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TEN DIE ON STATE ROADWAYS OVER 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND 7/6/15CC


Ten people died in traffic crashes, zero died in boating crashes, and no one drowned during the 2015 July Fourth holiday counting period, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The counting period began at 6:00pm on Thursday, July 2nd and ended at 11:59pm on Sunday, July 5th. The Highway Patrol worked 305 traffic crashes in which 10 people died and 140 were injured.

Troopers arrested 127 for driving while intoxicated. Troopers also investigated six boating crashes which included four injuries, zero fatalities, and 17 people arrested for boating while intoxicated.

WINNING POWERBALL TICKET BOUGHT IN MISSOURI 7/6/15RK


One Powerball player in Missouri can now celebrate their financial independence after matching all six numbers drawn Saturday night, July 4th, to win the $70 million jackpot. They will become the owner of the ninth largest jackpot prize ever won in Missouri. The winning numbers were: 3-6-14-18-24, and the Powerball number was 21.

According to a news release from the Missouri Lottery, the Missouri winner has 180 days to claim the prize, which would give him or her until December 31st, 2015. The jackpot winner can get the jackpot prize in 30 graduated annuity payments or in one lump-sum payment. If no choice is made in 60 days, the jackpot is automatically paid in 30 payments.

The last time a Powerball jackpot was won in Missouri was November 8th, 2014, when a woman from Dallas, Texas, claimed a jackpot prize worth $202.6 with a ticket she bought at Union Station in St. Louis.

THOMAS JOINS CMU ADMISSIONS TEAM 7/6/15RK


A recent college graduate will bring personal experience to a job at an area university.

According to a news release, Robert "Levi" Thomas, who recently graduated from Central Methodist University, has been hired as a new member of the CMU Admissions Office.

As an admissions counselor, Thomas will attend assorted recruitment events, such as college fairs and open houses. He will focus on a particular segment of the state and get acquainted with high school counselors, prospective students, and their families.

His job will include helping students assess their educational background and future goals to see if Central is a good fit for them. If so, Thomas will guide them through the entire enrollment process.

BLACKBURN RESIDENT REPORTS ALLEGED THEFT OF STORAGE TANKS 7/6/15RK


A resident of an area city has reported an alleged theft on her property.

According to a report from a deputy from the Saline County Sheriff's Department, on June 30th, the resident reported two 500-gallon storage tanks were missing from behind a barn on her property on Highway 20 in Blackburn after she mowed the property on June 29th. The resident said the tanks could've been taken anytime during the previous two weeks.

Estimated salvage value of the two tanks is $300.

The investigation is continuing.

CARROLLTON TOWN COUNCIL TO DISCUSS RAIL STOP 7/6/15RK


The Carrollton Town Council is scheduled to meet at 6:00pm tonight with a discussion scheduled about a rail stop.

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

The meeting takes place at Carrollton City Hall at 206 West Washington.

HOWARD COUNTY WATER COMMISSION TO OPEN BIDS 7/6/15RK


According to a news release, the Howard County Regional Water Commission will open construction bids for water system improvements. The bids are for Well Supply; Water Treatment Plant; Water Distribution System; and 500,000-Gallon Elevated Storage.

The bids will be opened at 1:00pm on Wednesday, July 8th, in the Commercial Trust Conference Room at 119 North Main in Fayette.

SALINE AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING REPORT OF ALLEGED THEFT OF MAIL 7/6/15RK


A report of theft of mail from a business is being investigated by Saline County Authorities.

According to a report from a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy, the alleged incident happened between June 27th and June 28th. The owner of the business reported his mother went to check the mailbox on June 28th and the box was empty, which was unusual. A subsequent check with the U.S. Post Office revealed that mail had, in fact, been delivered to the address on 116th Trail in Marshall.

The investigation to find out who took the mail is continuing.

COLLEGE STUDENTS REQUIRED TO GET MENINGITIS VACCINATION 7/6/15


A law that took effect at the start of the month means Missouri college students have another vaccination requirement to fulfill.

The new law requires all students of colleges in Missouri be vaccinated for meningitis. Dr. Susan Even with the Mizzou Student Health Center says a person who develops meningitis can get sick very quickly and the early symptoms might look like a case of influenza. The infection actually causes an inflammation in the brain and spinal cord. Even says the new law makes sense for colleges.



Even says Princeton, U-C Santa Barbara and the University of Oregon have experienced meningitis outbreaks in recent years.

 
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TWO NAPOLEON RESIDENTS HURT IN JACKSON COUNTY CRASH 7/5/15RK


Two Napoleon residents were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Jackson County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a southbound Hyundai Accent, driven by 35-year-old Rachel Belknap, traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a mailbox and an embankment.

Belknap and a 13-year-old female passenger in the vehicle each suffered minor injuries. They were transported by Jackson County Ambulance to Centerpoint Medical Center for treatment.

The crash happened at 9:20am on Highway H, one mile north of Highway FF.

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOTS FIRED ON SEXTON ROAD 7/5/15RK


An area police department's detectives are investigating an incident of shots being fired.

At just after 2:00am today, Columbia Police officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Sexton Road in reference to a law alarm.

Officers arrived on scene and found several bullet holes in front of the house, which traveled through multiple interior walls. The house was occupied by five people, but here were no injuries at the scene.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, contact the Columbia Police Department, or call CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

THREE AREA COUNTY FAIRS START THIS WEEK 7/5/15RK


Three area county fairs will begin this week.

According to a news release, the Johnson County Fair will run from Tuesday, July 7th, through Sunday, July 12th, at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Warrensburg.

Starting on Friday, July 10th, will be the Ray County Fair. It will continue through Saturday, July 18th, at the Ray County Fairgrounds in Richmond.

Also starting this week will be the Saline County Fair on Saturday, July 11th, at the Saline County Fairgrounds in Marshall. The fair runs through Sunday, July 19th.

Other area county fairs coming up include the Layette County Fair from Monday, July 13th through Saturday, July 18th, at Fairground Park in Higginsville, and the Carroll County Fair from Wednesday, July 15th, through Saturday, July 18th, at Walnut Hills in Carrollton.

LYCEUM PRESENTS WILL ROGERS FOLLIES STARTING THIS WEEK 7/5/15RK


An area theatre will be presenting a play starting later this week about a famed humorist.

According to a news release, the Lyceum Theatre in Arrow Rock will be presenting "The Will Rogers Follies," July 8th through 18th.

Celebrate the life of a man who never met another man he didn't like is what's deemed a "song-and-dance extravaganza."

For ticket information, visit, www.lyceumtheatre.org , or call (660) 837-3311, extension 1.

SWEET SPRINGS SCHOOL BOARD MEETS THURSDAY NIGHT 7/5/15RK


The Sweet Springs School Board is scheduled to meet on Thursday, July 9th, at 7:00pm.

On the agenda are discussions about a date for the August meeting and appointing board members to committees.

There also is a closed, executive session on the agenda for personnel matters.

BOONSLICK SUMMER MEETING TO FEATURE RAILROAD BUFF 7/5/15RK7/5/15RK


An area get together will feature information about an area landmark on Sunday, July 12th.

According to a news release, Raymond B. George Jr., railroad buff and author of books and articles on the historic Missouri-Kansas-Texas, M.K.T. or "Katy" Railroad, will be the guest speaker at the Boonslick Historical Society summer meeting at Schnell Hall at 302 Villers Drive in Fayette. The meeting begins at 3:00pm, and refreshments will be served.

Following George's presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to tour the restored Old Howard County Jail at 302 E. Morrison Street. Used as a county jail from 1894 until 2004, the Old Jail is among those buildings in and around the city's courthouse square which are contributing entities on the National Register of Historic Places.

GLASGOW, MARSHALL ARE SITES FOR BLOOD DRIVES ON TUESDAY 7/5/15RK


There are two American Red Cross Blood Drives going on in the area this week, giving you the opportunity to give the gift of life.

According to a release from the American Red Cross, a blood drive will be held from 2:00 to 6:00pm on Tuesday in Howard County at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Glasgow.

Also being conducted on Tuesday will be a blood drive in Saline County. The drive will be held from noon to 4:00pm at the Missouri Department of Transportation building at 1595 West Arrow Street in Marshall.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. To make an appointment or for more information, you can download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-(800)-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

MARSHALL COUNCIL TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING 7/5/15RK


At 5:15pm, prior to the regular meeting of the Marshall City Council, there will be a public hearing held to hear comments and concerns from residents regarding changing the traffic direction on South English and South Ellsworth Avenues to one-way only between West Arrow and Vest Streets.

During the regular-session meeting, the council is slated to authorize the Mayor to execute a deed between the city, Marshall Municipal Utilities and Central Missouri Agri-Services, LLC. The council also is to establish a procedure to disclose potential conflicts of interest for certain officials.

There also is an executive session on the agenda for legal, personnel and real-estate matters.

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On the agenda for the Higginsville Board of Aldermen is a bill for an Intergovernmental Cooperative agreement for fire protection and approval of three part-time emergency personnel.

Also on the schedule is a closed, executive session for legal, real-estate and personnel matters.

The meeting gets under way at 6:00pm at Higginsville City Hall.

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At the meeting of the Boonville City Council at 6:00pm, the council is to consider several bills, including a third reading of one involving annexation and zoning of 311 acres of land at the corner of Highway 87 and I-70.

There are five other bills up for a first reading at the meeting, which will be held at Boonville City Hall.

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The Concordia Board of Aldermen meets at 7:00pm to discuss proposals for mapping of Concordia's manholes and bids concerning the Concordia Entrance Project.

The meeting is in Room 203 of the Concordia Community Building at 802 South Gordon Street.

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The Sedalia City Council meets at 7:00pm to hear about an ordinance to amend the 2015-16 budget regarding the newly-acquired Sedalia Animal Shelter.

Also on the docket is a discussion about a sales agreement between the city and Foley Equipment Company for leasing or purchasing equipment.
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Discussion about a Water Plant project is on the docket for the Norborne Board of Aldermen when it meets at 7:00pm.

Also on the schedule is consideration to execute the Missouri Highway Transportation Commission agreement for signs installed and maintained regarding an ordinance prohibiting the use of unmuffled brakes or excessive noise within the city limits.

The meeting takes place at Norborne City Hall at 109 East Second Street.

TWO LINCOLN DRIVERS ESCAPE INJURY IN THREE-VEHICLE CRASH 7/5/15RK


Two drivers from Lincoln escaped injury while a driver from Bolivar suffered minor injuries in a three-vehicle crash in Benton County on Saturday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a 2014 Ford, driven by Eugene Hays, of Lincoln, overtook and struck the rear of a 1986 Ford, driven by 38-year-old Eden Roberts, of Bolivar, in the rear. A third vehicle, a 1996 Chevrolet, driven by 37-year-old Shawn Crouch, of Lincoln, also was struck in the rear.

While Hays and Crouch escaped injury, Roberts was transported by Warsaw/Lincoln Ambulance to Golden Valley Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 10:30pm on Route AC, one mile west of U.S. Highway 65.

OAK GROVE MAN HURT IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY CRASH 7/4/15RK


An Oak Grove man suffered moderate injuries in a Jeep crash in Lafayette County on Saturday.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred when an eastbound 2010 Jeep, driven by 37-year-old Joseph Urusemal, failed to yield to the Oak Grove Police Department, ran off the right side of the roadway, ran off the left side of the roadway and struck an embankment.

Urusemal was transported by Sni Valley E.M.S. to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 12:15pm on the South Outer Road and Love Road.

WINDSOR RESIDENTS INJURED IN PETTIS COUNTY ROLLOVER CRASH 7/4/15RK


Two Windsor residents were hurt in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Pettis County on Saturday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound 2005 Dodge, driven by 23-year-old Juan Galloway, attempted to make a left turn and began sliding on the gravel road. The vehicle crossed the center of the roadway and ran off the left side where it overturned and came to rest on its top in a creek.

Galloway suffered moderate injuries, while a passenger in the vehicle, 20-year-old Sarah Olyslager, received minor injuries. They were reportedly transported by private vehicle to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment.

The crash happened just after noon on Elm Branch Road, south of Windsor City Park.

ONLINE MAP AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM LOCATIONS 7/4/15RK


Free meals are being served to low-income children through the age of 18 in Missouri over the summer, and an online map may help families locate summer food programs.

According to a news release from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, an interactive map at www.dhss.mo.gov/sfsp pinpoints hundreds of locations throughout the state where Summer Food Service Programs are available.

Community organizations serve the meals at schools, churches, parks swimming pools, YMCA facilities, Boys and Girls Clubs and other spots where children gather when school is not in session.

The meals are provided to children who receive free or reduced-price meals during the regular school year. Children do not have to register, and there is no fee to participate.

Meals also will be served to 18- to 21-year-olds who have been determined by the state or local education agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who participate in an established school program for the mentally or physically disabled.

BLUE BOOK PHOTO CONTEST OPEN TO ALL 7/4/15RK


Anybody who has a camera, listen up....

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander recently launched the statewide photo contest for the 2015-2016 Official Manual, State of Missouri, also known as the Blue Book. The theme for this year’s contest is "A Day at the Park," celebrating all types of Missouri parks.

According to a release from Kander's office, he encourages Missouri residents to share their favorite photos of Missouri Parks. Outstanding photographs will be chosen from each of the three categories, State and Local Parks, Sports and Theme Parks and State Historical Sites and will be published in the upcoming Blue Book.

Missouri residents of all ages are eligible. Participants may submit any number of photographs, but each photo must be accompanied by its own entry form. All entries must be received by 5:00pm on Friday, August 7th. Photo contest winners will be chosen through a combination of online voting and selection by a committee within the Secretary of State's office.

Entry forms and contest rules are available on the secretary of state's website: www.sos.mo.gov/photocontestrules.

DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE OFFERS TIPS AFTER STORMS 7/4/15RK


Following recent severe weather that impacted parts of the state, the Missouri Department of Insurance is reminding Missourians if they have questions or concerns about their insurance coverage to contact the department's Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-726-7390 or visit www.insurance.mo.gov.

According to a news release from the Department of Insurance, individuals and business owners who sustained property damage should immediately contact their insurance companies.

The Department of Insurance offers these tips for consumers affected by the storms:

--Contact your insurance agent or your company's toll-free claims number as soon as possible.

--If you have lost the contact information for your insurance company, the department may be able to help you locate it. Contact the department at insurance.mo.gov or by calling 800-726-7390.

--Make temporary repairs to prevent further damage. For example, a hole in the roof should be covered by a tarp or other materials to keep out rain. The same goes for a broken car window. Otherwise, further damage will likely not be covered by your insurance policy. Keep the receipts for materials you buy so you can be reimbursed.

--Don't make permanent repairs until your insurance company has inspected the damage. If you do, your company may not reimburse you.

--Once your claim is processed, get estimates from contractors or auto repair shops known to you or recommended by someone you trust. Be suspicious of strangers who offer to do repairs for you.

--If you believe your insurance company has not handled your claim properly, file a complaint with us. The department will determine whether your insurance company has followed Missouri law in processing your claim.

--Don't let contractors inspect your property if you're not watching. Some unscrupulous companies will cause damage to drive up the repair cost, and your insurance company will likely not cover the additional cost.

--Don't pay the whole repair bill in advance. Pay in full only when the work is completed according to your agreement.

SUMMER PICNICS COST MORE THIS YEAR 7/4/15RK


As shoppers plan menus for summer outings, they will find food needed to feed a gathering of 10 people will cost a little more overall this year than last, but significantly less than the national average, according to a news release from Missouri Farm Bureau.

The menu used for comparing prices year-over-year included hamburgers, hot dogs, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, corn chips, watermelon, lemonade, chocolate milk and appropriate condiments. The national average price was $55.84 while Missouri prices for the same items totaled $49.89, $5.95 less overall. Missouri’s year-over-year, however, is up $2.06 from $47.83 in 2014.

Of the 14 items surveyed as a part of this meal, six increased in price while eight dropped over the same time last year.

