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Rep Rusty Black - Update On Education and Transportation  02/19  12pm
    Representative Rusty Black says the majority of his time is spent in working on the budget and he says there are several areas of the budget that many people find important to the local area. One is Education funding.
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     Black says funding for roads is also an area that needs attention and he says the voters should have a say in the issue.
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     Black says the budget may not always seem like the most important thing for the legislative session, but if you can't fund government and peoples' priorities, than things don't happen.

Meadville Schools Stepping Up Security  02/19  12pm
    Meadville School will have doors locked and law enforcement at the school at various times beginning Tuesday. Parents received a letter from Superintendent Ron Holcer Friday, informing them of the changes in school security.
     The letter states the district was made aware of a threat against the school. Holcer stated they contacted law enforcement and procedures were followed to ensure the safety of the district.
     The letter states in part:

"Beginning Tuesday, February 20, all exterior doors will be continually locked throughout the day. Law enforcement will be on site at various times throughout the day, including bus loading and unloading."

     In the letter, Holcer says the safety of the students and staff is their top priority.
     Holcer could not be reached for comment.

Chase Ends With Arrest In Livingston County  02/19  6am
    The Livingston County Sheriff's Department, Chillicothe Police Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol assisted Carroll County Deputies in stopping a utility truck reported stolen in Saline County. Carroll County authorities attempted to stop the truck, which took off, nearly hitting other vehicles. The chase continued into Livingston County, through Ludlow and onto US 36.
     Troopers used Spike Sticks to try and flatten tires on the truck, while Chillicothe Officers blocked traffic. The truck was stopped on US 36 at Route CC and the suspect, 20 year old Jeremiah Joel Bailiff of St. Louis, was arrested without incident.
     Bailiff faces charges in Saline and Carroll Counties, and could face additional charges in Livingston County.

Troopers Report Several Arrests For Weekend  02/19  6am
     State Troopers made a few arrests in the area counties over the weekend.
     Saturday at about 11:40 am in Livingston County, Troopers arrested 20 year old Jeremiah Bailiff of St. Louis for alleged two counts of resisting arrest, careless and imprudent driving resulting in an accident and speeding. He was released to another jurisdiction on other charges.
     Saturday at about 10:00 pm, troopers arrested 52 year old Keith Ramsey of Salisbury in Howard County for alleged DWI - Habitual Offender, driving while revoked and speeding. He was held at the Cooper County Jail pending the posting of bond.
     Saturday at about 11:20 pm in Grundy County, Troopers arrested 60 year old Timothy Waters for alleged DWI - Prior Offender, careless and imprudent driving and no insurance. He was held at the Grundy County Detention Center.

Chillicothe Police Report  02/19  6am
     Two arrests and a couple investigations are in the Chillicothe Police Department report for last week.
     Tuesday, around mid-day, officers took a report of stealing form a business in the 5400 block of Business 36. The investigation continues.
     Early Tuesday morning, officers were called to the 400 block of Webster Street, where a small child was walking outside alone without proper clothing. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Cara Ann Hagler for alleged endangering he welfare of a child. She was held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
     Friday, officers responded to an accident where someone ran into the back of a semi at Ryan Lane and Washington Street. The Semi left the scene without stopping
     Officers arrested Jessica Linn Warren Friday in the 1200 block of Walnut Street. The arrest was on a Daviess County warrant for alleged failure to appear on a traffic citation. She posted bonds and was released.

Sheriff's Department Reports Drug Arrests  02/19  6am
    The Livingston County Sheriff's Department reported a couple incidents that resulted in charges for alleged drugs.
     February 6th, a traffic stop resulted in the arrest of 35 year old Penny L. Evans of Breckenridge for alleged Driving While Suspended and No lighted headlamps. Sheriff Steve Cox says the investigation led to the seizing of suspected methamphetamine smoking pipe and digital scales commonly used in the distribution of controlled substances. Additional Charges are pending. A report was sent to the Probation and Parole Office.
     February 15th, a traffic stop on US 65, in the northern part of Chillicothe, resulted in a brake light violation warning. Deputies also found a suspected controlled substance and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle and arrested 55 year old Dwight T. Blumhorst of Jefferson City for alleged Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Official charges are pending.

Chillicothe School Board Meets Tuesday  02/17  6am
    The Chillicothe R-II School Board Meets Tuesday. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm at the district office, with an agenda that includes recognition of Middle School students and staff and reports on professional development and special education services.
     In New Business, the agenda includes several board policy revisions, consideration for a program at Grand River Technical School and a finance report.
     An executive session is scheduled following the meeting for personnel items, including Preschool, Middle School Math and Special Education for TLC.

