution from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on that Friday. The pantry is closed from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. each day for lunch.

In addition to the donation that was the result of a Community Involvement Grant, Rush also personally contributed $400, which he said will be matched by the corporation.

On hand for the check presentation were Marshall City Administrator Connie Latimer, Food Pantry Director Ron Duvall, Food Pantry Board Member Phyllis Marcum and Enbridge Community Relations Advisor Brent Rush. Not available for the presentation was Saline County Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner.

LAFAYETTE COUNTY FIERY CRASH CLOSES WB I-70 FOR NEARLY 10 HOURS 4/19/16RK


A fiery two-vehicle crash in western Lafayette County on Monday, caused a full closure of Westbound I-70 for nearly 10 hours.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Ford Focus, driven by 33-year-old Rebecca Jones, of Olathe, Kan., reportedly ran out of fuel and was stationary, partially blocking the right lane of the interstate. The Focus was struck in the rear by a westbound Freightliner, driven by 19-year-old Marty Hill, of Park Hills, caught fire and became fully engulfed.

Both vehicles reportedly were totaled in the crash and had to be towed from the scene.

While Hill reportedly was not injured, Jones was transported by Odessa E.M.S. to a hospital in Independence for treatment of minor injuries.

The crash happened at 7:21 p.m. at the 37.7 mile marker, 850 feet west of Johnson Drive near Odessa.

The westbound lanes were closed at 7:29 p.m. The left lane was opened at about 5 a.m., according to a MoDOT spokesperson. Both lanes were estimated to be open by 5:30 a.m., but according to MoDOT's Traveler Information map, the right lane remains closed at this hour.

LAFAYETTE COUNTY WESTBOUND I-70 CLOSURE LASTS ABOUT 10 HOURS 4/19/16RK


For roughly 10 hours, Westbound I-70 has been closed at the 37.7 mile marker in Lafayette County.

The closure was due to a semi catching fire.

The closure started at 7:29 p.m., according to the Missouri Department of Transportation's website.

According to a MoDOT spokesperson, the left lane was opened to traffic about 5 a.m., with the right lane estimated to be open by 5:30.

While the road was closed, vehicles were detoured onto Johnson Drive and onto the Outer Road to Missouri 131 to get back on I-70, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

To monitor road closures and traffic slowdowns, visit MoDot's Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org.

 

BOONE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT WARNS ABOUT PHONE SCAM 4/18/16RK


An area Sheriff's Department is warning residents about a phone scam involving law enforcement.

According to a news release, the Boone County Sheriff's Department has received a number of calls over the last month from citizens reporting an individual claiming to be a sheriff's deputy stating there is a warrant for their arrest that can be resolved by payment over the telephone. This is a scam.

The most-recent reports involve citizens being told by a scammer they have warrants for failure to appear for jury duty and they need to obtain a Green Dot card or similar product with a particular amount of money. The scammer instructs the citizen to call a specific telephone number and provide the information from the money card.

These most-recent scammers have become more sophisticated, including the ability to manipulate Caller I.D. with an actual Boone County Sheriff's Department telephone number. Citizens report the voicemail greeting used by the scammers also sounding very similar to the one used at BCSD.

The Sheriff's Department never calls citizens asking them to obtain money cards to pay a bond for a warrant. Citizens who receive such a call should immediately hang up and contact law enforcement at (573) 442-6131.

MARSHALL POLICE INVESTIGATING INCIDENT OF ALLEGED SHOTS FIRED 4/18/16RK


An area police department is investigating an incident of alleged shots being fired.

According to a news release, at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, the Marshall Police Department received telephone calls from concerned citizens reporting gunshots being heard in the 1300 block of South Grant Avenue. Marshall Police were dispatched to the area.

Marshall Police were told two men had been shooting at each other and one fled the area in a vehicle and the other on foot. It is unknown at this time if either man was injured.

Marshall Police believe this is an isolated incident.

This is an ongoing investigation and any information the public may have in regard to this incident is urged to contact police at (660)-886-7411 or through the Marshall Police Website at www.marshallmopolice.com.

SEDALIA FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE TWO BLAZES ON SUNDAY 4/18/16RK


Sedalia Fire Department personnel were busy on Sunday as two calls came in within an hour of each other.

According to a Sedalia Fire Department spokesperson, firefighters were first dispatched to fight a fire at a storage building with no utilities at 4:01 p.m. Firemen arrived on the scene at 4:05 p.m. There was minor damage to the structure and some of the contents. Firefighters were on the scene until 4:48 p.m., when the second call was received.

Firefighters hurried to put out a house fire in the 1200 block of South Murray Street, about two miles away from the first fire. Firemen arrived on the scene at 4:52 p.m. and were on the scene for about an hour. Firefighters had to put out a fire that which reportedly started as a result of neighbors roasting marshmallows. The lower part of the residence's siding caught fire. There was minor damage to the siding.

No injuries were reported from either scene.

Both fires were deemed incendiary in nature and suspects have been identified as the investigation continues.

TURKEY HUNTING SEASON STARTS MONDAY; MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A PERMIT 4/16/16RK


A statewide hunting season begins in less than two days, and hunters are asked to make sure they are ready.

The spring turkey season begins a half-hour before sunrise on Monday, April 18, and ends Sunday, May 8. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds hunters not to forget their turkey permit. Permits can be purchased at MDC nature centers, regional offices, and permit vendors across the state, on the mobile MO Hunting app, found in the app store, or on MDC's website at www.mdc.mo.gov/permits.

All turkey hunters, including landowners and lessees, must have a valid turkey hunting permit before hunting.

Find detailed information on harvest limits, allowed hunting methods, hunter education requirements, permits, MDC hunting areas, tagging and checking procedures, regulations and more in MDC's 2016 Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet available at places where permits are sold and on-line at http://on.mo.gov/1R3JTbH.

SWEET SPRINGS BOARD APPROVES INCREASING HEALTH INSURANCE STIPEND 4/16/16RK


In addition to breaking a tie for the second of two school-board seats up for grabs-- with Eric Paul Giffen winning a drawing over Thomas Trautman-- the Sweet Springs R-7 School Board reorganized by swearing in the winners of the seats-- the other being Paula Staples-- and electing officers at its meeting this week.

The board then made several decisions, including an option for health insurance for its employees. Superintendent Donna Wright says the district will be increasing its monthly stipend to all full-time employees in the district.



In other news, the board accepted the resignation of high school principal David Honeycutt, who had been with the district for three years. Wright said the district will be advertising for the position, which oversees grades 7-12.

The board approved two requests for use of the district's facilities and gave the thumbs up to extra-duty contracts for coaches.

WAY TO GROW, SEDALIA! BEGINS IN MAY 4/16/16RK


In just over two weeks, a monthly competition will start again to promote upkeep of yards in an area city.

According to a news release from the City of Sedalia, the "Way To Grow, Sedalia! Yard Of The Month Contest" will begin in May.

The contest also will be in effect for the months of June and July.

A winner will be chosen from each of the city's four wards, which will lead to a grand-prize winner of a $50 gift card/certificate to the overall city winner each month. Winners also will be recognized with a sign in their yard during their award month and recognition on the city's website and social media.

