Two area residents have been injured in a two-vehicle accident near Springfield.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when an eastbound vehicle driven by a Fair Grove motorist pulled into the path of a northbound vehicle driven by 64-year-old Ronald Carder, of Warrensburg, at a crossover.
Carder and a passenger, 67-year-old Barbara Carder, of Warrensburg, both suffered minor injuries in the collision and were taken to a Springfield hospital for treatment.
The accident happened just after 10:00am on Saturday on Missouri 13 in Greene County.
A Sedalia woman suffered serious injuries following a one-vehicle accident in Pettis County on Friday.
Trooper reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol say 20-year-old Whitney White was driving southbound when her 2000 Pontiac ran off the road and struck a culvert. The car then overturned into a drainage ditch.
White was taken from the scene by ambulance to University Hospital for treatment; an infant passenger in the car received minor injuries and was transported to Bothwell Regional Health Center for treatment.
Patrol reports say the accident happened around 12:50pm on Cedar Drive, just north of Griessen Road.
The Saline County Sheriff's Department recently responded to a call of a gun found in Slater.
According to a release from the Sheriff's Department, a Deputy was dispatched to a residence on Overland Avenue in Slater at 7:00pm on Thursday, April 23rd. The resident said the gun was found on 277th Road, just west of Overland Avenue.
If you think this might be your shotgun, contact the Saline County Sheriff's Department at (660) 886-5511.
Department of Public Safety Director Lane Roberts was among the speakers earlier this week at a Missouri Capitol ceremony that recognized crime victims, survivors and victim advocates for the progress they have helped Missouri achieve in establishing and extending rights and protections for crime victims and their survivors. The event was part of Missouri’s observation of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, which runs through Saturday, April 25th.
According to a news release, the Department of Public Safety administers programs and grants for crime victims and agencies that assist victims, including the Crime Victims’ Compensation Program, the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Program, the Sexual Assault Services Program Grant and the Missouri Victim Automated Notification System (MOVANS). Since 1993, Missouri has helped provide services to more than 1 million victims of crime through grants from the federal Crime Victims Fund. To learn more, see the department’s Office of the Director Web page. www.dps.mo.gov/dir/.
Judges convened at the Missouri Rural Water Association (MRWA) annual Open House on Wednesday, April 22nd, in Ashland, to select the "Best Tasting Water in Missouri." The winner is Madison County Public Water Supply District (PWSD) 1.
The field of two dozen contestants representing water from around the State was narrowed to five finalists. Public water systems in the upper bracket submitted additional samples in order to compete for top billing. Barton/Dade/Cedar and Jasper Consolidated PWSD 1, City of Puxico, St. Francois County PWSD 2, and Village of Wardsville were among the contenders.
An area city has set up its schedule to celebrate Independence Day.
According to a release from the City of Moberly, Moberly Parks and Recreation will hold the Magic City 4th of July Extravaganza at Rothwell Park and the Howard Hills Athletic Complex. Festivities and attractions will include the Aquatic Center, family games, miniature train rides, live entertainment, a beer garden and fireworks.
The Aquatic Center will be open from noon to 4:00pm with $1 entry.
For specific questions on all of the activities planned, which also include bounce houses and musical entertainment, call the Moberly Parks and Recreation at (660) 269-8705x2013.
An annual event and celebration scheduled for tomorrow in Slater has been postponed.
According to City Administrator Gene Griffith, due to lack of a promising weather forecast, with rain expected much of the day around the area, Steve McQueen Day has been pushed back to its rain date of Saturday, June 27th.
All of the activities will remain the same on June 27th, Griffith said.
After not being able to establish a quorum, the Slater City Council convened at noon on Thursday and made a decision on a trash contract for residential customers and small businesses.
City Administrator Gene Griffith said the new contract with Rural Trash Service of rural Slater will start Friday, with the first pickup shortly thereafter.
Griffith said it will be a change for the city, but only in that Waste Corporation of America, when it had the contract, came three times a week, splitting the town up in thirds. It's still a one-time-per-week service for customers.
Griffith said this contract will save customers a dollar on their bill each month. Plus, there are other perks to the service.
Griffith pointed out this contract does not include dumpster service for bigger businesses. He said that will be up to the individual owners to work out their own contract with whichever service they want.
At a special meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen this week, Aldermen voted to reimburse a local entity for money it spent to fix a manhole in its parking lot.
Concordia City Administrator Dale Klussman Klussman said the Lutheran Good Shepherd Home was in kind of a catch-22 situation when it made the decision to do the work.
However, the manhole turned out to be a city manhole. Klussman said the board decided to refund a portion of the money, taking into account how the city would've taken care of the problem.
After some discussion, the board reimbursed a total of $4,984 for materials that would have been used had the city completed the work. Klussman said the board authorized the funds to come out of a city fund that will need to be reimbursed at a set rate because it is a bond-reserve fund.
Two Boonville residents were injured while another escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash in Cooper County early this morning.
According to a release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Volkswagen Jetta, driven by Kameron Kempf, of Boonville, failed to stop at a stop sign, crossed Missouri Highway 5, became airborne, struck a tree and landed in a pond.
Kempf reportedly escaped injury, but 20-year-old Kelsey Callaway, of Boonville, and 21-year-old Angela Hundley, of Boonville, each suffered minor injuries. They were reportedly transported by private vehicle to Cooper County Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The crash occurred just before 3:15am on Missouri Highway 5 at Route F.
Archaeological Surveys are to be discussed and will reveal clues to the past at the next First Saturday event in Arrow Rock on May 2nd.
Dr. Neal Lopinot is scheduled to share findings from recent archaeological surveys at 10:00am at the Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitor Center Auditorium.
The presentation, entitled Searching for Jameson Island Steamboat Wrecks and the 2014 MAS Survey Training Program in Arrow Rock, highlight two archaeological projects undertaken in Arrow Rock and vicinity during the past few years. Dr. Lopinot will discuss the basic methods and findings of a magnetometer survey on Jameson Island below Arrow Rock in a search for buried steamboat wrecks, as well as that of an archaeological survey of various empty lots in the east part of Arrow Rock itself in 2014.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
Also scheduled for May 2nd is the village-wide garage sale.
At the meeting of the Saline County Commission Thursday morning, Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner said now that the work has been done on the Wilton Springs Bridge southeast of Marshall, it's time for the commission to tackle the next bridge project on the list.
Fenner gave the report on another bridge in the county, as well.
The Justin whom Fenner referred to is Justin Cowart, Road and Bridge Crew Supervisor.
In other business, the commissioners approved a letter of destruction from Building and Grounds Supervisor Bill Sleeper for an IBM electric typewriter from the juvenile office.
Seven graduates of Central Methodist University in Fayette will be honored at its 69th annual Alumni Awards Celebration on Friday, May 1st.
According to a release from the university, Braxton Rethwisch will be honored with the University Service Award, F. Jerry Benner, Dr. Gerald Lee Early, Dr. Sherry Roberts, Dr. Elaine Eversmeyer Henderson and Dean Anthony all will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, and Dr. Sonya Addison will get the Young Alumni Award.
The reception will be held at 6:00pm in the Jacobs Conference Center in the CMU Student and Community Center.
Reservations to attend the ceremony are $25 and can be made by contacting Amy Royston at (660) 248-6232.
A project that started more than three years ago was just completed late last week in Saline County.
Currrent and former Saline County Commissioners, project engineer Rich Rhodes, of Rhodes Engineering Company, and area residents were on hand at 10:00am today for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the Wilton Springs Bridge on Magnolia Avenue southeast of Marshall.
Rhodes said it is a project that was necessary, and the structure should last more than a century.
The concrete structure, which is 237 feet in length with a width of 24 feet spanning Salt Fork Creek, had its unique challenges, according to Rhodes.
The project in the B.R.O. program had a total cost of just more than $1 million.
The bridge, actually opened to traffic late last Friday, April 17th.
At its regular-session meeting this week, the Concordia Board of Aldermen considered bids for trash service and crop-ground rental.
City Administrator Dale Klussman said the crop-ground rental bid of $180 per acre was accepted from Bradley Meineka.
However, the board received three bids for the trash service, and each bid contained different parameters and charges.
After reviewing just one of the factors, the board tentatively approved a bid.
In other business, Klussman said the board approved a bill authorizing the Mayor to enter into the Master Service Agreement with a Water Meter Maintenance Program for a term of 15 years and a bill authorizing the Mayor or City Clerk to execute all documents for the purchase of a tract of land.
The board also approved a bill that raises the pay rate for the Municipal Judge and another one authorizing the Mayor to execute an agreement with the Missouri Department of Conservation to initiate the department's Community Assistance Program for Edwin A. Pape Lake through 2030.
At the meeting of the Warrensburg R-6 School Board this week, taking the oath of office was one veteran and one newcomer, Tom McCormick.
Superintendent Dr. Scott Patrick fills us in on the election of officers.
In other business, the board approved the renewal of a contract with Ricoh for print and document management for the district.
Patrick also said the board approved the district's health and dental insurance through Insurance and Benefits Group in Warrensburg along with the Compensation Committee's recommendation for salary and benefits for next year.
Business, dog and liquor-license renewals will be in the mail soon in an area city.
According to a release from the City of Warrensburg, business licenses expire June 1st and license holders may be subject to a late fee if not renewed by July 1st. Liquor licenses expire July 1st, and the establishments are requested to have the building inspections scheduled and completed prior to the deadline. Any businesses that operate in the city limits and sell products for future delivery or provide a service of any kind are required to obtain a business license even if the physical location of the business is not in Warrensburg.
Residents may see vendors set up on local parking lots selling produce. These vendors are exempt from local license regulations by the State of Missouri and are allowed to sell produce that is grown in Missouri.
Current dog licenses will expire June 1st, as well, and documentation of current rabies vaccination needs to be provided for all renewals. All dog owners in the city limits are required to obtain dog licenses.
For questions or concerns about any license information, contact City Collector Carl Larkerbrink at (660) 747-9131.
Two area teens were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Cooper County early Thursday morning.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as 16-year-old driver Justin Masterson, of Boonville, reportedly fell asleep at the wheel of a northbound Ford F-150. The truck ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a retired, unregistered tractor trailer.
Masterson and a passenger in the vehicle, 16-year-old Alyssa Sanders, of Prairie Home, each suffered minor injuries. They were transported by Cooper County medics to Cooper County Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The crash occurred at 12:10am on Missouri 87, a quarter of a mile south of Jackson Road.
The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, along with members of the 97th General Assembly, honored 83 workers who lost their lives in the workplace during 2014 at the annual Missouri Workers’ Memorial Ceremony In Jefferson City on Wednesday, April 22nd.
More than 60 family members gathered in the Capitol Rotunda to remember their loved ones. Department of Labor director Ryan McKenna presented the Missouri Workers’ Virtual Memorial, a slideshow featuring photographs of the fallen workers with personal messages from their families.
The Boone County Fire Protection District Pipes and Drums accompanied the presentation with their bagpipe rendition of Amazing Grace. The Missouri Department of Corrections’ Color Guard presented the national and state flags.
Secretary of State Jason Kander has issued a cease-and-desist order against Oklahoma City-based Synergy Oil, LLC, and its executives Robert Falco and Tony Pistilli.
According to a news release from Kander's office, the order alleges a Missouri resident was approached by a man who claimed to represent Synergy and offered a "private investment opportunity" pertaining to an oil-well drilling operation. The Missouri resident was promised a distribution check from the investment every three months and was told he would receive 100 percent of the investment back within 18 months. Further, the Missouri resident was solicited to invest in a company called Infinity Healthcare Services, Inc., which the investor was told would be going public and its stock price was "guaranteed to double."
Kander says, before investing in an opportunity like these, Missourians should call his office to ensure the legitimacy of the investment offering.
At the meeting of the Higginsville Board of Aldermen this week, three board members-- Jeff Wallace, Beau Linnebach and Scott Rhoad-- took the Oath of Office to continue to serve on the board for another term.
The Board approved a bill where the city will vacate all of the alley running north and south through Lots 4-6 and 10-12 of the block north of the McMeekins Addition and another bill accepting an agreement with the Firefighters Association of Missouri. A city official said the agreement is one that says the City of Higginsville will send its third-out ambulance to the 2015 Missouri State Fair in August. Insurance, fuel and supplies for the equipment are provided by the Firefighters Association, and if the unit is needed back in Higginsville for any reason during the Fair, it will be returned immediately.
In order to become Title IX compliant and not lose federal funding, the Marshall School District will need to figure out how to level the playing field for the Marshall High School softball team with some kind of facility on school grounds.
At the meeting of the Marshall School Board Tuesday night, Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher said the district wants all student-athletes to have an equal opportunity.
Dr. Maher said she has talked to several other districts, and to build a facility will cost about $400,000.
Marshall School Board member Leslie Huston wants to point out this is a have-to situation the district faces.
To cover all bases, Dr. Maher said she will meet with coaches, other school officials and anybody else who wants to attend at 5:30pm on Monday, April 27th, in the Administration's Board Room to discuss the situation and perhaps walk around the grounds and look at some options. She did say, there is no way the district can afford to spend $400,000 on a softball facility, but other ways such as fundraising and donations might be options.
Columbia authorities have made an arrest in connection with an alleged incident that happened at Budget Host INN on Sunday.
According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, a 17-year-old Columbia man, was arrested just before 10:00pm on Tuesday, April 21st, for Armed Criminal Action with a to be set bond and Robbery in the First Degree with a to-be-set bond.
The alleged armed robbery occurred on Sunday just before 12:30pm at 900 Vandiver Drive. The victim’s, ages 17, 17, and 20, reported the suspect was in their hotel room, pointed a hand gun at them and stole their laptop computer, charger, cellphone with its charger and a case for the lap top computer. A 3-year -old juvenile also was in the hotel room. No one was injured during the robbery.
During the Tuesday night meeting of the Marshall School Board, Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher announced Jim Heinzler is going to be working the next few months learning his new position as Marshall High School Principal.
Dr. Maher also informed the board the district now is searching more than one assistant principal.
Scott Gemes also serves as Marshall High School's Activities Director.
