A state agriculture education and service group received a big financial donation this week to assist young farmers and ag students.
A release from the University of Missouri extension says the Goppert Foundation of Kansas City has made a $50,000 gift to the Missouri 4-H Foundation to grow the Goppert Foundation Endowed 4-H Scholarship Fund, which provides perpetual support for 4-H youth from 10 Missouri counties to attend college.
Since its establishment in 2012, the Goppert Foundation 4-H Scholarship Fund has provided more than $15,000 in college scholarships to 4-H youth from Carroll, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Ray and Saline counties. With the gift, the fund has now grown to more than $100,000.
The Goppert Foundation was established in 1959 by Clarence H. Goppert, a banker and philanthropist who believed in investing in the communities that supported his family's banking business. The foundation has assisted civic groups, health care facilities and educational institutions, and has generously supported Missouri 4-H at the local and statewide levels.
A highway construction project that will have a major impact on Interstate 70 traffic later this summer will begin prep work next week.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, work to repair the eastbound and westbound Interstate 70 bridges over the Lamine River west of Boonville will begin Tuesday, May 31.
Motorists will encounter nightly lane closures on and near the bridge from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. until early July. One lane of I-70 in each direction will be open at all times. Contractors will be working under the bridge and will be building crossovers for use later this summer when the work will require full bridge closures.
The full closures will eventually reduce I-70 traffic to one lane in each direction around the clock. However, the work requiring full bridge closures and head-to-head traffic on I-70 will not start until after the Fourth of July and will be completed before Labor Day. The entire project is scheduled for completion in November.
Each of the 50-year-old bridges carries about 27,000 vehicles per day. When the full closures occur, the Missouri Department of Transportation expects backups and traffic delays during peak travel times, which are typically Thursday, Friday and Sunday afternoons.
The execution of a search warrant in Marshall on Wednesday led to the arrest of an area man who now faces criminal charges.
According to the Marshall Police Department, officers served a narcotics search warrant at a residence in the 200 block of South Conway Avenue Marshall just after 8 a.m. on May 25. A search of the residence reportedly revealed quantities of methamphetamine and marijuana, along with paraphernalia for the use and distribution of drugs.
Taken into custody at the scene was 18-year-old Joseph A. Nebergall, of Marshall; online court documents state he has been charged in Circuit Court with a Class C Felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance Except for 35 Grams or Less of Marijuana, along with four misdemeanor charges.
Bond in the matter has been set at $10,000, cash or surety; a future court date has not yet been established.
A new free continuing education program is being offered by an area library.
According to a news release, Marshall Public Library announced this week the introduction of Universal Class Library Edition, a new online continuing education service designed specifically for use by the patrons of public libraries.
Universal Class offers courses in Exercise and Fitness, Arts and Music, Entrepreneurship, Home and Garden Care, Cooking, Computers and Technology, Health and Medicine, Homeschooling, Job Assistance, Law and Legal, Parenting and Family, Pet and Animal Care, and many others.
All courses are free of charge; all patrons need is a Marshall Public Library card and an email address. The library says staff is on hand to assist those who need help signing up.
An area utility company has announced its quarterly award for an outstanding employee.
According to a news release, Marshall Municipal Utilities has announced Matt Pennock as their “Employee of the Quarter” for the quarter ending March 31. Pennock was selected from a pool of about 90 eligible employees.
In nominating Pennock, Underground Facilities Director Grant Piper noted that Pennock takes care of locates both in the field and on the computer; while also dealing with various plumbers and contractors in a professional manner.
Pennock began his employment with MMU in March 2006 as Maintenance in Underground Facilities.
The execution of a search warrant in Marshall led to the arrest of a subject who now awaits the filing of criminal charges.
According to the Marshall Police Department, officers served a narcotics search warrant at a residence on the east side of Marshall just after 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25.
A search of the residence reportedly revealed quantities of methamphetamine and marijuana, along with paraphernalia for the use and distribution of drugs.
One person was taken into custody at the scene; at last check, police say they were being held at the Marshall Police Department. Several charges are pending in the matter and await review by the Saline County Prosecuting Attorney's office.
An area city is gearing up for a dedication ceremony.
According to Lexington City Administrator Mark Rounds, everything is moving along for the dedication of the city's new water tower.
Rounds said the public is invited to attend.
In other news from the Lexington County Council meeting on Tuesday, May 24, Rounds said it was reported the Old Trails Planning Commission received a $42,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to support the community and the region.
At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, May 24, Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith gave the update on the County Aid Road Trust, or C.A.R.T., Tax money received by the county in May.
The $67,107 this month is the highest amount of money received this year. All of the figures from January through April also were over $60,000. Four monthly figures last year were over the $70,000 mark.
Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, May 24, and reported the city of Marshall has joined an organization that honors fallen emergency first responders.
Day said the organization is called Supporting Heroes.
Day said Marshall becomes the first city in Missouri to join the organization.
According to a brochure from the organization provided by Day, funds to the families from the organization are a gift. Families are not asked to repay anything. To find out more about the organization, visit its website at www.SupportingHeroes.org.
Three schools in the Marshall Public School District will be getting new equipment in their kitchens.
At the meeting of the Marshall School Board on Tuesday, Director of Special Services Terri Porter said the district received some good news on grants.
Porter said the total value of the grants was $10,300.
Porter also talked about an award received by an OPAA! Food Management, Inc., employee.
Jasper now is in the running for the Manager of the Year in the state on Missouri. Porter said she likely will find out something about that in July.
One other note from Porter was that the schools will be offering free breakfast and lunch on weekdays from June 1 through 28 to youths under the age of 18. She said even if they are not enrolled in summer school, they can come in and eat. The meals will be served at Bueker Middle School and Marshall High School. Breakfast is from 7:25 to 8:10 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Phone problems were reported at several locations in Marshall on Tuesday, May 24, and some of them persist today.
Calls to both the Marshall City Offices Building and Marshall Municipal Services were not answered at 11:10 a.m.
As for the calls to the Saline County E-911 Center in Marshall, an update was given this morning. According to a text message received, "the phones are up, however 911 calls (will be) forwarded to backup 911 center until testing is complete."
A spokesperson said callers to 911 should not notice any difference in the call handling nor in the response times in the event of an emergency.
Further information will be given when it becomes available.
The Marshall School Board discussed the possibility of paying 100 percent of the monthly health-insurance premiums for all the classified staff at its meeting Tuesday night. Currently, the district pays 95 percent of their monthly premiums.
Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher explains...
Director of Data Analysis Jim Papreck said the district would be paying between $20,000 and $25,000 more for premiums if the request was approved.
Dr. Maher was then asked for her recommendation by board member Leslie Huston, to which Dr. Maher replied:
With two members absent, the board voted 4 to 1 to approve the request, with the stipulation it will be revisited at this time next year.
In other business, the board OK'd reviews of the Summer School Program, Early Childhood Program and Guidance Counselor Report and the components for extra-duty pay, which were laid out in the February meeting in which the coach would be paid a stipend based on his/her years of experience as a head coach in the sport.
Two Cole Camp residents were involved in a two-vehicle crash, with one of them suffering injuries, in Benton County early today.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound vehicle, driven by 71-year-old Ray Reedy, slowed to turn right and reportedly was struck in the rear by a northbound vehicle, driven by 18-year-old Savannah Dieckmann. The Dieckmann vehicle then ran off the roadway.
While Reedy was not injured, Dieckmann reportedly was transported via private vehicle for treatment of minor injuries.
The crash happened at 12:04 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. Highway 65 and Mount Olivet Road.
UPDATE (5:50 p.m.): This Amber Alert has been cancelled as of 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, by the St. Louis City Police Department. The two boys have been located safely, the vehicle has been recovered, and the suspect is reportedly still at large. No other information has been made available.
An Amber Alert has been issued by authorities for two children reported missing in the St. Louis area.
According to officials, the St. Louis Police Department has issued an Amber Alert for a child abduction that occurred at I-270 and Riverview Drive in St. Louis City at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24. Reportedly abducted were Blase Crockett, a three-year-old African-American male, and Rycker Crockett, a two-year-old African American male.
Blase Crockett was reportedly last seen wearing a light blue t-shirt and navy-colored shorts, while Rycker Crockett was last seen in a royal blue t-shirt with khaki shorts. Both are described as under three feet tall with black hair and brown eyes.
The suspect in the matter is identified as 34-year-old Diata Crockett, described as a 5'10", 220 pound African-American male last seen wearing a lime green shirt and green pants. The vehicle involved in the incident is described by officials as a black 2014 Hyundai Sonata with Illinois license plate #V446952.
Anyone who has seen the boys, the suspect, or the vehicle is urged to contact their nearest law enforcement agency or the St. Louis City Police Department at 314-444-5620.
A Chariton County resident escaped with cuts and bruises from a three-vehicle accident on Tuesday.
According to trooper reports form the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when when a car driven eastbound by 76-year-old Sondra Peek, of Salisbury, struck a westbound tractor-trailer driven by 26-year-old Steven Cleeton, of Salisbury.
Peek's car then spun out of control and hit an eastbound pickup truck driven by 36-year-old Derek Fuemmeler, of Armstrong.
Peek received minor injuries in the crash and was taken by ambulance to a Moberly hospital for treatment. No other injuries were reported from the scene.
The Patrol says it happened around 10:30 a.m. on Missouri 129, just west of Missouri 3 in Howard County.
Three Sedalia students were honored Monday, May 23, on their graduation from Project SEARCH, a program that provides workplace and life skills training for special needs students.
According to a release from the Sedalia School District 200, Robert Quinn Cooper, Emma Gillum and David Moore celebrated their completion of the program with their families and representatives of the agencies and companies that provide work opportunities for the students.
The program, a joint venture including Sedalia School District 200, SFCC, Center for Human Services and Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation, gives students with disabilities workplace experience through internships both on the SFCC campus and off-campus with community partners.
Project SEARCH 2016 graduates, from left, David Moore, Emma Gillum and Robert Quinn Cooper display their program completion certificates at the end of Monday's ceremony at State Fair Community College. The students learned job skills and each worked in three different internships as part of the program.
Phone service problems continue in the city of Marshall which have left a couple of agencies and offices without service.
According to a city spokesperson, phone lines are currently down at Marshall City Hall and at Marshall Municipal Services. It is not currently known how long the service has been down.
In addition, phone service has also reportedly been disrupted at the Saline County E911 Center; a spokesperson announced earlier that 911 calls are being routed to a backup center in Johnson County. Officials say anyone making a 911 call should notice no difference in the call handling or in response times in the event of an emergency.
See the story below for more on the routing of local 911 calls to a backup agency.
An area high school student nominated by Senator Claire McCaskill has been accepted to a prominent U.S. service academy.
A release from McCaskill's office says the senator nominated Samantha Ellis, of Leeton High School in Johnson County, who recently learned she has been accepted to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Aside from meeting the academic, service, leadership and personal qualifications for the nomination, McCaskill's' office says Ellis also played varsity softball, played in the school marching band and served as president of her local National Honor Society chapter.
Other area students nominated by McCaskill and gaining acceptance to the Academy are Aaron Crozier, of Fort Osage High School, and Alexander Dye, of Blue Springs High School.
Missourians interested in applying for future U.S. service academy nominations can do so by visiting McCaskill's website at www.mccaskill.senate.gov.
Photo courtesy of Senator Claire McCaskill's office.
The Marshall Siren Fund received its first monetary donation of $2,500 from Cargill Meat Solutions in Marshall. Pictured (from left) are: Saline County Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner, Cargill Environmental Health and Safety Manager Kyle Knight, Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day and Saline County Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr. (Picture by Robert King)
A project that has been in the works since last summer by Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day received its first monetary boost at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, May 24. Kyle Knight, the Environmental Health and Safety Manager at Cargill Meat Solutions, was on hand and presented a check for $2,500 toward the cost of a multi-functional siren.
Day explained the multi-functional siren will be placed in the top of the Saline County Courthouse. The siren not only will make the sound of a siren but also allow the operator to talk to the public with specific information over the speaker system.
Day said it's all about keeping people safe, and it can be utilized for events, as well.
Day said the siren for the courthouse will cost between $21,000 and $22,000. Other pledges have been made by area businesses, but this is the first actual donation he has received.
Day also said he thinks he has a deal worked out to install one at the Saline County Fairgrounds and is trying to figure out how to get one for Marshall Schools. He said he talked with Marshall Parks Superintendent Jeff Stubblefield, and the park is planning on installing two sirens, first on the north side of Indian Foothills Park to cover the kiddie park, Marshall Aquatic Center and ball fields and then on the south side of the golf course.
To help ensure summer travels are as carefree as possible, the Missouri Department of Transportation has developed a list of significant work zones to be on the lookout for this summer. Drivers likely will encounter delays in work zones on Interstate 70 in the KMMO listening area.
According to a news release, while most work zones will not be active over the Memorial Day weekend, it may be necessary for some lane closures to remain in place. Most routine work zones will stop at noon on Friday, May 27 and will resume at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31.
On I-70 in Lafayette County, resurfacing taking place from Missouri Route 13 to the Saline County line will include daytime lane closures ending in June.
On I-70 in Cooper County, bridge deck replacement over the Lamine River at mile marker 89 will reduce each direction of the interstate to one lane in each direction for 45 days scheduled between June and September. Expect lengthy delays on Friday and Sunday afternoons and evenings.
Saline County residents will have their second chance this year to rid their house of hazardous household waste on Wednesday, May 25. But they must call in advance to make sure the items will be accepted.
Jessica Goodman said there are specifics on some items.
Goodman, the county's representative at the Pioneer Trails Commission Regional F meetings in Concordia, reported at a recent meeting of the Saline County Commisison that area residents need to contact Debbie Brackman at (660) 463-7934 prior to taking their items for disposal.
After calling ahead and talking to Brackman, residents will be given instructions to take their items to the old dump site off of Route O in Marshall.
Hazardous household waste will be accepted on the fourth Wednesday of each month with the same procedure in place. There is no charge for the service.
Bothwell Regional Health Center will hold a Safe Sitter babysitting education class from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10.
The class will be in the Bothwell Education Center, 600 E. 14th Street in Sedalia, according to a release from the hospital, and is designed to educate adolescents to prepare them for babysitting.
Curriculum was recently updated to include pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation training. Students also learn about injury management and prevention, childcare essentials, behavior management, the business of babysitting and how to care for a choking child or infant.
Course materials are designed for children ages 11 to 14. Participants must be at least 11 years old. Cost for the class is $35, which includes a messenger bag containing babysitting essentials.
