National Ag Week - Colby Ruoff 03/27
Some Ag students grow up in a farming
family and have the desire to stay in farming after completing
school. Colby Ruoff is one of those students. This is National
Agriculture Week and we wrap up our stories talking to Ruoff about
his background. He says he is from a more traditional farm family.
Ruoff says technology is becoming more important in the
Ruoff says after completing High School, he will attend
NCMC where he plans to earn an Associates Degree in Agriculture
before returning to continue farming.
10 Year Old Boy Dies In Buggy vs Vehicle Accident 03/26
A 10 year old boy died when the horse
drawn buggy he was driving in was struck from behind by a pick-up
Thursday morning. The accident happened just about 7:35 am on Route
B, seven miles north of Wheeling, near the Linn / Livingston County
Line. Ten year old Joshua Leinbach of Wheeling died at the scene of
the accident that left two other children and the driver of the
pick-up injured. According to the report form the Highway Patrol, 44
year old Penny Anderson of Wheeling was eastbound when she ran into
the back of the buggy, causing the children to be ejected. The other
two children, 7 year old Amanda Leinbach and 8 year old Katelyn
Leinbach and the driver of the pick-up were transported to Hedrick
Medical Center and one child was later flown to Children's Mercy
Hospital in Kansas City.
Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox says when he and a
deputy arrived the children were being helped by three nursing
students from NCMC and others.
April 7th School Board Elections 03/26
The April 7th election will include
several issues, elections for city and town board and of course the
School Board Elections. Only one school district in Livingston
County will have an election this year. Chula School District
(Livingston County R-III) has three candidates for two opening. They
include Jacob Hibner, Steven Case and Ann M Boon-Hamilton.
The other School District in or partially in Livingston
County, including the Chillicothe R-II School District, have the
same number of candidates as they had openings, so no election is
Livingston Co. Health Center Open House 03/26
The Livingston County Health Center
will have an Open House March 31st. Ann Burchett from the Health
Center says this is a kick off celebration.
If the weather does not cooperate, they will move the
Open House inside.
Spring Walking Challenge 03/26
A Walking Challenge begins April 5th
and will run for 8 weeks. The Livingston County Health Center is
taking registration for the Walking Challenge. Ann Burchett says the
sign-up is open now and continues through April 3rd.
The goal of the Challenge is to walk 30 minutes a day,
5 days a week for the 8 week program.
Burchett says logs should be turned in at the end. All
participants that turn in a log will be entered in a drawing for
Voting Equipment Testing 03/26
Testing of the automated voting
equipment in Livingston County takes place this morning. The
Livingston County Election Officials will conduct the test in the
first floor lobby of the courthouse. Testing will start at 10:00 am.
The test is being conducted in preparation for the municipal
elections to be held April 7th.
Police Report Arrest and Stolen Vehicle Recovered 03/26
An arrest, a stolen vehicle recovered
and an accident are all in the Chillicothe Police Department report.
Tuesday, Chillicothe Police officers arrested Blake
Burton in the 10 block of Washington Street. The arrest was on a
State Parole Violation Warrant on an original conviction for
burglary. Burton is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail without
A vehicle stolen in Chillicothe March 4th was recovered
in Springfield Tuesday. As a result of the investigation and
recovery, Springfield Police arrested Jason D Jackson for alleged
tampering with a motor vehicle and on a Green County warrant for
alleged domestic assault.
No injuries were reported in an accident in a parking
lot in the 1000 block of Graves Street.
Troopers Arrest Man For Tampering 03/26
A Marceline man was arrested Wednesday
morning in Linn County. State Troopers arrested 28 year old John M
Catron at about 10:25 am for alleged tampering with a motor vehicle,
Aggravated DWI and Driving While Revoked. He was taken to the Linn
Follow-Up Alcohol Sales Sweep 03/26
The Trenton Police Department and
Midland Empire Alcohol Task Force made another sweep of businesses
that sell alcohol to make sure they are not selling to minors. Chief
Tommy Wright says fifteen businesses were checked and 12 were found
to be in compliance. Three were cited for violations where the clerk
sold alcohol to a minor that was sent into the business to make a
Wright says a check in November showed nearly half of
the businesses checked sold alcohol to minors, so this is a big
National Ag Week - Bailey Henry 03/26
Today's youth are the future of the Ag
industry, but not all Ag Students come from a traditional farming
background. This is National Ag Week and KCHI talked with CHS Senior
Bailey Henry, who says she is not from the farm.
