Serious Injury Accident
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
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
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
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,
www.modot.org, for the travel
information map to find out the road conditions where you will be
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
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
Bridge Sealing on US 65 from Carrollton to the Missouri River -
Monday through Wednesday
Drainage Work on Route 5, from the Howard County line to Route V -
Continued Sealing of the I-35 On and Off ramps from mile marker 61
to 84 - All Week
Severe Weather Awareness Week
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.
Throughout the week, Bailey will talk about a variety
of weather and awareness that can help keep us safe.
Quail Forever Banquet
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.
Walker says a big focus of their banquet is the kids.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The General Manager, Jim Gillilan will present the
An executive session is planned if it is needed.
County Commission Meetings
2/27 6am Revised
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
Both meetings include County Road and Bridge matters
and Administrative and Departmental Duties.
Livingston County Extension Annual Meeting
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.
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.
The Steve and Brenda Hailey family were recognized for
serving as the 2014 State Fair Family.
Highway Patrol Arrests
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
Cameron Man Arrested For Killing Wife
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
Troopers Arrest Man With Multiple Warrants
State Troopers reported an Iowa man was
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
Laredo Man Arrested
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
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
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.
Lauhoff called this a very successful meeting.
Lair To Receive Award
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
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
Thursday evening, the commissioners will attend the
Livingston County Extension Council annual meeting at 6:30.
Whitetail Deer Management Program
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
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.
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.
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 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
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
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
DWI Saturation in Daviess Co.
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
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
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
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.
Rule says they were surprised by the number of Bears.
The Leadership Class plans to do this again next year.
They have not decided when it would take place.
NCMC FAFSA Frenzy
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
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
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
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
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.
Chief Wright had some additional comments, recognizing
the importance of the City's departments working together.
The Chief then thanked the City Council again for the
opportunity to speak.
New Street Equipment Approved
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
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
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
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.