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Voters To Consider Full Time County Prosecutor
The Livingston County elected Prosecuting
Attorney is a half time position and the County Commissioners would like
to see that changed to a full time position. Presiding Commissioner Ed
Douglas says the case load for the prosecutor dictates the amount of time
needed in the position.
Douglas says to make the change to a
full time prosecutor needs voter approval.
If passed in the April 3rd election,
the winner of this year's election for Prosecuting Attorney, who would
take office in January of 2019, with a full time position.
Filing for the Prosecuting Attorney's position opens February 27th, so
they need to be aware this could happen.
School Board Filing Closes - Some Have April Elections
Filing for the area school Board elections in
April Closed at 5:00 pm Tuesday, and there are a few area districts that
will have an election.
Chillicothe R-II School
Board filings include: Lindy Chapman and Paul Thomas for the 2 -three year
terms and Brent Turner for a 1 year term. Chillicothe will not have an
election for the school board.
District will have an election, as they have 5 candidates for two seats.
The candidates include: Ralph Rennison, Emily Davies, Lyndsey Hawkins,
Jamie Clevenger and William Shawn Coats.
Breckenridge School District has two opening and two that filed, so no
election for Breckenridge. The candidates are: Mary Allred and Holly
Brookfield School District has two
openings and two candidates, so no election is scheduled. The candidates
are: Bernie Hicks and Mendy Wiedeman
Carrollton School District, there are two open seats, but four candidates.
The election includes: Alvin Brownly, Matt Lock, Brian Hutchinson and
For Chula Schools Two filed
for the two open seats. They are Jacob Hibner and Steven Case.
In Meadville, an election will be held for two open seats and three
candidates. They are: Seth Link, Ellen Tsickoyak and Stacy Waterman.
At Southwest of Ludlow, there are two open seats and the candidates that
filed include: Orland Oesch and Laura Warren-Hughes.
Tina/Avalon School District has two open seats and the candidates are:
Dwight Harper and Curt Grossman.
School District has two board opening and two that filed: Cliff Roeder and
Jerry David Whitaker.
County Ambulance District elections include one candidate for Distirct 2 -
Darrel Rinehart and one for District 5 - Ronald Garber.
Planning & Zoning Approves Historic Overlay District
Chillicothe's Planning and Zoning Commission
approved the proposed Historic Overlay District for Downtown Chillicothe.
The commission sends its recommendation for approval to the City council
to be considered later in the month. The proposed ordinance includes
giving the city authority to make a "recommendation" to building owners on
ways to preserve the historical aspects of the exterior of their building.
Under the revisions to the proposal approved Tuesday, these are only
recommendations, and the building owner can ultimately choose how to
proceed. Ben White from Mainstreet Chillicothe explains what this means.
White says following the
recommendations and advice of the committee or board is entirely voluntary
and up to the building owner. For example, a new property owner who
purchased a building that’s landmarked can have the landmark status
dropped if they choose. City Administrator Darin Chappell says "We want to
preserve the buildings' history, but if the preservation hinders business,
then what's the point?" The Chillicothe City Council is expected to take
up the ordinance when they meet January 29th.
District To Sell Garrison School Building
The Garrison School property will be sold.
The Chillicothe R-II School Board discusses the options for disposal of
the property Tuesday. Dr Roger Barnes says there is interest in the
<Audio: Dr Barnes
The majority of the board prefer to
sell the property in a live auction. Announcements are expected as they
finalize the sale plans.
Gallatin Man With Serious Injuries and Arrested
A Gallatin man had serious injuries in a
single vehicle accident Tuesday night near Gallatin. Thirty-nine year old
Kevin Caldwell was taken to Liberty Hospital for treatment following the
accident at about 10:40 pm on Highway 6. According to the report, Caldwell
was eastbound and ran off the road, hit a guardrail and became airborne.
The car went down an embankment, hit a road sign and overturned. Caldwell
was not wearing a safety belt.
also arrested for alleged DWI - prior offender, careless and imprudent
driving resulting in the accident, no insurance and no seatbelt. He was
released for treatment.
Students Speak Out In Support Of MLK Day
Three students, a 6th grader and two high
school students addressed the school board Tuesday with concerns about why
Martin Luther King Jr Day was not a holiday in Chillicothe. They pointed
out other schools did not have MLK day as a makeup day. They also
expressed their concerns about the lack of education about Martin Luther
King Jr. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says the students made good
<Audio: Dr Barnes
The Board and Dr Barnes thanked the
students for coming forward and expressing themselves before the board and
those in attendance at the meeting.
Bids Approved For Furniture and Technology
The Chillicothe School Board approved bids
for furnishings and various technology items for the new Chillicothe
Elementary School. As part of the meeting Tuesday, the board considered
the furnishings for the new school. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says
not all the furniture going to the new school is new.
