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Chillicothe City Council Meetings
 4/24 12pm 
     The Chillicothe City Council meets Monday at City Hall for a Finance Workshop and regular Council Meeting. The Finance Meeting begins at 5:00 pm and starts with the swearing in of 3rd Ward Councilman Tom Douglas.  Discussions will include the city finances and a loan to the bowling ally.
     At 6:30, the regular council meeting begins with the paying of bills and salaries.
     They will consider bids for a bush hog type mower for the airport
     Appearances include City Administrator Ike Holland to discuss a proposed amphitheater and the sidewalk lights at Hedrick Medical Center.
     An executive session is planned if it is needed. The Chillicothe City Council meets Monday at 5:00 pm for a workshop and 6:30 for the regular meeting.

State Budget Sent To Governor  
 4/24 12pm   
     With three weeks left in the legislative session, the Missouri House and Senate have sent a $26 billion dollar budget to the Governor. Senator David Pearce says Governor Nixon will have to make his decision on the budget within 15 days.
<Audio: Sen Pearce 1>
     Pearce says K-12 Education has an increase in funding and districts will be fully funded under a new formula.
<Audio: Sen Pearce 2>
     Higher Education's budget was also increased, about 1.5%.

Dog Park Dedication
 4/24 12pm   
     The official ribbon cutting for the Tina Mapel Memorial Dog Park is Saturday at 1:00 pm at Mills Park, located at the far west end of Clay Street. Dave Mapel says the park is to be dedicated in memory of his daughter, Tina and will include a variety of features in separated areas for large and small dogs.
<Audio: Mapel 1>
     Much of the work and equipment for the Tina Mapel Memorial Dog Park has been donated. Mapel says they will continue to accept donations and fund raisers will be held for the continued support of the park.
     The public is welcome to attend the Dog Park ribbon cutting Saturday at 1:00 pm.

Summer School Offered 4/24 12pm   
     Summer School will be offered again in Chillicothe. The information packet has already been sent home to the parents. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says the program will be similar to previous years.
<Audio: Barnes 1>
     Summer School is set to start May 25th. If you have questions, call the Summer School Administrator Melanie Rucker
at 646-2359.

Chillicothe Woman Injured In Accident
4/24   6am 
     An accident Thursday in the Lowes Acres portion of Chillicothe left a young woman with serious injuries. Therese Taylor was transported to Hedrick Medical Center and later flown to a Kansas City Hospital following the accident that happened around noon Thursday, when a vehicle rolled out of a drive way, hitting the woman and trapping her beneath the vehicle. Further details are not available at this time.

Wheeling Teen Injured In Accident  4/24   6am 
     A Wheeling boy was injured in a single vehicle accident near the Linn/Livingston County line Thursday evening. Sixteen year old Conner J Cruse was taken to Hedrick Medical Center following the accident at about 8:50 pm on Arrow Road, near Route EE. According to the report, Cruse was eastbound and lost control, the vehicle crossed the centerline, went off the north side of the road and struck the ditch and rolled onto its roof. Cruse was wearing his safety belt.

Two Arrests In Police Report
 4/24   6am 
     Two domestic disturbances and a DWI are in the Chillicothe Police Department report for Thursday.
     Officers were called to the 1000 block of Fair Street for a domestic disturbance. The call resulted in a juvenile taken into custody and a report sent to the juvenile office.
     A domestic Disturbance in the 900 block of Vine Street resulted in the arrest of Shawn Patrick Volker for alleged domestic assault. He is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.
     A traffic stop in the 1400 block of Polk resulted in the arrest of Detrii Dean Hyatt for alleged DWI, driving while revoked, no insurance and no license plates. Hyatt was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

Changes To Ann Street Parking Lot
 4/24   6am 
     One of three entrances to the Ann Street Parking lot will be eliminated with preliminary work that begins Friday. Street Superintendent Barry Arthur says removing one entrance will ad at least four parking spaces and allow for better traffic flow in the lot.
     The work today will include saw cuts to the concrete for the entrance off of Locust. Next week, the entrance will be removed and new concrete will be poured. The entrances to the lot on Ann Street will not be changed.
     Once completed, two new handicapped parking stall will be created where the entrance was located and there will be two additional parking spaces on the street.

City Council To Attend Weekend Events
 4/24   6am 
     The Chillicothe City Council will attend a couple of events this weekend.
     Saturday at about 11:00 am, The Chillicothe Fire Department will hold a Family Fun Day at the new Fire Training Center. The event is for employees and their families.
     At about 1:00 pm, the Council will attend the Tina Mapel Memorial Dog Park ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The Dog Park is located at Mills Park, located at the west end of Clay Street.

