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WARRENSBURG CC TO DISCUSS ORDINANCE TONIGHT 10/1/14RK


The Warrensburg City Council meets this evening in regular session.

On the agenda is an ordinance authorizing the Warrensburg Parks & Recreation Director and City Clerk to execute a contract for roof repairs.

A closed session for personnel and legal matters also is on the docket.

The meeting gets under way at 5:30 in the Southeast Conference Room at 102A South Holden.

ALLEGED STOLEN DIESEL FUEL TRAILER IN PETTIS COUNTY 10/1/14RK


According to a report from the Pettis County Sheriff's Department, sometime on the morning of Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, there was an item allegedly stolen in the Sedalia area.

The release says the item is a blue 500-gallon diesel fuel single-axle trailer with white or yellow lettering with "Twehous Excavating" with #71 on the side.

If you have any information about this crime, call the Pettis County Sheriff's Office at (660) 827-0052.

PETTIS CRASH INJURES ONE 9/3014CC


A Sedalia woman escaped with cuts and bruises after a one-vehicle accident Tuesday in Pettis County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 56-year-old Tammy Fox was eastbound on Route B when her car ran off the road, returned to the roadway, ran off the opposite side and overturned.

Fox received minor injuries and was taken by private vehicle to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment. Patrol reports say the crash happened around 1:45pm at Rager Road in Pettis County.

NEW BOILER COMING FOR HOWARD CO. COURTHOUSE 9/30/14CC


Work is slated to begin this week on a new boiler for the Howard County Courthouse.

Outgoing Howard County Presiding Commissioner Lowell Eaton says the new boiler is scheduled to be installed this week at the courthouse in Fayette at a cost of around $59,000.

In other business of the Howard County Commission, commissioners learned of a historical society grant which will help cover the cost of beam and window replacement at the Howard County Courthouse. The grant will cover 70% of the project cost while the county will pickup the other 30% of the cost. The work will be performed late this year.

Eaton has served as a Howard County Commissioner for the past 12 years and is serving out his last few months as Presiding Commissioner. Eaton says incoming Presiding Commissioner Sam Stroupe will take the reins after the first of the year.

M.M.U. BOARD MEETS THURSDAY 9/30/14CC


The Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works meets in regular session on Thursday, October 2nd.

Items on the agenda for board approval include a discussion on U.V. module modification, sewer main rehab, creation of a general fund account and a contract addendum with the city of Malta Bend for water sales.

The meeting is scheduled for 8:30am at the Marshall Municipal Utilities office in downtown Marshall.

MARSHALL PARK BOARD MEETS WEDNESDAY 9/30/14CC


The Marshall Park Board meets in regular session at 5:00pm on Wednesday, October 1st.

Items on the agenda include program and department reports as well as updates on the park and golf course maintenance.

A closed executive session is also on the agenda for the evening.

FORMER MARSHALL STUDENT FOUND DEAD ON M.U. CAMPUS 9/30/14CC


Authorities in Columbia are investigating the death of a resident of a fraternity house on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus.

According to Columbia police, officers were dispatched around 11:45pm Monday night to the Alpha Gamma Rho house on South College Avenue on a report of an unconscious male subject.

Officers and medics arrived on the scene and later pronounced 19-year-old Cale E. Boedeker dead at the scene. Police say investigators do not suspect foul play in the matter based on Boedeker's medical history, which reportedly included Type I Diabetes.

An autopsy is planned for Tuesday; authorities say they don't know when the results will be available.

Boedeker was native of Malta Bend and a 2013 graduate of Marshall High School. A former member of the Marshall F.F.A. program, he was a sophomore at M.U. studying Fisheries and Wildlife at the time of his death.

The fraternity says they plan to host a candlelight vigil for Boedeker on the lawn of the Alpha Gamma Rho house on Tuesday evening at 9:00pm.

ABSENTEE VOTING BEGINS FOR NOVEMBER ELECTION 9/30/14CC


At the Tuesday meeting of the Saline County Commission, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell reminded voters that absentee balloting for the November 4th General Election is already underway:



Russell says there are several ways to obtain a request for an absentee ballot if you'll be out of town or out of the country on Election Day:



Saline County voters who have questions or need more information about absentee voting can contact the County Clerk's office at (660) 886-3331.

You can also visit Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander's office at www.sos.mo.gov.

DELAYS SLOW PHONE SWITCH AT SALINE COURTHOUSE 9/30/14CC




...that's Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings, talking about delays in getting the Saline County Courthouse phone system switched over to a new service provider.

At Tuesday's County Commission meeting, Stallings said the service transition from AT&T to Socket has taken longer than expected, dued to unforeseen delays. The county's contract with Socket officially begins on Wednesday, October 1st, but Stallings says that doesn't mean everything will be running perfectly.



Stallings says some technical communication problems have slowed the transition down but officials hope to have everything running smoothly within the next few days.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS 9/30/14RK


Special Olympics Missouri State Outdoor Games is set to bring more than 900 athletes and coaches from around the state to Jefferson City from October 3rd-5th, and volunteers are needed.

According to a news release from the organization, in order to give the athletes the best experience possible, every volunteer position needs to be filled.

This state-level event takes place at Binder Park, 63 Sports Complex, Railwood Golf Course, Turkey Creek Golf Center, Washington Park, Jefferson City High School and the YMCA.

The State Outdoor Games kick off at 8:00am on Friday with bocce, golf and tennis competition at 63 Sports Complex, Railwood Golf Course and Turkey Creek Golf Center and Washington Park.

For more information on available volunteer positions, visit www.somo.org/outdoor.

POLO MAN HURT IN CLINTON COUNTY ACCIDENT 9/30/14RK


A two-vehicle crash at an intersection in Clinton County on Monday afternoon has caused minor injuries to a Polo man.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says a northbound 2013 Ford on MO-116, driven by 30-year-old Grant Hon, of Omaha, Neb., traveled into the path of a westbound on U.S. 69 2001 Ford F-150, driven by 31-year-old Dustin Noble, of Polo. The front of the Noble vehicle struck the passenger side of the Hon car, causing both vehicles to skid off the northwest corner of the intersection.

Both drivers were transported by Tri-County Ambulance to Liberty Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened just after 2:00pm.

HENRY COUNTY MOTORCYCLE CRASH INJURES ONE 9/30/14RK


A Springfield man suffered minor injuries in a motorcycle accident in Henry County early Tuesday morning.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a 2008 Honda, driven by 21-year-old Hannah Straub, of Springfield, traveled off the road and overturned.

Injured was 49-year-old David Straub, of Springfield, an occupant on the bike. He reportedly refused treatment at the scene.

The accident happened just after midnight on Highway 7, south of John Deere.

MARSHALL CITY COUNCIL 9/29/14


It was the last meeting of the fiscal year for the Marshall City Council on Monday evening. The council has amended the just-ending fiscal year budget, to reflect the actual revenue and spending, and City Administrator ConnieLatimer says they still showed a deficit this past year.

 

Latimer was asked about the deficit in the just-completed fiscal year and the next fiscal year by Fourth Ward Councilman Tom Hagedorn.



The City Council earlier approved a budget for the next fiscal year, which anticipated a shortfall of over a half-million dollars in revenue.


The fiscal year for the City of Marshall begins on October 1st.

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED 9/29/14CC


Police in Columbia say they are currently investigating a report of shots fired on Monday.

According to a release from police, officers were dispatched around 1:30pm Monday afternoon to the 1600 block of Hanover Drive after being notified of shots fired in the area.

Further investigation revealed that two vehicles had been parked alongside each other when a fight broke out that led to shots being fired. One of the vehicles reportedly left the area at a high rate of speed.

Investigating officers report locating blood at the scene; however, they say calls to area hospitals found no recent admissions for gunshot wounds.

No other injuries or damages were reported from the scene. police are currently searching for the vehicles involved as their investigation into the incident continues.

U.C.M. ATHLETES COMPRISE "LITERACY TEAM" 9/29/14CC


A group of area college athletes will head out on Tuesday, September 30th, to help foster a love of reading for school-age children.

The University of Central Missouri's "Literacy Team", made up of student-athletes from various Mules and Jennies sports teams, will spend portions of October visiting Warrensburg area elementary schools to promote the importance of reading skills to local students.

They'll make their first stop Tuesday at Martin Warren Elementary School; other stops are planned throughout October at Ridgeview (Oct. 1), Maple Grove (Oct. 29), and Sterling (Oct. 30) elementaries, all in Warrensburg.

At each school visit, the university says the athletes will read newly-bought books to the students, purchased for the school in conjunction with the university's literacy program.

U.C.M. student-athletes have taken part in the "Literacy Team" program since its inception in 1992.

GLASGOW BLOOD DRIVE TUESDAY 9/29/14CC


An American Red Cross blood drive takes place Tuesday, September 30th, in Howard County.

The drive will be held from 1:00pm until 6:00pm at Glasgow High School at 860 Randolph Street in Glasgow.

For more information or to schedule a donation appointment, contact the American Red Cross at (800) RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

SWEET SPRINGS ALDERMEN TO HOLD MEETING, WORKSHOP 9/29/14CC


The Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen meets for a special session meeting on Tuesday, September 30th.

Items on the agenda include approving a bid for the Mill Street project, discussion of a street shed heater and an ordinance workshop for Aldermen.

The meeting gets underway at 6:00pm at Sweet Springs City Hall.

BOONE CO. DRUG TAKE-BACK TOTALS 9/29/14CC


Law enforcement and safety agencies across the nation took part last weekend in numerous Prescription Drug Take-back events, including several in the KMMO listening area.

Boone County authorities on Monday announced they collected nearly 500 pounds worth of unused or expired medications during Take-back events held last Saturday at eight different collection sites around Boone County. All total they collected 499 pounds of prescription drugs from sites in Columbia, Ashland, Centralia, Sturgeon and Hallsville.

It was all part of a national initiative sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency; other area collection sites included Marshall, Higginsville, Lexington, Boonville, Warrensburg and Knob Noster.

SPECIAL SESSION FOR MARSHALL COUNCIL 9/29/14CC


The Marshall City Council meets in Special Session on Monday, September 29th.

The Council will take a final look at the budget before the start of the next fiscal year for the city on Wednesday, October 1st. The agenda includes amending the 2013-2014 budget and approving appropriations.

The meeting gets underway at 5:15pm at Marshall City Hall.

SMALL-GAME HUNTING HAS SUNNY FORECAST 9/29/14RK


The small-game hunting forecast in Missouri has a sunny outlook, according to a release from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Quail, pheasant and squirrel numbers are increasing in most areas, and rabbits are likely to follow suit, resource scientists with the MDC predict.

More information on small-game hunting, including regulations and permits required, is available at mdc.mo.gov.

THIS IS RAIL SAFETY WEEK 9/29/14RK


The Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri Operation Lifesaver have declared September 29th through October 3rd, 2014, as Missouri Rail Safety Week. These agencies, along with local law enforcement and railroad companies are partnering together to raise public awareness about the dangers of disregarding railroad-crossing laws and trespassing on railroad property.

Missouri Operation Lifesaver will air radio messages across the state for the next two months to raise awareness. Enforcement events also are scheduled to deter violations.

In 2013, there were 64 crossing crashes and trespass incidents resulting in 14 fatalities and 38 injuries in Missouri.

To learn more about Missouri Operation Lifesaver, visit www.oli.org.

RAY ACCIDENT INJURES RICHMOND MAN 9/29/14RK


A Richmond man suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle crash on Sunday afternoon in Ray County.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol report says the accident occurred as 65-year-old Raymond Riggert was turning his northbound 1996 Honda Shadow right onto Route "K" from Missouri 13, hit loose gravel and overturned.

Riggert was transported to Liberty Hospital by Ray County E.M.S. for treatment.

The accident happened at 1:45pm.

NELSON WOMAN HURT IN JOHNSON COUNTY CRASH 9/29/14RK


A Nelson woman escaped a two-vehicle crash on Sunday evening in Johnson County with cuts and bruises.

A report from the Highway Patrol says the accident occurred as a 2002 Pontiac, driven by 29-year-old Jessica Craig, of Warrensburg, was slowing to make a left turn and was struck from behind by a 2007 Hyundai, driven by 32-year-old Denver Dietz, of Nelson.

A passenger in the Dietz vehicle, 22-year-old Carrie Dean, of Nelson, was transported by E.M.S. to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment.

The accident happened at 7:45pm on Missouri 13 at County Road Northwest 575.

SALINE MOTORCYCLE CRASH INJURES BROOKFIELD WOMAN 9/29/14RK


A Brookfield motorcyclist suffered moderate injuries in an accident on Sunday evening in Saline County.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says 41-year-old Shelley Dorrell lost control of her northbound 2002 Yamaha, crossed the center line, ran off the left side of the road, slid down an embankment and rolled over.

Dorrell was transported to Fitzgibbon Hospital by Saline County E.M.S. for treatment.

The accident happened just before 6:30pm on Missouri 41, south of Muddy Creek.

MARSHALL MAN HURT IN ACCIDENT 9/29/14RK


A Marshall man suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident on Sunday morning in Saline County.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 70-year-old Darrell Macumber was traveling southbound in his 2003 Kenworth when his vision was obstructed by dust from the gravel road, causing his vehicle to travel off the right side of the road and overturn.

Macumber was transported by Slater E.M.S. to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment.

The accident occurred just before 9:30am on Brunswick Road, just south of 367 Trail.

ARRESTS MADE IN COLUMBIA SHOOTING 9/29/14RK


Police in Columbia have apprehended two suspects in a shooting that happened early Saturday morning.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were called around 2:15am to an apartment complex in the 3500 block of Aspen Heights Parkway. Investigation reportedly revealed a physical disturbance that had occurred when several shots were fired in the area. Police found a vehicle on the property with bullet hole in driver's side door and window.

Officers also located a 22-year-old female with a gunshot wound at the scene; she was taken to an area hospital with what police said are non life-threatening injuries.

A later release from the Columbia P.D., says a 19-year-old Columbia man and a 19-year-old man from Grandview have been taken into custody with the same charges of second-degree assault (bond $4,500) and unlawful use of weapons ($4,500 bond).

Both have been transported and released to the Boone County Jail.

BAND DAY DIRECTOR SAYS FESTIVITIES RAN LIKE CLOCKWORK 9/28/14RK


At the 45th Annual Carrollton Band Day on Saturday, Macon earned the honor of Grand Champion for Classes 1-3 and Oak Grove for Classes 4-5.

Carrollton Band Director David Phillips, who also is the Festival Director, said the Grand Champions were determined by Parade and On-Field Performances. There were 71 total bands that competed.

Phillips said there also were numerous other awards handed out.




Phillips said everything went well.



Phillips said the awards and day ended at about 10:00pm.

OAK GROVE, MACON GRAND CHAMPIONS AT CARROLLTON BAND DAY 9/28/14RK


More than 4,000 high-school students converged on Carrollton on Saturday to participate in the 45th Annual Carrollton Band Day.

When all was said and done, 71 schools took part, with Macon emerging as the Grand Champion in Classes 1-3 and Oak Grove taking home the Grand Champion prize in Classes 4-5.

Carrollton Band Director David Phillips, who also is the Festival Director, said the Grand Champions were determined by Parade and On-Field Performances, the latter increasing from past years.



He said the day was about an hour and a half longer than it has been in the past.
In order to get everything to work like a well-oiled machine, Phillips said it takes a lot of volunteers.



It is also a boon for Carrollton's economy, especially the eating establishments. He said it is their biggest day of the year.

LAFAYETTE CRASH INJURES K.C. MAN 9/28/14RK


A Kansas City man was sent to the hospital with cuts and bruises after a two-car crash in Lafayette County early this morning.

According to a report from the Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a westbound 2015 Chrysler, driven by 22-year-old Ryan Bird, of Odessa, overtook and struck a 2008 Honda Accord, driven by 38-year-old Armondo Stigger, of Kansas City, in the rear on the driver's side.

Stigger was transported by Odessa E.M.S. to Centerpoint Medical Center for treatment.

The accident happened at just before 6:00am on westbound I-70 at mile-marker 34, just west of Odessa.

FIVE INJURED IN JOHNSON CRASH 9/28/14RK


A two-car crash in Johnson County on Saturday night caused injuries to five residents of St. Louis.

According to a report from the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a 2003 Mitsubishi, driven by 19-year-old Anyssa Campbell, turned onto U.S. 50 westbound in front of a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by 18-year-old Abigail Grainger, of Warrensburg, causing the front of Granger's car to strike the Campbell vehicle.

Five occupants, including the driver and ranging in ages from 19-20, in the Campbell vehicle each received minor injuries and were transported by E.M.S. to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment.

The accident happened at 10:15pm on westbound U.S. 50 at Northeast 115th.

MOTORCYCLE-CAR CRASH IN BENTON COUNTY 9/28/14RK


A motorcycle-car accident in Benton County on Saturday sent a Lee's Summit woman to the hospital with moderate injuries.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when a 2000 Harley Davidson, driven by 59-year-old Gregory Jacks, of Lee's Summit, overtook and struck a 2003 Ford, driven by 26-year-old Ashley Steffens, of Lincoln, in the back end.

Injured in the accident was an occupant on the bike, 58-year-old Wendy Jacks, of Lee's Summit.

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

The accident occurred at 5:40pm on Missouri-52 at Route "A."

CORNHUSKING RESULTS 9/28/14RK


The Missouri State Cornhusking Championships were held at the Saline County Fairgrounds on Saturday with champions crowned in 12 different classes for girls and boys and women and men.

Joanie Renzelman won the women's 21-to-49 age group, as she shucked 277-1/2 net pounds of corn in 20 minutes. Kristin Davis was second with 241 pounds.

Khris Deal shucked 366-1/2 pounds to win the men's 21-to-49 age group. John Myers was second with 312 pounds shucked.

In the senior women's-- 50-to-74 age group-- Robin Pullen won with 224 pounds shucked, edging out Joan Carroll with 205-1/2.

Pickle Deal won the senior men's-- 50-to-74 age group-- with 362-1/2 pounds shucked, well ahead of Paul Aulgur's 288-1/2.

In the women's open class, Rochelle Myers won with 324, just ahead of Jammi Daise with nearly 317.

In the 30-minute Men's Open Division, Michael Burns won with 586-1/2 pounds shucked. Rodney Gobson was second with 529-1/2.

In the Golden Age (75-plus) men's category, John Becker won with 141 pounds shucked, with Earl Ross finishing second with 104-1/2.

Pat Becker won the Golden Age (75-plus) women's category with 89 pounds shucked.

