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Thanksgiving Preparations  11/18  12pm
     With Thanksgiving just 5 days away, you should have all your plans in place. If you are hosting the meal, you have already decided who is bringing what and what you will be making in your kitchen. Do you have enough Turkey? Tina Hanes from the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline says A good rule of thumb is 1 pound per person and that will allow for some leftovers. So if you are having a total of 12 for dinner, a 12 pound bird is what you need. That said, if the turkey is frozen, when do you need to start thawing? Soon... Hanes says there are a couple thawing methods. The first is in the refrigerator.
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     The other method is in cool water, still in the original package and changing the water every 30 minutes. For a 12 pound bird it will take about 6 hours.

Chillicothe Trash Pick-Up For Thanksgiving  11/18  12pm
     Trash pick-up in Chillicothe for the Thanksgiving holiday includes a couple changes. Chillicothe Municipal Utilities Refuse Director Troy Figg says there will be no pick-up Thanksgiving Day or that Friday, November 24th.
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     Figg says there is no service Friday the 24th.
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     If you have questions about the changes, contact the CMU Office at 646-1683

Several Area Meetings  11/18  12pm
     Several Chillicothe Meetings are schduled soon.
     The Chillicothe Board of Public Works meets Tuesday morning. There are no specific items on the agenda. They will have reports to the board form the department heads and from the general manager. An executive session is planned to follow the meeting. The Chillicothe Board of Public Works meets Tuesday at 7:00 am at the CMU Office.
     Chillicothe's Board of Adjustments will consider a variance to allow a larger sign than permitted under the city's ordinance when they meet in December. The business at 801 South Washington Street requested the variance to place a larger electronic sign. The Board of Adjustments will meet December 4th at 5:30 pm at City Hall.
     The Chillicothe Planning and Zoning Commission will meet December 4th at 6:00 pm to discussion the request for a historic Overlay for portions of Chillicothe. The request had been made by Main Street Chillicothe, and was brought to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Council previously. It was sent back to a committee to be better defined and to meet the desires of business owners in the downtown area. The meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission is December 4th at City Hall.

Brookfield School Board Meets Tuesday  11/18  12pm
     The Brookfield School Board meets next week with a full agenda. The meeting begins at 5:30 pm at their district office, with reports to the board and recognition of the Brookfield FFA Chapter on earning a 3-Star rating at the national conference.
     The board will hear the audit report for the 2016/17 school year, there will be consideration of MSBA policy and procedure updates and they will consider the ballot language for the April Election as they consider extending the temporary operating levy that expires at the end of the 2018/19 school year. There are two seats on the Brookfield School Board that will be on the April Election, they are currently held by Jeff Vogel and Burnie Hicks. Other items on the agenda include insurance renewals, a survey, the annual APR results and administrative reports.
     An executive session is planned following the regular Brookfield School Board meeting Tuesday.

Community Thanksgiving Service Sunday  11/18  12pm
     The Community Thanksgiving Service, presented by the Chillicothe Ministerial Alliance, is Sunday at St. Columban's Catholic Church. The service is from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Brad Baker from Turning Point Church says this is a time of community worship.
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     Baker says this is also an opportunity to see the newly renovated Catholic Church.
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     The Chillicothe Ministerial Alliance Community Thanksgiving Service is open to all faiths.

Serious Injury Accident Near Gallatin  11/18  6am
     A Hamilton man had serious injuries in a single vehicle rollover accident early this morning. Twenty-four year old Harrison G Lapen was taken to Mosaic Life Care Center in St. Joseph for treatment of serious injures following the accident at about 1:45 am on Highway 13, just south of Gallatin. The Highway Patrol reports Lapin went off the east side of the road and the car overturned several times before coming to rest on its top. Lapin was not wearing a safety belt.

Chillicothe Festival Of Lights   11/18  6am
     The 2017 Festival of Lights, lighting ceremony is tonight at Simpson Park. Janet Barnhart from the Festival of Lights says Simpson Park Closes at 5:00, and the program begins at 5:30 pm.
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     Barnhart says in addition to the complementary drinks, they will have Christmas music playing.
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     The Festival of Light kick-off is at 5:30 this evening. Traffic in the park closes at 5:00 pm and re-opens later in the evening. The displays will be lit each night through the first of January

Chillicothe School Board Meets Tuesday  11/18  6am
     The Chillicothe R-II School Board meets Tuesday at the District Office. The agenda include the presentation of the annual Performance Report for the district. The meeting will begin with recognition of the Teacher of the Year and Beacon Award Nominees from each of the building.
     Reports to the board include for Community and Adult Education and for Trauma Smart Training.
     New Business includes: the architects report, consideration for the audit report, the presentation of the 2017 APR report for the district. Consideration of the snow removal contract, announcing the election dates for the School Board and consideration of Paper Bids. The board also has the second and final reading of several school board policy changes.
     An executive session is planned following the regular meeting of the Chillicothe R-II School Board, Tuesday at 6:30 pm, at the District Office.

