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BOONVILLE POLICE WARNS OF POSSIBLE SCAM 10/31/14RK


According to a release from Boonville Police Chief Bobby Welliver, people need to watch out for a possible scam.

The release says a Boonville resident received a suspicious phone call from (660) 324-1559 in Slater.

The caller identified themselves and congratulated the Boonville resident on winning $25,000 in the Daily Double from an on-line entry.

But in order to collect, the Boonville resident was asked to stay on the line and get transferred to another person to provide more information.

The Boonville Police Department always recommends that people never give out personal or financial information over the telephone unless you are sure with whom you are speaking.

GILLIAM TRASH RATES GOING UP 10/31/14RK


The Gilliam Board of Aldermen met this week to discuss trash service provided by Waste Corporation of America.

After hearing concerns and input from citizens, the board voted unanimously to raise the rates to $15.00 per month per house, with 96-gallon trash containers to be provided by WCA to each resident.

The new rates and trash containers will go into effect in January 2105.

LINCOLN WOMAN HURT IN COOPER COUNTY CRASH 10/31/14RK


A Lincoln woman was injured in a one-car crash in Cooper County on Wednesday morning.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as an eastbound 2007 Chrysler, driven by 50-year-old Kimberly Fitzpatrick, struck a deer and traveled off the left side of the roadway into the median.

Fitzpatrick suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Cooper County Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened at just after 6:30 at the 92-mile marker on I-70.

MCGAUGH SELECTED TO BE ON TASK FORCE 10/31/14RK


According to a release from the Missouri Secretary of State's office, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has announced the formation of a bipartisan Elections Integrity Task Force, which will bring together local, state and federal law-enforcement and election authorities. The task force will meet each election year going forward to help coordinate efforts to ensure Missouri elections remain fair, secure and accessible.

Included on the task force is Carroll County Clerk Peggy McGaugh. She says she is honored by being selected.

McGaugh said voter fraud hasn't been a problem in this area, but in other areas of the state, there have been questions raised.



McGaugh, who has been in her position for 30 years, says many of the 12 members of the task force are experienced at their positions, which should help those who are less experienced in the election process.



The release says by bringing multiple agencies to the table, the task force will open lines of communication and establish new protocols for responding to alleged violations in the elections process.

MVC WRESTLERS "TRICK-OR-TREATING" FOR CANNED GOODS 10/31/14RK


The Missouri Valley College men’s wrestling team will hold its sixth annual "Kans 4 Kids" food drive tonight.

Members of the team will go "trick-or-treating" for canned goods Halloween night around the Marshall community.

Valley head wrestling coach and assistant athletic director Mike Machholz says this event came about because there are needy folks in the community.



Machholz said it was a bit rough when they started doing this in 2009, but the community has been more receptive each successive year of the project.



The men’s wrestling team will be divided into small groups and given a section of town in which to "trick-or-treat." At the end of the evening, all of the teams will meet to count the number of items each team was able to collect. Last year, the MVC wrestling team set a goal of 2100 cans to be collected this year.

The canned goods are collected and given to the Marshall Public School District and distributed to families in the district who are in need.

Donations also may be dropped off at the Ferguson Center on the MVC campus just outside the Cafeteria on Friday from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

CONCORDIA B.O.A APPROVES APPLICATION FOR LOAN 10/31/14RK


Along with approving an insurance plan during a special meeting this week, the Concordia Board of Aldermen also approved a loan application prepared by Brightery for a low-interest loan for the city to save long-term dollars for re-lamping all of the light fixtures and the Concordia Community Center and City Hall.

City Administrator Dale Klussman....



Klussman also said after a walk through by city officials, the board voted to release Enbridge Pipeline from any liability for any possible street damage in the city from a pipeline project last spring.

CONCORDIA B.O.A. PICKS INSURANCE PROVIDER 10/31/14RK


At a special meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen this week, the board discussed two different insurance policies available for city employees and voted to go with a policy that has composite pricing, which means all employees will pay the same premium rates, regardless of age, according to City Administrator Dale Klussman.

He said, however, he's been assigned to come up with a plan before December 1st when he hopes everything will be in place.



Klussman said the board also approved a loan application that had been prepared by Brightergy for a low-interest loan for the city to save long-term dollars for re-lamping all of the light fixtures at the Concordia Community Center and City Hall and voted to release Enbridge Pipeline and all subcontractors from liability for possible street damage in the city during an Enbridge pipeline project last spring after a recent walkthrough by city officials.

M.M.U BOARD MEETS WITH DNR REP 10/31/14RK


In a lengthy meeting of the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works on Thursday, Utilities Manager Kyle Gibbs said the board met with Everett Baker from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.



He said it is a fairly significant cost.

In other business, he said the board approved changes to the North Street pump station. He said right now, the electricity comes to the town via older switch gear and it is going to be changed to newer gear at a higher voltage level.

The board also approved replacing about 800 feet of 6-inch water main on Slater Street between Commercial and North Brunswick. He said the $56,000 project should be completed in the next few months.



The board also voted to keep Blue Cross and Blue Shield as the insurance provider for MMU employees at a 9.9 percent increase.

WARRENSBURG WOMAN SENTENCED FOR STEALING 10/31/14RK


According to a release from the office of the U.S. District Attorney in Kansas City, a former director of a program that provided a home for disabled persons in Higginsville has been sentenced in federal court for embezzling more than $300,000 from the organization.

The release says, on Thursday, October 30th, Terri Arlene Marr, 51, of Warrensburg, was sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison with no parole. The court also ordered Marr, who pleaded guilty to two counts of theft on April 23rd, 2014, to pay $317,544 in restitution. She was the director of the Progressive Alternative Living, Inc., (PAL) from 1991 through 2013.

Marr admitted she used PAL credit cards to pay personal expenses and make payments on her personal credit cards and issuing paychecks of over $186,000 to an individual who was not an employee of PAL out of the PAL bank account from 2001 through 2013.

Marr is to surrender and start serving her sentence on December 15th, 2014.

LITTLE FREE LIBRARY OPEN IN MOBERLY 10/31/14RK


The Moberly Parks and Recreation Department has announced the opening of the Little Free Library located at the site of the old municipal pool near Candy Cane Center.

According to a release from the department, the way it works is: the community will initially stock the library with family-friendly books;patrons can stop by and take a book and replace it with a new or used book from your collection to share with others.

For questions, you can call Moberly Parks and Recreation at (660) 269-8705, extension 2040.

KCP&L OFFERING RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS NEW PAYMENT OPTION 10/31/14RK


According to a release from KCP&L, the Cold Weather Rule will go into effect in Missouri on Saturday, November 1st. During this time period, KCP&L will offer its eligible residential customers a 12-month payment plan to help make their bills more manageable.

The Cold Weather Budget Billing option is new and is in addition to other payment options.

KCP&L customers who are interested are encouraged to visit kcpl.com/financialassistance.

SMITHTON PLANT GIVEN OK 10/31/14RK


The Missouri Department of Agriculture's Meat and Poultry Inspection Program has reinstated custom exempt processing operations at the PBR Meat Processing Plant in Smithton following a satisfactory visit to the facility earlier this week. The processing exemption had been suspended due to sanitation issues on October 24th, 2014.

According to a release from the Missouri Department of Agriculture, facilities operating under a custom processing exemption are not allowed to sell meat to the public. Custom exempt processing is completed for livestock owners for their own consumption. All custom exempt packaging is specially marked "NOT FOR SALE."

For more information about the Missouri Department of Agriculture, visit agriculture.mo.gov.

MVC WRESTLING "TRICK-OR-TREATING" FOR CANNED GOODS 10/30/14RK


The Missouri Valley College men’s wrestling team will hold its sixth annual "Kans 4 Kids" food drive on Friday night.

Members of the team will go "trick-or-treating" for canned goods Halloween night around the Marshall community. These canned goods are collected and given to the Marshall Public School District and distributed to families in the district who may be in need.

The men’s wrestling team will be divided into small groups and given a section of town in which to "trick-or-treat." At the end of the evening, all of the teams will meet to count the number of items each team was able to collect. Last year, the MVC wrestling team set a goal of 2100 cans to be collected this year.

Donations also may be dropped off at the Ferguson Center on the MVC campus just outside the Cafeteria on Friday from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

COUNTY CLERKS' OFFICES TO BE OPEN SATURDAY 10/30/14RK


With the November 4th general election on the horizon, most of the counties have demonstrated the voting equipment is in working shape. However, on Saturday at 10:30am, the test will be conducted at the Cooper County Courthouse.

All of the surrounding counties will have their County Clerk's office open for four hours on Saturday to accommodate absentee voters.

In Chariton, Lafayette, Howard, Saline and Cooper Counties, absentee voters will be able to cast their ballots between 8:00am and noon.

In Johnson County, the hours will be from 8:30am to 12:30pm, and in Pettis County, the Clerk's office will be open from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

SPEEDE LIMIT TO INCREASE ON STRETCH OF RAY COUNTY HIGHWAY 10/30/14RK


The speed limit on an area highway will be increasing in the near future.

According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, effective on November 6th, the speed limit for a section of roadway on Route 10-- 1400 feet east of New Garden Road to 700 feet west of Route "O," through Wood Heights-- in Ray County will increase from 45mph to 55mph.

A traffic study was conducted by MoDOT and determined 55mph is a more appropriate speed.

For information about MoDOT projects, visit modot.mo.gov.

MISSOURIANS ARE URGED TO LOOK OUT FOR MEDICARE SCAMS 10/30/14RK


The Missouri Department of Insurance is cautioning Missourians who are eligible for Medicare to be wary of potential scams. With open enrollment running through December 7th, Missourians are urged to be on alert for scam artists.

According to a release from the Department of Insurance, Missourians can protect themselves by verifying a sales person is a licensed insurance agent by calling 800-726-7390; Do not do business with door-to-door sales people because Medicare has none of these types of representatives; Avoid sales people who offer free lunches to hear a presentation; Do not give out personal information to an unlicensed agent; Sales people cannot ask for on-line payments, but must send a bill.

Missourians can contact CLAIM for help at (800) 390-3330.

C.M.U. WINS FOOD FIGHT WITH VALLEY 10/30/14RK


In the weeks leading up to the 2014 Homecoming football game between Missouri Valley College and Central Methodist University in Fayette, the two schools engaged in some friendly competition to raise money and food for local food pantries.The Eagles were beaten on the football field 41-10, but they won the Second Annual Food Fight with Valley.

According to a release from CMU, the Eagles retain the traveling trophy and Howard County food pantries benefited from over $3,500 in cash and food products collected by the two institutions.

CMU raised more than $3,000 of the total proceeds, all of which will go to Howard County.

COMMISSIONERS GRANT USE OF SQUARE FOR RELAY FOR LIFE 10/30/14RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission this week, local Relay for Life co-chairpersons Allen and Melody Dierking were there asking permission to utilize the road and area around the Saline County Courthouse, also known as the Marshall Square, for a 2015 event.

Melody Dierking says the event will be a 12-hour walk.

She explains why it's 12 hours.



Allen Dierking says times have changed since the 1960s when cancer was nearly untreatable.



The commissioners unanimously approved their request to use the area starting on May 29th and going into the early morning hours of May 30th, 2015.

The Relay for Life will hold an organizational meeting on Tuesday, November 18th at 7:00pm in the community room at Wood & Huston Bank in Marshall.

LAW ENFORCEMENT CONDUCTS SEX OFFENDER COMPLIANCE SWEEP 10/30/14RK


According to a news release from the Saline County Sheriff's Department, on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 28th and 29th, the Sheriff's Department, U.S. Marshal's Service and Marshall Police Department conducted a countywide compliance check of registered sex offenders, contacting approximately 90 registered sex offenders.

The release says Saline County Sheriff's Deputies will follow up on those who were not able to be contacted during the project.

The compliance check was conducted to ensure information provided by the sex offenders is complete and correct.

During the two-day sweep, two subjects were arrested for non-compliance. There were other registration violations found that will be sent to the prosecuting attorney's office for review.

COLUMBIA CHECK SCAM BEING INVESTIGATED 10/30/14RK


According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, the department is investigating a check scam.

The release says this is not an ordinary check scam but organized forgeries. The scam begins when a group from out of state steals incoming and outgoing local business checks for the purpose of obtaining bank routing information and the authorized signatures on the business accounts. The group counterfeits the stolen checks, then goes to St. Louis or Kansas City with the purpose of recruiting a homeless person with valid identification.

The homeless person then goes into the bank listed on the check to cash the check. The homeless person will give a signal to the group, which is in a car outside the bank. The homeless person will then walk out of the bank and be picked up by the group.

How can businesses protect themselves against a check scam?

The release says, banks offer a service to protect business accounts for a small fee; businesses need to assure mailboxes are empty prior to end of business; businesses can use P.O. boxes; and businesses can use anti-phishing devices on their mailbox.

M.M.U. TO DISCUSS WATER MAIN REPLACEMENT 10/30/14RK


The Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works meets this morning with discussions scheduled on Electric Service on the North Street Pump Station and Substation Maintenance, as well as East Slater Water Main Replacement.

Also on the agenda is information on 2015 Employee Health Benefits and a Missouri Valley College Territory Agreement.

The meeting gets under way at 8:30am at the MMU office at 75 East Morgan in Marshall.

HENRY COUNTY CRASH INJURES DEEPWATER RESIDENT 10/30/14RK


A two-vehicle accident in Henry County on Wednesday afternoon, October 29th, injured a Deepwater resident.

According to a report from the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when a southbound 2008 Ford Taurus, driven by 77-year-old Charles Huenefeldt, of Columbia, failed to yield to a westbound 2005 Ford Escape, driven by 55-year-old Kathy Stone, of Deepwater, causing an accident in the intersection of Southwest 900 and Southwest 701 Roads. Stone's vehicle traveled off the road and overturned into a ditch as a result.

Stone suffered minor injuries and was transported to Golden Valley Memorial by Golden Valley E.M.S. for treatment.

The accident happened at 2:20pm.

HOLDEN MAN HURT IN JOHNSON COUNTY ACCIDENT 10/30/14RK


A one-vehicle accident in Johnson County on Wednesday morning, October 29th, caused injuries to a Holden man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when a westbound 2012 Chevrolet, driven by 61-year-old Mark Koehn, struck a deer in the roadway.

Koehn suffered minor injuries and was transported to Lee's Summit Medical Center by Johnson County E.M.S. for treatment.

The accident happened just before 6:00am on U.S. Highway 50 west of Missouri Route "AA."

SEDALIA WOMAN HURT IN CAR-DEER CRASH 10/30/14RK


A vehicle-deer accident in Cole County on Wednesday morning, October 29th, caused injuries to a Sedalia woman.

According to a report from the Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as an eastbound 2014 Nissan Versa, driven by 43-year-old Janie Harper, of Sedalia, struck a deer, causing the airbags in the vehicle to deploy.

Harper suffered minor injuries but reportedly refused treatment at the scene.

The accident happened just before 7:00am on U.S. Highway 50, one-quarter mile west of Route "U."

SEDALIA RESIDENT HURT IN CAR-DEER CRASH 10/30/14RK


A vehicle-deer accident in Cole County on Wednesday morning, October 29th, caused injuries to a Sedalia woman.

According to a report from the Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as an eastbound 2014 Nissan Versa, driven by 43-year-old Janie Harper, of Sedalia, struck a deer, causing the airbags in the vehicle to deploy.

Harper suffered minor injuries but reportedly refused treatment at the scene.

The accident happened just before 7:00am on U.S. Highway 50, one-quarter mile west of Route "U."

SALINE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE 10/29/14RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Health Department Board of Trustees on Wednesday in Marshall, the board approved the agency keeping Blue Cross & Blue Shield as an insurance provider for its employees.

The Women-Infants-and-Children, better known as WIC, program at the department recently was recognized in several categories for excellence at the Missouri WIC Conference in Columbia. The categories included Excellence in Breastfeeding Promotion (eight of 111 agencies were chosen), Support Group Classes and 24-hour warmline, the county Breastfeeding coalition with Fitzgibbon Hospital, Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Agency (28 of 111 agencies were recognized), Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Agency and the Nutrition Assessment Revision Task Force.

In order to celebrate Christmas, the board approved the Saline County Health Department to close at noon on Christmas Eve-Wednesday, December 24th- and reopen at 9:00am on Monday, December 29th.

FORMER KC MAN PLEADS GUILTY OF ROBBING BANKS 10/29/14RK


According to a release from the office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, a former Kansas City man has pleaded guilty in federal court to robbing banks in Columbia and Jefferson City.

The release says 45-year-old Brian Dewitt Unthank pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Matt Whitworth on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014, to two counts of bank robbery. By pleading guilty, Unthank admitted that he stole more than $6,300 from Landmark Bank in Columbia on June 18th, 2010. Unthank also admitted that he stole nearly $19,000 from River Regions Credit Union in Jefferson City on June 23rd, 2010.

Under federal statutes, Unthank is subject to a sentence of up to 40 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $500,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

T. J. TO VISIT MIZZOU CLINICS 10/29/14RK


T. J., the M.U. Children's Hospital mascot, will visit all three Mizzou Quick Care Clinics during Hy-Vee's annual Halloween Walk from 4:00 to 7:00pm on Friday, October 31st.

T. J. is scheduled to appear at the Mizzou Quick Care Clinic at 3100 West Broadway at 4:00pm, the Mizzou Quick Care Clinic at 405 East Nifong Boulevard at 5:00pm, and the Mizzou Quick Care Clinic at 25 Conley Road at 6:00pm, staying at each location for about 30-45 minutes.

Staff members of the facilities will hand out treats at each clinic, and the clinics will remain open during the event.

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING ARMED ROBBERY AT MOTEL 10/29/14RK


According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were dispatched to a Columbia motel early this morning with the report of an armed robbery.

The release says investigation revealed an unknown race male wearing a Halloween mask entered the hotel lobby armed with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk.

During the alleged robbery, the suspect took an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene on foot.

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

The alleged incident happened at 12:30am at LaQuinta Inn & Suites on I-70 Drive Southwest.

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

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING ARMED ROBBERY 10/29/14RK


According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were dispatched to a business on North Keene Street with the report of an alleged armed robbery.

The investigation revealed an unknown race male wearing a Halloween mask entered Patricia's IGA armed with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk.

The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene on foot.

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

According to the release, the alleged incident happened at 8:45pm on Tuesday, October 28th.

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

SEDALIA 200 B.O.E. HEARS FOOD SERVICE UPDATE 10/29/14RK


In addition to adopting a resolution opposing Amendment 3 in the November 4th general election, the Sedalia 200 School District also agreed to approved L. J. Hart as its underwriter for certificates.

Superintendent Brad Pollitt says the board also heard a food-service update.



Pollitt says there is a possibility the high-school graduation could be moved outside to the new stadium being built adjacent to the high school. The graduation is slated for the Mathewson Exhibition Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds at this time. He said the idea will be brought back to the board at the November meeting to see what it wants to do.

He said the new stadium could be finished soon. Although the goal of having the stadium finished in time for the Homecoming football game a couple of weeks ago was not met, Pollitt says the project is progressing nicely.

SEDALIA 200 OPPOSES AMENDMENT 3 10/29/14RK


On Tuesday, November 4th, Missouri voters will go to the polls to cast their ballots and determine the fate of Amendment 3, which will affect public schools.

The Sedalia 200 School District is the latest in a long line of area school districts to adopt a resolution opposing the measure at its meeting this week.

Superintendent Brad Pollitt...



Pollitt says attaching the success or failure of a teacher to a test is inappropriate.



He said passage of the amendment could drive away good teachers from public education to perhaps private education.

MVCAA RECEIVES GRANT 10/28/14RK


The Missouri Valley Community Action Agency has received a grant for startup funds for a program.

According to a release from the agency, the agency has been approved for a $609,000 Missouri Head Start Grant, an award that includes $109,000 in startup funds to help new partners in Higginsville and Odessa.

Cindy Gabbert, the head-start and early-head-start program director, says the grant money will help in many other ways, too, including hopefully getting a facility in the area.



MVCAA serves 57 participants-- four pregnant women and 53 infants and toddlers.

The release says studies demonstrate the positive outcomes of early childhood learning and early-learning investments create jobs and generate revenue for local communities.

Gabbert says there are hopes for joining forces in other communities, too.



MVCAA is a 501(c) nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage communities and focus resources to end poverty.

WARRENSBURG C.V.B. MEETS WEDNESDAY 10/28/14CC


The Warrensburg Convention and Visitor's Bureau holds a regular session meeting Wednesday afternoon at 2:30pm.

The agenda includes discussion of short-term objectives, an update on the process of hiring of a tourism director and an update on the location for a remodeled visitor's center.

The meeting will be held at the Warrensburg Community Center.

BENTON CO. CRASH INJURES TWO 10/28/14CC


Two people were injured Tuesday in a two-vehicle accident in Benton County.

