If you're heading to Columbia early this week, lane and ramp closures are planned along Interstate 70 in Boone County that may slow down your drive.
Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will conduct core drilling work on the outside shoulder of Interstate 70, at Rangeline Street, Garth Street and West Boulevard in the westbound lanes on Monday, March 30th and the eastbound lanes on Tuesday, March 31st.
The work will require the closure of the driving lane of I-70 in those areas. In addition, the entrance and exit ramps to Route 163 (Providence Road) will be closed.
Motorists are asked to seek an alternate route around the work area.
For more information, call 888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org.
Missourians from every corner of the state are asked to do spring cleaning outdoors and help fight litter through the state’s annual No MOre Trash! Bash throughout the month of April.
The Trash Bash is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and Missouri Department of Transportation as part of their ongoing No MOre Trash! statewide anti-litter campaign.
The annual Trash Bash encourages people to clean up litter across Missouri from roadsides, parks, neighborhoods, rivers, streams, trails and other places. Trash Bash activities in April also include educational efforts in schools, community events and Earth Day celebrations.
Each year, MoDOT alone spends about $6 million to remove litter from more than 385,000 acres of roadsides along 34,000 state highway miles. Annual volunteer efforts to pick up litter along Missouri highways are valued at $1 million.
Volunteers are needed across the state to participate in litter cleanup activities. Participants can report their cleanup efforts and will receive a thank you No MOre Trash! pin.
For more information on how to participate, visit www.nomoretrash.org or call 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636).
On Monday, March 30th, Central Methodist University in Fayette will play host to special events that are open to the public.
Poet and novelist Erika Wurth will visit C.M.U. on Monday and as part of her visit, she will present an open reading for the public and students at 12:00pm in the Kountz Recital Hall. There is no cost for the reading.
Wurth will also discuss her most recent novel, "Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend", with the CMU book club and will work with students in various English classes.
Also on Monday, Dr. Arthur White, director of Jazz Studies at the University of Missouri/Columbia, will visit the campus to work with music students of jazz.
The day will include a master class for CMU jazz students and a concert. Both are open to the public and there is no charge.
The master class will be from 6:00-7:00pm and the concert will run from 7:00-8:00pm. Both will be held in the band room on the third floor of Classic Hall on the south end of the Fayette campus.
Missouri Valley College’s ENACTUS Chapter will host Holocaust Survivor Jerry Koenig Monday and Tuesday of this week.
Koenig grew up in Pruszkow, Poland. When he was 9, the Nazis invaded Poland and in 1940 Koenig, his parents and a brother were forced to move to the Warsaw Ghetto, the largest of all the Jewish ghettos in Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II.
Koenig will speak at the Marshall Library at 5:00pm on Monday, March 30th and on the Missouri Valley College Campus in the Ferguson Center's Formal Lounge at 8:00am and 10:50am on March 31st.
Several people were hurt Saturday night when their vehicle collided with the trailer end of a semi in Lafayette County.
According to trooper reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened around 8:45pm when a southbound vehicle driven by 34-year-old Sarah Stamper, of Sweet Springs, collided with the towed unit of a tractor trailer driven by 52-year-old John McEvoy, of St. Joseph.
The impact reportedly occurred as McEvoy was attempting to turn north onto Highway 13 from Interstate 70.
Stamper suffered serious injuries and was taken by helicopter to Research Medical Center for treatment. Five passengers in her vehicle, ages 2-13, received injuries ranging from minor to moderate; all five were all transported by ambulance to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.
The driver of the truck was reportedly not injured.
An area motorist suffered serious injuries in a one-vehicle crash on Friday in Carroll County.
According to the Highway Patrol, 64-year-old Marcia Wilson, of Bogard, was traveling eastbound on Route W at around 11:50am when her 2005 Chrysler crossed the centerline, ran off the road, struck an embankment and overturned.
Wilson was taken from the scene by helicopter to Truman Medical Center for treatment. Reports say the crash happened about one half-mile west of County Road 161.
There's a special day coming up in Missouri for veterans of a foreign war.
According to a news release from Governor Jay Nixon's office, Nixon is encouraging Missourians to give special recognition and honor to veterans of the Vietnam War on Monday, March 30th, which will mark the third observance of Vietnam Veterans' Day in Missouri.
In 2012, Nixon signed into law a bill designating March 30th as Vietnam Veterans' Day in Missouri. The day is designed to encourage Missourians observe the day with appropriate events, activities and remembrances in honor of those who served during the Vietnam conflict.
Road work is scheduled for this upcoming week for an area county that could affect drive times.
According to a release from MoDOT, crews will close the right lane of eastbound I-70 between Route O to Route E daily from 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday, March 30th, through Friday, April 3rd, for pavement repair.
All work in weather dependent.
For more information about this or other MoDOT projects, visit modot.mo.gov.
With longtime Councilman Sam Moten deciding not to run for another term, Marshall Ward 3 is up for grabs during the upcoming Municipal Election and three men have thrown their hats in the ring. Vying for the position are Mike Mills, Denver Long and Charlie Guthrey.
During the Candidate Forum on Thursday night at the Marshall Senior Center, Long, who has lived in Marshall for three years, said he wants to see things change.
Guthrey said he learned a lot during his time serving on the MoDOT Transportation Advisory Committee. He says Marshall needs to stay competitive.
Guthrey went on to say people in many of those other cities are pushing to make Highway 13 the next main north/south thoroughfare. He would like to see that be Highway 65 instead. But we need to push to make that happen.
Mills, who is a veteran of several boards and served on the City Council for about eight years back in the 1980s, also said he wants to see Marshall move forward.
Marshall voters will go to the polls to determine the winner on Tuesday, April 7th.
John Hancock has been accused of being part of a whispering campaign saying Tom Schweich was Jewish, that Schweich believed was intended to hurt his race for governor and is alleged to have contributed to him taking his own life.
Hancock says that has been disproven.
Some have called for Hancock to resign, but he says there is no reason for him to do that.
Hancock says the Missouri GOP has received commitments and donations of more than 100-thousand dollars in the past four weeks, more than enough to eliminate its debt. He says that success is further proof of his support within the party.
A one-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Thursday night sent a Kansas man to the hospital.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Chrysler PT Cruiser, driven by 25-year-old Casey Allred, of Topeka, traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment, went airborne and struck a ravine.
Allred, who suffered minor injuries, was transported to Bothwell Hospital via E.M.S. for treatment.
The crash occurred just before 8:00pm on Route U at Sunflower Road.
The U.S. Senate has passed a carbon tax amendment introduced by Senator Roy Blunt. Blunt is also co-sponsoring an amendment that would create a reserve fund and allow states to opt out of greenhouse gas regulations under the proposed federal clean power plan.
Blunt says Missourians overwhelmingly rely on coal for affordable energy.
Blunt says Americans can’t afford to pay higher utility bills resulting from the energy policies President Obama proposes.
A Bogard woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Carroll County on Thursday afternoon.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as a northbound Dodge Ram, driven by 21-year-old Jared McMullin, of Carrollton, was making a left-hand turn into a driveway when a southbound Chevrolet Lumina, driven by 23-year-old Charles Smith, of Bogard, attempted to avoid it. Smith's vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and struck the rear of the McMullin vehicle.
A passenger in the Smith vehicle, 22-year-old Mikala Smith, of Bogard, suffered moderate injuries in the accident and was taken to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The two drivers were reportedly not injured.
The crash occurred at 1:30pm on Route T, just north of Route W.
An area man went fishing one day and came home with a record-breaking catch.
According to a release from the Missouri Department of Conservation, Burr Edde III, of Malta Bend, etched his name in the record books by recently landing a 120-pound giant blue catfish on a stretch of the Missouri River in Saline County using a trotline.
The new "alternative-method" record blue catfish caught by Edde on Saturday, March 21st, actually weighed in at 120 pounds, eight ounces, with a length of 55-1/8 inches and a girth of 45 inches. Edde used cut Asian carp as bait.
The new giant broke the previous alternative-method state-record blue catfish of 117 pounds caught more than 50 years ago on the Osage River in 1964.
The release says Edde said he would've liked to have released the record fish back to the river or donate it to the fish tanks at Bass Pro, but it didn't survive long enough.
"It's too big to actually have mounted, but I'm getting a replica made," Edde said.
An area university has opened new windows to online studies.
According to a release from Central Methodist University in Fayette, the university has just been granted institutional participant status by the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement or SARA.
CMU Provost Dr. Rita Gulstad noted not all states are SARA affiliated, but CMU had already directly worked with many states to obtain approval to offer its fully-accredited online programs in those states. SARA helps CMU and other institutions cut through the red tape.
Providing prospective students in SARA states with more choices and better access to high-quality academic programs is what online programming is all about, according to Gulstad.
At present, CMU offers 14 bachelor's-degree programs online, along with two options of its Master of Science in Nursing degree.
At a meeting of the Saline County Commission this week, Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie said the next trip of the Show-Me Honor Flight has been finalized.
Guthrie said the group will be leaving Sedalia at about 2:30 that morning for the trip of a lifetime. The one-day trip to Washington, D.C., will include stops at the war memorials and other sites in the city.
Guthrie said the trips for veterans are funded by donations and the purchase of bricks for the Walk of Honor at the Saline County and Pettis County Courthouses.
Guthrie said the next brick placement is scheduled for Saturday, May 9th. He says that all people who want bricks need to submit their applications by Saturday, April 4th, in order to get them engraved in time.
Rail repair has been rescheduled for an area county.
According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, the Union Pacific Railroad has reset a closure of Route K at the Blackwater railroad crossing in Cooper County for rail repairs. The crossing will now be closed from 8:00am on Wednesday, April 1st, until 5:00pm on Friday, April 3rd.
Traffic will be detoured around the area by using I-70 to Route 41 back to Route K.
For more information about this or other MODOT projects, visit modot.org or call 1-(888)-ASK-MODOT.
The ballots have been counted, and the readers of Rural Missouri magazine have selected their favorites in the 14th annual Best of Rural Missouri Readers' Choice Contest.
There are 19 categories listed among the awards, with many establishments or attractions in the KMMO listening area being listed.
For Best Soup, the Apple Brandy-Braised French Onion Soup at Cafe Blackadder in Warrensburg was voted as best, as was Charley's Buffet in Lincoln for Best Dessert. Down Over Bed & Breakfast in Arrow Rock ranks as No. 1 in that category. Arrow Rock also ranks as best Main Street and the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia as having the Best Rodeo, with Pilot Grove's Rodeo being the Editor's Choice. For Best Kids' Camp, Camp Blue Sky in Sedalia gets the No. 1 nod.
Others listed are Catalpa in Arrow Rock for runner-up as Best Restaurant; Kehde's in Sedalia runner-up for Best Barbecue; The Wink-a-Nator, Mary Jane's Cafe, in Warrensburg as the Editor's Choice for Best Food Challenge; runner-up in Best Parade was the Cole Camp Fair parade and Sedalia's Christmas Parade was the Editor's Choice. Simple Blessings Farm in Knob Noster was selected as runner-up in Best Wedding Value; Blackadder in Warrensburg was runner-up in Healthy Menu; and Arrow Rock State Historic Site as runner-up State Park and the Arrow Rock Craft Festival as the runner-up as Best Festival.
The Saline County Courthouse will become more secure as of next week.
At the meeting of the saline County Commission Thursday morning, Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey, Jr., read a letter from Saline County Sheriff Wally George after the commissioners requested as a level of security, there should be a security officer at the courthouse on certain days.
Bartlett is a fully-licensed Saline County Deputy and will be under the direct supervision of George.
Guthrey Jr. says the position will be for 25 hours of work per week as a security officer on court days outside of the courtroom.
Guthrey Jr. also pointed out a future endeavor of the commissioners is to get cameras installed at the courthouse.
In other business, Saline County Auditor Tara Vogelsmeier presented two proposals for the county to follow for mileage reimbursement for employees on business trips. The commissioners tabled a discussion and/or a decision on which to choose until the next meeting at 9:00am on Tuesday, March 31st.
An area Police Department's officers served a search warrant and have made some arrests.
According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, at just after 11:00am on Wednesday, its Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) officers, along with Vice Narcotics and Organized Crime (VNOC) detectives served a search warrant at a residence on Oak Lawn Drive.
The release says detectives recovered approximately one gram of heroin and instruments to create forged checks.
Three men, ages 33, 45 and 46, were arrested and face charges that include, Forgery, Forgering Instrumentality and Distribution/Delivery/Manufacture/Production of a Controlled Substance.
An area middle-school student was grinning from ear to ear on Monday.
According to a news release from the Sedalia 200 School District, back in September, students in Shannon Gwaltney's sixth-grade computer class at Sedalia Middle School completed an assignment to write a persuasive letter to a celebrity, sports team or restaurant.
One student, Tyler Lawson, chose to write to his favorite Major League Baseball team, the Boston Red Sox, requesting only an autographed baseball card or a team picture.
On Monday, Lawson got his response from the club and was overwhelmed.
The team sent him a bobblehead doll and photo of second baseman Dustin Pedroia, a bag of Fenway Park dirt and a Fenway Park poster, an autographed picture of outfielder/first baseman Daniel Nava and several other Red Sox items.
Lawson was quoted as saying, "I tried not to act too excited. ...I just asked for a couple of things, and they sent me a lot."
Missouri Valley College in Marshall will hold an emergency preparedness drill on Thursday, in which the campus will be locked down for an armed intruder scenario.
Dean of Students Heath Morgan explains the purpose of the drill:
Morgan says it's unfortunate that schools, colleges and universities have to hold active shooter drills but that the need for the exercises is clear:
The emergency drill, held in conjunction with the Marshall Police Department, will take place between 9:30am and 11:30am. M.V.C. students, parents employees can sign up for campus emergency text message alerts at www.mvcalerts.com.
Warrensburg school officials say they're keeping a close eye on the district's finances as they build a budget for the 2015-16 school year.
