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Council Says NO To Hard Liquor At Golf Course  3/30 6am
     There will be NO hard liquor sales at Green Hills Golf Course. The Chillicothe City Administrator Ike Holland re-introduced the subject which was originally discussed last month. Holland says there was a poll taken at of Green Hills patrons.
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     A poling of the council members indicated the calls they received and discussions they had with their constituents showed they were not in favor of the proposal. Third Ward Councilman Tom Douglas explained another reason for his no vote.
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     The vote by the council on the sale of hard liquor at Green Hills Golf Course was a unanimous NO.

Fire Damages Kitchen Wednesday Night  3/30 6am
     Chillicothe Fire Fighters responded to a cooking fire Wednesday night on Medowlane Drive. The Call came in at about 10:50 and the fire crew arrived about 5 minutes later to find the resident had put out the fire that was on the stove and into the cabinets above the stove. The fire department pulled the electric meter and removed the stove that had been damaged by fire. They used a thermal imaging camera, which showed a heat source in the ceiling. The kitchen ceiling was pulled down and the insulation removed. The fire crew was on the scene for about 35 minutes.

Troopers Arrest Galt Woman On Warrants  3/30 6am
     A Galt resident was arrested in Sullivan County on several warrants. State Troopers arrested 21 year old Katie Corum on Sullivan County warrants for alleged no valid license, expired registration, no insurance and no seatbelt. She was also arrested for no seatbelt at the time she was pulled over and arrested. Corum was held at the Sullivan County Jail with no bond allowed.

Library Offers Container Gardening Program  3/30 6am
     The Livingston County Library will have their annual Container Gardening program April 11th. Library Director Robin Westphal says this is a program that supports a Local FFA Chapter.
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     Westphal says this has been a very successful program.
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     Westphal says the space is limited and you do need to pre-register. Call the library at 646-0547 before April 7th.

Chillicothe School Board Candidate  -  Patrick Groom  3/29 12pm
     The race for the Chillicothe R-II School Board includes two incumbents and two that have not served on the board in the past. Today we hear from Patrick Groom. Groom says he is retired and looks forward to serving the Chillicothe School District and its students. He talked about the new schools and the plans for the future.
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     Groom also talked about the School District's budget.
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     Groom talked about his concerns for the district.
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     He says weather he wins the school board seat or not, he plans to find ways to volunteer and serve the district.

Chillicothe Police Report  3/29 12pm
     The Chillicothe Police Department report includes several investigations.
     Sunday, officers were called to the 1700 block of Calhoun to investigate a report of a parent interfering with child custody. A report was sent to the prosecuting attorney.
     Monday, a commercial burglary was reported in the 200 block of South Washington Street. That investigation continues.
     Officers also responded to two domestic disturbance reports. One was Monday in the 100 block of Henry, the other Tuesday in the 1400 block of Lambert. Both were verbal and no arrests were made.

Local Schools Will Have Visiting Author  3/29 12pm
     The Chillicothe Middle School, Central School and Chula School will have a visiting author next week. Kerry O'Malley Cerra, the author of Just a Drop of Water, a book that has been nominated for several awards, including the MASL Truman Award (Missouri's highest honor for middle-grade literature). The book is also the winner of the prestigious Crystal Kite Award and VOYA's Top Shelf Fiction for Middle Readers.
     Cerra will give presentations Monday and Tuesday to each grade level and will meet with students in smaller groups during mealtimes.

Chillicothe Arts Council Presents St. Louis Brass  3/29 12pm
     A musical program that will include some stories, history and humor will be on the stage of the Gary Dickenson Performing Arts Center Sunday. The Chillicothe Area Arts Council presents St. Louis Brass Ensemble beginning at 3:00 pm. Arts Council Director Marylou VanDeventer says this is a unique group.
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     VanDeventer says the show will provide a variety of music.
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     Tickets for the performance are $15 for adults and $5 for students. Arts Council season ticket holders will be admitted with the season pass. Ticket sales at the PAC will start at 2:00, the doors will open around 2:30.

