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ONE INJURED IN PETTIS CRASH 8/20/14


A Pettis County woman escaped serious injury after a one-vehicle accident on Wednesday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, an S.U.V. driven westbound by 46-year-old Amy Bass, of Houstonia, ran off the side of the road and struck a tree and a concrete culvert around 7:15am.

Bass received minor injuries and was taken for treatment to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia. Patrol reports say the crash happened on Route H, just east of Cherry Tree Lane.

BLOOD DRIVE SCHEDULED IN JOHNSON COUNTY TODAY 8/20/14


The American Red Cross will be conducting a blood drive in Johnson County today. The drive will be from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Missouri Department of Social Services at 505 N. Ridgeway Drive in Warrensburg.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800- RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.

CLINTON WOMAN INJURED IN HENRY COUNTY CRASH 8/20/14


A two-vehicle accident in Henry County on Tuesday afternoon has caused injuries to a Clinton woman.

According to a State Highway Patrol report, the crash happened as a northbound 2005 Chevrolet, driven by 31-year-old Courtney Raines, of Clinton, crossed the center of the roadway and into the path of a southbound 2002 Chevrolet towing a boat and trailer, driven by 62-year-old Jerry Schwach, of Clinton. The Raines' vehicle collided with the left side of the boat trailer.

Raines suffered minor injuries and was taken to Golden Valley Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 2:30pm on on Route "W" south of Southeast 550 Road.

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT TO BE CONDUCTED IN BOONE COUNTY 8/20/14


In an effort to detect and apprehend intoxicated and impaired drivers traveling the public roadways of Boone County, the Boone County Sheriff's Department is planning on conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint in Boone County sometime between today and September 1st, 2014, according to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department. The Sobriety Checkpoint will be conducted during the evening and nighttime hours.

Motorists encountering the Sobriety Checkpoint should expect minimal delay, according to the release.

These events are funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation Division of Highway Safety.

SWEET SPRINGS B.O.E. OKs TAX RATE 8/19/14


Sweet Springs R-7 Superintendent Donna Wright reported at the meeting of the Board of Education meeting on Monday that cameras have been installed on all bus routes. She also reported total enrollment Pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade is 250.

The board approved the tax rate after a public hearing was held. The rate will be $3.6107 per $100 assessed valuation, the approved state auditor's rate. The total levy is $4.13.

The Sweet Springs Youth Football Association also was approved to use the district's football facilities.

The board also approved 13 substitute teachers, four cafeteria workers and four bus drivers.

HIGGINSVILLE B.O.A. POSTPONES TAX-RATE HEARING 8/19/14


Due to errors in the original posting of the notice for the tax-levy hearing for the city of Higginsville, City Administrator Lee Barker said the public hearing will now be held at a special meeting on Monday, August 25th at 6:00pm. The decision was made at Monday night's meeting of the Higginsville Board of Aldermen.

In other business, the board approved a 30-foot permanent utility easement on the north, south and west sides on a property owned by Ag Pro on Highway 13.

Also approved by the board was annexation of a property on ninth street. It will be annexed as agricultural but later rezoned as residential.

The board gave permission to the Lions Club and Glenna's Bar & Grill to hold a washer tournament during the Country Fair. The board also approved a mutual-aid agreement with the Wellington-Napoleon Fire Protection District.

CONCORDIA B.O.A. APPROVES TAX RATE 8/19/14


At the meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen on Monday night, the board held a public hearing on the proposed tax rate for the city.

City Administrator Dale Klussman says the new tax rate approved will keep the city on an even keel with last year.



The new rate is up slightly from the 55.25 cents per $100 assessed valuation the previous fiscal year.

Klussman said the city also is looking into using its solar panels at City Hall and at the Community Center for lighting. He said there would be a marked savings of about $56,000 over a 10-year period.

He said the up-front costs would be $24,500 for both places to have current equipment retrofitted by Brightergy for the change.

The board gave Klussman the OK to fill out paperwork for low-interest loans through the Department of Economic Development. The loans could cover most of the up-front costs and would be paid back with the savings generated.



Klussman also was granted permission by the board to advertise for a part-time maintenance worker while a current employee is recovering from a non-work-related injury.

WEDNESDAY MEETING FOR BOONVILLE SCHOOL BOARD 8/20/14


The Boonville Board of Education meets in regular session Wednesday, August 20th, at 6:00pm.

Items on the agenda include a public hearing on the annual tax rate, approval of out-of-district tuition and transportation fees and setting the district calendar for September.

An executive session is also scheduled for personnel matters.

BID APPROVED BY CARROLLTON COUNCIL 8/19/14


The Carrollton Town Council approved several bids for goods and services at their Monday night meeting.

Council members approved a road salt bid from Independent Salt, of Kansas, for a cost of $68.44 per ton delivered. A bid for geo melt was awarded to Smith Fertilizer and Grain, of Iowa, for $1,312.00 for 600 gallons.

Hardware Plus, of Carrollton, was awarded a bid of $945 for a cut off saw. Finally, the council awarded a bid of $24,937 to CEC Eiserer, of Carrollton, for concrete work at the entrance of the Rupe Center.

Before the meeting, the city's annual tax rate hearing was held. The rate will remain the same at $1.3830 per $100 assessed valuation; revenue generated by the tax is split between the general fund, the parks department and the library.

SEDALIA COUNCIL OK'S STADIUM LEASE AGREEMENTS 8/19/14


At the Monday meeting of the Sedalia City Council, council members approved lease agreements between the City of Sedalia, the Sedalia 200 school district and Sacred Heart school for the leasing and use of Jennie Jaynes Stadium in Liberty Park.

Council members on Monday approved the removal of a no parking zone on the west side of South Engineer Avenue between East 6th Street and East 7th Street. They also approved the addition of a no parking zone on the east side of South Engineer in the same location.

In other business, the September 15th council meeting was rescheduled to September 22nd due to the annual Missouri Municipal League Conference.

GLASGOW BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETS WEDNESDAY 8/29/14


The Glasgow School Board meets in regular session on Wednesday, August 20th, at 8:00pm.

Items on the agenda include an update on facility projects, an overview of the first day of school, approval of the tax rate and budget for 2014-15, and approving language for a November election ballot measure.

A closed executive session is also scheduled for personnel matters.

SLATER COUNCIL MEETS TUESDAY 8/19/14


The Slater City Council meets in regular session Tuesday evening.

Items on the agenda include tax rates and liquor licenses, along with a proposed bill to prohibit parking at Highway 240 and Route C. Council members will also hear an update on preparations for the Slater Fall Festival.

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

THREE INJURED IN MARSHALL COLLISION 8/19/14


Three people were injured Monday in a two-vehicle accident in Marshall.

According to Marshall Police, it happened around 5:35pm at Odell Avenue and Highway 240, where vehicles driven by 29-year-old Dillion Wohlgemuth, of Marshall, and 32-year-old Melinda Hart, of Fayette, collided in the intersection.

Three people were injured in the crash, all of whom were taken to Fitzgibbon Hospital for evaluation and treatment. Police say their injuries ranged from minor to moderate.

ARMED ROBBERY AT MARSHALL BUSINESS UNDER INVESTIGATION 8/19/14


Police have opened an investigation into an alleged armed robbery Tuesday morning at a Marshall business.

According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, officers were called to the Quick Run convenience store on South Odell at around 2:30pm Tuesday morning after a clerk called Saline County 911 to report being robbed at gunpoint.

When police arrived, the clerk told officers that a slender white male, about 5'9" tall and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black track pants with red stripes, entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded the clerk produce the cash drawer. The clerk told police he did as he was told and gave the money to the robber, who then fled the store.

Investigation into the incident continues; Marshall Police are asking anyone with information in the case to call (660) 886-7411 or visit www.marshallmopolice.com.

COOPER CRASH KILLS EASTERN MISSOURI WOMAN 8/19/14


A St. Louis area woman suffered fatal injuries in a two-car crash on Interstate 70 on Monday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 21-year-old Taylor Wilson, of High Ridge, was killed when her car was struck from behind by a semi truck while she was stopped in traffic on eastbound I-70 at around 3:30pm on Monday. Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene by Cooper County Coroner James Hurt at around 3:45pm.

The driver of the truck, 51-year-old Andrew Link, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, was not injured in the crash. Patrol reports say it happened at the 111 mile mark on I-70 in Cooper County.

FATAL CRASH IN BOONE COUNTY 8/19/14


One person was killed in a four-vehicle accident on I-70 in Boone County on Monday, a crash that shut down a stretch of the interstate for several hours.

According to the Highway Patrol, it happened when a semi truck driven eastbound by 56-year-old Isaac Kissel, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was struck in the rear by another semi driven by 41-year-old Sean Gibson, of Waynesboro, Georgia.

Kissel's car then struck a car driven by 45-year-old Debra Fisher, of St. Louis; the impact caused Fisher's car to overturn into the median. Kissel's car then struck another semi driven by a Canadian driver.

Gibson was ejected from his truck which then burst into flames; he was pronounced dead at the scene by Boone County Medical Examiner Dori Burke. the third driver, Fisher, and a passenger, 74-year-old Phyllis Dangler, of Tampa, Florida, both suffered moderate injuries and were both taken by ambulance to University Hospital for treatment. The other two drivers were reportedly not injured.

The Patrol says the crash happened around 10:25am Monday morning on eastbound I-70 at the 120 mile mark in Boone County.

MARSHALL CITY COUNCIL 8/18/14


The Marshall City Council was scheduled to meet Monday night, but after the role call, Mayor Mark Gooden said they were short by one person 

That was third ward councilman Dan Brandt making the suggestion to try again Thursday night...

Also in attendance Monday night, were Councilmen, Ron Duvall, Sam Moten, and Shelia Cook.

The only items on the agenda for the Monday night meeting were the tax levy hearing for the city, and paying the monthly bills. Those items will now be taken up thursday night.

HIGGINSVILLE HAB CENTER SUPERINTENDENT SAYS THINGS WILL BE DONE RIGHT 8/18/14


Now that the Northwest Habilitation Services Task Force's recommendations to the state's Mental Health Commission has been approved, consumers and workers at the Marshall Habilitation Center and Higginsville Habilitation Center will be affected.

Higginsville Habilitation Center Superintendent George Fizer explains the move forward will be made taking everything into account, making sure everything is going to be done right.



Recommended changes include the on-grounds care being moved to the Higginsville Habilitation Center and the facility in Marshall overseeing consumers in all off-grounds homes in both communities and a crisis unit in Marshall.

To maintain providing quality services is very important, according to Fizer.



Fizer wants to stress everybody who works at both facilities will be offered a job. He says it may not be the same job or in the same location. He says they are going to be working hard to try to make this move have the least amount of effect as possible.

WRECK CAUSES SHUT DOWN OF EASTBOUND I-70 IN COOPER COUNTY 8/18/14


According to MoDOT's website, an accident that occurred at 10:33am today still has both lanes of traffic blocked on Eastbound I-70 at the 120.4-mile marker in Boone County. The shutdown was estimated to last until at least 3:30pm, according to the website. But at last check and KMMO receiving a call from a traveler, the interstate is still shut down at this hour. Traffic is backed up beyond the Missouri River Bridge at Rocheport.

Those traveling that route are encouraged to seek another route.

TANKER DRIVER REPORTS ALLEGED THEFT OF GAS 8/18/14


On Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy was dispatched to Stuckey's on Highway "J" with the report of an alleged theft.

