At this week's meeting of the Fayette R-3 Board of Education, Board members learned that the district has made big strides in their Annual Performance Review from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
A release from the Board says the district improved from a 75.7% rating in 2013 to a rating of 91.1% this year. The Board was also updated on district enrollment numbers, with 349 students in Elementary, 137 students in Middle School and 191 enrolled at Fayette High School.
Board members this week unanimously approved and passed the district budget for 2014-15 and were also shown a presentation with a cost breakdown on bond issue projects. They also learned that during a recent audit, the district was commended by auditors for its financial practices, attention to detail and level of organization.
Governor Jay Nixon on Friday announced several appointments to state boards and commissions, including a few residents of the KMMO listening area.
Nixon appointed Robert Russell, of Warrensburg, to the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission. The commission advises the Governor and the General Assembly on military issues and economic and industrial development related to military issues. Russell's term runs through May of next year.
Nixon also appointed Kathy Ann Kay, of Warrensburg, to the Missouri Statewide Independent Living Council. The council develops and submits the state of Missouri's plan required by the Rehabilitation Act, federal legislation that authorizes the formula grant programs of vocational rehabilitation, supported employment, independent living, and client assistance. Her term will expire in October of 2016.
All total, Nixon named eleven Missourians to five state boards and commissions on Friday.
A Columbia man has been injured in a one vehicle crash on Friday in Howard County.
According to the Highway Patrol, it happened when 25-year-old Timothy Berry struck a wood traffic barrier on the Katy Trail and began to slide. He attempted to turn back onto a county road but his vehicle ran off the road and then struck a ditch.
Berry received minor injuries in the crash and was reportedly treated at the scene. Patrol reports say the accident occurred around 12:40am Friday morning at County Road 345 in Howard County.
Higginsville Mayor Bill Kolas was elected this week as the next president of the Missouri Municipal League at their annual conference in St. Charles.
Kolas is no stranger to the Municipal League-- he was elected to their board of directors in 2009 and has served on numerous M.M.L. committees as well. Kolas also holds the title of Certified Municipal Official from M.M.L.'s Municipal Governance Institute.
The Missouri Municipal League serves more than 670 municipalities with training, resources and legislative advocacy for local and area governments. You can learn more at www.mocities.com.
Concordia's Planning & Zoning Board met this week, discussing a number of items, including one involving a loading area designation.
City Administrator Dale Klussman says the roadway in question is an alley.
Klussman said the alley is a public right-of-way, people needing to have access to it, especially for emergencies.
Upon going over the city's definition of a loading zone, Klussman said it is "very vague." The board approved Klussman to take a new definition to a future meeting of the Board of Aldermen for possible approval.
On Saturday, September 27th from 10:00am to 2:00pm, the Boonville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by turning in dangerously-expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs.
You can bring your pills for disposal to the Boonville Fire Department at Bingham Road and Main Street. Liquids, needles or sharps cannot be accepted, only pills or patches.
At the meeting of the Concordia Planning and Zoning Board this week, the board took up discussions on two different road right-of-ways.
City Administrator Dale Klussman said the first one involves a property owner on SE 10th Street who wants to build a detached garage on a lot he owns, but it is different from the one on which his residence sits. Current building codes, however, do not allow that.
Klussman said Tim Crockett, the city's engineer, recommended abandoning the policy, keeping the same size of road right-of-way, it will just become an easement.
Klussman said the public will still be able to use the road as they do now. He said the board approved the recommendation. It will now be brought before the Concordia Board of Aldermen at a future meeting for possible approval.
In a quick meeting of the Sweet Springs R-7 Board of Education on Thursday, the board heard various reports and approved the hiring of several employees, including an assistant softball coach, a food-service worker and a special education/recovery aide. The board also approved three junior class sponsors.
The next meeting is set for Thursday, October 9th at 8:00pm. The meeting is being pushed back an hour from its regular start time because Sweet Springs is hosting a volleyball match that night, according to Superintendent Donna Wright.
A two-vehicle accident in Ray County on Thursday afternoon caused minor injuries to a Kansas City man.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a westbound 2004 Ford, driven by 25-year-old James Bylewski, of Kansas City, was stopped in the roadway and was struck in the rear end by a 1998 Honda Accord, driven by 33-year-old Turk Burns, of Richmond.
Bylewski was transported to Ray County Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The accident happened just after 2:00pm on Missouri 210 at Profitt Road.
The Boonville R-1 Board of Education met in regular session on Wednesday evening.
The Board approved two bids for district building and improvement projects; the first was for demolition of a building that the district no longer can use, according to Superintendent Dr. Mark Ficken:
Ficken says another bid was for abatement services aimed at eliminating asbestos:
Board members also learned on Wednesday that the district's tax levy will be going down by about a nickel per $100 assessed valuation, after the state Board of Equalization recently made changes to overall property values in the city of Boonville.
Taxpayers in the Boonville R-1 school district will see their taxes go down a bit this year.
District Superintendent Mark Ficken says the tax rate had to be revised and approved by the school board after a change in the city's assessed valuation.
Also at Wednesday's Boonville School Board meeting, the Board approved bus routes for the 2014-15 school year, approved the district's Professional Development Plan and were updated on the upcoming 2014 Missouri School Board Association Conference.
The Waverly City Council met Wednesday night for the second of two regular session meetings in September.
Tom Nolting, of Nolting Insurance, reviewed various properties and buildings that the City has insured. Both Nolting and the council agreed that some of the amounts need to increase; the council decided to take more time for further discussion on the matter.
In other business, Emergency Management plans were discussed, including churches that could be used if the city had a disaster. Discussion on new air conditioning and heating units for City Hall continued but no formal actions were taken. The Council also approved health insurance plans for Waverly city employees.
On Saturday, September 27th from 10:00am to 2:00pm, the Marshall Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency, will be collecting unused or expired medications for safe disposal.
The Marshall Police Department Detective Unit will be collecting the medications. The drop off point will be the Marshall Municipal Court building at 5 E. Eastwood Street.
Any questions should be referred to Detective Sergeant William McMellen at (660) 886-7411. This event will be the eighth time the Marshall Police Department has been involved with the Drug Enforcement Agency in taking back unused or expired medications.
At the meeting of the Citizens for a Clean Sedalia tonight, the Ad Hoc committee will get an update on the upcoming Clean Sweep event slated for Saturday, September 20th, an update on downtown building inspections and survey results regarding rental housing.
The meeting gets under way at 6:00pm in the Mayor's Conference Room of the Municipal Building at 200 South Osage Avenue.
At the regularly-scheduled meeting of the Sweet Springs Board of Education tonight, the board will get various reports. Also on the agenda is the hiring of an assistant coach and various class sponsors.
Also on the agenda is a closed session for personnel matters.
On Wednesday afternoon, a one-car crash in Johnson County has resulted in injuries to a Holden woman.
According to a report from the Highway Patrol, 32-year-old Christina Porterfield, of Holden, lost control of her westbound 2007 Ford, the car traveling off the right side of the road. Overcorrecting the car, the vehicle ran off the left side of the road, overturned and came to rest on its wheels in a grassy area south of the roadway.
Porterfield suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Research Medical Center for treatment.
The accident occurred at 3:00pm on Highway 2, west of County Road SW 1301.
A two-vehicle accident in Saline County on Wednesday evening caused injuries to two area residents.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a westbound 2001 Chrysler, driven by 21-year-old Robbin Litton, of Sweet Springs, attempted to change lanes, overcorrected and hit a U-Haul trailer being towed by a 2008 Ford, driven by 22-year-old Gregory Delaney, of Ellen Wood, Georgia. The collision caused Delaney's vehicle to fish tail, coming to rest of the shoulder. Litton's car skidded on the pavement, ran off the right side of the road, striking the ground, a high beam and overturned.
Litton, and a passenger in his car, 28-year-old Jennifer Grapes, of Marshall, each suffered serious injuries. Grapes was transported by Pettis County E.M.S. to University Hospital. Litton was transported to University Hospital by Saline County E.M.S.
Delaney, reportedly, was not injured, but a passenger in his car, 49-year-old Carolyn Harris, suffered minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene.
The accident occurred just before 6:30pm on westbound I-70 at the 79-mile marker.
According to a release from Warrensburg Police Chief Bruce Howey, two armed robberies occurred shortly after midnight in Warrensburg on Wednesday.
One occurred near College Avenue and North Street and the other on North Holden Street near Cooper Boulevard. Both robbery victims reportedly sustained injuries.
Three 18-year-old men and one 19-year-old man were originally arrested and booked on charges; a later release from the Warrensburg Police Department says four additional robbery suspects have been taken into custody.
Seven of the eight suspects are from the St. Louis Metropolitan area, the other being from the Kansas City Metropolitan area. Six of the suspects are age 18, the other two are age 19.
They were all charged with robbery in the first degree, a Class "A" felony, by the Johnson County Prosecutor's Office. They are currently being held in the Johnson County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond each.
The Warrensburg Police Department, University of Central Missouri Police Department and the Johnson County Prosecutor's office worked together to investigate and prepare this case for formal criminal charges.
A one-vehicle accident in Johnson County Wednesday afternoon caused minor injuries to a Sedalia teenager.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 18-year-old Justin Pripusich's eastbound 2010 Toyota traveled off the left side of the road, struck three traffic signs and overturned, coming to rest on its top in the left lane.
Pripusich, whose vehicle was totaled, was transported to the hospital by Johnson County E.M.S. The accident happened just before 3:00pm on Missouri 50 at Northwest 821.
Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced plans for legislation to cut fees paid by Missouri businesses to the overall lowest in the country. The proposal will be pre-filed by Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) and will seek to reduce or eliminate numerous fees for new and existing businesses that must file paperwork with the Secretary of State.
The goal of the legislation will be to only charge a processing fee for the majority of filings in the secretary of state’s office. The Business Services Division of the secretary of state’s office handles the creation and maintenance of the over 500,000 business entities doing business in Missouri. Kander’s proposal will apply to several types of business entities, including corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies (LLCs) and nonprofits.
At the quarterly meeting of the Concordia Tourism Board on Tuesday night, the board discussed how to move forward with the May Pole in Central Park.
City Administrator Dale Klussman said work has been done on the pole, enough to get it ready for the just-concluded Concordia Fall Festival. But still some long-term maintenance needs are necessary. He said the pole needs to be taken down and a blue stripe painted around the pole to make it a traditional May Pole. The Board has received a quote from John's Body Shop for the work. But the quote may have to be amended because of additional work that is needed.
Klussman gave the Board a not-to-exceed estimate of $8,400 for all of the work.
Klussman also said he was hoping to have a bid on putting in a sound system for the city to play music during the Christmas season or during special events. He did not have a rough quote on the possible cost. He said the Board likes the idea. He will get three quotes on the project and they will subsequnetly call a special meeting prior to the Christmas season to discuss the bids.
According to a release from Warrensburg Police Chief Bruce Howey, two armed robberies occurred shortly after midnight in Warrensburg today.
One occurred near College Avenue and North Street and the other on North Holden Street near Cooper Boulevard.
Both robbery victims sustained injuries.
Three 18-year-old men and one 19-year-old man have been arrested and booked on first-degree robbery and assault charges.
The investigation into the robberies is being conducted jointly by the Warrensburg Police and University of Central Missouri Police. The four suspects are being held in custody, pending the filing of formal charges by the Johnson County Prosecutor's office.
UPDATE: According to a new release at 10:25am from the Warrensburg Police Department, four additional robbery suspects have been taken into custody and are in the process of being booked at the Warrensburg Police Department on first-degree armed robbery and assault charges. This brings the total to eight being held pending the filing of formal charges by the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office.
According to a release from the City of Sedalia, During the annual September Missouri Municipal League (MML) Conference in St. Charles, Sedalia Mayor Stephen Galliher was appointed to the MML Board of Directors.
"I consider it a privilege to serve on the Missouri Municipal League Board; they are truly dedicated in supporting our Missouri communities," Galliher said on Tuesday after learning of his appointment. "I'm honored to be part of an organization that provides such vital services to its members."
The Missouri Municipal League is an independent, statewide, not-for-profit association that provides a united voice for municipalities across Missouri. Founded in 1934, MML serves more than 675 municipalities with training, resources and legislative advocacy for local government success.
Saline County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Lemon Trail on Tuesday, September 16th in Marshall with the report of an abandoned cargo trailer being left on the resident's property.
