A recent graduate of Central Methodist University, Kendra Twenter has joined the Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church to become a Global Mission Fellow. She will be serving as a missionary in Moscow, Russia.
Twenter was one of 42 young adults from 11 countries selected for the program. They gathered in earlier this month for a three weeks of training for service as Generation Transformation Global Mission Fellows. She was commissioned on July 19th by the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries to serve for two years.
The program is a leadership development and mission service opportunity that allows young adults, ages 20-30, to take part in mission and social justice ministries in both international and domestic contexts.
While at CMU, Twenter was repeatedly on the Dean's List and graduated in May with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training.
Twenter, who is from Boonville, will begin her missionary work in Moscow in September.
The Marshall Board of Public Works meets in regular session on Thursday morning.
Items on the morning's agenda include discussion of an internet representative position and fall protection equipment. The board will also hear updates from various Marshall Municipal Utilities department heads.
The meeting gets underway at 8:30am at the M.M.U. office located at 75 East Morgan in Marshall.
After nearly a week on the run, a escaped inmate from the Pettis County Jail has been located and returned to custody.
According to a release from Sheriff Kevin Bond, 29-year-old Brandon McGee was captured by deputies Wednesday morning at an east Sedalia residence. He was reportedly taken into custody without incident and now faces a felony charge of escape from confinement after he fled the jail last Thursday night.
Bond says that McGee had removed a control insert from a shower stall, fit himself through the opening and into a service corridor from which he was able to make his escape. Bond credits Pettis County deputies for their efforts to bring McGee back to justice.
The man was originally being held on a charge of fraudulent use of a credit device; he is currently in custody without bond at the Pettis County Jail in Sedalia.
An area student and farmer has been named as a finalist for the 2014 National Future Farmers of America Top Achievement awards.
Dustin Stanton, a member of the Centralia F.F.A. chapter, is one of four members nationwide in the running for the American Star in Agribusiness award. He owns Stanton Brothers, a Boone County poultry operation that supplies eggs to community members, local businesses and farmers markets.
Other F.F.A. members from across the nation are vying for the American Star Farmer, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience awards.
A panel of judges will interview each finalist and select one winner for each award at the 87th National F.F.A. convention this fall in Louisville, Kentucky. Winners of the four awards will receive an additional $2,000 and will be a part of the F.F.A.'s Stars Over America pageant and Degree Ceremony at the national convention.
An area man has been seriously injured after a motorcycle crash on Tuesday in Howard County.
The Highway Patrol says 77-year-old Earl Turner, of Fayette, was northbound on a 2005 Honda when the bike ran off the right side of the road and ejected the rider.
Turner suffered serious injuries and was taken by helicopter to University Hospital for treatment. Patrol reports say the crash happened around 2:10pm Tuesday afternoon on Highway 5, about 1.5 miles south of Fayette.
Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that five defendants were sentenced in federal court today for their roles in a conspiracy to use identity documents, checks and credit cards that were either found in stolen vehicles or pilfered from vehicles to make fraudulent purchases and to obtain methamphetamine.
Jason Rockwell Thompson, 30, of Bates City, Mo., was sentenced to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Thompson to pay $45,012 in restitution.
Co-defendants Christopher Lee Curd, 29, and his brother Robert Alva Curd, 30, both of Kansas City, Roberta Anne Welte, 28, of Blue Springs and Brandi Nicole Neely, 32, of Arnold were also sentenced today. Christopher Curd was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison without parole and ordered to pay $3,584 in restitution. Robert Curd was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison without parole and ordered to pay $3,560 in restitution. Roberta Welte was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison without parole and ordered to pay $4,271 in restitution. Neely was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison without parole and ordered to pay $7,055 in restitution.
With the August 5th primary election only a week away, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell says the voters in Marshall have been, for the most part, supportive of consolidating four polling places to one, the Martin Community Center on South Odell.
There have been some concerns, but Russell says many have been addressed.
The polls will be open from 6:00am to 7:00pm on Tuesday, August 5th.
The search continues for an inmate who escaped from the Pettis County Jail last week.
The Pettis County Sheriffs Department is looking for 29-year-old Brandon McGee, who reportedly managed to gain entry to a maintenance room at the jail by way of the shower room. He then found his way outside, where surveillance video showed the man fleeing south from the jail on foot.
Prosecutors have charged McGee with one felony count of escape from confinement with no bond. He was in custody on an original charge of fraudulent use of a credit device.
