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SAFETY TIPS TO TRY TO PREVENT BEING SCAMMED 7/28/14


The Columbia Police Department offers some safety tips to try to prevent being scammed.Never send cash or money orders or give out personal information such as credit-card numbers and expiration dates, bank-account numbers, dates of birth, or social security numbers to unfamiliar companies or unknown persons.

If you call the number back that called you to verify the information and a recording picks up not stating the name of the company, this is a scam.

Make a phone call to verify the information. A 30-second phone call can save you money. Before you send money, ask yourself a simple question. "What guarantee do I have that this solicitor will use my money in the manner we agreed upon?"

Be skeptical - Always take your time making a decision. Legitimate companies won't pressure you to make a snap decision. If someone comes to your home claiming to be with a utility company, ask for identification. Do not let the person in your home. If something doesn't seem right it's not right.

If you have information about, or want to report a fraud, report it to your local law-enforcement agency.

POLICE WARN OF POSSIBLE SCAM IN COLUMBIA 7/28/14


According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, on July 28th, the City of Columbia Water and Light Department received multiple reports of a possible scam targeting City of Columbia utility customers. These calls were received over the weekend and on at least one report, the caller claimed to be an employee of the Columbia Water and Light Department. Customers are being told their account is delinquent and are asked to obtain a VISA card from a local pharmacy. A variety of callback numbers are being used, and on one occasion an actual Columbia

The release says, Water and Light Department number was used as a callback number. Most of the complaints received are from commercial accounts.

The City of Columbia bills are due 20 days after the date listed on the utility bill. The customers are notified of delinquent bills through a mailed notice and then a phone call is placed by an automatic system two days before the utilities are turned off. City of Columbia staff members are not allowed to take any payments over the phone.

Customers can use the automated phone service to pay their bills or pay through the web site. If customers have a question about a bill, the billing office can be reached at (573)874-7380 or by email ucs@gocolumbiamo.com

WARRENSBURG COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY 7/28/14


The Warrensburg City Council meets in regular session at 7:00pm on Monday, July 28th.

Council members will hear an annual presentation from the Parks and Recreation board, take up a resolution on non-motorized transportation in the city, and take up an ordinance to sign a memorandum of understanding between the city and the Warrensburg school district for a school resource officer program.

An executive session for legal matters is scheduled for 5:30pm, followed by a council study session at 6:00pm before the regular session meeting.

KANSAS MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN CRASH 7/28/14


A Kansas woman was injured Sunday morning after a motorcycle accident in Carroll County.

The Highway Patrol says 22-year-old Brooke Babiuch was westbound on a 1985 Yamaha motorcycle when she failed to negotiate a curve, causing the bike to overturn and strike a tree. The driver was thrown from the bike as a result.

Babiuch suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment. The patrol says the accident happened around 9:50am on Sunday on Route C at County Road 167 in Carroll County.

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING RIDERS 7/28/14


Boone County authorities have arrested a man accused of drawing a gun on several A.T.V. riders in his area.

Deputies were called to the 800 block of Vance Drive on Sunday night at around 7:45pm, where they discovered a 63-year-old man who had been engaged in a confrontation with several riders who had reportedly been riding in the area at a high rate of speed.

The resident apparently produced a shotgun, with which he reportedly threatened several of the riders. The man was arrested by authorities and now faces charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Third-Degree Assault.

Bond on the matter has been set at $5,000.

SPRAYING FOR PESTS IN SEDALIA 7/28/14


The city of Sedalia will be spraying for mosquitoes during the early morning hours this week.

A release from the city says crews will spray for mosquitoes on Tuesday morning from 2:00am until 6:00am from Broadway Avenue to the south city limits and from the west city limits to the east city limits.

On Wednesday morning, crews will spray from 2:00am until 6:00am from Broadway to the north city limits and from east to west.

All spraying work is weather permitting. For questions or more information, contact Sedalia City Hall at (660) 827-3000.

TWO AREA MEN INJURED IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY ACCIDENT 7/27/14RK


Two area men were injured in a one-car accident in Lafayette County on Saturday, July 26th.

