University of Missouri Health Care in Columbia has been recognized as one of the nation's top-12 academic medical centers for superior performance in delivering high-quality, safe, efficient, patient-centered and equitable care.
According to a release from UHC, which is a Chicago-based alliance of the nation's leading non-profit academic medical centers, has been awarded the 2014 UHC Quality Leadership Award.
Other 2014 UHC Quality Leadership Award winners include Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, New York; The University of Kansas Hospital; and Houston Methodist Hospital.
Lie out in the sun or under a shade? That is going to be the question swimmers and sunbathers will be faced with answering once next season opens at Liberty Pool in Sedalia.
According to Sedalia Director of Parks and Recreation Mark Hewett, the park is currently installing/building a structure which will benefit those who don't want to spend all of their time out in the sun.
Hewett thinks it will offer pool-goers an option many will enjoy.
Hewett said the project is being funded by park's special-projects fund out of the city's 3/8-cent sales tax. The pool's filter system was repaired using the fund last year. He also said they have estimates to resurface both slides at the pool for $80,000. If the park board approves the work, the money will come from the special-projects fund, as well.
At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday, Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings gave an update on the commissioners' meeting with the county employees' insurance provider, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, earlier in the week. The County changed to Blue Cross & Blue Shield last year, and as part of a three-year agreement, the employee premiums will increase for the upcoming year by nine percent.
Stallings said even though the premiums for employees have incresased from last year, they are still cheaper than they were with the previous provider, with coverage being better.
A West Plains 1-year-old girl was fatally injured last evening in a one-car accident in Howell County.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway patrol, the accident occurred as a 2005 Nissan Titan, driven by 20-year-old Austin Piper, of West Plains, struck the 1-year-old pedestrian in a private driveway.
The 1-year-old was transported to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains for treatment, but she was pronounced dead by Dr. Kathy Egly at 6:24pm.
The accident happened at 6:00pm one mile south of West Plains.
According to a news release, the Pettis County Health Center has announced that influenza vaccine for infants, children, adults and seniors is again available at the Health Center. A very limited amount of vaccine is available for pregnant woman requiring preservative free vaccine.
Appointments for influenza vaccine may be made by calling (660) 827-1130.
For additional information, contact JoAnn Martin at the Pettis County Health Center.
A Blackburn resident was injured Thursday in a motorcycle accident in Boone County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 60-year-old George Sinklear, of Blackburn, was eastbound on a 1991 Harley Davison when the bike overturned in the roadway. Sinklear received moderate injuries and was taken for treatment to Boone Hospital by ambulance.
Patrol reports say the crash happened around 1:50pm on Interstate 70 at Highway 40 in Boone County.
A Warsaw man suffered injuries after a three-vehicle accident on Thursday in Benton County.
According to the Highway Patrol, it happened around 2:50pm on U.S. Highway 65 at Main Street in Warsaw, where a vehicle driven by 75-year-old Gary Jones was southbound and struck the rear end of a vehicle stopped in traffic for construction. The impact drove the stopped car into the car in front of it.
Jones suffered moderate injuries and was taken for treatment to Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia.
Absentee Voting is now available for the General Election to be held on Tuesday, November 4th.
Carroll County voters may obtain their ballot in person in the Carroll County Clerk’s Office or request an absentee ballot by mail. Requests for ballots by telephone are not allowed in Missouri Election Law.
The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail or through parent or guardian is Wednesday, October 29th, at 5:00pm.
The County Clerk’s Office will have extended office hours on Saturday, November 1st, from 8:30am to 12:30pm for walk-in absentee voting. The last day to Absentee vote in person is Monday, November 3rd, at 5:00pm.
Sample Ballots for the General Election are available in the County Clerk’s Office in the Courthouse. For questions or more information call the Clerk's office at (660) 542-0165.
Also, the Clerk's office has announced that the required public testing of the equipment and software being used for the General Election will be held in the Counting Room in the Courthouse on Wednesday, October 29th, at 3:00pm.
The governing board for Central Methodist University in Fayette has new leadership, with a new set of officers beginning their service and five members departing.
Dr. Robert T. "Tad" Perry is the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Nancy Walker Peacock is the new Vice Chair, while Bruce Addison was elected Secretary. Board officers serve three year terms.
Meanwhile, veteran Board members Fred Alexander, Glenn C. Cox Jr., and Sondra Sercu Spalding retired after years of distinguished service. Term limits dictated that Board members Jeffrey Hogenmiller and Dr. Keith Young also leave the Board, but CMU officials and fellow Trustees indicate both could return to the board in the future.
The changes leave CMU with a 34-member Board of Trustees. It includes alumni and friends of CMU who live coast-to-coast, who meet quarterly to set policy and help guide the University.
The Sedalia/Pettis County Emergency Management Agency, in cooperation with the Region F Solid Waste District, will conduct a Household Hazardous Waste Pickup this Saturday, October 25th, from 8:00am until noon at the West Campgrounds of the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Residents dropping off items will need to enter through the Clarendon Road gate.
Accepted items include: paint/varnishes/stains; oil; fuels; pesticides and insecticides; aerosol cans; batteries; and E-waste to include computers and televisions.
Prohibited items include: explosives including fireworks; compressed gas cylinders; medical and radioactive waste; commercial or business generated waste; and agriculture waste.
For more information contact the Sedalia-Pettis Co EMA at 660-827-4800.
A Carroll County woman has been injured following a one-vehicle accident on Highway 65 on Thursday.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it happened when a vehicle driven southbound by 39-year-old Shauna Berwaldt, of Bogard, ran off the left side of the road and down an embankment where it became airborne over a drainage ditch. The car hit the bank on the opposite side and came to rest in the water-filled ditch.
Berwaldt suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken by helicopter for treatment to Truman Medical Center. The crash reportedly occurred around 7:40am Thursday morning at Highway 65 and Highway 10 in Carroll County.
At the meeting of the Brunswick R-2 Board of Education this week, superintendent Bob Kottman said Brunswick R-2 has joined a number of school districts in the KMMO listening area who have approved resolutions opposing Amdendment 3.
He says the extra cost could be prohibitive and take away from other classroom needs.
The latter part of the year already is mostly testing, Kottman said.
The ammendment will be up for vote on the November 4th general election ballot.
Brunswick R-2 Superintendent Bob Kottman gave the board of education an update on the addition of two locker rooms and a weight room at the high school during the district's board meeting this week. He said everything went well with the construction until recently when the floor was about to be installed. Because the concrete hadn't cured enough and the PH levels weren't right, the installation of the flooring has been delayed. But he said the floor should be installed by early November.
Kottman also said the district approved the final payment to Muddy Boots, Inc., of Lexington, for plumbing work completed over the summer at the high school.
The board also was made aware of the parent/teacher conferences going on today and there will be no school on Friday, October 24th and there will be an early dismissal at 12:20pm on November 7th for teacher in-service.
The next board meeting is set for November 17th at 7:00pm.
State Fair Community College's Adult Education and Literacy program is offering classes to help those for whom English is not their first language and for those who wish to become U.S. citizens. The classes are free.
Enrollment for English as a Second Language (ESL) day classes, which will meet from noon to 3:00pm at the Celebration Center on West 32nd Street in Sedalia, will be held from 5:30-8:30pm October 28th-30th in the Yeater Learning Center, Room 122, on the Sedalia campus.
For more information, call (660) 596-7289 or (660) 596-7380.
Registration will be held October 27th-31st for the next High-School Equivalency classes to be held on the State Fair Community College campus in Sedalia and at sites in Appleton City, Boonville, Carrollton, Clinton, Richmond, Osceola, Warrensburg and Warsaw.
Enrollment will be held from 8:00am to 3:00pm each day, and enrollment for HSE night classes will be from 6:00-9:00pm October 27th-29th in Yeater Learning Center, Room 163, on the Sedalia campus.
HSE classes are free, but students must enroll in person and complete an orientation before going to classes.
For more information, call (660) 596-7289 or (660) 596-7380.
Missouri historian Lynn Morrow will be the featured speaker on November 8th at the Boonslick Historical Society fall meeting at J. Huston Tavern in Arrow Rock in Saline County. Members of the Boone's Lick Road Association also will be at the dinner meeting.
The title of Morrow's presentation is "Boone's Lick in Western Expansion: James MacKay, the Boones, and the Morrisons."
The meeting begins at 5:30pm with a social hour. Dinner is at 6:30pm. The general public is invited to attend the meeting. Cost of the dinner is $20 per person, and reservations are due by November 1st by contacting Cindy Bowen at (660) 273-2374.
According to a news release from his office, on Wednesday, Governor Jay Nixon requested a federal major disaster declaration for 20 northern Missouri counties as a result of a severe storm system that brought damaging straight line winds and widespread flooding to that part of the state from September 9th and 10th.
The Governor said joint damage assessments in the affected region have already been completed and revealed extensive damage to roads, bridges and low-water crossings. The Missouri Department of Transportation reported 70 different roads were closed during the storm’s peak impact, including Interstate 29 near the Atchison–Holt county line and U.S 36 in Macon County.
Nixon’s disaster declaration request is for public assistance for 20 counties: Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Daviess, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Knox, Lewis, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Mercer, Nodaway, Putnam, Ralls, Shelby, Sullivan and Worth.
State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced yesterday that he has returned more than $1.2 million of Unclaimed Property to eight account owners since July of this year.
According to a news release from his office, the accounts ranged from $100,000 to $200,000 and were returned to individuals and businesses in Missouri, including a major hospital chain.
Unclaimed Property can come from abandoned bank accounts, uncollected insurance policies, uncashed checks and more. State law requires those entities to turn over assets to Treasurer Zweifel’s office after a statutorily defined period of time, generally five years. The assets are held by the office in perpetuity until the original owners or a proper heir is located.
One in 10 Missourians has Unclaimed Property, and the average return is $300.
Zweifel currently holds $822 million in Unclaimed Property belonging to 4.8 million account owners. Missourians may search for, claim and email Unclaimed Property search results 24 hours a day at ShowMeMoney.com.
Earlier today, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced his appointments to four boards and commissions.
Appointments include James Chapman III, of Grain Valley, to the Elevator Safety Board; Dr. John Wright, Sr., of St. Louis, to the Missouri Charter Public School Commission; Dr. Jeffrey Appleman, of Jackson, to the State Board of Podiatric Medicine; and Rita Burlison and Tiffany Franklin, both of St. Louis, to the 22nd Circuit Judicial Commission.
Chapman's term would end on June 6th, 2015; Wright's term on September 17th, 2017; Appleman's term until July 1st, 2018; Franklin until December 31st, 2016; and Burlison until December 31st, 2018.
With the exception of the judicial commission appointments, the appointments will be subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate.
The vocal group "Chanticleer" will perform its show "The Gypsy in My Soul," at 7:30pm on Sunday, October 26th at the University of Central Missouri's Hart Recital Hall in Warrensburg.
"Chanticleer" has been called "the world's reigning male chorus" by "The New Yorker" magazine and named Ensemble of the Year by "Musical America." The group has 12 members, whose voices range from countertenor to bass.
For ticket information, visit ucmpas.com anytime or call (660) 543-8888 during box-office hours of 1:00-4:00pm on this Friday.
The Concordia Board of Aldermen met on Tuesday night, the agenda including a discussion about the town's trash and polycart policy.
City Administrator Dale Klussman explains the city's sanitation provider, Waste Corporation of America, has in its contract that it will not pick up bags either larger than 35 gallons or weighs more than 50 pounds.
In other business, Klussman said Mayor Donald Holtcamp has appointed Randy Shackelford to be the Municipal Judge, and the board accepted the appointment. The current judge, Kelly Rose, will serve until December 31st.
Klussman said the board ratified a contract for unleaded and diesel fuel for the city with MFA OIL. The term of the contract will be from November to April.
Klussman said the board will meet in special session on Tuesday, October 28th at 7:00pm to discuss the city's options for health insurance.
A two-vehicle accident in Warren County this morning has caused fatal injuries to a Columbia man.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a 2011 Chevy Suburban, driven by 55-year-old Andrea Campbell, of Columbia, was stopped in traffic on eastbound I-70. Not realizing the Campbell vehicle was stopped, a 2008 Lincoln, driven by 77-year-old Ronald Day, of Warrenton, ran into the rear of the Campbell vehicle.
The Campbell vehicle traveled off the right side of the road.
Columbia resident, 79-year-old Donald Hollenberg, a passenger in the Campbell car, was pronounced dead at the scene by Warren County Coroner Roger Mauzy just before 10:15.
Day suffered moderate injuries and was taken by Warren County E.M.S. to St. Joseph Health Center West in Lake St. Louis for treatment. Campbell suffered minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene by Warren County E.M.S. personnel.
The accident happened at 9:45am on eastbound I-70 at the 201 mile marker.
At the meeting of the Slater City Council on Tuesday, the council was reminded there are two big dates coming up.
The first of which is the annual Halloween Parade on October 31st. It starts on Main Street at 6:00pm.
There also is the annual Turkey/Ham giveaway on November 26th. City Administrator Gene Griffith said they gave away 60 turkeys and/or hams last year.
The city has started trimming trees to keep them out of the power lines. He said if you want your trees trimmed to look pretty, you probably ought to call a professional. But the city will do it otherwise.
Griffith said street work in the city should start next week all over town. He said it should take about a week and include some work around the schools.
Griffith also said the city has submitted for two Missouri International Risk Management Association grant awards, one for a cordless hydraulic crimper and the other a concrete and asphalt grinder for a bobcat for sidewalks. He said, if the city receives them,the grants will cover 50 percent of the cost, with the city picking up the other half.
At the Tuesday meeting of the Saline County Commission, Saline County Emergency Management Agency Director Emmitt Williams said there will be a drill coming up in December on an unspecified date involving Emergency 911. The date is not known because they want it to be a surprise.
Williams and Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day have been working out a drill that will be beneficial.
The alternate site currently is the Marshall Fire Department. But it has some disadvantages, according to Williams.
He said the site of the backup facility could change, but it will be determined after a test run.
Williams wants patrons to know, regardless of how the drill goes, 911 calls will be able to be received during simulated shutdown exercise. He said the general public will not even know the drill is going on.
During the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, Saline County Emergency Management Agency Director Emmitt Williams said he has been getting calls from officials in the area wanting to know what the county's reaction is going to be to Ebola. He said that although we are in the central part of the United States, the threat of the virus can be serious.
Williams said he and Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day are working on a protocol if a student comes back with this issue. He said part of the prevention of getting the disease is simply buying some latex gloves and a mask.
Williams wants the public to know his agency and other emergency officials are being proactive in the event something like Ebola hits this area.
In a brief meeting of the Higginsville Board of Aldermen this week, the board approved a settlement agreement with CenturyLink company over gross receipts taxes. City Administrator Lee Barker says the city will receive less than $500 from the agreement.
Aldermen also approved the hiring of Kenta Boldridge and Dennis Payne as part-time EMT's for the city of Higginsville. Both have recently completed their necessary training and are currently volunteers with the city fire department.
The board on Monday also learned of an upcoming facilities, property and equipment tour for the Mayor and Board of Aldermen. The tour will take place on November 8th beginning at 9:00am at Higginsville City Hall.
The Missouri Department of Conservation has developed three apps to aid hunters, fishermen and lovers of the fall colors. The MO Hunting, Find MO Fish and MO Fall Colors are free and available for both Android and Apple mobile devices through Google Play and iTunes stores.
You can learn more and download the apps at mdc.mo.gov.
