State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced this week the return of nine Unclaimed Property accounts worth at least $100,000 to families and businesses operating in Missouri since June. The returns came from a variety of sources including securities, certificates of deposit, credit balances and insurance claim payouts.
Zweifel's office says the returns are among the largest for Treasurer Zweifel's office this year, although together they represent just over 3% of total Unclaimed Property returned so far in 2015.
The office says one in ten Missourians has Unclaimed Property, and the average claim is about $300.
Anyone can search for their name, business or organization at www.ShowMeMoney.com. You may also sign up for email notifications and even donate your Unclaimed Property to any of 20 charitable organizations.
Lafayette County authorities at this hour say they are searching for an individual in the Odessa area.
According to a statement from the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department, authorities are seeking a white male with a beard, possibly wearing a red and black hooded sweatshirt and a cap in the area of Odessa Cemetery near South Outer Road and M Highway.
No other information about the subject or the search has been made available.
Anyone who sees the individual is urged not to approach them but to instead contact the Lafayette County Sheriffs Department at (660) 259-3622.
Police in Marshall are looking into a report of property damage at a vacant building.
According to police reports, a Marshall resident reported on Monday afternoon that they have been watching the old Hustler's Sports Bar location at 1563 South Odell for the owner while they are out of town, a building that has stood vacant for over a year. The resident stated that they checked on the building at around 11:00am on Monday and discovered the glass front door of the building broken out and a concrete block inside the building near the broken glass.
No other damages were reported and no dollar estimate has been placed on the broken door. Investigation into the incident continues.
The city of Sedalia has announced a new service that will replace the annual city leaf pickup.
A release from the city says residents can now dispose of leaves and yard debris at any time day or night at the Yard Waste Facility located at 28th and New York; the facility is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Due to the availability of the site, the city says it will no longer host its annual leaf pickup in December.
The city does also say that if a resident is unable to transport their yard waste to the facility, a leaf pickup request will soon be added to the online Citizens Service Request feature on the city's website at www.cityofsedalia.com.
The online leaf pickup request will be available starting December 1st and will run through January 15th of the coming year. Residents are asked that citizens who have made a pickup request have their leaves bagged and waiting curbside; the bags will be picked up within seven days of the online request.
For questions or more information, contact the city of Sedalia at (660) 827-3000, extension 158.
Scores of area high school and college students will help to ring in the holiday season at the 8th annual "Jingle on the Green" at State Fair Community College in Sedalia.
According to the college, the free community holiday celebration will feature musical performances, art, food and thousands of luminarias spread throughout several locations on the campus from 6:00-8:00pm on Thursday, December 3rd.
High school and junior high students from Sedalia, Marshall, Boonville, Knob Noster and Lincoln will join musical groups from SFCC will present holiday musical selections while the public is invited to stroll the campus, view holiday lights and visit holiday-themed stations.
The event will also feature an appearance by Santa Claus and a few friends from the North Pole.
The annual event is sponsored by the SFCC Foundation. For visit information visit the college online at www.sfcc.mo.edu.
Multiple charges have been filed against a Kansas City man in an alleged bank robbery in Sedalia last week.
According to on-line court documents, 26-year-old David O. Waters III has been charged with a Class A felony for Robbery in the First Degree. He also has been charged with an unclassified felony for Armed Criminal Action.
The charges stem from an alleged robbery of Central Bank at 301 West Broadway in Sedalia on Friday, November 21st.
The incident occurred at 11:40 a.m., and Waters was apprehended by authorities at 4:40 p.m. in the 100 block of East Chestnut Avenue.
Bond was set at $500,000 cash only.
A hearing has been set for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1st, in Pettis County Circuit Court.
Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission Tuesday morning and said the County Aid Road Trust (or CART) tax numbers aren't as good as they were last month or last year. But there is a silver lining.
The monthly average is nearly $67,800, which means it is just less than $4,600 more than last year's monthly average.
In other news, Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner reported the floor has been poured on the 50-by-80-foot addition to the Road and Bridge Crew maintenance shed on Kite Avenue north of Marshall. He said the building should be on site in about two weeks.
At the meeting of the Marshall School Board Monday night, the board and Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher said the district will need to make some tough financial decisions in the near future. There are several projects that need attention, which means money will need to be spent.
According to Dr. Maher, the projects recommended by a preliminary study conducted by ConEdison is rather lengthy.
Dr. Maher listed what she would deem priorities. But she said it will be a team effort moving forward in a fiscally responsible manner.
Dr. Maher said the district will be getting the final report from ConEdison on December 8th, look at it and use input from board members and district patrons before moving forward with any decisions. The findings of the report will be discussed in open session at the next school board meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15th.
Three actions were taken by the Marshall School Board at its meeting Monday night, but only one of them involved money.
The board discussed refinancing a 2006 lease-purchase. Board secretary Leslie Huston said the finance committee figured it would save the district a lot of money over the life of the refinance, due to a lower interest rate.
After a short discussion, the board approved the refi.
Huston also reported they're not sure revenue the district is projected to be down--some $300,000-- can be recouped from taxes on the pipeline. Thus, asking the taxpayers to raise the tax levy from the lowest allowed by the state at $2.75 per $100 of assessed valuation on real property to where it was at $3.12, might be a possibility in the future.
Also, the dates were set for filing for the upcoming Municipal Election on April 5th, 2016. Filing for candidates starts on Tuesday, December 15th, and closes at the end of the business day on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016. The seats of Kathy Green and Mike Mills are up for election.
The board meeting following the election will be held on April 19th to reorganize the board.
Representatives from the USDA's Rural Development branch were on hand Monday in Emma to present grant funds to the city for a new storm siren.
State Rural Development Director Janie Dunning was the featured speaker in a ceremony to celebrate the awarding of over $11,000 for the siren. She told the crowd on hand that Rural Development funds can help make various improvement projects across the state come together:
Dunning noted that smaller projects in communities like Emma, which had to raise a portion of the funds for the plan, are just as important to the overall mission of Rural Development:
Earlier in the day, Dunning and her colleagues held a similar ceremony to present grant funding to the Health Care Coalition of Lafayette County to purchase a new building for mental and behavioral health clients.
The theatre faculty at Missouri Valley College and an area sponsor will present A Christmas Carol: A One Man Show at 7:30pm on Thursday, December 3rd and Friday, December 4th, in the Eckilson-Mabee Theatre on the Missouri Valley College campus.
On Saturday, December 5th at 6:00pm the show can be seen at the First Presbyterian “Rock” Church in Marshall.
According to the college, the one man version of Charles Dickens' classic tale is adapted and performed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Harold Hynick. The funds raised will go toward student participation in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. In addition, funds will support student travel opportunities such as professional auditions.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 18 and under and those with an MVC ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door or reserved in advance online or by calling 660-831-4052.
Three people were hurt Monday in a two-vehicle accident in Cooper County.
The Highway Patrol says it happened when an S.U.V. driven westbound by 16-year-old Rebecca Defoor, of Fayette, was crossing the highway and failed to yield to a southbound car driven by 77-year-old Doris Hickman, of Jefferson City. A collision ensued, pushing Defoor's vehicle into the guardrail where it overturned.
Hickman suffered minor injuries and was taken to a Cooper County hospital for treatment. Defoor suffered moderate injuries while 17-year-old passenger Alyssa Massey, of Fayette received minor injuries; both were taken to a Columbia hospital for their injuries.
Patrol reports say the crash happened around 12:50pm on Missouri 87 at Interstate 70.
For residents who want to see an Amtrak passenger train stop in an area town, there's an upcoming fundraiser planned in early December.
Carrollton Economic Alliance Director Sharon Metz says the event will be at the Rupe Center in Carrollton from 6:00-8:00pm on Tuesday, December 1st. She says the area has a challenge of raising at least a half-million dollars to make the proposed train stop a reality:
Metz said this is a great opportunity for people to come out and show their support. Grants have been applied for, but whether or not they are received will not be known prior to this get-together.
Metz says the group is looking at various sources of possible funding, including Neighborhood Assistance Program grants and a possible Federal Transportation Grant.
At the meeting of the Marshall School Board tonight at 6 o'clock, there will be a discussion about district needs that require major financial decisions, according to a release from Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher. Some of the improvements and/or upgrades involve exterior lighting, water conservation, insulation, A/C and ventilation in the high school and elementary schools and control systems. At this point, the expected cost is estimated to be in the $3.5 million range.
The release said discussions will continue into December.
According to the release, a report on the district's energy audit from ConEdison should be received by the district by December 8th. At the December board meeting, the board will hear about that report and the current status of the buildings and recommendations for repairs and upgrades, including the possibility of replacing the roof at the high school.
For the convenience of the citizens of Waverly, the City tax collector will be at Waverly City Hall on six different dates before the end of the year.
According to a release from Waverly City Hall, the tax collector will be there from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 23rd, November 30th, December 14th, December 21st and December 28th, as well as from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 7th.
For more information, call Waverly City Hall at (660) 493-2551.
Saline County Authorities are investigating the report of an alleged theft of a truck.
According to a report from the Saline County Sheriff's deputy, a resident on North Highway O in Marshall reported that sometime between November 16th and November 22nd, a truck was taken from a garage on the resident's property.
The truck is described as a green and silver 1995 Chevrolet Silverado with a Missouri license plate 9PK-771.
Three area residents have been arrested and are scheduled to face alleged felony charges in Pettis County Circuit Court.
According to on-line court documents, Lisa Carlock, of Sedalia, has been charged with multiple felonies, including a Class B felony for Distribution of or Possession with the Attempt to Distribute a Controlled Substance, a Class C felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance, except 35 grams of less of Marijuana and a Class C for Possession of a Controlled Substance, except 35 grams or less of a Synthetic Cannabinoid.
Bond was set at $250,000 cash or surety.
In the same bust that happened late last week in Sedalia, Mary Brockman, of Malta Bend, was charged with a Class C felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance, except 35 grams of less of Marijuana.
Bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety.
A hearing for each has been set for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24th.
Also arrested for a Class C felony for Possession of a Controlled Substance, except 35 grams of less of Marijuana, was Sheila Humphrey, of Sedalia.
An arraignment has been set for 1:30 p.m. on Monday, December 7th.
The City of Sedalia will observe the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday and Friday, November 26th and 27th, of this week. Offices in the Municipal Building will be closed. All of the city offices will re-open on Monday, November 30th, for normal business hours.
Refuse collection will be unchanged for Monday and Tuesday. Thursday's pick up will be on Wednesday, November 25th. There will be no pick up on Friday, November 27th.
The Missouri Valley College Student Missouri State Teachers Association earned two awards at the state's annual S-MSTA conference held on November 13th in Columbia.
According to a news release, Avery Nolin, of North Port, Florida, was named the Officer of the Year for the state of Missouri. Nolin is a senior and the president of the MVC S-MSTA chapter.
In addition, MVC received one of two Service Project of the Year awards for its involvement in the Poverty Simulation last spring. The simulation involved students role playing and acting out how living in poverty felt.
Several Slater city government seats will be open for candidates to file in the April municipal election.
At the last Slater City Council meeting, Mayor Stephen Allegri announced that the office of Mayor is open for candidates to file, along with the city council seats of Cathy Jeffries, Bret Hemeyer, Jake Brumit, and Harry Lightfoot.
Candidate filing begins on Tuesday, December 15th and ends on Tuesday, January 19th.
The following road and bridge projects are scheduled for this week in Howard County, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. The work will take place during daylight hours, weather permitting.
* Route 5 between Route 40 and Route 240 - Roadside maintenance will take place Monday, November 23rd through Friday, December 4th. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
* Route 87 between Route 40 and Route 240 - Roadside maintenance will take place Monday, November 23rd through Friday, December 4th. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
* Route 240 between Route 5 and Route 40 - Roadside maintenance will take place Monday, November 23rd through Friday, December 4th. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
For questions or more information, call 888-ASK-MoDOT or visit www.modot.org.
Missouri 4-H and FFA chapters planning community improvement service projects can apply for grant funding through the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Applications for the 2016 Building Our American Communities Grant Program are being accepted until December 1st, 2015.
The Building Our American Communities Grant Program awards grants of up to $500 to support youth-driven service projects. Each year, the Building Our American Communities Grant Program awards up to twelve $500 grants to 4-H clubs and twelve $500 grants to FFA chapters, two in each of the six districts, to support projects that benefit an agricultural community and/or promote community development.
The 2015 program awarded grant funding to ten 4-H clubs and nine FFA chapters including Cooper, Morgan, Boone, and Callaway counties. The grants are funded through Missouri's Agriculture Development Fund under an agreement with the USDA.
For a grant application or more information, visit the Missouri Department of Agriculture online at www.agriculture.mo.gov.
Police have a suspect in custody in connection with an alleged robbery Friday at a Sedalia bank.
Reports from the Sedalia Police Department says the call came in around 11:40am from Central Bank of Sedalia at 301 West Broadway that a male suspect had entered the bank, indicated he was armed, demanded money and then fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.
No one at the bank was reportedly harmed during the incident.
At around 4:40pm, further investigation led authorities to the 100 block of East Chestnut Avenue, where the 26-year-old man was arrested and transported to the Pettis County Jail.
Police say charges of First Degree Robbery and Armed Criminal Action are pending action by the Pettis County Prosecuting Attorney's office.
According to the Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri shoppers will find the price for most items used for a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal will mirror those from 2014. Shoppers across the nation are finding a similar story, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Thanksgiving Marketbasket Survey results released this week.
Volunteer shoppers collected prices at local stores across Missouri to determine pricing for this year's holiday meal. They found a meal for 10 people averaged $51.92 this year, or $5.19 per person. Compared to the 2014 prices for the same items, this amounts to an overall increase of $1.40, or 14 cents per person. Nationwide the average price totaled $50.11, or $5.01 per person.
Turkey prices across the state ranged from 79 cents to $1.69 per pound, averaging $1.37. Last year's average price was $1.24. The meal cost is based on a 16-pound bird, so the centerpiece of the meal, the turkey, accounted for $21.92 of the total.
Cranberries were slightly higher this year, $2.65, compared to $2.38 last year. A gallon of whole milk dropped 70 cents to $3.72 while whipping cream rose 29 cents to $2.69 per half-pint. Prices for turkey and cranberries will continue to fluctuate as the Thanksgiving holiday draws near.
Slater School Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz says he got to share some good news with the school board on Thursday night.
Lorenz talks about the update he gave board members on the district's Annual Performance Report and MAP testing scores:
After the district spent the last few years operating under provisional accreditation, Lorenz says bringing the district back to full accreditation was a total team effort:
In other business, Lorenz says the board approved a slight increase in the district's umbrella insurance policy of about $200 annually per employee, discussed open seats and filing dates for the April election and also changed the date of the April school board meeting in order to meet state guidelines about reorganizing the school board within two weeks of the election.
Two Warrensburg City Council seats will be up for grabs in the April 2016 Municipal Election.
A statement from the city says the seats of council members Charlie Rutt and Donna DeFrain will be available once filing starts next month. Rutt has served for two terms and cannot run again due to term limits; DeFrain has served one term on the council and will be eligible to file again.
Filing begins at 8:00am on Tuesday, December 15th and runs through 5:00pm on Tuesday, January 19th. Statements of candidacy will be accepted during that time during regular business hours in the office of City Clerk Cindy Gabel at Warrensburg City Hall at 102A South Holden. Regular business hours are 8:00am until 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.
For questions or more information, contact Gabel's office at (660) 262-4605.
The Fayette R-3 School Board met in regular session on Wednesday night.
According to a district release, Superintendent Dr. Tamara Kimball announced to the board that two staff members have received honors from a state education group. Kimball told board members that Northeast region members of the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals selected elementary principal Cheri Huster as "New Principal of the Year" and assistant elementary principal Cristina Heet as "Assistant Principal of the Year".
Kimball showed board members a preview of the district's new website, which is expected to be fully up and running by February. She also reviewed the 2014-15 audit, which showed the district to be in compliance with state and federal requirements. The board unanimously approved the audit results.
After storms damaged the district bus barn earlier this year, board members this week gave approval to a motion to combine the insurance funds from the damages with bond money to construct a new shop and storage area for the bus barn on its current piece of property. The motion passed 5-0.
Board members also approved renewal of the district's insurance through the Missouri United School Insurance Council, or M.U.S.I.C. Kimball noted that the renewal will save the district over $4,000 from what it paid last year.
With state unemployment clocking in at the lowest point in over eight years, jobless rates in the KMMO listening area continue to trend downward.
According to the Missouri Department of Economic Development, both Saline and Lafayette counties saw their non-seasonally adjusted rates drop to 4% for the month of September-- each down a full percentage point from the month of August.
Close behind is Howard County at 4.1%, followed by Chariton County at 4.3%, Ray County at 4.4%, and Pettis and Johnson counties both at 4.6%.
Two area counties have rates of over 5%, as Carroll and Cooper counties came in at 5.1% and 5.2% respectively; however, jobless rates in both counties did dip from 6.4% in August.
