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TWO INJURED IN RAY COUNTY CRASH 12/18/14CC


A two-vehicle accident on Thursday left two Richmond residents with injuries.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when a van driven westbound by 49-year-old Phillip Barry slid across the centerline of Missouri 210 and struck an eastbound S.U.V. driven by 47-year-old Jennifer Brenton.

Both drivers suffered moderate injuries in the collision and were both taken by ambulance to North Kansas City Hospital for treatment. Patrol reports say the accident happened around 7:30am just west of Profitt Road in Ray County.

BOONVILLE B.O.E. UPDATED ON DISTRICT PROJECTS 12/18/14CC


The Boonville R-1 School Board was updated this week on a number of construction and renovation projects around the district. Superintendent Mark Ficken explains:



In other business, Ficken says the board spent time discussing bids for stage lighting and curtain replacement at two Boonville area schools and discussed the future of a proposed girls golf program at Boonville High School, though no formal actions were taken on either matter at this week's board meeting.

SWEET SPRINGS SCHOOL BOARD OK'S LIGHTING PROPOSAL 12/18/14CC


The Sweet Springs R-7 Board of Education approved a proposal this week to replace the district's lights with more energy-efficient L.E.D. lighting.

Superintendent Donna Wright says the move has been made possible due in part to a KCP&L grant based on overall energy savings:



Board members approved the proposal with the company Brightergy at a cost of $14,000 per year. The move is expected to save the district over $130,000 in energy costs. The work to replace the old lighting is expected to take about one week.

"FAMILY NIGHTS" COMING TO MALTA BEND SCHOOL 12/18/14CC


At this week's meeting of the Malta Bend R-5 School Board, board members learned of upcoming events designed for district students and families to enjoy.

Beginning January 22nd, the district will host Title 1 Family Nights, where students and their families can enjoy activities, food and fellowship; the first event will feature a movie and popcorn for participants.

In other business, the Board announced three open seats to be filled in the April Municipal Election and approved the student council to hold a 50/50 fundraiser at an upcoming Malta Bend basketball game.

FAYETTE B.O.E. APPROVES REPAIRS, UPGRADES 12/18/14CC


The Fayette R-3 Board of Education met in regular session this week.

Board members were updated on repairs needed at Daly Elementary to fix an exterior wall on the east side of the building; later in the evening they chose between two options for the repairs, opting for a permanent restabilizing of the wall using 37 piers. The bid of $54,200 was awarded to Foundation Recovery Systems, of Kansas City.

In other business, the board approved a bid of $10,800 to Hilgedick Electric Services for HVAC upgrades for Clark Middle School, received updates on the last few bond projects being carried out for the district and finalized "late start" procedures for inclement weather.

SEDALIA WOMAN INJURED IN COLLISON 12/18/14CC


A two-vehicle collision in Morgan County on Thursday left a Sedalia woman with moderate injuries.

The Highway Patrol reports the crash happened around 7:35am on eastbound Highway 50, where vehicles driven by 45-year-old Gail Greble, of Sedalia, and 29-year-old Marc Snarr, of New Bloomfied, collided in the roadway. Greble's vehicle then ran off the side of the roadway before it finally came to a stop.

Greble was taken by ambulance to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment; Snarr was reportedly not injured in the collision.

ONE HURT IN LAFAYETTE CRASH 12/18/14CC


An Odessa man was injured Thursday in a one-vehicle accident in Lafayette County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 20-year-old Michael Casselman was traveling southbound in a 1995 Ford. The vehicle reportedly ran off the side of the roadway and struck an embankment.

Casselman suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment. Reports say the crash happened around 8:00am Thursday morning on Missouri 131 in Lafayette County.

MAN SHOT IN SEDALIA ROBBERY ATTEMPT 12/18/14CC


Police in Sedalia are investigating an alleged armed robbery at a downtown business that reportedly left one man with gunshot wounds.

According to a release from Sedalia Police, officers were dispatched at around 1:30pm Thursday to a jewelry retailer in the 100 block of South Ohio, where they found the owner suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Police say the man was shot in an attempted robbery of the store.

The unidentified man was transported to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment, where his condition was not thought to be life-threatening. No other injuries were reported from the scene.

Authorities say it is unclear at this time what items or money were taken from the business. No suspect information was provided by police as they continue their investigation.

Anyone with information in the matter is asked to contact the Sedalia Police Deaprtment at (660) 826-8100.

GLASGOW B.O.E. APPROVES INSURANCE INVOICE 12/18/14CC


In a regular session meeting held Wednesday night, the Glasgow School Board approved an annual insurance invoice from the Missouri United School Insurance Council and approved a Long-Range Planning Meeting to be held on Monday, January 12th.

Board members also were given an overview of the recent 84th annual Glasgow Tournament and were brought up to speed on recent district activities. The board also got updated on the district's calendar for the upcoming holiday break, in which students will be dismissed this Friday at noon and will return on Monday, January 5th.

SALINE COMMISSION MAKES CORRECTION 12/18/14RK


A correction from Tuesday's meeting was made at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday morning. Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings explains.



In other business, the commission approved four part-time employees for the Saline County Collector's office through the tax season.

And over the year, persons who have earned checks from the county, for one reason or another, have not cashed those checks. The commission approved the original checks be voided and new checks be issued to recipients for $308 from Fund 10 and $2,229 from Fund 11. The commission also approved $2,500 of postage being added to the postage machine.

SALINE COMMISSION OKs REQUEST 12/18/14RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday morning, Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings said newly-elected Saline County Collector, Cindi Sims, recently requested to be able to work alongside current collector, Grace Miles, to learn the nuances of the position. Stallings said the commission talked it over with legal counsel and found out it is OK to do that.



Stallings said he doesn't know specific dates for this, but it will happen.



As Stallings said, Sims officially is to take office on March 1st, 2015.

CAR SLIDES OFF SNOW-COVERED ROADWAY, INJURES KINGSVILLE DRIVER 12/18/14RK


A one-car crash in Johnson County early this morning caused moderate injuries to a Kingsville woman.

According to a Highway Patrol report, the accident occurred as a southbound vehicle, driven by 29-year-old Ashley Coston, of Kingsville, slid off the snow-covered roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.

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

The accident happened at 4:20am on Route "W," south of Southwest 25th Road.

CANDIDATES START FILING FOR WARRENSBURG CC 12/18/14RK


Candidates have started filing for the April 7th, 2015, Municipal Election in an area city .

According to a release from Warrensburg City Clerk Cindy Gabel, Flip Piontek and Bryan Jacobs have filed for Warrensburg City Council seats.

Filing started on Tuesday and continues through 5:00pm on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015.

SEDALIA MAN INJURED IN JOHNSON COUNTY CRASH 12/18/14RK


A Sedalia man suffered minor injuries in a one-car crash in Johnson County early this morning.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as an eastbound Ford Escape, driven by 29-year-old Brian Woods, slid off the snow-covered roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.

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

The accident happened at 1:45am on U.S. 50 Highway at Northwest 751st Road.

CLINTON MAN INJURED IN HENRY COUNTY CRASH 12/18/14RK


A one-car crash in Henry County on Wednesday afternoon caused moderate injuries to a Clinton man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when a northbound vehicle, driven by 29-year-old Derek Phelps, drifted off the roadway, struck a guardrail, traveled off the roadway again and struck another guardrail.

Phelps was transported by Golden Valley E.M.S. to Golden Valley Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened just before 3:00pm on Missouri Highway 7, one-tenth of a mile from Northwest 701st Road.

SNOW PRESENTS HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS 12/18/14RK


If you're just waking up and haven't looked outside, it's snowing at a decent clip in the KMMO listening area.

The roads are considered mostly snow covered in the area.

According to a release from MoDOT, it wants to remind motorists even light precipitation can cause roads to become slick and conditions can change quickly. MoDOT urges motorists to slow down and drive for current conditions and remember posted speed limits are for dry pavement. Reduce your speeds well in advance of stoplights and intersections, and keep plenty of space between you and the car in front of you. Motorists are advised to be extra cautious on bridges and interchange ramps.

Always allow extra time for travel in inclement conditions.

To check road conditions, visit modot.org. You can also call 1-888-ASK-MODOT for road conditions, as well.

HIGGINSVILLE SCHOOL BOARD AGENDA 12/17/14CC


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

The Higginsville School Board agenda includes approval of an insurance bid, approval of a bank depository bid and approval of a mower and Gator lease. Board members will also hear several program and administrative reports.

A closed executive session is also on the agenda for student, legal and personnel matters.

SLATER SCHOOL BOARD MEETS THURSDAY 12/17/14CC


The Slater Board of Education meets in regular session Thursday, December 18th.

Items on the agenda include updates on asphalt and sidewalk work, approval of a senior trip and approval of a revised safety plan. A closed executive session is also scheduled for personnel and legal matters.

The monthly meeting has an early start time of 4:00pm in the Slater High School Media Center.

SALINE DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE FARM THEFT 12/17/14CC


Saline County Sheriffs Deputies are investigating a report of theft made recently by a Marshall resident.

According to a release from the Sheriffs Department, deputies were contacted on December 12th by a resident of Old Highway 40, who stated that two tires and two wheels had been taken from a grain bagger implement on his property. It was reportedly parked in a field on the north side of the intersection of Old 40 and Kentucky Avenue.

Reports say it is not known approximately when the items were taken; the tires and wheels are collectively valued at around $1,500.00. Investigation into the alleged theft continues.

M.V.C. CHAPTER HONORED 12/17/14CC


Missouri Valley College's Alpha Chi Honor Society chapter has been recognized as a 2013-2014 Notable Chapter.

Alpha Chi has over 300 chapters throughout the United States, in total; nine chapters received Notable Chapter recognition, including Valley.

Seven MVC Alpha Chi members attended the annual convention held in March of this year in St. Louis. At the conference, member Erika Martin gave a presentation on "Coral Reef Ecology." One of the events the organization sponsored this year was a school supply drive for students in the Marshall school district.

The Missouri Sigma chapter of Alpha Chi was installed at Missouri Valley College in November 2013. Students are initially selected as candidates for membership in Alpha Chi based on their academic standing. Once the top 10 percent of juniors and seniors are identified, the names of eligible students are sent to the faculty for approval. Thus, students chosen for membership into Alpha Chi rank in the top 10 percent of their class and have received endorsement from faculty. This fall the Chapter inducted 13 new members.

MAHER NAMED FULL-TIME MARSHALL SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT 12/17/14RK


You can remove the "Interim" tag from Dr. Carol Maher's title with the Marshall School District.

In an e-mail submitted to KMMO News late Monday night, Marshall Board of Education President Larry Godsey made an announcement that the Marshall Board of Education voted unanimously during closed executive session to hire Dr. Maher as the next full-time superintendent.

Dr. Maher is ecstatic about the opportunity.



Dr. Maher says coming back to Saline County has been positive all the way around.



According to the e-mail, Dr. Maher's term as full-time superintendent will officially start on July 1st, 2015.

BOONVILLE BOIL ORDER 12/17/14CC


A boil advisory has been issued for some residents in the city of Boonville.

According to the Cooper County Emergency Management Agency, a 48-hour boil advisory has been issued for residents at 7th Street and Bingham Road as well as Gmelich Street, south of Bingham Road. These areas were without water or experiencing low pressure after a water main break on Tuesday afternoon.

Residents in those areas are advised to boil their consumable water until at least 7:30pm on Thursday evening. For questions or more information call (660) 882-2614.

WARRENSBURG B.O.E. THINKING ABOUT BALLOT ISSUE 12/17/14RK


At the meeting of the Warrensburg R-6 Board of Education, the board tabled a discussion on what to do about perhaps putting an issue on the ballot for the upcoming Municipal Election on April 7th, 2015, according to Superintendent Dr. Scott Patrick.

Patrick said the board has a special meeting set for January 13th, 2015, to discuss it further and perhaps make a decision. He said the board is leaning toward a no tax increase, just maintaining the debt service levy, ballot issue.

If that's the route the board chooses to go, and voters approve the measure, Patrick says revenues would be significant for improvements needed in the district.



In other business, Patrick also said the board was notified the schools in the district raised $8,750 to donate to the United Way of Johnson County.

RUSSELL SAYS ALL CANDIDATES MUST'VE PAID TAXES 12/17/14RK


Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday and made several announcements, including December 16th being the opening date for candidates to file for the Municipal Election on April 7th, 2015.

Russell said there are stipulations anybody wanting to file for any office or board position need to know about.



Russell also said individuals who want to run for any position or any ballot issues entities want to include on the ballot must be certified by 5:00pm on January 20th, 2015, to be included.

Saline County's website is salinecountymo.org.

MAHER NAMED MARSHALL SUPERINTENDENT 12/17/14RK


In an e-mail submitted to KMMO News late last night, Marshall Board of Education President Larry Godsey made an announcement.

