A two-vehicle accident in Lafayette County claimed the life of an area man on Sunday night.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it happened around 11:30pm, when 79-year-old Billy Moore, of Grain Valley, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 and struck a vehicle driven by a St. Louis man head-on.
Moore suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead
Kevin Kelly, a Missouri Public Service spokeperson, says there is an important area public hearing coming up later this week.
Grain Belt Express seeks a certificate of convenience and necessity to construct, own, operate and maintain a high-voltage, direct-current transmission line and associated facilities within several Missouri Counties, including Carroll and Chariton.
According to the application, approximately 206 miles of a high-voltage, direct-current ("HVDC") transmission line will traverse the state of Missouri from Kansas into Illinois and Indiana.
Formal evidentiary hearings in this case are scheduled for November 10th, 12th-14th and 21st, 2014 in Room 310 of the Governor Office Building, 200 Madison Street in Jefferson City.
Nationally renowned educator Baruti Kafele will address Smith-Cotton male students on Wednesday, September 3rd, from 8:00am to 9:30am at Smith-Cotton Junior High and 10:00am to 11:30am in the Heckart Performing Arts Center at Smith-Cotton High School.
Principal Kafele has distinguished himself as an award-winning educator, an internationally-renowned speaker and a best-selling author. He is a recipient of the National Alliance of Black School Educators Hall of Fame Award, the New Jersey Education Association Award of Excellence and the prestigious Milken National Educator Award.
According to a release from Sedalia School District 200, Kafele is an internationally-renowned education speaker and consultant. The release says Kafele is one of the most sought-after speakers for transforming the attitudes of at-risk student populations in America. A versatile speaker, he regularly conducts conference keynote addresses, professional development workshops, parental engagement seminars and "hard-hitting, no-nonsense" male-empowerment meetings. He works with hundreds of schools and districts to assist them with closing what he coined, the "attitude gap" – the gap between those students who have the will to strive for academic excellence and those who do not.
There will be some road work in Howard and Cooper County going on during daylight hours this week that might create some delays in travel plans.
In Howard County, roadway maintenance will take place on Tuesday, September 2nd through Thursday, September 4th on Route "AA" between Route 87 and Route "E." One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
In Cooper County, culvert pipe replacement will be going on Tuesday, September 2nd through Thursday, September 4th on Route 87 between Apple Drive and Crab Orchard Road. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
On Route "Double-P" between Kaiser Road and Kliethermes Drive, culvert pipe replacement will take place on Wednesday, September 3rd. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
A one-vehicle accident in Johnson County this morning has caused minor injuries to a Knob Noster teenager.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 17-year-old Taylor Parks' 2004 Chevrolet traveled off the road, struck an embankment and a fence post. The vehicle then overturned, coming to rest on its top.
The report says Parks was transported by private vehicle to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment.
Saline County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to an address on Highway 65 in Houstonia with the report of an alleged theft of a boat.
According to the deputy's report, the resident told the deputy the alleged theft occurred sometime between August 23rd and August 28th. The boat is a 1974 12-foot, V-bottom Mirro 12V, silver-aluminum in color vessel.
Investigation into the alleged theft is continuing.
Marshall Municipal Utilities has announced Kristin Bergstrom as their "Employee of the Quarter" for the quarter ending June 30, 2014. Bergstrom was selected by a group of her peers from 3 nominations out of a pool of approximately 90 eligible employees.
In nominating Bergstrom, Administrative Services Director Ken Gieringer cited her efforts during the extended absence of another employee where she assumed the duties of two positions. The nomination also highlighted that Bergstrom’s efforts assured the continued timely issuance of checks to both M.M.U. vendors and employees.
Bergstrom holds the position of Accounting Associate/Secretary in Administrative Services. She began her employment with M.M.U. in June 1997.
On Thursday, the Saline County Commission approved a three-year contract with Socket for a new phone system for an estimated cost of $2,122 per month, which presiding commissioner Tom Stallings says should save the county about $800 to $900 per month. Stallings said there may have to be a line or two added in some offices, which may affect the estimate a little. But, he said it still should be a substantial amount of savings for the county. The contract will be in effect immediately. Stallings says the goal is to have the new system up and running by October 1st, 2014.
The commissioners also approved a new hire at the Saline County Sheriff's Department. According to a release from Saline County Sheriff Wally George, Curtis Herriford is a certified police officer, having graduated the certification course on May 31st, 2013. Herriford's start date was on Wednesday, August 27th. Herriford will reportedly be assigned to the jail division and trained by the jail administrator Brian Woods.
A one-vehicle crash in Boone County last night sent an Ashland teenager to the hospital.
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, 16-year-old Jacob Hackmann's 1997 Dodge Ram ran off the right side of the road, returned to the roadway, overcorrected, overturned and slid back off the right side of the roadway upside down.
According to the report, Hackmann suffered moderate injuries and was transported by a private vehicle to Boone Hospital, then by E.M.S to University Hospital for treatment.
The accident happened at 10:00pm on Route "DD" just south of Myers Lane.
At this week's meeting of the Saline County Health Department Board of Trustees, the Board set the annual tax rate levy at $0.1307 per $100 assessed valuation. Health Department Director Lisa Thomas says it's the same amount the department operated under in 2013.
Thomas says Board members spent time Tuesday being updated on numerous activities in august for Breastfeeding Awareness Month:
In other news, Thomas says the department this week received their first shipments of flu vaccines and encourages area residents to get flu shots well before the traditional flu season sets in later this year.
A man arrested in Pettis County on Thursday is now charged with allegedly killing a 6-year-old child in Callaway County.
27-year-old Scottie Willet was charged Thursday with First-Degree Murder and Armed Criminal Action with a bond set at one million dollars.
Callaway County authorities began a search for Willet after 3:00am Thursday morning after naming him as a person of interest in the murder. The search involved the Missouri State Highway Patrol and air surveillance at the Little Dixie Conservation Area at the Callaway and Boone County lines.
Willet was later arrested by Pettis County deputies on an outstanding warrant for littering. Meanwhile, authorities continue their investigation of the murder scene, located east of Columbia in Callaway County.
State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced House Bill 1217 takes effect on Thursday, August 28th, meaning public retirees in Missouri are now protected from predatory lending practices known as pension advances. Retired public employees who are drawn into misleading agreements can now take legal action against the businesses offering them. Zweifel says the measure is one step his office is taking to protect working Missourians’ retirement security.
With the law now in effect, State Attorney General Chris Koster has the authority to investigate and prosecute companies that continue to push these offers onto Missourians. Furthermore, starting today any individual who falls victim to pension advance schemes is entitled to reclaim any money lost in a pension advance transaction.
If you enter in to a pension advance and would like to seek legal action against the business, contact Attorney General Koster’s Consumer Protection Division at (800) 392-8222 or file a complaint online at www.consumer.ago.mo.gov.
At Thursday's Saline County Commission meeting, Commissioners approved the county tax rates for the coming year. Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings says the general revenue tax rate is down slightly from the previous year:
Commissioners also approved rates for both the Special Road & Bridge and Common Road taxing districts. Stallings talks about the Common Road District rate:
The Special Road & Bridge tax rate was set at $.3577 per $100 assessed valuation. All rates take effect January 1st of 2015.
Secretary of State Jason Kander today began waiving fees for starting a new business for members of the Missouri National Guard and active duty military returning home to Missouri.
Kander's office says it's part of the Startups for Soldiers Act passed by the General Assembly in 2014, and will make the process for members of the military seeking to start their own businesses easier. To qualify, all active military personnel must reside in Missouri and show proof of active service.
For more information, contact the Secretary of State's office at (866) 223-6535 or visit www.sos.mo.gov.
Three people were hurt Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash in Johnson County.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it happened just before 8:00am on westbound Highway 50, just west of Northwest 251st Road, where a vehicle driven by 47-year-old Patricia Havas, of Warrensburg, was overtaken and struck in the rear by a vehicle driven by 38-year-old Christine Lynde, of Leeton.
Both drivers suffered moderate injuries in the crash while a 13-year-old passenger in the Havas car suffered minor injuries. Patrol reports say the three victims were taken for treatment to hospitals in Lee's Summit and Warrensburg.
The Kansas City Blood Bank's blood drive hosted by the Malta Bend American Legion Post 558 and Malta Bend School in the school's cafeteria did better than expected on Wednesday.
Spokesperson Stephen Olson said 26 people originally signed up and a number of others walked in to donate. The event finished with 30 pints of blood, 10 more than the original goal. Olson said it takes people working together to make an event like this work.
He said students from the school and people all over the area came to support the cause.
The U.S. Air Force will change tuition assistance processing procedures on October 1st for college students in the military.
Active duty Air Force personnel will no longer be able to obtain an approved tuition assistance form less than seven days before a class begins. The next State Fair Community College-WAFB classes begin on October 15th, so students must apply for tuition assistance no later than Oct. 8.
Fall enrollment is open now for SFCC-WAFB.
"This is a major change to the tuition assistance policy, so we recommend students enroll early and begin the tuition-assistance approval process at the same time," said Phil Kimmel, director of the SFCC-WAFB campus.
For more information, contact Kimmel at (660) 563-3358.
Sedalia business owners Ron Ditzfield and Rick Yeager have been chosen to participate in Season 8 of FIREBALL RUN: America's Frontier, an online reality-filmed entertainment series.
FIREBALL RUN, which has been in existence since 2007, is an 8-day, 2,000-mile, life-sized trivia game, where America serves as the game board. Unlike reality TV, FIREBALL RUN is authentic and real, including 40 celebrity and aspirational driving teams competing for bragging rights, a greater cause and a plastic road sign, all while raising awareness for missing children.
Driving a 2013 Camaro ZL1 convertible, team Sedalia Trailblazers has been assigned and will raise awareness for local missing child, Beck Hotsenpiller, now 3 years old, who has been missing since July 30th, 2013.
According to a release from the city of Sedalia, close to 69 blocks of city streets have had chip and seal applied to them within the last two months. The Street Department is asking motorists to be aware that loose gravel may be present on these streets and to exercise caution while driving on them. The city says these streets will be swept as soon as possible.
A Carrollton woman was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury for a $185,000 bank fraud scheme.
According to the U.S. Western District Attorney's office, 62-year-old Carol Joyce Noble was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury. The indictment alleges that noble defrauded a Jefferson City bank in September 2011 in a scheme to get a bogus $185,000 loan.
The indictment says Noble caused false loan documents to be prepared to obtain the loan to purchase a Stover convenience store. as part of the scheme, Noble caused the fraudulent appraisal of her Gravois Mills property in order to get the loan by allegedly changing the address of the residence to her neighbor's house, unbeknownst to the neighbor. Noble allegedly misrepresented to the appraiser that it was hers; the appraiser then appraised the wrong home at a value $100,000 higher than the value of Noble’s property.
Noble is charged with three counts of bank fraud – two counts for the fraudulent appraisal, and one count for the loan documents she submitted to the bank falsely representing the value of her residence.
A Sedalia man escaped with cuts and bruises after an off-road vehicle accident Wednesday in Pettis County.
The Highway Patrol says 70-year-old Clyde Roak, of Sedalia, was operating a 2011 Arctic Cat and traveling westbound when the vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned.
Roak received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Bothwell Regional Health Center for treatment. The Patrol says the accident happened around 1:45pm Wednesday afternoon on Sacajawea Road at Hackberry Drive.
The Waverly City Council on Tuesday night approved the city's annual tax rate at $.7768 per $100 assessed valuation.
The Council approved advertising for three bids for a new heating and cooling system for Waverly City Hall; they also discussed the possibility of seeking lower health insurance premiums by researching other providers, but no official action was taken on the matter.
Council members voted to change the date of their next meeting to September 3rd at 6:30pm and to change their second monthly meeting to September 17th at 7:00pm.
The city of New Franklin has a new Police Chief after this week's meeting of the Board of Aldermen.
Aldermen approved Deputy John Worley to serve as the city's new Chief. Mayor Frank Frevert says the position has been filled on an interim basis for the past 5-6 months by two New Franklin police officers. Frevert says the Board opted to hire Worley as he was already familiar with the community of New Franklin and the surrounding area.
Worley's tenure as Police Chief became effective immediately following the Board of Aldermen meeting on Monday.
The numbers are in for Central Methodist University’s on-campus enrollment, and to CMU officials, they look very, very good.
CMU’s on-campus student population is 1,185 students as of Tuesday, August 26th. That’s up seven percent from the same time last year (1,107 students), surpassing the all-time mark of 1,176 from the Fall 2010 semester.