In the Rookie Class, Justin Schuster, shucked 138 pounds, with Neal DeVasher shucking 84-1/2 pounds. It was the only class the competition lasted for 10 minutes.

In the girls' 14-and-under division, Calli Keller won with 67-1/2 pounds shucked and Grace Schroeder second with 44-1/2.

Tyson Keller won the boys' 14-and-under class with 80 pounds shucked, just ahead of Nickolas Myers' 76-1/2.

Sarah Schroeder won the girls' ages 15-to-20 category with 114 pounds shucked, with Rachel Wanzing second with 103.

Alex Myers won the boys' 15-to-20 age group with 91-1/2 pounds shucked.

In the 30-minute, three-person event, Travis, Joanie and Paul won with 399 pounds shucked, with Ralph Gorrell, Guy Frazer and Mary Ann Spencer finishing second with 346.

PATROL REMINDS OF HARVEST SAFETY 9/27/14CC


Fall has arrived, bringing with it the end of Missouri's growing season and the start of the annual harvest. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers to expect heavier farm machinery traffic--especially on rural highways. Farmers and motorists are encouraged to share the road in a safe, courteous manner.

Motorists are asked to stay alert for moving farm equipment and to slow down when approaching farm machinery on the roadway. Watch for farm equipment entering and exiting the side of the roadway and pay special attention at dawn and dusk, when visibility can be affected by the rising or setting sun.

Farmers are reminded to drive as far to the right as possible on the road and to make sure all machinery has proper working lights and a "slow-moving vehicle emblem". Operators are also encouraged to pull safely to the right to let lines of traffic pass and to always wear a seat belt when operating farm equipment on the roadway.

There were a total of 173 Missouri traffic crashes involving farm equipment in 2013. In those crashes two drivers were killed and 12 were injured.

SANTA FE TRAIL DAYS WINNERS 9/27/14CC


At the annual Santa Fe Trail Days celebration in downtown Marshall on Saturday, several awards were given out in a number of events and categories.

First place in the Marshall 150th Birthday Cake event was an entry of chocolate cupcakes made from scratch by Molly Johnson; in the teen category, first place went to Henna Hatfield for an apple cake made from scratch with Missouri apples.

In the Prince and Princess contest, the title of Prince was bestowed upon Owen Sims, while the Princess title was taken by Makenna Crouch.

In the 6-12 month Baby and Toddler Contest, top honors went to Alesi Robbins, daughter of April Robbins; in the 13-18 month category first place went to Katelynn Howell, daughter of Jenny Kirby and Denny Howell; and in the 17-24 month category, the top prize went to Phoenix Garner, whose parents are Jennifer and Spencer Garner.

POLICE INVESTIGATE COLUMBIA APARTMENT SHOOTING 9/27/14CC


Police in Columbia are investigating a reported shooting that happened early Saturday morning.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were called around 2:15am to an apartment complex in the 3500 block of Aspen Heights Parkway. Investigation reportedly revealed a physical disturbance that had occurred when several shots were fired in the area. Police found a vehicle on the property with bullet hole in driver's side door and window.

Officers also located a 22-year-old female with a gunshot wound at the scene; she was taken to an area hospital with what police say are non life-threatening injuries.

No suspect information has been made available and investigation into the incident continues.

SEDALIA REOPENS YARD WASTE SITE 9/27/14CC


The City of Sedalia's yard waste facility has reopened as of Friday afternoon.

According to a release from the city, the yard waste facility located at 28th and New York Avenue is now open for residents to dispose of limbs and tree debris. The city has closed the temporary facility residents had been using since the regular site was closed.

For questions or more information, contact the City of Sedalia at (660) 827-3000.

TWO NEW EXHIBITIONS AT DAUM MUSEUM 9/27/14CC


Two new exhibitions will open September 27th at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art on the State Fair Community College Sedalia campus. Both exhibitions will remain on view through December 16th.

"Four Point Perspective: SFCC Faculty Exhibition" will feature painting, sculpture, collage, and printmaking by SFCC Fine Arts program instructors Paul Allen, Damon Freed, Don Luper, and Shaun Southers. Artist-led gallery talks are planned at 6:00pm on four Thursdays: October 2nd, Freed; October 16th, Allen; October 30th, Southers; and November 13th, Luper. These are free and open to the public.

"Judy Chicago: A Retrospective in a Box" will feature the work of a pioneer feminist artist who came to prominence in the late 1960s. She may be best known for her 1979 installation, "The Dinner Party," a groundbreaking work created to celebrate women throughout history. In celebration of her 75th birthday, the Daum will debut a recently acquired portfolio of Chicago’s prints, "A Retrospective in a Box" (2014). The suite of seven lithographs surveys Chicago’s career across four decades with images that represent her interests in feminism, male power, autobiography, and motherhood.

Museum hours are 11:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday through Friday and 1:00pm until 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call (660) 530-5888 or visit the website at www.daummuseum.org.

AREA CITIES HOST PRESCRIPTION COLLECTIONS 9/27/14CC


Several prescription drug take-back events are scheduled around the KMMO listening area on Saturday, September 27th.

The Marshall Police Department will collect unused or expired prescription drugs from at the Marshall Municipal Court building at 5 East Eastwood in Marshall.

Take-back events will be held by the Higginsville Police Department in the Higginsville Walmart parking lot and by the Lexington Police Department at Lafayette Regional Health Center.

Boonville's Police Department will host a drug take-back at the Boonville Fire Department.

In Johnson County, authorities will collect old medications at Bi-Lo Market in Warrensburg, the Knob Noster Police Department, Whiteman Air Force Base and the Holden Police Department.

In Boone County, take-backs are being held at Southern Boone High School in Ashland, A.F. Super Grocery Store in Sturgeon, the Centralia Police Department, and at both Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools in Columbia.

The collections are part of a national effort by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency to keep prescription drugs out of the wrong hands as well as out of water supplies and landfills. All the take-back events run from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

TWO HURT IN BOONE CO. COLLISION 9/27/14CC


A Boonville woman was injured Friday after a two-car crash in Boone County.

Missouri State Highway Patrol reports say two westbound vehicles driven by 40-year-old Sheila D. Stover, of Boonville, and 49-year-old Kimberly A. Merkel, of Rocheport, attempted to turn south onto Route J at the same time and collided in the roadway.

Stover suffered minor injuries in the crash while a 16-year-old passenger in the Merkel car suffered moderate injuries; both were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The Patrol says the crash happened around 5:00pm Friday evening on U.S. Highway 40 at Route J in Boone County.

COLLISION WITH HORSE INJURES TWO 9/27/14CC


Two Warsaw residents were injured early Saturday morning when their car hit a horse on a area roadway.

The Highway Patrol says 24-year-old driver Shelby Cole suffered moderate injuries and was taken by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment; 31-year-old passenger Nicole Cole received minor injuries and was taken for treatment to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia.

Patrol reports say the collision happened around 12:15am Saturday morning on southbound Highway 65, a third of a mile south of Smasal Road in Pettis County.

WOOLDRIDGE WOMAN KILLED IN BIKE CRASH 9/27/14CC


A Cooper County woman has been killed in a motorcycle crash east of Branson.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 74-year-old Patricia A. Wells, of Wooldridge, suffered fatal injuries when the 2012 Can-Am motorcycle she was riding ran off the roadway and struck a tree, ejecting her from the bike.

Wells was later pronounced dead at a Springfield area hospital. Reports say the crash happened around 3:30pm Friday afternoon on southbound Highway 125, 7.5 miles north of Rueter in Taney County.

LEXINGTON POLICE SEARCH FOR ROBBERY SUSPECT 9/26/14CC


Police in Lexington are currently investigating an alleged armed robbery at an area business.

Lexington Police Chief Don Rector describes what happened around 9:30pm Thursday night at Bharti's Liquor on Route 13:



Chief Rector says the search is now on to find the suspect, who remains at large:



The store clerk was not injured in the incident; police say the suspect made off with about $170.00. Investigation into the incident continues by Lexington Police.

CARROLLTON BAND DAY 9/26/14CC


Thousands of people are expected to attend the annual Carrollton Band Day and Fall Fest on Saturday, September 27th.

The annual high school band competition is slated to host over 60 bands from across the state to compete in events for Parade Bands, Field Bands, Indoor Drum Lines and Indoor Auxiliaries. The Parade competition also features some junior high bands as well.

The events run from 8:00am until 10:00pm on Saturday on the uptown square in Carrollton. The annual Band Day is expected to draw some 7,000 to 8,000 attendees.

FLU SHOTS FOR SALINE COUNTY 9/26/14RK


There are several opportunities for area residents to get a flu shot coming up in the next few weeks in Saline County, including one this week.

Saline County Health Department Administrator Lisa Thomas:



She says the charge will be $20, but they can file several different insurances through VaxCare, Corporation, which supplies the flu vaccine and that Medicare Part B is always accepted. Thomas adds that there are certain groups of people who benefit the most from influenza vaccinations:



Thomas says taking the flu shot does not completely eliminate the risk of getting the flu because no shot is 100-percent effective. Still, she adds, there are benefits to taking the vaccine, including shortening the length and severity of the illness.

SALINE COMMISSION CONSIDERS TAX FORGIVENESS 9/26/14RK


Leslie Tyler, representing Tyler Investments and Rental Properties, LLC, was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday, making a case for forgiveness of back taxes owed on a property located at 10 North Jefferson in Marshall the company bought recently.



Tyler said there are benefits for everyone.



After Tyler fielded several questions and concerns brought up by the commissioners, the commissioners voted 2-1 in approval to forgive previous taxes owed of $4,034.84, upon the issuance of a certificate of occupancy by the city of Marshall.

SALINE COMMISSION GETS UPDATES ON FUNDS, BRIDGES 9/26/14RK


At Thursday's meeting of the Saline County Commission, commissioners approved Jack Harvey being appointed to the Public Facility Authority.

Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner also gave an update on funds received from Enbridge.



Fenner also gave an update work on two bridges in the county.



Fenner also said the footing is up on the bridge west of Fairville. The forms are due to be placed within the next week and a crew will come in and put up the walls. He said, hopefully the bridge will be in place within the next two to three weeks.

Right after that, the crew will be doing the same project east of Fairville, putting up a bridge over the creek in that area. He said hopefully the two "in-house" bridges will be in place by the middle of November.

SUSPECTS CHARED IN COLUMBIA ROBBERY 9/26/14RK


According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, Columbia Police detectives arrested two suspects for the bank robbery at the Missouri Credit Union on Buttonwood Drive on Wednesday afternoon, September 24th, 2014.

One of the suspects arrested is a 27-year-old from Kirksville. He is charged with robbery in the second degree, bond still to be set; felony resisting arrest or interfering with an arrest (bond $4,500); felony warrant for failure to appear on a motor vehicle theft (no bond set); and three misdemeanor warrants for trespassing (each bond being $525.50).

The other arrest made is a 23-year-old Columbia resident. He is charged with robbery in the second degree ($150,000 cash-only bond); and resisting or interfering with an arrest (bond of $4,500). He also was arrested for previous incidents, including a home-invasion robbery in May; another robbery of the Missouri Credit Union in June; and a robbery of Landmark Bank in August.

Both suspects have been transported and released to the Boone County Jail.

DRUG TAKE-BACK EVENT IN MARSHALL 9/25/14CC


As part of a nationwide event this weekend to collect unused and expired prescription drugs, the Marshall Police Department will host a prescription drug take-back event on Saturday, September 28th.

Detective Sergeant William McMellen explains how area residents can properly dispose of their prescriptions drugs this weekend:



According to McMellen, there's more than one good reason for working to get old prescription drugs out of the medicine cabinet and off the streets.



The event is one of many drug take-backs being held across the area this weekend, including Higginsville, Boonville and Warrensburg. For more information, contact the Marshall Police Department at 886-7411.

PILOT ART PROJECT DEBUTS IN LEXINGTON 9/25/14CC


This weekend's Apples, Arts and Antiques event in Lexington marks the debut of a pilot project between the city of Lexington and the University of Missouri Extension Community Arts Program.

The Lexington community, along with the M.U. Extension and M.U. faculty and staff, created a project to focus on both economic development and arts in the community by designing the "Legendary Lexington Audio Tour", which makes it debut on Saturday, September 27th.

The project, which explores various aspects of the history of Lexington, will be featured at 10:00am, 12:00pm and 2:00pm on Saturday. Organizers and supporters worked together to create an audio walking and driving tour of the historic mid-Missouri city.

The Apples, Arts and Antiques Festival runs through Sunday in Lexington. For information about the project, visit www.historiclexington.com.

WARRENSBURG GEARS UP FOR BURG FEST 9/25/14CC


The city of Warrensburg is gearing up for their annual Burg Fest, running Friday through Sunday.

Organizers have a slate of activities planned for the three-day celebration, including a K.C.B.S. barbecue cookoff, live music and a children's area. A full schedule of events can be viewed at www.theburgfest.org.

Due to the festival, officials will close several streets around the Warrensburg area over the weekend, including Holden, Hout, West Market, East Market and West Pine streets. The streets should reopen to traffic by Sunday evening at 7:00pm.

Area motorists are asked to find alternate routes and drive safely while the yearly festival is taking place.

FRIDAY MEETING FOR WARRENSBURG TOURISM BOARD 9/25/14CC


The Warrensburg Convention and Visitor's Bureau meets Friday at 2:30pm at the Warrensburg Community Center.

Items on the agenda include a discussion on branding, an update on the process to hire a Tourism Director for Warrensburg and a discussion of short-term strategic vision. They'll also discuss the findings of a recent survey of non-Warrensburg residents.

The group also has upcoming meetings planned for October 10th and October 24th at the Warrensburg Community Center.

BUNCETON SCHOOL BOARD TALKS A.P.R., PROJECTS 9/25/14RK


At the meeting of the Cooper County R-4 (Bunceton) Board of Education on Wednesday night, the Board talked about the district's goals and job descriptions. Board members also got an update on insurance for the district.

Superintendent John Thompson also said the district received good news in its Annual Performance Review from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:



The board also spent time Wednesday discussing capital projects for the school.

LEXINGTON COUNCIL APPROVES ADDITION OF FIRE MARSHAL 9/25/14RK


A portion of the Lexington City Council meeting this week was spent talking about adding a Fire Marshal position to the Lexington Fire Department. Mayor Jerry Brown says the move was approved by the council.



He said sometimes the cause of a fire cannot be determined right away-- but in cases where a cause can be determined, the city will benefit.



Brown said if there is a significant fire (resulting in a fatality, for example) it will be handled by the state Fire Marshal.

The council also approved a settlement in a lawsuit with CenturyLink for just over $7,300, with five percent, or just under $2,400, going to the Missouri Municipal League for reimbursement of its expenses incurred toward the lawsuit.

In other business, the Lexington Council also approved the closing of Main Street for part of Saturday and Sunday for the annual Apples, Arts & Antiques Festival. The festival gets underway on Thursday night with the annual apple auction.

TWO SUSPECTS IN CUSTODY IN CONNECTION WITH COLUMBIA ROBBERY 9/25/14RK


According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were dispatched to a robbery at Missouri Credit Union on Buttonwood Drive on Wednesday just after 5:00pm.

The investigation reveaeled that two males, both wearing bandanas, entered the credit union and demanded money. The suspects subsequently left the credit union with an unspecified amount of money and fled the area in a red four-door Oldsmobile Alero.

No weapons were used in the robbery and no injuries were reported at the robbery scene.

A short time later, a Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper spotted the vehicle and a pursuit ensued. The suspect eventually lost control of his vehicle and spun out in a grassy area near Vandiver Drive and Parker.

A foot pursuit for a second suspect, who jumped out of the car, ensued, officers apprehending him near Garnett and Parker.

The two suspects are in police custody and the investigation is ongoing.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department also assisted in the pursuits and apprehensions.

Representatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation responded to the robbery location and are working with the Columbia Police Department to further investigate this incident.

MOTORCYCLE-CAR CRASH INJURES WARRENSBURG MAN 9/25/14RK


A motorcycle-car accident in Johnson County on Wednesday evening has caused serious injuries to a Warrensburg man.

A report from the Highway Patrol says the accident occurred as an eastbound 2009 Suzuki, driven by 27-year-old Brian Oneill, of Warrensburg, began to skid on the pavement and struck an eastbound 2004 Chevrolet, driven by Franklin Palomo, of Knob Noster.

Oneill's motorcycle then traveled off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole.

Oneill was transported by Johnson County Ambulance to Research Medical Center for treatment.

The accident occurred on U.S. 50 Highway, just west of MO-13 at 5:50pm.

COOPER COUNTY BLOOD DRIVE IS TODAY 9/25/14RK


There is an opportunity for giving the gift of life today in Cooper County.

An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be conducted from 2:00-6:00pm at the Isle of Capri Casino located at 100 Isle of Capri Boulevard in Boonville.

For more information or to set up an appointment to donate blood, you can contact the American Red Cross at 1 (800) RED-CROSS (733-2767) or by visiting redcrossblood.org.

BLUMHORST'S FIRST PITCH HONORS DELAYED 9/25/14RK


An area native's first pitch at a Major League Baseball game has gotten delayed one day due to Mother Nature not cooperating.

Glen Blumhorst, who hails from Slater, was set to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Wednesday's match-up between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets at Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C., but rain postponed the match-up to today.

The game and pre-game activities have been rescheduled for 1:00pm eastern time, which is noon our time. According to Blumhorst, the weather forecast for today is marginal but they're hopeful that it will clear by game time.

He is the president and C.E.O. of the National Peace Corps Association, a national membership organization for individuals who have been influenced by their Peace Corps experience.

Blumhorst is the son of Archie and Wanita Blumhorst of rural Slater. He and his family live in Silver Springs, Maryland.

PETTIS ROLLOVER INJURES SEDALIA MAN 9/24/14CC


A Sedalia man suffered serious injuries after a one-car crash in Pettis County on Wednesday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a westbound 2001 Chevy driven by 25-year-old Gary Schnakenberg attempted to pass another vehicle, ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned.

Schnakenberg was taken by ambulance to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment. Reports say the crash happened around 2:00pm Wednesday afternoon on Route B, east of Myers Road in Pettis County.

BOONVILLE H.S. GETS VISIT FROM GOVERNOR 9/24/14CC


Governor Jay Nixon paid a visit to Boonville High School on Wednesday afternoon.

Superintendent Dr. Mark Ficken says the Governor's visit came on the heels of his release of millions of state education dollars.



Nixon released the education funds after the defeat of several tax break issues during the most recent veto session in Jefferson City. Ficken says the Governor also had some good things to say about the Boonville School District during his afternoon visit.



