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C.M.U. IN FAYETTE TO HOST BLOOD DRIVE TUESDAY 2/7/16CC


An American Red Cross blood drive takes place on Tuesday, February 9, in Howard County.

According to the Red Cross, the drive will be held at Central Methodist University from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The university is located at 411 Central Methodist Square in Fayette.

To find out more or to make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 800-RED-CROSS.

ONE HURT WHEN CAR SWERVES TO MISS ANIMAL IN ROAD 2/7/16CC


A Knob Noster man was hurt early Sunday morning in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Johnson County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 18-year-old Dallas Bashrum was traveling southbound and swerved to avoid an animal in the road; the car then ran off the left side of the highway and overturned.

Bashrum received moderate injuries and was taken to a Lee's Summit hospital for treatment. Reports say the crash happened around 12:15 a.m. on Missouri 23, just north of Northeast 400th Road.

SLATER SEX CRIME CASE GOES TO TRIAL MONDAY 2/7/16CC


Trial begins Monday, February 8, in the case of a Slater man accused of multiple sexual crimes.

According to online court documents, 39-year-old Levi Dennis is slated to appear in Saline County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. for a trial setting after pleading not guilty in court on December 7th.

Following his arrest in September, Dennis was formally charged with twenty felony counts, including fourteen counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child and two counts of First Degree Statutory Sodomy.

Bond in the matter was originally set at $500,000; court documents show Dennis posted a 10% surety bond of $50,000 on November 4th.

ROETTGEN TO STAND TRIAL BEGINNING FEBRUARY 22nd 2/7/16CC


A Marshall man accused of pointing a gun at a police officer and pulling the trigger will next appear in court this month.

Online court documents state 32-year-old Carl Clayton Roettgen has a plea/trial setting scheduled for 10 a.m. on February 22nd in Saline County Circuit Court. Roettgen pleaded not guilty to seven felony counts at an arraignment on December 21st.

Roettgen allegedly attempted to shoot a Marshall officer in early May as police attempted to take him into custody on an outstanding warrant. The gun did not fire and the officer escaped unharmed, after which Roettgen fled the scene and the state.

He was arrested by U.S. Marshals on May 20th in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and later extradited back to Saline County.

At last check, Roettgen remained in custody on $100,000 cash only bond.

BUSY NIGHT ON TAP FOR GLASGOW ALDERMEN 2/7/16CC


The Board of Aldermen in Glasgow will have a full slate of business when it meets in regular session at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 8, at the Glasgow Police Department.

Aldermen will hear monthly city department and board reports before taking up a request for a downtown Wine Walk, a rental request for the Senior Citizen Hall, discussion on dog license fees and a discussion on a Howard County Economic Development renewal.

An executive session is also scheduled for hiring matters.

SWEET SPRINGS ALDERMEN MEET MONDAY NIGHT 2/7/16CC


A regular session meeting is on tap Monday, February 8, for the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen.

Items on the agenda include setting a date for a public hearing on the city budget, dicussion about the Boy Scouts hosting a "Camporee" in the park, and monthly reports from the police and public works departments.

The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. at Sweet Springs City Hall.

SEDALIA SCHOOL BOARD MEETS MONDAY 2/7/16CC


The Sedalia 200 Board of Education will convene for two session meetings on Monday, February 8th.

The board will first hold a work session at 6:30 p.m. at Sedalia Middle School located at 2205 South Ingram. Items on the work session agenda include several presentations to the board by the middle school, along with a Sedalia Fit presentation and discussion on ACT testing preparations.

The board will then move into public session; after calling to order and approving the agenda, the board will move into a closed executive session meeting.

KNOB NOSTER MAN INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH 2/6/16RK


An area man suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Johnson County on Saturday.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred when a westbound vehicle, driven by 23-year-old Philip Schaffer, of Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster, traveled off the roadway, struck an embankment, overturned, then struck a fence and came to rest on the passenger side.

Schaffer was transported by Johnson County E.M.S. to an area hospital for treatment.

Trooper reports say the crash happened at 1:05 p.m. on Route Y.

ROAD WORK SCHEDULED FOR CARROLL, CHARITON COUNTIES STARTING FEB. 8 2/6/16RK


There are a few road-work projects scheduled for this upcoming week that will cause some traffic delays or force drivers to seek an alternate route.

According to a release from MoDOT, in Carroll County, Route 41 will be closed at the Wakenda Chute Bridge for maintenance from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Drivers will need to seek an alternate route.

In Chariton County, pothole patching will be taking place on Route 5 from Route V to Route E and on U.S. Highway 24 Monday through Thursday, February 8-11. These will be moving operations, causing periodic lane closures and delays.

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

INDEPENDENCE WOMAN CHARGED WITH FELONY IN COOPER COUNTY 2/6/16RK


An Independence woman has been charged with a felony in Cooper County.

According to an arrest report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 26-year-old Jessica Webb was served a warrant and taken into custody on Thursday, February 4.

According to on-line court documents, Webb has been charged with a Class C felony for Receiving Stolen Property and four other misdemeanors.

Bond was set at $7,500 cash or surety.

A future date in Cooper County Circuit Court has not been set yet.

MILAN MAN INJURED IN CHARITON COUNTY ROLLOVER CRASH 2/6/16RK


A resident of Milan was injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Chariton County on Friday.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred as a northbound vehicle, driven by 33-year-old Brandon Campbell, traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned.

Campbell, who suffered minor injuries, reportedly would seek his own treatment at a later time for minor injuries.

The crash happened at 8:53 p.m. on Route CC, two miles north of Mendon.

SLATER TEACHER INJURED IN MINOR CHEMISTRY LAB EXPLOSION 2/5/16RK


There was a minor scare at an area high school today.

According to a release from the Slater Public School District, there was a minor explosion in the Slater High School Chemistry lab at approximately 1:30 p.m.

No students were in the room at the time of the explosion, and teacher involved received medical treatment. The degree of the injuries to the teacher was not made available.

As a precaution, students were evacuated from the High School's buildings.

Both the Slater EMS and Fire Departments responded to the incident.

No other information is available at this time.

TWO AREA MEN CASH-IN $50,000 WINNERS DURING RECENT POWERBALL RUN 2/5/16RK


Although last month's Powerball jackpot wasn't hit by anybody in Missouri, a number of Missouri Lottery players did cash in with some of the smaller but still substantial prizes during the record-breaking Powerball run that saw the jackpot rise to $1.5 billion.

During the run, one ticket was sold in Missouri that fetched $1 million.

According to a news reales from the lottery, there were 34 tickets sold in the state on which the owner collected $50,000, including Allen Hall, of Sweet Springs, who bought his ticket at Northside Convenience at 775 North Miami Avenue in Marshall; and Nathan Guyer, of Marshall, who purchased his winning ticket at Break Time Convenience Store at 1000 West College Street in Marshall.

More than $8.5 million were paid out to Missourians during the two-month jackpot run, and it brought in $23.5 million for public education.

SPEED LIMITS TO INCREASE ON TWO RAY COUNTY ROADWAYS NEXT WEEK 2/5/16RK


As a result of a speed study conducted by the Missouri Department of Transportation, speed limits on two area roadways will increase next week.

According to a release from MoDOT, effective Wednesday, February 10, the speed limit on Routes U and C will increase in Ray County. The following changes include: Route U within Rayville will increase from 25 mph to 55 mph. Route C from the northern Rayville limits to approximately 250' south of 1st St. will increase from 25 mph to 35 mph. Route C from approximately 250' south of 1st St. to approximately 500 feet south of the southern limits of Rayville will increase from 25 mph to 45 mph.

For more information about MoDOT news, projects or events, visit its website at www.modot.mo.gov.

MVC TO HOST ANNE FRANK EXHIBIT 2/5/16RK


An area college will be host to an exhibit centered around a Jewish victim of the Holocaust for a month starting in mid-March.

Missouri Valley College's Murrell Library in Marshall will host the traveling exhibit Anne Frank: A History for Today from March 14-April 15, 2016.

Valley Special Events Coordinator Jae Steinkuhler says even if you think you know everything there is to know about Anne Frank, it still will be worth it to come and see the exhibit.



Visitors will learn about the history of the Holocaust through the perspective of Anne Frank and her family.

In addition to this exhibit, there will be: an opening reception on March 14 from 4-6 p.m.; a movie viewing of "Paper Clips" on March 28 at 7 p.m.; book discussion on Run, Boy, Run by Uri Orlev on March 22 at 7 p.m.; and Holocaust Survivor Peter Loth, who wrote a book titled "Piece By Piece: Story of Survival and Forgiveness," will speak on April 5 at 7 p.m. in the Bacon Conference Room.

The exhibit and all events are free and open to the public during library hours.

CONCORDIA COMMITTEE MOVING CLOSER TO PUTTING PROJECT OUT FOR BID 2/5/16RK


The Concordia Community Building Committee met on Thursday and moved closer to some of its goals.

City Administrator Dale Klussman says the committee is working toward getting specifications for remodeling on the north side, or conference room side, of the building.



Klussman said they are hopeful to put that project out for bid in the near future.

In other news, the committee also OK'd the submittal to a Notice of Interest that it wants to seek information for potential funding of a storm shelter on the community center grounds.



Klussman went on to say, the committee wants to schedule visits to at least a couple of storm shelters that have been funded in area cities to get ideas on what could be done.

BOONE COUNTY MAN ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY SETTING HOUSE ON FIRE 2/5/16RK


UPDATED INFORMATION:

A Boone County man has been taken into custody by authorities and is to face multiple felonies.

According to a release, deputies with the Boone County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to the 9700 Block of East Highway OO in regards to a physical disturbance just after 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 4. While responding to the residence, deputies were further advised the residence was on fire. Boone County Fire Protection District Personnel were dispatched to the residence to extinguish the structure fire.

When deputies arrived, they contacted the victim and learned she had been in a physical disturbance with her 84-year-old father, James Heitzler, of Hallsville. During the disturbance, Heitzler allegedly produced and threatened the victim with a firearm. While the victim was outside the residence, Heitzler reentered the residence and allegedly purposely set the residence on fire.

According to on-line court documents, Heitzler has been formally charged with a Class D felony for Unlawful Use of a Weapon and a Class C felony for Arson in the Second Degree.

Bond was set at $100,000 cash only.

A future date in Boone County Circuit Court has not yet been set.

MO. LOTTERY REMINDS PLAYERS TO BE AWARE OF SCAMS 2/5/16RK


The Missouri Lottery is reminding residents to protect themselves against scams.

According to a news release, February is national Scams Awareness Month, and the Missouri Lottery is reminding players of ways to protect themselves and to be cautious of "too-good-to-be-true" situations.

Last year, the Missouri Lottery was made aware of a national mail scam posing as the Missouri Lottery. The scammers claimed that recipients won a monetary prize and required them to send money to cover costs associated with the prize.

Scammers, who were once limited to targeting victims by the phone and mail, have evolved and are now targeting people on new frontiers, including social media.

When in doubt, contact the Attorney General's Fraud Hotline (800-392-8222) or the Missouri Lottery (573-751-4050) to report suspicious activity.

SEDALIA MAN ARRESTED, TO FACE FELONY CHARGES 2/5/16RK


A 20-year-old Sedalia man has been arrested and formally charged with two felonies.

According to a release from the Pettis County Sheriff's Department, Jacobi Marquis Bell was taken into custody earlier this week.

On-line court documents say Bell has been formally charged with a Class B felony for Assault in the First Degree and an unclassified felony for Armed Criminal Action.

Bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety.

A bond-reduction hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9, in Pettis County Circuit Court.

MARSHALL PARK TO GET AN EXPRESSION SWING 2/5/16RK


An apparatus that will cost over $1,000 will be added to the kiddie park in Marshall in the near future.

Marshall Parks Superintendent Jeff Stubblefield outlined the fun addition at this week's meeting of the Marshall park Board, as he talked about an Expression Swing.



Stubblefield said the swing fits on their equipment and will just need to be installed. But there is a tradeoff...



Stubblefield said if the Expression Swing gets the reception he is thinking it will, he will probably order another one or two of them in the future.

The Park Board also was updated on events coming up at Indian Foothills Park, with the first being the annual Easter egg hunt on March 19.

MARSHALL PARKS EASTER EGG HUNT SET FOR MARCH 19 2/5/16


At this week's meeting of the Marshall Park Board, Program Supervisor Lori Godsey pointed out a number of upcoming events, with the annual Easter egg hunt actually being held one day before the beginning of spring.



Godsey said the flashlight hunt for 11-14 year olds will be held that night. She said that event has drawn over 100 participants each of the last two years.

Other events coming up include a children's theatre performed by the Central Missouri Repertory Theatre will be on June 17 and A Day in the Park will be on July 30. The latter is an event that will feature an appearance by K.C. Wolf, a barbecue contest, a car show, face painting, bounce houses. Also, admission to the Marshall Aquatic Center will be free for the day.

Godsey also said sign-ups have begun for the summer baseball programs run by the park. Sign-ups will continue through March 18.

In other news, Marshall Parks Superintendent Jeff Stubblefield an expression swing, an apparatus where an adult can swing with a small child or toddler, will be added at the kiddie park. He said it should arrive by the end of this month.

ONE INJURED IN AUTO CRASH NEAR SEDALIA 2/4/16CC


An area man escaped serious injury after a two-car crash on Thursday in Pettis County.

Trooper reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol say it happened when a car driven westbound by 49-year-old Patricia Debo, of Sedalia, overtook and struck the rear end of a truck driven by 54-year-old Quintin Longh, of Sedalia.

Longh received minor injuries in the crash and was taken by private vehicle to an area hospital for treatment. Reports say it happened at 1:48 p.m. on westbound Highway 50, just west of Main Street in Sedalia.

SALINE COMMISSIONERS GEAR UP FOR ANNUAL TRAINING 2/4/16CC


Saline County Commissioners will depart for Jefferson City next week for a three-day training session with the County Commissioners Association of Missouri.

Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner says each year the training sessions provide opportunities to meet and talk shop with commissioners from across the state of Missouri:



The training takes place February 10-12; as a result, the Saline County Commission will not be in session on Thursday, February 11.

SMITH-COTTON STUDENT WINS AREA FCCLA EVENT 2/4/16CC


An area high school student will soon be competing at the state Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competition after winning big at an area event this week.

According to a release from the Sedalia 200 school district, Smith-Cotton High School student Kurstin Wilkerson competed Wednesday at the FCCLA Region 12 STAR events held at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Wilkerson gave a presentation on her service project to send care packages to U.S. troops deployed abroad and was awarded a gold medal for her efforts.

Wilkerson will now move on to state competition to be held later this month in Jefferson City with a chance to advance to the national competition in April in Denver, Colorado.

MARSHALL SENIOR CENTER TO HOST "GO RED FOR WOMEN DAY" 2/4/16CC


Events scheduled for Monday, February 8, at the Marshall Senior Center aim to draw awareness to the importance of cardiac health during National Heart Month.

The Senior Center and Care Connection for Aging Services will celebrate "Go Red for Women Day", in which participants are encouraged to wear red for heart health awareness; the event will also feature a guest speaker from the Salt Fork YMCA who will speak on heart-healthy programs offered there.

The Marshall Senior Center, located at 14 East Morgan Street, will also have information available throughout the month on how to improve cardiac health. The center's regular hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information on events planned for "Go Red for Women Day", contact the Senior Center at 660-886-9888 or Care Connection for Aging Services at 800-747-7826.

LOW OVERPASS TO BE RAISED IN PETTIS COUNTY 2/4/16CC


Pettis County Road and Bridge crews have been taking advantage of mild winter weather to tackle several ongoing road and bridge projects.

Presiding County Commissioner David Dick says right now those crews are working to replace two bridges on opposite ends of Main Street:



He says those projects will hopefully be wrapped by the first of March, when crews will begin work on raising an overpass that has long been a problem for truck drivers who need higher clearance:



The Commissioner says that overpass currently stands as the lowest point on Highway 50 between Kansas City and St. Louis.

PETTIS CO. COMMISSIONERS WRAP UP 2016 BUDGET WORK 2/4/16CC


Commissioners in Pettis County say they feel positive about the recently-completed 2016 county budget process.

Presiding Commissioner David Dick talks about the budget and the work that went into its preparation:



Dick says overall, he feels the county is in good financial shape:



Now that the budget work is wrapped up, Dick says the Pettis County Commission is focusing on a number of upcoming road and bridge projects, including raising the height of the overpass on Highway 50 at Smith-Cotton Junior High School to a safer level for large trucks.

BOONVILLE MAN CHARGED IN STATUTORY SODOMY CASE 2/4/16CC


An arraignment is set next month for a Boonville man accused of a sex crime and harassment of a minor.

According to Boonville Police, 33-year-old Shawn Michael McSpadden was arrested this week and transported to the Cooper County Detention Center; he is currently in custody on $50,000 cash or surety bond.

Court documents state McSpadden has been charged with Felony Second Degree Statutory Sodomy and Felony Harassment of a Person Under the Age of 17 and ordered to have no contact with minor children.

An arraignment in the matter is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, in Cooper County Circuit Court.

DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE ALLEGED POSTAL THEFTS 2/4/16CC


Pettis County authorities are currently investigating two separate reports of mail theft.

According to deputy reports, a resident in the 600 block of McVey Road reported the theft of U.S. mail on Wednesday afternoon; another resident in the area of Stewart Road and Stone Lea Circle also reported the theft of mail earlier in the afternoon.

Both incidents are believed to have occurred sometime between Monday afternoon and Wednesday afternoon of this week.

No other information is available as deputies continue their investigation.

ARRESTS MADE, CHARGES FILED IN SEDALIA MURDER CASE 2/4/16CC


Two men are in custody facing murder charges in the July 2015 shooting death of a Sedalia teenager.

According to Sedalia Police, 21-year-old Kenneth S. McGee and 35-year-old Brian Jacob Young, both of Sedalia, were arrested this week on multiple charges and transported to the Pettis County Jail. Both were arraigned in Pettis County Circuit Court on Wednesday, according to court documents.

McGee is charged with Felony Second Degree Murder, Felony First Degree Attempted Robbery and Felony Armed Criminal Action while Young has been charged with Felony Second Degree Murder and Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance.

The two are accused of the murder of 16-year-old Andrew Meyers on the night of July 24th last year near Hubbard Park in Sedalia.

McGee has a hearing scheduled for February 9th and is currently held on a $100,000 cash only bond; Young is slated to appear in court for a March 8th hearing and remains in custody on a total bond of $35,000.

AREA MOTORIST KILLED IN WEDNESDAY CRASH 2/3/16CC


A Clinton man has been killed following a one-vehicle crash in Henry County on Wednesday morning.

According to reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 63-year-old Gary Portwood was traveling southbound and ran off the right side of the roadway. The vehicle then ran through a barbed wire fence before coming to a stop.

The Patrol says Portwood was taken to a Clinton hospital where he was pronounced dead as a result of cardiac arrest.

The crash reportedly happened around 9:30 a.m. on Missouri 7, just north of Northwest 501st Road.

TOURISM GROUP MEETS FEB. 9th IN WAVERLY 2/3/16CC


The annual meeting of the Old Trails Regional Tourism Partnership will take place on Tuesday, February 9, in the fellowship hall of Waverly Baptist Church.

A release from the group says the meeting will begin with registration at 10 a.m., followed by a keynote address at 10:30 a.m. by Elizabeth Hobson of Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area.

Following the presentation, the annual business meeting and a luncheon will be held. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Executive Director Marsha Corbin at 660-259-2230 or email oldtrailsregion@gmail.com.

The Old Trails Regional Tourism Partnership works to promote economic development through various forms of tourism in a nine-county region that includes Saline, Lafayette, Carroll, Cooper, Chariton, and Howard counties.

COMMUNITY CENTER GROUP MEETS THURSDAY IN CONCORDIA 2/3/16CC


The Concordia Community Center Committee has plans to meet on Thursday, February 4, 2016.

Agenda items include a maintenance report for the building's north side, submittal of a notice of interest, discussion on the components of a community center, and any additional business from committee members.

The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in Room LL of the Concordia Community Center.

COOPER CO. I-70 PROJECT SCHEDULED FOR SUMMER 2016 2/3/16


The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has approved a contract to resurface a nearly three-mile stretch of Interstate 70 in Cooper County, according to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation.

APAC-Missouri, Inc. of Columbia was awarded a contract to resurface I-70 between Missouri Routes 87 and B. The contractor submitted the lowest bid of $878,905.

The project is scheduled to take place during the summer.  

For more information about this project or other state transportation matters, call 888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org.

HIGGINSVILLE ALDERMEN APPROVE 2015 AUDIT 2/3/16CC


In a short meeting of the Higginsville Board of Aldermen on Monday, the board was presented with the city's 2015 audit.

City Administrator Lee Barker says the audit shows the community to be in good financial shape, as total assets exceeded liabilities and net assets went up in 2015. He also notes that the city's capital lease debt went down and the revenue bonds payable decreased as certain bond obligations were met.

Barker says the city's audit firm, Gerding, Korte and Chitwood, noted a few deficiencies involving sewer issues that will basically self-correct after a recent increase in sewer rates.

Aldermen unanimously approved the audit as presented on Monday night after a full review by city staff.

Barker also noted that the next Aldermen meeting will take place one day later that usual-- falling on Tuesday, February 16th to accommodate for the Presidents Day holiday on Monday the 15th.

COMMERCIAL TRASH SERVICE PROVIDER TO STAY SAME IN NORBORNE 2/3/16RK


An area city's commercial trash service provider will stay the same.

At its meeting this week, the Norborne Board of Aldermen voted to approve a contract with Triple-A Waste Disposal for commercial pickup after considering a few bids.

The board also was notified only the two incumbents have filed for the two open seats. The incumbents, Colby Kruse and Dorothy Strathman will keep their seats on the Board of Aldermen for another two years. There will not need to be an election.

The board also received an update on plans for the Water Plant Renovation Project by an engineer.

SFCC SITES TO BE CLOSED ON PRESIDENTS' DAY 2/3/16RK


An area community college will not be open on an upcoming holiday.

According to a news release, State Fair Community College in Sedalia and all its extended campus sites will be closed on Monday, February 15, in observance of Presidents' Day.

The State Fair Career and Technology Center (SFCTC) on the Sedalia campus also will be closed that day.

They will reopen on Tuesday, February 16, for normal business hours.

The State Fair Career and Technology Center also will be closed on Friday, February 19, to host the Central District SkillsUSA contests.

MVC SCHOOL OF NURSING APPLICATIONS DUE BY APRIL 1 2/3/16RK


Applications to School of Nursing program at a college in Marshall will be accepted for about two more months.

According to a release, the Missouri Valley College School of Nursing is accepting applications for the fall 2016 class now through April 1, 2016.

The MVC Nursing Program offers educational opportunities to students who have the interest, desire, and work ethic to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.

Program requirements and application procedures include: admittance to Missouri Valley College; a minimum junior status at time of starting the program; completion of School of Nursing application; completion of ACT with a preferred score of 20 or higher; completion of the TEAS exam with a score of proficient prior to applying to the program; TOEFL score of 90% or above for International students; three completed reference forms; and 36-40 hours of job shadowing with a registered nurse. All materials must be submitted to the School of Nursing by April 1, 2016.

You can also find out more by visiting www.moval.edu/snhs/nursing/degree_requirements.php.

CONCORDIA ALDERMEN GET UPDATED ON BUDGET 2/3/16RK


The budget was the big topic of discussion at the meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen when it met this week.