Saline County Emergency Management Director Emmit Williams was present at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, explaining the drills the agency has participated in during the past couple of months. Williams says a tornado drill held in August went well.
He notes that the August drill involved a number of area schools.
Williams says the agency received good reviews on the drill from the federal level. He says they must participate in three drills a year to keep their grant status.
The Slater Board of Education meets in regular session on Thursday, October 23rd, at 5:30pm.
Items on the agenda include an asphalt project update, as well as updates on the progress of playground, sidewalk and bleacher projects. Board members will also take up approval of the district audit and bids for striping, sealing and snow removal.
An executive session is also scheduled for legal and personnel matters.
State Fair Community College and Whiteman Air Force Base recently signed another five-year memorandum of understanding enabling the college to offer educational degree programs to Whiteman personnel. The college has offered classes on the Knob Noster base since 1988.
Students at SFCC-Whiteman AFB can earn Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts in Teaching and Associate of Applied Science in Paraprofessional Educator degrees. All active duty personnel, their spouses and dependent children, regardless of residency status, pay in-district tuition and fees per credit hour.
Effective October 1st, the U.S. Air Force changed the process for obtaining approval for tuition assistance (TA). Requests for TA must be submitted and approved no later than seven days before a class begins. Classes offered at Whiteman are eight-week sessions. Spring enrollment at Whiteman opens December 1st; classes start January 12th.
A Marshall woman escaped injury Tuesday after a one-vehicle rollover accident in Saline County.
The Highway Patrol says 27-year-old Juana Garcia Centeno was traveling northbound on Highway 65 when her vehicle drifted into the left lane. The driver overcorrected, causing the car to slide off the right side of the road and overturn.
Damage to the car was listed as total. The Patrol says the crash happened around 7:15pm Tuesday evening, just south of Route H on U.S. Highway 65.
Two Sedalia residents suffered moderate injuries after a one-vehicle rollover crash in Pettis County on Tuesday night.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a southbound vehicle driven by 89-year-old Lou Tempel failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the roadway. The car reportedly struck a brick light support before overturning on the side of the road.
Tempel and a passenger, 87-year-old Marian Tempel, were taken by ambulance to Bothwell Regional Health Center for treatment. Patrol reports say the crash happened around 7:15pm on Hedge Apple Drive in Sedalia.
The Marshall School Board on Tuesday heard a proposal for the second phase of a transition to multi-grade buildings.
The presentation made by Darcie McFail and Janie Macholz; Macholz told the board they want to include more students in the pilot program:
And Macholz told board members she thinks they are ready to move into the second phase of the transition:
The Board now has the option of giving the go-ahead for the second phase and the decision whether to implement it all next school year or phase it in over several years.
In other business, the board approved a resolution opposing Missouri Constitutional Amendment 3 that will be on the November General Election ballot, joining scores of districts across the state in opposing the measure.
Receiving recognition Tuesday night from the board were the high school tennis team, students in the all-state choir and Amy Miles, rcently named the Optimist Club teacher of the year.
The board also voted to advertise for bids for rental of farm land and heard plans for a band trip to Chicago, Illinois next May.
Two Chariton County residents were hurt when their vehicles collided on Tuesday morning.
According to the Highway Patrol, it happened when an eastbound car driven by 18-year-old Kirsten Brown, of Mendon, crossed the centerline of the road, ran off the left side and struck a westbound pickup truck driven by 56-year-old Gerald Brown, of Keytesville.
The Patrol says Gerald Brown suffered moderate injuries while Kirsten Brown received minor injuries; both were taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment. The crash happened around 8:15am Tuesday morning, one mile east of Keytesville on U.S. Highway 24 in Chariton County.
Charges have been filed in Johnson County against a Warrensburg man accused of setting another man on fire.
According to a release from Warrensburg Police Chief Bruce Howey, formal charges were filed Tuesday against 41-year-old Jason Eckes, who was arrested late Monday night after a confrontation where authorities allege Eckes doused another man with an accelerant and then ignited the liquid.
The Johnson County Prosecuting Attorney's Office on Tuesday filed charges of Felony First-Degree Assault and Felony First-Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Bond has been set at $250,000 cash only.
The release says Eckes is in custody in the Johnson County jail facility. The victim remains in a Kansas City hospital for treatment.
The case is a joint investigation between the Warrensburg Police and Fire Departments, the Johnson County Prosecutor's office and the Missouri State Fire Marshall's office.
In a brief meeting of the Boonville City Council on Tuesday, council members were updated on an asbestos clean-up project at the city administration building. The council also heard first reading of a bill to authorize renewal of a mutual aid agreement between the Boonville Police Department and the Cooper County Sheriffs Office.
Also heard was the second reading of a bill to approve a settlement with CenturyLink company over gross receipts taxes. Boonville is one of several municipalities in the area involved in the action; City Administrator Irl Tessendorf says Boonville stands to receive a few hundred dollars from the settlement at best.
Council members on Monday also heard various committee reports, including the Police Board, Planning & Zoning Committee and the Boonville Housing Authority.
The Sedalia City Council approved a number of payments and ordinances at their regular session meeting on Monday, October 20th.
The council first approved change orders of $21,500 to Agricycle, Inc., for yard waste grinding and $510 to Elite Root Control for an ongoing root control project.
Council members on Monday also approved amending city codes pertaining to flood hazard areas in the city limits and approved ordinances for city maintenance in three areas of the Katy Trail West Subdivision.
Also approved were an ordinance for engineering services with Olsson Associates; an agreement with Engineering Surveys and Services, LLC, for engineering services associated with the rebidding of the Downtown Streetscape Project; and an ordinance to accept permanent utility easements and temporary construction easements from the Sedalia/Pettis County Community Service Corporation for the city’s sewer relief project.
At the meeting of the Carrollton Town Council on Monday night, the council approved vacating ordinances involving residences on 11th, 12th, Spring and Locust Streets, allowing the homeowners to build structures. The agreement is such that if the city needs to get back on the properties to do work, it can.
In other business, the council also approved a lift-kit removal bid from Eiserer Customs in Carrollton.
The annual pump test bid was awarded to Emergency Aparatus of LinoLakes, Minn.
In closed session, the council hired assistant fire chief Lonnie Sensenich to fill the shoes of retiring fire chief Curtis Shields.
The city is going to host an open house for Shields on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00pm at the Rupe Center.
At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, Saline County Emergency Management Director Emmit Williams gave an overview and assessment of the HazMat drill the agency participated in at Cargill Meat Solutions west of Marshall last week.
The drill involved an anhydrous ammonia leak at the plant. He pointed out how dangerous an anhydrous ammonia leak can be, saying eight people died from a leak in 1969 in the town of Crete, Nebraska, following a train derailment.
He said the federal people who were there as monitors gave the local agencies high marks.
Williams also pointed out there will be a new badging system created, and it will be in place, he hopes by December. The badges will be color-coded and allow personnel to know everybody's expertise and jobs they can do in the event of a disaster.
Williams also said there will be another drill coming up on an unspecified date in December involving Emergency 911.
According to a release from State Fair Community College in Sedalia, the school will sell miscellaneous items at a public auction starting at 6:00pm on Tuesday, October 28th at the physical plant in the southwest corner of the campus next to the wind turbine.
Included in the sale will be numerous electronic items, filing cabinets, track lights, water fountains and many other miscellaneous items.
All sales are final; and payment must be made by cash or check, with proper identification. All items must be picked up by 3:00pm the day after the sale.
For more information, call Steve Kucynda at (660) 596-7282.
According to a release from the University of Missouri Extension, the Johnson County Commission will hold a Household Hazardous Waste collection on Saturday, November 1st from 8:00am to noon at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.
This event happens once a year, allowing people to get rid of things such as paint, pesticides, cleaning products and small electronics.
Only small quantities of items associated with residential homes will be accepted. No bulk or commercial waste will be accepted.
For more information, call Debbie Brackman at (660) 463-7934.
According to a release from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Missouri State Museum will host an event for viewing the partial solar eclipse on Thursday, October 23rd on the south lawn of the Capitol in Jefferson City from 4:30-6:30pm.
An eclipse of the sun occurs when the moon passes directly between the earth and sun. On Thursday, the eclipse begins at 4:39pm with the maximum eclipse occurring at 5:46, when the moon covers about 40-percent of the sun's disk.
In a partial eclipse, the sun is not completely blocked, and special precautions must be taken to avoid eye damage when viewing. There will be special eclipse viewers available for approximately 120 people, plus some properly-filtered telescopes and eclipse activities.
For more information or to make a reservation, contact the museum at (573) 751-4127.
Marching bands representing 33 high schools from Missouri, Kansas and Illinois will participate in the 2014 Festival of Champions at the University of Central Missouri on Saturday, October 25th.
Bands from the area slated to compete are from Odessa, Warrensburg, Leeton and Smithton.
Preliminary marching-band competition begins at 8:00am on Vernon Kennedy Field at Walton Stadium. The UCM Marching Mules will perform at 5:00pm, followed by the preliminary awards presentation at 5:30pm. Finals competition begins at 7:00pm, with final awards scheduled for approximately 10:00pm.
Indoor drum-line competition begins at 9:00am in the Student Recreation Center, followed by indoor guard competition at 1:40pm.
For a full schedule of events, visit ucmo.edu.
The public is invited to attend, with admission being $13 for general admission and $5 for drum-line and auxilliary events. Children under 6 will be admitted free.
All proceeds go to the UCM Department of Music Scholarships Fund and the Ararat Shrine Temple Hospital Transportation Fund.
A motorcycle accident in Clinton County on Monday evening has caused fatal injuries to a Vibbard man.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 76-year-old Claude Fine was negotiating his 2007 Harley Davidson around a curve that went downhill when the bike traveled off the south side of the road into a ditch and struck a sign post, ejecting the driver.
Fine was pronounced dead at the scene by Clinton County Coroner Kathleen Porter-Little just before 7:00pm.
The accident occurred just before 6:00pm on Route "V," five miles north of Lawson.
There are some events coming up in the next week where you can give the gift of life-- your blood.
Today from 1:30-6:30pm, a Red Cross Blood Drive will be conducted in Cooper County at Otterville High School at 100 Spring Street in Otterville.
There will be three drives on Monday, October 27th in the area.
In Howard County, a drive will be from 10:30am to 3:30pm at Central Methodist University in Fayette.
In Pettis County, there will be a drive from 10:00am to 4:00pm at State Fair Community College's Heckart Building at 3201 W. 16th Street.
In Johnson County, there will be a drive from 7:30am to 1:00pm at Knob Noster High School at 504 S. Washington.
To make an appointment to donate blood, eligible donors are encouraged to download the Red Cross Blood Donor App from the app stores or text BLOODAPP to 90999 to receive a download link. You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.
The Marshall City Council has approved a couple of ordinances. One would accept an agreement with Century Link, which is the result of a lawsuit intended to recover unpaid gross receipt taxes.
The city will see approximately $500 from the settlement. Also approved was an ordinance for an addendum to the water contract with the city of Malta Bend on Monday night.
Municipal Utilities General Manager, Kyle Gibbs explained the addendum.
The council also approved the purchase of two hydraulically operated snow gates for the city's road graders, with the winning bid from American Equipment company out of Kansas City, Kansas at $8,629 each. These were budgeted items for the city.
The Marshall City Council has been told that the recent streamlining of the enforcement of the city's nuisance ordinance is apparently working.
Police Chief Mike Donnell told the council that there have been about two dozen tickets issued. The council also told many properties only take a visit from the city and are cleaned prior to a ticket being issued.
Also, during the council meeting tonight, Third Ward Councilman Dan Brandt reminded residents that they want to watch out for clogged storm drains in the city and how residents can do this.
The council was also told that sales-tax collections are up for the year for both the city and the park and the use tax to date this year has brought in more than $104,000.
World Series traffic congestion can be expected around the Truman Sports Complex, particularly along I-70 and I-435 from midday Tuesday throughout the early evening. MODOT urges baseball fans heading to the game to leave in plenty of time to ensure you are parked and in your seat by the 7:07pm start of Game 1.
A sell-out crowd combined with the usual afternoon rush hour traffic can lead to backups and delays for those who are accustomed to normal game-day traffic. MoDOT and Kansas City Scout will do their part to help. Motorists are urged to check up to the minute traffic conditions online before heading out by going to www.modot.org and clicking on the Traveler Information Map, and also to www.kcscout.net for the latest information on delays and congestion. Scout message boards along major routes will help alert motorists to any potential problems.
Lafayette County and area residents have an opportunity to experience the challenges families face when economic resources fall short of their financial demands. Missouri Valley Community Action Agency, in partnership with Pathways Community Behavioral Health, will host a poverty simulation to help local civic and community leaders better understand the realities of poverty. The event is open to the public.
More than 637,000 Missourians live at or below the federal poverty level according to the 2000 census. The simulation will have attendees assigned to various roles that are familiar to those who struggle to become economically self-sufficient. It will provide a forum to look at poverty from different vantage points and discuss potential change within the local communities.
The event will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 5:30 PM at the Higginsville High School located at 807 West 31st Street Higginsville, MO. There is no cost for attendance; however a donation to support the Sock & Warmth drive is requested, including hats, coats, socks, and blankets. Participants can RSVP by calling the MVCAA Family Resource Center at (660 584-3131.
The Fayette Board of Aldermen meets in regular session at 7:00pm on Tuesday, October 21st.
The agenda for the evening includes a proposal from Fusion Technologies for a phone system and phone services, discussion about repairs for a blower at the #2 Wastewater Treatment Plant and approval of the purchase of road salt for the winter.
An executive session is also scheduled for real estate and personnel matters.
The Knob Noster Board of Aldermen meets for a regular session meeting on Tuesday, October 21st at 7:00pm.
The evening's agenda includes presentations of Requests for Qualifications for engineering firms for work at city hall, discussion of sewer issues on Elm and Circle Streets, and consideration of a contract with Manneco, Incorporated, of Independence.
The board will also vote to pay the city's bills and hear the city administrator's monthly report.
The Marshall Board of Education meets in regular session on Tuesday, October 21st. The meeting will begin earlier than usual at 6:00pm.
Items on the agenda include board recognition of the Marshall High School Tennis Team and All-State Choir, along with Amy Miles, the Optimist Club Teacher of the Year. The board will also discuss the second phase of the transition to multi-grade buildings, hear an "A+" program review and approve a school band trip to Chicago, Illinois.
An executive session is also scheduled for hiring and personnel matters.
Officials in Cooper County have announced a road closing that could affect motorists for the next several weeks.
A release from the county says the west entrance to Highway 50 at Coopers Loop will be closed for the next six weeks. The stretch of road is just east of Otterville. Motorists in the area will need to seek an alternate route while the work is carried out.
Cooper County officials have also announced that Mount Moriah Road and Round Hill road have been reopened as of Monday, October 20th.
For questions or information about these projects, call (660) 882-2614.
At Monday's meeting of the Carroll County Commission, Commissioners met with contractors to discuss the finishing touches on renovation work at the Carroll County courthouse.
According to a spokesperson, Commissioners met with representatives of T&J Restoration, of Jefferson City, to map out the final steps in an ongoing tuckpointing job at the courthouse. Work on the project is expected to wrap up within the next few weeks.
Also on Monday, the Commission met with the owner of Town & Country Supply, of Norborne, to discuss the next steps in repairing the damper in the courthouse chimney flue after problems arose last winter with condensation and freezing.
Results of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s annual wild-turkey brood survey are in, and the news is good, especially in the northern half of the state.
