Chillicothe Students To Present At MSBA Conference
Students from Chillicothe's Central and
Middle School will make a presentation at the Missouri School Board
Association annual meeting in October. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says
the students are part of the Steam Club.
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Barnes says the Steam Club was formed last year from students that applied
and it allows students to explore creativity and innovation within the
parameters setup by their advisors. He says the students will talk about
their experiences in the club.
They will also encourage other
school district to begin similar clubs or classes.
School District Construction Remains On Pace
The Chillicothe R-II School District
construction projects are progressing well. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes
says many smaller projects are complete. Barnes says there is still some
work to be done at Field School.
Barnes says at the
site of the new elementary school, work continues.
Barnes says last
weekend's storm tested the roof at the new school and high school.
Barnes says the work on
the new elementary school remains on schedule for completion in May.
School Board Approves Surplus Books And Busses
The Chillicothe R-II School District will
dispose of surplus books. At Tuesday meeting, Superintendent Dr Roger
Barnes says the board declare numerous books as surplus.
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Dr Barnes says two busses were sold by the district.
When the surplus items are sold,
the district puts that money back into the general fund.
No Arrests In Weekend DWI Saturation
The Missouri Highway Patrol conducted DWI
Saturation enforcement in Daviess and Caldwell County this past weekend.
Sergeant Jake Angle from the Highway Patrol says the four officers
involved issued four tickets and 42 warnings. No DWI arrests were reported
from the saturation efforts.
Captain James E.
McDonald, commanding officer Troop H in St. Joseph says, "One of the
Missouri State Highway Patrol's highest priorities is removing the
impaired driver from our roadways. If drinking is part of your plans,
choose a sober designated driver."
Year Old On Livingston County Most Wanted List
A young woman is on the Livingston County
Most Wanted list for alleged stealing a firearm. Seventeen year old Savana
Marie Coke (right) is wanted on the warrant that carries a $15,000 cash
only bond. Coke is described as a white woman, 5 foot 4 inches tall, 120
pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. If you have any information, call
the Livingston County Sheriff's Office.
Troopers Arrest Kingeston Man
A Kingston man was arrested Wednesday
evening. Sixty-two year old Howard Ballinger was arrested at 6:35 pm for
alleged DWI. He was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center on a 24
Friday Is Pink-Out Day In Chillicothe
The Chillicothe Fire Department and Hedrick
Medical Center Emergency Department celebrate Pink-Out Day, Friday in
Chillicothe. They have been selling Pink-Out T-Shirts for several weeks,
including during Chautauqua in the Park. Lea Andersen from Hedrick Medical
Center says the money will be used locally.
This Friday was declared Pink-Out Day in Chillicothe and the Hornet
Football Game is a Pink-Out game. Everyone attending is asked to where
Pink to the game.
The fire department will
also have a Pink-Out Boot Block downtown prior to the game on Friday.
55 and Go Winter Coat Drive
55 and Go continues the annual Winter Coat
Project. Director Patty Mefford says they are collecting winter coats now.
Mefford asks the donated coats be cleaned before dropping them off.
The coats may be drop off at the 55 and Go/RSVP Center on Locust Street
during normal business hours. Call 646-0010 if you have questions. Winter
coats are distributed through many organizations throughout the community.
Blood Draw Clinic September 27th
The Livingston County Health Center will have
a Blood Draw Clinic, next Wednesday, September 27th. The Blood Draw Clinic
will be at 7:00 am at the health center, and most of the blood work
requires fasting. The cost of the blood work will depend on the tests you
Tests available include: CBC
Chem profile, Vitamin D, PSA, A1C. Lipid, TSH, CBC ONLY, Chem Profile
Only, Thyroid Panel -without TSH and the B-12 test.
If you have questions about the cost, call the Livingston County Health
Center at 646-5506. They do not take appointments for the Blood Draw
They do remind any that knows that are
a challenging blood draw to drink plenty of water before arriving.
Street Chillicothe Wine Walk and Concert
Main Street Chillicothe and the Downtown
Merchants have a Wine Walk, October 6th. Main Street Director Ben White
says this event includes several downtown merchants.
Wine glasses may be purchased prior to the Wine Walk at the Main Street
Office, above the Chamber of Commerce.
encourages everyone to remain downtown on October 6th for a free concert
at Silver Moon Plaza.
A cash bar and food vendors will be on hand during the concert.
