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Nagel Named MASSP NW District Assistant Principal 
9/21 12pm
     Chillicothe High School Assistant Principal Dan Nagel is the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals - Northwest District Assistant Principal of the Year. The award will be presented at the organizations Fall Conference, October 2nd. Nagel received a letter congratulating him on the selection based on his dedication and commitment to serving the educational climate of his building, with strong leadership and knowledge about quality education.
     As the Northwest Region honoree, Nagel is eligible as a candidate for the organizations Assistant Principal of the Year for Missouri.


County Commission Meeting Schedule 
9/21 12pm
     The Livingston County Commissioners meet Tuesday and Thursday next week and will attend an event at the fire department. The commission meetings are Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 am in the commission room. The agendas include County Road and Bridge matters and Administrative and Departmental responsibilities.
     Wednesday, the commissioners attend the Local Emergency Planning Commission meeting at the Chillicothe Fire Department. This will be a joint table top exercise between Livingston and Grundy Counties. the LEPC meeting starts at 10:00 am and will end about 1:00 pm. The participants will walk through the steps involved with handling an emergency, including communication, response and cooperative efforts between the counties.


Vine Street Rumble Coming To Chillicothe 
9/21 12pm
     Vine Street Rumble is the next event on the Chillicothe Area Arts Council season. Director Mary Lou VanDeventer says the concert will be at the Gary Dickenson Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 30th at 3:00 pm. Vandeventer says members of the Vine Street Rumble have performed in Chillicothe in the past.
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     VanDeventer says they will perform a wide variety of music.
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     Tickets for the show are $20 for adults and just $5 for students and will be available at the door. Arts Council season Ticket holders will be admitted with the season pass.


East Locust Creek Reservoir - A Drinking Water Project 
9/21 12pm
     The East Locust Creek Reservoir, a lake construction project in North Central Missouri, will provide drinking water, recreation and flood control. Brad Scott, the general manager for the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission says this project has been discussed for many years.
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     Scott says the southern end of the lake will sit about 5 miles northeast of Milan - east of Highway 5, is about a mile and a half wide at the widest portion and about six a half miles long.
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     Scott says the primary economic impact for the region are the recreation opportunities related to the creation of the East Locust Creek Reservoir.
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     Scott says they have extensive demolition and preparation that needs to be completed before the construction of the reservoir begins. He will talk more about that on Saturday.




Chillicothe Students To Present At MSBA Conference  9/21 6am
     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.
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     They will also encourage other school district to begin similar clubs or classes.


School District Construction Remains On Pace 
9/21 6am
     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.
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     Barnes says at the site of the new elementary school, work continues.
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     Barnes says last weekend's storm tested the roof at the new school and high school.
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     Barnes says the work on the new elementary school remains on schedule for completion in May.


School Board Approves Surplus Books And Busses 
9/21 6am
     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.
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     When the surplus items are sold, the district puts that money back into the general fund.


No Arrests In Weekend DWI Saturation 
9/21 6am
     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."


17 Year Old On Livingston County Most Wanted List 
9/21 6am
     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 
9/21 6am
     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 hour hold.


Friday Is Pink-Out Day In Chillicothe 
9/20 12pam
     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.
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     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 
9/20 12pam
     55 and Go continues the annual Winter Coat Project. Director Patty Mefford says they are collecting winter coats now.
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     Mefford asks the donated coats be cleaned before dropping them off.
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     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 
9/20 12pam
     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 are needing.
     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 Clinic.
     They do remind any that knows that are a challenging blood draw to drink plenty of water before arriving.


Main Street Chillicothe Wine Walk and Concert 
9/20 12pam
     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.
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     Wine glasses may be purchased prior to the Wine Walk at the Main Street Office, above the Chamber of Commerce.
     White encourages everyone to remain downtown on October 6th for a free concert at Silver Moon Plaza.
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     A cash bar and food vendors will be on hand during the concert.


R-II School Board Amends Budget 
9/20 6am
     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.
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     The board also made amendments to the budget for the salary schedule where teachers have continued their education.
     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 
9/20 6am
     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 
9/20 6am
     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 
9/20 6am
     The Chillicothe Police Department report includes several investigations.
     Monday 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.
     Tuesday evening, officers investigated a report of a violation of an Order Of Protection in the 300 block of Clay Street. The incident remains under investigation.


Elementary Teachers Apply For Grants 
9/20 6am
     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 school year.

Funeral Notices


John Garnett
     A Trenton resident, 91 year old John Garnett died September 19th in Columbia. Graveside services are Friday at 11:00am at Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery in Jacksonville. Friends may call Thursday at noon at Resthaven Mortuary of Trenton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Christian Church of Trenton. Whitaker-Eads Funeral Home in Trenton is in charge of arrangements.

Frances "Eleanor" Ward
     A Chillicothe resident, 82 year old Frances "Eleanor" Ward died September 20th in Chillicothe. Services are Friday at 11:00am at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe with burial in Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Chillicothe. Friends may call Thursday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with family visitation Friday from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the National Organization for Rare Disorder.

Sydne Amer
     A Brunswick resident, 74 year old Sydne Amer died September 16th in Brunswick. Memorial services are Friday at 2:00 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Brunswick with burial in Elliott Grove Cemetery in Brunswick. Family visitation is Friday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the church. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Missouri or the church.  Arrangements are under the direction of Breshears Memorial Chapel in Brunswick.

Darlene Dresch
     A Carrollton resident, 79 year old Darlene Dresch died September 17th in Carrollton. Services are Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Foster Funeral Chapels in Carrollton with burial in Ebenezer Cemetery in Bogard. Family visitation is Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family's choice.

Jean B. Hunt
     A former Gallatin resident, 63 year old Jean B. Hunt died September 11th in Cameron. Memorial graveside services are Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Coffey Cemetery. There is no scheduled family visitation. Arrangements under the direction of McWilliams Funeral Home in Gallatin.

Robert Joel Anshutz
     A Chillicothe resident, 84 year old Robert Joel Anshutz, died September 13th in Chillicothe. Graveside services are Saturday at 1:30 pm at Braden Cemetery in Coloma. Family visitation is September 23rd from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe. Memorials may be made to Salvation Army in Chillicothe.

David Lee Jones Sr.
     A Carrollton resident, 70 year old David Lee Jones Sr. died September 17th in Overland park, Kansas. Memorial services are Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Carrollton First United Methodist Church. There is no family visitation. Arrangements are under the directions of Foster Funeral Chapels in Carrollton.

Ronna Leigh Cooper
     A former Chillicothe resident, 48 year old Ronna Leigh Cooper died September 19th in St Charles. Services are Monday at 10:00am at Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home in Brookfield with burial in the Wheeling Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 1:00 to 8:00pm with family visitation from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the funeral home Memorials may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation