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Accident Closed Portion Of US 36 Tuesday AM  3/28 12pm
     A portion of US 36 was closed near Brookfield Tuesday morning. The Highway Patrol reports a vehicle struck the railroad bridge east of Brookfield and the westbound lanes were closed while the investigation was completed and the scene was cleared up. No-one was injured in the accident.

Senior Center Fund Raising Continues  3/28 12pm
     The Grand River Multi-Purpose Center Fund drive total is nearing their goal of $400,000. Earlier this month they mailed fliers and raised an additional $33,000 in pledges, bringing their total to $233,600. Center Director Cindy Ireland says they are thrilled with the progress.
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     Ireland says they will not start on any repairs until they are closer to, or have reached their goal.
     If you would like to make a donation or pledge, stop by the Grand River Multi-Purpose Center or call 646-1555.

Library Hosting Local Author Expo  3/28 12pm
     The Livingston County Library will host 17 local authors this Saturday from 10:00 to 1:00 for an Author Expo. Library Director Robin Westphal says she is excited to have this many LOCAL authors come together.
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     Westphal says even if you are not a writer, just finding out about the process can be interesting.
     The Local Author Expo will include books on a variety of topics and interest, both fiction and non fiction. This event is free and everyone is welcome.

Chillicothe School Board Candidate  -  Pat Jones  3/28 12pm
     April 4th, Chillicothe r-II school district voters will elect three of the four candidates to the School Board. KCHI requested interviews with each of the candidates and today we hear from another incumbent, Pat Jones. Jones says the construction of the new school and other construction is going well and is important.
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     Jones also talked briefly about the budget.
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     Jones says he has no real issues with the school system, but wants to see more involvement.
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     Jones says he looks forward to serving another term on the school board.

Chillicothe City Council Approves Budgets  3/28 6am
     The Chillicothe City Council approved the city's $13.8 million dollar budget for 2017-18 at Monday's meeting. A public hearing was held prior to the approval, with no comments from the public. The budget includes two funds where the city will spend more than the revenues for the fund. They include: Facility Enhancement, with expenses of $6,300 and revenues of $1,225. The other is Capital Improvement, with scheduled expenses of $1.9 million and revenues of $1.7 million. The overall budget shows revenues higher than expenses by $105,400.
     The Chillicothe city employees received a 2% cost of living increase.
     Chillicothe Municipal Utilities 2017-18 budget was also approved by the council, with no changes from their board meeting. The budget includes revenues of nearly $15.2 million and expenditures of just over $14.6 million. CMU Employees will receive a 4% cost of living increase.

Re-Allocation Of Funds Approved  3/28 6am
     The re-allocation of Chillicothe's general sales tax revenue was approved by the Chillicothe City Council Monday. The fund was originally split between 50% to the general revenue fund and 50% to the street fund. In recent years that was amended to 65% to the general revenue fund and on Monday that was changed to 70% to the general revenue fund. There was discussion prior to the vote on Monday. That discussion was led off by 2nd Ward councilman Wayne Cunningham, with concerns of taking money from the street department.
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     The change in the allocation allows the city to provide the cost of living increase and the purchase of several capital items needed in other departments. Despite the objections to the change by Cunningham, the vote on the resolution to reallocate the funds was unanimous.

Fire At Women's Prison  3/28 6am
     Chillicothe Fire Fighters were called to the Chillicothe Women's Prison early this morning. The call came in at about 12:45 and fire fighters arrived at the prison in about 5 minutes where they found smoke coming from one of the service building on the north side of the grounds. Fire was found in one of the large clothes dryers and the sprinkler systems was activated. Maintenance crews had already turned off the power to the dryer and tried using fire extinguishers, without success. Fire damage was limited to the dryer and there was smoke damage in the building. Fans were used to remove the smoke and the fire crew was on the scene for about 50 minutes.

Troopers Arrest Kansas Woman  3/28 6am
     A Kansas woman was arrested in Linn County Monday. Thirty-four year old Terra Honey of Wichita was arrested on a warrant for alleged passing bad checks and speeding. She was held at the Brookfield Police Department pending the posting of bond.