He says in the email, "It is with great enthusiasm that I announce the next Superintendent of Marshall Schools. Last night, the board voted unanimously to hire Dr. Carol Maher as the next full-time leader of our team."

Godsey's e-mail goes on to say:

"We believe that her leadership and experience will be an inspiration not only to the district, but also the community."

According to the email, Dr. Maher's term will officially start on July 1st, 2015.

DR. MAHER TALKS ABOUT BUDGET AT MARSHALL B.O.E. MEETING 12/17/14RK


Interim Superintendent of Marshall Public Schools Dr. Carol Maher looked ahead to next year, trying to figure out what's on the horizon for the district financially, at last night's meeting of the Marshall School Board.

She said she figures the increase in revenues to be about $270,000. But the flip side to it is expenditures are projected to be up a little more than that.



Despite that, Dr. Maher says it's not time to panic.



In other business, out of two candidates, the board selected Nicole Gann as the district's representative for the MSBA Belcher Scholarship. Gann advances to a regional board. The selection from the regional board will then advance on to the state board. An eventual winner will be selected from the final pool of applicants.

MARSHALL SUPT TALKS ABOUT INSURANCE PREMIUMS 12/17/14RK


At the meeting of the Marshall Board of Education on Tuesday night, Interim Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher said she is looking forward to getting the public's input on her newly started Fireside Chat on the school district's website. She said she will be updating the chat each month and wants feedback from the public on issues they would like for her to discuss.

Dr. Maher said she has spent some time looking at insurance options for the district's employees.



Due to various reasons, insurance premiums last year increased by 15 percent. Maher is hopeful the increase will not be that significant this year.

BRUNSWICK, KEYTESVILLE SCHOOLS TALK SPORTS CO-OP 12/16/14


The Brunswick R-2 Board of Education met in regular session Monday night.

One of the big items up for discussion was the possibility of a co-op between Brunswick and Keytesville schools for baseball and softball, according to Brunswick Superintendent Bob Kottman:



Kottman says a decision could be made and agreed upon by both schools by Spring of next year:



In other business, the board approved the declaration of a district bus as surplus property and heard numerous updates, including the average daily attendance, daily breakfast and daily lunch reports.

BOONE COUNTY BANK ROBBED 12/16/14CC


Authorities in Boone County are busy investigating an area bank robbery.

According to Columbia Police, officers were dispatched just after 5:00pm on Monday to 1916 Paris Road at Boone County National Bank in reference to a robbery.

Investigation revealed the suspect, described as a white male wearing a baseball hat, sunglasses, and light-colored clothing, entered the business and demanded money. The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene in an unknown direction of travel. There was no property damaged and no one was injured during the robbery. The investigation is on-going.

If anyone has any information about this robbery or saw anything suspicious during the time of the robbery please contact the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

HIGGINSVILLE ALDERMEN TACKLE ZONING ISSUES 12/16/14CC


The Higginsville Board of Aldermen met in regular session this week with a light agenda.

City Administrator Lee Barker says the board on Monday approved a bill to rezone properties on West 20th Street and also approved a bill to clarify the wording and scope of several planning and zoning ordinances in the book of city codes.

Aldermen also recognized Darrin Jensen for ten years of service with the Higginsville Street Department. Jensen started with the department in December of 2004.

D.E.D. RELEASES NOVEMBER JOBS REPORT 12/16/14CC


Missouri’s unemployment rate dropped by three-tenths of a point to 5.6 percent in November, the lowest since May 2008, according to seasonally adjusted data released Tuesday by the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

Last month, the state also added 4,500 jobs to its nonfarm payroll employment.

Many industries experienced growth in November, including manufacturing with 3,000 new jobs, professional and business services with 2,300 new jobs added, and transportation, warehousing and utilities gained 1,500 new jobs.

Missouri’s nonfarm payrolls have increased by 42,200 jobs over the past year.

RESCHEDULED MEETING FOR MALTA BEND B.O.E. 12/16/14CC


In a meeting rescheduled from last week, the Malta Bend R-5 Board of Education meets in regular session Wednesday at 7:00pm.

The agenda for the evening includes discussion of school board openings and filing dates, school events, and a faculty meeting. Board members will also take up approval of class fundraisers and student handbook procedures.

A closed executive session is scheduled for hiring and personnel matters.

WEDNESDAY MEETING FOR SWEET SPRINGS SCHOOL BOARD 12/16/14CC


The Sweet Springs R-7 Board of Education meets in regular session Wednesday night at 7:00pm.

Items on the agenda include discussion of a proposal for L.E.D. lighting, school bus bids, and approval of a 2015 Senior class trip to Florida. The evening will also feature second readings of policy revisions for the District Wellness Program, School Board elections, food service and also ceremonies and observances.

A closed executive session is on the agenda for personnel matters.

LIGHT AGENDA FOR NEW FRANKLIN B.O.E. 12/16/14CC


The agenda for Wednesday night's meeting of the New Franklin R-1 Board of Education is made up of mostly routine items.

Board members will hear reports from building principals along with reviewing and updating the District Facilities Plan. A closed executive session is also scheduled for student and personnel matters.

The regular session meeting gets underway at 7:00pm.

BOONVILLE SCHOOL BOARD AGENDA 12/16/14CC


The Boonville R-1 Board of Education meets Wednesday, December 17th, in regular open session at 6:00pm.

Items on the agenda include approval of stage curtain and stage light replacement at two Boonville schools, as well as approval of a Revised District Assessment Plan and approval of a girls' golf program at Boonville High School. Board members will also review the district's December calendar and hear various building administrator reports.

A closed executive session is also scheduled for personnel matters.

GLASGOW SCHOOL BOARD MEETS WEDNESDAY 12/16/14CC


It will be a light agenda Wednesday night for the Glasgow Board of Education as they meet for their regular monthly board meeting.

Board members will hear updates on the recent Glasgow High School basketball tournament and news from the elementary school, as well as taking up approval of of an insurance invoice and the date for a long-range planning meeting in January. A closed executive session is also scheduled for personnel matters.

The regular session meeting is slated to begin at 7:00pm.

SALINE COMMISSIONERS APPROVE INSURANCE PLAN 12/16/14RK


It's the end of the year, and it's time for the Saline County Commission to approve its package insurance plan including liability, fire and automobile. Commissioners met recently with their agent and were given a premium of $173,786 for 2015-- an increase of $2,998 from 2014.

Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner pointed out there still are variables, such as depreciation on county vehicles, that could bring down the premium a bit. The coverage is the same, according to Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings.

The commissioners approved the premium; the policy is with Savers Property and Casualty Insurance Company based in Overland Park, Kansas.

In other business, Fenner gave an update on county bridge work:



Commissioners on Tuesday also approved the transfer of funds of more than $2,600 for collector's commissions for collecting the Miami Levy No. 2 taxes.

APRIL ELECTION FILING WINDOW OPEN 12/16/14CC


The April Municipal Election is just a few short months away and the filing window for candidates is officially open.

Candidates can now file with city and county clerks to enter the race for a number of municipal, county and school board seats. The filing window runs from 8:00am on Tuesday, December 16th, until 5:00pm on Tuesday, January 20th.

The April Municipal Election takes place on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015.

CARROLLTON COUNCIL APPROVES GROUP TO USE SHOOTING RANGE 12/16/14RK


Jan Leakey, 4-H County Shooting Coordinator, was at the meeting of the Carrollton Town Council on Monday night requesting use of the shooting range that was built by Carrollton City Police and the Carroll County Sheriff's Department near the Wastewater Department, according to a city official.

The council approved the request, provided insurance and waivers for the city are in place.

The council also received a report from Carrollton Area Economic Alliance Director Sharon Metz and talked about a fuel contract for the city. No decision was made on the latter. If the city, which has not had a contract for fuel before, goes that route, it will have to ask for bids.

The city also has hired a new street-department employee and adjusted some budget items.

SUSPECT STILL AT LARGE, MAY STILL BE IN AREA 12/16/14RK


The search has been called off, but a suspect still remains at large.

According to Sergeant Paul Reinsch with Highway Patrol Troop F in Jefferson City, a traffic stop occurred at the rest area on westbound I-70 near Boonville of a car that was traveling over 100 miles per hour on Monday.

Officers took the driver into custody, but a second man jumped out of the passenger side of the car and ran.

The suspect who ran is being described as a black male, approximately six feet tall and 280 pounds, and wearing all dark clothing.

Authorities think the man, who is listed as extremely dangerous, still could be in the Boonville area and are asking if you see anybody who fits the description contact authorities immediately by calling 911.

The search on Monday morning led to three Boonville schools being placed on precautionary lockdown for a period of time.

BOONE COUNTY AUTHORITES CONDUCT CHECKPOINT 12/16/14RK


Authorities from an area county recently conducted a sobriety checkpoint.

According to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, the ckeckpoint was conducted from midnight to 2:30am on Thursday, December 11th, in the 200 block of Old Plank Road in Columbia.

During the checkpoint, which was conducted in conjunction with the Hallsville Police Department, officers made two misdemeanor arrests for driving while intoxicated (alcohol), one for driving while intoxicated (drugs) and one for possession of marijuana. There were five arrests for adult liquor-law violations.

Approximately 105 vehicles were checked during the 2-1/2 hour event.

MARSHALL INTERIM SUPT. TALKS ABOUT INSURANCE 12/17/14RK


At the meeting of the Marshall Board of Education on Tuesday night, Interim Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher said she is looking forward to getting the public's input on her newly started Fireside Chat on the school district's website. She said she will be updating the chat each month and wants feedback from the public on issues they would like for her to discuss.

Dr. Maher said she has spent some time looking at insurance options for the district's employees.



Due to various reasons, insurance last year increased by 15 percent. She is hopeful the increase will not be that significant for this year.

MARSHALL COUNCIL HONORS LEWELLEN, STOUFFER 12/16/14RK


Along with a visit from Santa Claus, the Marshall City Council approving a renewal of a contract with the Marshall Municipal Band and learning third-ward councilman Sam Moten will not seek relection in April, on Monday night, two non-council persons were recognized by the council for their years of service.

Jokingly referred to as rats jumping ship, KMMO's Ken Lewellen and city attorney Don Stouffer, each received a plaque from City Administrator Connie Latimer.

First they honored Lewellen, with Latimer reading the words on the plaque:



Latimer also read the words etched on Stouffer's plaque.



Lewellen has spent more than 30 years covering the council for KMMO, and he told Latimer Monday's meeting was the last one he will cover. Stouffer has been the city's attorney for 30-plus years. But since his position of prosecuting attorney was made full-time by the voters in August, by state law, Stouffer cannot hold any other positions.

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED 12/16/14RK


Police officers in an area city responded to shots being fired on Monday afternoon.

According to a news release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 2100 block of Whispering Meadows Court in reference to shots fired at 4:00pm.

The release says, investigation revealed witnesses observed a black male driving a blue car shooting rounds from a firearm at a residence. Officers located multiple shell casings near the residence and observed an area on the front of the home where a bullet had hit the brick siding.

There were no reported injuries or property damage, and the investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information about the incident, you are being asked to call the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

SLATER CHRISTMAS LIGHTING WINNERS 12/16/14RK


Judging results are in from the Slater Christmas Lighting Contest, and the overall winner was Tom Martin on Euclid.

The second-place finisher was Jim Gochenour on Hyler. Coming in third was William Erickson on Euclid. Finishing fourth was The Cattle Drive Community and fifth was Tim Trimble on Quail Drive.

Earning honorable-mention status was the City of Slater on Main Street.

MARSHALL COUNCIL HEARS ONE PROGRAM HAS ENDED 12/15/14


The Marshall City Council has renewed the contract with the Municipal Band for another year. The contract is a way the city can use to financially help support the band.

Also City Councilman Dan Brandt with the municipal services committee of the council reminded citizens that one program has ended.



The council also recognized Don Stouffer for his 34 years as city counselor for the City of Marshall. Stouffer will be stepping into the position of full time prosecuting attorney at the beginning of the year, and under state law that job then requires that he not hold any other positions
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MOTEN ANNOUNCES HE WILL NOT SEEK ANOTHER COUNCIL TERM 12/15/14KL


A brief meeting of the Marshall City Council Monday evening was highlighted by a visit from Santa Claus.

The council did pass an ordinance approving a contract with the Marshall Municipal Band for the next year.

Also, with filing starting for the Municipal Elections in April, Third Ward Councilman Sam Moten announced that another term was not for him.



The council also recognized City Counselor Don Stouffer for his 34 years of service to the city.

Stouffer is ending his service as city counselor on December 31st. He will be sworn in as Prosecuting Attorney for another term in January, but under terms of state law, as a full-time prosecutor, he cannot hold any other position. Earlier this year, voters in Saline County approved making that a full-time position.

