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SALINE CO. CRASH INJURES ONE 11/28/14CC


An Armstrong woman was injured Wednesday in a one-vehicle accident in Saline County.

According to the Highway Patrol, it happened when a westbound vehicle driven by 42-year-old Bridgett Bonen began to slide on slush-covered roadway. The 2011 Chevrolet ran off the side of the road and overturned.

Bonen received minor injuries and was taken to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment. Patrol reports say the crash happened around 6:00am Wednesday morning on Missouri 240, just east of Primrose Avenue in Saline County.

TEEN INJURED IN BENTON CRASH 11/28/14CC


A Warsaw teen escaped serious injury in a one-vehicle accident on Thanksgiving Day.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened around 6:00pm on Route BB, just east of Lake Road, where a southbound vehicle driven by 17-year-old Kylie Elam ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch.

The Patrol says Elam received minor injuries and was taken by Warsaw EMS to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.

S-C SERVICE PROJECT HELPS OUT FAMILIES 11/27/14RK


Tis the season to be thankful and the season to give...
And in that spirit, an area high school's student council's recent annual service project helped out needy families.

According to a release from Bob Satnan, Communications Director of Sedalia School District 200, Sedalia Smith-Cotton High School students and staff donated food and cash to fill Thanksgiving meal baskets for more than 25 families in need. Student Council members then put the baskets together and delivered them on the final day of class before Thanksgiving break, which was Tuesday.

Before leaving to make their deliveries, the students and Student Council adviser Greg Willson formed a "thankful circle" and shared what they are thankful for this season. Most students said their families and the chance to help their community before expressing their thanks for Wilson's guidance with a group hug.

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING SHOOTING INCIDENT IN MORGAN COUNTY 11/27/14RK


Authorities are investigating a shooting in Morgan County.

On Wednesday, November 26th, 2014, Morgan County Deputies, along with officers from the Versailles Police Department, responded to a residence on Second Street in Versailles to an alleged assault-in-progress call.

According to a release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a division of the Department of Public Safety, upon arrival, officers confronted a 41-year-old resident of Versailles, who had allegedly assaulted another individual.

While attempting to restrain the suspect, he was tazered twice, however, he was able to fire multiple rounds at the officers from his pistol. One of the rounds fired by the suspect ricocheted and struck a Morgan County Deputy, resulting in minor injuries.

Officers reportedly returned fire, resulting in the death of the suspect. An autopsy is currently being scheduled.

The investigation into the incident is being conducted by members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control.

MSHSAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS STILL A GO IN ST. LOUIS 11/27/14RK


A 47-year tradition for Missouri high school football-- will not be stopped by unrest in Ferguson.

The Missouri State High School Activities Association Show-Me Bowl is tomorrow and Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis.

The association's spokesman, Jason West, says they have not had to change their plans:



Fans and families have booked up the official hotel--West says.

There have been peaceful rallies in downtown St. Louis-- as well as stepped-up police protection.

 
----MISSOURINET

SALINE HEALTH BOARD DISCUSSES HOW TO USE FUNDS 11/27/14RK


During the meeting of the Saline County Health Department Board of Trustees this week, Administrator Lisa Thomas asked the board what should be done with some funds that were donated by a former physician for the department.



Thomas said the funds have been slowly dwindling, now at $912. She said the funds are restricted, so they can't use the funds for just anything.

After a short discussion, Thomas said she is going to talk more with another Dr. Melaine Elfrink about how the money can best be used.



In other business, the board was notified that the number of W.I.C. (Women-Infants-Children) clients are up from 754 last year to 814 this year.

Thomas said the next meeting of the Saline County Health Board of Trustees will be on Tuesday, December 23rd.

ARREST MADE IN COLUMBIA SHOOTING INCIDENT 11/27/14RK


Columbia Police have made an arrest in a shooting incident that occurred back in October.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, a 22-year-old Columbia man was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a shooting that happened on October 12th of this year in the 1000 block of Broadway East.

The male suspect was picked up on an outstanding warrant for the shooting. He was arrested for Unlawful Use of Weapons with a bond set at $50,000.

NEW FRANKLIN MAN HURT IN HOWARD CRASH 11/27/14RK


A one-vehicle accident in Howard County on Wednesday evening caused minor injuries to a New Franklin man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when a northbound Ford F-150, driven by 43-year-old Timothy Merhoff, traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck several trees, overturned and came to rest on its top.

Merhoff was transported to Cooper County Hospital in Boonville for treatment.

The accident occurred at 7:30pm on Missouri Highway 87.

CHARITON CRASH INJURES KANSAS RESIDENT 11/27/14RK


A Kansas resident suffered minor injuries in a car crash in Chariton County on Wednesday evening.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when an eastbound Chevrolet, driven by 71-year-old William Braden, traveled off the right side of the roadway and impacted a ditch.

Braden was transported by Chariton County Ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The accident happened at 6:00pm on U.S. highway 24, two miles east of Salisbury.

INDEPENDENCE MAN INJURED IN LAFAYETTE CRASH 11/27/14


A one-car accident in Lafayette County on Wednesday afternoon caused serious injuries to an Independence man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a northbound car, driven by 69-year-old Herbert Reinitz, traveled through the intersection of U.S. Highway 24 and Missouri Highway 23 and struck a sign and an embankment on the north side of U.S. Highway 24.

Reinitz was transported to Lafayette Regional Health Center by Lexington Ambulance for treatment.

The accident happened just before 6:00pm.

LEXINGTON COUNCIL APPROVES WATER TAP, SEWER FEE CHANGES 11/26/14CC


At this week's meeting of the Lexington City Council, members approved some changes to water tap and sewer fees for new homes built in the city.

City Administrator Mark Rounds explains the city's new water tap fee:



Rounds says changes will also occur in the price new home owners pay to hook up to the city sewer system:



Council members this week also approved changing municipal court dates from the second Wednesday of each month to the third Thursday of each month; they also approved the resignation of Marjorie Hoefsteter from the Housing Authority and approved the appointment of Alma Watt to the Housing Authority.

MORNING CRASH INJURES NEW FRANKLIN WOMAN 11/26/14CC


A Howard County motorist suffered serious injuries Wednesday in a one-vehicle rollover crash just south of Fayette.

The Highway Patrol says it happened when 23-year-old Jody Sampo, of New Franklin, was southbound and ran off the left side of the roadway. The vehicle struck an embankment and overturned, ejecting the driver.

Sampo was taken by ambulance for treatment to University Hospital in Columbia. Patrol reports say the crash happened around 8:30am Wednesday morning on Missouri Highway 5, one mile south of Fayette.

M.D.C. TOUTS DEER HUNTING BENEFITS FOR MISSOURI 11/26/14CC


The Annual Firearms Deer Season in Missouri not only draws hunters to the woods to test their skills, but also brings many other benefits to the state.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, activities related to deer hunting and watching annually contribute $1 billion in economic activity to state and local economies, and support more than 12,000 Missouri jobs. Many Missouri meat processors, taxidermists, hotels, restaurants, sporting goods stores, and other businesses rely on deer hunting as a significant source of revenue.

The Show-Me State’s white-tailed deer resource also helps feed needy Missourians through the Share the Harvest program. Share the Harvest brings together thousands of deer hunters, more than 130 participating meat processors, the Conservation Department, the Conservation Federation of Missouri, and numerous supporting organizations to channel ground venison to tens of thousands of hungry Missouri families each year through donations to local food banks and food pantries.

Since 1992, Missouri hunters have donated more than 3.1 million pounds of venison to the needy through Share the Harvest.

In addition, thousands of private landowners manage their land for deer and deer hunting, and rely on deer and deer hunting to maintain property values.

NOVEMBER DEER HARVEST UP FROM LAST YEAR 11/26/14CC


Missouri hunters went on to check a total of 167,205 deer during firearms deer season November 15th through the 25th. The number exceeds last year’s harvest of 157,273.

The Missouri Department of Conservation reports the top harvest counties were Howell with 3,418 deer checked; Franklin with 3,338 and Texas with 3,170.

In the KMMO listening area, Cooper County led the way with 1,420 deer harvested during the season, with Howard County not far behind at 1,401. Pettis County hunters checked 1,378 deer, followed by Chariton with 1,361, Carroll with 1,311, Saline with 1,300 and Lafayette with 851.

This year’s harvest is 6-percent larger than last year’s figure and 10 percent below the previous 5-year average for the November portion of firearms deer season. When added to the previous, urban, and early youth portions of this year’s firearms deer season the November portion harvest brings the year-to-date total to 185,890.

Twenty-five days of firearms deer hunting remain in the antlerless, alternative-methods and late youth portions of deer season. Archery deer season runs through January 15th.

CORDER MAN INVOLVED IN ROLLOVER CRASH 11/26/14CC


A one-vehicle rollover crash in Lafayette County on Wednesday caused injuries to a Corder motorist.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 65-year-old Dennis Schneider was traveling northbound and began to slide on snow and slush in the roadway. His 2008 Dodge crossed over the highway and hit an embankment before overturning and coming to rest on its top.

Schneider received minor injuries in the crash and reportedly sought his own treatment. Patrol reports say the crash happened around 4:45am Wednesday morning on Route BB at Highway 24, about five miles west of Waverly.

COUNTY TO RECEIVE B.R.O. FUNDS 11/26/14RK


Saline County Auditor Tara Vogelsmeier said the county will be receiving some funds and made a request at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Wednesday.



The commissioners OK'd the request, which Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner said are funds for work on Bridge No. 46.

The commissioners also recognized several county employees for their years of service, ranging from five to 15 years of service to the Saline County Sheriff's Department, the Saline County Clerk's office and the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.

Commissioners also approved receiving a $3,000 in repayment of funds to the commission from the Saline County Preservation Commission.

SALINE COMMISSION OK'S REQUEST FOR UP-FRONT FUNDS 11/26/14RK


Jessica Goodman, mapping specialist in the Saline County Clerk's office and the chairperson for the Saline County Historical Preservation Commission, was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Wednesday to make a request for up-front funds for Saline County to host an upcoming meeting and training session called CAMP, Commission Assistance Mentoring Program.



Goodman said in order for the attendees to get the best training possible, specialized topics also will be presented and discussed.



Goodman said the event dates have not been set yet, but she's thinking it will be either May or June. She is hoping the training will draw about 200 people from around the state. She says the total cost of the event would be a little more than $11,000.

Saline County Commissioners approved fronting the fee, which be returned to the Saline County Commission via a $7,000 grant from the state of Missouri and more than $3,800 in donated hours of work time by Goodman.

FATE OF KEMPER ARENA UP IN THE AIR 11/26/14


A member of the Kansas City Council says the debate over what to do with the crumbling Kemper Arena has gone south.

The American Royal abruptly cut off talks with the city over the arenas future. An attorney for the American Royal says a reasonable plan was offered and encountered substantial resistance, so talks were broken off. The Royal has a 30-year lease.

It wanted the city to help tear down Kemper and replace it with a smaller building, using 30-million dollars in tax money. Council member Ed Ford says maybe Kemper should just be shut down for good.

 
--MISSOURINET

PRICES AT THE PUMP CONTINUE TO GO DOWN 11/26/14


On the eve of Thanksgiving, a day when many travelers will be hitting the road, gas prices continue to dip a bit.

According to missourigasprices.com, there are a number of options in the KMMO listening area where the price per gallon of regular unleaded is near or below $2.40.

The cheapest price in the area is $2.38 at the Love's and Pilot locations in Boonville. At three other locations in Boonville, the price is $2.39. At two area Casey's General Stores, one in New Franklin and one in Fayette, the price is $2.41 and $2.43, respectively.

At seven locations in Sedalia and at Casey's in La Monte, the price is $2.45.

At Conoco at the Marshall Junction, a gallon regular unleaded gas costs $2.49.

In Marshall, the lowest price is $2.53 at the four Casey's.

According to the website, the national average is up one cent from Monday to $2.81, while the average in Missouri is down a penny at $2.55.

JOHNSON CRASH INJURES K.C. WOMAN 11/26/14RK


A two-vehicle accident in Johnson County on Tuesday evening caused minor injuries to a Kansas City woman.

According to a report from the Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a westbound 2007 Chevrolet, driven by 21-year-old Jamie McKown, of Sedalia, changed from the left lane to the right lane of the highway and struck a westbound 2001 Chrysler, driven by 22-year-old DeAnn Warren, of Kansas City.

Warren reportedly refused treatment at the scene, while McKown was not injured.

The crash happened at 6:45pm on westbound U.S. Highway 50 at Missouri Highway 58.

PETTIS CRASH INJURES PILOT GROVE MAN 11/26/14RK


A tractor-trailer accident in Pettis County on Tuesday afternoon caused moderate injuries to a Pilot Grove man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a westbound 2005 International, driven by 33-year-old Brian Fahrendorf, ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a field entrance, causing the trailer to overturn.

Fahrendorf was transported the Bothwell Regional Hospital in Sedalia by Pettis County E.M.S. for treatment.

The accident happened at 4:25pm on Route HH, just west of Glenn Road.

HIGHWAY PATROL ANNOUNCES OPERATION C.A.R.E. 11/25/14CC


The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) during the holiday. The Patrol says available officer will be on the road enforcing traffic laws and assisting motorists.

Additionally, Troop A officers will be conducting a 20-Mile Trooper project to maximize visibility on major area roadways, including Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 50 on Wednesday, November 26th and Sunday, November 30th.

During the enforcement program, troopers will be assigned to 20-mile intervals in an effort to enforce all traffic violations, emphasizing aggressive driving violations, with a goal of reducing traffic crashes over the holiday weekend.

In support of "The Drive To ZERO Highway Deaths," the Patrol encourages motorists to protect themselves and their passengers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint.

MODOT TO HALT WORK FOR HOLIDAY WEEKEND 11/25/14CC


From the Missouri Department of Transportation:

As Missourians are preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving and holiday shopping on Black Friday, the Missouri Department of Transportation is taking steps to help keep traffic moving. MODOT will halt temporary lane closures throughout the state this week to accommodate an increase in traffic due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Work will stop at noon on Wednesday, November 26th, and resume again Monday morning, December 1st. MODOT says some long-term lane and bridge closures will remain in place, particularly where bridge construction and repairs are under way.

On Friday, November 28th, MODOT staff will be monitoring signal timing at intersections on state roads adjacent to major shopping centers. In addition, the University of Missouri-Columbia has a home football game and heavy traffic is expected Friday morning along Interstate 70 and especially in the immediate Columbia vicinity. Motorists attending the game should plan extra travel time to make it to the game in time for the early afternoon kickoff.

For more information about projects or work zones statewide, look on MODOT'S interactive traveler information map at www.modot.org or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).

INVESTIGATION OPENS INTO MARSHALL SHOOTING 11/25/14CC


Authorities in Marshall continue their investigation into an alleged shooting that took place last week.

A release from Marshall Police says that on November 18th at around 1:10am, Saline County 911 received an emergency call from a resident on Morgan Street stating that a man had been shot. Police and ambulance arrived on the scene shortly after and began treatment on a 23-year-old Marshall man for a gunshot wound.

The unidentified man was taken from the scene to Marshall Municipal Airport where he was placed on a helicopter and transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. His condition is currently unknown.

No suspect information has been made available. Authorities have begun an investigation into the incident and are asking anyone in the public with information to contact the Marshall Police Department at 886-7411 or through their website at www.marshallpolice.com.

MARSHALL MAN FACES TWO DRUG CHARGES 11/25/14CC


An area man will appear in court Wednesday morning on narcotics charges after his arrest over the weekend.

According to Marshall Police, 35-year-old DeAngelo Washington, of Marshall, was arrested Saturday night on a warrant for two felony drug charges. Police received a tip from a citizen that led them to Washington's location; he was reportedly taken into custody around 11:00pm Saturday night after leading officers on a foot pursuit.

Washington is charged with one count of Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and one count of Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance. He is scheduled to appear for arraignment in Saline County Circuit Court at 9:00am Wednesday morning.

M.M.U. BOARD MEETS WEDNESDAY 11/25/14CC


The Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works meets for a regular session meeting on Wednesday, November 26th.

Items on the agenda include a THM/HAA reduction project, as well as a Marshall-Saline Development Corporation representative and business involving Central Missouri Agriservice.

The meeting gets underway at 8:30am at the M.M.U. office located at 75 East Morgan in Marshall.

COLUMBIA MAN INJURED IN VEHICLE-DEER CRASH 11/25/14RK


A vehicle-deer crash in Benton County on Monday afternoon has caused minor injuries to a Columbia man.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says, the accident occurred as a westbound 2005 Toyota, driven by 55-year-old Kevin John, collided with a deer in the roadway.

John was transported by Cole Camp E.M.S. to Bothwell Regional Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.

The accident happened at 5:40pm on Missouri Highway 52, two miles west of Cole Camp.

MOBERLY RESIDENT HURT IN HOWARD COUNTY CRASH 11/25/14RK


A Moberly resident suffered injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Howard County on Monday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as an eastbound Ford F-250, driven by 26-year-old Patrick Davis, of Moberly, reportedly crossed the center line, traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a westbound Dodge Durango, driven by 43-year-old Jody Sanders, of Glasgow, and a ditch.

Both drivers were reportedly uninjured, but 36-year-old Jeremy Kirlin, a passenger in the Davis vehicle, suffered minor injuries and was transported by private vehicle from the scene.

The accident happened just before 4:00pm on Route "T," one mile east of County Road 329.

MU EXTENSION TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE IN WARRENSBURG 11/25/14RK


An area city will host an open house for the University of Missouri Extension next month.

According to a release from the extension, the open house will be held from 2:00-4:00pm on Saturday, December 6th in the lobby of the Johnson County Courthouse in Warrensburg.

The event will take place just prior to the downtown lighting ceremony being held on the courthouse lawn.

