Origins of Memorial Day
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 Day.org 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
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
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
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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
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.
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
One Injured in Sullivan County Accident
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
Highway Patrol Weekend Arrests
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
A 26 year old Clear Lake, Iowa man was arrested for no
valid driver's license.
Chillicothe City Council Meets Tuesday
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
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
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
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
Next Week's Road Work Schedule
road work will pick up following the holiday weekend in the KCHI listening
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
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
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
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.
Lair says a piece of legislation that may not seem
significant here will impact some other communities and larger
Lair says at this point he doesn't expect a
special session will be called.
Upcoming Activities At The Farmers Market 5/22
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.
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.
Stop by the Chillicothe Farmers Market Saturday morning
from 8:00 am to Noon.
Memorial Day Travel
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.
Angle says when traveling, if you see something that
needs to be reported or if you need assistance, you can call the
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.