Chillicothe City Council Meetings 4/24 12pm
City Council meets Monday at City Hall for a Finance Workshop and
regular Council Meeting. The Finance Meeting begins at 5:00 pm and
starts with the swearing in of 3rd Ward Councilman Tom Douglas.
Discussions will include the city finances and a loan to the bowling
At 6:30, the regular council
meeting begins with the paying of bills and salaries.
They will consider bids for a bush hog type mower for the airport
Appearances include City Administrator Ike Holland to discuss a
proposed amphitheater and the sidewalk lights at Hedrick Medical
An executive session is planned
if it is needed. The Chillicothe City Council meets Monday at 5:00
pm for a workshop and 6:30 for the regular meeting.
State Budget Sent To Governor 4/24 12pm
With three weeks left in the
legislative session, the Missouri House and Senate have sent a $26
billion dollar budget to the Governor. Senator David Pearce says
Governor Nixon will have to make his decision on the budget within
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Pearce says K-12 Education has an increase in funding
and districts will be fully funded under a new formula.
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Higher Education's budget was also increased, about
Dog Park Dedication 4/24 12pm
The official ribbon cutting for the
Tina Mapel Memorial Dog Park is Saturday at 1:00 pm at Mills Park,
located at the far west end of Clay Street. Dave Mapel says the park
is to be dedicated in memory of his daughter, Tina and will include
a variety of features in separated areas for large and small dogs.
Much of the work and equipment for the Tina Mapel
Memorial Dog Park has been donated. Mapel says they will continue to
accept donations and fund raisers will be held for the continued
support of the park.
The public is welcome to attend the Dog Park ribbon
cutting Saturday at 1:00 pm.
Summer School Offered 4/24 12pm
Summer School will be offered again in
Chillicothe. The information packet has already been sent home to
the parents. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says the program will be
similar to previous years.
Summer School is set to start May 25th. If you have
questions, call the Summer School Administrator Melanie Rucker
Chillicothe Woman Injured
In Accident 4/24
An accident Thursday in the Lowes Acres
portion of Chillicothe left a young woman with serious injuries.
Therese Taylor was transported to Hedrick Medical Center and later
flown to a Kansas City Hospital following the accident that happened
around noon Thursday, when a vehicle rolled out of a drive way,
hitting the woman and trapping her beneath the vehicle. Further
details are not available at this time.
Wheeling Teen Injured In
A Wheeling boy was injured in a single
vehicle accident near the Linn/Livingston County line Thursday
evening. Sixteen year old Conner J Cruse was taken to Hedrick
Medical Center following the accident at about 8:50 pm on Arrow
Road, near Route EE. According to the report, Cruse was eastbound
and lost control, the vehicle crossed the centerline, went off the
north side of the road and struck the ditch and rolled onto its
roof. Cruse was wearing his safety belt.
Two Arrests In Police Report 4/24
Two domestic disturbances and a DWI are
in the Chillicothe Police Department report for Thursday.
Officers were called to the 1000 block of Fair Street
for a domestic disturbance. The call resulted in a juvenile taken
into custody and a report sent to the juvenile office.
A domestic Disturbance in the 900 block of Vine Street
resulted in the arrest of Shawn Patrick Volker for alleged domestic
assault. He is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail pending the
filing of formal charges.
A traffic stop in the 1400 block of Polk resulted in
the arrest of Detrii Dean Hyatt for alleged DWI, driving while
revoked, no insurance and no license plates. Hyatt was taken to the
Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.
To Ann Street Parking Lot 4/24
One of three entrances to the Ann
Street Parking lot will be eliminated with preliminary work that
begins Friday. Street Superintendent Barry Arthur says removing one
entrance will ad at least four parking spaces and allow for better
traffic flow in the lot.
The work today will include saw cuts to the concrete
for the entrance off of Locust. Next week, the entrance will be
removed and new concrete will be poured. The entrances to the lot on
Ann Street will not be changed.
Once completed, two new handicapped parking stall will
be created where the entrance was located and there will be two
additional parking spaces on the street.
City Council To Attend Weekend Events 4/24
The Chillicothe City Council will
attend a couple of events this weekend.
Saturday at about 11:00 am, The Chillicothe Fire Department will
hold a Family Fun Day at the new Fire Training Center. The event is
for employees and their families.