City Administrator Dale Klussman reviewed the budget as of January 31, and he said the numbers look good.



Klussman said the different departments all have goals to try to meet, and the board reviewed if they were met or not.



He said one of the goals of having a 15 percent general fund balance never has been met since he has been there. But the city is getting closer, up from about 12 percent to 14.1 percent.

In an action taken, the board gave Klussman the OK to reimburse the General Revenue fund from the Capital Improvements Fund to the tune of $6,395, money which was used to purchase an HVAC unit at City Hall.

WALL OF BUILDING OFF OF MARSHALL SQUARE COLLAPSES 2/3/16RK


Marshall Fire Department personnel were called out to inspect a building where a wall had collapsed on Tuesday.

According to a spokesperson with the fire department, personnel checked the structure to make sure it did not pose a fire hazard.

Code Official and City Inspector Mike Morgan also was called to the scene of the incident at 159 West North Street, which was reported at 4:25 p.m.

Morgan said there is no immediate danger to the street or south side of the building, as the wall that collapsed is on the north side. He said there is concern if the west wall would happen to collapse, it could affect a building directly next to it.

Morgan said the owners of the buildings, which have been uninhabited or only used for storage for many years, have been notified. He said he will meet with the owners this afternoon and try to get them to go ahead and demolish the structures.

Nobody was injured and no dollar estimate for damage to the building was noted.

SFCC SCHOLARSHIP AUDITIONS SET FOR FEBRUARY 23 2/3/16RK


Auditions will be Tuesday, February 23, for students who would like to earn scholarships for one or more of State Fair Community College's Fine and Performing Arts programs.

According to a release from the college, auditions are open to high school seniors, transfer students, majors and non-majors. Applicants are welcome to audition for multiple programs.

There are different requirements for Theatre Arts, Music Arts and Fine Arts programs. For audition requirements, visit www.sfccmo.edu/auditions.

To schedule an audition on SFCC's Sedalia campus, contact Brandi Webb at (660) 596-7387.

The next audition date will be in October.

CMU TO HOST MUSICAL EVENT ON FEBRUARY 10 2/3/16RK


An Invitational Brass Conference will be held at Central Methodist University in Fayette on Wednesday, February 10. Participants will include area high school students who play brass instruments recommended by their band director.

According to a news release, the CMU campus and public are invited to attend a special event that day - a concert in Linn Memorial United Methodist Church at 2 p.m.- featuring CMU's Trumpet and Low Brass ensembles and conference participants.

The conference runs from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., with registration beginning at 8:45 a.m. in Linn Memorial on the CMU Campus.

SALINE COMMISSION APPROVES REQUESTS FOR USE OF COUNTY GROUNDS 2/2/16RK


The Saline County Commission, at its meeting on Tuesday, February 2, approved a list of requests made by various organizations for use of grounds for upcoming events in and around the Saline County Courthouse.

Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr. ran down the list that included the use of the courthouse's rotunda for Chairman of the Saline County Republican Party, Richard Clemens, to announce Republican candidates at the county and state levels on Friday, February 12..

One of the other requests is from the Marshall Chamber of Commerce for a date in the spring.



Another request for the fall is all for the kids.



The final date approved was Friday, December 2, for the annual Community Christmas Parade and activities. If there is bad weather that day, the events will be postponed to Friday, December 9.

KNOB NOSTER MAN CHARGED WITH FELONY IN PETTIS COUNTY 2/3/16RK


A Knob Noster man has been charged with a felony in Pettis County.

According to a release from the Pettis County Sheriff's Office, a warrant was served and 43-year-old Robert Allan Peery was arrested on Saturday, January 30.

According to on-line court documents, Peery has been charged with a Class D felony for Resisting Arrest, Detention or Stop By Fleeing.

Bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety.

A future date in Pettis County Circuit Court has not yet been set.

ALLEGRI DELIVERS ANNUAL "STATE OF SLATER" ADDRESS 2/2/16CC


At the February 2, 2016 meeting of the Slater City Council, Mayor Stephen Allegri delivered his annual "State of Slater" address.

Click below to hear the address in its entirety:

SEDALIA COUNCIL OKs ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING STATIONS 2/2/16CC


The Sedalia City Council met in regular session on Monday with a mostly light agenda.

Council members approved a number of amendments to the city code book, accepted a quit claim deed on property to make way for a new entrance to the soon-to-open Hobby Lobby store, and accepted the appointments of Curt Williams and Larry Bahr to the city's airport board.

Also on Monday, council members approved and accepted a site license and consumption cost agreement between the city and Kansas City Power and Light for the installation of charging stations for electric vehicles. The stations will be located in the parking lot across the street from Sedalia City Hall.

The meeting began with service awards for Fire Department driver Hugo Twenter for 35 years on the job; Police Officer Joseph McCullough for 10 years of service; and Senior Water Pollution Engineer Technician Matt Harris for 5 years on the job.

The council also recognized the retirement of Sanitation Department employee Earl Monteer for almost 13 years of service to the city.

NEW FIREWORKS CENTER TO CREATE NEW JOBS IN BOONVILLE 2/2/16CC


A new business coming to Boonville hopes to put some pop into the local economy.

At a Tuesday press conference, Boonville city officials welcomed in Spirit of 76, a fireworks company that will set up a distribution center in the city. Owner John Bechtel talked about the company and the ties it already has to mid-Missouri:



The company currently has headquarters and a retail outlet at the Midway Truck Stop located west of Columbia. Bechtel also spoke about the jobs that will be created by the new facility:



Spirit of 76 is a consumer fireworks distributor that ships fireworks to all 48 continental states and also puts on fireworks shows and displays across central Missouri.

NEW FIREWORKS DISTRIBUTOR COMING TO BOONVILLE 2/2/16cc


The city of Boonville welcomed a new business at a Tuesday press conference.

Mayor Julie Thacher made the announcement about a new company taking over an old distribution warehouse in Boonville:



Thacher says it's an economic development that she feels will benefit everyone involved:



Company officials say the warehouse will be used by Spirit of 76 as a national distribution center for consumer fireworks. The company also has headquarters and a retail outlet at the Midway Truck Stop, located west of Columbia.

The company says five full-time employees will work at the center along with 10-15 seasonal employees for the season leading up to the Fourth of July holiday.

TUESDAY CRASH INJURES BOONVILLE RESIDENT 2/2/16CC


A Boonville woman was hospitalized after a two-vehicle rear-end collision on Tuesday in Morgan County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a pickup driven westbound by 51-year-old Edwin Reiff, of Fortuna, struck the rear end of a westbound van driven by 48-year-old Michael Surber, of Boonville. The impact reportedly caused Surber to run off the left side of the roadway.

Both drivers escaped injury while a passenger in the Surber van, 46-year-old Diana Wilson, of Boonville, suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment.

The Patrol says the crash happened around 8:35 a.m. on Missouri 52 at Cottonwood Road in Morgan County.

MARSHALL P.D. ARRESTS FUGITIVE FACING FLORIDA CHARGES 2/2/16RK


A woman wanted on an outstanding warrant from the state of Florida was taken into custody on Monday, February 1, by the Marshall Police Department.

According to a release from the police department, a Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper contacted the department looking for Jacqueline Dawn Wheeler. They proceeded to go to a residence in the 500 block of Redwood Circle. After talking to the residents, authorities found Wheeler hiding in a closet.

According to the release, Wheeler faces a charge of probation violation on an original charge of Grand Theft of more than $300 but less than $5,000 and False Owner Information to Pawn Items, with Full U.S. Extradition, with no bond authorized.

CARROLLTON TOWN COUNCIL APPROVES MOVING PHONE LINES TO NEW CITY HALL 2/2/16RK


At its meeting on Monday, the Carrollton Town Council voted to spend some money to get some phone lines moved from one location to another.

According to a city official, lines were getting water in them, so the council approved moving phone lines from the old Carrollton Police Department at 202 West Benton to the new City Hall at 206 West Washington. According to the quote, it will cost the city approximately $14,000.

In other news, the city approved renewing a contract with the owners of a farm to lease three water wells for the next five years. Water from the wells is used for some of the city's water supply.

MARSHALL P.D. INVESTIGATING WHEREABOUTS OF MISSING MONEY BAG 2/2/16RK


Local authorities are investigating the whereabouts of a missing money bag from a business..

According to a report from the Marshall Police Department, officers were dispatched to Elmer Hare Ford Sales, Inc., at 966 West North Street, to investigate the report of a black money bag missing on Saturday, January 30.

The report says the owner noted the bag, which was normally locked up in a safe on the property, contained a large amount of cash and an unknown amount of checks.

As of Tuesday, February 2, according to police department spokesperson, detectives are speaking to some persons of interest in the matter.

 

ABSENTEE VOTING STARTS TODAY 2/2/16RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell said absentee voting for a primary has started.



Russell also noted filing dates for other elected officials are coming up, as well.



Russell said the county's website is www.salinecountymo.org.

COUNCILMAN BRANDT REPORTS AIRPORT ACTIVITY DOWN A BIT FROM DECEMBER 2/2/16RK


During a meeting in which the Marshall City Council approved an ordinance to post the minutes and ordinances to the city's website and voted down a recommendation to the MMU Board of Public Works, Ward 3 Councilman Dan Brandt gave a solid-waste summary and a review of activity at the Marshall Municipal Airport.



Brandt, who also reported recycling was about 70 tons, said people can still get rid of their compostable material.



The old landfill is located north of Marshall off of Route O.

In other news, Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Guthrey reported the city issued 21 building permits for a value of $52,500 during January. The city collected fees of $373.

NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY IS FRIDAY 2/2/16RK


The American Heart Association, through its Go Red For Women movement, is urging everyone to support the fight against heart disease by wearing red on National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 5.

According to a news release, Heart Month is February, a perfect time to focus on the prevalence of heart disease, America’s No. 1 killer. It is also a time to pause and celebrate the research and education that make lifesaving advances in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease a reality.

While heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, only one in five American women believes heart disease is her greatest health threat. With the right information, education and care, heart disease in women can be treated, prevented, and even ended.

To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org.

MARSHALL COUNCIL APPROVES AGREEMENT TO PUT MINUTES, ACTIONS ON-LINE 2/2/16RK


On the table for the Marshall City Council at its meeting Monday night was a proposed agreement with an on-line provider.

The council considered to authorize a contract with Poole Communications. City Clerk Janet French read the proposed ordinance.



City Attorney Josh Taylor said it would be a one-year agreement.

The council approved the agreement 8-0. Posting of the minutes and ordinances will come at a cost of $55 per month.

In other news, the next council meeting was approved to be moved to Tuesday, February 16, at 5:15 p.m., due to Monday, February 15, being Presidents' Day.

MARSHALL COUNCIL VOTES DOWN APPOINTMENT TO MMU BOARD 2/2/16RK


Jim Heinzler's term on the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works ended on December 31, 2015. Ever since, a replacement for him has been sought.

At Monday night's Marshall City Council meeting, Mayor Mark Gooden asked the council to approve Steven Mills to take Heinzler's seat.



Due to some circumstances involved with the appointment, Gooden asked for a roll-call vote.



Five councilpersons-- Barb Utlaut and Sheila Cook in Ward 1, Vince Lutterbie and Gabe Ramsey in Ward 2 and Ron Duvall in Ward 4-- voted no. Dan Brandt and Charlie Guthrey in Ward 3 and Tom Hagedorn in Ward 4 voted yes. Thus, the appointment of Mills was voted down, 5-3.

According to MMU General Manager Kyle Gibbs, Heinzler will continue to serve on the board until a replacement is found.

SEDALIA RESIDENT INJURED IN ONE-VEHICLE ROLLOVER CRASH 2/2/16RK


A Sedalia resident was injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Pettis County on Monday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound vehicle, driven by 16-year-old Jerod Rosenbarker, reportedly failed to negotiate a curve, causing the vehicle to travel off the right side of the roadway, where it struck a utility pole and overturned.

Rosenbarker reportedly was transported via private vehicle to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The crash happened at 3:45 p.m. on Sacajawea Road at Palmer Road.

MARSHALL PARK BOARD METS WEDNESDAY EVENING 2/1/16CC


The Marshall Park Board meets in regular session on Wednesday, February 3, with a mostly routine agenda.

Board members will hear monthly financial reports and updates on the park, golf course, and ongoing maintenance work. An executive session meeting may be held as well.

The meeting gets underway at 5 p.m. at the Park Administration Office.

"STATE OF SLATER" ADDRESS TOPS SLATER COUNCIL AGENDA 2/1/16CC


The Slater City Council meets on Tuesday, February 2, for a regular session meeting.

Items on the agenda include Mayor Stephen Allegri's annual "State of Slater" address, along with discussion of the city's goals for the coming year, municipal election filings and preliminary plans for Steve McQueen Day.

Council members will also hear the city's annual report on racial profiling and will take up three bills involving transfers of properties.  

The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. at Slater City Hall at 232 North Main Street.

ARROW ROCK EVENT TO SPOTLIGHT BINGHAM'S ARTWORK 2/1/16CC


The group Friends of Arrow Rock will play host to a presentation on one of the village's most famous sons on Saturday, February 6, at the Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitors Center.

For February's First Saturday event, the village will welcome in Joan Stack, curator of art collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri and an expert on the work of George Caleb Bingham, will present a program titled, "George Caleb Bingham's Order No. 11: A Focus on the Women in the Painting". The event will get underway at 10 a.m. at the visitor center.

According to Friends of Arrow Rock, the talk will focus on the Missouri painter, his famous painting "Order No. 11", and its depiction of women in the Civil War era. Order No. 11 was a directive issued in the Civil War forcing the evacuation of rural residents in what are now Bates, Cass, Jackson and Vernon Counties.

For more information on Saturday's program, call Friends of Arrow Rock at 660-837-3231 or visit www.friendsofarrowrock.org.

MARSHALL TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO ARREST, CHARGES 2/1/16CC


An area man faces felony narcotics charges following his arrest during a recent traffic stop in Marshall.

Marshall Police Department reports day 29-year-old Dominic Allen Woods, of Marshall, was arrested Sunday, January 31, after a traffic stop at Haynie and Lafayette streets, in which police located drugs on his person and he reportedly tried to escape custody by fleeing.

Police report finding the man in possession of small amounts of both methamphetamine and marijuana.

Online court documents state Woods has been charged with a Class B felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and a Class D felony count of Resisting or Interfering a with a Felony Arrest.

Bond in the matter has been set at $15,000 cash only; a future court date has not yet been established.

CLEANUP UNDERWAY IN CARROLL CO. GRAIN SPILL 2/1/16CC


Authorities are working to clean up a grain spill on a Carroll County roadway that has slowed down traffic in the area.

According to the Carroll County Sheriff's Department, the Highway Patrol and local authorities are on the scene working to clear the roadway of a non-hazardous grain that has covered the road.

The area in question is eastbound Highway 24, between Route B and Highway 139; the spill reportedly occurred around 10:30 a.m.

The sheriff's office is asking anyone traveling eastbound on 24 to please head back to Highway 65; motorists can then take Route UU or Route M to Bosworth and take Highway 139 to back to Highway 24 to avoid the area in question.

MARSHALL P.D. LOOKING FOR FUGITIVE 2/1/16RK


The Marshall Police Department is asking for assistance in locating Roger William Bryan Jr., who is wanted on a State of Missouri Felony Parole Violation Warrant with full U.S. Extradition.

According to a release from the police department, Bryan was last known to reside in the Marshall area. However, his location is unknown at this time.

Roger Bryan Jr., is described as a white male, 6-foot-1, 209 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

If anyone has any information about the whereabouts of Roger William Bryan Jr., contact the Marshall Police Department at (660) 886-7411, or by email at info@marshallpolice.com.

JANUARY'S WEATHER A BIT ATYPICAL 2/1/16RK


January was atypical for weather this year.

According to the numbers from the National Weather Service, the average high temperature was 35.7 degrees and average low was 19.5 degrees at the KMMO Studio.

In a month where the temperatures are usually colder, the mercury dipped into the single digits or below zero only a handful of times, with the low being negative three degrees on the nights of January 18 and 19. The low was two degrees on January 10 and 11.

The mercury climbed into the 50s four times, with the high being 59 on January 15.

The month saw just a bit of precipitation, with all 1.3 inches of measurable snow coming on January 20. The snow melted down to 12-hundredths of an inch of precipitation. There also was rainfall of one-tenth of an inch on January 7 and 68-hundredths of an inch on January 8.

TWO AREA ROADWAYS CLOSED TODAY, DRIVERS NEED TO SEEK ALTERNATE ROUTE 2/1/16RK


Traffic on two area roadways will be affected by road work today.

According to the MoDOT Traveler Information map, culvert replacement is going on today on Route BB off of Route O in Howard County. That work is set to continue until 3 p.m. today.

In Carroll County, bridge maintenance continues on Highway 41 southbound, between the Missouri River and Highway 24. The work is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day through Tuesday, February 19.

In each case, drivers will need to seek an alternate route.

All work is weather dependent.

Bridge maintenance that was scheduled to start today on Route 179 over the Petite Saline Creek in Cooper County has been delayed at least one day, according to a spokesperson from MoDOT. The project is scheduled to run through Thursday, February 11. Work times will ordinarily be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. He said one lane will be open and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

For more information on MoDOT projects, call 1-(888)-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org.

SMITH-COTTON HIGH SCHOOL TO HOST EDUCATORS' FORUM ON THURSDAY 2/1/16RK


According to a news release, the Sedalia Community Educators Association's board candidate forum and recognition of outstanding educators and associates is set for 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, in the Heckart Performing Arts Center at Smith-Cotton High School.

BOONVILLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TO MAKE ANNOUNCEMENT ON TUESDAY 2/1/16RK


An area city's number of businesses is growing.

According to a release from the City of Boonville, Mayor Julie Thacher will deliver a welcoming statement to a business during an Economic Development meeting on Tuesday, February 2.

The announcement will take place at 10 a.m. in the Boonville City Council Chambers at 525 East Springs Street.

TINA MAN KILLED AFTER VEHICLE PURSUIT IN WESTERN MISSOURI 2/1/16RK


A vehicle pursuit that started in an area county ended with a Carroll County man being shot to death by authorities over the weekend.

According to a news release, the Ray County Sheriff's Department requested the help of the state patrol in pursuit of a stolen vehicle after 10 p.m. on Saturday, January 30. The driver of the vehicle eventually partially submerged the vehicle in the Missouri River in Clay County.

At that point, the investigation reveals the suspect exited the vehicle and failed to obey several verbal commands from the officers, continuing to try to push the vehicle into the water and then put his hands into his sweatshirt.

After more than 30 minutes of negotiating-- with the suspect still with his hands concealed inside his shirt-- a less-than-lethal bean-bag round was fired at the suspect. The suspect turned toward the officers with a hand gun and reportedly fired at the officers. Officers with the Highway Patrol and Jackson County Sheriff's Department returned fire, striking the suspect.

The suspect, 42-year-old Jeremy J. Sinclair, of Tina, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jackson County Medical Examiner.

The incident is under investigation by several state and county agencies.

AREA CITY GOVERNMENTS TO MEET MONDAY, FEB. 1 1/31/16RK


With the first Monday of the month comes several area City Government meetings on February 1.

With a light agenda, the Marshall City Council is scheduled to meet at 5:15 p.m.

On the agenda is consideration of a contract with Poole Communications for the on-line publication of ordinances and meeting minutes.

Also on the docket are several committee reports.

The meeting takes place in the Council Chambers at the Marshall City Offices Building.
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On the agenda of the Higginsville Board of Aldermen is a report on the 2015 audit.

There also is a closed, executive session for legal, real-estate and personnel matters.

The meeting takes place at 6 p.m. at Higginsville City Hall at 1922 Main Street.
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The Carrollton Town Council is to meet at 6 p.m.

On the agenda is a discussion about moving phone lines from the old police department to City Hall.

Another item on the agenda is consideration of a Fire District contract, as well as a Water Well Contract.

The meeting takes place at Carrollton City Hall at 206 West Washington.
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An update from an engineer on the Water Plant Renovation Project and a bond for the project are topics of discussion at the meeting of the Norborne Board of Aldermen when it meets at 7 p.m.

Also to be discussed is a Water Plant permit.

The board also is to get an update on filings for the upcoming Municipal Election on Tuesday, April 5, as well as discussion of a contract with Rural Trash Service.

The meeting takes place at Norborne City Hall at 109 East Second Street.
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At the meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen, the board is scheduled to review the budget status as of January 31.

Also on the agenda is a report from the Concordia Improvement Committee.

The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. in Room 203 of the Concordia Community Building at 802 South Gordon Street.
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Several bills involving city codes are on the table for discussion when the Sedalia City Council meets at 7 p.m.

Among the ordinances up for discussion is one about a site license and cost consumption agreement by and between the city and Kansas City Power & Light.

Another ordinance up for discussion is an agreement between the city and a Tree Service business.

The meeting will be in the Municipal Building at 200 South Osage Avenue.
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The Boonville City Council is scheduled to consider a resolution about an agreement with J. Louis Crum Corporation for Water Treatment Plant Ultra Violet Light disinfection.

Also on the table is consideration of a joint venture between the city and the Boonville R-1 School District.

The acceptance of the resignation of Ward 4 Councilman Mark Livingston also is on the agenda.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Boonville City Hall.

GLADSTONE WOMAN INJURED WHEN HER VEHICLE HITS DEER IN LAFAYETTE CO. 1/31/16R


A Gladstone woman suffered minor injuries when her car hit wildlife in the roadway in Lafayette County on Saturday.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred as a southbound vehicle, driven by 34-year-old Stephanie Burton, struck a deer in the roadway.

Burton was transported by Odessa E.M.S. to a hospital in Lexington for treatment.

The crash happened at 7:15 p.m. on Route O at Western Hills Road.

TWO PERSONS HURT IN TWO-VEHICLE CRASH IN CHARITON COUNTY 1/31/16RK


The driver of each vehicle involved suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Chariton County on Saturday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as both vehicles were following each other westbound when an uninvolved vehicle lost part of its load on the roadway. The vehicles tried to avoid the debris in the roadway and struck each other.

The vehicles involved were a motorcycle, driven by Mark Prior, of Bowling Green, and a car, driven by 35-year-old Corinna Moore, of Moberly. Prior reportedly would seek his own treatment, while Moore was transported by Chariton County Ambulance to a Moberly hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 3 p.m. on U.S. Highway 24, one mile east of Salisbury.

LEXINGTON BALLOT WILL HAVE FUEL FEE ISSUE, SEVEN COUNCIL FILERS 1/30/16CC


The city of Lexington will have a busy ballot for the April 5th Municipal Election.

City Administrator Mark Rounds says the city will propose a one cent per gallon fuel fee to help fund street repairs. He says right now the city is making sure as much information as possible is being conveyed to Lexington voters:



Also, Election Day will see seven candidates vying for four open seats on the City Council.

Rounds says Harold Bonanomi and J.D. Whitney have filed in Ward One, Caroline Houseworth and Jeff Simpson have filed in Ward Two, Earl Parris has filed in Ward Three, and both Scott Lynn and Daniel King have filed in Ward Four.

LEXINGTON COUNCIL DISCUSSES CITY WATER SYSTEM 1/30/16CC


Recent national headlines about the water in Flint, Michigan have put the issue of water quality into the nation's spotlight.

Lexington City Administrator Mark Rounds says it serves as a reminder that many smaller communities across the country are working diligently to ensure the quality of their water, despite aging facilities and equipment:



Rounds says the city of Lexington is looking at options like ultraviolet testing to make sure the water supply is up to state standards:



The Lexington City Council discussed the water system and a potential well field investigation at its most recent regular session meeting.

