The Missouri Department of Revenue on Tuesday filed an emergency rule to direct local governments in the process of implementing municipal court reforms required by Senate Bill No. 5.
The emergency rule directs local governments regarding the process of remitting excess revenue they receive from fines, bond forfeitures and court costs associated with minor traffic violations. The rule will go into effect September 11th.
The bill, signed by Governor Nixon on July 9th, lowers the percentage of annual general operating revenue cities, towns, villages, and counties are allowed to retain from minor traffic violations.
Senate Bill No. 5 also establishes a cap on fines and court costs for minor traffic offenses and prohibits courts from suspending drivers' licenses for failure to appear in court or failure to pay a fine for a minor traffic violation.
Additionally, the Department has received orders from several municipal courts removing license suspensions that had been imposed for reasons such as failure to appear in court. As of September 1st, the department has reinstated more than 6,000 drivers' licenses.
Formal notices are being mailed to affected individuals to notify them of the municipal court action.
Crews from the Missouri Department of Transportation will have a short-term closure for westbound I-70 over the Sni-A-Bar Creek outside Grain Valley on Wednesday, September 2nd from 9:00am until 3:00pm.
All work is weather dependent.
This is the final clean-up to remove temporary barrier and return traffic to its normal configuration from the recent bridge rehabilitation project.
For a few months, the Saline County Commission has been working with several businesses and area entities to spruce up two fixtures on the Saline County Courthouse lawn.
At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday morning, Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr. said a meeting is scheduled for later today involving the refurbishing project that will resuscitate two fountains that have not been working for many years. One of the fountains is on the southwest corner, with the other on the northeast corner.
Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner added the 100th Anniversary of one of the fountains is rapidly approaching. In light of that, Fenner said a Rededication Ceremony for both fountains will be sometime in October.
An area university handed out some awards and held its annual convocation ceremonies late last week.
According to a news release, Dr. Roger Drake, president of Central Methodist University in Fayette, presided over the ceremony on Thursday, August 27th.
Joshua Hunt, a sophomore from Perryville, received the Demaree Prize; Jamie Gisburne, a junior from Fort Myers, Florida, garnered the E. E. Rich Award; Scott Cline, a sophomore from Parkville, the Kim Everett Memorial Award for Outstanding Freshman Male; Breilly Roy, a sophomore from Trenton, the Tau Kappa Epsilon Award for Outstanding Freshman Female; and Crystal Flagg, a sophomore from Erie, Pennsylvania, the Omicron Delta Kappa Outstanding Freshman Leadership Award.
President Drake also presented the Carolyn and Tad Perry Fellow Award to faculty member, Dr. Kavita Hatwalker.
Portions of two roadways in an area city will be shut down for road work scheduled this week.
According to a release from the City of Sedalia, from Wednesday, September 2nd, through Thursday, September 3rd, East Harvey Street from North Harding Avenue to Randall Road and Randall Road from East Harvey Street to Boonville Street will be closed to through traffic for street repair.
All work in weather permitting.
For questions or more information, call Sedalia City Hall at 827-3000.
Some partial fingerprints lifted could lead authorities to somebody who allegedly stole a mailbox and the mail from it in Saline County over the weekend.
According to a release from the Saline County Sheriff's Department, a Deputy was dispatched to a residence on Basil Avenue in Blackburn to investigate a missing mailbox on Saturday.
During the investigation, the Deputy and the resident located some mail addressed to the resident strewn on the ground at the intersection of 185th Road and the resident's mailbox, which was found in a creek just north of the property.
The partial fingerprints lifted from the mailbox and two pieces of mail have been submitted to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Laboratory for examination.
A Hardin woman suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Ray County on Monday.
A report from the Highway Patrol says the crash occurred as a Chevrolet Trailblazer, driven northbound by 20-year-old Codie Bates, traveled off the right side of the roadway to avoid an animal, struck an object marker post, went airborne over a creek and came to rest on the other side of the creek.
Bates was reportedly transported via private vehicle to Ray County Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The crash happened at 10:20pm on Highway DD and East 104th Street.
In less than 24 hours, a man from Sedalia who was sent to prison for life without the possibility of parole in the mid-1990s for drug offenses will be released from prison.
According to a news release from his lawyer Dan Viets, Jeff Mizanskey is set to be freed from the Jefferson City Correctional Facility between 8:00am and 10:00am on Tuesday, September 1st.
Mizanskey spent more than two decades behind bars and had his sentence commuted to life with the possibility of parole earlier this year by Governor Jay Nixon. Mizanskey went before the parole board on August 6th and learned he had won his freedom four days later.
All of the month of September, there will be an exhibit on display in Marshall.
According to a news release, Missouri Valley College's Murrell Library will present Voces Americanas: Latino Literature in the United States, an exhibition produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Voces Americanas presents images of authors, books, movie stills, public presentations and illustrations that were part of this literary renaissance.
The exhibition will be available to the public at Murrell Library through September 30th.
Murrell Library also will host a viewing of the PBS documentary, Latino Americans, Episode 4: The New Latinos, at 7 p.m. on September 16th in the Reading Room.
The exhibit and all programs are free and open to the public. For more information contact Jae Steinkuhler at (660) 831-4181.
An Ashland man has been charged with a Felony in Cooper County.
According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, 25-year-old Charles Hayes, was placed on a 24-hour hold on Sunday, August 30th.
According to online court documents, he has been charged with a Class C Felony of Unlawful Possession, Transport, Manufacture, Repair or Sale of Illegal Weapon. Bond has been set at $5,000 cash or surety.
A Marshall woman was served a warrant for her arrest on probation violation last week.
According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, an officer served the warrant on Wednesday, August 26th, to 51-year-old Tammy Kochs, at her residence.
According to online court documents, Kochs was charged with a Felony Class C Possession of Controlled Substance Except 35 Grams or Less of Marijuana in March of 2014. Her sentence of seven years in the Department of Corrections was suspended at that time, but the probation was recently revoked.
Kochs was arraigned in Saline County Circuit Court last Thursday. Bond has been set at $10,000 cash only.
Her next court appearance is set for Monday, September 14th, at 1:15pm.
With dove hunting season opening Tuesday, September 1st, the Missouri Department of Conservation reminds dove hunters of its more than 180 conservation areas around the state that allow dove hunting, including nearly 100 planted in multiple crop fields that attract the popular game birds. Crops include sunflower, corn, millet, wheat and buckwheat.
Mourning doves, Eurasian collared doves and white-winged doves may be taken from September 1st through November 9th from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset with a combined daily limit of 15 and a combined possession limit of 45 for all three species.
You can find a list of conservation areas that offer dove hunting and maps of areas that have dove fields or any other information on dove season at www.mdc.gov.
There are a couple of road-work projects taking place today in Howard County.
According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, culvert pipe replacement work will take place today on Route H between Route N and County Road 222. One lane will be open and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
Also starting today and running through Thursday, September 10th, will be bridge maintenance on Route J over Sulphur Creek, west of County Road 309. One lane will be open and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
All work is weather dependent.
For information about these or any MoDot Projects, call 1-(888)-ASK-MODOT or visit www.modot.org.
Two Warsaw residents were hurt in a motorcycle crash in Camden County today.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Harley Davidson, driven by 64-year-old Raymond Wood, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch, overturned and ejected both occupants.
Raymond Wood suffered minor injuries and reportedly refused treatment at the scene, but 66-year-old Penny Wood was transported to Lake Regional Hospital by Ambulance for treatment of moderate injuries.
The crash happened at 11:00am on Route TT near Three Oaks Drive.
A Boonville man was injured in a motorcycle crash in Cole County today.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Kawasaki Vulcan, driven by 53-year-old Mark Morrison, ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned.
Morrison reportedly was transported to St. Mary's Hospital via private vehicle for treatment of minor injuries.
The crash happened at 10:10am on Missouri 179, one-half mile north of Route N.
There are a couple of road-work projects slated for Cooper County this week.
Roadway maintenance on Route D between Routes 87 and O in Moniteau County is scheduled for Monday, August 31st, through Thursday, September 3rd. One lane will be open and crews will flag traffic through the work areas.
On Route T between Route B and Hopewell Drive, roadway maintenance will start on Tuesday, September 1st, through Thursday, September 3rd. One lane will be open and crews will flag traffic through the work areas.
Several road projects are scheduled to take place this week in Carroll County.
All of the projects either start on Monday, August 31st, or are continued from last week.
According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route 10 is going to be closed around the clock at the ramp to northbound U.S. 65 Highway from Monday through Thursday, September 3rd, at 3:30pm.
On U.S. Highway 65 at the U.S. Route 24/Route 10 bridge maintenance will continue from Monday through Thursday.
Drainage work is slated for Monday through Thursday on Route D from County Road 130 to County Road 140.
Shoulder work will take place on Route 10 Monday through Friday, September 4th.
Winners were named late last week in an area city's contest for residents who take care of their yards the best.
According to a news release from the City of Sedalia, Bobbie Dean Barker, of 3000 Brandon Avenue, was named the Fourth Ward and Grand Prize winner in the Way to Grow! Sedalia contest for the month of August.
The winner in the First Ward was Jerry Ann Mayfield at 2003 West Broadway, in the Second Ward was Judy Petrie at 915 East Broadway, and in the Third Ward was the residence of Tom and Dyana Cunningham at 2300 South Engineer.
Applications are due by September 10th to be considered in the September portion of the contest. Applications are available online at www.cityofsedalia.com or in the Mayor's Office at 200 South Osage Avenue.
Along with approving the tax on real and personal property to be rolled back about 8.6 percent to 15.77 cents (down from 17.93 cents) per $100 of assessed valuation with the county, the Saline County Commission also approved some other tax numbers for the Fiscal Year from January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2016, at a meeting this week.
The Special Road and Bridge rate stayed at 35 cents. The tax for Common Road is 23.89 cents, for Common Road Temporary 32.16 cents and 5.61 cents for the Sheltered Workshop.
At the meeting of the Lexington City Council this week, the Council approved the City to sell $190,000 in bonds, which, according to City Administrator Mark Rounds, will free up some money to pay for some street projects.
In other business, the Council approved the City Tax Rate at $1.0391 per $100 of assessed valuation. That's broken down into 58.41 cents for the General Fund, 29.67 cents for the Park Fund and 15.83 cents for the Public Health Fund.
In other news from the meeting, MoDOT has turned on the traffic light at 11th and Main, which Rounds says creates a more fluid drive through town. But a portion of 224 just west of town remains shut down due to a mudlside a couple of months ago. Rounds said plans are now to open the roadway with a yield sign for one-way traffic. But, as of last week, that had not happened.
A Sedalia man was injured in a one-vehicle crash in Pettis County earlier today.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a Toyota Scion, driven eastbound by 21-year-old Vitaliy Pasechnik, skidded and traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch.
Pasechnik reportedly refused treatment of minor injuries at the scene.
The crash happened at 1:00am on Muschaney Road at Carpenter Road.
Two Houstonia residents were injured in a one-car crash in Pettis County on Saturday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Honda Accord, driven by 18-year-old Alexis Butler, failed to negotiate a curve, slid off the right side of the roadway where it struck a highway sign, a ditch and a fence before coming to rest in a field.
Butler and a passenger in the car, 28-year-old Larry Nease, each suffered minor injuries. They were transported by Pettis County Ambulance to Bothwell Regional Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.
The crash happened at 2:55pm at the intersection of Highway T and Buckley Road.
