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Chillicothe Planning and Zoning Meeting  8/25  12pm
    Chillicothe's Planning and Zoning Board will meet September 6th to discuss a proposed office at 1003 Jackson Street. The property is currently zoned residential and would remain residential. The owner has requested a Conditional Use Permit to construct an office on the empty lot.

NCMC Earns Top 10 Ranking  8/25  12pm
    North Central Missouri College in Trenton is ranked in the Top 10 by Wallet Hub, who recently published their findings on the "2016's Best and Worst Community Colleges." NCMC President Dr Lenny Klaver says he is very proud of the ranking.
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     Klaver says this is not the first time NCMC has received this type of ranking.
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     He says NCMC offers exemplary programs at an affordable rate and their faculty and staff genuinely care about student success.

New Questions For MDC Deer & Turkey Telecheck 8/25  12pm
    Missouri deer and turkey hunters will find a couple new questions to answer when using the Telecheck system this year. The Missouri Department of Conservation is gather new statistical information to help Department staff better determine age classes of harvested deer as part of MDC's deer management efforts. Joe Jerek from the MDC says they are asking for information about both Bucks and Does.
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     Hunters will want to bring a simple tape measurer to accurately answer those questions.
     For both deer and Turkey, Jerek says they have a question for archery hunters.
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     MDC also wants to know if you harvested you deer or turkey on private land or public land.

Rain Into and Through The Weekend  8/25  6am
    The heaviest of the rain for Wednesday night remained south of the KCHI listening area. National Weather Service Meteorologist Jared Leighton says we can expect periods of rain into the weekend, which could total one to three inches before it ends.
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     Chances of rain are in the forecast into the early part of next week. Listen to the KCHI local weather for more details.

City Council To Handle A Wide Variety Of Topics   8/25  6am
    The Chillicothe City Council will handle board appointments, a solar farm, items related to the new elementary school and a couple items of the hospital when they meet Monday. The meeting will begin with a finance workshop session at 5:30 pm in the conference room.
     At 6:30, the move to the council chambers. Mayor Chuck Haney will make recommendations for three city boards. City Administrator Ike Holland will present an ordinance for an interconnect agreement for the proposed solar farm. He will also lead discussions on the School Districts request to waive a sidewalk requirement for the new road and waive the required building permits. Items for the hospital include discussions on storm water plans and adding more parking.
     City Clerk Roze Frampton will request moving the September 12th meeting to allow city officials to attend the Missouri Municipal League conference.
     An executive session is planned following the regular meeting.

Troopers Arrest Texas Man  8/25  6am
   A Texas man was arrested in Caldwell County Wednesday evening. State Troopers arrested 23 year old Aubrey Martin for alleged driving without a valid license and speeding. Martin was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center on a 24 hour hold.

Girl Scout Registration Night  8/25  6am
    The annual Girl Scout registration night is this evening at the Girl Scout Little House. This is open to all girls interested in joining Girl Scouts in Chillicothe and the surrounding area from kindergarten through 12th grade. Girl Scout registration night is held at the Girl Scout Little House from 6:00 -7:00 pm, in the southwest corner of Simpson Park, on Country Club Drive. For more information, contact Carrie Hibner at 247-0312. If you cannot attend and would like to register your daughter online, go to

Two Most Wanted Taken Into Custody  8/24  12pm
    Two of Livingston County's Most Wanted are in custody. Sheriff Steve Cox says Tuesday, deputies arrested 31 year old Nicole Marie Irving. After confirming it was the person they were looking for, Irving surrendered herself and was arrested on a warrant for alleged probation violations on previous drug convictions.
     This morning (Wednesday), 66 year old Judith Colliver of Monroe City was surrendered by her local attorney. Colliver allegedly under reported her income from 2011 to 2015 and received public assistance benefits she was not entitled to, totaling more than $37,500. She later posted $40,000 bond.

Emergency Blood Shortage - Blood Drive Thursday  8/24  12pm
    The Community Blood Center, is in an Emergency Blood Shortage. The Community Blood Center is the organization that supplies blood to the area hospitals. A Blood Drive will be held in Chillicothe Thursday from Noon to 6:00 pm at the United Methodist Church. If you are eligible to give blood, they urge you to consider donating.
     Appointments are not required, but may be made online at Use the sponsor code Chillicothe. You may also contact Steve Palmer at 247-3280.
     A person in the Community Blood Center service area needs a transfusion every four minutes. That person could be your friend, neighbor or even a family member. If you can help, please consider donating blood.

Fall Story Time - Down On The Farm  8/24  12pm
    The Fall Story Time for the Livingston County Library - Children's Department will begin September 6th. Children's Librarian Candy Warren says the theme is "Down On The Farm."
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     Warren says there is no need to sign up, just come and enjoy the stories and activities. If you have questions, call 646-0563.

Governor's Christmas Tree Search Is Begun  8/24  12pm
    The Missouri Department of Conservation is searching for a large evergreen tree for the Governors Christmas Tree to be placed on the lawn of the mansion. The deadline to submit your entry is September 30th, and there are a few requirements.
     First, the tree must be about 40 feet tall, the species is limited to: eastern red cedar, Norway spruce, or white pine, and the tree must be fully branched on all sides and accessible by large equipment
     MDC Forestry Field Program Supervisor Russell Hinnah says it sometimes happens that homeowners, businesses, or communities have wonderful evergreens that need to be removed for home expansion, utility work, or other reasons.
     To submit your entry for the Governors Tree, take photos of candidate tree and email them to Be sure to include a contact telephone number, location of the tree, and several photos taken from different angles and distances.
     Once a tree is selected, MDC staff will coordinate the cutting and delivery of the tree to the governor's mansion at no cost to the owner. The donor will receive a personalized thank-you from the governor and an invitation to the lighting ceremony, which usually occurs the first week of December.