Preregistration is required and can be done by calling 660-827-9138 and printable registration forms are available online at www.brhc.org. Registration and payment are due by May 31.
An area fisherman has set a new state record with a recent catch at a Benton County lake.
Jason Reynolds broke the state record by catching a two- pound, 11-ounce spotted bass with a jug line on Truman Lake May 11, 2016. (Photo courtesy of MO Department of Conservation)
According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, Jason Reynolds of Warsaw became the most recent record-setting angler in Missouri when he hooked a spotted bass on Truman Lake on a jug line.
The new “alternative method” record spotted bass, caught by Reynolds on May 11, weighed 2-pounds, 11-ounces with a length of 17 1/2 inches. Reynolds was using bluegill for bait to try to catch catfish, but instead caught a state-record spotted bass.
MDC staff verified the record-weight fish using a certified scale in at Lost Valley Fish Hatchery in Warsaw.
Reynolds' recent catch broke the previous state-record spotted bass by almost one pound in the alternative methods category. This state record fish is the 12th fishing record broken this year.
Authorities in a county neighboring the KMMO listening area has issued a scam warning for area residents.
According to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, the office has received several calls about an impostor identifying himself as Sheriff Dwayne Carey stating they have outstanding arrest warrants which can be resolved by providing a debit or credit card number or obtaining a pre-paid money card.
This scam is similar to one reported last month where a suspect identifying himself as a sheriff's deputy bilked citizens out of several hundred dollars after convincing them they would be arrested on charges of failure to appear for jury duty. Citizens reported today the impostor told them they had failed to appear for jury duty or had other unspecified legal issues requiring payment over the telephone. As of this time there are no reports of citizens losing any money.
The Sheriff's Department says they never telephone citizens asking for debit/credit card information or to obtain a pre-paid money card to pay a fine or bond. Citizens who receive such a call should immediately hang up and contact law enforcement at (573) 442-6131.
The department states citizens should always be skeptical of a telephone call from a person they do not know.
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive in Carroll County on Friday, May 27.
A release from the Red Cross says the drive will take place from 2-6 p.m. on Friday at Old Soldiers Memorial Post Office Community Center, located at 100 West 3rd Street in Bogard. The Red Cross is urging everyone to give blood regularly in order to keep local blood supplies at optimal levels for emergencies.
On Tuesday, May 24, a Chariton County location will serve as host to an American Red Cross blood drive.
According to the Red Cross, the drive will be held at the Chariton County Ambulance District building at 212 South Weber in Salisbury. The drive is slated to run from 2-6 p.m.
May is Trauma Awareness Month, and the Red Cross is urging residents everywhere to give blood whenever possible in order to maintain local and area blood supplies. To find out more, contact the Red Cross or visit them online.
An area man was due in Saline County Circuit Court today for a plea/trial setting hearing on 20 Felony counts stemming from his arrest last year for alleged sex-related crimes. It ended with the man being escorted out of the courtroom in handcuffs by a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy.
Instead of opting for the setting of a trial, under the advisement of his lawyer, Levi Dennis, of Slater, entered a guilty plea to three of the 20 Felony charges and will spend more than a decade in state prison.
An area man was due in Saline County Circuit Court today for a plea/trial setting hearing on 20 Felony counts stemming from his arrest last year for alleged sex-related crimes. It ended with the man being escorted out of the courtroom in handcuffs by a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy.
Instead of opting for the setting of a trial, under the advisement of his lawyer, Levi Dennis, of Slater, entered a guilty plea to three of the 20 Felony charges and will spend more than a decade in state prison.
Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Don Stouffer recommended sentences ranging from four to 13 years for the guilty pleas.
Judge Dennis Rolf imposed a sentence of seven years for a Class B Felony for Possession of Child Pornography of less than 20 Pictures or One Film or Videotape; four years for a Class D Felony for Invasion of Privacy of Multiple Individuals in the Second Degree; and 13 years for a Class A Felony for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor Child. Rolf ordered all of the sentences to run concurrently..
Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Don Stouffer recommended sentences ranging from four to 13 years for the guilty pleas.
Judge Dennis Rolf imposed a sentence of seven years for a Class B Felony for Possession of Child Pornography of less than 20 Pictures or One Film or Videotape; four years for a Class D Felony for Invasion of Privacy of Multiple Individuals in the Second Degree; and 13 years for a Class A Felony for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor Child. Rolf ordered all of the sentences to run concurrently.
In less than a week, one hunting and one fishing season open in Missouri.
According to a news release from the Missouri Department of Conservation, Saturday (May 28) of Memorial Day weekend, marks the beginning of the squirrel season and catch-and-keep black bass season in most streams south of the Missouri River.
Hunters can pursue fox and gray squirrels from Saturday through February 15, 2017. The black bass catch-and-keep season applies to largemouth, smallmouth and spotted or Kentucky bass and runs from Saturday through February 28, 2017.
For more details-- including limits and methods-- on the seasons, visit the Missouri Department of Conservation's website at www.mdc.mo.gov.
The 39th mission of Central Missouri Honor Flight is scheduled to leave early on Wednesday, May 25.
According to a news release, 74 veterans from three wars will take part in the mission-- a one-day free trip of a lifetime bound for Washington, D.C., to visit memorials built to honor their service and sacrifice.
Busses will leave Columbia at 2 a.m., and the day will include visits to the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam Memorials, as well as Arlington National Cemetery and watch the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns among other stops.
After the full day of activities, the veterans-- from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War-- are scheduled to return to Columbia at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday for a celebration at the Courtyard Marriott at 3300 Lemonade Industrial Drive.
The flights are free for veterans who sign up in advance. To date, Central Missouri Honor Flight has flown more than 2,200 veterans on the one-day excursions, which started in 2009.
Donations are needed to keep the flights going for the veterans. You can find out more by visiting the all-volunteer organization's website, www.centralmissourihonorflight.com.
The roar of motorcycles will be heard in the area as an annual trip that started last week on the west coast will be reaching the KMMO listening area on Monday, May 23.
According to a news release, one of the three routes of the 28th Annual "Run for the Wall" event, a Vietnam Veterans motorcycle ride which usually attracts hundreds of bikers, is scheduled to travel through Missouri on I-70.
The cyclists are scheduled to be in Concordia to eat lunch at Southside Park from approximately noon to 1:30 p.m.
Area residents are asked to show their support for veterans by lining the sidewalks of Concordia with United States flags from I-70 to the park.
The mission of the event, which started this year on Wednesday, May 18, in Orange County, Calif., and is to finish on Friday, May 27, in Washington D.C., is to promote healing among all veterans and their families and friends; call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing In Action (POW/MIA); to honor the memory of those Killed In Action (KIA) from all wars; and to support U.S. military personnel serving all over the world.
A Kingsville driver suffered moderate injuries in a two-vehicle accident in Johnson County early today.
A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol states the crash occurred as a westbound vehicle, driven by 16-year-old Logan Edwards, traveled off the right side of the roadway, returned to the roadway and off the left side, where it struck an unoccupied parked Freightliner.
Edwards, who reportedly was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, was transported by Johnson County Ambulance to a hospital in Kansas City for treatment.
The crash happened just before 3 a.m. on Missouri Highway 2, just west of North Missouri Avenue.
One of the drivers involved in a two-vehicle crash in Chariton County on Saturday suffered minor injuries.
A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred as a northbound vehicle, driven by 19-year-old Katelyn Bryant, of Rothville, crossed the center line of the roadway and struck a southbound vehicle, driven by 56-year-old Olin Jacobs, of Mendon.
While Jacobs reportedly was not injured, Bryant was transported by Linn County Ambulance to an area hospital for treatment of her injuries.
The crash happened at 5:40 p.m. on Missouri Highway 11 in Mendon.
A driver from Nelson reportedly escaped injury, while a driver from Holts Summit suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Cooper County on Saturday.
A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol states the crash occurred as an eastbound vehicle, driven by 35-year-old Amy Feeler, of Holts Summit, collided with a northbound vehicle, driven by 49-year-old Lynn Maggard, of Nelson, at a blind intersection.
Feeler was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Cooper County for treatment of her injuries.
The crash happened at 4:15 p.m. at the intersection of Black Oak Road and Blackwater Drive.
Two Sedalia residents were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Saturday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound vehicle, driven by 37-year-old Matthew Maggard, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a fence and came to rest in a field.
Maggard and a passenger in the vehicle, 32-year-old Stephan Nelson, each suffered minor injuries. While Nelson was transported to a hospital in Sedalia for treatment of his injuries, Maggard reportedly was transported to the Pettis County Jail for Driving While Intoxicated.
The crash happened just before 4 p.m. on Route Y, two-tenths of a mile west of Allen Road.
Formal charges have been filed against an Independence man who allegedly led authorities on a high-speed chase through three mid-Missouri counties early Friday morning.
According to online court documents, 34-year-old Ryan T. Wilkerson was charged Friday afternoon in Boone County Circuit Court with one count of Class C Felony Second Degree Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, one count of Class C Felony First Degree Tampering with a Motor Vehicle, and one count of Class D Felony Resisting Arrest by Fleeing.
The Boone County Sheriff's Department says just after midnight on May 20, a deputy spotted Wilkerson in a truck reported stolen from Independence. An attempt to stop the truck failed as Wilkerson reportedly sped away out of Columbia before driving back through the city and leading the chase onto westbound I-70; the pursuit then moved across Cooper County and into Saline County before the truck ran out of gas at the Sweet Springs exit at mile marker 66.
Authorities say the man then exited the truck and began to fight with law enforcement officials on the scene, at which point a taser was used to subdue him. He was then taken into custody and transported to the Boone County Jail.
Bond in the matter has been set $50,000 with a condition that Wilkerson is not to operate motor vehicle. A future court date has not yet been set.
The Missouri Department of Transportation says several projects will take place this week in Cooper County.
Two ongoing longterm jobs will be carried out during daylight and overnight hours until the summer, according to MoDOT:
* Route A over Long Branch, east of Otterville – bridge replacement continues. The road is closed to traffic. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route around the work area. The project is scheduled for completion in mid-August.
* Route Z over Heaths Creek, south of Interstate 70 – bridge deck replacement is underway. The bridge is closed to traffic. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route around the work area. The project is scheduled for completion in early July.
The following work will occur during daylight Hours for the week of May 23-26:
* Route 179 at Petite Saline Creek, north of Copps Chapel Rd. – bridge maintenance will take place Monday, May 23 through Thursday, May 26. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
* Route W between Route J and Clarksburg Drive – roadway maintenance will take place Monday, May 23 through Thursday, May 26. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
MoDOT asks all motorists to slow down and obey all signs whenever driving in a work zone.
After a science classroom accident back in February, the Slater School District is gearing up to have its chemistry lab remodeled.
An update was given Thursday to the Board of Education about the project, according to Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz. He says it was deemed best to wait until the end of the school year to begin repairing and renovating the room:
It all started on February 5th of this year, when a minor explosion occurred in the Slater High School Chemistry lab at approximately 1:30 p.m. on a Friday afternoon.
As a precaution, students were evacuated from the High School's buildings. No students were in the room at the time of the explosion, but one teacher involved did receive medical treatment.
An annual ceremony to honor a Sedalia native who fought to push back the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor takes place this weekend.
The Sedalia Chamber of Commerce says the annual George A. Whiteman Annual Memorial Service & Wreath Laying Ceremony will be held Saturday, May 21, at 11 a.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sedalia. The public is invited to attend the service and ceremony.
Also on Saturday, Sedalia Historian Becky Imhauser will perform at the static display in Katy Park at 12 p.m. The event is open and free to the public. For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 660-826-2222.
George A. Whiteman was a Sedalia resident and graduate of Smith-Cotton High School who enlisted in the Army in 1939. On December 7, 1941, his plane was shot down while attempting to take off from Bellows Field at the onset of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
He is considered to be one of the first American airmen killed at Pearl Harbor and is the namesake of Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster.
A vehicle pursuit by authorities earlier this month has led to the filing of formal charges against a Pettis County man.
According to the Pettis County Sheriff's Department, deputies arrested 28-year-old Charles Andrew Dunham after a short vehicle pursuit. Reports say the Sedalia Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol provided assistance when Dunham exited the vehicle and fled on foot; he was later taken into custody in the area of Emmet Avenue and Boonville Road.
Online court documents state that Dunham is now charged with a Class D Felony for Resisting Arrest/Detention/Stop by Fleeing and Creating a Substantial Risk of Serious Injury/Death to Any Person. Bond in the matter has been set at $5,000 cash or surety. He is reportedly currently free from custody after posting bond on May 11.
An arraignment in the matter is set for Tuesday, May 24, in Pettis County Circuit Court.
The city of Sedalia will observe Memorial Day on Monday, May 30.
According to a news release, all city offices in the Municipal Building will be closed on that day. The offices will open for regular business hours on Tuesday, May 31.
The trash pickup schedule also will be affected. There will be no trash collection on Monday, May 30. Normal Monday trash pickup will be on Tuesday, May 31, and Tuesday's collection will be on Wednesday, June 1.
Thursday and Friday trash pickup will proceed as normally scheduled.
A 34-year-old man suspected of driving a stolen pickup truck is in the Boone County Jail following his arrest early Friday after leading multiple law-enforcement agencies on a pursuit through Columbia and west on Interstate 70 before being taken into custody in Saline County.
According to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, the Independence, Mo. man is awaiting a total bond to be set by a judge on suspicion of Tampering in the First Degree, Felony Resisting Arrest, Assault on a Law-Enforcement Officer in the Second Degree and Careless and Imprudent Driving.
Shortly after midnight, a Boone County sheriff's deputy spotted a stolen red 2002 Ford F-150 near an intersection in Columbia. The deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle sped away. The pursuit first led out of the city, then back through the city and eventually onto westbound I-70.
The pursuit continued through Cooper County before the truck ran out of gas on I-70 near Mile Marker 66, the Sweet Springs exit.
The suspect then exited the truck and began fighting with a Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper and other law-enforcement officers. The suspect was taken into custody after being tased. The pickup truck was reported stolen from Independence.
Also assisting with this pursuit were officers from the Columbia Police Department, Boonville Police Department and sheriff's deputies from Cooper and Saline Counties.
More information will be given upon formal charges being filed.
Pictured (from left) are: Provost Dr. Rita Gulstad, Honors Program Director Dr. Richard Bradley, Kelly Jo Davis, of Slater, Joseph Morris, of Glasgow, and CMU President Dr. Roger Drake.