Henry says the classes at the Litton Ag Center offer
many opportunities to learn and grow in the Ag fields. She says she
plans to continue in with Ag studies after high school.
Friday National Ag Week continues with another student,
this time from a more traditional farm.
Firefighter Honored in Retirement 03/26
The retirement celebration for
Chillicothe Firefighter Les McMahan (second from left) was held
Wednesday at the Fire Station. McMahan was honored for his 23 years
of service as both a Pay By Call and Full Time Firefighter. As part
of the celebration, he received a plaque from Mayor Chuck Haney, a
commemorative Fire Ax from the Union Members and his fire helmet.
McMahan was told he would need to use that helmet when he gets
called in as he has been approved to continue as a Pay By Call fire
Marceline Library Grant Award 03/26
The Marceline Public Library will
receive a grant of just over $5,600 for their summer reading
program. The Secretary of State Jason Kander announced the grant to
the Marceline Carnegie Library that will be used for their nine week
summer reading program that includes weekly events which target
children and teenagers. The grant is funded through the Library
Services and Technology Act of the US Institute of Museums and
Changes at the Livingston County Courthouse 03/25
Changes are taking place at the
Livingston County Courthouse and Presiding Commissioner Ed Douglas
made the announcement of those changes. Douglas says one change is
for how bids are considered for items or services purchased by the
County. Douglas says the commission will give extra consideration
for local vendors.
Douglas says when the county's money can be spent
locally it will benefit the entire community.
The other change will affect all offices and those that
visit the courthouse. Douglas says the offices will be open during
the noon hour beginning April 1st.
Douglas says in the rare occasion staff is not
available during the noon hour, visitors to that office will be
directed to an adjacent office where information can be left and
they will be contacted.
Braymer Students Visit Civil War Archives Alive 03/25
Twenty-two students from the Braymer
C4 School District traveled to Jefferson City recently to visit
Civil War Archives Alive! Secretary of State Jason Kander
welcomed the students to the interactive experience that provides a
new way for students to discover Missouri's vibrant history.
The Braymer students are part of the more then 5,800
fourth, fifth and sixth graders to attend the program which
commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
Livingston Co Most Wanted Program a Success 03/25
The Livingston County Sheriff's
Department Most Wanted program is working. Since the launch of the
department's Most Wanted page on their website in 2012, Sheriff
Steve Cox says 97 fugitives have been arrested as the result of tips
from the public. Two of the most recent to be arrested are 37 year
old Terry Andruszcak and 24 year old Cole Bonnett. Cox says at least
one of the arrests was due to tips from the site.
Andruszcak was arrested in Harris County, Texas on
Livingston County warrants for alleged burglary of a Chillicothe
Home in mid February. His bond is set at $100,000 cash. He also has
warrants from other jurisdictions. An extradition hearing is pending
Bonnett was arrested in Johnson County, Kansas on a
warrant for alleged non support. His bond is set at $10,000 cash and
he also is awaiting an extradition hearing.
The success of the Most Wanted page of the site is a
direct result of the support of the visitors to the Livingston
County Sheriff's Department web site,
Pre-Easter Lay Person Services 03/25
The Pre-Easter Layperson Service in
Chillicothe will be held at Grace Episcopal Church starting Monday.
Committee member Darrel Rinehart says the non denominational
services will be held each day next week.
Rinehart says each day the services will be directed by
a different church.
This is the 63rd year the Pre-Easter Layperson services
have provided Chillicothe community members of all denominations the
opportunity to come together and worship.
Green Hills Regional Planning Commission 03/25
The Green Hills Regional Planning
Commission will have a meeting of their Board of Directors Thursday
afternoon at their office in Trenton. The meeting will begin at
12:30 and start with a resolution for the 2015 EDA Planning Grant
Match for economic development. Approval will be considered for the
draft audit and the watershed contracts. A Transportation update
will be presented and there will be a discussion on amending the
organization's bylaws. A closed executive session is also
planned if needed
National Ag Week - Senator Pearce 03/25
As National Agriculture Week Continues,
KCHI talked with Senator David Pearce about the importance of
Agriculture to the Economy, not just locally, but state wide.