According to the Highway Patrol, it happened when a vehicle driven by 28-year-old Felicia Sadler, of Cole Camp, was turning onto Missouri 52 from Crest Avenue and reportedly failed to yield to an eastbound vehicle driven by 59-year-old Dale Gallup, of Knob Noster. The two vehicles collided in the roadway as a result.

Sadler and a four-year-old passenger both received minor injuries and were taken for treatment to Buffalo Regional Hospital by Cole Camp E.M.S. According to reports, the crash happened around 8:00am on Tuesday morning.

ARROW ROCK CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY 10/28/14CC


On Saturday, November 8th, the Village of Arrow Rock will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the dedication of their National Historic Landmark Plaque located on the Tavern Lawn.

The ceremony will take place from 1:30-2:30pm at J. Huston Tavern with comments about the national significance of the landmark designation by Dr. Gary Kremer, Executive Director of the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Mike Dickey, Site Administrator of the Arrow Rock State Historic Site, Kirby McCullough, Chairman of the Town Board, and Dr. Tom Hall, President of the Friends of Arrow Rock will also comment on the importance of this designation and the village’s commitment to historic preservation and education. The event is open free to the public; refreshments will be served.

Arrow Rock Missouri is located 14 miles north of I-70 on Highway 41 at Exit 98 or 89. Museums, shops and restaurants will be open. For additional information about the village visit www.arrowrock.org.

MORE GRAIN BELT HEARINGS ADDED 10/28/14CC


At the suggestion of the parties in the case, the Missouri Public Service Commission has scheduled two additional hearing dates in December in a case filed by Grain Belt Express Clean Line LLC (Grain Belt Express).

Formal evidentiary hearings are scheduled to begin on November 10th in Room 310 of the Governor Office Building in Jefferson City. Hearings will also be held November 12th-14th and November 21st, 2014.

The Commission has scheduled additional hearings on December 2nd and 3rd, if needed.

Grain Belt Express seeks a certificate of convenience and necessity to construct, own, operate and maintain a high voltage, direct current transmission line and associated facilities within Buchanan, Clinton, Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Randolph, Monroe and Ralls counties in Missouri as well as an associated converter station in Ralls County.

GEARING UP FOR ELECTION DAY 10/28/14CC


With the November 4th General Election a week away, county clerks’ offices across the area and state are busy gearing up for Election Day. As required by state law, clerks’ offices are holding a public test of their county’s voting equipment this week across the KMMO listening area:

* In Chariton County, a public test will be held on Tuesday, October 28th, at 9:00am at the Chariton County Courthouse. The Clerk’s office will also be open Saturday, November 1st, from 8:00am until 12:00pm to accommodate absentee voters.

* In Lafayette County, a public test will be held on Wednesday, October 29th, at 10:00am at the Lafayette County Courthouse. The Clerk’s office will also be open Saturday, November 1st, from 8:00am until 12:00pm to accommodate absentee voters.

* In Pettis County, a public test will be held on Wednesday, October 29th, at 10:00am at the Pettis County Courthouse. The Clerk’s office will also be open Saturday, November 1st, from 9:00am until 1:00pm to accommodate absentee voters.

* In Howard County, a public test will be held on Wednesday, October 29th, at 10:00am at the Howard County Courthouse. The Clerk’s office will also be open Saturday, November 1st, from 8:00am until 12:00pm to accommodate absentee voters.

* In Carroll County, a public test will be held on Wednesday, October 29th, at 3:00pm at the Carroll County Courthouse. The Clerk's office will also be open on Saturday, November 1st, from 8:30am until 12:30pm to accommodate absentee voters.

* In Johnson County, a public test will be held on Thursday, October 30th, at 9:00am at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. The Clerk’s office will also be open Saturday, November 1st, from 8:30am until 12:30pm to accommodate absentee voters.

* In Saline County, a public test will be held on Thursday, October 30th, at 10:30am at the Saline County Courthouse. The Clerk’s office will also be open Saturday, November 1st, from 8:00am until 12:00pm to accommodate absentee voters.

* In Cooper County, a public test will be held on Saturday, November 1st, at 10:30am at the Cooper County Courthouse. The Clerk’s office will also be open Saturday from 8:00am until 12:00pm to accommodate absentee voters.

WARRENSBURG CC HEARS UPDATE ON SPIRIT TRAIL 10/28/14RK


The Warrensburg City Council received an update on the ongoing fundraising campaign for the construction of the Johnson County Spirit Trail at its meeting on Monday night.

City Administrator Paula Hertwig-Hopkins says the effort has raised over $787,000 to date through grants and seed money, but they need to get well over $1 million to get the trail completely constructed. She said they are going to start construction next year.

The Spirit Trail extends from the city, past the city limits, through Knob Noster State Park and out to Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster.

Hertwig-Hopkins also said the city is getting some settlement money in a gross-recipts taxes class-action lawsuit that was filed against Centurylink of nearly $300,000.

Hertwig-Hopkins also said the council approved proclamations that this is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month and it also is Purple Heart Month.

RUSSELL SAYS ABSENTEE VOTING IS DOWN, SO FAR 10/28/14RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell said 196 voters have cast their ballots via absentee so far, which is down from about the usual number of 250 at this time. She said she hopes this isn't an indication that voting numbers will be down overall.

Russell said there are two important dates coming up this week.



Russell said the office will be open from 8:00am to noon on Saturday, November 1st to accommodate absentee voting.

After all of the counting of votes is finished on November 4th, the night of the general election, there also is work to be done, she said.



Russell was talking about Friday, November 7th, three days after the general election.

FENNER GIVES FAIRVILLE BRIDGE UPDATE 10/28/14RK


After talking to Common Road Supervisor Justin Cowart, Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner gave an update on a couple of bridges in the Fairville area at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday.



He said the crew is progressing nicely on the in-house project.

COMMISSIONER GIVES UPDATE ON BRIDGE WORK 10/28/14RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday morning, Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner gave an update on some bridge work in that part of the county.



There also will be a meeting coming up for a bridge inspection.



Fenner said thanks go out to the construction crew for utilizing mostly nice weather recently to get the project completed.

BOONVILLE WOMAN CHARGED WITH FORGERY 10/28/14RK


According to a release from the Boonville Police Department and online court documents, Rosetta Nelson, of Booinville, has been arrested and formally charged with 12 counts of forgery in Cooper County Court.

Nelson was arraigned on Monday, October 27th, with the bond reduction hearing set for 1:00pm Tuesday, October 28th. The initial bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety on Tuesday, October 21st.

Nelson currently is in custody at the Cooper County Detention Center.

POLO RESIDENTS HURT IN CAR CRASH 10/28/14RK


Two Polo residents were seriously injured in a one-car crash on Monday morning in Caldwell County.

According to a report from the Highway Patrol, the accident happened as a westbound Ford Taurus, driven by 39-year-old Jonathan Shelton, traveled off the south side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned several times, ejecting the driver. The car came to rest on its top in a field.

Shelton, and a passenger in the car, 18-year-old Tyler Feil, were transported to Liberty Hospital by Caldwell County Ambulance for treatment.

The accident occurred at 11:30am on Soo Line Drive, one mile east of Polo.

LEXINGTON MAN HURT IN ACCIDENT 10/28/14RK


A one-car accident in Jackson County on Monday evening caused moderate injuries to a Lexington man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound 1999 Toyota, driven by 80-year-old Eugene Schlapper, ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.

Schlapper was transported by E.M.S. to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened just after 5:30pm on Route "H," one-half mile north of Interstate-70.

CONCORDIA H.S. HOSTS BLOOD DRIVE 10/27/14CC


A blood drive will be held on Tuesday, October 28th, at Concordia High School in Lafayette County.

The drive runs from 8:00am until 2:30pm in the gym of the school located at 117 West 11th Street in Concordia. A photo I.D. and proof of age are required for all donors in order to donate; 16-year-olds are eligible to donate with parental consent.

If you have medical eligibility questions, you can call (800) 245-7035. The drive is sponsored by the Community Blood Center.

SPECIAL SESSION FOR CONCORDIA ALDERMEN 10/27/14CC


The Concordia Board of Aldermen meets in special session on Tuesday, October 28th.

Items on the agenda include a discussion of health insurance rates and policies for 2015, authorization to submit an application for an energy loan for lighting at Concordia City Hall and the Community Center, and an authorization to sign both a settlement agreement and a release with Enbridge Pipeline Company.

The meeting gets underway at 7:00pm in Room 202 of the Concordia Community Center.

SALINE HEALTH TRUSTEES MEET TUESDAY 10/27/14CC


The Board of Trustees of both the Saline County Health Department and the Saline County Public Health Fund meet in regular session at 7:00pm on Tuesday, October 28th.

Items on the health Department agenda include updates on insurance and the Women, Infants and Children (W.I.C.) program. The Public Health Fund agenda is made up mostly of routine monthly items.

Both meetings will be held at the Saline County Health Department building at 1825 South Atchison in Marshall.

COOPER COMMISSION TO REVIEW ENGINEERING STUDY 10/27/14CC


Commissioners in Cooper County are awaiting the results of an engineering study from the firm Shafer, Kline and Warren in order to put together a plan for repairing several county bridges.

According to Presiding Commissioner Eddie Brickner, a recent MODOT survey found six county bridges to be in need of repair, prompting the county to hire the Columbia engineering firm to draft a study of the bridges in question. Brickner says once commissioners review and approve the study, they will move toward advertising the projects for bids to a construction contractor.

The Commission this week is also in discussion about adding internet service to a county tower for improved weather monitoring and also the purchase of a new pickup truck for the county road and bridge department.

HOWARD CO. COMMISSION TALKS BRIDGE WORK 10/27/14RK


Bridge work was the big topic of discussion at the recent meeting of the Howard County Commission. Presiding Commissioner Lowell Eaton says work will be done on two area bridges in 2015. To get everybody ready for the work, a meeting was held last week.



He said the county only has two one-way bridges, and the other was replaced within the past three years.

Eaton said rehabilitation of the deck of a bridge on South Route "A" will be starting next spring, as well. He said the same contractor is going to do the work on both structures.

Eaton said a window has been replaced in the Howard County Courthouse in Fayette.



Eaton said 75 percent of the courthouse project is being funded by a grant awarded to the county.

LAFAYETTE COMMISSION APPROVES A.E.D. PURCHASE 10/27/14RK


At the most recent meeting of the Lafayette County Commission, the commission approved a bid from Red Cross Pharmacy in Lexington for pharmaceuticals for the Lafayette County Justice Facility.

The commission also approved the purchase on three Automated External Defibrillators or AEDs at a cost of $2,497. One will be for the justice center, one for Lafayette Hall and one for the Lafayette County Courthouse, according to Lafayette County Clerk Linda Niendick.

Niendick also said the commissioners and Lafayette County Auditor Sherry Mason conducted a 9-month budget study. There were no findings, everything was as expected.

COLUMBIA MAN FACES DRUG TRAFFICKING CHARGES 10/27/14RK


According to online court documents, Jordan Tyler Lewis, of Columbia, was formally charged with a Class "B" Felony for Trafficking in Drugs in the Second Degree and two counts of Class "C" Felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance, except 35 grams of less of Marijuana in Saline County Circuit Court on Friday, October 24th.

Bond in the case has been set at $25,000 cash only.

CHARGES FILED IN SALINE COUNTY CASE 10/27/14


According to online court documents, on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, David Ayala, Jr., was charged with a Class "C" Felony of stealing of $500 or more but less than $25,000 in Saline County Circuit Court.

Ayala, of Mesquite, Tex., also was charged with two counts of a Class "C" Felony, possession of a controlled substance, except 35 grams or less of marijuana.

Bond was set at $10,000 cash only.

UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE IN MENDON 10/27/14RK


There will be a Red Cross Blood Drive from 2:00-6:00pm on Monday, November 3rd at Northwestern R-1 School.

The blood drive will be conducted in the Multipurpose Room at 1 High School Drive in Mendon.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, visit www.redcrossblood.org. You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

LAFAYETTE COMMISSION APPROVES BID FOR PHARMACEUTICALS 10/27/14RK


At the most recent meeting of the Lafayette County Commission, the commission approved a bid from Red Cross Pharmacy in Lexington for pharmaceuticals for the Lafayette County Justice Facility.

The commission also approved the purchase on three Automated External Defibrillators or AEDs at a cost of $2,497. One will be for the justice center, one for Lafayette Hall and one for the Lafayette County Courthouse, according to Lafayette County Clerk Linda Niendick.

Niendick also said the commissioners and Lafayette County Auditor Sherry Mason conducted a 9-month budget study. There were no findings, everything was as expected.

ALLEGED LICENSE PLATE THEFT IN ARROW ROCK 10/27/14RK


A Saline County Sheriff's Deputy was dispatched to Arrow Rock State Park on Saturday, October 25th with the report of an alleged theft.

According to the deputy's report, a visitor to the park reported to the deputy that somebody allegedly stole license plates off of his motorhome. The license-plate number is SC2-N2T.

The owner of the motorhome told the deputy the vehicle arrived at the park at approximately 5:00pm on October 24th, and the last person reportedly went ot sleep at approximately 1:00am on October 25th. The owner noticed the plates were missing at about 10:00am on October 25th.

According to the report, the deputy will enter the license plates as stolen property.

Investigation into the alleged theft is continuing.

CROWDER STATE PARK HOLDING HALLOWEEN EVENT 10/27/14RK


Crowder State Park will be hosting Halloween Night Hikes on Friday, October 31st.

The hikes will begin at 6:00pm and 7:00pm. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes.

At 8:00pm, guests can watch an outdoor showing of "Frankenweenie."

participants also will have the chance to make a Halloween craft and enjoy snacks from 6:00-8:00pm.

The event is free and open to the public.

Crowder State Park is located west of Trenton off Highway 6. For more information about this event, call the park at (660) 359-6473.

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

BENTON COUNTY MDC AGENT EARNS AWARD 10/27/14RK


Missouri Department of Conservation agent Rob Farr was recently honored as the Officer of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

Farr was presented the award on October 21st at a Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Awards banquet in Destin, Florida.

Farr began his career with the MDC in 1980 in Henry County and has been based in Benton County ever since 1982.

Farr was chosen for the top honor from agents nominated by 16 states that are members of the association.

MAR-SALINE NAACP MEETS TONIGHT 10/27/14RK


The Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP is scheduled to meet tonight with a report from the nominating committee on the agenda. There also will be discussions on the receipt of nominations by petition and the election of the Election Supervisory Committee.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:00pm at 275 South Redman in Marshall.

SEDALIA 200 B.O.E. TO DISCUSS RESOLUTION ON AMENDMENT 3 10/27/14RK


The Sedalia 200 School District meets in regular session tonight with several items up for decision, including a resolution on Amendment 3, which will appear on the November 4th General Election Ballot. Also on the docket is an underwriting agreement and a certificate refinancing recommendation.

Also on the agenda are discussions on the Middle School ELA and Math Objectives and a Facilities Use Agreement for Graduation.

The meeting starts at 6:30pm in the Smith-Cotton High School Media Center at 2010 Tiger Pride Boulevard.

SEDALIA CC MEETS IN SPECIAL SESSION TONIGHT 10/27/14RK


The Sedalia City Council is slated to meet in special session tonight at 6:00pm.

On the agenda is the approval of a settlement with Centurylink and assigning a percentage of the settlement to the Missouri Municipal League.

Also on the docket is the discussion of renewal of a liquor license.

A work session also is planned after the special meeting.

The meeting is in the Mayor's Conference Room at the Municipal Building at 200 South Osage Avenue.

WARRENSBURG CC TO TALK ABOUT ORDINANCES 10/27/14RK


After a study session at 6:00pm, the Warrensburg City Council will meet in regular session at 7:00pm tonight.

There will be several presentations, followed by first and second reading of some proposed ordinances, including one to authorize the City Manager and City Clerk to execute a contract with Blue Valley Public Safety, Inc., and another concerning the adopted fiscal- year 2015 budget for a lightning strike at Fire Station II.

Also scheduled for discussion is a settlement with Centurylink.

The meeting is at the Municipal Center at 200 South Holden.

HOWARD COUNTY ROAD WORK CONTINUES THIS WEEK 10/27/14RK


According to a release from MoDOT, there is some road work going on in Howard County this week that could change some travel routes and/or cause delays.

During daylight hours, Route 40 over Moniteau Creek at the Boone County line, bridge rehabilitation is continuing. A detour is in place, utilizing Spur 40, Route BB, Interstate 70 and Route J.

The project is scheduled for completion in early November.

WELLINGTON MAN INJURED IN ACCIDENT 10/26/14RK


A Wellington man was injured in a one-car crash in Lafayette County this afternoon.

According to a report from the highway Patrol, 22-year-old Anthony Huffman's eastbound 2012 Chevrolet traveled off the right side of the road, struck a pole and overturned.

Huffman suffered minor injuries and was transported to Centerpoint Medical Center by Napoleon/Wellington E.M.S. for treatment.

The accident happened just before 2:30 on Missouri 224, just east of Hannah Road.

JOHNSON CO. BIKE CRASH INJURES ARKANSAS MAN 10/26/14RK


A dirt-bike accident in Johnson County on Saturday caused moderate injuries to an Arkansas man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 2006 Suzuki 450F, driven by 52-year-old Paul Harrell, of Rogers, Ark., failed to complete a right turn on a private race track, traveled over an embankment, overturned and ejected the driver.

Harrell, who suffered moderate injuries in the crash, was transported to Lee's Summit Medical Center by Johnson County Ambulance for treatment.

The accident happened at noon at 187 Northwest Highway W.

TWO COLUMBIA RESIDENTS HURT IN BOONE COUNTY CRASH 10/26/14RK


Two Columbia residents were injured in a two-vehicle accident in Boone County on Saturday afternoon.

According to a report from the Highway Patrol, the accident happened as a 1997 Mitsubishi, driven by 49-year-old Tina Carter, of Columbia, was stopped at a red light and was struck in the rear by a 2008 Honda Accord, driven by 20-year-old Lucas Brooks, of Columbia.

Brooks suffered minor injuries and was taken by private vehicle to Boone Hospital for treatment. Carter was transported by ambulance to Boone Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

The accident occurred at 2:30pm on Route K at Missouri 163.

RAY COUNTY CRASH INJURES TWO AREA TEENAGERS 10/26/14RK


A one-car crash in Ray County on Saturday evening caused injuries to two area teenagers.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as a northbound 2008 Ford Pickup, driven by 17-year-old Clifton Kugler, of Norborne, ran off the right side of the road. The driver overcorrected, causing the vehicle to travel across the center of the road, slid off the right side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned.

Kugler suffered moderate injuries and was transported by E.M.S. to Ray County Memorial Hospital for treatment. A passenger in the truck, 16-year-old Marcus Pearon, of Hardin, suffered minor injuries and was taken by private vehicle to Ray County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 7:30pm on Route A, just north of County Road 132.

JOHNSON COUNTY ACCIDENT INJURES THREE MISSOURI RESIDENTS 10/26/14RK


A one-vehicle accident in Johnson County on Saturday afternoon caused minor injuries to three Missouri residents.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as an eastbound 1996 Chevrolet, driven by 20-year-old Earl Hutchinson, of Kansas City, tried to negotiate a turn, traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a sign and an embankment.

The report says Hutchinson and occupants in the car, 61-year-old Gerald Seiler, of Marble Hill, and 53-year-old Lita Seiler, of Kansas City, all refused treatment at the scene.

The accident occurred just after 4:00pm on U.S. Highway 50 at Northwest 151.

SALINE CRASH KILLS SLATER MAN 10/26/14RK


A two-vehicle accident in Saline County on Saturday morning caused fatal injuries to a Slater man and injured two other area residents.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway patrol, the accident happened as a 2003 Ambulance, driven by 21-year-old Samantha Garvin, of Brunswick, was transporting a patient westbound on Missouri 240 and was approaching the intersection of Missouri 41 South in dense fog. An unknown tractor trailer was stopped in traffic, waiting to turn south onto Missouri 41. Also, a 2005 Peterbilt dump truck was turning northbound on Marigold Avenue from eastbound Missouri 240 in front of the unknown tractor trailer.

The ambulance changed lanes and overtook the unknown tractor trailer from the northbound shoulder as the dump truck was turning onto Marigold, the ambulance colliding with the dump truck head-on.

A passenger in the ambulance, 77-year-old Gary Page, of Slater, was pronounced dead at the scene by Saline County Coroner Willie Harlow.

E.M.T. Garvin suffered moderate injuries and E.M.T. 70-year-old John Martin suffered serious injuries and were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The accident happened at 8:45am, shutting down the stretch of Missouri 240 between Marshall and Slater for a few hours.

According to the report, the accident investigation continues, and a full reconstruction is being conducted.

COOPER COUNTY ROAD WORK GOING ON THIS WEEK 10/27/14RK


There is some area road work going on this week to make you aware of.