Two area students were recognized for having completed the Honors Program at Central Methodist University during graduation weekend in Fayette.
According to a news release, honored were Kelly Jo Davis, of Slater, and Joseph Morris, of Glasgow.
Davis received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Morris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history.
To qualify for the CMU Honors Program, students must have at least a 3.5 grade-point average from their high school and/or an ACT score of at least 26. After being accepted, students must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA and complete 12 credit hours of Honors coursework.
An area school district will be helping feed hungry students next month.
According to a release from the district's Director of Special Services Terri Porter, Marshall Public Schools will be offering free meals to all students in kindergarten through 12th grade, Monday through Friday, during the month of June.
Meals will be served at Marshall High School and at Bueker Middle School from June 1-28.
Breakfast will be served from 7:25 until 8:10 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Forty-one new nurses were pinned and some special awards were handed out during a recent ceremony at Central Methodist University in Fayette.
According to a news release, the Central Methodist University Division of Health Professionals announced the awards during a ceremony. Among the five special nursing honors presented, Monica Miner, of Sedalia, was recognized as the recipient of the Outstanding Clinician Award.
Senior nursing students earning pins in the KMMO listening area include: Anastancia Amos, of Fayette; Madelyne Brand, of Glasgow; Mackenzie Godsey, of Marshall; Karla Lang, of Boonville; Dalton Looper, of Sedalia; and Sydney Sells, of Prairie Home.
A nursing pin traditionally is worn to identify the nursing school from which a student graduated.
Awards and honors for social sciences were handed out at an area university recently.
According to a news releases, Central Methodist University in Fayette, 10 awards were distributed among eight students, including several students in the KMMO listening area.
Joseph Morris, of Glasgow, earned three awards-- the Dr. Robert Barker Award for Excellence in Sociology; the Dr. Harold Sunoo Award for Excellence in History and Political Science; and the Pi Gamma Mu Award for Scholastic Excellence.
Valerie Kimball, of Fayette, received the Judge Andrew Jackson Higgins Award for Excellence in Pre-Law Studies; and an award for Excellence in Criminal Justice (shared with Alyssa Webb, of Grain Valley); and the Lambda Alpha Epsilon Gold Key for excellence in criminal justice.
The Communications Department Student Media Award was shared by Nick Ruffy, of Lake Ozark, and Jordan Ayers, of Boonville.
All eight students were part of the 2016 graduating class.
A Sedalia woman suffered cuts and bruises in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Pettis County on Thursday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound vehicle, driven by 17-year-old Kali Heavener, ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected and ran off the left side of the roadway, impacted a ditch and overturned twice.
Heavener reportedly was transported by private vehicle to a hospital in Sedalia for treatment of minor injuries.
The crash happened just after 7 p.m. at the intersection of Route U and Manila Road.
UPDATE: Cooper Co. officials say this roadway is now open to traffic.
A roadway in Cooper County will be closing on Friday, according to county officials.
A statement from the Cooper County Emergency Management Agency says that Brady Lane will close at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 20. The lane is located southeast of Boonville off of Highway 98. The roadway will be closed until further notice.
For questions or more information, call 660-882-2614.
If you're interested in becoming a firefighter, the Sedalia Fire Department says its Firefighter I & II Training Program might just be for you.
According to a release from the fire department, the program provides the knowledge and skills needed to achieve four state certifications required for entry level firefighter positions in most departments in the United States. The professional program is taught by state certified instructors, and is recognized by the Missouri Division of Fire Safety.
Sedalia officials say the six-month program is also designed to eliminate the expense of travel, keep tuition affordable, and formatted in a way to make the opportunity to become a firefighter achievable to the vast majority of people.
The department is now accepting applications for the class starting in September. For more information please visit the Firefighter I & II Training Opportunity section of the Sedalia Fire Departments website at www.cityofsedalia.com.
If you have questions or need more information, contact Sedalia City Hall at 660-827-3000.
It seems there's an app for just about everything these days-- including the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
The Patrol announced on Thursday of this week the unveiling of its new free app for mobile devices. The app provides quick access to the Patrol’s emergency line, along with a variety of other uses.
According to a news release, users of the app can use it to find out about road closings, Amber alerts, reporting tips about crimes (with which users can send a picture of alleged criminal activity), Patrol news, driver examination information and even a way to thank a trooper for their work in the field.
Other portals take users to the sex offender registry, career opportunities with the Patrol, and the agency’s main website. The app is available to the public for both Android and Apple products. When downloading the app, the Patrol says to select “public access.” and that no password is required.
The Patrol reminds the public that mobile technology should not be used while driving. Inattention continues to be a leading cause of traffic crashes in Missouri. Officials ask users to please use the MSHP mobile app--and all mobile technology--responsibly.
The Salisbury R-4 Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, May 17.
According to unofficial meeting minutes from the district, board members approved the elementary, junior high and high school handbooks which included some updates to the district's dress code for students. Updates to the teacher and staff handbooks received board approval as well.
In other business, the board approved motions to name Andrea Binder as a delegate to the Missouri School Board Association and Regina Boss as an alternate delegate. Discussion was also held by the board on paving the north parking lot, though no formal actions were taken on the matter.
The next meeting of the Salisbury School Board is scheduled for Monday, June 13.
A traffic stop by Sedalia police early Wednesday morning led to the recovery of a car reported stolen from another state.
Sedalia police reports say the stop occurred around 3 a.m. in the 1600 block of South Grand; the officer reported that as he approached the car, it appeared a silent alarm was going off as the vehicle's lights were all flashing. The officer also reported seeing several items in the roadway that the car's occupants had thrown from inside.
A female occupant in the vehicle was found to have an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court; further investigation showed the vehicle was recently reported stolen from the Quincy, Illinois area. The woman and a male occupant were both taken into custody at the scene to face possible charges of tampering with a vehicle.
According to online court documents, 36-year-old Karrie L. Wentz, address listed as homeless, is now charged with one felony count of First Degree Tampering with a Motor Vehicle in connection with the incident. Bond in the matter has been set at $5,000 cash or surety; a future court date has not yet been set.
The male subject was charged with a misdemeanor charge of Second Degree Tampering with a Motor Vehicle with bond set at $1,500.
The Boonville R-1 School Board held an early morning monthly meeting at 7 a.m. on Thursday, May 19. The meeting was moved from its normal day and time due to the Boonville Pirates baseball team's district playoff games.
Superintendent Mark Ficken says the board took up approval of a document for classroom management and also took another look at the district budget for next year:
Ficken says the board then took up two items involving the kitchen and the cafeteria:
In other business, Ficken says board members approved student handbooks for next school year and approved a number of staff and personnel policy updates.
Charges for regular-priced meals will be going up in an area school district for the 2016-17 school year.
New Franklin R-1 Superintendent David Haggard says the increase of a dime approved by the school board at its meeting on Wednesday, May 18, was warranted by a formula.
Haggard, who said the reduced price will remain the same, also said the board was given options and made decisions on the usage of the bonds approved by the district's voters during the April Municipal Election. He says the no-tax-increase $3 million mainly will be used for an additional gymnasium.
The board also was given the handbook for preliminary review and given a year-end report from the Special Education Department.
Some Saline County officials will be taking part in an emergency-preparedness drill this summer.
Saline County Emergency Management Director Emmitt Williams was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday, May 19, and talked about an event coming up involving the New Madrid Fault.
Williams said he and Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day were at the meeting, and pointed out the event in August will last for several days. He said although Saline County could avoid major physical damage, from a quake, other aspects likely will impact the area.
In other business from the meeting, Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner said a meeting with engineer Rich Rhodes has been set up for Tuesday, May 31, to finalize the paperwork on Bridge No. 49. It is a Marshall Special bridge which is on 205th Road at the end of Route WW. He said it looks like sometime between June 1 and 15, the old bridge will be removed and the site will be selected to put the replacement structure.
An area man is in custody of authorities after his arrest on an outstanding warrant on Tuesday, May 17.
According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, U.S. Marshal Michael Valentine contacted the department in reference to a wanted fugitive from justice being in Marshall. The man was wanted on Probation and Parole Violation, according to the U.S. Probation Office Western District, with no bond and full U.S. extradition.
Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of North Jefferson Avenue and took the man into custody. He was transported to the police department for booking and then transferred to the Saline County Justice Facility.
No other information is available at this time. More details will be given as they become available.
Alleged felony charges have been filed against two Pettis County residents, and they are scheduled to be in court next week.
Details of the incident are not available at this time, but according to on-line court documents, warrants for the arrests were issued Friday, May 13.
According to on-line court documents, the two individuals, Wendy Sue McGinnis and Terry R. Johnson, both of Sedalia, were served the warrants by personnel from the Pettis County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday, May 18, and taken into custody.
Each has been formally charged with a Class B Felony for Conspiracy to Commit First-Degree Murder.
Bond for McGinis was set at $1 million cash or surety. Bond for Johnson was set at $250,000 cash or surety.
A hearing for both has been set at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, in Pettis County Circuit Court.
An area man faces a felony weapons charge after his arrest on Tuesday in rural Saline County.
According to online court documents, 36-year-old Jeremy E. Pointer, of Slater, has been charged in Saline County Circuit Court with a Class D Felony count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon. The charge was filed in connection with an incident on May 7, when authorities say he entered a home on 335th Road with a weapon and threatened several people inside.
A probable cause statement from the Saline County Circuit Clerk's office states Pointer allegedly arrived at the home during a party to retrieve his daughter; the situation reportedly escalated an altercation ensued, at which point authorities say Pointer began to threaten multiple individuals inside the home with a .45 pistol.
Pointer was taken into custody on Tuesday, May 17, by sheriff's deputies and transported to the Saline County Justice Facility. Bond in the matter has been set at $10,000, cash or surety. A future court date has not yet been set.
Starting Monday, May 23, crews will be making their way through neighborhoods in Slater to conduct smoke testing for the city's sewer study in an effort to reduce inflow and infiltration from stormwater and runoff.
City Administrator Gene Griffith told the Slater City Council on Tuesday night that the smoke testing is one of the first steps in the sewer study that has been in the works for about a year:
Griffith updates council on smoke testing (Photo by Chris Clark)
Griffith said he will do his best to make accommodations for residents who aren't comfortable with allowing a stranger into their residence to inspect their sump pump:
For questions or more information about the smoke testing or about the ongoing city sewer study, contact Slater City Hall at 660-529-2271.
At Tuesday's meeting of the Slater City Council, Mayor Stephen Allegri updated the council on several items of city business, including preparations for the upcoming holiday weekend and the busy summer pool season.
In his monthly Mayor's Report, Allegri talked about the holiday trash schedule and the guidelines for placing flowers at the city cemetery:
Allegri also talked about the city pool, namely the staffing and management decisions that have been made for the upcoming season. he said right now crews are preparing the pool for its summer opening:
The Slater City Pool officially opens for the summer season on Memorial Day on May 30.
The Saline County Sheriff's Department is currently investigating an alleged burglary at an area business.
A deputy report states that around 3:35 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, a security company contacted the sheriff's department about several alarms going off at Stuckey's Convenience Store on Saline J Highway in Nelson. Once on the scene, deputies noted that doors leading into the business appeared to have been pried open.
Deputies made contact with a store manager who led them on a walkthrough on both the Stuckey's side and the Dairy Queen side of the business; the manager stated that two cash registers had cash removed and a floor-mounted safe was missing as well.
A review of video footage by authorities showed a light-colored GMC Acadia SUV pulling into the parking lot; three African-American males then exited the vehicle and appeared to make entry into the building with pry bars. Further review showed the men emptying the cash registers and taking the floor safe.
Deputies say numerous items from the scene were entered into evidence. No suspect information has been made available and no dollar amount has been placed on the missing money and safe.
Investigation into the matter continues by the sheriff's department.
With only one item to be discussed, the meeting of the Saline County Commission was quick on Tuesday, May 17.
Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner explained about a transfer of funds.
Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie asked if the funds are to be reimbursed by a grant, to which the answer was "yes."
The money was in the budget, according to Saline County Auditor Tara Vogelsmeier and Fenner because of the planned event, which was in April at the Martin Community Center. C.A.M.P. stands for Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program.
"Pelican Pandemonium" by Mid-Missouri Artist Jodi Harsch (Photo Courtesy University of Central Missouri)
An opening reception for two art exhibits will be held this weekend at an area university.
According to a news release, the University of Central Missouri Gallery of Art & Design has announced the opening of two exhibitions beginning Saturday, May 21, and continuing through Friday, June 24.
In the Main Gallery, the Mid-Missouri Artists will present their annual summer exhibition hosted by the Gallery of Art & Design.
The Outer Gallery will feature a selection of fine art from the Gallery of Art & Design's permanent
collection; including works by former students, faculty and donors. The exhibit will feature prints by regional artists Doel Reed and Mary Huntoon, as well as original work by Simpsons cartoon animator David Silverman and recent UCM graduate, Shelby Smith.
An opening reception in honor of both exhibitions is scheduled for Saturday from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
For more information or directions, call (660)-543-4498.
A regulation will go into effect later this month that will prohibit feeding of some wildlife.
According to a news release, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds landowners, deer hunters, and others that a regulation banning the feeding of deer becomes effective on Monday, May 30, for 29 counties in north-central, central, and east-central Missouri.
Grain, salt products, minerals, and other consumable products used to attract deer are now prohibited year-round in counties that include Carroll, Chariton and Cooper in the immediate KMMO listening area.
Exceptions to the regulation include feeding wildlife within 100 feet of any residence or occupied building, feed placed in a manner that excludes access by deer, and feed and minerals used solely for normal agricultural, forest management, or wildlife food-plot-production practices.
The feeding ban is one step MDC is taking to limit the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).
Along with approving bids for carpeting and tiling and new baseball field bleachers on both the home and visitor side, the Brunswick R-2 School Board gave the go-ahead to pay its part for a Chariton County Resource Officer at its meeting on Monday, May 16.
Superintendent Bob Kottman explains how that's going to work.
Kottman also said the board gave the OK on changes to the school calendar, mainly making some of what were regular days into half days for a variety of reasons. He said the district will be conducting some emergency-preparedness drills, as well.
The board also gave the go-ahead for a contract for the district's nurse, and for hiring of summer-school workers and their contracts. Summer school will run from June 6-24.
It was a busy and lengthy meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen on Monday night. The board approved a number of changes to boards and board procedures, as well as granted a couple of special fireworks sales permit to start sales on June 20.