AREA WOMAN INVOLVED IN ONE-CAR CRASH 12/15/14CC


A Higginsville woman escaped serious injury after a one-vehicle accident in Lafayette County early Monday morning.

The Highway Patrol says a car driven by 23-year-old Taylor Vandiver was traveling eastbound when it ran off the road, down an embankment and into a tree. The crash happened just before 6:00am on Missouri 20, just south of Peacock Road.

Vandiver received minor injuries in the crash and was reportedly treated and released at the scene. Investigating troopers received assistance from members of the Higginsville Police Department.

ROLLOVER CRASH INJURES MARSHALL TEEN 12/15/14CC


An area teen was injured and hospitalized over the weekend in a one-vehicle accident in Saline County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 17-year-old Dylan Rogers, of Marshall, was southbound on Missouri 41. His vehicle reportedly ran off the side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting the driver. Damage to the vehicle was listed as total.

Rogers suffered serious injuries and was taken by helicopter to St. Lukes Hospital for treatment. Reports say the crash happened around 12:00am Sunday morning, less than a mile north of 320th Road.

BOONVILLE SCHOOLS LOCK DOWN DURING MANHUNT 12/15/14CC


UPDATE 2:55PM: Boonville R-1 Superintendent Mark Ficken says the lockdown has been lifted for the three schools and that dismissal will occur as normal at the appointed time.

Three Boonville schools are on lockdown at this hour, according to officials.

The Cooper County Emergency Management Agency made the announcement just after 11:30am this morning that Boonville High School, the Boonville Technical Education Center and Hannah Cole Elementary School are in lockdown mode at this hour. The Agency says kids in the school are safe and that the area around those schools should be avoided for the time being.

A spokesperson from the Boonville R-1 superintednent's office says the lockdown was initiated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol in response to an unknown incident on Interstate 70 in Cooper County. They also told KMMO News that all students are safe and that the lockdown is a precautionary measure only.

A release from Cooper County EMA states that authorities are searching the area for an unidentified suspect in the area of a westbound I-70 rest stop. Law enforcement is asking anyone in that area to report any suspicious persons by calling 911.

MALFUNCTION BRIEFLY PUTS AREA SCHOOL ON LOCKDOWN 12/15/14CC


Schools in Slater were briefly on lockdown Monday morning after a reported glitch in the district's phone system.

According to a spokesperson, the schools briefly went into lockdown mode at around 11:45am after a malfunction was discovered during a routine test. They told KMMO News things were back to normal in about five minutes.

The district says all students are safe and the lockdown was a precautionary measure only. School officials say they are working now to discover the cause of the malfunction.

CMU CLOSING FOR WINTER BREAK 12/15/14RK


Central Methodist University's Fayette campus will close for winter break on Friday, December 19th at 5:00pm.

According to a release from the university, the campus will reopen at 8:00am on Monday, January, 5th, 2015.

This schedule also applies to all CMU extended campus sites across the state.

Campus residence halls will reopen for the Spring 2015 semester at Noon on Sunday, January 11th.

Classes will begin on Monday, January 12th.

TOMORROW IS 'RED THUMB DAY' 12/15/14RK


Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 16th, is "Red Thumb Day."

Red Thumb Day is where authorities are urging people all across the country to not text while driving for the entire day.

According to a news release from KEF Media, texting while driving is about six times more likely to cause an accident than driving while intoxicated.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration it equates to driving after drinking four beers and makes you 23 times more likely to crash, and it is the No. 1 driving distraction reported by teen drivers.

The release says, texting takes place by 800,000 drivers at any given time across the country.

Each year, 1.6 million crashes are caused by drivers who can't keep their hands off their phone while driving.

GRAIN BIN COLLAPSE IN MARSHALL 12/15/14RK


KMMO has received confirmation from Central Missouri Agri-Service General Manager John Fletcher that a grain bin in Marshall has collapsed. He said nobody was around the bin at the time of the collapse, so there were no injuries.

No other information is available at this time. KMMO will bring you more information as it becomes available.

        

GAS PRICES CONTINUE TO PLUNGE 12/15/14RK


As a new work week starts, and we get closer to Christmas, drivers around the country are enjoying cheaper prices at the pump.

According to the website, missourigasprices.com, the national average for a gallon on regular unleaded gas is $2.53.

In Missouri, the average price is $2.24 per gallon.

There are a number of locations in Missouri with prices under $2.00 per gallon, but they are in the Springfield and St. Louis areas.

In the immediate KMMO listening area, drivers can find the cheapest price of $2.16 for a gallon of regular unleaded at three locations in Boonville. There also is one location in New Franklin where the price is $2.16.

In Marshall, the lowest price is $2.23 at Casey's General Stores and at Break Time on the corner of West College Street and Lexington Avenue.

COLUMBIA AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING ALLEGED ARMED ROBBERY 12/14/14RK


An area city's authorities are investigating an alleged armed robbery. 
According to a news release from the Columbia Police Department, on Saturday, December 13th, at 10:01pm, officers were dispatched to an armed robbery at China Moon Restaurant on Range Line Street.

The investigation revealed three suspects, all wearing dark clothing and masks, entered the business armed with handguns. The suspects demanded money from the register and proceeded to restrain the five employees. The suspects fled the scene on foot  with an undisclosed amount of money.

There were no reported injuries to any of the victims and no damage to any property. The investigation is on-going.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, you are being asked to contact the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

BOONE CRASH INJURES COLUMBIA MAN 12/14/14RK


A one-car crash in Boone County on Saturday afternoon sent a Columbia man to the hospital with serious injuries.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when a southbound Toyota Tacoma, driven by 62-year-old Michael Liebau, ran off the right side of the road. When the driver reportedly overcorrected, the vehicle crossed to the left side of the roadway, overturned and ejected the driver.

Liebau was transported by University Ambulance to University Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened just before 4:30 on Route "J," north of Route "EE."

MSHP LOOKING FOR GREEN HONDA ACCORD 12/14/14RK


An officer of an area police force recently was involved in a shooting.

According to a release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, on Saturday, December 13th, at 11:30pm, a Pleasant Valley Police officer initiated a traffic stop on a passenger vehicle on Southbound I-35, just north of I-435. When the suspects's vehicle pulled to the shoulder, the driver immediately exited his vehicle and began shooting toward the Pleasant Valley officer, one of the rounds striking the officer in the face.

The suspect then fled the scene in the vehicle, which is described as a green Honda Accord, bearing Tennessee registration "M1863K."

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is asking for the public's help in locating the vehicle. If you have any information on the vehicle's whereabouts, you are being asked to call (816) 622-0800.

The officer involved in the shooting is being investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control at the request of the Pleasant Valley Police Department.

U.S. FUEL PRICES KEEP DROPPING 12/13/14CC


The average cost of fuel continues to drop across the United States.

The average retail price for regular gasoline fell to $2.68 a gallon last week. That's down 9.9 cents from two weeks ago, based on the weekly price survey by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Pump prices were highest in the West Coast states at $2.94 a gallon, down 7.6 cents. Prices were lowest in the Gulf Coast region at $2.44 a gallon, down 9.1 cents.

Also, the average retail price for on-highway diesel fuel fell to $3.54 a gallon last week, down 7 cents from two weeks ago, based on the same survey by the Energy Administration. Diesel prices were highest in the Rocky Mountain states at $3.66 a gallon, down 7.2 cents from two weeks ago. Prices were lowest in the Lower Atlantic states at 3.39 a gallon, down 4.3 cents.

COOPER COUNTY BLOOD DRIVE 12/13/14CC


An American Red Cross blood drive takes place this week in Cooper County.

The drive will be held on Tuesday, December 16th, at Firm Foundation Foursquare Church Youth Center at 1000 6th Street in Boonville from 3:00-7:00pm.

The organization has also announced that anyone who donates blood between December 24th and January 4th at any area Red Cross blood drive will receive a free long-sleeve t-shirt. You can learn more by calling (800) RED-CROSS or by visiting www.redcrossblood.org.

GROUPS RAISE MONEY FOR S.F.C.C. 12/13/14CC


Two area groups recently made sizeable donations toward scholarship funds for State Fair Community College.

Members of the Genuine Country Music Association (GCMA) recently presented a check for $16,000 to the State Fair Community College Foundation to fund scholarships for students attending SFCC-Lake of the Ozarks. They raised the money in October at the second annual Classic Country Jamboree benefit at The Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, doubling the amount they raised last year.

In addition, the West Central Missouri Vintage Auto Club donated $1,000 to the State Fair Community College Foundation to fund two $500 scholarships, which will be awarded to two automotive students for the spring 2015 semester. The SFCC Scholarship Committee will select the recipients, who may be full- or part-time students.

FARM BUREAU AWARD GIVEN TO HIGGINSVILLE COUPLE 12/13/14CC


Garrett and Cara Riekhof, of Higginsville, won the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Achievement Award during the organization’s 100th annual meeting December 9th at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The Riekhofs received a plaque recognizing their farm management and leadership skills from Bureau President Blake Hurst, as well as a $500 check from the Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, a $500 check from Ford Motor Company, and one-year free use of a Gator utility vehicle from Sydenstricker John Deere.

The farm couple also won a trip to San Diego, to represent Missouri at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) YF&R Achievement Award Contest in January. There they will compete for the grand prize of a new 2015 truck, and three finalists each receive prizes of a Case IH Farmall tractor, $500 in Stihl farm merchandise and $2,500 cash.

The couple took ownership of the Riekhof family farm in Lafayette County in 2011, making them the fifth generation to farm the land. The Riekofs focus on grain production, and the farm has evolved into specialized production of food-grade white corn and soybeans.

HAMPY RE-ELECTED TO FARM BUREAU BOARD 12/13/14CC


According to the Missouri Farm Bureau, Brent Hampy, of Smithton, has been re-elected to a second two-year term on the Farm Bureau board of directors during their 100th annual meeting December 9th at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Hampy represents District 4 in the west-central area of the state. He has been an active Farm Bureau member, serving on the Pettis County board and on the Missouri Farm Bureau Resolutions Committee.

Hampy and his wife, Connie, have a Century Farm on which they raise beef cattle and row crops. In addition, he is a Pettis County Commissioner, a livestock feed representative and does commercial excavation.

2015 FIREARMS HUNTING DATES ANNOUNCED 12/13/14CC


The Missouri Conservation Commission this week approved the dates for the 2015 firearms deer and turkey hunting seasons.

Firearms turkey season dates are Spring Youth Season on April 11th and 12th; Regular Spring Season April 20th through May 10th; and Fall Firearms Season October 1st through the 31st.

Firearms deer season dates are the Urban Portion running October 9th through the 12th; Early Youth Portion on October 31st and November 1st; November Firearms Portion November 14th through the 24th; Antlerless Portion November 25th through December 6th; Alternative Methods December 19th through the 29th; and Late Youth Portion on January 2nd and 3rd of 2016.

Full details and regulations can be found at the Department of Conservation's website at www.mdc.mo.gov.

NEW STATE TROOPERS TO GRADUATE 12/13/14CC


The Missouri State Highway Patrol says almost three dozen new state troopers will graduate from the Patrol's Law Enforcement Academy this week.

According to a release, 31 troopers will graduate in a ceremony slated for 10:00am on Friday, December 19th, in the Academy gymnasium. The 99th Recruit Class began Academy training on July 1st of this year and will report for duty in their assigned troops on January 5th of the new year.

In the KMMO listening area, Trooper Nicholas A. Perez, of Lexington, is slated to join the ranks of the Patrol's Troop A and will be assigned to Saline County; Trooper Holly Stevens, of Lincoln, will also join Troop A and be assigned to Bates County.

Governor Jay Nixon is scheduled to address the graduating class this Friday; keynote speaker for the event is Chief Jon Belmar of the St. Louis Police Department. The ceremony is open to the public.

CARROLLTON WOMAN INJURED IN CRASH 12/13/14CC


A Carrollton woman has been hospitalized after a one-vehicle accident in Saline County on Friday.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 64-year-old Rita Tucker, of Carrollton, was northbound on U.S. Highway 65 at around 3:30pm when the her car ran off the left side of the roadway and vaulted a median crossover. The vehicle came to a rest about 800 feet away in a grass median.

Tucker suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was taken to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment. Reports say the incident happened just south of 105th Road.

SEDALIA HOLIDAY LIGHTING WINNERS ANNOUNCED 12/13/14CC


The winners of the annual City of Sedalia Christmas Lighting Contest have been named.

According to a press release from the city, first prize of $100 was awarded to Byron Matson, of 705 West 6th Street; second prize of $50 was awarded to Jennifer Gardner, of 923 South Barrett; and third prize of $25 was awarded to Jody and Heather Woolery, of 914 Crescent Drive.

The City says fourteen homes were entered in the annual contest, after last year's contest was canceled due to lack of entries.

