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Interim Superintendent  Dr.  Carol Maher at Wednesday night's Marshall School Board meeting said there is one thing that she wants to implement during her time in the Marshall School District 

Also at the meeting, Maher said she wants to update the classified manual, and she also talked about an aspiring leaders program..

The board also has set the tax rate hearing for the district for 6:30 August 26th, prior to the next regular meeting.


The Marshall School Board heard from its financial advisory Jason Hoffman at Wednesday night's meeting..

Hoffman told the board, the district finished the fiscal year with 4.3 million dollars in reserves.. the budget as written has a 190-thousand dollar surplus, and local property taxes appear to be under budgeted by 100-thousand dollars. Hoffman did however cautioned the board, saying there is no way to know what the State will do with money for education.. and he cited the so called "Friday favor" tax exemptions approved by the legislature that Governor Nixon has vetoed

The board later brought up a resolution to oppose the overturning of the vetoes for those measures , even though one board member had raised a concern about getting the board involved in politics . board member Leslie Huston says it was their duty to get involved

The board approved the resolution opposing the overturning of the vetos unamiously..

Hoffman during his report also commented on the tax levy of the Marshall district, saying 89 percent of districts across the state have a higher tax rate with the Marshall rate nearly 25 percent below the state average.


Wednesday night was the first meeting of the Marshall School Board with new Interim Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher.

Maher told the board , while she valued all opinions, she wanted the opinions of some of the students as well
Maher also reported to the board that the district has received a 25-thousand dollar Homeless Grant, was supportive of the YMCA after school program... along with an "Aspiring Leaders Program", and she also wanted to update the Classified Manual of the district


The shooting range at the Ralph and Martha Perry Memorial Conservation Area will be closed for maintenance work during the week of July 28. The work is expected to take a few days. Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff will be repairing berns, upgrading shooting benches and making parking-lot improvements. The range is in Johnson County north of Warrensburg.

MDC maintains both staffed and unstaffed shooting ranges throughout the state. They offer hunters and target shooters opportunities for recreation and practice.


Two award-winning student projects will be displayed in the History Hall of the Missouri State Museum located in the Capitol this summer, through mid-August. Both exhibits received the annual Missouri History Prize, a part of National History Day in Missouri.

One of the students is Odessa High School's Hannah Scott for her work, titled "Women of Steel: The Rights and Responsibilities of America’s Arsenal for Production." She went on to take third place in the National History Day competition in Washington D.C. for the Senior Individual Exhibit category.

The State Museum established the Missouri History Prize, which is awarded annually, to encourage students to research Missouri history for their projects. The theme for History Day 2014 was "Rights and Responsibilities in History."

The Missouri State Museum, which is part of Missouri State Parks, is located on the first floor of the Missouri State Capitol.

For information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com.


Gov. Jay Nixon has proclaimed this Sunday (July 27th) to be Korean War Veterans Day in Missouri. A state statute passed in 1989 designates July 27 of each year as a day for Missourians to honor and remember those who served in America’s armed forces during the Korean War. An estimated 50,000 Korean War veterans currently live in Missouri.

Together with their allies from the Republic of Korea and the United Nations, American troops fought against North Korean and Chinese Communist troops from 1950 to 1953. An armistice was signed on July 27, 1953, ending hostilities on the Korean peninsula.

Nixon said he encourages Missourians to particularly show their thanks and respect to our Korean War veterans on this day set aside to give them special honor.


Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that he has ordered the Office of Administration to conduct a comprehensive review of the Missouri Lottery’s operations to assess its ability to carry out its voter-approved mandate to provide a stable funding source for public schools.

Nixon said, for more than two decades, Missourians have counted on the lottery to help provide the resources our schools need to deliver the high quality education our kids deserve. Today, we have a responsibility to make sure the lottery keeps its promise to our public schools in an efficient and effective manner. This comprehensive review will help ensure the Missouri Lottery continues to fulfill its mission of providing a stable funding source for Missouri schools now and for years to come.

In 1992, Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment under which Missouri Lottery revenues are earmarked solely for public education. In Fiscal Year 2014, the percent of lottery revenues going to education dropped to 23 percent, its lowest point in at least a decade, while lottery ticket sales continued to increase.


Missouri Valley College will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and Marshall Chamber of Commerce After Hours event to celebrate the opening of a new facility, the Malcolm Center for Student Life on Thursday, July 24th, 2014.