Nearly every county in the area saw a a full percentage point decrease in unemployment from the same time last year with the exception of Carroll County; its rate was at 5.3% in September of 2014 before climbing to a peak of 7.4% in July of this year.
The Department of Economic Development says the state and national jobless rates are around 5%, the lowest rate for Missouri since April of 2007.
Missouri's jobless rate fell to the lowest point in over eight years, as the latest seasonally adjusted numbers from the Missouri Department of Economic Development (D.E.D.) released this week show the state's rate falling three-tenths of a point to 5.0% in October.
The D.E.D. says it's the lowest rate in the state since April 0f 2007.
Industries showing the biggest job gains included Health Care and Social Assistance with 5,500 new jobs, Construction with 2,800 news jobs, and Professional and Business Services with 3,700 new jobs.
Also, the D.E.D. announced this week that September's job numbers have been revised to show an increase of 5,000 new jobs for the month.
This week's data show the U.S. jobless rate at right around 5.0%.
After a case review was held today, an area woman is due back in a Southeastern Missouri county courtroom again next month.
According to on-line court documents, a preliminary hearing for 26-year-old Heather N. Cummings, of Boonville, who has been charged with a Class A Felony for First-Degree Murder, has been set for 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 17th, at the Pemiscot County Justice Center in Caruthersville.
She was returned to custody of Pemiscot County Authorities and is being held without bond.
Charges were filed today against an Arizona man in connection with an alleged terroristic threat in Marshall on Wednesday.
According to on-line court documents, 18-year-old Paris Gregory-Drew Lovett has been charged with a Class D Felony for allegedly Making a Terroristic Threat with Reckless Disregard, Risk of Causing Evacuation or Closure of a Building.
The charge stems from an incident at Missouri Valley College in Marshall where Lovett allegedly made threats of physical harm on the social media application "Yik Yak."
A safety alert was issued by the school to its students and faculty members. But a spokesperson for the college says no actual incidents occurred.
Lovett was taken into custody late Wednesday afternoon and the "all-clear" alert was issued by authorities at Valley.
Bond was set at $5,000 cash only.
A future date in Saline County Circuit Court has not been set yet.
Students from an area university are planning a trip south for a humanitarian mission and are asking for donations.
According to a news release, Central Methodist University students are asking for help so they can help others during a January 2016 mission trip to the Caribbean island nation of Haiti.
The public is invited to contribute $50 for "shares" to defray costs for the students, who aim to install up to 100 water filters in Haitian homes during the January 11th-15th project. Up to 10 students and two sponsors will participate, according to Molly Moore, director of CMU's Center for Faith and Service. Cost for each student is $1,350.
For more information, contact Matt Williams with the CMU Center for Faith and Service at 660-248-6222 during regular business hours or e-mail him at email@example.com.
The Saline County Commission accepted the resignation of a longtime Saline County Associate Circuit Judge at its meeting Thursday morning.
Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie read a letter of resignation from James "Tut" Bellamy. The letter states he was forced to resign due to battling cancer. The resignation was effective November 16th. Bellamy has been in the position for 15 years.
Commissioners said Bellamy's case load will be taken over by Associate Circuit Judge Hugh Harvey. If the load gets too heavy, a judge from another county can be summoned to help out.
It is now up to Governor Jay Nixon to appoint Bellamy's replacement.
Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell explains what could be coming up.
In other business, Guthrie also reported there was a net gain of $139,210.70 in the added and abated real-estate and personal-property book. The commissioners accepted the addition.
During the meeting of the Glasgow School Board on Wednesday, the board approved the annual audit report and the Crisis Response Manual as presented.
According to a release from the district, in another action taken, the board gave consent to allow the Boonville YMCA to investigate if there is a need to provide additional after-school tutoring programs on the Glasgow campus.
The board also approved the filing dates for the upcoming Municipal Election for December 15th through January 19th. According to a district official, the terms for seats currently held by president David Clements and vice-president Bob Draffen are up. The Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016.
Graduation requirements were a big topic of discussion at the New Franklin R-1 School Board meeting Wednesday.
Superintendent David Haggard, the board approved raising the district's requirements to 25 creidt hours. There also were some adjustments made to early-graduation requirements, making them more in line with the regular graduation requirements.
In other news, the board approved the purchase of a 28-person bus for $22,900. The purchase is to replace a bus that has been in the district a long time and is 27 years old, according to Haggard. He said the district will list the other bus in surplus equipment to sell.
Haggard said there also was discussion of the possibility putting a bond issue on the April 5th Municipal Election ballot for additions needed in the district. He said the language has not been finalized yet. If it's on the ballot and passed, the money could be used for additions during the 2017-18 school year.
There will be two seats on the New Franklin School Board up for election in April. They are seats currently held by board president David Hundley and vice-president Jason Jennings. Haggard said they have been longtime members of the board and expects them to file for reelection.
There is a free musical event going to be held on an area college campus early next month.
According to a news release, the State Fair Community College Music Arts program will present a noon-time recital on Wednesday, December 2nd, in the Music Arts rehearsal room, Stauffacher Room 67, on the Sedalia campus.
The recital will last 30 to 40 minutes and is open to the public.
A 32-year-old Boonville resident has been served a warrant and will face an alleged Felony drug charge.
According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, the warrant was issued for Jamie Whitlow, who, according to on-line court documents, will face an alleged charge of a Class C Felony for Possession of a Controlled Substance, except 35 grams or less of Marijuana. There also is a misdemeanor charge for Driving While Revoked.
Bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety.
A future date in Cooper County Circuit Court has not been set yet.
A Boonville woman has been arrested and charged with a felony in Cooper County.
According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, 23-year-old Keri A. Snyder, recently was served a warrant for alleged Possession of a Controlled Substance, except 35 grams or less of Marijuana.
On-line court documents say the charge is a Class C Felony. She also was charged with two misdemeanor for non-drug related offenses.
Superintendent Dr. Scott Patrick was pleased to give Warrensburg R-6's annual student performance report at this week's meeting of the school board. He said the students are doing very well.
In other news, Patrick updated the board on construction in the district, which is being funded by a bond issue recently passed by voters.
Patrick also reported to the board that the district received a refund from its health-insurance carrier of nearly $200,000.
There are two school board seats up for election in April. They are the seats of Rick Miller and Morris Collins. Filing for those seats will be from December 15th through January 19th. The Municipal Election is on April 5th.
An area state senator has assumed the chair of a committee that helps keep higher-education costs down.
According to a news release, Senator David Pearce, of Warrensburg, has assumed the chair of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact during the commission's semiannual meeting held November 16th and 17th.
Pearce explains one of the goals of the committee.
Pearce said the group looks into property and health-care insurance and computer services for the institutions to save them money.
MHEC is a nonprofit regional organization assisting its 12 member Midwestern states. Pearce was first appointed to the commission in 2003 and reappointed in 2010, 2011, 2013 2015.
A suspect is reportedly in custody in connection with a safety alert issued by Missouri Valley College on Wednesday.
A statement from the college Wednesday said the "all-clear" had been sounded on the Marshall campus after officials earlier in the day issued a safety alert to Valley students and staff. The alert was in response to alleged threats of physical harm made on the social media application Yik Yak.
A spokesperson for the college says no actual incidents occurred and the alert was issued as a precaution. Later in the day, college officials issued a statement saying the alert had been cancelled and that a suspect identified in the matter was taken into custody by the Marshall Police Department.
Marshall Police say an 18-year-old male subject is in custody and awaiting the filing of formal charges for making what authorities deemed to be a terroristic threat on the social media site. The man is reportedly a student at Missouri Valley College.
Charges in the matter are pending review by the Saline County Prosecuting Attorney's office.
UPDATE (4:20PM): AT 4:06PM WEDNESDAY, MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE ISSUED A STATEMENT SAYING A SUSPECT IN THE MATTER HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AND IS IN THE CUSTODY OF MARSHALL POLICE. ALL ACTIVE ALERTS FOR THE COLLEGE ARE CANCELLED.
An alleged threat on social media has prompted Missouri Valley College in Marshall to issue a safety alert to its students and staff on Wednesday.
According to a statement on the college's website, its Department of Public Safety and Division of Student Affairs received notice Wednesday of a threat posted to the social media application Yik Yak, stating that an unknown individual had threatened to physically harm others in an unspecified manner. A spokesperson for the college told KMMO News that no incident has occurred and that the alert was issued as a precaution for Valley students and staff.
A second MVC spokesperson said reports had incorrectly circulated earlier in the day that the school was on lockdown as a result of the threat; at last report, no portions of the campus had been placed in lockdown.
College officials say they're working with the Marshall Police Department to investigate the matter; anyone with information is asked to contact the Marshall Police Department at (660) 886-7411, Missouri Valley College's Department of Public Safety at (660) 815-0111 or its Division of Student Affairs at (660) 815-2748.
A former court clerk accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars pleaded guilty this week to a felony charge in an area courtroom.
According to a joint statement from Howard County Prosecutor Stephen Murrell and Sheriff MIke Neal, 39-year-old Julie D. Strodtman pleaded guilty Monday to a Class D Felony of Stealing in Howard County Circuit Court.
Strodtman admitted to appropriating over $30,000 from the city while employed as a court clerk from 2012 to 2013 and again from 2013-2014. After an investigation into the matter, Strodtman turned herself in to authorities in October of 2014.
Sentencing in the matter is scheduled for 10:00am on Monday, January 4th.
The annual sewer rate study of sewer charges for Warrensburg residents was recently completed.
According to the city, an increase of 3.5% was recommended and the City Council approved the increase in volume charges effective for October 2015 water usage. The city says it's the first increase in volume rates for two years.
Because of the restructure of rate charges, the city says there will be equal fixed charges to all residential accounts, along with equal fixed charges for commercial properties with similar meter sizes.
For questions or more information, contact the Warrensburg Sewer Utility Billing Department at (660) 262-4549.
The Cooper County Collector and Property Tax System received a performance rating of "Good" during a recent audit conducted by Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway.
According to a news release, Missouri law requires an audit be performed when a vacancy occurs in a county collector office. A vacancy occurred in June 2015 upon the death of County Collector Carol Nauman. Diana Thomas was appointed to fill the position and took office in August.
This audit, which covers the period of March 1st, 2014, through June 14th, 2015, cited a few concerns but does not reflect the performance of the newly-appointed county collector.
An area man has been arrested and charged with a Felony.
According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, 45-year-old Dennis S. Schirlls, of Otterville, was arrested on an outstanding Cooper County warrant for failure to register as a sex offender.
According to on-line court documents, failure to register as a sex offender is a Class D Felony. Bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety.
A preliminary hearing has been set for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1st, in Cooper County Circuit Court.
In the sprit of offering unbeatable Black Friday deals, Missouri State Parks is sponsoring free camping on the evening of Friday, November 27th.
A release from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources says no fees will be collected for first-come, first-served campsites. You can make a reservation (however reservation fees do apply) by calling 1-(877)-422-6766.
Also, there are no entrance or day-use fees at Missouri state park and historic sites. Some state parks and historic sites are offering special Black Friday programs.
A New Mexico man pleaded guilty in federal court in Kansas City on Tuesday to transporting a teenage victim from Henry County across state lines to engage in sexual activities.
According to a new release, Henry County Sheriff's deputies responded to a residence in Montrose regarding the report of a missing 13-year-old girl on March 29th, 2015.
The next day, 56-year-old Raymond C. Vallia III, was driving with the victim in his car in New Mexico and was pulled over and arrested by authorities.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Vallia has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison with no parole. He will then be released and be under supervised probation for another 10 years and must pay restitution to his victim.
Vallia also will be required under the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) to register as a sex offender.
According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, a 41-year-old woman from Cincinnati, Ohio, recently was placed on a 24-hour hold and now faces multiple Felony charges in Cooper County.
According to on-line court documents, April Dickerson has been charged with three felonies.
Two of the charges are for a Class B Felony for Distribution/Delivery/Manufacture or Production or attempt to Distribute/Deliver/manufacture or Produce a Controlled Substance and a Class D Felony for Unlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia- Amphetamine/Methamphetamine.
Bond was set at $75,000 cash or surety.
Dickerson also has been charged with a Class C Felony for Receiving Stolen Property with bond set at $10,000 cash or surety.
She also faces a Class C Felony charge for 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.
Just before 11 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17th, a Marshall Police Officer made contact with a man wanted on a Saline County Warrant.
According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, Nathan Andrew Fitzgerald-Riley was arrested and transported to the Saline County Justice Facility.
According to on-line court documents, Fitzgerald-Riley was charged with a Class C Felony for Possession of a Controlled Substance, except 35 grams or less of Marijuana, and a Class D Felony for Tampering with Physical Evidence in Felony Prosecution November of 2014.
Bond in the matter was set at $4,000 cash or surety.
A future court date has not yet been set in Saline County Circuit Court.
One Warrensburg resident escaped injury while another suffered cuts and bruises in a two-vehicle crash in Johnson County on Tuesday.
A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred as a northbound vehicle, driven by 53-year-old Mark Rogers, slowed to make a left turn and was struck in the rear by a northbound vehicle, driven by 17-year-old Sydney Wilson.
Rogers reportedly was not injured, and Wilson reportedly refused treatment of her injuries at the scene.
The crash happened at 4:15 p.m. on Missouri 13 at 575th Road.
Two drivers in a three-vehicle crash suffered injuries in Pettis County on Tuesday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a car, driven eastbound by 24-year-old Destiny Jones, struck the rear end of an eastbound car, driven by 34-year-old Elizabeth Hogan, of Otterville. Jones' vehicle then crossed the center of the roadway and struck a westbound car, driven by 58-year-old Heather Ives, of Cole Camp.
While Jones reportedly was not injured, Hogan suffered moderate injuries and Ives minor injuries. The injured were transported by Pettis County Ambulance to an area hospital for treatment.
The crash happened at 3:10 p.m. on U.S. Highway 50, west of Highway 135.
At the Slater City Council meeting on Tuesday, Mayor Stephen Allegri addressed the council about the possibility of constructing a solar energy farm in the city to help stabilize the cost of electricity.
Allegri says other Missouri communities are putting the idea into play in an effort to tap into the growing "Green Energy" industry:
Allegri says the idea is still in the planning stages but he hopes to move forward with the plan if it proves to be feasible for the city.
In other business, council members got updated on upcoming holiday events, discussed the filing period for the April Municipal Election, and voted to stay with the city's current insurance plan for employees for another year before a decision using a new or current provider has to be made by the council.
The city of Slater may soon be joining several mid-Missouri communities in exploring alternative options for providing the community's energy.
At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Mayor Stephen Allegri told council members the city is looking into the possibility of having a solar energy farm built in order to help stabilize the often unpredictable costs of electricity:
Allegri says the city first needs to work out some of the details with Kansas City Power and Light, Slater's primary electricity provider:
City Administrator Gene Griffith told the council that if approved and constructed, the project could produce upwards of 25% of Slater's total electricity.
Allegri says the Macon farm has been operating smoothly for about a year; similar farms under construction in Marshall and Trenton are expected to be online and running within the next year.
Missouri Valley College in Marshall announced Tuesday that its Board of Trustees has approved a freeze on tuition, room, board and fees for the 2016-17 academic year.
Tom Fifer is Valley's vice-president of operations and enrollment; he says the move is an effort to contain the rising cost of getting a college education:
Fifer says that while Governor Jay Nixon has called for state colleges and universities to lower or freeze their costs, the decision to do so by a school like Valley had to come from within:
Fifer says the freeze will be in effect for next year only; after that, the college will revisit the issue and decide whether to enact another freeze or to increase costs for tuition, room, board and fees as needed.
The Lafayette County C-1 Board of Education meets in regular session at 7:00pm on Thursday, November 19th.
Items on the Higginsville School Board agenda include recognition of both the High School Student Council and Huskers football team for their achievements, discussion of an insurance quote, setting a board workshop for December and discussing the Fall Regional Meeting of the Missouri School Board Association.
An executive session is also scheduled for student, legal and personnel matters.
The "boys of summer" will have new grass to play on next year after the Sedalia City Council on Monday approved a budget amendment for a turf project at an historic city ball park.
A city spokesperson says the council approved an amendment to the 2015-16 budget in the amount of $311,085 for an ongoing artificial turf project at Liberty Stadium in Liberty Park. The money will be transferred from the Parks Department reserve to the city's general fund to pay for the project.
The stadium has stood since 1937 and is believed to be one of the first ball fields west of the Mississippi River to feature night games under stadium lighting.
Also on Monday, the Sedalia Council approved a maintenance plan agreement with Foley Equipment for city generators, accepted an agreement with the Conservation Department for a Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance grant, and approved the appointment of Thomas Brody Kempton to the Bothwell Regional Health Center Board of Trustees.
The Boonville City Council now has a vacancy to fill following its meeting on Monday night.
First Ward Councilwoman Kari Evans recently announced plans to resign her council seat, as she will soon be moving out of the area. Boonville Mayor Julie Thacher took time at Monday's meeting to recognize Evans for her contributions to the council:
The council voted unanimously to accepts Evans' resignation. A city spokesperson says the plan to fill the vacant council seat has yet to be announced.
