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Planning and Zoning Meeting Monday    7/28  12pm
     Chillicothe's Planning and Zoning Commission will hear a request Monday for a Conditional Use Permit for a home based business. The request is for a business at 1424 Vine Street.
     The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet Next Monday, August 3rd at 7:00 pm at City Hall.

Child Abuse Prevention Program   7/28  12pm
     Child Sexual Abuse prevention training is available at the Livingston County Health Center August 11th. Stewards of Children, a video created by the organization Darkness to Light will be shown. Maternal Child Health Coordinator Mary Taylor says this is a two hour program.
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     The goal of the program is to reduce the incidence of child sexual abuse. She says they want to reach anyone that has regular contact with children.
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     Stewards of Children will be presented free of charge August 11th, from 10:00 to noon. You are asked to pre-register by calling the health center at 646-5506.

Repaving Highway 6 Starts Next Week  7/28  12pm
     Highway 6, from East of Trenton to Highway 5 in Sullivan County will be resurfaced beginning next week. The Missouri Department of Transportation contractors will start the work at Muddy Creek, east of US 65 in Grundy County. The project includes resurfacing of the driving lanes and improvements to the shoulders.
     The roadwork begins August 3rd and will include the closing of one lane. A pilot car will guide the traffic through the work zone.
     MoDOT says the work will take place Monday through Friday during daylight hours as weather permits and is expected to be complete by November 1st. If you have questions, call the MoDOT hotline at 888-ASK MoDOT, that's 888-275-6636.

Wenzel Address City Council   7/28  6am
     Hedrick Medical Center CEO Matt Wenzel gave his farewell to the City Council at Monday meeting. Wenzel will move from the community and Hedrick Medical Center August 10th as he takes the position as President and CEO at St. Luke's North. Wenzel spoke briefly at Mondays meeting.
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     Wenzel also talked about the success of the new hospital.
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     As St. Luke's searches for the next Hedrick Medical Center CEO, Don Sipes, vice president of regional services for Saint Luke’s Health System, will oversee its operations.

Mayor Appoints Heisey and White To City Boards   7/28  6am
     The Chillicothe City Council approved two board appointments as part of Monday's meeting. Mayor Chuck Haney made the recommendation of Larry Heisey to the Airport Advisory Board.
     Heisey spoke briefly after the appointment was approved.
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     Ben White was the Mayor's recommendation to the Planning and Zoning Board. He also had a few comments following approval.
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     White will have his first meeting as a Planning and Zoning Board member Monday night

Use Tax and Vehicle Tax Head To November Ballot   7/28  6am
     The Chillicothe City Council is eyeing the November Ballot for at Use Tax and continuation of the Vehicle Tax. At Monday's Workshop session, the council discussed when to put the two items before the voters.
     The Use Tax is for out of state purchases and would mainly affect businesses. It has the potential to raise more than $200,000 per year that the council says will go towards streets.
     The Vehicle Tax would continue the collection of sales tax based on the residency of the buyer. The vehicle tax is set to go away at the end of 2016 if the City of Chillicothe fails to continue the tax.
     The council will have to approve an ordinance to place the items on the November ballot and than begin a campaign to educate the voters on the issues.

Chillicothe Police Report   7/28  6am
     Two arrests are in the Chillicothe Police Department report for Monday.
     Officers were called to a business in the 1100 block of South Mitchell Avenue for a shoplifter. Officers arrested Ida M. Smith for alleged stealing. Smith was processed and released.
     Officers were dispatched to a report of property damage in the 800 block of Easton Street. The incident remains under investigation.
     Officers were also called for a report of stealing from a business in the 1000 block of Graves Street. They arrested Brandi C. Webb for alleged stealing. Webb was also processed and released.

Troopers Arrest One in Chariton County   7/28  6am
     A Marceline woman was arrested Monday in Chariton County. Twenty-nine year old Joyce Becerra was arrested by State Troopers at about 5:30 pm for alleged driving while revoked and no seatbelt. She was taken to the Chariton County Jail pending the posting of bond.

