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MODOT CAUTIONS DRIVERS THIS WEEKEND 2/28/15RK


The Missouri Department of Transportation is cautioning drivers across the state to be aware of driving conditions and drive accordingly this weekend.

According to a news release from MoDOT, motorists across the state could experience a mix of snow, freezing rain and rain today and tomorrow. The mix of precipitation is predicted to start as snow sometime today and conclude as rain tomorrow.

The release says MoDOT crews will be out in full force to treat roads during and after the storm. Motorists are advised to check road conditions before they travel and avoid travel if at all possible, especially with the potential of icy road conditions overnight tonight.

Motorists who need to travel are advised to bring a cell phone and winter survival supplies. To check current road conditions, go to MoDOT's traveler information map at traveler.modot.org/map.

SEDALIA ENACTS EMERGENCY SNOW ROUTES ORDINANCE 2/28/15RK


An area city has enacted an ordinance that will affect the locations people can park their cars.

According to a news release, the City of Sedalia has activated the Emergency Snow Routes on the basis of the weather forecast of snow.

Per City ordinance, the City's Emergency Snow Routes may be made effective on the basis of falling snow, sleet or freezing rain, or on the basis of a forecast of snow, sleet or freezing rain. Emergency Snow Routes may also be automatically activated when Sedalia receives snow and ice accumulations of two inches or more.

During this activation, parking is prohibited on the streets designated as Emergency Snow Routes. The parking prohibition will be in effect until terminated by announcement or the street is substantially clear of snow and ice from curb to curb for the length of the entire block.

Violators will be towed.

For more information, go to cityofsedalia.com.

GRAFFITI ARTISTS ARRESTED IN COLUMBIA 2/28/15RK


An area police department has made two arrests regarding the recent string of graffiti in its downtown area.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, from Wednesday through Thursday of this week, the police department received approximately 10 reports of graffiti at several different locations throughout the downtown area and the University of Missouri campus.

On Friday, just after 1:00am, the Downtown Unit officers were notified University of Missouri Police Department officers had detained a 25-year-old Columbia man in reference to the vandalisms. He was subsequently transported to the police department for questioning where he was arrested at about 1:30am for misdemeanor property damage and was released on Municipal summons. Officers also arrested a 19-year-old Columbia man in connection with the vandalism.

Officers believe there may still be other suspects responsible for some of the incidents of graffiti. If you or anyone you know has any information, you are asked to contact the Columbia Police Department or CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

STATE INSURANCE DEPARTMENT OFFERS EARTHQUAKE ADVICE 2/27/15CC


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.

To learn more visit www.insurance.mo.gov.

MoDOT PROJECT MAPS NOW ONLINE 2/27/15CC


The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has announced that lists and maps of construction projects in the Kansas City district for 2015 are now available for public viewing online.

This year MoDOT presents several maps for the nine-county Kansas City District, including most projects in Cass, Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Platte and Saline counties.

The construction lists and maps give motorists an overall list of what projects may close lanes or bridges in areas they will drive through in 2015.

According to MoDOT, the 2015 construction maps show a diminished number of projects compared to previous years. MoDOT says that begins a trend toward far fewer construction projects in the coming years because of significantly reduced revenue.

To view the lists and maps, visit www.modot.org.

MORE SNOW ON THE WAY FOR STATE 2/27/15


A large swath of Missouri could see up to half-a-foot of snow this weekend based on projections from the National Weather Service.

Meteorologist Spencer Mell says the storm that could bring that snow is pushing our way from the Pacific Northwest this morning and will cross the western U.S. through today and tomorrow.



Mell says Missourians should pay attention to the weather this weekend and be prepared to alter travel plans, and those that do have to get out should allow extra time to do so.
 
--MISSOURINET NEWS

COOPER COUNTY ROAD WORK FOR MARCH 2-6 2/27/15CC


Road and bridge work in an area county this week may create some slowdowns for area motorists.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the following projects are slated this week in Cooper County during daylight hours:

* Interstate 70 over Lamine River - Bridge maintenance will take place Monday, March 2nd through Friday, March 6th. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

* Route 41 over Lamine River, near Jacks Lane - Bridge maintenance will take place Monday, March 2nd through Friday, March 6th. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

* Route M over Lamine River, near Imhoff Drive - Bridge maintenance will take place Monday, March 2nd through Friday, March 6th. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

For more information call (888) ASK-MODOT or visit www.modot.org.

2015 CONSERVATION RULE BOOKS NOW AVAILABLE 2/27/15CC


The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) 2015 Summary of Missouri Hunting and Trapping Regulations, 2015 Summary of Missouri Fishing Regulations, and 2015 Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklets are available online and at MDC offices, nature centers, and other places where permits are sold.

The booklets contain related regulation information in an easy-to-read format, including regulation changes and other new information for the year ahead.

The 2015 booklets for hunting and trapping, spring turkey hunting and fishing are available at www.mdc.mo.gov.

SMITH COTTON TEAM ADVANCES TO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2/27/15CC


The Smith-Cotton High School Army JROTC will compete in the National Academic Bowl Championship in Washington, D.C.

After advancing through two phases of online competition, the Smith-Cotton High School Army JROTC academic team composed of McKenna Clippert, Nico Dalumpines, Joshua Lauer, Eidan Ragus, and Logan Tatum will compete in person at the final Championship event of The 2015 Army JROTC Academic Bowl Championship Washington D.C., on the campus of The Catholic University of America, June 26-30, 2015.

The winner of the Army JROTC Academic Championship will compete against the winners of the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy JROTC Academic Bowls in the JROTC Joint Service Academic Bowl Championship.

The event is sponsored by the Army JROTC and is conducted by College Options Foundation.

AREA UNITED WAY HITS MONEY GOAL 2/27/15CC


The Sedalia-Pettis County United Way says they have surpassed their fundraising goal of $500,000 for their 2014-15 "Half Million to Make Us Whole" campaign.

A news release says the campaign was around $2,600 short of the goal when two community members offered donations to ensure that the fundraising goal was met. This year marks the first time in three years that the Sedalia-Pettis County United Way has reached its fundraising goal.

Two government entities-- Pettis County and the City of Sedalia-- have also been recognized as Gold Award contributors to the campaign for their donations.

SPECIAL SATURDAY SESSION FOR MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD 2/27/15CC


The Marshall School Board meets in special session on the afternoon of Saturday, February 28th.

Board members will convene for a closed executive session for hiring and personnel matters.

The meeting gets underway at 12:00pm at the Marshall School District Central Office at 860 West Vest Street in Marshall.

ONE INJURED IN JOHNSON CO. CRASH 2/27/15CC


A Kansas City area motorist was injured Thursday in a one-vehicle accident in Johnson County.

The Highway Patrol says 48-year-old Michael Rios, of Gladstone, was eastbound on U.S. Highway 50 when his 2007 Volvo ran off the roadway and struck a culvert.

Rios sustained minor injuries in the crash and was reportedly treated at the scene. Patrol reports say the crash happened around 4:20pm at Northwest 175th Road.

COOPER CO. COLLISION INJURES FOUR 2/27/15CC


Four people have been injured after a two-vehicle accident in Cooper County on Thursday.

According the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a westbound vehicle driven by 46-year-old Dana Garberg, of Seattle, Washington, reportedly failed to yield to an oncoming northbound vehicle driven by 30-year-old James Lewis, of Boonville. They collided in the roadway, causing Garberg's car to overturn in the roadway.

Garberg and two passengers, 80-year-old Bernard Mertens and 71-year-old Evelyn Mertens, both of Boonville, suffered moderate injuries and were all three transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The second driver, Lewis, received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Cooper County Memorial Hospital.

Reports say the crash occurred around 5:15pm Thursday on Missouri 87, just south of Interstate 70.

HOSKINS HOSTS TOWN HALL FORUM 2/26/15CC


Missouri House Speaker Pro Tem Denny Hoskins invites area residents to voice their opinions on conservation issues at an open forum town hall meeting on Friday in Warrensburg.

From 7:30am until 9:00am, a local conservation agent along with a fisheries biologist will be present to answer questions and discuss areas of interest relating to Missouri conservation. The Missouri Department of Conservation also seeks input on proposed deer hunting regulation changes for the 2016-2017 hunting season.

The event takes place at Old Drum Coffee Shop at 211 North Holden in Warrensburg.

AREA FAMILY COUNTS BLESSINGS AFTER HOUSE FIRE 2/26/15CC


Quick action by an area youth may have helped save his family after a fire at an area home earlier this week.

Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day says that when fire broke out at a home on South King Avenue on Sunday night, ten-year-old Christian Sheffer discovered the fire and quickly alerted his mother, who was sleeping upstairs.



Day says fire crews were dispatched to the scene and quickly got the blaze under control. Day credits the boy for staying cool under fire and helping his family avoid what could have been a tragedy.



KMMO News spoke with Christian's mother, Susan Rodriguez, who says she's proud of the way her son responded to the emergency. She says that for the time being she and Christian are staying in a neighbor's home until they can secure another place to live.

BREAKING NEWS: STATE AUDITOR TOM SCHWEICH DIES 2/26/15


Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich has passed away today, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

We get more from the MissouriNet's Ashley Byrd:



Officials say more information will be released as it becomes available.
  
---MISSOURINET NEWS

ABSENTEE VOTING BEGINS FOR APRIL ELECTION 2/26/15CC


The April 7th Municipal Election is now about six weeks away and absentee voting has begun across the area and the state.

Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell shared some details during the Thursday meeting of the Saline County Commission:



Also, Russell explains some of the qualifications for voter registration:



Russell says the County Clerk's office will be open with special hours on Saturday, April 4th, to accommodate absentee voters.

SALINE COLLECTOR HONORED BY COUNTY COMMISSION 2/26/15CC


Saline County Collector Grace Miles was honored and celebrated at Thursday's meeting of the Saline County Commission.

Commissioners, along with numerous county officials, gathered to hear Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey, Jr., read an official proclamation to recognize the outgoing Collector for her years of service to the county:



Guthrey, Jr., noted that a reception with refreshments would be held in Miles' honor later in the afternoon at the courthouse. Incoming Collector Cindi Sims will be officially sworn in and take office on Monday, March 2nd.

GOV. NIXON VISITS SEDALIA WHEEL MANUFACTURER 2/26/15CC


Governor Jay Nixon on Wednesday visited Maxion Wheels in Sedalia to highlight the resurgence of Missouri’s automotive manufacturing industry and to applaud Pettis County for earning a Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC) designation.

According to Nixon's office, the CWRC designation recognizes successful efforts by community, education and business leaders, working with the Missouri Division of Workforce Development, to strengthen workforce training and development to meet the economic development needs of the business communities.

Maxion Wheels, formerly Hayes Lemmerz International, manufactures steel wheels for passenger cars and light trucks and began operating in Sedalia in 1978. Hayes Lemmerz International was recently acquired by Iochpe-Maxion and is the largest wheel manufacturer in the world with 24 locations in 15 countries.

In 2012, Nixon led a trade mission to Brazil, where he and a delegation including state Senator Mike Parson, whose district includes the Sedalia area, met with senior leadership of Iochpe-Maxion to discuss growth opportunities for this outstanding global company in Missouri.

CALIFORNIA MAN FACES DRUG TRAFFICKING CHARGE 2/25/15CC


A traffic stop in Lafayette County this week led to a sizeable drug seizure and the arrest of an out-of-state motorist.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a state trooper on Tuesday stopped a vehicle at the 40 mile marker on Interstate 70 for a traffic violation. Authorities say inconsistencies and deceptive behavior on the part of the driver led the trooper to request a search of the vehicle, which the driver granted.

The search reportedly led to the discovery of 400 pounds of edible marijuana chocolate bars concealed in boxes in the vehicle's cargo area. Arrested at the scene was 42-year-old Jeffrey Woo, of Ladera Ranch, California.

Woo has been formally charged in Lafayette County Circuit Court with First Degree Felony Drug Trafficking with bond set at $100,000. He entered a plea of not guilty to the charge on Wednesday; a hearing in the matter has been set for Wednesday, March 11th, in Lafayette County court.

CONCORDIA PLANNING & ZONING AGENDA 2/25/15CC


The Concordia Planning and Zoning Board meets Thursday evening at 7:00pm.

The agenda for the meeting includes a discussion of zoning in the metro east region of the city, as well as various reports from board members.

The meeting will be held in Room 802 of the Concordia Community Center at 802 South Gordon Street.

TROOPERS ARREST KIDNAPPING SUSPECT 2/25/15CC


Troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol on Wednesday arrested a man believed to be involved in a case of parental kidnapping from the state of Washington.

According to a release, troopers received information from the police department in Kalama, Washington, about a parental kidnapping on Tuesday, February 24th. The suspect was believed to be traveling with his one-year old child on a passenger bus from Washington to Arkansas.

At around 9:50am on Wednesday morning, troopers conducted a traffic stop of an eastbound passenger bus on Interstate 70 in Lafayette County. The 21-year-old male subject was located and taken into custody while the child was taken into protective custody by state troopers.

The subject was transported to the Lafayette County Jail to await the filing of formal charges in the matter and extradition back to Washington state for First Degree Felonious Interference with Parental Custody.

CRASH NEAR RICHMOND INJURES FOUR TEENS 2/25/15CC


Four teenagers from Orrick were injured after a one-vehicle accident on Tuesday in Ray County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 17-year-old Shane Peterson reportedly failed to negotiate a curve and ran his 2002 Acura off the right side of the roadway. The car began to slide, the driver overcorrected and the car ran back across the road and off the left side. The car then struck a ditch, ejecting two passengers from inside.

Peterson and two passengers, 18-year-old Merl Leabo and 19-year-old Bryce Wheeler, suffered moderate injuries in the crash while a third passenger, 18- year-old Kelton Blacklock, received minor injuries. Wheeler was taken by ambulance to North Kansas City Hospital for treatment while the other three occupants reportedly refused treatment at the scene.

The crash happened just after 5:00pm at Route O and Pendleton Road, about four miles north of Richmond.

SUSPECT SEARCH LEADS TO "SOFT LOCKDOWN" AT MARSHALL HIGH 2/26/15CC


Marshall High School was placed under what is described as a "soft lockdown" on Wednesday morning during a search for a wanted suspect.

According to Marshall Police Department Public Information Officer Sergeant Roger Gibson, U.S. Marshals requested assistance from Marshall Police in searching for an unidentified male subject in the Deer Creek Apartment complex on South Miami Avenue.

Due to the complex's proximity to Marshall High School, Gibson says the school was placed on "soft lockdown", meaning that all exterior doors were locked but no indoor security measures were put into place; he says students were free to move about the hallways as they went to class.

The suspect was reportedly later located, apprehended and transported to the Saline County Jail. No suspect information has been made available by authorities.

