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NEW MARSHALL CHAMBER DIRECTOR EXCITED TO TAKE THE REINS-- Click here


The Marshall Chamber of Commerce has named its new Executive Director, Jeanette Klinge.

SEDALIA TEACHER VOTED PRESIDENT OF MBEA 7/29/16RK


An educator in an area school district has been elected to a top position of an organization.

SLATER MAN CHARGED WITH ALLEGED FELONY-CLICK HERE


Following a disturbance, an area man has been taken into custody by authorities and has been charged with an alleged Felony.

MMU BOARD APPROVES CONSULTANT, CEILING BID FOR CLEANUP AT POWER PLANT 7/29/16RK


From left are: MMU Electrical Production Manager Jim Johnson; MMU General Manager Kyle Gibbs;

SEDALIA RESIDENT INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH 7/29/16RK


A Sedalia man suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Pettis County on Thursday.

SLATER MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH 7/29/16RK


A Slater man had to be flown from the scene of a one-vehicle rollover crash in Saline County on Thursday.

COLUMBIA AUTHORITIES LOOKING FOR MURDER SUSPECT 7/29/16RK


Authorities in an area city are looking for a man suspected as being the shooter in a recent homicide.

COKE TURNS HERSELF IN TO AUTHORITIES 7/29/16RK


An area police department had been looking for a fugitive from justice since last week. That search is over.

MISSOURI SHOOTERS HIT BULLSEYE AT NATIONAL COMPETITION-- Click here


For the second year in a row, Missouri 4-H shooters brought home the championship title at the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championship tournament, June 26-July 1 in Grand Island, Nebraska.

KANDER PREDICTS 31% TURNOUT FOR PRIMARY ELECTION-- Click here


Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander this week announced that local election authorities predicted that 31 percent of Missouri's registered voters will vote in the August 2 Primary Election.

SEVEN MID-MO RESIDENTS TO ENTER 4-H HALL OF FAME--Click here


Several area residents will be honored next month as inductees into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame.

MMU BOARD TO TALK ASBESTOS CLEANUP ON FRIDAY-- Click here


The Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works meets in special session on Friday, July 29.

SALINE CO. COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION-- Click here


An area county commissioner has tendered his resignation, effective within a week.

BOIL ORDER ISSUED IN SWEET SPRINGS-- Click here


Some residents in Sweet Springs have been placed under a 48 hour boil advisory.

MMU BOARD TO DISCUSS CLEANUP PROPOSALS IN JULY 29 MEETING 7/28/16RK


The Marshall Municipal Utilities Power Plant suffered damage to one of its boilers in an explosion earlier this month.

SWEET SPRINGS SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES FIVE CLASSIFIED STAFF 7/28/16RK


Employment, resignations and retirements highlighted the meeting of the Sweet Springs R-7 School Board this week.

LEXINGTON COUNCIL OKs NATIONAL NIGHT OUT STREET CLOSURES 7/28/16RK


It is estimated that at least 16,000 cities in the United States are going to be taking part in an annual event to promote police-community relationships next week.

AREA WOMAN TO FACE ALLEGED FELONY CHARGE 7/28/16RK


An area woman has been charged with an alleged Felony and is due in an area courtroom next month.

MARSHALL POLICE LOOKING FOR FUGITIVE 7/27/16RK


An area police department is looking for a fugitive from justice.

MARSHALL MAN SENTENCED FOR RAPE, SODOMY 7/27/16RK


Earlier this week, a Marshall man was sentenced to spend over a decade in the Missouri Department of Corrections after he pleaded guilty to two sex-related Felonies.

AREA WOMAN CHARGED WITH FELONY STEALING 7/27/16RK


Following an investigation, an area woman was arrested on Tuesday, July 26, in connection with money allegedly being stolen from an organization.

MARSHALL COUPLE WINS FIVE-FIGURE PRIZE IN LOTTERY 7/27/16RK


A Marshall couple has some extra money to spend after claiming a five-figure prize from the Missouri Lottery.

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES CONTRACTS FOR SERVICES 7/27/16RK


Several Special Education and Federal Program contracts were up for consideration of approval during the meeting of the Marshall School Board on Tuesday.

AREA MAN JUMPS TO HIS DEATH OFF OVERPASS-CLICK HERE


Authorities in an area county are investigating an incident where a man who reportedly jumped to his death on Tuesday.

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES BIDS 7/27/16RK


Former Slater Schools Superintendent and new Marshall Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz was busy during the meeting of the Marshall School Board on Tuesday afternoon.

MARSHALL RESIDENTS INJURED IN ONE-VEHICLE CRASH 7/27/16RK


Four Marshall residents were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Saline County on Tuesday.

PETTIS CO. DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE THEFT REPORTS-- Click here


The Pettis County Sheriff's Department is busy investigating several recent theft reports made by area residents.

MARSHALL BOARD APPROVES BID FOR CONCRETE, PHONES-- Click here


The Marshall School Board met in regular session on Tuesday, July 26.

UPCOMING ROAD WORK IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY-- Click here


Several road work projects are planned this week in Lafayette County, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

RUSSELL UPDATES SALINE COMMISSION ON PRIMARY VOTING-- Click here


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell gave an update on the absentee voting so far for the upcoming Primary Election.

PEANUT THE TURTLE RETIRED FROM MO STATE FAIR-- Click here


A popular animal attraction has officially been retired from the Missouri State Fair.

COLUMBIA BUSINESS LOOP TO REOPEN WEDNESDAY-- Click here


Two dual-lane roundabouts at the highly-traveled Business Loop 70/West Boulevard interchange in Columbia will open to traffic at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

SALINE CO. PROSECUTOR RECEIVES PAY RAISE-- Click here


Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Don Stouffer will soon be getting a pay raise.

SFCC ANNOUNCES AUGUST CLOSINGS 7/26/16CC


All State Fair Community College campuses will close at noon on Thursday, August 11, for opening day of the 2016 Missouri State Fair.

TWO ILLINOIS RESIDENTS CHARGED WITH ALLEGED FELONIES 7/26/16RK


Two Illinois residents are due in an area courtroom today after being arrested and subsequently charged with alleged Felonies.

MMLA APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 29 7/26/16RK


The Missouri Association of Manufacturers has extended the deadline for applications for the Made in Missouri Leadership Awards (MMLA) to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 29.

JULY WINNERS NAMED IN SEDALIA'S YARD CONTEST 7/26/16RK


Winners from the four wards and the winner of the Grand Prize were selected in an area city's contest that promotes upkeep of residents' yards.

INDEPENDENCE WOMAN HURT IN TWO-VEHICLE CRASH 7/26/16RK


An area driver escaped injury while a woman from Independence was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Lafayette County on Monday.

SWEET SPRINGS RESIDENT HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH 7/26/16RK


A Sweet Springs teen driver was injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Saline County on Monday.

ODESSA RESIDENTS INJURED IN TWO-VEHICLE CRASH 7/26/16RK


Three Odessa residents were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Lafayette County on Monday.

HIGGINSVILLE FFA TO PROVIDE NEW SCHOOL WATER STATIONS 7/25/16CC


At the most recent meeting of the Lafayette County C-1 School Board, members got updates on a number of summer maintenance projects.

CENTRAL METHODIST TO HOST MUSIC PROFESSIONALS DEVELOPMENT DAY 7/25/16CC


A free “Summer Recharge” professional development day for all area music educators will be held at Central Methodist University on Friday, August 5, from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.

CMU NAMES NEW COORDINATOR FOR SEDALIA SITE 7/25/16CC


After 29 years at State Fair Community College, Steve Scheiner has retired from his position as the Dean of Academic Affairs and will now move on to a new role as site coordinator for Central Methodist University's Sedalia site.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS TO HOST NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AUG. 2 7/25/16RK


A free family-friendly event that promotes making neighborhoods safer will be hosted by an area agency next week.

SEDALIA TO SPRAY FOR MOSQUITOES NEXT WEEK 7/25/16RK


During four morning next week an area city's Public Works crews will be out spraying to try to tamp down possible infestations of a pesky insect that can carry diseases.

