Livingston County Tax Payment Deadline is December 31st
have one month to pay your County Personal Property and Real Estate
Taxes. Taxes are due December 31st and there are penalties assessed if
your payment is late. The tax statements were mailed to the property
owners in October and Collector / Treasurer Paula McCoy says there are
several ways to pay your taxes.
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McCoy says the tax statements came with a small slip of paper
providing instructions for online payment.
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If you are paying on-line or in the office using a credit or debit
card, McCoy says there is a fee of 2.5%, but if you have a VISA Debit
Card, there is a flat fee of $3.00.
have questions, call the County Collector/Treasurers office at
Gingerbread Man's Christmas Puppet Show
Livingston County Library Children's Department will have a puppet
show Tuesday as part of their 12 days of Christmas. Parasol puppets'
The Gingerbread Man's Christmas will be performed in the 2nd floor
program room at the Livingston County Library. Parasol Puppets have
added a holiday twist to a classic tale to be performed. Children's
Department Director Candy Warren says this exciting and festive hand
puppet show will be performed on Tuesday 6:00 to 7:00 pm.
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Warren says there will even be a special appearance by the Christmas
Duck, who will teach everyone his Christmas theme song!
For more information about this program and upcoming events in the
Children's Department, call them at 646-0563.
Kids Christmas In Downtown Chillicothe is December 7th
Christmas is the next big event in downtown Chillicothe. Main Street
Director Micah Landes says Kids Christmas is December 7th.
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Landes says at 5:30, Mayor Chuck Haney will be at Silver Moon Plaza to
make announcements. He will be joined by this year's Christmas Spirit
Student, Tara Webb, a Third Grader at Field School.
The Chillicothe Stingers will also be singing that evening at Silver
Moon Plaza. And Santa will be making an appearance and there will be
sleigh rides available in the downtown area for $1.
Call the Main Street office at 646-4071 for more information.
Two Investigations In Chillicothe Police Report
investigations are in Tuesday's report from the Chillicothe Police
The investigation of a report
of alcohol related offenses taken November 19th is complete. Suspects
are identified and charges are pending. The report was taken at a
business in the 600 block of Webster Street.
Tuesday, at about 9:45 am, officers began an investigation of possible
child abuse and neglect at a location in the 1300 block of Walnut
Street. Officers were assisted by the Linn County Children's Division.
That investigation continues.
Troopers Arrest Three In Area Counties
State Troopers made three arrests in the local counties Tuesday.
In Caldwell County at about 11:30 am, 23 year old Marquis Brown of
Kansas City was arrested for alleged failure to register a vehicle and
on a Andrew County warrant for alleged speeding and improper
registration. He was held at the Caldwell County Jail pending the
posting of bond.
In Sullivan County at
about 6:15 pm, 34 year old Brandon Morgan of Livonia was arrested for
alleged possession of marijuana, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia
and no seatbelt. He was processed at the Sullivan County Jail and
In Daviess County at about
10:10 pm, 37 year old Jamie Toney of Jamesport was arrested for
alleged no seatbelt, no insurance, driving while revoked and on a
Daviess County warrant for alleged failure to appear on a charge of
animal abuse. He was held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail pending
the posting of bond.
Funds From Pink-Out Distributed
Seventy-one hundred dollars was raised in this year's Pink Out, put on
by the Chillicothe Fire Department and Hedrick Medical Center
Emergency Department. The event is meant to bring awareness and raise
funds in the fight against breast cancer and all cancers. That money
was awarded to three organizations. They include: $5,100 to the
Hedrick Medical Center Oncology Nurse Navigator program, $1,000 to
Hope Lodge of Kansas City and $1,000 to Mrs Shira's 4th Grade class
for make port covers and blankets for cancer patients.
FSA Election Deadline Extended
election deadline for the Farm Service Agency County Committees is
extended. Land owners in about one-third of Livingston County have
received a ballot in the mail for the Farm Service Agency Elections.
Ballots were mailed November 7th and originally needed to be returned
by December 5th.
