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Teacher of The Year And Beacon Awards 12/2 5pm
     The Chillicothe School District's Beacon of the Year and Teacher of the Year were announced Friday afternoon.
     The Beacon Award is presented to a member of the support staff at the Chillicothe Schools. Each building nominates one person and a winner is selected from the nominations. This year's Beacon Award Winner is Central School Secretary Kathy Midgyett. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes talked about Midgyett.
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     The Teacher of the Year is also selected from nominees from each building. This year's Teacher of the Year is Pam Mill from Grand River Technical School. Dr Barnes says Mrs Miller is the Vocational Child Care Instructor and at the school for 22 years. Barnes shared several comments from her colleagues.
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     The awards are presented with the assistance of the Chillicothe Education Foundation, who provides the prize money that is presented to each of the nominees and the winners. Foundation Chair Ed Douglas explained why these awards are so important.
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     The Teacher of the year award has been presented in the Chillicothe school district for 25 years. The Beacon Awards have been presented for 9 years.

Elementary School Groundbreaking 12/2 12pm
     The official groundbreaking for the new elementary school took place this (Friday) morning. Students from each class at both Dewey and Garrison School participated in the ceremony lead by Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes. Site preparation (below) is already underway for the construction of the new school building that will house Pre-K through 1st Grade. Barnes says the goal is to be done by May of 2018.
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     He says this would not have been possible without the help of many many people.
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     He says they also need to thank Chillicothe Municipal Utilities for their assistance in the moving of power lines on the site and with some of the financing for a portion of the project.

Man Arrested On Federal Warrant 12/2 12pm
     Chillicothe Police Officers made an arrest on a federal warrant Thursday. Gerald Edward Manly was arrested Thursday morning on the warrant from the United States District Court, for the Western District of Missouri. Manly was arrested in the 2700 block of N. Washington, processed at the Police Department and transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb County Regional Jail pending extradition.
     He faces two federal charges of alleged Mail Fraud and one federal charge of alleged providing a firearm to a convicted felon.
     If Manly is convicted on all three charges he faces a total of 30 years in federal prison, six years of probation and fines totaling a half a million dollars.

Troopers Arrest Milan Man 12/2 12pm
     A Milan man was arrested this morning in Sullivan County. State Troopers arrested 29 year old Ramon Chavarria for on two warrants, including a probation and parole warrant and a Queen City warrant for alleged speeding. He was held at the Sullivan County Jail with no bond allowed.

Teacher of the Year & Beacon Awards Presentation is Today 12/2 6am
     The 2016 Chillicothe Teacher of the Year and Beacon awards will be presented today. The program is at 2:00 pm at the Gary Dickenson Performing Art Center. Each of the schools in the district nominated a teacher and support staff member for the awards. The nominations include:
For Teacher of the Year:
     For Garrison/TLC - Diana Holcer
     For Dewey School - Ellen Hansen
     At Field - Katie Maples
     At Central - Donna Good
     For the Middle School - Shaylee Rademacher
     For the High School - Lisa Rule
     And at Grand River Tech - Pam Miller
For the Beacon Award:
     For Garrison/TLC - Sara Eller
     For Dewey School - Marcella Murray
     At Field - Melody Munson
     At Central - Kathy Midgyett
     For the Middle School - Cheri Waggoner
     For the High School - Pat Ewing
     And at Grand River Tech - Mandy James

Chillicothe Fire Fighters 12/2 6am
     The Chillicothe Fire Department added two new pay-by-call fire fighters and two full time fire fighters have an additional title. The Chillicothe City Council in executive session Monday night approved hiring two new pay-by-call fire fighters, Connor Dixon and Jeff Greer.
     In addition, the fire department has two new Chaplains. The Council approved the additional title designation for Zach Parks and Bill Gutshall.
     Votes for both actions were 5-0.