A Carroll County teen escaped with cuts and bruises after a one-vehicle rollover accident on Saturday morning.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven southbound by 19-year-old Haleigh Vandeventer, of DeWitt, crossed the center line and ran off the roadway at around 5:10am.
The Patrol says her 2002 Mitsubishi then struck a utility pole, overturned and struck a fence before finally coming to rest on its top.
Vandeventer received minor injuries and was taken by private vehicle to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment. The crash happened on U.S. Highway 65, just south of County Road 200 in Carroll County.
Lafayette County business owners are being alerted about a possible scam in the area.
According to a member of the Concordia Area Chamber of Commerce, a Concordia business owner was recently contacted by a male subject by the name of "James", who stated he was calling from the Concordia Chamber of Commerce to update the business's information. The caller reportedly asked a few questions about the business and its ownership.
The spokesperson says the call did not originate from the Chamber of Commerce. Area business owners are encouraged to contact the Chamber of Commerce or the police department if they receive a call of this nature.
UPDATE: Crews from more than a dozen fire departments are reportedly on the scene battling the blaze. A foam and ladder truck from Columbia, a ladder truck from Boonville and scores of other first responders are on the scene.
The Red Cross has also responded to the scene in Bunceton.
The Missouri Better Bean plant reportedly houses some 50,000 gallons of ethanol.
As a precautionary measure, a Boil Advisory was issued for residents of Bunceton at 4:48pm. The Boil Advisory is for 48 hours from the time it was issued, according to Cooper County E.M.A. Director Tom White.
At 7:50pm, the evacuation was lifted, and residents were allowed to return to their homes.
White said there were no injuries from the scene, however a few firefighters were treated for heat and relseased at the scene by emergency personnel.
An agricultural facility in a Cooper County community has reportedly exploded and sparked a large fire.
According to the Cooper County Emergency Management Agency, the call came in at around 11:10am of an explosion and fire at the Missouri Better Bean plant at 136 Main Street in Bunceton. Officials say the buildings surrounding the facility are also in danger.
Residences within a half-mile of the plant have been evacuated, according to authorities.
With the Labor Day holiday weekend right around the corner, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds everyone that troopers will be out in force to get impaired drivers off Show-Me State roadways.
A statement from the Highway Patrol says getting arrested could be the least of your worries. A substance- impaired driving arrest could cost you thousands of dollars in fines, court costs and lawyer fees, not to mention you could also lose your license, lose your job, or worse, take someone's life.
This year's Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over high-visibility crackdown will run through the Labor Day holiday on September 7th.
Statewide, law enforcement made 314 DWI arrests, 27 DUI drug arrests, 11 drug influence arrests and 127 MIP's during this campaign in 2014.
Pipe replacement work will close a section of a Lafayette County roadway on Monday, August 31st and Tuesday, September 1st.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Crews will close the northbound and southbound lanes of Route O between Barkertown Road and Route FF from 8:00am to 2:30pm on Monday and Tuesday for pipe replacement work.
All work is weather dependent.
The Missouri Department of Transportation urges all motorists to be alert, obey warning signs and use caution when driving through work zones.
The public is invited to attend the park's third annual “Archaeology Day” at Knob Noster State Park. The event will be open from 1:00-4:00pm on Saturday, September 12th at the park's Visitor Center.
Members of the Sedalia-West Central Missouri Archaeological Society, a chapter of the Missouri Archaeological Society, will be at the park to teach visitors about Missouri archaeology from 1:00-3:00pm. The Sedalia Chapter will have a table of artifacts for guests to view. Visitors are also invited to bring in an artifact for assistance in identification by society members.
At 3:30pm, visitors will be able to get a fun hands-on approach to archaeology with “Digging into Archaeology.”
This event is free and open to the public, and it is presented in cooperation with Missouri Archaeological Society and Missouri State Parks.
Knob Noster State Park is located just outside of Knob Noster off of Highway 23. For more information about the event, call the park at (660) 563-2463.
State Auditor Nicole Galloway has released an audit of the Missouri Supreme Court, which earned a performance rating of "good."
According to a news release, the audit includes two areas with recommendations for improvements. The audit recommends the court require reimbursement for services performed by court employees that benefit its boards and associations. The audit also made recommendations to improve the way the Supreme Court keeps minutes of administrative meetings.
Saline County authorities are currently investigating an alleged stolen vehicle report made by a Nelson resident.
According to a deputy report from the Saline County Sheriffs Department, a report was made on Tuesday by a resident of the 35000 block of Highway H in Nelson.
The resident told deputies that they had left their home just before 2:00pm that afternoon and when they returned at around 5:30pm, a 2004 Buick was missing from the driveway.
The resident stated they were sure the car had been unlocked but was unsure if the keys had been left in it. The car is described as maroon in color, with scratches in the paint and a Blackwater Bulldogs sticker in the back window.
No dollar value has been placed on the alleged theft. Investigation into the matter continues.
A Sedalia woman was hospitalized after a one-vehicle rollover accident early Friday morning in Pettis County.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it happened when 38-year-old Virginia Wilson was eastbound around 2:15am on Highway 52 near Myers Road. Her 2008 Pontiac ran off the right side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned.
Wilson suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia. The Highway Patrol received assistance at the scene from members of the Pettis County Sheriffs Department.
Jason and Debbie Parsons and family, of Warrensburg, were chosen from a pool of 110 families as the Johnson County Missouri State Fair Family by the Johnson County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes Jason, Debbie and Zachary.
According to a news release, each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their community, involved in agriculture, and participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H and FFA.
The Parsons, who were honored during a ceremony at the State Fair on Monday, August 17th, operate an 80-acre cattle operation.
A ground-breaking ceremony was held this morning in Marshall for a project that will provide an alternate source of energy for the city.
Loren Williamson, Senior Vice-President of MC Power Companies, and a number of city officials, including Mayor Mark Gooden and City Administrator Connie Latimer, were on hand to speak about a solar farm, which is going to be constructed on land along U.S. 65 Highway, across from Fitzgibbon Hospital and close to Marshall Municipal Airport, on Fairground Road.
Williamson said the overall size of the project will be approximately 14 acres and include more than 10,580 solar panels. Four inverters will be installed that collect the energy from the solar panels and converts it to the voltage.
Williamson said the solar panels will be surrounded by a 6-foot tall chain-link fence for security purposes.
Williamson said the estimated time frame for the solar panels to be up and running, weather permitting, is 60 to 120 days.
In 2014, the City of Warrensburg began transitioning the sewer utility billing in-house. The city has taken over responsibility for billing, payments, delinquencies and customer-service concerns in-house.
According to a news release from the city of Warrensburg, in order to offer better service to its customers, the City Hall reception and billing area will undergo remodeling beginning Monday, August 31st. The reception area will temporarily be relocated in the southeast conference room located off the main lobby. Patrons still will be able come in the main entrance and will be directed to the temporary reception and billing area.
Online and telephone services will remain in service.
The construction site will not be an obstruction to customers or staff, and navigation signs will be in place allowing business to be conducted as usual.
There will be a book launch early next month at an area college.
According to a news release from Missouri Valley College in Marshall, the college's English Department will be holding a book launch for "Once Upon A Time at Missouri Valley College: A Year of Compilation Folklore," from 3:00 to 4:00pm on Wednesday, September 2nd, in Murrell Library on the college's campus.
The book was written by current and former MVC students.
Former Valley President Dr. Earl J. Reeves, as well as Mr. Viking, Ed Leslie, are scheduled to be in attendance.
Two area drivers were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Johnson County on Wednesday.
A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred as an eastbound Dodge, driven by 24-year-old Cass Hemme, of Concordia, reportedly failed to stop and struck the rear end of an eastbound Nissan, driven by 32-year-old Amber Troiano, of Warrensburg, while Troiano's vehicle was stopped, waiting to turn into a private driveway.
Both drivers reportedly refused treatment of minor injuries at the scene.
The crash happened at 4:40pm on Highway DD, east of Southeast 341st Road.
A driver from Ava escaped injury, while another driver from Bucker suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Johnson County on Wednesday on westbound Missouri 50 at Northwest 1501st Road.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Hyundai, driven by 34-year-old Amber Wilson, of Buckner, reportedly ran into the back of a westbound Toyota, driven by 37-year-old Sten Wiedmeier, of Ava.
Both vehicles traveled off the right side of the roadway, and the Toyota came to rest in a fence.
Wilson had her injuries treated at the scene by Johnson County E.M.S.
A Laclede man suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Chariton County on Wednesday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Freightliner Grain Truck, driven by 55-year-old James Klein, swerved to miss a school bus, which had reportedly made an abrupt stop in the roadway. The Freightliner ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a sign, overturned and came to rest on its driver's side in a ditch.
Klein reportedly would seek his own treatment.
The crash happened at 7:35am on Missouri 11, south of the Rothville Junction.
If you own a small, nonfarm business and suffered losses from heavy rains and flooding this late spring and early summer, you may qualify for a low-interest federal disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
According to a news release, small business owners in the entire KMMO Listening area-- Carroll, Chariton, Cooper, Howard, Lafayette, Pettis and Saline Counties-- are now eligible to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million. Business owners in the surrounding areas of Benton, Johnson, Ray and Boone counties are eligible as well.
Small, nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for loans to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.
Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency about the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance made available by the Secretary of Agriculture.
To find out more about the loans and to see if your small business qualifies, call (800) 659-2955 or visit www.sba.gov.
Prior to the regular-session meeting of the Marshall School Board on Tuesday, the Board held a Public Hearing to set the district's tax rate, the ceiling rate dropping some 37-3/4 cents.
Marshall Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher said the assessed valuation of the district increased by nearly $4-million, but revenue the district has received and is projected to receive from the pipeline that runs through the district has decreased the tax-rate ceiling from $3.1275 to $2.75, the lowest allowable by law, per $100 of assessed valuation on real and personal property within the district.
Still, things could be OK for the district, if the predictions are right, Dr. Maher said.
According to Maher, because the tax levy rate is lower, there will be a decrease of over $592,000 in revenues collected from Marshall taxpayers.
Marshall High School softball players, coaches and fans were hopeful the Lady Owls would get to play their home opener on the newly-renovated high school baseball field. But there still is some work to do, according to a report given by Tim Schulte at the meeting of the Marshall School Board Tuesday night.
The Lady Owls hosted a tournament last weekend on Fields 2 and 3 in the Lyon Bowl at Indian Foothills Park. The Lady Owls are scheduled to host Fulton Thursday at 5:00pm. That game will be played on Field 3 in the Lyon Bowl.
The Lady Owls also have a home doubleheader scheduled versus Hannibal on Saturday at 11:00am and 1:00pm and Boonville on September 1st at 5:00pm.
If Schulte is correct, and there are no setbacks, the Lady Owls could be playing on the newly-renovated field when they host Mexico at 5:00pm on Monday, September 14th.
There will be two items on the ballot for some voters in Saline County during the November election cycle.
According to a release from Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell, the voters in the city of Marshall will vote yes or no on a proposed one-half cent sales-tax hike, with the proceeds going into the City of Marshall's General Operating Fund.
This measure just needs a simple majority to pass.
Voters in Public Water Supply District No. 1 also will have a measure to decide. The ballot language says "Shall Public Water Supply District No. 1 issue its waterworks revenue bonds in the amount of $2-million dollars for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, extending, equipping and improving the waterworks system of the district, the cost and maintenance of said system and the principal of and interest on said revenue bonds to be payable solely from the revenues derived by the district from the operation of its waterworks system, including all future extensions and improvements thereto?"