Rod Bain from the USDA
national office says the deadline is extended nationwide to December
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Curtis Crawford, the Livingston and Grundy County FSA Director says
Livingston County is split into three "Local Administrative Areas" or
LAA's. and one LAA has an election each year.
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Crawford says each committee member is elected to a three year term.
Ben Beetsma has served three terms on the committee and is term
limited out. There is only one name on this year's ballot; and that is
The winner of the election
will take their place on the committee January 1st. County committee
members apply their knowledge and judgment to help FSA make important
decisions on its commodity support programs, conservation programs,
indemnity and disaster programs, and emergency programs and
Prison Demolition Nearly Complete - On Budget
old prison site on Third Street is almost unrecognizable from even
this spring. City Administrator Ike Holland says the work on the sight
is nearly complete.
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Holland talked about the buildings that remain on the sight, including
what was the kitchen.
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He says the immediate plans for the property include expanding the
biking and hiking trails.
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Holland says he and the project engineer will do their final
inspection next week. The project, apart from the unexpected asbestos
abatement, came in on budget, at or near the bid of $370,000.
Grain Belt Express Public Hearings
Missouri Public Service Commission conducts public hearings in early
December to discuss the Grain Belt Express high voltage DC
Clean Line Energy says
the approximately 780-mile overhead, direct current transmission line
will deliver wind energy from western Kansas to utilities and
customers in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and neighboring states.
Opponents say they need to protect their property rights, the state of
Missouri does not need it and will not benefit from it and the lines
create a serious health and safety risk.
Public hearings scheduled in the area include:
December 8, - Marceline at the Walsworth Community Center, at Noon.
December 13, - Cameron at the Cameron Community Center, at Noon.
December 14, - Polo at the Community Center at Noon.
December 14, - Carrollton at the Rupe Community Center at 6:00 pm.
Bid For Hanger Awarded - Mayor Breaks Tie
vote to award the bid to construct the hanger for Lifeflight Eagle at
the Chillicothe Airport is awarded to Burman Construction of Ozark,
Missouri for a total of $1,103,800. The council voted 2-2 on the
ordinance, as 2nd Ward Councilman Wayne Cunningham left the council
chamber because he works for Irvinbilt, a company that also submitted
a bid. With the 2-2 tie, for the first time in years, Mayor Chuck
Haney cast the deciding vote, approving the ordinance.
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The issue that caused the tie in the vote by the council was a missing
document as part of the bid packet. City Attorney Robert Cowherd told
the council they could face a legal challenge if the bid by Burman is
rejected over a missing "Allowance Form."
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The vote by the council was Davide Moore and Paul Howard - Yes, and
Tom Douglas and Reed Dupy - No.
City Will Self-Finance Hanger Construction
City of Chillicothe will self-finance the construction of the new
hanger at the airport. The Chillicothe City Council approved using
Capital Improvement Funds for the construction. The total cost is
expected at just over $1.1 million dollars. Funds in that account are
not readily available, so the council also approved inter fund loans
from other departments to help with the funding. That would include a
total of $900,000 borrowed from the Fire Tax Fund, Permanent Street
Fund and others. The money would be paid back over a five year period
and would include 2% interest.
City Health Insurance Bids and Deductible Lower
Group Health Insurance for Chillicothe City Employees is awarded to
Blue Cross Blue Shield. Auditor Teresa Kelly told the council in the
workshop session the bids for insurance came in lower and with a
deductible that dropped from $5,000 to $4,000 beginning in 2017. The
Council approved the bid by Hutchinson and Company for that insurance
package. In addition, they continued the Bridge Health Insurance
coverage that helps to cover the expenses not covered in the insurance
plan. They also approved remaining at $500 provided by the city for
the employee Flex Account.
Two Arrests In Chillicothe Police Report
Chillicothe Police report two arrests.
Thursday, Tanner Young Thompson was arrested in the 2800 block of
Grand Drive and charged with alleged property damage and stealing. The
alleged incident took place November 19th in the 600 block of Webster
Street. He was released pending a court appearance.