Volunteer shoppers from across Missouri and the nation visited their local markets to gather prices for inclusion in the survey to provide diversity in shopping locations and pricing.

TWO SHARE EMPLOYEE OF QUARTER FOR MMU 7/4/15RK


Marshall Municipal Utilities has announced its employee of the quarter.

According to a news release, Ben Lent and Brandon Geritz shared the award for the quarter ending March 31st, 2015.

Lent and Geritz were selected by a group of their peers from two nominations out of a pool of approximately 90 eligible employees.

Lent and Geritz both hold the position of General Maintenance/Meter Reader and joined MMU in September of 2013.

PEDESTRIAN HURT IN BENTON COUNTY ACCIDENT 7/4/15RK


A pedestrian from Buckner was injured when he was struck by a vehicle in Benton County on Friday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as 46-year-old Brett Ferguson, of Buckner, walked into the path of a towed unit of a westbound 2001 GMC, driven by 32-year-old Matthew Stegink, of Independence.

Ferguson was transported by Warsaw-Lincoln Ambulance to Bothwell Regional Hospital for treatment. Stegink reportedly was not injured.

The accident happened at about 10:30pm on Lakeview Avenue, one mile east of Plum Street.

LINCOLN TEEN HURT IN JEEP CRASH IN BENTON COUNTY 7/4/15RK


A rollover jeep crash in Benton County on Friday caused minor injuries to a Lincoln teen driver.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by 16-year-old Cannon Scarlett, traveled off the right side of the roadway. The driver overcorrected while returning to the roadway, causing the vehicle to overturn.

Scarlett was transported by Warsaw E.M.S. to Bothwell Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened just after 4:00pm on Route H, one-half mile south of Spring Lake Drive.

MOTORCYCLE CRASH INJURES TWO IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY 7/4/15RK


Two residents from the Kansas City area suffered moderate injuries in a motorcycle crash in Lafayette County on Friday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Harley Davidson, driven by 60-year-old Alvin Richardson, traveled off the roadway and overturned, ejecting the driver and occupant, 53-year-old Linda King.

The injured were transported to Centerpoint Hospital by ambulances for treatment.

The crash happened at 9:45pm on Missouri 224, east of Missouri 24.

DAY STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF FIREWORKS SAFETY 7/3/15CC


The Independence Day Holiday is here, but with the fireworks and celebrations often come injuries resulting from careless or improper use of fireworks. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says over 5,000 people are treated in emergency rooms across the nation each July for fireworks-related injuries.

Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day shares some tips to help keep you and your family safe this Fourth of July:



Day reminds Marshall residents that fireworks may be used within the city limits on the day of the 4th of July only, from 10:00am until 10:00pm. Only fireworks without a report are permitted; any rockets or fireworks that create a loud boom or pop when discharged are prohibited by city ordinance.

If you have questions or need more information about the do's and dont's of fireworks in Marshall, contact the Fire Department at (660) 886-3312.

MARSHALL FIRE CHIEF TALKS FIREWORKS 7/3/15CC


The City of Marshall is reminding residents about municipal fireworks regulations during the Independence Day holiday.

Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day talks about what fireworks are allowed during the annual July 4th celebration:



And Day says if you happen to end up with leftover fireworks, don't plan on shooting them off on any day other than the 4th:



For those who prefer to simply watch fireworks, the City of Marshall will host its annual Fireworks Show and Celebration at Indian Foothills park from 8:00-10:00pm on Saturday night.

In addition, the rescheduled fireworks show at the Marshall Habilitation Center will take place on Thursday, July 9th.

THREE CAMPERS RESCUED BY HIGHWAY PATROL 7/3/15CC


Three people were rescued from flood waters in Benton County this week by troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

According to a news release, troopers were notified around 9:20am Wednesday morning that two individuals were trapped by rising waters at Forbes Campground. Authorities determined that area roads were too flooded and the area wasn't accessible by boat, at which point an air rescue was put into action.

A patrol helicopter was dispatched from Jefferson City and safely picked up the two people, 66-year-old Timothy McShane and 12-year-old Jake McShane, of Bellflower, California. During the extrication, troopers also located and rescued 59-year-old Robert Jones, of Liberty.

Troopers reportedly used a chopper with a short haul rescue line to transport the three to safety. None of the three had any reported injuries.

MARSHALL SCHOOLS TACKLE RAIN AND WATER DAMAGES 7/2/15CC


Not only are Marshall and Saline County roads and infrastructure reeling from recent rain and storms, but now several buildings within the Marshall School District are reportedly damaged as well.

Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher talks about some of the problems the district now faces on the heels of a lot of rain in the Marshall area:



Maher says the district's custodial and grounds crews have been on overtime working to abate the water damages and get the buildings back to normal:



No timetable for the all the repairs has been given, although Maher says they will definitely be complete before the start of the school year. She says a total dollar figure won't be available until insurance adjusters have completed their damage assessments.

PETTIS COUNTY CLEANS UP AFTER TORRENTIAL RAINS 7/2/15CC


Pettis County officials have begun cleaning up and assessing damages from a deluge of heavy rain on Wednesday evening.

County E.M.A. Director Dave Clippert says while some parts of the county experienced high winds and one-inch hailstones, the main culprit was constant rain that fell for much of the morning and into the nighttime hours:



Clippert says a bridge near LaMonte suffered serious damages due to the rush of high water on Wednesday:



At the height of the storm, officials reported nearly twenty streets in Sedalia that were under water; some 50 vehicles were reported as stalled or stranded in the flooded roadways in a span of about two hours.

Several power poles were also reported down near the community of Green Ridge.

COMMON ROADS TAKE BIG WEATHER HIT IN SALINE COUNTY 7/2/15CC


Miles upon miles of Saline County roadway have sustained damages during recent heavy rains and storms.

Common Road District Supervisor Justin Cowert says about 75% of Common District roadways are damaged in some way. He adds that the work it will take to repair them means putting off other projects his department had hoped to complete this summer:



Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner reminds county residents that roads will be repaired, but it won't happen all at once:



Fenner say damage estimates are between $700,000 and $750,000; Cowert says around $350,000 of that total is for road damages alone.

County officials have met with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine if the county qualifies for federal and/or state disaster relief.

SALINE COUNTY STORM DAMAGES SUBMITTED TO F.E.M.A. 7/2/15CC


The cost of damages from recent heavy rains in Saline County are beginning to stack up, according to county officials.

Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner says he, along with E.M.A. Director Emmit Williams and Common Road Supervisor Justin Cowert, met Wednesday with a representative from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to review the county's storm damages:



Fenner outlines the steps in the process for the county to receive federal and state funds to help offset the cost of the damages:



Fenner and Williams say the county's storm damages are estimated at somewhere between $700,000 and $750,000.

TWO TRANSPORTED FOR CARE AFTER CHARITON CO. CRASH 7/2/15CC


Two people were hospitalized Wednesday after a three-vehicle accident in Chariton County involving a tractor trailer.

Highway Patrol reports say 78-year-old Norman Thomas, of Huntsville, was westbound and attempting to pass a semi driven by 47-year-old Dennis Henke, of Salisbury, when his 1998 Chevrolet struck an eastbound truck driven by 73-year-old Helen Peters, of Keytesville. Thomas's truck was then struck by the semi as he returned to the westbound lane.

Thomas suffered serious injuries while Peters received moderate injuries; both were taken by Chariton County Ambulance to a Columbia hospital for treatment. The driver of the semi was not injured.

Patrol reports say the accident happened around 1:30pm on U.S. Highway 24, 1.2 miles east of Salisbury.

LEXINGTON WOMAN HURT IN ONE-CAR CRASH 7/2/15CC


Wet roadways were to blame Wednesday night in a one-vehicle accident in Lafayette County that sent an area woman to the hospital.

According to the Highway Patrol, 77-year-old Shirley Ellison, of Lexington, received minor injuries when her 2001 Ford hydroplaned in wet conditions, ran off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment.

Ellison was transported from the scene to an area hospital by Lexington EMS. Trooper reports say the crash happened around 7:30pm on Route O, just north of Greyhound Lane.

MINOR INJURY ACCIDENT IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY 7/2/15CC


A Higginsville motorist escaped serious injury Wednesday after a one-vehicle accident in Lafayette County.

The Highway Patrol says 28-year-old Steven Faught was traveling southbound when he reportedly tried to pass several vehicles on the right shoulder. He lost control of his 2000 Infiniti, which struck an embankment and overturned.

Faught received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. Reports say the crash happened around 4:40pm on Highway 13, just north of Tabo Creek in Lafayette County.

I-70 COLLISION IN SALINE COUNTY INJURES ONE 7/2/15CC


One person was injured in a two-vehicle accident that backed up traffic on Interstate 70 in Saline County for a time on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened around 12:20pm at the 80.2 mile marker, where a vehicle driven eastbound by 36-year-old Joshua Mathews, of Cleveland, Missouri, overtook and struck a vehicle driven by 34-year-old Constantin Birsan, of Woodstock, Georgia.

Mathews's vehicle then ran off the road and struck a median post while Birsan's car ran off the road and struck a ditch.

Mathews suffered moderate injuries and was taken by Saline County Ambulance to a Columbia hospital for treatment. Troopers were assisted at the scene by members of the Marshall Fire Department.

AREA POUNDED AGAIN BY STORMS, HEAVY RAIN 7/2/15CC


Heavy rains and severe storms pounded the mid-Missouri area once again on Wednesday night, leaving flooded roadways and damages in its wake.

A slow-moving system packing heavy rain moved across the KMMO listening area, dropping some of the largest amounts of precipitation on Pettis and Johnson Counties.

Several sections of Highways 50 and 65 in Sedalia were reportedly under 5-6 inches of water at the storm's peak; officials at one point reported 17 different streets that were underwater and upwards of 50 vehicles that were stranded around town.

In Green Ridge, several power poles are reported knocked down between Sacajawea Road and Ragar Road. Numerous instances of downed tree limbs, some upwards of six inches in diameter, have been reported from around Pettis County.

Some areas in Pettis County also experienced hail of up to one inch in diameter; heavy rains and flooding also forced a Sedalia radio station to shut off its power for safety.

MARSHALL RESTAURANT OWNERS FACE FELONY TAX CHARGES 7/1/15CC


Two Marshall residents have been arrested and now face felony charges for failing to pay state income taxes.

According to online court documents, 37-year-old Lirim Frank Saliu and 27-year-old Arjeta Saliu, owners of Bloomfields Family Restaurant in Marshall, were served a warrant and taken into custody in Tuesday; both are currently free on $5,000 bond each.

Court records say each has been charged with two Unclassified Felony counts of Failure to File/Pay a Missouri Income Tax Return. An arraignment in the matter for each has been set for Wednesday, July 8th at 9:00am in Saline County Circuit Court.

JULY 4TH CAN BE DIFFICULT FOR VETS WITH P.T.S.D. 7/1/15


The sound of fireworks can prompt traumatic memories for many men and women who have served in war. Dr. Thomas Demark with the Kansas City Veterans Administration Medical Center says the Fourth of July is, in part, a time to honor those in uniform, but it can be a difficult period for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.



Demark says the triggers also depend on how close veterans are to fireworks displays. He encourages Missourians to be respectful if there are veterans in your neighborhood and try to light off fireworks away from their homes.

 
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APPLICATION DEADLINE NEARING FOR "DAY OF CARING" 7/1/15CC


The Sedalia-Pettis County United Way has announced it will hold its first Day of Caring on October 10th, when volunteers will join the Sedalia-Pettis County United Way to work on one-time service projects to make an impact on communities and individuals.

United Way is seeking teams for projects that benefit a single parent family, a disabled veteran, an elderly individual, or an agency that needs assistance to get a one-day project done (i.e. construction of a wheelchair ramp, painting of a home, yard work, weatherization, emergency plumbing, minor electrical, minor plumbing, or general maintenance).

The deadline to apply is fast approaching, as project and team applications will be accepted until July 10th. The Day of Caring will be part of the Sedalia-Pettis County United Way’s 2015-16 Campaign Kick-Off August 28th.

For questions or more information call Staci Harrison at (660) 826-2980.

MoDOT ISSUES TRAVEL ALERT FOR HOLIDAY WEEKEND 7/1/15CC


Motorists on I-70 this summer should know that MoDOT is issuing a travel alert, particularly with a holiday weekend just a few days away.

Bridge work 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, just west of Marshall Junction.

Motorists should expect heavy congestion through the area during peak travel times 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 or more are possible. Roadside message boards will be updated with estimated travel time as it is available. This is a full 24/7 lane closure with reduced lanes to 12-foot for each direction of I-70.

Find out more at www.modot.org.

HAB CENTER FIREWORKS SHOW RESCEHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK 7/1/15RK


The Fireworks show that was scheduled at the Marshall Habilitation Center tonight has been postponed and rescheduled for Thursday, July 9th, according to Marshall Fire chief Tony Day.

NEARLY 10 INCHES OF RAIN RECORDED IN JUNE 7/1/15RK


The figures are in, and June definitely was a wet month.

According to figures from the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, measurable rain was received at the KMMO studio on over half of the days-- 16 to be exact. In all, rainfall totaled 9.74 inches during the 30 days.

The most rain of 3.75 inches fell on June 26th. On no other date did the precipitation received reach an inch, but there were five other days where at least three-quarters of an inch was recorded.

As for the temperatures, they were moderate, with an average high of 82.9 degrees. On seven days, the mercury climbed to at least 90 degrees, with the high of 95 being on that rainy day of June 26th.

The average low temperature was 65.6 degrees, with the mercury dipping into the 50s only twice. The low for the month of 55 degrees was registered on June 1st.

TREASURER RETURNS RECORD AMOUNT OF UNCLAIMED PROPERTY 7/1/15RK


State Treasurer Clint Zweifel has announced that his Unclaimed Property team returned a record amount of Unclaimed Property, $41.7 million, to Missourians in Fiscal Year 2015, which ran from July 2014 - June 2015.

According to a release from Zweifel's office, since taking office in 2009, his office has returned more than $242 million of Unclaimed Property to 820,000 account owners.

Zweifel protects more than $874 million of Unclaimed Property for nearly five million account owners.

He has implemented technological changes that allow Missourians to search for their property at license offices, receive email alerts when new Unclaimed Property matching their information is added to the database and launched an updated, user-friendly website where more than 50 percent of claims can be filed without a single piece of paper, www.ShowMeMoney.com.

All Unclaimed Property is returned free of charge.

SPIDER MITES CAN CAUSE DAMAGE TO PLANTS 7/1/15RK


A horticulture specialist says people who have gardens need to look for spider-mite damage to their plants.

According to a release from MU Extension's Lala Kumar, spider mites can do significant damage to tomatoes, green beans, eggplant, sweet potatoes and cucurbits (cucumber, squash, and melon). The most important spider mite is the two-spotted spider mite. Two spotted mites are small and generally need a hand lens or other magnification to see them. The two-spotted spider mite is a warm-season species and they start damaging the plant in warm and low humid weather conditions. Two spotted spider mite pierces plant cells and feeds on the sap. Infestation first show as a very fine light speckling or as localized pale yellow spots on the upper surface of leaf.

For more information, visit www.extension.missouri.edu.

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LICENSES AVAILABLE IN SALINE COUNTY 7/1/15RK


Late last week, the Supreme Court of the United States voted 5-4 to allow same-sex marriages in all 50 states.

Recorder of Deeds Jamie Franklin Nichols said there hasn't been any licenses issued yet in Saline County as of this morning.



Nichols said there was a time when things were a bit confusing for parts of the state.



Nichols said counties are different on pricing for the licenses. Here in Saline County, the license fee is $51. She said couples will need a certified copy to do things such as change their insurance coverage, and that copy also costs an additional $9, which the office offers to sell at the same time. Each member of the couple needs to have a picture ID and know their social-security number when applying.

SALINE COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE RECEIVES CHECK FOR ELECTION FUND 7/1/15RK


Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell opened the mail on Monday and had a good suprise enclosed in a letter from Secretary of State Jason Kander's office.



Russell said several people deserve thanks and credit for helping Saline County with elections.

