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Senator Blunt To Visit NCMC May 1st   4/25  12pm
     Senator Roy Blunt will visit North Centrals Missouri College in Trenton on May 1st beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Cross Hall. Blunt plans to discuss the increase in Pell Grant and expansion for summer.

Property Owner Said "Get A Warrant" - Officers Did  4/25  12pm
     A parking complaint in the 1100 block of Jackson Street resulted in a search and arrest. Chillicothe Police Detective Michael Smith says the parking complaint was on Sunday and when the officers arrived and investigated they found signs of possible drug use. The home owner told the officer to get a warrant if they wanted to search the home. So the officers did just that.
     Detective Smith says the warrant was granted and delivered it to begin the search, the home owner stated, "they told Officers to get a search warrant because they didn't believe the Judge or courts worked on a Sunday."
     The home owner was subsequently arrested for alleged possession of marijuana, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. They were also issued citations for animal violations. The car owner was cited for illegally parking in a marked no parking area.
     So if you were ever wondering, you now know - Yes… the Livingston County Courts, Judges, and the Prosecutor are always available no matter the day of the week.

New Traffic Signal To Be Activated Thursday  4/25  12pm
     Thursday, the Missouri Department of Transportation will turn on the new Traffic Signal for the Chillicothe Elementary School. The signal located at Coach K Road and US 65 will be activated around mid-day. MoDOT officials will be on hand to set the appropriate timing for the light.
     Drivers using US 65, north of Highway 190 should be aware the new signal will remain active after it is turned on Thursday.

Arts Council Spring Cultural Luncheon Is May 3rd  4/25  12pm
     The Chillicothe Area Arts Council Spring Cultural Luncheon is May 3rd at Silver Moon Plaza. Arts Council Administrator Mary Lou Vandeventer says they will have two performances for you.
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     VanDeventer says there is no charge for the event. She says a box lunch is available
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     The box lunch is available, but not required. If you want the box lunch, it must be reserved by calling the Arts Office 646-1173 by this Friday at Noon.
     Warm dry weather is planned, but in case of rain, it will be moved to First Christian Church, 900 Jackson Street.

Library's Poetry Open Mic is Thursday  4/25  12pm
     The Livingston County Library will host a Poetry Open Mic. Monica Holmer from the Library says it will be held Thursday evening.
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     If you have questions about the Poetry Open Mic event, Thursday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, call the Library at 646-0547.

Livingston County 4H Contest Day Winners  4/25  12pm
     Results from the Livingston County 4-H Contest Day on April 7th were released and include the winners in several categories. The contest included 37 members ages 5-18 competed in areas of their choosing including Public Speaking, Demonstrations, Photography, and collections. The "1st Place in County" winners include:
Public Speaking - Prepared Speech:
     Age 8-10: Molly Kennebeck - Blue, State Competition, 1st in County;
     Age 11-13: Emma Thomas - Blue, State Competition, 1st in County
     Age 14-up: Madelyn Wilford - Blue, State Competition, 1st in County
Public Speaking - Extemporaneous Speech:
     Age 8-10: Alyssa Harris - Blue, State Competition, 1st in County;
     Age 11-13: Sadie Burtch - Blue, State Competition, 1st in County;
     Age 14-up: Joe Johnson - Blue, State Competition, 1st in County
Public Speaking - Technology Assisted:
     Age 14-up: Seth Hansen - Blue, State Competition, 1st in County
General Demonstrations:
     Turner Jones - Slime - Blue, State Fair, 1st in County;
Electric Demonstrations:
     Bridget Eller - French Toast - Blue, State Fair, 1st in County;
Specialty Demonstration:
     Josie Reeter - Eggs - Blue, State Fair, 1st in County
Working Demonstrations:
     Bridgett Eller - Wreath - Blue, State Fair, 1st in County;
     Animal: Ellie Acree - Lemur - Blue, 1st in County;
     Person: Azriel Murphy - Memories on the Farm - Blue, 1st in County
     Age 8-10: Ellie Acree - Beanie Babies AND Henry Link - Tools - Blue, Tied for 1st in County
     Age 11-13: Jessica Reeter - Horse Quilt - Blue, 1st in County