Pearce says the first bill passed by the senate in the
session was an agriculture bill.
National Ag Week continues Thursday as KCHI talks with
students in Chillicothe's Ag Education programs.
Prescribed Burn Class Offered 03/25
Area land owners that are considering
clearing of unwanted grasses and brush to increase forage and boost
native plants for wildlife may want to consider the use of fire.
The Missouri Department of Conservation is conducting a
Prescribed Burn workshop April 11th in Grundy County. The program
will be held at 9:00 am at Crowder State Park. The class is designed
to educate landowners on the use of use fire as a tool to help
manage unwanted vegetation.
A hands-on demonstration burn will be held following
the classroom session, if weather conditions permit. Participants
should bring leather gloves and wear leather boots.
Pre-registration for the April 11th Prescribed Burn
Program in Grundy County is required. Call Scott Roy at 359-5685,
extension 114 before April 8th to register. There is no cost to the
program. Materials, refreshments and a lunch will be provided.
Tina/Avalon Country Music Show Tops $5,000 Goal 03/25
The Tina Avalon Country Music Show
topped the $5,000 mark as they raised money for the schools Alumni
Scholarship fund. Co-Director of the show, Ben Savage says the
annual program started in 1984 and has grown over the past 31 years.
Savage says for this year's show their fund raising
goal was set at $5,000.
Just a couple years ago, the Tina Avalon Country Music
Show was in danger of folding. The original organizers were at a
point in their lives where they had others commitments. That was
when the new Co-Directors Ben Savage and Suzanne Stark took over
with the help of many others that also wanted the program to
Boogie-Woogie / Ragtime Concert At PAC Sunday
A performer known as one of the best
ragtime and boogie-woogie pianists in the world will be at the Gary
Dickinson Performing Arts Center this Sunday. Chillicothe Area Arts
Council Director Julie Ashbrook says they will have Bob Milne
performing starting at 3:00 pm.
Tickets for the program will be available at the door
Sunday at the Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center.
Ashbrook says if you are a fan of ragtime and
boogie-woogie music or a student of piano, you will not want to miss
Hazardous Materials Drop Off
Chillicothe's Springtime Household
Hazardous Waste Collection is this Saturday. Refuse Director Troy
Figg says it's an opportunity to get rid of items you can not just
throw in the garbage.
The Household Hazardous Waste Collection is Saturday,
from 9:00 am to Noon at the normal location in the 200 block of
Brunswick. You just need to pull up and the crew members will unload
and sort the items into the appropriate location. If you have
questions about Chillicothe's Springtime Household Hazardous Waste
Collection, call the CMU office at 646-1683.
Yard Waste Area Open Saturdays
Chillicothe Municipal Utilities
announced the Yard Waste area will be open Saturdays beginning this
weekend. The Yard waste area will be available weekdays and each
Saturday through the lawn cutting season. You can drop off leaves
and grass clippings, but please dump them out of the bags.
Vandalism At Schafer Park
Vandalism at a city park and one arrest
are in the report from the Chillicothe Police Department.
Officers were called to Schafer Park Monday to
investigate a report of vandalism and property damage at the park.
That investigation continues.
Officers arrested Stephen Lavely Monday in the 100
block of East Second. The arrest was on a Grundy County warrant for
alleged failing to register a motor vehicle. He posted bond and was
released with a court date.
Sam Graves Mobile Office
Sam Graves Mobile Office stops are set
for some local counties next Monday. Members of Congressmen Sam
Graves Staff will conduct the Mobile Office Stops in Linn, Carroll
and Chariton Counties.
The Linn County stop will be Monday (March 30th) from
8:00 to 9:00 am at Marceline City Hall.
The Chariton County stop will be from 10:30 to 11:30 at
Brunswick City Hall
And in Carroll County, the Mobile Office stop is from
1:30 to 2:30 at Carrollton City Hall.
The Sam Graves Mobile Office provides an opportunity to
speak with a member of his staff, provide information and your views
on various topics or to ask for assistance with federal agencies.
Troopers Arrest Two in Daviess County 03/24 6am
State Troopers made two arrests in
Daviess County Monday.