According to a release from the MDC, Northeastern Missouri has the best news this year, with a ratio of two poults per hen. Northwestern Missouri has 1.9 poults per hen. The lowest ratio came from the Western Ozarks at 1.3 to 1.
Other than a couple of other areas, the state is near or above the 20-year average.
For area hunters, time is running out to secure a spot for upcoming hunts sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Missouri residents can apply for hunting spots at Grand Pass and other state conservation areas under the Quick Draw system. The deadline for hunters to register for the first drawing at Grand Pass Conservation Area is today at 3:00pm.
The initial registration period for the Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, located southwest of Columbia, and Otter Slough Conservation Area, near Dexter, will be from October 24th through the 27th.
The Quick Draw registration form, drawing results and detailed information about the system are available at www.mdc.mo.gov.
At the Boonville City Council meeting scheduled for tonight at 7:00pm, the council will hear the second reading of a proposed bill involving a settlement with CenturyLink and the first reading of a proposed bill authorizing a Mutual-Aid agreement with Cooper County.
The council also will hear a report on the asbestos cleanup process in the administration building and committee reports.
According to a release from the Missouri Department of Conservation, some parts of Missouri will have more deer this year, and a bumper crop of corn will affect hunting strategies. The Missouri Department of Conservation says decisions that hunters make in harvesting deer are among the most significant factors affecting deer numbers this year and in the future.
Conservation Department Resource Scientist Emily Flinn says this year’s mild summer will send deer into autumn in good physical condition. Hot, dry summers, like those of 2012 and 2013, cause physical stress on deer, increasing their nutritional needs while simultaneously reducing food supplies. Deer got a break from the weather this year, with cooler than average temperatures and plenty of food.
The Conservation Department tracks deer populations at the county level by analyzing the number and sex of deer checked during deer season and through surveys of hunters and landowners. It also factors in other influences, such as disease.
A Wellington man has suffered minor injuries due to an accident early this morning in Lafayette County.
A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred when a westbound 2003 Ford, driven by 73-year-old Homer ODell, of Wellington, failed to stop at a stop sign at Blue Valley Road and Route "D", traveled across Route "D" and struck a ditch.
Odell was transported by Wellington E.M.S. to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.
The accident occurred at 1:40am on Route "D" at Blue Valley Road.
A one-car accident in Carroll County last night has caused injuries to an area woman.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when 80-year-old Christine Jones, of Bosworth, lost control of her eastbound 2000 Chevrolet, ran off the road and struck a tree.
Jones suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton for treatment.
The accident happened just after 9:00pm on County Road 220, east of County Road 531.
Several area city governments will be meeting on Monday, October 20th:
* The Marshall City Council meets at 5:15pm. On the agenda will be an ordinance authorizing a contract addendum between the City of Marshall, Board of Public Works and the City of Malta Bend.
Also, the council will hear committee reports during the meeting.
* The Carrollton Town Council will meet at 6:00pm. They will take up ordinances vacating some streets and also a Centurylink ordinance and a social-media ordinance, as well as an ordinance dealing with business licenses.
* The Higginsville Board of Aldermen meets at 6:00pm. The board will take up an ordinance approving a settlement agreement with Centurylink. Higginsville was among multiple municipalities around the state in the lawsuit intended to recover unpaid gross receipts taxes.
The board also is being asked to approve a couple of people to the list of part time EMTs. An executive session is also scheduled dealing with legal matters.
* The Concordia Board of Aldermen meets at 7:00pm. The board will discuss with representatives of Waste Corporation of America, bagging of trash and polycart policies; discuss the vacancy in the Municipal Judgeship, and get a status report on employee heath insurance.
* The Sedalia City Council meets at 7:00pm. On the agenda is an ordinance pertaining to flood hazard areas within the city limits of Sedalia, also a couple of ordinances concerning the Katy Trail West Subdivision.
A two-vehicle accident just North of the Marshall Junction in Saline County has injured four people. Involved were vehicles driven by 26-year-old Jesse F. Reed, of Sedalia, and 30-year-old Clinton Raynes, of Warrensburg.
Both drivers and one passenger, 17-year-old Farris Higginbotham, of Sedalia, all received minor injuries but, according to the Highway Patrol, refused treatment at the scene.
Another passenger, 25-year-old Megan Raynes, received moderate injuries and was taken to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment.
The accident happened Saturday afternoon on Highway 65 just north of the junction with I-70.
A one-car accident late Saturday afternoon in Benton County has resulted in serious injuries to a 32-year-old Bates City woman. Jennifer Dalton was injured when her car ran off the side of the road and struck a tree.
Dalton was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The accident happened about 5:00pm on Saturday on Route K in Benton County.
One person has been injured in a two-car accident in Lafayette County.
The Highway Patrol says cars driven by 20-year-old Sarah Adams, of Lee's Summit, and 25-year-old Brittany Mcinnis, of Blue Springs, collided.
Injured was a passenger in the Mcinnis auto, 20-year-old David Barberis, of Blue Springs, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Centerpoint hospital for treatment.
The highway patrol says the accident happened as both vehicles were westbound on I-70, and the driver of the Adams vehicle reached over to pickup a ringing cellular phone, causing that car to travel into the rear of the Mcinnis vehicle.
The accident happened a little after 7:00pm on Friday in Lafayette County.
The northbound on-ramp to Highway 65 at the Marshall Junction was shut down for several hours on Friday after a one-vehicle accident involving a grain truck.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a 2009 Kenworth truck driven by 24-year-old Jarad Dunn, of Marshall, was eastbound on I-70 when it reportedly made an abrupt lane change to exit onto northbound 65. The truck skidded and overturned, ejecting the driver. The truck then continued to skid before becoming airborne, overturning and finally coming to rest in the middle of the off-ramp.
Dunn suffered moderate injuries and was taken by Saline County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The accident reportedly closed the ramp for nearly five hours.
Several area law enforcement agencies were in attendance Friday at a Homicide Crime Scene Investigation class held at the Saline County Criminal Justice Training Center.
The session was run by center training director Jim Simmerman, along with Deputy Sheriff Greg Billingsley, and was attended by eight commissioned Missouri peace officers. A release from the center says it was part three of an ongoing series of training sessions.
Some of the topics covered included burns and bombing cases, drownings, victimology and crime scene re-reenactments, along with media relations, court trials and interrogations.
The session was attended by members of the Saline County Sheriffs Department, the Sweet Springs Police Department and the Browning Police Department. It was the 59th installment of the training sessions since they began in May of 2008.
The Odessa R-7 School board this week joined scores of school districts across the state in declaring their formal opposition to Missouri Constitutional Amendment 3 on the November General Election ballot.
Superintendent Bob Brinkley says the proposed amendment creates several unanswered questions for the district:
In other business, the board approved several out-of-state trips for students, trips for which he says the kids raise all of their own funds:
The Odessa board this week also approved the amended 2014-15 budget and approved a resolution to recognize Disability History and Awareness Week.
According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were dispatched to the Community Methodist Church on West Broadway in Columbia with the sounding of an audio alarm just after midnight this morning.
Upon arrival, the officers observed an individual near the entrance of the church, who took off running. After officers caught up with and took 20-year-old Aaron Black into custody, a flat-screen TV was located near the church doors where Black was initially observed.
While dealing with Black, a car rolled by the officers with its lights off, and after a short pursuit, the officers apprehended another suspect in connection with the alleged burglary. Items contained inside the vehicle were determined to belong to the church, as well.
The release says both suspects are being held on several charges with total bonds in excess of $9,000 each.
According to a release from the school, as part of Missouri Valley College's Homecoming week, new this year, the annual Torch Run, a storied MVC tradition that dates back to the 1950s, will be run as a 5K Run or 1-Mile Walk. The inaugural Ed Leslie 5K Run/1-Mile Walk will be tonight at 7:30 at Gregg-Mitchell Field.
The Torch Run has traditionally been an event in which MVC athletes run a torch, relay style, from the campus of the opposing football team to the MVC campus to light the bonfire.
The event's coordinator, Mike Machholz, who also is the assistant athletic director and wrestling head coach at MVC, says this new event gives students, alumni and friends of the college a chance to participate.
Machholz said the event will conclude just in time to light the bonfire, "preserving some of the old tradition."
The bonfire is scheduled to be lit some time around 8:30.
According to a release from MoDOT, in Howard County, the Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on Thursday, October 23rd to discuss plans to replace the Route "E" bridge over Adams Fork Creek and rehabilitate the Route "A" bridge over Moniteau Creek from 4:30-6:30pm at the Commercial Trust Bank in Fayette.
The public is invited to attend.
Displays and project information presented at the meeting also will be available at modot.org/central the day of the meeting. For more information, you can call 888-ASK-MODOT.
At this week's meeting of the Salisbury School Board, board members were updated on building projects by representatives from Septagon Construction Company. The board also gave approval to paying construction bills in the amount of over $690,000.
Board member Tony Sloan moved to purchase a van up to $25,000, with towing options, removable seat, transmission cooler and hitch with the bus budget. The remaining funds in the bus budget along with the new budget for the next year will be combined to purchase a larger seating bus. The motion was unanimously approved by the board.
In other business, the board accepted a snow removal bid from Wild Country Snowplow Service and set their next meeting date for Monday, November 17th, at 7:30pm.
The Keytesville City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, October 14th.
Council members heard an update from members of the city Park Board, who presented plans to make the playground and shelter house compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The council also approved the purchase of a new tractor blade and approved the search for a cinder and salt spreader.
In other business, council members discussed various ways of improving the water billing system to match up with new billing software. They also approved the seeking of bids for street overlay work in Keytesville.
At Wednesday's meeting of the Glasgow School Board, members were given an overview of Proposition I, a proposed .75 cent increase in the local school tax levy. The board also approved the district Assessment Calendar and Assessment Plan as presented.
In other business, board members were given an update on Fall sports and activities, including the Varsity Cheer squad's recent first place finish at the State MCCA competition and the elementary carnival slated for Friday of this week.
At a brief meeting of the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works on Thursday, board members voted to do away with a utility bill assistance program.
According to a spokesman, the Community Action Utility Sharing Effort, or CAUSE, program had not developed in the way it was originally intended and so the board voted Thursday to eliminate the program. M.M.U. plans to donate any remaining funds from the program to the Marshall Ministerial Alliance.
In other business, the board gave final approval to a contract extension with Poor Boys Tree Service for tree trimming around Marshall during the winter months. Trimming work is slated to begin sometime in early January.
At this week's meeting of the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen, the board approved an ordinance to finalize a settlement with the CenturyLink company. Mayor Dee Friel explains what Aldermen ultimately decided:
In other business, Friel says Aldermen awarded a bid for a new heater for the Public Works Building:
The board also approved the promotion of police officer Bill Fisher from probationary period to full-time employee and approved the hiring of Chad Barnes as a Sweet Springs reserve police officer.
According to a news release, the Pettis County Health Center has been notified that injectable influenza vaccine, for children and adults under 65 years old, delivery is being delayed. The now-anticipated delivery date is mid- to late November; additional Flumist (nasal vaccine) is anticipated by mid-November as well.
The health center also is awaiting the arrival of vaccine for infants and young children, although vaccine is reportedly available for individuals over 65 years old.
Individuals with scheduled appointments are being notified.
For more information, call the Pettis County Health Center at (660) 827-1130.
At this week’s meeting of the New Franklin R-1 Board of Education, the board considered steps to move toward the district’s goal of upgrading building security.
Board members were updated on recent estimates for new exterior doors, cameras and electronics after their insurance company recently visited the campus to assess the district’s needs.
Superintendent David Haggard informed the board that initial estimates came in at around $20,000 per door; the board took no action on the matter at this week’s meeting. Haggard says the district plans to replace the doors and make necessary security upgrades over the course of the next two years.
In other business, board members approved the district’s Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP) and learned that the 2013-2014 audit showed a clean bill of financial health for the district.
At the Thursday meeting of the Saline County Commission, Northern District Commissioner Charlie Guthrie said 40 more bricks honoring veterans will be installed on the east side of the Saline County Courthouse late this month or early in November. He said laying of these bricks will require a bit more work than in the past because some of the sidewalk will have to be cut out.
In other business, the commission approved a special payment to Boone Construction, of Columbia, for $88,641.50. It is the first payment for work being done on the Wilton Springs Bridge.
Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner also talked about work being done on another county bridge.
Fenner was talking about the bridge on Magnolia Avenue, south of the Wilton Springs Bridge.
Fenner said he expects the work to be finished in the next two days.
Presiding Commissioner of Saline County Tom Stallings attended a Solid Waste District board meeting in Concordia on Tuesday. He said the main focus of the meeting was to look at the review of the annual audit. The board was given a completely clean audit by Randall C. Fiene, CPA.
He said the board also learned of some experimental projects, one in Sedalia.
He said there are other uses being looked at, but for the most part, finely-ground tires are used as mulch.
Stallings also said the Solid Waste District is working to make a permanent household hazardous waste site available in Sedalia. He said that could happen down the road where people from surrounding counties could takes their hazardous waste two or three days a month.
Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Don Stouffer attended the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday making the commission aware that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Vicitms' Advocate Tasha Lembke spoke up and out about domestic violence.
Stouffer and Lembke were there to ask for permission to put up a sign and a purple bow on the southwest corner of the square to raise awareness for domestic violence victims, which will be in place for about two weeks.
The commission approved the request.
At a meeting of the Saline County Commission this week, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell said absentee voting is under way for the November 4th general election. She said she hasn't seen a spike in requested absentee ballots yet. However, she expects the numbers to increase.
There has been a reported national trend of more voters voting absentee. Russell said they could be asked to provide information about absentee voting numbers in Saline County.
Russell said all of the needs have been met for the number of workers needed at the polls for this election. But she says they are always looking for more volunteers for future elections.
A one-vehicle accident on Wednesday in Benton County has resulted in the death of an Edwards man.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 56-year-old David Guinn was eastbound when his 1996 Chevrolet Blazer failed to negotiate a right-hand curve, crossed the center line, ran off the left side of the road and struck a tree.
Guinn was reportedly ejected from the vehicle.
He was pronounced dead at the scene by Benton County Coroner Westin Miller.
The accident happened at 5:10pm on Highway "AA" at Palmer Road.
Missouri’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 8,100 jobs in September, according to seasonally adjusted data released by the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The state’s unemployment rate held at 6.3 percent for the month.
A number of industries gained jobs in September, including construction with 1,700 new jobs, accommodations and food services with 3,900 new jobs, and management of companies and enterprises (regional, national, international headquarters) employment increased by 1,100.
Missouri’s nonfarm payrolls have increased by 53,700 jobs over the past year.
With heavy rains affecting farmers’ ability to harvest their crops in many areas of the state, Governor Jay Nixon Wednesday announced that the Missouri Department of Transportation has agreed to allow heavier than normal truck loads of farm commodities on Missouri highways.
While the waiver is in effect, farmers, private and for-hire motor carriers may carry up to ten percent more than their licensed weight on Missouri highways.
The waiver will remain in effect for the next 60 days. While the waiver is in effect, participating motor carriers are limited to:
* A loaded, gross weight no greater than ten percent (10%) above the gross licensed weight of the commercial motor vehicle;
* Transport of commodities from the farm to another facility, transportation between facilities and empty return trips on non-interstate highways within the State of Missouri.
* When crossing a bridge, the driver must restrict the vehicle speed to no more than thirty miles per hour (30 mph) and must center the truck between two lanes of the bridge. The truck driver must yield to oncoming traffic.
