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Fair Sale Sets Records
7/21  6:00am
      The 2014 Livingston County 4H and FFA Fair set some new records as the Fair wrapped up Friday evening.  The annual Market Animal Sale topped $127,000, with 215 animals sold in the premium auction, to a total of 93 buyers at an average of $593 per animal.  This sale allows the students to keep the animal for showing at other events and helps to offset some of their expenses.
     So, how does this year’s sale compare to previous years?
The total sale of $127,400 beat the old record of $115,000 set in 2007. 
The number of animals sold was 215, that was the same as last year
The number of buyers was 93, one short of last year’s 94
And the average price per animal was $593, surpassing the previous record in the premium only sale of $503 set in 2011.

     Fair Board President David Beck says A record Livestock Sale topped off a week of events for 475 - 4-H and FFA youth.  The week was filled with great weather, livestock shows, a new music show, tractor pulling and many other events.  The Livingston County Fair is successful with the help and support from a dedicated community who has made a priority of supporting its young people.  On behalf of the Fair Association, Beck says a big Thank You!

Chillicothe Car Show 
7/21  6:00am
      The Chillicothe Lions Club Car Show enjoyed some outstanding weather for both the Cruise on Friday and the Car Show on Saturday.
     Unofficial totals are reported at about 280 vehicles Friday, more than 240 on the cruise
     Saturday, 363 vehicles checked in, surpassing the old record of 326.

Accident Reports 
7/21  6:00am
     Four accidents in the local counties left six people with minor and moderate injuries over the weekend.
     At about 1:00, 69 year old Lila Searcy of Laredo had moderate injuries in an accident on Missouri Highway 6 near Jamesport.  Searcy was injured when she was southbound on Route NN and pulled into the path of another vehicle.  She was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton.  The other driver was not injured. 
     At about 1:20 pm, 62 year old Danny R Courtney of Milan had minor injuries when he was northbound on Missouri Highway 5 in Sullivan County and ran off the road and struck a tree.  He was taken to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital for treatment.
     Three people were injured in an accident at about 5:45 pm in Putnam County, including a Trenton man.  The accident happened on 230th street in Newtown when a vehicle crossed the center line and struck a vehicle driven by 20 year old Nikita Couch of Harris.  She and he passengers, 20 year old Garyallen Couch of Harris and 19 year old Jaymes Riggen of Trenton had minor injuries and were treated at Putnam County Memorial Hospital.  The other driver was not injured.
     Sunday at about 9:30 pm, Robert Blozvich of Spickard had moderate injuries in a single vehicle accident on West 60th Avenue near Spickard.  He was southbound, lost control and the vehicle went off the road and overturned.  He was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Police Report 
7/21  6:00am
     The Chillicothe Police Department have four items in the report for Saturday.
     Officers took a report of forgery reported to have occurred in the 1000 block of Graves Street. The investigation showed the reported was unfounded.
     Officers arrested Dominique Sharp at Clay and Vine Streets for alleged minor in possession of alcohol by consumption, while operating a motor vehicle (Zero Tolerance).  Sharp was released with a Municipal Citation.
     Property damage was reported in the 500 block of South Washington Street.  The investigation is continuing.
     Officers also investigated a report of a local tow service operating the service without the appropriate license classification.

Park Board Meeting
7/21  6:00am
Chillicothe Parks and Recreation Board will meet Monday evening.  The meeting starts at 5:15 pm at City Hall and will include the Directors report and continued discussions on the 10 year park plan.

School Board Meeting
7/21  6:00am
     The Chillicothe R-II School Board will meet in special session Tuesday afternoon.  The workshop session will include development of the 2014/15 board goals.  The School Board members will meet at the district office.  The public is welcome to attend.

County Commission Meeting 
7/21  6:00am
     The Livingston County Commissioners will have a pre-bid meeting for the courthouse clocks and electrical on Tuesday.  The Commissioners meet at 9:30 am in the commission room of the courthouse.  At 11:00 is the pre-bid meeting.  They will also handle county road and bridge matters and administrative and departmental duties.