Just Two Days Remain For Citywide Clean-Up  4/25  6am
     There are two days remaining in the annual Chillicothe Citywide Clean-up. CMU Refuse Department opens the old Transfer Station for free disposal of nearly anything by Chillicothe residents. The last two days are today and Saturday from 8:00 am to Noon and 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
     The old transfer station is located on Mitchell Road. CMU reminds anyone bringing tires, there is a charge for tire disposal.
     Please, do not bring hazardous materials, as they will not be accepted.

Forgery, Theft And A Stolen Gun In Police Report  4/25  6am
     Chillicothe police conducted several investigations Monday .
     Before 5:00 am, officers were called to a laundromat in the 1100 block of Walnut on a report of property damage and attempted theft. The damage was to a few washing machines and a change machine.
     At about 6:00 am, at Violet and Henry Streets, at semi and trailer hit a utility pole as it was making a turn. The truck broke off the pole. The police notified CMU.
     At about 9:10 am, forgery was reported at a business on Gilbert Street. A suspect was identified and the investigation continues.
     About 1:15 pm, officers took a report of a child in the roadway in the 400 block of Clay Street. Officers arrested Vanessa Grant for alleged endangering the welfare of a child. She was processed and released.
     About 3:10 pm, officers took a report of fireworks or a gunshot in the area of Broadway and JFK. They were unable to locate the source.
     About 4:25 pm, officers took a report of a handgun stolen from a vehicle in the 1000 block of Jackson St.

Boil Water Advisory In Wheeling  4/25  6am
     The City of Wheeling is under a Boil Water Advisory. The boil advisory is due to water main repairs and remains in place until further notice.  Check the Boil Order Guildelines above

Troopers Arrest Laplata Man  4/25  6am
     State Troopers arrested a Laplata man Tuesday evening. Fifty-four year old Raymond Head was arrested at about 5:25 pm in Caldwell County for alleged domestic assault and no valid drivers license. He was taken to the Caldwell County Jail on a 24 hour hold.

MoDOT Has A Free Bridge In Sullivan Co.  4/25  6am
     A historic bridge in Sullivan County is available FREE to a government organization of individual who would like to preserve it as a historical landmark. The Missouri Department of Transportation is accepting proposals for the reuse of the seven panel Pratt pony truss bridge, over East Medicine Creek Drainage Ditch, on Route PP just 0.25 miles east of Route 139 in Sullivan County. The bridge will be replaced with a new and wider bridge in 2019 / 2020.
     The one-lane bridge was rebuilt by Callihan & Wallmar and Carl Partin in 1955, but the original fabricator is unknown.
     The bridge is considered historic because it is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places due to its local significance in transportation and engineering. MoDOT is required to offer the bridge free of charge to qualifying groups or individuals, but the bridge must be removed at the qualifying group or individual's expense.
     Proposals are due by December 31, 2018. Details about the bridge, as well as information about reusing a bridge or making a reuse proposal, can be found on MoDOT's Free Bridges website.

Livingston County Sheriff's Department - 1st Quarter  4/24  12pm
     The Livingston County Sheriff's Department quarterly report shows higher numbers in several key areas and one number that is lower. Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox says when comparing the first three months of 2018 with the same period last year, there are differences.
     The Department houses detainees at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail. Average Number of Detainees has grown slightly:  This year, the average daily population is 36.66, compared to 33.66 in 2017. The county is charged on a daily basis for detainees.
     Calls for service directly to the Sheriff's office are up significantly. In 2017, they received 59.86 calls per day, that number has      grown to an average of 81.02 calls per day. This does not includes calls to the dispatch office.
     Investigation for the first quarter are up about 2.8%, from 147 to 151.
     Arrests in the first quarter are up about 50%, from 42 in 2017 to 63 in 2018.
     Cox says right now they are have six road patrol deputies and one part-time or reserve deputy. A full staff would be 8 deputies and 2 reserve.