Hot beverages and cookies will be served, and information will be available about the programs and resources available through MU Extension, including 4-H and Master Gardeners.

For more information, call (660) 747-3193 or visit the University of Missouri Extension's website.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT SET FOR SUNDAY IN MARSHALL 11/25/14RK


The Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra and the Marshall Community Chorus will hold their annual joint Christmas concert at Bueker Middle School in Marshall this Sunday, November 30th.

The concert is set to start at 2:30pm in the Harold L. Lickey Auditorium.

Donations of nonperishable food items also will be collected for the local food pantry.

WOMAN'S DEAD BODY FOUND IN CARTER COUNTY 11/25/14


A partly decomposed woman's body has been found by a hunter in a wooded area along U.S. Highway 60 in Carter County.

An autopsy is scheduled for today as investigators try to determine the woman's name, age and the cause of her death.

The hunter called for help a little after 4:00pm on Sunday.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control is helping the Carter County Sheriff's Office investigate the death.

 
--MISSOURINET
 

MAR-SALINE BRANCH OF N.A.A.C.P. ELECTS OFFICERS 11/25/14RK


A local branch of the N.A.A.C.P held a meeting and elections on Monday evening in Marshall.

According to a release from election supervisory committee chair Bryon Jacques, Clyde Williams, of Marshall, was elected President of the Mar-Saline Branch of the N.A.A.C.P.

Other persons voted into positions were: Sam Moten, of Marshall, as Vice President; Aaron Haynes, of Higginsville, as Secretary; and Evelyn Trigg, of Lexington, as Assistant Secretary.

The release says these members will take office in January at the installment ceremony at the annual Martin Luther King breakfast. The free open-to-the-public breakfast is scheduled for 7:00am on January 19th at the annex of the First United Methodist Church at 225 East Arrow Street in Marshall.

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD 11/24/14


At a lengthy meeting of the Marshall School Board Monday evening, the board tabled changes in the catastrophic sick leave policy of the district, asking that it go back for more enforcement provisions to prevent abuse of the policy.

The board also voted to rent out 26 acres of farmland owned by the district along Lincoln Street to Ken Gieringer at a bid price of $3,125; Gieringer will make repairs to terraces and drainage tile.

The board set filing dates for the April election to begin on December 16th and to run through January 20th during regular business hours.

Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher also talked about how the board is looking at more than the immediate concerns of the district with regard to facilities:



Maher also told the board that budget amendments would be ready for the next board meeting, with first indications being that the district is receiving more revenue than expected in some areas, but areas are also showing more expenses.

A classified staff handbook was also approved by the board.

SFCC PREPARES FOR "JINGLE ON THE GREEN" 11/24/14CC


State Fair Community College invites the community to its seventh annual "Jingle on the Green" from 6:00-8:00pm on Thursday, December 4th on the Sedalia campus.

The free community holiday celebration will feature thousands of luminarias, holiday music and desserts. The public is invited to stroll the campus, view the lights and visit holiday-themed stations with festively decorated trees.

Parking will be available in all lots on campus.

For a complete list of musical offerings for the evening, contact SFCC at (660) 596-7250 or visit www.sfccmo.edu.

BOONVILLE ALT ENERGY PROGRAM BREAKS NEW GROUND 11/24/14CC


The Boonville R-I School District made a big announcement at their most recent monthly school board meeting.

Superintendent Dr. Mark Ficken talks about the news:



Ficken says the project has been in the works for a while now:



In other business, the Board approved the filing dates for the April Municipal Election and learned that the 2013-2014 audit showed a clean bill of financial health for the district.

ODESSA BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEET MONDAY 11/24/14CC


The City of Odessa's Board of Aldermen meets in regular session on Monday, November 24th. The evening begins with a public hearing on a conditional use permit at 7:30pm, followed by the regular session meeting.

Items on the agenda include approval of the purchase of a transformer for the Northwest Wastewater Treatment Plant, approval of an application with the state Department of Natural Resources for loans under the Clean Water Act and authorization for the city to pursue Community Development Block Grant Funds from the Department of Economic Development.

An executive session is also scheduled for legal matters.

DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA EVENT SET FOR DECEMBER 5TH 11/24/14RK


Every holiday season, the 43 not-so-square blocks of downtown of an area city come to life.

According to a news release from the City of Columbia, the city's Living Windows Festival is coming up on December 5th.

From 6:00-8:00pm on that Friday, downtown Columbia will be transformed into a boutique of open houses, strolling carolers, holiday treats and visits with Santa Claus.

All of this is against a backdrop of Christmas lights and garland.

For more information on the event, you can call (573) 442-6816 or visit DiscoverTheDistrict.com.

SECURITY OPTIONS TALKED ABOUT AT NEW FRANKLIN B.O.E. MEETING 11/24/14RK


The most recent meeting of the New Franklin R-1 Board of Education was a quiet one, according to Superintendent David Haggard.

He said the board received various reports and was advised of the candidate filing parameters for the Municipal Election in April 2015.

Haggard said he also notified the board that 2015 will be the year the district will need to purchase a new bus, and he said the board also still is mulling over options for security measures to be taken, which might include replacement of the entry doors on the 65-year-old school. The current doors on both sets of buildings do not have the capability to have the buzzing system installed, he said.

He said they are still in the planning phases. If this work is forthcoming, it probably will be done during the summer months.

But Haggard said there might be other options for security measures, in the meantime, as well.



The security options are still being talked about.

PRICES AT THE PUMP CONTINUE TO SHRINK 11/24/14RK


Prices at the pump continue to be getting more affordable, and there are a number of locations in Missouri with prices under $2.50 per gallon for regular unleaded.

According to missourigasprices.com, there are six locations in Missouri where the price is $2.38 per gallon. Three of those locations are in Festus, in the St. Louis Metro area.

According to the website, the national average is $2.80 per gallon, and the average per gallon in Missouri is $2.56.

In Marshall, the lowest price the website says is $2.55 at the four Casey's General Stores.

In the KMMO listening area, there are six locations in Boonville where the price per gallon has dipped to $2.42. At six locations in Sedalia, the price is listed as $2.47 per gallon. At two other locations in Sedalia and one in La Monte, the price is $2.48.

At four locations in Concordia, two in Sweet Springs and one in each Nelson and New Franklin, the price is $2.53 per gallon.

FOREIGN STUDENTS PUMPS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO ECONOMY 11/24/14RK


More students from foreign countries than ever before are going to college in Missouri. That means a lot of money for the state's economy. Higher Education officials estimate international students will add more than one-half million dollars to the state's economy this year. Chairwman Karla McCollum of the Study Missouri Consortium says record numbers have enrolled for this school year--18,250.



McCollum says only eleven states have more.



McCollum says five countries supply about two thirds of the international students attending Missouri's colleges and universities. She says 34 percent are from China, 14 percent are from India, eight percent from Saudi Arabia, five percent from South Korea and two percent from Brazil.

 
-MISSOURINET

KNOB NOSTER MAN INJURED IN JOHNSON ACCIDENT 11/24/14RK


A Knob Noster man was injured in a one-car accident in Johnson County on Sunday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as 28-year-old Matthew Lewman lost control of his southbound 2003 Ford on wet pavement. The vehicle crossed the center line of the road, ran off the left side of the roadway, overturned and struck a fence.

Lewman, who suffered moderate injuries, was transported to Lee's Summit Hospital by Johnson County E.M.S. for treatment.

The crash occurred just before 3:30pm on Missouri Highway 23, less than a mile north of County Road Southeast 350.

EXPIRED GIFT CARDS COULD STILL BE VALUABLE 11/24/14RK


Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel is reminding Missourians to keep old gift cards.

In a release from Zweifel, he says gift cards or certificates that go unused or get lost never lose their value. Instead, they are turned over to Zweifel's office as Unclaimed Property until the original owner or heir claims it.

Of the $822 million in Unclaimed Property held by Zweifel, more than $8 million comes from gift cards and certificates.

Zweifel says, if you miss the expiration date, you may be able to redeem the value of the card from the Unclaimed Property team at ShowMeMoney.com. Visit the website for more details.

BOONE AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING ALLEGED BURGLARY 11/24/14RK


Authorities in Boone County are investigating an alleged burglary.

According to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, deputies responded to the 1700 block of El Chaparral Avenue in the El Chaparral Subdivision in Columbia just before 2:00pm on Sunday with the report of an alleged forced entry into a residence. Reportedly, numerous items of value were taken from the residence.

The release says several witnesses in the area observed two black males entering the residence while another served as a lookout. The suspects left the residence on foot after the homeowner returned.

A K9 unit with the sheriff's department was able to track the suspects and retrieved some of the property the suspects discarded in a wooded area. The track was eventually lost in another subdivision. The suspects were not located.

Anyone with information about the incident is being urged to call Crime Stoppers at (573) 875-TIPS or the Boone County Sheriff's Department at (573) 875-1111.

CITY OF SEDALIA HOLIDAY PUBLIC SERVICES SCHEDULE 11/23/14RK


An area city has released its public services schedule for the upcoming holiday week.

The city of Sedalia will observe the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th.

According to a news release from the city, offices in the Municipal Building will be closed in observance of the holiday. All city offices will reopen on Monday, December 1st for normal business hours.

The refuse collection for this week will change a bit, as well.

Pick up for Monday and Tuesday, November 24th and 25th, will be on the normal schedule. However, Thursday, November 27th's pick up will be on Wednesday, November 26th. There will be no pick up on Friday, November 28th.

WELLINGTON TEEN HURT IN LAFAYETTE CRASH 11/23/14RK


A one-vehicle accident in Lafayette County on Saturday night caused moderate injuries to a Wellington teenager.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as the 15-year-old driver of an eastbound Ford F-150, reportedly lost control of the vehicle in a parking lot. The truck struck a curb, went airborne and struck an embankment and overturned.

The 15-year-old was reportedly not injured, but suffering injuries was a 14-year-old passenger, who was reportedly taken by private vehicle to Lafayette County Regional Hospital for treatment.

The accident occurred in the Lions Club parking lot in Wellington at 8:30pm.

JOHNSON CRASH INJURES WARRENSBURG MAN 11/23/14RK


A Warrensburg man suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Johnson County early this morning.

According to a Highway Patrol report, the accident occurred as a northbound Chevrolet Blazer, driven by 20-year-old Zerrick Rawling, of Warrensburg, attempted to complete a left-hand turn onto Missouri Highway 58 from a stop. But the vehicle accelerated, losing traction. The vehicle crossed the center line, traveled off the left side of the road and overturned.

Rawling was transported to Lee's Summit Medical Center by Johnson County Ambulance for treatment.

The accident happened at Route "VV" and Missouri Highway 58 just after midnight this morning.

WARRENSBURG MAN KILLED IN JOHNSON TRACTOR ACCIDENT 11/23/14RK


A tractor accident in Johnson County on Saturday evening caused fatal injuries to a Warrensburg man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as an eastbound Case Magnum 215 Tractor towing another unit, driven by 33-year-old James Eichler, of Warrensburg, traveled off the right side of the roadway, over a private driveway, struck a mailbox and the towed unit struck a fence. Eichler was reportedly ejected out of the left-side window and run over by the tractor and its towed unit. The tractor continued traveling until coming to rest on another county road.

Eichler was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Steve Brace just before 9:00pm.

The accident happened just before 6:30pm on County Road Northwest 1050, one-tenth of a mile west of County Road Northwest 21.

SEVERAL AREA BLOOD DRIVES THIS WEEK 11/23/24RK


There will be a few opportunities for you to donate blood at area Red Cross Blood drives coming up this week.

The first one is in Cooper County on Monday.

The drive will be held from 2:45-7:00pm at the Blackwater Depot Community Center at 200 Railroad Avenue in Blackwater.

On Tuesday, there will be a blood drive in Howard County at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 701 First Street in Glasgow from 2:00-6:00pm.

On Friday, there will be a drive in Carroll County at the Bogard Community Center at 100 West 3rd Street in Bogard from 2:00-6:00pm.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-(800)-RED-CROSS. You also can download the Red Cross app from app stores for donation locations and other information.

DONATIONS NEEDED FOR FITZGIBBON FOOD DRIVE 11/23/14RK


'Tis the season for giving, and four area facilities are conducting a charity drive to help out needy families.

Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall and its medical clinics: Grand River Medical Clinic in Brunswick; Akeman-McBurney Medical Clinic in Slater; and Fitzgibbon Family Health in Fayette; are conducting a food drive now through December 12th. The beginning of the food drive coincides with the Thanksgiving holiday.

According to a release from Ftizgibbon Hospital, the food drive held by the organization in 2013 brought in more than 375 pounds of food for those in need.

Residents of these communities are encouraged to bring donations of nonperishable food items to collection receptacles in each location. Of particular need are protein-rich nonperishables and canned goods, peanut butter and canned meats such as chicken and tuna.

Food collected at Fitzgibbon Hospital will benefit the Community Food Pantry in Marshall. The Slater collection will go to the food pantry at First Baptist Church in Slater. Food collected in Brunswick will go to the Chartion County Food Pantry and the Fayette location to the Fayette Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry.

FARM BUREAU RELEASES ANNUAL THANKSGIVING COST SURVEY 11/22/14CC


The Missouri Farm Bureau says the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal in Missouri will cost slightly more than the national average in 2014.

The average cost of the dinner for ten people in the Show-Me state this year is estimated to ring in at $50.52, or about $5.05 per person. That figure is a bit higher than the national average of $49.41, or about $4.94 per person.

Each year the Bureau conducts the annual Marketbasket Survey to track prices for the items used most often to prepare a Thanksgiving Day meal-- a 16-pound turkey, cubed stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberries, peas, rolls with butter, and carrot and celery sticks. The list also includes milk and coffee for drinks and two pumpkin pies with whipped cream for dessert.

The survey finds turkey prices in Missouri to be about ten cents cheaper per pound compared to the national average, while items from the dairy case are running higher than the national cost. The highest individual price increase from last year can be found when purchasing sweet potatoes, due to increased demand.

HOWARD COUNTY BRIDGE WORK 11/22/14CC


Missouri Department of Transportation crews will be busy working on a Howard County bridge over the next two weeks.

At the Route 5 bridge over Bear Creek in Glasgow, maintenance will take place Monday, November 24th through Friday, December 5th. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

For questions or more information contact MODOT toll-free at (888) ASK-MODOT or visit www.modot.org.

SEVEN STATE PARKS TO CLOSE FOR MANAGED HUNTS 11/22/14CC


Deer hunters will have an opportunity to harvest a whitetail deer in seven Missouri state parks during managed deer hunts to alleviate deer overpopulations on December 13th and 14th. During the hunts, the parks will be closed to all visitors, except already approved deer hunters.

By law, state parks are established as wildlife refuges and hunting is not permitted except under special circumstances. These special hunts are being used as a resource management tool because the deer population is too large for the environment of the park and resources in the park are being damaged.

The hunts will be conducted following guidelines established by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Hunters who will be participating submitted special applications this summer for the Department of Conservation’s special managed hunts and selected through a random computer drawing. Only those hunters who already have a special permit will be allowed to participate in the hunts.

Area parks that will close for the managed hunts are Crowder State Park near Trenton and Pershing State Park near Brookfield.

NEW ONLINE OPTION FOR SALVATION ARMY GIVING 11/22/14CC


For the first time ever, Missouri residents can give online to the Salvation Army through its Online Red Kettle program. Jefferson City Corp Officer Christopher White says a lot of today's transactions don't happen with cash.



White says the traditional bell ringers will still be at retail locations, but the new system is another way of giving to the work of the Salvation Army.

ENERGY OFFICIALS TOUT NATURAL GAS SUPPLIES, BENEFITS 11/22/14CC


State Energy Director Lewis Mills says natural gas is increasing as a power-generating source, but not as rapidly as it is in some other states. He says it is growing, however, as a transportation fuel.

He says compressed natural gas filling stations are starting to crop up and some businesses are seeing natural gas as an alternative to gasoline or diesel fuel. Mills says he thinks all of that might have an impact on the prices Missourians are paying at the pump for diesel fuel and gasoline.



Mills says supplies are probably the best they've been in a generation.

SLATER SCHOOLS MAKE STRIDES WITH SIDEWALK PROJECT 11/21/14CC


An area school district is moving closer to completing a project aimed at making the walk to school a little easier and safer for students.

The Slater School District has a substantial amount of their ongoing asphalt project completed, according to Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz:



Lorenz says the Safe Routes to Schools Project is a partnership with MODOT to make sure all school grounds are handicapped-accessible:



Lorenz gave the project update at this week's meeting of the Slater School Board.

FAYETTE B.O.E. FILLS OPEN SEAT 11/21/14CC


A vacancy on the Fayette R-3 Board of Education has been filled following the board's monthly meeting on Thursday.

Board members spent time interviewing two candidates, Jean Schmidt and Larry Anderson, at the meeting and later voted to appoint Anderson to the seat. Anderson will serve on the board until the April Municipal Election, when voters will select a candidate to fulfill the remaining two-year term. Board members also approved the filing dates for the April election.

In other business, board members unanimously approved a Bus Rotation and Replacement Plan on the recommendation of Superintendent Dr. Tamara Kimball. A release from the district say busses will be cycled out and replaced within a ten-year period in the interest of safety.

The 2013-14 district audit was unanimously approved by board members on Thursday, as well as a proposed two-hour late start policy in the case of inclement weather.

SLATER ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL TO RESIGN 11/21/14CC


After its monthly board meeting this past week, the Slater School District has learned it will soon have a vacancy to fill in the principal's office.

Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz says the announcement came out of the board's closed executive session on Thursday night:



Lorenz says Marriott had a positive impact on the district during her six years on the job.



Marriott's resignation becomes effective at the end of the school year and Lorenz says the district will begin the process of seeking out her replacement in the coming months.