In other business, council members approved a bill to adopt a ban on lead materials in the city's drinking water system and heard monthly updates from the Cemetery Board and the Board of Public Works.
The Higginsville Board of Aldermen met in regular session Monday night at Higginsville City Hall.
City Administrator Lee Barker says the board approved several items, including bills setting the April election dates, approving a conditional use permit for an area resident, and accepting a waterline extension. Aldermen also approved a request for a Boy Scout troop to hold an upcoming campout at the city lake.
In other business, Barker announced that City Hall will be closed November 26th and 27th for the Thanksgiving holiday and that the annual Christmas Parade and Lighting Ceremony will take place on the evening of November 27th.
There were a number of project updates given during the meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen Monday night.
Included was an update on the MoDOT A.D.A. project on Main Street-- the entrances between fifth and ninth Streets. The project has been ongoing since March or April, according to City Administrator Dale Klussman.
Klussman said, weather permitting, part of the project should be completed this calendar year. However, the asphalt overlay probably will not be finished until spring of 2016.
In other business, the board also heard updates on the repair needed at the community center and the replacement of an HVAC unit at City Hall.
The board also discussed potential water and sewer projects and prioritization for the 2016-17 budget.
There will be a new member of a board in Carrollton after an action taken by the Carrollton Town Council at its meeting Monday night.
According to a city official, Dustin LeHew's appointment to the City Works Board was approved.
In another action taken, the council approved the Agriculture Department at Carrollton Area Vocational Technical School to construct a shay cloth structure that would be used during the Carroll County Fair at Walnut Hills for the showing of livestock. The structure will be erected if the department receives a grant for which it has applied.
In other business, Bartlett & West Engineers presented a $1,000 check to Carrollton's Animal Control Officer for renovations going on at the animal shelter to provide the animals a better and safer place to stay.
The Town Council also heard an update from Carrollton Area Economic Alliance Director Sharon Metz on the progress of fundraising for the train depot stop.
Ward 2 Councilman Vince Lutterbie asked the Marshall City Council to approve some money be freed up to pay for some needed equipment for the Marshall Police Department at the council meeting Monday.
Connie he was talking to is City Administrator Connie Latimer.
The council approved the funds to be provided.
In other news, Latimer said the city has signed a contract for the sale of old Fitzgibbon Hospital. She said what she understands, the building will be fixed up and used for elderly housing.
Latimer also reported renovations are scheduled to get under way in the next couple of weeks on the Marshall Municipal Airport's terminal building. She said the estimated completion date is June 1st, 2016.
The Marshall City Council considered an ordinance authorizing Mayor Mark Gooden to execute a ground-lease estoppel, consent and agreement between the city, MCP-Marshall, LLC, of Lee's Summit and Pinnacle Bank of Lake Lotawana, to permit MCP-Marshall, LLC, to finance the development and construction of a solar-engery site.
City Administrator Connie Latimer explained the nuts and bolts of the proposed agreement.
The council approved the ordinance.
The solar farm is currently being constructed off of Fairground Road, adjacent to the Marshall Municipal Airport and across U.S. Highway 65 from Fitzgibbon Hospital.
In other news, Marshall Public Library Director Wicky Sleight said the construction of a book store in one of the library is complete. She said the staff hopes to get it open before Christmas. The bookstore will sell used books and other items, with the proceeds going toward the purchase of newer materials.
At the meeting of the Marshall City Council on Monday, the council considered an ordinance to authorize Mayor Mark Gooden and Fire Chief Tony Day to enter into certain mutual-aid agreements for the reciprocal provision of fire protection, rescue and emergency medical services with fire districts, ambulance districts and municipalities.
Day explained the ordinance in layman's terms.
The council approved the ordinance.
In other news, City Administrator Connie Latimer thanked the voters for approving the one-half cent sales tax increase the city asked for during the November 3rd Special Election. She said the tax will go into effect on April 1st, 2016, and the city should be receiving its dividends in May.
The Marshall City Council approved five motions at its meeting on Monday night.
The council gave the OK to provide the city's portion of a matching grant to provide money for the purchase of body armor for police officers.
Also approved was an ordinance to authorize Mayor Mark Gooden and Fire Chief Tony Day to enter into certain mutual-aid agreements and authorized a ground lease Estoppel, consent and agreement between the city, MCP-Marshall, LLC, of Lee's Summit and Pinnacle Bank of Lake Lotawana to finance development of a solar-engery site.
In another motion made by Gooden and approved by the council, John Anson and Mike Mills Jr. were appointed to the Planning Commission to go along with Danny Warren, who will remain on the board. Also approved was the appointment of Denver Long to the Tourism Board.
The council also approved Tuesday, April 5th, 2016, as the date for the General Election for city officers.
By order of the President of the United States, the United States flag at all Missouri government offices will be flown at half-staff until sunset on Thursday, November 19th to honor the victims of the attacks in Paris, France. The move is effective as of Sunday, November 15th.
President Barack Obama made the order on Sunday in a statement in the aftermath of a series of attacks in Paris on Friday night that left at least 129 people dead and hundreds more injured. The President's order extends throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions.
The flag will also be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
The Fayette R-3 School board meets in regular session at 6:30pm on Wednesday, November 18th in the Daly-Clark Media Center.
Board members will first congratulate the Fayette cheerleading squad and softball team for their seasons, as well as reviewing the district's Annual Performance Report and previewing the district's new website.
Other business includes the district audit report, an employee insurance renewal and approving dates for candidates to file for school board seats in the April election.
A closed executive session is also scheduled for personnel matters.
The city of Sedalia has announced the start of the community's 35th annual Outdoor Christmas Light Contest.
Each year the city partners with the Xi Beta Upsilon chapter of worldwide sorority Beta Sigma Phi to hold the contest for best outdoor lighting in the categories of lighting, eye appeal, originality and overall appeal.
Prizes are $100 for first place, $50 for second and $25 for third. Only residents who have not won a cash prize in the last three calendar years (since 2012) are eligible to enter.
Deadline for entries is 12:00pm on Monday, December 14th with judging to begin on Tuesday the 15th. Entries can be submitted by calling (660) 827-3000, extension 145, or by stopping by the Mayor's Office at Sedalia City Hall at 200 South Osage Avenue.
Stop signs and street ordinances will be some of the topics of the night at the Fayette Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday night at 7:00pm at Fayette City Hall.
The board will review an amendment to the city's traffic code, along with discussing an ordinance about street signs and about parking on Morrison Street from Howard Street to Highway 5.
Other board business includes discussion on the Industrial Park Building and a proposal to request funds from the Department of Economic Development's Community Block Grant program for the Howard County Regional Water Commission project.
A regular session meeting in scheduled Wednesday night for the New Franklin R-1 Board of Education.
Items on the school board agenda include a building project bond proposal, a request to dispose of surplus property, consideration of a bus purchase and business related to school board candidate filing for the April election.
Board members will also take up approval of updated graduation policies. An executive session is also scheduled for student and personnel matters.
The regular session gets underway at 7:00pm in the school's Media Center.
The Slater City Council meets Tuesday at 7:00pm at Slater City Hall with a number of items for consideration and discussion.
The agenda for the evening includes updates on preparations for the turkey giveaway and Christmas lighting ceremony around Thanksgiving, the incoming Santa Train at Christmas, filing for seats in the April election and plans for the city's annual safety meeting in early December.
Other items up for discussion include city employee health insurance and changing the date of a December meeting. A closed executive session is also planned for real estate matters.
Two area residents were hospitalized Monday after a pair of accidents on I-70 in Lafayette County separated by only a few hours and seven miles of interstate.
The Highway Patrol says a Slater man escaped with cuts and bruises after a one-vehicle accident in wet conditions. Reports say 36-year-old Shaughn Gray received minor injuries when his minivan hydroplaned and ran off the side of the roadway, striking a guardrail before finally coming to a stop.
Gray was taken from the scene to an area hospital for treatment. Patrol reports say the crash happened around 5:17am at the 56.8 mile marker.
Later, at around 7:16am at the 63.8 mile marker of I-70, the Patrol says 38-year-old Jason Sutton, of Columbia, suffered moderate injuries when his a mechanical problem caused his eastbound car to run off the road and overturn.
Sutton was taken by Sweet Springs ambulance to an area hospital for treatment.
According to a news release, scam artists are ready to ring in the holiday season with offers all aglow, says University of Missouri Extension family financial specialist Virgil Woolridge.
Many scams will be wrapped with appealing offers that sound too good to be true. And they are.
In 2014, the average fraud victim lost $2,000. Consumers nationwide lost $1.7 billion. And consumer fraud is growing, Woolridge says. The 2014 amounts represented a 16 percent increase over 2013.
Most fraud victims fall prey to telephone contacts. Misspellings or grammatical errors are clues to scams through the mail or email.
Woolridge lists the Top 10 scams in 2015: Internet merchandise scams; phishing or spoofing emails; fake prizes, sweepstakes, free gifts, lottery scams; fake check payments or credit card offers; recovery or refund companies; loan scams and credit fixers; computer performance scams; scholarship, student loan and financial aid scams; on-line dating scams and fake Facebook friend scams.
Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has been released and shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 97,171 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of fall firearms deer season, November 14th and 15th. Of the 97,171 deer harvested, 53,359 were antlered bucks, 10,320 were button bucks, and 33,492 were does.
Top harvest counties for opening weekend were Texas County with 2,184 deer checked, Howell County with 1,959 and Franklin County with 1,899.
In the KMMO listening area, 1,601 deer were checked in Benton County. Johnson County had 893 deer checked, followed by Cooper with 849, Chariton with 761, Howard with 680, Pettis with 673, Carroll with 626, Saline with 586, Ray with 471 and Lafayette with 437.
The November portion of the fall firearms deer season continues through November 24th.
Last year, hunters checked 91,460 deer during the opening weekend of the 2014 November Portion of Firearms Deer Season.
The Empire District Gas Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Empire District Electric Company, announced the Missouri Public Service Commission has approved Empire's request for a decrease in the Purchased Gas Adjustment (PGA) for customers in its south system.
According to a news release, this adjustment will result in an annual decrease of about $102, or 13.2 percent, for an average residential customer using 700 cubic feet of gas per year in comparison with the past 12 months.
This decrease is a direct result of the lower cost of natural gas used to meet the needs of customers. The Company has requested that the new PGA go into effect on November 16th, 2015.
The south system includes customers in the communities of Clinton, Leeton, Marshall, Henrietta, Lexington, Richmond, Sedalia, Dresden, Otterville and Smithton.
In only its second year of existence, an honor society at an area college has received recognition by its peers.
According to a news release, the Missouri Sigma Chapter of Alpha Chi at Missouri Valley College has been awarded Star Chapter status for its scholarly activities and member recruitment during the 2014-2015 academic year.
The Missouri Sigma chapter is one of only 48 chapters to achieve this status, placing it among the top 15% of Alpha Chi chapters nationally.
In addition to the star status, the Missouri Sigma chapter of Alpha Chi at MVC inducted 24 new members into the honor society on November 6th, including Casey Leigh Curtis, of Richmond; Steven T. Ellefsen, Brooke Nicole Dyann Hasting and Andrea Hurst, all of Marshall; Kaylee Jean McEachern, of Slater; Kadee Ryan McMillan, of Hardin; Donna M. Monnig, of Brunswick; Amanda Marie Tracy, of Waverly; and S. Nicole Walker, of Kingsville.
An area man lost most of his pinkie finger in a shooting incident on Saturday.
According to a report from a Saline County Sheriff's deputy, an investigation revealed the incident happened on Thompson Lane in Slater.
The shooting happened when two men were loading wood on a quadwheeler. One of the men went to the front of the quadwheeler to get a ratchet strap, which was connected to a 30-odd-6 shotgun. The gun accidentally discharged, and Joseph Fenslage was shot in the hand.
After an investigation by the deputy and Conservation Agent, Chase Wright, it was determined to be an accidental shooting.
Fenslage was then transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
Saline County Authorities are investigating a reported incident of alleged property damage.
According to a report from a Saline County Sheriff's deputy, a resident on Ladder Avenue in Marshall contacted the Sheriff's Office and reported when he returned to his residence just before noon on Sunday, he found a screwdriver stuck in the side of his residence with a note attached saying the resident owed a person money. There was a phone number on the note.
A deputy called the number, a person answered but did not say anything.
A dollar estimate for the damage was not made available.
Old Man Winter - and the possibility of heavy snowfall and ice storms - is right around the corner.
To call attention to the importance of planning ahead, Wednesday, November 18th, is being promoted as Winter Weather Awareness Day by the National Weather Service and several other state and local agencies.
In 2011, much of Missouri was affected by record snowfall and blizzard conditions that kept many in their homes and closed I-70 across the state. In 2009, a severe ice storm knocked out power to thousands for days in southeast Missouri. Both serve as reminders of the hazards winter weather can present and the importance of preparing in advance.
The National Weather Service has prepared a webpage with numerous safety tips and information about winter weather and its impact at www.weather.gov/lsx/winterday.
A Boonville man was injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash on Sunday in Maries County.
A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred as a southbound vehicle, driven by 26-year-old Joseph Rainsbarger, of Boonville, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a rock bluff and overturned.
Rainsbarger was flown by Lifeline helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
Also suffering moderate injuries in the crash was a 30-year-old man from Cape Girardeau, who was transported to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla for treatment.
The report says neither man was wearing a seat belt.
The crash happened at 7:20 a.m. on U.S. Highway 63, two miles north of Vichy.
A one-vehicle rollover crash in Lafayette County on Sunday caused moderate injuries to a Higginsville man.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound vehicle, driven by 24-year-old Jacob Roncelli, traveled off the right side of the roadway. The vehicle returned to the roadway, began to slide and the driver reportedly overcorrected, which caused the vehicle to travel off the roadway and overturn.
Roncelli was transported by Lexington E.M.S. to Centerpoint Hospital in Independence for treatment.
The crash happened at 4:06 a.m. on Missouri 213, south of Page City Road.
An area college is scheduled to present an annual music show this week.
According to a news release, the Missouri Valley College of Fine Arts will present Celebration of Christmas Holiday Music Show November 19th through 21st. Shows will be nightly at 7:30 in the Eckilson-Mabee Theatre. Doors open at 7 p.m. for first-come, first-served seating.
The annual show features the valley Connection Show Choir, MVC Concert Choir, MVC Wind Ensemble and the MVC Repertory Dance Ensemble. Special guest performers include students from Shapes Dance Studio.
Area students participating in the show include Aaron Kerksiek, Derrian Blumhorst, Kaylee McEachern, Ben Corkill, Amanda Harrelson, Alicia Hicks and Caleb Clevenger.
Admission is $3 for adults and children 18 and under are free. Tickets are available at the door, however, they can be reserved on-line at www.moval.edu.
Performed in front of nearly 5,000 youths, an area college will perform a children's musical this week.
According to a news release, members of the State Fair Community College Theatre Arts program will present “Tilly the Trickster,” November 16th through 20th for area elementary students and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 21st, for the general public in the Stauffacher Theatre on the Sedalia campus.
The show is rated G for all ages, and all tickets for the general-public performance are $5.
Several area city governments are scheduled to meet on Monday.
At the Marshall City Council meeting, which starts at 5:15 p.m., the council is to consider authorization of the mayor and Fire Chief to enter into certain mutual-aid agreements.
Also up for consideration is a ground lease for a solar energy site.
The council also is to set the Municipal Election date for Tuesday, April 5th, 2016.
The Higginsville Board of Aldermen meets at 6 p.m. to consider a conditional-use permit and to establish the Municipal Election date in April of 2016.
Also up for consideration is a bill about a waterline extension.
There also is a closed, executive session scheduled for legal, real-estate and personnel matters.
The meeting takes place at Higginsville City Hall at 1922 Main Street.
Several departmental reports are on the docket of the Carrollton Town Council when it meets in regular session at 6 p.m.
Also on the agenda is a report from Carrollton Area Economic Alliance Director Sharon Metz.
There also is a closed, executive session scheduled for legal, real-estate, personnel and contract matters.
The meeting takes place at Carrollton City Hall at 206 West Washington.
The Concordia Board of Aldermen meets in regular session at 7 p.m. to discuss a MoDOT Americans with Disabilities Act project and hear a report on the Concordia Entrance Project.
Also scheduled to be discussed is the status of replacement of the HVAC unit and roof repair at city hall.
The meeting takes place in Room 203 of the Concordia Community Building at 802 South Gordon Street.
At the meeting of the Boonville City Council, the council is to hear the second reading of a bill adopting a ban on the use of lead materials in the drinking-water system.
Also on the schedule is the resignation of Ward 1 Councilperson Kari Evans.
There also is a closed, executive session scheduled for legal and real-estate matters.
The meeting takes place at Boonville City Hall at 7 p.m.
Several ordinances are to be considered during the meeting of the Sedalia City Council when it meets at 7 p.m.
One involves emergency generators and another is about engineering services.
