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School Construction Progress  10/18  12pm
     Windows for the Chillicothe Elementary School are arriving and construction is going well. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says he is very pleased with the daily progress.
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     Barnes says things moving along well.


Recent Bookings At The Jail  10/18  12pm
     Two people were booked into the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail recently. The Livingston County Sheriff's Department reports:
     Twenty-nine year old Janice Christine Shiner is in custody for alleged tampering with a motor vehicle. She is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail with bond set at $5,000. She was arrested on a warrant issued in August.
     A Leavenworth Kansas man, 51 year old Dale E Denoyer was arrested on a probation violation warrant on an original charge of passing a bad check in 2015. He was arrested Monday and is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail with no bond allowed.


Library - Murder Mystery  10/18  12pm
     The Livingston County Library hosts a Murder Mystery evening November 9th in the second floor courtroom of the library. The scene is as follows.
              It is 1927, and the mob scene is prospering in major cities across the United States with rum running,
          loan sharking, protection rackets, speakeasies, and gaming halls. Crime bosses from across the country
          are meeting at the Karlton Ritz Hotel on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City in an attempt to create a unified
          crime faction. With this many mobsters in one place, something is bound to go wrong . . .
     Monica Holmer from the library says it is a casual scene.
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     Appetizers will be served, followed by coffee and dessert. The event is limited to 28 participants, so registration is required and will remain open until all spots are filled. The suggested minimum age for participants is 16.
To register call the library at 646-0547. If you have questions, call the library and ask for Monica.


Local Bed Bug Reports 10/18  12pm
     Bed Bug infestations are in the national news from time to time, but we don't hear about them too often on the local level. Lori Murray is an Environmental Health Specialist at the Livingston County Health Center and says they've received several reports from local residents who are experiencing an infestation of bed bugs. Murray says bed bugs are not necessarily a sign of dirty living. They are more common with people that travel and happened to be in a place that had bed bugs, and they bring them home.
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     Murray says the important thing is for residents to educate themselves about the signs of infestation, and then take steps to eradicate the pests and prevent re-infestation. She says usually the first sign is bites. If you are being bitten, try to identify the bugs and catch them to confirm what is biting you. Murray says if you catch the infestation in the early stages it is easier to handle.
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     If you are vacuuming, make sure you remove the vacuum bag as soon as you are finished and place than in a sealed plastic bag so they cannot get out.
     If you have questions about bed bugs, call the health center at 646-5506


Health Contractor Employee At Prison Arrested  10/18  6am
     An employee for the medical contractor at the Chillicothe Women's Prison is in custody on charges of alleged sexual relations with an inmate. Sixty-six year old John Thomas Dunn is in custody at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail with bond set at $100,000 cash only. Dunn was arrested Monday following the investigation by the Chillicothe Police Department. He was an employee of Corizon Health, the health services contractor for the prison system. He faces charges of alleged Sexual Conduct with a Prisoner and 2nd degree sodomy.


New School Is "Chillicothe Elementary School"  10/18  6am
     The name of the new elementary school in Chillicothe will be simply Chillicothe elementary. The School Board approved the recommendation by the committee of seven for the name. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says there will be a secondary name on the building.
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     Barnes explains the process of selecting the name.
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     The other two names on the poll were Litton Elementary School and Grand River Elementary School. There were nearly 1700 responses on the poll and Chillicothe Elementary School had 58% of the votes.


Two Injured In ATV Accident - Driver Arrested  10/18  6am
     An ATV accident on East 10th Street, east of Chillicothe Tuesday afternoon left two people injured, including a 14 year old boy. State Troopers report the accident happened at about 3:45 pm and left 36 year old Curtis Matthew and 14 year old Ehrich Weiss-Vanfossen with moderate injuries. They were both taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment.
     According to the report, Matthew was driving the ATV westbound and approaching a turn. He did not slow enough to safely make the turn and ran off the road and they were both thrown from the ATV.
     Matthew was also arrested for alleged DWI - causing serious physical injury to another, operating an ATV on a Highway, carrying a passenger in an ATV not designed for a passenger and driving while suspended.


Missouri Education Foundation Formula Fully Funded  10/18  6am
     The Education Foundation Formula in Missouri is Fully Funded. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes gave the School Board that information Tuesday night.
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     Barnes says having the Foundation Formula fully funded is good news, but he is also cautious.
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     Barnes says they will monitor what is happening in Jefferson City and remain in contact with Representative Rusty Black.