HIGGINSVILLE B.O.E. APPROVES ANNUAL AUDIT 11/21/14CC


At this week's meeting of the Lafayette County C-1 Board of Education, board members gave their approval to the district's 2013-14 audit.

Superintendent David Figg says he and the members of the Higginsville School Board were pleased to learn the district has received a clean bill of financial health:



Figg says the board also took time to recognize the Husker football and volleyball teams for their championship seasons in the MRVCE conference as well as the high school student council, who recently received a high honor:



He says students from across western and northern Missouri will attend the student council event next fall, which is estimated to bring some 600-800 students onto the Higginsville campus.

HOWARD COMMISSION CONSIDERING BIDS FOR LOW BOY 11/21/14RK


At the most recent meeting of the Howard County Commission, the commission learned all of the renovations to the Howard County Courthouse, including new windows and beams, has been completed.

The commission also has been taking some bids on a Low Boy, which will be used to haul equipment that cannot be driven on the roads, according to Presiding Commissioner Lowell Eaton. He said a decision on the bid that will be accepted could come as early as today. But commissioners are contacting each bidder to make sure the Low Boy has all of the necessary bells and whistles they want.

Eaton also said the commission had to revise its budget some due to a few bills being a little higher than expected.

MARSHALL B.O.E. TOURS HAB CENTER FACILITIES 11/21/14RK


On Thursday morning, members of the Marshall Board of Education took a short field trip.

It was a working field trip to the Marshall Habilitation Center to look at its buildings and overall facilities and grounds.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher said they know the habilitation center's consumers and personnel will be moving out in the near future and the district wants to keeps its options open.



Dr. Maher said the district needs to look down the road, not just at today.



She said the biggest thing is being open and transparent with the citizens of the community, letting them know there are no secrets. She said it's a community effort and they are going to ask the community's input on decisions, trying to make the situation the best for the students in Marshall Public Schools.

MVC STUDENT-ATHLETE TO COMPETE AT N.F.R. 11/21/14RK


A Missouri Valley College student-athlete will be competing in a sport on the national level next month.Senior Tim O'Connell will be competing as a bareback rider at the National Finals Rodeo, a 10-day event that starts on Thursday, December 4th in Las Vegas.

According to Valley Rodeo head coach Ken Mason, it is a rare feat for a rider as young as O'Connell, a Zwingle, Iowa native, to get to the NFR.



O'Connell, who competed last year at the NFR in the Rookie Invitational Bareback competition, is an amazing athlete, Mason said.



Valley junior Cole Picton, of Unionville, Mo., will compete at the Rookie Invitational Bareback competition this year, as well.

SFCC ARTS AND CRAFT SHOW SET FOR DECEMBER 6 11/21/14RK


A total of 140 vendors will be selling various items at the State Fair Community College 11th Annual Arts and Crafts show in December.

The show, which is set for 9:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday, December 6th, will include items such as handmade crafts, jewelry, accessories, toys and food items, in the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center on the Sedalia campus.

Admission is free. The State Fair Community College Booster Club will offer concessions.

For more information, call (660) 530-5808 or go to the school's website.

MENDON WOMAN HURT IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY CRASH 11/21/14RK


A one-vehicle crash on Thursday night in Lafayette County has caused serious injuries to a Mendon woman.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as an eastbound 2007 Jeep, driven by 61-year-old Gloria Foster, traveled off the right side of the roadway, down a steep embankment and struck another embankment before coming to rest.

Foster was transported by Life Flight to Truman Medical Center in Kansas City for treatment.

The accident occurred at 8:25pm on U.S. Highway 24, one mile east of Missouri Highway 23.

GLASGOW SCHOOL BOARD MEETING 11/20/14CC


The Glasgow School Board met in regular session on Wednesday of this week.

Board members approved candidate filing dates for the April election, approved the district audit report and discussed the results of the recent Proposition I tax increase on the November 4th ballot, which was rejected by district voters.

The board also recognized the cross country teams on their recently-concluded seasons and thanked everyone involved with the district's Veterans Day ceremony. They also received an overview of upcoming district events, including the annual Glasgow Basketball Tournament December 1st through the 6th.

COLUMBIA POLICE SEARCH FOR BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT 11/20/14CC


Columbia Police are investigating an alleged bank robbery that took place on Thursday afternoon.

According to a release from Columbia Police, officers were dispatched to an alarm at Central Bank of Missouri in the 2000 block of Range Line Street at around 1:15pm, where witnesses told officers that a male subject entered the bank, demanded money from the teller and then fled the area on a bicycle.

The man reportedly told the teller he had a gun, although no weapon was ever displayed at the scene. No one was reported injured in the incident.

The suspect is described as a while male, mid to late 20's, approximately 5'10" and weighing about 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a ball cap, sunglasses, dark colored jacket and jeans.

Anyone with information in the case is urged to contact the Columbia Police Department at (573) 874-7448 or the Crime Stoppers hotline at (573) 875-TIPS.

SEAT OPEN ON WARRENSBURG COUNCIL 11/20/14CC


One open seat on the Warrensburg City Council will be up for grabs in the April 2015 Municipal Election, as current Councilman Baird Brock will be ineligible to run again due to term limits.

A release from the city says anyone interested in filing for the seat must at least twenty-one years old, a resident of the city of Warrensburg for at least one year before the election as well as a legal resident of the United States. In addition, the candidate must complete an affidavit stating they are not currently aware of any delinquency in state income taxes, personal property taxes, municipal taxes or real estate taxes.

Filing dates for the April Municipal Election run from Tuesday, December 16th, at 8:00am until Tuesday, January 20th at 5:00pm. for more information contact City Clerk Cindy Gabel at (660) 262-4605 or stop by the Clerk's office at 102A South Holden in Warrensburg during regular business hours.

WARRENSBURG MOVES SEWER BILLING IN-HOUSE 11/20/14CC


The city of Warrensburg has announced some changes in the way customers pay their sewer bills.

Effective this week, all billing, collections, shut-offs, questions and concerns will now be handled by the City of Warrensburg Sewer Utility Billing Department. A release from the city says officials have been working over the past several months to transition all sewer billing business in-house.

The city has also put "zone billing" into place, which officials say will allow residents to receive their sewer and water bills at around the same time and make billing more timely and accurate.

Residents can expect to see their new bills by next week, although online billing information and service is being delayed until the city can assure that all online transactions are secure.

Customers can view the new bill format at Warrensburg City Hall beginning next week if they have questions or need more information; customers can also phone (660) 262-4549.

MARSHALL TEENS INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH 11/20/14


Two area teenagers escaped serious injury after a one-vehicle rollover accident in Saline County.

The Highway Patrol says it happened when 16-year-old Rachel Sporleder, of Marshall, was traveling southbound when she reportedly overcorrected and ran off the road. The vehicle overturned before finally coming to a stop.

Sporleder and a passenger, 14-year-old Rebekah Sporleder, of Marshall, both received minor injuries in the crash; reports say each refused treatment at the scene. It happened around 7:30am Wednesday morning on Wildcat Road, one half-mile south of 270th Lane in Saline County.

WARRENSBURG B.O.E. TALKING ABOUT POSSIBLE LEVY INCREASE 11/19/14RK


A discussion, which started two meetings ago, continued at Tuesday night's meeting of the Warrensburg R-6 Board of Education, according to Superintendent Dr. Scott Patrick.



Patrick said he thinks the board will make its final decision on all of the parameters of a potential levy increase to put before the voters at the December meeting. Or the board might just decide to wait for another election cycle.

The board also was updated with various reports and made aware of the filing dates for the upcoming April 7th Municipal Election. The board will have two seats up for election.

VALLEY HIRES FOR NEW POSITION 11/19/14RK


Missouri Valley College has announced the hiring for a first-ever position at the college in Marshall.

According to a news release, Valley has hired Chad Jacques to serve as the Director of Planned Giving. The new position will work under the vice president of institutional advancement.

The Director of Planned Giving supports the overall strength of the college by visiting with donors and prospective donors about a variety of gift possibilities. Jacques holds the responsibility for gifts of estates, trusts and various other financial formats that reflect financial planning and giving opportunities.

Jacques, who most recently served as the director of institutional development and alumni relations at Moberly Area Community College, returns to Valley, having served as the director of marketing and media relations at MVC from 2005-13.

KNOB NOSTER B.O.A. TALKING ABOUT CONSTRUCTION OF NEW CITY HALL 11/19/14RK


The Knob Noster Board of Aldermen met in regular session on Tuesday night with a light agenda.

Included on the docket was a consideration of a request for qualifications of firms that have made presentations to the board for the upcoming construction of a new City Hall.

City Administrator Doug Kermick says the council has requested an architect to come back next month.



Kermick says the board wants to make sure all choices are correct.



Kermick said, two years ago, the city bought a parcel of land across the street from the current City Hall and the new City Hall will be constructed there. He said the current 50-year-old building, which has some structural and mold issues, probably will be torn down.

He also wants to let people know, all are invited to the city's tree-lighting ceremony that will be held this Friday at 6:00pm.

TODAY IS WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS DAY 11/19/14RK


The weather is improving somewhat in Missouri as we travel along this week, but today is Winter Weather Preparedness Day, according to a release from the National Weather Service.

The frigid temperatures that have plagued the area for the last week or so are a reminder the winter weather can present potentially dangerous conditions.

The National Weather Service offers several tips on preparing for winter weather.

They include: Create a family emergency plan and an emergency kit that should include bottled water, canned and dry foods, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries, a manual can opener and a first-aid kit.

You also should have an emergency kit four your car that contains a blanket, a radio with spare batteries, snacks, jumper cables, flares, a shovel and sand or shingles to give tires traction.

TROOPERS CONDUCTING ANNUAL TOY DRIVE 11/19/14RK


Captain Eric Olson, commanding officer of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop A in Lee's Summit, has announced the kickoff of the 12th Annual Trooper Michael L. Newton Toy Drive. The drive is going on now through December 10th.

According to a release from the Patrol, all donations to the toy drive--a combined effort of the Missouri and Kansas Highway Patrols and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts-- will be delivered to children at KU Medical Center and the Ronald McDonald House by state troopers during the month of December.

Toy donations may be made to all metro area Krispy Kreme Doughnut stores. Krispy Kreme is giving away a free dozen of doughnuts to those who donate a toy valued at $10 or more. Donations of electronic games, board games and new children's books are encouraged.

The drive honors Newton, who died in the line of duty in 2003.

CARROLL COMMISSIONERS MULLING HEALTH-INSURANCE OPTIONS 11/19/14


At the most recent meeting of the Carroll County Commission, the commissioners discussed their health-care options for county employees with a representative from Show-Me Benefits, learning about self-funded plans.

Currently, the county is shopping around trying to get county employees a better rate on their health-care plan.

Currently, the county employees have a health-insurance plan through Humana but recently learned the premiums are going to go up about 15 percent.

A county official said there will be other health-care provider representatives visit the commission before the end of the year. They will choose later this year whether to go with another option or stick with Humana.

A new plan needs to be in place by January 1st, 2015.

The next meeting of the Carroll County Commission is on Friday morning.

LEXINGTON VOTES IN LITTERING ORDINANCE 11/19/14RK


At a lentghy and productive meeting of the Lexington City Council on Tuesday night, the council learned the city is going to be signing a contract for the footings and construction to start on the city's new water tower. The signing is due to be done sometime today.

Mayor Jerry Brown also said there was a lengthy discussion on a water-tap fee ordinance.

But after the discussion, the council decided to table the issue and get more input from the townspeople and bring it up again at the next meeting..

In other business, the town has enacted a littering ordinance, according to Brown. It involves unsubscribed-to newspapers being thrown in the yards of residents.



The council also voted that it will meet for a regular-session meeting on Tuesday, December 23rd.

SLATER COUNCIL APPROVES WORK AT PLANT 11/19/14RK


During Tuesday night's meeting of the Slater City Council, City Administrator Gene Griffith said wiring at the wastewater treatment plant is in the process of being updated with work being done by Scott Murray.



Griffith said the sewer account is doing pretty good at this time, so the council approved the work being done.

The plans are to have the work finished by the end of the year, if they can get the part in to do the job, according to Griffith.

SLATER INVITES EVERYBODY TO NOVEMBER 26TH FESTIVITIES 11/16/14RK


Meeting in regular session last night, the Slater City Council received an update on upcoming events, including the annual Turkey and Ham Giveaway and the annual lighting ceremony, which is set for Wednesday, November 26th.

City Administrator Gene Griffith says everybody is invited.



Griffith also said the council also announced the city has received a Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Agency (or MIRMA) Award and has used the grant money to buy a planer and crimper for a bobcat.

The council also was informed to get in their RSVP for the upcoming Christmas Party on December 12th and learned the last meeting of the year will be on Tuesday, December 30th.

CAR-DEER CRASH INJURES COLUMBIA MAN 11/19/14RK


A Columbia man suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle on Tuesday afternoon in Randolph County.

According to a report from the Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a northbound Honda CRV, driven by 20-year-old Jordan Winn, struck a deer in the roadway.

Winn reportedly was taken by private vehicle to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The accident happened just before 4:00pm on U.S. Highway 63, one mile south of Clark.

HIGGINSVILLE B.O.A. RENEWS HYDRO POWER AGREEMENT 11/19/14RK


At the meeting of the Higginsville Board of Aldermen this week, the board approved a third renewal of an agreement with Southwestern Power Administration for 3,000 kilowatts of Federal Hydro Power. This 15-year agreement is basically the same agreement that has been in place for the past 15 years.

In other business, a new police officer who has been hired by the city was introduced to the board. Steve Smithson, a Higginsville resident, will be moved from the reserve force to a full-time officer, a move that is effective immediately.

The board also approved an ordinance setting the Municipal Election date as April 7th, 2015. Filing for positions begins on December 16th and runs through 5:00pm on January 20th, 2015.

Also, Higginsville City Hall will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 27th and 28th in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. And the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting and the Chamber Christmas Parade will be on Friday, November 28th at 5:45pm in front of City Hall.

PHOTOS, TEAKWOOD CEREMONY AT SALINE COURTHOUSE 11/19/14RK


Prior to the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday morning, the commissioners along with other county office holders and other donors from the county, met in the Courthouse Rotunda for a ceremony.

The ceremony regarded some photographs that were taken earlier this year aboard the docked USS Missouri by Bristol Bigby, a Malta Bend native who is a U.S. Navy Aerographer's Mate Third Class stationed at Pearl Harbor. The photos have been blown up and matted and framed and are on display in the Rotunda.

Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings also said Bigby told the commission back in May the ship was going to be restored.



With the help of donations from a lot of people, including Saline County office holders, members of the American Legion Post No. 558 in Malta Bend and other various donors, the group bought an 18-inch piece of wood from the deck to display in the courthouse.

Bigby thanked all of the donors.

SALISBURY SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECT NEARS COMPLETION 11/18/14CC


A long-term construction project for the Salisbury School District is nearly finished after several years of planning and building.

At this week's meeting of the Salisbury R-4 Board of Education, Superintendent Todd Wilhite gave an update to board members about the first events slated to take place in the new building.



In other business, the board set the filing dates for seats on the school board in the April election and approved the district's audit ending June 30th of this year.

SEDALIA COUNCIL LOOKS AT SAFETY ISSUES 11/18/14CC


The Sedalia City Council took steps this week to address two big safety issues, one on an area waterway and one on an area roadway.

City Administrator Gary Edwards says the council approved and accepted an agreement for emergency repairs to an aerial crossing over a Sedalia creek:



Edwards says the council also reviewed a resolution to apply for funding through MODOT's Transportation Assistance Program to replace two aging bridges in Sedalia that are a hazard to truck drivers who need a high clearance for their vehicles.



He says for now, the city will have to wait and see if the application is approved by MODOT; the council action this week authorized an agreement between the city of Sedalia and Pettis County to each provide a 21% match in funding for the project if it goes forward.

CONCORDIA ALDERMEN REVIEW PROJECT APPLICATION 11/18/14CC


At Monday's meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen, the board reviewed an application recently sent to the state Department of Transportation for the Concordia Entrance Improvement Project.

City Administrator Dale Klussman says it's a long-term project that will be carried out in several phases:



Klussman says Phase One will see sidewalks built on both sides of the roadway directly below the Interstate 70 overpass that marks the entrance to the city; other phases will follow later.

In other business, the board took a look at options for renovating or possibly rebuilding the Concordia Community Center, as well as discussing funding options for the project.

Board members also voted unanimously to write off just over $1,200 worth of unpaid water, sewer and trash bills from January 2006 through December 2014 that the city has been unable to collect due to residents moving or passing away.

OCTOBER JOB NUMBERS RELEASED 11/18/14CC


According to a release from state economic officials, Missouri’s unemployment rate dropped by four-tenths of a point to 5.9 percent in October, the lowest since June 2008.

Seasonally adjusted data released Tuesday by the Missouri Department of Economic Development show that during the month, the state’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 2,400 jobs.

Employment in financial activities was up by 1,500 jobs, while transportation, warehousing & utilities added 1,200 jobs. Missouri’s nonfarm payrolls have increased by 48,400 jobs over the past year.

To learn more about state job figures, visit www.ded.mo.gov.

MARSHALL POLICE EXECUTE DRUG SEARCH WARRANT 11/18/14CC


According to a release from Marshall Police, on Monday at around 7:00pm, Marshall Police officers and members of the Lafayette County Crisis Action Team served a search warrant at a residence in the 400 block of East Vest Street in Marshall.

No persons were located in the residence at the time the warrant was served. The search of the residence reportedly revealed a quantity of methamphetamine, a quantity of marijuana and drug paraphernalia associated with both the use and distribution of illegal drugs.

Police say a report will be forwarded to the Saline County Prosecutor's Office requesting charges be filed on the residents, whose identities have not been made available.

KC AIR SHOW RELEASES DATES FOR 2015 EVENT 11/18/14RK


After a three-year hiatus, the Kansas City Air Show will return in 2015.