CMU enrolled a best-ever 331 first-time, full-time freshman, 13.7 percent above last year and well above the previous record of 314 set in 2010. Even more impressive are their academic credentials, with an average freshman ACT score of 22.5 - the highest in at least six years.
A record 721 students are living in CMU residence halls, eclipsing the previous standard by 33 students set in 2010. This fall, 7.3 percent more students are living in CMU housing than at the same time last year.
Final overall enrollment figures, which will include CMU’s College of Graduate and Extended Studies (off-campus, online, and high school dual credit students), won’t be finalized until sometime in October.
There will be a Blood Drive conducted by the Central Blood Bank of Kansas City in Malta Bend this afternoon from 3:00pm to 6:00pm in the Malta Bend School cafeteria.
American Legion Post 558 Adjutant Stephen Olson says it is an important event that can help save lives. Another incentive for donors is that they will have the opportunity to enter into a drawing at the end of September for a free trip to Disney World.
Olson says your blood donation could help someone close to you.
You can book your appointment by visiting savealifenow.org or simply by calling Olson at (660) 831-0982.
A Richmond man suffered serious injuries in a crash involving a tractor and a train in Ray County on Tuesday afternoon.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a northbound 2006 John Deere Tractor, driven by 53-year-old Mark Minnick, of Richmond, failed to yield to an eastbound General Electric Train. The train struck the side of Minnick's tractor, which overturned and ejected the driver.
Minnick was taken by Life Flight Air E.M.S. to Truman Medical Center in Kansas City for treatment. The accident occurred at 2:30pm on Main Street, south of First Street in Henrietta.
A two-vehicle accident in Johnson County on Tuesday afternoon injured a Kingsville man.
According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, the accident occurred as 24-year-old Warren Lockard, of Kingsville, turned his 2004 Chevrolet onto Westbound U.S. 50 Highway and into the path of a westbound 1999 Nissan, driven by 25-year-old Luke Harman, of Lee's Summit. Harman's car struck the Locakrd car in the passenger side. Lockard's vehicle traveled off the north side of the road and overturned.
Lockard suffered minor injuries and reportedly refused treatment at the scene.
The accident happened at 2:15pm on Westbound U.S. 50 Highway at Mo. 131 Highway.
The Marshall School Board has set the levy for the tax year at $3.1257 per $100 assessed valuation, essentially the same as the district's current levy.
Also on Tuesday night, Board members recognized the Marshall FFA chapter for their top chapter in the state designation once again, and their designation for placing in the top ten chapters nationally.
Director of the Saline County Career Center, Eric Lark, also talked to the FFA advisors and members who were present:
Lark presented the advisors with a framed letter from the National FFA commending them on their accomplishments. FFA advisor Callie Dobbins was also recognized as one of seven nominees from across the state for Teacher of the Year.
The Sedalia City Council on Monday approved the city's annual tax rate at a special meeting at Sedalia City Hall. Council members approved the overall tax rate of $1.8995 per $100 assessed valuation.
The council also discussed imposing fees for residents who put out excessive amounts of debris for the city's "Pick-Up On Demand" waste collection program. No action was taken on the matter at Monday's council meeting.
On Monday, August 25th, Marshall Police conducted an investigation into businesses selling alcohol to minors.
A release from the Marshall Police Department says a 20-year-old minor, under police supervision, went to ten different businesses in an attempt to purchase alcohol. Of those establishments, four of them reportedly sold liquor to the underage individual.
Police say Viking Package Liquor on South Odell, Quick Run on South Odell, Casey's General Store on West Arrow and Collins Pop Shop on North Miami all sold alcohol to the minor; the release says the clerk at each location has been issued a citation for supplying alcoholic beverages to a minor.
Secretary of State Jason Kander Tuesday announced that a statewide recount of Constitutional Amendment 1, the so-called "Right to Farm" Amendment which appeared on Missouri’s August 5th primary election ballot, has been requested.
According to state law, recounts are not automatically triggered, but must be requested by a registered voter whose position on the ballot question was defeated. Statewide races are only eligible for a recount when results are separated by less than one half of one percent of total votes cast with a difference of 0.24 percent.
The recount was requested by Wes Shoemyer on behalf of Missouri’s Food for America. Constitutional Amendment 1 will be represented by Dan Kleinsorge on behalf of Missouri Farmers Care. Local election authorities will determine the date and time for recounts to take place in their respective counties, and a bipartisan team of election judges will conduct the process.
Kander's office has created a webpage at www.sos.mo.gov to make the recount process more transparent and accessible to Missourians. The page will be updated daily at 3:00pm to show the recount schedule established by the local election authorities, each local election authority's report of findings, and a summary of recount results.
The office will also train a team of staff members that can be dispatched throughout the state if assistance is requested. Per state statute, the recount will be supervised and certified by the secretary of state's office no later than September 15th.
The Waverly City Council meets in regular session at Waverly City Hall on Tuesday, August 26th.
The evening will begin with a tax levy hearing at 6:30pm, followed by the regular meeting. Items on the agenda include discussion on a new heating and cooling unit for city hall and health insurance for city employees.
The Council will also discuss changing the date of an upcoming September council meeting for Waverly Apple Jubilee Days.
With temperatures nearing 100 degrees during the early portion of this week, motorists should be aware that the extreme heat can cause pavement "blow-ups" on mid-Missouri roadways.
A pavement blow-up occurs when the roadway surface expands at a crack or joint where moisture has seeped in. that crack weakens the pavement and the heat causes the pavement to buckle and warp.
While it is difficult to know where or when a pavement blow-up will happen, crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation are monitoring state routes for these blow-ups and will make repairs as soon as possible.
Motorists can report pavement blow-ups, or any other roadway concerns, by calling MODOT's toll-free customer service center at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636), or online at www.modot.org.
There are several city governments meeting tonight to set their city's tax rates on Monday, August 25th, 2014:
* The Sedalia City Council will hold a public hearing at 6:00pm for any public comments regarding the proposed tax rates for 2014. After the public hearing, the City Council will immediately proceed with the adoption of the city's property tax rates.
A work session immediately follows the special session to discuss possible fees for excessive debris for the pick-up on demand program and to discuss an update on the Municipal Court fine and bond chart.
* The Glasgow Board of Aldermen will conduct a special open meeting at 6:00pm. The Board of Aldermen will hear public comments regarding the city's proposed tax levy. The meeting will take place at 102 Market Street.
Also holding a public hearing to include public comments on the proposed tax levy will be the Higginsville Board of Aldermen. The meeting starts at 6:00pm.
----------------------------------------- The New Franklin Board of Aldermen will hold an open meeting at 6:00pm with a discussion regarding a part-time or full-time Chief of Police.
A closed session also is on the docket for personnel matters.
There is some area road work in the area that might create longer travel times.
In Howard County, there will be work on Route AA between Route 87 and Route E going on during the daylight hours today through Tuesday, September 2nd, according to a release from MoDOT. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the area.
A motorcycle accident in Pettis County on Sunday night sent a Smithton man to the hospital.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 25-year-old Joshua Kateman's 2007 Honda motorcycle traveled off the right side of the road, then slid across the center and traveled off the left side of the road and overturned.
Kateman suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Bothwell Regional Heath Center via Pettis County Ambulance.
The accident occurred at 9:30pm on Northbound U.S. 65 Highway at MO 765.
A one-vehicle accident in Johnson County on Sunday afternoon sent a woman to the hospital with injuries.
According to Missouri State Highway Patrol Reports, 56-year-old Wendy Manaco's 2007 Yamaha VSTAR Classic failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the right side of the road and overturned, ejecting the driver.
Manaco suffered serious injuries and was transported to research Medical Center for treatment.
The accident happened just after 3:30pm on Northwest 1201 Road at Northwest 50 Highway.
A Kansas City man received minor injuries in a one-car accident in Johnson County earlier today.
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, 20-year-old Everardo Elicea's 2015 International traveled off the left side of the road. The driver overcorrected the vehicle and it ran off the right side of the road, back across and off the left side of the road and overturned.
The report says Elicea was treated and released at the scene.
The accident happened at 10:22am on U.S. Highway 50 one-quarter mile west of Missouri Route "M."
A number of road projects will be going on that could hinder your travel in and around Columbia is ongoing, according to a release from MoDOT.
On Route 163 from Business Loop to Stadium: The contractor continues ADA work on the sidewalks. They will be working on the curb ramps from Elm to Broadway and will work to the north. Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures adjacent to the sidewalk areas and pavement marking crews during the overnight hours between 7:00pm and 6:00am. The project is scheduled for completion in October.
On Route 740 (Stadium Boulevard) at Interstate 70 - the widening of Stadium Boulevard continues. Work continues on miscellaneous ADA related items on Route 740 and the various side streets during the daytime hours, and will be working on pavement marking in the vicinity of the diverging diamond during the overnight hours. The project is scheduled for completion in December.
On Business Loop 70, the contractor has completed the resurfacing work and the roadway has been striped, with the exception of the eastern limits of the job (from the railroad tracks to I-70), which will be resurfaced after September 1st and the new Route "B" bridge is open to traffic. This project is scheduled for completion in November.
On Route 763 (Rangeline Road), the contractor has completed the resurfacing work and most of the striping on Rangeline and Route 163 (Providence Road) between Business Loop 70 and I-70. This project is scheduled for completion in October.
A two-vehicle accident on Westbound I-70 in Boone County on Saturday afternoon caused minor injuries to a Mexico, Mo., teenager.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when a 2003 GMC Sonoma, driven by 17-year-old Phillip Moody, of Mexico, slowed to pull to the median and was struck in the rear by a 2010 Freightliner driven by 59-year-old Leslie Sprayberry, of Ashland, Mississippi. Moody's vehicle overturned and became entangled in the cable barrier.
Moody was transported by Boone County Ambulance to University Hospital for treatment.
The accident occurred at 5:30pm at the 118-mile marker.
A one-pick-up accident in Camden County on Saturday afternoon caused fatal injuries to a 2-year-old boy and injured six others.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 30-year-old Blair Dority, of Roach, lost control of her westbound 2006 Ford Pickup she was driving. The vehicle traveled off the left side of the road, struck a tree and overturned.
Two-year-old Kaygyn Dority, of Roach, was pronounced dead at the scene by Camden County Medical Examiner Stephanie Dominique at 6:50pm. Six other people riding in the truck suffered minor to serious injuries. Six-year-old Madison Vaughn, of Roach, suffered serious injuries and was flown by Staff for Life to Mercy Hospital in Springfield for treatment. Thirty-two-year-old Blaine Skinner, of Macks Creek, suffered moderate injuries and was transported by private vehicle to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach. The rest of the injured reportedly would seek their own treatment.
The accident occurred at 5:15pm on West Branch Road at the Camden/Hickory County Line.
When the temperatures soar outside, perhaps no one feels the effects more than firefighters. With heavy uniforms and equipment to wear while battling hot blazes, fire crews can quickly succumb to hot conditions, according to Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day:
Day says protecting firefighters from heat-related stress and illness ensures that they can continue to perform at their best in the line of duty.
At last week's meeting of the Slater School Board, members approved the refinancing of district bonds, a move that Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz says will save the district a substantial amount of money each year:
Lorenz says the board also learned that the student population is growing for the first time in over a decade:
In other business, the board approved L.J. Hart, of Chesterfield, as the district's underwriting agent and approved the hiring of several new staff members.
Charges have now been filed against a Sedalia man after he led authorities on a chase through two area counties early Friday morning.
According to the Marshall Police Department, 18-year-old Ryan Welch, of Sedalia, now faces a Class D felony charge of Resisting Arrest by Fleeing and Creating a Substantial Risk of Serious Injury or Death.
Welch was arrested Friday morning after leading authorities on a pursuit that began around 3:30am in Pettis County and ended in a Saline County cornfield. The chase ran through the city of Marshall, where police say Welch reached speeds upwards of 90 miles an hour down South Odell Avenue.
After running his vehicle into a cornfield and then a creek, Welch fled the scene on foot and was later apprehended at the Marshall Wal-Mart.
He is currently in custody on $5,000 cash-only bond.
A Moberly bank was reportedly the target of armed robbers on Friday morning.
Two suspects were apparently involved in the robbery involving a weapon which took place at Bank Midwest in Moberly this morning. The two male subjects then reportedly fled the area in a stolen vehicle and were later being sought in Boone County.
The vehicle was reportedly located later in a commuter parking lot and a search for the two subjects led to authorities searching for them in a farm field near Highway 63 and Route F. The Missouri State Highway Patrol had troopers conducting that search; at last report one of the subjects is in custody while the other remains at large.
