Livingston County Budget Awaits Approval
The Livingston County Budget includes lower revenues and slightly
higher expenditures for 2017. The General Revenue fund includes total
revenues of $2.18 million dollars plus a carry-over of $302,000 from
2016. The expenditures are expected to be $2.47 million. The first of
two budget hearings was held today (Friday). Presiding Commissioner Ed
Douglas says the budget process is long, and they have to make the
Douglas says they did find a way to include a cost of living increase
for the county employees.
The budget will be available for public inspection in the County
Clerk's office for 10 days. The second budget hearing is Tuesday the
31st at 9:00 am. The Commissioners will then approve the budget and
submit it to the state.
County Commission Meetings To Include Bridge Inspections
Livingston County Commissioners will be looking at bridges and
discussion fiber optics when they meet next week. The commissioners
meet Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 am in the commission room.
Tuesday at 11:00 am, a representative of GRM Network will be on hand
to talk about Fiber Optic installation in the northeast part of the
county. Tuesday evening, the commissioners will be attending a
meeting of the CEO roundtable at 4:00 pm at the Country Club.
Thursday at 1:00 pm, the commission will be going out to do bridge
inspections with the Road and Bridge Crew and a representative from
Rainbow Chili Lunch Saturday
second annual Camp Rainbow Chili lunch is this Saturday at the North
Missouri Center for Youth and Families. Center Director Daniel Savage
is also the Camp Director for Camp Rainbow and says the fundraiser
will start Saturday at 11:00 am.
Savage says the menu is more than just chili.
The will also be information about Camp Rainbow and staff members that
will be able to answer questions. To find out more, call 646-1352.
CMS Book Fair Starts Monday
The annual Chillicothe Middle School Book Fair will take place next
week. During the week, each student will have at least two
opportunities to visit the book fair with their language arts or
reading classes. In addition to regular school hours, the book fair
will be open every day before school at 7:30 am and after school until
Tuesday, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm,
the book fair will be open for a Literacy and Tech Night. This event
will allow participants an opportunity to shop the book fair. They
will also have an opportunity to design and print a bookmark using 3D
printing technology, learn how to access a handful of literacy
websites and Chrome Apps and Extensions, take part in special photo
ops, and enjoy food and drinks provided by the FACS classes. Students
are invited to bring a new or gently used book to swap. All students
in attendance will be entered into a drawing for door prizes.
Parents, families, and friends are invited to check out the book fair
for everything from books to pens, pencils, bookmarks, and many other
items. They also have an APP and
Trenton City Council Meets Monday
The Trenton City Council will meet Monday at 7:00 pm at City Hall. The
agenda includes four ordinances and a resolution.
The first ordinance will deal with horses on Trenton City Streets
Next is an amendment to the Nuisance Ordinance for debris on property
and the associated penalties.
Council will consider a sales tax to fund transportation. The proposed
tax is 3/8 of 1 percent and putting that tax on the April 4th ballot.
The forth ordinance is to allow installments when paying fines from
the city municipal court.
presented at Monday's meeting is to appoint a Director and Alternate
Director for the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission.
There is no new business on the agenda, under old business, they will
continue their discussions on a sludge truck for the wastewater plant.
Like Symptoms At Local Schools
Reports of flu like illness at the Chillicothe schools were growing
the first couple weeks since students returned from the holiday break,
but have not been at the levels seen in Trenton this week. Sherry
Weldon from the Livingston County Health Center says last week, there
were 73 students absent due to flu like illnesses, including diarrhea
and vomiting. She says the week before there were 16 out with those
symptoms. Unofficially, the numbers this week appear to be going down.
These have not been confirmed cases of the flu, just the reports of
the symptoms to the schools.
Chillicothe Police Report
Two accidents and one arrest are in the Chillicothe Police Department
Wednesday, officers arrested
Travis Vasey on a Trenton Municipal warrant for alleged failure to
appear on traffic violations. He was not able to post bond and a
Trenton officer picked him up in Chillicothe.