That measure will take a two-thirds majority to be approved.
An Odessa woman suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Jackson County on Tuesday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Ford, driven by 32-year-old Erin Perez, traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole.
Perez was transported by Central Jackson County Ambulance to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.
The crash happened just after 8:30pm on eastbound I-70 at the 32 mile marker.
A Leeton man escaped without injuries, but a Warrensburg man suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Johnson County on Tuesday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Chevrolet, driven by 43-year-old William Leggett, of Warrensburg, had slowed and stopped for another vehicle stopping in traffic and a northbound 2007 Mazda, driven by 19-year-old Cody Armstrong, of Leeton, struck the towed unit of the Chevrolet.
Leggett reportedly refused treatment of his injuries at the scene.
The crash happened just after 3:30pm on Missouri 13 at Southwest 675th Road.
The Salisbury R-4 School Board met in regular open session on Monday night.
The evening began with a public hearing on the district's tax levy rate for 2015-16; after receiving no public input, the board voted to set the tax rate at $4.46 per $100 assessed valuation.
Board member Sheila Wooldridge then made a motion to place $3.46 of that levy into General Fund 1 and $1.00 of the levy into Capital Projects Fund 4. The motion was seconded and received unanimous approval from the board.
Governor Jay Nixon Tuesday visited the University of Central Missouri to announce more than $12 million in improvements and renovations made possible through Building Affordability, an initiative passed with bi-partisan support in the General Assembly this year.
At UCM, Building Affordability will provide more than $12 million to make needed repairs and improvements at the W. C. Morris Science Building.
As part of the first significant renovation of this building since its construction in 1967, upgrades will be made at laboratories and classrooms used for classes in mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, cyber security and computer science.
Building Affordability is a component of Build Missouri, a capital improvements initiative that will fund nearly 500 projects in every corner of the state through bond proceeds and other sources.
Nixon's office says Missouri will invest $200 million in higher education campuses throughout the state.
An area man was hospitalized Tuesday after a one-vehicle accident in Howard County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 41-year-old Neil Yung, of Brunswick, suffered moderate injuries when his northbound vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the side of the roadway and overturned.
Yung was taken by ambulance to University Hospital for treatment. Patrol reports say the crash happened around 7:25pm on Missouri 5, about 1.5 miles south of Route DD.
For properties where the taxes are in arrears for at least three years, a sale was held on Monday at the Saline County Courthouse.
Saline County Collector Cindi Sims updated the Saline County Commission at its meeting this morning on how the sale went.
Sims said for properties that are at least four years behind in taxes that didn't sell, they will be able to be purchased starting September 1st. Bids can be placed by simply walking into her office. However, she said it would be a good idea to read a specific chapter of the State Statutes that deals with properties such as these.
Sims said properties that are one, two or three years in arrears have a redemption period where the original owner can reclaim the property. But four years and beyond, there isn't a redemption period. Still, she recommends those interested to read Chapter 140 of the State Statutes before making a bid.
A Marshall woman faces a Felony drug charge in Saline County.
According to a release from the Saline County Sheriff's Department and online court documents, Jacqueline Kay Ballew, was served a warrant for her arrest on Friday, August 21st, by a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy.
Online documents say she was formally charged with a Class C Felony for Possession of a Controlled Substance, except 35 grams of Marijuana.
Bond was set at $4,000, cash or surety, on August 21stand Ballew posted bond on August 24th.
A future court date in the matter has not been set yet.
Two Brunswick residents suffered minor injuries when their vehicle struck a deer in Randolph County on Monday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Cadillac STS, driven by 46-year-old Terry Ford, struck the deer on U.S. Highway 24, three-tenths of a mile west of Moberly.
Ford and 40-year-old Jennifer Ford, a passenger in the vehicle, were injured. Terry Ford was transported by Randolph County Ambulance and Jennifer Ford via private vehicle to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment.
With the clock ticking and a deadline looming, the Marshall City Council met in special session on Monday night with one item on the agenda-- the discussion about putting a possible tax question before the voters of the city again.
Back in April, Marshall voters turned down a proposal to raise the sales-tax rate by one-half of one percent, with the proceeds going to the City's General Operating Fund.
At the special meeting, the Council approved the same question to be put on the ballot for the upcoming election cycle.
Ward 4 Councilman Tom Hagedorn asked if the City could point out several needs for which the money will be used instead of just telling people it will go into the General Operating Fund. City Administrator Connie Latimer explained the General Fund covers just about everything.
When asked by Ward 4 Councilman Tom Hagedorn if the City could outline certain areas the money will be used, Latimer said that it would not be good to earmark the money for certain goods and/or services.
The City has until the end of business today to get the ballot language to the Saline County Clerk's office and be eligible for the upcoming election on Tuesday, November 3rd.
The Missouri Department of Transportation says construction of the $18 million design-build project to replace the Interstate 70 bridges in Columbia at Business Loop 70, Garth Avenue and Rangeline Street is now officially underway.
The contractor on the state highway project, Emery Sapp and Sons, along with partner Parsons Transportation Group, broke ground on the north side of Interstate 70 at Rangeline Street on Monday.
MoDOT says an average of 80,000 vehicles a day cross the I-70 bridges at these three locations. The structures date back to 1957.
The project also includes building new roundabouts on the north and south sides of I-70 at the Business Loop 70/West Boulevard interchange and at Rangeline. To speed up the work, several of the new bridges will be built next to the existing structures and slid into place.
The project is scheduled to be completed by October 1st of 2016.
According to the state Department of Revenue, Missouri will offer a tax amnesty period from September 1st through November 30th.
The tax amnesty provides individuals and businesses with a one-time opportunity to pay back taxes that were due prior to December 31st of 2014 without interest or penalties.
Tax types that are amnesty eligible include individual income tax, corporate income tax, corporate franchise tax, employer withholding tax, sales tax, consumer's use tax, vendor's use tax and fiduciary tax.
The program requires taxpayers to stay in compliance with all state tax laws for eight years after signing the agreement. Taxpayers who are the subject of any civil or criminal state tax-related investigations or litigation cannot participate in amnesty.
The Missouri Department of Revenue will mail tax amnesty notices to delinquent taxpayers and businesses in late-August. The mailings include information such as the amounts owed and the amount the taxpayer will save in interest and penalties.
For more information about the tax amnesty and to obtain an application online, visit www.dor.mo.gov or call (573) 751-7200.
Marshall Police have made an arrest in the case of an alleged burglary at an area business.
According to police, the owners of Mexico Lindo restaurant in the 300 block of North Lafayette reported the incident at around 9:00am on Sunday morning.
When police arrived, the owners stated that the glass on a northeast door was broken out and entry made into the establishment; also noted were numerous bottles of alcohol and food items missing from inside.
Surveillance video from Mexico Lindo and a neighboring business led authorities to the identification of a suspect; later, a search in the 300 block of East Porter on Monday afternoon led them to the arrest of a 23-year-old Marshall man.
The subject was taken into custody for burglary, stealing and property damage. Police say portions of the alcohol and food taken in the break-in have since been recovered.
Charges in the matter are pending with the Saline County Prosecuting Attorney's office.
Authorities in Marshall are investigating an alleged theft of a truck tool box.
According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, an officer was dispatched to a residence on North Benton Avenue on August 20th, and the resident reported that somebody allegedly had stolen the tool box and its contents off of his truck sometime between 10:00pm on August 19th and the time of the call to the Police Department at 11:19am on August 20th.
The tool box is gray in color with red drawers on the front.
The tool box and the contents have an estimated value of more than $350.
The Missouri Conservation Commission approved some changes to deer hunting regulations for 2016-17.
According to a release from the Missouri Department of Conservation, the approved changes include shortening the November antlerless portion from 11 to nine days and expanding the late youth portion to three days beginning the first Friday after Thanksgiving.
It also was approved to reduce the antlerless portion of the season from 12 to three days beginning on the first Friday in December and eliminate the urban zones portion.
The Commission also proposed several changes, including allowing crossbows during archery seasons and reducing the number of antlered deer permits. The proposed changes now are open for a 30-day comment period from October 2nd through 31st. The full verbiage of the proposed Amendments will be posted after September 15th on the website www.mdc.mo.gov.
During daylight hours two road work projects start in Howard County on Monday, August 24th.
According to a release from MoDOT, roadway maintenance will be taking place on Route 5 between Court Street and Stagecoach Road in New Franklin Monday through Thursday, August 27th. One lane will be open and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
On Route J over Sulphur Creek, west of County Road 309, bridge maintenance will take place Monday through Thursday, September 3rd. One lane will be open and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
All work is weather dependent.
For more information on these or other MoDOT projects, call 1-(888)-ASK-MODOT or visit www.modot.org.
Some road work in an area county might affect some drive times during overnight hours for the next two weeks.
The work starts tonight (Sunday) and runs through Saturday, September 5th, as MoDOT crews will be resurfacing I-70 between Route 87 and the Missouri River Bridge at the Boone County Line in Cooper County.
According to a news release from MoDOT, the work will be performed during the hours of 7:00pm and 6:00am.
Both eastbound and westbound lanes will be affected as the contractor will begin resurfacing the eastbound passing lane near Route 87. Once the eastbound passing lane is completed, the crews will begin on the westbound passing lane.
The driving lanes should be completed the week starting August 30th.
Signs and message boards will be in place to direct traffic around the work areas.
For more information on MoDOT projects, call 1-(888)-ASK-MODOT or visit www.modot.org.
A Kansas City man suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Ray County on Saturday.
The crash occurred as a Ford Explorer Postal truck, driven southbound by 25-year-old Brandon Sorenson, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned, coming to rest on its top, according to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Sorenson was reportedly transported via private vehicle to Excelsior Springs Medical Center for treatment.
The crash happened at 1:45pm on South New Garden Road, one-tenth of a mile north of West 120th Street.
The Slater School Board met in regular session last week and began the evening with a public hearing on the district's tax rate for 2015-16.
Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz talks about the rate approval by the school board:
Lorenz says the rate went down slightly from last year; he explains why:
In other business, Lorenz says board members were updated on district construction and improvement projects and got updates about the district's transition into the Central Activities Conference from the Lewis and Clark Conference.
The U.S. Department of Education announced this month that it has awarded $28.4 million in Advanced Placement (AP) grants to 38 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands as part of its efforts to boost college- and career-readiness for historically underserved students. The grants will help defray the costs of taking advanced placement tests for low-income students.
Missouri's share of the grant funding totals $150,402, awarded to the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The grants are used to help pay for low-income students taking approved advanced placement tests administered by the College Board, the International Baccalaureate Organization and Cambridge International Examinations. By subsidizing test fees for low-income students, the program is intended to encourage those students to take advanced placement tests and obtain college credit for high school courses, reducing the time and cost required to complete a postsecondary degree.
Based on the anticipated number of tests to be taken, the grants under the Advanced Placement Test Fee Program are expected to be sufficient to pay all but $12 of the cost of each advanced placement test taken by low-income students. States may opt to require students to pay a portion of the costs.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture last week unveiled the 2015-16 Missouri Agriculture magazine during the Director's Dinner at the State Fair in Sedalia, hosted by Director Richard Fordyce.
Missouri Agriculture is an annual publication that showcases the people, places and things that make up agriculture in the Show-Me State.
