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CMU Receives Electric Project Grant  6/24 12:00pm
     Chillicothe Municipal Utilities received a nearly $126,000 grant from the Missouri Public Energy Pool or MoPEP. The grant was presented at Thursday's meeting of the Board of Public Works. CMU General Manager Jim Gillilan says the grant is for an Electric system project.
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     Gillilan says the grant covers nearly 100% of the project.
     In other action at the meeting, the board approved bids for the Protective Relays and Automation Controllers for that project.
     Bids were presented for the orange bags for the refuse department.
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     They also accepted the bid from Green Hills Telephone for a new phone system that will cover all department and save CMU about $1400 a month

Chillicothe City Council Agenda Include Rail Spur  6/24 12:00pm
     The Chillicothe City Council meets Monday with an abbreviated agenda and a finance workshop.
     The finance workshop will start at 5:30 pm in the Conference Room of City Hall.
     At 6:30 pm is the regular meeting. In addition to the salaries and invoices, the agenda include discussions and resolutions for a Community Development Block Grant or CDBG grant for a rail spur to serve a business in the industrial park.
     The resolutions include: for intent to seek funding, providing fair housing and prohibit excessive force.
     An executive session is planned if it is needed.

Sheriff's Report Includes Juvenine Sex Offense  6/24 12:00pm
     The Livingston County Sheriff's Department reported several investigations and arrest, including an investigation of sex offenses with one or more juvenile victim.
     Sheriff Steve Cox says through the month they have been investigating the sex offenses and on Tuesday conducted an interview. A report was sent to the Prosecuting Attorney and they are seeking a warrant to arrest a suspect.
     The Sheriff deputies have been investigation a report of animal abuse, neglect or abandonment in Chula. A suspect was cited.
     A local business reported an underage man in possession of a fake ID. The investigation resulted in recovery of part of the ID. The suspect admitted to paying $100 in another county for the ID.
     36 year old Jill Marie Boley of Purdin was arrested for alleged Probation Violation on Driving While Suspended.
     25 year old Krachenda Paustain of Chillicothe was extradited from Grundy County on a warrant for alleged probation Violation on original Drug Violation conviction. She is held with no bond allowed.
     49 year old Bryan Lee Becker of Chillicothe was arrested on a Polk County warrant for alleged Failure to Appear for alleged nonsupport, in excess of $5,000. He is held pending the posting of bond.

Planning and Zoning Changes To Be Considered  6/24 6:00am
     The Livingston County Planning and Zoning commission will hold a public hearing Monday to amend the County's Zoning Ordinance and allow for a broader range of businesses under conditional use permits. Zoning Officer Mark Shockey says they want to make changes to the table of allowed business.
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     Shockey says he worked with the commissioners to update the table to encourage more businesses to locate in the county.
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     The Planning and Zoning Commission for Livingston County will meet Monday, at 7:00 pm, in the Associate Courtroom for the public hearing. They will hear from the public and discuss the changes before voting on a recommendation to send to the County Commissioners.
     Tuesday, the County Commissioners will hold a second public hearing at 11:00 am, before they have the final vote on approval of the amendments.

Troopers Arrest Three In The Local Area  6/24 6:00am
     State Troopers report three arrests in the area counties Thursday.
     At about 4:00 pm in Daviess County, 39 year old Edwin Hostetler of Chillicothe was arrested on a Grundy County warrant for alleged failure to appear on a charge of alleged failing to register a vehicle. He was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail and posted bond.
     At about 5:50 pm in Grundy County, 18 year old Jeffery Corbin of Trenton was arrested for alleged driving while suspended, no insurance and no seatbelt. He was taken to the Grundy County Jail and later released.
     At about 7:20 pm in Carroll County, 24 year old Kathleen Crawford of Excelsior Springs was arrested on a Lee's Summit warrant. She was taken to the Ray County Jail pending the posting of bond.

Missouri Arts Director On Chillicothe Visit  6/24 6:00am
     The Missouri Arts Council visited Chillicothe this week as they held their quarterly meeting. Executive Director Michael Donovan says he enjoys visiting Chillicothe and the many things our community has to offer.
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     Donovan says with each visit to Chillicothe, the MAC has gotten to experience some of the culture, the food and life of Livingston County and they look forward to returning in the future.

