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SALINE CO. CRASH INJURES KANSAS WOMAN 4/17/15CC


A Kansas motorist was injured Friday in a one-vehicle rollover accident near Sweet Springs in Saline County.

The Highway Patrol says it happened just before 3:00pm, when 35-year-old Jamie Ellison, of Shawnee, was eastbound on Interstate 70 and reportedly lost control of her 2008 Kia. The vehicle ran off the roadway, stuck a ditch and overturned.

Ellison suffered moderate injuries and was taken by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. Troopers were assisted at the scene by members of the Sweet Springs Police Department.

SALINE CO. DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE THEFT REPORT 4/17/15CC


Area deputies are currently investigating a report of alleged theft made by a Marshall resident.

According to a release from the Saline County Sheriff's Department, deputies were called to a residence in 18000 block of Magnolia Avenue at around 6:30pm on Thursday. The resident stated that someone had entered several buildings located on the property; no damages were reported to any of the structures.

The caller told authorities that no items were missing from the buildings in question but that two toolboxes and a tap-and-die tool set were missing from a shed on the grounds. Deputy reports say the toolboxes are valued at around $100 each and the tool set is valued at around $350.

No suspect information has been made available; investigation into the matter continues.

M.M.U. BOARD APPROVES TWO-CITY WATER CONNECTION 4/17/15CC


At the most recent meeting of the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works, board members approved a water line connection between two area communities.

A release from M.M.U. says board members on Thursday approved the city of Waverly's request to make a connection to the city of Malta Bend's drinking water flow line to their system. Malta Bend, in turn, has requested Waverly to allow an emergency connection to their line running from the Waverly water treatment plant.

The utility says the contract requires Waverly to get M.M.U. approval before adding any customers outside the city limits.

In other business, the board reviewed requests for qualifications from several firms for repairs to the North English Lift Station in Marshall; M.M.U. says board members will hear a recommendation on the matter at their next regularly scheduled meeting.

MEMORIAL RUN CLOSES WARRENSBURG STREETS 4/17/15CC


A special event in Warrensburg this weekend will mean a few street closures for area motorists.

The Blaine Whitworth "Go Big or Go Home" 5k walk/run will take place in Warrensburg from 6:00am until noon on Saturday, April 18th. According to city officials, the following streets will be closed from 6:00am until 11:00am:

* Pine Street, from Washington Street to Holden Street

* Bodies Alley, from MO-PAC Alley to Pine Street

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

TWO YOUTHS INJURED IN COOPER CO. ROLLOVER CRASH 4/17/15CC


Two area youths escaped serious injury Friday in a one-vehicle accident in Cooper County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 16-year-old Isabella Roth, of Blackwater, was driving southbound when her 2004 Pontiac reportedly crossed the center line, ran off the roadway, overturned and struck a tree.

Roth and a 14-year-old passenger, also from Blackwater, received minor injuries and were taken from the scene by ambulance to Cooper County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Trooper reports say the crash happened around 7:55am on Route M, one mile south of Schulte Drive.

SLATER SCHOOL BOARD BIDS ADIEU TO JANEK, HAYS 4/17/15CC


The Slater Board of Education this week bid farewell to two longtime faces of the school district and the school board.

Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz talks about the contributions of district bookkeeper and board secretary Jean Janek and outgoing board president Rick Hays:



Lorenz says the board then reorganized and selected officers for the coming year:



In other business, the board approved the district's extra duty salary schedule and approved curriculum for math and K-12 language arts along with making revisions to the school calendar.

In executive session, board members approved a 4% salary increase for Lorenz, as well as approving numerous hires and contract renewals for the 2015-16 school year.

SEDALIA POLICE NET BIG DRUG BUST 4/17/15CC


An arrest has been made and charges filed in Pettis County after authorities this week made a sizeable drug bust in Sedalia.

Sedalia Police on Tuesday reportedly stopped 25-year-old Nathaniel D. Harvey for a traffic violation around 10:45pm on South 65 Highway. Police say the driver was accompanied by an unidentified juvenile.

Officers reported detecting the odor of marijuana in and around the vehicle, which led to a search by a K-9 officer that reportedly turned up over five pounds of packaged marijuana, along with synthetic marijuana, paraphernalia and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Later, detectives applied for and received a warrant to search Harvey's Sedalia residence, where authorities say they located several ounces of synthetic marijuana, prescription medications and materials used to package narcotics.

Harvey was placed into custody on $100,000 bond. Court documents show he was charged this week with two class B felony counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute along with a class B misdemeanor count of Unlawful Transaction with a Child.

A hearing in the matter has been set for Tuesday, April 21st in Pettis County Circuit Court.

BOONVILLE COUNCIL OK'S NEW CAR LOT 4/17/15CC


An area city council has given final approval to a new auto dealership coming to its community.

Boonville City Council members this week approved a site plan for a new Rick Ball Chevrolet lot at 2500 Main Street. A spokesperson says the site, located at the old Bobber Truck Stop, is now reportedly ready now that old petroleum fixtures at the site have been remediated.

Like many governments in the area, the Boonville Council formally reorganized this week on the heels of the April 7th election. Steve Young was sworn in as a Ward 1 council member, along with Vanessa Dorman in Ward 2, Becky Ehlers in Ward 3 and Mark Livingston in Ward 4.

Ehlers was also selected as Mayor Pro-Tem for another term and Brad Wooldridge was chosen to serve another term as City Attorney.

Longtime Ward 4 council member Morris Carter, who opted not to run for re-election, was honored by the Boonville Council for over twenty years of service and presented with an honorary plaque.

MARSHALL FFA TAKES ANOTHER TOP HONOR 4/17/15


For the fourth year in a row, the Marshall FFA chapter has been named the top chapter in the state of Missouri.

At the 87th annual Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia on Thursday, the Marshall program received the distinction of Top Chapter award winner, a designation only achieved by ten percent of state chapters. 2015 marks the fourth straight year Marshall has taken the top honor.

A release from the state FFA says Marshall's slate of activities over the past year included holding peer-led tutoring sessions, sponsoring both an eight-grade dodgeball tournament and a local alumni technical skills event, organizing a Veterans Day assembly, conducting a timber-stand improvement project, and carrying out "Operation Beautiful", designed to promote members' "mental well-being, self-esteem and positive character traits".

Top chapters will be submitted to the National FFA organization to compete for the National FFA Chapter Award this fall at the 88th annual National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Marshall FFA program advisors are Paige Brock, Callie Dobbins and Randy Plattner.

AREA SCHOOLS SHINE AT STATE FFA CONVENTION 4/17/14CC


Several area FFA programs have won honors at the 87th annual Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia.

A release from the FFA says Marshall High School's program has been named the state's Top Chapter, a title claimed by the group for the past four years. Other area chapters garnering honors at the state convention include:

* Sweet Springs FFA chapter: 3rd Place out of 338 chapters statewide

* Boonville FFA chapter: 9th place out of 338 chapters statewide

* Slater FFA chapter: 23rd place out of 338 chapters statewide

* Higginsville FFA chapter: 25th place out of 338 chapters statewide

* Concordia FFA chapter: 28th place out of 338 chapters statewide

* Carrollton ACC FFA chapter: 30th place out of 338 chapters statewide

The 87th annual Missouri FFA Convention continues through Friday.

STATE FFA BESTOWS INDIVIDUAL HONORS, OFFICES 4/17/15CC


Several area residents have been awarded with individual honors and offices at the 87th annual Missouri FFA Convention, taking place Thursday and Friday in Columbia.

A release from the state FFA says that Austin Boland, of Sweet Springs, has been named State FFA Vice President for Area 6. Advisors for the Sweet Springs chapter are Brett Niemeyer and Kristen Fenner.

Rylee Streit, of Holden, has been named State FFA Vice President for Area 7. Advisors for the Holden FFA chapter are Rusty Kephart and Dusty Davidson.

Other area honorees include:

* Amanda Reid, of Concordia, has been named as an Honorary State FFA Degree recipient. She serves as the advisor for the Concordia FFA chapter.

* Kelly Lee, of Norborne, has been named as an Honorary State FFA Degree recipient. She teaches Agriculture at Norborne R-8 schools.

* Ashley Renck, of Warrensburg, has named as an Honorary State FFA Degree recipient. She serves as an assistant professor at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

* Dusty Davidson, of Holden, has been named as an Honorary State FFA Degree recipient. He serves as an advisor to the Holden FFA chapter and teaches agriculture in the Holden R-3 school district.

COURT DATE SET FOR MARSHALL VEHICLE DAMAGE SUSPECTS 4/17/15CC


A hearing date has been set for two men accused of damaging dozens of vehicles in Marshall last week.

According to online court documents, 21-year-old Jackie Lee Cadwell and 23-year-old Dwight Lee Johnson each face three Class C felony charges of Tampering with a Motor Vehicle after they were taken into custody last week. An investigation by the Marshall Police Department into nearly 40 incidents of vehicle damage reported on the night of April 10th led to the arrests of the two men.

Both men appeared via video link at an arraignment this week in Saline County Circuit Court, where a hearing date was set for 9:00am on Wednesday, April 29th.

Court records say bond for each man stands at $15,000.

NEW FRANKLIN MOTORIST KILLED IN THURSDAY CRASH 4/16/15CC


A head-on collision in Howard County has claimed the life of a New Franklin man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway patrol, it happened Thursday morning when a westbound vehicle driven by 36-year-old Terry Sitzes, of New Franklin, crossed the center line and struck head-on a vehicle driven by 62-year-old Lawrence Murray, of Pensacola, Florida.

Sitzes suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by a Howard County paramedic.

Murray and a female passenger both received minor injuries and were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The Patrol report says the crash happened around 10:15am on U.S. Highway 40, just east of the Missouri 240 alternate in Howard County.

SALISBURY SCHOOL BOARD BIDS FAREWELL TO LONGTIME MEMBERS 4/16/15CC


The Salisbury R-4 School board met in regular session this week with a number of items on the agenda.

Superintendent Todd Willhite says the first order of business was to reorganize the board and select officers for the coming year:



Willhite says the board also awarded Crockett Engineering, of Columbia, their bid of $4,800 for parking lot improvements:



In other business, the board approved a bid for new library carpet and approved an area community theater to use the Salisbury School theater for a summer production. The group has plans to perform the show outdoors, but asked for permission to use the theater as a backup in case the weather should turn unfavorable.

SALINE OFFICIALS STAGE MOCK DRILL AT CARGILL, CONAGRA PLANTS 4/16/15CC


Saline County emergency officials this week tried their hand at an emergency drill involving two different locations in an effort to function more efficiently in a time of crisis.

Emergency Management Director Emmitt Williams explains:



Williams says coordinating communication between agencies is a key factor in an emergency situation, and Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrie, Jr., says he was very impressed with what he saw at the Saline County 911 Center as the drill unfolded:



The drill involving ConAgra and Cargill took place Tuesday night and involved several factors, including a dangerous gas leak along with simulated injuries and a simulated fatality.

Williams says overall, the drill was a success and that a similar exercise is in the planning stages for this fall.

SAFE KIDS DAY THIS SATURDAY IN SEDALIA 4/16/15CC


West Central Missouri Safe Kids Coalition will sponsor its first Safe Kids Day on Saturday, April 18 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at WK Chevrolet in Sedalia.

A news release says the day will focus on activities to keep children safe at home, in the car, while playing sports and walking. There will also be an opportunity for parents to have car seats checked. The Coalition will be assisted by volunteers from the Kiwanis Club and the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The Sedalia Fire Department will have the Fire Safe House available. There will be free bicycle helmets for the first 50 children that attend the event and lunch will be provided by the Pettis County Cattlemen.

For additional information, contact JoAnn Martin at (660) 827-1130.

PETTIS CRASH INJURES SEDALIA WOMAN 4/15/15RK


A one-vehicle crash in Pettis County Wednesday morning sent a Sedalia woman to the hospital with moderate injuries.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound GMC JIMMY SUV, driven by 23-year-old Sarah Hartley, of Sedalia, traveled off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, traveled off the right side of the roadway again, down an embankment and rolled onto its side.

Hartley was transported by E.M.S. to Bothwell Regional Hospital for treatment.

A passenger in the vehicle, 30-year-old Amber Staten, of La Monte, reportedly refused treatment of minor injuries at the scene.

The crash happened at 11:10am on Route H, north of Bouldin Road.

The crash closed down that part of Route H for a couple of hours.

HUMVEE WILL COME IN HANDY FOR SWEET SPRINGS AUTHORITIES 4/15/15RK


Other communities in the area already have one, so why not Sweet Springs?

According to Sweet Springs Chief of Police Dick Downing, the city recently received an important addition to its family of vehicles, and it didn't cost the city one red cent.

Downing said the 2007 soft-top Humvee was given to the city through the Department of Defense's 1033 Program. It's a ton and a quarter truck that will come in handy in inclement weather, according to Downing.



Getting this vehicle also will alleviate usage of some personal vehicles, Downing said.



The only downside is, if there comes a time when the City of Sweet Springs does not want the vehicle anymore, it has to return it to the Department of Defense. Or, the Department of Defense can recall it at any time, Downing said.

STATE FAIR STUDENTS HEADING TO CHICAGO 4/15/15RK


Some area college students will be headed to the Windy City in a couple of months.

According to a release from State Fair Community College in Sedalia, three students have qualified to compete at the National Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) leadership conference June 24th through 27th in Chicago.

Deana Taylor, of Sedalia, Maddie Davis, of Jefferson City, and Matt Smith, of Knob Noster, qualified April 11th at the PBL state leadership conference in Springfield. Taylor finished second in Retail Management, fourth in Computer Applications and fifth in Word Processing; Davis placed second in Client Service; and Smith finished third in Justice Administration and fifth in Cyber Security.

PBL is a nonprofit education association that prepares students for careers in business and business education.

ODESSA SUPERINTENDENT LAYS OUT PLAN FOR SUMMER SCHOOL IN THE DISTRICT 4/15/15RK


With two seats up for election and only the incumbents signing up to run, the Odessa R-7 School Board remained the same after the results of the April 7th Municipal Election. Superintendent Bob Brinkley also said officers stayed the same, with Aaron Dillon being reelected president and Brian Young Vice-President.

Action taken by the board included approval of the Childcare and S.O.A.R. Handbooks and the budget for the upcoming summer-school session, Brinkley said.

Brinkley also laid out the plan for the summer-school session.



In other news from the meeting, Brinkley said several students were at the meeting and gave a presentation about what they learned and took part in while participating in the D.A.R.E. program.

NEW DOG PARK COMING TO WARRENSBURG 4/15/15CC


With a new city dog park slated to open sometime this year, the Warrensburg City Council this week made some changes to city ordinances about dogs on leashes.

Spokesperson Sylvia Carpenter explains:



Carpenter says no timetable has yet been given for when the dog park will open to the public:



The new dog park will be at Cave Hollow Park, located in the northeast part of the city on West Gay Street.

HIGGINSVILLE SCHOOL BOARD AGENDA 4/15/15CC


The Lafayette County C-1 Board of Education meets in regular session at 7:00pm on Thursday night.

Agenda items for the Higginsville School Board include the announcement of the 2014-15 Teacher of the Year along with discussion and action on a transportation extension, medical and dental insurance, and a capital projects list.

The board will also swear in Nicky Bennett and Brent Schlotzhauer to their seats on the board, followed by the election of officers for the coming year.

An executive session for student, legal and personnel matters is also on the evening's docket.

SLATER SCHOOL BOARD TO REORGANIZE THURSDAY 4/15/15CC


A regular session meeting is on tap at 5:30pm Thursday night for the Slater School Board.

Board members will vote to approve the April 7th election results before adjourning the current board and formally reorganizing with newly sworn-in board members.

Other agenda items include revisions to the school calendar for next year and revisions to the district's personal leave policy. Board members will also take up approval of the extra duty salary schedule and the curriculum for math and language arts.

A closed executive session is also scheduled for personnel and legal matters.

M.M.U. BOARD MEETS THURSDAY 4/15/15CC


The Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works meets in regular session on Thursday morning.

Items on the agenda include discussion and action regarding the North English Lift Station and a Waverly/Malta Bend emergency connection. Board members will also hear reports from the utility's department heads.

The meeting begins at 8:30am at the M.M.U. office at 75 East Morgan in Marshall.

WAVERLY WASTEWATER PROJECT TO BEGIN SOON 4/15/15CC


The Waverly Board of Aldermen has learned that the city's wastewater project should be getting underway soon.

Aldermen got the update Tuesday night at their monthly meeting, where officials stated the project should be breaking ground sometime in mid-May or possibly the first of June. Board members this week also approved the replacement of nine lights at the city ball field.

In other business, outgoing aldermen Kevin Emde and Linda Maycock were honored by the board for their years of service on the board and were presented with honorary plaques. Also, new board members were sworn in by the city clerk; David Brotherton takes over Maycock's Ward I seat while Billy Arnold replaces Emde in Ward II.

Also at the meeting, Mary Slayer was selected as Waverly City Tax Collector.

KANDER TOUTS NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK 4/15/15CC


Secretary of State Jason Kander is encouraging Missourians to visit their local library during National Library Week, April 12 – 18.

A release from Kander's office says National Library Week is a time to acknowledge the positive impact libraries and librarians have made in communities across America. The Missouri State Library, a division of Kander’s office, has distributed about $1.8 million in grant funding to public libraries this fiscal year. Grant funds are used to improve library services, collections and technology.

Find out more at www.sos.mo.gov.

COLLISION WITH GARAGE INJURES TWO 4/15/15CC


Two area women suffered injuries when their car reportedly struck a building in Knob Noster.

A trooper report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says it happened when a vehicle driven by 83-year-old Billi Maddux, of Knob Noster, accelerated into the rear end of a garage in the 900 block of Northeast 130th Road.

Maddux and a passenger, 63-year-old Tina Maddux, also of Knob Noster, both suffered minor injuries and were taken to Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg for treatment.

The report says the accident occurred just before 11:00pm on Tuesday evening.

D.E.D. RELEASES MARCH JOBS REPORT 4/15/15CC


According to seasonally adjusted data released today by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri’s unemployment rate edged up to 5.6 percent in March, which is 0.8 percentage points lower when compared to the March 2014 rate.