Student Art On Display This Week  4/24  12pm
     Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery is this year’s venue for the middle school and high school student artwork, on display through this Saturday. A reception will be held Friday, at 5:30 pm with a special performance from Chillicothe’s Middle School choir. All students, families and the public are invited to attend this free reception to be held at Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery.

R-II Spring Music Programs Begin Soon. 4/24  12pm
     The Chillicothe School's annual Spring Music Programs begin next week. The programs are each at 7:00 pm at the Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center. The Schedule includes:
     April 30th - Chillicothe Middle School Band Concert
     May 1st - 4th Grade Music Program and the Stinger Singers.
     May 2nd - Chillicothe High School Band Concert
     May 7th - 2nd Grade Music Program
     May 8th - CMS/ CHS Combined Choir Concert

New Livingston County Most Wanted  4/24  12pm
     The Livingston County Sheriff added a new name to their most wanted list. Twenty-three year old Tristan Marie Greer of Laredo is wanted on a warrant for alleged robbery. Bond is set at $20,000 Cash. Greer is described as a white woman, 5 foot 5 inches tall, with blonde hair and hazel eyes. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Tristan Marie Greer, call the Livingston County Sheriff's Department at 646-0515.

Church Women United To Meet May 4th  4/24  12pm
     The Chillicothe Church Women United will meet to celebrate May Friendship Day, May 4th at 9:30 AM at the United Methodist Church. The meeting will be downstairs in Griffith Hall.
     The May Friendship Day program is "In Gratitude for God's Presence" and focuses on our gratitude for God's presence in all things and especially as we respond to human needs.
     Chillicothe Church Women United ask you to invite a friend and join them as they meet here in Chillicothe.
     Church Women United is very important locally as they are the sponsor for the Mobile Meals Program. If you would like to volunteer to deliver meals, contact Maureen Erwin at 646-5521.

Deputies & Zaki Assist Troopers  4/24  6am
     Last Saturday, the Livingston County Sheriff's Department was called to an accident in the northwest part of the county to assist the Highway Patrol. The alleged driver had fled on foot and was hiding from law enforcement. Detective Ryan Ford and Deputy Chris Mueller responded with K-9 Zaki.
     Zaki was quick to find the suspects trail and during the track the suspect tried to move and was apprehended by state trooper.
     Officers arrested John J. Young for alleged DWI-Aggravated offense. Young remains at the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.

Chillicothe Has A Yard Waste Area  4/24  6am
     The Yard Waste Area for the City of Chillicothe is open Monday to Saturday. CMU Refuse Director Troy Figg says this is an area to drop off grass clipping and small branches.
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     Figg says there are usually a couple items available for residnets to take from the area. They are compost and wood chips. The compost is from the grass clippings collected over the years and Figg says that will be available soon.
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     The other item is the wood chips.
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     If you have questions about the yard waste area for the City of Chillicothe, call the CMU office at 646-1683.

Trenton City Council Approve Chapter 100 Bonds  4/24  6am
     The Trenton City Council took care of several pieces of business in Monday's meeting. Councilman Glen Brigs says the Council approved the issuing of Chapter 100 bonds to assist Nestle in the purchase of the equipment at the ConAgra Plant in Trenton. The Council first confirmed the city is NOT on the hook if Nestle defaults on the bonds.
     The Council approved an update to an ordinance, eliminating the fee for demolition of a house that has been damaged by fire.
     The Council also changed city code for the appointment of the Fire Chief. The change allows the Council to appoint the Fire Chief "At Will." This means they do not have to re-appoint the Fire Chief each year.

