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FOUNTAINS ON SALINE COURTHOUSE LAWN TO BE RESTORED 7/31/15CC


Two historic fixtures on the Saline County Courthouse lawn will soon be getting a much-needed makeover.

Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner updated the Saline County Commission on Thursday about two fountains donated to the county a century ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution:



Fenner told commissioners that both fountains are badly in need of repair:



Fenner says two area businesses, Coreslab Structures and Clemens Pool & Spa, will be taking on the job of restoring the historic fountains; he says it's hoped they will be ready in time for a re-dedication ceremony in mid-October.

WARRENSBURG STREET CLOSINSG FOR FRIDAY 7/31/15CC


A couple of streets in an area community will be closed to traffic on Friday, July 31st.

According to Johnson County officials, the following streets are closed in the city of Warrensburg:

* Holden Street between South Street and Broad Street

* Holden Street from Ming Street to South Street

* Broad Street from Holden to College Street

For questions or more information, call (660) 747-2265.

HEARING DATE SET FOR SEDALIA WOMAN ACCUSED OF RAPE 7/31/15CC


An area woman accused of raping a teenage boy has been arraigned in Pettis County Circuit Court.

According to online court documents, 20-year-old Nicole D. Porter, of Sedalia, appeared before Judge Jeff Mittelhauser for arraignment on an Unclassified Felony Charge of 1st Degree Statutory Rape With a Person Less Than 14 Years Old.

Porter was taken into custody on Tuesday after a warrant was issued for her arrest. She is accused of providing alcohol to a 13-year-old male subject and allegedly having sexual relations with him on multiple occasions.

A hearing date in the matter has been set for Tuesday, August 11th at 1:30pm in Pettis County Circuit Court. At last check, Porter remained in custody on $50,000 bond.

GUILTY VERDICT IN SALINE CO. CHILD ABUSE CASE 7/30/15CC


A guilty verdict has been returned by a Saline County jury for a Marshall woman's role in a child abuse case dating back to 2012.

According to online court documents, 26-year-old Nakisha O'Bryan was found guilty of a Class C Felony of Endangering the Welfare of a Child during a trial held Thursday in Saline County Circuit Court.

Judge Dennis Rolf has granted ten days for the defense to file any additional motions in the case; meanwhile, Rolf ordered the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole to conduct an investigation and file a written report before sentencing is handed down.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Monday, September 14th at 3:00pm in Saline County Circuit Court.

ROLLOVER CRASH INJURES AREA WOMAN 7/30/15CC


An Odessa woman has escaped serious injury after a one-vehicle accident on Thursday in Johnson County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 48-year-old Melanie Haile was traveling southbound when her 2002 Jeep overcorrected on a curb, ran off the side of the roadway and overturned.

Haile received minor injuries and was taken from the scene to a Warrensburg hospital for treatment.

Patrol reports say the accident happened around 12:54pm on County Road Northwest 131.

COLUMBIA RAMP WORK PLANNED THIS WEKEEND 7/30/15CC


If you're planning to be in Columbia over the next few nights, the Department of Transportation is advising of road work that may alter your route.

According to a news release, the southbound exit ramp from U.S. Route 63 to the Route 63/Interstate 70 connector in Columbia will be closed for two nights to speed up pavement repairs taking place on the Route 63 connector.

The ramp will be closed from 10:00pm on Friday, July 31st until 6:00am on Saturday, August 1st. It will be closed again from 10:00pm on Sunday, August 2nd until 6:00am on Monday, August 3rd.

Signs are in place to guide motorists through the work zones.

The pavement project is scheduled to be completed in mid-August.

GOVERNOR'S CHRISTMAS TREE SOUGHT BY CONSERVATION DEPARTMENT 7/30/15CC


The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is conducting its annual search for a large Christmas evergreen tree for use on the Governor’s Mansion lawn in Jefferson City. MDC is asking landowners, homeowners, businesses, and communities that may have possible candidate trees to contact the Department.

To qualify, the donated tree must be 40 feet tall and either be an eastern red cedar, Norway spruce, or white pine. Candidate trees must be fully branched on all four sides and accessible by large equipment.

Once a tree is selected, MDC staff will coordinate the cutting and delivery of the tree to the Governor’s Mansion at no cost to the owner. The donor will receive a personalized thank-you from the governor and an invitation to the lighting ceremony, usually held in the first week of December.

Entries must be received by September 30th for consideration. Find out more at www.mdc.mo.gov.

MARSHALL SCHOOL REGISTRATION BEGINS NEXT WEEK 7/30/15CC


According to a news release, registration for students attending Marshall Public Schools will be held Wednesday, August 5th from 8:00am-4:00pm and Thursday, August 6th from 11:00am to 7:00pm at Marshall High School for all grades.

School pictures will be taken for students attending Bueker Middle School and Marshall High School.

Students attending Bueker Middle School will be asked to pay an activity fee of $10. Students attending Marshall High School will be asked to pay a $10 registration fee; if they are taking a physical education class there will be a $5 fee, and if they are enrolled in an art class fees will range from $15-$65.

New students to the district are asked to bring their birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residency (phone bill, utility bill, etc.).

Meal balances can be paid off or paid in advance.

Open House will be held in all buildings on Monday, August 17th from 5:30-7:00pm. The first day of school is Wednesday, August 19th.

CARROLLTON SCHOOL BOARD MEETS FRIDAY IN MARSHALL 7/31/15CC


The Carrollton R-7 School Board meets in regular session Friday morning.

Agenda items include discussions on long range planning, athletic programs, building security, student discipline and dress codes. A closed executive session is also scheduled for personnel matters.

The meeting takes place at 10:00am in the conference room of Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.

NIXON APPLAUDS BI-PARTISAN EFFORTS TO PASS BOND MEASURE 7/30/15CC


The Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia will soon be seeing some $4 million worth of upgrades and renovations, thanks to a bonding initiative passed with bi-partisan support in Jefferson City earlier this year.

On the steps of the Womens Building on the fairgrounds on Wednesday, Governor Jay Nixon thanked the legislature for passing the measure and noted the efforts of one state lawmaker in particular:



Senator Mike Parson, of Bolivar, stressed the importance of having a central location to showcase the state's agricultural heritage:



According to Nixon's office, the Build Missouri initiative passed earlier this year will also help fund some 500 capital improvement projects across the state of Missouri.

LANGMAN ANNOUNCES UPDATES AT LAFAYETTE CO. ASSESSOR'S OFFICE 7/30/15CC


Lafayette County Assessor Chip Langman announced this week two upgrades to his office's geographical information system, commonly known as GIS.

According to a release from Langman's office, the county's online GIS maps have undergone their first photographic update in seven years, replacing 2007 photos with photos from March of 2014.

Langman says his office is also working with the County Collector's office to integrate a new "Prior Year Tax Amount" field into the parcel data accessible through GIS, touting the move as a way to offer individuals and potential investors a more efficient way to research parcels of Lafayette County land.

The release says that new field will not show past due taxes but the tax amount calculated based on the assessed value of the property.

You can find out more by visiting www.lafayettecountymo.com.

NIXON ANNOUNCES UPGRADES AT STATE FAIRGROUNDS 7/29/15CC


Governor Jay Nixon on Wednesday visited the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, to both help kick off the 2015 State Fair season and to announce some $4 million worth of upgrades and renovations to the 113-year old facility.

The Governor says it's part of the Build Missouri bond initiative passed in Jefferson City earlier this year, which will fund nearly 500 renovation and improvement projects across the Show-Me State.

Nixon describes some of the changes coming to the state fairgrounds, starting with the Womans Building:



State Ag Director Richard Fordyce challenged the audience to imagine the task of trying to build the fairgrounds in this day and age:



Other featured speakers included State Senator Mike Parsons, of Bolivar, and Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe.

MARSHALL VEHICLE ACCIDENT INJURES FIVE 7/29/15CC


Five people were taken to the hospital after a two-vehicle accident in Marshall on Wednesday morning.

According to the Marshall Police Department, it happened when motorist Gary Bell, of Marshall, was northbound on Jefferson Avenue at around 10:49am. Bell turned his vehicle west onto Marion Street when it was struck by a southbound vehicle driven by Delbert Ganaway, of Slater.

Both drivers and three occupants in the Ganaway vehicle were all taken to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for evaluation and treatment. Their conditions are unknown at this hour.

Police were assisted at the scene by members of both the Marshall Fire Department and Saline County Ambulance District.

RAPIDPASS TO SHORTEN TIMES FOR BLOOD DONORS AT DRIVES 7/29/15RK


American Red Cross blood and platelet donors can now help save lives in less time by using the new Red Cross RapidPass online health history system.

According to a news release, RapidPass streamlines the donation experience by allowing donors to complete pre-donation reading and health history questions online from their home or work computer. It became available to donors locally on July 27th and is expected to reduce the time donors with a RapidPass spend at blood drives by up to 15 minutes.

To get a RapidPass on the day of a blood donation, donors should visit redcrossblood.org/rapidpass, complete all of the questions, then print the RapidPass or show it on a mobile device when they come to donate.

Though an appointment isn’t needed to use RapidPass, donors are encouraged to make an appointment by using the Blood Donor App, visiting www.redcrossblood.org  or calling 1-800-RED CROSS to further expedite their donation.

STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS SET FOR AUGUST IN LEXINGTON 7/29/15RK


As part of the City Administrator's report at the meeting of the Lexington City Council on Tuesday, Mark Rounds talked about an update with the city's comprehensive plan.

He says the city is in the final stages of an Economic Development Analysis with Zimmer Group, of Kansas City.



Rounds estimates the meeting will attract about 80 residents.



The Council also heard an update about a motel study. Rounds said the city has already been approached by some franchises that might want to build what he deems a "much-needed motel" in the city. Once the study is complete, the city will be in good position to move forward.

CITY OF LEXINGTON MOVING CLOSER TO LEASE AGREEMENT 7/29/15RK


At the meeting of the Lexington City Council on Tuesday, the Council performed a lot of housekeeping duties with wording on ordinances and getting project updates.

The City also received a clean report on its 2014 audit, according to City Administrator Mark Rounds.

In other business, Rounds said the city is inching closer to contract involving the Lafayette County Regional Health Center.



The Council also tabled a discussion on wood-chipper bids and dotted all the I's and crossed all the T's on an animal-control ordinance.

M.M.U. BOARD TO MEET THURSDAY 7/29/15RK


The Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works is scheduled to meet on Thursday with three items up for decision on the agenda.

The agenda includes action on a Master Service Agreement with Socket Telecom, a replacement pickup and a Missouri Valley College Water Request.

There also is a closed, executive session on the agenda for real-estate, personnel and contract matters.

The meeting takes place at 8:30am at the MMU office at 75 East Morgan Street.

RED CROSS AIDS FAMILY IN BUCKLIN 7/29/15RK


The American Red Cross responded to help a family that experienced a home fire in an area community.

According to a news release, The Red Cross is helping a couple and their four family dogs after a blaze on Monday in Linn County.

Volunteers provided food, clothing and shelter to the couple from Bucklin, who live on First Street. The couple also received Red Cross comfort kits, which contain personal hygiene items.

Red Cross volunteers will continue to monitor their recovery process.

SALINE AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING ALLEGED THEFT OF GUNS 7/29/15RK


Saline County Authorities are investigating the report of an alleged theft in Slater.

According to a report from a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy, he responded to a call at a residence on Mariner Avenue, with the report of an alleged forced-entry burglary on Tuesday, July 28th. The alleged incident happened sometime between July 21st and 28th.

The residents noted several firearms were missing. The report says the resident reported seven long guns were missing from the attic and two handguns were missing from under the bed in the master bedroom.

Pictures were taken of tire tracks noted in the driveway of the residence.

The investigation into the alleged theft is continuing.

ALL-DAY FESTIVAL SET FOR SATURDAY IN FAYETTE 7/29/15RK


Along with welcoming in the first day of August, an all-day festival will be held on Saturday in an area community.

According to a news release, final preparations are being made for the Fayette Festival of the Arts. Activities are scheduled from 9:00am to 3:30pm. All activities are centered around the Howard County Courthouse and the Central Methodist University campus.

Included in the activities are a Quilt Show at Linn Memorial Church, musical performances, an art show, a cake auction, a display about a Civil War encampment and an historic walking tour of the CMU campus and many others.

The release says, all activities are free, except food and the Quilt Show.

PHOTO CONTEST ENTRY DEADLINE IS AUGUST 1ST 7/29/15RK


Amateur photographers have only a few days left to enter a statewide contest.

According to a news release, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Photo Contest is accepting entries from persons of all ages through Saturday, August 1st.

Categories include: Natural Resources; Unique Places; and People Enjoying Missouri's Waterways.

If you are interested in entering photos or getting more information, including rules, visit www.dnr.mo.gov/photocontest.

Contest winners will have their photographs featured in the Winter 2016 issue of the Missouri Resources magazine.

NEFF THROWS OUT FIRST PITCH CARDS GAME 7/29/15RK


An area educator experienced the thrill of the lifetime at a Major League ballpark over the weekend.

Assistant Administrator at Orearville R-4 School Gene Neff threw out the first pitch at Sunday's game between the San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Neff, who has spent 45 years in the district, said it was a little nerve racking.



Neff said it all came about as a member of the school's Student Council approached him and asked if they could sell Cardinals' tickets as a fundraiser. The Student Council quickly sold 500 tickets, which led to Neff being selected for the honor.

Neff didn't say what type of pitch he threw, but he didn't cross up the catcher.



Neff said his wife and six grandchildren got to go down on the field with him to experience the festivities. He deemed the experience "priceless."

ADA CELEBRATES 25 YEARS 7/29/15


In 1990, President George Bush Senior established the Americans with Disabilities Act, which helps Missourians obtain jobs and live easier. Rob Honan, Executive Director for the Governor’s Council on Disability says there are three relative titles in the act that address employment and changes to public and private establishment to cater to the needs of those living with disabilities.



Honan says there have been great strides when it comes to changes and accommodations for those living with disabilities, but there needs to be more improvement for employment opportunities and meeting the needs of disabled employees.

 
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MARSHALL WOMAN INJURED IN JOHNSON COUNTY CRASH 7/29/15RK


A Marshall woman suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Johnson County early this morning.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a Jeep, driven eastbound by 20-year-old Jacqueline Hernandez, traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned, coming to rest in a ditch on its wheels.

Hernandez reportedly refused treatment of minor injuries at the scene.

The crash happened at 12:53am on U.S. Highway 50, four-tenths of a mile west of Northeast 801st Road.

RICHMOND MAN HURT IN RAY COUNTY MOTORCYCLE CRASH 7/29/15RK


A Richmond man was hurt in a motorcycle crash in Ray County on Tuesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Honda Corbin, driven by 47-year-old Jon Hawkins, struck an animal in the roadway. The bike then rolled onto its left side and traveled off the right side of the roadway.

Hawkins was transported to Liberty Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

The crash happened at 10:00pm on Route D, two-tenths of a mile east of Route KK.

PROJECT UPDATES GIVEN TO GLASGOW SCHOOL BOARD 7/28/15CC


The Glasgow School Board held a special long-range planning meeting Monday night in the district board room.

According to a release from the district, board members first approved the extra-duty salary schedule and tabled a number of policy updates. Board members then approved a bid from Damron Painting for paint for the exteriors of the Ag Shop and Track buildings.

Board members were also given an overview of the capitol project lease from L.J. Hart Company for facility improvements over the next two years and got an update on the all-weather track project. Dirt and drain work on the track is slated to begin in August with plans for sub-surface and all-weather coat to be applied sometime in September and October.

Also covered were window replacements for elementary classrooms, cafeteria, hallways, kitchen and the library. Bids for the window project will be due this fall with an anticipated start time for the project of sometime next spring.

ROLLOVER CRASH INJURES AREA MAN 7/28/15CC


A Higginsville man has been injured following a one-vehicle rollover crash in Lafayette County on Tuesday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a northbound truck driven by 22-year-old Blake Smith, of Kansas City, ran off the right side of the roadway and then off the left side of the road before overturning and finally coming to rest on its top.

The driver escaped injury while a passenger, 18-year-old Jonathan Bell, of Higginsville, suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Lafayette Regional Hospital for treatment.

The Patrol says the crash happened around 1:20pm on Shelby Road, about a half-mile south of Highway T in Lafayette County.

SEDALIA STREET WORK POSTPONED 7/28/15CC


The city of Sedalia has announced the postponement of planned street work this week.

According a release from the city, the planned closing of Main Street between South Osage and South Prospect on Thursday, July 30th has been postponed until further notice.