MARSHALL WOMAN CHARGED WITH FELONY CHILD ENDANGERMENT 7/25/16RK


A Marshall woman has been taken into custody and charged with two alleged Felonies after an incident on Thursday, July 21.

MDC WELCOMES PARTICIPANTS IN DOVE BANDING PROJECT 7/25/16RK


Do you want to participate in sessions to learn more about mourning doves? According to a news release, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering the public a chance to participate in research on mourning dove populations.

MARSHALL FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS BUSY SATURDAY 7/25/16RK


With weather conditions being sizzling hot and humid, an area fire department's personnel were busy extinguishing a tractor-trailer fire and then a structure fire on Saturday, July 23.

AREA MAN ESCAPES INJURY AFTER BOAT CATCHES FIRE 7/25/16-CLICK HERE


Two occupants of a boat escaped injury after the vessel caught fire on Sunday on an area lake.

SMITHTON TEEN HURT IN PETTIS COUNTY CRASH 7/25/16-CLICK HERE


A Smithton teen driver was injured in a one-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Sunday.

AREA MAN INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH 7/25/16-CLICK HERE


A Cooper County man was injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Boone County on Sunday.

HOWARD COUNTY ROAD WORK THIS WEEK 7/25/16-CLICK HERE


Roadside maintenance is scheduled during daylight hours in two locations in Howard County for four days this week that could affect traffic flow.

COOPER COUNTY ROAD WORK THIS WEEK 7/25/16-CLICKHERE


In addition to the bridgework projects on I-70 over the Lamine River continuing, there is another bridge project taking place in Cooper County that could cause traffic slowdowns for four days this week.

COOPER COUNTY HOSTAGE SITUATION ENDS WITHOUT GUNFIRE, ARREST-CLICK HERE


An area man has been formally charged with five Felonies when he was arrested after a hostage situation was resolved on Friday, July 22.

EXPLOSION ON BOAT INJURES AREA WOMAN-CLICK HERE


An explosion on a boat injured an area woman on an area lake on Saturday.

GREEN RIDGE TEEN DRIVER HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH-CLICK HERE


A Green Ridge teen driver was injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Pettis County earlier today.

AREA RESIDENTS INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE/TRUCK CRASH-CLICK HERE


Three area residents were injured in a motorcycle/truck crash in Miller County on Saturday.

MAYVIEW MAN INJURED IN FIERY CRASH IN SALINE COUNTY-CLICK HERE


A Lafayette County man was injured in a two-vehicle fiery crash in Saline County on Saturday.

SEDALIA BIKE RIDER KILLED BY TRUCK-- Click here


An area man was killed Friday night when his bicycle was hit by a vehicle on a highway north of Sedalia.

PATROL UNIT INVESTIGATES RURAL AND FARM CRIMES-- Click here


One branch of the Missouri State Highway Patrol is dedicated to investigating crimes unique to the state's agricultural industries and farming communities.

JULY 26 HEARING FOR WOMAN ACCUSED OF FORGERY, TAMPERING-- Click here


A California woman faces felony charges in two seperate cases in Cooper County.

WARRANT ISSUED FOR WOMAN CHARGED WITH 134 FELONIES-- Click here


A Marshall woman faces over 100 drug-related felony charges on Saline County Circuit Court.

MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER COOPER COUNTY STANDOFF-- Click here


A suspect is in custody after an armed standoff with authorities in Cooper County on Friday morning.

TWO INJURED IN PETTIS CO. COLLISION-- Click here


Two Missouri residents suffered serious injuries after a two-car crash in Pettis County on Friday.

AIRPORT TERMINAL RENOVATION LANDS PERFECTLY--Click here


A celebration that packed the terminal building with area residents and dignitaries ended with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today in Marshall.

AREA MAN INJURED IN LAFAYETTE ROLLOVER CRASH 7/22/16-CLICK HERE


A Blue Springs man was injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Lafayette County earlier today.

SLATER SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES SEVERAL ITEMS AT MEETING-CLICK HERE


In addition to approving a bid to install an Intercom and Audio Door Security System, the Slater School Board made several other decisions during its meeting on Thursday night.

SLATER SCHOOLS TO INSTALL SECURITY SYSTEM-CLICK HERE


Three bids were received for the installation of an Intercom and Audio Door System in the Slater School District.

EXECUTION OF SEARCH WARRANT LEADS TO ARREST-CLICKHERE


On Thursday, July 21, 2016, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office executed a narcotic-related search warrant in the 100 Block North Main Street in Leeton.

SALINE CO. DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE CHILD ABDUCTION ATTEMPT-- Click here


Authorities in Saline County are currently investigating an alleged report of an attempted child abduction.

SFCC TO LAUNCH SMALL BUSINESS CENTER-- Click here


State Fair Community College will launch a new Small Business and Technology Development Center on Monday, August 1, to provide entrepreneurs and small businesses in the region with resources to be successful.

BOONVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING-- Click here


With a light agenda of business, the Boonville City Council met in regular session on Monday, July 18.

BOONVILLE BOARD EXAMINES DUAL CREDIT PAY FOR TEACHERS-- Click here


The Boonville R-1 School Board met in regular session on Wednesday, July 20.

MEAL PRICES TO JUMP BY A DIME IN SEDALIA SCHOOLS-- Click here


At the most recent meeting of the Sedalia 200 School Board, board members approved an agreement with a community sports group and voted to raise next year's meal prices for students.

SALINE COMMISSIONER LOOKS AT PROBLEMS AT BLACKBURN LAKE-CLICK HERE


A Saline County elected official took a trip to an area community to get an up-close look at a problem that has caused a dustup between the town and a railroad.

GLASGOW SCHOOL BOARD GETS UPDATE ON CONSTRUCTION-CLICK HERE


The Glasgow School Board approved several motions during its regular-session meeting on Wednesday, July 20. According to a release from the district, the board gave the green light to a recommendation on food service and co-curricular and extra-curricula

SALINE CO. RURAL ROADWAY TO CLOSE IN NEXT FEW DAYS 7/21/16RK


A rural roadway in Saline County will be closing in the next few days.

FEMA FREE APP AVAILABLE FOR SMARTPHONES-CLICK HERE


While temperatures and heat indices continue to be at dangerous levels-- at least throughout the rest of this week-- an agency says an Application for your Smartphone is available that offers important safety tips. According to a news release, the Federa

MVC APPOINTS TWO TO NEW POSITIONS-CLICK HERE


An area college has promoted a current employee to an administrative position. According to a news release, Missouri Valley College in Marshall has appointed Dr. Diane Bartholomew as vice president of academic affairs. Dr. Bartholomew has been serving as

MARSHALL MAN INJURED IN PETTIS COUNTY CRASH-CLICK HERE


A Marshall man was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Wednesday. A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred when a northbound vehicle, driven by 18-year-old Alex Love, of Marshall, reportedly traveled into the

COLE CAMP MAN INJURED IN BENTON COUNTY CRASH-CLICK HERE


A Cole Camp man suffered injuries when his motorcycle reportedly was struck by a vehicle in Benton County on Wednesday. According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Yamaha, driven by 42-year-old Shannon

CONCORDIA BOARD TALKS CAPITAL IMPROVMENTS-- Click here


After holding a regular session meeting on Monday, the Concordia Board of Aldermen met in special session on Tuesday to discuss capital improvements in the city.

CONCORDIA ALDERMEN APPROVE POLICE POLICIES-- Click here


The Concordia Board of Aldermen met in regular session on Monday night, where they took up two items of business involving the Concordia Police Department.

SEDALIA REMINDS RESIDENTS OF POLITICAL SIGN RULES-- Click here


The city of Sedalia says that while it encourages residents to express their support for political candidates with yard signs, city rules for sign placement must still be observed.

