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New Resource Available For Foster and Adoption   3/19 6:00am
     Families interested in Foster Parenting or Adoption have a new resource in Chillicothe. Foster/Adopt Connect, a non-profit organization, opens its doors today, to better serve the northwest part of the state and Chillicothe and Livingston County in particular. Program Director Garni Churan says they are excited to open this new office at 409 Washington Street. Churan talked about the mission of Foster/Adopt Connect.
          <Audio: Churan 1>
     To celebrate their new office, they are having a ribbon cutting and open house today.
          <Audio: Churan 2>
     The ribbon cutting and open house for Foster/Adopt Connect is today from 10:00 am to Noon. To contact them, call 660-225-0059

Troopers Arrest Three Sunday   3/19 6:00am
     State Troopers report three arrests in the local counties for the weekend.
     Sunday at 2:00 am, Troopers in Sullivan County arrested 19 year old Kyle Petrie of Milan for alleged DWI. He was processed at the Sullivan County Jail and released.
     At about 3:00 am in Caldwell County, Troopers arrested 35 year old Tameka Taylor of Kansas City for alleged possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center on a 24 hour hold.
     In Caldwell County at about 4:00 pm, Troopers arrested 46 year old Neysa West of Blue Springs for alleged driving in the left lane when not passing, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center on a 24 hour hold.

Filing Taxes On A Computer A Smart Choice   3/19 6:00am
     Doing your federal and state tax return on a computer has several advantages. Michael Devine from the IRS says it is the best and most accurate way to file.
          <Audio: Devine 1>
     Devine says e-filing is the next logical step and there are advantages there as well.
          <Audio: Devine 2>
     The Tax Filing Deadline for 2018 is Tuesday, April 17th.

Board of Public Works & City Council Workshop  03/19  6am
     The Chillicothe Board of Public Works and Chillicothe City Council will meet in joint session Tuesday at Noon for a Budget Workshop Session. The meeting includes the presentation of the 2018/19 CMU Budget to the council for their approval. The Budget is expected to include Revenues of $15.15 million and expenditures of $15.2.
     No additional items are on the agenda. The meeting is open to the public.

Missing Chillicothe Youth Found Safe
3/17 6:00am
      13 year old Chillicothe resident Jayden Beltran has been located safe and sound late Friday afternoon. Beltran was found in the 700 block of Herriman around 5:30pm by members of the search team. Beltran was reported missing from the 1500 block of Calhoun, Thursday at about 3:05 pm.
      Chillicothe Police Chief Jon Maples thanked the Media, the community, the Livingston County Sheriff's Office, Chillicothe R-II School District, City Street Department, Chillicothe City Administrator and everyone else that assisted by sharing the Facebook posts or by being a part of the search teams.
      Details of why or how Beltran went missing was not provided.

Three Fugitives From Most Wanted Caught 3/17 12:00pm
The Livingston County Sheriff's Department reports three members of their Most Wanted list were arrested in unconnected incidents.
     22 year old Atlanta Elise Williams was arrested by authorities in Oklahoma on a Livingston County Felony Warrant for alleged Forgery. She had been a fugitive since June 2017.
     36 year old Ryann Nicholle Gatson of Chillicothe was arrested in Clinton County on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged probation violation. She had been a fugitive since January
     35 year old Charles Brandon Collins was arrested on a Livingston County Warrant for alleged probation violation. He had been a fugitive since January.
     Sheriff Steve Cox said Scott Elliott Robinson, 38 of Wheeling was added to the Most Wanted list on an original Class C felony Passing Bad Check $500 or more, no account insufficient funds.

Early Childhood and Pre-School Screening Scheduled 3/17 12:00pm
      The Chillicothe R-II School District will hold an early childhood and pre-school screening March 26th to the 28th at Garrison School. Administrator Carrie Black explains the process
           <Audio: Carrie Black>
Pre-school screening is for ages 3 and 4 while early childhood screening is for ages 3 months to 36 months.
           <Audio: Carrie Black>
      Make an appointment at 646-1653

Highway 65 Project Begins Soon 3/17 12:00pm
      A resurfacing project through the heart of the KCHI listening area will begin in a little over a week. The Missouri Department of Transportation will be working with a company to resurface an 83 mile stretch of US Highway 65 from the Iowa Border to the Missouri River and will include Mercer, Grundy, Livingston and Carroll Counties, plus a small stretch of Highway 6 near Trenton.
      The project starts on the 26th with preliminary pavement repairs between Chillicothe and the Missouri River. From May 14 to the 21st they will make repairs between Chillicothe and the Iowa Line.
      Work will be during daylight hours on Monday through Saturday, weather permitted.