Schools in Sturgeon reportedly went into a lockdown mode at one point Friday morning, as the search for the two robbers moved into the area of the schools. Helicopters were brought into the area to assist with the search.
For the second time this week, Marshall Fire Department crews were called to a Marshall poultry facility, this time on a report of smoke and possible fire.
Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day:
Chief Day says it took some time for crews to find the source of the smoke:
No injuries were reported from the scene and that damages were minimal. Earlier this week, crews were called to the same facility on North Miami in Marshall on a report of a possible ammonia leak. Day says the two incidents don't appear to be related and happened in different areas of the facility.
At the Wednesday night meeting of the Fayette R-3 Board of Education, the board approved the proposed tax rate of $4.2528 per $100 assessed valuation.
The district also set the out-of-district tuition rate for students at $8,192.70 for the 2014-15 school year.
The board accepted a bid from Home Oil on fuel and Home Oil and Jireh for tires. Other bids accepted were $30,613.05 from J. F Rolling & Son for a utility tractor and loader; from Sydenstricker of $900 for a pallet fork; and Lawn and Leisure for $824 for a box blade.
The board also was provided the number of students in the district as 59 in Preschool, 283 in Kindergarten through fifth grade; 134 in grades six through eight; and 191 at Fayette High School.
After failing to get a quorum at the regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, the Marshall City Council got more than enough council members to conduct business on Thursday night.
The council first held the public hearing to get public input on a tax levy for the city. There was no one who spoke on the tax levy. The figures will now be sent to the State Auditor to determine the levy for the city.
During the regular meeting, Third Ward councilman Dan Brandt reported on the city street program:
Brandt also reminded residents that trash pickup in Marshall following Labor Day weekend will be one day later than the regular pickup.
A release from the Missouri Department of Transportation says motorists may soon be turning the right way in the Kansas City Region, and saving lives in the process. A newer engineering solution called a J-turn allows motorists to cross traffic on busy routes more safely, helping to reduce traffic crashes, fatalities and injuries. MoDOT began construction of a J-turn intersection at Route 50 and Route 58 in early June and should open it at the end of August.
Construction on this project closed lanes of eastbound and westbound Route 50 at Route 58 and includes installing the J-turns and acceleration/deceleration lanes, as well eventually removing the crossing at this junction. The project is expected to be completed the last week of August. All work is weather dependent.
MoDOT is hosting driver’s education classes at the Crest Ridge High School on Friday, Aug. 22, to educate young drivers about the new intersection and answer questions.
For more information about J-turns or other MoDOT projects, please visit MoDOT's website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity.
It was mostly a routine meeting for the Boonville R-1 Board of Education on Wednesday night. But the board did set the tax levy and the tuition rates for the 2014-15 school year.
Boonville Superintendent Mark Ficken said the tax payers of Boonville will see a reduction in their rates from $4.3273 from the 2013-14 year to $4.2656 for the 2014-15 year. The reduction is over six cents per $100 assessed valuation.
Also, the board set the non-resident tuition and non-eligible transportation fees. Ficken said the tuition rates will be $4,200 for students in Kindergarten through fifth grade, $4,500 for sixth through eighth grades and $5,200 for ninth through 12th graders.
Ficken also noted that because of the predicted heat, the Boonville at California football game on Friday night has been bumped back to 8:00pm instead of the 7:00pm original start time.
After the Prairie Home School suffered damage during storms on June 4th and 3-1/2 weeks later, Superintendent Dr. Steven Barnes says it's taken a lot of work and help from the community and other volunteers to get the school up and in running condition. The building still is not completely ready, so the district has had to rent two trailers to use for four classrooms, as school started on Wednesday.
Barnes said the goal was to get at least two rooms in the building repaired, and they wound up getting three fixed up. He said it's a bit difficult now with school starting to get everything finished quickly.
Barnes said the outpouring of help from their community, other communities and other districts has been a huge plus. A lot of donations have been made, including a new digital sign in the front of the school. Different groups also have donated their time and services for landscaping because most of the trees on the property had been damaged, too. He said he didn't know how they would've gotten to where they are now without the help.
Suspended, revoked, unlicensed and uninsured drivers operating motor vehicles on the public roadways in the City of Columbia continue to be a problem. In addition, drivers and passengers not wearing seatbelts continue to contribute to traffic crash injuries. In an effort to address these issues, the Columbia Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a Safety Checkpoint in Columbia, between August 25th and August 30th. The Safety Checkpoint will be conducted during daylight hours. The checkpoint location is not random and has been chosen based on the crash data within close proximity to the safety checkpoint location.
Motorists encountering the Safety Checkpoint will be asked to present their driver's license and proof of insurance. Law-abiding motorists encountering the checkpoint should expect minimal delay. The Columbia Police Department would like to remind everyone to wear their seatbelt.
The Marshall Police Department wants to make parents of teens aware of a dangerous trend that is occurring.
Teenagers are putting their health at risk that involves the use of a lip balm from Burt’s Bees. Doctors are warning parents and others about the new way teens have found to get buzzed, and they are listing the risks involved.
The disturbing new trend is being called "beezin," and teens are applying Burt’s Bees lip balm to their eyelids in layers, claiming it makes sensations stronger.
The dangers of "beezin" are Burt’s Bees lip balm has peppermint oil, and this can create a burning sensation on the eyelids. However, some teenagers are apparently enjoying this side effect and deliberately applying the balm. It is not recommended to use the lip balm on or near the eyes because it is not designed for this sensitive body area.
Doctors worry about the impact on the teens’ eyes from using the lip balm inappropriately because it can cause irritation. Some people may have a serious skin reaction because they are not following the directions recommended by the manufacturer.
At the Thursday meeting of the Saline County Commission, Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner gave an update on a few problem spots with Saline County roads and bridges. He says a road northwest of Marshall and east of Malta Bend has been temporarily closed:
Fenner also talked about work on 165th Trail after a problem popped up over the weekend:
He added that bids for work on the Wilton Springs Bridge will be opened and discussed this week and that county crews have graders running east of Marshall this week; he says crews are also busy cutting brush around the area of Nelson and Marshall Junction.
At the Wednesday meeting of the Glasgow Board of Education, board members approved the district's annual tax rate at $4.02 per $100 assessed valuation. In other tax-related actions, the board approved ballot language for a seventy-five cent tax rate to appear on the November 4th general election ballot.
In other business, board members approved non-resident tuition at $6,000 for the 2014-15 school year. They also approved their budget manual for the year, which projects the district to have a $55,000 deficit. They also approved the substitute teacher list and the extra duty salary schedule.
The next meeting of the Glasgow School Board is scheduled for Wednesday, September 17th.
The Higginsville School Board meets in regular session on Thursday, August 21st.
The evening will begin at 7:00pm with a public hearing on debt service and the annual tax rate. The regular session will start immediately after, where the agenda includes reviewing M.A.P. test results, setting out-of-district tuition rates and electing an Enhanced Enterprise Zone representative.
An executive session for student, legal and personnel matters is also on the evening's agenda.
A one-vehicle accident in Boone County on Wednesday sent a Boonville woman to the hospital with injuries.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a car driven by 66-year-old Noreen Letusky, of Boonville, was traveling eastbound and ran off the right side of the road. The car came back onto the highway and crossed the centerline before running back off the road and hitting a tree.
Patrol reports say Letusky was not injured but a passenger, 46-year-old Christine Estill, of Boonville, suffered moderate injuries and was taken for treatment to University Hospital in Columbia. The accident occurred around 10:00am on Wednesday on Highway 40 in Boone County, just east of the Howard County line.
A Blue Springs pedestrian was killed Wednesday in a three-vehicle accident in Jackson County.
The Highway Patrol says 28-year-old David Ritchie, of Blue Springs, was attempting to cross Interstate 70 on foot at around 6:00am when he was struck by a vehicle driven by 36-year-old Brian Bealmer, of Boonville; struck again by a car driven by 20-year-old Charles Williams, of Independence; and struck a third time by a car driven by 37-year-old Lindsay Airrington, of Odessa.
Ritchie suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead a few hours later by the Jackson County Medical Examiner. None of the drivers involved sustained injuries. The Patrol says the accident happened at the 21.2 mile marker on I-70.
A Marshall business was briefly evacuated Wednesday after a gas leak scare.
According to Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day, it happened at the Rose Acres Farm Facility at 123 North Miami just before 3:00pm, where the building was cleared out for a potential anhydrous ammonia leak. Reports say a pop-off valve outside the building was leaking; the valve was shut off before Marshall fire crews arrived on the scene.
Chief Day says no injuries or damages were reported from the facility. Fire crews were on the scene for less than five minutes.
The American Red Cross will be conducting a blood drive in Johnson County today. The drive will be from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Missouri Department of Social Services at 505 N. Ridgeway Drive in Warrensburg.
For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800- RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.
A two-vehicle accident in Henry County on Tuesday afternoon has caused injuries to a Clinton woman.
According to a State Highway Patrol report, the crash happened as a northbound 2005 Chevrolet, driven by 31-year-old Courtney Raines, of Clinton, crossed the center of the roadway and into the path of a southbound 2002 Chevrolet towing a boat and trailer, driven by 62-year-old Jerry Schwach, of Clinton. The Raines' vehicle collided with the left side of the boat trailer.
Raines suffered minor injuries and was taken to Golden Valley Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The crash happened at 2:30pm on on Route "W" south of Southeast 550 Road.
In an effort to detect and apprehend intoxicated and impaired drivers traveling the public roadways of Boone County, the Boone County Sheriff's Department is planning on conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint in Boone County sometime between today and September 1st, 2014, according to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department. The Sobriety Checkpoint will be conducted during the evening and nighttime hours.
Motorists encountering the Sobriety Checkpoint should expect minimal delay, according to the release.
These events are funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation Division of Highway Safety.
Sweet Springs R-7 Superintendent Donna Wright reported at the meeting of the Board of Education meeting on Monday that cameras have been installed on all bus routes. She also reported total enrollment Pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade is 250.
The board approved the tax rate after a public hearing was held. The rate will be $3.6107 per $100 assessed valuation, the approved state auditor's rate. The total levy is $4.13.
The Sweet Springs Youth Football Association also was approved to use the district's football facilities.
The board also approved 13 substitute teachers, four cafeteria workers and four bus drivers.
Due to errors in the original posting of the notice for the tax-levy hearing for the city of Higginsville, City Administrator Lee Barker said the public hearing will now be held at a special meeting on Monday, August 25th at 6:00pm. The decision was made at Monday night's meeting of the Higginsville Board of Aldermen.
In other business, the board approved a 30-foot permanent utility easement on the north, south and west sides on a property owned by Ag Pro on Highway 13.
Also approved by the board was annexation of a property on ninth street. It will be annexed as agricultural but later rezoned as residential.
The board gave permission to the Lions Club and Glenna's Bar & Grill to hold a washer tournament during the Country Fair. The board also approved a mutual-aid agreement with the Wellington-Napoleon Fire Protection District.
At the meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen on Monday night, the board held a public hearing on the proposed tax rate for the city.
City Administrator Dale Klussman says the new tax rate approved will keep the city on an even keel with last year.
The new rate is up slightly from the 55.25 cents per $100 assessed valuation the previous fiscal year.
Klussman said the city also is looking into using its solar panels at City Hall and at the Community Center for lighting. He said there would be a marked savings of about $56,000 over a 10-year period.
He said the up-front costs would be $24,500 for both places to have current equipment retrofitted by Brightergy for the change.
The board gave Klussman the OK to fill out paperwork for low-interest loans through the Department of Economic Development. The loans could cover most of the up-front costs and would be paid back with the savings generated.
Klussman also was granted permission by the board to advertise for a part-time maintenance worker while a current employee is recovering from a non-work-related injury.
The Carrollton Town Council approved several bids for goods and services at their Monday night meeting.
Council members approved a road salt bid from Independent Salt, of Kansas, for a cost of $68.44 per ton delivered. A bid for geo melt was awarded to Smith Fertilizer and Grain, of Iowa, for $1,312.00 for 600 gallons.
Hardware Plus, of Carrollton, was awarded a bid of $945 for a cut off saw. Finally, the council awarded a bid of $24,937 to CEC Eiserer, of Carrollton, for concrete work at the entrance of the Rupe Center.
Before the meeting, the city's annual tax rate hearing was held. The rate will remain the same at $1.3830 per $100 assessed valuation; revenue generated by the tax is split between the general fund, the parks department and the library.