According to Missouri  State Highway Patrol reports, a Mercury, driven by 34-year-old James Vaughn, of Knob Noster, traveled off the right side of the road, over corrected and traveled off the left side of the road, overturned and struck a tree. The vehicle came to rest on its top.

Vaughn, and a passenger in the vehicle, 34-year-old Justin McGinnis, of Concordia, each suffered moderate injuries and were transported to Centerpoint Medical Center for treatment.

The accident occurred at 11:50pm on westbound Highway "YY" east of Handley Road.

COLUMBIA WOMEN INJURED IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY CRASH 7/27/14


A one-vehicle crash on Interstate-70 in Lafayette County on Saturday, July 26th sent two Columbia women to the hospital.

According to Highway Patrol reports, a Honda Civic, driven by 42-year-old Severin Roberts, of Columbia, traveled off the left side of the road and struck an embankment.

Roberts, and a passenger in the car, 70-year-old Dee Roberts, of Columbia, each received minor injuries.

They were transported by Odessa E.M.S. to Centerpoint Medical Center for treatment.

The accident happened at 9:20pm on Eastbound I-70 at Exit 37A.

FITZGIBBON HOSPITAL RECEIVES AWARD 7/25/14


Fitzgibbon Hospital received the "Show-Me 5" award by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in a ceremony on Wednesday morning, July 23rd in the Fitzgibbon Hospital Atrium. On hand to make the presentation were Gail Zasterling, the Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services, and State Breastfeeding Coordinator Kathy Mertzlufft.

Fitzgibbon Hospital PR/Marketing Coordinator Richard DeFord says it is a huge honor.



Fitzgibbon Hospital is only the fifth hospital in the state of Missouri to be able to attain the designation.

DeFord says times have changed with babies after birth.



Other hospitals to achieve the designation are: Truman Medical Center, Capital Region Medical Center, Mercy Hospital and Hannibal Regional Hospital.

DeFord also pointed out, Fitzgibbon Hospital, the Living Center, Cargill, ConAgra and the Saline County Health Department also received the Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Award at the same ceremony.

CMU'S CHURCH STREET BOYS MUSICAL GROUP HONORED 7/25/14


The Central Methodist University men's vocal group, the Church Street Boys, has recently received an invitation to perform at the annual Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) Conference at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Dr. Ron Atteberry, currently adjunct professor of music at CMU, developed the Church Street Boys when he came to CMU in 2010.

He says it is a huge honor, as only 10 of the 150 groups audtioning were accepted.



The Church Street Boys group has a crew of 16 members, but could be more by the time of the performances.



Atteberry says this will not be the first CMU group to perform at the conference, which is set for the final four days of January in 2015 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. He says there have been several CMU musical ensembles to perform at the conference over the years, the most recent being the CMU band three years ago. He said it's been 10 to 12 years since a vocal ensemble from CMU has performed at the event.

COOPER COUNTY ACCIDENT CAUSES WESTBOUND I-70 LANE CLOSURE


The Missouri Department of Transportation is advising drivers to avoid westbound I-70 in Cooper County. Due to a motor vehicle accident at the 98-mile marker at about 2:30pm today, the westbound lanes of the Interstate will be closed for about two hours.

MoDOT is asking drivers to seek an alternate route.

ANNOUNCES TRAVELING EXHIBITS 7/25/14


Secretary of State Jason Kander announced that the Missouri State Archives, a division of his office, has five traveling exhibits available for schools, libraries, local governments, historical societies and other groups to reserve free for 2015.

The traveling exhibits, which highlight Missouri's history, include the Archives' latest production, "Blueprints for Democracy: Public Architecture in Missouri, as well as four others.

They are: "Divided Loyalties: Civil War Documents from the Missouri State Archives"; "A Legacy of Conservation: The 75th Anniversary of the Missouri Department of Conservation"; Lewis and Clark Across Missouri: Mapping the Historic Landscape"; and "Ozark Light: The Photographs of Charles Elliott Gill."

No special or formalized training is required to feature any of the displays.

Community groups may reserve the exhibits for one to three months at a time by calling Greg Olsen at (573) 522-2705.