Bridge Work in Carroll County   7/27  5pm
     Bridge maintenance will close two roads in Carroll County this week. Route Z and Route B will each close for one day for needed bridge maintenance.
     Tuesday, MoDOT crews will close Route Z at the Tater Creek Bridge starting at 7:30 am. The road should re-open at about 2:30 pm.
     Wednesday, Route B will close at the Sambo Creek Bridge starting at 7:30 am. The road should re-open at about 2:30 pm.
     Motorists should plan an alternate route during these planned closures. If you have questions about the road closing, call the MoDOT Hotline, 888 ASK MoDOT, that 888-275-6636, or go on line at

Chillicothe Police Report   7/27  12pm
     Chillicothe Police report several investigations and arrests over the weekend.
     Theft was reported from a vehicle Saturday in the 800 block of Shy Drive and Sunday in the 300 block of Cherry. Theft was reported Saturday in the 400 block of Calhoun. Property damage was investigated Saturday in the 200 block of Cowgill and trespassing Saturday in the 100 block of East Bridge.
     Arrests include:
Billy Williams in the 400 block of Dickinson on a Clay County Warrant; Michael Weaver for alleged trespassing following a report of a suspicious person looking in windows in the 300 block of Jackson; Candice Faulkner and Dominique Hurst in the 10 block of Third for alleged possession of marijuana, synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and Rhonda Yarbrough in the 400 block of Broadway for alleged DWI.
     Officers also took three children into protective custody following a domestic disturbance in the 900 block of Broadway. The children were turned over to the Linn County Children's Division.

Special Election August 4th    7/27  12pm
     August 4th is a date set aside by the Missouri Secretary of States Office for public elections. The KCHI Area includes 8 counties and only one county is holding an election in August; that is Livingston County.
     Medicine Township in Livingston County had a question on the ballot in April for the General Road District levy of 35 cents per hundred dollar valuation for a period of four years. The results of the April Election was 6 yes and 6 no votes. The Township chose to put the question before the voters again in August.
     Absentee voting is taking place now, Monday through Friday, including the noon hour at the County Clerks Office. They will have special hours this Saturday, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.
     The August 4th election will be held at the Chula Community Center.

Fatal Accident Near Trenton Saturday   7/27  6am
     A Galt man is dead and his wife has serious injuries following an accident Saturday evening near Trenton. Fifty-three year old Jason Nickell of Galt was pronounced dead at Wright Memorial Hospital following the accident at about 9:00 pm on Highway 6, east of Trenton. State Troopers report Nickell was eastbound when he ran off the road, over corrected and his SUV spun off the road and overturned twice, ejecting Nickell and his wife, 56 year old Sharon C Nickell. She was also taken to Wright Memorial Hospital and later transferred to St. Luke's on the plaza. They were not wearing seatbelts.

Serious Injury Accident In Chillicothe   7/27  6am
     A Trenton woman had serious injuries in an accident at Walnut and Second Street Sunday evening. The accident happened at about 7:00. Mercedes Elliot of Trenton was taken to Hedrick Medical Center and later flown to St. Luke's with serious injuries. The report states Elliot was southbound on Walnut and failed to yield, colliding with a vehicle driven by Shandie Searcy of Chillicothe. Searcy had moderate injuries and two passengers in the Elliot vehicle had minor injuries and they were all taken to Hedrick Medical for treatment.

Caldwell County Accident   7/27  6am
     A Cameron man had moderate injuries in a single vehicle accident in Caldwell County early Saturday morning. Thirty-two year old Charles A Adkins of Cameron was taken to Cameron Regional Hospital for treatment following the accident on Route P, south of Hamilton. According to the Highway Patrol, Adkins was westbound and drove off the road, overcorrected and the car overturned, coming to rest on the drivers side. Adkins was wearing a safety belt.

Troopers Arrest Two In Area Counties   7/27  6am
     State Troopers reported arrests in Linn and Carroll Counties for the weekend.
     Saturday at about 8:25 pm in Linn County, 52 year old David Lockamy of Omaha was arrested for alleged speeding and possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana. He was processed and released.
     Sunday at about 9:55 pm in Carroll County, 68 year old Raymond Conaway of Mississippi was arrested for alleged DWI. He was booked into the Ray County jail and later released.