At this week's meeting of the Warrensburg R-6 school board, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Andy Kohl presented an update on the current budget process, noting that each district building's budget for next year has been reduced by almost 30% compared to this year. Kohl also told the board that reductions in staffing have already been planned for, owing to attrition and a slight decrease in student enrollment.
A release from the district says officials are taking a conservative approach to building the budget that takes a lack of full state education funding into account; the district says the goal is to build a budget over the next two to three years that puts district reserves at a level of 17-20%.
The Warrensburg school board will hear a proposal at their April meeting to increase staff and faculty pay and will also take up premium increases for health and dental insurance coverage.
At this week's meeting of the Warrensburg City Council, members were updated on preparations for an event to honor military veterans later this Spring.
Warrensburg Public Information Officer Sylvia Carpenter explains:
In other council business, members approved a number of proposed ordinances involving utility markers, a salt storage bin, the Spring city-wide bulk waste cleanup and the Spring city-wide brush and limb cleanup.
Later this spring, the City of Warrensburg will play host to an event that's the first of its kind.
Warrensburg Public Information Officer Sylvia Carpenter talks about the inaugural Strategic Deterrent Coalition Symposium, slated for the first week of May:
Carpenter says the event will have economic development, tourism and hospitality opportunities for the groups and communities involved:
The Strategic Deterrent Coalition is a non-profit, non-partisan and community-based organization which supports the U.S. Nuclear Triad and nuclear stockpile. The symposium in May will play host to senior military leaders and academic experts representing the three legs of the Nuclear Triad.
Teachers and staff in Sedalia schools will get a salary increase following this week's meeting of the Sedalia 200 Board of Education.
Superintendent Brad Pollitt says it's an important step to help keep district salaries competitive:
Pollitt says the board also made an administrative move to help with the transition of ninth-graders from the district's junior high to Smith-Cotton High School:
In other business, Pollitt says the board discussed adding a Multimedia Productions Sponsor staff position and approved contract extensions for both the district's mowing services and sports field maintenance services.
During the meeting of the Marshall School Board Tuesday night, the board looked at some changes made to the 2015-16 school calendar. The changes included starting date for new teachers being one day earlier than originally planned and some of the makeup days in the event school has to be canceled due to weather.
The board approved the changes, with the start date being Wednesday, August 19th. Graduation day has been set for Sunday, May 15th, 2016. The last day of school has been slated for Thursday, May 19th, 2016.
In other business, the board heard from Director of Student Services Terri Porter on the Food Services Program. The board learned of one thing students would like to see brought back.
Porter went on to say they plan to have the salad bar return next school year.
The board accepted the overall report and the dates for summer school this year to be Monday, June 1st through Monday, June 22nd.
Ever since current Marshall High School Principal Royal Peterson tendered his resignation late in 2014 to be effective at the end of this school year, the administration for Marshall Public Schools has been in search of his replacement.
At Tuesday night's Marshall School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher updated the board on the search.
In other business, Dr. Maher gave an update on the 2015-16 budget, saying there are always factors that affect it. Sometimes those factors aren't positive, but this year, they seem to be.
Dr. Maher also noted the state is going to change its state adequacy target, which will affect money the Marshall District will receive. The state will release the new numbers in June.
Four new police officers were sworn in at the Monday night meeting of the Odessa Board of Aldermen.
Mayor Adam Couch performed the swearing-in ceremony of four reserve officers recently hired by the city. Also on Monday, two current reserve officers were promoted to full-time officers along with the reconfirming of all other current Odessa police officers.
In other business, Conservation Agent Lance Moore presented some ideas for beautifying the city lake, along with ideas for improving access to the lake and reducing illegal or inappropriate activities at the lake. No formal actions were taken by the board.
The board also discussed grant funding which could help the city construct a new trail from Main Street to Dyer Park.
The Hardeman R-10 School Board met in regular session Monday evening.
Board members approved the 2015-16 school year calendar, were presented with recommendations for building improvements, approved an increase in employee health insurance rates and discussed the possibility of purchasing a new school bus for the district.
Superintendent Christie Forrester says the board also spent time discussing House Bill 1292, which would require school districts with less than 350 students to be administratively consolidated if the bill is passed in Jefferson City.
In executive session, Forrester says the board discussed hiring and promotions for next school year but took no formal actions.
The University of Central Missouri Office of Career Development Services will host the 47th Annual Teacher Placement Day from 9:00-11:00am on Wednesday, March 25th, in the U.C.M. Multipurpose Building in Warrensburg.
Those attending will have the opportunity to speak with school administrators from approximately 100 school districts regarding careers in education and position vacancies for the 2015-16 school year. All students, alumni and guests are encouraged to attend.
There will be no registration fee for attendees. Candidates should wear professional attire and bring multiple copies of their resumes.
For additional information contact the Career Services Center at (660) 543-4985.
An area college student will soon be taking his musical talents overseas.
According to a release from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Musician Levi Gerke from the Swinney Conservatory of Music has been chosen to attend a six-week summer music program in Graz, Austria.
The American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) is a six-week summer program in Austria for voice, piano, and orchestra students. The experience encompasses international teachers, rehearsals, internationally acclaimed conductors, master classes, and up to 30 concerts.
Gerke is a junior from Pilot Grove working toward a Bachelor of Music degree in performance, in both voice and piano. He performed his junior recital in piano last semester and will present his junior recital in voice this Friday, March 27th at 7:30pm in C.M.U.'s Kountz Recital Hall.
A one-vehicle accident in Lafayette County on Tuesday left an area woman with injuries.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 39-year-old Shannon Hocking, of Higginsville, was eastbound and swerved to miss an animal in the road. Her 1997 Dodge then ran off the roadway, totaling the vehicle.
Hocking suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was taken by private vehicle to Lafayette Regional Medical Center for treatment. Reports say it happened around 6:45am on Page City Road, about a mile west of Route 213.
At the meeting of the Saline County Commission Tuesday morning, the commissioners approved a pair of requests for use of the Saline County Courthouse grounds for upcoming events.
The organization SHAPES requested and was approved use of the courthouse lawn for an event on Friday, April 17th, at 5:00pm.
The commissioners also gave the OK to the American Legion Post 558 to host the Saline County Veterans' Day Ceremony on the morning of Wednesday, November 11th, 2015. Set up for the event is set for 9:00am with the ceremony slated to start at 11:00am.
In other business, Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith reported that the March Saline County Missouri County Aid Road Trust, also known as C.A.R.T., tax was over $64,000 for March. This year's March total was up nearly $6,000 over March of 2014.
The average of $63,540 per month so far this year is about $350 per month higher than the average from last year.
By the date on the calendar, spring is here, and some area bands want to celebrate its arrival.
According to a news release, the Boonville Silver Pirate Bands will be welcoming spring by performing in concert at Thespian Hall in Boonville later this week.
The concert will include contest selections to be performed at the Missouri State High School Activities Association Large Ensemble State Music Festival hosted by Boonville High School. Featured on the concert will also be Chamber Ensembles that earned Division 1 Ratings at the District Music Festival and will advance to the State Solo and Small Ensemble Music Festival at the end of April.
This concert is sponsored by the Friends of Historic Boonville, Boonville High School, and the Boonville Band Boosters.
Admission to the event at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 28th, is free and open to the public.
Two Richmond residents were hurt in a two-vehicle crash in Ray County Monday evening.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Lincoln MKZ, driven by 79-year-old Kay Vandiver, of Camden, attempted to make a left-hand turn into a private driveway and was struck by a southbound Pontiac Bonneville, driven by 30-year-old Samantha Reaves, of Richmond.
Reaves and 7-year-old passenger in her car each suffered minor injuries. They were transported to Ray County Memorial Hospital for treatment. Vandiver reportedly was not injured.
The accident happened at 6:00pm on Route T, south of West 80th Street.
Carthage Republican Tom Flanigan has filed a bill that would limit the number of official state symbols at the current 28. He says the debates about naming an official state dog or official state game animal, as have been proposed this year, detract from the greater work of the legislature.
State symbol bills often originate with students in Missouri schools who present an idea so they can watch a bill move through the legislative process.
Raytown Engineer Tim Sylvester will try to convince Department of Transportation officials that Interstate 70 should be rebuilt with pavement using sensors that provide location and navigation information to support driverless vehicles. Sylvester plans to present his plan to the Missouri Highway Commission next week.
Sylvester says MoDOT estimates it would cost between $2 billion and $4 billion to rebuild I-70. Sylvester estimates his smart pavement would cost $3.6 billion.
The Central Missouri Police Academy, located on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, is seeing record growth as it continues to serve the Missouri law enforcement community by offering training required for Missouri peace officers along with college credit for those who attend the academy.
According to a release, the success of the academy, which provides the 600 hours of training required for the Class A Peace Officer license in Missouri, is measured in the number of graduates who are successful in joining the law enforcement profession following graduation from the academy.
The CMPA offers three basic academies per year. The fall and spring academy sessions coincide in length with the UCM semesters. The minimum requirement for certification is 600 hours of training, with the CMPA currently providing 641 hours of training. Enrollment is open to all who meet the requirements for admission.
The academy also is open to UCM students enrolled in the criminal justice degree program, with 15 enrolled in the current class. Those students can graduate from UCM with a degree in criminal justice and their state POST certification in hand once they successfully pass the state exam.
More than 500 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and AARP Tax Counseling for the Elderly Tax-Aide sites are located throughout Missouri.
The sites are open and available to assist qualified taxpayers in completing federal and state tax returns and are located at community centers, libraries, schools and other locations.
To qualify for assistance, taxpayers must be 60 years or older, have a disability, speak limited or no English, or make $53,000 or less annually. I.R.S.-certified volunteers will assist taxpayers with simple returns; however, the IRS suggests taking complicated returns to professional preparers.
Certain documents and information are required to complete returns. For information on site locations, hours, dates, and which documents to bring, visit the Department’s website at www.dor.mo.gov or call (800) 906-9887.
Central Missouri residents are invited to explore the mysteries of the universe at any of several guided sessions on Thursday evenings at the historic Morrison Observatory operated by Central Methodist University in Fayette.
All sessions are free and open to the general public from 7:30-9:30pm in the evening. Sessions will be held this Thursday, March 26th, and every Thursday throughout April. C.M.U. Faculty and staff will conduct the sessions, provide tours and comment on historical highlights of the facility. Hands-on science activities also will be provided in the Observatory classroom.
Visitors will be able to use the telescopes for viewing, weather permitting. The planets Venus and Jupiter will be visible through March and April. The moon will be visible in the evening sky on March 26th, April 27th and 30th. Visitors will also be able to view selected star clusters, double stars, nebula and galaxies.
The observatory is located 504 Park Road in Fayette, across from the Fayette City Park and swimming pool. For additional information about the observatory, viewing sessions or directions, call (660) 248-6383.
Missouri Valley College in Marshall will hold an armed intruder drill on Thursday, March 26th.
The exercise will be conducted between 9:30-11:30am. According to a release, the purpose of the safety drill is to focus on functional exercise elements related to the management of an armed shooter operating on the Missouri Valley campus.
In addition to locking the campus down during the exercise, MVC’s alert siren will be tested and local law enforcement will be on campus. The campus siren will sound with a long tone followed by a voice command stating, "Warning, this is a lockdown alert, please proceed to a secure area." At the conclusion of the drill there will be a message stating, "Attention! All warnings for the Missouri Valley College campus are now expired." This will then be followed by Westminster chimes.
To find out more visit www.moval.edu and search for "Crisis Response Plan". The plan was produced by MVC officials and local law enforcement agencies.
The Lexington City Council meets in regular session on Tuesday, March 24th, with a number of items up for discussion.
Council members take up a water rate ordinance, discussion of the water filtration system, a contract with the U.S.D.A., an animal control ordinance and a building permit ordinance. They will also get updates on the Mainstreet Program and preparations for numerous upcoming events in Lexington.
An executive session for real estate, personnel and contract matters is also on the evening's agenda.
A one-vehicle rollover crash involving an all-terrain vehicle over the weekend sent an area woman to the hospital with injuries.
According to reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 19-year-old Melton Hostetler, of Otterville, was westbound on a 2013 Polaris and lost control of the A.T.V. The vehicle ran off the left side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned, ejecting Hostetler and a passenger.
The driver escaped injury but the passenger, 20-year-old Shayla Hostetler, of Otterville, suffered moderate injuries and was taken from the scene by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
Reports say the crash happened around 4:30pm Saturday afternoon in the 9000 block of Dandelion Road in Morgan County.
Do you know a nurse who has exemplified an extraordinary level of patient care, compassion and customer service? If so, you soon will have the opportunity to nominate him or her for a statewide award.
According to a news release from the March of Dimes Missouri Chapter, it will accept nominations for its Nurse of the Year Awards, presented by the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing at Maryville University, beginning in just over a week. Exceptional nurses in Missouri and several counties in western Illinois are eligible to be nominated.
Approximately 20 nurses will be honored at a special awards gala on Saturday, October 10th, at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis.
Category information is available now. Nomination forms will be available on Wednesday, April 1st, on the website marchofdimes.org.
Drivers in Lafayette County need to be aware of a change coming later this week in an area city.
According to a news release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, crews are set to remove the traffic signal at Route 224 and 11th St. in Lexington. The traffic signal will be placed in a "flashing" mode and converted into a two-way stop on Thursday, March 26th. The signal will be permanently removed during the summer months. The change is a result of a traffic study initiated by the city of Lexington.
After completing the study, MoDOT determined the signal could be removed based upon the traffic volumes of the intersection.
For more information about other MoDOT projects, visit MoDOT’s website at modot.mo.gov.
Saline County authorities are investigating an allegation of property damage that happened on Saturday evening.
According to a report from the Saline County Sheriff's Department, a deputy was dispatched just after 7:00pm to a residence on Wildcat Road with the report of alleged property damage.
The deputy's report says he observed a Chevrolet HHR in the driveway with its back glass broken out and observed a rock inside the back hatch of the vehicle.
