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Chillicothe Woman Has Serious Injuries and Was Arrested  2/22 6am
    A Chillicothe woman had serious injuries in a single vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon near Chula. Sixty year old Jeanna Chaney was flown to Truman Medical Center in Kansas City for treatment following the accident at about 3:40 pm on Route K, just east of Chula. According to the report, Chaney was eastbound when she crossed the center line and went off the north side of the road. The car went through the ditch and hit a driveway and went airborne, hit the ground and rolled twice, coming to rest on the drivers side. Chaney was wearing a safety belt at the time of the accident.
     Troopers report Chaney was also arrested for alleged DWI, Careless and imprudent driving and no insurance.

School Board Approves Two Benefit Items  2/22 6am
    The Chillicothe R-II School Board approved two items that are benefits to the district employees. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says neither are new.
     The first is the addition of another provider.
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     He says that new provider is Edward Jones.
     Barnes says the other was a formality of approving the flex spending program.
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     Both were approved at no additional cost to the school district.

Pay For Para Subs Increased  2/22 6am
     The pay for some of the Chillicothe R-II School District's substitute opportunities was increased with action by the Chillicothe R-II School Board Monday. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says the increased the Sub Pay for the Paraprofessional positions.
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     Barnes says all the district Substitutes are certified and felt the adjustments was justified.
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     If the district were to employee non certified subs, they would be receiving the $55 dollars a day to sub for a para.

Troopers Arrest Three In The Area Tuesday  2/22 6am
     State Troopers report three arrests for the area.
     In Caldwell County at about 3:00 pm, a Kansas City man, 30 year old Jereme Wiederin, was arrested on a Lee's Summit warrant for a traffic offense. He was held pending the posting of bond.
     There were two Carrollton residents arrested in Lafayette County. 34 year old Alan McDonald was arrested at about 7:00 pm for alleged DWI, a lane violation and no seatbelt. He was processed and released. At about 11:00 pm, 58 year old Darlena Wheeler was arrested for alleged DWI, a stop sign violation, no insurance and no seatbelt. She was also processed and released.

Liv Co K9 Helps With Arrest  2/22 6am
The Livingston County Sheriff's Department new K9, Zaki, assisted with a recent arrest following at traffic stop. Sheriff Steve Cox says a deputy made a stop for a vehicle doing 87 in a 65 zone. The report states the deputy had concerns about the occupants of the vehicle and requested the assistant of the K9 unit. Deputy Chris Mueller and his dog, Zaki, arrived and made a walk around of the car and Zaki alerted to contraband. According to the report, a search of the vehicle resulted in the seizing of used drug paraphernalia. They also arrested a passenger in the vehicle, 19 year old Michael Barbosa of Kansas City on a Johnson County, Kansas warrant for alleged burglary. Barbosa was held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail and later extradited to Johnson County.
     The driver of the car was cited for the speeding and the drug paraphernalia.

Conditions Right For Elevated Fire Danger  2/22 6am
     As temperatures rise to the mid and upper 70's today, the National Weather Service says we will have an elevated fire danger. Today's forecast includes south/southwest winds, low relative humidity and the warmer temperatures combining to create conditions that would allow fires to potentially spread quickly.
     While no burn bans are in place locally, the National Weather Service is strongly recommending no outdoor burning.
     You should also be careful with any machinery that could cause sparks to get into grassy areas and don’t be careless with cigarette butts. Put them out in your vehicles instead of throwing them out the windows and possible starting a fire.

Deadline For Personal Propert List Is March 1  2/21 12pm
     The March 1st deadline for returning Personal Property lists is fast approaching. Livingston county Assessor Steve Ripley says personal property owners, including businesses, need to return the lists by the deadline or face penalties.
     In early January, your list of current items was mailed out for your verification. If there are no changes, the process is simple, just confirm and return the list.
     If there are items you no longer own, you draw a line through them and return the list.
     If you have added items, you fill out all the required information for each new item and… return the list.
     You can even do this on line with the website and access information sent to you with the personal property lists.
     If your list is not returned by the deadline of March 1st, Ripley says there will be a penalty assessed of $10 to $100 depending on the value of the property. He says he has little or no discretion on the penalty for late forms.
     If you have any questions, did not receive a personal property form, are new to owning personal property, call the Assessor's office at 646-8000, extension 2. You are responsible for making sure a form is filed when it is required.