A Cooper County motorist was injured Tuesday in a one-vehicle accident in Howard County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 20-year-old Jackson Adair, of Wooldridge, was northbound when he reportedly failed to stop at a T-intersection and crossed the highway. His vehicle then exited the roadway and overturned.
Adair suffered moderate injuries and was taken for treatment to University Hospital in Columbia by Howard County ambulance. Reports say the crash happened around 8:40pm on Highway 40 at Missouri 240 in Howard County.
Missouri Constitutional Amendment 3 was one of the big topics of the night at this month's meeting of the Carrollton R-7 Board of Education.
Superintendent Dr. John Oetinger explains:
He said the Board didn't take sides for or against it and that it was more of an informational discussion of what the amendment entails.
Oetinger also said the board also was updated on the gym floor center-court logo being finished up after water damage in August. They also approved the 2014-15 transportation route and renewed an Missouri School Board Association agreement.
In executive session, board members discussed bidding specifications for the district's trash service. Oetinger says the matter will be revisited at November's meeting.
According to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, the department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint sometime between October 16th and October 20th in an unspecified location in an effort to detect and apprehend intoxicated and impaired drivers.
The event will begin during the late-evening hours and conclude during early-morning hours of the following day.
The release says, law-abiding drivers should expect minimal delays.
At this week's meeting of the Warrensburg City Council, Senator David Pearce spoke during a study session about making Warrensburg and the state of Missouri more military-friendly, according to city manager Paula Hertwig-Hopkins.
In the regular meeting, along with the discussion of plats of land, Hertwig-Hopkins said the process for fixing the roof on the community center, which she says is popular with the military families and the general community, has been suspended. She said the Parks Department was doing the work but ran into some problems that involves electrical work and lighting.
She also said the city is updating its backup and antivirus systems. Bids will be taken to do that work.
The Council also recognized three individuals who were integral in putting together the city's recent Burg Fest, a barbecue contest held on Pine Street.
While many people in the area are watching the postseason progress of both the Royals and Cardinals, the Pilot Grove C-4 School Board took steps this week to gear up for their next baseball season.
Superintendent D.J. Leverton talks about some necessary improvements for the district's baseball field:
In other business, Board members on Monday were updated on the district's annual audit, which showed a clean bill of financial health, and tabled a bid for a walk-in cooler freezer until a future meeting.
Like many school districts across the state, members of the Norborne R-8 Board of Education on Monday formally voiced their opposition to Missouri Constitutional Amendment 3 on the November election ballot.
Norborne Superintendent Roger Feagan explains:
In other business, the board on Monday approved renewing employee insurance plans, approved a vendor for new I.T.V. equipment and set the date for graduation for Sunday, May 10th, 2015.
It's Homecoming week for the Sedalia 200 school district, and the end of the week could bring with it the end of an era in Sedalia sports.
The Homecoming game Friday against KC Center stands to be the final game at Liberty Park's Jennie Jaynes Stadium before a new stadium is finished for Smith-Cotton High School, according to Superintendent Brad Pollitt.
However, Pollitt says there may one more opportunity to see gridiron action on the historic field.
The stadium was constructed in 1951 and has been home to Smith-Cotton Tiger and Sacred Heart Gremlin football ever since. It will eventually be demolished to make way for a new community center for the Sedalia Parks and Recreation Department.
Despite Mother Nature not cooperating very well with work currently being done on a Saline County bridge, Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner explained during the Thursday morning meeting of the Saline County Commission work is progressing.
Fenner also said work is continuing on Bridge No. 47. He said the crew has three days to complete the work and plans are to have it finished by the end of this week.
Northern District Commissioner Charlie Guthrie and Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell also were in attendance at the meeting. Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings was not present, as he was attending a solid-waste management meeting in Concordia.
The Missouri Valley College community is holding Homecoming festivities this week, with the theme being "Paint the Town Purple."
According to a release from the school, activities include the alumni banquet, a bonfire, homecoming parade, 50-Plus Club breakfast and the MVC Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Many of this year's events will be held in the newly-constructed Malcolm Center for Student Life, including a recognition ceremony for the building's donors.
One change this year is that the annual torch run, which in the past has been an event in which MVC athletes run from the campus of the opposing football team's campus to light the bonfire. Instead, this year there will be a 5K race or 1-Mile walk. The inaugural Ed Leslie 5K Run/1-Mile Walk is set for Friday night at 7:30. Anyone can participate, according to the event's coordinator, Mike Machholz.
Homecoming week will culminate with the Heart of America Athletic Conference football contest between visiting Culver-Stockton College and the Vikings at 2:00pm on Saturday.
A Warrensburg man is richer but says his routine of buying lottery tickets will not change.
According to a release from the Missouri Lottery, 42-year-old Rodger Ehrsam won $100,000 on one of the three "Millionaire" Scratchers tickets he purchased on October 5th at Jerry's One Stop in Warrensburg.
Ehrsam, a small-buisiness owner, said he was going to buy one of each of the three $10 tickets available, but changed his mind to purchase three $10 tickets of the same variety, and the winner was the third one he scratched off.
Ehrsam said he would pay a few bills and put the rest in savings.
A Johnson County woman was hospitalized Monday after a two-vehicle accident in Lafayette County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when vehicles driven by 29-year-old Bradly Raymond, of Napoleon, and 20-year-old Kayla Bloss, of Holden, collided in the roadway at Missouri 131 and Varner Road at around 9:15am Monday morning.
Bloss suffered moderate injuries and was taken for treatment to Centerpoint Hospital by Odessa ambulance. Raymond was reportedly not injured in the collision.
Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder is seeking nominations for the 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Veterans Service Award, created to recognize Missouri veterans who provide volunteer service to their communities.
The deadline to submit nominations is October 31st. Each nominee will receive a certificate of recognition, which will note the nominating person or agency.
Winners, selected from across the state, will be announced on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. They will be presented with an official Declaration from the Lieutenant Governor at a ceremony in the Capitol when the General Assembly is in session to give lawmakers the opportunity to also honor these veterans.
For questions or more information, contact the Lt. Governor's office at (573) 751-4727.
Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel has announced that MOST-- Missouri’s 529 College Savings Plan-- is giving away two prize packages which include a $529 contribution to a MOST 529 Account, four tickets to the University of Missouri versus Arkansas football game on November 28, a t-shirt and a concessions gift card.
Missouri residents 18 years or older can enter to win the football prize package and a $529 contribution into a MOST 529 account for a child who is a minor. To enter, visit www.missourimost.org by November 2. The winner will be notified the first week of November.
MOST 529 is a state-sponsored college savings program aimed at better preparing young people to pay for their college education.
The State Fair Community College Criminal Justice program will present motivational speaker David Parnell, a former meth dealer and recovering addict, at 6:30pm tonight in the Thompson Conference Center in the Heckart Science and Allied Health Center on the Sedalia campus.
The presentation is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by Mothers Against Methamphetamine and the Pettis County Health Center with funding from the Missouri Department of Health.
Parnell, a husband, father of seven and suicide survivor from Tennessee, began using drugs with his father at age 13. He now devotes his life to speaking in high schools, colleges and communities to warn about the dangers of methamphetamine.
Some material may not be suitable for young children. For more information, call (660) 596-7367.
Authorities in Johnson County responded Monday morning to the scene of a ruptured pipeline near the community of Centerview.
According to officials, the line is located just south of Highway 50 in central Johnson County, near Division Road and Northwest 701st Road. The stretch of ruptured pipeline is reportedly within about two miles of Crest Ridge School in Centerview.
Emergency personnel were on the scene throughout the morning and ask everyone to stay clear of the area until further notice. No injuries have reported from the area and there has reportedly been no threat or damage to Crest Ridge School.
Johnson County authorities say the pipeline is owned by Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company, the same company that owns and operates a stretch of pipeline near Houstonia in Pettis County that ruptured on Thanksgiving night last year. That rupture triggered an explosion that could be seen for nearly 50 miles; no one was killed or injured in the November 29th incident.
The Norborne R-8 Board of Education meets at 6:00pm Monday for a regular session meeting.
Board members are slated to approve the 2013-14 district audit, discuss employee health insurance and approve a resolution to formally oppose Missouri Constitutional Amendment 3 on the November 4th General Election ballot.
An executive session for employment matters is also on the evening's agenda.
The Pilot Grove C-4 Board of Education will take up several bids for goods and services at their monthly meeting on Monday night at 6:30pm.
Board members will look to approve bids for a walk-in freezer cooler, baseball field fencing and lighting and snow removal. The Board will also approve the district's 2013-14 audit and approve bus routes.
An executive session for student, legal and personnel matters is also on the agenda.
The Keytesville R-3 Board of Education meets Monday for a regular session meeting at 7:00pm.
Items on the agenda include approval of the 2013-14 audit and the 2014-15 budget, as well as discussion on surplus property and various monthly reports.
A closed executive session is also on the schedule for personnel matters.
According to a release from Sedalia School District 200, Smith-Cotton High School was the host for the West-Central All-District Choir, Women's Honor Choir and the 9th/10th Honor choir on Saturday, October 11th.
At this event, the All-District Choir members had the chance to try out for the Missouri All-State Choir. S-C students selected for the All-State Choir are: senior Maggie Beard, soprano; senior Haleigh Carson, alto; junior Lanie Beard, alto (first alternate); senior Ashlyn Witt, soprano (first alternate).
State Fair Community College and the Missouri Career Center will sponsor a free job fair for college students and the community from 10:00am to 2:00pm on Thursday, October 23rd in the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center on SFCC's Sedalia campus.
More than 35 area businesses are scheduled to be on hand to provide information about job opportunities and talk about their companies.
Business attire and resumes are encouraged.
For more information, you can call SFCC's Testing and Career Center at (660) 530-5818.
A one-vehicle accident in Benton County late last night has caused serious injuries to two area residents.
According to a report from the Misosuri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound 2001 Ford, driven by 19-year-old Craig Zane, of Cole Camp, was travelling too fast for gravel-road conditions, ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.
The report says, Zane and 25-year-old passenger Tasha Dotson, of Lincoln, were transported by E.M.S. to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.
The accident happened at 11:30pm on Centerline Avenue, less than a mile north of Fordney Road.
A deceased female body found over the weekend in Cooper County has been identified as a central-Missouri resident.
According to a release from Cooper County Sheriff Jerry Wolfe, at approximately 4:44pm on Saturday, October 11th, 2014, Cooper County Deputies were dispatched to a report of a female lying near a gravel road west of Pilot Grove.
Deputies arrived at the scene and found a deceased white female, later identified as a 62-year-old Columbia resident.
Investigation at the scene yielded a handgun.
According to the release, the investigation is currently being classified as a death investigation by the Cooper County Sheriff's Office and Coroner's Office.
Wolfe said, "We are not ruling out any possibility at this point, although this incident does not appear, on the face of it, to be a homicide. We are proceeding with every precaution."
An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, October 14th, 2014.
According to a release from MoDOT, the Route 41 bridge over the Lamine River in Cooper County has been completed and is open to traffic. The opening of the bridge is more than a week ahead of schedule.
While the bridge has been reopened, work will continue in the area until November 1st.
The release says, occasional lane closures on the bridge are possible until all work is completed.
For more information about this project or any other transportation-related matters, call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT or visit modot.org.
According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, the police department will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint in an unspecified location between October 12th and October 26th, 2014.
The release says the goal of the checkpoint is to find and apprehend intoxicated and impaired drivers.
The checkpoint will begin late in the evening and conclude early in the morning.
Motorists can expect minimal delays.
In 2012, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes - one every 51 minutes. In 2013, Missouri had 4,780 drug- and/or alcohol-related driving crashes, with 2,941 injuries and 236 fatalities.
We are getting reports from motorists this Sunday afternoon that people are driving across the Highway 41 bridge over the Lamine River in Cooper County today.
A check with MODOT, and a spokesman tells us it has not officially been opened to traffic. However, residents of the area say the barricades have been removed and there are signs cautioning motorists that striping has not been done on the new bridge.
According to the modot spokesperson the bridge is scheduled to be fully reopened by this next weekend.
The Route 41 bridge over the Lamine has been closed to traffic since late July.
Lehman construction company of California, Missouri won the bid for the $2.2 million project.
The conservation area at the Lamine river remained open during the construction of the new bridge
The latest weather forecast does not call for any freezing temperatures in the KMMO listening area for at least the next week to 10 days, as of now. And that would mean the average first freeze of the year will be later than normal.
Using tables dating back for more than a century, the average date for the first fall freeze in this area should begin later this week.
Sweet Springs on Wednesday, Salisbury on Friday, New Franklin and Carrollton on Saturday, with Marshall on October 19th and Lexington on October 21st.
First freeze dates can swing dramatically, according to records of the High Plains Regional Climate Center.
In Marshall, the earliest freeze recorded happened in 1902, when the temperature dipped to 32 degrees on September 13th of that year.
Several area city governments, and school boards will meet Monday evening...
The Glasgow Board of Aldermen meets at 6:30. On the agenda is a request to send two city employees to the Missouri Rural Water Conference late this month and an appointment to the park board.
An executive session is also scheduled following the regular meeting.
-The New Franklin Board of Aldermen meets at 7:00pm. On the agenda is authorizing the mayor to sign a lease, a discussion of the correctional center's work-release program, and a review of the all-terrain vehicles city code. The board will also have an executive session to discuss personnel.
- The Warrensburg City Council first meets in a study session at 6:00pm when it will hear from Senator David Pearce about making Missouri a military-friendly state.
Then during the regular meeting at 7:00pm, the council will take up approval of a settlement agreement with Centurylink regarding gross receipts taxes and an ordinance authorizing the emergency repair of the community center indoor pool-lighting electrical system
- The Sedalia Mayor and City Council will meet with the Bothwell Regional Health Board of Trustees at 6:00pm for a presentation of the hospital's annual report. That meeting is in the Bothwell Regional Health Center Board room
- The Smith-Cotton School District Board will meet in work session at 6:30 with representatives of L.J. Hart and company dealing with bonding issues.
The board will also meet in executive session to discuss personnel.
- The Salisbury School Board also meets at 7:30 and will take up snow-removal bids for the winter, hear administrative reports and amend the school calendar.
An executive session is also scheduled dealing with employee and student matters.
Four people have been killed and two seriously injured in a head-on collision in Morgan County. Among the dead is a Knob Noster resident, 25-year-old Justin Gaddis, a passenger in one of the cars.
The Highway Patrol says the accident happened when a car driven by 22-year-old Kelsey Tobben, of Jefferson City, attempted to pass a tractor trailer vehicle and collided with a car driven by 42-year-old Philip Allen, of Rolla, head on. Both drivers were killed in the accident. also killed was 44-year-old Carin Allen, of Rolla..
Two children, ages 12 and 14, in the Allen auto received serous injuries.
The accident occurred on Highway 50 in Morgan County on Friday evening, with the information being released on Saturday.
With all the rain, farmers are having to wait to get into the fields in some places, and the USDA, in its latest crop forecast, says Missouri could see record crops this year for corn and soybeans, with 599 million bushels of corn, the state's highest on record, and 258 million bushels of soybeans, also a record.
The yield per acre on both crops also is expected to set records this year.
Three people have been injured in a one-vehicle accident in Pettis County. The Highway Patrol says a vehicle driven by 17-year-old Tyler Spear, of Sedalia, failed to negotiate a curve, went off the road and struck two trees before overturning.
Spear received minor injuries and reportedly refused treatment at the scene. One passenger, 15-year-old Andriy Usyk, of Sedalia, received serious injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. A second passenger, 15-year-old Jack Benton, of Sedalia, received minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene.
The accident happened late Friday afternoon on Forest Park road, east of South Grand Avenue in Pettis County.
A Stover Missouri man has been killed and four other received serious injuries in a head-on collision in Cole County.
The Highway Patrol says vehicles driven by 47-year-old Albert Miesner, of Stover, and 43-year-old Salvatore Coombs, of Russellville, collided.
Albert Miesner was pronounced dead at the scene. Coombs received serious injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
Three passengers in the Miesner auto received serious injuries: 41-year-old Cheree Meisner, of Stover, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia; while two Miesner children, ages seven and three, were taken to St. Louis Children's Hospital for treatment.
The accident happened late Friday afternoon on Route "C" in Cole County
Two people have been injured in a two-vehicle accident in Saline county. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a van ran into the rear of a slowing truck.
Injured was the driver of the van, 74-year-old Ann Porter, of Salem, Ore., and a passenger in the vehicle, 72-year-old Richard Porter, of salem, Ore. According to the Highway Patrol, both refused treatment for their injuries.
The accident late Friday afternoon on Westbound I-70 in Saline County.
A group of area history buffs will hold a special ceremony on Sunday to honor a host of men who died during the Civil War near Emma.
Organizer David Hemme says he and other area historians have put together a memorial for nearly two dozen men who died on October 10th, 1864, while fighting off bushwhackers in the area that would become the town of Emma. He says that 150 years ago, that area was mostly German-speaking and not many historical accounts of that day remain in existence:
Hemme says a memorial event is slated for Sunday to honor the fallen men; he talks about the schedule of events for the day:
The event gets underway at 12:00pm with a potluck at Holy Cross Lutheran School in Emma followed by the memorial event at 1:30pm at Holy Cross Church. Those planning on attending are asked to bring a lawn chair.
For more information, contact David Hemme at (660) 287-6685.
An area man is dead after drowning in a Benton County lake earlier this week.
According to the Water Division of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 30-year-old Daniel Wedlock, of Edwards, was reported missing after not returning from a canoe trip on the Lake of the Ozarks on Monday night. His unoccupied canoe was located on Monday.
Authorities say the man's body was found and recovered around 7:15am on Wednesday morning. Reports list drowning as the cause of Wedlock's death.
The Patrol says he was located near the lake's 80 mile marker.
Applications are currently being taken for the 20th Annual Wilderness Lodge Youth Waterfowl Clinic and Hunt, which takes place tomorrow and on October 25th. It will take place at Everhart's Wilderness Lodge, six miles northwest of Clinton.
The two-part workshop is open to participants ages 9-15. First-time participants will spend the first Saturday of the event learning about waterfowl hunting rules, safety and calling, duck identification and retrieving-drive training.
The second Saturday will be devoted to a guided waterfowl hunt.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided both days, and all activities are free of charge.
To reserve a place, call Johnny or Linda Everhart at (660) 885-5049.
A two-vehicle accident on Thursday morning in Audrain County caused serious injuries to a Sturgeon woman.
A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says a westbound 2000 Ford Taurus, driven by 20-year-old Gavyn Hinten, of Centralia, crossed the center line and collided with a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by 26-year-old Stephanie Baldwin, of Sturgeon.
Hinten reportedly suffered moderate injuries but would seek his own treatment.
Baldwin was transported to University Hospital for treatment.
The accident happened on M0-22 east of Audrain County Road 208 at 7:50am.
Saline County Sheriff Wally George approached the Saline County Commission with a special request on Thursday, after an accident last week involving a deputy and a patrol car left the department short one vehicle:
Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings says that emergency steps can be taken by the Commission, owing to the immediacy of Sheriff George's request.
Commissioners on Thursday approved the purchase of a 2013 pickup, already equipped with the necessary safety and emergency gear, for $26,299.00. The money will be taken from the county's emergency fund, and the insurance money from the car destroyed in last week's accident will be placed back into the emergency fund once it is received by the county.
The Missouri Arts Council is awarding 337 annual grants for fiscal year 2015 for a total of $4.3 million.
Numerous arts organizations in several area communities are some of the beneficiaries of the M.A.C. grants. The Lyceum Theater in Arrow Rock, along with the Village of Arrow Rock itself, will receive nearly $20,000 in funding, while five groups in Sedalia will receive a share of nearly $50,000.
Four different departments at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg will share over $25,000; in addition, arts groups in Boonville, Fayette and Macon have been awarded a share of the state Arts Council grant awards for Fiscal Year 2015.
An accident on westbound I-70 Wednesday night has sent a Washington, Missouri resident to the hospital with moderate injuries.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as an eastbound 1998 GMC, driven by 45-year-old Jorge Mendez, of Oklahoma City, was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes and struck a westbound 2003 Ford, driven by 22-year-old Jessica Mundwiller, of Washington, head on.
Mundwiller was transported by ambulance to Cooper County Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The crash happened just after 11:00pm at the 100.4-mile marker.
A resident of Florence, Mo., was injured in a one-car accident in Pettis County on Wednesday night.
A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says 25-year-old Justin Williams swerved his westbound 2001 Buick to avoid an oncoming vehicle. The vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole.
Williams, who suffered moderate injuries, was transported to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.
The accident occurred at 9:40pm on U.S. Highway 50, three-tenths of a mile east of Sedalia.
Three Strafford residents were injured in a Johnson County accident on Wednesday evening.
A report from the Highway patrol says 53-year-old Renee Grzenia lost control of her northbound 2004 Honda, crossed the center of the road, slid back into the northbound lane, traveled off the right side of the road and overturned.
Grzenia suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Research Hospital for treatment. Two passengers, 30-year-old Amanda Cordova and infant Aubrianna Harvey, each suffered minor injuries. Cordova was transported to Research Hospital for treatment, while Harvey was taken to Children's Mercy Hospital for treatment.
The accident occurred at 8:00pm on Highway 23, just south of Northeast 600 Road.
A one-vehicle crash in Lafayette County on Wednesday afternoon has caused injuries to a Waverly man.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 21-year-old Dustin Bookman lost control of his eastbound 2004 Chevrolet on loose gravel. The car skidded off the left side of the roadway, overturned and came to rest on its wheels in a field.
Bookman was transported to Lafayette County Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
The accident happened just after 4:00pm on Cragg Road, just east of Buford Road.
There was an economic development announcement in Pettis County on Wednesday.
Linda Christle, the Sedalia/Pettis County Economic Development Director, tells us about it.
His business, which actually started out in his garage when he was in high school, first expanded to a 2,000-square-foot facility and now is being expanded to 9,000-square feet. Christle says it's great to see a local resident do well.
The business is slated to double its staff from eight to 16 employees, according to Christle. She said the business is located seven miles south of Smithton.
After emergency sirens failed to sound last week during a round of severe thunderstorms, Pettis County Emergency Management officials on Wednesday conducted a full-scale test of the county's siren system.
Pettis County E.M.A. Director Dave Clippert says the test was, for the most part, a success-- although there were a few sirens that did not sound as scheduled:
He says the sirens in Hughesville and East Sedalia will be examined to determine why they didn't go off. As to the sirens not sounding during the severe thunderstorm last week, Clippert says officials aren't sure why they didn't sound off when they were activated.
The siren tests were done in three waves, allowing officials to trigger them from different locations. All total, the test ran for about fifteen minutes on Wednesday afternoon.
The Waverly City Council met Tuesday night for a regular session meeting.
Council members an insurance increase on city properties and learned that the city has received new blueprints for their wastewater project.
The city is also asking all residents to make sure their house number is visible on the outside of their home so that police, firefighters and ambulances can find the home easier in an emergency. According to a release from the city, they are looking into acquiring reflective house numbers and will notify residents of Waverly as soon as they arrive at City Hall.
This weekend is a big one for the Village of Arrow Rock, as thousands of visitors are expected on Saturday and Sunday for the annual Heritage Craft Festival, where they can "get a glimpse of the past."
The 48th annual event, which will run 10:00am to 5:00pm each day, will feature live musical performances, storytellers, a Civil War encampment and food vendors among other attractions. Spokesperson Mary Duncan said there also will be attractions that are more contemporary.
She says arrangements have been made for parking, but that could be affected by the weather.
Anyone coming in from Interstate 70 is reminded to use the Arrow Rock/Blackwater turnoff at Exit 89 due to ongoing construction on Highway 41. Admission each day is $2.00.
Due to structural damage being discovered on the Route 40 Bridge over Moniteau Creek in Howard County, the required additional repairs will extend the closure of the bridge. Weather permitting, the new work schedule has the bridge set to reopen by November 3rd, 2014.
A signed detour is in place to guide motorists around the closure. Electronic message boards are also in place at both ends of the work to alert drivers.
For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, call 888-ASK-MODOT or visit modot.org.
At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell commended Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith for his quick work in getting the application for absentee voting and a sample ballot for the November 4th General Election up on the county's website. She was hopeful the two forms would be up by at least Monday of this week but were up by Friday of last week.
She said all of the information should help out voters, and the absentee application is user friendly.
Russell also said she received a Saline County Courthouse executive summary from Midwest Computech for an overall evaluation and the courthouse's system has been up 99.9 percent of the time, giving it a General Network Health Score of 99 percent, an improvement from what it was this time last year.
At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, the commission received a monthly update from Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith on taxes received.
He said the numbers are down in all four areas from last month, but they are in good shape overall, compared to last year.
Smith went on to say the county has received $47,749 in Courthouse Tax, down more than $12,600 from last month but up over $6,800 from last year. The Use Tax, the county received over $11,400 last month, which was down more than $5,900 from last month but up nearly $5,000 from last year.
Smith also noted the monthly average on all four taxes is up a little bit over last year.
Slater Mayor Stephen Allegri said at the Slater City Council meeting on Tuesday night that the city's streets are in good shape. But he said the city is waiting on the asphalt people to put the finishing touches on streets that have already been milled. Allegri wants to make citizens aware, the asphalt work is slated to start next week.
Allegri also asked the citizens of Slater to slow down and be cautious, watching for kids going to and from school.
At the Slater City Council meeting on Tuesday night, it was announced that the annual Turkey and Ham giveway will be held on Thanksgiving Eve, November 26th, according to Mayor Stephen Allegri said. He said every council person donates a turkey to be given away.
Allegri also pointed out Slater is the place to be for the Christmas season.
Allegri also said Santa Claus will be there, getting wish lists from kids for Christmas.
It was also noted, the annual Kids' parade will be conducted on Friday evening, October 31st. Councilman Harry Lightfoot said prize money has gone down a bit, but he still is hoping for a good turnout. The gathering of participants will be at 5:30, with the parade beginning at 6:00pm.
Three people were hurt Monday in a two-vehicle crash in Pettis County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, vehicles driven by 66-year-old Stephen Cook, of Sedalia, and 36-year-old Raymond Calore, of Kansas City, collided in the roadway on Highway 65 in Sedalia.
Cook and Calore both suffered moderate injuries and were taken to Bothwell Hospital for treatment. A 49-year-old passenger in the Calore car received minor injuries but reportedly left the scene before they could be treated.
The Patrol says the crash happened around 8:10pm Monday night in the 5500 block of Highway 65 in Sedalia.
At Monday's meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen, City Administrator Dale Klussman says the Board spent time deciding how to fill the seat of Municipal Judge. He says the move is necessary because current Judge Kelly Rose is running in the November election for a judge's seat in Lafayette County:
Klussman says that by city statute, the Municipal Judge bench is filled by appointment of the Board of Aldermen. Rose is running unopposed for Division 3 Associate Circuit Judge on the Republican ticket in the November 4th General Election.
In a brief meeting Monday of the Carrollton Town Council, Council members approved two liquor license requests for upcoming events in Carrollton. Council members also were given reports by the fire and police departments.
Police Chief Robert Turner updated the council on the results of a recent investigation into a Carrollton traffic stop in which a motorist alleged they were assaulted by two police officers, who were wearing body cameras at the time.
Turner told the Mayor and Council that he has reviewed video from the cameras numerous times and had them reviewed by three separate outside law enforcement agencies, all of whom determined that the officers' actions were appropriate in conducting the stop and the subsequent arrest of the motorist.
Two longtime city employees were honored Monday night by the Sedalia City Council.
Police Commander Larry Ward was recognized for 25 years of the service to the department while Public Works Director Bill Beck was honored for his 10 years with the city. Each was presented with a ceremonial pin and the thanks of the Mayor and City Council.
Council members also approved numerous bids on Monday night, including:
* A bid of $55,048.00 to Neenah Foundry Company, of Neenah, Wisconsin for dowtown street bollards;
* A Bid of $217, 030.00 to Alliance Pump & Mechanical Service, Inc., for rehab of the city's North Wastewater Treatment Plant;
* A bid of $20,900.00 from The Strong Company, of Pine Bluff, Araknsas, for a low pressure grout machine for the Water Department;
* A bid to Boone Quarries for street department rock.
Council members also approved the leasing of farmland adjacent to the Sedalia airport and approved a grant application for MODOT's Traffic Engineering Assistance Program. If awarded, the funds would be used for a traffic study at the intersection of West 10th Street and Winchester Avenue in Sedalia.
At the Monday meeting of the Norborne Board of Aldermen, the Board approved an increase in the amount water customers will pay for their deposit.
According to a city spokesperson, the Board approved the deposit increase from $75.00 to $150.00 on Monday night; the move takes effect immediately. Aldermen also discussed clarifying ordinances on water bill collection and service disconnection.
Aldermen were updated by the Utilities Department, who announced they will begin painting the city's water plant this week, and by the Street Department, who stated they are currently exploring payment options for street resurfacing projects in Norborne.
The Board also learned that a reception will be held in a few weeks for Norborne's outgoing Police Chief, David Clemens. Clemens is retiring after 24 years as Chief on October 21st. A reception in his honor will be held on the morning of the 21st from 7:30-9:00am at Norborne City Hall.
It was a mostly routine agenda at Monday night's meeting of the Pilot Grove City Council.
Council members approved a bid of $806.00 to Grotjan's Tire Service, of Boonville, for new tires for a city skid loader. The Council also spent time discussing the city's wastewater treatment project, which Mayor Dennis Knipp says is still in the engineering phase.
He says the goal of the project is to completely replace the city's wastewater facility and reline all city sewer pipes by the year 2020.
The next meeting of the Pilot Grove City Council is slated for Monday, November 3rd at 7:00pm.
It was a mostly light agenda for the meeting of the Higginsville Board of Aldermen on Monday night.
The Board of Aldermen recognized Chief of Police Shawn Smith for 15 years of service and patrol officer Charlie Newland for 25 years of service.
According to a release from the City of Higginsville, the city will host the next meeting of the Missouri Municipal League's Central Division on Wednesday, October 22nd at John Knox Village in Higginsville. The evening will begin with a social hour at 6:00pm, followed by the dinner at 7:00pm. A representative with Missouri Lagers is scheduled to be the evening's speaker. There also will be a presentation from Marsha Corbin about the Old Trails Regional Tourism partnership.
Carroll County Presiding Commissioner Nelson Heil said he recently attended a meeting at a Carrollton establishment in regards to Amtrak possibly adding a stop along its route through town on the Santa Fe track.
He said Senator David Pearce as well as representative Joe Don McGaugh and Carrollton Chamber of Commerce Director Sharon Metz also were in attendance.
