At Thursday's Saline County Commission meeting, commissioners heard from Emergency Management Director Russ Donnell on updates for annexes and an appendix to the county emergency management plan. Donnell says one area officials have worked on for several months is Saline County's role in a time of widespread disaster, such as an earthquake on the New Madrid faultline in southern Missouri.
Donnell says if the county should have to serve as a P.O.D. in a disaster, local officials have come up with a plan to make things go as smoothly as possible.
Donnell also noted updates to the law enforcement annex of the plan as well as an appendix for a mortuary plan, in the event of a disaster that causes mass fatalities. Commissioners unanimously approved the updates at the meeting; they also thanked Donnell and Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day for the work done to update the emergency plan.
F.F.A. members from across the state are in Columbia beginning Thursday for the 86th Missouri F.F.A. Convention. They'll spend the next two days honoring outstanding achievements, conducting association business, electing new officers and participating in leadership workshops.
"Grow Your Passion, Unearth Your Purpose" is the theme for this year's convention, expected to attract more than 8,000 students and guests to the Hearnes Center on the M.U. campus. 630 F.F.A. members will receive awards in 50 agricultural proficiency areas for development of their S.A.E. The proficiency areas are varied and include production, management and communications disciplines.
State F.F.A. president Abrea Mizer, from the Marshall chapter, will lead 668 delegates in official business sessions. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will address attendees on Thursday evening.
The Missouri F.F.A. has 25,852 members, ranking fourth as a state in membership.
Two Lafayette County women were hospitalized when their car struck a house south of Lexington on Wednesday. Highway Patrol reports say 67-year-old Donna Fortune, of Wellington, was traveling northbound when she suffered a medical episode. Her vehicle ran off the road and collided with a house.
Fortune suffered moderate injuries and was taken for treatment to Lafayette Regional Hospital. A passenger, 86-year-old Geneva Iles, of Mayview, suffered serious injuries and was Lifeflighted to Centerpoint Hospital.
The crash happened around 2:30pm Wednesday on Route "O" at Mike Lane in Lafayette County.
A Sedalia man is dead following a tractor-trailer rollover crash near St. Louis. The Highway Patrol says 35-year-old James Lutjen was westbound on Interstate 70 in Warren County when his 2010 Peterbilt truck ran off the left side of the road and overturned.
The crash happened at the 192.2 mile marker at around 2:20pm Wednesday afternoon. Lutjen suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Warren County coroner just before 3:00pm.
Authorities are investigating a bizarre incident in Slater on Wednesday where a man tried to abduct a child from a school bus.
According to the Saline County Sheriff's Office, deputies were contacted for assistance by Slater Police around 3:15pm. They met with officers in front of Slater school, where police had detained a 53-year-old male subject who had ridden a lawn tractor to the school and attempted to take a child from a school bus.
Deputies on scene stated that the man was speaking incoherently about, "God, the devil, and a child". When asked what he planned to do with the child he tried to take he told officers, "Rape them and kill them".
The subject was taken for evaluation to Fitzgibbon Hospital where he reportedly made sexual comments and threats toward hospital staff. He was later sedated and placed under deputy watch.
No one was reportedly injured in the incident and no other information has been released by authorities. KMMO News will update this story as more details are made available.
Marshall High School students got a first-hand look at the potential aftermath of drinking and driving Wednesday at a simulated car crash scene on the Saline County Fairgrounds. The event was sponsored by Monsanto; company spokesperson Susan Pointer says it's an event that always seems to strike a chord with area students.
Six M.H.S. students pose as crash victims at the docudrama crash scene. Photo: Chris Clark
Marshall Police Chief Mike Donnell says he hopes kids who saw the "docudrama" will think twice before drinking and driving during prom and graduation season.
Hundreds of Marshall High School students attended the event in the parking lot of the Saline County Fairgrounds on Wednesday morning.
EVEN BEFORE AN EXTENSIVE DISCUSSION ON THE BUDGET REVISION FOR THIS YEAR, SUPERINTENDENT RYAN HUFF TOLD THE BOARD HE WAS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT THE NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET WILL BE LIKE
HUFF ALSO TOLD THE BOARD THAT IF THE TAX CUT APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATURE, AND IT IS EXPECTED TO BE VETOED BY THE GOVERNOR, IS OVERIDDEN THAT COULD COST THE MARSHALL DISTRICT AS MUCH AS 700-THOUSAND DOLLARS DURING THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR.