According to the deputy's report, the resident said the trailer has been on the property since Saturday, September 13th. The resident said he called the "man who farms" the property, but he said it is not his.
The deputy's reports says the license plate and VIN number on the trailer have been removed.
The deputy also noted this trailer to be similar to one that was reported on an earlier date near Napton, which had been reported stolen from the Kansas City area.
The trailer was transported back to the Saline County Sheriff's Department's impound lot, where it will be kept until a VIN number can be located and the owner identified.
At the meeting of the Knob Noster Board on Aldermen on Tuesday night, the board accepted three requests for qualifications of companies wanting to build a new City Hall for the city in the future.
RFQ's, as they are called, were received from Robert Rollings Architects, LLC., SBW Esser Architecture/Design and Willows, Spurgeon, Kuhl and Freshnock Architects, Inc. There were 12 requests for RFQ's made. These did not include bids, only information touting their business and how it would be the better choice to take care of the project.
The Aldermen decided to have all three present their qualifications for 15 minutes during a future meeting to be determined.
The board also discussed the city's nuisance ordinance, this time involving chickens within the city limits. But no action was taken. The city had talked about pigs and goats at earlier meetings.
It was also noted at the meeting that the intersection of Washington and Sunset Streets will have some pavement replaced work done toward the end of the month.
According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, on Tuesday, September 16th at approximately 3:28pm, Marshall Police received information in regard to a man wanted for the investigation of aggravated murder from Cleveland, Ohio.
Marshall Police, after receiving information from Detectives from the Cleveland, Ohio, Police Department, conducted an investigation which led them to Jackson Street in Marshall where a 45-year-old man, Hector Anthony Almazon, was taken into custody and later transported to the Saline County Justice Facility. Almazon is being held with no bond and full U.S. extradition.
Note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.
A local teacher is going to be recognized nationally for his achievements in FFA.
Randy Plattner, of Marshall, recently was selected to receive the Honorary American FFA Degree- Teacher. The award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment.
But Plattner, one of the program's advisors, says it takes teamwork to make it all happen.
Plattner says the Marshall chapter has earned numerous honors, including being recognized nationally for a model of excellence for the past three years. He said success is something that doesn't come over night. It has to be built.
Plattner will be honored and receive a certificate and a medal at the National FFA Convention and Expo on October 29th in Louisville, Kent. Plattner's name also will be permanently recorded.
The Slater City Council met in regular session Tuesday night at Slater City Hall.
Council members were updated on the city's financial status, which Administrator Gene Griffith says are still running a bit behind due to lingering costs from storm damages the city suffered earlier this year.
Also on Tuesday, Council members approved a low bid of $18,000 to Gary Morrow for demolition and removal of four dilapidated properties in Slater. Mayor Stephen Allegri also reminded Slater residents that major street work projects will begin around town during the first of October and that tree trimming will begin around in mid- to late October.
The Council was also brought up to speed on final preparations for the annual Slater Fall Festival running this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
At Tuesday's meeting of the Slater City Council, city officials updated Council members on final preparations for the annual Slater Fall Festival. Mayor Stephen Allegri says 2014 will mark one of the biggest festivals to date:
City Administrator Gene Griffith says plans are being made just in case Mother Nature doesn't cooperate and some of the festivities have to be moved indoors:
The 2014 Slater Fall Festival runs this Thursday, Friday and Saturday in downtown Slater.
Guests can hear a thorough account of the Battle of Lexington from Civil War historian Larry Wood at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site on Saturday, September 20th. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the presentation will begin at 2:00pm in the visitor center at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site.
Wood is the author of Siege of Lexington Missouri, The Battle of the Hemp Bales and will discuss the battle that briefly consolidated Confederate control in the region. He is a retired public school teacher and freelance writer specializing in the history of the Ozarks and surrounding region. He has published two historical novels, ten nonfiction history books, and numerous magazine stories and articles.
The Battle of Lexington State Historic Site is located on 110 Delaware Street, Lexington, Missouri. For information on the event, call the site at 660-259-4654.
Two area residents were recently awarded honorary trooper certificates from the Missouri State Highway Patrol for their roles in helping a victim of a Jackson County traffic crash in spring of this year.
A release from the Patrol says Michael Clevenger, of Sweet Springs, and Thomas Bukaty, of Grain Valley, were among four men who helped pull a motorist from his burning vehicle after a crash on I-470 on May 20th. The motorist, Christopher Bowers, had suffered a medical emergency which caused him to lose control of his car and run off the roadway.
The four men all stopped and approached the vehicle to assist Bowers before medical personnel arrived on the scene. The patrol says the mens' actions in removing Bowers from the burning vehicle prevented the man from sustaining far more serious injuries. The patrol says Bowers has made a complete recovery since that time.
The men were honored with the trooper certificates at the Troop A Sergeants' Meeting held last week in Lee's Summit.
The City of Concordia Planning and Zoning Board meets Wednesday night at 7:00pm.
Items on the agenda include discussion of right-of-way on Southeast 10th Street, updating the definition of a "loading zone" for city codes, and discussing additional road rights-of-way on Concordia streets.
The meeting will take place at the Concordia Community Center at 802 South Gordon Street.
The Glasgow School Board meets in regular session at 8:00pm on Wednesday, September 17th.
The agenda for the evening includes approval of additional paving repairs, approval of a resolution to oppose Amendment Three on the November General Election ballot and approval of district bus routes.
A closed executive session for personnel matters is also on the agenda.
A Knob Noster man escaped serious injury after a one-vehicle accident early Tuesday morning in Johnson County.
According to the Highway Patrol, it happened when 20-year-old Kaleal Brown, of Knob Noster, was traveling northbound on Highway 23 and swerved to miss a deer in the roadway. Brown's 2010 Toyota ran off the road, through a ditch and into a tree.
The driver received minor injuries in the crash and was taken by ambulance to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment. Reports say the crash happened around 4:30am, just north of Southeast 350th Road in Johnson County.
Last weekend, the Marshall Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint on north Highway 65, north of Missouri Highway 240 in Saline County.
According to a release from Marshall Police, the checkpoint began Saturday, September 13th, at approximately 11:30pm and ended at around 2:30am on Sunday, September 14th. Police say the purpose of the checkpoint was to deter impaired motorists from driving; officers reportedly made contact with 44 vehicles, with no arrests or citations issued.
The Department says they would like to thank area motorists for their cooperation during the checkpoint.
Many mid-Missouri residents who have lost their job or can't find work often struggle to adjust financially to a new set of circumstances and financial realities.
The Saline County office of the University of Missouri Extension is now offering a series of workshops to help job-seekers manage their finances while they look for work, according to Financial Education Specialist Trish Savage:
She says one of the most important steps is to draft a new budget:
The workshop is called "Take Control of your Finances"; the next one is scheduled for Tuesday, September 23rd at 1:30pm at the Saline County Extension Center on South Lafayette in Marshall. For more information or to get registered, call the Missouri Career Center at (660) 530-5627.
Saline County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Lemon Trail in Marshall with the report of an abandoned cargo trailer being left on the resident's property.
According to the deputy's report, the resident said the trailer has been on the property since Saturday, September 13th. The resident said he called the "man who farms" the property, but he said it is not his.
The deputy's reports says the license plate and VIN number on the trailer have been removed.
The deputy also noted this trailer to be similar to one that was reported on an earlier date near Napton, which had been reported stolen from the Kansas City area.
The trailer was transported back to the Saline County Sheriff's Department's impound lot, where it will be kept until a VIN number can be located and the owner identified.
It was announced at the Monday night meeting of the Marshall City Council that long time fireman and Assistant Fire Chief Rich Schaffer will retire after nearly 40 years on the job.
City Administrator Connie Latimer told the council Schaffer is retiring because of complications of injuries suffered when he and three other firemen were struck by a vehicle on Interstate 70 during a snow and ice storm last winter as they worked to help a motorist in trouble. The retirement becomes official on November 1st.
It was also reported to the Marshall Council that sales tax collections for the city were down last month but are still running ahead of last year at the same time. Council members also learned that the use tax approved by voters has brought in $104,000 so far this year.
The council also approved ordinances authorizing contracts with the Marshall Community Chorus and the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra.
For the first time since the late 1990's, Saline County does not have a Grand Jury.
The Marshall City Council learned Monday night the effect that will have on the city budget; City Administrator Connie Latimer explains:
The city has approved a budget for the next fiscal year that is already more than $500,000 short of being balanced. City Counselor and County Prosecuting Attorney Don Stouffer told the council the effects can be far reaching:
The Council did pass the budget for the year during the Monday night meeting, calling for expenditures of $10.8 million. Latimer says they plan to work with the document to pare down the expenses as the fiscal year goes along. The fiscal year for the city begins on October first.
The Council on Monday also approved the annual tax levy at one dollar and 15.19 cents per $100 assessed valuation, down slightly from last year.
The Slater City Council meets in regular session on Tuesday, September 16th.
Items on the evening's agenda include an update on preparations for the annual Slater Fall Festival, as well as discussion on a demolition hearing and demolition bids and discussion on Community Development Block Grant funds from the Missouri Department of Economic Development.
The meeting gets underway at 7:00pm at Slater City Hall.
A one-vehicle accident in Johnson County has sent a Warrensburg resident to the hospital with injuries.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 52-year-old James Metcalf was northbound on Route FF when he swerved his 2000 Ford truck to avoid a deer in the roadway. The truck ran off the side of the road and into a ditch where it overturned.
Metcalf suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg for treatment. The crash reportedly happened around 11:00am on Monday morning, just south of County Road 625 at the Johnson/Pettis County line.
Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced the certified results of the statewide recount of Constitutional Amendment One, or the "Right to Farm" bill, which appeared on Missouri's August 5th primary election ballot.
The final results of the recount confirmed the passage of Amendment One. The difference between the "yes" votes and the "no" votes after the recount is 2,375 votes, and before the recount it was 2,490.
For the first time ever, Missourians were able to follow the recount process thanks to a webpage established by Kander's office to increase accessibility and transparency. The page showed the recount schedule established by the local election authorities, each local election authorities' report of findings and a summary of recount results.
A two-vehicle collision in Saline County on Monday left a Florida motorist with minor injuries, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Reports say it happened when 33-year-old Hamid Tmarte, of Sarasota, Florida, fell asleep at the wheel on eastbound I-70 at around 1:35am Monday morning. The driver's 2006 Ford truck and trailer ran across the roadway and into the westbound lanes of the interstate, where the trailer was struck by a semi driven by 37-year-old Phillip Lawson, of Tazewell, Tennessee.
Tmarte reportedly refused treatment at the scene for his injuries while Lawson escaped injury altogether. The crash happened at the 77.2 mile marker on I-70, just west of the Marshall Junction.
The Concordia Board of Aldermen meets in regular session on Monday, September 15th.
Items on the agenda include discussion of a potential submittal for Missouri Department of Transportation Traffic Assistance Program funding for improvements to the Interstate 70 intersection, a discussion of General Fund Revenues for the 2014-15 budget and discussion on tree cutting at the North Lagoon.
An executive session is also scheduled for legal matters. The regular session meeting gets underway at 7:00pm at the Concordia Community Center.
The Carrollton City Council is scheduled to meet Monday, September 15th, in regular session.
The Council will take up discussions on estimates for expansion of the Rupe Center and bids on the Walnut Hills Painting at the Head Start Building; they will also will hear various department reports.
A closed session also is on the docket for litigation, real-estate, personnel matters and sealed proposals and related documents. The evening gets underway at 6:00pm at Carrollton City Hall.
A Saline County Sheriff's Deputy recently was called to a residence on 133rd Trail in Marshall with the report of an alleged forcible-entry burglary.
According to the deputy's report, the owner of the residence says the house on the property has not been lived in recently, but he does have some old things stored in it. The owner stated he noticed papers strewn on the lawn and the alleged perpetrator(s) had attempted to remove a window air conditioner.
The owner also reportedly noted there were tracks from a vehicle left on the premises.While investigating, the deputy noticed two shoe prints on the tile floor. The deputy also secured a screwdriver and a styrofoam coffee cup in the area for possible evidence.
According to a release from the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department, on September 11th, 2014 at about 8:46pm, Lafayette County deputies were dispatched to the 4000 block of Highway "H" for a report of a missing person. The victim, Mateo E. Morgan, age 33, had last been heard from at 9:00a.m. and no one had been able to contact him since that time.
Morgan's truck was at the scene, and deputies requested assistance from Mayview Fire and Odessa E.M.S. in order search the 37-acre property.