The state’s nonfarm payroll employment decreased by 7,500 in March, following a revised employment increase of 12,200 in February. Industries that experienced an increase in employment in March included food service (up by 1,500 jobs) and wholesale trade (up by 1,100 jobs). Among the industries that experienced a drop in employment was health care & social assistance (down by 2,000 jobs).

Missouri’s nonfarm payrolls have increased by 39,000 jobs over the past year.

YOUTH TURKEY WEEKEND FIGURES RELEASED 4/15/15CC


The Missouri Department of Conservation reports that young turkey hunters harvested 4,441 birds during the 2015 spring youth season, April 11 and 12. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 117 birds, Greene with 88, and Cedar with 87.

Top counties in the KMMO listening area were Pettis and Howard with 35 and Chariton with 34.

All total, youth hunters checked 4,332 turkeys during last year’s spring youth weekend.

Hunters age 6 through 15 are allowed to take one male turkey or turkey with a visible beard during the youth season. Those who harvest a turkey during the youth season may not take a second bird until the second week of the regular spring turkey season, which runs April 20 through May 10.

COURT DATE SET IN SLATER KIDNAPPING CASE 4/15/15


A trial setting begins next month for an area man accused of trying to take a child from a Slater school bus last year.

According to online court documents, 53-year-old Norman Forrester, of Slater, is charged with Felony Child Kidnapping along with three Misdemeanor counts of assault, trespassing and peace disturbance in connection with the incident on April 24th, 2014.

In a hearing earlier this week, Circuit Judge Dennis Rolf reviewed the results of a recent psychiatric evaluation on Forrester before continuing the case to a trial setting at 9:00am on Monday, May 11th in Saline County Circuit Court.

GLASGOW SCHOOL BOARD SWEARS IN TWO MEMBERS 4/15/15CC


At this week's meeting of the Glasgow School Board, members approved the April 7th municipal election results.

The board approved the results pertaining to the tax rate ballot item that passed for the district along with the winners of two vacant seats, incumbent Steve Ferguson and newcomer Mitch Monnig. The two men were officially sworn in to the new term at Monday night's meeting.

Also approved were the district's certified salary schedule, health insurance renewals and Comprehensive School Improvement Plan. Board members additionally approved the hiring of three full-time and two part-time instructors.

The next regular meeting of the Glasgow School Board is scheduled for Monday, May 20th.

WARRESNBURG TRAFFIC GROUP MEETS WEDNESDAY 4/14/15CC


A regular open session for the Warrensburg Traffic Commission is slated for Wednesday afternoon.

The agenda includes a progress report on roadway projects, a report on recent city council actions and discussion of a proposal to remove a parking lot on King Street and McGoodwin Street between Washington and Warren Streets.

The meeting gets underway at 4:00pm.

SALARY MATTERS TOP BOONVILLE SCHOOL BOARD AGENDA 4/14/15CC


The Boonville R-1 School Board will take up a number of salary matters at their regular session meeting on Wednesday, April 15th.

Board members will look to approve the certified, non-certified and extra duty salary schedules for the 2015-16 school year. They are also scheduled to approve revisions to the district's sick leave policy and to appoint a delegate to the Missouri School Board Association.

The current board will adjourn for the final time so that the newly reorganized board can be sworn in; the offices of president, vice-president and treasurer will also be elected.

A closed executive session is also scheduled for personnel matters.

NEW FRANKLIN SCHOOL BOARD TO MEET WEDNESDAY 4/14/15CC


The New Franklin R-1 Board of Education meets in regular open session Wednesday evening at 7:00pm.

The board is slated to hear reports from building principals and get an update on the preliminary 2015-16 budget. The current board will then adjourn so that the board can be formally reorganized and new members sworn in.

Board members will also hear a request to form a building project committee.

An executive session for student and personnel matters is also on the agenda.

CARROLLTON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO GET CHROMEBOOKS 4/14/15RK


In the planning stages for a little over a year, the Carrollton School Board approved a measure that will improve technology for students at the high school.

Carrollton R-7 Superintendent Dr. Jon Oetinger explains.



It will cost the district some money, but Dr. Oetinger says it's hard to not give their students the best opportunities.



Dr. Oetinger said the decision was a culmination of the research, planning and training the district has done to this point.

CARROLLTON SCHOOL BOARD REALIGNS AFTER MUNICIPAL ELECTION 4/14/15RK


At the meeting of the Carrollton School Board on Monday, the board members stayed the same after the results of the April 7th Municipal Election. However, the office holders changed a bit.

Linda Brock was voted to be President, replacing Craig Linneman. David Randolph as Vice-President, Treasurer Alvin Brownley and Carrie Brunsche as Secretary all stayed the same.

Brownley also was voted to be the board's MSBA representative with Linneman being the alternate delegate. Jeremy Payne and Susie Lock were voted to the TAB committee board and Payne as Foundation representative.

In other news, the board also approved keeping the tuition rates at the Carrollton Area Career Center the same for the 2015-16 school year, approved a board policy dealing with public speakers on the district's property, and gave the thumbs-up to some Middle School and High School changes to scheduling.

MARSHALL MEN FACE PROPERTY DAMAGE CHARGES 4/14/15RK


Two Marshall men are facing three Class C Felony charges each after their arrest late last week.

According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, it received approximately 40 reports of property damage done to vehicles in Marshall on Friday, April 10th, 2015.

After conducting an investigation, warrants were issued for 21-year-old Jackie Lee Cadwell and 23-year-old Dwight Lee Johnson.

The release from the Police Department says authorities are still receiving estimates on damage to the vehicles.

According to online court documents, bond has been set at $15,000 cash only for each man. Arraignment for each man is set for 9:00am on Wednesday, April 15th.

WARSAW WOMAN SUFFERS INJURIES IN BENTON COUNTY CRASH 4/14/15RK


A Warsaw woman was injured in a rollover crash in Benton County Monday night.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when the driver, 22-year-old Brittany Chiles, reportedly fell asleep while at the wheel of a southbound Ford Ranger. The vehicle traveled off the road and overturned.

Chiles was transported by Cole Camp E.M.S. to Bothwell Regional Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

The crash occurred at 11:00pm on U.S. Highway 65, one mile north of Route P.

GREEN RIDGE MAN HURT IN PETTIS CRASH 4/14/15RK


A two-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Monday afternoon resulted in moderate injuries to a Green Ridge man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Dodge Dakota, driven by 33-year-old Kevin Binder, of Green Ridge, met a westbound Infinity Silverado, driven by 20-year-old Petr Grigoryev, on a curve. Grigoryev reportedly hit his brakes to try to avoid the collision. In an effort to avoid the collision, as well, the Binder vehicle swerved and overturned.

Grigoryev reportedly was not injured.

But Binder was reportedly taken by private vehicle to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.

The crash happened at 3:45pm on Main Street, four miles west of Sedalia.

SMITHTON TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURUED IN PETTIS CRASH 4/14/15RK


A Smithton 16-year-old driver had to be flown to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries after a one-car crash in Pettis County on Monday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Quenten Harmon, failed to negotiate a curve and exited the roadway. The vehicle returned the roadway, then exited the other side of the roadway and struck a fence and a tree.

The crash happened at 1:15pm on Rattlesnake Hill Road, four miles south of Smithton.

STATE SENATE TO CONSIDER SCHOOL TRANSFER LAW 4/14/15


The State Senate is considering another possible fix for Missouri’s school transfer law, and is waiting to find out what it would cost. The proposal establishes a system of school accreditation by building rather than by district. Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal said the bill would offer a better education to all students.



Currently, if one building in the district is considered unaccredited, all buildings in the district lose their accreditation. An earlier proposal put the price tag at $193 million.

 
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BOONVILLE COUNCIL TO REORGANIZE TUESDAY 4/13/15CC


The Boonville City Council meets in regular session Tuesday night at 7:00pm.

The evening's agenda includes a second reading of a bill to approve a final site plan for an auto dealership on Main Street before the council adjourns and reconvenes with newly elected members. Council will then swear in new officials and elect a mayor pro-tem for the coming year.

The council will also hear updates from the city administrator and the city attorney.

LEXINGTON CITY COUNCIL AGENDA 4/13/15CC


The Lexington City Council is scheduled to meet Tuesday night at 7:00pm at the Lexington Middle School commons.

Council members will vote to certify the April 7th election results, reorganize the council and elect officers for the coming year. The council will also take up the appointment of Abigail Tempel as Second Ward Councilperson.

Other agenda items include discussion of an upcoming town hall meeting on Thursday, April 16th, the upcoming citywide cleanup on April 25th and various other future events. Council members will also discuss an animal control ordinance and 2015 budget amendments.

An executive session is also slated for real estate, personnel and contract matters.

WAVERLY COUNCIL TO TALK LIGHT REPAIRS 4/13/15CC


The Waverly City Council meets in regular session Tuesday evening with a light agenda.

The council will reorganize and swear in new members per the April 7th election, discuss the city wastewater project and discuss fixing lights at the city ball field.

The meeting gets underway at 6:30pm at Waverly City Hall.

ODESSA SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TUESDAY NIGHT 4/13/15CC


The Odessa R-7 School board meets in regular session Tuesday night at 7:00pm in the high school media center.

The board will formally reorganize, swear in new members and elect officers for the coming year. Other agenda items include discussion of the 2015 summer school schedule and budget, review of the district's 2015-16 handbooks and the presentation of various department and administrative reports.

A closed executive session is also included on the evening's agenda.

CONCORDIA PUBLIC HEARING SLATED FOR TUESDAY 4/13/15CC


The Concordia Board of Zoning Adjustment will hold a public hearing at 10:00am Tuesday morning in Room 203 of the Concordia Community Center located at 802 South Gordon.

A release from the city says the purpose of the meeting is to consider a request for a variance of rear yard setbacks for construction of a detached accessory building at 1008 South Main Street.

The board will also consider a request for a variance of side yard setbacks for construction of a detached accessory building at 306 Southeast 10th Street Terrace.

PETTIS COUNTY ROAD COLSING ON TUESDAY 4/13/15CC


The Missouri Department of Transportation will close Route Y Highway (aka West 16th Street) to all traffic between Shady Lane and Willow Drive on Tuesday, April 14th for culvert replacement.

Construction is expected to begin at 7:30am and be complete by 3:00pm for the road to re-open. Weather conditions may cause postponements in the work schedule.

The project location is a short distance west of the Sedalia city limits and 16th & Winchester roundabout. Work will be conducted on the culvert located near the entrance of the Sedalia Country Club.

Officials say it is a heavily traveled road, and a large number of motorists will need to plan an alternate route and plan extra time to arrive at their destination as detouring may add a considerable amount of time to the commute.

JACKSON CO. CRASH HURTS TWO ODESSA DRIVERS 4/13/15CC


Two Odessa residents have escaped serious injury in a three-vehicle accident in Jackson County.

The Highway Patrol says 31-year-old Chad Clemons, of Odessa, and 73-year-old John Eichhorn, of Odessa, both received minor injuries when the vehicles they were driving were involved in a collision with a Bates City driver while the three vehicles were slowing for traffic congestion.

Both drivers reportedly refused treatment at the scene for their injuries. Reports say the crash happened on I-70 at Route F at around 8:00am Monday morning.

SMITHTON MAN HURT IN TRUCK CRASH 4/13/15CC


An area man has been injured in a tractor-trailer rollover crash in Morgan County.

According to the Highway Patrol, it happened as 59-year-old Terry Wittman, of Smithton, was northbound in a 2014 Mack truck at around 8:25am Monday morning. The truck reportedly ran partially off the side of the roadway and overturned onto its side.

Wittman suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was taken by ambulance to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment. Reports say it happened on Route E, just north of Route HH in Morgan County.

GODSEY REMAINS PRESIDENT OF MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD 4/13/15RK


With the results of the April 7th Municipal Election in the rear-view mirror, the Marshall School Board held a special-session meeting and elected officers for the next term.

The oath was administered to Larry Godsey and Leslie Huston, the two winners during the election. The officers were selected, with Godsey remaining President and Huston as Treasurer. Brad Guthrey was elected Vice-President and Linda Perkins Secretary.

In closed, executive session, in addition to hiring Jim Heinzler as Marshall High School Principal, the district also hired Jessie Spurgin as a bus driver.

SHOW-ME HONOR FLIGHT TAKES TO AIR TUESDAY MORNING 4/13/15RK


Thirty-nine area residents, including 12 from Saline County, will be embarking on a special trip in the wee hours of Tuesday, April 14th.

According to Saline County Northern Commissioner and one of the flight organizers Charlie Guthrie, the trip begins in Sedalia for the Show-Me Honor Flight No. 16. The trip will begin at 2:30am as the group gathers in Sedalia for a road trip to Kansas City International Airport for a flight, which is scheduled to arrive in Baltimore at 9:25am. Then, the group will board a bus and head to Washington, D.C.



Guthrie said they also will have the opportunity to see the Iwo Jima Memorial, the Air Force Memorial and the Pentagon, as well as touring the Capitol Building and the White House.



Guthrie said plans are underway for Flight No. 17, perhaps in June of this year.

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE ALLEGED BURGLARY IN MARSHALL 4/13/15RK


Saline County authorities were called to a residence on Magnolia Avenue in Marshall with the report of an alleged burglary.

According to the report filed by a Saline County Deputy, on Saturday, April 11th, he was dispatched to the residence where the owner claimed somebody had broken into an unoccupied property. The owner said she has not lived in the residence for about three years, but she alleged somebody had kicked in the front door, damaging the door frame, to gain entry.

The report says there was some evidence of a muddy footprint on the door.

The owner reportedly does not wish to pursue an investigation, other than filing the report in the event there are any similar incidents in the area.

No other information was made available.

MARSHALL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA'S LAST SHOW OF SEASON IS SUNDAY 4/13/15RK


The last concert of the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra's 52nd season will be Sunday, April 19th.

According to a news release, the event will feature Marshall native and Marshall High School graduate, Richard Marshall, on trombone with the award-winning Marshall High School Orchestra as special guests. Marshall is the son of former Marshall Public Schools music teacher, Mary Marshall, and the late Tom Marshall, a former state representative, who is currently a student at Indiana University.

The concert begins at 2:30pm in the Harold Lickey Auditorium of Bueker Middle School.

The public is invited to attend this free event.

MVC RECOGNIZESW SCHOLAR STUDENTS 4/13/15RK


At a Scholar Banquet last week at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, a number of students were recognized for their efforts this academic year.

According to a release from the college, Dr. Parris Watts, MVC's Vice-President of Public Affairs honored the scholars on Thursday, April 9th. In order to qualify for the scholar awards, students must have a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade-point average and be a December or May graduate of the current academic year.

Included among the scholars were several local and area students: Kelly Cordray, of Marshall, in art; Tracy Bommer, of Marshall, in computer information systems; Conner Swift, of Marshall, in history; Cecylee Lewis, of Columbia, in mathematics; Henry Yeagle, of Marshall, in middle-school education; and Sabrina Bartley, of Camdenton, in psychology.

Additionally, Sidney Robertson received the Ed Leslie Lamp of Knowledge Award.

TWO ST. LOUIS RESIDENTS HURT IN JOHNSON CRASH 4/13/15RK


Two St. Louis residents were injured in a one-car crash in Johnson County on Sunday morning.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as 19-year-old Jayla Brown lost control of her eastbound Ford Focus on the wet roadway. The car traveled off the right side of the road and struck a tree.

Brown, and a passenger in the vehicle, 18-year-old Malia Harris, each suffered minor injuries, but each reportedly refused treatment at the scene.

The accident happened at 10:10am on U.S. Highway 50, one mile northwest of County Road Northwest 1601.

MONDAY SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS 4/12/15CC


The following area school boards are scheduled to meet on Monday, April 13th, 2015:

* The Sedalia 200 School Board meets in regular open session at 6:30pm at Smith-Cotton High School.

Items on the agenda include discussion and action on bond certificates, discussion of a five-year maintenance plan, updates on architect plans and monthly building reports. The board will also formally reorganize and elect officers for the coming year.

Board members will also take up several bids and discuss the district's Comprehensive School Improvement Plan.
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* The Carrollton R-8 School Board will also formally reorganize and swear in new members along with recognizing outgoing school board members. Officers for the coming year will also be elected along with delegates to the Missouri School Board Association.

Board members will consider C.A.C.C. tuition rates for 2015-16, discuss middle and high school scheduling and also get an update on summer school plans. An executive session is planned for personnel and real estate matters. The regular session gets underway at 7:00pm.
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* The Salisbury R-4 School Board meets at 7:30pm in the district board room.

The board will reorganize and elect new officers along with approving an engineering firm for parking lot work, get a presentation from the Salary Committee and approve bids for library carpet. An executive session is slated for personnel matters.
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* New board members will be sworn in and new officers elected at the meeting of the Glasgow School Board at 8:00pm.

The board will also take up the district salary schedule, health insurance plan and Comprehensive School Improvement Plan. A closed session is also planned for personnel matters.

MONDAY CITY COUNCIL/ALDERMEN MEETINGS 4/12/15CC


The following city councils and boards of aldermen are scheduled to meet on Monday, April 13th, 2015:

* The Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen meets in regular session at 6:00pm at Sweet Springs City Hall.

Agenda items include the reorganization of the board and the swearing-in of newly elected officials, an appointment to the park board, and discussion of both the Sweet Springs FFA Farmers Market and the annual Gusher Days.

Aldermen will also hear monthly street, public works and police reports.

An executive session is also scheduled for personnel matters.
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* Glasgow's Board of Aldermen meets at 6:30pm with a wide array of items on the agenda.

The board is slated to take up Museum Board appointments, a trash service update, requests for facilities for upcoming events and a request for a handicap ramp at the medical clinic on Market Street.

Aldermen will also take up a bid for a used city vehicle and a liquor license request for the Glasgow Lions Club.

A closed session is also scheduled for hiring and contract matters.
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* Like many area city governments, the Odessa Board of Aldermen will formally reorganize following the April 7th election.

Oaths of office will be administered to John Carmody, Brian Henning and Mike Stevens and members will also elect a Mayor Pro-Tem.

Aldermen will also take up an ordinance to both appoint Mickey Ary as City Administrator and to set an annual salary for the job.
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* The Warrensburg City Council meets in regular session at 7:00pm at Warrensburg City Hall.

