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Police Stand-Off Ends Peacefully 
8/19 6am
     A standoff Friday night in the area of the old hospital in Chillicothe ended peacefully after just under four hours. Details of the incident have not been released, but Sergeant Hays of the Chillicothe Police Department says the incident which began around 6:20 pm near Broadway and 10th Street included several streets blocked off and onlookers kept back from the area.
     Officers from the Chillicothe Police Department were assisted by the Highway Patrol and Livingston County Sheriff's Department. The standoff ended about 10:04 pm when the subject was taken into custody and transported to the hospital for treatment and evaluation.

Troopers Report Three From Area Arrested 
8/19 6am
     State Troopers report the arrest of two Chillicothe residents and a Cowgill resident Friday.
     At about 10:30 am in Ray County, troopers arrested 42 year old Ralph Offield of Cowgill for alleged possession of methamphetamine, tampering with physical evidence, driving while revoked, speeding and no insurance. Offield was taken to the Ray County Jail.
     At about 12:25 pm in Livingston County, troopers arrested 36 year old Sydney Edwards of Chillicothe for alleged DWI with drugs, and careless and imprudent driving resulting in an accident. She was treated at Hedrick Medical Center and held with no bond allowed.
     At about 9:50 pm in Pettis County, troopers arrested 46 year old Carey Trout of Chillicothe for alleged DWI. She was processed and released.

Chamber Still Needs Chautauqua Volunteers 
8/19 6am
    The 33rd annual Chautauqua in the Park is September 9th and 10th at Simpson Park. Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce is still looking to fill about a dozen volunteer positions for the event. If you or your group or organization would like to help make this a successful Chautauqua, contact the Chamber office at 646-4050.
     Some of the openings include:
Gate Duty both Saturday and Sunday.
Rovers that help around the park as needed
Unloading assistance for Saturday morning
     They also need help with park grounds pick-up for both days. This is a good service project for groups and organizations in the community.
Volunteers can call the chamber office at 646-4050 about the shifts available and your shirt size

Solar Eclipse Monday 
8/19 6am
     A Total Solar Eclipse will take place across the United States on Monday. Chillicothe is on the edge of the path to see the total eclipse and Dr Angela Speck from the University of Missouri Astronomy Department reminds us what is a total eclipse.
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     Speck says it's been 211 years since a total eclipse happened over what is now Chillicothe.
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     Area Schools are having Eclipse viewings on Monday and using this as a learning experience for the students.

State Parks Issue Eclipse Viewing Advisory 
8/19 6am
    State officials are cautioning about using certain Solar Eclipse Glasses and Viewers during Monday's eclipse. Missouri State Parks officials issued the advisory to NOT USE a specific brand of solar eclipse glasses and viewers because it cannot be confirmed they meet ISO and CE certification or came from a recommended manufacturer.
     The glasses and viewers were sold under the name "PMS Promo Mart" and were sold at Missouri State Park and historic site stores throughout the state. The name is listed on the inside of the glasses between the lenses. Anyone who purchased the glasses with the name "PMS Promo Mart" should return them to any state park or historic site store or gift shop to receive a full refund.

     No matter what brand of Eclipse glasses you have, they should totally block normal sunlight and protect you from damaging your eyes. If you are using the glasses and something does not seem right, stop using them and don’t look at the sun.

Chillicothe City Hall Closing For Eclipse 
8/19 6am
     Chillicothe city Hall will be closed for about two and a half hours Monday due to the eclipse. City Hall will close at about 11:30 am and re-open at 2:00, allowing the City Hall employees to experience the eclipse.

MoDOT Says No Roadwork Starts Monday 
8/19 6am
    Because of the expected heavy traffic for the solar eclipse on Monday, the Missouri Department of Transportation will have no roadwork projects that begin that day. Traffic Engineer Tonya Lohman says they don't want to add to the congestion.
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     Lohman says some larger projects that are well underway will continue, but the majority of those are not on the main routes.
     She advises travelers to check the MoDOT Traveler information map throughout the day Monday for information on congestion and any other problems.

Weather Could Be A Factor In Eclipse Viewing 
8/18 12pm
     A total eclipse of the sun will take place Monday at about 1:09 pm and in Chillicothe, will last for 1 minute nine seconds. Will you be able to see it? Weather is the only real factor in viewing the eclipse and The National Weather Service current forecast includes the possibility of rain Monday afternoon. Meteorologist Dan Hawblitzel says whether clear or cloudy, you will be able to see and experience at least some of the effects of the eclipse.
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     Hawblitzel says they expect the animals may still react, including typical evening and night time behaviors.
     The weather service is watching the forecast models and there is a chance the rain in the current forecast could be pushed farther north by high pressure moving into the area, leaving us with less chances of rain and better viewing.

Jameson Man Arrested Thursday Evening 
8/18 12pm
     A Jameson man was arrested by State Troopers Thursday evening in Daviess County. Eighteen year old Jason Chadwick was arrested for alleged speeding, careless and imprudent driving and resisting arrest by fleeing. He was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail and later released.

