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Stories from the past seven days

Serious Injury Accident
 2/28   6am
     A Salisbury man had serious injuries and his passenger had moderate injuries in a single vehicle accident Friday afternoon. Seventy-one year old Virgil Young was flown to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries. The passenger, 27 year old Dustin Hurt of Salisbury had moderate injuries and was taken to Moberly Regional Hospital for treatment.
     The Highway Patrol reports the accident happened at about 3:10 pm on US 24, near Salisbury, when Young was westbound with a flat bed truck, they ran off the left side of the road and the truck overturned. They were not wearing safety belts.

Troopers Arrest One In the Local Area
 2/28   6am
     A Bogard man was arrested by State Troopers early this morning. Twenty-three year old Justin D Neil was arrested at 2:00 am for alleged DWI and a lane violation. He was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail on a 12 hour hold.

Winter Weather Advisory
 2/28   6am
     A Winter Weather Advisory is issued for a large portion of the state of Missouri, including all of the KCHI listening area. The National Weather Service issued the advisory from 9:00 this morning until 6:00 pm Sunday. Three to five inches of snow are expected with the system. Forecasters say there could be a lull later this evening before the snow continues in the over night hours.
     If you need to travel, make the appropriate arrangements. Check the forecast for your travel route, carry a winter survival kit. That should include some energy snacks, water, extra hats, gloves and maybe an extra jacket. Have your cell phone charged and have a charger with you incase you become stranded.
     Check the MoDOT website,, for the travel information map to find out the road conditions where you will be traveling.
     If you do become stranded, stay with your vehicle and call for help. You can call *55 and you will be routed to the nearest Highway Patrol head quarters.
     You should also let the people at your destination when you expect to arrive, incase you don't make it on time.

MoDOT Work Scheduled In Local Counties
 2/28   6am
     Rain and snow could put a damper on the work scheduled by the Missouri Department of Transportation next week. Projects scheduled throughout the entire northwest district include Brush Cutting, Pothole Patching and signage operations.
     Some of the projects scheduled in the local counties include:
Carroll County
Bridge Sealing on US 65 from Carrollton to the Missouri River - Monday through Wednesday
Chariton County
Drainage Work on Route 5, from the Howard County line to Route V - All Week
Daviess County
Continued Sealing of the I-35 On and Off ramps from mile marker 61 to 84 - All Week

Severe Weather Awareness Week
 2/27   12pm
     March 2nd to the 6th is Missouri's Severe Weather Awareness Week. Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Kansas City, Andy Bailey says this is a time to start thinking about spring and summer storms.
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     Throughout the week, Bailey will talk about a variety of weather and awareness that can help keep us safe.

Quail Forever Banquet
 2/27   12pm
     The 8th annual banquet for the Shortgrass Chapter of Quail Forever is Saturday at the Livingston County Fairgrounds. Past President Brice Walker says the event help bring awareness to the chapter and habitat.
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     Walker says a big focus of their banquet is the kids.
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     Doors open Saturday at 5:00, Dinner is at 6:00 and the live auction at 7:00.
     Tickets are $40 for a single, $50 for a couple and includes membership. The youth ticket is $10 and also includes membership. For more information, contact Brice Walker at 707-2967.

Church Women United
 2/27   12pm
     The Livingston County Church Women United will meet for their World Day of Prayer on March 6th. The meeting will begin at 9:30 am at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Church Women United has a long history of inviting women of diverse races, cultures and traditions to draw together in Christian fellowship. Please come and bring a friend.
     Church Women United is an important organization locally, sponsoring the Mobile Meal Program. Volunteers are still needed to deliver meals. Please contact Glenna Crawford at 973-0030 if you would be available.

Chillicothe Farmers Market
 2/27   12pm
     The Chillicothe Farmers Market runs Saturdays, May through October, but this is the time of year they hold their organizational meeting. The Chillicothe Farmers Market meeting for members and those interested in participating in the market will be March 10th at the FCS Financial lower level meeting room.
     They will start at 6:00 for the Processed Food Certification and renewal.
     At 6:30 is a question and answer session for new and prospective members
     At 7:00, they will hold their annual business meeting, including the election of officers, a recap of the rules and any changes, setting and payment of dues and a discussion on advertising.
     If you are interested in participating in the Chillicothe Farmers Market this year, you are strongly encouraged to attend the meeting.

