P-Card Rebate 11/26
The Chillicothe R-II School
District received a rebate from the Missouri School Board
Associations P-Card Program. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says the
district received just under $600 from the program that works a lot
like a credit card reward program.
<Audio: Barnes 1>
Barnes says the P-Card is not the standard method for
the district to make purchases.
<Audio: Barnes 2>
The MSBA P-Card program began in 2005. This year MSBA
says there are 36 school districts participating and they have
received around $130,000 in rebates.
Holiday Travel 11/26
The Thanksgiving Holiday Travel
period is underway and the Missouri Highway Patrol expects this will
be a busy travel time for many families. Public Information Officer
for Troop H, Sergeant Jake Angle says during the peak travel days,
they have an increased presence on the roads.
<Audio: Sgt Angle 1>
Angle says weather traveling for the holiday, or at any
time during the winter, you need to make sure you and your vehicle
<Audio: Sgt Angle 2>
Angle says Drinking and driving don't mix. If you will
be out partying, choose a designated driver and he says to make sure
everyone is buckled up when they get in the car
Food Safety For The Holidays 11/26
When you are cooking poultry,
especially for a crowd, you need to take extra care to clean as you
go in your kitchen. University of Missouri Extension Nutrition
Specialist, Janet Hackert says be careful of cross contamination. If
you are working on the turkey, make sure the cutting board, knives,
counter top, utensils and even the sink are cleaned before you move
on to the next task. And be careful to clean your sponge or dish
<Audio: Hackert 1>
For the dish cloth, keep it rinsed well and change it
out regularly to ensure it is not harboring any dangers. For the
Sponge, Hackert says rinse several times in clean water and then
while damp, put it in the microwave oven on the highest setting for
one full minute and that will kill off any of those bad organisms.
Hackert says another good practice is to use a
sanitizing solution to clean up periodically.
<Audio: Hackert 2>
Thanksgiving morning, Hackert will talk about serving
and leftovers for the Thanksgiving meal.
City To Get Vehicle Bids 11/26
Replacement of City Vehicles was
back on the agenda for the Chillicothe City Council on Monday.
Earlier discussions and requests to go out for bids were tabled by
the council until the health Insurance matter was completed.
City Administrator Ike Holland presented the council
with a request for the replacement of three Parks trucks and the
replacement of a police vehicle that had been totaled in an
accident. Holland is planning on the vehicle replacements coming
from the funds raised through the sale of surplus vehicles and
<Audio: Cunningham 1>
Second Ward Councilman Wayne Cunningham suggested the
Parks vehicles be priced for a couple different size trucks. He also
questioned the need for another police car. Councilman At Large
David Moore responded.
<Audio: Moore 2>
The council gave approval for the city to go out for
bid on the vehicles for the parks department and for the replacement
School Board Election Filing 11/26
Filing for the Chillicothe R-II
School Board election in April will begin December 16th at the
District Office. The school District has two seats that will be on
the ballot and the top two vote getters in the election will be
declared the winners.
The filing period for those interested in being on the
Chillicothe R-II School Board runs from December 16th to January
20th. During the holiday break, December 22nd to January 2nd, the
District office will be closed. Filing will resume January 3rd.
Hours for filing are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, except on the last day of
filing when the office will remain open until 5:00 pm.
If you have questions about filing, you are asked to
contact Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes at 646-4566.
Under State Statute, if the number of candidates that
file is the same as the number of available seats, the district is
not required to participate in the election.
County Commission Meetings 11/26
The Livingston County
Commissioners will not be meeting Thursday due to the Thanksgiving
Holiday, but they have released the agendas for their meetings for
The Commissioners will meet Tuesday, December 2nd and
Thursday the 4th at 9:30 am in the 2nd floor commission room. Both
meetings include county road and bridge matters and administrative
and departmental duties.
Thursday's agenda includes an 11:00 am bid opening for
the BRO-059(21) bridge project on LIV 247. At 2:00 pm, the
commissioners will attend the RSVP Christmas Party at Grand River
Local Police Have Heightened Awareness Over Ferguson Reaction 11/25
The reaction to the Grand Jury
decision in Ferguson, Missouri has made police departments across
the state and across the country very aware of what is happening in
their local communities. Chillicothe Police Chief Rick Knouse says
even in rural Missouri, you need to be on alert.