According to a news release, Mid-America Youth Aviation Association officials, who organize and manage the event, have announced the dates for the event will be August 22nd and 23rd at Kansas City's Wheeler Downtown Airport.

Headlining the event will be the United States Navy Blue Angels. The event also will feature other civilian performers and unique ground displays.

Information for tickets will be put on the air show's website, kcairshow.com in the near future. The website is due to be up in the next couple of days.

SFCC ENROLLING FOR MINIMESTER CLASSES 11/18/14RK


State Fair Community College is now enrolling for minimester classes to be held December 22nd through January 7th and spring semester classes, which begin on January 12th
Classes are offered in Sedalia, Boonville, Clinton, Eldon, Lake of the Ozarks, Warsaw, Whiteman Air Force Base and online. Go to the school's website sfccmo.edu for more information.

MARSHALL CITY COUNCIL 11/17/14KL


During a short meeting of the Marshall City Council Monday evening, the council received news on the city audit from First Ward Councilwoman Barbara Utlaut:

 

The council also awarded various bids at the meeting, with a bid for construction supplies for the next six months going to Lacross Lumber Company, of Marshall.

The council also had the bids up for two new police cars. Second Ward Councilman Gabe Ramsey is on the council's public safety committee:



The bid was awarded to Elmer Hare Ford Sales, of Marshall.

Also, the council awarded the bid for the demolition of a sub-standard structure at 605 E. Gordon to Gary Morrow for $4,600, the lowest of three bids.

FIREARMS DEER OPENING WEEKEND NUMBERS RELEASED 11/17/14CC


The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that hunters checked 91,460 deer during the opening weekend of the 2014 November Portion of Firearms Deer Season this past weekend. The total is up by over 30,000 deer from last year's harvest of 61,446 on Opening Weekend. Top harvest counties for the opening weekend were Franklin with 1,839 deer checked, Howell with 1,793, and Callaway with 1,791.

In the KMMO listening area, Cooper County led the way with 838 deer checked, followed closely by Chariton County with 827. Howard County hunters checked 799 deer, followed by Saline County with 724, Carroll County with 719, Pettis County with 717 and Lafayette County with 468.

The Conservation Department reports that there were three deer-hunting incidents over the weekend with two being fatal. One fatality was in Ste. Genevieve County where a heater in a hunting blind exploded, killing the hunter. The second involved a fall from a tree stand in Crawford County. A third non-fatal incident involved a hunter in Phelps County shooting himself in the leg while loading his rifle.

ONE INJURED IN BENTON CRASH 11/17/14CC


A Johnson county resident has escaped serious injury after a one-vehicle accident in Benton County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 55-year-old James Hunter, of Calhoun, was southbound and swerved to avoid an unknown vehicle in the roadway that crossed his path unexpectedly. His vehicle then ran off the right side of the road and struck a ditch.

Hunter suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was taken for treatment to Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton. Patrol reports say it happened around 11:30am Monday morning on Highway 7 at Cold Springs Road in Benton County.

COOPER COMMISSIONERS APPROVE TRUCK PURCHASE 11/17/14RK


At a recent meeting of the Cooper County Commission, the Commission approved a bid from Rick Ball of Boonville to buy a three-quarter ton, extended-cab pickup truck for the Road and Bridge Department. The bid came in at a little more than $25,000, according to presiding commissioner Eddie Brickner.

Brickner said the Commission have also revised an agreement between county law-enforcement services and the city of Boonville.

The Commission also approved a generator quote on Monday morning, Brickner said.



He said they acquired two generators through the state's surplus and approved a bid from Common Sense Electric, of Columbia, for $3,934 to install the units at both locations.

TWO AREA STUDENTS WIN CONTEST 11/17/14RK


A pair of area grade-school students have been named winners of the MOST 529 Poster Contest.

According to a release from Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel, two People's Choice Winners for the MOST 529 College Savings Month Poster Contest are Dane Schlotzhauer, a first-grader from Tipton, and Sam Myers, a fifth-grader from Columbia. Each will receive a $529 contribution into a MOST 529 account.

The contest was for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, each student drawing a picture of what they want to be when they grow up. Schlotzhauer wants to a be a farmer and Myers an underwater welder.

UCM ALUMNUS BEQUEATHS MONEY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS 11/17/14RK


A generous gift of a University of Central Missouri alumnus will provide new opportunities for Missouri law-enforcement personnel to attend the Missouri Police Academy at UCM.

According to a news release from the school, a bequest from veteran law-enforcement officer and UCM alumnus, the late Dama Cooper, has created the Dama Cooper Police Academy Scholarship, providing a limited number of $500 to $1,000 scholarships for each academy class session.

The scholarships will be awarded to eligible academy cadets and students who exhibit financial need and an interest in pursuing a law-enforcement career in Missouri.

Application deadline for the first round of scholarships is December 1st, 2014. The application is available online at ucmo.edu/cooper or by contacting the Central Missouri Police Academy at (800) 801-3588.

ONE INJURED IN SALINE COUNTY WRECK 11/16/14


A Marshall man has been injured in a one-car accident in Saline County.

According to reports, 27-year-old Charles Wonders received moderate injuries when he went off the road and hit the dirt in the median, causing his car to overturn.

Wonders was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The accident happened on northbound Highway 65, just north of the Blackwater River around 8:00am Sunday morning.

MARSHALL TEAM WINS AT DEBATE TOURNEY 11/16/14RK


The Marshall High School Debate Squad competed against 20 schools this weekend at the Missouri Western Speech Tournament in St. Joseph.

The Owls team came away with one first place finish, with the team of Madi Woolsey and Steven Sims taking first in Duo Interpetation. Also, Michenna Adams took 10th in Prose Reading and Lexi Powell took 10th in Poetry Reading.

The next tournament for the Owls squad will take place at Raytown South High School on December 12th.

FIRST SNOW 11/15/14


A year ago today the high temperature here at the KMMO studio's in Marshall was 54 degrees... Today it will be about 20 degrees cooler for a high....and added to that is forecast for the first trackable snowfall of the winter...

Sometimes the weather service will tell you that winter weather is hard to predict, but not this time says Meteorologist Andy Bailey

For much of the KMMO listening area, about an inch of snow is being predicted, and that is no where near the record snow fall for this date..

According to the High Plains Regional Climate Center, the record snowfall for this date in Marshall was back in 1932, when we got six inches of snow
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SEDALIA MAN'S COURT CASE CONTINUED 11/14/14RK


The hearing for a Sedalia man in Saline County Court this week has been continued to December.

Brian Ray Corf was originally charged with a Class "C" Felony of tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree earlier this year. Corf was sentenced to five years of supervised probation on May 12th.

A probation violation was filed on October 14th, and a motion to revoke the probation and impose sentence was made on November 6th. Bond was set at $15,000 cash only.

According to online court documents, Corf appeared in court with his lawyer on Wednesday, but the case has been continued to Monday, December 8th at 11:00am.

MODOT CREWS PREPARING FOR WINTER STORM 11/14/14RK


In preparation for the predicted winter storm tomorrow, Missouri Department of Transportation crews are getting ready.

According to a release from MoDOT, the Kansas City District, which includes the Marshall area, will have 426 workers, 208 plow trucks, 20 TowPlows, three salt brine tankers and a new mobile brine maker ready to work around the clock to clear snow from more than 7,000 miles of interstate and state highways in the nine-county area.

MoDOT urges drivers to not travel unless the trip is necessary. But if you plan to travel, MoDOT urges you to slow down and leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles.

MoDOT also advises you to check road conditions before you go by visiting MoDOT's Traveler Information Map at modot.org. You can also visit kcscout.net for road information and conditions.

TOURISM BOARD GRANTS MONEY TO GROUPS 11/14/14RK


Remember back in 2004 when the voters approved the city of Marshall imposing a 5-percent Tourism Tax on all motel rooms rented within the city? Well, the money received is being put to good use, attracting tourism to the area.

At Thursday's meeting of the Marshall Tourism Board, the board approved marketing funds for 2015 for various groups and organizations to use to attract tourism to the area. Many of the 16 requests were granted in full, but some requests had to be streamlined.

Marshall-Saline Development Corporation Director Stan Moore...



Moore said the money is mainly for Marshall groups or organizations, but some is allowed for Arrow Rock and surrounding communities because Arrow Rock attracts more than 100,000 visitors and the Lyceum Theater more than 35,000 each year. He said the hope is some of those visitors also will spend money in Marshall.

Tourism is an industry that's growing at a rate of nine percent in Missouri, the leading industry in the state for growth in 2014, according to Moore.

SWEET SPRINGS B.O.E. DISCUSSES SHED OPTIONS 11/14/14RK


At the meeting of the Sweet Springs R-7 Board of Education on Thursday night, the board approved to continue a junior-high co-op with Malta Bend for Junior High Football. Superinetendent Donna Wright said schools who wish to co-op for junior-high football need to renew the agreement yearly with the Missouri State High School Activities Association, whereas high-school programs need to renew every two years.

In other business, the district is mulling over options for a maintenance building currently adjacent to the old elementary school.



Wright said the district is kind of at a crossroads.



The board also approved keeping the current liability insurance provider for the district.

ARBEITER CASE CONTINUED TO DECEMBER 11/14/14RK


An area man was in Clay County Court this week on charges stemming from an arrest earlier this year.

According to online court documents, Joseph Arbeiter, of Sedalia, appeared with his lawyer on Wednesday, and the case has been continued to December 5th at 1:00pm in the courthouse in Liberty.

Arbeiter is facing charges of first-degree murder and armed-criminal action.

The 65-year-old Arbeiter is accused of murdering and dismembering the body of 35-year-old Mandy Black, of Marshall, earlier this year. Black's remains were found in and around a Sedalia trailer park where Arbeiter had been living before his arrest by Pettis County authorities in April on unrelated charges.

Arbeiter pleaded not guilty to the charges earlier this year.

ODESSA SCHOOL DISTRICT UPDATES TECHNOLOGY 11/14/14RK


The Odessa R-7 Board of Education accepted the report from the technology program at this week's board meeting. Superintendent Bob Brinkley said a number of improvements have been made, such as laying about 17,000 miles of cables throughout the district, as well as some other upgrades.



In other business, the board also was made aware of the filing dates for the next Municipal Election in April. Two board seats are up for election, with the filing dates being December 16th through January 20th, 2015.

MARSHALL SCHOOLS- GOALS 11/13/14


Marshall School Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher told the board and her audience Thursday night at the meeting of the Marshall School Board about where they want the Marshall School District to be. She says while there is money involved in facilities, safety, technology and salary issues, they do have a goal in sight.

 

Maher told the board to raise the money necessary, they could look at a levy increase, but to make any approved levy increase in increments.

No action was taken by the board at Thursday night's meeting.

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD 11/13/14KL


The Marshall School Board, and members of the public got a lesson in school finance Thursday night from Superintendent Carol Maher.

Maher explained to the audience that some government revenue streams are not as healthy as they have been in the past, and unexpected expenditures have also taken revenue away from the district.



Maher says the board is considering asking Marshall taxpayers to help with facility, safety issues, technology upgrades and salary issues.



She told the board that the estimates are now that facilitiy upgrades would cost $300,000 as would teacher and staff salary improvements and that safety upgrades and technology upgrades would cost about $100,000 each.

The board took no action on the issue at the meeting Thursday evening
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M.M.U. BOARD APPROVES RATE HIKES 11/13/14CC


Marshall Municipal Utilities customers will see a hike in their water and electric bills when 2015 arrives.

After Thursday's meeting of the M.M.U. Board of Public Works, spokesman Ken Gieringer said the board approved an increase in electric rates to help offset rising costs:



Gieringer said board members approved an increase in water rates as well:



In other business, the board accepted a bid of $199,432.50 from Spray Com Utilities, of Knob Noster, to put a cured-in-place liner in approximately 8,700 feet of sewer main and approved changes to surcharges for industrial customers who utilize extra-strength wastewater.

SALINE E.M.A. WANTS COUNTY WEBSITE UPDATES 11/13/14RK


Saline County E.M.A. Director Emmitt Williams was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission and made several requests, including one to update the county's website to include essential information.



Williams also said a planned addition will help out helicopter pilots with landing sites.



The Commissioners voted unanimously to make the updates to the county's website salinecountymo.org in the near future.

Williams also received the OK from the commission to destroy or recycle four old computers that date back as far as 2001.

SALINE TREASURER: COUNTY TAX REVENUE UPDATE 11/13/14RK


Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday morning giving an update on the county's taxes received in November.

According to the numbers, the sales tax collected was nearly $85,000, which is down over $6,500 from last month and down more than $3,700 from last year.



Smith says there is some better news when it comes to one tax.



Smith said although taxes are down overall from last month, they are better, for the most part, than they were at this time last year.

ENROLLMENT FOR CLASSES AT SFCC/WAFB NOW OPEN 11/13/14RK


Returning and new students may now enroll in spring semester classes at State Fair Community College-Whiteman Air Force Base at 511 Spirit Boulevard, Room 246.

Spring classes begin on the Whiteman campus on January 12th, 2015. A total of 69 day and evening classes will be offered. Most are eight-week classes, although some run 16 weeks.

Enrollment is open at the Whiteman campus from 7:30-5:30pm Mondays-Thursdays and 7:30am-3:00pm on Fridays.

For more information or to enroll, call (660) 563-3358. For a complete listing of courses, visit sfccmo.edu.

OAK GROVE MAN HURT IN LAFAYETTE ACCIDENT 11/13/14RK


A one-vehicle accident in Lafayette County on Wednesday evening caused injuries to an Oak Grove man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when a northbound 2008 GMC failed to stop at an intersection, traveled through the intersection and struck a ditch.

The driver, 26-year-old Cody Smith, of Oak Grove, was reportedly not injured. However, a passenger in the car, 26-year-old Jonathan Moore, of Oak Grove, was reportedly taken to St. Mary's Hospital by private vehicle for treatment of moderate injuries.

The accident happened at 7:30pm on Gillespie Road at Campbell Road.

SLATER TEEN HURT IN SALINE ACCIDENT 11/13/14RK


A one-car crash on Route "O," north of Slater in Saline County on Wednesday afternoon injured a Slater teenager.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a northbound 2007 Hyundai, driven by 17-year-old Breanna Wright, struck a deer in the roadway.

Wright was reportedly taken by private vehicle to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment.

The accident happened just before 4:00pm.

MONTROSE MAN INJURED IN HENRY CRASH 11/13/14RK


A one-car crash in Henry County on Wednesday afternoon caused minor injuries to a Montrose man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as a 1992 Dodge, driven by 53-year-old Charles Marlok, crossed the center of the roadway, traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a barbed-wire fence and a utility pole.

Marlok was transported to Ellett Memorial by Ellett E.M.S. for treatment.

The accident happened at 5:30pm at Route "K" near Route "H."

HENRY CRASH INJURES CLINTON MAN 11/13/14RK


A Clinton man suffered serious injuries in a one-car accident in Henry County on Wednesday afternoon.

According to a report from the Highway Patrol, 75-year-old Royce Eisenhauer's 2004 Chevrolet left the side of the roadway and struck a group of large concrete blocks.

Eisenhauer was taken by Golden Valley E.M.S. to Golden Valley Hospital for treatment.

The accident occurred at 3:15pm on County Road Northwest 500, east of County Road Northwest 391.

SWEET SPRINGS BOARD TALKS TAXES 11/12/14CC


At this week's meeting of the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen, the board spent time discussing a grant application with the state Department of Natural Resources for work on city water and sewer lines.

Mayor Dee Friel says Aldermen also turned their attention to the issue of collecting overdue city taxes:



The Board also approved the city's holiday schedule for the month of December and approved the appointment of Phyllis Stuerke to the Sweet Springs Library Board.

SALINE CENTURY FARMS TO BE NAMED 11/12/14CC


Six Saline County farms will join a prestigious list Thursday night, as they are added to the rolls of Missouri's Century Farms. The farms and their owners will be honored in a ceremony hosted by the Saline County Commission, the Missouri Farm Bureau and the University of Missouri Extension Council. The event is also being used to honor the 100-year anniversary of the M.U. Extension.

So, just what is a Century Farm? Coordinator Andy Emerson explains some of the criteria used to add a farm to the list:



More than 8,000 Missouri farms have been named Century Farms since the program's inception in 1976. Emerson says the application and selection process actually began in the middle of last winter.



Thursday's event gets underway at 6:00pm at the Martin Community Center at 1985 South Odell in Marshall. It is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

WAVERLY COUNCIL TABLES AUDIT DISCUSSION 11/12/14CC


The Waverly City Council met in regular session this week.

A release from the city says council members approved a Lead Ban Ordinance and were updated on a recent inspection of the water plant and wastewater plant by the state Department of Natural Resources.

Council members also discussed the audit for the year; further discussion was tabled until a later date.

CARROLLTON SCHOOL TALKS TRASH, TURN LANE 11/13/14RK


It was a mostly routine meeting of the Carrollton R-7 Board of Education on Tuesday night.

The board heard reports and updates from several departments, including district technologies and community education classes.

Board members were also given an update on the possibility of adding a turn lane on Ninth Street.

Along with getting the dates for filing for the two board positions that will be up for election during April 2015's Municipal Election, the board also accepted a bid for trash service from Waste Corporation of America. Superintendent Dr. Jon Oetinger said it is the same service as the district currently has, but by putting out for bid a month ago, the district will save a few thousand dollars annually as a result.

STOVER WOMAN INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH 11/12/14CC


An area woman suffered moderate injuries after a one-vehicle rollover crash in Pettis County on Tuesday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a northbound vehicle driven by 56-year-old Mary Stewart, of Stover, ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a mailbox. Stewart's 2001 Chevy ran onto the road and began to skid before running off the road again, overturning and striking a fence.