Board of Public Works Meeting
 2/27   6am
     Chillicothe's Board of Public Works will consider Tree Trimming bids when they meet Tuesday. The board will meet at 7:00 am at the CMU office. The meeting begins with the reports to the board. That includes bids presented by the Electric Distribution Department for the trimming of trees from the power lines.
     The General Manager, Jim Gillilan will present the budget review.
     An executive session is planned if it is needed.

County Commission Meetings
 2/27   6am  Revised 2/28
     The Livingston County Commission will think spring as they begin the month of March. The Commissioners meet Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 am in the commission room.
     Tuesday at 10:00, they will open the bids for Mowing.
     At 1:00, they will meet with Jackie Soptic from Green Hills Regional Planning Commission
     At 2:00, they have added an executive session for a legal matter.
     Both meetings include County Road and Bridge matters and Administrative and Departmental Duties.

Livingston County Extension Annual Meeting
 2/27   6am
     The Livingston County Extension Council held their annual meeting to elect new officers and recognize individuals and families in the area. The 2015 Extension Council Chair is Steve Radcliff, Vice Chair is Daniel Savage, Treasurer is Amy Prokop and the Secretary is Bette Atwell.
     Three awards were presented at the meeting. The first was the Leaders Honor Roll. County Extension Director Jessica Trussell says this year's recipients are Brice and Tiffany Walker and Roger and Linda Wolf.
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     Trussell says there were four recipients of the Century Farm Designation, Thee include: Harvey and MaryAnn Harrington, Warren and Debbie Hoyt, Don and Janet James and Jack Thieme.
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     The Steve and Brenda Hailey family were recognized for serving as the 2014 State Fair Family.

Highway Patrol Arrests
 2/27   6am
     The Missouri Highway Patrol reported two arrests in the local counties Thursday.
     At 3:20 pm in Livingston County, a Gallatin man - 22 year old Rex Hacker, was arrested for alleged possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and following to close. He was processed and released.
     At 5:20 pm in Carroll County, A Carrollton man - 37 year old Lloyd L Daniel, was arrested for alleged possession of a controlled substance - Methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, a registration violation, no insurance and no seatbelt. He was taken to the Ray County Jail on a 24 hour hold.

Chillicothe Budget Funding Requests
 2/26   12pm
     The Chillicothe City Council on Monday heard the last of the annual funding requests and reports from organizations that provide services to the city. The requests are considered as budget is developed. They include:

The Small Business Development Center $7,500, up about $500.

The Livingston County Humane Society requested a $2,000 increase, as their costs have doubled. They also requested an increase in the city animal tags. Leslie Patek requested an increase of 50 cents in each tag category.

The Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce requested total funding of $5150, up about $200. That includes $2150 for contracted items, $1000 for community based programs and $2000 to help fund the purchase and repair of the Holiday lighting.

The Summer Playground Association requested $13,000 for youth sports activities. The request is the same as last year.

MainStreet Chillicothe requested $30,000, an increase of $3,000. They help to support the development and enhancement of the downtown area.

Freedom Festival Chair Scott Rule requested $4,000. That is an increase of $1,920. Rule cited insurance costs and a late start on fundraising for the annual Independence Day Festival.

New City Noise Ordinance
 2/26   12pm
     A new noise ordinance will go in effect soon and it will make the use of an engine retarding brake illegal in the City of Chillicothe. The council approved the ordinance with a vote of 5/0. Engine retarding brakes go by many names; one of the more common names is a "Jake Brake." These brakes, when activated, create a loud noise by altering the engines compression.
     Under the ordinance, it will be unlawful for drivers to use the engine retarding brake within the city limits. Signs will be posted by the Missouri Department of Transportation on US 65, US 36, Highway 190 and Route V. Once properly published, enforcement can begin even without the signs.
     When enforcement begins, penalties include a fine of up to $500 or jail time not to exceed 6 month.

Livingston Co. Sheriff's Report
 2/26   12pm
     Animal neglect, fuel theft and identity theft are in the Livingston County Sheriff's Department report.
     February 15th the Sheriff's Office resolved a reported animal neglect in the northern part of the county. There were concerns on the frequency water and food had been provided. The animals are now being properly cared for daily.
     February 23rd fuel theft from a parked semi was reported on LIV 249. Victim reported about 100 gallons missing from the tank. The investigation continues.
     February 23rd an investigation at a location north of Chula on LIV 204 where images of two men wearing camo entered an outbuilding on private property. One man had his face covered while the other had a dark colored stocking cap on. Nothing was immediately determined to be missing. Investigation continues.
     Reports of Identity Theft are under investigation. Sheriff Steve Cox says in these cases, personal information was used to file income tax claims. Information is shared with other agencies and the matter remains under investigation.
     February 20th a Chicago man was cited for 90 in a 65 zone on US 36 at LIV 259. The following day, deputies cited a Meadville man for 85 in a 65 zone on US 36 at the Grand River.