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA 12/13/14CC


Today more than 900 veterans cemeteries and memorial sites in all 50 states are honoring veterans by placing wreaths on gravesites. Wreaths Across America Day has been established to remember the fallen, honor those who serve, and teach children the value of freedom.

Cemetery Program Director for the Missouri Veterans Commission Stan Baughn says the event is a moving tribute:



Baughn says the event is something everyone should see:



Missouri Speaker of the House Tim Jones will take part in the event at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

 
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AREA MAN KILLED BY TRAIN 12/12/14CC


A Warrensburg man is dead after he was struck by a train Friday morning in Johnson County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 29-year-old Joseph Johnson suffered fatal injuries when he was struck by a westbound Union Pacific train at around 9:15am Friday morning. The driver of the train told authorities he saw Johnson sitting on the tracks and attempted to stop the train but was unable to stop it in time.

No other injuries were reported from the scene.

Patrol reports say the accident happened on Union Pacific tracks about 220 feet west of County Road Southwest 301.

SALINE COMMISSIONERS ACCEPT I.T. BID 12/12/14CC


Saline County Commissioners on Thursday accepted a bid for computer tech support, service and maintenance for county offices.

According to a release, Commissioners accepted a bid from Midwest Computech, of Sedalia, the company that currently provides the county's I.T. services. The county entered into a new contract with Midwest Computech that will last for one year.

The monthly rate will be $1,320 with a $125 hourly rate for in-house services at Saline County governmental offices.

"FIRESIDE CHATS" WITH MARSHALL SUPERINTENDENT 12/12/14CC


In an effort to increase and enhance communication between Marshall Schools and the public, a new website feature will allow district patrons to stay in touch with the district in a new way.

According to a release from Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher, she has recorded her first "Fireside Chat" video which can be viewed on the Marshall district's website. Maher says she plans to update the feature each month and encourages feedback from the community.

The videos can be found on the left hand side of the homepage located at www.marshallschools.com.

ONE HURT IN JOHNSON CO. COLLISION 12/12/14CC


Two area residents were involved Thursday in a two-vehicle collision in Johnson County.

The Highway Patrol says vehicles driven by 47-year-old Angela Kavanaugh-Wyss, of Warrensburg, and 39-year-old Sidney Leabo, of Norborne, collided at the intersection of Business 13 and Hawthorne Boulevard in Warrensburg at around 5:10pm Thursday evening.

Kavanaugh-Wyss suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was taken for treatment to Centerpoint Medical Center by Johnson county E.M.S.; Leabo was reportedly not injured. Troopers were assisted at the scene by members of the Warrensburg Police Department.

ROLLOVER CRASH IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY INJURES ONE 12/12/14CC


A Warrensburg man suffered moderate injuries after a one-vehicle rollover accident south of Odessa on Thursday night.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says 37-year-old Christopher Whalen was behind the wheel of a southbound vehicle on Missouri 131 when it ran off the east side of the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned.

Whalen was taken from the scene by ambulance to Centerpoint Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. Reports say the crash happened around 10:15pm, just south of Route HH in Lafayette County.

COLE CAMP MAN INJURED IN PETTIS CRASH 12/12/14CC


A one-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Thursday sent a Cole Camp man to the hospital.

According to the Highway patrol, it happened as 59-year-old Lyle McMillin was traveling southbound on Highway 65 at around 5:20pm and reportedly ran off the right side of the road. His pickup truck struck a culvert and a road sign before traveling across Route F and into a ditch.

Reports say McMillin suffered moderate injuries and was taken by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. Troopers were assisted at the scene by members of the Pettis County Sheriffs Department.

BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS APPROVES WORK BEING DONE 12/11/14RK


Spokesman Ken Gieringer said the board approved some work to be done within the next six months during the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works meeting this week.



The board also approved work to be completed on a unit in Marshall.



Gieringer said all of the work will be done on site in Marshall, rather than shipping it to Mexico.

In other business, the board approved changing a policy for on-call automobile usage to comply with IRS regulations.

GILLIAM B.O.E. APPOINTS AGENTS FOR ELECTION FILING 12/11/14RK


Gilliam C-4 Principal Rayetta Self said at the meeting of the board of education on Wednesday night, some selections were made for individuals to be agents to oversee declarations for board positions in the upcoming April Municipal Election.



Self said the terms of board members Nathaniel Foster and Kenny Haynes expire in April.

In other business, the board approved a bid from Eugene Stephens for lawn care and snow removal. Self explains the specifics of the bid.



According to Self, Wednesday, December 17th, will be a day full of activities for the school kids. The day starts with them singing Christmas Carols at Marsaline Manor and Golden Oaks in Marshall starting at 9:00am. The Christmas Program also is slated for 6:30 at the school that night. And on Thursday, December 18th, at 9:00am they will go caroling again, this time at at Big Bend Retreat in Slater.

SALINE COMMISSION APPROVES CHANGE TO BUDGET 12/11/14RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday morning, the commission heard there is going to be an addition of an item to the budget.

Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings explains:



The commissioners unanimously approved the addition request made by Saline County Auditor Tara Vogelsmeier.

In other business, it also was noted by the commissioners that the pouring of the concrete floor on the bridge west of Fairville was delayed by rain and sleet on Wednesday. It is now slated to be poured sometime today.

On Tuesday, the commission received bids from three companies to provide IT services for the Saline County Courthouse. The commissioners are meeting with those companies today, with a decision forthcoming at a future meeting.

MU REQUESTS PUBLIC COMMENTS 12/11/14RK


An area university is asking for the input from the public.

According to a news release from the University of Missouri News Bureau, the University of Missouri is seeking written comments from the public regarding matters related to the quality of its institution or its academic programs. The comments are being sought in preparation for the university's periodic evaluation for accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission.

MU will host a team from the commission on February 23rd and 24th, 2015.

Comments may be submitted online at bit.ly/MIZ3PC. Comments need to be submitted by no later than January 26th, 2015.

SPRINGFIELD MAN FACES MURDER CHARGES 12/11/14


A 31-year-old Springfield man has been charged with murder in a fatal shooting two years ago.

Carlos Tureaud is accused of killing Marcus Wells during a party at an apartment complex.

Witnesses say they didn't want to talk to police because they were afraid of Tureaud. One witness told investigators the man was responsible for Wells death, adding he felt guilty he waited so long to come forward.

Tureaud is charged with second-degree murder.
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SOUTHWEST MISSOURI MAN CHARGED WITH SECOND-DEGREE MURDER 12/11/14


A 57-year-old southwest Missouri jail inmate is being charged with murder in a disappearance 12 years ago. Mark Walsh is already serving time for sexually abusing an underage girl. He was bound over for trial Tuesday on a second-degree murder charge.

Prosecutors say they think 46-year-old Freida Franks saw him abusing the girl and tried to intercede. Investigators now think Franks was killed at a campground near Joplin August 17th, 2001, but she wasn't reported missing until 2012.

Walsh is already serving two life sentences for sexually assaulting the girl.
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GOVERNOR ASKS FOR STUDY TO PERHAPS MAKE I-70 A TOLL ROAD 12/11/14


Governor Jay Nixon has asked the Department of Transportation to prepare a study and options on making I-70 a toll road. However, there are doubts about whether a plan to make I-70 a toll road can clear the state legislature.

Jefferson City state senator and former highway commissioner Mike Kehoe offered such a bill in 2012. He says polling showed it was less favored than a sales tax, which voters rejected in August.



House Speaker-designee John Diehl, Junior, doubts a meaningful study can be completed in 20 days.



The Transportation Department will begin its study with the information it still has from doing the same analysis three years ago.

SEDALIA B.O.E. HEARS STADIUM UPDATE 12/10/14CC


At this week's meeting of the Sedalia 200 Board of Education, members were updated on the progress of the new stadium currently under construction on the grounds of Smith-Cotton High School.

Superintendent Brad Pollitt explains:



Pollitt says after the big ticket items are completed, only the smaller details will remain to finish up:



In other business, Pollitt says the board approved the district's Media Center Program Evaluation and discussed the 2015-2016 school year calendar.

GLASGOW NAMES CO-CITIZENS OF THE YEAR 12/10/14CC


The city of Glasgow has named two Citizens of the Year, following the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet on Tuesday.

According to a spokesman, each year the Chamber of Commerce, with help from the Board of Aldermen and residents of Glasgow, selects two honorees for the annual award given to an exemplary citizen. This year's winners named at the annual banquet are James "Buzz" Fitzgerald and Bill Henderson.

City Administrator Kevin Atwood says the annual Citizen of the Year award has been bestowed for as long as he can remember:



Chamber spokesman Steve Jones says the decision to give the award to two people can arise when two Glasgow residents are deemed deserving of the honor in the same year.

SALISBURY B.O.E. APPROVES REFINANCING BONDS 12/10/14RK


The Salisbury R-4 Board of Education on Tuesday night voted to approve a measure that will save the district some money, according to Superintendent Todd Wilhite. It involves bonds.



In other business, Wilhite said the board received an update on the renovations that have been ongoing at the high school.



The board also has been discussing the purchase of a vehicle, but the final decision will have to wait until the board hears back about a grant the district applied for before making a final decision. He said the final word could come down in the next two or three weeks.

Wilhite also said Daniel Linneman has been selected by the board as a candidate for the Belcher Scholarship and Tevin Uthlaut has been hired as a substitute teacher.

LEXINGTON SETS SEWER- AND WATER-TAP FEES 12/10/14RK


At the meeting of the Lexington City Council on Tuesday night, the council approved an ordinance allowing the city to charge $250 for new sewer tap fees. It also approved a fee for new water taps, according to City Administrator Mark Rounds.



In other business, the council approved an ordinance that will allow the City Administrator and/or Mayor Jerry Brown to spend up to $1,000 without approval of the council. The ordinance allows for that amount to be $5,000 in the event of an emergency.

Rounds also says the city is going to co-sponsor a meeting involving People to People International.



The meeting is set for the afternoon of January 31st, 2015.

WATER RATE HIKE IN SWEET SPRINGS 12/9/14CC


At the Monday meeting of the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen, steps were taken to increase water rates for Sweet Springs residents. Mayor Dee Friel explains why the rate hike is needed:



Friel says it's a slight increase, depending on a customer's overall usage, and will not be finalized until next month:



In other business, the Board approved filing dates for candidates in the April 2015 Municipal Election and discussed incoming applications for Tourism Commission funds.

WARRENSBURG SEEKS TOURISM DIRECTOR 12/9/14CC


The city of Warrensburg continues their ongoing search for a Tourism Director, and that search will be one the of items up for discussion at Wednesday's meeting of the Warrensburg Convention and Visitors Bureau slated for 3:00pm at the Warrensburg Community Center.

Other items on the agenda include an update on the Visitor Center and discussion on a Missouri Meetings and Events Resource Directory subscription.

A closed executive session is also scheduled for hiring and personnel matters.

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE 12/9/14RK


A southeast Missouri man has been sentenced to life in prison for shooting a 34-year-old man to death last year.

Matthew Cook won't be eligible for parole. He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder charges Monday at the Stoddard County Justice Center.

Prosecutors say Sean Crow was shot to death and his body was left in a pickup parked outside the McDonalds restaurant in Advance. Another man, Glen Scott Evans, was convicted of driving Crow to the murder scene.
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LUNCHROOM HEAD CASHIER FIRED FOR TAKING MONEY 12/9/14


It wasn't a bully taking students lunch money, district officials say it was the head cashier at the Camdenton High School lunchroom.

Thirty-eight-year-old Cassandra Franklin, of Macks Creek, has turned herself in to authorities. They think she pocketed lunch money every day, stealing about $127,000 over the last six years.

The students did get all the meals they paid for, but the money was never turned over to the school district. Franklin was fired last September.
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BERRY DIAGNOSED WITH LYMPHOMA 12/9/14


The Emory Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta has confirmed Kansas City Chiefs star safety Eric Berry has Hodgkin lymphoma.

Berry is expected to start chemotherapy treatments immediately. He completed extensive tests at the Georgia hospital after a mass was found on the right side of his chest last month.

Doctors say the disease is treatable and potentially curable through chemotherapy. Berry wont play again this season, but he has vowed to return to the NFL when he is healthy.

 
---MISSOURINET

TWO MARSHALL RESIDENTS CHARGED WITH FELONIES 12/8/14RK


Two Marshall residents have been arrested and charged with felonies.

According to online court documents, Norma Jean Maycock and Douglas Maycock, have been formally charged with attempt to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, a Class "B" felony. Each also has been charged with a Class "B" Felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance, except 35 grams or less of a synthetic cannabinoid.

Bond has been set at $10,000 cash only for each defendant.

Their hearing is set for 9:00am on Wednesday, December 10th, in Saline County Court.

SALINE COUNTY BRIDGE'S FLOOR TO BE POURED 12/9/14RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday morning, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell reported the county received a check from the state.



Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner also noted concrete flooring is slated to be poured on the bridge west of Fairville on Wednesday morning.