Council will take up a resolution to dispose of three city-owned vehicles, numerous ordinances involving annexation and land plats, and several amendments to city ordinances and codes.

The evening begins with a closed executive session at 5:00pm and a council study session at 6:00pm.

WORK TO CLOSE PARTS OF I-70 IN SALINE CO. 4/12/15CC


All this week, the Missouri Department of Transportation will have portions of Interstate 70 in Saline County closed.

According to a release from MoDOT, crews will close various lanes of eastbound and westbound I-70 during daytime and nighttime hours for shoulder work. The work is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 13th and wrap up on Friday, April 17th.

All work is weather dependent. For more information, visit www.modot.org or call toll-free at (888) ASK-MoDOT.

MARSHALL TRAIL RECOGNIZED BY INTERNATIONAL WALKING GROUP 4/12/15CC


Marshall residents may soon notice walkers hiking a five- or ten- kilometer route through the city. The "Historical Marshall 5 & 10k Year-Round" trail was recently added to the American Volkssport Association’s (AVA) listing of over 1800 self-guided walking trails in the USA.

The route takes walkers through the Jim the Wonder Dog Garden, along the Saline County Courthouse, past historic homes, through Indian Foothills Park, and on a trail overlooking the site of the Battle of Marshall. Marshall’s trail is designated "year-round" which means anyone can hike it at any time; there is no special event associated with walking the route.

Marshall’s route was added to the AVA’s listings through the efforts of Marshall Library director Wicky Sleight, and the trail begins and ends at the Marshall Public Library. Walkers pick up a map from the library staff and head out to experience Marshall on a 5k or 10k route laid out by an AVA team with suggestions from Sleight.

Volkswalking (a.k.a. "volksmarching") is a form of non-competitive fitness walking that developed in Europe and there are thousands of Volkssport Clubs around the world.

For more information call the Marshall Public Library at (660) 886-3391.

NEW WASTE DISPOSAL SERVICE APPROVED IN SALISBURY 4/12/15CC


Starting in July, the trash trucks making the rounds through Salisbury will be different after the Board of Aldermen voted last week to change waste service providers for the city.

Mayor Steve Kacvinsky explains:



The move takes effect on July 1st of this year.

SALISBURY ALDERMEN EXAMINE DANGEROUS DOG LAW 4/12/15CC


The city of Salisbury is taking a look at making some changes to its city dog ordinance.

According to Mayor Steve Kacvinsky, many in the community and on the Board of Aldermen would like to see one notable distinction removed from the ordinance regarding dangerous dogs:



Kacvinsky says before a final decision is made, the board is making sure that the language of the revised ordinance is clear.



The next meeting of the Salisbury Board of Aldermen is slated for Thursday, May 14th.

GILLIAM SCHOOL SEEKS TO RAISE ACCREDITATION STATUS 4/12/15CC


An area school district whose test scores have improved steadily over the past few years wants an upgrade to their state accreditation.

Superintendent Darrell Lee says a motion was made for the move at the most recent meeting of the Gilliam School Board:



Lee says the request for an accreditation upgrade is a relatively simple process:



In other news from the Gilliam School Board, new members Mandy Smith and Jennifer Shepard have joined the board after the April 7th municipal election and the board has voted in their officers for the coming year; they remain unchanged from last year.

ONE INJURED IN SALINE CO. MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT 4/12/15CC


A Marshall man escaped serious injury after being thrown from a motorcycle on Saturday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 22-year-old Michael Barnes was traveling at a high rate of speed on a 2015 Kawasaki and lost control of the bike. The rider was reportedly ejected from the motorcycle.

Barnes received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment. Reports say the accident happened around 11:40am on U.S. 65 at 190th Road in Saline County.

MARSHALL DISTRICT NAMES NEW HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL 4/11/15CC


The Marshall School District on Saturday announced the hiring of a new school official.

Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher talks about the hiring of Jim Heinzler as Marshall High School principal and his connection to the district:



Maher says the search for a replacement for outgoing principal Royal Peterson, who announced his retirement earlier this year, was neither a short nor easy task:



The superintendent says Heinzler will spend the next few months learning the job before officially starting on August 1st. She says the hiring decision was made during an executive session of the school board on Friday afternoon.

JOHNSON CO. ROLLOVER INJURES TWO 4/11/15CC


A one-vehicle rollover crash in Johnson County left two area residents with injuries on Friday morning.

The Highway Patrol says a vehicle driven by 19-year-old William Ross, of Garden City, was westbound when it traveled off the roadway at a T-intersection and overturned. A passenger in the car was ejected while a second passenger partially ejected in the rollover.

The driver, Ross escaped injury in the accident; 27-year-old passenger Mallory Dresel, of Lees Summit suffered serious injuries while 26-year-old Clifford Stephens received moderate injuries. Both were taken to Research Medical Center for treatment.

Patrol reports say it happened around 3:30am on Southwest 600th Road at Route T in Johnson County.

SEDALIA DRIVERS ESCAPE SERIOUS INJURY IN COLLISION 4/11/15CC


Two people were injured Friday in a two-vehicle collision in Pettis County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Reports say it happened around 9:35am on Smasal Road, just west of U.S. Highway 65, where 16-year-old D'Rae Marcum, of Sedalia, was traveling eastbound in a 2005 Nissan. Marcum reportedly lost control of the vehicle, which began skidding before striking a westbound 2008 Nissan driven by 70-year-old Samuel Jackson, of Sedalia.

Marcum received moderate injuries in the crash while Jackson sustained minor injuries; both drivers reportedly refused treatment at the scene.

BRUNSWICK WOMAN KILLED IN ROLLOVER CRASH 4/11/15CC


An area woman has been killed following a one-vehicle rollover accident Friday night near Triplett in Chariton County.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says it happened just after 8:00pm when 43-year-old Katrina Piper, of Brunswick, was traveling northbound on Triplett Avenue and reportedly lost control of her 2004 Cadillac. The vehicle overturned, ejecting the driver from inside.

Piper suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Chariton County Coroner at around 9:20pm.

Two passengers, ages 10 and 13, reportedly received minor injuries in the crash but required no treatment at the scene.

MARSHALL POLICE INVESTIGATING PROPERTY DAMAGE REPORTS 4/10/15RK


According to a news release from the Marshall Police Department, it is investigating several property damage reports, involving vehicle windows being damaged. The incidents occurred during the evening hours of Thursday, April 9th, into the early hours of Friday, April 10th.

If you have any information on any of the incidents, your are being asked to call the Marshall Police Department at (660) 886-7411.

GILLIAM SCHOOL BOARD OFFICERS REMAIN THE SAME 4/10/15RK


At its meeting this week, the Gilliam C-4 School Board welcomed in two new members after Tuesday night's Municipal Election. New member Mandy Smith was sworn in, while the other new member, Jennifer Shepard, was not present due to being out of town. Superintendent Darrell Lee said the officers were chosen and will stay the same, with John Thomason serving as President, Joe Pycke as Vice-President and Brenda Butler as Secretary Treasurer.

In other business, Lee said the board approved Certified Staff employment, but tabled a decision on the salary schedule until its next meeting. He also said the board accepted resignations of part-time employees Fran Klein as a guidance counselor, Josephine Kolks as a librarian and Alica Huesgen as an art teacher. Lee said the district will seek replacements in the near future.

SWEET SPRINGS SCHOOL BOARD, OFFICERS REMAIN SAME 4/10/15RK


At the meeting of the Sweet Springs School Board Thursday night, the board did not need to realign due to Tuesday night's Municipal Election results, as incumbents Cindi Sims and Darla Reid won reelection.

Also, the officers for the board will remain the same, with Brian Vogelsmeier serving as President, Donald Boland as Vice-President, Reid as Secretary and Sims as Treasurer, according to Superintendent Donna Wright.

In other business taken up by the board, dates were set for the 2015-16 school year as April 23rd, 2016, for Prom, Senior Trip as May 6th through 13th, 2016, and May 13th, 2016, as Graduation Day.

In executive session, Wright said the district extended several contracts for extra duties, such as athletic coaches.

SEDALIA CAR THROUGH BUSINESS--UPDATE 4/10/15RK


On Thursdsay, April 9th, KMMO News had a report of a vehicle driving into the front of a business in Sedalia. Today, we have more details on that accident.

According to a report filed by a Sedalia Police Officer, the accident happened as the driver of a Nissan, 75-year-old Jacqueline Leiter, of Sedalia, mistakenly pressed the accelerator instead of the brake while in front of Peak Performance. The vehicle reportedly jumped the parking curb and the sidewalk and hit the front window area of the business located at 3124 West 16th Street, directly across from State Fair Community College, in the Stone Creek Shopping Center.

No damage estimate to the business has been made available, but Leiter's vehicle had to be towed from the scene due to damage suffered.

According to the report, Leiter was not injured in the crash, which happened just before 9:00am.

SATURDAY IS FIRST DAY OF SPRING YOUTH TURKEY HUNTING SEASON 4/10/15RK


GOBBLE... GOBBLE... GOBBLE...

Saturday, April 11th, marks the first day of the weekend Spring Turkey Hunting season for youths in Missouri.

According to a release from the Missouri Department of Conservation, the annual weekend is for young hunters ages 6 through 15. The regular spring season runs April 20th through May 10th.

You can find detailed information on harvest limits, allowed hunting methods and other pertinent information at the website, mdc.mo.gov.

LOCAL AUTHORITIES WARN RESIDENTS OF SCAM 4/10/15RK


The Saline County Sheriff's Department wants to warn area residents of a scam.

According to a report from the department, a Marshall resident contacted the office and said he had received a phone call on Thursday from someone claiming to be with the Microsoft Security Company who asked him turn on his computer. The caller then gave the victim of series of commands so the caller could access his computer remotely. Upon accessing his computer, the victim said they changed his password so the victim could not access his computer at all.

Authorities checked out the phone number of (979)-696-8159 with 800notes.com and it revealed a scam. They want to advise residents to beware of a Middle Eastern/Indian speaking person contacting them advising them of problems with the Microsoft software and wanting to access their computer remotely.

SALINE COMMISSIONERS APPROVE HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANT 4/10/15RK


At the Thursday morning meeting of the Saline County Commission, Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner said the Saline County Historic Preservation Society has received a grant from the Missouri State Historic Preservation Commission.



The commissioners approved the grant agreement.

Fenner said the event should draw more than 100 people from around the state. The program is scheduled to be held at the Martin Community Center.

Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell said Jessica Goodman, who works in her office as a mapping specialist, has been instrumental in getting the meeting in Marshall.

In other business, the commissioners also approved the transfer of just over a quarter of a million dollars to the Saline County Sheriff's Fund.

SALINE COUNTY ELECTION CERTIFICATION IS TODAY 4/10/15RK


Numbers given after Tuesday night's results of the Municipal Election in Saline County were unofficial. The numbers will be made official today, according to Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell with an announcemnet during Thursday's meeting of the Saline County Commission meeting.

A bipartisan team of judges is scheduled to look over the numbers at 1:30pm in the County Clerk's office.

However, it could take a little longer for races which did not have any participants, coming down to write-in candidates.



Russell said it takes a team effort to get the job done.



In the end, Saline County had 23.4 percent of its registered voters cast ballots.

TODAY IS FIFTH DAY OF HEALTH WEEK 4/10/15RK


Today is the fifth day of the 20thAnniversary of National Public Health Week. This year’s theme is "Public Health: Better Health. Better Missouri." Today’s theme is "Building on 20 Years of Success."

According to a release from the Pettis County Health Center, accomplishments of the public health community over the last two decades are significant, such as a 25-year improvement in the average lifespan for Americans. In the Pettis County community, there has been a decrease in the number of people reporting using tobacco products and a decrease in the death rate from all causes. Some of the activities which have resulted in increasing the average life span include: Increasing the use of child passenger safety seats and seat belts; Improved prenatal care for expectant women; Expanding access to immunizations; Educating community members about health risks and how to make healthier choices.

For more information on ways to help your family live a healthier life, contact the Pettis County Health Center at (660) 827-1130.

MARSHALL P.D. REMINDS RESIDENTS OF NUISANCE ORDINANCES 4/9/15RK


With the beginning of spring, the Marshall Police Department wants to remind residents of the city's nuisance ordinances.

According to a news release, "It shall be unlawful for anyone to permit any weeds, grass or plants, other than trees, bushes, flowers, or other ornamental plants to grow to a height exceeding 12 inches anywhere in the city; any such plants or weeds exceeding such height."

Also, "unsheltered storage of old, unused, stripped, junked and other automobiles not in good and safe operating condition, and of any other vehicles, machinery, implements, and/or equipment and personal property of any kind which are no longer safely usable for the purposes for which they were manufactured, which hereinafter are collectively described as "said personality" (except in licensed junk yards) within the corporate limits of this city."

Each is declared to be a danger to the public health, safety or welfare and a nuisance.

In most cases, violators will first receive a warning, then could receive a citation, if the situation persists.

VEHICLE REPORTEDLY HITS SEDALIA BUSINESS 4/9/15RK


Details are sketchy, but an officer with the Sedalia Police Department confirmed that a vehicle ran into the front of a business this morning.

According to the officer, the incident occurred at Peak Performance on 16th Street, directly across from State Fair Community College in the Stone Creek Shopping Center.

No other details are available at this time. KMMO News will update the story when more details become available.

MOST TAX MONEY RECEIVED BY SALINE COUNTY UP 4/9/15RK


Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission Thursday morning and gave an update on the sales-tax report for April.



Smith went on to give updates on two other taxes, as well.



Smith said the monthly averages are mostly up in each category from last year, except for the Use Tax, which is down slightly.

MARSHALL RESIDENTS REPORTS ALLEGED IDENTITY THEFT 4/9/15RK


On Wednesday, April 8th, a Marshall man alleged that his and his wife's identity had been stolen.

According to a report from a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy, the man had received information from the individual who prepares his taxes that somebody had already filed taxes under his and his wife's names and social-security numbers electronically.

The victim said he has no idea who would've filed the taxes or when the taxes were filed.

The release says, the deputy printed out an Identity Theft Affidavit from the IRS website for the victim to fill out. The IRS also will be sending the victim other forms to be filled out for Identity Theft.

The investigation is continuing.

HIGH WINDS CAUSE I-70 CRASH IN SALINE COUNTY 4/9/15RK


High winds caused a vehicle accident in Saline County on Wednesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as the wind reportedly pushed a towed unit of an westbound International, driven by 66-year-old Dennis Hartwig, of Blackburn, onto its side. That caused the International to tip onto its side, as well.

Hartwig, who suffered minor injuries, was reportedly taken by private vehicle to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment.

The crash occurred just after 6:15pm on I-70 at the 84.8-mile marker.

TWO ELDON RESIDENTS KILLED IN MILLER COUNTY CRASH 4/9/15RK


Two Eldon residents were killed in an 8-vehicle, chain-reaction crash in Miller County on Wednesday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a westbound tractor trailer, driven by 62-year-old Daniel Burch, of Elizabeth, Illinois, struck a westbound Pontiac Vibe, driven by 50-year-old Robin Dinwiddie, of Eldon, in the rear, causing a chain-reaction of several cars striking each other.

Dinwiddie, and a passenger in her car, 27-year-old Kenda O'Leary, of Eldon, were pronounced dead at the scene at 5:40pm.

Four other persons were hurt in the crash, suffering minor to serious injuries, and were taken to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach for treatment.

The accident occurred at just after 3:00pm on U.S. Highway 54, just east of Route W.

SEVERE STORMS WEDNESDAY CAUSE SOME DAMAGE 4/9/15RK


Severe storms traveled through the KMMO listening area on Wednesday afternoon and evening, doing some damage.

According to a report from the National Weather Service, high winds, measured as strong as 63 miles per hour, took down power lines in La Monte and some trees in other parts of Pettis County.

In Howard County, there also was a large tree down, blocking Highway 87 for a time just after 6:00pm. The Highway opened to traffic after the tree was removed last evening.

There also were numerous reports of hail from the storm. The size of the hail varied from location to location, including as large as 2-1/4 inches in size in Platte County.

In Saline County, there was a report of a tractor trailer overturned near Mile Marker 84 on Interstate-70.

At the KMMO studio, as of 5:00am, we've received 1.19 inches of rainfall.

Larry will update you on what the weather is doing and the forecast after the news.

TODAY'S HEALTH THEME IS: BUILDING BROADER CONNECTIONS" 4/9/15RK


Today is the fourth day of the 20thAnniversary of National Public Health Week. This year’s theme is "Public Health: Better Health. Better Missouri."

According to a release from the Pettis County Health Center, today’s theme is "Building Broader Connections." Organizations cannot improve the health of a community alone. The Pettis County Health Center is partnering with many groups in the community to make the community a healthier place to live. Some of its new initiatives include:

--Developing a workplace wellness coalition to bring ideas for healthier living to a place where many adults spend a lot of time – at work; supporting the first Baby Café in Missouri in partnership with Bothwell Regional Health Center and the Pettis County Breastfeeding Coalition to support breastfeeding mothers at home and at work; working with the University of Missouri in the Healthy Communities Partnership to develop a community health improvement plan; working with 4-H club members to help develop messages to keep youth from starting to use tobacco products.

For more information on ways to help your family live a healthier life, contact the Pettis County Health Center at (660) 827-1130.

STATE ENERGY LOANS NOW AVAILABLE 4/8/15CC


The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) recently announced it is making available $3.5 million in low-interest loans to public schools, public colleges and universities, local governments, public water and wastewater treatment facilities, and public hospitals for energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the State of Missouri.

The department’s Division of Energy is accepting loan applications from April 1 through June 30th, 2015, for loan amounts between $10,000 and $750,000. The interest rate for this cycle will be 2.5 percent, with a maximum 10-year-repayment. Loan applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis. If money remains after applications and have been reviewed and prioritized, consideration will be given to loans in excess of $750,000.

Loans are repaid from energy savings achieved. Loans to public schools and local governments do not count against debt limits or require a public vote or bond issuance. Projects with the quickest payback, based on cost versus anticipated energy cost savings, will receive priority. For more information, visit www.energy.mo.gov.

MARSHALL LIBRARY TO CELEBRATE 25 YEARS 4/8/15CC


Marshall Public Library celebrates its 25th birthday this year, and the public is invited to celebrate.