After Board Treasurer Leslie Huston asked Dr. Maher if there would be a separate position going to be listed for activities director, Dr. Maher said that is a possibility.
Dr. Maher said a decision on that is pending further discussion.
A Sedalia woman suffered minor injuries in a one-car crash in Boone County Tuesday afternoon.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a westbound Toyota DLX, driven by 46-year-old Martha Monroy, of Sedalia, experienced a tire blow out, drove off the right side of the roadway and overturned.
Monroy was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
The crash occurred just after 4:00pm on westbound I-70 at the 120.6-mile marker.
Without a quorum for Tuesday night's regular session meeting, the Slater City Council opted instead to hold a council work session with no formal decisions to be made. Council members in attendance were then updated on upcoming events in the city.
City Administrator Gene Griffith says officials and organizers are keeping a close eye on the weather forecast with Steve McQueen Day slated for this Saturday:
Griffith says an official decision will be made by 9:00am Friday morning; makeup date for the event is Saturday, June 27th.
In other business, Griffith talked about the upcoming citywide garage sale at the first of May:
The council will meet in regular session on Thursday at 12:00pm in order to take up a city trash and refuse ordinance that requires council approval.
Two people have been hurt following a two-vehicle rollover accident in Johnson County on Tuesday.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a vehicle driven northbound by 25-year-old Patrick Puryear, of Warrensburg, ran off the left side of Southwest 101st Road, struck an embankment and overturned.
The vehicle continued on, hit the embankment a second time and then struck a southbound vehicle driven by 17-year-old Kaci English, of Warrensburg.
Puryear suffered serious injuries while a passenger, 27-year-old Robin Hoy, of Chilhowee, received moderate injuries; both were taken to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment. The second driver, English, was reportedly not injured.
Reports say the crash happened around 3:15pm, just south of State Route BB.
At Monday's meeting of the Brunswick R-2 School Board, the board learned about some extra monies the district will find in its coffers for the coming year.
Superintendent Bob Kottman says a pipeline project in the area last year means more money in the district budget this year:
Kottman says the board also formally reorganized on the heels of the April 7th election:
In other business, Kottman says the board gave preliminary approval to a baseball and softball co-op with Keytesville Schools; if approved on both sides, the schools will play softball and baseball in the Fall at Brunswick and baseball in the Spring at Keytesville.
Authorities in Boone County are asking the public's help in locating a Cooper County man accused of 2nd degree Domestic Assault and Felonious Restraint.
According to a news release, the incident occurred around 11:30pm Monday night in the Prathersville area, north of Columbia. Police say 28-year-old Brandon D. Terrell, of Boonville, is alleged to have assaulted a 28-year-old woman inside a car on a gravel road near Prathersville. The woman told authorities she was able to flee the car and run to a nearby residence to call for help.
Anyone with information on Terrell's whereabouts is asked to call 911 or the Columbia area Crimestoppers hotline at (573) 875-TIPS. A judge has reportedly ordered Terrell held without bond on the charges.
A state trooper from the KMMO listening area has recently received a promotion from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
According to a Patrol news release, Trooper Ryan A. Wood has been promoted to the rank of corporal and designated as the zone supervisor of Zone Six, serving Jackson County. A former conservation agent, Wood joined the Patrol in July of 2008 as a member of the 88th Recruit Class.
Wood is a native of Lexington and graduated from Lafayette County C-1 High School in Higginsville before attending the University of Missouri-Columbia and earning a bachelor's of science in agriculture education in 1997.
The city of Sedalia's D.A.R.E. program got a financial boost at the city council meeting on Monday night.
Bob Hiller, a longtime supporter and fundraiser for the program, presented the city with a check for over $11,000 garnered from recent fundraisers. One of the more popular fundraisers each year is the annual D.A.R.E. Car Show, which Hiller has organized and promoted for several years.
Also on Monday, the council welcomed in newly-elected Ward Four Councilwoman Vicky Collins, who defeated incumbent Larry Stevenson in the April 7th election. The council also appointed Jo Lynn Turley to serve as Mayor Pro Tem for the coming year.
Council members also approved Mayor Stephen Galliher's appointments to numerous city boards and committees and tabled discussion on a proposed one hour parking restriction on a section of West 16th Street between South Grand Avenue and South Prospect Avenue.
In a regular session meeting on Monday night, the Carrollton Town Council welcomed two incumbent members back to their council seats.
Ward Two Councilwoman Sherry McCoy and Ward Four Councilman Everett Shields won their seats unopposed in the April 7th election and were sworn into new terms on the council.
Council members on Monday also approved a Town of Carrollton/911 Hold Harmless agreement and awarded a bid to Sullivan Publication, of St. Louis, to begin digitizing the city code and ordinance books into an electronic database; that entire project is expected to cost somewhere between $12,000 and $15,000, according to a city spokesperson.
Also approved was the purchase of three new sets of bunker gear for the fire department from Heiman Fire for $4,000 and conditional use permits for locations at 905 and 209 North Folger Street.
The Fayette Board of Aldermen meets in regular session tonight at 7:00pm.
Agenda items include discussion and approval of a proposed sidewalk extension on East Morrison Street, discussion of a permit to work and install a waterline on the city right of way for the Howard County Regional Water Commission, and approval of a pay ordinance.
The board will also formally reorganize with newly-elected officers to be sworn into their seats, followed by the appointments of the board president, city attorney, city prosecutor, city treasurer, city collector, and numerous committee seats.
A closed executive session is also scheduled for real estate, hiring and personnel matters.
After the certification of the April 7th Municipal Election, there was a swearing-in ceremony held for all elected officials for the City of Marshall on Monday night at the Marshall City Council meeting.
The officers sworn in included Mayor, Mark Gooden, and four Councilpersons, including three incumbents-- Barb Utlaut, Gabe Ramsey and Tom Hagedorn-- and one new councilperson in Charlie Guthrey. Others taking the oath of office were City Attorney Lin Alexander, Municipal Court Judge Ed McInteer and City Treasurer Rosario Crisol.
In business from the audience, David Kemm informed the council that during his "Take Pride in Marshall" Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 11th, 138 bags of litter were picked up by over 130 volunteers.
The Council also approved Ward 3 Councilman Dan Brandt as Mayor Pro-Tem and Ward 2 Councilman Vince Lutterbie and Brandt to the Grievance Board.
The Council also recognized outgoing Councilman Sam Moten for his years of service.
A good portion of the Marshall City Council meeting on Monday, April 6th, was spent with concerned citizens bringing up the substandard-structures' issue the city faces. One concerned citizen pointed out the city might be able to require landlords to purchase a license as a business owner. It also was brought up that the city might be able to inspect rental properties.
City Administrator Connie Latimer responded to the ideas at Monday night's City Council meeting, saying it's not that easy.
Latimer then spoke about landlord licensing.
In other business before the swearing-in ceremony of Aptil 7th Municipal Election winners on the council and to other city posts, the council approved an ordinance to amend the 2014-15 budget and another ordinance to pay the city's bills.
There were, in essence, two Marshall City Council meetings on Monday. The first one included Sam Moten, Ward 3 Councilman who decided not to run for reelection on April 7th.
During that part of the evening, the council heard from Moten with a report on the Municipal Services and Personnel Committee.
He reported to the council information about the Citywide Cleanup that took place throughout last week, April 13th through 17th.
City Administrator Connie Latimer said it was a quicker process than in the past for Municipal Services.
Also on the report, in a normal week, Municipal Services spend 50 hours hauling brush and leaves, but last week that ballooned to 180 hours. And there were 105 individual loads of brush and 66 loads of compost taken to the landfill.
An area Police Department is investigating a report of shots fired.
According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, on Monday at 6:35pm, officers were dispatched to the 3100 block of Alpine Drive in reference to the alleged incident.
The investigation revealed at least one shot was fired in the 3100 block of Alpine Drive. Officers located a cartridge casing in the area. At this time, there have been no confirmed injuries from the fired shot and no property damage. The investigation is ongoing.
If anyone has any information regarding this incident, you are asked to contact the Columbia Police Department, or call CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.
An area Police Department is investigating an alleged burglary.
According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, at 4:40pm on Monday, officers were dispatched to the 4600 block of Raspberry Ridge Drive in reference to a burglary in progress.
The investigation revealed residents returned home and observed a broken window. The residents were unsure as to whether the suspects were still inside the home. Upon officers' arrival, a K-9 track was conducted with Missouri State Highway Patrol, however, the suspects were not located. There were no reported injuries and the amount of property damage is currently unknown. The investigation is ongoing.
Anybody with any information about this incident is being urged to call the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.
Two area residents suffered serious injuries in a one-car crash in Linn County Monday afternoon.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Ford Taurus, driven by 20-year-old Derek Schoen, of Boonville, reportedly failed to negotiate a curve, struck a sign and a ditch.
Schoen, and a 23-year-old passenger, Danielle Dicus, of Sedalia, were transported via helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
The crash occurred at 4:00pm on Missouri 11 and Route C.
A two-vehicle crash in Pettis County late Monday afternoon resulted in the death of a Sedalia woman.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a an eastbound Cadillac El Dorado, driven by 80-year-old Charlotte Eldenburg, of Sedalia, slowed to make a left turn. The report says her car was overtaken and passed in the westbound lane by an eastbound Kenworth, driven by 40-year-old Marion Wheeler, of Sweet Springs. The Eldenburg vehicle turned left into the passenger side of the tractor trailer and came to rest lodged under the towed unit.
Eldenburg was pronounced dead at the scene by Pettis County Deputy Coroner Ben Banner at 5:17pm.
Wheeler was reportedly not injured.
The crash occurred at 5:14pm on U.S. Highway 50 at Maplewood North Road.
A Carrollton teenager escaped serious injury over the weekend in a one-vehicle rollover accident on Highway 24.
According to the Missouri State Highway patrol, it happened when 17-year-old Lucas Sanders was eastbound in a 2001 Chevrolet around 12:45am Sunday morning. The vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a utility pole and overturned.
Sanders received minor injuries and reportedly refused treatment at the scene. State troopers were assisted at the scene by the Carroll County Sheriff's Department.
Governor Jay Nixon on Monday appointed Sheriff Kevin Bond, of Sedalia to the Missouri Sheriff Methamphetamine Relief Task Force (MoSMART).
MoSMART is responsible for administering the Deputy Sheriff Salary Supplementation Fund that is used to supplement the salaries of county deputy sheriffs. In addition, MoSMART is responsible for approving applications for the MoSMART fund.
Bond has served as Sheriff of Pettis County since 2005 and is the current president of the Missouri Sheriffs’Association. He previously served as a deputy in Pettis County and as a police officer in Green Ridge. Bond also was an adjunct instructor and program coordinator for the criminal justice department at State Fair Community College.
The Governor has appointed him for a term ending in February of 2017.
For the sixth year, State Parks Youth Corps will provide Missouri youth the opportunity to work outdoors improving Missouri’s state parks and historic sites.
Online applications are now being accepted for youth ages 17 to 24 to participate in the 2015 program.
The Youth Corps is a nationally recognized jobs initiative started by Gov. Nixon in 2010 to enhance Missouri's 87 state parks and historical sites - is a cooperative partnership between the Division of Workforce Development and Missouri State Parks.
In 2015, the Corps will employ Missourians between ages 17 and 24 at state parks and historic sites across Missouri, with the program running through December 31st.
The Warrensburg R-6 School Board meets in regular session Tuesday evening beginning at 7:00pm.
A closed executive session is first slated at 7:00pm for personnel and student matters before the regular session meeting at 7:30pm. Items on the regular agenda include discussion on budget amendments and health and dental insurance renewals along with a report from the district's Compensation Committee.
The current board will also be formally dissolved so that new and returning board members can be sworn in for current terms. The new board will convene and elect officers for the coming year. Delegates to the Missouri School Board Association will also be selected.
The City of Sedalia Fire Department will be offering Firefighter I&II classes starting in September of this year and continuing through late March of 2016.
According to a news release from the city, the classes will be taught at the new Headquarters station on West 16th Street. The department has 12 state certified instructors who will be teaching the classes. Class schedules will be two evenings per week and a minimum of two Saturdays per month.
For more information about the cost and other particulars of the classes, contact firefighter Daniel Shaw at (660) 826-8044.
The State Fair Community College Music Arts program will present the last free noon time recital of the semester on Wednesday, May 6th, in the Music Arts rehearsal room, Stauffacher Room 67, on the Sedalia campus.
According to a release from the college, instrumental and vocal applied-music students will present casual performances of works they are preparing as part of their semester course work.
The recital will last 30 to 40 minutes and is open to the public.
Saline County law-enforcement officials recently went through two courses of training to strengthen their ability to serve citizens.
According to a release from the Saline County Sheriff's Department, the trainings were titled, "Understanding Co-Occurring Conditions: Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders" and "Recognizing Warning Signs of Suicide and Self Harm."
Twelve people attended one or both sessions, including Browning Chief of Police Howard Duckworth; Marshall Police Reserve Officer Thomas Ryburn; Saline County Sheriff Wally George; Chief Deputy Sheriff-Road Division, Cindi Mullins; Chief Deputy Sheriff-Jail Division, Brian Woods; Jesse Coslet; Deputy Sheriffs Jim Heard, Don Hudson and Hugh Trimble; and Reserve Deputy Sheriffs Ralph Bledsoe, James Simmerman and Emmit Williams.
This was the 62nd training session held at the Saline County Criminal Justice Training Center of the Saline County Sheriff's Department.
The city of Warrensburg has announced it has a new Director of Finance.
According to a release from the city, Matthew Lue has been selected for the position. Lue holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance and a Master's degree in Healthcare Administration. He began his job on April 15th.
Lue, who earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, had been working as a Treasury Analyst/Accountant at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City since 2010 and had been at the hospital for nine years.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Ha Ha Tonka Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation invite youth to the 3rd annual M.U.L.E.Y. Outdoor Event 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16th, at the Sedalia Rod and Gun Club. This free event gives youths ages 8 to 18 a chance to learn outdoor skills.