Ficken says a panel of students also had the opportunity ask the Governor questions about everything from teacher salaries to recent tensions between police and residents of Ferguson, Missouri.

BUNCETON SCHOOL BOARD MEETS WEDNESDAY 9/24/14CC


The Cooper County R-4 Board of Education meets in regular session on Wednesday, September 24th, at 6:30pm.

The Bunceton School Board will discuss the district's Annual Performance Report from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, talk capital projects and evaluate the district's transportation program.

An executive session for hiring matters is also on the evening's agenda.

MARSHALL POLICE WARN OF PHONE SCAM 9/24/14CC


Police are warning of a new scam making the rounds in and around the Marshall area.

According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, several area business owners have reported receiving a call soliciting financial donations for fallen police officers. The caller even claims that the Marshall Police Department is sponsoring their efforts. The caller reportedly attempts to quickly secure money from the business owner.

Marshall Police say they are not sponsoring the activity and that the calls are part of a scam. If you think a caller has tried to scam you over the phone, you can contact your local law enforcement agency to make a report.

For a list of common scams nationwide and how to avoid them, Marshall Police suggest visiting the Federal Bureau of Investigation's website at www.fbi.gov.

LEXINGTON COUNCIL APPROVES STREET CLOSURES 9/24/14RK


At the Lexington City Council meeting Tuesday night, the council approved closing Main Street for some weekend festivities.

The annual Apples, Arts and Antiques Festival begins on Thursday, September 25th, with the annual apple auction, according to Lexington Mayor Jerry Brown.



Main Street will close early in the morning on Saturday, September 27th, and will reopen later that evening. Officials will then close it again early Sunday, September 28th, and reopen in Sunday afternoon at 4:00pm upon the conclusion of the Festival.

PCHC REPORTS SIX CASES OF PERTUSSIS 9/24/14RK


According to a release from the Pettis County Health Center, it has received reports of four cases of Pertussis (whooping cough) in the past two months, brining the total number of cases to six this year. Four of the cases were not immunized, two being too young. The number of cases is higher than any of the past five years with three months still left in the year.

Pertussis has been fatal in other states, but not yet in Missouri.

According to the release, taking antibiotics will make the person no longer able to spread the disease, but does not stop the cough.

Parents are encouraged to contact their child's health-care provider if their child develops a severe cough with vomiting or problems catching his/her breath after coughing or if a cough lasts two weeks or longer.

The Pettis County Health Center has the Tdap vaccine available for protection.

For additional information, call (660) 827-1130.

RAYVILLE TEEN INJURED IN A.T.V. CRASH 9/24/14RK


An A.T.V. accident in Ray County on Tuesday afternoon has sent a Rayville teenager to the hospital with moderate injuries.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol report says the accident occurred as an A.T.V., driven by 15-year-old Isaac Roberson, of Rayville, traveled off the right side of the road and struck a tree.

Roberson was reportedly transported to Excelsior Springs Hospital via a private vehicle for treatment.

The accident happened just before 5:30pm on Hidden Valley Road north of West 160th.

FATAL CRASH IN BOONE COUNTY 9/24/14RK


A two-vehicle accident on Tuesday afternoon in Boone County has caused fatal injuries to a Jefferson City man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a southbound 2007 Honda Civic, driven by 23-year-old Lance Bingaman, of Jefferson City, pulled into the path of a westbound 1999 Ford F-450, driven by 26-year-old Nicholas McCune, of Columbia.

Bingaman was pronounced dead the scene by Boone County Medical Examiner Dori Burke.

The accident happened just before 4:30pm on U.S. 40 at Henderson Road.

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD HEARS A.P.R. RESULTS 9/23/14KL


The Marshall School Board learned Tuesday that the district's Annual Performance Report from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is showing things as being steady for the district.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher talked to the Board about the annual report, which is available for public inspection on the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's website.



In other business, the Board tabled discussion on effective date of insurance for employees. The Board also plans to set new dates for their annual retreat.

UPDATE ON MOLD IN MARSHALL SCHOOLS 9/23/14KL


The Marshall School Board has gotten an update on the mold problem found in several areas of the district. Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher told the board they have been working on the mold problem, but steps will have to be taken so it won't happen again, and it will not be cheap.



Also, Director of Business Services for the district Paul Faber told the board that they will be looking at proactive ways of dealing with some of the problems of the district before they become problems.



Faber said they need to develop regular inspection and maintenance plans for the district.

The Board also got updated on the progress in the Marshall educator evaluation system. Dr. Maher also reported that a principal evaluation is in the works.

The Board of Education also approved a change in the overtime policy of the district, saying that except in case of emergency, overtime has to be approved through the central office
.

HIGGINSVILLE B.O.E. OPPOSES AMENDMENT THREE 9/23/14CC


The Lafayette County C-1 Board of Education has joined numerous school districts across mid-Missouri in opposing a proposed amendment to the Missouri constitution.

Superintendent David Figg says the school board and the district feel that Amendment Three isn't in line with what's best for students at Higginsville schools.



Figg says many components of the amendment have led to scores of school districts across the state voicing their formal opposition to the plan.



The Higginsville School Board also recently approved the final budget for the coming school year and learned that the district's Annual Performance Report from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education came in at just under 90%.

STRETCH OF COOPER COUNTY ROADWAY CLOSED 9/23/14CC


Road work in Cooper County will close a road in the southern part of the county for the next few weeks.

Round Hill Drive, three-quarters of a mile north of AA Highway at Hood Bridge Road, closed this week for culvert replacement. The work is expected to last about four weeks.

For more information about the closing, call (660) 882-2614.

LEXINGTON COUNCIL MEETS TUESDAY 9/23/14CC


The Lexington City Council meets in regular session Tuesday night at 7:00pm.

Items on the agenda include an ordinance to settle a lawsuit with CenturyLink, an ordinance to add the position of Fire Marshall to the city, and a request from the chamber of commerce for street closures for the upcoming Apples, Arts and Antiques event.

An executive session is also on the schedule for real estate and personnel matters.

CEMETERY ROADS CLOSED IN SEDALIA 9/23/14CC


The city of Sedalia announced Tuesday that all roads at Crown Hill Cemetery in Sedalia will be closed for asphalting on Wednesday, September 24th.

The roads should be reopen by Thursday, September 25th. All work is weather permitting.

For questions or information, contact the city of Sedalia at (660) 827-3000.

CITY OF SEDALIA ANNOUNCES NEW FINANCE DIRECTOR 9/23/14CC


The city of Sedalia has announced the hiring of a new Finance Director.

According to a release from the city, Kelvin L.Shaw has been approved by the Sedalia City Council to become the city's new director of finance. Shaw will replace longtime Finance Director Pam Burlingame, who plans to retire in late October.

Shaw is a Certified Public Accountant and the current Finance Director for the city of Warrensburg. He is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association and was honored by the Association last year for his work on the 2013 Warrensburg city budget.

Retiring Finance Director Pam Burlingame will remain with the city for a period of time to assist Shaw with the transition into the new job.

SLATER NATIVE TO THROW FIRST PITCH IN D.C. 9/23/14CC


An area native will be tossing out the first pitch of a Major League Baseball game Wednesday night.

Glen Blumhorst, who hails from Slater, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Wednesday's matchup between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets at Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C.

He is the president and C.E.O. of the National Peace Corps Association, a national membership organization for individuals who have been influenced by their Peace Corps experience.

Blumhorst is the son of Archie and Wanita Blumhorst of rural Slater. He and his family live in Silver Springs, Maryland.

LAFAYETTE CO. BRIDGE CLOSED UNTIL SPRING 9/23/14CC


A stretch of road and a bridge in Lafayette County located south of Waverly closed this week and will stay closed until next year.

According to the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department, Salt Fork Road between Centerview Road and Mahnken road closed on Monday, September 22nd, for bridge replacement. The work is expected to last around six months.

CORDER BOIL ORDER LIFTED 9/23/14CC


Officials in the city of Corder have lifted the boil order in effect for the community. A city spokesperson says necessary repairs have been made without any service interruption and residents are no longer encouraged to boil their consumable water.

For questions or more information contact the city of Corder at (660) 394-2440.

SALINE COUNTY HEALTH BOARD MEETING 9/23/14CC


The monthly meetings of both the Saline County Health Department Board of Trustees and the Public Health Fund Board of Trustees are scheduled for 7:00pm on Tuesday, September 23rd.

The Health Department Board will discuss Kids Count data and flu clinics, while the agenda for the Public Health Fund Trustees meeting is made up of mostly routine items.

Both meetings take place at the Saline County Health Department building at 1825 South Atchison in Marshall.

HIGGINSVILLE RAISES ELECTRICITY RATES 9/23/14RK


At the meeting of the Higginsville Board of Aldermen on Monday, the Board approved amending Chapters 700 and 705, effectively raising the electricity rates for Municipal Utilities' customers by approximately 15 percent, according to Mayor Bill Kolas. Kolas said the rate increase was recommended after a rate study was conducted by Burns and McConnell to cover the increased cost of supplying power. 

Along with approving the amended budget for 2014 and the proposed 2015 budget, the Board also renewed its contract for three years with the auditing firm of Gerding, Korte and Chitwood through 2016.

The Board also approved a bill for an agreement with the Curators of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, allowing students enrolled in the UMKC Emergency Medical Services program to get clinical and field experience with the Higginsville E.M.S.

In other business, the Board also approved the Chamber of Commerce's request to shut down Main Street-- from 18th to 22nd Streets-- for "Halloween Spooktacular" on Friday, October 31st from 4:30 to 6:45pm.

SEDALIA COUNCIL APPROVES ORDINANCES 9/23/14RK


In a short but busy meeting of less than 20 minutes on Monday night, the Sedalia City Council approved several ordinances and resolutions.

Included were an agreement for dispatch services by and between the city and Sedalia Police Department and Pettis County Ambulance District.

The Council also approved an additional software license agreement between the city and New World Systems Corporation for increased licensing for additional police cars, fire truck and the addition of driver's license scanning to obtain information for report writing and warrant checks.

The city also set an additional fee for on-demand excess debris pick up and approved an agreement with the Missouri Department of Conservation for a tree resource improvement and maintenance (TRIM) grant.

STURGEON TEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH VEHICLE THEFTS 9/23/14RK


According to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, Between September 16th and 18th, 2014, deputies with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department investigated two auto thefts from the 7200 block of Suncrest Court. Deputies determined both vehicles had been stolen by a 17-year-old of Sturgeon. On September 22nd, deputies located the suspect near the intersection of McKee Street and Orchard Lane. Deputies discovered the suspect had an active arrest warrant when they located him.

The suspect was arrested for Stealing (2 counts) with a bond of $9,000.00 ($4,500.00 per count); Failure to Appear warrant with an original charge of Operating a Vehicle Without a Valid License with a bond of $500.00.

Both of the stolen vehicles have been recovered.

All subjects should be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

LEXINGTON WOMAN HURT IN ACCIDENT 9/23/14RK


A one-vehicle accident in Lafayette County on Monday afternoon sent a Lexington woman to the hospital with injuries.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 75-year-old Rose Seitz, of Lexington, was startled by a passing vehicle, overcorrected her southbound 2003 Dodge Caravan, ran off the right side of the road and struck a concrete barrier.

Seitz was transported to Ray County Memorial Hospital by Ray County E.M.S. with moderate injuries.

The report says the accident happened at 4:40pm on Missouri 13, north of Missouri 224.

SLATER READIES FOR CONFERENCE SHIFT 9/22/14CC


The Slater School Board recently got an update on the district's proposed jump to the Central Activities Conference from its current place in the Lewis and Clark Conference.

Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz says he feels it's good move for the Slater district:



Lorenz says the district is still working on a plan for their football program, which will not become a part of the C.A.C.



Both the Slater and Pilot Grove districts plan to join the C.A.C. in time for the 2015-16 school year, while the Brunswick district will be withdrawing from the conference.

SMALL PLANE CRASHES IN CARROLL COUNTY 9/22/14CC


A small plane reportedly crashed on Monday in Carroll County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a small plane crashed near the Brunswick River Terminal off Highway 24 near the community of DeWitt in Carroll County.

The pilot of the plane was reportedly not injured; no information regarding any property damage has been made available. Reports indicate that both Carroll and Chariton County authorities were both on the scene to respond to the incident.

NIXON AWARDS ORRICK RECOVERY FUNDS 9/22/14CC


According to a release from Governor Jay Nixon's office, Nixon on Monday announced that a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), from the Missouri Department of Economic Development, will provide funding of more than $375,000 to help the town of Orrick repair streets and complete debris removal resulting from the EF-2 tornado that struck on May 10th. Nixon also announced an emergency low-interest loan awarded to the Orrick R-11 School District to install a more energy efficient heating and cooling system as part of repairs to the school.

The Block Grant provides funding of up to $376,780 to help with the remaining debris removal work, to help repair infrastructure damaged by heavy equipment used in the debris removal, and to help fund an engineering study to evaluate impacts of the tornado on water and sewer systems.

The Missouri Division of Energy also awarded $358,250 in an emergency low-interest loan to the Orrick R-11 School District to replace the rooftop and window units that were either destroyed or damaged by the tornado. With the loan, the district will install a more energy-efficient heating and cooling system, which is expected to save the school nearly $40,000 each year. Nixon's office says the energy savings for the district will help repay the loan within ten years.

WARSAW WOMEN INJURED IN REAR-END COLLISION 9/22/14CC


Two Benton County women were injured Monday in a two-vehicle accident south of Warsaw.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says an eastbound vehicle driven by 51-year-old Sharon Ford, of Warsaw, was slowing to make a right turn when it was struck from behind by a second eastbound vehicle driven by 39-year-old Curtis Decker, of Warsaw.

Ford suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment. Decker was not injured but a passenger, 36-year-old Kristy Miller, of Warsaw, received moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton for treatment.

The Patrol says the collision happened around 9:45am Monday morning on Route K, just east of Highway 83 in Benton County.

PETTIS ARREST YIELDS FELONY CHARGES 9/22/14CC


An area man now faces numerous charges following his arrest in Pettis County on Sunday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol and online court documents, 55-year-old James A. Gross, of Marshall, is charged with one felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance and one felony count of Forgery after being taken into custody by state troopers at around 2:20pm Sunday afternoon in Pettis County.

Gross has also been charged in Pettis County Circuit Court with a misdemeanor charge of Unlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia. Bond has been set at $300,000; no court date for Gross has yet been made available.

ROCHEPORT MAN FACES CHILD PORN CHARGES 9/22/14CC


A Rocheport man now faces two child pornography charges after his arrest last week.

The Howard County Sheriff's Department says 34-year-old Michael P. Morris, of rocheport, was taken into custody Friday, September 19th, at his home by Howard County Sheriff's Deputies and members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Digital Forensic Investigation Unit. Morris was arrested and booked on charges of possession of child pornography.

Morris has been charged in Howard County Circuit Court with two Felony B counts of Possession of Child Pornography; a release from the sheriff's office says Morris is currently in custody at the Howard County Jail on $50,000 cash-only bond.

A court date in the matter has not yet been set.

AREA MAN DROWNS ON CURRENT RIVER 9/22/14CC


A Warsaw man is dead after the boat he was riding in capsized over the weekend.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Water Division, it happened Saturday night at around 10:30pm, when a boat driven by 57-year-old Darrel Culpepper, of Warsaw, floated backwards into a log and capsized, ejecting the driver and three passengers into the water.

The Patrol says three of the occupants swam back to shore but a fourth, 74-year-old Bobby Culpepper, of Warsaw, went under the water and never resurfaced. His body was later recovered by authorities and he was pronounced dead by Carter County Coroner Eric McSpadden at around 12:10am Sunday morning.

No other injuries were reported from the scene near Pin Oak Campground on the Current River in Carter County.

COLLEGE NIGHT IN MARSHALL 9/22/14CC


According to a release from the Marshall School District, Marshall High School will host its annual College and Technical Education night on Tuesday, September 23rd, from 5:00-6:30pm in the high school commons. The district says some 40 colleges and technical schools are expected to take part in the annual program.

The district invites all students and parents for an opportunity to meet with representatives of the schools about admission procedures, requirements and career opportunities. For more information contact Marshall High School at (660) 886-2244.

STATE CORNHUSKING CHAMPIONSHIP 9/22/14CC


The Saline County Fairgrounds will play host to the Missouri State Cornhusking Championships Thursday, September 25th, through Saturday, September 27th.

Events include Education Day on Thursday from 8:00am to 1:00pm. It is an open-to-the-public event. A parade is scheduled for Friday at 4:00pm; to register for the parade, call the Marshall City Offices at (660) 886-2225.

Saturday will be chock full of activities, including an antique machinery show all day and an all-you-can-eat biscuit and gravy breakfast from 7:00-9:00am in the Multipurpose Building.

As for the Missouri State Cornhusking competition itself, registration begins Saturday at 7:00am, with competition beginning at 8:00am. The annual awards banquet will begin at 6:00pm on Saturday evening at the Multipurpose building.

The Missouri Valley College Stampede Rodeo runs all three nights starting at 7:00pm in the lower arena.

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TUESDAY 9/22/14CC


The Marshall School Board meets in regular session at 7:00pm on Tuesday, September 23rd.

Items on the agenda include a review of the district's Annual Performance Report, a Special Education Program review and bids for a stand-up cooler. The Board will also spend time reviewing Missouri school board association policies on overtime and staff resignations.

An executive session is also scheduled for hiring and personnel matters.

MARSHALL RESIDENT REPORTS ALLEGED THEFT OF JEWELRY 9/22/14RK


According to a release from the Saline County Sheriff's Department, a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy was dispatched to a residence on West Arrow Street in Marshall with the report of an alleged theft.

According to the deputy's report, the resident reported the alleged theft of jewelry occurred sometime between June 22nd and July 19th, 2014.

The resident reported missing four pieces of jewelry, including a diamond ring, a diamond necklace and a gold orchid pendant.

Investigation into the alleged theft is continuing.

MORE SHOW-ME HONOR FLIGHTS COULD BE POSSIBLE 9/22/14RK


The 15th Show-Me Honor Flight will be taking off for Washington D.C. early Tuesday morning with more than 50 veterans making the trip.

Show-Me Honor Flight is a non-profit organization created for the sole purpose of taking veterans to see several memorials, including World War II, The Korean War and The Vietnam War. Spokesperson Charlie Guthrie says there could be more flights.



Guthrie says every veteran deserves to see the memorials.



Guthrie says all of the information, including the application, is on Saline County's website salinecountymo.org.