School District Hosts Meet & Greet Tuesday  02/17  6am
     A Meet and Greet for Chillicothe's new Assistant Superintendent and Director of Special Services is February 20th. The Chillicothe R-II School District invites everyone the Meet and Greet planned for Dr. Zach McMains, the incoming Assistant Superintendent; and Emily Schmidt, the incoming Special Services Director.
     The Meet and Greet is from 2:30 to 4:30 pm at the Chillicothe R-II Administrative Offices. Everyone is invited to attend.

Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Arrest  02/17  6am
     A traffic stop early this week led to an arrest for drugs and explosives. The Livingston County Sheriff's Department made the stop Monday and the departments K9, Zaki, was called to the stop and when making a walk around the vehicle indicated for the presence of drugs.
     Sheriff Steve Cox says a subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in discovery and seizure of alleged methamphetamine and methamphetamine drug paraphernalia and a prohibited explosive device. Deputies arrested 57 year old Michael Timothy Voldness of Rapid City South Dakota for alleged possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia and Possession of a Prohibited Explosive Device. He was held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
     The Missouri Highway Patrol Bomb Squad was called to render the explosive device safe.
     Since that time, charges in the Circuit court are field for alleged possession of a controlled substance. The NITRO Task Force is working on possible federal charges for the explosive weapon considering the alleged history of the suspect.

Board of Public Works Meets Tuesday For Budget   02/17  6am
     A budget review is on the agenda for the Chillicothe Board of Public Works as they meet Tuesday. The meeting is at 6:00 pm in the Conference Room at the CMU Office.
     Other items on the agenda include reports from the department heads and approval of salaries and invoices.
     An executive session is planned if it is needed.

No Chillicothe Trash Pick-Up Monday  02/17  6am
     Monday, February 19th is Presidents Day, that mean City, State and County offices are Closed Monday.
     Chillicothe municipal Utilities will NOT pick up trash Monday. Refuse Director Troy Figg says the Monday routes will be picked up Tuesday.

Carrollton Town Council Meets Tuesday   02/17  6am
     The Carrollton Town Council meets Tuesday at 6:00 pm at City Hall to consider several ordinances. The agenda includes:
A purchasing agreement with Townes Staton
Approval of a Street Paving bid with McConnell & Associates
An agreement with the Carrollton YMCA for use of the City Pool
A lease agreement with Tom Carpenter for a space at the Municipal Airport
     The Mayor will have several items on the agenda, including:
University Extension Board Appointment
Council Ward II resignation
Adding more to paving list - per savings on asphalt
     An executive session is planned to follow the regular meeting.

MoDOT Roadwork For February 20th to 24th  02/17  6am
     The Missouri Department of Transportation roadwork schedule for the upcoming week includes projects around the northwest part of the state. That list includes pothole patching, shoulder work, bridge maintenance, striping, brush cutting and guardrail repairs.
     In the local counties, the scheduled work includes:
Caldwell County
     Route 116 - Shoulder work from US 69 to Highway 13, Tuesday to Friday
Linn County
     US 36 - Pothole patching from the Macon County line to Route 139, Tuesday to Friday
     Highway 5 - Drainage work from the Laclede city limits to the Linneus city limits, Thursday and Friday

     MoDOT reminds the public to stay alert, watch for road work, buckle up, slow down, and drive with extreme caution through work zones and in changing weather conditions.

Chillicothe Salute To Agriculture Breakfast  02/16  12pm
     Farmers and supporters of Agriculture were honored at Friday's Salute To Agriculture at the Litton Ag Center. Chillicothe FFA President, Claire Shipp says Chillicothe students are very fortunate to have great community support.
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     The keynote speaker for the breakfast was University of Missouri Vice Chancellor of Extension, Marshall Stewart (right). Stewart reminded the students and the rest of us, there are three P's that are very important… People, Places and Purpose.
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     Stewart says one of his earliest connections to Chillicothe was through FFA, as he visited Washington DC for a Leadership Conference and heard a program on Citizenship in America, which talked about Jerry Litton.

Chillicothe Police Receive FALSE 911 Call  02/16  12pm
     The Chillicothe Police Department received a 911 call Thursday afternoon to Hedrick Medical Center for what turned out to be a false report. A statement from the department indicates this was likely from an individual who didn't want to be arrested and called in a false 911 call so that Officers would respond to the hospital instead of locating her.
     The report gives no details, but does state the woman was located and arrested.