AREA DRIVER EXAMINATION CHANGES 7/25/14


According to a release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, effective on July 28th, 2014, the driver's examination testing times and temporary closings with Troop A for five locations served by the Liberty driver's examination traveling crew will change.

One of the towns affected is Carrollton where the tests will be given on Tuesdays from 10:45am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:00pm.

From July 28th through August 20th, 2014, the driver's examination station located on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia will be temporarily relocated during the Missouri State Fair to the United Methodist Church Celebration Center at 1701 West 32nd Street. The dates that will be affected are July 28th, 29th and 30th and August 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th and 20th.

CDL testing in Sedalia also will be temporarily relocated to the Sedalia Airport at 1900 East Boonville Road, as well.

Testing at the fairgrounds will resume to normal business hours on August 25th.

PRIMARY ELECTION PREP UNDERWAY 7/25/14


With the August 5th primary election coming up in eleven days, county clerks across the state are gearing up their offices for the business of Election Day.

Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell updated the County Commission on those preparations on Thursday. She says her office will open with special hours on Saturday, August 2nd, to accommodate absentee voters. The clerk's office at the Saline County Courthouse will open from 8:00am until 12:00pm on Saturday only. She says at last check there are 102 Saline County residents voting absentee for the August primary.

She told commissioners that her office will conduct a mandatory test of county touchscreen and Accu-Vote equipment at 10:30am on Thursday, July 31st, at the clerk's office. The public is invited to attend to see the machines and how they work.

STUDENTS ATTEND MOCK CRASH TRAINING 7/25/14


Students from eight Missouri high schools are taking part today in a mock D.W.I. vehicle crash exercise during the Youth Traffic Safety Leadership Training Conference in Columbia.

The schools are a part of "Team Spirit", a statewide program sponsored by the state Department of Transportation to promote safe driving habits for youth while aiming to prevent underage drinking, drinking and driving, driver inattention and increasing seat belt usage among young drivers.

After the training, the students will take what they've learned back to their own schools in an effort to educate and promote the safe habits with their fellow students. Participating schools from the KMMO listening area are LaMonte from Pettis County and Meadville from Linn County.

MODOT says that from 2011-2013, there were 69 fatal crashes and 210 serious injury accidents statewide involving a driver under the age of 21, resulting in 85 deaths and 323 serious injuries.

FENNER GIVES ROAD & BRIDGE UPDATE 7/25/14


At Thursday's meeting of the Saline County Commission, Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner gave an update on road work going on right now around the county:


And Fenner says work is coming along on a county bridge as well:


Commissioners on Thursday were also updated on preparations by the County Clerk's office for the August 5th primary election, the results of the most recent meeting of the Local Emergency Planning Committee and new maps of the Santa Fe Trail that are now available to the public.

NEW SANTA FE TRAIL MAPS READY 7/25/14


The historic Santa Fe Trail in Saline and Lafayette counties will now be a little easier to navigate with new maps that came out this week. Saline County Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner explains:


The trail received its National Historic Trail designation from Congress in 1987. To learn more about the trail and its history, you can contact the Missouri River Outfitter's chapter at (620) 285-2054 or visit www.santafetrail.org.

NEXT HONOR FLIGHT LAUNCHES IN SEPTEMBER 7/25/14


The 15th Show-Me Honor Flight will be coming up soon, giving area veterans the opportunity to fly to Washington D.C., free of charge, to visit the memorials of the wars in which they once fought. Spokesman Charlie Guthrie says the next flight takes off on September 23rd.


Guthrie says it's the generosity of local residents and businesses that help make the Honor Flights a reality for area veterans.


The trips last one day, as veterans fly to the nation's capital to see the World War One, World War Two, Korean War and Vietnam memorials as well as other memorials in and around the capital area.

MARSHALL MAN CHARGED WITH THEFT 7/25/14


A Marshall man faces several felony charges after his arrest this week for alleged shoplifting.

According to the Saline County Sheriffs Office, 34-year-old Jeremy Shane McMurray is charged with two counts of felony stealing and one count of possession of a controlled substance at a jail facility. He was arrested on Tuesday after being detained for allegedly trying to take nearly $1,800 worth of electronics and various goods from a Marshall retailer.