Carrollton Town Council 
7/21  6:00am
     The Carrollton Town Council will meet for a Public hearing prior to their regular meeting on Monday.  The public hearing will begin at 5:30 at City Hall to discuss the application for the Federal Fiscal Year 2014 Community Development Block Grant.  The regular meeting will start at 6:00 pm and will include Economic development, downtown revitalization, hiring a police officer, a roof for the armory, chip seal bids and bids for a paint striper.

Additional Convictions on Rape Case
7/19 6:00am
      A man already convicted on five counts can now add three more to his conviction sheet. Scott William Eckert was charged in 2007 with Forcible Rape, Statutory Rape in the 1st Degree, Tampering with Evidence and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the 1st degree. He was convicted on all five counts.
     Now Eckert was found guilty on three counts of Attempted Tampering and Tampering with a Witness in a felony case. The 12 member jury from a pool of 80 prospective jurors deliberated for 25 minutes Friday in the Livingston County Courthouse before returning the guilty verdict. Sentencing will be at a later date.
Prosecutor Adam Warren called Sheriff Steve Cox and three Livingston County citizens as witness in the trial. Cox testified in place of the late Jim Lightner, former Chief Deputy Sheriff. The defense attorneys did not call any witnesses.
The latest investigation dates back to 2011 when Eckert was reported to have sent at least three letters to a child in Livingston County, allegedly attempting to get the previous child victim to change testimony to exonerate the 2007 conviction.

AYBF Event To Be August 3-4
7/19 6:00am
The 22nd annual Farmers' Electric Area Youth Benefit Fund dinner, auction and golf tournament will be August 3rd and 4th in Chillicothe. Chasity Anderson with FEC says the events fund the Cooperative's charity that helps cover medical expenses for kids.
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     Since it's inception in 1993, the AYBF has donated more than $600,000 to nearly 600 families in their service area.
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     Auction items  will include a week  long stay in a condo in Florida, Colorado or California, two tickets to the 2015 Masters Golf Tournament, a suite for the September 13th Royals vs Red Sox game, limited  edition art prints and more.
     The golf tournament will be Monday August 4th at Green Hills Golf Course. For  more  information call 646-4281



Highway Patrol To Hold Checkpoints In Area 7/19 6:00am
     The Missouri Highway Patrol will conduct Sobriety check points and DWI saturations in some area counties next month. The Sobriety check points will be in Livingston and Harrison counties while the DWI saturations will be in Livingston and DeKalb counties. A spokesman for the Highway Patrol says the areas were selected for enforcement based on a high number of drinking related crashes, high number of contacts with drivers who have been drinking and officers input regarding probably contact with violators.
The Highway Patrol suggests drivers who plan to consume intoxicating beverages, designate a sober driver or have someone pick them up.



Upcoming Area Government Meetings 7/19 6:00am
      The Chillicothe R-II School Board meets in special session Tuesday at 2:00pm for a workshop to develop 2014-15 school board goals. The meeting will be at the district office
     The Chillicothe Parks and Recreation board meets Monday at 5:15pm at Chillicothe City Hall. On the agenda is continued discussions on the 10 year park plan, and the Parks Director report.

     The Carrollton Town Council meets Monday with a public hearing at 6:30pm to discuss the application for the Federal Fiscal Year 2014 Community Development Block Grant. The regular meeting will include economic development, downtown revitalization, hiring a police officer, a roof for the Armory, chip seal bids and paint striper bids.

     A pre-bid meeting for clocks and electrical in the Livingston County Courthouse will be one of the main topics of the weekly County Commissioners  meetings. Discussion on the issue will be at Tuesday at 11:00am and is open to the public. The commission will also discuss county road and bridge matters and administrative and departmental duties.

Braymer Boil Order
7/19 6:00am
     A Boil Water Advisory has been issued for the entire city of Braymer. After cleaning the water tower in Braymer, workers discovered some broken water lines. Repairs are underway, but the city remains under the boil water order until further notice.