Applicants will be eligible for the entire length of the contest; however, monthly applications will be accepted prior to the 10th of each applicable month. You can get all of the rules at the website www.cityofsedalia.com.

MISSOURI LOTTERY SENDS $24.3 MILLION TO EDUCTION FUND 4/16/16RK


The Missouri Lottery recently transferred more than $24.3 million in profits to the Lottery Proceeds Fund for public education.

According to a news release, the April transfer of $24,305,462 is based on March sales, and it brings the Fiscal Year 2016 total to education to more than $263 million.

Since Missouri Lottery sales started in 1986, the Lottery has generated more than $5.3 billion for the state and public education.

In addition to providing funds for public education, the Lottery also benefits the state by collecting state taxes on prizes of more than $600. During the past fiscal year, the Lottery added $8.7 million in state tax collections from prize winnings to the General Revenue Fund.

SALISBURY SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES SEVERAL BIDS 4/16/16RK


After certifying the April 5 Municipal Election results, swearing in two board members-- Chris Brown and Regina Boss-- and electing officers, the Salisbury R-4 School Board approved several bids during its meeting this week.

The board gave the thumbs up to a bid from Septagon for window and door replacements at the elementary school not to exceed $253,366.38.

The board also approved a bid from Charles Luebbert Hardwood Floors, Inc., for $17,033 to refinish the south gym floor and a bid of $17,677.33 from Sanders Decorating and Design for the upper level floor seating section in the south gym.

The board also approved a number of extra-duty contracts, such as for coaches and sponsors.

SALISBURY TO GET MORE MONEY FROM LEASE AGREEMENT WITH MEDIACOM 4/16/16RK


After receiving a decent chunk of change for a decade, the City of Salisbury will be receiving more money from Mediacom for a lease of property owned by the city.

At this week's meeting of the Salisbury Board of Aldermen, aldermen approved raising the rate on the land. Mayor Steve Kacvinsky says Mediacom, which has a tower situated on the land, has agreed to the new pact.



In other business, aldermen approved two requests for beer gardens for June 10 and 11 during the Salisbury Steak Festival and June 26 for the St. Joe Picnic. Aldermen also approved the city buying a dump truck and a front-end loader for a John Deere tractor and talked about a sidewalk plan.

The meeting began with the certification of the April 5 Municipal Election results and the swearing in of three new aldermen-- Bob Benoist, Nathan Clark and Danny Welty.

SALISBURY ALDERMEN APPROVE PURCHASE OF EQUIPMENT FOR THE CITY 4/15/16RK


At the meeting of the Salisbury Board of Aldermen on Thursday, the board swore in three new aldermen-- Bob Benoist, Nathan Clark and Danny Welty.

Then the board got to work, including approving a request by a resident to put in a tube in a ditch at her residence and to buy a couple of pieces of equipment for the city.

Mayor Steve Kacvinsky said the council approved buying a dump truck for the street department and a front-end loader for a small John Deere tractor. He explained the latter.



Kacvinsky said the dump truck cost was $16,500 and the loader was $4,600.

The board also worked out a new lease agreement for Mediacom to rent space for a tower on city property. The agreement was for $300 a month for the past 10 years. The new deal will have the city receiving $800 a month over the next five years from Mediacom. It also approved two dates for beer gardens during upcoming events in June.

LAFAYETTE C-1 BOARD APPROVES HIKES IN PAY, HEALTH-CARE COSTS 4/15/16RK


This time of year, one of the decisions school district's always wrestle with is what to do about health-care insurance costs for their employees.

That was a big issue on the table at Thursday night's meeting of the Lafayette County C-1 District, and Superintendent David Figg brings us up to speed.



Figg said that amount, up from $500 per month last year, will be enough to fund two of the three options at 100 percent.

Figg said the board also voted to approve a $500 per month increase in pay across the board for teachers.



Figg also said the district handed out its Teacher of the Year Awards for each of its three buildings, with Kelly Poquette at the Elementary School, Nicole Briney at the Middle School, and Tara Tuley at the High School. Tuley was selected as the overall District Teacher of the Year.

There was not an election for board seats on April 5 with the two incumbents the only persons to file for the seats. Figg said Benton Williams remains as President, Janet Ritzinger as Vice-President and Kim Lewis as Secretary.

GIFFEN WINS DRAWING FOR SWEET SPRINGS SCHOOL BOARD SEAT 4/15/16RK


Ladies and gentleman, we have a winner, and an area school district will save some money.

After the Municipal Election on Tuesday, April 5, two candidates-- Eric Paul Giffen and Thomas Trautman-- vying for the Sweet Springs R-7 School Board tied for the second seat up for grabs. The winner of that race was determined at Thursday night's meeting of the school board.

Superintendent Donna Wright explains what took place.



Wright gave the specifics of how the drawing was held.



Giffen's name was drawn out as the winner of the seat.

Wright said she did not know specifically what the special election would have cost, but she said Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell had told her it would have more than likely been in the range of what an ordinary election costs the district, which Wright said is between $2,200 and $3,200.

FELONY CHARGES FILED AFTER ROBBERY AT EAGLE STOP IN COOPER COUNTY 4/15/16RK


Formal charges have been filed in the robbery at the Eagle Stop store located at the junction of Highway 87 and I-70 in Cooper County.

According to a release from Cooper County Sheriff Jerry Wolfe, the robbery was reported at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 14. Deputies responded to the location to find the suspect had already fled the scene. Cooper County Sheriff's investigators, with assistance from members of the Boonville Police Department, located the suspect at a local motel. He was taken into custody without incident. Further investigation recovered items taken from the store.

Arrested was 39-year-old Robert T. Lozano. Lozano is from the Kansas City area but had been staying in the Boonville area the last few days.

According to on-line court documents, Lozano was arrested on a Cooper County warrant charging him with a Class A Felony for Robbery in the First Degree and an Unclassified Felony for Armed Criminal Action.

Bond was set at $200,000 cash only.

Further investigation revealed an outstanding Parole Violation warrant for being a Fugitive From Justice out of the state of California. There is no bond on this warrant. Lozano remains in custody at the Cooper County Detention Center.

A future date in Cooper County Circuit Court has not been set yet.

AREA COUPLE WINS $10K LOTTERY PRIZE 4/14/16CC


A couple from Slater finds themselves a bit heavier in the wallet after recently winning a five-figure prize from the Missouri Lottery.
 
A release from Missouri Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City says Kenneth and Katherine Rogers, of Slater, plan to take a vacation in the near future, thanks to a $10,000 prize they won on a "Lucky 7s Playbook" scratcher ticket.

Photo courtesy of Missouri Lottery


The retired grandparents of five say they don't have a destination in mind yet, but have discussed an East Coast road trip or perhaps a trip to the island of Jamaica.

The couple reportedly bought the winning ticket at Quick Stop at 120 Industrial Boulevard in Slater, where they frequently make their Lottery purchases.