For questions or more information, contact the city at (660) 827-3000.

CHARGES PENDING IN SEDALIA TEEN SHOOTING 7/28/15CC


An arrest has been made and charges are pending in connection with the shooting death of a Sedalia teenager last week.

According to a Sedalia Police Department release, at around 5:00pm on Monday, a 34-year old Sedalia man walked voluntarily into the Sedalia police station and turned himself for his involvement in the shooting of 16-year-old Andrew Meyers, of Sedalia.

Reports say the man stated he fired one shot at Meyers when the teen allegedly attempted to rob him at gunpoint on Friday. Police found Meyers later that night with a gunshot wound near Sedalia's Hubbard Park; he was taken to Bothwell Hospital where he later died from his injury.

The 34-year-old subject was taken into custody on a 24-hour hold without incident and faces charges of Felony Second-Degree Murder, Felony Armed Criminal Action and Felony Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

The charges are pending with the Pettis County Prosecuting Attorney's office.

GRAND PASS BRIDGE NEARING HALFWAY POINT OF COMPLETION 7/28/15RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission Tuesday morning, Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner said construction of the Grand Pass Bridge is moving right along.



Fenner said work on the bridge is almost at the halfway point.



Fenner said the bridge is located on the last road, Afton Avenue, in the western reaches of Saline County over Salt Fork Creek. He said the crew has said the estimated completion timeframe of the bridge is the end of August to the early part of September.

RAIN CAUSES MORE PROBLEMS WITH SOME SALINE COUNTY ROADS 7/28/15RK


Saline County Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner reported on what is a recurring theme-- water damage to roads-- at this morning's meeting of the Saline County Commission.



Fenner said all roads are passable, but ruts and other repairs need to be made to get them in better shape.

LAFAYETTE COUNTY ROAD WORK POSTPONED A WEEK 7/28/15RK


Some road work that was scheduled for today in Lafayette County has been pushed back a week.

According to a news release from MoDOT, due to unforeseen issues, crews will not be closing portions of Route FF today. Work has been rescheduled for Tuesday, August 4th from 8:00am to 3:30pm when crews will close the eastbound and westbound lanes of Route FF between Route O and Greyhound Road for pipe replacement.

All work is weather dependent.

For more information about this or other MoDOT projects, visit www.modot.mo.gov  or call 1-(888)-ASK-MODOT.

MOST UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS UP IN AREA 7/28/15RK


Numbers indicate a slight up tick in the unemployment rate in several counties in the KMMO listening area.

According to numbers from the Missouri Department of Economic Development, statistical nonseasonally-adjusted figures say all counties, except two, in the immediate listening area saw an increase in the rates for June from May.

Lafayette County's number stayed at 5.6 percent from May to June. Ray County was the only county in the area to see a decrease from 6.4 to 6.3 percent.

Pettis County saw the biggest rise at one full percentage point-- 5.6 to 6.6.

Saline County was up three-tenths of a percentage point from 5.5 to 5.8. Also up three-tenths of a percent were Johnson County from 6.5 to 6.8, Carroll County from 6.9 to 7.2 and Cooper from 6.5 to 6.8. Up one-tenth of a percent were Chariton County from 5.0 to 5.1 and Howard County from 5.6 to 5.7.

All numbers for area counties are down from where they were in June 2014, with the exception of Cooper County, which is up from 6.3 to 6.8, and Howard County, which was at 5.7 in 2014, as well.

National and statewide numbers also are slightly up from May.

STOLEN VEHICLE IN MARSHALL RECOVERED NEAR PLEASANT HILL 7/28/15RK


On Saturday, July 25th, a resident who lives in the 500 block of West North Street in Marshall walked into the Marshall Police Department and reported that his vehcile had been allegedly stolen.

According to a report from the Marshall Police Department, the resident stated he had left the keys in the vehicle and later it was missing. The vehicle was described as a white 2000 K2500 Chevrolet flatbed that was converted into a dump truck-style vehicle with metal sides on the bed.

After officers entered the vehicle into the law-enforcement system as stolen, the vehicle was later recovered at the scene of a crash near Highway 58 near Pleasant Hill in Cass County.

Cass County authorities reportedly subsequently placed the driver, who currently is recovering from injuries sustained in the crash at an area hospital, under arrest.

COLUMBIA MAN HURT IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY ROLLOVER CRASH 7/28/15RK


A Columbia man suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Lafayette County this morning.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Buick, driven by 22-year-old Kisekedi Musabimana, traveled off the right side of the roadway, where it struck a sign, crossed the south outer road and impacted an embankment, causing the vehicle to overturn.

Musabimana reportedly refused treatment at the scene.

The crash happened at 3:20am on I-70 at the 49.8 Mile Marker.

ILLINOIS MAN HURT IN CAR-DEER CRASH IN RAY COUNTY 7/28/15RK


An Illinois man was injured when a car in which he was riding hit a deer in Ray County on Monday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound BMW, driven by 45-year-old Christopher Lynch, of Camden, struck a deer in the roadway.

While Lynch reportedly was not injured, 23-year-old Conrad Arrington was transported by Ray County Ambulance to Ray County Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The crash happened at 9:30pm on Missouri 210, one-tenth of a mile west of Missouri 10.

CONCORDIA WOMAN SUFFERS MODERATE INJURIES IN ONE-VEHICLE CRASH 7/28/15RK


A Concordia woman was injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Lafayette County on Monday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as the driver, 25-year-old Samantha Phillips, suffered a medical condition, and her southbound Chevrolet Cobalt traveled off the west side of the roadway into a ditch where it impacted a utility pole and overturned.

Phillips was transported via Life Flight Eagle to Centerpoint Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.

The crash happened at 7:50pm on Missouri 23, one-tenth of a mile north of Concordia Lake Road.

MAIN STREET IN SEDALIA SLATED FOR REPAIRS 7/27/15CC


A portion of Main Street in Sedalia will be closed later this week for repairs.

According to a news release, Main Street from South Osage Avenue to South Prospect Avenue will be partially closed for street repairs on Thursday, July 30th. The work is weather permitting and the street will reopen as soon as the repairs are completed.

Motorists in the area are asked to find an alternate route while the work is carried out.

For questions or more information call Sedalia City Hall at (660) 827-3000.

AREA FFA STUDENT NAMED NATIONAL FINALIST 7/27/15CC


An area youth is in the running for a national award from Future Farmers of America.

According to a news release from the National FFA Organization, 16 students have been selected from across the country as finalists for its 2015 top achievement awards: American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience.

Of the 16 finalists, one hails from mid-Missouri. Benjamin Neal Niendick, of the Wellington-Napoleon FFA chapter, is one of four finalists in the American Star in Agribusiness category. Niendick will receive $2,000 from the National FFA Foundation for being named a finalist.

One winner from each category will be selected and presented at the National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Kentucky this October.

TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR LAFAYETTE CO. DRIVERS ON TUESDAY 7/27/15CC


The Department of Transportation has issued a travel advisory for Lafayette County motorists on Tuesday, July 28th.

According to MoDOT, crews will close eastbound and westbound lanes of Route FF between Route O and Greyhound Road from 8:00am until 3:00pm on Tuesday for pipe replacement work.

All work is weather permitting. For more information, visit www.modot.org.

RED CROSS ASSISTS VICTIMS OF BOONVILLE HOUSE FIRES 7/27/15CC


The American Red Cross had a busy weekend in Boonville, assisting two area families whose homes were damaged by fire.

According to a release form the Red Cross, volunteers first assisted a family after a home fire on Friday in the 1200 block of Jefferson Road. On Sunday, Red Cross volunteers were back to help a couple whose home in the 13000 block of Oak Alley was also damaged by fire.

In both instances, the Red Cross provided the homeowners with food, clothing and comfort kits with personal hygiene items. The release says Red Cross volunteers will continue to monitor both families' recovery process.

Both families are currently staying with relatives.

BOONVILLE LANDMARK LISTED AMONG 'PLACES IN PERIL' 7/27/15RK


One area landmark in Cooper County has made the list of 'Places in Peril' in Missouri. There also is another area landmark on the Watch List.

According to a news release, the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation had a special meeting on July 24th in St. Louis to announce its list of 'Places in Peril,' which included the Kemper Military School Administration Building in Boonville.

On the 2015 Watched Properties list is the Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lexington in Lafayette County.

The statewide membership-based tax-exempt organization was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in the Katy Train Depot in Boonville. The organization's core mission is to advocate for, educate about and assist in the architectural and historic landmarks that embody Missouri's unique heritage and sense of place.

SALINE RESIDENT REPORTS HER DOG COULD HAVE BEEN STOLEN 7/27/15RK


Saline County Authorities are investigating the report of an alleged theft of a dog.

According to a report from a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy, he was dispatched to a residence in the 23,000 block of North Highway 65 with the resident reporting her dog was missing from her fenced yard. The dog is described as a 6-year-old brown-and-white colored Rat Terrier with a long tail, named "Rambo."

The dog went missing sometime between 6:00pm on Saturday, July 25th, and 1:00pm on Sunday, July 26th.

The owner checked with the Marshall Animal Shelter but the dog was not there.

The search continues for the missing dog.

KANSAS YOUTH KILLED IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY CRASH 7/27/15RK


A youth from Kansas City, Kansas, was killed in a one-vehicle crash in Lafayette County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Nissan Maxima, driven by 33-year-old Maria Macias-Perea, traveled off the right side of the roadway, returned to the right shoulder where it began to skid and overturned several times, ejecting a 6-year-old occupant from the vehicle. The vehicle continued off the right side of the roadway again before coming to rest in a ditch.

A 9-year-old passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver and three other passengers, including two other youths, all received moderate injuries and were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

Reportedly, only one occupant-- a 3-year-old girl-- in the vehicle was wearing a safety device.

The crash happened at 6:25pm on westbound I-70 at the 36.4 Mile Marker.

LEE'S SUMMIT WOMAN HURT IN SALINE COUNTY CRASH 7/27/15RK


A Lee's Summit woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Saline County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Ford Explorer, driven by 36-year-old Matthew Blowers, of Lee's Summit, reportedly slowed for traffic congestion and was overtaken and struck in the rear by a westbound Hyundai Sonata, driven by 29-year-old Heather Zahner, of St. Joseph. The impact caused the Ford Explorer to hit the guardrail.

The drivers reportedly were not injured, but 31-year-old Rebecca Blowers, a passenger in the Ford Explorer, received minor injuries and was transported by Saline County E.M.S. to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment.

The crash happened at 5:37pm on westbound I-70 at the 78.4 Mile Marker.

ORRICK MAN MODERATELY INJURED IN CRASH 7/27/15RK


Two area residents were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Ray County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a northbound Chevrolet Equinox, driven by 61-year-old Lois Stein, of Kingston, and a southbound Ford Escort, driven by 16-year-old Morgan Cone, of Excelsior Springs, were reportedly driving too close to the center line and struck each other in a curve.

While Cone was reportedly not injured, Stein received minor injuries, and a passenger in her car, 88-year-old Murrell Thomas, of Orrick, was moderately injured. They were transported to North Kansas City Hospital by Ray County E.M.S. for treatment.

The crash happened at 12:36pm on Brashears Road, one-tenth of a mile north of West 73rd Street.

BRIDGE INSPECTIONS SET FOR THIS WEEK IN HOWARD COUNTY 7/27/15RK


Missouri Department of Transportation crews will be working on several roads in the area throughout this week, including a few in Howard County.

According to a news release from MoDOT, during daylight hours, bridge inspection will take place on Route 40 over Moniteau Creek, east of County Road 240. One lane will be open and crews will flag traffic through the work area. Identical work will continue on Route 40 over Salt Creek, east of County Road 445, as well.

On Route Z between Route 87 and Route J, roadway maintenance will take place through Thursday. One lane will be open and crews will flag traffic through the work areas.

COOPER COUNTY ROAD WORK THIS WEEK 7/27/15RK


In addition to striping of roadways, mowing, brush cutting and guardrail repairing going on in several locations in the area, Missouri Department of Transportation crews will be out and about in an area county performing other needed road work starting today.

According to a release from MoDOT, in Cooper County, sealing of pavement cracks on Interstate 70 between Route 87 and the Boone County line continues. A moving lane closure will be in effect in the eastbound and westbound lanes all this week.

Roadway maintenance also will take place today and tomorrow on Route 5 between Old Route 40 and Radio Hill Road. One lane will be open and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

The guardrail work will take place during daylight and overnight hours and run through mid-September.

For information about these or any MoDOT project, call 1-(888)-ASK-MODOT or visit www.modot.org.

FAIRGOERS INVITED TO "SHOW-ME FARM SAFETY" BOOTH 7/26/15


Missouri State Fair attendees can learn how to guard against common dangers on the farm and in the home at the Show-Me Farm Safety booth in the Agriculture Building. The Missouri agriculture and labor departments, University of Missouri Extension, Missouri Farm Bureau, and the Missouri FFA Association sponsor the booth.

A release from the M.U. extension says the popular display has grown over the years and offers an interactive, hands-on experience.

One safety aspect the display highlights are many toxic items that may easily be mistaken for harmless look-alikes, such as motor oil and maple syrup; nicotine gum and maple syrup; or furniture polish and olive oil. Other topics will include grain bin safety and preventing tractor rollovers.

For more information about Show-Me Farm Safety and photos from last year’s display, visit www.farmsafety.mo.gov.

The Missouri State Fair runs August 13-23 in Sedalia. For more information, go to www.mostatefair.com.

CENTRAL MO HONOR FLIGHT GEARS UP FOR 34TH TRIP TO D.C. 7/26/15CC


A group of area military veterans will be taking off for Washington D.C. on Wednesday to visit the nation's capital and the monuments of wars in which they once fought.

Central Missouri Honor Flight Chapter President Mary Paulsell says the generosity of mid-Missouri residents has made it possible for the group to now embark on their 34th flight:



Paulsell invites the public to welcome the veterans home when they return to Columbia late Wednesday night:



The group will depart Wednesday, July 29th from Columbia for the day-long trip to D.C.. Once there, they will make stops at the World War I, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War memorials, as well as other destinations.

SLATER MAN DIES IN TWO-VEHICLE COLLISION 7/26/15CC


An area man is dead after his vehicle collided with a semi truck just west of Marshall.

Missouri State Highway Patrol reports say 80-year-old Roland Kitchen, of Slater, was eastbound in a 1998 Dodge truck when it crossed the centerline and struck a westbound 2004 Ottawa tractor trailer driven by 57-year-old Jerry Young, of Malta Bend.

Kitchen was taken from the scene by helicopter to a Columbia hospital, where he later died of his injuries. Young was reportedly not injured in the crash.

Reports say it happened around 2:55pm on Saturday on Highway 20, east of Hemlock Avenue in Saline County.

AREA GOLFERS TEE OFF FOR FITZGIBBON HOSPITAL 7/25/15CC


Fifty-three teams recently hit the links in a yearly golf tournament to raise money for Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.

According to a news release, the 25th Annual Pete H. Rea Memorial Golf Tournament was held on July 11th at Indian Foothills Park; when all was said and done, the tournament raised $17,000 to help offset the cost of 3D mammography equipment at the hospital.

The tournament was co-directed by Bub Caldwell and Jason Coffman; Caldwell has served as director for the last 25 years and now makes way for Coffman to take the reins.

The hospital also took the opportunity to present Caldwell with a plaque to recognize his commitment to the community in fundraising for the hospital for nearly three decades.

In the Champion Flight Division, Team Mach #2 (Kyle Mach, Connor Mach & Brian Mach) took first place, followed by Team ServPro (Phil Perkins, Phillip Perkins & Cole Perkins) in second and Team Red Cross (Steve Hartwig, Justin Heinzler & Jordan Dixon) in third.

In the "A" Flight Division, Team W.B. Young (Bub Caldwell, Jason Coffman & Chuck Scudder) took first, followed by Team McComas (George McComas, Les Jacobs & Ron Brown) and Team Verts (Ian Verts, Craig Noah & Kelly Callanan).

In the "B" Flight Division, Team Hooper (Sheldon Hooper, Josh Riley & Jon Alspach) captured first place, trailed by Team Percy Willis (Percy Willis, Jim Kisner & Tony Willis) and Team Wood & Huston Team C (Bob Barr, Don Knehans & Tyler Barr).

POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING OF SEDALIA TEEN 7/25/15CC


Authorities have opened investigation into the case of a Sedalia teenager who was shot and killed on Friday night.

According to a release from Sedalia Police, several 911 calls came in around 11:00pm of a subject who had been shot near West Cooper Street and North Missouri Avenue, near Hubbard Park.