Art Classes Offered
 2/26   12pm
     Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery in Chillicothe will offer a variety of classes in the month of March. The classes include:
Mommy/Grandma & Me painting class
- Art Adventure for 7-12 year olds
- Wood Carving Club
- Cork and Canvas
- Fun with Felt - a beginners workshop
- And Painting with Friends - for all ages
     Please contact Carol Gregg from Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery for more information on dates and cost - 646-4000. You can also go on-line for information and registration at .

Serious Injury Accident Wednesday Evening
 2/26   6am
     A serious injury accident on US 65 Wednesday night closed the highway for a period of time. The Missouri Highway Patrol reports the accident happened about 5:45 pm near the Grand River Bridge.
     According to the Highway Patrol, 21 year old Tanen Gillahan of Kearney had serious injuries and was taken to St Luke's on the Plaza in Kansas City following the accident. Gillahan was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 19 year old Alexander D Colclough of Liberty. Colclough had moderate injuries, but refused treatment at the scene. A 16 year old child in the vehicle as not injured in the accident.
     The other driver, 57 year old Richard Hillman of Blair Nebraska, was not injured in the accident.
     The Highway Patrol reported Colclough was arrested for alleged DWI, endangering the welfare of a child, 2nd degree assault, careless and imprudent driving involving an accident and no seatbelt. He was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail on a 24 hour hold.

Cameron Man Arrested For Killing Wife
 2/26   6am
     A Cameron man is charged in the shooting death of his wife. Twenty-seven year old Adam Baker is charged with alleged second degree murder and armed criminal action, in the death of 26 year old Holly Baker early Wednesday morning. According to the St. Joe News Press, Officers arrived about 1:00 am for a disturbance call with a possible firearm. When officers arrived they told Mr Baker to lay the gun down and asked where his wife was. She was found lying face down on the floor in the bedroom.
     He reportedly told the officers he and his wife got into a physical argument. She picked up the gun from near the bed and he took it away from her. He said he began to leave the room when his wife came after him and he turned and fired.
     A child was present in the home at the time of the shooting.

Troopers Arrest Man With Multiple Warrants
 2/26   6am
     State Troopers reported an Iowa man was arrested Wednesday.
     In Daviess County, at about 12:30 pm, 38 year old Joseph Shafer of Oskaloosa, Iowa was arrested on several charges. They include alleged no valid drivers license, a US Marshall's Warrant from Virginia for alleged wire fraud, a warrant from Rock Island, Illinois for alleged failure to appear on a shoplifting charge and a Livingston County warrant for alleged theft and stealing. He is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail with no bond allowed.

Laredo Man Arrested
 2/26   6am
     A Laredo man is charged with alleged beating his wife during a scuffle over a gun Tuesday. Fifty-two year old Robert John Shoemaker of Laredo is charged with alleged domestic assault, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful use of a weapon.
     A Grundy County Deputy responded to a domestic disturbance in progress. He reported Shoemaker was allegedly threatening to kill his wife. He was in possession of a shot gun and attempted to aim it at his wife. The wife allegedly attempted to take the gun from Shoemaker and was allegedly struck several times.

Township Road Issue Resolved
 2/25   12pm
     The Livingston County Commission hosted a meeting to discuss a road issue in a housing development in Rich Hill Township. Commissioner Ken Lauhoff says they had representatives from Rich Hill and Chillicothe Townships, residents of the development and the road crews and County Road and Bridge crew at the meeting. Lauhoff says the issue was resolved.
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     Lauhoff called this a very successful meeting.

Lair To Receive Award
 2/25   12pm
     Chillicothe's representative at the State Capital, Mike Lair, is named the recipient of the 2015 Missouri Staff Development Council (MSDC) Legislator of the Year/Friend of Education award. The council says Lair was selected because of his advocacy for educators as well as his honest and genuine approach to serving the citizens of Missouri.
     Lair says "As a teacher and coach for 38 years, I have seen the good and the bad of our public education system. Every day is an opportunity to fight for teachers and, most importantly, the children they educate. It is an honor to be recognized for my efforts and I am humbled to receive this award."
     The award will be presented at the Show Me Professional Development Conference March 16th in Columbia.