On Sunday, April 12th at 2:00pm, Missouri Senator David Pearce will present a proclamation at a "Silver Jubilee Celebration" at the Library. The proclamation recognizes the 25th anniversary of the opening of Marshall Public Library.

Marshall area residents are invited to join the festivities and enjoy a piece of birthday cake to commemorate the occasion. Past library Board members will be special guests.

A release from the library says many Marshall residents may not remember a time when there was not a public library in Marshall, but Marshall Public Library is relatively young compared to most libraries in the state. In fact, at the time of its ‘birth’ in 1990, Arnold was the only other Missouri town with a population over 10,000 that did not have its own library.

The library opened its doors to the public on March 18, 1990, and gave out 673 library cards in the first few hours of its opening. The collection had 10,000 books and has grown to a present collection of more than 35,000 books. Through the consortium, Marshall residents have access to over one million items and daily delivery between Missouri libraries.

M.M.U. HONORS "EMPLOYEE OF THE QUARTER" 4/8/15CC


Marshall Municipal Utilities has announced Tim Cornine as their "Employee of the Quarter" for the quarter ending December 31st, 2014. Cornine was selected by a group of his peers from 3 nominations out of a pool of approximately 90 eligible employees.

In nominating Cornine, Underground Facilities Director Monty Chase noted that he performs maintenance on all of MMU’s trucks, vehicles, and other equipment, while also working on pumps, chainsaws, and other small engines.

Cornine began his employment with MMU in April 2008 as General Maintenance/Meter Reader in Underground Facilities. In November 2009, he was promoted to Maintenance and held that position until July 2012 when he accepted the position of Fleet Mechanic.

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD MEETS FOR PERSONNEL MATTERS 4/8/15RK


At a special closed executive session of the Marshall School Board on Tuesday night, the board approved the hiring of Sara Willis as a first-grade teacher and Courtney Gieselman as a second-grade teacher at Southeast Elementary School for the 2015-16 school year.

The board also was informed of the transfers of Kirby Rugen, Rebecca Fann and Missy Morton from second-grade teachers to first-grade teachers at Southeast.

Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher says she and the board have pared down the list of candidates for Marshall High School principal to two.



Maher says interviews have been conducted and a final decision should be made soon.

SECOND TRY CHARM FOR GLASGOW SCHOOL TAX-LEVY ISSUE 4/8/15RK


On the second try, the Glasgow School District's tax-levy proposal gained approval of the voters.

In November, the measure, which is a hike of 75-cents per $100 of assessed valuation for property owners in the district, which mostly in Howard County but also goes into Chariton and Saline Counties, went down to defeat by less than 50 votes.

So, the issue was exactly the same on Monday night's Municipal Election ballot, this time gaining approval of the voters to the tune of 317 "YES" votes to 201 "NO" votes.

Superintendent Mike Reynolds says since the negative vote in November, it took a lot of work by a lot of people to get out the message and get the job done.



Reynolds said the school district has been deficit spending for three of the past four years.

GOODEN WINS CLOSE RACE FOR MARSHALL MAYOR 4/8/15RK


In a tight race, Mark Gooden pulled away late and defeated the challenge of Ron Duvall for another term as the Mayor.

At one point during the evening, the difference was two votes, but Gooden wound up winning reelection 985 to 923 or 51.52 percent to 48.27 percent.

Gooden said Duvall, who is a current Ward 4 Councilman, is a good man and ran a good race.

Gooden said it's good for the race to be close.



Gooden is hopeful to continue for Marshall to progress during his second term. However, he was disappointed the one-half cent sales-tax measure was voted down. But he is confident in the people around him to figure out ways to make everything work out.

MARSHALL VOTERS SAY NO TO SALES-TAX HIKE 4/8/15RK


Another important issue on the ballot for the City of Marshall was the city asking patrons to approve a one-half cent sales tax increase, but that was voted down with 1,097 "NO" votes (or roughly 57-1/2 percent) to 813 "YES" votes (or roughly 42-1/2 percent).

City Administrator Connie Latimer is disappointed.



But Latimer said this doesn't mean the city will not be able to do some things, continue to progress with demolition of substandard properties, and such. But it will be tough.



The city of Marshall was seeking a sales-tax hike for the first time since 1979.

MARSHALL SUPERINTENDENT SAYS DISTRICT WILL MOVE FORWARD AFTER LEVY DEFEATED 4/8


A pair of hot-button tax issues failed to get the majority of support from Marshall voters during Tuesday night's Municipal Election.

One of them was the Marshall School District asking voters to approve a tax-levy increase of 25 cents per year for each of the next three years per $100 of assessed valuation for property owners, but the measure went down to defeat 1,288 to 999, or just over 56 percent to just less than 44 percent.

Despite the negative vote on the measure, Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher is upbeat.



Dr. Maher says they will have to go back to the drawing board, and will seek input from the community.



Marshall voters voted down a previous proposal for roughly twice the amount of this proposal last year by about a 60-40 margin.

GUTHREY WINS SEAT IN WARD 3 IN MARSHALL 4/8/15RK


There will be one new face on the Marshall City Council when it convenes on Monday, April 20th.

Three of the four seats up for election were contested races during Tuesday night's Municipal Election

In a three-person runoff for the vacated seat by Sam Moten, who decided not to seek another term in Ward 3, Charlie Guthrey was the winner with 178 votes to 130 for Mike Mills and 62 for Denver Long.

Barbara Utlaut retained her seat in Ward 1, beating out challenger Drew Green, 397 to 297, in Ward 1, and Gabe Ramsey won another term in Ward 2 be defeating challenger John Anson, 332 to 186.

Tom Hagedorn ran unopposed and won another term in Ward 4.

In a tight race, Mark Gooden pulled away late and defeated the challenge of Ron Duvall for another term as the Mayor.

At one point during the evening, the difference was two votes, but Gooden wound up winning reelection 985 to 923 or 51.52 percent to 48.27 percent.

TAX MEASURES FAIL IN MARSHALL 4/8/15RK


A pair of hot-button tax issues failed to get the majority of support from Marshall voters during Tuesday night's Municipal Election.

The Marshall School District was asking voters to approve a tax-levy increase of 25 cents per year for each of the next three years, but the measure went down to defeat 1,288 to 999, or just over 56 percent to just less than 44 percent.

The City of Marshall was asking patrons to approve a one-half cent sales tax increase, but that was voted down with 1,097 "NO" votes (or roughly 57-1/2 percent) to 813 "YES" votes (or roughly 42-1/2 percent).

In a three-person race for two seats on the Marshall School Board, the incumbents Leslie Huston and Larry Godsey won reelection. Huston finished with 1,418 votes and Godsey 1,248. Challenger Raymond Thompson wound up with 997.

SLATER TO CHANGE TRASH SERVICE PROVIDER 4/8/15RK


At the meeting of the Slater City Council Tuesday night, the council approved a trash contract and a sewer study grant resolution.

According to City Administrator Gene Griffith, the five-year trash contract was awarded to Rural Trash Service, of the rural Slater/Gilliam area. It was one of four bids received. Slater's contract with Waste Corporation of America is set to expire soon.

Griffith said the sewer study, which will be performed by Civil Designs out of the St. Louis area, is something the city needs done. He explains some of what will be covered during the study.



Griffith said it will let the city know what it needs to do, as well as the residents to improve the sewer system.

The total project will cost $60,000, with the city's part about $11,000, according to Griffith.

The council also was updated on upcoming Steve McQueen Day on Saturday, April 25th and set next Tuesday, April 14th, at 1:30pm, for a testing of the city's siren alert system.

CARROLLTON TOWN COUNCIL APPROVES DATE FOR LINEMAN APPRECIATION DAY 4/7/15RK


At the meeting of the Carrollton Town Council on Monday night, the council approved Monday, April 13th, 2015, as Lineman Appreciation Day for Carrollton Municipal Utilities linemen.

The council also heard a report from Carrollton Area Economic Alliance Director Sharon Metz, which included a date of Saturday, April 18th, for the citywide garage sale. She also noted the Farmer's Market will begin sometime in May, as well as updated the council on some other future events.

In other business, the council discussed a flow meter at a local business, but no action was taken.

The Council also heard some concerns over the lack of capacity at the Rupe Center. The concerned patrons said the capacity of 225 is no longer enough to host some of the events. The council took the concerns under advisement and will discuss possible options at a future meeting.

MARSHALL COUNCIL APPROVES AMENDMENT TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT 4/7/15RK


The City of Marshall has voted to amended an agreement with the Saline County Emergency Management Agency.

At the meeting of the Marshall City Council Monday night, City Administrator Connie Latimer explained the update.



Latimer went on to say the agreement is exactly the same, only the location has been changed.

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING ALLEGED ARMED ROBBERY 4/7/15RK


An area police department is investigating a report of an alleged armed robbery.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, at just after 7:00pm on Monday, officers were dispatched to Tower Loans on Penn Terrace in reference to a report of a robbery with a gun.

Investigation revealed that a black male entered the business, displayed a handgun and left the business with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured during the alleged robbery.

The suspect is described as a black male, wearing dark clothing and having his face covered.

A K-9 unit was called to the scene and attempted a track of the suspect. Officers were unable to locate the suspect. No other information is available at this time and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Columbia Police Department or CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

FINANCIAL WORKSHOP REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED 4/6/15CC


The registration deadline has been extended for a series of financial workshops offered by the University of Missouri Extension.

According to a news release, the deadline to register for the April workshops in Marshall, Carrollton and Keytesville has been extended to Friday, April 10th at 12:00pm.

The Marshall workshop dates will be April 14th and 21st from 6:30-8:30pm at the M.U. Extension Center on South Lafayette Avenue in Marshall. The Carrollton sessions will be held at the Carrollton Public Library from 6:00-8:00pm on April 16th and 23rd, while the sessions in Keytesville take place from 6:30-8:30pm on April 13th and the 27th at the Chariton County Courthouse.

For questions or more information, contact Trish Savage with the M.U. Extension at (660) 886-6908.

MARSHALL CREWS BATTLE CAR FIRE 4/6/15CC


A vehicle fire outside a Marshall medical facility kept firefighters busy for a time on Monday morning.
 
According to a Marshall Fire Department spokesman, the call came in at 9:31am of a 1994 Chevy Corsica engulfed in flames in the parking lot of Missouri Valley Physicians in the 2300 block of south Highway 65.
 
The vehicle’s driver, a Marshall resident, said the vehicle had stalled out on Highway 65 and he coasted the car into the parking lot. He says that’s when he first noticed flames coming from the engine compartment.
 
Fire crews had the blaze under control within 10-12 minutes and then remained on the scene to finish off any “hot spots”. No injuries were reported from the scene.
 
The spokesman says the specific cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

UNITED WAY OF SALINE COUNTY NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS 4/6/15RK


A local chapter of a national organization is now accepting applications for the 2016 funding cycle.

According to a release from the United Way of Saline County, it is taking applications from agencies in Saline County.

United Way of Saline County Executive Director Mary Ann Gilpin explains one of the four criterion the agency must meet.



Also, the agency must provide services in Saline County, have a volunteer governing board and be able to help with raising funds during the United Way's fall campaign drive.



For more information and to request an application, contact the United Way of Saline County at P.O. Box 534, Marshall, Mo. 65340. Or, you can call the office at (660) 886-4959.

POSSIBLE WEAPONS LAW VIOLATION BEING INVESTIGATED 4/6/15RK


Saline County Authorities are investigating an incident of an alleged weapons law violation.

According to a report from a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy, two Napton residents came into the office with the report they had been threatened by the driver of another vehicle which had rear-ended their vehicle early Saturday morning.

The crash allegedly happened on Route E, and the driver of the other vehicle became confrontational, pulled a knife, followed them home and allegedly broke out a window in the victim's car.

A suspect has been named, but no charges have been formally filed. A copy of the report has been forwarded to the Saline County Prosecuting Attorney's office.

The investigation is ongoing.

ENGLISH AS SECOND LANGUAGE CLASSES TO BE OFFERD 4/6/15RK


An area community college will hold classes to help those who wish to become U.S. citizens.

According to a release from State Fair Community College in Sedalia, the Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) program will be offering English as Second Language day classes from noon to 3:00pm at the Celebration Center at 1701 West 32nd Street. Enrollment is slated during Tuesday, April 7th, through Thursday, April 9th. Enrollment for night classes will be held from 5:30 to 8:30pm in Room 122 in the Yeater Learning Center on the Sedalia campus.

This is a free program.

For more information, call (660) 596-7380.

LAWSON MAN HURT IN RAY COUNTY CRASH 4/6/15RK


A Lawson man suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Ray County early this morning.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a Dodge Dart, driven by 45-year-old Roy Travillion, attempted to avoid a deer in the roadway. The car traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch.

Travillion was transported to Excelsior Springs Hospital via E.M.S. for treatment.

The crash occurred just before 12:30am on Coon Branch Road, north of Route D.

CLINTON TEENAGER KILLED IN HENRY COUNTY CRASH 4/6/15RK


A 14-year-old Clinton girl was killed and three others suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Henry County Sunday night.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by the 14-year-old, was traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate a curve. The driver reportedly overcorrected the vehicle, causing it to travel off the left side of the roadway. Overcorrecting again, the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, where it overturned and ejected the driver, who was pronounced dead that the scene by the Henry County Coroner at 10:38pm.

Also injured in the crash were two other 14-year-old females and a 16-year-old male, all from Clinton. Reportedly, they all refused treatment at the scene.

Reportedly, nobody in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt.

The crash occurred on Northwest 251 Road, approximately one mile south of Northwest 500 Road at 10:35pm.

LATHROP MAN HURT IN RAY COUNTY CRASH 4/6/15RK


A Lathrop man suffered moderate injuries in a one-car crash in Ray County on Sunday morning.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Ford Focus, driven by 19-year-old William Johnson, failed to stop at a "T" intersection, ran off the roadway, through a fence and into a field.

Johnson was transported by Tri-County Ambulance to Liberty Hospital for treatment.

The crash occurred at 8:20am at the intersection of Gold and Price Roads, eight miles north of Lawson.

SOME LAWMAKERS OPPOSE PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING BILL 4/6/15


The Missouri Senate passed a measure that would set up a prescription drug monitoring program, but some lawmakers still have concerns.

Missouri Senator David Sater's bill would track prescriptions and sales of highly addictive medications such as painkillers. Similar proposals in the past have been held up because of privacy concerns about the data collected, but Sater says this year’s measure is probably the most secure and effective prescription drug monitoring program in the country.

Senator Ed Emery says he appreciates the work done to make this bill better than those of other states, but he still opposes it...



The bill now awaits action by the House, which has passed its own version of prescription drug monitoring legislation.

Missouri is the only state in the country without a prescription drug monitoring program.

 
---MISSOURINET

HOWARD COUNTY ROAD WORK STARTS MONDAY 4/5/15RK


During daylight hours, there will be some road work starting on Monday, April 6th, drivers need to be aware of in Howard County.

According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT), roadside maintenance will be conducted on Route 240 between Route P and Route W. The maintenance is scheduled to continue through Thursday, April 16th.

One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work areas.

Work also continues on Route E at Adams Fork and on Route A over the Moniteau Creek. Detours are signed in each location. The work at each location is scheduled to continue until June.

KANSAS CITY MAN HURT IN PETTIS CRASH 4/5/15RK


A Kansas City man suffered moderate injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Pettis County Saturday morning.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Chevy Lumina, driven by 68-year-old Maria Galvan-Rizo, attempted to make a left-hand turn onto U.S. Highway 50 and failed to yield to a westbound Ford Expedition, driven by 49-year-old Alan Beck, of Kansas City.

The Galvan-Rizo vehicle struck the left side of the Beck vehicle. Both vehicles slid off the right side of the road, where Beck's vehicle overturned.

Galvan-Rizo was reportedly not injured, while Beck was transported to Bothwell Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The crash occurred at 11:15am on U.S. Highway 50 at Rissler Road.

TWO SEDALIA RESIDENTS HURT IN PETTIS CRASH 4/5/15RK


Two Sedalia residents were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Pettis County Saturday morning.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred after the driver of a westbound Chevy Lumina, 51-year-old David Greer, reportedly fell asleep. The vehicle crossed the center and ran off the left side of the road. It then struck an embankment, went airborne and hit a tree.

Greer, and a 44-year-old passenger, Ellen Cardwell, each suffered minor injuries. They were transported to Bothwell Regional Health Center by Pettis County Ambulance for treatment.

The crash happened just before 9:30am on Route Y, three miles west of Winchester Drive.

MODOT AWARDS RESURFACING CONTRACTS 4/5/15RK


This week, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded resurfacing project contracts on state routes in the KMMO listening area.

According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), one of them is a 13-mile resurfacing project of Route 179 in Cooper and Moniteau Counties. The contract, which also includes culvert pipe replacement, was awarded to APAC-Missouri for just more than $1.1 million.

Chester Bross Construction Company also was awarded a contract to resurface 19 miles of Route M, between Route 135 in Morgan County and Highway 50 in Pettis County. The contract is for just over $2 million.

Work on each project is slated for the summer months. Occasional temporary lane and entrance closures are possible in the work areas.

For more information on these or other MoDOT projects, visit modot.org or call (1-(888)-ASK-MODOT.

MISSOURI IS 19TH-MOST "HAMMY" STATE 4/4/15RK


Well, the statistics are in, and Missouri ranks as the 19th-Most "Hammy" State. It also ranks as the 16th Most "Corny' State.

Let me explain.

According to a news release from Del Monte, the corporation has released its Easter Feast Ranking based on search data from Google Trends and Facebook Insights over the past 90 days.

It says South Dakota is the most "Hammy" state, in that 100 percent of the respondents listed ham as a favorite main course during the Easter meal. Wyoming is second at 94 percent, followed by Montana and North Dakota at 90 percent. Missouri ranks 19th, with 72 percent of the respondents listing ham.

South Dakota ranks No. 1--or the Most 'Corny" state, as well, as 100 percent of those surveyed listed corn as a popular side dish. Rounding out the top five are Iowa at 79 percent, Nebraska at 71, North Dakota at 68 and Kansas at 56. Missouri tied for 16th with New Mexico at 47 percent.