Stewart was transported from the scene by ambulance to Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia for treatment. Patrol reports say the crash happened around 11:00am Tuesday morning on Route M, just north of McGee Road in Pettis County.

GLASGOW B.O.A. APPROVES PURCHASE OF HAMS 11/12/14RK


After hearing various departmental reports and updates, the Glasgow Board of Aldermen approved the city buying each full-time city employee a ham for Christmas at the board meeting this week.

Also, the board approved the placing of an ad in the local newspaper for nominations for Citizen of the Year. Nominations are due by the early days of December.

The next meeting of the Glasgow Board of Aldermen meeting is set for Monday, December 8th at 6:30pm.

KEYTESVILLE COUNCIL WANTS BETTER TRASH CONTRACT 11/12/14RK


At the meeting of the Keytesville City Council on Tuesday night, the council talked about overdue water bills and got an overview of maintenance needed by Mayor Bob Littleton, as well as street overlays.

The council also is trying to negotiate a better contract with Advanced Disposal for less increases and a shorter term. The current trash-removal contract with the company runs out in 2016.

The next meeting of the Keytesville City Council is scheduled for Wednesday, December 10th at 6:00pm.

GREEN RIDGE MAN AT SEA 11/12/14RK


An area resident is spending these days aboard an amphibious assault vehicle in the Red Sea.

According to a release from the United State Navy, Aviation Boatswain's Mate First Class David Dysart enlisted in the Navy in 2003. The Green Ridge resident currently is serving on the USS Makin Island, which is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

Dysart graduated from Green Ridge High School in 2001 and went on to attend Vincennes University and Southern Illinois University, graduating from both in 2013. He earned an associate degree in Applied Science from Vincennes and a bachelor's degree in Workforce Education and Development from SIU.

JOHNSON CRASH INJURES WARRENSBURG WOMAN 11/12/14RK


A one-car crash in Johnson County on Tuesday afternoon caused minor injuries to a Warrensburg woman.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as 26-year-old Hannah Brunner's southbound 1991 Chevrolet traveled off the right side of the roadway as she tried to negotiate a curve. Brunner reportedly overcorrected the vehicle, the car then traveled back onto the road and off the left side of the road and struck an embankment.

Brunner was taken to Western Missouri Medical Center by Johnson County E.M.S. for treatment.

The accident happened just before 2:00pm on Missouri Highway 23, just south of County Road Southeast 275.

SEDALIA LIGHTING CONTEST BEGINS 11/11/14CC


The City of Sedalia has announced the 34th annual outdoor decoration contest for the holiday season.

Prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners. Prize money will be $100 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place. The deadline for entering is 12:00pm on Monday, December 8th, with judging to take place on Thursday, December 11th, beginning after 6:30pm.

If you have not won a cash prize in the last three years, (2011-2013), you may enter by calling 827-3000, extension 145, or stopping by the Mayor's office at Sedalia City Hall.

Judging will be done for lighting, eye appeal, originality and overall appeal. The complete display is to remain in place throughout the Christmas holiday season for the enjoyment of the community. The contest will be confined to the Sedalia city limits.

POLICE INVESTIGATE TIRE DAMAGES 11/11/14CC


Police are currently investigating a series of tire slashings after reports made by several Marshall residents.

According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, a total of six victims reported their tires punctured or slashed on October 24th and 25th. The incidents reportedly involved vehicles on South Benton and South Washington in Marshall; total damages were listed at over $800.

Police are currently tracking leads as they continues their investigation. Anyone with information in the matter is encouraged to contact the Marshall Police Department at (660) 886-7411.

DESPITE WEATHER, MARSHALL VETS DAY CEREMONY A SUCCESS 11/11/14CC


Scores of area residents braved chilly temperatures and brisk winds Tuesday to attend the annual Veterans Day ceremony in downtown Marshall. Due to the weather, the event was moved from its usual location on the Saline County Courthouse lawn to the much warmer confines of the courthouse rotunda.

During the ceremony, two Malta Bend High School students delivered speeches about the meaning of Veterans Day. Senior Kayla Kiehl gave an emotional address about learning her boyfriend would soon be leaving for boot camp after enlisting with the Army:



Senior David Ruch spoke about the historical context of the holiday and the importance of honoring area veterans:



The event was sponsored by the Malta Bend American Legion Post 558 and featured messages from several area officials and veterans, a musical salute by fourth graders from Eastwood and Northwest Elementary Schools and the playing of the National Anthem by the Marshall High School Band. The event concluded with the tradtional laying of the wreath at the Veterans Memorial on the courthouse lawn, accompanied by the ceremonial playing of "Taps" by Marshall resident Allen Criswell.

NORBORNE, HARDIN CONSIDER FOOTBALL CO-OP 11/11/14RK


With an aging school building and other issues, Norborne R-8 Superintendent Roger Feagan said part of the Board of Education meeting Monday night was spent talking about what needs to be fixed and/or updated. He said the Board is looking at the possibility of putting a no-tax-increase bond issue on a future ballot, perhaps as early as April 2015, to pay for the maintenance issues.

Also, Feagan said the Norborne Pirates and Hardin-Central Bulldogs, once fierce rivals in the Central River Conference on the gridiron, could join forces in the future. Feagan said the districts have had preliminary talks about a cooperative football program:



Feagan said both boards have been talking about the possibility. If the move is approved by the Hardin-Central Board of Education, as well, the two will then petition MSHSAA for approval. He is hopeful it can be approved for next year.



In other business, Parents as Teachers and the Preschool Program and the Special Education Program gave updates to the board.

PILOT GROVE B.O.E. DISCUSSES BASEBALL FIELD ISSUES 11/11/14RK


The Pilot Grove C-4 Board of Education discussed numerous maintenance issues during its Monday night meeting, according to superintendent D. J. Leverton.

He said the district has been looking at getting a walk-in freezer cooler, but perhaps the biggest issue involves the school's baseball field.



Leverton said some local people have helped to get some of the work done.



Leverton said the filing dates for two seats on the school board will be from December 16th through January 20th, which is set by the state. He also said the board set the date for the Christmas Breakfast as December 16th. He said it's the board's way of saying thanks to the teachers by serving breakfast to them from 7:00-8:00am.

WHO WON THE POWERBALL? 11/11/14RK


Somebody who bought a ticket in Missouri will soon be quite a bit richer.

According to a release from the Missouri Lottery, one Powerball ticket purchased in Missouri for Saturday night's Powerball drawing is the winner of the $202.6 Million jackpot, the fifth-largest jackpot ever won in Missouri.

The winning numbers were 9-19-33-38-54 for the white balls and 15 was the Powerball.

The winning ticket was purchased at Gateway Newsstand on Market Street in St. Louis.

The release says, if you hold the winning ticket, be sure to sign the back and put it in a safe place until you take it to Missouri Lottery Headquarters at 1823 Southridge Drive in Jefferson City. Winners are encouraged to call (573) 751-4050 to make arrangements to claim the prize. All lottery offices will be closed on November 11th in observance of Veterans' Day.

Missouri winners have 180 days to claim prizes.

SMITH-COTTON JROTC TEAM WINS EVENT 11/11/14RK


The Smith-Cotton Army JROTC Raiders were named the top team in the nation at this year's United States Army National JROTC Raider Championships held in Molena, Georgia on November 8th and 9th.

Two Smith-Cotton teams competed--one all-male unit and one coed team. The coed team captured the first-place trophy.

The coed team won the One Rope Bridge event and finished second in the Raider Gauntlet and third in the Cross Country Rescue, the 5-Kilometer Team Run and in the Physical Team Test.

The coed team commander is Cadet First Sergeant Steven Bradbury and the all-male team commander is Cadet Master Sergeant Blaine Sarabia.

SFCC/CMU PARTNERING TO OFFER COUNSELING SERVICE 11/11/14RK


Two area colleges are teaming up to offer a counseling service.

According to a news release from State Fair Community College, the Sedalia institution and Central Methodist University in Fayette now are partnering to offer free personal counseling for students on the Sedalia campus.

The new Clinical Counseling Center is staffed with graduate students who are in their final year of CMU's counseling program.

An open house will be held from 2:00-4:00pm on Thursday, November 20th in the hallway near Fielding Technical Center, Room 236, for State Fair and CMU students and employees.

The public is invited to attend.

The center is open from 11:00am to 4:00pm on Mondays and Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters.

For more information, call clinical director Angela Schubert at (660) 596-7156.

RAIN COULD CAUSE TREACHEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS 11/11/14RK


According to a notification sent out by the Pettis County Sheriff's Office, overnight sleet and snow fell across areas to our west, but melted quickly due to warm pavement temperatures.

Light rain is currently falling in the area and could freeze on elevated road surfaces as the temperature falls. Northerly winds make the current temperature of 30 degrees feel even colder.

The steady stream of cold air could cause some roadways to become very slick, especially overpasses and bridges where warm ground temperatures fail to keep those roadways warm enough to prevent icing.

So, if you have to get out this morning on this Veterans' Day Holiday, please use extreme caution.

RICHMOND MAN HURT IN LAFAYETTE CRASH 11/11/14RK


A one-vehicle crash in Lafayette County on Monday evening caused moderate injuries to a Richmond man.

According to a Highway Patrol report, a westbound 2003 Chevrolet, driven by 67-year-old Victor Butler, traveled off the right side of the road and struck a concrete ditch. The car then traveled back across the left side of the road and struck the cable posts.

Butler was transported to I-70 Community Hospital by Concordia E.M.S. for treatment.

The accident occurred just before 7:00pm on westbound I-70 at the 53.8-mile marker.

WARSAW WOMAN INJURED IN BENTON CRASH 11/11/14RK


A Warsaw resident suffered minor injuries in a two-car accident in Benton County on Monday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as a 2000 southbound Ford, driven by 76-year-old Anita Jenkins, of Warsaw, was attempting to turn east into a private drive and a southbound 2002 Lincoln, driven by 58-year-old Steinar Bergby, of Bates City, attempted to pass, sideswiping the Jenkins vehicle.

Jenkins was reportedly taken by private vehicle to Golden Valley Clinic for treatment.

The accident happened on U.S. 65 Highway, one mile south of Thomas Avenue.

HENRY CRASH INJURES TWO 11/11/14RK


A one-car crash in Henry County on Monday morning has caused minor injuries to two residents of the Kansas City area.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred as 87-year-old Isadore Gross, of Lenexa, Kansas, reportedly fell asleep at the wheel of his southbound 2001 Dodge. The vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck a delineator post, crossed another road and struck a stop sign and the ground before coming to rest in a field.

Gross and a passenger in the vehicle, 45-year-old James Guthrie, of Kansas City, each suffered minor injuries and were taken to Golden Valley E.M.S. to Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton for treatment.

The accident occurred at 10:00am on Missouri 7 at Northwest 401st Road.

ARBEITER DUE IN COURT TODAY 11/12/14RK


An area man is due in Clay County Court today on a change of venue from Pettis County Court on two charges stemming from an arrest earlier this year.

According to online court documents, Joseph Franz Arbeiter, of Sedalia, is due in court in Liberty on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

The 65-year-old Arbeiter is accused of murdering and dismembering the body of 35-year-old Mandy Black, of Marshall, earlier this year. Black's remains were found in and around a Sedalia trailer park where Arbeiter had been living before his arrest by Pettis County authorities in April on unrelated charges.

Arbeiter pleaded not guilty to the charges earlier this year.

Today's hearing is set to start at 1:30pm.

TEEN INJURED IN PETTIS CRASH 11/10/14CC


A Windsor teenager escaped serious injury Sunday in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Pettis County.

According to the Highway Patrol, it happened when 16-year-old Ashleigh Tilden was traveling eastbound and swerved to miss a deer in the roadway. Her 1999 Honda ran off the right side of the road, overturned and struck a tree.

Tilden received minor injuries in the accident and was taken for treatment to Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg. The Patrol says it happened around 6:15pm Sunday evening on Elm Branch Road, just west of Swisher Road in Pettis County.

FITZGIBBON HOSPITAL ADDS UROLOGIST TO STAFF 11/10/14RK


Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall will broaden the scope of services it offers to patients with the addition of a new staff member this week.

Urologist Winston Harrison, M.D., will begin seeing patients in the Fitzgibbon Outpatient Clinics on Wednesday, November 12th.

Harrison has provided services for patients at several area hospitals in the past, including Moberly, Boonville and Macon.

He also has worked at Columbia Regional Hospital and University Hospital in Columbia.

Harrison earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia's School of Medicine and completed his residency in urology at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

WHO WON THE POWERBALL? 11/10/14RK


Somebody who bought a ticket in Missouri will soon be quite a bit richer.

According to a release from the Missouri Lottery, one Powerball ticket purchased in Missouri for Saturday night's Powerball drawing is the winner of the $202.6 Million jackpot, the fifth-largest jackpot ever won in Missouri.

The winning numbers were 9-19-33-38-54 for the white balls and 15 was the Powerball.

The release says, if you hold the winning ticket, be sure to sign the back and put it in a safe place until you take it to Missouri Lottery Headquarters at 1823 Southridge Drive in Jefferson City. Winners are encouraged to call (573) 751-4050 to make arrangements to claim the prize. All lottery offices will be closed on November 11th in observance of Veterans' Day.

Missouri winners have 180 days to claim prizes.

The last time the Powerball was won in Missouri was on March 22nd when a St. Charles couple claimed a jackpot worth $96.5 Million.

MARSHALL SENIOR CENTER TO HOST AREA ARTISTS ON WEDNESDAY 11/10/14RK


The Marshall Senior Center will be hosting a program with area artists on Wednesday, November 12th.

Scheduled to make a presentation will be Carrollton artist Fred Geary.

Also scheduled to show and talk about Geary's woodcut art is Carrollton resident Karl Marxhausen.

According to a release from Marshall Public Library Executive Director Wicky Sleight, everyone is invited to attend the presentation, which begins at 1:00pm.

This is the first in a monthly series of programs titled "The Curiosity Club."

For more information, contact Sleight at (660) 886-3391.

GAS PRICES UNDER $3.00 PER GALLON IN AREA 11/10/14RK


A good amount of talk lately has been about dropping prices at the pump, easing some of the stress on families.

The gas prices around the area have plummeted to well under $3.00 per gallon. The national average is $2.94 for a gallon of regular unleaded, according to ABC News.

According to missourigasprices.com, the lowest price for a gallon in Missouri is $2.53 at four locations in Bonne Terre.

Currently, according to missourigasprices.com, in the Marshall area, the price is lowest at Conoco at the Marshall Junction at $2.69 per gallon.

In Marshall, there are four locations where the price is $2.75.

The lowest price in the immediate KMMO listening area is in Boonville at Mo-B and I-70 where CENEX has gas at $2.65 a gallon.

COLUMBIA P.D. TAKES ROBBERY SUSPECT INTO CUSTODY 11/10/14RK


Columbia Police have a suspect in custody from two alleged robberies over the weekend.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, just after 5:00pm on Sunday, officers were dispatched to Dollar General Store on Vandiver Drive with the report of an alleged robbery in progress.

Reportedly, a white male with glasses entered the store and took an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect implied he had a gun, but none was seen. The suspect left the business on foot.

An officer viewed a still shot of video surveillance and identified the suspect. Later, the suspect was located and taken into custody without incident. At the time of his arrest, the suspect was wearing the same clothing as seen in the video.

During a subsequent interview with the Criminal Investigations Division, the suspect reportedly implicated himself in this robbery as well at one at the Break Time Convenience Store on Smiley Lane from Saturday night.

The suspect was arrested for two counts of first-degree robbery with bond to be determined.

SALINE CRASH INJURES SPRINGFIELD MAN 11/10/14RK


A Springfield man was injured in a one-car crash in Saline County on Sunday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as 72-year-old Billy Austin reportedly fell asleep at the wheel, his westbound 2005 KIA running off the right side of the roadway and overturning.

Austin was transported to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall by Saline County E.M.S. for treatment of moderate injuries.

The accident happened just before 5:30pm on Missouri Highway 41, just west of Poplar Avenue.

MARSHALL TEEN HURT IN CARROLL COUNTY CRASH 11/10/14RK


A one-car accident in Carroll County on Sunday evening caused moderate injuries to a Marshall woman.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident happened as a southbound 2002 GMC, driven by 18-year-old Caitlin Crawford, swerved to miss an animal in the roadway, traveled off the roadway, struck a tree and traveled down an embankment.

Crawford was transported by Carroll County E.M.S. to Fitzgibbbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment.

The accident happened at 7:45pm on Missouri Highway 41 at County Road 270.

HOWARD CRASH INJURES GLASGOW WOMAN 11/9/14RK


A one-car accident in Howard County on Sunday morning caused injuries to a Glasgow woman.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as 27-year-old Darlene Hord was distracted by her phone, her 2010 Toyota crossing the center line, traveling off the left side of the road and striking a utility pole.

She reportedly was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The accident happened just before 3:00am on southbound Highway 5 near Greggs Creek.

CENTRAL MISSOURI HONOR FLIGHT TAKES OFF MONDAY MORNING 11/9/14RK


Monday will be a big day for 69 veterans from the Central Missouri area as they will head out on the trip of the lifetime.

Leaving Columbia Regional Airport at 2:00am will be the 31st flight of the Central Missouri Honor Flight.

The flight will be heading to Washington D.C. where four World War II, 24 Korean War and 41 Vietnam War veterans will visit the memorials of their wars and other monuments and sights in the U.S. Capital city.

Flight Director Gary Paulsell says Central Missouri Honor Fligfht is in rare air.



He said if people from the area want to greet the veterans when they return home, that is possible.



Paulsell says this is an historic date in more ways than one, especially since the Marine Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial all were dedicated on November 10th.

For more information on or to donate to Central Missouri Honor Flight, visit centralmissourihonorflight.com.

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING ALLEGED ROBBERY 11/9/14RK


Columbia Police are investigating an alleged robbery.