Upon arrival, officers say they found a black male subject lying near a car with a gunshot wound. The teen, identified as 16-year-old Andrew Meyers, was taken for treatment to Bothwell Regional Health Center where he later died of his injuries.

Police say investigation and a search of a nearby residence where Meyers had been revealed several illegal firearms and items used in the trafficking of drugs. The release also says several agencies are now involved in the investigation, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Sedalia Police are asking anyone with information regarding the case to contact the investigations division of the police department at (660) 826-8100 or the TIPS Hotline at (660) 827-TIPS.

TWO GEORGIA RESIDENTS INJURED IN SALINE MOTORCYCLE CRASH 7/25/15CC


Two people were hurt Friday when their motorcycle struck a tractor trailer on Interstate 70 in Saline County.

The Highway Patrol says 64-year-old David Worley, of Tunnel Hill, Georgia was westbound on a 2012 Harley Davidson and reportedly traveling too fast for conditions. The bike struck a 1997 Kenworth truck driven by 49-year-old Oumar Diane, of Bronx, New York; the impact threw both occupants from the motorcycle.

Worley suffered moderate injuries while 59-year-old Glorie Worley, of Tunnel Hill, Georgia, received minor injuries. Both were taken from the scene by helicopter to a Columbia hospital for treatment. The truck driver was not reported injured.

The crash happened around 6:20pm on westbound I-70 at the 78 mile marker. Troopers were assisted at the scene by Saline County Sheriffs deputies.

AREA WOMAN KILLED IN EARLY MORNING CRASH 7/25/15CC


A one-vehicle rollover accident in Saline County early Saturday morning has claimed the life of a Blackwater woman.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 25-year-old Sylvia Price was traveling northbound when her 2007 Chevy ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a utility pole and a concrete curb before overturning.

Trooper reports indicate the driver was ejected from the vehicle; she was reportedly not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The accident occurred at 2:55am on Highway 65, one quarter-mile north of North Speyer Lane.

EDWARDS MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN BENTON COUNTY CRASH 7/24/15RK


An Edwards man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash in Benton County on Friday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by 33-year-old Daniel Norris, ran off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment.

Norris was flown by Staff For Life helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The crash happened at 7:50am on Route H, seven-tenths of a mile east of Fire Tower Avenue.

FIRST SATURDAY FINALE FOR 2015 IN ARROW ROCK SET FOR AUGUST 1ST 7/24/15RK


A monthly feature in an area village will come to an end in a little more than a week for 2015. The finale of the series-- a double feature-- was inspired by the Santa Fe Trail.

According to a news release, Friends of Arrow Rock's First Saturday series will feature two presentations on Saturday, August 1st, at the Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitor Center.

At 10:00am, Margaret Hall will discuss "Floral Designs Inspired by the Santa Fe Trail."

Immediately following Hall's presentation, her husband, Dr. Thomas Hall, will present "Medicine on the Santa Fe Trail."

The series will return in January of 2016.

For more information, visit www.FriendsofArrowRock.org.

CARE CONNECTION NETS $880,000 IN REFUNDS FOR TAX PAYERS 7/24/15RK


Volunteers for the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program this year provided help to file claims for nearly 1,400 people in the 13-county service area for Care Connection for Aging Services. Their work resulted in the return of more than $880,000 to seniors to spend in their local communities, according to a news release from Care Connection.

In the KMMO listening area, money reclaimed by state and federal returns and the Circuit Breaker property tax credit filled out by Care Connection totaled more than $120,000 in Benton County, over $103,000 in Henry County, exceeded $188,000 in Johnson County, just under $50,000 in Lafayette County, nearly $64,000 in Pettis County and over $19,000 in Saline County.

The program, which is based in senior centers, enlists volunteers who complete seniors' income tax returns and Circuit Breaker claims free of charge. Care Connection for Aging Services is a nonprofit agency serving Bates, Benton, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, and Lafayette, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair and Vernon counties.

NO REPORTED CASES OF MUMPS IN SALINE COUNTY 7/24/15RK


Less than a decade ago, the Marshall area had an outbreak of the Mumps, according to Saline County Health Department Director Lisa Thomas.

Now, as many as seven cases, according to reports, have been confirmed in the Columbia area.

Thomas says there haven't been any reports around this area this time as of yet. She said hand washing is important to help avoid getting the disease, which is transmitted by direct contact with saliva and discharge from the nose and throat of infected people.



Thomas says about half the time a person who has been infected will develop swelling.



Thomas said the parotid glands, or salivary glands, are just behind your jaw. The incubation period is usually 16 to 18 days but may vary between 12 to 25 days.

The most effective prevention method is maintaining the highest level of immunization in the community. Thomas said most children in the U.S. are vaccinated at a year old and get a booster at four years of age.

BRIDGE WORK WILL AFFECT COMMUTE TO ARROWHEAD 7/24/15RK


If you plan on attending a concert at Arrowhead Stadium early next week, listen up. There is some road construction going on in that area that will affect your commute.

According to a news release from MoDOT, an extensive bridge rehabilitation project on the Stadium Road Bridges over I-435 and I-70 is under way and will continue through the end of November. MoDOT crews are reminding One Direction fans that the construction zone will still be in place for Tuesday near sold out concert at the Truman Sports Stadium Complex.

Construction will restrict lanes on Stadium Road Bridges to one lane each direction. MoDOT suggests that concert-goers arrive early to avoid last-minute arrivals. Both bridges are located at Gates 6 and 7 near Arrowhead and should be avoided for a faster commute.

This is a full 24/7 lane closure but with most work to be done during daytime work hours with occasional night work. All work is weather dependent.

For project updates, visit www.modot.org or call 1-(888)-ASK-MODOT.

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION WELCOMES COMMENTS 7/24/15RK


On Thursday, the Missouri Public Service Commission opened a working docket to facilitate discussions to develop a statewide policy and apparatus for communications and coordination between natural gas utilities, fire departments and other emergency responders, to enhance the effectiveness of efforts to respond when a natural gas leak occurs, and to prevent third-party damage to natural gas facilities.

The public is welcome to submit comments and may do so by visiting www.psc.mo.gov . Once on the website, click on the EFIS/Case filings link on the left side of the page and refer to the File No. GW-2016-0013.

The PSC staff has been directed to file a report on its findings and recommendations no later than January 19th, 2016.

AGRICULTURE MATCHING GRANTS AVAILABLE 7/24/15RK


Urban and nontraditional agriculture matching grants are currently available.

According to a news release, the Missouri Department of Agriculture has announced the availability of $50,000 for the grant program. The department will award grants of up to $5,000 to assist the development of production infrastructure, direct distribution venues, education programs, workforce development and an increased understanding of the importance of agriculture.

Applications must be received by September 1st, and the award date is anticipated for October 1st, 2015, with the project completion by June 1st, 2016.

For a grant application or more information, including examples of projects, visit www.agriculture.mo.gov.

MU EXTENSION TO OFFER MASTER GARDENER CLASSES ONLINE 7/24/15RK


If you want to become a Master Gardener, you can now do so from home rather than attend classrooms.

According to a release from the University of Missouri Extension, using online software, classes are going to be delivered as a series of scripted and narrated PowerPoint presentations.

Subjects include basic botany, soils and plant nutrition, vegetable gardening, fruit production, plant propagation, insects, plant diseases, landscape plants, landscape design and pesticide safety.

The Master Gardener fall online classes begin August 30th. The registration deadline is August 21st. To register or to get more information, visit www.extension.missouri.edu/news/feed.

GRAND PASS BRIDGE ON TARGET FOR SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER COMPLETION 7/24/15RK


Saline County Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner said at Thursday's meeting of the Saline County Commission that Rich Rhodes of Rhodes of Rhodes Engineering was going to be in the Commission Chamber later that morning to discuss a bridge in the western reaches of the county.



Fenner pointed out the bridge, which is replacing an antiquated wooden structure, is located on the last road in Saline County, west of Grand Pass over Salt Fork Creek.

MALTA BEND RESIDENTS HURT IN HOWELL COUNTY CRASH 7/24/15RK


Two Malta Bend residents were sent to hospitals for treatment of injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash in Howell County on Thursday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Toyota Camry, driven by 56-year-old James Goodman, of Malta Bend, was stopped to turn left and was struck by an eastbound Chevrolet Pickup, driven by 46-year-old Tisha Richardson, of West Plains.

A 6-year-old passenger in the Goodman vehicle had to be taken by Air Ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Springfield for treatment of serious injuries. Goodman suffered minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Ozarks Medical Center in West PLains for treatment.

Richardson reportedly was not injured.

The crash happened at 2:40pm on Highway 160 at the junction of Highway 17.

MOTORISTS ASKED TO USE "ZIPPER MERGE" TO HELP ALLEVIATE BACKUPS 7/23/1RK


Motorists driving on Interstate 70 in Jackson and Saline counties are trying an alternative type of merge as they encounter work zones this summer. Bridge repairs along I-70 at the Sni-A-Bar Bridges outside Oak Grove and Blackwater Bridges near the Marshall Junction have created miles of backups. To help ease the congestion, motorists are asked to use the "zipper merge" and take turns to merge safely as they come into the work zone.

According to a news release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, in dense, slow-moving traffic like on I-70, the open lane fills quickly. When a driver in the closed lane can't move into the open lane in time, the closed lane ends, forcing the vehicle to suddenly stop. The vehicle must now join traffic from a dead stop. This driving behavior can lead to lane switching, inconsistent driving speeds that cause crashes, long back-ups and road rage.

By using two full lanes of traffic until the merge, your speed difference is reduced between the two lanes and the length of backups is reduced 40 to 50 percent. When both lanes continue to move slowly, everyone is equally delayed, which also reduces road rage.

For more information safe merging, visit www.modot.org.

SFCC, CMU BUILD NEW "BRIDGES" PROGRAM 7/23/15RK


Not everyone who wants to attend Central Methodist University gets in due to CMU admission standards, but a new program cosponsored with State Fair Community College may build a bridge where none existed previously.

According to a news release from SFCC, the innovative Bridges program starting in August will allow up to 10 students to co-enroll at both SFCC and CMU. Students will take two SFCC classes at its Boonville campus during both the fall 2015 and spring 2016 terms; the courses are aimed at helping students meet Central Methodist admission requirements.

Students will also take two classes each term at CMU-Fayette, live in CMU residence halls, and may participate in its clubs and organizations. If participants pass all of their SFCC and CMU classes with at least a "C" grade, they’ll be fully admitted to CMU for the fall 2016 term.

This past year, about 65 students were denied admission to CMU because they didn’t meet CMU requirements.

EDWARDS WOMAN KILLED IN BENTON COUNTY CRASH 7/23/15RK


An Edwards woman was killed in a one-vehicle crash in Benton County earlier today.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Dodge Dakota, driven by 66-year-old Susan Hornback, crossed the center line, ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree.

Hornback, who reportedly was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene by Benton County Sheriff's Deputy, Devin Clark.

The crash happened at 12:45pm on Missouri 7, seven-tenths of a mile south of Route VV.

FRIEND CASE CONTINUED IN SALINE COUNTY 7/23/15RK


A woman from Edwards, Mo. and now resides in Armstrong, who was arrested in Alabama in late May and faces one Felony Charge in Saline County, had her latest day in court on Wednesday, July 22nd.

Amber Friend appeared with her lawyer for a preliminary hearing in Saline County Circuit Court and the case was continued to 1:30pm on Wednesday, Oct. 7th, according to online court documents.

Friend is charged with a Class D Felony for allegedly Hindering Prosecution.

Friend was formally arraigned in Saline County Circuit Court on June 3rd. Friend posted $5,000 bond on June 4th, with the stipulation that she have no contact with Carl Clayton Roettgen.

CITY OF CONCORDIA RENEWS CONTRACT WITH KC BOBCAT 7/23/15RK


Prior to the Concordia Board of Aldermen meeting this week, a Public Hearing was held regarding a liquor license. After that hearing, the Board of Aldermen issued the liquor license for a retail store at 106 Northwest 2nd Street.

In other business, the Board approved a motion to continue a contract with KC Bobcat, according to City Administrator Dale Klussman. It is for $5,000 for the upcoming year. He said the city has had this same agreement for more than a decade.


At the meeting of the Concordia Planning and Zoning Board on Wednesday, the Board set a Public Hearing for 7:00pm on Thursday, August 13th, involving a rezoning request for a property at 502 Northwest 2nd Street.

ARMSTRONG MAN FACES FELONY CHARGE 7/23/15RK


An Armstrong man is in jail following a disturbance at a family member’s house on Tuesday evening

According to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, the alleged incident occurred in the 4600 block of Yeager Road where the suspect is alleged to have brandished a knife in a threatening manner. A 62-year-old woman at the residence during the disturbance requested medical attention and was transported to a local hospital.

Emmitte L. Fenton, age 53, was taken into custody by a Howard County sheriff’s deputy a few hours after the disturbance and turned him over to Boone County sheriff’s deputies near Harrisburg.

According to online court documents, Fenton faces a Class D Felony charge for Unlawful Use of a Weapon. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30pm today in Boone County Circuit Court. Bond has been set at $25,000.

RAY COUNTY GETS "FAIR" RATING ON AUDIT 7/23/15RK


An area county's performance improves, but did not get the best grade possible during a recent audit.

According to a news release from Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway lists Ray County's 2014 audit with overall performance rating as "fair."

Audit staff noted findings in five areas. The audit found the need to address the county's financial condition, evaluate spending, and monitor the county's budget to ensure efficient use of financial resources. The audit also found weaknesses in receipting and disbursement procedures in the county clerk's office, sheriff's office, prosecuting attorney's office, and recorder of deeds' office.

Prior to this report, Ray County's most recent audit was released in September 2011 with a performance rating of "poor."

The complete report of the Ray County audit is available at www.auditor.mo.gov.

SEDALIA CHOOSES YARD OF MONTH WINNERS 7/23/15RK


An area city has selected its winners of a monthly contest for tidy yards.

According to a news release, Jerry and Beverly Morris' yard at 2023 West 14th Street won the notice as the First Ward winner and was the overall Grand Prize winner in the Way To Grown, Sedalia" contest. Other winners within their wards were Judy Petrie in the Second Ward, John and Debi Needy in the Third Ward and Bobbie Dean Barker in the Fourth Ward.

Contest applications are available online at www.cityofsedalia.com or at the Mayor's office at 200 South Osage Avenue.

In order to be considered for the August contest, entries must be submitted by August 10th.

NEW FOOD PROVIDER STARTS SERVICE AT VALLEY 7/23/15RK


Missouri Valley College will see a number of changes to its dining hall and student dining options this year, with the arrival of the College’s new food service management company, Fresh Ideas.

According to a news release from the college, Fresh Ideas is a food service management company which focuses on academic institutions. The switch to the Columbia, Missouri-based company happened earlier this month. Fresh Ideas’ Be Green, Be Healthy, Be Bold programs encourage students to feed their minds and fuel their bodies with an integrated approach to wellness.

Fresh Ideas’, Craig Rich will serve as the director of dining services at Valley. Rich has over 25 years of successful management experience in the hospitality industry, developing and maintaining excellent client and customer relations.

CHANGE APPROVED FOR KCP&L 7/23/15RK


Area residents who have Kansas City Power & Light as an electricity provider will soon see a change on their bill, which will result in a lower monthly payment.

According to a news release, the Missouri Public Service Commission has approved an application filed by KCP&L to adjust the Demand Side Investment Mechanism (DSIM) charge on customer bills.

According to the application, a residential customer using 1,000 kWh (kilowatt-hours) of electricity a month will see the charge drop by approximately $2.20 a month. The reduction is expected to take effect on August 1, 2015.

KCP&L serves approximately 270,000 electric customers, including some in Carroll, Chariton, Howard, Johnson, Lafayette, Livingston, Pettis, Randolph and Saline Counties.

C.A.R.T. TAX DOWN A BIT FOR JULY IN SALINE COUNTY 7/23/15RK


Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission today and gave a report on the July County Aid Road Trust taxes received by the county for July, and the news isn't as good this month as it was last month or last year.



In other business, the commissioners approved a letter of destruction for a chair in the Saline County Recorder's office.

CANINES AGAINST CANCER EVENT SET FOR OCTOBER 7/23/15RK


Saline County resident Patty Rebuck was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission this week and made a request to use the Marshall Square for an upcoming event in conjunction with Pink-Out activities at the Cancer Center at Fitzgibbon Hospital.

She explains...