R-II School Board Amends Budget
The Chillicothe R-II Budget was amended
Tuesday due to an increase in the districts Assessed Valuation.
Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says when the Assessed valuation increases,
the state can require the tax levy to be reduced.
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Dr Barnes says the adjustment is meant to be revenue neutral, but the
assessed valuation will mean a small increase for the district.
The board also made amendments
to the budget for the salary schedule where teachers have continued their
Barnes says after the amendments
to the budget, the district reserves will increase from 15.61% to 16.55%
Chillicothe Tuition Rate for 2018/19 Set
The tuition rate for the Chillicothe R-II
School District in the 2018/19 school year is increased to $7,870, up
about $500 from the current school year. Dr Roger Barnes says that is due
to increased expenses.
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The School Board sets the district tuition rate early to allow the other
school districts to properly plan there budget for the coming year.
Braymer Woman Injured In ATV Accident
A Braymer woman was injured in an ATV
accident in Caldwell County Tuesday evening. Nineteen year old Brandi
Warzala of Braymer was taken to Liberty Hospital for treatment following
the accident at about 6:30 pm on Route A in Braymer. Warzala was
northbound on Route A when she lost control of the ATV and ran off the
road, hitting the ditch and the ATV overturned and she was ejected.
Chillicothe Police Report Several Investigations
The Chillicothe Police Department report
includes several investigations.
afternoon, officers were called to the 400 block of Calhoun on a
Children's Division hotline investigation.
Monday evening, a report of a domestic disturbance was investigated at US
36 and US 65. The incident was verbal and no arrests were made.
Early Tuesday morning, officers were called to Hedrick Medical Center
emergency room for a juvenile girl, who was violent and out of control.
The officers took the girl to a secured facility.
A domestic disturbance Tuesday afternoon in the 1500 block of Bryan was
verbal and no arrests were made.
evening, officers investigated a report of a violation of an Order Of
Protection in the 300 block of Clay Street. The incident remains under
Elementary Teachers Apply For Grants
The Chillicothe Elementary Schools are
applying for grants to assist with their education plans. The School Board
approved the schools applying for the grants. Superintendent Dr Roger
Barnes says there is no match on these grants.
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The teachers at the various schools will apply for grants throughout the
Begings Electric Billing Changes In October
Chillicothe Municipal Utilities electric
customers will see some changes in their billing starting in October.
Finance Director Katie Jeffers says CMU launched a multi-step timeline to
bring greater balance and fairness to its rate design. Jeffers says over
the next five years, customers will see changes in their billing.
Jeffers says their webpage,
www.cmuchillicothe.com, has a link for frequently asked questions
about the changes. You can also call the CMU office at 646-1683.
Fall Prevention Health Fair
A Fall Prevention Awareness Health Fair is
September 25th at the Grand River Multi-Purpose Center. Amanda Spainhour
says there are several activities from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Prizes will be awarded and they offer healthy snacks.
To find out more about the Fall Prevention Awareness Health Fair,
September 25th at the Grand River Multi-Purpose Center, call 646-1555.
Two Headed To Department Of Corrections
The Livingston County Sheriff's Department
will transport two individuals to the Department of Corrections following
their recent court appearances.
29 year old
Thomas Gamble of Hale is sentenced to 7 years for possession of a
38 year old Sandra Bogle
of Chillicothe is sentenced to 5 years and a 120 day program for a
probation violation on possession of a controlled substance.
They will be taken to the Department of Corrections at the earliest
Graves To Visit "The Bottom Of The Lake"
Representative Sam Graves will visit the
"Bottom of the Lake" at the East Locust Creek Reservoir project this week.
North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission and the East Locust Creek
Reservoir Project Team will meet at the bottom of the proposed East Locust
Creek Reservoir in Boynton, Missouri, 10 minutes north of Milan, just off
Highway 5. Congressman Graves, an ardent and
long-term supporter of the desperately needed reservoir asked for a
briefing on the progress of the 2,352 acre reservoir. The briefing is at
one of the two remaining houses in Boynton, Friday at 1:45 pm. The
briefing will include a display of the reservoir layout and orientation of
The North Central Missouri Regional
Water Commission recently announced it had acquired the 4,550 acres that
will be home to the reservoir. The project is overseen by the Natural
Resources Conservation Service, but is owned by the Commission. It will be
a public lake that will provide water supply, recreation and flood
mitigation benefits to ten counties in North Central Missouri.