Another ordinance is about the 2015-16 fiscal-year budget regarding the Liberty Stadium Turf Project.
The council also is to consider an appointment to the Bothwell Regional Health Center Board of Trustees.
There also is a closed, executive session on the docket for legal matters.
The meeting takes place at the Municipal Building at 200 South Osage.
A Leeton man suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Johnson County early this morning.
A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred as a southbound vehicle, driven by 21-year-old Devan Plakorus, traveled off the left side of the roadway, down an embankment, struck a ditch and several trees.
Plakorus reportedly was transported via private vehicle to Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg for treatment.
The crash happened at 12:45 on Missouri 13, one-quarter of a mile south of Southwest 600 Road.
One driver escaped injury while the other suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Johnson County on Saturday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound vehicle, driven by 41-year-old Krisilea Ivie, of Higginsville, was stopped in the roadway waiting to make a left turn and reportedly was struck in the rear by a northbound vehicle, driven by 33-year-old Rand Brown, of Warrensburg.
Brown reportedly was not injured, while Ivie reportedly was transported by private vehicle to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment.
The crash happened at 2:40 p.m. on Missouri 13, south of County Road Northwest 575.
A La Monte man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Saturday.
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, the crash occurred as a tractor trailer, driven northbound by 59-year-old Michael Kelley, ran off the right side of the roadway, overturned and struck a fence.
Kelley was transported via Sweet Springs E.M.S. to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment.
The crash happened at 11:45 a.m. on Missouri 127, north of Route D.
A one-car crash in Lafayette County on Missouri 23 at 2:05 p.m. on Saturday afternoon resulted in two area women being taken to the hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound car, driven by 17-year-old Kristin Brownlee, of Concordia, ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, overturned and came to rest on its top.
Brownlee, and a passenger in the car, 17-year-old Sabrina Templeton, of Alma, were taken I-70 Community Hospital in Sweet Springs for treatment.
The crash happened just north of Bethel Church Road.
At this week's meeting of the Concordia R-2 School Board, board members were updated on the district's Annual Performance Report by Superintendent Mary Beth Scherer.
Scherer talks about the overall score awarded by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and what it means for the Concordia district:
The superintendent also talked about two open school board seats in the April Municipal Election:
Scherer says the school board this week also approved the district's insurance renewal, readopted the building and maintenance plan and spent time in discussion about the budget for the 2016-17 school year.
A mid-Missouri man escaped serious injury after a one-vehicle accident in Lafayette County on early Saturday morning.
Highway Patrol reports say 19-year-old Gerald Carroll, of Vienna, reportedly fell asleep at the wheel around 3:30am and ran off the right side of eastbound Interstate 70 at the 34.6 mile marker; his S.U.V. then struck a guardrail and an embankment before finally coming to a stop.
Carroll received minor injuries and was taken by Odessa ambulance to Centerpoint Medical Center for treatment. Troopers were assisted at the scene by members of the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department.
Authorities in Lafayette County are asking the public's help to find an S.U.V. from an attempted robbery on Saturday morning.
According to the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department, residents are advised to be on the lookout for a 1997 maroon Ford Expedition believed to have been involved in a residential robbery attempt in Odessa at around 9:30am. The exact location of the incident has not been released.
Deputies say nothing was taken from the home and the vehicle fled the scene. No other description of the vehicle or suspect information has been made available.
Anyone with infomration in the matter is asked to contact the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department at (660) 259-3622.
An Odessa woman was injured when a car in which she was riding struck livestock in Lafayette County on Friday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound car, driven by 35-year-old John Heitman, of Odessa, struck a cow in the roadway.
While the driver reportedly was not injured, a passenger in the car, 37-year-old Sonja Heitman, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Centerpoint Hospital in Independence by Sni Valley E.M.S. for treatment.
The crash happened at 6:30 p.m. on Route TT, approximately two miles east of Route Z.
Three area residents suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Johnson County on Friday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound car, driven by 65-year-old Carol Ryle, of Centerview, reportedly overtook and struck the rear of a northbound vehicle, driven by 15-year-old Selah Kilgore, of Warrensburg.
While Ryle reportedly would seek her own treatment, Kilgore and a passenger in her car, 39-year-old Stephanie Culp, of Warrensburg, were reportedly transported by private vehicle to Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg for treatment.
The crash happened at 3:10 p.m. on Business 13 at County Road Northwest 425.
Like many districts across the area, the Sedalia 200 School Board looked ahead this week to the April Municipal Election.
Superintendent Brad Pollitt says the board approved candidate filing dates and discussed two seats open for election in the spring:
In other business, Pollitt says the board took up consideration of a proposal to raise the pay of the district's substitute teachers:
Pollitt says the school board will revisit the substitute pay issue at its next open session meeting on December 14th. If approved, he says the pay change would most likely take effect at the beginning of 2016.
A free program offered by the University of Missouri Extension to help with Affordable Care Act issues will take place next month in Marshall.
The program "Health Insurance Education and What You Should Know About the Affordable Care Act" will be held from 5:30-7:30pm on Thursday, December 3rd at the Saline County Extension Center located at 353 South Lafayette in Marshall. Registration for the event is required by December 1st.
The Extension office says a Certified Application Counselor from the Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri will be on hand to answer questions and help people understand their options and responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act.
The program is free and open to all adults; a light dinner will be provided.
To find out more or to register, contact the Saline County Extension Center at (660) 886-6908.
The Norborne R-8 School Board met in regular session this week with a mostly routine agenda.
Superintendent Roger Feagan says two school board seats will be open in the April 2016 Municipal Election, those of Mary Patty and Cara Newham. The board unanimously approved the candidate filing dates of December 15th through January 19th.
Norborne board members also approved the district's Special Education Program review, approved the renewal of a varsity baseball co-op with the Lexington School District, and were updated on the district's overall improvements in its Annual Performance Report from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Several agencies responded Friday morning to a call of a vehicle fire near Waverly.
According to the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department, the call came in around 4:40am of a motor home on fire on Highway 65. Sheriffs' deputies responded to the scene along with firefighters from Waverly, Alma, and Carrollton. The motor home reportedly had propane on board, elevating the risk of danger for first responders.
Crews closed the highway down to one lane as they spent around three and a half hours battling the blaze and getting the scene under control. Authorities later reportedly returned to the area for about 45 minutes to again stabilize the scene.
No one was reported injured in the incident; the identities of the vehicle's occupants has not been made available.
Authorities say the highway has since been reopened to traffic.
Two seats on the Sweet Springs R-7 School Board are up for grabs in the April 2016 Municipal Election.
At the Thursday school board meeting, members learned the terms currently held by Donald Boland and Alan Zimmerschied will be up for election in April. Board members also approved the dates of December 15th through January 19th for candidates to file for an open seat.
Also on Thursday, the board learned that the district had a good audit with no findings and that elementary, junior high and high school attendance rates were in the 96-97% range for the month of October.
A two-vehicle accident Thursday sent a Pettis County woman to the hospital.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 61-year-old Kathryn Smith, of Green Ridge, received minor injuries when her car was slowing for a turn and was struck from behind by a truck driven by 22-year-old Levi Rapp, of Rockville. Upon impact, the Smith car ran off the road and overturned twice before hitting a fence and coming to a stop.
Smith was taken from the scene to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment. Patrol reports say it happened around 2:15pm on Route B at Mergen Road in Pettis County.
A Richmond man was hospitalized after a head-on crash in Ray County on Thursday.
The Highway Patrol says it happened when a northbound truck driven by 16-year-old Douglas Lindaman, of Orrick, ran off the side of the roadway; the driver overcorrected, causing his truck to cross the centerline and strike head-on an S.U.V. driven by 53-year-old Robert Folson, of Richmond.
Folson was taken by helicopter to Truman Medical Center for the treatment of serious injuries; Lindaman received minor injuries and reportedly refused treatment.
The Patrol says the accident happened just before 3:30pm on Route O at Reynolds Road.
To reflect estimated changes in the wholesale cost of natural gas as well as a change in the company's Actual Cost Adjustment factor, natural gas customers of The Empire District Gas Company will see natural gas rates change under a filing that takes effect on Monday, November 16th, 2015.
According to a news release from the Missouri Public Service Commission, residential customers in the South System currently pay approximately 62 cents per hundred cubic feet of natural gas. Under this filing, the rate will drop to approximately 48 cents or decrease of approximately 14 cents per hundred cubic feet of natural gas. The South System includes the cities of Clinton, Lexington, Marshall and Sedalia in the KMMO listening area.
The Empire District Gas Company serves approximately 43,000 natural gas customers in Missouri.
The Lexington City Council will not put out for bid the city's property and casualty insurance renewal, according to City Administrator Mark Rounds.
With two or three years left before the city needs to renew, Rounds said the council decided to wait until next October to put it out for bid.
Rounds said during his report he gave an update on the Highway 13 Coalition. He said there could be legislation going to be put forth by a representative and supported by a senator that could help out the funding of roads along Highway 13.
He said he doesn't know how far along the process is, but he explains what the Highway 13 Coalition is.
Rounds said the coalition stays on top of a number of things.
A Bates City woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Lafayette County today.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound vehicle, driven by 20-year-old Brandon Kavanaugh, of Bates City, traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned.
Kavanaugh reportedly escaped injury, but a passenger in the vehicle, 19-year-old Elicya Florez, who reportedly was not wearing a seat belt, was transported by Sni Valley E.M.S. to Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence for treatment.
The crash happened at 12:50 a.m. on Route D, south of Happy Hollow.
Two area residents were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Wednesday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a car driven southbound by 23-year-old Casey Flowers, of Clinton, reportedly failed to stop at an intersection and struck an eastbound vehicle, driven by 25-year-old Sydney Miller, of Warsaw.
Flowers escaped with minor injuries and reportedly was taken by private vehicle to seek medical treatment. Miller was seriously injured and was taken by Pettis County E.M.S. to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.
The crash happened at 3:28 p.m. on Missouri 52 at Route E.
Damaging storms swept through the KMMO listening area, in some cases knocking down structures and power lines, leaving hundreds of homes without electricity.
According to information from the National Weather Service, winds were clocked as strong as 72 miles per hour in the 3 o'clock hour yesterday afternoon in Brunswick in Chariton County. There were several other reports of wind gusts of more than 50 and 60 miles per hour.
Numerous power poles and lines were reported down in Chariton County, and power was out to the entire town of Sumner and approximately 300 customers in Salisbury in the 3 o'clock hour.
Highway 129 in Chariton County was closed due to power lines being down near Bynumville, 12 miles north of Salisbury.
Also in Chariton County, a barn roof was reported as being blown off and onto Highway 11 and a tree limb 12 inches in diameter was snapped by strong winds in Salisbury.
According to the Chariton County Sheriff's Office this morning, all power has been restored and all roads are open.
The Concordia R-2 School Board meets in regular session Thursday night at 7:00pm in the high school library.
Board agenda items include review of the district's Annual Performance Report, setting filing dates for school board candidates, approval of an insurance renewal and discussion of next school year's budget.
Members are also slated to hear several administrative and program reports, along with adopting revised school board policies and readopting the district's building and maintenance plan.
A closed executive session for personnel matters is also on the evening's agenda.
The Salisbury R-4 School Board approved a bid this week for a firm to conduct the district's annual audits for the next four years.
Board members unanimously approved a motion to award the bid to CPA John Gillum, of Kirksville. Gillum's firm will perform the district audits for the 2015-16 through the 2019-20 school years.
In other business of the Salisbury School Board, members were updated by committee members with information about an all-weather outdoor track for the district. Research has recently been conducted by the committee in regard to grants, cost, time frame, fencing and concrete, bleacher repairs and more. No formal action was taken by the board this week on the proposed project.
The board also approved candidate filing dates for school board seats in the April 2016 Municipal Election. The filing window will run from December 15th through January 19th during normal district hours.
A car fire just outside Marshall closed down an area roadway on Wednesday morning.
The Highway Patrol says the fire shut down both lanes of Route 240 just east of Marshall at Montague Hill.
A Marshall Fire Department spokesman says the call came in at around 10:45am; crews were on the scene battling the blaze for about twenty minutes. No one was injured in the incident but the car reportedly was completely burned.
The identities of the vehicle's occupants have not been made available. The roadway has since been reopened by authorities.
Hundreds of area veterans, students, and residents turned out Wednesday morning for the annual Veterans Day ceremony on the Saline County courthouse lawn.
Marshall mayor Mark Gooden told those in attendance about giving thanks for those who have served in the nation's armed forces:
Featured speakers at the event were Steve Olson and David Duffer, who shared some of the stories and experiences of area veterans.
The ceremony also saw speeches by two Malta Bend students on the meaning of the holiday, along with a wreath-laying at the World War I memorial, a 21 gun salute with the playing of "Taps", and music performed by Marshall Elementary and High School students.
An area group will be holding an event to help out people in need.
According to a news release, the Sedalia Young Professionals (SYP) invites the community to help collect food for Open Door Ministries Food Pantry by participating in its second annual fall food drive.
SYP members will collect food at both entrances of Walmart, 3201 West Broadway Boulevard in Sedalia, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 12th and Tuesday, November 17th.
They will have large boxes waiting to be filled by Sedalia residents with nonperishable food items needed by those served at Open Door's food pantry in Sedalia. Monetary donations also will be accepted.
SYP's 2014 fall food drive collected about 800 pounds of food.
Attorney General Chris Koster has announced a new consumer guide for military personnel and veterans to offer information regarding laws that protect them from consumer scams and provide tools to help them if they become victims of scams.
According to a news release, topics in the guide include predatory lending, education fraud, residential rental scams, and identity theft.
The 34-page guide can be downloaded from the Attorney General's website www.ago.mo.gov. Individuals can request the printed publication from the Attorney General's Office by calling 1-(800)-392-8222.
Koster said all current and former military personnel are encouraged to contact the Attorney General's Office Consumer Hotline at 800-392-8222 or on-line at ago.mo.gov to report scams or file a consumer complaint.
Marshall Public Library Director Wicky Sleight invites the public to a book signing and reading.
Sleight explains where the community is in Saline County.
Petty, who wrote the book, which recounts the life of a Saline County family in the 1940s and '50s, with his sister, Beverly, will be there to sign and read the book. The book was written as a tribute to their late mother. Petty is a retired tour guide for Friends of Arrow Rock.
If you head to the Marshall Public Library in the upcoming days and weeks, you might hear some hammering and banging. But don't be alarmed.
According to Director Wicky Sleight, a particular renovation started at 8 a.m. today.
Sleight said there is no concrete date for the room to be finished, but she is hopeful it will be ready to go in a month or so.
Sleight said once the room is finished, the proceeds from the sales are going to go into the library's fund to purchase new materials for use by the library's patrons.
In other news from the Library Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, the board approved a motion to close the library for a staff meeting from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, November 16th.
There is a concert scheduled at an area university on Monday, November 16th.
According to a news release, the Performing Arts Series and the Department of Music at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg will present "Soldier's Tale/Devil's Tale" at 7:30 p.m. in Hart Recital Hall.
Tickets, which cost $3 for students and $7 for adults, are available on-line at www.ucmpas.com, by calling (660) 543-8888 or one hour prior to the show at the recital hall.
Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder on Tuesday announced the 35 winners of the 2015 Lt. Governor's Veterans Service Awards to recognize Missouri vets who provide exceptional volunteer services to their communities. Of the 35 names on the list, four hail from the KMMO listening area.
According to Kinder's office, the list of award winners includes Leonard Crowl, of Odessa; R.E. Holtz, of Rayville; Charles Petty, of Oak Grove; and James Rippy, of Richmond.
Kinder started the awards in 2012 and his office reports receiving over 600 nominations since the program's inception. The winners each year are chosen to coincide with the celebration of Veterans Day.
The winners will receive an official declaration from Kinder and will be honored at a banquet later this year at the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City.
As part of its Visiting Writers Series, Missouri Valley College in Marshall will host a free event Wednesday night to spotlight an aspiring writer.
The college says it will play host to a free public reading of "The Secret Life of a Black Aspie" by Anand Prahlad in the Bacon Conference Center in the Malcolm Center on the Valley campus from 7:00-8:00pm. The memoir explores Prahlad's life as an African-American with with an autism spectrum disorder.
Prahlad is the author of several books, poems and literary collections and currently teaches folklore, film and disability studies at the University of Missouri in Columbia.
The reading is free and open to the public. To find out more visit www.moval.edu.
The Malta Bend R-5 School Board meets in regular open session on Wednesday, November 11th at 7:00pm in the school Media Center.
After an administrative update from Superintendent John Angelhow, board members will take up evaluations of the both the Health and Food Service programs, discuss educational stipends for staff members, discuss and possibly approve a sidewalk extension for the preschool and hear about proposed fundraisers for the 9th and 10th grades.
A closed executive session is also scheduled for hiring and personnel matters.
* Trinity Lutheran School in Alma hosts an annual veterans assembly beginning at 8:15am at Trinity Lutheran Church followed by a presentation in the school gym at 9:15am. Refreshments will be served.