NEW ACCOUNT CREATED FOR SALINE COUNTY COLLECTOR'S OFFICE 7/1/15RK


Saline County Collector Cindi Sims was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday asking the commission to sign off on a new account created to help out accounting procedures in her office.



The commissioners signed off on the creation of the account.

SALINE COMMISSIONERS GRANT USE OF GROUNDS FOR BIG LATCH-ON EVENT 7/1/15RK


Mothers and babies will be able to use the courthouse grounds in Marshall for an upcoming annual event.

Saline County Health Department's Disa Farris was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday with a request.



Farris said last year's event was a big success and gave more details of the needs this year.



The commissioners unanimously approved the request.

AREA STUDENTS AWARDED AG SCHOLARSHIPS 7/1/15RK


Several area students have been awarded scholarships.

According to a news release from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Abrea Mizer, Mason Sandidge and Payton Earhardt, all of Marshall, Kyle Fuehring and Makalah Vogelsmeier, both of Sweet Springs, and Jessie Gorrell and Dawn Gorrell, both of Malta Bend, have been awarded scholarships from the Elyzabeth H. Schell Scholarship Fund for the 2015-16 academic year.

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

GLASGOW SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES BUDGETS AND BIDS 6/30/15CC


The Glasgow School Board met in regular session on Monday night with a number of items up for board consideration.

A release from the district says board members approved the out-of-district tuition rate at $8,000 for the 2015-16 school year, approved the final budget for 2014-15 and approved the preliminary budget for 2015-16; an official line-item budget will be presented in August following the district's annual tax rate hearing.

In other business, board members accepted bids for dairy and bread for next year; the dairy bid was awarded to Prairie Farms while the bread bid was given to Bimbo Bakeries/Sara Lee. The board also approved a bank bid from Tri-County Trust for the next two fiscal years.

The board also heard a summer maintenance update, including plans to convert the school's outdoor track from all gravel to an all-weather surface. Board members plan to hold a long-range planning meeting in July to discuss long-term building and campus improvements.

"OPERATION DRY WATER" RESULTS RELEASED 6/30/15CC


The Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced the results of its "Operation Dry Water" campaign, aimed at detecting impaired boat operators.

This is the seventh year for the national effort to reduce impaired vessel operation by highlighting enforcement efforts. Troopers conducted special operations last weekend with sobriety checkpoints, saturations, and heightened awareness during normal patrols.

According to the Patrol, troopers arrested a total of three people statewide for boating while intoxicated, contacted 543 vessels and 1,531 boaters, and issued 85 boating violation summonses and 588 warnings.

Special enforcement operations will continue throughout the summer months. Boaters are reminded that designating a sober operator is always the safest bet if alcohol will be included in their boating experience.

WARRENSBURG NAMES NEW CITY MANAGER 6/30/15CC


The Warrensburg City Council has announced Harold Stewart, II, of Knoxville, Iowa, has accepted the position of City Manager.

According to a news release, Mayor Robin Allen, along with City Council members, unanimously selected Stewart as the most qualified candidate through a national search that yielded several potential candidates. Stewart has been City Manager in Knoxville for the past four years, as well as three years in Ogallala, Nebraska.

He will begin work in Warrensburg on August 31st.

WARRENSBURG WOMAN HITS $100K SCRATCHER PRIZE 6/30/15CC


A retired military woman from Warrensburg turned her daily fun into a $100,000 payday playing Missouri Lottery Scratchers tickets.

According to a release from the Missouri Lottery, 57-year-old Georgianna Watkins-Richardson says she enjoys buying crossword tickets at her daily stop, Country Market on East Young Avenue in Warrensburg.

She says that while she normally buys three $5 "$100,000 Crossword Doubler" tickets, a malfunction with the Lottery machine pressed her to buy an extra ticket; that ticket turned out to be the $100,000 winner. She scratched it at the store and at first thought it was a $10,000 winner before confirming a much larger prize.

Watkins-Richardson, whose husband is also retired from the military, planned to keep it simple with the money and put it into savings.

SFCC STUDENT PLACES AT NATIONAL COMPETITION 6/30/15CC


Two State Fair Community College students represented Missouri last week at the annual Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) national leadership conference in Chicago.

Deana Taylor, of Sedalia, placed seventh in the nation in Computer Applications out of more than 30 participants in that event. She also competed in Word Processing. Maddie Davis, of Jefferson City, competed in Client Services.

FBLA-PBL is a nonprofit education association that prepares students for careers in business and business education. More than 2,000 college students attended the conference, competing in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.

LAST WEEK'S RAIN CAUSES DAMAGE TO SALINE COUNTY ROADS 6/30/15RK


Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner said crews are working on fixing damage to Saline County roads as a result of torrential rainfall that pelted the area late last week. He said there were two tubes washed out, one of which on Hickory Lane east of Herndon, which should be fixed by noon today. However, the other road will take longer to fix.



Fenner says crews are trying to stay on top of the work that needs to be done.



Fenner gave the update during the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday morning.

ENROLLMENT IS UNDER WAY FOR UCM POLICE ACADEMY CLASSES 6/30/15RK


Enrollment is underway at the Central Missouri Police Academy at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 classes.

According to a news release from the university, the 16-week course curriculum fulfills requirements for Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training certification and also provides 15 hours of undergraduate college credit. The fall course starts August 17th, with completion scheduled for December 17th. The spring course begins January 11th and ends May 12th, 2016.

Deadline for fall enrollment is Monday, August 3rd. Enrollment may be completed online at www.missourisafetycenter.com or by contacting the CMPA at (660) 543-4090, or toll-free at 1-(800)-801-3588.

FAST TRACK AWARDS NOMINATIONS DUE BY AUGUST 15TH 6/30/15RK


The Missouri Chamber of Commerce is calling for nominations for its 2015 Fast Track Awards.

According to a release from the chamber, it is a program designed to recognize Missouri's fastest growing companies.

The Fast Track Awards are selected based on the company's revenue growth over the last four years.

Nominations can be submitted online at www.mochamber.com.  Application deadline is August 15th.

Award winners will be recognized at the 2015 Missouri Chamber Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet.

For more information, you can contact Missouri Chamber director of member outreach, Katie Rose Hargreaves West, at (573) 634-3511.

COLUMBIA P.D. INVESTIGATING SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT 6/30/15RK


An area police department is investigating an incident of shots fired.

Just after 6:15 on Monday evening, Columbia Police officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of Hickam Drive in reference to multiple reports of shots being fired. During the investigation, officers discovered an uninvolved vehicle parked in the block that had at least one bullet hole in the exterior. In addition, officers located several cartridge casings.

Preliminary investigation revealed some of the shots came from the occupants of a white passenger car that was traveling westbound on Clark Lane. The shots were fired in the direction of a dark-colored passenger car that was occupied and sitting stationary. Occupants of the dark-colored vehicle are reported to have returned fire at the white vehicle. Both vehicles reportedly sped away from the scene.

No injuries have been reported at the time of this release.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Columbia Police Department or (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

BOONVILLE TEEN DRIVER HURT IN COOPER COUNTY CRASH 6/30/15RK


A one-vehicle crash in Cooper County on Monday caused minor injuries to a Boonville teen driver.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound GMC 2500, driven by 16-year-old Zachary Hallowell, accelerated quickly in loose gravel, causing the driver to reportedly lose control. The vehicle went off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.

Hallowell was transported by ambluance to Cooper County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 4:40pm on Cole Bank Road, two miles north of Bunceton.

SUSPECT IN CUSTODY IN ODESSA SHOOTING 6/29/15CC


One person is dead and another in custody after a shooting in Odessa last weekend.

According to a news release from the Odessa Police Department, officers were dispatched just after 8:00pm Sunday night to a residence in the the 500 block of West Orchard Street on a report of a shooting. Responding officers located an individual near the rear of the home who had suffered a gunshot wound.

Police say the individual was taken to the hospital, where they later died. No information about the victim has been released by authorities.

The release says an unidentified individual has been taken into custody in connection with the incident and police are working closely with the Lafayette County Prosecuting Attorney's office. Formal charges in the matter are pending.

C.M.U. GALLERY ART SHOWS TO CLOSE SOON 6/29/15CC


For those who have yet to visit the Ashby-Hodge Gallery at Central Methodist University in Fayette to see the current exhibition "3 Summer Shows," time is running short.

The current show at the Gallery on the CMU campus will close on Thursday, July 23rd. It focuses on three aspects of art—"Missouri Impressions" by Carol Bramon, "Kansas Impressions" by James Froese (1936-2012), and "Small is Big," a display of works from the permanent collection.

The Ashby-Hodge Gallery is open on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week from 1:30–4:30pm, and other times by appointment; admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.

For questions or more information, call (660) 248-6304.

WEEKEND ASSAULT UNDER INVESTIGATION BY SEDALIA POLICE 6/29/15CC


Sedalia Police are investigating an incident where a female subject was reportedly stabbed over the weekend.

According to a news release, officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of East 6th Street where they encountered a woman who reported being stabbed in the face by her ex-boyfriend after an argument. Reports say the man left the scene in the woman's car before police arrived.

Officers on scene provided first aid to the woman for a large laceration on her face; she was then taken from the scene to Bothwell Hospital before transferring to University Hospital in Columbia for further treatment.

The identities of the man and woman have not been made available as police continue their investigation.

LAFAYETTE CO. ROADWAY CLOSED MONDAY FOR WORK 6/29/15CC


According to the Lafayette County Sheriffs Department, Republican School Road (between Higginsville City Lake and Highway T) will be closed Monday, June 29th for maintenance.

For questions or more information, call (660) 259-3622.

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED FOR 2014 ARSON 6/29/15RK


A Columbia man was arrested after more than an eight-hour standoff with authorities in Columbia on Saturday and Sunday.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, 60-year-old Mehrdad Fotoohighiam was taken into custody on Sunday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He has been charged with Felony B First-Degree Arson in the December 15th, 2014, fire of a residential structure in the 3400 block of Rock Quarry Road.

Police officers located the suspect and a standoff ensued at 10:25pm on Saturday in the 5500 block of Carrick Court. Due to Fotoohighiam's reported access to weapons and his lack of response to requests for a voluntary surrender, the Columbia Police Department S.W.A.T. team and Crisis Negotiation Team were activated.

At approximately 6:50am, Columbia Police S.W.A.T officers were able to take Fotoohighiam into custody without incident. No injuries were reported during this incident.

According to online court documents, bond has been set at $5,000,000 cash only.

Fotoohighiam's initial arraignment is today at 1:30pm in Boone County Court.

RED CROSS NEEDS BLOOD, PLATELET DONATIONS 6/29/15RK


The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets and help prevent a summer shortage.

According to a news release from the Red Cross, the call for donations is supported by a recent survey of Red Cross blood and platelet donors showing that more than 40 percent plan to travel this week or next, an indicator that many eligible donors may be unavailable to give. In addition, fewer blood drives are scheduled during that same time frame.

Blood donors with all types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, and platelet donors are urged to schedule an appointment. Those who come to donate from July 2nd-6th will receive a Red Cross embroidered baseball cap, while supplies last. To make an appointment and for more information, download the free Blood Donor App, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

COLUMBIA P.D. INVESTIGATING ALLEGED ROBBERY 6/29/15RK


Detectives in an area police department are investigating the report of an alleged robbery.

Just after 10:00pm on Sunday, Columbia Police Officers were dispatched to an alleged robbery at 126 S. Providence Road, Midwest Petroleum.

Investigation revealed, the suspect allegedly entered the store and demanded money from the cashier. The suspect implied he had a weapon but no weapon was seen. The suspect fled the store on a bicycle heading eastbound on Locust Street with an undisclosed amount of money.

Nobody was injured during the robbery. There have been no arrests made and the investigation is ongoing.

The suspect is being described as a black male, approximately 5-foot-5, last seen wearing a ball cap, shirt and jeans.

If anyone has any information, contact the Columbia Police Department or Crimestoppers at (573) 875-TIPS, to remain anonymous.

CERTIFIED BOATING SAFETY CLASSES START TUESDAY IN WARSAW 6/29/15RK


Certified Boating Classes are being offered by the Missouri State Highway Patrol in the area in the coming days, weeks and months.

According to a release from the Highway Patrol, Captain Scott Shipers, commanding officer of Troop A, has announced the classes will be offered starting Tuesday, June 30th, at the Harry S. Truman Visitor Center at 2907 Visitor Center Road. Other chances to take the class at that location will be on July 22nd, August 4th, September 12th and October 24th. Classes also will be held on September 26th and October 10th at the Hampton Inn at 900 Kansas Avenue in Clinton and on November 7th and December 5th at the Warsaw/Lincoln Ambulance Base at 1206 Medic Drive in Warsaw.

The training sessions run from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Missouri law requires any person born after January 1st, 1984, to carry a boating certification card along with a picture I.D. anytime they operate a vessel.

For further information, call (816) 622-0800, ext. 3159.

RESOURCE GUIDE ON I.D. THEFT AVAILABLE ONLINE 6/29/15RK


Last week, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced his office has developed a new Identity Theft Resource Guide that is available to the public.

According to a news release from Koster's office, the guide informs Missourians on steps they should take now to protect themselves from becoming a victim and how to repair the damage caused by identity theft.

The new booklet can be viewed online at www.ago.mo.gov. You can also order printed copies of the guide at the same website.

RAMBO TO FILL TWO ROLES AT CMU 6/29/15RK


One man will fill two roles at an area university this upcoming school year.

According to a release from Central Methodist University in Fayette, William "Mike" Rambo has been chosen by CMU as its new assistant coordinator of activities. He also has been chosen as the new resident director of McMurry Hall, a coed residence hall.

Rambo, an Odessa High School graduate who has worked at CMU since 2012, earned his bachelor's degree in biology and is finishing his master's degree in education, both at CMU.

COLUMBIA AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT 6/29/15RK


Officers of an area police department are investigating a report of shots fired.

According to a news release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were dispatched just after 2:00pm on Sunday with multiple reports of shots being fired in the 1400 block of Greensboro Drive. During the investigation, officers discovered a residence had multiple bullet holes in the exterior. In addition, officers located several cartridge casings in the area.

Preliminary investigation reveals the initial shots reportedly came from a Gray or dark-colored vehicle occupied by several black males. One of the vehicle occupants reportedly aimed a handgun at a neighbor of the bullet-riddled duplex. The neighbor responded by firing shots at the vehicle which then drove away from the area. No injuries have been reported at the time of this release.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Columbia Police Department or call (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

100TH RECRUIT CLASS GRADUATES FROM PATROL ACADEMY 6/29/15RK


On Friday, Colonel J. Bret Johnson, Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announced that 32 troopers graduated from the Patrol's Law Enforcement Academy.

From this area, Benjamin Owens, of Warrensburg, has been assigned to Troop A in Lafayette County. Joshua Conrad, who is from Palmyra, has been assigned to Troop A in Johnson County.

The 100th recruit class reported to the academy on January 5th. The new troopers will report for duty on July 13th.

ON-SITE AUDIT OF SALINE COUNTY'S BOOKS GOES WELL 6/29/15RK


Saline County Auditor Tara Vogelsmeier said the on-site audit that was conducted on Saline County's books was wrapped up a day early last Wednesday. Auditors were expected to be in the Saline County Commission chambers conducting the audit for three days but were only there Tuesday and Wednesday.

During the most recent meeting of the Saline County Commission, Vogelsmeier said the audit went well.



Vogelsmeier said the county is not obligated to have an audit every year but chooses to do so.



Vogelsmeier thanked all of the office holders for their cooperation with the auditors.

SALINE COMMISSION APPROVES BIDS FOR SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT 6/29/15RK


During the most recent meeting of the Saline County Commission, Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner said Sheriff Wally George chose some bids for services needed at the Saline County Justice Facility.



Fenner said he cannot remember a time when there wasn't a bid for snow removal. He said they may have to put it out for bid again at a later date and perhaps get some interest the closer it gets to winter.

The Commission voted to accept the bids.

In other business, the commissioners also approved two liquor licenses.