According to a release from the MDC, outdoor activities offered include fishing, archery, trap shooting, trapping skills, pellet gun and .22-rifle target shooting. All equipment such as fishing poles, bait, guns and ammunition will be provided. This is a chance for youngsters to sharpen outdoor skills or learn new ones. Beginners are welcome to safely learn outdoor activities with hands-on tutoring from MDC staff and volunteers.
Space is limited and preregistration is required by May 11th. Youths under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call the MDC Sedalia Office at (660) 530-5500.
An area university has named new leadership amongst its student population.
According to a news release, the new leaders of student government at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Jamie Gisburne and Kayla Herndon, have an agenda that emphasizes student involvement. Each is currently a sophomore.
CMU students recently elected Gisburne as president and Herndon as vice president of the Student Government Association. They have already taken office and will remain in their positions until next April.
Gisburne is from Arlington, Texas, with a double major in computer science and communications and a minor in graphic design. Herndon, a native of Houston, Mo., majors in history with an English minor.
Shelby Brunscher, of Bogard, won the Missouri FFA Agriscience Research-Integrated Systems Proficiency Award at the 87th FFA Convention April 16th and 17th in Columbia.
Brunscher, a senior at Carrollton Area Career Center, is the daughter of Russell and Michelle Brunscher. She is a member of the Carrollton ACC FFA Chapter. Her FFA advisor is Brooke Swindler.
As a member of FFA, Brunscher has competed at the state level in the knowledge and entomology career development events. Brunscher also has attended the state public speaking academy, as well as state and national FFA convention.
A Warsaw man suffered moderate injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Henry County Sunday morning.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Pontiac Grand Am, driven by 65-year-old Samuel French, of Clinton, was stopped in traffic, waiting to turn and was struck in the rear by an eastbound Suzuki GT 250, driven by 34-year-old Jesse Devalle, of Warsaw.
French reportedly was not injured. Devalle was transported by Golden Valley E.M.S. to Golden Valley Hospital for treatment.
The crash happened at 9:45am on Missouri 7, west of Northeast 201st Road.
According to a news release, the Boonville FFA Chapter was awarded first place in the Central District Missouri Farm Bureau video contest at the 87th Missouri FFA Convention April 16th and 17th in Columbia. In the contest, chapters showed how they are making a difference in agriculture.
Bridge work and pavement work in Saline County will close one lane in each direction of I-70 at the Blackwater River Bridge.
According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, bridge work will begin Monday, April 20th, starting months of construction along the I-70 corridor from the bridges near mile-marker 77 to the Cooper County line.
The westbound bridge is slated for completion in mid-August and the eastbound bridge in mid-September.
The release notes this is a 24/7 closure of one lane in each direction, which is likely to cause heavy congestion through the area.
The bridge work will be followed by pavement work to the Cooper County line.
For information about this or other MoDOT projects, visit modot.org or call 1-(888)-ASK-MODOT.
Howard County has an extensive list of road work that starts Monday, April 20th, that might affect drivers and their routes.
According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, roadside maintenance will be taking place along Route 87 between Routes J and AA and Route BB and County Road 118 starting Monday and running through Thursday, April 30th. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
Culvert-pipe replacement will take place during the same time frame on Route FF between Route 5 and County Road 227. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
Also, reconstruction of bridges continues on Route A over Moniteau Creek and Route E over Adams Fork Creek, west of Route 5. The bridges are closed to traffic at each location.
There is some road work starting Monday, April 20th, in the area that might alter some driving routes.
In Cooper County, culvert-pipe replacement is slated in several spots along Route 179 between I-70 and Route P. The work is slated to go on from 8:00am to 4:00pm each day through Thursday, April 30th, and will close the road.
Drivers are asked to seek an alternate route.
On Tuesday, April 21st, bridge maintenance will take place in the westbound lanes on Interstate 70 over the Lamine River. One westbound lane will be open through the work area. Bridge maintenance in eastbound lanes will take place on Wednesday, April 22nd. One eastbound lane will be open through the work area.
All work is weather dependent.
For more information about these or other MoDOT projects, visit modot.org or call 1-(888)-ASK-MODOT.
Police officers with an area department are investigating a report of an alleged robbery.
According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were dispatched on Sunday morning just before 2:30 to the 1100 block of Hamilton Way in reference to a robbery with a gun.
The investigation revealed two female victims were walking home and were approached by a black male suspect. The suspect displayed a gun and demanded money. The victims provided the suspect an undisclosed amount of money and the suspect then fled the scene in an unknown direction of travel. The victims were not injured during the robbery. The investigation is ongoing.
Description of the suspect is a black male in his late 20s with a tall and heavy build.
If you have any information regarding the incident, you are asked to contact the Columbia Police Department, or call CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.
Two Boonville residents were hurt in a one-vehicle crash in Saline County Saturday afternoon.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when 41-year-old Robert McCabe, the driver of an eastbound 2004 Dodge, reportedly fell asleep at the wheel. The vehicle drifted off the left side of the roadway and struck the guardrail.
McCabe suffered minor injuries and reportedly refused treatment at the scene.
But a passenger in the car, 43-year-old Denise McCabe, suffered serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
The crash happened just after 1:00pm on Eastbound I-70 at the 77-mile marker.
Four Sedalia teens were injured in a one-car rollover crash in Pettis County on Saturday morning.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound 2002 Pontiac, driven by 16-year-old Jozlan Holloway, failed to negotiate a curve, crossed the center line, overcorrected, traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.
A 14-year-old female passenger in the vehicle suffered moderate injuries in the crash. Holloway and two other passengers in the vehicle, ages 14 and 15, suffered minor injuries. All were taken by Pettis County Ambulance to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.
The crash occurred at 5:00am on Ream Springs Road, a half-mile south of Missouri Route N.
A Marshall man escaped with cuts and bruises in a one-vehicle crash in Saline County early Saturday morning.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a westbound Ford Explorer, driven by 67-year-old Paul Vaillancourt, failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a ditch. The vehicle continued across YY, traveled through two residential yards and struck a tree.
Vaillancourt reportedly refused treatment at the scene.
The crash occurred on Drake Road, just south of YY at 2:35am on Saturday.
An area Police Department is investigating an alleged robbery.
According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were dispatched to the Burger King restaurant on Clark Lane just after 1:00am today in reference to a robbery.
The investigation revealed a black male entered the business and approached the counter. The suspect implied he had a weapon and demanded money from the employee. The suspect was provided an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene on foot in an eastbound direction on Clark Lane. No one was injured during the robbery. The investigation is on-going.
If you have any information regarding this incident, you are being urged to contact the Columbia Police Department, or call CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.
Kati Viets, of Sweet Springs, won the Missouri FFA Swine Production Placement Proficiency Award at the 87th Missouri FFA Convention.
Viets, a graduate of Sweet Springs R-7 High School, is the daughter of Mike and Brenda Viets. She is a member of the Sweet Springs FFA chapter. Her advisors are Brent Niemeyer and Kristen Fenner.
As an FFA member, Viets has exhibited livestock at multiple shows at the national and state level. Viets has also competed in the parliamentary procedure and livestock evaluation career development events.
Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Swine production placement is one of 50 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level.
A Keytesville High School Student was voted as proficient at the State Convention.
According to a news release, Tanner Neidholdt, of Keytesville, won the Missouri FFA Grain Production Placement Proficiency Award at the 87th Missouri FFA Convention.
Neidholdt, a sophomore, is the son of Jason and Jennifer Neidholdt. He is a member of the Keytesville FFA Chapter. His advisor is Teresa Briscoe.
Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Grain Production is one of 50 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. The Missouri Corn Growers Association sponsored this award.
As an FFA member, Neidholdt attended the state and national FFA conventions, and Washington Leadership Conference. Neidholdt also attended multiple area events and has been an exhibitor at the Missouri State Fair.
A Carrollton High School student was voted as best in a category at the State FFA Convention.
According to a news release, Celena Kipping of Carrollton, won the Missouri FFA Food Science and Technology Proficiency Award at the 87th Missouri FFA Convention.
Kipping, a senior, is the daughter of Robert and Cindy Kipping. She is a member of the Carrollton ACC FFA Chapter. Her chapter advisor is Brooke Swindler.
Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Food Science and Technology is one of 50 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level.
As an FFA member, Kipping served as chapter president and secretary. She has attended national convention as a courtesy corps member. She has also competed in the State Agri-Science Fair.
A Salisbury High School student was selected as No. 1 in a category at the State FFA Convention.
According to a news release, Holly Harlan, of Salisbury, won the Missouri FFA Vegetable Production Proficiency Award at the 87th Missouri FFA Convention.
Harlan, a junior, is the daughter of Michael and Kathy Harlan. She is a member of the Salisbury FFA Chapter, where Daniel Kahre serves as chapter advisor.
Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Vegetable Production Entrepreneurship is one of 50 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level.
In FFA, Harlan has attended the state and national FFA conventions. Harlan also has been a member of state FFA chorus and has participated in the Missouri FFA Public Speaking Institute.
An area Holden High School student received first place in a category of competition at the State FFA Convention.
According to a news release, Gene Collins Jr. of Holden, received the first-place Missouri FFA Diversified Horticulture Proficiency Award at the 87th Missouri FFA Convention.
Collins, a senior at Holden R-3 High School, is the son of Gene and Amy Collins. He is a member of the Holden FFA Chapter. His chapter's advisors are Dusty Davidson and Rusty Kephart.
Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Diversified Horticulture is one of 50 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level.
As an FFA member, Collins has attended national FFA convention and served in the national FFA convention and expo courtesy corps He has also attended state FFA convention and area FFA leadership conference.
A student at Slater High School, has been selected as a winner at the state FFA Convention.
According to a news release, Stephanie Borgman, of Marshall, won the Missouri FFA Emerging Agricultural Technology Entrepreneurship and Placement Combined Proficiency Award at the 87th Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia.
Borgman, a senior at Slater High School, is the daughter of Steve and Rachelle Borgman. She is a member of the Slater FFA Chapter. Her advisor is Zach Crews.
Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Emerging Agricultural Technology is one of 50 proficiency award areas recognized at state level and is sponsored by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, Inc.
As an active FFA member, Borgman has attended national FFA convention, Washington Leadership Conference, and state camp.
The American Red Cross has announced the release of its new Emergency App.
According to a release from the organization, the App gives people instant access to weather alerts, lifesaving information and ways to contact family and friends. It is a free easy-to-use App for mobile devices.
This all-inclusive app provides expert advice on what to do in case of disasters such as tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, home fires and more. The Emergency App is available in app stores for smartphones and tablets by searching for the American Red Cross or by going to www.redcross.org/apps.
The Warrensburg City Council announced this week that during the search for a new City Manager, Community Development Director Barbara Carroll and Fire Chief Jim Kushner will serve as an Interim City Management Team.
A news release from the city says each will continue to serve in their current positions while picking up their extra duties.
Kushner has been with the city for 35 years and Carroll for 16.
City Manager Paula Hertwig-Hopkins has served as City Manager since July 2012 but recently resigned her post and is heading to serve with the Lutheran Church in Uganda.
Missouri food prices are lower than the national average.
The American Farm Bureau recently released the results of its first-quarter Marketbasket Survey in which 16 common food items were price-checked. Nationwide, the items totaled $53.87, while Missouri’s average price was $6.42 less.
Missouri shoppers found that five items had increased in price since the third quarter of 2014, while 11 showed a decline. The total in the third quarter was $51.13.
Beef prices were split, finding ground beef dropping to $4.46 per pound compared to $4.82 last quarter. However, sirloin tip roast was up 17 cents to $5.16 per pound. Missouri prices for pork products, bacon and deli-sliced ham, both dropped. Boneless chicken breast prices rose to $3.21 per pound.
Other items impacting the overall price increase were eggs, increasing to $2.11 per dozen; toasted oat cereal, $2.91 for a 9-ounce box; and a 20-ounce loaf of white bread, $1.36. Prices decreased for Red Delicious apples, russet potatoes, orange juice, salad mix, five pounds of flour and vegetable oil. Milk prices dropped three cents to $3.91 for a gallon of whole milk.
One year ago, Missouri prices for the same items totaled $49.08. The United States Department of Agriculture projects two to three percent food inflation for 2015.
On Friday, April 17th, 2015, at 11:51pm, a fatal motor-vehicle crash occurred in the 4700 block of Old Mill Creek Road in Boone County.
According to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, information gathered at the scene revealed a 2008 Subaru Forester was traveling southbound when it failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the left edge of the roadway. The Subaru then traveled through a grass right-of-way and overturned into Mill Creek, just inside Magnolia Falls Park.
The driver of the Subaru, 53-year old James Gonzalez, of Columbia, was transported by ambulance to University of Missouri-Columbia Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Four area students have been recognized as Area 6 star recipients at the 87th Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia.
According to a release from the FFA Convention, Tyler Jenkins, of Malta Bend, Shelby Bagnell, of Slater, Colton Williams, of Higginsville, and Shelby Brunscher, of Carrollton, all have received the recognition in different categories.
Jenkins' recognition is in Agribusiness, Bagnell in Placement, Williams as a State Star Farmer and Brunscher in Agriscience.
Area 6 includes 21 chapters in the Central District.
The Missouri FFA has 25,829 members representing 338 chapters. The national organization has more than 610,000 members representing 7,665 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In the wee hours of Friday morning (April 17th, 2015), officers in an area town were dispatched to a location with the report of an alleged armed robbery.
According to an officer with the Concordia Police Department, the alleged robbery happened about 4:15am.
The officer said the report came in from the CENEX/Eagle Stop gas station on the east side of Main Street (Highway 23) just south of the I-70 overpass.
Investigation revealed two white males entered the store donning ski masks. One of the suspects wielded a knife, threatened the clerk and and took money from the cash register. Meanwhile, the other suspect allegedly stole cigarettes and other items from the shelves of the store.
The suspects then fled the store with an unknown amount of money and items off the shelves, and nobody was injured.
The officer said the police department has followed up on some local leads, but nothing yet has panned out.
The suspects are described as 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 with small builds, according to the officer. The suspects were covered from head to toe in clothing and jackets, as he put it.
The investigation into the matter is ongoing. Anybody with any information is being urged to call the Concordia Police Department at (660) 463-2140.