At 1:10 pm, an Illinois man was arrested on several
drug related charges. Twenty-two year old Anthony P Duran II was
taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail on a 24 hour hold
following his arrest for alleged possession of a controlled
substance, possession of marijuana and unlawful use of drug
At 11:11 pm, a Jamesport man, 35 year old Michael L
King was arrested on a Buchanan County warrant for alleged
non-support and a Clinton County warrant for a probation violation
for non support. He was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail
pending the posting of bond.
Changes In Agriculture Provide Challenges In Education
This is National Agriculture Week and
KCHI is talking with several people about the importance of
Agriculture in our lives. Changes in agriculture over the past
several decades have brought about many new opportunities. Ag
Instructor at Chillicothe's Litton Agri Science Learning Center,
Rusty Black talks about some of the changes.
Black says the changes in the Ag Industry have happened
very fast and the Education system struggles to keep up.
Wednesday, KCHI will hear from Senator David Pearce on
What Agriculture means to the State of Missouri.
NCMC Board of Trustees Meeting
NCMC's Board of Trustees will meeting
Tuesday evening at the Frey Administrative Center. The meeting
begins at 5:30 pm and will include several reports to the board.
They will consider rates for Tuition and fees and the Room and Board
In the Personnel portion of the meeting, there will be
resignations and retirements, Re-employment, Tenure and employment
of a Grant Program Coordinator and Clinical Instructor.
An executive session is planned following the regular
Six Fire Calls Since Sunday Afternoon
Chillicothe Fire Fighters have been
busy with six fire calls between Sunday and today. The three on
Sunday were all grass fires.
The first was at about 12:35 pm on LIV 233, near
Highway 190 at the Mitchell Cooper Property. The fire burned about 7
acres and fire fighters were on the scene for about 45 minutes.
At 1:50 pm on LIV 512 at the William Webb Property, a
small area for grass and leaves were burning. The fire crew was on
the scene for about 40 minutes.
At about 3:05 pm, a brush fire Highway A, at the George
Stockdall property. Chillicothe was assisted by Jamesport and Lock
Springs departments with the fire that burned an undetermined area.
The fire crews were able to put out all but a brush pile that
continued to burn and the property owner agreed to keep an eye on
that fire. The departments cleared the scene after about 40 minutes.
At about 3:35, a rubbish fire was reported on LIV 243
on the Kenneth Johnson property. The fire crew arrived to find a
small metal shed and it's contents were burning. A rubbish fire had
spread to the building. The fire crew used about 200 gallons of
water to put out the fire that did about $1,000 damage. They were on
the scene for about 30 minutes.
At 4:05, the fire department was called for a house
fire at 1622 Bryan. They arrived to find fire on the back deck and
exterior of the home. Fire had also spread to the kitchen and attic
of the single story home. About 500 gallons of water was used to put
out the fire that did about $15,000 damage. The fire crew was on the
scene for about three hours.
At about 8:50 am, a truck fire was reported at Grand
River Technical School. The fire crew arrived to find debris was
burning in the bed of the pick-up owned by Garth Felton of
Chillicothe. About 50 gallons of water was used and no damage was
reported. The fire crew was on the scene for about 15 minutes.
It's time to mark your calendars for
the Chillicothe R-II School District Early Childhood Screening.
Screening of children 3-4 years of age will take place April 29th -
May1st and will include Hearing, Vision and Health Screening, Height
and Weight Assessment, Speech Assessment, Developmental Screening
and a check of immunization records.
Garrison School will accept appointments beginning
April 1st. At the time of the appointment, parents are asked to
bring the child, their immunization record, official birth
certificate, social security card and medicaid card if applicable.
To make an appointment or if you have questions, call
Area Kindergarten and Pre-School Screenings
Several area schools are gearing up for
the 2015/16 school year with the screening of children for both
Pre-School and Kindergarten.
Hamilton School District Kindergarten Screening and
enrolment will take place April 15th and 16th. Parents of children
in the Hamilton School District that will turn 5 before August 1st
are asked to call beginning March 30th to make an appointment. The
number to call is 816-583-4811.
For Tina-Avalon School, Pre-School and Kindergarten
Screening will be April 23rd and 24th from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Pre-school screening is for children that will be 3 by July 31st and
Kindergarten screening is for children that will be 5 before July
31st. Call 622-4211 for information or an appointment.
