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CHS Presents Awards And Recognition For Senior Class 
05/06 5pm
     The Chillicothe High School Class of 2016 received recognition, awards, and scholarships totaling more than one million dollars as part of the annual Senior Awards Ceremony. This year's ceremony began with the Senior Poem, written and presented by Hanna Howard.
     This year's class includes a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship. Marissa Surber was recognized with a Certificate of Merit. Surber will also receive a scholarship offer soon.
     There were also two students recognized for 100% perfect attendance to date in their senior year. They are Ben Brooks and Madison Gregory.
     This year's awards include more than $200,000 in local scholarship money, presented by families, businesses and organizations who support the young people in the Chillicothe community. Among the largest local awards are the Kenneth and Eugenia Churchill Foundation Scholarship of $6,500 presented to Kyle Ross and Cody Evans, The Jerry Litton Leadership Scholarships of $5,000 to Claire Chapman and $3,000 to Wagner Chapman and the Virginia Wall Scholarships of $3,000 to Claire Chapman and $2,000 to Marissa Surber.
     One student received a $10,000 Skills USA Scholarship to attend Universal Technical Institute, a school that serves the motorsports industry and invites the students to attend. That invitation and scholarship went to Alex Wright.

KCHI Presents Scholarship and "A" For Achievement 
05/06 5pm
     KCHI Radio was part of two presentations at the CHS Senior Awards program.
     Sports Director Randy Dean presented the KCHI - Leatherman Communications Broadcast Scholarship.
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     KCHI General Manager Dan Leatherman and Noel Gott from Investor's Community Bank presented the "A" for Achievement Awards.
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     Each recipient of the "A" for Achievement receives a $200 Scholarship.

Annexation Hearings On Council Agenda 
05/06 12pm
     The Chillicothe City Council will have two public hearings for annexation and will consider several bids in their meeting Monday. The Council meeting begins at 6:30 pm at City Hall.
     In the finance portion of the meeting, bids will be presented for a Street Department Truck, golf course greens rollers sand bunker rake, airport mower, towing services, and the 2016 Street Improvements Projects.
     Two public hearings are scheduled. The first is for the voluntary annexation of the property for constructing schools north of the Chillicothe High School, requested by the Chillicothe Education Foundation. The second is for the property that includes the planned road to the new schools. That voluntary annexation was requested by John Hutchinson and Doctor Metry
     Only one appearance is on the agenda, City Administrator Ike Holland will present the ordinance to have the city accept Comanche Street as a city street, with one year warranty. The street was built as part of the Sunset Village Subdivision, west of North Fair Street.
     An executive session is planned if it is needed.

Gun, Drugs And Money Seized 
05/06 12pm
     A traffic stop for excessive speed Thursday afternoon, resulted in seizure of drugs and weapons and two arrests. A Livingston County Sheriff's Deputy clocked an Indiana car on US 36 doing 84 in a 65 zone near Mooresville. Upon further investigation and with probable cause, the deputy found alleged marijuana, two loaded hand guns, ammunition and just over $5,700, all of which was seized.
     In addition, 33 year old Zachary J Cooper Jr and29 year old Tammara Barnes of Indiana were arrested on alleged drug charges. Cooper was also arrested for alleged speeding and driving while suspended. They both posted bonds and were released with a court date.

Trenton Continues Ordinance Updates 
05/06 12pm
     The City of Trenton continues to have updates on their Nuisance ordinance. Two ordinances will be presented at their Meeting Monday. One for Debris on property and the other for violations.
     The Trenton City Council will meet Monday at 7:00 pm at City Hall.
     Under New Business, there will be a discussion on hiring a new City Administrator to fill the opening as Kerry Sampson retires. There will also be talk about using a grader and operator for the Gooseberry Festival.
     No executive session is scheduled.

Rainfall On Target So Far This Spring 
05/06 12pm
     It hasnít been a dry spring, but it hasnít been wet either. National Weather Service Meteorologist Scott Blair says we are not far off the target at this time of year.
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     Blair says the forecast looks like the we will see a normal pattern for rainfall.
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     Blair says we have equal chances of being wetter or dryer as we move into the summer.

CHS Senior Awards Ceremony Today 
05/06 6am
     The Senior Awards Ceremony, a tradition for the Chillicothe High School will be held today at 12:30 pm. This is an opportunity for graduating students to be recognized by the community and the school for their academic and other achievements. Chillicothe's Senior Awards Ceremony is today at the Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center. Principal Brian Sherrow says this is a great event for the seniors.
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     After the awards ceremony is complete, at about 2:30, Sherrow says one of the Senior Class Rituals, the "Farewell" begins.

Missouri Highway Patrol Accident and Arrest 
05/06 6am
     A Trenton man was injured in a single vehicle accident, late Thursday morning. Twenty-five year old Matthew J Edwards of Trenton was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital following the accident at about 11:10 am, on Route V near Laredo. The report from the Missouri Highway Patrol states Edwards swerved to miss a deer and ran off the road, hit an embankment and went through a fence before his vehicle stopped. Edwards was wearing a safety belt at the time of the accident.