McGee is described as a white male, 5'9" tall and weighing about 130 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes and wears a goatee. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and black shorts.
The sheriff's department says McGee had recent residencies in the Sedalia and Pettis county area but also is known to frequent Benton and Morgan counties. Anyone with information about McGee or his whereabouts is urged to call 911 or the Pettis County Sheriffs Department at (660) 827-0052.
A one-vehicle accident in Saline County on Monday afternoon left one man with injuries.
The Highway Patrol says 66-year-old Gary Kenney, of San Carlos, California, was eastbound on a 2010 Harley Davidson when the bike ran off the left side of the roadway. It then hit a guard cable, ejecting the rider.
Kenney suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was taken to I-70 Community Hospital for treatment. Patrol reports say it happened around 2:40pm, just east of the 69.2 mile marker on I-70 in Saline County.
A Benton County accident has caused serious injuries to a Climax Springs man.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Reports say a Chevrolet, driven by 73-year-old Jerry Vaughan, of Climax Springs, was traveling southbound, crossed the center line when traveling around a curve and was struck head-on by a northbound 2005 Freightliner, driven by Timothy Hovendick, of Lincoln.
Vaughan was taken to University Hospital by Life Flight Eagle.
The crash occurred at 9:46am today on Route "DD", one mile north of Missouri 7.
The Columbia Police Department offers some safety tips to try to prevent being scammed.Never send cash or money orders or give out personal information such as credit-card numbers and expiration dates, bank-account numbers, dates of birth, or social security numbers to unfamiliar companies or unknown persons.
If you call the number back that called you to verify the information and a recording picks up not stating the name of the company, this is a scam.
Make a phone call to verify the information. A 30-second phone call can save you money. Before you send money, ask yourself a simple question. "What guarantee do I have that this solicitor will use my money in the manner we agreed upon?"
Be skeptical - Always take your time making a decision. Legitimate companies won't pressure you to make a snap decision. If someone comes to your home claiming to be with a utility company, ask for identification. Do not let the person in your home. If something doesn't seem right it's not right.
If you have information about, or want to report a fraud, report it to your local law-enforcement agency.
According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, on July 28th, the City of Columbia Water and Light Department received multiple reports of a possible scam targeting City of Columbia utility customers. These calls were received over the weekend and on at least one report, the caller claimed to be an employee of the Columbia Water and Light Department. Customers are being told their account is delinquent and are asked to obtain a VISA card from a local pharmacy. A variety of callback numbers are being used, and on one occasion an actual Columbia
The release says, Water and Light Department number was used as a callback number. Most of the complaints received are from commercial accounts.
The City of Columbia bills are due 20 days after the date listed on the utility bill. The customers are notified of delinquent bills through a mailed notice and then a phone call is placed by an automatic system two days before the utilities are turned off. City of Columbia staff members are not allowed to take any payments over the phone.
Customers can use the automated phone service to pay their bills or pay through the web site. If customers have a question about a bill, the billing office can be reached at (573)874-7380 or by email email@example.com
The Warrensburg City Council meets in regular session at 7:00pm on Monday, July 28th.
Council members will hear an annual presentation from the Parks and Recreation board, take up a resolution on non-motorized transportation in the city, and take up an ordinance to sign a memorandum of understanding between the city and the Warrensburg school district for a school resource officer program.
An executive session for legal matters is scheduled for 5:30pm, followed by a council study session at 6:00pm before the regular session meeting.
A Kansas woman was injured Sunday morning after a motorcycle accident in Carroll County.
The Highway Patrol says 22-year-old Brooke Babiuch was westbound on a 1985 Yamaha motorcycle when she failed to negotiate a curve, causing the bike to overturn and strike a tree. The driver was thrown from the bike as a result.
Babiuch suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment. The patrol says the accident happened around 9:50am on Sunday on Route C at County Road 167 in Carroll County.
Boone County authorities have arrested a man accused of drawing a gun on several A.T.V. riders in his area.
Deputies were called to the 800 block of Vance Drive on Sunday night at around 7:45pm, where they discovered a 63-year-old man who had been engaged in a confrontation with several riders who had reportedly been riding in the area at a high rate of speed.
The resident apparently produced a shotgun, with which he reportedly threatened several of the riders. The man was arrested by authorities and now faces charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Third-Degree Assault.
