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Weather Service Explains Fire Risk  11/20  12pm
     The National Weather Service says there is an elevated risk of fires spreading due to dry conditions today and Tuesday. Meteorologist Joey Welch says there are no red flag warnings or burn bans, but they recommend delaying any planned burning until Wednesday.
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     Welch says burning is not recommended.
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     The windy conditions should begin calming late Tuesday.

Library Mini Christmas Tree Contest  11/20  12pm
     The Livingston County Library begins the Mini Christmas Tree Decorating contest soon. Monica Holmer from the Library says entries are accepted December 1st to the 9th.
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     Holmer says there are restrictions on size.
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     The judging of the trees is December 11th to the 16th and library patrons vote for the winners.
     On December 18th, the trees will be delivered to the nursing homes and they are picked up again beginning January 2nd. You may pick-up your entry on the 10th.

YMCA Events   11/20  12pm
    The Grand River Area Family YMCA is Closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving Holiday, but will be open again Friday starting at 5:00 am. Director Matt Jones says they have a two events for you to consider. Jones says Join the Y now and save.
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     Jones says the Christmas Craft and Vendor Expo is December 9th at the Y,
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     He says there still have a few vendor spots available, call Lacey at the Y at 646-6677 for more information.

Secretary of State Ashcroft Visits Library   11/20  12pm
     Missouri Secretary Of State Jay Ashcroft visited the Livingston County Library recently to hear from members of the community and keep his promise to visit libraries in every county in the state. Ashcroft says the State supplies some funding for Libraries.
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     Ashcroft says Libraries are still relevant and highly used.
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     He says Libraries are an ever-evolving resource in the communities and serve the area residents in a multitude of ways.

Hamilton Man Dies Of Injuries   11/20  6am
     A Hamilton man who had serious injuries in a single vehicle rollover accident early Saturday morning, died of his injuries later that morning. Twenty-four year old Harrison G Lapen was taken to Mosaic Life Care Center in St. Joseph for treatment of serious injures following the accident at about 1:45 am on Highway 13, just south of Gallatin. The Highway Patrol reports Lapin went off the east side of the road and the car overturned several times before coming to rest on its top. Lapin was pronounced dead at the Hospital shortly before noon.

Band Masters Program Tonight At PAC   11/20  6am
     The 67th annual North Central Missouri Band Masters Association Clinic Concert is this evening at the Gary Dickenson Performing Arts Center. Chillicothe High School Band Director Sarah Cavanaugh says they will have more than 100 students from schools across North Central Missouri participating. She says they started Sunday with the clinic.
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     Cavanaugh says they have a percussion soloist this year, Drew Morales, an adjunct professor of percussion at Northwest Missouri State.
     She says the concert is tonight at the PAC and ticket prices are unchanged.
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     This is the 67th year for the North Central Missouri Band Masters Association Clinic and Concert, hosted by the Chillicothe High School.

Chillicothe Holiday Parade Winners   11/20  6am
     Despite the damp start, the 71st annual Chillicothe Holiday Parade was another success. Chamber Director Crystal Narr says they are grateful for all of the organizations, businesses and families who took the time to enter the parade.
     Judges reviewed the entries during the parade and awards were presented Saturday. They include
The Grand Marshal Trophy to BTC Bank and Mrs. McGraw's Partners in Education Class
First place winners in the various Float Divisions include:
     Youth: BTC Bank with Mrs. McGraw’s Partners in Education class
     Business/Organization: Strength & Conditioning
     Non-Profit Organization: First Baptist Church
And the Band Division Trophies are awarded to:
     1st - Hamilton Marching Hornets
     2nd - Troy Marching Trojans
     3rd - Meadville Marching Eagles

Chillicothe Police Report  11/20  6am
     An arrest and a well-being check on a juvenile are in the Chillicothe Police Department report for the weekend.
     Friday, officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the 300 block of Walnut Street. They arrested Matthew Pike for alleged domestic assault. Pike was held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.
     Another domestic disturbance was investigated Friday in the 1600 block of Springhill Street. The incident was verbal, and no arrests were made.
     Saturday morning, officers conducted a well being check of a juvenile in the 500 block of Grandview. The juvenile was safe. Officers were assisted by the Children's Division.
     Friday evening, officers took a report of theft in the 400 block of Clay Street. The investigation continues.