Spring Home & Garden Show  3/29 12pm
    The Grand River Area Family YMCA will have their first annual spring Home and Garden Show on Saturday, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Y Program Director Lacey Pate says they will have a variety of displays and vendors.
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     Pate says they will also have a Healthy Kids Day event taking place from 10:00 am to Noon.
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     Both events are free to attend.

New Administrative Assistant & Assistant Street Superintendent  3/29 6am
     The Chillicothe City Council approved the hiring of a new Administrative Assistant and promoted one employee in the executive session following Monday's City council meeting.
     The new Administrative Assistant is Heather Gates. She will work closely with the City Clerk, Mayor and City Administrator.
     A 16 year veteran of the Chillicothe Street Department is the new assistant Street Superintendent. Jeff Gillespie was promoted from the position of foreman to fill the position that had been vacant since the retirement of Leroy Snidow last year. Gillespie will start the new position on April 1st.

Council Amends 2016/17 City Budget  3/29 6am
     The Chillicothe City Council approved amendments to the current city budget as they prepare to close out the Fiscal year on Friday. The budget for the 2016/17 fiscal year was increased on the expense side by nearly $816,000. Changes on the revenue side are not required, but some of the expenses were offset by increased revenues.
     The council made the amendments to reflect the actual expenses for the year.

Council Apprvoves Annual Service Contracts  3/29 6am
     The annual service contracts with the City of Chillicothe were approved at Monday's meeting. The contracts are with various organizations that provide services to the city or its residents and included no increases this year.
     The list of contracts includes:
YMCA - $14,500
Humane Society
Summer Playground Association - $13,000
Main Street Chillicothe - $30,000
Chamber of Commerce - $5,300
Chillicothe Arts Council - $2,000
Extension (4H) - $5,000
Oats - $10,000
     The council also approved the contract for continued prosecution services with Adam Warren. The contract increased by $1,000 to $37,600 a year, and will run through December 31st of 2018.
     The economic Developer Contract with Rumery and Associates was renewed. The total contract is for $36,000 a year, with re-imbursement from the CDC, CMU and Farmers Electric, each providing $9,000 a year on that contract.

Ordinance Allows Collective Batgaining With Police  3/29 6am
     The Chillicothe Police Department earlier requested permission for a union to represent them. Monday, the council approved a provision that will allow collective bargaining between the city and the union on behalf of the members. City Attorney Robert Cowherd explained the ordinance.
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     The council approved the ordinance as presented.

Troopers Arrest Chillicothe Woman In Randolph Co.  3/29 6am
     A Chillicothe woman was arrested Tuesday by State Troopers in Randolph County on several charges. Twenty-two year old Brittany Quinn was arrested at about 6:15 pm for alleged driving while suspended, no valid plates, no insurance, a seatbelt violation and on a Carroll County warrant for alleged driving while suspended. She was held at the Randolph CountyJail pending the posting of bond.

Resident Requests Purchase of Part of Clay Street Park  3/29 6am
     A Chillicothe resident living adjacent to Clay Street Park wants to purchase an unused part of the park. Arch Hasler addressed the City Council Monday about the small piece of property at the west end of the park. Hasler would like to include this with his property and maintain it. There is no objection by the Parks Director, but Third Ward Councilman Tom Douglas asked if there were any stipulations on the property for that park that would not allow the sale of the property for any reason.
     No decision was made at Mondays meeting as further research will be needed. If the council approves. Hasler will need to pay for a survey of the requested property.


Funeral Notices

Robert Huggins
     A Gallatin resident, 73 year old Robert Huggins died March 27th in Kansas City. Services are Thursday at 11:00am at McWilliams Funeral Home in Gallatin with burial in Greenwood Cemetery near Gallatin. Friends may call Wednesday after 11:00am with family visitation Thursday from 10:00 to 11:00am at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Gallatin United Methodist Church or Gallatin Senior Citizens Center.

William "Little Bill" Larson
     A Trenton resident, 66 year old William "Little Bill" Larson died March 27th in Trenton. Funeral Services will be held on Friday at 11:00am at Lindley Funeral Home in Laredo with private inurnment at a later date at Richardson Cemetery in Laredo. Family visitation is Friday from 10:00 to 11:00am at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the William Larson Memorial Fund.