According to the deputy's report, a tanker fuel truck driver reported the tank on his parked truck had been tampered with because he noticed the fuel lid to be covered with fuel and the cap on the pipe was off. He said the cover being wet was unusual because it is usually covered with dust and dirt.

According to the report, the manager of Stuckey's confirmed the tank had been tampered with.

After viewing the video surveillance, there were two trucks that pulled next to the tanker at 9:58pm on August 12th. The trucks left the scene 42 minutes later. One truck was a two-tone colored truck that was hauling a smaller dark-colored truck above the back axle. The second truck was a dark-colored truck that was hauling a light-colored truck.

The report says there are several subjects walking around in the area of the trucks on the video.

Investigation into the incident is continuing.

GILLIAM RESIDENT REPORTS HIS FLATBED TRAILER WAS STOLEN 8/18/14


A Saline County Sheriff's Deputy was called to a residence in Gilliam on Friday, August 15th, 2014 with the report of an alleged theft.

According to the deputy's report, the resident said his 16-foot flatbed utility trailer was stolen sometime between 1:20pm on August 12th and 1:20pm on August 15th.

The resident told the deputy he had first noticed the trailer missing on August 12th but thought one of his neighbors had borrowed it, which had happened before. But after checking with neighbors, none of them had it.

The trailer is rusty red in color and has a loose board in the bed toward the rear of the trailer.

Investigation into the alleged theft is continuing.

CHARGES FILED IN LAFAYETTE STANDOFF 8/18/14


An area man is in custody and facing charges after a standoff in Lake Lafayette last week.

According to the Lafayette County Sheriffs Department, deputies responded Friday around 4:00pm to a request from the Highway Patrol for assistance with a warrant arrest. Troopers went to the residence on Lafayette Drive to make contact with 39-year-old Michael D. Burns, who reportedly was armed with a knife and a handgun when they arrived. The subject fled into a residence where troopers say he barricaded himself in for several hours.

Deputies and the Lafayette County Crisis Action Team later arrived on the scene to assist troopers. The standoff lasted several hours when tear gas was thrown into the residence around 7:10pm, allowing officers to locate Burns and the knife; reports say the gun was never located.

Burns is in custody at the Lafayette County Jail on charges of Production of a Controlled Substance and Resisting Arrest, with a bond of $25,000; and a charge of Parole Violation, with no bond.

IONIA DRIVER HURT IN PETTIS ROLLOVER CRASH 8/18/14


A one-vehicle rollover accident in Pettis County sent a mid-Missouri man to the hospital on Sunday.

The Highway Patrol says 57-year-old Dean Rupe, of Ionia, was northbound in a 2000 Cadillac when it crossed the centerline, ran off the left side of the road and hit a mailbox. The car continued through a ditch, hit an embankment and a culvert when it began to overturn; it hit fences on two different properties before finally overturning and coming to rest in a field.

Rupe suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken by helicopter to Centerpoint Hospital in Independence for treatment. Patrol reports say the crash happened around 7:40am on Route E, just south of Morgan Road in Pettis County.

ONE INJURED IN SALINE COUNTY CRASH 8/18/14


An area man suffered moderate injuries after a one-vehicle accident in Saline County on Sunday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 62-year-old John Derrick, of Excelsior Springs, was ejected from his 2009 Honda after he lost control of the vehicle and ran off the side of Missouri 224 at around 3:00pm on Sunday afternoon.

Derrick was reportedly taken by ambulance to Centerpoint Hospital in Independence for treatment.

TAX HEARINGS AND MORE 8/17/14


Public hearings are on the agenda for several area governments Monday night.

-The Marshall City Council will begin with a public hearing on the proposed tax levy at 5:15. The regular meeting will follow the public hearing with mostly routine items on the agenda.

-The Carrollton Town Council will hold a public hearing at 5:45 on Monday evening to set the tax rate for the year. During its regular meeting, the Carrollton council will take up road salt bids, geo-melt bids, and concrete work bids. An executive session on personnel is also scheduled.

-The Higginsville Board of Aldermen will also hold a public hearing on its tax levy at 6:00pm. During the regular meeting of the board, it will take up permanent electric and utility easements, a voluntary annexation and a mutual-aid agreement between the city of Higginsville EMS and the Wellington-Napoleon fire protection district.

-The New Franklin Board of Aldermen meet in special executive session Monday evening at 6 o'clock.. On the agenda for the closed session is a discussion of personnel

-The Warrensburg City Council will meet first in executive session at 5:00pm. Following that it will meet and discuss a physical location for a visitors center.

-The Sedalia City Council meets at 7:00pm, taking up lease agreements between the city and the Sedalia Public School District and Sacred Heart School, for leasing of Jennie Jaynes Stadium. An executive session is scheduled dealing with legal issues
.

- The Concordia Board of Aldermen will meet at 7:00pm. As part of that meeting, the board will hold a public hearing on the proposed tax rate of the district. The board will also get the audit report for the fiscal year, which ended on March 31st, and discuss lighting efficiencies in the community center.

-One area school board is also meeting on Monday night. The Sweet Springs Board of Education meets at 7:00pm. On the agenda is approval of bus routes and employment of a teacher. The tax-rate hearing for the district and youth football use of facilities also is on the docket. An executive session is also scheduled dealing with personnel.

SALE OF CHAMPIONS 8/127/14


The Missouri State Fair celebrated "Kids in Agriculture" Day on Saturday with the highlight being the annual sale of champions with record-breaking prices raising $152,600 to benefit Missouri Youth Involved in Agriculture.

The grand-champion steer, exhibited by Stetson Wiss of Lamar, sold for $23,000 and was purchased by the University of Missouri-Columbia Independent Aggies and Edward Jones and associates..

The reserve grand-champion steer shown by Grace Riley, of Pleasant Hill, was purchased for a record $34,500 by R.D. Offutt Company, of Fargo, North Dakota, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters.

Simeon Buie, of Marshall, exhibited the grand-champion pen of chickens. The birds went for $2,400 and were bought by Subway and Boggs Audio, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters.

Buie also had the reserve champion pen of chickens, which sold for $1,600.

Other sales had the grand-champion barrow, exhibited by Trey Porter, of California, selling for $20,500; the grand-champion market lamb, shown by Bryce Schmidt, of Maryville, went for a record sale price of $19,100.

The grand-champion pen of meat rabbits, shown by Alexandra Gast, of Nevada, went for $4,000; and the reserve-champion pen of meat rabbits, shown by Grace Eversole, of Rocheport, went for $4,500.

The Grand Champion meat goat, shown by Spencer Scotten, of Nevada, sold for $7,000.

The last item up for sale was the limited-edition state fair commemorative belt buckle, which was purchased by Gary Riley, of Riley Farms in Marshall, for $2,500.

Proceeds from the sale go to the exhibitors and to Youth in Agriculture scholarships.

Since 1992, the Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture Committee has awarded scholarships totaling more than $400,000.

INJURY ACCIDENTS 8/17/14


One person was injured in an unusual accident in Pettis County on Saturday night. The Highway Patrol says 15-year-old Zachery Morrison, of Sedalia, was standing in the bed of a pickup, while it was in motion, and jumped, attempting to sit on the tailgate and fell out of the vehicle onto the ground. Morrison suffered moderate injures and was taken to Bothwell hospital for treatment.

The accident happened about 8;30 on Saturday night on Prairie Road north of Arnett road in Pettis county.

Two people were injured in a car/motorcycle accident in Cooper county.

According to the report of the Highway Patrol, a motorcycle driven by 40- year-old Joseph Marble, of Boonville, passed a vehicle on a hill and a curve and struck a vehicle driven by 60-year-old John Tramel, of Phillipsburg. The motorcycle then went off the side of the road and into a ditch.

Marble received serious injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia. Tramel received minor injuries and reportedly refused treatment at the scene.

The accident happened just before midnight on Saturday night on Highway 5 about a half-mile north of route "E" in Cooper County.

INJURY ACCIDENTS IN SALINE COUNTY 8/15/14


Two separate accidents, within minutes of each other have injured six people in Saline County.

The first accident happened when a pick-up driven by 18-year-old Anthony Brower of Mexico, Mo., traveling from the off ramp of I-70 to Highway 65, the driver lost control, ran off the road, began sliding and struck the roadway and overturned. Injured was a passenger in the truck, 16-year-old Sierra Worthey, of Mexico. She received serious injuries and was taken to Fitzgibbon Hospital for treatment.

Within minutes on Highway 65 northbound, just north of I-70, vehicles driven by 76-year-old Coralynn Vis of LeGrand, Iowa, and 50-year-old Thomas U. Black of Nelson collided..

All of the injured were in the Black auto. The driver and one passenger, 78- year-old Clinton Black of Marshall, both received serious injuries and were taken to University Hospital in Columbia.

Three passengers-- 13-year-old Micaela Black, 15-year-old Phillip Black and 78-year-old Phyllis Black, all received moderate injuries.

Both of the accidents happened around 2:30 Friday afternoon at or near the Marshall Junction of I-70 and Highway 65

MARSHALL POLICE OFFER BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY TIPS 8/15/14


The Marshall Police Department would like to remind citizen’s that Public School will be back in session beginning on Wednesday, August 20th.

With the start of a new school year, to emphasize the importance of "Safety over Speed", citizens should be advised that Marshall Police will be conducting selective traffic enforcement concentrating in and around school zones.

The following information and tips are for you to share with your children to help keep them safe this school year while traveling to and from school.

Drivers:

• Be mindful of children walking

• Use caution near schools, there will be increased traffic and pedestrians

• Please follow your schools drop off/ pick up plan

• Do not drive around school buses when the overhead lights are flashing red and the "STOP" sign is out

• Please obey crossing guards

Walking to and from school:

•Consider if your child is mature enough to walk to school

•Consider walking with your child the first week to make them aware of pedestrian skills

•Make sure your child’s walk to school is a safe route and they cross whenever possible where a crossing guard is present

Biking to and from school:

•Always wear a helmet, no matter how short the ride

•Ride on the right side, the same direction as traffic

•Respect traffic lights and stop signs

•Remember to always walk your bike across a crosswalk

Riding a School bus to and from school:

•Arrive at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive

•When the bus approaches stay back until the bus stops and the driver opens the doors

•NEVER walk behind the bus

•If you drop something near a bus tell the bus driver

•Use handrails when entering or exiting the bus

•Always remain seated on a bus.

HABILITATION CENTER TASK FORCE PLAN APPROVED 8/15/14


Mental Health Commission approves Task Force recommendations for area Hab Centers

The Missouri Mental Health Commission (MHC) toured the campuses of both Marshall and Higginsville Habilitation Centers on Thursday. The MHC unanimously voted to move ahead with the proposed changes and the redesign of habilitation services. The Northwest Habilitation Services Task Force presented its final report and recommendations to the MHC in July. The MHC reviewed the report and asked to tour both campuses in August.

Department of Mental Health spokesperson Debra Walker said there isn't a timetable for the changes.



Recommended changes include the on-grounds care being moved to the Higginsville Habilitation Center and the facility in Marshall overseeing consumers in all off-grounds homes in both communities and a crisis unit in Marshall.

There were a lot of factors for the decision, including age of the two facilities and available space, Walker said.



The Task Force was established by the Mental Health Commission in September 2013 and charged to recommend a redesign. The Task Force was comprised of family members/guardians of the individuals now served by the habilitation centers, managers, support staff and direct-care staff from the two programs, along with local government leaders and representatives of the two communities.