For the screenings, parents will need to bring their
child, the child's birth certificate, shot record and social
Replacement Near Galt
The Missouri Department of
Transportation will close a portion of Route J in Grundy County
Tuesday. MoDOT will work on replacing a culvert near Galt. Route J
will be closed from Route BB to Northeast 90th Street from 8:00 am
to 3:00 pm. Motorists will need to find an alternate route.
Has Serious Injuries in Single Vehicle Accident
A Norborne man had serious injuries in
a single vehicle accident Sunday morning in Carroll County. Twenty
year old Jordan A Thomas was flown to Truman Medical Center in
Kansas City following the accident that happened at about 7:15 am
Sunday. According to the Highway Patrol, Thomas was southbound on
Highway D, near Carroll County Road 300, when he went off the right
side of the road, over corrected, crossed the road and hit an
embankment, causing the vehicle to overturn. He was not wearing a
safety belt at the time of the accident. Troopers also reported
Thomas was arrested at the scene for alleged DWI and was released
The Livingston County Commissioners
meet in regular session this week, both Tuesday and Thursday. Both
meetings begin at 9:30 am and will include county road and bridge
matters and administrative and departmental duties.
Thursday at Noon, Presiding Commissioner Ed Douglas
will attend the Green Hills Regional Board meeting and Solid Waste
meeting at the Green Hills Office in Trenton.
Livingston County Commission meetings are open to the
Chillicothe Board of Public Works
Chillicothe's Board of Public Works
will meet Tuesday in regular session. The meeting will begin at Noon
at the CMU Office. The board members will hear from the department
heads and the General Manager. The Electric Generation Department
will present the bids for maintenance and testing of the protective
An executive session is planned if it is needed. The
meeting is open to the public.
The Chillicothe Police Department
reported several investigations and arrests.
Thursday, officers were called to the 600 block of St.
Louis for a disturbance. The call resulted in the arrest of Haley
Littleton for alleged trespassing and disorderly conduct. She was
cited and released. Littleton was arrested the following day in the
same area for alleged stealing. Officers also arrested Aaron
Littleton for alleged receiving stolen property. Both were held at
the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail with bond set at $7,500.
Saturday, fraud was investigated in the 1000 block of
Sunday, Chillicothe officers assisted the Brookfield
police with a stolen property investigation in the 400 block of
Two people were transported to medical facilities. One
was transported by court order from Hedrick Medical Center to
Fulton. The other was transported by court order from the 400 block
of Jackson to a hospital in St. Joseph.
Troopers Arrest Three In Local Counties
State troopers reported three arrests
in the local counties for the weekend.
Sunday morning in Sullivan County, Troopers arrested
two men. At 2:11 am, 32 year old Glen Dibble of Milan was arrested
for alleged DWI - prior offender, no drivers license and no
seatbelt. At 2:15 am, 33 year old Shannon R Collins of Manhattan,
Kansas was arrested for alleged DWI and no insurance. Both men were
processed and released.
In Caldwell County at about 6:00 pm, 43 year old Pamela
M Aiello of Kansas City was arrested for alleged DWI and speeding.
She was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center on a 24 hour
National Ag Week - Changes and Opportunities
This is National Agriculture Week and
KCHI will be talking with several people about the importance of
Agriculture in our lives. We begin with an Ag Instructor at The
Litton Ag Education Center, Rusty Black. Black says in the local
community Agriculture is VERY important.
Black says in the past 40 years or so, there have been
many changes in the attitude about agriculture and in the
opportunities the Ag industry provides.
Tuesday, Black will talk about more about those
A Hunter Education Skills Class will be
held April 7th at Grand River Technical School. The Missouri
Department of Conservation is providing the class from 5:30 to 9:30
pm. Conservation Agent Jake Strozewski says you need to be at least
11 years of age to be certified.
If you have questions about the April 7th Hunter
Education Class, call Jake Strozewski at 973-3813.
Bishop Hogan Registration
Bishop Hogan's K-8 pre-enrollment will
take place March 30th from 5:15 to 6:45. Families interested in
having their child attend Bishop Hogan School are asked to attend.
You should bring you child, their birth certificate and immunization
records. Bishop Hogan School is open to all denominations. If
you have any questions, call 646-0705.