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TWO AREA RESIDENTS HURT IN DEKALB CRASH 2/1/15RK


Two area residents were injured in a one-vehicle crash Saturday evening in Dekalb County.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a westbound 1995 Dodge, driven by 55-year-old Dennis Simonton, traveled off the north side of the roadway and struck a tree.

Simonton, and a 44-year-old passenger, Monica Simonton, of Richmond, each suffered minor injuries and were transported by Clinton-Dekalb ambulance to Cemeron Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The accident happened at 6:00pm on westbound U.S. 36, a mile and a half east of Stewartsville.

WEATHER COULD CAUSE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS TODAY 2/1/15RK


If you're just waking up and haven't looked outside, there is some white stuff on the ground, covering sidewalks, driveways and roadways in the KMMO listening area.

If you are planning to travel today, a winter storm is impacting northern Missouri, according to a release from the National Weather Service. It's affecting such towns as Chillicothe, Salisbury, Keytesville, Moberly and many other towns in the KMMO listening area.

A winter weather advisory remains in effect through 9:00pm. The National Weather Service says the snow should continue through this evening with total accumulations of two to four inches. Beware of blowing snow as north winds are expected to pick up to 15 to 25 miles per hour with higher gusts by late morning. This may result in periods of blowing and drifting snow.

A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility.

If you do have to get out today, take it easy, drive carefully and allow yourself extra time to get to your destination.

MoDOT encourages drivers to remember the following tips when driving in slick conditions: slow down; steer and brake gently; accelerate slowly at intersections; allow plenty of following distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you; and stay back 100 feet behind snow plows that may be spreading salt. Do not pass snow plows even when on a multi-lane road.Motorists can visit modot.org or call 1-(888)-ASK-MoDOT for updated road conditions 24 hours a day.

AREA STUDENTS GET A TASTE OF THE WORKING WORLD 1/31/15CC


Some students at Sedalia's Smith-Cotton High School are now part of a new partnership with a major area manufacturer.

Mike Wright is the school's Engineering and Technology Education Instructor who also oversees Team S.C.R.E.A.M., the school's student robotics team. He says the idea for the partnership began when representatives from Maxion Wheels agreed to serve as team mentors:



Wright says the Maxion representatives liked what they saw from Team S.C.R.E.A.M., and set out to work with the school to develop an apprenticeship program aimed at giving students a taste of the working world that awaits them when they graduate:



The seven Engineering students began their apprenticeships in January with Maxion; Wright says they will work afterschool at the plant through the end of the school year and may have opportunities to work with the company during the summer as well.

NEW EXTENSION MEMBERS IN JOHNSON COUNTY 1/31/15CC


The University of Missouri Extension Council of Johnson County recently held an election to select council members.

Newly elected council members include Linda Jones and Sofia Metcalf, both to represent the City of Warrensburg. Each will serve a two-year term, both slated to begin on March 1st of this year.

Other new members include Debbie Parsons and Leo Watson, representing the Northwest District; Patty Cox, to represent the Southeast District; Kevin Buckstead and Sandra Streit, representing the Southwest District; and Amy Kephart, to represent the southern half of Johnson County.

CONCORDIA BOARD LOOKS TO FUTURE 1/31/15CC


The Concordia Planning and Zoning Board met this week to discuss matters that could affect the future of certain city projects.

City Administrator Dale Klussman says the city's Improvement Committee, the group tasked with spearheading the Concordia Entrance Project at I-70, presented their annual report to the Planning and Zoning Board and requested a 12 month extension in order to continue their work into the near future:



Klussman says the Board also took up the city's Comprehensive Plan and took steps to make it easier to update in the future:



Klussman says the main of area of focus for the Board are locations west of Highway 23 and and North of I-70, primarily concerning the best uses of the land, quality of water lines, and how to improve the area to make it more attractive to businesses that may be considering setting up shop in the city of Concordia.

CARROLL COUNTY COURT DATES 1/31/15CC


A hearing is scheduled this week for an area man facing felony charges in Carroll County.

According to online court documents, 38-year-old Casey K. Smith, of Carrollton, will appear in court at 9:00am on Wednesday, February 4th, to face two felony counts of Second Degree Statutory Sodomy. The charges stem from an incident dating back to March of 2013.

Bond in the matter has been set at $50,000.
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A Hale resident is scheduled to appear in court this week on a number of charges.

Online court documents say 53-year-old Clinton E. Rawlings has been charged with three felony counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child after his arrest in December of last year. He is slated to appear in Carroll County Circuit Court at 1:00pm on Monday, February 2nd.

CONCORDIA TOURISM BOARD HEARS UPDATE ON MAY POLE 1/30/15RK


At the meeting of the Concordia Tourism Board this week, the board approved a check being cut to the Concordia Chamber of Commerce for a little more than $1,000.

City Administrator Dale Klussman explains what it was for.



In other business, Klussman said the May Pole project is coming along.



The board set its next meeting for Thursday, April 23rd, at 5:00pm.

MODOT ISSUES CAUTION TO DRIVERS THIS WEEKEND 1/30/15RK


It's been a rare occurrence so far this winter, but this weekend could be a messy one weather-wise.

According to a news release, with snow forecast for the mid-Missouri region Saturday night through Sunday afternoon, the Missouri Department of Transportation reminds motorists to be prepared for the possibility of snowy or slick roads. MoDOT crews will monitor road conditions and are ready to treat state-maintained bridges and overpasses as needed. Motorists should be aware that bridges and overpasses generally experience freezing conditions first.

MoDOT encourages drivers to remember the following tips when driving in slick conditions: slow down; steer and brake gently; accelerate slowly at intersections; allow plenty of following distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you; and stay back 100 feet behind snow plows that may be spreading salt. Do not pass snow plows even when on a multi-lane road.

Motorists can visit modot.org or call 1-(888)-ASK-MoDOT for updated road conditions 24 hours a day.

HOUSE PROPOSAL WITHDRAWN INVOLVING SALES TAX 1/30/15MONET


A House proposal that would have eliminated the conservation sales tax, which provides 65 percent of the department’s budget, has been withdrawn. State Representative Craig Redmon doesn’t like that the conservation sales tax doesn’t have to be renewed, so he filed the proposal to get the department’s attention.



The Conservation Department will talk about its funding with Redmon’s Appropriations committee on Monday.

 
---MISSOURINET

MORE ARRESTS MADE IN BOONE COUNTY BURGLARY 1/30/15RK


An area sheriff's department has made more arrests in connection with a burglary last week.

According to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, three additional suspects have been arrested in relation to a burglary in the 1900 block of Lake of the Woods Road, bringing the total of arrests to five.

Two of new individuals arrested are juveniles, age 17, with one being a 20-year-old. All are being charged with first-degree burglary and stealing. Bond has yet to be set on the burglary charges, but bond on the stealing charge is $4,500. Earlier this week, arrests were made of men ages 18 and 19, who have since been released on bail.

These charges stem from a call where deputies were dispatched to a residence at 3:30pm on January 19th with the report of a burglary. Firearms, computers and other items were allegedly stolen.

A search warrant was executed at a Sanders Court address on January 20th where a shotgun and other items allegedly taken in the burglary were recovered.

Court dates for the five suspects are pending.

VALLEY GRAD RECOGNIZED WITH AWARD 1/30/15RK


A graduate of Missouri Valley College in Marshall was recognized with an award at a national conference.

According to a release from Valley, MVC alum Cortney Jolliff recently was presented the Nonprofit Leadership Alliances' Student Leader of the Year Award.

Jolliff received the award for her work during the 2013-14 academic year. The awards presentation took place at the annual Alliance Management Institute, an educational conference for students planning a career in nonprofit sector. The conference was held January 4th through 7th in Salt Lake City.

Jolliff is a 2014 Valley graduate, earning a degree in nonprofit agency management.

SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE APPROACHING 1/30/15RK


There is still time for high-school seniors to apply for a scholarship.

According to a news release, the Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture scholarship application for current Missouri high-school seniors is available online at Missouri State Fair and Missouri State Fair Foundation. Applications should be submitted to the Missouri State Fair and must be postmarked by Monday, February 2nd, 2015.

For the first time, one $5,000 platinum scholarship will be offered. Additional scholarships available include one $2,500 supreme scholarship and 30 $1,500 scholarships.

For more information, call the Missouri State Fair at 1-(800)-422-3247 or email questions to mostatefair@mda.mo.gov.

GOODEN, DUVALL TO VIE FOR MAYOR IN MARSHALL 1/30/15RK


Two candidates met the January 20th deadline and have filed to run for Mayor in Marshall.

According to a release from Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell, incumbent Mark Gooden has filed to run for another term. Also filing for the four-year term is current Ward 4 Councilman Ron Duvall.

There also will be a race for Ward 1 Councilperson, with incumbent Barb Utlaut filing, as well as Drew Green.

In Ward 2, there will be a race between incumbent Gabe Ramsey and John Anson.

Three candidates have filed for the seat as Ward 3 Councilman, the seat going to be vacated by current councilman Sam Moten. Filing to run for the open post have been Michael Mills, Charles Guthrey and Denver Long.

Incumbent Tom Hagedorn was the only one to file for the other Ward 4 seat.

Each winner on the council will serve a two-year term.

NIXON SAYS HE'S WILLING TO WORK WITH LAWMAKERS ON ST. LOUIS STADIUM 1/30/15


Republican lawmakers have expressed alarm this week at the Nixon Administration's assessment that it could act without the legislature to extend the current bonds on the Rams' stadium in St. Louis to pay at least part of the cost--as much as 350-million dollars--of a new NFL stadium.Governor Nixon says that is a possibility.



Nixon says he's more interested in working with legislators and other elected officials about a stadium proposal.



Meanwhile one Senate Republican has proposed a law to require legislative approval on a bond extension of more than $50 million, while others are seeking the Attorney General's interpretation of whether the administration could extend bonds without lawmakers.

 
---MISSOURINET

ARRESTS MADE IN CONNECTION WITH BURGLARIES IN BOONVILLE 1/30/15RK


Arrests have been made in an area city in connection with a string of recent robberies.

According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, at approximately 2:20am on Thursday, January 29th, a citizen observed someone trying to break into the Pop Shop on Main Street.

Officers responded to the citizen's report and arrests were made after a short foot pursuit.

These arrests reportedly helped in an ongoing investigation of three other burglaries--the Uptown Girl's Salon, State Fair Community College and Central Missouri Healthcare.

Further suspect information will be released when formal charges are filed, according to the release.

THREE FILE FOR SEDALIA SCHOOL BOARD 1/29/15CC


Three people have filed for seats on the Sedalia 200 Board of Education in the upcoming April election.

Incumbents Jeffrey Sharp and Stephanie Lefevers, along with newcomer Roy Dietzman, filed paperwork by the January 20th deadline to declare their candidacy for the board.

Two seats are open on the board; each carries a three-year term. Voters go to the polls to decide who will fill those seats on Tuesday, April 7th.

OTT NAMED AMONG TOP U.S. RURAL HOSPITAL LEADERS 1/29/15CC


President and CEO of Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, Ron Ott, has been recognized as one of the top hospital executives in America. Ott has been included in a January article in Becker’s Hospital Review featuring the top 50 rural hospital leaders in the country.

The article, titled "50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know", cited selection based on the individual’s dedication to advancing healthcare in small towns and rural communities, leadership positions held and organizational performance.

Ott, who received the Missouri Hospital Association’s Visionary Leadership Award in 2013, is among just three CEOs from the state of Missouri to be named on this year’s list. The others hail from Ozark Community Hospital in Springfield and St. Genevieve Community Hospital in St. Genevieve.

According to a release from the hospital, Ott has been with Fitzgibbon for more than 20 years and has helped expand access to care by establishing three health clinics in nearby rural communities that are staffed by hospital-employed professionals. He also oversaw the completion of a new hospital in the 1990s and a new medical office building in 2013.

WORK BEGINS ON APRIL ELECTION MATERIALS 1/29/15CC


The deadlines for candidates and issues on the April 7th election ballot have come and gone; now county clerks' offices across the state are working to prepare the information that voters will see when they go to the ballot box.

Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell says her office is busy now preparing the county's election information for printing:



Russell adds that compiling all of the information in an accurate and complete fashion is a sizeable job for her office:



She reminds the public that absentee voting begins six weeks prior to the election on February 24th, as per state law.

For questions or more information, contact Russell's office at (660) 886-3331 or your local county clerk's office.

ONLINE EXCHANGE ZONE ANNOUNCED BY SALINE SHERIFF 1/29/15CC


With more people buying, selling and trading items on internet sites like Craigslist and Facebook, law enforcement agencies across the country have seen a rise in thefts, robberies and assaults that sometimes occur when a buyer and seller meet in person to conduct business.

The Saline County Sheriffs Department announced Thursday that their lobby can now be used as an online exchange zone, where buyers and sellers can meet safely to complete their transactions; a release from the Sheriffs office says no transactions involving weapons will be allowed.

The lobby is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the Sheriffs Department located at 1915 West Arrow Street in Marshall.

Earlier this week, the Columbia Police Department announced a similar move in which their lobby can be used as safe and video-monitored online exchange zone. As is the case in Saline County, no weapons sales or trades of any kind will be allowed.

FAIRVILLE, WILTON SPRINGS BRIDGE WORK CONTINUES 1/29/15CC


Saline County Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner says that despite an up-and-down weather forecast, work on two county bridges is moving right along.

Commissioner Fenner says steel is being installed at the bridge project located east of Fairville; he also noted the progress being made on the Wilton Springs Bridge:



Fenner gave the update at the Thursday meeting of the Saline County Commission.

SWEET SPRINGS SIGNS ON FOR EMERGENCY PLAN 1/29/15CC


The City of Sweet Springs has formally signed on to a proposal to bring emergency management efforts across Saline County under one collective umbrella.

Saline County Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrie, Jr., explains:



Guthrie, Jr., and Saline County Emergency Management Director Emmitt Williams recently met with city officials from across the county to pitch the idea, all of whom met the idea with positive responses.

The commissioner says several other communities have agreed to the proposal and are in the process of drafting a formal agreement with the county.

He adds that he and Williams have plans to visit with officials in Arrow Rock, Miami, Napton and Nelson as well to further the proposed unification of county emergency management agencies.

THREE FILE FOR SALINE HEALTH BOARD SEATS 1/29/15CC


Three candidates have filed for three open seats on the Board of Trustees for the Saline County Health Department and Public Health Trust.

Health Department Administrator Lisa Thomas says two returning members and one new member will fill the seats:



With no obligation to hold a formal election, Thomas estimates the Department will save about $8,000.

BUDGET UPDATE FOR SALINE COUNTY HEALTH BOARD 1/29/15CC


At this week's meeting of the Saline County Health Department Board of Trustees, Administrator Lisa Thomas says she gave the board an update on the final budget numbers for 2014:



She says the board also signed off on the necessary paperwork for the Department's annual audit:



Trustees also learned that incumbents Stephen Allegri and Kathy Monnig, along with newcomer Jim Steinmetz, have filed for three open board seats in the April 7th Municipal Election.

DEER DISEASE FOUND IN AREA COUNTIES 1/29/15CC


The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that two new cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) have recently been found in north-central Missouri. One was found in an adult buck harvested by a hunter in Macon County and the other in an adult doe harvested by a hunter in Adair County. These two new cases bring the total of Missouri free-ranging deer that have tested positive for CWD to five for this hunting season and 15 overall. The total cases of CWD in Missouri captive and free-ranging deer now stands at 26.CWD was first discovered in Missouri in 2010 at a private hunting preserve in Linn County. All cases of CWD in Missouri have been limited to Macon, Linn, and Adair counties, which are part of MDC’s six-county CWD Containment Zone. Additional counties included in the zone are Chariton, Randolph, and Sullivan.