FREE Wetlands Field Day Tuesday  6/24 6:00am
     The Missouri Department of Conservation holds a Wetlands Management Field Day next Tuesday in Chariton County. This free program is held at the Quinn Hunting Lodge near Rothville. Spokesman Bill Graham says there will be a variety of topics covered.
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     Graham says there are many benefits to wetlands.
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     If you are interested in attending this FREE Wetlands Management Field Day on Tuesday, you are asked to pre-register. Call the Chillicothe MDC office at 646-6122.

Amateur Radio Field Day  6/24 6:00am
     The Livingston County Aries - amateur radio group, has a field day and demonstration of some of their activities, Saturday at the Grand River Area Family YMCA. The group will meet in the grassy area out front of the Y from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The will talk about amateur radio and some of their activities to support the Chillicothe and Livingston County Emergency Management with communication in the event of an emergency in our area.
     If you would like to find out about amateur radio and how to get involved, stop by this Saturday. You can also call Kenneth Hoch at 973-0161.

Bull Riding For Veterans  6/24 6:00am
     Riding for the Veterans, a bull riding event is tonight and Saturday night at the Litton Ag Center. This event will have something for everyone, from Mutton Busting for the kids, the a NFPB bull riding and great entertainment, including Extreme Bull Hula-hoop. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for kids 6-12 and those 5 and under are free. Gates will open at 4:30 each evening and the first 20 children to sign-up beginning at 5:30 will be able to participate in the Mutton Busting event. The Riding For Veterans Event will begin at 6 in the arena.
     PBR Cowboy Willy Ropp and Miss Missouri 2015 McKensie Garber will be on hand for autographs and there will even be a mechanical bull for you to try.
     Organizer Larry Oster says, after expenses, all proceeds go to help veterans.

County Commission District Lines  6/23 12:00pm
     Voters in Livingston County will have an opportunity to elect a new county commissioner for both the Eastern and Western District, but where is the line to separate the two areas? Well, it is not a simple line dividing the two districts.
     The Western District includes seven Townships and two Chillicothe City wards. The list of townships includes: Jackson, Cream Ridge, Sampsel, Mooresville, Green, Monroe and Blue Mound. The Western District also includes Chillicothe's 3rd and 4th ward.
     In the Western District, the candidates include three Republicans, Dave Mapel, Andy McDaniel and Gordon Jones and no Democrats

The Eastern District includes six Townships and two Chillicothe City Wards. The Eastern District Townships include: Grand River, Fairview, Chillicothe, Rich Hill, Wheeling and Medicine. The Chillicothe City Wards in the Eastern District include 1st and 2nd ward.
     Candidates for the Eastern District include: Democrats - Phil Minnick and Jim Grozinger and Republicans - Steve Waits and Alvin R Thompson.

     If you are not sure which Commission District you live in, call the County Clerk's office at 646-8000, extension 3.
Map courtesy of Constitution-Tribune

Library Mural Vandalized  6/23 12:00pm
     The book case mural, behind the Livingston County Library, was damaged by vandals as someone spray painted some words onto one of the books. The Chillicothe Police Department is continuing to investigated the vandalism and is working to locate any surveillance footage that maybe available from the surrounding businesses.
     Mural Artist Kelly Poling says to his knowledge, this is the first time any of Chillicothe's 22 murals have been vandalized.
     If you have any information on the vandalism that may help in the investigation, contact the Chillicothe Police Department at 646-2121.

Chillicothe Arts Honored With Legislative Resolution  6/23 6:00am
     With two major arts organizations in Chillicothe for meetings and the reception at the new Cultural Corner facility, Senator David Pearce and other legislative members in attendance presented the Chillicothe Arts Community with a resolution, recognizing Chillicothe as the recipient of the Creative Community Award.
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     The award was presented to Carol Gregg and all of the Chillicothe organizations involved in the Arts.
     Pearce was also recognized for his efforts in securing the tax credits that helped to fund the renovations at Cultural Corner and the support of the arts in the state. He was presented with a portrait painted at the event by CHS Arts Instructor Daniel Riekena.

Cultural Corner Hosts First Major Event  6/23 6:00am
     It was sooner than expected, but Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery hosted its first major event Wednesday night as members of the Missouri Arts Council and Missouri Citizens for the Arts joined Chillicothe Art Patrons and four members of the Missouri Legislature. Carol Gregg, Director of Cultural Corner says the new facility is a dream come true...
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     Gregg says the arts truly is part of the economic development strategy for the community and north Missouri.
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     Wednesday's event had originally been planned for the Gregg's back yard, by the extreme heat forced the move to the gallery.