CMU STUDENTS EARN AWARDS AT VOCAL COMPETITION 2/25/15RK


Three area college students who are members of the Swinney Conservatory of Music brought home awards from the Kansas City National Association of Teachers of Singing competition earlier this month at MidAmercia Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas..

According to a release from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Levi Gerke, from Pilot Grove, and Dan Terry, from St. Charles, took top honors in the upper men's and lower men's division, respectively. Kay Wilken, from Cole Camp, finished third in the lower women's division.

All three of the vocalists study with Dr. Susan Quigley-Duggan, associate professor of music and the head of the opera program at CMU.

Other area students who participated include: Anna Kay, from Boonville; Austin Long, Britney Kelcher and Shawna Chrisler, from Fayette; and Elijah Wilhite, from Moberly.

WARRENSBURG COUNCIL HEARS ABOUT PROJECTS CITY NEEDS TO UNDERTAKE 2/25/15RK


At the meeting of the Warrensburg City Council this week, the council was updated by the city's Director of Public Works, Slim Coleman, on a number of city projects, mainly with roads, that need to be addressed.

Warrensburg Public Information Specialist Sylvia Carpenter explains.



In other business, the council adopted an ordinance authorizing the City Manager and City Clerk to execute a sign lease with RE/MAX United. The sign is located at Hawthorne Plaza, which is right off of North Highway 13, according to Carpenter.

Also approved was a part-time employee for the water department and an ordinance allowing the Show-Me Green Tax Holiday to apply to the City Sales Tax between April 19th and 25th, 2015. Carpenter also said the Human Resources position is now going to be classified as a Human Resources Director.

CONGRESS TO DISCUSS GUN-RIGHTS LAW 2/25/15


The state Supreme Court is being told that the gun-rights amendment adopted by voters in August had misleading ballot language, and so it should be removed from the state constitution.

Senator Kurt Schaefer is one of the authors of that amendment and will defend it today. He says the law challengers are citing deals with irregularities in election returns...



Schaefer says that law wouldn't apply even if the ballot language WAS misleading...



The backers of the amendment also say there is no mechanism in law for the Court to remove language from the constitution once voters have approved it.

 
---MISSOURINET

SEDALIA COUNCIL DISCUSSES BUDGET 2/25/15RK


The Sedalia City Council found out things are going just about per usual this time of year when it discussed the city's budget this week at a special Budget Workshop.

City Administrator Gary Edwards explains:



The council voted to put some money into the budget to close the gap with police pension funds.



Edwards said the council will talk more about the budget at its regular-session meeting on Monday, March 2nd, and approve the budget on Monday, March 16th.

In other business, Edwards said the council voted to give all city employees a two-percent pay increase across the board and increased the health-insurance deductible from $750 to $1,000.

MARSHALL DISTRICT CONTINUES SEARCH FOR NEW H.S. PRINCIPAL 2/24/15CC


The Marshall School Board was updated Tuesday night on the search for a new high school principal.

Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher explained the district's search for a replacement for current principal Royal Peterson, who recently announced his plans to resign from the position at the end of this school year:



Dr. Maher also told the board she would like to seek input from district patrons about the future of late starts due to cold or inclement weather:



In other business, board members approved the district's technology program review and gifted/talented program review, appointed board member Kathy Green to the Outstanding Teacher Selection Committee, and voted to approve the school calendar for the 2015-2016 school year.

CITY OF GILLIAM PAYS OFF SEWER LOAN 2/25/15CC


The city of Gilliam celebrated paying off a long-standing debt on Tuesday, accompanied by representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

City officials were joined by members of the U.S.D.A.'s Rural Development office, as well as staff members from the offices of U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt. McCaskill staffer Greg Razer says the event was the first of its kind that he has attended on behalf of the Senator:



Blunt staff member Ray Bozarth commended the city on making its final loan payment to the U.S.D.A. for a wastewater project dating back to 1987. He also credited the U.S.D.A. for being there with the funding to help out a city in need.



According to the U.S.D.A., the $91,000 loan was taken out 28 years ago to make necessary improvements to the city's wastewater system and provide a connection to the city of Slater's sewer treatment plant.

WAVERLY CELEBRATES NEW STORM SIREN 2/25/15CC


Representatives from the Rural Development division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday paid a visit to the city of Waverly to help celebrate the installation of a new piece of emergency equipment.

Rural Development spokesman Tim Rickabaugh explains more:



Waverly Mayor Barbara Schreiman says the new siren is a big improvement which she hopes will help keep the people of Waverly safer in the event of severe weather:



A release from the U.S.D.A. says the Rural Development office approved an Economic Impact Initiative Grant of $8,250 last year to assist in the purchase and installation of the siren while the city of Waverly contributed $6,750 to round out the project's price tag.

CEREMONY FOR MILES SET FOR THURSDAY AT SALINE COURTHOUSE 2/24/15RK


Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission Tuesday morning giving an update on tax money received by the county on the County Air Road Trust, often referred to as C.A.R.T.



In other business, Chief Deputy Collector Shelly Walter made an announcement made an announcement of an upcoming event.



Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner also pointed out the commissioners will be making a presentation to Miles during the commission meeting Thursday morning. The meeting starts at 9:00am.

SALINE COMMISSIONERS APPROVE HIRING EMPLOYEES FOR COLLECTOR'S OFFICE 2/24/15RK


The first order of business for the Saline County Commission Tuesday was to hire some new personnel for an elected official.

Newly-elected Saline County Collector Cindi Sims was at the meeting and requested the commissioners approve Taylor Loges and Michelle Niemann as employees to work in her office.

Northern District Commissioner Charlie Guthrie made a motion to approve the request with the stipulation the commission receive a letter from Sims, once she's sworn into office, stating one of the employee's will be paid out of the Saline County Collector's account and the other out of the maintenance fund.

The commissioners approved Guthrie's motion and Niemann and Loges will begin their duties Monday, March 2nd.

Sims will be sworn into office at 10:00am on Monday, March 2nd, in the commission chamber at the Saline County Courthouse.

POLO WOMAN INJURED IN CLINTON COUNTY CRASH 2/24/15RK


A Polo woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Clinton County Monday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a Ford Escape, driven by 33-year-old Tracy Crews, was southbound on U.S. Highway 69 when an unknown tractor trailer failed to stop at a stop sign and traveled into the path of Crews' vehicle. The front of the Crews' vehicle reportedly struck the power tires on the right side of the tractor trailer. The Crews vehicle was reportedly dragged a short distance before coming to rest, blocking the southbound lanes of the highway.

The report says the tractor trailer left the scene of the accident.

Crews suffered minor injuries and was taken by Cameron Ambulance to Cameron Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The crash happened just before 4:30.

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD AGENDA 2/23/15CC


The Marshall School Board meets in regular session Tuesday night at 6:00pm.

Items on the agenda include an instructional technology program review, a gifted/talented education program review, appointment of a board member to the Outstanding Teacher Selection Committee, and accepting a bid on a van for the district. Board members will also hear various faculty and administrative reports.

An executive session is also scheduled for real estate, hiring and personnel matters.

SALINE HEALTH DEPT. MEETS TUESDAY NIGHT 2/23/15CC


The Board of Trustees of the Saline County Health Department and the Saline County Public Health Fund meets in regular session Tuesday evening.

The agenda for the Public Health Trust meeting includes discussion of the 2014 audit; the agenda for the health Department meeting is made up of mostly routine items.

The meetings get underway at 7:00pm at the Saline County Health Department building located at 1825 South Atchison in Marshall.

HOFLANDER NAMED TO G.O.P. EXECUTIVE GROUP 2/23/15CC


An area resident has been named to a prestigious state political committee.

According to a release from the Missouri Republican Party, Kay Hoflander, of Higginsville, received the appointment this week when Missouri Republican Party Chairman John Hancock selected her to serve on the Missouri Republican State Committee’s Executive Committee.

Hoflander, a veteran volunteer of several county, statewide and national political campaigns, is serving her first term on the State Committee. She has also served as Chair of the Lafayette County Republican Central Committee for more than 10 years. She served as a delegate and alternate delegate to the 2012 and 2008 Republican National Conventions.

$100K LOTTERY TICKET SOLD AT MARSHALL RETAILER 2/23/15CC


A physical therapist from Illinois who works in Marshall recently uncovered a $100,000 prize on a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket.

A release from the Missouri Lottery says 57-year-old Mary Estrada usually buys a Powerball ticket when she stops at Marshall Fireworks at Highway 65 and I-70 in Marshall.

While buying a Powerball ticket for the half-billion dollar jackpot on February 11th, she also bought a "$100 Million Cash Bonanza" ticket, which turned out to be a big winner.

Estrada said she and her husband, Curtis, who is also a physical therapist, plan to use the prize money to get out of debt and put some away for retirement. The couple also plans to purchase a new fifth-wheel trailer with their winnings.

"$100 Million Cash Bonanza" is a $20 game that officially began in August of 2014. The game features a top prize of $4 million.

WAVERLY, GILLIAM TO BE RECOGNIZED BY U.S.D.A. 2/23/15CC


The U.S. Department of Agriculture will be paying visits to two area communities on Tuesday, February 24th.

Representatives from the Rural Development division of the U.S.D.A. will first visit Waverly City Hall at 111 East Kelling Avenue at 10:00am for recognition of funding that was used to purchase and install a new early warning siren; the new siren replaced an older, unrepairable siren.

Later in the day, Rural Development staff will visit Gilliam City Hall at 105 West Main Street at 1:00pm. The event is to celebrate the City of Gilliam paying off a wastewater loan originally made in March of 1987.

For more information about either event, call the U.S.D.A. Rural Development office at (573) 876-0976.

SIMS, ROSSMAN WIN ORATORICAL CONTEST IN MARSHALL 2/23/15RK


Several area students did well in an area contest last week.

According to a news release from Marshall Public Schools, the Marshall Optimist Club held its annual oratorical contest at MHS, with

Steven Sims emerging as the winner in the boys' division and Katara Rossman taking the top spot in the girls' division.

Christian Farris was second and Josh Renfrow third in the boys' division and Charlotte Lines second and Elizabeth Pomerenke third in the girls' division.

COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY IN MARSHALL FEEDS MANY 2/23/15RK


At the most recent meeting of the Saline County Commission, Ron Duvall of the Community Food Pantry in Marshall gave an update on how many people come through the food-pantry's doors.



Duvall went on to say several businesses in the Marshall area and surrounding communities help out the food pantry, plus it gets financial support from private donations. The Food Pantry has one paid staff and a slew of volunteers.

Duvall said the Food Pantry, located at 165 West Morgan Street, is open every weekday from 5:00-6:00pm for emergency services the first three weeks of each month. The last full week of the month, the Food Pantry is open from 10:00am-5:00pm Monday through Thursday and 10:00am-4:00pm on Friday.

In other business, the commission approved the purchase of a compact excavator from Tri-State Construction Equipment Company for the Road and Bridge Department. After trade-in, the price was $49,095. Delivery is expected in about 60 days.

MARSHALL CHURCH EVENT MAKES YOUTH,PARENTS AWARE OF CYBERBULLYING 2/23/15RK


First Christian Church in Marshall held a meeting Sunday night to make its youth group, as well as parents, aware of the potential pratfalls and problems the social-media age we live in can cause. Youth leader Kris Milleron and Marshall Police Public Information Officer Roger Gibson and other police officers teamed up to present a program on Cyberbullying.

Milleron says Cyberbullying exists even when we may not realize it.



The discussion and presentations included the definition of Cyberbullying and a Power Point presentation by Gibson, offering a number of trouble spots for parents to look for.



Milleron, Gibson and other Marshall Police Officers will be holding another Cyberbullying awareness meeting for youths in junior high Wednesday from 7:00-8:30pm.

PEARCE TOUTS STATE BOND PROJECTS 2/22/15CC


Senator David Pearce, of Warrensburg, says the state Legislature is making it a priority this year to address bonding issues from the 2014 session. A release from Pearce's office says bonds approved in Jefferson City last year were meant to help fix structural, electrical and other issues at numerous state sites and parks and are being steered toward those needs this year.

Pearce says $12.3 million has been earmarked to repair laboratories, classrooms and the exterior of the Morris Building on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg and $1.4 million will go for upgrades to the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia.

Other funds in the bond plan include $1.3 million for Arrow Rock State Park, $120,000 for Van Meter State Park, $2.1 million for Knob Noster State Park, and $85,000 for Confederate Memorial State Park.

The release says the Legislature took advantage last year of the state's favorable AAA credit rating and low interest rates to approve some $400 million in bond funding for various infrastructure and utility needs across the state.

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES COMING UP WEDNESDAY 2/22/15CC


The American Red Cross will host a couple of area blood drives this week.

In Cooper County, a drive will take place from 1:00-6:00pm on Wednesday at Prairie Home High School located at 301 Highway 87.

Also on Wednesday, a blood drive is planned from 10:00am until 4:00pm at Inter-State Studio at 3500 Snyder Avenue in Sedalia.

To learn more or make an appointment, call toll-free at (800) RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

MONDAY MEETINGS FOR WARRENSBURG COUNCIL 2/22/15CC


The Warrensburg City Council meets Monday, February 23rd, beginning with a closed session at 5:00pm, a council study session at 6:00pm and a regular session meeting at 7:00pm.

According to a release from the city, the closed session is scheduled for legal and personnel matters while the study session will address cyber security.

Items on the regular session agenda include numerous budget items, an update on sewer utility billing, ordinances about the "Green Sales Tax Holiday" and a part-time position in the city's Water Pollution Control Department.

The meetings take place at City Hall at 102A South Holden in Warrensburg.

SEDALIA SCHOOL BOARD MEETS MONDAY NIGHT 2/22/15CC


The Sedalia 200 School Board meets in regular session Monday night at 6:30pm.

Items on the evening's agenda include continued discussion of district re-organization, budget amendments, transportation bids, an infill electric bid and a district technology plan. Board members will also hear reports from the Sedalia School District Foundation and the Sedalia Community Educators Association.

The meeting will be held in the Media Center of Smith-Cotton High School at 2010 Tiger Pride Boulevard in Sedalia.

SEDALIA COUNCIL WORK SESSION PLANNED FOR MONDAY 2/22/15CC


The Sedalia City Council meets Monday evening for a council work session at 6:00pm.

Council members and city officials will convene for work on the city's budget.

The meeting takes place in the Mayor's Conference Room at Sedalia City Hall at 200 South Osage Avenue.

MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL HOSTS FRESHMAN ORIENTATION ON MONDAY 2/22/15CC


Marshall High School will host orientation for incoming 9th graders beginning at 6:00pm on Monday, February 23rd.

The evening begins with a light dinner at the Saline County Career Center from 6:00-6:30pm, followed by guided tours at both the Career Center and Marshall High School from 6:30-7:00pm. The event concludes with presentations in the high school Little Theatre from 7:00-8:00pm.