Golf Course Board Opening
 4/23   12pm 
     An opening on the Chillicothe Golf Course Advisory Board will be filled by appointment. Mayor Chuck Haney is accepting applications to fill the position through May 6th. Applications can be picked up at Chillicothe City Hall. For more information, call the City Clerk at 646-1877.

Spring Planting Requires Dry Fields  4/23   12pm 
     Area farmers are looking for warm and dryer conditions that will allow them to get into the fields soon. Livingston County FSA Executive Director David Meneely says the target date for corn planting is getting closer.
<Audio: Meneely 1>
     Meneely says some producers have already considered shifting some of the production to soybeans this year, but for those planning to plant corn the weather may be a factor.
<Audio: Meneely 2>
     Meneely says this is still in the normal timeline for corn planting.

Keep Grass Clippings Out Of The Street!  4/23   12pm 
     Lawns are growing and that means they need mowing. Tammie Venneman from the City Codes Office says you can not blow the grass clippings in the street and leave them,
<Audio: Venneman 1>
     The Chillicothe Street Department says grass and leaves blown into the street cause drainage problems and possible flooding of roads and even private property. Street Superintendent Barry Arthur says this year as they work around the City, they will stop and tell people, as they have done in the past, but they will also be hanging a door hanger on the doors of the offending residence, explaining that this is not allowed. Arthur says, If after a door hanger has been placed and grass clippings are still blown into the street, The issue will be reported to law enforcement for them to handle.

Trenton Rotary Donation To Wright Memorial Hospital  4/23   12pm 
     The Trenton Rotary Club members were shown the new OB Monitoring System at Wright Memorial Hospital before it goes on-line later this month. The Trenton Rotary provided the hospital with a grant of $6,000 that was used to purchase two specially designed wooden carts to be used to hold the fetal monitors that are part of the system. The grant was provided through the Rotary's District Simplified Grant Program, with a $3,000 outright award matched by $3,000 made from the Trenton club and its members.
     The OB Monitoring System is the first part of Wright Memorial's "Equipped for the Future" Campaign. The second is goal is to purchase a new 3D Ultrasound Machine for the Radiology Department. The Wright Memorial Hospital Foundation has raised nearly $200,000 of the $300,000 goal.
     To find out more or to donate, call the hospital's Development Office at 660-358-5706.

Saturday Is The Final Day For Citywide Clean-Up  4/23   12pm 
     Chillicothe's annual Citywide Clean-up will wrap-up on Saturday. This is the final day area residents can drop off items at no charge for this year. Hours for the annual Chillicothe Citywide Clean-up are 8:00 am to Noon and 1:00 to 4:00 pm, at the old transfer station on Mitchell Road, near the railroad crossing. Nearly anything will be accepted at the Citywide Clean-up, with the exception of household hazardous waste. They will accept tires, but there will be a charge.
     If you have questions about the annual Chillicothe Citywide Clean-up, call the CMU Office at 646-1683.

ACT Testing Of Juniors Is Tuesday  4/23   6am 
     The statewide ACT testing of high school juniors will take place Tuesday. Chillicothe High School Principal Brian Sherrow says the school and staff are preparing for the full day of testing.
<Audio: Sherrow 1>
     Sherrow says during the testing, students that have classes in the D wing will be going to hear from several speakers at the PAC.
     During the testing day, Sherrow says they have received support from the community in a variety of ways.
<Audio: Sherrow 2>
     Results from the ACT Tests typically take about six weeks, but with the entire state testing juniors on the same day, they are not sure how long it will take to get the results back.

NCMC Nursing Students Honored
   4/23   6am 
     Three NCMC Nursing students received special recognition and were publicly thanked for their assistance at the scene of a fatal accident March 26th. Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox, Chief Deputy Michael Claypole, and Deputy Chris Mueller presented plaques of appreciation to Kaylen Holcer, Hailey Smith, and Jennifer Zell, all of Meadville. Cox also talked about the importance of their compassion and medical training in caring for the accident victims until emergency assistance arrived.
     The three nursing students were among the first to arrive on the scene as they were heading to class the morning of the accident and began caring for the victims of the accident, a 10 year old boy who died and his younger sisters, who were injured.
     In addition to the plaques for the students, Cox also presented a plaque for NCMC's Dean of Allied Health Sciences, Janet Vanderpool, highlighting the outstanding achievements of NCMC's nursing programs.