At about 1:00 pm, the Council will attend the Tina
Mapel Memorial Dog Park ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The Dog Park is
located at Mills Park, located at the west end of Clay Street.
Golf Course Board Opening 4/23
An opening on the Chillicothe Golf
Course Advisory Board will be filled by appointment. Mayor Chuck
Haney is accepting applications to fill the position through May
6th. Applications can be picked up at Chillicothe City Hall. For
more information, call the City Clerk at 646-1877.
Planting Requires Dry Fields 4/23
Area farmers are looking for warm and
dryer conditions that will allow them to get into the fields soon.
Livingston County FSA Executive Director David Meneely says the
target date for corn planting is getting closer.
Meneely says some producers have already considered
shifting some of the production to soybeans this year, but for those
planning to plant corn the weather may be a factor.
Meneely says this is still in the normal timeline for
Keep Grass Clippings Out
Of The Street! 4/23
Lawns are growing and that means they
need mowing. Tammie Venneman from the City Codes Office says you can
not blow the grass clippings in the street and leave them,
The Chillicothe Street Department says grass and leaves
blown into the street cause drainage problems and possible flooding
of roads and even private property. Street Superintendent Barry
Arthur says this year as they work around the City, they will stop
and tell people, as they have done in the past, but they will also
be hanging a door hanger on the doors of the offending residence,
explaining that this is not allowed. Arthur says, If after a door
hanger has been placed and grass clippings are still blown into the
street, The issue will be reported to law enforcement for them to
Rotary Donation To Wright Memorial Hospital 4/23
The Trenton Rotary Club members were
shown the new OB Monitoring System at Wright Memorial Hospital
before it goes on-line later this month. The Trenton Rotary provided
the hospital with a grant of $6,000 that was used to purchase two
specially designed wooden carts to be used to hold the fetal
monitors that are part of the system. The grant was provided through
the Rotary's District Simplified Grant Program, with a $3,000
outright award matched by $3,000 made from the Trenton club and its
The OB Monitoring System is the first part of Wright
Memorial's "Equipped for the Future" Campaign. The second is goal is
to purchase a new 3D Ultrasound Machine for the Radiology
Department. The Wright Memorial Hospital Foundation has raised
nearly $200,000 of the $300,000 goal.
To find out more or to donate, call the hospital's
Development Office at 660-358-5706.
Saturday Is The Final Day
For Citywide Clean-Up 4/23
Chillicothe's annual Citywide Clean-up
will wrap-up on Saturday. This is the final day area residents can
drop off items at no charge for this year. Hours for the annual
Chillicothe Citywide Clean-up are 8:00 am to Noon and 1:00 to 4:00
pm, at the old transfer station on Mitchell Road, near the railroad
crossing. Nearly anything will be accepted at the Citywide Clean-up,
with the exception of household hazardous waste. They will accept
tires, but there will be a charge.
If you have questions about the annual Chillicothe
Citywide Clean-up, call the CMU Office at 646-1683.
ACT Testing Of Juniors Is
The statewide ACT testing of high
school juniors will take place Tuesday. Chillicothe High School
Principal Brian Sherrow says the school and staff are preparing for
the full day of testing.
Sherrow says during the testing, students that have
classes in the D wing will be going to hear from several speakers at
During the testing day, Sherrow says they have received
support from the community in a variety of ways.
Results from the ACT Tests typically take about six
weeks, but with the entire state testing juniors on the same day,
they are not sure how long it will take to get the results back.
Nursing Students Honored
Three NCMC Nursing students received
special recognition and were publicly thanked for their assistance
at the scene of a fatal accident March 26th. Livingston County
Sheriff Steve Cox, Chief Deputy Michael Claypole, and Deputy Chris
Mueller presented plaques of appreciation to Kaylen Holcer, Hailey
Smith, and Jennifer Zell, all of Meadville. Cox also talked about
the importance of their compassion and medical training in caring
for the accident victims until emergency assistance arrived.
The three nursing students were among the first to
arrive on the scene as they were heading to class the morning of the
accident and began caring for the victims of the accident, a 10 year
old boy who died and his younger sisters, who were injured.