Rebuck said anybody can get their dog walked and/or enter their dog into the contests for a nominal fee. All of the proceeds will go to the Fitzgibbon Hospital Cancer Center.



Commissioners approved the request.

Rebuck says registration for the event will begin at 9:00am, with the walks around the square slated for about 10:00am and the contests starting at 11:00am. She said there also may be some vendors on hand to sell items such as homemade dog treats, collars or leashes.

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES TRANSFER OF FUNDS 7/23/15RK


Marshall Public School Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher asked the School Board to approve a transfer from Fund 1 to Fund 4 to get the district's books in order and build a balance for upcoming projects at this week's meeting. In June, the board approved transferring $550,000 from Fund 1 to Fund 4, but it wasn't enough due to additional expenditures incurred, according to Dr. Maher.



Dr. Maher said the fund balance of 24 percent is really good, but more expenses are being added for this upcoming year such as moving some classes to the Spainhower Building on the Marshall Habilitation Center campus.



The Board approved the transfer of the funds.

In other business, the board approved the annual Tax-Rate Public Hearing for the district to be held 15 minutes prior to the August 25th School Board meeting at 5:45pm.

BOONE COUNTY AUTHORITIES MAKE ARREST IN BURGLARY 7/23/15RK


Authorities in an area county have investigated and made an arrest in an alleged residential burglary on Wednesday.

According to a report from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, a resident on Jasmine Way returned home and noticed a subject running from his house.

Deputies were dispatched to the scene just before 10:00am and detectives noticed a subject matching the description of the suspect was standing in the area. A 51-year-old man from Columbia was taken into custody and booked into the Boone County Jail on alleged charges of second-degree burglary and second-degree property damage. The 51-year-old reportedly posted a $5,000 bond and was released from custody.

TWO AREA WOMEN HURT IN HENRY COUNTY CRASH 7/23/15RK


Two area women were hurt and had to be flown from the scene of a two-vehicle crash in Henry County on Wednesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when an eastbound Toyota Camry, driven by 36-year-old Dorotha Godwin, of La Monte, reportedly crossed the center line and struck a westbound Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by 50-year-old Robin McClure, of Deepwater, head-on.

Godwin, who reportedly was not wearing a seat belt, suffered serious injuries and was flown by Life Flight Eagle to Research Medical Center in Kansas City for treatment. McClure was flown by Staff For Life to St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City for treatment of moderate injuries.

The crash happened at 5:22pm on Missouri 52, east of Southwest 51st Road.

WARRENSBURG SHELTER TO HOST "ADOPT-A-PET" EVENT 7/22/15CC


The Warrensburg Animal Shelter is teaming up with Coldwell Banker Real Estate and Adopt-a-Pet.com, North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption web site, on August 1st and 2nd for the first-ever Homes for Dogs National Pet Adoption Weekend.

According to a news release, the nationwide event is part of the "Homes for Dogs Project," a national campaign which aims to find homes for 20,000 adoptable dogs in 2015. To help reach the goal, shelters and rescue groups across the United States are joining forces for one of the largest adoption events of the year.

Warrensburg Animal Shelter will be hosting its event on Saturday, August 1st at 37 Southwest 101st Road from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

Find out more by calling the Animal Shelter at (660) 747-7156.

SLATER COUNCIL TALKS INFLOW AND INFILTRATION WOES 7/22/15CC


Like many area communities, the city of Slater has had a lot of rainwater to deal with over the past few months-- rainwater that is causing problems both at lift stations and in the basements of city residents.

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Councilman Terry Jordan addressed the problem and the city's plans to correct it:



Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith says they're looking at specific problem areas, mapping old manholes and removing old sump pumps in an effort to curb the inflow and infiltration problem:



In other business, council members were updated on plans for upcoming city events and learned about mandated changes to municipal court ordinances involving fees and fines.

SEDALIA COUNCIL OK'S STREET ORDINANCES 7/22/15RK


Two ordinances and one change order were approved by the Sedalia City Council at its meeting this week.

An ordinance was approved implementing a right-turn only restriction onto West Third Street from the North-South alley between West Third Street and Wilkerson and South Missouri Avenue and South Moniteau Avenue.

The Council also OK'd an ordinance establishing a "No Parking, Loading and Unloading Only" restriction on the south side of Wilkerson Avenue between the alley just east of South Missouri Avenue and South Moniteau Avenue.

Also approved was a change order from Lehman Construction, LLC, for the Collection System Rehabilitation-Phase 1A Project. It was a deduction in the bid amount of more than $8,600 for final quantity adjustments.

The Council also approved two liquor licenses.

RENOVATION OF MARSHALL BALLFIELD ON SCHEDULE 7/22/15RK


Marshall School Board member Tim Schulte reported to the board at Tuesday night's meeting, progress is being made by ATG on the MHS baseball field, converting it into an Astro-Turf softball field, as well.



Schulte said the company has been really good to work with, and there haven't been any issues so far, and, weather dependent, August 15th is the target date for completion.

He said, if the field is ready, the team will play its first game on the renovated field. If it isn't ready in any way, there is a Plan B.



Schulte said the first home game for the Lady Owls' softball team is scheduled for Friday, August 28th.

HIGGINSVILLE BOARD APPROVES BILLS INVOLVING PLANNING & ZONING 7/22/15RK


Four actions were approved by the Higginsville Planning & Zoning board recently, and at this week's meeting of the Higginsville Board of Aldermen, the Board approved all of the bills, as well.

One of the bills was for amending zoning codes and regulations, another for a Conditional Use Permit for a reduction in the number of parking spaces and use of gravel parking at 405 West 23rd Street Terrace.

The third bill approved was one involving a wording correction for a previous bill for BOJOY Minor Estates.

The fourth bill was for a Conditional-Use Permit to allow manufacturing food product for a property at 2204 Highway 13.

In other business, the Board also approved a liquor license and an amusement license.

CARROLLTON GETS CLEAN AUDIT REPORT 7/22/15RK


At the meeting of the Carrollton Town Council this week, the Council heard the city received a clean audit report from Westbrook & Company for 2014. A spokesperson for the City said the audit team always has recommendations, but there were no discrepancies found during the audit.

In other business, the Council approved an ordinance for a Special-Use Permit for a Seasonal Corn Maze during the fall months at 1501 North Jefferson Street.

LATE STARTS ARE POSSIBLE FOR MARSHALL SCHOOL THIS YEAR 7/22/15RK


It wasn't available as an option for the Marshall School District last year. But it will be for the 2015-16 school year.

At the meeting of the Marshall School Board Tuesday night, Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher said the district will utilize late starts in some instances for inclement weather.



Dr. Maher said they are going to try it this year. She said sometimes a two-hour delay will make a lot of difference in conditions, making them safer for getting kids to and from school.

DR MAHER PROUD OF DISTRICT'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS 7/22/15RK


At the meeting of the Marshall School Board on Tuesday night, Dr. Carol Maher pointed out she has been with the district for a year now. She said there are many people to thank and listed a number of accomplishments. She said it took a team effort to get things done.



Dr. Maher pointed out the district is getting ready for the start of the 2015-16 school year. She said two weeks from yesterday is the first administrative team meeting. New teachers are to report on August 10th, all teachers on August 12th and school starts on Wednesday, August 19th.

WELLIGNTON TEENS INJURED IN THREE-VEHICLE CRASH 7/22/15RK


Two Wellington teens were injured in a three-vehicle crash in Lafayette County on Tuesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound 2002 Dodge, driven by 16-year-old Austin Ryun, of Wellington, reportedly failed to yield to and struck a westbound 2005 Chevrolet, driven by 38-year-old Eduardo Gayton-Rosales, of Kansas City, Kansas. Upon impact, the Dodge also struck a southbound Mercedes, driven by 16-year-old Jaymie White, of Wellington.

Ryun suffered moderate injures and was transported by Wellington E.M.S. to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment. A 14-year-old passenger in his vehicle from Wellington suffered minor injuries and was reportedly taken by private vehicle to Lafayette Regional Hospital for treatment.

Gayton-Rosales and two passengers in his car also were injured and transported by Wellington E.M.S. to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.

White reportedly was not injured.

The crash happened at 7:43pm on U.S. Highway 24 at the intersection of Missouri 131.

ORRICK MAN HURT IN RAY COUNTY CRASH 7/22/15RK


An Orrick man suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Ray County on Tuesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Chevrolet Silverado, driven by 48-year-old Donny Lightcap, of Orrick, was reportedly traveling down the center of the roadway and struck a southbound John Deer, driven by 19-year-old Lane Arnold, of Excelsior Springs, which was reportedly on its right side of the roadway.

While Arnold reportedly was not injured, Lightcap was transported by Ray County E.M.S. to Liberty Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened just before 5:00pm on Albany Road, north of Rock Fall Road.

ONE INJURED IN LAFAYETTE CO. TRUCK ROLLOVER 7/21/15CC


A Georgia man escaped serious injury Tuesday after a tractor-trailer accident on Interstate 70.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a westbound truck driven by 43-year-old Anthony Woodberry, of Jacksonville, Florida, ran off the right side of the interstate and overturned. Damages to the 2015 Freightliner were listed as moderate by the Highway Patrol.

Woodberry was not hurt in the crash but a passenger, 29-year-old Keith Smiley, of Marietta, Georgia, received minor injuries and was taken to I-70 Medical Center for treatment.

Reports say the crash happened around 4:45am at the 58 mile marker on I-70 in Lafayette County.

ODESSA STUDENT WINS TOP HONOR FOR EXHIBIT 7/21/15CC


The Missouri State Museum in the State Capitol will display this year’s award-winning student project in the History Hall July 14th through mid-August. Odessa High School student Hannah Scott received the annual Missouri History Prize as a part of National History Day in Missouri.

Hannah Scott was honored for her exhibit, titled "Lucile Bluford: The Conscience of Kansas City and her Leadership in the Call for Change." This is Scott’s second year for the honor. The subject of her exhibit, Lucile Bluford was an African-American journalist whose career spanned 70 years at "The Call" newspaper in Kansas City.

The Missouri State Museum established the annual Missouri History Prize to encourage students to research Missouri history for their projects. The theme for National History Day 2015 was "Leadership and Legacy in History."

NIXON REQUESTS FEDERAL DISASTER FUNDS FOR STORMS, FLOODING 7/21/15CC


Governor Jay Nixon on Tuesday requested the federal government declare a major disaster for 70 of Missouri’s 114 counties as a result of the prolonged severe storm systems that have generated tornadoes, straight line winds, torrential rain, hail, flooding and flash flooding across large portions of the state since May 15.

The storm systems, which brought record rainfall to much of the state, extensively damaged roads, bridges and other public infrastructure, along with homes and businesses, and resulted in at least 10 deaths, according to the Governor's office.

Nixon’s disaster declaration request is for public assistance in 68 counties, including Benton, Chariton, Henry, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, and Saline counties in the KMMO listening area. In addition, the Governor is seeking individual assistance for 15 counties, including Ray County, to allow eligible individuals and households to seek federal assistance for uninsured losses from severe weather and flooding.

The Governor first declared a state of emergency in Missouri on June 18th, which activated the State Emergency Operations Center and enabled the state to mobilize its resources, including the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to assist local authorities. Last week, the Governor extended the state of emergency until August 14th.

NO BOARD OF EQUALIZATION HEARINGS REQUIRED IN SALINE COUNTY 7/21/15RK


Every year, counties need to schedule Board of Equalization appointments. County Clerk Debbie Russell explains.



One person called for an appointment, according to Russell.



With two Commissioners at the meeting of the Saline County Commission today, Russell was instructed by the State Tax Commission to put it in the minutes and the county does not need to hold any Board of Equalization meetings.

MARSHALL COUNCIL AUTHORIZES DEALS WITH MC POWER 7/21/15RK


At the busy meeting of the Marshall City Council meeting on Monday night, the council approved a lease agreement with the City of Marshall and MCP-Marshall, LLC, for an easement. Marshall Municipal Utilities General Manager Kyle Gibbs explains.



The Council also gave authorized a contract between the city, Board of Public Works and MC Power-Marshall, LLC. Once again, here's Gibbs to explain.



In other business, the council approved a Zoning Classification change and learned that there will be a Public Hearing held prior to the council meeting on Monday, Aug.3rd, involving a property on South Odell Avenue to become a daycare facility for Missouri Valley College and a property owned by Central Missouri Agri-Services LLC to rezone several lots in the Alexander and Sandidge Subdivision from residential to Light Industrial.

COUNCILMAN TACKLES WATER ISSUE AT THE MARSHALL PLAZA 7/21/15RK


At the meeting of the Marshall City Council on Monday night, Ward 3 Councilman Dan Brandt tackled the issue of the flooding near the Marshall Plaza at the corner of South Miami Avenue and East College Street.



He said one of the biggest problems they discovered was the ends of the tube at the bottom of the hill at South Miami Avenue were bent inward, causing water to build up and overflow onto the roadway.



Brandt said he was in that area on Monday morning during the heavy rainstorm, and "it does seem like it's handling the water a heck of a lot better than it did before." He also said the city might need to expand the tubes under South Miami Avenue and West College Streets in the future.

MARSHALL RESIDENTS RAISE SEWER ISSUES TO COUNCIL 7/21/15RK


At the Monday night meeting of the Marshall City Council, three residents, two on Hillside Drive and another on Plaza Drive in the Leawood Subdivision, addressed the council about the problems with sewer backups into their basements caused by the recent heavy rains.

Ward 3 Councilman Dan Brandt said the Municipal Services Committee met last week and discussed the inflow and infiltration issue with storm water coming into the sewer. He said if residents have sewage coming into their basement, they can file a claim at the Marshall Municipal Utilities Office. That was backed up by MMU General Manager Kyle Gibbs.

ELLSWORTH, ENGLISH TALKS CONTINUE AT MARSHALL COUNCIL 7/21/15RK


No decision was made, but a motion was made on the next step that could affect where residents and others could park their cars on portions of two streets in Marshall at Monday night's meeting of the Marshall City Council.

Ward 4 Councilman Tom Hagedorn said he went up and down South English and Ellsworth Avenues between West Vest and Arrow Streets talking to residents recently and found out they wouldn't mind if parking was allowed on only one side of that portion of each street but they did not want them to be one-way streets. He also said it could be beneficial to all if the school busses picked up and dropped off children at Benton Elementary School on a street other than Ellsworth.



After some discussion, including input from Marshall Police Chief Mike Donnell and City Attorney Josh Taylor, it was decided Taylor would draw up an ordinance so the council can make a decision at its next meeting. Hagedorn said he would like a decision to made and put into place before the start of the 2015-16 school year in late August.

MARSHALL COUNCIL ACCEPTS BID FOR DEPOSITORY ACCOUNTS 7/21/15RK


Among several actions taken by the Marshall City Council on Monday was a decision on three bids on the City of Marshall's Depository Accounts that were opened on July 6th.

Ward 1 Councilwoman Sheila Cook explains.



Cook made the motion to accept the bid from Exchange Bank, which was approved by the Council.

THREE AREA RESIDENTS HURT IN RAY COUNTY CRASH 7/21/15RK


Three Excelsior Springs residents suffered moderate injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Ray County on Monday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Kia Rio, driven by 21-year-old Haley Shelton, of Excelsior Springs, reportedly crossed the center line and struck a westbound GMC truck, driven by Gregory Owens, of Excelsior Springs, head on.

Shelton and a passenger in her car, 19-year-old Cody Shelton, of Excelsior Springs, and Owens were taken to Liberty and North Kansas City Hospitals for treatment of injuries.

The crash happened at 12:20pm on Highway 10 and Little Farm Road.

MO VALLEY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES NEW ADMINISTRATOR 7/20/15CC


An area university has announced the recent promotion of a new administrator.

According to a news release, Missouri Valley College in Marshall has appointed Dr. Diane Bartholomew as the assistant vice president of academic affairs, effective July 2015. Dr. Bartholomew has been serving as a consultant for institutional effectiveness and planning and online education at MVC since February 2015.

In her role as assistant vice president of academic affairs, Dr. Bartholomew will be responsible for institutional effectiveness and planning, assisting with online programs and additional general duties in the academic affairs office.

Prior to her move to MVC, Dr. Bartholomew taught at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.

MARSHALL WOMAN HIRED TO FILL SPECIALIST POSITION AT CMU 7/20/15RK


An area university has filled a faculty position with a woman from Marshall.

According to a news release from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Christine Carnes has been hired as the second member of the team of course review specialists.

Carnes has a background in designing courses and aligning curriculum, as well as teaching and communications. She earned a bachelor's degree from Central College in Pella, Iowa, in communication and theatre and her master's degree in speech communication from the University of South Dakota.