According to a release from the department, officers were dispatched to Break Time Convenience Store on Smiley Lane at 9:45pm on Saturday, November 8th with the report of a robbery.

According to the report, the suspect entered the store and implied he had a handgun, but none was seen. The suspect demanded money from the two clerks and received an undetermined amount of cash.

The suspect fled on foot, and an attempt to track him by using the K-9 unit was unsuccessful.

The suspect is described as a white male wearing glasses, approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall, medium build, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and dark-colored pants.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Columbia Police Department or call Crime Stoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

BOONVILLE MAN HURT IN COOPER CRASH 11/9/14RK


A Boonville man suffered minor injuries in a one-car accident in Cooper County on Saturday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 36-year-old William Thomas was responding to a reported burglary with emergency equipment activated in a 2013 Ford when he swerved to miss a deer in the roadway. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a ditch.

Thomas was transported to the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia by Cooper County E.M.S. for treatment.

The accident occurred just before 6:00pm on Route "V" at County Road 179.

WARRENSBURG WOMAN HURT IN JOHNSON ACCIDENT 11/9/14RK


A two-vehicle accident in Johnson County on Saturday afternoon caused injuries to a Warrensburg woman.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as a southbound 2004 Toyota, driven by 21-year-old Taylor Donaldson, of Warrensburg, was stopped in traffic and struck in the rear by a 2010 Ford, driven by 18-year-old Sarah McCollum.

Donaldson and a passenger in her car, 20-year-old Allison Harper, of Overland Park, Kan., each suffered minor inquires and were transported by E.M.S. to Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg for treatment.

The crash occurred at 2:15pm on Missouri 13 at Northeast 515 Road.

NEW MINIMUM WAGE RATE SET TO TAKE EFFECT 11/7/14CC


According to a release from the Missouri Department of Labor, the state minimum wage rate for 2015 has been established at $7.65 an hour, according to state law. The new rate takes effect effective January 1st.

All businesses are required to pay at minimum the $7.65 hourly rate except retail and service businesses whose annual gross sales are less than $500,000. Per state law, the minimum wage rate is calculated once a year and may increase or decrease based on the cost of living as measured by the previous year’s Consumer Price Index. Missouri law does not allow the state’s minimum wage rate to be lower than the federal minimum wage rate.

Compensation for tipped employees must also total at least $7.65 per hour. Employers are required to pay tipped employees at least 50 percent of the minimum wage, or the amount necessary to bring the employee’s total compensation to a minimum of $7.65 per hour.

You can learn more at www.labor.mo.gov.

ANTLERLESS PERMITS REDUCED IN MOST MISSOURI COUNTIES 11/7/14RK


The Missouri Department of Conservation reminds deer hunters that firearm antlerless deer hunting permits have been reduced from "any number" in most counties of the state to one in most counties. The reduction applies to all portions of the firearms deer season combined.

Still, there are several counties in the immediate KMMO listening area which will allow hunters to fill two antlerless deer permits, including Chariton County. Others include Randolph, Macon, Linn, Sullivan and Adair Counties.

The regulation changes were approved by the Conservation Commission at its April meeting.

For more information, visit mdc.mo.gov.

AMTRAK ROUTE TO BE DISRUPTED 11/7/14RK


Amtrak service between Kansas City and St. Louis will be disrupted for two days this upcoming week.

According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, Amtrak passengers riding the Missouri River Runner service from St. Louis to Kansas City will be bused for a portion of the trip on Wednesday, November 12th and Thursday, November 13th due to Union Pacific Railroad replacing a bridge near Lee's Summit.

Due to the bridge closure, passengers on afternoon trains 316 and 313 trains will be bused between Kansas City and Jefferson City on those days. All trains are expected to be back to normal operations by Friday, November 14th.

For information on this service change, visit Amtrak.com.

CONCORDIA B.O.A. EXPLAINS HEALTH PLANS TO CITY EMPLOYEES 11/7/14RK


The main focus of Thursday night's special meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen was to explain to city employees their options for health-care coverage through next year.

City Administrator Dale Klussman said this time around it will be different for employees because it's not Blue Cross & Blue Shield PPO, which he said the city has had for six to eight years. The city will pay a defined contribution of $404.28 for health-care insurance on each employee each month.

The three options on the new Cigna plan range from a cost that is less than the defined contribution, one exactly the same as the define contribution and one that exceeds the defined contribution, the latter requiring the employee to pay the difference.

Klussman said each employee needs to decide on a plan by open enrollment on November 20th, which also is the next regularly-scheduled board meeting date.

DEPUTIES INVESTIGATING ALLEGED GO-KART THEFT 11/7/14RK


A Saline County Sheriff's Deputy responded to a call on Lamb Trail in Marshall on Wednesday, November 5th, with the report of an alleged theft of a Go-kart.

According to the deputy's report, the alleged theft occurred sometime between 6:00pm on Tuesday, November 4th and 6:00pm on November 5th.

The resident told the deputy the Go-kart was not operational and had been chained to a light pole outside their residence.

A description of the Go-kart was not made available.

Investigation into the alleged theft is continuing.

NEW TABLES INSTALLED AT INDIAN FOOTHILLS PARK 11/7/14


Along with hearing various department reports, the Marshall Park Board also learned the park is currently being winterized, meaning insulating pipes and plumbing throughout the park at its meeting this week.

In other news, recently, the park completed installing picnic-type tables at several of the shelter houses at Indian Foothils Park, according to Marshall Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jeff Stubblefield.



He said the cost was about $23,000, but it was time to replace over 30 tables. Each shelter now has one handicap-accessible table along with enough seating for everybody. The upgrades were made at the Lion's Club, Lake View, Hill Top, North Point, Optimist, West Wind and Battle of Marshall shelters.

The upgrade did not include Seminole because it has concrete tables. He said that one will be done sometime in the future.

CHARITON COMMISSION RENEWS HEALTH INSURANCE 11/7/14RK


With renewal of their health insurance due December 1st, the Chariton County Commissioners opted this week to keep the coverage they currently have for the county employees. The county currently has Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, with the premiums increasing by 18.6 percent over last year, according to a county official.

LAFAYETTE COMMISSION PURCHASES CAR 11/7/14RK


At the meeting of the Lafayette County Commission this week, the commission voted to purchase a used Kansas Highway Patrol car for the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department. It's a Crown Victoria with less than 50,000 miles.

The commission also sent out letters last week to county office holders, asking them to put together their numbers for projected revenues and expenditures in preparation for the 2015 budget. Ideally, the commissioners would like to get the budget finished and approved by the last couple of days of 2014 or the first few days of 2015.

BOONVILLE P.D. URGES YOU TO LOCK YOUR CAR 11/7/14RK


According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, it is encouraging people to lock up their cars when they are not in them, even at a residence.

In recent days, the release says the department has received reports of items being taken from unlocked parked vehicles.

The release gives several ideas to help keep your vehicle and valuables inside safe:

If you have a garage, use it; Remove all items of value; Don't cover items in your car with a blanket or jacket, instead place them in the trunk; Completely close all windows; Park in a well-lit area close to your destination; Use outdoor lighting; Don't leave the registration or title in your car; Record serial numbers of your valuables; and Call 9-1-1 when a crime is in progress.

SLATER GRIDDERS TO PLAY ONE MORE YEAR IN L&C 11/7/14RK


Earlier this year, it was thought the Slater High School football team would not play another game in the Lewis and Clark Conference, jumping to the Central Activities Conference for all sports starting with the 2015 season. However, due to scheduling difficulties this would present--because the Wildcats would have to play a completely independent schedule-- and perhaps being charged $500 per game in the L&C it did not play next year, foregoing the final year of the L&C obligation, a lot of questions and concerns were expressed at the Thursday night's meeting of the Slater Board of Education.

Board member Joey Gochenour says he would like to stay in the L&C for another year.



The board approved a motion that Slater remain in the Lewis and Clark for another year in football only, then go independent for two more years. The board will then revisit the issue prior to the 2018 season.

There also are questions about what the softball team will do, a motion was made and carried to petition the Lewis and Clark to get out of the softball obligations for 2015.

LINCOLN MAN DIES IN PETTIS CRASH 11/7/14RK


A one-car accident in Pettis County on Wednesday night caused fatal injuries to a Lincoln man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 20-year-old Jared Gardner's northbound 2001 Saturn struck a deer in the roadway. The vehicle then traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole.

Gardner was transported to University Hospital for treatment, but he was pronounced dead at 10:52pm.

The accident happened just after 8:00pm on Wednesday on northbound U.S. Highway 65, just north of Hall Road.

SALINE ASSESSOR ADDRESSES MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENTS 11/6/14CC


Saline County Assessor Margaret Pond has issued a statement in regards to recent allegations by the County Auditor's office that Pond requested excessive mileage reimbursement from two trips on county business.

Two purchase orders for reimbursement were submitted under protest by the Auditor's office at the October 23rd meeting of the Saline County Commission, in which the documentation for mileage was called into question. Pond says she correctly followed county rules in regards to travel and mileage:



The trips for which the mileage numbers were questioned were an Assessor's Training session at the Lake of the Ozarks and a Missouri State Tax Commission event in Jefferson City.

MODOT ANNOUNCES BRIDGE WEB PAGE 11/6/14CC


According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, due to a recent flurry of unplanned bridge closures as a result of regular inspections or collisions, MODOT has developed a web page that includes statewide bridge closure information.

Included on the page are inspection photos, the reason for the bridge closure, corrective actions to be taken and how they will be paid for, a map of the bridge location and recommended detours by way of state highways.

The bridge closure page can be found by visiting MODOT's website at www.modot.org and clicking on the "bridge closure" banner at the top of the front page.

COOPER COMMISSION SIGNS LEASE AGREEMENT 11/6/14RK


This week at the meeting of the Cooper County Commission, the commission signed a lease agreement for usage of towers in the county for the public safety system.

Presiding Commisisoner Eddie Brickner says the lease agreement is with Eagle Network, of Sedalia.



Brickner said bridge work is being done in the county.



This is a two-year project.

SALINE DEPUTIES INVESTIGATING ALLEGED THEFT OF DOG 11/6/14RK


The Saline County Sheriff's Department has been investigating an alleged theft of a dog.

According to a report from the department, on October 24th, 2014, two residents of Ladder Avenue in Marshall came to the department and alleged somebody had stolen their 10-month-old Australin Shepard/Shar Pei mix male puppy named "Goober."

The alleged theft of the dog happened around 8:30am.

The report says one of the residents described a small, dark-colored passenger car being in the area around the time of the alleged theft.

No further suspect information is available at this time, and investigation into the alleged theft is continuing.

SAFE AT HOME PROGRAM HONORS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH 11/6/14RK


Secretary of State Jason Kander recently toured Hope House domestic violence shelter in Lee's Summit with victims' advocates and law-enforcement officers. The visit highlights his office's Safe at Home address confidentiality program in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

According to a release from Kander's office, Hope House has cared for survivors of domestic violence for 30 years.

The Safe at Home address confidentiality program was created in 2007 for survivors of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and stalking, providing a substitute mailing address for participants to use on all new records created with all state and local government agencies and the courts. Over 2,000 participants have been protected by the program to date.

For more information on the program, visit www.mosafeathome.com.

VOTING MACHINES COULD BE USED TO TEACH 11/6/14RK


Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell said she thinks the voting process could be shown to school-age children to get them up to speed when it comes time for them to cast their ballots.



Russell said some youths who are being home-schooled came in for a field trip and were intrigued by the process, while she was conducting the mandatory test of the machines last Thursday in the County Clerk's office, five days before Tuesday night's general election. She said the idea occurred to her that the machines could be used to inform and educate at a young age and create interest in and the importance of the process.

HELP FOR HEATING BILLS IS AVAILABLE 11/6/14RK


As winter is about to set in, the Missouri Department of Social Services is reminding Missourians in-need that the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program can help them with their heating bills.

According to a release from the department, the program offers help paying bills through March of 2015. Payment amounts can range from $45 to $450 and are based on the household size, income and type of fuel used for home heating. Payments are generally made directly to the utility company.

In fiscal year 2014, more than 146,000 Missouri households received assistance.

Applications are now being accepted. For more details, visit dss.mo.gov.

COOPER SHERIFF RAISING FUNDS FOR K-9 UNIT 11/6/14RK


An area Sheriff's Office is working to establish its first K-9 Unit that will better aid in detection of controlled substances, locating lost or missing persons or suspects, officer protection and the apprehension of suspects.

According to a release from the Cooper County Sheriff's Office, the office has received a donation of $5,000 from State Farm to support the program.

The donation will be used to help in the purchase the K-9, the equipment and training. But more donations are needed.

As of last week, Blackwater, Boonville, Bunceton, Otterville, Pilot Grove and Prairie Home schools have been performing a change drive at their schools. As a thank you for their contributions, once the K-9 Unit is purchased, it will make stops at each school for a demonstration.

For questions or to contribute, call the Cooper County Sheriff's Office at (660) 882-2771.

MVC ANNOUNCES V.P. HIRING 11/6/14RK


Missouri Valley College has announced the appointment of a new vice president of academic affairs.

According to a release from the college, Dr. Parris Watts brings over 40 years of academic and administrative experience to the position at Valley.

Most recently, Parris was vice president of academic affairs, dean of faculty and professor at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.

Dr. Watts will begin his duties on December 1st.

MAYVIEW BURGLARIES UNDER INVESTIGATION 11/5/14CC


Authorities in Lafayette County are asking the public's help for information about a pair of burglaries that occurred in Mayview earlier this week.

According to the Lafayette County Sheriffs Department, two residential burglaries were reported between 8:00am and 11:00am on Monday, November 3rd. A vehicle believed to be used in the incidents is described by authorities as a newer black pickup truck; no suspect information has been made available.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to contact the Lafayette County Sheriffs Department at (660) 259-3622.

AREA VOTER TURNOUT ABOVE STATE AVERAGE 11/5/14CC


With overall voter turnout across Missouri in Tuesday's General Election coming in at around 35% (according to the Secretary of State's office), most counties in the KMMO listening area found their turnout numbers to be near or above the statewide average.

Lafayette County had the highest turnout at 44.44%, followed closely by Howard County with a 44.21% turnout. Chariton County was also well above the state average with 43.08% of registered voters making their way to the ballot box on Tuesday.

Cooper County had a turnout of 38.62%, followed by Pettis County at 36.9% and Saline County at 36.72%. Carroll County had the lowest voter turnout in the area at 34.37% but was also the only area county with no contested races for county offices on the ballot.

Average voter turnout for the seven-county area came in at 39.76%, over three percentage points higher than the state average.

For a county-by-county look at voter turnout across the state, visit the Secretary of State's office online at www.sos.mo.gov.

KANDER ANNOUNCES STATEWIDE VOTER TURNOUT 11/5/14RK


Secretary of State Jason Kander has announced the unofficial voter turnout for Tuesday's general election was 35.23 percent. Just over 1.43 million of the state's 4.1 million registered voters cast ballots.

According to a release from Kander's office, three counties with the highest percentage of voter turnout were Knox at 52.11 percent, Schuyler at 50.82 percent and Worth at 50.3 percent.

Statewide, voter participation was highest in the contest over Amendment 3.

According to state law, results will be certified by December 9th.

SEDALIA CITY COUNCIL APPROVES BID FOR TRENCH BOX 11/5/14RK


Sedalia City Administrator Gary Edwards said the Sedalia City Council meeting this week was filled with committee reports, including one from the Public Safety Committee, determining the makeup of the Policemen's Retirement Board of Trustee's.

In other business, Edwards said the council approved a bid for a trench box for the Water Pollution Control Department.



Edwards said this is something that is also required by OSHA.

Edwards said the Council has approved the city's hiring of engineering firm Wilson & Company, Inc., for an evaluation of leachate seepage at the old Sedalia landfill and approved a change order for just over $19,000 for a Runway Reconstruction Project at the Sedalia Regional Airport. He said the $1 million project, which is partially funded by grants, could be finished by the middle of or late next month.

CONCORDIA B.O.A. HEARS COMMUNITY CENTER WORK ESTIMATES 11/5/14RK


At the meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen this week, City Administrator Dale Klussman said the board heard a report on the work needed at the Community Center.

There are three choices ranging in cost from $530,000 for repairs and upgrades, adding on to the existing gymnasium at $2 million, or building a completely new structure for a cost of $3.5 million. No action was taken at this time, but a decision could be made in the near future.

In other business, the board approved a bid of nearly $1,650 from Car Audio Sound Connection, of Concordia, for installation of an outside sound system for the city, which will mainly be used to pipe out music during the Christmas season.

The board also authorized the city to pay $1,550 plus any additional costs for removal of asbestos and PCD's at the old water treatment plant.

The board also voted to hold to a 30-year contract signed with T-Mobil for a tower lease that was signed in 1996.

Klussman said the board voted to change insurance carriers from Blue Cross and Blue Shield to Cigna Midwest Public Risk. A special Board of Aldermen meeting has been set for Thursday night at 7:00pm at the Community Center to discuss health-insurance options with the city employees.

SLATER COUNCIL SIGNS RESOLUTION 11/5/14RK


The Slater City Council voted for the city employees to keep Blue Cross and Blue Shield as their health-care insurance provider at the council meeting on Tuesday night. City Administrator Gene Griffith said the premiums for the employees will increase by 8.9 percent.

The Council also signed a resolution.



He said the city also approved and signed a resolution stating other funds will be used before the grant funds to insure the project gets finished. He said the project includes four houses in Slater and three to four in Marshall. Griffith said work on the houses in Slater could begin as early as next week.

The Council also invited everybody to the Veterans' Day Ceremony on November 11th at 9:00am at the school and to the annual Turkey/Ham giveaway on November 26th at 6:00pm. Griffith said during the latter, the city's Christmas lights will be illuminated.