SEDALIA SCHOOL BOARD REORGANIZES, APPROVES PAY BOOST 4/14/16CC


Now that the April 5th Municipal Election has come and gone, area school districts are reorganizing their school boards to reflect the election results.

The Sedalia 200 School board met in regular session this week and swore in incumbent candidates David Wolf and Diana Nichols, who ran unopposed. Superintendent Brad Pollitt says the next step was to elect officers for the coming year:



In other business, Pollitt says the board approved the salary schedule for next school year that includes a step pay increase for teachers and faculty:



Pollitt says the board also discussed the district's five-year maintenance plan for projects and repairs, approved an annual agreement with Great Circle Behavioral Health Services, and set the date for the next board meeting for Monday, May 9, at Smith-Cotton High School.

PINWHEEL EVENT SPOTLIGHTS CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS 4/14/16CC


Area residents and officials took to the lawn of the Saline County courthouse on Thursday for an event to raise awareness about physical and sexual abuse of children. The event is part of a national initiative called Pinwheels for Prevention, which uses the pinwheel as a symbol for child abuse prevention.


More than 400 pinwheels form a garden on the Saline Co. courthouse grounds.
Photo by Chris Clark

Katie Igo, Circuit Manager with the Saline County Children's Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services, spoke about the importance of providing support to families in the community to help cut down the number of acts of abuse against children:






Igo said many people don't realize the extent of child abuse cases reported in the county each year:


 




Katie Igo addresses the crowd as students
from Bueker Middle School look on. 

Photo by Chris Clark

At the event, Marshall Mayor Mark Gooden issued an official proclamation designating April 2016 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Saline County.

Marshall Mayor Mark Gooden reads an official proclamation at the courthouse.
Photo by Chris Clark

The event also highlighted the efforts of Child Safe of Central Missouri, the Saline Foster-Adopt group and the Lighthouse Shelter for their work to reduce the number of child abuse cases in Saline County.

Along with the event, over 400 pinwheels have been placed on the northeast corner of the courthouse lawn, one for each child affected by abuse in Saline County last year.

Click here to hear Bueker Middle School 5th and 6th grade students sing "Sunny Side of the Street" at the Pinwheels for Prevention event:

ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED IN COOPER COUNTY 4/14/16CC


Authorities in Cooper County took a subject into custody in connection with an alleged robbery in the early morning hours on Thursday.

According to a release from Cooper County Sheriff Jerry Wolfe, deputies responded around 1:30 a.m. to a report of armed robbery at the Eagle Stop store at Highway 87 and I-70.

Wolfe says further investigation into the matter and assistance from Boonville Police led deputies to a Boonville business in the I-70 corridor, where they made contact with a subject matching the description of the one involved in the alleged robbery.

The subject directed authorities to a male companion that was at a nearby business; Wolfe says that tip led to the arrest of a 39-year-old man who was placed on a 24-hour hold for the robbery attempt.

The case will be forwarded to the Cooper County Prosecuting Attorney's office for review and the possible filing of charges.

No other information in the matter has been made available.

MoDOT LAUNCHES ANNUAL "TRASH BASH" EFFORT 4/13/16CC


Missourians from every corner of the state are asked to do spring cleaning outdoors and help fight litter through the state's annual No MOre Trash! Bash April 15 to May 15.

The Trash Bash is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and Missouri Department of Transportation as part of their ongoing No MOre Trash! statewide anti-litter campaign.

The annual Trash Bash encourages people to clean up litter across Missouri from roadsides, parks, neighborhoods, rivers, streams, trails and other places. Trash Bash activities in April also include educational efforts in schools, community events and Earth Day celebrations.

Each year, MoDOT alone spends about $6 million to remove litter from more than 385,000 acres of roadsides along 34,000 state highway miles. Annual volunteer efforts to pick up litter along Missouri highways are valued at $1 million.

Volunteers are needed across the state to participate in litter cleanup activities. To find out how to get involved, visit www.nomoretrash.org or call 888-ASK-MODOT.

MAY COURT DATE FOR SEDALIA MAN FOR ALLEGED DRUG TRAFFICKING 4/13/16CC


An area man accused of narcotics trafficking has a court date next month in Pettis County Circuit Court.

According to online court documents, 24-year-old Rafael Martinez, Jr., of LaMonte, appeared at a hearing on Tuesday where his case was continued until May 24th on one felony count of Second Degree Drug Trafficking. He has been free from custody since posting bond in March.

According to the Pettis County Sheriff's Department, Martinez, Jr., was taken into custody on February 13 for alleged drug activity. Deputies arrested Martinez in the area of Highway 50 and Highway MM with the assistance of the Sedalia Police Department's K-9 unit.

Bond in the matter was originally set at $100,000 cash or surety before later being reduced to $35,000 cash or surety.

SEDALIA CREWS BATTLE AFTERNOON HOUSE FIRE 4/12/16CC


No one was reported injured after a one-story structure fire in Sedalia kept fire crews busy for over three hours on Tuesday.

Sedalia Fire Battalion Chief Matt Irwin explains what crews found when they arrived on the scene in the 2000 block of East Broadway:



Irwin says a portion of East Broadway had to be closed to traffic while crews battled the afternoon blaze:



KCP&L crews were also reportedly called to the scene to stop electricity service in the home due to downed power lines on the property.

Irwin says the home is a total loss; no dollar value has yet been placed on the damages. He says the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

MAY COURT DATE FOR SLATER MAN ACCUSED OF SEX CRIMES 4/12/16CC


The case of a Slater man accused of multiple alleged sexual crimes has been continued to next month in Saline County Circuit Court.

Online court documents state that a Plea/Trial Setting has been set for Monday, May 23, in the case of 39-year-old Levi Dennis, who was arrested last summer and charged with 14 felony counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, two felony counts of First Degree Attempted Statutory Sodomy, one felony count of First Degree Statutory Sodomy, one felony count of Second Degree Invasion of Privacy, and one felony count of Possession of Child Pornography.

Dennis appeared in Circuit Court on Monday of this week, where the case was continued until May. He pleaded not guilty to all 19 charges at an arraignment in December of 2015.

KANDER CERTIFIES PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY NUMBERS 4/12/16CC


Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander on Tuesday certified the results of the March 15, 2016, Presidential Preference Primary election results at his office in Jefferson City.

More than 1.5 million registered Missouri voters turned out to nominate party candidates for president, with a record turnout of nearly 39 percent.

The official results confirmed Hillary Clinton received the most votes in the Democratic race with 312,285 votes, with a 1,574-vote lead. Donald J. Trump received the most votes in the Republican race with 383,631 votes, with a 1,965-vote lead.

The position of “uncommitted” received the most votes in the Libertarian primary, with Austin Petersen as the candidate with the most votes at 854. The position of “uncommitted” also received the most votes in the Constitutional primary, where no candidates filed.

To view the official election results, visit www.enr.sos.mo.gov.

MARSHALL MAN ARRESTED ON OUTSTANDING WARRANT 4/12/16RK


A Marshall man was arrested on an outstanding Saline County Warrant on Monday, April 11.