TWO INJURED IN BENTON COUNTY U.T.V. ACCIDENT 9/22/14


A U.T.V. accident on Sunday morning in Benton County has caused injuries to two Harrisonville residents.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a southbound U.T.V. driven by 17-year-old Brittney Bedsaul, of Harrisonville, swerved to avoid another A.T.V., overturned several times and ejected both occupants.

Bedsaul received serious injuries and was taken by Staff for Life Air E.M.S. to Research Medical Center in Kansas City for treatment.

Ava Weaver, a 5-year-old passenger in the U.T.V. received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

The report says the accident happened at Bent Tree Harbor at Elk Ridge Drive at 10:30am.

SHOW-ME HONOR FLIGHT LEAVES EARLY TOMORROW 9/22/14RK


Over 50 area veterans will be leaving from Sedalia early on Tuesday morning (September 23rd) to take the trip of a lifetime.

It will be the 15th trip of the Show-Me Honor Flight, travelling to Washington D.C. where the veterans will see the memorials of several wars, including World War II, The Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Spokesperson Charlie Guthrie says the majority of Saline County will be well represented on the one-day trip.



Guthrie says Show-Me Honor Flight is a non-profit organization raising funds for the specific purpose of taking veterans to Washington D.C. to see the memorials.



Guthrie said there also are medical personnel taken on each trip. He also said, weather permitting, the veterans also will receive a motorcycle escort back to Sedalia once they return from Washington D.C. on Tuesday night. The escort also will include members of the Saline and Pettis County Sheriff's Departments.

COOPER COUNTY SUSPECT APPREHENDED 9/22/14RK


According to a release from Cooper County Sheriff Jerry Wolfe, on Friday evening, Cooper County Deputies and Otterville Police Department recovered a Pontiac Sunfire that was reportedly stolen from Henry County last Wednesday. Further investigation led to a suspect being identified. They were, however, unable to locate the suspect at that time. The investigation continued.

The investigation took a turn on Saturday, September 20th just after 4:00pm when information was received that the suspect was at a residence in Otterville. Prior to deputies' arrival, the suspect fled into a wooded area. A manhunt ensued and assistance was requested from the Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter and the Boonville Police Department K-9 unit. The search continued late into the evening and the suspect was captured at approximately 10:45pm on Saturday by Otterville police officers and deputies. The 30-year-old suspect was transferred to Henry County Sheriff's Office in reference to the stolen vehicle.

The release says Cooper County Investigators are assisting Henry County Sheriff's Office in their investigation.

RATE HIKES AND AGREEMENTS 9/21/14


A couple of city governments who postponed their meetings last week will be meeting Monday evening.

- The Higginsville Board of Aldermen will meet at 6:00pm. On the agenda is an ordinance that follows the completion of a rate study on the city's electric charges.

The rate increase will be to cover increased cost of power supply. The overall amount of increase is about 15 percent. Also on the agenda is approval of the 2015 fiscal year budget for the city and an agreement with the curators of the University of Missouri-Kansas City to allow students enrolled in the UMKC emergency medical services program to do clinical and field experience with the Higginsville E.M.S.

- The Sedalia City Council will meet at 7:00pm on Monday. On the agenda will be ordinances approving agreements for dispatching services between the City of Sedalia, the police department and the Pettis County Ambulance District and another ordinance establishing a fee for a pickup on demand of excess debris.

BRIDGE TO CLOSE 9/21/14


Bridge rehabilitation work will close the Route 40 bridge over Moniteau Creek near the Howard/Boone County line early Monday morning.

MoDOT says the bridge will be closed as of 1:00am on Monday.

There will be a signed detour in place to guide motorists around the closure, along with electronic message boards in place at both ends of the work..

With cooperation from the weather, they plan to have the bridge reopen to traffic in about 20 days.

RICHMOND INJURIES 9/21/14


A Richmond teenager has been injured in a one-vehicle accident early this morning in Ray County.

The Highway Patrol says a car driven by 17-year-old Skyler Nolker, of Richmond, went off the right side of the road and struck a cable box and post.

Injured was a passenger in the car, 16-year-old Erica Kellerman, of Richmond. She received moderate injuries and was taken to the hospital in Richmond for treatment.

The accident happened around 2:00am on Sunday on Dockery road in Ray County.

CORDER WATER WORK 9/20/14


Officials in the city of Corder have announced they will be doing water valve work on Monday, September 22nd on the water system in that town.

Once that work has been completed, there will need to be a precautionary boil order in effect for Corder residents until it can be determined that no contaminants got into the water system during the valve work.

COWGILL INJURY 9/21/14


A 22-year-old Cowgill resident has received moderate injuries in a one-car accident in Ray County.

Savannah Harrison was injured when she lost control of her car on a gravel road, went off the side of the road and struck an embankment.

Harrison was taken to the Liberty Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened late Saturday afternoon on Reynolds Road south of Wolf Hollow.

SLATER TRAVELING TOMB 9/20/14






A memorial service was held Saturday morning in Slater at the traveling Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a monument that is only in Missouri for the second time.

The Principal speaker for the ceremony was former State Representative Joe Aull, who told the crowd that the Tomb of the Unknown was something needed for several reasons.



The traveling three-quarter sized replica will be on display throughout the Slater Fall Festival in the Veterans Park on Main Street.

FAYETTE DISTRICT SCORE MAKES BIG JUMP UP 9/19/14CC


At this week's meeting of the Fayette R-3 Board of Education, Board members learned that the district has made big strides in their Annual Performance Review from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

A release from the Board says the district improved from a 75.7% rating in 2013 to a rating of 91.1% this year. The Board was also updated on district enrollment numbers, with 349 students in Elementary, 137 students in Middle School and 191 enrolled at Fayette High School.

Board members this week unanimously approved and passed the district budget for 2014-15 and were also shown a presentation with a cost breakdown on bond issue projects. They also learned that during a recent audit, the district was commended by auditors for its financial practices, attention to detail and level of organization.

NIXON ANNOUNCES STATE APPOINTMENTS 9/19/14CC


Governor Jay Nixon on Friday announced several appointments to state boards and commissions, including a few residents of the KMMO listening area.

Nixon appointed Robert Russell, of Warrensburg, to the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission. The commission advises the Governor and the General Assembly on military issues and economic and industrial development related to military issues. Russell's term runs through May of next year.

Nixon also appointed Kathy Ann Kay, of Warrensburg, to the Missouri Statewide Independent Living Council. The council develops and submits the state of Missouri's plan required by the Rehabilitation Act, federal legislation that authorizes the formula grant programs of vocational rehabilitation, supported employment, independent living, and client assistance. Her term will expire in October of 2016.

All total, Nixon named eleven Missourians to five state boards and commissions on Friday.

ONE INJURED IN HOWARD CO. CRASH 9/19/14CC


A Columbia man has been injured in a one vehicle crash on Friday in Howard County.

According to the Highway Patrol, it happened when 25-year-old Timothy Berry struck a wood traffic barrier on the Katy Trail and began to slide. He attempted to turn back onto a county road but his vehicle ran off the road and then struck a ditch.

Berry received minor injuries in the crash and was reportedly treated at the scene. Patrol reports say the accident occurred around 12:40am Friday morning at County Road 345 in Howard County.

HIGGINSVILLE MAYOR NAMED TO M.M.L. TOP SEAT 9/19/14CC


Higginsville Mayor Bill Kolas was elected this week as the next president of the Missouri Municipal League at their annual conference in St. Charles.

Kolas is no stranger to the Municipal League-- he was elected to their board of directors in 2009 and has served on numerous M.M.L. committees as well. Kolas also holds the title of Certified Municipal Official from M.M.L.'s Municipal Governance Institute.

The Missouri Municipal League serves more than 670 municipalities with training, resources and legislative advocacy for local and area governments. You can learn more at www.mocities.com.

ALLEGED THEFT OF FARM TRUCK IN NELSON 9/19/14RK


A Saline County Sheriff's Deputy was dispatched to a residence on 116th Trail in Nelson on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 with the report of an alleged stolen farm truck.

According to the deputy's report, the alleged theft occurred sometime between 6:30 and 7:26pm while the owners were harvesting corn in their field on Thursday.

The truck is described as a red Dodge 3500 with a black flatbed and black front bumper. The Missouri License Number, according to M.U.L.E.S. is 56B 0MB.

Investigation into the alleged theft is continuing.

TINA-AVALON BLOOD DRIVE IS TODAY 9/18/14CC


Donors can give the gift of life at an American Red Cross blood drive today in Carroll County.

The drive will be held at Tina-Avalon High School from 1:00-6:00pm. The school is located at 11896 Highway 65, halfway between Carrollton and Chillicothe, in Carroll County.

For more information or to make an appointment, call (800) red-cross or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

CONCORDIA P&Z BOARD WANTS TO IMPROVE DEFINITION OF LOADING ZONE 9/19/14RK


Concordia's Planning & Zoning Board met this week, discussing a number of items, including one involving a loading area designation.

City Administrator Dale Klussman says the roadway in question is an alley.



Klussman said the alley is a public right-of-way, people needing to have access to it, especially for emergencies.



Upon going over the city's definition of a loading zone, Klussman said it is "very vague." The board approved Klussman to take a new definition to a future meeting of the Board of Aldermen for possible approval.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISPOSAL IN BOONVILLE NEXT SATURDAY 9/19/14RK


On Saturday, September 27th from 10:00am to 2:00pm, the Boonville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by turning in dangerously-expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs.

You can bring your pills for disposal to the Boonville Fire Department at Bingham Road and Main Street. Liquids, needles or sharps cannot be accepted, only pills or patches.

CONCORDIA P&Z BOARD DISCUSSES ROAD RIGHT-OF-WAYS 9/19/14RK


At the meeting of the Concordia Planning and Zoning Board this week, the board took up discussions on two different road right-of-ways.

City Administrator Dale Klussman said the first one involves a property owner on SE 10th Street who wants to build a detached garage on a lot he owns, but it is different from the one on which his residence sits. Current building codes, however, do not allow that.



Klussman said Tim Crockett, the city's engineer, recommended abandoning the policy, keeping the same size of road right-of-way, it will just become an easement.



Klussman said the public will still be able to use the road as they do now. He said the board approved the recommendation. It will now be brought before the Concordia Board of Aldermen at a future meeting for possible approval.

SWEET SPRINGS B.O.E. APPROVES HIRINGS 9/19/14RK


In a quick meeting of the Sweet Springs R-7 Board of Education on Thursday, the board heard various reports and approved the hiring of several employees, including an assistant softball coach, a food-service worker and a special education/recovery aide. The board also approved three junior class sponsors.

The next meeting is set for Thursday, October 9th at 8:00pm. The meeting is being pushed back an hour from its regular start time because Sweet Springs is hosting a volleyball match that night, according to Superintendent Donna Wright.

KANSAS CITY MAN INJURED IN RAY COUNTY CRASH 9/19/14RK


A two-vehicle accident in Ray County on Thursday afternoon caused minor injuries to a Kansas City man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a westbound 2004 Ford, driven by 25-year-old James Bylewski, of Kansas City, was stopped in the roadway and was struck in the rear end by a 1998 Honda Accord, driven by 33-year-old Turk Burns, of Richmond.

Bylewski was transported to Ray County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened just after 2:00pm on Missouri 210 at Profitt Road.

BOONVILLE BOARD OK'S IMPROVEMENT BIDS 9/18/14CC


The Boonville R-1 Board of Education met in regular session on Wednesday evening.

The Board approved two bids for district building and improvement projects; the first was for demolition of a building that the district no longer can use, according to Superintendent Dr. Mark Ficken:



Ficken says another bid was for abatement services aimed at eliminating asbestos:



Board members also learned on Wednesday that the district's tax levy will be going down by about a nickel per $100 assessed valuation, after the state Board of Equalization recently made changes to overall property values in the city of Boonville.

BOONVILLE SCHOOL TAXES TO DECREASE 9/18/14CC


Taxpayers in the Boonville R-1 school district will see their taxes go down a bit this year.

District Superintendent Mark Ficken says the tax rate had to be revised and approved by the school board after a change in the city's assessed valuation.



Also at Wednesday's Boonville School Board meeting, the Board approved bus routes for the 2014-15 school year, approved the district's Professional Development Plan and were updated on the upcoming 2014 Missouri School Board Association Conference.

LAFAYETTE CO. BRIDGE TO BE REPLACED 9/18/14CC


A stretch of Lafayette County roadway located south of Higginsville will now be closed until October.

Bear Grove Road, between Jennings Road and Osborne Road, closed this week for a bridge replacement. The work is expected to last around six weeks.

For more information about the closure, call (660) 259-3622.

WAVERLY COUNCIL REVIEWS INSURANCE 9/18/14CC


The Waverly City Council met Wednesday night for the second of two regular session meetings in September.
 
Tom Nolting, of Nolting Insurance, reviewed various properties and buildings that the City has insured. Both Nolting and the council agreed that some of the amounts need to increase; the council decided to take more time for further discussion on the matter. 
 
In other business, Emergency Management plans were discussed, including churches that could be used if the city had a disaster. Discussion on new air conditioning and heating units for City Hall continued but no formal actions were taken. The Council also approved health insurance plans for Waverly city employees.

GLASGOW BOARD UPDATED ON CONFERENCE SHIFT 9/18/14CC


At the meeting of the Glasgow Board of Education on Wednesday, the Board provided information pertaining to the annual Central Activities Conference meeting that took place last month.

According to a district release, the conference will be realigned starting with the 2015-16 school year. Schools that will be added are Slater and Pilot Grove, while Brunswick will be withdrawing.

In other business, Glasgow Superintendent Mike Reynolds said the district is opposed to Amendment 3, which will appear on the November General Election ballot.



The Board on Wednesday approved additional paving repairs, sealing and re-striping all of the parking areas at a cost of $14,000; they also approved bus routes and amended several district policies.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG DROPOFF IN MARSHALL 9/18/14RK


On Saturday, September 27th from 10:00am to 2:00pm, the Marshall Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency, will be collecting unused or expired medications for safe disposal.

The Marshall Police Department Detective Unit will be collecting the medications. The drop off point will be the Marshall Municipal Court building at 5 E. Eastwood Street.

Any questions should be referred to Detective Sergeant William McMellen at (660) 886-7411. This event will be the eighth time the Marshall Police Department has been involved with the Drug Enforcement Agency in taking back unused or expired medications.

CLEAN SEDALIA MEETING THURSDAY NIGHT 9/18/14RK


At the meeting of the Citizens for a Clean Sedalia tonight, the Ad Hoc committee will get an update on the upcoming Clean Sweep event slated for Saturday, September 20th, an update on downtown building inspections and survey results regarding rental housing.

The meeting gets under way at 6:00pm in the Mayor's Conference Room of the Municipal Building at 200 South Osage Avenue.

SWEET SPRINGS B.O.E. MEETS TONIGHT 9/18/14RK


At the regularly-scheduled meeting of the Sweet Springs Board of Education tonight, the board will get various reports. Also on the agenda is the hiring of an assistant coach and various class sponsors.

Also on the agenda is a closed session for personnel matters.

The meeting gets under way at 7:00pm.

SLATER SCHOOL BOARD MEETS THIS EVENING 9/18/14RK


The Slater Board of Education meets this evening in regular session.

The board is slated to get an update on an asphalt project and updates on the playground, sidewalks and a move to the Central Activities Conference from the Lewis and Clark Conference.

The board also is slated for a discussion on a tuition agreement for the vocational school.

The meeting is set for 5:30pm.

HOLDEN WOMAN INJURED IN ACCIDENT 9/18/14RK


On Wednesday afternoon, a one-car crash in Johnson County has resulted in injuries to a Holden woman.

According to a report from the Highway Patrol, 32-year-old Christina Porterfield, of Holden, lost control of her westbound 2007 Ford, the car traveling off the right side of the road. Overcorrecting the car, the vehicle ran off the left side of the road, overturned and came to rest on its wheels in a grassy area south of the roadway.

Porterfield suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Research Medical Center for treatment.

The accident occurred at 3:00pm on Highway 2, west of County Road SW 1301.

TWO INJURED IN TWO-VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN SALINE COUNTY 9/18/14RK


A two-vehicle accident in Saline County on Wednesday evening caused injuries to two area residents.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a westbound 2001 Chrysler, driven by 21-year-old Robbin Litton, of Sweet Springs, attempted to change lanes, overcorrected and hit a U-Haul trailer being towed by a 2008 Ford, driven by 22-year-old Gregory Delaney, of Ellen Wood, Georgia. The collision caused Delaney's vehicle to fish tail, coming to rest of the shoulder. Litton's car skidded on the pavement, ran off the right side of the road, striking the ground, a high beam and overturned.

Litton, and a passenger in his car, 28-year-old Jennifer Grapes, of Marshall, each suffered serious injuries. Grapes was transported by Pettis County E.M.S. to University Hospital. Litton was transported to University Hospital by Saline County E.M.S.

Delaney, reportedly, was not injured, but a passenger in his car, 49-year-old Carolyn Harris, suffered minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene.

The accident occurred just before 6:30pm on westbound I-70 at the 79-mile marker.

UPDATE: EIGHT IN CUSTODY IN WARRENSBURG ROBBERIES 9/18/14RK


According to a release from Warrensburg Police Chief Bruce Howey, two armed robberies occurred shortly after midnight in Warrensburg on Wednesday.

One occurred near College Avenue and North Street and the other on North Holden Street near Cooper Boulevard. Both robbery victims reportedly sustained injuries.

Three 18-year-old men and one 19-year-old man were originally arrested and booked on charges; a later release from the Warrensburg Police Department says four additional robbery suspects have been taken into custody.

Seven of the eight suspects are from the St. Louis Metropolitan area, the other being from the Kansas City Metropolitan area. Six of the suspects are age 18, the other two are age 19.

They were all charged with robbery in the first degree, a Class "A" felony, by the Johnson County Prosecutor's Office. They are currently being held in the Johnson County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond each.

The Warrensburg Police Department, University of Central Missouri Police Department and the Johnson County Prosecutor's office worked together to investigate and prepare this case for formal criminal charges.

JOHNSON COUNTY ACCIDENT INJURES SEDALIA TEEN 9/18/14RK


A one-vehicle accident in Johnson County Wednesday afternoon caused minor injuries to a Sedalia teenager.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 18-year-old Justin Pripusich's eastbound 2010 Toyota traveled off the left side of the road, struck three traffic signs and overturned, coming to rest on its top in the left lane.

Pripusich, whose vehicle was totaled, was transported to the hospital by Johnson County E.M.S. The accident happened just before 3:00pm on Missouri 50 at Northwest 821.