HIGGINSVILLE MAN SUFFERS MODERATE INJURIES IN LAFAYETTE CRASH 6/29/15RK


A truck crash in Lafayette County early today caused moderate injuries to a Higginsville man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Ford F-150, driven by 29-year-old Benjamin Harshner, ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a fence and trees, and came to rest in a corn field.

Harshner, who was reportedly not wearing a safety device, was transported to Centerpoint Hospital by Higginsville E.M.S. for treatment.

The crash happened at 12:50am on Route E and Route FF.

THREE LA MONTE RESIDENTS HURT IN TRUCK CRASH 6/29/15RK


Three La Monte residents suffered injuries in a truck crash in Pettis County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Ford truck, driven by 22-year-old Bryan Opfer, ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.

Opfer suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Bothwell Hospital for treatment by Pettis County E.M.S. A 17-year-old passenger, McKinzie Lemon, suffered serious injuries and was transported by Staff For Life Air Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. A 21-year-old passenger, Brandon Opfer, suffered minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene.

The report says none of the occupants of the vehicle was wearing a safety device.

The crash happened at 11:00pm on Oakpoint just north of Brashears.

SEDALIA MAN FLOWN FOR TREATMENT AFTER MOTORCYCLE CRASH 6/29/15RK


A Sedalia man had to be life-flighted after a rollover motorcycle crash in Morgan County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Harley Davidson, driven by 69-year-old Don Cable, exited the right side of the roadway, overturned and ejected the driver.

Cable was flown to University of Missouri Hospital by Missouri Staff For Life for treatment of serious injuries.

The crash happened just before 4:00pm on Route W at Marvin Cutoff.

STATE FAIR ENTRY DEADLINES APPROACHING 6/28/15CC


This Wednesday marks the deadline for entering 4-H and FFA livestock contests for the Missouri State Fair. It's also the deadline for open shows for beef cattle, dairy cattle, goats, llamas, mules, poultry, rabbits, sheep and swine.

Deadlines for other entries are also approaching. Entry forms for Missouri State Fair Queen contestants need to be received by July 15th, while entries in the Missouri Junior 50 art competitions have a deadline of July 20th. Bakers wanting to enter recipes in the First Lady’s Pie Contest have until July 31st to submit their entry forms. Most entries in Home Economics must be submitted by July 20th.

The 113th Missouri State Fair, themed "Show Offs Welcome!" will be held August 13th-23rd in Sedalia. For more information about concerts, events and other Fair activities, visit www.mostatefair.com, follow the Fair on Facebook and Twitter or call 1-800-422-FAIR (3247).

BRUNSWICK BOARD MULLS FUNDRAISING OPTIONS 6/28/15CC


Recent heavy rains and wet weather are putting a damper on the fundraising efforts of one area school district.

Brunswick R-2 Superintendent Bob Kottman says junior and senior classes usually work the concession stands of baseball and softball games to raise money for trips and activities, but scores of cancelations due to rain have knocked out many of those opportunities.

Also, Kottman says a sports co-op with Keytesville next year could also cut into fundraising efforts; he explains why:



Kottman says the Brunswick school board and district parents are working to come up with fundraising ideas to help the classes offset their losses.

H.V.A.C. PROJECT MOVING ALONG FOR BRUNSWICK SCHOOL DISTRICT 6/28/15CC


Like many area school districts, the Brunswick R-2 district is using the summer months to get big ticket projects completed before the start of the next school year.

Superintendent Bob Kottman talks about recently walking members of the school board through the ongoing heating and cooling improvement project:



Kottman talks about the timetable for the project's completion:



Last week board members also signed off on a $67,500 payment to contractor Muddy Boots, of Lexington. Kottman says the total project will cost around $430,000.

SFCC OFFERS FREE DENTAL SCREENINGS 6/28/15CC


State Fair Community College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic will have a free screening from 5:00-7:00pm on Tuesday, June 30th in the clinic adjacent to the walking track in the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center on the Sedalia campus.

The screening is designed for people who haven’t had much dental care and whose teeth have not been cleaned or scaled in a while.

Patients who qualify may assist graduating Dental Hygiene students in taking their board exams in July. Qualified candidates will receive a certificate for a free cleaning at a later date in the college’s clinic.

All participants will receive free dental care products. For more information call (660) 596-7406.

A.T.V. CRASH INJURES AREA RESIDENT 6/28/15CC


A Kingsville man has been seriously injured after an all-terrain vehicle crash early Sunday morning in Johnson County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 28-year-old Charles Locascio was northbound on a Honda A.T.V. on Southwest 375th Road. The vehicle reportedly traveled through a t-intersection before it hit both a tree and a fence, ejecting the rider.

Locascio was taken from the scene via ambulance to Research Medical Center for treatment. The crash reportedly occurred around 2:50am at the intersection of Southwest 1801st Road.

AUTHORITIES SEARCH FOR MISSING BOONVILLE WOMAN 6/27/15CC


UPDATE 6/28/15: COOPER COUNTY AUTHORITIES REPORT FINDING SARAH NICHOLLS' BODY ON SATURDAY. THE BODY WAS LOCATED IN MONITEAU COUNTY, DOWNSTREAM FROM WHERE NICHOLLS HAD BEEN CAMPING.

NO OTHER INFORMATION HAS BEEN RELEASED AT THIS TIME.


Cooper County authorities are searching for an area woman missing since Thursday night.

According to the Cooper County Sheriffs Office, 31-year-old Sarah Nicholls, of Boonville, went missing after a camping trip that lasted from Thursday night to Friday morning.

Searchers are focused near Moniteau Creek in southeastern Cooper County, an area authorities say has received significant rainfall over the past several days.

The search is reportedly being assisted by local fire and law enforcement agencies as well as area residents.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Sarah Nicholls is urged to contact the Cooper County Sheriffs Department at (660) 882-2771.

GRAVOIS MILLS MAN HURT IN ROLLOVER TRUCK CRASH 6/27/15CC


A lake-area motorist escaped serious injury after a one-vehicle rollover accident on Saturday in Pettis County.

Trooper reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol state it happened as 31-year-old Richard Russell, of Gravois Mills, was traveling northbound in a 1977 Chevy truck; the right front tire reportedly blew out, causing the truck to run off the right side of the road.

The driver overcorrected, causing to the vehicle to return to the road and then run off again, where it overturned before finally coming to a rest.

Russell received minor injuries and reportedly refused treatment at the scene. The crash happened around 9:00am on Route M, south of Worth Road in Pettis County.

DEPUTIES RAISE NEARLY $7,000 AT PETTIS CO. FUNDRAISER 6/27/15CC


A fundraiser held Friday by law enforcement has helped to raise thousands of dollars for an area girl with a rare medical condition.

According to a release from the Pettis County Sheriffs Department, deputies hosted the fundraiser for the daughter of deputy Javier Gonzalez; the release says Aracely Gonzalez was recently diagnosed with a rare childhood brain tumor and has already had four surgeries at a Columbia hospital.

The fundraising barbecue, dubbed "Hope for Aracely" was held Friday in the parking lot of a Sedalia grocery store and raised $6,780 for the girl's treatments and medical bills.

The Department says donations may still be made to the "Hope for Aracely" fund by dropping them off at the sheriffs office or U.S. Bank or by visiting www.gofundme.com.

SINGLE BIKE CRASH INJURES SEDALIA MAN 6/27/15CC


An area resident was transported to the hospital in serious condition after a motorcycle accident Saturday morning in Johnson County.

According to the Highway Patrol, it happened when 50-year-old Gregory Harvey, of Sedalia, was eastbound on a 2014 Harley Davidson when an unidentified vehicle merged from the right lane to the left lane. Harvey laid the bike down to try and avoid being hit; the bike reportedly slid on its side and ejected the rider.

Harvey suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken from the scene by ambulance to Lees Summit Medical Center for treatment.

The Patrol says it happened around 10:30am on U.S. Highway 50, just east of Northwest 151st Road in Johnson County.

OSAGE BEACH MAN DROWNS AT LAKE OF THE OZARKS 6/27/15CC


A mid-Missouri man has died in the Lake of the Ozarks, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Division.

Patrol reports say 27-year-old Torrance Chatman, of Osage Beach, was attempting to swim to a dock in Welcher Hollow Cove when he began to experience difficulty, went under the water and drowned. His body was transported from the scene to an area funeral home.

The Patrol says it happened around 6:25pm Friday evening at the lake's 38.6 mile marker.

KINGSVILLE MAN CRASHES ON WET ROADWAY 6/27/15CC


An area motorist was hospitalized Friday after a one-vehicle rollover accident in Johnson County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 18-year-old Dalton Wedgeworth, of Kingsville, was northbound in a 2003 Pontiac and began to hydroplane on the wet roadway. The driver lost control, the vehicle ran off the side of the roadway and overturned, striking a metal culvert in the process.

Wedgeworth suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was taken from the scene by ambulance to Research Hospital for treatment.

Patrol reports say it happened around 6:15pm Friday evening on Route W, two-tenths of a mile south of Southwest 25th Road.

SUPERINTENDENT LEADS TOUR OF S-C FRESHMAN WING 6/26/15RK


On Monday, June 22nd, Superintendent Brad Pollitt led Sedalia School District 200 School Board members, district administrators and local media on a tour of the freshman wing that is under construction at Smith-Cotton High School.

According to a news release from the school district, it is located on the lower level of the high school and will house freshman core classes starting in the 2015-16 school year.

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SALISBURY SCHOOLS RECEIVE ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR SAFE ROOM 6/26/15RK


An area school district is celebrating reception of additional funds from a Federal Agency.

According to a release from the Salisbury R-4 School District, it recently received additional funds from FEMA of more than $292,000 for the recently-completed construction of a FEMA Safe room on the high-school campus.

The district had previously been awarded more than $1.5 million.

The approved budget for the Safe Room and Lobby/Theater was $6 million, and the project ended up costing $5.9 million.

The construction of the FEMA Safe Room was completed in November of 2014.

MARSHALL MUNICIPAL SERVICES WILL PICK UP DEBRIS FROM STORMS 6/26/15RK


The storms that traveled through the Marshall area on Thursday night and in the early hours of today have caused many problems with the streets and drains in town. The storms also knocked down tree limbs and left other debris in their wake.

Director of Marshall Municipal Services Bill Anderson said crews will pick up the debris if you get it curbside.



Anderson also said if there are problems with drains along your street or the street itself, call the Municipal Services office at 886-3945. He said the department is aware of some problems but not all.

REPORT PROBLEMS TO DRAINS OR STREETS IN MARSHALL TO MUNICIPAL SERVICES 6/26/15R


Director of Marshall Municipal Services Bill Anderson says his department is aware of some of the problems caused by the heavy rainfall to the streets in town. But he said crews do not know or see everything.

Anderson says to let his department know about any problems on your street caused by the weather.



Anderson said to give the Municipal Services a call at 886-3945 to report any of those problems.

He also said Municipal Services will pick up any debris caused by the storms. He asks residents to get the debris curbside, and the crews will pick it up. But he said it might take a few days to get it done.

MARSHALL MUNICIPAL SERVICES TO GET TO WORK ON STREETS 6/26/15RK


Torrential rainfall created numerous problems in Marshall on Thursday night and early Friday morning, some with the streets.

Director of Municipal Services Bill Anderson says water has caused some buckling at the intersection of South Miami Avenue and East College Street.



Anderson said the department will get to work on the streets that need repaired as soon as possible, but it will take time.



Anderson also said Municipal Services crews will pick up debris from the storms. Residents just need to get the debris to the street.

SEDALIA MAN HURT IN ATV CRASH 6/26/15RK


A Sedalia man was injured in an ATV crash on Thursday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a Honda ATV, driven by 31-year-old Donavan Meeks, struck a stump. Meeks was ejected off the vehicle.

Meeks was transported to University Hospital in Columbia by Pettis County E.M.S. for treatment.

The crash happened at 8:44pm at 2794 Route M.

COLUMBIA MAN HURT IN SALINE COUNTY CRASH 6/26/15RK


A Columbia man suffered serious injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Saline County Thursday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a tractor trailer, driven by 46-year-old Roberto Maysonet, of Ohio, was slowed due to traffic and was overtaken and struck in the rear by a Mitsubishi, driven by 20-year-old Vincent Altomari, of Columbia.

Maysonet reportedly escaped injury, but Altomari was transported to University Hospital by Sweet Springs E.M.S. for treatment.

The crash happened at 8:32pm on westbound I-70 at the 74 mile marker.

CMU LIBRARY RECEIVES GRANT 6/25/15RK


An area university has received a grant for its library to share resources.

According to a news release from Central Methodist University in Fayette, The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) has awarded the Smiley Library in Cupples Hall a Digital Resources for Teaching and Learning grant valued at $20,000.

The grant will provide money for resources, training and traveling to set up a CMU exchange program with other colleges and universities for campus items that are non-textual in nature. Training will include webinars this summer, appropriate software, and travel to the first consortium meeting in September in Washington, D.C.

Central’s shared areas will include the life stories that are an ongoing project of the English Department; physical artifacts, especially of the Civil War, from the Stephens Museum; and the military history of Central College (now CMU) from the Civil War forward.

The grant is for four years. The official agreement is expected to be signed in early July.

WARRENSBURG P.D. REPORTS ATTEMPTS TO DEFRAUD RESIDENTS 6/25/15RK


Recent attempts have been made to defraud citizens in an area city.

According to a release from the Warrensburg Police Department, on Wednesday, the department was made aware of a security company that was soliciting inside of the city and stating it was endorsed by the Warrensburg Police Department. The name of the security company is unknown, but the Warrensburg Police Department does not endorse any security companies.

The Police Department also has fielded a number of phone calls of someone "ghosting" the department phone number of (660) 747-9133 where a caller with a foreign accent portrays he is with the police department. There also have been reports from a male with a foreign accent calling people and saying he is with the Chesterfield Police Department or the IRS, attempting to convince the person to pay their education taxes. The calls are not legitimate.

If you have any questions, call the Warrensburg Police Department at (660) 747-9134.

BOONVILLE MAN INJURED IN COLE COUNTY CRASH 6/25/15RK


A Boonville man suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Cole County earlier today.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Chevrolet Express, driven by 20-year-old Brandon Herman, traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned.

Herman was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City for treatment.

The crash happened at 2:35pm on U.S. Highway 54 near Sandy Fork Road.

WARRENSBURG MAN HURT IN JOHNSON COUNTY CRASH 6/25/15RK


A Warrensburg man was sent to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries he suffered in a one-vehicle crash in Johnson County on Wednesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as the trailer being pulled by a northbound 1995 Ford, driven by 43-year-old Jeffery Harris, of Warrensburg, struck a pothole. That caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle, which started to slide and traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned into a ditch.

Harris was transported by Johnson County E.M.S. to Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg for treatment.

The crash happened just before 4:30pm on Northeast 151, one-tenth of a mile south of Missouri 13.

TWO SEDALIA RESIDENTS HURT IN PETTIS COUNTY CRASH 6/25/15RK


Two Sedalia residents were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Wednesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound 2005 Mercury, driven by 74-year-old Phyllis Snead, of Sedalia, reportedly pulled into the path of a westbound Oldsmobile, driven by 25-year-old Ryan Toombs, of Lebanon, at a controlled intersection and was struck by the Oldsmobile.

Snead, and a passenger in her car, 46-year-old Jamie Wendel, of Sedalia, suffered minor injuries and were taken by Pettis County E.M.S. to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.

Toombs, and a 14-year-old passenger in his car, of Lebanon, had their minor injuries treated at the scene.

The crash happened just before noon on U.S. Highway 50 at Route M.

SLATER SCHOOL BOARD SETS OUT-OF-DISTRICT TUITION RATES 6/24/15RK


During the meeting of the Slater School Board on Tuesday night, the board approved the out-of-district tuition rates, according to Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz.



Lorenz added the tuition rates for preschool will see a slight increase.