The city of Sedalia will be spraying for mosquitoes during the early morning hours this week.
A release from the city says crews will spray for mosquitoes on Tuesday morning from 2:00am until 6:00am from Broadway Avenue to the south city limits and from the west city limits to the east city limits.
On Wednesday morning, crews will spray from 2:00am until 6:00am from Broadway to the north city limits and from east to west.
All spraying work is weather permitting. For questions or more information, contact Sedalia City Hall at (660) 827-3000.
Two area men were injured in a one-car accident in Lafayette County on Saturday, July 26th.
According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, a Mercury, driven by 34-year-old James Vaughn, of Knob Noster, traveled off the right side of the road, over corrected and traveled off the left side of the road, overturned and struck a tree. The vehicle came to rest on its top.
Vaughn, and a passenger in the vehicle, 34-year-old Justin McGinnis, of Concordia, each suffered moderate injuries and were transported to Centerpoint Medical Center for treatment.
The accident occurred at 11:50pm on westbound Highway "YY" east of Handley Road.
Fitzgibbon Hospital received the "Show-Me 5" award by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in a ceremony on Wednesday morning, July 23rd in the Fitzgibbon Hospital Atrium. On hand to make the presentation were Gail Zasterling, the Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services, and State Breastfeeding Coordinator Kathy Mertzlufft.
Fitzgibbon Hospital PR/Marketing Coordinator Richard DeFord says it is a huge honor.
Fitzgibbon Hospital is only the fifth hospital in the state of Missouri to be able to attain the designation.
DeFord says times have changed with babies after birth.
Other hospitals to achieve the designation are: Truman Medical Center, Capital Region Medical Center, Mercy Hospital and Hannibal Regional Hospital.
DeFord also pointed out, Fitzgibbon Hospital, the Living Center, Cargill, ConAgra and the Saline County Health Department also received the Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Award at the same ceremony.
The Central Methodist University men's vocal group, the Church Street Boys, has recently received an invitation to perform at the annual Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) Conference at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Dr. Ron Atteberry, currently adjunct professor of music at CMU, developed the Church Street Boys when he came to CMU in 2010.
He says it is a huge honor, as only 10 of the 150 groups audtioning were accepted.
The Church Street Boys group has a crew of 16 members, but could be more by the time of the performances.
Atteberry says this will not be the first CMU group to perform at the conference, which is set for the final four days of January in 2015 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. He says there have been several CMU musical ensembles to perform at the conference over the years, the most recent being the CMU band three years ago. He said it's been 10 to 12 years since a vocal ensemble from CMU has performed at the event.
The Missouri Department of Transportation is advising drivers to avoid westbound I-70 in Cooper County. Due to a motor vehicle accident at the 98-mile marker at about 2:30pm today, the westbound lanes of the Interstate will be closed for about two hours.
MoDOT is asking drivers to seek an alternate route.
Secretary of State Jason Kander announced that the Missouri State Archives, a division of his office, has five traveling exhibits available for schools, libraries, local governments, historical societies and other groups to reserve free for 2015.
The traveling exhibits, which highlight Missouri's history, include the Archives' latest production, "Blueprints for Democracy: Public Architecture in Missouri, as well as four others.
They are: "Divided Loyalties: Civil War Documents from the Missouri State Archives"; "A Legacy of Conservation: The 75th Anniversary of the Missouri Department of Conservation"; Lewis and Clark Across Missouri: Mapping the Historic Landscape"; and "Ozark Light: The Photographs of Charles Elliott Gill."
No special or formalized training is required to feature any of the displays.
Community groups may reserve the exhibits for one to three months at a time by calling Greg Olsen at (573) 522-2705.
According to a release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, effective on July 28th, 2014, the driver's examination testing times and temporary closings with Troop A for five locations served by the Liberty driver's examination traveling crew will change.
One of the towns affected is Carrollton where the tests will be given on Tuesdays from 10:45am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:00pm.
From July 28th through August 20th, 2014, the driver's examination station located on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia will be temporarily relocated during the Missouri State Fair to the United Methodist Church Celebration Center at 1701 West 32nd Street. The dates that will be affected are July 28th, 29th and 30th and August 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th and 20th.
CDL testing in Sedalia also will be temporarily relocated to the Sedalia Airport at 1900 East Boonville Road, as well.
Testing at the fairgrounds will resume to normal business hours on August 25th.