According to a release from MoDOT, in Cooper County during daylight hours, roadway maintenance will be taking place today through Wednesday on Route "V" between Route 179 and the end of state maintenance. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

On the same area of road, chip and sealing will take place on Thursday and Friday. Motorists should encounter loose gravel on the roadway for several days after the seal coat is complete. Crews will sweep the roadway.

MoDOT cautions motorists to lower their speeds through the area, and they should expect delays. One lane will be open, and a pilot car will lead traffic through the work area.

BLOOD DRIVES THIS WEEK 10/25/14CC


There will be three American Red Cross Blood Drives held today across the KMMO listening area.

* In Howard County, a drive will be from 10:30am to 3:30pm at Central Methodist University in Fayette.

* In Pettis County, there will be a blood drive from 2:00pm until 6:00pm at LaMonte High School at 301 South Washington.

Another Pettis County drive will be held this Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm at State Fair Community College's Heckart Building at 3201 W. 16th Street.

* In Johnson County, there will be a drive from 7:30am to 1:00pm at Knob Noster High School at 504 S. Washington.

To make an appointment to donate blood, eligible donors are encouraged to download the Red Cross Blood Donor App from the app stores or text BLOODAPP to 90999 to receive a download link. You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

SLATER SCHOOLS MOVE CLOSER TO C.A.C. 10/25/14CC


At this week's meeting of the Slater Board of Education, the district moved a few steps closer to its plan of moving from the Lewis and Clark Conference to the Central Activities Conference (C.A.C.) for school sports and extracurricular activities.

Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz talks about the decision that came out of closed executive session on Thursday night:



Lorenz says the future of the Slater football program is still somewhat up in the air:



Lorenz says the move will make Slater one of the larger districts competing in the C.A.C. as opposed to one of the smallest districts in the Lewis and Clark Conference.

MARSHALL P.D. CONDUCTS SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT 10/25/14CC


Marshall Police recently conducted a sobriety checkpoint to crack down on impaired drivers in the area.

According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, the checkpoint was conducted from 11:30pm on Saturday, October 18th, to around 2:30am on Sunday, October 19th.

During the planned stop, authorities made contact with 201 vehicles, resulting in one arrest for possession of marijuana, one arrest for driving while intoxicated and fleeing from arrest, one warrant arrest, and one arrest for minor in possession of alcohol.

Police also issued one summons for driving without a license.

SMITHTON MEAT SHOP RECEIVES SUSPENSION 10/24/14CC


The Missouri Department of Agriculture's Meat and Poultry Inspection Program has halted custom exempt processing operations at PBR Custom Meat Processing in Smithton.

During a routine inspection on Friday, members of the Meat and Poultry Inspection Program identified sanitation issues involving meat processing equipment at the facility. As a result, custom exempt processing permits were suspended. The business’ permits are to remain suspended until the completion of a satisfactory inspection, which will be scheduled at the business owner’s request.

Facilities operating under a custom processing exemption, such as PBR, are not allowed to sell those custom products to the public. Custom exempt processing is completed for livestock owners for their own consumption and packaging for all custom exempt products is specially marked "not for sale."

A release from the department says individuals who recently conducted custom processing business with PBR Meat should carefully examine all items processed by the facility before consuming.

For more information contact the Missouri Department of Agriculture at (573) 751-2613.

GLASGOW CLERK FACES TWO FELONY CHARGES 10/24/14CC


Theft and forgery charges have been filed in Howard County against the Glasgow Court Clerk.

According to online court documents, 38-year-old Julie Strodtman faces one Class C Felony count of Theft/Stealing of More than $500 but Less than $25,000 and one Class C Felony count of Forgery after being charged this week in Howard County Circuit Court.

Strodtman reportedly turned herself in after financial discrepancies were discovered by city authorities, resulting in a warrant being issued for her arrest on October 20th. An arraignment in the matter is scheduled for Tuesday, November 25th, at 9:00am.

Strodtman is reportedly free on bond.

BOONVILLE MAN FACES 10 COUNTS OF FORGERY 10/24/14RK


According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, the department served a Cooper County warrant to 34-year-old Benjamin L. Atkins, of Boonville, on Thursday.

According to the release and online court documents, Atkins is being charged with a Class "C" Felony 10 counts of forgery and the bail has been set at $10,000 cash only.

Atkins, who entered a plea of not guilty on Thursday, October 23rd, is to next appear in Cooper County Circuit Court at 1:00pm on Tuesday, October, 28th, 2014.

UMHC RECEIVES AWARD 10/24/14RK


University of Missouri Health Care in Columbia has been recognized as one of the nation's top-12 academic medical centers for superior performance in delivering high-quality, safe, efficient, patient-centered and equitable care.

According to a release from UHC, which is a Chicago-based alliance of the nation's leading non-profit academic medical centers, has been awarded the 2014 UHC Quality Leadership Award.

Other 2014 UHC Quality Leadership Award winners include Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, New York; The University of Kansas Hospital; and Houston Methodist Hospital.

WORK GOING ON AT LIBERTY POOL IN SEDALIA 10/24/14RK


Lie out in the sun or under a shade? That is going to be the question swimmers and sunbathers will be faced with answering once next season opens at Liberty Pool in Sedalia.

According to Sedalia Director of Parks and Recreation Mark Hewett, the park is currently installing/building a structure which will benefit those who don't want to spend all of their time out in the sun.



Hewett thinks it will offer pool-goers an option many will enjoy.



Hewett said the project is being funded by park's special-projects fund out of the city's 3/8-cent sales tax. The pool's filter system was repaired using the fund last year. He also said they have estimates to resurface both slides at the pool for $80,000. If the park board approves the work, the money will come from the special-projects fund, as well.

WARRENSBURG CVB MEETS THIS AFTERNOON 10/24/14RK


A meeting of the Warrensburg Convention and Visitors Bureau will be held this afternoon at the Warrensburg Community Center.

On the agenda are a discussion on short-term objectives and on branding, as well as updates on the Tourism Director Process and the Visitor's Center Remodel Location.

The meeting gets under way at 2:30.

FENNER GIVES UPDATE ON SALINE BRIDGE WORK 10/24/14RK


Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner gave an update on the progress of the work being done on some of Saline County's bridges.



Fenner said the weather has been cooperating to allow the work to progress.
He gave the update during Thursday's meeting of the Saline County Commission.

COUNTY HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS GOING UP 10/25/14RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday, Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings gave an update on the commissioners' meeting with the county employees' insurance provider, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, earlier in the week. The County changed to Blue Cross & Blue Shield last year, and as part of a three-year agreement, the employee premiums will increase for the upcoming year by nine percent.



Stallings said even though the premiums for employees have incresased from last year, they are still cheaper than they were with the previous provider, with coverage being better.

WEST PLAINS FATAL ACCIDENT 10/24/14RK


A West Plains 1-year-old girl was fatally injured last evening in a one-car accident in Howell County.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway patrol, the accident occurred as a 2005 Nissan Titan, driven by 20-year-old Austin Piper, of West Plains, struck the 1-year-old pedestrian in a private driveway.

The 1-year-old was transported to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains for treatment, but she was pronounced dead by Dr. Kathy Egly at 6:24pm.

The accident happened at 6:00pm one mile south of West Plains.

FLU VACCINE AVAILABLE AGAIN IN PETTIS COUNTY 10/24/14RK


According to a news release, the Pettis County Health Center has announced that influenza vaccine for infants, children, adults and seniors is again available at the Health Center. A very limited amount of vaccine is available for pregnant woman requiring preservative free vaccine.

Appointments for influenza vaccine may be made by calling (660) 827-1130.

For additional information, contact JoAnn Martin at the Pettis County Health Center.

BOONE MOTORCYCLE CRASH INJURES ONE 10/23/14CC


A Blackburn resident was injured Thursday in a motorcycle accident in Boone County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 60-year-old George Sinklear, of Blackburn, was eastbound on a 1991 Harley Davison when the bike overturned in the roadway. Sinklear received moderate injuries and was taken for treatment to Boone Hospital by ambulance.

Patrol reports say the crash happened around 1:50pm on Interstate 70 at Highway 40 in Boone County.

WARSAW MAN HURT IN CHAIN-REACTION CRASH 10/23/14CC


A Warsaw man suffered injuries after a three-vehicle accident on Thursday in Benton County.

According to the Highway Patrol, it happened around 2:50pm on U.S. Highway 65 at Main Street in Warsaw, where a vehicle driven by 75-year-old Gary Jones was southbound and struck the rear end of a vehicle stopped in traffic for construction. The impact drove the stopped car into the car in front of it.

Jones suffered moderate injuries and was taken for treatment to Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia.

ABSENTEE VOTING UPDATE FOR CARROLL CO. 10/23/14CC


Absentee Voting is now available for the General Election to be held on Tuesday, November 4th.

Carroll County voters may obtain their ballot in person in the Carroll County Clerk’s Office or request an absentee ballot by mail. Requests for ballots by telephone are not allowed in Missouri Election Law.

The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail or through parent or guardian is Wednesday, October 29th, at 5:00pm.

The County Clerk’s Office will have extended office hours on Saturday, November 1st, from 8:30am to 12:30pm for walk-in absentee voting. The last day to Absentee vote in person is Monday, November 3rd, at 5:00pm.

Sample Ballots for the General Election are available in the County Clerk’s Office in the Courthouse. For questions or more information call the Clerk's office at (660) 542-0165.

Also, the Clerk's office has announced that the required public testing of the equipment and software being used for the General Election will be held in the Counting Room in the Courthouse on Wednesday, October 29th, at 3:00pm.

NEW LEADERSHIP FOR C.M.U. TRUSTEES 10/23/14CC


The governing board for Central Methodist University in Fayette has new leadership, with a new set of officers beginning their service and five members departing.

Dr. Robert T. "Tad" Perry is the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Nancy Walker Peacock is the new Vice Chair, while Bruce Addison was elected Secretary. Board officers serve three year terms.

Meanwhile, veteran Board members Fred Alexander, Glenn C. Cox Jr., and Sondra Sercu Spalding retired after years of distinguished service. Term limits dictated that Board members Jeffrey Hogenmiller and Dr. Keith Young also leave the Board, but CMU officials and fellow Trustees indicate both could return to the board in the future.

The changes leave CMU with a 34-member Board of Trustees. It includes alumni and friends of CMU who live coast-to-coast, who meet quarterly to set policy and help guide the University.

PETTIS COUNTY HOSTS HAZARDOUS WASTE PICKUP 10/23/14CC


The Sedalia/Pettis County Emergency Management Agency, in cooperation with the Region F Solid Waste District, will conduct a Household Hazardous Waste Pickup this Saturday, October 25th, from 8:00am until noon at the West Campgrounds of the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Residents dropping off items will need to enter through the Clarendon Road gate.

Accepted items include: paint/varnishes/stains; oil; fuels; pesticides and insecticides; aerosol cans; batteries; and E-waste to include computers and televisions.

Prohibited items include: explosives including fireworks; compressed gas cylinders; medical and radioactive waste; commercial or business generated waste; and agriculture waste.

For more information contact the Sedalia-Pettis Co EMA at 660-827-4800.

BRUNSWICK APPROVES RESOLUTION AGAINST AMENDMENT 3 10/23/14RK


At the meeting of the Brunswick R-2 Board of Education this week, superintendent Bob Kottman said Brunswick R-2 has joined a number of school districts in the KMMO listening area who have approved resolutions opposing Amdendment 3.

He says the extra cost could be prohibitive and take away from other classroom needs.



The latter part of the year already is mostly testing, Kottman said.



The ammendment will be up for vote on the November 4th general election ballot.

BRUNSWICK R-2 BOARD HEARS UPDATE ON ADDITION 10/23/14RK


Brunswick R-2 Superintendent Bob Kottman gave the board of education an update on the addition of two locker rooms and a weight room at the high school during the district's board meeting this week. He said everything went well with the construction until recently when the floor was about to be installed. Because the concrete hadn't cured enough and the PH levels weren't right, the installation of the flooring has been delayed. But he said the floor should be installed by early November.

Kottman also said the district approved the final payment to Muddy Boots, Inc., of Lexington, for plumbing work completed over the summer at the high school.

The board also was made aware of the parent/teacher conferences going on today and there will be no school on Friday, October 24th and there will be an early dismissal at 12:20pm on November 7th for teacher in-service.

The next board meeting is set for November 17th at 7:00pm.

AEL ENROLLMENT AT SFCC 10/23/14RK


State Fair Community College's Adult Education and Literacy program is offering classes to help those for whom English is not their first language and for those who wish to become U.S. citizens. The classes are free.

Enrollment for English as a Second Language (ESL) day classes, which will meet from noon to 3:00pm at the Celebration Center on West 32nd Street in Sedalia, will be held from 5:30-8:30pm October 28th-30th in the Yeater Learning Center, Room 122, on the Sedalia campus.

For more information, call (660) 596-7289 or (660) 596-7380.

HSE CLASS REGISTRATION OCT. 27-31 10/23/14RK


Registration will be held October 27th-31st for the next High-School Equivalency classes to be held on the State Fair Community College campus in Sedalia and at sites in Appleton City, Boonville, Carrollton, Clinton, Richmond, Osceola, Warrensburg and Warsaw.

Enrollment will be held from 8:00am to 3:00pm each day, and enrollment for HSE night classes will be from 6:00-9:00pm October 27th-29th in Yeater Learning Center, Room 163, on the Sedalia campus.

HSE classes are free, but students must enroll in person and complete an orientation before going to classes.

For more information, call (660) 596-7289 or (660) 596-7380.

BOONSLICK HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING COMING UP 10/23/14RK


Missouri historian Lynn Morrow will be the featured speaker on November 8th at the Boonslick Historical Society fall meeting at J. Huston Tavern in Arrow Rock in Saline County. Members of the Boone's Lick Road Association also will be at the dinner meeting.

The title of Morrow's presentation is "Boone's Lick in Western Expansion: James MacKay, the Boones, and the Morrisons."

The meeting begins at 5:30pm with a social hour. Dinner is at 6:30pm. The general public is invited to attend the meeting. Cost of the dinner is $20 per person, and reservations are due by November 1st by contacting Cindy Bowen at (660) 273-2374.

NIXON ASKS FOR STORM RELIEF 10/23/14RK


According to a news release from his office, on Wednesday, Governor Jay Nixon requested a federal major disaster declaration for 20 northern Missouri counties as a result of a severe storm system that brought damaging straight line winds and widespread flooding to that part of the state from September 9th and 10th.

The Governor said joint damage assessments in the affected region have already been completed and revealed extensive damage to roads, bridges and low-water crossings. The Missouri Department of Transportation reported 70 different roads were closed during the storm’s peak impact, including Interstate 29 near the Atchison–Holt county line and U.S 36 in Macon County.

Nixon’s disaster declaration request is for public assistance for 20 counties: Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Daviess, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Knox, Lewis, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Mercer, Nodaway, Putnam, Ralls, Shelby, Sullivan and Worth.

ZWEIFEL RETURNS UNCLAIMED PROPERTY 10/23/14RK


State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced yesterday that he has returned more than $1.2 million of Unclaimed Property to eight account owners since July of this year.

According to a news release from his office, the accounts ranged from $100,000 to $200,000 and were returned to individuals and businesses in Missouri, including a major hospital chain.

Unclaimed Property can come from abandoned bank accounts, uncollected insurance policies, uncashed checks and more. State law requires those entities to turn over assets to Treasurer Zweifel’s office after a statutorily defined period of time, generally five years. The assets are held by the office in perpetuity until the original owners or a proper heir is located.

One in 10 Missourians has Unclaimed Property, and the average return is $300.

Zweifel currently holds $822 million in Unclaimed Property belonging to 4.8 million account owners. Missourians may search for, claim and email Unclaimed Property search results 24 hours a day at ShowMeMoney.com.

GOVERNOR MAKES BOARD APPOINTMENTS 10/22/14RK


Earlier today, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced his appointments to four boards and commissions.

Appointments include James Chapman III, of Grain Valley, to the Elevator Safety Board; Dr. John Wright, Sr., of St. Louis, to the Missouri Charter Public School Commission; Dr. Jeffrey Appleman, of Jackson, to the State Board of Podiatric Medicine; and Rita Burlison and Tiffany Franklin, both of St. Louis, to the 22nd Circuit Judicial Commission.

Chapman's term would end on June 6th, 2015; Wright's term on September 17th, 2017; Appleman's term until July 1st, 2018; Franklin until December 31st, 2016; and Burlison until December 31st, 2018.

With the exception of the judicial commission appointments, the appointments will be subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate.

CONCORDIA ALDERMEN APPROVE APPOINTMENT AS JUDGE 10/22/14RK


The Concordia Board of Aldermen met on Tuesday night, the agenda including a discussion about the town's trash and polycart policy.

City Administrator Dale Klussman explains the city's sanitation provider, Waste Corporation of America, has in its contract that it will not pick up bags either larger than 35 gallons or weighs more than 50 pounds.



In other business, Klussman said Mayor Donald Holtcamp has appointed Randy Shackelford to be the Municipal Judge, and the board accepted the appointment. The current judge, Kelly Rose, will serve until December 31st.

Klussman said the board ratified a contract for unleaded and diesel fuel for the city with MFA OIL. The term of the contract will be from November to April.

Klussman said the board will meet in special session on Tuesday, October 28th at 7:00pm to discuss the city's options for health insurance.

COLUMBIA MAN DIES IN CAR CRASH 10/22/14RK


A two-vehicle accident in Warren County this morning has caused fatal injuries to a Columbia man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a 2011 Chevy Suburban, driven by 55-year-old Andrea Campbell, of Columbia, was stopped in traffic on eastbound I-70. Not realizing the Campbell vehicle was stopped, a 2008 Lincoln, driven by 77-year-old Ronald Day, of Warrenton, ran into the rear of the Campbell vehicle.

The Campbell vehicle traveled off the right side of the road.

Columbia resident, 79-year-old Donald Hollenberg, a passenger in the Campbell car, was pronounced dead at the scene by Warren County Coroner Roger Mauzy just before 10:15.

Day suffered moderate injuries and was taken by Warren County E.M.S. to St. Joseph Health Center West in Lake St. Louis for treatment. Campbell suffered minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene by Warren County E.M.S. personnel.

The accident happened at 9:45am on eastbound I-70 at the 201 mile marker.

TREE TRIMMING HAS STARTED IN SLATER 10/22/14RK


At the meeting of the Slater City Council on Tuesday, the council was reminded there are two big dates coming up.

The first of which is the annual Halloween Parade on October 31st. It starts on Main Street at 6:00pm.

There also is the annual Turkey/Ham giveaway on November 26th. City Administrator Gene Griffith said they gave away 60 turkeys and/or hams last year.

The city has started trimming trees to keep them out of the power lines. He said if you want your trees trimmed to look pretty, you probably ought to call a professional. But the city will do it otherwise.



Griffith said street work in the city should start next week all over town. He said it should take about a week and include some work around the schools.

Griffith also said the city has submitted for two Missouri International Risk Management Association grant awards, one for a cordless hydraulic crimper and the other a concrete and asphalt grinder for a bobcat for sidewalks. He said, if the city receives them,the grants will cover 50 percent of the cost, with the city picking up the other half.

COUNTY EMERGENCY OFFICIALS TO CONDUCT DRILL 10/22/14RK


At the Tuesday meeting of the Saline County Commission, Saline County Emergency Management Agency Director Emmitt Williams said there will be a drill coming up in December on an unspecified date involving Emergency 911. The date is not known because they want it to be a surprise.

Williams and Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day have been working out a drill that will be beneficial.



The alternate site currently is the Marshall Fire Department. But it has some disadvantages, according to Williams.



He said the site of the backup facility could change, but it will be determined after a test run.

Williams wants patrons to know, regardless of how the drill goes, 911 calls will be able to be received during simulated shutdown exercise. He said the general public will not even know the drill is going on.

SALINE E.M.A. DIRECTOR SAYS COUNTY DEVELOPING PROTOCOL FOR EBOLA 10/22/14RK


During the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, Saline County Emergency Management Agency Director Emmitt Williams said he has been getting calls from officials in the area wanting to know what the county's reaction is going to be to Ebola. He said that although we are in the central part of the United States, the threat of the virus can be serious.



Williams said he and Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day are working on a protocol if a student comes back with this issue. He said part of the prevention of getting the disease is simply buying some latex gloves and a mask.

Williams wants the public to know his agency and other emergency officials are being proactive in the event something like Ebola hits this area.

HIGGINSVILLE ALDERMEN APPROVE SETTLEMENT 10/22/14CC


In a brief meeting of the Higginsville Board of Aldermen this week, the board approved a settlement agreement with CenturyLink company over gross receipts taxes. City Administrator Lee Barker says the city will receive less than $500 from the agreement.