According to City Administrator Dale Klussman, the board approved an ordinance establishing a Communications Committee and an ordinance that would allow the Mayor to terminate appointees to boards when certain things happen.
The board also approved an ordinance to disband the Police Advisory Committee and adjustments to the Parks and Recreation Board.
Klussman said before board members give the thumbs up to the purchase of a street sweeper, they want to see an Elgin Street Sweeper in action. They are scheduled to get that chance today (Wednesday, May 18).
The board also has heard a presentation on the M-3 Global Street Sweeper, according to Klussman.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development (D.E.D.) has released the April 2016 jobs report, showing what officials say is a record month for job growth in the state.
Missouri gained 15,000 jobs in April, bringing nonfarm payroll employment to a record high of 2,816,200. The previous record for nonfarm payroll employment was 2,810,700, reached in February 2008. Missouri's unemployment rate for April edged up a tenth of a point over the month to 4.3 percent, according to seasonally adjusted data released Tuesday by the D.E.D.
For 23 months, the state's unemployment rate has been below the national rate, which held at 5.0 percent for April.
Several industries grew in April with the largest gains occurring in Administrative, Support & Waste Management Services (+6,500 jobs) and Leisure & Hospitality (+7,200 jobs). Other growing industries for April included Professional, Scientific & Technical Services (+2,100 jobs), Financial Activities (+1,400 jobs), and Durable Goods Manufacturing (+1,000 jobs).
You can find out more about job growth in the state by visiting the D.E.D. online at www.ded.mo.gov.
A Johnson County roadway will be closed until late next week, according to Johnson County Central Dispatch.
Officials say Northwest OO Highway, from Northwest M Highway to Northwest 301st Road, will be closed until Thursday, May 26, for culvert replacement. The work each day is slated to run from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m., weather permitting.
Motorists in the area will need to seek an alternate route while the work is carried out.
For more information, contact Central Dispatch at 660-747-2265.
Pettis County authorities are currently investigating a couple of theft reports made by county residents.
Deputies on Monday responded to Key Hydraulics in the 4000 block of South Limit on a report of a stolen trailer. The trailer is describes as a black, 12-foot single axle trailer with a fold-up ramp. The trailer is alleged to have been taken from the business's lot sometime between May 12 and May 16; the trailer is valued at around $1,700.
On Saturday, May 14, a Green Ridge resident reported a possible burglary at a home in the 28000 block of Highway AA sometime between May 8 and May 13. Reported missing from the home is a 65-inch flatscreen TV; no dollar value has been placed on the theft and no other information has been made available in the matter.
Both cases remain under investigation by the Pettis County Sheriff's Department.
The Sedalia City Council on Monday approved the purchase of some new equipment for the Sedalia Police Department.
A city spokesperson says the council acted on a recommendation from the Public Safety Board and ok'd the purchase of new duty weapons and holsters from Alamar Uniforms for a total cost of $13,192.
Council members signed off on numerous other committee recommendations and proposed ordinances, including the purchase of two scan tools for the Vehicle Maintenance Department for just over $12,400; awarded a bid for rock salt from Independent Salt, of Kansas; approved the purchase of storage hardware to house camera video and data for just under $13, 500; and established a "No Parking" restriction at the end of Scott Joplin Court.
Also approved on Monday were four appointments by Mayor Stephen Galliher to city boards and committees.
At Monday's meeting of the Higginsville Board of Aldermen, the board got a chance to see a new piece of equipment designed for times of crisis.
City Administrator Lee Barker says aldermen got a report from EMS Director Rod Kirchhoff on the city's new Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Rehab Trailer. Barker says Kirchhoff raised the money for the trailer single-handedly; the new trailer was available Monday night for aldermen to view.
In other business, Barker says the board approved a ten-foot utility easement on a building site property owned by Farm Credit Services on Highway 13 Boulevard, approved a conditional use request for a reduction in parking spaces and use of gravel on a driveway in an area zoned as Light Industrial, and heard a proclamation declaring May 16-20 as EMS Week in the city of Higginsville.
Carrollton residents will now find an easier time parking at two city parks after the Monday meeting of the Town Council.
According to City Clerk Terri Bell, council members approved a six-month trial run for one way southbound traffic on McCumber Drive in an effort to improve traffic flow and create more parking during ball games and park events at Carrollton City Park.
Board members also agreed to remove some "No Parking" areas at Martin park to create additional parking spaces there as well.
In other business, the board approved allowing additional parking spaces for loading and unloading at the non-profit HELP Services building on South Monroe Street, approved a revised version of the city's animal control ordinance, and approved an updated version of the city's liquor license ordinance.
A former high school teacher living in an area community has been sentenced to prison on a federal charge of illicit sexual activity.
According to a release from the US Western District Attorney's office, 71-year-old Paul Robert Cannon, of Sedalia, was sentenced Tuesday to ten years in federal prison without parole after pleading guilty in March to attempting to induce a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity.
Court documents say that Cannon posted an advertisement on the website Craigslist in January of this year, stating he was a "Grandpa looking for a couple that would like to include their kids in sexual fun".
Later that month, a Boone County detective posing as a single mother with a 14-year-old daughter answered the ad and arranged to meet Cannon at a Columbia restaurant. He was arrested shortly thereafter, according to authorities.
Cannon is a former teacher who retired from the Gasconade County R-2 school district in 1996, where he later served one term on the district's Board of Education.
He later relocated to the Sedalia area but never taught there, according to Sedalia 200 District school officials.
An area college's board has promoted a man to executive leadership.
According to a news release, Missouri Valley College's Board of Trustees approved the promotion of Greg Silvey to vice president of business and finance.
Silvey currently is responsible for monitoring and guiding the college's endowment investments. In his new role, Silvey will oversee all accounting, payroll, employee benefits, financial aid and business office departments, among other duties.
Silvey has been an employee at the college for five years, according to MVC President Bonnie Humphrey.
Maintenance on a city's fire hydrants is coming up, and the city wants its residents to be aware there will be a change in water pressure.
According to a release from the city of Norborne, the maintenance, which is weather permitting, is scheduled the be performed the week of May 23-27. During the maintenance, low water pressure and/or disruption is possible. Thereafter, the city will be under a precautionary boil order.
More specific dates and times will be announced at a later date.
If you have any questions, contact Norborne City Hall at (660) 593-3514.
A Marshall resident has reported possible credit card fraud.
According to a report from the Marshall Police Department, the resident reported she tried to use her credit card to make a purchase on Monday, May 16, and reportedly was told the card was invalid. The resident said she tried four different times to get the card to work, but it was denied every time.
Fraudulent charges on the card reported by the resident included purchases in New York and Connecticut and totaled more than $390. The resident said she opted to close the account to avoid future fraudulent activity.
She said she last used the card on Saturday, May 14, at a gas station.
More investigation revealed a print out with the purchases will not be available until June 3 since the account has been canceled.
The Marshall Police Officer provided the resident with an Identity Theft brochure.
Along with tabling an item involving taxes levied by the city to be collected by Saline County Collector Cindi Sims, the Marshall City Council was updated on a number of items at its meeting on Monday night, including taxes received by the city in April.
City Administrator Connie Latimer talked about the sales-tax revenue received by the city.
Latimer then talked about the new one-half cent sales tax voters approved last November and went into effect on April 1.
Latimer also said the Use Tax received was $13,435.65, which was down $5,166 from the same time last year.
At a special meeting of the Marshall School Board on Monday, May 16, the board accepted the resignation of several faculty members, approved the hiring of several others and transfers for two instructors.
According to a release from the district, the board accepted the resignations from Rachel Bayne, Asst. Softball Coach; Eden DeGonia, Northwest Secretary; Shelby Lyon, EC Paraprofessional, ; Sara Willis, Southeast second-Grade Teacher; and Aaron Wright, seventh-and-eighth-grade football coach, as of the end of the 2015-16 school year; and Paco Inzunza, Bueker Middle School Custodian, as of May 18, 2016.
The board approved employment of: Michael Barnes, TLC Paraprofessional; Monyette Browder, EC Bus Monitor; Ashlee Brandt, BMS Secretary; Whitney Butterfield, fifth-grade teacher; Nathan Cato, TLC Paraprofessional; Jamie Colbert, Southeast Special Services Paraprofessional; Maeve Cook, Southeast Personal Paraprofessional; Darla Crawford, EC Paraprofessional; Karla Riggs, Saline County Career Center Vo Ag Teacher; T.J. Souder, BMS Paraprofessional; Paul Alberson, MHS Girls' Basketball; Josh Ming, Head BMS Football; John Makings, Assistant BMS Football; Alex McKinney, Assistant BMS Football; Katherine Hedrick, BMS Assistant Track; Susan Angelhow, Spainhower Principal; Justin Hendrick, Marshall Public Schools website and app the following for the 2016-17 school year; and Taylor Trotter, AD/Transportation Secretary, as of May 25, 2016.
The members were informed of the following transfers for the 2016-17 school year: Amy Carney, fifth-grade teacher to MHS Math and Kirby Rugen, from first-grade to second-grade teacher at Southeast Elementary.
Up for consideration at the meeting of the Marshall City Council on Monday night was an ordinance to authorize residents' personal and city real estate taxes to be paid to Saline County Collector Cindi Sims, with Saline County receiving a small portion of the money collected.
City Administrator Connie Latimer explained the nuts and bolts of this proposed agreement, saying the annual agreement with Sims is better than the one the city had been getting with former Saline County Collector Grace Miles.
After a few more questions about the actual wording on the proposed ordinance, the council, needing more clarification, voted to table the item until a future meeting.
In other news from the meeting, the council approved two bids-- one for concrete and one for leasing of land for hay harvesting at the old landfill; and Richard Stark as an appointment to the electrical board, replacing Jeff Johnson, whose term had expired. Mayor Mark Gooden also appointed two councilpersons to each of the four committees-- Community Development and Code Committee; Public Relations and Public Safety Committee; Municipal Services and Personnel Committee; and Property, Finance, Budget and Audit Committee.
A Kansas City woman was injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Lafayette County on Monday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound vehicle, driven by 44-year-old Esther Njenga, traveled off the left side of the roadway, overturned, struck a tree and came to rest on its top.
Njenga was transported by Odessa E.M.S. to a hospital in Independence for treatment of minor injuries.
The crash happened at 4:05 p.m. at the 33.4 mile marker of I-70.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering a new program to increase public access to private lands for hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing.
According to a release from the Conservation Department, the Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program (MRAP) provides payments to landowners who volunteer to open their properties to the public for outdoor activities. The program will focus mostly on enrolling lands in northern Missouri where public access opportunities are generally more limited.
Landowners can apply for MRAP starting June 1 until July 15. Approved landowners will be notified in August with enrolled lands becoming open for public use this fall. Most landowners will likely earn $15-$25 per acre each year they participate. Payment rates for fishing-only access will be on an adjusted scale and will be based largely on impoundment size or stream length.
Applying landowners may select one of six public-access options: All Access Hunting and Fishing, Small Game and Turkey Hunting, Youth Only Hunting and Fishing, Archery Hunting, Fishing Only, or Wildlife Viewing.
A mid-Missouri teenager was killed in a two-vehicle head-on crash on Sunday in Moniteau County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a westbound car driven by 16-year-old Lily Ann Nanneman, of Syracuse, crossed the centerline and struck head-on an eastbound pickup truck driven by 47-year-old Donald Becker, of Tipton. Both vehicles were reportedly totalled in the collision.
Nanneman suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead about 45 minutes after the crash by Moniteau County Coroner Loyd Fulks; her body was transported from the scene to an area funeral home.
Becker and a passenger, 48-year-old Lisa Becker, also of Tipton, both received moderate injuries and were taken by ambulance for treatment at a Jefferson City hospital.
Trooper reports say the crash happened at around 9:35 p.m. on US Highway 50, one mile west of Snorgrass County Road.
Two area students received top honors during commencement exercises at Central Methodist University last weekend.
A release from the university says graduating seniors Kelly Jo Davis, of Slater, and Levi Gerke, of Pilot Grove, were surprised to find out they had each earned two of the school's most prestigious awards during graduation exercises on Saturday at Puckett Field House on the Fayette campus.
Davis, an English education major, was selected for the university's Human Relations Award established in 1953 by Martha Smith. The honor is given annually to a student who exemplifies outstanding communication skills and the ability to work well with others. Davis was involved in a wide variety of activities and organizations while studying at CMU and has served as a student teacher at Glasgow schools.
Gerke, a music major, was given the Selecman Achievement Award established in 1957 by the late Bishop Charles C. Selecman. The award is given to a student who has displayed good campus citizenship, religious leadership, moral & spiritual qualities and outstanding achievement. Gerke has performed and placed well at state, regional, and national music contests during his time at CMU.
Also honored at the commencement exercise was Jessica Wilmes, of Foristell, who was given CMU's Victoria Award for best exemplifying the university's ideals and values.
Issuance of a search warrant led to an arrest in Cooper County on Friday, May 13, and the man has been formally charged with multiple alleged Felonies.
According to a release from Cooper County Sheriff Jerry Wolfe, during the evening hours, deputies with the Cooper County Sheriff's Office and officers with the Boonville Police Department and the East Central Drug Task Force executed a narcotics search warrant in the 2500 block of Main Street in Boonville.
As a result, officers reportedly seized methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, drug paraphernalia utilized in the distribution of controlled substance and a firearm.
According to on-line court documents, 60-year-old Randall Benedict, of Boonville, has been charged with a Class B Felony for Distribution/Delivery/Manufacturing/Producing or Attempt to Posses with Intent to Distribute/Deliver/Manufacture/Produce a Controlled Substance and a Class C Felony for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, as well as a drug-related misdemeanor.
Bond was set at $100,000 cash or surety.
A future date in Cooper County Circuit Court has not been set yet.
The Marshall Police Department is investigating an incident of property damage.
According to a report from the department, just before 2 a.m. on Thursday, May 12, an officer on routine patrol noticed a light globe on the Marshall Square was broken.
The officer noted glass pieces of all different sizes littered the sidewalk and street on the northeast corner of the square.
The officer reported there were scuff marks, which appeared to be fresh, on the light pole, and it was bent. Officers also located several pieces of what appeared to be a plastic hubcap in the area. Further investigation of the number on the hubcap revealed that it was a 15-inch wheel covering belonging to an unspecified year of a Toyota Camry.
The damage to the light and pole have been estimated to be as much as $2,000.
Marshall firefighters were called to the scene of a structure fire on Sunday, May 15.