Officers Investigation Accident and Domestics  6/23 6:00am
     Chillicothe Police investigated two domestic disturbances and an accident.
     No injuries are reported in the accident Tuesday evening at Washington and Spring Hill Street. The report states, at about 7:00 pm, Goldie Little was attempting to cross Washington Street and pulled into the path of a southbound vehicle driven by Warren Wade, resulting in moderate damage to the vehicles.
     Officers were called to a domestic disturbance Wednesday in the 1700 block of Morningside Drive. That investigation continues. They also responded to a domestic disturbance in the 400 block of Dickenson. That incident was verbal and no arrests were made.

Carrollton Woman Injured In Jackson Co Accident  6/23 6:00am
     A Carrollton woman had moderate injuries in an accident Wednesday evening in Jackson County. Fifty-seven year old Cindy Clater of Carrollton was taken to Liberty Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. The Highway Patrol reports a Kansas City man was attempting to turn onto Highway 210 from the 291 ramp and was hit by the Clater vehicle. The other driver was not injured.

Two Arrested On DWI Charges  6/23 6:00am
State Troopers report two arrests in the area counties Wednesday.
     In Livingston county at about 8:30 am, 49 year old Kevin Hain of Independence was arrested for alleged DWI, speeding and endangering the welfare of a child. He was processed at the Sheriff's Office and released.
     At about 5:50 pm in Caldwell County, 23 year old David Casey of Polo was arrested for alleged leaving the scene of an accident, careless and imprudent driving, failing to drive on the right half of the road and DWI. He was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center on a 24 hour hold.

Sam Graves Mobile Office In Local Area  6/23 6:00am
     Members of Representative Sam Graves' staff will have mobile office stops in the local area next week. Staffers will be in Linn, Chariton and Carroll Counties on Monday. Graves' Mobile Office hours give constituents the opportunity to communicate with a member of his staff regarding a variety of topics.
     The Sam Graves Mobile Office Stops on Monday include:
Marceline City Hall from 8:00 - 9:00 AM
Brunswick City Hall from 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Carrollton City Hall from 1:00 - 2:00 PM

22nd Annual Freedom Run is July 4th at Simpson Park  6/22 12:00pm
     The 22nd Annual Freedom Run will be Monday July 4th at Simpson Park. The Freedom Run will again include a 5K, 10 K and a 1 mile Fun Run for ages 10 and under.
     Preregistration at the Grand River Area Family Y is open through Monday the 27th. If you pre-register, the cost for the 5K or 10K is $20 and the Fun Run is $5. If you miss the deadline, you will need to ad $5 to the cost.
     On Monday July fourth, registration at the park will open at 6:15 am, with the races begin at 7:00.
     Medals will be awarded to the top two men and women in each age division. And all pre-registers runners will receive a t-shirt.

Next Tunes Under The Moon Is Friday  6/22 12:00pm
     The next Tunes Under the Moon concert is this Friday at Silvermoon Plaza. MainStreet director Micah Landes says they will have a local band playing.
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     Landes says they will close down traffic on Webster Street at about 6:00 pm to set things up. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy a fun evening.

Adult and Teen Library Programs  6/22 12:00pm
     The Livingston County Library has activities for both the Adult and Teen Summer Reading programs coming up very quickly. Library director Robin Westphal says Sunday, the Adult Summer Reading program will have a visiting author, Bruce Mathews here to talk about his book Windows of Kansas City.
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     This program is free of charge. It begins Sunday at 2:00 pm in the 2nd floor courtroom.

     Tuesday, the Teen Summer Reading program will have a Minecraft program for children ages 12-18. This program will begin Tuesday at 1:00 pm in the courtroom and will include Minecraft Bingo, Creeper Crafts and real-life Minecraft Snacks.
     If you would like to find out more about either program, call the Library at 646-0547.

Missouri Arts Council To Discuss Grants While In Chillicothe  6/22 6:00am
     The Missouri Arts Council is in Chillicothe Today for their quarterly meeting. Executive Director Michael Donovan says It is not their first trip to Chillicothe, but this time they are celebrating an achievement for the community.
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     Donovan says their meeting here in Chillicothe will center around their budget, that includes good news for the arts communities.
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     Donovan spent part of Tuesday in a few meetings and then touring Chillicothe, Jamesport and Gallatin.
     Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery will host a reception for the Missouri Arts Council this evening.