The fundraising campaign started about three years ago, receiving an initial gift from a Valley alum in Florida, according to Eric Sappington, the Vice-President of Institutional Advancement at the college.

Sappington said the state-of-the-art facility will serve great purpose, offering many things to today's students.

The event runs from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, with Hors d'oeuvres and beverages being provided by MVC. The ribbon cutting is scheduled to take place at 5:00pm.

The public is invited to attend.

A donor recognition ceremony will be held in October in conjunction with Homecoming to recognize those who contributed.


Kenneth Kieser, author of "Missouri's Great Flood of '93-- Revisiting an Epic Natural Disaster," will be at the Marshall Public Library on Thursday, July 24th, 2014.The Great Flood of '93 hit Missouri, along with eight other states from the Iowa-Missouri border to the Mississippi River in St. Charles, but devastated Mid-Missouri the most. A lot of people lost their land, local shops, and some lost their lives and loved ones.

The 159-page book has numerous pictures of the devastation.

Kieser helped stack sandbags along the Missouri River in Parkville shortly before the river started rising. He said they stacked bags eight high, never dreaming the crest would breach the wall. But the water crested six feet higher.

However, he said what led to the flood happened many thousands of miles away.

The discussion with Kieser will begin at 6:00pm.
The discussion is part of the library's Adult Summer Reading Program "The Missouri River - Catch Our Drift."


Due to a water-main break, residents who get their water from the city of Gilliam will be without water until about 6:00pm today (July 23rd).

A spokesperson for the city told KMMO they hope to have it repaired by then.

After that, a boil order has been issued for the next 24 hours or until 6:00pm on Thursday, July 24th.


The Marshall School Board meets in regular session at 7:00pm on Wednesday, July 23rd.

Items on the agenda include consideration of a critical issue alert from the Missouri School Board Association, discussion on the position of Curriculum Director and consideration of guidelines for the Free and Reduced Lunch and Breakfast program. The Board will also set the date for the district's annual tax rate hearing.

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


Authorities in New Franklin say four arrests have been made in the case of a break-in at the city pool.

A release from New Franklin police says that two male adult subjects and two juvenile subjects were taken into custody on Sunday, July 20th; no information about the subjects has been made available.

Police were called to the pool last week after the concession stand was reportedly broken


A one-vehicle accident in Benton County has resulted in serious injuries to a Lincoln man.

Missouri State Highway Patrol reports say a Ford Explorer, driven by 24-year-old Michael Popp travelled off the rodaway and overturned. The driver was ejected from the vehicle.

According to the report, Popp, who was transported by Warsaw Lincoln E.M.S. to University Hospital, was not wearing a safety device.

The accident happened at 5:30am on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, on Route "H," one mile before Fire Tower Avenue.


Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident in Saline County on July 22nd, 2014.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Reports say a Nissan Cube, driven by 69-year-old Elizabeth Fields, of Elgin, Ill., made a left turn into a private drive into the path and was struck by a Jeep Comanche driven by 21-year-old Jeremy Robinson, of Marshall.

Fields and two passengers in her car, including 96-year-old Elizabeth Lemmon, of Marshall, all suffered minor injuries. They all said they would seek their own treatment.

The accident happened at 10:00am on Route "H", less than a mile east of Kitty Hawk Avenue.


The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all types to help prevent a blood shortage. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion, and every day the Red Cross must collect 15,000 donations to meet the needs of patients.

American Red Cross External Communications Manager Dan Fox says levels are getting low.

Over the past 11 weeks, donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 8 percent, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected.

The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.

There are a number of blood drives coming up around the state during the rest of July. In Saline County, you can roll up your sleeve and donate blood from 12:00pm to 4:00pm on July 31st at the Missouri Department of Transportation at 1595 West Arrow Street in Marshall.


The City of Carrollton welcomed in its newest police officer at the Monday meeting of the Town Council. The Council unanimously approved the hiring of John Stamper, of Columbia, to join the Carrollton police force.

Also on Monday, the council approved a lone bid from Vance Brothers, of Kansas City, for street chip and seal work; the also approved a bid of $3,795 for paint striping work to Michael Todd and Company, of Omaha, Nebraska.

Council members approved a grant application from the Missouri Valley Community Action Agency to seek funds to help start a year-round child care program for kids six months through three years old; they also learned that Carroll County Memorial Hospital and B.T.C. Bank are both moving forward with their plans to expand in Carrollton.