Reports say that when the man was being booked into the Saline County Jail, he was found to have five grams of a green, leafy substance on his person that was later positively identified as marijuana. McMurray is currently in custody on $6,000 bond.

INMATE ESCAPES FROM PETTIS JAIL 7/25/14


Authorities in Pettis County say an inmate has escaped from the Pettis County jail in downtown Sedalia.

A release from the sheriffs office says jail staff discovered 29-year-old Brandon McGee missing at around 10:00pm Thursday night. He was being held on Pettis County charges of fraudulent use of a credit device.


Photo courtesy of the Pettis County Sheriffs Department

The man is described as a slender white male, 5'9" and weighing approximately 130 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes and wears a goatee. McGee is believed to have headed south from the jail on foot, wearing a white t-shirt and black gym shorts.

The release says McGee had recent residencies in the Sedalia and Pettis County area but also is known to frequent Benton and Morgan counties. Anyone with information about McGee or his whereabouts is urged to call 911 or the Pettis County Sheriffs Department at (660) 827-0052.

PEARCE RECOGNIZED FOR VOTING RECORD 7/24/14


State Senator David Pearce, of Warrensburg, was recently recognized by the The National Federation of Independent Business for his positive record when voting on issues impacting small businesses.As a legislator who supports independent and small business, Sen. Pearce was recently acknowledged for his 100-percent voting record on behalf of small businesses.



The NFIB is an organization dedicated to promoting and protecting small business across the country.

As a support system for small businesses, the NFIB compiles voting records for lawmakers on topics pertinent to small business economy.

CITIZENS FOR A CLEAN SEDALIA MEET TONIGHT 7/24/14


The Citizens for a Clean Sedalia will hold an AD HOC Committee Meeting tonight.

On the agenda are a front-yard parking ordinance, exterior maintenance direction and a discussion about the upcoming Clean Sweep event on Saturday, July 26th.

The meeting starts at 6:00pm in the Staff Conference Room at the Municipal Building, 200 South Osage Avenue.

SIGNING BILL ALLOWS MISSOURI TO BREAK FROM COMMON CORE 7/24/14


State Representative Dean Dohrman said Gov. Jay Nixon recently signed a number of critical bills recently, including one involving Missouri and Common Core.

The Governor signed HB 1490, which allows the state to reject the Federal Common Core standards and begin a process of developing Missouri-based student achievement benchmarks.



Specifically, the bill allows districts to continue with the Common Core standards that are already in place, but would create teams to develop new standards to be put in place by the 2016 academic year.

Dohrman says this is not ideal, but it avoids total upheaval as the new school year is about to begin. Under the bill, the work groups will be made up of parents, teachers and other experts who will work to develop standards for English, math, science and history. The bill also protects schools from being penalized for poor performance on the Common Core tests while they remain in place.

AREA DRIVER FALLS ASLEEP, ROLLS S.U.V. 7/24/14


A Clinton man escaped serious injury after he rolled his S.U.V. on a Johnson County roadway early this morning.

The Highway Patrol says 38-year-old Lindley Bigler was northbound when he reportedly fell asleep at the wheel of his 2006 G.M.C. and ran off the right side of the road. The vehicle overturned, leaving the driver with minor injuries.

Patrol reports say Bigler refused treatment at the scene. The crash happened around 5:00am this morning on Highway 13, just south of Southeast 1250th Road in Johnson County.

TWO ODESSA WOMEN HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH 7/24/14


A one-vehicle crash in Johnson County on Wednesday sent two Odessa residents to the hospital.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a car driven southbound by 29-year-old Virginia Bunn ran off the roadway and overturned, coming to rest on the passenger side. Bunn received minor injuries while a passenger, 71-year-old Patricia Stark, suffered serious injuries; both women were taken to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.

The Patrol says the crash happened around 1:30pm on Missouri 131, just south of Northwest 1000th Road in Johnson County.

SUCCESSION PLAN 7/23/14


Interim Superintendent  Dr.  Carol Maher at Wednesday night's Marshall School Board meeting said there is one thing that she wants to implement during her time in the Marshall School District 

Also at the meeting, Maher said she wants to update the classified manual, and she also talked about an aspiring leaders program..

The board also has set the tax rate hearing for the district for 6:30 August 26th, prior to the next regular meeting.

MARSHALL SCHOOL FINANCES 7/23/14


The Marshall School Board heard from its financial advisory Jason Hoffman at Wednesday night's meeting..

Hoffman told the board, the district finished the fiscal year with 4.3 million dollars in reserves.. the budget as written has a 190-thousand dollar surplus, and local property taxes appear to be under budgeted by 100-thousand dollars. Hoffman did however cautioned the board, saying there is no way to know what the State will do with money for education.. and he cited the so called "Friday favor" tax exemptions approved by the legislature that Governor Nixon has vetoed

The board later brought up a resolution to oppose the overturning of the vetoes for those measures , even though one board member had raised a concern about getting the board involved in politics . board member Leslie Huston says it was their duty to get involved

The board approved the resolution opposing the overturning of the vetos unamiously..

Hoffman during his report also commented on the tax levy of the Marshall district, saying 89 percent of districts across the state have a higher tax rate with the Marshall rate nearly 25 percent below the state average.

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD 7/23/14


Wednesday night was the first meeting of the Marshall School Board with new Interim Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher.

Maher told the board , while she valued all opinions, she wanted the opinions of some of the students as well
Maher also reported to the board that the district has received a 25-thousand dollar Homeless Grant, was supportive of the YMCA after school program... along with an "Aspiring Leaders Program", and she also wanted to update the Classified Manual of the district

TEMPORARY CLOSING PLANNED FOR PERRY CA SHOOTING RANGE 7/23/14


The shooting range at the Ralph and Martha Perry Memorial Conservation Area will be closed for maintenance work during the week of July 28. The work is expected to take a few days. Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff will be repairing berns, upgrading shooting benches and making parking-lot improvements. The range is in Johnson County north of Warrensburg.

MDC maintains both staffed and unstaffed shooting ranges throughout the state. They offer hunters and target shooters opportunities for recreation and practice.

STUDENTS’ EXHIBITS EARN AWARDS 7/23/14


Two award-winning student projects will be displayed in the History Hall of the Missouri State Museum located in the Capitol this summer, through mid-August. Both exhibits received the annual Missouri History Prize, a part of National History Day in Missouri.

One of the students is Odessa High School's Hannah Scott for her work, titled "Women of Steel: The Rights and Responsibilities of America’s Arsenal for Production." She went on to take third place in the National History Day competition in Washington D.C. for the Senior Individual Exhibit category.

The State Museum established the Missouri History Prize, which is awarded annually, to encourage students to research Missouri history for their projects. The theme for History Day 2014 was "Rights and Responsibilities in History."

The Missouri State Museum, which is part of Missouri State Parks, is located on the first floor of the Missouri State Capitol.

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

SUNDAY IS KOREAN WAR VETERANS DAY IN MISSOURI 7/23/14


Gov. Jay Nixon has proclaimed this Sunday (July 27th) to be Korean War Veterans Day in Missouri. A state statute passed in 1989 designates July 27 of each year as a day for Missourians to honor and remember those who served in America’s armed forces during the Korean War. An estimated 50,000 Korean War veterans currently live in Missouri.

Together with their allies from the Republic of Korea and the United Nations, American troops fought against North Korean and Chinese Communist troops from 1950 to 1953. An armistice was signed on July 27, 1953, ending hostilities on the Korean peninsula.

Nixon said he encourages Missourians to particularly show their thanks and respect to our Korean War veterans on this day set aside to give them special honor.

IS MISSOURI LOTTERY KEEPS ITS PROMISE TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS? 7/23/14


Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that he has ordered the Office of Administration to conduct a comprehensive review of the Missouri Lottery’s operations to assess its ability to carry out its voter-approved mandate to provide a stable funding source for public schools.