<Audio: Knouse 1>
Knouse says the type of reaction seen in an urban area
versus what might be seen in a rural area is mainly on the scale and
population, but he says even that has changed over the years.
<Audio: Knouse 2>
Knouse says departments across the state are preparing
to send officers to assist in Ferguson, if the request comes.
<Audio: Knouse 3>
He says with any luck Mother Nature will help to calm
the situation in Ferguson.
Thanksgiving Countdown 11/25
The countdown to Thanksgiving is
at two days. Hopefully if you are in-charge of the meal, you have
several steps taken care of already, like shopping, some make ahead
sides and of course, the turkey is thawing in the fridge. All that
said, there are some numbers you need to have handy for the big day.
325°... That is the temperature to roast your turkey in the oven
165°... The temperature the meat should reach at the thickest
part of the breast or thigh, without putting a thermometer against a
165°... The temperature your stuffing should reach weather it is
in the bird or in a separate pan.
2 Hours... The maximum you should let your food stand after it
is cooked before it should be put in the refrigerator. And that is
two hours from the end of cooking, not the end of the meal.
Finally, a toll free number,
1-888-674-6854, for the USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline for
Frequently Asked Questions of cooking and handling of meat and
poultry items. You can also check out
Tom's Turkey Tidbits,
Turkey Thawing 11/25
The turkey is the one element
most people will build their entire thanksgiving meal around, but
for some it can be very intimidating. That intimidation begins with
the thawing of the bird.
Tina Hanes with the USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline
says the best thawing method is in the refrigerator. For a 12 pound
bird that will take about three or more days, about 1 day for every
5 pounds. As we have less time than that now, Hanes says there is
another method that is safe and recommended for a quick thaw.
<Audio: Hanes 1>
Thawing will take about 30 minutes for each pound.
For more thawing and cooking tips, check the USDA Meat
and Poultry Hotline website at
www.fsis.usda.gov or call 888-674-6854.
Filing Fees For City Elections 11/25
The Chillicothe City Council
approved an ordinance to set the filing fee for those that want to
run for city elected office. City Attorney Robert Cowherd told the
council Monday that the fee was taken off the books in 2012.
<Audio: Cowherd 1>
City Clerk Roze Frampton presented the ordinance that
reinstates the filing fee of $20 for those that want to run for any
of the city offices. This goes into effect immediately.
The filing will begin December 16th for the April
Election. That election will include all city offices, including:
Mayor, Councilman At Large, the 1st -4th Ward Council seats, City
Clerk, City Auditor, City Treasurer, City Constable and City
Frampton says the city elections are non-partisan and
there is no primary. That means the person with the most votes on
April 7th will be declared the winner.
New Health Ins. For City Employees 11/25
The City of Chillicothe will have
a new health Insurance for its employees, and it will not include
spousal coverage. The Chillicothe City Council approved the new
insurance plan from Lifestyle Health Plans, which includes raising
the deductible to $5,000, a bridge plan to assist the insured with a
life altering event and they approved an increase in the flex
account, bringing it to $600. Earlier in the year, the city was
informed they would see a 45% increase in their health insurance
cost. The city was already paying about $500,000 a year for their
part of the insurance, so they began looking at other options. City
Auditor Teresa Kelly explained the cost to the city under the new
<Audio: Kelly 1>
Parks Director Josh Norris was part of the group
researching the insurance plans and told the council that offering
spousal coverage can cause problems if the spouse chooses to look on
the Insurance Market Place.
<Audio: Norris 2>
Not everyone will qualify for assistance with insurance
The council approved the new insurance with Lifestyle
Health Plans, providing the employee insurance and offering coverage
for their children.
Accident Leads To Arrest Of Driver 11/25
An accident Monday night in
Caldwell County led to the arrest of the driver. Thirty-eight year
old Eric S Johnson of Cameron was arrested at about 11:45 pm,
following a single vehicle accident on Old US 36, just east of
Cameron. According the Highway Patrol, at about 10:20 pm, Johnson
was westbound when he drove off the left side of the road and struck
a tree. He was taken to Cameron Regional Hospital for treatment of
minor injuries. Troopers arrested him for alleged DWI, a lane
violation, no seatbelt and driving while suspended. He was processed
and released for treatment.
Tree Carvings Approved 11/25 6am
The City Council approved three
tree carvings for Simpson Park. The carvings will be completed by
Steve Holt at no cost to the city as the funding is from private
An eagle will be carved in a tree that was topped in
the circle. It is located at the east end of the circle near the
A lion will be carved in a tree that is near the
playground closest to Washington Street.
There will also be a carving of a couple of bear cubs
climbing a tree and that will be near the current carving of the
Again the carvings will be done at NO COST to the city.
2015 Proposed Street Projects 11/25 6am
The City of Chillicothe will
begin the engineering and design work for the 2015 City Street
Projects. The City Council on Monday gave approval to begin the work
needed to go out for bids on the projects on the list for next year.
Street Superintendent Barry Arthur says the list includes projects
that would be paid through different funds.
From the Permanent Street Fund, the list of projects
Fairway Drive from Washington to Fair, Tomahawk from Mohawk to
Broken Arrow and Fairchild from Lambert to Dorney, all for Curb and
Third from Grandview to South Woodrow for curb and gutter and storm
And Bryan from Edgewood to just west of the Baptist Church and Park
Avenue at the Cul-de-sac, both for concrete replacement.
From the Street Funds Arthur plans overlays. That list
Fairway from Fair to Washington,
Tomahawk from Mohawk to Broken Arrow,
Peacher from Clay to Webster,
Grandview from Calhoun to Webster,
Fairchild from Lambert to Dorney,
Third - west of Southwest Drive for replacement of bad area
And as an alternate JFK from Easton to Locust.
Chillicothe City Board Openings 11/25 6am
The City of Chillicothe is looking for
applicants to fill three openings on two city boards.
Mayor Chuck Haney is accepting applications to fill two
opening on the Board of Public Works. One for a resignation and the
other due to term limits. Applicants must be a resident of the City
of Chillicothe for at least two years. They must declare their
political affiliation as there can only be two board members from
any political party. The mayor will make his recommendation to the
Council to fill the openings that are the result of term limits for
Joe Tate and the resignation of Ed Douglas.
The mayor is also accepting applications for one seat
on the Chillicothe Housing Board.
Applications for the openings on both boards can be
picked up at Chillicothe City Hall and should be returned by
Thanksgiving Trash Pick-Up 11/24
Trash pick-up in Chillicothe will
continue on the regular routes this week for the CMU Refuse
Department. Refuse Supervisor Troy Figg says Customers with a
Thursday or Friday Route should put the trash out as normal.
<Audio: Figg 1>
Figg says they will have some changes when the
Christmas week comes around.
NCMC Board of Trustees 11/24
The NCMC Board of Trustees will
meet Tuesday evening at the Frey Administrative Center. The meeting
begins at 5:30 with reports to the board
Old business includes a couple of policy changes.
New Business includes A Consultant Agreement, Bids for
Allied Health, The Barton Farm Campus and The Ketcham Center HVAC.
They will consider a special staff holiday and personnel items will
And executive session is also planned. The meeting of
the NCMC Board of Trustees is open to the public.
Chillicothe Holiday Parade Winners 11/24
There were just over 80 Entries
on the 68th annual Chillicothe Holiday Parade Saturday morning. The
parade lasted just over an hour. Winners were selected in three
categories and for the bands.
For the Youth Division:
1st place to Dawn Sunrise Happy Hustlers 4H
2nd to Cup Scout Troop 120
3rd to Turning Point Pre-school
In the Business and Organization Division:
1st place to Princesses of America
2nd to Robertson Insurance Services
3rd to Hy-Vee Food Stores
In the Non-Profit Division:
1st Place to Bishop Hogan School
2nd to Trinity Evangelical Church
3rd to the Tornadoes.