$1.5 MILLION REFUND OK'd BY BRUNSWICK SCHOOL BOARD-- Click here


At Monday's meeting of the Brunswick School Board, members took up two big financial issues. Superintendent Bob Kottman says the board approved a move to refund over $1.5 million in bonds from 2013; he explains why: Superintendent Bob Kottman (at

PRINT COPIES OF STATE BLUE BOOK NOW AVAILABLE-- Click here


The University of Missouri Press has produced the printed version of the 2015-2016 edition of the Official Manual of the State of Missouri, commonly known as the “Blue Book” for its typically blue color.

STATE CONSERVATION AGENTS WANTED-- Click here


If you've ever wanted to be a state conservation agent, applications are currently being taken for the next agent class through the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

FREE MOVIE NIGHT IN NEW FRANKLIN JUNE 30-- Click here


New Franklin residents can take in a free family event next weekend courtesy of the city's Park Board.

AREA STUDENT EARNS FFA SCHOLARSHIP 7/20/16RK


Wellington-Napoleon student Brock Beckemeyer (left) receives a $1,000 FFA Scholarship from Doug Vahrenberg, of Vahrenberg Implement Inc. (Photo Furnished) An area student has received a four-figure scholarship to help curb his college expenses. Accordi

SALINE COUNTY PURPLE HEART SIGNS BEING PUT IN PLACE 7/20/16RK


Signs are being put up in Saline County to honor Veterans of military service. Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie updated the progress during the Tuesday meeting of the Saline County Commission. Guthrie said Veterans' programs that have been ho

EVERYBODY BACK TO WORK AT MARSHALL POWER PLANT 7/20/16RK


Marshall Municipal Utilities Power Plant on West North Street. (Photo by Robert King) On Tuesday, July 19, an explosion ripped up part of an area power plant and caused injuries to several workers, but they are all back to work today. According to Mars

BOONVILLE WOMAN ARRESTED ON BOONE CO. WARRANT-CLICK HERE


A Cooper County woman recently was arrested on several driving violations and served an outstanding warrant for a felony charge in another county. According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, officers served a Boone County warrant to 33-y

DEER IN ROADWAY LEADS TO ROLLOVER CRASH-CLICK HERE


Wildlife running into the roadway reportedly was the cause of a one-vehicle rollover crash that left an area resident with moderate injuries on Tuesday in Benton County. According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash oc

CARROLLTON COUNCIL APPROVES UTILITY PROJECT LOAN-- Click here


At Monday's meeting of the Carrollton Town Council, members took up a number of contract and construction proposals.

SEDALIA COUNCIL OKs TRUCK PURCHASES, AMENDED FEE SCHEDULES-- Click here


A number of financial matters were put before the Sedalia City Council at its regular session meeting earlier this week.

STATE UNEMPLOYMENT UP SLIGHTLY IN JUNE-- Click here


Missouri's unemployment rate edged up two-tenths of a point to 4.5 percent in June, according to seasonally adjusted data released this week by the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

HIGGINSVILLE TAX ISSUE TO APPEAR ON AUGUST BALLOT-- Click here


At Monday's meeting of the Higginsville Board of Aldermen, City Administrator Lee Barker briefed the board about a tax issue the city has placed on the August 2 Primary ballot.

VETERANS' BRICK PROGRAM CONTINUES 7/19/16RK


A program honoring veterans that started seven years ago is continuing. According to a release from Saline County Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie, the Veterans Memory Walk of Honor Brick Program will now be placing bricks in the sidewalk on the wes

HONOR FLIGHT APPLICATIONS STILL AVAILABLE IN SALINE CO. 7/19/16RK


Area veterans who want to take a free one-day trip to the nation's capital still can do so. According to Saline County Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie (left), the applications for veterans to fill out and get a seat on a future flight to see th

MARSHALL SCHOOL REGISTRATIONS AUG. 3-4 7/19/16RK


As the calendar heads into the last third of July, administrators in an area school district want to remind students registration dates and times are coming up.

MARSHALL COUNCIL SAYS TAX MONEY TO BE USED SOON 7/19/16RK


During the business-from-the-audience portion of the Marshall City Council meeting on Monday night, a resident asked the council about what its plan is to use the money from a half-cent sales-tax increase that was approved by the voters last November.

WARRENSBURG MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH 7/19/16RK


A Warrensburg man was injured in a motorcycle crash in Johnson County on Monday.

MARSHALL LIBRARY GEARS UP FOR HOLOCAUST PROGRAMS-- Click here


The Marshall Public Library Board of Trustees met recently in regular session, where it got an on upcoming programming at the library.

MARSHALL LIBRARY BOARD ELECTS OFFICERS, PREPS BUDGET-- Click here


At the most recent meeting of the Marshall Public Library Board of Trustees, the board elected officers and discussed finances for the coming year.

KCP&L RATE HEARING IN SEDALIA ON AUGUST 3-- Click here


Area residents have a chance to sound off about utility rates at a public hearing slated for the first week of August in Sedalia.

WEDNESDAY MEETING FOR BOONVILLE SCHOOL BOARD-- Click here


The Boonville R-1 School Board meets in regular open session on Wednesday, July 20.

PLAN TO RENAME CARROLLTON FOOTBALL FIELD MOVES FORWARD-- Click here


At the most recent meeting of the Carrollton R-7 School Board, board members took another step toward renaming the high school football field after a longtime district coach, teacher, and mentor. Superintendent Dr. Jon Oetinger explains: Oetinger t

COOPER COUNTY ROADWAY TO BE CLOSED FOR THREE WEEKS 7/18/16RK


In addition to all of the other roadwork projects starting today by MoDOT crews, another project is set to start today in Cooper County that will shut down a roadway for roughly three-quarters of a month.

According to a release from the Cooper County Emergency Management Agency, Roberts Drive, between the Petite Saline Creek and Brumback Road, will be closed for approximately three weeks for culvert replacement.

The work will be done by the Cooper County Road and Bridge Department. It advises drivers to seek an alternate route while the work is being carried out.

AREA RESIDENTS INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH 7/18/16RK


One area resident suffered serious injuries while another was moderately injured when they were thrown off a motorcycle during a crash in Henry County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound bike, driven by 54-year-old Kevin Jones, of Warrensburg, traveled off the roadway and overturned.

Jones suffered moderate injuries, while a passenger on the bike, 53-year-old Rebecca Aker, of Warrensburg, was seriously injured. Aker was flown from the scene by Air E.M.S. to a hospital in Kansas City, while Jones was transported by Pettis County E.M.S. to a hospital in Warrensburg for treatment.

The report says neither of the occupants was wearing a safety device.

The crash happened at 3 p.m. on Route Y, one-half mile south of Northeast 1100 Road.

CHARITON COUNTY ROAD WORK THIS WEEK-CLICK HERE


A couple of roadwork projects are scheduled for Chariton County this week that could affect drive times.

SHERIFF GIVES COMMISSARY UPDATE TO SALINE COMMISISONERS-- Click here


Earlier this year, the Saline County Sheriff's Department was granted approval to begin a commissary at the Saline County Justice Facility.

BOONVILLE WOMAN CHARGED WITH ENDANGERMENT-- Click here


A felony charge of alleged child endangerment has been filed against a Boonville woman following her recent arrest.

FELONY DRUG CHARGE FILED AFTER ARREST BY BOONVILLE P.D.-- Click here


A Columbia man faces a felony drug charge in Cooper County.

ONE INJURED IN I-70 CHAIN REACTION ACCIDENT-- Click here


A five-vehicle chain reaction crash in Cooper County on Saturday sent one person to the hospital with injuries.

DEER IN ROADWAY CAUSES CHARITON CO. CRASH-- Click here


Two area residents suffered serious injuries after a motorcycle accident in Chariton County on Sunday.

STATE LEADERS TO HOLD CYBER SUMMIT IN AUGUST-- Click here


The Governor's Cybersecurity Summit will be held on Tuesday, August 30, in Jefferson City.

DAY SAYS NEW MARSHALL SIREN COMING SOON-- Click here


A new warning siren planned for the Marshall Square will become a reality in the next several weeks.

SALINE TREASURER DELIVERS TAX REPORT-- Click here


Tax revenue in Saline County trended downward in the month of July, according to one county official.