The content of the publication revolves around the Department's areas of focus, and includes stories about environmental stewardship, beef cattle producers, international marketing, youth leadership development and more. Featured area farmers include Danny Wassman, of Boonville, and Chris Heins, of Higginsville.
The publication is a method of sharing information about the benefit agriculture provides to consumers and producers in the state. The magazine has a print distribution of 15,000 and is also available online at www.mo-agriculture.
Farmers in 105 Missouri counties that suffered losses from severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding from mid-May to late July are now eligible for low-interest loans and other federal assistance for those losses, Governor Jay Nixon announced this week.
The eligibility comes after the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a natural disaster area designation on August 18th.
Every county in the KMMO listening area falls under the designation, including Benton, Carroll, Chariton, Cooper, Howard, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Ray and Saline counties.
A disaster designation allows eligible farmers to be considered for assistance from the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), including FSA emergency loans.
Affected farmers can contact their local FSA office for more information.
Several agencies responded Friday to the scene of a two-vehicle accident in Pettis County that left an area woman hospitalized.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 79-year old Beverly Bean, of Hughesville, was traveling eastbound around 2:15pm when her vehicle was struck by a southbound dump truck on Griessen Road. Her 2005 Chevrolet then ran off the road and came to rest in the southbound lanes of Cedar Drive.
Bean suffered serious injuries in the collision and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The driver of the dump truck was reportedly not injured.
The Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by members of the Sedalia police and fire departments, as well as Pettis County EMS.
The Missouri Department of Transportation has announced a new weight limit for a bridge in Chariton County.
According to MoDOT, the bridge on U.S. Route 24 over the Mussel Fork River, just west of Keytesville will now have a weight limit due to significant deterioration of the bridge. Inspectors from the Missouri Department of Transportation recently found several areas on both the superstructure and the substructure that warranted imposing a weight limit of 35 tons.
MoDOT says the Mussel Fork River Bridge was built in 1927 and carries approximately 1,600 vehicles a day. Find out more by visiting www.modot.org.
The Fayette R-3 School Board met in regular session this week, and like many area districts they first took time to hold a public hearing and board vote on the district's annual tax rate.
Following the public hearing, board members voted to keep the tax rate the same as last year at $4.25 per $100 assessed valuation. A release from the district says $3.50 will make up the operating levy and $.75 will constitute the district's debt service amount for the coming year.
In other business, Superintendent Dr. Tamara Kimball shared with the board two awards awarded to the district for its bus fleet; Fayette schools received a Fleet Excellence award from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and an Exemplary School Bus Maintenance award from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The board approved the out-of-district tuition rate at $8,408 for 2015-16; they also recognized the Fayette High School cheerleading squad for a first place finish at regional competition and its upcoming state competition on November 8th at the Hearnes Center in Columbia.
The countdown to his release from prison has officially begun for an area man-- and the release date is less than two weeks away.
According to a news release, Jeff Mizanskey, of Sedalia, after serving more than two decades behind bars, will be released on Tuesday, September 1st, from the Jefferson City Correctional Center.
Mizanskey was originally sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the mid-1990s as being a persistent drug offender but had his sentence commuted to life with the possibility of parole by Governor Jay Nixon earlier this year.
Mizanskey and his lawyer made their pitch to the Parole Board on Thursday, August 6th, and learned a few days later he had won his freedom.
A Lawson man escaped with cuts and bruises after a one-vehicle rollover crash in Ray County today.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound BMW, driven by 67-year-old Michael Allen, ran off the right side of the roadway. As the driver reportedly overcorrected, the vehicle skidded off the left side of the roadway, rolled over and came to rest on its wheels in a ditch.
Allen was reportedly taken via private vehicle to Ray County Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The crash happened at 6:10am on Route D, six-tenths of a mile west of Missouri 13.
The Glasgow School Board approved some items and set the annual tax levy at its meeting on Wednesday night.
According to a release from the district, the levy has been set at $4.77 per $100 of assessed valuation for property owners in the district. The board also rolled back seven cents that could have been added to the tax due to increases in the consumer price index and the increase to the assessed valuation.
In other business, the board approved a resolution to participate in the Lease/Purchase financing through L.J. Hart for the purpose of making facility improvements.
The board also approved a substitute teacher list and awarded the exterior paint bids to Chris Damron for the Ag shop exterior and track building exterior.
The board also approved the hiring of two Paraprofessionals.
Charges have been filed after an area police department has made an arrest after a traffic crash.
According to a release from the City of Warrensburg, Warrensburg Police Officers responded to a vehicle which had traveled off the road and into a ditch in the area of Highway DD and Alkire Parkway on Tuesday. The driver walked away from the vehicle prior to the arrival of the officers.
It was later determined the vehicle, which had ammunition in it, was stolen.
The 20-year-old Steven Key, of Warrensburg, was apprehended a short time later in a wooded area near the crash site.
The suspect was arrested and taken to the Johnson County Jail.
According to online court documents, Key has been charged with a Class C Felony of Tampering with a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree and a Felony Class C of Theft or Stealing of any Firearm.
Bond in the matter was set at $4,500 cash or surety.
Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission Thursday morning and gave an update on the Saline County, Missouri, County Aid Road Trust-- or C.A.R.T.-- Report.
The August total is more than $11,000 more than the money received in July.
In other business, the Commissioners approved a raise retroactive to April for LaTasha Lembke, a Victims' Advocate who works in the Prosecutor's Office. She was due the raise in April due to it being her one-year anniversary on the job.
On Wednesday, Marshall Police Officers were called to investigate the report of an alleged abduction attempt.
According to a news release, officers responded around 2:15pm to the parking lot of the Saline County Sheriff's Department, where a female subject told authorities that a man had approached her in the parking lot of the Marshall Wal Mart and began talking to her.
After a brief exchange, the woman told police the man grabbed her by the shirt, at which point she began to yell for help. The unidentified subject released her and went to his vehicle and left the parking lot.
No injuries to the woman were noted in the police statement.
According to a release from the Marshall Police Department this morning, a suspect has been identified and located. The name of the suspect has not been released.
Three persons were injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Lafayette County on Wednesday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound 2012 Ford, driven by 21-year-old Joshua Baggs, of Higginsville, traveled off the right side of the roadway, impacted a culvert and overturned.
Baggs and a passenger in the vehicle, 24-year-old Amanda Lewis, of St. Joseph, each suffered serious injuries. Another passenger in the vehicle, 21-year-old Braden Eschbach, of St. Joseph, suffered moderate injuries. All were transported by E.M.S. to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.
The crash happened just before 6:00pm on Highway FF.
Two men pleaded guilty in two separate cases of sexual crimes on Wednesday in Howard County Circuit Court.
According to a release from the Howard County Prosecuting Attorney's office, 26-year-old William A. Abernathy, of Sturgeon, pleaded guilty to a Class C Felony count of Second Degree Statutory Rape. Following his arrest in April, the defendant admitted to having sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of seventeen.
Sentencing has been scheduled for October 21st at 9:00am in Howard County Circuit Court.
Also on Wednesday, 42-year-old Darrell E. Hamilton, of Glasgow, pleaded guilty to two Class B Felony counts of First Degree Child Molestation and a Class B Felony count of Possession of Child Pornography. The defendant admitted to subjecting to juveniles to sexual contact as well as possessing child pornography.
At this week's meeting of the Higginsville Board of Aldermen, members approved the hiring of several new medical personnel for the city.
Aldermen approved the hiring of part-time paramedic Tyler Brobst, part-time EMT Jason Laffler, and full-time paramedic Matthew Pitti; also approved was the date for the next Emergency Services Committee meeting, slated for August 31st at 6:00pm.
In other business, the board approved the city's tax levy for 2015-16, which is up slightly from 2014; also approved was a motion to allow a conditional use permit for a hair salon and tannery at 500 Fairground Avenue.
Board members also agreed to the scheduling of a Finance and Administration Committee meeting on September 14th.
The Carrollton Town Council met in regular session this week with a number of items on its agenda.
Council members got a legislative update from Representative Joe Don McGaugh and an update on the progress being made on the Hero's Wall on the east end of town.
Approval was also given this week to a revising of the city's ordinance on purchase requests made by employees; council members approved a $150.00 limit for items requiring a purchase order as opposed to the previous amount of $50.00. A spokesperson says the move will save the city a considerable amount of time and paperwork.
Also approved by the council was a bid of just over $2,000 for windows at the airport; the bid was awarded to Moonlight Construction, of Carrollton.
Governor Jay Nixon this week signed Senate Bill 12 into law, allowing livestock haulers to operate commercial motor vehicles loaded with animals up to a weight of 85,500 pounds statewide.
The law also states that commercial motor vehicles loaded with grain or grain co-products during time of harvest, may weigh as much as ten percent more than the maximum weight limitation indicated by a weight-by-axle chart contained within the law.
The Department of Transportation says haulers still must observe posted weight limits on bridges, with no exceptions. Additionally, several highway, bridge and equipment issues are associated with the legal changes that take effect on next Friday, August 28th.
The additional weight allowance applies to movements within the state only. Before crossing state lines, transporters are urged to learn whether heavier loads are allowed before they hit the road.
More information on the changes to the law can be found at www.modot.org.
This past weekend was a deadly one on Missouri's roadways.
According to a release from Colonel J. Bret Johnson, Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 15 people died in traffic crashes from August 14th through August 16th. An additional person died in a traffic crash on private property and a pedestrian died after being hit by a train.
Troopers answered 406 traffic-related calls for service and worked 280 traffic crashes. The release says, these crashes were the result of inattention, driving too fast for conditions, and failing to yield the right of way. Nine crashes involved drivers losing control of the vehicle, which then traveled off the roadway and overturned or struck something.
The Highway Patrol wants to remind drivers to pay attention, be courteous, use safety equipment and obey all traffic laws.
Traffic fatalities are 12 percent higher this year compared to 2014.
An area police department has made an arrest after a traffic crash.
According to a release from the City of Warrensburg, Warrensburg Police Officers responded to a vehicle which had traveled off the road and into a ditch in the area of Highway DD and Alkire Parkway. The driver walked away from the vehicle prior to the arrival of the officers.
It was later determined the vehicle, which had ammunition in it, was stolen.
A perimeter was set up and local schools were alerted.
The 20-year-old suspect was apprehended a short time later in a wooded area near the crash site.
The suspect was arrested and taken to the Johnson County Jail. Charges are being sought in relation to the stolen vehicle and theft of items from the vehicle.
Trent Kempker is the exhibitor of the 2015 Grand Champion Meat Goat at the Missouri State Fair. Kempker, a member of the Eugene FFA Chapter, is from Jefferson City. His prize-winning Boer Goat weighed 84 pounds.
The Reserve Grand Champion Meat Goat honor went to Shannon DeHaan, of Taylor, Mo. Her Boer Goat weighed 87 pounds.
On August 22nd, both Kempker and DeHaan will sell their goats in two of 12 lots offered in the Missouri State Fair Sale of Champions. Proceeds from the annual sale benefit both the winning exhibitors and the Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture Scholarship Program.
The 2015 Missouri State Fair is currently under way through August 23rd in Sedalia. For more information about competitions and other events, visit www.mostatefair.com.
One of the bills up for discussion at the Slater City Council meeting on Tuesday night involved a court ordinance.
City Administrator Gene Griffith explains.