For Humanity Orientation
Families in Livingston county interested in
becoming the next Habitat for Humanity Homeowners need to attend the
orientation October 2nd at Farmers Electric Cooperative. Connie Epperson
from Habitat for Humanity says the meeting begins at 6:30 and will include
an application and information about Habitat for Humanity.
To be considered, Epperson says you must attend the orientation.
The Orientation meeting for the Chillicothe Habitat for Humanity is
October 2nd at 6:30 pm at the Farmers Electric Cooperative Office.
Epperson says Habitat for Humanity is a Hand Up, Not A Hand Out!
Fog Advisory This Morning
A Dense Fog Advisory includes all of the KCHI
listening area this morning. National Weather Service Meteorologist Jared
Leighton says it is quite thick this morning.
Leighton says if you are heading west, the fog will become less of a
problem near Cameron and no issue at St Joseph and Kansas City.
Three Arrested In Grundy County
State Troopers arrested three in Grundy
County Monday evening.
At about 6:30 pm,
officers arrested 20 year old Lucas Burridge of Stillwater, MN, 20 year
old Jacopo Valentini of Italy and 19 year old Grant Jacobs of Magnolia, TX
for alleged possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana
and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Jacobs was arrested for
speeding and driving left of the centerline within 100 feet of an
All three were processed at the
Grundy County Jail and later released.
Joy Toy Project Collecting Toys For Christmas
It is only September, but the 55 and Go
(RSVP) Joy Toy project is gathering toys as they prepare for their annual
Christmas Toy Distribution in early December. 55 and Go Director Patty
Mefford says they are in need of all types of toys.
Mefford says they also need volunteers to help prepare the toys by
cleaning them and making sure they are complete. 55 and Go also
accepts donations of money to help with the purchase of batteries for the
toys and for bike parts when needed.
would like to donate, the toys may be dropped off at the 55 and Go - RSVP
Center on Locust Street during normal business hours. If you need a few
things picked up or more information, call them at 646-0010.
Chief Deputy Receives Training
Members of the Livingston County Sheriff's
Department attend continuing education programs throughout the year.
Sheriff Steve Cox says the Chief Deputy, Michael Claypole, recently
attended a law enforcement conference where he received up to date
training in several areas, including:
Driver Crashes, Complete Traffic Stop on Drug and Criminal Interdiction,
Racial Profiling, Traffic Safety Initiatives, Managing Risk Management,
Effective Courtroom Testimony, Drive to Survive, Breath Testing Updates,
Department of Revenue Legal Updates, Commercial Motor Vehicle Traffic
Enforcement Updates and Guard Rail Impact Studies.
Cox says Chief Deputy Claypole does an excellent job for law enforcement
in North Missouri and works very hard for all the citizens in Livingston
Public Hearing For Chillicothe Historic Overlay District
A public hearing for comments on a proposed
Historic Overlay District for Downtown Chillicothe is planned for October
2nd at City Hall. The Planning and Zoning commission will hear comments
October 2nd, beginning at 5:30 pm. The public hearing is primarily for
those that own property in and near the downtown area and those who want
to voice their opinion on the proposal. Mainstreet Chillicothe requested
the Overlay District and Director Ben White says this is roughly bounded
by Ann, Walnut, Calhoun and Elm Streets and includes only commercial
White says this would not affect any plans you may have for the interior
of the building.
He says if this is approved
by the commission and the City Council, by ordinance a new board would be
If you want to know more about the proposed Historic Overlay District,
White asks that you call the Main Street office at 646-4071. The public
hearing is October 2nd at 5:30 pm at City Hall.
Work On Brunswick Street Begins This Week
Work on Brunswick Street, from Third Street,
south to the railroad begins this week. Assistant Street Superintendent
Jeff Gillespie says the work include the removal of the current road
surface, installation of new storm drainage lines and replacing the road
surface with concrete to match the work done last year south of the
While the road will be
closed during the two to three week project, the contractor, M&M Utilities
will maintain access to the driveways for the homeowners.
Timing for the project is weather dependent.
Old Time Harvest Days Begins Friday At Fairgrounds
Old Time Harvest Days is this Friday and
Saturday at the Livingston County Fairgrounds. President of the Livingston
County Steam and Gas Association, Mike Williams says this years featured
attraction is the display of old time household appliances.
Williams says the event is more than just old time tractors.
There is no admission charge this year for the Old Time Harvest Days.
Eagle Open House and Presentations
The ribbon cutting and open house for
LifeFlight Eagle on Saturday included a ceremony where several people were
recognized for their part in bringing LifeFlight to Chillicothe.