Chillicothe Police Report
4/23   6am 
     Chillicothe Police report includes several investigations and arrests.
     Officers took a report of a dog bite in the 100 block of Liberia.
     Charges are pending for a suspect in an investigation of fraudulent use of a credit card in the 1200 block of North Washington. The investigation began in January.
     Arrests include:
David Kassab Olive in the 1400 block of North Washington for alleged DWI.
Shawn Allen Kennedy was arrested in the 2700 block of North Washington for alleged assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, attempted escape from custody and disorderly conduct.
Jered Drew Williams was arrested on a Carroll County probation violation warrant.
Mikayla Shoemaker was arrested in the 1000 block of Graves for alleged shoplifting.
Officers also investigated a report of property damage in the 10 block of Second Street.

Troopers Arrest Laredo Woman
4/23   6am 
     A Laredo woman was arrested Wednesday night by State Troopers. Thirty-five year old Kimberly McCracken was arrested just before midnight for alleged possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was taken to the Grundy County Law Enforcement Center on a 24 hour hold.

LEPC Planning Hazardous Materials Exercise
   4/22  12pm 
     The Livingston county Local Emergency Planning Committee or LEPC will hold a training exercise at their next meeting later this year. Presiding Commissioner Ed Douglas was elected as the Chair for the committee at their meeting this week and says the committee consists of several local agencies from the city, county and health care that work on the plans in the event of some type of emergency. Douglas says they also practice their responses to emergency situations.
<Audio: Douglas 1>
     He says the committee also feels it is important to keep the public involved and informed as to what they can and should do in an emergency.
<Audio: Douglas 2>
     Douglas says he will keep us informed about the activities of the committee.

All District Art Show Starts Sunday   4/22  12pm 
     The Chillicothe R-II School District Art Teachers are putting on the annual All District Art Show, starting this Sunday. High School Art Teacher Susan Elson says it will begin Sunday from 1-4 pm and Monday and Tuesday from 3-6 pm at the Performing Arts Center foyer.
<Audio: Elson 1>
     The All District Art Show is FREE to the public and you are encouraged to come out and see the talents of the local students.

Suspected Child Molester Arrested  4/22  6am 
     A suspected Child Molester from Oklahoma was arrested Tuesday in Daviess County. Forty-four year old Wayne K Edwards of McAlester, OK was arrested by the Missouri Highway Patrol on Interstate 35, just before noon. The arrest was on a federal warrant for alleged flight to avoid prosecution on charges of alleged second degree rape. Edwards is reported to have molested a 15 year old girl in early April. He is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail pending extradition.

Chillicothe Police Report
   4/22  6am 
     Child abuse and shoplifting are in the report from the Chillicothe Police Department.
     Officers were called Tuesday to the 100 block of Asher for a report of possible Child Abuse. The officers were assisted by the Linn County Children's Division in the investigation. The report states there was no child abuse.
     Monday, officers were called to the 1000 block of Graves on a report of shoplifting. They arrested Samantha Nicole Lee Gaunt and Jamie Alexandrea Gaunt for alleged shoplifting. Both were processed, cited and released.
     An accident at Washington and Business 36 Tuesday resulted in moderate damage to the vehicle but no injuries were reported. The accident happened when Avery Carr allegedly failed to yield and struck another vehicle.

Surplus Property To Be Sold
   4/22  6am 
     The Building Trades Home and vehicles from the GRTS Auto Collision Repair Class have been declared surplus by the Chillicothe R-II School Board and will be sold. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says they have some nice vehicles.
<Audio: Barnes 1>
     The Building Trades Home will be completed soon and that will also be sold at auction in June.
     The Chillicothe R-II School Board also approved the purchase of the land at Lakeview Estates for the next Building Trades Home. The property is near the current site and the cost is $25,650. The will be paid when the property is sold after construction is complete.

YMCA Health Kids    4/22  6am 
     The Grand River Area Family Y will host a Health Kids Weekend this Saturday. Director Matt Jones says this is a fun weekend for families.
<Audio: Jones 1>
     Jones says they will also have their first Spring Craft and Vendor Expo.
<Audio: Jones 2>
     Call the Y at 646-6677 to find out more.

Choir To Perform In Branson
   4/22  6am 
     Members of the Chillicothe High School Choir will perform this weekend in Branson. Choir Director Gail Shriver says they will leave Friday and the first performance will be Saturday.
<Audio: Shriver 1>
     Shriver says the group will also perform Sunday.
<Audio: Shriver 2>
     The Choir will return home late Sunday evening.