In addition to the plaques for the students, Cox also
presented a plaque for NCMC's Dean of Allied Health Sciences, Janet
Vanderpool, highlighting the outstanding achievements of NCMC's
Chillicothe Police report includes
several investigations and arrests.
Officers took a report of a dog bite in the 100 block
Charges are pending for a suspect in an investigation
of fraudulent use of a credit card in the 1200 block of North
Washington. The investigation began in January.
David Kassab Olive in the 1400 block of North Washington for alleged
Shawn Allen Kennedy was arrested in the 2700 block of North
Washington for alleged assault on a police officer, resisting
arrest, attempted escape from custody and disorderly conduct.
Jered Drew Williams was arrested on a Carroll County probation
Mikayla Shoemaker was arrested in the 1000 block of Graves for
Officers also investigated a report of property damage in the 10
block of Second Street.
Troopers Arrest Laredo Woman
A Laredo woman was arrested Wednesday
night by State Troopers. Thirty-five year old Kimberly McCracken was
arrested just before midnight for alleged possession of marijuana,
possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug
paraphernalia. She was taken to the Grundy County Law Enforcement
Center on a 24 hour hold.
LEPC Planning Hazardous Materials Exercise
The Livingston county Local Emergency
Planning Committee or LEPC will hold a training exercise at their
next meeting later this year. Presiding Commissioner Ed Douglas was
elected as the Chair for the committee at their meeting this week
and says the committee consists of several local agencies from the
city, county and health care that work on the plans in the event of
some type of emergency. Douglas says they also practice their
responses to emergency situations.
He says the committee also feels it is important to
keep the public involved and informed as to what they can and should
do in an emergency.
Douglas says he will keep us informed about the
activities of the committee.
All District Art Show
The Chillicothe R-II School District
Art Teachers are putting on the annual All District Art Show,
starting this Sunday. High School Art Teacher Susan Elson says it
will begin Sunday from 1-4 pm and Monday and Tuesday from 3-6 pm at
the Performing Arts Center foyer.
The All District Art Show is FREE to the public and you
are encouraged to come out and see the talents of the local
Suspected Child Molester
A suspected Child Molester from
Oklahoma was arrested Tuesday in Daviess County. Forty-four year old
Wayne K Edwards of McAlester, OK was arrested by the Missouri
Highway Patrol on Interstate 35, just before noon. The arrest was on
a federal warrant for alleged flight to avoid prosecution on charges
of alleged second degree rape. Edwards is reported to have molested
a 15 year old girl in early April. He is held at the Daviess Dekalb
Regional Jail pending extradition.
Chillicothe Police Report
Child abuse and shoplifting are in the
report from the Chillicothe Police Department.
Officers were called Tuesday to the 100 block of Asher
for a report of possible Child Abuse. The officers were assisted by
the Linn County Children's Division in the investigation. The report
states there was no child abuse.
Monday, officers were called to the 1000 block of
Graves on a report of shoplifting. They arrested Samantha Nicole Lee
Gaunt and Jamie Alexandrea Gaunt for alleged shoplifting. Both were
processed, cited and released.
An accident at Washington and Business 36 Tuesday
resulted in moderate damage to the vehicle but no injuries were
reported. The accident happened when Avery Carr allegedly failed to
yield and struck another vehicle.
Surplus Property To Be Sold
The Building Trades Home and vehicles
from the GRTS Auto Collision Repair Class have been declared surplus
by the Chillicothe R-II School Board and will be sold.
Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says they have some nice vehicles.
The Building Trades Home will be completed soon and
that will also be sold at auction in June.
The Chillicothe R-II School Board also approved the
purchase of the land at Lakeview Estates for the next Building
Trades Home. The property is near the current site and the cost is
$25,650. The will be paid when the property is sold after
construction is complete.
YMCA Health Kids
The Grand River Area Family Y will host
a Health Kids Weekend this Saturday. Director Matt Jones says this
is a fun weekend for families.
Jones says they will also have their first Spring Craft
and Vendor Expo.
Call the Y at 646-6677 to find out more.
Choir To Perform In Branson
Members of the Chillicothe High School
Choir will perform this weekend in Branson. Choir Director Gail
Shriver says they will leave Friday and the first performance will
Shriver says the group will also perform Sunday.