THE SCHOOL BOARD ALSO GOT NUMBERS ON THE SWIM PROGRAM FOR THE DISTRICT, AS HAD BEEN REQUESTED BY THE BOARD... THEY WERE TOLD BOTH THE BOYS AND GIRLS SWIM PROGRAM COST 37-HUNDRED AND 50 DOLLARS EACH, WITH A LARGER PARTICIPATION FROM GIRLS THAN FROM BOYS.... THE BOARD TOOK NO ACTION ON THE FUTURE OF THE SWIMMING PROGRAM.
State Treasurer Clint Zweifel on Monday visited State Fair Community College in Sedalia to help dedicate the new Energy Innovation Center. Zweifel joined representatives from S.F.C.C. to speak about the importance of higher education in an economy being driven more and more by new science and technology.
The new center converts methane gas from the waste corporation of Missouri Central Landfill into electricity and provides hands-on training opportunities for students interested in the emerging alternative energy and biomass career fields. It also acts as an incubator for businesses looking to explore and develop new energy technologies.
Funding for the new center comes from a variety of public and private grants, including a $1.6 million Community Development Block Grant from the Missouri Department of Economic Development and $1.8 million from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
Concordia's Board of Aldermen met in regular session Monday, approving several proposed water rate changes from earlier this year. City Administrator Dale Klussman explains:
Aldermen also discussed some structural problems at the old Concordia school building and the future of the City Engineer's position, which was recently vacated. The Board will take up the issues again at a later date.
The April 8th election results were approved and accepted; incumbent Mayor Don Holtcamp, City Collector Janice Mills and Second Ward Alderman Mark Luetjen were all sworn in to their new terms at the meeting on Monday night.
The Higginsville Board of Aldermen met Monday with a short agenda. The Board recognized Derek Nevels for ten years of service to the city Utilities Department and Connie Montgomery for ten years in Emergency Services. Board members also approved the commissioning of two reserve police officers, Kent Shutt and Steven Smithson.
In other business, the April 8th election results were approved and the Board accepted the resignation of Alderman Kalani Rankin, who is moving out of the ward that her seat represents.
The Carrollton Town Council still has an open seat to fill after Monday night's regular session meeting. No one filed for an open Ward Three seat in the April election but several write-in candidates' names appeared on the ballot. The Council had hoped to resolve the issue at Monday's meeting but due to a scheduling conflict have postponed the decision until a later date.
Also on Monday, the Council appointed Fire Chief Lonnie Sensenich as the city's Emergency Management Director and appointed Kendall Gladbach to the Carrollton Works Board. The city is still working to fill an open municipal court clerk position.
Council members also approved a proposal to seek bids for necessary work on a Walnut Hills water line and for electrical issues at the Beef and Pork building.
The Sedalia City Council on Monday bid one mayor farewell and welcomed another on board. Elaine Horn served her final meeting as mayor before handing the reins over to Stephen Galliher, the unanimous winner in the April 8th Municipal Election. New First Ward councilman James Cunningham and Third Ward councilman Don Meier were also officially sworn in by the city clerk.
Council members also took some time to select a mayor pro-tem for the coming year; a spokesperson for the city says it took five votes and an eventual tie-breaker vote to name Bob Cross as mayor pro-tem.
The council on Monday also accepted a fundraising check for over $12,000 from Bob Hiller for the Sedalia Police Department's D.A.R.E. program. Hiller has been an active supporter of the program in Sedalia for several years.
A Salisbury woman escaped serious injuries Monday in a one-car crash in Chariton County. The Highway Patrol says 50-year-old Bobbie Stanfield was eastbound when her vehicle left the roadway and struck a ditch.
Stanfield received minor injuries and was taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment. Patrol reports say the accident happened around 9:00am Monday morning on Highway 24, three miles east of Salisbury.
The Missouri Conservation Commission has approved rule changes reducing the availability of firearm antlerless deer hunting permits from "any number" in most of the state to one in most areas.
Exceptions to the rule change allow hunters to fill two firearm antlerless deer permits in Chariton, Randolph, Macon, Linn, Sullivan and Adair counties, which surround the area where Chronic Wasting Disease has been found in a small number of deer in Macon County. The Department says maintaining stable deer numbers in this "containment zone" will help limit the spread of the disease to other deer and other areas.