New Teachers Hired   4/21  5pm 
     The Chillicothe School District has some new teachers for the 2015/16 school year. The School Board, in their executive session Monday, approved the hiring. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes has the list.
<Audio: Barnes 1>
     Barnes says they also hired a School Nurse.
<Audio: Barnes 2>
     The name of a new soft ball head coach is expected to be released as early as Wednesday.

Board of Public Works
   4/21  12pm 
     Chillicothe's Board of Public Works approved the spending a little over $26,000 for a mower and a relay study. CMU General Manager Jim Gillilan says the mower is for the Water Department.
<Audio: Gillilan 1>
     That mower should be delivered within a week.
     Gillilan says they also reviewed bids for a Relay Coordination Study for the electric distribution department.
<Audio: Gillilan 2>
     The low bid was $19,850 from Finley Engineering Company was accepted.

Chillicothe Student Council Receives Honors
   4/21  12pm 
     The Chillicothe High School Student Council received Special Honors from the Missouri Association of Student Councils. Principal Brian Sherrow says CHS Student Council is second to none. (And this year received the distinction of Honor Council)
<Audio: Sherrow 1>
     Sherrow says the students are active not only with projects in the school, but also in the community.
<Audio: Sherrow 2>
     He says the Student Council Advisor is Jeanie Lair and she provides the students with direction and then empowers them to step up and make things happen.

Options Explored For Chillicothe School Facilities   4/21  6am 
     The future of the school buildings in Chillicothe appears to include renovation, consolidation and new construction. The School Board on Monday heard the Architects report from the most recent community forum and were told there are four very strong plans that are favored. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says the community seems to favor consolidation with a mix of old and new over just renovation of the current facilities.
<Audio: Barnes 1>
     One of the most popular options was to create a new middle school at the High School location, Move grades 3-5 to the current middle school building and build a new Pre-K through 2nd grade adjacent to the current Middle School Building.
     Barnes says this is all part of a 10 year plan being developed by the district and any construction would have to be done in phases.
     Additional meetings and public forums will be held in late summer or early fall to narrow the choices and identify the costs of each option.

The recent Community Forum identified four possible options.  Click the links below for an overview.

Option A     Option C     Option F     Option H

New School Board President And Officers    4/21  6am 
     The Chillicothe R-II School Board elected new officers for a two year period. Robin Westphal stepped down from the post after serving four years in the position. The board elected Jason Bone as the new Board President. He then took over the meeting and the board selected Brent Turner as Vice President, Pat Jones as Treasurer and District Office Secretary Laura Schuler will continue as Board Secretary.

New Doors At The Field House    4/21  6am 
     The Chillicothe Middle School Field House will have some new doors soon. The School Board approved a bid from Custom Glass of $15,905, but favored a design with the doors centered presented by Sargent's Glass, whose bid was just $70 higher. Superintendent Dr Rogers Barnes says these are the doors at the front of the building.
<Audio: Barnes 1>
     Assistant Superintendent Jim Ruse will work with Custom Glass to see if they can rework the design to center the doors in the opening.

Accident Leaves Two With Serious Injuries
    4/21  6am 
     An accident in Linn County Monday afternoon left two people with serious injuries. Driver, 20 year old Derek Shoen of Booneville and his passenger, 23 year old Danielle Dicus of Sedalia were flown to University Hospital in Columbia following the accident on Missouri Highway 11 at Route C, north of Mendon. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, at about 4:00 pm Shoen was northbound and did not make it through a curve. His car hit a road sign, hit the ditch a came to rest in the road. They were wearing safety belts.

Troopers Arrest Two In Area Counties    4/21  6am 
     State Troopers reported a couple of arrests in the local counties Monday.
     Just before 1:00 pm in Daviess County, Troopers arrested 46 year old Eddy Santos of Albert Lea, Minnesota for alleged speeding and no drivers license. He was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail pending the posting of bond.
     At about 1:40 in Sullivan County, a Green Castle man, 30 year old Lindsey Wallace, was arrested on a parole violation warrant. He was taken to the Sullivan County Jail with no bond allowed.

Crime Victim Awareness Kick-Off
  4/20  12pm 
     The event to kick off Crime Victim Awareness Week at the Livingston County Courthouse began with a proclamation presented by the Mayor Chuck Haney. Haney says the official proclamation is quite lengthy, so he summarized.
<Audio: Haney 1>
     Karen Hinton from the Crime Victim Advocates Office talked about this (Monday) morning's event.
<Audio: Hinton 2>
     Several community and area organizations participated in the event Monday morning.