Thursday at 7:10 am, fog played a part in an accident at Ryan Lane and
Mitchell Road. Bennie Cagle was eastbound and stopped at Mitchell. He
could not see due to the fog and pulled into the path of another
vehicle, resulting in moderate damage. No injuries were reported.
A car/deer accident happened at about 7:30 am Thursday, just south of
Hedrick Medical Center. The report states Graceland Greener was
northbound on Washington Street, near Thompson Drive, when she hit the
deer resulting in moderate damage. She was not injured.
Dangerous Offender Released
A Potentially Dangerous Offender has been released from prison and has
ties to the local area. Twenty-nine year old Michael Ryan Gale was
sentenced in 2008 after pleading guilty in Livingston County Court to
attempted forcible sodomy and four counts of property damage.
Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox says a letter from the Department
of Corrections states there is a concern Gale may reoffend.
Cox says Gale has contacts/family/friends in the Livingston County and
Because he has completed
his sentence, he was not mandated to report where he intended to
locate, but he is required by state and federal law to register as a
Cox says since Gale's
release this week, he has not registered. If you have any information
on the whereabouts of Michael Gale, you are asked to call the
Livingston County Sheriff's Department at 646-0515.
Webelos Collecting Glass Saturday
The Webelos are collecting glass for recycling Saturday in
Chillicothe. Webelos Pack 120 will be collecting glass from 10:00 am
to 3:00 pm at the parking lot in the 1200 block of North Washington
They will accept glass food and
beverage containers. Labels and cap do not need to be removed. The
glass does not have to be sorted. Window glass will be accepted if
pre-approved, but must be glass only.
Annual Chillicothe Fire Department Report
The Chillicothe Fire Department compiled their annual report for 2016.
That report shows the Chillicothe Fire Crews responded to 2605 calls
for service last year, that's up 216 from 2015. The majority of the
calls, 2166 were EMS calls for ambulance service, that number was up
177 from last year. The number of fire calls in 2016 was 60 including
Structure Fires, Grass and Brush Fires, Automobile fires and fires
outside of a structure. That number is up from 34, but Chief Darrell
Wright says part of that is because smoke in a house or building is
also now counted as fire.
the numbers are what they were expecting.
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Wright talked about some of the accomplishments for the department in
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He says they also participated in a joint emergency operations
exercise with Grundy County and took delivery of a new ambulance paid
for by Livingston County Ambulance District.
For 2017, they will update their medical protocols, upgrade reporting
software, provide more community classes on preparedness for disasters
and later this month, they will have official information presented on
their Honor Guard Team
Chamber Banquet Is Next Thursday
Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet is next
Thursday, January 26th, at the Chillicothe Elks Lodge. Chamber
Director Crystal Narr says it is an opportunity to recognize members
of our local community.
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Narr says the entertainment this year will be something new.
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Reservations for the banquet are due by noon Friday. Call the Chamber
office at 646-4050. Tickets are $30 per person.
Livingston Co Most Wanted
The Livingston County Sheriff's Department announced a new Most
Wanted. Forty-two year old Patrick Kris Lyons of Wheeling is wanted on
a Livingston County warrant for alleged Domestic Assault, issued
following a recent investigation in Wheeling. Lyons is described as a
white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 185 pounds, with a bald head and
If you have any information
call the Livingston County Sheriff's Department at 646-0515.
Operation HELP Soup and Chili Supper
Operation Help will have their annual Chili and Soup Supper, Friday at
the First Christian Church. The Supper is a fundraiser for Operation
Help. A free will donation will be accepted to support the program.
In addition to Chili, Potato Soup will be available and of course a
selection of deserts. The Operation Help Chili and Soup Supper is
Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the First Christian Church.