Middle School Stabilization Work Approved  10/18  6am
     A portion of the Chillicothe Middle School is settling and created a crack in a stairwell. The Chillicothe R-II School Board approved the work needed to stabilize the building at Tuesday's meeting. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says the they will act quickly.
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     Barnes says it is not an immediate safety concern, but they are taking precautions.
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     The work to shore up the wall will start in the next couple weeks, with the peering of the wall in the spring. The total cost is not known at this time, but is estimated around $30,000 for the engineering work and shoring of the wall.


Kidder Man Arrested On Two Warrants  10/18  6am
     State Troopers arrested a Kidder man Tuesday in Daviess County. Fifty-eight year old Steven Dahms was arrested on two Caldwell County warrants for alleged probation violation and failure to appear on a traffic offense. He was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail with no bond allowed.


School Resource Officer Mike Lewis Honored For ALICE  10/17  12pm
    Chillicothe's School Resource Officer, Mike Lewis was honored at the recent training conference for ALICE, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate, the steps taken to survive an active shooter event. Lewis took the ALICE training in 2007, the first year it was offered and at the national ALICE Conference was recognized as the nation's longest active ALICE instructor.
     At the Conference, Lewis spoke about the initial training in 2007 and his experiences in providing training for Chillicothe R-II Schools and many surrounding districts over the past eleven years.
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     Lewis says now he concentrates more on the Chillicothe School District as there are more trainers in the local area.


First Impact Program Offered For Parents  10/17  12pm
     You have an opportunity to learn about Missouri's Graduated Drivers License program on October 24th at the Chillicothe High School. Deana Dothage, Director of First Impact, a program presented by the MU School of Medicine, says the Graduated Drivers License is meant to prepare young drivers over a period of time, from permit to full license.
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     After you turn 16, you may take the license test. If they pass, Dothage says they earn the intermediate license, which allows the to drive independently.
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     Dothage says the goal is to educate the parents on the graduated drivers license and the restrictions at each stage. You are asked to register for the program at firstimpact.missouri.edu/events/ and select the Chillicothe program on October 24th. You may also call 573-884-3463.


Poosey Tour Well Attended  10/17  12pm
    The weather for the 31st annual Poosey Conservation Fall Driving Tour was near perfect. Nearly 950 visitors took the tour of the area's roads normally closed to driving traffic. There were several stops along the tour, allowing the visitors to receive information about fishing, tree identification, multi-use trails at Poosey, agriculture management, invasive species management, a prairie maze, a walnut tree plantation, healthy waters, wildlife food plots, upland forest and timber harvest management, and the value of diverse habitats. Visitors could also hike to the scenic limestone bluff formation known as the Panther Den.


MoDOT Introduced "Buckle Up - Phone Down"  10/17  12pm
    The Missouri Department of Transportation says Friday is "Buckle-up Phone Down Day". MoDOT Area Engineer Austin Hibler says the goal of the program is to save lives.
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     Hibler says the first part is to buckle up and give yourself a better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident. He asks everyone to take the challenge and put the phone down while driving. The challenge is simple: when you get into any vehicle, buckle up your safety belt. If you are a driver, put the cellphone down. Turn it off if you have to. No texting and no talking unless hands free.
     Hibler says 6 out of 10 people killed in 2016 Missouri traffic crashes were unbuckled. Since 2014 there has been a 20 percent increase in crashes involving cell phones.


Naming New School On School Board Agenda  10/17  6am
     It's meeting day for the Chillicothe R-II School Board and the agenda includes a name for the new school. The School Board meets at 6:30 this evening at the District Office. They start with presentations from staff and students at Field School, reports on the summer school program, counseling programs and school climate evaluations.
     New business includes the financials, consideration for an official name for the new school building, consideration for the cabling of the new building and the first reading of school board policy revisions.
     An executive session is planned to follow the regular meeting.


County Commission Meeting With Assessor Today  10/17  6am
     A meeting with the assessor is on the Livingston County Commission agenda today. The Livingston County Commissioners meet at 9:30 am in the Commission room. At 10:00 am, they meet with Assessor Steve Ripley and a representative from an aerial photography company.
     The commission agenda includes county road and bridge matters and administrative and departmental responsibilities.


Pink Out Donation Tops $4000  10/17  6am
     The Hedrick Medical Center Oncology Nurse Navigator program received a donation of more than $4,000. The Chillicothe Fire Department and Hedrick Medical Center Emergency Department raised $4386 through their annual Pink Out t-shirt sales and Boot Block fundraisers. The Oncology Nurse Navigator program assists families and individuals as they deal with the process of cancer treatment.