According to a report from the fire department, personnel were toned out at 9:54 p.m. to a blaze at 14 North Brunswick Avenue.
Upon arrival at 9:55, investigation showed the northwest corner of the structure had visible flames from the foundation to the roof line. The fire was extinguished using a 150-foot pre-connect line. The fire was under control in less than four minutes.
Firefighters ventilated the structure and returned to quarters. The last unit left the scene at 10:37 p.m.
Initial investigation into the cause of the fire revealed that the electrical line drop at the house had shorted to ground via the guttering and conducted to the house siding, causing it to ignite. Further investigation is pending.
Damage was estimated at $3,000 to the structure. There were no injuries reported.
Two area fire departments battled a blaze that took about 1-1/2 hours to extinguish near a Carroll County town on Saturday.
According to a spokesperson with the Carrollton Fire Department, firemen were toned out about 1:30 p.m. to a location on County Road 351, southeast of Bosworth, to put out a fire that ignited in a machine shed.
The spokesperson said the Carrollton Fire Department requested and received mutual-aid from the Brunswick Fire Department. After the blaze was out, firefighters stayed around about an hour longer to put out any hot spots and clean up.
The shed, estimated at 100-by-50-feet in size, was a total loss.
The spokesman said the fire was determined to have started when residents were working on an amphibious vehicle. The vehicle reportedly backfired, shot fuel out and sparked, catching on fire a wooden platform next to it.
One man inside the shed at the time of the fire suffered minor burns. He was treated at the scene, according to the spokesperson.
A warrant was issued and a Boonville man was arrested over the weekend.
According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, 40-year-old Philip Clubb, was taken into custody and transported to the Cooper County Detention Center and is to face multiple alleged Felonies.
On-line court documents state Clubb has been charged with a Class B Felony for Distributing/Delivering/Manufacturing/Producing or Attempt to Possess with Intent to Distribute/Deliver/Manufacture or Produce a Controlled Substance.
Clubb also has been charged with a Class D Felony for Driving While Revoked or Suspended, two misdemeanors and an infraction.
Bond was set at $20,000 cash or surety.
A future date in Cooper County Circuit Court has not been set yet.
A Marshall man was injured in a four-vehicle crash in Callaway County on Sunday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound vehicle, driven by 61-year-old Joseph Palen, of Marshall, reportedly merged into and struck another westbound vehicle. The Palen vehicle slid into the median, struck and then traveled under the median cables and into the eastbound lanes where an eastbound vehicle entered the median to avoid Palen's vehicle and struck the median cables. Palen's vehicle reportedly rotated counterclockwise in the eastbound lanes and struck a fourth vehicle, which caused it to travel off the right side of the roadway where it struck a concrete culvert.
Palen was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries. The other drivers, all from out of the area, reportedly were not injured.
The crash happened at 7:35 p.m. at the 144 mile marker on westbound I-70.
A Pettis County man was injured in a motorcycle crash in Benton County on Sunday.
A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred as a southbound bike, driven by 57-year-old Tommy Lemler, of Sedalia, traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck the ditch. The vehicle overturned twice before coming to rest.
Lemler suffered moderate injuries and was transported to an area hospital by Cole Camp E.M.S. for treatment.
The crash happened at 12:40 p.m. on Route A, one-tenth of a mile south of Meisner Lane.
Two Colorado residents were injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Lafayette County on Sunday.
A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol states the crash occurred as a westbound vehicle, driven by 24-year-old Justin Hands, traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck the cable barrier and overturned.
Hands suffered minor injuries, while a 30-year-old passenger, Charmaine Falls, suffered moderate injuries. Neither reportedly was wearing a seat belt. Both were transported by Concordia E.M.S. to an area hospital for treatment.
The crash happened at 3:20 a.m. at the 53 mile marker of I-70.
Issuance of a search warrant led to an arrest in Cooper County on Friday, May 13.
According to a release from Cooper County Sheriff Jerry Wolfe, during the evening hours, deputies with the Cooper County Sheriff's Office and officers with the Boonville Police Department and the East Central Drug Task Force executed a narcotics search warrant in the 2500 block of Main Street in Boonville.
As a result, officers reportedly seized methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, drug paraphernalia utilized in the distribution of controlled substance and a firearm.
A 60-year-old Boonville man was taken into custody and was placed on a 24-hour hold at the Cooper County Sheriff's office, pending formal charges from the Cooper County Prosecuting Attorney.
The Board of Public Works of Marshall Municipal Utilities has recently been discussing and working through a service request made for an area outside the utility's normal boundaries.
MMU spokesperson Ken Gieringer says the request was made a few months back by residents on Highway YY, to the southwest of Marshall:
Gieringer says the board has working toward some sort of compromise to benefit each party; he says if the plan is carried out, the residents in question may have to pay an additional fee for the service:
He says no formal actions have been taken to date. The next meeting of the Board of Public Works will be on Thursday, June 2.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri says it has big plans for the gardening season which will be made easier thanks to a grant from an area utility company.
Last summer the Club applied for a $3,000 micro-grant through Kansas City Power & Light's "Energizing Our Environment" program. The funds will be used to purchase supplies, plants and seedlings for the Club's garden, located behind the Administration Office.
The gardening program began two summers ago and invites Club members to plant, weed, water and harvest a variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. Plans for this year's garden include growing tomatoes, corn, peppers, carrots, radishes and herbs, in addition to wildflowers and flowers that will specifically attract butterflies.
The Club serves over 650 K-12 students in Sedalia, LaMonte, Green Ridge, Smithton, Cole Camp, and Leeton with afterschool and summer programming and activities.
Two area residents were hospitalized Friday evening after a two-vehicle accident in Johnson County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a northbound car driven by an Illinois motorist pulled into the path of an eastbound car driven by 72-year-old Gary Waterhouse, of Holden, and struck it on the passenger side. The impact caused the second car to run off the side of the roadway and overturn.
Waterhouse and 71-year-old passenger Edna Waterhouse, also of Holden, suffered moderate injuries and were taken to an Independence hospital for treatment. patrol reports say the crash happened around 6:20 p.m. at the junction of Business 50 West and US Highway 50.
An area woman escaped serious injury after a two-car collision on Friday in Pettis County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a northbound vehicle driven by 86-year-old Ruth Buller, of Sedalia, entered the roadway in front of a westbound vehicle driven by 36-year-old William Benham, of Green Ridge. The two cars collided in the roadway, leaving both with moderate damages.
Buller received minor injuries and reportedly refused treatment at the scene. The Patrol says the accident happened around 1:45 p.m. on Route B at Sacajawea Road.
Following her arrest earlier this week by Boonville police, a Fayette woman has been charged with a felony charge for repeatedly driving while intoxicated.
According to the Boonville Police Department, 28-year-old Amanda M. Kelly was arrested Wednesday and held on $5,000 bond. Kelly was transported by authorities to the Cooper County Detention Center.
According to online court documents, she was charged in court this week with a Class D felony charge of Driving While Intoxicated/Drug Intoxication-- Persistent Offender and a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license.
A counsel status hearing in the matter has been set for Tuesday, July 26, in Cooper County Circuit Court.
At its meeting this week, the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen approved several appointments to boards.
According to a release from Sweet Springs City Clerk Michelle Fuehring-- Cemetery Board: Bill Treece to a two-year-term and Betty Forbes and Joyce Knight each to a three-year term; Library Board: Carolyn Pearson, Nadine Hurd and Shelly Schlichting, all to three-year terms; Planning and Zoning Board: Mary Ann Keene and Diane Steinkuhler, both to three-year terms; Recreation Board: Martha Dohrman, Dana Fuehring and Cassie Long, all to five-year terms; Park Board: Donna Dielschneider, a new appointment to a three-year term, and Linda Stone for a two-year term.
All of the appointments currently are serving on their respective boards, unless otherwise noted.
There still is one opening for a three-year term on the Cemetery Board and one opening for a three-year term on the Park Board.
At the meeting of the Sweet Springs School Board on Thursday, board members batted around the possibilities to add an athletic facility.
Superintendent Donna Wright says the board voted to go ahead with the plans to have a track installed around the Greyhounds' football field.
Wright said the estimates range from $898,000 to $1.016 million. She said the all-weather track is estimated to cost nearly $619,000.
Currently, athletes at Sweet Springs do have a discus/shot-put area and an area used for long and triple jump, but do not have a running track. The athletes who compete in running events practice by running on the sidewalks in the city or around the building, according to Wright.
In another action taken, the board approved two dates for the 2016-17 school year. The Senior Trip is approved for March 30-April 5, 2017, and graduation has been set for Sunday, May 14, 2017.
Saline County residents can get rid of most of their hazardous household waste once a month now, thanks to a program implemented this year.
Jessica Goodman (right), who serves as an alternate representative for Saline County Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr. at the Pioneer Trails Commission Solid Waste Regional F meetings in Concordia, updated the commission on what happened at the meeting earlier this week. She said a portion of the meeting was used to talk about the solid waste containers in Saline County at the old dump off of Route O in Marshall.
There are specifics on certain items that will be accepted.
Goodman said tire disposal is something the committee is working on, but hasn't come up with a finalized plan.
Residents need to contact Debbie Brackman at the Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission at (660) 463-7934 for more information. This month's drop-off date is Wednesday, May 25.
Goodman later was approved by commissioners to be the permanent representative for Saline County at the meetings.
Marshall Public Library Director Wicky Sleight (left) was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday, May 12, asking commissioners to help out with funding. She said the money could help finance many things, including a new hire for a program that will be taking place on a weekend day.
Sleight continued, saying she supplied the commissioners with a copy of a state statute that allows the commission to support public libraries. She said if her request for $10,000 is approved, the library could eliminate its $35-per-year charge for non-Marshall families, which she said is a hardship for some.
Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr. pointed out the commissioners have to consider other public libraries in the county. Thus, the commissioners voted to take her request under advisement and take action at a future meeting.
A Pettis County resident suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Johnson County on Thursday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as the driver of a westbound vehicle, 62-year-old Stephanie Scheid, of Sedalia, reportedly tried to avoid an object in the roadway by swerving the vehicle to the right. The vehicle proceeded to travel off the right side of the roadway, struck the ditch and returned to the roadway.
The driver reportedly was not injured, but a 13-year-old female passenger, of Sedalia, suffered minor injuries and was transported by Johnson County Ambulance to a hospital in Kansas City for treatment.
The crash happened at 9:10 p.m. on Westbound U.S. 50 Highway, east of Northwest 501 Road.
A Cooper County man was injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Boone County on Thursday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound truck, driven by 49-year-old Michael Mitchell, of Boonville, traveled off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned.
Mitchell was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.
The crash happened at 4 p.m. on Route UU, just west of Cardinal Court.
A young girl reported missing from the state of Tennessee earlier this week has been found safe and a suspect is reportedly now in custody.
According to a release from the Cooper County Sheriff's Department, nine-year-old Carlie Trent has been located safely in Tennessee and her alleged abductor, 57-year-old Gary Simpson, has been arrested in the matter. Trent has reportedly been taken to a Hawkins County, Tennessee hospital for evaluation before being returned to her family.
The case spawned an Amber Alert issued by authorities on Tuesday after which the girl was reportedly spotted in at least eleven different states, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations. The case took on local importance when the pair was reported to have been spotted near the Lamine River near Otterville; that report later proved to be a false alarm.
Teachers and staff in the Brunswick R-2 school district will be seeing a bump in their paychecks following action at the most recent meeting of the Board of Education.
Superintendent Bob Kottman talks about the particulars of the pay increase:
Kottman gave more details about changes to the district's insurance plans for employees as well:
In other business, he says the board spent time discussing future repair and renovation needs for the district; no formal actions were taken as Kottman says the district has no immedaite plans for any major projects during the coming school year.
An area school district is looking to the future for starting some major repair and renovation projects.
Brunswick R-2 school Superintendent Bob Kottman says that while no major projects are planned for this year, the district is looking ahead to the not-so-distant future for some needed repairs to its sewer lines:
Kottman says that while the problem is not huge at this time, fixing it could be a somewhat costly procedure:
Kottman says the district and the board of education have spent time discussing replacement of the roof on the high school, which he says will most likely need to happen within the next five years.
It's not going to happen overnight, but the students at an area elementary school soon will have a new playground to enjoy.
Gilliam C-4 Principal Rayetta Self said the district recently came into some money in the form of a couple of grants.
The DNR grant was for over $16,000, and with the 15-percent match by the district and the grant from Wal-Mart, they will have more than $20,000 to spend on the equipment. Self said the kindergarten-through-eighth-grade students were very excited when she gave them the news. And she said residents in the community also have stepped up to help, as well.
Self said they hope to get the playground equipment and installed this summer.
The Carrollton R-7 School Board approved several recommendations made during its meeting on Tuesday, May 10.
The board gave the thumbs up to accept a recommendation for the tower lease between the district and Isotech. In return for allowing Isotech use the district's tower, the district will receive a backup Internet connection free of charge.
The board also approved recommendation to implement the National Technical Honors Society at the Career Center; to add honors recognition for graduating seniors beginning with the class of 2017; a comprehensive school improvement plan; and approved the dues to the Missouri School Board Association.
In other news, Superintendent Dr. Jon Oetinger proposed salary increases for the 2016-17 school year. The board will consider them and vote on them at a future meeting.
Receiving grant funding oftentimes provides the ability for libraries to offer special programs for their patrons.
Marshall Public Library Director Wicky Sleight says the library received one grant for $2,499 from the Missouri Humanities Council that will help fund a program featuring "Lessons of the Holocaust" that she is hopeful to start in August. But the grant falls well short of the total funding needed.
The whole program is estimated to cost $7,000. Sleight explains how some of the money would be spent.
In other news from the Library Board meeting on Tuesday, May 10, Sleight noted the terms of three board members are up at the end of June. She said Betty Stone, Lloyd Purdy and Allison Lucas all have expressed interest in serving another term. Sleight said she will make that recommendation, which will need to be approved by Mayor Mark Gooden and the city council.
An area school is working to comfort students and staff following the death of two students on a senior class trip on a Missouri lake earlier this week.
St. Paul Lutheran School in Concordia issued a statement on the school's Facebook page on Wednesday regarding the drowning deaths of 17-year-old Shijian Lin and 17-year-old Isaac Mills, who both drowned after swimming away from a pontoon boat on Table Rock Lake in Taney County at around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
The school's statement says pastoral grief counselors have been made available through the week for students, faculty, and staff.