Speakers at the Little Theatre include Principal Royal Peterson, providing the welcome for the evening; counselor Mary Jo Stark, who will speak on course descriptions and graduation requirements; Scott Gemes, on extracurricular activities; Paige Brock, on the Marshall FFA program; and others from the Saline County Career Center, A+ program and Booster Club.

For more information, contact Marshall High School at (660) 886-2244.

GROUPS SOUGHT TO FEED KIDS IN SUMMER 2/22/15CC


The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is looking for groups to help feed thousands of children who may go without meals during the summer months when school is not in session.

The Summer Food Service Program reimburses organizations for meals they serve to children under age 18 at risk of not having enough to eat during the summer months when school breakfast and lunch programs are not operating.

Organizations eligible to participate in the program include schools, faith-based organizations, camps, private nonprofit agencies and local governments. The sites are required to be located in areas where at least half of the children are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals.

The federally funded program is administered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The department will accept applications March 1 through May 15 to participate in the program. Organizations interested in becoming sponsors are required to attend training.

Information about the program is available at www.health.mo.gov or by calling toll-free at (888) 435-1464.

FAYETTE BOARD: NO TO MERGER, YES TO NEW CALENDAR 2/22/15CC


An area school board has given the thumbs-down to a proposed merger of two high school athletic and activities conferences.

At the most recent meeting of the Fayette R-3 School Board, Superintendent Dr. Tamara Kimball recommended the board reject the plan to merge the Lewis and Clark Conference with the Tri-Rivers Conference. After discussion on the matter, board members voted 7-0 in favor of declining the merger.

In other business, board members learned of some changes coming to the Fayette school calendar next year. Dr. Kimball explained that half-days will be eliminated from the schedule with the exception of the last day of school.

The new calendar also builds in snow days, changes the setup for Parent-Teacher conferences, adds more time for professional development and sets a new daily dismissal time for students at 3:12pm. The board unanimously approved the proposed changes.

ONE-CAR CRASH INJURES ODESSA MOTORIST 2/22/15CC


An Odessa man received minor injuries after a one-vehicle accident on Saturday in Lafayette County.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 67-year-old William Salyer was eastbound on Lookout Point Road near Johnson Drive at around 3:35pm. His 2003 Ford pickup reportedly ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a ditch, resulting in minor damages.

Salyer was taken by Odessa EMS to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment. State troopers were assisted at the scene by members of both the Lafayette County Sheriffs Department and the Odessa Police Department.

SEDALIA MAN INJURED IN CRASH 2/21/15CC


An area resident suffered cuts and bruises following a one-vehicle accident in Benton County on Friday evening.

Trooper reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol say 26-year-old Samantha Johnson, of Sedalia, was southbound on U.S. Highway 65 when her S.U.V. slid off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch.

The driver escaped injury but a passenger, 37-year-old William Vinyard, of Sedalia, received minor injuries and was taken from the scene to Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia for treatment. Reports say the accident occurred around 6:20pm, just south of Missouri 52 in Benton County.

COULD FISHING BECOME A SPORT OFFERED AT SLATER HIGH SCHOOL? 2/20/15RK


Fishing is not an official sport with the Slater School District nor the Missouri State High School Activities Association.

However, two Slater High School students participated and did really well in a fishing tournament that drew 100 teams from high schools recently. Dalton Griffith and Cole Skinner, who wound up 12th in the team competition, were recognized Thursday night at the Slater School Board meeting.

Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz said Griffith and Skinner are interested in having Fishing as a sport at Slater High School. He said they gave the board some information and the board was interested.

Lorenz said the board posed some questions, mainly about the sport's costliness to the district. He said the students will do some more research and get back to the board at a future meeting.

Lorenz said for any sport to be sponsored or sanctioned by MSHSAA, it has to have at least 50 schools participating. He said the students said there are currently between 30 and 40 schools that have expressed interest.

SLATER PROMOTES WITHIN FOR ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL 2/20/15RK


The Slater School District will have a new Elementary Principal at the start of the next school year.

Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz said he recommended current Assistant Principal and Early Childhood Director Becky Drummond be promoted to the position, and it was accepted by the Slater School Board at its meeting Thursday night.

Lorenz also said Debbie Gonzalez was accepted to be the Assistant Principal, spending half of her time in that role and the other half teaching business classes. Cheryl Willis has been promoted to be the Early Childhood Coordinator.

Also approved by the school board were calendar dates for the 2015-16 school year, including the start date as Tuesday, August 18th, and the last day of school as May 17th, 2016.

Lorenz also noted the school-board meeting for April has been moved up to the 16th from the 23rd.

CMU OPEN HOUSE POSTPONED 2/20/15RK


For the second time in as many weeks an open house at an area university has been postponed.

According to a news release, due to predicted inclement weather, Central Methodist University in Fayette's annual President's Day Open House has been moved. Instead of Saturday, February 21st, it will now be Saturday, February 28th.

The open house begins at 9:45am on the fourth floor of the Inman Student and Community Center. Prospective students and their families can meet with faculty, coaches, financial-aid officials and admissions personnel, tour the campus.

Reservations are requested by noon on Friday, February 27th.

You can get more information by calling (660) 248-6241.

DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR LETTERS REGARDING PROPOSED HOG FARM 2/20/15RK


Concerned residents in the area of the proposed building of the hog farm in northern Saline County, about 1-1/2 miles directly north of Slater off of Route "O," have more time to express their concerns.According to Northern District Commissioner Charlie Guthrie, the Saline County Commission received a letter Thursday from Pinnacle Group, and due to Wildcat Family Farms RE, LLC, not putting its address and phone number in the original letter to area homeowners, the property owners now have 30 days from the date of the latest letter, February 13th, to express their feelings. The address of Wildcat Family Farms is 1300 South Highway 75, Pipestone, Minn., 56164. The phone number is (507) 825-7032.

The address concerned residents can send letters to in relation to this is: Environmental Water Protection Program, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, Mo., 65102. Or, they can call (573) 751-1300.

If approved, the facility is planned to have a capacity of 5,416 sows, 1,200 nursery pigs and 1,200 swine in the gilt-development unit.

If you missed any of it, you can check out our website, kmmo.com, for address and phone-number information in this story.

CALHOUN MAN INJURED IN TWO-CAR CRASH IN HENRY COUNTY 2/20/15RK


A Calhoun man suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle collision in Henry County Thursday night.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Ford F250, driven by 29-year-old Gregory Valdez, of Clinton, slid on the icy road, crossed the center of the roadway and sideswiped a westbound Chevrolet 1500, driven by 64-year-old Kenneth Edwards, of Calhoun.

Edwards reportedly refused treatment at the scene. Valdez reportedly was not injured.

The crash occurred at 9:50pm on Route "CC," three-tenths of a mile north of Northeast 231st Road.

BLAIRSTOWN MAN HURT IN JOHNSON CRASH 2/20/15


A Blairstown man suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle accident in Johnson County Thursday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as a westbound 2002 GMC, driven by 44-year-old James Shenkel, ran off the left side of the roadway, struck a fence and overturned, coming to rest on its top.

Shenkel reportedly would seek his own treatment.

The accident happened at 4:10pm on Missouri Highway 2 at Southwest 421st Road.

WARRENSBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT TIGHTENING PURSE STRINGS 2/19/15RK


Times are getting lean for the Warrensburg R-6 School District, according to superintendent Dr. Scott Patrick. A good portion of the school board meeting this week was spent talking about the financial picture. Because of an influx of tax money received, the financial situation is good, for now. But looking ahead to 2015-16, times could become a little difficult.



The Warrensburg district is battling some of the same issues as other districts in the state.



Patrick also pointed out the district has an issue on the upcoming Municipal Election ballot. He said it is not a tax increase. It's simply asking the patrons to renew and maintain the district's current debt-service levy at its current rate.

GLASGOW SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES SNOW MAKE-UP DATES 2/19/15RK


Snow make-up dates have been approved for the Glasgow School District.

At its meeting Wednesday night, the Glasgow School Board approved April 2nd and May 15th as those dates, dismissing at noon on each of those dates. May 15th is the final day of school.

The board also was updated that three people--incumbents Steve Ferguson and Heather Davis, as well as Mitch Monnig-- have filed for the two board positions up for vote during the Tuesday, April 7th, Municipal Election. .

The board also was provided a sample ballot pertaining to the district's Proposition I Tax-Rate item, which is the exact same as it appeared on the November General Election ballot.

In other business, the board accepted the resignation of Jane Bethel, junior-high/high-school math teacher and extended the contract for an additional year of elementary principal Sonya Fuemmeler.

BOONVILLE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES BIDS FOR VARIOUS PROJECTS 2/19/15RK


Boonville R-1 Superintendent Mark Ficken said most of Wednesday night's meeting of the school board was spent mulling over a number of bids.



Ficken said the board accepted a bid of $409,000 for window and door replacements at David Barton Elementary and rejected all bids for HVAC improvements at the middle school because the board thought they were too high.



Ficken said summer-school dates were approved by the board. He said summer school for high-school students will start right after the Memorial Day Holiday weekend, while the elementary and middle schools will have summer school in August before the start of the next school year.

BOONE COUNTY PURSUIT ENDS WITH ARREST OF STURGEON MAN 2/19/15RK


An area Sheriff's Department deputy has arrested a Sturgeon man after a vehicle pursuit early this morning.

According to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, just before 2:30am, a deputy saw a vehicle run a steady red light, made a traffic stop and contacted the driver. As the deputy was attempting to speak with the driver, the driver became belligerent and would not follow commands given to him by the deputy to exit his vehicle.

As deputies attempted to remove the driver from his vehicle, the driver accelerated and sped off from the traffic stop location. A vehicle pursuit ensued into Callaway County, at which point, Callaway County Sheriff’s Deputies deployed a tire-deflation tool, which the driver's car struck. After the tire-deflation tool was utilized, the driver continued driving east into the Fulton city limits before coming to a stop.

The driver of the vehicle, a 24-year-old Sturgeon man, was arrested and taken to the Boone County Jail by Boone County Deputies.

He has been charged with Resisting Arrest, carrying a $4500.00 bond; Driving While Intoxicated, $500.00 bond; and Failure to stop for steady red light, $95.00 bond.

A court date in the matter is pending.

SALINE COMMISSION APPROVES PINWHEEL GARDEN REQUEST 2/19/15RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission Thursday morning, Lindsey Parton, representing Pinwheel Garden, requested the use of the Saline County Courthouse grounds for a ceremony in April.



Parton also said to help make it a more complete ceremony, area school groups might be asked to come and perform a song or two. She said they would also like to have the display of the Pinwheel Garden up a few days preceding and following the ceremony.



Parton said the pinwheels displayed represent the number of child-abuse calls the county received during the past year. Last year, it was 393, she said. She's awaiting the number for this year.

The commission approved the requests.

SEDALIA WOMAN HURT IN PETTIS CRASH 2/19/15RK


A Sedalia woman suffered minor injuries in a one-car crash in Pettis County Wednesday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash happened as a southbound KIA Soul, driven by 64-year-old Anne Imler, veered to the right shoulder of the roadway, causing the vehicle to slide down a snowy embankment. The vehicle reportedly slid on the snow and began to rotate counterclockwise. The vehicle returned to the roadway and traveled off the left side of the roadway before overturning.

Imler reportedly refused treatment at the scene.

The accident happened at 3:55pm on U.S. Highway 65, south of "D" Highway.

BRUNSWICK SCHOOL BOARD TALKS BUSES AND TAXES 2/18/15CC


An area school district has put a popular social media site to good use to help sell off surplus district property.

Brunswick R-2 School Superintendent Bob Kottman says that after the district purchased a new school bus last year, they then had an old bus to get rid of. Kottman says the district turned to the internet to find bidders for the old bus.



Kottman says the school board also got some good news about district tax collections resulting from a new oil pipeline was laid across portions of mid-Missouri last year:



In other business, Kottman says the board discussed a sports co-op with Keytesville schools but took no formal action on the matter. He says the board will most likely take up the issue again at it regular session meeting in March.

KNOB NOSTER ALDERMEN TAKE UP BOND, ARCHITECT OPTIONS 2/18/15CC


Plans for a new city hall in Knob Noster are coming closer to fruition, according to a city spokesman.

City Administrator Doug Kermick says the Knob Noster Board of Aldermen met this week and first heard a presentation from a Kansas City bonding company about funding the project with general obligation bonds:



Kermick says Aldermen this week also decided upon an architect to carry out the project:



Kermick says the bond issue could be presented to voters by late this year in a special election setting or by April of 2016 on a municipal election ballot.

AG DIRECTOR NAMES FFA, 4-H AWARD WINNERS 2/18/15CC


Missouri Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce announced this week that 21 youth groups from across Missouri have been awarded grants from the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s 2015 Building Our American Communities grant program.

Eleven local chapters of the National FFA Organization and ten Missouri 4-H clubs statewide have been awarded funds for their community service projects this year.

In the KMMO listening area, the Cooper County 4-H Club in Boonville was named by Fordyce as a grant winner; other mid-Missouri groups include the Versailles FFA Chapter, Versailles Radiant Rascals 4-H Club, Versailles Country Kids 4-H Club and the Stover FFA Chapter.

Each of the 2015 awardees will receive $500 toward their projects, which may include upgrades or additions to existing facilities, grounds or buildings, such as fairgrounds, parks or community centers used by local organizations.

HIGGINSVILLE SCHOOL BOARD MEETS THURSDAY 2/18/15CC


The Lafayette County C-1 Board of Education meets in regular session Thursday night at 7:00pm.

The agenda for the Higginsville School Board includes a presentation on Student Learner Outcomes, approval of an FCCLA request for an overnight trip to the State Leadership Conference, and approval of the 2015-16 school calendar.

An executive session is also scheduled for student, legal and personnel matters.

WARRENSBURG AWARDED $10K FOR SPIRIT TRAIL 2/18/15CC


The City of Warrensburg has received a $10,000 grant from PeopleForBikes, of Boulder, Colorado, after a recent check presentation to Bill Gabel, commissioner of the Johnson County Spirit Trails Coalition.

PeopleForBikes granted $10,000 to the Spirit Trails Coalition to be used for the Spirit Trail bike path along DD highway. The City of Warrensburg researched and applied for the grant in 2014 and was notified shortly after that the application was granted.

The trail is designed for a number of bike riders and walkers and aims to serve users ranging from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg to Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster. It is currently under construction and has the potential to have water fountains, dog fountains and bike repair stations added in the future.

The final stages of the Spirit Trail are still pending and ground breaking will begin in 2015.

SEDALIA RECEIVES TREE INVENTORY GRANT 2/18/15CC


The City of Sedalia was recently awarded a Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant through the Missouri Department of Conservation for a partial inventory of public street right-of-way trees.