At the Monday meeting of the Sedalia City Council, council members approved lease agreements between the City of Sedalia, the Sedalia 200 school district and Sacred Heart school for the leasing and use of Jennie Jaynes Stadium in Liberty Park.
Council members on Monday approved the removal of a no parking zone on the west side of South Engineer Avenue between East 6th Street and East 7th Street. They also approved the addition of a no parking zone on the east side of South Engineer in the same location.
In other business, the September 15th council meeting was rescheduled to September 22nd due to the annual Missouri Municipal League Conference.
The Glasgow School Board meets in regular session on Wednesday, August 20th, at 8:00pm.
Items on the agenda include an update on facility projects, an overview of the first day of school, approval of the tax rate and budget for 2014-15, and approving language for a November election ballot measure.
A closed executive session is also scheduled for personnel matters.
The Slater City Council meets in regular session Tuesday evening.
Items on the agenda include tax rates and liquor licenses, along with a proposed bill to prohibit parking at Highway 240 and Route C. Council members will also hear an update on preparations for the Slater Fall Festival.
The meeting gets underway at 7:00pm at Slater City Hall.
Three people were injured Monday in a two-vehicle accident in Marshall.
According to Marshall Police, it happened around 5:35pm at Odell Avenue and Highway 240, where vehicles driven by 29-year-old Dillion Wohlgemuth, of Marshall, and 32-year-old Melinda Hart, of Fayette, collided in the intersection.
Three people were injured in the crash, all of whom were taken to Fitzgibbon Hospital for evaluation and treatment. Police say their injuries ranged from minor to moderate.
Police have opened an investigation into an alleged armed robbery Tuesday morning at a Marshall business.
According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, officers were called to the Quick Run convenience store on South Odell at around 2:30pm Tuesday morning after a clerk called Saline County 911 to report being robbed at gunpoint.
When police arrived, the clerk told officers that a slender white male, about 5'9" tall and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black track pants with red stripes, entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded the clerk produce the cash drawer. The clerk told police he did as he was told and gave the money to the robber, who then fled the store.
Investigation into the incident continues; Marshall Police are asking anyone with information in the case to call (660) 886-7411 or visit www.marshallmopolice.com.
A St. Louis area woman suffered fatal injuries in a two-car crash on Interstate 70 on Monday.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 21-year-old Taylor Wilson, of High Ridge, was killed when her car was struck from behind by a semi truck while she was stopped in traffic on eastbound I-70 at around 3:30pm on Monday. Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene by Cooper County Coroner James Hurt at around 3:45pm.
The driver of the truck, 51-year-old Andrew Link, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, was not injured in the crash. Patrol reports say it happened at the 111 mile mark on I-70 in Cooper County.
One person was killed in a four-vehicle accident on I-70 in Boone County on Monday, a crash that shut down a stretch of the interstate for several hours.
According to the Highway Patrol, it happened when a semi truck driven eastbound by 56-year-old Isaac Kissel, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was struck in the rear by another semi driven by 41-year-old Sean Gibson, of Waynesboro, Georgia.
Kissel's car then struck a car driven by 45-year-old Debra Fisher, of St. Louis; the impact caused Fisher's car to overturn into the median. Kissel's car then struck another semi driven by a Canadian driver.
Gibson was ejected from his truck which then burst into flames; he was pronounced dead at the scene by Boone County Medical Examiner Dori Burke. the third driver, Fisher, and a passenger, 74-year-old Phyllis Dangler, of Tampa, Florida, both suffered moderate injuries and were both taken by ambulance to University Hospital for treatment. The other two drivers were reportedly not injured.
The Patrol says the crash happened around 10:25am Monday morning on eastbound I-70 at the 120 mile mark in Boone County.
Now that the Northwest Habilitation Services Task Force's recommendations to the state's Mental Health Commission has been approved, consumers and workers at the Marshall Habilitation Center and Higginsville Habilitation Center will be affected.
Higginsville Habilitation Center Superintendent George Fizer explains the move forward will be made taking everything into account, making sure everything is going to be done right.
Recommended changes include the on-grounds care being moved to the Higginsville Habilitation Center and the facility in Marshall overseeing consumers in all off-grounds homes in both communities and a crisis unit in Marshall.
To maintain providing quality services is very important, according to Fizer.
Fizer wants to stress everybody who works at both facilities will be offered a job. He says it may not be the same job or in the same location. He says they are going to be working hard to try to make this move have the least amount of effect as possible.
According to MoDOT's website, an accident that occurred at 10:33am today still has both lanes of traffic blocked on Eastbound I-70 at the 120.4-mile marker in Boone County. The shutdown was estimated to last until at least 3:30pm, according to the website. But at last check and KMMO receiving a call from a traveler, the interstate is still shut down at this hour. Traffic is backed up beyond the Missouri River Bridge at Rocheport.
Those traveling that route are encouraged to seek another route.
On Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy was dispatched to Stuckey's on Highway "J" with the report of an alleged theft.
According to the deputy's report, a tanker fuel truck driver reported the tank on his parked truck had been tampered with because he noticed the fuel lid to be covered with fuel and the cap on the pipe was off. He said the cover being wet was unusual because it is usually covered with dust and dirt.
According to the report, the manager of Stuckey's confirmed the tank had been tampered with.
After viewing the video surveillance, there were two trucks that pulled next to the tanker at 9:58pm on August 12th. The trucks left the scene 42 minutes later. One truck was a two-tone colored truck that was hauling a smaller dark-colored truck above the back axle. The second truck was a dark-colored truck that was hauling a light-colored truck.
The report says there are several subjects walking around in the area of the trucks on the video.
A Saline County Sheriff's Deputy was called to a residence in Gilliam on Friday, August 15th, 2014 with the report of an alleged theft.
According to the deputy's report, the resident said his 16-foot flatbed utility trailer was stolen sometime between 1:20pm on August 12th and 1:20pm on August 15th.
The resident told the deputy he had first noticed the trailer missing on August 12th but thought one of his neighbors had borrowed it, which had happened before. But after checking with neighbors, none of them had it.
The trailer is rusty red in color and has a loose board in the bed toward the rear of the trailer.
Investigation into the alleged theft is continuing.
An area man is in custody and facing charges after a standoff in Lake Lafayette last week.
According to the Lafayette County Sheriffs Department, deputies responded Friday around 4:00pm to a request from the Highway Patrol for assistance with a warrant arrest. Troopers went to the residence on Lafayette Drive to make contact with 39-year-old Michael D. Burns, who reportedly was armed with a knife and a handgun when they arrived. The subject fled into a residence where troopers say he barricaded himself in for several hours.
Deputies and the Lafayette County Crisis Action Team later arrived on the scene to assist troopers. The standoff lasted several hours when tear gas was thrown into the residence around 7:10pm, allowing officers to locate Burns and the knife; reports say the gun was never located.
Burns is in custody at the Lafayette County Jail on charges of Production of a Controlled Substance and Resisting Arrest, with a bond of $25,000; and a charge of Parole Violation, with no bond.
A one-vehicle rollover accident in Pettis County sent a mid-Missouri man to the hospital on Sunday.
The Highway Patrol says 57-year-old Dean Rupe, of Ionia, was northbound in a 2000 Cadillac when it crossed the centerline, ran off the left side of the road and hit a mailbox. The car continued through a ditch, hit an embankment and a culvert when it began to overturn; it hit fences on two different properties before finally overturning and coming to rest in a field.
Rupe suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken by helicopter to Centerpoint Hospital in Independence for treatment. Patrol reports say the crash happened around 7:40am on Route E, just south of Morgan Road in Pettis County.
An area man suffered moderate injuries after a one-vehicle accident in Saline County on Sunday.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 62-year-old John Derrick, of Excelsior Springs, was ejected from his 2009 Honda after he lost control of the vehicle and ran off the side of Missouri 224 at around 3:00pm on Sunday afternoon.
Derrick was reportedly taken by ambulance to Centerpoint Hospital in Independence for treatment.
Public hearings are on the agenda for several area governments Monday night.
-The Marshall City Council will begin with a public hearing on the proposed tax levy at 5:15. The regular meeting will follow the public hearing with mostly routine items on the agenda.
-The Carrollton Town Council will hold a public hearing at 5:45 on Monday evening to set the tax rate for the year. During its regular meeting, the Carrollton council will take up road salt bids, geo-melt bids, and concrete work bids. An executive session on personnel is also scheduled.
-The Higginsville Board of Aldermen will also hold a public hearing on its tax levy at 6:00pm. During the regular meeting of the board, it will take up permanent electric and utility easements, a voluntary annexation and a mutual-aid agreement between the city of Higginsville EMS and the Wellington-Napoleon fire protection district.
-The New Franklin Board of Aldermen meet in special executive session Monday evening at 6 o'clock.. On the agenda for the closed session is a discussion of personnel
-The Warrensburg City Council will meet first in executive session at 5:00pm. Following that it will meet and discuss a physical location for a visitors center.
-The Sedalia City Council meets at 7:00pm, taking up lease agreements between the city and the Sedalia Public School District and Sacred Heart School, for leasing of Jennie Jaynes Stadium. An executive session is scheduled dealing with legal issues.
- The Concordia Board of Aldermen will meet at 7:00pm. As part of that meeting, the board will hold a public hearing on the proposed tax rate of the district. The board will also get the audit report for the fiscal year, which ended on March 31st, and discuss lighting efficiencies in the community center.
-One area school board is also meeting on Monday night. The Sweet Springs Board of Education meets at 7:00pm. On the agenda is approval of bus routes and employment of a teacher. The tax-rate hearing for the district and youth football use of facilities also is on the docket. An executive session is also scheduled dealing with personnel.
The Marshall Police Department would like to remind citizen’s that Public School will be back in session beginning on Wednesday, August 20th.
With the start of a new school year, to emphasize the importance of "Safety over Speed", citizens should be advised that Marshall Police will be conducting selective traffic enforcement concentrating in and around school zones.
The following information and tips are for you to share with your children to help keep them safe this school year while traveling to and from school.
• Be mindful of children walking
• Use caution near schools, there will be increased traffic and pedestrians
• Please follow your schools drop off/ pick up plan
• Do not drive around school buses when the overhead lights are flashing red and the "STOP" sign is out
• Please obey crossing guards
Walking to and from school:
•Consider if your child is mature enough to walk to school
•Consider walking with your child the first week to make them aware of pedestrian skills
•Make sure your child’s walk to school is a safe route and they cross whenever possible where a crossing guard is present
Biking to and from school:
•Always wear a helmet, no matter how short the ride
•Ride on the right side, the same direction as traffic
•Respect traffic lights and stop signs
•Remember to always walk your bike across a crosswalk
Riding a School bus to and from school:
•Arrive at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive
•When the bus approaches stay back until the bus stops and the driver opens the doors
•NEVER walk behind the bus
•If you drop something near a bus tell the bus driver
Mental Health Commission approves Task Force recommendations for area Hab Centers
The Missouri Mental Health Commission (MHC) toured the campuses of both Marshall and Higginsville Habilitation Centers on Thursday. The MHC unanimously voted to move ahead with the proposed changes and the redesign of habilitation services. The Northwest Habilitation Services Task Force presented its final report and recommendations to the MHC in July. The MHC reviewed the report and asked to tour both campuses in August.
Department of Mental Health spokesperson Debra Walker said there isn't a timetable for the changes.
Recommended changes include the on-grounds care being moved to the Higginsville Habilitation Center and the facility in Marshall overseeing consumers in all off-grounds homes in both communities and a crisis unit in Marshall.
There were a lot of factors for the decision, including age of the two facilities and available space, Walker said.
The Task Force was established by the Mental Health Commission in September 2013 and charged to recommend a redesign. The Task Force was comprised of family members/guardians of the individuals now served by the habilitation centers, managers, support staff and direct-care staff from the two programs, along with local government leaders and representatives of the two communities.
Five State Fair Community College nursing students won gold medals at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference during June 21st-27th in Kansas City.
Olena Kolyesnykova, of Sedalia, won a gold medal for post-secondary competition in practical nursing skills.
The team of Shanda Jarman, of Centerview, Andrea Moore, of Sedalia, Martha Deitrick, of Knob Noster, and Emma Duncan, of Warsaw, won a gold medal in post-secondary team competition in the Health Knowledge Bowl.
More than 6,000 high school and post-secondary students competed in 99 contests. To be eligible to compete at nationals, the students had to win regional and state competitions.
MoDOT wants to advise drivers who might be traveling to and/or through Carroll and Chariton County next week (August 18-24) of the road work that is going to be going on in those two counties.
