Fair Sale Sets Records
The 2014 Livingston County 4H and FFA
Fair set some new records as the Fair wrapped up Friday evening. The annual
Market Animal Sale topped $127,000, with 215 animals sold in the premium
auction, to a total of 93 buyers at an average of $593 per animal. This
sale allows the students to keep the animal for showing at other events and
helps to offset some of their expenses.
So, how does this year’s sale compare to previous
The total sale of $127,400 beat the old record of $115,000 set in 2007.
The number of animals sold was 215, that was the same as last year
The number of buyers was 93, one short of last year’s 94
And the average price per animal was $593, surpassing the previous record in
the premium only sale of $503 set in 2011.
Fair Board President David Beck says A record Livestock
Sale topped off a week of events for 475 - 4-H and FFA youth. The week was
filled with great weather, livestock shows, a new music show, tractor
pulling and many other events. The Livingston County Fair is successful
with the help and support from a dedicated community who has made a priority
of supporting its young people. On behalf of the Fair Association, Beck
says a big Thank You!
Chillicothe Car Show
The Chillicothe Lions Club Car Show
enjoyed some outstanding weather for both the Cruise on Friday and the Car
Show on Saturday.
Unofficial totals are reported at about 280 vehicles
Friday, more than 240 on the cruise
Saturday, 363 vehicles checked in, surpassing the old
record of 326.
Four accidents in the local counties left six
people with minor and moderate injuries over the weekend.
At about 1:00, 69 year old Lila Searcy of Laredo had
moderate injuries in an accident on Missouri Highway 6 near Jamesport.
Searcy was injured when she was southbound on Route NN and pulled into the
path of another vehicle. She was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital in
Trenton. The other driver was not injured.
At about 1:20 pm, 62 year old Danny R Courtney of Milan
had minor injuries when he was northbound on Missouri Highway 5 in Sullivan
County and ran off the road and struck a tree. He was taken to Sullivan
County Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Three people were injured in an accident at about 5:45
pm in Putnam County, including a Trenton man. The accident happened on
230th street in Newtown when a vehicle crossed the center line and struck a
vehicle driven by 20 year old Nikita Couch of Harris. She and he
passengers, 20 year old Garyallen Couch of Harris and 19 year old Jaymes
Riggen of Trenton had minor injuries and were treated at Putnam County
Memorial Hospital. The other driver was not injured.
Sunday at about 9:30 pm, Robert Blozvich of Spickard
had moderate injuries in a single vehicle accident on West 60th Avenue near
Spickard. He was southbound, lost control and the vehicle went off the road
and overturned. He was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The Chillicothe Police Department have four
items in the report for Saturday.
Officers took a report of forgery reported to have
occurred in the 1000 block of Graves Street. The investigation showed the
reported was unfounded.
Officers arrested Dominique Sharp at Clay and Vine
Streets for alleged minor in possession of alcohol by consumption, while
operating a motor vehicle (Zero Tolerance). Sharp was released with a
Property damage was reported in the 500 block of South
Washington Street. The investigation is continuing.
Officers also investigated a report of a local tow
service operating the service without the appropriate license
Park Board Meeting
Chillicothe Parks and Recreation Board will meet Monday evening. The
meeting starts at 5:15 pm at City Hall and will include the Directors report
and continued discussions on the 10 year park plan.
School Board Meeting
The Chillicothe R-II School Board will meet in
special session Tuesday afternoon. The workshop session will include
development of the 2014/15 board goals. The School Board members will meet
at the district office. The public is welcome to attend.
County Commission Meeting
The Livingston County Commissioners will have a
pre-bid meeting for the courthouse clocks and electrical on Tuesday. The
Commissioners meet at 9:30 am in the commission room of the courthouse. At
11:00 is the pre-bid meeting. They will also handle county road and bridge
matters and administrative and departmental duties.
Carrollton Town Council
The Carrollton Town Council will meet for a
Public hearing prior to their regular meeting on Monday. The public hearing
will begin at 5:30 at City Hall to discuss the application for the Federal
Fiscal Year 2014 Community Development Block Grant. The regular meeting
will start at 6:00 pm and will include Economic development, downtown
revitalization, hiring a police officer, a roof for the armory, chip seal
bids and bids for a paint striper.