In other business, the commissioners also took under advisement three bids received for IT services for the Saline County Courthouse. A decision will be made at a future meeting after talking more with the companies, current Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings and Presiding Commissioner-elect Kile Guthrey, Jr. The current contract for services runs out on December 31st.

Stallings and Guthrey were not in attendance today as they were attending a solid-waste meeting in Sedalia.

TAXES FOR COUNTY UP FROM LAST YEAR 12/9/14RK


Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday morning, giving an update on taxes the county has received. He says things are looking pretty good.



Compared to last year, this year's total number is up more than $64,000.

In the Law-Enforcement Tax, the county received more than $77,000, and the yearly total of nearly $830,000 is up more than $47,000 from last year.



The Use Tax of more than $21,000 received was down nearly $8,500 from last month. But the overall figure of nearly $296,000 is up nearly $77,500 from last year. But last year, the county received only 10 months of funds from the Use Tax.

SHOULD NON-VIOLENT FELONS BE ABLE TO GET GUNS? 12/9/14RK


The state Supreme Court will be asked today to consider whether a recent change to the state Constitution will let non-violent felons have guns.

The Missourinet's Mike Lear reports...

MARSHALL MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON 12/9/14RK


A Marshall man has been sentenced to prison.

According to online court documents, Terry Lee Davenport withdrew his original not-guilty plea to charges of a Class "B" Felony, child molestation in the first degree, at a hearing in Saline County Court on Monday.

Davenport has been sentenced to 15 years in the department of corrections.

Davenport was originally charged earlier this year in March.

DEER HARVEST AHEAD OF 2013 12/10/14RK


Missouri deer hunters are doing better than a year ago.

According to a news release from the Missouri Department of Conservation, hunters checked 9,107 deer during the antlerless portion of Missouri's firearms deer season, bringing this year's tally to 194,997.

Top harvest counties for the antlerless portion were Pike with 287 deer checked, Callaway with 283 and Macon with 257.

In the immediate KMMO listening area, 179 deer were checked in Howard County, 143 in Cooper County, 139 in Carroll County, 115 in Chariton County, 107 in Pettis County, 102 in Johnson County, 89 in Saline County and 64 in Lafayette County.

Hunters checked 1,474 fewer deer during the antlerless portion this year than they did last year, but when combined with preceding early youth, urban and November portions, this year's total stands four percent above the harvest at this time last year.

Two portions of firearms deer season remain. The alternative portion runs from December 20th through 30th and the late youth portion is January 3rd and 4th, 2015.

For detailed information about this year's deer harvest, visit mdc.mo.gov.

COLUMBIA AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING ARMED ROBBERY 12/9/14RK


Authorities in an area city are investigating an alleged armed robbery.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were dispatched to an alleged armed robbery in the 2500 block of Bernadette Drive just before 8:00pm on Monday.

The investigation revealed two unknown race males wearing masks entered the business armed with a handgun and demanded money from the employee and one customer. The suspects took an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene on foot.

Each suspect is described as 5-foot-6 to 5-7 and about 130 pounds.

There were no injuries and the investigation is ongoing.

If anyone has any information about this incident, they are being asked to contact the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

AREA J.R.O.T.C. STUDENTS ADVANCE IN BOWL COMPETITION 12/8/14CC


The Smith-Cotton High School Army JROTC Academic and Leadership Bowl Teams were notified last week that they both qualified to advance to the second round of their respective competitions; Level II – Zero Hour Threat.

Both teams competed during the Level 1- The Challenge on 15 November, 2014. Only teams that scored in the top 50% of competitors are allowed to advance to the Level II – Zero Hour Threat competition to be held in February, 2015. The Academic Team competed against 1,490 teams with only 746 advancing. The Leadership Team competed against 1,301 teams with only 651 advancing to Level II – Zero Hour.

The Army JROTC Leadership Bowl focuses on leadership principles and classroom applications. Questions test each Cadet’s knowledge of Army JROTC Curriculum, the leadership tenets from General George C. Marshall, their understanding of Army JROTC Leadership Theory, and their ability to translate those tenets and theories to scenario-based questions.

COLD WEATHER TALKS IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY 12/8/14CC


A series of public talks about cold weather safety and awareness begins this week in Lafayette County.

The Lafayette County Health Department will host the talks at a number of area locations to help better prepare residents for the challenges and safety risks that winter often brings, especially when traveling for the holidays.

The first talk is slated for Wednesday, December 10th, at 11:15am at the Lexington Senior Center. Future talks will take place on December 16th at the Odessa Senior Center, December 17th at the Higginsville Senior Center and December 18th at the Concordia Senior Center.

For questions or more information, contact the Lafayette County Health Department at (660) 259-4371.

PETTIS ROAD TO CLOSE 12/8/14CC


The Pettis County Highway Department will close Lone Star Road at the low water crossing south of Route M in southeastern Pettis County beginning at 7:00am on Tuesday, December 9th for repairs. Weather permitting, the road is expected to be closed two weeks and reopen by Wednesday, December 24th.

Motorist using the northern section of Lone Star Road should plan to take an alternate route.

SPRINGFIELD AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE 12/8/14


Springfield homicide detectives are searching for clues in what is thought to be the city's fourth murder in the last four weeks.

Neighbors say they heard what sounded like gun shots early Sunday morning. One family came out to see what was going on and they found the shooting victim still alive. They called 9-1-1 at about 1:20am.

Thirty-year-old Benjamin Jester died later at a local hospital. Investigators say they are following up on some leads, but they haven't made any arrests yet.

Springfield has recorded a total of 16 homicides this year.

 
---MISSOURINET

KC HIT-AND-RUN BEING INVESTIGATED AS HATE CRIME 12/8/14


Kansas City police say the 34-year-old driver of an SUV deliberately ran down a teenager outside a Somali community center last week.

Ahmed H. Aden has been charged with murder, and the hit-and-run is being investigated as a possible hate crime. Aden's vehicle reportedly had an anti-Muslim message displayed in its rear window at the time of the crash.

The 15-year-old victim died at a Kansas City hospital last Thursday. Police officers say they had seen a message in the vehicles window last October which compared the Quran to the Ebola virus.

 
---MISSOURINET

ELLINGSON FAMILY FILES SUIT AGAINST HIGHWAY PATROL 12/8/14


The parents of 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson have sued the Missouri State Highway Patrol, accusing it of negligence. Ellingson, who is from central Iowa, died while in the custody of a trooper at the Lake of the Ozarks last May.

The suit says the trooper who detained the Iowa man violated his constitutional rights. It also alleges the patrol and the Morgan County, Mo., coroner conspired to hide the facts of the case.

Ellingson had been detained on suspicion of boating while intoxicated. He fell into the lake and drowned. A coroners inquest jury ruled the death an accident last September. Sunday would have been Brandon Ellingson's 21st birthday.

 
---MISSOURINET

COLUMBIA AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING ALLEGED ARMED ROBBERY 12/8/14RK


Law-enforcement officers are investigating an alleged armed robbery in an area city.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were dispatched to Jimmy John's Restaurant on Rain Forest Parkway just before 10:00pm on Sunday.

The investigation revealed three black males wearing dark clothing, hooded sweatshirts and masks entered the establishment through the front door. One of the suspects pointed a hand gun at the only employee in the store and demanded money.

The suspects then fled the store in an unknown direction.

Nobody was injured in the incident, and the investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information on the incident, contact the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

HIGGINSVILLE MAN INJURED IN LAFAYETTE CRASH 12/8/14RK


A Higginsville man was injured in a one-car crash in Lafayette County early this morning.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when 31-year-old Joshua Littrell's northbound Ford Escort failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the roadway, struck an electric pole and came to rest in a field.

Littrell was taken by Odessa E.M.S. to St. Mary's Hospital in Blue Springs for treatment of moderate injuries.

The accident happened on Route "H," south of Tyree Road at 1:00am.

PETTIS CRASH CAUSES INJURIES TO SEDALIA TEEN 12/8/14RK


A one-vehicle accident in Pettis County on Sunday evening caused minor injuries to a Sedalia teenager.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as 18-year-old Toni Mead's southbound Ford ZX2 failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch, overturned and struck a utility pole.

Mead was transported by Cooper County Ambulance to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.

The accident occurred at 7:15pm on Reams Spring Road, less than a mile south of Highway "N."

NELSON TEEN HURT IN SALINE COUNTY CRASH 12/8/14RK


A Nelson teenager was sent to the hospital with moderate injuries after a one-car crash in Saline County on Sunday afternoon.

According to a report from the Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a westbound GMC, driven by 16-year-old Samuel Howery, traveled into a rut in the roadway. The driver reportedly overcorrected, and the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, hit an embankment, overturned and returned to the roadway.

Howery was transported by Staff for Life Air Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The accident happened at 3:30pm on Mt. Olive Road, just east of Indiana Road.

TWO HURT IN SALINE COUNTY CRASH 12/8/14RK


Two people were injured in a one-car crash in Saline County on Sunday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened when the driver of an eastbound Volkswagen Jetta reportedly fell asleep at the wheel. The car ran off the left side of the roadway and struck the guard rail.

Suffering moderate injuries in the crash were the driver, 84-year-old Paul McKee, of Manchester, Mo., and 79-year-old passenger, Nancy McKee, of Valley Park. They were taken to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment.

The accident happened on eastbound I-70 at the 78-mile marker just before 2:30pm.

TEEN HURT IN ONE-CAR CRASH IN BENTON COUNTY 12/7/14


A 17 year old has been injured in a one-vehicle accident, when, according to the Highway Patrol, he apparently fell asleep at the wheel.

Lewis Roark, of Green Ridge, received moderate injuries when his car ran off the side of the road and struck a tree.

Roark was taken to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment. The accident happened about 4:00am on Sunday on Route "F" in Benton County

CAR CRASH INJURES TWO GREEN RIDGE RESIDENTS 12/7/14KL


Two Green Ridge residents have been injured in a one-car accident in Pettis County.

The Highway Patrol says a car, driven by 48-year-old John Grose, of Green Ridge, avoided a collision with another vehicle that pulled into his path and went off the road, struck a sign and an embankment.

Grose received minor injuries, while a passenger, 50-year-old Teresa Grose, received moderate injuries. Both were taken to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.

The accident happened on U.S. Highway 65 at Route "H" a little before midnight on Saturday.

PETTIS COUNTY CRASH KILLS SEDALIA MAN 12/7/14KL


One person is dead and five injured after a head-on collision in Pettis County.

The Highway Patrol says a car, driven by 41-year-old Brian Barr, of Sedalia, and a vehicle, driven by 34-year-old Elmer Knox, of Sedalia, collided head-on.

Barr was pronounced dead at University Hospital in Columbia almost two hours following the accident.

Knox received moderate injuries and was taken to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.

Also injured were four people in the Knox vehicle: 34-year-old Diane Knox received moderate injuries; 7-year-old Kadyn Knox moderate injuries; and 3-year-old Alicia Knox and 10-year-old Ashley Knox both received serious injuries. The injured were taken to Bothwell hospital in Sedalia for treatment.

The accident happened a little after 8:00pm on Saturday on Route "HH," just East of route "EE."

ARBEITER SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON 12/5/14CC


A man accused of murdering and dismembering a Marshall woman earlier this year has pleaded guilty to the crime and been sentenced to life in prison.

At a hearing on Friday at the Pettis County Courthouse, 65-year-old Joseph Franz Arbeiter pleaded guilty to charges of First Degree Murder and Armed Criminal Action in connection with the killing of 35-year-old Mandy M. Black, of Marshall.

Arbeiter was arrested by Pettis County authorities in May on unrelated charges and later confessed to the murder and dismemberment of the woman's body after her partial remains were located inside a trailer where Arbeiter lived at a Sedalia trailer park. Additional remains buried around the park were later located by investigating authorities.

Clay County Circuit Judge Larry Harman on Friday sentenced Arbeiter to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Arbeiter was also sentenced to a combined 45 years in prison on numerous charges stemming from an attack on a neighbor in the trailer park that led to his arrest and the discovery of Black's remains in early May.

The two sentences are to be served consecutively in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

COLUMBIA OFFICERS INVESTIGATING ARMED ROBBERY 12/5/14RK


Police Officers from an area police department are investigating an armed robbery.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were dispatched this morning just after 7:00am to an armed robbery at Budget Host Inn on Vandiver Drive.

The investigation so far has revealed two suspects, both wearing dark clothing, entered the business armed with handguns, and demanded money, which the employee provided.

The suspects proceeded to restrain the employee and a customer and fled the scene on foot with an unspecified amount of money.

No property was damaged in the robbery, and the customer was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

At least one of the suspects was wearing a mask, but no other description is available at this time, and the investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information on this incident, you are being asked to call the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

VALLEY BASEBALL TEAM PROVIDES COMMUNITY SERVICE 12/5/14RK


Recently, area college student-athletes donated their time to provide a community service.