SEDALIA ISSUES ANNUAL SURVEY FOR CITIZEN INPUT-- Click here


An annual survey for an area city's residents to sound off about city services and programs is now in circulation.

SALISBURY SCHOOL BOARD GETS PROJECT UPDATE-- Click here


At Monday's meeting of the Salisbury R-4 School Board, members were updated on the progress of a number of summer maintenance and repairs.

SEPTEMBER HEARING FOR SLATER MURDER SUSPECT-- Click here


A Saline County man accused of two murders in Slater last month will next appear in court in September.

SWEET SPRINGS LEADERS HEAR TRUCK PARKING COMPLAINTS-- Click here


In a regular session meeting this week, the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen heard from two residents about problems with tractor trailers parked on Main Street.

CONSERVATION GRANTS FOR RURAL FIRE CREWS-- Click here


The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces grant awards totaling $338,490 to 156 rural fire departments in Missouri as part of the Department's annual Volunteer Fire Assistance Matching Grant Program.

THURSDAY MEETING FOR SALISBURY ALDERMEN-- Click here


A regular session meeting is scheduled for the Salisbury Board of Aldermen on Thursday, July 14.

MARSHALL UTILITY BOARD MEETS THURSDAY-- Click here


The Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works is scheduled to meet in regular open session on Thursday, July 14.

SALINE CO. MAN INJURED AFTER ROLLING VEHICLE ON HWY. K-- Click here


A Sweet Springs resident escaped serious injuries after a one-vehicle rollover accident in Saline County on Tuesday.

FAYETTE DRUG BUST NETS TWO ARRESTS-- Click here


Multiple agencies were on hand Monday night to serve a search warrant at a Fayette residence that netted two arrests for alleged drug activity.

GUILTY PLEA IN 2012 MARSHALL MURDER--Click here


On the night of December 19, 2012, 32-year-old Marshall resident Rebecca Fisher was found suffering from stab wounds at a residence on Birchwood Circle; she died later that night at a nearby hospital.

AREA JOBLESS RATES UNDER 5%-- Click here


Unemployment rates in the KMMO listening area held mostly steady in the month of May, according to the latest numbers from the Missouri Dept. of Economic Development.

WEST VIRGINIA DUO CHARGED IN SALINE CO. COURT-- Click here


The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested two West Virginia men who are now charged in Saline County Circuit Court with alleged drug activity.

TWO CHARGED AFTER LAFAYETTE CO. TRAFFIC STOP-- Click here


Two Florida men face felony drug charges in Lafayette County after their arrests by the Missouri State Highway Patrol last weekend.

BOIL ADVISORY IN WAVERLY-- Click here


The city of Waverly has been placed under a 48-hour Boil Advisory.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ON MARSHALL HAB CAMPUS-- Click here


A report of property damage on the Marshall Habilitation Center campus is currently under investigation by the Marshall Police Department.

TAMPERING CHARGE FILED IN COOPER COUNTY-- Click here


An Oregon woman faces a felony charge in Cooper County after her recent arrest by Boonville police.

NELSON WOMAN INJURED IN FATAL CRASH--Click here


An area resident was involved in a fatal accident in Henry County on Monday.
 

SALINE CO. PAVEMENT PROJECTS PLANNED-- Click here


Pavement repairs in Saline County will be conducted this week by crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation.

BLACKWATER BRIDGE TO CLOSE-Click Here


MoDOT says crews will close the Blackwater Bridge on Route 23, north of Knob Noster, beginning Monday, July 18.

CARROLLTON SCHOOL BOARD PREVIEW--Click here


The Carrollton R-7 School Board meets in regular session on Tuesday, July 12.

LEXINGTON CITY COUNCIL PREVIEW-- Click here


The Lexington City Council meets in regular session on Tuesday, July 12, at Lexington City Hall.

WAVERLY ALDERMEN MEET TUESDAY--Click here


A regular session monthly meeting is planned for the Waverly Board of Aldermen on Tuesday, July 12.

CHARGES FILED IN SEDALIA PURSUIT--Click here


A Sedalia man faces multiple felony charges after allegedly leading authorities on a high-speed chase last weekend.

MULTIPLE BURGLARIES INVESTIGATED IN JOHNSON CO.--Click Here


Authorities in an area county say they are currently investigating a string of residential burglaries.

MARSHALL POLICE GRATEFUL FOR PUBLIC SUPPORT 7/11/16CC



In the aftermath of the July 7 shootings in Dallas that left several police officers dead, one area police department says they are seeing an outpouring of public support for local law enforcement.


Marshall Police Department Sergeant Roger Gibson says that when the news broke on Thursday night, he and his colleagues were shocked to hear about what happened to fellow law enforcement officials in Texas:



Gibson says that in the days since the attack, Marshall Police have seen an overwhelming show of support from the surrounding community:




Five officers were killed and another seven injured after the shooting during a protest march in Dallas. Flags have been ordered to half-staff across the nation until Tuesday evening to honor the fallen officers and their families.

BRIDGE WORK TO REDUCE I-70 LANES STARTING TUESDAY 7/11/16CC


Starting Tuesday, July 12, traffic on Interstate 70 near Boonville will be reduced to one lane in each direction so the two bridges over the Lamine River can be repaired.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the bridge closures are expected to cause significant travel delays, especially on peak travel days like Thursdays and Fridays. MoDOT officials are strongly encouraging I-70 motorists to use alternate east-west routes, such as U.S. Routes 50 and 36, while the project is in progress.

The eastbound bridge will be improved first and will take about 22 days. Work to switch traffic from the eastbound bridge to the westbound bridge will take place Sunday (July 10) and Monday (July 11) nights, with the full traffic switch occurring sometime during the day on Tuesday, July 12.

The westbound bridge will be repaired after the eastbound bridge is finished and that work will last about 23 days. Both bridges are scheduled to be completed by the end of August, at which time traffic flow will return to two lanes in each direction.

The message boards along I-70 will alert motorists to the bridge work. In addition, a Smart Work Zone system is in place to keep motorists informed and traffic moving. The system uses cameras and sensors to determine travel times through the project limits and provide real-time travel updates to motorists via message boards.

To find out more, visit www.modot.org.

RICHMOND MAN KILLED IN SUNDAY CRASH 7/11/16CC


A one-vehicle rollover crash on Sunday left an area man dead and an area woman hospitalized with serious injuries.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it happened when a westbound car driven by 20-year-old Alisha Weir, of Richmond, ran off the right side of the road and struck two trees. Patrol reports say 19-year-old passenger Luke Hubbard, of Richmond, was ejected from the vehicle.

Hubbard suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Reports state he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.  

Weir was taken to a Liberty hospital for treatment of her injuries.

The accident happened around 7:10 p.m. on Highway MM near Terviz Road in Clay County.

ST. JOSEPH MAN KILLED IN SALINE COUNTY CRASH 7/9/16RK


A Buchanan County man was killed in a one-vehicle crash in Saline County on Saturday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound vehicle, driven by 60-year-old Larry Pierce, of St. Joseph, ran off the right side of the roadway, down an embankment, impacted a tree and rolled over onto its right side.

Pierce was pronounced dead at the scene by a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy at 8:04 a.m.

The crash happened at 7:20 a.m. at the 79.4 mile marker of I-70.

The Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by members of the Saline County Sheriff's Department and Saline County Fire and E.M.S.

NEW CONCORDIA WATER METER SYSTEM NEARLY COMPLETE 7/8/16CC


A plan to modernize the system of taking water meter readings in Concordia is moving along ahead of schedule.

At the most recent meeting of the Board of Aldermen, Concordia City Administrator Dale Klussman gave the board the latest on the project that would replace current meters with new meters linked to a database that takes monthly readings remotely:



Klussman says city officials are happy that the plan appears to be about a month ahead of schedule:



Concordia residents with questions about the project can contact City Hall at 660-463-2228.

UTILITY COMPANY WARNS OF AREA PHONE SCAM 7/8/16CC


Kansas City Power and Light is warning customers of a new scam in its service area.