Teen Injured In Accident  11/20  6am
     A Cameron Teen had moderate injuries in a single vehicle accident Sunday night in Dekalb County. Sixteen year old Dakota Venneman of Cameron was taken to Cameron Regional Hospital following the accident At about 11:20 pm Sunday. Venneman was northbound on Route C, when he did not make it through a corner and went off the east side of the road and his car overturned. He was not wearing a safety belt.

Thanksgiving - Turkey By The Numbers   11/20  6am
     The countdown to Thanksgiving is at three days. Hopefully if you are in-charge of the meal, you have several steps taken care of already, like shopping, some make ahead sides and of course, the turkey is thawing in the fridge. All that said, there are some numbers you need to have handy for the big day.
     325°  That is the temperature to roast your turkey in the oven
     165°  The temperature the meat should reach at the thickest part of the breast or thigh, without putting a thermometer against a bone
     165°  The temperature your stuffing should reach weather it is in the bird or in a separate pan.
     2 Hours…The maximum you should let your food stand after it is cooked before it should be put in the refrigerator. And that is two hours from the end of cooking, not the end of the meal.
     Finally, a toll free number, 1-888-674-6854, for the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline for Frequently Asked Questions of cooking and handling of meat and poultry items.
     Check the KCHI Website for Tom's Turkey Tidbits, you will find a link with this story.

Thanksgiving Preparations  11/18  12pm
     With Thanksgiving just 5 days away, you should have all your plans in place. If you are hosting the meal, you have already decided who is bringing what and what you will be making in your kitchen. Do you have enough Turkey? Tina Hanes from the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline says A good rule of thumb is 1 pound per person and that will allow for some leftovers. So if you are having a total of 12 for dinner, a 12 pound bird is what you need. That said, if the turkey is frozen, when do you need to start thawing? Soon... Hanes says there are a couple thawing methods. The first is in the refrigerator.
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     The other method is in cool water, still in the original package and changing the water every 30 minutes. For a 12 pound bird it will take about 6 hours.

Chillicothe Trash Pick-Up For Thanksgiving  11/18  12pm
     Trash pick-up in Chillicothe for the Thanksgiving holiday includes a couple changes. Chillicothe Municipal Utilities Refuse Director Troy Figg says there will be no pick-up Thanksgiving Day or that Friday, November 24th.
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     Figg says there is no service Friday the 24th.
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     If you have questions about the changes, contact the CMU Office at 646-1683

Several Area Meetings  11/18  12pm
     Several Chillicothe Meetings are schduled soon.
     The Chillicothe Board of Public Works meets Tuesday morning. There are no specific items on the agenda. They will have reports to the board form the department heads and from the general manager. An executive session is planned to follow the meeting. The Chillicothe Board of Public Works meets Tuesday at 7:00 am at the CMU Office.
     Chillicothe's Board of Adjustments will consider a variance to allow a larger sign than permitted under the city's ordinance when they meet in December. The business at 801 South Washington Street requested the variance to place a larger electronic sign. The Board of Adjustments will meet December 4th at 5:30 pm at City Hall.
     The Chillicothe Planning and Zoning Commission will meet December 4th at 6:00 pm to discussion the request for a historic Overlay for portions of Chillicothe. The request had been made by Main Street Chillicothe, and was brought to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Council previously. It was sent back to a committee to be better defined and to meet the desires of business owners in the downtown area. The meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission is December 4th at City Hall.