VOTER TURNOUT IN SALINE COUNTY JUST UNDER 40 PERCENT 11/5/14RK


According to numbers distributed by Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell on Tuesday night, the voter turnout during the general election in Saline County was about what Secretary of State Jason Kander said it would be statewide.

Of the 14,585 registered voters in the county, 5,355 actually cast ballots, which figures out to 36.72 percent.

The highest percentage of turnout in Saline County was in the Blackburn/Mt. Leonard precinct where 203 of the 461-- or 44.03 percent-- of voters went to the polls. The Blackwater, Miami and Orearville precincts had over 43 percent of registered voters cast ballots.

The lowest turnout in Saline County came in at 22.62 percent in Marshall Ward 4. The other three Marshall Wards were 31.87 percent, 35.68 percent and 36.36 percent.

CHARITON COUNTY VOTER TURNOUT OVER 40 PERCENT 11/5/14RK


Overall, the voter turnout in Chariton County during the general election on Tuesday night was slightly higher than expected statewide by Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander.

According to numbers released by Chariton County Clerk Susan Littleton, more than 43 percent-- 2,426 of 5,631-- of the registered voters in the county cast their ballots.

Of the 13 precincts, the highest voter turnout was in the Bee Branch precinct with more than 49 percent of the registered 218 voters casting their ballots.

Eight of the 13 precincts had a percentage of voter turnout higher than 40 percent.

The lowest turnout was in the Clark precinct at 35.2 percent.

CONTESTED COUNTY RACES 11/4/14CC


The outcomes of numerous contested county races were decided in the 2014 General Election held on Tuesday, November 4th. Here are the unofficial results from around the KMMO listening area:

* In Chariton County, the office of Presiding Commissioner went to Democrat Tony McCollum over Republican Daniel Standley. Independent Robert Wheeler defeated Republican Bryan Scheiderer for the office of Prosecuting Attorney.

* In Cooper County, Republican Donnie Baragary won the office of Presiding Commissioner over Democrat Danny Bright, Jr.

* In Howard County, the office of Circuit Court Clerk was won by Democrat Charles Flaspohler over Republican Ellen Carmack and Democrat Stephen Murrell defeated Republican Deborah Riekhof for the office of Prosecuting Attorney.

* In Lafayette County, Republican Russell Kruse won the office of Division 2 Associate Circuit Judge over Democrat Valoree Maycock and Democrat Kristen Ellis defeated Republican Weldon "Chip" Perry for the office of Prosecuting Attorney.

* In Pettis County, Republican Jeff Mittelhauser won the Division 6 Associate Circuit Judge Bench over Democrat Carmen Smith and Independent Debbie Mitchell; Republican David Dick won the office of Presiding Commissioner over Democrat Kenneth Schuber.

* In Saline County, Democrat Kile Guthrey, Jr., won the office of Presiding County Commissioner over Republican Eddie Howery and Republican Cindi Sims won the office of Collector of Revenue over Democrat Shelly Walter.

No contested county races were held in Carroll County. All results are unofficial until certified by county election officials and the Secretary of State's office.

UNCONTESTED COUNTY RACES 11/4/14CC


Several races in area counties were, for the most part, decided before Election Day, as numerous candidates ran unopposed for their respective offices:

* In Saline County, Hugh Harvey won reelection to the Division 5 Associate Circuit Judge seat and Tut Bellamy won another term as Division 6 Associate Circuit Judge. Other uncontested Saline County races saw Debbie Russell reelected as County Clerk, Sharon Crawford as Circuit Court Clerk, Jamie Nichols as Recorder of Deeds, Donald Stouffer as Prosecuting Attorney, and Tara Vogelsmeier as County Auditor.

* In Lafayette County, Kelly Halford Rose won the Division 3 Associate Circuit Judge's seat unopposed and Harry Hoflander won another term as Presiding Commissioner. Other uncontested Lafayette County races saw Linda Niendick reelected as County Clerk, Deana Aversman as Circuit Court Clerk, Joann Swartz as Recorder of Deeds, Lori Figenbaum as Collector of Revenue and Cherie Mason as County Auditor.

* In Pettis County, Paul Beard won the seat of Division 5 Associate Circuit Judge, Nick LaStrada for County Clerk, Susan Sadler for Circuit Court Clerk, Barbara Clevenger for Recorder of Deeds, Phillip Sawyer for Prosecuting Attorney, Marsha Boeschen for County Collector and Beverly Dillon for County Auditor.

* In Carroll County, Nelson Heil won reelection as Presiding County Commissioner; other uncontested races saw Peggy McGaugh reelected as County Clerk, Cassandra Brown as Prosecuting Attorney and Cheryl Bultmann Mansur both as Circuit Court Clerk and Recorder of Deeds.

* In Chariton County, Andrea Vandeloecht won the seat of Associate Circuit Judge, Danny Price won as Western District Associate County Commissioner and Eric Stallo won the combined offices of Circuit Court Clerk and Recorder of Deeds.

* In Cooper County, Keith Bail won the seat of Associate Circuit Judge; other uncontested races saw Nancy Fisher win as Recorder of Deeds, Daryl Kempf as County Clerk, Douglas Abele as Prosecuting Attorney, Carol Nauman as Collector of Revenue and Marcia Imhoff as Treasurer.

* In Howard County, Mason Gebhardt won the seat of Associate Circuit Judge and Sam Stroupe was reelected as Presiding Commissioner with no opposition. Other races saw Kathryne Harper win reelection as County Clerk, Susan Keyton as County Treasurer, Jinger Felten as Collector of Revenue and Nathanael Kohl as County Surveyor.

All results are unofficial until certified by county election officials and the Secretary of State's office.

CARROLLTON TOWN COUNCIL AWARDS BID FOR GUTTERING 11/4/14RK


The Carrollton Town Council met in regular session on Monday night, November 3rd and awarded a bid from Cranmers Seamless Guttering, of Chillicothe, for $1,350 to replace the guttering and downspouts on Carrollton City Hall.

The Town Council also looked over three health insurance quotes, electing to stick with the city's current provider, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, at an increase in rates of 9.9 percent from last year.

Carrollton R-7 Superintendent Jon Oetinger made a request that the city put in a turn lane on Ninth Street in front of the Middle School to help traffic flow better. The council will make a decision at a future meeting.

The Town Council also appointed Michael Smith to the Fire Board.

ROUTE 40 BRIDGE NOW OPEN TO TRAFFIC 11/4/14RK


According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, an area bridge is now open.

The release says rehabilitation work has been completed and the Route 40 Bridge over Moniteau Creek in Howard County is now open to traffic.

Weather permitting, the bridge will now be painted and have one lane open between the hours of 7:00am and 5:30pm daily until painting is completed. Traffic will be flagged through the work zone.

For information about this or any MoDOT project, call 888-ASK-MODOT or visit modot.org.

SHOW-ME HONOR FLIGHT LAYS BRICKS AT COURTHOUSE 11/4/14RK


During the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday morning, November 4th, Northern District Commissioner Charlie Guthrie said there was a brick-laying ceremony recently on the Marshall Square.



He said Show-Me Honor Flight still is taking applications for bricks. He said so far about 1,200 bricks have been placed around the Saline County Courthouse.



Guthrie said the trips are free for veterans, but others who want to go as escorts on a future trip to Washington D.C., the charge is $350 and they need to fill out an application. He said, currently, there is quite a waiting list for escorts.

SALINE CLERK EXPECTS GOOD VOTER TURNOUT 11/4/14RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday morning, November 4th, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell said she made a trip around part of the polling places in the county early this morning and is encouraged by what she observed.



Russell said Saline Countians will be kept up to date as much as possible via the web, too.



Russell cautions that the results tonight will be unofficial until certified at a later date by the Secretary of State's office.

The commission also voted to keep things as they have been, the county not contributing to employees' retirement accounts. The accounts are fully funded by the employees.

HIGGINSVILLE B.O.A. APPROVES BILL 11/4/14RK


At the meeting of the Higginsville Board of Aldermen on Monday night, the board approved a bill authorizing the city to participate the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative.

There also were three employees of the city recognized for years of service, including Kyla Fisher for 20 years and Denetta Amor for 10 years; and Donna Brown for 15 years of service in Economic Development.

The board also set the Utilities' Committee meeting date as Monday, November 10th at 5:30pm at City Hall.

ROACH COUPLE WINS IN LOTTERY 11/4/14RK


A couple from Roach is celebrating a Missouri Lottery win, thanks to a birthday gift.According to a release from the Missouri Lottery, for his birthday gift on October 30th, Leo Klamerus received a card in the mail from a cousin in St. Louis. The card included a "Silver and Gold" scratchers ticket.

Klamerus actually gave the ticket to his wife, Janet, to scratch off, and it yielded a $20,000 second-tier prize. After going out to dinner, with the money left over, Janet said she plans on making some home repairs and updates.

Roach is in Camden County near the Lake of the Ozarks.

"Silver and Gold" is a $5 scratcher ticket introduced on September 8th. The game currently offers more than $10 million in prizes, including five $100,000 top prizes.

COLE CAMP MAN INJURED IN PETTIS CRASH 11/4/14RK


A one-vehicle accident on Monday afternoon in Pettis County has caused moderate injuries to a Cole Camp man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a car, driven by 66-year-old William Cox, traveled off the roadway and overturned, coming to rest on its side.

Cox was transported by Pettis County E.M.S. to Bothwell Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The accident happened just before 5:00pm one-half mile west of Dresden Road on eastbound U.S. Highway 50.

VOTER TURNOUT IN SALINE COUNTY 11/5/14RK


According to numbers distributed by Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell on Tuesday night, the voter turnout in Saline County was about what Secretary of State Jason Kander thought it would be statewide.

Of the 14,585 registered voters in the county, 5,355 actually cast ballots, which figures out to 36.72 percent.

The highest percentage of turnout in Saline County was in the Blackburn/Mt. Leonard precinct where 203 of the 461-- or 44.03 percent-- of voters went to the polls. The Blackwater, Miami and Orearville precincts had over 43 percent of registered voters cast ballots.

The lowest turnout in Saline County came in at 22.62 percent in Marshall Ward 4. The other three Marshall Wards were 31.87 percent, 35.68 percent and 36.36 percent.

MARSHALL CITY COUNCIL 11/3/14KL


The Marshall City Council has approved an ordinance amending a territorial agreement between the Board of Public Works and the Central Missouri Electric Cooperative.

Utilities General Manager Kyle Gibbs explained to the council.



In other business of the council, they were told that permits had been issued for construction of just under a half-million dollars for the month of October, with the majority of that construction for roof repair or replacement.

The council also approved the bid of Gary Morrow for demolition of a substandard structure at 428 North Odell. Morrow was the lowest bid of four received, at $5,750.

WARRENSBURG CITY BILLING PROCEDURE COULD BE CHANGING 11/3/14RK


The city of Warrensburg is in the final stages of preparation to bring the Sewer Billing Operations in-house.

According to a release from the City of Warrensburg, the staffing is complete, but the city is completing the purchase and installation of software, hardware and startup equipment necessary.

The release says a new feature of the billing process customers will see is zone billing. This system will include four zones, and based on the location of residency, sewer bills will be mailed and received around the same time residents receive their water bills.

If everything goes well, the new system could be up and running in the next few weeks.

For any questions about the new process, residents are urged to call the City of Warrensburg Sewer Utility Department at (660) 262-4549 and ask for Carl Larkerbrink, Vickie Wright or Carey Smith.

OCTOBER WEATHER RESULTS 11/3/14RK


October numbers are in, and the month was pretty much average as far as temperatures go.

According to a summary from the National Weather Service out of Pleasant Hill, the average high temperature for the month was just over 68 degrees, with the average low being just more than 46 degrees.

The high was recorded at 86 degrees on October 1st. There was only one other day where the mercury reached at least 80 degrees, with the temperature being 84 degrees on October 27th.

The low for the month of 36 degrees was registered on October 30th. The mercury dipped to the 30s overnight five nights in October.

As for precipitation, Marshall received 5.95 inches, with the most-- 2.02 inches-- being recorded on October 2nd. The other date where more than an inch of precipitation was recorded was October 14th with 1.39 inches.

THREE MID-MISSOURI RESIDENTS HURT IN RANDOLPH ACCIDENT 11/3/14RK


Three central-Missouri residents suffered serious injuries in a two-car crash in Randolph County on Sunday evening.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a westbound vehicle, driven by 26-year-old Ryan Mohr, of Huntsville, tried to cross U.S. Highway 63 without yielding and was struck by a southbound vehicle driven by 22-year-old Justin Derks, of Columbia.

Mohr and three passengers in his car, 26-year-old Brittany Griggs, of Chicago, 45-year-old Maurice Jackson, of Moberly, and 37-year-old Dorothy Seiler, of Centralia, all suffered serious injuries. Griggs and Jackson were transported by Life Flight, while Mohr and Seiler were transported by Randolph County Ambulance to University Hospital for treatment.

The accident occurred at U.S. 63 and Route "Z" at 6:30pm.

BOONVILLE INJURY 11/2/14KL


A Boonville woman has been injured in a Pettis County accident. The highway patrol says a car driven by 34-year-old Toni Mendoza, of Boonville, ran off the side of the road, flipped several times and struck a barbed-wire fence and a tree before coming to rest on an embankment on its top.

Mendoza received serious injuries and was taken to Centerpoint Medical center for treatment.

The accident happened a little after 6:30 Sunday morning on Highway 50 East of Chevalier Road.

PETTIS COUNTY ACCIDENT 11/2/14KL


Two people have been injured in Pettis County when their car struck a deer.

The driver, 21-year-old Ryan Gray, of Springfield, and a passenger, 18-year-old McKenzie Cleveland, of Edwards, both received minor injuries and were taken to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.

The accident happened Saturday night a little after 7:30 on Highway 65 in Pettis County.

UNEMPLOYMENT 11/1/14KL


Even with more people coming back into the workforce, more people are at work in the KMMO listening area, and the unemployment rates have dropped in some areas to where it has not been for years.

The lowest unemployment rate in the area is in Saline county at 4.7 percent, down a full half of a percent since the previous month.

Also in September, the latest month for which figures are available, two counties have five percent unemployment rates Chariton and Howard Counties.

Not far behind is Pettis County and Cooper County with 5.3 percent unemployment. Johnson County is at 5.4 percent.

Lafayette County is at 6 percent and Carroll County is at 6.4 percent unemployment for September
.

CENTRALIA WINNER 11/1/14KL


Dustin Stanton, a 21-year-old member of the Centralia FFA chapter, has been named the 2014 American Star in Agribusiness during the 8th general session of the National FFA convention and expo being held in Louisville, Kentucky.

What started as a gift of six chicks from his uncle turned into Stanton's own enterprise.

As co-owner of Stanton Brothers, he manages more than 20,000 laying hens and gardens totaling more than 4,300 square feet.

A student at the University of Missouri studying agribusiness management, he supplies neighbors, local businesses, nursing homes, university dining halls and farmers markets with fresh eggs, radishes, and tomatoes.

Each year at the National Convention, four FFA members are honored with the American Star Award for outstanding accomplishments in FFA and agriculture education. It is the most prestigious honor awarded to a student by the national organization.

WINDSOR INJURY 11/1/14KL


A 16-year-old Windsor Missouri woman has suffered moderate injuries in a one-car accident in Henry county.

Alexandra Wade was injured when she ran off the side of the road.

The accident happened Friday afternoon on highway 52 in Henry County. Wade was taken to the hospital in Clinton for treatment of injuries.

BOONVILLE POLICE WARNS OF POSSIBLE SCAM 10/31/14RK


According to a release from Boonville Police Chief Bobby Welliver, people need to watch out for a possible scam.

The release says a Boonville resident received a suspicious phone call from (660) 324-1559 in Slater.

The caller identified themselves and congratulated the Boonville resident on winning $25,000 in the Daily Double from an on-line entry.

But in order to collect, the Boonville resident was asked to stay on the line and get transferred to another person to provide more information.

The Boonville Police Department always recommends that people never give out personal or financial information over the telephone unless you are sure with whom you are speaking.

GILLIAM TRASH RATES GOING UP 10/31/14RK


The Gilliam Board of Aldermen met this week to discuss trash service provided by Waste Corporation of America.

After hearing concerns and input from citizens, the board voted unanimously to raise the rates to $15.00 per month per house, with 96-gallon trash containers to be provided by WCA to each resident.

The new rates and trash containers will go into effect in January 2105.

LINCOLN WOMAN HURT IN COOPER COUNTY CRASH 10/31/14RK


A Lincoln woman was injured in a one-car crash in Cooper County on Wednesday morning.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as an eastbound 2007 Chrysler, driven by 50-year-old Kimberly Fitzpatrick, struck a deer and traveled off the left side of the roadway into the median.

Fitzpatrick suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Cooper County Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened at just after 6:30 at the 92-mile marker on I-70.

MCGAUGH SELECTED TO BE ON TASK FORCE 10/31/14RK


According to a release from the Missouri Secretary of State's office, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has announced the formation of a bipartisan Elections Integrity Task Force, which will bring together local, state and federal law-enforcement and election authorities. The task force will meet each election year going forward to help coordinate efforts to ensure Missouri elections remain fair, secure and accessible.

Included on the task force is Carroll County Clerk Peggy McGaugh. She says she is honored by being selected.

McGaugh said voter fraud hasn't been a problem in this area, but in other areas of the state, there have been questions raised.



McGaugh, who has been in her position for 30 years, says many of the 12 members of the task force are experienced at their positions, which should help those who are less experienced in the election process.



The release says by bringing multiple agencies to the table, the task force will open lines of communication and establish new protocols for responding to alleged violations in the elections process.

MVC WRESTLERS "TRICK-OR-TREATING" FOR CANNED GOODS 10/31/14RK


The Missouri Valley College men’s wrestling team will hold its sixth annual "Kans 4 Kids" food drive tonight.