Multiple reports of phone scams involving customers' utility bills and personal information are coming in to KCP&L. Most of those targeted are restaurants and small businesses, but all customers should be aware of this important notice, according to the utility company.

With the scam, customers are prompted by a recording to input their payment information. This phone number is not associated with KCP&L. There have also been reports of a live person posing as a KCP&L employee who notifies the customer of a past due bill and demands immediate payment to avoid service disconnection.

In some instances, the caller requests that the customer purchase a money gram to pay their bill. If the customer is unable to make an immediate payment or does not answer, the caller gives out a return phone number for customers to call back.

If customers have questions about the legitimacy of a bill, phone call or email regarding their utility bill, they should refrain from providing any personal or banking information, hang up and contact the KCP&L Customer Contact Center at (888) 471-5275 or (816) 471-5275.

NORBORNE BOARD OKs PAYING TO FIX STREET SWEEPER BRUSH 7/8/16RK


Paying for work needed on a piece of equipment for an area city was considered by a board when it met earlier this week.

According to a city official, the Norborne Board of Aldermen gave approval to spend $1,200 to fix a Bobcat sweeper brush.

The board also gave the thumbs up to Mayor Roger Leabo's appointments of Chrissy Chaney and Wayne Cunningham to serve on the Park Board and approved the hiring of seasonal laborer for the city during the summer months.

A motion was made for the city to purchase a new laptop computer that will be compatible with the city's water billing software. Board members also gave that purchase the green light.

Other items involving the water and wastewater plants and water and sewer rates were tabled until more information can be gathered.

Aldermen also are waiting to hear from Carroll County Memorial Hospital to see if it is going to continue to lease a building from the city of Norborne. The building is next to Norborne City Hall on Second Street. The spokesperson said a five-year lease will be up at the end of this year.

ABSENTEE VOTING IN FULL SWING FOR AUG. 2 PRIMARY 7/8/16RK


At Thursday's meeting of the Saline County Commission, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell said registration to be able to vote in the upcoming Primary Election on Tuesday, August 2, ended at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6.

Russell said absentee voting is in full swing.



Russell also gave an update on a monthly report from Midwest Computech, which provides the county's IT services. She said all of the equipment is 100-percent operational.



In other news, Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner commended the Road and Bridge crews for being out over the Independence Day Holiday weekend repairing some problems with roads. He said there were three road closures, but with the work of the crews, the roads are open again.

MARSHALL PARKS AND REC RECEIVES GRANT 7/8/16RK


In addition to unveiling preliminary plans for renovating the Lyon Bowl at its meeting on Wednesday, July 6, Marshall Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jeff Stubblefield said the department got some good news about grant, worth nearly five figures.



Stubblefield said he has 12 six-foot and 12 eight-foot long park benches, as well as 18 three-foot long trail benches ordered. The park benches will be distributed throughout Indian Foothills and Henry Peyton Parks and the ball fields, with the trail benches to be used mainly on the disc golf course. The grant was for $9,600.

Stubblefield also said some property was stolen from a park facility the last weekend of June.



Aquatics and Programs Supervisor Lori Godsey reported about 13,000 patrons have utilized the Aquatic Center since it opened on Memorial Day weekend. She also reminded area residents about "A Day in the Park," which is coming up on Saturday, July 30. She said it will be a day chocked full of activities and is free and open to the public.

BODY FOUND AT LAKE OF THE OZARKS IDENTIFIED 7/7/16CC


Authorities have released the identity of a body found at the Lake of the Ozarks earlier this week.


According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the body was discovered around 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5, near the 8-mile marker on the main channel. The deceased man has been positively identified as 19-year-old Alexander Keith, of Lake Ozark.

The Patrol says Keith was reported missing on July 1 after troopers began investigation into an unoccupied personal watercraft found idling near the 8.5 mile marker on June 30.

Authorities say the preliminary cause of death appears to be drowning; however, the circumstances surrounding the manner in which Keith entered the water are still under investigation.

CRACK IN SPILLWAY HAS CAUSED BLACKBURN LAKE'S LEVEL TO PLUMMET 7/7/16RK


An area railway owns land that has a spillway running to an area lake. That spillway has sprung a leak, which has caused the level of the lake to reach dangerously low levels and created numerous problems for an area city.

According to Blackburn Mayor Karlin Breshears, Kansas City Southern Railway Company has not done its part in keeping the spillway in good shape, thus it has caused water from the Blackburn Lake to seep out, creating many problems for the city.



It has been estimated the cost to the railroad would be between $25,000 to $30,000 to fix the problem, but it would be much more--as much as 10 times more-- if the city of Blackburn takes on the project due to permits that would be needed to do the work, which Breshears says the small city of 249 residents, according to Wikipedia, cannot afford.

According to a release from C. Doniele Carlson, representing the railroad, KCS does not agree the cost would be between $25,000 to $30,000.

Breshears says the city has forked over some dollars just to help keep the property looking nice and to comply with a city rule.



The release says KCS representatives are willing to talk to Blackburn city officials to find alternative solutions to the concerns.

At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday morning, Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr. said Saline County E.M.A. Director Emmitt Williams was to meet with MoDOT representatives to look at the lake and the problems at 9 a.m today. No update on that meeting is available at this time.

DAY RECEIVES CHECKS TO HELP PURCHASE SIREN 7/7/16RK



Mark Thompson (left), representing Wood & Huston Bank, presents Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day with a $5,000 donation check to help poay for a multi-functional siren in the top of the Saline County Courthouse. (Photo by Robert King)

Two donation checks were presented totaling nearly $7,000 and will help purchase a multi-functional siren that should be in place in Marshall within the next few weeks.

At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday, Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day first received a $5,000 check from Mark Thompson, representing Wood and Huston Bank.



Then Day received a $1,900 check from Tom Jones (lower left), representing Fitzgibbon Hospital.



Day said he still has a couple of checks to collect, but the siren should be purchased within the next two weeks. He said the siren will allow him to announce messages from anywhere within a five-mile radius, as well as serve as an warning siren. The process of placing it in the top of the courthouse should not take longer than a day.

The total cost of the siren is approximatley $22,000.

HEAVY STORMS CAUSE DAMAGES IN AREA 7/7/16RK


Heavy storms passed through most of the KMMO listening area this morning.

We have had a report of power lines being down on Route H (Boat Road) south of Marshall and power outages in the city of Marshall, according to a report from the Marshall Fire Department.

According to a spokesperson at Marshall Municipal Utilities, the power outage is in the area of Southeast Elementary School or closer to old Fitzgibbon Hospital and is affecting residents on East Summit and East Mitchell Streets and South Brunswick Avenue. MMU spokesperson Ken Gieringer says that is the only area he is aware of at this time. He says, if you are without power in Marshall, to call MMU and let them know. The phone number is 886-6966.

There also has been a report from a listener that a power pole near the Rock Quarry at Route UU just off of Southbound U.S. 65 that has been blown to a leaning position. Reportedly, the top part of the pole is dangling but the wires still are attached to the pole, with the pole hanging over the right lane. At last report, Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers are on the scene directing traffic.

KMMO also have received a call from the Marshall Police Department that the phone lines have been knocked out by a lightning strike early this morning. As of 9:40 a.m., the phone lines were reported as back up by a Police Department spokesperson.


In Cooper County, there also is a report from a listener that there is a tree down, blocking Route Z near the Heaths Creek Bridge.

Also, according to an operator at Howard County Dispatch, numerous trees are down and some are blocking roadways. One specific report KMMO has received was from a listener, that a tree is down, blocking southbound Highway 87 between Glasgow and Boonville. Emergency were on the scene at about 7:30, trying to remove the tree. You are asked to use an alternate route, if possible.

At this time, those are the only reports of damages in the area we have received. KMMO NEWS will update this story as more information becomes available.

PLANS DRAWN UP FOR LYON BOWL RENOVATION PROJECT 7/7/16RK



Marshall Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jeff Stubblefield (left) points out details of a prospective Lyon Bowl renovation project during Wednesday night's meeting of the Park Board. Also pictured are board mamber Ronnie Hill (middle) and Board President Mike Lamberson. (Picture by Robert King)

It's still in the preliminary planning stages, but if all goes well, especially if there are enough funds to pay for the work, an area three-field ball complex will be getting more than just a facelift.