According to a release from Missouri Valley College, the Viking baseball program took part in an NAIA "Champions of Character" event by volunteering to read books to children in New Franklin.

Over a dozen members of the baseball team spent a number of hours at the community's elementary school reading books to a number of classes.

The release says, the Viking baseball team also volunteers at events at the Salt Fork YMCA in Marshall, participated in a Veteran's Day charity run and has spent time doing yard-maintenance projects for residents in the Marshall community.

The Missouri Valley College baseball team opens its season on February 13th at Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City.

DRUG FIND BEING INVESTIGATED IN PETTIS COUNTY 12/5/14RK


The Pettis County Sheriff's Department is investigating a case of drugs being found at a Sedalia business.

According to spokesperson for the Sheriff's Department, a bag of what is believed to be methamphetamine was found by the owner when he was closing the North Break Time Convenience Store at 1510 North Ohio Avenue in Sedalia on Wednesday night just after 10:00pm.

The spokesperson says authorities will view surveillance footage and try to identify a suspect.

Investigation is continuing.

OAK GROVE MAN HURT IN JOHNSON COUNTY CRASH 12/5/14RK


A one-car crash in Johnson County on Thursday night caused moderate injuries to an Oak Grove man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened when a southbound vehicle, driven by 49-year-old Jason Jennings, failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the right side of the road and struck and fence and a tree.

Jennings was transported to Research Medical Center for treatment.

The accident occurred just before 8:00pm on Route "W," south of U.S. Highway 50.

SALINE E.M.A. TO DISTRIBUTE CDs TO AUTHORITIES 12/5/14RK


Saline County Emergency Management Agency Director Emmitt Williams was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday and says the agency will be distributing informational compact discs in the upcoming weeks to all cities and towns in the county.



Williams also says the CDs will be distributed to the police and fire departments in the county, as well the same information will be contained on zip/thumb drives for sheriff's deputies. The information also should be available on Saline County's website, salinecountymo.org in the near future.

Williams said the move to CDs is more economical for the county, saving roughly $5,000. But he said the county still will have to pay for two hard copies of the printed information to have on hand.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI HIRES NEW ADMINISTRATOR 12/5/14


The provost at Florida State University will accept a similar position at the University of Missouri.

The hiring of Garnett Stokes was announced Thursday in Columbia. Stokes will become the university's provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. Her appointment becomes effective February 2nd, 2015.

Stokes had served as interim president at FSU and is a former psychology professor and dean at the University of Georgia in Athens.

 
---MISSOURINET

JOPLIN SHOOTING RESULTS IN 13-YEAR SENTENCE 12/5/14


He was supposed to go on trial this week, but a 23-year-old man has entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder charges instead.

Damon A. Williams admitted he shot 25-year-old Charles Tumbleson outside Joplin's Jukebox Saturday Night dance club two years ago. The two men had apparently been involved in a feud before the fatal incident.

Williams was charged with first-degree murder, but he entered the plea to a lesser charge in Newton County Circuit Court and was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

 
---MISSOURINET

PETTIS CRASH INJURES SEDALIA MAN 12/5/14RK


A Sedalia man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after a one-car accident in Pettis County on Thursday evening.

According to a report from the Highway Patrol, the accident happened as a westbound car, driven by 26-year-old Zachary Smasal, traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a culvert. The vehicle overturned and came to rest on its top.

Smasal was transported by E.M.S. to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The accident happened at 8:20pm on Missouri Highway 52, west of Richardson Road.

NORBORNE WOMAN HURT WHEN HER CAR HITS DEER IN CARROLL COUNTY 12/5/14RK


A car-deer crash in Carroll County on Thursday evening sent a Norborne woman to the hospital with minor injuries.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened when 24-year-old Paige Brock's westbound vehicle struck a deer in the roadway.

Brock was reportedly taken by private vehicle to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The accident occurred at 7:30pm on Route "E," east of County Road 165.

KCP&L SEEKS COST ADJUSTMENT WITH P.S.C. 12/4/14CC


Kansas City Power & Light Company has filed an application with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking to adjust the Demand Side Investment Mechanism (DSIM) charge on customer bills. The DSIM charge, which appears as a separate line-item on customer bills, allows KCP&L to recover demand-side management program costs and incentives.

According to the application, a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity a month will see the charge drop by approximately $0.46 a month. Applications to intervene and participate in this case must be filed no later than December 22nd.

Individual citizens wishing to comment on the matter should telephone (866) 922-2959.

KCP&L serves approximately 270,000 electric customers in central Missouri area, including Carroll, Chariton, Howard, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis and Saline counties.

NEW MANAGEMENT AT FAYETTE WATER PLANT 12/4/14CC


The City of Fayette's water treatment plant is under new management.

According to a release, Alliance Water Resources and Operations took over management and operation of the plant on November 21st. The plant, constructed in 1941, provides drinking water to some 2,700 Fayette residents.

The city says they had explored the possibility of hiring the company in years past but at the time the move was not feasible. In early November of this year, the city terminated the previous chief operator and contracted with Alliance. The release says the city got referrals from several area cities that have already contracted with the company, as well as a referral from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

For the time being, the company has temporary staff operating the plant until a permanent staff is put into place. Alliance provides contract operations and management services for municipal and community water, wastewater and public works systems in Missouri, Iowa and Tennessee.

SEWER RATES INCREASING IN WAVERLY 12/4/14RK


Sewer usage rates will be going up in Waverly.

At the meeting of the Waverly City Council this week, residents learned their sewer rates will be increasing on January 1st. The current rate of $10.75 per first 1,000 gallons will be going up to $15.75. The rate for any amount over 1,000 gallons will increase to $6.25, up from $5.75.

In other business, residents were informed the new speed-limit signs have been posted around Santa Fe Elementary School. The speed limit is 15mph on West Street and Kelling Avenues.

The council also was informed the dates for filing for positions for the April Municipal Election as December 16th-January 20th. The council will have two seats up for election and the city a tax collector.

The dates for upcoming council meetings have been changed to January 7th and February 4th at 6:30pm.

COLUMBIA THANKSGIVING BURGLARY NUMBERS DOUBLE FROM LAST YEAR 12/4/14RK


Numbers have been released from an area city for burglaries over the Thanksgiving break counting period, and the total has doubled from last year.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, there were 34 burglaries reported, including 28 residential and six commercial this year.

The counting period ran from November 21st through December 2nd.

In comparison, there were 17 total last year, 24 in 2012 and 40 in 2011.

The release says this year's burglaries were not concentrated in a certain area of town.

FLU CASES MORE THAN DOUBLE IN A WEEK 12/4/14


The St. Louis County Health Department reports seasonal flu has hit the region hard.

Confirmed flu cases last week totaled 265, more than half of the 422 cases so far this season. Two weeks ago the number was less than a third of that.

County health officials say they expect the number of cases this week to be just as high, if not higher. Thirty-seven-percent of the cases involve patients between the ages of five and 14. That is considered to be an unconventional age group to have the flu all at the same time.
---MISSOURINET

EQUIPMENT FAILURE BLAMED FOR NUCLEAR PLANT SHUTDOWN 12/4/14


An electrical equipment failure is being blamed for the shutdown of a nuclear power plant in central Missouri. Federal regulators and the company which operates the Callaway plant near Fulton say there is no risk to the public.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says an unexpected trip of the main turbine caused the shutdown shortly after midnight Wednesday at Ameren's facility. There is an investigation under way seeking the cause of the problem. Ameren says no radiation was released.

 
----MISSOURINET

SFCC CAMPUS TO CLOSE DECEMBER 17TH FOR WINTER BREAK 12/4/14RK


An area college has announced its holiday schedule.

According to a release from State Fair Community College in Sedalia, the campus in Sedalia and extended campus locations will close for winter break at noon on Wednesday, December 17th and reopen at 8:00am on Monday, January 5th, 2015. However, SFCC/Whiteman Air Force Base will be open intermittently during the break.

For more information, visit sfccmo.edu.

KOHL'S DONATES MONEY TO CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL 12/4/14RK


Kohl's Department Stores have made significant donations to an area hospital.

According to a release from the University of Missouri Health System, the University of Missouri Children's Hospital in Columbia and Kohl's are teaming up to prevent unintentional injuries to children.

Representatives from mid-Missouri Kohl's stores presented a check in October for more than $38,000 to the pediatric injury prevention and safety outreach program at MU Children's Hospital.

The money was raised through the Kohl's Cares Program, which has donated nearly $259,000 to the program since 2007.

MU's Children's Hospital is one of more than 160 hospitals nationwide to participate in the Kohl's Cares Partnership Program.

PEARCE RECEIVES AWARD FOR PRO-JOBS VOTING RECORD 12/4/14RK


An area senator recently received an award for supporting economic development in Missouri.

According to a news release, Republican Senator David Pearce, of Warrensburg, has been recognized by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce for his staunch support of economic-development measures during the 2014 legislative session.

The award, presented at the chamber's annual meeting and awards banquet in St. Louis. It is an award given to lawmakers who are the strongest supporters of pro-jobs legislation.

Each year, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce recognizes elected officials who have a perfect voting record on legislation that seeks to create economic growth and quality jobs for Missourians.

KANDER CERTIFIES ELECTION RESULTS 12/4/14RK


The results of the November 4th general election are now official.

According to a release from Secretary of State Jason Kander's office, he certified the numbers as of December 3rd.

More than 1.4 million, or just over 35 percent, of Missouri's more than 4 million registered voters cast a ballot. The three counties with the highest turnout were Knox at 52.11 percent, Schuyler at 50.82 and Worth at 50.3.

Statewide, participation was highest in the contest of Amendment 3.

According to state law, the election results must be certified by no later than the second Tuesday in December. A candidate who lost a race by less than one half of one percent of total votes may request a recount within seven days of certification.

You can view the results by visiting the Secretary of State's website.

COOPER CRASH INJURES TWO DRIVERS 12/4/14RK


A crash in Cooper County on Wednesday morning caused injuries to drivers of two tractor-trailers.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as a westbound International, driven by 55-year-old William Ward, of Kansas City, struck a westbound Freightliner, driven by Andel Crepulja, of Rochester, Minnesota, from behind. After impact, the International slid off the right side of the road.

Crepulja suffered minor injuries and was reportedly treated at the scene. Ward was transported to Cooper County Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The accident happened at the 104-mile marker on westbound I-70 at 6:40am.

MMU SEEKS TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO HORSE ARENA 12/3/14KL


The Marshall City Council recently approved an ordinance dealing with a territorial agreement between Marshall Municipal Utilities and Central Missouri Electric Cooperative.

That proposed agreement now needs to go to the Missouri Public Service Commission.

The Public Service Commission says anyone who wants to intervene and participate in the case has to file with their office no later than January 2nd, 2015.

Under the proposed agreement, Marshall Municipal Utilities would be allowed to provide electric service to a horse arena located at Missouri Valley College, even though the structure is located within the Central Missouri Electric Cooperative service area.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATES CONTINUE TO GO DOWN 12/3/14KL


Even with more people coming back into the workforce, area counties saw the their unemployment rates fall to some of the lowest figures in more than a decade, during October, the latest month for which figures are available.

The Saline County rate of unemployment was put at 3.6 percent out of a work force of nearly 13,000.

Next lowest in the KMMO listening area were Howard and Chariton Counties, both at 3.7 percent.

Johnson County was at 4.0 percent, Pettis County at 4.2 percent, Lafayette County at 4.6 percent and Carroll County at 6.4 percent.

This time last year, the unemployment rates ranged from one to two percent higher than this year.

CARROLLTON TOWN COUNCIL HEARS ABOUT YMCA PRICING 12/3/14RK


It was a light agenda for the Carrollton Town Council this week, the council hearing from a YMCA representative on corporate pricing for city employees. A city official says there has to be at least three employees interested in order to get corporate pricing. A decision should be made by employees when the representative calls the city after the first of the year.

Carrollton R-7 School District had requested the Town Council approve a measure to include a turn lane on Ninth Street a couple of months ago. The Town Council has approved the work, but the work has not started yet.

KNOB NOSTER B.O.A. APPROVES BUDGETS 12/3/14RK


During the meeting of the Knob Noster Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night, the board approved the 2015 budget. City Administrator Doug Kermick tells us about it.



The 2014 budget also had to be amended to align expenditures with what was budgeted, according to Kermick.



He said they had to amend the budget by some $90,000.

COLUMBIA OFFICERS DISPATCHED TO REPORT OF SHOTS FIRED 12/3/14


On Tuesday, December 2nd, just before 10:00pm, Columbia Police officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of Garth Avenue with the report of shots fired.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, witnesses in the area described to officers as seeing three vehicles driving erratically in the area at the time the shots were fired.