Chillicothe Police Report Numerous Arrests  02/16  12pm
     Several arrests are in the Chillicothe Police Department report.
There was one arrest Wednesday.
     At about 4:30 pm, officers arrested Sandra Bogle in the 1000 block of South Washington. The arrest was on a Livingston County warrant for alleged failure to appear on an original charge of alleged Possession of a Controlled Substance. Bogle was held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail with no bond allowed.
Thursday, officers arrested:
     Barbara A Tipton on a probation and parole violation warrant. She was held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
     Brandy Gonzales for alleged possession of drug paraphernalia. She was processed, cited and released.
     Frederick B. Burge for alleged DWI. He was processed, cited and released.
     Penny Lea Evans was arrested on a Parole Warrant. She is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.

     Thursday evening, officers were called to the 1400 block of Polk Street on an unresponsive person. The person was pronounced dead on the scene. The death appeared to be of natural causes.
     Officers took reports Thursday at three businesses where they received counterfeit money to purchase items. The purchases were made on Wednesday.

Burglary Investigation Leads To Arrest In Kansas  02/16  12pm
     A suspect in a home burglary and theft of a vehicle near Utica was arrested in Kansas. The Livingston County Sheriff's Department began the investigation Sunday for the incident on Route C. The report states someone forced entry into the home and then stole a pick-up and left the area. No-one was home at the time of the incident.
     Sheriff Steve Cox says the truck was tracked to Kansas and a convenience store camera captured a photo of the suspect, who was later identified as a homeless man, 28 year old Ronald Smith.
     Smith was arrested on an unrelated Linn County Missouri warrant and a Livingston County warrant was later issued for Smith on charges of alleged Burglary and tampering with a vehicle. Bond on the Livingston County Warrant is set at $25,000.

Rural Fire Fighters Respond To Timber Fire  02/16  12pm
     Chillicothe Rural Fire Fighters responded to a report of a timber fire on Route CC, near LIV 244. The call came in about 5:00 am Friday and the fire crew arrived with the UTV and Pumper to find fire in the timber behind the home of the Property owners, Mike and Mary Peery. The report states the fire was around a small outbuilding and close to the house. The owner was using a garden hose to keep the fire from the house and also assisted fire fighters in cutting down trees in the burned area. The fire crew was on the scene for about an hour and 10 minutes.
     The exact cause of the fire is unknown, but they suspect hot ashes from wood burning stove are a factor.

Charges Filed In December Hit and Run  02/16  12pm
     A suspect in the Hit and Run accident that injured an elderly woman at the end of December faces charges which include Alleged Assault and Leaving the scene of the accident. Nineteen year old Jordan Daniel Wells was arrested Monday and made his first court appearance Wednesday for arraignment. Wells next court appearance is February 21st for setting a preliminary hearing date. Wells is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail on $25,000 cash only bond.

Personnel Items Handled In Counciil Executive Session  02/16  12pm
     The Chillicothe City Council handled two personnel items in the Executive Session of Monday's meeting.
     The Council approved the hiring of Christine Regan as the full time Assistant to the Auditor.
     The Council also approved ending employment of a Street Department employee, Daniel Hays.
     Both actions were on a 4-0 vote with Councilman Tom Douglas absent from the meeting.

Sliced Bread Day Bill Advances To House Floor  02/16  12pm
     The bill to declare July 7th as Sliced Bread Day in Missouri could be heard on the floor of the Missouri House of Representatives next week. Representative Rusty Black of Chillicothe presented the bill that has made it through committee.
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     Black says the bill should be on the house floor Wednesday afternoon or evening.
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     In November Black says a St Louis News Paper, tongue in cheek, called it one of the weirdest bill to be filed. He says now the bill is getting nationwide attention.
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     KCHI will continue to follow this piece of legislation and its progress in Jefferson City.

Commissioners To Discuss Prosecutor Ballot Item  02/16  12pm
     The Livingston County Commissioners meet Tuesday and Thursday next week. The meetings are at 9:30 am in the Commission Room of the Courthouse.
     Tuesday, Chamber Director Crystal Narr will meet with the Commissioners at 1:30 to discuss the Prosecuting Attorney Ballot Question.
     The Commissioners also handle County Road and Bridge matters and administrative and departmental responsibilities.

Livingston County Nursing Home Board Meeting  02/16  12pm
     The Livingston County Nursing Home Board of Directors meets Tuesday. The meeting begins at 12:00, in the conference room at Morningside Center. The public is welcome.

Budget Review On Board Of Public Works Agenda  02/15  12pm
     A budget review is on the agenda for the Chillicothe Board of Public Works as they meet Tuesday. The meeting is at 6:00 pm in the Conference Room at the CMU Office.
     Other items on the agenda include reports from the department heads and approval of salaries and invoices.
     An executive session is planned if it is needed.