Additional Convictions on Rape Case
A man already convicted on five counts
can now add three more to his conviction sheet. Scott William Eckert was
charged in 2007 with Forcible Rape, Statutory Rape in the 1st Degree,
Tampering with Evidence and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child
in the 1st degree. He was convicted on all five counts.
Now Eckert was found guilty on three counts of
Attempted Tampering and Tampering with a Witness in a felony case. The 12
member jury from a pool of 80 prospective jurors deliberated for 25 minutes
Friday in the Livingston County Courthouse before returning the guilty
verdict. Sentencing will be at a later date.
Prosecutor Adam Warren called Sheriff Steve
Cox and three Livingston County citizens as witness in the trial. Cox
testified in place of the late Jim Lightner, former Chief Deputy Sheriff.
The defense attorneys did not call any witnesses.
The latest investigation dates back to 2011 when
Eckert was reported to have sent at least three letters to a child in
Livingston County, allegedly attempting to get the previous child victim to
change testimony to exonerate the 2007 conviction.
AYBF Event To Be August 3-4
annual Farmers' Electric Area Youth Benefit Fund dinner, auction and
golf tournament will be August 3rd and 4th in Chillicothe. Chasity Anderson
with FEC says the events fund the Cooperative's charity that helps cover
medical expenses for kids.
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Since it's inception in
1993, the AYBF has donated more than $600,000 to nearly 600 families in
their service area.
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Auction items will include a week long stay
in a condo in Florida, Colorado or California, two tickets to the 2015
Masters Golf Tournament, a suite for the September 13th Royals vs Red Sox
game, limited edition art prints and more.
The golf tournament will be Monday August 4th
at Green Hills Golf Course. For more information call 646-4281
Highway Patrol To Hold Checkpoints In Area
The Missouri Highway Patrol will conduct
Sobriety check points and DWI saturations in some area counties next month.
The Sobriety check points will be in Livingston and Harrison counties while
the DWI saturations will be in Livingston and DeKalb counties. A spokesman
for the Highway Patrol says the areas were selected for enforcement based on
a high number of drinking related crashes, high number of contacts with
drivers who have been drinking and officers input regarding probably contact
The Highway Patrol suggests drivers who plan to consume intoxicating
beverages, designate a sober driver or have someone pick them up.
Upcoming Area Government Meetings
The Chillicothe R-II School Board meets
in special session Tuesday at 2:00pm for a workshop to develop 2014-15
school board goals. The meeting will be at the district office
The Chillicothe Parks and Recreation board meets Monday
at 5:15pm at Chillicothe City Hall. On the agenda is continued discussions
on the 10 year park plan, and the Parks Director report.
The Carrollton Town
Council meets Monday with a public hearing at 6:30pm to discuss the
application for the Federal Fiscal Year 2014 Community Development Block
Grant. The regular meeting will include economic development, downtown
revitalization, hiring a police officer, a roof for the Armory, chip seal
bids and paint striper bids.
A pre-bid meeting for
clocks and electrical in the Livingston County Courthouse will be one of the
main topics of the weekly County Commissioners meetings. Discussion on
the issue will be at Tuesday at 11:00am and is open to the public. The
commission will also discuss county road and bridge matters and
administrative and departmental duties.
Braymer Boil Order
A Boil Water Advisory has been issued for the
entire city of Braymer. After cleaning the water tower in Braymer, workers
discovered some broken water lines. Repairs are underway, but the city
remains under the boil water order until further notice.
Livingston Co. Sheriff's Department Investigation
Livingston County Sheriff’s Office has several investigations taking place
since the beginning of July. Sheriff Steve Cox says some are continuing.
A lengthy investigation of allege child pornography on
a phone and or computer was completed. A report was sent to the prosecuting
attorney for consideration of charges. Cox says the juvenile in the images
was identified and the parents are aware of the investigation and completely
A report was sent to the Prosecuting attorney after
deputies investigated alleged failure to register as a Sex Offender. Cox
says the suspect allegedly refused to register.