Carnes has taught at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Neb., Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Neb., and Missouri Valley College in Marshall. She also has business skills from a business manager position with FGI International.

As a course review specialist for CMU, Carnes will help evaluate the presentation of online courses; assist faculty to develop online coursework; support and guide online instructors; and provide training and mentoring for new online faculty.

SMALL ANIMAL AWARDS HANDED OUT AT CARROLL COUNTY FAIR 7/20/15RK


In the rabbit division, Hannah Anderson, of Ionia, took home Best of Show with her Jersey Wooly Sr. Buck at the 2015 Carroll County Small Animal Show on Thursday, July 16th, 2015, at the Walnut Hills Fairgrounds.

According to a news release, Reserve Best of Show was garnered by Colby Yoakum, of Richmond, with her Sandy Flenish Giant. Bruce Grider won In-County Champion with his Sr. Doe.

Davin Stanley, of Carrollton, won overall Best of Show and County Champion with his Waterfowl Pilgrim Goose, and Tristan Cooper, of Carrollton, took Reserve Best of Show with his Brown Leghorn Large Fowl in the poultry division.

Also in the poultry division, Echo Essick, of Hale, exhibited the Champion Live Market Pen of Four, while Wesley Miller, of Norborne, took home Reserve honors.

Sharon Stephens, of Malta Bend, judged the rabbit division and Shawn Coats, of Stet, the poultry division.

CARROLL COUNTY HANDS OUT SWINE SHOW AWARDS 7/20/15RK


The 2015 Carroll County Swine Show was held on Thursday, July 15th, with just under 60 head of livestock exhibited at the Walnut Hills Show Barn.

According to a news release, Andrew Craven, of Norborne, received the award for Supreme Champion Boar for his Yorkshire. Grant Matthews, of Carrollton, earned Reserve Champion Boar with his Spotted Poland. Supreme Champion Gilt went to Emma Hall, of Norborne, for her Crossbred. Reserve Champion Gilt went to Craven.

The Grand Champion Market Hog was shown by Kaycee Vandiver, of McFall. Hall had the Reserve Champion in the category.

In-County Champion Gilt and Boar were shown by Craven. In-County Champion Market Hog was shown by Zack Craven, of Norborne.

Hall won the Junior Division and Macy Foster, of Richmond, the Senior Division in Showmanship.

RICHMOND WOMAN HURT WHEN CAR HITS DEER IN ROADWAY 7/20/15RK


A Richmond woman was injured in a one-vehicle crash in Ray County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by 17-year-old Shania Stanfield, of Richmond, struck a deer in the roadway.

While the driver escaped injury, 24-year-old Andrea Stanfield, a passenger in the car, was transported by Ray County E.M.S. to Liberty Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The crash happened at 10:50pm on Highway 10 near 118th Street.

SLATER STUDENT EARNS MU SCHOLARSHIP 7/19/15RK


A student from Slater has been awarded a scholarship.

According to a news release, Shelby Bagnell has been chosen as the winner of the Curators Scholars-Interscholastic Events and the Rex and Mary Campbell Scholarship from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources for the 2015-16 academic year.

Bagnell, who is a freshman majoring in Agricultural Economics, is the daughter of Bob and Tonya Bagnell.

As a result of receiving the MU Curator Award, Bagnell has also received a four-year scholar award from CAFNR that is made available through various scholarship accounts.

The Rex and Mary Campbell Scholars Award recognizes high academic achievement and is awarded to students who have demonstrated leadership and are highly motivated to serve the public. It is renewable for up to four years.

NEW FRANKLIN TEEN HURT IN COOPER COUNTY CRASH 7/19/15RK


The drivers escaped without injury, but a passenger in one of the vehicles suffered moderate injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Cooper County on Saturday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Jeep Wrangler, driven by 18-year-old Ashlinn Himmelberg, of New Franklin, was attempting to make a left turn and was struck from the rear by a westbound Ford F-150, driven by 18-year-old Kaitlin Dobson, of New Franklin. The Jeep Wrangler overturned in the crash.

Injured was a passenger in the Jeep Wrangler, 16-year-old Dalton Johnson, of New Franklin. He was transported by Cooper County Ambulance to Cooper County Memorial Hospital in Boonville for treatment.

The crash happened at 10:30pm on Route HH at Rodeo Drive.

SEDALIA MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN PETTIS COUNTY MOTORCYCLE CRASH 7/19/15RK


A motorcycle driver was seriously injured in a crash in Pettis County on Saturday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when 43-year-old Dilbert Clark, of Sedalia, reportedly lost control of the eastbound Harley Davidson he was driving. The bike traveled off the right side of the roadway.

Clark was transported to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia by E.M.S., then airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The crash happened at 8:10pm on Forest Park Road east of South Park Avenue.

ROCHEPORT WOMAN HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH IN HOWARD COUNTY 7/19/15RK


A woman from Rocheport suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Howard County on Saturday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when an eastbound Ford Focus, driven by 32-year-old Amy Moeller, traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.

Moeller was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The crash happened at 5:20am on U.S. Highway 40, four-tenths of a mile west of Alternate Missouri 240.

BLOOMFIELD'S OWNERS NEXT DUE IN COURT ON AUGUST 12TH 7/18/15RK


The owners of a business in Marshall who face Felony charges were recently arraigned in Saline County Circuit Court.

According to online court documents, 37-year-old Lirim Frank Saliu and 27-year-old Arjeta Saliu, owners of Bloomfield's Family Restaurant, face unclassified Felony charges for Failing to File/Pay Missouri state Income Taxes. Both are currently free on $5,000 bond.

After being arraigned, fully advising the defendants of the range of punishment and rights, earlier this month, the next hearing has been set for 9:00am on Wednesday, August 12th.

ROSEBUD MAN FACES TWO COOPER COUNTY CHARGES 7/18/15RK


An area police department served a warrant and an area man was arrested and faces two charges.

According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, a warrant was issued for the arrest of 25-year-old Jeremiah Manaco, of Rosebud, Mo.

According to online court documents, Manaco has been formally charged with third-degree domestic assault and peace disturbance in Cooper County Circuit Court.

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

A future court date has not yet been set.

PETZOLDT AWARDED TWO SCHOLARSHIPS 7/18/15RK


A student from Marshall has been awarded two agricultural scholarships.

According to a news release, Zach Petzoldt has been chosen as the winner of the Curators Scholar and the Elyzabeth Schell Scholarship from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources for the 2015-16 academic year.

Petzoldt, who is a freshman majoring in Agricultural Economics, is the son of Mark and Judy Petzoldt.

As a result of receiving an MU Curator Award, Petzoldt has also received a four-year scholar award from CAFNR, which awards over $20,000 to high school seniors attending the college.

The Elyzabeth Schell Scholarship was established in 1981 by the estate of Elyzabeth Schell. The Schells were in the dairy business in the Kansas City area and had a strong interest in agriculture. Scholarships are awarded to students whose parents are Missouri landowning farmers or ranchers.

WARRENSBURG WOMAN HURT IN JOHNSON COUNTY CRASH 7/18/15RK


A Warrensburg woman was injured in a one-vehicle crash in Johnson County on Friday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound 2005 Suzuki, driven by 26-year-old Lashelle Brannan, struck potholes in the roadway, causing her to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle began to skid, traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck the ditch.

Brannan was transported by E.M.S. to Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg for treatment of minor injuries.

The crash happened at 5:44pm on County Road Southeast 11, just south of Missouri Highway 13.

MARSHALL MAN ESCAPES INJURY IN MONROE COUNTY CRASH 7/18/15RK


A Fulton woman suffered serious injuries while a Marshall man escaped injury in a two-vehicle crash in Monroe County on Friday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Nissan Sentra, driven by 19-year-old Maria Rains, of Fulton, attempted to cross Route D and struck a westbound Ford F-350, driven by 18-year-old Andrew Hayob, of Marshall, in the driver's side.

Rains was transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The crash happened at 5:42pm on Route D at Route 2 intersection, southeast of Paris.

MOTORCYCLIST BADLY HURT IN SALINE CO. CRASH 7/17/15CC


A North Kansas City motorcyclist was hospitalized after a one-vehicle crash Friday morning in Saline County.

Trooper reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol say 46-year-old Richard Roberson was traveling westbound on Interstate 70 when his 2010 Harley Davidson ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned, throwing him from the bike.

Roberson suffered serious injuries and was taken by helicopter to a Columbia hospital for treatment. Reports say the crash occurred around 11:30am, just east of Marshall Junction.

MARSHALL LIBRARY TO HOST BASEBALL HISTORIAN 7/17/15CC


The Marshall Public Library welcomes back a guest speaker this weekend to present and share stories about an important piece of baseball history.

Phil Dixon, co-founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, returns to Marshall as part of a tour that will take him to ninety of the various locations where the famed Kansas City Monarchs once took to the diamond:



Dixon says some of the area communities where the Monarchs once played may be a surprise to some:



The presentation and talk takes place in the meeting room of the Marshall Public Library at 10:30am on Saturday, July 18th. For more information call the library at (660) 886-3391.

CARROLLTON HEALTH FACILITY WINS NATIONAL AWARD 7/17/15CC


Life Care Center of Carrollton, a skilled nursing and rehab facility, recently received the 2015 Bronze National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.

The award highlights facilities across the nation that have proven their intention to pursue a rigorous quality improvement system. It is the first of three tiers of recognition (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and requires a detailed application process submitted to a board of examiners for review.

The Bronze National Quality Award will be presented formally during the two group's Annual Convention and Exposition in October in San Antonio, Texas.

Life Care Center of Carrollton, located at 300 Life Care Lane, is one of 11 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Missouri operated or managed by Life Care Centers of America.

DEPT. OF CONSERVATION TO ALLOW MOBILE HUNTING PERMITS 7/17/15CC


The Missouri Department of Conservation announced this week that Missouri hunters, anglers, and trappers may use electronic images of permits on mobile devices as legal, valid permits beginning July 30th. Prior to this, hunters, anglers, and trappers had to have paper copies of permits on them when pursuing these activities.

For fishing permits and most hunting permits, an electronic image of the permit -- such as a PDF (Portable Document Format) -- on a mobile device will be sufficient. The exceptions are for deer and turkey permits.

You can find out more at www.mdc.mo.gov.

CONSERVATION DEPARTMENT OFFERS MENTORED DOVE HUNTS 7/17/15CC


The Missouri Department of Conservation is partnering with the National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Forever, Pheasants Forever, Friends of the NRA, U.S. Forest Service, and landowners to provide mentored hunts for first-time dove hunters all across Missouri.

Mentored hunts will be offered on the opening day of dove season September 1st, with additional dates pending. No equipment is necessary, but participants 11 to 15 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Registration is required by August 24th.

Interested applicants can apply online at www.mdc.mo.gov.

BLACKBURN LAKE RAPIDLY LOSING WATER 7/17/15CC


Saline County officials are trying to figure out what to do about the lake spillway in the community of Blackburn, which is dropping rapidly after recent heavy rains and flooding in the area.

Saline County Emergency Management Director Emmit Williams says the small lake is draining fast:



Williams adds that a big part of the problem is the fact that the water is affecting other property owners:



Williams says the issue is being worked out between the city, local property owners and Kansas City Southern Railway (which owns the lake) on how to best solve the problem and who will pick up the tab for the repairs.

GRAND PASS BRIDGE PROJECT READY FOR CONCRETE 7/17/15CC


Now that heavy rains and flooding have subsided for the time being across mid-Missouri, an area bridge project is drawing nearer to completion.

Saline County Northern District Commissioner gives an update on the progress of the Grand Pass Bridge:



In other business, Guthrie requested an increase in hours for Saline County Sheriffs Deputy Brad Bartlett, who was assigned to the county courthouse in March; he explains why:



Commissioners approved the increase for Bartlett from 25 to 40 hours a week at the courthouse. The move takes effect on Monday, July 20th.

SALINE COUNTY RECEIVES NEW VOTING EQUIPMENT 7/17/15CC


It's out with the old and in with the new at the Saline County Clerk's office, as the office received new voting equipment for the county on Friday.

County Clerk Debbie Russell this week made a destruction request to the Saline County Commission to make way for the new machines:



Russell says she and her staff will be trained in August by representatives from vendor Elkins-Squire, of Springfield. She says the machines will first be put to use in the April 2016 Municipal Election.

CARROLLTON SCHOOL BOARD DISCUSSES "TROJAN PRIDE/TROJAN ELITE" 7/16/15CC


The Carrollton R-7 School board met in regular session this week with a number of items on the agenda.

Superintendent Dr. Jon Oetinger says the board heard a legislative update from Jefferson City, courtesy of State Representative Joe Don McGaugh:



Oetinger says the board also discussed a new program in the district dubbed, "Trojan Pride/Trojan Elite"; he explains what it will mean for students who participate in a number of school activities:



Oetinger says the board also reviewed the teachers back-to-school orientation schedule and heard a report on summer school.

FACILITY UPGRADES PROGRESSING IN GLASGOW SCHOOL DISTRICT 7/16/15CC


Glasgow School Board members this week were updated on numerous upgrades and construction projects involving district facilities.

According to a district release, the board learned that the school's track resurfacing is coming along and looks to be finished by the end of October. The newly-surfaced track will provide an all-weather surface for both students and community members for running and walking.

In other project news, the board learned that hallways and classroom floors are being sealed and a new concrete pad poured for the entryway from the Agriculture shop to the school's greenhouse. The district says bid proposals are also out right now for companies to replace all exterior classroom windows in the elementary building, along with windows in the library, junior high hallways and the commons area.

Board members also voted to raise the price of lunches by a dime for the 2015-16 school year and voted to hold a long-range planning meeting on facility improvements on Monday, July 27th.

FOOD RECALL ISSUED FOR MISLABELED SALAD PRODUCT 7/16/15CC


A food recall has been issued for a mislabeled product that could affect people with milk or gluten allergens.

According to a news release, D&D Foods, Inc., based in Omaha, Nebraska, is recalling 3-pound containers of Hy-Vee American Macaroni Salad because they were incorrectly labeled and may contain undeclared milk and wheat (gluten). People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk and wheat (gluten) run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The mislabeled 3-pound Hy-Vee American Macaroni Salad product was distributed by D&D Foods, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hy-Vee, Inc., to all of Hy-Vee’s 236 grocery stores, including several locations in Missouri.

The affected product is typically sold in stores’ ready-to-eat refrigerated cases near the delicatessen. It is packaged in a frosted clear plastic tub with a black plastic lid. The recalled product is labeled as "Hy-Vee American Macaroni Salad" on the lid but "Hy-Vee Dijon Mustard Potato Salad" on the tub. The product is actually Hy-Vee American Macaroni Salad containing milk and wheat (gluten) ingredients, which are not declared on the tub.

The recalled product has a best if used date of "7/31/2015" and a production lot code of "15177D" located on the side of the frosted clear tub. Only one product size and lot are affected by this recall.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after the incorrect packaging was discovered during routine product review.

Consumers who have purchased Hy-Vee American Macaroni Salad in these mismarked containers are urged to return it to any nearby Hy-Vee store for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Hy-Vee Customer Care representatives 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-772-4098.

AUGUST HEARING SCHEDULED FOR ROETTGEN IN SALINE CO. COURT 7/15/15CC


A Marshall man charged with attempting to shoot a police officer made an appearance in Saline County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

According to online court documents, 31-year-old Carl Clayton Roettgen appeared via video from jail at a hearing in which Public Defender James Gray advised he had a conflict of interest in the case. Court records say a new public defender will be assigned to the case.

A hearing in Saline County court has been scheduled for 9:00am on Wednesday, August 12th.

Roettgen faces seven felony charges connected to an incident in May where he allegedly pointed a gun at a Marshall police officer in the parking lot of Wal Mart as the officer attempted to arrest him on an outstanding warrant. Roettgen fled the scene and was later apprehended by U.S. Marshals in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

SWEET SPRINGS ALDERMEN SET TAX HEARING, HEAR AUDIT REPORT 7/15/15CC


The Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen met in regular session on Monday night, as aldermen approved a motion to set the city's annual tax rate hearing for Monday, August 10th at 5:45pm.

The board also heard that the city's audit report from C.P.A. Randal Fiene has been completed. Mayor Dee Friel reported the audit was a clean report with only one finding, involving delegation of duties for municipal employees.

Aldermen on Monday learned that sidewalk work in the city park will begin this week. The board also approved a bid of $6,500 from Sedalia Electric Motors to replace the pump at the Water Department lift station.