There are two approximate boundaries included in the inventory; the first is Mill Street east to Heard Avenue, 5th Street north to Boonville Avenue. The second is Grand Avenue east to Marshall Avenue, 16th Street north to Broadway Boulevard.

Data collected will include location, species, tree size, stems, condition, location rating, and other observations. A contractor with Davey Resource Group started collecting data this week and should be completed in about three weeks.

For questions or more information, contact the Sedalia Public Works Department at (660) 827-3000, extension 158.

SEDALIA CITY COUNCIL MEETING 2/18/15CC


The Sedalia City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, February 17th.

Council members approved several ordinances and resolutions, including an amendment to the code of ordinances relating to predetermined landing zones for air ambulances within the city limits.

Council also approved an agreement with Poort Excavating for storm drainage improvements, approved and accepted permanent and temporary easements with several city property owners and added a new section of the city fee schedule for fines for business licenses.

The council also approved liquor license renewal requests from two area retailers and heard various committee and department reports.

MARSHALL COUNCIL APPROVES ORDINANCES 2/18/15RK


The Marshall City Council voted on two ordinances at its meeting Monday night, the first involving the Marshall Food Pantry. City Clerk Janet French read the proposal:



After a second reading, the council voted six yes, one absent and one abstention to approve the ordinance.

The second ordinance read "An ordinance authorizing and directing the Mayor of the city of Marshall to execute a license agreement between the city of Marshall and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Composers (also known as "ASCAP").

City Administrator Connie Latimer explained the agreement.



The council voted to approve the ordinance, as well as another ordinance to pay the city's bills.

MARSHALL SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT ON TAX PROPOSAL 2/18/15RK


In an effort to inform the public about a couple of tax issues coming up on the ballot in April, the Community Development Committee and Marshall-Saline Development Corporation hosted a luncheon on Tuesday at the Martin Community Center.

Marshall Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher says passing the issue will be important for the future of the city as well as the schools:



Dr. Maher says this is not the 2014 version of the tax proposal.

The Marshall School Board approved ballot language at its meeting on January 20th for a measure, if approved by voters, that would increase property tax rates by 25-cents per $100 of assessed valuation each year for the next three years.

According to Dr. Maher, voter approval will be important in retention of teachers as well as others:



Voters in the Marshall School District will go to the polls on Tuesday, April 7th, to decide the fate of the tax proposal.

LUNCHEON HELD TO INFORM PUBLIC ON MARSHALL TAX PROPOSAL 2/18/15RK


On Tuesday at the Martin Community Center, the Community Development Committee and Marshall-Saline Development Corporation hosted a luncheon with one of the purposes being to inform the public about what a proposed one-half cent sales-tax increase could do for the city.

Marshall City Administrator Connie Latimer explained how the extra money-- which will go into the general fund-- would be utilized.



Latimer went on to explain why this increase is now necessary.



The Marshall City Council approved putting the measure on the upcoming Municipal Election ballot at its January 5th meeting.Voters will go to the polls to decide the tax-increase's fate on Tuesday, April 7th.

SLATER COUNCIL GETS UPDATES ON UPCOMING EVENTS 2/18/15RK


Tuesday night, the Slater City Council heard the city's financial report from City Administrator Gene Griffith. He said not everything is in the black yet, but that's not unusual.



Griffith went on to explain several bills the city owes and the Council voted to approve and pay those bills.

In other business, Griffith says Steve McQueen Day is coming up on Saturday, April 25th. He said some adjustments have been made to the number of classes in the car show. Plus, he gave an update on other attractions on that day.



Rain date for the event is Saturday, June 27th.

Other events coming up later in the year for the "City of Festivals" include a "Field of Dreams" Free Fun Fly on Saturday, August 1st, and a tractor pull, which is free for the public to attend, on Saturday, August 8th.

SALINE CO. COMMISSIONER RECAPS TRAINING SESSIONS 2/17/15CC


Saline County Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey, Jr., spent some time at Tuesday's County Commission meeting recapping training sessions that he and his fellow commissioners attended last week in Columbia:



The Commissioner also gave an update on recent training he attended with the state Department of Transportation:



Guthrey, Jr., says he enjoyed the time he spent meeting with officials from other Missouri counties and learning some the challenges that each of them face in running their counties efficiently and effectively.

SALINE COMMISSIONERS APPROVE EMPLOYEE TRANSFER 2/17/15CC


At Tuesday's meeting of the Saline County Commission, the green light was given for a county employee to transfer to another county office. Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey, Jr., explains:



In other business, commissioners spent time discussing pay raises for two county employees and were updated by Emergency Management Director Emmitt Williams on the progress of a plan to unify Saline County's emergency management services under one collective umbrella.

OAK GROVE WOMAN KILLED IN JACKSON COUNTY CRASH 2/17/15RK


A Sedalia man escaped without injury, but an Oak Grove woman was killed in a three-car crash in Jackson County Monday evening.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 58-year-old Wanda Munson, of Oak Grove, was standing just outside her vehicle after it had crashed into the cable barrier and was in the left lane of traffic when her car was struck by a vehicle driven by 19-year-old Andrew Engelmann, of Odessa. After the collision, Munson was thrown into the right lane of traffic and was struck by a vehicle, driven by 35-year-old Dmitri Perceac, of Sedalia.

Munson was pronounced deceased on the scene by Central Jackson County E.M.T. Chad Barker at 7:55pm. A passenger in the Engelmann vehicle, 32-year-old Catherine Burns, of Independence, suffered moderate injuries and was taken by Jackson County E.M.S. to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment. Engelmann and Perceac were reportedly not injured.

The accident occurred at 7:10pm on eastbound I-70, just east of the 23.2-mile marker.

ICY ROAD LEADS TO BENTON CO. CRASH 2/16/15CC


A Warsaw woman suffered injuries Monday in a one-vehicle accident in Benton County.

Trooper reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol indicate the crash happened around 9:05am on Route BB, just west of Duran Creek Road, where 46-year-old Pansy Adcox reportedly lost control of her 1998 Chevrolet on a patch of icy roadway. The vehicle reportedly ran off the side of the road and struck a ditch.

Adcox sustained moderate injuries in the incident and was taken by Warsaw-Lincoln ambulance to Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton for treatment.

HIGGINSVILLE WOMAN INJURED IN MONDAY CRASH 2/16/15CC


A one-vehicle accident on icy roadway Monday morning left an area motorist with injuries.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 55-year-old Jeanette Haynes, of Higginsville, was westbound on Interstate 70 and lost control of her 2005 Cadillac on ice-covered roadway. The vehicle struck a guardrail, slid further on the roadway and struck the guardrail a second time.

Haynes suffered moderate injuries and was taken from the scene by Odessa EMS to Lafayette County Regional Hospital for treatment. Reports say the accident happened around 7:30am at the 37-mile marker on I-70 in Lafayette County.

SEDALIA TEENAGER INJURED IN PETTIS CRASH 2/16/15RK


A Sedalia teenager suffered moderate injuries in a one-car crash in Pettis County last night.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as a southbound Pontiac Sunfire, driven by 17-year-old Carlese Overton, began to slide and traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a rock wall, overturned and came to rest on its side.

Overton was transported by Pettis County Ambulance to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.

The accident occurred just after 11:00pm on southbound U.S. Highway 65, north of Trickum Road.

COLUMBIA MAN HURT IN SALINE CRASH 2/16/15RK


A Columbia man suffered minor injuries in a one-car crash in Saline County Sunday night.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a westbound Toyota Matrix, driven by 56-year-old Gerald Harman, was passing another vehicle when Harman reportedly lost control of his vehicle. His car slid off the roadway and struck a guardrail.

Harman was transported to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment.

The accident happened at 10:35pm on westbound I-70, just east of the 82.6-mile marker.

HIGH-SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY CLASS SIGNUP THIS WEEK 2/16/15RK


State Fair Community College in Sedalia will be holding a registration this week.

According to a release from the college, registration for the next High School Equivalency (HSE) classes will be held Tuesday through Friday from 8:30am to 3:00pm for day classes. Persons may sign up on the campus in Sedalia and at sites in Appleton City, Boonville, Carrollton, Clinton, Richmond, Osceola, Warrensburg and Warsaw.

Registration for night classes will be from 6:00-9:00pm Tuesday through Thursday in the Yeater Learning Center, Room 163, on the Sedalia campus only.

HSE classes are free, but students must enroll in person and complete an orientation before attending class.

For more information, call (660) 596-7289 or (660) 596-7380.

JUVENILE SENTENCES TO BE DEBATED 2/16/15


In June of 2012, the United States Supreme Court ruled that mandatory sentences of life without the possibility of parole are unconstitutional for juvenile offenders. There are more than 80 such juvenile offender cases in Missouri.

Two state lawmakers are attempting to fix Missouri sentencing laws by replacing the mandatory sentence with multiple options for judges to consider.

Senator Joseph Keaveny proposes a tiered approach to sentencing and re-sentencing based on age.



Senator Bob Dixon also has a proposal this year after filing several in past sessions.



Dixon’s bill was supposed to be heard last week, but he postponed it so that the committee could hear both bills at the same time.

A senate hearing scheduled for Tuesday to discuss the matter has been canceled.

 
---MISSOURINET

SNOWFALL TOTALS VARY THROUGHOUT AREA 2/16/15RK


Overnight, many towns and cities around the KMMO listening area were hit pretty hard by a snowstorm.

The storm dropped snow throughout most of the state, including four inches reported by officials in Carroll County by midnight and about the same in Cameron. Officials in Boonville have reported 6.1 inches as of 4:30 this morning. At our studio here in Marshall, we have received about 2-1/2 inches at last check with light snow still coming down.

According to a release from the National Weather Service, a Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for Chariton, Randolph, Saline, Howard and Cooper Counties, including the cities of Salisbury, Keytesville, Moberly, Marshall, Fayette, New Franklin and Boonville until 9:00am. These areas should expect light to moderate snowfall, which should come to an end by mid-morning.

Snow accumulations from five to seven inches can be expected in some areas, impacting roadways, making them dangerously slick and extremely hazardous.

So, if you have to be out on the roadways, use extreme caution and give yourself extra time to get to your destination.

SEDALIA ENACTS EMERGENCY SNOW ROUTES ORDINANCE THIS AFTERNOON 2/15/15RK


With the impending snowfall in the KMMO listening area, the city of Sedalia has activated the Emergency Snow Routes, effective Sunday, February 15th, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

According to a release from the city, an ordinance enacting the City's Emergency Snow Routes may be made effective on the basis of falling snow, sleet or freezing rain, or on the basis of a forecast of snow, sleet or freezing rain.

During this activation, parking is prohibited on the streets designated as Emergency Snow Routes. The parking prohibition will be in effect until terminated by announcement or the street is substantially clear of snow and ice from curb to curb for the length of the entire block. Violator's automobiles will be towed.

One purpose for not allowing parking on the snow routes is to enable the city's crews to clean the entire road from curb to curb. The most important reason to keep the snow routes cleaned is to maintain access for emergency vehicles.

More information and a map of city Emergency Snow Routes is available on-line at www.cityofsedalia.com.

S-C SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM WINS CONFERENCE TITLE 2/15/15RK


An area school's speech and debate team has been doing really well, raking in numerous awards.

According to a release from the Sedalia 200 School District, Smith-Cotton's Talking Tigers captured the West Central Conference Sweepstakes trophy this past weekend at Center High School in Kansas City.

Along with the team award, the Tigers claimed six first-place finishes, including Enoc Baeza in Radio Speaking and Original Oratory; Kayla Reed in Storytelling; Jacob Carver and Krysta Ott in Duet Acting; and Keelly Jones in Prose and Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking.

The Tigers also finished second in three categories, claimed two thirds and one fourth in the competition.

The team is coached by S-C teachers Teri Turner and Alicia Maggert.

PACK A WINTER STORM KIT IN YOUR CAR 2/15/16RK


In conjunction with the weather advisory, the release from the Pettis County Sheriff's Department says be prepared at all times when wintry weather is expected.

According to the release, if you must travel, consider taking a winter storm kit along with you. This kit should include such items as tire chains, booster cables, a flashlight, a shovel, blankets, extra clothing and anything else that would help you survive in the event you become stranded.

SEDALIA SCHOOL HOLDS FOOD DRIVE 2/15/15RK


Spirit week served as the backdrop for an area high school and its food drive.

According to a release from the Smith-Cotton 200 School District, in conjunction with recent courtwarming spirit-week activities, the Smith-Cotton High School Student Council members collected 1,023 pounds of food, which was donated to the food pantry at Open Door Ministries.

The Student Council Sponsor is Smith-Cotton Social Studies teacher Greg Willson.

HENRY CRASH INJURES LOWRY CITY WOMAN 2/14/15RK


A Lowry City woman suffered serious injuries in a one-car crash in Henry County early this morning.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a northbound Buick LeSabre, driven by 27-year-old Jacquelyn Robinson, traveled off the right side of the roadway and down a steep ravine before overturning and coming to rest on its top.

Robinson was reportedly taken by private vehicle to Golden Valley Hospital, then LifeFlighted to Research Main Hospital for treatment.

The accident occurred at 1:45am on Missouri 7, just north of Route "U."

TWO INJURED IN HOWARD CRASH 2/14/15RK


A one-car crash in Howard County Friday night resulted in injuries to two area residents.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a northbound Ford Mustang, driven by 22-year-old Mitchell Waller, of Bunceton, failed to negotiate a slight curve, exited the left side of the roadway, struck the ground and overturned for approximately 125 feet.

Waller suffered serious injuries and a 26-year-old passenger, Daniel Nation, of Fayette, suffered moderate injuries. Both were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The accident occurred at 10:40pm on Highway 240, just east of County Road 422.

LINCOLN WOMAN HURT IN HENRY CRASH 2/14/15RK


A Lincoln woman suffered minor injuries in a one-car crash in Henry County Friday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as an eastbound Buick, driven by 26-year-old Amy Allison, slid off the roadway and struck a fence before coming to rest in a field.

Allison was transported by Warsaw/Lincoln E.M.S. to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.

The accident occurred just before 12:20pm on Route "H," just east of Fire Tower Avenue.

HOWARD CO. COMMISSIONER APPLAUDS FINANCIAL GAINS 2/13/15CC


Officials in Howard County say they're pleased with the county's current financial picture.

Presiding Commissioner Sam Stroupe says that picture has changed drastically for the better over the last five years:



But, says Stroupe, the county is watching that money carefully and spending it only where it's needed. He says one place the county did put some money recently is into their employee's paychecks and pensions:



Stroupe says more money has also been channeled into Howard County law enforcement agencies and the county has an improved road and bridge program as well.

