Friday School Closings and Late
The following schools will have a late
start or will be closed Friday due to weather.
Gallatin - 2 hours late - NO Morning
Tri-County of Jamesport - 2 hours late
Chillicothe Budget Funding Requests
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
Cameron Man Arrested For Killing Wife
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
Troopers Arrest Man With Multiple Warrants
State Troopers reported an Iowa man was
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
Laredo Man Arrested
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
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
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.
Lauhoff called this a very successful meeting.
Lair To Receive Award
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
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
Thursday evening, the commissioners will attend the
Livingston County Extension Council annual meeting at 6:30.
Whitetail Deer Management Program
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
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.
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.
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 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
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
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
DWI Saturation in Daviess Co.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.