Nixon said, for more than two decades, Missourians have counted on the lottery to help provide the resources our schools need to deliver the high quality education our kids deserve. Today, we have a responsibility to make sure the lottery keeps its promise to our public schools in an efficient and effective manner. This comprehensive review will help ensure the Missouri Lottery continues to fulfill its mission of providing a stable funding source for Missouri schools now and for years to come.

In 1992, Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment under which Missouri Lottery revenues are earmarked solely for public education. In Fiscal Year 2014, the percent of lottery revenues going to education dropped to 23 percent, its lowest point in at least a decade, while lottery ticket sales continued to increase.

RIBBON CUTTING ON THURSDAY AT VALLEY 7/23/14


Missouri Valley College will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and Marshall Chamber of Commerce After Hours event to celebrate the opening of a new facility, the Malcolm Center for Student Life on Thursday, July 24th, 2014.

The fundraising campaign started about three years ago, receiving an initial gift from a Valley alum in Florida, according to Eric Sappington, the Vice-President of Institutional Advancement at the college.



Sappington said the state-of-the-art facility will serve great purpose, offering many things to today's students.



The event runs from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, with Hors d'oeuvres and beverages being provided by MVC. The ribbon cutting is scheduled to take place at 5:00pm.

The public is invited to attend.

A donor recognition ceremony will be held in October in conjunction with Homecoming to recognize those who contributed.

DISCUSSION ON GREAT FLOOD OF '93 SET FOR THURSDAY 7/23/14


Kenneth Kieser, author of "Missouri's Great Flood of '93-- Revisiting an Epic Natural Disaster," will be at the Marshall Public Library on Thursday, July 24th, 2014.The Great Flood of '93 hit Missouri, along with eight other states from the Iowa-Missouri border to the Mississippi River in St. Charles, but devastated Mid-Missouri the most. A lot of people lost their land, local shops, and some lost their lives and loved ones.

The 159-page book has numerous pictures of the devastation.



Kieser helped stack sandbags along the Missouri River in Parkville shortly before the river started rising. He said they stacked bags eight high, never dreaming the crest would breach the wall. But the water crested six feet higher.

However, he said what led to the flood happened many thousands of miles away.



The discussion with Kieser will begin at 6:00pm.
The discussion is part of the library's Adult Summer Reading Program "The Missouri River - Catch Our Drift."

GILLAIM WATER-MAIN BREAK 7/23/14


Due to a water-main break, residents who get their water from the city of Gilliam will be without water until about 6:00pm today (July 23rd).

A spokesperson for the city told KMMO they hope to have it repaired by then.

After that, a boil order has been issued for the next 24 hours or until 6:00pm on Thursday, July 24th.

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD MEETS WEDNESDAY 7/23/14


The Marshall School Board meets in regular session at 7:00pm on Wednesday, July 23rd.

Items on the agenda include consideration of a critical issue alert from the Missouri School Board Association, discussion on the position of Curriculum Director and consideration of guidelines for the Free and Reduced Lunch and Breakfast program. The Board will also set the date for the district's annual tax rate hearing.

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

ARRESTS MADE IN NEW FRANKLIN POOL THEFT 7/23/14


Authorities in New Franklin say four arrests have been made in the case of a break-in at the city pool.

A release from New Franklin police says that two male adult subjects and two juvenile subjects were taken into custody on Sunday, July 20th; no information about the subjects has been made available.

Police were called to the pool last week after the concession stand was reportedly broken

LINCOLN MAN INJURED IN ACCIDENT 7/22/14


A one-vehicle accident in Benton County has resulted in serious injuries to a Lincoln man.

Missouri State Highway Patrol reports say a Ford Explorer, driven by 24-year-old Michael Popp travelled off the rodaway and overturned. The driver was ejected from the vehicle.

According to the report, Popp, who was transported by Warsaw Lincoln E.M.S. to University Hospital, was not wearing a safety device.

The accident happened at 5:30am on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, on Route "H," one mile before Fire Tower Avenue.

THREE INJURED IN SALINE COUNTY ACCIDENT 7/22/14


Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident in Saline County on July 22nd, 2014.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Reports say a Nissan Cube, driven by 69-year-old Elizabeth Fields, of Elgin, Ill., made a left turn into a private drive into the path and was struck by a Jeep Comanche driven by 21-year-old Jeremy Robinson, of Marshall.