The victim was discovered a short time later by his father, who was assisting in the search. It appears that the victim had become entangled on the PTO shaft of a rotary mower he was operating and ended up partially under the mower. Morgan was pronounced dead at the scene.
Morgan's funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday at Ralph O. Jones Funeral Home in Odessa.
A one-car accident in Johnson County last night has resulted in moderate injuries to a Lee's Summit man.
A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says 26-year-old Timothy Martin's 2008 Chevrolet traveled off the north side of the road approaching a curve. The vehicle struck an embankment, traveled across County Road SW 800 and struck another embankment.
Martin was transported to Lee's Summit Medical Center by Johnson County E.M.S. for treatment.
A one-vehicle accident in Lafayette County last evening resulted in moderate injuries to a Higginsville woman.
According to a report from the Missouri Highway Patrol, 56-year-old Brenda Wooden's 2009 Chevrolet failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the left side of the road, struck a grass embankment and overturned.
Wooden was transported by Higginsville Ambulance to Center Point Hospital for treatment.
The accident occurred at 6:50 on MO "FF" at Beattie Road.
According to Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander's website, the recount results for Amendment One "Right to Farm" are to be released sometime on Monday, September 15th.
The latest figures are different than those on night of the August 5th primary, but not enough of a change to change the overall result.
Statewide, as of Sunday, the numbers read 499,963 "yes" votes and 497,588 "no" votes. Both of those numbers changed from August 5th. The 'yes" votes are up 382 and "no" votes increased by 497.
In the KMMO listening area, none of the results stayed exactly the same. In Saline County, "yes" votes increased by two to 3,063. "No" votes stayed the same at 1,227. In Pettis County, the "yes" votes stayed at 4,970, with the "no" votes increasing by one to 2,547. Lafayette County's recount had "yes" votes increasing by 11 to 4,965 and "no" votes going up by five to 2,266.
In Johnson County, "yes" votes went up by two to 4,805 and "no" votes up one to 3,662. Howard County's recount resulted in "yes" votes increasing by five votes to 1,233 and "no" votes staying at 972. In Carroll County, there was no change in the "yes" vote total of 1,779, but "no" votes went up by one to 391. Chariton County's recount resulted in both totals going down. The "yes" votes decreased by two to 1,742 and "no votes" went down by one to 679.
All of the county results were certified by the respective county clerks.
The Marshall City Council meets Monday evening at 5:15pm in regular session.
On the agenda is acceptance of the budget for the next fiscal year of the city. Earlier this month, city administrator Connie Latimer told the council that they initial figures showed the budget was about a half-million dollars out of balance, but they were still working on it. The fiscal year for the city begins October 1st.
Also on the agenda is the setting of the tax levy for the city; a public hearing on the tax levy was held last month, and the state auditor has now reviewed the figures submitted by the city for setting the levy.
Also to be taken up will be contracts with the Marshall Community Chorus and the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra.
A Stover, Missouri man has received serious injuries when his motorcycle was hit by a car in Stover.
According to the Highway Patrol, 72-year-old William R. Srp of Stover was taken by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment after his motorcycle was struck by a car driven by 86-year-old Evelyn Ford, of Versailles.
Reports say the accident happened early Sunday afternoon on Highway 135 at 2nd Street in Stover.
Governor Nixon has released more than $22 million to mental health services, reimbursements to local government, job training and other programs after the effort to overturn his veto of special interests tax breaks failed during the veto session of the legislature.
Nixon has released $9.8 million for county assessment maintenance, $1.7 million to reimburse counties for costs related to state prisoners and $1 million for Missouri Works training.
The Department of Economic Development recently approved $360,000 in Community Development Block Grant fund to assist the cities of Marshall and Slater build affordable housing for clients of the Marshall Habilitation Center.
With changes announced for the Habilitation Center, new affordable housing rental options will allow clients of the Center to continue to receive assistance under the care of existing state staff. Up to three affordable rental housing units will be constructed in Slater and six units in Marshall.
A Warrensburg man has been injured in a three-vehicle accident in Johnson County.
The Highway Patrol says 23-year-old Jesse Hudleston, of Warrensburg, was on a motorcycle, stopped at an intersection waiting to make a left turn, when cars behind him bumped into each other and into him, throwing him from his motorcycle.
Hudelston was taken to Western Missouri Center in Warrensburg for treatment. The accident happened Saturday afternoon on Highway 13 at Route Y in Johnson County.
The unemployment picture in area counties remained very close to the same during the month of July, the latest month for which figures are available from the State Department of Economic Development.
Saline County saw a slight drop in unemployment to 5.9%, as more people continue to return to the work force. Also showing slight drops were Lafayette County at 7.1%, Cooper County at 6% and Howard County at 5.3%.
Slightly up in July were Carroll County at 7.2%, Chariton County at 6.6%, Johnson County 6.3% and Pettis County at 6.8%.
The public is invited to enjoy a film under the stars on Saturday, September 13th. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, Bijou at Bothwell Lodge will start at 7:30pm.
Visitors will enjoy a screening of the 1959 thriller, "House on Haunted Hill," featuring the master of horror, Vincent Price, as a wealthy gentleman who offers his house guests $10,000… if they can survive the night.
Visitors are encouraged to bring their own seating and are reminded to dress appropriately for the weather.
Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site is located seven miles north of Sedalia on U.S Highway 65. For more information on Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites, visit www.mostateparks.com.
Enrollment for the spring 2015 class is underway at the Central Missouri Police Academy at the University of Central Missouri.
The 16-week course curriculum fulfills requirements for Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certification and also provides 15 hours of undergraduate college credit. The spring course convenes January 12th at the academy located at 200 Ming Street, Warrensburg, and ends May 15th, 2015.
Applicants not only will need to be accepted by the academy, but also will be required to be admitted to the University of Central Missouri for the spring semester.
Applicants need to complete and submit the academy qualification form online as the first step in the application process. The form can be found at www.ucmo.edu.
The Pettis County Highway Department will close Eckles Road 100 feet west of Walnut Grove Road on Monday, September 15th, for bridge repair. Weather permitting, the road is expected to be closed for two weeks and reopen by Friday, September 26th.
Motorist using that section of Eckles Road should plan for taking an alternate route.
The Pettis County Sheriff's Office reminds motorists to buckle up, slow down, follow posted signage and drive safely through work zones.
The Annual Apple and Produce Auction netted more than $50,000 on Thursday night at the Waverly Apple Jubilee.
The Grand Champion Award went to a Golden Delicious variety from Peter's Orchard in Waverly, purchased for $5,400. Reserve Grand Champion went to a Red Delicious variety from Rasa Orchard in Lexington, purchased for $3,800; Third Place Overall went to a Golden Delicious from Rasa Orchard, purchased for $2,400. Peter's Orchard also captured two Second Place and three Third Place awards, while Rasa also took home a Second Place award.
The Apple Auction alone raised $43,000 while the auctions for Giant Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Tall Pumpkin, Painted Pumpkin, Gourd, Watermelon and Apple Pie raised $7,780 for a grand total of $50,780. All funds raised by the Waverly Jaycees at the annual auction are used to help meet a variety of community needs.
A business in Boonville was evacuated on Thursday afternoon due to a possible gas leak.
According to an official with the Boonville Fire Department, Boonville firefighters, along with members of the Boonville Police Department, were on the scene at Walmart for about an hour. They inspected the area, but no leak was found. Also on the scene were officials from Ameren UE.
The Central Methodist University English Department will be hosting its second annual Young Writer’s Day on Thursday, October 30th. High school seniors are invited to this event for the opportunity to collaborate with the English faculty as well as current CMU students.
Throughout the day, the students will be able to attend various creative writing workshops where they can explore three different styles of writing.
At the end of the day, prizes will be awarded to the best submissions in each writing category. The first prize in all three categories will be published in the spring 2015 edition of Inscape, CMU’s magazine of the arts.
This is event is free and open to all high school seniors. T-shirts, lunch, and refreshments will be provided for all of the participants.
Senior high school students who would like to participate should contact Dr. Travis Johnson no later than October 6th. Dr. Johnson can be reached by calling (660) 248-6306 or via e-mail at email@example.com
Some residents in Carrollton are under a boil advisory that continues into Saturday.
Areas of the city that remain under the 48-hour boil advisory include a stretch of Ruby Street between 10th and 14th Streets. Residents on West 14th Street between Oak and Main Streets are also under the advisory.
The advisory was issued Thursday, September 11th, and remains in effect until Saturday afternoon. Residents in the affected areas are encouraged to boil all consumable water for drinking, cooking and brushing teeth.
Secretary of State Jason Kander is encouraging Missouri families to celebrate National Library Card Sign-up Month by getting a library card for the start of the new school year.
Kander’s office provides support and funding for public libraries across Missouri. This summer, Kander’s office distributed "Racing to Read" grants for public library districts around the state to implement or bolster early literacy programs.
September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, when Missouri public libraries join with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to celebrate the contributions of the nation's libraries.
At the meeting of the Malta Bend R-5 Board of Education on Wednesday, the district approved several program evaluations, including one involving extra-curricular and athletic activities and another on food service.
The board also approved the seventh-grade class to hold fundraisers for a basketball shoot during halftime of all of the varsity home basketball games. The board also approved several fundraising ideas from the student council and one from the volleyball and cross country teams.
In executive session, the board approved the hiring of Sara Boston as administrative assistant. Current Administrative Assistant Debbie Kiser will remain in her position until December 31st, spending time training Boston, who will start next week.
A two-vehicle accident in Jackson County yesterday morning sent two Odessa residents to the hospital with injuries.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as traffic was congested due to another accident ahead. A westbound 2006 Honda Accord, driven by 76-year-old Loren Couch, of Odessa, was stopped in the right lane and was rear-ended by a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, driven by 26-year-old Vincent Parson, of Lee's Summit.
Couch, and a passenger in his car, 74-year-old Bonnie Couch, of Odessa, each received minor injuries and were taken to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment. The accident occurred just after 10:00am on westbound I-470 at the 13.6 mile marker.
Marshall Municipal Utilities customers could see some of their rates going up next year.
At Thursday's meeting of the M.M.U. Board of Public Works, Administrative Services Director Ken Gieringer says a lot of time was spent discussing the budget, which could include rate increases for water and electric customers:
Gieringer says that revenues are down while costs are either rising or remaining steady.
In other business, the Board approved a three-year contract extension with Poor Boys Tree Service for tree trimming around the city of Marshall and also also approved $15,000 worth of maintenance work on M.M.U. electrical substation breakers.
The following Missouri Department of Transportation road work in Cooper County is scheduled during daylight hours for the week of September 14-20:
* Route F between Route 5 and Route B- Roadway maintenance will take place on Monday, September 15th. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
* Route 5 between Robien Drive and Route 50 in Morgan County - Roadway maintenance will take place on Tuesday, September 16th. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
* Route PP between Route 5 and the end of state maintenance - Roadway maintenance will take place Wednesday, September 17th and Thursday, September 18th. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
For information on these or any MoDOT projects, call toll-free at 888-ASK-MODOT or visit www.modot.org.
During the Saline County Commission meeting on Thursday, Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner gave an update on an area bridge.
Fenner said the contract will run through the end of the year.
Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings clarified that the contract is for 90 working days; rain days do not count because crews wouldn't be working. He also said there will be a period of December that will not count due to the Christmas holiday. He estimates it could be January (perhaps February) before the bridge will be complete and open.
According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, on at least two separate occasions local businesses have been the target of an attempted fraud. In each of the instances, the business received a telephone call from a person claiming to be an employee of the Ameren UE electric company. The caller claimed the business is behind on its electric bill, and in order to avoid immediate disconnection, they indicated a payment could be made over the telephone and then attempted to obtain a credit card number.
In each instance, the caller provided factual information in an attempt to establish credibility with the business owner, but that information could have easily been obtained via the internet.
Also, in each instance the calls were made after regular business hours.
According to the release, Ameren UE indicates it does not attempt to collect debts for past due bills over the telephone and that type of correspondence is conducted through the mail service. Ameren UE also indicates that disconnects are not made after regular business hours. Furthermore, Ameren UE indicates no one from the company will call customers asking for their personal information or credit card numbers.
The Missouri Valley College women's basketball recently helped an area organization on Tuesday afternoon by volunteering its time for a number of hours at the Marshall Animal Shelter.