Monday, Mary Alice Elliott was arrested on a Linn County warrant for
alleged passing bad checks. The arrest took place in the 10 block of
South Washington. She posted the required $44.50 bond and was
Troopers Report Milan Man Injured In Accident
Milan man had minor injuries in an accident Monday afternoon in
Sullivan County. State Troopers report 45 year old Patrick Swan was
taken to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries
that happened when he was southbound on Route Z, south of Reger and
drove off the right side of the road, overcorrected and crossed the
road and his vehicle overturned. He was wearing a safety belt.
Pay Increases Considered For City Elected Offices
Chillicothe City Council spent considerable time Monday discussing pay
for the elected officials. Recommendations were presented to increase
pay for the Clerk and Auditor from $50,232 to $52,773. This includes
cost of living increases provided to city employees in 2015 and 2016.
The proposal for the Mayors salary is to increase from $15,834 to
16,635, also including the cost of living increases.
The Councilman at large would no longer be paid $75 per finance
committee meeting, as those meetings no longer take place.
The pay for Council members has been proposed to increase from $75 per
meeting to $85 per meeting. The first increase in several years.
The ordinance to approve the increases will be presented at an
upcoming council meeting. Filing for City Offices will begin December
13th. All City Elected office will be up for election in April.
December School Programs Begin Thursday
month of December is full of band and choral concerts for the area
schools. A full list of the programs can be found in the KCHI
Christmas Wishbook. There are two concerts this week; Thursday is the
Brookfield High School Band and Vocal Concert, beginning at 6:30 pm.
Friday is the Trenton Middle School Winter Band Concert at 7:00 pm.
To find the full calendar of Christmas programs in the local area,
check the KCHI Christmas Wishbook. You will also find coupons and
specials from the featured sponsors and an opportunity to enter the
21st annual Christmas Wishbook give away. Go to KCHI.COM to find out
where you can pick up your KCHI Christmas Wishbook.
Deer Hunting - Late Youth Season Numbers 11/28
hunters harvested nearly 3000 deer in the late portion of the Missouri
Deer Hunting Youth Season, November 25th to the 27th. The top harvest
counties for the Late Youth Portion are Pike with 70, Howell with 55,
and Lincoln and Osage with 52 each.
local numbers were pretty good as well, with a total of 146 deer
taken. That includes: Linn County with the highest local total of 36.
Daviess County with 23, Carroll and Sullivan Counties with 22 each,
Livingston County 18 deer, Chariton with 13 and Caldwell County with
The Deer Season continues; the Archery
season resumed as the firearm season ended - it will continue through
January 15th. The Antlerless Season is December 2nd to the 4th; and
the firearms alternative methods portion is December 24th to January
Livingston Co. Library - Winter Story Time
Winter Story Time series at the Livingston County Library children's
department, begins Tuesday, December 6th. Director Candy Warren talked
about the theme.
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Warren says they will feature a variety of stories from the Brothers
Grimm and even some newer fairytales. There is no need to register,
and the story time programs are free.
Chillicothe Teen Injured In Single Vehicle Accident
Chillicothe Teen was injured when she swerved to miss an animal in the
road Saturday night near Ludlow. Seventeen year old Mary Rounkles was
taken to Hedrick Medical Center following the accident at about 7:50
pm. State Troopers report Rounkles was northbound on Route D when she
swerved to miss the animal in the road. Rounkles first went off the
left side of the road, corrected and crossed the road, hitting an
embankment and her car spun around and went back to the road before
stopping. She was wearing a safety belt.
Report Of Smoke Summons Fire Fighters
report of smoke in a home at 423 Cherry Street summoned Chillicothe
Fire Department at about 11:30 pm Saturday. When they arrived, the
fire crew found smoke coming from the roof line of the home. In the
kitchen, they found the ceiling was burned and dripping with water.
Fire fighters used about 200 gallons of water to put out the fire that
was smoldering in the insulation in the ceiling of the kitchen, and
causing the smoke.
The renter of the home
owned by Jeff Foley stated they had added a space heater in a bedroom
about 5:00 pm and a fuse blew, they replaced the fuse but did not
notice the smoke until just before 11:30 when they called 911.