Fields and two passengers in her car, including 96-year-old Elizabeth Lemmon, of Marshall, all suffered minor injuries. They all said they would seek their own treatment.

The accident happened at 10:00am on Route "H", less than a mile east of Kitty Hawk Avenue.

AMERICAN RED CROSS ISSUES URGENT CALL FOR DONORS 7/22/14


The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all types to help prevent a blood shortage. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion, and every day the Red Cross must collect 15,000 donations to meet the needs of patients.

American Red Cross External Communications Manager Dan Fox says levels are getting low.



Over the past 11 weeks, donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 8 percent, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected.


The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.

There are a number of blood drives coming up around the state during the rest of July. In Saline County, you can roll up your sleeve and donate blood from 12:00pm to 4:00pm on July 31st at the Missouri Department of Transportation at 1595 West Arrow Street in Marshall.

CARROLLTON TOWN COUNCIL 7/22/14


The City of Carrollton welcomed in its newest police officer at the Monday meeting of the Town Council. The Council unanimously approved the hiring of John Stamper, of Columbia, to join the Carrollton police force.

Also on Monday, the council approved a lone bid from Vance Brothers, of Kansas City, for street chip and seal work; the also approved a bid of $3,795 for paint striping work to Michael Todd and Company, of Omaha, Nebraska.

Council members approved a grant application from the Missouri Valley Community Action Agency to seek funds to help start a year-round child care program for kids six months through three years old; they also learned that Carroll County Memorial Hospital and B.T.C. Bank are both moving forward with their plans to expand in Carrollton.

CONCORDIA BOARD OF ALDERMEN 7/22/14


The Concordia Board of Aldermen met in regular session on Monday night. City Administrator Dale Klussman says the Board accepted a check on behalf of a local group that's helping to improve Central Park.


Klussman says the Board also passed a resolution to allow use of the park for an annual Concordia pasttime in September.


The Concordia Fall Festival runs September 2nd through the 6th.

Also on Monday, the Board approved a Planning and Zoning receommendation to allow a satellite church to operate out of a South Main Street business, approved the use of the patented city logo for an upcoming "Food for Kids" event and approved the use of of the city lake for a bass fishing tournament on Saturday, August 2nd.

DRISCOE SWORN IN TO SEDALIA COUNCIL 7/22/14


The Sedalia City Council welcomed its newest member at their Monday night meeting, as the oath of office was given to Russell Driscoe. He will take the second ward seat of Rebecca LaStrada, who announced her resignation from the council earlier this month. Driscoe will fill out LaStrada's unexpired term which ends in April of next year.

The council also approved granting a special use permit to Verizon wireless to install a 190-foot communications tower on West 32nd Street for five years, approved amendments to the current fiscal year budget and approved airport hangar and farm lease forms.

Council members also learned Monday night that City Clerk Arlene Silvey has been awarded the title of Professional City Clerk by the Missouri City Clerks and Financial Officers Association. A spokesperson says it's one of the highest honors a clerk can receive in the service of a Missouri municipality.

ONE INJURED IN JOHNSON CO. CRASH 7/22/14


An area man took a trip to the hospital after a one-vehicle accident in Johnson County early Tuesday morning.

The Highway Patrol says a car driven southbound by 21-year-old Taryn Morgan, of Kansas City, struck a deer in the roadway, ran off the roadway and down an embankment.

The driver escaped injury; a passenger, 27-year-old William Morrow, of Warrensburg, received minor injuries and was taken to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment.

Patrol reports say the crash happened around 2:30am on Southeast 23 Highway in Johnson County.

MARSHALL CITY COUNCIL 7/21/14


A very brief meeting of the Marshall City Council Monday night...

Third ward Councilman Sam Moten passed along a reminder from the Municipal Services department that will help to keep storm drains from getting clogged when it rains 

Also Monday night, City Administrator Connie Latimer told the council that department heads have now received their budget work sheets, which is one of the first steps in creating the budget for the next fiscal year. The fiscal year for the city will begin on October first.