CITY OF LEXINGTON REACHES HOSPITAL LEASE AGREEMENT 1/30/16CC


The Lexington City Council recently reached a lease agreement with an area hospital that city officials say was a long time in the making.

City Administrator Mark Rounds explains the city's relationship with Hospital Corporation of America, which operates and manages Lafayette Regional Health Center:



Rounds says that while the deal took some time to hammer out, the city is happy with the outcome:



Hospital Board President Jim Kenney gave the update on that agreement at the January 26th meeting of the Lexington City Council.

MMU BOARD APPROVES BANKING RESOLUTION 1/30/16CC


At the most recent meeting of the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works, the meeting began with a request from some county residents for expanded internet service.

MMU spokesman Ken Gieringer explains:



Gieringer says the board did take one formal action at the meeting involving banking services:



In other business, the board spent time in discussion about the ongoing replacement of Marshall street lights with brighter, energy efficient LED bulbs.

The next meeting of the Board of Public Works is slated for Thursday, February 11, at the MMU office.

FEDERAL SEX CRIME CHARGE FILED AGAINST SEDALIA MAN 1/30/16CC


A retired school teacher living in Sedalia has been charged in federal court with arranging to meet a woman and her teenage daughter for illicit sexual activity.

According to the office of the U.S. Western District Attorney, 71-year-old Paul Robert Cannon was charged Friday in federal court with attempting to induce a minor to engage in sexual activity. He was arrested Friday and remains in federal custody pending a court appearance on Monday, February 1st.

Authorities say Cannon posted a Craigslist ad on January 18th looking for a couple willing to include their children in sexual activity. On January 21st, a detective with the Boone County Sheriff's Department responded to the ad, posing as a single mother with a 14-year-old daughter. The detective then reportedly arranged a meeting with Cannon at a Columbia restaurant, at which point the man was taken into custody.

The case is being prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Oliver; investigation was carried out by the Boone County Sheriff's Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

AREA MAN SENTENCED IN FEDERAL DRUG CASE 1/30/16CC


A Sedalia man will spend the next decade in federal prison after his sentencing this week in federal court on drug trafficking charges.

According to the office of U.S. Western District Attorney Tammy Dickinson, 39-year-old Shane Scott Longie was sentenced to ten years in prison without parole for his role in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.

Longie pleaded guilty in September to participating in a conspiracy to distribute meth as well as possession of meth with intent to distribute in Pettis County from August 2012 to March 2013. The District Attorney says a confidential informant provided information that Longie was selling multiple ounces of meth in the city of Sedalia each week.

The case was originally investigated by the Sedalia Police Department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and was prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Oliver.

SEVERAL INJURED IN I-70 COLLISION 1/30/16CC


Three people were hospitalized after a two-vehicle accident in Saline County on Friday night.

Trooper reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol say it happened when a car driven by 20-year-old Blue Springs resident Taylor Beckenbach was stopped on Interstate 70 and partially blocking the right lane. An eastbound vehicle driven by 59-year-old Kim Ross, of Madison, Illinois, tried to avoid the stopped car and struck it, causing both to slide on the road.

Beckenbach's car reportedly ran off the road, hit a concrete barrier and returned to the right lane, while Ross' van overturned and came to a stop in the left lane of traffic.

Beckenbach received minor injuries while two passengers, 44-year-old Eric Preston, of Harrisonville, and 20-year-old Melissa Short, of Blue Springs, both suffered serious injuries; all three were taken to area hospitals for treatment. Ross received minor injuries and reportedly refused treatment at the scene.

Reports say the crash happened around 10:35 p.m. at the 77.2 mile marker of I-70.

MARSHALL MAN WINS THIRD-TIER POWERBALL PRIZE 1/29/16CC


In the recent historic $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot drawing, 15 Missouri Lottery players won $50,000 prizes for matching four numbers and the Powerball.

One such winner was Nathan Guyer of Marshall, who purchased his winning Quick Pick ticket at Break Time at 1000 West College in Marshall, according to the Missouri Lottery office in Jefferson City. The Break Time is the same Missouri Lottery retail location that sold a Powerball jackpot ticket worth $258.5 million in 2010.
 
While claiming his $50,000 prize on January 14, the 24-year-old says he enjoys playing Powerball regularly, but the billion-dollar jackpot drew his attention more than ever before.

The father of two added that even though it wasn't the billion-dollar jackpot he had won, he was still excited to learn about his $50,000 third-tier prize the morning after the drawing.

At the time of claiming his $50,000 prize, Guyer said he had yet to make any decisions on how to spend his winnings.

TWO HURT IN JOHNSON CO. ROLLOVER CRASH 1/29/16CC


Two Warrensburg residents were injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash on Thursday night.

Trooper reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol say it happened around 10:40 p.m., when an eastbound car driven by 23-year-old Deandre Davis ran off the side of the road before striking two signs and a tree and overturning.

Davis and a passenger, 21-year-old Stephanie Lasker, both suffered moderate injuries and were taken from the scene by ambulance to a Warrensburg hospital for treatment.

Patrol reports say the accident happened on eastbound U.S. Highway 50 at Northwest 250th Road.

THURSDAY COLLISION INJURES SWEET SPRINGS DRIVER 1/29/16CC


An area teen was hospitalized Thursday after a two-vehicle collision in Saline County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a northbound vehicle driven by 34-year-old John Welton, of Otterville, reportedly overtook and struck the rear end of a vehicle driven by 17-year-old Caleb Martin, of Sweet Springs.

Martin received minor injuries and was taken by private vehicle to an area hospital for treatment; Welton was reportedly not injured in the collision.

Trooper reports say the accident happened around 3:30 p.m. on Route EE at 130th Road.

GREEN RIDGE SCHOOLS CLOSE FOR ILLNESS 1/29/16CC


Widespread illness has closed a Pettis County school district for the next few days.

The Green Ridge R-8 district announced Thursday that the school would dismiss early and and be closed on Friday, due to high numbers of students out of school for a flu-like bug as well as a respiratory bug that has led to cases of strep throat.

School officials say nearly 20% of the school's students had been absent on Wednesday and Thursday, prompting the district to dismiss at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday and remain closed until Monday, February 1st.

In the meantime the district says custodial and maintenance staff will be working to sanitize and disinfect classrooms, bathrooms and common areas.

MARSHALL MAN SCRATCHES OFF $100,000 WINNER ON LOTTERY TICKET 1/28/16RK


A Marshall man is quite a bit richer after his recent Missouri Lottery win.

According to a news release, 28-year-old Chris Jacobs brought home the bacon after he uncovered a $100,000 top prize on a "Makin' Bacon" Scratchers ticket. Jacobs claimed his prize on January 20 at the lottery's office in Independence.

Jacobs purchased his winning ticket at Break Time Convenience Store at 1000 West College Street in Marshall.

"Makin' Bacon" is a $5 Scratchers ticket that officially went on sale on December 29.

WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS TO HELP TEENS LEARN ABOUT MONEY 1/28/16RK


An area organization is scheduled to host a free workshop to help teachers help teens learn about money.

According to a release from the University of Missouri Extension, the workshop will be held this summer targeted to teachers of high school personal finance classes.

The workshop will help teachers learn about the resource and how to use it. Participants also will learn ways to make financial education fun and engaging, according to MU Extension family financial education specialist Trish Savage. She said it is a great opportunity for teachers from around the area-- Saline, Chariton, Carroll, Lafayette and Ray Counties-- to participate.

The one-day workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, at a location to be determined later. Lunch will be provided and continuing education units may be available, according to Savage.

Those who wish to attend need to contact Savage by calling her at (660) 886-6908 by March 15.

CHARGES FILED ON THREE OF FIVE SUSPECTS IN MARSHALL 1/28/16RK


To date, formal charges have been filed against three of the five persons named in a release from the Marshall Police Department and arrested after search warrants were executed at two different Marshall residences on Wednesday, January 27.

According to on-line court documents, 30-year-old Christy R. Smoot, 28-year-old Magen R. Read and 56-year-old Dennis M. Jones have been charged with multiple felonies.

Smoot has been charged with two Class A felonies for Distributing A Controlled Substance Near Schools; a Class B felony for Distribution or Attempt to Distribute A Controlled Substance; and a Class C felony for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Except 35 Grams or Less of Marijuana. Bond was set at $10,000 cash only.

Read has been charged with two counts of a Class B felony for Distribution or Attempt to Distribute A Controlled Substance; two counts of a Class C felony for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Except 35 Grams or Less of Marijuana; and a Class D felony for Delivery or Manufacture of Imitation Controlled Substance. Bond was set at $8,000 cash only.

Jones was arrested in connection but was not at the scenes where the search warrants were issued. He has been charged with two counts of a Class B felony for Distribution or Attempt to Distribute A Controlled Substance. Bond was set at $8,000 cash only.

Charges still are pending against the other two subjects.

The arrests were made after an ongoing investigation into the distribution of narcotics by the police department. The police department says the investigation is ongoing, and still more arrests could be made.

MARSHALL P.D. INVESTIGATING POSSIBLE HIT-AND-RUN CRASH 1/28/16RK


The Marshall Police Department is investigating a possible hit-and-run crash.

According to a report from the department, an officer was conducting routine patrol just before 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 27, when he saw a car parked on the side of the roadway in the 500 block of East Yerby Street that looked like it had been hit by another vehicle.

The officer contacted resident and she said the 2006 Grand Prix did not have any damage to it when she parked it at approximately 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26. The resident said she woke up to a loud crashing sound between 2 and 3 a.m. on Wednesday, January 27, but did not investigate.

The officer also spoke to several residents on the block, with one of those residents saying she knew the vehicle was not damaged the night before. The officer took pictures of extensive damage-- estimated at $2,000-- to driver's side of the car.

At this time, there are no known suspects.

ROYALS' WORLD SERIES TROPHY TO BE IN MARSHALL ON FEB. 15 1/28/16RK


On Monday, February 8, the Kansas City Royals World Series Trophy will embark on visits to communities throughout the midwest.

One of those stops will be in Marshall.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, February 15, the trophy will be hosted by KMMO at the Marshall High School gymnasium. The school is located at 805 South Miami Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

According to a release from the Kansas City Royals, fans can see the trophy in person at each stop on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to accommodate as many people as possible, fans will be allowed to have only one picture shot with the trophy, either as an individual or as part of a group. Fans also will have the opportunity to have a professional photo taken and can purchase those photos on-site or on-line at www.royals.com.

GOVERNMENT DAY SET FOR FEB. 26 AT SALINE COUNTY COURTHOUSE 1/28/16RK


In addition to approving the transfer of funds in the amount of $241,250 to the Saline County Sheriff's account and other fund transfers, at its meeting on Thursday, the Saline County Commission opened bids from vendors for various goods and services that will be utilized by the county during the fiscal year. The five bids received were taken under advisement to be pored over by Saline County Road and Bridge Crew Supervisor Justin Cowart, with a decision to be made at a future meeting of the commission.

In other news, Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie talked about an important day coming up that was approved by the commissioners.



Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell also noted absentee voting for the upcoming Presidential Preference Primary will start on Tuesday, February 2. Voting at all of the Saline County polling locations will be conducted on Tuesday, March 15.

The commissioners also presented this year's budget at 9:30 a.m. today. The budget is available for all who want to see it as it will be laying in the County Clerk's office at the Saline County Courthouse for 10 days. Patrons can comment on or purchase a copy of it. Commissioners are slated to approve the budget in session after the 10-day period has expired.

UCM PROGRAM RECEIVES INCLUSION AWARD 1/28/16RK


The University of Central Missouri's THRIVE program has been named the recipient of the 2015 Missouri Governor's Council on Disability Inclusion Award.

According to a release from the university, the award is presented annually to recognized private and public employers, individuals and organizations that have successfully included people with disabilities in education, employment, housing and leisure activities. THRIVE staff will accept the award at the Power Up Conference April 19 in St. Charles.

THRIVE, the acronym for Transformation, Health, Responsibility, Independence, Vocation and Education, is a two-year certificate program on the university's Warrensburg campus that prepares students with developmental or intellectual disabilities for independent living, personal interaction, and employment fitting their goals and abilities.

BOONVILLE P.D. INVESTIGATING THEFTS FROM AUTOMOBILES 1/28/16RK


An area police department is warning its residents about a rash of thefts from vehicles.

According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, there have been several recent reports of unlocked vehicles having items stolen from them. The current reports were in the Krohn Street area.

The investigations are ongoing, and the department urges anyone who sees anything suspicious to call 911 or the Boonville Police Department at (660) 882-2727.

CATCH-AND-KEEP TROUT FISING AT SEDALIA POND STARTS FEB. 1 1/28/16RK


Starting February 1, anglers can keep rainbow trout caught and kept at an area pond.

According to a news release, under a cooperative agreement, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Sedalia Parks and Recreation Department stocked trout at Liberty Park Pond in Sedalia last fall to give anglers an additional winter fishing opportunity. Only catch-and-release fishing is allowed until February 1. After that, anglers wishing to catch, keep and eat rainbow trout have a new opportunity. Only artificial lures may be used prior to February 1. After that date, live or scented baits may be used.

MDC stocked 1,300 trout in the three-acre pond at Third and Park streets. Included in the stocking were 12 large, trophy-sized trout that formerly served as brood stock at MDC's Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery.

For catch-and-release winter trout fishing, all Missouri residents over age 15 and under 65 must have a valid fishing permit, and all nonresidents over age 15 must have a fishing permit. All anglers wishing to keep trout must also have a Missouri trout permit.

For more information, visit www.mdc.mo.gov.

BOONVILLE MAN ARRESTED, TO FACE FELONY CHARGE IN HOWARD CO. 1/28/16RK


A Boonville man was arrested on a Howard County Warrant and is facing an alleged felony charge.

According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, 24-year-old Dennis E. Amie, was arrested for failure to appear on original charges.

According to on-line court documents, Amie has been formally charged with a Class D felony for Perjury In A Procedure Not Involving A Felony.

Amie posted bond on Tuesday, January 27, and was released on his own recognizance.

A counsel-status hearing has been set for 9 a.m. on March 8 in Howard County Circuit Court in Fayette.

SEARCH WARRANT EXECUTED; TWO MARSHALL RESIDENTS COULD FACE CHARGES 1/28/16RK


Saline County authorities executed a search warrant and two Marshall residents could face future drug charges.

According to two probable-cause statements issued by the Saline County Sheriff's Department, a search warrant was served at a Marshall residence, and during a subsequent search, deputies recovered a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia related to the use and sale of methamphetamine. Marijuana also was located at the residence.

Formal charges are pending with the Saline County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

More details will be given as they become available.

TWO AREA RESIDENTS HURT IN PETTIS COUNTY CRASH 1/28/16RK


Two area residents were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Wednesday.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred as a southbound truck, driven by 19-year-old Dilon Pettis, of Hughesville, reportedly failed to stop at a stop sign and struck an eastbound car, driven by 44-year-old Scott Miller, of Otterville. Both vehicles traveled off the roadway, where the Miller vehicle overturned.

Pettis reportedly escaped injury, but a passenger in his vehicle, 19-year-old Seth Wollery, of Sedalia, suffered minor injuries and reportedly was transported via private vehicle to an area hospital for treatment.

Miller suffered moderate injuries and was transported via Pettis County E.M.S. to a hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The crash happened at 7:50 p.m. on U.S. Highway 50 at Route O.

ORRICK MAN SUFFERS MODERATE INJURIES IN RAY COUNTY CRASH 1/28/16RK


An Orrick man suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Ray County on Wednesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound vehicle, driven by 23-year-old Steven Higginbotham, traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a bridge abutment.

Higginbotham was transported by Ray County E.M.S. to a North Kansas City hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 2:30 p.m. on Route O at Breshears Road.

FIVE ARRESTED ON ALLEGED DRUG CHARGES IN MARSHALL 1/27/16CC


Ongoing investigation into the distribution of narcotics led Marshall Police to serve two search warrants that led to the arrest of a total of five people on Wednesday morning.

According to a statement from police, officers first served a warrant at a Marshall residence at around 9:16 a.m. Once inside, officers report finding quantities of marijuana and methamphetamine, digital scales and drug packaging materials. Two people were arrested at the scene and taken to the Saline County Jail to await the filing of formal charges by the Prosecuting Attorney's office.

A few minutes later, at around 9:19 a.m., a warrant was served at another Marshall residence, where officers also reported finding marijuana, meth, scales, and drug packaging materials. Two additional subjects were taken into custody pending the filing of formal charges.

Also on Wednesday, police report locating and arresting another subject in connection with the investigation but not at the scenes where the warrants were served.

All five are being held at the Saline County Jail pending the filing of formal charges and police say more arrests are expected in connection with the ongoing investigation.

AREA JOBLESS RATES HELD STEADY IN DECEMBER 1/27/16CC


With the state unemployment rate dipping below the national average in December, jobless rates in the KMMO listening area held mostly steady for the final month of 2015.

The latest non-seasonally adjusted data from the Missouri Department of Economic Development shows every county in the area still well below the national average of 5% and some well below the state average of 4.8%.

In December the lowest unemployment rate in the area came out of Lafayette County at 3.8%, followed by Howard County at 3.9% and Saline, Pettis, and Ray counties all with a rate of 4.0%.

Johnson County came in at 4.2% in December, Cooper County at 4.3%, Chariton County at 4.4% and Carroll County at 4.7%.

Nearly every county in the area saw a slight increase in its jobless rate from the month of November, while the state's rate dipped one-tenth of a point from November to December. The national rate currently stands at 4.8%, according to the Department of Economic Development.

SEDALIA NAMES NEW PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR 1/27/16CC


An area community has named a new Public Works Director.

According to a release from the city of Sedalia, the Mayor and City Council met in closed session on Tuesday night and voted to name Brenda Ardrey at the city's new Public Works Director. Ardrey will begin her employment with the city on March 1st.

Ardrey is a graduate of State Fair Community College and Central Missouri State University, where she studied business and accounting. The city says she has over 37 years of business experience in the public and private sectors.

Ardrey has spent the last twelve years working for the Department of Natural Resources; eight of those years were spent as an Operations Section Chief for their Solid Waste Management Program.

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD OKs FUSING OF ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS 1/27/16RK


During the meeting of the Marshall School Board on Tuesday, Marshall Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher noted the district will be looking for an administrator  will do double duty. She said the board has approved hiring an Assistant Superintendent of Business Operations prior to the start of the 2016-17 school year.

She gave kudos to the current Director of Business Services, Paul Faber, who will be leaving the district at the end of the current school year.



Dr. Maher said the person who is hired will have a 12-month Central Office contract. She went on to outline the duties and responsibilities the new hire will have, which will include those performed by Faber the past two years. She said this will be an important hire to keep the district moving forward.



In the one action taken by the board, it approved a bid of $4,225 for a one-year lease on farmland it owns. The bid was submitted by Ken Gieringer. The land is on the corner of South Lincoln Avenue and Watermill Road.

MDC PROPOSES BANNING HOG HUNTING ON CONSERVATION AREAS 1/27/16RK


At its meeting on Friday, January 22, the Missouri Conservation Commission voiced initial approval for recommended changes to the Wildlife Code of Missouri that would prohibit the hunting of feral hogs on lands owned, leased, or managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

According to a release, the next step in the rulemaking process includes a 30-day public comment period on the proposed regulation changes, which will run from April 2 through May 1. Public comments can be submitted by email to Regulations@mdc.mo.gov or online at mdc.mo.gov/node/24141.

Following final Conservation Commission consideration of citizen input and staff recommendations this summer, the anticipated effective date of the regulation changes will be Sept. 30, 2016. Potential penalties for illegal hog hunting could include fines and the loss of hunting privileges.

COLUMBIA P.D. INVESTIGATING SHOOTING 1/27/16RK


An area police department is investigating a shooting.

According to a news release, Columbia Police Officers were dispatched at 8:18 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, to the 2500 block of Morning Glory Drive in reference to shots fired.

Officers made contact with a 38-year-old male victim with a wound to his shoulder at the intersection of Garden Drive and I-70 Drive Northwest. The injury was consistent with being grazed by a bullet.

The investigation revealed the victim and another 34-year-old male victim entered a vehicle that was parked in the area. While the victims were inside the vehicle, a suspect approached and fired at least one round through the window. The suspect proceeded to flee the area on foot in an eastbound direction. Officers recovered a bullet inside the vehicle, as well as a mask in a yard near where the vehicle was parked. The victim was treated for his injury on the scene. The second victim was not injured.

The amount of property damage is unknown.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department, or call CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

M.M.U. BOARD TO MEET ON THURSDAY MORNING 1/27/16RK


The Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works is scheduled for a regular-session meeting on Thursday, January 28.

According to the agenda, the board is to consider a banking resolution, as well as hear a number of departmental reports.

There also could be a closed, executive session during the meeting.

The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. at the MMU Office Building at 75 East Morgan Street.

MARSHALL SCHOOL NURSES SOON TO OFFER FREE ASTHMA SCREENING PROGRAM 1/27/16RK


Director of Services Terri Porter reported to the Marshall School Board at its meeting Tuesday night, the district's nurses will soon be qualified to help out kids with asthma and their doctors.

Porter said the nurses are scheduled to attend a four-hour training session on Wednesday, February 3, on a program called "Asthma Ready" through the University of Missouri.



Porter went on to say this free program is a win-win situation for everyone involved.



Porter pointed out the district will not be screening all kids, just those who already diagnosed with asthma, with parental permission.

MARSHALL SCHOOLS TO LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE, APP SOON 1/27/16RK


Public Relations Committee representative Justin Hendricks was on hand to give an update on an upcoming technological change and an addition to how persons can get information on the district at the Marshall School Board meeting on Tuesday night.



Hendricks went on to say each school in the district will have its own page with news available just about that school. There also will be live updates on sporting events and much more. He said the app will customizable.



Hendricks said it's a lot of work getting everything the way the district wants it, but he believes the new app will be a great addition once it gets going. He said the website will be up and running first.

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD ACCEPTS LAND RENTAL BID 1/27/16RK


Along with getting information on an upcoming reworked website and mobile app, as well as a new program to help out kids with asthma, the Marshall School Board approved a bid for rental of farm land it owns at its meeting on Tuesday night.

After mulling over more than one option on offers from two of three different individuals, the board voted to approve one of the options submitted by Ken Gieringer.

According to the offer, Gieringer will pay the district $4,225 in October for a one-year lease of the land.

The farmland is located on the corner of South Lincoln Avenue and Watermill Road.

CONSERVATION DEPT. ANNOUNCES DEER, TURKEY RULE CHANGES 1/26/16CC


The Missouri Department of Conservation has set turkey and deer hunting dates and regulation changes for the coming seasons.

At its December meeting, the Missouri Conservation Commission approved recommendations by the Conservation Department for the 2016-17 deer-hunting season and the 2016 turkey-hunting seasons.

The recommendations include turkey-hunting and deer-hunting season dates, changes to turkey-hunting allowed methods, and changes to the deer-hunting season structure and allowed methods.

The changes officially become effective in March of this year.

For a complete look at the regulation changes and how they might affect your hunting, visit the Department of Conservation online at www.mdc.mo.gov.

WARRENSBURG WINERY TO BE REPAID STOLEN FUNDS 1/26/16CC


An area winery is now ready to recoup money that authorities say was stolen by a former employee.