FIVE SFCC STUDENTS EARN GOLD MEDALS 8/15/14


Five State Fair Community College nursing students won gold medals at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference during June 21st-27th in Kansas City.

Olena Kolyesnykova, of Sedalia, won a gold medal for post-secondary competition in practical nursing skills.

The team of Shanda Jarman, of Centerview, Andrea Moore, of Sedalia, Martha Deitrick, of Knob Noster, and Emma Duncan, of Warsaw, won a gold medal in post-secondary team competition in the Health Knowledge Bowl.

More than 6,000 high school and post-secondary students competed in 99 contests. To be eligible to compete at nationals, the students had to win regional and state competitions.

CMU WILL HAVE FIVE NEW INSTRUCTORS 8/15/14


Five new full-time teachers have joined the faculty for the 2014-15 school year at Central Methodist University in Fayette, according to a release from the school.

Joe Jimerson will be visiting assistant professor of computer science and mathematics. He also has taught at Webster University and Washington University, both in St. Louis.

Ashley Lough will be an assistant professor of biology. She also has been an instructor at Truman State University in Kirksville.

Gregory Owen will join the faculty as an assistant professor of theatre/communications.

Sandra Pieta will be moving from her position as director of institutional research to an assistant professor of accounting. She also has taught at Columbia College and Moberly Area Community College.

Laura Wiebe will be an assistant professor of music. She also has taught at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa.

ROAD WORK SCHEDULED FOR CARROLL, CHARITON COUNTIES NEXT WEEK 8/15/14


MoDOT wants to advise drivers who might be traveling to and/or through Carroll and Chariton County next week (August 18-24) of the road work that is going to be going on in those two counties.

In Carroll County:
Route 139 - At the Hurricane Creek Bridge; bridge maintenance, Aug. 18 - 19
Route M - Brush cutting; Aug. 18 - 22
Various routes - Sign operations, Aug. 18 - 22
U.S. Hwy 65 - At the Moss Creek Drain Ditch; bridge maintenance, Aug. 20 - 21

In Chariton County:
Route ZZ - Pothole patching, Aug. 18
Route FF - CLOSED from U.S. Hwy 24 to the end of state maintenance; culvert replacement, Aug. 18, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
U.S. Hwy 24 - At the Mid Fork Chariton Bridge; bridge maintenance, Aug. 18 - 20
Route 129 - Pothole patching, Aug. 18 - 22
Various routes - Sign operations, Aug. 18 - 22

Weather conditions may cause postponements in planned work schedules. Other construction or maintenance work may occur on other roadways throughout the area. Many projects will include lane closures and delays can be expected. MoDOT reminds the public to buckle up, slow down and drive with extreme caution through work zones.

For more information about a project, contact MoDOT at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (888-275-6636) or visit modot.org/northwest.

BENTON CRASH INJURES TWO 8/15/14


Two people were injured Friday after a two-car crash in Benton County.

According to the Highway Patrol, it happened around 8:30am on Highway 65 at Route T, where a car driven by 54-year-old Dale Ryan, of Warsaw, reportedly failed to yield to a southbound car driven by 66-year-old Vernole Yates, of Cross Timbers, causing the two vehicles to collide in the roadway.

Both drivers received minor injuries in the crash; Ryan was taken to Golden Valley Hospital while Yates reportedly refused treatment at the scene.

CRASH IN JOHNSON CO. INJURES ONE 8/15/14


A Knob Noster woman escaped serious injury after a one-vehicle accident in Johnson County on Thursday.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a car driven by 41-year-old Jill Fitts was southbound when it ran off the west side of the road and struck a ditch.

Fitts received minor injuries and was taken for treatment to Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg. The Patrol says the crash happened around 11:30pm Thursday night on Southeast 501st Road, just before Route DD in Johnson County.

SHOOTING FOLLOWS STANDOFF IN COOPER COUNTY 8/15/14


Cooper County authorities continue an investigation Friday after a standoff and shooting involving a Bunceton man on Thursday.

A release from the Cooper County Sheriff's Department says officers were on their way to a report of burglary around 1:00pm when they were notified of a vehicle on fire which was reported stolen from the Boonville area. Further investigation led them to a Bunceton residence to question a man they believed to be involved with both crimes.

The 31-year-old man reportedly brandished a handgun and began to fire shots at the officers, who returned fire. A standoff ensued which lasted for several hours; reports say around 6:00pm, the suspect exited the residence and shot himself once.

The man was transported to University Hospital for treatment where at last check he was listed in critical condition. No officers were reported injured in the incident, which remains under investigation by Cooper County authorities.

HENRY COUNTY CRASH INJURES ONE 8/14/14


A Clinton woman was injured in a two-car collision earlier today in Henry County.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Reports say a southbound 2007 Lincoln TownCar driven by 79-year-old William Henderson, of Moberly, failed to yield, pulling into the path of a northbound 2014 Chevrolet Malibu driven by 82-year-old Larry Rowe, of Clinton.

Delores Rowe, a 75-year-old passenger in the Rowe vehicle, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Golden Valley Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The accident occurred at 11:05am on Missouri Highway 7 at NW 160.

HISTORIAN TO OFFER INSIGHT ON SANTA FE TRAIL 8/14/14


Most people who pay attention to local history probably know about Arrow Rock's key role as the Missouri River crossing point for the trade route from Missouri to New Mexico, but the trail was established nearly two decades before Marshall was officially born.

Local historian Marvin Wilhite will shed light on Marshall's role in the history of the Santa Fe Trail, making a presentation on 10:00am Saturday, August 23rd in the Wood & Huston Bank Community Room.

Those who attend will learn how the early trade route helped shape the fortunes of the county and its future seat of government.

The talk is a prelude to this year's Santa Fe Trail Day festivities on September 27th.

COLUMBIA VEHICLE THEFTS ON THE RISE 8/14/14


The Columbia Police Department has seen a significant increase the past month in thefts from unlocked motor vehicles as well as theft of vehicles with the keys left inside.

There are several cautions citizens can take:

Take personal belonging out of your vehicle;

Lock your vehicle;

Never leave personal information such as checkbooks, driver’s license, purses, wallets or credit cards in the vehicle;

Never leave weapons in the vehicle;

Do not leave keys in the vehicle;

And Park in a well lite area or a garage, if available.

If anyone has information about the individuals involved in these cases or observed suspicious activities or vehicles around the time of the thefts, please contact the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

EMPLOYEES VOICE CONCERN AT M.H.C. MEETING 8/14/14


Members of the Missouri Mental Health Commission and the Northwest Habilitation Services Task Force conducted an open meeting and then toured the Marshall Habilitation Center campus on Thursday morning.

The open meeting started at 10:00am, with some MHC employees expressing concerns about changes that could be coming from the recommendations made by the task force. Possible changes include the on-grounds care being moved to the Higginsville Habilitation Center and the facility in Marshall overseeing consumers in all off-grounds homes in both communities and a crisis unit in Marshall.

Missouri Department of Mental Health Director Keith Schafer said he knows it is a tough time for all involved.


Schafer said the recommendations were proposed in July.


He adds that nothing is set in stone and that if the recommendations are approved, there is no timetable to make the changes. The groups also want to point out that this is not a budget-driven move.

The groups toured the Higginsville facility later Thursday afternoon.

MMU Board approves purchases 8/14/14


At the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works meeting this morning, the board approved rehabilitating 40 manholes at a cost of $40,000. The work will extend the life of the manholes approximately 50 years, Administrative Services Director Ken Gieringer said.

The board also approved the purchase of a meter for work on the quality of electric services for some of M.M.U.'s larger customers. The meter will cost about $5,000.

Another purchase approved was an A.T.V.-type piece of equipment to use at the water plant north of Marshall on Highway 65. Of the two bids submitted, the board went with $16,900 from Ag-Pro of Marshall.

DISASTER DRILL IN MARSHALL THIS WEEKEND 8/1/14


This weekend in Marshall, emergency officials will be carrying out a disaster preparedness exercise to help speed up the recovery time in the event of a major emergency.

Saline County Emergency Management Director Emmitt Williams explains just what they'll be doing:


Williams says emergency officials will team up with the Civil Air Patrol to conduct several portions of the drill from the sky. He says the Patrol is just one of the many area entities that are involved:


The drill gets underway Saturday morning at the airport in Marshall. Williams says Marshall residents may notice Civil Air Patrol members and other volunteers on foot in their neighborhoods on Saturday as they carry out the ground portion of the drill.

POLICE WARN OF NEW PHONE SCAM 8/14/14


Area residents are being warned about a new phone scam that's recently been reported to police.

The Marshall Police Department says the scam was reported by H&R Block about people getting calls from a caller who states that they are with the I.R.S. and making threats to arrest the person being called. They then attempt to collect personal information in order to supposedly verify that they are talking to the right person.

Police say once the information is received, the caller states that they have checked their database and have the wrong person, but by then have already obtained personal and financial information they need to carry out the scam.

Marshall police say they have contacted the I.R.S. and verified that it is indeed a scam. If you think a caller has attempted to scam you, you're urged to hang up the phone without giving out any personal information and contact your local authorities.

ARRESTS, CITATIONS FROM POLICE CHECKPOINT 8/14/14


Marshall police recently conducted a random sobriety checkpoint aimed at getting impaired drivers off the streets.

A release from the Marshall Police Department says the checkpoint was held at the intersection of Highway 65 and the Saline County Fairgrounds; it got started around 11:30pm on Wednesday, August 13th, and wrapped up around 2:30am Thursday, August 14th.

Police made two arrests for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, one arrest for driving while suspended and one arrest for an outstanding warrant. They also issued two citations for driving without a license and one citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.

All total, Marshall police say they made contact with 330 vehicles during the three-hour checkpoint.

GROUPS TO TOUR HABILITATION CENTERS 8/13/14


Members of the Missouri Mental Health Commission and the Northwest Habilitation Services Task Force will tour the campuses of the Marshall and Higginsville Habilitation Centers on Thursday, August 14th.

There will be an open meeting held on the MHC campus at 10:00am. MHC Superintendent Susan Bishop explains employees of the facility are invited to bring their questions and concerns.



Bishop says recommendations have been made.



Bishop points out that these are just recommendations. Nothing is set in stone as of yet. And there is no timetable for the changes, if approved.

The tour of the Higginsville facility is set for 12:45pm.

JOHNSON COUNTY CRASH INJURES TWO 8/13/14


Two women were injured in a two-vehicle collision in Johnson County earlier today.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, the accident occurred as a 2006 Honda driven by 65-year-old Sherri Zimmerman, of Grain Valley, merged into the path and was struck by a 2003 Freightliner driven by 24-year-old Justin Bailey, of Blue Springs.

According to the report, Zimmerman, and a passenger in her car, 72-year-old Jackee Richards, of Blue Springs, each suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

The accident occurred at just after 1:00pm on U.S. Highway 50 at NE 201st Road.

THE ART OF FALCONRY AT THOUSAND HILLS STATE PARK IS AUGUST 16th 8/13/14


The public will have the opportunity to learn more about falcons on Saturday at Thousand Hills State Park. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the program will be held at the Point Shelter at 7:00pm and is free to attend.

Meagan Duffee, a falconer, will present a program that will highlight what falconers do and what it takes to become a falconer.

Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. This program will last approximately one hour.