CAMDEN CRASH INJURES OSAGE BEACH MAN 4/4/15RK


An Osage Beach man suffered serious injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Camden County early this morning.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash happened when a northbound Chevy Cruze, driven by 29-year-old Matthew Warrick, ran off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment, ran over a stop sign and collided with a tree, ejecting the driver.

Warrick, who reportedly was not wearing his seat belt, was taken by ambulance to Lake Region Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened just before 3:00am on Route KK at Keystone Road.

TINA MAN ESCAPES INJURY IN LIVINGSTON CRASH 4/4/15RK


A Tina man escaped injury in a two-vehicle crash in Livingston County Friday evening.

According to a report from the Missouri State Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Ford F-150, driven by 26-year-old Clinton Brown, of Tina, failed to yield to a westbound Dodge pickup, driven by 43-year-old Michael Brown, of Chillicothe.

After the crash, the Clinton Brown vehicle came to rest on the northwest corner of the intersection, while the Michael Brown vehicle traveled off the north side of the roadway, overturned and came to rest in the ditch.

Clinton Brown was reportedly not injured, but Michael Brown was transported by Chillicothe Ambulance to Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe for treatment of moderate injuries.

The crash occurred at 6:30pm on Route JJ, seven miles south of Chillicothe.

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING ALLEGED ROBBERY 4/4/15


Police detectives in an area city are investigating an alleged robbery.

On Friday, just after 10:15pm, Columbia Police Officers were dispatched to Break Time Convenience Store on Paris Road in reference to an alleged robbery.

Investigation revealed the clerk emerged from the back of the business to find a white male near the counter wearing dark clothing and a covering over his head. The suspect demanded money and the clerk provided the drawer from the register. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money from the drawer and ran southbound from the business. No one was injured in the alleged robbery.

Officers attempted a K-9 track, however were unable to locate the suspect. No other information is available and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Columbia Police Department or call CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

APRIL IS SAFE DIGGING MONTH 4/3/15CC


April is National Safe Digging Month, and warmer weather brings an increase in projects that may require digging or excavation work.

A release from the Missouri Public Service Commission says that no matter the weather, before turning a shovel of dirt on any project homeowners and businesses should call 811 or 1-800-DIG-RITE so that underground utility lines can be marked.

Whether you are planting a tree, building a deck or completing a large project, Missouri law requires anyone digging underground to call 811 or 1-800-DIG-RITE three days before excavation begins. The call will be taken by the Missouri One Call Center, which then notifies all relevant utilities in the project area. Within two working days, the location of all underground lines, pipes and cables will be marked.

You can find out more at www.psc.mo.gov or www.mosafegas.com.

M.M.U. APPROVES ANNUAL PAY RAISES 4/3/15CC


At the Thursday meeting of the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works, board members approved annual salary increases for M.M.U. employees.

A release from M.M.U. says pay range adjustments will increase the utility's payroll by over $56,000; an additional amount of over $28,000 will also be used for merit-based pay raises. Combined, the adjustments will increase M.M.U.'s annual payroll of $4.7 million by over $85,000 annually.

Also at Thursday's meeting, board members approved adding a "Operator I" classification in the water and wastewater departments; the classification will apply to entry-level operators who hold either entry-level certification or no certification.

MARSHALL MAN FACES FACES TWO FELONY CHARGES 4/3/15CC


An area man faces two felony charges in Saline County following his arrest this week.

According to online court documents, 48-year-old Joel M. Allred, of Marshall, is charged in Saline County Circuit Court with a Class B Felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and a Class C Felony count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the First Degree.

A warrant for Allred's arrest was served by authorities on Thursday; bond has been set at $10,000.

An arraignment in the matter has been set for Wednesday, April 8th at 9:00am in Saline County Circuit Court.

GILLIAM BREAK-IN REPORTED TO DEPUTIES 4/3/15CC


A Gilliam property owner has reported an alleged break-in to Saline County Sheriff's deputies.

According to a report, deputies were dispatched on Wednesday evening to a rental property on Primrose Avenue in Gilliam, where the owner told them that someone had kicked in the back door on the east side of the house in order to gain entry. Deputies say that whoever entered the home had gone through cabinets and drawers in the home and also damaged a basement door and duct work in an upstairs closet.

The owner told authorities that nothing of value was taken from the house as it is not currently occupied. Investigation into the alleged break-in continues.

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE ELECTRICAL THEFT 4/3/15CC


Saline County authorities continue their investigation into a report of alleged theft from an area electrical substation.

According to a report from the Saline County Sheriffs Department, deputies were dispatched last month to the Central Missouri Electric substation on 290th Road and were directed to a hole cut in a chain link fence on the east side of the station. They were then told that two distribution transformers had been taken from where they had been sitting on the ground just inside the fence.

The report says deputies collected evidence at the scene as they began their investigation, which is ongoing. No dollar value has been placed on the transformers and no suspect information has been made available.

STATE UNEMPLOYMENT HIGHER THAN NATIONAL AVERAGE 4/3/15CC


For the first time in many months, the state's unemployment rate has climbed higher than the national rate.

According to the latest non-seasonally adjusted data from the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the nation's unemployment rate fell in February to 5.8%, while the state's rate climbed slightly to 6.3%

In the KMMO listening area, Saline and Chariton Counties show the lowest current unemployment rate at 5.7%, followed by Howard County at 6.1%, Pettis County at 6.3%, Cooper County at 6.4%.

Lafayette County comes in at 6.5% for the month of February, while Johnson County rose to 6.6% and Carroll County rose over a full percentage point from January at 8.2%.

The data also shows that every county in the KMMO listening area saw a lower rate this year than in February of 2014.

LAFAYETTE CO. CRASH INJURES THREE 4/2/15CC


Three people have been injured in a one-vehicle rollover accident in Lafayette County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a vehicle driven westbound by 26-year-old Sarah Soendker, of Mayview, ran off the side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned, ejecting a five-year-old passenger.

The child suffered serious injuries and was taken by helicopter to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City for treatment. Soendker and a one-year-old passenger both received minor injuries and were taken for treatment to Lafayette County Regional Hospital in Lexington.

Reports say the crash happened on Route FF, east of Route O, at around 10:15am Thursday morning. The driver and the five-year-old were reportedly not wearing safety restraints at the time of the crash.

SALINE COMMISSION CONTINUES WORK ON MILEAGE PLAN 4/2/15CC


At Thursday's meeting of the Saline County Commission, officials continued to work to clarify county policies on mileage reimbursements for employees traveling on county business.

Last week, Auditor Tara Vogelsmeier presented the commission with two reimbursement options, an "Accountable" and a "Non-accountable" option as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. Commissioners earlier this week reiterated the policy that the county already has on the books, but Vogelsmeier says it goes beyond the basic scope of mileage reimbursement.



Two commissioners voted Thursday to accept the "Accountable" plan presented by Vogelsmeier, but Northern District Commissioner Charlie Guthrie says he doesn't see the need to accept another policy:



The proposed policy was accepted by a vote of 2-1.

MARSHALL SCHOOLS, CITY OF CONCORDIA PICK UP D.E.D. LOANS 4/2/15CC


The Missouri Department of Economic Development this week announced that more than $8.5 million in low-interest energy loans has been approved by the state to assist 28 community organizations and institutions to make energy efficiency improvements and embark on renewable energy projects.

In the KMMO listening area, the Marshall Public School District has been named as the recipient of $646,000 in loan funds to be used for upgrades for heating and air conditioning, lighting, occupancy sensors, dishwashers, freezers and water heaters. The upgrades are anticipated to save the district nearly $74,000 annually in energy costs.

Also, the city of Concordia has been awarded a loan of $24,500 for lighting upgrades at the community center and city hall. The upgrades are expected to save the city $6,750 a year once completed. Additionally, the Leeton R-10 school district in Johnson County has been awarded a loan of over $39,000 for lighting upgrades, which could save the district over $6,300 each year.

All total, the 28 projects funded across the state are expected to result in the savings of nearly $1 million and are expected to create 205 energy-related jobs. The improvements are expected to reduce electricity by almost 9.7 million kilowatt hours and carbon dioxide pollution by more than 7,300 metric tons—the equivalent to the pollution produced by 1,539 passenger vehicles.

MARSHALL PARKS DEPT. MAKES POOL PREPARATIONS 4/2/15RK


With the opening of the Marshall Aquatic Center just around the corner, Marshall Parks Superintendent Jeff Stubblefield said crews will be testing the equipment in the coming weeks to make sure everything is in working order.

The pool's opening last year was delayed more than a week due to a faulty pump needing to be fixed.

Recreation Supervisor Lori Godsey say the Parks Department is offering some specials for swimmers in the month of April:



Godsey says Marshall Parks are offering a rider to a family pass, as well:



The Marshall Aquatic Center is scheduled to open Memorial Day Weekend.

MARSHALL EGG HUNT DEEMED A SUCCESS 4/2/15RK


Marshall Parks and Recreation Supervisor Lori Godsey gave a report Wednesday night at the meeting of the Park Board, saying the recent Easter egg hunts were a huge success.



Godsey also reported the summer ball signups are over, but there might be some tweaking or additions to some rosters. She said she will conduct a draft for the 8-, 11- and 14-and-under teams next week, adding she's ecstatic about the number of players and the sponsors.



She said there is at least one team from Slater going to be playing in each league, and one league will have two teams from Slater participating. Godsey said the teams will start practicing later this month and start playing around mid-May.

MARSHALL PARKS DEPARTMENT EYES MORE IMPROVEMENTS 4/2/15RK


At the meeting of the Marshall Park Board on Wednesday night, Marshall Parks Superintendent Jeff Stubblefield said the financial picture looks like it's in pretty good shape, with numbers better than they were a year ago.

He says what improvements or renovations the park can do will depend on sales-tax numbers:



Stubblefield also said renovation of the tennis courts is on the radar and he is currently in the process of getting bids and information:



Stubblefield also said he currently is talking to different vendors about a chaise structure to offer some shade to the kiddie park and some other projects, but no formal decision has been made.

WARRENSBURG NAMES NEW TOURISM DIRECTOR 4/1/15CC


The Warrensburg Convention and Visitors Bureau has announced Courtney Stephens as the city's new Director of Tourism.

According to a news release, the Bureau's board members, past and present, are enthusiastic about the hire and the opportunity to move forward with their mission to "position Warrensburg as a regional tourism and meeting destination."

Stephens is a native of Warrensburg, who attended the University of Central Missouri where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, and then went on to earn her Master’s degree in Sport Management at the University of San Francisco. She currently holds the position of Executive Assistant with the City of Warrensburg.

The release says the vision of the Bureau is to foster experiences that exceed visitor expectations through; identifying and fostering quality visitor experiences, attracting and scheduling events and conferences, developing and cultivating sports tourism opportunities, and generating positive economic opportunities for the Warrensburg community.

MARSHALL POLICE SEE DROP IN D.W.I. ARRESTS 4/1/15CC


An area police department says it's seeing a decline in D.W.I. arrests.

According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, a recent D.W.I. checkpoint on St. Patrick's Day yielded a bit of surprise for authorities-- not one single D.W.I. arrest on one of the heaviest alcohol-related holidays of the year.

Marshall Police Chief Mike Donnell says the numbers this year are much lower than last year; in 2014, Marshall Police averaged just over seven D.W.I. arrests each month.

Donnell says that since Marshall Police have begun publicizing their planned D.W.I. checkpoints, his department has seen roughly a 20% drop in D.W.I. arrests.

SALISBURY SUPERINTENDENT EARNS AWARD 4/1/15RK


An area administrator recently was surprised when he was selected as an award winner at a recent meeting of an organization.

Todd Wilhite, who has been the Superintendent of Salisbury R-4 Schools for the past nine years, received the "Administrator of the Year" award from the Missouri School Public Relations Association.



Wilhite started out his career as a math teacher at South Harrison High School in Bethany for six years. He moved on to be the principal at North Daviess High School for five years and superintendent for two years before taking over at Salisbury.

He said he feels he was selected as a representative of all small school districts.



Wilhite was presented the award at a joint meeting of the Missouri School Public Relations Association and the Superintendents' Association on Friday, March 27th, at Lake of the Ozarks.

MARCH WEATHER INCLUDED SEVERAL WARM DAYS 4/1/15RK


The month of March came in somewhat like a lion and out like a lamb.

On March 1st, the mercury could only reach 23 degrees for a high temperature, and the low was 14. On the last day of the month, the high was 71 degrees and the low 34.

During the month, the average high temperature was 54 degrees. The average low was just under freezing at nearly 31 degrees.

In March, five times the temperature climbed to more than 70 degrees, including a high of 78 on March 17th. The low of 10 degrees was recorded on March 5th and 6th.

Marshall received 2.09 inches of precipitation, including the most of 58-hundredths of a inch on March 19th.

CARROLLTON WOMAN HURT IN CAR-DEER CRASH IN CARROLL COUNTY 4/1/15RK


A 19-year-old driver from Carrollton suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Carroll County Tuesday night.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a deer ran into the driver's-side door of a northbound Chevy Impala, driven by Paula Crawford. The impact caused the air bags to deploy, then the driver pulled to the right side of the roadway.

Crawford was transported by E.M.S. to Carrollton Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The crash occurred at 9:30pm on U.S. Highway 65, approximately a mile north of Route CC.

FOUR WINDSOR RESIDENTS INJURED IN JOHNSON COUNTY CRASH 4/1/15RK


Four Windsor residents were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Johnson County Tuesday evening.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash happened as a northbound PT Cruiser, driven by 17-year-old Ashlee Hall-Howell, of Windsor, traveled off the right side of the roadway, returned to the roadway and reportedly overcorrected. The vehicle again traveled off the right side of the roadway, overturned, struck a fence and came to rest on its top in a field.

Hall-Howell and three other occupants each suffered minor injuries. They were transported by E.M.S. to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment.

The crash occurred just after 7:30pm on Missouri 23, north of Southeast 1100 Road.

TWO HURT IN PETTIS CRASH 4/1/15RK


Two Sedalia residents were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Pettis County Tuesday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Mercury Mountaineer, driven by 23-year-old Rachel Kidder, ran off the right side of the road. The driver reportedly overcorrected, causing the vehicle to run off the left side of the road where it struck a ditch and overturned.

Kidder, and a 1-year-old female passenger in the vehicle, each suffered minor injuries. They were taken to Bothwell Regional Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened just before 3:30pm on Kemp Road, just east of Fristoe Road.

WORK SLATED TO BEGIN ON NEW SEDALIA SHELTER 3/31/15CC


Work is scheduled to begin this Spring on the Sedalia Animal Shelter.

The new shelter will be located on 4.5 acres near the intersection of 24th and New York. The original three-acre site was determined to be unusable because of soil issues. According to a news release, the Sedalia Animal Shelter will be privately built by the Sue Heckart Family Foundation and will be one of the newest and most modern in the State.

The shelter was designed by Architect M. Thomas Hall, of Chesterfield, and Hank Kronk of Transition Construction in Sedalia will be the contractor.

The facility will have a large lobby area for the public so they can see animals that are available for adoptions. The shelter will give visitors the ability to clearly see many of the available dogs and cats in display kennels. It has been designed to significantly restrict noise and odors. The new shelter also will have the capability for spaying and neutering as well as other minor medical procedures.

SALINE COMMISSION APPROVES SYSTEMS MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT 3/31/15RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuedsay morning, the commissioners approved a motion to accept a rider to keep ACS Electronic System.

Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr. explains.



It is a five-year contract.

SALINE COMMISSIONERS CLARIFY MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT RULES 3/31/15RK


During last Thursday's meeting of the Saline County Commission, Saline County Auditor Tara Vogelsmeier presented to the commission two plans for county employees to get reimbursed for mileage and other expenses on any business trips they would take to other locations. During the Tuesday morning meeting, Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie clarified the rules already on the books.



Guthrie went on to say the employee also needs to keep track of their mileage and any detours that might take them around the designed route by Mapquest or Googlemaps. And, if they have to go off-site for meals, they need to note it and include the mileage with the purchase order for reimbursement. Guthrie and Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr. also pointed out the detour mileage needs to be within reason.

Guthrey Jr. added, if the office holder does not include all of the necessary documentation, he or she will not be reimbursed and the final decision on such matters will rest on the shoulders of the commissioners.

AMBER ALERT FOR HENRY CO. GIRL CANCELLED 3/30/15CC


An Amber Alert issued on Monday for a missing Henry County girl has reportedly been canceled.

According to authorities, 13-year-old Hannah Sue Kennish has been safely located in the state of New Mexico. She was reportedly in the company of a 55-year-old man believed to be a suspect in the matter.

Kennish had been reported missing from her home in Montrose sometime between 8:00am and 10:00am on Sunday morning; the girl's mother told authorities she found the back door to the home standing open but a search of the area by police found nothing.

No other information in the matter has been made available. The case was initially investigated by the Henry County Sheriff Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

SEDALIA BIOSOLIDS FACILITY TO OPEN ON SATURDAYS IN APRIL 3/30/15CC


For the month of April only, the City of Sedalia biosolids compost facility, located at 27882 Hwy U, will extend the hours they are open to the public to include Saturdays from 8:00am to 12:00pm, weather permitting.

Compost must be paid for in advance at the Finance Department within the Municipal Building at 200 South Osage Avenue in Sedalia. Residents should note that the Finance Department is not open on Saturdays.

Business hours at the Sedalia Municipal Building are Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm The compost facility's usual hours for public loading are Tuesday through Friday between 7:00am to 5:00pm.

For more information contact the Sedalia Public Works Department at (660) 827-3000.

AMBER ALERT ISSUED FOR MISSING HENRY CO. GIRL 3/30/15CC


UPDATE: ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, THE AMBER ALERT FOR HANNAH KENNISH HAS BEEN CANCELLED. SHE HAS REPORTEDLY BEEN LOCATED SAFELY WITH THE SUSPECT IN THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO ON MONDAY AFTERNOON.

An Amber Alert has been issued by Henry County authorities for a 13-year-old girl missing from her home since Sunday morning.

According to authorities, Hannah Sue Kennish is believed to have disappeared from her home in Montrose sometime between 8:00am and 10:00am on Sunday, March 29th. Authorities say the rear door of the family home was found open by Hannah's mother. A search of the area came up empty.