Livingston Co. Sheriff's Department Investigation 
7/18 12pm
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office has several investigations taking place since the beginning of July.  Sheriff Steve Cox says some are continuing.
     A lengthy investigation of allege child pornography on a phone and or computer was completed.  A report was sent to the prosecuting attorney for consideration of charges.  Cox says the juvenile in the images was identified and the parents are aware of the investigation and completely cooperating.
     A report was sent to the Prosecuting attorney after deputies investigated alleged failure to register as a Sex Offender.  Cox says the suspect allegedly refused to register.
     An investigation of alleged theft of several prescription medications began July 7th.  The medications were allegedly taken from two individuals at a home, but the bottles were left.
     Theft of water from a public utility was investigation in Utica.  The prosecuting attorney is considering charges for alleged theft of nearly 8,600 gallons of water by tampering with a water meter.
     Assault was investigated in Wheeling where a man reported being punched multiple times by an unknown man.  A report was sent to the prosecuting attorney.
     An assault between juveniles at the Fair on July 11th was investigated.  Parents were notified and a report was sent to the juvenile office.

LCSD Arrests
  7/18 12pm
Several arrests have been made by the Livingston County Sheriff's Department since the beginning of July. 
28 year old Tabitha Lynnay McCoy of Chillicothe or alleged Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Bond was set at $15,000.
55 year old Barbara Curl of Chillicothe arrested on a Grundy County warrant for alleged Passing Bad Checks.  Bond was set at $500.
33 year old Timothy Stark of Chillicothe arrested on a Grundy County warrant for alleged Passing Bad Checks 2 counts.  Bond was set at $700.
29 year old Allen Peterie of Chula for alleged Distribution / Deliver / Manufacture or Attempt of a Controlled Substance.  Bond was set at $20,000.

Back To School Bonanza Registration Ends Soon
  7/18 12pm
The Annual Back to School Bonanza for Livingston County students in grades K-5 will be Tuesday July 29th.  Livingston County Extension Director Jessica Trussell says this event is fun and helps provide the kids with school supplies.
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     Registration for the Back to School Bonanza closes at the end of business Monday. Call 646-0811 or stop by the extension office. 
     Trussell says to make the Back to School Bonanza a success, they are still accepting donations.
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     Donations can be dropped off or mailed to the Livingston County Extension Office at 2881 Grand Drive Suite 2 in Chillicothe.

ONE Project is Next Friday
  7/18 12pm
The One Project in Chillicothe is July 25th, next Friday, and will focus on the Library at the Chillicothe Middle School.  First Baptist Church Pastor Rob Hurtgen says they continue to need volunteers for the work that will be done.
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     If you would like to volunteer for the ONE Project or make a donation, contact Pastor Rob Hurtgen or Student Pastor Todd Miller at 646-2834.


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Funeral Notices

James Dillon

     A Bucklin resident, 91 year old James Dillon died July 17th in Bucklin.
Graveside services will be Tuesday at 2:00pm at Bluff Creek Cemetery near Boone, Iowa. Family visitation will be Monday from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline.

Dale Boley
     A Marceline resident, 88 year old Dale Boley died July 19th in Marceline. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 am at Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline, with burial with Military Honors at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Marceline. Family visitation is Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Marceline First Baptist Church

Pastor Charles Peters
     A Cameron resident, 79 year old Pastor Charles R Peters died July 20th in Cameron. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church in Cameron, with burial at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Trenton. Family visitation will be Tuesday from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at Resthaven Mortuary in Trenton.

Rosemary (Burnam) Trager
     A former Chillicothe resident, 84 year old Rosemary (Burnam) Trager, died July 19th in Columbia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 10:00 am at St. Columban’s Catholic Church in Chillicothe, with burial at St. Columban’s Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 12:00 to 8:00 pm at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe, with a Parish Rosary at 6:00 and family visitation to follow until 8:00. Memorials may be made to Grand River Area Family YMCA.

Juliet (Judy) Grace Holden Minnis
     A Smithville resident, formerly of Carrollton, 83 year old Juliet (Judy) Grace Holden Minnis died July 19th in Smithville. Cremation Graveside Services will be Saturday at 11:00 am at Bittiker Funeral Home in Carrollton. Memorials may be made to the KC Pet Project or Pet Adoption Center.

Grace Mantzey
     A Dawn resident, 101 year old Grace Mantzey died July 18th in Chillicothe. A cremation and memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home.