In Carroll County:
Route 139 - At the Hurricane Creek Bridge; bridge maintenance, Aug. 18 - 19
Route M - Brush cutting; Aug. 18 - 22
Various routes - Sign operations, Aug. 18 - 22
U.S. Hwy 65 - At the Moss Creek Drain Ditch; bridge maintenance, Aug. 20 - 21
In Chariton County:
Route ZZ - Pothole patching, Aug. 18
Route FF - CLOSED from U.S. Hwy 24 to the end of state maintenance; culvert replacement, Aug. 18, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
U.S. Hwy 24 - At the Mid Fork Chariton Bridge; bridge maintenance, Aug. 18 - 20
Route 129 - Pothole patching, Aug. 18 - 22
Various routes - Sign operations, Aug. 18 - 22
Weather conditions may cause postponements in planned work schedules. Other construction or maintenance work may occur on other roadways throughout the area. Many projects will include lane closures and delays can be expected. MoDOT reminds the public to buckle up, slow down and drive with extreme caution through work zones.
For more information about a project, contact MoDOT at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (888-275-6636) or visit modot.org/northwest.
Two people were injured Friday after a two-car crash in Benton County.
According to the Highway Patrol, it happened around 8:30am on Highway 65 at Route T, where a car driven by 54-year-old Dale Ryan, of Warsaw, reportedly failed to yield to a southbound car driven by 66-year-old Vernole Yates, of Cross Timbers, causing the two vehicles to collide in the roadway.
Both drivers received minor injuries in the crash; Ryan was taken to Golden Valley Hospital while Yates reportedly refused treatment at the scene.
A Knob Noster woman escaped serious injury after a one-vehicle accident in Johnson County on Thursday.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a car driven by 41-year-old Jill Fitts was southbound when it ran off the west side of the road and struck a ditch.
Fitts received minor injuries and was taken for treatment to Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg. The Patrol says the crash happened around 11:30pm Thursday night on Southeast 501st Road, just before Route DD in Johnson County.
Cooper County authorities continue an investigation Friday after a standoff and shooting involving a Bunceton man on Thursday.
A release from the Cooper County Sheriff's Department says officers were on their way to a report of burglary around 1:00pm when they were notified of a vehicle on fire which was reported stolen from the Boonville area. Further investigation led them to a Bunceton residence to question a man they believed to be involved with both crimes.
The 31-year-old man reportedly brandished a handgun and began to fire shots at the officers, who returned fire. A standoff ensued which lasted for several hours; reports say around 6:00pm, the suspect exited the residence and shot himself once.
The man was transported to University Hospital for treatment where at last check he was listed in critical condition. No officers were reported injured in the incident, which remains under investigation by Cooper County authorities.
A Clinton woman was injured in a two-car collision earlier today in Henry County.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Reports say a southbound 2007 Lincoln TownCar driven by 79-year-old William Henderson, of Moberly, failed to yield, pulling into the path of a northbound 2014 Chevrolet Malibu driven by 82-year-old Larry Rowe, of Clinton.
Delores Rowe, a 75-year-old passenger in the Rowe vehicle, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Golden Valley Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The accident occurred at 11:05am on Missouri Highway 7 at NW 160.
Most people who pay attention to local history probably know about Arrow Rock's key role as the Missouri River crossing point for the trade route from Missouri to New Mexico, but the trail was established nearly two decades before Marshall was officially born.
Local historian Marvin Wilhite will shed light on Marshall's role in the history of the Santa Fe Trail, making a presentation on 10:00am Saturday, August 23rd in the Wood & Huston Bank Community Room.
Those who attend will learn how the early trade route helped shape the fortunes of the county and its future seat of government.
The talk is a prelude to this year's Santa Fe Trail Day festivities on September 27th.
The Columbia Police Department has seen a significant increase the past month in thefts from unlocked motor vehicles as well as theft of vehicles with the keys left inside.
There are several cautions citizens can take:
Take personal belonging out of your vehicle;
Lock your vehicle;
Never leave personal information such as checkbooks, driver’s license, purses, wallets or credit cards in the vehicle;
Never leave weapons in the vehicle;
Do not leave keys in the vehicle;
And Park in a well lite area or a garage, if available.
If anyone has information about the individuals involved in these cases or observed suspicious activities or vehicles around the time of the thefts, please contact the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.
Members of the Missouri Mental Health Commission and the Northwest Habilitation Services Task Force conducted an open meeting and then toured the Marshall Habilitation Center campus on Thursday morning.
The open meeting started at 10:00am, with some MHC employees expressing concerns about changes that could be coming from the recommendations made by the task force. Possible changes include the on-grounds care being moved to the Higginsville Habilitation Center and the facility in Marshall overseeing consumers in all off-grounds homes in both communities and a crisis unit in Marshall.
Missouri Department of Mental Health Director Keith Schafer said he knows it is a tough time for all involved.
Schafer said the recommendations were proposed in July.
He adds that nothing is set in stone and that if the recommendations are approved, there is no timetable to make the changes. The groups also want to point out that this is not a budget-driven move.
The groups toured the Higginsville facility later Thursday afternoon.
At the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works meeting this morning, the board approved rehabilitating 40 manholes at a cost of $40,000. The work will extend the life of the manholes approximately 50 years, Administrative Services Director Ken Gieringer said.
The board also approved the purchase of a meter for work on the quality of electric services for some of M.M.U.'s larger customers. The meter will cost about $5,000.
Another purchase approved was an A.T.V.-type piece of equipment to use at the water plant north of Marshall on Highway 65. Of the two bids submitted, the board went with $16,900 from Ag-Pro of Marshall.
This weekend in Marshall, emergency officials will be carrying out a disaster preparedness exercise to help speed up the recovery time in the event of a major emergency.
Saline County Emergency Management Director Emmitt Williams explains just what they'll be doing:
Williams says emergency officials will team up with the Civil Air Patrol to conduct several portions of the drill from the sky. He says the Patrol is just one of the many area entities that are involved:
The drill gets underway Saturday morning at the airport in Marshall. Williams says Marshall residents may notice Civil Air Patrol members and other volunteers on foot in their neighborhoods on Saturday as they carry out the ground portion of the drill.
Area residents are being warned about a new phone scam that's recently been reported to police.
The Marshall Police Department says the scam was reported by H&R Block about people getting calls from a caller who states that they are with the I.R.S. and making threats to arrest the person being called. They then attempt to collect personal information in order to supposedly verify that they are talking to the right person.
Police say once the information is received, the caller states that they have checked their database and have the wrong person, but by then have already obtained personal and financial information they need to carry out the scam.
Marshall police say they have contacted the I.R.S. and verified that it is indeed a scam. If you think a caller has attempted to scam you, you're urged to hang up the phone without giving out any personal information and contact your local authorities.
Marshall police recently conducted a random sobriety checkpoint aimed at getting impaired drivers off the streets.
A release from the Marshall Police Department says the checkpoint was held at the intersection of Highway 65 and the Saline County Fairgrounds; it got started around 11:30pm on Wednesday, August 13th, and wrapped up around 2:30am Thursday, August 14th.
Police made two arrests for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, one arrest for driving while suspended and one arrest for an outstanding warrant. They also issued two citations for driving without a license and one citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.
All total, Marshall police say they made contact with 330 vehicles during the three-hour checkpoint.
Members of the Missouri Mental Health Commission and the Northwest Habilitation Services Task Force will tour the campuses of the Marshall and Higginsville Habilitation Centers on Thursday, August 14th.
There will be an open meeting held on the MHC campus at 10:00am. MHC Superintendent Susan Bishop explains employees of the facility are invited to bring their questions and concerns.
Bishop says recommendations have been made.
Bishop points out that these are just recommendations. Nothing is set in stone as of yet. And there is no timetable for the changes, if approved.
The tour of the Higginsville facility is set for 12:45pm.
Two women were injured in a two-vehicle collision in Johnson County earlier today.
According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, the accident occurred as a 2006 Honda driven by 65-year-old Sherri Zimmerman, of Grain Valley, merged into the path and was struck by a 2003 Freightliner driven by 24-year-old Justin Bailey, of Blue Springs.
According to the report, Zimmerman, and a passenger in her car, 72-year-old Jackee Richards, of Blue Springs, each suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.
The accident occurred at just after 1:00pm on U.S. Highway 50 at NE 201st Road.
The public will have the opportunity to learn more about falcons on Saturday at Thousand Hills State Park. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the program will be held at the Point Shelter at 7:00pm and is free to attend.
Meagan Duffee, a falconer, will present a program that will highlight what falconers do and what it takes to become a falconer.
Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. This program will last approximately one hour.
Thousand Hills State Park is located 2 miles west of Kirksville on Highway 157. For any questions, call the park office at (660) 665-6995. For more information about Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites, visit mostateparks.com
Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
State Treasurer Clint Zweifel is asking Missourians attending the State Fair in Sedalia to check his Unclaimed Property list for their name. The Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property team will be available to help Missourians search for and claim their property. Treasurer Zweifel holds more than $822 million in Unclaimed Property for more than 4.8 million owners. He is also asking fairgoers to help him return the military medals he protects as Unclaimed Property.
At the 2013 State Fair, 653 attendees claimed a total of $58,000 in Unclaimed Property. One in 10 Missourians has Unclaimed Property, and the average return is $300. Treasurer Zweifel receives new Unclaimed Property every week, and since taking office in 2009, he has returned more than $204 million to more than 700,000 accounts, nearly half of all Unclaimed Property returned in state history.
Treasurer Zweifel also protects more than 100 military medals and insignia. In the last five years, the Treasurer has returned more than 60 medals to veterans and their families.
Missourians can search for, claim, email results and donate Unclaimed Property any time at ShowMeMoney.com
Representative Dean Dohrman was at the Marshall Public Library Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night to discuss the bill recently signed into legislation by Governor Jay Nixon to allow the library to propose a sales tax to the citizens of Marshall as a way to increase revenues.
He said Marshall Public Library Executive Director Wicky Sleight did a good job of presenting the library's case, testifying on the House floor three times.
Dohrman said Sleight has done a good job of putting together a proposal, and this is a good opportunity for the patrons of the library.
The board also approved the proposed budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The projected revenues are just over $261, 500 with projected expenditures being a little more than $249,000.
The Waverly City Council met in regular session on Tuesday night.
Council members approved three city employees to attend the Missouri Rural Water Association Conference at Lake of the Ozarks in October and approved another city employee to attend the Missouri Rural Conference in Clinton on August 20th.
The council also tabled discussion on concrete for the wastewater plant until they can spend time talking further with engineers about the project.
The city of Sedalia has announced that Normandy Road between West 10th Street and Thompson Hills Shopping Center will be closed for asphalting starting at 6:30am on Thursday, August 14th, weather permitting.
The area will be closed to through traffic during repair, reopening in the late afternoon or early evening of August 14th. For more information, contact the city of Sedalia at (660) 827-3000.
Van Meter State Park in Saline County is hosting a free Explorer Day Camp this week to explore Native American culture with area youth and their families.
Attendees will learn about the ways American Indians used natural materials to tell stories through art. The camp runs Thursday and Friday from 9:00am until noon and has a daily limit of 25 participants.
Adults are encouraged to attend with their kids and make the event a family activity. To learn more, call the park at (660) 886-7537 or visit www.mostateparks.com.
A Clinton man was seriously injured after a motorcycle crash in Johnson County on Tuesday.
According to the Highway Patrol, 42-year-old William Teague was northbound on a 2007 Kawasaki when the bike ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned.
Reports say Teague suffered serious injuries and was taken to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment. The crash happened around 1:15pm Tuesday on Highway 13, just south of Southeast 700th Road in Johnson County.
One person was injured in a pickup crash in Ray County on Tuesday.
Highway Patrol reports say 53-year-old Bryan Brantner, of Orrick, received minor injuries and was taken to Liberty Hospital for treatment after his southbound truck ran off the side of the road and hit a tree. The impact ejected Brantner form the vehicle.
Reports say the crash happened just after 5:00pm Tuesday afternoon on Highway O, just north of Missouri 210 in Ray County.
A Waverly teen escaped serious injury Tuesday after a one-vehicle crash in Lafayette County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened around 1:30pm on Rehkop Road just north of Route T, where 18-year-old Peyten Dillon was northbound and reportedly lost control of his 1998 Saturn. The car ran off the left side of the road and into an embankment.
Dillon received minor injuries and was taken for treatment to Lafayette Regional Hospital by private vehicle.
The New Franklin Board of Aldermen met on Monday, setting the city's tax rate at 62.11 cents per $100 assessed valuation. It is the same rate as last fiscal year.