The suspect vehicle is a black, 2013 Ford F-150 four door truck with Texas plates CGL-8981. The suspect is 55-year-old Raymond C. Vallia, described at 5'9", 230-250 pounds with grayish brown hair and brown eyes.

Hannah Kennish is described as 5'2", 130 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes and is believed to be wearing a coral-colored short-sleeved shirt with the word "LOVE" in black letters on the chest, light orange capri-styled pants with word "FAITH" in white letters on the rear and gray, ballet-styled, flat slippers. She may also have with her a purple North Face hooded sweatshirt.

Investigators from the Henry County Sheriff's Office, as well as the Missouri State Highway Patrol, are currently following several leads.

If you have any information on Hannah's location or have seen her, please contact the Henry County Sheriff's Office at 660-885-5587, the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 816-622-0800 or your local law enforcement agency.

WARRENSBURG MAIL CARRIER INDICTED 3/30/15RK


An area mail carrier has been indicted in Federal Court and faces charges of stealing and dumping mail.

According to a release from the Western District Attorney, the indictment alleges 54-year-old David Thompson, of Warrensburg, stole at least 20,000 pieces of mail and allegedly threw other mail into a dumpster or kept it in his house and personal vehicle rather than delivering it.

The indictment says hidden cameras were installed in Thompson's mail truck in 2013 and allegedly revealed he also was drinking while on the job.

SEDALIA TEAM QUALIFIES FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 3/30/15RK


An area team has qualified for the World Championships.

According to a release from the Sedalia 200 School District, Team SCREAM, Smith-Cotton High School's competitive robotics team, was part of the winning alliance on Saturday at the FIRST Robotics Oklahoma City Regional. The victory makes Team SCREAM eligible to compete in the FIRST World Championships in April in St. Louis.

The Oklahoma Regional was the last chance for Team SCREAM to return to the World Championships, where it has competed each of the past two years.

Team SCREAM also received the Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation.

UCM EDUCATOR RECEIVES HONOR 3/30/15RK


A University of Central Missouri educator has been honored for her longtime commitment to UCM and her role in public education and governance in the surrounding community.

According to a release from the University of Central Missouri, Beth Rutt was named the 30th recipient of the James C. Kirkpatrick Excellence in Governance Award by the UCM Government Association during a recent ceremony at UCM.

The SGA Internal Issues Committee selects the recipient of the annual award from nominees who promote good governmental procedures, efficiency and economy in government and policies that are in the public's best interest.

CONSERVATION FUNDING IN QUESTION 3/30/15RK


Early in the session a pair of bills were filed that could have eliminated 85-percent of the funding for the state Conservation Department. The sponsor of one said he just wanted to get Conservation officials' attention.



Brandon Butler is the executive director of the Conservation Federation of Missouri.

He says communications have improved this session between certain lawmakers and conservation officials.

Williamstown state senator Brian Munzlinger is one of those lawmakers who has an issue with conservation.



A fellow Republican state senator says Munzlinger has a "grind" with conservation.

Butler says there is no legislation moving in the session now that is expected to benefit conservation.

 
---MISSOURINET

STUDY SAYS BACTERIA COULD BECOME ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT 3/30/15


The findings of a Washington University School of Medicine study suggest that common bacteria could be on the verge of becoming antibiotic resistant super bugs.

The study found resistance to antibiotics is in danger of spreading globally among bacteria that’s associated with causing infections in hospital settings. Doctor Gautam Dantas says physicians need to be judicious in how they use antibiotics.



Dantas says sick people visiting the intensive care unit could be at risk.



Dantas says it is becoming more common for these "bugs" to show a resistance to antibiotics.

 
---MISSOURINET

MODOT KICKS OFF ANNUAL "TRASH BASH" 3/29/15CC


Missourians from every corner of the state are asked to do spring cleaning outdoors and help fight litter through the state’s annual No MOre Trash! Bash throughout the month of April.

The Trash Bash is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and Missouri Department of Transportation as part of their ongoing No MOre Trash! statewide anti-litter campaign.

The annual Trash Bash encourages people to clean up litter across Missouri from roadsides, parks, neighborhoods, rivers, streams, trails and other places. Trash Bash activities in April also include educational efforts in schools, community events and Earth Day celebrations.

Each year, MoDOT alone spends about $6 million to remove litter from more than 385,000 acres of roadsides along 34,000 state highway miles. Annual volunteer efforts to pick up litter along Missouri highways are valued at $1 million.

Volunteers are needed across the state to participate in litter cleanup activities. Participants can report their cleanup efforts and will receive a thank you No MOre Trash! pin.

For more information on how to participate, visit www.nomoretrash.org or call 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636).

SEDALIA SEEKS MEMBERS FOR BOARDS, COMMISSIONS 3/29/15CC


The City of Sedalia is currently seeking individuals interested in serving on a board or commission for the City of Sedalia.

A complete listing of the City of Sedalia Boards and Commission is available through the Mayor's Office or online at www.cityofsedalia.com.  The positions are appointed and non-compensatory.

Interested persons may obtain a Request Form at the City Clerk's Office at 200 South Osage Avenue in Sedalia or online. All forms must be submitted to the Mayor's Office for consideration.

For more information, contact the Mayor's office at (660) 827-3000 x 145.

SIX HURT IN LAFAYETTE CO. COLLISION 3/29/15CC


Several people were hurt Saturday night when their vehicle collided with the trailer end of a semi in Lafayette County.

According to trooper reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened around 8:45pm when a southbound vehicle driven by 34-year-old Sarah Stamper, of Sweet Springs, collided with the towed unit of a tractor trailer driven by 52-year-old John McEvoy, of St. Joseph.

The impact reportedly occurred as McEvoy was attempting to turn north onto Highway 13 from Interstate 70.

Stamper suffered serious injuries and was taken by helicopter to Research Medical Center for treatment. Five passengers in her vehicle, ages 2-13, received injuries ranging from minor to moderate; all five were all transported by ambulance to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.

The driver of the truck was reportedly not injured.

BOGARD WOMAN HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH 3/28/15CC


An area motorist suffered serious injuries in a one-vehicle crash on Friday in Carroll County.

According to the Highway Patrol, 64-year-old Marcia Wilson, of Bogard, was traveling eastbound on Route W at around 11:50am when her 2005 Chrysler crossed the centerline, ran off the road, struck an embankment and overturned.

Wilson was taken from the scene by helicopter to Truman Medical Center for treatment. Reports say the crash happened about one half-mile west of County Road 161.

MORGAN HAPPY WITH VALLEY'S REPONSE TO ARMED-INTRUDER DRILL 3/27/15RK


It's never easy to coordinate all agencies tasked with responding to an emergency situation.

However, on Thursday at Missouri Valley College, all facilities on the main campus in Marshall were placed on lockdown during a drill involving armed intruders.

Valley Dean of Students Heath Morgan said Valley authorities coordinated with the Marshall Police Department during the event, which ran from roughly 9:30 to 11:30am.

Morgan said the authorities at Valley got to see several things in action.



At this point, Morgan said everything seemed to go well.



The last drill at Valley similar to this was conducted during the 2012-13 academic year, according to Morgan.

He said this is not a mandated drill but one he thinks is important to help keep everybody aware and educate the campus community.

Overall, Morgan said he could not be happier with the response of the students, faculty and staff at the college.

MARSHALL MAYOR CANDIDATES GIVE THOUGHTS ON HOW TO MOVE CITY FORWARD 3/27/15


Most of the candidates seeking Municipal Offices in Marshall congregated for a candidate forum at the Marshall Senior Center on Thursday night. The event was sponsored by the Salt Fork Pachyderm Club.

On hand were the two candidates for Mayor, Ron Duvall and current Mayor Mark Gooden.

Gooden says he hadn't really thought about running for a second term until recently.



Current Ward 4 Councilman Duvall, who lost a close race with Gooden for Mayor four years ago, says he wants to move Marshall forward, as well.



Voters will go to the polls to cast their ballots on Tuesday, April 7th.

SCHWEICH WHISPER CAMPAIGN IN QUESTION 3/27/15


John Hancock has been accused of being part of a whispering campaign saying Tom Schweich was Jewish, that Schweich believed was intended to hurt his race for governor and is alleged to have contributed to him taking his own life.

Hancock says that has been disproven.



Some have called for Hancock to resign, but he says there is no reason for him to do that.



Hancock says the Missouri GOP has received commitments and donations of more than 100-thousand dollars in the past four weeks, more than enough to eliminate its debt. He says that success is further proof of his support within the party.

 
---MISSOURINET

KANSAS MAN INJURED IN PETTIS COUNTY CRASH 3/27/15RK


A one-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Thursday night sent a Kansas man to the hospital.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Chrysler PT Cruiser, driven by 25-year-old Casey Allred, of Topeka, traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment, went airborne and struck a ravine.

Allred, who suffered minor injuries, was transported to Bothwell Hospital via E.M.S. for treatment.

The crash occurred just before 8:00pm on Route U at Sunflower Road.

U.S. SENATE PASSES CARBON TAX AMENDMENT 3/27/15


The U.S. Senate has passed a carbon tax amendment introduced by Senator Roy Blunt. Blunt is also co-sponsoring an amendment that would create a reserve fund and allow states to opt out of greenhouse gas regulations under the proposed federal clean power plan.

Blunt says Missourians overwhelmingly rely on coal for affordable energy.



Blunt says Americans can’t afford to pay higher utility bills resulting from the energy policies President Obama proposes.

 
---MISSOURINET

BOGARD WOMAN HURT IN CARROLL CRASH 3/27/15RK


A Bogard woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Carroll County on Thursday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as a northbound Dodge Ram, driven by 21-year-old Jared McMullin, of Carrollton, was making a left-hand turn into a driveway when a southbound Chevrolet Lumina, driven by 23-year-old Charles Smith, of Bogard, attempted to avoid it. Smith's vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and struck the rear of the McMullin vehicle.

A passenger in the Smith vehicle, 22-year-old Mikala Smith, of Bogard, suffered moderate injuries in the accident and was taken to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The two drivers were reportedly not injured.

The crash occurred at 1:30pm on Route T, just north of Route W.

MALTA BEND MAN LANDS RECORD-BREAKING FISH 3/26/15RK


An area man went fishing one day and came home with a record-breaking catch.

According to a release from the Missouri Department of Conservation, Burr Edde III, of Malta Bend, etched his name in the record books by recently landing a 120-pound giant blue catfish on a stretch of the Missouri River in Saline County using a trotline.

The new "alternative-method" record blue catfish caught by Edde on Saturday, March 21st, actually weighed in at 120 pounds, eight ounces, with a length of 55-1/8 inches and a girth of 45 inches. Edde used cut Asian carp as bait.

The new giant broke the previous alternative-method state-record blue catfish of 117 pounds caught more than 50 years ago on the Osage River in 1964.

The release says Edde said he would've liked to have released the record fish back to the river or donate it to the fish tanks at Bass Pro, but it didn't survive long enough.

"It's too big to actually have mounted, but I'm getting a replica made," Edde said.

CMU OPENS NEW WINDOWS WITH ONLINE CLASSES 3/26/15RK


An area university has opened new windows to online studies.

According to a release from Central Methodist University in Fayette, the university has just been granted institutional participant status by the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement or SARA.

CMU Provost Dr. Rita Gulstad noted not all states are SARA affiliated, but CMU had already directly worked with many states to obtain approval to offer its fully-accredited online programs in those states. SARA helps CMU and other institutions cut through the red tape.

Providing prospective students in SARA states with more choices and better access to high-quality academic programs is what online programming is all about, according to Gulstad.

At present, CMU offers 14 bachelor's-degree programs online, along with two options of its Master of Science in Nursing degree.

NEXT SHOW-ME HONOR FLIGHT ALL SET 3/26/15RK


At a meeting of the Saline County Commission this week, Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie said the next trip of the Show-Me Honor Flight has been finalized.



Guthrie said the group will be leaving Sedalia at about 2:30 that morning for the trip of a lifetime. The one-day trip to Washington, D.C., will include stops at the war memorials and other sites in the city.

Guthrie said the trips for veterans are funded by donations and the purchase of bricks for the Walk of Honor at the Saline County and Pettis County Courthouses.



Guthrie said the next brick placement is scheduled for Saturday, May 9th. He says that all people who want bricks need to submit their applications by Saturday, April 4th, in order to get them engraved in time.

COLUMBIA AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING INCIDENT OF SHOTS FIRED 3/26/15RK


Officers from an area police department are investigating an incident of shots being fired.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, on Wednesday just before 11:30pm, officers were dispatched to the area of 2700 Quail Drive.

Investigation turned up multiple shots were fired near a parking lot.

The release says one bullet struck the bathroom window at an apartment complex in the area.

No suspect information is available and the investigation is ongoing.

If anyone has any information about this incident, they are being asked to call the Columbia Police Department or Crimestoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

SEVERAL IN AREA VOTED READERS' CHOICE AWARDS RECIPIENTS 3/26/15RK


The ballots have been counted, and the readers of Rural Missouri magazine have selected their favorites in the 14th annual Best of Rural Missouri Readers' Choice Contest.

There are 19 categories listed among the awards, with many establishments or attractions in the KMMO listening area being listed.

For Best Soup, the Apple Brandy-Braised French Onion Soup at Cafe Blackadder in Warrensburg was voted as best, as was Charley's Buffet in Lincoln for Best Dessert. Down Over Bed & Breakfast in Arrow Rock ranks as No. 1 in that category. Arrow Rock also ranks as best Main Street and the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia as having the Best Rodeo, with Pilot Grove's Rodeo being the Editor's Choice. For Best Kids' Camp, Camp Blue Sky in Sedalia gets the No. 1 nod.

Others listed are Catalpa in Arrow Rock for runner-up as Best Restaurant; Kehde's in Sedalia runner-up for Best Barbecue; The Wink-a-Nator, Mary Jane's Cafe, in Warrensburg as the Editor's Choice for Best Food Challenge; runner-up in Best Parade was the Cole Camp Fair parade and Sedalia's Christmas Parade was the Editor's Choice. Simple Blessings Farm in Knob Noster was selected as runner-up in Best Wedding Value; Blackadder in Warrensburg was runner-up in Healthy Menu; and Arrow Rock State Historic Site as runner-up State Park and the Arrow Rock Craft Festival as the runner-up as Best Festival.

HOW HEALTHY IS YOUR COUNTY? 3/26/15RK


How healthy is your county?

According to data on the website countyhealthrankings.org, Saline County ranks 19th among 115 Missouri counties in health.

In the KMMO listening area, Lafayette County ranks highest at fifth on the list, which is headed by Nodaway, followed by St. Charles, Platte and Christian Counties.

Chariton County ranks sixth, Boone County seventh, Johnson 12th, Howard 16th, Pettis 62nd and Carroll County 74th.

Some of the factors taken into account into the study were length of life, quality of life, health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment.

SALINE COURTHOUSE TO GET SECURITY OFFICER 3/26/15RK


The Saline County Courthouse will become more secure as of next week.

At the meeting of the saline County Commission Thursday morning, Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey, Jr., read a letter from Saline County Sheriff Wally George after the commissioners requested as a level of security, there should be a security officer at the courthouse on certain days.



Bartlett is a fully-licensed Saline County Deputy and will be under the direct supervision of George.

Guthrey Jr. says the position will be for 25 hours of work per week as a security officer on court days outside of the courtroom.

Guthrey Jr. also pointed out a future endeavor of the commissioners is to get cameras installed at the courthouse.

In other business, Saline County Auditor Tara Vogelsmeier presented two proposals for the county to follow for mileage reimbursement for employees on business trips. The commissioners tabled a discussion and/or a decision on which to choose until the next meeting at 9:00am on Tuesday, March 31st.

THREE ARRESTED AFTER SEARCH OF COLUMBIA RESIDENCE 3/26/15RK


An area Police Department's officers served a search warrant and have made some arrests.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, at just after 11:00am on Wednesday, its Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) officers, along with Vice Narcotics and Organized Crime (VNOC) detectives served a search warrant at a residence on Oak Lawn Drive.

The release says detectives recovered approximately one gram of heroin and instruments to create forged checks.

Three men, ages 33, 45 and 46, were arrested and face charges that include, Forgery, Forgering Instrumentality and Distribution/Delivery/Manufacture/Production of a Controlled Substance.

The investigation continues.

SEDALIA STUDENT GETS BIG SUPRISE MONDAY 3/26/15RK


An area middle-school student was grinning from ear to ear on Monday.

According to a news release from the Sedalia 200 School District, back in September, students in Shannon Gwaltney's sixth-grade computer class at Sedalia Middle School completed an assignment to write a persuasive letter to a celebrity, sports team or restaurant.

One student, Tyler Lawson, chose to write to his favorite Major League Baseball team, the Boston Red Sox, requesting only an autographed baseball card or a team picture.

On Monday, Lawson got his response from the club and was overwhelmed.

The team sent him a bobblehead doll and photo of second baseman Dustin Pedroia, a bag of Fenway Park dirt and a Fenway Park poster, an autographed picture of outfielder/first baseman Daniel Nava and several other Red Sox items.

Lawson was quoted as saying, "I tried not to act too excited. ...I just asked for a couple of things, and they sent me a lot."

SOUNDS FROM BOONE HOSPITAL FIRE 3/26/15




That's the sound of electrical explosions on the roof of a hospital in Columbia Wednesday morning.

The resulting fire at Boone Hospital did not reach the inside of the hospital and no patients or staff were in danger. Authorities shut down part of a main street through the town to get to the fire.

The exact cause of the explosions and fire is still under investigation.

 
---MISSOURINET

GOVERNOR NIXON GIVES UPDATE ON GERMANY TRIP 3/26/15


Governor Jay Nixon and a trade team from Missouri are continuing their trip through Europe through Saturday.

Nixon offered an update on the trip yesterday.



Part of his time of Germany was spent visiting with BASF's global leadership team. The company has had a facility in Palmyra for nearly 50 years.



Nixon is joined in his European trade trip by state business leaders, members of his cabinet, and state legislators.

 
---MISSOURINET

M.V.C. TO HOLD ARMED SHOOTER DRILL 3/25/15CC


Missouri Valley College in Marshall will hold an emergency preparedness drill on Thursday, in which the campus will be locked down for an armed intruder scenario.