Marshall Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jeff Stubblefield unveiled the raw plans for the renovation project for the Lyon Bowl during Wednesday night's Park Board Meeting.



Stubblefield hopes the renovations, which also will include an Americans' With Disabilities Act compliant sidewalk with handrails and proper drainage, will begin soon.



But whether or not the changes can be made will depend on the bids that are received. All of the work cannot be done at once because, as Stubblefield put it "these are the only fields we have."

WORK ON CONCORDIA I-70 PROJECT TO START SOON 7/6/16CC


Officials in Concordia have hopes that work on the Concordia Entrance Project will be getting underway soon.

At Tuesday's meeting of the Board of Aldermen, City Administrator Dale Klussman says the board heard from an engineering representative about where the project is at right now and how federal funding is being secured:



Klussman says the on-the-ground work on the project should be starting within the next 6-8 weeks:



He says all total, the project to make improvements under the Interstate 70 overpass in Concordia should cost about $275,000. Once begun, the project has a window of 160 days for completion.

SALINE CO. SIREN TESTS POSTPONED 7/6/16RK


Due to inclement weather, siren tests have been postponed in the area today.

According to a spokesperson with the Marshall Fire Department, the tests of the Early-Warning Sirens that were scheduled in Saline County for Sweet Springs at noon and for Marshall, Arrow Rock and Slater at 1 p.m. are going to be pushed back at least until next Wednesday.

HIGGINSVILLE ALDERMEN APPROVE DE-ANNEXATION OF A PROPERTY 7/6/16RK


A Higginsville residence was de-annexed from the city.

According to a spokesperson for the city, the request was made by the owners of the property--Anson and Melissa Sutherland-- at 309 East 9th Street. The request was approved by the Board of Aldermen at its meeting on Tuesday, July 5.

Another item of note from the meeting, it also was reported the Higginsville City Lake is 16 inches over its normal level, which is a good thing. She said that means water supply will be in good shape for a while, otherwise, the city would have to get its water supply from the river.

ZWEIFEL RETURNS RECORD AMOUNT OF UNCLAIMED PROPERTY 7/6/16RK


UNCLAIMED PROPERTY 7/6/16RK

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced that his Unclaimed Property team has set a new record for dollars returned this fiscal year, marking the seventh straight year of setting records during his two terms in office.

According to a news release, more than $42 million of Unclaimed Property was returned by the team in Fiscal Year 2016, which ended June 30. The Treasurer has now returned more than $280 million to Missourians in nearly one million accounts since he took office in 2009, more than all other State Treasurers combined.

Unclaimed Property can belong to individuals, businesses, nonprofits or any entity that conducts financial transactions. It can come from abandoned bank accounts, uncollected insurance policies, uncashed checks and more. All Unclaimed Property is always returned free of charge.

Anyone can search for their property 24/7/365, completely free of charge, at www.ShowMeMoney.com.

CARROLLTON COUNCIL APPROVES REPAIR OF PARKING LOT 7/6/16RK


The Carrollton Town Council voted to use some money received from the estate from an area resident who passed away to good use at a city gathering place that hosts many functions and meetings.

According to a city spokesperson, interest from a C.D. (Certificate of Deposit) will be used to repair the Rupe Center parking lot. The spokesperson said the city uses the money that accrues periodically for improvements in the city.

Another action taken by the council involved amending an ordinance to allow the city to purchase bigger items, such as vehicles, from the Missouri Agency for Surplus Property without putting it out for bid. She said the council approved raising the purchase level from $2,000 to $20,000.

MARSHALL COUNCIL HOPES TO GET APPLICANTS FOR NEW ADMINISTRATOR SOON 7/6/16RK


After deciding to sell a decommissioned fire engine to the City of Sweet Springs and approving the annual Conflict-of-Interest Ordinance and an Ordinance for appropriations to pay the city's bills, a couple of other issues came up during the meeting of the Marshall City Council at its meeting on Tuesday, July 5.

Ward 1 Councilman Ron Ott explained the committee that was formed to find next City Administrator to replace Connie Latimer has put together of comprehensive list of requirements for applicants to have to be considered for the position. The council was to vote on the range of pay during closed session. He said if the requirements suggested and salary range were approved, then they can move forward.



Ott noted all of the information will be posted on the city's website in the next couple of days.

Ward 2 Councilman Kirk Arends has volunteered to rework the city's website, but he wants to postpone the work until the city gets a new City Administrator.


Arends request to delay a bit was given the OK by the council.

Also of note from the meeting, Mayor Mark Gooden said the public is invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly-renovated terminal building at the Marshall Memorial Municipal Airport at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 22.

CITY OF MARSHALL SELLS OLD FIRE TRUCK 7/6/16RK




In addition to approving an ordinance to pay the city's bills, the Marshall City Council also approved a couple of other action items at its meeting on Tuesday night.

The item up for discussion that involved funds was brought up by Mayor Mark Gooden, and it involved a fire truck that is more than 30 years old.



Tony is Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day, and Gooden said the two bids came from within Saline County.



The council voted to sell the truck to the City of Sweet Springs for $5,000.

In other news, the council voted to approve the annual Conflict of Interest Ordinance.

NURSE OFFERS TIPS ON HOW TO NOT GET OVERHEATED 7/6/16RK


With four counties-- Johnson, Pettis, Lafayette and Henry-- in the KMMO listening area under a Heat Advisory again from noon to 8 p.m. today, there are a number of precautions area residents can take to help them keep from getting overheated.

Elizabeth Frerking, a Registered Nurse at the Saline County Health Department, said the best way to combat the heat is to stay inside in the air conditioning. But if you must be out working in the hottest part of the day, remember to, first of all, push fluids.



Frerking recommends the drinks be nonalcoholic and to not have a lot of sugar in them.



Frerking says anybody is subject to be stricken with a heat-related illness. But the most susceptible are infants and young children, people over the age of 65, people who have mental illness and persons who already are physically ill, especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure.

SAFETY OFFICIALS SAY "SEE TRACK? THINK TRAIN" 7/5/16CC


Over the holiday weekend, four people in Missouri were hit and killed on train tracks. The Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri Operation Lifesaver remind pedestrians about the dangers of disregarding railroad crossing laws and trespassing on railroad property.

In 2015, there were 25 trespass incidents resulting in 15 fatalities and seven serious injuries in the state of Missouri. To date in 2016, there have been 12 trespass incidents resulting in six fatalities and four serious injuries. Officials say a person or vehicle is hit by a train approximately every three hours across the United States.  

Pedestrians are reminded if they "See Tracks? Think Train". Here are a few safety tips:

*    Don't walk on or over railroad property - this is trespassing.
*    Cross tracks only at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings.
*    Don't cross tracks immediately after a train passes. A second train may be blocked by the first.
*    Never walk around or behind lowered gates at a crossing.
*    Stay alert around trains.  No texting, earbuds or other distractions.
*    Never mix rails and recreation. Do not hunt, fish or jump from railroad bridges or trestles.
*    Do not attempt to hop aboard railroad equipment at any time.
*    Do not take selfies or posed photography on or near tracks or railroad bridges.
*    Be aware trains do not follow set schedules.


Photo by Mandy Young.

HIGHWAY REOPENED TO TRAFFIC AFTER FIRE 7/5/16RK


While working the scene of a fire, Authorities in an area county had to reduce traffic to one lane on a state highway today.

According to a spokesperson with the Johnson County Fire Protection District, the blaze was contained to a vacant house located on southbound Missouri Highway 13 at the intersection of 600 Road and Route PP.

The structure fire involved a vacant house, and there were no injuries. Firefighters, who were toned out at approximately 6 a.m., cleared the area about 10 a.m., and at that time reopened the roadway to traffic in both directions.

Neither the suspected cause nor damage estimate is available at this time.

PRELIMINARY INDICATION OF AUTOPSY IN ON KISTLER DEATH 7/5/16RK


A woman was found deceased in an area county on Sunday, July 3, and it was believed to be a missing Cooper County woman.