Members of the team will go "trick-or-treating" for canned goods Halloween night around the Marshall community.

Valley head wrestling coach and assistant athletic director Mike Machholz says this event came about because there are needy folks in the community.



Machholz said it was a bit rough when they started doing this in 2009, but the community has been more receptive each successive year of the project.



The men’s wrestling team will be divided into small groups and given a section of town in which to "trick-or-treat." At the end of the evening, all of the teams will meet to count the number of items each team was able to collect. Last year, the MVC wrestling team set a goal of 2100 cans to be collected this year.

The canned goods are collected and given to the Marshall Public School District and distributed to families in the district who are in need.

Donations also may be dropped off at the Ferguson Center on the MVC campus just outside the Cafeteria on Friday from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

CONCORDIA B.O.A APPROVES APPLICATION FOR LOAN 10/31/14RK


Along with approving an insurance plan during a special meeting this week, the Concordia Board of Aldermen also approved a loan application prepared by Brightery for a low-interest loan for the city to save long-term dollars for re-lamping all of the light fixtures and the Concordia Community Center and City Hall.

City Administrator Dale Klussman....



Klussman also said after a walk through by city officials, the board voted to release Enbridge Pipeline from any liability for any possible street damage in the city from a pipeline project last spring.

CONCORDIA B.O.A. PICKS INSURANCE PROVIDER 10/31/14RK


At a special meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen this week, the board discussed two different insurance policies available for city employees and voted to go with a policy that has composite pricing, which means all employees will pay the same premium rates, regardless of age, according to City Administrator Dale Klussman.

He said, however, he's been assigned to come up with a plan before December 1st when he hopes everything will be in place.



Klussman said the board also approved a loan application that had been prepared by Brightergy for a low-interest loan for the city to save long-term dollars for re-lamping all of the light fixtures at the Concordia Community Center and City Hall and voted to release Enbridge Pipeline and all subcontractors from liability for possible street damage in the city during an Enbridge pipeline project last spring after a recent walkthrough by city officials.

M.M.U BOARD MEETS WITH DNR REP 10/31/14RK


In a lengthy meeting of the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works on Thursday, Utilities Manager Kyle Gibbs said the board met with Everett Baker from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.



He said it is a fairly significant cost.

In other business, he said the board approved changes to the North Street pump station. He said right now, the electricity comes to the town via older switch gear and it is going to be changed to newer gear at a higher voltage level.

The board also approved replacing about 800 feet of 6-inch water main on Slater Street between Commercial and North Brunswick. He said the $56,000 project should be completed in the next few months.



The board also voted to keep Blue Cross and Blue Shield as the insurance provider for MMU employees at a 9.9 percent increase.

WARRENSBURG WOMAN SENTENCED FOR STEALING 10/31/14RK


According to a release from the office of the U.S. District Attorney in Kansas City, a former director of a program that provided a home for disabled persons in Higginsville has been sentenced in federal court for embezzling more than $300,000 from the organization.

The release says, on Thursday, October 30th, Terri Arlene Marr, 51, of Warrensburg, was sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison with no parole. The court also ordered Marr, who pleaded guilty to two counts of theft on April 23rd, 2014, to pay $317,544 in restitution. She was the director of the Progressive Alternative Living, Inc., (PAL) from 1991 through 2013.

Marr admitted she used PAL credit cards to pay personal expenses and make payments on her personal credit cards and issuing paychecks of over $186,000 to an individual who was not an employee of PAL out of the PAL bank account from 2001 through 2013.

Marr is to surrender and start serving her sentence on December 15th, 2014.

LITTLE FREE LIBRARY OPEN IN MOBERLY 10/31/14RK


The Moberly Parks and Recreation Department has announced the opening of the Little Free Library located at the site of the old municipal pool near Candy Cane Center.

According to a release from the department, the way it works is: the community will initially stock the library with family-friendly books;patrons can stop by and take a book and replace it with a new or used book from your collection to share with others.

For questions, you can call Moberly Parks and Recreation at (660) 269-8705, extension 2040.

KCP&L OFFERING RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS NEW PAYMENT OPTION 10/31/14RK


According to a release from KCP&L, the Cold Weather Rule will go into effect in Missouri on Saturday, November 1st. During this time period, KCP&L will offer its eligible residential customers a 12-month payment plan to help make their bills more manageable.

The Cold Weather Budget Billing option is new and is in addition to other payment options.

KCP&L customers who are interested are encouraged to visit kcpl.com/financialassistance.

SMITHTON PLANT GIVEN OK 10/31/14RK


The Missouri Department of Agriculture's Meat and Poultry Inspection Program has reinstated custom exempt processing operations at the PBR Meat Processing Plant in Smithton following a satisfactory visit to the facility earlier this week. The processing exemption had been suspended due to sanitation issues on October 24th, 2014.

According to a release from the Missouri Department of Agriculture, facilities operating under a custom processing exemption are not allowed to sell meat to the public. Custom exempt processing is completed for livestock owners for their own consumption. All custom exempt packaging is specially marked "NOT FOR SALE."

For more information about the Missouri Department of Agriculture, visit agriculture.mo.gov.

MVC WRESTLING "TRICK-OR-TREATING" FOR CANNED GOODS 10/30/14RK


The Missouri Valley College men’s wrestling team will hold its sixth annual "Kans 4 Kids" food drive on Friday night.

Members of the team will go "trick-or-treating" for canned goods Halloween night around the Marshall community. These canned goods are collected and given to the Marshall Public School District and distributed to families in the district who may be in need.

The men’s wrestling team will be divided into small groups and given a section of town in which to "trick-or-treat." At the end of the evening, all of the teams will meet to count the number of items each team was able to collect. Last year, the MVC wrestling team set a goal of 2100 cans to be collected this year.

Donations also may be dropped off at the Ferguson Center on the MVC campus just outside the Cafeteria on Friday from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

COUNTY CLERKS' OFFICES TO BE OPEN SATURDAY 10/30/14RK


With the November 4th general election on the horizon, most of the counties have demonstrated the voting equipment is in working shape. However, on Saturday at 10:30am, the test will be conducted at the Cooper County Courthouse.

All of the surrounding counties will have their County Clerk's office open for four hours on Saturday to accommodate absentee voters.

In Chariton, Lafayette, Howard, Saline and Cooper Counties, absentee voters will be able to cast their ballots between 8:00am and noon.

In Johnson County, the hours will be from 8:30am to 12:30pm, and in Pettis County, the Clerk's office will be open from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

SPEEDE LIMIT TO INCREASE ON STRETCH OF RAY COUNTY HIGHWAY 10/30/14RK


The speed limit on an area highway will be increasing in the near future.

According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, effective on November 6th, the speed limit for a section of roadway on Route 10-- 1400 feet east of New Garden Road to 700 feet west of Route "O," through Wood Heights-- in Ray County will increase from 45mph to 55mph.

A traffic study was conducted by MoDOT and determined 55mph is a more appropriate speed.

For information about MoDOT projects, visit modot.mo.gov.

MISSOURIANS ARE URGED TO LOOK OUT FOR MEDICARE SCAMS 10/30/14RK


The Missouri Department of Insurance is cautioning Missourians who are eligible for Medicare to be wary of potential scams. With open enrollment running through December 7th, Missourians are urged to be on alert for scam artists.

According to a release from the Department of Insurance, Missourians can protect themselves by verifying a sales person is a licensed insurance agent by calling 800-726-7390; Do not do business with door-to-door sales people because Medicare has none of these types of representatives; Avoid sales people who offer free lunches to hear a presentation; Do not give out personal information to an unlicensed agent; Sales people cannot ask for on-line payments, but must send a bill.

Missourians can contact CLAIM for help at (800) 390-3330.

C.M.U. WINS FOOD FIGHT WITH VALLEY 10/30/14RK


In the weeks leading up to the 2014 Homecoming football game between Missouri Valley College and Central Methodist University in Fayette, the two schools engaged in some friendly competition to raise money and food for local food pantries.The Eagles were beaten on the football field 41-10, but they won the Second Annual Food Fight with Valley.

According to a release from CMU, the Eagles retain the traveling trophy and Howard County food pantries benefited from over $3,500 in cash and food products collected by the two institutions.

CMU raised more than $3,000 of the total proceeds, all of which will go to Howard County.

COMMISSIONERS GRANT USE OF SQUARE FOR RELAY FOR LIFE 10/30/14RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission this week, local Relay for Life co-chairpersons Allen and Melody Dierking were there asking permission to utilize the road and area around the Saline County Courthouse, also known as the Marshall Square, for a 2015 event.

Melody Dierking says the event will be a 12-hour walk.

She explains why it's 12 hours.



Allen Dierking says times have changed since the 1960s when cancer was nearly untreatable.



The commissioners unanimously approved their request to use the area starting on May 29th and going into the early morning hours of May 30th, 2015.

The Relay for Life will hold an organizational meeting on Tuesday, November 18th at 7:00pm in the community room at Wood & Huston Bank in Marshall.

LAW ENFORCEMENT CONDUCTS SEX OFFENDER COMPLIANCE SWEEP 10/30/14RK


According to a news release from the Saline County Sheriff's Department, on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 28th and 29th, the Sheriff's Department, U.S. Marshal's Service and Marshall Police Department conducted a countywide compliance check of registered sex offenders, contacting approximately 90 registered sex offenders.

The release says Saline County Sheriff's Deputies will follow up on those who were not able to be contacted during the project.

The compliance check was conducted to ensure information provided by the sex offenders is complete and correct.

During the two-day sweep, two subjects were arrested for non-compliance. There were other registration violations found that will be sent to the prosecuting attorney's office for review.

COLUMBIA CHECK SCAM BEING INVESTIGATED 10/30/14RK


According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, the department is investigating a check scam.

The release says this is not an ordinary check scam but organized forgeries. The scam begins when a group from out of state steals incoming and outgoing local business checks for the purpose of obtaining bank routing information and the authorized signatures on the business accounts. The group counterfeits the stolen checks, then goes to St. Louis or Kansas City with the purpose of recruiting a homeless person with valid identification.

The homeless person then goes into the bank listed on the check to cash the check. The homeless person will give a signal to the group, which is in a car outside the bank. The homeless person will then walk out of the bank and be picked up by the group.

How can businesses protect themselves against a check scam?

The release says, banks offer a service to protect business accounts for a small fee; businesses need to assure mailboxes are empty prior to end of business; businesses can use P.O. boxes; and businesses can use anti-phishing devices on their mailbox.

HENRY COUNTY CRASH INJURES DEEPWATER RESIDENT 10/30/14RK


A two-vehicle accident in Henry County on Wednesday afternoon, October 29th, injured a Deepwater resident.

According to a report from the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when a southbound 2008 Ford Taurus, driven by 77-year-old Charles Huenefeldt, of Columbia, failed to yield to a westbound 2005 Ford Escape, driven by 55-year-old Kathy Stone, of Deepwater, causing an accident in the intersection of Southwest 900 and Southwest 701 Roads. Stone's vehicle traveled off the road and overturned into a ditch as a result.

Stone suffered minor injuries and was transported to Golden Valley Memorial by Golden Valley E.M.S. for treatment.

The accident happened at 2:20pm.

HOLDEN MAN HURT IN JOHNSON COUNTY ACCIDENT 10/30/14RK


A one-vehicle accident in Johnson County on Wednesday morning, October 29th, caused injuries to a Holden man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when a westbound 2012 Chevrolet, driven by 61-year-old Mark Koehn, struck a deer in the roadway.

Koehn suffered minor injuries and was transported to Lee's Summit Medical Center by Johnson County E.M.S. for treatment.

The accident happened just before 6:00am on U.S. Highway 50 west of Missouri Route "AA."

SEDALIA WOMAN HURT IN CAR-DEER CRASH 10/30/14RK


A vehicle-deer accident in Cole County on Wednesday morning, October 29th, caused injuries to a Sedalia woman.

According to a report from the Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as an eastbound 2014 Nissan Versa, driven by 43-year-old Janie Harper, of Sedalia, struck a deer, causing the airbags in the vehicle to deploy.

Harper suffered minor injuries but reportedly refused treatment at the scene.

The accident happened just before 7:00am on U.S. Highway 50, one-quarter mile west of Route "U."

SEDALIA RESIDENT HURT IN CAR-DEER CRASH 10/30/14RK


A vehicle-deer accident in Cole County on Wednesday morning, October 29th, caused injuries to a Sedalia woman.

According to a report from the Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as an eastbound 2014 Nissan Versa, driven by 43-year-old Janie Harper, of Sedalia, struck a deer, causing the airbags in the vehicle to deploy.

Harper suffered minor injuries but reportedly refused treatment at the scene.

The accident happened just before 7:00am on U.S. Highway 50, one-quarter mile west of Route "U."

SALINE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE 10/29/14RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Health Department Board of Trustees on Wednesday in Marshall, the board approved the agency keeping Blue Cross & Blue Shield as an insurance provider for its employees.

The Women-Infants-and-Children, better known as WIC, program at the department recently was recognized in several categories for excellence at the Missouri WIC Conference in Columbia. The categories included Excellence in Breastfeeding Promotion (eight of 111 agencies were chosen), Support Group Classes and 24-hour warmline, the county Breastfeeding coalition with Fitzgibbon Hospital, Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Agency (28 of 111 agencies were recognized), Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Agency and the Nutrition Assessment Revision Task Force.

In order to celebrate Christmas, the board approved the Saline County Health Department to close at noon on Christmas Eve-Wednesday, December 24th- and reopen at 9:00am on Monday, December 29th.

FORMER KC MAN PLEADS GUILTY OF ROBBING BANKS 10/29/14RK


According to a release from the office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, a former Kansas City man has pleaded guilty in federal court to robbing banks in Columbia and Jefferson City.

The release says 45-year-old Brian Dewitt Unthank pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Matt Whitworth on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014, to two counts of bank robbery. By pleading guilty, Unthank admitted that he stole more than $6,300 from Landmark Bank in Columbia on June 18th, 2010. Unthank also admitted that he stole nearly $19,000 from River Regions Credit Union in Jefferson City on June 23rd, 2010.

Under federal statutes, Unthank is subject to a sentence of up to 40 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $500,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

T. J. TO VISIT MIZZOU CLINICS 10/29/14RK


T. J., the M.U. Children's Hospital mascot, will visit all three Mizzou Quick Care Clinics during Hy-Vee's annual Halloween Walk from 4:00 to 7:00pm on Friday, October 31st.

T. J. is scheduled to appear at the Mizzou Quick Care Clinic at 3100 West Broadway at 4:00pm, the Mizzou Quick Care Clinic at 405 East Nifong Boulevard at 5:00pm, and the Mizzou Quick Care Clinic at 25 Conley Road at 6:00pm, staying at each location for about 30-45 minutes.

Staff members of the facilities will hand out treats at each clinic, and the clinics will remain open during the event.

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING ARMED ROBBERY AT MOTEL 10/29/14RK


According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were dispatched to a Columbia motel early this morning with the report of an armed robbery.

The release says investigation revealed an unknown race male wearing a Halloween mask entered the hotel lobby armed with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk.

During the alleged robbery, the suspect took an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene on foot.

Nobody was injured in the incident, and the investigation is ongoing.

The alleged incident happened at 12:30am at LaQuinta Inn & Suites on I-70 Drive Southwest.

If anyone has any information about this incident they are being asked to call the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING ARMED ROBBERY 10/29/14RK


According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were dispatched to a business on North Keene Street with the report of an alleged armed robbery.

The investigation revealed an unknown race male wearing a Halloween mask entered Patricia's IGA armed with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk.

The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene on foot.

Nobody was injured in the incident, and the investigation is ongoing.

According to the release, the alleged incident happened at 8:45pm on Tuesday, October 28th.

If anyone has information about this incident, they are being asked to call the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

SEDALIA 200 B.O.E. HEARS FOOD SERVICE UPDATE 10/29/14RK


In addition to adopting a resolution opposing Amendment 3 in the November 4th general election, the Sedalia 200 School District also agreed to approved L. J. Hart as its underwriter for certificates.

Superintendent Brad Pollitt says the board also heard a food-service update.



Pollitt says there is a possibility the high-school graduation could be moved outside to the new stadium being built adjacent to the high school. The graduation is slated for the Mathewson Exhibition Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds at this time. He said the idea will be brought back to the board at the November meeting to see what it wants to do.

He said the new stadium could be finished soon. Although the goal of having the stadium finished in time for the Homecoming football game a couple of weeks ago was not met, Pollitt says the project is progressing nicely.

SEDALIA 200 OPPOSES AMENDMENT 3 10/29/14RK


On Tuesday, November 4th, Missouri voters will go to the polls to cast their ballots and determine the fate of Amendment 3, which will affect public schools.

The Sedalia 200 School District is the latest in a long line of area school districts to adopt a resolution opposing the measure at its meeting this week.

Superintendent Brad Pollitt...



Pollitt says attaching the success or failure of a teacher to a test is inappropriate.



He said passage of the amendment could drive away good teachers from public education to perhaps private education.

MVCAA RECEIVES GRANT 10/28/14RK


The Missouri Valley Community Action Agency has received a grant for startup funds for a program.

According to a release from the agency, the agency has been approved for a $609,000 Missouri Head Start Grant, an award that includes $109,000 in startup funds to help new partners in Higginsville and Odessa.

Cindy Gabbert, the head-start and early-head-start program director, says the grant money will help in many other ways, too, including hopefully getting a facility in the area.



MVCAA serves 57 participants-- four pregnant women and 53 infants and toddlers.

The release says studies demonstrate the positive outcomes of early childhood learning and early-learning investments create jobs and generate revenue for local communities.

Gabbert says there are hopes for joining forces in other communities, too.



MVCAA is a 501(c) nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage communities and focus resources to end poverty.
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