Grade Levels Will Shuffle In Chillicothe Elementary Schools 
8/18 12pm
     The classes at the Chillicothe Elementary schools began their final year under the current configuration and Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says everything went well. Barnes says at this time next year the grades assigned to the various building will change.
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     Barnes says the change of buildings will not begin until after the end of the school year.
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     If everything remains on schedule, Barnes says the new elementary school should be completed in mid to late May.

McCaskill On Missouri Transportation Funding 
8/18 12pm
     The state of Missouri should see improved Transportation Funding from the federal government, but Senator Clare McCaskill says it may not be as good as other states. McCaskill says the approved Federal Highway Bill will help.
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     McCaskill says the state still has two problems
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     McCaskill says community and regional support for projects is one way of funding a large project. She says that was seen in the Northeast part of Missouri with the expansion of US 36 to 4 lanes across the state.

Head-On Collission Leaves Two With Serious Injuries 
8/18 6am
     An accident near Polo Thursday morning left four injured, including two with serious injuries. 33 year old Courtney Dull of Braymer was flown to Truman Medical Center and 20 year old Katheryn Ross of Kingston was flown to Liberty Hospital with serious injuries following the accident about 11:00 am on Highway 13 near Polo.
     State troopers report Dull crossed the centerline as she was southbound and the vehicles collided head-on. Two passengers in the Ross vehicle were also injured. 1 year old Ahsoka Ross had moderate injuries and 22 year old James Ross had minor injuries. They were both taken to Liberty Hospital for treatment. The Ross' were wearing safety belts, Dull was not.

City Requires Construction Trailer Permits 
8/18 6am
     Parking Construction Trailers on City Streets without being attached to a vehicle will now require a parking permit. City Attorney Robert Cowherd presented the requested ordinance and explained the details at this week's City Council Meeting.
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     The permits would be issued by the Codes Department with the building permits.

Child Abuse Investigation Completed 
8/18 6am
     The Chillicothe Police Department report includes a Child abuse investigation and rentals not returned.
     Wednesday, Officers completed an investigation of possible child abuse that was reported to have occurred in the 600 block of East Street. They concluded that there was no act of abuse and the case was closed.
     Thursday at 3:00pm, Officers responded to a report of failure to return rented or leased equipment from the 500 block of Locust Street. Information has been forwarded to the Livingston County Prosecutor for consideration of charges.
     Three accidents were also investigated, there were no injuries in the accidents.

Several Chillicothe Board Meetings Next Week 
8/18 6am
     Several meetings are scheduled for the City of Chillicothe next week.
     Monday, the Chillicothe Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 6:00 pm at City Hall. The agenda includes the introduction of the new City Administrator, an update on Chilli Bay, the Boy Scout Camporee and from Friends of the Parks.
     At 7:00 is the Tree Advisory Board meeting, also at City Hall. The agenda includes information on Tree Carvings.
     Tuesday, the Chillicothe Board of Public Works meets at 7:00 am at the CMU Office. The agenda include the reports from the department heads and from the general manager. An executive session is planned if it is needed.
     Tuesday night, the Railroad Advisory Board will meet at 5:15 at City Hall. The agenda includes the review of financials and any old or new business.
     Chillicothe Board meetings are open to the public.

Funeral Notices

Jacob Finley
     A former stet resident, 28 year old Jacob Finley, died August 13th in Minnesota. Services are Saturday at 10:30 am at New Hope Methodist Church north of Hardin, with burial at New Hope Cemetery. Family visitation is Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Foster Funeral Chapple in Carrollton. Memorials may be made to the Donor's Choice.

Jim Molloy
     A Bucklin resident, 70 year old Jim Molloy died August 14th. Services are Saturday at 2:00pm at Delaney Funeral Home in Bucklin with burial in New Boston Cemetery. Family visitation is Friday from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to New Boston Cemetery

Friedrich "Fritz" Heinz von Richthofen
     A Watkinsville, Georgia resident, 83 year old Friedrich "Fritz" Heinz von Richthofen, died June 10th in Athens, Georgia. Graveside services are Tuesday at 10:00 am at Burnside Cemetery in Chillicothe. There is no scheduled family visitation. Memorials may be made to the cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe.

Daryl Cohoon
     A Bucklin resident, 66 year old Daryl Cohoon died August 17th in Bucklin. Services are Tuesday at 1:30pm at Delaney Funeral Home in Bucklin with a private burial. Friends may call Tuesday from 11:00am to 1:30pm at the funeral home.

Walter "Prather" Ellsberry
     A Chillicothe resident, 73 year old Walter "Prather" Ellsberry died August 9th in Chillicothe. Memorial services are August 24th at 1:00pm at Prather Cemetery in Browning. Memorials may be made to the Cemetery. Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe is in charge of arrangements.