Thousand Hills State Park is located 2 miles west of Kirksville on Highway 157. For any questions, call the park office at (660) 665-6995. For more information about Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites, visit mostateparks.com

Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

SEARCH FOR UNCLAIMED PROPERTY AVAILABLE AT STATE FAIR 8/13/14


State Treasurer Clint Zweifel is asking Missourians attending the State Fair in Sedalia to check his Unclaimed Property list for their name. The Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property team will be available to help Missourians search for and claim their property. Treasurer Zweifel holds more than $822 million in Unclaimed Property for more than 4.8 million owners. He is also asking fairgoers to help him return the military medals he protects as Unclaimed Property.

At the 2013 State Fair, 653 attendees claimed a total of $58,000 in Unclaimed Property. One in 10 Missourians has Unclaimed Property, and the average return is $300. Treasurer Zweifel receives new Unclaimed Property every week, and since taking office in 2009, he has returned more than $204 million to more than 700,000 accounts, nearly half of all Unclaimed Property returned in state history.

Treasurer Zweifel also protects more than 100 military medals and insignia. In the last five years, the Treasurer has returned more than 60 medals to veterans and their families.

Missourians can search for, claim, email results and donate Unclaimed Property any time at ShowMeMoney.com

AG DIRECTOR TALKS CORN AT M.S.F. 8/13/14


The state and the nation could be on track to a record corn crop. State Ag Director Richard Fordyce talked about the crop at the Missouri State Fair on Wednesday morning:


But, Fordyce says, big yields and lots of bushels may also drive the price of corn down:


The 2014 Missouri State Fair runs through this Sunday on the State Fairgrounds in Sedalia.

DOHRMAN SPEAKS AT LIBRARY MEETING 8/13/14


Representative Dean Dohrman was at the Marshall Public Library Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night to discuss the bill recently signed into legislation by Governor Jay Nixon to allow the library to propose a sales tax to the citizens of Marshall as a way to increase revenues.

He said Marshall Public Library Executive Director Wicky Sleight did a good job of presenting the library's case, testifying on the House floor three times.


Dohrman said Sleight has done a good job of putting together a proposal, and this is a good opportunity for the patrons of the library.


The board also approved the proposed budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The projected revenues are just over $261, 500 with projected expenditures being a little more than $249,000.

WAVERLY COUNCIL TABLES CONCRETE TALK 8/13/14


The Waverly City Council met in regular session on Tuesday night.

Council members approved three city employees to attend the Missouri Rural Water Association Conference at Lake of the Ozarks in October and approved another city employee to attend the Missouri Rural Conference in Clinton on August 20th.

The council also tabled discussion on concrete for the wastewater plant until they can spend time talking further with engineers about the project.

NORMANDY ROAD IN SEDALIA TO CLOSE 8/13/14


The city of Sedalia has announced that Normandy Road between West 10th Street and Thompson Hills Shopping Center will be closed for asphalting starting at 6:30am on Thursday, August 14th, weather permitting.

The area will be closed to through traffic during repair, reopening in the late afternoon or early evening of August 14th. For more information, contact the city of Sedalia at (660) 827-3000.

VAN METER PARK HOSTS DAY CAMP 8/13/14


Van Meter State Park in Saline County is hosting a free Explorer Day Camp this week to explore Native American culture with area youth and their families.

Attendees will learn about the ways American Indians used natural materials to tell stories through art. The camp runs Thursday and Friday from 9:00am until noon and has a daily limit of 25 participants.

Adults are encouraged to attend with their kids and make the event a family activity. To learn more, call the park at (660) 886-7537 or visit www.mostateparks.com.

ONE INJURED IN JOHNSON CO. CRASH 8/13/14


A Clinton man was seriously injured after a motorcycle crash in Johnson County on Tuesday.

According to the Highway Patrol, 42-year-old William Teague was northbound on a 2007 Kawasaki when the bike ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned.

Reports say Teague suffered serious injuries and was taken to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment. The crash happened around 1:15pm Tuesday on Highway 13, just south of Southeast 700th Road in Johnson County.

RAY CO. DRIVER EJECTED IN TRUCK CRASH 8/13/14


One person was injured in a pickup crash in Ray County on Tuesday.

Highway Patrol reports say 53-year-old Bryan Brantner, of Orrick, received minor injuries and was taken to Liberty Hospital for treatment after his southbound truck ran off the side of the road and hit a tree. The impact ejected Brantner form the vehicle.

Reports say the crash happened just after 5:00pm Tuesday afternoon on Highway O, just north of Missouri 210 in Ray County.

PETTIS WOMAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH 8/13/14


A one-vehicle accident in Pettis County Tuesday afternoon sent a Green Ridge woman to the hospital with injuries.

The Highway Patrol says 49-year-old Loretta Schouten was southbound, making a left turn, when she lost control of her motorcycle on loose gravel.

Schouten received minor injuries and was taken for treatment to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia. Reports say the crash happened around 1:00pm on Dove Road at Highway 127 in Pettis County.

CRASH INJURES WAVERLY TEEN 8/13/14


A Waverly teen escaped serious injury Tuesday after a one-vehicle crash in Lafayette County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened around 1:30pm on Rehkop Road just north of Route T, where 18-year-old Peyten Dillon was northbound and reportedly lost control of his 1998 Saturn. The car ran off the left side of the road and into an embankment.

Dillon received minor injuries and was taken for treatment to Lafayette Regional Hospital by private vehicle.

NEW FRANKLIN B.O.A. SETS TAX RATE 8/12/14


The New Franklin Board of Aldermen met on Monday, setting the city's tax rate at 62.11 cents per $100 assessed valuation. It is the same rate as last fiscal year.

The board also approved a bid of $38,790 from Higgins Asphalt, of Tipton, to repair a block each of five city streets.

The city also is going to be doing some work at the city park, including the replacement of a swing set. Also, there will be work done on the park's bathrooms, including painting and replacement of broken items.

GLASGOW B.O.A. APPROVES BIDS 8/12/14


At the meeting of the Glasgow Board of Aldermen on Monday night, the Aldermen approved a bid from Wills Brothers, of Macon, for more than $17,000 to move a water line.

The Aldermen also approved a bid from Schmidt Farms, of Glasgow, to repair five city sidewalks for $4,400.

The Aldermen decided to postpone work on a city street.

A discussion about dogs in the park was tabled for a future meeting.

The board also received an update from a library board member on renovating the upstairs of the library, and the Aldermen approved a new procedure to disclose potential conflicts of interest for certain municipal officials.

HIGHWAY HEAVY CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM STARTS SEPTEMBER 2ND 8/12/14


Job Point’s next class for Highway/Heavy Construction training is scheduled to begin on September 2nd, 2014 in Columbia and Warrensburg. This 16-week program utilizes an industry-recognized curriculum from the National Center for Construction Education and Research.

The Highway/Heavy Construction program includes Flagger Certification, a hands-on paid internship and the opportunity to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License. Graduates are equipped for positions such as concrete finisher, construction equipment operator, highway maintenance worker, or paving, surfacing and tamping equipment operator, with an entry salary at $26,000 to $30,000.

Financial assistance is available through the Federal Highway Administration, Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Workforce Investment Act, City of Columbia Community Development Block Grant and Heart of Missouri United Way.

Job Point’s vocational technical training programs include: office technology, office support specialist, retail sales, construction trades and health-related occupations.

Job Point is headquartered in Columbia with additional locations serving Marshall, Moberly, Sedalia and Warrensburg. For more information, call (573) 474-8560.

HISTORIC US 69 FISHING RIVER BRIDGE AVAILABLE FREE FOR PUBLIC USE 8/12/14


The historic Fishing River Bridge at Mosby, Mo., is available for relocation and reuse by an individual or organization. Any interested party is encouraged to submit a proposal no later than October 15th, 2014, to the Missouri Department of Transportation Historic Preservation Unit to obtain the structure.

Slated for replacement in May of 2015, the bridge can be obtained by government entities, historical or civic groups, or private citizens, free of charge. This historic bridge is 309 feet in length and 34 feet wide, curb-to-curb, and carries two lanes of one-way traffic.

Built in 1933, the emerald green bridge is 5-½ miles southwest of Excelsior Springs and crosses the Fishing River. The Fishing River Bridge is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. More details about the bridge can be viewed online at modot.org/freebridges. Anyone interested in obtaining an historic bridge from MoDOT must submit a proposal describing the dismantling and relocation plan, cost and future use. A proposal checklist is available online.

LATEST UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS 8/12/14


Missouri’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 13,200 jobs in July, according to seasonally adjusted data released by the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The state’s unemployment rate held at 6.5 percent.

Employment gains were widespread in a variety of industries. Among the larger gains in private industries included durable goods manufacturing, adding 3,300 jobs, construction, adding 2,500 jobs, and the transportation, warehousing and utilities sector, which jumped by 2,300 jobs.

Additionally, the educational services industry experienced growth in July, gaining 2,200 jobs and finance and insurance also saw an increase of 1,100 jobs during the month.

Missouri’s nonfarm payrolls have added 53,600 jobs over the past year.

TRUCK ROLLOVER INJURES BUNCETON MAN 8/12/14


A Bunceton man was hurt Monday in a dump truck crash in Osage County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 23-year-old Dalton Hein, of Bunceton, was northbound in a 1988 ford dump truck when he failed to negotiate a curve. The truck skidded off the left side of the road and overturned.

Hein suffered moderate injuries and was taken for treatment to Capitol Region Medical Center by Osage Ambulance. Patrol reports say the crash happened around 8:15am Monday morning on Missouri 100 in Osage County.

TWO TEENS HURT IN LAFAYETTE CO. ROLLOVER 8/12/14


Two area residents escaped serious injury Monday in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Lafayette County.

The Highway Patrol says a car driven northbound by 19-year-old Colin Eber, of Higginsville, ran off the side of the road when the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The car returned to the road and then ran into a ditch and overturned.

Eber and a passenger, 19-year-old Thomas Grinage, of Warrensburg, both received minor injuries and were taken for treatment to Lafayette County Regional Hospital. Patrol reports say the crash happened around 8:00pm Monday evening on Highway T at Rehkop Road.

WAVERLY CITY COUNCIL AGENDA 8/12/14


The Waverly City Council meets in regular session on Tuesday, August 12th.

Items on the agenda include discussion of concrete for the city water plant, along with selecting representatives to attend the upcoming Missouri Rural Water Association Conference and the Missouri Rural Conference.

The meeting gets underway at 6:30pm at Waverly City Hall.

MOUNT LEONARD TAX HEARING ON TUESDAY 8/12/14


The city of Mount Leonard will hold its annual tax rate hearing on Tuesday, August 12th.

It gets underway at 6:30pm at the Mount Leonard Community Center on north Highway 127. The meeting is open to the public and will precede the scheduled Mount Leonard City Council meeting.

KCP&L ANNOUNCES GRANTS FOR NON-PROFITS 8/11/14


In June, KCP&L announced its first annual Energizing Our Environment Micro-Grant Program. This program is designed to help fund environmental projects in communities throughout Kansas and Missouri through grants.

The grants range from $500 to $3,000 and will provide nonprofit organizations an opportunity to improve the environment in their community in a meaningful way.

The grant program is open to all non-profit organizations that operate in the KCP&L service area. All applications must be submitted by August 15th and approved projects will be announced on September 3rd.

Examples of eligible grant-funded projects include, but are not limited to: Environmental improvements to parks, trails, etc.; Installation of recycling stations around the community; School environmental programs; Projects that address a key environmental problem or incorporate sustainable energy solution.

For applications and more information visit kcpl.com/energize.