Aldermen also approved the hiring of Kenta Boldridge and Dennis Payne as part-time EMT's for the city of Higginsville. Both have recently completed their necessary training and are currently volunteers with the city fire department.

The board on Monday also learned of an upcoming facilities, property and equipment tour for the Mayor and Board of Aldermen. The tour will take place on November 8th beginning at 9:00am at Higginsville City Hall.

MDC DEVELOPS APPS FOR OUTDOORSMEN 10/22/14RK


The Missouri Department of Conservation has developed three apps to aid hunters, fishermen and lovers of the fall colors. The MO Hunting, Find MO Fish and MO Fall Colors are free and available for both Android and Apple mobile devices through Google Play and iTunes stores.
You can learn more and download the apps at mdc.mo.gov.

SALINE COUNTY TORNADO DRILLS 10/22/14RK


Saline County Emergency Management Director Emmit Williams was present at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, explaining the drills the agency has participated in during the past couple of months. Williams says a tornado drill held in August went well.



He notes that the August drill involved a number of area schools.



Williams says the agency received good reviews on the drill from the federal level. He says they must participate in three drills a year to keep their grant status.

SFCC, WAFB INK RENEWAL AGREEMENT 10/22/14CC


State Fair Community College and Whiteman Air Force Base recently signed another five-year memorandum of understanding enabling the college to offer educational degree programs to Whiteman personnel. The college has offered classes on the Knob Noster base since 1988.

Students at SFCC-Whiteman AFB can earn Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts in Teaching and Associate of Applied Science in Paraprofessional Educator degrees. All active duty personnel, their spouses and dependent children, regardless of residency status, pay in-district tuition and fees per credit hour.

Effective October 1st, the U.S. Air Force changed the process for obtaining approval for tuition assistance (TA). Requests for TA must be submitted and approved no later than seven days before a class begins. Classes offered at Whiteman are eight-week sessions. Spring enrollment at Whiteman opens December 1st; classes start January 12th.

TWO INJURED IN SEDALIA ROLLOVER CRASH 10/22/14CC


Two Sedalia residents suffered moderate injuries after a one-vehicle rollover crash in Pettis County on Tuesday night.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a southbound vehicle driven by 89-year-old Lou Tempel failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the roadway. The car reportedly struck a brick light support before overturning on the side of the road.

Tempel and a passenger, 87-year-old Marian Tempel, were taken by ambulance to Bothwell Regional Health Center for treatment. Patrol reports say the crash happened around 7:15pm on Hedge Apple Drive in Sedalia.

CHARITON COLLISION INJURES TWO 10/21/14CC


Two Chariton County residents were hurt when their vehicles collided on Tuesday morning.

According to the Highway Patrol, it happened when an eastbound car driven by 18-year-old Kirsten Brown, of Mendon, crossed the centerline of the road, ran off the left side and struck a westbound pickup truck driven by 56-year-old Gerald Brown, of Keytesville.

The Patrol says Gerald Brown suffered moderate injuries while Kirsten Brown received minor injuries; both were taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment. The crash happened around 8:15am Tuesday morning, one mile east of Keytesville on U.S. Highway 24 in Chariton County.

CHARGES FILED IN WARRENSBURG ASSAULT 10/21/14CC


Charges have been filed in Johnson County against a Warrensburg man accused of setting another man on fire.

According to a release from Warrensburg Police Chief Bruce Howey, formal charges were filed Tuesday against 41-year-old Jason Eckes, who was arrested late Monday night after a confrontation where authorities allege Eckes doused another man with an accelerant and then ignited the liquid.

The Johnson County Prosecuting Attorney's Office on Tuesday filed charges of Felony First-Degree Assault and Felony First-Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Bond has been set at $250,000 cash only.

The release says Eckes is in custody in the Johnson County jail facility. The victim remains in a Kansas City hospital for treatment.

The case is a joint investigation between the Warrensburg Police and Fire Departments, the Johnson County Prosecutor's office and the Missouri State Fire Marshall's office.

BOONVILLE COUNCIL UPDATED ON ASBESTOS 10/21/14CC


In a brief meeting of the Boonville City Council on Tuesday, council members were updated on an asbestos clean-up project at the city administration building. The council also heard first reading of a bill to authorize renewal of a mutual aid agreement between the Boonville Police Department and the Cooper County Sheriffs Office.

Also heard was the second reading of a bill to approve a settlement with CenturyLink company over gross receipts taxes. Boonville is one of several municipalities in the area involved in the action; City Administrator Irl Tessendorf says Boonville stands to receive a few hundred dollars from the settlement at best.

Council members on Monday also heard various committee reports, including the Police Board, Planning & Zoning Committee and the Boonville Housing Authority.

SEDALIA COUNCIL APPROVES PAYMENTS, ORDINANCES 10/21/14CC


The Sedalia City Council approved a number of payments and ordinances at their regular session meeting on Monday, October 20th.

The council first approved change orders of $21,500 to Agricycle, Inc., for yard waste grinding and $510 to Elite Root Control for an ongoing root control project.

Council members on Monday also approved amending city codes pertaining to flood hazard areas in the city limits and approved ordinances for city maintenance in three areas of the Katy Trail West Subdivision.

Also approved were an ordinance for engineering services with Olsson Associates; an agreement with Engineering Surveys and Services, LLC, for engineering services associated with the rebidding of the Downtown Streetscape Project; and an ordinance to accept permanent utility easements and temporary construction easements from the Sedalia/Pettis County Community Service Corporation for the city’s sewer relief project.

CARROLLTON TOWN COUNCIL ACCEPTS BIDS 10/21/14RK


At the meeting of the Carrollton Town Council on Monday night, the council approved vacating ordinances involving residences on 11th, 12th, Spring and Locust Streets, allowing the homeowners to build structures. The agreement is such that if the city needs to get back on the properties to do work, it can.

In other business, the council also approved a lift-kit removal bid from Eiserer Customs in Carrollton.

The annual pump test bid was awarded to Emergency Aparatus of LinoLakes, Minn.

In closed session, the council hired assistant fire chief Lonnie Sensenich to fill the shoes of retiring fire chief Curtis Shields.

The city is going to host an open house for Shields on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00pm at the Rupe Center.

SALINE EMERGENCY DIRECTOR ASSESSES HAZMAT DRILL


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, Saline County Emergency Management Director Emmit Williams gave an overview and assessment of the HazMat drill the agency participated in at Cargill Meat Solutions west of Marshall last week.

The drill involved an anhydrous ammonia leak at the plant. He pointed out how dangerous an anhydrous ammonia leak can be, saying eight people died from a leak in 1969 in the town of Crete, Nebraska, following a train derailment.



He said the federal people who were there as monitors gave the local agencies high marks.

Williams also pointed out there will be a new badging system created, and it will be in place, he hopes by December. The badges will be color-coded and allow personnel to know everybody's expertise and jobs they can do in the event of a disaster.

Williams also said there will be another drill coming up on an unspecified date in December involving Emergency 911.

SFCC TO HOLD AUCTION ON OCTOBER 28TH 10/21/14RK


According to a release from State Fair Community College in Sedalia, the school will sell miscellaneous items at a public auction starting at 6:00pm on Tuesday, October 28th at the physical plant in the southwest corner of the campus next to the wind turbine.

Included in the sale will be numerous electronic items, filing cabinets, track lights, water fountains and many other miscellaneous items.

All sales are final; and payment must be made by cash or check, with proper identification. All items must be picked up by 3:00pm the day after the sale.

For more information, call Steve Kucynda at (660) 596-7282.

JOHNSON COUNTY HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION SET FOR NOV. 1ST 10/21/14RK


According to a release from the University of Missouri Extension, the Johnson County Commission will hold a Household Hazardous Waste collection on Saturday, November 1st from 8:00am to noon at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.

This event happens once a year, allowing people to get rid of things such as paint, pesticides, cleaning products and small electronics.

Only small quantities of items associated with residential homes will be accepted. No bulk or commercial waste will be accepted.

For more information, call Debbie Brackman at (660) 463-7934.

DNR INVITES PEOPLE TO EXPERIENCE PARTIAL ECLIPSE AT CAPITOL 10/21/14RK


According to a release from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Missouri State Museum will host an event for viewing the partial solar eclipse on Thursday, October 23rd on the south lawn of the Capitol in Jefferson City from 4:30-6:30pm.

An eclipse of the sun occurs when the moon passes directly between the earth and sun. On Thursday, the eclipse begins at 4:39pm with the maximum eclipse occurring at 5:46, when the moon covers about 40-percent of the sun's disk.

In a partial eclipse, the sun is not completely blocked, and special precautions must be taken to avoid eye damage when viewing. There will be special eclipse viewers available for approximately 120 people, plus some properly-filtered telescopes and eclipse activities.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact the museum at (573) 751-4127.

33 BANDS TO COMPETE AT UCM FESTIVAL OF CHAMPIONS ON SATURDAY 10/21/14RK


Marching bands representing 33 high schools from Missouri, Kansas and Illinois will participate in the 2014 Festival of Champions at the University of Central Missouri on Saturday, October 25th.

Bands from the area slated to compete are from Odessa, Warrensburg, Leeton and Smithton.

Preliminary marching-band competition begins at 8:00am on Vernon Kennedy Field at Walton Stadium. The UCM Marching Mules will perform at 5:00pm, followed by the preliminary awards presentation at 5:30pm. Finals competition begins at 7:00pm, with final awards scheduled for approximately 10:00pm.

Indoor drum-line competition begins at 9:00am in the Student Recreation Center, followed by indoor guard competition at 1:40pm.

For a full schedule of events, visit ucmo.edu.

The public is invited to attend, with admission being $13 for general admission and $5 for drum-line and auxilliary events. Children under 6 will be admitted free.

All proceeds go to the UCM Department of Music Scholarships Fund and the Ararat Shrine Temple Hospital Transportation Fund.

CLINTON COUNTY ACCIDENT KILLS VIBBARD MAN 10/21/14RK


A motorcycle accident in Clinton County on Monday evening has caused fatal injuries to a Vibbard man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 76-year-old Claude Fine was negotiating his 2007 Harley Davidson around a curve that went downhill when the bike traveled off the south side of the road into a ditch and struck a sign post, ejecting the driver.

Fine was pronounced dead at the scene by Clinton County Coroner Kathleen Porter-Little just before 7:00pm.

The accident occurred just before 6:00pm on Route "V," five miles north of Lawson.

MARSHALL COUNCIL APPROVES ORDINANCES 10/20/14KL


The Marshall City Council has approved a couple of ordinances. One would accept an agreement with Century Link, which is the result of a lawsuit intended to recover unpaid gross receipt taxes.

The city will see approximately $500 from the settlement. Also approved was an ordinance for an addendum to the water contract with the city of Malta Bend on Monday night.

Municipal Utilities General Manager, Kyle Gibbs explained the addendum.



The council also approved the purchase of two hydraulically operated snow gates for the city's road graders, with the winning bid from American Equipment company out of Kansas City, Kansas at $8,629 each. These were budgeted items for the city.

MARSHALL COUNCIL TALKS TRASH 10/20/14KL


The Marshall City Council has been told that the recent streamlining of the enforcement of the city's nuisance ordinance is apparently working.

Police Chief Mike Donnell told the council that there have been about two dozen tickets issued. The council also told many properties only take a visit from the city and are cleaned prior to a ticket being issued.



Also, during the council meeting tonight, Third Ward Councilman Dan Brandt reminded residents that they want to watch out for clogged storm drains in the city and how residents can do this.



The council was also told that sales-tax collections are up for the year for both the city and the park and the use tax to date this year has brought in more than $104,000.

MODOT WORLD SERIES TRAFFIC ADVISORY 10/20/14CC


World Series traffic congestion can be expected around the Truman Sports Complex, particularly along I-70 and I-435 from midday Tuesday throughout the early evening. MODOT urges baseball fans heading to the game to leave in plenty of time to ensure you are parked and in your seat by the 7:07pm start of Game 1.

A sell-out crowd combined with the usual afternoon rush hour traffic can lead to backups and delays for those who are accustomed to normal game-day traffic. MoDOT and Kansas City Scout will do their part to help. Motorists are urged to check up to the minute traffic conditions online before heading out by going to www.modot.org and clicking on the Traveler Information Map, and also to www.kcscout.net for the latest information on delays and congestion. Scout message boards along major routes will help alert motorists to any potential problems.

SOCK IT TO POVERTY IN LAFAYETTE CO. 10/20/14CC


Lafayette County and area residents have an opportunity to experience the challenges families face when economic resources fall short of their financial demands. Missouri Valley Community Action Agency, in partnership with Pathways Community Behavioral Health, will host a poverty simulation to help local civic and community leaders better understand the realities of poverty. The event is open to the public.

More than 637,000 Missourians live at or below the federal poverty level according to the 2000 census. The simulation will have attendees assigned to various roles that are familiar to those who struggle to become economically self-sufficient. It will provide a forum to look at poverty from different vantage points and discuss potential change within the local communities.

The event will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 5:30 PM at the Higginsville High School located at 807 West 31st Street Higginsville, MO. There is no cost for attendance; however a donation to support the Sock & Warmth drive is requested, including hats, coats, socks, and blankets. Participants can RSVP by calling the MVCAA Family Resource Center at (660 584-3131.

FAYETTE BOARD OF ALDERMEN AGENDA 10/20/14CC


The Fayette Board of Aldermen meets in regular session at 7:00pm on Tuesday, October 21st.

The agenda for the evening includes a proposal from Fusion Technologies for a phone system and phone services, discussion about repairs for a blower at the #2 Wastewater Treatment Plant and approval of the purchase of road salt for the winter.

An executive session is also scheduled for real estate and personnel matters.

TUESDAY MEETING FOR KNOB ALDERMEN 10/20/14CC


The Knob Noster Board of Aldermen meets for a regular session meeting on Tuesday, October 21st at 7:00pm.

The evening's agenda includes presentations of Requests for Qualifications for engineering firms for work at city hall, discussion of sewer issues on Elm and Circle Streets, and consideration of a contract with Manneco, Incorporated, of Independence.

The board will also vote to pay the city's bills and hear the city administrator's monthly report.

SLATER COUNCIL MEETS TUESDAY 10/20/14CC


The Slater City Council meets in regular session on Tuesday, October 21st, with a mostly routine agenda.

Included in the Mayor's report will be updates on preparations for the Halloween Parade, the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway, tree trimming and city street work.

Board members will also hear about an award from MIRMA, the Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association.

The meeting gets underway at 7:00pm at Slater City Hall.

EARLY START FOR MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD 10/20/14CC


The Marshall Board of Education meets in regular session on Tuesday, October 21st. The meeting will begin earlier than usual at 6:00pm.

Items on the agenda include board recognition of the Marshall High School Tennis Team and All-State Choir, along with Amy Miles, the Optimist Club Teacher of the Year. The board will also discuss the second phase of the transition to multi-grade buildings, hear an "A+" program review and approve a school band trip to Chicago, Illinois.

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

COOPERS LOOP CLOSED FOR SIX WEEKS 10/20/14CC


Officials in Cooper County have announced a road closing that could affect motorists for the next several weeks.

A release from the county says the west entrance to Highway 50 at Coopers Loop will be closed for the next six weeks. The stretch of road is just east of Otterville. Motorists in the area will need to seek an alternate route while the work is carried out.

Cooper County officials have also announced that Mount Moriah Road and Round Hill road have been reopened as of Monday, October 20th.

For questions or information about these projects, call (660) 882-2614.

CARROLL COMMISSIONERS TALK REPAIRS AND RENOVATIONS 10/20/14CC


At Monday's meeting of the Carroll County Commission, Commissioners met with contractors to discuss the finishing touches on renovation work at the Carroll County courthouse.

According to a spokesperson, Commissioners met with representatives of T&J Restoration, of Jefferson City, to map out the final steps in an ongoing tuckpointing job at the courthouse. Work on the project is expected to wrap up within the next few weeks.

Also on Monday, the Commission met with the owner of Town & Country Supply, of Norborne, to discuss the next steps in repairing the damper in the courthouse chimney flue after problems arose last winter with condensation and freezing.

M.D.C. GIVES FALL TURKEY OUTLOOK 10/20/14RK


Results of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s annual wild-turkey brood survey are in, and the news is good, especially in the northern half of the state.

According to a release from the MDC, Northeastern Missouri has the best news this year, with a ratio of two poults per hen. Northwestern Missouri has 1.9 poults per hen. The lowest ratio came from the Western Ozarks at 1.3 to 1.

Other than a couple of other areas, the state is near or above the 20-year average.

BOONVILLE COUNCIL TO GET ASBESTOS UPDATE 10/20/14RK


At the Boonville City Council meeting scheduled for tonight at 7:00pm, the council will hear the second reading of a proposed bill involving a settlement with CenturyLink and the first reading of a proposed bill authorizing a Mutual-Aid agreement with Cooper County.

The council also will hear a report on the asbestos cleanup process in the administration building and committee reports.

AREA ROAD WORK CONTINUES 10/20/14RK


There is some road work still going on in the area of which motorists need to be aware.

In Saline County, Missouri 127 in both directions has 'Milling/resurfacing Work' scheduled through Friday, October 31st.

Work will be conducted on weekdays only between the hours of 7:00am and 7:00pm.

In Pettis County, U.S. Highway 50 in both directions has 'Milling/resurfacing Work' scheduled through Monday, December 1st.

Work will be conducted on weekdays only. Traffic may be impacted 24 hours a day.

Also in Pettis County on U.S. Highway 50, 'Sidewalk/ADA Improvements' are scheduled through Monday, December 1st.

Work will be conducted on weekdays only. Traffic may be impacted 24 hours a day.

In Benton County, on Missouri-7 both directions, 'Resurfacing Pavement' is scheduled through Saturday, November 1st.

Work will be conducted on weekdays only between the hours of 6:00am and 7:00pm.

MISSOURI DEER SEASON FORECAST 10/20/14RK


According to a release from the Missouri Department of Conservation, some parts of Missouri will have more deer this year, and a bumper crop of corn will affect hunting strategies. The Missouri Department of Conservation says decisions that hunters make in harvesting deer are among the most significant factors affecting deer numbers this year and in the future.

Conservation Department Resource Scientist Emily Flinn says this year’s mild summer will send deer into autumn in good physical condition. Hot, dry summers, like those of 2012 and 2013, cause physical stress on deer, increasing their nutritional needs while simultaneously reducing food supplies. Deer got a break from the weather this year, with cooler than average temperatures and plenty of food.

The Conservation Department tracks deer populations at the county level by analyzing the number and sex of deer checked during deer season and through surveys of hunters and landowners. It also factors in other influences, such as disease.

For more information, visit mdc.mo.gov.

BRUNSWICK B.O.E. TO DISCUSS AMENDMENT 3 10/20/14RK


The Brunswick R-2 Board of Education meets tonight in regular session at 7:00pm.

The agenda includes an update on an addition and discussions on board policies, Amendment 3 and a payment to Muddy Boots, Inc.

The board also will discuss upcoming dates for the district, including parent/teacher conferences slated for Thursday from 1:00-7:00pm.

Also on the agenda is an executive session.

WELLINGTON MAN INJURED IN LAFAYETTE CRASH 10/20/14RK


A Wellington man has suffered minor injuries due to an accident early this morning in Lafayette County.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred when a westbound 2003 Ford, driven by 73-year-old Homer ODell, of Wellington, failed to stop at a stop sign at Blue Valley Road and Route "D", traveled across Route "D" and struck a ditch.

Odell was transported by Wellington E.M.S. to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.

The accident occurred at 1:40am on Route "D" at Blue Valley Road.

CARROLL CO. ACCIDENT INJURES BOSWORTH WOMAN 10/20/14RK


A one-car accident in Carroll County last night has caused injuries to an area woman.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when 80-year-old Christine Jones, of Bosworth, lost control of her eastbound 2000 Chevrolet, ran off the road and struck a tree.

Jones suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton for treatment.

The accident happened just after 9:00pm on County Road 220, east of County Road 531.

FOUR INJURED IN PETTIS CRASH 10/19/14KL


Four people have been injured in an early morning Pettis County accident.

The Highway Patrol says a car driven by 37-year-old Cynthia Donnell, of Centerview, was stopped at a stop light at Highway 50 and Route MM, when it was struck in the rear by a pickup truck.

The pickup reportedly went off the side of the road, before it reportedly left the scene of the accident.

The driver of the car and three children, ranging in age from 8 to 15, all suffered minor injuries and were taken to Bothwell Regional Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened about 12:30am Sunday morning.

WINTER PRECIPITATION 10/19/14KL


A weather expert says with all of the moisture we've gotten in the first half of this month, that is no indication of how much moisture we will get during the winter.

State Climatologist Pat Guinan says National Forecasters can't agree on what we will get.



Otherwise, he says, forecasters are giving equal chances that temperatures will be above or below average, and they'er saying the same thing about snow.