According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, officers were dispatched to a Marshall residence and arrested Ohner Esiel Jr. He was wanted for failure to appear in court on an original charge of a Class C Felony for Second Degree Burglary. He also was a fugitive from justice for probation violation.

According to on-line court documents, probation was revoked on March 25, 2016.

Ohner was transported to the Saline County Justice Facility and custody was transferred to a deputy at the facility.

Bond was set at $15,000 cash only.

A future date in Saline County Circuit Court has not been set yet.

SALINE CLERK: RUN-OFF ELECTION POSSIBLE IN ONE SWEET SPRINGS RACE 4/12/16RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell said the Tuesday, April 5, Municipal Election has been certified. She said the bipartisan team met at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8.



Russell said it's up to the two candidates, Thomas Trautman and Eric Paul Giffen, to determine whether the winner will be decided by a flip of a coin or if there will be a special election. Russell said if a special election is what is decided, then the Sweet Springs R-7 School District will pay for it. Plus, she needs to get more information.



Russell said she will call the Secretary of State's Office to get more information.

The race involves voters in Saline, Pettis and Johnson Counties who are within the Sweet Springs district's boundaries.

NOTE: Sweet Springs Superintendent Donna Wright could not be reached for comment this morning.

 

MIXED BAG FOR SALINE COUNTY TAXES FOR APRIL 4/12/16RK


Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday and gave an update on the taxes the county has received from April.

First up, he gave the report on the Sales Tax.



Then he gave the report on two other taxes.



Smith added the county did not receive an installment from the Courthouse Tax, so he believes that tax has ended and the county will no longer receive funds.

SWEET SPRINGS ALDERMEN APPROVE PURCHASE OF U.T.V. 4/12/16RK


A motion made by Alderman Larry Looney led to several minutes of discussion at the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen meeting on Monday night.

He made the motion for the city to buy a used golf cart-type UTV that mostly would be used by the Public Works Department. He said it would save the city money on gas.



Interim Public Works Supervisor Chad Eckhoff said the vehicle would come in handy.



After weighing the pros and cons, the board voted to approve the purchase to be made.

HEAPER SWORN IN; SWEET SPRINGS ALDERMEN APPROVE SEVERAL MOTIONS 4/12/16RK


Rodney HeaperAfter swearing in newly-elected member Rodney Heaper (right) and reorganizing, the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen approved several motions made, including some to spend money, during its meeting Monday night.

Aldermen gave the thumbs up to spend up to $5,000 from the Transient Guest Tax fund for promoting tourism to the town by renting a billboard along I-70 at a site to be determined for a year.

Aldermen also approved hiring Lori Eckhoff as the park attendant for $400 per month for seven months and Anna Clara Eckhoff to mark the ball fields for $500 for the entire summer season, as well as purchase a batting cage replacement net for $648 for the recreation department.

Board members also gave the OK for the city to purchase a used golf cart-type UTV for $1,800 that would mainly be used by the Public Works Department.

Norma Boyer was approved as an appointment to the I-70 Education Foundation Board. And Aldermen also accepted the resignation of Vivian Moore from the Cemetery Board. Aldermen will appoint new members to the board on May 1.

THREE TO FACE ALLEGED DRUG CHARGES IN COOPER COUNTY 4/12/16RK


Three Missouri residents have been arrested and are to face alleged drug charges in Cooper County.

According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, 23-year-old Chase Bonine, of Freeburg, and 34-year-old Michelle Noel and 24-year-old Dominique Taylor, of Holts Summit, recently were arrested and taken to the Cooper County Detention Center.

According to on-line court documents, Bonine and Taylor each has been formally charged with one count of a Class C Felony for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Except 35 Grams or Less of Marijuana and one misdemeanor drug-related charge. In each case, bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety.

Noel was charged with a Class C Felony for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Except 35 Grams or Less of Marijuana and two misdemeanor drug-related charges. Bond was set at $7,500 cash or surety.

A future date in Cooper County Circuit Court has not been set yet.

ONE INJURED IN SALINE COUNTY VEHICLE CRASH 4/11/16CC


A Kansas motorist was hospitalized over the weekend after a one-vehicle accident in Saline County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a westbound car driven by 67-year-old Roy Cone, of Meriden, Kansas, ran off the the right side of the roadway and struck a tree. Damage to the vehicle was listed as total by the Patrol.

Cone suffered moderate injuries and was taken from the scene by Saline County EMS to a Marshall hospital for treatment. Reports indicate the crash happened at around 6:15 p.m. Saturday evening at the 81 mile marker of Interstate 70.

MARSHALL POLICE WARN OF I.R.S. PHONE SCAM 4/11/16CC


Marshall authorities are warning the public about a phone scam surfacing in the area where callers pose as representatives of the Internal Revenue Service.

According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, callers threaten citizens by telling them they will be sued by the IRS for a past debt, then provide a telephone number to contact to make payment arrangements to avoid going to court.

Police say should you receive a call or email and believe it to be a scam you should do the following:

1. Record the employee's name, badge number, call back number and caller ID if available.

2. Call 800-366-4484 to see if the caller is an IRS employee with a legitimate need to contact you. If the person calling you is an IRS employee, call them back.

If the person is not an employee report the incident to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov (Subject: IRS Phone Scam or IRS Email Scam).

If you need further assistance, you can contact the Marshall Police Department at 660-886-7411.

 

YOUTH TURKEY HUNTING WEEKEND NUMBERS DOWN SLIGHTLY FROM 2015 4/11/16RK


Young turkey hunters bagged more than 4,000 birds over the weekend.

According to a news release from the Missouri Department of Conservation, preliminary data says young turkey hunters harvested 4,145 birds during the 2016 spring youth season, April 9-10, down slightly from 4,441 last year.

Top harvest counties were Callaway and Franklin with 105 each and Greene with 88 birds harvested.

Leading the counties in the KMMO listening area was Cooper with 44 birds checked. That was followed by Johnson with 41, Pettis with 40, Howard with 35, Carroll with 26, Chariton with 20, Lafayette with 19, Saline with 16 and Ray with 15.

For more information by county on the turkey harvest for spring youth season, visit MDC online at www.mdc.mo.gov.

MARSHALL P.D. INVESTIGATING ALLEGED RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY 4/11/16RK


Marshall authorities are investigating an alleged residential burglary.

According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 600 block of East Yerby Street, with the report of the alleged burglary, on Saturday, April 9.

Allegedly missing from inside the residence were a stove and refrigerator. Also missing from the residence was a 1996 Ford Contour vehicle that was parked in the back yard. Later, officers were informed the car was involved in a fire on Missouri Highway 20 near 225th Road. The disposition of the vehicle was not known at the time of this report.

The resident is willing to assist in the prosecution of anybody involved in the alleged burglary is apprehended. The resident could not remember the makes nor models of the two appliances missing from the residence.

SFCC STUDENT ART EXHIBIT OPENS APRIL 14 4/11/16RK


An art exhibit will open at an area college this week.

According to a news release, State Fair Community College's student art exhibition will open Thursday, April 14, in the Goddard Gallery of the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art on the Sedalia campus. A public reception and awards ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Admission is free.