MARSHALL LIBRARY PURCHASES MICROFILM SCANNER WITH GRANT MONEY 7/15/15RK


With a grant recently received for nearly $12,000 from Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander's Office, the Marshall Public Library has purchased a digital microfilm scanner, an upgrade from the obsolete microfilm reader/printer it had been using.

Marshall Public Library Director Wicky Sleight said it is a huge improvement as the equipment is used every day.



Sleight says that scanner is currently down but should be fixed by the end of the week. However, a book and document scanner was bought with another grant the library received, and it is up and running.



Sleight said the library also has applied for another grant but has not received any word yet whether it has received it or not.

WAVERLY COUNCIL APPROVES 2015-16 BUDGET 7/15/15RK


At a short meeting of the Waverly City Council on Tuesday night, the council approved the 2015-16 financial statement and budget for the city.

It also was reported the city has a second phone number for residents to contact City Hall at (660) 493-0275.

NEW PARKING LOT TO BE ADDED AT SALISBURY 7/15/15RK


There will be some parking lots added in an area school district.

According to Salisbury R-4 Superintendent Todd Wilhite, the school board voted to add a parking lot in front of the new dome of the gymnasium, Ag Building and Administration Offices. He said the board also discussed some possible additions for parking and bus pickup and drop-offs at the schools to the list.



In other business at its meeting this week, the board approved spending some money to fix up an area on the elementary school's playground.



Wilhite said he hopes the work can be completed before the school year starts, but he's not sure.

DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE BURGLARY AT SALINE CO. BUSINESS 7/14/15CC


Authorities are currently investigating a recent break-in at a business in Saline County.

According to the Saline County Sheriffs Department, deputies were alerted at 12:35am on Saturday, July 11th by an alarm at Stuckey's Convenience Store on Highway J. Once on the scene, the responding deputy noted a broken window on the west side of the building and several cartons of cigarettes on the ground.

Once an employee with a key arrived, the officer entered and noted several more cartons of cigarettes on the floor, along with display items that had been knocked over. A later check of the store's video surveillance showed a male subject entering the business and putting several cartons of cigarettes into a box and then fleeing the store.

The employee told authorities no money was apparently taken and a safe near the cash register was untouched. The total dollar value of the stolen cigarettes was not included in the deputy's report.

Investigation into the break-in and theft continues by the Sheriffs Department.

D.E.D. SAYS JOB NUMBERS INCREASE FOR JUNE 7/14/15RK


The number of jobs is going up in Missouri.

According to a news release from the Missouri Department of Economic Development, according to seasonally-adjusted data, Missouri’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 1,500 jobs in June, while the state’s unemployment rate held at 5.8 percent.

Industries that experienced an increase in employment in June included accommodation and food services (up by 3,900 jobs), administrative support and waste-management services (up by 2,300 jobs) and transportation, warehousing and utilities (up by 2,000 jobs).

LUNCH PRICE BUMPED UP A DIME IN SALISBURY DISTRICT 7/14/15RK


During the meeting of the Salisbury R-1 School Board Monday, the board approved a number of bids, including for ones for milk, bread and new copiers for the district.

Superintendent Todd Wilhite also said there will be a slight increase in lunch prices.



Wilhite said the breakfast price remains $1.60, reduced lunch 40 cents and reduced breakfast 30 cents.

ENGINEERS EVALUATING MUDSLIDE ON HIGHWAY 224 IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY 7/14/15RK


Last week there was a mudslide in an area city that has closed down a portion of a highway.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation website, a small portion of Missouri 224 near the old Missouri River Bridge in Lexington, has been closed to traffic since July 7th.

Mike McGrath, Area Engineer for Lafayette, Johnson, Pettis and Saline Counties with MoDOT, says they're evaluating the situation at the current time.



McGrath said it's a bit of a painstaking process because they want to be sure before they do anything.



McGrath said if they move the debris hastily it could cause further mudslides. In the meantime, he said there is a road in that area just outside the business district for drivers to easily access to get around the closed road.

BOONVILLE WOMAN FACES FELONY CHARGE 7/14/15RK


A Boonville woman was taken into custody after a warrant was issued for her arrest earlier this week.

According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, 30-year-old Valerie Barber was placed on a 24-hour hold in the Cooper County Detention Center.

According to online court documents, Barber has been formally charged with an alleged Class C Felony of Second-Degree Assault. Bond has been set at $20,000 cash or surety.

A future hearing has not yet been set.

MARSHALL MAN ARRESTED IN COOPER COUNTY 7/14/15RK


A Marshall man has been arrested and faces three alleged charges in Cooper County Court.

According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, 25-year-old Xavier Swanigan was placed on a 24-hour hold in the Cooper County Detention Center for allegedly resisting arrest and alleged assault on a police officer earlier this week.

According to online court documents, Swanigan's bond was set at $2,500 cash or surety.

A future court date has not been set.

JOHNSON COUNTY ROLLOVER CRASH INJURES TWO 7/14/15RK


Two residents of the state of Kansas suffered injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Johnson County on Monday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a towed unit of an eastbound Chevrolet Suburban, driven by 24-year-old Kerri Baker, started swerving, causing the driver to lose control of the Suburban, which traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a sign and overturned.

While Baker reportedly was not injured, two passengers in the Suburban refused treatment of injuries at the scene.

The crash happened at 8:40pm on U.S. Highway 50 east of Northwest 271st Road.

WEBSITE SET UP TO HELP SCHOOLS DO BACKGROUND CHECKS 7/14/15


A State Patrol website has been enhanced to speed up the time it takes school districts to receive background checks on prospective employees or those applying for certification. Margery Tanner with the Missouri Department of Education says the change in turnaround time is drastic.



Background check results were previously mailed to districts. Tanner says a quicker hiring process, less paper and postage will all contribute to cost savings. She says more than 600 school employees have been trained to use the website.

 
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MODOT WARNS OF HOT PAVEMENT "BLOW-UPS" 7/13/15CC


As mid-Missouri feels the effects of summer, rising temperatures bring increasing chances of pavement blow-ups on area highways.

According to the Department of Transportation, a pavement blow-up occurs when heat causes the roadway surface to expand at a crack or joint where moisture has seeped in. The crack, which weakens the roadway, combines with the heat to cause the pavement to buckle and warp.

MoDOT advises motorists to be on the watch for buckling pavement and report roadway concerns by calling MoDOT's toll-free customer service center at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or online at www.modot.org.

KANDER AWARDS NEARLY $12K TO MARSHALL LIBRARY 7/13/15CC


Secretary of State Jason Kander on Monday announced Marshall Public Library received a technology grant in the amount of $11,697 to enhance the quality of technological services provided by the library.

Marshall Public Library will use the funds to replace its obsolete microfilm reader/printer with a new digital microfilm scanner that is expected to enhance image quality and improve patron accessibility.

The secretary of state’s literacy and educational enrichment grants are funded by the Library Services and Technology Act through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

MAKE SURE TETANUS SHOT IS UP TO DATE 7/13/15RK


Although flooding has subsided a bit, some cleanup probably is necessary in some areas. Before you help anybody or clean up your own property, make sure your T-DAP or Tetanus shot is up to date, according to Saline County Health Department nurse Elizabeth Frerking. If it's not up to date...



Frerking says it is risky not to have your Tetanus shot up to date.



Frerking said the Saline County Health Department has been able to order more doses of the vaccine after Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency last week. The shipment of the vaccines has been delayed a bit, but she expects them any day.

FREE ADMISSION AT SLATER CITY POOL TODAY 7/13/15


An area pool is offering itself up for free usage today for area citizens.

According to City Administrator Gene Griffith, the Slater City Pool will be open from 1:00 to 6:00pm to anybody who wants to use it as heat relief.



Griffith says residents also can use City Hall as a sanctuary from the suffocating heat.



Griffith said City Hall is open until 5:00pm.

LAFAYETTE COUNTY AUTHORITIES FIND BODY IN MISSOURI RIVER 7/13/15RK


Lafayette County Authorites recovered a body in the water over the weekend.

According to a news release from the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department, on Sunday, July 12th, 2015, at about 3:30pm, the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office received a call concerning a possible body in the Missouri River west of Lexington. With the assistance of the Johnson County Fire District Water Rescue Team, which happened to be training at the Lexington Marina, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the body was located and recovered.

The victim has been tentatively identified as 50-year-old Kevin J. Cardinal, of Gladstone.

The victim had not been reported missing at the time of discovery. The death does not appear to be suspicious at this time. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed today.

The investigation continues.

HOLDEN MAN HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH IN JOHNSON COUNTY 7/13/15RK


A Holden man was transported to the hospital for treatment of moderate injuries following a one-vehicle rollover crash in Johnson County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Ford F-150, driven by 43-year-old William Reynolds, swerved to avoid an uninvolved vehicle, left the roadway and overturned, coming to rest on its side.

Reynolds was taken to Lee's Summit Medical Center by Johnson County Ambulance.

The crash happened at 8:30pm on U.S. Highway 50, one-tenth of a mile east of Missouri Route M.

TWO LACLEDE JUDGES SAY THEY WON'T MARRY ANYBODY 7/13/15


Two Laclede County judges say they won't marry anyone, because they don't want to marry same-sex couples. Judges aren’t allowed to discriminate in whom they marry and therefore must withdraw from marrying all couples. A-J Bockelman with L-G-B-T Advocacy Group PROMO says he’s not sure if legal challenges will unfold.



Bockelman says he doesn’t think judges choosing not to marry couples are going to be a major barrier for those tying the knot.

 
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SALINE COUNTY FAIR DEMOLITION DERBY RESULTS 7/12/15CC


The engines were roaring and the metal was crunching as Day One of the 2015 Saline County Fair concluded with a demolition derby in the lower arena of the county fairgrounds on Saturday night.

In the Compact Division, Logan Baker of Marshall took first place, followed by Bill Vogl of Marshall and Tyler Virden of Bowling Green. Baker took home $1,000 prize money and was named top Saline County resident in the race.

In the Stock Division, Cody Henry of Richmond took first, followed by Chuck Wilson of Richmond in second and Jack Teegarden of Richmond in third. Marshall's Austin Phegley took fourth and was named top Saline County resident in the race.

The 2015 Saline County Fair continues through Sunday, July 19th.

AREA MOTORIST INJURED IN PETTIS CO. CRASH 7/12/15CC


A one-car rollover crash in Pettis County on Saturday night left a Lees Summit man hospitalized, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Trooper reports say it happened when 41-year-old Michael Barrett was traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 65 north of Bothwell Park Road at around 11:28pm.

Barrett's 2010 Mercedes ran off the left side of the road, crossed the median and the southbound lanes, ran off the west side of the highway, struck an embankment and overturned several times before striking a fence.

Barrett suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken via helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

ROLLOVER CRASH INTO CREEK KILLS MARSHALL TEEN 7/12/15CC


A Marshall teenager has been killed following a one-vehicle accident in Saline County on Friday night.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a westbound 1997 Ford driven by 19-year-old Chasity Roll, of Marshall, ran off the side of the roadway and overturned into Salt Fork Creek. Roll and three passengers were able to escape, but 16-year-old Carl Girard, of Marshall, was reportedly unable to exit the vehicle.

Patrol reports say flood waters carried the vehicle downstream; it was located on Saturday along with the body of the teenage boy. The body was transported from the scene to the Saline County Coroner's office.

None of the occupants in the vehicle were reportedly injured. Reports say the crash happened around 7:10pm Friday night on Watermill Road.

MISSOURI LOTTERY SENDS FUNDS TO EDUCATION 7/10/15RK


The education coffers in Missouri just got a boost today from lottery players.

According to a news release, the Missouri Lottery sent nearly $23.6 million to the Lottery Proceeds Fund for public education. Today’s transfer of $23,579,972, is the first monthly transfer of Fiscal Year 2016.

Since Missouri Lottery sales started in 1986, the Lottery has generated more than $5 billion for the state and public education. Programs funded in Fiscal Year 2015 include the A+ Scholarship Program, the Foundation Program and Access Missouri. For complete information about Missouri Lottery proceeds, including maps of proceeds by program and by county, visit "Where the $ Goes" on www.molottery.com.

TWO AGENCIES COMBINE TO GET GRANT FROM MONSANTO 7/10/15RK


Two Saline County agencies received some much-needed money on Thursday for the purchase of emergency equipment.

Russ Donnell, the Commander/Coordinator of the Saline County Medical Reserve Corps, explains...



Donnell said the Medical Reserve Corps has received the grant before.



Donnell said the grant money will be used to purchase sets of equipment. He said Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day found some used equipment that is being replaced, and they are negotiating a deal to try to six sets of used equipment, instead of the original idea of getting two new sets.

PASSENGER RAIL STOP IN CARROLLTON MIGHT BE POSSIBLE 7/10/15RK


An area town that once had an Amtrak passenger rail stop might be on its way to getting one again in the near future.

Sharon Metz, Director of the Carrollton Area Economic Alliance, says it has become more of a possibility in recent months.



Metz said it is an exciting time for the area.



Metz said an informational meeting about the possible rail stop will be held from 4:30 to 6:30pm on Wednesday, August 12th, at the Rupe Center in Carrollton. She said Senator David Pearce is scheduled to be there as well as representatives from Amtrak.

CMU APPOINTS RESIDENCE HALL DIRECTOR 7/10/15RK


A current graduate student has been appointed a residence-hall director at an area university.

According to a news release, the men who live in Buford Hall on the campus of Central Methodist University in Fayette will have a new hall director, Patrick Tracy.

Tracy is currently studying for his master's degree in education with emphasis in sports administration.

As a residence-hall director, Tracy will direct all phases of Burford, including training and educating student assistants, educational programming, and safety procedures. He also will measure the overall atmosphere and respond to any problems, situations or concerns in the hall.

SALINE CIMMISSIONERS VOTE TO UPGRADE SOFTWARE 7/10/15RK


Due to some complications and inadequacies of the current DOS-based software system used by some office holders in Saline County, the county is in need of an upgrade for its financial management package.

Concerns over the current system have been raised over the past few months, and Saline County Commissioners considered the purchase of new software after talking to the county's current provider and another provider.

Treasurer Marty Smith said an upgrade will be welcome.



At Thursday's meeting, Commissioners voted to go with software provided by Tyler Technologies, of Texas. The upgraded Windows-based software will cost at most $69,416, according to figures read by Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie. There also will be a yearly fee of $10,490 for updates to the software and any help needed at any time.

The hope is to have the new system up and fully running by the end of this calendar year.

MARSHALL FOOD PANTRY GETS DONATION FROM MONSANTO 7/10/15RK


Representatives from the Monsanto Company were at the Marshall Community Food Pantry on Thursday and presented Director Ron Duvall with a grant check of $5,000.

Duvall said the money will come in handy with so many needy families in the area.



Duvall said Monsanto always wants to help out in any way it can.



For those who qualify to receive food, the Food Pantry, located at 165 West Morgan Street, is open from 5:00 to 6:00pm each weekday and is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm each day of the last full week of the month. Duvall said families in need can get food one time per month.

LUNCH PRICES RAISED IN SWEET SPRINGS DISTRICT 7/10/15RK


Prices are going up and so are the costs of lunches in the Sweet Springs R-7 School District.

At the meeting of the Sweet Springs School Board this week, the board voted to approve increases in lunch prices. Superintendent Donna Wright explained after a study was completed last October, the average paid lunch price needed to be $2.00. Lunches will increase by a nickel in grades kindergarten through sixth grade to $1.90 and by a dime or to $2.10 for seventh- through 12th-graders.

In other business, the board voted to accept Randall Fiene CPA to complete the district's audit for $4,900.

The board also voted to approve some changes to the Extra Curricular Handbook and the Student/Parent Handbook.

SALINE COUNTY CREW TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH TUBE REPLACEMENTS 7/9/15RK


With the heavy rain, about two to 2-1/2 inches, that hit the area again on Wednesday, some roads suffered damage in the southern part of the county.

At the meeting of the Saline County Commission Thursday morning, after talking with Road and Bridge Crew Supervisor Justin Cowart, Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner gave an update on some work.



Fenner went on to say, Cowart said they have seven to eight tubes to replace "when the weather settles down."

SALINE TREASURER SAYS TAXES WERE DOWN FOR JULY 7/9/15RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday, July 9th, Treasurer Marty Smith said most of the taxes received into the county funds were down for July.



Smith continued with reports about two other taxes.



Although the July numbers were down, he said overall monthly averages on three of the four taxes are slightly up over last year.

FITZGIBBON HOSPITAL EARNS TWO FIRST-PLACE AWARDS 7/9/15RK


An area hospital received several awards at a recent annual banquet.