The report states there was moderate damage to the kitchen and hall
way. They were on the scene for about an hour.
Chillicothe City Council To Hold Workshop And Regular Meeting
Chillicothe City Council has a Finance Workshop and regular Council
Meeting this evening. The meetings begin with the workshop at 5:30 pm
in the conference room at city hall. That agenda includes discussions
on a Health Insurance Bridge Plan proposal and a discussion on the
flex spending amount for the full-time employees in 2017.
At 6:30 is the Regular Session for the City Council, in Council
Chambers. The agenda begins with the finance portion of the meeting.
It will include bids for employee health insurance, a health insurance
bridge plan, bids for the Life Flight Eagle hanger at the Chillicothe
airport and the use of the Capital Improvement Tax Funds for the
construction of the hanger.
appearances, City Administrator Ike Holland will lead a discussion on
setting salaries for elected officials.
executive session is planned if it is needed.
Chillicothe Police Were Busy Over The holiday
Chillicothe Police report a busy Thanksgiving Holiday period.
On Thursday, at about 1:45 am, a disturbance was reported in the 2800
block of Grand Dr. Officers arrested Tanner Young Thompson and
Nicholas Robert Plummer for alleged resisting / interfering with an
arrest. They were processed and released.
On Saturday, at about 10:30 am, property damage was reported in the
1900 block of N. Washington St. At the same time, there was another
report of property damage, in the 100 block of N. Herriford St. The
On Saturday, at
approximately 8:25 am, a disturbance in the 1800 block of Fairchild
Dr. resulted in the arrest of Suzanne Marie Shirley for alleged
disorderly conduct. She was taken to the Daviess-DeKalb County
Saturday, at about 4:00 pm,
a disturbance in the 400 block of Webster St. resulted in the arrest
of Elsa Lorine Morris for alleged disorderly conduct. She was released
pending a court appearance.
before 10:00 pm, a domestic disturbance was reported in the 900 block
of Dickinson. Officers arrested Eric Douglas Harter for alleged
domestic assault, felonious restraint and two counts of assault on a
law enforcement officer. Harter is held at the Daviess-DeKalb County
Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.
At about 2:00 am Monday, Officers were called to a fight in progress
in the 300 block of Jackson St. Officers arrested Sean Allen Bergstedt
and Neal James Miller for alleged domestic assault. They were held at
the Daviess-DeKalb County Regional Jail pending the filing of formal
State Troopers Arrest Six In The Area For The Weekend
State Troopers report several arrests over the weekend.
39 year old Antonia Embrey of Kearney was arrested at about 12:10 pm
in Caldwell County on a St. Joseph warrant for alleged failure to
appear. She posted bond and was released.
29 year old Leroy Tolston of Kirksville was arrested at about 6:20 pm
in Linn County on a Caldwell County warrant for alleged domestic
assault. He was held at the Linn County Jail.
Two Illinois residents were arrested in Daviess County at about 2:50
am. 20 year old Mark Tudor of Huntley, IL was arrested for alleged
speeding and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. 49 year old Diane
Lechner of Vernon Hills, IL was arrested for alleged possession of
marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. They were both taken
to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
year old Aric Hoffman of Weatherby, MO was arrested about 11:15 am in
Caldwell County for alleged speeding and driving while suspended. He
was held at the Caldwell County Detention Center.
38 year old Bradley Lundy of Osborn, MO was arrested about 2:45 pm in
Caldwell County on a Cameron warrant for alleged failure to appear. He
was taken to the Cameron police Department.
Livingston County Nursing Home Board Meeting
Livingston County Nursing Home Board of Directors will meet Tuesday.
The meeting begins at Noon in the conference room at 1700 Morningside
Drive. The meetings are open to the public.
Joy Toy Project Accepting Donations
RSVP Joy Toy project is in full swing and they are still accepting
donations of good clean used toys to be given away in the Christmas
season. The RSVP has been doing the Joy Toy Program for many years to
make Christmas a joyous time for children as they are able to
celebrate Christmas with a special toy. Patty Mefford says are
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Mefford says if you are in need of a toy for your child, you need to
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If you have donations to drop off or need to sign up, call the RSVP
office at 646-0010.