PEARCE PITCHES "NO TEXTING" BILL FOR MISSOURI DRIVERS 2/13/15CC


An area lawmaker has proposed new legislation aimed at getting the attention of Missouri motorists off their cell phone and back onto the roadway.

Warrensburg Senator David Pearce this week introduced Senate Bill Three, which would expand the state's laws on cell phone usage while driving. Pearce told his Jefferson City colleagues this week that statistics don't lie:



The Senator also shared a personal story which he says woke him up to the dangers of texting while driving:



The state already has laws on the books prohibiting novice drivers from texting while driving; if passed, Pearce's bill would apply to all Missouri motorists, regardless of age or driving experience.

NELSON WOMAN HURT IN CARROLL CO. CRASH 2/13/15CC


Icy conditions led to a one-vehicle accident in Carroll County on Friday that left an area motorist with injuries.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened around 9:20am at Route M and County Road 200, where 53-year-old Stephanie Powell-Jumps, of Nelson, was traveling westbound in a 2014 Ford. The vehicle reportedly lost control on the icy roadway, ran off the left side of the roadway and struck several trees.

Powell-Jumps suffered moderate injuries and was taken from the scene to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

AREA PHONE COMPANY WARNS OF SCAM 2/13/15CC


Local telephone customers are being alerted to a possible scam in the area.

A release from Alma Telephone Company says a report has surfaced of a customer who was contacted by an individual claiming to be connected with the phone company. The individual reportedly attempted to obtain information to secure the customer's payment with a credit card number.

Alma Telephone Company says they do not outsource customer service contacts and they also do not secure payment information over the phone. The company says that if you have received a call of this nature or one like it, contact the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department immediately at (660) 259-3622.

MoDOT UNVEILS STATE FREIGHT PLAN 2/13/15CC


Freight moved by trucks, barges, planes and trains is an essential part of the Missouri economy with the state's freight system supporting the movement of more than one billion tons of freight valued at over $1.2 trillion per year.

According to a news release, The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), together with key freight partners, have developed the Missouri State Freight Plan to provide a vision and plan for taking care of its existing freight system and make the best and most strategic investments possible when funds are available.

Building on Missouri's Long Range Transportation Plan and with the help of hundreds of key stakeholders, the Missouri State Freight Plan was developed through a collaborative process. It assessed the state's existing freight system, established goals and strategies for updating the system over the next 10 years or more, developed guidance for future investments in transportation, and prioritized freight projects that will provide the most economic benefits to the state.

To view the Missouri State Freight Plan, or for more information, visit www.mofreightplan.org.

M.M.U. BOARD TALKS LIFT STATION UPGRADES 2/13/15CC


The Marshall Municipal Utilities (M.M.U.) Board of Public Works took a step this week to improve a facility that hasn't had major improvements in almost 45 years.

Board members approved sending out Requests for Qualifications to engineering firms for needed improvements at the North English Lift Station in Marshall. Built in 1971, the station has most of its original pumps and piping but experts say a dry well inside the station tends to flood and take on water during heavy rains.

The board now seeks an engineering firm to design improvements to the station; the project has a budget of $30,000, according to a release from the utility.

In other business, board members awarded a brush clearing bid to L&R Construction and approved the purchase of materials to build safety handrails for an M.M.U. boiler unit. The boiler project has budget of $5,000 and will be performed with in-house labor.

DROWNING AT LAKE OF THE OZARKS 2/13/15CC


A St. Louis area woman has drowned in the Lake of the Ozarks, according to the Water Patrol Division of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Reports say 55-year-old Karen Hultz, of Keizer, Missouri, reportedly pulled her vehicle to the side of the road and jumped from a bridge into the lake. Her body was later recovered and transported to an area funeral home.

The Patrol says it happened around 9:15am Thursday morning on the toll bridge at the 16 mile marker of the main channel of the lake in Camden County.

CONSERVATION DEPT. SEEKS INPUT ON RULE CHANGES 2/13/15CC


The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is seeking public input on proposed changes to the state’s deer hunting regulations for the 2016-2017 hunting season.

For the fall firearms deer season, proposals include maintaining the current timing of the November portion but reducing it from 11 days to nine days; expanding the late youth firearms weekend from two to three days and starting it the Friday after Thanksgiving instead of early January, reducing the length of the antlerless firearms portion from twelve to three days and beginning it on the first Friday in December, and eliminating the urban zones portion.

For fall archery deer and turkey season, plans include allowing crossbows as a legal method and reducing the limit of antlered deer during the archery season from two to one. The Conservation Department also proposes simplifying conservation area regulations and also wants public comment on permit fees for nonresidents regarding a possible increase, decrease, or no change in price.

The Department will hold several public meetings around the state to explain the changes and gather feedback. Scheduled meetings in the area include the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs on February 24th and the Department of Conservation Central Regional Office in Columbia on March 16th.

To find out more visit www.mdc.mo.gov.

ATTENDANCE IN STATE PARKS HITS RECORD LEVEL 2/13/15CC


Missouri State Parks saw record attendance in 2014, with more than 18.5 million visitors.

According to Governor Jay Nixon's office, the record attendance number for 2014 represents a nearly 25 percent increase since 2008, reversing a ten-year decline in parks attendance.

An economic impact study for the Missouri state park system released in 2012 reported that the overall economic impact of visitors to Missouri state parks and historic sites is estimated at $1.02 billion annual in sales, supporting more than 14,500 jobs throughout the state.

Missouri has been named the best camping state, the best trails state, and its state parks are consistently ranked among the best in the nation, according to Nixon's office.

To celebrate Missouri being named the "Best Trails State" in 2013, Governor Nixon launched the 100 Missouri Miles Challenge to encourage Missourians to undertake 100 miles of physical activity on Missouri trails. Since then, more than 22,000 Missourians have logged more than 3.1 million miles.

GRAIN BIN FIRE INJURES ONE IN NORBORNE 2/12/15CC


One person was reported injured after fire broke out at a Norborne grain bin on Thursday.

According to the Norborne Police Department, it happened Thursday morning when an undetermined amount of fertilizer reportedly caught fire at the M.F.A. Incorporated facility located on Highway 10 between Norborne and Hardin.

A police spokesman says the fire was relatively small and was quickly brought under control with minimal damages to the facility.

One M.F.A. employee was reportedly taken from the scene in an ambulance; the extent of their injuries is not known at this time.

BOONVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON 2013 DRUG WARRANT 2/12/15CC


A Cooper County resident has been arrested on a narcotics warrant dating back to August of 2013.

According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, 55-year-old Jackie L. Cowans, of Boonville, was arrested this week on an outstanding warrant for a felony charge of Distributing a Controlled Substance Near a School. He was transported to the Cooper County Detention Center; bond in the matter has been set at $50,000.

A future court date in the matter has not been set.

SWEET SPRINGS SCHOOL BOARD TALKS CALENDAR DATES 2/12/15CC


The Sweet Springs R-7 Board of Education spent much of their Wednesday evening board meeting discussing calendars and schedules for the district.

A news release says the board approved a start date of August 20th for the 2015-16 school year so as to not interfere with students taking part in the Livestock Shows at the 2015 Missouri State Fair.

A previously proposed start date of August 13th would have resulted in those students at the Fair missing the first several days of school, which would have been considered as excused absences. Board members voted 7-0 in favor of starting school on the 20th of August.

In other business, the board approved summer school dates for May 26th through June 26th and learned that school will be in session on Thursday, April 2nd, as a snow make-up day. Superintendent Donna Wright reported that Tuesday, May 19th, will be the last day of school, barring any further snow days.

In executive session, board members voted unanimously to offer contracts for the 2015-2016 school year to Elementary Principal Melanie Schlup and High School Principal David Honeycutt.

WARRENSBURG COUNCIL GETS EMERGENCY VEHICLE REPORT 2/12/15CC


At this week's meeting of the Warrensburg City Council, members were updated on the state of the city's emergency vehicles by various city departments.

City spokesperson Sylvia Carpenter explains:



In other business, Carpenter says the council approved a $1,000 donation from the city for Project Graduation and approved entering into a new contract for internet services with Bluebird Broadband.

BLOOD DRIVE IN SEDALIA THIS WEEKEND 2/12/15CC


An American Red Cross blood drive is scheduled for Saturday in Pettis County.

The drive takes place from 10:00am until 3:00pm at Yeager Cycle at 3001 South Limit in Sedalia.

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

SALISBURY SCHOOL BOARD REJECTS CONFERENCE PROPOSAL 2/12/15CC


Members of the Salisbury R-IV Board of Education voted this week against a proposed merger of two area athletic and activities conferences.

According to a release from the district, board members were updated this week on the combining of the Tri-Rivers and Lewis and Clark conferences, after which board member Regina Boss made a motion for the board to reject the plan. The motion carried 7-0 against the proposed conference move.

In other business, the Salisbury School Board approved the purchase of three off-lease buses in the next fiscal year for $69,000 each; the district has reportedly applied for and anticipates receiving a $20,000 E.P.A. Clean Diesel rebate on each of the buses.

The board also approved the purchase of a two-wheel drive Chevrolet Suburban at a cost of $35,600.

AREA WOMAN HURT WHEN CAR STRIKES COW 2/12/15CC


A Sedalia woman has been injured after a one-vehicle accident in Pettis County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 23-year-old Marina Chobanu was traveling northbound and struck a cow in the roadway.

Chobanu received minor injuries and was taken to Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia for treatment. Trooper reports say the accident happened around 6:30pm, just south of Route EE in Pettis County.

AREA SCHOOL PLACES IN SEATBELT COMPETITION 2/11/15CC


Local schools took the challenge to buckle up and made it click with students. More than 100 schools statewide, including 19 in Kansas City, participated in this year's Battle of the Belt Challenge, a competition to raise seat belt use among teens.

Participating schools launched two surprise seat belt checks at each school to measure student seat belt use before and after an educational campaign. In addition, schools had the opportunity to submit a 30-second video spot to encourage their peers to buckle up.

Top honors in the Kansas city region went to Park Hill, Belton and Midway High Schools, who all achieved at least a 97% seat belt usage rate among their students. One area school achieving a top honor was Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia, which achieved a bronze award for student seat belt usage in the 91-94% range.

Smith-Cotton will receive $100 to put toward their safety campaign and a commemorative banner for the school donated by the Missouri College of Emergency Physicians.

NIXON ANNOUNCES CARROLLTON HEAD START FUNDING 2/11/15CC


Governor Jay Nixon paid a visit to Carrollton on Wednesday and left a sizeable check behind.

At a morning appearance at the Carrollton Head Start building, Nixon announced that big changes are coming to the center with funding made available through a highly competitive selection process through the state Department of Economic Development:



Nixon, along with Economic Development Director Mike Downing, made the announcement accompanied by Carrollton Mayor Brian Mathis and Missouri Valley Community Action Agency Executive Director Pam Lafrenz.

Nixon told the crowd in attendance that spending money on education now leads to a better economic picture for the state in the future:



The funds, totaling nearly $350,000, will assist the Missouri Valley Community Action Agency to renovate the 1,779 square foot Head Start building into an Early Head Start center, the first of its kind in Carrollton.

The site will serve up to 12 pre-kindergarten kids ranging from six weeks to three years old.

MARSHALL POLICE HOST "COFFEE WITH A COP" 2/11/15RK


There were two Marshall Police cars in the McDonald's parking lot at 816 West College Street in Marshall earlier today; however, the policemen weren't there to arrest anybody or follow up on a case.


Several officers were there conversing with community patrons about the department and its functions during a national event called "Coffee With A Cop."

Marshall Police Chief Mike Donnell explains what the event is all about:



The event started at 9:00am and lasted about ninety minutes, attracting a number of community members wanting to talk with the four policemen who were there. Donnell said this is the first such event for Marshall:



Donnell said plans are to hold events like this about every two months, with other officers participating as they go along. You can find out more at www.marshallpolice.com.

HOWARD COUNTY INVESTIGATING THREAT OF VIOLENCE BY STUDENT 2/11/15RK


Authorities in an area county are investigating an alleged incident involving a student.

According to a release from the Howard County Sheriff's Department and the New Franklin Police Department, they are looking into information that a New Franklin High School student threatened to engage in an act of violence at the school.

The investigation began on Sunday, February 8th, 2015.

Law-enforcement officials are working with school officials, and other involved persons, to determine the facts of the case and ensure safety concerns are addressed.

No other details can be released at this time and the investigation is continuing.

WAVERLY TO RENT BUCKET TRUCK TO HANDLE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS 2/11/15RK


An area city will be renting a bucket truck to use for a short period of time.

At the meeting of the Waverly City Council this week, Friends of the Park organization spoke before the council to see if the city could take down Christmas Decorations after the holiday season.

According to a release from the City of Waverly, because it does not own the proper equipment to do the job, the city agreed it would rent a bucket truck for the sole purpose of putting up and taking down Christmas decorations-- mainly lights and banners-- in the future.

In other business, the council also approved the Waverly Jaycees to use city property on Missouri Street for a fundraiser this summer.

SIX HURT IN PETTIS CO. CRASH 2/11/15RK


A three-vehicle crash in Pettis County Tuesday afternoon injured six Pettis County residents.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as an eastbound vehicle, driven by 19-year-old Cody Wood, of Sedalia, was stopped and waiting to make a left turn when it was struck in the rear by an eastbound vehicle, driven by 51-year-old Wade Hughes, of Sedalia.

The impact reportedly pushed the Wood vehicle into the westbound lanes where it was struck in the passenger side by a vehicle driven by 33-year-old Andrea Reeves, of Smithton.

Hughes and two youths, ages 10 and 15, in his car and Wood each received minor injuries but reportedly refused treatment at the scene.

Reeves received moderate injuries and a 9-year-old passenger in her car received minor injuries. They were transported to Bothwell Regional Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.

The accident occurred at 3:40pm on U.S. Highway 50 at Air Park Road.

KANSAS CITY WOMAN HURT IN LAFAYETTE CRASH 2/11/15RK


A Kansas City woman suffered serious injuries in a one-car crash in Lafayette County Tuesday night.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a westbound Chevrolet Malibu, driven by 36-year-old Cherise Clement, traveled off the right side of the roadway, hit an embankment and overturned several times.

Clement was taken by Lifeflight Air Ambulance to Research Medical Center for treatment.

The accident happened just after 8:30pm on U.S. Highway 24, just west of Lazy View Lane.

CARROL COMMISSION FINALIZES BUDGET, TURNS ATTENTION TO BRIDGES 2/10/15RK


It was a busy month of January for the Carroll County Commission.

Most of the month was spent getting the numbers in the right order and dotting the I's and crossing the T's involving the county's budget, according to presiding commissioner Nelson Heil.

After making payroll and accounts-payable checks at the end of January, Heil said the commission has turned itself toward an upcoming bid.



Heil said each interested bidder will submit a price list for the entire year.