As done in the past three years, MDC worked with hunters, landowners, taxidermists, and meat processors to collect tissue samples from adult deer harvested in north-central Missouri during the fall archery and firearms deer seasons. The Department also collected tissue samples from deer harvested in other areas of the state. MDC has collected more than 1,800 tissue samples this season so far and more than 43,000 tissue samples since the Department began testing for the disease in 2001.

MDC staff will work with select landowners in the CWD Containment Zone over the next several months to harvest additional deer for disease testing and will report a summary of all testing efforts and results once completed.

Chronic Wasting Disease infects only deer and other members of the deer family by causing degeneration of the brain. The disease has no vaccine or cure and is 100-percent fatal. There is no evidence that the disease can affect humans.

Missouri offers some of the best deer hunting in the country, and deer hunting is an important part of many Missourians’ lives and family traditions. Infectious diseases such as CWD could reduce hunting and wildlife-watching opportunities for Missouri’s nearly 520,000 deer hunters and almost two million wildlife watchers. Deer hunting is also an important economic driver in Missouri and gives a $1 billion annual boost to state and local economies. Lower deer numbers from infectious diseases such as CWD could hurt 12,000 Missouri jobs and many businesses that rely on deer hunting as a significant source of revenue, such as meat processors, taxidermists, hotels, restaurants, sporting goods stores, and others. CWD also threatens the investments of thousands of private landowners who manage their land for deer and deer hunting, and who rely on deer and deer hunting to maintain property values.

REP. HOSKINS HONORED BY VETS' GROUP 1/29/15CC


Missouri Speaker Pro Tem Denny Hoskins has been selected as the Legislator of the Year by the Missouri Association of Veterans Organizations. Hoskins received the award during the association's annual meeting earlier this week.

A news release says the Warrensburg Republican legislator was selected for the award for his support of veterans' affairs in his career. The group cites Hoskins' work on the so-called "Bingo bill" in 2009 to create more revenue for vets' organizations, as well as working on legislation to exempt veterans groups from purchasing workman's compensation insurance for volunteers and his work to increase funding for vets' homes and cemeteries, as key reasons for the award.

Hoskins has been previously recognized as the 2014 Legislator of the Year by the Missouri American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is a current member of the Missouri Veterans Commission.

BOONVILLE BURGLARIES UNDER INVESTIGATION 1/29/15CC


Police in Boonville are busy investigating two alleged business burglaries earlier this week.

A release from the Boonville Police Department says that during the overnight hours on Tuesday and the early morning hours of Wednesday, a window was broken out at State Fair Community College at 701 3rd Street. Entry was made into the building and an undetermined amount of money was taken.

A window was also reportedly broken out at Central Missouri Healthcare on Bingham Road, where entry was made and an undetermined amount of money taken.

No suspect information has been made available. Authorities are asking anyone in the area with any information about the break-ins to contact the Boonville Police Department at (660) 882-2727.

COLUMBIA POLICE OPEN ONLINE EXCHANGE ZONE 1/28/15RK


An area police department is trying to make online purchases safer for the consumer.

According to a news release, the Columbia Police Department has opened its lobby as an online exchange zone, effective immediately.

The release points out that the opening of the exchange zone is not a reaction to recent crimes, but is in response to the growing use of online sales sites, such as Craigslist and Facebook groups. Citizens are now able to arrange to make online transactions in the security of the CPD lobby, which provides access 24 hours a day and has video surveillance. Weapons and/or weapon transactions will not be permitted.

VALLEY ORGANIZATION RECOGNIZED WITH AWARD 1/28/15RK


A Missouri Valley College organization has been recognized with an award.

According to a news release from the college, Missouri Valley's Student-Missouri Teachers Association (SMSTA) chapter received the Outstanding Service Project award at the 2014 MSTA Convention recently in Columbia.

The annual award is given to a chapter that records community service or volunteer hours, helping a local community or project. Members of the organization helped paint the interior of the MVC Lab School and assisted the Lab School with McTeacher's Night, a fundraiser that earned money for playground equipment at the facility.

The winner of the annual award is selected by a statewide S-MSTA committee. In addition to being presented with a certificate, the chapter was awarded a $50 gift certificate.

SWEET SPRINGS BOARD ELECTS TO BUY NEW TRUCK FOR CITY 1/28/15RK


With one of the trucks the city of Sweet Springs owns not in great working shape, the city needs to buy or lease a new truck as a replacement.

At Tuesday night's special meeting of the Board of Aldermen, bids were opened from two area car dealers, Meyer Motors in Concordia and Midway Ford Truck Center in Kansas City.

After a lengthy discussion involving the city's Street Superintendent Nate Lee and Water Superintendent Chad Eckhoff, the board elected to go with the after-trade-in bid of $29,375 from Midway, mainly due to the 2015 truck having all power accessories and a snowplow prep kit already installed. Plus, the truck is available on the lot right now and the dealer will swap out the bed currently on the truck with the bed on the truck the city will be trading.

In other business, the board also approved the Sweet Springs After Prom Committee Color Run, which will be from the old Lions Building through town and end up back at the old Lions Building. The date for the event is Sunday, March 1st, with a rain date of Sunday, March 8th.

SWEET SPRINGS ALDERMEN APPROVE TASK FORCE 1/28/15RK


Sweet Springs Police Chief Richard Downing was at the special meeting of the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen Tuesday night asking the board to approve Sweet Springs becoming part of the West Central Roadway Task Force. This task force will involve several cities within driving distance of Sweet Springs.



Downing said the city of Sweet Springs will pay nothing other than for gas for officers to get from one location to another.



Downing pointed out there were 223 people killed and 774 seriously injured in alcohol- or substance-related traffic crashes in Missouri last year. The task force is designed to cut down on the number of alcohol-related, driver-impaired traffic crashes. There will be DWI saturations/roving patrols and sobriety check points conducted, with specific dates for each city chosen by the chief law-enforcement officer.

The Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to approve the addition of Sweet Springs to the task force.

HOW TO FUND STADIUM IN ST. LOUIS TALKS HEAT UP 1/28/15


The Jay Nixon Administration isn't saying it will ... but says it could ... proceed to issue bonds to build a new football stadium in St. Louis without the legislature's approval.

Lawmakers tell Missourinet's Mike Lear that would be a blown call...



 
---MISSOURINET

FITZGIBBON HOSPITAL RECEIVES "BABY-FRIENDLY" HONOR 1/27/15CC


Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall is now one of three hospitals in the state to receive the distinction of a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility.

It's part of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund to encourage hospitals and medical facilities to offer optimal levels of care to breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

At an announcement ceremony on Tuesday, Fitzgibbon C.E.O. Ron Ott told the crowd in attendance that a lot of time and effort went into the hospital achieving the historic distinction:



Along with Fitzgibbon, Hannibal Regional Hospital and Truman Medical Center in Kansas City are the only Missouri hospitals to achieve the Baby-Friendly recognition.

You can learn more by contacting the hospital at (660) 831-3235 or by visiting www.fitzgibbon.org.

STOVER WOMAN HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH 1/27/15CC


A rollover accident in Pettis County left an area woman with injuries on Tuesday.

The Highway Patrol says 54-year-old Kathy Hunter, of Stover, suffered moderate injuries when her westbound vehicle traveled off the roadway; the car struck an embankment and a tree before overturning and coming to rest on its wheels.

Patrol reports say Hunter sought her own treatment for her injuries. The crash happened around 7:40am on Route M, east of Route V in Pettis County.

FAYETTE SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES 1/27/15CC


Four candidates have filed for three open seats on the Fayette R-3 Board of Education.

According to the office of Superintendent Dr. Tamara Kimball, candidates Chester Bias, Jean Schmidt and Douglas Tindall have filed for two open seats that carry three-year terms. One candidate, Larry Anderson, has filed for a two-year-seat on the Fayette School Board.

District voters will decide at the ballot box on Tuesday, April 7th.

KNOB NOSTER TEEN HURT IN COLLISION 1/27/15CC


An area teen was hospitalized Tuesday after a two-vehicle collision in Pettis County.

The Highway Patrol says 18-year-old Makayla Erwin, of Knob Noster, was westbound on Route TT when she reportedly failed to stop at stop sign; her 2005 Toyota then struck a northbound 2003 Ford driven by 53-year-old Randy Goodman, of Sedalia.

Erwin suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was taken by ambulance to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment. The Patrol says the accident occurred around 7:15am at Brooking Park Avenue in Pettis County.

ROLLOVER CRASH INJURES ONE IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY 1/27/15CC


A Higginsville woman escaped serious injury after a one-vehicle accident on Tuesday in Lafayette County.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says 21-year-old Curtis Wegener, of Higginsville, was eastbound on Page City Road when his 2004 Kia ran off the right side of the roadway. The vehicle struck a culvert and overturned, coming to rest on its top.

The driver was not injured in the rollover crash but a passenger, 68-year-old Martha Williams, of Higginsville, received minor injuries. She was taken for treatment to Lafayette Regional Hospital in Lexington.

The Patrol says the accident happened around 9:20am, just west of Route 213 in Lafayette County.

SALINE COMMISSION APPROVES PRESERVATION BOARD REQUESTS 1/27/15RK


Jessica Goodman, representing the Saline County Historical Preservation Commission Board, was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission this morning asking the commission to approve an appointment to the board. The board has had two openings since terms expired October 30th, 2014.



Goodman also requested to utilize the county's website.



In addition, Goodman also requested the minutes of the board meetings be put on the county's website. After getting the go-ahead from Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith, saying the information wouldn't be difficult to add, the commission approved the requests.

SUNDAY WILL BE "RANDY EICH DAY" IN WARRENSBURG 1/27/15RK


At the meeting of the Warrensburg City Council Monday night, the council recognized one of the city's finest during a ceremony.

According to a city official, the Council also declared Sunday, February 1st, 2015, as "Randy Eich Day." Eich served on the Warrensburg police force for nearly 37 years before recently retiring.

In other business, the council approved a bid for a tree-removal contract from Custom Tree Care, of Topeka, Kan.

The council also approved all of the art that is on city property to be renovated or touched up, whether it be a painting or sculpture and renewed an annual mutual-aid agreement with Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster.

MARSHALL COUNCIL APPROVES SALES TAX BALLOT ISSUE 1/27/15RK


At a special meeting of the Marshall City Council Monday night, the council approved by a 7-0 vote--one member not being present-- to include a sales-tax proposal for the patrons in Marshall to vote on during the upcoming Municipal Election.

City Administrator Connie Latimer says the proposed one-half of one percent tax hike will increase general revenue for the city by an estimated $1.6 million per year.

Latimer says she thinks it's time for this to happen.



Ward 4 Councilman Tom Hagedorn says even if the increase is approved, Marshall still falls short of rates in other cities around us.



Voters will go to the polls and cast their ballot to decide the fate of the sales-tax proposal on Tuesday, April 7th.

AREA BATTALION TO BE HONORED TODAY 1/27/15RK


An area battalion will be honored with a ceremony today.

According to a release from the Sedalia 200 School District, the national championship ring ceremony for the Smith-Cotton Army JROTC Tiger Battalion Raider team is set for 3:00pm in the high-school gymnasium.

The JROTC team will conduct its Cadet of the Month board on Friday, January 30th, and the teams will compete Saturday at Lee's Summit High School.

JOHNSON CRASH INJURES WARRENSBURG MAN 1/27/15RK


A Warrensburg man was injured in a one-car crash in Johnson County late Monday night.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as an unknown vehicle reportedly made an unsafe lane change in front of a westbound 2004 Ford, driven by 19-year-old Kenaniah Feltenstein, of Warrensburg. Feltenstein swerved his vehicle to avoid impact and struck the unknown vehicle's towed unit.

After impact, Feltenstein's car traveled off the north side of the roadway, struck the ground and overturned.

Feltenstein reportedly refused treatment of minor injuries at the scene.

The accident happened just before 11:00pm on westbound U.S. Highway 50 east of Northwest 331st Road.

NEW FACEBOOK PAGE FOR MARSHALL POLICE 1/26/15CC


It seems like you can't look far these days without seeing someone checking their Facebook page.

The Marshall Police Department hopes Facebook users will check out their new page on the popular social media site. A spokesman says the new page gives the department an opportunity to share information with the public about crime, safety and other community matters 24 hours a day.

The public is encouraged to view the page, give feedback and see the information and tips offered by the Department.

To find them, search for "Marshall Missouri Police Department" in the Facebook search bar at www.facebook.com.

POLICE SEEK HELP IN LOCATING WANTED MAN 1/26/15CC


Marshall Police are asking the public's help in locating a wanted individual.

The Department is asking for assistance in locating Brandon Miles Marti, who is wanted on several drug related violations. Marti has active arrest warrants for his involvement in reference to these violations, with a bond amount of $50,000 cash only.

Marti was last known to reside in the State of Florida but his location is unknown at this time. He is described as a white male, six feet one inch tall, weighing around 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

If anyone has any information about Brandon Marti, please contact the Marshall Police Department at 660-886-7411 or by email at info@marshallpolice.com.

HOWARD CO. WATER MEETING SLATED FOR TUESDAY 1/26/15CC


The Howard County Regional Water Commission holds an open session meeting in New Franklin on Tuesday, January 27th.

Items on the agenda include discussion of the Commission's 2014 audit, opening of bids, and discussion of a service area map. Reports will also be given by various Commission members. A closed session is on the schedule for real estate matters.

The open session meeting gets underway 12:00pm at 132 East Broadway in New Franklin.

AREA BLOOD DRIVES THIS WEEK 1/26/15CC


The American Red Cross will host blood drives in two area communities this week.

The first takes place on Friday, January 30th, in Carroll County; the drive will be held from 2:00-6:00pm at the Bogard Community Center. The Center is located at 100 West Third Street in Bogard.

In Lafayette County on Saturday, January 31st, a Red Cross drive will be held from 1:00-5:00pm at St. George Catholic Church in Odessa. The church can be found at 706 South Third Street in Odessa.

For more information or to make an appointment, call (800) RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

MALTA BEND SCHOOL WORKING TO BECOME FULLY ACCREDITED 1/26/15RK


An area school district is working extremely hard to become accredited.

The Malta Bend School District recently received a letter from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, recognizing the school as a Title 1 high-progress reward School.

Superintendent John Angelhow said this is a good step.



Angelhow went on to say there is a ways to go, but everything is heading in the right direction, thanks to a lot of hard work.



According to the release, high-progress reward schools are those Title 1 schools demonstrating the most pronounced increases in proficiency rates in English, language arts and mathematics on state assessment tests over the past three years.

COLUMBIA AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING HOME-INVASION ROBBERY 1/26/15RK


Authorities in an area city are investigating an alleged home-invasion robbery.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of Kennesaw Ridge Road in reference to a burglary with a gun.

Investigation into the alleged incident revealed two to three suspects forced entry through the front door of the residence and began taking electronics. Reportedly, three residents of the home heard the commotion and one confronted the suspects. One suspect, described as a tall black male, wearing dark clothing, gloves and glasses, pointed a handgun at the victim and the victim retreated. The suspects then took the electronics and fled the scene.