Three Injured In Two Area Accidents  11/18  6am
     The Missouri Highway Patrol investigated accidents in Livingston and Carroll County.
     In Livingston County, an accident Friday at about 11:55 am, on US 36 near Utica, left two injured. Forty-six year old Kevin Jaques of Chillicothe was westbound on US 36, when his van began to skid across the center line and off the southside of the road, overturning in the median. Jaques had moderate injuries and his passenger, 35 year old Mathew Pike of Liberty had minor injuries. They were both taken to Hedrick Medical Center for Treatment.
     At about 4:00 this morning, a single vehicle accident in Carroll County left a passenger with moderate injuries. Forty-seven year old Perry Barnes of Billings, Montana was northbound on US 24, near Missouri Highway 41, when he ran off the road and struck an embankment. The driver was not injured, but his passenger, 43 year old Brandy Barnes, had minor injuries and was taken to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment. They were wearing safety belts.

MoDOT Road Work For Thanksgiving Week  11/18  6am
     The Missouri Department of Transportation has a Holiday shortened week, but plenty of work to keep them busy. MoDOT announced construction work on Missouri roadways will end Wednesday at Noon for the Thanksgiving holiday and will resume Monday.
     Projects in the local counties this week include:
Carroll County
     Drainage work on Route KK, Monday to Wednesday from County Road 101 to County Road 121
     Drainage work on Route W, Monday to Wednesday from County Road 191 to County Road 209
Chariton County
     Culvert Replacement on Route FF, CLOSED Tuesday from Indian Grove Road to Enyeart Road.
     Shoulder work on Route KK, Wednesday, just south of US 24
Grundy County
     Pothole patching on US 65 & Missouri Highway 6, Monday and Tuesday
     Drainage work on Business 65, Monday to Wednesday in the city limits of Trenton
Linn County
     Pavement repair on US 36, eastbound from Route F to Highway 5, Monday and Tuesday. This includes an overnight lane closure.
     Pavement repair on US 36, westbound from the Mussel Fork Bridge in Macon County to Highway 129, Tuesday and Wednesday. This includes an overnight lane closure.
Sullivan County
     Pothole patching, Monday to Wednesday, on Routes K, W, TT, WW and ZZ.

Chillicothe Holiday Parade Is Saturday Morning  11/17  12pm
     The 71st annual Holiday Parade is Saturday morning at 10:00. Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce puts the parade on every year and Director Crystal Narr encourages everyone to show up a little early to get a good spot to view the parade.
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     Narr says they are honoring First responders this year as the Grand Marshals.
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     The parade will include a good mix of floats, mascots, bands and animals, wrapping up with Santa Clause riding atop the Chillicothe Fire Truck.

Parade Day Pancakes At NMCYF  11/17  12pm
    The Chillicothe Holiday Parade is Saturday at 10:00 am. If you in the parade or heading out to watch the parade, a nice hot breakfast will be a great start. Sherry Thomas from North Missouri Center For Youth and Families says their 3nd annual Parade Day Pancake Breakfast is Saturday morning.
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     The breakfast is from 6:00 to 10:00 am, and Thomas they also have a carryout for those that need the breakfast on the go.
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     Proceeds from the Parade Day Pancakes support the operation of the North Missouri Center for Youth and Families.

Two Holiday Bazaars Saturday  11/17  12pm
     Two local organizations kick off the Holiday Season Saturday with the sale of craft and specialty items. The annual Holiday Bazaars, presented by Bishop Hogan School and the Chillicothe Elks Lodge begin Saturday morning. Bishop Hogan Principal Pam Brobst says these are fundraisers for each organization.
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     Brobst says there is food available at each location.
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     The Holiday Bazaars, presented by Bishop Hogan School and the Chillicothe Elks Lodge, begin Saturday at 10:00 am.