And for the Bands:
1st to Green City R-I,
2nd to Penny High of Hamilton
3rd to Linn County R-I.
Polo Teen Injured In Sunday Morning Accident 11/24
A Polo teen had moderate injuries
in an accident near Polo Sunday morning. Sixteen year old Brittany M
Sheppard was taken to Liberty Hospital with moderate injures
following the accident that happened at about 8:00 am on Highway 13.
The Missouri Highway Patrol report Sheppard was northbound when she
lost control, went off the road and hit several small trees. The car
overturned and Sheppard, who was not wearing a safety belt, was
Minor Fuel Spill When Tanker Overturns Near Gallatin 11/24
A fuel tanker overturned Saturday
morning south of Gallatin, leaving the driver with moderate injures.
State Troopers and Chillicothe Fire Fighters responded to the
accident that happened about 8:45 am on Route M, 5 mile south of
Gallatin. According to the report, the driver, 53 year old Rodney
Larrimore of Independence was northbound when he drove off the right
side of the road and the loaded fuel tanker overturned onto its top.
Larrimore was wearing his safety belt and was taken to Cameron
Regional Hospital for treatment of moderate injures.
Chillicothe Fire Department's Hazardous Materials
Response Team was on hand for any fuel spill as the tanker was
rolled back onto its wheels. They reported only about a 15 gallon
spill from the truck.
Courtesy of Chillicothe Fire Dept .
Chillicothe Police Report 11/24
A stolen vehicle and a few arrests are in
the Chillicothe Police Department report.
Last Thursday, officers took a report of a vehicle
stolen in the 10 block of South Washington. The vehicle was later
located in Lafayette County and was returned to the owner.
Friday, officers investigated a report of Child abuse
in the 600 block of Jackson Street. An assault between two juveniles
was reported near Third and Dickinson Street, that investigation
continues. Officers also investigated a report of property damage in
the 10 block of East 3rd.
Saturday, Jeffery Davenport was arrested in the 300
block of Clay on a warrant for alleged driving while revoked, no
insurance and failing to register a vehicle. He was also arrested
for alleged possession of Methamphetamine and unlawful use of drug
paraphernalia. A Juvenile was also arrested at that time and was
turned over to the Juvenile office.
Sunday, a report of a dog attacking a rooster in the
100 block of East Bridge resulted in a citation issue to the owner
of the dog for allowing it to run loose. Gina St. Clair was arrested
in the 200 block of Cowgill on a Caldwell County warrant for alleged
Troopers Arrest Three 11/24
State Troopers reported three arrests
in the local counties over the weekend.
Saturday at about 6:30 pm, Troopers in Daviess County
arrested 47 year old Patricia J Chipps of Trenton on a Daviess
County warrant for alleged passing bad checks. She was taken to the
Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail pending the posting of bond.
At about 11:50 pm in Sullivan County, 37 year old John
J Brown of Galt was arrested for alleged DWI - persistent offender
and for speeding. He was processed and released.
Sunday, at about 5:10 pm in Chariton County, Troopers
arrested Michelle Y Gerke of Pilot Grove for alleged DWI - prior
offender and failing to drive on the right side of the road. She was
taken to the Chariton County Jail pending the posting of bond.
Chillicothe City Council 11/24
Health insurance, streets and
vehicles are on the agenda for the Chillicothe City Council this
evening. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm at City Hall.
Bids will be presented for bank depository and the
employee health insurance.
Appearances include e an introduction of a new police officer, Caleb
Clements, a discussion on the 2015 street projects, approval for the
next Simpson Park Tree Carving and discussions on city vehicles -
including a police care and parks vehicle.
Ordinances will be presented to set the filing dates
for the municipal election in April and to set the salaries for
An executive session is planned to follow the regular
Holiday Season Begins in Chillicothe 11/22
The first of three holiday events
kicked off the Christmas season in Chillicothe Friday night with the
annual Jenkins Townhouse Lighting Ceremony. Chillicothe 3rd grader
Kaden Cranmer, son of the late Lindsey Cranmer, helped Mayor Chuck
Haney in turning on the lights. The event was sponsored by
Chillicothe Rotary with assistance from the Salvation Army.