The team did a number of jobs and chores for the organization, but its primary duty was to help get the animals some exercise by going on walks. The women's basketball team helped the shelter with the dozens of dogs and cats that are under the shelter's care.
Head Coach Timothy Dixon said in a news release that the team is looking for other community service projects in which they can get involved. Dixon will be entering his first season as the head coach of the women's basketball program.
Previously, Dixon has been an assistant coach at NCAA Division I programs Idaho State University and Arizona State University. He was also the head coach at Lamar (Colo.) Community College during the 2013-2014 season.
The dedication for the newly renamed Philips-Robb Recreation Center is scheduled for Saturday, September 20th, as part of Hall of Fame Day activities. An open house of the facility is scheduled from 4:00-5:00pm with the official ceremony to take place at 4:30pm inside the main lobby.
Members of the Robb family along with Central Methodist representatives are scheduled to speak during the ceremony, which will include cookies and punch.
The dedication and renaming ceremony will follow the Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon in the Inman Student and Community Center, as Mark Robb is one of six inductees into the 32nd Hairston Hall of Fame class. During the open house university officials will be on hand to discuss the upgraded facility which reopened to the public September 8th after nearly seven months of renovations.
In March the Central Methodist Board of Trustees voted to add the Robb name to the Philips Recreation Center after Mark Robb, who worked at the University for 37 years most recently as senior associate athletics director, passed away last year at the age of 60.
The dedication precedes the Eagles' football game against No. 11 Benedictine (Kan.) with kickoff scheduled for 6:00pm.
At Tuesday's meeting of the Carrollton R-2 Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. John Oetinger said the district received its Annual Performance Report that contained good news about the students improving their achievement scores by nearly eight percent from the previous year.
Oetinger said with cooperation from the vocational programs-- marketing, graphics and business departments-- they are going to open up a Trojan Spirit Store which will have a number of benefits for the students, who will do the majority of the work.
He said this is a great thing for the students who participate in several extra-curricular activities to gain experience in a live setting that they can put on a college application or job resume.
The board also approved several fundraiser proposals and the purchase of a new bus. Oetinger says the district tries to purchase a new bus at the beginning of every school year.
According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, it will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint in an unspecified location between September 11th and September 28th, 2014.
The goal of the checkpoint is to find and apprehend intoxicated and impaired drivers.
The checkpoint will begin late in the evening and conclude early in the morning. Motorists can expect minimal delays.
The checkpoint is funded through a grant provided by the Missouri Department of Transportation Division of Highway Safety.
In 2012, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes - one every 51 minutes. In 2013, Missouri had 4,780 drug and/or alcohol related driving crashes, with 2,941 injuries and 236 fatalities.
According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, last night at 7:55pm, officers were dispatched to the area of Derby Ridge Drive and High Quest Circle in reference to multiple phone calls of shots fired in the area. Officers arrived on scene and located damage to two residences on High Quest Circle, which were struck by one bullet each. No shell casings were recovered at the scene. There were no reports of anyone injured. There is no suspect information at this time and the investigation is ongoing.
A Warrensburg man was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Ray County last night.
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, 41-year-old Benjamin McMellen's eastbound 1995 Volvo crossed the center line and struck a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by 34-year-old Rebecca Harris, of Bosworth, head-on.
McMellen was transported by Ray County E.M.S. to Ray County Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Harris suffered serious injuries and was transported to KU Medical Center via E.M.S. for treatment.
The accident happened at 10:25pm on Missouri 10, just east of Hill School Road.
A two-vehicle accident yesterday afternoon in Ray County has caused minor injuries to two area residents.
A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol states a westbound 2002 Chrysler, driven by 24-year-old Lacy Jensen, of Warrensburg, skidded on the pavement and rear-ended a westbound 2014 Jeep, driven by 27-year-old Zachary Dial, of Richmond.
Jensen was transported by Ray County E.M.S. to Ray County Memorial Hospital for treatment. Dial, reportedly, drove himself from the scene.
The accident occurred at 3:55pm on Highway 10 at Pettis Road.
According to a report from Northeast Missouri, in Kirksville, the winds were so strong, they snapped at least 5 power poles and numerous trees through the center part of the city during the overnight hours.
According to report from Kirksville Regional Airport in Adair County, they had received 8.62 inches of rain as of 4:00am.
At Browning in Sullivan County, they had received 10.2 inches of rainfall in a report at 4:50am.
As of 5:30, we had received a little more than 1-1/4 inches of rain at our KMMO Studio in Marshall.
There won't be football in 2014 at the new stadium being constructed in Sedalia for Smith-Cotton High School.
A release from the district says a combination of bad weather and material delays means the stadium won't be ready for the October 17th Homecoming game, as the district had planned. A spokesperson for Septagon Construction told the Board of Education on Monday that the project is running some three to four weeks behind schedule. The Homecoming game will instead be played at Jennie Jaynes Stadium in Liberty Park.
In other business, the board on Monday approved two paraprofessional positions for the district and approved a number of policy updates. They also acknowledged a $500 donation from Duke Manufacturing to help add a second lunch line at Smith-Cotton High School and a $5,000 donation from the Jack Isgur Foundation to divide among five Sedalia elementary schools for music and art instruction.
In Pettis County, crews will close the northbound and southbound lanes of Route TT between Highway 50 east and Pony Path Road from 7:00pm to 3:00pm on Wednesday, September 10th, for culvert replacement work. All work is weather dependent.
For more information about other MoDOT projects, visit www.modot.org or call toll-free at (888) ASK-MoDOT.
The Norborne Board of Aldermen met in regular session on Monday night of this week.
Aldermen approved a request from the Parks Department to repair sections of fence at the park and discussed filling a vacant animal control officer position. They also approved several funds transfers.
Board members learned that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the North Missouri Solid Waste Management District B will hold a solid waste collection event on Saturday, September 13th, from 9:00am until 12:00pm at the old Places building at 901 South Main Street in Carrollton.
At Monday's meeting of the Salisbury School Board, board members were updated on ongoing building projects.
Officials are working to get a new lobby and theater area finished by fall; Superintendent Todd Wilhite says the project may be bumped back a bit as they are trying to lay wood floors, which require just the right conditions when it comes to humidity levels. Wilhite says it could be mid-November before the area is finally usable for students and staff.
Board members also discussed a resolution to formally oppose Amendment Three on the November election ballot and received an Ag Program update. Board members also gave approval for the district to begin seeking bids for snow removal during the winter months.
The Malta Bend Board of Education meets Wednesday for a regular session meeting at 7:00pm.
Items on the agenda include discussion on the district's Annual Performance Report, a building maintenance update and discussion on class fundraisers. The agenda also includes an executive session for personnel matters.
The Central Methodist University Chorale, an elite touring vocal group of Swinney Conservatory Music directed by Dr. Claude Westfall, began practice before the first day of classes at the Fayette institution. By November, the group will set out on its annual choir tour.
According to a release from the school, the group is comprised of 30 students, not all music majors.
The tour runs November 20th through November 25th. The chorale will perform three times a day at schools and churches across the state of Missouri. A schedule will be published later in the fall.
In addition to performing on tour, the Chorale will have two home concerts, one on November 2nd and another on December 7th. The group also helps the CMU marching band organize and run Central's annual Band Day on October 11th.
Two members of the Central Methodist University 2013-14 radio staff have taken first place in the Missouri Broadcaster's Association competition, according to Dr. Kristin Cherry, assistant professor of communications.
Dane Colbert and Darragh McCrudden submitted a public-service announcement last spring for consideration. The item called "Texting and Driving" won first place in the Small-Market Radio competition.
Colbert is a sophomore sports-management major from Troy. McCrudden was an exchange student last year from Derry, Northern Ireland, majoring in business.
Dr. Cherry is the faculty advisor for CMU's radio station KCMU-AM.
At tonight's meeting of the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen, Mayor Dee Friel says there will be a discussion about whether or not the city should adopt an ordinance to keep people from parking on both sides of certain streets.
The discussion will involve a couple of the more heavily-traveled streets, which are narrow.
She said also an item to be discussed tonight is a possible truck route for the semis to come through town.
The meeting starts at 6:00pm.
The storm that rolled through much of the KMMO listening area on Friday night did some damage in Johnson County.
According to Fire Emergency Prevention Officer Jeremy VanWey, Warrensburg's Fire Station No. 2 was struck by lightning, causing some damage to the backup generator, the phone system and some computer equipment.
He said they should know more about the extent of the damage in a couple of days as they are calling in electrical contractors to fully assess the situation.
But VanWey says, despite the damage incurred, the fire station still is fully operational.
A motorcycle accident on Sunday night in Andrew County has caused injuries to two Odessa residents.
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, 51-year-old Ronald Wallman, of Odessa, lost control of his southbound 2009 Harley Davidson, the bike overturning.
Wallman, and a passenger on the bike, 44-year-old Denise Wallman, of Odessa, suffered moderate and serious injuries, respectively. They were taken from the scene by Andrew County E.M.S. to Heartland Regional Medical Center for treatment.
The accident occurred at 11:20pm on Southbound Interstate-29 at the I-229 Junction, five miles north of St. Joseph.
According to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, on Sunday just after 7:00pm, a deputy was conducting routine patrol activities near the area of St. Charles Road and Lake Of The Woods Road. The deputy attempted to stop a vehicle driven by a 25-years-old man of Columbia, for a registration violation, however, the vehicle failed to stop. The 25-year-old led the deputy on a short pursuit at slow to moderate speeds. During this pursuit, the driver did not stop at multiple stop signs, failed to use his turn signal, and passed another vehicle where it was marked as prohibited.
The driver ultimately stopped his vehicle near the intersection of St. Charles Road and Demaret Drive where he was arrested. It was discovered that the driver's driving privilege was revoked.
The driver was arrested and faces numerous charges, including Driving While Revoked, five counts of Failure to Stop for a Stop Sign, 11 counts of Failure to Signal When Turning Left or Right; Failure to Yield; Improper passing; Careless and Imprudent Driving; Failure to Register a Motor Vehicle; and Resisting Arrest.
All subjects should be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
A report of shots fired near Santa Fe Elementary School in Waverly led to a lockdown of the school facility on Friday afternoon.
According to Superintendent Gini Barnett, the school went into what is known as a "hall freeze" after gunshots were reported northwest of the school. Barnett says Lafayette County Sheriff's Deputies were quickly on the scene and determined that the shots came from hunters in a nearby area.
The shots were heard around 2:00pm and Barnett says things were back to normal within about thirty minutes.
Parents were notified about the incident by way of the school's Textcaster system. No injuries or damages were reported from the scene.
A new mural being painted on the Marshall Square is catching some eyes and generating some buzz around town.
Nationally known mural artist Kelly Poling has been working recently on murals to celebrate the anniversaries of several Saline County institutions, including the City of Marshall, Marshall Fire Department and Missouri Valley College.
The first mural, on the corner of Jefferson and Arrow, is a depiction of Missouri Valley College and features Baity Hall, named after Reverend Dr. George P. Baity, a prominent Valley alumni and former 30-year member of Valley's Board of Trustees.
Poling's artwork has been seen in the M.G.M. and Palace Station casinos in Las Vegas and at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha. Work on the Marshall Square murals is slated to continue through the month of September.
The Missouri Department of Transportation has begun preparations to make sure it has the right number of people in the right places, ready to plow and treat Missouri's roadways this winter.
While the department's 2,400 maintenance employees will be ready to plow, if a big regional or statewide storm hits, MoDOT must rely on extra help. Each year the department recruits seasonal workers and emergency snowplow operators to fill the gaps and get the job done.
MoDOT requires emergency maintenance worker applicants to be at least 18 years old and possess a Commercial Driver's License, class A or B, with no airbrake restrictions. Applicants must also successfully complete a criminal background check and drug screening.
To learn more or to apply, visit www.modot.org or call 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636).
Earlier this week, parents of students at Southeast Elementary School in Marshall received notification the possibility of mold in the building.
Marshall Public Schools Interim Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher said some schools in the district have been tested.
Dr. Maher wants parents to know every precaution is being taken to protect the health of everybody.
The problem arose when a teacher at Southeast became ill, possibly from mold, and had to be taken to the hospital. Dr. Maher said she thinks the teacher is going to be released from the hospital soon, within the next day or two.
There are two American Red Cross blood drives coming up in the area within the next week.
In Saline County, there will be a blood drive on Monday, September 8th from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Malcolm Center for Student Life on the Missouri Valley College campus at 500 East College Street in Marshall.