A Kansas motorist was injured Friday in a one-vehicle rollover accident near Sweet Springs in Saline County.
The Highway Patrol says it happened just before 3:00pm, when 35-year-old Jamie Ellison, of Shawnee, was eastbound on Interstate 70 and reportedly lost control of her 2008 Kia. The vehicle ran off the roadway, stuck a ditch and overturned.
Ellison suffered moderate injuries and was taken by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. Troopers were assisted at the scene by members of the Sweet Springs Police Department.
Area deputies are currently investigating a report of alleged theft made by a Marshall resident.
According to a release from the Saline County Sheriff's Department, deputies were called to a residence in 18000 block of Magnolia Avenue at around 6:30pm on Thursday. The resident stated that someone had entered several buildings located on the property; no damages were reported to any of the structures.
The caller told authorities that no items were missing from the buildings in question but that two toolboxes and a tap-and-die tool set were missing from a shed on the grounds. Deputy reports say the toolboxes are valued at around $100 each and the tool set is valued at around $350.
No suspect information has been made available; investigation into the matter continues.
At the most recent meeting of the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works, board members approved a water line connection between two area communities.
A release from M.M.U. says board members on Thursday approved the city of Waverly's request to make a connection to the city of Malta Bend's drinking water flow line to their system. Malta Bend, in turn, has requested Waverly to allow an emergency connection to their line running from the Waverly water treatment plant.
The utility says the contract requires Waverly to get M.M.U. approval before adding any customers outside the city limits.
In other business, the board reviewed requests for qualifications from several firms for repairs to the North English Lift Station in Marshall; M.M.U. says board members will hear a recommendation on the matter at their next regularly scheduled meeting.
Two area youths escaped serious injury Friday in a one-vehicle accident in Cooper County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 16-year-old Isabella Roth, of Blackwater, was driving southbound when her 2004 Pontiac reportedly crossed the center line, ran off the roadway, overturned and struck a tree.
Roth and a 14-year-old passenger, also from Blackwater, received minor injuries and were taken from the scene by ambulance to Cooper County Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Trooper reports say the crash happened around 7:55am on Route M, one mile south of Schulte Drive.
An arrest has been made and charges filed in Pettis County after authorities this week made a sizeable drug bust in Sedalia.
Sedalia Police on Tuesday reportedly stopped 25-year-old Nathaniel D. Harvey for a traffic violation around 10:45pm on South 65 Highway. Police say the driver was accompanied by an unidentified juvenile.
Officers reported detecting the odor of marijuana in and around the vehicle, which led to a search by a K-9 officer that reportedly turned up over five pounds of packaged marijuana, along with synthetic marijuana, paraphernalia and an undisclosed amount of cash.
Later, detectives applied for and received a warrant to search Harvey's Sedalia residence, where authorities say they located several ounces of synthetic marijuana, prescription medications and materials used to package narcotics.
Harvey was placed into custody on $100,000 bond. Court documents show he was charged this week with two class B felony counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute along with a class B misdemeanor count of Unlawful Transaction with a Child.
A hearing in the matter has been set for Tuesday, April 21st in Pettis County Circuit Court.
An area city council has given final approval to a new auto dealership coming to its community.
Boonville City Council members this week approved a site plan for a new Rick Ball Chevrolet lot at 2500 Main Street. A spokesperson says the site, located at the old Bobber Truck Stop, is now reportedly ready now that old petroleum fixtures at the site have been remediated.
Like many governments in the area, the Boonville Council formally reorganized this week on the heels of the April 7th election. Steve Young was sworn in as a Ward 1 council member, along with Vanessa Dorman in Ward 2, Becky Ehlers in Ward 3 and Mark Livingston in Ward 4.
Ehlers was also selected as Mayor Pro-Tem for another term and Brad Wooldridge was chosen to serve another term as City Attorney.
Longtime Ward 4 council member Morris Carter, who opted not to run for re-election, was honored by the Boonville Council for over twenty years of service and presented with an honorary plaque.
For the fourth year in a row, the Marshall FFA chapter has been named the top chapter in the state of Missouri.
At the 87th annual Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia on Thursday, the Marshall program received the distinction of Top Chapter award winner, a designation only achieved by ten percent of state chapters. 2015 marks the fourth straight year Marshall has taken the top honor.
A release from the state FFA says Marshall's slate of activities over the past year included holding peer-led tutoring sessions, sponsoring both an eight-grade dodgeball tournament and a local alumni technical skills event, organizing a Veterans Day assembly, conducting a timber-stand improvement project, and carrying out "Operation Beautiful", designed to promote members' "mental well-being, self-esteem and positive character traits".
Top chapters will be submitted to the National FFA organization to compete for the National FFA Chapter Award this fall at the 88th annual National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Marshall FFA program advisors are Paige Brock, Callie Dobbins and Randy Plattner.
Several area FFA programs have won honors at the 87th annual Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia.
A release from the FFA says Marshall High School's program has been named the state's Top Chapter, a title claimed by the group for the past four years. Other area chapters garnering honors at the state convention include:
* Sweet Springs FFA chapter: 3rd Place out of 338 chapters statewide
* Boonville FFA chapter: 9th place out of 338 chapters statewide
* Slater FFA chapter: 23rd place out of 338 chapters statewide
* Higginsville FFA chapter: 25th place out of 338 chapters statewide
* Concordia FFA chapter: 28th place out of 338 chapters statewide
* Carrollton ACC FFA chapter: 30th place out of 338 chapters statewide
The 87th annual Missouri FFA Convention continues through Friday.
Several area residents have been awarded with individual honors and offices at the 87th annual Missouri FFA Convention, taking place Thursday and Friday in Columbia.
A release from the state FFA says that Austin Boland, of Sweet Springs, has been named State FFA Vice President for Area 6. Advisors for the Sweet Springs chapter are Brett Niemeyer and Kristen Fenner.
Rylee Streit, of Holden, has been named State FFA Vice President for Area 7. Advisors for the Holden FFA chapter are Rusty Kephart and Dusty Davidson.
Other area honorees include:
* Amanda Reid, of Concordia, has been named as an Honorary State FFA Degree recipient. She serves as the advisor for the Concordia FFA chapter.
* Kelly Lee, of Norborne, has been named as an Honorary State FFA Degree recipient. She teaches Agriculture at Norborne R-8 schools.
* Ashley Renck, of Warrensburg, has named as an Honorary State FFA Degree recipient. She serves as an assistant professor at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
* Dusty Davidson, of Holden, has been named as an Honorary State FFA Degree recipient. He serves as an advisor to the Holden FFA chapter and teaches agriculture in the Holden R-3 school district.
A hearing date has been set for two men accused of damaging dozens of vehicles in Marshall last week.
According to online court documents, 21-year-old Jackie Lee Cadwell and 23-year-old Dwight Lee Johnson each face three Class C felony charges of Tampering with a Motor Vehicle after they were taken into custody last week. An investigation by the Marshall Police Department into nearly 40 incidents of vehicle damage reported on the night of April 10th led to the arrests of the two men.
Both men appeared via video link at an arraignment this week in Saline County Circuit Court, where a hearing date was set for 9:00am on Wednesday, April 29th.
Court records say bond for each man stands at $15,000.
A head-on collision in Howard County has claimed the life of a New Franklin man.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway patrol, it happened Thursday morning when a westbound vehicle driven by 36-year-old Terry Sitzes, of New Franklin, crossed the center line and struck head-on a vehicle driven by 62-year-old Lawrence Murray, of Pensacola, Florida.
Sitzes suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by a Howard County paramedic.
Murray and a female passenger both received minor injuries and were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
The Patrol report says the crash happened around 10:15am on U.S. Highway 40, just east of the Missouri 240 alternate in Howard County.
The Salisbury R-4 School board met in regular session this week with a number of items on the agenda.
Superintendent Todd Willhite says the first order of business was to reorganize the board and select officers for the coming year:
Willhite says the board also awarded Crockett Engineering, of Columbia, their bid of $4,800 for parking lot improvements:
In other business, the board approved a bid for new library carpet and approved an area community theater to use the Salisbury School theater for a summer production. The group has plans to perform the show outdoors, but asked for permission to use the theater as a backup in case the weather should turn unfavorable.
Saline County emergency officials this week tried their hand at an emergency drill involving two different locations in an effort to function more efficiently in a time of crisis.
Emergency Management Director Emmitt Williams explains:
Williams says coordinating communication between agencies is a key factor in an emergency situation, and Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrie, Jr., says he was very impressed with what he saw at the Saline County 911 Center as the drill unfolded:
The drill involving ConAgra and Cargill took place Tuesday night and involved several factors, including a dangerous gas leak along with simulated injuries and a simulated fatality.
Williams says overall, the drill was a success and that a similar exercise is in the planning stages for this fall.
A one-vehicle crash in Pettis County Wednesday morning sent a Sedalia woman to the hospital with moderate injuries.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound GMC JIMMY SUV, driven by 23-year-old Sarah Hartley, of Sedalia, traveled off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, traveled off the right side of the roadway again, down an embankment and rolled onto its side.
Hartley was transported by E.M.S. to Bothwell Regional Hospital for treatment.
A passenger in the vehicle, 30-year-old Amber Staten, of La Monte, reportedly refused treatment of minor injuries at the scene.
The crash happened at 11:10am on Route H, north of Bouldin Road.
The crash closed down that part of Route H for a couple of hours.
Other communities in the area already have one, so why not Sweet Springs?
According to Sweet Springs Chief of Police Dick Downing, the city recently received an important addition to its family of vehicles, and it didn't cost the city one red cent.
Downing said the 2007 soft-top Humvee was given to the city through the Department of Defense's 1033 Program. It's a ton and a quarter truck that will come in handy in inclement weather, according to Downing.
Getting this vehicle also will alleviate usage of some personal vehicles, Downing said.
The only downside is, if there comes a time when the City of Sweet Springs does not want the vehicle anymore, it has to return it to the Department of Defense. Or, the Department of Defense can recall it at any time, Downing said.
Some area college students will be headed to the Windy City in a couple of months.
According to a release from State Fair Community College in Sedalia, three students have qualified to compete at the National Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) leadership conference June 24th through 27th in Chicago.
Deana Taylor, of Sedalia, Maddie Davis, of Jefferson City, and Matt Smith, of Knob Noster, qualified April 11th at the PBL state leadership conference in Springfield. Taylor finished second in Retail Management, fourth in Computer Applications and fifth in Word Processing; Davis placed second in Client Service; and Smith finished third in Justice Administration and fifth in Cyber Security.
PBL is a nonprofit education association that prepares students for careers in business and business education.
With two seats up for election and only the incumbents signing up to run, the Odessa R-7 School Board remained the same after the results of the April 7th Municipal Election. Superintendent Bob Brinkley also said officers stayed the same, with Aaron Dillon being reelected president and Brian Young Vice-President.
Action taken by the board included approval of the Childcare and S.O.A.R. Handbooks and the budget for the upcoming summer-school session, Brinkley said.
Brinkley also laid out the plan for the summer-school session.
In other news from the meeting, Brinkley said several students were at the meeting and gave a presentation about what they learned and took part in while participating in the D.A.R.E. program.
According to a release from the City of Warrensburg, business licenses expire June 1st and license holders may be subject to a late fee if not renewed by July 1st. Liquor licenses expire July 1st and the establishments are requested to have the building inspections scheduled and completed prior to the deadline.
Any businesses that operate in the city limits and sell products for future delivery or provide a service of any kind are required to obtain a business license even if the physical location of the business is not in Warrensburg.
Summer months are a busy time for lawn services, tree trimming and asphalt repair in which case, require a city business license. Solicitor licenses that canvass door to door and ice cream trucks require the individuals to provide a current photo and background information that is reviewed by the Police Department to help insure public safety. Residents may contact the City Collector at any time to verify if a business has a current license as this information is public record.
Residents may see vendors set up on local parking lots selling produce. These vendors are exempt from local license regulations by the State of Missouri and are allowed to sell produce that is grown in Missouri.
Current dog licenses will expire June 1st and documentation of current rabies vaccination needs to be provided for all renewals.
All dog owners in the city limits are required to obtain dog licenses. These licenses are needed for public safety to ensure that all dogs within the city have current rabies vaccination.
For questions or concerns about any license information, please contact Carl Larkerbrink, City Collector, at 660-747-9131 or visit City Hall at 102 South Holden Street.
The Waverly Board of Aldermen has learned that the city's wastewater project should be getting underway soon.
Aldermen got the update Tuesday night at their monthly meeting, where officials stated the project should be breaking ground sometime in mid-May or possibly the first of June. Board members this week also approved the replacement of nine lights at the city ball field.
In other business, outgoing aldermen Kevin Emde and Linda Maycock were honored by the board for their years of service on the board and were presented with honorary plaques. Also, new board members were sworn in by the city clerk; David Brotherton takes over Maycock's Ward I seat while Billy Arnold replaces Emde in Ward II.
Also at the meeting, Mary Slayer was selected as Waverly City Tax Collector.
Two area women suffered injuries when their car reportedly struck a building in Knob Noster.
A trooper report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says it happened when a vehicle driven by 83-year-old Billi Maddux, of Knob Noster, accelerated into the rear end of a garage in the 900 block of Northeast 130th Road.
Maddux and a passenger, 63-year-old Tina Maddux, also of Knob Noster, both suffered minor injuries and were taken to Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg for treatment.
The report says the accident occurred just before 11:00pm on Tuesday evening.
According to seasonally adjusted data released today by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri’s unemployment rate edged up to 5.6 percent in March, which is 0.8 percentage points lower when compared to the March 2014 rate.
The state’s nonfarm payroll employment decreased by 7,500 in March, following a revised employment increase of 12,200 in February. Industries that experienced an increase in employment in March included food service (up by 1,500 jobs) and wholesale trade (up by 1,100 jobs). Among the industries that experienced a drop in employment was health care & social assistance (down by 2,000 jobs).
Missouri’s nonfarm payrolls have increased by 39,000 jobs over the past year.
The Missouri Department of Conservation reports that young turkey hunters harvested 4,441 birds during the 2015 spring youth season, April 11 and 12. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 117 birds, Greene with 88, and Cedar with 87.
