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Turkey Poaching 05-25 5pm

A tip to the Missouri Department of Conservation helped stop two turkey poachers from Arkansas. During the investigation agents documented several wildlife violations. Agents contacted the suspects on May 2nd and found nine turkeys had been taken illegally. The season limit is two per hunter. Thirty-one violations were documented including failure to invalidate/notch permit, failure to Telecheck turkeys, taking turkeys during closed hours, taking an over limit of turkeys per day and season, taking turkeys from motorized vehicles, taking turkey from public roads, and possession of illegal turkey. Jake Strozewski with the Missouri Department of Conservation praised the Linn County Judge and Prosecutor.

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The suspects please guilty to fifteen citations and paid over $4,000 in fines and court costs.


Great Outdoors Month Approaches
05-25 Noon

Memorial Day, followed by Great Outdoors Month celebrated in June, is an opportunity to get the family outdoors. Authorities suggest before you head off on your adventure make sure you are prepared. If you are visiting a new place, investigate the history of the area. This will help you find local landmarks for the family to visit and help identify local plants and animals.

It's inevitable that from time to time mother nature will not cooperate. Keep a close eye on local weather report and pack clothing accordingly. Make sure to patch or replace tents and bring a tarp for extra protection, check that your hiking boots are in good shape, and never leave without a first aid kit, water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.


Arrest Report
05-25 Noon

A few items were in the Livingston County Sheriff's and Missouri State Highway Patrol arrest report.

On May 22nd, a deputy in Utica saw a pickup without license plates and usually driven by an individual known to have a revoked license. The driver sped away after spotting the deputy. The deputy attempted to chase the suspect who managed to stop at a residence and flee the scene. K-9 Zaki was called to the scene, but the suspect was not found. A search of the vehicle found drug paraphernalia.

On May 23rd, 35-year-old April M. Stark was allegedly westbound on the outer road on the north side of US 36, crossed both lanes of highway traffic, and struck a large sign coming to a rest on the south side of 36. Stark allegedly fled on foot and was located at a residence in Chillicothe the following day. She has been charged with alleged felony leaving the scene of an accident, misdemeanor no valid driver's license, and misdemeanor careless and imprudent driving resulting an accident. She was transported to the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail on a 24-hour hold.


Open House for Outgoing Library Director
05-25 Noon

After 12 years of faithful service to the Livingston County Library, Robin Westphal has taken a position as director of the Johnson City, Tennessee Public Library. An open house farewell is scheduled for June 6th according to Candy Warren with the Livingston County Library.

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Westphal's last day is June 9th.


Chilli Bay
05-25 Noon

Chilli Bay Water Park reopens Memorial Day. Parks Director Josh Norris says the season begins with all slides and features open. Norris says now is the time to purchase you season passes, group passes and punch passes which may be purchased at City Hall.

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He says Chilli Bay will again operate under the 70/70 rule. Both the water and air temperature must be at least 70 degrees before they open the pool.


Monday Trash on Tuesday
05-25 7am

You aren't the only one with a day off work Monday. Chillicothe trash pickup also has the day off. Chillicothe residents with a Monday trash pickup will have their trash picked up Tuesday according to Chillicothe Refuse Director Troy Figg. Tuesday trash pickup is unaffected.


Teachers in Summer
05-256am

The student's idea of a teacher is a pretty great job. Work for nine months, get a three-month vacation, and do it all over again. However, this is not exactly right. While teachers at Chillicothe High School work on a 180-day contract and will get time off in the summer, they tend to stay busy according to Mr. Brian Sherrow, principal at Chillicothe High School.

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The training that teachers go through in the summer is on their own time and is paid for out of their own pocket.

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Chillicothe High School's first for the 2017-18 school year is August 17th.


Serious Injury Accident Near Winston
05-25 6am

A Farmersville, Texas man has serious injuries after an accident on southbound I-35 near Winston. The driver, 44-year-old Christopher J. Russman was southbound on I-35 when he travelled off the east side of the roadway into the grass median. The car began to skid, rotated 90 degrees on its wheels, and overturned five times coming to rest on the driver's side. Russman was transported to Liberty Hospital by ambulance. His car, a 1936 Ford Coupe, was totaled.


Fishing Regulations
05/24 5pm

One of Missouri favorite spring and summer pastimes is fishing. Jake Strozewski with the Missouri Department of Conservation wants to make sure you follow all local and state regulations.

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If you are not sure where you can fish head to MDC.MO.GOV.

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For questions call the MDC at 646-6122.


Swine Show
05/24 Noon

Saturday May 13th the Little Ag Center was host to the Wolf Showpig Bonanza sponsored by the Chillicothe FFA Alumni showing 456 hogs.