EXPLORING HERBS AT TWAIN BIRTHPLACE 8/11/14


Guests at Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site can attend a program about heritage herbs on Saturday, August 23rd. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the event will begin at 2:00pm.

Featured speaker Deborah Lee will discuss what herbs our ancestors used as well as when, what and how they prepared them. Lee has been fascinated with herbs since college. She has taught medicinal herb classes and worked with clients for more than 30 years. She is the owner of Four Winds Farm near Quincy, Ill.

Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site is in Florida, Mo. For more information about the event, call the State Historic Site at 573-565-3449. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com

Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

TWO WOMEN TO BE HONORED IN AGRICULTURE CONTEST 8/11/14


For the second consecutive year, the Missouri State Fair and Monsanto have partnered to sponsor the Missouri Woman in Agriculture contest. Their goal is to recognize the role local Missouri women play in the farming industry and to give back to non-profit organizations in their community.

A special presentation will take place at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia on Thursday, August 14th honoring this year’s contest winners. Tammy Bartholomew, of Archie, received the Woman in Agriculture award, and Ashlyn Richardson, of Lincoln, received the Woman in Agriculture Rising Star award.

Each winner chose an agriculture-related, non-profit organization to receive a $1,000 donation from Monsanto. Bartholomew selected the Missouri FFA Leadership Fund, and Richardson selected the Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture Scholarship.

Representatives from the organizations and from Monsanto will participate in check presentations at the Tea at 1:30pm in the Fine Arts Building on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. The winners also will be recognized during the Governor’s Ham Breakfast on Thursday morning.

MARSHALL LIBRARY TAX/BOARD MEETING SET FOR TUESDAY 8/11/14


Governor Jay Nixon recently signed Senate Bill 762, which gives the Marshall Public Library Board of Trustees the option to ask the voters of Marshall for a sales tax to support the library. Prior to this, the Poplar Bluff Public Library has been the only public library in Missouri with this option.

According to a release from the library, the Marshall Public Library was founded in 1989 with a voted 20 cents per $100 assessed valuation on personal and real property within the Marshall city limits. The tax levy has since been rolled back to 16.82 cents while costs continue to rise.

According to library executive director Wicky Sleight, Representative Dean Dohrman is slated to be at the library’s board of trustees meeting at 5:15pm on Tuesday in the library meeting room. The board will discuss committee reports and the budget for the 2014-15 year. Dohrman and Senator David Pearce played big roles in getting the legislation passed.

MT. VERNON FACILITY IS CLOSING 8/11/14


University of Missouri Health Care will close Missouri Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Vernon, effective October 31st.

MRC employees were notified of the closing in meetings on Monday at Mt. Vernon.

The Missouri Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Vernon currently has 24 inpatients, with capacity for 130.

MRC has a total of 323 employees, including 265 full-time employees, 14 part-time benefit-eligible employees and 44 part-time, non-benefit-eligible employees.

MU Health Care’s decision to close Missouri Rehabilitation Center is based on a number of factors, including: Expanded access to long-term rehabilitative care offered by 12 newer, competing long-term care facilities in Missouri, including two in Springfield and Joplin; the decade-long decline in patient volumes at MRC; the uncertainty of state funding; and a very old physical plant in Mt. Vernon that needs extensive and expensive repairs and upkeep.

The Missouri Rehabilitation Center at Mt. Vernon has not operated at full capacity for the past decade. Although it has the capacity for 130 inpatients, the daily census averaged 41.92 in fiscal year 2010 and was down to 28.66 in fiscal year 2014.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING AT PERSHING STATE PARK AUGUST 23RD 8/11/14


The public is invited to bring their ideas to an informational meeting at Pershing State Park on Saturday, August 23rd. The meeting will be held at 7:00pm in the amphitheater at the campground.

Park representatives will provide information on future plans for the facility and answer questions. Visitors are invited to share feedback and suggestions about services and operations. This informational meeting is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri State Parks to ensure citizens have input regarding the facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites.

Pershing State Park is located on 18 miles east of Chillicothe or seven miles west of Brookfield on Highway 36 in Linn County. The park’s campground is located approximately one mile south of Highway 36 on Missouri Route 130.

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

Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

REVENUE DOWN FOR MARSHALL PARKS 8/11/14


Mild summer weather and setbacks at the start of the pool season have definitely had an effect on the Marshall Park Department's bottom line. Parks Director Jeff Stubblefield explains:


Stubblefield says thankfully the parks department doesn't live and die based solely on revenue generated by pool and golf course users.


Earlier this summer, a blown pump led to a delay of the start of the Marshall pool season, which traditionally kicks off on Memorial Day weekend. Stubblefield says the department is busy right now gearing up for their annual "Day in the Park" on Saturday, August 23rd.

MARSHALL POLICE TO HOLD CHECKPOINT 8/11/14


The Marshall Police Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in an unspecified location between August 11th and August 28th. The goal of the checkpoint is to find and apprehend intoxicated and impaired drivers.

The checkpoint will begin late in the evening and conclude early in the morning. Motorists can expect minimal delays. The checkpoint is funded through a grant provided by the Missouri Department of Transportation Division of Highway Safety.

In 2012, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes across the United States-- one every 51 minutes. In 2013, Missouri had 4,780 drugs and/or alcohol related driving crashes, with 2,941 injuries and 236 fatalities.

BOATING ACCIDENT INJURES KNOB NOSTER MAN 8/11/14


A boating accident in Henry County on Sunday sent a Knob Noster man to the hospital with minor injuries.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol's Water Division says 49-year-old William Diaz was a passenger in a boat at Windsor Crossing on Truman Lake around 9:35am Sunday morning. He reportedly stepped to the rear of the boat as the driver was attempting to start the motor; that caused the transom to go underwater, which filled the boat with water and caused it to overturn.

Diaz suffered minor injuries in the accident and was taken to Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton for treatment; the driver of the boat was not injured.

BENTON CRASH INJURES WARSAW WOMAN 8/11/14


A Warsaw woman escaped serious injury after a two-vehicle collision in Benton County on Sunday morning.

The Highway Patrol says a vehicle driven by 24-year-old Kristopher Buckler, of Warsaw, was southbound and reportedly failed to negotiate a curve. Buckler struck a pickup driven by 34-year-old John Boley, of Warsaw; Boley's truck ran off the roadway while Buckler's car came to a rest in the roadway.

Both drivers escaped injury but a passenger in the first car, 21-year-old Carla Kosky, of Warsaw, received minor injuries and was taken for treatment to Golden Valley Medical Center in Clinton. The Patrol says the crash happened just before 10:00am on Quail Run Drive, north of Route T in Benton County.

ONE INJURED IN PETTIS COLLISION 8/11/14


A Bogard resident was injured after a two-car crash in Pettis County on Sunday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 46-year-old Phillip Wellman, of Bogard, was northbound on Highway 65 when he changed lanes into the path of of a vehicle driven by 34-year-old Nicholas Wells, of St. Louis; the two vehicles collided in the roadway.

Wellman received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment; the other driver was reportedly not injured. The patrol says the collision happened around 6:00pm Sunday evening at Highway 65 and Bothwell Park Road.

YOUTH INJURED IN FAIRGROUND COLLISION 8/11/14


A collision involving multiple vehicles injured a child on the Missouri State Fairgrounds on Sunday night.

The Highway Patrol says a vehicle driven by 81-year-old Jack Rhoades, of Sturgeon, was traveling through a dirt lot near the sheep pavilion when it struck the drivers side of a parked truck and then struck a fence. Rhoades's truck traveled through the fence and struck a fifth-wheel trailer that was occupied by several people.

One of those occupants, 7-year-old Tyne Wilson, of Pleasant Hill, received minor injuries and was taken to Bothwell Hospital for treatment. No other injuries were reported from the scene.

The Patrol says the accident happened just before 9:00pm, just east of Clarendon Road on the state fairgrounds in Sedalia.

MONDAY COUNCIL, ALDERMEN & BOARD MEETINGS 8/10/14


The following area city governments and school boards are scheduled to meet on Monday, August 11th, 2014:

* The Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen will first meet for a tax levy hearing at 5:45pm prior to their regular meeting at 6:00pm. The board will set the tax levy during the regular meeting, as well as get an audit report, discuss a lead detection contract and take up library board appointments. An executive session is also on the schedule for personnel matters.

* The Glasgow Board of Aldermen meets at 6:30pm Monday evening. On the agenda is a discussion of a sewer line, consideration of sidewalk bids and a discussion regarding signs in the parks for dogs.

* The New Franklin Board of Aldermen will first meeting at 6:00pm to review the personnel manual of the city, hold a public hearing at 6:45pm on the tax levy, proposed at 62.11 cents per $100 assessed valuation. During the regular meeting they will take up a fence permit, hear about the wastewater project, open street paving bids, set the tax and then go into executive session for personnel and real estate matters

* The Warrensburg City Council meets at 7:00pm and will hold a public hearing to consider the annual sewer rate volume charges for the next fiscal budget year. The Council also will take up an ordinance to amend the current ordinance dealing with open containers, get updates for the proposed compensation plan for city workers for the 2015 fiscal year and get a medical insurance premium update.

* The Sedalia 200 School Board meets at 6:15pm to hold its tax levy hearing, with the levy proposed at $3 and 91.28 cents per $100 assessed valuation. During the regular meeting at 6:30pm, the board will will take up a stadium lease agreement, get a stadium update and acknowledge donations from the Lions Club and Duke Manufacturing Corporation.

* The Salisbury Board of Education meets in regular session at 7:15pm. the evening will begin with a tax rate hearing, followed by building and stadium updates, a review of the district transportation plan and an executive session for personnel and real estate matters.

MODEL OF EXCELLENCE FINALIST 8/10/14


For at least the third time, the Marshall Chapter of the FFA has been named one of the top 10 finalists in the National Chapter Model of Excellence Award. Also from Missouri, one of the top 10 finalists is the Troy FFA chapter.

Also, National FFA Star Chapter Awards were announced; receiving the three-star ratings are the Marshall, Slater and Sweet Springs chapters, along with the Boonville, Chillicothe, Concordia and Tipton FFA from the KMMO listening area.

GLASGOW'S HERITAGE WAYS FESTIVAL IS SATURDAY 8/8/14


Glasgow's Heritage Way Festival is Saturday, August 9th on Fourth Street.

The event begins at 9:30am with displays and crafts along the street.

In the EUB Chapel at 10:00am, Donna McAdams will present Civil War Myth and Fact Stories told through quilts. At 11:30am, Lynn Meyer will make a presentation on the Civil War regarding life immediately after the Emancipation Proclamation. At 1:00pm, there will be a presentation by the Missouri River Bird Observatory.

There are several other events, including an ice cream social from 11:00am to 3:00pm at Lewis Library.

REPAIRS TO CLOSE PART OF KCI TERMINAL B ROADWAY THIS WEEKEND 8/8/14


According to a release from the Kansas City Aviation Department, in order to repair large water pipes under the Kansas City International Airport Terminal B loop roadway, workers will close off a portion of the street this weekend. Effective at 5:00pm on Friday, August 8th, the three lanes and associated sidewalk will be closed next to the terminal along Delta Air Lines.

KCI Airport customers may use the road and sidewalk just prior to Delta and pedestrians may walk to the Delta gates inside the terminal. Although airport activity is lighter on weekends there may be intermittent traffic congestion.

Weather permitting, the work should be completed by Monday morning, August 11th.