Classes In Trenton Resume Friday
Classes in Trenton resume Friday morning after school was dismissed
early Wednesday and was not in session Thursday. School District
officials report 28 staff members called in sick Wednesday morning and
there were 145 students that were absent due to the flu. The building
maintenance staff have been working to disinfect the buildings.
Trenton's varsity basketball game tonight is postponed to February
1st, but tonight's JV games in the Gallatin tournament will still be
played as scheduled.
Classes will resume
on Friday in Trenton, but the district has also announced busses in
Trenton will run on hard surfaces only until further notice.
Progress On New Chillicothe Elementary School
The progress on the new Chillicothe Elementary School is slow and
steady. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says they will soon begin the
work to install water and sewer lines.
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Barnes says for the building itself, they are also making progress in
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As with any work at this time of the year, weather can and will be a
Personnel Actions In R-II Closed Session
The Chillicothe R-II School Board Closed Executive session included a
retirement and the hiring of two new staff members. Superintendent Dr
Roger Barnes says the board accepted the resignation and retirement of
Chillicothe High School Librarian Cynthia Foster. That will become
effective at the end of the school year.
Barnes says they also hired Josh Vance as a custodian at Central
School and Crystal White as a Cafeteria Worker at Dewey School.
Troopers Arrest Two In Area Counties
State Troopers reported two arrests in the local counties on
In Linn County at about 11:00
am, Troopers arrested 35 year old Joseph Dauber of Bucklin on a Linn
County Probation and Parole warrant. He was taken to the Linn County
Jail with no bond allowed.
County at about 1:25 pm, Troopers arrested 34 year old Michael Donoho
of Ludlow for alleged failure to register a vehicle and on a Caldwell
County warrant for alleged failure to appear on a speeding ticket. He
was taken to the Livingston County Sheriff's Department pending the
posting of bond.
Tax Filing Better Than Paper
Most Americans are beginning the process of filing their 2016 income
tax returns and will chose from having a tax service do the work and
doing them themselves. If you will be preparing your own tax return,
IRS Spokesman Michael Devine says filing electronically is always the
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Devine says an advantage of the software is in the way you fill out
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The electronic software also does all the math for you and will assist
you in the process of paying electronically or if you are receiving a
refund, having that deposited in you checking or savings account.
Trenton Assistant Police Chief Completes Program At Northwestern
Trenton's Assistant Police Chief, Lieutenant Rex Ross, has added
another accomplishment to his career. Ross recently graduated from the
School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) at Northwestern University.
The School of Police Staff and Command provides upper-level college
instruction in a total of twenty-seven core blocks of instruction and
additional optional blocks during each session. The major topics of
study include: Leadership, Human Resources, Employee Relations,
Organizational Behavior, Applied Statistics, Planning and Policy
Development, Budgeting and Resource Allocation.
Chief Tommy Wright says the Trenton Police Department anticipates a
variety of benefits from Ross's attendance at this program. He says
many of the program graduates go on to achieve a variety of leadership
positions within their respective agencies.
One of the first steps in building a new walkway to connect the
building at the Chillicothe Middle School was taken Tuesday as a fence
was installed. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes called it a Safety
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Barnes says the new walkway will be built just north of the sidewalk
the students currently use.
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The fence is meant to keep the students away from the construction
site and materials within the perimeter.
Chillicothe Police Report
The Chillicothe Police Department reports two domestic investigations
At 11:30 am, officers were called
to the 1100 block of Elm Street for a domestic assault that had
occurred earlier in the day. Officers were not able to locate the
suspect and information has been sent to the prosecuting attorney.
At about 5:30 pm, officers responded to the 1500 block of Jackson
Street for a domestic disturbance. The incident was considered verbal.
Three Taken To Prison
Livingston County Sheriff's Deputies transferred three people to the
Missouri Department of Corrections by court order. They include:
year old Tiffany Midgyett of Chillicothe on a parole violation from an
earlier conviction for distribution of a controlled substance.
year old Rena Boley of Chillicothe, sentenced to 6 years, following a
conviction for possession of a controlled substance.