In Carroll County, there will be a blood drive on Friday, September 12th from 2:00-6:00pm. It will take place at the Bogard Community Center at 100 West 3rd Street in Bogard.
For more information, call the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS.
A one-vehicle accident early this morning in Benton County has caused serious injuries to a Lincoln, Mo., man.
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, 24-year-old Bo Skeel's southbound 1993 Chevrolet failed to negotiate a curve, traveling off the right side of the road. Skeel overcorrected the car and the car ran off the left side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned.
Skeel was taken by Life Flight to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
The accident happened at 1:15am on Route "W," one mile south of Route "B."
The Marshall Police Department is asking for assistance in locating Brandon Miles Marti, who is wanted on several drug related violations. Marti has active arrest warrants for his involvement in reference to these violations, with a bond amount of $50,000 cash only.
The man was last known to reside in the state of Florida but his location is unknown at this time. Marti is described as a white male, 6'01", 200 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes.
If anyone has any information about Marti or his whereabouts, please contact the Marshall Police Department at 660-886-7411, or by email.
State transportation officials are calling all Missouri high schools to compete in the 2014 Battle of the Belt Challenge for an opportunity to win cash and prizes teaching students the importance of buckling up.
Teen drivers were involved in nearly 20 percent of the fatal and serious injury crashes in Missouri over the last three years. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for people 15-20 years old. Results of a 2013 survey among Missouri teens indicate 33 percent of teens are not wearing safety belts.
Sponsored by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, the statewide competition will run October 1 to November 19 to educate young drivers about safety belt use, reduce traffic crash injuries and save teen lives. You can get more information and see the complete rules at www.modot.org.
County clerks' offices across the area and the state are busy conducting or making preparations for a recount of votes on Amendment One, the "Right to Farm" amendment placed on the August 5th primary election ballot.
In the KMMO listening area, Cooper County has completed their recount, along with Carroll and Lafayette County. Also this week, Chariton County plans to conduct their recount on Friday, September 5th at 8:30am.
Next week, Saline County election officials will hold their recount on Tuesday, September 9th, at 9:00am and Pettis County's recount will fall on Tuesday at 11:00am. In Howard County, officials will recount votes on Wednesday, September 10th, at 9:00am.
Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings read a release Thursday from Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell about Saline County's recount of a statewide amendment on the August 5th ballot.
The recount will be conducted in Room 305 of the Saline County Courthouse.
Statewide the "yes" votes outnumbered the "no" votes by .24 of one percent.
A September 11th deadline has been set for local election authorities state-wide to certify their recount results, with the Secretary of State's office certification of recount results due no later than September 15th.
The Commission also received a report from Common Road District Supervisor Justin Cowart, delivered by Stallings. Stallings said the brush cutter will be running south of Marshall and near Betty's Truck Stop on Route YY for the next few days. The crews also will be grading roads around Hardeman, Nelson and Napton and hauling rock down into the river bottoms the next few days.
According to a MoDOT official, Route NN in Saline County will be closed from 8:00am to 3:00pm on Thursday, September 4th, for culvert replacement. The stretch of highway is located three miles east of Highway 41. Motorists in the area may need to find an alternate route.
A Chariton County Sheriff's Deputy was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after he was struck by a vehicle last night in Chariton County.
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, 46-year-old Troy Frakes was standing in the roadway, attempting to stop a westbound vehicle for a criminal investigation when he was struck in the rear by an eastbound 2009 Chevy driven by 47-year-old Clay Creech, of Keytesville.
According to the report, Frakes was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The accident occurred just after 8:00pm on Route M, six miles north of Brunswick.
Missouri Valley College’s fall 2014 enrollment is 1,421. For the second consecutive year, MVC’s enrollment includes the largest international student population in the College’s history.
Of the 1,421 students currently enrolled at MVC, 778 students are Missouri residents and 215 are international students, edging out last year’s international student population record of 176. The entire student body is made up of students from 37 states and 35 countries.
Convocation ceremony will be held at 10am today on the campus quad.
Convocation activities are to welcome freshmen and celebrate academic excellence.
A recount has been requested for Constitutional Amendment #1, known as the Farm Bill, by the opposing group "Missouri's Food For America."
According to a release from Carroll County Clerk Peggy McGaugh, Carroll County will conduct its recount today at 9:00am in the receiving room of the Carroll County Courthouse.
The original numbers in Carroll County had the amendment passing by an 82-percent to 18-percent margin or 1,779 "Yes" votes to 390 "No" votes. McGaugh said she does not anticipate the figures changing at all.
The statewide margin of passage of the amendment was a difference of only .24 of one percent or 499,581 "Yes" votes to 497,091 "No" votes on August 5th.
Secretary of State Jason Kander will release the final results after September 15th. Kander's office has created a web page at www.sos.mo.gov/elections/Amendment1 to make the recount process more transparent.
The Marshall Park Board has approved a budget for the next fiscal year with anticipated revenues of $1,591,000 and expenses to match with the budget being balanced.
However, Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Stubblefield says the budget is a fluid document and will change as the fiscal year goes on. He says the park is winding up this fiscal year in good shape as the new fiscal year begins October 1st.
Stubblefield also told the Park Board on Wednesday that some new play equipment will be installed in the coming weeks:
It was also reported that the Marshall Aquatic Center had approximately 1,500 more people through the gate this season than in 2013. The park also served 3,400 lunches and 4,900 snacks to children this past summer.
The annual Queen contest opened the 2014 Concordia Fall Festival on Tuesday evening as Miss Shania Anderson, daughter of Gary and Mary Anderson, was crowned queen to reign over the fair. Her attendants were Miss Kayla Stuart, daughter of Norm and Dawn Stuart along with Miss Madison Pitsch, daughter of Monte and Marta Pitsch.
The fair continues throughout the week with daily activities scheduled. For more information, visit www.concordiafallfestival.com.
In a brief meeting of the Higginsville Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night, Aldermen approved an annual mutual aid agreement with Odessa E.M.S. for assistance with emergency services.
The Board also set a meeting of the Finance and Administration Committee for Monday, September 8th, at 5:30pm in order to review the first draft of the 2014-2015 budget.
Board members also approved rescheduling the next board meeting for September 22nd in order to allow various Aldermen and city employees to attend the annual Missouri Municipal League meeting on September 15th.
The Sedalia City Council on Tuesday voted to accept an agreement between the city and the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for reconstruction of the runway at the Sedalia Regional Airport.
In other business, the council approved an agreement between the city and Elite Root Control, LLC, for chemical root control in the city sewer system. The city will pay Elite $15,800.40 for the work.
Council members also approved minor changes to the municipal fine and bond chart for Sedalia Municipal Court and approved the appointment of Ruth Kell to the Citizens Traffic Advisory Commission for a term ending June 2015.
The Carrollton Town Council has approved an ordinance to sell off a tract of industrial land.
City Clerk Terry Bell says the Council signed off Tuesday night on the sale of 13.1 acres in the Carrollton Industrial Park to RDLP Carrollton, LLC. Council members also voted to hire Jack Vantrump to address and fix electronic problems with the city sewer system, problems Bell says were made worse by an electrical storm in Carrollton last month.
In other business, the Council heard updates from the fire and police departments as well as the planning and zoning committee. Council members learned that planning and zoning committee member Christopher Looney will be assuming the care and training of the Carrollton Police Department's canine officer, Buddy.
September is proclaimed as the official Missouri Wine Month. Harvest has begun in the vineyards of Missouri wine country, and it is time to celebrate the bounty of the Missouri wine industry. The State's many wineries and the Missouri Wine and Grape Board invite you to celebrate the fruits of their labor.
There are 128 recognized wineries in Missouri, and they will be hosting a wide range of events throughout the season from crush festivals to bonfires to harvest tours and more.
There are 10 Missouri Wine Trails, a group of wineries banding together to offer consumers a unique wine experience in their region. One of these trails, The Lake of the Ozarks Wine Trail, is brand new, having been announced August 6th of this year.
A one-vehicle crash in Cass County late last night has caused serious injuries to a Kingsville man.
According to a report from the Highway Patrol, an eastbound 2004 Hummer, driven by 40-year-old Bryon O'Hare, ran off the right side of the road, struck a driveway culvert, became airborne and overturned. The Hummer came to rest on its passenger side, partially blocking the eastbound lane of traffic.
The report says, O'Hare was taken by Pleasant Hill E.M.S. to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.
The accident happened just after 11:40pm on Missouri 58, just east of Beattie Road.
A motorcycle accident in Pettis County yesterday afternoon caused minor injuries to a Sedalia man.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 42-year-old Jonathan Sarabia swerved his 2002 Suzuki to miss an oncoming vehicle in his lane. His motorcycle traveled off the right side of the road and overturned, ejecting Sarabia.
The report says, Sarabia was taken by private vehicle to Bothwell Hospital for treatment.
The accident occurred just after 5:00pm on Route "Y" at Bethel Road.
Several weeks ago, the Marshall City Council passed an ordinance speeding up the crackdown on nuisance sites in the city. Marshall Police Chief Mike Donnell told the City Council Tuesday night that the new ordinance appears to be working:
Donnell also said officials have found instances where neighbors have begun helping their neighbors clean up their property when they are not physically able to do so.
Parents of students at Southeast Elementary School in Marshall received notification Tuesday regarding the possibility of mold in the school building.
Principal Rendee Maupin talks about what prompted school authorities to have the building tested for mold spores:
She says results of the testing won't be available for a few days and school officials are monitoring the situation closely in the meantime. Maupin says the district has also sent letters home with students to keep parents informed of the situation.
Maupin says as a precaution, every Marshall school district building is being inspected for the presence of mold spores. She adds that it's unknown at this time if the condition of the unidentified teacher can be traced to Southeast Elementary.
Some 70 area veterans will be heading to the nation's capital Wednesday for the 29th Central Missouri Honor Flight. Honor Flight President Mary Paulsell says the group had no idea they would make it this far in their mission to take area veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials of the wars in which they once fought.
Paulsell says the flight will have veterans on board from across central Missouri and beyond.
The 29th Central Missouri Honor Flight takes off from Columbia at around 2:00am Wednesday morning and will return at around 9:00pm that night. Veterans on board will visit the World War Two, Korean War, Vietnam and Iwo Jima memorials as well as Arlington National Cemetery.
Three people were hurt early Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle accident in Lafayette County.
The Highway Patrol says a car driven westbound by 30-year-old Gadeer Muhammad, of Kansas City, ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a median cable barrier.
The driver suffered minor injuries and reportedly refused treatment at the scene; two passengers from Olathe, Kansas, received injuries and were taken for treatment to I-70 Medical Center by Concordia E.M.S.
Patrol reports say the crash happened at 2:35am at the 52.6 mile marker on westbound I-70 in Lafayette County.
According to a MoDOT official, Route AA, three miles south of Highway 41 in Saline County will be closed today from 8:00am to 3:00pm for culvert replacement. The official said the start time could be pushed back due to fog.
A one-vehicle crash in Lafayette County last night has caused injuries to two Lexington residents.
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, a 2000 Chevrolet driven by 19-year-old Sophia Baxter traveled off the south edge of the roadway, returned to the roadway. The driver overcorrected, causing the vehicle to run off the roadway again and overturn.
Baxter suffered moderate injuries and 2-year-old Adrianna Williams received minor injuries. The report says they were both taken to Lafayette Regional Hospital by Lexington E.M.S. for treatment.
The accident occurred at 11:35pm on Missouri 13, just east of Garrison Road.
The following City Councils and Boards of Aldermen are scheduled to meet on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014:
* Marshall City Council meets in regular session at 5:15pm. Council members will take up an ordinance to vacate a portion of Salt Pond Avenue and hear department updates and reports.
*Carrollton's Town Council meets in regular session at 6:00pm. Items on the agenda include discussion of sewer project issues and the sale of a tract of industrial land.
Council will also hear reports from the Police and Fire departments as well as the Planning and Zoning Committee. An executive session is scheduled for legal, real estate and personnel matters.
* With the 36th annual Country Fair coming the week of September 14th, the Higginsville Board of Aldermen will meet at 6:00pm to get updated on preparations for the annual week of entertainment, shows, booths and parade. Aldermen will also take up a bill for an Emergency Services mutual aid agreement with Odessa E.M.S.
* Slater's Fall Festival is on the way as well; the Slater City Council meets at 7:00pm for an update on the annual event, running September 19th through the 21st, and a discussion on city street work.