Heil said a request was made by people of the Amish community for the federal train to make a stop. He said Pearce and McGaugh will contact MoDOT and see what can be done. He said MoDOT has to be contacted because this is part of the Intermodal division. The only other stops in Missouri on the line that travels at least as far east as Chicago and west to California, are Kansas City and La Plata, according to Heil.
At a recent meeting of the Carroll County Commission, the commission received a report of road maintenance being necessary in Fairfield Township in the northwest quadrant of the county, according to Presiding Commissioner Nelson Heil.
Heil also said the commission has approved a bid from Chester Bross Construction for replacement of a county bridge in the north-central part of the county on County Road 130, three miles south of the Livingston County line and four miles west of U.S. Highway 65.
Central Missouri Honor Flight has announced a special tribute flight scheduled for Wednesday, October 8th.
A $45,000 gift from the Veterans United Foundation will fund the one-day trip to Washington, D.C. for Vietnam War veterans, some who have been on the waiting list since 2009.
President of Central Missouri Honor Flight, Mary Paulsell:
Vietnam War veterans will be invited to participate on the mission in the order in which they applied to Central Missouri Honor Flight. The mission will include 71 veterans and 35-40 volunteer guardians and staff. It is a special flight for more than one reason, according to Paulsell.
Following completion of the October 8th Honor Flight, Central Missouri Honor Flight will resume its historic Honor Flights that offer an opportunity for veterans of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War.
The Columbia Police Department is investigating two separate incidents, including a homicide.
According to a release from the department, on Monday, October 6th officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of Boyd Lane in reference to shots fired.
In all, allegedly there were three shots fired in the area. Officers recovered one shell casing in the 1500 block of Boyd Lane.
A witness reported to the police seeing a dark-colored vehicle in the area with two black males and one white female as possible suspects.
And in what is now being determined as a homicide on Washington Avenue, the victim has been identified as 59-year-old Walter Lige, of Springfield. Lige was pronounced dead at 2:40pm on Monday, October 6th.
Investigation in each incident is ongoing. If anyone has information about either of these incidents, they are asked to call the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.
Management contract bids for the Warrensburg License Office are now being accepted by the Missouri Office of Administration. Interested individuals or groups have until October 31st to submit bids to operate and manage the office.
Prospective bidders can tour the office on Tuesday, October 21st from 5:30-6:30pm to see and learn how a license office is operated.
More than 75,000 transactions have been conducted at the office during fiscal year 2014, generating over a quarter-million dollars in agent processing fees.
To learn more about bidding for the Warrensburg License Office, visit the Missouri Department of Revenue online at www.dor.mo.gov
The month of September proved to a be a mild one for residents of the KMMO listening area, at least as far as weather is concerned.
The latest data from the National Weather Service shows that the month of September saw an average high in the area of just under 79 degrees and an average low temperature of 55 degrees.
The highest temperature of the month came on September 1st, when the mercury topped out at 93 degrees. The lowest temperature of the month came on September 13th and 14th, where the overnight low dipped to 38 degrees both nights.
Total rainfall for the month came to 3.51 inches, the most of which fell on September 10th at 1.28 inches in a 24-hour period.
The City of Waverly has announced that hydrant flushing will be conducted this week around the city.
City hydrants will be flushed out on Wednesday, October 8th, through Friday, October 10th. All residents are reminded not to wash white or light-colored clothing in their washing machines on these days as it may lead to discoloration in clothes.
For questions or information, contact Waverly City Hall at (660) 493-2551.
Two Concordia teens escaped serious injury on Monday morning in a one-vehicle accident in rural Lafayette County.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it happened when a vehicle driven eastbound 16-year-old Tommy E. Burmudez ran off the right side of the road, returned to the roadway, ran off the left side and then struck both a ditch and a tree. Damage to the vehicle was listed as total.
Burmudez and a passenger, 16-year-old Wade E. Heimsoth, both received minor injuries and were taken for treatment to I-70 Community Medical Center in Sweet Springs. Patrol reports say the accident happened around 7:30am Monday morning on Missouri Route AA, just west of Becker Road.
The city of Warrensburg begins their annual citywide Fall Cleanup this week.
All this week, crews will pick up items that are not normally hauled by the city trash service, including furniture, appliances and tree trimmings. The cleanup will cover all areas east of McGuire Street this week; next week it will shift to all areas west of McGuire Street beginning Monday, October 13th.
There are numerous guidelines for the pickup, including a list of items that crews will not pick up. To learn more, contact Warrensburg City Hall at (660) 747-9131.
The Cooper County Commission will be accepting bids for replacement of the Ellis Davis Road Bridge on Thursday, October 9th.
The bridge is a 130-foot structure among the federal-aid bridge projects. The commission also said work has started on replacing two cooling systems in the courthouse, with an estimated completion date of October 30th.
The public is invited to bring their ideas to an informational meeting at Katy Trail State Park on Sunday, October 12th. The meeting will be held at the Katy Trail depot in Hartsburg, focusing on the section from Portland to the Missouri River at Boonville. The meeting, which is from 10:00am to noon, will be held in conjunction with the annual Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival.
Park representatives will provide information on future plans for the facility and answer questions.
For more information on this event or on Missouri State Parks, visit mostateparks.com.
There is some road work going to be going on this week in the area that could cause some delays in travel.
In Carroll County, mowing will be going on along Routes 139, "UU," "Double-P" and "E" throughout this week. There also will be shoulder repair and sign replacement on various routes. Also, there will be drainage work going on on Route 139 from County Roads 230 to 254 Wednesday through Friday.
Route "P" from Route 129 to Bobcat Lane in Chariton County will be closed from 7:30am to 3:30pm today for culvert replacement.
Also in Chariton County, temporary traffic signals have been placed on U.S. Highway 24 at the Mid-Fork Chariton River Bridge this week for bridge maintenance.
There also will be sweeping and flushing bridges, mowing and sign operations on various routes going on in the county this week.
Route 139 will be closed from Route "YY" to Route "E" for culvert replacement from 8:00am to 3:00pm on Wednesday, October 8th.
There is some road work going to be going on this week in the area that could cause some delays in travel.
In Howard County, On Route 40 over Moniteau Creek, the bridge rehabilitation is under way. A detour is in place, utilizing Spur 40, Route "BB," I-70 and Route "J." The project is scheduled for completion in the middle of October.
Route "FF" between Route 5 and the end of state maintenance will take place today and tomorrow. One lane will be open with crews flagging traffic through the work area.
In Cooper County, on Route 41 over the Lamine River, north of Moehle Road, bridge replacement continues. The bridge is closed during the work, which is to be completed some time this month.
The following City Council/Board of Aldermen/Board of Education meetings are scheduled for Monday, October 6th, 2014:
* The Marshall Board of Education will hold a retreat beginning at 8:00am at Missouri Valley College.
* The Marshall City Council meets at 5:15pm Monday evening. Mostly routine items on the agenda, with a recommendation of the police personnel board, along with committee reports for the council.
* The Carrollton Town Council meets at 6:00pm. On the agenda is a request for a liquor license and reports from the fire department and police department.
* The Higginsville Board of Aldermen meets at 6:00pm with mostly routine business for the board. The Board will hear the recognition of several city employees for years of service; an executive session is also scheduled following the regular meeting.
* The Norborne Board of Aldermen meets at 7:00pm, with discussion of the water department renovation project on the agenda, along with a discussion of trash receptacles. The Board is also set to review the ordinance dealing with the collection of water bills, water deposits, disconnection of service and landlord liability.
* The Concordia Board of Aldermen meets at 7:00pm. On the agenda will be a discussion of an ordinance concerning registration of vehicles. There also wil be a discussion of the vacancy in the position of Municipal Judge, and a discussion of the need for an engineering plan for demolition of the old water treatment facility.
* The Sedalia City Council meets at 7:00pm and will take up an ordinance accepting an agreement to lease farmland adjacent to the Sedalia Regional Airport, along with a grant application for a traffic study at the intersection of West 10th Street and Winchester drive in the city of Sedalia.
* The Pilot Grove City Council meets for a regular session monthly meeting. The regular meeting gets underway at 7:00pm; a closed executive session is also on the evening's agenda. Items on the agenda include an update on the status of a city sewer project and discussions on playground equipment, culvert replacement and new tires for a city skid loader.
* The Arrow Rock Town Board meets tonight for a regular session monthly meeting at 7:00pm at Arrow Rock Village Hall at 716 Main Street. Items on the agenda include reports from the Water, Street and Tourism Committees, as well as the Budget Committee. The Board will also take up application for a grant from the USDA's Department of Rural Development for a warning siren.
The State Fair Community College nursing and dental-hygiene students will sponsor a free public health fair on Monday, October 6th from 8:00am until 3:00pm at the Thompson Conference Center in the Heckart Science and Allied Health Center on the Sedalia campus of the college.
Nursing students will present information on a variety of health topics, including food safety, heart disease, sexually-transmitted diseases, distracted driving, smoking cessation, food safety, physical activity and nutrition.
Dental hygiene students will have information on such topics as tuberculosis, the herpes virus, hepatitis, H.I.V. and other infectious diseases.
Two people have been injured in a one-car accident in Lafayette County.
The Highway Patrol says a car driven by 29-year-old Courtney Countess, of Lexington, failed to negotiate a right-hand turn. The car went off the road and overturned.
Countess and a passenger in her car, 16-year-old Kristopher Countess, of Lexington, both suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital in Lexington for treatment.
The accident happened Saturday morning on Coal Mine Road north of Dover Bluff Road in Lafayette County.
In Saline County during August, according to the State Department of Economic Development, there were 639 people looking for work, even though the unemployment numbers had dropped to one of the lowest in recent years at 5.2 percent, down more than half-a-point from the previous month.
All area counties showed a drop in the unemployment numbers during August, the most recent month for which numbers are available..
Howard County continues to have the lowest unemployment rate at five percent... Cooper County is at 5.6 percent as is Johnson County.... Chariton County is at 5.8 percent.
Pettis County came in at 6 percent unemployment during August. Lafayette County was a 6.5 percent and Carroll County was at 7.1 percent.
The State Conservation Department is expecting a good fall turkey harvest in Missouri this year, especially north Missouri. The firearm season began last Wednesday.
Results of the Department of Conservation's annual wild turkey brood survey showed strong reproduction in all parts of Missouri by the turkeys, bolstering gains posted in 2011 and 2012.
The turkey season is off to a slow start in the KMMO listening area, with all the rain late in the week. Johnson County has had 15 turkeys checked as of Saturday morning, Chariton County eight and Saline County four.
The firearm season for turkey runs through October 31st.
A four-car wreck in Ray County has injured two people. The chain-reaction accident happened as three cars had stopped in traffic and were struck in the rear by a fourth car, knocking them into each other.
Injured were 54-year-old Cynthia Stafford, of Carrollton, who received moderate injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Centerpoint medical center, and 24-year-old Dale Dunwoodie, of Camden, who received minor injuries and was taken to the hospital in Richmond for treatment.
The accident happened early Friday evening on Highway 10, just west of Young road in Ray county.
A Green Ridge man received serious injuries when his car went off the road and overturned on Friday afternoon in Pettis county.
Myron Potts, age 86, of Green Ridge, was taken by air ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The accident happened on route "E" at Mergen road in Pettis County.
Likely incoming House Speaker John Diehl thinks it's time to quit raising a quarter-billion dollars a year for public education with what he calls "government sponsored gambling." He says he hopes next year's legislature will order a statewide vote in 2016 on whether to keep the state lottery.
State law says lottery profits must be spent on elementary and secondary education, but those profits are only a small part of the annual state budget for public schools.
Saline County Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings attended the most recent meeting of the Workforce Development Board of Western Missouri as a member of their panel of Chief Elected Officers. Stallings explains the role of the Workforce Board's officers:
Stallings say the officers recently made a change in the way they hold their meetings in order to make it easier to establish a required quorum:
The Workforce Development Board of Western Missouri is a non-profit organization created by community and local government leaders to serve the people, businesses, and economic interests of a 13 county region in Missouri; that region includes Saline, Lafayette, Carroll, Pettis and Chariton counties.
Many Missourians need help with putting meat on the dinner table. Deer hunters can help by sharing their harvests through Missouri’s Share the Harvest program. Share the Harvest connects deer hunters with hungry Missourians through participating meat processors and local hunger-relief agencies around the state.
To participate, hunters simply take their harvested deer to one of more than 130 participating meat processors and let the processor know how much venison they wish to donate to the program. Hunters can donate a few pounds to a whole deer. The processor will package the ground meat, which will be given to local charitable agencies for distribution to hungry Missourians.
The program is administered by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM). You can learn more about Share the Harvest by visiting the Department of Conservation online at mdc.mo.gov.
Sedalia business owners Ron Ditzfield and Rick Yeager have spent the week racing across the Midwest in Season 8 of "Fireball Run: America's Frontier", an online reality-filmed entertainment series.
Fireball Run is an 8-day, 2,000-mile, life-sized trivia game, where organizers say America serves as the game board. The eight-leg race includes 40 celebrity and aspiring driving teams competing for bragging rights, a good cause and a plastic road sign, all while raising awareness for missing children.
Driving a 2013 Camaro convertible, team Sedalia Trailblazers (consisting of Ditzfield and Yeager) are racing to raise awareness for local missing child Beck Hotsenpiller, now 3 years old, who has been missing since July of 2013.
The race includes stops in Independence and Sedalia on October 3rd and 4th. The city of Sedalia will host a block party-style event on Friday evening to welcome the racers to town and allow area residents to meet the racers and view the race cars.
One person has been injured after a one-vehicle accident on Thursday in Cooper County.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 27-year-old Bharep Bhasin, of Pittsburg, Kansas, was traveling eastbound when his vehicle began to hydroplane on wet pavement. The car ran off the side of the roadway and struck a tree.
The driver escaped injury but a passenger, 20-year-old Audrey Whetzell, of Franklin, Kansas, received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Cooper County Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The Patrol says the crash happened around 5:10pm on eastbound I-70 at the 112 mile marker in Cooper County.
It was a busy day for Sedalia/Pettis County E.M.A. Director Dave Clippert on Wednesday as more than one damaging storm swept through the county.
Clippert said the county had multiple severe storms hit the area, causing some damage. Then the weather got worse.
He said, for some reason the tornado sirens did not go off at that time. He thought at first it was a problem with the phone lines causing the malfunction. But he said they were experiencing a power outage at the same time.
Clippert said Sedalia still is investigating why the sirens did not sound in the city. Later in the evening, a tornado warning was issued for the town of Smithton. The sirens were sounded, and they did go off. But that was just for Smithton, Clippert said.
Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell said at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday morning, plans are in the works to update the county's website to add an important document.
At a previous commission meeting, she had pointed out voters who are going to need to vote absentee can got to Secretary of State Jason Kander's website and get a form to fill out in advance of the November 4th general election.
So, she thought, "Why can't we do that?"
So..... Saline County Treasurer.....
Russell also says she is hoping to make another addition to the website to help out voters.
She said these additions are hopefully going to be up by Monday, October 6th. The last day to register to vote is October 8th, Russell said.
Five years ago on October 1st, the options for cancer care in th area changed significantly with the opening of the Community Cancer Center at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.
President and C.E.O. of Fitzgibbon Hospital Ron Ott said it took a lot of input and contributions from the public for the plans for the center to come to fruition.
Ott said the center has treated over 750 patients to date. He said this is an important week, too.
The cancer center has treated patients with 33 different types of cancer or disease from breast cancer to kidney cancer. The center also provides treatment for hematologic diseases, or diseases of the blood.