A memorial service will be held for family and friends of the boys on Friday, May 13, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Concordia.
A recent charity golf tournament helped raise big money for a group working to provide area students with afterschool and summer activities.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri held its annual Putting “Fore” The Kids golf tournament Monday, May 9, raising nearly $14,000 for Club operations. Abe Azan, Marcia Azan and Janis Clemens took first place in the tournament, which featured 19, three-man teams and two tee off times.
The tournament also included a special “Swing and Support” game that encouraged golfers to donate to the Club's SAY YES Scholarship Fund, which helps pay the program fees for children whose families may not be able to afford them. A full $1,000 was raised for the SAY YES Fund, according to the Club.
Second place went to Darren Pannier, Tye Jones and Brad Grupe; third place was RJ Lindstrom, Cliff Callis and Tim Noland. Closest to pin winners were Marcia Azan and Todd Nappe; longest drive winner was Darin Rehkop.
The Waverly City Council met in regular session on Tuesday with a mostly light agenda.
A city spokesperson says council members made plans to meet with the Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission on May 26 regarding grant monies for playground equipment.
The spokesperson says a discussion about water policies was tabled until the city clerk can discuss the matter further with the city attorney; an issue regarding a city sewer line was also addressed by members of the council.
The next meeting of the Waverly City Council is slated for Tuesday, June 14.
Authorities have released the names of two area students who drowned Tuesday while on a class trip at Table Rock Lake.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Division, 17-year-old Shijian Lin, of China, and 17-year-old Isaac Mills, of Michigan, were both pronounced dead by the Taney County Coroner after an extensive search by law enforcement and rescue personnel.
Sergeant Jason Pace with the Highway Patrol explains what happened at the accident scene:
The two boys were students at St. Paul Lutheran High School in Concordia. The Patrol says their next of kin have been notified.
Pace said the Highway Patrol's Marine Operations Division, along with fire and rescue crews from the surrounding areas, reported to the scene. The incident occurred at the 0.3-mile mark near the Long Creek Arm of the lake near Leavitt Lane.
A Carrollton man has been formally charged with six alleged Felonies involving inappropriate sexual conduct.
According to a probable-cause statement from the Carroll County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, an investigator with the Missouri State Technical Assistance Team filed a report stating that between November 2014 and December 2015, 69-year-old Jack R. Schenk committed one or more criminal offense. That report was filed on Friday, April 29, 2016. The probable-cause statement was filed on Friday, May 6, 2016.
According to on-line court documents, a warrant was issued on Tuesday, May 10, and Schenk was arrested. He has been charged with one Unclassified Felony for Statutory Sodomy in the First Degree- Deviate Sexual Intercourse with a Person Less than 14 years old; and five counts of a Class B Felony for Child Molestation in the First Degree.
Bond was set at $100,000 Cash or Licensed Surety, no 10-percent allowance with Bond Conditions.
A future date in Carroll County Circuit Court has not been set yet.
More than 100 pounds of prescription drugs were turned in to a local law-enforcement agency during National Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, May 7.
According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, 130 pounds of prescription medication were collected at the Municipal Court Building on East Eastwood Street. The medications will be transferred to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for destruction.
According to a release from the DEA, nearly 44,000 pounds of prescription meds were collected in the state of Missouri. That was roughly 30,000 more pounds than any other state in the six-state division. Kansas was second with just under 13,900 pounds collected.
The Division total was more than 81,500 pounds collected, about 4,000 more than was collected last September and nearly 30,000 pounds more than in September of 2014.
Area authorities have identified the two individuals in a photo released on Tuesday. The individuals were thought to be a missing girl from Tennessee and her alleged abductor. The photo was of an older man and a girl floating down the Lamine River in a canoe near Clifton City. But an investigation has revealed the two persons were residents of Otterville.
However, a release from Cooper County Sheriff Jerry Wolfe at 10:38 last night states the Amber Alert that was issued for the missing girl is still active.
Authorities are searching for 9-year-old Carlie Trent, who reportedly was abducted in Rogersville, Tennessee on Thursday, May 5. The alleged suspect is identified as 57-year-old Gary L. Simpson.
The two are believed to be traveling in a white 2002 Dodge conversion van with Tennessee license plates 1-7-3-G-P-S. The alert says the van has a dark stripe down the middle with light gold running boards and chipped paint on the hood.
The missing girl is described as a white female with blonde hair and blue eyes, approximately 4-foot-8 and weighing about 75 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black-and-gray tank top and blue jeans.
The male suspect is described as a white male with brown hair and brown eyes, approximately 5-foot-10 and weighing about 160 pounds. He reportedly was last seen wearing a dark colored shirt, jeans, and a brown cap; he is also balding and wears glasses.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Carlie Trent or Gary Simpson is urged to immediately call 911 or contact the Cooper County Sheriff's Department at 660-882-2614.
UPDATE (4:40 p.m.): Cooper County sheriff Jerry Wolfe has issued a statement with updated information on the Amber Alert issued for nine-0year-old Carlie Trent:
"Tuesday morning the Cooper County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible sighting regarding a Tennessee Amber Alert. The sighting reportedly occurred on Monday the 9th. The possible sighting took place on the Lamine River near Clifton City.
Responding units saturated the area and commenced a search. Boats and aircraft were utilized during the search as well as ground units. As a result of the search contact was made with area residents who reported seeing a van matching the description of the Amber Alert van. Further investigation revealed the van was not the van described in the initial TN Amber Alert.
No other information has developed regarding the possible sighting. Officials continue investigating to determine if the sighting may have been local residents."
Authorities have issued an Amber Alert for a missing Tennessee girl who may have been recently sighted in the mid-Missouri area.
According to a release from the Cooper County Sheriff's Department, nine-year-old Carlie Trent was reportedly abducted in Rogersville, Tennessee on Thursday, May 5. The suspect in the matter is identified as 57-year-old Gary L. Simpson.
The sheriff's office says information obtained today indicated that the two subjects may possibly have been sighted in the area of Otterville on Monday, May 9. The two are believed to be travelling in a white 2002 Dodge conversion van with Tennessee license plates 1-7-3-G-P-S. The alert says the van has a dark stripe down the middle with light gold running boards and chipped paint on the hood.
The missing girl is described as a white female with blonde hair and blue eyes, approximately 4'8" tall and weighing about 75 pounds.
She was last seen wearing a black and gray tank top and blue jeans.
The male suspect is described as a white male with brown hair and brown eyes, approximately 5'10" tall and weighing about 160 pounds. He was reportedly last seen wearing a dark colored shirt, jeans, and a brown cap; he is also balding and wears glasses.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Carlie Trent or Gary Simpson is urged to immediately call 911 or contact the Cooper County Sheriff's Department at 660-882-2614.
(Photos courtesy of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)
The Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen approved two items involving the Sweet Springs City Pool at its meeting on Monday.
According to City Clerk Michelle Fuehring, the board approved the hiring of nine lifeguards-- three of whom are pending certification-- and approved Red Letter Management to manage the pool for the fourth straight year.
The board also gave the thumbs up to a bid made by Jeffery Hall to drag the ball fields for the months of May and June for $225 per month.
Another approval was given on a request made by the Baptist Church to close the portion of Main Street-- from Locust Street (Highway 127) to the Lutheran Church-- for a block party for the last day of school from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 20.
And Fuerhing announced a retirement party for Janice Bybee, the city collector/utility clerk, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 27, at City Hall. Bybee has been a city employee for nearly 30 years.
Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith was at the meeting of the Saline County Commissioners on Tuesday, May 10, and gave the tax report for May, saying two of the taxes received were down from last month but up from last year.
Smith continued with another tax.
In other news from the meeting, Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr. said the fountains on the northeast and southwest corners of the courthouse lawn will be up and running as soon as possible after some plumbing is fixed on the one in the northeast corner. He is hopeful they will be operating by the end of this week.
A Harrisburg man has been arrested in Cooper County and is in custody for failure to appear in court on an alleged Felony charge in another county.
According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, officers arrested 22-year-old Shade Sanders, for traffic violations on Monday, May 9. Officers noted Sanders was wanted on an outstanding warrant from Boone County.
According to on-line court documents, the warrant was issued for Sanders' arrest on Thursday, May 5, for failure to appear on a Felony Class C charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Except 35 Grams or Less of Marijuana.
Bond was set at $5,000 cash only.
A future date in Boone County Circuit Court has not been set yet.
An area police department took a Lafayette County man into custody after an incident that happened late last week, and that man has been formally charged with six alleged Felonies.
Details are sketchy, but a probable-cause statement was filed by the Lafayette County Prosecutor's Office and a warrant was issued for the arrest of 31-year-old Ryan Beamgard on Friday, May 6.
According to on-line court documents, Beamgard is facing a half-dozen charges, including a Class A Felony for Murder in the Second Degree. Other charges include two Felony Class B charges for Assault in the First Degree and Burglary in the First Degree; a Class C Felony for Stealing a Motor Vehicle; and two Unclassified Felonies for Armed Criminal Action.
Beamgard appeared at an arraignment hearing on May 6, and he enetered a plea of not guilty. The cause has been continued for a hearing at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, in Lafayette County Circuit Court in Lexington.
Beamgard is being held on a $500,000 cash-only bond.
Preliminary numbers are in, and the top three harvest counties during all of the Spring Turkey season all are south of I-70 in Missouri.
In all, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that turkey hunters checked 44,187 birds during Missouri's season, which ran from April 18 through May 8. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 961 birds checked, St. Clair with 878, and Texas with 861. Young turkey hunters harvested 4,167 birds during the 2016 spring youth season, April 9-10, bringing the overall spring 2016 turkey harvest to 48,354, down slightly from 48,432 last year.
In the KMMO listening area, 472 birds were checked in Johnson County. That was followed by Howard with 425, Pettis with 423, Chariton with 421, Cooper with 354, Saline with 341, Carroll with 329 and Lafayette with 246.
Twenty-five students were recognized for their achievements in Fine and Performing Arts at an area university over the weekend.
According to a news release, Central Methodist University in Fayette held an awards banquet on Sunday, May 8.
Students Receiving Theatre Awards include (from the KMMO listening area): The S. Fred Rhoads Award for Best Male Actor in a Leading Role: Parker Johnson (senior, computer science, Richmond); The S. Fred Rhoads Award for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Joshua Schwartz (senior, theatre arts, Salisbury); and The S. Fred Rhoads Award for the Most Improved Actor, The Phoenix Award: Addie McGuire (junior, biology, Higbee).
Students Receiving Music Awards include: The Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Scholastic Award: Levi Gerke (senior, music, Pilot Grove); The Sigma Alpha Iota Collegiate Honor Award: Susan Henke (senior, music education, Salisbury); The Sigma Alpha Iota Scholastic Award: Henke; The Raney Winter NAFME-C Award: Shelby Rogers (senior, music education, Brookfield); The American Choral Directors Association National Student Choral Musician Award: Stephen Meyer (senior, music education, Marshall); The Dane Nelson Memorial Award: Henke;
The Missouri Federation Of Music Clubs - The Marilyn Caldwell Piano Award: Gerke; The R. Paul Drummond Memorial Award: Kay Wilken (junior, pre-education/music education, Cole Camp); The Helen Puckett Thogmorton Award For Excellence In Music: Kaitlyn Gebhardt (junior, music education, Hallsville); and The Nancy Thompson Jones Gem Award: Anna Kay (senior, music, Boonville).
Twenty three students were recognized for scholarly achievement at an area university over the weekend.
According to a news release from Central Methodist University in Fayette, the top 10 percent of the senior class were inducted into the CMU honor society Sigma Epsilon Pi. The induction ceremony was held on Friday, May 6.
Several students are from the KMMO listening area, including: Megan Batusic (athletic training, Warrensburg), Kelsey Beeler (mathematics, Fayette), Shari Botkin (history, Salisbury), Harlan Fletcher (computer science/mathematics, Keytesville), Levi Gerke (music, Pilot Grove), Susan Henke (music education, Salisbury), Ryan Holem (biology, New Franklin), Valerie Kimball (criminal justice, Fayette), Joseph Morris (history, Glasgow), Morgan Vetter (physical education, Salisbury) and Keely Zimmerman-Jacks (accounting, Fayette).
An area hospital recently completed a mandatory assessment and found some areas of need in the communities it serves.
According to a news release, Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall (right) has completed its second comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment as required under the Affordable Care Act. The next step is development of an Implementation Plan to address the identified needs, which are: Obesity; Preventive Care and Wellness; and Health Literacy Improvement and Early Health Education.
The figures provided in the survey say obesity is a bigger problem now than four years ago, with the rate climbing from 31 to 38 percent from 2012 to 2016. Amy Robinson Weber, Manager of Business Development and Governmental Relations, explains.
Weber says the idea of the survey was to figure out how to move toward wellness.
Anybody interested in reading the assessment survey can do so by going to the hospital's website, www.fitzgibbon.org.
The National Future Farmers of America organization has announced the winners of more than $2.6 million in scholarship money nationwide, including several students from the KMMO listening area.
A release from the FFA says that $5,000 scholarships have been awarded to Kenneth Davis of the Carrollton Area Career Center chapter, Sarah Oerly of the Boonville chapter, and Beau Rector of the Lexington chapter.
A $3,000 scholarship has been awarded to Holly Harlan of the Salisbury chapter, while Christopher Faber of the Windsor FFA chapter will receive a $2,500 scholarship.
Winners of $1,500 awards include Hanna Gregory of the Pettis County R-5 chapter, Logan Korff of the Norborne FFA, and Neal Barnett of the Wellington-Napoleon chapter; $1,000 scholarships have been awarded to Morgan Baxter of Norborne, Brock Beckemeyer of Wellington-Napoleon, Emily Binder of Salisbury, Morgan Hetrick of Green Ridge, and Erin Warner of LaMonte.
The National FFA says about 20% of the nearly 8,300 applicants nationwide were awarded scholarships; the average recipient had a grade point average of 3.75 and were in the top 16% of their class.
Dan Byers, center, sales engineer with Haas Automation, presents a check for $40,000 from the Gene Haas Foundation to State Fair Community College’s Precision Machining program. From left, Daniel Parker, Sedalia (student); Charles Walsh, Tipton (student); Todd Hudson, president, Heritage Fabrication and advisory board member; Cole Simon, Warrensburg (student); Matt Stimpson, Clinton (student); Curt Schnorf, adjunct instructor, Precision Machining; Byers; Mark Kelchner, dean of Technical Education and Workforce Innovation; Dr. Joanna Anderson, SFCC president; Steven Thomas, Sedalia (student); Dr. Brent Bates, vice president for Educational and Student Support Services; and Justin Wright, program coordinator, Precision Machining.