Supreme gilt went to McKenzie Mawson, reserve supreme gilt to Brady Adams, 3rd overall gilt to Cole Gutshall.

Supreme barrow was awarded to Brooklyn Adams, reserve went to Austin Clithero, and 3rd overall to McKenzie Mawson.

Champion Novice Showmanship winner was Truman Wilson, reserve went to Ty Murphy, and 3rd place to Tate Mikus.

Champion Junior Showmanship was won by Tyne Wilson, reserve to Remington Isaacs, and 3rd place to Megan Bottcher.

Champion Intermediate Showmanship winner was Cole Murphy, reserve to Tate Welch, and 3rd to Rachel Grimes.

Champion Senior Showmanship was won by Zach Trout, reserve to Kaylee Lewis, and 3rd to Taylar Cope.


Active Shooter Training
05/24 Noon

Active shooter training will take place Thursday morning at Chillicothe High School. The Livingston County Sheriff's Office wants the public to know, this is only a drill. School Resource Officer and Livingston County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Lewis say this will begin around 10:00 a.m.

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Deputy Lewis said many agencies will be involved.

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Some of the entrances to the school will be closed off due to safety reasons. The Sheriff's Office would like to remind the public that this is only a safety training drill.


Red Cross Needs Donations
05/24 Noon

In winter, we hear about a constant blood donation shortage. What some people don't know is that shortage can be just as bad, if not worse, during the summer. David Badgley with the American Red Cross Explains why.

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Badgley says it's an easy process taking about 10 minutes for a mini physical and 30 minutes to donate.

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An American Red Cross Blood Drive is Friday from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Old Soldiers Memorial post Office Community Center in Bogard.


Search Warrant Leads to Drug Bust
05/24 Noon

A drug investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff's office has led to an arrest. A search warrant was executed Monday on Liv 236 near wheeling leading to the arrest of 61-year-old Clifford Alan Thompson. An alleged half-pound of high grade marijuana, 5 marijuana plants, and other items were seized from the home. Clifford has been charged with alleged felony possession of a controlled substance. Bond was places at $15,000.


Splash and Glow
05/24 7 am

It's time to get the family together for fun events at the YMCA this summer. One of their first family events is the splash and glow family swim party taking place Friday May 26th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Matt Jones at the Grand River Area Family YMCA explains just what will be glowing.

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Class signups for the first summer session are underway and Jones says you do not need to be a member to sign up.

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For more information call the YMCA at 646-6677.


School Prep During Summer
05/24 6am

While school is out for the summer for area students, school is not out for all faculty. Much needs to be done to prepare the school for the next school year starting the week after school lets out. Pam Brobst, principal at Bishop Hogan Memorial School, says there is a lot to get done.

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Brobst says this is a summer long project.

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The new school year starts in just 2 ½ months.


Pershing Memorial Day
05/24 6 am

Memorial Day is a day to honor our veterans who lost their lives while serving in the military. It makes it only fitting one of the most popular Memorial Day programs is held at the boyhood home of the Commander of the American Expeditionary Force on the Western Front of World War I, General John J. Pershing. The state historic site in Laclede, his boyhood home, has hosted this event for close to twenty-five years. Denzil Heaney with the site says activities begin at 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon with a welcome, invocation, and a Memorial Day Address.

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The event concludes with the playing of TAPS, closing remarks, and a benediction.



Funeral Notices


Allan Rohman
A Lee’s Summit resident, 82 year old Allan Rohman died May 20th in Cameron. Services are Thursday at 11:00am at Bittiker Funeral Home in Carrollton with burial in Evergreen Cemetery in DeWitt. Family visitation will be Thursday from 10:00 to 11:00am at the funeral home. Memorials for Allan Rohman may be made to the Missouri Veterans Home of Cameron Activity Fund.

Jason D. Ritchie
A former Chillicothe resident, 38 year old Jason D. Ritchie died may 12th at New Castle, Indiana. Graveside service will be Friday at 9:00am at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Chillicothe. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the American Liver Foundation. Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe is in charge of arrangements for Jason Ritchie

Erma Irene Jones
A Chillicothe resident, 90 year old Erma Irene Jones died May 22nd in Chillicothe. Services are Friday at 11:00am at Liberty United Methodist Church near Chillicothe. Family visitation is Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Heritage Funeral home in Chillicothe. Memorials for Erma Irene Jones may be made to the Forrest O. Tripplett Animal Shelter.

Stephen Douglas Bivens
A Marceline resident, 67 year old Stephen Douglas Bivens died May 21st in Columbia. Services are Saturday at 2:00pm at Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home in Brookfield with burial in New Garden Cemetery near Brookfield. Family visitation is Saturday from 12:00 to 2:00pm at the funeral home