City Council To Hold Workshop Prior To Meeting Monday   7/27  6am
     Board appointments and a hospital report are on the agenda for the Chillicothe City Council Monday. The Council members meet at 5:30 at city hall for a workshop session to discuss city finances and to have a discussion on election dates available for the proposed use tax and vehicle tax.
     At 6:30, the regular council meeting begins. Matt Wenzel will make his final appearance before the council as Hedrick Medical Center CEO and President to present the quarterly hospital report. Mayor Chuck Haney will present his recommendation for appointments to the Chillicothe Airport Advisory Board and for the Planning and Zoning Board.
     An executive session is planned if it is needed.

Battle Of The Badges Saturday
   7/27  6am
     Chillicothe Police will take on the Chillicothe Fire Department to raise funds to feed children next Saturday… It's the first annual Battle of the Badges, Saturday at 7:30 pm at Danner Park.
     Fire Fighter/Paramedic Eric McKenzie says the departments want to have a fun evening with the community.
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     Detective Jon Maples says they want to the residents of the city to see them as part of the community.
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     Maples says they invite the public to come out and have some fun with them.
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     The game will start at 7:30. A free will donation will be accepted at the gate. All proceeds will go to support the Grand River Area Family YMCA's Back Pack Buddy Program.

MainStreet A Finalists For State Awards   7/25
     MainStreet Chillicothe will find out how they fair as a finalist in three awards categories in Missouri’s Premier Revitalization Conference - The 2015 Get Plugged In to Downtown conference July 28th through the 30th in Kansas City.
     MainStreet Chillicothe is to be considered for three awards, the first is the Top Façade Rehabilitation over $10,000 Award. Chillicothe's entry for the statewide award is the Adam Warren's building where the Warren Law Office is located at 711 Washington next to City Hall.
     Next is the Top Special Promotion Event Award. Chillicothe entered "Sliced Bread Saturday," a street fair and festival that was held for the first time last year in Chillicothe.
     And the third award Chillicothe is to be considered for is the Best Economic Restructuring Project Award that was listed as a finalist was the Main Street Holiday House.
     MainStreet Director Micah Landes says both Sliced Bread Saturday and Main Street Holiday House were so successful, they will both be brought back this year. In fact, Sliced Bread Saturday is coming Up August 1st.

Work Resumes Monday On Honey Creek Bridge   7/25
     Repairs to the Honey Creek Bridge on Highway 13, south of Gallatin are nearly complete, but MoDOT says there is still a couple days of work to finish. The bridge is open to traffic for the weekend, but will close Monday and Tuesday. The work is weather dependent and that could mean additional delays.
     The 80 year old bridge was identified in critical condition before the repairs that began July 6th. It was carrying an average load of 1400 cars a day at that time.

Highway 190 Closed Monday & Tuesday in Jamesport   7/25
     A portion of Highway 190 in Jamesport will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. The Missouri Department of Transportation will patch full width sections of the road from Prairie Avenue to Nickel Avenue. Work is scheduled each day from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm as weather permits. Motorists will need to find an alternate route.

MoDOT Roadwork Projects For The Area   7/25
     The Missouri Department of Transportation will continue with the summer projects Monday. The work taking place throughout the Northwest part of the state includes mowing, drainage work, striping, pothole patching and brush cutting. In the local counties, some of the work on the schedule includes:
In Carroll County
Bridge maintenance on Route Z Tuesday and Route B Wednesday. On Route Z the work is at Tater Hill Creek and at Route B at Sambo Creek. Both will have 15 foot width restrictions.
In Daviess County
Bridge maintenance will keep Honey Creek Bridge on Highway 13 closed Monday and Tuesday.
In Grundy County
Culvert replacements are scheduled:
On Route JJ Monday closed from Route E to 20th Street
Route NN Tuesday from NE 30th to NE 45th
Pavement repairs are scheduled at three locations:
Business 65 Monday and Tuesday from US 65 to Oklahoma Ave.
US 65 southbound on and off ramps Wednesday and Thursday at Highway 6.
Highway 6 Wednesday and Thursday from the Trenton City Limits to the Thompson River Bridge.
In Sullivan County
Two Culvert replacements will close roads:
Route HH Monday from Garden Drive to Owen Road
Highway 129 Tuesday from Harvest Drive to Haven Drive.