The board also approved a bid of $38,790 from Higgins Asphalt, of Tipton, to repair a block each of five city streets.
The city also is going to be doing some work at the city park, including the replacement of a swing set. Also, there will be work done on the park's bathrooms, including painting and replacement of broken items.
At the meeting of the Glasgow Board of Aldermen on Monday night, the Aldermen approved a bid from Wills Brothers, of Macon, for more than $17,000 to move a water line.
The Aldermen also approved a bid from Schmidt Farms, of Glasgow, to repair five city sidewalks for $4,400.
The Aldermen decided to postpone work on a city street.
A discussion about dogs in the park was tabled for a future meeting.
The board also received an update from a library board member on renovating the upstairs of the library, and the Aldermen approved a new procedure to disclose potential conflicts of interest for certain municipal officials.
Job Point’s next class for Highway/Heavy Construction training is scheduled to begin on September 2nd, 2014 in Columbia and Warrensburg. This 16-week program utilizes an industry-recognized curriculum from the National Center for Construction Education and Research.
The Highway/Heavy Construction program includes Flagger Certification, a hands-on paid internship and the opportunity to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License. Graduates are equipped for positions such as concrete finisher, construction equipment operator, highway maintenance worker, or paving, surfacing and tamping equipment operator, with an entry salary at $26,000 to $30,000.
Financial assistance is available through the Federal Highway Administration, Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Workforce Investment Act, City of Columbia Community Development Block Grant and Heart of Missouri United Way.
Job Point’s vocational technical training programs include: office technology, office support specialist, retail sales, construction trades and health-related occupations.
Job Point is headquartered in Columbia with additional locations serving Marshall, Moberly, Sedalia and Warrensburg. For more information, call (573) 474-8560.
The historic Fishing River Bridge at Mosby, Mo., is available for relocation and reuse by an individual or organization. Any interested party is encouraged to submit a proposal no later than October 15th, 2014, to the Missouri Department of Transportation Historic Preservation Unit to obtain the structure.
Slated for replacement in May of 2015, the bridge can be obtained by government entities, historical or civic groups, or private citizens, free of charge. This historic bridge is 309 feet in length and 34 feet wide, curb-to-curb, and carries two lanes of one-way traffic.
Built in 1933, the emerald green bridge is 5-½ miles southwest of Excelsior Springs and crosses the Fishing River. The Fishing River Bridge is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. More details about the bridge can be viewed online at modot.org/freebridges. Anyone interested in obtaining an historic bridge from MoDOT must submit a proposal describing the dismantling and relocation plan, cost and future use. A proposal checklist is available online.
Missouri’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 13,200 jobs in July, according to seasonally adjusted data released by the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The state’s unemployment rate held at 6.5 percent.
Employment gains were widespread in a variety of industries. Among the larger gains in private industries included durable goods manufacturing, adding 3,300 jobs, construction, adding 2,500 jobs, and the transportation, warehousing and utilities sector, which jumped by 2,300 jobs.
Additionally, the educational services industry experienced growth in July, gaining 2,200 jobs and finance and insurance also saw an increase of 1,100 jobs during the month.
Missouri’s nonfarm payrolls have added 53,600 jobs over the past year.
A Bunceton man was hurt Monday in a dump truck crash in Osage County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 23-year-old Dalton Hein, of Bunceton, was northbound in a 1988 ford dump truck when he failed to negotiate a curve. The truck skidded off the left side of the road and overturned.
Hein suffered moderate injuries and was taken for treatment to Capitol Region Medical Center by Osage Ambulance. Patrol reports say the crash happened around 8:15am Monday morning on Missouri 100 in Osage County.
Two area residents escaped serious injury Monday in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Lafayette County.
The Highway Patrol says a car driven northbound by 19-year-old Colin Eber, of Higginsville, ran off the side of the road when the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The car returned to the road and then ran into a ditch and overturned.
Eber and a passenger, 19-year-old Thomas Grinage, of Warrensburg, both received minor injuries and were taken for treatment to Lafayette County Regional Hospital. Patrol reports say the crash happened around 8:00pm Monday evening on Highway T at Rehkop Road.
The Waverly City Council meets in regular session on Tuesday, August 12th.
Items on the agenda include discussion of concrete for the city water plant, along with selecting representatives to attend the upcoming Missouri Rural Water Association Conference and the Missouri Rural Conference.
The meeting gets underway at 6:30pm at Waverly City Hall.
In June, KCP&L announced its first annual Energizing Our Environment Micro-Grant Program. This program is designed to help fund environmental projects in communities throughout Kansas and Missouri through grants.
The grants range from $500 to $3,000 and will provide nonprofit organizations an opportunity to improve the environment in their community in a meaningful way.
The grant program is open to all non-profit organizations that operate in the KCP&L service area. All applications must be submitted by August 15th and approved projects will be announced on September 3rd.
Examples of eligible grant-funded projects include, but are not limited to: Environmental improvements to parks, trails, etc.; Installation of recycling stations around the community; School environmental programs; Projects that address a key environmental problem or incorporate sustainable energy solution.
For applications and more information visit kcpl.com/energize.
Guests at Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site can attend a program about heritage herbs on Saturday, August 23rd. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the event will begin at 2:00pm.
Featured speaker Deborah Lee will discuss what herbs our ancestors used as well as when, what and how they prepared them. Lee has been fascinated with herbs since college. She has taught medicinal herb classes and worked with clients for more than 30 years. She is the owner of Four Winds Farm near Quincy, Ill.
Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site is in Florida, Mo. For more information about the event, call the State Historic Site at 573-565-3449. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com
Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
For the second consecutive year, the Missouri State Fair and Monsanto have partnered to sponsor the Missouri Woman in Agriculture contest. Their goal is to recognize the role local Missouri women play in the farming industry and to give back to non-profit organizations in their community.
A special presentation will take place at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia on Thursday, August 14th honoring this year’s contest winners. Tammy Bartholomew, of Archie, received the Woman in Agriculture award, and Ashlyn Richardson, of Lincoln, received the Woman in Agriculture Rising Star award.
Each winner chose an agriculture-related, non-profit organization to receive a $1,000 donation from Monsanto. Bartholomew selected the Missouri FFA Leadership Fund, and Richardson selected the Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture Scholarship.
Representatives from the organizations and from Monsanto will participate in check presentations at the Tea at 1:30pm in the Fine Arts Building on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. The winners also will be recognized during the Governor’s Ham Breakfast on Thursday morning.
Governor Jay Nixon recently signed Senate Bill 762, which gives the Marshall Public Library Board of Trustees the option to ask the voters of Marshall for a sales tax to support the library. Prior to this, the Poplar Bluff Public Library has been the only public library in Missouri with this option.
According to a release from the library, the Marshall Public Library was founded in 1989 with a voted 20 cents per $100 assessed valuation on personal and real property within the Marshall city limits. The tax levy has since been rolled back to 16.82 cents while costs continue to rise.
According to library executive director Wicky Sleight, Representative Dean Dohrman is slated to be at the library’s board of trustees meeting at 5:15pm on Tuesday in the library meeting room. The board will discuss committee reports and the budget for the 2014-15 year. Dohrman and Senator David Pearce played big roles in getting the legislation passed.
University of Missouri Health Care will close Missouri Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Vernon, effective October 31st.
MRC employees were notified of the closing in meetings on Monday at Mt. Vernon.
The Missouri Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Vernon currently has 24 inpatients, with capacity for 130.
MRC has a total of 323 employees, including 265 full-time employees, 14 part-time benefit-eligible employees and 44 part-time, non-benefit-eligible employees.
MU Health Care’s decision to close Missouri Rehabilitation Center is based on a number of factors, including: Expanded access to long-term rehabilitative care offered by 12 newer, competing long-term care facilities in Missouri, including two in Springfield and Joplin; the decade-long decline in patient volumes at MRC; the uncertainty of state funding; and a very old physical plant in Mt. Vernon that needs extensive and expensive repairs and upkeep.
The Missouri Rehabilitation Center at Mt. Vernon has not operated at full capacity for the past decade. Although it has the capacity for 130 inpatients, the daily census averaged 41.92 in fiscal year 2010 and was down to 28.66 in fiscal year 2014.
The public is invited to bring their ideas to an informational meeting at Pershing State Park on Saturday, August 23rd. The meeting will be held at 7:00pm in the amphitheater at the campground.
Park representatives will provide information on future plans for the facility and answer questions. Visitors are invited to share feedback and suggestions about services and operations. This informational meeting is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri State Parks to ensure citizens have input regarding the facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites.
Pershing State Park is located on 18 miles east of Chillicothe or seven miles west of Brookfield on Highway 36 in Linn County. The park’s campground is located approximately one mile south of Highway 36 on Missouri Route 130.
For information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com
Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Mild summer weather and setbacks at the start of the pool season have definitely had an effect on the Marshall Park Department's bottom line. Parks Director Jeff Stubblefield explains:
Stubblefield says thankfully the parks department doesn't live and die based solely on revenue generated by pool and golf course users.
Earlier this summer, a blown pump led to a delay of the start of the Marshall pool season, which traditionally kicks off on Memorial Day weekend. Stubblefield says the department is busy right now gearing up for their annual "Day in the Park" on Saturday, August 23rd.
The Marshall Police Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in an unspecified location between August 11th and August 28th. The goal of the checkpoint is to find and apprehend intoxicated and impaired drivers.
The checkpoint will begin late in the evening and conclude early in the morning. Motorists can expect minimal delays. The checkpoint is funded through a grant provided by the Missouri Department of Transportation Division of Highway Safety.
In 2012, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes across the United States-- one every 51 minutes. In 2013, Missouri had 4,780 drugs and/or alcohol related driving crashes, with 2,941 injuries and 236 fatalities.
A boating accident in Henry County on Sunday sent a Knob Noster man to the hospital with minor injuries.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol's Water Division says 49-year-old William Diaz was a passenger in a boat at Windsor Crossing on Truman Lake around 9:35am Sunday morning. He reportedly stepped to the rear of the boat as the driver was attempting to start the motor; that caused the transom to go underwater, which filled the boat with water and caused it to overturn.
Diaz suffered minor injuries in the accident and was taken to Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton for treatment; the driver of the boat was not injured.
A Warsaw woman escaped serious injury after a two-vehicle collision in Benton County on Sunday morning.
The Highway Patrol says a vehicle driven by 24-year-old Kristopher Buckler, of Warsaw, was southbound and reportedly failed to negotiate a curve. Buckler struck a pickup driven by 34-year-old John Boley, of Warsaw; Boley's truck ran off the roadway while Buckler's car came to a rest in the roadway.
Both drivers escaped injury but a passenger in the first car, 21-year-old Carla Kosky, of Warsaw, received minor injuries and was taken for treatment to Golden Valley Medical Center in Clinton. The Patrol says the crash happened just before 10:00am on Quail Run Drive, north of Route T in Benton County.
A Bogard resident was injured after a two-car crash in Pettis County on Sunday.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 46-year-old Phillip Wellman, of Bogard, was northbound on Highway 65 when he changed lanes into the path of of a vehicle driven by 34-year-old Nicholas Wells, of St. Louis; the two vehicles collided in the roadway.
Wellman received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment; the other driver was reportedly not injured. The patrol says the collision happened around 6:00pm Sunday evening at Highway 65 and Bothwell Park Road.
A collision involving multiple vehicles injured a child on the Missouri State Fairgrounds on Sunday night.
The Highway Patrol says a vehicle driven by 81-year-old Jack Rhoades, of Sturgeon, was traveling through a dirt lot near the sheep pavilion when it struck the drivers side of a parked truck and then struck a fence. Rhoades's truck traveled through the fence and struck a fifth-wheel trailer that was occupied by several people.
One of those occupants, 7-year-old Tyne Wilson, of Pleasant Hill, received minor injuries and was taken to Bothwell Hospital for treatment. No other injuries were reported from the scene.
The Patrol says the accident happened just before 9:00pm, just east of Clarendon Road on the state fairgrounds in Sedalia.
The following area city governments and school boards are scheduled to meet on Monday, August 11th, 2014:
* The Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen will first meet for a tax levy hearing at 5:45pm prior to their regular meeting at 6:00pm. The board will set the tax levy during the regular meeting, as well as get an audit report, discuss a lead detection contract and take up library board appointments. An executive session is also on the schedule for personnel matters.
* The Glasgow Board of Aldermen meets at 6:30pm Monday evening. On the agenda is a discussion of a sewer line, consideration of sidewalk bids and a discussion regarding signs in the parks for dogs.
