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Friday School Closings and Late Starts
 2/26   2:30pm
     The following schools will have a late start or will be closed Friday due to weather.

Gallatin - 2 hours late - NO Morning Preschool
Tri-County of Jamesport - 2 hours late

Chillicothe Budget Funding Requests
 2/26   12pm
     The Chillicothe City Council on Monday heard the last of the annual funding requests and reports from organizations that provide services to the city. The requests are considered as budget is developed. They include:

The Small Business Development Center $7,500, up about $500.

The Livingston County Humane Society requested a $2,000 increase, as their costs have doubled. They also requested an increase in the city animal tags. Leslie Patek requested an increase of 50 cents in each tag category.

The Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce requested total funding of $5150, up about $200. That includes $2150 for contracted items, $1000 for community based programs and $2000 to help fund the purchase and repair of the Holiday lighting.

The Summer Playground Association requested $13,000 for youth sports activities. The request is the same as last year.

MainStreet Chillicothe requested $30,000, an increase of $3,000. They help to support the development and enhancement of the downtown area.

Freedom Festival Chair Scott Rule requested $4,000. That is an increase of $1,920. Rule cited insurance costs and a late start on fundraising for the annual Independence Day Festival.

New City Noise Ordinance
 2/26   12pm
     A new noise ordinance will go in effect soon and it will make the use of an engine retarding brake illegal in the City of Chillicothe. The council approved the ordinance with a vote of 5/0. Engine retarding brakes go by many names; one of the more common names is a "Jake Brake." These brakes, when activated, create a loud noise by altering the engines compression.
     Under the ordinance, it will be unlawful for drivers to use the engine retarding brake within the city limits. Signs will be posted by the Missouri Department of Transportation on US 65, US 36, Highway 190 and Route V. Once properly published, enforcement can begin even without the signs.
     When enforcement begins, penalties include a fine of up to $500 or jail time not to exceed 6 month.

Livingston Co. Sheriff's Report
 2/26   12pm
     Animal neglect, fuel theft and identity theft are in the Livingston County Sheriff's Department report.
     February 15th the Sheriff's Office resolved a reported animal neglect in the northern part of the county. There were concerns on the frequency water and food had been provided. The animals are now being properly cared for daily.
     February 23rd fuel theft from a parked semi was reported on LIV 249. Victim reported about 100 gallons missing from the tank. The investigation continues.
     February 23rd an investigation at a location north of Chula on LIV 204 where images of two men wearing camo entered an outbuilding on private property. One man had his face covered while the other had a dark colored stocking cap on. Nothing was immediately determined to be missing. Investigation continues.
     Reports of Identity Theft are under investigation. Sheriff Steve Cox says in these cases, personal information was used to file income tax claims. Information is shared with other agencies and the matter remains under investigation.
     February 20th a Chicago man was cited for 90 in a 65 zone on US 36 at LIV 259. The following day, deputies cited a Meadville man for 85 in a 65 zone on US 36 at the Grand River.

Art Classes Offered
 2/26   12pm
     Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery in Chillicothe will offer a variety of classes in the month of March. The classes include:
Mommy/Grandma & Me painting class
- Art Adventure for 7-12 year olds
- Wood Carving Club
- Cork and Canvas
- Fun with Felt - a beginners workshop
- And Painting with Friends - for all ages
     Please contact Carol Gregg from Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery for more information on dates and cost - 646-4000. You can also go on-line for information and registration at .

Serious Injury Accident Wednesday Evening
 2/26   6am
     A serious injury accident on US 65 Wednesday night closed the highway for a period of time. The Missouri Highway Patrol reports the accident happened about 5:45 pm near the Grand River Bridge.
     According to the Highway Patrol, 21 year old Tanen Gillahan of Kearney had serious injuries and was taken to St Luke's on the Plaza in Kansas City following the accident. Gillahan was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 19 year old Alexander D Colclough of Liberty. Colclough had moderate injuries, but refused treatment at the scene. A 16 year old child in the vehicle as not injured in the accident.
     The other driver, 57 year old Richard Hillman of Blair Nebraska, was not injured in the accident.
     The Highway Patrol reported Colclough was arrested for alleged DWI, endangering the welfare of a child, 2nd degree assault, careless and imprudent driving involving an accident and no seatbelt. He was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail on a 24 hour hold.