The Concordia Board of Aldermen met in regular session on Monday night. City Administrator Dale Klussman says the Board accepted a check on behalf of a local group that's helping to improve Central Park.

Klussman says the Board also passed a resolution to allow use of the park for an annual Concordia pasttime in September.

The Concordia Fall Festival runs September 2nd through the 6th.

Also on Monday, the Board approved a Planning and Zoning receommendation to allow a satellite church to operate out of a South Main Street business, approved the use of the patented city logo for an upcoming "Food for Kids" event and approved the use of of the city lake for a bass fishing tournament on Saturday, August 2nd.


The Sedalia City Council welcomed its newest member at their Monday night meeting, as the oath of office was given to Russell Driscoe. He will take the second ward seat of Rebecca LaStrada, who announced her resignation from the council earlier this month. Driscoe will fill out LaStrada's unexpired term which ends in April of next year.

The council also approved granting a special use permit to Verizon wireless to install a 190-foot communications tower on West 32nd Street for five years, approved amendments to the current fiscal year budget and approved airport hangar and farm lease forms.

Council members also learned Monday night that City Clerk Arlene Silvey has been awarded the title of Professional City Clerk by the Missouri City Clerks and Financial Officers Association. A spokesperson says it's one of the highest honors a clerk can receive in the service of a Missouri municipality.


An area man took a trip to the hospital after a one-vehicle accident in Johnson County early Tuesday morning.

The Highway Patrol says a car driven southbound by 21-year-old Taryn Morgan, of Kansas City, struck a deer in the roadway, ran off the roadway and down an embankment.

The driver escaped injury; a passenger, 27-year-old William Morrow, of Warrensburg, received minor injuries and was taken to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment.

Patrol reports say the crash happened around 2:30am on Southeast 23 Highway in Johnson County.


A very brief meeting of the Marshall City Council Monday night...

Third ward Councilman Sam Moten passed along a reminder from the Municipal Services department that will help to keep storm drains from getting clogged when it rains 

Also Monday night, City Administrator Connie Latimer told the council that department heads have now received their budget work sheets, which is one of the first steps in creating the budget for the next fiscal year. The fiscal year for the city will begin on October first.

The Marshall Council also had a rare executive session following their regular meeting dealing with real estate.


The Pettis County Highway Department closed Meyers Road at the Flat Creek Bridge south of Upton Road at 4 pm Monday, July 21st.

Bridge repair is occurring and, weather permitting, is expected to reopen on August 1st.

Motorists using that section of Meyers Road should plan for taking an alternate route.

The Pettis County Sheriff's Office reminds motorists to buckle up, slow down, follow posted signage and drive safely through work zones.


The Slater Board of Education meets Tuesday with a number of discussion items on the agenda.

Included on the agenda are discussions about facility doors, carpet installation, speakers and cameras.

Also on the agenda are discussions on bids for fuel, dairy and bread. There also are scheduled to be discussions on policy changes, eligibility criteria for free and reduced-priced meals and


Four Sedalia teens escaped serious injury Sunday in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Pettis County. The Highway Patrol says a car driven by 17-year-old Christian Mabry failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the roadway and overturned.

Mabry and three passengers, 18-year-old Zechariah Jones, 17-year-old Heather Buck, & 16-year-old Mitchell Paul, all of Sedalia, received minor injuries; the Patrol says all four refused treatment at the scene.

Reports say the crash happened around 6:30pm on Sunday on Cherry Tree Lane, south of Cloney Road in Pettis County.


The Missouri Department of Transportation will be replacing culvert on a Saline County road on Monday, July 21st.

Route YY, located four miles south of Highway 65 and eight miles north of I-70, will be closed from 8:00am-4:00pm.

Motorists in the area will need to find an alternate route while the work is being carried out.


Saline County Sheriffs Deputies are currently investigating a report of theft from an area storage unit. Deputies were contacted Sunday by a Warsaw resident who said someone removed $400 worth of clothing from her storage unit in Blackburn.

The caller told deputies she believes she knows the person or person who may have committed the alleged theft; Saline County authorities are currently investigating the case along with deputies from Benton County.
A Marshall woman reported to Saline County deputies on Friday that her vehicle was recently damaged when someone apparently tried to remove the wheels.