* The New Franklin Board of Aldermen will first meeting at 6:00pm to review the personnel manual of the city, hold a public hearing at 6:45pm on the tax levy, proposed at 62.11 cents per $100 assessed valuation. During the regular meeting they will take up a fence permit, hear about the wastewater project, open street paving bids, set the tax and then go into executive session for personnel and real estate matters
* The Warrensburg City Council meets at 7:00pm and will hold a public hearing to consider the annual sewer rate volume charges for the next fiscal budget year. The Council also will take up an ordinance to amend the current ordinance dealing with open containers, get updates for the proposed compensation plan for city workers for the 2015 fiscal year and get a medical insurance premium update.
* The Sedalia 200 School Board meets at 6:15pm to hold its tax levy hearing, with the levy proposed at $3 and 91.28 cents per $100 assessed valuation. During the regular meeting at 6:30pm, the board will will take up a stadium lease agreement, get a stadium update and acknowledge donations from the Lions Club and Duke Manufacturing Corporation.
* The Salisbury Board of Education meets in regular session at 7:15pm. the evening will begin with a tax rate hearing, followed by building and stadium updates, a review of the district transportation plan and an executive session for personnel and real estate matters.
For at least the third time, the Marshall Chapter of the FFA has been named one of the top 10 finalists in the National Chapter Model of Excellence Award. Also from Missouri, one of the top 10 finalists is the Troy FFA chapter.
Also, National FFA Star Chapter Awards were announced; receiving the three-star ratings are the Marshall, Slater and Sweet Springs chapters, along with the Boonville, Chillicothe, Concordia and Tipton FFA from the KMMO listening area.
Glasgow's Heritage Way Festival is Saturday, August 9th on Fourth Street.
The event begins at 9:30am with displays and crafts along the street.
In the EUB Chapel at 10:00am, Donna McAdams will present Civil War Myth and Fact Stories told through quilts. At 11:30am, Lynn Meyer will make a presentation on the Civil War regarding life immediately after the Emancipation Proclamation. At 1:00pm, there will be a presentation by the Missouri River Bird Observatory.
There are several other events, including an ice cream social from 11:00am to 3:00pm at Lewis Library.
According to a release from the Kansas City Aviation Department, in order to repair large water pipes under the Kansas City International Airport Terminal B loop roadway, workers will close off a portion of the street this weekend. Effective at 5:00pm on Friday, August 8th, the three lanes and associated sidewalk will be closed next to the terminal along Delta Air Lines.
KCI Airport customers may use the road and sidewalk just prior to Delta and pedestrians may walk to the Delta gates inside the terminal. Although airport activity is lighter on weekends there may be intermittent traffic congestion.
Weather permitting, the work should be completed by Monday morning, August 11th.
Colonel Ron Replogel, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, has announced 44 people reported to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Academy on July 1st, 2014, to begin a 25-week training course to become a trooper. The 99th recruit class is scheduled to graduate on December 19th, 2014.
The average age of the members is 26. Of the recruits, 16 have attended some college, two have earned an associate's degree and 13 hold bachelor's degrees. Ten of the recruits have prior military experience, and five have prior law-enforcement experience.
As of August 7th, 34 recruits remain in the academy, including Nicholas Perez of Lexington and Holly Stevens of Lincoln.
If you have a 40-foot evergreen tree that you would enjoy seeing on the lawn of the Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City, the Missouri Department of Conservation would like to talk to you.
Forestry Field Programs Supervisor Nick Kuhn says the Conservation Department is on its annual quest for a tree to adorn the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion during the holiday season. To qualify, candidate trees must be at least 40 feet tall. Only eastern red cedar, Norway spruce, or white pine trees will be considered. Candidate trees must be fully branched on all four sides and accessible by large equipment.
Once a tree is selected, the Conservation Department will coordinate the cutting and delivery of the tree to the Governor’s Mansion at no cost to the owner. The donor will receive a personalized thank-you from the governor and an invitation to the lighting ceremony, which usually occurs the first week of December.
Full guidelines are available at mdc.mo.gov. All entries must be submitted by September 30th. For more information, contact Kuhn at 573-522-4115, ext. 3306.
On August 6th U.S. Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, announced the award of approximately $73.6 million to 71 organizations nationwide for YouthBuild programs. Job Point will receive $1.1 million over a three-year period to enhance its YouthBuild activities in Boone County and expand to Randolph County.
JobPoint's YouthBuild grant will assist 67 opportunity young adults to advance educational levels, develop leadership abilities and obtain skills training in the construction field, while building new homes in impoverished neighborhoods of communities.
Job Point is Missouri's premier employment and Community Development Corporation. The organization is headquartered in Columbia and has branch locations in Moberly, Sedalia and Warrensburg.
For more information about programs, services and locations, call (573) 474-8560.
The state Department of Natural resources is inviting the public to an informational meeting at Long Branch State Park on Saturday, August 9th. The open house-style meeting will be held from 4:00-6:00pm at the marina store.
Park representatives will provide information on future plans for the facility and answer questions. Visitors are invited to share feedback and suggestions about park services and operations.
The meeting is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri State Parks to ensure citizens have input regarding the facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites.
Long Branch State Park is located two miles west of the Highway 63 and 36 intersection in Macon County. You can learn more by calling the park at 660-773-5229 or by visiting www.mostateparks.com.
A one-vehicle accident in Johnson County resulted in moderate injuries for an Independence teen on Thursday.
The Highway Patrol says 18-year-old Elizabeth Hackett was eastbound when her car ran off the left side of the road and struck a tree.
Hackett was taken by ambulance to St. Lukes Hospital for treatment. Patrol reports say the crash happened around 5:40pm on eastbound Highway 50 in Johnson County, one mile before County Road Northwest 671.
A Higginsville teen was taken to the hospital after a one-vehicle accident in Lafayette County on Thursday.
According to the Highway Patrol, 18-year-old Kayla Neinhueser was traveling eastbound when she swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway. She reportedly lost control and ran off the left side of the road where her car struck an embankment.
Neinhueser suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Lafayette Regional Hospital for treatment. The patrol says the crash happened around 6:05pm on Business 13 near West 1st Street in Higginsville.
This month marks the 11th anniversary of Missouri’s historic recognition of a statewide Responsible Gaming Education Month. In 2003, in conjunction with the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling, the Show-Me State was the first state in the nation to dedicate a month to Responsible Gaming Education.
The Missouri Gaming Association, the statewide trade association of Missouri casinos, also puts a special focus on responsible gaming education during August, with all 13 Missouri casinos participating in Responsible Gaming Education Week the first week of August.
A primary focus of the month-long initiative is on the free help available to all Missourians.
The Missouri Lottery was the fourth United States lottery to launch a self-exclusion program. The Missouri Lottery’s program was modeled after the Illinois, Iowa and Maryland lotteries, all of which offer players the option of self-excluding themselves from claiming a prize of a certain amount.
For those with a gambling problem, they can call toll-free 1-888-BETSOFF.
With September being National Preparedness Month, Cooper County E.M.A. Director Thomas White has organized three meetings to discuss how to handle a disaster with groups who want to participate. The aid effort works better if it's coordinated, according to White.
White says the meetings will give groups the chance to find out how to respond and prioritize needs in a disaster situation.
The first meeting is set for Thursday, August 21st at 7:00pm. There will be another meeting on Tuesday, September 9th at 7:00pm and a third meeting at 9:00am on Saturday, September 13th.
The meetings will be held at the Cooper County E.M.A./9-1-1 Office at 200 Main Street in Boonville. For more information, call (660) 882-2614.
The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation has awarded a $750,000 challenge grant toward construction of Central Methodist University’s new Center for Allied Health.
To receive the Mabee grant, CMU alumni and friends must match it with $5.75 million in gifts and pledges – and must do so by June 30, 2015, CMU President Roger Drake said in announcing the grant. The $6.5 million Center for Allied Health project is part of a larger Campaign for the Heart of Central recently undertaken.
University officials broke ground August 1st on the new building, with plans to have it built, equipped and fully operational by the start of the Fall 2015 semester. The two-story, 25,000 square foot brick facility will be on the east side of campus in Fayette.
In Columbia, Business Loop 70 under the Route "B" bridge and the ramp from Business Loop 70 to Route "B" will be closed from 7:00pm on Monday, August 11th until 6:00am on Tuesday, August 12th to place the girders for the new Route B bridge.
There will be detours in place to guide motorists around the closure.
Access to local businesses along Business Loop 70 and Route "B" will be available during the closure.
The bridge is currently closed and is scheduled to reopen on September 15th.
For information on any MoDOT project, call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT or visit www.modot.org.
Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced that the Missouri State Archives, a division of his office, will host a program exploring the history of organized crime in Kansas City. The program, on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at 7:00pm, will feature Terence O’Malley speaking about his new book and documentary, "Black Hand Strawman: The History of Organized Crime in Kansas City."
O’Malley will intersperse clips from the film throughout his presentation to bring to life one of the most compelling true crime stories in American history.
The Missouri State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value in Jefferson City. All programs at the Archives are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information on this and other programming at the Archives, contact Emily Luker, (573) 526-5296.
Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith says county tax revenue is down in some areas for the month of August, but up in another.
Smith says county sales tax revenue is down considerably from the month of July.
Smith also noted dips in the revenue generated by the law enforcement and courthouse taxes from July to August; however, revenue from the use tax did jump by over $11,000.
And while the sales, law enforcement and courthouse taxes did decrease from July to August, Smith says all three taxes did come out ahead of where they were one year ago; also, all four taxes are running at a higher monthly average than they have ever been.
A Salisbury teen took a trip to the hospital after a one-vehicle accident Wednesday in Chariton County.
The Highway Patrol says 16-year-old Ashtyn Carothers was southbound when her vehicle ran off the roadway, down an embankment and overturned. Her car was reportedly totaled in the crash.
Carothers received minor injuries and was taken by private vehicle to Advanced Physicians Center in Columbia. The Patrol says it happened around 1:00pm Wednesday afternoon on Missouri 129, about eight miles south of Salisbury.
Van Meter State Park will hold a free Explorer Day Camp on August 13th-15th. The day camp will run from 9:00am to noon each day. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the camp will explore the different ways the American Indian used natural materials to tell stories through art.
Attendance all three mornings will earn participants the Explorer Patch. Requirements to complete the Explorer Program consist of four parts: Service, Interpretive Study, Interpretive Programs and Identification. Adults are encouraged to accompany their children and make day camp a family activity. The number of participants each day is limited to 25.
For more information about the event or to register, call the park at (660) 886-7537. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com
Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Mason Sandidge, of Marshall, has been awarded the Elyzabeth H. Schell Scholarship and the Curator Agriculture-Interscholastic Events from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources for the 2014-15 academic year.
Sandidge, a freshman majoring in agriculture, is the son of Brent and Connie Sandidge.
The Elyzabeth Schell Scholarship was established in 1981 by the estate of Elizabeth Schell, whose family was in the dairy business in the Kansas City area and had a strong interest in agriculture. Scholarships are awarded to student whose parents are Missouri landowning farmers or ranchers.
The State Historical Society of Missouri President Stephen Limbaugh Jr. announced today that the Society is creating a "Center for Missouri Studies" this fall. The Center, to be administered from the Society's headquarters in Columbia, will extend the Society's mission to promote and disseminate the study of Missouri's history and culture.
The Center will be launched with two competitive "Center for Missouri Studies Fellowships" to be awarded in 2015, Limbaugh said. One fellowship will promote scholarship on Missouri's environmental history, while the other seeks interdisciplinary approaches to the study of Missouri's past. Each fellowship will include a stipend of $5,000.
Applicants for the fellowships are asked to submit formal proposals by November 1. The competition will be open to both academic and independent scholars, with the winners to be announced no later than January 1, 2015. The competition is now open, and details are available at shs.umsystem.edu/thecenter.
The State Historical Society of Missouri was Founded in 1898 by the Missouri Press Association, the Society is the premier center for the study of Missouri state and local history.
Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced the unofficial voter turnout in Tuesday's primary election was 24.58 percent. Approximately 998,495 of Missouri’s 4,061,820 registered voters turned out to vote on constitutional amendments and nominate party candidates.
The three counties with the highest turnout were Knox (45.80%), Worth (44.33%) and Harrison (43.18%). Statewide, voter participation was highest in the contest over Constitutional Amendment 7.