The Choir will return home late Sunday evening.
New Teachers Hired
The Chillicothe School District has
some new teachers for the 2015/16 school year. The School Board, in
their executive session Monday, approved the hiring. Superintendent
Dr Roger Barnes has the list.
Barnes says they also hired a School Nurse.
The name of a new soft ball head coach is expected to
be released as early as Wednesday.
Board of Public Works
Chillicothe's Board of Public Works
approved the spending a little over $26,000 for a mower and a relay
study. CMU General Manager Jim Gillilan says the mower is for the
That mower should be delivered within a week.
Gillilan says they also reviewed bids for a Relay
Coordination Study for the electric distribution department.
The low bid was $19,850 from Finley Engineering
Company was accepted.
Chillicothe Student Council Receives Honors
The Chillicothe High School Student
Council received Special Honors from the Missouri Association of
Student Councils. Principal Brian Sherrow says CHS Student Council
is second to none. (And this year received the distinction of Honor
Sherrow says the students are active not only with
projects in the school, but also in the community.
He says the Student Council Advisor is Jeanie Lair and
she provides the students with direction and then empowers them to
step up and make things happen.
Options Explored For
Chillicothe School Facilities
The future of the school buildings in
Chillicothe appears to include renovation, consolidation and new
construction. The School Board on Monday heard the Architects report
from the most recent community forum and were told there are four
very strong plans that are favored. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes
says the community seems to favor consolidation with a mix of old
and new over just renovation of the current facilities.
One of the most popular options was to create a new
middle school at the High School location, Move grades 3-5 to the
current middle school building and build a new Pre-K through 2nd
grade adjacent to the current Middle School Building.
Barnes says this is all part of a 10 year plan being
developed by the district and any construction would have to be done
Additional meetings and public forums will be held in
late summer or early fall to narrow the choices and identify the
costs of each option.
The recent Community Forum identified four possible options.
Click the links below for an overview.
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New School Board President
The Chillicothe R-II School Board
elected new officers for a two year period. Robin Westphal stepped
down from the post after serving four years in the position. The
board elected Jason Bone as the new Board President. He then took
over the meeting and the board selected Brent Turner as Vice
President, Pat Jones as Treasurer and District Office Secretary
Laura Schuler will continue as Board Secretary.
New Doors At The Field House
The Chillicothe Middle School Field
House will have some new doors soon. The School Board approved a bid
from Custom Glass of $15,905, but favored a design with the doors
centered presented by Sargent's Glass, whose bid was just $70
higher. Superintendent Dr Rogers Barnes says these are the doors at
the front of the building.
Assistant Superintendent Jim Ruse will work with Custom
Glass to see if they can rework the design to center the doors in
Accident Leaves Two With Serious Injuries
An accident in Linn County Monday
afternoon left two people with serious injuries. Driver, 20 year old
Derek Shoen of Booneville and his passenger, 23 year old Danielle
Dicus of Sedalia were flown to University Hospital in Columbia
following the accident on Missouri Highway 11 at Route C, north of
Mendon. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, at about 4:00 pm Shoen was northbound and did not make it through a curve. His car
hit a road sign, hit the ditch a came to rest in the road. They were
wearing safety belts.
Arrest Two In Area Counties
State Troopers reported a couple of
arrests in the local counties Monday.
Just before 1:00 pm in Daviess County, Troopers
arrested 46 year old Eddy Santos of Albert Lea, Minnesota for
alleged speeding and no drivers license. He was taken to the Daviess
Dekalb Regional Jail pending the posting of bond.
At about 1:40 in Sullivan County, a Green Castle man,
30 year old Lindsey Wallace, was arrested on a parole violation
warrant. He was taken to the Sullivan County Jail with no bond
Crime Victim Awareness
The event to kick off Crime Victim
Awareness Week at the Livingston County Courthouse began with a
proclamation presented by the Mayor Chuck Haney. Haney says the
official proclamation is quite lengthy, so he summarized.
Karen Hinton from the Crime Victim Advocates Office
talked about this (Monday) morning's event.
Several community and area organizations participated
in the event Monday morning.