Attorney General Chris Koster announced last week that a Johnson County judge has ordered Claudia Albright, of Kansas City, Kansas, to repay the owners of the Monserrat Winery more than $30,000 for money she stole from the winery located near Warrensburg.

The judge also sentenced her to seven years in prison, and then suspended the sentence so she can pay restitution to the victims.

A Johnson County jury found Albright guilty in October for stealing from the winery by writing unauthorized checks, taking money from the cash drawer, and funneling money to her boyfriend while she was employed as a manager at Monserrat Winery from September 2005 to May 2006.

The judge has ordered her to pay full restitution to the victims in the amount of almost $34,000. A review of Albright’s payment of restitution status is set for March 28th.

MACARONI GRILL CARD REFUNDS AVAILABLE THROUGH A.G.'S OFFICE 1/26/16CC


Attorney General Chris Koster announced recently his office has reached an agreement with Romano’s Macaroni Grill, which will allow consumers who purchased gift cards from any Macaroni Grill location in Missouri during 2014 to receive a refund of any balance remaining on the card.

Koster's office says about 500 Missouri consumers are still holding Macaroni Grill gift cards.

The Attorney General began looking into the matter at the end of 2014 when Macaroni Grill announced that it was immediately closing all of its Missouri locations, and consumers began to complain that they had recently purchased gift cards believing that they could redeem them at a local restaurant.

Consumers can take advantage of the program by contacting the Attorney General’s Office by one of the means listed below and providing the gift card number from the back of an eligible card. Eligible cards include gift cards purchased at a Missouri location of Romano’s Macaroni Grill during the 2014 calendar year. Cards that are redeemable at several different restaurants are not eligible for this program but can still be redeemed at the other restaurants listed on the card or at Romano’s Macaroni Grill locations outside Missouri.

To report a gift card, consumers may fill out the online form or may call (800) 392-8222. Consumers will need to provide the account number on the back of the card. Questions can be directed to the number listed above, or can be emailed to Macaronigrillclaims@ago.mo.gov.

All claims must be received by 5 p.m. on May 11, 2016.

AG DEPT. OFFERS SPAY & NEUTER GRANT MONIES 1/26/16CC


The Missouri Department of Agriculture's Pet Spay and Neuter Program has grants available to assist animal shelters, rescue groups and other non-profit organizations with spay and neuter services.

Last year, the Department of Agriculture says it provided $20,000 for spay and neuter initiatives through this program. Applications for 2016 grants are available now and are due Monday, February 29, 2016.

The Pet Spay and Neuter Program helps animal shelters, humane societies and non-profit groups with the costs of spaying and neutering animals.

The required forms and instructions for preparing an application are available on the Missouri Department of Agriculture's website at www.agriculture.mo.gov.

Qualified organizations can complete their application electronically.

MARSHALL POLICE INVESTIGATE PROPERTY DAMAGE REPORT 1/26/15CC


Investigators with the Marshall Police Department are currently looking into a report of residential property damage.

According to department reports, police were contacted on Sunday, January 24th, by the owner of a vacant residence in the 400 block of East Gordon. The owner reported discovering damages to the property at around 3:15 p.m. that afternoon after last seeing the property undamaged on Friday, January 22nd.

Police reports say a walkthrough of the property revealed a rear basement door that had been broken, along with a breaker box with several breakers pulled out and a damaged metal frame.

No other damages were reported and nothing was reported missing from the house.

The owner estimated the damages to the door at $250 and the breaker box at about $1,500. Police investigation into the matter continues.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR INSURANCE STUDENTS 1/26/16RK


There are some scholarship opportunities for Missouri students pursuing insurance industry careers.

The Missouri Department of Insurance reminds high school seniors and college students, who are Missouri residents, to apply for Missouri Insurance Education Foundation (MIEF) scholarships.

Four $1,500 scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors who will be full-time students in accredited Missouri colleges or universities and who plan to enroll in insurance, risk management or actuarial science courses. In addition, one $2,500 scholarship and five $2,000 scholarships are awarded to college juniors or seniors majoring in insurance or related courses in a Missouri college or university.

The deadline is March 31.

Additional instructions and applications for the scholarships are available on MIEF's website, www.mief.org.

BRIDGE TO BE REPLACED NEAR WAVERLY 1/26/16RK


It is kind of a down time of the year, but the Lafayette County Commission is eyeing a bridge replacement project that should start within the next month or two, depending on the weather.

According to Presiding Commissioner Harold Hoflander, the 60-foot bridge is located on Hedgewood Road near Waverly. There will be an engineer on site, and the structure will be built to state specs and inspected by the state.

The dollars the county spends on that bridge will be credited to the county by the federal government in soft-match money so the county can use it toward replacing another bridge near Higginsville under the B.R.O. Program, which requires the county to come up with 20 percent of the cost. He said the work on the bridge near Higginsville might not get started, though, until 2017.

SEDALIA 200 SCHOOL BOARD DISCUSSES POSSIBLE MOVE OF FOURTH-GRADERS 1/26/16RK


With the number of students growing every year, the Sedalia 200 School Board spent a good portion of its meeting on Monday discussing what to do with a particular grade of students.

Superintendent Brad Pollitt explains.



Pollitt said the fourth-graders currently are in kindergarten through fourth-grade neighborhood elementary schools. If the growth continues, he said eventually the elementary schools will have to become K-3's simply because of the number of students and space available.



Pollitt said the board decided it will be best to leave the fourth-graders in the elementary buildings for one more year to see if the growth continues.

In other news, the board was notified there will not need to be an election for school board positions this year due to only the incumbents, Diana Nichols and David Wolfe, having filed for the open seats.

TODAY IS DEADLINE TO GET ISSUES ON APRIL BALLOT 1/26/16RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell reminded entities wanting to get an issue on the upcoming Municipal Election ballot of a deadline.



Russell then explained what happens after today's deadline.



The Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, April 5.

In other news from the meeting, commissioners approved the reappointment of William Treece to another three-year term on the Saline County Common Road District Board. His term will now run through April of 2019.

SENIOR SERVICES EVENT SET FOR WEDNESDAY IN SEDALIA 1/26/16RK


An event is scheduled this week to aid seniors in an area city.

According to a news release, the Sedalia Chamber of Commerce will host an evening full of food and information for seniors on Wednesday, January 27, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at 312 South Washington in Sedalia.

Services offered by Care Connection for Aging Services will be the featured topic of discussion.

You can get more information and RSVP for the event by calling (660) 826-0713 or (660) 826-2222.

RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY FORUM SET FOR FRIDAY AT C.M.U. IN FAYETTE 1/26/16RK


An area university will host an event to talk about religious diversity later this week.

According to a news release, a panel discussion entitled "Religious Diversity and Higher Education" is set for Friday, January 29, at Central Methodist University in Fayette.

The forum, which will feature panel members representing various religious perspectives-- including Atheism, Buddhism, Conservative Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Progressive Christianity-- begins at noon on the fourth floor of the Inman Student and Community Center.

There is no admission charge.

Advance registration is requested but not required. You can register by calling CMU's Center for Faith and Service at (660) 248-6671.

KEYTESVILLE MAN INJURED IN CARROLL COUNTY CRASH 1/26/16RK


A Keytesville man escaped with cuts and bruises after a one-vehicle crash in Carroll County on Monday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as 61-year-old James Edwards tried to navigate his westbound vehicle around an animal in the roadway. However, the vehicle began to slide, traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment.

Edwards reportedly refused treatment of minor injuries at the scene.

The crash happened at 6:05 p.m. on U.S. Highway 24, two-tenths of a mile west of County Road 271.

TWO AREA RESIDENTS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TRAFFIC CRASH 1/26/16RK


Two area residents were seriously injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Pettis County on Monday.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred as an eastbound truck, driven by 44-year-old Alma Deitas, of Knob Noster, began to skid, overturned across the center of the roadway, traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch.

Two passengers in the truck, 30-year-old Julian Deitas, of Knob Noster, and Metelina Enery, of La Monte, suffered serious injuries. The driver suffered minor injuries. All three were transported by E.M.S. to an area hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 4:40 p.m. on U.S. Highway 50, just west of Chevalier Road.

LEXINGTON COUNCIL MEETS TUESDAY 1/25/16CC


The Lexington City Council holds a regular session meeting on Tuesday, January 26th.

The agenda features discussion on several topics-- including the April 5th election ballot, a water UV system update and potential well field investigation, a motor vehicle sales tax and fuel fee, and an ordinance dealing with sewer and water issues.

Council members will also get an update on the hospital and hear reports from several city department heads and leaders before moving into closed executive session for real estate, personnel, and contract matters.

The regular session meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Lexington City Hall.

ELECTRICAL FIRE REPORTED AT MARSHALL RETAILER 1/25/16CC


Marshall police and fire crews responded Monday afternoon to the Marshall Walmart on a report of an electrical fire.

A police spokesman told KMMO News a report of fire in the store's meat department came in at around 2:30 p.m. after an employee reported smelling smoke.

The store was temporarily closed to the public until the situation was brought under control.

Police say the store reopened to the public just before 3 p.m.; no injuries were reported from the scene and no major damages were reported from inside the store.

We'll have more on this story as details are made available.

SALINE HEALTH DEPT. TRUSTEES MEET TUESDAY 1/25/16CC


A mostly routine evening of business is on the agenda for the Saline County Health Department Board of Trustees and Public Health Fund Board of Trustees when the groups meet in regular session on Tuesday, January 26th.

Along with monthly business, the Health Department Trustees will take up amendment of the 2015 budget.

The evening gets underway at 7 p.m. at the Saline County Health Department Building at 1825 South Atchison Avenue in Marshall.

C.M.U. TO PRESENT MUSICAL TRIBUTE IN FEBRUARY 1/25/16RK


An area university will be presenting a musical tribute in February.

According to a news release, a 'Valentine Toast' to Opera and musicals opens Thursday, February 11, at Central Methodist University in Fayette's Willie Mae Kountz Recital Hall of the Swinney Conservatory.

Several area students will be among the performers, including Levi Gerke, of Pilot Grove; Anna Kay, of Boonville; Britney Kelcher, Aiden Smith and Susan Bishop, of Fayette; and Kay Wilken, of Cole Camp. CMU alumna and former music student, Lacey Eaton Gladden, of Fayette, will be a special guest singer.

The performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, February 11 through 13, and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 14. General admission is $7. It will be $5 for seniors and CMU staff and faculty and $2 for students with an I.D. For ticket information, call (660) 248-6317.

MDC OFFERING WORKSHOPS FOR DUCK HUNTERS 1/25/16RK


The Missouri Department of Conservation has invited specific hunters to workshops in February and March.

According to a news release, There are 13 duck hunter workshops scheduled around the state, including one in the KMMO listening area.

There will be a workshop held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, at the Carrollton Public Library at 1 North Folger Street. For more information, call (660) 646-6122.

Participants will have the opportunity to review longterm data about weather, migration, habitat use, harvest, discuss season date and zone preferences with other hunters and MDC staff members.

Prior to attending a workshop, MDC encourages hunters to review information compiled by department biologists on migration, harvest, weather and hunter preferences for each region of the state at http://on.mo.gov/1giLHme.

BOONVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH TWO FELONIES IN COOPER COUNTY 1/25/16RK


A Boonville man was served a Cooper County Warrant and was taken into custody by Boonville Police Officers.

According to a release from the police department, 31-year-old Tyler Jones, was arrested over the weekend.

According to on-line court documents, Jones has been formally charged with two Class D felonies for Domestic Assault in the Third Degree (third subsequent offense) and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

Bond was set at $2,500 cash only; a future date in Cooper County Circuit Court has not been set.

FOUR PERSONS RUNNING FOR TWO SPOTS ON FAYETTE R-3 SCHOOL BOARD 1/25/16RK


Several school districts in the area will not have to hold an election for open seats due to the number of persons filing meeting the number of openings.

However, that is not the case in the Fayette R-3 School District as four persons have filed for two seats. According to a news release, during the most recent school board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Tamara Kimball reported the incumbents, Michelle Howell and Jessica Quint, have filed for reelection. Eric McSwain and Fred Weiker also have filed.

Two actions were taken during the meeting, and both of them involved Design Build bids for a transportation/maintenance facility. The board received three bids, accepting a bid of $675,000 for a steel frame Mesco building. The board also voted to finance the project through L.J. Hart & Company. The amount to be financed will be determined by February 10.

SFCC'S MACHINE TOOL PROGRAM RECEIVES NATIONAL ACCREDITATION 1/25/16RK


State Fair Community College's Metals Technology-- Machine Tool Level 1 program-- has earned national accreditation from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc. or (NIMS).

According to a news release, accreditation requires that faculty and staff meet stringent quality requirements, which include a program self-audit, the certifying of faculty and students in NIMS national industry credentials and an intensive two-day on-site evaluation.

Two NIMS evaluators conducted an on-site visit in the fall of 2015 and issued above-average ratings in purpose; program features; equipment; tooling and measuring devices; administration; and faculty and instructional staff.

For more information about the program at SFCC, contact program coordinator Justin Wright at jwright4@sfccmo.edu.

LIMITED NUMBER OF TAX FORMS AVAILABLE AT MARSHALL PUBLIC LIBRARY 1/25/16RK


Availability of paper tax forms at the Marshall Public Library will be limited this year.

According to a release from Marshall Public Library Director Wicky Sleight, due to federal budget cuts fewer forms are provided by the IRS.

According to the IRS, 95 percent of taxpayers filed their tax returns electronically last year. As a result, the agency is significantly decreasing the variety of paper forms it offers.

In an effort to meet the needs of its patrons, the library is offering several options for printing out or copying forms from the website www.irs.gov. There are charges for some services such as copying and printing documents.

Sleight points out that although the library offers use of its computers for looking up information for patrons with a library card in good standing and printing out documents, the staff is not trained to give tax advice.

For more information, call the library at (660) 886-3391.

AREA ORGANIZATION NAMES YOUTH OF THE YEAR 1/25/16RK


Three members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri were named Youth of the Year during a recent special ceremony.

According to a news release, Cole Camp site member Jake Rogers, The CLUB Site member Alexa Rice and Horace Mann Site member Jenesis May were chosen by a panel of judges for this honor, which is awarded every year to three deserving kids.

Each club site nominated Youth of the Year candidates in elementary, intermediate and teen categories to compete for the honor. There were 16 total candidates.

As a teen winner, Rogers will compete at the state Youth of the Year competition to be held in April in Jefferson City.

Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri, celebrating its 55th anniversary, serves more than 650 youths daily in 11 sites in Sedalia, Cole Camp, Green Ridge, La Monte, Leeton and Smithton. For more information about the club, call (660) 826-8331 or visit www.bgckids.com.

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD TO CONSIDER FARM LAND RENTAL BID ON TUESDAY 1/25/16RK


The Marshall School Board will convene for a regular-session meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26.

On the agenda, the school board is to consider a bid for farm land rental and hear a Federal Programs Review.

Also on the agenda are several departmental reports, including a report from Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher.

The meeting takes place at the Administration Building on the corner of South Miami Avenue and West Vest Street.

THREE KILLED IN HEAD-ON CRASH IN HENRY COUNTY 1/25/16RK


Three area residents, including an infant, were killed in a two-vehicle head-on crash in Henry County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound vehicle, driven by 80-year-old Ray Kegley, of Odessa, reportedly was attempting to pass another vehicle on a hill and struck a southbound vehicle, driven by 20-year-old William Leonard, of Chilhowee, head-on.

Kegley, Leonard and an infant in his vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene by the Henry County coroner.

Tammy Goff, a 52-year-old passenger in the Kegley vehicle, and Katrice Decker, an 18-year-old passenger in the Leonard vehicle, each suffered serious injuries. They were transported by Air E.M.S. to a Kansas City hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 6:05 p.m. on Northbound Missouri 13, one-half mile north of Northeast 503rd Road.

CLOSED SESSION PLANNED FOR SEDALIA COUNCIL 1/24/16CC


A closed-door meeting is scheduled for the Sedalia City Council on Tuesday, January 26th.

A release from the city says the council will meet in executive session at 6:30 p.m. for legal advice and personnel matters.

The meeting takes place in the Mayor's conference room of Sedalia City Hall.

SWEET SPRINGS STUDENTS UTILIZING 3D PRINT TECHNOLOGY 1/24/16CC


The Sweet Springs R-7 School Board met in regular session on Thursday, January 21st, with a light agenda of business.

Superintendent Donna Wright gave the board an update on a recently-purchased 3-D printer and how it's being to put to use by art and science students. She passed around to the board members various items that students have created using the new printer.

Wright also read to the board a proclamation from Governor Jay Nixon to celebrate School Board Recognition Week, running January 25-29.

Board members were also given month reports and attendance numbers from elementary and high school administration, and learned the details of an upcoming basketball game on February 6th between the faculty and staff of the Sweet Springs and Concordia school districts.

BOGARD PLAYS HOST TO FRIDAY BLOOD DRIVE 1/24/16CC


The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Friday in Carroll County.

According to the Red Cross, the drive will take place from 2-6 p.m. at Old Soldiers Memorial Post Office Community Center located at 100 West 3rd Street in Bogard.

Visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 800-RED-CROSS for more information or to find a blood drive in your area.

MONDAY BLOOD DRIVE IN BLACKWATER 1/24/16CC


Area residents can donate blood at an American Red Cross blood drive in Cooper County on Monday, January 25th.

The drive will be held at the Blackwater Depot Community Center at 200 Railroad Avenue; it will run from 2:45 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

To find out more call 800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

SEDALIA SCHOOL BOARD MEETS MONDAY NIGHT 1/24/16CC


The Sedalia 200 School Board meets in regular public session on Monday, January 25th. The meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m. at Skyline Elementary School at 2505 West 32nd Street.

Items on the board agenda include discussion about notice of a non-election ballot, the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, and the proposed summer school schedule.

The board will also take up evaluations of the Guidance & Counseling Program and the Vocational Educational Program, along with having a look at next year's school calendar.

A closed executive session is also on the evening's agenda.

PAIR OF TEENS HURT IN CRASH NEAR SALISBURY 1/24/16CC


Two Chariton County teens were hurt in a one-vehicle accident on Saturday afternoon.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 16-year-old Kevin Adlar, of Salisbury, lost control of his northbound S.U.V. and ran off the side of the road. The vehicle struck a culvert, returned to the road and then ran off the opposite side of the road before finally coming to a stop.

Adlar received minor injuries and reportedly sought his own treatment while a passenger, 17-year-old Robert Witmer, of Salisbury, suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to a Moberly hospital for treatment.

Patrol reports say the crash happened around 1:30 p.m. on Sterling Avenue, about two miles west of Salisbury.

PSC PUBLIC HEARING SET FOR BRUNSWICK IN FEBRUARY 1/23/16RK


The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold a local public hearing early next month in a water- and sewer-rate cases filed by the Missouri-American Water Company.

The Public Hearing is scheduled for the downstairs meeting room at the American Legion Post #7 at 209 West Broadway in Brunswick on Thursday, February 4. A PSC staff public information question-and-answer session starts at 11 a.m., with the commission receiving testimony from the public beginning at 12 p.m.

For those unable to attend a meeting, you can call (866) 922-2959 or email your comments to opcservice@ded.mo.gov.

On July 31, 2015, the Missouri-American Water Company filed water- and sewer-rate cases with the MPSC seeking to increase annual operating revenue by approximately $51 million.

The Missouri-American Water Company serves more than 471,000 water and sewer customers in Missouri.

ABSENTEE VOTING FOR PRES. PRIMARY STARTS FEBRUARY 2 1/23/16RK


An area county clerk is reminding potential voters it may be possible to cast your vote via absentee.

According to a news release from Johnson County Clerk Diane Thompson, registered voters who will be absent from their polling locations for the Presidential Preference Primary on Tuesday, March 15, absentee ballots will be available starting on Tuesday, February 2.

Absentee voting for the presidential primary will continue through 5 p.m. on Monday, March 14, at the Johnson County Courthouse Voter Registration Office. The office will be open for absentee voting from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 12.

Applications by mail for absentee ballots must be received in the Voter Registration Office by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9.

For more information, call the Johnson County Clerk's office at (660) 747-6161.

COLUMBIA WOMAN CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE FELONIES IN COOPER COUNTY 1/23/16RK


A Columbia woman faces multiple alleged felonies in Cooper County.

According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, 29-year-old Jennifer Kidd, recently was placed on a 24-hour hold in the Cooper County Detention Center.

According to on-line court documents, Kidd has been charged with a Class B felony for Assault of a Police Officer in the Second Degree and a Class D felony for Resisting Arrest, Detention or Stop by Fleeing, Creating a Substantial Risk of Serious Injury or Death to Any Person, as well as two misdemeanors.

Bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety.

A preliminary hearing in the matter is set for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 2, in Cooper County Circuit Court.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN PRES. PREFERENCE PRIMARY NEARING 1/23/16RK


As a reminder, the last day to register to be able to vote in the upcoming Presidential Preference Primary is fast approaching.

According to a release from Johnson County Clerk Diana Thompson, the last day to register and be eligible to vote during the primary on Tuesday, March 15, is Wednesday, February 17, at 5 p.m.

Those are the same time and date for all of the other counties in Missouri, as well.

County Clerk's offices also will accept mail-in voter applications. Those applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, February 17, for the voter to be eligible to cast a ballot during the primary.

For more information, contact your county clerk's office. The Johnson County Clerk's phone number is: (660) 747-6161.

CONCORDIA ENTRANCE PROJECT UPDATE: PLANS NEED SOME ALTERING 1/23/16RK


An area city's plan to feature a crosswalk is taking baby steps, inching forward with hopes to be completed by the end of the year.

At the meeting of the Concordia Improvement Committee this week, two representatives from MoDOT were on hand with plans drawn up for the Concordia Entrance Project. Concordia City Administrator Dale Klussman said the biggest concern of the committee with this plan is that what he called a "safe haven"-- an island where a yield sign for traffic going south on Highway 23 (Main Street) could turn west onto 40 Highway-- needs to be altered.



Klussman went on to explain what the committee would like to see happen.



Klussman said the next step is to incorporate input from the public and re-sbumit the plan to MoDOT. He said they would like for the project to go out for bid in the March-April time frame, with work to begin by June.

FOUR AREA RESIDENTS INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH IN PETTIS COUNTY 1/23/16RK


Four area residents were injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash on Friday in Pettis County.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound vehicle, driven by 22-year-old Cole Ebeling, of Green Ridge, hit a patch of ice, began sliding into a ditch, where it overturned.

Ebeling and two passengers in the vehicle, 22-year-old Cherri Apel, of Sedalia, and 19-year-old Aubree Confolder, of Sedalia, each received minor injuries. The latter two were reportedly transported by private vehicle to an area hospital for treatment, while Ebeling reportedly refused treatment at the scene.

A 19-year-old passenger, Gabrielle Wilson, of Sweet Springs, suffered moderate injuries and reportedly was transported via private vehicle to an area hospital for treatment.

Reportedly, none of the occupants of the vehicle was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The crash happened at 8:30 p.m. on Buckley Road, three miles east of La Monte.

SCHOOL DISTRICT, CITY OF BOONVILLE TEAM UP TO BUILD SOCCER FIELDS 1/22/16RK


At its meeting this week, the Boonville R-1 School Board approved a motion to move forward on a sports-related project in conjunction with the city of Boonville and ATG Sports. Superintendent Mark Ficken outlines Phase 1 of the Intergovernmental Agreement.



Ficken said it is a big plus to have the two taxing entities working together to build something for the youth of the city. He said the city also will help out the district's baseball and softball squads.



