12:30am, 04/18/14
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Young hunters checked 4,332 turkeys during Missouri’s youth turkey hunting season April 12th and 13th, topping the 4,000 mark for the second time in the youth season’s 14-year history.

Top counties in the youth season were Franklin with 107 birds checked, Cedar with 96 and Webster with 92. The Department of Conservation recorded one nonfatal hunting incident during the weekend hunt.

Conservation officials say the strong youth season harvest was due partly to the carry-over of adult gobblers from good turkey reproduction in 2011 and 2012. Good weather across much of the state during the mornings of the hunt also helped.

In the KMMO listening area, Pettis County led the way with 38 turkeys checked; Cooper and Howard counties each had 37 checked, followed by Lafayette with 25, Carroll and Saline counties with 21 and Chariton County with 20 turkeys checked.


While there's a lot of talk around the country right now about legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana in some states, there's also a lot of talk going on about industrial and commercial hemp production. Marshall resident Chris Nelson addressed the Saline County Commission this week about a plan that could put eradicated marijuana plants to good use.

Nelson told Commissioners the idea already has some support from area law enforcement.

The "hempcrete" proposal is one of many topics that people can learn about at the "Hemp History" booth that will be set up on the Marshall square on June 5th to coincide with the 175th anniversary celebration of the City of Marshall.


For the second time this week, a major U.S. road race has announced plans to make stops in mid-Missouri. The "Rally U.S. 50" will pit 80 teams of racers in a run from West Virginia to Colorado to raise money for multiple sclerosis research. The rally will feature stops at several car racing venues as well as cities and towns across mid-America.

It all gets kicked off on July 7th when the cars leave the starting lne and make their way west. While all of the stops along the way haven't been released, the race will make a stop in Jefferson City and make its way through a couple of central Missouri communities on July 10th.

Earlier this week, officials in Sedalia announced that the online t.v. racing series "Fireball Run" will include Sedalia as a stop on their eight-leg race from Frisco, Texas to Independence, Missouri. It will be in Sedalia on October 3rd.


Governor Jay Nixon paid a visit to Marshall High School Wednesday morning to discuss his "Good Schools, Good Jobs" plan to fully fund the state's education foundation formula within the next two years. Nixon addressed the student body about setting their standards high to be able to compete in a tough global economy.

District Superintendent Ryan Huff talked with KMMO news after Nixon's speech and says he likes where the Governor is heading with his plans for state education funding.

Nixon spent about ninety minutes touring the school and meeting with students, staff and administrators. The Governor's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2015 includes an increase of $278 million for K-12 classrooms, which he believes will put the state on a path to fully fund the foundation formula by 2016.


If you're at the Saline County Courthouse over the next few days, you'll notice some bright and colorful additions to the courthouse lawn. A group called "Pinwheels for Prevention" will put hundreds of pinwheels on the lawn to raise money and awareness for a good cause. Spokesperson Lindsey Parton explains:

Parton says the 393 pinwheels represent the number of children in Saline County served through child abuse and neglect hotlines in 2012. She says people who have sponsored the pinwheels are helping to raise money for the Saline County Foster/Adopt group to help foster children.

The pinwheel ceremony gets underway at 4:00pm Wednesday outside the courthouse. They will be on display on the courthouse lawn through this weekend.


An adventure travel series that's part "Cannonball Run" and part "Amazing Race" will make a stop in the city of Sedalia this fall.

City officials announced Monday that Sedalia will be included as a location in the upcoming season of Fireball Run, a road race of sorts that begins in Frisco, Texas and ends in Independence, Missouri. Teams will not only race across the Midwest but they'll also be taking on trivia challenges and other obstacles along the way.

The popular online TV series is heading into its 8th season; Sedalia will be part seven of the eight-leg race. Producers of the show say that it also seeks to raise awareness about missing children across the U.S. and to aid in their safe recovery.

Two area residents, Ron Ditzfeld and Rick Yeager, will make the 2,000 mile run to represent the city of Sedalia in the race. It gets kicked off on September 27th and concludes on October 4th; the Sedalia leg of the race will be on Friday, October 3rd.


Two Smithton teens escaped with minor injuries after a one-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Sunday. The Highway Patrol says 16-year-old George Dowdy was southbound when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his vehicle to run off the right side of the roadway and strike a tree.

Dowdy and a passenger, 14-year-old Holly Bailey, both received minor injuries; reports say they both refused treatment at the scene. The crash happened around 11:20am Sunday morning on Hogan Road, north of Providence Road in Pettis County.


Authorities in Warrensburg have released more information about an incident last week that ended with a high school student taking his own life. 18-year-old Kyle Wittrock, a senior at Warrensburg High School, killed himself when police pulled him over after he was spotted in the parking lot of the school with a rifle on Friday.

A release from Warrensburg Police Chief Bruce Howey says security footage has been reviewed and it appears that Wittrock pulled his vehicle into several different areas of the school parking lot before leaving the campus. The last place he pulled into was the north portion of the student lot, where a school employee spotted him with the gun and reported it to school administrators.

Police say they found a single twenty-gauge shotgun in the vehicle and a total of 21 live shotgun shells on Wittrock's person; several more shells were located on the floorboard of his vehicle. Police have also confirmed that only one round was fired from the gun when Wittrock ended his life during the police stop behind a car wash; initial reports from the scene that indicated shots were fired at the school turned out to be unfounded.