School Board Work Session Thursday  8/24  6am
    The Chillicothe R-II School Board will have a works session Thursday at Noon at the District office. They will be discussing the construction of a new elementary school. Bids for the new school came in more than $2 million dollars higher than expected, in part because of the architects error in estimating the cost of dirt work at the site north of the high school. The board has been working with the architect and the contractors that bid on the project to find ways to reduce the cost of the new building.
     The School Board work session will be held Thursday at Noon at the district office. This is an open meeting.

Officers Arrest Burglary Suspect An Hour After Crime  8/24  6am
    Chillicothe Police investigated a burglary and caught a suspect in less than an hour early Tuesday morning.
     At about 12:50 am, a burglary alarm summoned officers to the 2700 block of Grand Drive, where they found a burglary had occurred, resulting in damage to the building and a large amount of money that was stolen. Within an hour, officer had located a suspect's vehicle, which contained alleged evidence of the burglary. The report states video evidence showed the owner of the vehicle had committed the crime. Officers arrested James Spath, in the 600 block of Washington Street. As a result of a search of the vehicle, officers recovered the stolen money. Spath is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail on charges of alleged burglary. Bond is set at $50,000 cash only.
     Also in the report, Elsa Morris was arrested on two St. Joseph warrants and a Platte County warrant for alleged failure to appear.
     Michael Marlow was arrested for alleged trespassing and property damage in the 1000 block of Jackson Street.
     Officers also investigated an accident in the 1500 block of Calhoun, where one of the drivers left the scene. They arrested Robby Kincaid for alleged leaving the scene of an accident and no insurance.

Extension Programs Have History In Missouri  8/24  6am
    The University of Missouri Extension program brings research and education opportunities to every county in the state. Karma Metzgar says University of Missouri and Lincoln University provide these opportunities because of the Federal Moral Act of 1862 and 1890. Metzgar says the teaching takes place in a variety of ways and locations.
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     She says Extension also passes on research from the University's experiment stations developed as a result of the Hatch Act of 1887.
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     To find out what the University of Missouri Extension Program has to offer, stop by your local extension office. In Chillicothe, they are located at 2881 Grand Dr, across from the Grand 6 Theater.

Battle Of The Badges Is Saturday  8/24  6am
    The Chillicothe Fire Department takes on the Chillicothe Police Department in the Battle of the Badges softball game this Saturday. Officer Michael Smith says this event raises money for the Grand River Area Y's Back Pack Buddy program. Smith says there's no charge to for tickets.
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     Smith says the Police Department looks to take the championship away from the Fire Fighters, but Fire Fighter Eric McKenzie says they have other plans…
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     The Battle of the Badges softball game is this Saturday at 7:00 pm at Danner Park.
     Come out and support both departments while they have some fun and raise money for the Back Pack Buddies Program.


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Funeral Notices

Erma Rulon
     A Brookfield resident, 81 year old Erma Rulon died August 21st inn Liberty. Services are Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at Wright-Baker-Hill funeral home in Brookfield with burial in Park Lawn Cemetery in Brookfield. Friends may call Wednesday from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. with family visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Saving Every Victim.

Majorie King
     A Bucklin resident, 95 year old Majorie King died August 20th in Marceline. Services are Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Bucklin Christian Church with burial in the Masonic Cemetery in Bucklin. Family visitation is Wednesday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Delaney Funeral Home in Bucklin.

Jason Hatfield
     A Chillicothe resident, 34 year old Jason Ray Hatfield died August 20th in Kansas City. Services are Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in Chillicothe with burial in Edgewood Cemetery in Chillicothe. Family visitation is Thursday from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the funeral home.

Jim Anderson
     A Linneus resident, 71 year old Jim Anderson died August 22nd in Linneus. Services are Friday at 10:00 am at Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home in Brookfield with burial in Elmwood Cemetery in Linneus. Friends may call Thursday 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 the American Cancer Society or Paralyzed Veteran's Association.

Doris Christopher
     A Chillicothe resident, 87 year old Doris Christopher, died August 19th in Kansas City. The body was cremated. A Graveside Memorial Service is Saturday at 10:00 am at Edgewood Cemetery in Chillicothe. Memorials may be made to the cemetery. Slate Funeral Home in Trenton is in charge of arrangements.

Russell Gordon Nelson
      A Gallatin resident, 77 year old Russell Gordon Nelson, died August 20th in Cameron. A memorial Service is Saturday at 2:00 pm at the Later Day Saints Church in Trenton, with burial at a later date. Memorials may be made to Donnal Nelson. Arrangements are under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home in Chillicothe.

Ernest "Ernie" William Abbott
     A Richmond resident, 42 year old Ernest "Ernie" William Abbott died August 22nd in Richmond. A Celebration of Life is Saturday at 3:00 pm at Maurice Roberts Park in Richmond with burial at a later date. In the event of inclement weather service will be held at the Richmond Shrine Club. Memorials may be made to the family’s choice. Arrangements under the direction of Foster Funeral chapels.

da Mae (Taylor) Boley
     A Brookfield resident, 99 year old Ida Mae (Taylor) Boley died August 23rd. Graveside services are Sunday at 2:00 pm at Parklawn Cemetery in Brookfield. Family visitation is Sunday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home in Brookfield. Memorials may be made to the Brookfield Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2463.

Cleo Munsterman
     A Linneus resident, 85 year old Cleo Munsterman, died August 24th in Brookfield. Graveside services with Military Honors are Thursday (September 1st) at 11:00 am at Elmwood Cemetery in Linneus, followed by a celebration of life at the Linneus Community Center. Memorials may be made to the cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Wright Baker Hill Funeral Home in Brookfield.