On another note, the press box at the Community Sports Complex at Boonville High School has been torn down and another will be erected in its place. Ficken said the footings for the new press box have been poured. Volunteer work on constructing the new press box is scheduled to start this weekend.

SPEED LIMIT TO INCREASE ON PART OF ROUTE 13 1/22/16RK


In the near future, drivers on a certain area roadway will be able to go a little faster.

According to a news release from MoDOT, the speed limit on Route 13 will increase from 55 to 60 mph, from I-70 at Higginsville to Route 7 headed into Clinton. Customers will see signs changing beginning the week of January 25, weather permitting. As a reminder, legally, the speed limit is as posted until the signs are changed.

The change is the result of a speed study conducted by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

For more information about MoDOT news, projects or events, call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.mo.gov.

LEXINGTON SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES DATES FOR SUMMER SCHOOL 1/22/16RK


There will not need to be an election as far as for the positions on the Lexington R-5 School Board this April. According to Superintendent Dan Hoehn, only the two incumbents filed to hold those seats. Those holding on to their seats will be Mary Kate Alkire and Charles Hollingsworth.

In other news from the school board meeting this week, Hoehn said the board approved the dates for summer school as June 1 through June 29. He says the program might cost the district a few dollars, but it is worthwhile for many reasons.



The board approved a special meeting for Wednesday, March 2, for the purpose of rehiring certificated staff members and also approved extending Hoehn's three-year contract through the 2018-19 school year.

WARRENSBURG ARTS COMMISSION TO MEET SATURDAY 1/22/16RK


The Warrensburg Arts Commission is scheduled for an Annual Strategic Planning Retreat on Saturday, January 23.

On the agenda are discussions about the commission's role and its goals and objectives.

Also on the agenda is identification of major projects and appointments to committees.

The meeting takes place at 9 a.m. in the Jack Moore Room at the Warrensburg Depot.

NO SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION NECESSARY IN BOONVILLE 1/22/16RK


After its meeting on Wednesday, January 20, the Boonville R-1 School District sent notification to the Cooper County Clerk that an election will not be necessary for open seats on the school board.

Superintendent Mark Ficken said two seats are up this year, and two people have filed for them.

He said Dr. James Gann, who currently is a member of the board, has filed for reelection. Dr. Kristy Smalley, whose seat is up, did not file for reelection. However, the only other person who met the 5 p.m. January 19 filing deadline was John Linville.

In other news from the meeting, the board approved the tentative school calendars for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, as well as a list of surplus property on which the district will take bids.

BOONVILLE SCHOOL BOARD PLEASED WITH ADDITION OF STORM SHELTER 1/22/16RK


This week's meeting of the Boonville R-1 School Board was strategically planned at Hannah Cole Primary School. It was to take a look at a completed project to keep the children safe in the event of inclement weather, according to Superintendent Mark Ficken.



Ficken said the work has been completed, and the building is being used at this time.



Hannah Cole Primary is located at 1700 West Ashley Road.

ONLY INCUMBENTS FILE FOR OPEN SEATS ON LAFAYETTE C-1 SCHOOL BOARD 1/22/16RK


At the meeting of the Lafayette County C-1 School Board on Thursday, the board learned there will not be an election for the two seats on the board during this year's Municipal Election on Tuesday, April 5.

That's because, according to Superintendent David Figg, only the incumbents met the filing deadline of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19. Incumbents for the two seats are Jan Ritzinger and Kim Lewis.

In other news from the board meeting on Thursday night, the board approved a preliminary 2016-17 school calendar, including the start date of Wednesday, August 17, and the graduation date of Sunday, May 21, 2017. All of the dates are tentative due to legislation in the Missouri Congress that, if approved, could affect some dates.

The board will meet for a workshop on Thursday, February 4. Figg said by then the new insurances rates should be known, and the budget can be adjusted to reflect those numbers.

Figg's three-year contract was extended through the 2018-19 school year by the board.

COLUMBIA WOMAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE WARRANTS IN COOPER COUNTY 1/22/16RK


Multiple warrants were served and a Columbia woman recently was arrested and placed on a 24-hour hold at the Cooper County Detention Center.

According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, officers took 24-year-old Ashley Zarhouni into custody.

According to on-line court documents, Zarhouni has been charged with a Class C felony for Possession of a Controlled Substance, except 35 Grams or Less of Marijuana, a Class D felony for Driving While Revoked or Suspended, as well as two misdemeanors.

Zarhouni reportedly posted bond of $7,500 cash or surety.

A counsel status hearing in the matter has been set for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2, in Cooper County Circuit Court.

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED, TO FACE DRUG CHARGE IN COOPER COUNTY 1/22/16RK


A Columbia man is due in Cooper County Circuit Court next month after a warrant was served and he was taken into custody by Boonville Police officers recently. David Jonathan Stroup was transported to the Cooper County Detention Center.

According to on-line court documents, Stroup has been charged with a Class C Felony for Possession of a Controlled Substance, except 35 Grams of Less of Marijuana.

Bond was set at $7,500 cash or surety.

A Counsel Status hearing is set for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 2.

HIGGINSVILLE WOMAN HURT IN JOHNSON COUNTY ROLLOVER CRASH 1/22/16RK


A Higginsville woman was injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Johnson County on Thursday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash happened as an eastbound vehicle, driven by 21-year-old Jessica Goetz, traveled off the left side of the roadway, into the median, entered a creek and partially overturned on its left side.

Goetz reportedly would seek her own treatment of minor injuries.

The crash happened at 12:10 p.m. on U.S. Highway 50, one-quarter of a mile west of 1801st Road.

NEW FRANKLIN SCHOOL BOARD TALKS CALENDARS, FACILITIES 1/21/16CC


At Wednesday's meeting of the New Franklin R-1 School Board, members took a first look at next year's school calendar.

Superintendent David Haggard says one option the board is looking at for the 2016-17 school year is a change in how the district schedules its Spring Break:



He says nothing is set in stone yet and the board will revisit the matter after getting input from faculty and staff.

Haggard says the New Franklin board also spent time going over the district's facility plan review:



In other business, the board awarded a winning bid for the sale of a surplus school bus and heard reports from building principals.

SLATER SCHOOL BOARD EXTENDS SUPERINTENDENT CONTRACT 1/21/16CC


The Slater School Board met Wednesday night in regular session with a light agenda.

According to Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz, the evening began with kudos and thanks for the board in anticipation of School Board Recognition Week, which begins Monday, January 25th.

Board members then approved a trash removal bid from Waste Corporation of America but tabled a bid for new copy machines until a later date.

In executive session, the board voted to extend Lorenz's contract as Superintendent for another year and approved the hiring of two new substitute teachers.

NEW MARSHALL SIREN SYSTEM GETS FINANCIAL BOOST 1/21/16CC


At Thursday's meeting of the Saline County Commission, Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day gave commissioners an update on fundraising efforts for a new voice siren system to be installed in the courthouse.

Day says he recently met with an area donor and got some very good news:



Later in the meeting, commissioners signed off on permission for use of the courthouse grounds for the annual Saline County Barbecue. Chief Day says events like that are a perfect example of why the new siren system would go a long way in helping to keep the public safe in times of potential disaster:



Day told commissioners the fundraising efforts will continue for the time being and he hopes to have the siren system installed in time for the typically storm-heavy spring season.

BRUNSWICK SCHOOL BOARD TALKS GRANT SPENDING OPTIONS 1/21/16CC


One area school district is busy working to figure out how to spend some unexpected money that's come in from an outside donor.

Brunswick R-2 Superintendent Bob Kottman explains:



Kottman says the district is looking at a number of options, including one that's on the cutting edge of modern technology:



Kottman says some other options on how to spend the Ingram Grant money include a 3-D printer, new bleachers, new gymnasium speakers or possibly new band equipment.

BRUNSWICK BOARD MULLS SCHOOL CALENDAR OPTIONS 1/21/16CC


The Brunswick R-2 school board met in regular session Tuesday night.

Superintendent Bob Kottman says the board was slated to discuss the school calendar for next year, but is currently taking a "wait and see" approach to scheduling anything because of a number of factors:



Kottman says he feels the proposed legislation, which would bump the start of the school year until after Labor Day, may not necessarily be a positive move for state school districts:



In other business, Kottman says the board took up program evaluations for Ag Education and Communication Arts, got a first report on district tax collections, and set the next board meeting for Tuesday, February 16th.

USE TAX QUESTION TO APPEAR ON BOONVILLE BALLOT 1/21/16CC


Voters in Boonville will decide the fate of a proposed Use Tax on the April 5th Municipal Election Day.

Mayor Julie Thacher says that like many communities across the state and nation, the city of Boonville has done some belt-tightening over the past few years during challenging economic times. She talks about what the proposed tax would help to pay for:



In related business, Thacher says no contested races will be seen for the Boonville City Council, as each incumbent is running unopposed.

BOONVILLE COUNCIL HONORS OFFICERS' LIFESAVING EFFORTS 1/21/16CC


At this week's meeting of the Boonville City Council, two Boonville police officers were recognized for saving a man's life in November.

Boonville Mayor Julie Thacher explains:



Mayor Thacher says not only did the council honor the two officers for their efforts, but also got a first-hand look at a valuable piece of police equipment:



At Tuesday's council meeting the two officers, Sergeant James Deckard and Patrolman Justin Cummings, were given medals of commendation and the thanks of the Boonville City Council.

SHOW ANIMALS PERISH IN MARSHALL SHED FIRE 1/21/16CC


Marshall Fire Department crews responded Wednesday morning to a report of a structure fire just east of Marshall.

Fire Chief Tony Day talks about what crews found when they arrived at the scene on Marigold Avenue:



Day says no firefighters or residents were injured in the morning fire; however, he says several animals inside the building did not survive:



No dollar value has been placed on the lost animals or the damages to the machine shed. Authorities believe a heating unit in the building may have been the cause of the fire.

SWEET SPRINGS WOMAN WINS $1 MILLION LOTTERY PRIZE 1/21/16CC


An area woman is now a little heavier in the pocketbook after a big win on a Missouri Lottery scratcher ticket.

According to a Missouri Lottery release, 55-year-old Jean Welge, of Sweet Springs, bought a "$1,000 Frenzy" scratcher on January 4th and scratched it off to reveal a one million dollar prize. She reportedly claimed her prize at the Kansas City Lottery office the very same day.

Welge bought the winning ticket at Pilot Travel Center on West Ashley Road in Boonville. The Lottery says her prize is the first of three top prizes to be claimed in the $10 ticket game.

Winners can select an annuity of $50,000 a year for 20 years or a $700,000 lump-sum payout.

SEDALIA COUNCIL OK'S CAMERAS, NEW POLICE CARS 1/21/16CC


The Sedalia City Council this week approved two moves to help increase public safety.

Council members on Tuesday approved a proposal for a new IP-based surveillance system for the city. Council approved the proposal on the recommendation of the Public Safety Committee but also added an option for surveillance equipment in the hallways, council chambers and conference room of Sedalia City Hall.

An initial bid of just under $15,000 from Custom Communications was approved by the council, along with an additional $2,400 for the optional equipment.

Council members this week also approved a recommended bid of over $47,000 to Bryant Motors for two new Dodge Chargers for the Sedalia Police Department.

In other business, the council recognized the retirement of police officer Rodney Collins after over 30 years on the job and approved the appointment of Michelle Swords to the city's Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, Commission for an unfinished term expiring in July of this year.

ELECTION TO FEATURE THREE CONTESTED SEATS IN SEDALIA 1/21/16CC


Eight candidates in Sedalia have tossed their hats into the ring to run for open city government seats in the April municipal election.

According to City Clerk Arlene Silvey, Chuck Leftwich and Jeff Leeman have filed for City Council 1st Ward; Bonita Nash has filed for City Council 2nd Ward; Donald Meier and W.T. (Tom) Cunningham have filed for City Council 3rd Ward; and Tolbert (Tollie) Rowe and John Fritz have both filed for City Council 4th Ward.

Also, current Municipal Judge Deborah Mitchell has re-filed for the position and will run unopposed in the April 5th election.

GLASGOW SCHOOL TRACK PROJECT NEARS COMPLETION 1/21/16CC


At Wednesday's meeting of the Glasgow Board of Education, board members learned the district's outdoor track project is heading into the home stretch.

An overview of the project was given at the meeting and the district reports that all the work has been completed except for the top coat of rubber, which will be completed when weather permits in the Spring. Board members also thanked local patrons and businesses for their donations of time and resources to the ongoing project.

In other business, board members were updated on facility improvements over the past year and given a preview of future projects. The board also approved the list of candidates that filed for open seats on the school board and voted to extend the contract of Superintendent Mike Reynolds for an additional year.

CANDIDATES FILE FOR CARROLLTON COUNCIL SEATS 1/21/16CC


Three people have filed for open seats on the Carrollton Town Council in the upcoming municipal election.

According to a release from City Clerk Terry Bell, those who filed are Scarlet Horine for Councilman-at-Large, Scott A. Bartlett in Ward 1 and Trella Ward in Ward 2.

While the candidate filing period has ended, agencies and entities still have until Tuesday, January 26, at 5 p.m. to submit ballot questions and issues to pose to voters.

The municipal election take place on Tuesday, April 5th.

STATE JOBLESS RATE LOWEST IN 15 YEARS 1/21/16CC


Missouri's unemployment rate for December fell to 4.4 percent, the state's lowest since July 2001, according to seasonally adjusted data released this week by the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

The rate is lower than the national average, which held at five percent for December.

Following November's revised employment growth of 4,100 new jobs, Missouri's net nonfarm payroll employment for December was essentially unchanged, decreasing by 100 jobs.

However, several industries experienced growth in December including Construction with 2,600 jobs, Health Care & Social Assistance with 2,000 jobs, and Other Services with 1,500 jobs.

HUGHESVILLE MAN HURT IN WEDNESDAY CRASH 1/21/16CC


An area motorist was hospitalized Wednesday after a one-vehicle accident in Pettis County.

Trooper reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol say 48-year-old Samuel Packnett, of Hughesville, was traveling northbound when he reportedly fell asleep at the wheel. Packnett's pickup truck ran off the side of the road, where it struck an embankment and a fence.

Packnett suffered moderate injuries and was taken by private vehicle to a Columbia hospital for treatment. Reports say the crash happened at 2:30 p.m. on Route 135, south of Providence Road.

CONCORDIA IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE MEETS THURSDAY 1/20/16CC


The public is invited Thursday to a planned meeting of the Concordia Improvement Committee.

A release from City Hall says the group will meet to discuss the preliminary plan for the Concordia Entrance Project as presented for review by the state Department of Transportation.

The public is welcome to attend and review the plan; in addition, an engineer will be on hand to answer questions.

The meeting gets underway at 5:00 p.m. in Room 203 of the Concordia Community Center at 802 South Gordon Street.

FAYETTE SCHOOL BOARD MEETS FRIDAY 1/20/16CC


The Fayette R-3 School District will have a change of schedule this week for its monthly school board meeting.

The regular session meeting, normally held on the third Wednesday of the month, will take place on Friday, January 22, at 2 p.m. at District Central Office.

Items on the agenda include discussion and possible action on Design Build bids for the new transportation and maintenance facility, a discussion of financing a building project, and several reports from staff and administration.

A closed executive session is also scheduled for student and personnel matters.

SEDALIA BOYS & GIRLS CLUB HOSTS "YOUTH OF THE YEAR" EVENT 1/20/16CC


An organization serving area youth will honor some of its best and brightest kids on Thursday evening.

Boys and Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri will host its annual Youth of the Year ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at the Fox Theatre in downtown Sedalia. Sixteen candidates will compete in elementary, intermediate and teen categories, with the teen winner advancing to state competition in April.

According to the group's website, Youth of the Year is a "national program designed to promote and recognize service to the Club and community, academic performance and contributions to family and spiritual life". National Youth of the Year winners can win a $15,000 scholarship and an opportunity to meet the President of the United States.

Boys and Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri serves elementary, middle and high school students with afterschool programs in Pettis, Johnson and Benton counties.

Find out more at www.bgckids.com.

CARROLLTON TO HOST TO M.U. EXTENSION RETIREMENT CLASS 1/20/16CC


While many area farmers may know how to raise the best crops and harvest the greatest yields, they may not know the steps to take when it comes time to pass the farm on to the next generation.

The University of Missouri Extension will offer a four-session succession, estate and retirement planning training designed for farmers, ranchers, small-business owners and their families in February.

Sessions will be held from 6-9 p.m. on February 4, 11, 18 and 25 at four different sites: Adair County R-1 High School in Novinger, the Moberly Area Technical Center, State Technical College of Missouri in Linn and the Carrollton Public Library.

Register as an individual or a couple by January 29 by emailing agribusiness specialist Darla Campbell at dcampbell@missouri.edu or by calling 660-457-3469.

MARSHALL COUNCIL APPROVES P&Z RECOMMENDATION, SETS PUBLIC HEARING 1/20/16RK


The Marshall City Council considered a recommendation made by the Planning and Zoning Commission at the council meeting on Tuesday night.

According to City Administrator Connie Latimer, it involves the rezoning of a property in Ward 3.



After the council approved the recommendation, the council set a Public Hearing on the matter to be before the regular council meeting on Tuesday, February 16.

CONCORDIA ALDERMEN APPROVED MOVING FORWARD TO RENT LAKE LAND 1/20/16RK


On December 7, 2015, leadership of Concordia Heritage Society came to the Concordia Board of Aldermen asking the city to take over the everyday operations of the organization due to a shortage in the number of members. However, after a meeting with the city attorney and a boost in membership numbers, the Heritage Society withdrew its request at Tuesday night's meeting of the Board of Aldermen.

In other business, City Administrator Dale Klussman said the board voted to move ahead with a plan to enroll 12.3 acres of land at the city lake in the federal CPR program by the USDA.



Klussman went on to say the USDA will accept a plan to get rid of the Lespedeza because now is not the time of year to be doing anything like that.

The city will be paid over $160 per acre for the rental this year.

The formal paperwork has to be filed by February 26.

The board also approved an agreement to hire Randall C. Fiene to perform the city's audit for the fiscal year ending March 31st for $6,000.

CONCORDIA PROGRESSING WITH NEW WATER METER-READING SYSTEM 1/20/16RK


The town of Concordia is hopeful it will have a new water meter-reading system up and running by sometime in March.

The Board of Aldermen received an update on the progress at its meeting Tuesday night. City Administrator Dale Klussman explains.



Klussman said the new meters will be much more convenient to read.



Klussman said the city is now waiting on the FCC to approve the frequency for the radio waves to be transmitted before they can etch everything in stone.

CARROLLTON COUNCIL APPROVES TURNER TO BE AIRPORT MANAGER 1/20/16RK


The Carrollton Municipal Airport will be under the direction of a new manager.

According to a city spokesperson, the Carrollton Town Council approved the appointment of Carrollton Police Chief Robert Turner to that position at its meeting on Tuesday night. He will be replacing David Heddings, who had been in that position for several years.

Also another issue discussed was a turnaround at the Country Club Estates off of Jefferson Street on the northwest corner of the city. The spokesperson said more information will need to be gathered before the council can make an informed decision on whether to continue the turnaround agreement or not.

MARSHALL COUNCIL APPROVES MSDC AGREEMENT 1/20/16RK


A resolution authorizing Mayor Mark Gooden to execute the renewal of an annual contract was put off late last year until after November's election.

The issue came up again at the Marshall City Council meeting on Tuesday night. With Gooden absent, Mayor Pro-Tem Dan Brandt gave the details.



The council approved the resolution with six yes votes to one no vote, with one absent.

Marshall voters approved a one-half cent sales-tax increase during the November Special Election. The city will start receiving money from that in May after the sales-tax increase takes effect on April 1.

In other news, the council also approved Gooden's recommendation for Jene Crook to serve another one-year term on the MSDC board. The term will expire January 1, 2017.

 

TENNESSEE RESIDENT HURT IN SALINE COUNTY ROLLOVER CRASH 1/20/16RK


A driver from the state of Tennessee suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Saline County on Tuesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound vehicle, driven by 50-year-old Joyce Harris, of Memphis, traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.

Harris was transported by Saline County E.M.S. to an area hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 7:30 p.m. on westbound I-70 at the 76.4 mile marker.

KNOB NOSTER WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN JOHNSON COUNTY CRASH 1/20/16RK


A Knob Noster woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash in Johnson County on Tuesday.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred as a westbound vehicle, driven by 29-year-old Heather Brainard, traveled off the left side of the roadway, crossed the median and eastbound lanes and came to rest on the south side of the eastbound lanes.

Brainard was transported by Johnson County Ambulance to an area hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 6:15 p.m. on Highway 50 at Route FF.

WELLINGTON MAN HURT IN JACKSON THREE-VEHICLE CRASH 1/20/16RK


A Wellington man suffered minor injuries in a three-vehicle crash in Jackson County on Tuesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as 54-year-old William Hopkins, of Wellington, reportedly lost control of his northbound vehicle on the ice-covered roadway and traveled into the path of a southbound vehicle, driven by a 47-year-old man from Blue Springs. A third vehicle, driven northbound by a 16-year-old Buckner woman, reportedly T-boned Hopkins' vehicle and pushed it into the second vehicle before the cars came to rest.

Hopkins was reportedly transported by private vehicle to an area hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 5:30 p.m. on Highway BB, east of Mackey Road.

SEDALIA WOMAN HURT IN SALINE COUNTY ROLLOVER CRASH 1/20/16RK


A Sedalia woman suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Saline County on Tuesday.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred as a northbound vehicle, driven by 40-year-old Yanira Juarez, traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned.

Juarez was transported to an area hospital by Saline County E.M.S. for treatment.

The crash happened at 4:33 p.m. on U.S. Highway 65 at 192nd Drive.

LEXINGTON WOMAN INJURED ON LAFAYETTE COUNTY CRASH 1/20/16RK


An area woman suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Lafayette County on Tuesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound vehicle, driven by 53-year-old Jacqueline Johnson, of Lexington, skidded on the snow-covered roadway, traveled off the roadway and struck a ditch.

Johnson was transported by Higginsville E.M.S. to an area hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 4:25 p.m. on Missouri 13, south of Garrison Road.

MARSHALL COUNCIL APPROVES AGREEMENT FOR CORN HUSKING RENTAL 1/20/16RK


At its meeting on Tuesday, the Marshall City Council approved an ordinance, a resolution, a recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission and a motion to place information on the city's website.

Included in the list of approvals was one for a lease agreement with the Missouri State Corn Husking Championships for Cropland rental. City Administrator Connie Latimer explains.



Latimer continued explaining more land was needed.



Latimer noted that this rental agreement was OK'd by the current tenant.

WINTER STORMS DUMPS FOUR INCHES OF SNOW ON CARROLLTON 1/20/16RK


Although the winter storm didn't produce the amounts of snowfall as predicted in some locations around the state, some cities in the state and KMMO listening area did receive multiple inches.

According to the numbers from the National Weather Service, there was the report of four inches of snow in Carrollton.

Both Chillicothe and Kirksville received 3-1/2 inches; St. Joseph, Kearney and Brunswick three inches; Excelsior Springs and Milan 2-1/2 inches; Bethany and Warrensburg each two inches; and Odessa one inch.

As for Marshall, we received one inch of snow at the KMMO studio.