Troopers Arrest Des Moines Man In Daviess Co.  10/17  6am
     A Des Moines man was arrested by State Troopers in Daviess County Monday. Nineteen year old Sergie Campos was arrested at about 11:50 am for alleged DWI with drugs, speeding and no seatbelt. He was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail on a 24 hour hold.


Input Sought On Highway 13 Bridge Replacement  10/17  6am
     MoDOT seeks input from the community about a bridge to be replace next year on Highway 13. MoDOT will replace the 83 year old bridge over Honey Creek beginning with the bid process in the spring. MoDOT will hold a community briefing Thursday, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Gallatin R-V School. Designers and engineers from MoDOT will discuss the construction plans for the new bridge and gather public input.
     The current Highway 13 bridge over Honey Creek is 282 feet long and carries approximately 1,500 cars per day. Bridges from this time were built to last about 50 years and this one is 83 years old.
     MoDOT has the bridge scheduled for replacement next year and they will put the project out for bid in March. For more information about this and other MoDOT projects, call 1-888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636)


Operation HELP Spaghetti Supper Friday  10/17  6am
     A Spaghetti Supper to benefit Operation Help is Friday The dinner is Friday at the First Christian Church, at 900 Jackson Street from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. This event includes the Spaghetti and homemade desserts. A Free Will offering is accepted at the door to support Operation Help,
     For 33 years, Operation HELP has helped area residents with one time assistance that includes with rent, utilities and other emergency assistance.


CCMH Angel Tree Applications Available  10/17  6am
     The annual Angel Tree at Carroll County Memorial Hospital is taking applications for this year's Tree. The Angel Tree allows area residents to assist others by selecting a name of a child from the tree. The ticket with the name also includes an item from the child wish list.
     If you know someone who need assistance in the holidays, applications are available through November 6th at the hospital, Carroll County Health Department, First Baptist Church and Help Services. Completed applications should be returned to the hospital or the church. The community may select tickets from the tree between November 20th to December 6th.
     If you have questions about the Angel Tree program, call Carroll County Memorial Hospital at 660-542-1695.


Funeral Notices


Raymond “Derrell” Baker
     A Hale resident, 86 year old Raymond “Derrell” Baker died October 16th in Marceline. Funeral Services are Wednesday at 11:00am at Lindley Funeral Home in Hale with burial in Cameron Cemetery in Hale. Friends may call Tuesday from 3:00 to 9:00pm with family visitation Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00am at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hale United Methodist Church of Hale R-1 Athletic Department.

Ronald Eugene Buttz
     A Mooresville resident, 83 year old Ronald Eugene Buttz died October 14th in Mooresville. Graveside services are Thursday at 10:00am at Mooresville Cemetery. Family visitation is Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Heritage Funeral Home in Chillicothe. Memorials may be made to Three Rivers Hospice, Life Flight Eagle or Mooresville Community Betterment Association.

Edna Frances Miller
     A Hale resident, 93 year old Edna Feances Miller died October 14th in Carrollton. Services are Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at Bittiker Funeral Home in Carrollton with burial in Evergreen Cemetery in Braymer. Family visitation is Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

John Shane Remol
     A Brookfield resident, 91 year old John Shane Remol died October 14th in Brookfield. Services are Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Brookfield with burial in Missouri veteran’s Cemetery in Jacksonville. Family visitation is Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home in Brookfield. Memorials may be made to the church or Hometown Legacy Foundation.

Dorothy Clayton
     A Brunswick resident, 91 year old Dorothy Clayton died October 11th in Brunswick. Services are Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Brunswick with burial in the church cemetery. Family visitation is Thursday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the church. Memorials may be made to the church or the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements under the direction of Brashear's Memorial Chapels in Brunswick.

Alvin Standley
     A New Boston resident, 81 year old Alvin Standley died October 11th. Graveside services are Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville. There is no scheduled family visitation. Arrangements are under the direction of Delaney Funeral Home in Bucklin.

Kenny Griffin
     A Marceline resident, 57 year old Kenny Griffin died October 15th. Services are Friday at 10:00 a.m. at Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline with burial in the Masonic Cemetery in Bucklin. Family visitation is Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Saunda Lynn Figg
     A Hale resident, 56 year old Saunda Lynn Figg died October 15th in Hale. Services are Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe with burial in Hale Memorial Gardens. Friends may call Friday from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. with family visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the cemetery or Kansas City Sheltie Rescue.

Jim George
     A Marceline resident, 69 year old Jim George died October 15th. Services are Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Marceline First Baptist Church with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Marceline with Military honors. Family visitation is Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline.