Planting Progress in Livingston County 5/22
Under ideal conditions, the local
corn crop would all be planted and coming up, and area producers
would have a good start on the soy beans, but Mother Nature appears
to be managing a different scenario this year. Livingston County FSA
Executive Director David Meneely says area farmers had about 80% of
the corn crop in the ground and even some soy beans were planted
when the weather changed to a wetter cycle.
Meneely says the window is closing for the corn
planting, but there are plenty of opportunities for planting soy
Meneely continues to urge producers to report acreages
that have been planted.
Tunes Under The Moon Concert Tonight
MainStreet Chillicothe presents
their first Tunes Under the Moon Concert for 2015 this evening.
Micah Landes says tonight's program will feature School of Rock.
The concert is scheduled for tonight at 6:00 pm at
Silver Moon Plaza. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a free concert in
Accident Near Meadville Closed East Bound Lanes For Several Hours
A portion of east bound US 36, near
Meadville was closed, and traffic was moved to the west bound lanes
for a little more than five hours Thursday afternoon when a
commercial truck overturned near Highway 139. The Missouri
Department of Transportation reports the commercial truck was not
occupied at the time of the accident, so no one was injured. All
east bound traffic was diverted to the westbound lanes while a tow
truck was used to set the big truck upright. The accident happened
about 2:00 pm and the east bound lanes of US 36 were re-opened by
Chillicothe Police Report 05/22
Chillicothe Police responded to 101
calls for service Thursday and issued 9 citations.
One of the calls Thursday was for a domestic
disturbance in the 900 block of Calhoun. The officers determined the
incident was verbal and no arrests were made.
Earlier in the week, a vehicle was reported blocking an
alley in the 1400 block of Trenton Road. The incident was on Monday
and the vehicle was towed from the scene.
Troopers Arrest Macon Man in Livingston Co. 05/22
A Macon man was arrested Thursday in
Livingston County. State Troopers arrested 35 year old Michael S
Grandy of Macon at about 9:00 am for alleged DWI with drugs,
possession of stolen property and failing to drive in the right
lane. Grandy was processed and released.
Final Round of Chillicothe Demolition Grant 05/21
The final round of demolition under
the Chillicothe Demolition Grant project is underway. City Codes
Director Chuck Greever says the city has two contractors working on
the demolition for this round.
The contractors are also doing salvage operations from
the houses before demolition.
Chillicothe Fire Department Hosts EMS Week Luncheon 05/21
The Chillicothe Fire Department
hosted a luncheon to celebrate EMS week. The luncheon held Thursday
at noon was put on the Hedrick Medical Center. Fire Chief Darrel
Wright says the event include the lunch and training.
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As part of the local EMS, LifeFlight Eagle took part in
the lunch and training Thursday, arriving with the LifeFlight
Helicopter that landed at Calvary Baptist Church Parking Lot.
Livingston County Sheriff's Report
The Livingston County Sheriff's
Department has several investigations and arrests in their report.
On May 13th, they began an investigation of the remains
of a meth lab thrown out in a rural cemetery.
On the 14th, a domestic disturbance was investigated in
the 22000 block of Route Z. A report was sent to the Prosecuting
Deputies investigated a report of damage to a crop
field by someone who drove through the field.
May 17th, a report was taken for a social security card
stolen from a camper in Ludlow.
And in Chula, a 45 caliber handgun was reported stolen
from a vehicle sometime in the past three weeks.
Arrests in the report include:
37 year old Rachel Trump of Chillicothe on a Judge’s Order revoking
bond on original felony check violation.
31 year old James Burk was arrested for alleged bond condition
49 year old Patricia Marie Hornsby of Chillicothe was arrested on a
Daviess County Warrant for alleged non support.
Civil War Author To Speak At Library 05/21
In August of 1863, in the midst of
the Civil War, citizens of Jackson, Cass and Bates Counties were
ordered to leave their homes and a month later the entire area, with
the exception of military posts, was destroyed. The Livingston
County Library will have a guest author, Tom Rafiner, the author of
"Cinders and Ashes," speaking May 28th at 6:30 pm in the second
floor courtroom of the library. Library Director Robin Westphal says
Rafiner will be discussing his book.