Top counties in the KMMO listening area were Pettis and Howard with 35 and Chariton with 34.
All total, youth hunters checked 4,332 turkeys during last year’s spring youth weekend.
Hunters age 6 through 15 are allowed to take one male turkey or turkey with a visible beard during the youth season. Those who harvest a turkey during the youth season may not take a second bird until the second week of the regular spring turkey season, which runs April 20 through May 10.
A trial setting begins next month for an area man accused of trying to take a child from a Slater school bus last year.
According to online court documents, 53-year-old Norman Forrester, of Slater, is charged with Felony Child Kidnapping along with three Misdemeanor counts of assault, trespassing and peace disturbance in connection with the incident on April 24th, 2014.
In a hearing earlier this week, Circuit Judge Dennis Rolf reviewed the results of a recent psychiatric evaluation on Forrester before continuing the case to a trial setting at 9:00am on Monday, May 11th in Saline County Circuit Court.
At this week's meeting of the Glasgow School Board, members approved the April 7th municipal election results.
The board approved the results pertaining to the tax rate ballot item that passed for the district along with the winners of two vacant seats, incumbent Steve Ferguson and newcomer Mitch Monnig. The two men were officially sworn in to the new term at Monday night's meeting.
Also approved were the district's certified salary schedule, health insurance renewals and Comprehensive School Improvement Plan. Board members additionally approved the hiring of three full-time and two part-time instructors.
The next regular meeting of the Glasgow School Board is scheduled for Monday, May 20th.
At the meeting of the Carrollton School Board on Monday, the board members stayed the same after the results of the April 7th Municipal Election. However, the office holders changed a bit.
Linda Brock was voted to be President, replacing Craig Linneman. David Randolph as Vice-President, Treasurer Alvin Brownley and Carrie Brunsche as Secretary all stayed the same.
Brownley also was voted to be the board's MSBA representative with Linneman being the alternate delegate. Jeremy Payne and Susie Lock were voted to the TAB committee board and Payne as Foundation representative.
In other news, the board also approved keeping the tuition rates at the Carrollton Area Career Center the same for the 2015-16 school year, approved a board policy dealing with public speakers on the district's property, and gave the thumbs-up to some Middle School and High School changes to scheduling.
A Warsaw woman was injured in a rollover crash in Benton County Monday night.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when the driver, 22-year-old Brittany Chiles, reportedly fell asleep while at the wheel of a southbound Ford Ranger. The vehicle traveled off the road and overturned.
Chiles was transported by Cole Camp E.M.S. to Bothwell Regional Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.
The crash occurred at 11:00pm on U.S. Highway 65, one mile north of Route P.
A two-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Monday afternoon resulted in moderate injuries to a Green Ridge man.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Dodge Dakota, driven by 33-year-old Kevin Binder, of Green Ridge, met a westbound Infinity Silverado, driven by 20-year-old Petr Grigoryev, on a curve. Grigoryev reportedly hit his brakes to try to avoid the collision. In an effort to avoid the collision, as well, the Binder vehicle swerved and overturned.
Grigoryev reportedly was not injured.
But Binder was reportedly taken by private vehicle to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.
The crash happened at 3:45pm on Main Street, four miles west of Sedalia.
A Smithton 16-year-old driver had to be flown to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries after a one-car crash in Pettis County on Monday afternoon.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Quenten Harmon, failed to negotiate a curve and exited the roadway. The vehicle returned the roadway, then exited the other side of the roadway and struck a fence and a tree.
The crash happened at 1:15pm on Rattlesnake Hill Road, four miles south of Smithton.
The State Senate is considering another possible fix for Missouri’s school transfer law, and is waiting to find out what it would cost. The proposal establishes a system of school accreditation by building rather than by district. Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal said the bill would offer a better education to all students.
Currently, if one building in the district is considered unaccredited, all buildings in the district lose their accreditation. An earlier proposal put the price tag at $193 million.
An area man has been injured in a tractor-trailer rollover crash in Morgan County.
According to the Highway Patrol, it happened as 59-year-old Terry Wittman, of Smithton, was northbound in a 2014 Mack truck at around 8:25am Monday morning. The truck reportedly ran partially off the side of the roadway and overturned onto its side.
Wittman suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was taken by ambulance to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment. Reports say it happened on Route E, just north of Route HH in Morgan County.
With the results of the April 7th Municipal Election in the rear-view mirror, the Marshall School Board held a special-session meeting and elected officers for the next term.
The oath was administered to Larry Godsey and Leslie Huston, the two winners during the election. The officers were selected, with Godsey remaining President and Huston as Treasurer. Brad Guthrey was elected Vice-President and Linda Perkins Secretary.
In closed, executive session, in addition to hiring Jim Heinzler as Marshall High School Principal, the district also hired Jessie Spurgin as a bus driver.
Thirty-nine area residents, including 12 from Saline County, will be embarking on a special trip in the wee hours of Tuesday, April 14th.
According to Saline County Northern Commissioner and one of the flight organizers Charlie Guthrie, the trip begins in Sedalia for the Show-Me Honor Flight No. 16. The trip will begin at 2:30am as the group gathers in Sedalia for a road trip to Kansas City International Airport for a flight, which is scheduled to arrive in Baltimore at 9:25am. Then, the group will board a bus and head to Washington, D.C.
Guthrie said they also will have the opportunity to see the Iwo Jima Memorial, the Air Force Memorial and the Pentagon, as well as touring the Capitol Building and the White House.
Guthrie said plans are underway for Flight No. 17, perhaps in June of this year.
Saline County authorities were called to a residence on Magnolia Avenue in Marshall with the report of an alleged burglary.
According to the report filed by a Saline County Deputy, on Saturday, April 11th, he was dispatched to the residence where the owner claimed somebody had broken into an unoccupied property. The owner said she has not lived in the residence for about three years, but she alleged somebody had kicked in the front door, damaging the door frame, to gain entry.
The report says there was some evidence of a muddy footprint on the door.
The owner reportedly does not wish to pursue an investigation, other than filing the report in the event there are any similar incidents in the area.
At a Scholar Banquet last week at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, a number of students were recognized for their efforts this academic year.
According to a release from the college, Dr. Parris Watts, MVC's Vice-President of Public Affairs honored the scholars on Thursday, April 9th. In order to qualify for the scholar awards, students must have a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade-point average and be a December or May graduate of the current academic year.
Included among the scholars were several local and area students: Kelly Cordray, of Marshall, in art; Tracy Bommer, of Marshall, in computer information systems; Conner Swift, of Marshall, in history; Cecylee Lewis, of Columbia, in mathematics; Henry Yeagle, of Marshall, in middle-school education; and Sabrina Bartley, of Camdenton, in psychology.
Additionally, Sidney Robertson received the Ed Leslie Lamp of Knowledge Award.
Two St. Louis residents were injured in a one-car crash in Johnson County on Sunday morning.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as 19-year-old Jayla Brown lost control of her eastbound Ford Focus on the wet roadway. The car traveled off the right side of the road and struck a tree.
Brown, and a passenger in the vehicle, 18-year-old Malia Harris, each suffered minor injuries, but each reportedly refused treatment at the scene.
The accident happened at 10:10am on U.S. Highway 50, one mile northwest of County Road Northwest 1601.
Marshall residents may soon notice walkers hiking a five- or ten- kilometer route through the city. The "Historical Marshall 5 & 10k Year-Round" trail was recently added to the American Volkssport Association’s (AVA) listing of over 1800 self-guided walking trails in the USA.
The route takes walkers through the Jim the Wonder Dog Garden, along the Saline County Courthouse, past historic homes, through Indian Foothills Park, and on a trail overlooking the site of the Battle of Marshall. Marshall’s trail is designated "year-round" which means anyone can hike it at any time; there is no special event associated with walking the route.
Marshall’s route was added to the AVA’s listings through the efforts of Marshall Library director Wicky Sleight, and the trail begins and ends at the Marshall Public Library. Walkers pick up a map from the library staff and head out to experience Marshall on a 5k or 10k route laid out by an AVA team with suggestions from Sleight.
Volkswalking (a.k.a. "volksmarching") is a form of non-competitive fitness walking that developed in Europe and there are thousands of Volkssport Clubs around the world.
For more information call the Marshall Public Library at (660) 886-3391.
An area school district whose test scores have improved steadily over the past few years wants an upgrade to their state accreditation.
Superintendent Darrell Lee says a motion was made for the move at the most recent meeting of the Gilliam School Board:
Lee says the request for an accreditation upgrade is a relatively simple process:
In other news from the Gilliam School Board, new members Mandy Smith and Jennifer Shepard have joined the board after the April 7th municipal election and the board has voted in their officers for the coming year; they remain unchanged from last year.
A Marshall man escaped serious injury after being thrown from a motorcycle on Saturday morning.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 22-year-old Michael Barnes was traveling at a high rate of speed on a 2015 Kawasaki and lost control of the bike. The rider was reportedly ejected from the motorcycle.
Barnes received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment. Reports say the accident happened around 11:40am on U.S. 65 at 190th Road in Saline County.
The Marshall School District on Saturday announced the hiring of a new school official.
Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher talks about the hiring of Jim Heinzler as Marshall High School principal and his connection to the district:
Maher says the search for a replacement for outgoing principal Royal Peterson, who announced his retirement earlier this year, was neither a short nor easy task:
The superintendent says Heinzler will spend the next few months learning the job before officially starting on August 1st. She says the hiring decision was made during an executive session of the school board on Friday afternoon.
An area woman has been killed following a one-vehicle rollover accident Friday night near Triplett in Chariton County.
A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says it happened just after 8:00pm when 43-year-old Katrina Piper, of Brunswick, was traveling northbound on Triplett Avenue and reportedly lost control of her 2004 Cadillac. The vehicle overturned, ejecting the driver from inside.
Piper suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Chariton County Coroner at around 9:20pm.
Two passengers, ages 10 and 13, reportedly received minor injuries in the crash but required no treatment at the scene.
According to a news release from the Marshall Police Department, it is investigating several property damage reports, involving vehicle windows being damaged. The incidents occurred during the evening hours of Thursday, April 9th, into the early hours of Friday, April 10th.
If you have any information on any of the incidents, your are being asked to call the Marshall Police Department at (660) 886-7411.
At its meeting this week, the Gilliam C-4 School Board welcomed in two new members after Tuesday night's Municipal Election. New member Mandy Smith was sworn in, while the other new member, Jennifer Shepard, was not present due to being out of town. Superintendent Darrell Lee said the officers were chosen and will stay the same, with John Thomason serving as President, Joe Pycke as Vice-President and Brenda Butler as Secretary Treasurer.
In other business, Lee said the board approved Certified Staff employment, but tabled a decision on the salary schedule until its next meeting. He also said the board accepted resignations of part-time employees Fran Klein as a guidance counselor, Josephine Kolks as a librarian and Alica Huesgen as an art teacher. Lee said the district will seek replacements in the near future.
At the meeting of the Sweet Springs School Board Thursday night, the board did not need to realign due to Tuesday night's Municipal Election results, as incumbents Cindi Sims and Darla Reid won reelection.
Also, the officers for the board will remain the same, with Brian Vogelsmeier serving as President, Donald Boland as Vice-President, Reid as Secretary and Sims as Treasurer, according to Superintendent Donna Wright.
In other business taken up by the board, dates were set for the 2015-16 school year as April 23rd, 2016, for Prom, Senior Trip as May 6th through 13th, 2016, and May 13th, 2016, as Graduation Day.
In executive session, Wright said the district extended several contracts for extra duties, such as athletic coaches.
On Thursdsay, April 9th, KMMO News had a report of a vehicle driving into the front of a business in Sedalia. Today, we have more details on that accident.
According to a report filed by a Sedalia Police Officer, the accident happened as the driver of a Nissan, 75-year-old Jacqueline Leiter, of Sedalia, mistakenly pressed the accelerator instead of the brake while in front of Peak Performance. The vehicle reportedly jumped the parking curb and the sidewalk and hit the front window area of the business located at 3124 West 16th Street, directly across from State Fair Community College, in the Stone Creek Shopping Center.
No damage estimate to the business has been made available, but Leiter's vehicle had to be towed from the scene due to damage suffered.
According to the report, Leiter was not injured in the crash, which happened just before 9:00am.
The Saline County Sheriff's Department wants to warn area residents of a scam.
According to a report from the department, a Marshall resident contacted the office and said he had received a phone call on Thursday from someone claiming to be with the Microsoft Security Company who asked him turn on his computer. The caller then gave the victim of series of commands so the caller could access his computer remotely. Upon accessing his computer, the victim said they changed his password so the victim could not access his computer at all.
Authorities checked out the phone number of (979)-696-8159 with 800notes.com and it revealed a scam. They want to advise residents to beware of a Middle Eastern/Indian speaking person contacting them advising them of problems with the Microsoft software and wanting to access their computer remotely.
At the Thursday morning meeting of the Saline County Commission, Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner said the Saline County Historic Preservation Society has received a grant from the Missouri State Historic Preservation Commission.
The commissioners approved the grant agreement.
Fenner said the event should draw more than 100 people from around the state. The program is scheduled to be held at the Martin Community Center.
Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell said Jessica Goodman, who works in her office as a mapping specialist, has been instrumental in getting the meeting in Marshall.
In other business, the commissioners also approved the transfer of just over a quarter of a million dollars to the Saline County Sheriff's Fund.
Numbers given after Tuesday night's results of the Municipal Election in Saline County were unofficial. The numbers will be made official today, according to Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell with an announcemnet during Thursday's meeting of the Saline County Commission meeting.
A bipartisan team of judges is scheduled to look over the numbers at 1:30pm in the County Clerk's office.
However, it could take a little longer for races which did not have any participants, coming down to write-in candidates.
Russell said it takes a team effort to get the job done.
In the end, Saline County had 23.4 percent of its registered voters cast ballots.
Today is the fifth day of the 20thAnniversary of National Public Health Week. This year’s theme is "Public Health: Better Health. Better Missouri." Today’s theme is "Building on 20 Years of Success."