Griffith said Slater is nowhere near the 30-percent threshold.
In other business, the City approved its tax rate. Griffith said it's up slightly from last year.
The tax-rate approval now has to be evaluated by the state.
In other news from the meeting, the Council was updated on the success of the Antique Tractor Pull event that was held on August 8th and updated on the upcoming Slater Fall Festival, which runs September 17th-19th. The Council also approved a liquor license for the Fall Festival.
Recently, election officials in Saline County spent an informational day learning about the county's new voting equipment.
Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell gave an update at the Saline County Commission meeting on Tuesday.
Russell said the team might do a trial run the day before the machines will actually be put to use in an election process.
Russell said the first scheduled real-time test of the equipment is slated for March of 2016 with the Presidential Primary and the Municipal Election three weeks later in April. However, there still is time for special ballot questions to be put before voters for the November cycle. That deadline is August 25th.
At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, the Commissioners signed a formal document making Emmitt Williams, Saline County Emergency Management Director, the Saline County Flood Plain Administrator.
In other business, Williams introduced Sharon Sheffer to the Commissioners. The Commissioners approved Sheffer as a part-time employee for the Emergency Management Agency. Sheffer will be working 25 hours per week performing administrative duties out of an office at the Saline County Justice Facility. Sheffer will start the position on Tuesday, September 1st.
The Commissioners also approved two liquor licenses.
An area resident recently had to decide whether to spend his last five dollars on breakfast or a Missouri Lottery scratcher ticket. He chose the latter, and won big for it.
According to the Missouri Lottery, 19-year-old Colten Wellman, of Carrollton, recently bought a $5 scratcher ticket at a Casey's store on State Route 92 in Kearney, after reportedly debating whether to buy the ticket or a plate of biscuits and gravy; Wellman chose the ticket and ended up with a $100,000 prize.
The man's win came on a "Heaps of $500s" ticket purchased on August 11th. Wellman says he plans to buy a new truck with his winnings, something for which he says he's been saving up for a while now.
The Missouri Valley College English program will launch "Once Upon a Time at Missouri Valley College: A Year of Campus Folklore", a new, student-researched, written, and designed book, on Wednesday, September 2nd from 3:00-4:00pm in the Murrell Memorial Library on the MVC campus.
As part of English 349: Missouri Valley College Folklore, taught by Dr. Claire Schmidt, assistant professor of English, MVC students interviewed dozens of MVC faculty, staff, coaches, students, alumni and community members about the legends, traditions, beliefs and customs of Missouri Valley College over the College's 125-year history.
The authors transformed their collection of original ethnographic research into a study that tells the inside story of this dynamic and vivid liberal arts college community. From ghosts to pranks, from the Torch Run to the Hanging of the Greens, this books tells the living stories and traditions of Missouri Valley College that shape the identity and everyday life of MVC students, staff and faculty.
Marshall City Administrator Connie Latimer spoke about stop signs that have been put in place at the intersection of West Arrow Street and South Odell Avenue at the City Council meeting on Monday. She said the four-way stop might be a permanent fixture instead of the stop lights.
Marshall Police Chief Mike Donnell said officers will be evaluating the intersection more after Marshall Public Schools are back in session on Wednesday.
In other news from the meeting, in April, voters of Marshall turned down a proposal from the City to increase its sales-tax rate by one-half of one percent.
Ward 2 Councilman Gabe Ramsey proposed the Council put the same question back on the ballot for November.
The Council approved the motion. Now the Council has until August 25th to submit the language of the proposal to the Saline County Clerk's Office.
At the meeting of the Marshall City Council on Monday night, the Council considered approving an agreement between the City of Marshall and an area business.
City Clerk Janet French read the proposed Ordinance.
City Administrator Connie Latimer further explained the crux of the deal. She said when cities have what she termed a "pilot" deal, there normally is a payment but not for the full amount of taxes. She said the schools would get some and the ambulance district would get some, just not the full amount.
One driver escaped injury while another driver suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Monday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Chevrolet Equinox, driven by 18-year-old Ali Bankovich, of Sedalia, reportedly pulled out in front of an eastbound Ford Focus, driven by 20-year-old Julia Parker, of Sedalia. The two vehicles collided in the roadway, then the Equinox traveled off the right side of the roadway.
Parker was transported via Pettis County E.M.S. to Bothwell Hospital for treatment of her injuries.
The crash happened at 4:27pm on Highway Y at Timber Ridge Road.
For the past couple of months, the Marshall City Council has discussed a plan to help out traffic flow, especially during school hours, near Benton Elementary and St. Peter's Catholic Schools. A final plan will take effect today after actions taken by the Council at Monday night's meeting.
The Council approved an Ordinance that prohibits parking on the west side of South English Avenue between West Jackson and West Vest Streets. Another Ordinance that was passed in conjunction is one that will designate West Washington Street one-way only for one block from South Ellsworth to South English Avenues.
Marshall Police Chief Mike Donnell said the Ordinances take effect the moment they were approved by the Council. But there will be some leeway given to motorists.
Donnell also said officers will not be there to issue tickets right away. They just want to make sure drivers are aware of the changes.
Felony charges have been filed against a Marshall woman after a traffic stop on Saturday.
According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, a traffic stop was made of a driver who made left turns without utilizing his signal. The driver consented to a search of the vehicle by the officer, which led to the officer allegedly finding a controlled substance in the purse of an occupant of the vehicle.
At that time, 33-year-old Lisa Smith, of Marshall, was arrested.
According to online court documents, Smith faces three alleged Felony Class C charges for Possession of a Controlled Substance, except 35 grams of Marijuana. Smith was arraigned on Saturday while in custody at the Saline County Justice Facility.
Bond has been set at $10,000 cash or surety.
A Counsel Status Hearing is scheduled for 9:00am on Wednesday, August 19th, in Saline County Circuit Court.
The Missouri Department of Transportation's Central District has begun preparations to make sure it has the right number of people in the right places, ready to plow and treat mid-Missouri's roadways this winter.
According to a news release from MoDOT, an estimated 400 district maintenance employees will be ready to plow if a regional or statewide storm hits, but MoDOT must also rely on extra help. Each year the department recruits seasonal workers to fill the gaps and get the job done.
Central District Maintenance Engineer Randy Aulbur said the objective is to maintain forces at a level that will allow MoDOT to provide good service to Missourians, and if a winter storm hits and crews are working around the clock, we need to make sure we have enough people on hand to operate safely. Hiring seasonal maintenance workers is one of the most cost-effective ways MoDOT can get this extra help during winter storms.
To apply for employment or find out more information, visit Modot.org/jobs or call 1-(888)-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636).
The Marshall Police Department is investigating an incident of alleged stealing.
According to a release from the Police Department, an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of West Yerby just before 11:00am on Saturday, August 15th. The resident alleged some tools had been stolen from his work truck, which was parked in his neighbor's driveway with permission.
The alleged theft of the tools happened sometime between 4:00pm on Friday, August 14th, and the time the resident called the Police Department.
Five items-- including a cordless drill, an impact driver, a lineman canvas bag, a canvas tool pouch and a tackle box containing equalizer parts-- allegedly were taken. Four of the items have a total estimated value of $1,350.
A Sedalia man was booked into the Saline County Justice Facility and faces two Felony charges in Saline County Court.
According to a release from the Saline County Sheriff's Department, Kenneth Moore was booked into the facility on Sunday.
According to online court documents, Moore faces a Felony Class B charge of Burglary in the First Degree and a Felony Class C charge of Theft or Stealing of Property or Services of at least $500 but less than $25,000.
Bond has been set at $10,000 cash only.
A future court date is pending in Saline County Circuit Court.
A man from the state of California was killed as result of an accident on an area lake over the weekend.
According to a report from the Water Division of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as 52-year-old Raymond Duff, of Winnetka, California, pulled his vessel to the shoreline and voluntarily exited the Sundancer Pontoon. Duff stepped into the water and a wake struck him, resulting in a medical emergency. Duff was transported by Ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:25pm.
Two other occupants in the vessel, also from Winnetka, reportedly were not injured.
The accident happened at 1:48pm on Saturday, August 15th, at the one mile marker of the Gravois Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks.
A Carrollton woman escaped injury, while a Bosworth man suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Carroll County on Sunday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound 2009 Chevrolet, driven by 63-year-old Michael Miller, crossed the center line of a ramp and struck a northbound 2006 Ford, driven by 26-year-old Nicole Nietzert.
Miller was reportedly taken via private vehicle to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The crash happened at 8:15pm on the Missouri Highway 10 ramp to U.S. Highway 65.
Two Richmond residents were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Ray County on Sunday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Dodge Ram, driven by 61-year-old Robert Welker, crossed the center and ran off the left side of the roadway, through a field and struck a tree.
The driver suffered minor injuries and was transported to Ray County Memorial Hospital by E.M.S. for treatment.
A passenger in the vehicle, 21-year-old James Welker, suffered moderate injuries and was transported by E.M.S. to Liberty Hospital for treatment.
The crash happened just before 3:30pm on Missouri 10, one-tenth of a mile west of Elk Horn Road.
A Versailles man was killed in a one-vehicle crash in Miller County today.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Chevrolet Silverado, driven by 57-year-old Bruce Spaulding, ran off the right side of the roadway. The driver reportedly overcorrected and the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway, became airborne and impacted a tree.
Spaulding, who reportedly was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene by Miller County Coroner, Rick Callahan.
The crash happened at 5:10am on Route Y, west of Isbon Road.
A Bosworth man suffered moderate injuries in a motorcycle crash in Saline County this afternoon.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a tire on a northbound 1984 Honda, driven by 60-year-old Robert Runyan, rapidly deflated, causing the vehicle to travel off the left side of the roadway. The motorcycle struck a ditch and overturned, ejecting the driver.
Runyan was transported by Saline County E.M.S. to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The crash happened at 12:25pm on U.S. Highway 65, south of Arbor Drive.
An area organization will be offering a workshop for writers in September.
According to a news release, the Friends of Arrow Rock has designed a two-day workshop in Arrow Rock, Missouri, for aspiring and experienced writers looking to hone their skills. The workshop takes place on Friday, September 11th, and Saturday, September 12th.
The workshop will feature sessions on a wide variety of genres and specialties, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, magazine writing, memoirs, and self-publishing.
On Friday evening, Alex George, author of the national and international bestseller A Good American, will be the special guest speaker at a dinner at the J. Huston Tavern.
A few spaces remain open for the workshop ($175), and a limited number of dinner-only tickets ($50) also are available at FriendsofArrowRock.org/writingworkshop, by calling Workshop Director Sandy Selby at 573-881-0509, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for reservations for either the workshop or the dinner is Tuesday, September 1st.
For more information on Friends of Arrow Rock, visit www.FriendsofArrowRock.org, or call 660-837-3231.
Miss Marion County was crowned the 2015 Missouri State Fair Queen during a ceremony on the Fairgrounds in Sedalia.
According to a news release, Destiny Reed, of Hannibal, earned the honor on Saturday.
Reed received the highest score of the 55 contestants vying for the title in the two-day competition held in the Mathewson Exhibition Center.
Reed will reign over the remaining fair events and be an ambassador for the State Fair and Missouri agriculture throughout the coming year.
Reed is 19 years old and studies English at Truman State University in Kirksville. As Queen, she will receive a $1,500 scholarship to continue her education.