Chillicothe School Board Meets Tuesday 3/17 12:00pm
      The Chillicothe R-II School Board meets in regular session Tuesday at 6:30pm at the School District Administrative building.
Agenda items include reports on the District Technology plan and a report on Transportation, Maintenance, Facilities and Custodial Services.
     Under new business the school board will hear an architect's report, consider change orders, consider lawn mowing bids, hear the finance report and discussion of the future operating levy.
      In Executive Session, business will include Students, Litigation, Real Estate and Personnel issues.

DWI Saturation Coming To Area 3/17 12:00pm
      Missouri Highway Patrol Troopers will conduct DWI saturations in several counties this month including Chariton, Linn and Sullivan counties in the KCHI listening area.
     Troop Commanding Officer Captain James Wilford says special enforcement operations such as DWI saturations enable the Highway Patrol to enhance their efforts in removing impaired drivers from the highways.
      Wilt says citizens can help in cracking down on drunk driving by calling 1-800-525-5555 or cellular *55 if you suspect a motorist of driving while impaired or observe a vehicle driven in an erratic manor.

Chillicothe Easter Egg Hunt Is March 24th
3/17 12:00pm
Chillicothe’s annual Easter Egg Hunt is March 24th at Simpson Park. Shawn Hurtgen from the Grand River Area Family YMCA says the event is held in cooperation with the Chillicothe Parks Department. Hurtgen says make sure to show up at 10:00am or you will miss the fun.
           <Audio: Shawn Hurtgen>
     She says children should bring a basket or bag to collect the eggs that are scattered around the designated areas
           <Audio: Shawn Hurtgen>
     The Chillicothe Easter Egg Hunt is March 24th at Simpson Park at 10:00am sharp.

Area Roadwork Scheduled Next Week 3/17 12:00pm
     Road construction season is in full swing with several minor projects scheduled next week in the KCHI listening area.
     Livingston County – Flushing bridges on Route 65 from 190 to Grundy county and from US 36 to Carroll County Route J
     Caldwell County – Bridge maintenance on the Route 116 railroad bridge near Polo and it will include a temporary traffic signal in the work zone
     Carroll County – Pavement repair on Highway 65 from 24 to Route 10
     Chariton County – Shoulder work on Route JJ from E to Linn County
     Daviess County – Drainage work on Route 13 north of Jameson
     Linn County – Route M closed for culvert replacement from Hiver Road to Indigo Road on Wednesday and shoulder work on Route 5 from Marceline to Highway 36
     Roadwork projects may include stationary and moving work zones that drivers should use caution while driving through the work zones.

Chillicothe Freshmen Enrollment Is Next Week 3/17 6:00am
     Chillicothe high school freshman enrollment is Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week at 6:00pm in the high school commons. Counselor Ellen Tsikoyak says it is for current 8th grade students and their parents
        <Audio: Ellen Tsikoyak>
     She says parents and students may attend any one of the three nights and no appointments are required. If you have questions call the High school at 646-0700

National Agriculture Week Starts Sunday 3/17 6:00am
     National Agriculture Week begins Sunday and runs through the 24th as a way to celebrate and bring attention to agriculture’s importance in our everyday lives.
     Missouri State Representative Rusty Black of Chillicothe has been an agriculture student, farmer, agriculture teacher and now is the area’s voice in Jefferson City. Black says the public is touched by agriculture through out each day.
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      He says he’s seen the progress of agriculture from a horse drawn plow to the computer age
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     Black will visit with KCHI through out the week about his experiences in agriculture and how it has grown beyond the field.

CHS Players Presentation This Weekend 3/17 6:00am
     The CHS players presentation of "The Seussification of 'A Midsummers Night Dream'" is tonight and Sunday at the Gary Dickenson Performing Arts Center at Chillicothe High School. Director Lisa Rule says the mash up of Dr Seuss and William Shakespeare features a cast of 20, led by Brett Shaffer as Lysander and Trace Staton says he will play Demetris
        <Audio: Trace Staton>
    Rule says the show uses narrators, a blank stage, bicycles and vintage costumes. The show runs 80 minutes plus a short intermission, and is family friendly. Shaffer says tickets are available at the door.
       <Audio: Brett Shaffer>
    Show times are tonight at 7:00 and Sunday at 1:30pm

36 Highway Project Begins Near Osborn
3/17 6:00am
     A project that includes resurfacing and realignment of a portion of Highway 36 in DeKalb and Caldwell Counties will begin Monday.
The first phase of the project will include construction of median crossovers and two turn lanes of westbound lanes of 36 highway near Osborn. The road may be reduced to one late each direction during portions of this phase which is expected to take around three weeks.
     The second phase will include realignment that will close westbound lanes of 36. This second phase could begin in early April and conclude by July 4th. During the end of the project, access to Route 33 north will be closed while a new intersection is constructed.
     The final project will straighten and smooth out portions of the now curved road near the Osborn turn off.