The victim said she took her car to a Marshall mechanic after noticing her tire pressure was extremely low and her car was running rough; mechanics later told her the lugnuts had all been loosened in what they believed was an attempt to remove one or more of the wheels. Total cost of the damages came to over $1,000; investigation into the incident continues.
Saline County Deputies were called to an Emma address last week on a report of a deceased male subject in the home. The man's brother had come from Kansas to check on him after being unable to reach him for several days. Deputy reports stated that the home's resident, John Camp, had suffered from medical issues and his brother stated he had not been taking his medications.

Authorities believe Camp had been deceased at least 36 hours before being discovered by his brother. Deputies say no foul play is suspected in the matter.


The Warrensburg Arts Commission meets in regular session on Monday, July 21st.

Items on the agenda include updates on the Warrensburg Main Street summer concert series, the Lions Lake project and the Community Theater. Members will also discuss the 2015 fiscal year budget and a new grant request for a Main Street "Burgfest".

The meeting gets underway at 7:00pm in the council chambers of Warrensburg City Hall at 200 South Holden.


If you've ever wanted to be a state conservation agent, the Missouri Department of Conservation is now accepting applications for its next agent trainee class.

Beginning today and running through August 18th, the department is seeking applicants to become trainees for 26-weeks of training in law enforcement and resource management.

After completing training, those selected are then assigned to Missouri counties to enforce state wildlife codes and assist the public with various aspects of wildlife and land management.

Applicants must have at least a Bachelor's degree in a field related to the natural sciences or criminal justice. To apply or to learn more, visit the Department of Conservation's website at www.mdc.mo.gov.


One person received minor injuries in an accident in Saline County late Sunday morning. The Highway Patrol says a car driven by 18-year-old Steven Clardy, of Blackwater, came over a hill and upon a four-wheeler sitting in the roadway.

The Patrol says Clardy slid on gravel and was unable to avoid striking the four-wheeler, throwing its driver, 21 year old David Kusgen, of Nelson, from the vehicle.

Kusgen received minor injuries and told authorities he would seek his own treatment. The accident happened late Sunday morning on Nature Avenue in southeast Saline County.


The following city councils and boards of aldermen are scheduled to meet on Monday, July 21st, 2014:

* The Marshall City Council has mostly routine items on the agenda for its 5:15PM meeting. The council will hear committee reports and take up an ordinance to pay the city's bills. An executive session is also scheduled for real estate matters.

* The Carrollton Town Council will get an update from Carrollton Area Economic Alliance Director Sharon Metz during their 6:00pm meeting Monday evening. The council will first hold a public hearing at 5:30pm to discuss the town's submission of an application for a Community Development Block Grant from the Departmen of Economic Development.

Also during the regular meeting, the council will take up the hiring of a police officer. An executive session is also scheduled following the regular meeting.

The Higginsville Board of Aldermen will first meet in special session at 6:00pm to take up the mayor's appointment of Beau Linebach to a vacant seat in Ward Two; if he is approved by the entire board he will fill the seat vacated by Kalani Rankin until the April 2015 election.

The board will also take up a request to close Cypress Street from 29th to 31st street on the evening of August 3rd as area several churches are collaborating to host a back-to-school event. An executive session is also scheduled following the regular meeting.

* The Sedalia City Council meets at 7:00pm. On the agenda is approval of airport and farm lease forms, a special use permit for Verizon Wireless to install a 190-foot communications tower on West 32nd street, and amending the budget for the fiscal year.

* The Concordia Board of Aldermen meets in regular session at 7:00pm at the Concordia Community Center. Items on the agenda include a report on recent work done at Central Park, a resolution to grant permission for use of the park for the Concordia Fall Festival and an update from the recent meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

They'll also look to grant permission for use of the city lake for an August bass fishing tournament and permission for a group to use the city's logo for an upcoming event.


It looks like the weather and the river levels will favor MODOT this week, as they plan to close the Highway 41 bridge over the Lamine River just north of the Interstate 70 as of 8:00pm Monday morning for the planned bridge replacement project. Originally the bridge was slated to close earlier this month, but the closing was postponed because of high water on the Lamine River.

MODOT says a detour will be in place while the road and bridge are closed. The detour will direct traffic around the closure by Route K through the town of Blackwater. The conservation area at the Lamine River will remain open during the construction of the new bridge.

The bridge and road are scheduled to reopen on October 21st. Lehman Construction Company of California, Missouri was awarded the bid for the $2.2 million project.


The University of Central Missouri Foundation had a strong finish this fiscal year, exceeding their fund raising goal by more than one million dollars. for a total of $5.3 million raised during the just-ended fiscal year.