Miss Gentry County Beef Queen, Maria Washburn, was first runner-up, Miss Lincoln County Fun Show, McKenna Wilmes, was second runner-up, and Jessica Fowler, Missouri Beef Queen, was the third runner-up.
An area youth is celebrating after his barrow was rated as a winner at the Missouri State Fair on Saturday.
According to a news release from the Fair, Austin Boland is the exhibitor of the 2015 Grand Champion Market Barrow at the Fair. Boland, son of David and Rene Boland, is from Sweet Springs and is a member of the Sweet Springs FFA Chapter. Boland's prize-winning Crossbred barrow weighed 273 pounds.
The Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow honor went to Kaycee Vandiver, of McFall.
On August 22nd, both will sell their barrows in two of 12 lots offered in the Missouri State Fair Sale of Champions. Proceeds from the annual sale benefit both the winning exhibitors and the Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture Scholarship Program.
The 2015 Missouri State Fair runs through August 23rd in Sedalia. For more information about competitions and other events, visit www.mostatefair.com.
An area man was killed when he was hit by a train this morning.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened when a westbound locomotive, driven by 59-year-old Alan Barnett, of Chamois, was traveling west on the Union Pacific Railroad track and struck a pedestrian, 22-year-old David Lindequist, of Warrensburg, at an uncontrolled location on the track.
Lindequist was pronounced dead at the scene by Johnson County Coroner, C. L. Holdren.
Barnett was not injured.
The accident happened at 2:00am on the Union Pacific Railroad, just over 400 feet east of the Washington Street Crossing.
Two crashes happened within a minute on eastbound I-70 in Lafayette County on Friday.
According to reports from the Missouri State Highway patrol, the first crash occurred as a 2008 Ford, driven by 22-year-old Abigail Myers, of Knoxville, Tennessee, slowed for traffic and was overtaken and struck in the rear by a 2000 Ford, driven by 63-year-old Linda Love, of Omaha, Neb.
Neither driver was injured, but a passenger in the Love vehicle, 86-year-old Wanda Borgeson, of Omaha, suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.
The other three-vehicle crash happened when a 1999 Ford, driven by 83-year-old Billee Herndon, of Lake Tapawingo, was avoiding a previous crash and struck the rear of a 2008 Hummer, driven by Matthew Staggs, of Emporia, Kansas. The impact reportedly pushed the Hummer into a 2011 KIA, driven by 46-year-old Scott Foubert, of Bowling Green Kentucky.
While Foubert was reportedly not injured, Staggs and Herndon each suffered minor injuries and were transported to I-70 Medical Center in Sweet Springs for treatment.
The crashes happened at 2:35pm at the 51 mile marker.
The Saline County Sheriffs Department is currently accepting bids for vehicles through next month.
Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner explains at the most recent meeting of the Saline County Commission:
In other business, commissioners approved the appointment of Emergency Management Director Emmit Williams as county Flood Plain Manager and learned that new voting equipment will be tested Friday, August 14th in the Saline County Clerk's office.
Commissioners in Saline County this week took steps to revise the county's flood plain management program.
Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner says a recent meeting brought to light the need to begin updating the plan:
Fenner says that meeting also resulted in a new set of responsibilities for county Emergency Management Director Emmit Williams:
Commissioners unanimously approved the appointment of Williams to Flood Plain Manager.
Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie noted during the meeting that a current and updated flood plain management plan is essential when it comes to recovering financial losses from flooding and severe weather.
A Marshall man was hospitalized this week after his bicycle struck a vehicle on a city street.
According to the Marshall Police Department, officers were dispatched to a scene at Odell Avenue and Gordon Street at around 4:40pm Tuesday on an accident report.
Once on the scene, they made contact with 69-year-old Billy Narron, of Miami, who stated that a bicycle rider pulled into traffic and struck his northbound truck, hitting the passenger side mirror.
Police say 24-year-old Cody Samson, of Marshall, was found unconscious at the scene from the collision. He was later taken by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment; the extent of his injuries are not known at this time.
Four people are dead after a head-on collision in Randolph County on Wednesday.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a northbound vehicle driven by 64-year-old Richard Painter, of Queen City, ran off the left side of the road, crossed the median and entered the southbound lanes. Painter's 2013 Hyundai was struck by a southbound 1999 Lincoln driven by 56-year-old Joseph Black, of Salisbury.
Both drivers suffered fatal injuries in the crash and were pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the first car, 62-year-old Robert Painter, of Edina, was also pronounced dead at the scene; a passenger in the second car, 51-year-old James Polson, of Moberly, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia where he later died of his injuries.
The Patrol says it happened around 12:20pm on Highway 63 at County Road 2780 near the community of Clark.
An area organization which aids residents in getting jobs recently received tax credits.
According to a news release, Job Point has been awarded $164,250 in Neighborhood Assistance Program Tax Credits from the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The program enables businesses and individuals with business income to redirect their Missouri tax dollars to local projects. The credit equals 50 percent of the value of most contributions. Donors may claim the tax credits when they file their Missouri tax return, and may defer the credit for up to five years.
Donations received as part of this project will support individuals seeking to access occupational skills training and employment assistance.
Job Point is a not-for-profit employment center. Since 1965, Job Point has been linking people and jobs and specializes in preparing individuals to enter the work force.
The organization is headquartered in Columbia, with satellite locations in Moberly, Sedalia and Marshall.
Government agencies and financial institutions have been victims of Cyber attacks in the past.
Now add the Marshall Public Library to that list.
At the meeting of the Library Board on Tuesday night, Director Wicky Sleight reported the attack happened last week and the staff had trouble opening some files since then.
Sleight said the hack could've been worse.
Included in the hack were decryption files that could be opened for a fee, which Sleight says the library will not pay.
Sleight said it's annoying more than anything. But she added, it will take a lot of man hours for the information to be rescanned from the library's hard copies.
The library is working with a local computer company to figure out what happened and how to keep this from happening again. Sleight said she does know the library will have to replace one of the attacked computers because it is too old and cannot be protected by anti-virus software.
For many children, riding the bus or walking to school represents a new level of freedom and maturity.
But, according to a release from MoDOT, is also creates new risks of which students and parents need to be aware.
The release says school buses are nearly eight times safer than passenger vehicles; however, a majority of bus-related deaths and injuries that do occur involve pedestrians-- mostly children-- who are struck by a bus or injured when they are exiting the bus to cross traffic.
There are some simple suggestions offered by MoDOT: Always stay in sight of the bus driver; don't hurry off the bus, and make sure to check traffic first; and don't go back to the bus after exiting.
Sharpen up your pencils or position yourself behind a keyboard. Your dream and 200 words could win you a home and business.
According to a news release, Innkeepers Gene and Kriss Royer, of Boonville, have decided get creative in the way they are going to sell their Bed and Breakfast. Their plan is to host an essay contest, which begins August 15th.
If you want to win the B&B and historic home, all you have to do is submit a 200-word essay answering "Why you want to own the High Street Bed and Breakfast." That, plus a $150 entry fee, puts you in the running. The entry fees will be held in an escrow-type account. If at least 2,500 entries are not received, the entry fees will be refunded.
The Royers will read through the essays as they come in, and the top 25 will be given to a panel of judges--all professionals in the community. The judges will choose the winner and a first and second runner-up. The winner will be able to walk in and take possession immediately.
Cooper County residents can now resume paying their personal and real estate taxes after a new County Collector was named by Governor Jay Nixon on Monday.
On Tuesday, Cooper County Clerk administered the oath of office to newly-appointed County Collector Diana Thomas, of Boonville. Thomas was named to the position after the death of former Collector Carol Nauman in June. Upon Nauman's death, the office was temporarily closed until a new Collector could be named.
In the meantime, Cooper County residents have been unable to pay taxes and, in turn, unable to renew vehicle registrations. Residents were issued temporary tags until the office could be reopened.
Thomas's first order of business after being sworn in on Tuesday was to officially re-open the office, which is now back to regular business hours of Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.
The Collector's office is located on the second floor of the Cooper County courthouse.
A two-vehicle accident south of Marshall on Tuesday left three area residents with injuries.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a vehicle driven southbound by 43-year-old Carl H. Girard, of Marshall, was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Kelby Case, of Marshall.
Girard's vehicle overturned and came to rest on its top in the median, while Case's vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and caught fire.
Girard suffered serious injuries and was taken by helicopter to University Hospital for treatment. Case and a passenger, 16-year-old Jonathan Scarborough, of Marshall, both sustained moderate injuries and were taken for treatment to Fitzgibbon Hospital.
Reports say the crash happened around 11:30am on Highway 65 at Route H in Saline County.
Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission Tuesday morning and reported three of the four taxes received into the county's coffers were down from last month and last year.
Smith gave reports on two of the taxes.
Smith said the only tax up from last month was the Use Tax, although numbers were down from last year.
Smith said the monthly averages have fallen below those of last year in all except for the Use Tax.
In a relatively quick meeting of the Salisbury R-4 School Board on Monday night, the board approved the transportation plan and bus routes.
In other business, the board heard from some community members who approached the board with the request to seek information about perhaps replacing the chat track that currently circles the Panthers' football field with an all-weather surface. Superintendent Todd Wilhite said the board approved the request to seek information.
The district also set the tax-rate hearing for 7:00pm on Monday, August 24th.
The next regular-session meeting is scheduled for 7:30pm on Monday, September 14th.
The Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen set the city's tax rate at its meeting Monday night.
According to a City Official, the rate is $1.5106 per $100 of assessed valuation for residential homeowners.
In funds from the Transient Guest Tax, Sweet Springs City Clerk Michelle Fuehring submitted a request to purchase a pump motor for the Gusher at Sweet Springs City Park. She said the pump will not cost the $600 that was requested and approved. She said the pump should be installed by this weekend.
In other business, the board approved a quote from Naught-Naught Insurance of $27,411 for liability insurance for the city for a year.
The board also approved Quail Forever to hold the second annual "No Child Left Indoors" Kids Shoot at Sweet Springs City Park from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday, September 19th.
The Sweet Springs After Prom Committee also was approved to hold a 5K Glow Run on Saturday, November 7th. Registration is set for 4:00pm, with the actual walk/run slated to start at 5:00pm.
All drivers traveling across the state on I-70 this summer should be aware that the Missouri Department of Transportation is issuing a travel alert. Bridge rehabilitation has reduced I-70 to one lane both eastbound and westbound from the Blackwater Bridges in Saline County to the Cooper County line near mile marker 77.
According to a news release from MoDOT, motorists should expect heavy congestion through the area during peak travel times, especially on Friday and Sunday afternoons. Allow extra time for travel, alter your departure time to miss peak afternoon traffic or find an alternate route such as U.S. Route 50 or 36. Delays of up to an hour are possible. As an alternative, the Missouri River Runner is offering special fares to the fair. for deals, visit, www.amtrack.com.
The westbound bridge will be complete early September and the eastbound bridge will be complete mid-October. This will be followed by pavement work to the Cooper County line. All work is weather dependent.
For more information about other MoDOT projects, please visit MoDOT's website at www.modot.mo.gov.
Three area residents were injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Pettis County earlier today.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Dodge Ram, driven by 22-year-old Henry Roberts, ran off the right side of the roadway, returned to the roadway, ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned, coming to rest in a ditch.
Roberts suffered minor injuries and reportedly refused treatment at the scene.
A passenger, 22-year-old Jeffrey Langdon, of Green Ridge, suffered moderate injuries and 26-year-old passenger, Amber Endsley, of Windsor, suffered minor injuries. They were transported to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.