Roxanne Shanks, CEO of LifeFlight, addressed the large crowd during the
ceremonies. Shanks says the first and biggest advocate in bringing
LifeFlight to Chillicothe was Fire Chief Darrell Wright.
Shanks also recognized the City Staff for all of the work that has been
put into the completion of the hanger, including by the Chillicothe
Airport, Streets Department and at City Hall. As recognition, plaques were
presented to the Mayor and to Fire Chief Darrell Wright. Wright was also
presented with a hand carved wooden replica of the LifeFlight Eagle
The Livingston County Sheriff's Department is
working with the NITRO Federal Task Force on an investigation of
methamphetamine and drugs. On September 6th, deputies did a follow-up on
the investigation which included seizure of a significant quantity of
methamphetamine along with various prescription medications, scales, and
other items commonly used in the distribution of controlled substances.
Cox says suspects are currently not in Livingston County but are known to
law enforcement and arrest warrants will be applied for in Livingston
County Court and possibly Federal Court soon. He says at least one suspect
has an extensive criminal history which can make pending charges even more
Police Report Arrests
Several arrests are in the Chillicothe Police
Department report for the weekend.
officers responded to a call for domestic disturbance in the 1500 block of
Jackson Street. They arrested Jesse Lee Stottlemyre for alleged domestic
assault. He was held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
Friday afternoon, officers arrested Mickaela Storm Hartman on a
Chillicothe warrant for alleged failure to obey judge's order/contempt.
She posted bond and was released.
officers were called to the 1100 block of Calhoun and took a report of
tampering with mail. The investigation continues.
Sunday, officers were called for a possible verbal threat of bodily harm
which was made in the area of Graves St. and Green St. Officers arrested
Trevor James Petree for alleged minor visibly intoxicated. Officers also
contacted two juveniles and reports were sent to the Livingston County
Chillicothe Police investigated three
Friday, officers were called to
Second and Elm Street at about 10:00 am, where a vehicle driven by
Maelaina R. Vanfossen was hit by a vehicle driven by Lesley A. Patek, when
Vanfossen pulled into the path of Patek. No injuries were reported. No-one
An accident Saturday at about
3:00 pm in the 100 block of West Business 36 happened when Rebecca R.
Biegel hit a parked car. No injuries were reported.
Saturday at about 4:30 pm, an accident at Washington and Waples left one
person injured. The report states Brenda Y. Palmer hit a vehicle driven by
Bethany N. Masuch after Masuch failed to yield the right-of-way. Palmer
was transported to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment. Masuch was cited
for failure to yield the right-of-way causing a crash.
St Columban's Un-Sung Heroes
St Columban's Catholic Church Fall Festival
include activities, Music and food as the community attended their annual
fundraising event. Father Benjamin Kneib opened the event with a prayer
and with recognition of two unsung heroes for the parish. These a
gentlemen who provide their services to the parish and donít seek
recognition for their efforts.
Fr Kneib first
recognized David May for his work helping both at the church and at Bishop
Hogan school, including repairing water fountains, changing filters,
replacing light ballasts and installing faucets and ceiling fans. He also
helps with funeral meals, delivers mobile meals and is a leader in the
Knights of Columbus. Fr Kneib called Dave May an asset to the parish
Fr Kneib also recognized Charlie
Stedem for all he has done for the church over the years. Stedem can be
found at many church activities, often before they begin, working to set
up table and chairs, serving food and helping with the clean-up afterward.
He will take thing to be repaired when needed and will often handle some
clean-up just because it needs to be done.
Congratulations to Dave May and Charlie Stedem, the 2017 St Columban's
Kiwanis Kids Day Parage Winners
The annual Kiwanis Kids Day Parade had more
than 40 children involved Saturday morning, many were in costume and all
had a good time. The Chillicothe Kiwanis Club presented awards in 4
categories. The first place winners include:
Individual Girls: Scarecrow - Kylee Link
Individual Boys: Colonel Sanders - Clayton Link
Small Group: Candyland - Decker, Hadley and Harlow Rardon
Large Group: Rogue Two - Garrett Wheeler, Collin Wheeler ,Emerson Staton,
Hayden Barnes, Ben, Ella, Ana Cady, Josiah & Sam Kerner
The Chillicothe Kiwanis Club was assisted by the Chillicothe Police and
Fire Department, CHS Key Club and many volunteers.