According to a release from the Pettis County Health Center, accomplishments of the public health community over the last two decades are significant, such as a 25-year improvement in the average lifespan for Americans. In the Pettis County community, there has been a decrease in the number of people reporting using tobacco products and a decrease in the death rate from all causes. Some of the activities which have resulted in increasing the average life span include: Increasing the use of child passenger safety seats and seat belts; Improved prenatal care for expectant women; Expanding access to immunizations; Educating community members about health risks and how to make healthier choices.
For more information on ways to help your family live a healthier life, contact the Pettis County Health Center at (660) 827-1130.
With the beginning of spring, the Marshall Police Department wants to remind residents of the city's nuisance ordinances.
According to a news release, "It shall be unlawful for anyone to permit any weeds, grass or plants, other than trees, bushes, flowers, or other ornamental plants to grow to a height exceeding 12 inches anywhere in the city; any such plants or weeds exceeding such height."
Also, "unsheltered storage of old, unused, stripped, junked and other automobiles not in good and safe operating condition, and of any other vehicles, machinery, implements, and/or equipment and personal property of any kind which are no longer safely usable for the purposes for which they were manufactured, which hereinafter are collectively described as "said personality" (except in licensed junk yards) within the corporate limits of this city."
Each is declared to be a danger to the public health, safety or welfare and a nuisance.
In most cases, violators will first receive a warning, then could receive a citation, if the situation persists.
On Wednesday, April 8th, a Marshall man alleged that his and his wife's identity had been stolen.
According to a report from a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy, the man had received information from the individual who prepares his taxes that somebody had already filed taxes under his and his wife's names and social-security numbers electronically.
The victim said he has no idea who would've filed the taxes or when the taxes were filed.
The release says, the deputy printed out an Identity Theft Affidavit from the IRS website for the victim to fill out. The IRS also will be sending the victim other forms to be filled out for Identity Theft.
High winds caused a vehicle accident in Saline County on Wednesday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as the wind reportedly pushed a towed unit of an westbound International, driven by 66-year-old Dennis Hartwig, of Blackburn, onto its side. That caused the International to tip onto its side, as well.
Hartwig, who suffered minor injuries, was reportedly taken by private vehicle to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment.
The crash occurred just after 6:15pm on I-70 at the 84.8-mile marker.
Two Eldon residents were killed in an 8-vehicle, chain-reaction crash in Miller County on Wednesday afternoon.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a westbound tractor trailer, driven by 62-year-old Daniel Burch, of Elizabeth, Illinois, struck a westbound Pontiac Vibe, driven by 50-year-old Robin Dinwiddie, of Eldon, in the rear, causing a chain-reaction of several cars striking each other.
Dinwiddie, and a passenger in her car, 27-year-old Kenda O'Leary, of Eldon, were pronounced dead at the scene at 5:40pm.
Four other persons were hurt in the crash, suffering minor to serious injuries, and were taken to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach for treatment.
The accident occurred at just after 3:00pm on U.S. Highway 54, just east of Route W.
Today is the fourth day of the 20thAnniversary of National Public Health Week. This year’s theme is "Public Health: Better Health. Better Missouri."
According to a release from the Pettis County Health Center, today’s theme is "Building Broader Connections." Organizations cannot improve the health of a community alone. The Pettis County Health Center is partnering with many groups in the community to make the community a healthier place to live. Some of its new initiatives include:
--Developing a workplace wellness coalition to bring ideas for healthier living to a place where many adults spend a lot of time – at work; supporting the first Baby Café in Missouri in partnership with Bothwell Regional Health Center and the Pettis County Breastfeeding Coalition to support breastfeeding mothers at home and at work; working with the University of Missouri in the Healthy Communities Partnership to develop a community health improvement plan; working with 4-H club members to help develop messages to keep youth from starting to use tobacco products.
For more information on ways to help your family live a healthier life, contact the Pettis County Health Center at (660) 827-1130.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) recently announced it is making available $3.5 million in low-interest loans to public schools, public colleges and universities, local governments, public water and wastewater treatment facilities, and public hospitals for energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the State of Missouri.
The department’s Division of Energy is accepting loan applications from April 1 through June 30th, 2015, for loan amounts between $10,000 and $750,000. The interest rate for this cycle will be 2.5 percent, with a maximum 10-year-repayment. Loan applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis. If money remains after applications and have been reviewed and prioritized, consideration will be given to loans in excess of $750,000.
Loans are repaid from energy savings achieved. Loans to public schools and local governments do not count against debt limits or require a public vote or bond issuance. Projects with the quickest payback, based on cost versus anticipated energy cost savings, will receive priority. For more information, visit www.energy.mo.gov.
Marshall Public Library celebrates its 25th birthday this year, and the public is invited to celebrate.
On Sunday, April 12th at 2:00pm, Missouri Senator David Pearce will present a proclamation at a "Silver Jubilee Celebration" at the Library. The proclamation recognizes the 25th anniversary of the opening of Marshall Public Library.
Marshall area residents are invited to join the festivities and enjoy a piece of birthday cake to commemorate the occasion. Past library Board members will be special guests.
A release from the library says many Marshall residents may not remember a time when there was not a public library in Marshall, but Marshall Public Library is relatively young compared to most libraries in the state. In fact, at the time of its ‘birth’ in 1990, Arnold was the only other Missouri town with a population over 10,000 that did not have its own library.
The library opened its doors to the public on March 18, 1990, and gave out 673 library cards in the first few hours of its opening. The collection had 10,000 books and has grown to a present collection of more than 35,000 books. Through the consortium, Marshall residents have access to over one million items and daily delivery between Missouri libraries.
Marshall Municipal Utilities has announced Tim Cornine as their "Employee of the Quarter" for the quarter ending December 31st, 2014. Cornine was selected by a group of his peers from 3 nominations out of a pool of approximately 90 eligible employees.
In nominating Cornine, Underground Facilities Director Monty Chase noted that he performs maintenance on all of MMU’s trucks, vehicles, and other equipment, while also working on pumps, chainsaws, and other small engines.
Cornine began his employment with MMU in April 2008 as General Maintenance/Meter Reader in Underground Facilities. In November 2009, he was promoted to Maintenance and held that position until July 2012 when he accepted the position of Fleet Mechanic.
At a special closed executive session of the Marshall School Board on Tuesday night, the board approved the hiring of Sara Willis as a first-grade teacher and Courtney Gieselman as a second-grade teacher at Southeast Elementary School for the 2015-16 school year.
The board also was informed of the transfers of Kirby Rugen, Rebecca Fann and Missy Morton from second-grade teachers to first-grade teachers at Southeast.
Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher says she and the board have pared down the list of candidates for Marshall High School principal to two.
Maher says interviews have been conducted and a final decision should be made soon.
On the second try, the Glasgow School District's tax-levy proposal gained approval of the voters.
In November, the measure, which is a hike of 75-cents per $100 of assessed valuation for property owners in the district, which mostly in Howard County but also goes into Chariton and Saline Counties, went down to defeat by less than 50 votes.
So, the issue was exactly the same on Monday night's Municipal Election ballot, this time gaining approval of the voters to the tune of 317 "YES" votes to 201 "NO" votes.
Superintendent Mike Reynolds says since the negative vote in November, it took a lot of work by a lot of people to get out the message and get the job done.
Reynolds said the school district has been deficit spending for three of the past four years.
In a tight race, Mark Gooden pulled away late and defeated the challenge of Ron Duvall for another term as the Mayor.
At one point during the evening, the difference was two votes, but Gooden wound up winning reelection 985 to 923 or 51.52 percent to 48.27 percent.
Gooden said Duvall, who is a current Ward 4 Councilman, is a good man and ran a good race.
Gooden said it's good for the race to be close.
Gooden is hopeful to continue for Marshall to progress during his second term. However, he was disappointed the one-half cent sales-tax measure was voted down. But he is confident in the people around him to figure out ways to make everything work out.
Another important issue on the ballot for the City of Marshall was the city asking patrons to approve a one-half cent sales tax increase, but that was voted down with 1,097 "NO" votes (or roughly 57-1/2 percent) to 813 "YES" votes (or roughly 42-1/2 percent).
City Administrator Connie Latimer is disappointed.
But Latimer said this doesn't mean the city will not be able to do some things, continue to progress with demolition of substandard properties, and such. But it will be tough.
The city of Marshall was seeking a sales-tax hike for the first time since 1979.
A pair of hot-button tax issues failed to get the majority of support from Marshall voters during Tuesday night's Municipal Election.
One of them was the Marshall School District asking voters to approve a tax-levy increase of 25 cents per year for each of the next three years per $100 of assessed valuation for property owners, but the measure went down to defeat 1,288 to 999, or just over 56 percent to just less than 44 percent.
Despite the negative vote on the measure, Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher is upbeat.
Dr. Maher says they will have to go back to the drawing board, and will seek input from the community.
Marshall voters voted down a previous proposal for roughly twice the amount of this proposal last year by about a 60-40 margin.
A pair of hot-button tax issues failed to get the majority of support from Marshall voters during Tuesday night's Municipal Election.
The Marshall School District was asking voters to approve a tax-levy increase of 25 cents per year for each of the next three years, but the measure went down to defeat 1,288 to 999, or just over 56 percent to just less than 44 percent.
The City of Marshall was asking patrons to approve a one-half cent sales tax increase, but that was voted down with 1,097 "NO" votes (or roughly 57-1/2 percent) to 813 "YES" votes (or roughly 42-1/2 percent).
In a three-person race for two seats on the Marshall School Board, the incumbents Leslie Huston and Larry Godsey won reelection. Huston finished with 1,418 votes and Godsey 1,248. Challenger Raymond Thompson wound up with 997.
At the meeting of the Slater City Council Tuesday night, the council approved a trash contract and a sewer study grant resolution.
According to City Administrator Gene Griffith, the five-year trash contract was awarded to Rural Trash Service, of the rural Slater/Gilliam area. It was one of four bids received. Slater's contract with Waste Corporation of America is set to expire soon.
Griffith said the sewer study, which will be performed by Civil Designs out of the St. Louis area, is something the city needs done. He explains some of what will be covered during the study.
Griffith said it will let the city know what it needs to do, as well as the residents to improve the sewer system.
The total project will cost $60,000, with the city's part about $11,000, according to Griffith.
The council also was updated on upcoming Steve McQueen Day on Saturday, April 25th and set next Tuesday, April 14th, at 1:30pm, for a testing of the city's siren alert system.
At the meeting of the Carrollton Town Council on Monday night, the council approved Monday, April 13th, 2015, as Lineman Appreciation Day for Carrollton Municipal Utilities linemen.
The council also heard a report from Carrollton Area Economic Alliance Director Sharon Metz, which included a date of Saturday, April 18th, for the citywide garage sale. She also noted the Farmer's Market will begin sometime in May, as well as updated the council on some other future events.
In other business, the council discussed a flow meter at a local business, but no action was taken.
The Council also heard some concerns over the lack of capacity at the Rupe Center. The concerned patrons said the capacity of 225 is no longer enough to host some of the events. The council took the concerns under advisement and will discuss possible options at a future meeting.
An area police department is investigating a report of an alleged armed robbery.
According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, at just after 7:00pm on Monday, officers were dispatched to Tower Loans on Penn Terrace in reference to a report of a robbery with a gun.
Investigation revealed that a black male entered the business, displayed a handgun and left the business with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured during the alleged robbery.
The suspect is described as a black male, wearing dark clothing and having his face covered.
A K-9 unit was called to the scene and attempted a track of the suspect. Officers were unable to locate the suspect. No other information is available at this time and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Columbia Police Department or CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.
The registration deadline has been extended for a series of financial workshops offered by the University of Missouri Extension.
According to a news release, the deadline to register for the April workshops in Marshall, Carrollton and Keytesville has been extended to Friday, April 10th at 12:00pm.
The Marshall workshop dates will be April 14th and 21st from 6:30-8:30pm at the M.U. Extension Center on South Lafayette Avenue in Marshall. The Carrollton sessions will be held at the Carrollton Public Library from 6:00-8:00pm on April 16th and 23rd, while the sessions in Keytesville take place from 6:30-8:30pm on April 13th and the 27th at the Chariton County Courthouse.
For questions or more information, contact Trish Savage with the M.U. Extension at (660) 886-6908.
A vehicle fire outside a Marshall medical facility kept firefighters busy for a time on Monday morning.
According to a Marshall Fire Department spokesman, the call came in at 9:31am of a 1994 Chevy Corsica engulfed in flames in the parking lot of Missouri Valley Physicians in the 2300 block of south Highway 65.
The vehicle’s driver, a Marshall resident, said the vehicle had stalled out on Highway 65 and he coasted the car into the parking lot. He says that’s when he first noticed flames coming from the engine compartment.
Fire crews had the blaze under control within 10-12 minutes and then remained on the scene to finish off any “hot spots”. No injuries were reported from the scene.
The spokesman says the specific cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
Saline County Authorities are investigating an incident of an alleged weapons law violation.
According to a report from a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy, two Napton residents came into the office with the report they had been threatened by the driver of another vehicle which had rear-ended their vehicle early Saturday morning.
The crash allegedly happened on Route E, and the driver of the other vehicle became confrontational, pulled a knife, followed them home and allegedly broke out a window in the victim's car.
A suspect has been named, but no charges have been formally filed. A copy of the report has been forwarded to the Saline County Prosecuting Attorney's office.
An area community college will hold classes to help those who wish to become U.S. citizens.
According to a release from State Fair Community College in Sedalia, the Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) program will be offering English as Second Language day classes from noon to 3:00pm at the Celebration Center at 1701 West 32nd Street. Enrollment is slated during Tuesday, April 7th, through Thursday, April 9th. Enrollment for night classes will be held from 5:30 to 8:30pm in Room 122 in the Yeater Learning Center on the Sedalia campus.
A Lawson man suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Ray County early this morning.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a Dodge Dart, driven by 45-year-old Roy Travillion, attempted to avoid a deer in the roadway. The car traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch.
Travillion was transported to Excelsior Springs Hospital via E.M.S. for treatment.
The crash occurred just before 12:30am on Coon Branch Road, north of Route D.