* Lafayette Co. C-1 schools will host a veterans breakfast and celebration at 8:30am in the cafeteria of the high school in Higginsville.
* Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington will play host to a ceremony beginning at 10:45am in front of Groendyke Hall at 19th and Washington. the ceremony will be followed by a traditional wreath-laying; all veterans and the public are invited to attend.
* A Veterans Day celebration is slated for 11:00am at the Concordia Community Center. The event is sponsored by Concordia Main street and the Concordia R-2 School district. Lunch for veterans will follow the ceremony.
* Santa Fe High School hosts its annual Veterans Day assembly at 11:45am in the high school old gym followed by lunch at 12:15pm.
UPDATE: The Veterans' Day Parade planned for downtown Sedalia today has been canceled due to the expected inclement weather.
* Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia will host its annual JROTC breakfast and ceremony beginning at 7:30am in the school cafeteria and gymnasium.
* LaMonte school will host an assembly and breakfast for veterans beginning at 7:30am and running through 9:30am.
* Smithton School holds a veterans assembly in the High School gym from 9:00-10:00am.
* A Veterans Day ceremony sponsored by VFW Post 2561 gets underway at 11:00am on the steps of the Pettis County Courthouse in Sedalia. Featured speakers will be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony to honor veterans, a free soup and chili supper at the VFW Hall.
A Cooper County resident has been charged with a felony in another county in Missouri.
According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, 26-year-old Heather N. Cummings, of Boonville, recently was arrested on a Pemiscot County warrant. Cummings was transported to the Cooper County Detention Center.
According to on-line court documents, Cummings has been formally charged with a Class A Felony for Murder in the First Degree.
There is no bond.
A review of the case is set for 10 a.m. on Monday November 16th, in the Division II Courtroom of the Pemiscot County Justice Center in Caruthersville.
Sweet Springs voters will be deciding the fate of at least one issue during the April 2016 Municipal Election.
At the meeting of the Board of Aldermen Monday night, the aldermen decided to put forth a ballot issue about city taxes being collected at the Saline County Courthouse in Marshall by Saline County Collector Cindi Sims.
Sweet Springs City Clerk Michelle Fuerhing explained the details.
Fuehring went on to say the cost to the city would be just about a push. She said Arrow Rock currently is the only other city in Saline County still collecting its taxes.
The other issue that could be on the ballot involves a possible pool renovation bond. Alderman Boyd Jones said there needs to be a Public Hearing before a final decision can be made.
The board's next meeting is set for 6 p.m. on Monday, December 14th. A formal ballot issue has to be drawn up and submitted for ballot inclusion at Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell's office by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26th.
Two motions were approved at the Monday night meeting of the Pilot Grove C-4 School Board.
According to superintendent Ashley Groepper, the board approved a request by coaches to renovate the boys' and girls' locker rooms. The lockers will be made a little bigger than they are now. She said the labor will be donated to do the work.
After a discussion among board members, the board gave the OK to increase pay for officials of sporting events at the school, making them comparable to what fellow members of the Central Activities Conference pay.
In other news, there are two school board positions-- Jenny Lorenz-Rudkin and Earl Haller-- up for election in April. District patrons are eligible to file for the positions from 8 a.m. on Tuesday, December 15th, to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19th.
An ordinance reaffirming gross tax receipts on electric corporations and a holiday schedule were items approved at the meeting of the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen on Monday.
After a discussion about the gross tax receipts, the board agreed to keep the rate at 5 percent, which will mean the city will collect some $7,492 more in taxes.
The board also approved a motion to close City Hall for the full day on Christmas Eve instead of being open a half a day as it had been in the past.
During Nate Lea's Public Works Department report, he reminded residents about an ordinance enforced in the winter.
In other news, the board agreed to renegotiate a contract with Homestead Electronics for Internet services to the city. The formal contract will be signed after paperwork is finalized. The board also received an update on the progress of the Lagoon Project.
It also was noted, Sweet Springs City Hall will be closed all day on Wednesday, November 11th, for Veterans Day and the due date for water bills this month has been extended to Monday, November 16th, due to some residents not having received a bill as of the meeting on Monday night.
A man from Holden was injured in a one-vehicle crash in Johnson County on Monday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash happened as a northbound vehicle, driven by 69-year-old Shirley Jamison, of Holden, reportedly traveled through an intersection and struck a ditch.
While Jamison reportedly was not injured, a passenger, 58-year-old Randy Looney, of Holden, was transported to Centerpoint Hospital in Independence by Johnson County Ambulance for treatment of minor injuries.
The crash happened at 10:30 p.m. on Southwest 1151st Road at Southwest 1200th Road.
A driver from Wellington escaped injury in a crash in Jackson County on Monday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a deer was crossing the roadway, and a southbound vehicle driven by 70-year-old Myrna Soendker, of Wellington, struck the deer, which propelled the deer into the northbound lane. A northbound vehicle, driven by 63-year-old Nancy Simons, of Buckner, struck the deer, ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned twice before coming to rest on its wheels.
While Soendker reportedly was not injured, Simons was transported to Centerpoint Hospital in Independence for treatment of moderate injuries.
The crash happened at 6:15 p.m. on Route H, south of Stoener Road.
The Marshall School District's Board of Education convened for a brief closed session meeting on Monday.
According to a district release, board members gave their approval for revised contract amounts for service given by employees who have worked, or who are working, on an extended year basis. Impacted employees will be paid from the 2012-13 school year to the present 2015-16 year in a lump sum check during the month of December.
The district says retirement benefits and required taxes will also be paid to the appropriate agencies.
According to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, an extended year program is often utilized by districts to provide additional instruction and school time for students with a variety of special needs and circumstances.
The Odessa R-7 School Board holds a regular session meeting Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00pm in the Odessa High School Media Center.
Items on the board agenda include setting filing dates and requirements for school board candidates in the April 2016 Municipal Election, a final report on the district's Annual Performance Report, budget updates and administrative building reports.
Board members will also take up a technology program evaluation and a request for an out-of-state trip.
An executive session is also on the agenda for the evening.
The Board of Aldermen of the city of New Franklin meets in regular session on Monday, November 9th. The meeting takes place at 7:00pm at New Franklin City Hall at 132 East Broadway.
Agenda items include a resolution involving a mower and a truck, a CD renewal, a contract with the state Department of Corrections and discussion about an upcoming meeting with MoDOT involving a detour in the city.
An executive session for real estate and personnel matters is also on the board schedule.
Odessa's Board of Aldermen meets in regular session on Monday, November 9th, at 7:00pm at the Dyer Park Community Building.
New business for the board includes an ordinance for the Mayor to sign a revised mutual aid agreement with the Missouri Public Utilities Alliance and discussion of a Community Assistance Program Agreement with the state Conservation Department regarding Lake Venita and the city reservoir.
Aldermen are also scheduled to get informational updates on code enforcement, public works and emergency management services.
A closed executive session is also scheduled for legal, leasing and hiring matters.
The Norborne R-8 School Board meets in regular session Monday night with a mostly routine agenda.
Board members are slated to take up several items for approval, including a Special Education Program review, district APR review, filing dates for the April election and a sports co-op for varsity baseball.
The board will also hear a report on recent Parent/Teacher conferences.
The meeting takes place at 6:00pm in the district board room.
With winter knocking on west-central Missouri's door, temperatures and wind-chill readings are likely to dip into a dangerous area and travel conditions could become treacherous at times.
For the first time, the Marshall Public School District has implemented a plan for two-hour late starts this year if the weather conditions become unsafe.
Transportation Director Craig Thompson says safety is the No. 1 priority.
Keeping the students riding on busses safe is one thing, but it also will help with commuters, as well.
Thompson believes giving the city and county crews two extra hours is enough time to sufficiently clear the roads for safe travels within the 162-1/3 square miles of the district. He said the district will send out a textcaster and wants to remind everybody to listen to KMMO for announcements when inclement weather is expected.
An area university's criminal justice students earned a number of trophies at a regional meet held in late October.
According to a news release, criminal justice students at Central Methodist University in Fayette raked in 10 individual and team first-place trophies at the 2015 American Criminal Justice Association-Lambda Alpha Epsilon Region 3 competition held October 22nd through 25th in Columbia.
Senior Valerie Kimball, of Sedalia, was honored for the individual top academic performance. She earned three first-place trophies and was on the winning team.
Other local competitors who took first place in at least one area were freshman Destiny Stallo, of Salisbury, and Emily Gerhardt, a junior from Boonville.
Region 3 encompasses 33 college and university chapters in nine upper-midwestern states from Montana to North Dakota and Utah to Missouri. A total of 114 people competed in this year's conference.
An area school district was the top choice of judges in two categories in the 2015 Missouri School Public Relations Association Communications Awards, which were handed out Friday at the MOSPRA Fall Conference in St. Charles.
According to a news release from the Sedalia 200 School District, the district won the photo/photo series category for a collection of images taken during the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative graduation ceremony in May.
Sedalia 200 also was first in the writing category for a commentary written by Communications Director Bob Satnan criticizing the proposed Amendment 3.
The district also received awards of commendation in the social-media and magazine categories.
Entries in 13 categories from school districts across Missouri were judged by public relations and communications professionals in Oklahoma, Kansas and Illinois.
A Boonville man was placed on a 24-hour hold and has been charged with a felony in Cooper County.
According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, 54-year-old Damon L. Witherbee was placed on the 24-hour hold and transported to the Cooper County Detention Center over the weekend.
According to on-line court documents, Witherbee has been formally charged with a Class C Felony for Possession of a Controlled Substance, except 35 Grams or Less of Marijuana and two other drug-related misdemeanor charges.
Bond in the matter was set at $5,000 cash or surety.
A future court date has yet to be set in Cooper County Circuit Court.
Two Nelson residents escaped with cuts and bruises in a one-vehicle crash in Saline County on Sunday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound vehicle driven by 17-year-old Samuel Howery, failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the left side of the roadway, traveled down an embankment, went airborne at a drainage culvert and struck the ground.
Howery and a 15-year-old passenger each suffered minor injuries and reportedly refused treatment at the scene.
The crash happened at 5 p.m. on Route H (Boat Road), three-tenths of a mile west of Route E.
As days get colder, thousands of low-income Missourians may find the cost of turning on the heat beyond what their limited budgets can handle.
According to a news release, applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are now being accepted, which can help them pay their heating bills.
LIHEAP's help will run through March of 2016. Payment amounts can range from $45 to $450 and are based on household size, income and type of fuel used for home heating. Payments are generally made directly to the utility company.
In fiscal year 2015, 143,000 Missouri households received LIHEAP assistance.
In October, the Missouri Department of Conservation received $2.4 million for projects that protect, restore and enhance wetlands. The projects will be funded under the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP) administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Missouri is one of only six states to receive WREP funding this year.
The WREP provides financial assistance to landowners interested in restoring the hydrology and improving wildlife habitat on their Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) easements. MDC, in cooperation with Ducks Unlimited, will provide an additional $700,000 in matching funds-- bringing the total investment in wetland restoration to $3.1 million over the next three years.
Area counties included in the expanded easements are Carroll, Chariton, Cooper, Howard, Johnson, Lafayette and Saline.
Missouri landowners may apply for the new WREP this winter.
For more information and to find local MDC contacts, visit www.mdc.mo.gov.
An area county has received a clean financial bill of health.
According to a news release from Carroll County Clerk Peggy McGaugh, the county received an "excellent" audit report. There were no financial statement findings and no findings or questioned costs in the schedule of expenditures in federal awards in 2013 and 2014.
No material weaknesses nor significant deficiencies were found, according to the audit conducted by Beard-Boehmer Associates, PC, certified public accountants, of Columbia. The audit report was dated September 30th, 2015.
According to the release, the county now qualifies as a low-risk auditee, due to this being the second two-year financial audit with no findings.
A two-boat crash on the Lake of the Ozarks seriously injured a youth from Olathe, Kansas, on Saturday.
According to a report from the Water Division of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound boat, driven by 37-year-old Armond Vonsande, was reportedly exiting a cove and Vonsande's vision was impaired by the sun. His boat then struck an eastbound boat, driven by 59-year-old John Metzler, of High Ridge, causing an occupant in Vonsande's boat to fall within the vessel.
Injured was an 11-year-old youth, who was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital and then by Staff for Life helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
Reportedly, the drivers were not hurt.
The crash happened at 4:15 p.m. at the 5.1 mile marker in the main channel.
The search for an armed suspect in Ray County came to an end Saturday with no injuries and the arrest of a fugitive suspect.
According to a Highway Patrol spokesman, 44-year-old Anthony Ray Stevenson was taken into custody after 2:00pm after multiple law agencies spent the day trying to locate him in area about 12 miles north of Richmond. Stevenson was found hiding in a culvert on Dockery Road near 188th Street after a car he allegedly stole was spotted by an area landowner.
Once he was located in the culvert, authorities lowered in a camera which the suspect shot with one of two weapons he was carrying, a handgun and a rifle. He then reportedly began to fire at officers, who returned fire. The Patrol says no one was injured in the brief shootout.
After about five minutes, Stevenson surrendered and was arrested; he was later transported to the Clay County jail where he faces numerous charges. He was wanted by U.S. Marshals, as well as the Ray and Clay County Sheriffs' Departments.
The Patrol says Stevenson began his flight from justice Friday night after allegedly stealing two different cars and firing shots at both Ray and Clay County authorities.
The case remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control.
Slater High School will play host to an annual Veteran's Day ceremony this week.
Featured speaker Jacob Turk will recount his time as a U.S. Marine; other speakers include Charles Guthrie, Mayor Stephen Allegri, and Slater Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz. Music will be performed by the Slater High School chorus and band.
The event will conclude with a firearm salute and the playing of Taps. The ceremony will begin at 10:00am in the high school gym.
A Veteran's Day ceremony will take place at the Saline County courthouse on Wednesday, November 11th.
The Malta Bend Memorial American Legion Post #558 will host the ceremony on the north side of the courthouse beginning at 11:00am. The event is also sponsored by Marshall American Legion Post 191 and Marshall VFW 2646.
The ceremony will feature two guest speakers recounting the stories of several Missouri war veterans, along with music performed by the Marshall High School band and the Eastwood and Northwest Elementary schools' 4th grade choir.
Organizers also plan a 21 gun salute, laying of the wreath at the Doughboy Statue, colors presented by Missouri Army National Guard personnel and a balloon release by area students.
For questions or more information, contact Steve Olson with the Malta Bend American Legion at (660) 831-0982.
Area veterans are invited Wednesday to the Seventh Annual Veterans Day Breakfast in Marshall, sponsored by the Marshall Rotary Club and the Knights of Columbus of Marshall.
Doors open at 7:15am and a free breakfast will be served from 7:30-8:45am. Breakfast will be followed by the presentation of the colors by the Saline County Civil Air Patrol Cadet Color Guard.
Following the presentation of the colors, there will be a recognition of veterans of various service organizations and a music program of patriotic songs performed by Marshall School District second graders.
The event is free and all veterans are invited to attend. The Knights of Columbus Hall is at the corner of English and College Streets in Marshall.
UPDATE (4:30pm): THE HIGHWAY PATROL SAYS THE SEARCH HAS ENDED AND THE SUSPECT IS NOW IN CUSTODY. SEE STORY ABOVE.
Authorities in Ray County are reportedly engaged in a manhunt for an armed suspect at this hour.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says troopers are actively searching for 44-year-old Anthony Ray Stevenson, who authorities say was last seen wearing a stocking cap, orange shirt and gray jacket in the area of Missouri 13 and 188th Street in Ray County.
Authorities say Stevenson is wanted by U.S. Marshals and Kansas City area law enforcement; the man is considered armed and dangerous and troopers say citizens should not attempt to make contact with him. Anyone with information in the matter is urged to call (816) 622-0800 or *55 from a cell phone.
The manhunt is being conducted by U.S. Marshals and state troopers, as well as members of both the Ray and Clay County Sheriffs' Departments and the Highway Patrol's SWAT team.
A Carroll County farm operation received high honors from the state Agriculture Director on Thursday.
Director Richard Fordyce presented Todd Gibson and his family with a Governor's Award for Agricultural Achievement at the Gibson farm outside of Norborne. The soybean- and corn-producing farm is owned by Todd Gibson, one of three Missouri farmers on the nationwide United Soybean Board. The board oversees the investments of the soybean check-off on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers.
According to Fordyce's office, Gibson has also been a leader in the Soybean Board's Take Action program, an effort to increase farmers' awareness of the damage that weeds can do to a crop and how to best fight them.
Earlier on Thursday, Fordyce made another Ag Award presentation on behalf of Governor Jay Nixon to the owners and operators of Peters Orchard in Waverly.
The head of the Marshall Housing Authority says he and his colleagues are busy working to help several families displaced by a fire Thursday at the High Rise building at 275 South Redman.