According to a news release, Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall received four awards at the recent Show-Me Excellence Awards during a recognition banquet at the Camden on the Lake on June 27th. The Show-Me Excellence Awards, recognize achievement and quality in advertising, marketing and public relations projects produced by hospitals and health-care systems throughout the state.

Fitzgibbon Hospital took first place for Public Relations and Marketing Projects for Small Rural Hospitals for their "We Deliver Happiness" campaign.

The hospital also took first place for radio ads with production cost under $1,000 for the "We Deliver Happiness" radio spot.

The hospital also garnered one second- and one third-place finish.

A statewide panel of public relations and marketing professionals judged the 215 entries in this year's competition.

HEUMAN CHOSEN TO BE PRINCIPAL AT EASTWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 7/9/15RK


The search is over for a Principal at Eastwood Elementary School in the Marshall Public School District.

During executive session of the meeting of the Marshall School Board on Wednesday in the library at Marshall High School, Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher said the decision was made to hire Amy Heuman.



Heuman spent some time in the Marshall School District while she was in college. She started her education career at the Miami R-1 School District and has been back in the Marshall District for five years, according to Maher, who said a lot of people were involved in the selection process.



Heuman takes over for Darci McFail who left the district to pursue other opportunities, according to Maher.

MARSHALL SUPERINTENDENT THANKS CITY OFFICIALS 7/9/15RK


At a special meeting of the Marshall School Board on Wednesday in the Marshall High School library, Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher said a verbal agreement has been reached but official documents have not been signed yet for the district to take over possession of the bottom floor of the Spainhower Building on the Marshall Habilitation Center Campus at the intersection of South Lincoln Avenue and East Slater Street on August 15th. The actual one-year lease for $40,000 total, or $3,333 per month, is to take effect on August 1st.

Dr. Maher said there are many people to thank for help in getting a deal done, including Marshall City Officials. And she said the state will fund the demolition of some of the older structures on the campus.



Dr. Maher is hopeful the school district and the city can continue to work on things throughout the school year, as well.



Dr. Maher said the future use of the building after the upcoming school year is up in the air.

The agreement is slightly more than the budgeted sum of $30,000 to $35,000, Dr. Maher said.

NEW FRANKLIN RESIDENTS HURT IN HOWARD COUNTY CRASH 7/9/15RK


A three-vehicle crash in Howard County on Wednesday resulted in four residents of New Franklin receiving minor injuries.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Dodge Durango, driven by 28-year-old Amelia Rieves, reportedly pulled into the path of a northbound Chrysler 300, driven by 27-year-old Meranda James. The Durango then spun around and struck a southbound Hyundai, driven by 20-year-old Carl Harms.

Rieves and James were transported by Howard County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. Passengers in James' vehicle, 24-year-old William James, and a 5-year-old girl, reportedly refused treatment at the scene. Harms reportedly was not injured.

The crash happened at 4:20pm on U.S. Highway 40 at Missouri Highway 87.

GILLIAM RESIDENTS HURT IN SALINE COUNTY CRASH 7/9/15RK


Two Gilliam residents were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Saline County on Wednesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound GMC Acadia, driven by 53-year-old Deborah Johnson, traveled off the right side of the roadway and stuck a utility-pole wire. The vehicle continued to roll and struck a barbed-wire fence before coming to rest on its top.

Johnson and a passenger in the vehicle, 59-year-old Robert Hall, were reportedly transported by private vehicle to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment of minor injuries.

The crash happened at 1:30pm on Missouri 240 at Primrose Avenue.

MARSHALL SCHOOL DISTRICT TO RENT PART OF SPAINHOWER BUILDING 7/9/15RK


At the June meeting of the Marshall School Board, Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher said the district's pursuit of the use of the Spainhower Building on the campus of the Marshall Habilitation Center was put on hold due to the Office of Administration asking $167,000 for rent per year. However, during a special meeting of the Marshall School Board on Wednesday in the Marshall High School library, Dr. Maher said she, other school board members and Marshall City Officials met with Doug Nelson, the Director of the Office of Administration, on June 25th, and things took a positive turn, mainly with the possibility to lease part of a building on the property at the intersection of East Slater Street and North Lincoln Avenue.

Dr. Maher explains...



Dr. Maher went on to explain, the state still will take care of some of the expenses.



Dr. Maher said the lease, which hadn't been officially signed as of the meeting, will take effect on August 1st, and the school district will be able to "take possession" of the bottom floor on Wednesday, August 15th.

SLATER COUNCIL TALKS ROAD WORK 7/8/15RK


The City of Slater is preparing for upcoming road work projects.

At the Slater City Council meeting on Tuesday, surfaces on many of the city's roads need to by updated, according to City Administrator Gene Griffith.



Griffith says he has a map to make sure all of the wards get some work done. Also, he says plans are to resurface the roads at the cemetery that weren't completed last year.



Griffith said the move has gone from white rock to red rock to asphalt at the cemetery over the past few years.

WELCOME TO SLATER SIGN TO HONOR MCQUEEN, KLEINE 7/8/15RK


At the meeting of the Slater City Council on Tuesday, it was reported that a sign will be updated to honor two of Slater's most well-known people.

According to City Administrator Gene Griffith, one of the goals submitted a few months ago was to redo the sign on the south end of town "Welcome To Slater."

Griffith explains how it will be spruced up...



Griffith said Impact Sign will be doing the work, which should take from four to six weeks. He said the goal is to get the sign finished by time the Fall Festival rolls around.

UCM'S HOFFMAN RECEIVES AWARD 7/8/15RK


Phil Hoffman, director of broadcasting services at the University of Central Missouri and general manager of KMOS-TV, UCM’s public broadcasting station, recently received the 2015 Board of Governors Award from The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Lower Great Lakes Chapter.

According to a news release from UCM, the award recognizes Hoffman's contributions to the chapter during his decade-long tenure as chair of the education committee.

Hoffman came to UCM in July 2014 from the University of Akron in Ohio.

The award was presented at the NATAS Awards show in Indianapolis at Banker's Life Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers NBA team.

CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED ON TWO IN BOONVILLE DRUG CASE 7/8/15RK


Formal charges were filed on Tuesday against two individuals in Cooper County Court after authorities in Boonville served a search warrant that netted drugs, paraphernalia and several stolen firearms on Monday.

According to a release from Boonville Police, officers served the warrant at a home in the 800 block of Sixth Street on suspicion of illegal drug activity. Once inside the home, officers reportedly located cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia and items used in the sale of drugs.

Additionally, officers report finding several guns and ammunition; three of those guns were later found to be reported as stolen.

According to online court documents, charges have been field against Jacob Case and Taylor Gee, both of Boonville. They both face a Class C Felony charge for possession of a controlled substance, except 35 grams or less of marijuana and a misdemeanor charge for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond in each case has been set at $7,500 cash or surety.

Charges are still pending against three other individuals with the Cooper County Prosecuting Attorney's office.

WINDSOR WOMAN HURT IN PETTIS COUNTY CRASH 7/8/15RK


A Windsor woman was hurt in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Pettis County on Tuesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound 2004 Hyundai, driven by 17-year-old Shelbi-Kai Hilburn, failed to negotiate a curve, slid off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.

Hilburn was transported to University Hospital via Pettis County Ambulance for treatment of moderate injuries.

The crash happened at 6:43pm on Missouri 127 at Hinken Road.

SEDALIA COUNCIL HONORS LONGTIME EMPLOYEES 7/7/15CC


At Monday's meeting of the Sedalia City Council, two city employees were recognized for over a decade of service to the city.

Council members presented Accounting Technician Peggy Bay and Police Officer Aaron Devorss with awards for their time with the city; Bay was recognized for fifteen years while Devorss was honored for ten years of service.

In other business, the council approved amending the 2015-16 budget to include the newly-acquired Sedalia Animal Shelter and also approved an ordinance to accept a sales agreement with Foley Equipment.

SEDALIA YARD WASTE SITE TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY 7/7/15CC


The city of Sedalia's yard waste facility has been closed and a temporary site has been established in its place, according to a news release.

Effective Thursday, July 9th at 7:00am, the City of Sedalia's Yard Waste Facility at 28th and New York Avenue will be closed until further notice. A temporary site has been established 500 yards south of the current location and located on the west side of New York Avenue.

Informational signs will be posted at the current and temporary facility. For questions or more information, call Sedalia City Hall at (660) 827-3000.

CARROLLTON COULD BE GETTING AN AMTRAK RAIL STOP 7/7/15RK


In the open meeting of the Carrollton Town Council on Monday night, the council learned the town is a bit closer to getting an Amtrak passenger rail stop.

According to a city official, a study was conducted by Amtrak that revealed approximately 9,400 passengers could be picked up at a stop on South Main Street. So, Amtrak is interested, but it is not a certainty yet.

Prior to the regular-session meeting, the Town Council held a public hearing and approved a Planning and Zoning Re-Platting Ordinance where it will make it easier for landowners to combine multiple lots into one at the owner's expense. The council also approved a family at the end of Jefferson Street to build a corn maze for the fall months and adopted an ordinance setting language pertaining to what is a fence within the city limits.

BUTTERFIELD YOUTH SERVICES MERGING WITH GREAT CIRCLE 7/7/15RK


After 50-plus years providing needed services for youths in the Marshall area, Butterfield Youth Services will soon be merging with another organization. The merger with Great Circle, an organization that provides behavioral services four youths that is based in St. Louis, takes effect on August 1st. The move was made official at an informational luncheon at the Martin Center in Marshall on Monday.

B.Y.S. Executive Director Keith Bishop says it is a step forward.



Bishop said Great Circle began as Boys and Girls Town of Missouri in St. James and has merged with other organizations over time. Bishop said the merger will solidify B.Y.S.'s ability to continue to provide behavioral services.



Butterfield Youth Services currently provides services for approximately 200 children per year, according to Bishop. He said the average stay is about eight months. He also said 25 kids attend school there.

RESIDENT ASKS WHAT'S BEING DONE WITH OLD FITZGIBBON HOSPITAL 7/7/


The prospect of changing portions of two streets to one-way wasn't the only issue to draw residents to the Marshall City Council meeting on Monday night.

Marshall resident Keith Jackson was at the meeting asking the council what the plans are for the old Fitzgibbon Hospital building at the intersection of East Mitchell Street and South Brunswick Avenue.



Jackson said he would like progress to be made instead of being told "there is a plan," by the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation. He is hopeful the city can get something done in a positive way in the near future.



Mayor Mark Gooden said it is an ongoing project.

TWO WARSAW RESIDENTS HURT IN PETTIS COUNTY CRASH 7/7/15RK


Two Warsaw residents were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Monday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Chevrolet Venture, driven by 49-year-old Daniel Hooton, of Warsaw, pulled from a private driveway and into the path of a northbound Chrysler P.T. Cruiser, driven by 59-year-old Sherry Ballowe, of Warsaw.

While Hooton reportedly was not injured, Ballowe, and a passenger in her car, 66-year-old Donnie Chaney, of Warsaw, suffered minor injuries. They were transported to Bothwell Hospital by Pettis County E.M.S. for treatment.

The crash happened at 1:15pm on U.S. Highway 65, one-tenth of a mile south of Elm Hills Boulevard.

BOONVILLE POLICE SEARCH NETS DRUGS, GUNS, AND FIVE ARRESTS 7/6/15CC


Authorities in Boonville on Monday reportedly served a search warrant that netted drugs, paraphernalia and several stolen firearms.

According to a release form Boonville Police, officers served the warrant at a home in the 800 block of Sixth Street on suspicion of illegal drug activity. Once inside the home, officers reportedly located cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia and items used in the sale of drugs.

Additionally, officers report finding several guns and ammunition; three of those guns were later found to be reported as stolen.

Five people, ranging in age from 18 to 27 years old, were taken into custody as a result of the search. Charges are pending against each person with the Cooper County Prosecuting Attorney's office.

ALLEGED FRAUD REPORT UNDER INVESTIGATION 7/6/15CC


A report of possible fraud made by a Saline County resident is currently under investigation.

According to Saline County Sheriff's Deputies, a resident of the 25000 block of North Highway 41 in Marshall filed the report on June 30th, stating that they had been recently contacted by Chase Bank. The bank representative stated that someone had attempted to open a $3,000 line of credit in their name.

Reports say the address listed for the applicant, identified as Kaliaka Sterius, is in Arlington, Massachusetts. Investigation into the matter continues.

ROAD WORK AT OAK GROVE COULD SLOW TRAFFIC 7/6/15CC


If you're heading east on Interstate 70 this week out of Kansas City, you may experience a big slowdown in the Oak Grove area.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, a two-month bridge rehabilitation project on I-70 over the Sni-A-Bar Creek outside Oak Grove will begin on Wednesday, July 8th. Crews will reduce I-70 to one lane over the eastbound bridge.

MoDOT says the westbound lanes will also be reduced to one lane beginning July 13th. Motorists that travel this route daily should expect heavy congestion through the area during peak commute time. Allow extra time for travel, alter your departure time or find an alternate route.

For more information, visit www.modot.org or call toll-free at 888-ASK-MODOT.

TEN DIE ON STATE ROADWAYS OVER 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND 7/6/15CC


Ten people died in traffic crashes, zero died in boating crashes, and no one drowned during the 2015 July Fourth holiday counting period, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The counting period began at 6:00pm on Thursday, July 2nd and ended at 11:59pm on Sunday, July 5th. The Highway Patrol worked 305 traffic crashes in which 10 people died and 140 were injured.

Troopers arrested 127 for driving while intoxicated. Troopers also investigated six boating crashes which included four injuries, zero fatalities, and 17 people arrested for boating while intoxicated.

WINNING POWERBALL TICKET BOUGHT IN MISSOURI 7/6/15RK


One Powerball player in Missouri can now celebrate their financial independence after matching all six numbers drawn Saturday night, July 4th, to win the $70 million jackpot. They will become the owner of the ninth largest jackpot prize ever won in Missouri. The winning numbers were: 3-6-14-18-24, and the Powerball number was 21.

According to a news release from the Missouri Lottery, the Missouri winner has 180 days to claim the prize, which would give him or her until December 31st, 2015. The jackpot winner can get the jackpot prize in 30 graduated annuity payments or in one lump-sum payment. If no choice is made in 60 days, the jackpot is automatically paid in 30 payments.

The last time a Powerball jackpot was won in Missouri was November 8th, 2014, when a woman from Dallas, Texas, claimed a jackpot prize worth $202.6 with a ticket she bought at Union Station in St. Louis.

THOMAS JOINS CMU ADMISSIONS TEAM 7/6/15RK


A recent college graduate will bring personal experience to a job at an area university.

According to a news release, Robert "Levi" Thomas, who recently graduated from Central Methodist University, has been hired as a new member of the CMU Admissions Office.

As an admissions counselor, Thomas will attend assorted recruitment events, such as college fairs and open houses. He will focus on a particular segment of the state and get acquainted with high school counselors, prospective students, and their families.

His job will include helping students assess their educational background and future goals to see if Central is a good fit for them. If so, Thomas will guide them through the entire enrollment process.

BLACKBURN RESIDENT REPORTS ALLEGED THEFT OF STORAGE TANKS 7/6/15RK


A resident of an area city has reported an alleged theft on her property.

According to a report from a deputy from the Saline County Sheriff's Department, on June 30th, the resident reported two 500-gallon storage tanks were missing from behind a barn on her property on Highway 20 in Blackburn after she mowed the property on June 29th. The resident said the tanks could've been taken anytime during the previous two weeks.

Estimated salvage value of the two tanks is $300.

The investigation is continuing.

SALINE AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING REPORT OF ALLEGED THEFT OF MAIL 7/6/15RK


A report of theft of mail from a business is being investigated by Saline County Authorities.

According to a report from a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy, the alleged incident happened between June 27th and June 28th. The owner of the business reported his mother went to check the mailbox on June 28th and the box was empty, which was unusual. A subsequent check with the U.S. Post Office revealed that mail had, in fact, been delivered to the address on 116th Trail in Marshall.

The investigation to find out who took the mail is continuing.

COLLEGE STUDENTS REQUIRED TO GET MENINGITIS VACCINATION 7/6/15


A law that took effect at the start of the month means Missouri college students have another vaccination requirement to fulfill.

The new law requires all students of colleges in Missouri be vaccinated for meningitis. Dr. Susan Even with the Mizzou Student Health Center says a person who develops meningitis can get sick very quickly and the early symptoms might look like a case of influenza. The infection actually causes an inflammation in the brain and spinal cord. Even says the new law makes sense for colleges.