A program at an area college has received a huge financial boost, thanks to a gift.
According to a news release, the Gene Haas Foundation has donated $40,000 to State Fair Community College's Precision Machining program to provide scholarships, update tools and support ongoing national accreditation from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills Inc.
The foundation presented $20,000 to SFCC in fall 2015 and another $20,000 this spring. Thirteen machining students have received scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,500.
SFCC's Precision Machining program offers Skills Certificates in Machinist Level I, Machinist Level II and CNC Operation; a Professional Certificate in Machine Tool Technology; and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Manufacturing Technology with emphasis in Precision Machining Technology.
Two area farmers' markets will be getting a check soon from the Missouri Department of Agriculture to help promote their business.
A release from the Ag Department says the Warrensburg and Holden Farmers' Markets, both in Johnson County, are among 31 markets of their kind across the state to receive up to $1,000 toward their farmers' market promotion projects. The funds are administered through the 2016 Farmers' Market Promotion Matching Grant program.
According to the Ag Department, the Matching Grant program was developed to increase awareness, understanding and promotion of farmers' markets to the local community through the development of marketing materials, signs, billboards, advertising, print and digital media that encourages the purchase of local products at farmers' markets across Missouri.
Other markets in the area named to the list of grant awardees can be found in Boone, Cole, and Jackson counties.
During May and June, there is a good chance you will see Missouri Department of Transportation crews out mowing on tractor mowers so motorists have a clear, safe line of sight as they cruise along state highways.
Major and minor routes will be mowed at least three times through the end of October. Along with the mowing, crews selectively use herbicides to stunt grass growth as well as to control brush and stop the spread of noxious weeds.
On rural two-lane roads, crews may use a protective "follow" truck to alert motorists they are approaching slow-moving mowers. Drivers are advised to be alert for trucks and tractors with lights flashing and moving slowly, slow down and focus on the road ahead of you, avoid talking and texting on a cell phone, be prepared to stop or drive very slowly behind a "follow" truck, and obey the no- passing zone stripes and only pass when you can see far enough past the "follow" truck to avoid meeting oncoming traffic.
Between mowing cycles, report grass and weeds blocking visibility at intersections along state roads to MoDOT. Contact MoDOT's 24/7 Customer Service Center at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636) or fill out an online form at www.modot.org and click on Report A Road Concern.
Three Boonville residents face state drug charges after their arrests were made by law enforcement in the early morning hours of Thursday, May 5.
According to a release from Cooper County Sheriff Jerry Wolfe, a narcotics search warrant was served at a residence in the 1100 block of 4th Street in Boonville by members of the Cooper County Sheriff's Department, Boonville Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the East Central Drug Task Force.
The search reportedly yielded methamphetamine, methamphetamine paraphernalia, and items used in the distribution of a controlled substance.
Arrested at the scene were 29-year-old Joshua K. Ivy, 37-year-old Kathleen C. Ivy, and 28-year-old Krystal L. Breshears, all of Boonville. Bond for Joshua and Kathleen Ivy has been set at $10,000 each, cash or surety, while Breshears' bond has been set at $5,000, cash or surety.
Both Joshua and Kathleen Ivy face identical charges of felony Accessory of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, felony Accessory to Keeping or Maintaining a Public Nuisance, and misdemeanor Accessory to Unlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia.
Breshears has been charged in circuit court with a misdemeanor charge of Unlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia.
Future court dates have not been established at this time.
An area university presented some business awards this week.
According to a news release, the Central Methodist University Division of Business, Accounting and Economics recognized achievements of 19 students at an awards ceremony held on Wednesday, May 4, on the Fayette campus.
The honored students demonstrated outstanding work in the fields of accounting, finance, business management, international business, marketing and advertising, entrepreneurship and leadership, according to Julie Duerst Bennett, chair of the division and associate professor of business.
Award Recipients from the KMMO listening area included: the Estill Entrepreneurship Award, Keenon Chapman (senior, business, Fayette); Accounting Excellence Award, Lauren Kramm (junior, accounting, Glasgow); Banking and Finance Excellence Award, Caleb Henke (senior, business, Salisbury);
Noble Emmett Baskett Scholarship in Business Award, Madison Lester (junior, business, Boonville); Management/General Business Excellence Award, Emily Van Beek (senior, business, Fayette); Marketing and Advertising Excellence Award, Lindsay Wallace (senior, business, Fayette); Outstanding Senior in Sports Management Award, Jonathan Landon Ball (senior, sports management, Fayette);
Outstanding Senior in Accounting, Business and Economics Award, Keely Zimmerman-Jacks (senior, accounting, Fayette); Outstanding ENACTUS Zimmerman-Jacks; ENACTUS Senior Leadership Awards, Henke, Zimmerman-Jacks, and Ball; and Accounting Club Senior Leadership Awards, Zimmerman-Jacks.
One action was taken by the Marshall Park Board at its meeting on Wednesday night, and it involves renovations needed at ball-park facilities that have been in existence for at least half a century.
Parks Superintendent Jeff Stubblefield said the survey has been completed and now the plans need to be drawn up for mainly drainage and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance for the Lyon Bowl. He said the plans will cost a good chunk of change, though.
Stubblefield said he doesn't think the price tag will be cheaper down the line. He said it would be a good idea to get the plans drawn up all at once, only if part of them will be utilized at this time.
The board approved to spend the roughly $18,000 for the plans, which will take about four to six weeks to be completed. The idea is that the renovations will begin on Fields 1 and 2 after completion of the summer ball season, and the fall season can be played on Field 3.
In another note from the meeting, Programs Director Lori Godsey said the Marshall Aquatic Center will be opened on Friday, May 27.
An area community received a check for upgrades to its city lake from a state agency on Wednesday, May 4.
According to a release from the Missouri Department of Conservation, presented the city of Higginsville with a check for $116,000, a matching grant for improvements at two of the city's lakes used for recreation and as a drinking water source.
Jim Urfer (center left), the city's former manager for water and wastewater, accepted the check from Trish Yasger, MDC fisheries management biologist. Also present were city employees, MDC staff and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service staff.(Photo courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation).
Through a cooperative agreement, 75 percent of the total project cost was funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. MDC administers the federal funds to help communities provide fishing and boating recreation.
A covered and accessible floating fishing dock was installed at Higginsville City Lake in Lafayette County. Also added was a courtesy dock for boaters and a new restroom. The city installed walkways and security lighting. Upper Higginsville City Lake is separate and water from there flows into the main lake. A new restroom was also installed at the upper lake. All the improvements are accessible for wheelchairs.
A group of area students recently helped make a difference in the lives of cancer patients.
Upward Bound, with the support of Smith-Cotton High School, recently was able to donate more than four months' worth of toilet paper, paper towels, laundry soap and other cleaning supplies to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Kansas City.
(From left): Students Brandi Estes, Upward Bound advisor Brandon Hammond, Upward Bound advisor Linda Creach, Victoria Gonzales, Zachary Lowe, Kaitlyn Beck and Emily Morey, made the recent presentation to the Hope Lodge. (Photo courtesy of Sedalia 200 School District)
ACS Hope Lodge is a place where cancer patients and their families can stay free of charge while undergoing treatment. Upward Bound is a program designed to provide educational opportunities to motivate and support students.
For more than two decades, an area police department has had the help of a canine with its drug enforcement.
On February 17, K-9 Kilo (left), a 9-year-old German Shepherd, was retired as a member of the K-9 Unit for the Boonville Police Department. So the department was in need of his replacement and some officers made a trip to the Keystone State, according to Boonville Police Chief Bobby Welliver.
The persons Welliver referred to are Sergeant Scott Wack of the Boonville Police Department and Boone County Sheriff's Deputy and Dog Trainer Chris Smith. At the time of the purchase of K-9 Vik (right, with Sgt. Wack), he was 19 months old and cost the department $7,000. Welliver said it is money well spent as the canine's abilities ordinarily will be utilized in investigations several times per week.
Welliver said the Boone County Sheriff's Department has had a big hand in saving the Boonville P.D. some dollars.
Welliver said Canine Vik's first day on the job was in late April. K-9 Kilo will live out his retirement days with Sgt. Wack.
A Marshall woman has reported that her identity has been stolen.
According to a report from the Marshall Police Department, the Marshall resident came to the department and reported that she had received a call from Advance America, a debt-collection agency, on April 8, with the representative of the business stating the need to talk to the resident about a loan in the amount of $800.
The Advance America representative advised the resident she had taken out a loan on Aug. 15, 2015. The resident said she had no knowledge of the loan. The resident stated this is the fourth time since August 2015 that someone has taken out a loan in her name.
Marshall Police provided the resident with contact information for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which deals directly with on-line identity theft.
One of the oldest counties in the state of Missouri is busy gearing up to celebrate its 200th birthday this year.
Presiding Commissioner Sam Stroupe talked with KMMO News recently about preparations for Howard County's Bicentennial celebration:
Stroupe says the county's 200th birthday will underscore a number of events and activities planned around Howard County from now until the end of November:
According to organizers, Howard County was first organized in January of 1816 and named for the state's first territorial governor, Benjamin Howard. More than 25 counties were formed from its original boundaries, earning it the nickname, "Mother of Counties".
Missourians can now use the 2015 Consumer Complaint Index as a tool when choosing an insurer.
The Missouri Department of Insurance released the index, which presents data on complaints against insurance companies received by the department between 2013 and 2015.
The 2015 Consumer Complaint Index presents data for seven lines of business including private passenger automobile, life and annuity, accident and health, long-term care, Medicare supplement, HMO's and homeowners which includes farm, mobile home, personal fire and allied lines.
One of reasons the department makes this information publicly available, is to allow consumers to use the index as a metric when choosing between different insurance companies. The complaint index compares the ratio of complaints to premium sales for each company to the industry average, for each line of business.
If consumers have insurance related questions, they can call department's Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-726-7390 or visit www.insurance.mo.gov.
The 2016 Gruber Prizes have been awarded by Missouri Valley College in Marshall.
According to a release from the college, seniors Christina Bautista and Diego Dos Santos are the recipients of the College's 2016 Gruber Prizes. Named in honor of the late Professor Loren C. Gruber, the Gruber Prize is awarded annually by Valley's Writing Across the Curriculum program to recognize outstanding academic or artistic achievement by junior and senior level students.
Bautista, a senior graduating in May with a B.A. in English, was awarded the Gruber Prize in Communications, Humanities, and Human Services for her project titled The Creation, which is a selection of chapters from a post-apocalyptic young adult novel.
Dos Santos, a December 2015 graduate with a B.S. in exercise science, was awarded the Gruber Prize in Health Sciences for his project, “Viking Healthy.” Dos Santos' project studied the financial and health benefits of a wellness program for Missouri Valley College's employees. The results of his study were presented to administrators from Valley's student life, human resources, and financial affairs offices.
Gruber Prize winners are nominated by faculty in their discipline, and receive a $100 cash award.
In conjunction with Local Government Week, Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has unveiled a new online tool to increase transparency in government taxes and operations, according to a news release from the Auditor's office.
The Show-Me Local Government Map allows users to search by county and includes news and financial information, including property taxes rates, for taxing districts in Missouri.
Missouri's 6,000 special taxing districts are made up of 30 different types of local government entities, including counties, cities, school districts and other special taxing districts like water, fire and ambulance protection districts.
Missouri's 2016 Local Government Week runs the first week of May and is coordinated by the Missouri Municipal League and partner organizations with a focus on the importance of local government and its service to citizens.
An award-winning statewide magazine now is available on a mobile-device app.
According to a news release, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering the Missouri Conservationist, through a free app.
You can read about research and other happenings with fish, forest, and wildlife in Missouri; get info on conservation news and events, in-depth articles, and ways to discover nature; browse captivating wildlife photography and videos.
A good portion of the meeting of the Norborne Board of Aldermen on Monday night was spent approving appointments made by Mayor Roger Leabo.
According to City Clerk Jennifer Hamilton, the appointments included Alderman Chuck Lichte as Mayor Pro-Tem; Aldermen Dorothy Strathman and Colby Kruse as Street and Alley Commissioners; Aldermen Ron Lyon and Lichte as Water and Sewer Commissioners; Pam Colborn as Water and Tax Collector; Julie McClure as City Treasurer; Hamilton as City Clerk; Jack Franken as City Attorney; and Doug Schulte as City Engineer.
The one action taken was to approve a $2,400 bid from a contractor in Walnut Shade, in Taney County, Mo., to rebuild six of the city's fire hydrants.
Hamilton administered the Oath of Office to Strathman for a new term. But Kurse was absent, so he will be administered the Oath at the next meeting, according to Hamilton.
All of the other items which were on the agenda are pending more information or more bids.
With supplies in need of a boost, an organization is asking you to make a donation, and it won't cost you a dime.
According to a news release, during Trauma Awareness Month in May, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood and help ensure a sufficient supply for patient emergencies.
Donors of all blood types are needed. Every day, the Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood donations to meet the needs of trauma patients and others with serious medical conditions.
You can schedule an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting www.redcrossblood.org or calling 1-(800)-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors can then visit www.redcrossblood.org/cedarfair to enter to win one of two grand-prize packages for four to Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, or Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.
Area senior citizen centers will be the polling locations on Tuesday for elections for a Silver Haired Legislature Senator position.
On Tuesday elections for the Silver Haired Senator position will take place at senior centers in Marshall, Carrollton, Brunswick, Salisbury, Concordia, Higginsville, Lexington, and Odessa. The balloting will take place from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Candidates running for the position are Frank Dolezal and Shirley Ross.
According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the Silver Haired Legislature is a formally elected body of citizens 60 years of age and older that promote legislative advocacy for Missouri's older adults. All members are volunteers who serve without pay. Elections are held annually during the month of May at local area agencies on aging nutrition or senior centers.
Senior citizens elect three senators and twelve representatives from each of the ten area agencies on aging for a total of 30 senators and 120 representatives. Following elections, the legislators meet to elect officers and begin to ascertain the needs of seniors in their districts. Bills and resolutions are then drawn up and prepared for presentation at the statewide conference in the fall.
For more information, contact the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services at 573-751-6400.
Three Howard County residents are in custody and facing felony charges after multiple agencies served search warrants for drug activity over the weekend.