     State Troopers also report one arrest in the local area Thursday. A Kansas City man was arrested just before Noon in Daviess County. Fifty-eight year old Stevie Parks was arrested on a St. Joseph warrant and was held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail pending the posting of bond.

Chillocthe Police Department Report 
05/06 6am
     One arrest is in the Chillicothe Police Department report for Thursday.
     Thursday at approximately 5:30 pm, Officers arrested Mallory Kay Fainter in the 300 block of Walnut St, on a warrant for an alleged parole violation. Fainter was held at the Daviess-DeKalb County Regional Jail.
     Tuesday, at about 2:40 pm, Officers towed a vehicle in the 1200 block of Jameson Street.

Extension Offering New Programs For Older Americans Month 
05/06 6am
The Livingston County Extension council is recognizing Older Americans Month with several new program offerings. Livingston County Director Jessica Trussell says there are four programs offered.
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     Trussell says they do have assistance available for these programs.
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     For Livingston County residents, the number to call for more information is 646-0811. In Grundy County, call Meredith Berry at 359-4040 x8.

Youth Alcohol Enforcement Program 
05/05 12pm
     Chillicothe Police Department is taking part in the State of Missouri's Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign. Chillicothe officers will be looking aggressively for substance-impaired drivers between May 5th and May 16th, in an effort to stop drunk driving fatalities. Assistant Police Chief Rick Sampsel reminds everyone that getting behind the wheel impaired is a terrible idea.
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     During last year's Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign in Missouri, four people were killed and 18 seriously injured involving at least one substance-impaired driver who was under 21 years of age.

Clay Street Park Bridge Complete 
05/05 12pm
     The foot bridge at Clay Street Park opened Thursday afternoon. The new bridge constructed of treated lumber replaces a bridge that had deteriorated over several decades of use and had to be closed for safety concerns last year. This new bridge was built by the Chillicothe Street Department and should last for some time into the future.

Yard Waste Area Open - Including Weekends 
05/05 12pm
With the lawn cutting season in full swing, the Chillicothe Municipal Utilities Refuse Department has opened the Yard Waste Area, including hours on Saturday. There are areas for brush and areas for grass clippings. The grass clippings and leaves are composted and in the coming weeks, there will be free compost available.
     When dropping off you grass clippings, please take them out of any bags you may have used to haul them. Also keep them in the area near where other recent grass clippings have been dumped.
     The yard waste areas at the transfer station on Mitchell Road is open weekdays from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday's from 8:00 am to Noon.

MoDOT Encourages Caution Around Mowing Crews 
05/05 12pm
     The Missouri Department of Transportation reminds motorists to be cautions in any work zones. That includes where crews are mowing near roads and highways. If you are traveling on rural two lane roads and there is a mowing crew, you will likely see a follow truck. MoDOT recommends following these safety tips to safely pass the mowers.
 - Watch for trucks and tractors with lights flashing and moving slowly, 2 to 5 mph.
 - Slow down and focus on the road ahead of you. Avoid talking and texting on a cell phone or other distractions.
 - Be prepared to stop or drive very slowly behind a "follow" truck, especially approaching a hill or curve on a two-lane road.
 - Obey the no passing zone stripes and only pass when you can see far enough past the "follow" truck to avoid meeting oncoming traffic.
     MoDOT crews out mowing on tractor mowers so motorists have a clear, safe line of sight as they cruise along state highways.

City Finalizes Lease With LifeFlight Eagle 
05/05 6am
     The official lease agreement, bringing Life Flight Eagle to the Chillicothe Airport, is approved by the Chillicothe City Council. The 15 year lease was approved during the executive session April 25th and includes monthly rent of $2,500 for the first 5 years, with increases at five year increments. Under the lease, LifeFlight Eagle will be responsible for paying for insurance, personal property taxes, utilities.
     The City of Chillicothe is currently working to construct a hanger for the air-ambulance service at the Chillicothe Airport. The hanger will include living quarters for the on duty crew.
     Until that construction is complete, LifeFlight Eagle continues to serve the area from their base at the Trenton Airport. LifeFlight began looking for a new home due to weather issues that could not be controlled, including flooding that denied the crew access to the hanger and fog that kept the helicopter from flying.

Boom Explained 
05/05 6am
     Some said it sounded like an explosion, others reported it shook their windows and homes. At about 1:10 pm Wednesday, the loud boom was heard and felt across the KCHI listening area. Police and sheriff's offices from Carrollton to Chillicothe and east to Brookfield and Bucklin heard from their residents wanting to know what had happened.
     State Emergency Management and the FAA later confirmed it was a Sonic Boom as an aircraft was doing "highspeed testing" across the area.