An autopsy on the body performed on Monday, July 4, confirmed it was that of 77-year-old Laverla Kistler (right), who had been reported missing in the middle of June, last seen in the city of California, Mo.

The van Kistler reportedly had been driving was located in a remote area of Benton County around 5:45 p.m. on Sunday. Also found near the area was a dog matching the description of one missing with Kistler. The canine was found alive.

Preliminary information from the autopsy appears to indicate there was no foul play.

More information will be passed along as it becomes available.

GLASGOW BLOOD DRIVE ON THURSDAY 7/4/16CC


An American Red Cross blood drive is scheduled this week in Howard County.

The Red Cross says the drive will take place on Thursday, July 7, at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 701 First Street in Glasgow. The drive runs from 2-6 p.m.

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients now and throughout the summer.

Blood donations often decline in the summer months, especially around summer holidays when donors are less available to give. Officials say the need for blood doesn't decrease; every two seconds, someone in the U.S. requires blood or platelets.

Learn more at www.redcrossblood.org.

VAN, DOG OF MISSING AREA WOMAN LOCATED IN BENTON COUNTY 7/4/16CC


Authorities have released new information in the ongoing search for a missing Cooper County woman.

Cooper County Sheriff Jerry Wolfe issued this statement on Sunday, July 3:

"At approximately 5:45 this evening investigators with the Cooper County Sheriff's Office were contacted by authorities from the Benton County Sheriff's Office In regard to the Silver Advisory issued on missing 77-year-old Cooper County resident Laverla Kistler. Benton County authorities have advised that a silver 2004 Kia Sedona van has been located in a remote area of Benton County.

At this time information provided to the Cooper County Sheriff's Office confirms that identifying information on this van matches the van Mrs. Kistler is believed to have been in. Benton County authorities have also confirmed that the body of a female has been found in proximity to the van. A dog matching the description of Mrs. Kistler's dog was also located in the same area.

An autopsy will be scheduled for early this week. The identification on the deceased will not be confirmed until after the autopsy. Further information will be released as it becomes available."

PEDESTRIAN KILLED WHEN STRUCK BY VEHICLE 7/2/16RK


A Columbia man was killed when he was struck by a vehicle on Friday.

According to a news release, Columbia Police Officers responded to the area of 7200 ABC Lane just after 12:30 p.m. for a vehicle crash involving a pedestrian.

The report says the vehicle was traveling westbound and struck the pedestrian, who was walking westbound on the edge of the roadway.

The pedestrian, 36-year-old Kiran Lamichhane, was transported from the scene by E.M.S. to a local hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

The driver, 56-year-old Ralph Ringer, Jr., of Fulton, was not injured.

The report says alcohol was a contributing factor on the part of the driver, and the investigation is ongoing.

WARRENSBURG MAN KILLED IN TRAFFIC CRASH 7/2/16RK


A Warrensburg man was killed in a three-vehicle crash in Johnson County on Friday.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol states the crash occurred as a northbound Toyota, driven by 89-year-old Harold McDermed, of Warrensburg, was slowing to make a left turn and was struck in the rear by an eastbound Freightliner, driven by 54-year-old Judith Auman, of Grain Valley. The Freightliner then skidded into the path of a southbound Ford, driven by 50-year-old John Kuczko, of Fordland, and was subsequently struck by the Ford.

McDermed was pronounced dead at the scene by Johnson County Coroner C. L. Holdren about 50 minutes after the crash. Auman and Kuczko each suffered minor injuries. They were transported to area hospitals for treatment.

The crash occurred at 2:40 p.m. on Missouri 13, one-tenth of a mile north of County Road Northeast 950.

MARSHALL SCHOOLS HOPE TO IMPACT HOMELESS STUDENT NUMBERS 7/1/16CC


Earlier this week, the Marshall School District announced it has been named as the recipient of a federal grant designed to assist students who are classifed as homeless.

Marshall Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher says many students and adults in the area may not fit the textbook definition of "homeless", but may still need help all the same:



She adds that many Marshall residents may not realize the extent of the city's homeless student population:



The district learned this week it will receive $141,000 in the form of a Homeless Children and Youth grant; the funds will assist the district in hiring a full-time social worker, a part-time case manager, a full-time transitional housing case manager (in partnership with youth services provider Great Circle), and a part-time transportation worker, along with providing additional afterschool tutoring services.

SALINE FAIR ASKS MMU BOARD FOR BREAK ON DEMAND CHARGE 7/1/16RK


During a portion of the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works meeting on Thursday, June 30, three members of the board of the Saline County Fair were on hand asking the board to see if it could get some breaks with the demand charge on electricity at the Saline County Fairgrounds.

Fair Board President Sam Igo ran down a number of organizations which utilize the facilities, making it an advantageous location for events held by many different entities.



Igo added, many of the activities do not generate any revenue.

Secretary of the board, Shelly Arth said improvements have been made to try to draw people to Marshall, which could be a win-win for everybody.



After mulling over the request and talking about how demand charges are set and affect several other businesses, organizations and residents, MMU board member Steven Mills said the board would look into how other cities in the area help out the county fairs and make a decision at a future meeting.

MDC ASKING FOR INPUT ON HENRY CO. CONSERVATION AREA 7/1/16RK


The Missouri Department of Conservation is asking for input on a Henry County Conservation Area by July 31. (Photo Courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation)

A Missouri Agency is seeking input from residents about an area conservation area throughout this month.

According to a news release, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state, including the multi-year process of updating management plans for the Montrose Conservation Area in Henry County.

Montrose Conservation Area is north of Montrose and southwest of Clinton. The 1,600-acre Montrose Lake is the centerpiece of the 2,750-acre area and offers fishing opportunities. But the area also has forest, wetland, fields and grasslands. Waterfowl hunting and birding are popular at the area.

MDC leases the area from the Kansas City Power & Light Co. in an outdoor recreation partnership dating back to 1957.

To preview draft management plans and share comments on-line through July 31, visit www.mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.

SALINE HEALTH DEPARTMENT UPDATES EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS MANUAL 7/1/16RK


The main business of the Saline County Health Department Board of Trustees when it met on Tuesday, June 28, was to listen to and consider updates to the Emergency Operation Manual.

Emergency Preparedness Planner Russ Donnell said at least annually and whenever necessary, he updates the Emergency Operation Plan. This year, most of the updates involved personnel changes for the Continuity of Operation Plan.



The new administrator is Tara Brewer.

Donnell said it also was important that a policy be put in writing so that volunteers who respond to emergencies will be helped out and participate in duscussions afterward.



Donnell said updates also had to be made to forms involving surveillance.

All of the recommendations were given the green light by the board.

NO ONE INJURED AFTER CARROLLTON BANK FIRE 6/30/16CC


Fire crews in Carrollton responded Thursday to a report of fire at a business on the Carrollton Square.

Carrollton Fire Department Engineer Brandon Blount told KMMO News crews toned out just after 12:30 p.m. to a report of smoke filling the building at Bank 21, located at 1 West Washington Avenue. When trucks arrived on scene, no smoke was visible from the outside of the building; crews then ran a line inside down to the basement which was reportedly blacked out by smoke.

Crews then used a thermal imaging camera to locate hot spots in the basement; firefighters located a dehumidifier that had caught fire, possibly due to an electrical short. The building was ventilated as crews quickly used water lines to extinguish the blaze.

Blount says firefighters were on the scene for about an hour and that no injuries were reported to crews or to bank employees.

He estimated damages to the structure and contents at around $10,000.

TWO INJURED, ONE ARRESTED FOLLOWING SEDALIA SHOOTING 6/30/16CC


One person is in custody and two are in the hospital following an alleged shooting incident early Thursday morning in Sedalia.

Sedalia Police say officers responded to the 1800 block of South Sneed Avenue around 4:50 a.m. in reference to a possible shooting; once on the scene, they located a male and female victim who were first taken to Bothwell Hospital before being transferred to another facility.