Dean of Students Heath Morgan explains the purpose of the drill:



Morgan says it's unfortunate that schools, colleges and universities have to hold active shooter drills but that the need for the exercises is clear:



The emergency drill, held in conjunction with the Marshall Police Department, will take place between 9:30am and 11:30am. M.V.C. students, parents employees can sign up for campus emergency text message alerts at www.mvcalerts.com.

AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT TAKING CONSERVATIVE APPROACH TO BUDGET 3/25/15CC


Warrensburg school officials say they're keeping a close eye on the district's finances as they build a budget for the 2015-16 school year.

At this week's meeting of the Warrensburg R-6 school board, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Andy Kohl presented an update on the current budget process, noting that each district building's budget for next year has been reduced by almost 30% compared to this year. Kohl also told the board that reductions in staffing have already been planned for, owing to attrition and a slight decrease in student enrollment.

A release from the district says officials are taking a conservative approach to building the budget that takes a lack of full state education funding into account; the district says the goal is to build a budget over the next two to three years that puts district reserves at a level of 17-20%.

The Warrensburg school board will hear a proposal at their April meeting to increase staff and faculty pay and will also take up premium increases for health and dental insurance coverage.

VETS' BREAKFAST IN THE WORKS FOR WARRENSBURG COUNCIL 3/25/15CC


At this week's meeting of the Warrensburg City Council, members were updated on preparations for an event to honor military veterans later this Spring.

Warrensburg Public Information Officer Sylvia Carpenter explains:



In other council business, members approved a number of proposed ordinances involving utility markers, a salt storage bin, the Spring city-wide bulk waste cleanup and the Spring city-wide brush and limb cleanup.

WARRENSBURG TO HOST NUCLEAR SYMPOSIUM IN MAY 3/25/15CC


Later this spring, the City of Warrensburg will play host to an event that's the first of its kind.

Warrensburg Public Information Officer Sylvia Carpenter talks about the inaugural Strategic Deterrent Coalition Symposium, slated for the first week of May:



Carpenter says the event will have economic development, tourism and hospitality opportunities for the groups and communities involved:



The Strategic Deterrent Coalition is a non-profit, non-partisan and community-based organization which supports the U.S. Nuclear Triad and nuclear stockpile. The symposium in May will play host to senior military leaders and academic experts representing the three legs of the Nuclear Triad.

SEDALIA SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES FACULTY, STAFF RAISES 3/25/15CC


Teachers and staff in Sedalia schools will get a salary increase following this week's meeting of the Sedalia 200 Board of Education.

Superintendent Brad Pollitt says it's an important step to help keep district salaries competitive:



Pollitt says the board also made an administrative move to help with the transition of ninth-graders from the district's junior high to Smith-Cotton High School:



In other business, Pollitt says the board discussed adding a Multimedia Productions Sponsor staff position and approved contract extensions for both the district's mowing services and sports field maintenance services.

BOONVILLE STUDENTS VISIT ARCHIVES 3/25/15RK


Some area youths recently got the chance to visit an educational archive in Jefferson City.

According to a release from Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, he recently welcomed students from David Barton Elementary School in Boonville to the Civil War Archives Alive!

The students from David Barton Elementary have joined more than 5,800 other fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from across the state to tour the Missouri State Archives.

Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, the 40-minute performance takes students on a journey back in time to experience life in Missouri in the 1860s.

KNOB NOSTER BOARD APPROVES GETTING EQUIPMENT FIXED 3/25/15RK


In an emergency meeting of the Knob Noster Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night, the board approved the city to spend some money to fix the city's only sewer jetter.

City Administrator Doug Kermick says a sewer jetter is a machine that cleans out the sewer pipes by shooting high-pressured water through them when they get clogged.



The solution was to send off the pump to have it rebuilt to the tune of $11,011. A new pump would cost more than $17,000, according to Kermick.

But Kermick said the rebuilt pump was the way to go and should be better than a new one.



Kermick said the city had to fork out over $6,000 by outsourcing to other entities to clear two clogged drains over the weekend, prompting the emergency meeting.

Kermick says the city should get back the rebuilt pump in about three to four weeks.

MARSHALL SCHOOL TO SEE RETURN OF SALAD BAR 3/25/15RK


During the meeting of the Marshall School Board Tuesday night, the board looked at some changes made to the 2015-16 school calendar. The changes included starting date for new teachers being one day earlier than originally planned and some of the makeup days in the event school has to be canceled due to weather.

The board approved the changes, with the start date being Wednesday, August 19th. Graduation day has been set for Sunday, May 15th, 2016. The last day of school has been slated for Thursday, May 19th, 2016.

In other business, the board heard from Director of Student Services Terri Porter on the Food Services Program. The board learned of one thing students would like to see brought back.



Porter went on to say they plan to have the salad bar return next school year.

The board accepted the overall report and the dates for summer school this year to be Monday, June 1st through Monday, June 22nd.

FITZGIBBON BOARD NAMES HAUG NEW PRESIDENT, CEO 3/25/15RK


The Board of Trustees at Fitzgibbon Hospital has been searching for a replacement for Ron Ott, who recently announced his retirement, effective May 1st of this year.

After an extensive process, the decision has been made to promote from within.

Darin Haug, who currently is an Emergency Department Physician and the Chief Medical Officer at Fitzgibbon, will be the hospital's next President and CEO.



Haug, a 1991 graduate of William Jewell College and 2001 graduate of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, the College of Osteopathic Medicine, says Fitzgibbon provides great services.



Haug will start his new position on May 1st.

Ott served as the President and CEO of Fitzgibbon since 1992 after starting as the director of marketing, strategic planning and physician recruitment in April of 1987.

MARSHALL'S SEARCH FOR PRINCIPAL IS PROGRESSING 3/25/15RK


Ever since current Marshall High School Principal Royal Peterson tendered his resignation late in 2014 to be effective at the end of this school year, the administration for Marshall Public Schools has been in search of his replacement.

At Tuesday night's Marshall School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher updated the board on the search.



In other business, Dr. Maher gave an update on the 2015-16 budget, saying there are always factors that affect it. Sometimes those factors aren't positive, but this year, they seem to be.



Dr. Maher also noted the state is going to change its state adequacy target, which will affect money the Marshall District will receive. The state will release the new numbers in June.

ODESSA MAYOR SWEARS IN NEW OFFICERS 3/24/15CC


Four new police officers were sworn in at the Monday night meeting of the Odessa Board of Aldermen.

Mayor Adam Couch performed the swearing-in ceremony of four reserve officers recently hired by the city. Also on Monday, two current reserve officers were promoted to full-time officers along with the reconfirming of all other current Odessa police officers.

In other business, Conservation Agent Lance Moore presented some ideas for beautifying the city lake, along with ideas for improving access to the lake and reducing illegal or inappropriate activities at the lake. No formal actions were taken by the board.

The board also discussed grant funding which could help the city construct a new trail from Main Street to Dyer Park.

HARDEMAN SCHOOL BOARD TALKS HOUSE BILL 1292 3/24/15CC


The Hardeman R-10 School Board met in regular session Monday evening.

Board members approved the 2015-16 school year calendar, were presented with recommendations for building improvements, approved an increase in employee health insurance rates and discussed the possibility of purchasing a new school bus for the district.

Superintendent Christie Forrester says the board also spent time discussing House Bill 1292, which would require school districts with less than 350 students to be administratively consolidated if the bill is passed in Jefferson City.

In executive session, Forrester says the board discussed hiring and promotions for next school year but took no formal actions.

U.C.M. TO HOST TEACHER PLACEMENT DAY 3/24/15CC


The University of Central Missouri Office of Career Development Services will host the 47th Annual Teacher Placement Day from 9:00-11:00am on Wednesday, March 25th, in the U.C.M. Multipurpose Building in Warrensburg.

Those attending will have the opportunity to speak with school administrators from approximately 100 school districts regarding careers in education and position vacancies for the 2015-16 school year. All students, alumni and guests are encouraged to attend.

There will be no registration fee for attendees. Candidates should wear professional attire and bring multiple copies of their resumes.

For additional information contact the Career Services Center at (660) 543-4985.

C.M.U. SINGER ACCEPTED TO AUSTRIAN MUSIC PROGRAM 3/24/15CC


An area college student will soon be taking his musical talents overseas.

According to a release from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Musician Levi Gerke from the Swinney Conservatory of Music has been chosen to attend a six-week summer music program in Graz, Austria.

The American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) is a six-week summer program in Austria for voice, piano, and orchestra students. The experience encompasses international teachers, rehearsals, internationally acclaimed conductors, master classes, and up to 30 concerts.

Gerke is a junior from Pilot Grove working toward a Bachelor of Music degree in performance, in both voice and piano. He performed his junior recital in piano last semester and will present his junior recital in voice this Friday, March 27th at 7:30pm in C.M.U.'s Kountz Recital Hall.

HIGGINSVILLE WOMAN INJURED IN MORNING CRASH 3/24/15CC


A one-vehicle accident in Lafayette County on Tuesday left an area woman with injuries.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 39-year-old Shannon Hocking, of Higginsville, was eastbound and swerved to miss an animal in the road. Her 1997 Dodge then ran off the roadway, totaling the vehicle.

Hocking suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was taken by private vehicle to Lafayette Regional Medical Center for treatment. Reports say it happened around 6:45am on Page City Road, about a mile west of Route 213.

SALINE COMMISSION APPROVES DATES FOR UPCOMING EVENTS 3/24/15RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission Tuesday morning, the commissioners approved a pair of requests for use of the Saline County Courthouse grounds for upcoming events.

The organization SHAPES requested and was approved use of the courthouse lawn for an event on Friday, April 17th, at 5:00pm.

The commissioners also gave the OK to the American Legion Post 558 to host the Saline County Veterans' Day Ceremony on the morning of Wednesday, November 11th, 2015. Set up for the event is set for 9:00am with the ceremony slated to start at 11:00am.

In other business, Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith reported that the March Saline County Missouri County Aid Road Trust, also known as C.A.R.T., tax was over $64,000 for March. This year's March total was up nearly $6,000 over March of 2014.

The average of $63,540 per month so far this year is about $350 per month higher than the average from last year.

AREA BANDS TO CELEBRATE SPRING'S ARRIVAL 3/24/15RK


By the date on the calendar, spring is here, and some area bands want to celebrate its arrival.

According to a news release, the Boonville Silver Pirate Bands will be welcoming spring by performing in concert at Thespian Hall in Boonville later this week.

The concert will include contest selections to be performed at the Missouri State High School Activities Association Large Ensemble State Music Festival hosted by Boonville High School. Featured on the concert will also be Chamber Ensembles that earned Division 1 Ratings at the District Music Festival and will advance to the State Solo and Small Ensemble Music Festival at the end of April.

This concert is sponsored by the Friends of Historic Boonville, Boonville High School, and the Boonville Band Boosters.

Admission to the event at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 28th, is free and open to the public.

TWO HURT IN RAY COUNTY CRASH 3/24/15RK


Two Richmond residents were hurt in a two-vehicle crash in Ray County Monday evening.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Lincoln MKZ, driven by 79-year-old Kay Vandiver, of Camden, attempted to make a left-hand turn into a private driveway and was struck by a southbound Pontiac Bonneville, driven by 30-year-old Samantha Reaves, of Richmond.

Reaves and 7-year-old passenger in her car each suffered minor injuries. They were transported to Ray County Memorial Hospital for treatment. Vandiver reportedly was not injured.

The accident happened at 6:00pm on Route T, south of West 80th Street.

REPRESENTATIVE SAYS 28 IS ENOUGH 3/24/15


A state representative says 28 is enough.

Carthage Republican Tom Flanigan has filed a bill that would limit the number of official state symbols at the current 28. He says the debates about naming an official state dog or official state game animal, as have been proposed this year, detract from the greater work of the legislature.



State symbol bills often originate with students in Missouri schools who present an idea so they can watch a bill move through the legislative process.

 
---MISSOURINET

ENGINEER WANTS DRIVERLESS TECHNOLOGY ON I-70 3/24/15


Raytown Engineer Tim Sylvester will try to convince Department of Transportation officials that Interstate 70 should be rebuilt with pavement using sensors that provide location and navigation information to support driverless vehicles. Sylvester plans to present his plan to the Missouri Highway Commission next week.



Sylvester says MoDOT estimates it would cost between $2 billion and $4 billion to rebuild I-70. Sylvester estimates his smart pavement would cost $3.6 billion.
 
---MISSOURINET

U.C.M. POLICE ACADEMY SEEING BIG GROWTH 3/23/15CC


The Central Missouri Police Academy, located on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, is seeing record growth as it continues to serve the Missouri law enforcement community by offering training required for Missouri peace officers along with college credit for those who attend the academy.

According to a release, the success of the academy, which provides the 600 hours of training required for the Class A Peace Officer license in Missouri, is measured in the number of graduates who are successful in joining the law enforcement profession following graduation from the academy.

The CMPA offers three basic academies per year. The fall and spring academy sessions coincide in length with the UCM semesters. The minimum requirement for certification is 600 hours of training, with the CMPA currently providing 641 hours of training. Enrollment is open to all who meet the requirements for admission.

The academy also is open to UCM students enrolled in the criminal justice degree program, with 15 enrolled in the current class. Those students can graduate from UCM with a degree in criminal justice and their state POST certification in hand once they successfully pass the state exam.

FAYETTE OBSERVATORY OPEN FOR SPRING STARGAZING 3/23/15CC


Central Missouri residents are invited to explore the mysteries of the universe at any of several guided sessions on Thursday evenings at the historic Morrison Observatory operated by Central Methodist University in Fayette.

All sessions are free and open to the general public from 7:30-9:30pm in the evening. Sessions will be held this Thursday, March 26th, and every Thursday throughout April. C.M.U. Faculty and staff will conduct the sessions, provide tours and comment on historical highlights of the facility. Hands-on science activities also will be provided in the Observatory classroom.

Visitors will be able to use the telescopes for viewing, weather permitting. The planets Venus and Jupiter will be visible through March and April. The moon will be visible in the evening sky on March 26th, April 27th and 30th. Visitors will also be able to view selected star clusters, double stars, nebula and galaxies.

The observatory is located 504 Park Road in Fayette, across from the Fayette City Park and swimming pool. For additional information about the observatory, viewing sessions or directions, call (660) 248-6383.

AREA COLLEGE PREPS FOR EMERGENCY DRILL 3/23/15CC


Missouri Valley College in Marshall will hold an armed intruder drill on Thursday, March 26th.

The exercise will be conducted between 9:30-11:30am. According to a release, the purpose of the safety drill is to focus on functional exercise elements related to the management of an armed shooter operating on the Missouri Valley campus.

In addition to locking the campus down during the exercise, MVC’s alert siren will be tested and local law enforcement will be on campus. The campus siren will sound with a long tone followed by a voice command stating, "Warning, this is a lockdown alert, please proceed to a secure area." At the conclusion of the drill there will be a message stating, "Attention! All warnings for the Missouri Valley College campus are now expired."  This will then be followed by Westminster chimes.

To find out more visit www.moval.edu and search for "Crisis Response Plan". The plan was produced by MVC officials and local law enforcement agencies.

LEXINGTON COUNCIL TO TAKE UP SEVERAL ORDINANCES 3/23/15CC


The Lexington City Council meets in regular session on Tuesday, March 24th, with a number of items up for discussion.

Council members take up a water rate ordinance, discussion of the water filtration system, a contract with the U.S.D.A., an animal control ordinance and a building permit ordinance. They will also get updates on the Mainstreet Program and preparations for numerous upcoming events in Lexington.

An executive session for real estate, personnel and contract matters is also on the evening's agenda.

SCHOOL LAW SEMINAR SLATED FOR MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING 3/23/15CC


Tuesday's meeting of the Marshall School Board begins with a seminar on school law starting at 5:30pm.

In the regular session meeting at 6:00pm, board members will take up approval of the food service program review, the summer school program and calendar revisions for the 2015-16 school year.

The board will also hear numerous department and committee reports.

An executive session for real estate, hiring, and personnel matters is also on the evening's agenda.

NOMINATIONS ASKED FOR "NURSE OF THE YEAR" 3/23/15RK


Do you know a nurse who has exemplified an extraordinary level of patient care, compassion and customer service? If so, you soon will have the opportunity to nominate him or her for a statewide award.

According to a news release from the March of Dimes Missouri Chapter, it will accept nominations for its Nurse of the Year Awards, presented by the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing at Maryville University, beginning in just over a week. Exceptional nurses in Missouri and several counties in western Illinois are eligible to be nominated.

Approximately 20 nurses will be honored at a special awards gala on Saturday, October 10th, at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis.

Category information is available now. Nomination forms will be available on Wednesday, April 1st, on the website marchofdimes.org.

TRAFFIC SIGNAL TO BE REMOVED IN LEXINGTON 3/23/15RK


Drivers in Lafayette County need to be aware of a change coming later this week in an area city.

According to a news release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, crews are set to remove the traffic signal at Route 224 and 11th St. in Lexington. The traffic signal will be placed in a "flashing" mode and converted into a two-way stop on Thursday, March 26th. The signal will be permanently removed during the summer months. The change is a result of a traffic study initiated by the city of Lexington.

After completing the study, MoDOT determined the signal could be removed based upon the traffic volumes of the intersection.

For more information about other MoDOT projects, visit MoDOT’s website at modot.mo.gov.

PEDESTRIAN-TRAIN CASUALTIES UP IN MISSOURI 3/23/15RK


Pedestrian casualties while trespassing on rail tracks rose in Missouri in 2014, up some 25 percent from 2013.

According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, collisions with vehicles at highway-rail grade crossings remained the same in 2014, with 48 collisions, resulting in two deaths.

In all, trespass statistics show there were 20 total pedestrian casualties in 2014, including nine deaths. In 2013, the number of casualties was 16, including 12 deaths.

SALINE AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING ALLEGED PROPERTY DAMAGE 3/23/15RK


Saline County authorities are investigating an allegation of property damage that happened on Saturday evening.

According to a report from the Saline County Sheriff's Department, a deputy was dispatched just after 7:00pm to a residence on Wildcat Road with the report of alleged property damage.

The deputy's report says he observed a Chevrolet HHR in the driveway with its back glass broken out and observed a rock inside the back hatch of the vehicle.