The foundation was able to award more than $1.2 million dollars in scholarship support to benefit nearly a thousand students through the University of Central Missouri's four academic colleges.

The Foundation also achieved a new record for total assets, which grew to slightly more than $50 million during the fiscal year.


Someone in the State of California hit the powerball jackpot worth $60 million Saturday night. The jackpot goes back to $40 million for Wednesday night's drawing.

No one hit the Missouri Lotto Jackpot on Saturday; it now increases to $1.7 million for Wednesday night's drawing.


The last day of the Saline County Youth fair today, and one of the anticipated highlights will be the Traditional County ham breakfast.... Serving will be from 7 this morning until 1 this afternoon at the fairgrounds.... The ham breakfast is sponsored by the Saline County Fair Association and the Junior Livestock sale ham buyers...

Also this morning there will be a worship service at 9 a.m. in the church on the Saline county fairgrounds..


Robberies in central Missouri on Saturday. The Kingdom City Post Office in Callaway county was robbed Saturday morning.. The man was is described as a white male in his 30's or younger with short dark blond hair, about 5-foot 10 inches tall... wearing a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans, and wrap around sunglasses with white frames..

He left on a small black motorcycle. a reward of up to 50-thousand dollars is being offered in the arrest and conviction of the man who robbed the post office...

About ten hours later, early Saturday evening, Columbia police were called to an armed robbery at the Super 8 motel..

A man walked into the lobby of the motel and displayed a gun to the employees at the front desk..

He got away with an unknown amount of money.

The suspect in that robbery is described by authorities as a black male, about 6-feet tall, slender wearing a white shirt and a handkerchief to cover his face, along with a ball cap.

No injuries were reported in either of the robberies


The Perry Memorial Conservation area shooting range , in Johnson county, operated by the Department of Conservation will be closed later this month...

Conservation officials say the range north of Warrensburg will be closed for renovations July 28th. Conservation department staff will be upgrading shooting benches, repairing berms and also making parking lot improvements.

The shooting range will be reopened in August.

The Department of Conservation maintains both staffed and unstaffed shooting ranges in the state.


The death penalty will be sought in connection with the murder of a Marshall woman..

Pettis county Prosecutor Jeff Mittelhauser says his office will seek the death penalty against 65 year old Joseph Arbeiter of rural Pettis county...

Authorities found the remains of 35 year old Mandy Black near Arbiter's trailer home in rural Pettis county in early May...

Arbiter is facing ten charges in total, including murder in the first degree, along with charges of assault, rape, and attempted sodomy. Several of the charges had been filed against Arbiter in another case, prior to the discovery of Black's body.

The trial for Arbiter has been moved to Clay county at the request of the defense... No trial date has been set.


MoDOT has released its upcoming road-work projects in Cooper County, which includes:
During Daylight and Overnight Hours: Bridge replacement continues on Route 41 over the Lamine River, north of Moehle Mill Road. The bridge will be completely closed to traffic at 8:00am on Monday, July 21, weather and water levels permitting. The project is scheduled for completion in October.

During Daylight Hours, the following projects will be going on:

Roadway maintenance will take place on Tuesday, July 22 and Wednesday, July 23 on Route "N" between Route 135 and Route "NN." One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Roadway maintenance will take place Thursday, July 24 on Route "JJ" between Route 135 and the end of state maintenance. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Roadway maintenance will take place on Thursday, July 24 on Route Double-P between Route 5 and the end of state maintenance. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

MoDOT reminds motorists to buckle up, slow down, follow posted signs and drive safely through work areas.

For more information about this or any other MoDOT project, call 1-888-ASK-MODOT or log on to modot.org.


Gov. Jay Nixon today announced his appointments to five boards and commissions. The appointees will be subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate, with the exception of the Missouri Statewide Independent Living Council.

Included among his appointees is Elizabeth Wood, of Adrian, to the University of Central Missouri Board of Governors as a Student Representative.

The board is the highest policy-making body of the university.

Wood is a member of the Academic Retention Team, the National Society of Leadership and Success, the Public Relations Student Society of America, and is a reporter for the university newspaper, The Muleskinner. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending Dec. 31, 2016.


The Boonslick Historical Summer meeting will be from 3:00pm to 5:00pm on Sunday, July 20th, 2014, at the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art at Central Methodist University in Fayette.