While assisting a local wrecker service in working traffic at an accident scene this morning, a Saline County Sheriff's deputy was involved in an accident.
Saline County Sheriff Wally George said deputy Daniel Kirchhoff was sitting in his car on I-70 and it was struck by a UPS tractor-trailer pulling two trailers, driven by 37-year-old Andrew Reinert, of Belton.
George said the force of the crash was so severe, it shoved the deputy's car into the back of Walter Cadwell's tow truck. However, Kirchhoff escaped without serious injury.
George said the patrol car is totaled. The Cadwell vehicle suffered damage, as well. George said Walter Cadwell was hit by flying debris but also is OK.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash scene at George's request.
A Holden man has been injured in a four-vehicle accident on I-70 early this morning in Boone County.
According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, the crash occurred as a westbound Kenworth Tractor double trailer's driver reported his outside mirror was struck by an unidentified tractor-trailer also traveling westbound. As the Kenworth swerved to avoid further contact, the rear trailer on the Kenworth began to jackknife across the road toward the median, eventually becoming dislodged, coming to rest in the outside lane on its side.
The separated trailer was then struck by a Pegasus tractor-trailer, which was hit in the rear by another tractor-trailer within the road after impact. A fourth tractor-trailer, driven by 63-year-old James Warriner, of Holden, crashed into the embankment on the north side of I-70, attempting to avoid a collision.
Warriner had to be extricated from the truck by Columbia Fire Department personnel and transported by E.M.S. to an area hospital for treatment of reportedly moderate disabling injuries.
Westbound I-70 was shut down for approximately 2-1/2 hours.
The storms that rolled through the area on Wednesday did some damage in the southern and eastern KMMO listening areas, according to sheriff's departments.
In Benton County, tornado warnings were issued in Lincoln and Cole Camp.
According to the Benton County sheriff's dispatch center, high winds took down some power lines and some fencing in the county. Dispatch says all of the power was shut off while the power was being restored. At this hour, all power has been restored.
In Cooper County, according to Cooper County dispatch, there were reports of tree limbs down in the county, and water is over the road on "U" Highway at Doyle Road. The road currently is shut down. So, if you regularly take a route that includes this part of Highway "U," you might want to seek out another route.
According to an alert from the Pettis County Sheriff's Department, there also was a tornado warning issued for Pettis County yesterday and U.S. 65 Highway at Mt. Herman Road was shut down for a while during the afternoon and evening hours for removal of power lines.
Charges have been filed against a man who allegedly robbed a Lexington business last week.
According to Lexington Police Chief Don Rector, the Lafayette County Prosecutor's office has filed charges of Felony 1st Degree Robbery and Felony Armed Criminal Action against 47-year-old Tracy J. Black, of Kansas City. He is accused of robbing Bharti's Liquor Store on Route 13 in Lexington on Thursday, September 25th.
Rector says Black made off with about $170.00 in the alleged robbery; the clerk in the store was reportedly not injured in the incident.
He says a warrant for Black's arrest has been filed, although the man remains at large. Authorities believe him to be somewhere in the Kansas city Area.
According to Rector, a second subject has been taken into custody in connection with the robbery; 31-year-old Brittany D. Paddock was charged on Tuesday with Felony 1st Degree Robbery and Felony Endangering the Welfare of a Child. She remains in custody at the Lafayette County Jail on $75,000 bond.
The Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen met for a Special Session meeting on Tuesday evening at Sweet Springs City Hall.
Mayor Dee Friel says the first order of business was to award a bid for an ongoing street project in Sweet Springs:
Friel says the lone bid awarded was for $13,713.61. She says the Board of Aldermen also took up discussion of problems at the street department shed, which officials hope to have corrected before the cold months of winter.
Aldermen on Tuesday gave approval for seeking bids for a new heater for the shed or repairs to the current system.
Friel says the Board also spent time in a workshop reviewing the city's ordinance book and examining which city ordinances are in need of updating.
A Marshall man who pleaded guilty to narcotics charges earlier this year has been sentenced to more than a decade in state prison.
According to online court documents dated September 29th, 2014, 23-year-old Byron Jenkins, charged in Saline County Circuit Court with distributing a controlled substance near schools in 2013, has been sentenced to 15 years in the Department of Corrections.
Jenkins originally entered a plea of not guilty in June of this year, but reversed his plea a little more than a month later.
A Sedalia teenager has entered a guilty plea in a murder case.
According to online court documents dated Tuesday, September 30th, 17-year-old Cody Bergman, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed-criminal action in the shooting and killing of his stepfather, William Capps, in April of 2011.
Sentencing is scheduled for 2:00pm on December 8th, 2014 at the Pettis County Courthouse in Sedalia.
The Missouri Valley College Fine Arts Division will be presenting a fall production of "Once On This Island," an Olivier award-winning musical October 8th through 11th at 7:30pm nightly in the Eckilson-Mabee Theatre on the college's campus.
The musical will be directed by Harold Hynick, associate professor of theater, and sports an ensemble cast.
For ticket information, you can call (660) 831-4052.
At the meeting of the Lafayette County Commission on Tuesday, September 30th, the commission took under advisement four bids for pharmaceuticals for the Lafayette County Jail in Lexington. Action will be taken at a later meeting, pending review by the purchasing agent and the sheriff's department before they can be awarded.
Work is slated to begin this week on a new boiler for the Howard County Courthouse.
Outgoing Howard County Presiding Commissioner Lowell Eaton says the new boiler is scheduled to be installed this week at the courthouse in Fayette at a cost of around $59,000.
In other business of the Howard County Commission, commissioners learned of a historical society grant which will help cover the cost of beam and window replacement at the Howard County Courthouse. The grant will cover 70% of the project cost while the county will pickup the other 30% of the cost. The work will be performed late this year.
Eaton has served as a Howard County Commissioner for the past 12 years and is serving out his last few months as Presiding Commissioner. Eaton says incoming Presiding Commissioner Sam Stroupe will take the reins after the first of the year.
The Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works meets in regular session on Thursday, October 2nd.
Items on the agenda for board approval include a discussion on U.V. module modification, sewer main rehab, creation of a general fund account and a contract addendum with the city of Malta Bend for water sales.
The meeting is scheduled for 8:30am at the Marshall Municipal Utilities office in downtown Marshall.
Authorities in Columbia are investigating the death of a resident of a fraternity house on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus.
According to Columbia police, officers were dispatched around 11:45pm Monday night to the Alpha Gamma Rho house on South College Avenue on a report of an unconscious male subject.
Officers and medics arrived on the scene and later pronounced 19-year-old Cale E. Boedeker dead at the scene. Police say investigators do not suspect foul play in the matter based on Boedeker's medical history, which reportedly included Type I Diabetes.
An autopsy is planned for Tuesday; authorities say they don't know when the results will be available.
Boedeker was native of Malta Bend and a 2013 graduate of Marshall High School. A former member of the Marshall F.F.A. program, he was a sophomore at M.U. studying Fisheries and Wildlife at the time of his death.
The fraternity says they plan to host a candlelight vigil for Boedeker on the lawn of the Alpha Gamma Rho house on Tuesday evening at 9:00pm.
...that's Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings, talking about delays in getting the Saline County Courthouse phone system switched over to a new service provider.
At Tuesday's County Commission meeting, Stallings said the service transition from AT&T to Socket has taken longer than expected, dued to unforeseen delays. The county's contract with Socket officially begins on Wednesday, October 1st, but Stallings says that doesn't mean everything will be running perfectly.
Stallings says some technical communication problems have slowed the transition down but officials hope to have everything running smoothly within the next few days.
A two-vehicle crash at an intersection in Clinton County on Monday afternoon has caused minor injuries to a Polo man.
A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says a northbound 2013 Ford on MO-116, driven by 30-year-old Grant Hon, of Omaha, Neb., traveled into the path of a westbound on U.S. 69 2001 Ford F-150, driven by 31-year-old Dustin Noble, of Polo. The front of the Noble vehicle struck the passenger side of the Hon car, causing both vehicles to skid off the northwest corner of the intersection.
Both drivers were transported by Tri-County Ambulance to Liberty Hospital for treatment.
It was the last meeting of the fiscal year for the Marshall City Council on Monday evening. The council has amended the just-ending fiscal year budget, to reflect the actual revenue and spending, and City Administrator ConnieLatimer says they still showed a deficit this past year.
Latimer was asked about the deficit in the just-completed fiscal year and the next fiscal year by Fourth Ward Councilman Tom Hagedorn.
The City Council earlier approved a budget for the next fiscal year, which anticipated a shortfall of over a half-million dollars in revenue.
The fiscal year for the City of Marshall begins on October 1st.
Police in Columbia say they are currently investigating a report of shots fired on Monday.
According to a release from police, officers were dispatched around 1:30pm Monday afternoon to the 1600 block of Hanover Drive after being notified of shots fired in the area.
Further investigation revealed that two vehicles had been parked alongside each other when a fight broke out that led to shots being fired. One of the vehicles reportedly left the area at a high rate of speed.
Investigating officers report locating blood at the scene; however, they say calls to area hospitals found no recent admissions for gunshot wounds.
No other injuries or damages were reported from the scene. police are currently searching for the vehicles involved as their investigation into the incident continues.
A group of area college athletes will head out on Tuesday, September 30th, to help foster a love of reading for school-age children.
The University of Central Missouri's "Literacy Team", made up of student-athletes from various Mules and Jennies sports teams, will spend portions of October visiting Warrensburg area elementary schools to promote the importance of reading skills to local students.
They'll make their first stop Tuesday at Martin Warren Elementary School; other stops are planned throughout October at Ridgeview (Oct. 1), Maple Grove (Oct. 29), and Sterling (Oct. 30) elementaries, all in Warrensburg.
At each school visit, the university says the athletes will read newly-bought books to the students, purchased for the school in conjunction with the university's literacy program.
U.C.M. student-athletes have taken part in the "Literacy Team" program since its inception in 1992.
Law enforcement and safety agencies across the nation took part last weekend in numerous Prescription Drug Take-back events, including several in the KMMO listening area.
Boone County authorities on Monday announced they collected nearly 500 pounds worth of unused or expired medications during Take-back events held last Saturday at eight different collection sites around Boone County. All total they collected 499 pounds of prescription drugs from sites in Columbia, Ashland, Centralia, Sturgeon and Hallsville.
It was all part of a national initiative sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency; other area collection sites included Marshall, Higginsville, Lexington, Boonville, Warrensburg and Knob Noster.
The Marshall City Council meets in Special Session on Monday, September 29th.
The Council will take a final look at the budget before the start of the next fiscal year for the city on Wednesday, October 1st. The agenda includes amending the 2013-2014 budget and approving appropriations.
The meeting gets underway at 5:15pm at Marshall City Hall.
The Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri Operation Lifesaver have declared September 29th through October 3rd, 2014, as Missouri Rail Safety Week. These agencies, along with local law enforcement and railroad companies are partnering together to raise public awareness about the dangers of disregarding railroad-crossing laws and trespassing on railroad property.
Missouri Operation Lifesaver will air radio messages across the state for the next two months to raise awareness. Enforcement events also are scheduled to deter violations.
In 2013, there were 64 crossing crashes and trespass incidents resulting in 14 fatalities and 38 injuries in Missouri.
To learn more about Missouri Operation Lifesaver, visit www.oli.org.
A Richmond man suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle crash on Sunday afternoon in Ray County.
A Missouri State Highway Patrol report says the accident occurred as 65-year-old Raymond Riggert was turning his northbound 1996 Honda Shadow right onto Route "K" from Missouri 13, hit loose gravel and overturned.
Riggert was transported to Liberty Hospital by Ray County E.M.S. for treatment.
A Nelson woman escaped a two-vehicle crash on Sunday evening in Johnson County with cuts and bruises.
A report from the Highway Patrol says the accident occurred as a 2002 Pontiac, driven by 29-year-old Jessica Craig, of Warrensburg, was slowing to make a left turn and was struck from behind by a 2007 Hyundai, driven by 32-year-old Denver Dietz, of Nelson.
A passenger in the Dietz vehicle, 22-year-old Carrie Dean, of Nelson, was transported by E.M.S. to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment.
The accident happened at 7:45pm on Missouri 13 at County Road Northwest 575.
A Brookfield motorcyclist suffered moderate injuries in an accident on Sunday evening in Saline County.
A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says 41-year-old Shelley Dorrell lost control of her northbound 2002 Yamaha, crossed the center line, ran off the left side of the road, slid down an embankment and rolled over.
Dorrell was transported to Fitzgibbon Hospital by Saline County E.M.S. for treatment.
The accident happened just before 6:30pm on Missouri 41, south of Muddy Creek.
A Marshall man suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident on Sunday morning in Saline County.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 70-year-old Darrell Macumber was traveling southbound in his 2003 Kenworth when his vision was obstructed by dust from the gravel road, causing his vehicle to travel off the right side of the road and overturn.
Macumber was transported by Slater E.M.S. to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment.
The accident occurred just before 9:30am on Brunswick Road, just south of 367 Trail.
Police in Columbia have apprehended two suspects in a shooting that happened early Saturday morning.
According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were called around 2:15am to an apartment complex in the 3500 block of Aspen Heights Parkway. Investigation reportedly revealed a physical disturbance that had occurred when several shots were fired in the area. Police found a vehicle on the property with bullet hole in driver's side door and window.
Officers also located a 22-year-old female with a gunshot wound at the scene; she was taken to an area hospital with what police said are non life-threatening injuries.
A later release from the Columbia P.D., says a 19-year-old Columbia man and a 19-year-old man from Grandview have been taken into custody with the same charges of second-degree assault (bond $4,500) and unlawful use of weapons ($4,500 bond).
Both have been transported and released to the Boone County Jail.
A Kansas City man was sent to the hospital with cuts and bruises after a two-car crash in Lafayette County early this morning.
According to a report from the Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a westbound 2015 Chrysler, driven by 22-year-old Ryan Bird, of Odessa, overtook and struck a 2008 Honda Accord, driven by 38-year-old Armondo Stigger, of Kansas City, in the rear on the driver's side.
Stigger was transported by Odessa E.M.S. to Centerpoint Medical Center for treatment.
The accident happened at just before 6:00am on westbound I-70 at mile-marker 34, just west of Odessa.
A two-car crash in Johnson County on Saturday night caused injuries to five residents of St. Louis.
According to a report from the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a 2003 Mitsubishi, driven by 19-year-old Anyssa Campbell, turned onto U.S. 50 westbound in front of a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by 18-year-old Abigail Grainger, of Warrensburg, causing the front of Granger's car to strike the Campbell vehicle.
Five occupants, including the driver and ranging in ages from 19-20, in the Campbell vehicle each received minor injuries and were transported by E.M.S. to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment.
The accident happened at 10:15pm on westbound U.S. 50 at Northeast 115th.
A motorcycle-car accident in Benton County on Saturday sent a Lee's Summit woman to the hospital with moderate injuries.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when a 2000 Harley Davidson, driven by 59-year-old Gregory Jacks, of Lee's Summit, overtook and struck a 2003 Ford, driven by 26-year-old Ashley Steffens, of Lincoln, in the back end.
Injured in the accident was an occupant on the bike, 58-year-old Wendy Jacks, of Lee's Summit.
Jacks was transported by Cole Camp E.M.S. to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.
The accident occurred at 5:40pm on Missouri-52 at Route "A."