Rafiner will talk about both his new book "Cinders and
Ashes" and will have his first book, "Caught Between Two Fires,"
which was nominated for a Missouri State History Book Award. There
ill be an opportunity for questions and answers following the
Little Free Library Ribbon Cutting 05/21
The Chillicothe Rotary Club and
Chillicothe Parks are teaming up to make books available in some of
the city parks. The Little Free Library Project will kick off Friday
at Silver Moon Plaza. Robin Westphal from the Chillicothe Rotary
says the concept is simple.
Westphal says Rotary will kick off the Little Free
Library Project Friday afternoon.
The Ribbon Cutting is Friday at 1:15 at Silver Moon
A House, Vehicles and Other Surplus To Be Auctioned 05/21
The Chillicothe R-II School District
will dispose of surplus items through auctions. The School Board
approved the disposal of numerous computers and technology items,
computer desks and toys from Garrison School that were declared
surplus Tuesday evening. Those items will be sold on line through
Rafter C online auctions.
The District will also sell seven vehicles from the
Collision Repair Program at GRTS and the Building Trades Home.
Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says those will be sold at live
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The cars and house can also be viewed by appointment by
calling Grand River Technical School at 646-3414.
Sewell Auction Service will sell the vehicles on June
2nd and Mike Miller will have the House Auction on the 3rd.
Involved In Domestic Disturbance 05/21
The Chillicothe Police Department
responded to 93 calls for service Wednesday and issued 13 citations.
Officers were called to the 300 block of Dickinson
Street for a domestic disturbance. The incident involved a juvenile
and the information was forwarded to the Livingston County Juvenile
Chillicothe To Replace All 8 Busses This Summer 05/20
The eight busses destroyed by the
fire at the Chillicothe R-II School District Bus Barn will all be
replaced over the summer. The school board approved the proposal
presented by Superintendent Dr Roger Barns and Assistant
Superintendent Jim Ruse at Tuesday's meeting. Dr Barnes says the
insurance will pay about $218,000.
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The busses that were destroyed ranged from 1998 to 2015
and mileage on the busses ranged from 56,000 miles to more than
200,000 miles. The replacement busses will all be no older than
2013, and Barnes says that will mean they will not have to replace
busses for a few years.
The school district will negotiate for the used busses
and expect they will spend about $85,000 a year over the next 5
years with the Lease Purchase financing.
Five R-II Retirees Honored 05/20
The Chillicothe R-II School Board
and Representative Mike Lair honored five individuals who are
retiring from the School District this year. Plaques and
proclamations were presented at Tuesday's meeting. The retirees
Mary Turner, a Teacher at Field School with 23 years in the
Susan Elson, an Art Teacher at Chillicothe High School, with 14
years in Chillicothe.
Linda Forck, a Paraprofessional with 20 years in the district.
Cheryl Wood, Field School Cafeteria Manager with 10 years with the
Suzanne Reeter, a School Nurse with 3 years in the district. (Not
Troopers Arrest Three From the Local Area 05/20
Three area residents were arrested
by State Troopers Tuesday.
In Caldwell County at about 9:45 pm, 22 year old Dallas
Hendricks of Braymer was arrested for alleged driving while revoked,
DWI with drugs, assault on an officer, resisting arrest and failing
to drive on the right half of the roadway. He was taken to the
Caldwell County Jail.
Two Trenton residents were arrested at about 7:50 pm in
Polk County, in southern Missouri. Forty year old Happy Sharp and 20
year old Jarred Kelsall both face charges of alleged Possession of
Methamphetamine, Unlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia, Tampering with
evidence for a felony charge and littering. In addition, Sharp is
arrested on a Grundy County warrant, alleged no insurance, no valid
plates and displaying plates from another vehicle. Kelsall was
arrested on a Probation and Parole warrant and another warrant and
alleged authorizing a person to drive that had no legal right to
drive. Both men were taken to the Polk County Jail.
Freedom Festival May Move To Jerry Litton Stadium 05/20
Freedom Festival, the July Fourth
celebration in Chillicothe could have a new location this year, if
they can get approval from the Chillicothe R-II School District.
Scott Rule, the chair of Freedom Festival asked the School Board
Tuesday night if they could use the new Jerry Litton Stadium as the
venue, with the actual fireworks shot from the property to the east.
The festival would include vendors, face painting and some of the
activities the community has come to expect, just at a different
location. The school board seemed receptive to the idea, but
Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says they have concerns about what
their insurance would allow.