A 14-year-old Clinton girl was killed and three others suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Henry County Sunday night.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by the 14-year-old, was traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate a curve. The driver reportedly overcorrected the vehicle, causing it to travel off the left side of the roadway. Overcorrecting again, the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, where it overturned and ejected the driver, who was pronounced dead that the scene by the Henry County Coroner at 10:38pm.
Also injured in the crash were two other 14-year-old females and a 16-year-old male, all from Clinton. Reportedly, they all refused treatment at the scene.
Reportedly, nobody in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt.
The crash occurred on Northwest 251 Road, approximately one mile south of Northwest 500 Road at 10:35pm.
A Lathrop man suffered moderate injuries in a one-car crash in Ray County on Sunday morning.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Ford Focus, driven by 19-year-old William Johnson, failed to stop at a "T" intersection, ran off the roadway, through a fence and into a field.
Johnson was transported by Tri-County Ambulance to Liberty Hospital for treatment.
The crash occurred at 8:20am at the intersection of Gold and Price Roads, eight miles north of Lawson.
The Missouri Senate passed a measure that would set up a prescription drug monitoring program, but some lawmakers still have concerns.
Missouri Senator David Sater's bill would track prescriptions and sales of highly addictive medications such as painkillers. Similar proposals in the past have been held up because of privacy concerns about the data collected, but Sater says this year’s measure is probably the most secure and effective prescription drug monitoring program in the country.
Senator Ed Emery says he appreciates the work done to make this bill better than those of other states, but he still opposes it...
The bill now awaits action by the House, which has passed its own version of prescription drug monitoring legislation.
Missouri is the only state in the country without a prescription drug monitoring program.
During daylight hours, there will be some road work starting on Monday, April 6th, drivers need to be aware of in Howard County.
According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT), roadside maintenance will be conducted on Route 240 between Route P and Route W. The maintenance is scheduled to continue through Thursday, April 16th.
One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work areas.
Work also continues on Route E at Adams Fork and on Route A over the Moniteau Creek. Detours are signed in each location. The work at each location is scheduled to continue until June.
A Kansas City man suffered moderate injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Pettis County Saturday morning.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Chevy Lumina, driven by 68-year-old Maria Galvan-Rizo, attempted to make a left-hand turn onto U.S. Highway 50 and failed to yield to a westbound Ford Expedition, driven by 49-year-old Alan Beck, of Kansas City.
The Galvan-Rizo vehicle struck the left side of the Beck vehicle. Both vehicles slid off the right side of the road, where Beck's vehicle overturned.
Galvan-Rizo was reportedly not injured, while Beck was transported to Bothwell Regional Medical Center for treatment.
The crash occurred at 11:15am on U.S. Highway 50 at Rissler Road.
Two Sedalia residents were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Pettis County Saturday morning.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred after the driver of a westbound Chevy Lumina, 51-year-old David Greer, reportedly fell asleep. The vehicle crossed the center and ran off the left side of the road. It then struck an embankment, went airborne and hit a tree.
Greer, and a 44-year-old passenger, Ellen Cardwell, each suffered minor injuries. They were transported to Bothwell Regional Health Center by Pettis County Ambulance for treatment.
The crash happened just before 9:30am on Route Y, three miles west of Winchester Drive.
This week, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded resurfacing project contracts on state routes in the KMMO listening area.
According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), one of them is a 13-mile resurfacing project of Route 179 in Cooper and Moniteau Counties. The contract, which also includes culvert pipe replacement, was awarded to APAC-Missouri for just more than $1.1 million.
Chester Bross Construction Company also was awarded a contract to resurface 19 miles of Route M, between Route 135 in Morgan County and Highway 50 in Pettis County. The contract is for just over $2 million.
Work on each project is slated for the summer months. Occasional temporary lane and entrance closures are possible in the work areas.
For more information on these or other MoDOT projects, visit modot.org or call (1-(888)-ASK-MODOT.
Well, the statistics are in, and Missouri ranks as the 19th-Most "Hammy" State. It also ranks as the 16th Most "Corny' State.
Let me explain.
According to a news release from Del Monte, the corporation has released its Easter Feast Ranking based on search data from Google Trends and Facebook Insights over the past 90 days.
It says South Dakota is the most "Hammy" state, in that 100 percent of the respondents listed ham as a favorite main course during the Easter meal. Wyoming is second at 94 percent, followed by Montana and North Dakota at 90 percent. Missouri ranks 19th, with 72 percent of the respondents listing ham.
South Dakota ranks No. 1--or the Most 'Corny" state, as well, as 100 percent of those surveyed listed corn as a popular side dish. Rounding out the top five are Iowa at 79 percent, Nebraska at 71, North Dakota at 68 and Kansas at 56. Missouri tied for 16th with New Mexico at 47 percent.
An Osage Beach man suffered serious injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Camden County early this morning.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash happened when a northbound Chevy Cruze, driven by 29-year-old Matthew Warrick, ran off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment, ran over a stop sign and collided with a tree, ejecting the driver.
Warrick, who reportedly was not wearing his seat belt, was taken by ambulance to Lake Region Hospital for treatment.
The accident happened just before 3:00am on Route KK at Keystone Road.
A Tina man escaped injury in a two-vehicle crash in Livingston County Friday evening.
According to a report from the Missouri State Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Ford F-150, driven by 26-year-old Clinton Brown, of Tina, failed to yield to a westbound Dodge pickup, driven by 43-year-old Michael Brown, of Chillicothe.
After the crash, the Clinton Brown vehicle came to rest on the northwest corner of the intersection, while the Michael Brown vehicle traveled off the north side of the roadway, overturned and came to rest in the ditch.
Clinton Brown was reportedly not injured, but Michael Brown was transported by Chillicothe Ambulance to Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe for treatment of moderate injuries.
The crash occurred at 6:30pm on Route JJ, seven miles south of Chillicothe.
Police detectives in an area city are investigating an alleged robbery.
On Friday, just after 10:15pm, Columbia Police Officers were dispatched to Break Time Convenience Store on Paris Road in reference to an alleged robbery.
Investigation revealed the clerk emerged from the back of the business to find a white male near the counter wearing dark clothing and a covering over his head. The suspect demanded money and the clerk provided the drawer from the register. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money from the drawer and ran southbound from the business. No one was injured in the alleged robbery.
Officers attempted a K-9 track, however were unable to locate the suspect. No other information is available and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Columbia Police Department or call CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.
April is National Safe Digging Month, and warmer weather brings an increase in projects that may require digging or excavation work.
A release from the Missouri Public Service Commission says that no matter the weather, before turning a shovel of dirt on any project homeowners and businesses should call 811 or 1-800-DIG-RITE so that underground utility lines can be marked.
Whether you are planting a tree, building a deck or completing a large project, Missouri law requires anyone digging underground to call 811 or 1-800-DIG-RITE three days before excavation begins. The call will be taken by the Missouri One Call Center, which then notifies all relevant utilities in the project area. Within two working days, the location of all underground lines, pipes and cables will be marked.
At the Thursday meeting of the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works, board members approved annual salary increases for M.M.U. employees.
A release from M.M.U. says pay range adjustments will increase the utility's payroll by over $56,000; an additional amount of over $28,000 will also be used for merit-based pay raises. Combined, the adjustments will increase M.M.U.'s annual payroll of $4.7 million by over $85,000 annually.
Also at Thursday's meeting, board members approved adding a "Operator I" classification in the water and wastewater departments; the classification will apply to entry-level operators who hold either entry-level certification or no certification.
An area man faces two felony charges in Saline County following his arrest this week.
According to online court documents, 48-year-old Joel M. Allred, of Marshall, is charged in Saline County Circuit Court with a Class B Felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and a Class C Felony count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the First Degree.
A warrant for Allred's arrest was served by authorities on Thursday; bond has been set at $10,000.
An arraignment in the matter has been set for Wednesday, April 8th at 9:00am in Saline County Circuit Court.
A Gilliam property owner has reported an alleged break-in to Saline County Sheriff's deputies.
According to a report, deputies were dispatched on Wednesday evening to a rental property on Primrose Avenue in Gilliam, where the owner told them that someone had kicked in the back door on the east side of the house in order to gain entry. Deputies say that whoever entered the home had gone through cabinets and drawers in the home and also damaged a basement door and duct work in an upstairs closet.
The owner told authorities that nothing of value was taken from the house as it is not currently occupied. Investigation into the alleged break-in continues.
Saline County authorities continue their investigation into a report of alleged theft from an area electrical substation.
According to a report from the Saline County Sheriffs Department, deputies were dispatched last month to the Central Missouri Electric substation on 290th Road and were directed to a hole cut in a chain link fence on the east side of the station. They were then told that two distribution transformers had been taken from where they had been sitting on the ground just inside the fence.
The report says deputies collected evidence at the scene as they began their investigation, which is ongoing. No dollar value has been placed on the transformers and no suspect information has been made available.
For the first time in many months, the state's unemployment rate has climbed higher than the national rate.
According to the latest non-seasonally adjusted data from the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the nation's unemployment rate fell in February to 5.8%, while the state's rate climbed slightly to 6.3%
In the KMMO listening area, Saline and Chariton Counties show the lowest current unemployment rate at 5.7%, followed by Howard County at 6.1%, Pettis County at 6.3%, Cooper County at 6.4%.
Lafayette County comes in at 6.5% for the month of February, while Johnson County rose to 6.6% and Carroll County rose over a full percentage point from January at 8.2%.
The data also shows that every county in the KMMO listening area saw a lower rate this year than in February of 2014.
Three people have been injured in a one-vehicle rollover accident in Lafayette County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a vehicle driven westbound by 26-year-old Sarah Soendker, of Mayview, ran off the side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned, ejecting a five-year-old passenger.
The child suffered serious injuries and was taken by helicopter to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City for treatment. Soendker and a one-year-old passenger both received minor injuries and were taken for treatment to Lafayette County Regional Hospital in Lexington.
Reports say the crash happened on Route FF, east of Route O, at around 10:15am Thursday morning. The driver and the five-year-old were reportedly not wearing safety restraints at the time of the crash.
At Thursday's meeting of the Saline County Commission, officials continued to work to clarify county policies on mileage reimbursements for employees traveling on county business.
Last week, Auditor Tara Vogelsmeier presented the commission with two reimbursement options, an "Accountable" and a "Non-accountable" option as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. Commissioners earlier this week reiterated the policy that the county already has on the books, but Vogelsmeier says it goes beyond the basic scope of mileage reimbursement.
Two commissioners voted Thursday to accept the "Accountable" plan presented by Vogelsmeier, but Northern District Commissioner Charlie Guthrie says he doesn't see the need to accept another policy:
The proposed policy was accepted by a vote of 2-1.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development this week announced that more than $8.5 million in low-interest energy loans has been approved by the state to assist 28 community organizations and institutions to make energy efficiency improvements and embark on renewable energy projects.
In the KMMO listening area, the Marshall Public School District has been named as the recipient of $646,000 in loan funds to be used for upgrades for heating and air conditioning, lighting, occupancy sensors, dishwashers, freezers and water heaters. The upgrades are anticipated to save the district nearly $74,000 annually in energy costs.
Also, the city of Concordia has been awarded a loan of $24,500 for lighting upgrades at the community center and city hall. The upgrades are expected to save the city $6,750 a year once completed. Additionally, the Leeton R-10 school district in Johnson County has been awarded a loan of over $39,000 for lighting upgrades, which could save the district over $6,300 each year.
All total, the 28 projects funded across the state are expected to result in the savings of nearly $1 million and are expected to create 205 energy-related jobs. The improvements are expected to reduce electricity by almost 9.7 million kilowatt hours and carbon dioxide pollution by more than 7,300 metric tons—the equivalent to the pollution produced by 1,539 passenger vehicles.
With the opening of the Marshall Aquatic Center just around the corner, Marshall Parks Superintendent Jeff Stubblefield said crews will be testing the equipment in the coming weeks to make sure everything is in working order.
The pool's opening last year was delayed more than a week due to a faulty pump needing to be fixed.
Recreation Supervisor Lori Godsey say the Parks Department is offering some specials for swimmers in the month of April:
Godsey says Marshall Parks are offering a rider to a family pass, as well:
The Marshall Aquatic Center is scheduled to open Memorial Day Weekend.
Marshall Parks and Recreation Supervisor Lori Godsey gave a report Wednesday night at the meeting of the Park Board, saying the recent Easter egg hunts were a huge success.
Godsey also reported the summer ball signups are over, but there might be some tweaking or additions to some rosters. She said she will conduct a draft for the 8-, 11- and 14-and-under teams next week, adding she's ecstatic about the number of players and the sponsors.
She said there is at least one team from Slater going to be playing in each league, and one league will have two teams from Slater participating. Godsey said the teams will start practicing later this month and start playing around mid-May.
At the meeting of the Marshall Park Board on Wednesday night, Marshall Parks Superintendent Jeff Stubblefield said the financial picture looks like it's in pretty good shape, with numbers better than they were a year ago.
He says what improvements or renovations the park can do will depend on sales-tax numbers:
Stubblefield also said renovation of the tennis courts is on the radar and he is currently in the process of getting bids and information:
Stubblefield also said he currently is talking to different vendors about a chaise structure to offer some shade to the kiddie park and some other projects, but no formal decision has been made.
The Warrensburg Convention and Visitors Bureau has announced Courtney Stephens as the city's new Director of Tourism.
According to a news release, the Bureau's board members, past and present, are enthusiastic about the hire and the opportunity to move forward with their mission to "position Warrensburg as a regional tourism and meeting destination."
Stephens is a native of Warrensburg, who attended the University of Central Missouri where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, and then went on to earn her Master’s degree in Sport Management at the University of San Francisco. She currently holds the position of Executive Assistant with the City of Warrensburg.
The release says the vision of the Bureau is to foster experiences that exceed visitor expectations through; identifying and fostering quality visitor experiences, attracting and scheduling events and conferences, developing and cultivating sports tourism opportunities, and generating positive economic opportunities for the Warrensburg community.
An area police department says it's seeing a decline in D.W.I. arrests.