Police Department Receives Public Safety Grant 12/2 6am
     The Chillicothe Police Department is awarded a $6,100 grant from the Missouri Department of Public Safety. Sergeant Jeremy Stephens announced the City received the 2017 Local Law Enforcement Block Grant and will use the funding for the purchase of equipment related to officer safety, including Tactical Flashlights, Handcuffs, Reflective Traffic Vests and LED Road Flares.

Commissioners Begin Budget Process Next Week 12/2 6am
     The Livingston County Commissioners will begin budget work as part of their meetings next week. The County Commission meets Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 am in the commission room of the courthouse.
     Tuesday, at 10:00 am, they will meet with Judge Tom Chapman to discuss the budget for 2017.
     Thursday, the commissioner travel to Trenton to attend the Green Hills Regional Planning Commission Annual Meeting.
     Other agenda items include county road and bridge matters and administrative and departmental duties.

Mumps Confirmed In Grundy County 12/2 6am
     As the number of probable Mumps cases at the University of Missouri in Columbia has reached 128, the Grundy County Health Department confirmed one case and suspect 10 more. The press release says lab results confirmed the one case and they want the public to be aware of the symptoms of Mumps. They include fatigue, body aches, head aches, loss of appetite and a low grade fever.
     Grundy County Health officials say the best protection against the Mumps is the MMR vaccine. It is given as part of the routine vaccinations for school aged children. They warn it will not help if you have already been exposed to or in contact with someone with the mumps.
     If you have not received the MMR vaccine or did not have the mumps as a child, or if you have concerns about the mumps, contact your family doctor or your local health department. In Livingston County, the Health Department's phone number is 646-5506. In Grundy County, call 359-4196.

Filing for City Offices Opens Dec 13  12/1 12pm
     Filing for Chillicothe City Offices for the April Election will begin Tuesday December 13th. The election will include all the Mayor, Councilman At Large, the Council seats for all four wards, City Auditor, City Clerk, City Treasurer, City Attorney and City Constable. All offices are for a 2 year term.
     Filing for the Chillicothe city Offices will take place at Chillicothe city Hall, beginning at 8:00 am on the 13th and ending on January 17th at 5:00 pm. At the time of filing there is a $20 filing fee that must be paid.
     If you have questions about the offices or the filing process, call the City Clerk at 646-1877.

Third Annual Teddy Bear Toss  12/1 12pm
     The Third Annual Teddy Bear Toss at the Chillicothe High School is December 9th, when the Chillicothe Hornets host the Trenton Bulldogs. Lillian Stover from the High School Leadership Class explains the idea behind the Teddy Bear Toss and how it works.
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     The first year they collected more than 300 stuffed animals. Last year they topped 330. They would love to see that number continue to grow.

Art Exhibit To Feature Local Students  12/112pm
     Students from the Chillicothe High School and Middle School will be featured in a new exhibit, opening Friday at Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery. Works to be displayed will include from the Chillicothe High School Art Masters Class and by Students at the Middle School. These includes a variety of art styles, from sketches to paintings and even some mixed media works.
     An opening reception will be Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery. This exhibit opening is open to the public.
     The exhibit will continue at the gallery through January.

Golf Course Management Contract In Negotiations  12/1 6am
     In late October, the Chillicothe City Council approved moving forward with having Green Hills Golf Course run by an outside management company, Great Life Golf and Fitness. City Administrator Ike Holland says he is working with the company to work out the details of the contract that will be presented to the Chillicothe City Council this month. Holland says Great Life Golf and Fitness manages more than just golf courses. They have bowling facilities they run as well. He says the city is looking at the possibility of both the golf course and Fast Lanes being run by Great Life.
     Holland says as they are still in the negotiations, he is unable to give details at this time, but they hope to announce the date Great Life Golf and Fitness begins their contract soon.

Two Investigations In Police Report  12/1 6am
     Chillicothe Police reported two investigations that began Wednesday.
     At about 1:15 am, Officers took a report of a burglary in the 100 block of S. Brunswick St. The investigation continues.
     At about 1:30 pm, Officers took a report of an animal bite. No further details are available.

