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National Ag Week - Colby Ruoff  03/27   6am  
     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.
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     Ruoff says technology is becoming more important in the Ag Industry.
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     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   12pm   Revised
     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   12pm  
     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 required.

Livingston Co. Health Center Open House
03/26   12pm  
     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.
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     If the weather does not cooperate, they will move the Open House inside.

Spring Walking Challenge
03/26   12pm  
     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.
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     The goal of the Challenge is to walk 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week for the 8 week program.
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     Burchett says logs should be turned in at the end. All participants that turn in a log will be entered in a drawing for prizes.

Voting Equipment Testing
03/26   6am  
     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   6am  
     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 bond.
     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   6am  
     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 County Jail.

Follow-Up Alcohol Sales Sweep
03/26   6am  
     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 purchase.
     Wright says a check in November showed nearly half of the businesses checked sold alcohol to minors, so this is a big improvement.

National Ag Week - Bailey Henry
03/26   6am  
     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.
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     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.
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     Friday National Ag Week continues with another student, this time from a more traditional farm.

Firefighter Honored in Retirement
03/26   6am  
     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 fighter.

Marceline Library Grant Award
03/26   6am  
     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 Library Services.

Changes at the Livingston County Courthouse
03/25   12pm  
     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.
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     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.
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     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   12pm  
     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   6am  
     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   6am  
     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.
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     Rinehart says each day the services will be directed by a different church.
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     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   6am  
     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   6am  
     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.
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     Pearce says the first bill passed by the senate in the session was an agriculture bill.
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     National Ag Week continues Thursday as KCHI talks with students in Chillicothe's Ag Education programs.

Prescribed Burn Class Offered
03/25   6am  
     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   6am  
     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.
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     Savage says for this year's show their fund raising goal was set at $5,000.
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     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 continue.

Boogie-Woogie / Ragtime Concert At PAC Sunday
03/24   12pm  
     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.
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     Tickets for the program will be available at the door Sunday at the Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center.
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     Ashbrook says if you are a fan of ragtime and boogie-woogie music or a student of piano, you will not want to miss this program.

Hazardous Materials Drop Off
03/24   12pm  
     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.
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     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
03/24   12pm  
     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
03/24   6am  
     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
03/24   6am  
     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 paraphernalia.
     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
03/24   6am  
     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.
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     Black says the changes in the Ag Industry have happened very fast and the Education system struggles to keep up.
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     Wednesday, KCHI will hear from Senator David Pearce on What Agriculture means to the State of Missouri.

NCMC Board of Trustees Meeting
03/24   6am  
     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 rates.
     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 meeting.

Six Fire Calls Since Sunday Afternoon  
03/23   12pm  
     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.

Monday morning,
     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.

Early Childhood Screening  03/23   12pm  
     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 646-1653.

Area Kindergarten and Pre-School Screenings  
03/23   12pm  
     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 security card.

Culvert Replacement Near Galt  03/23   12pm  
     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.

Norborne Man Has Serious Injuries in Single Vehicle Accident  03/23   6am  
     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 for treatment.

Livingston County Commission Meetings  03/23   6am  
     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 public.

Chillicothe Board of Public Works
 03/23   6am  
     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 relays.
     An executive session is planned if it is needed. The meeting is open to the public.

Police Report
 03/23   6am  
     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 North Washington.
     Sunday, Chillicothe officers assisted the Brookfield police with a stolen property investigation in the 400 block of Third.
     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
03/23   6am  
     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 hold.

National Ag Week - Changes and Opportunities
 03/23   6am  
     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.
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     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.
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     Tuesday, Black will talk about more about those opportunities.

Hunter Education
 03/23   6am  
     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.
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     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.