TWO AREA RESIDENTS TRYING TO BECOME STATE TROOPERS 8/8/14


Colonel Ron Replogel, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, has announced 44 people reported to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Academy on July 1st, 2014, to begin a 25-week training course to become a trooper. The 99th recruit class is scheduled to graduate on December 19th, 2014.

The average age of the members is 26. Of the recruits, 16 have attended some college, two have earned an associate's degree and 13 hold bachelor's degrees. Ten of the recruits have prior military experience, and five have prior law-enforcement experience.

As of August 7th, 34 recruits remain in the academy, including Nicholas Perez of Lexington and Holly Stevens of Lincoln.

GOVERNOR'S CHRISTMAS TREE CANDIDATE TREES MUST BE NOMINATED BY SEPT. 30TH 8/8/14


If you have a 40-foot evergreen tree that you would enjoy seeing on the lawn of the Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City, the Missouri Department of Conservation would like to talk to you.

Forestry Field Programs Supervisor Nick Kuhn says the Conservation Department is on its annual quest for a tree to adorn the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion during the holiday season. To qualify, candidate trees must be at least 40 feet tall. Only eastern red cedar, Norway spruce, or white pine trees will be considered. Candidate trees must be fully branched on all four sides and accessible by large equipment.

Once a tree is selected, the Conservation Department will coordinate the cutting and delivery of the tree to the Governor’s Mansion at no cost to the owner. The donor will receive a personalized thank-you from the governor and an invitation to the lighting ceremony, which usually occurs the first week of December.

Full guidelines are available at mdc.mo.gov. All entries must be submitted by September 30th. For more information, contact Kuhn at 573-522-4115, ext. 3306.

DOMESTIC ASAULT REPORTED IN JOHNSON COUNTY 8/8/14RK


On Thursday, August 7th, 2014, the Johnson County Sheriff’s office responded to a residence in Knob Noster in reference to a domestic assault.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered that a 46-year-old male was allegedly stabbed with a knife during an altercation with his 41-year-old brother.

The victim was transported by ambulance from the scene and was treated and released at an area hospital.

The suspect had fled the scene on foot, but later turned himself into deputies.

The incident is still under investigation.

MISSOURI JOB POINT RECEIVES GRANT 8/8/14


On August 6th U.S. Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, announced the award of approximately $73.6 million to 71 organizations nationwide for YouthBuild programs. Job Point will receive $1.1 million over a three-year period to enhance its YouthBuild activities in Boone County and expand to Randolph County.

JobPoint's YouthBuild grant will assist 67 opportunity young adults to advance educational levels, develop leadership abilities and obtain skills training in the construction field, while building new homes in impoverished neighborhoods of communities.

Job Point is Missouri's premier employment and Community Development Corporation. The organization is headquartered in Columbia and has branch locations in Moberly, Sedalia and Warrensburg.

For more information about programs, services and locations, call (573) 474-8560.

PUBLIC MEETING AT LONG BRANCH PARK 8/8/14


The state Department of Natural resources is inviting the public to an informational meeting at Long Branch State Park on Saturday, August 9th. The open house-style meeting will be held from 4:00-6:00pm at the marina store.

Park representatives will provide information on future plans for the facility and answer questions. Visitors are invited to share feedback and suggestions about park services and operations.

The meeting is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri State Parks to ensure citizens have input regarding the facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites.

Long Branch State Park is located two miles west of the Highway 63 and 36 intersection in Macon County. You can learn more by calling the park at 660-773-5229 or by visiting www.mostateparks.com.

MEDICAL CORPS HOSTS BLOOD DRIVE 8/8/14


The need for donated blood never goes away, and to that end the Saline County Medical Reserve Corps will host a blood drive in Marshall on Wednesday.

Spokesman Russ Donnell says that while maintaining blood supplies is important all year round, it's especially critical in the summer months when the need tends to be the highest.


He says it's easy to get registered for the blood drive :


The drive runs from 2:00-6:00pm on Wednesday, August 13th, at the First United Methodist Church on East Arrow in Marshall.

JOHNSON CO. CRASH INJURES ONE 8/8/14


A one-vehicle accident in Johnson County resulted in moderate injuries for an Independence teen on Thursday.

The Highway Patrol says 18-year-old Elizabeth Hackett was eastbound when her car ran off the left side of the road and struck a tree.

Hackett was taken by ambulance to St. Lukes Hospital for treatment. Patrol reports say the crash happened around 5:40pm on eastbound Highway 50 in Johnson County, one mile before County Road Northwest 671.

TEEN INJURED IN HIGGINSVILLE CRASH 8/8/14


A Higginsville teen was taken to the hospital after a one-vehicle accident in Lafayette County on Thursday.

According to the Highway Patrol, 18-year-old Kayla Neinhueser was traveling eastbound when she swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway. She reportedly lost control and ran off the left side of the road where her car struck an embankment.

Neinhueser suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Lafayette Regional Hospital for treatment. The patrol says the crash happened around 6:05pm on Business 13 near West 1st Street in Higginsville.

AUGUST IS RESPONSIBLE GAMING EDUCATION MONTH 8/7/14


This month marks the 11th anniversary of Missouri’s historic recognition of a statewide Responsible Gaming Education Month. In 2003, in conjunction with the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling, the Show-Me State was the first state in the nation to dedicate a month to Responsible Gaming Education.

The Missouri Gaming Association, the statewide trade association of Missouri casinos, also puts a special focus on responsible gaming education during August, with all 13 Missouri casinos participating in Responsible Gaming Education Week the first week of August.

A primary focus of the month-long initiative is on the free help available to all Missourians.

The Missouri Lottery was the fourth United States lottery to launch a self-exclusion program. The Missouri Lottery’s program was modeled after the Illinois, Iowa and Maryland lotteries, all of which offer players the option of self-excluding themselves from claiming a prize of a certain amount.

For those with a gambling problem, they can call toll-free 1-888-BETSOFF.

COOPER E.M..A. HOSTS DISASTER PREP MEETINGS 8/7/14


With September being National Preparedness Month, Cooper County E.M.A. Director Thomas White has organized three meetings to discuss how to handle a disaster with groups who want to participate. The aid effort works better if it's coordinated, according to White.


White says the meetings will give groups the chance to find out how to respond and prioritize needs in a disaster situation.


The first meeting is set for Thursday, August 21st at 7:00pm. There will be another meeting on Tuesday, September 9th at 7:00pm and a third meeting at 9:00am on Saturday, September 13th.

The meetings will be held at the Cooper County E.M.A./9-1-1 Office at 200 Main Street in Boonville. For more information, call (660) 882-2614.

MABEE FOUNDATION OFFERS CMU CHALLENGE GRANT 8/7/14


The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation has awarded a $750,000 challenge grant toward construction of Central Methodist University’s new Center for Allied Health.

To receive the Mabee grant, CMU alumni and friends must match it with $5.75 million in gifts and pledges – and must do so by June 30, 2015, CMU President Roger Drake said in announcing the grant. The $6.5 million Center for Allied Health project is part of a larger Campaign for the Heart of Central recently undertaken.

University officials broke ground August 1st on the new building, with plans to have it built, equipped and fully operational by the start of the Fall 2015 semester. The two-story, 25,000 square foot brick facility will be on the east side of campus in Fayette.

DETOURS WILL BE IN PLACE AROUND CLOSURE IN COLUMBIA 8/7/14


In Columbia, Business Loop 70 under the Route "B" bridge and the ramp from Business Loop 70 to Route "B" will be closed from 7:00pm on Monday, August 11th until 6:00am on Tuesday, August 12th to place the girders for the new Route B bridge.

There will be detours in place to guide motorists around the closure.

Access to local businesses along Business Loop 70 and Route "B" will be available during the closure.

The bridge is currently closed and is scheduled to reopen on September 15th.

For information on any MoDOT project, call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT or visit www.modot.org.

PROGRAM ABOUT ORGANIZED CRIME IN KC SET FOR AUGUST 14TH IN JEFF CITY 8/7/14


Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced that the Missouri State Archives, a division of his office, will host a program exploring the history of organized crime in Kansas City. The program, on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at 7:00pm, will feature Terence O’Malley speaking about his new book and documentary, "Black Hand Strawman: The History of Organized Crime in Kansas City."

O’Malley will intersperse clips from the film throughout his presentation to bring to life one of the most compelling true crime stories in American history.

The Missouri State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value in Jefferson City. All programs at the Archives are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information on this and other programming at the Archives, contact Emily Luker, (573) 526-5296.

SALINE COUNTY TRUSTEE RETIRES 8/7/14


Saline County Commissioners learned that County Trustee Todd Lewis is retiring from his post. Here's Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings:


Collector Grace Miles says plans for filling the position of County Trustee are not yet finalized.

SALINE TAX REVENUE MOSTLY DOWN IN AUGUST 8/7/14


Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith says county tax revenue is down in some areas for the month of August, but up in another.

Smith says county sales tax revenue is down considerably from the month of July.


Smith also noted dips in the revenue generated by the law enforcement and courthouse taxes from July to August; however, revenue from the use tax did jump by over $11,000.


And while the sales, law enforcement and courthouse taxes did decrease from July to August, Smith says all three taxes did come out ahead of where they were one year ago; also, all four taxes are running at a higher monthly average than they have ever been.

TEEN INJURED IN CHARITON ROLLOVER 8/7/14


A Salisbury teen took a trip to the hospital after a one-vehicle accident Wednesday in Chariton County.

The Highway Patrol says 16-year-old Ashtyn Carothers was southbound when her vehicle ran off the roadway, down an embankment and overturned. Her car was reportedly totaled in the crash.

Carothers received minor injuries and was taken by private vehicle to Advanced Physicians Center in Columbia. The Patrol says it happened around 1:00pm Wednesday afternoon on Missouri 129, about eight miles south of Salisbury.

EXPLORER DAY CAMP AT VAN METER STATE PARK AUGUST 13-15 8/6/14RK


Van Meter State Park will hold a free Explorer Day Camp on August 13th-15th. The day camp will run from 9:00am to noon each day. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the camp will explore the different ways the American Indian used natural materials to tell stories through art.

Attendance all three mornings will earn participants the Explorer Patch. Requirements to complete the Explorer Program consist of four parts: Service, Interpretive Study, Interpretive Programs and Identification. Adults are encouraged to accompany their children and make day camp a family activity. The number of participants each day is limited to 25.

For more information about the event or to register, call the park at (660) 886-7537. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com

Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

MARSHALL'S SANDIDGE AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP 8/6/14


Mason Sandidge, of Marshall, has been awarded the Elyzabeth H. Schell Scholarship and the Curator Agriculture-Interscholastic Events from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources for the 2014-15 academic year.

Sandidge, a freshman majoring in agriculture, is the son of Brent and Connie Sandidge.

The Elyzabeth Schell Scholarship was established in 1981 by the estate of Elizabeth Schell, whose family was in the dairy business in the Kansas City area and had a strong interest in agriculture. Scholarships are awarded to student whose parents are Missouri landowning farmers or ranchers.

STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO OFFER TWO FELLOWSHIPS 8/6/14


The State Historical Society of Missouri President Stephen Limbaugh Jr. announced today that the Society is creating a "Center for Missouri Studies" this fall. The Center, to be administered from the Society's headquarters in Columbia, will extend the Society's mission to promote and disseminate the study of Missouri's history and culture.

The Center will be launched with two competitive "Center for Missouri Studies Fellowships" to be awarded in 2015, Limbaugh said. One fellowship will promote scholarship on Missouri's environmental history, while the other seeks interdisciplinary approaches to the study of Missouri's past. Each fellowship will include a stipend of $5,000.