In other business, Heil said the commissioners will focus some time on bridges that need to be fixed or replaced in the county.



Heil said the commissioners also are looking at other bridges to be included in the program.

SALINE TREASURER GIVES TAX FIGURES FOR FEBRUARY 2/10/15RK


Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission this morning and gave an update on several taxes the county has received for February.



Smith continued with the Courthouse Tax and the Use Tax.



There will not be a commission meeting Thursday. The commissioners will be at a Commissioners' Association meeting tomorrow, Thursday and Friday. The next Saline County Commission meeting will be Tuesday, February 17th, at 9:00am at the Saline County Courthouse.

ENBRIDGE TAX ASSESSMENT AFFECTED 2/10/15RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission this morning, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell said she received a letter from Enbridge Pipeline, basically saying its tax assessment has changed.



Russell said the meetings will be like question-and-answer sessions where they can find out how the changes will affect Saline County. The meetings are scheduled for Thursday, February 19th, and Friday, February 20th.

In other business, Northern District Commissioner Charlie Guthrie gave an update from the added and abated real-estate and personal-property book, it has a net gain of $23,601.49.

HERTWIG-HOPKINS RESIGNS POST IN WARRENSBURG 2/10/15RK


An area civic leader has turned in her resignation.

According to a release from the city of Warrensburg, City Manager Paula Hertwig-Hopkins submitted a letter of resignation to the City Council during its meeting Monday night.

Hewrtwig-Hopkins has accepted the call to serve in an administrative mission capacity in Uganda.

Thereafter, she will work for an Executive Search Consultant as an Interim City Manager/Administrator or other capacity, as needed.

According to Warrensburg Mayor Donna DeFrain, the council accepted the resignation. Hertwig-Hopkins' last day on the job in Warrensburg will be April 16th, 2015.

SWEET SPRINGS MAYOR LOOKS TO FUTURE 2/10/15RK


With an eye toward the future, Sweet Springs Mayor Dee Friel asked for permission from the Board of Aldermen to put together another board that could benefit the city.

She gave the details at Monday night's meeting of the Board of Aldermen.



Forming the board was approved by a unanimous vote.

Friel also has been busy hearing about and looking into grants that also could help out the city.



Along those lines, Friel also said she and City Clerk Michelle Fuehring are planning on attending a grant-writing workshop on Thursday, March 5th, to help them improve their grant-writing skills.

SALINE TREASURER GIVES UPDATE ON TAXES RECEIVED BY THE COUNTY 2/10/15RK


Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission this morning and gave an update on several taxes the county has received for February.



Smith continued with the Courthouse Tax and the Use Tax.



There will not be a commission meeting Thursday. The commissioners will be at a Commissioners' Association meeting tomorrow, Thursday and Friday. The next Saline County Commission meeting will be Tuesday, February 17th, at 9:00am at the Saline County Courthouse.

FIREFIGHTERS FIGHT BLAZE NORTH OF MARSHALL 2/10/15RK


The Marshall Fire Department was called out to battle a house fire early this morning.

According to Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day, the blaze was called in at 3:35am.

The fire was located at a house on the Jackson farm at 25003 Kite Avenue, directly north of Marshall.

According to Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day, the Slater Fire Department was called in to assist Marshall fire-department personnel. Day said they were able to get the fire extinguished, but personnel from the departments were on the scene until approximately 9:30am. A preliminary determination by the State Fire Marshal is that it was an unintentional fire, electrical in nature. A formal and final report will come in about a month, according to Day.

Estimated damages were $90,000 to the structure and $50,000 to the contents.

There were no injuries reported from the scene.

SWEET SPRINGS BOARD APPROVES APPOINTMENT TO SCHOLARSHIP BOARD 2/10/15RK


There were a few voting actions taken and several other discussions, along with paying the city's bills, at the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen meeting on Monday night.

Mayor Dee Friel made a recommendation to appoint Russell Scott to the I-70 Foudation Scholarship Board, which the board approved by a 4-0 vote.

Friel also asked the board to vote on an organization's ability to use the city's streets for an upcoming event.



Once again, the board approved the event by a 4-0 count.

Also, Friel pointed out that 15 minutes before the next regularly-scheduled meeting of the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen on March 9th, there will be a public hearing held on the city's 2015-16 budget. She also said, weather permitting, the city will be participating in the statewide tornado drill on March 3rd.

SALINE CRASH INJURES AREA MAN 2/10/15RK


A two-vehicle crash in Saline County Monday evening injured a Miami, Missouri, man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as an unknown vehicle traveling north, driven by an unknown female, struck a northbound Chevrolet Avalanche, driven by 73-year-old Roy Eddy, in the rear. The unknown vehicle reportedly fled the scene.

Eddy suffered minor injuries and would reportedly seek his own treatment.

The accident happened at 7:30pm on Missouri 127, just north of Marvia Road.

NEW COOPER COMMISSIONER TALKS BUDGET, ROADS 2/9/15CC


Cooper County's new Presiding Commissioner says he's hit the ground running since taking ofice at the beginning of the year.

New Commissioner Don Baragary (BAR-ga-ree) says he and his fellow commissioners have been hard at work lately on the Cooper County budget process:



In other business, Baragary says Cooper County road and bridge crews have been thankful for the mild winter across the area so far this year:



Baragary says crews have just recently begun a bridge project in the eastern part of Cooper County.

SPEED LIMIT TO DROP ON SEDALIA ROADWAY 2/9/15CC


An area roadway will have its speed limit lowered beginning this week.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the speed limit on Route U near Sedalia has been reduced to 45 miles per hour from just south of 28th Street to just south of 40th Street near Sedalia.

MoDOT reduced the speed limit following a study to determine the most appropriate speed for the stretch of Route U. The change becomes effective Wednesday, February 11th.

For questions or more information, contact MoDOT toll-free at (888) ASK-MODOT or visit www.modot.mo.gov.

WATER LINE FLUSHING BEGINS TUESDAY 2/9/15CC


Consolidated Public Water Supply District Number Two of Lafayette, Johnson and Saline Counties will begin routine flushing in Saline County and in the town of Blackburn on Tuesday, February 10th, and continue for the next two weeks.

During this time, customers may experience lower water pressure and discolored water. The District reminds their customers to be careful when washing light or white colored clothing while the flushing is carried out.

For questions or more information, call the district office at (660) 584-2344.

GAS PRICES GOING UP, UP, UP 2/9/15RK


Most of you have noticed, the price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline at the pumps has been climbing recently, up over 30 cents from its low price last month.

The price in Marshall hit a low of $1.64 a few weeks ago, but right now in Marshall, the low price is $1.94 per gallon at several locations.

According to the website missourigasprices.com, provided by gasbuddy.com, the lowest price per gallon in the area is $1.92 at one location in Sedalia.

The website says the lowest price now in Missouri is $1.75 per gallon at one location in Neosho.

The average price per gallon in Missouri is $2.00, up 12 cents per gallon form last week and 19 cents last month.

The average price in the U.S. is listed at $2.18, up 13 cents from last week and two cents from last month.

VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN MARSHALL 2/9/15RK


According to scanner traffic, there has been a motor vehicle accident in front of the Golf and Fitness Warehouse at 3199 South Odell in Marshall. Marshall Police officers are en route.

No other details are available at this time.

KMMO will bring you more information as it becomes available.

You might want to avoid that area for at least a little while during the cleanup from the accident.

ROUTE 50/63 REOPEN IN JEFFERSON CITY 2/9/15RK


An area highway has reopened to traffic.

According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, a section of Route 50/63, in Jefferson City, which had been closed since 7:00pm on Friday for bridge demolition work, is back open to traffic. The stretch of highway, also known as the Rex Whitton Expressway, reopened about 9:30pm on Sunday, well before today's rush-hour traffic.

Westbound 50 was closed from Clark Avenue to Monroe Street and eastbound Route 50 was closed from Madison Street to Clark Avenue.

The closure allowed workers to remove the Jackson Street and Chestnut Street bridges. A new Jackson Street Bridge is slated to open in August of 2016. The Chestnut Street Bridge will be completed in June of this year.

COLUMBIA WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH 2/9/15RK


A Columbia woman suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle crash in Boone County Sunday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a northbound Harley Davidson, driven by 44-year-old Laura Bradshaw-Straub, tried to avoid a deer which had run into the path of the bike.

Bradshaw-Straub was transported by E.M.S. to University Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened at 5:40pm on Route "B," just north of Ketterer Road.

TWO HURT IN JOHNSON CRASH 2/9/15RK


A two-vehicle crash in Johnson County Sunday afternoon caused minor injuries to a Warrensburg youth and an Odessa woman.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a southbound 2009 Chevrolet, driven by 36-year-old James Callaway, of Leeton, overtook and struck the rear of a 1997 Chevrolet, driven by 20-year-old Sumar Lunceford, of Odessa, while the Lunceford vehicle was attempting to make a left turn.

Lunceford, and an 8-year-old passenger, of Warrensburg, in her car, were reportedly taken by private vehicle to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment. Callaway reportedly was not injured.

The accident occurred at 5:40pm on Missouri Highway 13 at Route "YY."

CLEAN-WATER GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR SMALLER MUNICIPALITIES 2/7/15RK


To try to avoid old and outdated water-treatment systems becoming bigger problems, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has announced many cities have received grants to prop up those systems.

According to a release from Nixon's office, Nixon announced $1.1 million in Small Community Engineering Assistance Program grants, through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, to help communities with wastewater engineering costs.

The program, funded by fees generated through the state's revolving loan fund, is available for municipalities, counties, public sewer or water districts, political subdivisions or instrumentalities of the state with a population of less than 10,000.

Through the program, communities may be eligible to receive an 80-percent grant with a 20-percent recipient match, with the grant amount not exceeding $50,000.

So far, 32 such grants have been awarded, including two in Johnson County for the cities of Kingsville for $32,000 and Centerview for $23,780.

TWO AREA TROOPERS PROMOTED 2/7/15RK


Two Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers have been promoted in the area.

Captain Eric Olson, commanding officer of Troop A in Lee's Summit, has announced promotions for Corporal Cody Dunfee and Kimberly Davis.

Dunfee, a native of Oklahoma who graduated from Cassville High School and Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, has been promoted to sergeant and designated the zone supervisor of Zone 10, which serves Saline County. Dunfee was part of the 83rd recruit class, joining the force in 2004.

Davis, who was born in Warrensburg and graduated from Lafayette C-1 High School in Higginsville in 1994 and later the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, has been promoted to corporal and designated the assistant zone supervisor of Zone 3, which serves Clay County. She started her career with the Missouri State Water Patrol in 1999 as part of the Water Patrol's 29th recruit class. She was appointed to the Highway Patrol following the merger of the two forces on January 1st, 2011.

NELSON MAN HURT IN JOHNSON CRASH 2/7/15RK


A Nelson man suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident in Johnson County on Friday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a southbound 2005 Kenworth, driven by 37-year-old Bradley McCracken, traveled off the left side of the roadway, ran into a pole, went through a fence and came to rest in a field.

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

The accident happened just before 3:20pm on Missouri Highway 13 at 400th Road.

ARROW ROCK EVENT SET FOR TODAY 2/7/15RK


"America Unfinished: Abraham Lincoln in 1865" is the topic of the Friends of Arrow Rock's First Saturday Lecture at 10:00am on Saturday, February 7th at the Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitor Center.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Following the lecture, a chili lunch will be served at the Schoolhouse Community Center. Proceeds will benefit the printing of the 2015 Arrow Rock Brochure.

The next First Saturday Lecture is set for Saturday, March 7th, and is titled: "Signs & Symbols: African Images in African-American Quilts, presented by Dr. Maude Wahlman.

MARSHALL RESIDENTS FACE DRUG CHARGES 2/6/15RK


After a warrant was served in the 300 block of South Lyon Avenue in Marshall and four Marshall residents, ages 20 to 27, were taken into custody on Thursday, February 5th, for various drug infractions, charges have been filed on all four of the suspects.

According to online court documents, 23-year-old Dantea Morrow and 27-year-old Candice Kunkel each has been charged with a Class "B" Felony of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and a Class "C" Felony of possession of a controlled substance, 35 grams or less of marijuana.

Charles Downs, age 20, faces a Class "A" Felony charge of distributing a controlled substance near schools.

Charges also have been brought against 20-year-old John Kirby. He faces charges of two counts of Class "A" distributing a controlled substance near schools and a Class B" Felony for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Bond in each case has been set at $10,000 cash only.

A future court date has not been set yet.

CHARGES FILED IN DRUG BUST IN MARSHALL 2/6/15RK


A warrant was served by Marshall Police Officers in the 300 block of East Laura Street in Marshall on Thursday, February 5th.

Approximately 12 ounces of marijuana, part of which was packaged for sale, and over $2,600 in U.S. currency was located and seized in the residence.

Arrested were 25-year-old Delmer Thompson III, of Marshall, 25-year-old Kirsten Lucas, of Marshall, 22-year-old Michael Finnell, of Kansas City, and 19-year-old Jimmela Williams, of Overland Park, Kan.

According to online court documents, Thompson faces four Felony Class "A" charges of distributing a controlled substance near schools and a Class "B" charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Bonds for Williams, Lucas and Finnell have been set at $10,000 each cash only and each faces a Felony Class "B" charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

A future court date is pending.

'BOWL WITH A COP' DEEMED A SUCCESS 2/6/15RK


Wednesday morning into early afternoon, pins were falling and high fives were given as several members of the Marshall Police Department were at Holiday Lanes on Santa Fe Trail in Marshall, enjoying some time away from the job and giving back to the community.

"Bowl With A Cop," which also involved individuals from the Marshall community supported by Common Good Natural Living, LLC, turned out to be better than he expected, according to event organizer, Will Walker, an officer on the Marshall force for about three years.



Walker estimated the turnout to be 10 to 15 police officers, including some from the administration, and 20 to 25 individuals from the waiver homes. Walker said it is important for the community to see the officers in another light.



Walker is hopeful "Bowl With A Cop" will become an annual event.

BRIDGE WORK SLATED TO BE GOING ON IN HOWARD COUNTY THIS SUMMER 2/6/15RK


An area county will be getting a new bridge in the near future.

According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, the MoDOT Commission this week awarded a contract to replace one bridge and improve another in Howard County. The low bid of $866,123 was submitted by APAC-Missouri, Inc.

Plans include replacing the Adams Fork Bridge on Route "E," just west of Route 5 in Fayette, and replacing the deck of the Moniteau Creek Bridge on Route "A," north of Route "CC."

The work is scheduled for this summer. Both bridges will be closed, and traffic will be detoured during the work.

For more information about this or any MoDOT project, call 1-888-ASK-MODOT or visit modot.org.

STATE FAIR COMMUNITY COLLEGE SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR AWARD 2/6/15


An area college is seeking the public's help for nominations for a prestigious award.