Executive Director David Hayes says right now the group is trying to get the sixteen families as close to back to normal as possible:
Hayes says despite the loss of property in the morning fire, he's thankful no one was hurt and had words of praise for Marshall first responders:
Hayes says initial estimates put the damages to the 18 different units affected at the building in the range of $150,000 to $200,000. Marshall fire crews and police were on the scene for about three hours after getting the initial call at around 6:15am on Thursday.
After fire ripped through the Marshall Housing Authority building known as the High Rise on Thursday, families affected by the fire are now working to get life back to normal.
Housing Authority Executive Director David Hayes talks about the families and the Housing Authority's efforts to get them into new dwellings as quickly as possible:
Hayes gave a rough estimate of the dollar value of the damages from the morning fire:
No injuries or fatalities were reported from the scene. Marshall fire crews got the call at about 6:13am on Thursday and spent nearly three hours bringing the situation at 275 South Redman Avenue under control.
Fire officials say the cause of the blaze appears to be accidental.
Students from ten area high schools got an opportunity recently to hone their writing skills at the third annual Young Writer's Day at Central Methodist University.
According to the university, young writers from Boonville, Bunceton, Fayette, Glasgow, Higbee, Jamestown, Keytesville, Salisbury, Smithton and Slater participated in two creative writing sessions to explore poetry, graphic narrative, flash fiction and new media fiction. CMU professors and students oversaw the sessions and mentored the students in their writing projects.
First place in Poetry was awarded to Kassidy Monnig, of Fayette; first place in Graphic Narrative went to Mason Stornello, of Fayette; first place honors in Flash Fiction were picked up by Mackenzie Strothers, of Jamestown; top honors in New Media Fiction went to Sierra Smith, of Smithton.
All total, over 130 students took part in the Young Writer's Day on the Fayette campus.
A two-vehicle collision in Lafayette County Thursday left a Lexington woman with moderate injuries, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Trooper reports say 61-year-old Melanie Corporon was westbound when she reportedly fell asleep at the wheel and struck the rear of a tractor operated by 27-year-old Andrew Tieman, of Alma. The Lexington woman's car was reportedly totaled.
Corporon was taken from the by EMS to Lafayette Regional Hospital for treatment. Reports say the crash happened around 5:49pm on Highway 20, just east of Eureka School Road.
Anglers in Sedalia may be happy to know that rainbow trout are once again swimming at Liberty Park Pond.
The Missouri Department of Conservation says it recently stocked 1,300 trout in the three-acre pond at the park located at Third and Park Streets. The stocking reportedly included 12 trophy-sized trout that were formerly brood stock at the Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery.
The Department says anglers with a valid fishing permit can fish for the trout on a catch-and-release basis only through January 31st. Starting February 1st, anglers with valid permits and a trout tag can keep can keep up to four trout provided only artificial lures are used; no live or scented baits are allowed.
To find out more, talk to your local Conservation agent or visit the Department online at www.mdc.mo.gov.
Marshall Police are currently investigating a report of alleged theft made by an area woman.
According to Marshall Police, the woman notified the department on Wednesday that her debit card had gone missing and money had been withdrawn from her account while it was missing. The woman said she could not find her bank card all day Wednesday, and later received a text message from her bank stating her balance had dropped by $500.
The $500 withdrawal was allegedly made from an ATM at the Casey's General Store on East Eastwood in Marshall.
No suspect information has been made available as police continue their investigation.
Marshall firefighters responded Thursday evening to a structure fire that started in the home's kitchen.
According to Marshall Police, fire crews arrived at the scene in the 1600 block of South Grant at around 6:09pm, where the resident told them they had been cooking food in the oven and left the kitchen to talk on the phone. When they returned to the kitchen later, the oven was on fire.
No one was reported injured in the fire. The extent and dollar value of the damages has not yet been made available.
An area man took a trip to the hospital this week after a motorcycle accident on a Marshall street.
Marshall Police say just before 6:00pm on Tuesday, an officer noted a motorcycle parked on the grass west of Commercial Drive near Porter Street. Further investigation revealed chunks of grass and dirt stuck to the side and what appeared to be blood on various parts of the bike.
Police later made contact with Nelson resident Daniel Arnold, who stated he was traveling south on Commercial when the motorcycle's brakes locked up and caused him to lose control. He said the bike landed on top of him and that he may have blacked out during the crash.
Police say the man had cuts and bruises to his arms and legs, a large gash on his left arm and a head injury. Arnold was taken by family members to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment.
A Higginsville man was hospitalized Thursday after a one-vehicle accident in Lafayette County.
The Highway Patrol says 71-year-old Thomas Nolting suffered moderate injuries when his vehicle ran off the side of the roadway and struck a fence. Nolting was taken from the scene by ambulance to St. Lukes Hospital for treatment.
The Patrol says the crash happened around 2:45pm on southbound Missouri 13, just north of Long Grove Road.
TWO MARSHALL RESIDENTS ARRESTED, FACE MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES 11/5/15RK
After an approximate one-month investigation, the Marshall Police Department served a search warrant and made two arrests at a residence in the 600 block of South Lafayette Avenue today.
According to a news release, arrested were 36-year-old Corey D. Winn and 30-year-old Amanda D. Winn.
A search of the residence revealed an undisclosed amount of cash, crack cocaine with an approximate street value of $6,800 and other drug-related paraphernalia.
According to on-line court documents, Corey Winn has been formally charged with five drug-related Felonies and Amanda Winn with three drug-related Felonies.
Corey Winn's bond was set at $100,000 cash only, while Amanda Winn's bond was set at $50,000 cash only.
A future date in Saline County Circuit Court has yet to be set.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri Department of Revenue Compliance and Investigation Bureau and the National Insurance Crime Bureau have been investigating a series of alleged consumer frauds related to the purchase and subsequent sale of motor vehicles by a man and woman residing in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
According to a news release, the couple purchases a vehicle, typically from the Craigslist Internet auction site. The vehicle's mileage reading is altered, and the vehicle is placed back on Craigslist. The two suspects pose as the previous owners of the vehicle. The investigation revealed approximately 48 vehicle purchases/sales within the past year.
The suspects do not use their names during transactions, and typically use disposable pay-as-you-go cell phones. The man is approximately 5-foot-9, medium build, and has an "East Coast" accent. If present, the woman typically stays in a green Nissan Quest minivan. Photos of the alleged suspects are on the Patrol's website www.mshp.dps.mo.gov.
If you or someone you know has purchased a vehicle from these individuals, contact Missouri State Highway Patrol Corporal Nate Bradley, at 816-622-0800.
Tuesday night's Special Election served as a good time for Saline County Election Officials to get familiarized with the new machines.
At today's meeting of the Saline County Commission, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell said the machines worked perfectly. But it is a learning process for the officials.
Russell said the numbers from the election have to be checked on Friday, November 6th, before they are certified.
In other news, one of the actions taken by the Commissioners was to approve a request from Saline County Collector Cindi Sims to hire Leslie Brooks as a temporary employee through the tax season. Brooks will start immediately.
A fire broke out in Room 205 at the J. Leo Hayob Building--also known as the High Rise-- at 275 South Redman Avenue this morning.
The fire was quickly contained by Marshall Fire Department personnel. But the fire has displaced some 16 families, according to Marshall Housing Authority Executive Director David Hayes. Hayes said a representative of the Housing Authority has been working on temporary housing for the displaced residents.
Marshall Fire Department personnel were on hand about three hours after getting the call at 6:13 a.m.
Hayes said quick response by several individuals kept the fire, which was contained on the second floor of the three-floor, 60-room structure, from being much worse than it was.
The damage was estimated to be $30,000 to the room and its contents, according to a report from the fire department. There also was heavy smoke and heat damage to the hallway and light smoke damage to apartments on that floor and wing of the building.
The cause of the fire has been determined to be a lamp that accidentally had been knocked over onto a foam mattress, according to the report.
Marshall Police Officers sprang into action this morning at a fire to help residents of a housing complex get to safety.
According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, the police officers used the short time before the arrival of Marshall Fire Department personnel to safely get residents in the area of the blaze out of the three-story, 60-room building.
The release said one of the officers was transported to Fitzgibbon Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. The officer was treated and has been released.
According to the release, Mariane Napier, Public Housing Manager for the Marshall Housing Authority, and representatives from the American Red Cross are assisting in the temporary relocation of the 17 residents who have been displaced by the fire.
Saline County Emergency Management Director Emmitt Williams briefed the Saline County Commission on details of a fire at the J. Leo Hayob Building-- also known as the High Rise-- at its meeting this morning.
Williams went on to say that it looks like the north wing of the second floor is not going to be inhabitable for a while. He said the authorities over the building are going to call contractors in to see what can be done.
He said the rest of the building still looks like it's in good shape.
Most of the residents of the three-story structure are elderly persons. But there also are some handicapped individuals living there, as well, according to Williams.
According to a fire department spokesperson, fire department personnel were dispatched to the scene at 6:10 a.m. Williams said the firefighters had everything under control in about 40 minutes.
The Marshall Fire Department was called out to a structure fire at a housing complex this morning.
According to a fire-department spokesperson, the fire call came in at 6:13, and fire-department personnel were on hand at 6:14 at the J. Leo Hayob Building-- also known as the High Rise.
He said there were flames shooting out of Room 205 on the second floor of the three-floor, 60-room building.
The spokesperson said there is heavy fire and water damage to that room and heavy smoke damage to that wing of the second floor.
According to Saline County Emergency Management Director Emmitt Williams, three residents of the building were injured and one police officer suffered from smoke inhalation. All were treated either at the scene or at Fitzgibbon Hospital and released. Williams gave the update at the meeting of the Saline County Commission this morning.
The fire-department spokesperson said all fire trucks cleared the scene at 9:12 a.m.
One driver from Brunswick suffered minor injuries while another escaped injury in a two-vehicle head-on collision in Chariton County on Wednesday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a vehicle driven northbound by 24-year-old Matthew Duncan and a vehicle driven southbound by 22-year-old Stephen Arnold met on a hill crest and struck each other head-on.
Duncan was transported to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment.
The crash happened at 12:15 p.m. on Route F at Indian Grove.
A Cole Camp woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Pettis County on Wednesday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a vehicle driven northbound by 49-year-old Lydia Byler, traveled off the roadway, overturned multiple times, struck a utility pole and came to rest on its top.
Byler was transported by Air Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
The crash happened at 10:20 a.m. on Route U, one-half mile south of Cordes Road.
MoDOT crews have some of the ramps at the Marshall Junction closed this week for repairs.
All this week, crews are conducting milling and resurfacing work on the ramps that connect Interstate 70 and Highway 65, which has led to closures of the ramps as the job is carried out. MoDOT has detours in place to route motorists around the work and get them back on their way.
The ramp closures run from 7:00am to 7:00pm each day; the work is expected to be completed by Saturday, November 7th.
An area woman recently turned a little intuition into a payday from the Missouri Lottery.
A release from the Lottery headquarters says 31-year-old Boonville nurse Amy Kempf was at the Break Time store at 1105 Main Street on October 20th when she says a "100 Million Cash Bonanza" scratcher ticket was just "popping out at her". The woman purchased the ticket and won a $20,000 prize.
The mother of three says she'll pay some bills and be able to keep more of her future paychecks in the bank. The Lottery says Kempf claimed one of 30 prizes of $20,000 available in the game.
Leaves are down and residents of an area city are burning them. Discussion about the proper way to burn the leaves took place at the Slater City Council meeting on Tuesday.
Gene Griffith explains the city's ordinance...
In other news, the Council is going to be holding a special meeting to discuss the annual renewal of health insurance for the city employees at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10th, to hear a proposal by MIRMA, the city's current worker's comp and liability insurance carrier, for health insurance, before a final decision is made.
Griffith said, if the city stays with its current provider, there will be an increase of about 6.4 percent in premiums. The city's current policy runs out November 30th. A renewal is due December 1st.
A Slater woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash today in Chariton County.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Ford Probe, driven by 35-year-old Jaimie Foreman, traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.
Foreman was transported by Chariton County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
The crash happened at 3:28 a.m. on U.S. Highway 24, two miles west of Clifton Hill.
Two area residents were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Benton County on Tuesday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Ford, driven by 60-year-old Billy Vaughn, of Lincoln, was traveling in the left lane of U.S. Highway 65, overtaking an uninvolved motor vehicle. Then a northbound Cadillac, driven by 76-year-old Orla Crudginton, of Warsaw, reportedly turned into the path of the Vaughn vehicle, which overturned several times before coming to rest.
Vaughn was treated and released at the scene for undisclosed injuries, while Crudginton was transported by Warsaw-Lincolm E.M.S. to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment of minor injuries.
The crash happened at 2:20 p.m. on U.S. Highway 65 at Cedar Gate Drive.
Voters in Marshall approved a proposed sales tax increase on the ballot in a Special Election on Tuesday.
After a similar measure came up short in the April election earlier this year, the measure on Tuesday passed by a margin of 62% to 37%. Marshall City Administrator Connie Latimer told KMMO News she's thankful for the voters' approval:
Latimer says the money from the tax will go into the city's General Revenue Fund to help pay for a variety of city services:
The unofficial vote total for the tax issue was 679 in favor and 407 opposed.
Also in Saline County, voters in Herndon and Elmwood (Blackburn) approved a waterworks revenue bond issue in the amount of $2 million to improve, operate and maintain the waterworks system. The measure passed 37-11, with 77% in favor and 23% opposed.
Two special ballot issues placed before Cooper County voters on Tuesday have been defeated at the polls.
According to Cooper County Clerk Daryl Kempf, unofficial results from the Special Election show both Proposition 1 to fund emergency services and a bond issue for street improvements in Otterville were both voted down.
Proposition 1 would have created a 3/8 of one percent sales tax and suspended a current 1/4 of one percent sales tax to fund a 911 call center and to improve various emergency services. The measure was defeated 61% to 38%, with 788 votes against the measure and 497 votes in favor.
The city of Otterville asked voters to approve issuing $600,000 in general obligation bonds to fund street improvements. The measure was defeated by one vote, 35 to 34, for a margin of 50% opposed and 49% in favor.
As of 5:00pm on Tuesday, October 3rd, a boil advisory has been issued for an area community.
According to a spokesperson, the city of Sweet Springs is flushing fire hydrants and has issued a boil advisory for residents living south of Jefferson Street. The advisory is in effect until Thursday of this week.
Residents in that area are encouraged to boil their consumable water for drinking and cooking. In addition, washing white or light-colored clothing is not recommended during the advisory, as it may result in discoloration.
For questions or more information, contact the city of Sweet Springs at (660) 335-4564.
Concordia's Board of Aldermen this week approved a bid to make a needed repair at City Hall.
City Administrator Dale Klussman says the bid of $6,395 was awarded to Beerman Heating and Cooling for replacement of a rooftop heating and cooling unit:
Klussman says the board also authorized a Resolution of Intent to reimburse the city's General Fund for the cost of the unit by way of the city's Capital Improvement Fund, a fund formally established this week by a vote of the Aldermen.
In other business, Aldermen voted to set the wage for the city's newly-named Maintenance Supervisor, Alan Riesterer, at $22.35 an hour; Riesterer takes over the position from Doug Heimsoth, who recently retired.
Also approved was an ordinance to maintain the gross receipts tax of 5% on electric corporations conducting business in the city of Concordia.
The group Friends of Arrow Rock has announced the selection of a new executive director for the organization. The group's board of trustees recently named Sandy Selby as its new head executive.
Selby is currently the associate publisher and executive editor of Inside Columbia magazine and has been actively involved with Friends of Arrow Rock the Arrow Rock community since 2005, having served as as an elected member and vice chairman of the village board of trustees, president of the historic Arrow Rock Council and member of the Experience Arrow Rock tourism committee.
She has also directed a recent Arrow Rock writing workshop, written two books on Arrow Rock and has worked as a contracted communications director for Friends of Arrow Rock since 2013.
Selby officially takes the reins as executive director on January 1st, 2016.
Sedalia City Council members on Monday selected a party to help oversee operations at the city's airport.
A city spokesperson says council members approved a proposal from HW Lochner, of Lenexa, Kansas, to serve as Airport Consultant for the Sedalia Regional Airport. The term of the agreement runs for five years.
Council members this week also awarded a rock bid to Boone Quarries and a bid for Mill and Overlay work on South Madison Avenue from Highway 50 to 16th Street to APAC, of Columbia.
The purchase of a flight motor and gearbox for a mixer at the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant was approved by council members; the city will pay $21,489 to JCI Industries for the equipment.
In other business, council members recognized Sedalia Fire Captain Greg Smith for twenty years of service to the city, along with Police Telecommunications Officer Leona Anson and City Accounting Tech Sherria McDonald each for five years with the city.
State troopers, sheriff's deputies, ambulance and fire personnel responded Tuesday morning to the scene of a two-vehicle collision in Chariton County.
The Highway Patrol says it happened when a southbound truck driven by 88-year-old Alvis Clark, of Brunswick, failed to yield at a stop sign and pulled into the path of a westbound pickup driven by 28-year-old John Scherlinger, of Bosworth.
The two vehicles collided in the roadway, with the Clark vehicle struck on the driver's side.