Brookfield School Board Meets Tuesday  11/18  12pm
     The Brookfield School Board meets next week with a full agenda. The meeting begins at 5:30 pm at their district office, with reports to the board and recognition of the Brookfield FFA Chapter on earning a 3-Star rating at the national conference.
     The board will hear the audit report for the 2016/17 school year, there will be consideration of MSBA policy and procedure updates and they will consider the ballot language for the April Election as they consider extending the temporary operating levy that expires at the end of the 2018/19 school year. There are two seats on the Brookfield School Board that will be on the April Election, they are currently held by Jeff Vogel and Burnie Hicks. Other items on the agenda include insurance renewals, a survey, the annual APR results and administrative reports.
     An executive session is planned following the regular Brookfield School Board meeting Tuesday.

Community Thanksgiving Service Sunday  11/18  12pm
     The Community Thanksgiving Service, presented by the Chillicothe Ministerial Alliance, is Sunday at St. Columban's Catholic Church. The service is from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Brad Baker from Turning Point Church says this is a time of community worship.
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     Baker says this is also an opportunity to see the newly renovated Catholic Church.
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     The Chillicothe Ministerial Alliance Community Thanksgiving Service is open to all faiths.

Serious Injury Accident Near Gallatin  11/18  6am
     A Hamilton man had serious injuries in a single vehicle rollover accident early this morning. Twenty-four year old Harrison G Lapen was taken to Mosaic Life Care Center in St. Joseph for treatment of serious injures following the accident at about 1:45 am on Highway 13, just south of Gallatin. The Highway Patrol reports Lapin went off the east side of the road and the car overturned several times before coming to rest on its top. Lapin was not wearing a safety belt.

Chillicothe Festival Of Lights   11/18  6am
     The 2017 Festival of Lights, lighting ceremony is tonight at Simpson Park. Janet Barnhart from the Festival of Lights says Simpson Park Closes at 5:00, and the program begins at 5:30 pm.
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     Barnhart says in addition to the complementary drinks, they will have Christmas music playing.
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     The Festival of Light kick-off is at 5:30 this evening. Traffic in the park closes at 5:00 pm and re-opens later in the evening. The displays will be lit each night through the first of January

Chillicothe School Board Meets Tuesday  11/18  6am
     The Chillicothe R-II School Board meets Tuesday at the District Office. The agenda include the presentation of the annual Performance Report for the district. The meeting will begin with recognition of the Teacher of the Year and Beacon Award Nominees from each of the building.
     Reports to the board include for Community and Adult Education and for Trauma Smart Training.
     New Business includes: the architects report, consideration for the audit report, the presentation of the 2017 APR report for the district. Consideration of the snow removal contract, announcing the election dates for the School Board and consideration of Paper Bids. The board also has the second and final reading of several school board policy changes.
     An executive session is planned following the regular meeting of the Chillicothe R-II School Board, Tuesday at 6:30 pm, at the District Office.

Three Injured In Two Area Accidents  11/18  6am
     The Missouri Highway Patrol investigated accidents in Livingston and Carroll County.
     In Livingston County, an accident Friday at about 11:55 am, on US 36 near Utica, left two injured. Forty-six year old Kevin Jaques of Chillicothe was westbound on US 36, when his van began to skid across the center line and off the southside of the road, overturning in the median. Jaques had moderate injuries and his passenger, 35 year old Mathew Pike of Liberty had minor injuries. They were both taken to Hedrick Medical Center for Treatment.
     At about 4:00 this morning, a single vehicle accident in Carroll County left a passenger with moderate injuries. Forty-seven year old Perry Barnes of Billings, Montana was northbound on US 24, near Missouri Highway 41, when he ran off the road and struck an embankment. The driver was not injured, but his passenger, 43 year old Brandy Barnes, had minor injuries and was taken to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment. They were wearing safety belts.