According to a release from State Fair Community College in Sedalia, it is asking for nominations for its annual Distinguished Alumni award, recognizing the achievements of an SFCC graduate.

The award will be presented at the Friday, May 15th, commencement exercise.

The release says, to be eligible, nominees must be persons of integrity who have made significant contributions to their communities or their careers; whose actions reflect and recognize the importance of the education they received at SFCC; and who demonstrate pride in their alma mater.

Nominations must be received by 5:00pm Tuesday, March 10th.

For more information, visit the school's website sfccmo.edu or call Mary Treuner, executive director of the SFCC Foundation, at (660) 530-5800, ext. 7249.

SEVERAL PROJECTS ON DOCKET FOR MARSHALL PARKS IN 2015 2/6/15RK


At the January meeting of the Marshall Park Board, Superintendent Jeff Stubblefield was given a list of projects board members would like to see accomplished in 2015-- in other words, the park's master plan.

Stubblefield said he has found out more information, such as cost, on a shade structure over the playground at the kiddie park, shelters throughout Indian Foothills Park, finishing Phase 2 of the Walking Trail, building a new maintenance shed and disposing of the old one, several things at Peyton Park, a possible Dog Park and renovation of the tennis courts and parlayed them to the Marshall Park Board at its meeting this week.

Prioritizing projects will be important.



Stubblefield said they want to finish the walking trail, but in order to do that, they have to take care of the maintenance shed issue first. The tennis courts may be next in the pecking order.



Stubblefield said they plan to fix and add as many things as possible, as long as the money holds out.

MARSHALL PARKS PRIORITIZING PROJECTS 2/6/15RK


At this week's meeting of the Marshall Park Board, Marshall Parks Superintendent Jeff Superintendent said the budget is in good shape so far.



Stubblefield said they will spend some time prioritzing projects and get them taken care of, as far as the money goes.

HIGGINSVILLE BOARD LOOKS AHEAD TO NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET 2/6/15RK


The Higginsville Board of Education met last night to discuss a few issues, including one to deal with health-insurance coverage with Blue Cross & Blue Shield. Superintendent David Figg said the news could be good for workers in the district.



Figg said that although premiums already are higher, it is good news right now to note they won't be higher.

In other business, the board discussed and made a few adjustments to the 2014-15 budget. Figg said it looks like they are going to end up with a 33- to 34-percent sum balance. But the 2015-16 budget has more question marks.



Figg said decisions as far as teacher raises and hiring other personnel is going to be made at a future meeting, perhaps at the March meeting of the board. He also said the district is pretty set on starting the next school year on Tuesday, August 18th.

WARRENSBURG MAN HURT IN JOHNSON COUNTY CRASH 2/6/15RK


A warrensburg man was sent to the hospital with minor injuries after a two-car crash in Johnson County Thursday night.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as an eastbound 2000 Hyundai, driven by Tyler Myers, of Warrensburg, overtook and struck the rear of an eastbound Chevrolet 1500, driven by 40-year-old Roy Bailey, of Independence. Myers' vehicle then ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned, coming to rest on its top.

Myers was transported to Lee's Summit Medical Center by Johnson County E.M.S. for treatment.

The accident happened at 10:00pm on U.S. Highway 50, just east of Missouri 131.

SALINE COMMISSION TALKS BRIDGES, BBQ 2/5/15CC


At the Thursday meeting of the Saline County Commission, Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner gave an update on the progress of two ongoing county bridge projects:



In other business, the Commission approved the date and location for the annual Saline County Barbecue to be held on Saturday, June 6th on the downtown Marshall square.

CHARGES PENDING IN MARSHALL DRUG ARREST 2/5/15CC


A Marshall resident is in custody and facing drug charges after an arrest by police on Thursday.

According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, a 20-year-old subject was taken into custody after an extended investigation into narcotics sales. The subject now faces two counts of distribution of a controlled substance near government assisted housing and one count of distribution of a controlled substance near a school.

Charges are pending with the Saline County Prosecuting Attorney's office; no other information in the matter has been made available.

TWO DRUG BUSTS NET EIGHT ARRESTS IN MARSHALL 2/5/15CC


Eight people have been taken into custody after authorities served narcotics search warrants at two Marshall residences.

According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, extended investigation into the distribution of marijuana and methamphetamine culminated Thursday with the execution of the warrants with assistance from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The first was served at an address in the 300 block of South Lyon Avenue, where authorities located three ounces of marijuana, some of which was packaged for sale. Four subjects, ages ranging from 20 to 27 years old, were arrested in connection with the warrant.

Three of the four now face charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and two face charges of distribution of a controlled substance near a school.

Police say the second warrant was served at a home in the 300 block of East Laura Street, where approximately 12 ounces of marijuana (some packaged for distribution) and over $2,600 in U.S. currency were located and seized by authorities.

Four subjects, ages 19 to 25 years old, were taken into custody at the scene; all four face charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and one faces a charge of distribution of a controlled substance near a school.

Charges in the matter are pending with the Saline County Prosecuting Attorney's office.

KANDER ANNOUNCES CLEAN STATE VOTER ROLL 2/5/15CC


Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced Thursday that Missouri’s voter rolls are the most accurate and current they have been in decades.

According to a release from Kander's office, for the first time on record no Missouri counties have more registered voters than the voting age population of the county. In 2005, the United States Department of Justice sued Missouri, alleging that in the November 2004 general election, nearly one-third of the state’s counties had a higher number of registered voters on their rolls than there were residents of voting age.

The statewide voter database was established in 2006 to help local election authorities keep Missouri’s voter rolls up to date. Each county maintains and updates their rolls following federal and state law, but not every county had achieved the goal of keeping their voter rolls under their voting age population until now.

In Missouri, local election authorities maintain their own voter rolls. Kander’s office provides support to the local election authorities in the form of grants and assistance to help remove voters who should no longer be on the rolls for a variety of reasons, including if they have moved out of state, passed away, or have not responded to mailed inquiries from their local election authority and did not vote in two federal elections in a row.

"SHARE THE HARVEST" YIELDS OVER 200,000 POUNDS OF VENISON 2/5/15CC


According to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), nearly 4,000 deer hunters donated more than 212,300 pounds of venison from the 2014 Missouri deer harvest to the state’s Share the Harvest program.

Share the Harvest is administered by the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) and MDC to help feed hungry Missourians. The program orchestrates the efforts of thousands of hunters, numerous local supporting organizations, and more than 100 participating meat processors to get ground venison to people in need through food banks and food pantries around the state.

Hunters donate their extra venison to participating meat processors who then prepare the donated venison by grinding it into one-pound packages that are given to food banks and food pantries for distribution.

Since the program started in 1992, Share the Harvest has provided more than 3.3 million pounds of lean, healthy venison to help feed Missourians in need.

SALINE CO. BURGLARY UNDER INVESTIGATION 2/5/15CC


Saline County Sheriffs Deputies are investigating a report of alleged burglary at a Marshall residence.

A release from the sheriff's office says a resident of Lexington reported on Tuesday that he believed someone had entered his mother's home in the 24000 block of North Highway O sometime between January 28th and February 3rd.

Reported taken from the home were a 14.4 volt Black and Decker Firestorm Mega six-piece tool set, a Campbell-Hausfeld three gallon portable air compressor and a 27" flat screen T.V.

The caller noted that he had discovered the back door of the home left ajar and that several items in the home had been knocked to the floor and broken. No dollar value has been placed on the missing items and no suspect information has been made available.

Investigation into the alleged theft continues.

ICY ROADS CAUSE NUMEROUS ACCIDENTS 2/5/15CC


Tuesday afternoon proved to be dicey on area roadways as a blast of winter weather moved through the KMMO listening area:

* In Pettis County, the Highway Patrol says 27-year-old Natalie Wingerter, of Sedalia, suffered moderate injuries when her vehicle slid on ice on westbound Highway 50 just after 2:00pm. Reports say her pickup crossed the median into the eastbound lane and struck a vehicle driven by a Knob Noster driver, who was not injured. Wingerter was taken to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.
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* Also in Pettis County, the Patrol says 38-year-old Cara Pittman, of Iona, was northbound on Route E near Dove Road at 2:00pm when her vehicle slid off the road and hit an embankment. She received minor injuries and was taken to Bothwell Hospital for treatment.
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* A Green Ridge woman, 66-year-old Carol Brauer, suffered cuts and bruises when her S.U.V. ran off the side of Route E, just south of Route B in Pettis County, after hitting a patch of ice at around 2:30pm. Patrol reports say she was treated and released at the scene.
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* In Lafayette County, Highway Patrol reports say 21-year-old Christopher Edwards, of Concordia, received minor injuries when his 1998 Dodge slid off the side of southbound Missouri 23 and overturned at around 5:10pm; Edwards was transported to Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg for treatment.

TWO AREA COLLEGES ANNOUNCE NEW TRANSFER OPPORTUNITIES 2/5/15CC


State Fair Community College graduates have new options to pursue bachelor’s degrees in music, health sciences, or applied behavioral analysis from Central Methodist University thanks to new agreements inked this week. CMU will begin offering the new partnership opportunities in the fall.

According to a news release, one new program enables SFCC graduates with an associate of arts degree in music to transfer seamlessly into the Bachelor of Music Education degree program at CMU’s Fayette campus.

The two schools also have created a seamless transfer for SFCC graduates of its Associate of Applied Science-Radiologic Technology program and a transfer which enables SFCC associate of arts graduates to complete CMU's Bachelor of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis.

The CMU-SFCC partnership began in 2004 at SFCC’s Sedalia campus. The schools also have partnerships in Clinton and at the Lake of the Ozarks.

You can learn more at www.sfccmo.edu or www.centralmethodist.edu.

JANUARY WEATHER DATA RELEASED 2/4/15CC


January was a month with a wide range of temperatures and little moisture for the KMMO listening area.

The latest data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service shows the average high for the month came in at 39 degrees while the average low evened out at 18 degrees.

However, several days in January saw big temperature swings, as the high on January 29th topped out at 67 degrees while the low on January 8th dipped all the way down to -1 degrees.

A total of seven days in the month had highs over 50 degrees compared to nine different days in the month with a daily high temperature below the freezing mark of 32 degrees.

As for moisture, it was a light month for the area with a total of 1.10 inches of measurable precipitation at the KMMO studios in Marshall. Rain and/or snow only fell on seven days in the month, with a high mark of .30 inches measured on January 26th.

PROPOSED SOW FARM CAUSING STINK NORTH OF SLATER 2/4/15RK


In an open letter to landowners in the Slater area, Wildcat Family Farms RE, LLC, has made its intentions known to build and operate a sow complex in Saline County. If approved, the farm will be roughly 1-1/2 miles directly north of Slater off of Route "O."

Northern District Commissioner Charlie Guthrie says the commissioners have been contacted by area residents with concerns.



According to the letter, the facility is planned to have a capacity of 5,416 sows, 1,200 nursery pigs and 1,200 swine in the gilt-development unit. The letter states, the site will have a manure management plan filed with the Department of Natural Resources.

The address concerned residents can send letters to in relation to this is: Environmental Water Protection Program, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, Mo., 65102. Or, they can call (573) 751-1300.

SLATER LOOKING FOR ASSISTANCE, IDEAS FOR BEAR CREEK EVENT 2/4/15RK


At the meeting of the Slater City Council Tuesday night, City Administrator Gene Griffith gave an update on how things look for several upcoming events for this year.

He said they are going to try to hold a meeting about Steve McQueen Day next week. The event is set for Saturday, April 25th.



Griffith added the tractor pull is scheduled for Sunday, August 2nd, with the R/C Fly-in the next weekend.

But preparations for another annual event are coming along slowly.



Griffith and Mayor Stephen Allegri said the music could be different, it doesn't have to be blues but they would like to keep the Bear Creek part of the name. If anybody is interested or has ideas, Griffith and Allegri urge the person to call Slater City Hall at (660) 529-2271.

SALINE DEPUTY'S CAR HIT ON I-70 2/4/15RK


While assisting another agency, a Saline County Deputy's patrol car was struck by another vehicle on I-70. 

According to the report, Deputy Jason Higgins was requested to be of assistance to the Missouri State Highway Patrol due to the Patrol having to handle numerous vehicle accidents and slide-offs on the interstate on Sunday evening.

At just before 8:00pm, the report says Higgins was assisting a motorist, whose car had slid off the interstate into the median. Higgins' report says he activated the patrol car's lights and pulled to the left side of the roadway.

After assisting the motorist and just as he was about to reenter his car, he looked toward oncoming traffic and noted a PT Cruiser entering into the passing lane. Higgins was able to move away from his vehicle and avoid injury, but the PT Cruiser reportedly struck the patrol car, moving it approximately 35 to 40 feet. The patrol car was deemed inoperable and had to be towed.

The driver of the PT Cruiser reportedly was not injured.

The report says, until the tow truck arrived, Higgins remained on scene, directing traffic with his flashlight around the accident.

PROGRESS MADE ON SALINE CO. EMERGENCY PLAN 2/4/15RK


At Tuesday's meeting of the Saline County Commission, the commission learned from Saline County Emergency Management Director Emmitt Williams that progress has been made along the lines of combining Saline County into one Emergency Management Department.



Williams said the ball is now in the court of each municipality to draw up its formal agreement. He said a template for the resolution was supplied by Sweet Springs Mayor Dee Friel.



Williams also said he and Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey, Jr., have not met the councils in Gilliam nor Miami in person, but each of those councils met informally and have approved joining forces. Williams and Guthrey Jr. plan on attending their meetings next week.

SLATER MAYOR TOUTS CITY'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS 2/4/15RK


Mayor Stephen Allegri delivered his annual "State Of Slater" address at Tuesday night's meeting of the Slater City Council.

Allegri pointed out many accomplishments of the city over the past year and some challenges that lie ahead. The Mayor says one big improvement has involved city sidewalks:



Allegri also said the street program has continued with overlays, crack-and-seal and resurfacing of Broadway Avenue, giving Slater "the reputation of having the best streets in small-town Missouri."



In other business, Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith swore in Crystal Wiseman as a new council member. Wiseman took the place of Ron Monnig, who recently retired. Wiseman will serve out the rest of Monnig's term, which ends in April, and then run for the open seat in the April 7th Municipal Election.

FORSYTH WOMAN INJURED IN JOHNSON CRASH 2/4/15RK


A Forsyth woman suffered moderate injuries in a one-car crash in Johnson County Tuesday morning.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a northbound Toyota Prius, driven by 32-year-old Kerri Whitlock, failed to slow for the roundabout and struck the concrete curbing.

Whitlock was reportedly transported to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.

The accident happened at 11:45am on the Missouri 13 and U.S. 50 Roundabout.

FORMER COOPER, HOWARD COUNTY TROOPER TO RETIRE 2/4/15RK


Colonel Ron Replogel, Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, recently announced several retirements from the force.