KANDER TO CUT FEES FOR BUSINESSES 9/17/14RK


Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced plans for legislation to cut fees paid by Missouri businesses to the overall lowest in the country. The proposal will be pre-filed by Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) and will seek to reduce or eliminate numerous fees for new and existing businesses that must file paperwork with the Secretary of State.

The goal of the legislation will be to only charge a processing fee for the majority of filings in the secretary of state’s office. The Business Services Division of the secretary of state’s office handles the creation and maintenance of the over 500,000 business entities doing business in Missouri. Kander’s proposal will apply to several types of business entities, including corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies (LLCs) and nonprofits.

For more information, you can visit www.sos.mo.gov.

CONCORDIA TOURISM BOARD TALKS MAY POLE 9/17/14RK


At the quarterly meeting of the Concordia Tourism Board on Tuesday night, the board discussed how to move forward with the May Pole in Central Park.

City Administrator Dale Klussman said work has been done on the pole, enough to get it ready for the just-concluded Concordia Fall Festival. But still some long-term maintenance needs are necessary. He said the pole needs to be taken down and a blue stripe painted around the pole to make it a traditional May Pole. The Board has received a quote from John's Body Shop for the work. But the quote may have to be amended because of additional work that is needed.



Klussman gave the Board a not-to-exceed estimate of $8,400 for all of the work.



Klussman also said he was hoping to have a bid on putting in a sound system for the city to play music during the Christmas season or during special events. He did not have a rough quote on the possible cost. He said the Board likes the idea. He will get three quotes on the project and they will subsequnetly call a special meeting prior to the Christmas season to discuss the bids.

CONCORDIA TOURISM BOARD GETS MURAL UPDATE 9/17/14RK


City Administrator Dale Klussman gave an update on the historical mural that is being painted in Concordia at last night's meeting of the Concordia Tourism Board.



Klussman says there currently is one cent left in the fund, which is a continuing fund for future projects.



Klussman said potentially money will be raised and put in the escrow account for the projects. The mural is going to be placed on the East wall of the Northeast corner of City Hall, he said.

The Board also received updates on the May Pole in Central Park and discussed an outdoor sound system.

SUSPECTS IN CUSTODY IN WARRENSBURG ROBBERIES 9/17/14RK


According to a release from Warrensburg Police Chief Bruce Howey, two armed robberies occurred shortly after midnight in Warrensburg today.

One occurred near College Avenue and North Street and the other on North Holden Street near Cooper Boulevard.

Both robbery victims sustained injuries.

Three 18-year-old men and one 19-year-old man have been arrested and booked on first-degree robbery and assault charges.

The investigation into the robberies is being conducted jointly by the Warrensburg Police and University of Central Missouri Police. The four suspects are being held in custody, pending the filing of formal charges by the Johnson County Prosecutor's office.

 

UPDATE: According to a new release at 10:25am from the Warrensburg Police Department, four additional robbery suspects have been taken into custody and are in the process of being booked at the Warrensburg Police Department on first-degree armed robbery and assault charges. This brings the total to eight being held pending the filing of formal charges by the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office.

SEDALIA MAYOR APPOINTED TO MML BOARD OF DIRECTORS 9/17/14RK


According to a release from the City of Sedalia, During the annual September Missouri Municipal League (MML) Conference in St. Charles, Sedalia Mayor Stephen Galliher was appointed to the MML Board of Directors.

"I consider it a privilege to serve on the Missouri Municipal League Board; they are truly dedicated in supporting our Missouri communities," Galliher said on Tuesday after learning of his appointment. "I'm honored to be part of an organization that provides such vital services to its members."

The Missouri Municipal League is an independent, statewide, not-for-profit association that provides a united voice for municipalities across Missouri. Founded in 1934, MML serves more than 675 municipalities with training, resources and legislative advocacy for local government success.

TRAILER ABANDONED ON PROPERTY 9/17/14RK


Saline County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Lemon Trail on Tuesday, September 16th in Marshall with the report of an abandoned cargo trailer being left on the resident's property.

According to the deputy's report, the resident said the trailer has been on the property since Saturday, September 13th. The resident said he called the "man who farms" the property, but he said it is not his.

The deputy's reports says the license plate and VIN number on the trailer have been removed.

The deputy also noted this trailer to be similar to one that was reported on an earlier date near Napton, which had been reported stolen from the Kansas City area.

The trailer was transported back to the Saline County Sheriff's Department's impound lot, where it will be kept until a VIN number can be located and the owner identified.

KNOB NOSTER B.O.A. ACCEPTS RFQ'S 9/17/14RK


At the meeting of the Knob Noster Board on Aldermen on Tuesday night, the board accepted three requests for qualifications of companies wanting to build a new City Hall for the city in the future.

RFQ's, as they are called, were received from Robert Rollings Architects, LLC., SBW Esser Architecture/Design and Willows, Spurgeon, Kuhl and Freshnock Architects, Inc. There were 12 requests for RFQ's made. These did not include bids, only information touting their business and how it would be the better choice to take care of the project.

The Aldermen decided to have all three present their qualifications for 15 minutes during a future meeting to be determined.

The board also discussed the city's nuisance ordinance, this time involving chickens within the city limits. But no action was taken. The city had talked about pigs and goats at earlier meetings.

It was also noted at the meeting that the intersection of Washington and Sunset Streets will have some pavement replaced work done toward the end of the month.

WAVERLY CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT


The Waverly City Council is scheduled to meet tonight in regular session.

On the agenda are discussions about insurance on city properties and employee vision and dental insurance. Also scheduled to be discussed are emergency management and water with Malta Bend.

The meeting gets under way at 7:00pm.

MURDER SUSPECT IN CUSTODY IN MARSHALL 9/17/14RK


According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, on Tuesday, September 16th at approximately 3:28pm, Marshall Police received information in regard to a man wanted for the investigation of aggravated murder from Cleveland, Ohio.

Marshall Police, after receiving information from Detectives from the Cleveland, Ohio, Police Department, conducted an investigation which led them to Jackson Street in Marshall where a 45-year-old man, Hector Anthony Almazon, was taken into custody and later transported to the Saline County Justice Facility. Almazon is being held with no bond and full U.S. extradition.

Note: 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.

LOCAL FFA ADVISOR TO BE RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY 9/17/14RK


A local teacher is going to be recognized nationally for his achievements in FFA.

Randy Plattner, of Marshall, recently was selected to receive the Honorary American FFA Degree- Teacher. The award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment.

But Plattner, one of the program's advisors, says it takes teamwork to make it all happen.



Plattner says the Marshall chapter has earned numerous honors, including being recognized nationally for a model of excellence for the past three years. He said success is something that doesn't come over night. It has to be built.



Plattner will be honored and receive a certificate and a medal at the National FFA Convention and Expo on October 29th in Louisville, Kent. Plattner's name also will be permanently recorded.

SLATER PREPS FOR STREET AND TREE WORK 9/16/14CC


The Slater City Council met in regular session Tuesday night at Slater City Hall.

Council members were updated on the city's financial status, which Administrator Gene Griffith says are still running a bit behind due to lingering costs from storm damages the city suffered earlier this year.

Also on Tuesday, Council members approved a low bid of $18,000 to Gary Morrow for demolition and removal of four dilapidated properties in Slater. Mayor Stephen Allegri also reminded Slater residents that major street work projects will begin around town during the first of October and that tree trimming will begin around in mid- to late October.

The Council was also brought up to speed on final preparations for the annual Slater Fall Festival running this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

FINAL TOUCHES FOR SLATER FALL FESTIVAL 9/16/14CC


At Tuesday's meeting of the Slater City Council, city officials updated Council members on final preparations for the annual Slater Fall Festival. Mayor Stephen Allegri says 2014 will mark one of the biggest festivals to date:



City Administrator Gene Griffith says plans are being made just in case Mother Nature doesn't cooperate and some of the festivities have to be moved indoors:



The 2014 Slater Fall Festival runs this Thursday, Friday and Saturday in downtown Slater.

CIVIL WAR PRESENTATION AT LEXINGTON HISTORIC SITE 9/16/14CC


Guests can hear a thorough account of the Battle of Lexington from Civil War historian Larry Wood at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site on Saturday, September 20th. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the presentation will begin at 2:00pm in the visitor center at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site.

Wood is the author of Siege of Lexington Missouri, The Battle of the Hemp Bales and will discuss the battle that briefly consolidated Confederate control in the region. He is a retired public school teacher and freelance writer specializing in the history of the Ozarks and surrounding region. He has published two historical novels, ten nonfiction history books, and numerous magazine stories and articles.

 The Battle of Lexington State Historic Site is located on 110 Delaware Street, Lexington, Missouri. For information on the event, call the site at 660-259-4654.

AREA MEN HONORED BY HIGHWAY PATROL 9/16/14CC


Two area residents were recently awarded honorary trooper certificates from the Missouri State Highway Patrol for their roles in helping a victim of a Jackson County traffic crash in spring of this year.

A release from the Patrol says Michael Clevenger, of Sweet Springs, and Thomas Bukaty, of Grain Valley, were among four men who helped pull a motorist from his burning vehicle after a crash on I-470 on May 20th. The motorist, Christopher Bowers, had suffered a medical emergency which caused him to lose control of his car and run off the roadway.

The four men all stopped and approached the vehicle to assist Bowers before medical personnel arrived on the scene. The patrol says the mens' actions in removing Bowers from the burning vehicle prevented the man from sustaining far more serious injuries. The patrol says Bowers has made a complete recovery since that time.

The men were honored with the trooper certificates at the Troop A Sergeants' Meeting held last week in Lee's Summit.

PLANNING & ZONING MEETING IN CONCORDIA 9/16/14CC


The City of Concordia Planning and Zoning Board meets Wednesday night at 7:00pm.

Items on the agenda include discussion of right-of-way on Southeast 10th Street, updating the definition of a "loading zone" for city codes, and discussing additional road rights-of-way on Concordia streets.

The meeting will take place at the Concordia Community Center at 802 South Gordon Street.

SALINE COMMISSIONERS APPROVE SIGN REQUEST 9/16/14CC


The annual Saline County United Way fundraising drive gets kicked off on Thursday this week.

While the group has a big fundraising goal to meet, United Way Executive Director Mary Ann Gilpin on Tuesday made a simple request of the Saline County Commission:



Commissioners unanimously approved the signage request. The sign will be placed on the southeast corner of the courthouse lawn after the conclusion of Santa Fe Trail Days on September 27th.

GLASGOW SCHOOL BOARD AGENDA 9/16/14CC


The Glasgow School Board meets in regular session at 8:00pm on Wednesday, September 17th.

The agenda for the evening includes approval of additional paving repairs, approval of a resolution to oppose Amendment Three on the November General Election ballot and approval of district bus routes.

A closed executive session for personnel matters is also on the agenda.

BOONVILLE SCHOOL BOARD AGENDA 9/16/14CC


The Boonville R-1 Board of Education meets in regular session on Wednesday, September 17th at 6:00pm.

Items on the agenda include a construction report and approval of bids, approval of revised tax rates for the 2014-15 school year and assignment of school board committee positions.

An executive session is also on the agenda for personnel matters.

KNOB NOSTER ALDERMEN MEET TUESDAY 9/16/14CC


The Knob Noster Board of Aldermen meets on Tuesday, September 16th, with a light agenda.

Aldermen will hear the City's Administrator's monthly report, discuss requests for qualifications for the City Hall project and review city ordinances regarding animals in the city limits.

The meeting gets underway at 7:00pm at Knob Noster City Hall.

CONCORDIA ALDERMEN TALK INTERSECTION UPGRADES 9/16/14CC


The Concordia Board of Aldermen met in regular session on Monday night.

City Administrator Dale Klussman says the Board discussed pursuing matching funds from the Missouri Department of Transportation to make improvements to the I-70 intersection in Concordia:



Klussman talks about some of the improvements that the project would cover:



In other business, the Board approved the cutting-down of old trees at the North Lagoon and adopted an update to the city's lead ban ordinance.

CARROLLTON COUNCIL HEARS EXPANSION PLAN 9/16/14CC


In a brief meeting of the Carrollton Town Council on Monday, Council members approved the first steps of a plan to expand the Rupe Community Center.

Council members heard the initial estimates for a plan to add a 40-foot expansion to the center, which will be in the area of around $300,000. No actions were taken on the plan on Monday night.

The Council also approved a low bid of $850.00 from Lonnie Endicott, of Carrollton, for painting work at the Carrollton Head Start Building.

AREA MAN INJURED IN ONE-CAR CRASH 9/16/14CC


A Knob Noster man escaped serious injury after a one-vehicle accident early Tuesday morning in Johnson County.

According to the Highway Patrol, it happened when 20-year-old Kaleal Brown, of Knob Noster, was traveling northbound on Highway 23 and swerved to miss a deer in the roadway. Brown's 2010 Toyota ran off the road, through a ditch and into a tree.

The driver received minor injuries in the crash and was taken by ambulance to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment. Reports say the crash happened around 4:30am, just north of Southeast 350th Road in Johnson County.

MARSHALL POLICE SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT 9/16/14CC


Last weekend, the Marshall Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint on north Highway 65, north of Missouri Highway 240 in Saline County.

According to a release from Marshall Police, the checkpoint began Saturday, September 13th, at approximately 11:30pm and ended at around 2:30am on Sunday, September 14th. Police say the purpose of the checkpoint was to deter impaired motorists from driving; officers reportedly made contact with 44 vehicles, with no arrests or citations issued.

The Department says they would like to thank area motorists for their cooperation during the checkpoint.

EXTENSION WORKSHOP OFFERS UNEMPLOYMENT HELP 9/16/14CC


Many mid-Missouri residents who have lost their job or can't find work often struggle to adjust financially to a new set of circumstances and financial realities.

The Saline County office of the University of Missouri Extension is now offering a series of workshops to help job-seekers manage their finances while they look for work, according to Financial Education Specialist Trish Savage:



She says one of the most important steps is to draft a new budget:



The workshop is called "Take Control of your Finances"; the next one is scheduled for Tuesday, September 23rd at 1:30pm at the Saline County Extension Center on South Lafayette in Marshall. For more information or to get registered, call the Missouri Career Center at (660) 530-5627.

TRAILER FOUND ON MARSHALL PROPERTY 9/17/14RK


Saline County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Lemon Trail in Marshall with the report of an abandoned cargo trailer being left on the resident's property.

According to the deputy's report, the resident said the trailer has been on the property since Saturday, September 13th. The resident said he called the "man who farms" the property, but he said it is not his.

The deputy's reports says the license plate and VIN number on the trailer have been removed.

The deputy also noted this trailer to be similar to one that was reported on an earlier date near Napton, which had been reported stolen from the Kansas City area.

The trailer was transported back to the Saline County Sheriff's Department's impound lot, where it will be kept until a VIN number can be located and the owner identified.

LONGTIME MARSHALL FIREFIGHTER TO RETIRE 9/15/14KL


It was announced at the Monday night meeting of the Marshall City Council that long time fireman and Assistant Fire Chief Rich Schaffer will retire after nearly 40 years on the job.

City Administrator Connie Latimer told the council Schaffer is retiring because of complications of injuries suffered when he and three other firemen were struck by a vehicle on Interstate 70 during a snow and ice storm last winter as they worked to help a motorist in trouble. The retirement becomes official on November 1st.

It was also reported to the Marshall Council that sales tax collections for the city were down last month but are still running ahead of last year at the same time. Council members also learned that the use tax approved by voters has brought in $104,000 so far this year.

The council also approved ordinances authorizing contracts with the Marshall Community Chorus and the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra.

NO GRAND JURY IN SALINE COUNTY 9/15/14KL


For the first time since the late 1990's, Saline County does not have a Grand Jury.

The Marshall City Council learned Monday night the effect that will have on the city budget; City Administrator Connie Latimer explains:



The city has approved a budget for the next fiscal year that is already more than $500,000 short of being balanced. City Counselor and County Prosecuting Attorney Don Stouffer told the council the effects can be far reaching:



The Council did pass the budget for the year during the Monday night meeting, calling for expenditures of $10.8 million. Latimer says they plan to work with the document to pare down the expenses as the fiscal year goes along. The fiscal year for the city begins on October first.

The Council on Monday also approved the annual tax levy at one dollar and 15.19 cents per $100 assessed valuation, down slightly from last year.

SLATER COUNCIL TO DISCUSS FESTIVAL, DEMOLITIONS 9/15/14CC


The Slater City Council meets in regular session on Tuesday, September 16th.

Items on the evening's agenda include an update on preparations for the annual Slater Fall Festival, as well as discussion on a demolition hearing and demolition bids and discussion on Community Development Block Grant funds from the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

The meeting gets underway at 7:00pm at Slater City Hall.

BLOOD DRIVES THIS WEEK 9/15/14CC


Donors can give the gift of life at an American Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, September 16th, in Chariton County.

The drive will take place at the Chariton County Ambulance District building at 212 South Weber in Salisbury. It will run from 2:00pm in the afternoon until 6:00pm in the evening.

Later this week, a Red Cross blood drive will be held at Tina Avalon High School on Friday, September 19th, from 1:00-6:00pm. The school is located at 11896 Highway 65 in Carroll County.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (800) RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

WARRENSBURG MAN HURT IN JOHNSON CO. CRASH 9/15/14CC


A one-vehicle accident in Johnson County has sent a Warrensburg resident to the hospital with injuries.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 52-year-old James Metcalf was northbound on Route FF when he swerved his 2000 Ford truck to avoid a deer in the roadway. The truck ran off the side of the road and into a ditch where it overturned.

Metcalf suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg for treatment. The crash reportedly happened around 11:00am on Monday morning, just south of County Road 625 at the Johnson/Pettis County line.

TOURISM BOARD MEETS IN CONCORDIA 9/15/14CC


The Concordia Tourism Board meets at 5:00pm on Tuesday, September 16th.

Items on the agenda include an update on the historical Concordia mural, budget status for Fiscal Year 2014-15, and a discussion of work to be performed on the maypole in Central Park.

Board members will also discuss an outdoor sound system. The meeting takes place in room 203 of the Concordia Community Center at 802 South Gordon Street.

"RIGHT TO FARM" RECOUNT RESULTS 9/15/14CC


Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced the certified results of the statewide recount of Constitutional Amendment One, or the "Right to Farm" bill, which appeared on Missouri's August 5th primary election ballot.

The final results of the recount confirmed the passage of Amendment One. The difference between the "yes" votes and the "no" votes after the recount is 2,375 votes, and before the recount it was 2,490.