Each year, about 50 students exhibit close to 100 artworks in a variety of media.

The show will continue through May 8.

COLUMBIA WOMAN TO FACE ALLEGED DRUG FELONY 4/11/16RK


A Columbia woman is to face an alleged Felony drug charge in Cooper County.

According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, 31-year-old Tasha Perry recently was arrested and taken to the Cooper County Detention Center for Possession of a Controlled Substance.

According to on-line court documents, a warrant was issued and Perry has been formally charged with a Class B Felony for Possession With Intent to Distribute/Deliver/Manufacture/Produce a Controlled Substance and two drug-related misdemeanors.

Bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety.

A future date in Cooper County Circuit Court has not been set yet.

NEW FRANKLIN MAN INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH IN HOWARD COUNTY 4/10/16RK


A one-vehicle rollover crash in Howard County on Saturday resulted in moderate injuries to a New Franklin man.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred as a westbound vehicle, driven by 50-year-old Keith Hopkins, ran off the left side of the roadway, struck a tree, overturned and came to rest on its top.

Hopkins was transported by Staff For Life helicopter to a hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The crash happened at 10:05 p.m. on U.S. Highway 40, one-tenth of a mile west of County Road 443.

HOLDEN MAN SUFFERS MODERATE INJURIES IN JOHNSON COUNTY CRASH 4/10/16RK


A Holden man suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Johnson County early today.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound vehicle, driven by 30-year-old Matthew Goss, traveled off the roadway and struck a guidewire, a fence and a tree.

Goss, who reportedly was not wearing a seat belt, was transported by Johnson County Ambulance to a hospital in Independence for treatment.

The crash happened at 1:15 a.m. on Missouri Route 131, one-half mile north of U.S. Highway 50.

SEDALIA RESIDENTS HURT IN MORGAN COUNTY CRASH 4/10/16RK


Four Sedalia residents, including two children, were injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Morgan County on Saturday.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred as a southbound vehicle, driven by 16-year-old Ashley Wormsley, skidded across the center of the roadway, traveled off the right side of the roadway, overturned and hit a ditch.

Wormsley and passengers, 20-year-old Christole Paden, and children ages one and less than one, all suffered minor injuries. They were transported by area ambulances to area hospitals for treatment.

The crash happened at 3:40 p.m. on Potters Ford Road, less than a mile south of Morgan County Road.

HIGGINSVILLE MAN KILLED IN ONE-VEHICLE ROLLOVER CRASH 4/10/16RK


A Higginsville man was killed in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Lafayette County on Saturday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound vehicle, driven by 32-year-old Thomas Schmidt, traveled off the roadway, overcorrected, traveled off the opposite side of the roadway, struck an embankment, overturned and ejected the driver.

Schmidt, who reportedly was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:44 p.m.

The crash happened at 3:17 p.m. on Route FF, east of Brush Creek Road.

UPGRADES PLANNED FOR AREA POOL AFTER BOND PASSAGE 4/9/16CC


Voters in the April 5th Municipal Election gave approval to the passage of a measure to issue $305,000 worth of general obligation bonds for repairs to the Sweet Springs City Pool.

Sweet Springs Mayor Dee Friel says city officials are happy to be able to continue to maintain and make much-needed improvements to the pool:



Mayor Friel talks about some of the repair and upgrades that the bond passage will allow to move forward:



The measure was passed on Election Day with 154 yes votes and 69 no votes, a margin of about 68% to 30%.

NORBORNE OFFICIALS REVIEWING WATER PLANT PROJECT PLANS 4/9/16CC


At the most recent meeting of the Norborne Board of Aldermen, discussion continued on the city's ongoing water plant renovation project.

A city spokesperson says officials are currently reviewing plans from the project's engineer before any more steps are taken regarding bonding for the project or any rate possible water and wastewater rate increases for customers.

In other business, board members learned that city stickers are due by May 1 and a dog shot clinic has been scheduled at the Fire Barn on Thursday, April 21, from 6-7 p.m.

Aldermen also approved a mowing bid for Charlie Callenberger to mow parks and city properties; approved an audit bid from Kenny Hales, of Liberty; and adopted an ordinance for the Fiscal Year budget starting on April 1.

ODESSA WOMAN HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH 4/9/16CC


An area woman was hospitalized after a one-vehicle crash on Friday night in Johnson County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a northbound SUV driven by 24-year-old April Coen, of Odessa, crossed the center of the roadway and began to slide. The driver overcorrected, causing the vehicle to to run off the road and overturn.

Coen suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken from the scene by Johnson County EMS to a Kansas City hospital for treatment. Trooper reports say it happened around 11 p.m. on Highway M, just south of County Road 500.

SUMMER OVERLAY WORK PLANNED IN COOPER, HOWARD COUNTIES 4/8/16CC


The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has approved a contract to improve U.S. Route 40 and Missouri Route 5 in Cooper and Howard Counties.

According to a MoDOT news release, Chester Bross Construction, of Hannibal, was awarded a contract to overlay 4.4 miles of Route 40 in two sections: between Interstate 70 and Missouri Route 87 in Boonville and between the Missouri River in Boonville and Route 5 south of New Franklin.

The contract also includes sidewalk improvements in various areas along Missouri Route 5 in Boonville and New Franklin.

The contractor submitted the lowest bid of $1,256,352.

Work is scheduled to take place during the summer and be completed by the fall.

TWO FACE FED CHARGES AFTER CHASE & SHOTS FIRED AT OFFICERS 4/8/16CC


Federal charges have been filed against a Boonville woman and a Fulton man for allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase and firing at the pursuing officers on Thursday, April 7.

According to the U.S. Western District Attorney's office, 25-year-old Russell Deane Moore, Jr., and 24-year-old Victoria Ann Buol were charged with illegally possessing a firearm in separate but related criminal complaints filed in U.S. District Court in Jefferson City. The pair was scheduled to appear in court for a hearing on Friday, April 8.


                                  Victoria Ann Buol                                  Russell Deane Moore, Jr.
                      Photos provided by Boone Co. Sheriff's Department

Moore has been formally charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm while Buol is charged with possession of a stolen firearm. Authorities say a Smith & Wesson 9 millimeter semi-automatic pistol is one of several items believed to have been stolen by the pair at a Columbia home on Wednesday night.

The two are also alleged to have stolen a Jeep that night and used the vehicle to lead police and deputies on a chase that ended in Callaway County, a chase in which numerous shots were reportedly fired at officers and at several passing tractor-trailers. The pair later told arresting officers they fired at other vehicles in an attempt to cause an accident that would force authorities to terminate the chase.

The two were eventually taken into custody after their vehicle ran out of gas on County Road 172 in Callaway County.

 

HIGGINSVILLE ALDERMEN APPROVE SENIOR CENTER PROPERTY TRANSFER 4/8/16CC


With no quorum present Monday night for its regular session monthly meeting, the Higginsville Board of Aldermen met in special session on Thursday night at Higginsville City Hall.