The Marshall Council also had a rare executive session following their regular meeting dealing with real estate.

MEYERS ROAD CLOSED IN PETTIS COUNTY 7/21/14


The Pettis County Highway Department closed Meyers Road at the Flat Creek Bridge south of Upton Road at 4 pm Monday, July 21st.

Bridge repair is occurring and, weather permitting, is expected to reopen on August 1st.

Motorists using that section of Meyers Road should plan for taking an alternate route.

The Pettis County Sheriff's Office reminds motorists to buckle up, slow down, follow posted signage and drive safely through work zones.

ROUTE YY CLOSED IN SALINE COUNTY ON MONDAY 7/21/14


The Missouri Department of Transportation will be replacing culvert on a Saline County road on Monday, July 21st.

Route YY, located four miles south of Highway 65 and eight miles north of I-70, will be closed from 8:00am-4:00pm.

Motorists in the area will need to find an alternate route while the work is being carried out.

CONSERVATION DEPT. SEEKS NEW AGENTS 7/21/14


If you've ever wanted to be a state conservation agent, the Missouri Department of Conservation is now accepting applications for its next agent trainee class.

Beginning today and running through August 18th, the department is seeking applicants to become trainees for 26-weeks of training in law enforcement and resource management.

After completing training, those selected are then assigned to Missouri counties to enforce state wildlife codes and assist the public with various aspects of wildlife and land management.

Applicants must have at least a Bachelor's degree in a field related to the natural sciences or criminal justice. To apply or to learn more, visit the Department of Conservation's website at www.mdc.mo.gov.

MONDAY COUNCIL/ALDERMEN MEETINGS 7/20/14


The following city councils and boards of aldermen are scheduled to meet on Monday, July 21st, 2014:

* The Marshall City Council has mostly routine items on the agenda for its 5:15PM meeting. The council will hear committee reports and take up an ordinance to pay the city's bills. An executive session is also scheduled for real estate matters.

* The Carrollton Town Council will get an update from Carrollton Area Economic Alliance Director Sharon Metz during their 6:00pm meeting Monday evening. The council will first hold a public hearing at 5:30pm to discuss the town's submission of an application for a Community Development Block Grant from the Departmen of Economic Development.

Also during the regular meeting, the council will take up the hiring of a police officer. An executive session is also scheduled following the regular meeting.

The Higginsville Board of Aldermen will first meet in special session at 6:00pm to take up the mayor's appointment of Beau Linebach to a vacant seat in Ward Two; if he is approved by the entire board he will fill the seat vacated by Kalani Rankin until the April 2015 election.

The board will also take up a request to close Cypress Street from 29th to 31st street on the evening of August 3rd as area several churches are collaborating to host a back-to-school event. An executive session is also scheduled following the regular meeting.

* The Sedalia City Council meets at 7:00pm. On the agenda is approval of airport and farm lease forms, a special use permit for Verizon Wireless to install a 190-foot communications tower on West 32nd street, and amending the budget for the fiscal year.

* The Concordia Board of Aldermen meets in regular session at 7:00pm at the Concordia Community Center. Items on the agenda include a report on recent work done at Central Park, a resolution to grant permission for use of the park for the Concordia Fall Festival and an update from the recent meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

They'll also look to grant permission for use of the city lake for an August bass fishing tournament and permission for a group to use the city's logo for an upcoming event.

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.

M.D.C. MANAGED HUNT APPLICATION WINDOW OPEN 7/1/14


Beginning July 1st, deer hunters can apply online for a shot at nearly 5,700 openings for more than 100 Missouri Department of Conservation managed deer hunts from mid-September through mid-January. Most hunters may apply for only one managed hunt per year. The online application period ends July 31st.

Managed-hunt dates, locations, and other details will be listed on the Department of Conservation website starting July 1st. The Department will post drawing results at the same website from September 2nd through January 15th. Successful applicants will receive area maps and other information regarding their hunts by mail.

Details about managed hunts are also available in the "2014 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information" booklet available by July 1st at conservation offices and nature centers, from permit vendors around the state, and online at www.mdc.mo.gov.
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