MoDOT Road Work For Thanksgiving Week  11/18  6am
     The Missouri Department of Transportation has a Holiday shortened week, but plenty of work to keep them busy. MoDOT announced construction work on Missouri roadways will end Wednesday at Noon for the Thanksgiving holiday and will resume Monday.
     Projects in the local counties this week include:
Carroll County
     Drainage work on Route KK, Monday to Wednesday from County Road 101 to County Road 121
     Drainage work on Route W, Monday to Wednesday from County Road 191 to County Road 209
Chariton County
     Culvert Replacement on Route FF, CLOSED Tuesday from Indian Grove Road to Enyeart Road.
     Shoulder work on Route KK, Wednesday, just south of US 24
Grundy County
     Pothole patching on US 65 & Missouri Highway 6, Monday and Tuesday
     Drainage work on Business 65, Monday to Wednesday in the city limits of Trenton
Linn County
     Pavement repair on US 36, eastbound from Route F to Highway 5, Monday and Tuesday. This includes an overnight lane closure.
     Pavement repair on US 36, westbound from the Mussel Fork Bridge in Macon County to Highway 129, Tuesday and Wednesday. This includes an overnight lane closure.
Sullivan County
     Pothole patching, Monday to Wednesday, on Routes K, W, TT, WW and ZZ.

Funeral Notices

Brownlee Williams
     A Marceline resident, 65 year old Brownlee Williams died November 15th in Marceline. Services are Monday at 11:00 am at Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline, with burial in Wyandotte Cemetery near Bucklin. Family visitation is Sunday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm with a Masonic Service Sunday at 3:30 pm at the funeral home.

Lois Evelyn Foutch
     A Braymer resident, 80 year old Lois Evelyn Foutch died November 18th in Braymer. There will be no services or visitation. Burial will be Monday at 11:30am at Evergreen Cemetery in Braymer. Memorials may be made to the Braymer Fire Department. Lindley Pitts Funeral Home of Braymer is in charge of arrangements.

Orval Massey Sr
     A Waverly resident, 79 year old Orval Massey Sr. died November 15th. Memorial services are Monday at 2:00 pm at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville. Visitation is Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Bittiker Funeral Home in Carrollton. Memorials. may be made to VFW Post #1773.

Ray Asbury
     A Marceline resident, 77 year old Ray Asbury died November 18th. Services are Tuesday at 11:00 am at Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Marceline. Family visitation is Monday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.

James Sackrey
     A Chillicothe resident, 57 year old James Sackrey died November 19th in Chillicothe. Services are Wednesday at 10:00 am at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe with burial in Edgewood Cemetery in Chillicothe. Friends may call Tuesday from 12:00 to 8:00 pm with family visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project

DeWayne Stanfield
     A former Marceline resident, 78 year old DeWayne Stanfield died November 14tth in Moberly. A Masonic service is Wednesday at 10:30 am with family visitation from 11:00 to 1:00 pm at Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline. A Graveside Service is Wednesday at 2:30 pm at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Jacksonville.

Arveta Carver
     A Galt resident, 63 year old Arveta Carver died November 19th in Galt. Services are Wednesday at 2:00 pm at Galt Christian Church with burial in Campground Cemetery near Galt. Friends may call Tuesday from 9:00am to 5:00pm at Payne Funeral Home in Galt with family visitation Wednesday from 1:00 to 2:00pm at the church. Memorials may be made to the Cemetery.

Forrest Alvin Hess, Jr
     A Chillicothe resident, 72 year old Forrest Alvin Hess, Jr died November 18th in North Kansas City. A Celebration of life service will be Sunday at 2:00 pm at Heritage Funeral Home in Chillicothe with burial at Haseville United Methodist Church Cemetery in Haseville. Friends may call Sunday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the cemetery.

Josephine, "Josie" Martin Parker
     A Chillicothe resident, 80 year old Josephine, "Josie" Martin Parker, died November 6th. A Celebration of Life is December 2nd at 11:00 am at Grace Episcopal Church in Chillicothe. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Reflections Memorial Services of Kansas City.