After approval of the evening's consent items, the board first voted in favor of an ordinance to allow Mayor Bill Kolas to sign documents accepting the transfer of property from the Higginsville Senior Center, Inc., to the city of Higginsville.

The property being transferred is the Senior Center building; a release from the city says that when the documents are ready for signing, the city will coordinate the closing with the mayor and the Senior Center. The city says there will continue to a lease between the Park Board and Care Connection for use of the building for senior services.

Also on Thursday, the board passed an ordinance to approve an addendum to Fire District agreements; the addendum changes the transfer date from May 16 to April 1. The city says all documents are in place for the transfer and the change has been approved by the Fire District Board and the Rural Fire Association.

COOPER CO. ROAD PROJECT AWARDED TO COLUMBIA CONTRACTOR 4/8/16CC


Both the eastbound and westbound bridges that carry Interstate 70 over the Lamine River west of Boonville will be repaired this summer under a contract awarded this week by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. The $3.8 million contract was awarded to APAC-Missouri of Columbia.

Work on the project will begin in early June and will eventually reduce I-70 traffic to one lane in each direction. However, the work requiring the full bridge closures and head-to-head traffic on I-70 will not start until after the Fourth of July and will be completed before Labor Day. The entire project is scheduled for completion in November.

Each of the 50-year-old bridges carries about 27,000 vehicles per day. The Missouri Department of Transportation expects backups and traffic delays during peak travel times, which are typically Thursday, Friday and Sunday afternoons.

MoDOT officials are strongly encouraging I-70 motorists to use alternate east-west routes, such as U.S. Routes 50 and 36, while the project is in progress.

LAFAYETTE CO. I-70 WORK TO LAST SEVEN WEEKS 4/8/16CC


Along with starting similar work on a stretch of Interstate 70 in Saline County, Missouri Department of Transportation crews will also begin resurfacing work on a portion of the interstate in Lafayette County on Monday, April 11.  

MoDOT announced they will be resurfacing the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-70 from mile marker 49 to mile marker 62 beginning April 11 through the end of May. This will be a daytime operation with workers on site from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Traffic will be restricted to one lane of traffic. All work is weather dependent.

MoDOT reminds motorists to be patient when merging at a work zone, take turns and use the full lanes until the merge point. Use the "zipper merge" and take turns to merge safely as they come into the work zone.

More information on MoDOT road and bridge projects can be found at www.modot.org or by calling 888-ASK-MoDOT.

MoDOT TO BEGIN RESURFACING ON I-70 IN SALINE CO. 4/8/16CC


A stretch of Interstate 70 in Saline County will be reduced to one lane for road work for the next three weeks starting on Monday, April 11, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

A release from MoDOT says crews will be resurfacing the eastbound lanes of I-70 from mile marker 77 to mile marker 82 through April 30. This will be a daytime operation with workers on site from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Traffic will be restricted to one lane of traffic.

All work is weather dependent.

MoDOT reminds motorists to be patient when merging at a work zone, take turns and use the full lanes until the merge point. Use the "zipper merge" and take turns to merge safely as they come into the work zone.

To find out more call 888-ASK-MoDOT or visit www.modot.org.

BOONVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED AFTER BOONE COUNTY CHASE, SHOTS FIRED 4/7/16RK


A Boonville woman was one of two persons taken into custody after a high-speed vehicle chase and bullets being fired at law-enforcment earlier today.

According to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, the pursuit started at about 2:30 a.m. at Midway, wound through several streets in Columbia before it ended in Callaway County.

The release says while authorities were chasing the Jeep Wrangler, occupants in the Jeep fired a number of shots at law-enforcement vehicles.

Once the Jeep stopped on County Road 172 in Callaway County, a 25-year-old man from Fulton and the 23-year-old Boonville woman were arrested.

Formal felony charges are pending wih the Boone County Prosecutor's Office. Names will be released after formal charges are filed.

Assisting with the incident were officers from the Columbia Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers and Callaway County Sheriff's Deputies.

BLACKBURN, MARSHALL, SWEET SPRINGS FIRE DEPTS BATTLING BLAZE ON EE 4/7/16RK


The Marshall Fire Department received a call at about 10:30 this morning and some of its firefighters and equipment provided mutual-aid to the West-Central Fire Protection District-- which includes the fire departments of Sweet Springs and Blackburn-- in fighting a fire on Route EE in Saline County.

According to Sweet Springs Fire Chief Todd Anderson, Sweet Springs firefighters were toned out at 9:35 a.m., and when the firemen arrived on the scene, about 3-1/2 miles south of Highway 20, the modular home was fully ablaze.

Anderson said firefighters were on the scene for two to 2-1/2 hours.

There were no injuries reported. The property was deemed a total loss, but no estimated value is known at this time.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

CONCORDIA ALDERMEN APPROVE FOR SLUDGE REMOVAL FROM LAGOONS 4/7/16RK


At its meeting this week, the Concordia Board of Aldermen approved a bid to remove sludge from the city's lagoons to the grounds the city owns at city lake.

City Administrator Dale Klussman said the board received two bids. One of the bids was for about $46,800 from Denali Water Solutions, of Russellville, Ark.



Klussman said the board made a decision to go with the lower of the two bids.



In other business, Klussman said the board also discussed some changes to the Concordia Entrance Project, but no official decisions were made.

SALINE COUNTY CLERK EXPLAINS ELECTION NIGHT PROCESS 4/7/16RK


There were numerous contested races for city councils, boards of aldermen and schools boards and some ballot questions to be decided in Saline County during the Municipal Election on Tuesday, April 5.

During the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell told about how the process went on election night. She said write-in candidates slowed the process a bit.



Russell said they are going to try to develop a system to be more accurate when races cross over into additional counties, such as the races for Sweet Springs R-7 and Santa Fe R-10 School Boards. She also said being fast isn't always best.



Russell said the certification process, which takes about three hours, will start at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8.

BOONVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH ALLEGED FELONIES 4/7/16RK


A Boonville man has been charged with two alleged felonies in Cooper County.

According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, 31-year-old Mark Edward Warren was placed on a 24-hour hold and transported to the Cooper County Detention Center recently.

According to on-line court documents, Warren has been formally charged with a Class C Felony for Tampering with a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree and a Class D Felony for Property Damage in the First Degree.

Warren was formally arraigned on Wednesday, April 6, and he pleaded not guilty.

Bond was set at $500 cash and $2,500 surety.

The case has been continued to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, when a date for the preliminary hearing will be set.

MARSHALL PARKS COULD BE GETTING GRANT HELP FOR SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM 4/7/16RK


Marshall Parks Program Supervisor Lori Godsey included an update on the summer food program in her report to the Marshall Park Board on Wednesday, April 6.

Godsey reported they have been approved and there will be five sites again this year. And, the program could be getting a monetary boost.



Godsey did not mention a specific dollar figure, but she said the grant is specifically for the summer food program.

Also included in her report, Godsey said she had to turn away sponsors for summer ball teams. She said this is this first time she has had more sponsors than teams. She also said the park will be hosting a Pitch, Hit and Run competition for youths ages 7-14 at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 23. Contact the Marshall Parks office at (660) 886-7128 for more information.