Getting statements from the vehicle owner, the property owner and three youths, who were playing basketball outside when the incident occurred, the deputy learned there was a white car in the area when the incident occurred.
No other information is available at this time and the investigation continues.
A Lincoln man escaped injury in a two-vehicle crash in Henry County on Sunday afternoon.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound 2010 Victory, driven by 53-year-old Robert Stacy, of Ashland, overtook and struck a southbound 2012 Chrysler, driven by 32-year-old Dustin Koll, of Lincoln, in the rear.
The report says Stacy was ejected from his vehicle and suffered minor injuries. He was transported by Golden Valley Ambulance to Golden Valley Hospital for treatment.
The accident happened at 5:15pm on Missouri 7 at Route "W."
Two area residents suffered injuries in a one-car crash in Miller County early this morning.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a westbound Toyota Camry, driven by 45-year-old Richard Craig, of Sedalia, swerved to miss a deer in the roadway, traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck two trees.
Craig suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment. A passenger, 27-year-old Gerald Durrill, of Green Ridge, suffered serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The report says neither person was wearing a seat belt.
The crash happened just before 4:30am on Missouri 134, a half-mile west of Missouri 42.
Two residents of Florence were Life Flighted for treatment of injuries following a motorcycle crash in Benton County this afternoon.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a southbound Harley Davidson Soft Tail, driven by 58-year-old Dennis Ogalsbee, failed to negotiate a curve. The bike subsequently ran off the right side of the roadway, began sliding and overturned, causing both occupants the be ejected.
The driver suffered moderate injuries, while a passenger, 57-year-old Karen Ogalsbee, suffered serious injuries. They were flown to University Hospital in Columbia.
The accident happened at 1:10pm on Route H, just south of Route W.
A Norborne man had to be Life Flighted from the scene to Truman Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries he suffered in a one-car crash in Carroll County early this morning.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a southbound Honda Civic, driven by 20-year-old Jordan Thomas, traveled off the right side of the roadway, then off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned.
The accident happened at 7:15am on Highway "D," north of County Road 300.
A car-freightliner crash in Boone County on Saturday afternoon resulted in the death of Columbia man and injury to a Columbia woman.
According to a report from the Columbia Police Department, the accident occurred as a freightliner, driven by 35-year-old Darrel McKnight, of South Carolina, slowed to make a right turn into a private driveway and was struck in the rear by an Oldsmobile 88, driven by 30-year-old Nicole Weddington, of Columbia.
Weddington suffered minor injuries and had to be extricated from the vehicle by Columbia Fire personnel and was transported by E.M.S. personnel to University Hospital for treatment. A passenger in her car, 24-year-old John Severtsen, of Columbia, was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel. The freightliner driver and passenger reportedly were not injured.
Weddington and Severtson reportedly weren't wearing their seat belts, as the driver and the passenger in the freightliner were.
The accident happened at 12:15pm on northbound Route "B," near Paris Road. Cause of the crash is currently under investigation.
A 21-year-old driver and two youths from Marshall were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Saturday afternoon.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound 2000 Mitsubishi, driven by Kierra Baylark, traveled off the right side of the roadway and down a grass embankment. The vehicle then crossed back over the roadway onto the left embankment and struck a tree line.
Baylark and the two children, ages one and less than one, each suffered minor injuries. The report says they refused treatment at the scene.
The crash happened at 2:45pm on County Line Road, less than a mile north of Highway 62.
A Boonville driver and two of her children were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Cooper County on Saturday morning.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a southbound Acura Integra, driven by 29-year-old Christi Hundley, ran off the right side of the roadway, reportedly overcorrected, traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck an embankment.
Hundley, and her 4-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter, each suffered minor injuries. Each was reportedly transported by private vehicle to Boone Hospital for treatment.
The accident occurred just before 9:45am on Route "B," just south of Lone Elm.
A 12-year-old driver, of Dewitt, was injured in a one-car crash in Carroll County Friday afternoon.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a northbound Chevrolet Impala, driven by the 12-year-old, traveled off the right side of the roadway, returned to the roadway, before again traveling off the right side of the roadway. The vehicle returned to the roadway once again, crossed the center line and off the left side of the roadway where it struck an embankment and the ground.
The 12-year-old suffered moderate injuries and was reportedly taken to Carroll County Memorial Hospital via private vehicle for treatment.
The accident occurred at 5:15pm on North 9th Street, just north of Harrison Street.
A disturbance involving two dogs escalated into gunfire in an area county on Friday night.
According to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, the incident occurred in the 4700 block of Heller Drive and Boone County sheriff’s deputies have taken two people into custody as the investigation continues.
The release says, shortly before 7:00pm, deputies responded to the scene, near the area of Route "B" and Highway "HH," and were told a man stabbed a dog to death that had attacked his dog. The owner of the dog which was killed allegedly retrieved a pistol from a residence and discharged a number of rounds near the scene of the disturbance.
That male subject fled the area but was taken into custody a short distance away and is currently in custody. Another male individual was taken into custody on suspicion of hindering the investigation into the shooting.
At the time of this release no one has been placed under arrest or charged with a crime.
The Lighthouse Shelter in Marshall will hold a special fundraising event this weekend to help continue its mission of assisting area victims of domestic and sexual violence.
Lighthouse director Leo Grothaus says the shelter will host an old fashioned friendly game of cards on Saturday night:
Grothaus says the shelter is working to move forward in the wake of the embezzlement case of the shelter's former director Deborah Wallace, who was sentenced in federal court earlier this week. He says that despite the challenges of the last few years, the mission of the shelter hasn't changed:
The shelter's Texas Hold 'Em poker tournament takes place Saturday, March 21st at 6:00pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Marshall; doors open at 5:00pm.
After sentencing was handed down earlier this week in the federal embezzlement case of the former director of the Lighthouse Shelter in Marshall, the shelter's new director says it's time to move forward.
Current director Leo Grothaus says that despite the cloud cast by the federal case, the shelter is looking toward the future and focusing on the services they provide to those who need it most:
Grothaus says that one of the lingering consequences of the federal case has been the suspension of state grant funding that helps the Marshall shelter pay their staff:
The shelter will hold a Texas Hold 'Em fundraising poker tournament on Saturday, March 21st at the Knights of Columbus hall in Marshall; doors will open at 5:00pm and the tournament gets underway at 6:00pm.
An youth will be recognized with a Military Child of the Year Award from Operation Homefront on April 16th.
The national non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance to military families annually gives the award to an outstanding military child from each branch of service – Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard – and for the first time in 2015, the National Guard.
Zachary Parsons, of Warrensburg, is the recipient in the National Guard category. A news release from Operation Homefront says he is an active leader in his community, an impressive example of resiliency, and dedicated to service.
From a pool of nearly 500 nominees, each award recipient was chosen by a committee including active-duty and retired military personnel, spouses of senior military leaders, veteran service organization leadership, teachers, and community members.
The six awardees will receive $10,000 each, will receive a laptop computer and other donated gifts, and will be flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C. for a special recognition gala on April 16th, 2015.
The awards will be presented by senior leaders of each branch of service.
The Jeffris Family Foundation has notified the group Friends of Arrow Rock that it has met the requirements of a $230,000 challenge grant for historic preservation.
According to a release from Friends of Arrow Rock, the funds will be used for major restorations on four historic buildings in the heart of Arrow Rock: the Sites House, the Sites Gunsmith Shop, the Masonic Lodge and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge.
Plans for the second floor of the Masonic Lodge call for it being converted into a conference room with audiovisual equipment and kitchen facilities. Across Main Street, the Odd Fellows Lodge is the home of the Missouri Press Foundation’s Print Shop Museum, as well as an IOOF assembly room authentically furnished to the period of the late 1800s.
The release notes that the success of this challenge grant drive has laid a solid foundation for launching Phase Two of the fundraising effort, which will include furnishing and equipping the conference room in the Masonic Lodge.
According to a release from the City of Sedalia, cemetery maintenance crews will start cleaning Crown Hill Cemetery, Calvary Cemetery and Hebrew Cemetery on Monday, March 23rd.
Staff asks that any flowers, crosses, stuffed toys and ornaments be removed from gravesites by Sunday, March 22nd.
Flowers only may be placed on gravesites starting Saturday, March 28th. In order to help with mowing and weed eating, Staff requests the use of shepherd's hooks when placing flowers on graves instead of placing them on the ground.
For question or information, contact Cemetery Director Roger Waters at (660) 826-1562.
State Fair Community College in Sedalia is busy this weekend hosting the Missouri State High School Activities Association annual District 14 music festival.
Almost 1,000 students from 27 area high schools will present vocal and instrumental solos and small ensemble performances over the two days. Performances are scheduled from 3:30-9:00pm Friday and 8:00am to 4:00pm Saturday in the Yeater Learning Center and Stauffacher Center for the Fine Arts.
Participating high schools include Marshall, Smith-Cotton, Knob Noster, Odessa, Warrensburg, Boonville, Lincoln, Cole Camp, Windsor, Lafayette County, Stover, Green Ridge, Crest Ridge, LaMonte, Slater, Sweet Springs, Concordia, Santa Fe, Smithton, Pilot Grove, Hardin-Central, Leeton, Lexington, Slater, Orrick, Calhoun, and Windsor.
An area resident faces sodomy and molestation charges after his arrest by authorities this week.
According to the Saline County Sheriffs Department, 19-year-old Terry W. Cardwell, of Marshall, was taken into custody by authorities and has been charged in Circuit Court with one count of Felony First-Degree Child Molestation and one count of Felony First Degree Statutory Sodomy.
Bond in the matter has been set at $20,000. An arraignment has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 25th at 9:00am in Saline County Circuit Court.
Residents in Johnson County found themselves without landline phone or internet on Thursday after a widespread outage knocked out service.
Johnson County authorities say theft of copper cabling may have led to the outage for CenturyLink phone and internet customers in the western part of the county. Residents were instructed to use cell phones for emergency calls during the outage.
At last check, the outage had been mostly corrected. No other information about the outage or the alleged theft of copper cable has been made available.
The Boonville R-1 School District continues with upgrades and renovations to district buildings, several of which were approved by the Boonville School Board earlier this week.
Superintendent Mark Ficken talks about the progress being made:
Ficken says the district and its patrons are excited about the building improvements, especially when it comes to safety and security:
In other business, the Boonville School board this week approved the revised 2014-15 budget, approved U.M.B. Bank for district depository services and agreed to advertise for bids for district picture services.
The Missouri Grocers Association hosted a banquet last week and awarded the MGA Capitol Impact Award to Representative Denny Hoskins from District 54 – Warrensburg in Western Missouri.
The Missouri Grocers Association began presenting this award two years ago to distinguished individuals who have made a positive impact on the Missouri economy by sharing the same view and mission as the Missouri Grocers.
The Association cites Hoskins' commitment to small business, job growth and a strong state economy as some of the factors for the award.
Two people have been charged after their arrest by Lafayette County authorities last week.
According to the Lafayette County Sheriffs Office, deputies responded on March 12th to the area of Highway WW and North Outer Road near Odessa on a report of a suspicious vehicle. A neighbor had called in the report after seeing the vehicle and deputies were notified by an alarm company that an intrusion alarm was sounding at the residence.
Deputies discovered that the home had been broken into and later found the suspicious vehicle abandoned on a nearby road. Further investigation into the matter led to the arrests of 42-year-old Henry L. Hood and 26-year-old Matthew R. Stone, both of Kansas City.
Both men have been charged in Lafayette County Circuit Court with felony counts of Second-Degree Burglary and First-Degree Property Damage. Hood's bond was set at $25,000 while Stone's bond was set at $15,000.
Hood pleaded not guilty to the charges and has a court date set for March 25th at 10:00am; no court information for Stone has been made available.
A 20-year-old Boonville man faces assault and weapons charges after authorities served a warrant for his arrest earlier this week.
According to the Boonville Police Department, Jackson D. Adair was served a Cooper County warrant while already in custody on Thursday of this week. He has been charged in Cooper County Circuit Court with Felony Second-Degree Assault, Felony Theft of a Firearm and Felony Accessory to Robbery in the First Degree.
Bond has been set at $50,000; no court date in the matter has been set.
An area resident faces three felony drug charges in Saline County Circuit Court.
According to online court documents, a warrant was issued Wednesday for the arrest of 24-year-old Randolph Tribble, of Marshall. Tribble is charged with three felony counts of Distributing a Controlled Substance Near a School.
Bond has been set at $10,000; no court date in the matter has been set.
A Sedalia woman recently found that lightning can strike twice, as she won two big prizes from the Missouri Lottery in the same night.
According to a Lottery release, 24-year-old Jessica Bardwell was working at Fitter's 5th Street Pub in Sedalia on March 7th and bought a "10-Spot Quick Pick" Club Keno ticket, which she later discovered had a prize of $10,000.
Bardwell purchased a second ticket that evening while at work and says she was "floored" to discover that ticket had a prize of $20,771, making her a total of $30,771 richer by the end of her shift.
Bardwell says she'll use the money to pay off student loans and try to save a little as well.
In a brief meeting this week of the Higginsville Board of Aldermen, a public hearing was held for public input on changes to the city's sewer rates.
After no input was given, Aldermen went on to approve the rate changes. The new service charges will be a minimum monthly charge of $25.75 and $2.50 per one hundred cubic feet of water used in a three-month average. Customers will see the change in their bill beginning in May.
Also this week the board approved two bills, one to allow the spending of city revenue for fireworks and another for a provision of service between the city and the Higginsville Lions Club.
Aldermen also recognized EMS worker Eric Meyer for five years of service and set Monday, March 30th as the date for both the city's next Utility Committee and Transportation Committee meetings.
At Wednesday's meeting of the Fayette R-3 School Board, members gave approval to the Missouri School Board Association's Full Policy Maintenance Agreement and also approved K-3 math and 9-12 English Language Arts curriculum guides.
In other business, the board learned the district recently received a 100% rating on its bus inspection, found out that the district's Academic Bowl team hosted the inaugural Howard County Tournament (in which the team won first place), and were updated on the Music Boosters Taco Dinner and Dessert auction that raised over $4,000 for the Fayette music program.