The crash happened at 12:50am on Route V, east of Stuhner Road.
An area task force made an arrest of a man on Monday.
According to a news release, a 35-year-old Columbia man will face multiple charges.
The investigation began Wednesday, August 5th, when the Cyber Crimes Task Force
received a CyberTip report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. An anonymous person reported a person in the Columbia area was allegedly in possession of child pornography.
A Task Force forensic examiner completed an on-scene preview of a computer thought to be involved. During the preview, investigators determined the computer contained numerous images created by the suspect who had allegedly videotaped and photographed females without the victim(s) knowledge while in various states of undress. Investigators learned one of the victims to be a child less than 14 years old.
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, less than 14, Possession of Child Pornography and Invasion of Privacy in the second degree. The Sexual Exploitation of a Minor is to-be-set bond.
A Sedalia man will soon experience freedom he has not had in more than 20 years.
Jeff Mizanskey will be released from prison in approximately two weeks, after serving more than two decades in prison for marijuana charges. He says getting paroled has revitalized his faith in human kind.
Governor Jay Nixon commuted Mizanskey’s sentence in May. His parole hearing was last Thursday and Mizanskey expected the parole board to take four to six weeks before making a decision on his fate. But the positive decision came down on Monday.
The Water Division of the Missouri State Highway Patrol says an area man drowned in a Benton County lake over the weekend.
According to a report, 32-year-old Jeromy Clutter, of Lincoln, entered the waters of Truman Lake at Long Shoal Marina just before 9:00am on Saturday and never resurfaced. The man's body was recovered on Sunday by authorities.
Clutter's body was then released to the Benton County Coroner's office.
The Water Patrol received assistance at the scene from members of the Benton County Sheriff's Department.
The Sedalia Police Department will be hosting the 2015 Citizen Police Academy beginning September 8th at 6:00pm at the Sedalia Police Department.
The Citizen Police Academies have been presented since 1977 and are done world-wide. The Academy allows the community to observe the department, see what they do, and learn the reasoning behind the way they operate. The lesson plans and speakers are from the Sedalia Police Department which makes it easy for the Academy members to ask their officers direct questions.
Each session of the academy is 3 hours long, held once a week, for 10 weeks. There is no cost for the Citizen Police Academy but it is limited to 30 members.
Applications can be picked up at the Sedalia Police Department. For more information call Sgt. Bradley Beard at (660) 826-8100.
Governor Jay Nixon on Monday appointed Diana L. Thomas, of Boonville, as the new Cooper County Collector. The position became vacant upon the death of former Collector Carol Nauman.
Thomas, a Democrat, is the manager of Columbia Fee Office LLC and supervises operations of the Columbia motor vehicle and driver's license office. She has been with the office since 2005, and previously owned and operated the Boonville license office from 1997 to 2005.
Thomas is a volunteer for the Cooper County Fire Protection District as well as a member of the hazardous materials response team for Missouri Task Force One.
A couple of road work projects are scheduled in Cooper County this week.
According to the Department of Transportation, on Monday crews will work to chip seal the roadway surface of Route CC between Route 41 and Arrow Rock Road. The work will be performed during daylight hours and one lane of traffic will be open with crews flagging vehicles through the work zone.
MoDOT says motorists in that area should expect to encounter loose gravel on that road for several days after the seal coat is complete; drivers should expect delays and are asked to lower their speed when encountering gravel in the road.
Also in Cooper County, pavement repair and resurfacing continues on Interstate 70 between Route 87 and the Boone County line. One eastbound and one westbound lane will be open while the work is carried out; the project should be finished by mid-September.
Additionally, guardrail repair and replacement will take place along that stretch of I-70 during this week while paving is scheduled to begin next week on Monday, August 17th.
Governor Jay Nixon on Friday announced President Barack Obama has approved his request for a major disaster declaration as a result of prolonged flash flooding and severe storms across the state from May 15th to July 27th.
Local governments and nonprofit agencies in the 68 counties included in the declaration - the most for any disaster in Missouri since the Great Flood of 1993 - can seek federal assistance for response and recovery expenses associated with the flooding and severe weather.
Area counties included in the federal public assistance disaster declaration are: Benton, Chariton, Henry, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, and Saline.
The federal government said the Governor's request seeking individual assistance for residents in fifteen Missouri counties, including Ray County, is under review. That request was made on July 21st.
Individual assistance means that eligible individuals and households can seek federal assistance for uninsured losses from severe weather and flooding.
Nixon first declared a state of emergency in Missouri on June 18th.
The Governor's order activated the State Emergency Operations Center and enabled the state to mobilize its resources, including the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to assist local authorities. The Governor has extended the state of emergency until August 14th.
Colonel J. Bret Johnson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, has announced that 36 people reported to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Academy on July 1st, to begin the 25-week training course to become a trooper.
The average age of the members of the 101st Recruit Class is 25 years. Of the recruits, three have attended some college, three have earned an associate’s degree, five have credits that total more than an associate’s degree and 15 hold bachelor’s degrees. Four of the recruits have prior military experience; and one of the recruits has prior experience in law enforcement.
As of August 7th, 26 recruits remain in the Academy, including four from the KMMO listening area: Adam D. Martin, of Sweet Springs; Jared E. Smith, of Salisbury; Jared J. Thompson, of Warrensburg; and Terrell L. Winn, of Carrollton.
The 101st Recruit Class is scheduled to graduate on December 18th.
A Camdenton man suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Cooper County today.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Ford Taurus, driven by 18-year-old Christopher Cady, of Gravois Mills, struck a deer, traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a ditch and came to rest in a field.
While Cady was not injured, a 20-year-old passenger, Dustin Thomas, was reportedly taken by a private vehicle to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
The crash happened at 5:20am on Missouri 5, one mile south of Billingsville.
When every second counts, it's comforting to know a person is in good hands when a medical emergency rears its head.
That's what happened in February of this year when Malta Bend resident Brenda Mull had to be rushed to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.
On hand were Dr. Darin Haug, also the Hospital's CEO, and RN Megan Livengood, to assess Mull.
According to a news release from Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Livengood was able to detect the symptoms of a stroke immediately.
Due to the quick actions of the Fitzgibbon staff at administering the proper medication, Mull was able to be taken by helicopter to Saint Luke's, had a blood clot removed that was causing the distress and released two days later.
Due to their timely actions, the Fitzgibbon staff received the "Spot-A-Stroke Award" at a ceremony in Marshall on Thursday.
Dr. Haug said it's nice to receive the award, but saving the life was the most important thing.
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Haug said he's glad the situation doesn't happen every day, but is happy the staff did a great job.
Mull also was on hand to tell her story during the event.
The award usually goes to first responders in Saint Luke's coverage area. But the hospital felt Fitzgibbon's personnel should be recognized for the work they did.
A Noel man came forward on Tuesday of this week to claim Missouri's first Mega Millions jackpot.
According to a news release, 60-year-old Raul Ahumada, said when he checked his tickets onMonday, he thought he had won $25,000. It wasn't until he took his ticket to the Lottery's Springfield office that he discovered he actually won $25 million.
Ahumada, who works at a chicken processing plant, said he and his wife, Rosa, plan to "try to find a nice mountain home and stay there." He also plans to go back to Mexico to visit his family and his mother's grave.
Ahumada purchased his winning ticket at Rio Alce convenience store in Noel, a community in the southwest corner of the state due south of Joplin near the Arkansas state line with just over 1,800 residents. He let the computer select the number combination on his winning ticket for the July 31st drawing.
Two area teens were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash in Dallas County on Thursday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Chrysler Pacifica, driven by 21-year-old Jesse Choate, of Bolivar, was reportedly stopped to make a left turn and was struck from behind by a southbound Cadillac CTS, driven by 17-year-old Gabriel Cox, of Sweet Springs.
Cox and a passenger in his car, 16-year-old Kayla Caton, of Wellington, were seriously injured and transported to Mercy Hospital in Springfield for treatment. The report says, neither Cox nor Caton was wearing a seat belt.
Choate and a passenger in his car, also from Bolivar, each suffered minor injuries in the crash.
The crash happened at 5:30pm on U.S. Highway 65, two miles north of Buffalo.
Part of the meeting of the Slater City Council this week was spent updating residents on events that have taken place and still some coming up.
The Third Annual Splish Splash Slater Pool Bash was hosted by the facility's lifeguards and has brought in over $4,500 to date, according to lifeguard, Bailey Griffith, one of the pool's managers. She said everybody seemed to have a good time on Thursday, July 30th.
Brooke Kirby, another manager, said patrons seem to love the improvements and keep coming back year after year, some even donating extra money.
Money from the bash and Movie Night held on an earlier date will go toward improving the restroom facilities.
There are two events scheduled for this Saturday. Summerfest, which features at least a dozen bands, starts at about noon on the Slater High School Football Field, and the Antique Tractor Pull starts at 2:00pm. The Slater Fall Festival is slated for September 17th through 19th.
A Stover man escaped injury in a two-vehicle crash in Moniteau County on Wednesday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound car, driven by 19-year-old Sheldon Stull, of Stover, reportedly failed to stop at a stop sign and struck a southbound Hyundai Sonata, driven by 39-year-old Amy Ramirez, of Eldon.
While Stull was not injured, Ramirez suffered moderate injuries and was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City for treatment.
The crash happened just after 7:00pm on Missouri 87 at Route C.
At a special meeting of the Marshall School Board on Wednesday afternoon, the Board voted to cut a check.
According to a release from the district, Board Members approved a payment of $22,000 to Flinns Construction LLC for repairs caused by flood damage.
In executive session, the Board approved the resignations of three ParaProfessionals and approved the hiring of a ParaProfessional, a custodian and an assistant track coach. The Board also was informed of the transfers of a groundskeeper to maintenance and a ParaProfessional from ECSE to Benton Elementary.
A destructive weather system traveled through an area county on Tuesday afternoon doing some damage to a marina.
According to Sterret Creek Resort, Marina and Campground owner, Ken Beyer, what appeared to be a Microburst destroyed one of the facility's seven docks in Warsaw.
He said the weather didn't look bad as he sent out fishermen as part of a tournament at 5:15 on Truman Lake. But circumstances changed in the matter of minutes. The Microburst hit at about 5:45.
Beyer said the Microburst was over in a matter of seconds.
It's too early for Beyer to give a damage assessment in dollar figures, but he said Dock 5, which costs about $300,000, was destroyed and 10 to 11 boats were damaged, and five to six of them might be damaged beyond repair.
Other than the damage to the one dock and the boats, the Resort is fully operational, according to Beyer.
At the meeting of the Slater City Council on Tuesday, the Council authorized Mayor Stephen Allegri to sign a property transfer.
City Administrator Gene Griffith explained it is a property to be transferred to the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation to eventually be rented by consumers coming from the Marshall Habilitation Center.
Allegri said now having four houses with consumers from the Marshall Habilitation Center will give the city's economy a shot in the arm.
Slater having medical and dental facilities has expedited the desire for having the homes there.
Allegri said it is essentially a business in town that will hire 48 new employees.
County Commissioners this week took more steps toward making Saline County a Purple Heart County.
Northern District Commissioner Charlie Guthrie explains some the work that needs to be done to put signs in place that announce the Purple Heart status at the county's boundaries:
Guthrie says several communities within the county also have to formally sign off on the plan:
Marshall, Slater and Sweet Springs, along with the whole of Saline County, will be designated as Purple Heart Communities to honor and recognize area residents who have received the Purple Heart medal in military service and combat.