* The Sedalia City Council is slated to honor several city employees with service awards in their meeting at 7:00pm. Council will also take up an agreement between the city and the state Highways and Transportation Commission for runway reconstruction at the Sedalia Regional Airport.
* Concordia's Board of Aldermen meets in regular session at 7:00pm at the Concordia Community Center. They'll discuss the placement of advisory signs on city streets and discuss a lease for a Bobcat skid loader. Aldermen will also talk about a proposed cat control program.
A Leeton man suffered serious injuries Sunday in a rollover car crash in Johnson County.
According to the Highway Patrol, 57-year-old Duane Whittington was southbound on Missouri 13 at around 10:30pm when a medical condition caused him to lose control of his 1999 Saturn. The car ran off the highway, hitting a fence, an embankment and a tree; it then rolled down a drop-off and landed on its top.
Whittington was taken by private vehicle to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment. The Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Johnson County Sheriffs Department.
A two-vehicle accident in Lafayette County claimed the life of an area man on Sunday night.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it happened around 11:30pm, when 79-year-old Billy Moore, of Grain Valley, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 and struck a vehicle driven by a St. Louis man head-on.
Moore suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deadat the scene by Lafayette County Assistant Coroner Billy Banes at around 11:50pm. The second driver, 21-year-old Clayton Bicknese, reportedly escaped injury and refused treatment at the scene.
The Patrol says the crash happened at 53.2 mile marker on eastbound I-70, about five miles west of Concordia.
Kevin Kelly, a Missouri Public Service spokeperson, says there is an important area public hearing coming up later this week.
Grain Belt Express seeks a certificate of convenience and necessity to construct, own, operate and maintain a high-voltage, direct-current transmission line and associated facilities within several Missouri Counties, including Carroll and Chariton.
According to the application, approximately 206 miles of a high-voltage, direct-current ("HVDC") transmission line will traverse the state of Missouri from Kansas into Illinois and Indiana.
Formal evidentiary hearings in this case are scheduled for November 10th, 12th-14th and 21st, 2014 in Room 310 of the Governor Office Building, 200 Madison Street in Jefferson City.
Nationally renowned educator Baruti Kafele will address Smith-Cotton male students on Wednesday, September 3rd, from 8:00am to 9:30am at Smith-Cotton Junior High and 10:00am to 11:30am in the Heckart Performing Arts Center at Smith-Cotton High School.
Principal Kafele has distinguished himself as an award-winning educator, an internationally-renowned speaker and a best-selling author. He is a recipient of the National Alliance of Black School Educators Hall of Fame Award, the New Jersey Education Association Award of Excellence and the prestigious Milken National Educator Award.
According to a release from Sedalia School District 200, Kafele is an internationally-renowned education speaker and consultant. The release says Kafele is one of the most sought-after speakers for transforming the attitudes of at-risk student populations in America. A versatile speaker, he regularly conducts conference keynote addresses, professional development workshops, parental engagement seminars and "hard-hitting, no-nonsense" male-empowerment meetings. He works with hundreds of schools and districts to assist them with closing what he coined, the "attitude gap" – the gap between those students who have the will to strive for academic excellence and those who do not.
There will be some road work in Howard and Cooper County going on during daylight hours this week that might create some delays in travel plans.
In Howard County, roadway maintenance will take place on Tuesday, September 2nd through Thursday, September 4th on Route "AA" between Route 87 and Route "E." One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
In Cooper County, culvert pipe replacement will be going on Tuesday, September 2nd through Thursday, September 4th on Route 87 between Apple Drive and Crab Orchard Road. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
On Route "Double-P" between Kaiser Road and Kliethermes Drive, culvert pipe replacement will take place on Wednesday, September 3rd. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
A one-vehicle accident in Johnson County this morning has caused minor injuries to a Knob Noster teenager.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 17-year-old Taylor Parks' 2004 Chevrolet traveled off the road, struck an embankment and a fence post. The vehicle then overturned, coming to rest on its top.
The report says Parks was transported by private vehicle to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment.
Saline County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to an address on Highway 65 in Houstonia with the report of an alleged theft of a boat.
According to the deputy's report, the resident told the deputy the alleged theft occurred sometime between August 23rd and August 28th. The boat is a 1974 12-foot, V-bottom Mirro 12V, silver-aluminum in color vessel.
Investigation into the alleged theft is continuing.
Marshall Municipal Utilities has announced Kristin Bergstrom as their "Employee of the Quarter" for the quarter ending June 30, 2014. Bergstrom was selected by a group of her peers from 3 nominations out of a pool of approximately 90 eligible employees.
In nominating Bergstrom, Administrative Services Director Ken Gieringer cited her efforts during the extended absence of another employee where she assumed the duties of two positions. The nomination also highlighted that Bergstrom’s efforts assured the continued timely issuance of checks to both M.M.U. vendors and employees.
Bergstrom holds the position of Accounting Associate/Secretary in Administrative Services. She began her employment with M.M.U. in June 1997.
On Thursday, the Saline County Commission approved a three-year contract with Socket for a new phone system for an estimated cost of $2,122 per month, which presiding commissioner Tom Stallings says should save the county about $800 to $900 per month. Stallings said there may have to be a line or two added in some offices, which may affect the estimate a little. But, he said it still should be a substantial amount of savings for the county. The contract will be in effect immediately. Stallings says the goal is to have the new system up and running by October 1st, 2014.
The commissioners also approved a new hire at the Saline County Sheriff's Department. According to a release from Saline County Sheriff Wally George, Curtis Herriford is a certified police officer, having graduated the certification course on May 31st, 2013. Herriford's start date was on Wednesday, August 27th. Herriford will reportedly be assigned to the jail division and trained by the jail administrator Brian Woods.
A one-vehicle crash in Boone County last night sent an Ashland teenager to the hospital.
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, 16-year-old Jacob Hackmann's 1997 Dodge Ram ran off the right side of the road, returned to the roadway, overcorrected, overturned and slid back off the right side of the roadway upside down.
According to the report, Hackmann suffered moderate injuries and was transported by a private vehicle to Boone Hospital, then by E.M.S to University Hospital for treatment.
The accident happened at 10:00pm on Route "DD" just south of Myers Lane.
At this week's meeting of the Saline County Health Department Board of Trustees, the Board set the annual tax rate levy at $0.1307 per $100 assessed valuation. Health Department Director Lisa Thomas says it's the same amount the department operated under in 2013.
Thomas says Board members spent time Tuesday being updated on numerous activities in august for Breastfeeding Awareness Month:
In other news, Thomas says the department this week received their first shipments of flu vaccines and encourages area residents to get flu shots well before the traditional flu season sets in later this year.
A man arrested in Pettis County on Thursday is now charged with allegedly killing a 6-year-old child in Callaway County.
27-year-old Scottie Willet was charged Thursday with First-Degree Murder and Armed Criminal Action with a bond set at one million dollars.
Callaway County authorities began a search for Willet after 3:00am Thursday morning after naming him as a person of interest in the murder. The search involved the Missouri State Highway Patrol and air surveillance at the Little Dixie Conservation Area at the Callaway and Boone County lines.
Willet was later arrested by Pettis County deputies on an outstanding warrant for littering. Meanwhile, authorities continue their investigation of the murder scene, located east of Columbia in Callaway County.
State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced House Bill 1217 takes effect on Thursday, August 28th, meaning public retirees in Missouri are now protected from predatory lending practices known as pension advances. Retired public employees who are drawn into misleading agreements can now take legal action against the businesses offering them. Zweifel says the measure is one step his office is taking to protect working Missourians’ retirement security.
With the law now in effect, State Attorney General Chris Koster has the authority to investigate and prosecute companies that continue to push these offers onto Missourians. Furthermore, starting today any individual who falls victim to pension advance schemes is entitled to reclaim any money lost in a pension advance transaction.
If you enter in to a pension advance and would like to seek legal action against the business, contact Attorney General Koster’s Consumer Protection Division at (800) 392-8222 or file a complaint online at www.consumer.ago.mo.gov.
At Thursday's Saline County Commission meeting, Commissioners approved the county tax rates for the coming year. Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings says the general revenue tax rate is down slightly from the previous year:
Commissioners also approved rates for both the Special Road & Bridge and Common Road taxing districts. Stallings talks about the Common Road District rate:
The Special Road & Bridge tax rate was set at $.3577 per $100 assessed valuation. All rates take effect January 1st of 2015.
Secretary of State Jason Kander today began waiving fees for starting a new business for members of the Missouri National Guard and active duty military returning home to Missouri.
Kander's office says it's part of the Startups for Soldiers Act passed by the General Assembly in 2014, and will make the process for members of the military seeking to start their own businesses easier. To qualify, all active military personnel must reside in Missouri and show proof of active service.
For more information, contact the Secretary of State's office at (866) 223-6535 or visit www.sos.mo.gov.
Three people were hurt Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash in Johnson County.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it happened just before 8:00am on westbound Highway 50, just west of Northwest 251st Road, where a vehicle driven by 47-year-old Patricia Havas, of Warrensburg, was overtaken and struck in the rear by a vehicle driven by 38-year-old Christine Lynde, of Leeton.
Both drivers suffered moderate injuries in the crash while a 13-year-old passenger in the Havas car suffered minor injuries. Patrol reports say the three victims were taken for treatment to hospitals in Lee's Summit and Warrensburg.
The Kansas City Blood Bank's blood drive hosted by the Malta Bend American Legion Post 558 and Malta Bend School in the school's cafeteria did better than expected on Wednesday.
Spokesperson Stephen Olson said 26 people originally signed up and a number of others walked in to donate. The event finished with 30 pints of blood, 10 more than the original goal. Olson said it takes people working together to make an event like this work.
He said students from the school and people all over the area came to support the cause.
The U.S. Air Force will change tuition assistance processing procedures on October 1st for college students in the military.
Active duty Air Force personnel will no longer be able to obtain an approved tuition assistance form less than seven days before a class begins. The next State Fair Community College-WAFB classes begin on October 15th, so students must apply for tuition assistance no later than Oct. 8.
Fall enrollment is open now for SFCC-WAFB.
"This is a major change to the tuition assistance policy, so we recommend students enroll early and begin the tuition-assistance approval process at the same time," said Phil Kimmel, director of the SFCC-WAFB campus.
For more information, contact Kimmel at (660) 563-3358.
Sedalia business owners Ron Ditzfield and Rick Yeager have been chosen to participate in Season 8 of FIREBALL RUN: America's Frontier, an online reality-filmed entertainment series.
FIREBALL RUN, which has been in existence since 2007, is an 8-day, 2,000-mile, life-sized trivia game, where America serves as the game board. Unlike reality TV, FIREBALL RUN is authentic and real, including 40 celebrity and aspirational driving teams competing for bragging rights, a greater cause and a plastic road sign, all while raising awareness for missing children.
Driving a 2013 Camaro ZL1 convertible, team Sedalia Trailblazers has been assigned and will raise awareness for local missing child, Beck Hotsenpiller, now 3 years old, who has been missing since July 30th, 2013.
According to a release from the city of Sedalia, close to 69 blocks of city streets have had chip and seal applied to them within the last two months. The Street Department is asking motorists to be aware that loose gravel may be present on these streets and to exercise caution while driving on them. The city says these streets will be swept as soon as possible.
A Carrollton woman was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury for a $185,000 bank fraud scheme.
According to the U.S. Western District Attorney's office, 62-year-old Carol Joyce Noble was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury. The indictment alleges that noble defrauded a Jefferson City bank in September 2011 in a scheme to get a bogus $185,000 loan.
The indictment says Noble caused false loan documents to be prepared to obtain the loan to purchase a Stover convenience store. as part of the scheme, Noble caused the fraudulent appraisal of her Gravois Mills property in order to get the loan by allegedly changing the address of the residence to her neighbor's house, unbeknownst to the neighbor. Noble allegedly misrepresented to the appraiser that it was hers; the appraiser then appraised the wrong home at a value $100,000 higher than the value of Noble’s property.
Noble is charged with three counts of bank fraud – two counts for the fraudulent appraisal, and one count for the loan documents she submitted to the bank falsely representing the value of her residence.
A Sedalia man escaped with cuts and bruises after an off-road vehicle accident Wednesday in Pettis County.
The Highway Patrol says 70-year-old Clyde Roak, of Sedalia, was operating a 2011 Arctic Cat and traveling westbound when the vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned.