Nobody was injured during the alleged incident. There are no further suspect descriptions available at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information regarding this incident, you are being urged to call the Columbia Police Department or CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

FENTON PEGGED TO LEAD NEW PROGRAM AT CMU 1/26/15RK


An area university is starting a new program and has appointed a person to build it.

According to a release from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Rebecca Fenton has been appointed to build its Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.

Fenton will be responsible for developing the OTA program, a two-year, associate's degree designed to feed directly into CMU's Bachelor of Health Sciences degree. She also will work to gain national accreditation for the OTA.

Fenton comes to CMU after spending six years as a licensed, certified occupational therapy assistant with CoxHealth Hospital in Springfield.

The release says, if all goes well, the university will be offering the course work in 2017.

JOB POINT GRADUATES RECEIVE RECOGNITION 1/26/15RK


A Missouri Organization recently held a celebration for graduates.

According to a news release from Job Point, 47 individuals who graduated from Job Point's Civic Youth Corps, trades programs--heating, ventilation and air-conditioning; heavy/highway construction, intermediate construction trades and YouthBuild-- and Office Support Specialist training were recognized. Another celebration recognizing eight students who met the state requirements as Certified Nursing Assistants also was held.

Area students receiving recognition for graduating were Nathaniel Harvey and Adam Emde, of Sedalia, and Taylor Walton, of Warrensburg.

Job Point's home office is in Columbia but also has offices in Sedalia and Warrensburg. For more information on Job Point, visit jobpointmo.org.

CHURCHILL HONORED AT WESTMINSTER CEREMONY 1/26/15


Sir Winston Churchill has been honored on the 50th anniversary of his death Saturday at Westminster College in Fulton. Churchill’s granddaughter and great-grandson joined the British Ambassador to the United States at the service. Governor Jay Nixon said feelings of admiration and affection for Churchill were shared by fellow Missourian Harry S. Truman.



This is one of the first in a series of events around the world that recognizes the life, work, and achievements of Churchill.

 
---MISSOURINET

AREA RESIDENTS HURT IN JACKSON COUNTY CRASH 1/26/15RK


A two-vehicle crash in Jackson County Sunday afternoon sent three area residents to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a westbound 2004 Chevrolet, driven by 31-year-old Kevin Nieweg, of Napoleon, pulled into the path of a southbound 2007 Chevrolet, driven by 19-year-old Chantelle Reichert, of Oak Grove, causing the vehicles to collide in the roadway.

Reichert was transported by Sni Valley E.M.S. to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment. Nieweg and a passenger in his vehicle, 33-year-old Jillian Joseph, of Napoleon, were transported by Osage E.M.S. to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened at 2:00pm on Route "FF" at Borgman Road.

WEATHER SPOTTER TRAINING STARTS SOON 1/25/15


It's not too early to think about spring and severe weather in Missouri. The National Weather Service is offering Storm Spotter training classes at convenient locations throughout the state; Meteorologist Andy Bailey says being a spotter is a great way to serve your community.



The classes start as early as this week and most do not require pre-registration. For more information about training near you, contact your area city or county Emergency Management office.    

 
--MISSOURINET

NIXON TO APPOINT NEW LAFAYETTE CO. ASSESSOR 1/25/15CC


Lafayette County will soon have a new Assessor following the resignation of Assessor Mike Dobson earlier this month.

Dobson announced his resignation at a recent meeting of the Lafayette County Commission. Dobson was first elected to the Assessor's office in 2004 and he is currently in the middle of his third term as Assessor; his resignation will become effective March 31st.

Dobson's replacement will be appointed later by Governor Jay Nixon, per state law.

RICHMOND WOMAN KILLED IN RAY CO. CRASH 1/25/15CC


One person is dead and six others injured after a two-vehicle head-on collision in Ray County early Sunday morning.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened around 1:15am when a westbound car driven by 40-year-old Carey Jones, of Kansas City, reportedly crossed the centerline of Missouri 210 and struck an eastbound car driven by 37-year-old Crystal Streiler, of Richmond, head-on.

A passenger in the Streiler car, 22-year-old Rachel Bailey, of Richmond, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by Ray County Coroner Toby Polley at around 1:45am. Both drivers, Streiler and Jones, suffered serious injuries in the collision; Streiler was taken to Liberty Hospital for treatment while Jones was taken to Truman Medical Center.

Four other passengers in the Streiler vehicle all received moderate injuries and were taken to Kansas City area hospitals for treatment. Trooper reports say charges may be pending in connection with the deadly accident.

FAYETTE SCHOOLS GET A "CLEAN" BILL OF HEALTH 1/25/15CC


At the most recent meeting of the Fayette R-3 Board of Education, board members learned that the district has received a Silver Certified Status in Environment Health Services from the Green Cleaning Institute, a group that provides training to the custodial staff.

Superintendent Dr. Tamara Kimball said that the New Franklin School District, Columbia Public Schools and Rolla Public Schools have received the distinction as well.

In other business, the board reviewed three bids for two new buses. Dr. Kimball recommended a bid from Central States Bus Sales for a low bid of $80,340 for each bus; board members unanimously approved Kimball's recommendation to buy the buses from the low bidder with about $2,000 worth of trade-in on two old district buses.

Board members also discussed options for late starts when temperatures are below freezing, as well as a proposed merger between the Lewis & Clark and Tri-Rivers Conferences. Both matters were tabled for a future meeting.

MPD'S "COFFEE WITH A COP" COMING FEBRUARY 11TH 1/25/15CC


An informal event hosted by Marshall Police in February aims to give residents an opportunity to meet local officers and discuss community issues.

It's called "Coffee with a Cop", and police say they hope it will provide a chance for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department's work in Marshall neighborhoods. On Wednesday, February 11th, members of the Marshall Police Department and community members will come together at 9:00am at McDonalds located at 816 West College.

A release from Marshall Police says the majority of contact law enforcement has with the public happens during emergencies or emotional situations. Those situations may not always be the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Police say they hope "Coffee with a Cop" breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

For questions or for more information, contact Sergeant Roger Gibson (660) 886-7411 or visit www.marshallpolice.com.

NEW ONLINE ASSESSMENTS FOR PETTIS TAXPAYERS 1/25/15CC


Pettis County Assessor Karissa Logan has announced a new option available to Pettis County residents, in which personal property owners can file their annual assessment sheets online.

This is the first year owners of personal property have the option to file online. The filing deadline is the same as the paper filing deadline on March 1st, 2015.

Online filing is optional. Owners of personal property can continue to mail their completed paper forms in if they choose to do so. Filings are based on what the property owner owned as of January 1st, 2015.

In a release, Logan says she filled her own sheet out on her smart phone, and it took less than five minutes to complete. To find out more, contact the Pettis County Assessor's Office at (660) 826-5000 or visit http://pettis.missouriassessors.com.

LABOR REPORT: MISSOURI WOMEN MAKE UNDER 80% OF PAY VS. MEN 1/25/15CC


A new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Missouri women make just under eighty cents on the dollar compared to men when it comes to their weekly paychecks.

In 2013, Missouri women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings of about $665, or about 78.1% of the $852 median usual weekly earnings for men. Nationwide, the number is slightly higher at $706 per week, or about 82.1% as compared to their male counterparts.

Across the nation, Vermont had the highest female-to-male earnings ratio among the states at 91.3%, while Wyoming had the lowest at 68.6%.

Median weekly wages for women range from an average of $591 per week in Louisiana to $900 per week in Massachusetts; median weekly wages for men across the nation range from a low of $705 per week in Arkansas to $1,109 per week in Massachusetts.

You can learn more at www.bls.gov.

M.V.C. HOSTS VISITING WRITERS SERIES 1/25/15CC


Missouri Valley College in Marshall welcomes in nonfiction writer Eric O. Scott this week as the second participant in the MVC Visiting Writers Series.

Scott will give a public reading of his creative nonfiction piece entitled "Valhalla, I Am Coming: Memoirs of a Viking Summer," from 7:00-8:00pm on Tuesday, January 27th, in the Murrell Library Reading Room.

The Missouri Valley College Visiting Writers Series brings award-winning, nationally recognized authors to the MVC campus. Each visiting writer will give an hour-long reading of their work; the readings are free and open to the general public.

For more information visit www.moval.edu.

U.S. CONGRESSMAN HOLDS MOBILE OFFICES ON MONDAY 1/25/15CC


Residents in Carroll and Chariton counties this week have a chance to speak out to United States 6th District Congressman Sam Graves.

A release from the Congressman's office says mobile office hours will be available this week with members of his staff on hand to answer questions, discuss their views and to offer assistance with federal agencies. Graves himself will not be present.

In Chariton County on Monday, a mobile office will be open at 11:00am at the Keytesville Courthouse at 306 South Cherry Street. Later that afternoon, a mobile office will be open in Carroll County at 1:30pm at the Carrollton Courthouse at 8 South Main Street.

The events are free and open to the public.

CRASH NEAR SALISBURY SENDS FOUR TO HOSPITAL 1/25/15CC


Four people suffered injuries after a two-vehicle collision in Chariton County this weekend.

Highway Patrol reports say 48-year-old Beverly Atkinson, of Salisbury, was southbound on Highway 5 when she struck a deer in the roadway. Her 2014 Volkwagen swerved sideways and was struck in the passenger side by a 2015 Ford truck driven by 66-year-old Wayde Duff, of Keytesville.

Atkinson and a passenger, 43-year-old Steven Atkinson, of Salisbury, both sustained serious injuries and were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment, while a 14-year-old passenger from Salisbury received moderate injuries and was taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center.

A passenger in the second vehicle, 66-year-old Wilma Duff, of Keytesville, suffered serious injuries and was also transported to University Hospital for treatment.

The Patrol says the accident happened around 10:00pm on Saturday night, about five miles south of Salisbury.

S.F.C.C. OFFERS FREE DENTAL SCREENINGS 1/25/15CC


State Fair Community College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic will have a free screening from 5:00-7:00pm on Monday, January 26th, in the clinic 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 the last five years.

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

Another free screening session is scheduled for February 19th. For more information call (660) 596-7406.

PETTIS ROLLOVER LEAVES ONE INJURED 1/24/15CC


A Sedalia motorist escaped serious injury Saturday after a one-vehicle accident in Pettis County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it happened when 38-year-old Joseph Barnett was traveling northbound when it lost control trying to avoid another vehicle in the road. Barnett's 2001 Buick began to skid before running off the roadway and overturning.

Barnett received minor injuries in the rollover crash; Patrol reports say he refused treatment at the scene. The accident occurred around 9:20am on U.S. Highway 65 at Route J in Pettis County.

LATE NIGHT CRASH INJURES AREA MAN 1/24/15CC


A Bates City man escaped with cuts and bruises after a one-vehicle accident in Lafayette County on Friday night.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says 71-year-old Frank Macek was eastbound in the 4000 block of Highway HH at around 11:30pm when his 2001 Chrysler ran off the right side of the roadway; the vehicle struck a fence and then a tree.

Macek received minor injuries in the crash and reportedly refused treatment at the scene.

RICHMOND MAN INJURED IN MORNING CRASH 1/24/15CC


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

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 44-year-old Rodney Travillion, of Richmond, was traveling eastbound and reportedly failed to negotiate a curve. His 1990 Kenworth then ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned.

The Patrol says Travillion was taken by private vehicle to Ray County Hospital for treatment. The crash occurred around 8:00am on Route JJ, north of Route AA in Carroll County.

DEPT OF LABOR WARNS OF PHISHING ATTEMPT 1/23/15RK


A state agency is warning Missouri residents to be aware of a phishing attempt.

According to a news release from the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, it warns that some unemployment insurance claimants have received emails that have been identified in other states as a phishing scam.

The suspected emails were sent from "Unemployment Advisory Department" and used one of two subjects: "Required Documents to File Unemployment in MO" or "Verfication Required: Final Notice". Email scams will often include misspellings or other common mistakes.

If you receive this email, delete it immediately and do not click on the links as the website is requesting personal identifiable information that could be used in an act of fraud or theft.

The Missouri Department of Labor will never request personal information through email. Furthermore, unemployment claims can only be filed by using either the secure, online filing system at www.labor.mo.gov or by calling a Regional Claims Center. A third party entity cannot file a claim on claimant’s behalf.

BLAST TO TAKE OUT N.K.C. BRIDGE SATURDAY 1/23/15RK


Nothing to do on Saturday? Why not watch a bridge explode?

A second blast is set to take place for the Fairfax Bridge on U.S. Highway 69 over the Missouri River in the North Kansas City area.

According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, crews are set to detonate the southern parts of the structure at 9:00am. This portion of the bridge is expected to fall into the river, where a barge will fish it out.

Crews will close northbound and southbound U.S. 69 from 8:00am to 4:00pm to accommodate the blast.

MoDOT has designated the EH Young Park as the viewing area for the public. The park is located at 1001 Argosy Parkway in Riverside. Access to the levees will not be allowed for safety reasons.

The Fairfax Bridge is part of the U.S. Highway 69 Bridge consisting of the Platte Purchase Bridge and the Fairfax Bridge. The new structure will be a singular bridge with multiple lanes and bike/pedestrian access. The new U.S. 69 Highway Bridge will open to traffic in December 2016.

For more information about this or any MoDOT project, visit www.modot.mo.gov.

FOUR INJURED IN JOHNSON COUNTY CRASH 1/23/15RK


Four area residents were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Johnson County this morning.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when an uninvolved vehicle made an improper lane change, causing a westbound Pontiac Grand Am, driven by 19-year-old Cheyenne Reed, of Sedalia, to travel off the left side of the road and into the median. The report says Reed's vehicle rotated clockwise as it returned to the roadway, crossed the center line and struck a westbound Ford Escape, driven by 24-year-old Sheldon Pittman, of Knob Noster.

Reed and Pittman each suffered moderate injuries in the crash. Reed and passengers in her car-- a 3-year-old and 19-year-old Averi Wilken, of Sedalia, who each suffered minor injuries-- were transported by ambulance to Bothwell Medical Center for treatment. Pittman was taken by ambulance to Centerpoint Medical Center for treatment.

The accident occurred at 8:30 on U.S. Highway 50, just west of MO-23.

SALINE COUNTY BUDGET AVAILABLE FOR PATRONS TO PERUSE 1/23/15RK


A big part of the Saline County Commission meeting Thursday was spent opening bids from businesses which want to provide goods and services for the county's needs over the next year.

The Commission subsequently accepted bids from numerous businesses for contracts.

In other business, the Commission also approved a budget. It will lay for 10 days for anybody to peruse. The final budget hearing will be Tuesday, February 3rd, according to Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr.

SALINE COMMISSION APPROVES APPOINTMENTS TO BOARD 1/23/15RK


Ann Graff, Executive Director and CEO of the Saline County Board of Services for the Developmentally Disabled, was at the Saline County Commission meeting Thursday with a request.

She asked the Commission to approve the reappointment of Jeannie Parkhurst, of Marshall, to the board through 2017. She also requested the Commission approve appointments of Janet Miller, of Marshall, and Connie Hayes, of Slater, to the board, replacing Jim Chevalier and Hulda Dooley, who recently decided to end their tenure on the board.

The Commission voted to OK the appointments.

SLATER B.O.E. APPROVES SENIOR TRIP 1/23/15RK


More than 20 area students will be headed south on a trip later on this school year.

At the Slater Board of Education meeting last night, the board approved a trip for a number of high-school seniors, according to Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz.



In other business, Lorenz said the district has several activities planned for to thank board members.