Other areas where hunters can have two antlerless deer permits include urban zones around the state where deer numbers are typically higher than desired and in a few counties where local deer numbers are higher than deer management goals.
The changes are scheduled to become effective for the 2014 Fall deer hunting season. To find out more visit www.mdc.mo.gov.
The deadline is approaching for area women to sign up for a weekend of learning outdoor skills at the Missouri Department of Conservation's annual Women's Summer Workshop. It runs May 30 to June 1 at Windermere Conference Center at Lake of the Ozarks. Registration deadline is this Friday, April 25th.
The workshop teaches women hands-on outdoor-skills at the beginner level with courses in archery, basic hunting, canoeing, firearms, plant/animal/tree identification, camping, fishing, map reading and shotgun shooting.
The weekend is targeted to women 18 years and older, along with young women age 14-17 when accompanied by a woman 18 years or older. The workshop is free, but a $20 deposit is required at the time of registration and will be refunded at check in. There is no deposit fee for young women aged 14–17 when registered with an adult.
To learn more visit the Missouri Department of Conservation's website at www.mdc.mo.gov or call (573) 522-4115, extension 3808.
MODOT has launched the next phase of the Missouri Freight Plan to engage business leaders and freight stakeholders in talks on how to fund Missouri’s freight infrastructure. The talks will prioritize how to use the scarce funds that exist, and how to invest new funds in freight projects, should the money become available.
The plan was launched by MODOT as the next step to develop the state’s long-range transportation plan. The Freight Priorities and Investment forums will discuss funding and share key findings about freight that could help Missouri achieve freight network goals, spur economic growth and create jobs.
The forums take place in Springfield on Thursday, Kansas City on Friday and St. Louis on May 2nd. MODOT anticipates the draft freight plan to be prepared for review by June with a final report in September.
In 2012 alone, Missouri exported $13.9 billion in freight.
The Corps of Engineers is preparing for a year like 1993 on the Missouri River but expecting something less than a year like 2011. John Marx, Natural Disaster Program Manager for the Kansas City Corps office, says early indications point to a typical year on the Missouri:
Barge companies are about to start the shipping season. Marx says the season should be a little limited at the start but should be normal otherwise.
An unusual accident Saturday afternoon has left a Nelson woman dead and injured another. The Highway Patrol says the accident happened when a jeep rolled unattended down a roadway and overturned, ejecting the passenger, 34-year-old Amy Harper, of Nelson. Harper was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
A pedestrian, 40-year-old Darrell Slaughter, of Nelson, received minor injuries when he was struck while attempting to stop the vehicle. Slaughter was taken to Bothwell Regional Health Center for treatment. The accident happened on McCallister road, a mile west of Hazel Hill road in northern Pettis County.
Missouri's sixth annual Show-Me Green Sales Tax holiday gets underway Saturday and runs through Friday, April 26th. It's designed to provide Missourians with a chance to save money on energy-efficient appliances.
Shoppers who purchase new "Energy Star" qualified appliances in Missouri during the holiday won't have to pay the 4.225 percent sales tax. New washing machines, refrigerators, freezers and water heaters are just a few examples of appliances that qualify for the tax exemption this week.
Many local governments have opted to participate in the tax holiday, meaning qualified purchases in those areas will also be exempt from city, county and special district taxes. A complete list of participating cities and counties, along with a list of qualifying appliances, can be found on the Missouri Department of Revenue's website at www.dor.mo.gov.
Organizers are busy gearing up for the next Show-Me Honor Flight to take area war veterans to see their memorials in Washington, D.C. Spokesman Charlie Guthrie says it takes a lot of fundraising to make the flights happen, and right now the group has another way that people can help support their efforts.
Guthrie says the next flight will depart for the nation's capital in just a few weeks.
The Honor Flight hats are available for purchase at several offices in the Saline County Courthouse and they cost $20 apiece.
If your farm has been in your family since December 31st, 1914, you can now apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.
Each year the Missouri Farm Bureau and University of Missouri Extension team up to honor Missouri family farm ownership of one hundred years or more. Coordinator Andy Emerson explains the criteria for selecting a Century Farm.
Emerson says the application process is open from now until mid-Spring.
Since the program's inception in 1976, more than 8,000 Century Farms have been recognized, including numerous farms in the KMMO listening area.