With the August 5th primary election coming up in eleven days, county clerks across the state are gearing up their offices for the business of Election Day.
Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell updated the County Commission on those preparations on Thursday. She says her office will open with special hours on Saturday, August 2nd, to accommodate absentee voters. The clerk's office at the Saline County Courthouse will open from 8:00am until 12:00pm on Saturday only. She says at last check there are 102 Saline County residents voting absentee for the August primary.
She told commissioners that her office will conduct a mandatory test of county touchscreen and Accu-Vote equipment at 10:30am on Thursday, July 31st, at the clerk's office. The public is invited to attend to see the machines and how they work.
Students from eight Missouri high schools are taking part today in a mock D.W.I. vehicle crash exercise during the Youth Traffic Safety Leadership Training Conference in Columbia.
The schools are a part of "Team Spirit", a statewide program sponsored by the state Department of Transportation to promote safe driving habits for youth while aiming to prevent underage drinking, drinking and driving, driver inattention and increasing seat belt usage among young drivers.
After the training, the students will take what they've learned back to their own schools in an effort to educate and promote the safe habits with their fellow students. Participating schools from the KMMO listening area are LaMonte from Pettis County and Meadville from Linn County.
MODOT says that from 2011-2013, there were 69 fatal crashes and 210 serious injury accidents statewide involving a driver under the age of 21, resulting in 85 deaths and 323 serious injuries.
At Thursday's meeting of the Saline County Commission, Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner gave an update on road work going on right now around the county:
And Fenner says work is coming along on a county bridge as well:
Commissioners on Thursday were also updated on preparations by the County Clerk's office for the August 5th primary election, the results of the most recent meeting of the Local Emergency Planning Committee and new maps of the Santa Fe Trail that are now available to the public.
The historic Santa Fe Trail in Saline and Lafayette counties will now be a little easier to navigate with new maps that came out this week. Saline County Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner explains:
The trail received its National Historic Trail designation from Congress in 1987. To learn more about the trail and its history, you can contact the Missouri River Outfitter's chapter at (620) 285-2054 or visit www.santafetrail.org.
The 15th Show-Me Honor Flight will be coming up soon, giving area veterans the opportunity to fly to Washington D.C., free of charge, to visit the memorials of the wars in which they once fought. Spokesman Charlie Guthrie says the next flight takes off on September 23rd.
Guthrie says it's the generosity of local residents and businesses that help make the Honor Flights a reality for area veterans.
The trips last one day, as veterans fly to the nation's capital to see the World War One, World War Two, Korean War and Vietnam memorials as well as other memorials in and around the capital area.
A Marshall man faces several felony charges after his arrest this week for alleged shoplifting.
According to the Saline County Sheriffs Office, 34-year-old Jeremy Shane McMurray is charged with two counts of felony stealing and one count of possession of a controlled substance at a jail facility. He was arrested on Tuesday after being detained for allegedly trying to take nearly $1,800 worth of electronics and various goods from a Marshall retailer.
Reports say that when the man was being booked into the Saline County Jail, he was found to have five grams of a green, leafy substance on his person that was later positively identified as marijuana. McMurray is currently in custody on $6,000 bond.
Authorities in Pettis County say an inmate has escaped from the Pettis County jail in downtown Sedalia.
A release from the sheriffs office says jail staff discovered 29-year-old Brandon McGee missing at around 10:00pm Thursday night. He was being held on Pettis County charges of fraudulent use of a credit device.
Photo courtesy of the Pettis County Sheriffs Department
The man is described as a slender white male, 5'9" and weighing approximately 130 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes and wears a goatee. McGee is believed to have headed south from the jail on foot, wearing a white t-shirt and black gym shorts.
The release says McGee had recent residencies in the Sedalia and Pettis County area but also is known to frequent Benton and Morgan counties. Anyone with information about McGee or his whereabouts is urged to call 911 or the Pettis County Sheriffs Department at (660) 827-0052.
State Senator David Pearce, of Warrensburg, was recently recognized by the The National Federation of Independent Business for his positive record when voting on issues impacting small businesses.As a legislator who supports independent and small business, Sen. Pearce was recently acknowledged for his 100-percent voting record on behalf of small businesses.
The NFIB is an organization dedicated to promoting and protecting small business across the country.
As a support system for small businesses, the NFIB compiles voting records for lawmakers on topics pertinent to small business economy.