School Board Approves Raises  6/22 6:00am
     Teachers and other staff of the Chillicothe R-II school District will have a raise in the 2017 school year. The School Board on Tuesday approved a $500 bump in the base on the Salary Schedule and an increase of 3.14% for all others. Assistant Superintendent Jim Ruse says the proposal from the Salary and Welfare Committee takes time to develop.
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     Ruse says the board also approved stipends for teachers and administrators.
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     Another part of the package approved was an increase in the number of sick days for the districts support staff. The number of days will be dependent on the years of service for the employee.

Student Handbooks Approved   6/22 6:00am
     The Student Handbooks for the Chillicothe Schools are approved by the board. The Handbooks were presented for approval at Tuesday meeting. Most had minor changes, but for the high school there were several areas that were revised. Assistant Superintendent Jim Ruse says these were areas that had been approved in previous boards meetings.
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     The Handbooks will be distributed at the start of the school year.

Two Injured When Car Lands 132 Feet From The Road  6/22 6:00am
     Two people were injured in an accident when a car failed to stop at the top of the exit ramp at US 36 and 65, continuing across to the other side. Chillicothe Police report, at about 4:00 pm, Dennis Norvill was eastbound and exiting US 36, but continued across Highway 65 without stopping, went airborne and landed 132 feet from the roadway. The car continued an additional 66 feet through a concrete ravine before stopping.
     A passenger in the Norvill vehicle was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment, but Norvill refused treatment of injuries at the scene.

Police Report Includes Car Theft  6/22 6:00am
     Chillicothe Police investigated several incidents, including a couple of domestic disturbances.
     Monday, officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in the 300 block of Harvester Road. That vehicle was recovered by the Livingston County Sheriff's Department near West Mohawk. The investigation continues.
     A domestic disturbance was investigated in the 400 block of Gale Street and remains under investigation. Officers were also called for a domestic disturbance in the 300 block of Jackson Street. That incident was verbal and no arrests were made.
     Property damage was reported in the 700 block of Clay Street. That investigation continues.
     No injuries were reported in an accident at Bryan and Washington Street. The accident happened Tuesday at about 5:15 pm, when Donna Nibarger was southbound on Washington Street, stopped in traffic, when she was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Kathleen Myers. Minor damage was reported.

Troopers Arrest Two In Caldwell County  6/22 6:00am
     Two arrests in Caldwell County are reported by the Highway Patrol for Tuesday.
     At about 11:35 am, 31 year old Adrienne Finet of Arizona was arrested for alleged possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, speeding and driving in the passing lane. She was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center on a 24 hour hold.
     At about 12:10 pm, 29 year old Warren McGuire of Independence was arrested for alleged no drivers license - second offense, speeding and no seatbelt. He was also taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center on a 24 hour hold.

Missouri Arts Council Meeting In Chillicothe  6/21 12:00pm
     The Missouri Arts Council is in Chillicothe this week for their quarterly meeting. Former Missouri Arts Council Member and Director of the Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery in Chillicothe, Carol Gregg, says The Missouri Arts Council Director is in Chillicothe today to meet with several individuals and organizations.
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     Gregg says the Missouri Arts Council is able to help these organizations in a variety of ways.
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     Gregg says the Missouri Citizens for the Arts is also holding their annual meeting in Chillicothe this this week, bringing members in from around the state.

Flood Warnings For Chillicothe & Sumner  6/21 12:00pm
     Flood warnings are issued for the Grand River at Chillicothe and Sumner. Heavy rainfall upstream and in the local area will cause the river to rise rapidly today.
     The National Weather Service issued the Flood Warnings for the Grand River at Chillicothe, which is expected to rise to flood stage of 24 feet by 7:00 pm today and crest at 26.3 feet by 1:00 am Wednesday. Flooding is expected to continue at Chillicothe until Thursday morning.
     At Sumner, the Grand river is expected to rise to flood stage of 26 feet by 1:00 am Wednesday and crest about 1:00 pm Wednesday at 30.6 feet. Flooding at Sumner is expected to continue until Thursday evening.