Listed among the retirees is major Timothy McGrail, Commander of the Technical Services Bureau, after over 31 years of service.

McGrail started his service on January 1st, 1984, as a member of the 56th recruit class. During his career, McGrail spent some time as a trooper in Zone 7, including Cooper and Howard Counties.

McGrail's retirement is effective March 1st, 2015.

CONCORDIA ALDERMEN APPROVE LIGHTING UPGRADES 2/3/15CC


At this week's meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen, the board gave approval to an agreement that will lead to new lighting fixtures at City Hall and the Concordia Community Center.

Aldermen gave the green light to a proposal from Brightergy energy company for the materials and labor to retrofit the fixtures at the two locations with more energy-efficient L.E.D. lighting.

Company representatives will soon visit the two sites for an overview; materials will soon be ordered and work is slated to begin in the near future, according to a city spokesperson.

In other business, the board this week approved an ordinance to authorize Mayor Don Holtcamp to execute an agreement with the state Highways and Transportation Commission for the Phase One steps of the Concordia Entrance Improvement plan. The first phase will entail the building of sidewalks under the I-70 overpass that marks the main entrance to the city.

Aldermen also approved a contract with Blue Valley Public Safety for eight batteries and maintenance services for two city emergency sirens with a total price tag of just over $1,400.

SEDALIA COUNCIL HONORS EMPLOYEES, WHITEMAN 2/3/15CC


The Sedalia City Council took time out Monday night to honor three city employees for their years of service.

City Personnel Director John Rice was honored for 40 years of service to the city at both City Hall and with the Sedalia Police Department. Also, Fire Department Battalion Chief Michael Dawkins was honored for 35 years of service and Police Officer Todd Nappe was recognized for 5 years of service.

In other business, council members approved the placement of two plaques in Sedalia to honor George Whiteman, for whom Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster is named. The plaques are part of the city's "Footsteps of George Whiteman" project; one plaque will be placed at Memorial Park Cemetery (where Whiteman is buried) and the other will be placed at the former home of his mother on West 24th Street.

Council members also approved an agreement between the city and Chiodini Architects for the planning and design of improvements to the city council chambers at Sedalia City Hall.

SECURITY UPGRADES COMPLETE AT HIGGINSVILLE CITY HALL 2/3/15CC


At this week's meeting of the Higginsville Board of Aldermen, aldermen learned about the completion of security upgrades at Higginsville City Hall.

City Administrator Lee Barker says eight cameras have been installed throughout the building with the capability to record surveillance video 24 hours a day. He also notes that the project came in under budget.

In other business, the board approved the city's 2014 audit report and set the next meeting date for the Higginsville Emergency Services Committee for Monday, February 9th, at 6:00pm.

MARSHALL COUNCIL RENEWS CONTRACT WITH FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT 2/3/15RK


One of the actions taken at the Marshall City Council meeting Monday night was the city renewing a contract between the city and the Saline County Rural Fire Protection District.

Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day said it's not a renewable contract on a yearly basis, but one that needs to be renewed every four or five years.

City Administrator Connie Latimer said the wording has changed a bit, but the specifics of the contract have not changed.



The Council voted 7-0, with one council member absent, to approve the renewal of the contract.

Mayor Mark Gooden noted February 16th is the President's Day Holiday, so the council voted to hold its next meeting on the following evening, Tuesday, February 17th, at 5:15pm.

MARSHALL COUNCIL HEARS REPORTS ON SERVICES 2/3/15RK


At the meeting of the Marshall City Council on Monday night, Ward 4 Councilman Ron Duvall updated the council on the city's issuance of building permits during January.



In other business, the council also heard from Ward 3 Councilman Dan Brandt with the Municipal Services and Personnel Committee on solid waste--the tonnage being down slightly from 677 tons from last month to 608 tons in January-- and activity at the airport being down due to this being a slow time of the year.

Plus, he issued a reminder to Marshall residents to help out Municipal Services.



The next meeting of the Marshall City Council will be Tuesday, February 17th, at 5:15pm, due to February 16th being the President's Day holiday.

CARROLLTON COUNCIL OKs PURCHASE OF TRUCK 2/3/15RK


Tackling a tabled item carried over from the January 20th meeting of the Carrollton Town Council, the Council approved the city buying a new truck. According to a city official, the council approved the purchase of a FORD F-550 for $60,078. The truck will be equipped with a flat bed and a snow plow so it can be used to clean the city's streets whenever necessary. The Sewer Department and Street Department will share usage of the vehicle.The Town Council also tabled a discussion for a future meeting about perhaps buying a hand-held GPS tracking system for locating public utility systems. The Council tabled the issue to get more information on the device that could cost as much as $10,000.

NORBORNE TO HAVE UNCONTESTED RACES IN APRIL 2/3/15RK


The thickness of Norborne's water clarifier is adequate, according to a report given at the Board of Aldermen meeting Monday night.

In other business, the board voted to pay a Grainger Invoice of $1,044 for a pump motor for the water plant.

The board also learned the city will have no contested races this upcoming election cycle.

Roger Leabo has filed for another term as Mayor. Charles R. Lichte, Jr., has filed for Ward 1 and Ronald Lyon for Ward 2 Aldermen posts.

In accordance with Senate Bill 593 passed in 2014 deeming cities with less than 1,000 residents as fourth-class cities, the Norborne Board of Aldermen passed an ordinance to forego future elections which only have uncontested races. Now, that issue will be up for a vote of the people along with the uncontested races, during the Municipal Election on Tuesday, April 7th.

PETERSON TO RETIRE FROM MISSOURI EDUCATION SYSTEM 2/3/15RK


By the start of the 2015-16 school year, Marshall High School will have a new principal.

Marshall Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher confirmed that current principal Royal Peterson will be retiring from the Missouri education system, effective at the end of this school year.



Dr. Maher says she feels the district is headed in the right direction and the new principal will need to have several qualities.



In a news release, Dr. Maher stated the selection process will be one that will include teachers and other administrators. She said the district will look in-house as well as advertise for Peterson's replacement.

ODESSA PICKS UP $500,000 GRANT 2/2/15CC


The City of Odessa will receive a half-million dollars from a state agency to help fund community improvements.

According to Interim City Administrator Marcella McCoy, the announcement of the awarding of Community Block Grant Funding came from the state Department of Economic Development came on Monday:



The project also includes water main and sewer line replacements in the area; the city will contribute $406,000 to go along with the Block Grant funding for the project. McCoy says it's just one of many improvement projects scheduled for the city of Odessa:



All total, the City of Odessa has received $1.5 million in Block Grant funds and another million dollars worth of additional grant funding for community improvements in just the last three-and-a-half years.

PETTIS UNITED WAY APPS AVAILABLE 2/2/15CC


According to a news release, Pettis County United Way is now accepting applications from qualified agencies for 2015-16 funding.

To qualify, an agency must be established as a human service tax-exempt organization under the IRS Code Section 501(c)3. The allocation packet requests agency information in the areas of: constitution and by-laws, management, financial reports, and statement of nondiscrimination.

The agency must additionally meet the funding criteria, financial accountability, community needs, program priorities and effectiveness. Those agencies wishing to be considered for 2016 allocations must return the funding application by 4:00pm on Friday, March 13th, to the United Way office located at 3615 West Broadway, Suite 307, Sedalia, MO 65301.

Interested parties can contact the Sedalia-Pettis County United Way office at (660) 826-2980 to learn more or to request an application.

AREA UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS CONTINUE DROP 2/2/15CC


The unemployment picture across the KMMO listening area continues to improve, with most counties in the area below the national average and several with a rate of under 5%. The numbers are current as of December 2014.

According to data from the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Saline County leads the area with an unemployment rate of 4.2%, followed by Howard County at 4.5%, both Cooper and Johnson Counties at 4.6% and Pettis County at 4.8%

Other area counties include Chariton County at 5.1%, Lafayette County at 5.7% and Carroll County at 6.1.%

Only Lafayette and Carroll counties show an unemployment rate higher than the national average, which the most recent numbers place at 5.6% across the nation.

You can find out more at www.ded.mo.gov.

WINTER STORM GETS MARSHALL STREET CREWS BUSY 2/2/15RK


The last two nights have been very busy for the Marshall Municipal Services Street Department as Mother Nature took out her wrath on the area. The Marshall area escaped the heavier snowfall, but was hit with more paralyzing sleet and freezing rain on the city's streets.

According to Assistant Director of Municipal Services Mo Fowler, crews were out for about 12 hours Saturday night into Sunday and another four hours or so Sunday night into Monday morning, dropping a sand-and-salt mixture on the city's streets.

She said the crews do not hit every city street but concentrate on the most heavily-traveled streets and intersections that see the most traffic.

Fowler said over the past couple of days, the crews have spread roughly 110 tons, or seven dump-truck loads, of melting solution on the city's streets.

Luckily, it was the first real action for the department this winter, according to Fowler. But she said the crews are readying for any future events should Mother Nature rear her ugly head again.

RICHMOND WOMAN HURT IN RAY CRASH 2/2/15RK


A one-car crash in Ray County Sunday morning sent a Richmond woman to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as a southbound Saturn SL1, driven by Kimber Briant, of Richmond, traveled off the roadway and struck a ditch.

Briant was reportedly taken by private vehicle to Ray County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The accident occurred at 11:00am on Route "B," just south of East 156th Street.

INDEPENDENCE WOMAN HURT IN SALINE CRASH 2/2/15RK


A one-car crash in Saline County Sunday night caused moderate injuries to an Independence woman.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as a westbound Chevrolet Silverado, driven by 23-year-old Kealsi Romeiser, of Independence, ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a guardrail.

Romeiser was transported to I-70 Community Hospital in Sweet Springs for treatment.

The accident happened just after 10:30pm on I-70 at the 71.4-mile marker.

SEDALIA WOMAN HURT IN PETTIS CRASH 2/2/15RK


A two-vehicle accident in Pettis County Sunday morning caused minor injuries to a Sedalia woman.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as an eastbound Chevrolet Cobalt, driven by 18-year-old Aliison Cormican, of Sedalia, was stationary, yielding to make a left turn, and was struck by an eastbound Pontiac G6, driven by Jacob Buschjost, of California.

Cormican was reportedly taken to Bothwell Hospital via private vehicle for treatment. Buschjost was reportedly not injured.

The accident occurred at 10:30am on U.S. Highway 50 at Route "O."

COLUMBIA MAN INJURED IN PETTIS CRASH 2/2/15RK


A one-car crash in Pettis County Sunday evening caused moderate injuries to a Columbia man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a southbound car, driven by 29-year-old Kristopher Estes, traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a guardrail.

Estes was transported by E.M.S. to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.

The accident happened at 7:30pm on southbound U.S. Highway 65, north of Trickum Road.

SEDALIA YOUTHS HURT IN PETTIS CRASH 2/2/15RK


A three-vehicle accident in Pettis County Sunday evening caused injuries to two Sedalia youths.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a westbound Pontiac, driven by 31-year-old Arthur Stanley, of Sedalia, struck the rear of a slowing westbound Ford, driven by 63-year-old Thomas Aberback, of Sedalia.

Stanley's vehicle then crossed the center of the roadway and was struck by an eastbound 2002 Ford, driven by 29-year-old Emily Smasal, of Jefferson City.

The Stanley vehicle then traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned.

Youths, ages 4 and 6, in the Stanley vehicle, were reportedly transported by private vehicle to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment of minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.

The accident occurred at 7:30pm on westbound U.S. Highway 50, east of Airpark Road.

WHITE-OUT CONDITIONS REPORTED IN NORTHWEST MISSOURI 2/2/15RK


Counties in Northern Missouri got slammed more by snowfall on Sunday, and that has presented driving hazards.

According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, blowing and drifting snow was a problem in the northern third of the state, especially on east-west roadways, yesterday afternoon and evening.

White-out conditions were reported in the northwest corner of the state in Atchison, Harrison, Holt, Nodaway and Worth Counties.

The release says motorists in that area should be advised blowing snow is expected to continue through the early morning hours today.

MoDOT reminds motorists to limit travel, if possible, during winter weather. If you need to be out on the roads, MoDOT advises you to reduce your speed and drive for conditions.

You can check out road conditions before you go at modot.org.

MEETING TO BECOME TEACHER SET FOR SEDALIA MONDAY 2/1/15RK


Missouri is currently experiencing a shortage of qualified teachers.

According to a release from The American Board Teacher Certification Program, you can be in the classroom teaching within the year. The American Board is a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing teacher shortages across the country. With simply a bachelor's degree, you are pre-qualified for the program and can begin the process of teacher certification immediately. The American Board is hosting free live information sessions in the KMMO listening area this week.

There will be a meeting held Monday, February 2nd, at 5:00pm at the Boonslick Regional Library at 219 West 3rd Street in Sedalia.

There also are meetings set for Tuesday and Monday, February 9th in Kansas City and Wednesday in Lee's Summit.

You can gather more information by visiting abcte.org.

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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



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

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


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

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

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

CONCORDIA BOARD LOOKS TO FUTURE 1/31/15CC


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

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



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



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

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


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

City Administrator Dale Klussman explains what it was for.



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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Court dates for the five suspects are pending.

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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



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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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

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

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

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


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

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



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

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


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



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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

ONE INJURED IN PETTIS COLLISION 1/13/15CC


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

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

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

SALINE COUNTY RECEIVES GRANT 1/3/15RK


Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell says diligence paid off in the form of a grant recently awarded to the county.



Russell also commended the Saline County Commission for always looking for ways to save money.



Russell gave the update and thanks during the meeting of the Saline County Commission this week.

FENNER EXPECTS WORK TO BEGIN ON BRIDGE IN NEAR FUTURE 1/3/15RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission this week, Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner said there is work going to be started sometime in the near future on a bridge in western Saline County.



Fenner said when the work is completed, that will make four bridges the county that will been have taken care of in a little more than a year and a half.

AMTRAK OFFERS RIVER RUNNER SPECIALS 1/2/15CC


Amtrak Missouri River Runner passengers can save 20 percent on adult fares for travel January 5th through March 31st.

Passengers can book a seat using discount code "V419" now through March 30th. Reservations are required at least one day in advance of travel on the route between Kansas City and St. Louis, which includes stops at Hermann, Jefferson City, Sedalia, Warrensburg and Lee’s Summit.

Savings are possible by booking through the "Deals" tab at Amtrak.com or by calling 800-USA-RAIL. Tickets can also be purchased using Amtrak eTicketing and printing boarding documents from any printer or presenting them on board electronically on a tablet or smartphone.

Terms and conditions vary. Some blackouts and restrictions apply, including advance reservation and purchase requirements. The offer is valid for coach seats and is dependent upon availability.

Find out more at www.amtrak.com.
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