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Barnes says they hope to have an answer in about a week
and will hold a special session if they are able to move forward to
LCSD "Shoot Don't Shoot" Simulation 05/20
Law Enforcement has to make tough
decisions, sometimes without much time for rationalization. They
react based on training and what is happening around them at the
time. The Livingston County Sheriff's Office is using a firearms
"Shoot don’t shoot" simulator in their office, provided by the
Missouri Sheriff's Association, to put officers through the
scenarios and to allow members of the community experience some of
what they go through. Sheriff Steve Cox says this is a training tool
to hone their skills, use their voice and when needed, use their
Cox says they are also making this available to some
others in the community.
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KCHI's morning host, Chris Taylor, took part in the
program and says each scenario makes you think.
The Livingston County Sheriff's Academy students will
be using the simulator this weekend as part of the program.
Man Arrested by Chillicothe Police 05/20
The arrest of a naked man is just
one of the items in the report from the Chillicothe Police
Monday, officers responded to a report of a nude man
walking near the street in the 1000 block of Bryan Street. Officers
arrested Frederick Alexander Collins for alleged Assault on a Law
Enforcement Officer, Indecent Exposure and Disorderly Conduct. He is
held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
Mary Ruth Craft was arrested Tuesday in the 1400 block
of McVey. The arrest was a warrant for alleged Failure to Obey
Judge’s Order and Resisting Arrest. Officers also arrested Jason
Edward Jones for alleged Shoplifting and Dylan Lewis Hulett for
alleged Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer (Attempt) and
Resisting/Interfering with an Arrest. They were taken to the Daviess
Dekalb Regional Jail.
A disturbance Tuesday in the 1300 block of Monroe
resulted in the arrest of Johnathon Michael McGinness and Daniel
Earl Windsor, 2nd, for alleged Disorderly Conduct by Fighting. They
were also taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
Flood Water Receding 05/20
Flood Warnings remain in place for
Sumner and Brunswick along the Grand River.
At Chillicothe, Flood Stage is 24 feet. And the river has fallen
back below flood stage this morning.
At Sumner, flood stage is 26 feet and the river crested at 33.2
feet. The river should drop back below 26 feet by Friday morning.
At Brunswick, Flood Stage is 19 feet. The last reading was 22.9 feet
and the river should fall below flood stage late Friday.
Check for the latest readings >
Flood Waters Still Have Area Roads Closed 05/20
Flooding continues to have four area
roads closed. The Missouri Department of Transportation reports
Route A in Caldwell County remains Closed at Shoal Creek. In
Livingston County, south of Utica, Route C, Route D and DD are also
closed at Shoal Creek
Check the MoDOT Road Condition Map for the
latest road closings
Board Of Public Works Approves Bag Bid 05/19
Chillicothe's Board of Public Works
approved a bid to purchase the orange bags for the Refuse
Department. Chillicothe Municipal Utilities purchases the bags a
couple times a year and Refuse Department Director Troy Figg says
the order amounts to hundreds of thousands of bags each year. CMU in
turn supplies the orange bags to the local retailers, who than sell
them to Chillicothe residents.
Because of the size of the order, Figg says they have
to go out for bid on the bags and the bid was awarded to Waste Zero,
an east cost company that specialized in bags and pay as you throw
programs across the country.
Park Board Is Updated On Danner Light Project 05/19
The Chillicothe Park Board had an
update on the repairs to the light at a Danner Park ball field.
Parks Director Josh Norris says the work should begin late this
Norris says the directional boring will allow the work
to be completed without disrupting the games scheduled for the
In the Tree Advisory Board meeting, Norris talked about
a service project from the Cub Pack 120 Webelos.
The project helps the scouts meet their service project
requirements and the City to meet Tree City USA requirements.
Tunes Under The Moon Concert Friday 05/19
The first Tunes Under the Moon
Concert is this Friday in downtown Chillicothe MainStreet
Chillicothe is putting on the Show that Micah Landes says will
feature School of Rock.
Landes says they have had School Of Rock perform at
other Tunes Under the Moon programs in the past.
The concert is this Friday at 6:00 pm at Silver Moon
Results Of Carrollton Town Board Meeting 05/19
The Carrollton Town Board approved
two new police officers and steps for their pool at their meeting
City Financial Assistant Lisa Ream says the Town Board approved
hiring two police officers, filling both openings in the department.
They approved an ordinance that will allow the disposal
of items from the police department, including bikes and other items
that have gone unclaimed for some time. There was no decision as to
how they will dispose of the items.