Officers located one bullet but no shell casings.

There were no reports of any injuries or property damage. The investigation is ongoing.

SLATER FIREFIGHTERS RECOGNIZED DURING COUNCIL MEETING 12/3/14RK


There was a special presentation made during Tuesday night's meeting of the Slater City Council.

City Administrator Gene Griffith tells us about it.



Tony Day is the Marshall Fire Chief, Steve Bertani the chief of the Arrow Rock Fire Department and Todd Anderson the chief of the Sweet Springs Fire Department.

Griffith also said the council discussed the annual turkey and ham giveaway which took place on November 26th. He said they gave away 72 turkeys on a frigid evening during the event sponsored annually by the Slater Chamber of Commerce.

The city council also received a plaque from MIRMA (the Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Agency) during a formal presentation and also approved a revised budget for 2014.

CONCORDIA B.O.A. MULLING OVER FUNDING OPTIONS 12/3/14RK


There were no decisions made, but information was gathered on a number of different options for funding of work needing to be done to the Concordia Community Center at the special meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night.

City Administrator Dale Klussman there could be a special committee assembled to mull over the options for the $530,000 renovation project. One could be to put a sales tax before the voters during the April 2015 Municipal Election.



Klussman said if the final decision is to put a quarter-cent sales tax on the April Ballot to pay for any improvements to the current structure, the city would have to file all of the necessary paperwork with the Lafayette County Clerk's office by January 27th, 2015.

Klussman said the average of past year's quarter-cent sales tax of about $73,000 per year would be enough to pay for the project over 10 years.

The next regular-session meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen is Monday, December 15th, at which a decision could be made.

LAFAYETTE CRASH INJURES TWO AREA MEN 12/3/14RK


A two-vehicle accident in Lafayette County on Tuesday night sent two area residents to the hospital with injuries.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a westbound car, driven by 18-year-old Joal Michael Carpenter, of Oak Grove, crossed the center line and struck an eastbound Freightliner, driven by 26-year-old Robert Allee, of Odessa.

Both vehicles traveled off opposite sides of the roadway, the freightliner overturning before coming to rest on its wheels.

Carpenter suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to Centerpoint Hospital in Independence for treatment. Allee was transported by ambulance to Lafayette County Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The accident happened on U.S. Highway 24, east of 34th Street just after 8:30pm.

BOONE COUNTY WARNS OF JURY SCAM 12/2/14CC


The Boone County Sheriff’s Department is alerting residents to a telephone scam involving a male subject purporting to be a representative from the "Boone County Warrants Division" advising citizens they are subject to arrest for failure to appear for jury duty unless they pay a fine over the telephone with a credit or debit card or using PayPal.

Boone County Circuit Court officials were contacted by a citizen who was suspicious of the phone call from a man identifying himself as "Lt. Allen" from the "Warrants Division" and told the woman she had an active warrant for her arrest on a charge of failing to report for jury duty. The Circuit Court does not telephone individuals requesting payment for fines arising from missing jury duty.

Citizens should be suspicious of any contact they receive from unknown individuals claiming to represent government agencies and attempting to obtain credit/debit card information or requesting payment for services. Authorities say if there is any doubt about the contact a citizen should hang up and call the agency in question or dial 9-1-1.

CONCORDIA ALDERMEN APPROVE PLAT FOR BUSINESS 12/2/14CC


At this week's meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen, the board gave approval to a plat of land for the Dollar General Store on Northwest 4th Street.

City Administrator Dale Klussman explains:



He says all that remains is now for the proper documents to be signed and then entered into the official record by the Lafayette County Recorder.

In other business, Klussman says the board authorized a wage adjustment for two city employees:



Aldermen this week also authorized the city's holiday schedule, including closing city hall at noon on December 24th and the city employee holiday party on December 23rd.

SEDALIA ADDS NEW ANIMAL CONTROL POSITION 12/2/14CC


A new job position has been added to the city of Sedalia's payroll following Monday night's meeting of the City Council.

Council members approved an ordinance to add a classification and job description for Animal Services Manager for the Sedalia Police Department. A city spokesman says the job requires overseeing two animal shelter locations as well as two animal control officers. The council also approved an amendment to the city's personnel manual to add the Animal Services Manager to the list of "safety sensitive" classified employees who are subject to drug and alcohol testing.

In other business, the council approved an agreement between the city and Davey Resource Group for a tree inventory of 1,845 right-of-way trees; approved an agreement with Wilson and Company, Inc., for engineering services related to stormwater drainage improvements; and approved thirteen additional easements for sanitary sewer purposes related to the city's $30 million sewer relief project.

Council members also approved the purchase of 25 new Dell laptops from World Wide Technologies for $17,050 and the purchase of three "ruggedized" Panasonic laptops from Turn-Key Mobile, Inc., for $13,743. Both purchases will be made through the State of Missouri's cooperative purchasing contract.

JOHNSON CRASH INJURES KINGSVILLE MAN 12/2/14RK


A one-car crash in Johnson County this morning sent a Kingsville man to the hospital with injuries.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when 42-year-old Philip Lagud applied the brakes of his 2007 Saturn to avoid another vehicle that was stopped ahead of him. Lagud's northbound vehicle skidded across the center and off the left side of the roadway, into a ditch and overturned.

Lagud was transported to Lee's Summit Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.

The accident happened just before 8:00am on Route "AA" and County Road SW 515.

NORBORNE NEEDS TO MAKE UPDATES TO WATER FACILITIES 12/2/14RK


At the meeting of the Norborne Board of Aldermen on Monday night, the board heard updates on a Water Department renovation project. The city also wants bids from an insurance claim to fix a pole and stop sign that was damaged when a driver crashed into it at the intersection of Pine and Second Streets.

With the impending retirement of current City Collector David Clemens, the city has appointed Pamela Colborn, the current city water collector, to the position.

And as a result of a survey conducted by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources on November 14th, the city will need to make some updates at the water plant and on vents on wells. The city has 60 days to get things up to code. The survey is conducted every three years.

HIGGINSVILLE B.O.A. DISCUSSES REZONING ISSUE 12/2/14


The Higginsville Board of Aldermen met in regular session on Monday night with no action items on the agenda.

However, the board was informed of a meeting coming up on Thursday, December 11th at Higginsville City Hall. City Administrator Lee Barker...



He was speaking of Senator David Pearce, from Warrensburg, and the meeting starts at 6:00pm at Higginsville City Hall.

Barker also said the Planning & Zoning Commission met on November 20th and voted to approve changing a portion of the north side of 20th Street to residential from commercial. The change would be from Light Industrial to Single Family 3. The Board of Aldermen will decide whether or not to approve the rezoning at its next meeting on Monday, December 15th.

COMMISSION GETS COMPUTER NETWORK HEALTH UPDATE 12/2/14RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday morning, Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner gave a bridge update. He said concrete pouring for the bridge west of Fairville has been delayed due to the cold weather. He is hopeful the concrete will be poured this Friday.

Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell gave an update on the courthouse's overall network health score with its computer systems.



She said the lowest score the county received in the past was 82 percent.

COOPER COUNTY ROAD CLOSURE 12/02/14RK


There is a road closed in Cooper County, and it will be closed for a while.

According to a Nixle posting by the Cooper County Emergency Management Agency on Monday, Rhodes Drive, one-fourth of a mile north of Reavis Wood Road to Turtle Creek Road, will be closed for about three weeks.

If you ordinarily take a route that includes this part of Rhodes Drive, you will need to seek an alternate route.

OAK GROVE WOMAN KILLED IN VEHICLE CRASH 12/02/14RK


A two-vehicle accident in Jackson County on Monday morning in Jackson County has caused fatal injuries to an Oak Grove woman.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a southbound Kenworth Tractor-Trailer, driven by 29-year-old Phillip Nordmeyer, of Glasgow, failed to yield at a stop sign at an intersection of highways and struck an eastbound Honda Civic Del Sol, driven by 29-year-old Amanda Claxon, of Oak Grove.

Claxon was pronounced dead at the scene by Jackson County Medical Examiner Investigator Molly Scanlon at just before 11:30am. Nordmeyer reportedly was not injured.

The accident occurred at 11:15am at the junction of Highways "H" and "FF."

MARSHALL CITY COUNCIL 12/1/14


The City of Marshall issued permits for construction of over $1 million during the month of November, with 65 percent of that total being for new single-family dwellings and 26 percent for roofing work.

In other business of the Marshall City Council Monday night, they heard from third-ward Councilman Dan Brandt about the end of the yard waste pickup for the year.

 

Also, the Marshall City Council approved the hiring of Alexander Ciccone as a new entry-level police officer for the city.

MISSOURI JOB POINT PARTICIPATING IN DONATION CAMPAIGN 12/01/14RK


The Community Foundation of Central Missouri has launched its second annual donation campaign, and Missouri Job Point is participating.

According to a release from Job Point, CoMoGives is a campaign creating an easy way to support local nonprofit organizations and helps strengthen central Missouri communities.

In December 2013, over $62,000 was donated to local nonprofit organizations, through CoMoGives.

This year, there are 53 nonprofit organizations available for your donations, up 23 from last year.

To donate, visit Job Point's donation page on its website jobpointmo.com.

Donations are accepted today through December 31st.

Job Point Missouri is headquartered in Columbia, but also has offices in Sedalia and Warrensburg.

SMITH-COTTON JROTC EARNS TROPHIES AT COMPETITION 12/01/14RK


In late November, an area Army JROTC Drill Team won several trophies at a competition in Branson.

According to a release from the Sedalia 200 School District, the Smith-Cotton team raked in five trophies, including first place in Unarmed Color Guard and Inspection. The group also brought home second-place trophies in Unarmed Platoon Exhibition and Armed Platoon Regulation. The team was third in New Cadet Squad.

HUTCHINSON TO JOIN CMU FACULTY 12/01/14RK


A 2007 graduate of Central Methodist University has returned to take over a position at the Fayette school.

According to a release from CMU, David Hutchinson has been named Executive Director of Advancement and Alumni Programs at CMU. The move is effective January 1st, 2015, according to CMU President Roger Drake.

Hutchinson, a Vienna, Mo., native, currently is the senior pastor at Faith United Methodist Church in Grain Valley. After receiving his degree with honors from CMU in 2007, Hutchinson received his Master of Divinity degree from the Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City in 2011 and was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 2013.

Hutchinson also served as the lead associate pastor at The Summit United Methodist Church in Lee's Summit during 2008-13.

PETTIS CRASH INJURES THREE KNOB NOSTER RESIDENTS 12/01/14RK


Three Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster residents were injured in a two-vehicle accident in Pettis County on Sunday night.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when a southbound 2011 Dodge, driven by 55-year-old Robert Simon, of Sedalia, was attempting to cross the westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 50 and traveled into the path of a 2006 Hyundai, driven by 28-year-old Autumn Woods, of Whiteman Air Force Base. The Simon vehicle struck the Woods car in the right-hand lane of U.S. 50 at Missouri Highway 127.

Woods and 2-year-old and 5-year-old passengers in her car were reportedly transported by private vehicle to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment. Simon was reportedly not injured.

The accident occurred at 8:40pm.

JAMESTOWN RESIDENT HURT IN COOPER CRASH 12/01/14RK


A one-vehicle accident in Cooper County on Sunday morning caused minor injuries to a Jamestown resident.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 32-year-old Brandi Weckman swerved her northbound 2003 Acura to miss a deer during a curve of the roadway. She reportedly lost control of the vehicle, which went off the left side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.
Weckman was reportedly not injured, but a passenger in the vehicle, Lucas Range, was transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of injuries.
The accident occurred at 8:15am on Missouri 179, one mile north of Ridge Road.

COLUMBIA AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE 11/30/14RK


Columbia Police Detectives and the Forensic Evidence Team are investigating a homicide.

Earlier this morning, officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of Illinois Avenue in reference to shots fired.

Once reaching the scene, officers located two gunshot victims. After aid was administered, the victims were transported by ambulance to a local hospital. One of the victims, 40-year-old Rickie Dunn, of Columbia, was reportedly pronounced dead at the hospital due to injuries. Another 18-year-old victim is being treated for his injuries.

The detectives and evidence team are on the scene talking to potential witnesses and gathering evidence.

If anyone has any information about this incident, call the Columbia P.D. at (573) 874-7652 or Crime Stoppers at (573) 875-TIPS, to remain anonymous.

RICHMOND TEEN INJURED IN LAFAYETTE CRASH 11/30/14RK


A one-vehicle accident in Lafayette County on Saturday evening caused minor injuries to a Richmond teenager.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as an eastbound 2002 Dodge, driven by 21-year-old Nathaniel Woods, of Richmond, struck an animal in the roadway, traveled off a the roadway, down an embankment and overturned. The vehicle came to rest on the passenger side.