Investigation into the incident continues; Warrensburg police received initial assistance from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the University of Central Missouri Police Department.


For the first time in three years of trying, the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri reached, and surpassed, their fundraising goal for the third annual Float Your Boat cardboard boat races held Saturday in Columbia. Organizers say 52 teams competed with their homemade cardboard boats and raised $21,315, topping their goal of $20,000.

Food Bank officials say the money will be used to provide more than 255,000 meals to families in the 32 Missouri counties that they serve. They note that every dollar raised equates to 12 meals, or about fifteen pounds of food.


One person is dead and three injured after a two-vehicle collision in Lafayette County. The Highway Patrol says cars driven by 22-year-old Megan Sargent, of lexington, and 72-year-old Terry Philips, of Waverly, collided in the roadway.

Killed was a passenger in the Sargent vehicle, 10-year-old Kirsten Wrisinger, of Wellington. She was taken by air ambulance to Children's Mercy Hospital, where she was pronounced around 7:00pm Saturday night.

Phillips received minor injuries in the crash, while 68-year-old passenger Shirley Phillips, of Waverly, received moderate injuries and 5-year-old passenger Harley Phillips escaped with minor injuries. All three were taken to Lexington hospital for treatment.

The accident happened just after 5:00pm on Saturday afternoon at Highways 24 and 224 in Lafayette County.
Also on Saturday evening, a Slater man received serious injuries in a one-vehicle accident. Highway Patrol reports say 39-year-old Michael Blumhorst received serious injuries and was taken by air ambulance to University Medical Center in Columbia for treatment.

The Patrol says Blumhorst was injured when he lost control and overturned; he was partially ejected from the vehicle. The accident happened just after 7:00pm Saturday night on Poplar Avenue, south of Route "P" in Saline County.


Central Methodist University's Stephens Museum has received a Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) grant from Heritage Preservation to participate in its 2014 museum assessment project.

CAP assists museums by providing funds for professional conservation and preservation specialists to survey and identify the conservation needs of their collections and recommend ways to improve collection conditions.

The Stephens Museum began as a small collection of biological materials, rocks and minerals used by professors in their classes. A gift to C.M.U. in 1885 by curator Lon V. Stephens, who also served as Missouri's Governor at the turn of the 20th century, was used to refurbish and equip the facility.

Among the artifacts in the museum are an extensive assortment of Civil War and World War I memorabilia and weapons, along with the tombstones from the original gravesites of Daniel Boone and his wife Rebecca. Among the more than 250 bird species preserved through taxidermy at the museum are the Passenger Pigeon and Carolina Parakeet, both extinct since around 1914.


Carrollton's Town Council has taken another step to enforce their city noise ordinance.

The Council on Monday entered an agreement with MODOT to crack down on truckers using compression, or "jake", brakes in town. The city has received numerous complaints about the noise; now, the agreement with MODOT allows them to use signs and other measures to enforce the noise ordinance more fully.

Council members approved an ordinance to adjust residential sewer charges in certain situations and approved the annual budget for Carrollton Municipal Utilities. They also approved a bid from Northtown Appliance, of Carrollton, for two new stoves at the Rupe center with a total price tag of $1,138.

It was announced that limb and leaf pickup will be April 21st-22nd; residents east of Main Street will have their yard debris picked up on the 21st while those west of Main will see pickup on the 22nd. Limbs must be no longer than four feet or bigger around than six inches.

Members also learned that an all-town garage sale will be this Saturday, April 12th from 8:00am until 1:00pm.


Later this month both lanes of eastbound Highway 36, east of Macon, will be closed for emergency repairs. MODOT says unexpected settling above a culvert over the winter has made a sizeable dip in the road, especially in the passing lane.

A work zone has been set up to direct traffic into the driving lane only. Next week, MODOT crews will work to improve the crossovers at Business Route 36 and Monarch Place, just west of the ethanol plant, in preparation for the eastbound closure. While they are working, the median crossovers will be closed.

Additional work to repair the roadway will be later this month. Weather permitting, eastbound traffic will be detoured into the west bound lanes beginning as soon as April 16. Two-way traffic will utilize the westbound lanes for up to three weeks. Motorists are urged to use caution and pay attention to signs and traffic controls.


Now that Spring is finally here, mid-Missouri residents are invited to view the universe at any of several guided sessions on Thursday evenings at the Morrison Observatory at Central Methodist University in Fayette.

Professors and students will conduct tours and provide hands-on activities; visitors will be able to use the telescopes for viewing, weather permitting. The planet Jupiter will be visible in the night sky through March and April. The moon will be visible in the evening sky on April 10. Visitors will also be able to view selected star clusters, double stars, nebula and galaxies.

The observatory is celebrating its 139th anniversary this year. It was originally located in Glasgow and acquired by Central Methodist in 1927 and moved to its current location in 1935.

The Thursday sessions are free and open to the public from 7:30-9:30pm on March 20th and 27th and April 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th.


If your farm has been in your family since December 31st, 1914, you can now apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.

Each year the Missouri Farm Bureau and University of Missouri Extension team up to honor Missouri family farm ownership of one hundred years or more. Coordinator Andy Emerson explains the criteria for selecting a Century Farm.

Emerson says the application process is open from now until mid-Spring.

Since the program's inception in 1976, more than 8,000 Century Farms have been recognized, including numerous farms in the KMMO listening area.