Resurfacing Prep Continues On US 65  4/24  6am
     MoDOT's resurfacing project through Mercer, Grundy, Livingston and Carroll counties is scheduled to start back up soon. MoDOT has contracted with Vance Brothers to resurface approximately 83 miles of US 65 between the Iowa border and the Missouri River as well as a small portion of Route 6 near Trenton.
     The first part of the project, pavement repairs between Chillicothe and the Missouri River are complete. Pavement repairs to the section between Chillicothe and the Iowa state line is slated to take place from May 7 to 11. Traffic may be reduced to one lane around the area where repairs are being made. Some lane closures could remain in place overnight in some locations.
     Crews plan to work during daylight hours and could work Saturday, May 12th, if needed. Traffic control will be in place alerting motorists of the work. All work is weather permitting and could be rescheduled.
     MoDOT encourages all travelers to slow down, especially in work zones, as there will be large equipment and workers near the driving lanes. As always, please buckle up, eliminate distractions, pay attention and drive safely so everyone is able to Arrive Alive.

Submissions For LCL-Con Due Friday  4/24  6am
     The Livingston County Library is asking area artists to consider submitting entries for their version of Comic-Con. Monica Holmer from the library explains.
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     Holmer says the deadline for the samples is this Friday. Entries may be sent to They should include your name address and photos of samples of your work.
     For more information, call 646-0547.

Health Center Spring Walking Challenge  4/24  6am
     The Livingston County Health Center's Spring Walking Challenge began over the weekend and continues for 8 weeks until June 16th. Ann Burchette from the Health Center says this is a continuation of Health Center’s "Walk Chillicothe" Project.
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     Burchette says the program asks all participants to pledge to walk 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week for 8 weeks.
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     Burchette says it is not too late to get involved. If you have questions about the Walk Chillicothe program, call the health Center at 646-5506.

Funeral Notices

Billy Joe Boley
     A Chillicothe resident, 66 year old Billy Joe Boley died April 22nd in Chillicothe. Graveside services are Wednesday at 10:00 am at Hutchinson Cemetery in Chillicothe. Friends may call Tuesday from 12:00 to 8:00 pm with family visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Georgetta "Gege" Rose Wessel Stover
     A Chillicothe resident, formerly of Carrollton, 39 year old Georgetta "Gege" Rose Wessel Stover, died April 19th in Chillicothe. Funeral service at Wednesday at 1:30 pm at Bittiker Funeral Home in Carrollton, with burial at Carroll Memory Gardens in Carrollton. Family visitation is Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family's choice.

Celia Frances (Witten) Vaughn
     A Trenton resident, 78 year old Celia Frances (Witten) Vaughn died April 21st in Trenton. Services are Wednesday at 2:00 pm at First Christian Church in Trenton, with burial at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Trenton. Friends may call Tuesday beginning at 9:00 am at Resthaven Mortuary in Trenton with family visitation Wednesday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made Church Women’s United Thrift Store.

Joan Cecilia Lauhoff
     A Chillicothe resident, 93 year old Joan Cecilia Lauhoff died April 22nd in Kansas City. A Mass of Christian Burial is Thursday at 10:00 am at Saint Columban’s Catholic Church in Chillicothe, with burial at St. Columban's Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 12:00 to 8:00 pm with a Parish Rosary at 5:30 and family visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe. Memorials may be made to the Saint Columban’s Catholic Church Restoration Fund or to the cemetery.

James "Smitty" Smith
     A Meadville resident, 74 year old James "Smitty" Smith died April 23rd in Meadville. Services are Thursday at 10:30 am at Wright Funeral Home in Brookfield with burial in Mt. Olive Cemetery west of Purdin. Friends may call Wednesday from 1:00 to 8:00 pm with family visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the cemetery.

Beverly Sue Allen
     A Hamilton resident, 80 year old Beverly Sue Allen died April 23rd in St. Joseph. Services are Saturday at 2:00 pm at Hamilton United Methodist Church with burial in Highland Cemetery in Hamilton. Friends may call Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at Bram Funeral Home in Hamilton with family visitation Saturday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the cemetery.