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Holland Offered City Administrators Position in Minnesota  2/18 6am
     Chillicothe City Administrator Ike Holland has been offered the position of City Administrator for the City of Wilmar in Minnesota. The Wilmar Council voted unanimously this week to offer the position to Ike Holland, saying they felt he has the communication skills to move Willmar forward. Holland was one of three finalists for the position.
     The Wilmar West Central Tribune reported Holland is also a finalist for the City Administrator's position with the City of Baxter, with interviews scheduled in March.
     Holland has been the Chillicothe City Administrator since August of 2011.

Chillicothe School Board to Meet MONDAY  2/18 6am
     The Chillicothe R-II School Board meets next week, but that meeting will be on MONDAY, not Tuesday. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm at the district Office.
     Reports to the board include for professional development, special education services and technology.
New business includes:
     The finance report, paraprofessional substitute pay, consideration for employee benefits provider, continuing the flex spending program, mowing bids and consideration for the sewer line engineer inspection and design drawings.
     The board will also consider the declaration of surplus property.
     An executive session is planned following the regular meeting.
     The Chillicothe R-II School Board meets MONDAY at 6:30 pm

Troopers Arrest Brunswick Man  2/18 6am
     A Brunswick man was arrested by State Troopers early Saturday morning. Thirty-one year old Zachary Wahlbrink was arrested at about 1:15 am in Carroll County, on charges of alleged DWI and failing to drive on the right half of the roadway. He was processed at the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and released.

MDC Offers Turkey Hunting Workshops  2/18 6am
     The Missouri Department of Conservation is offering FREE Turkey Hunting workshops prior to the spring turkey season. The workshops will be held at three MDC facilities around the Kansas City area. MDC staff will teach participants about types of turkey calls used during the spring season. Clothing and gear will be discussed. The workshop will provide tips on shotguns and shells, strategies, hunting regulations, and places to hunt.
     An Introduction to Turkey Hunting workshop at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs on March 25th. Call 816-228-3766; registration open March 1st.
     There will be an Introduction to Turkey Hunting workshop at the MDCís Parma Woods Shooting Range near Parkville on April 2nd. Registration is required by calling 816-891-9941
     MDCís Lake City Shooting Range will offer Introduction to Turkey Hunting on April 6th. Registration is required by calling 816-249-3194
     Spring Turkey Season begins with the youth portion April 8th and 9th, the regular spring turkey season run April 17th to May 7th

No Trash Pick-Up Monday  2/18 6am
Chillicothe Municipal Utilities will have Monday off for Presidents Day; That means there will be no trash pick-up on Monday. CMU Refuse Director Troy Figg says residents with a Monday trash route will have their trash picked up on Tuesday, along with the regular Tuesday routes.

Annual Salute To Agruculture  2/17 12pm
     The annual Salute To Agriculture, presented by the Chillicothe FFA and Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce was held this (Friday) morning at the Litton Ag Center. The special guest speaker for the program was the new head of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Chris Chinn. Chinn (right) says meeting and talking with Ag students is very important to her department.
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     Chinn says one of the goals of her department is to improve access to highspeed internet in rural areas and bringing the young people back to the rural communities.
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     The Chillicothe FFA President, Cole Gutshall says this breakfast is their way of showing appreciation.
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     Attendance at the Salute To Agriculture breakfast was very good.

Two Injured In Accident Friday Morning  2/17 12pm
     An accident this (Friday) morning left two Hamilton residents with moderate injuries. The single vehicle accident happened just before 8:00 am on Highway 13, south of Kingston. State Troopers report 19 year olds Malachi Stacy and Nicholas Thorne of Hamilton were taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center for treatment following the accident that happened when Stacy was southbound and drove off the west side of the road, overcorrected and went off the west side again and the car overturned. They were not wearing safety belts at the time of the accident.

Troopers Arrest One In Daviess Co.  2/17 12pm
A Cameron man was arrested Thursday evening in Daviess County. Thirty-one year old Cody Gilreath was arrested on a Daviess County warrant for alleged failure to appear on a traffic ticket. He was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail pending the posting of bond.

County Commission Meetings  2/17 12pm
     The Livingston County Commissioners meet Tuesday and Thursday in regular session. The meetings will begin at 9:30 am in the Commission Room of the courthouse. The agendas include county road and bridge matters and administrative and departmental duties.
     Tuesday, the commissioners will attend the E911 Advisory Board meeting at the Chillicothe Police Department. It will start at 10:00 am.
     Thursday, they will attend the Livingston County Extension Council annual meeting at 6:30 pm at First Baptist Church.

Fire Danger Continues Friday  2/17 6am
     The Red Flag warning for areas to our south is lifted, but the is still an elevated risk of fires today for all of the KCHI listening area. National Weather Service Meteorologist Jonathan Welsh says burning is not recommended.
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     Welsh says conditions will improve some as we head into the weekend.
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     We could even see some rain Sunday night into Monday

Fire Near Chula Destroys Buildings  2/17 6am
     Fire destroyed two buildings and damaged a third near Chula Thursday afternoon. The call came in to the Chula Fire Department as a grass fire at about 2:30. While enroute, they received an update that two buildings were on fire and a third was threatened. By the time they arrived, the third building was on fire, but they were able to save it with some damage. The fire was west of Route V and had jumped the road and spread to the east side of Route V before they were able to put it out.
     Chula was on the scene for about two and a half hours.