City Council To Hold Workshop Prior To Meeting Monday   7/24 12pm
     Board appointments and a hospital report are on the agenda for the Chillicothe City Council Monday. The Council members meet at 5:30 at city hall for a workshop session to discuss city finances and to have a discussion on election dates available for the proposed use tax and vehicle tax.
     At 6:30, the regular council meeting begins. Matt Wenzel will make his final appearance before the council as Hedrick Medical Center CEO and President to present the quarterly hospital report. Mayor Chuck Haney will present his recommendation for appointments to the Chillicothe Airport Advisory Board and for the Planning and Zoning Board.
     An executive session is planned if it is needed.

Special School Board Meeting Tuesday   7/24 12pm
     The Chillicothe R-II School Board will have a special meeting Tuesday to consider Bus Driver Pay. The meeting will begin at Noon at the district office.
     In addition, the board will have announcements for the MSBA/MASA annual conference.
     This special meeting is open to the public.

School Bus Handbook Changes Approved   7/24 12pm
     The School Bus Rider handbooks for the Chillicothe R-II School District include updates approved by the School Board this week. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says the handbooks are updated regularly to stay current with any changing regulations and to address issued within the district. Barnes says one notable change is in notification for drop-off after school.
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     During the School Board Executive session the board took action to hire a cafeteria worker for Dewy School. Dana Rinehart was selected for the position.

Trenton City Council Meeting Monday   7/24 12pm
     The Trenton City Council has a short agenda for Monday. The Trenton Council members meet Monday at 7:00 pm at City Hall. The agenda includes amending the Hay Permits section of the nuisance ordinance.
     An executive session is also scheduled.

Keytesville Couple Now Face Manslaughter Charges  7/24 12pm
     New charges have been filed for the parents of the two year old girl found unresponsive July 13th in a Keytesville pool. The Missouri Highway Patrol reports 19 year old Kynzie Patino and stepfather 21 year old Jessie Patino were originally charged with alleged endangering the welfare of a child, but now face charges of alleged involuntary manslaughter, after the child died in the hospital in Columbia.
     The mother and stepfather remain in custody with bond set at $7,500 each.

Tunes Under The Moon Concert Tonight   7/24 6am
     The Final "Tunes Under The Moon" concert of the year is this evening at Silver Moon Plaza. The free concert starts at 6:00 pm with Mary Lou VanDeventer with Jamie Pauls & Friends. They main program features a performance by Red Bridge Bluegrass, a group known for providing concert goers with high energy entertainment shows that are fun and humorous for all ages.
     Described as a traditionally based bluegrass band, Red Bridge Bluegrass includes a full bluegrass band with four lead vocalists. MainStreet Director Micah Landes says to be sure to come to Silver Moon Plaza this evening and enjoy this concert that will be sure to have you toe-tapping and ready to jump up and dance!

Police Report Includes Abuse and Neglect   7/24 6am
     Chillicothe Police responded to a report of a person that had died and made an arrest for abuse or neglect.
Thursday, officers were called to the 1700 block of Hickory on a report of a possible deceased person. They assisted the Fire Department and Livingston County Coroner.
     Last Friday, July 17th, officers took a report of alleged child abuse in the 100 block of Herriford. Thursday, officers completed the investigation and arrested Josiah Daniel Robert Heuermann in the 600 block of Walnut for alleged abuse or neglect. He is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
     Stealing was reported in the 10 block of Third Street.
     Officers arrested Gregg E Jackman for alleged driving while revoked following a traffic stop on US 36, near Mitchell Road. He is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
     A domestic disturbance was reported in the 1100 block of Locust. No arrests were made.

Hamilton Boil Advisory Lifted   7/24 6am
     The Boil Water Advisory for the City of Hamilton is lifted. The City made repairs to a leaking water main and issued the precautionary Boil Advisory until the test results came back from the State lab. Those results are now in and the advisory for the Hamilton City Water customers is lifted.

Dark Green Lawn Could Indicate Problems   7/24 6am
     The color of your lawn is not necessarily a good indicator of the health of the lawn. Extension Horticulture Specialist Tim Baker says color can also indicate problems.
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     Baker says if you want the dark green lawn, try a fertilizer containing iron, but don't overdo it.