Cultural Corner Presents Nort's Stories Saturday   11/17  12pm
     The Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery presents Nort's Stories, Saturday afternoon, featuring a home town author. Gallery Director Mindy Stedem says Author David Cook will meet with the children for the stories, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
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     This is a free event for the children in the community.

67th Annual Band Masters Concert Is Monday  11/17  12pm
     The 67th annual North Central Missouri Band Masters Association Clinic Concert is Monday evening at the Gary Dickenson Performing Arts Center. Chillicothe High School Band Director Sarah Cavanaugh says they will have more than 100 students from schools across North Central Missouri participating, beginning with the clinic.
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     Cavanaugh says they will have a percussion soloist this year, Drew Morales, an adjunct professor of percussion at Northwest Missouri State.
     She says the concert is Monday at the PAC and ticket prices are unchanged.
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     This is the 67th year for the North Central Missouri Band Masters Association Clinic and Concert, hosted by the Chillicothe High School.

Troopers Report One Accident and Arrest  11/17  6am
     State Troopers reported one accident and one arrest in the local counties Thursday.
     An accident between a semi and a car left a Cameron teen with minor injuries. Thursday at about 1:15 pm, the accident happened on Barwick Driver at Sale Barn Road, east of Cameron, when 17 year old Chloe Johnson of Cameron was westbound and ran into the rear of the semi driven by 50 year old Harold Henry of Hamilton. Henry was not injured in the accident. Johnson was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. She was not wearing a safety belt at the time of the accident.
     Troopers in Chariton County arrested 63 year old Walter Whelchel of Kaiser, Missouri at about 10:20 pm for alleged DWI. He was held at the Chariton County Jail pending the posting of bond.

Two Arrests In Chillicothe Police Report  11/17  6am
     The Chillicothe Police Department Report includes two arrests.
     Wednesday at about 11:00 am, Officers arrested Justin Beagles in the 500 block of Corporate Drive on an Indiana warrant for alleged 2 counts of child molestation. He is held pending extradition to Indiana.
     Thursday at 10:55 am, Officers took a report of theft in the 1700 block of Morningside Drive. This investigation is on-going.
     Thursday at 4:25 pm, Officers investigated a report of child endangerment in the 200 block of East Bridge Street. As a result, they arrested Eric Sparkman for alleged endangering the welfare of a child. He is held pending the filing of formal charges.

Sheriff's Report Includes Several Investigations  11/17  6am
     The Livingston County Sheriff's Report includes several investigations.
     November 09 the LCSO began an investigation in Chula of a report of a large prescription of pain pills were stolen from a home. Investigation continues.
     November 15 the LCSO completed a very lengthy investigation on possible Financial Exploitation of the Elderly, Fraud, or Stealing. A suspect has been identified and it is alleged that person wrongfully appropriated $115,000. A report is sent to the prosecuting attorney for consideration of charges.
     Recently the LCSO began an investigation of alleged burglary and stealing from a home in Utica. The victim reported their safe was opened but undamaged and jewelry stolen, a DVD player was missing, and insulation in the attic was reportedly pulled up and removed from the home. Investigation continues.
     November 16 the LCSO began an investigation of possible illegal sales of property with a lienholder.

Most Wanted - 5 Added - 2 Arrested  11/17  6am
     Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox added five names to their most wanted list and reported two of their most wanted were arrested.
Those arrested are:
     27 year old Kimberly Nichole Crawford, arrested Wednesday in Jackson County, MO. Crawford was wanted on a Livingston County warrant for alleged Violation of an Order of Protection. She posted bond and was released.
     32 year old Michael Narvell Session of Kansas City was arrested in Jackson County, MO on a Livingston County warrant for alleged Probation Violation. Session was on the Most Wanted List since October 2016. He is held for another agency before returning to Livingston County Court.

Added to the most wanted list are:
     26 year old Marlon Brandon Gilbert for alleged Distribution of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) and Delivery of Marijuana. Bond is set at $25,000.
     20 year old Cody Ray Hostetter of Marshall for alleged Receiving Stolen Property (a firearm). Bond is set at $7,500.
     22 year old Christian James Elliott of Grandview for alleged Tampering with Motor Vehicle. Bond set at $10,000.
     43 year old Traci Noelle Yates for alleged Forgery. Bond set at $10,000.
     18 year old Jacob Paul Dudley of Polo, alleged Assault. Bond set at $5,000 cash.