Board members also voted unanimously to hold the Board Awards and High School Academic Awards ceremony at 7:00pm on Thursday, April 30th. Also set on the calendar was the Board Reorganization meeting, to take place on April 15th after the April 4th Municipal Election.
According to seasonally adjusted data released today by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the state’s nonfarm payroll employment gained 8,400 jobs in February, following a revised increase of 11,200 in the first month of 2015.
Missouri’s unemployment rate held at 5.5 percent in February, nine-tenths of a point below the February 2014 rate.
February’s job growth was led by education and health services with 4,100 new jobs. Additionally, construction was up by 2,700 jobs, while trade, transportation and utilities gained 2,400 jobs, and real estate, rental and leasing employment was up by 1,300 jobs for the month of February.
Missouri’s nonfarm payrolls have increased by 40,400 jobs over the past year.
Secretary of State Jason Kander this week announced that Lewis Library of Glasgow received a technology grant in the amount of $5,500. The funds will be used to replace eight computers, seven of which are public access computers.
The Secretary of State’s Literacy and Educational Enrichment Grants are funded by the Library Services and Technology Act through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.
In Fiscal Year 2015, the Missouri State Library, a division of Kander’s office, has approved a total of 178 grant applications, distributing $1,111,720 in federal awards to libraries throughout Missouri.
The Glasgow School Board met in regular session on Wednesday night.
Board members were updated on efforts behind a proposed tax rate ballot item. District administrators say they have visited with numerous Glasgow-area business owners who support the proposal. A public meeting on the ballot issue will be held Wednesday, April 1st at Bramble Hall in Glasgow.
In other business, the board approved several policy updates, were provided with an updated version of the district's Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, and approved adding the position of music accompanist to the extra-duty salary schedule.
Board members also accepted the resignation of Title 1 Reading Specialist Elouise Kallmeyer.
The next meeting of the Glasgow School Board is slated for Monday, April 13th at 8:00pm in the board room at the school.
The City of Warrensburg's Fire Department recently held training sessions for employees using houses owned by the University of Central Missouri that are scheduled to be torn down.
A release from the city says this gave the fire department the opportunity to train for smoke and fires and get a real-life layout of how an actual fire scenario goes.
During the exercise, firefighter Ryan Smith and Captain Ken Jennings entered the smoke- filled house and retrieved a life size dummy after Captain Jennings circled the house to evaluate the scene. Up on the roof, two part-time employees cut out a hole to help the ventilation process.
The City of Warrensburg Fire Department partners annually with the University of Central Missouri to utilize the fire training house.
A two-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 on Wednesday left a Grain Valley motorist with injuries.
Trooper reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol say a westbound vehicle driven by 46-year-old Brenda Mattoon, of Grain Valley, overtook a vehicle driven by 60-year-old Donald Rainey, of Odessa, and struck it from behind.
Mattoon received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment; Rainey reportedly escaped injury in the accident. Reports say it happened around 9:15pm in the evening at the 34.6 mile marker in Lafayette County.
A Malta Bend teen escaped serious injury in a one-vehicle accident in Saline County.
The Highway Patrol says 17-year-old Larry Edde was northbound in a 2005 Ford when the vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and hit a bridge. The vehicle then began to skid, crossing back across the centerline and leaving the left side of the road before finally coming to a stop.
Edde received minor injuries in the crash and was taken by ambulance to Columbia Hospital for treatment. Patrol reports say it happened around 9:15am Wednesday morning on Missouri 127, just north of 245th Road.
Marshall voters were invited to the Martin Community Center Wednesday evening for a formal meeting and discussion about two tax proposals that will appear on the ballot in the upcoming Municipal Election.
Marshall Public School Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher took to the floor second, saying the proposed school tax-levy increase-- 25cents per $100 of assessed valuation for property owners each of the next three years-- is not another version of the 2014 ballot proposal, which was voted down.
Dr. Maher offered four reasons the money is needed: Safety and Security of the students, upkeep and maintenance of the buildings and grounds, teacher salaries and to continue to offer the students the best in technological opportunities.
Marshall School Board Member and Board Secretary Leslie Huston said this will simply keep the district afloat.
Huston went on to say that district voters haven't passed a levy increase for some 40 years.
Voters go to the polls on Tuesday, April 7th, to decide the fate of the proposed tax-levy increase.
A number of Marshall voters showed up at the Martin Community Center Wednesday night to learn more about the two tax issues that will be on the ballot during the upcoming Municipal Election.
City Administrator Connie Latimer took the floor first, telling people about the one-half cent sales tax hike the city is asking voters to approve.
Latimer said it is estimated to increase the general-revenue fund by some $1.5 million. She went on to say, the general-revenue fund has not seen a sales-tax increase since 1979. She said the city needs the money do the things necessary to attract people.
Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday April 7th to decide the proposed tax-increase's fate.
The former director of a domestic violence shelter in Marshall was sentenced in federal court Wednesday for embezzling more than $100,000 from the shelter and defrauding the state on federal grants earmarked for victims of crime.
According to a release from the U.S. Western District Attorney's office, 51-year-old Deborah L. Wallace, of Marshall, was sentenced to two years and six months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Wallace to pay $433,688 in restitution (including $115,219 in restitution to the Lighthouse Shelter and $268,468 in restitution to the Missouri Department of Public Safety).
On June 26, 2014, Wallace pleaded guilty to one count of stealing government property and one count of making false claims for reimbursement under a federal grant.
Wallace was the executive director of the Lighthouse Shelter, Inc., from April 1999 to April 2013. Wallace admitted that she embezzled money from Lighthouse, including money obtained from grants funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. Over a five-year period from 2008 through 2013, Wallace used Lighthouse credit cards to pay personal expenses. Wallace also made unauthorized payments on personal credit cards and her personal cell phone from the Lighthouse bank account.
The Concordia Board of Aldermen met in regular session earlier this week.
City Administrator Dale Klussman says the board spent some of the evening discussing the city's trash service contract and gave approval to advertising for bids:
Klussman says aldermen also approved a bid to replace six sidearms for the Concordia Police Department:
In other business, the board formally adopted the city's budget for Fiscal year 2015-16, were given a presentation on the Water Meter Maintenance Program and discussed a monthly bass tournament at the city lake.
At the meeting of the Knob Noster Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night, City Administrator Doug Kermick said the council approved moving forward with Robert Rollings, of Sedalia, as the architect for the new city hall and police department building.
Kermick says this is a big step forward for the city and explains the next step.
Kermick said after the drawings are complete, some Town Hall-type meetings will be held to explain why a new building is necessary, keeping everything as transparent as possible. He also said if patrons want to come and look at the current building, they can do so and even get a tour.
Kermick said dates for the future Town Hall meetings will be determined once the drawings are complete.
In other business, the board approved a new three-year contract with Waste Corporation of Missouri for residential trash service and set the dates for annual Spring Clean-Up as May 9th through 17th.
A Marshall entity soon will be able to add to its technological equipment.
According to a news release, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced yesterday that the Marshall Public Library is the recipient of a technology grant in the amount of $8,885. The release says the money will be used to purchase new printing and scanning equipment.
Marshall Public Library Executive Director Wicky Sleight explains.
She said the equipment also will come in handy for another purpose, as well.
Sleight said the grant is a 75/25 match. She said once the equipment arrives and the staff is trained on how to use it, a special party for the donors who helped raise the matching funds of $2,700.
In other news from the library, Sleight said a handicap work station was added as of Tuesday.
Slater Mayor Stephen Allegri listed a number of city goals for 2015 at the Slater City Council meeting Tuesday night. One of the entries was to erect a Welcome to Slater sign on Highway 240 for people coming into town from the east. In addition, council said some directive signs to downtown would be of help to those coming from that direction.
Painting the Water Towers also was on the list. Allegri talks about that.
City Administrator Gene Griffith said talking with the contractors each water tower will cost about $150,000 to refurbish and paint. So, Allegri said they will probably do one this year and the other one next year.
Another goal is to keep the festivals going.
Allegri said they need more people to take part in helping organize events such as Steve McQueen Day, the Bear Creek Blues Fest and others.
The overall list includes 29 goals that were submitted to Allegri by council members.
After a lengthy discussion, including several questions by board members, the City of Slater will have a DIG RITE ordinance on the books.
At Tuesday night's meeting of the Slater City Council, Adam Sommer, representing the city attorney's firm of Harris, Harris & Gilbert, said the city needs this on the books.
The ordinance, in essence, will require new home builders, or contractors, to apply a device or tracer wire to the sewer system of the property, making it easy to locate, according to City Administrator Gene Griffith.
Sommer explained some of the language of the ordinance further.
After the questions and discussion, the council voted unanimously to adopt the ordinance.
A House committee will hear a bill that would restore the Missouri film tax credit today. The General Assembly let that tax incentive expire in November of 2013. State Representative Kathy Swan of Cape Girardeau says the expired tax credit takes Missouri out of the market.
Swan says there is a long term benefit to a film tax incentive because film production companies in St. Louis and Kansas City will continue to develop, operate, have employees, and pay taxes.
Marshall Public Library is teaming up with the National Archives at Kansas City to bring two programs on genealogy to area citizens on Thursday, March 19th.
Archives Technician Jennifer Audsley Moore will present "Introduction to Genealogy: Where to Begin?" at 10:30am in the library’s meeting room. Later, at 1:00pm, Moore will present "Why Can't I Find It?: Ways to Search More Effectively through Online Resources".
A release from the library says if you are interested in starting your family history research but aren’t sure where to begin, this program will teach you how to start. It will covers the basics of what you need, where you can find information, what resources are available to assist, and how original records will help tell your family’s story.
Participants are welcome to attend one or both of these programs and to bring a lunch. Beverages will be provided. A tour of the Marshall Public Library Local History and Genealogy Room will be given between programs.
For more information, call the Marshall Public Library at (660) 886-3391.
A Salisbury truck driver suffered injuries when his tractor-trailer overturned on a Saline County on-ramp on Tuesday.
According to the Missouri State Highway patrol, it happened when 43-year-old David Pancoast was southbound on Highway 65 and attempted to enter eastbound Interstate 70 from the on-ramp. Pancoast's 2013 Kenworth overturned and ran off the left side of the ramp, striking the ground and a delineator post before coming to a stop.
The driver was taken from the scene to University Hospital in Columbia for the treatment of moderate injuries. Patrol reports say the crash happened around 9:45am; no other injuries or damages were reported from the scene.
The Brunswick R-2 School Board has approved a proposal aimed at helping out the district's F.F.A. members.
According to Superintendent Bob Kottman, the board gave approval Monday night to the purchase of $3,000-4,000 worth of field tiles to assist F.F.A. with furthering their agricultural studies. The money has been raised by the F.F.A. chapter and the labor will be donated by Crump's Field Tile, of Marceline.
Board members also voted to spend some leftover district bond money to make heating and cooling improvements in the high school wing. Kottman says $322,500 has now ben earmarked for HVAC improvements for ten classrooms, with an additional $73,800 for HVAC upgrades in the school's Ag classroom, Business classroom and counselors' offices. The bids were awarded to Muddy Boots, Inc., of Lexington.
In other business, the board approved the 2015-16 school year calendar, adding seven additional early-out days for professional development; Kottman says school will begin on August 19th of this year and end on May 19th of next year.
Board members also gave the green light to an across-the-board staff pay increase of just under three percent, which Kottman says is roughly $300 per employee.
The Sedalia City Council on Monday kicked off a busy night of business by honoring the city's Police Officer of the year.
According to a spokesperson, officer Todd Nappe was presented with the annual honor by Sedalia Police Chief John DeGonia. Mayor Stephen Galliher also took time out to praise not only efforts of Nappe but of the entire Sedalia Police Department.
In other business, council members approved a laundry list of proposed ordinances, including the approval of the Fiscal year 2016 budget, the renewal of several annual contracts and agreements with city agencies and groups, and several rezoning issues.
Council members approved bids for trap rock and trap rock hauling, but rejected a bid for rock salt. Also approved was the calling of a special election on August 4th, 2015, for the adoption of a proposed local use tax.
The council also learned in a pre-meeting public hearing that a council-approved six-acre annexation on the city's west side has tentatively paved the way for a Hobby Lobby store to open in Sedalia. No date for the store's opening has been announced.
At the Monday night meeting of the Marshall City Council, Mayor Mark Gooden did something he had yet to do as the city's leader. He gave a State of Marshall Address.
Gooden pointed out several positive things that have occurred in the past few years, including one involving dilapidated structures.
Gooden went on to say Marshall has one of the lowest crime rates of all of the cities in the area. He gave kudos to the Police Department and the Fire Department, saying they are some of the finest at what they do.
Gooden also said Marshall's streets are in good shape.
Gooden said there are over 100 streets the city is responsible for keeping up to speed. He also gave the thumbs up to the council for working with him, as a team, to get things done.
A few weeks ago, the Marshall Public School District announced it had entered into an agreement with the City of Marshall and MoDOT's Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for a contract for grant funding to build a sidewalk along the west side of South Miami Avenue from West Arrow Street to West Vest Street.
At Monday night's meeting of the Marshall City Council, the council accepted the agreement.
The total cost of the project will be $170,000, with the city and the Marshall School District splitting 21 percent. MoDOT will pick up the other 79 percent of the tab.
In other business, the council approved appropriation to pay the city's bills.
A Windsor man suffered minor injuries in a two-car crash in Henry County Monday afternoon.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Chevrolet Impala, driven by 24-year-old Devin Irvin, was struck by an unknown vehicle, which reportedly left the scene.
Irvin was transported by E.M.S. to Golden Valley Hospital for treatment.
The crash happened at just before 6:00pm on Missouri 13, one mile north of Business 52 in Deepwater.
The Marshall City Council spent some time talking about and approving three bids for mowing services at its meeting Monday night.