Area Graduation Dates
High School Graduation is coming up
very quickly. The Graduation Dates for the area schools vary from
May 3rd to the 17th. Here is a full listing of the dates and times
Braymer High School 05/03 2pm
Hale High School 05/08 7pm
Tri-County of Jamesport High School 05/09 6pm
Meadville High School
SW of Ludlow High School
Tina/Avalon High School
Breckenridge High School
Gallatin High School
Hamilton High School
Bosworth High School
Brookfield High School
Carrollton High School 05/17 2pm
Grundy Co of Galt High School 05/17 2pm
Trenton High School
Chillicothe High School
Marceline High School
FFA Awards and Recognition
The Chillicothe FFA returned from the
State Convention in Columbia with a few awards for the chapter,
teams and individuals. Chillicothe FFA member Jozie Reeter has
Reeter says there are also several individuals that
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The 16th place finish in the chapter activities earned
them a Missouri Top Chapter Award (left), and they are now entered
in the National competition that will take place this fall.
Carrollton Teen Injured
A Carrollton teen was arrested
following a single vehicle accident early Sunday morning. Seventeen
year old Lucas Sanders of Carrollton was had minor injuries from an
accident on US 24, near Carroll County 321.
The Missouri Highway Patrol reports Sanders was
eastbound when he ran off the road, struck a utility pole and his
vehicle overturned. He had minor injuries, but refused treatment at
the scene. Troopers arrested Sanders for alleged DWI, possession of
alcohol by a minor and failing to maintain a single lane resulting
in an accident. Sanders was taken to the Carroll County Sheriff's
Office, processed and released.
Theft From A Business Leaves One Injured
Theft and assault were reported in the
100 block of South Washington Street Friday. The report states an
employee saw a man stealing merchandise from the business and
confronted him. As the man was getting away, he allegedly struck the
employee, causing minor injuries.
As a result, officers are looking for a white male in
his 40's. He is described as tall, heavy set and wearing glasses. He
was driving a smaller white pick-up with a black toolbox in the back
and a white decal in the rear window.
If you have any information about the suspect or
vehicle, call the Chillicothe Police Department at 646-2121.
Local Drug Arrest
A report of drug activity Saturday
resulted in an arrest. Chillicothe Police Officers were called to
the 600 block of Williams. Following the investigation, they seized
more than 1000 grams of marijuana and equipment used for producing
and manufacturing marijuana. Officers also arrested Brent Trower for
alleged manufacturing 5 grams of marijuana within 2000 feet of a
school. He is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail with bond set
at $50,000 cash only.
Other items in the Chillicothe Police
Department report for the weekend include:
Jesse Clevenger arrested Friday in the 800 block of Easton for
alleged possession of marijuana
Brenda Warren arrested Saturday in the 400 block of Mechanic Street
for alleged urinating in public.
Theft of medication was reported Thursday in the 200 block of
Sunday David Olive was arrested in the 1400 block of North
Washington for alleged DWI.
Property damage was reported Sunday in the 800 block of State
Early this morning, a domestic disturbance was reported in the 900
block of Fredrick. As a result, officers arrested Michelle Maglio
for alleged domestic assault, possession of methamphetamine and
possession of drug paraphernalia. She is held at the Daviess Dekalb
One Injured in Local Accidents
Chillicothe Police investigated three
Saturday, officers responded to a report of a
pedestrian hit by a vehicle in the 400 block of Cherry Street. The
report states the pedestrian was doing yard work at the edge of the
road and was hit in the arm by the mirror of a vehicle. No injuries
Also on Saturday, an accident in the 700 block of South
Washington happened when a driver left a vehicle and it rolled back
into a parked vehicle. No one was injured.
Friday, officers investigated a non injury accident in
a parking lot in the 900 block of South Washington. Minor damage was
reported to both vehicles.
Troopers Report Two
State Troopers reported two arrests
Saturday in the KCHI listing area.
At 2:15 am, 47 year old Barbara Moore of Buckner was
arrested on several charges, including alleged attempting to
distribute a controlled substance, possession of marijuana,
possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug
paraphernalia. Moore was taken to the Caldwell County Detention
Center on a 24 hour hold.
At 2:55 am, Troopers arrested 50 year old Patricia
Clark of Linneus for alleged DWI. She was taken to the Linn County
Jail, processed and released.