For the first time ever, Missourians were able to follow the recount process thanks to a webpage established by Kander's office to increase accessibility and transparency. The page showed the recount schedule established by the local election authorities, each local election authorities' report of findings and a summary of recount results.

TRUCK, SEMI COLLIDE; FLORIDA MAN INJURED 9/15/14CC


A two-vehicle collision in Saline County on Monday left a Florida motorist with minor injuries, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Reports say it happened when 33-year-old Hamid Tmarte, of Sarasota, Florida, fell asleep at the wheel on eastbound I-70 at around 1:35am Monday morning. The driver's 2006 Ford truck and trailer ran across the roadway and into the westbound lanes of the interstate, where the trailer was struck by a semi driven by 37-year-old Phillip Lawson, of Tazewell, Tennessee.

Tmarte reportedly refused treatment at the scene for his injuries while Lawson escaped injury altogether. The crash happened at the 77.2 mile marker on I-70, just west of the Marshall Junction.

CONCORDIA ALDERMEN MEET MONDAY 9/15/14CC


The Concordia Board of Aldermen meets in regular session on Monday, September 15th.

Items on the agenda include discussion of a potential submittal for Missouri Department of Transportation Traffic Assistance Program funding for improvements to the Interstate 70 intersection, a discussion of General Fund Revenues for the 2014-15 budget and discussion on tree cutting at the North Lagoon.

An executive session is also scheduled for legal matters. The regular session meeting gets underway at 7:00pm at the Concordia Community Center.

CARROLLTON TOWN COUNCIL AGENDA 9/15/14RK


The Carrollton City Council is scheduled to meet Monday, September 15th, in regular session.

The Council will take up discussions on estimates for expansion of the Rupe Center and bids on the Walnut Hills Painting at the Head Start Building; they will also will hear various department reports.

A closed session also is on the docket for litigation, real-estate, personnel matters and sealed proposals and related documents. The evening gets underway at 6:00pm at Carrollton City Hall.

DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE BURGLARY REPORT 9/15/14RK


A Saline County Sheriff's Deputy recently was called to a residence on 133rd Trail in Marshall with the report of an alleged forcible-entry burglary.

According to the deputy's report, the owner of the residence says the house on the property has not been lived in recently, but he does have some old things stored in it. The owner stated he noticed papers strewn on the lawn and the alleged perpetrator(s) had attempted to remove a window air conditioner.

The owner also reportedly noted there were tracks from a vehicle left on the premises.While investigating, the deputy noticed two shoe prints on the tile floor. The deputy also secured a screwdriver and a styrofoam coffee cup in the area for possible evidence.

Investigation into the incident continues.

WARRENSBURG ARTS GROUP MEETS MONDAY 9/15/14RK


The Warrensburg Arts Commission is scheduled to meet tonight.

On the agenda is an update on the Lions Lake Project, a WAC banner and a grant request for Old Drum open-mic night.

The meeting is to take place at 7:00pm in the city council chambers at 200 S. Holden.

LAFAYETTE COUNTY FATALITY 9/15/14RK


According to a release from the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department, on September 11th, 2014 at about 8:46pm, Lafayette County deputies were dispatched to the 4000 block of Highway "H" for a report of a missing person. The victim, Mateo E. Morgan, age 33, had last been heard from at 9:00a.m. and no one had been able to contact him since that time.

Morgan's truck was at the scene, and deputies requested assistance from Mayview Fire and Odessa E.M.S. in order search the 37-acre property.

The victim was discovered a short time later by his father, who was assisting in the search. It appears that the victim had become entangled on the PTO shaft of a rotary mower he was operating and ended up partially under the mower. Morgan was pronounced dead at the scene.

Morgan's funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday at Ralph O. Jones Funeral Home in Odessa.

PROPERTY DAMAGE INVESTIGATION IN MARSHALL 9/15/14RK


A Saline County Sheriff's Deputy was recently dispatched to a residence at 184th and Norway in Marshall on a report of alleged property damage.

According to the deputy's report, the resident said someone had broken a chain and lock on his gate, dumped trash in his field and driven through his corn field.

Investigation into the incident is continuing.

JOHNSON CO. CRASH INJURES LEE'S SUMMIT MAN 9/15/14RK


A one-car accident in Johnson County last night has resulted in moderate injuries to a Lee's Summit man.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says 26-year-old Timothy Martin's 2008 Chevrolet traveled off the north side of the road approaching a curve. The vehicle struck an embankment, traveled across County Road SW 800 and struck another embankment.

Martin was transported to Lee's Summit Medical Center by Johnson County E.M.S. for treatment.

The accident happened at 8:10pm on Route "F."

HIGGINSVILLE WOMAN HURT IN LAFAYETTE CO. CRASH 9/15/14RK


A one-vehicle accident in Lafayette County last evening resulted in moderate injuries to a Higginsville woman.

According to a report from the Missouri Highway Patrol, 56-year-old Brenda Wooden's 2009 Chevrolet failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the left side of the road, struck a grass embankment and overturned.

Wooden was transported by Higginsville Ambulance to Center Point Hospital for treatment.

The accident occurred at 6:50 on MO "FF" at Beattie Road.

RAY CO. CYCLE ACCIDENT INJURES ONE 9/15/14RK


A motorcycle accident in Ray County has sent a Richmond man to the hospital with injuries.

According to a report from the Highway Patrol, 25-year-old Nicholas Terranova's 2007 Suzuki ran off the road, overturned, striking a guardrail and ejecting the driver.

Terranova was transported by Ray County Ambulance to North Kansas City Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

The accident happened last night at 6:20 on Business 10 east of West 104th Street.

AMENDMENT ONE RECOUNT NEARS COMPLETION 9/15/14RK


According to Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander's website, the recount results for Amendment One "Right to Farm" are to be released sometime on Monday, September 15th.

The latest figures are different than those on night of the August 5th primary, but not enough of a change to change the overall result.

Statewide, as of Sunday, the numbers read 499,963 "yes" votes and 497,588 "no" votes. Both of those numbers changed from August 5th. The 'yes" votes are up 382 and "no" votes increased by 497.

In the KMMO listening area, none of the results stayed exactly the same. In Saline County, "yes" votes increased by two to 3,063. "No" votes stayed the same at 1,227. In Pettis County, the "yes" votes stayed at 4,970, with the "no" votes increasing by one to 2,547. Lafayette County's recount had "yes" votes increasing by 11 to 4,965 and "no" votes going up by five to 2,266.

In Johnson County, "yes" votes went up by two to 4,805 and "no" votes up one to 3,662. Howard County's recount resulted in "yes" votes increasing by five votes to 1,233 and "no" votes staying at 972. In Carroll County, there was no change in the "yes" vote total of 1,779, but "no" votes went up by one to 391. Chariton County's recount resulted in both totals going down. The "yes" votes decreased by two to 1,742 and "no votes" went down by one to 679.

All of the county results were certified by the respective county clerks.

MARSHALL CITY COUNCIL PREVIEW 9/14/14


The Marshall City Council meets Monday evening at 5:15pm in regular session.

On the agenda is acceptance of the budget for the next fiscal year of the city. Earlier this month, city administrator Connie Latimer told the council that they initial figures showed the budget was about a half-million dollars out of balance, but they were still working on it. The fiscal year for the city begins October 1st.

Also on the agenda is the setting of the tax levy for the city; a public hearing on the tax levy was held last month, and the state auditor has now reviewed the figures submitted by the city for setting the levy.

Also to be taken up will be contracts with the Marshall Community Chorus and the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra.

STOVER MOTORCYCLE INJURY 9/14/14


A Stover, Missouri man has received serious injuries when his motorcycle was hit by a car in Stover.

According to the Highway Patrol, 72-year-old William R. Srp of Stover was taken by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment after his motorcycle was struck by a car driven by 86-year-old Evelyn Ford, of Versailles.

Reports say the accident happened early Sunday afternoon on Highway 135 at 2nd Street in Stover.

LAFAYETTE COUNTY ACCIDENT 9/14/14


One person was injured in a one-vehicle accident in Lafayette County early Sunday morning.

The Highway Patrol says a pickup driven by 29-year-old Kristine Norton, of Bates City, failed to negotiate a curve; the driver then lost control, causing the vehicle to overturn.

Injured was a passenger, 33-year-old Enrique Salazar, of Witicha, Kansas. He received minor injuries and was taken to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened a little after 5:30am Sunday morning on Route Z, south of Mountain View Road in Lafayette County.

FUNDS RELEASED 9/14/14


Governor Nixon has released more than $22 million to mental health services, reimbursements to local government, job training and other programs after the effort to overturn his veto of special interests tax breaks failed during the veto session of the legislature.

Nixon has released $9.8 million for county assessment maintenance, $1.7 million to reimburse counties for costs related to state prisoners and $1 million for Missouri Works training.

The Department of Economic Development recently approved $360,000 in Community Development Block Grant fund to assist the cities of Marshall and Slater build affordable housing for clients of the Marshall Habilitation Center.

With changes announced for the Habilitation Center, new affordable housing rental options will allow clients of the Center to continue to receive assistance under the care of existing state staff. Up to three affordable rental housing units will be constructed in Slater and six units in Marshall.

JOHNSON COUNTY ACCIDENT 9/14/14


A Warrensburg man has been injured in a three-vehicle accident in Johnson County.

The Highway Patrol says 23-year-old Jesse Hudleston, of Warrensburg, was on a motorcycle, stopped at an intersection waiting to make a left turn, when cars behind him bumped into each other and into him, throwing him from his motorcycle.

Hudelston was taken to Western Missouri Center in Warrensburg for treatment. The accident happened Saturday afternoon on Highway 13 at Route Y in Johnson County.

HOWARD COUNTY INJURY ACCIDENT 9/13/14


A Boonville woman has been injured in a one-vehicle accident in Howard County.

The Highway patrol says 30-year-old Amanda Palmer received minor injuries her vehicle went off the road and overturned. The Patrol says she refused treatment for her injuries at the scene.

The accident happened Friday night on County R
oad 344, just west of Highway 87 in Howard County.

AUGUST UNEMPLOYMENT REMAINS STEADY 9/13/14


The unemployment picture in area counties remained very close to the same during the month of July, the latest month for which figures are available from the State Department of Economic Development.

Saline County saw a slight drop in unemployment to 5.9%, as more people continue to return to the work force. Also showing slight drops were Lafayette County at 7.1%, Cooper County at 6% and Howard County at 5.3%.

Slightly up in July were Carroll County at 7.2%, Chariton County at 6.6%, Johnson County 6.3% and Pettis County at 6.8%.

COOL SATURDAY 9/13/14


You might think in terms of records when you look at the temperature reading this morning in the low 40s for mid-September; however, you would be wrong.

The record low temperature for Marshall on this date, according to the Missouri Climate Center, was 32 degrees set back in 1902.

The average low temperature for September, according to the Climate Center, is just under 57 degrees.

BIJOU AT BOTHWELL LODGE 9/12/14


The public is invited to enjoy a film under the stars on Saturday, September 13th. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, Bijou at Bothwell Lodge will start at 7:30pm.

Visitors will enjoy a screening of the 1959 thriller, "House on Haunted Hill," featuring the master of horror, Vincent Price, as a wealthy gentleman who offers his house guests $10,000… if they can survive the night.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own seating and are reminded to dress appropriately for the weather.

Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site is located seven miles north of Sedalia on U.S Highway 65. For more information on Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites, visit www.mostateparks.com.

APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR POLICE ACADEMY 9/12/14


Enrollment for the spring 2015 class is underway at the Central Missouri Police Academy at the University of Central Missouri.

The 16-week course curriculum fulfills requirements for Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certification and also provides 15 hours of undergraduate college credit. The spring course convenes January 12th at the academy located at 200 Ming Street, Warrensburg, and ends May 15th, 2015.

Applicants not only will need to be accepted by the academy, but also will be required to be admitted to the University of Central Missouri for the spring semester.

Applicants need to complete and submit the academy qualification form online as the first step in the application process. The form can be found at www.ucmo.edu.

PETTIS COUNTY ROAD WORK 9/12/14


The Pettis County Highway Department will close Eckles Road 100 feet west of Walnut Grove Road on Monday, September 15th, for bridge repair.  Weather permitting, the road is expected to be closed for two weeks and reopen by Friday, September 26th.
 
Motorist using that section of Eckles Road should plan for taking an alternate route.
 
The Pettis County Sheriff's Office reminds motorists to buckle up, slow down, follow posted signage and drive safely through work zones.

BUSHELS OF BUCKS RAISED AT ANNUAL AUCTION 9/12/14


The Annual Apple and Produce Auction netted more than $50,000 on Thursday night at the Waverly Apple Jubilee.

The Grand Champion Award went to a Golden Delicious variety from Peter's Orchard in Waverly, purchased for $5,400. Reserve Grand Champion went to a Red Delicious variety from Rasa Orchard in Lexington, purchased for $3,800; Third Place Overall went to a Golden Delicious from Rasa Orchard, purchased for $2,400. Peter's Orchard also captured two Second Place and three Third Place awards, while Rasa also took home a Second Place award.

The Apple Auction alone raised $43,000 while the auctions for Giant Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Tall Pumpkin, Painted Pumpkin, Gourd, Watermelon and Apple Pie raised $7,780 for a grand total of $50,780. All funds raised by the Waverly Jaycees at the annual auction are used to help meet a variety of community needs.

POSSIBLE GAS LEAK CAUSES EVACUATION OF BOONVILLE BUSINESS 9/12/14


A business in Boonville was evacuated on Thursday afternoon due to a possible gas leak.

According to an official with the Boonville Fire Department, Boonville firefighters, along with members of the Boonville Police Department, were on the scene at Walmart for about an hour. They inspected the area, but no leak was found. Also on the scene were officials from Ameren UE.

The incident was reported at just after 1:00pm.

CMU HOSTING YOUNG WRITER'S DAY 9/12/14


The Central Methodist University English Department will be hosting its second annual Young Writer’s Day on Thursday, October 30th. High school seniors are invited to this event for the opportunity to collaborate with the English faculty as well as current CMU students.

Throughout the day, the students will be able to attend various creative writing workshops where they can explore three different styles of writing.

At the end of the day, prizes will be awarded to the best submissions in each writing category. The first prize in all three categories will be published in the spring 2015 edition of Inscape, CMU’s magazine of the arts.

This is event is free and open to all high school seniors. T-shirts, lunch, and refreshments will be provided for all of the participants.

Senior high school students who would like to participate should contact Dr. Travis Johnson no later than October 6th. Dr. Johnson can be reached by calling (660) 248-6306 or via e-mail at tjohnson@centralmethodist.edu

CARROLLTON BOIL ADVISORY 9/11/14


Some residents in Carrollton are under a boil advisory that continues into Saturday.

Areas of the city that remain under the 48-hour boil advisory include a stretch of Ruby Street between 10th and 14th Streets. Residents on West 14th Street between Oak and Main Streets are also under the advisory.

The advisory was issued Thursday, September 11th, and remains in effect until Saturday afternoon. Residents in the affected areas are encouraged to boil all consumable water for drinking, cooking and brushing teeth.

KANDER PROMOTES LIBRARY CARDS 9/11/14


Secretary of State Jason Kander is encouraging Missouri families to celebrate National Library Card Sign-up Month by getting a library card for the start of the new school year.

Kander’s office provides support and funding for public libraries across Missouri. This summer, Kander’s office distributed "Racing to Read" grants for public library districts around the state to implement or bolster early literacy programs.

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, when Missouri public libraries join with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to celebrate the contributions of the nation's libraries.

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

MALTA BEND B.O.E. TALKS EVALUATIONS, FUNDRAISERS 9/11/14


At the meeting of the Malta Bend R-5 Board of Education on Wednesday, the district approved several program evaluations, including one involving extra-curricular and athletic activities and another on food service.

The board also approved the seventh-grade class to hold fundraisers for a basketball shoot during halftime of all of the varsity home basketball games. The board also approved several fundraising ideas from the student council and one from the volleyball and cross country teams.

In executive session, the board approved the hiring of Sara Boston as administrative assistant. Current Administrative Assistant Debbie Kiser will remain in her position until December 31st, spending time training Boston, who will start next week.

CRASH INJURES ODESSA RESIDENTS 9/11/14


A two-vehicle accident in Jackson County yesterday morning sent two Odessa residents to the hospital with injuries.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as traffic was congested due to another accident ahead. A westbound 2006 Honda Accord, driven by 76-year-old Loren Couch, of Odessa, was stopped in the right lane and was rear-ended by a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, driven by 26-year-old Vincent Parson, of Lee's Summit.

Couch, and a passenger in his car, 74-year-old Bonnie Couch, of Odessa, each received minor injuries and were taken to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment. The accident occurred just after 10:00am on westbound I-470 at the 13.6 mile marker.

M.M.U. AWARDS TREE TRIMMING CONTRACT 9/11/14


Winter may still be a few months away, but officials with Marshall Municipal Utilities are already taking steps to prepare for keeping electrical outages minimal during bad winter weather.

Spokesman Ken Gieringer says one the big culprits when the weather turns bad are tree limbs that break under the weight of ice and snow and often knock out power lines:



Gieringer says this week, M.M.U. extended their contract with the company that has provided tree trimming services near power lines for the past few years:



The contract extension was awarded to Poor Boys Tree Service of Fair Play, Missouri.

M.M.U. BOARD TALKS BUDGET, POSSIBLE RATE HIKES 9/11/14


Marshall Municipal Utilities customers could see some of their rates going up next year.

At Thursday's meeting of the M.M.U. Board of Public Works, Administrative Services Director Ken Gieringer says a lot of time was spent discussing the budget, which could include rate increases for water and electric customers:



Gieringer says that revenues are down while costs are either rising or remaining steady.



In other business, the Board approved a three-year contract extension with Poor Boys Tree Service for tree trimming around the city of Marshall and also also approved $15,000 worth of maintenance work on M.M.U. electrical substation breakers.

COOPER CO. ROAD WORK 9/11/14


The following Missouri Department of Transportation road work in Cooper County is scheduled during daylight hours for the week of September 14-20:

* Route F between Route 5 and Route B- Roadway maintenance will take place on Monday, September 15th. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

* Route 5 between Robien Drive and Route 50 in Morgan County - Roadway maintenance will take place on Tuesday, September 16th. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

* Route PP between Route 5 and the end of state maintenance - Roadway maintenance will take place Wednesday, September 17th and Thursday, September 18th. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

For information on these or any MoDOT projects, call toll-free at 888-ASK-MODOT or visit www.modot.org.