Roak received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Bothwell Regional Health Center for treatment. The Patrol says the accident happened around 1:45pm Wednesday afternoon on Sacajawea Road at Hackberry Drive.
The Waverly City Council on Tuesday night approved the city's annual tax rate at $.7768 per $100 assessed valuation.
The Council approved advertising for three bids for a new heating and cooling system for Waverly City Hall; they also discussed the possibility of seeking lower health insurance premiums by researching other providers, but no official action was taken on the matter.
Council members voted to change the date of their next meeting to September 3rd at 6:30pm and to change their second monthly meeting to September 17th at 7:00pm.
The city of New Franklin has a new Police Chief after this week's meeting of the Board of Aldermen.
Aldermen approved Deputy John Worley to serve as the city's new Chief. Mayor Frank Frevert says the position has been filled on an interim basis for the past 5-6 months by two New Franklin police officers. Frevert says the Board opted to hire Worley as he was already familiar with the community of New Franklin and the surrounding area.
Worley's tenure as Police Chief became effective immediately following the Board of Aldermen meeting on Monday.
The numbers are in for Central Methodist University’s on-campus enrollment, and to CMU officials, they look very, very good.
CMU’s on-campus student population is 1,185 students as of Tuesday, August 26th. That’s up seven percent from the same time last year (1,107 students), surpassing the all-time mark of 1,176 from the Fall 2010 semester.
CMU enrolled a best-ever 331 first-time, full-time freshman, 13.7 percent above last year and well above the previous record of 314 set in 2010. Even more impressive are their academic credentials, with an average freshman ACT score of 22.5 - the highest in at least six years.
A record 721 students are living in CMU residence halls, eclipsing the previous standard by 33 students set in 2010. This fall, 7.3 percent more students are living in CMU housing than at the same time last year.
Final overall enrollment figures, which will include CMU’s College of Graduate and Extended Studies (off-campus, online, and high school dual credit students), won’t be finalized until sometime in October.
There will be a Blood Drive conducted by the Central Blood Bank of Kansas City in Malta Bend this afternoon from 3:00pm to 6:00pm in the Malta Bend School cafeteria.
American Legion Post 558 Adjutant Stephen Olson says it is an important event that can help save lives. Another incentive for donors is that they will have the opportunity to enter into a drawing at the end of September for a free trip to Disney World.
Olson says your blood donation could help someone close to you.
You can book your appointment by visiting savealifenow.org or simply by calling Olson at (660) 831-0982.
A Richmond man suffered serious injuries in a crash involving a tractor and a train in Ray County on Tuesday afternoon.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a northbound 2006 John Deere Tractor, driven by 53-year-old Mark Minnick, of Richmond, failed to yield to an eastbound General Electric Train. The train struck the side of Minnick's tractor, which overturned and ejected the driver.
Minnick was taken by Life Flight Air E.M.S. to Truman Medical Center in Kansas City for treatment. The accident occurred at 2:30pm on Main Street, south of First Street in Henrietta.
A two-vehicle accident in Johnson County on Tuesday afternoon injured a Kingsville man.
According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, the accident occurred as 24-year-old Warren Lockard, of Kingsville, turned his 2004 Chevrolet onto Westbound U.S. 50 Highway and into the path of a westbound 1999 Nissan, driven by 25-year-old Luke Harman, of Lee's Summit. Harman's car struck the Locakrd car in the passenger side. Lockard's vehicle traveled off the north side of the road and overturned.
Lockard suffered minor injuries and reportedly refused treatment at the scene.
The accident happened at 2:15pm on Westbound U.S. 50 Highway at Mo. 131 Highway.
The Sedalia City Council on Monday approved the city's annual tax rate at a special meeting at Sedalia City Hall. Council members approved the overall tax rate of $1.8995 per $100 assessed valuation.
The council also discussed imposing fees for residents who put out excessive amounts of debris for the city's "Pick-Up On Demand" waste collection program. No action was taken on the matter at Monday's council meeting.
On Monday, August 25th, Marshall Police conducted an investigation into businesses selling alcohol to minors.
A release from the Marshall Police Department says a 20-year-old minor, under police supervision, went to ten different businesses in an attempt to purchase alcohol. Of those establishments, four of them reportedly sold liquor to the underage individual.
Police say Viking Package Liquor on South Odell, Quick Run on South Odell, Casey's General Store on West Arrow and Collins Pop Shop on North Miami all sold alcohol to the minor; the release says the clerk at each location has been issued a citation for supplying alcoholic beverages to a minor.
Secretary of State Jason Kander Tuesday announced that a statewide recount of Constitutional Amendment 1, the so-called "Right to Farm" Amendment which appeared on Missouri’s August 5th primary election ballot, has been requested.
According to state law, recounts are not automatically triggered, but must be requested by a registered voter whose position on the ballot question was defeated. Statewide races are only eligible for a recount when results are separated by less than one half of one percent of total votes cast with a difference of 0.24 percent.
The recount was requested by Wes Shoemyer on behalf of Missouri’s Food for America. Constitutional Amendment 1 will be represented by Dan Kleinsorge on behalf of Missouri Farmers Care. Local election authorities will determine the date and time for recounts to take place in their respective counties, and a bipartisan team of election judges will conduct the process.
Kander's office has created a webpage at www.sos.mo.gov to make the recount process more transparent and accessible to Missourians. The page will be updated daily at 3:00pm to show the recount schedule established by the local election authorities, each local election authority's report of findings, and a summary of recount results.
The office will also train a team of staff members that can be dispatched throughout the state if assistance is requested. Per state statute, the recount will be supervised and certified by the secretary of state's office no later than September 15th.
The Waverly City Council meets in regular session at Waverly City Hall on Tuesday, August 26th.
The evening will begin with a tax levy hearing at 6:30pm, followed by the regular meeting. Items on the agenda include discussion on a new heating and cooling unit for city hall and health insurance for city employees.
The Council will also discuss changing the date of an upcoming September council meeting for Waverly Apple Jubilee Days.
With temperatures nearing 100 degrees during the early portion of this week, motorists should be aware that the extreme heat can cause pavement "blow-ups" on mid-Missouri roadways.
A pavement blow-up occurs when the roadway surface expands at a crack or joint where moisture has seeped in. that crack weakens the pavement and the heat causes the pavement to buckle and warp.
While it is difficult to know where or when a pavement blow-up will happen, crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation are monitoring state routes for these blow-ups and will make repairs as soon as possible.
Motorists can report pavement blow-ups, or any other roadway concerns, by calling MODOT's toll-free customer service center at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636), or online at www.modot.org.
There are several city governments meeting tonight to set their city's tax rates on Monday, August 25th, 2014:
* The Sedalia City Council will hold a public hearing at 6:00pm for any public comments regarding the proposed tax rates for 2014. After the public hearing, the City Council will immediately proceed with the adoption of the city's property tax rates.
A work session immediately follows the special session to discuss possible fees for excessive debris for the pick-up on demand program and to discuss an update on the Municipal Court fine and bond chart.
* The Glasgow Board of Aldermen will conduct a special open meeting at 6:00pm. The Board of Aldermen will hear public comments regarding the city's proposed tax levy. The meeting will take place at 102 Market Street.
Also holding a public hearing to include public comments on the proposed tax levy will be the Higginsville Board of Aldermen. The meeting starts at 6:00pm.
----------------------------------------- The New Franklin Board of Aldermen will hold an open meeting at 6:00pm with a discussion regarding a part-time or full-time Chief of Police.
A closed session also is on the docket for personnel matters.
There is some area road work in the area that might create longer travel times.
In Howard County, there will be work on Route AA between Route 87 and Route E going on during the daylight hours today through Tuesday, September 2nd, according to a release from MoDOT. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the area.
A motorcycle accident in Pettis County on Sunday night sent a Smithton man to the hospital.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 25-year-old Joshua Kateman's 2007 Honda motorcycle traveled off the right side of the road, then slid across the center and traveled off the left side of the road and overturned.
Kateman suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Bothwell Regional Heath Center via Pettis County Ambulance.
The accident occurred at 9:30pm on Northbound U.S. 65 Highway at MO 765.
A one-vehicle accident in Johnson County on Sunday afternoon sent a woman to the hospital with injuries.
According to Missouri State Highway Patrol Reports, 56-year-old Wendy Manaco's 2007 Yamaha VSTAR Classic failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the right side of the road and overturned, ejecting the driver.
Manaco suffered serious injuries and was transported to research Medical Center for treatment.
The accident happened just after 3:30pm on Northwest 1201 Road at Northwest 50 Highway.
A Kansas City man received minor injuries in a one-car accident in Johnson County earlier today.
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, 20-year-old Everardo Elicea's 2015 International traveled off the left side of the road. The driver overcorrected the vehicle and it ran off the right side of the road, back across and off the left side of the road and overturned.
The report says Elicea was treated and released at the scene.
The accident happened at 10:22am on U.S. Highway 50 one-quarter mile west of Missouri Route "M."
A number of road projects will be going on that could hinder your travel in and around Columbia is ongoing, according to a release from MoDOT.
On Route 163 from Business Loop to Stadium: The contractor continues ADA work on the sidewalks. They will be working on the curb ramps from Elm to Broadway and will work to the north. Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures adjacent to the sidewalk areas and pavement marking crews during the overnight hours between 7:00pm and 6:00am. The project is scheduled for completion in October.
On Route 740 (Stadium Boulevard) at Interstate 70 - the widening of Stadium Boulevard continues. Work continues on miscellaneous ADA related items on Route 740 and the various side streets during the daytime hours, and will be working on pavement marking in the vicinity of the diverging diamond during the overnight hours. The project is scheduled for completion in December.
On Business Loop 70, the contractor has completed the resurfacing work and the roadway has been striped, with the exception of the eastern limits of the job (from the railroad tracks to I-70), which will be resurfaced after September 1st and the new Route "B" bridge is open to traffic. This project is scheduled for completion in November.
On Route 763 (Rangeline Road), the contractor has completed the resurfacing work and most of the striping on Rangeline and Route 163 (Providence Road) between Business Loop 70 and I-70. This project is scheduled for completion in October.
A two-vehicle accident on Westbound I-70 in Boone County on Saturday afternoon caused minor injuries to a Mexico, Mo., teenager.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when a 2003 GMC Sonoma, driven by 17-year-old Phillip Moody, of Mexico, slowed to pull to the median and was struck in the rear by a 2010 Freightliner driven by 59-year-old Leslie Sprayberry, of Ashland, Mississippi. Moody's vehicle overturned and became entangled in the cable barrier.
Moody was transported by Boone County Ambulance to University Hospital for treatment.
The accident occurred at 5:30pm at the 118-mile marker.
A one-pick-up accident in Camden County on Saturday afternoon caused fatal injuries to a 2-year-old boy and injured six others.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 30-year-old Blair Dority, of Roach, lost control of her westbound 2006 Ford Pickup she was driving. The vehicle traveled off the left side of the road, struck a tree and overturned.
Two-year-old Kaygyn Dority, of Roach, was pronounced dead at the scene by Camden County Medical Examiner Stephanie Dominique at 6:50pm. Six other people riding in the truck suffered minor to serious injuries. Six-year-old Madison Vaughn, of Roach, suffered serious injuries and was flown by Staff for Life to Mercy Hospital in Springfield for treatment. Thirty-two-year-old Blaine Skinner, of Macks Creek, suffered moderate injuries and was transported by private vehicle to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach. The rest of the injured reportedly would seek their own treatment.
The accident occurred at 5:15pm on West Branch Road at the Camden/Hickory County Line.
When the temperatures soar outside, perhaps no one feels the effects more than firefighters. With heavy uniforms and equipment to wear while battling hot blazes, fire crews can quickly succumb to hot conditions, according to Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day:
Day says protecting firefighters from heat-related stress and illness ensures that they can continue to perform at their best in the line of duty.
At last week's meeting of the Slater School Board, members approved the refinancing of district bonds, a move that Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz says will save the district a substantial amount of money each year:
Lorenz says the board also learned that the student population is growing for the first time in over a decade:
In other business, the board approved L.J. Hart, of Chesterfield, as the district's underwriting agent and approved the hiring of several new staff members.
Charges have now been filed against a Sedalia man after he led authorities on a chase through two area counties early Friday morning.
According to the Marshall Police Department, 18-year-old Ryan Welch, of Sedalia, now faces a Class D felony charge of Resisting Arrest by Fleeing and Creating a Substantial Risk of Serious Injury or Death.