In other business, the board approved a bid for roughly $16,000 for installation of cameras, appointed a Homeless Coordinator, approved bus routes and adopted the ending 2014-15 budget as the new budget for 2015-16.

POWER LINES DOWN FOR A TIME TODAY IN SEDALIA 6/24/15RK


For a little more than an hour and a half this afternoon, authorities in an area city were advising its citizens to use extreme caution at an intersection due to a possible hazard.

According to a release from the Pettis County Sheriff's Office, at 1:00pm, the Sedalia Police Department advised residents that the intersection of 3rd Street and State Fair Boulevard in Sedalia was closed due to downed power lines. Kansas City Power & Light repair trucks responded to the intersection, took care of the hazard, and the intersection was reopened to traffic at about 2:40pm.

According to a spokesperson at the Sheriff's Office, there were no injuries nor incidents during the time the power lines were down.

WARRENSBURG NOW OFFERING ONLINE PAYMENT OPTION FOR SEWER BILLS 6/24/15RK


An area city is now offering a way to make it easier for residents to pay one of their monthly bills.

According to a news release, the City of Warrensburg has announced it now offers online and auto-pay options for sewer bills. Residents will now be able to access their accounts online. One-time bill pay options will also be available with a variety of ways to pay. Automatic monthly bill pay may also be set up during this time.

Bills may be paid with cash, checks, debit and credit card accounts through Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Services at BI-LO, City Hall and over the phone will continue to be available, as well. Residents can expect an insert in their next bill.

Some stipulations do apply when paying at certain locations, and there will be a transaction fee of $1.25 applied to online payments.

You can get more information or set up an account at www.warrensburg-mo.com/sewer-billing  or by calling the Sewer Utility Department at (660) 262-4549.

CLINTON RESIDENT HURT IN HENRY COUNTY CRASH 6/24/15RK


A Clinton resident was taken to the hospital after suffering injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Henry County on Tuesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Ford Focus, driven by 21-year-old Stephanie Stansberry, of Clinton, was stopped to make a left-hand turn and was struck in the rear by a Chevrolet Silverado, driven by 18-year-old Alexander Jones, of Clinton.

While Jones was reportedly not injured, Stansberry was taken to Golden Valley Hospital by E.M.S. for treatment.

The crash happened at 9:10pm on Missouri 7 at Northeast 201st Road.

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD ACCEPTS RESIGNATION OF TEACHER, HIRES OTHERS 6/24/15RK


Several actions were taken by the Marshall School Board in executive session on Tuesday night.

First, the board accepted the resignation of first-grade teacher Ariane O’Day, according to a news release from the district.

The board also approved the employment of several teachers, paraprofessionals, coaches and a custodian and a permanent substitute bus driver in the district.

The board also approved a $1,000 raise for Jim Heinzler, Lance Tobin, Janine Machholz, Rendy Maupin, Paige Clouse, Renee Vaught, Susan Angelhow, Derek Lark, and Terri Porter.

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD MOVES MONEY TO PAY FOR PROJECTS 6/24/15RK


With the end of the fiscal year on June 30th, on Tuesday night the Marshall School Board voted to move some money from one fund to another to cover costs of special projects. The total cost of the special projects, which includes $258,000 to renovate the current baseball field into a facility that can be used for softball and perhaps Little League games with an Astroturf infield, and $110,000 for roof repairs, was $388,000.

The board also voted to move $165,911.94 from the General Fund to the Capital Projects Fund, the maximum amount allowable. The money will be used to build a balance in the Capital Projects Fund and enter into a lease-purchase agreement for the purchase of buses for the 2015-16 school year.

Also moved were all remaining funds from the Teachers' Fund, after all expenditures after all of the expenditures of the 2015 school year have been paid, to the General Fund.

SEARCH FOR PRINCIPAL IN MARSHALL SCHOOL DISTRICT IS UNDER WAY 6/24/15RK


Dr. Carol Maher, Superintendent of the Marshall School District, said during the meeting of the school board Tuesday night, the district has opened the search for a principal at Eastwood Elementary School. The district will be accepting resumes for possible candidates until Monday, June 29th.



In other business, the board heard projections of revenues and expenditures for the 2015-16 school year from Dr. Maher. She has conservatively projected the numbers to leave a projected balance of just under $4 million.

ALL MARSHALL SCHOOLS TO HAVE SALAD BARS 6/24/15RK


There will be another option for students in some of the schools in the Marshall Public School District for lunch this year, according to Director of Student Services Terri Porter.



Later during the meeting of the Marshall School Board on Tuesday night, Porter requested the board approve a slight hike of five cents in the lunch and breakfast prices after a paid lunch equity calculation was figured. The new prices would be:



Porter pointed out, free and reduced prices will stay the same.
The board voted to approve the requested raise in prices.

ENDANGERED PERSON ADVISORY ISSUED FOR MISSING MORGAN COUNTY TEEN 6/24/15RK


UPDATE: An Endangered Person Advisory that was issued in Morgan County Tuesday for a missing teenager has been canceled.

According to a release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol early this Thursday morning, 16-year-old Kiaira Burris, of Versailles, was located and is safe.

An Endangered Person Advisory has been issued for a Morgan County teenager.

According to a release from the Versailles Police Department, the missing person is Kiaira Lazae Burris, a 16-year-old black female, who is 5-foot-7, 175 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and a tattoo of a rose outline on her left arm. She was last seen wearing a brown and tan sleeveless sundress, black sandals with pearls and carrying a black backpack containing clothes.

The release says, Burris left with an unknown subject from McDonald's in Versailles at 3:00pm on Tuesday. At 9:30pm, Burris' mother received a phone call from Burris from an unknown number. Burris was crying and sounded distraught. An unknown male subject came on the line and stated "I hid the body" several times before disconnecting.


UPDATE: Authorities are looking for a gray-colored Chevrolet Malibu with tinted windows and damage to its front end. It was last seen on Tuesday at 7:00pm in Columbia. A possible associate or suspect could be Antonio Jerel Primer, Jr., a 20-year-old black male who is 6-foot-6, 250 pounds and has brown eyes.


Anyone having any information on the whereabouts of Burris, the suspect, associate or vehicle is being urged to call 911 or the Versailles Police Department at (573) 378-5481 immediately.

SALINE C.A.R.T. FUNDS INCREASE FROM 2014 6/23/15CC


Saline County Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey, Jr. gave an update on funds received from the County Aid Road Trust, or C.A.R.T. fund, at Tuesday morning's meeting of the Saline County Commission:



All total, the county has received over $395,000 from the C.A.R.T. fund in the first six months of 2015.

GRAND PASS BRIDGE PROJECT UNDERWAY IN SALINE COUNTY 6/23/15CC


At the Tuesday meeting of the Saline County Commission, Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner gave an update on the progress of the Grand Pass Bridge project:



Fenner gave commissioners a rough timeline of how long the work will take to complete:



In other business, the Commission were updated on County Aid Road Trust funds and approved seventeen requests for liquor licenses for area retailers.

PETTIS CRASH INJURES MARSHALL WOMAN 6/23/15CC


A one-vehicle accident in Pettis County on Tuesday left a Marshall woman with moderate injuries, according to the Highway Patrol.

Reports say it happened when a southbound 2006 Nissan driven by 34-year-old Maria Miranda, of Marshall, ran off the right side of the roadway, returned to the road and then ran off the road again. The vehicle overturned, resulting in extensive damages.

Miranda was taken from the scene to Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia for treatment. Reports say the crash occurred around 7:23am on Route H, just south of Elliot Road in Pettis County.

CARROLLTON TRUCK DRIVER STRUCK BY TRAIN 6/23/15CC


An area man has been hospitalized after the truck he was driving was struck by a train at a Ray County crossing on Tuesday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 59-year-old Clifford Burkhardt, of Carrollton, was northbound in a 2012 Freightliner and attempted to travel over a rail crossing. The truck was struck by the engine car of a train driven by 40-year-old Jonathan Davis, of Moberly.

Burkhardt suffered serious injuries and was taken from the scene to North Kansas City Hospital for treatment.

Patrol reports say the accident happened around 10:44am at the crossing at Pigs Landing and Fleming Road.

HOWARD COUNTY RECEIVES 'GOOD' AUDIT RATING 6/23/15RK


An area county received a "good" performance rating during an audit recently conducted.

According to a news release, Howard County received a better rating than it did four years ago. The audit report from Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway's audit team includes information collected for the December 31st, 2014, audit period.

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

Audit staff noted findings in four areas, including prosecuting attorney accounting controls and procedures, sheriff financial controls and procedures, public administrator disbursements and proper accounting of road and bridge sales tax.

The complete report of the Howard County audit is available on the auditor's website at www.auditor.mo.gov.

SEDALIA COUNCIL APPROVES ORDINANCES INVOLVING ANIMAL SHELTER 6/23/15RK


At a special meeting of the Sedalia City Council on Monday, the council approved several ordinances involving the Sedalia Animal Shelter.

According to a city official, the city will be taking over the Sedalia Animal Shelter on July 1st of this year, and the council approved agreements with the Spay & Neuter Clinic, LLC, and the Thompson Hills Animal Clinic for veterinary services needed for the animals. The council also adopted an ordinance establishing a fee schedule for adoption of cats and dogs from the animal shelter.

In other business, the council also approved a nonexclusive easement so that a bus shelter can be built on South Moniteau Avenue.

TWO SUSPECTS APPREHENDED, ONE REMAINS AT-LARGE IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY PURSUITS 6/2


Multiple vehicle pursuits in Lafayette County on Monday have resulted in the arrests of two persons from the Kansas City area, but one man remains at-large.

According to a release from the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department, the office received a call at 4:00pm with the report of a burglary in progress south of Bates City.

As Deputies were responding, they encountered a vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop. However, the vehicle sped off and subsequently crashed at the intersection of Highways OO and TT. A 56-year-old man from Kansas City was taken into custody, but another man and a woman from the vehicle fled the scene on foot.

About 20 minutes later, a truck was reported stolen west of the crash scene, and at 4:30, the truck became disabled and the 27-year-old woman from Olathe, Kansas, who had fled the original scene, was later taken into custody in a business parking lot as she attempted to get into other vehicles.

The two suspects who have been taken into custody are awaiting the filing of formal charges.

The other man has not been apprehended and remains at-large. At 2:00am today, a work truck was reported stolen from Gillen Road. It is believed to be related to the Monday incident.

No other information is available at this time.

VIRGINIA TEEN HURT IN TOWED WATERSPORT MISHAP 6/23/15RK


A Warrensburg man escaped injury, while a resident of the state of Virginia suffered minor injuries in a boating accident in Camden County on Monday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Water Patrol, 40-year-old Christopher Moore, of Warrensburg, was driving a boat that was towing persons on a tube. When the tube was pulled over a large wake, it caused one of the people to fall off the tube and into the water.

A 13-year-old from Virginia was taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened at 5:30pm at the 7.8 mile marker on the Grand Glaize Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks.

SEDALIA STUDENTS ATTEND LEADERSHIP SEMINAR 6/23/15RK


According to a release from the Sedalia 200 School District, three Smith-Cotton High School students attended the Hugh O'Brian State Leadership Seminar June 5th through 7th in Cape Girardeau.

According to the organization's website, www.hoby.org, the State Leadership Seminar is designed to help high school sophomores recognize their leadership talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community.

Approximately 130 students participated in the Missouri seminar. All members of the Smith-Cotton Student Council, were selected to participate in the program.

Pictured, from left, are sophomores Bailey Smith, Sarah Skrzypczak and Emily Edwards.

BOONVILLE MAN HAS PROBATION REVOKED, CHARGED WITH FELONY 6/23/15RK


Boonville Police served a warrant for the arrest of William Ryan Ferguson on Monday, June 22nd.

Ferguson, who was subsequently transported to the Cooper County Detention Center, was charged with a Felony Class C of Theft/Stealing of at least $500 but less than $25,000 in January. He received probation, but the probation was revoked on Thursday, June 18th, according to online court documents.

Ferguson also faces other charges, including a Class C Felony for Forgery.

Bond has been set at $3,000.

A future court date has not yet been set.

PEARCE APPLAUDS EATING DISORDER BILL SIGNED BY NIXON 6/22/15


Eating disorders are life-threatening and can require long periods of treatment to get over.

The sponsor of a bill signed by Governor Nixon, Senator David Pearce, says unfortunately those who suffer from those disorders generally don't get all the help they need:



Pearce says patients require mental health treatment to keep from falling back into a dangerous condition:



Pearce says he got involved with the issue because of family in his hometown, Warrensburg, who had a daughter that died due to an eating disorder.

 
---MISSOURINET NEWS
 

MAN IMPRISONED FOR MURDERING MARSHALL WOMAN DIES IN HOSPITAL 6/22/15CC


A man imprisoned for murdering and dismembering a Marshall woman last year has died.

67-year-old Joseph Arbeiter, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty in December to several crimes including first-degree murder for killing 35-year-old Mandy Black, whose remains were found in several shallow graves in May of 2014.

He was serving life without parole for that and crimes committed against a neighbor in an attack in April of 2014.

Arbeiter had gone to prison before, for murdering a mother of two in 1963 when he was 15. His life sentence for that crime was overturned because of the way the confession from the then-juvenile was taken by police.

The Corrections Department reports he died of apparent natural causes in a Columbia hospital.

 
---MISSOURINET NEWS
 

VETERAN'S OUTREACH EVENT THIS THURSDAY IN MARSHALL 6/22/15CC


The Columbia Vet Center, an office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, has announced an outreach event for veterans and their families this week in Marshall.

A news release says the event is designed to discuss veterans benefits and to answer questions about services provided by Vet Center Staff. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet Vet Center staff, learn more about Vet Centers and learn about the 40-foot mobile Vet Center, used for veterans outreach projects and for national emergencies.

The event takes place on Thursday, June 25th from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the WalMart Supercenter at 885 Cherokee Drive in Marshall.

For questions or more information call (573) 814-6308.

SALINE AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING ALLEGED BURGLARY IN MIAMI 6/22/15RK


Saline County Authorities are investigating an alleged burglary.

According to a report from the Saline County Sheriff's Deputy, he was dispatched to a residence on East Mechanic in Miami with the report of an alleged breaking and entering.

The residents advised the Deputy they had just returned home and heard a loud noise in the back of the house.

After the Deputy's arrival, he and the residents walked around the property and observed pry marks on the back door. However, the residents did not notice anything missing from the property.

The Deputy did notice a path of crass where it appeared someone had walked. He trailed it to a wooded area, where the trail ended.

Pictures were taken of the damage to the door.

The investigation into the alleged burglary continues.

OAK GROVE MAN SUFFERS MINOR INJURIES IN CRASH 6/22/15RK


An Oak Grove man totaled his truck and suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Jackson County earlier today.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Ford, driven by 20-year-old Kyle Sutton, traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree.

Sutton was transported to Lee's Summit Medical Center for treatment.

The crash happened just before 9:00am on Highway F, a quarter of a mile south of J.W. Cummings Road.

MODOT NAMES STATE MAINTENANCE ENGINEER 6/22/15RK


The Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) has named a successor to a retiree.

According to a news release from MoDOT, Becky Allmeroth, who has served the Missouri Department of Transportation for the past 19 years, has been named state maintenance engineer following the retirement last month of Beth Wright.

Allmeroth is a 1995 graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri S&T).

Allmeroth started her MoDOT career as a highway designer in Willow Springs. In 1996, she transferred to the St. Louis District where she has worked in planning, federal aid and traffic.

For the past six years, Allmeroth has served as maintenance and traffic-operations engineer for the St. Louis region.

DRIVER KILLED IN ONE-VEHICLE CRASH IN COLUMBIA 6/22/15RK


The 72-year-old driver of a Toyota Camry was killed in a one-vehicle crash in Columbia on Sunday.

According to a report from the Columbia Police Department, a silver Toyota Camry was traveling northbound in the 300 block of William Street, when the vehicle veered off the left side of the roadway and struck a utility pole.