Livingston County Sheriff's Report 3/17 6:00am
     Officers from the Livingston County Sheriff's Department recently responded to a disturbance call in Utica where at least one adult was intoxicated and a juvenile was reporting being in fear of the parent or others at the home. The juvenile was allowed to temporarily stay with a different relative. The Juvenile office was contacted that night but no arrests were made.
      Officers also investigated an accident where a Motorist struck a horse that was out near 65 and the Avalon junction. The vehicle sustained damage and the horse was deceased and of the roadway, with the animal owner present.

Library To Host 1980s Escape Room 3/17 6:00am
The Livingston County Library is hosing two evenings of an 80's time travel escape room on March 22nd and 23rd. In the rooms, guests will find all of the cutting edge technology from the 1980s, which you will need to combine with your knowledge of the 1980s to get yourself back to present day.
     Coordinator Monica Holmer says two teams will compete head to head to see who can escape first.
          <Audio: Monica Holmer>
     Registration is required and opens Monday. Register at 646-0547 and 80s attire is encouraged. There will be photo booth opportunities for each team after the escape is completed.

Chula School Carnival Is Next Friday 3/17 6:00am
     The Chula School District Carnival and Silent Auction is next Friday the 23rd. Chula School Teacher Becky Stone says the event raises funds to support OPT, also known as Organization of Parents and Teachers.
            <Audio: Becky Stone>
      The Carnival will be from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Friday the 23rd at the Chula School. Other attractions include chances to win prizes and more. If you would like to donate to the carnival call 639-3135

Funeral Notices

Bonnie Jean Council
     A Chillicothe resident, 85 year old Bonnie Jean Council died March 12th in St Joseph. Services are Saturday at 2:00pm at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe with burial in Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Chillicothe. Friends may call Friday from 12:00 to 8:00pm with family visitation from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Grand River Multi-Purpose Center.

Hermenta A. Pendleton
     A former Brookfield resident, 96 year old Hermenta A. Pendleton. Died March 12th in ST Joseph. Funeral services are Saturday at 3:00 pm at Wright Funeral home in Brookfield, with burial at Rose Hill Cemetery in Brookfield. Family visitation is Saturday from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Brookfield.

Marjorie Brobst
     A former Meadville resident, 95 year old Marjorie Brobst died March 14th in Chillicothe. Services are Sunday at 2:00pm at First Baptist Church in Meadville with burial in Meadville Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 1:00 to 2:00pm at the church. Memorials may be made to the Cemetery. Wright Funeral Home in Brookfield is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Neal Reeter
     A Chula resident, 77 year old Robert Neal Reeter died March 14th in Chula. Services are Sunday at 2:00pm at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe with burial in Stucker Cemetery in Laredo. Friends may call Saturday from 9:00am to 8:00pm with family visitation from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fair Association.

Clarence Utley
     A Trenton resident, 91 year old Clarence Utley died March 15th in Trenton. Graveside services are Sunday at 2:00pm at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Trenton. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to Green Hills Rural Development for Downtown Christmas Lighting. Whitaker-Eads Funeral Home in Trenton is in charge of arrangements

Ruth Marie Utt
     A Chillicothe resident, 99 year old Ruth Marie Utt died March 15th in Chillicothe. Services are Monday at 10:00am at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe with burial in Wheeling Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 12:00 to 6:00pm with family visitation Monday from 9:00 to 10:00am at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Highview Baptist Church.


Lenora McWilliams

      A Gallatin resident, 85 year old Lenora McWilliams died March 16th in Cameron. Services are Monday at 10:30am at McWilliams Funeral Home in Gallatin with burial in Hillcrest Cemetery near Gallatin. Family visitation is Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Gallatin Senior Citizens Center


Raymond Grossman, Jr
     A Bogard resident, 76 year old Raymond Grossman, Jr died March 16th in Bogard. Services are Tuesday at 10:00am at Bittiker Funeral Home in Carrollton with burial in Coloma Cemetery. Family visitation is Monday from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Cemetery or to Tina-Avalon Booster Club.