Fall has arrived, bringing with it the end of Missouri's growing season and the start of the annual harvest. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers to expect heavier farm machinery traffic--especially on rural highways. Farmers and motorists are encouraged to share the road in a safe, courteous manner.
Motorists are asked to stay alert for moving farm equipment and to slow down when approaching farm machinery on the roadway. Watch for farm equipment entering and exiting the side of the roadway and pay special attention at dawn and dusk, when visibility can be affected by the rising or setting sun.
Farmers are reminded to drive as far to the right as possible on the road and to make sure all machinery has proper working lights and a "slow-moving vehicle emblem". Operators are also encouraged to pull safely to the right to let lines of traffic pass and to always wear a seat belt when operating farm equipment on the roadway.
There were a total of 173 Missouri traffic crashes involving farm equipment in 2013. In those crashes two drivers were killed and 12 were injured.
At the annual Santa Fe Trail Days celebration in downtown Marshall on Saturday, several awards were given out in a number of events and categories.
First place in the Marshall 150th Birthday Cake event was an entry of chocolate cupcakes made from scratch by Molly Johnson; in the teen category, first place went to Henna Hatfield for an apple cake made from scratch with Missouri apples.
In the Prince and Princess contest, the title of Prince was bestowed upon Owen Sims, while the Princess title was taken by Makenna Crouch.
In the 6-12 month Baby and Toddler Contest, top honors went to Alesi Robbins, daughter of April Robbins; in the 13-18 month category first place went to Katelynn Howell, daughter of Jenny Kirby and Denny Howell; and in the 17-24 month category, the top prize went to Phoenix Garner, whose parents are Jennifer and Spencer Garner.
Police in Columbia are investigating a reported shooting that happened early Saturday morning.
According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were called around 2:15am to an apartment complex in the 3500 block of Aspen Heights Parkway. Investigation reportedly revealed a physical disturbance that had occurred when several shots were fired in the area. Police found a vehicle on the property with bullet hole in driver's side door and window.
Officers also located a 22-year-old female with a gunshot wound at the scene; she was taken to an area hospital with what police say are non life-threatening injuries.
No suspect information has been made available and investigation into the incident continues.
The City of Sedalia's yard waste facility has reopened as of Friday afternoon.
According to a release from the city, the yard waste facility located at 28th and New York Avenue is now open for residents to dispose of limbs and tree debris. The city has closed the temporary facility residents had been using since the regular site was closed.
For questions or more information, contact the City of Sedalia at (660) 827-3000.
Two new exhibitions will open September 27th at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art on the State Fair Community College Sedalia campus. Both exhibitions will remain on view through December 16th.
"Four Point Perspective: SFCC Faculty Exhibition" will feature painting, sculpture, collage, and printmaking by SFCC Fine Arts program instructors Paul Allen, Damon Freed, Don Luper, and Shaun Southers. Artist-led gallery talks are planned at 6:00pm on four Thursdays: October 2nd, Freed; October 16th, Allen; October 30th, Southers; and November 13th, Luper. These are free and open to the public.
"Judy Chicago: A Retrospective in a Box" will feature the work of a pioneer feminist artist who came to prominence in the late 1960s. She may be best known for her 1979 installation, "The Dinner Party," a groundbreaking work created to celebrate women throughout history. In celebration of her 75th birthday, the Daum will debut a recently acquired portfolio of Chicago’s prints, "A Retrospective in a Box" (2014). The suite of seven lithographs surveys Chicago’s career across four decades with images that represent her interests in feminism, male power, autobiography, and motherhood.
Museum hours are 11:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday through Friday and 1:00pm until 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call (660) 530-5888 or visit the website at www.daummuseum.org.
Several prescription drug take-back events are scheduled around the KMMO listening area on Saturday, September 27th.
The Marshall Police Department will collect unused or expired prescription drugs from at the Marshall Municipal Court building at 5 East Eastwood in Marshall.
Take-back events will be held by the Higginsville Police Department in the Higginsville Walmart parking lot and by the Lexington Police Department at Lafayette Regional Health Center.
Boonville's Police Department will host a drug take-back at the Boonville Fire Department.
In Johnson County, authorities will collect old medications at Bi-Lo Market in Warrensburg, the Knob Noster Police Department, Whiteman Air Force Base and the Holden Police Department.
In Boone County, take-backs are being held at Southern Boone High School in Ashland, A.F. Super Grocery Store in Sturgeon, the Centralia Police Department, and at both Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools in Columbia.
The collections are part of a national effort by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency to keep prescription drugs out of the wrong hands as well as out of water supplies and landfills. All the take-back events run from 10:00am until 2:00pm.
A Boonville woman was injured Friday after a two-car crash in Boone County.
Missouri State Highway Patrol reports say two westbound vehicles driven by 40-year-old Sheila D. Stover, of Boonville, and 49-year-old Kimberly A. Merkel, of Rocheport, attempted to turn south onto Route J at the same time and collided in the roadway.
Stover suffered minor injuries in the crash while a 16-year-old passenger in the Merkel car suffered moderate injuries; both were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
The Patrol says the crash happened around 5:00pm Friday evening on U.S. Highway 40 at Route J in Boone County.
Two Warsaw residents were injured early Saturday morning when their car hit a horse on a area roadway.
The Highway Patrol says 24-year-old driver Shelby Cole suffered moderate injuries and was taken by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment; 31-year-old passenger Nicole Cole received minor injuries and was taken for treatment to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia.
Patrol reports say the collision happened around 12:15am Saturday morning on southbound Highway 65, a third of a mile south of Smasal Road in Pettis County.
A Cooper County woman has been killed in a motorcycle crash east of Branson.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 74-year-old Patricia A. Wells, of Wooldridge, suffered fatal injuries when the 2012 Can-Am motorcycle she was riding ran off the roadway and struck a tree, ejecting her from the bike.
Wells was later pronounced dead at a Springfield area hospital. Reports say the crash happened around 3:30pm Friday afternoon on southbound Highway 125, 7.5 miles north of Rueter in Taney County.
Thousands of people are expected to attend the annual Carrollton Band Day and Fall Fest on Saturday, September 27th.
The annual high school band competition is slated to host over 60 bands from across the state to compete in events for Parade Bands, Field Bands, Indoor Drum Lines and Indoor Auxiliaries. The Parade competition also features some junior high bands as well.
The events run from 8:00am until 10:00pm on Saturday on the uptown square in Carrollton. The annual Band Day is expected to draw some 7,000 to 8,000 attendees.
There are several opportunities for area residents to get a flu shot coming up in the next few weeks in Saline County, including one this week.
Saline County Health Department Administrator Lisa Thomas:
She says the charge will be $20, but they can file several different insurances through VaxCare, Corporation, which supplies the flu vaccine and that Medicare Part B is always accepted. Thomas adds that there are certain groups of people who benefit the most from influenza vaccinations:
Thomas says taking the flu shot does not completely eliminate the risk of getting the flu because no shot is 100-percent effective. Still, she adds, there are benefits to taking the vaccine, including shortening the length and severity of the illness.
Leslie Tyler, representing Tyler Investments and Rental Properties, LLC, was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday, making a case for forgiveness of back taxes owed on a property located at 10 North Jefferson in Marshall the company bought recently.
Tyler said there are benefits for everyone.
After Tyler fielded several questions and concerns brought up by the commissioners, the commissioners voted 2-1 in approval to forgive previous taxes owed of $4,034.84, upon the issuance of a certificate of occupancy by the city of Marshall.
At Thursday's meeting of the Saline County Commission, commissioners approved Jack Harvey being appointed to the Public Facility Authority.
Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner also gave an update on funds received from Enbridge.
Fenner also gave an update work on two bridges in the county.
Fenner also said the footing is up on the bridge west of Fairville. The forms are due to be placed within the next week and a crew will come in and put up the walls. He said, hopefully the bridge will be in place within the next two to three weeks.
Right after that, the crew will be doing the same project east of Fairville, putting up a bridge over the creek in that area. He said hopefully the two "in-house" bridges will be in place by the middle of November.
According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, Columbia Police detectives arrested two suspects for the bank robbery at the Missouri Credit Union on Buttonwood Drive on Wednesday afternoon, September 24th, 2014.
One of the suspects arrested is a 27-year-old from Kirksville. He is charged with robbery in the second degree, bond still to be set; felony resisting arrest or interfering with an arrest (bond $4,500); felony warrant for failure to appear on a motor vehicle theft (no bond set); and three misdemeanor warrants for trespassing (each bond being $525.50).
The other arrest made is a 23-year-old Columbia resident. He is charged with robbery in the second degree ($150,000 cash-only bond); and resisting or interfering with an arrest (bond of $4,500). He also was arrested for previous incidents, including a home-invasion robbery in May; another robbery of the Missouri Credit Union in June; and a robbery of Landmark Bank in August.
Both suspects have been transported and released to the Boone County Jail.
As part of a nationwide event this weekend to collect unused and expired prescription drugs, the Marshall Police Department will host a prescription drug take-back event on Saturday, September 28th.
Detective Sergeant William McMellen explains how area residents can properly dispose of their prescriptions drugs this weekend:
According to McMellen, there's more than one good reason for working to get old prescription drugs out of the medicine cabinet and off the streets.
The event is one of many drug take-backs being held across the area this weekend, including Higginsville, Boonville and Warrensburg. For more information, contact the Marshall Police Department at 886-7411.
This weekend's Apples, Arts and Antiques event in Lexington marks the debut of a pilot project between the city of Lexington and the University of Missouri Extension Community Arts Program.
The Lexington community, along with the M.U. Extension and M.U. faculty and staff, created a project to focus on both economic development and arts in the community by designing the "Legendary Lexington Audio Tour", which makes it debut on Saturday, September 27th.
The project, which explores various aspects of the history of Lexington, will be featured at 10:00am, 12:00pm and 2:00pm on Saturday. Organizers and supporters worked together to create an audio walking and driving tour of the historic mid-Missouri city.
The Apples, Arts and Antiques Festival runs through Sunday in Lexington. For information about the project, visit www.historiclexington.com.
The city of Warrensburg is gearing up for their annual Burg Fest, running Friday through Sunday.
Organizers have a slate of activities planned for the three-day celebration, including a K.C.B.S. barbecue cookoff, live music and a children's area. A full schedule of events can be viewed at www.theburgfest.org.
Due to the festival, officials will close several streets around the Warrensburg area over the weekend, including Holden, Hout, West Market, East Market and West Pine streets. The streets should reopen to traffic by Sunday evening at 7:00pm.
Area motorists are asked to find alternate routes and drive safely while the yearly festival is taking place.
The Warrensburg Convention and Visitor's Bureau meets Friday at 2:30pm at the Warrensburg Community Center.
Items on the agenda include a discussion on branding, an update on the process to hire a Tourism Director for Warrensburg and a discussion of short-term strategic vision. They'll also discuss the findings of a recent survey of non-Warrensburg residents.
The group also has upcoming meetings planned for October 10th and October 24th at the Warrensburg Community Center.
At the meeting of the Cooper County R-4 (Bunceton) Board of Education on Wednesday night, the Board talked about the district's goals and job descriptions. Board members also got an update on insurance for the district.
Superintendent John Thompson also said the district received good news in its Annual Performance Review from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:
The board also spent time Wednesday discussing capital projects for the school.
A portion of the Lexington City Council meeting this week was spent talking about adding a Fire Marshal position to the Lexington Fire Department. Mayor Jerry Brown says the move was approved by the council.
He said sometimes the cause of a fire cannot be determined right away-- but in cases where a cause can be determined, the city will benefit.
Brown said if there is a significant fire (resulting in a fatality, for example) it will be handled by the state Fire Marshal.
The council also approved a settlement in a lawsuit with CenturyLink for just over $7,300, with five percent, or just under $2,400, going to the Missouri Municipal League for reimbursement of its expenses incurred toward the lawsuit.
In other business, the Lexington Council also approved the closing of Main Street for part of Saturday and Sunday for the annual Apples, Arts & Antiques Festival. The festival gets underway on Thursday night with the annual apple auction.
According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were dispatched to a robbery at Missouri Credit Union on Buttonwood Drive on Wednesday just after 5:00pm.
The investigation reveaeled that two males, both wearing bandanas, entered the credit union and demanded money. The suspects subsequently left the credit union with an unspecified amount of money and fled the area in a red four-door Oldsmobile Alero.
No weapons were used in the robbery and no injuries were reported at the robbery scene.
A short time later, a Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper spotted the vehicle and a pursuit ensued. The suspect eventually lost control of his vehicle and spun out in a grassy area near Vandiver Drive and Parker.
A foot pursuit for a second suspect, who jumped out of the car, ensued, officers apprehending him near Garnett and Parker.
The two suspects are in police custody and the investigation is ongoing.
The Boone County Sheriff's Department also assisted in the pursuits and apprehensions.
Representatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation responded to the robbery location and are working with the Columbia Police Department to further investigate this incident.
A motorcycle-car accident in Johnson County on Wednesday evening has caused serious injuries to a Warrensburg man.
A report from the Highway Patrol says the accident occurred as an eastbound 2009 Suzuki, driven by 27-year-old Brian Oneill, of Warrensburg, began to skid on the pavement and struck an eastbound 2004 Chevrolet, driven by Franklin Palomo, of Knob Noster.
Oneill's motorcycle then traveled off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole.
Oneill was transported by Johnson County Ambulance to Research Medical Center for treatment.
The accident occurred on U.S. 50 Highway, just west of MO-13 at 5:50pm.
An area native's first pitch at a Major League Baseball game has gotten delayed one day due to Mother Nature not cooperating.
Glen Blumhorst, who hails from Slater, was set to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Wednesday's match-up between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets at Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C., but rain postponed the match-up to today.
The game and pre-game activities have been rescheduled for 1:00pm eastern time, which is noon our time. According to Blumhorst, the weather forecast for today is marginal but they're hopeful that it will clear by game time.
He is the president and C.E.O. of the National Peace Corps Association, a national membership organization for individuals who have been influenced by their Peace Corps experience.
Blumhorst is the son of Archie and Wanita Blumhorst of rural Slater. He and his family live in Silver Springs, Maryland.
A Sedalia man suffered serious injuries after a one-car crash in Pettis County on Wednesday.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a westbound 2001 Chevy driven by 25-year-old Gary Schnakenberg attempted to pass another vehicle, ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned.
Schnakenberg was taken by ambulance to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment. Reports say the crash happened around 2:00pm Wednesday afternoon on Route B, east of Myers Road in Pettis County.
Governor Jay Nixon paid a visit to Boonville High School on Wednesday afternoon.
Superintendent Dr. Mark Ficken says the Governor's visit came on the heels of his release of millions of state education dollars.
Nixon released the education funds after the defeat of several tax break issues during the most recent veto session in Jefferson City. Ficken says the Governor also had some good things to say about the Boonville School District during his afternoon visit.
Ficken says a panel of students also had the opportunity ask the Governor questions about everything from teacher salaries to recent tensions between police and residents of Ferguson, Missouri.
A local teacher is going to be recognized nationally for his achievements in FFA.
Randy Plattner, of Marshall, recently was selected to receive the Honorary American FFA Degree- Teacher. The award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment.
But Plattner, one of the program's advisors, says it takes teamwork to make it all happen.
Plattner says the Marshall chapter has earned numerous honors, including being recognized nationally for a model of excellence for the past three years. He said success is something that doesn't come over night. It has to be built.
Plattner will be honored and receive a certificate and a medal at the National FFA Convention and Expo on October 29th in Louisville, Kent. Plattner's name also will be permanently recorded.