29 year old
James Spath of Braymer on a conviction for 2nd degree Burglary. He is
sentence to 7 years, suspended to 70 months of probation and 120 days
Trenton R-IX Schools Closing Due To Illness
The Trenton R-IX Schools will release students early today and will
not be in session on Thursday; this is due to the spread of the flu in
the Trenton community. School District officials report 28 staff
members called in sick Wednesday morning and there were 145 students
that were absent due to the flu.
today, the schools released following lunch.
For Thursday, there will be no classes. The building maintenance staff
is working today and Thursday to disinfect the buildings.
All Trenton basketball games are still on as scheduled.
Classes will resume on Friday unless there are further updates.
Chillicothe School District A Bit Behind On Revenue
The Chillicothe R-II School Districts spending is on target for the
budget projections, but revenues are falling a bit behind.
Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says overall the district is in good
shape. He says the revenue shortfall is mainly from the state funding.
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Barnes says, if necessary, they will look at a variety of ways to
reign in the spending to adjust for the shortfall.
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The Board will continue to monitor the budget throughout the rest of
the school year.
No Third Party Oversite In CHS Roof
Because the Chillicothe R-II School Board chose to go with a different
roofing product than was recommended by the engineers for the project,
they were asked to consider a third party oversight for the project.
Dr Roger Barnes explains the purpose of the oversight.
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Barnes says at Tuesday's meeting the board chose to not pay an
additional $9,000 for the oversight.
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The roof project will start later this year.
No Policy For School Protection Officer
Several new and revised School Board policies were approved Tuesday,
after a third reading. The board, at the recommendation of the
Superintendent, chose not to approve a policy to create a School
Protection Officer for each building.
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Barnes further explains his recommendation.
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He says, unlike some areas of the state where this could be justified,
he sees no need at this time. If that should change, the board could
revisit and consider the policy at that time.
Troopers Arrest Two From The Local Area
State Troopers reported 2 arrests in the area counties.
Tuesday at 4:00 pm in Caldwell County, 28 year old Christine Blakely
of Hamilton was arrested for alleged driving while suspended and no
seatbelt. She was held at the Caldwell County Detention Center.
At about 8:15 pm Tuesday, Troopers in Harrison County arrested 56 year
old Gerald Yarolem of Trenton for alleged no valid drivers license. He
was taken to the Harrison County Jail, processed and released.
Ambulance District To Meet Next Week
The Livingston County Ambulance District will meet January 24th at the
Chillicothe Fire Station. The meeting will start at 8:00 am to discuss
a resignation and appointments to fill vacancies. They will also go
over the quarterly financial report, software updates, projected
equipment requests for 2017 and staffing.
This is a public meeting
Livingston Co. Senior Fund Board Meeting
The Livingston County Senior Citizen Fund Board will meet Monday
afternoon. The meeting is at 3:30 pm in the Commission Room of the
courthouse. The agenda includes a review of grant applications and
Fontella Mosier from the YMCA will be on hand for clarification of a
The meeting is open to the public.
Community Economic Development Meeting Thursday
A Community Economic Development meeting will be held Thursday in
Chillicothe. The meeting will be held at the Livingston County Library
from Noon to 2:00 pm. The Chillicothe City Council will be in
Two School Board Elections In Livingston Co.
Elections will be held in at least two if the Livingston County School
District. Each district has three open seats for the April election.
For Chillicothe, there are four candidates: Pat Jones, Jason Bone,
Patrick Groom and Lauren Horsman.
Chula, there are three candidates: Jeremy Searcy, Jimmy Meservey and
For Southwest, there are four
candidates: Charles Jones, Brendan Wolf, Chasity Anderson and Tyler
If there are any additional
School Board filings, we will let you know.