Helen Louise Harris
     A Chillicothe resident, 74 year old Helen Louise Harris died March 25th in Chillicothe. Services are Friday at 2:00 pm at Heritage Funeral Home in Chillicothe with burial in Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Chillicothe. Family visitation is Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made the American Diabetes Association.

Billy Dean Corbin
     A Chillicothe resident, 90 year old Billy Dean Corbin died March 29th in Chillicothe. Graveside service is Friday at 2:00pm at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Chillicothe. Friends may call Thursday from 12:00 to 6:00pm at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe. There will be no family visitation. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Dick Niemeier
     A Marceline resident, 81 year old Dick Niemeier died March 28th. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 10:00am at St Mary of the Angels Catholic Church in Wien with burial in the St Mary's Cemetery in Wien. A rosary will be Friday at 5:30 with family visitation from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline. Memorials may be made to the cemetery, to the Marceline Fire Department or to Larry's Warriors Foundation.

Joseph A. Daniels
     A former Carrollton resident, 75 year old Joseph A. Daniels died March 29th in Kansas City. Memorial services are Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Blue Springs, with inurnment at the church. A Celebration of Life is Saturday at 6:00 p.m. at Foster Funeral Chapels in Carrollton. Family visitation is Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Memorials may be made to the family.

Jay "Pat" Barnes
     A Carrollton resident, 60 year old Jay "Pat" Barnes died February 27th in Carrollton. Memorial services are Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at Mandeville Methodist Church with inurnment at a later date in Evergreen Cemetery in Braymer. Family visitation is Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the church. Memorials may be made to the Kansas City Barbeque Society or the church. Arrangements under the direction of Lindley Pitts Funeral Home in Braymer.

Max Meneely
     A Kansas City resident, 75 year old Max Meneely died March 26th in Liberty. A Memorial Service is Saturday at 2:00pm at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe with inurnment in Meadville Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 12:00 to 6:00pm and Saturday from 9:00am to 2:00pm with family visitation Saturday from 1:00 to 2:00pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Cemetery or to Vern R. Glick American Legion Post #25.

Jimmie Dan Beck
     A former Carrollton resident, 88 year old Jimmie Dan Beck died March 27th in Kansas City. Services are Saturday at 2:00pm at Foster Funeral Chapel in Carrollton with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery in Carrollton. Family visitation is Saturday from 1:00 to 2:00pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to St Jude's, the ASPCA or to the charity of your choice.

Curtis Lee VanDeventer
     A Brookfield resident, 60 year old Curtis Lee VanDeventer died March 28th in Columbia. Services are Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Foster Funeral Chapel in Carrollton with burial in Pleasant Park Cemetery in DeWitt. Family visitation is Sunday from 12:00 to 1:45 p.m. with a parish rosary at 1:45 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Mustangs, Antique Hearse Restoration, or the cemetery.

Lee Jerald Anderson
     A Braymer resident, 75 year old Lee Jerald Anderson died March 27th in Braymer. A Celebration of Life is Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00pm at Braymer Lions Hall with a private inurnment at a later date at Evergreen Cemetery in Braymer. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Phares Cemetery or Evergreen Cemetery. Lindley Pitts Funeral Home in Braymer is in charge of arrangements.

Darla Ann Magruder
     A Carrollton resident, 74 year old Darla Ann Magruder died March 28th in Kansas City. Services are Monday at 10:30am at St Mary's Catholic Church in Carrollton with burial in Carroll Memory Gardens in Carrollton. Family visitation is Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00pm with rosary at 7:00pm at Foster Funeral Chapels in Carrollton. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Roxanne Drescher
     A Brookfield resident, 67 year old Roxanne Drescher died March 17th in Brookfield. A Memorial service is Saturday (April 8th) at 11:00 am at First Presbyterian Church in Brookfield with a private burial at a later date in Lakeside Cemetery in Sumner. Family visitation is Saturday (April 8th) from 9:00 to 11:00 am at the church. Memorials may be made to the Roxi Drescher Memorial Fund for local youth. Arrangements under the direction of Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home in Brookfield.