Brookfield Council Meets Tuesday  3/28 6am
     The Brookfield City Council will meet this evening to consider bids and discuss the city audit. The meeting begins at 6:00 pm at Brookfield City Hall.
     A report will be presented by the Cemetery Board.
     New business includes:
The City Audit for 2015/16
Bids for materials and for mowing.
There will be consideration for transferring the interest from the Tormey Trust.
There will also be a resolution for the Project Engineer's Certificate of Approval for the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
     An executive session is planned if it is needed.

Main Street Open House This Afternoon  3/28 6am
     Main Street Chillicothe is holding an Open House this afternoon to show off their newly renovated historic building, at 504 Washington Street. The Open House is from 3:30-6:00 pm.
     Main Street purchased building near the corner of Washington and Clay last October, with financing from local public investment, Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) grant, and funding from the Missouri Department of Economic Development.
     Executive Director Micah Landes says Extensive interior renovation has taken place over the winter months and the building is ready for lease. The building includes, a residential 2 bedroom, 2 bath luxury apartment, on the second floor. A large commercial space is on the ground level that is full of potential with a great location.
     Plans for the exterior and south wall of the building include, structural work, roof, and replacement of a mural.

Chillicothe Hazardous Materials Drop-Off  3/27 12pm
     The semi-annual CMU Hazardous Materials Drop-off will take place this Saturday at the old Pellet Building in Chillicothe. Refuse Director Troy Figg says they will have the normal hours of 9:00 am to Noon.
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     Figg says leave them in the original containers.
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     If you miss the Hazardous Materials Drop-off Saturday, they will do it again around the first of October. Call 646-1683 for more information.

Chillicothe School Board Candidate - Jason Bone  3/27 12pm
     The Chillicothe R-II School Board has three seats available in the April 4th election and four candidates. KCHI gave each of the candidates an opportunity to answer a few questions before the election next week.
     Jason Bone is running for re-election to the board. Bone talked about the new school and the direction of the district.
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     Bone says Phase One is to build the new Pre-K through 1st grade and Phase Two will be the new 2nd to 5th Grade addition to the building now under construction.
     Bone also talked about the School District's Budget
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     Bone also talked about some of his concerns for the district.
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     Bone says he is proud of the district and the direction they are taking.

Chillicothe City Council To Handle Budgets  3/27 6am
     Tonight's meeting of the Chillicothe City Council will include a Finance Workshop and Council meeting. The workshop session begins at 5:30 pm in the council chambers and will include city finances and a discussion on a "Main Street Chillicothe Preservation Ordinance."
     The Council session begins at 6:30 and will include a public hearing and ordinance to set the Chillicothe City Budget, including the CMU Budget.
     Other items on the agenda include:
A request to purchase a property on Clay Street from the city
Amending the 2016/17 budget
A resolution for the allocation of the general sales tax.
There will be ordinances for the annual service contracts
A contract for prosecution services with Adam Warren
A contract with Rumery and Associates for Economic Development.
Adopting the collective bargaining provisions with the police.
     An executive session is also planned if it is needed.

Fire Damages Home Over the Weekend  3/27 6am
     A fire early Saturday morning damaged a house at 211 Slack Street. Chillicothe Fire Fighters received the call just before 3:00 am and arrived in about five minutes to find heavy smoke and fire from the home.
     The report states the home owner, Lori Adkison was smoking in bed and awoke in the night to find her blankets on fire and tried to pit out the fire that quickly spread in the bedroom. Two people were in the home at the time of the fire and both got out safely.
     The bedroom had heavy fire damage and had burned through the roof. The rest of the house had heavy smoke damage.
     The fire crew was on the scene for a little more than an hour.

Two Arrests In Police Report  3/27 6am
     Chillicothe Police reported several investigations and a couple arrests.
     Friday, officers were called for young children playing unattended in the street in the 300 block of Clay Street. The call came in about 8:25 am and officers arrived to find the children and returned them to their home and mother. A report was sent to the Children's Division.
     Friday, a child abuse hotline call summoned officers to a home in the 900 block of Third Street. The report states no child abuse or neglect had occurred. The report was closed.
     Property damage was reported Saturday in the 400 block of Reynard, where a window of a parked car had been broken.
     Friday, officers arrested 23 year old Cody Dover following an investigation of alleged stealing in the 400 block of Locust. The report states there were multiple incidents over a six month period
     Officers arrested Jesse D Estes in the 100 block of Herriman Sunday, on a Caldwell County warrant for alleged drug charges. He was turned over to the Caldwell County authorities.