According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, a recent D.W.I. checkpoint on St. Patrick's Day yielded a bit of surprise for authorities-- not one single D.W.I. arrest on one of the heaviest alcohol-related holidays of the year.
Marshall Police Chief Mike Donnell says the numbers this year are much lower than last year; in 2014, Marshall Police averaged just over seven D.W.I. arrests each month.
Donnell says that since Marshall Police have begun publicizing their planned D.W.I. checkpoints, his department has seen roughly a 20% drop in D.W.I. arrests.
An area administrator recently was surprised when he was selected as an award winner at a recent meeting of an organization.
Todd Wilhite, who has been the Superintendent of Salisbury R-4 Schools for the past nine years, received the "Administrator of the Year" award from the Missouri School Public Relations Association.
Wilhite started out his career as a math teacher at South Harrison High School in Bethany for six years. He moved on to be the principal at North Daviess High School for five years and superintendent for two years before taking over at Salisbury.
He said he feels he was selected as a representative of all small school districts.
Wilhite was presented the award at a joint meeting of the Missouri School Public Relations Association and the Superintendents' Association on Friday, March 27th, at Lake of the Ozarks.
A 19-year-old driver from Carrollton suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Carroll County Tuesday night.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a deer ran into the driver's-side door of a northbound Chevy Impala, driven by Paula Crawford. The impact caused the air bags to deploy, then the driver pulled to the right side of the roadway.
Crawford was transported by E.M.S. to Carrollton Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The crash occurred at 9:30pm on U.S. Highway 65, approximately a mile north of Route CC.
Four Windsor residents were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Johnson County Tuesday evening.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash happened as a northbound PT Cruiser, driven by 17-year-old Ashlee Hall-Howell, of Windsor, traveled off the right side of the roadway, returned to the roadway and reportedly overcorrected. The vehicle again traveled off the right side of the roadway, overturned, struck a fence and came to rest on its top in a field.
Hall-Howell and three other occupants each suffered minor injuries. They were transported by E.M.S. to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment.
The crash occurred just after 7:30pm on Missouri 23, north of Southeast 1100 Road.
Two Sedalia residents were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Pettis County Tuesday afternoon.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Mercury Mountaineer, driven by 23-year-old Rachel Kidder, ran off the right side of the road. The driver reportedly overcorrected, causing the vehicle to run off the left side of the road where it struck a ditch and overturned.
Kidder, and a 1-year-old female passenger in the vehicle, each suffered minor injuries. They were taken to Bothwell Regional Hospital for treatment.
The accident happened just before 3:30pm on Kemp Road, just east of Fristoe Road.
Work is scheduled to begin this Spring on the Sedalia Animal Shelter.
The new shelter will be located on 4.5 acres near the intersection of 24th and New York. The original three-acre site was determined to be unusable because of soil issues. According to a news release, the Sedalia Animal Shelter will be privately built by the Sue Heckart Family Foundation and will be one of the newest and most modern in the State.
The shelter was designed by Architect M. Thomas Hall, of Chesterfield, and Hank Kronk of Transition Construction in Sedalia will be the contractor.
The facility will have a large lobby area for the public so they can see animals that are available for adoptions. The shelter will give visitors the ability to clearly see many of the available dogs and cats in display kennels. It has been designed to significantly restrict noise and odors. The new shelter also will have the capability for spaying and neutering as well as other minor medical procedures.
During last Thursday's meeting of the Saline County Commission, Saline County Auditor Tara Vogelsmeier presented to the commission two plans for county employees to get reimbursed for mileage and other expenses on any business trips they would take to other locations. During the Tuesday morning meeting, Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie clarified the rules already on the books.
Guthrie went on to say the employee also needs to keep track of their mileage and any detours that might take them around the designed route by Mapquest or Googlemaps. And, if they have to go off-site for meals, they need to note it and include the mileage with the purchase order for reimbursement. Guthrie and Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr. also pointed out the detour mileage needs to be within reason.
Guthrey Jr. added, if the office holder does not include all of the necessary documentation, he or she will not be reimbursed and the final decision on such matters will rest on the shoulders of the commissioners.
An Amber Alert issued on Monday for a missing Henry County girl has reportedly been canceled.
According to authorities, 13-year-old Hannah Sue Kennish has been safely located in the state of New Mexico. She was reportedly in the company of a 55-year-old man believed to be a suspect in the matter.
Kennish had been reported missing from her home in Montrose sometime between 8:00am and 10:00am on Sunday morning; the girl's mother told authorities she found the back door to the home standing open but a search of the area by police found nothing.
No other information in the matter has been made available. The case was initially investigated by the Henry County Sheriff Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
For the month of April only, the City of Sedalia biosolids compost facility, located at 27882 Hwy U, will extend the hours they are open to the public to include Saturdays from 8:00am to 12:00pm, weather permitting.
Compost must be paid for in advance at the Finance Department within the Municipal Building at 200 South Osage Avenue in Sedalia. Residents should note that the Finance Department is not open on Saturdays.
Business hours at the Sedalia Municipal Building are Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm The compost facility's usual hours for public loading are Tuesday through Friday between 7:00am to 5:00pm.
For more information contact the Sedalia Public Works Department at (660) 827-3000.
UPDATE: ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, THE AMBER ALERT FOR HANNAH KENNISH HAS BEEN CANCELLED. SHE HAS REPORTEDLY BEEN LOCATED SAFELY WITH THE SUSPECT IN THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO ON MONDAY AFTERNOON.
An Amber Alert has been issued by Henry County authorities for a 13-year-old girl missing from her home since Sunday morning.
According to authorities, Hannah Sue Kennish is believed to have disappeared from her home in Montrose sometime between 8:00am and 10:00am on Sunday, March 29th. Authorities say the rear door of the family home was found open by Hannah's mother. A search of the area came up empty.
The suspect vehicle is a black, 2013 Ford F-150 four door truck with Texas plates CGL-8981. The suspect is 55-year-old Raymond C. Vallia, described at 5'9", 230-250 pounds with grayish brown hair and brown eyes.
Hannah Kennish is described as 5'2", 130 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes and is believed to be wearing a coral-colored short-sleeved shirt with the word "LOVE" in black letters on the chest, light orange capri-styled pants with word "FAITH" in white letters on the rear and gray, ballet-styled, flat slippers. She may also have with her a purple North Face hooded sweatshirt.
Investigators from the Henry County Sheriff's Office, as well as the Missouri State Highway Patrol, are currently following several leads.
If you have any information on Hannah's location or have seen her, please contact the Henry County Sheriff's Office at 660-885-5587, the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 816-622-0800 or your local law enforcement agency.
An area mail carrier has been indicted in Federal Court and faces charges of stealing and dumping mail.
According to a release from the Western District Attorney, the indictment alleges 54-year-old David Thompson, of Warrensburg, stole at least 20,000 pieces of mail and allegedly threw other mail into a dumpster or kept it in his house and personal vehicle rather than delivering it.
The indictment says hidden cameras were installed in Thompson's mail truck in 2013 and allegedly revealed he also was drinking while on the job.
An area team has qualified for the World Championships.
According to a release from the Sedalia 200 School District, Team SCREAM, Smith-Cotton High School's competitive robotics team, was part of the winning alliance on Saturday at the FIRST Robotics Oklahoma City Regional. The victory makes Team SCREAM eligible to compete in the FIRST World Championships in April in St. Louis.
The Oklahoma Regional was the last chance for Team SCREAM to return to the World Championships, where it has competed each of the past two years.
Team SCREAM also received the Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation.
A University of Central Missouri educator has been honored for her longtime commitment to UCM and her role in public education and governance in the surrounding community.
According to a release from the University of Central Missouri, Beth Rutt was named the 30th recipient of the James C. Kirkpatrick Excellence in Governance Award by the UCM Government Association during a recent ceremony at UCM.
The SGA Internal Issues Committee selects the recipient of the annual award from nominees who promote good governmental procedures, efficiency and economy in government and policies that are in the public's best interest.
Early in the session a pair of bills were filed that could have eliminated 85-percent of the funding for the state Conservation Department. The sponsor of one said he just wanted to get Conservation officials' attention.
Brandon Butler is the executive director of the Conservation Federation of Missouri.
He says communications have improved this session between certain lawmakers and conservation officials.
Williamstown state senator Brian Munzlinger is one of those lawmakers who has an issue with conservation.
A fellow Republican state senator says Munzlinger has a "grind" with conservation.
Butler says there is no legislation moving in the session now that is expected to benefit conservation.
The findings of a Washington University School of Medicine study suggest that common bacteria could be on the verge of becoming antibiotic resistant super bugs.
The study found resistance to antibiotics is in danger of spreading globally among bacteria that’s associated with causing infections in hospital settings. Doctor Gautam Dantas says physicians need to be judicious in how they use antibiotics.
Dantas says sick people visiting the intensive care unit could be at risk.
Dantas says it is becoming more common for these "bugs" to show a resistance to antibiotics.
Missourians from every corner of the state are asked to do spring cleaning outdoors and help fight litter through the state’s annual No MOre Trash! Bash throughout the month of April.
The Trash Bash is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and Missouri Department of Transportation as part of their ongoing No MOre Trash! statewide anti-litter campaign.
The annual Trash Bash encourages people to clean up litter across Missouri from roadsides, parks, neighborhoods, rivers, streams, trails and other places. Trash Bash activities in April also include educational efforts in schools, community events and Earth Day celebrations.
Each year, MoDOT alone spends about $6 million to remove litter from more than 385,000 acres of roadsides along 34,000 state highway miles. Annual volunteer efforts to pick up litter along Missouri highways are valued at $1 million.
Volunteers are needed across the state to participate in litter cleanup activities. Participants can report their cleanup efforts and will receive a thank you No MOre Trash! pin.
For more information on how to participate, visit www.nomoretrash.org or call 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636).
Several people were hurt Saturday night when their vehicle collided with the trailer end of a semi in Lafayette County.
According to trooper reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened around 8:45pm when a southbound vehicle driven by 34-year-old Sarah Stamper, of Sweet Springs, collided with the towed unit of a tractor trailer driven by 52-year-old John McEvoy, of St. Joseph.
The impact reportedly occurred as McEvoy was attempting to turn north onto Highway 13 from Interstate 70.
Stamper suffered serious injuries and was taken by helicopter to Research Medical Center for treatment. Five passengers in her vehicle, ages 2-13, received injuries ranging from minor to moderate; all five were all transported by ambulance to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.
The driver of the truck was reportedly not injured.
An area motorist suffered serious injuries in a one-vehicle crash on Friday in Carroll County.
According to the Highway Patrol, 64-year-old Marcia Wilson, of Bogard, was traveling eastbound on Route W at around 11:50am when her 2005 Chrysler crossed the centerline, ran off the road, struck an embankment and overturned.
Wilson was taken from the scene by helicopter to Truman Medical Center for treatment. Reports say the crash happened about one half-mile west of County Road 161.
John Hancock has been accused of being part of a whispering campaign saying Tom Schweich was Jewish, that Schweich believed was intended to hurt his race for governor and is alleged to have contributed to him taking his own life.
Hancock says that has been disproven.
Some have called for Hancock to resign, but he says there is no reason for him to do that.
Hancock says the Missouri GOP has received commitments and donations of more than 100-thousand dollars in the past four weeks, more than enough to eliminate its debt. He says that success is further proof of his support within the party.
A one-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Thursday night sent a Kansas man to the hospital.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Chrysler PT Cruiser, driven by 25-year-old Casey Allred, of Topeka, traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment, went airborne and struck a ravine.
Allred, who suffered minor injuries, was transported to Bothwell Hospital via E.M.S. for treatment.
The crash occurred just before 8:00pm on Route U at Sunflower Road.
The U.S. Senate has passed a carbon tax amendment introduced by Senator Roy Blunt. Blunt is also co-sponsoring an amendment that would create a reserve fund and allow states to opt out of greenhouse gas regulations under the proposed federal clean power plan.
Blunt says Missourians overwhelmingly rely on coal for affordable energy.
Blunt says Americans can’t afford to pay higher utility bills resulting from the energy policies President Obama proposes.
A Bogard woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Carroll County on Thursday afternoon.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as a northbound Dodge Ram, driven by 21-year-old Jared McMullin, of Carrollton, was making a left-hand turn into a driveway when a southbound Chevrolet Lumina, driven by 23-year-old Charles Smith, of Bogard, attempted to avoid it. Smith's vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and struck the rear of the McMullin vehicle.
A passenger in the Smith vehicle, 22-year-old Mikala Smith, of Bogard, suffered moderate injuries in the accident and was taken to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The two drivers were reportedly not injured.
The crash occurred at 1:30pm on Route T, just north of Route W.
At a meeting of the Saline County Commission this week, Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie said the next trip of the Show-Me Honor Flight has been finalized.
Guthrie said the group will be leaving Sedalia at about 2:30 that morning for the trip of a lifetime. The one-day trip to Washington, D.C., will include stops at the war memorials and other sites in the city.
Guthrie said the trips for veterans are funded by donations and the purchase of bricks for the Walk of Honor at the Saline County and Pettis County Courthouses.
Guthrie said the next brick placement is scheduled for Saturday, May 9th. He says that all people who want bricks need to submit their applications by Saturday, April 4th, in order to get them engraved in time.
Central Missouri residents are invited to explore the mysteries of the universe at any of several guided sessions on Thursday evenings at the historic Morrison Observatory operated by Central Methodist University in Fayette.
All sessions are free and open to the general public from 7:30-9:30pm in the evening. Sessions will be held this Thursday, March 26th, and every Thursday throughout April. C.M.U. Faculty and staff will conduct the sessions, provide tours and comment on historical highlights of the facility. Hands-on science activities also will be provided in the Observatory classroom.
Visitors will be able to use the telescopes for viewing, weather permitting. The planets Venus and Jupiter will be visible through March and April. The moon will be visible in the evening sky on March 26th, April 27th and 30th. Visitors will also be able to view selected star clusters, double stars, nebula and galaxies.
The observatory is located 504 Park Road in Fayette, across from the Fayette City Park and swimming pool. For additional information about the observatory, viewing sessions or directions, call (660) 248-6383.