 

ONE-CAR CRASH INJURES TWO FROM CARROLLTON 1/19/16CC


Two Carrollton residents were hospitalized Tuesday after a one-car accident on snowy pavement in Livingston County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a southbound car driven by 48-year-old Richard Stoner, of Carrollton, ran off the side of the snow-covered roadway and came to rest in a ditch. Damage to the car was listed as total.

Both the driver and a passenger, 45-year-old Russell Stoner, of Carrollton, suffered moderate injuries and were taken by private vehicle to a Carrollton hospital for treatment. Reports say the crash happened around 2:05 p.m. on Highway 65 at Highway H, about eight miles south of Chillicothe.

AREA TEEN INJURED IN I-70 CRASH 1/19/16CC


A mid-Missouri teen on Tuesday suffered cuts and bruises after a one-vehicle accident in Lafayette County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 17-year-old Skyler Warren, of Harrisonville, received minor injuries when her westbound vehicle traveled off the side of the interstate and struck an embankment.

Warren was reportedly taken from the scene by EMS to St. Mary's Hospital for treatment. Reports say the accident happened around 2:45 p.m. at the 30.8 mile marker of Interstate 70 in Lafayette County.

MARSHALL RESIDENTS INVITED TO "COFFEE WITH A COP" 1/19/16CC


An informal event with Marshall Police on Wednesday, January 20, aims to give residents a chance to meet officers and discuss community issues.

It's called "Coffee with a Cop", and police say they hope it will provide an opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department's work in Marshall neighborhoods. Members of the Marshall Police Department and the community will meet from 9-10 a.m. on Wednesday at McDonalds located at 816 West College.

Police say the majority of contact law enforcement has with the public comes during emergencies or emotional situations. Those situations may not always be the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Police say they hope "Coffee with a Cop" breaks down barriers and allows for relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

For questions or for more information, contact Marshall Police at 660-886-7411, visit www.marshallpolice.com or visit the department's page on Facebook.

AREA WOMAN INVOLVED IN MINOR INJURY CRASH IN PETTIS COUNTY 1/19/16CC


A LaMonte woman escaped serious injury Tuesday in a one-vehicle accident in Pettis County.

Trooper reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol say it happened at 9:55 a.m. when 21-year-old Jerica Perriguey lost control of her eastbound car and ran off the side of the roadway.

Perriguey received minor injuries in the accident and reportedly refused medical treatment. Troopers were assisted by Pettis County Sheriff's Department at the scene at Route Y and Van Natta Road.

LEXINGTON SCHOOL BOARD TO TALK SUBS, SUMMER SCHOOL DATES 1/19/16CC


A busy evening is in store for the Lexington R-5 Board of Education as it meets in regular session on Wednesday, January 20th. The meeting gets underway at 6 p.m. at the Lex La-Ray Technical Center.

Items on the agenda include a legislative report on House bill 1490, approval of an updated substitute teacher list, discussion on activity calendars and a special recognition for Coach Kyle Barkley and members of the all-state football team.

Board members will also consider a March board meeting for rehiring teachers who have received certification, approval of dates for summer school, and a discussion of a venue for high school prom.

A closed executive session is also scheduled for hiring and personnel matters.

NEW FRANKLIN SCHOOL BOARD MEETS WEDNESDAY NIGHT 1/19/16CC


A regular session meeting is on tap for the New Franklin R-1 school board on Wednesday, January 20th.

The agenda for the evening includes opening bids for surplus equipment, a first look at the 2016-17 school year calendar, a facility plan review and reports from building principals.

An executive session is also scheduled for student, personnel and real estate matters. The regular meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in the school's Media Center.

ROLLOVER CRASH IN LAFAYETTE CO. INJURES ONE 1/19/16CC


An area motorist was hospitalized after a one-vehicle rollover accident in Lafayette County on Tuesday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when an eastbound vehicle driven by 22-year-old Amanda Smith, of Lees Summit, ran off the roadway and overturned several times. The car finally came to rest on its top facing south.

Smith suffered moderate injuries and was transported by Concordia EMS to a Sweet Springs hospital for treatment. Patrol reports say the crash occurred around 11:10 a.m. on eastbound I-70 at the 56.6. mile marker.

GLASGOW SCHOOL BOARD TO GET UPDATE ON TRACK PROJECT WEDNESDAY 1/19/16RK


A track project update is on the docket when the Glasgow School Board meets at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20.

Also on the agenda is a facilities report.
Other agenda items include approval of board candidates and board policy updates.

There also is a closed, executive session for personnel matters.

MISSOURI HUNTERS HARVEST NEARLY 280,000 DEER 1/19/16RK


Missouri's 2015-16 hunting seasons ended January 15, with the Missouri Department of Conservation reporting a preliminary total harvest of 279,401 deer.

Top counties for the overall seasons were Texas with 5,812 deer harvested, Franklin with 5,463 and Howell with 5,440.

In the KMMO listening area, 2,385 deer were harvested in Johnson County. Cooper County was next with 2,375, followed by Pettis with 2,064, Howard with 2,055, Chariton with 1,856, Carroll with 1,826, Saline with 1,728, Ray with 1,344 and Lafayette with 1,230.

Hunters harvested 258,341 deer during the 2014-15 deer-hunting seasons.

Deer hunting ended with the close of the archery season.

For more information, go on-line to www.mdc.mo.gov.

SALINE CLERK SAYS TODAY IS DEADLINE FOR CANDIDATE FILING 1/19/16RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday morning, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell reminded those who wish to file for positions during the Municipal Election, today is the final day to do so.



Russell also noted that Tuesday, January 26, at 5 p.m. is the deadline for ballot questions to be submitted to her office for inclusion on the Tuesday, April 5th ballot.

In other news, Russell said the first actual election of the year will be the Presidential Preference Primary on Tuesday, March 15. She said all of the polling places in the county are required to be open for equal and fair opportunity for voters to cast their ballots. She said it is an expensive election, but the county gets reimbursed 100 percent of the cost by the state.

SALINE COURTHOUSE TO BE CLOSED PART OF FRIDAY 1/19/16RK


The Saline County Courthouse will be closed for part of Friday, January 22.

Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr. made the announcement at the commission meeting on Tuesday morning.



Guthrey said it was going to be closed in order for county employees to attend the service. Riley was an employee in the Building and Grounds Department.

CITY OF SEDALIA ACTIVATES SNOW ORDINANCE 1/19/16RK


With the prediction of a significant snow event for later today and tonight, an area city has activated an ordinance to keep certain streets clear of all vehicles.

According to a news release from the city of Sedalia, per city ordinance, the City's Emergency Snow Routes may be made effective on the basis of falling snow, sleet or freezing rain, or on the basis of a forecast of snow, sleet or freezing rain. Emergency Snow Routes may also be automatically activated when Sedalia receives snow and ice accumulations of 2 inches or more. During this activation, parking is prohibited on the streets designated as Emergency Snow Routes. The parking prohibition will be in effect until terminated by announcement or the street is substantially clear of snow and ice from curb to curb for the length of the entire block.

Violator's automobiles will be towed.

Information as well as a map of the Emergency Snow Routes is available on-line at www.cityofsedalia.com/snow.

PSC TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS ON PROPOSED INCREASES 1/19/16RK


The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold local public hearings in the coming weeks in water- and sewer-rate cases filed by the Missouri-American Water Company. Three of the hearings will be in the KMMO listening area.

On January 28 in Warsaw, the public hearing will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 31687 Highway 83. A PSC staff public information question-and-answer session starts at 11:30 a.m., with the commission receiving testimony from the public beginning at 12 p.m.

Also on January 28 in Warrensburg, a public hearing will be held in Room 236 of the Elliott Student Union on the University of Central Missouri campus at 511 South Holden. A PSC staff public information question-and-answer session starts at 5:30 p.m., with the commission receiving testimony from the public beginning at 6 p.m.

A public hearing also will be held in the downstairs meeting room at the American Legion Post #7 at 209 West Broadway in Brunswick on February 4. A PSC staff public information question-and-answer session starts at 11 a.m., with the commission receiving testimony from the public beginning at 12 p.m.

For those unable to attend a meeting, you can call (866) 922-2959 or email your comments to opcservice@ded.mo.gov.

On July 31, 2015, the Missouri-American Water Company filed water- and sewer-rate cases with the MPSC seeking to increase annual operating revenue by approximately $51 million.

The Missouri-American Water Company serves more than 471,000 water and sewer customers in Missouri.

SUPERINTENDENT GIVES UPDATE ON NEEDS OF MARSHALL SCHOOL DISTRICT 1/19/16RK


In addition to approving language for a tax-levy issue to be placed on the upcoming Municipal Election ballot on April 5, the Marshall School Board also was updated on the district's needs and priorities as far as maintenance to its buildings at a special meeting on Monday.

Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher outlined the needs that are to be addressed this year.



Dr. Maher went on to explain from where the money is going to come.



The levy she talked about was a proposed 37-cent increase to $3.12 per $100 of assessed valuation, up from $2.75, which is the lowest allowable by state statute. The $3.12 will represent what the tax levy was before the district started receiving funds from the pipeline that runs through part of the district.

MARSHALL SCHOOLS TO PLACE TAX-LEVY ISSUE ON APRIL BALLOT 1/19/16RK


In addition to voting on positions for city council, the school board and various other boards, Marshall residents will have a tax-levy issue to vote on in the upcoming Municipal Election.

Marshall School Board President Larry Godsey read the verbiage to be placed on the ballot during a special meeting of the school board on Monday night.



Godsey continued, reading the rest of the ballot language.



With a couple of minor changes in the wording, which doesn't affect the amount of the levy, the board approved the language.

The Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, April 5.

ODESSA WOMAN HURT IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY ROLLOVER CRASH 1/19/16RK


An Odessa woman was injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Lafayette County on Monday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound vehicle, driven by 18-year-old Diana Copenhaver, traveled off the right side of the roadway, reportedly overcorrected and traveled off the left side of the roadway, impacted an embankment, rolled over and struck a fence.

Copenhaver was transported by Odessa E.M.S. to a hospital in Independence for treatment of minor injuries.

The crash happened at 6:34 p.m. on Missouri 131, one-tenth of a mile north of Route U.

BREAKING: PETTIS FIRE CREWS BATTLE ANOTHER RURAL BLAZE 1/18/16CC


(UPDATE: THE ROADWAY THAT WAS CLOSED BY AUTHORITIES WAS REOPENED TO TRAFFIC AT ABOUT 9 P.M. ON MONDAY)

For the second time in as many days, fire crews in Pettis County are battling a structure fire in the area east of Sedalia near Highway 127.

According to the Pettis County Sheriff's Department, fire crews from the Pettis County and LaMonte fire departments are on the scene of a structure fire on Route Y, east of Highway 127 (as of 4:45 p.m.)

The fire is reportedly near the roadway and all motorists are being asked to stay clear of the area to reduce congestion and allow crews to perform their duties. The roadway has been closed by sheriff's deputies for the time being.

The blaze is reportedly happening near a location where nearly thirty firefighters spent most of Sunday afternoon fighting a structure fire at an automobile yard in the 17000 block of Route Y-- a fire that sent one firefighter to the hospital.

More details will be provided as information becomes available.

TUESDAY MARKS MUNICIPAL FILING DEADLINE 1/18/16CC


Tuesday, January 19, marks the deadline for local and area residents to file for candidacy in the upcoming April municipal election.

Filers have until 5 p.m. Tuesday evening to get signed up to run for open seats on area governments, school boards, and various other boards and committees.

Filing officially opened on Tuesday, December 15th.

For more information, contact your local city or county clerk's office. The 2016 municipal election takes place on Tuesday, April 5th.

MARSHALL INSURANCE ENROLLMENT EVENT SLATED FOR JAN. 28TH 1/18/16CC


An upcoming event in Marshall aims to help area residents with enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

According to a news release, Care Connection for Aging Services will offer a free event on the Health Insurance Marketplace on Thursday, January 28, from 2-6 p.m. at the Marshall Public Library at 214 North Lafayette Avenue.

The event is for people of all ages who need to enroll themselves or their families in the Health Insurance Marketplace for 2016. Open enrollment for the Marketplace ends January 31st.
    
People need to bring Social Security numbers, household income information, as well as the dates of birth for those who need insurance. Walk-ins will be accepted, time permitting.

Call 1-800-748-7826 for an appointment.

TUESDAY'S AREA COUNCIL/ALDERMEN PREVIEW 1/18/16CC


A number of area city councils and boards of aldermen will meet Tuesday, January 19, after postponing regular Monday meetings for the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday:

* The Marshall City Council meets in regular session at 5:15 p.m. at Marshall City Hall.

Agenda items include committee reports, planning and zoning recommendations, a resolution to execute an agreement with the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation and a proposed lease agreement with the Missouri State Cornhusking Championship.
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* Higginsville's Board of Aldermen meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall at 1922 Main Street.

Items on the agenda include a proposed bill to place a 1/4 of one percent sales tax on the ballot for capital improvements, along with recognition of City Administrator Lee Barker for 15 years on the job with the city. A closed executive session is also scheduled for legal, leasing, and hiring matters.
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* A regular session meeting is on tap for the Carrollton Town Council when it meets at 6 p.m. at Carrollton City Hall.

Council members will take up an issue with a turnaround at Country Club Estates, discuss new hires for Carrollton Municipal Utilities and get monthly street, wastewater and planning and zoning reports. An executive session for legal, leasing and hiring matters is also on the evening's agenda.
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(UPDATE: This meeting has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Slater City Council will take place on Tuesday, February 2nd.)

* The Slater City Council convenes at City Hall for a regular session meeting at 7 p.m.

Mayor Stephen Allegri is scheduled to deliver his annual "State of Slater" address, along with updates on election filing, goals for the city, and early planning discussion for Steve McQueen Day. Council members will also discuss a public safety grant.
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* A busy night is on tap for the Concordia Board of Aldermen when it meets in regular session at 7 p.m. at the Concordia Community Center.

Aldermen are scheduled to take in a presentation on the Live Well clinic and a USDA program, a report on the Concordia Museum, a review of a water maintenance program and a request for a public hearing for input on the 2016-17 city budget.
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* The Sedalia City Council meets in regular session at 7 p.m. at Sedalia City Hall.

Council will hear the recommendations of the Public Safety, Public Works and Finance committees, along with taking up a budget amendment, utility easement request and a rezoning application. A closed session is also scheduled for legal and real estate matters.
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* Tuesday evening will begin with a budget work session for the Boonville City Council at 6 p.m.

Council will move into regular session at 7 p.m., where the agenda includes a medal presentation to two Boonville police officers, reports of standing committees, and reports from city officials. The meetings take place at the Boonville Council Chambers at 525 East Spring Street.

CMU TO HOST BENEFIT READING IN FEBRUARY 1/18/16RK


An area university will be presenting a reading of a well-known episodic play to benefit a charity in February.

According to a news release, Central Methodist University in Fayette will present a two-night only benefit event that will bring together an all-female cast of students, faculty, and staff to read the award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues.

The play will be directed by Dr. Annette Van, associate professor of English. Students in the cast include Kaitlyn Thompson, a junior from Marceline; Lyndsey Phillips, a senior from Columbia; Addison McGuire, a junior from Higbee; and Emma Wyble, a sophomore from Columbia.

The performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, February 4 and 5, in the Little Theatre. Admission is free but donations are suggested and appreciated.

All donations will benefit the True North Shelter in Columbia, an organization which offers services to victims of domestic and sexual violence.

WOODWIND CONCERT SET FOR FRIDAY AT CMU IN FAYETTE 1/18/16RK


The first performance of year from the Swinney Conservatory of Music at Central Methodist University in Fayette will be the woodwind group called "The Prevailing Winds Quintet."

According to a news release, the quintet of professional musicians will perform on the CMU campus in the Willie Mae Kountz Recital Hall in the conservatory at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 22.

The five members are Kate Farris, Melissa Edwards, Steve Litwiller, Kimberly Foley and Kelly Head. The ensemble performs a variety of styles of music from traditional woodwind quintet repertoire to music from Broadway, Latin, jazz and pop.

The concert is free and open to the public.

HISTORICAL PROGRAM ABOUT CIVIL WAR THURSDAY IN MARSHALL 1/18/16RK


An area historian will present a program on a particular confederate soldier later this week in Marshall.

According to a release from Marshall Public Library Director Wicky Sleight, Mike Dickey, administrator of the Arrow Rock State Historic Site, will share his research on the murky Civil War career of Vincent Marmaduke in the program entitled "Vincent Marmaduke-- The Confederacy's James Bond," at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the History and Genealogy room at the library.

Marmaduke was the eldest brother of the powerful Arrow Rock Marmaduke clan that included four Confederate colonels, a general and a Missouri Governor.

The event is free and open to the public.

SWEET SPRINGS SCHOOL BOARD TO MEET THURSDAY NIGHT 1/18/17RK


There is a light agenda for the Sweet Springs R-7 School Board when it meets in regular session on Thursday, January 21.

On the agenda is a discussion about the February board meeting date and a closed, executive session for personnel matters.

The meeting starts at 8 p.m. at 600 East Marshall Street.

HIGGINSVILLE BOARD TO GET UPDATE ON ELECTION FILINGS 1/18/16RK


Members of the Lafayette County C-1 School Board will get an update on filings for the upcoming Municipal Election when the board meets Thursday at 7 p.m.

Also on the agenda are discussions about the proposed 2016-17 calendar and mid-year tax receipts.

There is a closed, executive session on the agenda for student, personnel, legal and contract matters.

The meeting takes place at in the board meeting room at the administration building in Higginsville.

BOONVILLE BOARD TO DISCUSS BALLOT AT THURSDAY MEETING 1/17/16RK


The Boonville School Board is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 20, with discussion of a contract with ATG Sports for Phase 1 of "Project Pele," on the agenda.

Also on the docket for discussions are an Intergovernmental agreement with the city of Boonville, a revision of the 2016-17 School Calendar and an issue to go before the district's voters on the April 5 Municipal Election ballot.

There also is a closed, executive session on the agenda for personnel and real-estate matters.

The meeting will be held at Hannah Cole Primary School at 1700 West Ashley Road.

SLATER SCHOOL BOARD TO CONSIDER BIDS AT MEETING 1/18/16RK


At the meeting of the Slater School Board on Wednesday, January 20, the board is scheduled to discuss HVAC systems in the district and consider the purchase of a bus.

Bids up for consideration are ones for trash removal and copy machines.

A closed, executive session also is on the agenda for personnel and legal matters.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

BRUNSWICK SCHOOL BOARD TO DISCUSS GRANT ON TUESDAY 1/17/16RK


Discussion about an Ingram grant is on the table when the Brunswick R-2 School Board meets in regular session on Tuesday, January 19.

Also slated is the first report on tax collection and any resignations within the district.

The board also will hear about upcoming dates where there is no school and dates for early dismissals.

There also is a closed, executive session on the agenda.

The meeting takes place at 7 p.m.

MARSHALL MAN INJURED IN COOPER COUNTY CRASH 1/17/16RK


A Marshall man was injured in a one-vehicle crash in Cooper County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound vehicle, driven by 25-year-old Clay Reynolds, traveled off the left side of the snow-covered roadway and struck a fence.

Reportedly Reynolds was transported by private vehicle to an area hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

The crash happened at 7 a.m. on Missouri 41, one-quarter of a mile south of Route K.

SHOW-ME/CENTRAL MO HONOR FLIGHTS MERGING 1/17/16RK


Two organizations that honor military veterans with free flights to Washington D.C. are going to be joining forces.

According to a release from Saline County Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie, Show-Me Honor Flight has seen a large decrease in applications over the past two years. So, rather than have some area veterans wait a year or two for their flight, Show-Me Honor Flight will be merging with Central Missouri Honor Flight, which is based in Columbia.

However, before the merger fully goes into effect, Show-Me Honor Flight will have one more mission, flying veterans to see the memorials of the wars in which they once fought, this spring. It will be the 20th flight since the organization that started its missions in April of 2008. This trip will originate in Sedalia.

Guthrie notes future veteran applicants should go to www.centralmissourihonorflight.com , print out and complete the form and mail it to the address at the end of the application.

Saline County still will have brick applications available, with the proceeds going toward future flights. Otherwise, contributions that support the veterans' trips can be made to Central Missouri Honor Flight at 1400 Forum Blvd., Suite 1-C, Box 334, Columbia, Mo., 65203.

FIRE CAUSES ROAD CLOSURE IN PETTIS COUNTY 1/17/16RK


Part of Pettis County roadway is still blocked with emergency personnel due to a structure fire.

According to a release from the Pettis County Sheriff's Department, the fire, which was reported just after noon today, has closed part of Highway Y (16th Street) near Camp Branch Road to Highway 127 west of Sedalia.

The original release said the entire roadway was closed. But a call was placed to the sheriff's office, and, as of 3:40 p.m., one lane of traffic was opened to traffic.

No other details are available at this time.

KMMO News will bring you an update as information becomes available.

MAR-SALINE N.A.A.C.P. TO HOST BREAKFAST, PROGRAM ON MONDAY 1/17/16RK


The Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP will host an annual breakfast program on Monday, January 18.

According to a news release, the theme of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Breakfast and Program is “Where Do We Go From Here?” The theme comes from a speech given by Dr. King on August 16, 1967, in Atlanta.

The event will be held at First United Methodist Church New Life Center at 225 East Arrow Street in Marshall. The breakfast will begin at 6:30 a.m. The program will start at 7 a.m.

Rev. Dr. Clanton C.W. Dawson, Jr., Pastor of Mount Calvary Free Will Baptist Church in Marshall will be the honored speaker.

 

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD TO DRAFT WORDING FOR BALLOT ISSUE 1/17/16RK


The Marshall School Board will meet for a special session at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 18.

Part of the session will focus on setting the language for a levy issue to be on the Municipal Election ballot on Tuesday, April 5.

Also on the agenda is an update of facilities and a closed, executive session for personnel matters.

The meeting takes place at the Central Office building on the corner of South Miami Avenue and West Vest Street.

SEDALIA TRASH SCHEDULE TO BE AFFECTED THIS WEEK 1/17/16RK


The city office building in Sedalia will be closed on Monday, January 18, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

According to a release from the city, trash collection will be adjusted as follows:

Trash normally collected on Monday will be picked up on Tuesday; trash normally collected on Tuesday will be collected on Wednesday; Thursday and Friday collection will occur as normal.

City offices will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, January 19.

SNOWY WEATHER MAKES SLICK DRIVING CONDITIONS THIS MORNING 1/17/16RK


Due to a slow-moving band of snow, several area Sheriff's offices have issued driving advisories for this morning.

According to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, the band of snow is capable of producing 1 to 2 inches of snow across central and west-central Missouri.

Snow will make for slick driving conditions this morning, especially along untreated roadways. Allow extra time and use extreme caution when traveling this morning. The National Weather Service is expecting the snow will exit the area by mid-morning.

STATE HOUSE TO HONOR COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND 1/16/16CC


"The World's Most Famous Auctioneer" will be honored by members of the state legislature this week in Jefferson City.

According to a release from the Missouri House of Representatives, members of the House will take time at 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon to honor country music legend and Missouri native Leroy Van Dyke.

The Missouri House of Representatives will hold a brief ceremony on the House floor as state Reps. Nathan Beard and Steve Cookson present Van Dyke with an official House Resolution honoring him for his 60 years in the music business.

Van Dyke is also scheduled to be honored on the floor of the Missouri Senate that same day.

Van Dyke, who was born in Mora in 1929, currently lives on a ranch near Sedalia. A University of Missouri graduate, he first achieved country music fame in 1956 with his hit song, “The Auctioneer”, which sold more than 2.5 million records.