Getting statements from the vehicle owner, the property owner and three youths, who were playing basketball outside when the incident occurred, the deputy learned there was a white car in the area when the incident occurred.

No other information is available at this time and the investigation continues.

LINCOLN MAN ESCAPES INJURY IN CRASH 3/23/15RK


A Lincoln man escaped injury in a two-vehicle crash in Henry County on Sunday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound 2010 Victory, driven by 53-year-old Robert Stacy, of Ashland, overtook and struck a southbound 2012 Chrysler, driven by 32-year-old Dustin Koll, of Lincoln, in the rear.

The report says Stacy was ejected from his vehicle and suffered minor injuries. He was transported by Golden Valley Ambulance to Golden Valley Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened at 5:15pm on Missouri 7 at Route "W."

MILLER CO. CRASH INJURES TWO AREA RESIDENTS 3/22/15RK


Two area residents suffered injuries in a one-car crash in Miller County early this morning.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a westbound Toyota Camry, driven by 45-year-old Richard Craig, of Sedalia, swerved to miss a deer in the roadway, traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck two trees.

Craig suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment. A passenger, 27-year-old Gerald Durrill, of Green Ridge, suffered serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The report says neither person was wearing a seat belt.

The crash happened just before 4:30am on Missouri 134, a half-mile west of Missouri 42.

TWO TREATED AFTER MOTORCYCLE CRASH 3/22/15RK


Two residents of Florence were Life Flighted for treatment of injuries following a motorcycle crash in Benton County this afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a southbound Harley Davidson Soft Tail, driven by 58-year-old Dennis Ogalsbee, failed to negotiate a curve. The bike subsequently ran off the right side of the roadway, began sliding and overturned, causing both occupants the be ejected.

The driver suffered moderate injuries, while a passenger, 57-year-old Karen Ogalsbee, suffered serious injuries. They were flown to University Hospital in Columbia.

The accident happened at 1:10pm on Route H, just south of Route W.

NORBORNE MAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ONE-CAR CRASH 3/22/15RK


A Norborne man had to be Life Flighted from the scene to Truman Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries he suffered in a one-car crash in Carroll County early this morning.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a southbound Honda Civic, driven by 20-year-old Jordan Thomas, traveled off the right side of the roadway, then off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned.

The accident happened at 7:15am on Highway "D," north of County Road 300.

CAR-TRUCK CRASH KILLS COLUMBIA MAN 3/22/15RK


A car-freightliner crash in Boone County on Saturday afternoon resulted in the death of Columbia man and injury to a Columbia woman.

According to a report from the Columbia Police Department, the accident occurred as a freightliner, driven by 35-year-old Darrel McKnight, of South Carolina, slowed to make a right turn into a private driveway and was struck in the rear by an Oldsmobile 88, driven by 30-year-old Nicole Weddington, of Columbia.

Weddington suffered minor injuries and had to be extricated from the vehicle by Columbia Fire personnel and was transported by E.M.S. personnel to University Hospital for treatment. A passenger in her car, 24-year-old John Severtsen, of Columbia, was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel. The freightliner driver and passenger reportedly were not injured.

Weddington and Severtson reportedly weren't wearing their seat belts, as the driver and the passenger in the freightliner were.

The accident happened at 12:15pm on northbound Route "B," near Paris Road. Cause of the crash is currently under investigation.

MARSHALL RESIDENTS INJURED IN PETTIS COUNTY CRASH 3/22/15RK


A 21-year-old driver and two youths from Marshall were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Saturday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound 2000 Mitsubishi, driven by Kierra Baylark, traveled off the right side of the roadway and down a grass embankment. The vehicle then crossed back over the roadway onto the left embankment and struck a tree line.

Baylark and the two children, ages one and less than one, each suffered minor injuries. The report says they refused treatment at the scene.

The crash happened at 2:45pm on County Line Road, less than a mile north of Highway 62.

THREE HURT IN COOPER CRASH 3/21/15RK


A Boonville driver and two of her children were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Cooper County on Saturday morning.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a southbound Acura Integra, driven by 29-year-old Christi Hundley, ran off the right side of the roadway, reportedly overcorrected, traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck an embankment.

Hundley, and her 4-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter, each suffered minor injuries. Each was reportedly transported by private vehicle to Boone Hospital for treatment.

The accident occurred just before 9:45am on Route "B," just south of Lone Elm.

DEWITT YOUTH HURT IN ONE-CAR CRASH IN CARROLL COUNTY 3/21/15RK


A 12-year-old driver, of Dewitt, was injured in a one-car crash in Carroll County Friday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a northbound Chevrolet Impala, driven by the 12-year-old, traveled off the right side of the roadway, returned to the roadway, before again traveling off the right side of the roadway. The vehicle returned to the roadway once again, crossed the center line and off the left side of the roadway where it struck an embankment and the ground.

The 12-year-old suffered moderate injuries and was reportedly taken to Carroll County Memorial Hospital via private vehicle for treatment.

The accident occurred at 5:15pm on North 9th Street, just north of Harrison Street.

DOG DISTURBANCE ESCALATES INTO SHOTS FIRED 3/21/15RK


A disturbance involving two dogs escalated into gunfire in an area county on Friday night.

According to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, the incident occurred in the 4700 block of Heller Drive and Boone County sheriff’s deputies have taken two people into custody as the investigation continues.

The release says, shortly before 7:00pm, deputies responded to the scene, near the area of Route "B" and Highway "HH," and were told a man stabbed a dog to death that had attacked his dog. The owner of the dog which was killed allegedly retrieved a pistol from a residence and discharged a number of rounds near the scene of the disturbance.

That male subject fled the area but was taken into custody a short distance away and is currently in custody. Another male individual was taken into custody on suspicion of hindering the investigation into the shooting.

At the time of this release no one has been placed under arrest or charged with a crime.

LIGHTHOUSE SHELTER TO HOST POKER TOURNEY 3/20/15CC


The Lighthouse Shelter in Marshall will hold a special fundraising event this weekend to help continue its mission of assisting area victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Lighthouse director Leo Grothaus says the shelter will host an old fashioned friendly game of cards on Saturday night:



Grothaus says the shelter is working to move forward in the wake of the embezzlement case of the shelter's former director Deborah Wallace, who was sentenced in federal court earlier this week. He says that despite the challenges of the last few years, the mission of the shelter hasn't changed:



The shelter's Texas Hold 'Em poker tournament takes place Saturday, March 21st at 6:00pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Marshall; doors open at 5:00pm.

MARSHALL SHELTER LOOKS TO THE FUTURE 3/20/15CC


After sentencing was handed down earlier this week in the federal embezzlement case of the former director of the Lighthouse Shelter in Marshall, the shelter's new director says it's time to move forward.

Current director Leo Grothaus says that despite the cloud cast by the federal case, the shelter is looking toward the future and focusing on the services they provide to those who need it most:



Grothaus says that one of the lingering consequences of the federal case has been the suspension of state grant funding that helps the Marshall shelter pay their staff:



The shelter will hold a Texas Hold 'Em fundraising poker tournament on Saturday, March 21st at the Knights of Columbus hall in Marshall; doors will open at 5:00pm and the tournament gets underway at 6:00pm.

WARRENSBURG TEEN EARNS MILITARY HONOR 3/20/15CC


An youth will be recognized with a Military Child of the Year Award from Operation Homefront on April 16th.

The national non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance to military families annually gives the award to an outstanding military child from each branch of service – Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard – and for the first time in 2015, the National Guard.

Zachary Parsons, of Warrensburg, is the recipient in the National Guard category. A news release from Operation Homefront says he is an active leader in his community, an impressive example of resiliency, and dedicated to service.

From a pool of nearly 500 nominees, each award recipient was chosen by a committee including active-duty and retired military personnel, spouses of senior military leaders, veteran service organization leadership, teachers, and community members.

The six awardees will receive $10,000 each, will receive a laptop computer and other donated gifts, and will be flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C. for a special recognition gala on April 16th, 2015.

The awards will be presented by senior leaders of each branch of service.

FRIENDS OF ARROW ROCK TO RECEIVE CHALLENGE GRANT 3/20/15CC


The Jeffris Family Foundation has notified the group Friends of Arrow Rock that it has met the requirements of a $230,000 challenge grant for historic preservation.

According to a release from Friends of Arrow Rock, the funds will be used for major restorations on four historic buildings in the heart of Arrow Rock: the Sites House, the Sites Gunsmith Shop, the Masonic Lodge and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge.

Plans for the second floor of the Masonic Lodge call for it being converted into a conference room with audiovisual equipment and kitchen facilities. Across Main Street, the Odd Fellows Lodge is the home of the Missouri Press Foundation’s Print Shop Museum, as well as an IOOF assembly room authentically furnished to the period of the late 1800s.

The release notes that the success of this challenge grant drive has laid a solid foundation for launching Phase Two of the fundraising effort, which will include furnishing and equipping the conference room in the Masonic Lodge.

To learn more and to see pictures of the buildings that will be renovated with the grant, visit www.FriendsofArrowRock.org.

SEDALIA PREPS FOR CEMETERY CLEANING 3/20/15CC


According to a release from the City of Sedalia, cemetery maintenance crews will start cleaning Crown Hill Cemetery, Calvary Cemetery and Hebrew Cemetery on Monday, March 23rd.

Staff asks that any flowers, crosses, stuffed toys and ornaments be removed from gravesites by Sunday, March 22nd.

Flowers only may be placed on gravesites starting Saturday, March 28th. In order to help with mowing and weed eating, Staff requests the use of shepherd's hooks when placing flowers on graves instead of placing them on the ground.

For question or information, contact Cemetery Director Roger Waters at (660) 826-1562.

SFCC HOSTS DISTRICT MUSIC FESTIVAL 3/20/15CC


State Fair Community College in Sedalia is busy this weekend hosting the Missouri State High School Activities Association annual District 14 music festival.

Almost 1,000 students from 27 area high schools will present vocal and instrumental solos and small ensemble performances over the two days. Performances are scheduled from 3:30-9:00pm Friday and 8:00am to 4:00pm Saturday in the Yeater Learning Center and Stauffacher Center for the Fine Arts.

Participating high schools include Marshall, Smith-Cotton, Knob Noster, Odessa, Warrensburg, Boonville, Lincoln, Cole Camp, Windsor, Lafayette County, Stover, Green Ridge, Crest Ridge, LaMonte, Slater, Sweet Springs, Concordia, Santa Fe, Smithton, Pilot Grove, Hardin-Central, Leeton, Lexington, Slater, Orrick, Calhoun, and Windsor.

All events are free and open to the public.

BUILDING UPGRADES CONTINUE FOR BOONVILLE SCHOOLS 3/20/15CC


The Boonville R-1 School District continues with upgrades and renovations to district buildings, several of which were approved by the Boonville School Board earlier this week.

Superintendent Mark Ficken talks about the progress being made:



Ficken says the district and its patrons are excited about the building improvements, especially when it comes to safety and security:



In other business, the Boonville School board this week approved the revised 2014-15 budget, approved U.M.B. Bank for district depository services and agreed to advertise for bids for district picture services.

MISSOURI GROCERS HONOR REP. HOSKINS 3/20/15CC


The Missouri Grocers Association hosted a banquet last week and awarded the MGA Capitol Impact Award to Representative Denny Hoskins from District 54 – Warrensburg in Western Missouri.

The Missouri Grocers Association began presenting this award two years ago to distinguished individuals who have made a positive impact on the Missouri economy by sharing the same view and mission as the Missouri Grocers.

The Association cites Hoskins' commitment to small business, job growth and a strong state economy as some of the factors for the award.

K.C. PAIR FACES LAFAYETTE CO. BURGLARY CHARGES 3/20/15CC


Two people have been charged after their arrest by Lafayette County authorities last week.

According to the Lafayette County Sheriffs Office, deputies responded on March 12th to the area of Highway WW and North Outer Road near Odessa on a report of a suspicious vehicle. A neighbor had called in the report after seeing the vehicle and deputies were notified by an alarm company that an intrusion alarm was sounding at the residence.

Deputies discovered that the home had been broken into and later found the suspicious vehicle abandoned on a nearby road. Further investigation into the matter led to the arrests of 42-year-old Henry L. Hood and 26-year-old Matthew R. Stone, both of Kansas City.

Both men have been charged in Lafayette County Circuit Court with felony counts of Second-Degree Burglary and First-Degree Property Damage. Hood's bond was set at $25,000 while Stone's bond was set at $15,000.

Hood pleaded not guilty to the charges and has a court date set for March 25th at 10:00am; no court information for Stone has been made available.

SLATER BOARD OK'S INSURANCE RATES, RAISES 3/20/15CC


At Thursday's meeting of the Slater School Board, board members gave approval to employee insurance rates, salary schedules, and raises.

Slater Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz explains:



In other business, Lorenz says the board approved several budget amendments, the district's Comprehensive School Improvement Plan and the school schedule for the 2015-16 academic year.

SEDALIA WOMAN WINS TWO BIG LOTTERY PRIZES ON SAME DAY 3/20/15CC


A Sedalia woman recently found that lightning can strike twice, as she won two big prizes from the Missouri Lottery in the same night.

According to a Lottery release, 24-year-old Jessica Bardwell was working at Fitter's 5th Street Pub in Sedalia on March 7th and bought a "10-Spot Quick Pick" Club Keno ticket, which she later discovered had a prize of $10,000.

Bardwell purchased a second ticket that evening while at work and says she was "floored" to discover that ticket had a prize of $20,771, making her a total of $30,771 richer by the end of her shift.

Bardwell says she'll use the money to pay off student loans and try to save a little as well.

HIGGINSVILLE ALDERMEN APPROVE SEWER RATE CHANGE 3/20/15CC


In a brief meeting this week of the Higginsville Board of Aldermen, a public hearing was held for public input on changes to the city's sewer rates.

After no input was given, Aldermen went on to approve the rate changes. The new service charges will be a minimum monthly charge of $25.75 and $2.50 per one hundred cubic feet of water used in a three-month average. Customers will see the change in their bill beginning in May.

Also this week the board approved two bills, one to allow the spending of city revenue for fireworks and another for a provision of service between the city and the Higginsville Lions Club.

Aldermen also recognized EMS worker Eric Meyer for five years of service and set Monday, March 30th as the date for both the city's next Utility Committee and Transportation Committee meetings.

FAYETTE BOARD UPDATED ON RECENT DISTRICT SUCCESSES 3/19/15CC


At Wednesday's meeting of the Fayette R-3 School Board, members gave approval to the Missouri School Board Association's Full Policy Maintenance Agreement and also approved K-3 math and 9-12 English Language Arts curriculum guides.

In other business, the board learned the district recently received a 100% rating on its bus inspection, found out that the district's Academic Bowl team hosted the inaugural Howard County Tournament (in which the team won first place), and were updated on the Music Boosters Taco Dinner and Dessert auction that raised over $4,000 for the Fayette music program.

Board members also voted unanimously to hold the Board Awards and High School Academic Awards ceremony at 7:00pm on Thursday, April 30th. Also set on the calendar was the Board Reorganization meeting, to take place on April 15th after the April 4th Municipal Election.

STATE FEBRUARY JOBS REPORT RELEASED 3/19/15CC


According to seasonally adjusted data released today by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the state’s nonfarm payroll employment gained 8,400 jobs in February, following a revised increase of 11,200 in the first month of 2015.

Missouri’s unemployment rate held at 5.5 percent in February, nine-tenths of a point below the February 2014 rate.

February’s job growth was led by education and health services with 4,100 new jobs. Additionally, construction was up by 2,700 jobs, while trade, transportation and utilities gained 2,400 jobs, and real estate, rental and leasing employment was up by 1,300 jobs for the month of February.

Missouri’s nonfarm payrolls have increased by 40,400 jobs over the past year.

KANDER AWARDS TECH GRANT TO GLASGOW LIBRARY 3/19/15CC


Secretary of State Jason Kander this week announced that Lewis Library of Glasgow received a technology grant in the amount of $5,500. The funds will be used to replace eight computers, seven of which are public access computers.

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, the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

In Fiscal Year 2015, the Missouri State Library, a division of Kander’s office, has approved a total of 178 grant applications, distributing $1,111,720 in federal awards to libraries throughout Missouri.

GLASGOW SCHOOL BOARD PREPS FOR BALLOT TAX ISSUE 3/19/15CC


The Glasgow School Board met in regular session on Wednesday night.

Board members were updated on efforts behind a proposed tax rate ballot item. District administrators say they have visited with numerous Glasgow-area business owners who support the proposal. A public meeting on the ballot issue will be held Wednesday, April 1st at Bramble Hall in Glasgow.

In other business, the board approved several policy updates, were provided with an updated version of the district's Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, and approved adding the position of music accompanist to the extra-duty salary schedule.

Board members also accepted the resignation of Title 1 Reading Specialist Elouise Kallmeyer.

The next meeting of the Glasgow School Board is slated for Monday, April 13th at 8:00pm in the board room at the school.

WARRENSBURG FIREFIGHTERS TRAIN AT "FIRE HOUSE" 3/19/15CC


The City of Warrensburg's Fire Department recently held training sessions for employees using houses owned by the University of Central Missouri that are scheduled to be torn down.

A release from the city says this gave the fire department the opportunity to train for smoke and fires and get a real-life layout of how an actual fire scenario goes.

During the exercise, firefighter Ryan Smith and Captain Ken Jennings entered the smoke- filled house and retrieved a life size dummy after Captain Jennings circled the house to evaluate the scene. Up on the roof, two part-time employees cut out a hole to help the ventilation process.

The City of Warrensburg Fire Department partners annually with the University of Central Missouri to utilize the fire training house.

CONCORDIA ALDERMEN DISCUSS TRASH SERVICE 3/18/15CC


The Concordia Board of Aldermen met in regular session earlier this week.

City Administrator Dale Klussman says the board spent some of the evening discussing the city's trash service contract and gave approval to advertising for bids:



Klussman says aldermen also approved a bid to replace six sidearms for the Concordia Police Department:



In other business, the board formally adopted the city's budget for Fiscal year 2015-16, were given a presentation on the Water Meter Maintenance Program and discussed a monthly bass tournament at the city lake.
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