Lorenz also received a positive review from the board and had his contract extended through the 2016-17 school year. The board also approved Christian Matthews as a substitute teacher.

NEW FRANKLIN B.O.E. TALKS ABOUT FUTURE PROJECTS 1/23/15RK


One of the big items of discussion at the meeting of the New Franklin Board of Education this week was what facility projects need to be tackled in the near future.

Superintendent David Haggard said they talked about ideas for building expansion. But he said the cost of those items talked about are a little more than the district can spend, so the board was sent back to the drawing board to get the numbers closer together.

He said the talks about possible projects are in the beginning phases, but it's good to be proactive and not wait until the last minute.

In other business, Haggard said the board approved seeking bids to get a new school bus for the district, with an approximate cost of $80,000, with trade-ins of approximately $10,000.

The board also approved the school calendar for the 2015-16 school year and gave Haggard a positive review.

RACE REQUIRED FOR SALINE AMBULANCE DIRECTOR NO. 1 1/23/15RK


Several area residents have filed for various positions for schools and other boards in Saline County.

According to a release from Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell, two men have filed for the Saline County Ambulance Director No. 1 position. Running for the post will be Jesse Coslet and Russell Donnell. Melinda Beeler was the only one to file for the opening for Director No. 3. Each term is three years in length.

Several other individual races will not require an election due to only one person filing candidacy for each opening.

The deadline for filing for individual races was Tuesday, January 20th.

COLUMBIA RESIDENT CHARGED WITH COOPER COUNTY FELONY 1/23/15RK


According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, officers recently issued a warrant to a Columbia resident.

According to online court documents, 25-year-old Miana Milo, was served a warrant while in custody for a Class "C" Felony of Theft/Stealing of more than $500 but less than $25,000. Charges have been filed, and bond has been set at $10,000, cash or surety.

A future date in Cooper County Court is pending.

COLUMBIA CC CONSIDERING BANNING PLASTIC BAGS 1/23/15


The Columbia City Council is considering banning plastic bags at the grocery store and other retailers. The proposal will also require retailers to charge 10 cents apiece for paper bags.

Mayor Bob McDavid doesn't like the idea.



The Council did not take action on the proposal.

 
---MISSOURINET

TWO LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER LAFAYETTE CRASH 1/23/15RK


A one-vehicle crash in Lafayette County Thursday evening sent two people to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a northbound Toyota Matrix, driven by 34-year-old Ryan Wolfe, of Montgomery, Ill., ran off the left side of the roadway, struck a tree and overturned.

Wolfe and 32-year-old passenger, Lacy Martinez, of Clinton, were both transported by Life Flight to Centerpoint Medical Center for treatment.

The accident happened just after 7:30 on Missouri 13, just north of the Johnson County line.

COLUMBIA FATAL CAR-PEDESTRIAN CRASH 1/23/15RK


Last night in an area city, a 24-year-old was killed when hit by a car.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, the accident happened as a car, driven by 30-year-old Alvin DeBrose, Jr, of Columbia, was traveling north in MO-163 approaching Carter Lane and the 24-year-old pedestrian, of Columbia, was crossing MO-163 in an easterly direction. The driver of the vehicle reportedly did not see and struck the pedestrian.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel. The pedestrian's name has not been released, pending notification of next of kin.

Investigation into the accident, which occurred just before 7:00pm, is continuing.

PEDESTRIAN HIT BY CAR IN COLUMBIA 1/22/15RK


A pedestrian has been hit by a car in an area city.

According to release from the Columbia Police Department, the accident occurred when a southbound 1996 Isuzu Rodeo, driven by 19-year-old Blake Ward, of Columbia, struck 20-year-old Darryl Darling, of Columbia, while Darling was crossing Missouri 163 in the crosswalk on foot. Ward reportedly did not see Darling crossing the roadway.

Darling was transported from the scene to University of Missouri Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. At the time of the release, Darling's condition was listed as stable.

Ward was not injured.

The accident occurred just before 1:00pm at the intersection of MO-163 and Nifong Boulevard.

The accident is still under investigation.

ENDANGERED PERSON ADVISORY CANCELED 1/22/15RK


An endangered person advisory has been canceled for an area teenager.

According to a release from the Odessa Police Department, the police department, in conjunction with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department, was able to locate 16-year-old Alison Brown.

The release says Brown is safe and is unharmed and her family has been notified.

According to a release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol this morning, the teen had been reported missing after an incident that occurred at 720 West Main Street in Odessa at 1:30 this morning.

BRUNSWICK B.O.E. HEARS CONCERNS ABOUT BUS STOPS 1/22/15RK


Some concerns were raised at the Brunswick R-2 Board of Education meeting this week.

Superintendent Bob Kottman said some residents are concerned about bus stops along the highway.



Kottman said the district might make a move to change the number of stops.



Kottman said the number wouldn't be reduced down to anything like four, but could be pared to probably eight or so.

In other business, the board accepted bids from three different parties for various surplus items from the old weight room, which totaled less than $250, according to Kottman. The board also accepted retirements of social studies teacher Cindy Woolston and math and science teacher Julie Fletcher and the resignation of ag teacher Stephanie Carpenter. Kottman said replacements will be sought in the near future. He also noted, the board has extended his contract as superintendent through the 2017-18 school year.

GLASGOW B.O.E. APPROVES BALLOT LANGUAGE FOR TAX-RATE ITEM 1/22/15RK


At the meeting of the Glasgow Board of Education Wednesday, the board approved official ballot language for a tax-rate item to appear on the ballot for the April 7th Municipal Election. Also approved by the board was a list of candidates for Municipal Election. Steve Ferguson, Mitch Monnig and Heather Davis have filed for two open seats.

In other business, the board approved the calendar for the 2015-16 school year.

The board also accepted the resignation of paraprofessional Peggy Fuemmeler and hired Carol Hill in that position for the rest of the school year. The board also extended Superintendent Mike Reynolds' contract for one year.

D.E.D. RELEASES DECEMBER JOBS REPORT 1/21/15CC


Missouri’s unemployment rate fell again, dropping another two-tenths of a point to 5.4 percent in December, the lowest since April 2008. According to seasonally adjusted data released Wednesday by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the state’s nonfarm payroll employment also gained 1,700 jobs last month, marking the fourth straight monthly increase.

A number of industries saw job growth in December, led by construction with 2,400 new jobs. Additionally, leisure and hospitality employment was up by 1,000, as was transportation, warehousing and utilities. Health Care and Social Assistance also experienced an increase of 1,000 jobs for the month.

Missouri’s nonfarm payrolls have increased by 44,700 jobs over the past year, which is the largest annual December-to-December growth since 1997.

CONCORDIA COMMUNITY CENTER COMMITTEE GETS APPROVAL 1/21/15CC


A new committee will soon be established in Concordia to oversee renovations and repairs to the city's community center.

At Tuesday's meeting of the Board of Aldermen, the board approved the formation of a nine-member group tasked with researching community needs, management scenarios, space rentals and several other aspects of the community center's operations. The committee will then serve as a liaison to the board of Aldermen and make recommendations for the project based on their findings.

In other business, the board approved a proposed contract with the company General Code for electronic publication of the city's code book on the internet. The city will pay $1,195.00 a year for the services.

Aldermen this week approved the city's participation in the Department of Economic Development's Energy Loan Program for lighting improvements at the community center and at city hall. They also took a first look at the preliminary city budget for Fiscal Year 2015-2016.

SEDALIA COUNCIL NIXES PROPOSED CROSSWALK 1/21/15CC


The Sedalia City Council met in regular session Tuesday night with a number of traffic-related items on the agenda.

Council members approved the removal of a one-hour parking restriction on the north side of 16th Street from its intersection with Vermont Avenue to its intersection with Prospect Avenue. Also approved was an agreement with the state's Highways and Transportation Commission's Traffic Engineering Assistance Program for a traffic study at the intersection of Winchester Drive and 10th Street in Sedalia.

Council members rejected two agenda items on Tuesday. First, they gave the thumbs-down to a proposed crosswalk in the 700 block of South Ohio; they also rejected a proposal to remove a handicapped parking zone in the 1300 block of South Osage.

The council also approved the adoption of Operations Guidelines and Policies for Crown Hill Cemetery.

NEW FEATURES COMING TO HIGGINSVILLE CITY LAKE 1/21/15CC


Higginsville's Board of Aldermen met Tuesday night with a mostly light agenda.

Aldermen approved an amendment to a Community Assistance Program agreement with the Missouri Department of Conservation regarding the city lake. The agreement initially provided for new restrooms and a new handicap accessible covered fishing dock at the lake; the new amendment also adds a courtesy dock at the boat ramp. Plans are for construction to begin this Spring.

The Board also approved the scheduling of a Utilities Committee meeting for Monday, January 26th and approved Mayor Bill Kolas's appointments of Gina Kouril and Jody Dickmeier to the city's Youth Activities Commission.

INCUMBENTS FILE FOR SLATER COUNCIL SEATS 1/21/15CC


At this week's meeting of the Slater City Council, members learned who has filed for city council seats in the April Municipal Election.

A city spokesman says incumbents have filed for reelection in each of the city's four wards-- Harry Lightfoot in Ward One, Brenda Smith in Ward Two, Brett Hemeyer in Ward Three and Terry Jordan in Ward Four. Additionally, Crystal Wiseman and Frank Dolezeal have filed for seats in Ward Three; Wiseman has held the seat by appointment since the resignation of councilman Ron Monnig in December of last year.

In other business, the board was introduced to this year's list of goals for the city, presented by Mayor Stephen Allegri, and heard a proposal from Saline County Emergency Management Director Emmitt Williams to consolidate the county's emergency efforts into one central entity. Both matters will be taken up at the next meeting of the Slater City Council in February.

MARSHALL B.O.E. APPROVES CATASTROPIC LEAVE POLICY 1/21/15RK


In addition to approving verbiage for a tax-levy proposal to be put on the April 7th Municipal Election ballot, the Marshall Board of Education also approved a Medical Catastrophic Leave Policy.

Board Secretary and member Leslie Huston explains her recommendation.



Huston said, as simple as it gets, if it's approved by your doctor, it's approved by the district.

Huston went on to give the rules of FMLA.



After some more discussion, the board voted 4-1 to approve the catastrophic leave policy as outlined by Huston.

MARSHALL B.O.E. APPROVES TAX LEVY BALLOT PROPOSAL 1/21/15RK


Marshall voters defeated a ballot issue last year, so the officials in the Marshall School District went back to the drawing board, and last night the Marshall Board of Education approved ballot language for a new tax-levy issue to be placed on the upcoming election ballot.

The basic language of the measure is explained by Marshall School Board President Larry Godsey.



Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher said the current levy in Marshall is $3.1275. In 2015, if the measure passes, the levy would increase to $3.3775, in 2016 to $3.6275 and in 2017 to $3.8775.

Godsey explains how much money that equates to at each level of the increase.



The verbiage for the ballot issue now will be submitted to Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell. Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, April 7th.

SALINE COUNTY PLAT BOOKS AVAILABLE 1/20/15RK


Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission Tuesday and gave an update on the county's plat books, maps and smartphone apps.



With supplies getting low, the commission approved a motion to order 100 more plat books and 10 maps for purchase.



The maps sell for $50, and the apps and plat books are $35 each.

Smith also pointed out five cards that were mailed out recently to some county residents have been returned to the courthouse for entry into a drawing for a free wall map. Residents also may come into the courthouse and enter for the drawing before February 6th.

SALINE COUNTY BUDGET AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING THURSDAY 1/20/15RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission Tuesday, Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner said the county's 2015 budget will be available for anyone to view in a couple of days.



In other business, the commission approved Saline County Auditor Tara Vogelsmeier's hiring of an employee in her office. Joyce Harris will start in the position of Deputy Auditor on Monday, January 26th.

Also, the commission approved a letter of destruction from Prosecuting Attorney Don Stouffer for a laptop computer and a bubble jet printer.

APRIL FILING DEADLINE ARRIVES 1/20/15RK


Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell on Tuesday pointed out an important deadline for the April 7th Municipal Election has arrived:



Russell's remarks came during the Tuesday morning meeting of the Saline County Commission.

In other business, Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner said the county has received more bids for 2015; he explains what the bids are for:



Fenner said commissioners will open the bids during Thursday morning's commission meeting.

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING ALLEGED CRIME IN MARSHALL 1/20/15RK


Missouri Valley College authorities and the Marshall Police Department are conducting an investigation into an alleged crime.

According to a release from MVC, on Monday, January 19th, the Department of Public Safety and Office of Student Affairs received a report of an assault and abduction that occurred involving a student who was walking off-campus after attending an off-campus party.

The release says the incident occurred on Wednesday, January 14th, at approximately 3:00am. Details of the incident are not being released at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

Any tips should be reported immediately by calling the Marshall Police Department at (660) 886-7411 or the Missouri Valley College Department of Public Safety at (660) 815-0111.

AREA RESIDENTS HURT IN RAY CRASH 1/20/15RK


Two area residents were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Ray County Monday night.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a 2011 Dodge, driven by 20-year-old Jamie Grindstaff, of Lexington, swerved to avoid an animal in the roadway, causing the vehicle to travel off the right side of the roadway. The driver reportedly overcorrected and the vehicle crossed the center line. The driver reportedly overcorrected again, the vehicle then traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck the ground and overturned.

Grindstaff reportedly refused treatment of minor injuries at the scene. A passenger, 23-year-old John Hampton, of Richmond, received minor injuries and was taken by Ray County E.M.S. to Ray County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened just after 9:00pm on Missouri 10, east of Missouri 13.

SEDALIA BICYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ACCIDENT 1/20/15RK


A vehicle-bicycle accident in Pettis County Monday evening caused serious injuries to a Sedalia man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as an eastbound Ford Van, driven by 49-year-old Danil Uzun, of Mora, overtook and struck a bicycle, driven by 20-year-old Aleksey Kaemper, of Sedalia.

Kaemper was taken to University Hospital in Columbia by Staff For Life E.M.S. for treatment of serious injuries.

Uzun reportedly was not injured.

The accident happened at 6:20pm on Route "B," east of Cambridge Road.

BOONE COUNTY MAN FACES THREE CHARGES 1/20/15RK


Authorities in an area county have made an arrest and the suspect faces three charges.

According to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, deputies responded to the 7800 block of Mount Hope Road just after 5:30pm Monday regarding a verbal disturbance complaint.

They encountered a 26-year-old Columbia man who gave them a false name and social security number. Deputies discovered the suspect's real identity and that he had a probation-violation warrant.

When deputies attempted to arrest the suspect, he attempted to flee. Deputies caught the suspect after a short foot pursuit.The suspect was processed into the Boone County Jail and faces charges of Felony probation violation with no bond, identity theft with a $500 bond and resisting arrest with a $4,500 bond.

TRAIL'S END WORK GETTING STARTED TODAY 1/19/15RK


It's taken about 2-1/2 years, but the bulk of the money has been raised to pay for a multi-element art project to be put in place in Sedalia.

According to Dale Yelton, co-chairman of the Trail's End Committee, W&M Welding workers are on site today, setting pieces of the project in place inside the Missouri State Fairgrounds at the corner of U.S. Highway 65 and 16th Street.



Yelton said some of the project's work will have to wait until later to be finished.



The entire $750,000 project is set to be completed in the next couple of months, getting ready for "Three Big Days of Family Fun," the dedication of the Starline Brass Trail's End Plaza during April 24th-26th. For ticket information for the event, call (660) 829-3434.