County Commission - Thursday
 2/25   12pm
     The Livingston County Commissioners meet in regular session Thursday. The meeting begins at 9:30 am and will include County Road and Bridge matters and administrative and departmental duties.
     Thursday evening, the commissioners will attend the Livingston County Extension Council annual meeting at 6:30.

Whitetail Deer Management Program
 2/25   12pm
     The Missouri Department of Conservation is offering a Whitetail Deer Management workshop in March. The workshop will be March 7th at the AV Spillman Center in Jamesport, from 9:00 am to Noon. Topics will include:
How to manage land for trophy deer
Early successional plant management for wildlife
Technical assistance and cost share programs available
Proposed deer hunting regulation changes.

     Pre-registration is requested by March 4th. Call Scott Roy at 359-5685, ex 114.
     The event will also offer antler measuring for trophy bucks. Certified measures will be available for Show Me Big Bucks and the Boone & Crockett Club.

Cunningham Voted No On Golf Course Equipment
 2/25  6am
     When the Chillicothe City Council approved the purchase of 8 pieces of equipment for the maintenance of the Green Hills Golf Course Ground on Monday at a cost of just over $250,000, the only dissenting vote was Second Ward Councilman Wayne Cunningham. Cunningham made it clear he knows the equipment is needed, but cited fiscal concerns and obligating future councils with the debt.
     Cunningham said the city annually subsidizes the golf course between $50,000 and $170,000 for operations and he doesn’t understand how they will pay the Capital Improvement Fund back.
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     Prior to the vote, Cunningham made a motion to table the issue so they could get input from their constituents on the purchases. That motion died for a lack of a second and the council than voted to approve the purchase of the equipment.

Voter Registration
 2/25  6am
     If you are planning to vote in the April 7th municipal elections, you have until March 11th to register to vote. You can register at the Livingston County Clerks office on the second floor of the courthouse. If you have never voted before in Livingston County or have moved recently, you are encouraged to register at the office during regular business hours of 8:30 am to Noon and 1:00 to 4:30 pm. If you need to make special arrangements, call the office at 646-8000, ext 3.

Absentee Voting
 2/25  6am
     Absentee ballots for the April 7th election are now available. If you will not be able to make it to your regular poling place to vote on April 7th, you can cast your ballot by going to the County Clerks office during regular business hours of 8:30 am to Noon and 1:00 to 4:30 pm. For more information about absentee voting or to make special arrangements, call them at 646-8000, ext 3.

Troopers Arrest Two Tuesday
 2/25  6am
     State Troopers reported two arrests in the local counties Tuesday.
     In Carroll County, at 10:40 am, 58 year old James L Shatto of Carrollton was arrested for alleged DWI. He was processed and released.
     In Grundy County, at about 10:20 pm, 54 year old Randall W Todd of Trenton was arrested on a Clay County warrant for alleged failure to appear on an original charge of alleged theft. He was taken to the Grundy County Jail pending the posting of $10,000 bond.

DWI Saturation in Daviess Co.
 2/25  6am
     A DWI Saturation in Daviess County last Friday resulted in two arrests. Troop H of the Missouri Highway Patrol conducted the saturation from 10:00 pm Friday to 2:00 am Saturday. Four officers patrolled a specific area looking for impaired drivers and other violation. They made two arrests for DWI. In addition, they issues 18 tickets and 54 warnings.
     Troop H Commander Captain McDonald says anytime your plans include alcohol, please have a sober designated driver.

Assessment Forms Due March 1st
 2/24  12pm
     Assessment forms are due back to the Assessors office by March 1st. Livingston County Assessor Steve Ripley says the forms were mailed to personal property owners on January 1st. and only 64% of the forms have been returned. The form lists your personal property items that were reported last year. If there are changes to your list, you may ad or delete items as needed.
     If you are new to the county or have not had personal property items in the past, you are responsible for contacting the assessor's office to be placed on the assessment books. Call 646-8000, extension 2 as soon as possible or stop by the office on the first floor of the courthouse. If you did not receive or lost your form, contact the assessor's office.
     Forms not returned by the March 1st deadline are subject to penalties.

Teddy Bear Toss A Success
 2/24  12pm
     Last Friday's Teddy Bear Toss was a big success. The event was sponsored by the CHS Leadership Class and Livingston County Health Center. Chelsea Long and Libby Rule are part of the Leadership Class. Long says the Livingston County Health Center brought them the idea.
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     Rule says they were surprised by the number of Bears.
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     The Leadership Class plans to do this again next year. They have not decided when it would take place.