Troopers Arrest One In Caldwell County
Nebraska man was arrested Friday in Caldwell County. Thirty-one year
old Hugo Otero Martinez was arrested at about 7:30 pm for alleged
excessive speed and no valid drivers license. He is held at the
Caldwell County Detention Center on a 24 hour hold.
Teacher of the Year and Beacon Awards
nominees for Chillicothe's Teacher of the Year and Beacon awards will
be recognized this Friday with a progarm at the Gary Dickenson
Performing Art Center. The announcement of the nominees took place at
the School Board meeting November 15th. Each of the school buildings
selects a teacher and a member of their support staff to be honored in
December. This year's nominees for Teacher
of the Year include:
Garrison/TLC - Diana Holcer
School - Ellen Hansen
At Field - Katie
At Central - Donna Good
For the Middle School - Shaylee Rademacher
For the High School - Lisa Rule
Grand River Tech - Pam Miller
For Garrison/TLC -
For Dewey School - Marcella
At Field - Melody Munson
At Central - Kathy Midgyett
For the Middle
School - Cheri Waggoner
For the High
School - Pat Ewing
And at Grand River Tech
- Mandy James
Days of Christmas At Children's Library
Livingston County Library Children's Department celebrates 12 days of
Christmas beginning December 1st. Children's Department Director Candy
Warren says they have a wide variety of activities planned.
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Warren says the program includes a variety of activities for all ages.
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Just a few of the other programs include card making, ornament
decorating, Christmas candy science, ugly sweaters and a Grinch party.
Of course, they will wrap up on December 16th with a visit from Santa.
The 12 Days of Christmas programs will include two specific programs
which require registration by December 2nd. They are the Cookie
Decorating for children 7 and under on December 8th and the
Gingerbread House Event for ages 8 to 12 on December 7th. To sign up,
Cultural Luncheon To "Celebrate Christmas"
Chillicothe Area Arts Council presents Celebrate Christmas, a cultural
luncheon on December 1st at the First Christian Church. Arts Council
Director Mary Lou VanDeventer says the program will begin at 12:20 pm.
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A Box lunch is offered at a cost of $7. If you are interested in the
box lunch, you need to call in your order no later than November 30th
at 11:30 am. Call The arts Council office at 646-1173 to place your
If you would like to attend and
want to bring your own lunch, there is no cost for the event.
Offers Victorian Tea
Livingston County Library will host a Victorian Tea December 4th.
Library Director Robin Westphal says this is the fourth year they have
done a Tea.
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Westphal says they will have a special guest for the Tea.
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There is a $10 cost to attend, and they do ask that you pre-register
as soon as possible as space is limited. To register call the library
Trenton City Council Meets Monday
Trenton City Council will start their meeting Monday evening with a
closed executive session to handle a personnel matter. The Trenton
City Council meets at 7:00 pm at City Hall. On the agenda for the open
meeting; unfinished business includes a discussion on the sludge truck
for the wastewater plant.
includes discussions on the repairs to the pick-up for the electric
distribution department and the finance committee will lead a
discussion on the overtime rule slated to go into effect December 1st.
road Work For 11/28 to 12/2
Missouri Department of Transportation will end the month of November
and begin December with continued preparations for the Winter season.
That include pothole patching, crack sealing and other work that needs
to be done before the snow flies. The Scheduled projects in the local
Route P - Culvert replacement, Monday, will CLOSE the intersection of
Route P and Old Highway 36
Route 139 - Shoulder work
Tuesday from the Chariton County line to the Sumner city limits
Route KK - Culvert replacement Tuesday, CLOSED from US 24 to Route V
Route F - Culvert replacement
Wednesday, CLOSED from US 24 to Ordway Road.