Applicants for the fellowships are asked to submit formal proposals by November 1. The competition will be open to both academic and independent scholars, with the winners to be announced no later than January 1, 2015. The competition is now open, and details are available at shs.umsystem.edu/thecenter.

The State Historical Society of Missouri was Founded in 1898 by the Missouri Press Association, the Society is the premier center for the study of Missouri state and local history.

KANDER RELEASES PRIMARY TURNOUT NUMBERS 8/6/14


Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced the unofficial voter turnout in Tuesday's primary election was 24.58 percent. Approximately 998,495 of Missouri’s 4,061,820 registered voters turned out to vote on constitutional amendments and nominate party candidates.

The three counties with the highest turnout were Knox (45.80%), Worth (44.33%) and Harrison (43.18%). Statewide, voter participation was highest in the contest over Constitutional Amendment 7.

Voters in House Districts 67, 120 and 151 also participated in special elections to fill vacancies for the office of state representative. Unofficial results show Alan Green (D–Florissant), Shawn Sisco (R–Rolla) and Tila Rowland Hubrecht (R–Dexter) winning the races, respectively. They will serve until January, when the winners of the November general election are sworn in.

According to state law, results will be certified by August 26.

SLATER CITY COUNCIL THANKS POOL PERSONNEL 8/6/14


At the meeting of the Slater City Council last night, the council showed appreciation for the city pool's personnel as they raised money to help purchase items for the pool.City Administrator Gene Griffith explains.


Griffith said the events, a movie night on July 18th and a Pool Bash on July 30th, plus sponsors, raised about $2,000.

At the tractor pull on August 2nd, Griffith said there were 350 hooks and the event lasted over eight hours.

This Saturday, the city will host an R/C Fly-IN at the airport.


The council also discussed demolition repair board appointments, equipment repair, a purchase of material and a grant at the meeting.

MARSHALL PARK BOARD MEETS WEDNESDAY 8/6/14


The Marshall Park Board meets in regular session at 5:00pm on Wednesday, August 6th.

Items on the agenda include update on a local youth's Eagle Scout project, recognition of a retiring employee, and various department and finance reports.

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

VOTER TURNOUT UP FOR PRIMARY ELECTION 8/6/14


Across the KMMO listening area, voter turnout for Tuesday's primary election showed about one in three registered voters ventured to the polls to cast their ballots.

The highest number in the area was Chariton County, with a voter turnout of almost 44%, followed by Cooper County with a turnout of 37%.

About 35% of Carroll County voters cast their ballots yesterday, followed by just under 35% in Lafayette County and 33% in Howard County. Saline and Pettis counties had a voter turnout of just under 30%.

Officials say the presence of five proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot may have been a reason for the higher-than average turnout for a primary election.

ONE INJURED IN CHARITON CO. CRASH 8/6/14


A one-vehicle crash in Chariton County has sent a Moberly woman to the hospital with moderate injuries.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened just before 12:30am on westbound Highway 24, about a mile east of Salisbury, where a car driven by 20-year-old Sierra Eravi ran off the side of the road and struck a bridge.

Eravi then ran back across the roadway and into an embankment, totaling the car. She was reportedly taken by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

COOPER CO. ACCIDENT INJURES TEEN 8/6/14


A Blackwater teenager escaped serious injury Tuesday in a one-vehicle accident in Cooper County.

The Highway Patrol says a vehicle driven by 39-year-old Jane Lorenz, of Blackwater, was southbound on Route K when her S.U.V. ran off the right side of the roadway. Lorenz overcorrected, causing her to run off the left side of the road and into a ditch.

The driver was not injured but a passenger, 13-year-old Gabe Lorenz, received minor injuries and was taken for treatment to Cooper County Memorial Hospital for treatment. The Patrol says the crash happened around 1:45pm in the afternoon, about one mile south of Blackwater.

EDUCATION AMENDMENT TO APPEAR ON NOVEMBER BALLOT 8/6/14


Secretary of State Jason Kander on Tuesday announced that one initiative petition has been certified to appear on the November ballot. A constitutional amendment relating to teacher performance evaluation systems will appear on the November 4th General Election ballot as Constitutional Amendment Three.

If approved by voters, it would require teachers to be evaluated by a standards-based performance evaluation system for which each district must get state approval to continue receiving state and local funding.

It would also require teachers to be dismissed, retained, demoted, promoted and paid primarily using student performance data as part of the evaluation; require teachers to enter into contracts of three years or fewer with public school districts; and prohibit teachers from organizing or collectively bargaining regarding the design and implementation of the teacher evaluation system.

FIVE KINDLES TO BE GIVEN AWAY AT STATE FAIR 8/5/14


State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced today that MOST- Missouri’s 529 College Savings Plan- will give away five Amazon Kindles at the State Fair. MOST 529 will draw a winner every other day of the Fair, which is open from August 7th through 17th.

Missourians can enter to win at the MOST 529 booth in the Agriculture Building from 9:00am to 9:00pm each day of the fair. A winner will be drawn every other day of the fair beginning on Friday, August 8th.

Hundreds of Missourians entered last year’s giveaway. More than $2 billion is invested in MOST 529 Direct Plan accounts by more than 130,000 account owners, both an all-time high.

PILOT GROVE COUNCIL RECEIVES UPDATE 8/5/14


Earl Pabst with Flotron/McIntosh gave the Pilot Grove City Council an update on the progress of the installation at the Wastewater Treatment Plant at the council meeting on Monday, August 4th, 2014. No action was taken on the plans as there are still discussions going on with the company that's going to install the facility about some of the provisions in the contract, according to Mayor Dennis Knipp.The council approved ordering a replacement for a handheld electronic device used to read water meters. The council also approved an amendment to the 2014-15 budget.

The council approved changing arrangements with Gerding, Korte and Chitwood for the city's annual audits to Lammers & Associates.

An ordinance pertaining to nuisances was reveiwed by the council and turned over to the city's attorney for review.

The council interviewed and accepted Erin Wiseman of Jefferson City to be the city's attorney because current city attorney Cydney Mayfield accepted another position with the state of Missouri. Knipp says Mayfield will continue to handle the Wastewater Treatment Project. Since she was involved with it, Knipp says she will remain on that project only.

Pilot Grove's tax-rate hearing has been set for September 8th at 6:30pm.

TEXAS RESIDENTS IN CUSTODY ON DRUG CHARGES 8/5/14


According to a report from the Marshall Police Department, Two Texas residents have been arrested and charged with drug possession with the intent to distribute.

At just after midnight on Sunday, August 3rd, a Marshall Police officer observed a silver colored Chevrolet S10 traveling northbound on Highway 65 in the southbound turn lane.

The officer stopped the vehicle, and after receiving an explanation from the driver for driving in the wrong lane of traffic, the officer received information the license plates displayed on the truck were stolen. The officer asked the driver for his consent to search the vehicle.

With permission of the driver, the officer opened an ice cooler in the bed of the truck, revealing multiple packaged "bricks" of marijuana. The "bricks" were later weighed and came to a total of 15 pounds, 8 ounces.

The driver, 61-year-old Jaime Humberto Trevino and a passenger, 49-year-old Maria Elena Cortez, both of San Benito, Texas, are currently in custody at the Saline County Justice Facility with a $125,000 cash-only bond.

Charges contained in reports provided by law-enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.

CARROLLTON COUNCIL ACCEPTS BID FOR WORK 8/5/14


At the meeting of the Carrollton City Council meeting on Monday, August 4th, 2014, the council received an audit report for fiscal year 2013 from Westbrook and Company. There were a couple of recommendations, including the city creating a system to reconcile tax revenues-- amount that's been billed, paid in and the amount outstanding.

The Council also accepted a bid of $1,800 from Sanitary Cleaners of Richmond to strip and wax floors and paint walls at the Rupe Center and Fire Department. There were four bids on the project.

SEDALIA ROAD TEMPORARILY CLOSED 8/5/14


The portion of Brianna Drive that intersects with Thompson Boulevard has temporarily been closed for street painting, according to a new release from Sedalia Public Works Director Bill Beck.

Weather permitting, the area will reopen on Wednesday morning, August 6th.

SEDALIA COUNCIL REJECTS YARD PARKING BAN 8/5/14


A proposed ordinance to prohibit front-yard parking along Broadway Boulevard in Sedalia has been rejected by the City Council. A spokesman for the city says the ordinance was rejected in committee meetings on Monday night and never made it to the floor of the Council meeting.

The Council on Monday also approved bids for numerous items for ongoing city projects, including slurry seal, road overlay, and engineering services.

Council members also recognized several municipal employees for decades of service to the city, including Police Lieutenant William Chapman for 35 years, Street Department Specialist Tammy Lewis for 30 years, Street Department Crew Supervisor Roger Vieth for 30 years and Police Sergeant Brad Beard for 25 years.

HIGGINSVILLE ALDERMEN OK APPOINTMENTS 8/5/14


In a short meeting of the Higginsville Board of Aldermen on Monday, the Board approved the annual Conflict of Interest Ordinance as mandated by state law.

The Board on Monday also approved the appointment of Beau Linebach to both the Economic Development Committee and the Finance & Administration Committee; they also approved the appointment of Valerie Frerking to the Park Board.

CONCORDIA ALDERMEN APPROVE RESERVOIR CONTRACT 8/5/14


The Concordia Board of Aldermen on Monday gave approval to entering into an agreement for maintenance and upkeep for reservoirs at the city water plant. City Administrator Dale Klussman explains the scope of the work:


The Board agreed to contract the city with Utility Service Company, Inc., of Atlanta, Georgia, for the maintenance and upkeep work for the reservoirs. Klussman says the city will pay some future fees now so that future city officials won't have to try and come up with the money out of a future budget.

Concordia's Aldermen on Monday also were updated on several ongoing projects at Central Park and around the city and approved an ordinance to allow for the updating of city codes to get them in line with state statutes.

SLATER COUNCIL MEETS TUESDAY 8/5/14


The Slater City Council meets in regular session at 7:00pm on Tuesday, August 5th, at Slater City Hall.

Council members will take up equipment repair and material purchases, as well as appointments to the Demolition and Repair Board and discussion of a Community Development Block Grant.

Mayor Steven Allegri will also update council members on preparations for the upcoming R/C Fly-In on Saturday, August 9th, and recap both the recent truck and tractor pull and events at the Slater pool.

AREA MAN INJURED IN COOPER CRASH 8/5/14


A one-vehicle accident in Cooper County on Monday sent a Bunceton resident to the hospital with injuries.

The Highway Patrol says a car driven northbound by 29-year-old Jason Abernathy ran off the side of the road, overcorrected, ran off the opposite side of the road and struck several trees.

Abernathy suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was taken by ambulance to Cooper County Memorial Hospital for treatment. Patrol reports say it happened just before 10:00pm on Highway 5, north of Robien Drive in Cooper County.

MARSHALL CITY COUNCIL 8/4/14


The Marshall City Council has approved an ordinance tightening up the procedure for dealing with nuisances within the city. The ordinance, as approved by the council, will speed up the procedure for a resolution of a nuisance.

In other business , Third Ward Councilman Dan Brandt reported the city slurry program is underway, and should be continuing most of this week:


The Council was also told that permits were issued during the month of July for $656,000 worth of construction; 48% of that construction was for roof replacements.