The Driver, who had to be removed from the vehicle by medical and fire personnel, was transported from the scene by E.M.S. personnel to University Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Speed and/or impairment by drugs/Alcohol are not believed to be a factor in the crash, which happened just before 2:00pm.

The investigation is ongoing.

MARSHALL FIREMEN BATTLE CAR BLAZE AT WALMART 6/22/15RK


There was excitement and some tension in the parking lot of the Marshall Walmart at 855 Cherokee Avenue on Sunday, and it had nothing to do with a sale.

The Marshall Fire Department was called out to battle a vehicle fire and had it under control within minutes.

According to Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day, department personnel were called out at 4:24pm and were on the scene in less than two minutes. The fire was under control within three minutes.

He said the fire started in the engine compartment of a Dodge Minivan, which was valued at $18,000. The estimated loss to the vehicle was $17,000 and $500 to $1,000 to its contents. The blaze was possibly caused by electrical failure.

Day said two other vehicles in the area suffered heat damage, but no dollar estimate was given.

There were no injuries.

The four fire-department personnel were back at the station at 4:48pm.

TWO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS HURT IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY CRASH 6/22/15RK


Two out-of-state residents were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Lafayette County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as the driver of a Ford Expedition, reportedly lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle and its towed unit traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.

The driver, 53-year-old Susan Williams, of Utah, and a passenger, 31-year-old Makay Oakey, of Florida, each suffered minor injuries. They were transported by Odessa Ambulance to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 5:15pm on westbound I-70 at the 33.4 mile marker.

MARSHALL ADMINISTRATORS ATTEND LEADERSHIP ACADEMY 6/22/15RK


Two Marshall Public Schools administrators studied with Missouri leaders at a recent event.

According to a news release from Marshall Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher, Bueker Middle School Assistant Principal Susan Angelhow and Marshall High School Assistant Principal Ian Verts returned this week from attending the Leadership Academy, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Due to his summer school duties, Marshall High School Principal Jim Heinzler will join the Leadership Academy in the fall.

The 2015-16 Leadership Academy this week kicked off its year-long training for more than 100 school leaders from around the state. The Leadership Academy has offered training in the central principles of development for school leaders for three decades, celebrating the graduation of its 30th class this year.

ONE ROAD CLOSED IN CARROLL, RAY COUNTIES 6/22/15RK


With heavy rainfall hitting the area on Sunday, two roads in the KMMO listening area have been closed due to high water.

According to the MoDOT Traveler Information Map, in Carroll County, Route D at Wakenda Creek was closed to traffic as of 8:25 last night.

In Ray County, Route O at Fishing River was closed to traffic as of 2:45 this morning.

HOLDEN MAN INJURED IN JOHNSON COUNTY CRASH 6/22/15RK


A Holden man was injured in a one-car crash in Johnson County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash happened as a Chevrolet, driven by Travis Wickman, traveled off the right side of the roadway, returned to the roadway and reportedly overcorrected. The vehicle then traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck the ground and overturned.

Wickman was transported by Johnson County Ambulance to Lee's Summit Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

The crash happened at 4:30pm on Southwest 1501st Road, south of Southwest 400th Road.

ROCHEPORT MAN INJURED IN MERCER COUNTY MOTORCYCLE CRASH 6/22/15RK


A Rocehport man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in Mercer County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as 48-year-old Roger Allen reportedly lost control of the westbound Harley Davidson he was driving on wet pavement going around a right-hand curve. The bike reportedly went into a clockwise spin, traveled off the right side of the roadway and into a ditch, ejecting the driver.

Allen was taken by Mercer County E.M.S. to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton for treatment.

The crash happened at 3:35pm on U.S. Highway 136, three miles east of Trenton.

OAK GROVE TEEN HURT IN JACKSON COUNTY CRASH 6/22/15RK


A teen driver from Oak Grove suffered moderate injuries in a one-car crash in Jackson County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as 16-year-old Destiny Campbell reportedly lost control of the northbound Chevrolet she was driving on wet pavement in a curve. The car traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.

Campbell was transported by ambulance to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 2:55pm on Route F, one-half mile south of Grayum.

MIZZOU DEFENSIVE LINEMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ONE-CAR CRASH 6/22/15RK


A University of Missouri football player was seriously injured in a one-car crash in Boone County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Chrysler Concorde, driven by 21-year-old Harold Brantley, of Columbia, traveled off the left side of the roadway, overcorrected, slid off the right side of the roadway, struck a guardrail and overturned.

The defensive lineman was transported by ambulance to University Hospital for treatment. Also suffering minor injuries was a 21-year-old passenger in the car, Madeleine Stock, of Columbia. She also was transported to University Hospital by ambulance for treatment.

The crash happened at 1:55pm on U.S. Highway 63, one-half a mile south of the KOMU News Station.

NEW FRANKLIN SCHOOL BOARD TALKS BUDGET, UPGRADES 6/20/15CC


The New Franklin R-1 School Board is looking at the possibility of taking on construction projects aimed at improving district facilities.

According to Superintendent David Haggard, the board met last week and discussed the district's facilities plan:



Along with security and door upgrades, Haggard says there is one area the board feels demands the most attention when it comes to improving facilities:



He says the board will spend time soon deciding how best to fund the upgrades, including the possibility of a ballot measure in a future election.

In other business, the board voted to close out last year's budget and finalize the budget for next school year. Haggard talks about some expenditures that have been factored in for next year to benefit both teachers and students:



Haggard says the board also reviewed and approved changes to student handbooks and approved seeking bids for food and fuel items for next school year.

RAIN FORCES SLOWDOWN FOR BOONVILLE SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION WORK 6/20/15CC


At this week's meeting of the Boonville R-1 Board of Education, board members learned about delays in some of the district's ongoing construction projects.

According to a district spokesperson, recent heavy rains have slowed down dirt and concrete work at multiple work sites; however, some work on window replacement and new security doors has been able to be carried out. Crews are focusing right now on work at Laura Speed Elliott Elementary and David Barton Middle School.

In other business, the board approved the final budget for 2014-15, approved the preliminary budget for 2015-16 and approved final bus routes.

Board members also appointed Pam Jaeger as Board Secretary for the 2015-16 school year.

MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE, BOUWS HONORED AT MARSHALL CHAMBER BANQUET 6/19/15CC


At the 94th annual Marshall Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet on Thursday, Missouri Valley College was named the 2015 Business of the Year.

The college's presence in the Marshall community for over a century and its ongoing role with the Chamber were cited as just a few reasons the award was bestowed upon the university.

Also on Thursday, Comfort Inn Marshall Station General Manager Gracie Bouws received the Chamber award for 2015 Citizen of the Year.

The annual event was held at the Martin Community Center in Marshall and featured recognition of past and present chamber board members and entertainment by local performers The Morton Sisters.

CITY OF SEDALIA NAMES JUNE YARD CONTEST WINNERS 6/19/15CC


The city of Sedalia has announced the winners of its monthly "Way to Grow!" Yard of the Month contest for the month of June.

According to a release, the prize for the city's First Ward went to Jerry Ann Mayfield, of 2003 West Broadway; the Second Ward and Grand Prize award went to Elwanda Tanner and Darrell Dodson, of 901 East Broadway; Third Ward honors were awarded to Erin Setzer, of 1107 Ware; and Fourth Ward prize went o Bob & Laura Heitmeyer, of 3208 Buckingham Drive.

You can find out more about the "Way to Grow!" monthly contest by visiting www.cityofsedalia.com or by stopping by the Mayor's office at 200 South Osage Avenue.

Entries for the July contest must be submitted by Friday, July 10th.

FAYETTE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES YMCA PROGRAM 6/18/15CC


The Fayette R-3 School Board met in regular session this week with a number of items up for board consideration.

The board approved both the final budget for 2014-15 and the budget for the upcoming 2015-16 school year.

Members also approved increases in meal prices for next year; breakfast and lunch will go up by $.15 while extra milk will increase by $.02.

Board members also gave the o.k. to the Boonville YMCA using a facility at Daly Clark school for a before and after school program beginning with the 2015-16 school year.

The board also gave approval to changing the start time of school board meetings from 6:00pm to 6:30pm.

KOSTER TO CRACK DOWN ON "STORM-CHASERS" 6/19/15CC


Attorney General Chris Koster on Friday warned consumers to be alert for possible "storm-chasers" following the heavy rains and flooding across Missouri.

Koster says that his office will pursue action against anyone who takes advantage of Missouri consumers in the aftermath of storms.

Koster says storm-chasers typically go door-to-door offering to provide repair or clean-up services. They often claim to be recovery experts or contractors specializing in flood repairs. In reality, these storm-chasers provide shoddy or no work after taking up-front payment, and then flee the area, leaving the homeowner with little or no recourse.

To read tips on how to avoid being scammed by a storm-chaser, visit the Attorney General online at www.ago.mo.gov; you can also call (800) 392-8222.

LIVING CENTER CAR SHOW ROLLS INTO MARSHALL ON SATURDAY 6/19/15CC


The annual car show presented by The Living Center in Marshall takes place Saturday, June 20th.

Classic cars and rides will be on display from 10:00am until 12:30pm in the parking lot of The Living Center at 2506 Linden Tree Parkway. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Center's Resident Council.

Trophies will be awarded for the best cars and refreshments available, along with live music.

For questions or more information, call (660) 886-0194.

WARRENSBURG MAN SENTENCED ON CHILD PORN CHARGES 6/18/15CC


A Warrensburg man has been sentenced in federal court for distributing and possessing hundreds of thousands of images of child pornography.

According to the U.S. Western District Attorney's office, 52-year-old Richard Alan Sigsbury was sentenced Thursday in federal court to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole.

In October of 2014, Sigsbury pleaded guilty to four counts of distributing child pornography, four counts of advertising child pornography, one count of possessing child pornography and one count of possessing child obscenity.

The defendant admitted that he was in possession of more than 500,000 images of child pornography and more than 600 videos of child pornography, including images of prepubescent children in bondage.

Sigsbury admitted that he was involved in child pornography for more than a decade.

SALINE CO. E.M.A. DIRECTOR TALKS FLOOD DAMAGE TOTALS 6/18/15CC


With heavy rains and flooding across the mid-Missouri area over the past few weeks, the bills for damages and losses in area counties are starting to pile up.

Saline County Emergency Management Director Emmit Williams spoke with the County Commission on Thursday about the dollar figure so far for damages in Saline County:



Williams says other counties in the area, like Ray County, will be paying out far more to repair damages from storms and flooding:



He says Ray County already estimates needing some $800,000 worth of gravel alone to help cover damaged roadways.

SALINE CO. COMMISSION SELLS LAND FROM BRIDGE PROJECT 6/18/15CC


At the Thursday meeting of the Saline County Commission, Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner gave an update on a final piece of business regarding the recently-completed Wilton Springs bridge project:



Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey, Jr. also noted that the county's annual audit is right around the corner:



The audit will be performed by the firm Gerding, Korte and Chitwood, of Boonville.

In other business, commissioners were updated on recent emergency management training by county EMA Director Emmit Williams.

STATE INSURANCE OFFICE ADVISES POLICY REVIEW ON FLOODING 6/18/15CC


As storms and heavy rains continue to impact parts of Missouri, the Missouri Department of Insurance wants to remind homeowners to review their insurance policies now to ensure they are adequately covered if they have to file a claim.

A release from the Department of Insurance says most homeowners policies do not offer coverage for flood damage or losses and that you should check your policy under exclusions; it will probably be listed under "water damage." The department has homeowners policies from the top 20 insurance carriers available on its website for consumers to review.

Flood insurance is available through the federal government's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). It may be purchased through licensed property and casualty insurance agents or through many private insurance companies. Typically, there's a 30-day waiting period from date of purchase before a policy goes into effect.

To learn more call the state Department of Insurance at (573) 751-4126 or visit them on the web at www.difp.mo.gov.

FATAL CRASH IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY 6/18/15CC


A Pleasant Hill woman has been killed following a one-vehicle rollover accident in Lafayette County Thursday morning.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it happened around 12:30am when a 2008 Chevrolet driven by 21-year-old Samantha Stout was traveling northbound and ran off the right side of the road. The driver reportedly overcorrected and the vehicle ran off the road again; she was ejected when the car struck an embankment.

Stout was taken from the scene to I-70 Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at around 2:05am.

Patrol reports say the accident happened on Highway 23, north of Ellmaker Road.

DeWITT WOMAN INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH 6/17/15CC


A Carroll County woman escaped serious injury after a one-vehicle rollover accident on Wednesday morning.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it happened when a westbound vehicle driven by 27-year-old Kelly Carson, of DeWitt, slid off the side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned.

Carson received minor injuries in the crash and was taken by ambulance to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The Patrol says the accident happened around 7:30am on County Road 230, west of County Road 345.

MARSHALL FOOD PANTRY DIRECTOR SAYS "EAT YOUR VEGGIES" 6/17/15CC


With the official start of Summer just a few days away, the Marshall Community Food Pantry is staying busy helping to provide meals for area families in need.

Director Ron Duvall says food pantry clients right now can stock up on a variety of fresh summer vegetables:



Duvall says anyone can donate fresh veggies from their own gardens to assist the mission of the pantry:



The Community Food Pantry is located at 165 West Morgan Street in Marshall.

SLATER COUNCIL UPDATED ON SEWER STUDY 6/17/15CC


At the Tuesday meeting of the Slater City Council, members were updated about the next steps in a sewer study grant which will help the city conduct a needed survey involving sump pumps from houses of city residents.

City Administrator Gene Griffith explains:



The city recently applied for and received the grant of $47,000 to help conduct the survey.

Griffith says the council also discussed summer trash pickup schedules:



Inother business, the council talked about upcoming events in Slater, including the Steve McQueen Day Car Show and the Fourth of July fireworks show.

SALINE COMMISSION APPROVES "PURPLE HEART COUNTY" PROPOSAL 6/17/15CC


Saline County has joined the ranks of area communities designated as Purple Heart Communities.

Northern District Commissioner Charlie Guthrie explains after reading an official proclamation at Tuesday's meeting of the Saline County Commission:



Guthrie says the county, along with the cities of Marshall, Slater and Sweet Springs, will officially receive the designation at a ceremony later this year:



The city of Marshall passed a resolution for its Purple Heart City designation at the City Council meeting earlier this week.

SALINE COMMISSIONERS HEAR BRIDGE UPDATE 6/16/15CC


At Tuesday's Saline County Commission meeting , Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner gave an update on progress on the Grand Pass Bridge:



The bridge is the next in line on the county's list of bridges to be replaced or repaired under the Missouri Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation-- or B.R.O.-- program.

Fenner says another recently-completed bridge at Wilton Springs now has a parcel of land available for the county to sell. He made a motion Tuesday to appoint an Ex-Officio Commissioner to the transaction, which is a necessary step in the process:



The county will sell the property to John and Jane Lewis at a cost of $8,000.

MAY JOB GROWTH NUMBERS RELEASED 6/16/15CC


Job growth in the Show-Me State is still on the uptick, according to state officials.

According to seasonally adjusted data released this week by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 6,600 jobs in May, while the state’s unemployment rate edged up one-tenth of a point to 5.8 percent.

Industries that experienced an increase in employment in May included leisure & hospitality (up by 3,200 jobs), trade, transportation & utilities (up by 2,300 jobs), professional & business services (up by 2,100 jobs), and construction (up by 1,400 jobs).

AROUND THE AREA: CITY COUNCIL AND ALDERMEN RESULTS 6/16/15CC


The Sedalia City Council met in regular session on Monday with a light agenda.

Council members voted to approve an agreement with Poort Excavating for storm drainage improvements as part of the city's storm water master plan. The council also approved a resolution on a Community Development Block Grant and approved several liquor licenses.
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It was also a short meeting for the Higginsville Board of Aldermen on Monday.

Aldermen approved adding Ambulance District worker Melinda Pogue as a part-time E.M.T., approved renewal of several liquor licenses and approved requests for fireworks sales permits to Hale Fireworks, Brian Knapp and the Higginsville Lions Club.
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The Carrollton Town Council held an equally short meeting on Monday, giving council approval to the addition of several volunteer firefighters and hearing updates from the city's Wastewater and Street Supervisors.

