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Origins of Memorial Day 5/25 6:00am
      Today is Memorial Day, a three day weekend for many that's a chance for mini-vacations, bbq's and rest. However, do you know the origins of this holiday?
      According to the website USMemorial the day started out as "Decoration Day", a day of remembrance borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor the dead. It was officially proclaimed on May 5th 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. The original date of May 30th was selected because it wasn't the anniversary of any particular battle.
     New York was the first state to official recognize the holiday in 1873 and by 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states but none of the southern states until after World War One, when the holiday was changed from honoring just those who died fighting the Civil war to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war.
     It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971.


State Rep Mike Lair on Memorial Day 5/25 6:00am

      Chillicothe's voice in Jefferson City, Rep. Mike Lair, is encouraging everyone to take time today to honor the brave Americans who gave their lives defending our country. Lair continues, in his Memorial Day Message
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     Lair says if you have a chance, shake the hand of a veteran to show your appreciation for their service.


Chilli Bay Ready For Season 5/25 6:00am
       If Mother Nature cooperates, the Chilli Bay Water Park in Chillicothe is set to open today at noon. Parks Director Josh Norris says they've been busy filling the pools and preparing for another great year.
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     Norris says they are planning several activities through out the season this year

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     Season passes are available at Chillicothe City Hall or call the Parks Department at 646-4424 for more information.


Highway Patrol Urges Memorial Day Caution5/25 6:00am

     It's the first big holiday travel weekend of the season, and chances are you might be headed out on the roads today. Sgt Jake Angle with the Missouri State Highway Patrol says whether it's for a day trip or coming back from a three day weekend, you should drive at a time that is comfortable to you.

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     Angle says the normal rules apply when driving today: avoid distractions, obey all traffic laws, and if you need assistance, dial *55 on your cell phone, to be connected to the nearest Highway Patrol headquarters.


One Injured in Sullivan County Accident 5/25 6:00am
     An Iowa woman was injured in a one car accident south of Milan. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the accident was eight miles south of Milan on Highway five when a car driven by 19 year old Trystine Franey of Clinton, Iowa ran off the right side of the road and came to rest in a ditch. Franey was taken to a hospital in Milan by private vehicle or treatment of minor injuries.

Highway Patrol Weekend Arrests
5/25 6:00am
      The Missouri Highway Patrol made a few arrests over the weekend. In Grundy County, 34 year old Jeremy Cobb of Gallatin was arrested for failure to appear on the original charge of passing a bad check of less than $500.
A 51 year old Idaho man was arrested in Caldwell county for misdemeanor DWI drugs and failure to drive in the right hand lane.
     A 26 year old Clear Lake, Iowa man was arrested for no valid driver's license.


Chillicothe City Council Meets Tuesday 5/25 6:00am

     Discussion and possible approval of several bids will highlight the regular Chillicothe City Council meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 at Chillicothe City Hall. Council members will discuss and vote on bids for street improvements, the Willow Avenue Bridge Demolition, the old Hospital building demolition and the old Prison demolition.

     Other council agenda items include the presentation of the Parks and Recreation long range plan, an ordinance setting new permit fees, discussion on the Highway 36 and Mitchell road intersection and other items.

Chillicothe Police Report for Monday
5/25 6:00am
      Chillicothe Police were busy over the weekend with several un-related arrests. Officers arrested Lena R. Williams in the 1000 block of Graves for alleged stealing. She was processed and released on a municipal citation. Officers arrested Michaela Mathews and Anthony M. Walker for stealing from a business in the 1200 block of Washington. The two were identified from video surveillance. They were processed and released on Municipal Citations.
       Officers responded to a resident for a court issued warrant on a 96 hour detention for a mental health evaluation. Officers took an unnamed female into custody.
       Officers arrested Tammy L. Stark near Gale and Woodward Streets for alleged possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana. Stark was processed and released on a Municipal Citation.
       Officers arrested Jeffrey L. Anderson for alleged leaving the scene of an accident, driving while revoked and no proof of financial responsibility in connection with a vehicle in the ditch in the 300 block of Edgerton Street. Anderson was processed and transferred to Daviess DeKalb regional Jail.

Next Week's Road Work Schedule 
5/23 6am
     Area road work will pick up following the holiday weekend in the KCHI listening area.