Clark received moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment. Scherlinger was reportedly not injured in the collision.
Reports say it happened around 9:10am on Highway 24 at Wood Street in Brunswick.
Beginning Wednesday, November 4th, a Cooper County roadway will close for the next few weeks.
The Cooper County Emergency Management Agency says Swinging Bridge Drive Near Cheyenne Lane will be closed for two and a half weeks for culvert replacement. The stretch of road is located about two miles north of Clifton City and a half-mile east of Route JJ.
For questions or more information about the closing, call (660) 882-2614.
At Monday's celebration of the Marshall FFA Chapter's top honors at the recent National FFA Convention, several state and local officials addressed the students, staff and community members about the FFA's achievements and the importance of agriculture across Missouri.
State Representative Dean Dohrman told the FFA members in attendance about the need to continue the state's tradition of agriculture right from the farm and the field:
Other speakers at the ceremony included state Ag Director Richard Fordyce, Marshall Mayor Mark Gooden and Marshall School Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher.
A 23-year-old man from St. Charles has been charged with Felonies in Cooper County.
According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, Jersey Scott Jackson, was placed on a 24-hour hold for two drug-related offenses.
According to on-line court documents, Jackson has been charged with two counts of a Class C Possession of a Controlled Substance, except 35 grams or less of Marijuana, and a misdemeanor drug-related charge.
Bond was set at $7,500 cash or surety.
A future court date has not been set yet in Cooper County Circuit Court.
Along with approving an ordinance to pay the city's bills and a liquor license for a Marshall business and hearing a couple of committee reports, the Marshall City Council also received an update on an old building in Marshall from City Administrator Connie Latimer at its meeting Monday night.
The old Fitzgibbon Hospital building, which has been mostly unused since the opening of the new Fitzgibbon Hospital at the intersection of U.S. Highway 65 and Fairground Road in July of 1991, is located on the corner of East Mitchell Street and South Brunswick Avenue.
A Polo man suffered moderate injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Lafayette County on Monday.
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, the crash occurred as a Ford Explorer, driven southbound by 74-year-old John Ferguson, of Polo, reportedly failed to yield to the road closure signs and struck a parked International Freightliner.
While the driver of the Freightliner, 31-year-old Timothy Kasey, of Springfield, reportedly was not injured, Ferguson was transported by Higginsville E.M.S. to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment.
The crash happened at 5:41 p.m. on Missouri Route 13 at U.S. Highway 40.
All 15 athletic teams from Central Methodist University, along with athletes from 10 area high schools, were on hand to hear a former Major League Baseball pitcher speak at CMU in Fayette on Monday. In addition to the Eagles' athletes, the high schools represented included Fayette, Centralia, Mexico, Harrisburg, Boonville, Salisbury, Higbee, Sturgeon, Moberly, and Glasgow.
Brian Holman, who spent four years in the majors with the Montreal Expos and Seattle Mariners in the late 1980s and early 1990s, shared life stories on how he became connected with Jesus Christ through some tough times in his personal life.
Holman shared stories of loss, near-death experiences close to his family, and the rough abusive life both he and his wife were raised in when they were children.
The Center for Faith and Family Services along with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) hosted the event, which drew approximately 500 student athletes inside Puckett Field House.
There were two actions taken by the Marshall City Council at its meeting on Monday, including the approval of an ordinance to pay the city's bills that totaled $236,992.29. The other was to approve a liquor license for a local establishment.
In other news, Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Guthrey reported on the number of building permits issued by the city in October.
Ward 3 Councilman Dan Brandt reminds residents not to blow leaves into the street while cleaning up their yards.
There also were October reports given on Airport activity, which was up about 30 percent over numbers in 2014, and a Solid Waste summary, on which the numbers align consistently with the numbers from October 2014.
For the past four years, residents looking to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired medications have been able to properly dispose them via the drop box located in the lobby of the Pettis County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Kevin Bond announced Monday that the dropbox site is now listed in the National Directory of Permanent Prescription Drug Collection Sites via AmericanMedicineChest.com. The directory is also accessible through the AMCC Rx Drop Mobile App for and iPhone and Android smartphones.
November 14th, 2015 is this year's American Medicine Chest Challenge. This national day of awareness is designed to inform residents about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and how to properly disposal of the unused, expired and unwanted drugs in your home.
Drugs can be deposited in the drop box anytime, day or night. There is no paperwork required. Stop by the Sheriff's Office lobby at 319 South Lamine to place medications in the secure drop box.
The Slater City Council meets in regular session on Tuesday, November 3rd.
Items on the council agenda include the mayor's update on upcoming city events and city employee health insurance, along with discussion of an inventory replenishment for the electric, water and sewer departments along with news of an upcoming special meeting on November 10th involving insurance.
The meeting takes place at 7:00pm at Slater City Hall at 232 North Main Street.
State and local officials gathered Monday with students, faculty and administration of Marshall High School to celebrate the Marshall FFA Chapter's recent National Model of Excellence Award at the 88th annual National FFA Convention.
Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher says that while adults in education are in the business of teaching kids, efforts like those of the FFA members can often serve to teach adults about the value of hard work and commitment:
Marshall Mayor Mark Gooden saluted the members and thanked them for being a positive part of the community:
2015 marks the fifth straight year the Marshall FFA has achieved high honors at the National Convention.
Young Missouri hunters ages 6-15 bagged over 14,000 deer in the early portion youth deer hunt across the state.
The state Conservation Department says the overall number of 14,095 deer was down by almost 4,000 from 2014, when the statewide number came in at 18,091. Top county in the state was Franklin County with 338 deer checked by youth hunters.
In the KMMO listening area, Pettis County led the way with 118 deer checked, followed by Cooper County with 110 and Howard County with 109. Also in the area, Johnson County cracked the triple digits with 100 deer checked, followed by Saline County with 86, Carroll County with 84, Chariton County with 76 and Lafayette County with 53.
Up next for deer hunting in Missouri is the November portion of firearms deer season, which runs November 14th-24th, followed by the firearms deer antlerless portion running November 25 through December 6th. The firearms deer alternative methods portion runs December 19th-29th followed by firearms deer late youth portion January 2nd and 3rd.
Archery deer hunting continues through November 13th and again from November 25th though January 15th.
Missouri turkey hunters had a successful firearm fall season, bagging nearly 500 more birds than the previous year.
According to a news release, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announced that hunters checked 6,158 turkeys during this year's season, which ran October 1st - 31st. Last year's fall firearms turkey harvest total was 5,680. Top harvest counties this season were Dent with 210, Greene with 159, and Franklin with 148.
Leading the counties in the area for birds checked was Johnson with 79. Next was Cooper with 41, Howard and Pettis with 37 each, Chariton with 34, Carroll with 33, Ray with 31, Saline with 30 and Lafayette with 29.
Fall archery turkey hunting continues until November 13th and then resumes again from November 25th through January 15th, 2016.
There is an event coming up in Marshall that will help children get to know their law-enforcement officers better.
According to a news release, Shop with a Cop provides a fun-filled day for a number of children in need throughout the City of Marshall while creating positive relationships with law enforcement. This unique December shopping experience assists children and can deter them from choosing a life of crime or violence. The participating children are identified by schools, churches, youth organizations, and social services agencies.
Approximately one to two children are assigned to each police officer, who then escorts them around the store and assists in selecting appropriate gifts for each family member. After shopping, the children will eat a meal with the officers, wrap their gifts, and continue to get to know the police officers.
Should you have any questions, call Sergeant Roger Gibson at the Marshall Police Department at (660) 886-7411.
You may make a monetary donation to help support the event with cash or check at the Marshall Police Department. Please make checks payable to the City of Marshall/Shop with a Cop.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has developed an on-line website to place crime statistics at your fingertips.
According to a news release, Colonel J. Bret Johnson has announced the creation of the Crime In Missouri Report. The report is a comprehensive resource for information pertaining to Missouri crime statistics derived from the Missouri Uniform Crime Reporting System.
The crime statistics are arranged by type, such as motor-vehicle theft, arson, burglary, robbery, murder, etc. The year 2014 statistics are currently available and statistics will be added for subsequent years.
Wildlife in the roadway caused a motorcycle crash in Benton County on Sunday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Harley Davidson, driven by 58-year-old Donnie Hensley, of Warsaw, struck a deer in the roadway. The motorcycle overturned and ejected the driver.
Hensley was transported by Warsaw-Lincoln Ambulance to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment of serious injuries.
Three area residents were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Johnson County on Saturday.
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, the crash occurred as an eastbound 2002 Pontiac, driven by 31-year-old Christal Brown, of Warrensburg, tried to steer around a 1997 Ford, driven by 69-year-old Albert Oetman, of Warrensburg, that was entering the roadway. But the Pontiac struck the Ford in the rear.
Brown suffered minor injuries and reportedly was transported by private vehicle to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment.
Albert Oetman reportedly was not injured, but two passengers in the car, 63-year-old Lauretta Oetman suffered minor injuries and Cami Oetman suffered moderate injuries. Cami Oetman was transported by Johnson County E.M.S. to Lee's Summit Medical Center for treatment, while Lauretta Oetman was taken by Johnson County E.M.S. to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.
The crash happened at 8:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 50 at Business 50 East.
A Holden driver was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Johnson County on Saturday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a 2006 Ford, driven eastbound by 49-year-old Julie Harshman, of Holden, slowed the make a left turn and was struck in the rear by a 1991 Chevrolet, driven eastbound by 22-year-old Seth Ferguson, of Overland Park, Kansas.
Ferguson suffered moderate injuries and Harshman minor injuries. Each was transported to Lee's Summit Medical Center by Johnson County E.M.S. for treatment.
The crash happened at 8:15 p.m. on U.S. Highway 50, west of County Road Northwest 475.
Two residents of Columbus, Ohio, were injured in a two-vehicle crash on eastbound I-70 in Lafayette County on Saturday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Acura MDX, driven by 46-year-old Iralee French, of Columbus, reportedly was following too closely and struck the trailer of an eastbound Freightliner, driven by 33-year-old Jonathan Young, of Petersburg, Virginia.
While Young reportedly was not injured, French and a passenger in her vehicle, 35-year-old Donetta French, suffered minor injuries. They were transported by Concordia E.M.S. to I-70 Medical Center for treatment.
The crash happened at the 59.6 mile marker at 4:23 p.m.
A Wellington woman was injured in a one-vehicle crash in Lafayette County on Saturday.
A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred as a westbound Lincoln Town Car, driven by 61-year-old Peggy Walter, swerved to miss a deer in the roadway, ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.
Walter reportedly was taken by private vehicle to Lafayette County Regional Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.
The crash happened at 1:23 p.m. on Route FF, west of Linn Grove Road.
While many people enjoy the extra hour of sleep with Daylight Savings Time, it can also serve as an opportunity to help keep your home safer.
Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day reminds everyone of an important step to take after you set your alarm clock back an hour:
Day says firefighters see all too often what can happen in homes without working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors:
The state Fire Marshal says both devices should be tested once a month and replaced every ten years. If you have questions about smoke or carbon monoxide detectors in your home, contact your local fire department.
Missouri is home to about 30,000 residents of Native American heritage, and an area university has an upcoming event planned to celebrate their culture and customs.
The University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg will play host to the First Annual Trading Moon Pow Wow on Saturday, November 14th at the UCM Student Recreation and Wellness Center. The event will feature experts, scholars, artists and performers presenting talks, art, music, dance and more.
The event, running from noon until 10:00pm, is free and open to the public.
It may only be a drill, but it's a reminder that the winds of winter are just around the corner.
On Wednesday this week, the Missouri Department of Transportation will run its annual statewide winter weather drill. Crews will be out running MoDOT's winter battle plan to make sure Missouri roads can be cleared of snow as quickly as possible.
In the drill, crews will react to a simulated forecast of heavy snow for the entire state while the emergency operations center will be activated and maintenance employees will deploy with trucks.
Motorists will notice a lot of MoDOT vehicles out on state routes during the drill; crews will deploy to rural areas around 8:00am and at 9:00am in urban areas. The entire drill is expected to be completed by around 3:00pm.
MoDot says it takes roughly 3,500 employees and about $47 million to keep Missouri roads clear each winter.
Two Sedalia residents are dead after a one-car rollover crash Saturday morning.
The Highway Patrol says 94-year-old Aven Cozad and 84-year-old Bernadine Cozad suffered fatal injuries when their westbound car ran off the road, down an embankment and overturned. The pair was taken from the scene to Lees Summit Medical Center, where they were both later pronounced dead.
The Patrol says the crash happened around midnight on Westbound Highway 50 at Easley Road in Jackson County.
With a Special Election slated for Tuesday, November 4th, a couple of area County Clerk's offices will be open on Saturday, October 31st to accommodate absentee voters who can't make it to their polling place on Tuesday.
Clerk's offices in Saline and Cooper Counties are open from 8:00am until 12:00pm for absentee voting. The absentee voting period runs until 5:00pm on Monday, November 3rd.
In Saline County, Marshall voters will decide the fate of a proposed one-half cent sales tax increase asked for by the city, while voters in Herndon and Elmwood (Blackburn) will vote on a Public Water Supply District bond issue to improve the waterworks system.
Cooper County voters will be asked on November 3rd to approve a 3/8 cent sales tax to fund an Emergency 911 center and to suspend a current 1/4 cent sales tax. In addition, if passed, the measure would transfer the oversight of 911 services from the County Commission to a separate governing board.
The start of deer season across mid-Missouri serves as a reminder of dangers in the roadway at this time of year, as a deer led to one-car rollover crash in Pettis County on Friday.
The Highway Patrol says 18-year-old Marquez Raye, of Sedalia, was eastbound around 7:50pm when he swerved to miss a deer in the road. The driver overcorrected, causing the car to run off the left side of the road, hit a tree and overturn.
Rayes received minor injuries and reportedly refused treatment at the scene. The Patrol says the crash happened on Forest Park, just east of South Grand Avenue.
The Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen met in special session Thursday to discuss general obligation bonds and the updating of city ordinances.
According to a city spokesperson, aldermen met with a representative of McLiney and Company, a bonding company now tasked with finding the city the best possible option to put a bond issue on the April 2016 ballot. If approved, the move would allow the city to install a new pump and filtration system at the city pool.
The agreement reached with McLiney and Company specifies that the bonding company will only be paid by the city if the bond measure passes in the election, at which point it would be compensated for 5% of the total bond value.
After the bond matters, the board then moved into a workshop session to update and clean up numerous city ordinances for wording, accuracy and more current information.
With Medicare open enrollment underway, the Missouri Department of Insurance is warning Show-Me State residents to be alert for scam artists.
The Department says scammers will likely try to take advantage of Missouri residents during open enrollment, but there are some tips that can help minimize the risk of fraud and dishonest tactics. First and foremost, the department urges residents to never give out their Medicare or Social Security number to a stranger, especially one offering unverifiable free services in return.
Other tips include:
* Verifying the salesperson is a licensed insurance agent by calling the Insurance Consumer Hotline at (800) 726-7390.
* Be cautious of door-to-door solicitations, as Medicare has no sales representatives and agents cannot solicit Medicare plans without an appointment.
* Avoid offers of free meals for listening to a sales presentation, offers which are already prohibited by federal law.
For these and other helpful tips to avoid a scam artist, you can visit the Missouri Department of Insurance at www.missouriclaim.org or call (800) 390-3330.
Despite a canceled meeting due to lack of a quorum, the Saline County Health Department Board of Trustees still managed to approve a number of items of business this week.
The Department says board members were contacted by phone in order to address several agenda items that required attention before the board's November meeting.
Trustees approved the renewal of the current employee health insurance plan for 2016 and also agreed to split the cost of a new sign for the Katy Trail Community Health Clinic, which operates out of the Health Department building.
Also approved this week was a bid to sell the department's Emergency Preparedness trailer. Four bids were reviewed by the board; members gave final approval to a bid from Key Hydraulics, Co., LLC.
The next meeting of the Saline County Health Department Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, November 24th.
With Missouri ranking as one of the leading states for new business growth, an area college has announced plans to establish a Small Business Development Center on its campus.
State Fair Community College in Sedalia says the center, approved by its Board of Trustees on October 27th, will serve entrepreneurs and small businesses across the college's 14-county service region. The program has been initially approved for one year with an option to renew the contract for three more years.
The college says the center will offer business outreach, training, administration and class management with curriculum used by the federal Small Business Administration. The center is also expected to bring additional revenue to the college and serve as a regional resource for small businesses and entrepreneurs.
The new center will operate on an annual budget of about $122,000, half of which will come from a Small Business Administration grant. The college also has plans to hire a full-time coordinator and counselor to oversee the center's operations.
A couple of road and bridge projects are slated for next week in Cooper County, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.
During overnight hours on Interstate 70 over the Lamine River, west of Route M. bridge maintenance in the westbound lanes will take place Sunday, November 1st through Tuesday, November 3rd. One westbound lane will be open through the work area.