Beginning Wednesday, August 5th, ongoing road work will restrict a Pettis County highway to one lane for the next several weeks.
According to a release from the Pettis County Sheriffs Department, improvements to Highway M between Highway 50 and Missouri 135 will begin on Wednesday and run through October 1st. The work will take place each day from 7:00am until 7:00pm.
The work will reduce Highway M to one lane of traffic for shoulder work, milling and asphalt paving. Flaggers and a pilot car will be in place to help move traffic through the area.
The United States Department of Education has renewed State Fair Community College’s TRiO Student Support Services program grant for the upcoming year beginning September 1st.
According to a news release, the college will receive $246,859. It is anticipated the grant will be renewed for a total of five years to fund the federal program, which helps low-income, first-generation or disabled college students succeed at SFCC and then transfer to complete four-year degrees.
SFCC received the full amount requested in its highly-competitive grant application; the award is SFCC’s fourth TRiO grant, according to the college.
SFCC President Dr. Joanna Anderson says the grant allows the college to continue serving both traditional and nontraditional students who need extra support to prepare for college courses.
At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, County Emergency Management Director Emmitt Williams said the county just bought a piece of equipment that will come in handy during an emergency.
Williams said he is slated to travel to Jefferson City on Wednesday to pick up a portable generator that can be used anywhere in the county.
The cost of the unit, which would sufficiently power up the Saline County Courthouse and then some, putting out 60 kilowatts of power under continuous use, cost a total of $5,000, including a trailer on which it sits. After it is brought back to the county, the generator will be stored in the Sweet Springs City Garage.
Saline County Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr. said the goal is to purchase another portable generator in the future and store it in Slater to give the county better coverage in the event of an emergency.
A good portion of the Marshall City Council meeting on Monday was spent hearing readings of 11 updates on City Codes. They involve a number of different entities, and City Code Official Mike Morgan said there are some changes.
Morgan went on to say the number of codes increased by one. The codes were for Building, Energy Conservation, Existing Building, Fire, Fuel Gas, Mechanical, Plumbing, Private Sewage Disposal, Property Maintenance, Residential and National Electrical Codes.
The Council approved all of the updates.
In other business, the Council also approved appointments by Mayor Mark Gooden to the Library Board. Virginia Huston resigned from the board and was replaced by Allison Lucas for one year. Also receiving approval for another term were Marsha Williams, Diane Swift and Betty Lenz.
During a Public Hearing held prior to the regular-session meeting of the Marshall City Council on Monday, nobody spoke out against either of two rezoning requests.
Thus, during the regular meeting, the Council voted to approve a request made by Greg Silvey, representing Missouri Valley College, to amend a Marshall Zoning Ordinance to establish a Special-Use Permit to allow a Day Care.
Also approved by the Council was a request made by Scott Harvey, representing Central Missouri Agri-Service, LLC, to rezone lots four through 10, Block 6, of the Alexander and Sandidge's Addition from C-2 Highway Business to I-L, Light Industrial.
The Council also approved 11 City Codes, which need to updated every three years, and executed a Memorandum between the City and Missouri Valley College to coordinate law-enforcement efforts.
An issue that's been talked about for a while moved one step closer to a decision on Monday night at the meeting of the Marshall City Council.
Between efforts of Ward 4 Councilman Tom Hagedorn and Marshall Police Chief Mike Donnell, they have drawn up a plan that would only make one block of a street one way in the neighborhood of St. Peter's Catholic School and Benton Elementary School.
According to the plan, the block of West Washington Street between South Ellsworth and South English Avenues will be marked off as one-way during the upcoming school year. Donnell said they hope the change will help with traffic congestion.
According to the plan, parking will be available on both sides of Ellsworth and the east side only on English from West Jackson to West Vest Streets. Parking will be allowed on both sides of English from West Jackson to West Arrow Streets.
Hagedorn asked for an ordinance to drawn up by City Attorney Josh Taylor and presented for vote at the next meeting on Monday, August 17th, with the hope to implement the plan before school starts.
Missouri Valley College President Dr. Bonnie Humphrey has announced the identity of the donors of a $750,000 donation made to the College’s rodeo program.
Marshall residents Don and Julie Julien provided the primary funding for the DJ Rodeo Arena, a 61,750 square foot covered facility that will allow the College’s rodeo teams to practice year-round. The Juliens are previous owners of Deems Farm Equipment and are longtime residents of the Marshall community.
Construction on the arena began in December 2014; the $1 million project will be completed in August. In September, the College plans to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the space.
The MVC rodeo teams compete in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Ozark Region. The teams have accumulated eight Ozark Region Championships, including the 2015 championships for both the men’s and women’s teams.
A program that has been offered by an area community college will no longer be available after this school year at one of its satellite campuses.
According to a news release, State Fair Community College will request permission from the State Board of Nursing to end its Practical Nursing program at the Boonslick Technical Education Center, effective August 2016 due to inadequate enrollment.
The SFCC Board of Trustees approved the recommendation on July 28th.
The college assumed sponsorship of the program in June 2013.
According to the release, 12 students enrolled in 2013 and 10 the following year. Five students have been contingently admitted for fall 2015, with an expected completion date of June 2016.
For more information, call SFCC-Boonville at (660) 882-3090.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) is now accepting applications for grants to help Missouri businesses access and process locally-grown agricultural products for local schools.
According to a news release, this program provides assistance in placing locally-grown agricultural products in Missouri school meals and snacks while strengthening local farming economies.
Eligible applicants must be a small business purchasing or processing locally-grown agricultural products from a small farmer and whose primary market is schools in Missouri. The small business could be the actual producer of agricultural products.
The maximum individual grant is $200,000. Applicants are required to provide a 10-percent cash match toward the resource being funded.
Applications must be received by MASBDA no later than 5:00pm on Friday, October 16th, 2015.
A first-ever Mega Millions Jacpot-winning ticket has been sold in Missouri.
According to a news release from the Missouri Lottery, one Mega Millions ticket sold in Missouri matched all six numbers drawn on July 31st to win the $25 million jackpot. The winning numbers were: 28, 32, 33, 40, 46, and the Mega Ball number was 10.
The owner of the ticket reportedly has not claimed their prize. The release says if you have the winning ticket, be sure to sign the back and put it in a safe place until you can take it to Missouri Lottery Headquarters in Jefferson City.
The location the winning ticket was sold was not included in the release.
Missouri Mega Millions winners have 180 days to claim prizes, which would give the winners from Friday night until January 27th, 2016. The jackpot winner can get the jackpot prize in 30 annuity payments over 29 years or in one lump-sum payment. If no choice is made in 60 days, the jackpot is automatically paid in through an annuity.
If you thought June was a wet month with 9.74 inches of wet stuff recorded, July saw more precipitation fall at the KMMO studio.
According to figures from the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, more than 10 inches of rain-- 10.21 inches to be exact-- was registered. On five days, the total rainfall was more than an inch, with 3.03 inches falling on July 20th. Over an inch also fell on July 7th, 9th, 19th and 21st. Measurable rainfall was received on 17 of the 31 days.
The average high temperature figured out to be 85.9 degrees, with the high of 96 being registered on three days-- the 14th, 18th and 29th.
The mercury dipped to 58 degrees for the low mark during the month on July 9th. The average low temperature was 67.7 degrees.
Two Fulton residents were injured in a motorcycle crash in Cooper County on Sunday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Harley Davidson, driven by 59-year-old Edwin Erickson, ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting the occupants. The bike came to rest in a ditch.
The driver suffered moderate injuries and a passenger, 59-year-old Kathy Erickson, suffered minor injuries. They were transported via E.M.S. to Cooper County Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The crash happened just after 10:00am on Route U, near Clark's Fork Road.
A Ballwin man was killed in a one-car rollover crash in Benton County on Sunday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Infiniti 130, driven by 26-year-old Dmitriy Balaban, traveled off the right side of the roadway, off an embankment, struck a utility pole and overturned numerous times.
Balaban was pronounced dead at the scene by the Benton County Coroner at 11:00pm.
The crash happened at 10:45pm on Dillon Road, two-tenths of a mile west of Barry Avenue.
A motorcycle driver was seriously injured in a crash in Pettis County on Saturday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when 43-year-old Dilbert Clark, of Sedalia, reportedly lost control of the eastbound Harley Davidson he was driving. The bike traveled off the right side of the roadway.
Clark was transported to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia by E.M.S., then airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
The crash happened at 8:10pm on Forest Park Road east of South Park Avenue.
During the meeting of the Slater School Board on Tuesday night, the board approved the out-of-district tuition rates, according to Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz.
Lorenz added the tuition rates for preschool will see a slight increase.
In other business, the board approved a bid for roughly $16,000 for installation of cameras, appointed a Homeless Coordinator, approved bus routes and adopted the ending 2014-15 budget as the new budget for 2015-16.
Fireworks can be purchased in Missouri from June 20th to July 10th. State Fire Marshal Greg Carrell hopes people will use common sense when shooting them off.
Carrell says the number of fires increases during the fireworks season. He urges people to keep their distance from homes, vehicles and anything else that could catch on fire when lighting those colorful displays. He says Missourians should also check with local fire or police departments to learn about local fireworks ordinances.
At the meeting of the Slater City Council on Tuesday night, the council approved two ordinances.
Mayor Stephen Allegri said one of the bills is for the sale of a vacant building to Dr. Brian Fisher, the city's new dentist, for $7,500.
The second bill authorized the city to establish a pedestrian crosswalk on Morgan Street.
In other business, the council was updated on the upcoming Steve McQueen Day Celebration. The Celebration, which was postponed due to inclement weather from Saturday, April 25th, is now set for Saturday, June 27th, according to City Administrator Gene Griffith. He said there will not be a carnival, but all of the other original activities are still planned.
The City of Slater's City Administrator Gene Griffith applied for and received a sewer study grant for just over $47,000, which will help the city conduct a needed survey, mainly involving sump pumps from houses of the residents, according to Mayor Stephen Allegri at the meeting of the Slater City Council Tuesday night.
Griffith explained I&I is Inflow and Infiltration.
Allegri and Griffith said it would be better if the city's residents would have their sump pumps draining into their yard or the street.
Griffith said after the study is finished, a meeting will be held with the public invited to tell what was found and insisting findings get corrected. He said the city also could be asked to seek funding for work needed to its sewer system.
The search continues today for a man accused of murdering a woman and her son in Clinton - the same woman that escaped from a Sedalia home at the beginning of the month, where she said he had been holding her in a box.
Police in Clinton are being asked why they weren't protecting Sandra Sutton and her son, Zachary, from her former boyfriend, James Horn, Junior. Police Lieutenant Sonny Lynch answered that question.
James B. Horn is a 47-year-old white male who is approximately 5-11 and 175 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He is known to frequent the Sedalia and Pettis County area and should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone who sees him is urged to avoid contact and to call 911 or local law-enforcement authorities.
During the meeting of the Lexington City Council Tuesday night, the council heard updates about the city's water, worked out an ATV issue and got a good report from the state about law enforcement.
City Administrator Mark Rounds said the city heard the city's water meets Department of Natural Resources regulations.
In other business, Rounds said the council also worked through an issue about ATV noise with the residents involved with a positive outcome and heard the numbers of a report about law enforcement and racial profiling are low in the city.