SANTA FE HERITAGE DAYS DATES SET FOR SEPTEMBER 1/17/15RK


Two representatives of the Marshall Cultural Council were at the meeting of the Saline County Commission this week speaking about and wanting the Commission to approve dates the 2015 Santa Fe Trail Heritage Days.

Vice-President Kathy Green says the group has decided to move the chuckwagon dinner back to Friday evening rather than a luncheon on the Saturday.



Connie Grisier, a member of the Marshall Cultural Council, said the group also is planning other activities and needs time to get everything put together.



The Commission approved this year's dates of Friday, September 11th and Saturday, September 12th for the event in downtown Marshall.

MISSOURI DEATH-ROW INMATE'S ATTORNEY WANTS EVIDENCE TO BE REVIEWED 1/17/15


The man Missouri is scheduled to execute in less than two weeks wants the courts to put a halt on that, so evidence can be tested that he says could exonerate him.

The attorney for Marcellus Williams, Kent Gipson, is asking the courts to make that testing happen...



One federal judge has rejected Williams' claim, calling it frivolous, but appeals could continue.

He was sentenced to death for the 1998 murder of former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Felicia Gayle.

 
---MISSOURINET

MDC PLANS TO MATCH FED DOLLARS 1/17/15RK


The Missouri Department of Conservation anticipates matching United States Department of Agriculture grant monies over the next five years to help Missouri landowners improve wildlife habitat on grasslands, glades and woodlands.

According to a release from the MDC, it will receive $1.3 million in federal grant monies, and as the Conservation Commission approves annual expenditure plans, the MDC plans to match the funds over the next five years through its Private Lands Services program.

The cost-share grant monies will be dedicated to enhancing grasslands in northern and western Missouri for both livestock grazing and wildlife, such as quail, and will include MDC Quail Focus Areas and grassland Conservation Opportunity Areas. Funds also will be focused on restoring glade and woodland habitats in the Ozarks of southeastern Missouri through cost-share funds and incentives for forest landowners.

DATES FOR 2015 SANTA FE TRAIL HERITAGE DAYS APPROVED 1/17/15RK


Dates for an annual event in Marshall have been set.

Two representatives of the Marshall Cultural Council, promoting the annual Santa Fe Trail Days event in Marshall, were at the meeting of the Saline County Commission this week asking permission to hold the 2015 event on September 11th and 12th.

Vice-President Kathy Green says moving the event back to downtown Marshall was positive last year.



For the record, the title Santa Fe Trail Days has been renamed the Santa Fe Trail Heritage Days.



The Commission approved the dates. The representatives wanted to make the second Friday and Saturday in September permanent for years to come, but Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner reminded the women the Commission could only commit for one year at a time.

ELDON WOMAN INJURED IN PETTIS CRASH 1/17/15RK


An Eldon woman suffered minor injuries in a one-car crash in Pettis County Friday evening.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as 51-year-old Tammy Boyd reportedly fell asleep at the wheel of her westbound 2005 Pontiac. The car traveled across the center line, off the left side of the roadway and down a steep embankment. The vehicle then struck a ditch and two trees before coming to rest.

Boyd reportedly refused treatment at the scene.

The crash happened at 7:30pm on U.S. Highway 50 just east of Missouri 135.

MARSHALL CHIEF OFFERS WINTER FIRE SAFETY TIPS 1/16/15CC


While temperatures have been warming up recently, the fact remains that winter is far from over in mid-Missouri.

Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day says when the mercury dips below freezing, the demand on electricity goes up and that can put a strain on your home's wiring-- especially if there's a space heater involved:



Day says extra caution needs to be taken with your home's fireplace as well:



For more tips on how to keep your home safe from fire in the winter, visit the U.S. Fire Administration online at www.usfa.fema.gov.

STATE DEER HARVEST NUMBERS UP FROM 2013 1/16/15CC


Missouri’s 2014-2015 deer-hunting closed January 15th with the conclusion of the state’s archery season. The Missouri Department of Conservation reported that the total deer harvest for the current season was 260,552, which is 7,978 more than the 252,574 deer checked during the previous year.

Hunters checked 51,755 deer during the current archery season. The harvest for the previous year’s deer archery season was 1,248 fewer at 50,507.

The 2014-2015 archery turkey season also closed January 15th with a total of 2,587 birds checked compared to the previous year of 2,546 birds checked.

MDC also reported 14 hunting incidents during the 2014-2015 deer hunting season. Four were fatal and involved a fall from a tree stand, a heater explosion in a deer blind, a gunshot wound from another hunter, and a heart attack while hunting.

For more information on the 2014-2015 deer harvest, and past-year deer harvest summaries, go online to www.mdc.mo.gov.

CHARGES FILED IN SLATER HIT-AND-RUN 1/16/15CC


Charges have been filed in the case of a hit-and-run accident near Slater School on Tuesday night.

According to online court documents, 18-year-old Andrew Trae Jacobson, of Slater, now faces five felony charges after striking a 22-year-old woman, who was carrying an infant at the time, and then leaving the scene of the accident.

Jacobson was charged this week in Saline County Circuit Court with two felony counts of Armed Criminal Action, one count of Second-Degree Assault, one count of First Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and one felony count of Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident.

An arraignment in the matter is scheduled for Wednesday, January 28th, at 9:00am. Jacobson is currently free from custody after posting $5,000 bond.

The 22-year-old victim, identified as Olivia Knox, was taken to a Columbia hospital for the treatment of non life-threatening injuries; the infant was reportedly not injured in the incident.

SALISBURY B.O.E. OK'S SCOREBOARD ADS 1/16/15CC


At this week's meeting of the Salisbury R-4 Board of Education, board members approved a resolution to refund 2010 lease Certificates of Participation and gave approval to the Septagon company to advertise on the school's west scoreboard. The company will pay the district $1,500 to place ads on the scoreboard for the next four years.

In other business, Superintendent Todd Wilhite reported that the district has received a rebate from the E.P.A. to put toward the purchase of three new busses. The district has nine months to take delivery of the busses, get rid of three old busses and submit proper documents to the E.P.A. in order to receive the rebate. The board gave approval this week to seeking bids for the new vehicles.

The next meeting of the Salisbury School Board is scheduled for Monday, February 9th, at 7:30pm in the district board room.

HOUSE SPEAKER NAMES DOHRMAN TO LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES 1/15/15CC


A State Representative from the area has been named to several House committees in Jefferson City at the outset of the 98th General Assembly.

According to a news release, Representative Dean Dohrman, a Republican representing Saline, Pettis and Johnson counties, has been named as Vice-chair of the Committee on Higher Education and as Vice-chair of Workforce Standards and Development.

In addition, Dohrman has also been named a member of the House committees on Education Appropriations and Veterans. The release says the appointments were made by Speaker of the House, John Diehl, and that Dohrman will play a key role in the development of legislation assigned to those committees.

THREE SEATS OPEN ON MALTA BEND SCHOOL BOARD 1/15/15CC


The Malta Bend R-5 School Board met in regular session Wednesday night in the school's media center.

Superintendent John Angelhow says the board spent time discussing three seats on the school board that are up for grabs in the April 7th Municipal Election. He says two candidates have filed and that hopefully a third will file before the filing deadline on Tuesday at 5:00pm:



Angelhow says incumbent board member Art Madden and newcomer Cody Painter have already filed for open seats.

In other business, the board on Wednesday offered Angelhow a one-year extension on his current contract as Malta Bend Superintendent for the 2016-2017 school year.

SALINE EMERGENCY PLAN MOVING FORWARD 1/15/15CC


A plan to merge Saline County emergency agencies into one entity is moving forward, according to Emergency Management Director Emmitt Williams.

Williams was on hand to address the Saline County Commission on Thursday, saying that he and Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey, Jr., visited two more communities this week that are in favor of the plan:



Williams and Guthrey, Jr., say they hope to address the next meeting of the Marshall City Council on Tuesday, January 20th.

SALINE COLLECTOR RELEASES TAX FIGURES 1/14/15CC


Saline County Collector Grace Miles has announced the distribution of county tax collections for December 2014 to a number of county communities, agencies and offices as of January 14th, 2015.

According to a release from the Collector's office, the grand total for all tax collections in December comes in at over $12 million. The largest share of the collections is distributed to the Marshall School District, with a total of over $3.8 million. A total of ten Saline County cities share a portion of over $1.4 million in collections while the road districts receive a share of over $1.2 million.

The release says the 2014 Railroad and Utility Tax of $4,585,807.13 will be paid out at a later date.

GRAND TOTAL OF ALL COLLECTIONS: $12,035,486.95

1. SCHOOLS
     Jr. College $173.39
     Slater $650,852.73
     Sweet Springs $779,506.66
     Marshall $3,877,071.35
     Miami $317,100.35
     Blackwater-Cooper $52,177.32
     Glasgow/Howard Co. $9,620.62
     Orearville $304,463.91
     Malta Bend $449,632.41
     Pettis Co. $2,044.38
     Hardeman $297,243.70
     Saline/Lafayette $367,887.93
     Gilliam $120,897.03
     TOTAL $7,228,671.78

2. OTHER
     Ambulance $455,241.84
     Health Department $258,830.47
     Roads/Voted roads $1,269,869.60
     Fire districts $216,321.09
     Shelter workshop $115,761.00
     County $442,981.87
     State $60,083.84
     Sur tax $164,977.39
     Collector's Tax Maintenance $1,305.39
     CERF $12,783.29
     Clerk's fee $13.50
     Levee/Drainage tax $251,484.05
     Assessment $97,316.39
     Ten cities $1,459,845.45
     TOTAL $4,806,815.17

SCAM ALERT FOR AREA RESIDENTS 1/14/15RK


An area police department is warning citizens of an FBI scam alert.

According to a release from Boonville Police Chief Bobby Welliver, a person calling from (917) 563-9688 has been linked to an ongoing scam. The number is from New York, and the caller claims to be with the "Enforcement Division of the IRS." The caller states this call is concerning "settlement."

The release notes, the IRS does not make telephone calls such as this.

If you receive such a call, you are urged to hang up immediately and call your local law-enforcement agency.

CARROLLTON B.O.E. APPROVES BOOSTER CLUB TO USE STORAGE SHED 1/14/15


At the meeting of the Carrollton R-7 Board of Education Tuesday, the board approved making some adjustments to the 2014 budget, getting money allocated in the proper places.

Speaking of money, Superintendent Dr. Jon Oetinger (OAT-ING-ER) said the board has been looking at shaving some dollars off the costs of some electronic board packets by switiching from one service to another.



In other business, the board approved the Carrollton Booster Club usage of the current



Dr. Oetinger also pointed out that the filing deadline for district residents who want to run for board of education positions is January 20th at 5:00pm. He said incumbents Craig Linneman and Alvin Brownley have filed for reelection.

COLUMBIA TOW-TRUCK DRIVER ROBBED AT SIDE OF ROAD 1/14/15RK


An area tow-truck driver was robbed as he stopped to offer assistance to roadside motorists.

Just before 6:00pm on Tuesday, Columbia Police Officers were dispatched to the 5600 block of St. Charles Road East in reference to a robbery with a weapon. Investigation revealed that the tow-truck driver reported he saw a vehicle pulled over on the shoulder and stopped to offer assistance to the motorists. He reported being attacked by two subjects and robbed of his cash. During the assault the victim was injured and left unconscious on the side of the highway. The victim regained consciousness and contacted law enforcement.

The suspect's vehicle was described as an older model green Ford Taurus. Suspect one was described as a white male in his 20s with a mustache, approximately 5’9" tall, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and jeans. Suspect one was described as holding an object possibly a pocket knife. Suspect two was described as a heavier-set white male approximately 6’1" to 6’3" wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Columbia Police Department or call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

SWEET SPRINGS B.O.E. OK'S LIGHTING PLAN 1/13/15CC


The Sweet Springs R-7 Board of Education moved forward this week with a plan to replace the district's old lighting fixtures with energy-efficient L.E.D. lighting.

Superintendent Donna Wright explains the project to be carried out by energy company Brightergy USA:



Wright says the Board opted to buy the fixtures outright instead of leasing them over five years, a move she says will save the district around $7,500; total cost of the purchase comes in at $60,000.

In other business, Wright says the board discussed the upcoming Board of Education Recognition Week:



The week earmarked for recognizing school board members across the state runs January 25th through the 31st.

POLO BANK ROBBER CHARGED IN FEDERAL COURT 1/13/15CC


A Wisconsin man has been charged with the robbery of a bank in Polo.

According to a release from the U.S. Western District Attorney's office, 30-year-old Oran Woodfin, of Wisconsin, was charged Tuesday in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City. Woodfin remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing.

The federal criminal complaint alleges that Woodfin stole $7,867 from Bank Northwest in Polo on Friday, January 9th. Richmond police officers later arrested Woodfin without incident outside a Richmond motel room. Officers executed a search warrant at the motel room and seized $7,145, a new computer, clothes and a container of alcohol.

In addition, a pickup truck driven by Woodfin in the robbery had been reported as stolen out of Clark County, Wisconsin. Woodfin also had a warrant for his arrest out of Wisconsin for a probation and parole violation.

SEDALIA B.O.E. MULLS FRESHMAN CLASS MOVE 1/13/15CC


According to a release from the Sedalia 200 School District, the Board of Education on Monday night heard preliminary discussion on plans for expansion of Smith-Cotton High School for the purpose of moving freshmen to the campus starting in the 2015-16 school year.

Upon recommendation from Superintendent Brad Pollitt, the board granted permission to advertise for a construction manager to oversee an expansion project on the high school property.

S-C High Principal Wade Norton and S-C Junior High Principal Jason Curry proposed moving freshmen from the junior high to the high school starting next school year. Norton said making the move before the expansion project is completed would create some crowding issues but the benefits of centralized electives and teacher collaboration opportunities outweigh the temporary drawbacks.

District administrators will continue to work out specifics of the potential move, which will be discussed again at the next board meeting.

SEDALIA DRAMA PROGRAM WINS BIG 1/13/15CC


The Smith-Cotton High School Theatre Program had a big day last weekend at the Missouri State Thespian Conference in Kansas City. The program came away with three top honors, led by Speech and Theatre teacher Teri Turner being named the Outstanding Theatre Educator of the Year for the state of Missouri.

Also honored were Principal Wade Norton, who was selected as the Outstanding Administrator of the Year. In addition, senior Alec Wilken received a $1,000 Community Outreach Grant for his "Theater for a Cause" proposal. He will lead the March production of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged"; proceeds from the performance will benefit the literacy foundation.

SWEET SPRINGS B.O.E. EXTENDS SUPERINTENDENT CONTRACT 1/13/14CC


The Sweet Springs R-7 Board of Education has voted to extend the contract of Superintendent Donna Wright through 2017.

According to a district release, the board in executive session on Monday performed Wright's annual evaluation and then voted 6-1 in favor of offering Wright a contract for the 2016-17 year. Wright is already contracted for the 2015-2016 academic year.

ONE INJURED IN PETTIS COLLISION 1/13/15CC


An area motorist escaped serious injury on Tuesday after a two-vehicle accident in Pettis County.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 17-year-old Thomas Meyer, of Lamonte, was southbound and pulled into the path of a westbound vehicle driven by 40-year-old Richard Lemmings, of Sedalia, causing the two vehicles to collide in the roadway.

Meyer received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia for treatment. Reports say the crash happened just after 8:00am at Highway 50 and Route T in Pettis County.