The Gallery is located in Classic Hall on the southeast corner of the campus.

The public is invited to attend.

Currently being featured is an historically significant exhibit titled "Courthouses of Missouri: A Photographic Study by Jerry Benner."

Denise Gebhart, curator of the gallery, and Benner will be present to talk about its current show and other permanent works.

The Boonslick Historical Society was founded in 1937 and meets several times a year to enjoy historical topics pertinent to the Boonslick area.


The Missouri Department of Conservation has released a list of work it will be doing over the next week in Carroll and Chariton Counties.

The list includes mowing on Routes 139, "JJ" and "D" in Carroll County July 21st through July 25th and drainage work along U.S. Highway 65 from Route "B" to County Road 324 on July 24th and 25th.

In Chariton County, Route 139 is closed at the Stanley Lake Bridge for bridge replacement until August 1st, 2014.

MoDOT will be mowing July 21st through July 25th along Routes "TT" "E" and 11.

There also will be shoulder repair on Route 139 from Route "H" (in Livingston County) to "RA" July 21st through July 25th.

MoDOT also will be taking care of drainage work on Route "Y" inside the city limits of Brunswick July 21st through July 25th.

MoDOT reminds motorists to buckle up, slow down, follow posted signs and drive safely through work areas.

For more information about a project, contact MoDOT at 1-888-ASK-MODOT or log on to modot.org.


The Marshall Public Library has learned they won't be receiving thousands of dollars in state funding they had anticipated.

Director Wicky Sleight says state aid and funding from the Remote Electronic Access for Libraries, or R.E.A.L., program have been withheld by Governor Nixon after recent budget battles in the state capital. She explains what the program provides for the Marshall Library:

She says not only have the R.E.A.L. funds been withheld, but also money from the state Athletes and Entertainers Tax and thousands in annual state funding.

She says the effects of the governor's withholdings won't really be known until the library drafts its budget for 2015, but that some budget money earmarked for books may have to be redirected to help offset the difference.


A man accused of murdering a Marshall woman makes a court appearance on Friday, July 18th, in Sedalia. According to online court documents, 65-year-old Joseph Franz Arbeiter will appear before Judge Larry Harman at 2:00pm in Pettis County Circuit Court.

Arbeiter was indicted by a grand jury in May for the alleged killing and dismemberment of 35-year-old Mandy M. Black, of Marshall. Black's remains were found in and around a Sedalia trailer park where Arbeiter had been living before his arrest by Pettis County authorities in April on unrelated charges.

Arbeiter faces charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action; he pleaded not guilty to the charges at an arraignment earlier this year. Pettis County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Mittelhauser said at a press conference in May that the state has yet to determine if they will seek the death penalty if Arbeiter is convicted.


Two Joplin teens were hurt Friday in a one-car rollover crash on I-70.

The Highway Patrol says a vehicle driven westbound by 17-year-old Savanna Stripling ran off the left side of the road and hit a median cable; the car overturned and came to a rest in the eastbound lanes of the interstate.

Stripling and a passenger, 13-year-old Gabriel Barber, both received minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to Cooper County Memorial Hospital for treatment. The Patrol says the accident happened just before 5:30am in the morning on I-70 at the 107.6 mile marker in Cooper County.


A one-car crash in Johnson County on Thursday has sent a Warrensburg driver to the hospital.

The Highway Patrol says 19-year-old John Nestor was eastbound when his vehicle ran off the south side of the road and hit a fence. The car returned to the road and ran off the side again, where it struck a fence and two trees before finally coming to a stop.

Nestor received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment. The Patrol says the accident happened around 3:45pm at County Roads Southeast 350 and Southeast 601 in Johnson County.


During the July 14th meeting of the Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education, the Sedalia Lions Club presented a check for $10,000 to the district to start the Vision Intervention Program and to purchase therapy equipment to be used at the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative.

The Vision Intervention Program will be a new effort at Parkview and Washington Elementary schools in the 2014-15 school year to help develop functional skills in children who qualify for extra support in the area of vision. The goal is to use the program as an early intervention to help students who may have otherwise struggled to make progress in school.

The therapy equipment will help children increase body awareness, build strength, increase balance and give sensory input to help children organize the nervous system.


The New Franklin Board of Aldermen approved an ordinance to raise the water rates for the city's customers.

The rates will increase from $4.50 for the first 1,000 gallons to $20.00. for each 1,000 gallons over the first 1,000 gallons used, there will be an additional $6.49 charge.