 2/24  12pm
     North Central Missouri College's FAFSA Frenzy is next Tuesday and Wednesday. Area adults and students considering higher education are invited to participate in the nationwide event March 3rd and 4th. FAFSA is the first step in applying for federal student aid.
     Students and their families attending the FAFSA Frenzy will learn valuable information about financial aid and be able to complete their 2015-16 FAFSA online with the help of NCMC's financial aid professionals. The state of Missouri will randomly award several scholarships to participants statewide; winners of the scholarship drawing will receive their scholarships after completing enrollment for the 2015 fall term in a Missouri postsecondary program.
     NCMC's FAFSA Frenzy will be in the Alexander Student Center, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. both days. All students are encouraged to participate regardless of which Missouri college they plan to attend. Contact the NCMC Financial Aid office at 660-359-3948 ext. 1417 for more information.

Officer Honored For Valor
 2/24  6am
     A Chillicothe Police Officers was honored for Valor in his actions trying to rescue the victims of a fire last Tuesday. Chillicothe Police Officer Jacob Peterson was honored at the Chillicothe City Council meeting Monday for actions taken at a fire last Tuesday night. Police Chief Rick Knouse explains the actions taken that night as a mother wanting to saver child was telling dispatchers she was going to drop her baby out a second story window to save the child's life. As the dispatcher and a Sergeant talked to the woman, convincing her to wait for the Fire Department, Knouse says Officer Peterson was trying to get to the apartment.
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     In addition to the Certificate of Valor for Officer Peterson, Knouse says Commendations were awarded to Dispatcher Kerri Curnow and Sergeant John Valbracht for their work to keep the mother calm and wait for a safe rescue.

Fire Department Declines Honors
 2/24  6am
     While the Chillicothe Police Department recognized and honored their personnel for actions above and beyond the call of duty during the fire last week, The Chillicothe Fire Department respectfully declined those honors. Fire Chief Darrell Wright says the crew on duty was doing exactly what they train for everyday. He then read a letter from the duty shift from that night.
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     Chief Wright had some additional comments, recognizing the importance of the City's departments working together.
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     The Chief then thanked the City Council again for the opportunity to speak.

New Street Equipment Approved
 2/24  6am
     The city of Chillicothe approved spending more than a quarter million dollars on two pieces of equipment for the Chillicothe Street Department.
     The Council approved the replacement of a dump truck that is past its prime with a new truck at a cost of $117,422. That makes three trucks replaced in four years and leaving two older trucks that will be considered for replacement in the future.
     The Council also approved the replacement of the City's Street Sweeper. Street Superintendent Barry Arthur called the current sweeper a parking lot sweeper. Stating it is inadequate for cleaning the streets in a community of this size. The new larger Sweeper was approved at a cost of $137,316. That includes a trade in for the current sweeper of $52,000.
     Both vehicles will take some time to be built before they are delivered.

Golf Course Equipment
 2/24  6am
     The Green Hills Golf Course will have new equipment for the care of the course. The Council approved the expenditure of more than $250,000 to purchase eight pieces of equipment ranging from greens mowers and other mowers to a new utility cart. Most of the current equipment is at least 10 years old and some about 17 years old.
     The ordinance was approved with a vote of 4-1, with Councilman Wayne Cunningham voting no. Cunningham says the equipment is needed, but did not agree with purchasing all of the equipment at once and borrowing from the city's Capital Improvement Fund to make the purchase.

Police Report
 2/24  6am
     A deceased person and an accident are in the report from the Chillicothe Police Department for Monday.
     On Monday, officers were called for a well being check at a hotel in the 1000 block of South Washington Street. The officers found the person had died of apparent natural causes.
     On Friday, officers investigated an accident at Polk and Cherry, where one driver failed to yield at the intersection and ran into another vehicle causing moderate damage to both vehicles.
     A vehicle abandoned in the driving lane of Washington Street and US 36 on Monday was towed from the scene.

Energy Assistance Fund Depleted
 2/24 6am
     Emergency utility funding through the Green Hills Community Action Agency has been depleted. The funding from LIHEAP or Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is gone. Green Hills Community Action Agency may still be able to help some families in their nine county service area. If you are a FIRST-TIME applicant for FY15 winter energy assistance funds you are still eligible to apply for a one-time payment towards your primary heating source. If you have already received this funding, the agency will not be able to assist you until the summer utility assistance begins in June.
     If you have questions, call the Green Hills Community Action Agency office toll free at 855-290-8544 option #0.