School Surplus   7/23 12pm
     The Chillicothe R-II School District has added several pages of surplus items to the list of things to be sold. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says these are items that had been stored at the High School.
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     Barnes says the district has a procedure they have been following to dispose of the items.
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     The list ranges from year books to TVs and book shelves to a large variety of text books.

July Blood Draw Clinic   7/23 12pm
     The Livingston County Health Center is offering a Blood Draw Clinic Wednesday July 29th, from 7:00 to 10:00 am. Ann Burchett from the Health Center says it is there aim to promote health and prevent disease and this service encourages area residents to take charge of their own health before problems arise.
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     Burchett says a variety of tests are available.
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     The cost of the CBC is $30, PSA is $10, A1C is $10 and the Vitamin D test is $15. Fasting is recommended for the CBC and A1C test. That means you should have nothing to eat after midnight and you may drink water.
     If you have questions, call the Health Center at 646-5506.

KCP&L Approved For Rate Adjustment   7/23 12pm
     Kansas City Power and Light customers, including in Livingston, Carroll and Chariton Counties in the local area, could see a slight reduction in their electric bill. The Missouri Public Service Commission approved the application to adjust the Demand Side Investment Mechanism or DSIM charge.
     Residential customers using 1,000 kWh (kilowatt-hours) of electricity a month will see the charge drop by approximately $2.20 a month. The reduction is expected to take effect on August 1st.

Summer Fishing Strategies   7/23 12pm
     Fishing on the local ponds, lakes and rivers is a great way to pass the day. But MDC Fisheries Biologist Greg Pitchford says summer time fishing can also present certain challenges.
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     Pitchford says that thermacline will vary from lake to lake and can be affected by the rain and temperature.
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     He says some good strategies for staying in that upper layer of water include fishing the shallows with short casts, find areas where there is shade and structure, and event just fishing with a bobber.
     Don't give up on the summer fishing, if they are not biting, try fishing closer to the surface.

Battle Of The Badges   7/23 6am
     It's Chillicothe Police versus Chillicothe Fire Fighters to help kids. The Battle of The Badges, a charity softball game, is Saturday August 1st at Danner Park. The game will start at 7:30 at the Red Field. The public is encouraged to come out and cheer on the men and women that put their lives on the line for you every day. Admission is a free will donation and all the proceeds will go to The Grand River Area Family YMCA Backpack Buddies Program for the 2015 school year.
     Concessions will be available at the park.

Two Injured, One Arrest in Local Accident Reports   7/23 6am
     Two were injured and one arrested in accidents investigated by the Chillicothe Police Department.
     Two people were injured in an accident Wednesday at Dickinson and Clay Streets. Teresa Summerville and a passenger sought their own treatment for minor injuries following the accident that happened when Gwenlyn Midgyett failed to yield and hit the Summerville vehicle.
     No injuries were reported, but one driver was arrested following an accident Sunday at Springhill and Fair Streets. Zachary Baker ran into the back of another vehicle. Baker was arrested for alleged DWI, driving while revoked, and careless and imprudent driving resulting in an accident. He was held pending the filing of formal charges.

Chillicothe Police Report   7/23 6am
     The Chillicothe Police Department report includes two arrests.
     Tuesday, Officers responded to a domestic disturbance near Calhoun and Vine Streets. The report states Jessica R Morgan was arrested for alleged assault on an officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. She was held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
     Monday, Terra L Glasgow was arrested in the 900 block of Vine for alleged possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. She was held pending the filing of formal charges.
     Wednesday, officers took a report of property damage in the 900 block of Jefferson Street. That investigation continues.

Sex Offender Violation In Brookfield Police Report   7/23 6am
     Possible sexual misconduct and a report of a prowler are in the Brookfield Police Report.
     Saturday, officers began the investigation of possible sexual misconduct by a registered sex offender. The complaint alleges inappropriate touching had occurred at a business on South Main in Brookfield. The investigation continues.
     Early Wednesday morning. Brookfield officers were called for a report of a prowler in the 500 block of South Caldwell Street. The report stated two people in black ski masks were looking through a rear bedroom window. The suspects fled on foot before officers arrived. The police continue to investigate.