Cameron Man Arrested For Killing Wife
 2/26   6am
     A Cameron man is charged in the shooting death of his wife. Twenty-seven year old Adam Baker is charged with alleged second degree murder and armed criminal action, in the death of 26 year old Holly Baker early Wednesday morning. According to the St. Joe News Press, Officers arrived about 1:00 am for a disturbance call with a possible firearm. When officers arrived they told Mr Baker to lay the gun down and asked where his wife was. She was found lying face down on the floor in the bedroom.
     He reportedly told the officers he and his wife got into a physical argument. She picked up the gun from near the bed and he took it away from her. He said he began to leave the room when his wife came after him and he turned and fired.
     A child was present in the home at the time of the shooting.

Troopers Arrest Man With Multiple Warrants
 2/26   6am
     State Troopers reported an Iowa man was arrested Wednesday.
     In Daviess County, at about 12:30 pm, 38 year old Joseph Shafer of Oskaloosa, Iowa was arrested on several charges. They include alleged no valid drivers license, a US Marshall's Warrant from Virginia for alleged wire fraud, a warrant from Rock Island, Illinois for alleged failure to appear on a shoplifting charge and a Livingston County warrant for alleged theft and stealing. He is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail with no bond allowed.

Laredo Man Arrested
 2/26   6am
     A Laredo man is charged with alleged beating his wife during a scuffle over a gun Tuesday. Fifty-two year old Robert John Shoemaker of Laredo is charged with alleged domestic assault, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful use of a weapon.
     A Grundy County Deputy responded to a domestic disturbance in progress. He reported Shoemaker was allegedly threatening to kill his wife. He was in possession of a shot gun and attempted to aim it at his wife. The wife allegedly attempted to take the gun from Shoemaker and was allegedly struck several times.

Township Road Issue Resolved
 2/25   12pm
     The Livingston County Commission hosted a meeting to discuss a road issue in a housing development in Rich Hill Township. Commissioner Ken Lauhoff says they had representatives from Rich Hill and Chillicothe Townships, residents of the development and the road crews and County Road and Bridge crew at the meeting. Lauhoff says the issue was resolved.
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     Lauhoff called this a very successful meeting.

Lair To Receive Award
 2/25   12pm
     Chillicothe's representative at the State Capital, Mike Lair, is named the recipient of the 2015 Missouri Staff Development Council (MSDC) Legislator of the Year/Friend of Education award. The council says Lair was selected because of his advocacy for educators as well as his honest and genuine approach to serving the citizens of Missouri.
     Lair says "As a teacher and coach for 38 years, I have seen the good and the bad of our public education system. Every day is an opportunity to fight for teachers and, most importantly, the children they educate. It is an honor to be recognized for my efforts and I am humbled to receive this award."
     The award will be presented at the Show Me Professional Development Conference March 16th in Columbia.

County Commission - Thursday
 2/25   12pm
     The Livingston County Commissioners meet in regular session Thursday. The meeting begins at 9:30 am and will include County Road and Bridge matters and administrative and departmental duties.
     Thursday evening, the commissioners will attend the Livingston County Extension Council annual meeting at 6:30.

Whitetail Deer Management Program
 2/25   12pm
     The Missouri Department of Conservation is offering a Whitetail Deer Management workshop in March. The workshop will be March 7th at the AV Spillman Center in Jamesport, from 9:00 am to Noon. Topics will include:
How to manage land for trophy deer
Early successional plant management for wildlife
Technical assistance and cost share programs available
Proposed deer hunting regulation changes.

     Pre-registration is requested by March 4th. Call Scott Roy at 359-5685, ex 114.
     The event will also offer antler measuring for trophy bucks. Certified measures will be available for Show Me Big Bucks and the Boone & Crockett Club.

Cunningham Voted No On Golf Course Equipment
 2/25  6am
     When the Chillicothe City Council approved the purchase of 8 pieces of equipment for the maintenance of the Green Hills Golf Course Ground on Monday at a cost of just over $250,000, the only dissenting vote was Second Ward Councilman Wayne Cunningham. Cunningham made it clear he knows the equipment is needed, but cited fiscal concerns and obligating future councils with the debt.
     Cunningham said the city annually subsidizes the golf course between $50,000 and $170,000 for operations and he doesn’t understand how they will pay the Capital Improvement Fund back.
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     Prior to the vote, Cunningham made a motion to table the issue so they could get input from their constituents on the purchases. That motion died for a lack of a second and the council than voted to approve the purchase of the equipment.