Many of the new items are part of
the Media Center, which Dr Barnes says is the first place visitors to the
school will see as they enter the building. The total for the new
furnishing is about $64,500.
bids were in three categories.
That bid is from Converge Tech
Solutions of Marshall, MO and totaled $67,139, including a $2,000
Chillicothe Police Report
The Chillicothe Police report includes
several investigations and traffic stops.
Monday afternoon, officers spoke with a person about stolen property which
was reported in 2017. Information was exchanged and the investigation
Monday afternoon, Officers
responded to an accident at Washington Street and Polk Street. They cited
a 16 year old driver for following to close.
Monday evening, Officers conducted a traffic stop at Third Street and
Washington Street. James David Ireland was cited for expired tags and no
Monday evening, Officers took a
report of a lost or stolen wallet. They were later notified that the
wallet was returned but the wallet was missing credit cards.
Monday evening, Officers responded to the 1000 block of Graves Street in
reference to a report of stealing. The investigation continues.
Monday evening, Officers made a traffic stop at the intersection of
Washington Street and Dale Drive. Sarah Gerhart was cited for driving with
an expired license.
Trenton Alcohol Sales Enforcement
Midland Empire Alcohol Task Force conducted
alcohol enforcement in Trenton last Friday and overall, the locations in
Trenton did very well. Trenton Police Chief Tommy Wright says the
Department participated in an underage alcohol compliance checks and
during the operation an employee of the 9th Street Shell and an employee
from the 28th Street Casey’s were each cited for serving alcohol to a
minor. Wright points out there were about fifteen locations that did not
sell alcohol to the minor.
Six Headed To Prison
The Livingston County Sheriff's Department is
taking six to the State Prison System.
26 year old Shawna Frye of
Brookfield - 6 years on a probation violation
27 year old Jeromy
Fainter of Mendon - 5 years on a probation violation
24 year old
Martavious Sullivan of St Louis - 7 years on a probation violation
year old James Nichols of Pennsylvania - 3 years for Possession of a
28 year old Colbi Stottlemyre of Chillicothe - 4
years for probation violation
And 30 year old Jared Livengood of
Chillicothe - 2 years for Possession of a Controlled Substance
Livingston County Budget Nearly Complete
The Livingston County Budget is almost
complete and Friday is the first of two public hearings prior to approval
of the 2018 budget. Presiding Commissioner Ed Douglas says they've had few
problems with the budget process.
Douglas says the 1/2 cent sales tax
increase approved by the voters is helping ease the normal budget
<Audio: Douglas 2>
The first Budget hearing is Friday at 10:00 am in the commission room. The
commissioners will review each of the department and when complete, they
will have a budget ready for inspection by the public. After the hearing,
the budget is available for inspection for 10 days in the County Clerk's
A second public hearing is held near
the end of the month for final approval.
The Chillicothe R-II School Board meets
Tuesday evening in regular session. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm at the
The meeting begins
with presentations from Garrison and Dewey School Administrators to
recognize staff and students and recognition of the members of the School
Reports to the board include on the
Food Service Program and A-Plus program.
Items on the agenda include:
Considering bids for furnishings for the new elementary school, technology
bids for the new building, including a VoIP phone system, Security and
access control and wireless networking equipment.
Discussions will continue on the Garrison and Central School Properties.
The board considers an intergovernmental
There is also consideration of a
The executive session
includes personnel items that include the Football Coach Position,
Assistant Superintendent and the superintendent evaluation.
Drug Investigation Leads To Arrests
A Chillicothe Police Department drug
investigation that has spanned several months resulted in several arrests.
Police Chief Jon Maples says as part of the investigation, a traffic stop
resulted in the arrest of 28 year old Travis Lee Donoho and the seizure of
executed a Livingston County search warrant for narcotics in the 100 block
of Second Street. During the investigation officers seized approximately 6
grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia,
methamphetamine paraphernalia, and over $600.00 in cash.
In addition, they arrested 64 year old George William Kitchin for alleged
possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute; 25 year
old Austin Warren Estes for alleged possession of marijuana; and 39 year
old Maria Hoke Childs for alleged possession of a controlled substance and
possession of marijuana. are currently being held at Daviess DeKalb
Investigations and arrests
included the cooperation of several local department, including the
Livingston County Sheriff's Department and their K9, Zaki.
Two Injured In Accident On Highway 13
Two were injured in a head on collision
Monday morning in Harrison County. State Troopers responded to the
accident on Highway 13 at about 6:40 am. According to the report 54 year
old Koby Whitmire of Bethany and her passenger, 39 year old Travis Goodman
of Winston were injured in the accident that happened as 38 year old
Jeffery Prince of Gallatin was northbound on Highway 13 and began to slide
on the snow covered roadway. Prince crossed the centerline and struck the
southbound Whitmire vehicle head-on.
had minor injuries and Goodman had moderate injuries. They were taken to
Harrison County Community Hospital for treatment. Prince was not injured
in the accident. All three were wearing safety belts.