Livingston Co. Sales Tax Ballot Language
The official ballot language for the Livingston County Sales Tax
question is approved and filed with the County Clerk's office. The
questions will be on the April 4th ballot of consideration of the
residents of the county. The official language reads:
"Shall the County Commission of Livingston County, Missouri, be
authorized, pursuant to Sec 67.547 RSMo,
to impose a countywide sales tax of one half of one percent?"
Monies from this tax would go to the
Livingston County General Fund.
would be in addition to the current Livingston County Taxes of one
half of one percent for the general fund and one quarter of one
percent to law enforcement. If approved by the voters, the total sales
tax for Livingston County would be 1.25%
Senior Center Fundraising Campaign
The Grand River Multi-Purpose Center is officially kicking off their
building fund campaign on Friday, with an open house from Noon to 1:00
pm. Center Director Cindy Ireland says they recently purchased their
Ireland says the current fundraising goal is $400,000.
The center offers area seniors a variety of programs, including meals
at the center, home delivered meals, exercise classes, health
services, financial literacy assistance and social events and
The fundraising committee has
identified two phases to the campaign. The first is to retire the debt
on the current building. The second phase is to build a new center and
sell the property.
Through the Concerned
Citizens for the Community, a 501c3 organization, donations are tax
Survey Looking At Poverty In The Region
A Community Needs Survey is being conducted by the Community Action
Partnership of North Central Missouri, formerly the Green Hills
Community Action Agency. The survey is meant to help the agency better
understand the state of poverty in the region, which includes
residents of Caldwell, Daviess, Grundy Harrison, Linn, Livingston,
Mercer, Putnam and Sullivan Counties. All residents of those counties
are invited to participate in the survey which is available on line at
the agency's website at www.capncm.org
or at their Facebook page. Printed copies of the survey are available
by calling their toll free number 855-290-8544.
Electrical Smell Summons Fire Fighters
A report of an electrical smell from a water cooler summoned
Chillicothe fire fighters to an accounting firm in the second floor of
a bank at 515 Washington Street Monday afternoon. The call came in
about 2:25 pm and the fire crew arrived within a couple minutes. The
source of the odor was determined to be a water cooler. Further
investigation found the water was getting into a relay inside the
unit. Power was turned off and the owner was advised to call for
repairs. The fire crew was on the scene for less than 15 minutes.
Accident Near Green Castle Injures One
A Kirksville man was injured in a single vehicle accident Monday
morning near Green Castle. State Troopers reported 28 year old Patrick
Vangu of Kirksville was treated at the scene following the accident
that happened when he was westbound on Highway 6. He ran off the road
and his car overturned, coming to rest on its top. The driver was
wearing a safety belt.
Woman Arrested On Livingston Co. Warrant
The Livingston County Sheriff's Department reported an arrest on a
Probation and Parole warrant issued in Livingston County Court.
Twenty-one year old Nickkol Starr of Kansas City, was arrested in
Jackson County on the warrant for alleged parole violation on an
original conviction for possession of a controlled substance in April
of 2016. She was turned over the Livingston County Sheriff's
Department and is held without bond, pending a court appearance on the
Troopers Arrest Oklahoma Woman In Daviess Co.
An Oklahoma woman was arrested by State Troopers in Daviess County
Monday evening. Thirty-three year old Javia Sims was arrested for
alleged speeding, no drivers license and no insurance. She was held at
the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail pending the posting of bond.
Nursing Home Board Meets Thursday
The Livingston County Nursing Home Board will meet Thursday. The
meeting begins at Noon in the conference room at 1700 Morningside
Drive. Board meetings are open to the public.
Filing For April Election Ends Tuesday
The final day to file as a candidate for the April election is
Tuesday. In Livingston County, there are races for School Board, City
Government, Ambulance Districts and Health Center Trustees.
Filing for the School Board seats takes place at the school district
offices. In Chillicothe, there are three open seats and four
candidates. They include: Patrick Groom and Lauren Horsman and
Incumbents - Jason Bone and Pat Jones.