The decision on new steps for the city pool had been tabled at their last
meeting. Ream says they have moved forward to meet ADA compliance.
The also approved a residents plans to enclose a
building frame at the airport and then rent it as hanger space.
Retirement Recognition on School Board Agenda 05/19
Two Teachers and three Staff members
will be honored at the Chillicothe R-II School Board meeting
tonight. The Chillicothe R-II School Board meeting will start at
6:30 at the District Office with recognition of retiring teachers
and other staff members.
Other items on the agenda include Superintendent Dr
Roger Barnes providing a budget update, there will be a declaration
of surplus items, and the board will be asked to consider a stadium
request. The third reading and approval of board policies will take
place. Auction dates will be set for the GRTS Collision Repair
vehicles, grant applications will be presented and bids will be
presented for the Middle School Family and Consumer Science
An executive session is scheduled following the regular
Flood Warnings Continue for Portions of The Grand River 05/19
Flood Warnings remain in place for
Gallatin, Chillicothe Sumner and now Brunswick along the Grand
At Gallatin, the river crested at 30 feet.
Flood Stage at Gallatin is 26 feet and the river should fall back
below flood stage this morning.
At Chillicothe, Flood Stage is 24 feet. The river
crested overnight at 29.1 feet and is expected to fall back below
At Sumner, flood stage is 26 feet and the river should
crest at 33.2 feet Wednesday and dropping back below flood stage by
At Brunswick, Flood Stage is 19 feet. A crest is
expected at 22.2 feet tonight, before falling below flood stage late
Several Area Roads Closed Due To Flooding 05/19
A few more roads are closed in the
local area due to Flooding. The Missouri Department of
Transportation reports Route A in Caldwell County remains Closed at
In Livingston County, Route C is closed south of Utica,
at Shoal Creek.
Route D and DD are also closed at Shoal Creek
Check the MoDOT Road Condition Map for the
latest road closings
Three Arrests In Chillicothe Police Report 05/19
Chillicothe Police report three
arrests and a domestic disturbance.
Sunday, officers arrested Robyn Larene Snidow-Francis
for alleged Shoplifting after a call to the 1000 block of Graves
Street. She was cited and released with a court appearance.
Monday, Joshua James Burk was arrested in the 400 block
of Williams for alleged driving without a license. He is held at the
Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
Kailean Allen Volker was arrested in the 300 block of
Edgerton on a Livingston County Warrant for alleged probation
violation. Volker is held with no bond allowed.
Chillicothe officers were called to the 100 block of
Asher for a domestic disturbance. The report states the incident was
verbal and the parties were separated.
Arrest Trenton Man 05/19
A Trenton man was arrested Monday
afternoon in Grundy County. State Troopers arrested 24 year old
Matthew J Edwards on a Kirksville warrant for alleged failure to
appear on possession of marijuana, and a warrant for alleged failure
to appear on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was
taken to the Grundy County Jail pending the posting of bond.
Seven Taken To Prison To Serve Sentences 05/19
Six Chillicothe residents and a man
from Nevada were taken to the Department of Corrections by the
Livingston County Sheriff's Department to begin serving sentences.
Four were transported to prison on convictions for
possession of a controlled substance, they include:
45 year old Joseph Perry of Chillicothe - 8 years.
49 year old Brent Trower of Chillicothe - 7 years plus treatment
24 year old George B Kitchen of Chillicothe - 7 years
41 year old Ben Cooper of Chillicothe - 2 years
27 year old Timothy Skinner of Chillicothe - 4 years for Sex
Offender within 500 feet of a park.
41 year old Ashley B Daniel of Chillicothe - 4 years each for
Possession of a controlled substance and leaving the scene of an
accident - the sentences to be served consecutively.
24 year old Joshua Keith Lee Green of Nevada - 4 years for leaving
the seen of an accident.
Chillicothe Summer School Begins May 28th 05/18
The Chillicothe R-II School district
finishes up the regular School years Wednesday with a early
dismissal after lunch. The Summer School session will begin the
following week. The Summer School Administrator is Central School
Principal Melanie Rucker. Mrs Rucker says the first day of Summer
School is May 28th.
Rucker says she would like parents to have their child
signed up before the end of the day Tuesday.
The Summer School program will have classes for
students entering Kindergarten through Third Grade will be at Dewey
Students from Chillicothe, Chula and Southwest are
expected to attend Chillicothe Summer School this year. If you have
questions or want to register your child for Summer School, call
Central School at 646-2359.