GLASGOW B.O.E. CONDUCTS 'LONG-RANGE PLANNING WORKSHOP' 1/13/15RK


According to a news release, the Glasgow Board of Education conducted a "Long-Range Planning Workshop" Monday evening, the purpose being to discuss future staffing and facility needs, along with a discussion on a timeline for potentially running a tax-rate ballot item again in the future.

Proposition I, a proposed 3/4-cent increase in the local school tax levy was defeated by the district's voters during the General Election on November 4th, 2014.

There were no motions made during the meeting.

The next regulary-scheduled meeting of the Glasgow Board of Education is Wednesday, January 21st at 7:00pm.

SALINE COMMISSION APPROVES PURCHASE OF TRUCK 1/13/15RK


Saline County Road and Bridge Department Supervisor Justin Cowart was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission Tuesday morning. The Road and Bridge Department is need of a pickup truck, and Cowart recommended the Commission purchase a 2011 Chevy 2500 for $30,417. Cowart made his recommendation after visiting two local dealers and looking at each of the nine trucks that were up for selection after the Commission meeting Thursday, January 8th.

The Commission approved the recommendation.

In other business, the Commission approved the transfer of funds of $197,000 from the General Revenue Fund to the Saline County Sheriff's Department Account and over $3,252 to the Prosecuting Attorney's Retirement Fund, which is an annual contribution according to statute.

AREA REPS TABBED TO LEAD HOUSE COMMITTEES 1/13/15RK


Missouri House Speaker John Diehl, Jr., has announced the men and women he has selected to lead committees of the House for the 98th General Assembly.

The list includes three area Representatives. Wanda Brown, a Republican from Cole Camp, will lead the Committee on Employment Security; Odessa Republican Glen Kolkmeyer was tabbed to head the Committee on Transportation; and Chillicothe Republican Mike Lair was selected to lead the Committee on Education.

In total, Diehl announced 55 chairmen who will lead their respective committees for the next two years.

SWEET SPRINGS VOTES IN NEW WATER RATES 1/13/15RK


At the meeting of the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen Monday, the board voted 3-1 to put into place an ordinance amending a section of the city code to establish the rates for water furnished by the city of Sweet Springs and set the minimum rate for water usage.

According to the new ordinance, the charge for water service both inside and outside the city limits of Sweet Springs shall be $9.98 for the first 133 cubic feet of water used and 7-1/2 cents for every cubic foot used thereafter. In addition, $1.50 per month shall be charged in the form of an access charge to any business or homes served by the city's water but located outside of the city limits.

The new rates go into effect on February 1st, 2015.

Also, the board elected to give more time to those who have not paid taxes to the city. They voted unanimously to send out letters to six people to give them an opportunity to pay the back taxes before taking them to court.

LEETON TEEN HURT IN JOHNSON COUNTY CRASH 1/13/15RK


A Leeton teenager was injured in a one-car crash in Johnson County Monday evening.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when a westbound Chevrolet Malibu, driven by 16-year-old Dakota Wilson, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment, went airborne, struck another embankment and a storage shed.

Wilson was reportedly transported to Western Missouri Medical Center via private vehicle for treatment of minor injuries.

The crash happened at 6:50pm on Missouri 2, west of Route "EE."

SWEET SPRINGS AGREES TO JOIN COUNTYWIDE ENDEAVOR 1/13/15RK


Saline County Emergency Management Agency Director Emmitt Williams was at the meeting of the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen Monday night, making a pitch to get Sweet Springs included in a countywide Emergency Management Department. He told the board it would give them a stronger voice at the table as far as grants.



Williams pointed out to the board that by accepting the agreement to join in the countywide Emergency Management Department, it will give Sweet Springs better access to the county's resources in the event of an emergency.



The agreement, which the city agreed to, calls for a contact person to be selected by the city for Williams to have as a main contact. The city appointed Jeremy Eckhoff.

Sweet Springs was the first stop for Williams and Saline County Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr., on their endeavor to talk to each township's city government. They plan on visiting Malta Bend tonight. After their visits are complete, they will draw up a final agreement with the respective city governments.

MORNING FIRE DAMAGES MARSHALL GOLF CLUB 1/12/15CC


An early morning fire on Sunday has left a Marshall business with heavy damages.

Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day talked with KMMO News about the fire at Stone Hedge Golf Club on South Cypress Drive; he says Marshall Police were first alerted to the fire around 7:00am when they received a report of what was first believed to be a burglar alarm:



Day went on to describe the damages at the scene, which he says kept firefighters busy for a good portion of the day while they awaited the arrival of the Missouri State Fire Marshal:



No one was reported injured in the early morning blaze. Day says the Fire Marshal determined the cause of the fire to be electrical in nature. No dollar value has yet been placed on the damages.

KENNEDYS HAVE FIRST BABIES OF 2015 AT FITZ 1/12/15RK


Congratulations are in order for a Glasgow couple as their twin babies were the first to be born through natural labor at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall this year.

According to a release from the hospital, Barbara and Sammy Kennedy are the parents of Bruce, who was born at 12:15pm, and Shawn, who was born at 12:18pm, on Sunday, January 4th.

Bruce weighed 4-pounds, 11-ounces and was 16 inches long and Shawn weighed 5-pounds and was 17-1/2 inches long.

According to the release, Barbara was at the hospital only 45 minutes before Bruce arrived.

The release says, as the first babies of 2015 born through natural labor, Fitzgibbon Hospital provides car seats and some diapers.

SEDALIA MAN CHARGED WITH TWO FELONIES 1/12/15RK


A Sedalia man recently has been arrested and charged with two felonies.

According to a release from the Saline County Sheriff's Department, Kenneth Moore was recently arrested for burglary and stealing.

According to online court documents, Moore has been formally charged with a Class "B" Felony of Stealing in the First Degree and Theft/Stealing of property or services $500 or more but less than $25,000, a Class "C" Felony.

On Saturday, January 10th, Moore was arraigned while in custody at the Saline County Justice Facility and bond was set at $10,000, cash or surety.

Moore is next due in Saline County Court at 9:00am on Wednesday, January 21st.

ALLEGED FIREARM THEFT IN SALINE COUNTY 1/12/15RK


 The Saline County Sheriff's Department is investigating an alleged theft of firearms in Saline County.

According to a report from the Sheriff's Department, a resident from 305th Road, came into the office on January 8th and alleged two firearms from his residence were stolen sometime between January 8th, 2014 and January 8th, 2015.

The firearms missing are a Winchester .30/.30 rifle (Serial No. 862173) and a Marlin .22-caliber rifle (Serial No. 17262024).

Investigation into the alleged theft is continuing.

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING ALLEGED THEFT IN SALINE COUNTY 1/12/15RK


Saline County authorities are investigating an alleged theft.

According to a release from the Saline County Sheriff's Department, on January 9th a Sheriff's Deputy was dispatched to a residence on 160th Road in Napton with the report of someone allegedly stole angle iron, pipes, I-Beam posts, a black tool box with a whipp antenna on it.

A specific value of the property allegedly stolen was not known at the time of the report.

The investigation into the matter continues.

KNOB NOSTER MAN HURT IN JOHNSON CAR CRASH 1/12/15RK


A one-car crash in Johnson County early this morning caused serious injuries to a Knob Noster man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as an eastbound 1994 Ford, driven by 46-year-old Mark Smith, drove off the left side of the roadway and into a creek.

Smith was transported to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment.

The accident happened just after midnight on Northeast Division, west of the Missouri 13 Bypass.

COLE CAMP MAN INJURED IN BENTON CRASH 1/12/15RK


A Cole Camp man suffered serious injuries in a one-car crash in Benton County Sunday night.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a Jeep Wrangler, driven by 34-year-old Rick Brandt, began to slide on the ice-covered roadway. The car ran off the left side of the roadway, down an embankment and overturned.

Brandt was transported to Bothwell Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The accident occurred just before 10:30pm on Missouri 52, just west of Brockman Avenue.

CARROLL CRASH INJURES SALISBURY YOUTH 1/12/15RK


A one-car crash in Carroll County Sunday night caused minor injuries to a Salisbury youth.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as an eastbound 2005 Chrysler, driven by 25-year-old Ambre Wilshire, ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole. A back-seat passenger in the vehicle was reportedly ejected from the car.

A 9-year-old occupant in the car was transported to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The accident occurred just before 10:00pm on Missouri 24, just east of County Road 321.

HIGBEE WOMAN INJURED IN RANDOLPH CRASH 1/12/15RK


A Higbee woman suffered minor injuries in a one-car crash in Randolph County Sunday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as 20-year-old Kayla Anderson lost control of her eastbound Dodge Neon on an ice-covered roadway. The car travelled off the right side of the road and struck an embankment and trees.

Anderson was reportedly transported to Moberly Regional Medical Center by private vehicle for treatment of minor injuries.

The accident happened at 5:30pm on Route "B," one mile east of Route "A."

NIXON ANNOUNCES MORE MONEY FOR HEATING ASSISTANCE 1/11/15CC


Governor Jay Nixon last week announced that the Missouri Department of Social Services is making more than $4.5 million in additional federal funds available to help low-income Missourians stay warm this winter through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

The LIHEAP Energy Crisis Intervention Program makes payments to energy providers for households who have their energy service terminated or received a threat of disconnection, or who are running short of purchased fuel (propane). Spokesperson Connie Taylor explains what it takes for a family to qualify:



According to Taylor, 135% of the federal poverty level means a household of one occupant could make up to $1,313 a month and still qualify. With Nixon's announcement last week, the total amount of funds available for this winter’s Energy Crisis Intervention Program stands at $18.6 million.

PAIR OF ARRESTS MAY BE LINKED TO CRIME SPREE 1/10/15CC


Authorities in Sedalia say they have made two arrests linked to numerous crimes in the area.

A release on Saturday from the Pettis County Sheriffs Department says that a joint investigation with the Sedalia Police Department led to the arrest of two Sedalia men on Friday, one age 24 and the other age 17. Both are currently being held in the Pettis County Jail, pending the filing of formal charges by the Prosecuting Attorney's office.

The two men are believed to have been involved in the armed robbery of a Sedalia hotel, several thefts and robberies in the Smithton area, a theft from a Sedalia plumbing business, and the thefts of numerous vehicles and trailers in the area. The release says the pair also faces charges of leading law enforcement on two separate pursuits in the Sedalia area, as well as receiving stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.

The investigation reportedly also led to the recovery of a large amount of stolen property, including a vehicle reported stolen from the Kansas City area. The investigation continues as the victims of the crimes are currently being contacted to recover their stolen property.

THREE SEDALIA TEACHERS AWARDED SCHOLARSHIPS 1/9/15RK


Three Sedalia School District 200 teachers have been awarded employee scholarships by the Sedalia Community Educators Association.

According to a release from the district, applicants must be staff members in the district, members of SECA and enrolled for the spring semester, working toward a degree in the education field.

Recipients of the $250 award were: Missy Arnold, a fifth- and sixth-grade instructional English language arts teacher attending William Woods University in Fulton; Dana Foster, a fourth-grade math teacher attending the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg; and Bryant Lazenby, a high school business and technology teacher attending UCM. Foster plans to graduate this May and Arnold and Lazenby in May of 2016.

KNOB NOSTER B.O.A. VOTES IN NEW PRESIDENT OF BOARD 1/9/15RK


David Seenauth from Relay for Life was at this week's meeting of the Knob Noster Board of Aldermen. Relay for Life will be holding its annual walk in May in Warrensburg.

According to Knob Noster City Administrator Doug Kermick, Seenauth was there to let people know about the event and how to participate.



Kermick said the event this year is at Warrensburg Middle School. He said Seenauth said the organization wants to branch out to hold the event in Knob Noster in 2016 and Holden in 2017.

In other business, the board approved a new President of the Board, who steps in for Mayor, Stanley K. Hall, when he cannot attend.



Kermick said Annette Angeles was voted to replace Fran Alderson as Board President.

HIGGINSVILLE ALDERMEN APPROVE EASEMENT FOR PROPERTY 1/9/15RK


In a relatively short meeting of the Higginsville Board of Aldermen this week, the board approved an ordinance dedicating a utility easement for storm drainage on a property on East 22nd Street.

The board also was updated on the list of candidates who have filed for city offices, thus far. That list includes Scott Rhoad for Aldermen in Ward 1, Beau Linebach in Ward 2 and Jeff Wallace in Ward 3. Scott Rasa also has filed for the proposed Fire District Board.

Mayor Bill Kolas also appointed Stanton Thompson and Tommy Wegener to the Building Code Board of Appeals and Peggy Kappelman, John Frerking, Larry Apprill and Bill Schneider to the Industrial Development Authority. Those appointments were approved by the board.

In other business, the board also was notified Sedalia will host the Missouri Municipal League Central Region meeting on Wednesday, January 21st. City Administrator Lee Barker said he and the Mayor will attend as well as any Aldermen who are available. The meeting is at State Fair Community College at 3201 W. 16th Street.

HIGGINSVILLE B.O.E. DISCUSSES MEDICAL INSURANCE 1/9/15RK


At the special workshop meeting of the Lafayette County C-1 Board of Education on Thursday night, the board heard about options for medical insurance, according to Superintendent David Figg.



Figg pointed out more information will be available after the board meets for its regular session on Thursday, January 15th.

Figg also said the Lafayette C-1 School Board usually meets the first Thursday of the year, but since that was New Year's Day this year, the workshop meeting was pushed back to last night.

SFCC-CLINTON TO HOLD RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY 1/9/15RK


An area college's extended campus will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony next week.

According to a release from State Fair Community College, SFCC-Clinton and members of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the event at noon on Thursday, January 15th, to celebrate the expansion of its site at the Truman Regional Education Center at 1701 N. Second Street.

The expansion adds an estimated 7,000 square feet of instructional and testing space, including five classrooms, laboratory space, a testing center, a commons area and four additional offices. The site opened in January 2010 with 281 students enrolled.

The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

HUNTERS CAN APPLY FOR MANAGED HUNTS STARTING TODAY 1/9/15RK


Missouri youth, archery and firearms turkey hunters can now apply online for managed hunts during the 2015 spring turkey season beginning today through February 28th through the Missouri Department of Conservation's website at mdc.mo.gov. Managed hunt details and application procedures are outlined on the web page. Application results will be available on March 13th.

Spring turkey hunting youth weekend will be April 11th and 12th with regular spring season running April 20th-May 10th.

WOOLDRIDGE MAN HURT IN COOPER ROLLOVER CRASH 1/9/15RK


A Wooldridge man suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Cooper County Thursday evening.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a southbound Honda Civic, driven by 20-year-old Nathan Person, was reportedly driving too fast for conditions, ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned several times, eventually coming to rest on its top.

Person was taken by ambulance to Cooper County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 6:00pm on Oerly Drive, just north of Missouri 179.

LEE'S SUMMIT WOMAN HURT IN HENRY CRASH 1/8/15RK


A Lee's Summit woman was injured in a one-car crash in Henry County Thursday morning.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, the accident occurred as a southbound GMC, driven by 48-year-old Jennifer Street, ran off the right side of the roadway, reportedly overcorrected, crossed over the southbound lanes and overturned in the center median.

Street suffered minor injuries and was reportedly treated and released at the scene.

The accident occurred at 9:20am on Missouri 7, just south of Route "O."

MODOT TO LOWER SPEED LIMIT ON I-70 IN COLUMBIA 1/8/15RK


The speed limit through an area city soon is going to be lowered by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

According to a release from MoDOT, beginning Thursday, January 15th, 2015, the speed limit on I-70 from east of the Route 63 connector to east of the Lake of the Woods/St. Charles Road Interchange will be reduced from 70mph to 60mph.