Third Annual Memory Tree Lighting  11/17  6am
     The third annual Memory Tree Lighting at Silver Moon Plaza was Thursday night. Main Street Chillicothe is the organizer of the event that Director Ben White says is to remember and honor those that have passed
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     White says the tree is decorated with clear ornaments that have a paper placed inside containing the name of the loved one. Those are still available.
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     Contact Main Street Chillicothe at 646-4071.

City Council Approves New Fire Fighter  11/17  6am
     The Chillicothe fire Department has a new Pay-By-Call Fire Fighter. The Chillicothe city council approved hiring Casey Brock for the position. The vote was taken in an executive session Monday.

Railroad Board Meets Tuesday Evening  11/17  6am
     The Chillicothe Railroad Advisory Board meets Tuesday evening at City Hall. The meeting begins at 5:15 pm in the council chambers. The agenda includes the review of the financials and any old or new business. The public is welcome to attend meetings of the Chillicothe Railroad Advisory Board.

Funeral Notices

Sandra Werner
     A Jamesport resident, 55 year old Sandra Werner died November 11th in Jamesport. Services are Saturday at 11:00 am at United Methodist Church in Jamesport with burial in Masonic Cemetery in Jamesport. Friends may call Friday from 11:00am to 4:00 pm at McWilliams Funeral Home in Jamesport with family visitation Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the church. Memorials may be made to Jamesport Fire Department

Mary "June" Martin
     A Braymer resident, 90 year old Mary "June" Martin died November 15th in Braymer. Funeral services are Saturday at 11:00 am at Braymer Methodist Church. Family visitation is scheduled from 10:00 to 11:00 am.  Memorials may be made to the Golden Age Nursing Home "Patio Fund". Arrangements under the direction of Lindley Pitts Funeral Home in Braymer.

Betty Jo Shaw
     A Chillicothe resident, 72 year old Betty Jo Shaw died November 4th in Kansas City. A Celebration of Life is Saturday at 1:00pm at Calvary Family Life Center in Chillicothe. Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe is in charge of arrangements.

Beth Marie Wheeler
     A Jameson resident, 61 year old Beth Marie Wheeler died November 13th. A Celebration of Life will be Saturday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm with a brief eulogy at 1:30 pm at North Daviess School in Jameson. Inurnment will be at a later date at Hillcrest Cemetery near Gallatin. There is no scheduled visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jameson community Betterment and the Village of Jameson. McWilliams Funeral Home in Gallatin is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Jane Buswell
     A Lathrop resident, 70 year old Betty Jane Buswell died November 13th in Lathrop. Services are Saturday at 2:00 pm at Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home in Brookfield with burial in Laclede Cemetery. Family visitation is Saturday from 1:00 to 2:00pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Laclede United Methodist Church.

Emogene Jackson
     A Trenton resident, 93 year old Emogene Jackson died November 16th in Trenton. Services are Sunday at 3:00 pm at Rural Dale Baptist Church near Trenton with burial in the Rural Dale Cemetery. Family visitation is Saturday from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at Resthaven Mortuary in Trenton. Memorials may be made to the North Central Missouri College Scholarship Fund or to the Rural Dale Bus Fund.

Velma Trentham
     A Browning resident, 78 year old Velma Trentham died November 15th in Columbia. Services are Sunday at 3:00 pm at Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home in Brookfield with burial Monday at 12:00 pm at Missouri State Veteran's Cemetery in Jacksonville. Family visitation is Saturday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Velma Trentham Memorial Scholarship.

Brownlee Williams
     A Marceline resident, 65 year old Brownlee Williams died November 15th in Marceline. Services are Monday at 11:00 am at Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline, with burial in Wyandotte Cemetery near Bucklin. Family visitation is Sunday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm with a Masonic Service Sunday at 3:30 pm at the funeral home.

Orval Massey Sr
     A Waverly resident, 79 year old Orval Massey Sr. died November 15th. Memorial services are Monday at 2:00 pm at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville. Visitation is Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Bittiker Funeral Home in Carrollton. Memorials. may be made to VFW Post #1773.

DeWayne Stanfield
     A former Marceline resident, 78 year old DeWayne Stanfield died November 14tth in Moberly. A Masonic service is Wednesday at 10:30 am with family visitation from 11:00 to 1:00pm at Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline. A Graveside Service is Wednesday at 2:30 pm at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Jacksonville.

Josephine, "Josie" Martin Parker
     A Chillicothe resident, 80 year old Josephine, "Josie" Martin Parker, died November 6th. A Celebration of Life is December 2nd at 11:00 am at Grace Episcopal Church in Chillicothe. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Reflections Memorial Services of Kansas City.