Voter Registration
 2/25  6am
     If you are planning to vote in the April 7th municipal elections, you have until March 11th to register to vote. You can register at the Livingston County Clerks office on the second floor of the courthouse. If you have never voted before in Livingston County or have moved recently, you are encouraged to register at the office during regular business hours of 8:30 am to Noon and 1:00 to 4:30 pm. If you need to make special arrangements, call the office at 646-8000, ext 3.

Absentee Voting
 2/25  6am
     Absentee ballots for the April 7th election are now available. If you will not be able to make it to your regular poling place to vote on April 7th, you can cast your ballot by going to the County Clerks office during regular business hours of 8:30 am to Noon and 1:00 to 4:30 pm. For more information about absentee voting or to make special arrangements, call them at 646-8000, ext 3.

Troopers Arrest Two Tuesday
 2/25  6am
     State Troopers reported two arrests in the local counties Tuesday.
     In Carroll County, at 10:40 am, 58 year old James L Shatto of Carrollton was arrested for alleged DWI. He was processed and released.
     In Grundy County, at about 10:20 pm, 54 year old Randall W Todd of Trenton was arrested on a Clay County warrant for alleged failure to appear on an original charge of alleged theft. He was taken to the Grundy County Jail pending the posting of $10,000 bond.

DWI Saturation in Daviess Co.
 2/25  6am
     A DWI Saturation in Daviess County last Friday resulted in two arrests. Troop H of the Missouri Highway Patrol conducted the saturation from 10:00 pm Friday to 2:00 am Saturday. Four officers patrolled a specific area looking for impaired drivers and other violation. They made two arrests for DWI. In addition, they issues 18 tickets and 54 warnings.
     Troop H Commander Captain McDonald says anytime your plans include alcohol, please have a sober designated driver.


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Funeral Notices

Ruth Benson
     An Omaha, Nebraska resident, 94 year old Ruth Benson, died February 21sty in Omaha. Services are Thursday at 10:00 am at the Presbyterian Church in Chillicothe, with burial at Edgewood Cemetery in Chillicothe. Friends may call Wednesday from Noon to 8:00 pm at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe. Memorials may be made to the P-E-O Scholarship Fund or the church.

Wilda Sprague
     A Marceline resident, 54 year old Wilda Sprague died February 22nd. Services are Thursday at 10:30 am at Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline, with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Marceline. Family visitation is Wednesday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the funeral home.

Elizabeth Harrelson
     A Marceline resident, 101 year old Elizabeth Harrelson died February 24th. Services are Friday at 10:00 am at Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline, with burial at Siloam Chapel Cemetery near Mendon. Family visitation is Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.

Rose Mary Carter
     A Unionville resident, 63 year old Rose Mary Carter died February 23rd in Columbia. Funeral services are Friday at 2:00 pm at Payne Funeral Home in Galt, with burial at Harris Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday, with family visitation Friday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the cemetery.

Jim Smith
     A Jamesport resident, 62 year old Jim Smith died February 16th. A Memorial Service is Saturday at 11:00 am at Jamesport Baptist Church, with burial at a later date at Pilot Grove #1 Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday from 9:30 to 11:00 am at the church. Memorials may be made to the Church or cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of McWilliams Funeral Home in Jamesport.

Ashley Stockwell
     A former Brookfield resident, 31 year old Ashley Stockwell died February 24th in Kansas City. Services are Saturday at 11:00 am at Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home in Brookfield, with burial at Park Lawn Cemetery in Brookfield. Friends may call Friday from 1:00 to 8:00 pm, with family visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Park Baptist Church.

Wanda Mae (Ewing) McDaneld
     A Chillicothe resident, 88 year old Wanda Mae (Ewing) McDaneld, died February 25th in Chillicothe. Services are Saturday at 2:30 pm at United Methodist Church in Chillicothe, with burial at Blue Mound Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 12:00 to 8:00 pm, with family visitation from 6:00 to 7:00 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association.

Dana Linn (Kirkland) Weatherford
     A Chillicothe resident, 51 year old Dana Linn (Kirkland) Weatherford, died February 24th in St. Joseph. Services are Sunday at 1:30 pm at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe, with burial at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Chillicothe. Friends may call Saturday from 2:00 to 8:00 pm, with family visitation from 5:00 to 7:00 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Safe Haven Center of Chillicothe.