SALINE COUNTY BRIDGE WORK 9/11/14


During the Saline County Commission meeting on Thursday, Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner gave an update on an area bridge.



Fenner said the contract will run through the end of the year.



Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings clarified that the contract is for 90 working days; rain days do not count because crews wouldn't be working. He also said there will be a period of December that will not count due to the Christmas holiday. He estimates it could be January (perhaps February) before the bridge will be complete and open.

BOONVILLE P.D. WARNS ABOUT POSSIBLE FRAUD 9/11/14


According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, on at least two separate occasions local businesses have been the target of an attempted fraud. In each of the instances, the business received a telephone call from a person claiming to be an employee of the Ameren UE electric company. The caller claimed the business is behind on its electric bill, and in order to avoid immediate disconnection, they indicated a payment could be made over the telephone and then attempted to obtain a credit card number.

In each instance, the caller provided factual information in an attempt to establish credibility with the business owner, but that information could have easily been obtained via the internet.

Also, in each instance the calls were made after regular business hours.

According to the release, Ameren UE indicates it does not attempt to collect debts for past due bills over the telephone and that type of correspondence is conducted through the mail service. Ameren UE also indicates that disconnects are not made after regular business hours. Furthermore, Ameren UE indicates no one from the company will call customers asking for their personal information or credit card numbers.

VALLEY HOOPERS HELP OUT AT SHELTER 9/10/14


The Missouri Valley College women's basketball recently helped an area organization on Tuesday afternoon by volunteering its time for a number of hours at the Marshall Animal Shelter.

The team did a number of jobs and chores for the organization, but its primary duty was to help get the animals some exercise by going on walks. The women's basketball team helped the shelter with the dozens of dogs and cats that are under the shelter's care.

Head Coach Timothy Dixon said in a news release that the team is looking for other community service projects in which they can get involved. Dixon will be entering his first season as the head coach of the women's basketball program.

Previously, Dixon has been an assistant coach at NCAA Division I programs Idaho State University and Arizona State University. He was also the head coach at Lamar (Colo.) Community College during the 2013-2014 season.

C.M.U. TO DEDICATE RENOVATED STUDENT CENTER 9/10/14


The dedication for the newly renamed Philips-Robb Recreation Center is scheduled for Saturday, September 20th, as part of Hall of Fame Day activities. An open house of the facility is scheduled from 4:00-5:00pm with the official ceremony to take place at 4:30pm inside the main lobby.

Members of the Robb family along with Central Methodist representatives are scheduled to speak during the ceremony, which will include cookies and punch.

The dedication and renaming ceremony will follow the Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon in the Inman Student and Community Center, as Mark Robb is one of six inductees into the 32nd Hairston Hall of Fame class. During the open house university officials will be on hand to discuss the upgraded facility which reopened to the public September 8th after nearly seven months of renovations.

In March the Central Methodist Board of Trustees voted to add the Robb name to the Philips Recreation Center after Mark Robb, who worked at the University for 37 years most recently as senior associate athletics director, passed away last year at the age of 60.

The dedication precedes the Eagles' football game against No. 11 Benedictine (Kan.) with kickoff scheduled for 6:00pm.

M.M.U. BOARD MEETS THURSDAY 9/10/14


The Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works meets in regular session on Thursday morning.

Board members will discuss the 2014-15 budget, maintenance on a substation breaker and tree trimming services.

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

CARROLLTON B.O.E. HEARS A.P.R. GAINS 9/10/14


At Tuesday's meeting of the Carrollton R-2 Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. John Oetinger said the district received its Annual Performance Report that contained good news about the students improving their achievement scores by nearly eight percent from the previous year.



Oetinger said with cooperation from the vocational programs-- marketing, graphics and business departments-- they are going to open up a Trojan Spirit Store which will have a number of benefits for the students, who will do the majority of the work.



He said this is a great thing for the students who participate in several extra-curricular activities to gain experience in a live setting that they can put on a college application or job resume.

The board also approved several fundraiser proposals and the purchase of a new bus. Oetinger says the district tries to purchase a new bus at the beginning of every school year.

M.P.D. TO CONDUCT SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT 9/10/14


According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, it will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint in an unspecified location between September 11th and September 28th, 2014.

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 - one every 51 minutes. In 2013, Missouri had 4,780 drug and/or alcohol related driving crashes, with 2,941 injuries and 236 fatalities.

SHOTS FIRED IN COLUMBIA 9/10/14


According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, last night at 7:55pm, officers were dispatched to the area of Derby Ridge Drive and High Quest Circle in reference to multiple phone calls of shots fired in the area. Officers arrived on scene and located damage to two residences on High Quest Circle, which were struck by one bullet each. No shell casings were recovered at the scene. There were no reports of anyone injured. There is no suspect information at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

WARRENSBURG MAN KILLED IN ACCIDENT 9/10/14RK


A Warrensburg man was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Ray County last night.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, 41-year-old Benjamin McMellen's eastbound 1995 Volvo crossed the center line and struck a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by 34-year-old Rebecca Harris, of Bosworth, head-on.

McMellen was transported by Ray County E.M.S. to Ray County Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Harris suffered serious injuries and was transported to KU Medical Center via E.M.S. for treatment.

The accident happened at 10:25pm on Missouri 10, just east of Hill School Road.

RAY COUNTY ACCIDENT INJURES TWO 9/10/14


A two-vehicle accident yesterday afternoon in Ray County has caused minor injuries to two area residents.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol states a westbound 2002 Chrysler, driven by 24-year-old Lacy Jensen, of Warrensburg, skidded on the pavement and rear-ended a westbound 2014 Jeep, driven by 27-year-old Zachary Dial, of Richmond.

Jensen was transported by Ray County E.M.S. to Ray County Memorial Hospital for treatment. Dial, reportedly, drove himself from the scene.

The accident occurred at 3:55pm on Highway 10 at Pettis Road.

BAD WEATHER UP NORTH 9/10/14


According to a report from Northeast Missouri, in Kirksville, the winds were so strong, they snapped at least 5 power poles and numerous trees through the center part of the city during the overnight hours.

According to report from Kirksville Regional Airport in Adair County, they had received 8.62 inches of rain as of 4:00am.

At Browning in Sullivan County, they had received 10.2 inches of rainfall in a report at 4:50am.

As of 5:30, we had received a little more than 1-1/4 inches of rain at our KMMO Studio in Marshall.

POWER OUTAGE IN CONCORDIA 9/10/14


According to the Concordia Police Department, it started receiving calls from Concordia residents between 3:00am and 4:00am this morning that many of the city's residents were without power.

According to the KCP&L website, it has 1,589 customers in that area, and 788 are without power.

According to Saint Paul Lutheran High School Principal John Beerman, homerooms will start at 8:30am today due to the power outage.

According to Concordia R-2 Superintendent Mary Beth Scherer, the public schools in Concordia will not be holding classes today because of the power outage.

SCHOOL OFFICIALS WATCHING FOR ENTEROVIRUS-68 9/9/14


A respiratory illness striking children in Illinois and Missouri has area school districts on guard and keeping a keen eye on the health of the student body.

Dr. Carol Maher, interim superintendent for the Marshall School District, says right now it's too early to tell if the illness will rear its head in mid-Missouri:



She says so far, in the opening weeks of school, the attendance numbers are running strong:



The illness in question is called human enterovirus-68, which so far has sickened children in at least a dozen midwestern states.

NEW SEDALIA STADIUM WON'T BE READY THIS YEAR 9/9/14


There won't be football in 2014 at the new stadium being constructed in Sedalia for Smith-Cotton High School.

A release from the district says a combination of bad weather and material delays means the stadium won't be ready for the October 17th Homecoming game, as the district had planned. A spokesperson for Septagon Construction told the Board of Education on Monday that the project is running some three to four weeks behind schedule. The Homecoming game will instead be played at Jennie Jaynes Stadium in Liberty Park.

In other business, the board on Monday approved two paraprofessional positions for the district and approved a number of policy updates. They also acknowledged a $500 donation from Duke Manufacturing to help add a second lunch line at Smith-Cotton High School and a $5,000 donation from the Jack Isgur Foundation to divide among five Sedalia elementary schools for music and art instruction.

PETTIS COUNTY ROAD WORK 9/9/14


In Pettis County, crews will close the northbound and southbound lanes of Route TT between Highway 50 east and Pony Path Road from 7:00pm to 3:00pm on Wednesday, September 10th, for culvert replacement work. All work is weather dependent.

For more information about other MoDOT projects, visit www.modot.org or call toll-free at (888) ASK-MoDOT.

NORBORNE BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING 9/9/14


The Norborne Board of Aldermen met in regular session on Monday night of this week.

Aldermen approved a request from the Parks Department to repair sections of fence at the park and discussed filling a vacant animal control officer position. They also approved several funds transfers.

Board members learned that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the North Missouri Solid Waste Management District B will hold a solid waste collection event on Saturday, September 13th, from 9:00am until 12:00pm at the old Places building at 901 South Main Street in Carrollton.

SALISBURY BOARD GETS PROJECT UPDATES 9/9/14


At Monday's meeting of the Salisbury School Board, board members were updated on ongoing building projects.

Officials are working to get a new lobby and theater area finished by fall; Superintendent Todd Wilhite says the project may be bumped back a bit as they are trying to lay wood floors, which require just the right conditions when it comes to humidity levels. Wilhite says it could be mid-November before the area is finally usable for students and staff.

Board members also discussed a resolution to formally oppose Amendment Three on the November election ballot and received an Ag Program update. Board members also gave approval for the district to begin seeking bids for snow removal during the winter months.

MALTA BEND SCHOOL BOARD MEETING THIS WEEK 9/9/14


The Malta Bend Board of Education meets Wednesday for a regular session meeting at 7:00pm.

Items on the agenda include discussion on the district's Annual Performance Report, a building maintenance update and discussion on class fundraisers. The agenda also includes an executive session for personnel matters.

CARROLLTON BOAD OF EDUCATION MEETS TUESDAY 9/9/14


The Carrollton School Board meets in regular session Tuesday evening at 7:00pm.

Items on the agenda include the 2014 Annual Performance Report and Student Achievement Report, along with a Guidance Department report, fundraiser requests and discussion of a new bus purchase.

An executive session is also on the agenda for student and personnel matters.

SMITH UPDATES SALINE COMMISSION ON TAX REVENUE 9/9/14


Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith says tax revenues received from the state grew, for the most part, from August to September:



Smith says revenue numbers from the other two taxes are similar:



Smith gave the update at the Tuesday meeting of the Saline County Commission.

CMU's ELITE GROUP WILL TOUR IN NOVEMBER 9/9/14


The Central Methodist University Chorale, an elite touring vocal group of Swinney Conservatory Music directed by Dr. Claude Westfall, began practice before the first day of classes at the Fayette institution. By November, the group will set out on its annual choir tour.
According to a release from the school, the group is comprised of 30 students, not all music majors.
The tour runs November 20th through November 25th. The chorale will perform three times a day at schools and churches across the state of Missouri. A schedule will be published later in the fall.
In addition to performing on tour, the Chorale will have two home concerts, one on November 2nd and another on December 7th. The group also helps the CMU marching band organize and run Central's annual Band Day on October 11th.

CMU STUDENTS EARN BROADCAST AWARD 9/9/14


Two members of the Central Methodist University 2013-14 radio staff have taken first place in the Missouri Broadcaster's Association competition, according to Dr. Kristin Cherry, assistant professor of communications.

Dane Colbert and Darragh McCrudden submitted a public-service announcement last spring for consideration. The item called "Texting and Driving" won first place in the Small-Market Radio competition.

Colbert is a sophomore sports-management major from Troy. McCrudden was an exchange student last year from Derry, Northern Ireland, majoring in business.

Dr. Cherry is the faculty advisor for CMU's radio station KCMU-AM.

TRUCK ROUTE TO BE DISCUSSED AT SWEET SPRINGS MEETING 9/8/14


One of the items to be discussed at tonight's Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen meeting is a truck-route ordinance, according to Mayor Dee Friel.

The city wants big trucks to take a specific route.



She says the big trucks could cause damage along the present route many are taking.



She said, too, it would be beneficial to the truck drivers because with the new route, they would be properly lined up to get to the elevator.

The meeting gets under way at 6:00pm.

SWEET SPRINGS BOARD OF ALDERMEN TO DISCUSS PARKING 9/8/14


At tonight's meeting of the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen, Mayor Dee Friel says there will be a discussion about whether or not the city should adopt an ordinance to keep people from parking on both sides of certain streets.



The discussion will involve a couple of the more heavily-traveled streets, which are narrow.



She said also an item to be discussed tonight is a possible truck route for the semis to come through town.
The meeting starts at 6:00pm.

WARRENSBURG'S FIRE STATION NO. 2 SUFFERS LIGHTNING STRIKE 9/8/14


The storm that rolled through much of the KMMO listening area on Friday night did some damage in Johnson County.

According to Fire Emergency Prevention Officer Jeremy VanWey, Warrensburg's Fire Station No. 2 was struck by lightning, causing some damage to the backup generator, the phone system and some computer equipment.

He said they should know more about the extent of the damage in a couple of days as they are calling in electrical contractors to fully assess the situation.

But VanWey says, despite the damage incurred, the fire station still is fully operational.

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT INJURES TWO FROM ODESSA 9/8/14


A motorcycle accident on Sunday night in Andrew County has caused injuries to two Odessa residents.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, 51-year-old Ronald Wallman, of Odessa, lost control of his southbound 2009 Harley Davidson, the bike overturning.

Wallman, and a passenger on the bike, 44-year-old Denise Wallman, of Odessa, suffered moderate and serious injuries, respectively. They were taken from the scene by Andrew County E.M.S. to Heartland Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The accident occurred at 11:20pm on Southbound Interstate-29 at the I-229 Junction, five miles north of St. Joseph.

COLUMBIA PURSUIT ENDS WITH ARREST 9/8/14


According to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, on Sunday just after 7:00pm, a deputy was conducting routine patrol activities near the area of St. Charles Road and Lake Of The Woods Road. The deputy attempted to stop a vehicle driven by a 25-years-old man of Columbia, for a registration violation, however, the vehicle failed to stop. The 25-year-old led the deputy on a short pursuit at slow to moderate speeds. During this pursuit, the driver did not stop at multiple stop signs, failed to use his turn signal, and passed another vehicle where it was marked as prohibited.

The driver ultimately stopped his vehicle near the intersection of St. Charles Road and Demaret Drive where he was arrested. It was discovered that the driver's driving privilege was revoked.

The driver was arrested and faces numerous charges, including Driving While Revoked, five counts of Failure to Stop for a Stop Sign, 11 counts of Failure to Signal When Turning Left or Right; Failure to Yield; Improper passing; Careless and Imprudent Driving; Failure to Register a Motor Vehicle; and Resisting Arrest.

All subjects should be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

LOCKDOWN AT SANTA FE SCHOOL 9/5/14


A report of shots fired near Santa Fe Elementary School in Waverly led to a lockdown of the school facility on Friday afternoon.

According to Superintendent Gini Barnett, the school went into what is known as a "hall freeze" after gunshots were reported northwest of the school. Barnett says Lafayette County Sheriff's Deputies were quickly on the scene and determined that the shots came from hunters in a nearby area.

The shots were heard around 2:00pm and Barnett says things were back to normal within about thirty minutes.

Parents were notified about the incident by way of the school's Textcaster system. No injuries or damages were reported from the scene.

NEW MURALS ON MARSHALL SQUARE 9/5/14


A new mural being painted on the Marshall Square is catching some eyes and generating some buzz around town.

Nationally known mural artist Kelly Poling has been working recently on murals to celebrate the anniversaries of several Saline County institutions, including the City of Marshall, Marshall Fire Department and Missouri Valley College.

The first mural, on the corner of Jefferson and Arrow, is a depiction of Missouri Valley College and features Baity Hall, named after Reverend Dr. George P. Baity, a prominent Valley alumni and former 30-year member of Valley's Board of Trustees.

Poling's artwork has been seen in the M.G.M. and Palace Station casinos in Las Vegas and at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha. Work on the Marshall Square murals is slated to continue through the month of September.

MoDOT HIRING SEASONAL HELP 9/5/14


The Missouri Department of Transportation has begun preparations to make sure it has the right number of people in the right places, ready to plow and treat Missouri's roadways this winter.

While the department's 2,400 maintenance employees will be ready to plow, if a big regional or statewide storm hits, MoDOT must rely on extra help. Each year the department recruits seasonal workers and emergency snowplow operators to fill the gaps and get the job done.

MoDOT requires emergency maintenance worker applicants to be at least 18 years old and possess a Commercial Driver's License, class A or B, with no airbrake restrictions. Applicants must also successfully complete a criminal background check and drug screening.

To learn more or to apply, visit www.modot.org or call 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636).

GAS LEAK AT MARSHALL BUSINESS 9/5/14


Fire crews were called Friday morning to a gas leak at a Marshall business. Fire Chief Tony Day talks about what crews found when they arrived at Coreslab Structures on Highway 20 in Marshall:



Chief Day says the area was evacuated for a short time as a precaution:



No injuries were reported in the incident; Day says fire crews were on the scene for about fifteen minutes.

SOME MARSHALL SCHOOLS CLEARED AFTER MOLD TESTS 9/5/14


Earlier this week, parents of students at Southeast Elementary School in Marshall received notification the possibility of mold in the building.

Marshall Public Schools Interim Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher said some schools in the district have been tested.



Dr. Maher wants parents to know every precaution is being taken to protect the health of everybody.



The problem arose when a teacher at Southeast became ill, possibly from mold, and had to be taken to the hospital. Dr. Maher said she thinks the teacher is going to be released from the hospital soon, within the next day or two.

TWO AREA BLOOD DRIVES COMING UP NEXT WEEK 9/5/14


There are two American Red Cross blood drives coming up in the area within the next week.

In Saline County, there will be a blood drive on Monday, September 8th from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Malcolm Center for Student Life on the Missouri Valley College campus at 500 East College Street in Marshall.

In Carroll County, there will be a blood drive on Friday, September 12th from 2:00-6:00pm. It will take place at the Bogard Community Center at 100 West 3rd Street in Bogard.

For more information, call the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS.

BENTON COUNTY CRASH INJURES LINCOLN MAN 9/5/14


A one-vehicle accident early this morning in Benton County has caused serious injuries to a Lincoln, Mo., man.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, 24-year-old Bo Skeel's southbound 1993 Chevrolet failed to negotiate a curve, traveling off the right side of the road. Skeel overcorrected the car and the car ran off the left side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned.

Skeel was taken by Life Flight to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The accident happened at 1:15am on Route "W," one mile south of Route "B."