(From left) Terry Cassett, Jeana Hazlett, and Rita Powers Photos courtesy of Fayette Police Department
According to a release from the East Central Drug Task Force, during the evening hours on Saturday, April 30, two narcotics search warrants were served in the 400 block of James Road and in the 700 block of North Church Street. The investigating teams were made up of members of the East Central Drug Task Force, Fayette Police Department, Howard County Sheriff's Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Once inside the homes, officers report finding methamphetamine, cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and items used for distributing drugs. Arrested were 46-year-old Rita M. Powers and 43-year-old Jeana M. Hazlett, both of Fayette, and 44-year-old Terry L. Cassett, of Armstrong.
Online court documents state that Powers is now charged with one felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance and a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge, Hazlett is charged with two felony counts for Possession of a Controlled Substance and a misdemeanor paraphernalia charge, and Cassett is charged with two felony counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance and a misdemeanor paraphernalia charge.
Bond for each person has been set at $10,000; each has an arraignment set for Tuesday, May 10, in Howard County Circuit Court.
With changes nationwide in many different ways electricity is provided nowadays involving net metering, the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works took action last week, increasing the base rate of the company's residential customers, but it should all be a push in the end.
M.M.U. spokesman Ken Gieringer explains how things have changed in recent years.
Gieringer says the net of all this should all be about equal.
In other news from the meeting, the board approved raises for the full-time employees; approved a change order for up to $18,000 more for engineering services for improvements to the North English Lift Station; and reorganization of the janitorial department: instead of having part-time employees, the board voted to approve a full-time janitor to take care of most of the company's facilities.
Full-time employees for the Marshall Municipal Utilities will be getting a hike in pay.
At the most-recent meeting of the Board of Public Works, it approved raises. MMU spokesman Ken Gieringer said having a competitive wages-and-benefits package is important.
Gieringer gave the specifics of raises.
The board also approved a change order for up to $18,000 more for engineering services for improvements to the North English Lift Station; a hike of $6 per month for residential customers to their monthly base rates that is offset by a decrease in the first tier of energy from 10.5 cents to 9.4 cents; and reorganization of the janitorial department: instead of having part-time employees, the board voted to approve a full-time janitor to take care of most of the company's facilities.
With more than two inches of precipitation, the month of April was much wetter than March, in which the KMMO area received less than an inch of the wet stuff.
According to numbers from the National Weather Service, 2.27 inches of rain was received at the KMMO studio. Over a third of that total was received on one day, April 27, when nine-tenths of an inch fell. On three other days, at least three-tenths of an inch was recorded.
As for temperatures, the average high was 67 and average low was 44.4 degrees. The mercury climbed into the 70s on 12 days, and the high was 81 on April 25-- the only reading in the 80s. Temperatures dipped to or below the freezing mark of 32 degrees on five nights, with the low of 25 being recorded on April 9 and 10.
A vehicle to help promote safety among youths has been revealed during a ceremony in Columbia today.
According to a news release, University of Missouri Children's Hospital has unveiled its new Safe Kids Mobile Education Unit during the fifth annual Safe Kids Day in the MU Hearnes Center Fieldhouse in Columbia.. The van will be used to provide resources and education to families within the Safe Kids Columbia region, including Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper and Howard counties.
The Safe Kids Mobile Education Unit will go to camps, bike rodeos and other community events over the summer, according to Safe Kids Columbia Coordinator Sheila Robertson.
An area high school sports team's event gained some healthy support during a fundraiser to help an area hospital battle a disease earlier this week.
According to a news release, the Smith-Cotton Lady Tigers' soccer team raised $5,612 for Bothwell Regional Health Center's cancer care unit through the team's annual "Kickin' It For a Cure" game Thursday, April 28, against O'Hara High School at Susie Ditzfeld Memorial Soccer Complex in Sedalia.
At halftime of the varsity game, Sedalia School District 200 Superintendent Brad Pollitt (left) called the live auction of a Waterloo tool chest and four game balls autographed by
the team. Additional funds were raised through T-shirt sales and a 50/50 raffle.
The Lady Tigers sported pink jerseys, donated by Bothwell, as the varsity team won 10-0 and the JV squad won 7-1.
Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced this week that one lucky grand prize winner will receive a contribution worth $5,290 to a MOST 529 account as part of the annual 529 College Savings Day Giveaway. In addition, 10 first prize winners will each receive a $529 contribution to a MOST 529 account.
The giveaway is part of a month-long effort to encourage families to save for higher education using MOST-Missouri's 529 College Savings Plan. In addition to the giveaway, Zweifel will be visiting elementary schools, MOST 529 representatives will appear at regional events and a Twitter Chat will be held on May 25.
Applications will be accepted online beginning May 1 through May 31. You do not have to be a MOST 529 account owner to enter. The grand prize and the 10 first prize account contributions will be invested in accordance with the rules of MOST 529 Plan, and the beneficiaries can use the funds received for higher education costs, such as tuition and room and board.
Contest rules and applications are found at www.MissouriMost.org.
A Counsel Status Hearing for Marshall man accused of two Felonies was held on Thursday, April 28.
According to on-line court documents, Michael Christopher Defoor, who was served a warrant for his arrest by Marshall Police Officers on Wednesday, April 27, has been charged with a Class C Felony for Tampering with a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree, a Class D Felony for Resisting Arrest by Fleeing--Creating a Substantial Risk of Serious Injury or Death to Any Person and two misdemeanors.
On-line documents say during the status hearing, Defoor, who was arraigned and advised of the range of punishment and his rights, advised the court he plans to seek a Public Defender.
Bond was set at $10,000 cash only.
The case was continued to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, in Saline County Circuit Court.
A man who has served before on a school board and held an executive position with a business was recommended to take the place of Michael Brown and fill out the remainder of his term representing Ward 1 on the Concordia Board of Aldermen during a special meeting Thursday night.
Brown, who was elected Mayor during the April 5 Municipal Election, tells us about the particulars.
Brown said Lindemann has an abundance of experience, including serving as a Chief Executive Officer of an insurance company.
After what Brown deemed a couple of routine questions, the board voted unanimously to approve the appointment. Lindemann's term ends in April 2017.
Actions by the state legislature and the governor will save some area college students some dollars.
According to a news release, as a result of the Missouri Legislature's actions and Gov. Jay Nixon's signature on House Bill 2003, the Fiscal Year 2017 budget for higher education, State Fair Community College will not implement a tuition increase for in-district students approved by the SFCC Board of Trustees in March.
SFCC President Dr. Joanna Anderson said the base in-district tuition rate will remain at $100 per credit hour.
In addition to the four-percent increase in performance funding for all of higher education, the legislature passed an equity increase for the entire community college sector of $4.5 million, according to Anderson. She said the additional revenue will enable the college to continue its successful student completion initiatives and fill the budget gap caused by an enrollment decrease this year.
A move made this week by the Cooper County Commission should save the county tens of thousands of dollars and help pay off a long-term debt in a shorter amount of time.
Western Commissioner David Booker explains:
(Photo courtesy of Cooper Co. Sheriff's Department)
In other news, Booker says progress on the renovation of the county courthouse exterior is going well and that county crews have been taking advantage of mild weather conditions to tackle a number of county road and bridge projects.
Cooper County Commissioners have been busy lately, working to cross a number of items off of the county's to-do list.
Western Commissioner David Booker says over the past few weeks, Mother Nature has definitely worked in the county's favor as crews work to get projects completed:
Booker says one area bridge project took some big steps forward this week and another project will be bid on next week:
In other business, Booker says the county this week completed refinancing the Cooper County Detention Center, a move he says will save the county over $52,000 and should shorten the payoff period to about three years.
Area unemployment numbers edged down slightly in the month of March, according to the latest non-seasonally adjusted numbers from the Missouri Department of Economic Development.
The lowest unemployment rate in the area came out of Howard County at 4.4%, followed by Lafayette County at 4.6%, Chariton County at 4.7%, and Saline County at 4.9%
Other counties in the KMMO listening area include Pettis County at 5%, Cooper County at 5.4%, and Carroll County at 6.7%. Every county in the area saw a slight dip in its jobless rate from February to March with the exception of Carroll County; its rate stayed unchanged from the previous month.
The state unemployment rate dipped slightly from 5% to 4.8% while the national average also dropped from 5.2% to 5.1%, according to the Department of Economic Development.
Although the Lighthouse Shelter in Marshall will close its doors for victims of domestic violence at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, the Lighthouse Thrift Store (above), at 555 West Arrow Street, will remain open for now. It is open Tuesdays through Saturdays. (Photo by Robert King)
Still reeling from losses and expenditures incurred from a former Executive Director pleading guilty to embezzling more than $100,000 about two years ago, an organization, which offers services to victims of domestic violence and has been in Marshall for more than two decades, will be closing its doors at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 28.
Current Executive Director Becky Plattner thought when she took the position on November 1, 2015, she, along with the Lighthouse Shelter's board, could figure out ways to keep the facility functioning. But the organization being more than $200,000 in debt was just too much to overcome.
Plattner said the mission of the organization had gotten lost because it always was in survival mode, with at least $10,000 in bills to pay each month beyond the debt. In addition to the losses, the organization did not receive grant monies, which could've helped pay its employees keep its doors open.
Plattner pointed out that as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, all of the victims who had been living at the shelter had been relocated to safe houses. She said the organization served over 500 persons per year.
The Lighthouse Thrift Store, which was relocated to trim expenses, will remain open for the time being until it is sold. It is located at 555 West Arrow, next door to the shelter. For now, she said they are still taking clothes and other donations and the store is open Tuesdays through Saturdays.
A long-term bridge project in Cooper County will begin during the first week of May, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.
MoDOT says deck replacement on the Cooper County Route Z bridge over Heaths Creek, south of Interstate 70, is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 2. Detours will be signed along state routes Z, N, J and AE.
The bridge and road will be closed until early July, according to MoDOT.
The deck replacement is part of a larger project that also includes replacing the deck on the Missouri Route 179 bridge over Splice Creek north of Route 87 in Moniteau County; that work will begin upon the completion of the work on Route Z.
Find out more at www.modot.org or by calling toll-free at 888-ASK-MoDOT (888-275-6636).
The election of a new mayor in the city of Concordia earlier this month left a vacancy on the city's Board of Aldermen that now has to be filled, according to city officials.
The Board of Aldermen will convene for a special session meeting on Thursday, April 28, to hear Mayor Michael Brown's recommendation for an appointment to the Ward I aldermen seat vacated when Brown filed to run for mayor. The appointment is to fill out the remaining term expiring March 31, 2017.
The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in Room 203 of the Concordia Community Center at 802 South Gordon Street.
A state highway in an area county has been been temporarily closed in the wake of heavy rains and flooding on Tuesday.
The Missouri Department of Transportation Route E in Johnson County, between Route MM and Route CC, has been closed due to flooding of the Blackwater River in the area. No timetable has been given as to when the roadway will be opened to traffic.
MoDOT reminds all motorists to be on guard for flood-covered roadways in the area; you can stay up on the most recent road closings for flooding or debris in the roadway at www.modot.org.
A resident who lives in the immediate area of where the new Crisis Unit for the Missouri Department of Mental Health and Northwest Community Services (formerly the Marshall Habilitation Center) raised some safety concerns during the most-recent Marshall City Council meeting on the site chosen for the construction of the two-home setting at the intersection of South Atchison Avenue and Route YY.
He was concerned about the location being too residential in the event a consumer in one of the two homes would elude staff and make their way into the community.
DMH Director of Public Legislative Affairs Debra Walker answered some of the concerns in an email. She said the individuals at these houses previously have been supported in a community setting, but need additional services in order to be successful.
As for the security measures that will be in place, Walker said "There will be privacy fences in the back yards of both homes. The doors will be locked with key-card access. The homes will be highly supervised, around the clock, seven days a week."
There were two bidders for the homes, with LaClair Construction Services, of St. Louis, being selected. Walker said two locations were proposed, and this one was selected. It will not change. The other location also was on South Atchison Avenue.
Marshall-Saline Development Corporation's bid was not accepted to build the homes, but Executive Director Stan Moore says he is glad the homes are being built here.
The homes are scheduled for completion and the consumers to move in by the latter part of this year, according to Walker.
An area fire department's personnel were toned out just after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, to put out a fire that reportedly was sparked by a lightning strike.
According to a spokesperson with the Concordia Fire Department, the call came in at 2:08 p.m. and firefighters responded to a barn/shed fire about 1-1/2 miles north of the city off of Highway 23 to the east on Davis Road. It reportedly was caused when a tree was struck by lightning and toppled onto the structure.
Firefighters were on the scene 1-1/2 to two hours, making sure all hot spots were out.
No damage estimate was given, but the spokesperson said it probably was a total loss.
Despite their initial return flight being canceled, veterans who took part in Show-Me Honor Flight No. 20 are back in Missouri.
Saline County Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie explains some of what happened in Baltimore on Tuesday after veterans spent the day visiting a number of memorials in Washington, D.C. After the cancellation of their original flight, they were told the only flight available was 6 a.m. today. But then some negotiating took place.
Thus, the veterans were flown home starting at 1 a.m. today. The flight arrived at KCI at 5:19 a.m. Guthrie said the 40 veterans were the only occupants on the plane, and he gave kudos to everybody involved.
Guthrie said this is the first time Show-Me Honor Flight has had a flight canceled. He said Southwest Airlines came through for Honor Flight and is a good partner in the endeavor.
In all, the trip included three from World War II, five from the Korean War and 32 from the Vietnam War.
Heavy rains and winds in excess of 60 mph moved through mid-Missouri Tuesday morning, leaving thousands without power in the city of Sedalia and damages scattered throughout the area.
Pettis County Emergency Management Agency Director Dave Clippert gives us the latest:
The National Weather Service reports numerous power poles and highway signs downed by high winds, as well as a barn reported knocked down on Griessen Road. Clippert says he also has an unconfirmed report of the roof blown off a Sedalia business:
The National Weather Service says the damages are mostly between the north side of Sedalia and the Sedalia airport and occurred within a span of about seven minutes.
No injuries have been reported and the complete extent of damages is not known at this time.
Hard work by the Saline County Road and Bridge Supervisor has paid off in a big way for the county.
At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner said the county will receive a pair of checks totaling nearly $50,000. The first is from FEMA.
Fenner went on to talk about a second check that will be cut to the county.
Fenner said the checks are a direct result of Justin Cowart traveling around the county explaining the flood damage and what the county did as a result at 20 different sites last spring and summer. He said the reimbursement money will be put back in the Road and Bridge account to cover the expenses incurred.