An investigation of alleged theft of several
prescription medications began July 7th. The medications were allegedly
taken from two individuals at a home, but the bottles were left.
Theft of water from a public utility was investigation
in Utica. The prosecuting attorney is considering charges for alleged theft
of nearly 8,600 gallons of water by tampering with a water meter.
Assault was investigated in Wheeling where a man
reported being punched multiple times by an unknown man. A report was sent
to the prosecuting attorney.
An assault between juveniles at the Fair on July 11th
was investigated. Parents were notified and a report was sent to the
Several arrests have been made by the Livingston County Sheriff's Department
since the beginning of July.
28 year old Tabitha Lynnay McCoy of Chillicothe or alleged Possession of a
Controlled Substance. Bond was set at $15,000.
55 year old Barbara Curl of Chillicothe arrested on a Grundy County warrant
for alleged Passing Bad Checks. Bond was set at $500.
33 year old Timothy Stark of Chillicothe arrested on a Grundy County warrant
for alleged Passing Bad Checks 2 counts. Bond was set at $700.
29 year old Allen Peterie of Chula for alleged Distribution / Deliver /
Manufacture or Attempt of a Controlled Substance. Bond was set at $20,000.
Back To School Bonanza Registration Ends Soon
Annual Back to School Bonanza for Livingston County students in grades K-5
will be Tuesday July 29th. Livingston County Extension Director Jessica
Trussell says this event is fun and helps provide the kids with school
Registration for the Back to School Bonanza closes at
the end of business Monday. Call 646-0811 or stop by the extension office.
Trussell says to make the Back to School Bonanza a
success, they are still accepting donations.
Donations can be dropped off or mailed to the
Livingston County Extension Office at 2881 Grand Drive Suite 2 in
ONE Project is Next Friday
One Project in Chillicothe is July 25th, next Friday, and will focus on the
Library at the Chillicothe Middle School. First Baptist Church Pastor Rob
Hurtgen says they continue to need volunteers for the work that will be
If you would like to volunteer for the ONE Project or
make a donation, contact Pastor Rob Hurtgen or Student Pastor Todd Miller at
A Bucklin resident, 91 year old James Dillon died July
17th in Bucklin.
Graveside services will be Tuesday at 2:00pm at Bluff Creek Cemetery near
Boone, Iowa. Family visitation will be Monday from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Delaney
Funeral Home in Marceline.
A Marceline resident, 88 year old Dale Boley died July
19th in Marceline. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 am at Delaney
Funeral Home in Marceline, with burial with Military Honors at Mount Olivet
Cemetery in Marceline. Family visitation is Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at
the Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Marceline First Baptist Church
Pastor Charles Peters
A Cameron resident, 79 year old Pastor Charles R Peters
died July 20th in Cameron. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11:00 am at
First Baptist Church in Cameron, with burial at Resthaven Memorial Gardens
in Trenton. Family visitation will be Tuesday from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at
Resthaven Mortuary in Trenton.
Rosemary (Burnam) Trager
A former Chillicothe resident, 84 year old Rosemary (Burnam)
Trager, died July 19th in Columbia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be
Saturday at 10:00 am at St. Columban’s Catholic Church in Chillicothe, with
burial at St. Columban’s Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 12:00 to
8:00 pm at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe, with a Parish Rosary at 6:00
and family visitation to follow until 8:00. Memorials may be made to Grand
River Area Family YMCA.
Juliet (Judy) Grace Holden Minnis
A Smithville resident, formerly of Carrollton, 83 year
old Juliet (Judy) Grace Holden Minnis died July 19th in Smithville.
Cremation Graveside Services will be Saturday at 11:00 am at Bittiker
Funeral Home in Carrollton. Memorials may be made to the KC Pet Project or
Pet Adoption Center.
A Dawn resident, 101 year old Grace Mantzey died July
18th in Chillicothe. A cremation and memorial service will be held at a
later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home.