Area Graduation Dates   4/20  12pm 
     High School Graduation is coming up very quickly. The Graduation Dates for the area schools vary from May 3rd to the 17th. Here is a full listing of the dates and times for Graduation.

Braymer High School                              05/03 2pm
Hale High School                                     05/08 7pm
Tri-County of Jamesport High School    05/09 6pm
Meadville High School                             05/10 2pm
SW of Ludlow High School                      05/10 2pm
Tina/Avalon High School                          05/10 2pm
Breckenridge High School                      05/10 3pm
Gallatin High School                                 05/10 3pm
Hamilton High School                               05/10 6pm
Bosworth High School                              05/16 5pm
Brookfield High School                             05/17 1pm
Carrollton High School                              05/17 2pm
Grundy Co of Galt High School                05/17 2pm
Trenton High School                                  05/17 2pm
Chillicothe High School                            05/17 3pm
Marceline High School                             05/17 3pm

Chillicothe FFA Awards and Recognition   4/20  12pm 
     The Chillicothe FFA returned from the State Convention in Columbia with a few awards for the chapter, teams and individuals. Chillicothe FFA member Jozie Reeter has results.
<Audio: Reeter 1>
     Reeter says there are also several individuals that were recognized.
<Audio: Reeter 2>
     The 16th place finish in the chapter activities earned them a Missouri Top Chapter Award (left), and they are now entered in the National competition that will take place this fall.

Carrollton Teen Injured and Arrested   4/20  6am 
     A Carrollton teen was arrested following a single vehicle accident early Sunday morning. Seventeen year old Lucas Sanders of Carrollton was had minor injuries from an accident on US 24, near Carroll County 321.
     The Missouri Highway Patrol reports Sanders was eastbound when he ran off the road, struck a utility pole and his vehicle overturned. He had minor injuries, but refused treatment at the scene. Troopers arrested Sanders for alleged DWI, possession of alcohol by a minor and failing to maintain a single lane resulting in an accident. Sanders was taken to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, processed and released.

Theft From A Business Leaves One Injured
    4/20  6am 
     Theft and assault were reported in the 100 block of South Washington Street Friday. The report states an employee saw a man stealing merchandise from the business and confronted him. As the man was getting away, he allegedly struck the employee, causing minor injuries.
     As a result, officers are looking for a white male in his 40's. He is described as tall, heavy set and wearing glasses. He was driving a smaller white pick-up with a black toolbox in the back and a white decal in the rear window.
     If you have any information about the suspect or vehicle, call the Chillicothe Police Department at 646-2121.

Local Drug Arrest
    4/20  6am 
     A report of drug activity Saturday resulted in an arrest. Chillicothe Police Officers were called to the 600 block of Williams. Following the investigation, they seized more than 1000 grams of marijuana and equipment used for producing and manufacturing marijuana. Officers also arrested Brent Trower for alleged manufacturing 5 grams of marijuana within 2000 feet of a school. He is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail with bond set at $50,000 cash only.

Police Investigations
    4/20  6am 
     Other items in the Chillicothe Police Department report for the weekend include:
Jesse Clevenger arrested Friday in the 800 block of Easton for alleged possession of marijuana
Brenda Warren arrested Saturday in the 400 block of Mechanic Street for alleged urinating in public.
Theft of medication was reported Thursday in the 200 block of Walnut.
Sunday David Olive was arrested in the 1400 block of North Washington for alleged DWI.
Property damage was reported Sunday in the 800 block of State Street.
Early this morning, a domestic disturbance was reported in the 900 block of Fredrick. As a result, officers arrested Michelle Maglio for alleged domestic assault, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. She is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.

One Injured in Local Accidents
    4/20  6am 
     Chillicothe Police investigated three local accidents.
     Saturday, officers responded to a report of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle in the 400 block of Cherry Street. The report states the pedestrian was doing yard work at the edge of the road and was hit in the arm by the mirror of a vehicle. No injuries were reported.
     Also on Saturday, an accident in the 700 block of South Washington happened when a driver left a vehicle and it rolled back into a parked vehicle. No one was injured.
     Friday, officers investigated a non injury accident in a parking lot in the 900 block of South Washington. Minor damage was reported to both vehicles.

Troopers Report Two Arrests    4/20  6am 
     State Troopers reported two arrests Saturday in the KCHI listing area.
     At 2:15 am, 47 year old Barbara Moore of Buckner was arrested on several charges, including alleged attempting to distribute a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Moore was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center on a 24 hour hold.
     At 2:55 am, Troopers arrested 50 year old Patricia Clark of Linneus for alleged DWI. She was taken to the Linn County Jail, processed and released.