POLICE CONTINUE SEARCH FOR DRUG SUSPECT 9/4/14


The Marshall Police Department is asking for assistance in locating Brandon Miles Marti, who is wanted on several drug related violations. Marti has active arrest warrants for his involvement in reference to these violations, with a bond amount of $50,000 cash only.

The man was last known to reside in the state of Florida but his location is unknown at this time. Marti is described as a white male, 6'01", 200 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes.

If anyone has any information about Marti or his whereabouts, please contact the Marshall Police Department at 660-886-7411, or by email.

"BATTLE OF THE BELT" FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS 9/4/14


State transportation officials are calling all Missouri high schools to compete in the 2014 Battle of the Belt Challenge for an opportunity to win cash and prizes teaching students the importance of buckling up.

Teen drivers were involved in nearly 20 percent of the fatal and serious injury crashes in Missouri over the last three years. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for people 15-20 years old. Results of a 2013 survey among Missouri teens indicate 33 percent of teens are not wearing safety belts.

Sponsored by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, the statewide competition will run October 1 to November 19 to educate young drivers about safety belt use, reduce traffic crash injuries and save teen lives. You can get more information and see the complete rules at www.modot.org.

"RIGHT TO FARM" VOTE RECOUNTS 9/4/14


County clerks' offices across the area and the state are busy conducting or making preparations for a recount of votes on Amendment One, the "Right to Farm" amendment placed on the August 5th primary election ballot.

In the KMMO listening area, Cooper County has completed their recount, along with Carroll and Lafayette County. Also this week, Chariton County plans to conduct their recount on Friday, September 5th at 8:30am.

Next week, Saline County election officials will hold their recount on Tuesday, September 9th, at 9:00am and Pettis County's recount will fall on Tuesday at 11:00am. In Howard County, officials will recount votes on Wednesday, September 10th, at 9:00am.

SALINE RECOUNT SET FOR "RIGHT TO FARM" 9/4/14


Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings read a release Thursday from Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell about Saline County's recount of a statewide amendment on the August 5th ballot.



The recount will be conducted in Room 305 of the Saline County Courthouse.



Statewide the "yes" votes outnumbered the "no" votes by .24 of one percent.

A September 11th deadline has been set for local election authorities state-wide to certify their recount results, with the Secretary of State's office certification of recount results due no later than September 15th.

The Commission also received a report from Common Road District Supervisor Justin Cowart, delivered by Stallings. Stallings said the brush cutter will be running south of Marshall and near Betty's Truck Stop on Route YY for the next few days. The crews also will be grading roads around Hardeman, Nelson and Napton and hauling rock down into the river bottoms the next few days.

SALINE COUNTY ROAD CLOSURE 9/4/14


According to a MoDOT official, Route NN in Saline County will be closed from 8:00am to 3:00pm on Thursday, September 4th, for culvert replacement. The stretch of highway is located three miles east of Highway 41. Motorists in the area may need to find an alternate route.

LAFAYETTE C-1 BOARD OF EDUCATION WORKSHOP 9/4/14


The Higginsville School Board is scheduled to meet on Thursday, September 4th. Included on the agenda is a Board workshop and building walkthrough; the meeting gets underway at 7:00pm.

CHARITON COUNTY DEPUTY HIT BY VEHICLE 9/4/14


A Chariton County Sheriff's Deputy was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after he was struck by a vehicle last night in Chariton County.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, 46-year-old Troy Frakes was standing in the roadway, attempting to stop a westbound vehicle for a criminal investigation when he was struck in the rear by an eastbound 2009 Chevy driven by 47-year-old Clay Creech, of Keytesville.

According to the report, Frakes was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The accident occurred just after 8:00pm on Route M, six miles north of Brunswick.

MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES FALL 2014 ENROLLMENT 9/4/14


Missouri Valley College’s fall 2014 enrollment is 1,421. For the second consecutive year, MVC’s enrollment includes the largest international student population in the College’s history.

Of the 1,421 students currently enrolled at MVC, 778 students are Missouri residents and 215 are international students, edging out last year’s international student population record of 176. The entire student body is made up of students from 37 states and 35 countries.

Convocation ceremony will be held at 10am today on the campus quad.
Convocation activities are to welcome freshmen and celebrate academic excellence.

CARROLL COUNTY'S FARM BILL RECOUNT IS TODAY 9/4/14


A recount has been requested for Constitutional Amendment #1, known as the Farm Bill, by the opposing group "Missouri's Food For America."
According to a release from Carroll County Clerk Peggy McGaugh, Carroll County will conduct its recount today at 9:00am in the receiving room of the Carroll County Courthouse.
The original numbers in Carroll County had the amendment passing by an 82-percent to 18-percent margin or 1,779 "Yes" votes to 390 "No" votes. McGaugh said she does not anticipate the figures changing at all.
The statewide margin of passage of the amendment was a difference of only .24 of one percent or 499,581 "Yes" votes to 497,091 "No" votes on August 5th.
Secretary of State Jason Kander will release the final results after September 15th. Kander's office has created a web page at www.sos.mo.gov/elections/Amendment1 to make the recount process more transparent.

MARSHALL PARK BOARD APPROVES BUDGET 9/3/14


The Marshall Park Board has approved a budget for the next fiscal year with anticipated revenues of $1,591,000 and expenses to match with the budget being balanced.

However, Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Stubblefield says the budget is a fluid document and will change as the fiscal year goes on. He says the park is winding up this fiscal year in good shape as the new fiscal year begins October 1st.

Stubblefield also told the Park Board on Wednesday that some new play equipment will be installed in the coming weeks:


     
It was also reported that the Marshall Aquatic Center had approximately 1,500 more people through the gate this season than in 2013. The park also served 3,400 lunches and 4,900 snacks to children this past summer.

CONCORDIA FAIR QUEEN CROWNED 9/3/14


The annual Queen contest opened the 2014 Concordia Fall Festival on Tuesday evening as Miss Shania Anderson, daughter of Gary and Mary Anderson, was crowned queen to reign over the fair. Her attendants were Miss Kayla Stuart, daughter of Norm and Dawn Stuart  along with Miss Madison Pitsch, daughter of Monte and Marta Pitsch.

The fair continues throughout the week with daily activities scheduled. For more information, visit www.concordiafallfestival.com.

HIGGINSVILLE ALDERMEN SIGN OFF ON EMERGENCY AGREEMENT 9/3/14


In a brief meeting of the Higginsville Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night, Aldermen approved an annual mutual aid agreement with Odessa E.M.S. for assistance with emergency services.

The Board also set a meeting of the Finance and Administration Committee for Monday, September 8th, at 5:30pm in order to review the first draft of the 2014-2015 budget.

Board members also approved rescheduling the next board meeting for September 22nd in order to allow various Aldermen and city employees to attend the annual Missouri Municipal League meeting on September 15th.

SEDALIA COUNCIL APPROVES AGREEMENTS 9/3/14


The Sedalia City Council on Tuesday voted to accept an agreement between the city and the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for reconstruction of the runway at the Sedalia Regional Airport.

In other business, the council approved an agreement between the city and Elite Root Control, LLC, for chemical root control in the city sewer system. The city will pay Elite $15,800.40 for the work.

Council members also approved minor changes to the municipal fine and bond chart for Sedalia Municipal Court and approved the appointment of Ruth Kell to the Citizens Traffic Advisory Commission for a term ending June 2015.

CARROLLTON COUNCIL OK'S LAND SALE 9/3/14


The Carrollton Town Council has approved an ordinance to sell off a tract of industrial land.

City Clerk Terry Bell says the Council signed off Tuesday night on the sale of 13.1 acres in the Carrollton Industrial Park to RDLP Carrollton, LLC. Council members also voted to hire Jack Vantrump to address and fix electronic problems with the city sewer system, problems Bell says were made worse by an electrical storm in Carrollton last month.

In other business, the Council heard updates from the fire and police departments as well as the planning and zoning committee. Council members learned that planning and zoning committee member Christopher Looney will be assuming the care and training of the Carrollton Police Department's canine officer, Buddy.

SEPTEMBER IS MISSOURI WINE MONTH 9/3/14


September is proclaimed as the official Missouri Wine Month. Harvest has begun in the vineyards of Missouri wine country, and it is time to celebrate the bounty of the Missouri wine industry. The State's many wineries and the Missouri Wine and Grape Board invite you to celebrate the fruits of their labor.

There are 128 recognized wineries in Missouri, and they will be hosting a wide range of events throughout the season from crush festivals to bonfires to harvest tours and more.

There are 10 Missouri Wine Trails, a group of wineries banding together to offer consumers a unique wine experience in their region. One of these trails, The Lake of the Ozarks Wine Trail, is brand new, having been announced August 6th of this year.

For more information, visit MissouriWine.org.

POW-MIA REMEMBRANCE DAY 9/3/14RK


POW-MIA National Remembrance Day is Friday, September 19th and a Memorial Service will be conducted at 11:00am on that day on the Saline County Courthouse lawn at the POW-MIA marker.

Colonel Donald E. "DOC" Ballard, retired U.S. Medal of Honor recipient, will be the guest speaker. Ballard is the only living Medal of Honor recipient in Missouri.

A wreath-laying ceremony will also take place by Gerald Miller, whose brother is an M.I.A. from the Vietnam War.

The public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Charlie Guthrie at (660) 631-9355.

AUGUST WEATHER RESULTS 9/3/14


In August, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, the average temperature in this area was 85.7 degrees, with the high of 96 degrees being recorded on August 25th and August 26th.

The average low temperature during August was 66.6 degrees, with the low being 57 on August 13th.

We received 3.84 inches of precipitation, with the most being 1.8 inches on August 7th. We also received 1.52 inches on August 16th. We did not receive any precipitation on more than half of the days.

KINGSVILLE MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ACCIDENT 9/3/14


A one-vehicle crash in Cass County late last night has caused serious injuries to a Kingsville man.

According to a report from the Highway Patrol, an eastbound 2004 Hummer, driven by 40-year-old Bryon O'Hare, ran off the right side of the road, struck a driveway culvert, became airborne and overturned. The Hummer came to rest on its passenger side, partially blocking the eastbound lane of traffic.

The report says, O'Hare was taken by Pleasant Hill E.M.S. to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened just after 11:40pm on Missouri 58, just east of Beattie Road.

PETTIS COUNTY MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT INJURES ONE 9/3/14


A motorcycle accident in Pettis County yesterday afternoon caused minor injuries to a Sedalia man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 42-year-old Jonathan Sarabia swerved his 2002 Suzuki to miss an oncoming vehicle in his lane. His motorcycle traveled off the right side of the road and overturned, ejecting Sarabia.

The report says, Sarabia was taken by private vehicle to Bothwell Hospital for treatment.

The accident occurred just after 5:00pm on Route "Y" at Bethel Road.

POW-MIA REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE IS SEPTEMBER 19TH IN MARSHALL 9/3/14RK


POW-MIA National Remembrance Day is Friday, September 19th and a memorial service will be conducted at 11:00am on that day on the Saline County Courthouse lawn at the POW-MIA marker.

Colonel Donald E. (DOC) Ballard, retired U.S. Medal of Honor recipient, will be the guest speaker. Ballard is the only living Medal of Honor recipient in Missouri.

A wreath-laying ceremony will also take place by Gerald Miller, whose brother is an MIA from the Vietnam War.

The public is invited to attend.

For more information, you may contact Charlie Guthrie at (660) 631-9355.

REPLICA OF TOMB OF UNKNOWN SOLDIER COMING TO SLATER 9/3/14


A replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is coming to Slater September 18th-20th during the Slater Fall Festival. This event is being sponsored by the Slater American and VFW Posts.

The tomb will be on display at the Slater Veterans Park on Main Street.

The traveling Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a three-quarters sized replica of the original tomb that includes three slabs representing the crypts of World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

This is for the public to view, free of charge.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11:00am on Saturday, September 20th at Veterans Park. There also will be a wreath-laying ceremony.

Former state representative Joe Aull will be the guest speaker.

For more information, you can contact Charlie Guthrie at (660) 529-2420.

MARSHALL NUISANCE ORDINANCE GETS RESULTS 9/2/14


Several weeks ago, the Marshall City Council passed an ordinance speeding up the crackdown on nuisance sites in the city. Marshall Police Chief Mike Donnell told the City Council Tuesday night that the new ordinance appears to be working:


Donnell also said officials have found instances where neighbors have begun helping their neighbors clean up their property when they are not physically able to do so.

MARSHALL PARK BOARD MEETS WEDNESDAY 9/2/14


The Marshall Parks and Recreation Board of Directors meets for its regular monthly meeting at 5:00pm on Wednesday, September 3rd.

The Board will work through an agenda of mostly routine items, including various administrative and departmental reports.

An executive session is also scheduled for personnel and real estate matters.

SOUTHEAST ELEMENTARY TESTS FOR MOLD 9/2/14


Parents of students at Southeast Elementary School in Marshall received notification Tuesday regarding the possibility of mold in the school building.

Principal Rendee Maupin talks about what prompted school authorities to have the building tested for mold spores:


She says results of the testing won't be available for a few days and school officials are monitoring the situation closely in the meantime. Maupin says the district has also sent letters home with students to keep parents informed of the situation.


Maupin says as a precaution, every Marshall school district building is being inspected for the presence of mold spores. She adds that it's unknown at this time if the condition of the unidentified teacher can be traced to Southeast Elementary.

CENTRAL MISSOURI HONOR FLIGHT READY FOR TAKEOFF 9/2/14


Some 70 area veterans will be heading to the nation's capital Wednesday for the 29th Central Missouri Honor Flight. Honor Flight President Mary Paulsell says the group had no idea they would make it this far in their mission to take area veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials of the wars in which they once fought.


Paulsell says the flight will have veterans on board from across central Missouri and beyond.


The 29th Central Missouri Honor Flight takes off from Columbia at around 2:00am Wednesday morning and will return at around 9:00pm that night. Veterans on board will visit the World War Two, Korean War, Vietnam and Iwo Jima memorials as well as Arlington National Cemetery.

I-70 CRASH INJURES THREE 9/2/14


Three people were hurt early Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle accident in Lafayette County.

The Highway Patrol says a car driven westbound by 30-year-old Gadeer Muhammad, of Kansas City, ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a median cable barrier.

The driver suffered minor injuries and reportedly refused treatment at the scene; two passengers from Olathe, Kansas, received injuries and were taken for treatment to I-70 Medical Center by Concordia E.M.S.

Patrol reports say the crash happened at 2:35am at the 52.6 mile marker on westbound I-70 in Lafayette County.

CULVERT WORK ON ROUTE AA 9/2/14


According to a MoDOT official, Route AA, three miles south of Highway 41 in Saline County will be closed today from 8:00am to 3:00pm for culvert replacement. The official said the start time could be pushed back due to fog.

TWO LEXINGTON RESIDENTS INJURED IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY CRASH 9/2/14


A one-vehicle crash in Lafayette County last night has caused injuries to two Lexington residents.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, a 2000 Chevrolet driven by 19-year-old Sophia Baxter traveled off the south edge of the roadway, returned to the roadway. The driver overcorrected, causing the vehicle to run off the roadway again and overturn.

Baxter suffered moderate injuries and 2-year-old Adrianna Williams received minor injuries. The report says they were both taken to Lafayette Regional Hospital by Lexington E.M.S. for treatment.

The accident occurred at 11:35pm on Missouri 13, just east of Garrison Road.

TUESDAY MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT MEETINGS 9/1/14


The following City Councils and Boards of Aldermen are scheduled to meet on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014:

* Marshall City Council meets in regular session at 5:15pm. Council members will take up an ordinance to vacate a portion of Salt Pond Avenue and hear department updates and reports.
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*Carrollton's Town Council meets in regular session at 6:00pm. Items on the agenda include discussion of sewer project issues and the sale of a tract of industrial land.

Council will also hear reports from the Police and Fire departments as well as the Planning and Zoning Committee. An executive session is scheduled for legal, real estate and personnel matters.
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* With the 36th annual Country Fair coming the week of September 14th, the Higginsville Board of Aldermen will meet at 6:00pm to get updated on preparations for the annual week of entertainment, shows, booths and parade. Aldermen will also take up a bill for an Emergency Services mutual aid agreement with Odessa E.M.S.
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* Slater's Fall Festival is on the way as well; the Slater City Council meets at 7:00pm for an update on the annual event, running September 19th through the 21st, and a discussion on city street work.
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* The Sedalia City Council is slated to honor several city employees with service awards in their meeting at 7:00pm. Council will also take up an agreement between the city and the state Highways and Transportation Commission for runway reconstruction at the Sedalia Regional Airport.
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* Concordia's Board of Aldermen meets in regular session at 7:00pm at the Concordia Community Center. They'll discuss the placement of advisory signs on city streets and discuss a lease for a Bobcat skid loader. Aldermen will also talk about a proposed cat control program.

AREA MAN HURT IN JOHNSON COUNTY CRASH 9/1/14


A Leeton man suffered serious injuries Sunday in a rollover car crash in Johnson County.

According to the Highway Patrol, 57-year-old Duane Whittington was southbound on Missouri 13 at around 10:30pm when a medical condition caused him to lose control of his 1999 Saturn. The car ran off the highway, hitting a fence, an embankment and a tree; it then rolled down a drop-off and landed on its top.

Whittington was taken by private vehicle to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment. The Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Johnson County Sheriffs Department.

HEAD-ON CRASH KILLS GRAIN VALLEY MAN 9/1/14


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
at the scene by Lafayette County Assistant Coroner Billy Banes at around 11:50pm. The second driver, 21-year-old Clayton Bicknese, reportedly escaped injury and refused treatment at the scene.

The Patrol says the crash happened at 53.2 mile marker on eastbound I-70, about five miles west of Concordia.

GRAIN BELT PUBLIC HEARING IS THURSDAY IN CARROLLTON 9/1/14


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.

ALLEGED BOAT THEFT IN HOUSTONIA 8/31/14


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.

SEDALIA TEAM TO RACE IN FIREBALL RUN 8/28/14


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.

The event is streamed live at www.fireballrun.com/live.

The FIREBALL RUN includes stops in Independence, Mo., and Sedalia October 3rd and 4th. The event runs during September 26th through October 4th.

ONE INJURED IN PETTIS COLLISION 8/11/14


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.

KANDER RELEASES PRIMARY TURNOUT NUMBERS 8/6/14


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.

BOONVILLE CITY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER SEVERAL ACTION ITEMS TONIGHT 8/4/14


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.

The meeting starts at 7:00pm.
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