Two Fire Calls Monday  6/21 12:00pm
Chillicothe Fire Fighters responded to 2 fire calls Monday.
     At about 4:00 pm, the department responded to a fire call at 1126 Polk street. They arrived in a couple minutes to find the fire was already out. The Home owner had been cooking and had a small cooking fire. She was able to put out the fire and there was no damage. The fire crew was on the scene for about 3 minutes.
     At about 7:50 pm, a report of a fire on the outside of a business at 725 Industrial Road summoned the department with a pumper and the tower truck. They arrived in three minutes to find the fire was on a utility pole near the building. They contacted CMU and waited for them to arrive. The fire crew checked the building to make sure there was no fire damage inside. They were on the scene for about 25 minutes.

Ten Headed To Prison  6/21 12:00pm
    The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office was recently given orders from Circuit Court for the transfer of 10 individuals to the Missouri Department of Corrections to serve a sentence or attend a treatment program.  The list includes:
29 year old Gregory W. Atwood of Campbellsville, KY 3 years for Possession of a Controlled Substance
20 year old William Burfield-Farley of Hale, 2 years for Attempted Robbery.
40 year old Christopher Campbell of Hale, 2 years for Stealing
37 year old Trinity Helm of Chillicothe, 12 years and a Long Term Substance Abuse Program for Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent.
34 year old Jefferson Patton of Chillicothe, 9 years for Distribution of a Controlled Substance.
25 year old Tara Hall of Utica, 8 years for Distribution of a Controlled Substance.
23 year old Katelan Chase of Chillicothe 3 years for Stealing.
47 year old Lora Leabo of Dawn, 5 years for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
20 year old Nickkol Starr of Kansas City, MO sentenced to a Institutional Post Conviction Treatment Program for Possession Controlled Substance.
20 year old Austin Leeper of Trenton, a CODS 120 day program for Possession Controlled Substance with Intent.

Salary Proposal On School Board Agenda  6/21 6:00am
     A 3.14% increase on the salary schedule will be considered by the Chillicothe R-II School Board when they meet this evening. The meeting begins at 6:30 at the district office.
     Chillicothe's Salary and Welfare Committee presented their proposal to the board at the last two meetings. The proposal includes a $500 increase on the base teacher salary, resulting in a 3.14% increase of non teacher positions. They have also asked for a stipend for those that have continued their education beyond the requirements for the position.
     Other items on the agenda include: Extra Duty Salary Schedule, Student Handbooks and Changes, CSIP, Professional Development Calendar, The City's Facility Use Agreement, Approval of more than 20 policies or changes, a declaration of surplus items, a grant and the computer service agreement extension. In addition, the board will consider two dates for special meetings.
     An executive session is planned following the regular meeting. The Chillicothe R-II School Board meeting is today at 6:30 pm at the District Office.

Livingston County Commission to Discuss Bridges  6/21 6:00am
     Livingston County commissioners meet today in regular session. The meeting begins at 9:30 am in the commission room. At 2:30, they are meeting with a bridge engineer, with Frank Blackmore Garver. Other items on the agenda include county road and bridge matters and administrative and departmental duties.

Two Openings On Chillicothe Planning & Zoning Board  6/21 6:00am
     Chillicothe's mayor will make recommendations to fill two opening on the Planning and Zoning Board. Mayor Chuck Haney is accepting applications for the two board positions through July 5th. Board Volunteer Applications are available at the City Clerk's office and need to be completed and returned to the clerk by the deadline. The mayor will make his recommendation to the Chillicothe City Council for approval at a future Council meeting.

Bids And Grant On Board of Public Works Agenda  6/21 6:00am
     Chillicothe Board of Public Works meeting will include several bids and a grant award. The board members will meet Thursday at 1:00 pm at the CMU Office.
     The agenda begins with the MoPEP Grant Award presentation by Ewell Lawson.
     The Electric Department Superintendent will present the bids for SEL Protective Relays and Automation Controllers.
     Bids for "Orange Bags" will be presented by the Refuse Director
     And the Finance Director will present bids for a Phone System.
     An executive session is planned if it is needed. The Board of Public Works meetings are open to the public.

Accident and Arrests In Chillicothe Police Report  6/21 6:00am
     An injury accident, domestic disturbance and property damage are a few of the items in the Chillicothe Police Report.
     Last Thursday, a woman was injured in an accident at the entrance to Simpson Park off of Washington Street. Officers reported Jessica Warren was leaving the park and pulled into the path of a vehicle northbound on Washington street. Warren was cited for alleged failure to yield and no insurance. She was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment.
     Friday, officers were called to the 1200 block of Jameson for a domestic disturbance. The call resulted in the arrest of Tyler Montana Gibson for alleged domestic assault and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Gibson was held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
     Friday, officers responded to a report of property damage in the 1000 block of South Washington Street. They also took a person into protective custody in the 2700 block of North Washington.
     Sunday, burglary was reported in the 900 block of Hawthorn. The report includes a stolen vehicle and stolen firearm. A suspect was identified and charges are pending.