Storm Spotter Class In Chillicothe  02/15  12pm
     A National Weather Service Storm Spotter Class returns to Chillicothe next week. Chillicothe Fire Chief Darrell Wright says the program is Tuesday at 7:00 pm.
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     Jonathan Welsh from the Weather Service says spotters are an important.
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     The program is free and anyone interested in storm spotting or better understanding severe weather, is encouraged to attend.

Hunting And Fishing Permits Expire Soon  02/15  12pm
     Do you have a Missouri Fishing Permit or Small Game Permit? Did you know they expire Soon? Caleb Pryor, the Livingston County Conservation Agent says you have until the end of the month on the 2017 permits.
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     Pryor says there are several ways to renew or purchase your permits.
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    Check out for the apps or to purchase on line.

Free Deer Antler Scoring Event Saturday  02/15  12pm
     A free deer antler scoring event, sponsored by the North Missouri Sportsman's Alliance is Saturday in Chillicothe. Steve Shoot from North Missouri Sportsman's Alliance says this will be at the Chillicothe Elks Lodge from 9:00 am to Noon.
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     Shoot explains why some want the antler scoring.
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     Shoot says there will be a chili lunch available and coffee while you wait.
     The North Missouri Sportsman's Alliance free deer antler scoring event Saturday, from 9:00 am to Noon, with scoring continuing until about 4:00 pm.

Teens Blow Up Toilet At Store  02/15  6am
     Five teens were identified as suspects for blowing up a toilet Sunday at Walmart in Chillicothe. Chillicothe police took to social media to identify the suspects in the incident as they were entering the building and were in the parking lot. That led to the identification.
     According to the report, Sunday at about 6:20 pm, officers were called to the store on a report of property damage. Five juveniles allegedly used fireworks to destroy the toilet. Chillicothe is working with the 43 Judicial Circuit Juvenile Office to complete investigation. Information will be provided to the juveniles’ residential jurisdiction for charges.

Police Investigate Local Accidents  02/15  6am
     Chillicothe Police investigated two accidents this week, one included injuries for one of the drivers.
     An accident Tuesday morning left one driver injured. The accident was at Business 36 and Washington Street. According to the report, Jessica Trussell was southbound on Washington and collided with a vehicle driving by Melissa Bowes, who was making a left turn to go west on Business 36. Trussell was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment. Both drivers claimed to have a green light.
     Tuesday at about 4:00 pm. Chillicothe Police responded to a crash in the 300 block of Cherry Street. The accident happened when a vehicle backed from a driveway and hit another vehicle, also backing from a driveway. Minor damages were reported to the vehicles.

Counterfiet Money and Shoplifting In Police Report  02/15  6am
     Counterfeit money and shoplifting are in the investigation by the Chillicothe Police Department.
     Monday, officers learned of a possible counterfeit bill passed at a convenience store on Elm Street last Friday. The officers determined the bill was fake. The investigation continues.
     Monday at about 5:00 pm, shoplifting was reported in the 1000 block of Graves Street. Officers arrested Chase Jordan Fantazia for alleged shoplifting and Madison Dee Lowrey for alleged burglary and shoplifting. Fantazia was processed and released. Lowrey was held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
     Monday evening, a complaint was taken at the police department, of alleged domestic assault. As a result of the investigation, officers determined the person that made the complaint was the aggressor, but due to the severity of injuries to the victim and the aggressor no longer a threat to the victim, no charges were filed. Information sent to Prosecutor and to State Probation/Parole office.
     Wednesday, officers issued a ticket for expired plates.

Brookfield Police Without Phones This Morning  02/15  6am
     The City of Brookfield and Brookfield Police Department are experiencing phone problems this morning. If you have an emergency, you can call 911, but for non emergency calls, they ask you contact the Linn County Sheriff's Office at 660-895-5312.
     They hope to have the problem repaired this morning.

Make Sure You Have ALL Forms Needed For Taxes  02/15  6am
     When preparing to file your federal tax return for 2017, you need to collect all of the necessary forms, that includes W2's, a variety of 1099's and others depending on your situation. One form that is still relatively new is the 1095A. Michael Devine from the IRS explains who will receive this form and why it is important.
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     Devine says when you enter in the data, you will find out if you have to pay a bit more or due more back.
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     Devine reminds you if you have questions about preparing your return of about the forms you need, the first place to look is at

Chillicothe Coffee With A Cop A Success  02/14  12pm
     Chillicothe's first Coffee With a Cop was a success. Chief John Maples says they had a good turnout.
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     Maples says they plan to continue the Coffee With A Cop Program and will make announcements for the next one. He says they will move it around and hope to continue to hear from the public.
     If you have questions for the chief or for the department, you can call them at 646-2121.