During daylight hours on Route 5 between Interstate 70 and Route 87, roadside maintenance will take place Monday, November 2nd through Friday, November 6th. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
Three people, including a Boonville man, face felony charges in Boone County after their arrests earlier this week.
According to online court documents, 20-year-old Christopher Matney, of Boonville, has been charged with a Class B felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute; 37-year-old Aaron Sobelman, of Columbia, and 21-year-old Destiny Thomas, of Sturgeon, have each received the same charge in the matter.
Bond for Matney and Thomas has been set at $20,000 while Sobelman's bond has been set at $25,000.
The Boone County Sheriff's Department says that at 7:10pm on Wednesday, October 28th, a deputy made an investigative contact with a car containing the three subjects. During the search, the deputy reportedly located over four pounds of marijuana and more than $7,000 in cash in the vehicle. The three people were arrested at the scene without incident.
Future court dates have not yet been set in Boone County Circuit Court.
Three area teenagers were hospitalized after a one-vehicle accident in Johnson County on Thursday.
The Highway Patrol says the three were passengers in an eastbound car that ran off the side of the road, hit a ditch and a culvert before finally coming to a stop. The identity of the driver is unknown, according to trooper reports.
Reports say 14-year-old Allison Hughes, of Kingsville, suffered serious injuries and 17-year-old Emmalin Petitt, of Kingsville, sustained moderate injuries; both girls were taken to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City for treatment.
A third passenger, 14-year-old Summer Thorpe, of Holden, received minor injuries and was taken from the scene by private vehicle for treatment.
The crash happened around 12:15pm on Southwest 300th Road, west of Missouri 58. Troopers received assistance at the scene from members of the Johnson County Sheriff's Department.
A Carroll County man was killed in a two-vehicle collision on Thursday morning.
Trooper reports from the Highway Patrol say 56-year-old Joe McCumber, of Tina, suffered fatal injuries when his southbound car was struck in the side by a westbound truck driven by 39-year-old Crystal Elliott, of Bosworth. Elliott reportedly failed to yield at a stop sign and struck the other vehicle at a high rate of speed.
McCumber was pronounced dead at the scene by a Carroll County deputy about twenty minutes after the crash and was transported to an area funeral home.
Elliott suffered moderate injuries and was taken first to a Carrollton hospital before being transferred to a Columbia hospital for further treatment.
Troopers say the accident happened around 6:20am on US Highway 65 at Highway M in Carroll County.
An area man was killed when he was struck by a train in Pettis County on Thursday.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 28-year-old Alex Neighbors, of Sedalia, was walking northbound and reportedly laid down on railroad tracks in front of an approaching train. The driver applied emergency brakes but was unable to stop in time and struck the man as he lay on the tracks.
Neighbors suffered fatal injuries and was later pronounced dead at Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia.
Reports say the incident happened at 1:23pm at Highway 50 and Highway TT, east of Sedalia. Troopers were assisted at the scene by members of the Pettis County Sheriff's Department.
The Firearms Youth Deer season kicks off Saturday, October 31st and runs through Sunday evening.
Young hunters can take to the woods one half-hour before sunrise until a half-hour after sunset on both days. Hunters must be at least six years old but no older than fifteen years old on opening day to take part in the annual youth portion.
Only one deer (of either sex) can be taken during the early youth portion and one antlered deer may be taken during the entire firearms season, including both youth portions. The Department of Conservation says the antler-point restriction does not apply during the youth portions of the season.
The youth hunt this weekend requires a Firearms Any-Deer or Firearms Antlerless Deer permit. You can find a complete list of allowed and prohibited methods on the Department of Conservation's website at www.mdc.mo.gov.
The second youth portion of deer season will run from January 2nd through the 3rd.
The top winners of the National Chapter Awards were announced at the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, earlier today, with an area chapter earning top billing.
According to a news release, the winner of the National Model of Excellence Chapter is the Marshall FFA Chapter.
The release says Marshall FFA developed an attitude of gratitude through its Operation Beautiful activities. Sending more than 200 thank-you cards, notes and posters was key for the chapter to make sure that members, teachers and program advocates knew how thankful the chapter was for them. Positive character traits were reinforced and recognized when chapter members conducted 65 random acts of kindness and posted positive notes around the middle and high school buildings. They were able to promote and improve the mental well-being and self-esteem of members.
All chapters that receive national three-star ratings are eligible to compete for the national Model of Excellence award.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. For more information, visit FFA.org/convention.
At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday, the commissioners approved fees for Saline County Auditor Tara Vogelsmeier to cut a check to the state of Missouri for unclaimed property.
Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith explains why.
The amount of the check will be $664.53.
In other news, the commissioners received a thank you card from D.A.R. Regent Raylene Cornine thanking them for their work to get the fountains on the northeast and southwest corners of the Saline County Courthouse lawn in Marshall refurbished and rededicated on October 14th.
Three area residents were placed under arrest for drug offenses after a traffic stop in Boone County on Wednesday.
According to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, at 7:10 p.m., a deputy made an investigative contact with occupants of a vehicle. During the course of the investigation, the deputy located over four pounds of marijuana and more than $7,000 in cash.
Additionally, more controlled substances and a marijuana pipe were located in the possession of a passenger.
A 37-year-old man from Columbia, a 20-year-old man from Boonville and a 21-year-old woman from Sturgeon were arrested.
Each was arrested for Distribution of a Controlled Substance. Plus, the man from Boonville was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Firing up the boiler for the first time this school year sparked a bit of a scare and a precautionary evacuation of a Marshall School just before noon on Tuesday.
As it turned out, it wasn't an emergency. However, it's better to be safe than sorry, and Marshall Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher said she is happy everything ran the way it was drawn up.
Maher explains how the students were kept safe.
Dr. Maher said running numerous drills helped in this situation.
Dr. Maher explains an administrator at the school was on target with her response.
According to a spokesperson for the Marshall Police Department, when the boiler started, water dripped from a flange onto a hot pipe, which caused steam, making it look like there was a fire in the boiler room. And that triggered a call to the Marshall Fire Department.
In short order, the problem was discovered, the students returned to the school in 15 to 30 minutes and resumed the rest of their day.
Two Boonville residents have been arrested for outstanding warrants from another county.
According to a news release from the Boonville Police Department, warrants were served and Dannie J. Lafferty and Denise M. Lafferty, both 28 years old, were taken into custody. The warrants were from Taney County.
According to on-line court documents, each has been formally charged with a Class C Felony for Burglary in the Second Degree. Bond for each was set at $50,000 cash or surety.
A future court date for each in Taney County is pending.
A state official has stopped an investment scheme that cost a Mid-Missouri resident $15,000.
According to a news release, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander shut down an investment scheme by Arizona-based AflacAssist.com, LLC and its principals, Lance Himes and Leary Darling.
The scam started when an agent from the company cold-called a 61-year-old Missourian offering an investment opportunity and promising unrealistic guarantees of profit.
After investing the $15,000, the Missouri resident never received a return on the investment and has not heard from the business in two years.
Kander said if you receive a cold call such as this offering unrealistic return, it's a red flag that you should use extra precaution before investing any money.
A cease and desist order was issued and alleges the agent told the investor the money would be placed in "merchant residual accounts. But the agent failed to tell the resident of the specific risks involved of the investment.
The state of Oregon and Federal Trade Commission also have taken action against Himes and Darling, among others.
A Richmond man was injured in a one-vehicle crash in Ray County on Tuesday.
A report from the Missouri State Highway patrol says the crash occurred as a westbound Dodge Stratus, driven by 26-year-old James Stotler, failed to negotiate a curve, exited the roadway and struck an embankment.
Stotler was transported by Ray County E.M.S. to Ray County Memorial Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.
The crash happened at 10:40 p.m. on Missouri 10, just west of Route C.
A resident of Florida was injured in a one-vehicle crash in Saline County on Tuesday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Mercedes Benz, driven by 55-year-old Hui Cha Parris, traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a cable barrier.
Parris was transported by Sweet Springs E.M.S. to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment of moderate injuries.
The crash happened at 7:22 p.m. at mile marker 69.4 on eastbound I-70.
Representatives of Smith-Cotton High School academic programs gathered behind the school Monday evening to break ground for the addition that will be built starting in November.
According to a release from the Sedalia 200 School District, the district's expanding enrollment and moving freshmen to the high school created the need for additional classroom and lab space.
Participating in the ceremony were, Jacob Cho and Avery Snelling, National Honor Society; Ayla Dillon and Ramey Baro, Academic Team; Sarah Bergman and Val Toderescu, Math Team; Bailey Curry, Science Club/Envirothon; and Nicole Reedy and Brandon Reine, Team SCREAM.
During the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday morning, Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner gave the report on the County Aid Road Trust (or C.A.R.T.) Tax received by the county for October.
In other news, Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr. reported the county has received nine Purple Heart City signs.
Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie said the county received kudos from a commander.
The signs will be erected on main thoroughfares in the respective communities. In Marshall, Sweet Springs and Slater, the signs will be posted at the city limits.
Saline County also received a sign that will be posted.
The Lake of the Ozarks will be the site for back-to-back events that are slated to draw more than 1,000 participants.
According to a news release, the Tri-County Lodging Association learned earlier this month that the Lake has been awarded the 2020 Can-Am Police Fire Games. That comes on the heels of the Lake being awarded the 2018 games earlier this year. This is the first-ever time the same location has been chosen for back-to-back competitions.
The event is an Olympic-style sporting event featuring over 50 different competitive categories, including archery, basketball, cycling, fishing, golf, ice hockey, shooting, swimming, weightlifting and wrestling.
The Can-Am Games was started in 1977 to promote physical fitness and camaraderie among law-enforcement, fire-service, E.M.S., and protective-services personnel across two countries.
The 2018 Games are scheduled for June 25th through July 1st, with the 2020 Games set for June 15th through 21st.
Thanks to a grant, tween and teen female members at the West Central Missouri Boys and Girls Clubs downtown site are learning what it takes to be a girl with a career in a STEM field.
According to a news release, the club recently received a $2,000 Community Action Grant from the American Association of University Women that will supplement the costs of running STEM Girls!, a girls-only science program.
In addition to taking part in hands-in science, technology and math experiments, girls in the program also will learn from women in real-world STEM professional fields.
Celebrating its 55th anniversary in 2015, the Boys and Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri serves more than 650 children daily at 11 sites in Sedalia, Cole Camp, Green Ridge, La Monte, Leeton and Smithton. To learn more about the organization, visit www.bgckids.com.
Throughout the month of October, Secretary of State Jason Kander has highlighted the Safe at Home program, the work of advocates and law enforcement to honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Kander was joined by victims' advocates as he toured the Victim Center, a domestic violence resource center in Springfield, to highlight his office's Safe at Home address confidentiality program to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Monday.
The Safe at Home address confidentiality program was created in 2007 for survivors of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and stalking. The program provides a substitute mailing address for participants to use on new records created with state and local government agencies and the courts. More than 2,800 participants have been protected by the Safe at Home program to date.
This year, Kander is working to expand the program in two ways: by working to increase the number of trained Safe at Home program assistants throughout the state, and by asking the state legislature to pass a bill that would expand Safe at Home's eligibility requirements to include survivors of human trafficking.
Phase one of a statewide contest is about to end, but there is another phase for a money prize.
According to a news release, Missouri National Education Association wants to help recognize teachers' positive influence in the lives of Missouri youth. Now through November 1st and again December-January 2016 the association will be awarding a total of $10,000 in prizes to Missourians who have shared their story.
How did a teacher, educator or school employee influence you in a positive way?
A Holden man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash in Johnson County on Monday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Mitsubishi, driven by 51-year-old Richard Cawley, traveled off the right side of the roadway, onto another roadway and struck an eastbound 2013 KIA, driven by 24-year-old Ashley Duncan, of Holden.
Cawley was flown from the scene by LifeFlight Eagle helicopter to Research Medical Center in Kansas City for treatment of serious injuries. Duncan suffered minor injuries and reportedly would seek her own treatment.
The crash happened at 9:15 p.m. on Northwest 800 Road, just west of Missouri 131.
New census data shows Missouri is leading the nation in new business creation.
According to a news release from Gov. Jay Nixon's office, new business creation surged by 16 percent, while most states saw decreases in 2013.
According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, 1,293 more businesses were created in Missouri in 2013 than in 2012. Over the same time period, 39 states saw a decrease in new business creation.
In Fiscal Year 2015, Missouri ranked-- for the first time-- as a top 10 state for startup funding, according to Forbes. The Fiscal Year 2016 budget includes nearly $16 million for programs at the Missouri Technology Corporation, a public-private partnership promoting entrepreneurship.
An art contest illustrating the theme "Air Sports in Harmony with Nature" for the 2016 International Aviationis now open to youths, ages 6 to 17.
According to a news release, the contest challenges youths to illustrate the importance of aviation through art.
All artwork must be done by hand, and can be in watercolor, acrylic, oil paint, indelible marker pens, felt-tip pens, soft ball-point pens, inedible ink, Crayola or any similar indelible medium.
Entries are judged in three age classes for creative use of the theme. Entries from Missouri youths will be evaluated by MoDOT employees.
The winners will advance to national and possible international levels of the contest.
All artwork for the state competition must be postmarked and received by Friday, January 22nd, 2016, and sent to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Attn: Teresa Hall, PO Box 270, Jefferson City, MO 65102. For more information, call (573) 751-2589.
An area resident was injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Johnson County today.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Chevrolet, driven by 24-year-old Taylor Hazel, of Centerview, traveled off the north side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.
Hazel was transported by Johnson County E.M.S. to Research Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.
The crash happened at 6 a.m. on westbound Division Road, east of Northwest 151st Road.
A pedestrian was killed when a vehicle hit her in Johnson County on Sunday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as 69-year-old Alice Ralston, of Holden, attempted to cross South Olive Street and was struck by a southbound Chevrolet S-10, driven by 37-year-old Mitchel Young, of Holden.
Ralston was transported by Johnson County E.M.S. to Lee's Summit Medical Center but was pronounced dead by Dr. Michael Watts at 8:20 p.m.
Young, who attempted to stop his vehicle before hitting the pedestrian, was not injured.
The fatal accident happened at 7:06 p.m. on West 3RD Street at South Olive Street in Holden.
A St. Charles woman was injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Saline County on Sunday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Chevrolet, driven by 19-year-old Kaitlin Marre, traveled off the left side of the roadway. The vehicle returned to and off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch, overturned and came to rest on its left side.
Marre was transported by Saline County E.M.S. to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment of minor injuries.
The crash happened at 5:34 p.m. at the 81.2 mile marker on westbound I-70.
An area bridge will be closed for maintenance work starting in early November.
According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, the Wakenda Chute Bridge on Route 41, approximately two miles north of the Missouri River, will be closed daily for maintenance Mondays through Thursdays from November 2nd through December 3rd.
The bridge will be closed to traffic each day from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The road will be fully open to two-way traffic each evening and on weekends (Fridays through Sundays).
All work and schedules are weather permitting.
Motorists will need to find an alternate route during the closures.
For more information on this and other MoDOT projects, call 1-(888)-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) or visit www.modot.org.
With the Medicare Part D prescription coverage review time drawing near, an area non-profit group will be helping older residents navigate the system and answering their questions.
Care Connection for Aging Services in Warrensburg says they'll host a series of free help sessions from October 15th through December 7th at senior centers in Saline, Chariton and Carroll counties. The sessions are designed to help people with Part D comparisons and answer questions they have about the Medicare system.
The sessions will be held:
* Mondays from 9:00am to 2:00pm at the Marshall Senior Center at 14 East Morgan. Call (660) 886-9888 for an appointment.
* Tuesdays from 9:00am to 2:00pm at the Salisbury Senior Center at 304 Broadway. Call (660) 388-5431 for an appointment.
* Wednesdays from 9:00am to 2:00pm at the Carroll County Senior Center at 200 Lifecare Lane in Carrollton. Call (660) 542-0399 for an appointment.
Other times are available on Thursdays and Fridays at the Carrollton and Marshall locations; give the center a call to find out more.
Care Connection for Aging Services is a non-profit agency serving West Central Missouri, including Benton, Carroll, Chariton, Henry, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, and Saline counties in the KMMO listening area.
According to the state Department of Revenue, Missouri will offer a tax amnesty period from September 1st through November 30th.
The tax amnesty provides individuals and businesses with a one-time opportunity to pay back taxes that were due prior to December 31st of 2014 without interest or penalties.
Tax types that are amnesty eligible include individual income tax, corporate income tax, corporate franchise tax, employer withholding tax, sales tax, consumer's use tax, vendor's use tax and fiduciary tax.
The program requires taxpayers to stay in compliance with all state tax laws for eight years after signing the agreement. Taxpayers who are the subject of any civil or criminal state tax-related investigations or litigation cannot participate in amnesty.
The Missouri Department of Revenue will mail tax amnesty notices to delinquent taxpayers and businesses in late-August. The mailings include information such as the amounts owed and the amount the taxpayer will save in interest and penalties.
For more information about the tax amnesty and to obtain an application online, visit www.dor.mo.gov or call (573) 751-7200.