Property Assessment Appeals Process  6/20 12:00pm
    Livingston County residents that are unhappy with their property assessment will have an opportunity to request changes. Assessor Steve Ripley says the process begins at his office. If the property owner feels the assessment is incorrect, they should start by making an appointment to see the assessor, by calling the Assessor's office at 646-8000, ext 2. Ripley says they will try and work with the property owner to explain the assessment and will listen to the grievances and complaints on that assessment.
     Ripley says if they are not able to come to an agreement, the property owner may take the next step and request a meeting with the County Board of Equalization. Those appointments need to be made no later than July 11th, by calling County Clerk at 646-8000 ext 3. The Board will meet July 19th in the commission room, only with those that have made an appointment.
     Ripley says if the property owner feels they still have not resolved the issues after meeting with the Board of Equalization they may further appeal to the Tax Commission, but they must follow the proper steps in the appeals process.

New Totem Carving For Park Progressing Well  6/20 12:00pm
The newest carving at Simpson Park is a few weeks from completion. Wood Carver, Steve Holt says he is making good progress on a totem pole.
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     Holt says when complete, the Totem Pole will be placed near the Walnut Street entrance, by the old maintenance shed.
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     Holt says the carving process is done with the pole laying down and he will occasionally climb up on the pole to get a better perspective of the carving. He says the process is going better than expected and he hopes to have the pole complete early in July.

Livingston Co. Aries - Amateur Radio Field Day  6/20 12:00pm
     The Livingston County Aries - amateur radio group, will have a field day and demonstration of some of their activities, this Saturday at the Grand River Area Family YMCA. The group will meet in the grassy area out front of the Y from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The will talk about amateur radio and some of their activities to support the Chillicothe and Livingston County Emergency Management with communication in the event of an emergency in our area.
     If you would like to find out about amateur radio and how to get involved, stop by this Saturday. You can also call Kenneth Hoch at 973-0161.

Brunswick Woman Hurt In Motorcycle Accident  6/20 6:00am
     A motorcycle accident Saturday left a Brunswick woman with Serious Injuries. Fifty-five year old Debrah Berry of Brunswick was flown to University Hospital in Columbia following the accident about 11:50 am, on Route E, east of Sumner. According to the Highway Patrol, Berry was northbound on Route E when she ran off the road and was thrown from the bike. She was wearing a helmet.

Troopers Report Two Weekend Arrests  6/20 6:00am
     State troopers reported two arrests over the weekend in the local counties.
     Late Saturday night, 38 year old Amy L Duff of Marceline was arrested in Linn County for alleged DWI and failing to drive on the right half of the roadway. She was processed and released at the Brookfield Police Department.
     Sunday afternoon, 35 year old Mary Garrison of Excelsior Springs was arrested in Caldwell County for alleged Driving while suspended and speeding. She was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center on a 24 hour hold.

Fireworks Stands Open Today  6/20 6:00am
     You can legally buy fireworks in Chillicothe beginning today. The fireworks tents and stands open and Chillicothe Police Chief Rick Knouse says they can sell through July 10th.
     Knouse says there are limitations to the type of fireworks you can use in Chillicothe and they can only be used from July 1st to the 4th. The public may use ground based fireworks within the city limits. That includes fire crackers and aerial fireworks that are fully consumed. That means there can be nothing that falls back to the ground. Basically what goes up must not come down.
     When using fireworks, remember the city ordinance limits the time and dates. July 1st to the 3rd, fireworks may be used from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm and on July 4th, the time is 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.
     Knouse says the city ordinance also requires you to clean-up the debris left after using the fireworks. If you have questions about fireworks and when you can use them inside the City Limits, call 646-2121.

Freedom Festival Is July 3rd At Simpson Park  6/20 6:00am
     Chillicothe's annual Freedom Festival will be July 3rd at Simpson Park. Organizer Scott Rule says there will be lots of food and activities.
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     Rule says Freedom Festival will begin about 5:00 pm.
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     The Freedom Festival is July 3rd at Simpson Park.