The first mowing bid was approved for three city properties for just less than $1,400 for the entire year from E-Z Green. The second set of bids was for mowing of other city properties throughout Marshall, with the bid from Quality Lawn of $140 per mowing accepted by the council.
The final mowing bid was awarded to Page Mowing and Landscaping of Marshall for the mowing and weed eating at various other properties throughout Marshall for one-cent per square foot, with a minimum of $50 per mowing. City Administrator Connie Latimer explained these are properties that were actually owned by somebody else that the city now mows.
In other business, the council approved a liquor license for Angie's Bar & Grill, LLC.
At the meeting of the Marshall City Council on Monday night, Ward 3 Councilman Dan Brandt said there are some events coming up residents need to know about that involve municipal services, the first involving yard waste, which is to start soon.
It's also almost time for the citywide cleanup.
Brandt said there are some things that won't be picked up, including tires, appliances, hazardous materials and oil. In some instances, paint will be picked up, if properly prepared.
Brandt also said the compost area will be loading compost the second Saturday each month. He said brush and sticks less than four inches in diameter also will be accepted.
He said, if you need any clarification on any of these things, he urges you to call Municipal Services at 886-3945.
Ward 3 Councilman Sam Moten also offered a storm drain tip of the month: He said, "Storm drains are not dumping sites. Anything that is poured into a storm drain will flow directly into a stream or river."
This Wednesday evening in Marshall there will be public presentations made on two tax proposals that will be on the upcoming April Municipal Election ballot.
Marshall City Administrator Connie Latimer says this will be another opportunity for community patrons to attend and learn more about the two tax questions:
Latimer says the money generated from the one-half cent sales tax is estimated to generate about $1.5 million; she adds that the city of Marshall has not seen a sales tax increase in over three decades:
The event gets underway at 5:30pm on Wednesday, March 18th, at the Martin Community Center in Marshall. The public is invited and encouraged to attend; a question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.
Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day says the fire on Sunday hasn't been an oddity this year. He says the department has been dispatched on a number of occasions already.
But he says some precipitation should help the situation.
Day said complacency can be a factor, thinking they've done it before and everything was OK. But all it takes is one minor glitch.
Day said the fire department already has been called out to fight fires such as this more this year than all of last year. He said they've been dispatched to 10 to 15 natural-cover fires where two or three of them were started by people throwing something out of their car, while the others were, as he put it, "controlled burns."
It wasn't quite meant to be for an area high school's engineering team. But it still has a chance to reach its goal.
According to a news release, Team SCREAM, the Smith-Cotton Robotics, Engineering And Mathematics team, had a good run Friday and Saturday at the first Robotics Greater Kansas City Regional, but came up short in the semifinals.
Team SCREAM finished qualifying rounds as the No. 3-seeded team out of 54 competitors in the Recycle Rush competition. At the end of the competition, which was won by an alliance of teams from Independence, Blue Springs and Olathe, Kan., Team SCREAM received the Industrial Design Award, largely for its innovative "seatbelt" design.
The team, which had a similar run the previous weekend in the Arkansas Regional, now has its sights set on a regional on March 27th and 28th in Oklahoma City, which will represent Team SCREAM's last chance to win a slot in the first World Championships in April in St. Louis.
With diligence and persistence, Saline County authorities have found a man who was near a river in Saline County.
On Thursday evening, March 12th, Saline County deputies were dispatched to an area near 300th Road with a report of an abandoned vehicle in a field.
According to the deputy's report, the car sported a handicap sticker and a Rottweiler dog was around the vehicle. The owner, Tyree Davis, was not able to be located.
After investigating the license number and finding out the owner's name, the deputy was unsuccessful in contacting Davis.
However, on the morning of March 13th, the deputy was able to contact the owner of the car's daughter, Johnetta Watts, who informed him her father has Alzheimer's Disease. Upon receiving that information, Sheriff's Deputies, along with help from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, did a more thorough search of the area and found Davis lying on a brush pile near the river, believing he was sitting in his living room. Davis was then transported to Fitzgibbon Hospital for observation. The report says the Saline County Sheriff's Department checked on the status of Davis later that day and he was going to be OK and to be released soon.
Early this morning, the National Weather Service issued a special weather statement for this afternoon, cautioning area residents about an elevated fire danger in this area.
Marshall Fire Department Chief Tony Day says it is a real danger and perhaps will last for several days.
Day said a controlled fire just south of Marshall on Vardiman Lane, just off of Mt. Olive Road, got out of control, prompting firemen to report to the scene around 11:00am today. "And the wind hasn't even started blowing yet," he said. The firemen were still on the scene as of 11:45am.
Day said the conditions are ripe for fires to get out of control in a hurry, even with seasoned residents, those who have been burning trash and other things for years.
Day went on to say, there could be some legal ramifications if a fire set on your property gets out of hand and goes onto another person's property. You could be held liable for any damage. Day said they've already worked more fires like that this year than all of last year.
Six area residents suffered injuries in a three-vehicle crash in Pettis County Saturday afternoon.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a Ford F-150, driven by 43-year-old Dale Lester, of Warrensburg, failed to stop at a stop sign on southbound MO-127 at Westbound U.S. 50 and pulled into the path of a Cadillac, driven by 26-year-old Phillip White, of Kansas City.
The report says the Cadillac struck the Ford F-150, pushing it into the path of a Chrysler Town & Country, driven by 36-year-old Rhiannon Foster, of Sedalia.
The Ford F-150 was struck by the Town & Country and overturned in the median, coming to rest on its left side. The other two vehicles came to rest on the shoulder and in the median.
Foster suffered serious injuries and was transported by Air Ambulance to University of Missouri Columbia Medical Center for treatment. A 3-year-old passenger, of Sedalia, in her car suffered minor injuries and was transported by E.M.S. to Bothwell Regional Health Center for treatment.
Three people in the Ford F-150, all of Warrensburg, suffered minor injuries. Two were transported by E.M.S. to Bothwell Regional Health Center for treatment, while one refused treatment at the scene.
White suffered minor injuries and was taken by E.M.S. to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment.
The Missouri Department of Conservation is expanding pheasant hunting to statewide.
According to a news release from the MDC, the expansion is from only the northern half of the state and a portion of the southeast to statewide starting with this year’s fall hunting season.
Pheasant hunting starts with a youth-only weekend on October 24th-25th, followed by the regular season of November 1st through January 15th, 2016. Hunting remains limited to male pheasants only. The daily bag limit is two male birds and the possession limit is four. Valid permits are Daily Small Game Hunting, Small Game Hunting and Fishing, or Small Game Hunting.
All of the regulations are listed on the website mdc.mo.gov.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that 11 new cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) have recently been found in deer harvested in Macon, Adair, and now Cole counties.
According to a news release from the MDC, all previous cases have been limited to Macon, Linn, and Adair counties.
These 11 new cases bring the total number of Missouri free-ranging deer that have tested positive for CWD to 14 for this past season and 24 overall since the disease was first discovered in the state in 2010. CWD has also been found in 11 captive deer in Macon and Linn counties.
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.
Marshall Municipal Utilities customers could see changes to their electric rates in the future.
According to a release from MMU, it is in the process of reviewing the current electric rates, which have has the same structure since 1998, however the amounts of the rates charged have changed over the years.
The release says the current evaluation is resulting in a preliminary recommendation to trend future changes to increases in fixed charges and demand rates. These increases would generally be offset by lower energy charges.
The release says residential customers will be impacted very little by these changes. However, the final effect on a customer can be greatly affected by a customer's better management of peak demand usage. What a customer's usage is in the "summer season" will affect their electric bill for the following 12 months.
A formal request to approve the changes in electric rates will be made at a future meeting.
At the meeting of the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works this week, the board approved a bid for maintenance at a facility plant.
According to a release from MMU, the board received three bids for well maintenance at the water plant. Of the three bids, Flynn Drilling, of Troy, Mo., for $36,395 was accepted.
The board also approved adding property insurance coverage for the four 161 KVA transformers and related equipment to MMU's current policy. It also approved a proposal from USDI to provide engineering services for relocating MMU's natural gas line to accommodate the installation of a railroad loading and unloading facility being built.
Nearly two dozen local peace officers and first-responders attended a number of trainings druing the first quarter of this year.
According to a release from the Saline County Sheriff's Department, the trainings included ones on Understanding Mental Health, De-escalation:Responding to Individuals in a Mental Health Crisis, and Approaching Alzheimer's: A Guide for First Responders.
The interactive courses were developed specifically for law enforcement and provided free of charge.
The release says these were the 60th and 61st training sessions held at the Saline County Criminal Justice Training Center of the Saline County Sheriff's Department.
Other Community Mental Health Training for peace officers is planned for April and June at the Saline County Justice Center.
At the meeting of the Sweet Springs R-7 School board this week, the board heard three of the district's teachers are retiring and accepted the resignation of another.
According to a release from the school, the retiring teachers are Judy Reinitz, Terry Moore and Laura Pummill and resigning her post is Karin King.
In other business, the board approved a motion to allow a step increase or equivalent in pay for all staff, to allow a one-percent raise for all Certified Staff and a 1.5-percent or equivalent cost-of-living base salary schedule raise for the Classified Staff. The accumulated leave payout for employees after five years or more of employees was adjusted.
The board also approved the Sweet Springs Recreation Board's request for use of the ball fields and the Student Council's Convention Agenda.
In other news, the board learned attendance in February was 95.03 percent at the junior high and high school.
In closed session, the board offered all non-tenured teachers, except Karin King, contracts. Tenured teachers have ongoing contracts, according to the release.
A Marshall man and a Marshall youth suffered minor injuries in a one-car crash in Pettis County Friday evening.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Chevrolet Malibu, driven by 41-year-old Nathaniel Casey, left the roadway after the driver reportedly fell asleep. The car then traveled down an embankment and struck a tree.
Casey and a 3-year-old female passenger were reportedly transported to an unknown hospital by personal vehicle for treatment.
The crash happened at 6:30pm on Highway 52, just east of Meyers Road.
A Sedalia man has been killed in a one-vehicle accident in Pettis County on Friday afternoon.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened as 26-year-old Daniel Heaton was traveling northbound and crossed the centerline; his 2003 Chevy ran off the left side of the roadway and struck an embankment. The vehicle came to rest partially upright in the ditch; Heaton was reportedly ejected from the vehicle.
The driver was taken from the scene to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia where he was pronounced dead at 2:10pm. Reports say the crash took place just after 1:00pm on Route O, just north of Salem Road.
At this week's meeting of the Keytesville School Board, board members agreed to hold a community meeting later this month to get public input on two topics that are already proving to be hot-button issues for the district.
Superintendent Tracy Bottoms explains:
He says the drug testing issue will likely have both supporters and opponents, while the proposed co-op with Brunswick school for baseball and softball may not be a grand slam for some district patrons, due to a long-standing rivalry between the two schools' sports programs:
The community meeting is slated for Monday, March 23rd at 6:00pm in the Keytesville school cafeteria.
A Warrensburg man has been seriously injured after a one-vehicle accident in Johnson County.
Trooper reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol say 76-year-old Clarence Gudde was traveling southbound when his 2004 Dodge ran off the roadway, struck a tree and then an embankment. The driver was ejected from the vehicle upon impact.
Gudde was taken from the scene by helicopter to Research Medical Center for treatment. Patrol reports say the crash happened around 9:50am Thursday morning on Southwest 768th Road near Missouri Highway 13.
According to a news release, the Missouri Public Service Commission has approved a joint application filed by Marshall Municipal Utilities (MMU) and Central Missouri Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CMEC) to amend a territorial agreement between the two electric providers.
The application sought Commission approval to amend a territorial agreement approved by the Commission in March of 1996. That agreement designated the boundaries for MMU and CMEC for new structures in portions of Saline County.
According to the application, the amendment to the territorial agreement would allow MMU to provide electric service to a new structure (a horse arena) located at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri, even though the structure is located within CMEC’s service area.
On January 9, 2015, the Staff of the Missouri Public Service Commission filed its recommendation in the case. Staff stated the proposed amendment is not detrimental to the public interest and should be approved.
Based upon a review of the joint application and the PSC Staff recommendation, the Commission has approved the joint application.
The Brunswick City Council spent time at its Wednesday night meeting discussing the proposed sale of the city's sewer system.
According to a city spokesman, the proposal to buy and take over operation of the city sewer system has been made by Missouri-American Water Company, the company that owns and operates the city's water system.
The only action taken this week was for council members to give the Brunswick City Attorney approval to draft an ordinance to place the matter on an election ballot to be decided upon by voters; the city hopes to have the matter placed on the August primary ballot.
In other business, council members approved the city's audit report, which shows the city to have a clean bill of financial health. They also got an update on pool preparations and scheduled a board workshop for Wednesday, April 22nd.
Approval was also granted to move the April city council meeting to Wednesday, April 15th, in order to not conflict with the April municipal election.
Beginning Thursday, State Fair Community College in Sedalia will offer two spring information sessions for adults who want to learn more about the college.
The first of the adult information sessions will be offered at 5:30pm on Thursday, March 12th, on the Sedalia campus. A second session is scheduled for Thursday, April 16th.
The informal group sessions are open to anyone who is considering returning to college, changing careers or exploring new interests. To make a reservation, go to www.sfccmo.edu or schedule a visit by calling (660) 530-5833.
The Keytesville City Council this week got an update on a security improvement at the city park.
Mayor Bob Littleton reported to the council that two new poles with eyebolts have been installed at the park entrance for closing it off in the winter months. The Mayor also suggested the installation of poles and cable along Ash Street and the south park entrance to deter cars, four wheelers and golf carts from entering the park after hours.
In other business, the Keytesville council approved a bid of $5,019.00 for city workman's compensation insurance with MOPERM, approved the purchase of a Gravely mower from Fehling Small engine, and set Spring bulk trash pickup for May 14th.
Council members also agreed to send out informational letters to inform voters of the option on the upcoming ballot for the foregoing of annual elections if the number of filings equals the number of positions available.