Even says Princeton, U-C Santa Barbara and the University of Oregon have experienced meningitis outbreaks in recent years.

 
---MISSOURINET

TWO NAPOLEON RESIDENTS HURT IN JACKSON COUNTY CRASH 7/5/15RK


Two Napoleon residents were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Jackson County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a southbound Hyundai Accent, driven by 35-year-old Rachel Belknap, traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a mailbox and an embankment.

Belknap and a 13-year-old female passenger in the vehicle each suffered minor injuries. They were transported by Jackson County Ambulance to Centerpoint Medical Center for treatment.

The crash happened at 9:20am on Highway H, one mile north of Highway FF.

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOTS FIRED ON SEXTON ROAD 7/5/15RK


An area police department's detectives are investigating an incident of shots being fired.

At just after 2:00am today, Columbia Police officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Sexton Road in reference to a law alarm.

Officers arrived on scene and found several bullet holes in front of the house, which traveled through multiple interior walls. The house was occupied by five people, but here were no injuries at the scene.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, contact the Columbia Police Department, or call CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

TWO LINCOLN DRIVERS ESCAPE INJURY IN THREE-VEHICLE CRASH 7/5/15RK


Two drivers from Lincoln escaped injury while a driver from Bolivar suffered minor injuries in a three-vehicle crash in Benton County on Saturday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a 2014 Ford, driven by Eugene Hays, of Lincoln, overtook and struck the rear of a 1986 Ford, driven by 38-year-old Eden Roberts, of Bolivar, in the rear. A third vehicle, a 1996 Chevrolet, driven by 37-year-old Shawn Crouch, of Lincoln, also was struck in the rear.

While Hays and Crouch escaped injury, Roberts was transported by Warsaw/Lincoln Ambulance to Golden Valley Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 10:30pm on Route AC, one mile west of U.S. Highway 65.

OAK GROVE MAN HURT IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY CRASH 7/4/15RK


An Oak Grove man suffered moderate injuries in a Jeep crash in Lafayette County on Saturday.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred when an eastbound 2010 Jeep, driven by 37-year-old Joseph Urusemal, failed to yield to the Oak Grove Police Department, ran off the right side of the roadway, ran off the left side of the roadway and struck an embankment.

Urusemal was transported by Sni Valley E.M.S. to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 12:15pm on the South Outer Road and Love Road.

WINDSOR RESIDENTS INJURED IN PETTIS COUNTY ROLLOVER CRASH 7/4/15RK


Two Windsor residents were hurt in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Pettis County on Saturday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound 2005 Dodge, driven by 23-year-old Juan Galloway, attempted to make a left turn and began sliding on the gravel road. The vehicle crossed the center of the roadway and ran off the left side where it overturned and came to rest on its top in a creek.

Galloway suffered moderate injuries, while a passenger in the vehicle, 20-year-old Sarah Olyslager, received minor injuries. They were reportedly transported by private vehicle to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment.

The crash happened just after noon on Elm Branch Road, south of Windsor City Park.

ONLINE MAP AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM LOCATIONS 7/4/15RK


Free meals are being served to low-income children through the age of 18 in Missouri over the summer, and an online map may help families locate summer food programs.

According to a news release from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, an interactive map at www.dhss.mo.gov/sfsp pinpoints hundreds of locations throughout the state where Summer Food Service Programs are available.

Community organizations serve the meals at schools, churches, parks swimming pools, YMCA facilities, Boys and Girls Clubs and other spots where children gather when school is not in session.

The meals are provided to children who receive free or reduced-price meals during the regular school year. Children do not have to register, and there is no fee to participate.

Meals also will be served to 18- to 21-year-olds who have been determined by the state or local education agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who participate in an established school program for the mentally or physically disabled.

BLUE BOOK PHOTO CONTEST OPEN TO ALL 7/4/15RK


Anybody who has a camera, listen up....

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander recently launched the statewide photo contest for the 2015-2016 Official Manual, State of Missouri, also known as the Blue Book. The theme for this year’s contest is "A Day at the Park," celebrating all types of Missouri parks.

According to a release from Kander's office, he encourages Missouri residents to share their favorite photos of Missouri Parks. Outstanding photographs will be chosen from each of the three categories, State and Local Parks, Sports and Theme Parks and State Historical Sites and will be published in the upcoming Blue Book.

Missouri residents of all ages are eligible. Participants may submit any number of photographs, but each photo must be accompanied by its own entry form. All entries must be received by 5:00pm on Friday, August 7th. Photo contest winners will be chosen through a combination of online voting and selection by a committee within the Secretary of State's office.

Entry forms and contest rules are available on the secretary of state's website: www.sos.mo.gov/photocontestrules.

DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE OFFERS TIPS AFTER STORMS 7/4/15RK


Following recent severe weather that impacted parts of the state, the Missouri Department of Insurance is reminding Missourians if they have questions or concerns about their insurance coverage to contact the department's Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-726-7390 or visit www.insurance.mo.gov.

According to a news release from the Department of Insurance, individuals and business owners who sustained property damage should immediately contact their insurance companies.

The Department of Insurance offers these tips for consumers affected by the storms:

--Contact your insurance agent or your company's toll-free claims number as soon as possible.

--If you have lost the contact information for your insurance company, the department may be able to help you locate it. Contact the department at insurance.mo.gov or by calling 800-726-7390.

--Make temporary repairs to prevent further damage. For example, a hole in the roof should be covered by a tarp or other materials to keep out rain. The same goes for a broken car window. Otherwise, further damage will likely not be covered by your insurance policy. Keep the receipts for materials you buy so you can be reimbursed.

--Don't make permanent repairs until your insurance company has inspected the damage. If you do, your company may not reimburse you.

--Once your claim is processed, get estimates from contractors or auto repair shops known to you or recommended by someone you trust. Be suspicious of strangers who offer to do repairs for you.

--If you believe your insurance company has not handled your claim properly, file a complaint with us. The department will determine whether your insurance company has followed Missouri law in processing your claim.

--Don't let contractors inspect your property if you're not watching. Some unscrupulous companies will cause damage to drive up the repair cost, and your insurance company will likely not cover the additional cost.

--Don't pay the whole repair bill in advance. Pay in full only when the work is completed according to your agreement.

SUMMER PICNICS COST MORE THIS YEAR 7/4/15RK


As shoppers plan menus for summer outings, they will find food needed to feed a gathering of 10 people will cost a little more overall this year than last, but significantly less than the national average, according to a news release from Missouri Farm Bureau.

The menu used for comparing prices year-over-year included hamburgers, hot dogs, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, corn chips, watermelon, lemonade, chocolate milk and appropriate condiments. The national average price was $55.84 while Missouri prices for the same items totaled $49.89, $5.95 less overall. Missouri’s year-over-year, however, is up $2.06 from $47.83 in 2014.

Of the 14 items surveyed as a part of this meal, six increased in price while eight dropped over the same time last year.

Volunteer shoppers from across Missouri and the nation visited their local markets to gather prices for inclusion in the survey to provide diversity in shopping locations and pricing.

TWO SHARE EMPLOYEE OF QUARTER FOR MMU 7/4/15RK


Marshall Municipal Utilities has announced its employee of the quarter.

According to a news release, Ben Lent and Brandon Geritz shared the award for the quarter ending March 31st, 2015.

Lent and Geritz were selected by a group of their peers from two nominations out of a pool of approximately 90 eligible employees.

Lent and Geritz both hold the position of General Maintenance/Meter Reader and joined MMU in September of 2013.

PEDESTRIAN HURT IN BENTON COUNTY ACCIDENT 7/4/15RK


A pedestrian from Buckner was injured when he was struck by a vehicle in Benton County on Friday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as 46-year-old Brett Ferguson, of Buckner, walked into the path of a towed unit of a westbound 2001 GMC, driven by 32-year-old Matthew Stegink, of Independence.

Ferguson was transported by Warsaw-Lincoln Ambulance to Bothwell Regional Hospital for treatment. Stegink reportedly was not injured.

The accident happened at about 10:30pm on Lakeview Avenue, one mile east of Plum Street.

LINCOLN TEEN HURT IN JEEP CRASH IN BENTON COUNTY 7/4/15RK


A rollover jeep crash in Benton County on Friday caused minor injuries to a Lincoln teen driver.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by 16-year-old Cannon Scarlett, traveled off the right side of the roadway. The driver overcorrected while returning to the roadway, causing the vehicle to overturn.

Scarlett was transported by Warsaw E.M.S. to Bothwell Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened just after 4:00pm on Route H, one-half mile south of Spring Lake Drive.

MOTORCYCLE CRASH INJURES TWO IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY 7/4/15RK


Two residents from the Kansas City area suffered moderate injuries in a motorcycle crash in Lafayette County on Friday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Harley Davidson, driven by 60-year-old Alvin Richardson, traveled off the roadway and overturned, ejecting the driver and occupant, 53-year-old Linda King.

The injured were transported to Centerpoint Hospital by ambulances for treatment.

The crash happened at 9:45pm on Missouri 224, east of Missouri 24.

THREE CAMPERS RESCUED BY HIGHWAY PATROL 7/3/15CC


Three people were rescued from flood waters in Benton County this week by troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

According to a news release, troopers were notified around 9:20am Wednesday morning that two individuals were trapped by rising waters at Forbes Campground. Authorities determined that area roads were too flooded and the area wasn't accessible by boat, at which point an air rescue was put into action.

A patrol helicopter was dispatched from Jefferson City and safely picked up the two people, 66-year-old Timothy McShane and 12-year-old Jake McShane, of Bellflower, California. During the extrication, troopers also located and rescued 59-year-old Robert Jones, of Liberty.

Troopers reportedly used a chopper with a short haul rescue line to transport the three to safety. None of the three had any reported injuries.

MARSHALL SCHOOLS TACKLE RAIN AND WATER DAMAGES 7/2/15CC


Not only are Marshall and Saline County roads and infrastructure reeling from recent rain and storms, but now several buildings within the Marshall School District are reportedly damaged as well.

Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher talks about some of the problems the district now faces on the heels of a lot of rain in the Marshall area:



Maher says the district's custodial and grounds crews have been on overtime working to abate the water damages and get the buildings back to normal:



No timetable for the all the repairs has been given, although Maher says they will definitely be complete before the start of the school year. She says a total dollar figure won't be available until insurance adjusters have completed their damage assessments.

PETTIS COUNTY CLEANS UP AFTER TORRENTIAL RAINS 7/2/15CC


Pettis County officials have begun cleaning up and assessing damages from a deluge of heavy rain on Wednesday evening.

County E.M.A. Director Dave Clippert says while some parts of the county experienced high winds and one-inch hailstones, the main culprit was constant rain that fell for much of the morning and into the nighttime hours:



Clippert says a bridge near LaMonte suffered serious damages due to the rush of high water on Wednesday:



At the height of the storm, officials reported nearly twenty streets in Sedalia that were under water; some 50 vehicles were reported as stalled or stranded in the flooded roadways in a span of about two hours.

Several power poles were also reported down near the community of Green Ridge.

COMMON ROADS TAKE BIG WEATHER HIT IN SALINE COUNTY 7/2/15CC


Miles upon miles of Saline County roadway have sustained damages during recent heavy rains and storms.

Common Road District Supervisor Justin Cowert says about 75% of Common District roadways are damaged in some way. He adds that the work it will take to repair them means putting off other projects his department had hoped to complete this summer:



Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner reminds county residents that roads will be repaired, but it won't happen all at once:



Fenner say damage estimates are between $700,000 and $750,000; Cowert says around $350,000 of that total is for road damages alone.

County officials have met with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine if the county qualifies for federal and/or state disaster relief.

SALINE COUNTY STORM DAMAGES SUBMITTED TO F.E.M.A. 7/2/15CC


The cost of damages from recent heavy rains in Saline County are beginning to stack up, according to county officials.

Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner says he, along with E.M.A. Director Emmit Williams and Common Road Supervisor Justin Cowert, met Wednesday with a representative from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to review the county's storm damages:



Fenner outlines the steps in the process for the county to receive federal and state funds to help offset the cost of the damages:



Fenner and Williams say the county's storm damages are estimated at somewhere between $700,000 and $750,000.

The Flood of June 26, 2015


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SLATER SCHOOL BOARD SETS OUT-OF-DISTRICT TUITION RATES 6/24/15RK


During the meeting of the Slater School Board on Tuesday night, the board approved the out-of-district tuition rates, according to Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz.



Lorenz added the tuition rates for preschool will see a slight increase.



In other business, the board approved a bid for roughly $16,000 for installation of cameras, appointed a Homeless Coordinator, approved bus routes and adopted the ending 2014-15 budget as the new budget for 2015-16.

SLATER CITY COUNCIL TO CONVENE ON TUESDAY 6/15/15CC


The Slater City Council meets in regular session on Tuesday, June 16th.

Items on the council agenda include updates on the summer trash schedule, upcoming city events and events at the city pool. Council members will also discuss a sewer study grant.

The meeting gets underway at 7:00pm at Slater City Hall located at 232 North Main Street.

FIREWORKS SAFETY TIP OFFERED BY STATE FIRE MARSHAL 6/10/15


Fireworks can be purchased in Missouri from June 20th to July 10th. State Fire Marshal Greg Carrell hopes people will use common sense when shooting them off.



Carrell says the number of fires increases during the fireworks season. He urges people to keep their distance from homes, vehicles and anything else that could catch on fire when lighting those colorful displays. He says Missourians should also check with local fire or police departments to learn about local fireworks ordinances.

 
---MISSOURINET

SLATER COUNCIL AUTHORIZES SALE OF BUILDING 6/3/15RK


At the meeting of the Slater City Council on Tuesday night, the council approved two ordinances.

Mayor Stephen Allegri said one of the bills is for the sale of a vacant building to Dr. Brian Fisher, the city's new dentist, for $7,500.



The second bill authorized the city to establish a pedestrian crosswalk on Morgan Street.

In other business, the council was updated on the upcoming Steve McQueen Day Celebration. The Celebration, which was postponed due to inclement weather from Saturday, April 25th, is now set for Saturday, June 27th, according to City Administrator Gene Griffith. He said there will not be a carnival, but all of the other original activities are still planned.

SUMP PUMPS TO BE MAIN FOCUS OF SEWER STUDY IN SLATER 6/3/15RK


The City of Slater's City Administrator Gene Griffith applied for and received a sewer study grant for just over $47,000, which will help the city conduct a needed survey, mainly involving sump pumps from houses of the residents, according to Mayor Stephen Allegri at the meeting of the Slater City Council Tuesday night.



Griffith explained I&I is Inflow and Infiltration.



Allegri and Griffith said it would be better if the city's residents would have their sump pumps draining into their yard or the street.

Griffith said after the study is finished, a meeting will be held with the public invited to tell what was found and insisting findings get corrected. He said the city also could be asked to seek funding for work needed to its sewer system.

SEARCH CONTINUES FOR HORN 5/22/15


The search continues today for a man accused of murdering a woman and her son in Clinton - the same woman that escaped from a Sedalia home at the beginning of the month, where she said he had been holding her in a box.

Police in Clinton are being asked why they weren't protecting Sandra Sutton and her son, Zachary, from her former boyfriend, James Horn, Junior. Police Lieutenant Sonny Lynch answered that question.



James B. Horn is a 47-year-old white male who is approximately 5-11 and 175 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He is known to frequent the Sedalia and Pettis County area and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone who sees him is urged to avoid contact and to call 911 or local law-enforcement authorities.

 
---MISSOURINET

LEXINGTON'S WATER MEETS STATE REGULATIONS 5/13/15RK


During the meeting of the Lexington City Council Tuesday night, the council heard updates about the city's water, worked out an ATV issue and got a good report from the state about law enforcement.

City Administrator Mark Rounds said the city heard the city's water meets Department of Natural Resources regulations.



In other business, Rounds said the council also worked through an issue about ATV noise with the residents involved with a positive outcome and heard the numbers of a report about law enforcement and racial profiling are low in the city.

AREA TEEN INJURED IN LAFAYETTE CO. CRASH 5/8/15


A Wellington teen received minor injuries following a one-vehicle crash in Lafayette County on Friday morning.

The Highway Patrol says 19-year-old Harley Walker was southbound on Highway 131 and failed to negotiate a curve. His 1984 Chrysler ran off the roadway, struck a culvert and came to rest in a yard.

Walker was transported from the scene by Wellington EMS to St. Marys Hospital in Blue Springs for treatment. Reports say the crash happened around 9:30am, just south of Route FF in Lafayette County.
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