PILOT GROVE CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT 8/4/14


The Pilot Grove City Council meets tonight and will consider replacing handheld electronic devices to read water meters. It also will have discussions to amend the 2014-15 budget and discuss an ordinance pertaining to nuisances and talk about grants.

An executive session also is on the agenda for litigation, property purchase and personnel issues.

The meeting starts at 7:00pm.

BOONVILLE CITY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER SEVERAL ACTION ITEMS TONIGHT 8/4/14


The Boonville City Council meets in regular session tonight.

On the agenda, the council will continue a discussion on CMCA Proposed Housing and consider temporary street closures and parking restrictions from the Chamber of Commerce for the Festival of Lights each Thursday in September.

The council also will consider a resolution to revert to the prior tax-rate ceiling and have first readings of bills involving the establishment of the Tax Levy for the 2014-15 fiscal year; approving local agency contracts for 2014-15; amending two-hour parking restrictions in the downtown area; and discuss a Minor Subdivision plat for the Evangelical United Church of Christ at Spring and Seventh Streets.

The meeting starts at 7:00pm.

MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE PURCHASES LAND FOR FUTURE GROWTH 8/4/14


The Missouri Valley College Board of Trustees has approved the purchase of properties adjacent to the northeast corner of the MVC campus.

The purchase was completed in May 2014 and in July the structures were razed.

The purchase included properties located on College, Conway, Sharp and Laura streets.

The land will be used for future growth of the campus, yet to be determined.

"We’re excited about this purchase and the opportunity to expand in the future," said MVC President Dr. Bonnie Humphrey.

COLUMBIA WOMAN INJURED IN ADAIR COUNTY ACCIDENT 8/4/14


A one-vehicle accident today in Adair County has resulted in moderate injuries to a Columbia woman.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol Reports, 20-year-old Alexandra Veros, of Columbia, swerved her westbound Chevrolet Trailblazer to miss a deer, traveled off the road, overcorrected, struck an embankment and overturned.

Veros was transported to Northeast Regional Hospital by Adair County E.M.S.

The accident happened at 7:45am on Highway 11 South at Beechwood Trail, five miles west of Kirksville.

ALLEGED MOTORCYCLE THEFT IN MIAMI 8/4/14


Saline County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a residence in Miami on Friday, August 1st, 2014, with the report of an alleged theft of a motorcycle.

The resident stated he last saw the motorcycle parked by his front porch at about 6:00am on Tuesday, July 29th. He stated he noticed the motorcycle was missing at about 5:00pm on Thursday, July 31st.

The motorcycle is described as a late 1980s or '90s 80cc Kawasaki dirt bike. The frame is bright green with purple upholstery on the seat.

Investigation into the alleged theft is continuing.

SEDALIA 200 HONORED IN DESE'S SCHOOL BREAKFAST CHALLENGE 8/4/14


Sedalia School District 200 was the top performer in its class in the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's School Breakfast Challenge. Sedalia, with its 128-percent increase, was the Gold Awards performer among districts with 3,500 to 9,999 students. The honor comes with a $3,000 prize, with the funds to be used for health and wellness activities to benefit the district.

The challenge is a partnership among DESE, the Missouri Food Bank Association and the Midwest Dairy Council. The goal is to increase daily breakfast participation in school districts statewide.

Winners were the districts that had the largest percentage increase in breakfast meals served per student from the 2012-13 to the 2013-14 school years. Results were announced during the department's School Administrators Conference on July 28th in Columbia.

NELSON FIRE RULED AS ARSON 8/4/14


Saline County authorities and the State Fire Marshal are currently investigating a reported case of arson in the community of Nelson.

According to the Saline County Sheriffs Office, deputies were called to the 400 block of North Main Street in Nelson on a report of a structure fire. When they arrived, they found members of the Blackwater Fire Department on scene already battling the blaze.

After the fire was brought under control, Blackwater fire officials requested the State Fire Marshal to inspect the scene; the Marshal later determined that the cause of the fire was arson.

The resident of the home was reportedly out of town at the time of the blaze and no injuries were reported from the scene. No dollar value has been placed on the damages; the incident remains under investigation.

MARSHALL FIRE DEPT. PICKS UP GRANT FUNDS 8/4/14


The Marshall Fire Department has received a grant award to purchase some needed equipment.

The monies are administered through the Missouri Department of Conservation, according to M.D.C. spokesman Raymond Crider.


Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day says his department will put the money to good use.


Crider presented the funds to the department on Monday morning at the Marshall Fire Station.

VACCINES NEEDED BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS 8/1/14


The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services wants to remind parents to prepare for the upcoming school year now by getting their children's physical and required immunizations.

Missouri law requires children in Kindergarten through 12th grade to receive immunizations to protect against certain vaccine-preventable diseases, helping protect students, teachers, staff and other

CMU BREAKS GROUND ON NEW FACILITY 8/1/14


Central Methodist University officials broke ground earlier today on a $6.5 million allied health building project, the first phase of a $20 million fund drive they announced at the same time.

CMU has dubbed it "The campaign for the Heart of Central," and officials aim to complete the campaign in five years, according to CMU President Roger Drake.

CMU Public Relations Director Kent Propst says the goal is reachable but it is ambitious.



While there are four main components to the $20 million campaign the new 25,000 square foot allied health building is its centerpiece.

Propst says construction will begin immediately, and CMU officials plan to have it open by the start of the Fall 2015 semester.



The allied health facility will be home to CMU's nursing and athletic-training programs. CMU also is developing new occupational therapy assistant and physical-therapy assistant programs to be based in the new building.

BIG LATCH ON IS ON SATURDAY 8/1/14


The Big Latch On is a global event that has been occurring since 2008 and has grown to 28 countries as of last year.

It was held in 700 different locations across the globe in 2013, but it will be hosted on the Marshall Square this Saturday for the first time, according to Disa Farris, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and Certified Lactation Counselor at the Saline County Health Department.

She says the purpose of the event is to bring some sense of normalcy to breastfeeding.

The event runs from 9:30am to 11:00am. But mothers really need to be signed in by start time.



Farris said breastfeeding in public is legal and a protected right of the mother in Missouri.

COMBINE BLESSING ON SATURDAY IN COLUMBIA 8/1/14


The Boone County Farm Bureau and University of Missouri Extension will present Missouri's first Combine Blessing and Safety Expo on Saturday, August 2nd at the Central Missouri Event Center (formerly the Boone County Fairgrounds) in Columbia.Boone County Farm Bureau President Deanna Crocker explains what the blessing is all about.



There will be exhibits and instruction for youths on ATV safety, lawn mower safety, poison look a likes, electricity safety, power tool safety and emergency services.

For adults, safety instructions will be given on machinery transport, grain bin safety, harvest safety, fire safety and livestock and horse safety.

Crocker said the free event, which starts at 4:00pm, is open to all ages, and the first 200 youths who pre-register will receive a free T-shirt. There will be a free locally-produced meal. Crocker says, the actual blessing of the combines will occur around 8:00pm.

911 TEXTING AVAILABLE IN COOPER COUNTY 8/1/14


Cooper County residents can now send a text to 911 if they find themselves in an emergency and unable to speak.

A release from the Cooper County Emergency Management agency says Verizon Wireless subscribers can now text 911 after the E.M.A. enabled the service on July 24th. They've been testing it out ever since and say there are areas of the county where texts won't reach 911, even if voice calls are possible.

Officials say they're working with other cellular providers to offer the service to more people. They say there are things users should understand before they text 911, like:

* Don't text if you can speak.

* The service is only in Cooper County and only for Verizon customers at this time.

* Text messages may be delayed for a certain amount of time.

* Don't use text jargon or abbreviations; write your text in plain English and give the location of the emergency in the first text you send.

* The service is not intended to replace voice 911 calls and should only be used by someone in an emergency who can't speak or make noise while asking for help.

For questions or more information, contact the Cooper County Emergency Management Agency office at (660) 882-2614.

SOME OF SLATER IS UNDER 48-HOUR BOIL ORDER 7/31/14


The City of Slater has issued a specific boil order for some of its residents. City Administrator Gene Griffith tells what areas are affected.



He said there was a problem with a fire hydrant.



Griffith said the boil order is for 48 hours for the affected areas.

LEXINGTON LICENSE OFFICE CONTRACT AWARDED 7/31/14


The Office of the Administration, in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Revenue, has awarded the management contract for the Lexington License Office to the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce. All license office contracts in Missouri are awarded through a competitive bid process.

The Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce has been the contractor of the Lexington License Office since 1975. The license office will remain at its current location at 1029 Franklin Street.

In fiscal year 2013, more than 39,000 transactions were conducted at the Lexington office, generating $131,931 in agent processing fees. The Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce's contract includes an annual commitment to return two percent (approximately $2,638) of future processing fees to the state.

All local license offices are overseen by the Missouri Department of Revenue, but each is operated by an independent agent.

MMU TO SEEK BIDS FOR PROTECTION EQUIPMENT 7/31/14


At the meeting of the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works this morning, the board approved MMU seeking bids for fall protection equipment at the Wastewater and Water Treatment plants.

MMU Administrative Services Director Ken Gieringer:



The board also approved reclassifying a position that was not being used in the office for a Fiber Optic Technician to Internet Representative Person. Gieringer said the position was filled internally.

RAY COUNTY ACCIDENT INJURES ONE 7/31/14


A one-vehicle accident in Ray County has resulted in minor injuries to an Excelsior Springs woman.

Missouri State Highway patrol reports say 19-year-old Shaska Dillon swerved to miss a deer, traveled off the right side of the road and struck several trees.

According to the report, Dillon refused treatment at the scene.

The accident happened at 9:05pm on Wednesday, July 30th on Route "M" north of 176th street.

SALINE COUNTY YOUTH FAIR 7/20/14


The last day of the Saline County Youth fair today, and one of the anticipated highlights will be the Traditional County ham breakfast.... Serving will be from 7 this morning until 1 this afternoon at the fairgrounds.... The ham breakfast is sponsored by the Saline County Fair Association and the Junior Livestock sale ham buyers...

Also this morning there will be a worship service at 9 a.m. in the church on the Saline county fairgrounds..

DEMOLITION DERBY 7/13/14


 A big crowd on hand for the demolition derby to open up the Saline County Youth fair... one problem however, there were two other demolition derbies going on in the area, and that cut down on the competitors..

Cody Henry of Richmond came out of top when all the dust had cleared, another man from Richmond placed second and Dan Park of Marshall took third

COOK - COURT 7/12/14


 One man is in custody and has been charged in Pettis county after police recieved a report of shots being fired in Liberty park in Sedalia early Friday morning.

Following a nearly two hour standoff, in which 42 year old Michael Ray Cook of Sedalia , according to police appeared to be enraged and demanded to talk with his ex-girlfriend and daughter.

A weapon, he appeared to have on him turned out to be a fake firearm.

Police used their taser to stop Cook , and take him into custody. He has been charged in Pettis County court with three counts of assault on a law officer. and .. making a terrorist threat, all felonies...a long with the misdemeanor of making a false report.

His bond has been set at 10-thousand dollars...

POST OFFICES 7/`12/14


  The United States Postal Service has been surveying 29 post offices in rural areas of the state to see what, if any changes need to be made..

At a recent meeting in Sweet Springs, the Postal Service informed patrons that the Sweet Springs post office will go from having a full time retail window to a part time window beginning in October...

Officials say the change will mean an hour less per day where people can buy stamps and get other postal services at the window. It was also announced that the Hughesville post office is also going to a part time window.
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