Mexico Woman Held At Jail
A Mexico, Missouri woman is in custody at the
Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail on a Bond Revocation. Twenty-two year old
Mariah Anna Mae Grant was arrested Monday in Audrain County. She had
previously been charged with alleged two counts of stealing dating back to
June of 2017. Bond is set at $10,000
Cold Air Affecting
Cold air is moving through the area is the
result of a cold front that moved in Monday. Ryan Cutter from the National
Weather Service says temperatures are dangerously cold this morning, but
it will warm up yet this week.
This weekend, we could see the 50's
and some rain.
<Audio: Cutter 2>
He says we shouldn’t see another drastic dip in temperatures for early
No Heat At The Sheriff's Office
One of the County buildings is without heat
and it is one that needs to stay open. Livingston county Sheriff Steve Cox
says their furnace went out December 22nd and they are coping as best they
Cox says the local contractor is
waiting on a custom part to make the repairs.
<Audio: Cox 2>
Cox says they hope the parts come in soon or it warms up... or both.
Donation Helps With Grain Rescues
An area farm family made a donation that will
help others in case someone is trapped in a grain bin or pile. Fire Chief
Darrell Wright says they received a donation of $3,100.
The grain rescue kit will provide
the equipment needed to rescue a trapped farmer, grain industry worker, or
anyone who could possibly find themselves in a grain entrapment. The kit
goes around the person trapped, creating a temporary wall to stabilize the
grain, the grain is removed from inside the rescue wall, and the person is
The donation was made by a
family, in memory of a farmer who had passed away.
SCHOOL CLOSINGS & LATE STARTS FOR TUESDAY
Several area aschhos are closed for Tuesday
others are lqate starts. there have been a few changes, so check the
-Chillicothe R-II CLOSED Tuesday
-Chillicothe Head Start CLOSED
-United Methodist Church Pre-School Closed Tuesday
River Tech School CLOSED Tuesday
-Braymer Schools CLOSED Tuesday -
-Breckenridge Schools CLOSED Tuesday - revised
-Carrollton CLOSED Tuesday
-Chula School CLOSED
-Jamesport Schools CLOSED Tuesday - revised
CLOSED Tuesday - revised
-Southwest of Ludlow CLOSED Tuesday
-Gallatin schools starting at 10:00am
-Grundy of Galt Schools 2 hour
-Hamilton Schools 2 hour late start
-Kingston Schools 2
hour late start
-New York R4 Late Start
-Pleasant View Schools 2
hour late start
-Trenton Schools 2 hour late start
A Dawn resident, 91 year old Willard McCracken died January 15th in
Chillicothe. Services are Wednesday at 10:00am at Lindley Funeral Home in
Chillicothe with burial in Blue Mound Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday
from 12:00 to 7:00pm at the funeral home. There is no family visitation.
Memorials may be made to the Cemetery.
A Macon resident, formerly of Marceline, 92
year old Mary Anderson died January 12th. Services are Wednesday at 11:00
am at Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline with burial in Mount Olivet
Cemetery in Marceline. Family visitation is Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00
am at the funeral home.
A Wheeling resident, 83 year old John Constant died January 9th in
Chillicothe. Services are Thursday at 10:00am at Lindley
Funeral Home in Chillicothe, with burial in Wheeling Cemetery. Friends may
call Wednesday from 8:00am to 5:00pm at the funeral home.
There is no family visitation. Memorials may be made to the Cemetery.
resident, 95 year old Celo Greers died January 13th. Services are Thursday
at 11:00 am at Saint Bonaventure Catholic Church in Marceline with burial
in Masonic Cemetery in Bucklin. Friends may call Wednesday
A Purdin resident, 68 year old Leroy Knifong died January 14th in Purdin.
Services are Thursday at 1:00pm at Wright Funeral Home in Brookfield with
burial in Purdin Cemetery in Purdin. Family visitation is Wednesday from
6:00 to 8:00pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Knifong
family in care of Kym Knifong.
A Trenton resident, 64 year old Curtis Ranes died January 14th in Trenton.
Graveside services are Friday at 1:00pm at Masonic Cemetery in Jamesport.
Friends may call Thursday from 11:00 am to 7:00pm with family visitation
from 5:00 to 7:00pm at McWilliams Funeral Home in Jamesport. Memorials may
be made to St Jude Research Hospital or Shriners Children’s Hospital.
Charles Lester Richardson
A Carrollton resident, 65 year old Charles Lester Richardson died January
7th in Carrollton. Services are Friday at 1:00 pm at
Southside Baptist Church in Carrollton with burial at a later date. Family
visitation will be Friday from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at the
church. Memorials may be made to the family's choice. Arrangement are
under the direction of Foster Funeral Chapels in Carrollton.