SALINE AND BENTON COUNTY ACCIDENTS 10/19/14KL


A two-vehicle accident just North of the Marshall Junction in Saline County has injured four people. Involved were vehicles driven by 26-year-old Jesse F. Reed, of Sedalia, and 30-year-old Clinton Raynes, of Warrensburg.

Both drivers and one passenger, 17-year-old Farris Higginbotham, of Sedalia, all received minor injuries but, according to the Highway Patrol, refused treatment at the scene.

Another passenger, 25-year-old Megan Raynes, received moderate injuries and was taken to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment.

The accident happened Saturday afternoon on Highway 65 just north of the junction with I-70.
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A one-car accident late Saturday afternoon in Benton County has resulted in serious injuries to a 32-year-old Bates City woman. Jennifer Dalton was injured when her car ran off the side of the road and struck a tree.

Dalton was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The accident happened about 5:00pm on Saturday on Route K in Benton County.

INJURY ACCIDENTS 10/18/14KL


 A Camden, Mo., woman has been injured in an unusual accident in Ray County.

According to the Highway Patrol, a car driven by 26-year-old Leanne Hussing, of Camden, was backing along the road, the driver lost control and fell out of the vehicle, which then struck the driver.

Hussing received serious injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened early Saturday afternoon on route "T" in Ray County.

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Earlier Saturday morning, two people were injured in a one-car accident in Carroll County.

The highway patrol says a car driven by 22-year-old Zackary Stephens, of Hale, went off the side of the road, became airborne, then struck an embankment and overturned.

Stephens received minor injuries, and a passenger, 21-year-old Timothy Newton, also of Hale, received moderate injuries. Both were taken to Pershing Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened about 2:30am on Saturday on route "J" in Carroll County.

LAFAYETTE COUNTY ACCIDENT 10/18/14KL


One person has been injured in a two-car accident in Lafayette County.

The Highway Patrol says cars driven by 20-year-old Sarah Adams, of Lee's Summit, and 25-year-old Brittany Mcinnis, of Blue Springs, collided.

Injured was a passenger in the Mcinnis auto, 20-year-old David Barberis, of Blue Springs, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Centerpoint hospital for treatment.

The highway patrol says the accident happened as both vehicles were westbound on I-70, and the driver of the Adams vehicle reached over to pickup a ringing cellular phone, causing that car to travel into the rear of the Mcinnis vehicle.

The accident happened a little after 7:00pm on Friday in Lafayette County.

TRUCK CRASH INJURES MARSHALL MAN, CLOGS RAMP 10/17/14CC


The northbound on-ramp to Highway 65 at the Marshall Junction was shut down for several hours on Friday after a one-vehicle accident involving a grain truck.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a 2009 Kenworth truck driven by 24-year-old Jarad Dunn, of Marshall, was eastbound on I-70 when it reportedly made an abrupt lane change to exit onto northbound 65. The truck skidded and overturned, ejecting the driver. The truck then continued to skid before becoming airborne, overturning and finally coming to rest in the middle of the off-ramp.

Dunn suffered moderate injuries and was taken by Saline County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The accident reportedly closed the ramp for nearly five hours.

HOMICIDE TRAINING SESSION IN SALINE CO. 10/17/14CC


Several area law enforcement agencies were in attendance Friday at a Homicide Crime Scene Investigation class held at the Saline County Criminal Justice Training Center.

The session was run by center training director Jim Simmerman, along with Deputy Sheriff Greg Billingsley, and was attended by eight commissioned Missouri peace officers. A release from the center says it was part three of an ongoing series of training sessions.

Some of the topics covered included burns and bombing cases, drownings, victimology and crime scene re-reenactments, along with media relations, court trials and interrogations.

The session was attended by members of the Saline County Sheriffs Department, the Sweet Springs Police Department and the Browning Police Department. It was the 59th installment of the training sessions since they began in May of 2008.

ODESSA B.O.E. OPPOSES AMENDMENT THREE 10/17/14CC


The Odessa R-7 School board this week joined scores of school districts across the state in declaring their formal opposition to Missouri Constitutional Amendment 3 on the November General Election ballot.

Superintendent Bob Brinkley says the proposed amendment creates several unanswered questions for the district:



In other business, the board approved several out-of-state trips for students, trips for which he says the kids raise all of their own funds:



The Odessa board this week also approved the amended 2014-15 budget and approved a resolution to recognize Disability History and Awareness Week.

COLUMBIA POLICE APPREHEND TWO SUSPECTS IN ALLEGED BURGLARY 10/17/14RK


According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were dispatched to the Community Methodist Church on West Broadway in Columbia with the sounding of an audio alarm just after midnight this morning.

Upon arrival, the officers observed an individual near the entrance of the church, who took off running. After officers caught up with and took 20-year-old Aaron Black into custody, a flat-screen TV was located near the church doors where Black was initially observed.

While dealing with Black, a car rolled by the officers with its lights off, and after a short pursuit, the officers apprehended another suspect in connection with the alleged burglary. Items contained inside the vehicle were determined to belong to the church, as well.

The release says both suspects are being held on several charges with total bonds in excess of $9,000 each.

NEW TORCH RUN AT VALLEY THIS YEAR SET FOR TONIGHT 10/17/14RK


According to a release from the school, as part of Missouri Valley College's Homecoming week, new this year, the annual Torch Run, a storied MVC tradition that dates back to the 1950s, will be run as a 5K Run or 1-Mile Walk. The inaugural Ed Leslie 5K Run/1-Mile Walk will be tonight at 7:30 at Gregg-Mitchell Field.

The Torch Run has traditionally been an event in which MVC athletes run a torch, relay style, from the campus of the opposing football team to the MVC campus to light the bonfire.

The event's coordinator, Mike Machholz, who also is the assistant athletic director and wrestling head coach at MVC, says this new event gives students, alumni and friends of the college a chance to participate.

Machholz said the event will conclude just in time to light the bonfire, "preserving some of the old tradition."

The bonfire is scheduled to be lit some time around 8:30.

HOWARD COUNTY PUBLIC MODOT MEETING SET FOR OCTOBER 23RD 10/17/14RK


According to a release from MoDOT, in Howard County, the Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on Thursday, October 23rd to discuss plans to replace the Route "E" bridge over Adams Fork Creek and rehabilitate the Route "A" bridge over Moniteau Creek from 4:30-6:30pm at the Commercial Trust Bank in Fayette.

The public is invited to attend.

Displays and project information presented at the meeting also will be available at modot.org/central the day of the meeting. For more information, you can call 888-ASK-MODOT.

PETTIS ANIMAL SHELTER GROUND-BREAKING SET 10/17/14RK


There will be a ground-breaking ceremony for Sedalia's new state-of-the-art animal shelter will be held on Wednesday, October 22nd at 11:00am.

The event will take place on New York Avenue, south of the city's limb drop-off site.

It will be a 6,410-square foot facility that is being built by the Heckart Family Foundation.

The public is invited to attend.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE AT SALISBURY BOARD MEETING 10/16/14CC


At this week's meeting of the Salisbury School Board, board members were updated on building projects by representatives from Septagon Construction Company. The board also gave approval to paying construction bills in the amount of over $690,000.

Board member Tony Sloan moved to purchase a van up to $25,000, with towing options, removable seat, transmission cooler and hitch with the bus budget. The remaining funds in the bus budget along with the new budget for the next year will be combined to purchase a larger seating bus. The motion was unanimously approved by the board.

In other business, the board accepted a snow removal bid from Wild Country Snowplow Service and set their next meeting date for Monday, November 17th, at 7:30pm.

KEYTESVILLE COUNCIL HEARS PARK UPDATE 10/16/14CC


The Keytesville City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, October 14th.

Council members heard an update from members of the city Park Board, who presented plans to make the playground and shelter house compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The council also approved the purchase of a new tractor blade and approved the search for a cinder and salt spreader.

In other business, council members discussed various ways of improving the water billing system to match up with new billing software. They also approved the seeking of bids for street overlay work in Keytesville.

GLASGOW B.O.E. HEARS PROP 1 OVERVIEW 10/16/14CC


At Wednesday's meeting of the Glasgow School Board, members were given an overview of Proposition I, a proposed .75 cent increase in the local school tax levy. The board also approved the district Assessment Calendar and Assessment Plan as presented.

In other business, board members were given an update on Fall sports and activities, including the Varsity Cheer squad's recent first place finish at the State MCCA competition and the elementary carnival slated for Friday of this week.

M.M.U. BOARD ELIMINATES ASSISTANCE PROGRAM 10/16/14CC


At a brief meeting of the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works on Thursday, board members voted to do away with a utility bill assistance program.

According to a spokesman, the Community Action Utility Sharing Effort, or CAUSE, program had not developed in the way it was originally intended and so the board voted Thursday to eliminate the program. M.M.U. plans to donate any remaining funds from the program to the Marshall Ministerial Alliance.

In other business, the board gave final approval to a contract extension with Poor Boys Tree Service for tree trimming around Marshall during the winter months. Trimming work is slated to begin sometime in early January.

SWEET SPRINGS BOARD FINALIZES SETTLEMENT 10/16/14CC


At this week's meeting of the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen, the board approved an ordinance to finalize a settlement with the CenturyLink company. Mayor Dee Friel explains what Aldermen ultimately decided:



In other business, Friel says Aldermen awarded a bid for a new heater for the Public Works Building:



The board also approved the promotion of police officer Bill Fisher from probationary period to full-time employee and approved the hiring of Chad Barnes as a Sweet Springs reserve police officer.

PETTIS FLU VACCINES DELAYED 10/16/14RK


According to a news release, the Pettis County Health Center has been notified that injectable influenza vaccine, for children and adults under 65 years old, delivery is being delayed. The now-anticipated delivery date is mid- to late November; additional Flumist (nasal vaccine) is anticipated by mid-November as well.

The health center also is awaiting the arrival of vaccine for infants and young children, although vaccine is reportedly available for individuals over 65 years old.

Individuals with scheduled appointments are being notified.

For more information, call the Pettis County Health Center at (660) 827-1130.

NEW FRANKLIN SCHOOL BOARD 10/16/14CC


At this week’s meeting of the New Franklin R-1 Board of Education, the board considered steps to move toward the district’s goal of upgrading building security.

Board members were updated on recent estimates for new exterior doors, cameras and electronics after their insurance company recently visited the campus to assess the district’s needs.

Superintendent David Haggard informed the board that initial estimates came in at around $20,000 per door; the board took no action on the matter at this week’s meeting. Haggard says the district plans to replace the doors and make necessary security upgrades over the course of the next two years.

In other business, board members approved the district’s Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP) and learned that the 2013-2014 audit showed a clean bill of financial health for the district.

SALINE COMMISSION GETS UPDATE ON BRIDGE 10/16/14RK


At the Thursday meeting of the Saline County Commission, Northern District Commissioner Charlie Guthrie said 40 more bricks honoring veterans will be installed on the east side of the Saline County Courthouse late this month or early in November. He said laying of these bricks will require a bit more work than in the past because some of the sidewalk will have to be cut out.

In other business, the commission approved a special payment to Boone Construction, of Columbia, for $88,641.50. It is the first payment for work being done on the Wilton Springs Bridge.

Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner also talked about work being done on another county bridge.



Fenner was talking about the bridge on Magnolia Avenue, south of the Wilton Springs Bridge.

Fenner said he expects the work to be finished in the next two days.

SOLID WASTE DISTRICT TALKS ABOUT EXPERIMENTAL PROJECTS 10/16/14RK


Presiding Commissioner of Saline County Tom Stallings attended a Solid Waste District board meeting in Concordia on Tuesday. He said the main focus of the meeting was to look at the review of the annual audit. The board was given a completely clean audit by Randall C. Fiene, CPA.

He said the board also learned of some experimental projects, one in Sedalia.



He said there are other uses being looked at, but for the most part, finely-ground tires are used as mulch.

Stallings also said the Solid Waste District is working to make a permanent household hazardous waste site available in Sedalia. He said that could happen down the road where people from surrounding counties could takes their hazardous waste two or three days a month.

SALINE COMMISSION APPROVE SIGN/RIBBON 10/16/14RK


Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Don Stouffer attended the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday making the commission aware that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Vicitms' Advocate Tasha Lembke spoke up and out about domestic violence.



Stouffer and Lembke were there to ask for permission to put up a sign and a purple bow on the southwest corner of the square to raise awareness for domestic violence victims, which will be in place for about two weeks.
The commission approved the request.

GLASGOW SUPERINTENDENT EXPLAINS NEED FOR TAX LEVY INCREASE 10/17/14RK


At Wednesday's meeting of the Glasgow School Board, members were given an overview of Proposition 1, a proposed 75-cent increase in the local school tax levy.

Superintendent Mike Reynolds says Glasgow's district, like many other districts, is dealing with a reduction in state and federal aid.



Reynolds said the district has been frugal in its spending in the past decade.



Reynolds said the district has worked on a deficit budget for four out of the past five school years.
Glasgow residents will vote "yes" or "no" on the levy increase on November 4th.

ABSENTEE VOTING EXPECTED TO PICK UP 10/16/14RK


At a meeting of the Saline County Commission this week, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell said absentee voting is under way for the November 4th general election. She said she hasn't seen a spike in requested absentee ballots yet. However, she expects the numbers to increase.



There has been a reported national trend of more voters voting absentee. Russell said they could be asked to provide information about absentee voting numbers in Saline County.



Russell said all of the needs have been met for the number of workers needed at the polls for this election. But she says they are always looking for more volunteers for future elections.

EDWARDS MAN KILLED IN BENTON COUNTY CRASH 10/16/14RK


A one-vehicle accident on Wednesday in Benton County has resulted in the death of an Edwards man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 56-year-old David Guinn was eastbound when his 1996 Chevrolet Blazer failed to negotiate a right-hand curve, crossed the center line, ran off the left side of the road and struck a tree.

Guinn was reportedly ejected from the vehicle.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by Benton County Coroner Westin Miller.

The accident happened at 5:10pm on Highway "AA" at Palmer Road.

SEPTEMBER JOBS REPORT RELEASED 10/15/14CC


Missouri’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 8,100 jobs in September, according to seasonally adjusted data released by the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The state’s unemployment rate held at 6.3 percent for the month.

A number of industries gained jobs in September, including construction with 1,700 new jobs, accommodations and food services with 3,900 new jobs, and management of companies and enterprises (regional, national, international headquarters) employment increased by 1,100.

Missouri’s nonfarm payrolls have increased by 53,700 jobs over the past year.

To learn more, visit www.ded.mo.gov.

MODOT TO ALLOW OVERWEIGHT GRAIN LOADS 10/15/14CC


With heavy rains affecting farmers’ ability to harvest their crops in many areas of the state, Governor Jay Nixon Wednesday announced that the Missouri Department of Transportation has agreed to allow heavier than normal truck loads of farm commodities on Missouri highways.

While the waiver is in effect, farmers, private and for-hire motor carriers may carry up to ten percent more than their licensed weight on Missouri highways.

The waiver will remain in effect for the next 60 days. While the waiver is in effect, participating motor carriers are limited to:

* A loaded, gross weight no greater than ten percent (10%) above the gross licensed weight of the commercial motor vehicle;

* Transport of commodities from the farm to another facility, transportation between facilities and empty return trips on non-interstate highways within the State of Missouri.

* When crossing a bridge, the driver must restrict the vehicle speed to no more than thirty miles per hour (30 mph) and must center the truck between two lanes of the bridge. The truck driver must yield to oncoming traffic.

For more information, visit www.modot.org.

ONE INJURED IN HOWARD COUNTY CRASH 10/15/14CC


A Cooper County motorist was injured Tuesday in a one-vehicle accident in Howard County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 20-year-old Jackson Adair, of Wooldridge, was northbound when he reportedly failed to stop at a T-intersection and crossed the highway. His vehicle then exited the roadway and overturned.

Adair suffered moderate injuries and was taken for treatment to University Hospital in Columbia by Howard County ambulance. Reports say the crash happened around 8:40pm on Highway 40 at Missouri 240 in Howard County.

PEARCE ADDRESSES WARRENSBURG COUNCIL 10/15/14RK


At this week's meeting of the Warrensburg City Council, Senator David Pearce spoke during a study session about making Warrensburg and the state of Missouri more military-friendly, according to city manager Paula Hertwig-Hopkins.

In the regular meeting, along with the discussion of plats of land, Hertwig-Hopkins said the process for fixing the roof on the community center, which she says is popular with the military families and the general community, has been suspended. She said the Parks Department was doing the work but ran into some problems that involves electrical work and lighting.

She also said the city is updating its backup and antivirus systems. Bids will be taken to do that work.

The Council also recognized three individuals who were integral in putting together the city's recent Burg Fest, a barbecue contest held on Pine Street.

BOONVILLE BOIL ADVISORY 10/15/14RK


According to a release from the Cooper County Emergency Management Agency, Boonville residents need to be aware of some upcoming work this morning.

Due to a water shut off at 9:00am, residents on Sycamore, Christus Drive, 7th Street Terrace and Walnut to 7th will be under a 48-hour boil advisory.

For more information, you can call (660) 882-2614.

PILOT GROVE B.O.E. APPROVES BALL FIELD BIDS 10/14/14CC


While many people in the area are watching the postseason progress of both the Royals and Cardinals, the Pilot Grove C-4 School Board took steps this week to gear up for their next baseball season.

Superintendent D.J. Leverton talks about some necessary improvements for the district's baseball field:



In other business, Board members on Monday were updated on the district's annual audit, which showed a clean bill of financial health, and tabled a bid for a walk-in cooler freezer until a future meeting.

NORBORNE B.O.E. OPPOSES AMENDMENT THREE 10/14/14CC


Like many school districts across the state, members of the Norborne R-8 Board of Education on Monday formally voiced their opposition to Missouri Constitutional Amendment 3 on the November election ballot.

Norborne Superintendent Roger Feagan explains:



In other business, the board on Monday approved renewing employee insurance plans, approved a vendor for new I.T.V. equipment and set the date for graduation for Sunday, May 10th, 2015.

THE END OF AN ERA IN SEDALIA 10/14/14CC


It's Homecoming week for the Sedalia 200 school district, and the end of the week could bring with it the end of an era in Sedalia sports.

The Homecoming game Friday against KC Center stands to be the final game at Liberty Park's Jennie Jaynes Stadium before a new stadium is finished for Smith-Cotton High School, according to Superintendent Brad Pollitt.



However, Pollitt says there may one more opportunity to see gridiron action on the historic field.



The stadium was constructed in 1951 and has been home to Smith-Cotton Tiger and Sacred Heart Gremlin football ever since. It will eventually be demolished to make way for a new community center for the Sedalia Parks and Recreation Department.

MVC HOLDING HOMECOMING ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK 10/14/14RK


The Missouri Valley College community is holding Homecoming festivities this week, with the theme being "Paint the Town Purple."

According to a release from the school, activities include the alumni banquet, a bonfire, homecoming parade, 50-Plus Club breakfast and the MVC Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Many of this year's events will be held in the newly-constructed Malcolm Center for Student Life, including a recognition ceremony for the building's donors.

One change this year is that the annual torch run, which in the past has been an event in which MVC athletes run from the campus of the opposing football team's campus to light the bonfire. Instead, this year there will be a 5K race or 1-Mile walk. The inaugural Ed Leslie 5K Run/1-Mile Walk is set for Friday night at 7:30. Anyone can participate, according to the event's coordinator, Mike Machholz.

Homecoming week will culminate with the Heart of America Athletic Conference football contest between visiting Culver-Stockton College and the Vikings at 2:00pm on Saturday.

AREA ROAD CLOSINGS DUE TO FLOODED AREAS 10/14/14RK


Recent rains have caused some flooding in the area.

There are a few area roads with water over them.

According to Howard County dispatch, Highway 87 at Route "Z" is washed out with water over the roadway. Also, County Roads 207 and 440 at Highway 240 Spur have water over them.

Also, according to the MoDOT Website, in Johnson County, Highway 23 between Routes "CC" and "E" and Route "E" at Route "CC" have water over them.

In Pettis County, Route "O" between Routes "N" and "HH" is washed out, as well.

So, if you normally use a route that includes any of these, you might want to seek an alternate route.

For more information, contact MoDOT at 888-ASK-MODOT or visit modot.org.

WARRENSBURG MAN WINS $100,000 IN LOTTERY 10/15/14RK


A Warrensburg man is richer but says his routine of buying lottery tickets will not change.

According to a release from the Missouri Lottery, 42-year-old Rodger Ehrsam won $100,000 on one of the three "Millionaire" Scratchers tickets he purchased on October 5th at Jerry's One Stop in Warrensburg.

Ehrsam, a small-buisiness owner, said he was going to buy one of each of the three $10 tickets available, but changed his mind to purchase three $10 tickets of the same variety, and the winner was the third one he scratched off.

Ehrsam said he would pay a few bills and put the rest in savings.