MARSHALL COUNCIL APPROVES SEVERAL CONTRACTS 6/16/15CC


The Marshall City Council on Monday approved an engineering contract with Engineering Surveys and Services, of Sedalia, for a sidewalk project on Miami Street.

City Administrator Connie Latimer talks about the project and how it's moving along:



In other business, the council approved five various contracts between the city and Marshall Municipal Utilities and also passed a resolution approving a project of the Saline County Industrial Development Authority.

MARSHALL NAMED AS "PURPLE HEART CITY" 6/16/15CC


At the Monday meeting of the Marshall City Council, a resolution was passed to name Marshall as a Purple Heart City.

Mayor Pro Tem Dan Brandt says it serves as a way to support the area's veterans and recipients of the Purple Heart award:



City Administrator Connie Latimer says Marshall is one of several area communities that have passed a similar resolution:



Other area Purple Heart Cities include Slater, Sweet Springs, Sedalia and Warrensburg.

SLATER CITY COUNCIL TO CONVENE ON TUESDAY 6/15/15CC


The Slater City Council meets in regular session on Tuesday, June 16th.

Items on the council agenda include updates on the summer trash schedule, upcoming city events and events at the city pool. Council members will also discuss a sewer study grant.

The meeting gets underway at 7:00pm at Slater City Hall located at 232 North Main Street.

C.M.U. RENEWS DEGREE AGREEMENT WITH THREE RIVERS COLLEGE 6/15/15CC


A recent agreement between Central Methodist University and Three Rivers College will help continue a partnership between the two schools that began in 2008.

According to Central Methodist University, the Fayette university is one of three schools taking part in Three Rivers's new University Center on the Poplar Bluff community college campus. The three schools will offer Three Rivers students the opportunity to earn a four-year degree from the two-year campus.

New to the partnership with Central Methodist are agreements for degree offerings in Biology and Health Sciences, along with a number of degree programs already offered over the past seven years.

Other participating institutions are Hannibal-LaGrange University and Southeast Missouri State University.

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING ALLEGED STRONG-ARMED ROBBERY 6/14/15RK


Police detectives of an area department are investigating an alleged strong-armed robbery.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were dispatched just after 4:40pm on Saturday, June 13th, to an alleged robbery near Seventh Street and Broadway.

The investigation revealed a male victim was approached by two black males. The suspects allegedly assaulted the victim and stole an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the area on foot. The victim sustained minor injuries allegedly as a result of the assault.

The suspects are described as older black males with a tall, average build.

If you have any information regarding this incident, you’re asked to contact CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

CENTRALIA MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN BOONE COUNTY CRASH 6/14/15RK


A Centralia man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash in Columbia on Saturday.

According to a report from the Columbia Police Department, the crash occurred as a northbound Nissan Frontier, driven by 49-year-old Michael Melvin, of Centralia, reportedly crossed into the southbound lanes of traffic and crashed into a southbound Chevy Impala, driven by 25-year-old Christopher Burks, of Centralia.

Melvin was transported by E.M.S. to the hospital with serious injuries. Burks' minor injuries were treated at the scene.

Investigation into the crash, which happened just after 2:00pm on Saturday in the 5300 block of Route B, is ongoing, according to the report.

TWO HARDIN RESIDENTS HURT IN RAY COUNTY CRASH 6/14/15RK


Two Hardin residents were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Ray County on Saturday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Ford Escape, driven by 42-year-old Scott Littlepage, of Wood Heights, Missouri, reportedly failed to stop at a stop sign and struck a southbound Ford Fiesta, driven by 22-year-old Jessica Calhoun, of Hardin.

Littlepage reportedly was not injured, but Calhoun and a passenger in her vehicle, 25-year-old Jimmy Ashby, of Hardin, each suffered moderate injuries and were transported by E.M.S. to Ray County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 6:50pm on East South Street at Wollard Avenue in Richmond.

TWO ILLINOIS MEN HURT IN LAFAYETTE CRASH 6/14/15RK


Two out-of-state residents were injured when their vehicle hit an unknown vehicle on I-70 in Lafayette County on Saturday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Chrysler 300, driven by 26-year-old Joshua Melton, of Granite City, Ill., struck an unknown westbound vehicle. The Chrysler 300 then traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment, traveled across the outer roadway and struck the ditch.

Melton and a passenger in his car, 25-year-old Charles Myint, of Granite City, were transported by E.M.S. to I-70 Community Hospital in Sweet Springs for treatment of moderate injuries.

The crash happened at 4:05pm at Route VV, just past Alexander Road.

WINDSOR WOMAN INJURED IN BENTON COUNTY CRASH 6/14/15RK


While two Windsor residents refused treatment of undisclosed injuries at the scene of a two-vehicle crash in Benton County on Saturday, a Windsor woman was transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Ford Explorer Sport Track, driven by 29-year-old Christopher Ridenour, crossed the center of the roadway while making a left turn and struck a Dodge Dakota, driven by 69-year-old Roy Brandt, head-on.

While the drivers refused treatment, 69-year-old Rita Brandt was reportedly transported to Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton by private vehicle for treatment of her injuries.

The crash happened just before 3:30pm on Soles Road, east of Amish Avenue.

SALISBURY RESIDENT TO JOIN STAFF AT CENTRAL METHODIST 6/14/15


An area university soon will have a new staff member in a vital department.

According to a news release from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Kimberly Thomson will join the staff as a human resources professional, according to Julie Sherman, vice president for finance and administration.

Thomson most recently has served as the deputy collector-treasurer for Chariton County. Also in her human resources career, she spent nearly four years as HR manager for CNW Management, overseeing human resources activities for 45 Subway restaurants in Missouri and managing a staff of four.

Thomson's responsibilities at CMU will include compensation, benefits administration, orientation training, performance management, employee wellness and safety and compliance with regulations.

Thomson, who lives in Salisbury, will start her new position on Monday, June 15th.

STATE TREASURER TO PUBLISH NAMES FOR UNCLAIMED PROPERTY 6/13/15RK


If you think you might have some property on the unclaimed list in Missouri, you will be able to find out for sure.

According to a news release, State Treasurer Clint Zweifel has announced an annual effort to return Unclaimed Property to Missourians by publishing the names of owners in Missouri newspapers.

Starting June 16th, Missouri families, businesses and local governments with Unclaimed Property will be able to find their information in their local newspapers. The names of more than 90,000 account owners will be printed in more than 100 newspapers in the state.

Zweifel has returned more than $234 million to more than 800,000 accounts since he took office in January 2009.

The average Unclaimed Property return is $300. Individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations and local governments can search Unclaimed Property 24 hours a day at www.ShowMeMoney.com.

MDC CHANGES DEER HUNTING REGULATIONS 6/13/15RK


Regulations will be different for deer hunters come time to get out in the timber.

According to a news release from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), it is asking deer hunters in 19 central and northeastern Missouri counties to help limit the spread of a deadly deer disease through increased harvest opportunities this fall and winter.

The regulation changes focus on slowing the spread of the disease in and around counties where Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been found. The changes will remove the antler-point restriction so hunters can harvest more young bucks. The changes will also increase the availability of firearms antlerless permits from one to two to help thin local deer numbers.

These regulation changes add to similar measures MDC enacted in 2012 for six counties in northeastern Missouri after CWD was discovered in Linn and Macon counties. Counties affected by those regulation changes were Adair, Chariton, Linn, Macon, Randolph, and Sullivan.

The recent regulation changes add five more northeastern counties and Boone and Cooper in the KMMO listening area.

Visit www.mdc.mo.gov for more information, including the complete list of counties and fall deer-hunting dates.

STUDENTS CAN REGISTER NOW FOR RED CROSS SUMMER SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 6/13/15RK


This summer, high school and college students can win a scholarship by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive through the Leaders Save Lives program. Registration is now open to host a blood drive through August 31st.

The Leaders Saves Lives program encourages community-minded 16- to 24-year-olds to host blood drives to help maintain the blood supply over the summer months.Students who participate as a blood drive coordinator are eligible to win a scholarship up to $2,500 for higher education and earn a gift card.

A total of 10 scholarships will be awarded via drawing to students who achieve 100 percent of their blood drive collections goal. All students who achieve the designated blood drive goal will receive an electronic gift card to giftcertificates.com

For more information and to register to host a Leaders Save Lives blood drive, visit www.redcrossblood.org/leaderssavelives .

MARCELINE YOUTH KILLED IN LINN COUNTY CAR CRASH 6/13/15RK


A Marceline youth was fatally injured in a one-car crash in Linn County on Friday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as 20-year-old Brooke Sharp-Younce, of Marceline, reportedly lost control of the westbound Ford Taurus she was driving on the mud-covered roadway. The car ran off the right side of a bridge and came to rest on its top submerged in water.

A 9-year-old female passenger in the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:20pm.

The driver suffered minor injuries and two passengers, 30-year-old Kimberly Acton, of Marceline, and 23-year-old Ericca Delana, of Marceline, each suffered moderate injuries. The injured were transported by Linn County Ambulance to Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield for treatment.

The crash happened at 7:00pm on Gas Road, three miles southeast of Linneus.

SWEET SPRINGS SCHOOL BOARD OK'S BUDGET, RAISES LUNCH PRICES 6/12/15CC


At Wednesday's meeting of the Sweet Springs R-7 School Board, members signed off on the 2014-15 school year budget.

A release from the district says the board approved the final budget for the year, also authorizing a 7% Capital Improvements Transfer for the possible construction of a maintenance building. Board members also approved the proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year budget.

In other business, the board voted to raise lunch prices for next year; lunch prices for K-6 students will increase by a nickel while meals for 7-12 students will go up by a dime.

Board members also approved a motion for the district's annual audit to be performed by Randall Fiene at a cost of $4,900.

HOME SHOOTING INVESTIGATION CONTINUES IN COOPER COUNTY 6/12/15CC


Authorities in Cooper County continue to probe the shooting death of a home intruder near Prairie Home last weekend.

According to a release from Cooper County Sheriff Jerry Wolfe:

"Investigators have been gathering and compiling information from interviews and processing physical evidence that was gathered at the scene of the incident. Investigators are also awaiting preliminary information from an autopsy conducted early this week. The Sheriff’s Office will compile the reports and intends to submit the case file to the Prosecutor’s Office for review.

The Sheriff’s Office has elected not to release the names or ages of the two individuals until all of the information is compiled and reviewed by the investigating officers and the Prosecutor’s Office. A statement regarding the incident will be made available, at that time, after all of the facts have been thoroughly reviewed."


The incident took place in the early morning hours on Sunday at a residence on Lacy Lane. Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol are reportedly assisting with the investigation.

MALTA BEND BOARD APPROVES FREE STUDENT MEALS 6/11/15CC


Every student in the Malta Bend R-5 school district will now receive a free breakfast and lunch, following action taken at the Wednesday night meeting of the Board of Education.

A spokesman says board members approved a Community Eligible Provision from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that will allow the district to provide free meals for every student enrolled.

In other business, the district closed out its 2014-15 budget with a 14% reserve, signed off on the budget for next school year and approved a bid for wireless internet service with vendor QNS Wireless.

BRUNSWICK COUNCIL NIXES INCREASE FOR OVERDUE WATER/SEWER BILLS 6/11/15


In an open session meeting on Wednesday, the Brunswick City Council voted not to increase the percentage amount charged for sewer and trash customers whose accounts have fallen into arrears.

A city spokesperson says the rate will remain at 10% of the total amount owed, and that the city is working out a "forgiveness plan" to assist customers with bringing their accounts into good standing.

Also on Wednesday, council members awarded a winning bid to Reggie Sims, of Brunswick, for the sale of a 4.4. acre piece of city property and signed off on the final approval for the city's 2015-16 budget.

CARROLLTON SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES BUDGET, STAFF RAISES 6/11/15CC


The Carrollton R-7 School Board met in regular open session on Tuesday evening.

Superintendent Dr. Jon Oetinger says the board approved next year's district budget, which included a staff pay increase:



Dr. Oetinger says the board also took care of several items needed for submission to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:



The next meeting of the Carrollton School Board is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14th.

M.M.U. BOARD APPROVES BIDS FOR ONGOING PROJECT 6/11/15CC


At Thursday's meeting of the Marshall Municipal Utilities (M.M.U.) Board of Public Works, board members gave approval to bids for water line and electric work on a project near Malta Bend.

Administrative Service Director Ken Gieringer explains:



Gieringer says the project also requires electric work, which the board also put out for bid:



The next meeting of the M.M.U. Board is slated for Thursday, July 2nd.

ODESSA ALDERMEN NAME POLICE CHIEF, TALK ROAD WORK 6/10/15CC


The City of Odessa has named a permanent police chief following the Board of Aldermen meeting earlier this week.

City Administrator Mickey Ary says aldermen approved Scott Newhouse as the new full-time chief, after he recently completed his required probationary period:



In other business, Ary says the board also spent time discussing a couple of road projects in the city:



Aldermen also approved the appointments of Sean Croucher to the Zoning Adjustment Board and Carol Peters to the Economic Development Council.

MANAGED DEER HUNTS APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED SOON 6/10/15CC


Beginning July 1st, deer hunters can apply online for a shot at more than 5,100 slots for nearly 100 Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) managed deer hunts.

The managed hunts will take place from mid-September through mid-January at conservation areas, state parks, national wildlife refuges, urban parks, and other public areas. The online application period runs July 1st-31st.

To apply, visit the MDC website at www.mdc.mo.gov between July 1st and 31st. MDC will post drawing results at the same website address from September 1st through January 15th.

Applicants who get drawn will receive area maps and other hunt information by mail.

ROLLOVER CRASH INJURES BENTON CO. GIRL 6/10/15CC


A Cole Camp teenager was taken to an area hospital after a one-vehicle rollover accident Wednesday in Benton County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 16-year-old Tessia Balke was southbound and lost control of her 2002 Ford truck. The truck skidded off the roadway and overturned.

Balke suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia for treatment.

Reports say the crash occurred around 11:30am on Route U, about a mile south of Route JJ.

SLATER GETS GOOD WATER REPORT 6/10/15RK


The report is in, and the City of Slater has good water.

According to a Consumer Confidence Report from the Department of Natural Resources, no violations occurred with Slater's water in the 2014 calendar year.

City Administrator Gene Griffith says it's nice let people know city has quality water.



Griffith points out the Slater water is not high in one contaminant that has plagued some other water systems in recent years.



The report covers the levels of numerous possible contaminants including copper, lead and arsenic, as well. Griffith said the DNR has been supplying the report since at least the late 1990s.

SEDALIA MAN INJURED IN PETTIS CARSH 6/10/15RK


A Sedalia driver was injured in a one-car crash in Pettis County after he reportedly fell asleep at the wheel.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash happened just before 10:30am when a car, driven by 20-year-old David Lorandi, traveled into the left lane of traffic. The driver reportedly overcorrected, causing the car to travel off the right side of the roadway. The car struck a bluff, returned to the roadway, crossed the left side of the roadway and came to rest blocking part of the left lane.

Lorandi reportedly drove himself to see his own physician for treatment of minor injuries.

The crash happened on southbound U.S. 65 Highway south of John Road.

ST. LOUIS WOMAN HURT IN I-70 CRASH IN SALINE COUNTY 6/10/15RK


A St. Louis woman was hurt in a three-vehicle crash in Saline County on Tuesday on eastbound I-70.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a car, driven by 22-year-old Megan Rosbury, of Murray, Kentucky, and another car, driven by 22-year-old Erica Wilhite, of St. Louis were slowing down in traffic. While the car driven by Rosbury was merging into the right lane, it was struck in the rear by a Kenworth Tractor Trailer, driven by 28-year-old Craig Hudson, of Odessa. The Tractor Trailer also struck the side of the Wilhite car.

Hudson and Rosbury reportedly were not injured, but Wilhite suffered minor injuries and was taken by Saline County E.M.S. to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment.

The crash happened at 8:44am on I-70 at the 76.6 mile marker.