Bishop Hogan Hosting Blood Drive  12/1 6am
     Bishop Hogan School will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive next Wednesday. The Blood Drive will begin at 2:00 and wrap up at 6:00 pm. The blood drive will be held in the school gymnasium. Walk-ins are welcome, but you can also make an appointment for your blood donation by calling 1-800-733-2767 or on line at

Trenton City Council Actions 12/1 6am
     The Trenton city council had discussions on overtime and two trucks on Monday. City Clerk Cindy Simpson says because of recent court action, they took no action on the salaries affected by the overtime rule.
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     The Trenton council is looking at the options available for the wastewater departments sludge truck. The truck is down right now and they are still working to make some decisions.
     For the Electric Distribution Department, a pick-up needs a new engine. The council directed the staff to go out for bids on the new engine. They hope to know more later in the month.
     Simpson says the Trenton Council will meet December 12th, but there will be no meeting on December 26th.

Funeral Notices

Alma Rae (Benny) Greenwood
     A former Breckenridge resident, 95 year old Alma Rae (Benny) Greenwood, died November 25th in Denver, Colorado. Services are Friday at 11:00 am at United Methodist Church in Breckenridge, with burial at Rose Hill Cemetery in Breckenridge. Friends may call Thursday from Noon to 6:00 pm at Lindley funeral Home in Chillicothe and on Friday from 8:00 am to 11:00 am at the church. Memorials may be made to the Charles and Alma Greenwood College Scholarship Fund.

Ron Ewing
     A former Chillicothe resident, 79 year old Ron Ewing, died November 29th in Blue Springs. Services are Saturday at 10:00 am at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe, with burial at Wheeling Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from Noon to 8:00 pm, with family visitation Saturday from 9:00 to 10:00 am at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans.

Dan C Youngs
     A Gallatin resident, 65 year old Dan C Youngs, died November 30th in Gallatin. Services are Saturday at 10:00 am at McWilliams Funeral Home in Gallatin, with burial at Greenwood Cemetery near Gallatin. Friends may call Friday after 11:00 am at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to American Cancer society.

Birdie Baker
     A former Brookfield resident, 96 year old Birdie Baker died November 25th in Melbourne, Florida. Services are Saturday at 11:00 am at Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home in Brookfield, with burial in Price Cemetery in Winigan. Family visitation is Saturday at 10:00 am, with an Eastern Star Service prior to the visitation at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the cemetery.

Mary K. Varble
     A Salisbury resident, 75 year old Mary K. Varble died November 30th in Salisbury. Graveside services are Saturday at 1:00 pm at the Masonic Cemetery in Bucklin. Family visitation is Saturday from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at Delaney Funeral Home in Bucklin. Memorials may be made to Armstrong Baptist Church.

Minnie Mae Walker
     A Carrollton resident, 78 year old Minnie Mae Walker, died November 29th in Carrollton. Services are Saturday at 1:30 pm at Bittiker Funeral Home in Carrollton, with burial at Powel Cemetery in Carrollton. Family visitation is Saturday from 12:30 to 1:15 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family's choice.

Lois Elaine Fox
     A Chillicothe resident, 76 year old Lois Elaine Fox, died November 28th in Overland Park, KS. Services are Saturday at 2:00 pm at Lindley funeral Home in Chillicothe, with inurnment at a later date. Friends may call Friday from Noon to 5:00 pm, with family visitation Saturday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Verelle Peniston State School.

Billy Mike Jenkins
     A Tina resident, 64 year old Billy Mike Jenkins died November 30th in Olathe. Graveside services are Sunday at 2:00 pm at Coloma Cemetery. Visitation is Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. at Bittiker Funeral Home in Carrollton. Memorials may be made to the cemetery.

Marion "Doc" Walter Albrecht
     A Jamesport resident, 78 year old Marion "Doc" Walter Albrecht, died November 27th in Jamesport. The body was cremated. Burial is December 10th at Noon at Mount Olive Cemetery in Chillicothe.