ONE INJURED IN LAFAYETTE CRASH 10/13/14CC


A Johnson County woman was hospitalized Monday after a two-vehicle accident in Lafayette County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when vehicles driven by 29-year-old Bradly Raymond, of Napoleon, and 20-year-old Kayla Bloss, of Holden, collided in the roadway at Missouri 131 and Varner Road at around 9:15am Monday morning.

Bloss suffered moderate injuries and was taken for treatment to Centerpoint Hospital by Odessa ambulance. Raymond was reportedly not injured in the collision.

KINDER SEEKS VETERAN NOMINATIONS 10/13/14CC


Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder is seeking nominations for the 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Veterans Service Award, created to recognize Missouri veterans who provide volunteer service to their communities.

The deadline to submit nominations is October 31st. Each nominee will receive a certificate of recognition, which will note the nominating person or agency.

Winners, selected from across the state, will be announced on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. They will be presented with an official Declaration from the Lieutenant Governor at a ceremony in the Capitol when the General Assembly is in session to give lawmakers the opportunity to also honor these veterans.

For questions or more information, contact the Lt. Governor's office at (573) 751-4727.

ZWEIFEL ANNOUNCES PRIZE PACKAGE 10/13/14CC


Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel has announced that MOST-- Missouri’s 529 College Savings Plan-- is giving away two prize packages which include a $529 contribution to a MOST 529 Account, four tickets to the University of Missouri versus Arkansas football game on November 28, a t-shirt and a concessions gift card.

Missouri residents 18 years or older can enter to win the football prize package and a $529 contribution into a MOST 529 account for a child who is a minor. To enter, visit www.missourimost.org by November 2. The winner will be notified the first week of November.

MOST 529 is a state-sponsored college savings program aimed at better preparing young people to pay for their college education.

METH PRESENTATION AT S.F.C.C. 10/13/14CC


The State Fair Community College Criminal Justice program will present motivational speaker David Parnell, a former meth dealer and recovering addict, at 6:30pm tonight in the Thompson Conference Center in the Heckart Science and Allied Health Center on the Sedalia campus.

The presentation is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by Mothers Against Methamphetamine and the Pettis County Health Center with funding from the Missouri Department of Health.

Parnell, a husband, father of seven and suicide survivor from Tennessee, began using drugs with his father at age 13. He now devotes his life to speaking in high schools, colleges and communities to warn about the dangers of methamphetamine.

Some material may not be suitable for young children. For more information, call (660) 596-7367.

CARROLLTON SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TUESDAY 10/13/14CC


The Carrollton R-8 Board of Education meets in regular session on Tuesday, October 14th, at 7:00pm.

The evening's agenda includes discussion on Constitutional Amendment 3, a district security report and discussion on A.C.T. results.

An executive session is also scheduled for personnel and real estate matters.

SWEET SPRINGS ALDERMEN AGENDA 10/13/14CC


The Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen meets in regular session on Tuesday, October 14th, at 6:00pm.

Items on the agenda include bids for a heater at the public works building, discussion on a public works truck and discussion on a recent ordinance work night for the Board.

An executive session is also on the schedule for legal and personnel matters.

FOUR S-C STUDENTS SELECTED FOR ALL-STATE CHOIR 10/13/14RK


According to a release from Sedalia School District 200, Smith-Cotton High School was the host for the West-Central All-District Choir, Women's Honor Choir and the 9th/10th Honor choir on Saturday, October 11th.

At this event, the All-District Choir members had the chance to try out for the Missouri All-State Choir. S-C students selected for the All-State Choir are: senior Maggie Beard, soprano; senior Haleigh Carson, alto; junior Lanie Beard, alto (first alternate); senior Ashlyn Witt, soprano (first alternate).

COLUMBIA POLICE TO HOST OPEN HOUSE 10/13/14RK


On November 6th, 2014, the Columbia Police Department will host an open house for anyone interested in a law-enforcement career.

The event will be at the Robert M. LeMone Building (Columbia Police Department Training Center) at 5001 Meyer Industrial Drive from 4:00-7:00pm

Training, recruiting, SWAT, K-9 Unit, Crisis Negotiating Team, Traffic Unit and patrol representatives will be there to answer questions and provide information.

Food and beverage will be provided.

For more information, contact Lieutenant Geoff Jones at (573) 817-5015.

FREE JOB FAIR COMING UP AT SFCC 10/13/14RK


State Fair Community College and the Missouri Career Center will sponsor a free job fair for college students and the community from 10:00am to 2:00pm on Thursday, October 23rd in the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center on SFCC's Sedalia campus.

More than 35 area businesses are scheduled to be on hand to provide information about job opportunities and talk about their companies.

Business attire and resumes are encouraged.

For more information, you can call SFCC's Testing and Career Center at (660) 530-5818.

TIRE FIRE ON I-70 EXIT RAMP 10/13/14RK


Confirmed by the Saline County Sheriff's Department, there is a tire fire on a tractor-trailer on the exit ramp at mile marker 71 ("EE" and Houstonia exit) on westbound I-70.

Its affect on traffic is unknown at this time.

CMU GADDIS LECTURE TO FEATURE CARTER 10/13/14RK


The 31st annual Merrill E. Gaddis Lecture at Central Methodist University in Fayette is set for Thursday, October 16th and features Elizabeth "Liz" Carter.

Carter, a 2005 alumnus now living in Buffalo, New York, will speak on "Leadership through the lens of a system project manager."

The program begins at 7:00pm on the fourth floor of the CMU Inman Student and Community Center.

The event is free and open to the public.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING ON THURSDAY AT BATTLE OF LEXINGTON SITE 10/13/14RK


The public is invited to bring ideas to an informational meeting at the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site on Thursday, October 16th from 6:30 to 7:30pm in the site's visitor center.

Representatives from the historic site will be on hand to gather information from interested citizens regarding the long-range development plan for the site.

Comments about the site will be accepted online from October 16th through 31st at mostateparks.com. You can also get more information about this event or about state parks at the same site.

The Battle of Lexington Historic Site is located at 1101 Delaware Street in Lexington. You also can contact the site at (660) 259-4654.

AREA ROAD CLOSINGS-- FLOODED AREAS 10/14/14RK


Recent rains have caused some flooding in the area.

There are a few area roads with water over them.

According to Howard County dispatch, Highway 87 at Route "Z" is washed out with water over the roadway. Also, County Roads 207 and 440 at Highway 240 Spur have water over them.

Also, according to the MoDOT Website, in Johnson County, Highway 23 between Routes "CC" and "E" and Route "E" at Route "CC" have water over them.

In Pettis County, Route "O" between Routes "N" and "HH" is washed out, as well.

So, if you normally use a route that includes any of these, you might want to seek an alternate route.

For more information, contact MoDOT at 888-ASK-MODOT or visit modot.org.

BENTON COUNTY CRASH INJURES TWO AREA RESIDENTS 10/13/14RK


A one-vehicle accident in Benton County late last night has caused serious injuries to two area residents.

According to a report from the Misosuri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound 2001 Ford, driven by 19-year-old Craig Zane, of Cole Camp, was travelling too fast for gravel-road conditions, ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.

The report says, Zane and 25-year-old passenger Tasha Dotson, of Lincoln, were transported by E.M.S. to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.

The accident happened at 11:30pm on Centerline Avenue, less than a mile north of Fordney Road.

DECEASED WOMAN FOUND IN COOPER COUNTY HAS BEEN ID'd 10/13/14RK


A deceased female body found over the weekend in Cooper County has been identified as a central-Missouri resident.

According to a release from Cooper County Sheriff Jerry Wolfe, at approximately 4:44pm on Saturday, October 11th, 2014, Cooper County Deputies were dispatched to a report of a female lying near a gravel road west of Pilot Grove.

Deputies arrived at the scene and found a deceased white female, later identified as a 62-year-old Columbia resident.

Investigation at the scene yielded a handgun.

According to the release, the investigation is currently being classified as a death investigation by the Cooper County Sheriff's Office and Coroner's Office.

Wolfe said, "We are not ruling out any possibility at this point, although this incident does not appear, on the face of it, to be a homicide. We are proceeding with every precaution."

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, October 14th, 2014.

ROUTE 41 BRIDGE OVER LAMINE IN COOPER COUNTY NOW OPEN 10/13/14RK


According to a release from MoDOT, the Route 41 bridge over the Lamine River in Cooper County has been completed and is open to traffic. The opening of the bridge is more than a week ahead of schedule.

While the bridge has been reopened, work will continue in the area until November 1st.

The release says, occasional lane closures on the bridge are possible until all work is completed.

For more information about this project or any other transportation-related matters, call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT or visit modot.org.

MARSHALL POLICE TO CONDUCT SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT 10/13/14RK


According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, the police department will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint in an unspecified location between October 12th and October 26th, 2014.

The release says the goal of the checkpoint is to find and apprehend intoxicated and impaired drivers.

The checkpoint will begin late in the evening and conclude early in the morning.

Motorists can expect minimal delays.

In 2012, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes - one every 51 minutes. In 2013, Missouri had 4,780 drug- and/or alcohol-related driving crashes, with 2,941 injuries and 236 fatalities.

LAMINE RIVER BRIDGE 10/12/14


We are getting reports from motorists this Sunday afternoon that people are driving across the Highway 41 bridge over the Lamine River in Cooper County today.

A check with MODOT, and a spokesman tells us it has not officially been opened to traffic. However, residents of the area say the barricades have been removed and there are signs cautioning motorists that striping has not been done on the new bridge.

According to the modot spokesperson the bridge is scheduled to be fully reopened by this next weekend.

The Route 41 bridge over the Lamine has been closed to traffic since late July.

Lehman construction company of California, Missouri won the bid for the $2.2 million project.

The conservation area at the Lamine river remained open during the construction of the new bridge

FIRST FREEZE 10/13


The latest weather forecast does not call for any freezing temperatures in the KMMO listening area for at least the next week to 10 days, as of now. And that would mean the average first freeze of the year will be later than normal.

Using tables dating back for more than a century, the average date for the first fall freeze in this area should begin later this week.

Sweet Springs on Wednesday, Salisbury on Friday, New Franklin and Carrollton on Saturday, with Marshall on October 19th and Lexington on October 21st.

First freeze dates can swing dramatically, according to records of the High Plains Regional Climate Center.

In Marshall, the earliest freeze recorded happened in 1902, when the temperature dipped to 32 degrees on September 13th of that year.

MONDAY MEETINGS 10/12/14


Several area city governments, and school boards will meet Monday evening...

The Glasgow Board of Aldermen meets at 6:30. On the agenda is a request to send two city employees to the Missouri Rural Water Conference late this month and an appointment to the park board.

An executive session is also scheduled following the regular meeting.

-The New Franklin Board of Aldermen meets at 7:00pm. On the agenda is authorizing the mayor to sign a lease, a discussion of the correctional center's work-release program, and a review of the all-terrain vehicles city code. The board will also have an executive session to discuss personnel.

- The Warrensburg City Council first meets in a study session at 6:00pm when it will hear from Senator David Pearce about making Missouri a military-friendly state.
Then during the regular meeting at 7:00pm, the council will take up approval of a settlement agreement with Centurylink regarding gross receipts taxes and an ordinance authorizing the emergency repair of the community center indoor pool-lighting electrical system

- The Sedalia Mayor and City Council will meet with the Bothwell Regional Health Board of Trustees at 6:00pm for a presentation of the hospital's annual report. That meeting is in the Bothwell Regional Health Center Board room

- The Smith-Cotton School District Board will meet in work session at 6:30 with representatives of L.J. Hart and company dealing with bonding issues.

The board will also meet in executive session to discuss personnel.

- The Salisbury School Board also meets at 7:30 and will take up snow-removal bids for the winter, hear administrative reports and amend the school calendar.

An executive session is also scheduled dealing with employee and student matters.

KNOB NOSTER MAN AND THREE OTHERS KILLED 10/12/14


Four people have been killed and two seriously injured in a head-on collision in Morgan County. Among the dead is a Knob Noster resident, 25-year-old Justin Gaddis, a passenger in one of the cars.

The Highway Patrol says the accident happened when a car driven by 22-year-old Kelsey Tobben, of Jefferson City, attempted to pass a tractor trailer vehicle and collided with a car driven by 42-year-old Philip Allen, of Rolla, head on. Both drivers were killed in the accident. also killed was 44-year-old Carin Allen, of Rolla..

Two children, ages 12 and 14, in the Allen auto received serous injuries.

The accident occurred on Highway 50 in Morgan County on Friday evening, with the information being released on Saturday.

CROPS 10/11/14


 With all the rain, farmers are having to wait to get into the fields in some places, and the USDA, in its latest crop forecast, says Missouri could see record crops this year for corn and soybeans, with 599 million bushels of corn, the state's highest on record, and 258 million bushels of soybeans, also a record.

The yield per acre on both crops also is expected to set records this year.

DAIRY QUEEN HACKED 10/11/14


Something we are hearing about much too often these days is data security breaches.

Dairy Queen has announced that about 400 of its locations across the country have been hacked.

Seventeen of those hacked Dairy Queens are in Missouri, including one in Saline County at Route "J", one in Sedalia, on South Limit avenue, two in Columbia and one in Chillicothe.

The hacking incidents occurred in August.

A letter from company President John Gainor said an investigation revealed that a third-party vendor's compromised account credentials were used to access the affected locations.

The affected computer systems contained customers' names, payment-card numbers and expiration dates.

If you think you may have been affected by the breach or have any questions, you can call Dairy Queen toll free at 1-855-865-4456.

INJURY ACCIDENTS 10/10/14


Three people have been injured in a one-vehicle accident in Pettis County. The Highway Patrol says a vehicle driven by 17-year-old Tyler Spear, of Sedalia, failed to negotiate a curve, went off the road and struck two trees before overturning.

Spear received minor injuries and reportedly refused treatment at the scene. One passenger, 15-year-old Andriy Usyk, of Sedalia, received serious injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. A second passenger, 15-year-old Jack Benton, of Sedalia, received minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene.

The accident happened late Friday afternoon on Forest Park road, east of South Grand Avenue in Pettis County.

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A Stover Missouri man has been killed and four other received serious injuries in a head-on collision in Cole County.

The Highway Patrol says vehicles driven by 47-year-old Albert Miesner, of Stover, and 43-year-old Salvatore Coombs, of Russellville, collided.

Albert Miesner was pronounced dead at the scene. Coombs received serious injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

Three passengers in the Miesner auto received serious injuries: 41-year-old Cheree Meisner, of Stover, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia; while two Miesner children, ages seven and three, were taken to St. Louis Children's Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened late Friday afternoon on Route "C" in Cole County

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Two people have been injured in a two-vehicle accident in Saline county. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a van ran into the rear of a slowing truck.

Injured was the driver of the van, 74-year-old Ann Porter, of Salem, Ore., and a passenger in the vehicle, 72-year-old Richard Porter, of salem, Ore. According to the Highway Patrol, both refused treatment for their injuries.

The accident late Friday afternoon on Westbound I-70 in Saline County
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REMEMBERING THE PAST IN EMMA 10/10/14CC


A group of area history buffs will hold a special ceremony on Sunday to honor a host of men who died during the Civil War near Emma.

Organizer David Hemme says he and other area historians have put together a memorial for nearly two dozen men who died on October 10th, 1864, while fighting off bushwhackers in the area that would become the town of Emma. He says that 150 years ago, that area was mostly German-speaking and not many historical accounts of that day remain in existence:



Hemme says a memorial event is slated for Sunday to honor the fallen men; he talks about the schedule of events for the day:



The event gets underway at 12:00pm with a potluck at Holy Cross Lutheran School in Emma followed by the memorial event at 1:30pm at Holy Cross Church. Those planning on attending are asked to bring a lawn chair.

For more information, contact David Hemme at (660) 287-6685.

BENTON COUNTY MAN DROWNS DURING CANOE TRIP 10/10/14CC


An area man is dead after drowning in a Benton County lake earlier this week.

According to the Water Division of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 30-year-old Daniel Wedlock, of Edwards, was reported missing after not returning from a canoe trip on the Lake of the Ozarks on Monday night. His unoccupied canoe was located on Monday.

Authorities say the man's body was found and recovered around 7:15am on Wednesday morning. Reports list drowning as the cause of Wedlock's death.

The Patrol says he was located near the lake's 80 mile marker.

FOUNDATION HEAD FACES FELONY THEFT CHARGE 10/10/14CC


A felony theft charge has been filed against the former director of the Scott Joplin Foundation in Sedalia.

According to online court documents, 37-year-old Kyle Siegel was charged Thursday in Pettis County Circuit Court with a Class "C" Felony charge of Theft/Stealing.

Siegel, the former Executive Director of the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation, is alleged to have used a Foundation credit card to make nearly $2,000 worth of purchases for personal use.

Bond on the charge has been set at $5,000.00. A court date in the matter has not been made available.

CMU BAND DAY IS ON SATURDAY 10/10/14RK


Forty-seven bands are expected to take part in the CMU Band Day on Saturday, October 11th.

Performances begin at 9:00am on the Howard County Courthouse Square. The bands will be competing in five classes as the size of the bands range from 12 to 225 members.

Categories include street, field, drum line and color guard competitions. Any band can compete in any or all categories.

Drum Line competition begins at 10:50am, with field performances starting at noon and running until approximately 7:30pm.

The first awards are to be handed out at 4:30pm.

WATERFOWL CLINIC AND HUNT COMING UP IN CLINTON AREA 10/10/14RK


Applications are currently being taken for the 20th Annual Wilderness Lodge Youth Waterfowl Clinic and Hunt, which takes place tomorrow and on October 25th. It will take place at Everhart's Wilderness Lodge, six miles northwest of Clinton.

The two-part workshop is open to participants ages 9-15. First-time participants will spend the first Saturday of the event learning about waterfowl hunting rules, safety and calling, duck identification and retrieving-drive training.

The second Saturday will be devoted to a guided waterfowl hunt.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided both days, and all activities are free of charge.

To reserve a place, call Johnny or Linda Everhart at (660) 885-5049.

STURGEON WOMAN HURT IN ACCIDENT 10/10/14RK


A two-vehicle accident on Thursday morning in Audrain County caused serious injuries to a Sturgeon woman.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says a westbound 2000 Ford Taurus, driven by 20-year-old Gavyn Hinten, of Centralia, crossed the center line and collided with a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by 26-year-old Stephanie Baldwin, of Sturgeon.

Hinten reportedly suffered moderate injuries but would seek his own treatment.

Baldwin was transported to University Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened on M0-22 east of Audrain County Road 208 at 7:50am.

M.A.C. AWARDS ARTS FUNDING 10/9/14CC


The Missouri Arts Council is awarding 337 annual grants for fiscal year 2015 for a total of $4.3 million.

Numerous arts organizations in several area communities are some of the beneficiaries of the M.A.C. grants. The Lyceum Theater in Arrow Rock, along with the Village of Arrow Rock itself, will receive nearly $20,000 in funding, while five groups in Sedalia will receive a share of nearly $50,000.

Four different departments at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg will share over $25,000; in addition, arts groups in Boonville, Fayette and Macon have been awarded a share of the state Arts Council grant awards for Fiscal Year 2015.

A complete list of the awards can be viewed at www.missouriartscouncil.org.

FRANKLIN CO. WOMAN INJURED IN COOPER CRASH 10/9/14RK


An accident on westbound I-70 Wednesday night has sent a Washington, Missouri resident to the hospital with moderate injuries.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as an eastbound 1998 GMC, driven by 45-year-old Jorge Mendez, of Oklahoma City, was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes and struck a westbound 2003 Ford, driven by 22-year-old Jessica Mundwiller, of Washington, head on.

Mundwiller was transported by ambulance to Cooper County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened just after 11:00pm at the 100.4-mile marker.

PETTIS COUNTY CRASH INJURES ONE 10/9/14RK


A resident of Florence, Mo., was injured in a one-car accident in Pettis County on Wednesday night.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says 25-year-old Justin Williams swerved his westbound 2001 Buick to avoid an oncoming vehicle. The vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole.

Williams, who suffered moderate injuries, was transported to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.

The accident occurred at 9:40pm on U.S. Highway 50, three-tenths of a mile east of Sedalia.

THREE HURT IN JOHNSON COUNTY CRASH 10/9/14RK


Three Strafford residents were injured in a Johnson County accident on Wednesday evening.

A report from the Highway patrol says 53-year-old Renee Grzenia lost control of her northbound 2004 Honda, crossed the center of the road, slid back into the northbound lane, traveled off the right side of the road and overturned.

Grzenia suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Research Hospital for treatment. Two passengers, 30-year-old Amanda Cordova and infant Aubrianna Harvey, each suffered minor injuries. Cordova was transported to Research Hospital for treatment, while Harvey was taken to Children's Mercy Hospital for treatment.

The accident occurred at 8:00pm on Highway 23, just south of Northeast 600 Road.