HARDIN MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH 4/7/16RK


A Hardin man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in Ray County on Wednesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Kawasaki, driven by 58-year-old Kenneth Wiley, crested a hill and became airborne. When the bike landed, it skidded and overturned, ejecting the driver.

Wiley was transported by Ray County E.M.S. to a hospital in north Kansas City for treatment.

The crash happened at about 8:25 p.m. on Route A north of Route K.

SWEET SPRINGS ELECTION RESULT CLARIFICATION 4/6/16CC


KMMO News would like to issue two corrections to our Tuesday, April 5, election coverage and reporting of results.

In the race for Sweet Springs Ward 1 Aldermen, it was reported that Bill Harding had won the seat held by incumbent Eric Rader by a vote of 25-13. The Saline County Clerk's office has verified that write-in candidate Rodney Heaper has unofficially won the seat with 56 write-in votes counted by the office. Official results will be issued by the clerk's office on Friday after they have been certified by the Secretary of State's office.

In addition, it was reported that candidate Eric Paul Giffen had won the second of two seats available on the Sweet Springs R-7 school board based on Saline County voting results. However, that seat is also voted on by residents in Pettis and Johnson counties and those numbers were unintentionally omitted in our vote count.

Unofficial results show that Giffen and candidate Thomas Trautman each received 197 votes for the seat. Sweet Springs Superintendent Donna Wright told KMMO News on Wednesday that the district will wait until official results have been certified on Friday before deciding what to do in the event of an official tie between the two candidates.

ONE INJURED IN PETTIS CO. ROLLOVER CRASH 4/6/16CC


A near-miss with another vehicle led to an injury accident in Pettis County on Wednesday morning.

According to reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a southbound SUV driven by 56-year-old Brenda White, of Sedalia, swerved to avoid a collision with a vehicle that pulled into her path on US Highway 65. White's vehicle then ran off the right side of the highway and overturned, resulting in total damages.

White received minor injuries in the crash and was taken by private vehicle to a Sedalia hospital for treatment. Reports say the accident happened around 7:55 a.m., just north of Sacajawea Road.

State troopers were assisted at the scene by members of the Pettis County Sheriff's Department.

NUMBER OF SMOKERS IN SEDALIA ON THE DECLINE 4/6/16CC


The City of Sedalia's public anti-smoking efforts appear to be working, according to local health officials.

According to a city spokesperson, city council members on Monday were given a presentation by Pettis County Health Center Director Jo Ann Martin, who spoke about the declining number of smokers in the Pettis County city of just over 21,000 residents.

Martin stated to the council that in 2013, some 29% of the city's residents were classified as smokers; in 2016, she says that number has dipped to 23%. Also, she noted that Sedalia has jumped from #62 in the state for having the lowest number of smokers to #51 in the state as of this year.

Martin credited some of the city's anti-smoking efforts as one of the reasons for the improvement, noting in particular the city's public smoking ban issued in 2014.

SEDALIA COUNCIL HONORS "POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR" 4/6/16CC


At this week's meeting of the Sedalia City Council, Sedalia Police Officer and K-9 handler Travis Lorenz was honored with the city's Police Officer of the Year award. Lorenz received congratulations and a commemorative plaque from the council.

In other business, the council awarded a trap rock bid of $25.50 per ton to H & M Trucking, of Hughesville. Council members also amended a city ordinance relating to the composition of the Board of Appeals before later approving the recommendations of Jim Fischer, Donna Heembrock, and Michael Bell to the board.

Council members also approved and accepted an agreement with Wilson & Company Engineers & Architects for engineering services relating to the proposed intersection improvements for Oak Grove Lane/Main Street/Highway 50, along with accepting a quit claim deed from Pettis County for sections of Oak Grove and Main Street for the city to now maintain.

MARSHALL WARD 2 WINNER, ARENDS SAYS GROUP'S MESSAGE RESONATED 4/6/16


Kirk Arends won the race for the Ward 2 Marshall City Council seat over incumbent Vince Lutterbie during Tuesday's Municipal Election.

Arends, a member of Moving Marshall Forward with Ron Ott, who won in Ward 1 and Rudy Reyes, who won in Ward 4, and Dan Brandt who ran unopposed to keep his seat in Ward 3, said the group's message resonated with the voters.



Arends, who defeated Lutterbie 455-92, according to the unofficial numbers, says it's time to look forward, with communication being very important.



Arends said each issue needs to be looked at with a "can-do attitude" instead of "no we can't because that's the way it's been done in the past."

MARSHALL WARD 1 WINNER, OTT SAYS IT'S NOW TIME TO GET TO WORK 4/6/16RK


Former Fitzgibbon Hospital C.E.O. Ron Ott defeated incumbent Sheila Cook to win the Ward 1 Marshall City Council seat during Tuesday night's Municipal Election.

Ott said he is appreciative to all of the voters who turned out to cast ballots in his favor, but now it's time to get to work.



Ott says the goal is to make things better for everybody living here, and it all starts with trust.



Ott won the race by a 561-212 margin. Ward 1 had the most voters cast ballots in the three contested races.

REYES WINS WARD 4 RACE IN MARSHALL; SAYS INFRASTRUTURE NEEDS FIXING 4/6/16RK


Rudy Reyes unseated longtime member of the Marshall City Council Ron Duvall in the Municipal Election on Tuesday.

Reyes thanked the voters who turned out to support him.



Reyes said several of the streets in the northwest quadrant of the city are not in good shape. He says having good infrastructure is important.



Reyes, who said he was excited to see so many people show up and express their feelings at the polls, won the race 231 to 90, according to the unofficial results.

MARSHALL SUPT. ECSTATIC VOTERS PASSED TAX LEVY INCREASE 4/6/16RK


Along with all of the races for city council and school board seats, Marshall voters cast their ballots on the fate of a proposed 37-cent Tax Levy increase per $100 of assessed valuation on real property asked for by the Marshall Public School District during Tuesday night's Municipal Election.

The voters gave the thumbs-up to the increase, which makes Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher and the district very happy.



The increase will move the levy back to $3.12 that it was prior to the district receiving tax money from the pipeline in the district, which dropped the levy to $2.75. The increase will go into effect for next school year and will mean an additional roughly $600,000 for the district's coffers, according to Maher. She said the money will come in handy.



The 37-cent levy increase will sunset after 10 years. The final unofficial vote total was 1,268--yes to 1,048--no.

TWO AREA RESIDENTS AMONG WINNERS OF SENIOR SERVICE AWARDS 4/6/16RK


Two area residents were among the 34 named winners of Senior Service Awards.

According to a release from Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, the award recognizes Missouri seniors for the volunteerism.

Included among the recipients are Marion Kimbrough, of Norborne, who was nominated by State Representative Joe Don McGaugh, of Carrollton; and Vickey Rathburn, of Higbee, who was nominated by Jane Clark, administrator of the Higbee Senior Citizens Center.

There were nearly 200 nominations this year.

The winners will be honored at a banquet on Wednesday, May 4, in the Capitol in Jefferson City.