Voters in House Districts 67, 120 and 151 also participated in special elections to fill vacancies for the office of state representative. Unofficial results show Alan Green (D–Florissant), Shawn Sisco (R–Rolla) and Tila Rowland Hubrecht (R–Dexter) winning the races, respectively. They will serve until January, when the winners of the November general election are sworn in.
According to state law, results will be certified by August 26.
At the meeting of the Slater City Council last night, the council showed appreciation for the city pool's personnel as they raised money to help purchase items for the pool.City Administrator Gene Griffith explains.
Griffith said the events, a movie night on July 18th and a Pool Bash on July 30th, plus sponsors, raised about $2,000.
At the tractor pull on August 2nd, Griffith said there were 350 hooks and the event lasted over eight hours.
This Saturday, the city will host an R/C Fly-IN at the airport.
The council also discussed demolition repair board appointments, equipment repair, a purchase of material and a grant at the meeting.
Across the KMMO listening area, voter turnout for Tuesday's primary election showed about one in three registered voters ventured to the polls to cast their ballots.
The highest number in the area was Chariton County, with a voter turnout of almost 44%, followed by Cooper County with a turnout of 37%.
About 35% of Carroll County voters cast their ballots yesterday, followed by just under 35% in Lafayette County and 33% in Howard County. Saline and Pettis counties had a voter turnout of just under 30%.
Officials say the presence of five proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot may have been a reason for the higher-than average turnout for a primary election.
A one-vehicle crash in Chariton County has sent a Moberly woman to the hospital with moderate injuries.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened just before 12:30am on westbound Highway 24, about a mile east of Salisbury, where a car driven by 20-year-old Sierra Eravi ran off the side of the road and struck a bridge.
Eravi then ran back across the roadway and into an embankment, totaling the car. She was reportedly taken by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
A Blackwater teenager escaped serious injury Tuesday in a one-vehicle accident in Cooper County.
The Highway Patrol says a vehicle driven by 39-year-old Jane Lorenz, of Blackwater, was southbound on Route K when her S.U.V. ran off the right side of the roadway. Lorenz overcorrected, causing her to run off the left side of the road and into a ditch.
The driver was not injured but a passenger, 13-year-old Gabe Lorenz, received minor injuries and was taken for treatment to Cooper County Memorial Hospital for treatment. The Patrol says the crash happened around 1:45pm in the afternoon, about one mile south of Blackwater.
Secretary of State Jason Kander on Tuesday announced that one initiative petition has been certified to appear on the November ballot. A constitutional amendment relating to teacher performance evaluation systems will appear on the November 4th General Election ballot as Constitutional Amendment Three.
If approved by voters, it would require teachers to be evaluated by a standards-based performance evaluation system for which each district must get state approval to continue receiving state and local funding.
It would also require teachers to be dismissed, retained, demoted, promoted and paid primarily using student performance data as part of the evaluation; require teachers to enter into contracts of three years or fewer with public school districts; and prohibit teachers from organizing or collectively bargaining regarding the design and implementation of the teacher evaluation system.
State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced today that MOST- Missouri’s 529 College Savings Plan- will give away five Amazon Kindles at the State Fair. MOST 529 will draw a winner every other day of the Fair, which is open from August 7th through 17th.
Missourians can enter to win at the MOST 529 booth in the Agriculture Building from 9:00am to 9:00pm each day of the fair. A winner will be drawn every other day of the fair beginning on Friday, August 8th.
Hundreds of Missourians entered last year’s giveaway. More than $2 billion is invested in MOST 529 Direct Plan accounts by more than 130,000 account owners, both an all-time high.
Earl Pabst with Flotron/McIntosh gave the Pilot Grove City Council an update on the progress of the installation at the Wastewater Treatment Plant at the council meeting on Monday, August 4th, 2014. No action was taken on the plans as there are still discussions going on with the company that's going to install the facility about some of the provisions in the contract, according to Mayor Dennis Knipp.The council approved ordering a replacement for a handheld electronic device used to read water meters. The council also approved an amendment to the 2014-15 budget.
The council approved changing arrangements with Gerding, Korte and Chitwood for the city's annual audits to Lammers & Associates.
An ordinance pertaining to nuisances was reveiwed by the council and turned over to the city's attorney for review.
The council interviewed and accepted Erin Wiseman of Jefferson City to be the city's attorney because current city attorney Cydney Mayfield accepted another position with the state of Missouri. Knipp says Mayfield will continue to handle the Wastewater Treatment Project. Since she was involved with it, Knipp says she will remain on that project only.
Pilot Grove's tax-rate hearing has been set for September 8th at 6:30pm.
According to a report from the Marshall Police Department, Two Texas residents have been arrested and charged with drug possession with the intent to distribute.
At just after midnight on Sunday, August 3rd, a Marshall Police officer observed a silver colored Chevrolet S10 traveling northbound on Highway 65 in the southbound turn lane.
The officer stopped the vehicle, and after receiving an explanation from the driver for driving in the wrong lane of traffic, the officer received information the license plates displayed on the truck were stolen. The officer asked the driver for his consent to search the vehicle.
With permission of the driver, the officer opened an ice cooler in the bed of the truck, revealing multiple packaged "bricks" of marijuana. The "bricks" were later weighed and came to a total of 15 pounds, 8 ounces.
The driver, 61-year-old Jaime Humberto Trevino and a passenger, 49-year-old Maria Elena Cortez, both of San Benito, Texas, are currently in custody at the Saline County Justice Facility with a $125,000 cash-only bond.
Charges contained in reports provided by law-enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.
At the meeting of the Carrollton City Council meeting on Monday, August 4th, 2014, the council received an audit report for fiscal year 2013 from Westbrook and Company. There were a couple of recommendations, including the city creating a system to reconcile tax revenues-- amount that's been billed, paid in and the amount outstanding.
The Council also accepted a bid of $1,800 from Sanitary Cleaners of Richmond to strip and wax floors and paint walls at the Rupe Center and Fire Department. There were four bids on the project.
A proposed ordinance to prohibit front-yard parking along Broadway Boulevard in Sedalia has been rejected by the City Council. A spokesman for the city says the ordinance was rejected in committee meetings on Monday night and never made it to the floor of the Council meeting.
The Council on Monday also approved bids for numerous items for ongoing city projects, including slurry seal, road overlay, and engineering services.
Council members also recognized several municipal employees for decades of service to the city, including Police Lieutenant William Chapman for 35 years, Street Department Specialist Tammy Lewis for 30 years, Street Department Crew Supervisor Roger Vieth for 30 years and Police Sergeant Brad Beard for 25 years.
In a short meeting of the Higginsville Board of Aldermen on Monday, the Board approved the annual Conflict of Interest Ordinance as mandated by state law.
The Board on Monday also approved the appointment of Beau Linebach to both the Economic Development Committee and the Finance & Administration Committee; they also approved the appointment of Valerie Frerking to the Park Board.
The Concordia Board of Aldermen on Monday gave approval to entering into an agreement for maintenance and upkeep for reservoirs at the city water plant. City Administrator Dale Klussman explains the scope of the work:
The Board agreed to contract the city with Utility Service Company, Inc., of Atlanta, Georgia, for the maintenance and upkeep work for the reservoirs. Klussman says the city will pay some future fees now so that future city officials won't have to try and come up with the money out of a future budget.
Concordia's Aldermen on Monday also were updated on several ongoing projects at Central Park and around the city and approved an ordinance to allow for the updating of city codes to get them in line with state statutes.
The Slater City Council meets in regular session at 7:00pm on Tuesday, August 5th, at Slater City Hall.
Council members will take up equipment repair and material purchases, as well as appointments to the Demolition and Repair Board and discussion of a Community Development Block Grant.
Mayor Steven Allegri will also update council members on preparations for the upcoming R/C Fly-In on Saturday, August 9th, and recap both the recent truck and tractor pull and events at the Slater pool.
A one-vehicle accident in Cooper County on Monday sent a Bunceton resident to the hospital with injuries.
The Highway Patrol says a car driven northbound by 29-year-old Jason Abernathy ran off the side of the road, overcorrected, ran off the opposite side of the road and struck several trees.
Abernathy suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was taken by ambulance to Cooper County Memorial Hospital for treatment. Patrol reports say it happened just before 10:00pm on Highway 5, north of Robien Drive in Cooper County.
The Marshall City Council has approved an ordinance tightening up the procedure for dealing with nuisances within the city. The ordinance, as approved by the council, will speed up the procedure for a resolution of a nuisance.
In other business , Third Ward Councilman Dan Brandt reported the city slurry program is underway, and should be continuing most of this week:
The Council was also told that permits were issued during the month of July for $656,000 worth of construction; 48% of that construction was for roof replacements.
The Pilot Grove City Council meets tonight and will consider replacing handheld electronic devices to read water meters. It also will have discussions to amend the 2014-15 budget and discuss an ordinance pertaining to nuisances and talk about grants.
An executive session also is on the agenda for litigation, property purchase and personnel issues.
The Boonville City Council meets in regular session tonight.
On the agenda, the council will continue a discussion on CMCA Proposed Housing and consider temporary street closures and parking restrictions from the Chamber of Commerce for the Festival of Lights each Thursday in September.
The council also will consider a resolution to revert to the prior tax-rate ceiling and have first readings of bills involving the establishment of the Tax Levy for the 2014-15 fiscal year; approving local agency contracts for 2014-15; amending two-hour parking restrictions in the downtown area; and discuss a Minor Subdivision plat for the Evangelical United Church of Christ at Spring and Seventh Streets.
Sedalia School District 200 was the top performer in its class in the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's School Breakfast Challenge. Sedalia, with its 128-percent increase, was the Gold Awards performer among districts with 3,500 to 9,999 students. The honor comes with a $3,000 prize, with the funds to be used for health and wellness activities to benefit the district.
The challenge is a partnership among DESE, the Missouri Food Bank Association and the Midwest Dairy Council. The goal is to increase daily breakfast participation in school districts statewide.
Winners were the districts that had the largest percentage increase in breakfast meals served per student from the 2012-13 to the 2013-14 school years. Results were announced during the department's School Administrators Conference on July 28th in Columbia.
Saline County authorities and the State Fire Marshal are currently investigating a reported case of arson in the community of Nelson.
According to the Saline County Sheriffs Office, deputies were called to the 400 block of North Main Street in Nelson on a report of a structure fire. When they arrived, they found members of the Blackwater Fire Department on scene already battling the blaze.
After the fire was brought under control, Blackwater fire officials requested the State Fire Marshal to inspect the scene; the Marshal later determined that the cause of the fire was arson.
The resident of the home was reportedly out of town at the time of the blaze and no injuries were reported from the scene. No dollar value has been placed on the damages; the incident remains under investigation.
Central Methodist University officials broke ground earlier today on a $6.5 million allied health building project, the first phase of a $20 million fund drive they announced at the same time.
CMU has dubbed it "The campaign for the Heart of Central," and officials aim to complete the campaign in five years, according to CMU President Roger Drake.
CMU Public Relations Director Kent Propst says the goal is reachable but it is ambitious.
While there are four main components to the $20 million campaign the new 25,000 square foot allied health building is its centerpiece.
Propst says construction will begin immediately, and CMU officials plan to have it open by the start of the Fall 2015 semester.
The allied health facility will be home to CMU's nursing and athletic-training programs. CMU also is developing new occupational therapy assistant and physical-therapy assistant programs to be based in the new building.
The Big Latch On is a global event that has been occurring since 2008 and has grown to 28 countries as of last year.
It was held in 700 different locations across the globe in 2013, but it will be hosted on the Marshall Square this Saturday for the first time, according to Disa Farris, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and Certified Lactation Counselor at the Saline County Health Department.
She says the purpose of the event is to bring some sense of normalcy to breastfeeding.
The event runs from 9:30am to 11:00am. But mothers really need to be signed in by start time.
Farris said breastfeeding in public is legal and a protected right of the mother in Missouri.
The Boone County Farm Bureau and University of Missouri Extension will present Missouri's first Combine Blessing and Safety Expo on Saturday, August 2nd at the Central Missouri Event Center (formerly the Boone County Fairgrounds) in Columbia.Boone County Farm Bureau President Deanna Crocker explains what the blessing is all about.
There will be exhibits and instruction for youths on ATV safety, lawn mower safety, poison look a likes, electricity safety, power tool safety and emergency services.
For adults, safety instructions will be given on machinery transport, grain bin safety, harvest safety, fire safety and livestock and horse safety.
Crocker said the free event, which starts at 4:00pm, is open to all ages, and the first 200 youths who pre-register will receive a free T-shirt. There will be a free locally-produced meal. Crocker says, the actual blessing of the combines will occur around 8:00pm.