Woods reportedly was not injured, but a 13-year-old passenger in the vehicle suffered injuries and was transported by Odessa E.M.S. to St. Luke's East Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened just before 8:00pm on Route "U," just west of Oakland School Road.

COLUMBIA WOMAN APPREHENDED AFTER PURSUIT 11/30/14RK


A Columbia woman was apprehended on Saturday while a second suspect fled the scene after a vehicle pursuit in Columbia.

According to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, a deputy was alerted of the presence of a stolen vehicle on Rangeline, near Business Loop 70. The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the vehicle refused to yield, leading to a pursuit.

The vehicle eventually stopped, and a 20-year-old female was taken into custody without further incident. However, a white male, approximately 6-foot tall, wearing dark clothing, fled the scene, was not apprehended and is still at large. The vehicle was processed and returned to its owner.

The 20-year-old female was arrested for one count of second-degree tampering, one count of resisting arrest and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. She had an outstanding warrant and was arrested for that also.

No one was injured during the pursuit and no property was damaged.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY 11/29/14CC


Small Business Saturday is a day set aside on the holiday shopping calendar to give local businesses and entrepreneurs a boost in the busy shopping season. Shoppers are encouraged to spend their money locally.

Brad Jones, Missouri director of the National Federation of Independent Business, says it's one way to give back to a community:



Jones says many businesses will offer discounts and specials at shops and stores across the Show-Me State on Saturday.

S-C SERVICE PROJECT HELPS OUT FAMILIES 11/27/14RK


Tis the season to be thankful and the season to give...
And in that spirit, an area high school's student council's recent annual service project helped out needy families.

According to a release from Bob Satnan, Communications Director of Sedalia School District 200, Sedalia Smith-Cotton High School students and staff donated food and cash to fill Thanksgiving meal baskets for more than 25 families in need. Student Council members then put the baskets together and delivered them on the final day of class before Thanksgiving break, which was Tuesday.

Before leaving to make their deliveries, the students and Student Council adviser Greg Willson formed a "thankful circle" and shared what they are thankful for this season. Most students said their families and the chance to help their community before expressing their thanks for Wilson's guidance with a group hug.

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING SHOOTING INCIDENT IN MORGAN COUNTY 11/27/14RK


Authorities are investigating a shooting in Morgan County.

On Wednesday, November 26th, 2014, Morgan County Deputies, along with officers from the Versailles Police Department, responded to a residence on Second Street in Versailles to an alleged assault-in-progress call.

According to a release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a division of the Department of Public Safety, upon arrival, officers confronted a 41-year-old resident of Versailles, who had allegedly assaulted another individual.

While attempting to restrain the suspect, he was tazered twice, however, he was able to fire multiple rounds at the officers from his pistol. One of the rounds fired by the suspect ricocheted and struck a Morgan County Deputy, resulting in minor injuries.

Officers reportedly returned fire, resulting in the death of the suspect. An autopsy is currently being scheduled.

The investigation into the incident is being conducted by members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control.

SALINE HEALTH BOARD DISCUSSES HOW TO USE FUNDS 11/27/14RK


During the meeting of the Saline County Health Department Board of Trustees this week, Administrator Lisa Thomas asked the board what should be done with some funds that were donated by a former physician for the department.



Thomas said the funds have been slowly dwindling, now at $912. She said the funds are restricted, so they can't use the funds for just anything.

After a short discussion, Thomas said she is going to talk more with another Dr. Melaine Elfrink about how the money can best be used.



In other business, the board was notified that the number of W.I.C. (Women-Infants-Children) clients are up from 754 last year to 814 this year.

Thomas said the next meeting of the Saline County Health Board of Trustees will be on Tuesday, December 23rd.

ARREST MADE IN COLUMBIA SHOOTING INCIDENT 11/27/14RK


Columbia Police have made an arrest in a shooting incident that occurred back in October.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, a 22-year-old Columbia man was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a shooting that happened on October 12th of this year in the 1000 block of Broadway East.

The male suspect was picked up on an outstanding warrant for the shooting. He was arrested for Unlawful Use of Weapons with a bond set at $50,000.

NEW FRANKLIN MAN HURT IN HOWARD CRASH 11/27/14RK


A one-vehicle accident in Howard County on Wednesday evening caused minor injuries to a New Franklin man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when a northbound Ford F-150, driven by 43-year-old Timothy Merhoff, traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck several trees, overturned and came to rest on its top.

Merhoff was transported to Cooper County Hospital in Boonville for treatment.

The accident occurred at 7:30pm on Missouri Highway 87.

CHARITON CRASH INJURES KANSAS RESIDENT 11/27/14RK


A Kansas resident suffered minor injuries in a car crash in Chariton County on Wednesday evening.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when an eastbound Chevrolet, driven by 71-year-old William Braden, traveled off the right side of the roadway and impacted a ditch.

Braden was transported by Chariton County Ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The accident happened at 6:00pm on U.S. highway 24, two miles east of Salisbury.

INDEPENDENCE MAN INJURED IN LAFAYETTE CRASH 11/27/14


A one-car accident in Lafayette County on Wednesday afternoon caused serious injuries to an Independence man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a northbound car, driven by 69-year-old Herbert Reinitz, traveled through the intersection of U.S. Highway 24 and Missouri Highway 23 and struck a sign and an embankment on the north side of U.S. Highway 24.

Reinitz was transported to Lafayette Regional Health Center by Lexington Ambulance for treatment.

The accident happened just before 6:00pm.

LEXINGTON COUNCIL APPROVES WATER TAP, SEWER FEE CHANGES 11/26/14CC


At this week's meeting of the Lexington City Council, members approved some changes to water tap and sewer fees for new homes built in the city.

City Administrator Mark Rounds explains the city's new water tap fee:



Rounds says changes will also occur in the price new home owners pay to hook up to the city sewer system:



Council members this week also approved changing municipal court dates from the second Wednesday of each month to the third Thursday of each month; they also approved the resignation of Marjorie Hoefsteter from the Housing Authority and approved the appointment of Alma Watt to the Housing Authority.

COUNTY TO RECEIVE B.R.O. FUNDS 11/26/14RK


Saline County Auditor Tara Vogelsmeier said the county will be receiving some funds and made a request at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Wednesday.



The commissioners OK'd the request, which Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner said are funds for work on Bridge No. 46.

The commissioners also recognized several county employees for their years of service, ranging from five to 15 years of service to the Saline County Sheriff's Department, the Saline County Clerk's office and the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.

Commissioners also approved receiving a $3,000 in repayment of funds to the commission from the Saline County Preservation Commission.

SALINE COMMISSION OK'S REQUEST FOR UP-FRONT FUNDS 11/26/14RK


Jessica Goodman, mapping specialist in the Saline County Clerk's office and the chairperson for the Saline County Historical Preservation Commission, was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Wednesday to make a request for up-front funds for Saline County to host an upcoming meeting and training session called CAMP, Commission Assistance Mentoring Program.



Goodman said in order for the attendees to get the best training possible, specialized topics also will be presented and discussed.



Goodman said the event dates have not been set yet, but she's thinking it will be either May or June. She is hoping the training will draw about 200 people from around the state. She says the total cost of the event would be a little more than $11,000.

Saline County Commissioners approved fronting the fee, which be returned to the Saline County Commission via a $7,000 grant from the state of Missouri and more than $3,800 in donated hours of work time by Goodman.

PETTIS CRASH INJURES PILOT GROVE MAN 11/26/14RK


A tractor-trailer accident in Pettis County on Tuesday afternoon caused moderate injuries to a Pilot Grove man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a westbound 2005 International, driven by 33-year-old Brian Fahrendorf, ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a field entrance, causing the trailer to overturn.

Fahrendorf was transported the Bothwell Regional Hospital in Sedalia by Pettis County E.M.S. for treatment.

The accident happened at 4:25pm on Route HH, just west of Glenn Road.

COLUMBIA MAN INJURED IN VEHICLE-DEER CRASH 11/25/14RK


A vehicle-deer crash in Benton County on Monday afternoon has caused minor injuries to a Columbia man.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says, the accident occurred as a westbound 2005 Toyota, driven by 55-year-old Kevin John, collided with a deer in the roadway.

John was transported by Cole Camp E.M.S. to Bothwell Regional Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.

The accident happened at 5:40pm on Missouri Highway 52, two miles west of Cole Camp.

MOBERLY RESIDENT HURT IN HOWARD COUNTY CRASH 11/25/14RK


A Moberly resident suffered injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Howard County on Monday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as an eastbound Ford F-250, driven by 26-year-old Patrick Davis, of Moberly, reportedly crossed the center line, traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a westbound Dodge Durango, driven by 43-year-old Jody Sanders, of Glasgow, and a ditch.

Both drivers were reportedly uninjured, but 36-year-old Jeremy Kirlin, a passenger in the Davis vehicle, suffered minor injuries and was transported by private vehicle from the scene.

The accident happened just before 4:00pm on Route "T," one mile east of County Road 329.

MAR-SALINE BRANCH OF N.A.A.C.P. ELECTS OFFICERS 11/25/14RK


A local branch of the N.A.A.C.P held a meeting and elections on Monday evening in Marshall.

According to a release from election supervisory committee chair Bryon Jacques, Clyde Williams, of Marshall, was elected President of the Mar-Saline Branch of the N.A.A.C.P.

Other persons voted into positions were: Sam Moten, of Marshall, as Vice President; Aaron Haynes, of Higginsville, as Secretary; and Evelyn Trigg, of Lexington, as Assistant Secretary.

The release says these members will take office in January at the installment ceremony at the annual Martin Luther King breakfast. The free open-to-the-public breakfast is scheduled for 7:00am on January 19th at the annex of the First United Methodist Church at 225 East Arrow Street in Marshall.

BOONVILLE ALT ENERGY PROGRAM BREAKS NEW GROUND 11/24/14CC


The Boonville R-I School District made a big announcement at their most recent monthly school board meeting.

Superintendent Dr. Mark Ficken talks about the news:



Ficken says the project has been in the works for a while now:



In other business, the Board approved the filing dates for the April Municipal Election and learned that the 2013-2014 audit showed a clean bill of financial health for the district.

SECURITY OPTIONS TALKED ABOUT AT NEW FRANKLIN B.O.E. MEETING 11/24/14RK


The most recent meeting of the New Franklin R-1 Board of Education was a quiet one, according to Superintendent David Haggard.

He said the board received various reports and was advised of the candidate filing parameters for the Municipal Election in April 2015.

Haggard said he also notified the board that 2015 will be the year the district will need to purchase a new bus, and he said the board also still is mulling over options for security measures to be taken, which might include replacement of the entry doors on the 65-year-old school. The current doors on both sets of buildings do not have the capability to have the buzzing system installed, he said.

He said they are still in the planning phases. If this work is forthcoming, it probably will be done during the summer months.

But Haggard said there might be other options for security measures, in the meantime, as well.



The security options are still being talked about.

KNOB NOSTER MAN INJURED IN JOHNSON ACCIDENT 11/24/14RK


A Knob Noster man was injured in a one-car accident in Johnson County on Sunday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as 28-year-old Matthew Lewman lost control of his southbound 2003 Ford on wet pavement. The vehicle crossed the center line of the road, ran off the left side of the roadway, overturned and struck a fence.

Lewman, who suffered moderate injuries, was transported to Lee's Summit Hospital by Johnson County E.M.S. for treatment.

The crash occurred just before 3:30pm on Missouri Highway 23, less than a mile north of County Road Southeast 350.

EXPIRED GIFT CARDS COULD STILL BE VALUABLE 11/24/14RK


Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel is reminding Missourians to keep old gift cards.

In a release from Zweifel, he says gift cards or certificates that go unused or get lost never lose their value. Instead, they are turned over to Zweifel's office as Unclaimed Property until the original owner or heir claims it.

Of the $822 million in Unclaimed Property held by Zweifel, more than $8 million comes from gift cards and certificates.

Zweifel says, if you miss the expiration date, you may be able to redeem the value of the card from the Unclaimed Property team at ShowMeMoney.com. Visit the website for more details.

NEW MINIMUM WAGE RATE SET TO TAKE EFFECT 11/7/14CC


According to a release from the Missouri Department of Labor, the state minimum wage rate for 2015 has been established at $7.65 an hour, according to state law. The new rate takes effect effective January 1st.

All businesses are required to pay at minimum the $7.65 hourly rate except retail and service businesses whose annual gross sales are less than $500,000. Per state law, the minimum wage rate is calculated once a year and may increase or decrease based on the cost of living as measured by the previous year’s Consumer Price Index. Missouri law does not allow the state’s minimum wage rate to be lower than the federal minimum wage rate.

Compensation for tipped employees must also total at least $7.65 per hour. Employers are required to pay tipped employees at least 50 percent of the minimum wage, or the amount necessary to bring the employee’s total compensation to a minimum of $7.65 per hour.

You can learn more at www.labor.mo.gov.
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