Two Injured & One Arrested In Carroll Co. Accident  3/27 6am
     Two Miami, Missouri residents were injured in an accident Sunday afternoon in Carroll County. The accident happened on Missouri 41 at about 4:20 pm. The Highway Patrol reports 42 year old Matthew Hirt was southbound, when he crossed the centerline and collided with a vehicle driven by 57 year old Mark Bruce. Both were taken to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
     Hirt was also arrested for alleged DWI with drugs, assault, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, destruction of evidence, registration violation, a lane violation and no seatbelt.

Troopers Arrest On In Daviess Co.  3/27 6am
     Troopers in Daviess County arrested an Excelsior Springs man Saturday evening. Twenty-eight year old Loren Foster was arrested at about 7:15 for alleged DWI, speeding (89 in a 70 zone) and no seatbelt. He was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail on a 12 hour old.

Bogard Truck Driver Killed In Texas Bus Crash  3/27 6am
     A Bogard truck driver and a Texas Track Coach died in an accident Thursday night near Dallas. The report states there were 18 students that were injured in the accident. Fifty year old Bradley Ray Farmer of Bogard was killed in the accident that happened when he swerved into the path of the bus and collided nearly head on. The bus driver and head coach attempted to swerve and the bus rolled on its side from the impact. An assistant coach was following the bus and ran into the bus after the impact and was also killed. Seventeen members of the track team were taken by ambulance to area hospitals with minor and moderate and one was flown to a hospital with serious injuries.

Trenton Council Considering City Budgets  3/27 6am
     The Trenton City Council meets at 7:00 tonight at City Hall. The agenda includes three ordinances:
The first is a contract with Irvinbilt Constructors of Chillicothe for installing raw water valves.
They will present the Trenton City Budget for the 2017/18 fiscal year
They will also consider the Trenton Municipal Utilities Budget for the 2017/18 fiscal year
     New Business includes approval of a bid for a tractor for the Sewer Department and a discussion about boats on the reservoir.
     There is no executive session planned.


Funeral Notices

Jetta Rogers

     A Gallatin resident, 88 year old Jetta Rogers died March 24th in Cameron. Services are Tuesday at 11:00 am at Gallatin First Baptist Church with burial in Winston Cemetery. Friends may call Monday after 11:00 am at McWilliams Funeral Home in Gallatin. Family visitation is Tuesday from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the church. Memorials may be made the church.

Robert Frederick Grouse
     A Chillicothe resident, 92 year old Robert Frederick Grouse died March 26th in Kansas City. Services are Wednesday at 10:00 am at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe with burial in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Chillicothe. Friends may call Tuesday from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. with family visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Festival of Lights.

Robert Huggins
     A Gallatin resident, 73 year old Robert Huggins died March 27th in Kansas City. Services are Thursday at 11:00am at McWilliams Funeral Home in Gallatin with burial in Greenwood Cemetery near Gallatin. Friends may call Wednesday after 11:00am with family visitation Thursday from 10:00 to 11:00am at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Gallatin United Methodist Church or Gallatin Senior Citizens Center.

Helen Louise Harris
     A Chillicothe resident, 74 year old Helen Louise Harris died March 25th in Chillicothe. Services are Friday at 2:00 pm at Heritage Funeral Home in Chillicothe with burial in Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Chillicothe. Family visitation is Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made the American Diabetes Association.

Max Meneely
     A Kansas City resident, 75 year old Max Meneely died March 26th in Liberty. A Memorial Service is Saturday at 2:00pm at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe with inurnment in Meadville Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 12:00 to 6:00pm and Saturday from 9:00am to 2:00pm with family visitation Saturday from 1:00 to 2:00pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Cemetery or to Vern R. Glick American Legion Post #25.

Roxanne Drescher
     A Brookfield resident, 67 year old Roxanne Drescher died March 17th in Brookfield. A Memorial service is Saturday (April 8th) at 11:00 am at First Presbyterian Church in Brookfield with a private burial at a later date in Lakeside Cemetery in Sumner. Family visitation is Saturday (April 8th) from 9:00 to 11:00 am at the church. Memorials may be made to the Roxi Drescher Memorial Fund for local youth. Arrangements under the direction of Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home in Brookfield.