State Representative Dean Dohrman said Gov. Jay Nixon recently signed a number of critical bills recently, including one involving Missouri and Common Core.
The Governor signed HB 1490, which allows the state to reject the Federal Common Core standards and begin a process of developing Missouri-based student achievement benchmarks.
Specifically, the bill allows districts to continue with the Common Core standards that are already in place, but would create teams to develop new standards to be put in place by the 2016 academic year.
Dohrman says this is not ideal, but it avoids total upheaval as the new school year is about to begin. Under the bill, the work groups will be made up of parents, teachers and other experts who will work to develop standards for English, math, science and history. The bill also protects schools from being penalized for poor performance on the Common Core tests while they remain in place.
A Clinton man escaped serious injury after he rolled his S.U.V. on a Johnson County roadway early this morning.
The Highway Patrol says 38-year-old Lindley Bigler was northbound when he reportedly fell asleep at the wheel of his 2006 G.M.C. and ran off the right side of the road. The vehicle overturned, leaving the driver with minor injuries.
Patrol reports say Bigler refused treatment at the scene. The crash happened around 5:00am this morning on Highway 13, just south of Southeast 1250th Road in Johnson County.
A one-vehicle crash in Johnson County on Wednesday sent two Odessa residents to the hospital.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a car driven southbound by 29-year-old Virginia Bunn ran off the roadway and overturned, coming to rest on the passenger side. Bunn received minor injuries while a passenger, 71-year-old Patricia Stark, suffered serious injuries; both women were taken to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.
The Patrol says the crash happened around 1:30pm on Missouri 131, just south of Northwest 1000th Road in Johnson County.
If you've ever wanted to be a state conservation agent, the Missouri Department of Conservation is now accepting applications for its next agent trainee class.
Beginning today and running through August 18th, the department is seeking applicants to become trainees for 26-weeks of training in law enforcement and resource management.
After completing training, those selected are then assigned to Missouri counties to enforce state wildlife codes and assist the public with various aspects of wildlife and land management.
Applicants must have at least a Bachelor's degree in a field related to the natural sciences or criminal justice. To apply or to learn more, visit the Department of Conservation's website at www.mdc.mo.gov.
The last day of the Saline County Youth fair today, and one of the anticipated highlights will be the Traditional County ham breakfast.... Serving will be from 7 this morning until 1 this afternoon at the fairgrounds.... The ham breakfast is sponsored by the Saline County Fair Association and the Junior Livestock sale ham buyers...
Also this morning there will be a worship service at 9 a.m. in the church on the Saline county fairgrounds..
A big crowd on hand for the demolition derby to open up the Saline County Youth fair... one problem however, there were two other demolition derbies going on in the area, and that cut down on the competitors..
Cody Henry of Richmond came out of top when all the dust had cleared, another man from Richmond placed second and Dan Park of Marshall took third
One man is in custody and has been charged in Pettis county after police recieved a report of shots being fired in Liberty park in Sedalia early Friday morning.
Following a nearly two hour standoff, in which 42 year old Michael Ray Cook of Sedalia , according to police appeared to be enraged and demanded to talk with his ex-girlfriend and daughter.
A weapon, he appeared to have on him turned out to be a fake firearm.
Police used their taser to stop Cook , and take him into custody. He has been charged in Pettis County court with three counts of assault on a law officer. and .. making a terrorist threat, all felonies...a long with the misdemeanor of making a false report.
The United States Postal Service has been surveying 29 post offices in rural areas of the state to see what, if any changes need to be made..
At a recent meeting in Sweet Springs, the Postal Service informed patrons that the Sweet Springs post office will go from having a full time retail window to a part time window beginning in October...
Officials say the change will mean an hour less per day where people can buy stamps and get other postal services at the window. It was also announced that the Hughesville post office is also going to a part time window.
Beginning July 1st, deer hunters can apply online for a shot at nearly 5,700 openings for more than 100 Missouri Department of Conservation managed deer hunts from mid-September through mid-January. Most hunters may apply for only one managed hunt per year. The online application period ends July 31st.
Managed-hunt dates, locations, and other details will be listed on the Department of Conservation website starting July 1st. The Department will post drawing results at the same website from September 2nd through January 15th. Successful applicants will receive area maps and other information regarding their hunts by mail.
Details about managed hunts are also available in the "2014 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information" booklet available by July 1st at conservation offices and nature centers, from permit vendors around the state, and online at www.mdc.mo.gov.