The board approved a resident the right to build a driveway to the back of his house on Platted Street.

Waiting on grant funds for the sewer project to be released, the board approved the city extending its loan with Exchange Bank. The board also reported the new estimated cost of the sewer project to be $310,500 more than it was two years ago.

The board also will be seeking bids to re-pave various community streets.


At the Monday night meeting of the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen, Mayor Dee Friel proposed to the board that Monday, July 28th should be used as a work day to look at the ordinance book and see which ordinances should be repealed. The board agreed on the date, and the work day will be open to the public.

An ordinance was presented to the board to allow only parallel parking in the 300 block of South Locust on the west side of the street. The ordinance passed by a unanimous vote.

The board also appointed Alisa Goode to the three-year term on the Library Board.

Scott Hager was appointed to a three-year term, Kevin Lawson to a four-year term and John Kueker to a five-year term on the Board of Adjustments.

The board approved a date of August 11th for a public hearing on the proposed tax levy. The hearing will be at 5:45pm before the regular meeting.

In closed session, the board approved hiring William Fisher as a full-time police officer.


The Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works approved purchasing a new battery charger for the Miami Substation at its meeting on July 17th. The battery charger at this station is over 20 years old. It maintains the 130-volt DC battery bank that supplies power to all station breakers, relays and switches for both Miami #1 and #2. The budget was $5,000.

MMU General Manager Kyle Gibbs says they are replacing the old one with a unit that has the battery-eliminator function. This will allow battery replacement/maintenance without losing DC station power.

The Board also approved a change order with RP Coatings for a deduct of $13,416.00. This contract was for painting at the Water Treatment Plant and Wastewater Treatment Plant. The deduct was for work to be performed only if needed. This change order completes this project.

Also, demolition work has started on the power plant roof over units 1, 2 and 3.

Next scheduled Board meeting is Thursday, July 31st, 2014.


Dr. Tom Hall, III, president of Friends of Arrow Rock, will be at the Marshall Public Library tonight at 6:00pm to discuss "Medicine on the Missouri River."

Hall, a professor at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, has been in the medical field his entire professional career. Hall will discuss malaria in the 1900s on the Missouri River and Santa Fe trail from a historical standpoint.

Hall is the grandson of Dr. Matthew Walton Hall, who bought several thousand acres of land now known as Saline County for $950.

The program is part of the Adult Summer Reading Series at the library, "The Missouri River: Catch Our Drift."


 A big crowd on hand for the demolition derby to open up the Saline County Youth fair... one problem however, there were two other demolition derbies going on in the area, and that cut down on the competitors..

Cody Henry of Richmond came out of top when all the dust had cleared, another man from Richmond placed second and Dan Park of Marshall took third

COOK - COURT 7/12/14

 One man is in custody and has been charged in Pettis county after police recieved a report of shots being fired in Liberty park in Sedalia early Friday morning.

Following a nearly two hour standoff, in which 42 year old Michael Ray Cook of Sedalia , according to police appeared to be enraged and demanded to talk with his ex-girlfriend and daughter.

A weapon, he appeared to have on him turned out to be a fake firearm.

Police used their taser to stop Cook , and take him into custody. He has been charged in Pettis County court with three counts of assault on a law officer. and .. making a terrorist threat, all felonies...a long with the misdemeanor of making a false report.

His bond has been set at 10-thousand dollars...


  The United States Postal Service has been surveying 29 post offices in rural areas of the state to see what, if any changes need to be made..

At a recent meeting in Sweet Springs, the Postal Service informed patrons that the Sweet Springs post office will go from having a full time retail window to a part time window beginning in October...

Officials say the change will mean an hour less per day where people can buy stamps and get other postal services at the window. It was also announced that the Hughesville post office is also going to a part time window.


Beginning July 1st, deer hunters can apply online for a shot at nearly 5,700 openings for more than 100 Missouri Department of Conservation managed deer hunts from mid-September through mid-January. Most hunters may apply for only one managed hunt per year. The online application period ends July 31st.

Managed-hunt dates, locations, and other details will be listed on the Department of Conservation website starting July 1st. The Department will post drawing results at the same website from September 2nd through January 15th. Successful applicants will receive area maps and other information regarding their hunts by mail.

Details about managed hunts are also available in the "2014 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information" booklet available by July 1st at conservation offices and nature centers, from permit vendors around the state, and online at www.mdc.mo.gov.