Kinder instituted the awards in 2005. Since then, almost 400 seniors have won the award.

SEVEN AREA HIGH SCHOOL SOPHS SELECTED TO ATTEND AGRIBUSINESS ACADEMY 4/6/16RK


Seven area high school sophomores were among the 30 named selected for the Missouri Agribusiness Academy.

Area students selected were: Liberty Cox, of Chillicothe; Marley Anderson, of Dawn; Alexandria Lock, of Carrollton; Allison Binder, of Salisbury; Jordan Hasty, of Brookfield; Carolyn Faber, of Windsor; and Elizabeth Fahrmeier, of Wellington.

According to a news release, the students selected will spend the first week of June in Springfield exploring various facets of agriculture.

To be eligible for the Agribusiness Academy, students must come from a farming family or be an active member of the National FFA Organization or 4-H.

INCUMBENT DEFEATED IN RACE FOR SWEET SPRINGS BOARD OF ALDERMEN 4/6/16RK


One of the two races was contested for the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen during Tuesday night's Municipal Election.

According to unofficial results of the voting, the incumbent went down to defeat.

In Ward 1, write-in candidate Rodney Heaper received 56 votes, candidate Bill Harding received 25 votes and incumbent Erid Rader received 13 votes.

Ward 2 Alderman Larry Looney ran unopposed.

There also were two questions posed by the city, including one to approve $305,000 in General Obligation Bonds to fund improvements at the city pool. The other was to approve the Board of Aldermen to appoint a collector for city taxes per state statutes. The Bonds question passed 154 to 69 and the collector question was approved 134 to 82.

Five candidates were vying for two seats on the Sweet Springs R-7 School Board, with Paula Staples receiving the most votes with 221. Eric Paul Giffen and Thomas Trautman each received a total of 197 votes, Bruce Justin Hoyes with 107 and Marc Johnson with 50.

All results will be certified at a later date.

TWO INCUMBENTS HOLD ONTO SEATS IN CONTESTED RACE FOR SLATER COUNCIL 4/6/16


One incumbent was defeated while two others held onto their seats in contested races for Slater City Council seats during Tuesday night's Municipal Election, according to unofficial results.

In Ward 1, challenger Wayne Heuman defeated incumbent and Mayor Pro-Tem Harry Lightfoot, 65-28.

Incumbent Jake Brumit held off the challenge of Glenn Ray Thomas 18 to 16 in Ward 2.

In Ward 3, incumbent Brett Hemeyer defeated Fred West, 62-23.

Incumbent Cathie Jeffries ran unopposed in Ward 4.

Two seats were open on the Slater School Board, and incumbent Joey Gochenour received the most votes of the three candidates with 180. Rita (Meyer) Wolfe gained the second-highest vote total and the second seat with 156 votes. Caleb Jordan, the other incumbent, was third with 114 votes.

All of the results will be made official at a later date.

THREE LONGTIME INCUMBENTS OUSTED FROM MARSHALL COUNCIL 4/6/16RK


A group called Moving Marshall Forward was extremely successful during Tuesday night's Municipal Election.

All three of the candidates who were challenging longtime incumbent council members won their races, according to unofficial results.

In Ward 1, challenger Ron Ott defeated incumbent Sheila Cook, 561 to 212.

Challenger Kirk Arends defeated incumbent Vince Lutterbie 455 to 92 in Ward 2.

And in Ward 4, challenger Rudy Reyes defeated incumbent Ron Duvall, 231-90.

Ward 3 Councilman Dan Brandt ran unopposed.

Another race to be decided was for two seats on the Marshall School Board, and one incumbent was defeated. Of the three candidates, incumbent Mike Mills received the most votes with 1,656. Challenger Paul Edward Harper Jr. was next with 1,195 votes. Longtime board member Kathy Green was third and did not earn back her seat with 1,052 votes.

In an issue on the ballot, the Marshall School District asked voters to approve its request to have its levy returned to $3.12 per $100 of assessed valuation on real property. That's a 37-cent increase over the current $2.75, which is the lowest the levy could be by state law, due to the district receiving funds from the pipeline running through the district. Voters approved the ballot question by 1,268 Yes votes to 1,048 No votes or 54.35 percent to 44.92 percent.

The results will be made official at a later date.

FELONY DRUG CHARGES FILED AGAINST SWEET SPRINGS RESIDENT 4/5/16CC


An area woman faces felony drug charges after her arrest last week in Saline County.

According to the Saline County Sheriff's Department, 46-year-old Trina L. Berning, of Sweet Springs, was arrested Friday, April 1, on a Greene County warrant. Authorities say items found at the time of her arrest led to a search warrant being served at her residence in the 700 block of South Locust in Sweet Springs.

Online court documents state Berning is now charged with two felony counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance Except for 35 grams or less of Marijuana and a felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute.

Bond in the matter has been set at $50,000 cash only.

A court date in the matter is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13, in Saline County Circuit Court.

CARROLLTON'S WATER RATES TO RAISE A BIT 4/5/16RK


An area city's residents will be paying a bit more for water.

At its meeting on Monday, the Carrollton Town Council approved a request made by the Carrollton Municipal Utilities to raise the rates.

According to a city spokesperson, the water rates for residents will increase by another 50 cents per 1,000 gallons. She said that makes the cost to the resident now $5.50 per each 1,000 gallons. She said the current rate of $5 per each 1,000 gallons just doesn't meet the expenses.

She said they figured it would cost the average customer roughly $3 more per month on their bill. The new charges will go into effect the next billing cycle.

In other business, the council was updated on the Tax Increment Financing Plan, which was scheduled to be paid off in 2025, but due to the city being able to pay more than was required, the new estimated payoff year is 2019.

SALINE COUNTY CLERK GIVES SOME EARLY VOTING NUMBERS 4/5/16RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission at 9 a.m. today, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell gave some of the early numbers from some polling places within the county early this morning.



Russell said she did not have a chance to go to all of the polling places early this morning but expects the turnout to be similar. When asked, she said her prediction for turnout is about 17 percent of registered voters for this election, although she and her staff are prepared for and hope for a 100-percent turnout.

COUNCILPERSON COOK SAYS FINANCIALS LOOK GOOD SO FAR FOR MARSHALL 4/5/16RK


During the meeting of the Marshall City Council on Monday, Ward 1 Councilwoman Sheila Cook gave an update on the city's budget. She said things look pretty good so far.



In other business, City Administrator Connie Latimer said the comprehensive plan for Marshall is coming together. She said it includes both short-term and long-term goals.



The council also heard a report from Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Guthrey that the city issued 34 building permits at a total value of more than $1.1 million, which resulted in $1,632 permit fees to the city, for the month of March.

MARSHALL COUNCIL APPROVES APPOINTMENT TO HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD 4/5/16RK


Two actions were taken by the Marshall City Council at its meeting on Monday night.

The first was involving an appointment suggested by Mayor Mark Gooden to a board.



The appointment was approved by the council.

The only other action taken was to approve an ordinance to pay the city's bills for the month, which totaled just over $250,000.
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