The annual meeting of the Arrow Rock Fire Department is slated for Thursday, March 12th, at 7:00pm at Hardeman R-10 School.
The department will discuss the year 2014 in review and discuss the merger between the Arrow Rock Fire Department and the Saline County Fire Protection District. A release from the department says the evening will try to answer numerous questions about the merger, such as who will be affected, changes to current fire protection, district boundaries and elections.
Representatives from the Saline County Fire Protection District will be on hand to help field and answer questions from those living in the affected area. All residents living in the Arrow Rock Fire boundaries are encouraged to attend.
The department will also hold its annual Awards and Recognition ceremony.
The Carrollton R-7 School Board this week approved a new program that aims to prepare students for college in a specific major.
Superintendent Dr. Jon Oetinger talks about "Project Lead the Way":
Oetinger went on to say the program will have an emphasis on engineering, as requested by numerous students:
In other business, Oetinger says the board voted to bring district food services back to an in-house status as opposed to contracting with an outside food service provider. Board members also set summer school dates for June 1st through the 26th and set the date of the next school board meeting for Monday, April 13th at 7:00pm.
At the meeting of the Salisbury School Board this week, Superintendent Todd Wilhite says the board approved additions to the teaching staff.
Wilhite said there will be some shifting of other positions, as well, to help along with the changes.
In other business, the board approved the 2015-16 school year's calendar with a start date of Thursday, August 20th, and a graduation date of Sunday, May 15th. Wilhite said non-senior students will still have two days of school scheduled after graduation.
The board also approved a mowing bid from Darren Grimpo, of Salisbury.
Wilhite also said there are five candidates running for two positions on the school board during the Municipal Election on Tuesday, April 7th. He said incumbent Greg Barron is a longtime board member who decided not to run this time. But incumbent, Robert Carothers, is on the ballot, as well as Sheila Wooldridge, Keeley Boss, Jeremiah Kerigan and Andrea Rice.
In addition to approving March 9th as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day and several ordinances, this week the Warrensburg City Council also talked about some renovations that need to be made in City Hall.
The city's Public Information Officer Sylvia Carpenter said some of the discussion focused on security.
Other renovation projects could include adding partitions to separate some of the work spaces and create a better walkway and flow throughout the office, according to Carpenter.
Available options for economic development were discussed at the study-session meeting of the Warrensburg City Council this week.
The city's Public Information Officer Sylvia Carpenter updates us on the specifics.
In other business, the council also approved several ordinances, including one on a contract with Dugan Glass, Inc., for a Municipal Center remodel project and another for a contract with Clean Cut Lawn Care for the city mowing program.
The council also heard a presentation from Mayor Donna DeFrain and proclaimed March 9th of every year as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day.
The council also tabled a discussion about a possible farmer's market in the Municipal Center twice a moth during the winter months of December through March.
The Army plans to cut as many as 5,400 military and civilian jobs at Fort Leonard Wood by 2020. State representative Charlie Davis wants to create a new state official that would work in Washington as an advocate for the military in Missouri.
Davis says it would be a nonpartisan position.
The position holder would be appointed by the Governor and subject to Senate confirmation.
A local organization has some workshops planned in the near future to help you manage your money a little better.
The University of Missouri Extension will be offering the meetings in three different area towns--Keytesville, Marshall and Carrollton-- in April.
Financial Education Specialist Trish Savage says just a short time minding your finances each week could make a huge difference.
The Keytesville workshops will be on April 6th, 13th and 27th and Marshall on April 7th, 14th and 21st-- each night from 6:30-8:30. In Carrollton, the workshops will be from 6:00-8:00pm on April 9th, 16th and 23rd. Savage said persons interested really should be able to attend all three stages.
Savage would like those interested to preregister at least three days prior to the first date of their desired location. Savage says you can call your local extension office for more information and/or to get registered.
Public tours and ghost tours are turning out to be a boom for the Old Missouri State Penetentiary in Jefferson City. The city has declared a net income on the tours for 2014. Executive Director for the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau Dianne Gillespie says a new use agreement between the city and the state means there will be better preservation efforts.
Last year more than 22,000 people toured the Prison and there are already 4000 reservations for 2015.
Sedalia 200 School District postponed its ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new athletic complex at the high school due to the death of Steven Gooch.
Gooch was an 18-year social-studies teacher with the district.
Superintendent Brad Pollitt says Gooch was a good educator.
Pollitt asks for people to think about the family and kids.
Gooch's services have been finalized. A visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00pm Friday at the First United Methodist Church Celebration Center. The funeral services are Saturday at 10:00am at the Celebration Center. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Gooch Children's Education Fund in care of Rea Funeral Chapel.
The Saline County Commission got some good news with the taxes received in February. With Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith away on other business, Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner gave the tax update.
Fenner continued with two more taxes.
In other news from the meeting, Fenner pointed out, as weather permits, by next week the road and bridge crew should be pouring concrete on the bridge northeast of Fairville. The crew has the beams in place, needs to do some welding and put on the final touches to complete the work on the structure.
At the meeting of the Saline County Commission Tuesday morning, Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey, Jr., read a memorandum agreement between the Saline County Assessor, the Saline County Commission and the Missouri State Tax Commission.
The Commission approved the memorandum.
In other business, the Commission approved a payment of just over $45 in from the levy collection to new Saline County Collector Cindi Sims.
Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner also mentioned the road and bridge crew is out grading roads in the southern and southeastern parts of the county.
Upcoming events were hot topics of discussion at the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen meeting on Monday night, with three events getting the OK.
The date for the Easter egg hunt held by the Sweet Springs Methodist Church has been approved for Saturday, March 28th. A time has not yet been set.
The board also gave the thumbs up to the Sweet Springs Fair during August 19th-22nd and to a tentative date for the Tractor Pull of August 1st.
In other business, the board approved Charity Schleicher as Park Attendant and awarded the mowing contract to Frannie Vaught. However, the cemetery mowing contract was tabled until a special meeting next Monday at 6:00pm.
The Board also tabled a discussion on an appointment to the Park Board until the April meeting.
The initial action by the board was to approve the city's budget after a public hearing prior to the regular-session meeting.
Saline County authorities are investigating an alleged burglary.
According to a release from the Saline County Sheriff's Department, a deputy was dispatched to a residence on the north side of Malta Bend Lake, with the report of a possible burglary.
The alleged incident occurred sometime between February 28th and March 4th.
The owner of a trailer on the property said he discovered a lock on the trailer had been cut.
Allegedly taken from the trailer were three cases of shotgun shells, a 2000 Honda Rancher ES 350 four-wheeler, three homemade electronic goose calls, a three-way bumper hitch and a sledge hammer. Total value of the items is estimated at about $3,900.
Investigation into the alleged burglary is continuing.
The state Supreme Court has recognized an area court district for efficiently processing and managing its case loads.
Presiding Judge Dennis A. Rolf recently accepted the Daniel O'Toole Award on behalf of the 15th Judicial Circuit, presented on February 27th by Supreme Court of Missouri Chief Justice Mary Russell during a special ceremony at the presiding judges' meeting in Lake Ozark.
This is the fourth time the 15th circuit, which includes Lafayette and Saline counties, has received the O'Toole Award.
The O'Toole Award is given to circuits for efficiently managing and processing cases during fiscal year 2014.
The City of Sedalia says their sales tax numbers for the fiscal year have finished strong.
According to a news release, the end of the city's fiscal year saw the Year-To-Date (YTD) sales tax total at 8.6% above this time last year. The projected YTD figure is 1%. The monthly total is even higher-- when compared to last March, this month's report is 36% higher.
During a recent City Council work session, it was pointed out that if the March sales tax report is weak, the projection for FY16 might have to be lowered from 4% to 3%. However, with a YTD increase of 8.6%, the city budget team (made up of the Mayor, former and current Finance Directors and the City Administrator) feels comfortable recommending to the City Council that the sales tax projection stay at 4%.
Final budget approval is scheduled for March 16th.
Students and staff in the Sedalia 200 School District are mourning the loss of a longtime educator after a fatal accident on an area roadway.
According to district Communications Director Bob Satnan, a vehicle accident early in the day on Monday claimed the life of a Smith Cotton High School instructor with nearly twenty years in the classroom:
Satnan says that considering the loss of Mr. Gooch, the district has decided to postpone the ribbon-cutting event slated for Monday evening for the new stadium on the Smith Cotton High School campus:
Satnan says tonight's scheduled school board meeting will take place as planned; no makeup date for the stadium ribbon-cutting has been determined. He adds that all district counselors were on hand Monday afternoon to aid grieving students and staff members.
A one-vehicle crash on Sunday morning in Lafayette County sent a Mayview man to the hospital with moderate injuries.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Chevrolet 1500, driven by 40-year-old Robert Bedford, traveled off the right side of the roadway. After returning the roadway, Bedford reportedly overcorrected, causing the vehicle to travel off the right side of the roadway again where it struck the ditch. The vehicle returned to the roadway again and went off the left side of the road and struck the ditch.
Bedford was transported by E.M.S. to Lafayette County Regional Hospital in Lexington for treatment.
The crash happened at 11:30am on Route "FF," just east of Rocky Ridge Road.
According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, a Teen Seat Belt Campaign will enforce state law.
The release says the Missouri Coalition for Road Safety wants teens to think about how dangerous a car ride can be if they don't buckle up. An element of this year's campaign reminds teens their safety is to be taken seriously with the slogan-- "Buckle Up. It's No Joke."
Nearly seven out of 10 vehicle occupants killed in Missouri traffic crashes in the past three years were unbuckled. When evaluating teen vehicle occupants, nearly eight out of 10 were unbuckled.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced Sunday that it is implementing its plan for a coordinated response with the USDA, state health officials and industry partners following confirmation that turkeys at a grower facility in Asbury, near Carthage, had been infected with a strain of avian influenza.
According to a news release from the MDA, outbreaks of a strain of avian flu have occurred in Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and Idaho but are not considered to be a threat to public health or the food supply. Preliminary tests also came back positive for the virus at another facility in Fortuna in Moniteau County.
MDA is following its strict protocols to contain and eliminate the disease.
The state House will take up this week a proposed state spending plan that would give the governor's office fewer dollars for travel next year.
St. Louis representative Genise Montecillo proposed cutting $74,000 that he asked for, though she acknowledges he needs to travel.
She also succeeded in cutting from the budget the money for Transportation and Conservation commissioners to fly around the state.
Local residents will have an opportunity to tour the new Jennie Jaynes Activity Complex and Smith-Cotton Stadium as part of a ribbon-cutting ceremony and community celebration set for 5:30-7:30pm on Monday, March 9th, at Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia.
The event will include Sedalia 200 board members, administrators and Smith-Cotton student groups, including the JROTC Tiger Battalion color guard, New Score Singers, the Tiger Pride Marching Band and various student athletes. Superintendent Brad Pollitt and Board President Dr. Jeffrey Sharp will provide comments before the ribbon cutting.
Afterward, the public will be allowed to tour the stadium and its facilities.
A group working to help military families has named the finalists for it annual "Military Child of the Year" award, and an area youth has made the list.
Operation Homefront has presented the award for the last seven years to an outstanding military child from each U.S. service branch-- Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and National Guard.
A panel of judges has named five finalists from each branch; the winners, which will be announced sometime this month, receives $10,000, a new laptop, and a trip to Washington D.C. for a special recognition ceremony.
A release from Operation Homefront says 16-year-old Zachary Parsons, of Warrensburg, is a finalist in this year's National Guard category. Parsons was the only military child from Missouri to be named as a semi-finalist before being named as a finalist earlier this year.
Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit group that provides emergency financial help and other assistance to military families.
Area law enforcement will be taking it to the streets in an effort to reduce roadway deaths.
According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, officers will join with statewide law enforcement March 15th through the 31st for an aggressive youth seat belt mobilization, to crack down on Missouri's seat belt law violators and to reduce highway fatalities.
Officers will be enforcing Missouri's seat belt laws for both teens and adults. Only 67% of Missouri teens wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Eight out of ten teens killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.
From 2011-2013 there were 225 Teen occupant fatalities for ages 13-19. Of the 225 fatalities, 160 were unbuckled. Officials say seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle offenses.
An area elected official will appear in court in April on allegations he was found smoking meth outside a Kansas City casino.
Ray County Coroner Toby L. Polley, age 46, was arrested on the night of February 24th by Riverside Police after a security guard at Argosy Casino made a report of a man using drugs on the property. Responding officers found Polley inside of a white hearse in the parking lot, where he gave consent for a vehicle search.
Officers reportedly found a glass pipe and a bag with a substance that was later determined to be methamphetamine. The man was also in possession of a loaded gun and a suit of armor, which he told officers he had recently purchased in the area.
An April 15th court date in the matter has been set in Riverside Municipal Court.
Polley was elected as Ray County Coroner in 2012. He also owns and operates funeral homes in Excelsior Springs, Lawson and Richmond.
Authorities in Lafayette County are investigating the death of a woman.
According to a news release from the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office, on Wednesday, March 4th, deputies were called to the intersection of Lakeview North and Lakeview Drive at Lake Lafayette, south of Odessa, in reference to a person lying by the road.
The victim, identified as 42-year-old Angela Marie Draper, of Lake Lafayette, was found deceased. The previous night, Draper had been reported missing and deputies had searched the area.
The preliminary autopsy by the Jackson County Medical Examiner indicated no signs of trauma or foul play. But the final results are pending lab results and could take up to two weeks. The death investigation will continue.
There will be a number of issues of which to vote on during the Tuesday, April 7th, Municipal Election in Carroll County.
According to a release from Carroll County Clerk and Election Authority Peggy McGaugh, there are 25 ballot styles available for entities to bring before the voters, including two tax issues. All of the cities that qualify have a question on the ballot to allow them to qualify for the Non-Election Law for a period of six years.The town of Carrollton does not qualify for this issue due to its population.
Other issues will include Braymer C-4's election of school-board members and Norborne R-8 with a bond issue on the ballot.