WAVERLY MAN INJURED IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY CRASH 10/9/14RK


A one-vehicle crash in Lafayette County on Wednesday afternoon has caused injuries to a Waverly man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 21-year-old Dustin Bookman lost control of his eastbound 2004 Chevrolet on loose gravel. The car skidded off the left side of the roadway, overturned and came to rest on its wheels in a field.

Bookman was transported to Lafayette County Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The accident happened just after 4:00pm on Cragg Road, just east of Buford Road.

PETTIS COUNTY BUSINESS ANNOUNCES EXPANSION 10/9/14RK


There was an economic development announcement in Pettis County on Wednesday.

Linda Christle, the Sedalia/Pettis County Economic Development Director, tells us about it.



His business, which actually started out in his garage when he was in high school, first expanded to a 2,000-square-foot facility and now is being expanded to 9,000-square feet. Christle says it's great to see a local resident do well.



The business is slated to double its staff from eight to 16 employees, according to Christle. She said the business is located seven miles south of Smithton.

SEDALIA E.M.A. RUNS SIREN TESTS 10/8/14CC


After emergency sirens failed to sound last week during a round of severe thunderstorms, Pettis County Emergency Management officials on Wednesday conducted a full-scale test of the county's siren system.

Pettis County E.M.A. Director Dave Clippert says the test was, for the most part, a success-- although there were a few sirens that did not sound as scheduled:



He says the sirens in Hughesville and East Sedalia will be examined to determine why they didn't go off. As to the sirens not sounding during the severe thunderstorm last week, Clippert says officials aren't sure why they didn't sound off when they were activated.



The siren tests were done in three waves, allowing officials to trigger them from different locations. All total, the test ran for about fifteen minutes on Wednesday afternoon.

WAVERLY ASKS RESIDENTS TO CLEARLY DISPLAY HOUSE NUMBERS 10/8/14CC


The Waverly City Council met Tuesday night for a regular session meeting.

Council members an insurance increase on city properties and learned that the city has received new blueprints for their wastewater project.

The city is also asking all residents to make sure their house number is visible on the outside of their home so that police, firefighters and ambulances can find the home easier in an emergency. According to a release from the city, they are looking into acquiring reflective house numbers and will notify residents of Waverly as soon as they arrive at City Hall.

ARROW ROCK GEARS UP FOR HERITAGE CRAFT SHOW 10/8/14RK


This weekend is a big one for the Village of Arrow Rock, as thousands of visitors are expected on Saturday and Sunday for the annual Heritage Craft Festival, where they can "get a glimpse of the past."

The 48th annual event, which will run 10:00am to 5:00pm each day, will feature live musical performances, storytellers, a Civil War encampment and food vendors among other attractions. Spokesperson Mary Duncan said there also will be attractions that are more contemporary.



She says arrangements have been made for parking, but that could be affected by the weather.



Anyone coming in from Interstate 70 is reminded to use the Arrow Rock/Blackwater turnoff at Exit 89 due to ongoing construction on Highway 41. Admission each day is $2.00.

For more information, visit www.arrowrock.org.

NEEDED REPAIRS EXTEND CLOSURE TIME OF HOWARD BRIDGE 10/8/14RK


Due to structural damage being discovered on the Route 40 Bridge over Moniteau Creek in Howard County, the required additional repairs will extend the closure of the bridge. Weather permitting, the new work schedule has the bridge set to reopen by November 3rd, 2014.

A signed detour is in place to guide motorists around the closure. Electronic message boards are also in place at both ends of the work to alert drivers.

For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, call 888-ASK-MODOT or visit modot.org.

RUSSELL SAYS ABSENTEE APPLICATION IN ON COUNTY'S WEBSITE 10/8/14RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell commended Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith for his quick work in getting the application for absentee voting and a sample ballot for the November 4th General Election up on the county's website. She was hopeful the two forms would be up by at least Monday of this week but were up by Friday of last week.

She said all of the information should help out voters, and the absentee application is user friendly.



Russell also said she received a Saline County Courthouse executive summary from Midwest Computech for an overall evaluation and the courthouse's system has been up 99.9 percent of the time, giving it a General Network Health Score of 99 percent, an improvement from what it was this time last year.

SALINE COMMISSION GETS TAXES UPDATE 10/8/14RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, the commission received a monthly update from Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith on taxes received.

He said the numbers are down in all four areas from last month, but they are in good shape overall, compared to last year.



Smith went on to say the county has received $47,749 in Courthouse Tax, down more than $12,600 from last month but up over $6,800 from last year. The Use Tax, the county received over $11,400 last month, which was down more than $5,900 from last month but up nearly $5,000 from last year.

Smith also noted the monthly average on all four taxes is up a little bit over last year.

SLATER MAYOR URGES RESIDENTS TO GET THEIR TREES TRIMMED 10/8/14RK


Mayor Stephen Allegri announced at the Slater City Council meeting on Tuesday night, this is the time of year he wants to urge Slater residents to make sure their trees are trimmed.



Allegri said last year, the city worked the west side of town, This year it will be working the east side of town.



He did not give a specific date, but said that work will be starting soon.

SLATER STREETS TO HAVE ASPHALT WORK 10/8/14RK


Slater Mayor Stephen Allegri said at the Slater City Council meeting on Tuesday night that the city's streets are in good shape. But he said the city is waiting on the asphalt people to put the finishing touches on streets that have already been milled. Allegri wants to make citizens aware, the asphalt work is slated to start next week.



Allegri also asked the citizens of Slater to slow down and be cautious, watching for kids going to and from school.

SLATER'S ANNUAL TURKEY GIVEAWAY SET FOR NOV. 26 10/8/14RK


At the Slater City Council meeting on Tuesday night, it was announced that the annual Turkey and Ham giveway will be held on Thanksgiving Eve, November 26th, according to Mayor Stephen Allegri said. He said every council person donates a turkey to be given away.

Allegri also pointed out Slater is the place to be for the Christmas season.



Allegri also said Santa Claus will be there, getting wish lists from kids for Christmas.

It was also noted, the annual Kids' parade will be conducted on Friday evening, October 31st. Councilman Harry Lightfoot said prize money has gone down a bit, but he still is hoping for a good turnout. The gathering of participants will be at 5:30, with the parade beginning at 6:00pm.

KNOB NOSTER B.O.E. MEETS TONIGHT 10/8/14RK


The Knob Noster R-8 Board of Education meets tonight with mostly a routine agenda, including various reports and approval of bills.

An executive session for collective-bargaining and personnel matters also is on the agenda.

The meeting starts at 7:00pm.

WARRENSBURG PARK BOARD MEETS TONIGHT 10/8/14RK


The Warrensburg Parks and Recreation Board will be meeting in a sepcial session this evening.

On the agenda is a review of emergency bids on replacement of electrical wiring for roof repair.

The meeting is slated to start at 5:30pm in the Warrensburg Community Center.

PETTIS CRASH INJURES THREE 10/7/14CC


Three people were hurt Monday in a two-vehicle crash in Pettis County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, vehicles driven by 66-year-old Stephen Cook, of Sedalia, and 36-year-old Raymond Calore, of Kansas City, collided in the roadway on Highway 65 in Sedalia.

Cook and Calore both suffered moderate injuries and were taken to Bothwell Hospital for treatment. A 49-year-old passenger in the Calore car received minor injuries but reportedly left the scene before they could be treated.

The Patrol says the crash happened around 8:10pm Monday night in the 5500 block of Highway 65 in Sedalia.

ONE INJURED IN JOHNSON CO. CRASH 10/7/14CC


A Warrensburg woman suffered moderate injuries after a one vehicle crash in Johnson County.

The Highway Patrol says a car driven southbound by 59-year-old Victoria Stephens swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle and ran off the roadway, causing her 2004 Hyundai to overturn.

Stephens was taken by ambulance to Research Medical Center for treatment. The Patrol says the crash happened around 6:00am Tuesday morning on Highway 23 in Johnson County.

MALTA BEND SCHOOL BOARD AGENDA 107/14CC


The Wednesday night meeting of the Malta Bend R-5 School Board consists of mostly routine items.

The agenda includes a projection of funds to be released in 2015 from the state Foundation Formula as well as Professional Development, Technology and Transportation program evaluations.

The Regular Session meeting begins at 7:00pm in the school media center. An Executive Session is also scheduled for hiring and personnel matters.

GILLIAM SCHOOL BOARD MEETS WEDNESDAY 10/7/14CC


The Gilliam C-4 Board of Education meets in Regular Session at 7:00pm on Wednesday, October 8th.

Items on the agenda include the Treasurer's report, the monthly Administrative report and various items of Board business.

An Executive Session is also on the schedule for hiring matters.

REPLACING THE MAYPOLE IN CONCORDIA 10/7/14CC


Work continues in the city of Concordia to replace the old Maypole in Central Park.

According to City Administrator Dale Klussman, a request for funds for the project was made at a recent meeting of the Concordia Tourism Board:



Klussman says they hope to have the project finished up by Spring of next year:



The Board of Aldermen on Monday approved the work and the expenditure of funds; Klussman says work on the pole should begin within the next few days.

CONCORDIA ALDERMEN NAME COMMITTEE TO FIND NEW JUDGE 10/7/14CC


At Monday's meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen, City Administrator Dale Klussman says the Board spent time deciding how to fill the seat of Municipal Judge. He says the move is necessary because current Judge Kelly Rose is running in the November election for a judge's seat in Lafayette County:



Klussman says that by city statute, the Municipal Judge bench is filled by appointment of the Board of Aldermen. Rose is running unopposed for Division 3 Associate Circuit Judge on the Republican ticket in the November 4th General Election.

CARROLLTON COUNCIL HEARS POLICE UPDATE 10/7/14CC


In a brief meeting Monday of the Carrollton Town Council, Council members approved two liquor license requests for upcoming events in Carrollton. Council members also were given reports by the fire and police departments.

Police Chief Robert Turner updated the council on the results of a recent investigation into a Carrollton traffic stop in which a motorist alleged they were assaulted by two police officers, who were wearing body cameras at the time.

Turner told the Mayor and Council that he has reviewed video from the cameras numerous times and had them reviewed by three separate outside law enforcement agencies, all of whom determined that the officers' actions were appropriate in conducting the stop and the subsequent arrest of the motorist.

LONGTIME EMPLOYEES HONORED BY SEDALIA COUNCIL 10/7/14CC


Two longtime city employees were honored Monday night by the Sedalia City Council.

Police Commander Larry Ward was recognized for 25 years of the service to the department while Public Works Director Bill Beck was honored for his 10 years with the city. Each was presented with a ceremonial pin and the thanks of the Mayor and City Council.

Council members also approved numerous bids on Monday night, including:

* A bid of $55,048.00 to Neenah Foundry Company, of Neenah, Wisconsin for dowtown street bollards;

* A Bid of $217, 030.00 to Alliance Pump & Mechanical Service, Inc., for rehab of the city's North Wastewater Treatment Plant;

* A bid of $20,900.00 from The Strong Company, of Pine Bluff, Araknsas, for a low pressure grout machine for the Water Department;

* A bid to Boone Quarries for street department rock.

Council members also approved the leasing of farmland adjacent to the Sedalia airport and approved a grant application for MODOT's Traffic Engineering Assistance Program. If awarded, the funds would be used for a traffic study at the intersection of West 10th Street and Winchester Avenue in Sedalia.

WATER DEPOSIT TO INCREASE IN NORBORNE 10/7/14CC


At the Monday meeting of the Norborne Board of Aldermen, the Board approved an increase in the amount water customers will pay for their deposit.

According to a city spokesperson, the Board approved the deposit increase from $75.00 to $150.00 on Monday night; the move takes effect immediately. Aldermen also discussed clarifying ordinances on water bill collection and service disconnection.

Aldermen were updated by the Utilities Department, who announced they will begin painting the city's water plant this week, and by the Street Department, who stated they are currently exploring payment options for street resurfacing projects in Norborne.

The Board also learned that a reception will be held in a few weeks for Norborne's outgoing Police Chief, David Clemens. Clemens is retiring after 24 years as Chief on October 21st. A reception in his honor will be held on the morning of the 21st from 7:30-9:00am at Norborne City Hall.

PILOT GROVE COUNCIL APPROVES TIRE BID 10/7/14CC


It was a mostly routine agenda at Monday night's meeting of the Pilot Grove City Council.

Council members approved a bid of $806.00 to Grotjan's Tire Service, of Boonville, for new tires for a city skid loader. The Council also spent time discussing the city's wastewater treatment project, which Mayor Dennis Knipp says is still in the engineering phase.

He says the goal of the project is to completely replace the city's wastewater facility and reline all city sewer pipes by the year 2020.

The next meeting of the Pilot Grove City Council is slated for Monday, November 3rd at 7:00pm.

HIGGINSVILLE ALDERMEN RECOGNIZE OFFICERS 10/7/14RK


It was a mostly light agenda for the meeting of the Higginsville Board of Aldermen on Monday night.

The Board of Aldermen recognized Chief of Police Shawn Smith for 15 years of service and patrol officer Charlie Newland for 25 years of service.

According to a release from the City of Higginsville, the city will host the next meeting of the Missouri Municipal League's Central Division on Wednesday, October 22nd at John Knox Village in Higginsville. The evening will begin with a social hour at 6:00pm, followed by the dinner at 7:00pm. A representative with Missouri Lagers is scheduled to be the evening's speaker. There also will be a presentation from Marsha Corbin about the Old Trails Regional Tourism partnership.

AMTRAK COULD MAKE REGULAR CARROLLTON STOPS 10/7/14RK


Carroll County Presiding Commissioner Nelson Heil said he recently attended a meeting at a Carrollton establishment in regards to Amtrak possibly adding a stop along its route through town on the Santa Fe track.

He said Senator David Pearce as well as representative Joe Don McGaugh and Carrollton Chamber of Commerce Director Sharon Metz also were in attendance.

Heil said a request was made by people of the Amish community for the federal train to make a stop. He said Pearce and McGaugh will contact MoDOT and see what can be done. He said MoDOT has to be contacted because this is part of the Intermodal division. The only other stops in Missouri on the line that travels at least as far east as Chicago and west to California, are Kansas City and La Plata, according to Heil.

CARROLL CO. COMMISSION OK'S BRIDGE BID 10/7/14RK


At a recent meeting of the Carroll County Commission, the commission received a report of road maintenance being necessary in Fairfield Township in the northwest quadrant of the county, according to Presiding Commissioner Nelson Heil.

Heil also said the commission has approved a bid from Chester Bross Construction for replacement of a county bridge in the north-central part of the county on County Road 130, three miles south of the Livingston County line and four miles west of U.S. Highway 65.

SPECIAL FLIGHT TAKES OFF WEDNESDAY 10/7/14RK


Central Missouri Honor Flight has announced a special tribute flight scheduled for Wednesday, October 8th.

A $45,000 gift from the Veterans United Foundation will fund the one-day trip to Washington, D.C. for Vietnam War veterans, some who have been on the waiting list since 2009.

President of Central Missouri Honor Flight, Mary Paulsell:



Vietnam War veterans will be invited to participate on the mission in the order in which they applied to Central Missouri Honor Flight. The mission will include 71 veterans and 35-40 volunteer guardians and staff. It is a special flight for more than one reason, according to Paulsell.



Following completion of the October 8th Honor Flight, Central Missouri Honor Flight will resume its historic Honor Flights that offer an opportunity for veterans of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War.

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING INCIDENTS 10/7/14RK


The Columbia Police Department is investigating two separate incidents, including a homicide.

According to a release from the department, on Monday, October 6th officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of Boyd Lane in reference to shots fired.

In all, allegedly there were three shots fired in the area. Officers recovered one shell casing in the 1500 block of Boyd Lane.

A witness reported to the police seeing a dark-colored vehicle in the area with two black males and one white female as possible suspects.

And in what is now being determined as a homicide on Washington Avenue, the victim has been identified as 59-year-old Walter Lige, of Springfield. Lige was pronounced dead at 2:40pm on Monday, October 6th.

Investigation in each incident is ongoing. If anyone has information about either of these incidents, they are asked to call the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

WARRENSBURG LICENSE OFFICE BIDS BEING ACCEPTED 10/7/14CC


Management contract bids for the Warrensburg License Office are now being accepted by the Missouri Office of Administration. Interested individuals or groups have until October 31st to submit bids to operate and manage the office.

Prospective bidders can tour the office on Tuesday, October 21st from 5:30-6:30pm to see and learn how a license office is operated.

More than 75,000 transactions have been conducted at the office during fiscal year 2014, generating over a quarter-million dollars in agent processing fees.

To learn more about bidding for the Warrensburg License Office, visit the Missouri Department of Revenue online at www.dor.mo.gov

STREET WORK, TREE TRIMMING ON SLATER COUNCIL AGENDA 10/7/14CC


The Slater City Council meets in regular session tonight.

Items on the evening's agenda include updates on street work and tree trimming, as well as preparations for the Halloween parade on October 31st and the annual Turkey Giveaway on November 26th.

Council members will also take up discussion of an agreement with the Centurylink company.

The meeting gets underway at 7:00pm at Slater City Hall.

SEPTEMBER WEATHER DATA 10/6/14CC


The month of September proved to a be a mild one for residents of the KMMO listening area, at least as far as weather is concerned.

The latest data from the National Weather Service shows that the month of September saw an average high in the area of just under 79 degrees and an average low temperature of 55 degrees.

The highest temperature of the month came on September 1st, when the mercury topped out at 93 degrees. The lowest temperature of the month came on September 13th and 14th, where the overnight low dipped to 38 degrees both nights.

Total rainfall for the month came to 3.51 inches, the most of which fell on September 10th at 1.28 inches in a 24-hour period.

HYDRANT FLUSHING IN WAVERLY THIS WEEK 10/6/14CC


The City of Waverly has announced that hydrant flushing will be conducted this week around the city.

City hydrants will be flushed out on Wednesday, October 8th, through Friday, October 10th. All residents are reminded not to wash white or light-colored clothing in their washing machines on these days as it may lead to discoloration in clothes.

For questions or information, contact Waverly City Hall at (660) 493-2551.

WAVERLY COUNCIL MEETS TUESDAY 10/6/14CC


The Waverly Town Council meets in regular session on Tuesday, October 7th.

Items on the agenda include discussions on a heating and cooling unit for City Hall, insurance on city properties and numbers on houses in the city.

The meeting gets underway at 6:30pm at Waverly City Hall.

LAFAYETTE ACCIDENT INJURES TWO 10/6/14CC


Two Concordia teens escaped serious injury on Monday morning in a one-vehicle accident in rural Lafayette County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it happened when a vehicle driven eastbound 16-year-old Tommy E. Burmudez ran off the right side of the road, returned to the roadway, ran off the left side and then struck both a ditch and a tree. Damage to the vehicle was listed as total.

Burmudez and a passenger, 16-year-old Wade E. Heimsoth, both received minor injuries and were taken for treatment to I-70 Community Medical Center in Sweet Springs. Patrol reports say the accident happened around 7:30am Monday morning on Missouri Route AA, just west of Becker Road.

WARRENSBURG FALL CLEANUP UNDERWAY 10/6/14CC


The city of Warrensburg begins their annual citywide Fall Cleanup this week.

All this week, crews will pick up items that are not normally hauled by the city trash service, including furniture, appliances and tree trimmings. The cleanup will cover all areas east of McGuire Street this week; next week it will shift to all areas west of McGuire Street beginning Monday, October 13th.

There are numerous guidelines for the pickup, including a list of items that crews will not pick up. To learn more, contact Warrensburg City Hall at (660) 747-9131.

COOPER COMMISSION TAKING BRIDGE BIDS 10/6/14RK


The Cooper County Commission will be accepting bids for replacement of the Ellis Davis Road Bridge on Thursday, October 9th.

The bridge is a 130-foot structure among the federal-aid bridge projects. The commission also said work has started on replacing two cooling systems in the courthouse, with an estimated completion date of October 30th.

KATY TRAIL INFORMATIONAL MEETING IS OCTOBER 12TH 10/6/14RK


The public is invited to bring their ideas to an informational meeting at Katy Trail State Park on Sunday, October 12th. The meeting will be held at the Katy Trail depot in Hartsburg, focusing on the section from Portland to the Missouri River at Boonville. The meeting, which is from 10:00am to noon, will be held in conjunction with the annual Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival.

Park representatives will provide information on future plans for the facility and answer questions.

For more information on this event or on Missouri State Parks, visit mostateparks.com.

AREA ROAD WORK THIS WEEK IN CARROLL AND CHARITON COUNTIES 10/6/14RK


There is some road work going to be going on this week in the area that could cause some delays in travel.

In Carroll County, mowing will be going on along Routes 139, "UU," "Double-P" and "E" throughout this week. There also will be shoulder repair and sign replacement on various routes. Also, there will be drainage work going on on Route 139 from County Roads 230 to 254 Wednesday through Friday.