R-II Offers Meet & Greet For New Ass't Superintendent  02/14  12pm
     A Meet and Greet for Chillicothe's new Assistant Superintendent and Director of Special Services is February 20th. The Chillicothe R-II School District invites everyone the Meet and Greet planned for Dr. Zach McMains, the incoming Assistant Superintendent; and Emily Schmidt, the incoming Special Services Director.
     The Meet and Greet is from 2:30 to 4:30 pm at the Chillicothe R-II Administrative Offices. Everyone is invited to attend.

Sheriff's Office Seeking Assistance 02/14  12pm
     The Livingston County Sheriff's Department is asking for assistance in identifying a man in connection with the theft of a vehicle in Utica. Sunday, the Livingston County Sheriff's Department began investigating a burglary and theft of a pickup in the Utica area. The pickup stolen from the property was ultimately tracked to a location in Kansas where the driver stopped and attempted to get fuel. The person of interest entered the store and Kansas Highway Patrol provided photos of the alleged suspect in that convenience store.
     Livingston County Sheriff's Department is asking for the publics assistance in identifying this man to aide in their investigation. If you have information, call the Livingston County Sheriff's Department at 646-0515, dispatch office at 646-2121, or submit a TIP through our website at

Presidents Day - No Trash Pick-Up Monday  02/14  12pm
     Monday, February 19th is Presidents Day, that mean City, State and County offices are Closed Monday.
     Chillicothe municipal Utilities will NOT pick up trash Monday. Refuse Director Troy Figg says the Monday routes will be picked up Tuesday.

CMU announces Dates For 2018 City Wide Clean-Up  02/14  12pm
     Chillicothe's annual Spring Clean-up and hazardous materials drop-off are several weeks away, but now is a good time to mark your calendar and make the appropriate plans.
     CMU Refuse Director Troy Figg says the Hazardous Waste Drop-Off is March 24th at the old Pellet Building on Brunswick Street.
     The Annual Spring Clean-Up has all dates in April this year. They are: Wednesday April 11th and Saturday the 14th. They will take a week off and do it again on April 25th and 28th.
     Figg says the dates were moved up a week due to Easter.

Salute To Ag Breakfast Kicks Off FFA Week  02/14  12pm
     National FFA Week is February 17th to the 24 and Chillicothe will kick off their celebration this Friday, the 16th. The Chillicothe FFA and Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce has their annual Salute To Ag Breakfast. Liberty Cox from the local FFA Chapter explains who they have invited.
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     National FFA Week celebrates Ag Education and how it helps the students as they plan for their future. Cox explains why she joined the FFA.
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     Cox will talk about other activities with the Chillicothe FFA for National FFA week as we get closer to the weekend.

Two Arrests In December Hit and Run  02/14  6am
     Chillicothe Police Officers made arrests Monday, following an investigation of a hit and run accident that happened December 28th and left an elderly woman with serious injuries. Police Chief John Maples says 19 year olds Levi Elias Terrell and Jordan Daniel Wells were arrested Monday.
     The investigation led to identifying the driver and the passenger in the hit and run vehicle. Maples says they attempt to arrest the passenger on an unrelated warrant, and that led to a two county chase, involving Chillicothe, Trenton, Grundy County, Livingston County and State Highway Patrol. Officers arrested the passenger, Levi Elias Terrell, which led to the identifying of the driver in the hit and run, Jordan Daniel Wells. Wells was also arrested without incident.
     Chief Maples says they are continuing to investigate the involvement of many other who may have been told of the accident and assisted in concealing this crime.

City Council Approve Police Training Funds  02/14  6am
     The Chillicothe Police Department will have additional funds available for training. The Chillicothe Police Department has money set aside for training. Chief John Maples requested the City allow him to spend some of the money that City Auditor Teresa Kelly says has reached about $14,000.
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     Maples requested the transfer of $5,000 from that reserve for training, both this year and next.
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     The Council approved the transfer for the Police Officer Training.

Valentine's Day - Flowers, Chocolate and Cards  02/14  6am
     Today is Valentine's Day, a day for Chocolate, cards and of course, time to be extra attentive to your significant other. Candy Warren from the Livingston County Library explains.
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     Warren says Flowers are another possibility, but Roses are among the most popular of the flowers.
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     Make sure you remember those important to you on this Valentine's Day.