Townships of Fairfield, Hurricane and Moss Creek have candidates to elect. The Stet Fire Protection District has a tax-levy question, and the Golden Age Nursing Home has an opening for a board member in subdistrict 3 where no candidate filed.
Absentee voting is now available across the state of Missouri for the Municipal Election on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015.
According to a release from Carroll County Clerk and Election Authority Peggy McGaugh, ballots may be filled out via mail or in person in the County Clerk's Office during regular business hours. The last day to request an absentee ballot through parent or guardian is Wednesday, April 1st at 5:00pm. Extended office hours will be available for absentee voting on Saturday, April 4th from 8:30am to 12:30pm.
The last day to vote absentee is Monday, April 6th, at 5:00pm.
The final day to register to be eligible to vote in the Municipal Election is Wednesday, March 11th, at 5:00pm.
For information regarding absentee voting or election-related questions in Carroll County, call McGaugh at (660) 542-0615.
Motorists driving through Howard County for the next two weeks need to be aware of some road work in order to avoid traffic delays.
According to a release from MoDOT, during daylight hours, Daylight Hours, Route "E" over Adams Fork, west of Route 5, bridge replacement will begin on Monday. The contractor will be setting up signs along the detour route during the week of March 9th. The bridge will close the week of March 16th.
The detour for westbound Route "E" will be south on Route 5, to west on Route "J," to north on Route 87 to east on Route "E." The eastbound detour will be west on Route "E," to south on Route 87 to east on Route "J" to north on Route 5.
The project is scheduled for completion in June.
All work is weather dependent.
To keep up with MoDOT projects and road conditions, visit modot.org or call 1-888-ASK-MODOT.
An area woman has been arrested after an investigation involving child pornography.
According to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department's Cyber Task Force, a 47-year-old Rocheport woman was taken into custody on Wednesday, March 4th.
The investigation reportedly began on February 9th when the woman was communicating with a subject in the St. Louis area.
On Wednesday, the woman was interviewed by multiple agencies and admitted to trying to arrange sexual conduct between a 14-year-old female from the St. Louis area and a 14-year-old male. The Rocheport woman also was found to have pictures of youths believed to be under the age of 14 engaging in sexually-explicit conduct texted to her by the 14-year-old male on her phone.
The Rocheport woman faces charges of Possession of Child Pornography in the first degree. The release says she posted $4,500 bond and was released from the Boone County Jail.
Spring is officially two weeks away, but rising temperatures this weekend after recent winter storms will bring out the potholes in Missouri's roads.
According to a news release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, the start of March means crews turn their attention to the potholes that "spring" forth as temperatures change. The goal is to patch potholes as quickly as possible.
There are multiple ways motorists can report potholes: MoDOT's Customer Service Center, which is available 24 hours a day, at 1-888-ASK-MODOT; online at modot.org; or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Missouri Department of Conservation will host a prescribed burn workshop 5:30 to 9:00pm on Tuesday, March 31st, in the Conservation Room at the Bass Pro Shop store in Independence, 18001 Bass Pro Drive.
Workshop topics will include how to plan a prescribed burn, safety measures, equipment and how to achieve desired results.
Participants are asked to register for the workshop by calling 1-(816)-228-3766.
Secretary of State Jason Kander has announced that his office received an initiative petition amending Article VIII of the Missouri Constitution, and the initiative petition is now open for public comment. Petition 2016-033, "Missouri Voter Disenfranchisement Reform Initiative," can be seen on the Secretary of State's website at sos.mo.gov. It was submitted by Angela Daniels. Missourians can provide public comment at sos.mo.gov/comment.
The 30-day public comment period allows Missourians to offer their observations on the submitted proposal online, by mail or phone.
Before circulating petitions for signatures, state law requires that groups must first have the form of their petition approved by the secretary of state’s office. The office then has 23 days after the form of the petition is approved to draft ballot summary language. During this time, the office will review all comments.
Drivers on an area highway will be able to go a little faster in the near future.
According to a release from MoDOT, effective Monday, March 9th, the speed limit on Route 10 from Carrollton to Hardin will increase from 55 to 60 mph. The speed limit will then be consistent for the length of Route 10, which runs from U.S. Highway 65 in Carroll County to U.S. Highway 69 in Clay County.
The change is the result of speed and traffic studies conducted by MoDOT.
For more information about MoDOT projects, visit modot.mo.gov.
A La Monte woman was injured in a two-car crash in Johnson County Tuesday evening.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a southbound Chevrolet, driven by 50-year-old Rhonda Vickers, of La Monte, was stopped in traffic waiting to turn left when her vehicle was overtaken and struck in the rear by a southbound Jeep, driven by 21-year-old Alex Anstine, of Chilhowee.
Vickers was transported by Johnson County E.M.S. to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries. Anstine reportedly was not injured.
The accident happened just before 7:00pm on Business MO-13, one-tenth of a mile south of Southeast 240th Road.
One Sedalia driver suffered moderate injuries while another escaped injury in a two-car crash in Pettis County Thursday afternoon.According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened when 17-year-old Rhianna Holland reportedly lost control of her southbound Chevrolet Cavalier. Her car traveled across the roadway and struck a northbound Ford, driven by 70-year-old Julius Marcum.
Holland was reportedly taken by private vehicle to Bothwell Hospital for treatment. Marcum reportedly was not injured.
The accident happened at 1:20pm on Cherry Tree Lane, one-tenth of a mile south of Route "H."
Saline County Emergency Management Director Emmitt Williams was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission Thursday morning telling commissioners he has been working on the paperwork and application for a grant.
Williams said EMPG stands for Emergency Management Performance Grant. Part of it is a 50/50 grant and the rest is 100 percent.
In other news from the meeting, Southern District Commissioner said tomorrow is Government Day and students from Marshall, Malta Bend, Slater, Santa Fe and Sweet Springs High Schools will be in the Saline County Courthouse Circuit Courtroom 4 learning more from the county's elected officials.
Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner gave a bridge update during the Saline County Commission meeting Thursday.
Fenner said they are planning to open the bids about three weeks later and hopefully start work in June on the 90-foot span over Salt Fork Creek in westernmost Saline County.
Fenner also gave an update on another bridge.
Fenner also said the report he received from the crew at the Wilton Springs Bridge site, the crew should have that house torn down by today and then two more days worth of dirt work will complete the project.
Fenner said there are three more bridges on the B.R.O. program and they will not put any more on the program until 2016.
Marshall Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jeff Stubblefield said improvements at the park are still being prioritized. Along that line, he said he will meet with another contractor about the tennis courts to get a second opinion on cost to renovate and other information.
Stubblefield also said he has been pursuing the possibility of some work at the kiddie park.
Stubblefield points out the money the park receives from the city's sales tax will determine how much work can be done.
In other business, Stubblefield said the park still is taking summer ball applications for youths ages 4-14. Ages 4-5 play coed T-Ball. The pitching-machine league is for youths 8 and under and live pitching leagues are for youths 11 and under and 14 and under. Stubblefield said they are recreational leagues are for both baseball and softball. He said interested people can contact the park office at 886-7128 for more information.
The Marshall Park Board met Wednesday night with a light agenda.With spring just around the corner, Superintendent Jeff Stubblefield said the park's crews are readying for the warmer weather that could get the activity at the park jumping.
Stubblefield says the park's Easter Egg Hunt is on Saturday, March 28th. He said they have stuff for about 15,000 eggs. But he said there are some changes to the event this year.
Stubblefield said a flashlight easter-egg hunt is planned for that evening at 7:00pm for youths ages 11-14.
He said you can call the office at 886-7128 for more information.
The easter-egg hunt is a free event offered by the Marshall Parks and Recreation.
In addition to making a decision to put the city's trash pickup service up for bid, the Concordia Board of Aldermen also discussed some changes T-Mobil wants to make to its pod adjacent to the Concordia Community Center.
City Administrator Dale Klussman explains the city must approve the improvements.
Klussman said customers of T-Mobil should experience better service due to the upgrades.
In still other business, the board also approved extending the annual mowing contract with Maggert Lawn Care for the 2015 mowing season at the same rates as 2014.
Tonight will be the start of six straight nights of concerts by an area university's band.
According to a release from Central Methodist University, the university's concert band will board busses this morning and head out on its annual tour.
The tour will include open performances at Memphis Theatre in Memphis, Mo., tonight at 7. Also on the schedule are stops at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Florissant at 7:00pm on Saturday, March 7th, and at 8:00am and 10:45am on Sunday, March 8th, St. Andrew UMC; at St. Mark's UMC in Florissant at 7:00 that night; and at Sullivan High School at 7:00pm on Monday, March 9th.
Stops also include Moberly, Kirksville, Paris, Francis Howell, Festus, North County, Sullivan, Pacific and Centralia High Schools.
While the school concerts are closed to the public, the concerts in churches are free and open to the public.
The concert band returns to Fayette late Tuesday, March 10th, with its home concert scheduled for 4:00pm on Sunday, March 22nd, in Linn United Methodist Church on the CMU campus.
Missouri Valley Community Action Agency’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) is hosting a one-day "Stand Down" event, a Veteran's Resource and Health Fair, on Thursday, March 5th.
A news release says veterans are expected to receive services such as veteran benefits assistance, employment resources, health screenings, housing assistance and more. The goal is to be a "one-stop-shop" for resources that many homeless and at-risk veterans may find hard to obtain.
The Community Action Agency is hoping to attract 100 veterans and family members as well. The agency release says the target populations are underserved and homeless veterans who need many types of assistance and a goal of the agency is to bring some of the services of larger "Stand Down" events to veterans who live in more rural areas.
The event will be held at the Rupe Center at 710 Harvest Hills Road in Carrollton from 9:00am until 5:00pm.
A two-vehicle accident on Wednesday left a Marshall man with serious injuries.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when an eastbound vehicle driven by a 17-year-old motorist from Nelson reportedly pulled into the path of a northbound vehicle driven by 23-year-old Adolfo Suarez, of Marshall. The two cars collided and both ran off the roadway.
Suarez was taken from the scene by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. Reports say the crash happened around 2:30pm at Highway 65 and Route H in Saline County.
The City of Odessa has received a clean bill of health from the Department of Natural Resources (D.N.R.) in regards to its water supply.
A release from the city says that an Administrative Order from the D.N.R. for violations of the Missouri Safe Drinking Water Law has been closed after the city took steps to correct them over the past two years. The order was issued in March of 2013 to correct the number of Total Trihalomethanes in the city's drinking water.
The city of Odessa received $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant Funds from the Department of Economic Development to help complete the project. A release from the Missouri D.N.R. says that since the city complied with the Administrative Order and corrected the violations, they have not and will not have to pay any penalties.
The city reportedly completed all of the terms of the Order on February 20th of this year and is now in compliance with acceptable Total Trihalomethane levels outlined by the D.N.R.
Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall will soon be looking for a new leader.
At the most recent meeting of the hospital's Board of Trustees, longtime President and Chief Executive Officer Ron Ott announced his plans to retire after nearly three decades on the job:
Ott says he's proud of the many milestones the hospital has achieved during his tenure and says that once he officially leaves the job on May 1st, he won't just be retiring to a hammock with a glass of lemonade:
Ott began with Fitzgibbon in 1987; since that time, the hospital has seen several expansions, the biggest of which being the Community Cancer Center. Ott credits the hospital and community for engaging in a 2006 capital campaign that he says help make the Cancer Center a reality.
At the meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen this week, part of the discussion involved the trash service for the city's residents and businesses.
City Administrator Dale Klussman said as for the city's residents, they hope to get something signed in the next couple of months.
Klussman, who said the current trash-service provider is Waste Corporation of America, pointed out businesses will be able to negotiate their own contracts for trash service.
In other business, the board approved the authorization of the city writing off bad debt for water and sewer service from past customers. Klussman said these bills, in the sum of $1,368.23, are customers who either moved away or suffered a foreclosure. The city had been trying to get the money by contacting the people since January 1st, 2010.
In a relatively short meeting of the Knob Noster Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night, the board heard a presentation and tabled two other discussions.
A bulk of the meeting involved the future construction of a new City Hall. According to City Administrator Doug Kermick, the board had a lot of questions about the contract. But many of them were questions he could not answer.
Kermick also said the resolution for approval of retaining Robert Rollings Architects, LLC, as the architect for the new city hall was tabled to the next meeting, as well.
In other business, Kermick said the Johnson County Board of Services and the Sheltered Workshop made a presentation to the Aldermen giving insight on the services they provide.
At the meeting of the Norborne Board of Aldermen this week, the council confirmed appointments to a commission and another board.
Appointed chairman of the Planning & Zoning Commission was Jim Oglesbee. Appointed vice-chairman was David Beebe and second vice-chairman was Colby Kruse. Named Chairman of the Board of Adjustments was Sam Kruse. Verna Monk was tabbed as vice-chairperson and Ken Brown as second vice-chairman.
In other business, the board approved a renewal of liability insurance for the city.
Today is a big day for an area resident and a couple of organizations.
According to a news release, the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation will present its 35th annual Statewide Preservation Honor Awards.
On the list of people to be recognized is Thomas Hall, of Arrow Rock, who will receive the Rozier Award. The Missouri State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Boonville in Cooper County will receive the McReynolds Award; and the Jacob Price Home in Lafayette County will receive the Preserve Missouri Award.
The ceremony will take place in the Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City at 11:00am.
In less than two months, the town of Slater will be filled with classic cars.
At Tuesday night's meeting of the Slater City Council, City Administrator Gene Griffith gave an update on Steve McQueen Day, mainly the Steve McQueen Car Show slated for Saturday, April 25th. There will be fewer classes of cars than in the past.
In other business, the council talked about buying a used, floor-demo model Grasshopper lawnmower for the city, mainly to be used at the cemetery.
Griffith gives the details.
The council approved the purchase from a business in Kansas.
A one-car crash in Ray County Tuesday night resulted in minor injuries to a Richmond man.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a Ford Focus, driven by 21-year-old Adam Hellman, of Richmond, failed to negotiate a turn, ran off the roadway and collided with an embankment.