Livingston County: Route A from Route 190 to Route T closed May 28th 8:00am to 11:30am for a culvert replacement, Route F closed from Route C to Carroll County Line May 29th 8:00am to 11:30am for a culvert replacement. Pothole Patching on Route B and Route V

Linn County: Bridge maintenance on Route 139 at Parson Creek Bridge, Highway 36 from Route F to Route 5 will have pavement repair

Caldwell County: Pothole patching on Route HH and Route M

Carroll County: Pothole  Patching on Route 10 and Highway 24

Chariton County: Bridge Maintenance on Highway 24 at Mid Fork Chariton River Bridge, Palmer Creek Bridge, and Mussel Fork Fiver Bridge

Daviess County: Pothole patching on I35, Highway 69 and Routes 6 and 190

Grundy County: Drainage work on Routes A, AA and PP



Five Car Pile Up on I-70 5/23 6am

     A five car pile up on I-70 in Saline County near a construction site caused problems and traffic delays at the start of the Memorial Day weekend. Five cars were involved in a chain-reaction accident but only two people from Republic were injured in one of the five cars. Three of the cars were driven from the scene and none of the parties involved were from the area.

County Commission To Hear From MoDOT 5/22 12pm  
     The Livingston County Commissioners will meet Tuesday and Thursday of next week in regular session, beginning at 9:30 am. These meetings are open to the public.
     On the agenda for Thursday, Tonya Lohman from MoDOT will be addressing the commissioners at 11:45.
     Also on Thursday, the commissioners will have a closed executive session at 1:30 to handle a legal matter.

Lair Reflects On Session 5/22  12pm  
     Missouri's Legislative session came to an end with many things accomplished and others left on the table. Chillicothe's Representative Mike Lair says the Legislature completed the budget early and it was signed by the governor, but there are several other pieces of legislation that he feels are significant. Lair talked about a few of them.
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     Lair says a piece of legislation that may not seem significant here will impact some other communities and larger cities.
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      Lair says at this point he doesn't expect a special session will be called.

Upcoming Activities At The Farmers Market 5/22 12pm  
     The Chillicothe Farmers Market will be open this Memorial Day Weekend, starting at 8:00 am on the west side of the Livingston County Courthouse. The Chillicothe Farmers Market has a variety of activities each year. Market Master Beth Weidner says on the last Saturday of each month they have the Market Basket Give Away.
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     That will take place next Saturday, May 30th.
     June 6th, the Livingston County Children's Library will have their first Storytime at the Market. Children's Librarian Candy Warren says this will happen the first Saturday of each month through October.
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     Stop by the Chillicothe Farmers Market Saturday morning from 8:00 am to Noon.

Memorial Day Travel 5/22 12pm  
     The Memorial Day holiday is the first major travel holiday of the year and the Missouri Highway Patrol will be focusing on safety on the roads. Sergeant Jake Angle says they will be out in force through the holiday.
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     Angle says when traveling, if you see something that needs to be reported or if you need assistance, you can call the Highway Patrol.
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     Before you head out, make sure both you and your vehicle are prepared. For the vehicle, check tire pressures and fluid levels. For you, make sure you are well rested and than limit the distractions. When traffic is heavy, turn down the radio and pay close attention to the road and traffic. If you do come across emergency vehicles on the side of the road, move over when ever possible and give the emergency crews plenty of room.

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Funeral Notices

Jonna Beckett
     A Kansas City resident, 58 year old Jonna Beckett died May 13th in Kansas City. A Celebration of Life service will be Tuesday at 2:30pm at Second Baptist Church in Liberty. There will be no visitation

Mary Lee McReynolds
     A Hale resident, 87 year old Mary Lee McReynolds died May 23rd in Hale. Services are Thursday at 1:00pm at Lindley Funeral Home in Hale with burial in Hale Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 12:00 to 8:00pm with family visitation from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hale Baptist Church.

Mary "Kathy" Kathleen Harrison
     A former Chillicothe resident, 66 year old Mary "Kathy" Kathleen Harrison died May 23rd in Lincoln, Nebraska. Services are Friday at 1:00pm at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe with burial in Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Chillicothe. Friends may call Thursday from 12:00 to 8:00pm with a parish rosary at 6:00pm and family visitation until 8:00pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to bishop Hogan Memorial School or the Missouri Poetry Society.