Welch was arrested Friday morning after leading authorities on a pursuit that began around 3:30am in Pettis County and ended in a Saline County cornfield. The chase ran through the city of Marshall, where police say Welch reached speeds upwards of 90 miles an hour down South Odell Avenue.
After running his vehicle into a cornfield and then a creek, Welch fled the scene on foot and was later apprehended at the Marshall Wal-Mart.
He is currently in custody on $5,000 cash-only bond.
A Moberly bank was reportedly the target of armed robbers on Friday morning.
Two suspects were apparently involved in the robbery involving a weapon which took place at Bank Midwest in Moberly this morning. The two male subjects then reportedly fled the area in a stolen vehicle and were later being sought in Boone County.
The vehicle was reportedly located later in a commuter parking lot and a search for the two subjects led to authorities searching for them in a farm field near Highway 63 and Route F. The Missouri State Highway Patrol had troopers conducting that search; at last report one of the subjects is in custody while the other remains at large.
Schools in Sturgeon reportedly went into a lockdown mode at one point Friday morning, as the search for the two robbers moved into the area of the schools. Helicopters were brought into the area to assist with the search.
For the second time this week, Marshall Fire Department crews were called to a Marshall poultry facility, this time on a report of smoke and possible fire.
Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day:
Chief Day says it took some time for crews to find the source of the smoke:
No injuries were reported from the scene and that damages were minimal. Earlier this week, crews were called to the same facility on North Miami in Marshall on a report of a possible ammonia leak. Day says the two incidents don't appear to be related and happened in different areas of the facility.
At the Wednesday night meeting of the Fayette R-3 Board of Education, the board approved the proposed tax rate of $4.2528 per $100 assessed valuation.
The district also set the out-of-district tuition rate for students at $8,192.70 for the 2014-15 school year.
The board accepted a bid from Home Oil on fuel and Home Oil and Jireh for tires. Other bids accepted were $30,613.05 from J. F Rolling & Son for a utility tractor and loader; from Sydenstricker of $900 for a pallet fork; and Lawn and Leisure for $824 for a box blade.
The board also was provided the number of students in the district as 59 in Preschool, 283 in Kindergarten through fifth grade; 134 in grades six through eight; and 191 at Fayette High School.
After failing to get a quorum at the regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, the Marshall City Council got more than enough council members to conduct business on Thursday night.
The council first held the public hearing to get public input on a tax levy for the city. There was no one who spoke on the tax levy. The figures will now be sent to the State Auditor to determine the levy for the city.
During the regular meeting, Third Ward councilman Dan Brandt reported on the city street program:
Brandt also reminded residents that trash pickup in Marshall following Labor Day weekend will be one day later than the regular pickup.
A release from the Missouri Department of Transportation says motorists may soon be turning the right way in the Kansas City Region, and saving lives in the process. A newer engineering solution called a J-turn allows motorists to cross traffic on busy routes more safely, helping to reduce traffic crashes, fatalities and injuries. MoDOT began construction of a J-turn intersection at Route 50 and Route 58 in early June and should open it at the end of August.
Construction on this project closed lanes of eastbound and westbound Route 50 at Route 58 and includes installing the J-turns and acceleration/deceleration lanes, as well eventually removing the crossing at this junction. The project is expected to be completed the last week of August. All work is weather dependent.
MoDOT is hosting driver’s education classes at the Crest Ridge High School on Friday, Aug. 22, to educate young drivers about the new intersection and answer questions.
For more information about J-turns or other MoDOT projects, please visit MoDOT's website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity.
It was mostly a routine meeting for the Boonville R-1 Board of Education on Wednesday night. But the board did set the tax levy and the tuition rates for the 2014-15 school year.
Boonville Superintendent Mark Ficken said the tax payers of Boonville will see a reduction in their rates from $4.3273 from the 2013-14 year to $4.2656 for the 2014-15 year. The reduction is over six cents per $100 assessed valuation.
Also, the board set the non-resident tuition and non-eligible transportation fees. Ficken said the tuition rates will be $4,200 for students in Kindergarten through fifth grade, $4,500 for sixth through eighth grades and $5,200 for ninth through 12th graders.
Ficken also noted that because of the predicted heat, the Boonville at California football game on Friday night has been bumped back to 8:00pm instead of the 7:00pm original start time.
After the Prairie Home School suffered damage during storms on June 4th and 3-1/2 weeks later, Superintendent Dr. Steven Barnes says it's taken a lot of work and help from the community and other volunteers to get the school up and in running condition. The building still is not completely ready, so the district has had to rent two trailers to use for four classrooms, as school started on Wednesday.
Barnes said the goal was to get at least two rooms in the building repaired, and they wound up getting three fixed up. He said it's a bit difficult now with school starting to get everything finished quickly.
Barnes said the outpouring of help from their community, other communities and other districts has been a huge plus. A lot of donations have been made, including a new digital sign in the front of the school. Different groups also have donated their time and services for landscaping because most of the trees on the property had been damaged, too. He said he didn't know how they would've gotten to where they are now without the help.
Suspended, revoked, unlicensed and uninsured drivers operating motor vehicles on the public roadways in the City of Columbia continue to be a problem. In addition, drivers and passengers not wearing seatbelts continue to contribute to traffic crash injuries. In an effort to address these issues, the Columbia Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a Safety Checkpoint in Columbia, between August 25th and August 30th. The Safety Checkpoint will be conducted during daylight hours. The checkpoint location is not random and has been chosen based on the crash data within close proximity to the safety checkpoint location.
Motorists encountering the Safety Checkpoint will be asked to present their driver's license and proof of insurance. Law-abiding motorists encountering the checkpoint should expect minimal delay. The Columbia Police Department would like to remind everyone to wear their seatbelt.
The Marshall Police Department wants to make parents of teens aware of a dangerous trend that is occurring.
Teenagers are putting their health at risk that involves the use of a lip balm from Burt’s Bees. Doctors are warning parents and others about the new way teens have found to get buzzed, and they are listing the risks involved.
The disturbing new trend is being called "beezin," and teens are applying Burt’s Bees lip balm to their eyelids in layers, claiming it makes sensations stronger.
The dangers of "beezin" are Burt’s Bees lip balm has peppermint oil, and this can create a burning sensation on the eyelids. However, some teenagers are apparently enjoying this side effect and deliberately applying the balm. It is not recommended to use the lip balm on or near the eyes because it is not designed for this sensitive body area.
Doctors worry about the impact on the teens’ eyes from using the lip balm inappropriately because it can cause irritation. Some people may have a serious skin reaction because they are not following the directions recommended by the manufacturer.
At the Thursday meeting of the Saline County Commission, Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner gave an update on a few problem spots with Saline County roads and bridges. He says a road northwest of Marshall and east of Malta Bend has been temporarily closed:
Fenner also talked about work on 165th Trail after a problem popped up over the weekend:
He added that bids for work on the Wilton Springs Bridge will be opened and discussed this week and that county crews have graders running east of Marshall this week; he says crews are also busy cutting brush around the area of Nelson and Marshall Junction.
At the Wednesday meeting of the Glasgow Board of Education, board members approved the district's annual tax rate at $4.02 per $100 assessed valuation. In other tax-related actions, the board approved ballot language for a seventy-five cent tax rate to appear on the November 4th general election ballot.
In other business, board members approved non-resident tuition at $6,000 for the 2014-15 school year. They also approved their budget manual for the year, which projects the district to have a $55,000 deficit. They also approved the substitute teacher list and the extra duty salary schedule.
The next meeting of the Glasgow School Board is scheduled for Wednesday, September 17th.
The Higginsville School Board meets in regular session on Thursday, August 21st.
The evening will begin at 7:00pm with a public hearing on debt service and the annual tax rate. The regular session will start immediately after, where the agenda includes reviewing M.A.P. test results, setting out-of-district tuition rates and electing an Enhanced Enterprise Zone representative.
An executive session for student, legal and personnel matters is also on the evening's agenda.
A one-vehicle accident in Boone County on Wednesday sent a Boonville woman to the hospital with injuries.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a car driven by 66-year-old Noreen Letusky, of Boonville, was traveling eastbound and ran off the right side of the road. The car came back onto the highway and crossed the centerline before running back off the road and hitting a tree.
Patrol reports say Letusky was not injured but a passenger, 46-year-old Christine Estill, of Boonville, suffered moderate injuries and was taken for treatment to University Hospital in Columbia. The accident occurred around 10:00am on Wednesday on Highway 40 in Boone County, just east of the Howard County line.
A Blue Springs pedestrian was killed Wednesday in a three-vehicle accident in Jackson County.
The Highway Patrol says 28-year-old David Ritchie, of Blue Springs, was attempting to cross Interstate 70 on foot at around 6:00am when he was struck by a vehicle driven by 36-year-old Brian Bealmer, of Boonville; struck again by a car driven by 20-year-old Charles Williams, of Independence; and struck a third time by a car driven by 37-year-old Lindsay Airrington, of Odessa.
Ritchie suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead a few hours later by the Jackson County Medical Examiner. None of the drivers involved sustained injuries. The Patrol says the accident happened at the 21.2 mile marker on I-70.
A Marshall business was briefly evacuated Wednesday after a gas leak scare.
According to Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day, it happened at the Rose Acres Farm Facility at 123 North Miami just before 3:00pm, where the building was cleared out for a potential anhydrous ammonia leak. Reports say a pop-off valve outside the building was leaking; the valve was shut off before Marshall fire crews arrived on the scene.
Chief Day says no injuries or damages were reported from the facility. Fire crews were on the scene for less than five minutes.
The American Red Cross will be conducting a blood drive in Johnson County today. The drive will be from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Missouri Department of Social Services at 505 N. Ridgeway Drive in Warrensburg.
For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800- RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.
A two-vehicle accident in Henry County on Tuesday afternoon has caused injuries to a Clinton woman.
According to a State Highway Patrol report, the crash happened as a northbound 2005 Chevrolet, driven by 31-year-old Courtney Raines, of Clinton, crossed the center of the roadway and into the path of a southbound 2002 Chevrolet towing a boat and trailer, driven by 62-year-old Jerry Schwach, of Clinton. The Raines' vehicle collided with the left side of the boat trailer.
Raines suffered minor injuries and was taken to Golden Valley Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The crash happened at 2:30pm on on Route "W" south of Southeast 550 Road.
In an effort to detect and apprehend intoxicated and impaired drivers traveling the public roadways of Boone County, the Boone County Sheriff's Department is planning on conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint in Boone County sometime between today and September 1st, 2014, according to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department. The Sobriety Checkpoint will be conducted during the evening and nighttime hours.
Motorists encountering the Sobriety Checkpoint should expect minimal delay, according to the release.
These events are funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation Division of Highway Safety.
A Bogard resident was injured after a two-car crash in Pettis County on Sunday.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 46-year-old Phillip Wellman, of Bogard, was northbound on Highway 65 when he changed lanes into the path of of a vehicle driven by 34-year-old Nicholas Wells, of St. Louis; the two vehicles collided in the roadway.
Wellman received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment; the other driver was reportedly not injured. The patrol says the collision happened around 6:00pm Sunday evening at Highway 65 and Bothwell Park Road.
Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced the unofficial voter turnout in Tuesday's primary election was 24.58 percent. Approximately 998,495 of Missouri’s 4,061,820 registered voters turned out to vote on constitutional amendments and nominate party candidates.
The three counties with the highest turnout were Knox (45.80%), Worth (44.33%) and Harrison (43.18%). Statewide, voter participation was highest in the contest over Constitutional Amendment 7.
Voters in House Districts 67, 120 and 151 also participated in special elections to fill vacancies for the office of state representative. Unofficial results show Alan Green (D–Florissant), Shawn Sisco (R–Rolla) and Tila Rowland Hubrecht (R–Dexter) winning the races, respectively. They will serve until January, when the winners of the November general election are sworn in.
According to state law, results will be certified by August 26.
The Boonville City Council meets in regular session tonight.
On the agenda, the council will continue a discussion on CMCA Proposed Housing and consider temporary street closures and parking restrictions from the Chamber of Commerce for the Festival of Lights each Thursday in September.
The council also will consider a resolution to revert to the prior tax-rate ceiling and have first readings of bills involving the establishment of the Tax Levy for the 2014-15 fiscal year; approving local agency contracts for 2014-15; amending two-hour parking restrictions in the downtown area; and discuss a Minor Subdivision plat for the Evangelical United Church of Christ at Spring and Seventh Streets.