A MoDOT official says crash data has been reviewed and it has been determined 60mph is a more appropriate speed for the area.

The objective of lowering the speed limit is to try to reduce fatal and serious accidents on that portion of the interstate.

Message boards will be placed at both ends of the route to inform drivers of the change.

For more information, visit modot.org or call 1-888-ASK-MODOT.

SALINE CLERK RUSSELL SAYS GRANT MONEY TO GET HARDER TO COME BY IN FUTURE 1/8/1


During the Saline County Commission meeting on Thursday, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell said the clerk's office received a check for $840 from the state of Missouri for reimbursement in helping pay for the judges for the election audit in November, 2014.

But Russell said opportunities to get grant money for elections are going to harder to come by in the near future.



Finding ways to save money helps out the county. But 2016 could be a drain on the county's purse strings.



Russell said there are a number of ways in which the county could save money, including a change in cell phone usage in reimbursement for county officials that could keep about $600 in the county's coffers.

SALINE TAXES DOWN FROM LAST MONTH BUT UP FROM LAST YEAR 1/8/15RK


Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday and gave a sales tax report for taxes the county has received this month.



Smith also gave the numbers for two other taxes received.



In other business, Saline County E.M.A. Director Emmitt Williams reported to the commission that he and Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day have successfully secured three locations in Saline County for residents to go in the event of them losing power in their home on cold days/nights. Williams said the locations so far are the Methodist Church in Marshall, the Youth Center in Slater and the Baptist Church or City Hall in Sweet Springs. He said, in each case, the resident should contact the local police department, either by phone or in person, before going to the locations to get all necessary information.

SALINE COMMISSION APPROVES REAPPOINTMENT TO MSDC BOARD 1/8/2015


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission Thursday morning, Marshall Saline Development Corporation's Stan Moore asked the commission to OK a reappointment to the MSDC Board of Directors.



Each year the commission appoints somebody to serve on the board representing Saline County, and the commission voted to approve the reappointment.

In other business, the commission opened bids for a truck the county needs to purchase for the Special Road District. The list of vehicles includes nine trucks, including six from Elmer Hare Ford Sales and three from John Rector Motors, both in Marshall. After announcing the specifics of and asking price for each, the commissioners took the bids under advisement and will make a decision at a future meeting with assistance from Special Road District Supervisor Justin Cowart.

POSTER CONTEST IS FOR FIFTH-GRADERS IN MISSOURI 1/8/15RK


Missouri schools are invited to participate in a poster contest.

Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, invites Missouri's schools to take part in the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest. The contest is open to all Missouri fifth-grade students. Students will create 11-x-14 posters that reflect the 2015 contest theme, "Bring Our Missing Children Home."

Each participating Missouri school will choose a first-place winner and submit that winner to the Highway Patrol’s Missing Persons Unit no later than March 1st, 2015. A completed application, found on the Patrol’s Web site, must accompany the poster. One Missouri poster will be given an overall first place award, and will then be automatically entered in the national competition.

For more information, visit the Patrol’s Web site at mshp.dps.mo.gov or call the Missing Persons Unit at (573) 526-6178.

DEMOCRAT LEADER SAYS MEDICAID SYSTEM NEEDS REFORMED 1/8/15


Missouri Senate leaders from both political parties laid out their plans for the new legislative session.

In laying out his party's plans for the session, Senate Minority Floor Leader Joseph Keaveny, of St. Louis, calls for expansion of Medicaid -- and of preschool opportunities in the state. He agrees that the Medicaid system needs reform:



The Senate Democratic leader says expanded preschool will help bring more companies to Missouri.



The Senate met today and will be done for the week.
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DEMPSEY SAYS HE WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT MEDICAID EXPANSION 1/8/15


Missouri Senate leaders from both political parties laid out their plans for the new legislative session, including Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey.

Dempsey, Republican from St. Charles says he will continue to fight Medicaid expansion. He has tapped Rolla Senator Dan Brown to chair a committee to reform the federal health program in the state.



Dempsey says municipal court reform is a priority.



The Senate met today and is done for the week.

 
---MISSOURINET

MARSHALL PARK BOARD DISCUSSES NEEDED IMPROVEMENTS 1/8/15RK


Marshall Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Stubblefield said at Wednesday night's meeting of the park board, there was a discussion about the 2015 budget, with the end result being the numbers are right on target for now.

Then the discussion turned to the park's Master Plan which was recently completed. Stubblefield said the board went through the process of prioritizing the needs for the department.



Included on the list are a new maintenance shed, a shade structure of some kind at the kiddie park, Phase two of the Walking Trail, improvements at Peyton Park, a couple of new shelters with playground equipment, a dog park and tennis-court renovations.

Stubblefield said what will be able to get done will depend on what money comes in during the year.



Stubblefield said the board requested him to get more concrete numbers before decisions can be made at a future meeting.

MISSOURI FIFTH-GRADERS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN POSTER CONTEST 1/8/15RK


Missouri schools are invited to participate in a poster contest.

Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, invites Missouri's schools to take part in the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest. The contest is open to all Missouri fifth-grade students. Students will create 11-x-14 posters that reflect the 2015 contest theme, "Bring Our Missing Children Home."

Each participating Missouri school will choose a first-place winner and submit that winner to the Highway Patrol’s Missing Persons Unit no later than March 1st, 2015. A completed application, found on the Patrol’s Web site, must accompany the poster. One Missouri poster will be given an overall first place award, and will then be automatically entered in the national competition.

For more information, visit the Patrol’s Web site at mshp.dps.mo.gov or call the Missing Persons Unit at (573) 526-6178.

JOHNSON PROMOTED TO LEAD KC SCOUT 1/8/15RK


According to a news release from MoDOT, the Missouri and Kansas departments of transportation, along with the Mid-America Regional Council, have announced that Randy Johnson has been selected to lead the Kansas City Scout bi-state traffic management system.

Johnson has worked for MoDOT for more than 14 years, with experience in Traffic Operations, Highway Safety, Transportation Planning and Construction.

Johnson's first day in this role was January 5th, and he replaces E. Jason Sims, who accepted a national level ITS leadership position.

Kansas City Scout is Kansas City's bi-state traffic management system, designed to lessen traffic jams by improving rush-hour speeds, increasing safety by decreasing the number of rush-hour accidents and improving emergency response to traffic situations by clearing incidents quickly and safely. Scout manages traffic on more than 125 miles of continuous freeways in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.

To learn more about KC Scout visit kcscout.net.

GOVERNOR SAYS IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO MAKE PITCH TO KEEP RAMS 1/8/15


A task force appointed by Governor Jay Nixon will present to him tomorrow a plan for trying to keep the Rams in St. Louis.

Reports earlier this week indicate Rams owner Stan (KRONK-ee) Kroenke is moving forward with a plan to build a new stadium in Los Angeles, but Nixon says it isn't too late.



Legislative leaders say they don't want to see taxpayer dollars used or to get into a "bidding war" over the Rams.

 
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COLUMBIA MAN HURT IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY CRASH 1/8/15RK


A Columbia man was injured in a one-car crash in Lafayette County Wednesday night.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a westbound Chevy Impala, driven by 27-year-old Dane Lund, traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck the guard cables.

Lund suffered minor injuries and reportedly refused treatment at the scene.

The crash occurred at 10:10pm on I-70 westbound at Mile Marker 54.

M.S.H.P. RELEASES 2014 FATALITY REPORT 1/7/15CC


The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released its preliminary report on traffic and boating fatalities for the year 2014. The report says the state saw a decrease in drownings, boating fatalities and traffic fatalities last year.

According to the Patrol, 29 drownings occurred in 2014, down from 38 in 2013. The state saw 15 boating-related fatalities, down by two from 17 last year. The number of traffic deaths decreased slightly, with 753 fatalities as compared to 757 in 2013.

The Patrol says fatalities have decreased by about 40% over the past ten years, after 1,257 were recorded in 2005. The number of traffic deaths has decreased every year since then, with the exception of 2012 when roadway deaths saw a slight uptick.

The report says about 63% of statewide fatalities were not properly restrained at the time of the crashes.

Missouri motorists can report dangerous drivers or boaters to the Missouri State Highway Patrol by calling 1-800-525-5555 or by dialing *55 from a cellular phone.

MARSHALL SCHOOLS: "MISUNDERSTANDING" ABOUT STUDENT BIBLE 1/7/15RK


According to a release from the Marshall School District, there was a recent misunderstanding about a child being prevented from reading the Bible or bringing one to school.

Marshall Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher said the matter has been resolved:



In order to address concerns and learn more about school law, Dr. Maher says she will conduct a workshop on school law at 5:30pm on Tuesday, February 24th, in the district's Central Office. She says several topics will be discussed:



Dr. Maher invites parents and community members to attend. The Central Office is located at the corner of West Vest Street and Miami Avenue in Marshall.

MARSHALL SCHOOLS STARTING AT REGULAR TIME TODAY 1/7/15RK


Marshall Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher says Marshall Public Schools will be in session today, starting at their regular time. She said bus drivers and custodians have been up and on the job since about 4:30am making sure everything is in working order, and safety of the children is always a priority.



Several schools in the KMMO listening area are delaying their start this morning due to temperatures in the single digits and wind chills at or below zero. Dr. Maher said that might be something Marshall could do in the future.



Dr. Maher went on to say the two-hour delay start could be a possibility next year.

SALINE E.M.A. DIRECTOR TO PROPOSE COUNTY BECOME UNIFIED 1/7/15RK


During the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, Saline County Emergency Management Agency Director Emmitt Williams said he and new Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr. will be attending several city council meetings in Saline County in future weeks talking to the officials of those towns about unifying the county into one Emergency Management Agency.



As well as being more organized in the event of a disaster due to having one central reporting point, combining the counties' cities into one Emergency Management Agency gives the county better bargaining power as far as grants are concerned, according to Williams.



Their first trips to councils to present their proposal will be to Sweet Springs and Blackburn on Monday, January 12th, and on Tuesday, January 13th, to Malta Bend.

CONCORDIA PLAN FOR OVERPASS SAFETY ADVANCES WITH MODOT 1/6/15CC


With a plan to make the I-70 overpass in Concordia a little safer, the Concordia Board of Aldermen this week learned the city's application for MODOT Transportation Assistance Program funds has moved forward.

According to City Administrator Dale Klussman, part of the plan involves new sidewalks under the busy overpass:



Klussman says the city recently learned that its application has moved forward in the selection process by the state Department of Transportation.



Also this week, Aldermen approved placing a proposed Capital Improvements tax on the April 7th Municipal Election Ballot to fund needed improvements at the Concordia Community Center.

CONCORDIA BOARD MOVES FORWARD WITH TAX PROPOSAL 1/6/15CC


The Concordia Board of Aldermen met in regular session this week to take up discussion of a proposed Capital Improvements tax for the April Municipal Election ballot.

City Administrator Dale Klussman explains:



Klussman says the Board of Aldermen voted to move forward with the proposal at their meeting this week.



He says the proposed improvements would take place on the north office side of the Concordia Community Center located on South Gordon Street.

CARROLLTON TOWN COUNCIL APPROVES BID FOR IMPOUNDED CAR 1/6/15RK


At a quick meeting of the Carrollton Town Council on Monday evening, the council approved a budget for 2015.

Also, of three bids received, the Town Council approved a bid of $80 from C.R. Burkhardt, of Carrollton, for an impounded car.

The Town Council also agreed to let the Carrollton Police and Fire Departments start on the lease-to-own vehicles that are in the budget. According to a city official, it will be about a three-month process.

MARSHALL ISSUES MORE THAN 40 BUILDING PERMITS IN DECEMBER 1/6/15RK


At the meeting of the Marshall City Council on Monday, Ward 4 Councilman Ron Duvall reported the city issued more than 40 building permits during December of 2014.



In other business, the council approved the appointment of Ken Bryant to another term on the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works and to appropriate funds to pay the city's bills. Also, due to the next meeting being scheduled on Monday, January 19th, the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, council members voted to move their next meeting to Tuesday, January 20th, at 5:15pm.

ARREST MADE IN COLUMBIA FATAL SHOOTING 1/6/15RK


An arrest has been made in a fatal shooting in an area city over the weekend.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, on Monday at 3:20pm, Columbia Police Department detectives arrested a Columbia 19-year old man for involuntary manslaughter in the shooting of 17-year-old Deante Smith on Sunday, January 4th, 2015.

Officers made contact with the 19-year old shortly after 4:00pm on Sunday at the scene in the area of Silver Mill Drive and White River Drive when a call of shots fired came in. The 19-year old then responded to the police department for questioning.

After his Miranda Rights were read, the 19-year-old suspect reported a fight occurred between associates of him and associates of Deante Smith in the 200 block of White River Drive. Smith proceeded to retreat away from the fight after a group of the suspect's associates "rushed" Smith. The suspect reported as Smith ran, he turned and began shooting rounds from a firearm at the suspect and associates. The 19-year old admitted to pulling a handgun from his pants and firing approximately 14 rounds back at Smith. Smith suffered a gunshot wound and was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

The 19-year old was arrested for involuntary manslaughter with a cash-only bond of $500,000.00.

The investigation is on-going at this time.

MARSHALL COUNCIL HEARS SOLID WASTE NUMBERS SIMILAR IN 2014 AS 2013 1/6/15RK


Marshall Third Ward Councilman Dan Brandt gave a Municipal Services and Personnel Committee report of the solid waste summary for the city at the Marshall City Council meeting on Monday night.



Brandt also reported the activity at the Marshall Municipal Airport was down just a bit in 2014 from 2013.

In some of the business from the audience, Marshall resident David Kimm requested usage of Marshall City Offices property to organize the 40th annual "Take Pride in Marshall Litter Pickup" at 9:30am on Saturday, April 11th. Mayor Mark Gooden said the council will check out the date and make sure there are no conflicts with other events and get back to Kimm at a later date.

MAHER ISSUES STATEMENT ON COLD-WEATHER PARAMETERS FOR CLOSURE OF SCHOOLS 1/6/15


In anticipation of very cold weather, Marshall Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher has issued a statement regarding the parameters for possible cancellation of school on cold days.

The statement says, "the Marshall Public School District will consider the safety of students and employees when weighing the possibility of the cancellation of school. As a general rule, school will be in session unless the busses cannot be started. When school is in session, the district asks parents to check their children's clothing and make sure sufficient protection is provided. If worried, parents are welcome to provide transportation for students or wait with them at the bus stop. Any parent who needs assistance in securing appropriate coats, hats, gloves, or other winter wear should contact the school district and clothing will be provided. Text alerts and media outlets will be used to communicate any cancellation.

"If school is canceled, all practices and after school activities are also canceled. Exceptions to this can only be made through the activities director, building principal, and/or the superintendent. Games and other extracurricular activities involving other schools will be decided on an individual basis."

MARSHALLL FIREFIGHTER RECOGNIZED FOR YEARS OF SERVICE 1/6/15RK


Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day was at the meeting of the Marshall City Council on Monday night to recognize one of Marshall's finest, a firefighter who has been on the job nearly four decades.



Day pointed out Rick Schaefer was one of the first Marshall firefighters to receive special training.



Schaefer was presented a plaque and received a standing ovation from the council and members of the audience.

IDENTITY OF COLUMBIA SHOOTING VICTIM RELEASED 1/5/15CC


Police in Columbia have released the identity of a victim involved in a shooting incident on Sunday.