Van Dyke was also famous for his song, “Walk on By”, which was named by Billboard Magazine in 1994 as the biggest country music single of all time.

GLASGOW KNIGHTS HALL TO HOST BLOOD DRIVE 1/16/16CC


Area residents can donate blood this Thursday, January 21st, at an American Red Cross blood drive in Howard County.

The drive will run from 2-6 p.m. on Thursday at the Knights of Columbus at 701 First Street in Glasgow.

Donation appointments can be made by calling 800-RED-CROSS or by visiting www.redcrossblood.org.

BOONVILLE BLOOD DRIVE TO BE HELD JANUARY 20TH 1/16/16CC


The city of Boonville will play host to an American Red Cross blood drive scheduled for Wednesday of this week.

The Red Cross says it will be held at Boonville High School at 1690 West Ashley Road in Boonville on Wednesday, January 20th. The drive runs from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Find out more or make a donation appointment by visiting www.redcrossblood.org or by calling 800-RED-CROSS.

BLOOD DRIVE SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY IN SALISBURY 1/16/16CC


An American Red Cross blood drive is scheduled for this week in Chariton County.

According to the Red Cross, the drive will take place from 2-6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19, at the Chariton County Ambulance District building, located at 212 South Weber in Salisbury.

For more information or to make a donation appointment, call 800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

THEFT FROM TRAILER REPORTED IN SALINE COUNTY 1/16/16CC


Saline County authorities are currently investigating a report of alleged theft in the area of Marshall Junction.

According to the Saline County Sheriff's Department, a report was made Friday by a man who stated he had parked a trailer in the parking lot of Pyro City Fireworks after the trailer blew a tire.

The man left the trailer in the lot on Thursday afternoon; when he returned on Friday morning, a winch and battery were reportedly missing.

The deputy report says surveillance footage from Pyro City shows a black, newer model four-door Chevy 3/4 ton pickup pulling into the lot and backing up to the trailer just before 1 a.m. Friday morning, then speeding out of the lot about 15 minutes later.

The investigating officer was not able to determine the truck's license plate number from the video footage.

The missing property is valued at around $780.00. Investigation into the incident continues.

OTTERVILLE MAN HURT IN VEHICLE COLLISION 1/16/16CC


A Cooper County man escaped serious injury after a two-vehicle collision on Friday evening in Pettis County.

Trooper reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol say an eastbound vehicle driven by 26-year-old Cory Evans, of Otterville, crossed into the path of a westbound vehicle driven by 23-year-old Tosha Campbell, of Kansas City.

The two vehicles then collided in the roadway, resulting in minor damages to both.

Evans received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to a Sedalia hospital for treatment; Campbell was reportedly not injured in the accident.

The Patrol says it happened at 5:03 p.m. on US Highway 50, west of Prestwick Farms Road.

BROOKFIELD MOTORIST DIES IN EARLY MORNING CRASH 1/16/16CC


An area man is dead after a one-vehicle accident in Chariton County on Saturday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 46-year-old Christopher T. Cunningham, of Brookfield, suffered fatal injuries when his northbound pickup ran off the roadway and struck a tree.

Cunningham was pronounced dead at the scene by Chariton County Sheriff Chris Hughes at around 6:30 a.m. His body was transported to a Marceline area funeral home.

Patrol reports say the crash happened around 5:30 a.m. at Lake Drive and John Clark Drive, about 10 miles northeast of Keytesville.

NEW SALINE CO. ROAD DEPT. BUILDING COMPLETED 1/15/16CC


A new addition to the Saline County Road and Bridge Department has been completed ahead of schedule.

Common Road Supervisor Justin Cowert has the details:



Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner had high praise for the contractor and the timely manner in which the project was completed:



The announcement came at Thursday morning's meeting of the Saline County Commission.

SALISBURY BOARD OK'S CONTRACTOR FOR PARKING LOT WORK 1/15/16CC


At this week's meeting of the Salisbury R-4 School Board, members approved a construction bid for ongoing work on the district's parking lots.

According to the district, Nick Smith of Septagon Construction presented board members with bids from three contractors on Monday night. After discussion, the board voted 6-1 to accept a bid of $457, 280 from Linneman/Vetter/Sanders, LLC, for proposed site improvements to the parking lots and bus areas.

In other business, Superintendent Todd Wilhite told board members the Chariton County Sheriff's Department has plans to request funding from the county for a county-wide School Resource Officer. If approved, Salisbury schools would have the officer on campus one day a week at both the high school and elementary building.

In executive session, board members voted to approve Wilhite's contract for the 2016-17 school year and approved the hiring of Brett Davis as a substitute teacher.

PROPOSED BILL COULD CHANGE START DATE FOR MISSOURI SCHOOLS 1/15/16CC


At Thursday's Concordia R-2 School Board meeting, Superintendent Mary Beth Scherer told board members in attendance that over two hundred bills filed in Jefferson City for the legislative session could have an effect on public education in Missouri.

Scherer said one proposed bill could change the date that school starts each year:



Scherer says if that bill is passed, it could have an effect on when semesters begin and end and would alter the overall timeline of the yearly school calendar.

She also noted a bill regarding the amount of time a district spends administering assessments and standardized testing:



In other business, the Concordia School Board approved the 2016 summer school program and got an update on the current school year budget.

CONCORDIA SCHOOL BOARD OK'S SUMMER SCHOOL PLAN 1/15/16CC


While mid-Missouri remains mired in the middle of winter, some area school districts are already making plans for the summer.

At Thursday's meeting of the Concordia R-2 School Board, Superintendent Mary Beth Scherer told board members that now is the time to start preparing for summer school:



Scherer says a look at the numbers shows that a 2016 summer school program would result in a loss of about $1,500; still, she says the program is a valuable one, and not just for students in the Concordia R-2 district:



The board on Thursday approved the summer school proposal; the summer session will run from June 6th through June 24th.

ARREST OF FOUR LEADS TO DRUG CHARGES 1/15/16CC


Four area residents face felony drug charges after their recent arrests by Saline County authorities.

According to Saline County deputy reports and online court documents, the four were taken into custody during a search of a home in the 15000 block of Jewell Avenue on January 6th. Inside the home, deputies and assisting state troopers report finding methamphetamine and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.

Arrested at the scene were 23-year-old Haley Dawn Brown, 29-year-old Clint Matthew McClain, 32-year-old Chelsea D. Moore, and 37-year-old Tonya S. Martin, all of Marshall. Each is charged with a Class C Felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance Except for 35 Grams or Less of Marijuana.

Brown and Moore are both to appear in Saline County Circuit Court for counsel status hearings on January 20th. Brown is reportedly free on bond while Moore remains in custody on $5,000 bond.

Both McClain and Martin are currently in custody and have counsel status hearings scheduled for January 27th in Circuit Court. Martin's bond has been set at $3,500 cash only while McClain is currently held on a $5,000 cash only bond.

COLE CAMP WOMAN HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH 1/15/16CC


One person was injured in a one-vehicle accident on Thursday morning in Pettis County.

According to reports from the Missouri State Highway patrol, 19-year-old Angela McCloud, of Cole Camp, suffered moderate injuries when her westbound vehicle lost control on slick pavement, ran off the road and overturned onto the blacktop.

The vehicle then slid off the road and into a ditch, according to state troopers.

McCloud was taken from the scene by ambulance to a Clinton hospital for treatment. The Patrol says the crash happened around 7:25 a.m. on Route V at Spring Fork Road.

AREA MAN INJURED IN PETTIS CO. CRASH 1/15/16CC


A Mora man suffered serious injuries after a one-vehicle accident in Pettis County on Thursday.

The Highway Patrol says it happened when a westbound car driven by 48-year-old Richard Sprouse ran off the side of the roadway, hitting a warning sign, a ditch and several trees before finally coming to a stop.

Sprouse was taken from the scene to a Columbia hospital for treament.

The Patrol says the crash happened around 6:30 p.m. on Route V, east of Gardenia Drive. Pettis County Sheriff's Deputies reportedly provided assistance at the scene.

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK IN SALINE CO. VEHICLE CRASH 1/15/16CC


Two area residents were injured Thursday in a two-vehicle accident in Saline County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a vehicle driven southbound by 54-year-old Richard Winfrey, of Carrollton, was traveling too fast for conditions and began to slide out of control.

Winfrey's car then hit a vehicle parked in a ditch and hit a pedestrian, 30-year-old Mary Elliott, of Higginsville, before continuing off the roadway and striking a ditch.

Elliott suffered serious injuries and was taken by helicopter to a Columbia hospital for treatment. Winfrey received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.

Patrol reports say the crash happened at 5:26 a.m. at Highway 65 and 275th Road.

MARSHALL MAN INJURED IN BOONE COUNTY CRASH 1/14/16RK


A slick roadway has been listed as a possible cause of a one-vehicle crash in Boone County on Thursday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound vehicle, driven by 53-year-old Kevin Conway, of Marshall, struck a patch of ice and traveled off the right side of the roadway.

Conway suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The crash happened at 7:30 a.m. on Missouri 763, one-quarter of a mile south of Highway 63.

LAFAYETTE COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED PART OF FRIDAY 1/14/16RK


(UPDATE: MoDOT announced on Friday that this project has been postponed until Tuesday, January 19th. Times and location will remain as scheduled.)

An area roadway will be closed for about six hours on Friday, January 15.

According to a news release, MoDOT crews will close Route M between Varner Road and Route U from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for pipe replacement work. All work is weather dependent.

The Missouri Department of Transportation urges all motorists to be alert, obey warning signs and use caution when driving through work zones.

For more information about other MoDOT projects, call 1-(888)-ASK-MODOT or visit MoDOT's website at www.modot.mo.gov.

SALISBURY WOMAN SERIOUSLY HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH 1/14/16RK


A Salisbury woman suffered serious injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Chariton County on Thursday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as 52-year-old Nancy Taylor reportedly lost control of her southbound vehicle on a slick roadway. The vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned.

Taylor was transported by Chariton County Ambulance to a Columbia hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 6:52 a.m. on Missouri 129 at Route W, seven miles north of Salisbury.

THREE HAVE FILED FOR TWO SEATS ON MALTA BEND SCHOOL BOARD 1/14/16RK


Three persons have filed for two open seats on the Malta Bend R-5 School Board so far.

According to a district spokesperson, the two incumbents, Larry Surber and Scott Moore, as well as Walden Chevalier Jr. have filed. Candidates have until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19, to file.

The board also approved Stephanie Nicholson to the board to replace Art Madden, who resigned from the board at the end of 2015. Nicholson will serve out the rest of Madden's term, which is up in April 2017.

In other business, the board approved its annual contract with Morenet, the school's Internet service.

GILLIAM C-4 PRINCIPAL REPORTS ON PROGRESS ON GRANTS 1/14/16RK


It was a routine meeting for the Gilliam C-4 School Board on Wednesday, with Principal Rayetta Self handing out Certificates of Appreciation to the board members for their service from the United State Department of Education. Education week is coming up at the end of January, according to Self.

Self also reported on the progress of two grants she is trying to obtain to help out the needs of the district, but she did not want to go into details at this time.

SANTA FE ATTENDANCE NUMBERS ARE IN GOOD SHAPE 1/14/16RK


Along with getting positive reports from the district's principals, the Santa Fe R-10 School Board appointed a second assistant treasurer at its meeting this week.

According to Superintendent Gini Barnett, the appointment of Bev Rolf for assistant treasurer was accepted by the board.

Barnett said all of the reports from the principals contained good numbers. She talks about attendance being good for last month.



Barnett also said she updated the board on the progress of current maintenance projects going on in the different buildings within the district.

The next meeting of the Santa Fe R-10 School Board is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, at Santa Fe High School in Alma.

$50,000 WINNING TICKET SOLD IN MARSHALL 1/14/16RK


After an unprecedented journey that grew a $40 million jackpot in November into a world record-shattering $1.5 billion for Wednesday night's Powerball drawing, the streak is finally over, with Missouri Lottery players winning millions of dollars in prizes overnight.

According to a news release form the Missouri Lottery, in all, more than 429,587 ticket holders won a combined $2.8 million Wednesday night, including 15 tickets that won $50,000 by matching four white-ball numbers and the Powerball.

The winning numbers from last night's drawing were: 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 and the Powerball number was 10. Players have exactly 180 days from the drawing - until July 11, in this case - to claim their prizes.

One of the 15 tickets that won $50,000 was sold at the Break Time Convenience Store at 1000 West College Street in Marshall.

The jackpot was split three ways, with winning tickets sold in California, Florida and Tennessee.

BOONVILLE WOMAN CHARGED WITH 10 COUNTS OF FORGERY 1/14/16RK


A Boonville woman has been taken into custody and charged with several felonies.

According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, 23-year-old Kelli A. Hale was arrested and taken to the Cooper County Detention Center.

According to on-line court documents, Hale has been formally charged with 10 counts of Forgery, each a Class C felony.

Bond was set at $5,600 cash only.

A future date in Cooper County Circuit Court has not been set yet.

OHIO MAN TO FACE ALLEGED DRUG CHARGE IN SALINE COUNTY 1/14/16RK


An Ohio man was arrested after a traffic stop in Saline County on Wednesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, just after 1:30 a.m., 22-year-old Cody J. Kingsley, was transported to the Saline County Justice Facility to be placed on a 24-hour hold.

According to on-line court documents, Kingsley has been formally charged with a Class B Felony for Distribution/Delivery/Maufacturing/Producing or Attempt to Possess with intent to Distribute/Deliver/Manufacture/Produce a Controlled Substance.

Bond was set at $10,000 cash only.

A future date in Saline County Circuit Court has not yet been set.

BREAKING: TRAFFIC CRASH ON 65 HIGHWAY NEAR GRAND PASS 1/14/16RK


BREAKING NEWS:

(UPDATE: ACCORDING TO A DISPATCH OPERATOR WITH THE MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL TROOP A IN LEE'S SUMMIT, THE CRASH AREAS HAVE BEEN CLEARED BY ALL EMERGENCY PERSONNEL AND DRIVING IS BACK TO NORMAL, AS OF 7:05 A.M.)


According to a spokesperson at the Saline County Sheriff's Office, there has been a report of a traffic crash on 65 Highway between Malta Bend and Grand Pass, near the intersection of Bobcat Avenue, just west of the Route 127 intersection.

Emergency personnel are en route to the crash site at this time.

No other information is available at this time. But if you ordinarily use that route in the morning, you might want to seek an alternate route to avoid possible significant delays.

KMMO NEWS will bring you more details as they become available.

CONCORDIA SCHOOL BOARD TO BE RECOGNIZED WITH SPECIAL DINNER 1/13/16CC


Thursday's meeting of the Concordia R-2 School Board will begin with a board appreciation dinner at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

In regular session at 7 p.m., board members will take up approval of both Instructional Effectiveness and Technology evaluations, get a legislative update and an April election update from Superintendent Mary Beth Scherer, update the 2015-16 budget and approve the 2016 summer school program.

A closed executive session for staff evaluation is also on the agenda.

The regular session meeting takes place in the High School library media center.

SALISBURY ALDERMEN MEET THURSDAY NIGHT 1/13/16CC


The Salisbury Board of Aldermen is scheduled to meet in regular session on Thursday, January 14th.

Items on the agenda include monthly reports from Police Chief James Cole and Fire Chief Jamie Cruse, discussion on dangerous buildings, and action involving a bid for codification of the city's book of ordinances.

Aldermen will also take up employee raises and a resolution involving a settlement agreement.

The meeting gets underway at 6 p.m. at Salisbury City Hall at 128 West 2nd Street.

KEYTESVILLE COUNCIL OK'S BUYING NEW SEWAGE PUMP 1/13/16CC


The Keytesville City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, January 12th.

After approving the city's bills and holding a conflict of interest hearing for a city demolition project, the council then approved the purchase of a new lift station sewage pump. The pump will be provided by the company TG Ranyon, of Kansas City, at cost of just over $5,600.

Also on Tuesday, council members approved a new contract with MOPERM for property and liability insurance and approved a six-month budget amendment proposal.

ADDITIONAL ROUTE O WORK THURSDAY IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY 1/13/16CC


Road work will cause a temporary closure of a Lafayette County roadway on Thursday, January 14th.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, crews will close Route O between Prairie Valley Road and Heath Mound Road for pipe replacement work. The project is slated to run from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

All work is weather dependent. MoDOT asks all motorists to be alert, obey warning signs and use caution when driving in work zones.

To find out more visit modot.org or call 888-ASK-MODOT.

M.M.U. BOARD TO MEET THURSDAY MORNING 1/13/16RK


The Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works is scheduled to meet on Thursday, January 14.

The agenda includes several departmental reports, including electrical distribution, underground facilities, electric production and environmental services.

There also is a closed, executive session on the agenda for legal, confidential or privileged information and personnel matters.

The meeting takes place at 8:30 a.m. at the MMU Office Building at 75 East Morgan Street.

RENTAL REIMBURSEMENT FOR PAPE LAKE IN CONCORDIA INCREASES 1/13/16RK


The City of Concordia will receive a much larger chunk of change for some land near Edwin A. Pape Lake, if the Board of Aldermen approves a recommendation made by the Lake Board at its meeting Tuesday night.

According to City Administrator Dale Klussman, the value of reimbursement for 12.3 acres of land that has been rented to the United State Department of Agriculture has increased.



However, Klussman said some work needs to be done on the land before it can be enrolled.



The ball is in the court of the Concordia Board of Aldermen to approve the recommendation and move forward with the next steps.

In other news, Klussman said the board noted the Civic Point shelter is in need of staining and sealing, as well as some other maintenance-type work.

NO FILERS FOR TWO OPEN SCHOOL BOARD SEATS IN CARROLLTON YET 1/13/16RK


An update was given on the status of candidates for the upcoming Municipal Election for the Carrollton R-7 School Board at its meeting on Tuesday.

According to Superintendent Dr. Jon Oetinger, seats currently held by Susan Lock and Jim Famuliner are up for election. However, he said to date nobody has filed for either spot. Those who wish to file may do so until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19.

In other business, Dr. Oetinger said a particular program has gained steam for continuing and expanding.



Dr. Oetinger explains what the program curriculum entails.



In other business, Dr. Oetinger said the budget was updated to reflect some actuals instead of estimates, and everything looks pretty good so far.

GILLIAM C-4 SCHOOL BOARD TO MEET TONIGHT 1/13/16RK


The Gilliam C-4 School Board is scheduled to meet tonight with a light agenda.

On the agenda is an administrative report and any other items board members may have.

The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. at the school.

MARSHALL BOOK CLUB TO READ "FUNNY" BOOKS STARTING IN MARCH 1/13/16RK


In addition to learning Marshall Public Library patrons with a library card now will have access to 53 different magazines 24 hours a day after signing up for an account on a Zinio link on the library's website, www.marshallmolibrary.org, Director Wicky Sleight also pointed out there is going to be a start of book club in less than two months at the library's Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday.



Sleight said each reading during the book-club time will be a funny book.



The first book club reading will be on Wednesday, March 9.

In an action taken by the board, it approved Sleight's request to close the library on Sunday, January 17, for a statewide Evergreen System update.

FREIGHTLINER DRIVER SUFFERS MODERATE INJURIES IN CRASH ON I-70 1/13/16RK


A driver of a freightliner suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle crash on Tuesday in Lafayette County.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred as an eastbound freightliner, driven by 32-year-old Ronell Franklin, of Florissant, traveled into the median, through the cable barriers, crossed both westbound lanes, off the roadway and impacted a ditch.

Franklin, who reportedly was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, was transported by Odessa E.M.S. to a hospital in Independence for treatment.

The crash happened at 7:05 p.m. on eastbound I-70 at the 34.6 mile marker.

ON-LINE MAGAZINES AVAILABLE TO MARSHALL LIBRARY CARD HOLDERS 1/13/16RK


Marshall Public Library patrons now have access to a lengthy list of magazines at their fingertips 24 hours a day.

At the meeting of the Marshall Public Library Board of Trustees on Tuesday, Stephen Wilks, a representative of Recorded Books, said the library has subscribed to Zinio, an on-line service.



Wilks says there are more issues available than just the new ones.



Library-card holders can sign up by visiting the library's website at www.marshallmolibrary.org, opening the online resources tab on the left and clicking on the special Zinio link at the bottom of that page.

MULTIPLE ELECTIONS TO BE HELD IN SALINE COUNTY THIS YEAR 1/13/16RK


At Tuesday's meeting of the Saline County Commission, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell said there are multiple elections scheduled this year.



Russell also gave an update on those who have filed for some board positions.



In other news, Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner said Page Bellamy will be administered the oath of office to become the next Associate Circuit Judge, replacing his brother, James T. "Tut" Bellamy, at 3 p.m. on Friday, January 15, in the "big courtroom upstairs" at the Saline County Courthouse.

GLASGOW WOMAN INJURED IN HOWARD COUNTY CRASH 1/13/16RK


An area woman suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Howard County early today.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound vehicle, driven by 21-year-old Taylor Werkmeister, of Glasgow, traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck the ground.

Werkmeister was transported by Cooper County E.M.S. to a Columbia hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 12:05 a.m. on Missouri 87, two-tenths of a mile north of Route E.

WINDSOR MANUFACTURER TO EXPAND, ADD NEW JOBS 1/12/16CC


A Pettis County manufacturer will soon expand and add more jobs to its payroll, according to state economic officials.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development on Tuesday announced that a Windsor-based industrial food processing equipment company is adding a second Windsor location, adding eight new jobs and investing $150,000 in manufacturing operations.

The growth by Midwest Metalcraft & Equipment Company brings the company's total workforce to more than 50; the company has doubled in size over the past five years.

According to the D.E.D., the second Windsor location is about 13,000 square feet and the eight new jobs will be mostly at the new facility.

Midwest Metalcraft manufactures its own line of freezing and chilling products, specializes in stainless steel upgrades and rebuilds, and offers equipment installations and relocations in the Midwest and nationwide.

The company's product lines include, among other things, liquid and air blast chilling and freezing systems for the food and pet food industries.

SMITH-COTTON JROTC TEAM COMPETES AT LEAVENWORTH 1/12/16CC


An area high school drill team recently placed well at a meet in Kansas.

According to the Sedalia 200 School District, the Smith-Cotton Army JROTC Drill Team competed Saturday, January 9, in the Leavenworth Drill Meet in Leavenworth, Kansas, competing against teams from 17 different schools.

Both the armed and unarmed drill teams placed second overall.

In the team events, S-C took first place in New Cadet Platoon, third place in Armed Regulation, first place in Armed Color Guard, second and third place in Unarmed Color Guard, third place in Armed Exhibition and second place in Unarmed Exhibition.

LAFAYETTE CO. ROUTE O TO CLOSE WEDNESDAY 1/12/16CC


Road work will cause a temporary closure of a Lafayette County roadway on Wednesday, January 13th.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, crews will close Route O between Route FF and Prairie Valley Road for pipe replacement work. The project is slated to run from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

All work is weather dependent. MoDOT asks all motorists to be alert, obey warning signs and use caution when driving in work zones.

GLASGOW BUSINESS OWNERS SOUND OFF ON STREET CLOSINGS 1/12/16CC


At Monday's meeting of the Glasgow Board of Aldermen, a handful of business owners expressed their concerns about utility companies that close streets and alleys when working in the city.

Business owner Greg Speiser spoke about the problem, which he says recently happened at a busy holiday shopping time where some downtown Glasgow businesses may have lost revenue because streets were closed.