Route "P" from Route 129 to Bobcat Lane in Chariton County will be closed from 7:30am to 3:30pm today for culvert replacement.

Also in Chariton County, temporary traffic signals have been placed on U.S. Highway 24 at the Mid-Fork Chariton River Bridge this week for bridge maintenance.

There also will be sweeping and flushing bridges, mowing and sign operations on various routes going on in the county this week.

Route 139 will be closed from Route "YY" to Route "E" for culvert replacement from 8:00am to 3:00pm on Wednesday, October 8th.

AREA ROAD WORK THIS WEEK IN HOWARD AND COOPER COUNTIES 10/6/14RK


There is some road work going to be going on this week in the area that could cause some delays in travel.

In Howard County, On Route 40 over Moniteau Creek, the bridge rehabilitation is under way. A detour is in place, utilizing Spur 40, Route "BB," I-70 and Route "J." The project is scheduled for completion in the middle of October.

Route "FF" between Route 5 and the end of state maintenance will take place today and tomorrow. One lane will be open with crews flagging traffic through the work area.

In Cooper County, on Route 41 over the Lamine River, north of Moehle Road, bridge replacement continues. The bridge is closed during the work, which is to be completed some time this month.

AREA GOVERMENT/SCHOOL MEETINGS 10/5/14KL


The following City Council/Board of Aldermen/Board of Education meetings are scheduled for Monday, October 6th, 2014:

* The Marshall Board of Education will hold a retreat beginning at 8:00am at Missouri Valley College.

* The Marshall City Council meets at 5:15pm Monday evening. Mostly routine items on the agenda, with a recommendation of the police personnel board, along with committee reports for the council.

* The Carrollton Town Council meets at 6:00pm. On the agenda is a request for a liquor license and reports from the fire department and police department.

* The Higginsville Board of Aldermen meets at 6:00pm with mostly routine business for the board. The Board will hear the recognition of several city employees for years of service; an executive session is also scheduled following the regular meeting.

* The Norborne Board of Aldermen meets at 7:00pm, with discussion of the water department renovation project on the agenda, along with a discussion of trash receptacles. The Board is also set to review the ordinance dealing with the collection of water bills, water deposits, disconnection of service and landlord liability.

* The Concordia Board of Aldermen meets at 7:00pm. On the agenda will be a discussion of an ordinance concerning registration of vehicles. There also wil be a discussion of the vacancy in the position of Municipal Judge, and a discussion of the need for an engineering plan for demolition of the old water treatment facility.

* The Sedalia City Council meets at 7:00pm and will take up an ordinance accepting an agreement to lease farmland adjacent to the Sedalia Regional Airport, along with a grant application for a traffic study at the intersection of West 10th Street and Winchester drive in the city of Sedalia
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* The Pilot Grove City Council meets for a regular session monthly meeting. The regular meeting gets underway at 7:00pm; a closed executive session is also on the evening's agenda. Items on the agenda include an update on the status of a city sewer project and discussions on playground equipment, culvert replacement and new tires for a city skid loader.

* The Arrow Rock Town Board meets tonight for a regular session monthly meeting at 7:00pm at Arrow Rock Village Hall at 716 Main Street. Items on the agenda include reports from the Water, Street and Tourism Committees, as well as the Budget Committee. The Board will also take up application for a grant from the USDA's Department of Rural Development for a warning siren.

FREE PUBLIC HEALTH FAIR 10/5/14KL


The State Fair Community College nursing and dental-hygiene students will sponsor a free public health fair on Monday, October 6th from 8:00am until 3:00pm at the Thompson Conference Center in the Heckart Science and Allied Health Center on the Sedalia campus of the college.

Nursing students will present information on a variety of health topics, including food safety, heart disease, sexually-transmitted diseases, distracted driving, smoking cessation, food safety, physical activity and nutrition.

Dental hygiene students will have information on such topics as tuberculosis, the herpes virus, hepatitis, H.I.V. and other infectious diseases.

The health fair is free and open to the public.

LAFAYETTE COUNTY ACCIDENT 10/4/14KL


Two people have been injured in a one-car accident in Lafayette County.
The Highway Patrol says a car driven by 29-year-old Courtney Countess, of Lexington, failed to negotiate a right-hand turn. The car went off the road and overturned.

Countess and a passenger in her car, 16-year-old Kristopher Countess, of Lexington, both suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital in Lexington for treatment.

The accident happened Saturday morning on Coal Mine Road north of Dover Bluff Road in Lafayette County.

UNEMPLOYMENT 10/4/14KL


In Saline County during August, according to the State Department of Economic Development, there were 639 people looking for work, even though the unemployment numbers had dropped to one of the lowest in recent years at 5.2 percent, down more than half-a-point from the previous month.

All area counties showed a drop in the unemployment numbers during August, the most recent month for which numbers are available..

Howard County continues to have the lowest unemployment rate at five percent... Cooper County is at 5.6 percent as is Johnson County.... Chariton County is at 5.8 percent.

Pettis County came in at 6 percent unemployment during August. Lafayette County was a 6.5 percent and Carroll County was at 7.1 percent.

TURKEY SEASON 10/4/14KL


The State Conservation Department is expecting a good fall turkey harvest in Missouri this year, especially north Missouri. The firearm season began last Wednesday.

Results of the Department of Conservation's annual wild turkey brood survey showed strong reproduction in all parts of Missouri by the turkeys, bolstering gains posted in 2011 and 2012.

The turkey season is off to a slow start in the KMMO listening area, with all the rain late in the week. Johnson County has had 15 turkeys checked as of Saturday morning, Chariton County eight and Saline County four.

The firearm season for turkey runs through October 31st.

McQUITTY APPOINTED 10/4/14KL


Governor Nixon has appointed longtime electric cooperative officer and farmer Don McQuitty to serve on the Missouri State Fair Commission, which oversees the operation of the Missouri State Fair.

McQuitty is retiring this month after 17 years as the chief executive officer of Northwest Electric Power Cooperative, located in Cameron.

McQuitty, along with his son, are members of the American Angus Association and have 50 head of registered angus cattle on their farm.

INJURY ACCIDENTS 10/4/14KL


A four-car wreck in Ray County has injured two people. The chain-reaction accident happened as three cars had stopped in traffic and were struck in the rear by a fourth car, knocking them into each other.

Injured were 54-year-old Cynthia Stafford, of Carrollton, who received moderate injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Centerpoint medical center, and 24-year-old Dale Dunwoodie, of Camden, who received minor injuries and was taken to the hospital in Richmond for treatment.

The accident happened early Friday evening on Highway 10, just west of Young road in Ray county.

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A Green Ridge man received serious injuries when his car went off the road and overturned on Friday afternoon in Pettis county.

Myron Potts, age 86, of Green Ridge, was taken by air ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The accident happened on route "E" at Mergen road in Pettis County
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PROPOSED VOTE COULD NIX STATE LOTTERY 10/3/14CC


From the MissouriNet:

Likely incoming House Speaker John Diehl thinks it's time to quit raising a quarter-billion dollars a year for public education with what he calls "government sponsored gambling." He says he hopes next year's legislature will order a statewide vote in 2016 on whether to keep the state lottery.



State law says lottery profits must be spent on elementary and secondary education, but those profits are only a small part of the annual state budget for public schools.

WORKFORCE BOARD CHANGES QUORUM REQUIREMENTS 10/3/14CC


Saline County Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings attended the most recent meeting of the Workforce Development Board of Western Missouri as a member of their panel of Chief Elected Officers. Stallings explains the role of the Workforce Board's officers:



Stallings say the officers recently made a change in the way they hold their meetings in order to make it easier to establish a required quorum:



The Workforce Development Board of Western Missouri is a non-profit organization created by community and local government leaders to serve the people, businesses, and economic interests of a 13 county region in Missouri; that region includes Saline, Lafayette, Carroll, Pettis and Chariton counties.

STATE HUNTERS ENCOURAGED TO "SHARE THE HARVEST" 10/3/14CC


Many Missourians need help with putting meat on the dinner table. Deer hunters can help by sharing their harvests through Missouri’s Share the Harvest program. Share the Harvest connects deer hunters with hungry Missourians through participating meat processors and local hunger-relief agencies around the state.

To participate, hunters simply take their harvested deer to one of more than 130 participating meat processors and let the processor know how much venison they wish to donate to the program. Hunters can donate a few pounds to a whole deer. The processor will package the ground meat, which will be given to local charitable agencies for distribution to hungry Missourians.

The program is administered by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM). You can learn more about Share the Harvest by visiting the Department of Conservation online at mdc.mo.gov.

"FIREBALL RUN" BLAZES INTO SEDALIA 10/3/14CC


Sedalia business owners Ron Ditzfield and Rick Yeager have spent the week racing across the Midwest in Season 8 of "Fireball Run: America's Frontier", an online reality-filmed entertainment series.

Fireball Run is an 8-day, 2,000-mile, life-sized trivia game, where organizers say America serves as the game board. The eight-leg race includes 40 celebrity and aspiring driving teams competing for bragging rights, a good cause and a plastic road sign, all while raising awareness for missing children.

Driving a 2013 Camaro convertible, team Sedalia Trailblazers (consisting of Ditzfield and Yeager) are racing to raise awareness for local missing child Beck Hotsenpiller, now 3 years old, who has been missing since July of 2013.

The race includes stops in Independence and Sedalia on October 3rd and 4th. The city of Sedalia will host a block party-style event on Friday evening to welcome the racers to town and allow area residents to meet the racers and view the race cars.

The event is being streamed live at www.fireballrun.com/live.

I-70 CRASH INJURES KANSAS WOMAN 10/3/14CC


One person has been injured after a one-vehicle accident on Thursday in Cooper County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 27-year-old Bharep Bhasin, of Pittsburg, Kansas, was traveling eastbound when his vehicle began to hydroplane on wet pavement. The car ran off the side of the roadway and struck a tree.

The driver escaped injury but a passenger, 20-year-old Audrey Whetzell, of Franklin, Kansas, received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Cooper County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The Patrol says the crash happened around 5:10pm on eastbound I-70 at the 112 mile marker in Cooper County.

BODY FOUND IN HIGGINSVILLE PARK 10/2/14RK


The body of a man was found earlier today in an area park.

According to Higginsville Police Chief Shawn Smith, the body of a local white male, who was born in 1950, was found dead at around noon today in Higginsville's Confederate Park.

But Smith said there are no signs of foul play. The identity of the man has not been released upon contacting the next of kin.

SEDALIA SIRENS MALFUNCTION 10/2/14RK


It was a busy day for Sedalia/Pettis County E.M.A. Director Dave Clippert on Wednesday as more than one damaging storm swept through the county.

Clippert said the county had multiple severe storms hit the area, causing some damage. Then the weather got worse.



He said, for some reason the tornado sirens did not go off at that time. He thought at first it was a problem with the phone lines causing the malfunction. But he said they were experiencing a power outage at the same time.



Clippert said Sedalia still is investigating why the sirens did not sound in the city. Later in the evening, a tornado warning was issued for the town of Smithton. The sirens were sounded, and they did go off. But that was just for Smithton, Clippert said.

COMMISSIONER FENNER GIVES BRIDGE UPDATE 10/2/14RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday morning, Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner gave an update on the county's ongoing bridge work.



He was talking about Bridge Numbers 46 and 47 and the bridge west of Fairville.

SALINE COUNTY TO UPDATE WEBSITE 10/2/14RK


Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell said at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday morning, plans are in the works to update the county's website to add an important document.

At a previous commission meeting, she had pointed out voters who are going to need to vote absentee can got to Secretary of State Jason Kander's website and get a form to fill out in advance of the November 4th general election.

So, she thought, "Why can't we do that?"

So..... Saline County Treasurer.....



Russell also says she is hoping to make another addition to the website to help out voters.



She said these additions are hopefully going to be up by Monday, October 6th. The last day to register to vote is October 8th, Russell said.

CANCER CENTER CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY 10/2/14RK


Five years ago on October 1st, the options for cancer care in th area changed significantly with the opening of the Community Cancer Center at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.

President and C.E.O. of Fitzgibbon Hospital Ron Ott said it took a lot of input and contributions from the public for the plans for the center to come to fruition.



Ott said the center has treated over 750 patients to date. He said this is an important week, too.



The cancer center has treated patients with 33 different types of cancer or disease from breast cancer to kidney cancer. The center also provides treatment for hematologic diseases, or diseases of the blood.

SALINE COUNTY DEPUTY INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT 10/2/14RK


While assisting a local wrecker service in working traffic at an accident scene this morning, a Saline County Sheriff's deputy was involved in an accident.

Saline County Sheriff Wally George said deputy Daniel Kirchhoff was sitting in his car on I-70 and it was struck by a UPS tractor-trailer pulling two trailers, driven by 37-year-old Andrew Reinert, of Belton.



George said the force of the crash was so severe, it shoved the deputy's car into the back of Walter Cadwell's tow truck. However, Kirchhoff escaped without serious injury.



George said the patrol car is totaled. The Cadwell vehicle suffered damage, as well. George said Walter Cadwell was hit by flying debris but also is OK.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash scene at George's request.

ROUTE 23 CLOSED IN JOHNSON COUNTY 10/2/14RK


According to a release from MoDOT, an area highway has been closed due to high water.

As of 9:00am today, Route 23 in Johnson County between County Roads Northeast 950 and 1125 has been shut down.

For more information about this or other MoDOT projects, visit modot.mo.gov.

HOLDEN MAN INJURED IN I-70 ACCIDENT 10/2/14RK


A Holden man has been injured in a four-vehicle accident on I-70 early this morning in Boone County.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, the crash occurred as a westbound Kenworth Tractor double trailer's driver reported his outside mirror was struck by an unidentified tractor-trailer also traveling westbound. As the Kenworth swerved to avoid further contact, the rear trailer on the Kenworth began to jackknife across the road toward the median, eventually becoming dislodged, coming to rest in the outside lane on its side.

The separated trailer was then struck by a Pegasus tractor-trailer, which was hit in the rear by another tractor-trailer within the road after impact. A fourth tractor-trailer, driven by 63-year-old James Warriner, of Holden, crashed into the embankment on the north side of I-70, attempting to avoid a collision.

Warriner had to be extricated from the truck by Columbia Fire Department personnel and transported by E.M.S. to an area hospital for treatment of reportedly moderate disabling injuries.

Westbound I-70 was shut down for approximately 2-1/2 hours.

STORMS DO DAMAGE IN AREA COUNTIES 10/2/14RK


The storms that rolled through the area on Wednesday did some damage in the southern and eastern KMMO listening areas, according to sheriff's departments.

In Benton County, tornado warnings were issued in Lincoln and Cole Camp.

According to the Benton County sheriff's dispatch center, high winds took down some power lines and some fencing in the county. Dispatch says all of the power was shut off while the power was being restored. At this hour, all power has been restored.

In Cooper County, according to Cooper County dispatch, there were reports of tree limbs down in the county, and water is over the road on "U" Highway at Doyle Road. The road currently is shut down. So, if you regularly take a route that includes this part of Highway "U," you might want to seek out another route.

According to an alert from the Pettis County Sheriff's Department, there also was a tornado warning issued for Pettis County yesterday and U.S. 65 Highway at Mt. Herman Road was shut down for a while during the afternoon and evening hours for removal of power lines.

CHARGES FILED IN LEXINGTON ROBBERY 10/1/14CC


Charges have been filed against a man who allegedly robbed a Lexington business last week.

According to Lexington Police Chief Don Rector, the Lafayette County Prosecutor's office has filed charges of Felony 1st Degree Robbery and Felony Armed Criminal Action against 47-year-old Tracy J. Black, of Kansas City. He is accused of robbing Bharti's Liquor Store on Route 13 in Lexington on Thursday, September 25th.

Rector says Black made off with about $170.00 in the alleged robbery; the clerk in the store was reportedly not injured in the incident.

He says a warrant for Black's arrest has been filed, although the man remains at large. Authorities believe him to be somewhere in the Kansas city Area.

According to Rector, a second subject has been taken into custody in connection with the robbery; 31-year-old Brittany D. Paddock was charged on Tuesday with Felony 1st Degree Robbery and Felony Endangering the Welfare of a Child. She remains in custody at the Lafayette County Jail on $75,000 bond.

REVISING ORDINANCES IN SWEET SPRINGS 10/1/14CC


With numerous city ordinances in need of updating and revising, the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen met in Special Session on Tuesday night to take part in an ordinance workshop.

Mayor Dee Friel explains:



She says that while some ordinances may only need slight revision, there are several which will require a complete reworking.



No formal actions were taken by the Board of Aldermen at Tuesday's meeting; the Board will revisit the ordinances and continue working through them at a later meeting.

SWEET SPRINGS ALDERMEN TALK STREETS, HEAT 10/1/14CC


The Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen met for a Special Session meeting on Tuesday evening at Sweet Springs City Hall.

Mayor Dee Friel says the first order of business was to award a bid for an ongoing street project in Sweet Springs:



Friel says the lone bid awarded was for $13,713.61. She says the Board of Aldermen also took up discussion of problems at the street department shed, which officials hope to have corrected before the cold months of winter.



Aldermen on Tuesday gave approval for seeking bids for a new heater for the shed or repairs to the current system.

Friel says the Board also spent time in a workshop reviewing the city's ordinance book and examining which city ordinances are in need of updating.

MARSHALL MAN SENTENCED ON DRUG CHARGE 10/1/14RK


A Marshall man who pleaded guilty to narcotics charges earlier this year has been sentenced to more than a decade in state prison.

According to online court documents dated September 29th, 2014, 23-year-old Byron Jenkins, charged in Saline County Circuit Court with distributing a controlled substance near schools in 2013, has been sentenced to 15 years in the Department of Corrections.

Jenkins originally entered a plea of not guilty in June of this year, but reversed his plea a little more than a month later.

GUILTY PLEA IN SEDALIA MURDER CASE 10/1/14RK


A Sedalia teenager has entered a guilty plea in a murder case.

According to online court documents dated Tuesday, September 30th, 17-year-old Cody Bergman, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed-criminal action in the shooting and killing of his stepfather, William Capps, in April of 2011.

Sentencing is scheduled for 2:00pm on December 8th, 2014 at the Pettis County Courthouse in Sedalia.

COLUMBIA POLICE GETS FIRST CANINE OFFICER 10/1/14RK


According to a release from the Columbia Police, on September 24th, officer Scott Hedrick became the first Columbia Police Officer certified with the Missouri Police Canine Association.

The release says Hedrick's certification allows him to teach and certify prospective K-9 canine teams in his field including drug detection, tracking, explosive detection and controlled aggression.

VALLEY TO PRESENT MUSICAL 10/1/14RK


The Missouri Valley College Fine Arts Division will be presenting a fall production of "Once On This Island," an Olivier award-winning musical October 8th through 11th at 7:30pm nightly in the Eckilson-Mabee Theatre on the college's campus.

The musical will be directed by Harold Hynick, associate professor of theater, and sports an ensemble cast.

For ticket information, you can call (660) 831-4052.

LAFAYETTE COUNTY COMMISSION CONSIDERING BIDS 10/1/14RK


At the meeting of the Lafayette County Commission on Tuesday, September 30th, the commission took under advisement four bids for pharmaceuticals for the Lafayette County Jail in Lexington. Action will be taken at a later meeting, pending review by the purchasing agent and the sheriff's department before they can be awarded.

WARRENSBURG CC TO DISCUSS ORDINANCE TONIGHT 10/1/14RK


The Warrensburg City Council meets this evening in regular session.

On the agenda is an ordinance authorizing the Warrensburg Parks & Recreation Director and City Clerk to execute a contract for roof repairs.

A closed session for personnel and legal matters also is on the docket.

The meeting gets under way at 5:30 in the Southeast Conference Room at 102A South Holden.

ALLEGED STOLEN DIESEL FUEL TRAILER IN PETTIS COUNTY 10/1/14RK


According to a report from the Pettis County Sheriff's Department, sometime on the morning of Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, there was an item allegedly stolen in the Sedalia area.

The release says the item is a blue 500-gallon diesel fuel single-axle trailer with white or yellow lettering with "Twehous Excavating" with #71 on the side.

If you have any information about this crime, call the Pettis County Sheriff's Office at (660) 827-0052.

LOCAL FFA ADVISOR TO BE RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY 9/17/14RK


A local teacher is going to be recognized nationally for his achievements in FFA.

Randy Plattner, of Marshall, recently was selected to receive the Honorary American FFA Degree- Teacher. The award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment.

But Plattner, one of the program's advisors, says it takes teamwork to make it all happen.



Plattner says the Marshall chapter has earned numerous honors, including being recognized nationally for a model of excellence for the past three years. He said success is something that doesn't come over night. It has to be built.



Plattner will be honored and receive a certificate and a medal at the National FFA Convention and Expo on October 29th in Louisville, Kent. Plattner's name also will be permanently recorded.
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