FIREWORKS SAFETY TIP OFFERED BY STATE FIRE MARSHAL 6/10/15


Fireworks can be purchased in Missouri from June 20th to July 10th. State Fire Marshal Greg Carrell hopes people will use common sense when shooting them off.



Carrell says the number of fires increases during the fireworks season. He urges people to keep their distance from homes, vehicles and anything else that could catch on fire when lighting those colorful displays. He says Missourians should also check with local fire or police departments to learn about local fireworks ordinances.

 
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SALISBURY SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES SALARY INCREASES 6/9/15CC


Faculty and staff members in the Salisbury R-4 School district will see an increase in their paychecks next school year.

Superintendent Todd Wilhite talks about action taken during Monday night's meeting of the Salisbury School Board:



In other business, Wilhite says the board approved seeking bids for bread, milk, copiers and physical therapy services, as well as setting the out-of-district tuition rate at $6,000 per year.

AUTHORITIES RELEASE IDENTITY OF BODY FOUND IN WAVERLY 6/9/15CC


Authorities have released the identity of a body discovered in a Waverly park late last week.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Lafayette County Sheriffs Department say 32-year-old John Shead was reportedly swept away in the waters of Turkey Creek in Kansas City on May 29th after attempting to drive his truck through water over the road.

His truck was reportedly carried into the creek and Shead was unable to escape. His body was located at Missouri River Park in Waverly seven days later, after an area resident spotted Shead's body in the river at around 3:30pm on the afternoon of Friday, June 5th.

SWEET SPRINGS ALDERMEN APPROVE BID FOR WORK NEEDED IN THE CITY 6/9/15RK


A bid from an area contractor was accepted by the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen at its meeting Monday night for work needing to be completed in the city.

According to a city official, the board accepted a bid for $61,850 from Ramey Construction, of Sedalia, to complete work on Lexington Street and on sidewalks at the Sweet Springs City Park.

In other news, Dr. Jane Waller, a veterenarian from Marshall, will be at Sweet Springs City Hall from 8:00 to 9:30am on Saturday, June 27th. Residents can get their pets vaccinated, with the fee for a rabies shot being $12 and a fee for Distemper, Bordetella and Parvo being $31. All four shots are $43.

Also during the meeting, the board passed a resolution making Sweet Springs a Purple Heart City and learned that Police Officer Rodney Matthews will complete his on-the-job probation on June 15th.

WARRENSBURG COUNCIL ENTERS INTO NEW CONTRACT FOR PROJECT 6/9/15RK


At the meeting of the Warrensburg City Council on Monday night, the Council approved several ordinances, including one rescinding an ordinance concerning a contract with A&B Construction, LTD, for the Salt Storage Bin Project. Then, the Council authorized the City Manager and City Clerk to execute a contract with SBK Farm & Ranch, LLC, for the same project.

Also among the ordinances approved was one for a conditional-use permit for a Bed and Breakfast Inn on East Hale Lake Road.

TREASURER SAYS: SALINE COUNTY TAXES LOOK GOOD 6/9/15RK


Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday morning and gave an update on taxes the county has received for the month of May. For the most part, the numbers look good.



There was one drop in one tax from what was received last month.



Three of the four monthly averages are up from last year, with the exception being the Use Tax, which is down slightly from approximately $24,650 to $24,081.

In other news, the Commissioners approved several liquor licenses and approved funds being put into various retirement accounts for county officials.

ENROLLMENT FOR FALL SEMESTER AT SFCC HAS STARTED 6/9/15RK


Enrollment has started for the fall semester at State Fair Community College.

According to a release from the college, fall semester classes begin on August 24th.

Also available is registration in minimester classes which begin on August 3rd. The last day to enroll for those is July 27th.

For more information about degrees and programs, visit www.sfccmo.edu , or call the Admissions and Outreach office at (660) 530-5833.

MARSHALL MAN'S COURT CASE CONTINUED 6/9/15RK


A Marshall man made an appearance in Saline County Court on Monday for a probation violation.

According to online court documents, Kenneth Ingle, Jr., was served a warrant for his arrest on Tuesday, June 2nd. He was originally arrested in 2014 for a Class C Felony of Tampering with a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree. The sentence was suspended, and Ingle was put on probation.

Bond has been set at $10,000 cash only.

The case was continued to Monday, July 13th, at 11:00am.

FINANCIAL AID OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR UCM POLICE ACADEMY 6/9/15RK


The Central Missouri Police Academy, a division of the Missouri Safety Center at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, has announced new scholarship options that, along with existing options, provide financial assistance for law-enforcement professionals.

According to a release from UCM, degree-seeking students attending the academy are eligible for federal financial aid. However, additional funding options are available for those not seeking a college degree.

The 2015 Basic Fall Academy begins on August 17th.

For more information about enrollment in the Fall 2015 Basic Academy or available financial assistance, contact the Central Missouri Police Academy at (660) 543-4090 or visit www.ucmo.edu/cmpa.

ROUTE D ADDED TO ROAD CLOSURES IN CHARITON COUNTY 6/9/15RK


One more highway in Chariton has been added to the list of road closures in the area due to flooding.

According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, in Chariton County, Route D two miles east of Route 5 was closed Monday afternoon.

Also closed in Chariton County is Route E, one quarter of the mile east of Rothville at East Yellow Creek.

In Carroll County, Route 10 between County Road 231 and 221 at Moss Creek also remains closed.

For more information, call 1-(888)-ASK-MODOT or visit www.modot.org  to view a traveler map for locations of all of the road closures in Missouri.

TWO INJURED IN BOONE COUNTY SHOOTING 6/9/15RK


Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a shooting in the 700 block of Demaret Drive that sent two men to a local hospital Monday with what were deemed to be non-life threatening injuries.

According to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, Deputies were dispatched to the scene shortly after 8:00pm and were told by witnesses the two suspects walked up to a gathering at a residence and one of the men opened fire with a pistol. The 26- and 48-year-old victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The shooter was described as a black male with dreadlocks and wearing red shorts. The second suspect was described as being of similar age also with dreadlocks.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS. All calls are held in strict confidence and a reward is being offered.

SALINE PREVENTED PLANTING CORN DEADLINE IS NEAR 6/8/15RK


A deadline for Saline County farmers is tomorrow.

According to a release from the Saline County branch of the Farm Service Agency, prevented planting acres must be reported to the FSA no later that 15 calendar days after the final planting date for the crop.

In Saline County, the final planting date for corn was Monday, May25th. Accordingly, prevented planting corn must be reported to FSA no later than Tuesday, June 9th.

The final planting date for soybeans in Saline County is Saturday, June 20th. Prevented planting soybeans must be reported by Monday, July 6th.

COOPER COUNTY AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING SHOOTING IN PRAIRIE HOME 6/8/15RK


The Cooper County Sheriff's Office is confirming that it is investigating the shooting, and subsequent death, of an intruder in a residence located on Lacy Lane just outside of Prairie Home.

According to a release from the office, investigators from the Missouri State Highway Patrol are assisting Sheriff's Investigators in determining what led up to the shooting.

Both the occupant of the home and the intruder are from the Prairie Home area.

Cooper County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to the residence about 12:08 on Sunday morning.

The release says, further information will be released as the investigation progresses.

ALLEGED FORGERY/FRAUD INCIDENT BEING INVESTIGATED 6/8/15RK


An alleged incident of fraud/forgery is being investigated in Saline County.

According to a report from a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy, a resident of Marshall walked into the office and informed the deputy her Social Security Number allegedly has been used by another individual since 2012.

The alleged victim of the incident, which was reported on Thursday, June 4th, stated she had been to the bank to obtain pre-approval for a home loan. Her credit was checked, and the victim was advised another person had been using her Social Security Number.

The alleged perpetrator has been identified; investigation is continuing.

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE ALLEGED SWEET SPRINGS PROPERTY DAMAGE 6/8/15RK


Saline County Authorities are investigating an incident of alleged property damage.

According to a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy's report, a resident on Highway 127 in Sweet Springs, brought in pictures of alleged damage to his driveway.

The report says the alleged incident happened sometime between 7:30am and 5:30pm on Friday, June 5th.

Photos from the victim's phone show damage from what appears to be a large truck, according to the report. The photos show 10-to-12-inch ruts in the grass along the victim's driveway approximately 40 feet long.

The victim estimates the damages at $400; investigation into the incident is continuing.

SEVERAL ROADS CLOSED IN KMMO LISTENING AREA 6/8/15RK


A number of roads are closed due to high water in the KMMO listening area.

According to the MoDOT Traveler Map at www.modot.org , the Outer Road of I-70 in both directions between Odessa and Bates City in Lafayette County has been closed since 3:40pm on Wednesday, June 3rd.

Also in Lafayette County, Missouri 224 in both directions along the Missouri River between Lexington and Wellington has been closed since 5:15pm on Friday, June 5th. The water is expected to rise another three feet in that area.

In Carroll County, Missouri 10 in both directions between Carrollton and Norborne has been closed since 4:30am on Friday, June 5th, at Wakenda Creek.

In Saline County, Old 40 Highway in both directions near Sweet Springs on the south side of I-70 has been closed since 8:30:00am on Thursday, June 4th.

In Howard County, Missouri 87 in both directions just north of Boonville and west of U.S. 40 near the Missouri River has been closed since 8:35:00pm on Sunday, June 7th.

In each case, if you ordinarily use those roadways, you need to seek an alternate route of travel.

THREE MARSHALL RESIDENTS SUFFER SERIOUS INJURIES IN SALINE CRASH 6/8/15RK


Three Marshall residents were life-flighted after suffering serious injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Saline County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Ford Explorer, driven by 32-year-old Christopher Edmonds, of Marshall, struck a series of potholes and caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle then skidded off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree stump.

The driver and two 3-year-old passengers each suffered serious injuries and were flown to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

Also suffering minor injuries were passengers, 31-year-old Ashley Edmonds and a 12-year-old. They were reportedly transported by private vehicle to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The crash happened at 2:15pm on 260th Road, two-tenths of a mile west of Missouri 240.

MODOT OFFICIAL SAYS: PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS 6/8/15


Missouri has had a string of heavy showers recently and some roads are under water. The Department of Transportation says drivers should never attempt to drive through flooded sections of the road. MODOT Spokeswoman Linda Wilson Horn says it’s one thing to drive through a puddle, but if the water is completely covering the road...

[LINDA WILSON HORN 1 6.8.15] :28 "…can be."

Several roads are closed due to flooding. The location of those roads can be found on MODOT’s traveler information map available online at MODOT.org or as a free app for smartphones.

 
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COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING ALLEGED ARMED ROBBERY 6/8/15RK


An area Police Department is investigating an alleged armed robbery over the weekend.

On Saturday at 2:48am, Columbia Police Officers were dispatched to the 400 block of North Tenth Street in reference to an alleged robbery with a gun.

The investigation revealed a male victim was approached at the intersection of Tenth Street and Rogers Street by three male suspects. One of the suspects allegedly pointed a gun at the victim and demanded money. As the victim grabbed the gun, he was allegedly assaulted by all three suspects. The suspects then fled the scene on foot in a westbound direction of travel.

Upon officers’ arrival, the victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for lacerations and contusions to his head. There was no property taken from the victim by the suspects. The suspects are described as younger black males all wearing dark-colored clothing. The investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information regarding this incident, you are asked to contact the Columbia Police Department, or call CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

FREE TEACHER CERTIFICATION IN WARRENSBURG ON JULY 8TH 6/5/15RK


If you've ever wanted to be a teacher, your chances may be better right now than before.

Missouri is currently experiencing a shortage of teachers, according to a news release from the American Board.

The release says a bachelor's degree qualifies a person for a free teacher certification program being offered by the nonprofit board at several locations in the next few weeks.

There are five such programs coming up, with one in the KMMO listening area.

There will be a program held on Wednesday, July 8th, in the Community Meeting Room at Trails Regional Library in Warrensburg. Sessions begin at 4:00 and 5:00pm.

For more information on upcoming sessions or to register, visit the American Board website at www.abcte.org.

PSC SETS INTERVENTION DEADLINE 6/4/15RK


Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L) has filed an application with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking to adjust the Demand Side Investment Mechanism (DSIM) charge on customer bills. The DSIM charge, which appears as a separate line-item on customer bills, allows KCP&L to recover demand-side management program costs and incentives.

According to the application, a residential customer using 1,000 kWh (kilowatt-hours) of electricity a month will see the charge drop by approximately $2.20 a month.

Applications to intervene and participate in this case must be filed no later than July 6TH, 2015, using the Commission’s electronic filing and information system (EFIS).

Individual citizens wishing to comment should contact either the Office of the Public Counsel at 1-(866)-922-2959, e-mail opcservice@ded.mo.gov or the Public Service Commission Staff at 1-(800)-392-4211 or e-mail pscinfo@psc.mo.gov.

KCP&L serves approximately 270,000 electric customers in the Missouri counties of Carroll, Cass, Chariton, Clay, Howard, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Livingston, Pettis, Platte, Randolph and Saline.

SLATER COUNCIL AUTHORIZES SALE OF BUILDING 6/3/15RK


At the meeting of the Slater City Council on Tuesday night, the council approved two ordinances.

Mayor Stephen Allegri said one of the bills is for the sale of a vacant building to Dr. Brian Fisher, the city's new dentist, for $7,500.



The second bill authorized the city to establish a pedestrian crosswalk on Morgan Street.

In other business, the council was updated on the upcoming Steve McQueen Day Celebration. The Celebration, which was postponed due to inclement weather from Saturday, April 25th, is now set for Saturday, June 27th, according to City Administrator Gene Griffith. He said there will not be a carnival, but all of the other original activities are still planned.

SUMP PUMPS TO BE MAIN FOCUS OF SEWER STUDY IN SLATER 6/3/15RK


The City of Slater's City Administrator Gene Griffith applied for and received a sewer study grant for just over $47,000, which will help the city conduct a needed survey, mainly involving sump pumps from houses of the residents, according to Mayor Stephen Allegri at the meeting of the Slater City Council Tuesday night.



Griffith explained I&I is Inflow and Infiltration.



Allegri and Griffith said it would be better if the city's residents would have their sump pumps draining into their yard or the street.

Griffith said after the study is finished, a meeting will be held with the public invited to tell what was found and insisting findings get corrected. He said the city also could be asked to seek funding for work needed to its sewer system.

SEARCH CONTINUES FOR HORN 5/22/15


The search continues today for a man accused of murdering a woman and her son in Clinton - the same woman that escaped from a Sedalia home at the beginning of the month, where she said he had been holding her in a box.

Police in Clinton are being asked why they weren't protecting Sandra Sutton and her son, Zachary, from her former boyfriend, James Horn, Junior. Police Lieutenant Sonny Lynch answered that question.



James B. Horn is a 47-year-old white male who is approximately 5-11 and 175 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He is known to frequent the Sedalia and Pettis County area and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone who sees him is urged to avoid contact and to call 911 or local law-enforcement authorities.

 
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LEXINGTON'S WATER MEETS STATE REGULATIONS 5/13/15RK


During the meeting of the Lexington City Council Tuesday night, the council heard updates about the city's water, worked out an ATV issue and got a good report from the state about law enforcement.

City Administrator Mark Rounds said the city heard the city's water meets Department of Natural Resources regulations.



In other business, Rounds said the council also worked through an issue about ATV noise with the residents involved with a positive outcome and heard the numbers of a report about law enforcement and racial profiling are low in the city.

AREA TEEN INJURED IN LAFAYETTE CO. CRASH 5/8/15


A Wellington teen received minor injuries following a one-vehicle crash in Lafayette County on Friday morning.

The Highway Patrol says 19-year-old Harley Walker was southbound on Highway 131 and failed to negotiate a curve. His 1984 Chrysler ran off the roadway, struck a culvert and came to rest in a yard.

Walker was transported from the scene by Wellington EMS to St. Marys Hospital in Blue Springs for treatment. Reports say the crash happened around 9:30am, just south of Route FF in Lafayette County.
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