Three Fires In Grundy County  2/17 6am
     Grundy County Fire Fighters worked three fires Thursday.
     One was at Mockingbird Hills, two miles outside of Trenton. This fire threatened a home. They were abel to get that fire under control.
     The second included Mutual Aid from Mercer County. This fire was fire near the Route C and Route A junction in Grundy County. Spickard Fire and Mercer County attacked the grass fire which had spread into piles of lumber.
     There was also a grass fire south of Trenton on US 65.
     Trenton Fire Department issued a Burn Ban Thursday. That remains in place for today.

Chillicothe Hosts District FBLA Contest  2/17 6am
     Chillicothe hosted the FBLA District 19 Contest day at United Methodist Church Thursday. Sponsor Sondra Sturguess, from Grand River Tech says the District Competition includes 22 schools. Sturguess says Chillicothe did well.
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     Sturguess says this event is usually held at NCMC in Trenton.
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     She says the visiting schools enjoyed and appreciated the facilities at United Methodist Church.

GED Classes Offered In Chillicothe  2/17 6am
     Macon School District's Adult Education and Literacy Program is offering GED classes in Chillicothe at the North Missouri Center For Youth and Families. Center Director Daniel Savage says the classes will be taught by North Missouri Center For Youth and Families staff, who will be managed and employed by the Macon School District.
     Starting in March with orientation on March 7th and classes Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays beginning March 14th. The classes will be from 9:30 to Noon. To register, call the Macon School District's Adult Education and Literacy Program at 660-385-2158.
     Savage says he is very excited to be offering the GED program locally.

Chillicothe Railroad Board Meeting  2/17 6am
     The Chillicothe Railroad Advisory Board will meet Tuesday. The meeting begins at 5:15 pm at City Hall. The agenda includes a review of the financials and any old and new business. This meeting is open to the public.

Funeral Notices

Gene Koehl
     A Mendon resident, 84 year old Gene Koehl died February 16th in Mendon. Mass of Christian Burial is Saturday at 10:00am at St Joseph Catholic Church near Mendon with burial in the church cemetery. A prayer service and rosary is Friday at 5:30pm with family visitation from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the church. Memorials may be made to the cemetery or the Sumner American Legion Post. Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline is in charge of arrangements.

Lloyd Clair "Grumpy" Williams
     A Chillicothe resident, 94 year old Lloyd Clair "Grumpy" Williams, died February 11th in Carrollton. A memorial service is Saturday at 11:00 am at Chillicothe Free Methodist Church, with burial at a later date at Dunkard Cemetery in Toddville, Iowa. Family visitation is Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the church. Memorials may be made to Liberty 4H Club in Chillicothe or to the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Heritage Funeral home in Chillicothe.

Debra Ann "Debbie" Ngo
     A Sedalia resident, formerly of Trenton, 49 year old Debra Ann "Debbie" Ngo, died January 19th in Sedalia. A memorial service is Saturday at 2:00 pm at Resthaven Mortuary in Trenton, with inurnment at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Trenton. Family visitation is Saturday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society

Russell Glen Hill Jr.
     A Carrollton resident, 84 year old Russell Glen Hill Jr. died February 15th in Columbia. Services are Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Bittiker funeral home in Carrollton with burial in Carroll Memory Gardens in Carrollton. Family visitation is Saturday from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Carrollton Public Library Genealogy Department.

Ray F Bales
     A Carrollton resident, 86 year old Ray F Bales, died February 10th in Carrollton. A memorial service is Sunday at 2:00 pm at Bethany Church in Stet. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Preferred Hospice of Lexington. Arrangements are under the direction of Bittiker Funeral Home in Carrollton.

Connie Lynn Cooper
     A Chillicothe resident, 53 year old Connie Lynn Cooper died February 15th in Liberty. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date. Friends may call Monday from 12:00 to 8:00pm with family visitation from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe. Memorials may be made to the Forest O. Triplett Animal Shelter.

Doris J Campbell
     A Buckner resident, 86 year old Doris J Campbell, died February 16th in Lee's Summit. Services are Tuesday at 11:00 am at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe, with burial at Avalon Cemetery. Friends may call Monday from Noon to 8:00 pm, with family visitation Tuesday from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Glen R Bate, Jr
     A Chillicothe resident, 48 year old Glen R Bate, Jr, died February 14th in St. Joseph. A memorial service is Tuesday at 1:00 pm at House of Prayer Rescue Mission in Chillicothe, with private family inurnment at a later date at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Chillicothe. There is no family visitation. Memorials may be made to the Glen Bate, Jr Memorial Fund. Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe.

William Henry Ketron
     A Henrietta resident, 91 year old William Henry Ketron, died February 16th in North Kansas City. Services are Wednesday at 11:00 am at Foster Funeral Chapel in Carrollton, with burial at Evergreen Cemetery in DeWitt. Family visitation is Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or St. Jude's.

Eunice Christine Dornberger
A Chillicothe resident, 90 year old Eunice Christine Dornberger, died February 14th in Chillicothe. A private family inurnment will be at a later date in Kirksville. Friends may call Saturday, February 25th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, with family visitation from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe. Memorials may be made to Grand River Multi-Purpose Center.