Hellman was transported by Ray County E.M.S. to Ray County Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The accident occurred at 11:00pm on Route "H," just east of Route "T."
A Windsor woman suffered minor injuries in a one-car crash in Johnson County Tuesday night.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a southbound Chrysler Sebring, driven by 54-year-old Peggy Sue Mountain, failed to negotiate a curve while being passed by another uninvolved vehicle. The Sebring left the roadway and became stuck in the ditch.
Mountain was transported via Windsor Ambulance to Golden Valley Medical Center for treatment.
The accident occurred at 10:00pm on Route "WW," just north of SE 1050 Road.
One Warrensburg resident escaped injury while another suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Johnson County Tuesday evening.According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a westbound Chrysler, driven by 22-year-old Tia Smith, of Warrensburg, reportedly overtook and struck the rear of a westbound Chevrolet, driven by 49-year-old Angela Frith, of Warrensburg.
Frith reportedly refused treatment at the scene, while Smith reportedly was not injured.
The accident occurred just before 8:00pm on westbound U.S. Highway 50, just west of Route 13.
A Hughesville man suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Pettis County Tuesday afternoon.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as an eastbound GMC, driven by 54-year-old David Bennett, ran off the left side of the roadway, struck two fences and a tree.
Bennett reportedly would seek his own treatment.
The accident occurred at 5:00pm on Longwood Road, just north of Deer Park Road.
Governor Jay Nixon on Tuesday nominated Michael Thomas Waters, of Orrick, to serve on the State Highways and Transportation Commission.
The commission works to preserve, enhance, and support the state's transportation system; it also makes and tracks transportation policy and has authority over all state transportation programs and facilities, as provided by law, including bridges, highways, aviation, railroads, public transportation, ports, and waterborne commerce.
Waters, a Republican, is a seventh-generation Missouri farmer who produces corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. He also serves as chairman of the Missouri Levee & Drainage District Association, where he represents levee and drainage districts, businesses and others who have an interest in activities surrounding the Missouri River and its tributaries. Waters is a past president of the Missouri-Arkansas River Basins Association.
At the Monday meeting of the Sedalia City Council, public hearings were held on both the city's budget and a proposed land annexation on the west end of town.
The proposed annexation is the request of the Sylvia G. Thompson Charitable Trust on behalf of the Sylvia G. Thompson Residence Center. Thompson Trust spokesman Adam Fischer says the planned new facility to be built there would create dozens of jobs in the Sedalia area:
No other public comment was made on the annexation; it will be taken up for approval at the next city council meeting on March 16th.
Also, no public comment was made on the city's proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget; council will take up approval of the budget at the March 16th meeting as well.
The Sedalia City Council on Monday gave approval to two plans to help further ongoing improvements around the city.
Council members approved a proposal for the EQ-1 Improvement Project, designed to make improvements at city Wastewater Treatment facilities. Fourth Ward Councilman Tolbert Rowe explains:
Rowe says the council also approved a proposal from Wilson and Company to evaluate the city's next twelve master plan projects and design the next three projects for construction in 2016:
In other business, the Sedalia council approved amending city ordinances to reclassify the job descriptions for the Animal Control Officer, Fire Battalion Chief, Park Maintenance Technicians and Recreation Supervisor.
State representatives are considering making local governments put major documents and decisions on the web. House member Jay Barnes says his bill would make sure citizens can see meeting agendas, budgets, law changes and other items that may affect them.
Local government interests are concerned about additional costs to update or design websites. Barnes and others added that Facebook -- a free site--- may be an option.
At the most recent executive session meeting of the Marshall City Council, the council considered authorizing Mayor Mark Gooden to execute a letter of intent with MC Power Companies, Inc., for the purpose of pursuing a solar farm project on property adjacent to the Marshall Municipal Airport's turf runway.
By a unanimous vote, 7-0 with one absent, the council approved the motion.
At a brief meeting of the Marshall City Council on Monday night, Ward III Councilman Dan Brandt, spokesperson for the Municipal Services and Personnel Committee, gave an update on the activity at the Marshall Municipal Airport, saying activity was down a bit but that's typical for the month of February. He also had a report on the solid-waste summary for the city.
Brandt also urged Marshall citizens to utilize the recycling system.
Some 85 band, orchestra and choir students from Bueker Middle School in Marshall took part in the Central Methodist University Music Festival in Fayette last Friday.
Area students earning "Superior" ratings at the annual music festival include Gracyn Bristow and Sahyra Cruz, for string duet; Trinity Stewart, for mallets; Mason Allison, trombone; Dayjha Hill, trumpet; Arthur Stastny, baritone sax; Matthew Huston, tenor sax; and Sydnee Nichols, alto sax.
In addition, Bueker's Advanced Orchestra and Special Chorus each picked up "Superior" ratings for their efforts.
A release from Bueker music co-director Cheryl Lines says about 2,000 middle and high school students attend this pre-contest festival each year to get constructive criticism from musical experts as they prepare for high school district and state events in March and April.
The Pettis County FFA has received a $2,500 donation from Pettis County farmer Denise Knight and America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.
According to a news release, the donation will help the organization enhance its greenhouse and its horticulture classes. Their goal is to update their greenhouse and laboratory by improving plant irrigation, incorporating hydroponics and plant research, and purchasing microscopes so students can receive a more hands on learning experience when studying horticulture.
Pettis County FFA celebrated their donation as a part of National FFA Week, February 21-28. This year, farmers will direct more than $500,000 in donations to FFA chapters across the country as part of the Grow Communities program.
A traveling exhibit is being presented at an area college throughout the month of March.
According to a release, in recognition of Women's History Month, Murrell Library at Missouri Valley College in Marshall is hosting the Outstanding Women of Missouri exhibit through Tuesday, March 31st. The exhibit is being presented by the Missouri Women's Council.
Some of the women featured include Madeline Albright, Maya Angelou, Josephine Baker and Nellie Tayloe Ross.
Also included will be a book discussion led by MVC Professor Charley Guthrey at 7:00pm on Tuesday, March, 17th, and a presentation by Sharon Kinney Hanson, of the "Show Me Missouri" Speakers' Bureau at 7:00pm on Thursday, March 19th.
The exhibit and programming are free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Murrell Library Events Coordinator Jae Steinkuhler at (660) 831-4181.
Registered voters are now able to cast their absentee ballots for the upcoming Tuesday, April 7th, Municipal Election.
According to a release from Pettis County Clerk and Election Authority Nick LaStrada, in order to vote via absentee ballot, residents of Pettis County need to go to the County Clerk's office located on the second floor of the Pettis County Courthouse at 415 South Ohio in Sedalia.
Office hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday.
Area residents perhaps will remember February 2015's weather as a little out of the ordinary, a little warmer than usual.
Although the average high temperature was only 33 degrees, there were four days where the mercury climbed to over 50 degrees and one actually over 60.
The high for the month was 62 degrees recorded on February 8th. The high temperature also was 59 on February 9th, 52 on February 7th and 51 just a few days ago on February 26th.
There also were some cold nights, the temperature dipping to as low as one degree on three different occasions--February 5th, 19th and 27th.
The overall average low temperature figured out to be just over 13 degrees. In all, there were five low temperatures in the single digits.
As for precipitation, we received 4.4 inches of snow here at the KMMO studios. Most of the snow, three inches, came on February 16th. The monthly snow accumulation melted down to one inch of precipitation.
In Boone County, two people killed in a double homicide and one wounded Saturday night on Santa Anna Drive and a suspect shot dead by a Boone County sheriff’s deputy have been identified.
According to a news release from the Sheriff's Department, Deborah Koontz, age 53, and her brother, Donald Wilson, age 51, were pronounced dead at the scene. Willie Mays, age 44, was taken by ambulance to a local hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. The suspect in the shootings, Cornelius Parker, age 28, was killed after exchanging gunshots with a sheriff’s deputy at Broadway and U.S. Highway 63. All the victims and Parker resided in the house on Santa Anna Drive. A motive for the shootings has not yet been established.
The release says, the 32-year-old deputy involved in the killing of the suspect is an Enforcement Sergeant with over 11 years law-enforcement experience. He is a firearms instructor as well as a 10-year veteran of the SWAT team, having over 1,000 hours of tactical training.
A 12-year-old boy spent several days in the hospital and suffered a fractured jaw and skull and damaged inner ear after an attack by a child that, his family says they had told the Liberty School District, had been bullying his holder brother. The family claims its warnings to the school went unheeded, and Senator Ryan Silvey, whose district includes Liberty, calls that the most troubling.
Senator Eric Schmitt says it sounds like Liberty school officials weren't doing their jobs.
Schmitt says he will handle this year legislation to require schools to have an anti-bullying policy.
A milti-car crash in Rolla on Saturday kept MoDOT crews in that area busy for most of the weekend.
According to a news release from MoDOT, Westbound Interstate 44 at mile marker 184 is back open to traffic. The crash site was just west of U.S. Route 63 at the Kingshighway interchange.
MoDOT crews managed to get one lane of westbound traffic moving around 9:00am Sunday by using interchange ramps in the vicinity of the crash. Additional cleanup work took place most of Sunday because of a hazardous material spill.
MoDOT crews worked throughout the night Saturday and much of Sunday to plow snow across the state. Most state routes are now clear or mostly clear. Still, motorists are encouraged to visit MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at modot.org to get current road conditions. Drivers also can call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT for up-to-date information on travel conditions.
An area junior-high teacher has earned a statewide award.
According to a release from the Sedalia 200 School District, Ashley Young, freshmen social studies teacher at Smith-Cotton Junior High, was honored Saturday, February 28th, as the Missouri Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) Teacher of the Year for 2015 during the group’s annual conference in Kansas City.
Young, who teaches world history and current events, was nominated by Starlynn Nance, one of his instructors at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
According to MCSS, "Teacher candidates are nominated by their peers or administrators. Selection criteria include use of instructional materials, incorporating a variety of instructional strategies, developing student inquiry and skills development, fostering democratic beliefs and civic responsibility, and continuing professional development."
A man from Chester, New Jersey suffered minor injuries in a one-car crash in Lafayette County Sunday morning.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as an eastbound Jeep Wrangler, driven by 29-year-old Joseph Albano, traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck the ditch.
Albano was transported by E.M.S. to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.
The accident happened at 8:30am on eastbound I-70 at the 33.6-mile marker.
Today marks the opening of a popular fishing season in Missouri.
According to a release from the Missouri Department of Conservation, more than 10,000 anglers are expected to participate on the opening day of the catch-and-keep season at Missouri Trout Parks.
The Show-Me State's four trout parks are: Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon, Montauk State Park near Licking, Roaring River State Park near Cassville and Maramec Spring Park near St. James.
Anglers need a daily trout tag to fish in Missouri's trout parks. Daily trout tags can be purchased at each of the four parks. Missouri residents ages 16 through 64 need a fishing permit in addition to the daily tag. Nonresidents 16 and older also need a fishing permit.
Six Warsaw residents, including four youths, suffered minor to moderate injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Henry County on Saturday night.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as a northbound Dodge Grand Caravan, driven by 36-year-old Tara Prinkey, of Warsaw, attempted to make a right turn and slid off the left side of the road, ran into the ditch and struck a barbed-wire fence.
An adult passenger, 36-year-old Jeremy Prinkey, was reportedly transported by private vehicle to an area hospital for treatment.
Tara Prinkey was transported to Golden Valley Hospital for treatment. Three of the four youths, ages 11, 11 and 16, were transported to Golden Valley Hospital for treatment, as well. The other youth, age 15, was reportedly not transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
The accident occurred just after 10:00pm on Southeast 350th Road, southeast of 1051st Road.
A Holden man escaped injury, while a resident of Kentucky suffered minor injuries in a two-car crash in Johnson County Saturday afternoon.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as an eastbound Toyota, driven by 34-year-old Eric Allen, of Holden, slid through an intersection and struck a southbound Toyota, driven by 63-year-old Donna Mayton, of Lily, Kentucky.
Mayton reportedly refused treatment at the scene.
The accident occurred just after 4:00pm on Route "F" at Southwest 400th Road.
A Warsaw woman suffered moderate injuries in a one-car crash in Benton County Saturday afternoon.
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, the crash occurred as a southbound Ford Taurus, driven by 30-year-old Lacey Battles, began to slide on the snow-covered roadway, ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned. The vehicle then struck a rock-erosion barrier and came to rest on its top.
Battles was transported by Warsaw-Lincoln Ambulance to Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia for treatment.
The crash occurred at 2:40pm on U.S. Highway 65, just north of Route "T."
Three persons are dead and one wounded after shots were fired and a vehicle pursuit in an area county.
According to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, a suspect in the killing of two people and wounding of another at a residence in the 4400 block of Santa Anna Drive was killed after exchanging gunshots with a Boone County sheriff’s deputy Saturday night.
Deputies were dispatched to the residence shortly after 10:00pm in response to multiple 9-1-1 calls for shots fired. Witnesses reported a suspect left the area heading toward Highway WW in a white four-door vehicle. Responding deputies spotted the vehicle and began a pursuit.
The pursuit continued west into Columbia where the suspect lost control of the vehicle. The suspect exited the vehicle with a handgun and was killed after exchanging gunshots with a sheriff’s deputy.
Upon arrival at the residence on Santa Anna Drive, deputies and other emergency services personnel found two people deceased from gunshot wounds and a third who had been shot. The surviving victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
No other information is available at this time, and investigation into the incident is continuing.
The Missouri Department of Insurance says Missourians should check to make sure their property is covered by earthquake insurance this month.
February is Earthquake Awareness Month in Missouri and the Missouri Department of Insurance is reminding consumers that homeowner policies do not include this coverage; earthquake insurance must be purchased separately.
Missouri is home to the New Madrid Seismic Zone, centered in southeast Missouri and the nation's most active earthquake zone east of the Rocky Mountains. At least three of the largest earthquakes recorded in the continental United States are believed to have occurred in that area from 1811 to 1812 – the largest occurred on February 7th, 1812.