The two victims are identified as 30-year-old Elisha Marie Curry and 27-year-old Terez Dominique Lewis, both of Sedalia. Police say both are expected to recover from their injuries.

Initial investigation led police to the identification of a possible suspect, who was later located at a Columbia residence with the assistance of the Columbia Police Department. The suspect was arrested and is currently in custody at the Pettis County Jail awaiting the filing of formal charges by the Prosecuting Attorney's office.

Police say they are seeking charges of burglary, assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.

No other information in the case has been made available at this time.

ARSON CHARGES FILED IN WAKE OF FATAL SEDALIA FIRE 6/30/16CC


Two men are in custody and facing felony arson charges for their alleged connection to a residential fire that claimed the life of a Sedalia man last week.
According to the Sedalia Police Department, officers on Wednesday arrested 21-year-old Aran Cantrell and 23-year-old Cody Harvey, both of Sedalia, following investigation into a fire in the 1900 block of South Grand Avenue on Thursday, June 23.

Court records show both are charged in Circuit Court with a Class A felony count of Accessory to First Degree Arson Resulting in Injury or Death.

Bond for each has been set at $250,000, cash only. Cantrell and Harvey remain in custody at the Pettis County Jail.

Last Thursday, police and fire crews responded to the scene just after 11 a.m.; once inside, they located 30-year-old Matthew Eldenburg. the victim was transported to Bothwell Hospital, where he later died as a result of his injuries.

A future court date in Pettis County Circuit Court for both suspects has not yet been established.

SALINE COMMISSION AMENDS BUDGET FOR HAIL DAMAGES 6/30/16CC


At Thursday's meeting of the Saline County Commission, commissioners approved a budget move concerning storm damages at a county agency earlier this spring.

Commissioners granted approval to a budget amendment of $30,460.49 for hail damages to vehicles at the Saline County Justice Facility. The damages were incurred during a storm on Wednesday, May 25.

In other business, the members of the commission announced that the county's Board of Equalization will be available to discuss any issues taxpayers have with their assessments during the week of July 18.

Also, commissioners appointed Connie Latimer to the Missouri Rural Services Worker's Compensation Insurance Trust Fund for Saline County. The appointment is for a voluntary position effective June 30.

MMU BOARD APPROVES INCENTIVE PACKAGE TO TRY TO ATTRACT GROCER 6/30/16RK


At its meeting this morning, the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works did its part to try to help attract a grocery store to the city.

At the previous board meeting, three Marshall City Councilmen-- Ron Ott, Kirk Arends and Charlie Guthrey-- were present and asked the board to put together an incentive package that would be attractive enough for a grocer to set up shop in Marshall.

The 36-month incentive package approved unanimously by the board includes credits in the amount of 20 percent reduction in energy costs until the business is open; a 15-percent reduction during the first 12 consecutive months of business; a 10-percent reduction during the second 12 months; and a five-percent reduction during the third 12-month period.

Ott said the city has been working with a particular grocer for a little while in hopes that something like this could be attractive enough.



Ott cautioned that it's not going to be an overnight process. It will take some time.



According to information in the package, to qualify for the reductions, the business must have estimated summer monthly demand of at least 100 kilowatts; must maintain an annual load factor of 40 percent or greater once it is open for business; if not, the credits will be retroactively adjusted, based on the actual percentage of the 40 percent that was incurred; and the business will need to be located in a building that has been vacant for at least one year.

GOV. NIXON SAYS GRAINBELT EXPRESS A GOOD DEAL FOR MISSOURI 6/30/16RK


One of the largest clean-energy projects under development in the United States has gained support of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. The project reportedly will invest $500 million in Missouri and support 1,500 jobs.

According to a news release, at Gov. Nixon's request, Clean Line Energy has committed to a new set of industry-leading landowner protections that would be the first of its kind for a Missouri infrastructure project where the company estimates it will pay more than $32 million to landowners who host the transmission line on their property.

The Grain Belt Express is an overhead power line that will deliver enough low-cost energy to Missouri to power 200,000 homes annually. The agreement is expected to save municipal customers at least $10 million annually. It will produce an estimated $7 million in property tax revenue starting in year one, which will benefit schools, ambulance and fire districts and others located near the route in northeast Missouri.

The Grain Belt Express will utilize Missouri-based labor and manufacturing, including General Cable in Sedalia.

Missouri is the last of four states where approval is needed for the Grain Belt Express; regulatory commissions in Kansas, Illinois and Indiana have approved the project.

FERAL HOG HUNTING BANNED ON MDC LANDS AS OF SEPT. 30 6/24/16RK



These destructive feral hogs pollute a pristine spring in Ozark County. (Photo Courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation)

Hunting a pesky wild boar will be prohibited on Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) lands, effective later this year.

According to a release from the (MDC), at its meeting on June 24, the Missouri Conservation Commission approved changes to the Wildlife Code of Missouri that would prohibit the hunting of feral hogs on conservation areas and other lands owned, leased, or managed by the MDC.

The effective date of the regulation change will be September 30. Potential penalties for illegal hog hunting could include fines and the loss of hunting privileges.

The new regulation prohibiting hog hunting on MDC areas does not apply to private property.

The MDC discourages feral hog hunting in Missouri. Instead of hunting hogs to help reduce their numbers, the MDC encourages hunters and others to report feral-hog sightings to their local conservation agents or MDC offices. Staff can then confirm local numbers and locations, and determine how best to capture and eliminate the entire group of feral hogs.

For more information on feral hogs, visit the MDC website at www.mdc.mo.gov/feralhog.

C.A.R.T. TAX MONEY PAID OUT 6/24/16RK


Saline County cities have been paid some money due them from a tax received by the county.

At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday, Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr. talked about money that has been distributed.



C.A.R.T. is the County Aid Road Trust Tax.

Later in the morning, the commission went back in session and decided to reject all bids for the providing of food services for the Saline County Justice Facility. The four agencies who submitted bids will need to resubmit them by 3 p.m. on Monday, June 27. The commissioners will open the bids during their open-session meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 28.

MMU: CHANGING BULBS KEEPS COOLING BILLS DOWN IN HOT WEATHER 6/20/16CC


Officials with Marshall Municipal Utilities are reminding the public that hot weather means a spike in electricity usage, which can affect rates for the entire calendar year.

Spokesman Jeff Bergstrom says one hour of the highest overall usage each year sets the rate for all customers, and he says limiting the use of electricity during peak usage times can help keep costs down for everyone:



Bergstrom stresses limiting the use of washers, ovens and hot water heaters during peak times when demand is highest. Another tip, he says, is to think about changing your light bulbs:



Between noon and 6 p.m. are the key times of day to limit usage, according to Bergstrom. He adds that turning the thermostat to 78 or higher during hot weather can help save around 7% on your heating and cooling costs.

WALGREENS ORDERED TO PAY FOR MISSOURI LAW VIOLATIONS 6/17/16CC


Attorney General Chris Koster on Friday announced a Jackson County judge has found Walgreens violated a 2014 judgment 309 times by leaving sales tags on the shelves after a sale period expired, putting customers at risk for overcharges.

Koster's office says that in August 2013, the Attorney General sued Illinois-based Walgreens for violations of Missouri's consumer laws by displaying inaccurate sales tags, overcharging customers, and failing to remove expired sales tags. Koster's investigation found a correlation between expired sales tags and overcharges at the register. Walgreens employees told investigators that when a sale expires, a center computer system changes the prices whether or not the tags on the shelf are updated.

Despite the court-ordered consent judgment, Koster's investigators reported finding hundreds of sales tags displayed after the expiration date listed on the tag during inspections of 50 Missouri Walgreens stores in July-September 2015.

The judge found Walgreens violated the consent judgment and the court's order on 309 occasions and ordered the company to pay $309,000 in civil penalties ($1,000 for each violation).  The judge also found that Walgreens was aware not all sale tags were being removed within 12 hours of their offer expiring and that expired sale tags were resulting in overcharges to Missouri consumers.  

In addition to the penalties ordered, Walgreens has already paid the state of Missouri $165,000 for overcharging items purchased as part of pricing audits required by the judgment.
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