Route 190 - Shoulder work Tuesday and Wednesday, from Route 146 to the
Daviess County line
Route 139 - Shoulder work Monday from US
36 to the Chariton County line
US 36 -
Pavement repair, Monday and Tuesday, westbound from Route 130 to
Higgins Ditch Bridge
Route EE - Pothole
patching, Monday and Tuesday
Route W -
Pothole patching, Wednesday
US 36 -
Pavement repair, Wednesday to Friday, westbound from Route 5 to Route
Route D - Pothole patching,Thursday and Friday
Chillicothe City Council Meets Twice Monday
Chillicothe City Council will have a Finance Workshop and regular
Council Meeting Monday evening. The meetings begin with the workshop
at 5:30 pm in the conference room at city hall. That agenda includes
discussions on a Health Insurance Bridge Plan proposal and a
discussion on the flex spending amount for the full time employees in
At 6:30 is the Regular Session for
the City Council, in Council Chambers. The agenda begins with the
finance portion of the meeting. It will include bids for employee
health insurance, a health insurance bridge plan, bids for the Life
Flight Eagle hanger at the Chillicothe airport and the use of the
Capital Improvement Tax Funds for the construction of the hanger.
Under appearances, City Administrator Ike Holland will lead a
discussion on setting salaries for elected officials.
An executive session is planned if it is needed.
Livingston County Commission Meetings
Livingston County Commissioners will meet in regular session next
week. The meetings are Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 am in the
commission room of the courthouse. The agendas include county road and
bridge matters and administrative and departmental duties. The county
commission meetings are open to the public.
Troopers Arrest One Locally On Thanksgiving
St. Joseph man was arrested in Grundy County Thursday. State Troopers
arrested 30 year old Jesse S Youngs at about 6:20 pm for alleged DWI,
speeding - 90 in a 60 zone, and no proof of insurance. Youngs was
taken to the Grundy County Jail on a 12 hour hould.
No Garbage Pick-Up Today In Chillicothe
There is no trash pick-up today for Chillicothe Municipal Utilities
customers with a Friday Route. CMU Refuse Department Director Troy
Figg says your route will be picked up early next week.
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You may want to keep that trash in the garage or in a trash can with a
secure lid to keep the animals out of the trash until it is picked up
Monday, so you don't have extra clean-up.
Chillicothe Planning & Zoning to Consider RePlat For New School
Chillicothe Planning and Zoning Commission will hear the request to
replat the property for the new Chillicothe Elementary School when
they meet December 5th. The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm at City
The replat is for the property
north of the high school, between Hornet Drive and US 65.
In addition, the commission will review the request to amend a section
of city code for the definitions of communication towers and
communication antennae and for setting an effective date for the
The recommendations from the
Commission on both topics will be forwarded to the Chillicothe City
Council for final approval at a future meeting.
Thanksgiving Left Over Ideas
Thanksgiving meal is complete; desert is all gone and your guests even
helped with the clean-up. Now the question is what are you going to do
with the leftovers? Of course, there are the late night fridge raids,
but that only takes care of a small part of the food.
A few suggestions are maybe a nice turkey casserole, use some of that
extra dressing for some stuffed pork chops or chicken breasts. How
about a home made pot pie. The vegetables, turkey and gravy in side
and the potatoes mixed with a little egg make a nice topping.
What ever you will not use in a couple days, you need to get it into
Arts Council & CHS Players Present "A Christmas Carol"
Chillicothe High School's CHS Players and the Chillicothe Area Arts
Council present "A Christmas Carol" on the stage of the Gary Dickenson
Performing Arts Center, December 8th, 10th, and 11th. Former YMCA
Director Dave Rogers is working with the students as he has taken the
role of Ebenezer Scrooge.
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Rogers says Lisa Rule, the Director of the play and Drama Department,
has taken a little license in the production.
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Rogers says the cast and crew will be busy through the entire play as
the scenes change so quickly.
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"A Christmas Carol" is December 8th and 10th in the evening and on
Sunday the 11th, there will be a matinee performance. Tickets are $7
for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the High
School. If you are a season ticket holder for the Chillicothe Area
Arts Council, you will be admitted with your season pass.