New Grain Facility Planned Near Hamilton 
05/05 6am
     A multimillion dollar grain facility will be built near Hamilton. MFA, based in Columbia, will soon begin construction of the project estimated between $27 and $28 million dollars. It will be located adjacent to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, about 5 miles east of Hamilton. The plans include a two-million bushel permanent grain storage, an additional 1.5 million bushel temporary storage and a loop rail siding that will accommodate a 110 rail car shuttle.
     Craig Childs, senior vice president of MFA Agri Services says some early work will start over the next week, with the major work beginning in about a month.
     The new facility would have the ability to handle about 60,000 bushels an hour and service northwest Missouri and southwest Iowa.

Forgery and Property Damage In Police Report 
05/05 6am
     Three items are in the report from the Chillicothe Police Department.
     Monday night, Officers were called to a disturbance in the 300 block of East Jackson Street. Officers arrested Haley Marie Sears for alleged property damage and disorderly conduct. Sears was processed and released pending a court appearance.
     Wednesday morning, Officers were called to the 700 block of Missouri Avenue on a report of a dog at large. The owner, Cortney Brooke Jones cited for the violation.
     Wednesday, at about 10:10 am, Officers took a report of forgery in the 600 block of Walnut St. A suspect has been identified and charges are pending.

Troopers Arrest Four In Area Counties 
05/05 6am
     State Troopers reported four arrests in the local counties Wednesday.
     At about 1:40 pm in Daviess County, 28 year old Jacome Dunner of Kansas City was arrested for alleged driving without a license and excessive window tint. He was held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail pending the posting of bond.
     At about 5:20 pm in Sullivan County, 50 year old Wayne Smith of Milan was arrested for alleged driving while revoked and careless and imprudent driving. He was taken to the Sullivan County Jail.
     Two arrests were reported in Carroll County on charges of alleged possession of methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. 21 year old Nichole Guyer of Marshal was arrested about 6:10 pm and 38 year old Alando Harker of Carrollton was arrested at about 6:45 pm. Harker is also charged with alleged possession of prescription pills. They were both taken to the Ray County Jail.

Chillicothe Farmers Market Opens 30th Season Saturday 
05/05 6am
     The bell will ring Saturday morning at 8:00 to begin the 30th season for the Chillicothe Farmers Market. Market Master Beth Weidner says there should be a good variety for the first market.
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     Weidner invites any area producers that would like to participate to join the market. She says they have a couple rules; market items must be seller grown or made. You cannot sell purchased items that have not been modified by the seller. Market spaces are available.
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     The Chillicothe Farmers Market is located on the west side of the Livingston County courthouse, each Saturday from May through October, rain or shine. The bell rings to open the market at 8:00 am and they are there until noon. Listen here Saturday mornings at 7:45 for a quick listing of what you will find at the market.


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Funeral Notices

Norma Turner
     A Brookfield resident, 78 year old Norma Turner died April 30th in Brookfield. Services are Friday at 1:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Linneus with burial in Elmwood Cemetery in Linneus. Friends may call Thursday from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. with family visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home in Brookfield. Memorials may be made to the church.

David Trussell
     A Tina resident, 61 year old David Trussell, died May 4th in Tina. Services are Saturday at 11:15 am at Bittiker Funeral Home in Carrollton, with burial at Coloma Cemetery. Family visitation is Saturday from 9:00 to 11:00 am at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the cemetery or Tina/Avalon FFA.

Everett Edwin Haynes
     A former Blue Mound resident, 90 year old Everett Edwin Haynes, died May 3rd in Chillicothe. Services are Saturday at 1:00 pm at Heritage Funeral Home in Chillicothe, with burial at Blue Mound Cemetery in Dawn. Friends may call Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the cemetery.

Gary "Foot" Wayne Wensel
     A Chillicothe resident, 75 year old Gary "Foot" Wayne Wensel died May 1st in Chillicothe. Memorial services are Sunday at 1:00 pm at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe with inurnment at Wheeling Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, with family visitation Sunday from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to House Prayer Rescue Mission.

Kathy Sewell
     A Keytesville resident, formerly of Carrollton, 64 year old Kathy Sewell, died May 1st in Keytesville. A Memorial Service is Tuesday at 11:00 am at Breshears Memorial Chapel in Brunswick. A Celebration of Life will be Tuesday from 10:00 to 10:45 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family.

Roger Mattox
     A Tina resident, 65 year old Roger Mattox, died April 13th in Kansas City. Graveside services are May 14th at 10:00 am at Coloma Cemetery in Bogard, with a celebration of life to follow at 11:30 am at Tina Community Center. Friends may call May 13th from Noon to 8:00 pm at Lindley Funeral Home in Tina. Memorials may be made to St. Luke's Mid America Heart Institute or Missouri State Fair Fire Department.

Judge Kenneth R Lewis
     A Chillicothe resident, 79 year old Judge Kenneth R Lewis, died May 3rd in Hannibal. Private Graveside services will be held at Grand View Burial Park, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home & Chapel, in Hannibal. Memorials may be made to Ducks Unlimited.