Today (Saturday) is the 68th Annual Chillicothe
Holiday Parade starting at 10:00am rain or shine. Chamber of
Commerce Director Crystal Narr says this year's theme is "Christmas
<Audio: Narr 1>
Narr says this year's parade will include the Grand
Marshal Dave Rogers - retired Director of the Grand River Area
Family Y, and of course several bands and other entries.
<Audio: Narr 2>
The parade will begin near Washington and Polk Streets,
heading south on Washington Street to Third, east on Third to Locust
and then back north through the downtown area.
The Festival of Lights at Simpson Park is expected to
begin as scheduled tonight (Saturday) at 5:30pm. In case of rain, a
make-up date will be announced.
CMS Cares Day a Success 11/22 6am
Students at the Chillicothe Middle School took time
away from the books on Friday to give back to the community on "CMS
Cares" day, an opportunity for students to take part in the service
learning project. Coordinator Larinda Davison says many of the
students took part in outdoor projects like raking leaves.
Superintendent of Schools Dr Roger Barnes worked with students at
the Grand River Area Family YMCA where they helped disinfect some of
the equipment. Students also had assemblies both before and after
the projects for the day.
Milan Resident Arrested
The Missouri Highway Patrol arrested 21
year old Michaela N. Hinson of Milan in Sullivan county on felony
possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug
Livingston County Library To Offer
Holiday Classes 11/22 6am
The Livingston County Library will
offer a Wreath making class on December 1st from 6:00 to 7:00pm. For
a cost of $20, participants can make a wreath from evergreen boughs
and pine cones that you can take home. To register call 646-0547
The Children's Library will offer two Snowflake
activities on December 16th and 17th from 3:45 to 4:40 each day.
Each session will include a story and children will make various
snowflake designs. The December Session is for kids ages 5 to 7 and
the 17th for kids ages 8 to 12 years old. Pre-registration begins
December 1st by calling 646-0563
City Earns National Recognition
The City of Chillicothe will be
featured in a national publication in December.
American City & County magazine will feature Chillicothe for
Innovation in their December issue. City Administrator Ike Holland
says Chillicothe will be recognized as a "Crown Community."
<Audio: Holland 1>
Holland says Chillicothe has received several awards and recognition
for Innovation at the state level including this year for the
Hedrick Medical Center Project.
<Audio: Holland 2>
Holland says the innovations for the city continue with
other new projects this year, including the new Fire Training Center
which opened this month and the city will soon open a new Dog Park
for the community.
Chillicothe City Council Meets Monday11/21
The Chillicothe City Council will meet
Monday at 6:30pm in regular session. Bids will be presented for bank depository and the
employee health insurance.
Appearances include an introduction of a new police
officer, Caleb Clements, a discussion on the 2015 street projects,
approval for the next Simpson Park Tree Carving and discussions on
city vehicles - including a police care and parks vehicle.
Ordinances will be presented to set the filing dates
for the municipal election in April and to set the salaries for
An executive session is planned to follow the regular
Trenton Council Agenda11/21 12pm
The Trenton City Council will have two
ordinances on their agenda for Monday night. The Trenton Council
meets Monday at 7:00 pm at Trenton City Hall. One ordinance is to
set the filing dates for the April Municipal Election. The other
ordinance is for the agreement with MC Power, their solar operator,
for a PILOT Fee MC Power will pay to the city.
Also on the agenda are bids for a police car, a
proposed snow plow policy and there will be a discussion on
permanently closing the 40th Street railroad crossing.
There is no executive session planned for the Trenton
CMS Cares Day11/21 12pm
Students at the Chillicothe Middle
School took time away from the books Friday to give back their
community. CMS Cares Day is an opportunity for the students to take
part in Service Learning Project. Coordinator Larinda Davison says
many of the students took part in outdoor projects like raking
leaves. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes worked with students at the
Grand River Area Family Y, where they worked to disinfect various
types of equipment.
<Audio: Davison 1>
The students also had assemblies both before and after
the projects for the day.