CHS Freshman Registration March 7, 8 & 9  2/21 12pm
     If you have a student that will be entering their freshman year at the Chillicothe High school this fall, now is the time to prepare for registration. Chillicothe High School will have parent-student enrollment nights, March 7th to the 9th. That will be a Tuesday Wednesday or Thursday, with each night beginning at 6:30 pm. At these meetings parents and students will receive information concerning requirements for high school, graduation, and the A+ program, as well as enrolling for classes.
     There is no need to register, but is you have questions, you can call Mrs. Tsikoyak at the high school. That number is 646-0700

Master Gardner Classes Offered  2/21 12pm
     The University of Missouri Extension program is offering Master Gardener classes at three locations around northwest Missouri. Horticulture Specialist Tim Baker says Master Gardeners are meeting monthly to learn about gardening and to serve their communities. Baker says they are offering classes required to maintain the Master Gardener status, and those classes will be available in St. Joseph, Plattsburg and Bethany.
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     Baker says there are other options for classes as well.
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     If you have questions or need more information on the Master Gardener program, call Tim Baker at 660-663-3232 or call your local extension office. In Chillicothe, that number is 646-0811.

School District Continues On Goal Of 1:1 on Computers  2/21 6am
     The Chillicothe R-II School District is continuing their efforts to move to a 1:1 ratio of students to computers. The Chillicothe Middle School became 1:1 at the start of the school year with the purchase of new Chrome Books, and starting this fall, Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says the Chillicothe High School will be 1:1.
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     Barnes says this should help students with access, allowing them to take the computers home.
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     Barnes says more and more, the days of one text book in each subject for each students are going away.

R-II Budget Taking Hit On Student Transportation  2/21 6am
     State Funding for transportation of students to and from school has been dramatically cut this year. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says they started with a $130,000 budget for state funding this year and it has taken two hits.
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     Barnes says that money will have to come from somewhere in the district's budget or reserves.

More Progress On R-II Construction Project  2/21 6am
     The new school building infrastructure includes the installation of new sewer lines to service the new building. The lines are built to the specifications and requirements of the building code and in our case, Chillicothe Municipal Utilities. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says part of the process is an inspection.
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     That work is already completed and approved.

Chillicothe Police Report  2/21 6am
     The Chillicothe Police on Monday investigated a report of a domestic disturbance. The call came in at about 8:55 pm in the 400 block of Walnut Street. Officers arrived and determined the incident was verbal. No arrests were made.
     Officers also reported one accident and one arrest from last Thursday.
     The accident was on US 36, as Judith S. Dover was attempting to merge on to US 36 from US 65. She collided with a vehicle driven by Lowell D. Brenton. No injuries were reported and one vehicle was towed from the scene.
     Thursday evening, officers arrested Kailean A Volker following a traffic stop. The arrest was for alleged possession of a controlled substance. He was processed and released with a court date.

Chillicothe FFA Week Activities  2/21 6am
     The Chillicothe FFA is celebrating National FFA Week with a variety of activities this week. The celebration began on Sunday as members took part in the church services at Life Point Church. Chillicothe FFA President Cole Gutshall says there are theme days throughout the week.
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     Chillicothe's FFA Week celebration was kicked off last Friday with their Salute To Agriculture Breakfast and a visit by Missouri Ag Director Chris Chinn.

Funeral Notices

Henry Garrad "Gary" Mason III
     A Texas resident, 73 year old Henry Garrad "Gary" Mason III, died February 17th in Houston Texas. Services are Wednesday at 10:00 am at St Boniface Catholic Church in Brunswick, with burial at Elliot Grove Cemetery in Brunswick. Memorials may be made to Father Flannigan's Boys Town, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or to the church.

William Henry Ketron
     A Henrietta resident, 91 year old William Henry Ketron, died February 16th in North Kansas City. Services are Wednesday at 11:00 am at Foster Funeral Chapel in Carrollton, with burial at Evergreen Cemetery in DeWitt. Family visitation is Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or St. Jude's.

Vera Maude Hughes
     A Chillicothe resident, 92 year old Vera Maude Hughes, died February 20th in Chillicothe. Services are Thursday at 10:00 am at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe, with burial at Wheeling Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from Noon to 8:00 pm, with family visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Missouri Baptist Children's Home or Grand Oaks Camp.

Mary Beeler
     A Bosworth resident, 90 year old Mary Beeler, died February 19th. Services are Thursday at 11:00 am at Bittiker Funeral Home in Carrollton, with burial at Evergreen Cemetery in DeWitt. Family visitation is Thursday from 10:00 to 10:45 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Life Center Activity Fund.

Eunice Christine Dornberger
     A Chillicothe resident, 90 year old Eunice Christine Dornberger, died February 14th in Chillicothe. A private family inurnment will be at a later date in Kirksville. Friends may call Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, with family visitation from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe. Memorials may be made to Grand River Multi-Purpose Center.

Craig Jensen
     A former Carrollton resident, 60 year old Craig Jensen, died February 20th in Blackburn. Services are Saturday at 1:30 pm at Bittiker Funeral Home in Carrollton, with burial at Oak Hill Cemetery in Carrollton. Family visitation is Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family's Choice.