Y-Pals Celebrity Waiter Dinner
The annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner
to support the Y-Pals Program at Grand River Area Family Y. Y-Pals
Director Shawn Hurtgen says this year's Dinner is June 6th.
Hurtgen says all proceeds from the Dinner will support
Y-Pals, a mentoring program for Children ages 6 to 14, matching them
with adult role models.
If you would like tickets for the Y-Pals Dinner or want
to find out more about the Y-Pals program, call 646-6677.
Severe Weather Strikes The Area Over The Weekend 05/18
The Severe Weather on Saturday night
and Sunday morning brought mainly heavy rain and strong winds to the
Livingston County and Chillicothe Area, but to our west, Severe
Thunderstorms and a Tornado were reported. The Tornado was near Polo
and was rated an EF-1. There was damage to houses and other
building, but no reported injuries or deaths.
Heavy Rain was reported on a line from Kansas City to
Gallatin with the storms, with rainfall totals reported to the
National Weather Service from 3 to near 5 inches.
Chillicothe's official rainfall, at the Litton Ag
Center Reporting Station, between Midnight and 6:00 am was just over
3/4 of an inch.
Warnings On the Grand River 05/18
6am Revised at NOON
Flood Warnings are in place for the
At Pattonsburg, the river crested at 30.3 feet and has
fallen to 30.27 feet. Flood stage is 25 feed and the river is
expected to fall back below flood stage this evening.
At Gallatin, the river crested at 30.3 feet and has
fallen to 29.98 feet. Flood Stage at Gallatin is 26 feet and the
river should fall back below flood stage Tuesday morning.
At Chillicothe, Flood Stage is 24 feet. The river is at
28.97 feet and is expected to crest today at 29.2 feet before
falling back below flood stage Wednesday morning.
At Sumner, flood stage is 26 feet and the river is at
32.73 feet, with a crest of 34 feet expected Tuesday morning and
dropping back below flood stage Thursday.
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Some Area Roads Closed Due To Flooding 05/18
6am Revised at NOON
The Missouri Department of
Transportation reported a few roads remain closed due to flooding.
In Livingston County Route C is closed north of Dawn at Shoal Creek.
In Caldwell County, Route A and Route F are also closed at Shoal
Use Caution when driving, and if you see water on the road, Turn
Around and Don't Drown.
Check the MoDOT Road Condition Map for
the latest road closings
Police Report 05/18
The Chillicothe Police had several
calls for the weekend.
Friday, Officers responded to a report of a domestic
disturbance in the 1200 block of Bryan. Saturday, A Domestic
Disturbance was reported in the 600 block of Business 36. Both were
verbal and no arrests were made.
On Saturday, Officers were called to the 600 block of
Business 36 for a disturbance. They arrested Teresa Watkins for
alleged peace disturbance and domestic assault. She is held at the
Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
Sunday, A disturbance was reported in the 1300 block of
Monroe. A woman was taken into custody for self protection.
Officers arrested Virel V Johnson in the 600 block of
Walnut on a probation violation warrant.
Local Accident - 1 Injured, 1 Arrested 05/18
Two people were injured in an
accident at Polk and Washington Saturday. The report states Devin P
Rose was eastbound on Polk and attempting a left turn and struck a
vehicle stopped in the southbound turn lane, driven by Paulin Tolle.
Tolle was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment of injuries
to her arm and leg. Rose refused treatment. He was arrested for
alleged DWI, no proof of insurance, second degree assault and child
endangerment and is held tat the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail. A
child in the Rose vehicle was not injured.
State Troopers Arrest Three In Local Counties 05/18
State Troopers reported three
arrests in the local counties over the weekend.
In Sullivan County at 10:45 am Saturday, 28 year old
Brian C Southers of Galt was arrested on a Sullivan County warrant
for no drivers license. He was also arrested for alleged possession
of a controlled substance and no seat belt. He was taken to the
Sullivan County Jail.
In Grundy County at 10:11 pm, 41 year old Oliver
Vandevender of Kansas City was arrested for alleged DWI and driving
an ATV on a Highway. He was taken to the Grundy County Jail.
Sunday at 3:00 am in Linn County, Andres C Chima of
Brookfield was arrested for alleged DWI and failing to drive on the
right half of the road. He was processed and released.