A release from the Columbia Police Department says 17-year-old Deante Mardell, of Columbia, was pronounced dead at an area hospital on Sunday afternoon after suffering a gunshot wound in the area of Silver Mill Drive and White River Drive at around 4:00pm. Another victim with a gunshot wound was taken from the scene to a nearby hospital on Sunday with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

Several homes were also hit with bullets after police received multiple reports from area homeowners. The original call to police was a report of armed robbery in the 5000 block of Silver Mill Drive; it is not known at this time if a robbery occurred.

No other information has been released by authorities. Investigation into the incident continues.

NINE DIE ON HOLIDAY ROADWAYS 1/5/15CC


Nine people have died on Missouri roadways over the five-day counting period for the New Year's holiday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the nine fatalities occurred during the 102-hour counting period from 6:00pm on Wednesday, December 31st, to 11:59pm on Sunday, January 4th. Troopers investigated 344 traffic crashes with 116 injuries; troopers also logged 90 arrests for driving while intoxicated.

A release from the Highway Patrol says last year's counting period, which ran for only 30 hours, saw 116 crashes with zero fatalities and 42 injuries. Troopers last year made 47 arrests for driving while intoxicated.

Two of the fatalities occurred in the KMMO listening area. A Columbia man was killed when he was hit by two vehicles while crossing Stadium Boulevard in Columbia on New year's Eve and a Lawson man died in a rollover crash on a Ray County roadway early Sunday morning.

TAKE PRECAUTIONS WITH PETS IN COLD WEATHER 1/5/15


Another cold snap is hitting the state this week. Low temperatures are predicted to be in the single digits, and in some cases at or below zero.

Nicole Hawkins with the American Red Cross office in St. Louis says it's time to bring in the pets, if you can.



Hawkins says it's also good to check on elderly neighbors who might be susceptible to the cold.

 
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SEDALIA WOMAN INJURED IN PETTIS CRASH 1/5/15RK


On Sunday night in Pettis County, a one-car crash caused moderate injuries to a Sedalia woman.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as a northbound KIA Soul, driven by 35-year-old Andrea Raines, traveled off the left side of the road, struck a guardrail and then traveled into the median before coming to rest.

Raines was transported to Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia for treatment by Pettis County E.M.S.

The accident happened at 11:00pm on U.S. Highway 65, just south of Hall Road.

TWO SEDALIA RESIDENTS HURT IN CRASH 1/5/15RK


Two Sedalia residents were hurt in a one-vehicle crash in Johnson County on Sunday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as an eastbound Honda, driven by 22-year-old Jannet Berganza, ran off the left side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned, ejecting the driver.

Berganza suffered serious injuries and was transported to St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City by Life Flight Air Ambulance for treatment. A passenger, 22-year-old Lizbeth Arce, suffered minor injuries and was transported by Johnson County E.M.S. to Lee's Summit Medical Center for treatment.

The accident happened at 2:40pm on U.S. Highway 50, just east of County Road Northwest 821.

OAK GROVE MAN INJURED IN JACKSON COUNTY CRASH 1/5/15RK


A two-vehicle crash in Jackson County Sunday morning caused moderate injuries to an Oak Grove man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a westbound car, driven by 18-year-old Catherine Zuniga, of Grain Valley, hit a patch of ice, slid into an intersection and struck a northbound Dodge Dakota, driven by 60-year-old Gregory McCullough, of Oak Grove.

Zuniga reportedly was not injured, but McCullough was taken by Sni Valley Ambulance to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

The accident happened at 10:30am at the intersection of Routes "BB" and "FF."

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOOTING 1/5/15RK


There is an ongoing investigation of a shooting in an area city.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were dispatched at 4:00pm on Sunday to the 5000 block of Silver Mill Drive in reference to a robbery with a gun. Moments later, multiple calls came in from the area, including the 200 block of White River Drive regarding shots fired.

Upon the arrival of the officers, one victim was located and transported to the hospital. The victim, whose name is being withheld at this time in order to contact next of kin, was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

At just before 4:30pm, officers were advised another gunshot wound victim had arrived at a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The release says multiple homes in the area were hit by bullets during the shooting, however no damage assessment has been made.

If anybody knows anything about the incidents, they are being urged to call the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

FULTON HOSPITAL DESIGNED WITH STAFF INPUT 1/5/15


The new maximum-security state mental hospital at Fulton is being designed with input from the staff at the current facility.

Tom Brooks-Pilling is the vice president of design firm Parsons Brinckerhoff. He says an example of advice current staff have offered is that there's a better way to bring patients into the hospital...



Brooks-Pilling says the new facility will focus on safety, and will be more of a hospital than the current one.

 
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HIGH TEMPERATURE IN DECEMBER WAS 61 DEGREES 1/5/15RK


Although it's downright cold out there right now, believe it or not there was one day in December when the mercury climbed to over 60 degrees.

According to our figures here at the KMMO Studio, on December 15th, the high temperature was 61 degrees the high mark of the month. Actually, there were five other days where the mercury topped out in the 50s.

As for the ow temperature, that was 5 degrees on December 31st. The highest low temp for a 24-hour period was 49 degrees on November 15th.

Overall, the average high temperature was slightly more than 41 degrees with the average low temp being a little more than 28 degrees.

As for precipitation, we received 1.43 inches of moisture, with the most of 56-hundredths of a inch on December 6th. We received measurable precipitation on 11 of the 31 days.

LAWSON MAN KILLED IN RAY COUNTY CRASH 1/4/15RK


A one-car crash in Ray County early Sunday morning caused fatal injuries to a Lawson man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a southbound Toyota Corolla, driven by 19-year-old Gunner Petty, crossed the center line of the road, struck a drain culvert and overturned.

Petty was pronounced dead at the scene by Ray County Coroner Toby Polley at 5:45am.

The crash happened at 2:00am on Route "M," north of Clevenger Road.

This is Troop A's first fatal crash of 2015.

SEDALIA TEAM LOOKING FOR WORLD TITLE 1/4/15RK


While all high-school sports teams in Missouri strive to be a state champion, one area non-sports team is going for a world championship.

According to a release from the Sedalia 200 School District, TEAM SCREAM is making its quest for the crown.

Members of TEAM SCREAM – Smith-Cotton Robotics, Engineering and Mathematics – gathered Saturday morning in the Heckart Performing Arts Center for the global simulcast of the reveal of this year’s challenge, "Recycle Rush."

For the game, teams are tasked with building robots over the next six weeks that will stack plastic containers and recycling bins, pick up swimming pool noodles and deposit the noodles into the recycling bins or into an area designated as a landfill. They will work in three-team alliances to score points. Members of alliances that win regional competitions will advance to the First World Championships in St. Louis.

Last year, Team SCREAM won the Oklahoma Regional for the "Aerial Assist" competition.

BOONE CO. AUTHORITIES MAKE DRUG ARREST 1/4/15RK


An arrest has been made in an area county on drug charges.

According to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, a deputy was conducting a routine patrol near the intersection of Brown School Road and Oakland Gravel Road when the deputy observed a vehicle with a registration violation and conducted a traffic stop.

During the stop, the deputy located over 35 grams of marijuana packaged in multiple small bags, a digital scale and several empty bags. The passenger in the vehicle was in possession of the items.

Deputies arrested a 28-year-old Columbia man for delivery or manufacture of a controlled substance. Bond has yet to be set.

POLICE INVESTIGATING ALLEGED ROBBERY IN COLUMBIA 1/4/15RK


Police officers in an area city recently responded to an alleged armed robbery.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were dispatched at just before 11:00am on Saturday in reference to an alleged robbery at Boone County National Bank on South Keene Street.

Investigation revealed the suspect entered the bank through the front doors and demanded money from the teller. The teller provided the suspect with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect then fled the bank on foot.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, approximately 5-foot-8 with a skinny build. He was wearing a baseball hat, sunglasses, dark clothing and gloves.

The investigation is ongoing.

ARREST MADE IN COLUMBIA ROBBERIES 1/4/15RK


After questioning a suspect on Saturday morning in reference to six recent robberies in an area city, an arrest was made.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, Columbia P.D. detectives detained a 43-year-old Columbia man in reference to robberies at six different locations from November 20th to December 22nd, 2014.

During questioning, the suspect subsequently admitted to committing the robberies, including ones at Central Bank of Missouri, First State Community Bank, United Missouri Bank, Boone County National Bank and Regions Bank, and is now facing six counts of robbery in the second degree, all with bonds to be set, according to the release.

A future court date is pending.

ODESSA WOMAN HURT IN LAFAYETTE CRASH 1/4/15RK


An Odessa woman suffered injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Lafayette County on Saturday evening.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway patrol, the accident occurred as an eastbound Buick, driven by 78-year-old Ruby Weeks, traveled off the right side of the roadway. The driver reportedly overcorrected, causing the vehicle to travel off the left side of the roadway. The vehicle became airborne and impacted an embankment and came to rest in a creek.

Weeks was taken by Odessa E.M.S. to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The accident occurred at 8:30pm on Highway "Double-T", one-half mile east of Grubb Road.

MARSHALL POLICE WARN OF ICY ROADS 1/4/15RK


With the precipitation received in this area on Saturday and early this morning and the temperatures dipping well below freezing during the evening and overnight hours, a local official warns there could be some slick spots on the roadways and other places today.

According to Sergeant Roger Gibson of the Marshall Police Department, Marshall city streets are mostly clear, but he urges drivers to be especially careful and watch for icy patches on U.S. Highway 65 and at the intersections of Highways 240 and 41 and Highways 240 and 65.

Gibson also points out, parking lots and sidewalks also could have some slick spots.

If you must get out this morning, take extra precaution and leave yourself extra time to get to your destination.

GUTHREY READY TO TAKE REINS OF SALINE COMMISSION 1/3/15RK


With the retirement of Tom Stallings as Presiding Commissioner imminent, the Saline County Commission needed a new leader, and through the democratic process of the General Election on November 4th, 2014, county voters elected Kile Guthrey Jr. to take Stallings' place.

Guthrey, a 1971 graduate of Missouri Valley College, was a high-school history teacher in the Marshall Public School District for 28 years and a coach for 26 years.

Guthrey, who retired from teaching two years ago, observed several meetings after winning the election, getting a feel for what the commission does.



Guthrey says his background of being a teacher and a coach will help him do this job.



Guthrey is slated to preside over his first commission meeting at 9:00am on Tuesday, January 6th.

SALINE COUNTY RECEIVES GRANT 1/3/15RK


Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell says diligence paid off in the form of a grant recently awarded to the county.



Russell also commended the Saline County Commission for always looking for ways to save money.



Russell gave the update and thanks during the meeting of the Saline County Commission this week.

GUTHRIE COMMENDS COMMISSION ON BRIDGE PROGRAM 1/3/14RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission this week, Northern District Commissioner Charlie Guthrie spoke about how beneficial utilizing the B.R.O. Federal Bridge Program has been to the county, pointing out Saline County ranks high on the usage of the program.



Guthrie said the Federal Government pays 80 percent of the bill, with the county paying the other 20 percent in the 80/20 proposition.

Guthrie said he applauds previous commissions for more than 20 years and says the current commission has kept on top of things, too.



Just one example Guthrie pointed to was the replacement of the Wilton Springs Bridge in 2014. He Said it was once a well-traveled road and will now be again because as he says, "the new bridge is 100 times better."

Guthrie said without the B.R.O. Program, the county probably wouldn't have half of the bridges it has today.

FENNER GIVES OVERVIEW OF YEAR FOR SALINE COMMISSION 1/3/15RK


Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner gave an overview of what the Saline County Commission accomplished during 2014. One of the upgrades made in the Saline County Courthouse had to do with the phone system.



Fenner also pointed out the county stands to save some $28,000 per year for the next five years with the new contract the commissioners signed for the copy machines in the Saline County Courthouse. The deal is with the same company that had been providing the service and includes all new copiers.

In other business during 2014, Fenner said the commission signed off on plans for health-care coverage for county employees and insurance for the buildings and equipment.

For this year, Fenner said plans are in the works to purchase a new piece of equipment for the county this month.



Fenner gave the updates at the Saline County Commission meeting earlier this week.

FENNER EXPECTS WORK TO BEGIN ON BRIDGE IN NEAR FUTURE 1/3/15RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission this week, Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner said there is work going to be started sometime in the near future on a bridge in western Saline County.



Fenner said when the work is completed, that will make four bridges the county that will been have taken care of in a little more than a year and a half.

WARSAW WOMAN HURT IN BENTON CRASH 1/3/15RK


A Warsaw woman suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Benton County on Friday morning.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when a northbound Ford F-150, driven by 47-year-old Gwendolyn Beem, slid off the right side of the roadway and struck a concrete culvert.

Beem was transported by Warsaw/Lincoln E.M.S. to Bothwell Regional Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.

The crash happened at 6:20am on U.S. Highway 65 at Route "T."

TWO INJURED IN PETTIS CRASH 1/3/15RK


Two area residents were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Friday morning.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when a westbound GMC truck, driven by 57-year-old Brenda Wulff, of Sweet Springs, struck an eastbound SAAB, driven by 20-year-old Sherilyn Kempf, of Sedalia.

Wulff and Kempf each suffered serious injuries in the crash. Wulff was transported to Bothwell Regional Hospital in Sedalia by Pettis County E.M.S., while Kempf was transported by Pettis County E.M.S. to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The accident happened at 11:35am at the intersection of Route "HH" and Olive Branch Road.

LONGTIME SLATER COUNCIL MEMBER RESIGNS 1/2/15CC


A longtime member of the Slater City Council announced his resignation this week, according to a city official.

City Administrator Gene Griffith says Councilman Ron Monnig was first elected in 1996 and has served ever since, but numerous out-of-town commitments led him to the decision to give up his seat on the Slater City Council:



(The "M.M.L." that Griffith referred to in the audio clip is the Missouri Municipal League.)

Griffith says council members will take up possible appointments to fill the seat at their next meeting on January 20th.

AMTRAK OFFERS RIVER RUNNER SPECIALS 1/2/15CC


Amtrak Missouri River Runner passengers can save 20 percent on adult fares for travel January 5th through March 31st.

Passengers can book a seat using discount code "V419" now through March 30th. Reservations are required at least one day in advance of travel on the route between Kansas City and St. Louis, which includes stops at Hermann, Jefferson City, Sedalia, Warrensburg and Lee’s Summit.

Savings are possible by booking through the "Deals" tab at Amtrak.com or by calling 800-USA-RAIL. Tickets can also be purchased using Amtrak eTicketing and printing boarding documents from any printer or presenting them on board electronically on a tablet or smartphone.

Terms and conditions vary. Some blackouts and restrictions apply, including advance reservation and purchase requirements. The offer is valid for coach seats and is dependent upon availability.

Find out more at www.amtrak.com.

SOLID WASTE GRANT APPS ACCEPTED 12/23/14CC


The Region F West Central Missouri Solid Waste Management District is requesting grant proposals for projects contributing to the reduction of solid waste, according to a news release. The counties of Pettis, Saline, Lafayette and Johnson are included in the Region F area.

The District says one original and eleven copies of the grant application will be accepted in their office until 4:00pm on Monday, February 23rd, 2015. No postmarks will be accepted.

The District will also host a grant training at 10:00am on Friday, January 30th, in its Concordia office, a training that will be mandatory for anyone seeking the grant funding. anyone planning on attending the training should R.S.V.P. with Debbie Brackman at (660) 463-7934.
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