City Attorney Bill Daily says the issue is often complicated because state law tends to favor the utility crews' right-of-way over that of the city:



City Administrator Kevin Atwood did tell the business owners in attendance that sometimes miscommunications do happen, and that in the future he and the city will work to ensure businesses have as much advance notice as possible when utility crews come to town to work.

GLASGOW ALDERMEN GET LIBRARY, POOL UPDATES 1/12/16CC


The Glasgow Board of Aldermen heard a number of committee reports and updates at its regular session meeting on Monday night.

Library Board member John Schaefer gave an update on several library projects that the board is almost ready to put out for bids:



Aldermen recommended the board do research first to ensure making structural or aesthetic improvements to the library won't jeopardize its status as a historic building.

Also. aldermen heard an update from pool Board member Sandy Monnig about recent fundraising efforts and a big raffle coming up in the spring:



Aldermen on Monday also fielded concerns from local business owners about street closings during utility work and also approved a request for City Clerk Jenny Fuemmeler to attend the Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association Spring Institute March 8-10 in Columbia.

SWEET SPRINGS BOARD APPROVES ORDINANCES TO INCREASE WATER-USAGE RATES 1/12/16RK


Water rates will be increasing in an area city.

At the meeting of the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen on Monday, aldermen approved an ordinance to increase the water-usage rate. The first 133 cubic feet of usage will cost $11.31, with each additional cubic foot costing 8-1/2 cents, according to a release by the city. There also will be a $2 charge on all bills to create a fund to gradually replace water meters. In addition, $1.50 per month will be charged in the form of an access charge to any business or home served by city water but located outside the city limits. The charges will be in effect on water bills for February 1, 2016.

In other business, the board approved an ordinance to restrict the parking of any unattached trailer--including but not limited to semi trailers, tent trailers, travel trailers, fifth-wheel trailers, boat trailers, utility trailers and campers-- on all city streets. The ordinance took effect after it was approved.

In addition, residents of Sweet Springs will have three issues to vote on during the upcoming Municipal Election-- one for a bond to fix the city pool and two involving the future collection of city personal-property taxes.

SWEET SPRINGS RESIDENTS TO VOTE ON THREE ISSUES IN APRIL 1/12/16RK


Sweet Springs residents will have three issues on which to vote in the upcoming Municipal Election.

According to City Clerk Michelle Fuehring, at its meeting Monday night, the Board of Aldermen approved ballot language for a $305,000 bond to make improvements at the city pool.

The other two issues involve the collection of residents' personal-property taxes by the city with yes-or-no questions. One is asking residents if they would like to rescind the position of City Collector. The other is asking residents if they want to have their personal-property taxes collected by Saline County Collector Cindi Sims.

The Municipal Election is set for Tuesday, April 5.

In another action, the board also approved the hiring of a temporary employee in the Public Works Department.

MARSHALL POLICE PERSONNEL INVESTIGATING ALLEGED BURGLARY 1/12/16RK


Marshall authorities are investigating the report of an alleged burglary on Friday, January 8.

According to a report from the Marshall Police Department, officers were dispatched to a veterinary business in the 100 block of West Drake Road on Friday, January 8, to the report of an alleged break-in.

The owner reported a "large amount of money" had been taken from a safe. The exact amount of money-- which was business money and money from an envelope for a raffle-- was not released.

 

NEW FRANKLIN MAN ARRESTED, TO FACE ALLEGED DRUG CHARGE 1/12/16RK


An area man has been arrested and faces alleged drug charges.

According to a news release from the Boonville Police Department, officers served a warrant and 36-year-old Jeffrey P. Holman, of New Franklin, recently was arrested and taken to the Cooper County Detention Center.

According to on-line court documents, Holman has been formally charged with a Class C felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance, except 35 Grams or Less of Marijuana.

Bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety.

A future date in Cooper County Circuit Court has not been set yet.

NELSON MAN TO FACE ALLEGED DRUG CHARGES IN COOPER COUNTY 1/12/16RK


A Nelson man has been charged with alleged drug-related offenses in Cooper County.

According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, 29-year-old Anthony J. Barker was arrested recently and transported to the Cooper County Detention Center.

According to on-line court documents, Barker has been formally charged with a Class C felony for Possession of a Controlled Substance, except 35 Grams or Less of Marijuana and two drug-related misdemeanors.

Bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety.

A future date in Cooper County Circuit Court has not been set yet.

ST. CLAIR MAN DUE FOR ARRAIGNMENT IN COOPER COUNTY TODAY 1/12/16RK


A St. Clair man is due in Cooper County Circuit Court today at 1 p.m. for an arraignment hearing.

According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, a warrant was served and 53-year-old Charles Shepherd arrested on Monday. He was subsequently transported to the Cooper County Detention Center on alleged drug charges.

According to on-line court documents, Shepherd has been charged with a Class C felony for Possession of a Controlled Substance, except 35 Grams or Less of Marijuana. He also has been charged with two drug-related misdemeanors.

Bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety, according to the release from the police department.

MARSHALL LIBRARY BOARD TO MEET ON TUESDAY 1/12/16RK


The Marshall Public Library Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, January 12.

On the agenda are several reports, including ones on building and grounds, finance and personnel.

Also on the agenda is closure of the library on Sunday, January 17, for a Statewide Missouri Evergreen System update.

There also is a closed, executive session on the agenda for legal matters.

The meeting will be held at 5:15 p.m. in the library's meeting room.

TWO SEDALIA RESIDENTS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH 1/12/16RK


Two Sedalia residents suffered serious injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Pettis County on Monday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound vehicle, driven by 17-year-old Teresa Costilla, traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned.

Costilla and a passenger in the vehicle, 18-year-old Julia Aguirre, were flown from the scene by Air Ambulance to a hospital in Columbia for treatment.

Neither the driver nor passenger was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, according to the report.

The crash happened at 3:05 p.m. on Route U, one-tenth of a mile south of McCormick Road.

MALTA BEND SCHOOL BOARD MEETING WEDNESDAY 1/11/16CC


The Malta Bend R-5 School Board meets in regular session on Wednesday, January 13, at 7 p.m. in the school library.

Items on the agenda include a discussion of class fundraisers, discussion of snow make-up days, a grant opportunity and openings and filing dates for open seats on the school board.

A closed executive session is also scheduled for hiring and personnel matters.

AGENDA ITEMS FOR LEXINGTON CITY COUNCIL 1/11/16CC


A regular open session meeting is scheduled Tuesday night for the Lexington City Council.

According to the evening's agenda, council members will discuss a proposed fuel tax and a collective bargaining agreement ordinance. Council members will also hear reports from the Municipal Services Committee and the Administration Committee.

The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. at Lexington City Hall at 919 Franklin Avenue.

CARROLLTON SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TUESDAY NIGHT 1/11/16CC


A regular session meeting is on tap for the Carrollton R-7 Board of Education at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12th.

Action items on the agenda include a revision of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget and board decisions regarding both the high school and middle school Project Lead the Way programs.

Board members will also get an update on candidates filing for open school board seats, a Special Services annual report, a mid-year A+ program report and discussion on the 2016-2017 school calendar.

A closed executive session is also scheduled for personnel matters.

CONCORDIA LAKE BOARD MEETING ON TUESDAY 1/11/15CC


The Concordia Lake Board convenes on Tuesday, January 12, for a regular session meeting.

Items on the board agenda will center around discussion concerning the re-enrollment of the grounds around the lake in the Conservation Reserve Program. Board members will discuss a potential increase in rental, tree scrubbing, a timeline for action, and a recommendation to the Board of Aldermen on the matter.

The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in Room 203 of the Concordia Community Center at 802 South Gordon Street.

POWERBALL JACKPOT CONTINUES TO CLIMB 1/11/16RK


The Powerball jackpot is continuing to climb to record highs.

According to a release from the Missouri Lottery, the new estimated jackpot for Wednesday night's drawing has hit $1.4 billion.

If the winner chooses the cash option, rather than the annual annuity option, it will be worth $868 million.

Missouri sold more than 324,000 winning tickets for Saturday night's drawing, ranging from $4 to $50,000, including 10 prizes worth $50,000.

Sales also broke all records during the past drawing, coming in at nearly $16 million. Sales since the jackpot was last hit on November 4 have totaled more than $41.3 million.

Players in Missouri are reminded to play early to avoid long lines, sign their tickets immediately and put them in a safe place, and to always play within their means.

Tickets for Wednesday night's drawing may be purchased until 8:59 p.m. on Wednesday.

MARSHALL FIREFIGHTERS PUT OUT BLAZE ON SOUTH JEFFERSON AVENUE 1/11/16RK


Marshall Fire Department personnel were called out to extinguish a structure fire earlier today.

According to Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day, the call came in at 5:51 a.m., and firefighters were on the scene two minutes later at 657 South Jefferson Avenue.

Firefighters noticed a charred area and smoke coming from the upstairs attic area between the original ceiling and false ceiling.

Firefighters had the blaze under control by 6:30 and returned to quarters at 6:45 a.m.

There were no injuries reported, and the damage was estimated at $2,000. The house's estimated value by the department is $50,000.

Cause of the fire is thought to be knob-and-tube wiring as an insulator running through a ceiling joist was worn, and the residents were using several space heaters at the time.

CERAMIC, CLAY EXHIBITS TO OPEN AT DAUM ON JAN. 30 1/11/16RK


Three ceramic and clay art exhibits are to open later this month at an area museum.

According to a news release, the exhibits will feature ceramic still-life tableaus by Christopher Russell, a New York City-based artist; new and current ceramic artwork from the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art's permanent collection; and works in clay by State Fair Community College students and faculty.

The exhibits will open at 1 p.m. January 30, at the museum on the SFCC Sedalia campus.

The student and faculty artwork will remain on view through April 3 and the ceramic exhibits through May 29.

Admission is free. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, call (660) 530-5888 or visit the website at www.daummuseum.

MARSHALL'S FARRIS WINS CATEGORY AT LEXINGTON SPEECH TOURNEY 1/11/16RK


Several members of the Marshall High School Speech and Debate squad claimed high finishes, including one winner, at an area tournament over the weekend.

According to a release from the high school, Christian Farris won the International Extemporaneous Speaking category at the Lexington Tournament on Saturday, January 9. He also was fifth in oratory.

In other results, Hallie Harper claimed third in poetry and Nick Smith fourth and Sierra Aman seventh in prose. Also, Logan Evans was sixth in oratory and Steven Sims sixth in radio.

SALINE AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING ALLEGED THEFT ON 184TH TRAIL 1/11/16RK


Authorities in Saline County are investigating the report of an alleged theft from a residence.

According to a report from the Saline County Sheriff's Department, a deputy was dispatched to a residence on 184th Trail in Marshall with the report of an alleged theft of two display cases full of arrowheads.

The resident says the alleged theft occurred sometime between 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, and 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 7.

The resident valued the missing cases of arrowheads at a total of $3,000.

TIPTON WOMAN ARRESTED, TO FACE ALLEGED FELONY CHARGES 1/11/16RK


A Tipton resident was arrested over the weekend and now faces two alleged felony charges in Cooper County.

According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, officers arrested 29-year-old Brittani Lea Petree on an outstanding Cooper County warrant for Driving While Intoxicated, persistent offender. She was transported to the Cooper County Detention Center.

According to on-line court documents, the charge is a Class D felony. She also has been charged with a Class D felony for Driving While Revoked or Suspended, also a Class D felony.

Bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety.

A future date in Cooper County Circuit Court has not been set yet.

SMITH-COTTON'S TEAM SCREAM TO TAKE ON 'STRONGHOLD' 1/11/16RK


High school robotics teams around the world, including Smith-Cotton's TEAM SCREAM, learned Saturday about their challenge for the 2016 competition season as FIRST Robotics unveiled this year's game, "FIRST Stronghold."

According to a news release, employing allusions to "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," FIRST used a global simulcast to share details about the game, which involves creating a robot that will potentially cross different barriers, shoot "boulders" into scoring zones on a tower and scale the tower to earn more points.

Saturday marked the first day of the six-week build season in which FRC teams will design, create and test their robots before regional competitions begin. Regional champions advance to the FRC World Championships in St. Louis, April 27-30.

Team SCREAM - Smith-Cotton Robotics, Engineering and Mathematics - has competed at the world championships each of the past three years.

TWO AREA ROADWAYS CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING 1/11/16RK


Due to flooding, there are two roadways still closed in the area.

According to Modot's Traveler Information website, the roadways are in Johnson and Chariton Counties.

In Johnson County, Missouri 23 between County Roads 950 and 1125 at Blackwater River is closed.

In Chariton County, Route D between Route DD and Route 5 at Mussel Ford Creek is closed.

In each case, drivers will need to seek an alternate route.

For more information, call 1-(888)-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-66368) or visit www.modot.org.

COOPER COUNTY ROAD WORK TO START ON MONDAY 1/10/16RK


Bridge maintenance is scheduled to make travel times a bit longer starting on Monday, January 11, in Cooper County.

According to a release from MoDOT, the work is scheduled on the bridge over the Petite Saline Creek on Route 179 north of Copps Chapel Road.

One lane will be open and crews will flag traffic through the work areas.

For more information on this or any MoDOT project, call 1-(888)-ASK-MODOT or visit www.modot.org.

EXTRA-DUTY PAY, POSITIONS TO BE DISCUSSED AT SEDALIA S.B. MEETING 1/10/16RK


At the meeting of the Sedalia 200 School Board, the board is to consider extra-duty positions and pay when it meets at 6:30 p.m. at Smith-Cotton Junior High School at 312 East Broadway.

Also on the agenda is a decision on the 2016-17 Smith-Cotton High School Planning Guide.

A closed, executive session also is on the agenda.

SWEET SPRINGS, GLASGOW, WARRENSBURG CITY GOVERNMENTS MEET MONDAY 1/10/16R


A number of area city governments meet on Monday, January 11, 2016.

Several ordinances are up for discussion at the meeting of the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen when it meets at 6 p.m.

The ordinances involve water rates, a possible pool bond for the April Municipal Election and another about trailer parking on certain city streets.

Another ordinance is to place an issue on the upcoming ballot about rescinding the City Collector position.

The meeting takes place at Sweet Springs City Hall.
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The Glasgow Board of Aldermen are scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. with several committee reports on the docket.

In addition to the reports, there board also will consider a request by City Clerk Jenny Fuemmeler to attend the Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association Spring Institute March 8-10 in Columbia.

There also is a closed, executive session on the agenda for personnel matters.

The meeting takes place at Glasgow City Hall at 102 Market Street.
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Consideration to execute a Tax Increment Financing Redevelopment Agreement with J.W. Franklin Co. & Keystone Hospitality by the Warrensburg City Council when it meets at 7 p.m.

Also up for consideration is an ordinance authorizing the City Manager and City Clerk to execute a Supplemental Sublease and Addendum Agreement with the Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

A closed, executive session starts at 6 p.m.

The meeting takes place at Warrensburg City Hall at 200 South Holden.

SALISBURY SCHOOL BOARD TO MEET MONDAY NIGHT 1/10/16RK


The Salisbury R-4 School Board meets at 7:30 p.m., with the agenda including approval of bids for the parking lot.

There also is an update on a survey and several other reports.

An executive session also is on the docket for employee matters.

ROADSIDE MAINTENANCE SCHEDULED ON COOPER COUNTY ROUTE 1/10/16RK


Work on an area roadway is scheduled this week that could alter driving times.

According to a release from the Cooper County Emergency Management Agency, roadside maintenance is scheduled during daylight hours Monday, January 11, through Friday, January 15, on Route N between Routes 135 North and 135 South.

NO WINNER, POWERBALL JACKPOT GROWS TO MORE THAN $1 BILLION 1/10/16RK


Despite heavy Powerball ticket sales over the last few days that pushed the jackpot to $900 million by the time of the drawing on Saturday night, nobody matched all five numbers and the Powerball.

Players in 12 different states did match enough numbers to win at least $1 million, according to information on the drawing's website, www.powerball.com.

With no jackpot winner, the jackpot will be at least $1.3 billion for Wednesday night's drawing. The cash value, if the winner chooses the cash out instead of the annuity payments, is $806 million, according to the drawing's website.

MARCH DEADLINE FOR "NO MOre TRASH!" CONTEST ENTRIES 1/9/16CC


The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) invite Missouri public, private, and home-school students in grades K-8 to help fight litter in the Show-Me State -- and to have creative and educational fun -- by participating in the 2016 "Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter-Free" trash-can-decorating contest.

The annual trash-can contest encourages school classes and groups to join in the fight against litter by decorating and displaying a large trash can with the "No MOre Trash!" logo and a litter-prevention message using a variety of creative media.

The annual contest is sponsored by MDC and MoDOT as part of the state's "No MOre Trash!" statewide litter campaign. This partnership between MDC and MoDOT, along with thousands of volunteers, is working to prevent and reduce litter in Missouri through education, prevention, and cleanup activities.

Entry deadline is Friday, March 18th; learn more at www.nomoretrash.org.

MARSHALL TENNIS PROGRAMS SERVE UP AN ACE 1/9/16CC


At last week's meeting of the Marshall Park Board, members got an update about a recent honor garnered by the Parks Department.

Director Jeff Stubblefield talks about the award given recently by the United States Tennis Association:



And Stubblefield pointed to the efforts of one particular person who has had a big impact on the success of Marshall tennis programs:



In other business, Stubblefield gave the board a positive report on November tax revenue for the Department and an update on continuing repairs at the Park Administration Office.

SENIOR CENTERS TO HOST LAFAYETTE CO. HEALTH DEPT. TALKS 1/9/16CC


The Lafayette County Health Department will hold a series of upcoming discussions at several area senior centers.

Representatives from the Health Department will talk about about some of the services they offer, including immunizations, TB skin tests and emergency preparedness education.

The public sessions will be held:
* January 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the Odessa Senior Center
* January 21 at 11:30 a.m. at the Concordia Senior Center
* January 27 at 11:30 a.m. at the Higginsville Senior Center
* January 28 at 11:15 a.m. at the Lexington Senior Center

To find out more contact the Lafayette County Health Department at 660-259-4371.

FAYETTE GROUP OFFERS HEALTH INSURANCE HELP 1/9/15CC


Now through January 29th, residents in the Fayette area can get free help to get signed up for health care insurance.

Central Missouri Community Action will have certified counselors on hand every Friday in January from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Keller Building at 600 West Morrison Street in Fayette.

Counselors are available to assist with enrollment, compare health insurance plans and help residents find out if they qualify for financial assistance.

The free service is available by appointment; to learn more or to book a time slot call 573-424-6029 or email GetCovered@ShowMeAction.org.

FLU VACCINES AVAILABLE AT HOWARD CO. HEALTH DEPT. 1/9/16CC


With winter in full swing, Howard County residents can make an appointment for a flu shot at the Howard County Health Department.

Flu vaccines are given at the Department on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1-4 p.m.

Cost for the basic flu shot is $20 for non-Medicare and private pay clients; residents are reminded to bring their Medicare card or Medicare supplemental insurance cards, if applicable.

Appointments can be made for the vaccines but walk-ins are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

The Howard County Health Department is located at 600 W Morrison Street in Fayette. For more information, call 660-248-3100.

YEARLY DOG CLINIC NEXT WEEKEND IN BOGARD 1/9/16CC


Pet owners in Bogard and the surrounding area are encouraged to take advantage of an upcoming opportunity to get their dogs and cats vaccinated.

The annual City of Bogard Dog Clinic will be Saturday, January 16, at Bogard City Hall. The clinic runs from 9-11 a.m., according to a release from the city.

A veterinarian will be on hand to give required shots to dogs and cats and residents can purchase city dog licenses, which are required by city ordinance.

For more information, contact Bogard City Hall at 660-731-5169.

BUDGET HEARING SLATED FOR CARROLL CO. FIRE DEPT. 1/9/16CC


An area fire department will meet soon to talk dollars and cents.

A budget hearing for the Carroll County Fire Protection District has been scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, January 18th. The hearing takes place at the Carrollton Fire Station located at 710 Harvest Hills Drive.

For more information call 660-542-2178.

TAX COLLECTOR, ALDERMEN SEATS OPEN FOR KEYTESVILLE FILERS 1/9/16CC


Three seats are up for grabs on the Keytesville City Council in the April Municipal Election.

A release from City Clerk DeLaina Sommerfeld says the positions open on the ballot are North Ward Alderman, South Ward Alderman and City Tax Collector. All three seats carry two-year terms.

Those interested in filing must file a declaration for candidacy with the Clerk at City Hall during normal business hours and must also meet several filing requirements.

Filing for the April 5th ballot continues through January 19th.

JOINT INVESTIGATION LEADS TO ARREST, CHARGES FILED 1/9/16CC


An arrest has been made and charges filed against a mid-Missouri man accused of sexual crimes in Johnson County.

According to the Division of Drug and Crime Control of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 25-year-old Andrew T. Barbee, of Knob Noster, was arrested Friday, January 8, in Warrensburg for statutory rape and sodomy.

The arrest was reportedly the culmination of a lengthy investigation by the Division and the Knob Noster Police Department.

On Friday, Barbee was formally charged in Johnson County Circuit Court with one felony count of First Degree Statutory Rape and two felony counts of First Degree Statutory Sodomy, according to online court documents.

Bond has been set at $35,000, cash only; Barbee currently remains in custody in the Johnson County Jail.

A future court date in the matter has not yet been scheduled.

ARROW ROCK'S "FIRST SATURDAY" EVENT POSTPONED 1/8/16CC


(UPDATE: Due to the possibility of inclement weather on Saturday, this event has been postponed. No reschedule date has been announced.)

With the way the calendar falls for the New Year's holiday this year, the start of the annual First Saturday series at Arrow Rock will actually begin on the second Saturday of January.

The group Friends of Arrow Rock says the first event of the year will be a presentation by Arrow Rock's Karen Avery Miller called "Genealogy Sleuthing: Clues on How to Research Your Family History". It will be presented on Saturday, January 9th, at 10 a.m. at the Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitor Center.

The groups says the event is about an hour long and is free and open for the public to attend. The village of Arrow Rock  is located 14 miles north of I-70 on Highway 41.

For more information, visit www.friendsofarrowrock.org or call 660-837-3231.

LAFAYETTE CO. CRASH INJURES THREE 1/8/16CC


Three people were hurt in a two-vehicle crash on an area roadway Thursday night.

Trooper reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol say the crash happened when an eastbound vehicle driven by 17-year-old Kelsie Petty, of Grain Valley, crossed into the westbound lanes and hit head-on a vehicle driven by 28-year-old Katy Blaha, of Oak Grove.

Both drivers received moderate injuries while a passenger in the Blaha car, 28-year-old Samantha Drummond, of Blue Springs, suffered serious injuries; all three were taken by EMS to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.

The accident reportedly occurred around 7:30 p.m. on U.S. 24, just west of Waterloo in Lafayette County.

HUNTERS CAN APPLY FOR MANAGED TURKEY HUNTS 1/6/16CC


Missouri youth, archery, and firearms turkey hunters can apply online for 2016 spring turkey managed hunts between January 8 and February 29 through the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) website.

Managed hunt details and application procedures are outlined on the webpage. Drawing results will be available March 14.

Detailed information on spring turkey hunting will be available in MDC's 2016 Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet online at in late January with printed booklets available from permit vendors and MDC offices and nature centers around the state beginning in mid-February.

Spring turkey hunting youth weekend will be April 9-10 with the regular spring season April 18 - May 8. Find out more at www.mdc.mo.gov.
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