For the City of Chillicothe, filing takes place at City Hall. The
candidates that have filed include: Mayor - Chuck Haney, Councilman At
Large - Reed Dupy, 1st Ward - Denny Albertson, 2nd Ward - Wayne
Cunningham, 3rd Ward - Tom Douglas, 4th Ward - Paul Howard, Clerk -
Roze Frampton, Auditor - Theresa Kelly and Constable - Rick Knouse.
There are no filings for City Attorney or Treasurer.
The Health Center Trustee and Ambulance District filing takes place at
the Livingston county Clerks Office. For the Health Center Trustee
positions, there are 3 seats and four candidates: Darlene Hughes, Doug
Doughty, Merilyn Broadmerkle and Jaime Pittman.
For the ambulance districts the candidates include: District #1 - Bill
Hayen, District #2 - Darrell Rinehart, District #4 - Ken Lauhoff and
District #6 - Ronald Beetsma.
the April 4th election closes Tuesday at 5:00 pm.
Commissioners Contnue Budget Work
The Livingston county Commissioners are working on finalizing their
2017 budget in the meetings this week. The commission meets Tuesday at
9:30 am, in the commission room. The agenda includes the continued
budget review, county road and bridge matters and administrative and
commission meetings are open to the public.
Chillicothe School Board Has Light Agenda
Tuesday's meeting of the Chillicothe R-II School Board will include
only a few action items. The meeting begins at 6:30 at the district
office. They start with recognition of students from Garrison and
Dewey Schools. They will also have a presentation on School Board
New Business include the
finance report, approval of Board Policy Revisions and they will
consider a third party oversite of the High School roofing project
that will take place later in the year.
Chillicothe School Board meetings are open to the public.
Bishop Hogan Preparing For "March For Life" Trip
Students from Bishop Hogan School will travel to the nation's capital
next week to participate in the "March For Life." Principal Pam Brobst
says eight students will travel with chaperones to take part in this
Brobst says in the past they have traveled by bus, and that means
nearly 48 hours of time on the bus.
Brobst says they are very grateful of the support from families and
the community to help make this annual pilgrimage possible.
Police Report Several Arrests
Seven arrests are in the Chillicothe Police Department report for the
Officers began a theft investigation in the 1000 block of Graves
Clifton Rathmann was arrested in
the 1300 block of Green Street on a Buchanan Co Warrant for alleged
Casey Welch was arrested in the 800 block of Elm for alleged
possession of a controlled substance possession of drug paraphernalia
and animal abuse.
Jerry Reeds was arrested in the 600 block of Walnut on Chillicothe
warrants. He posted bond.
was arrested in the 100 block of Washington for alleged driving while
suspended. He was cited and released
Vitale was arrested for alleged DWI, no headlights and no seatbelt.
Courtney Archer and Arthur Massey were arrested by the Livingston
County Sheriff's Department on Chillicothe warrants and turned over to
the police department. They posted bond.
Report One Area Arrest
State Troopers reported only one arrest in the area counties over the
weekend. In Caldwell County, Troopers arrested 26 year old Samuel
McIntosh of Hamilton for alleged driving without a license, possession
of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids, unlawful use of drug
paraphernalia and no valid license plates. He was taken to the
Caldwell County Jail.
Gas Smell Summons Fire Department
Chillicothe Fire Fighters responded to a report of a gas smell
Saturday afternoon at Snow and Locust Streets. The call came in about
4:35 pm and the department arrived 4 minutes later and checked the
Cooke's Used Parts and Equipment property. They found a gas line leak,
due to corrosion of the line on the ground. The meter was shut off and
the gas company and owner were called. The owner showed up to allow
access to the building, where there was a strong smell of gas in part
of the building. Windows were opened to clear the gas. The Fire
Department was on the scene for just under an hour.