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Sherrow Resigns To Be Marceline Superintendent   6/18 12pm
     Chillicothe High School Principal Brian Sherrow is leaving the school district and will head the Marceline School Systems as their new Superintendent. The Marceline School District made the announcement this morning.
     Chillicothe Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says they wish Mr Sherrow well in the new position.
           <Audio: Barnes 1>
     Barnes says they could begin the process of interviewing for the position in house later this week.

Near Drowning Near Chula Sunday   6/18 12pm
     A near drowning left a rural Chula teen hospitalized Sunday. The Livingston County Sheriff's Department and Chillicothe Emergency services responded to the call for assistance at about 2:20 pm Sunday. The teen was taken to Hedrick Medical Center and later to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, where he remains as he recovers.

Chillicothe School Board Meets Tuesday   6/18 12pm
     The Chillicothe R-II School Board meets Tuesday evening in regular session. The agenda includes the district health insurance and action on surplus items.
     The meeting begins at 6:30 pm at the district office and includes several program evaluations.
     Under new business, the board considers the district's professional development calendar, they will consider changes to the districts student handbooks for the upcoming school year. There is consideration for extending a lease.
     The School Board will consider increasing the board paid portion of the health insurance
     Bids for school district surplus will be considered and there is a declaration of additional surplus items.
     There is an executive session planned after the regular meeting.

Resignation and Hiring For Chillicothe Schools   6/18 12pm
     The Chillicothe R-II School Board met Friday in executive session. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says one of the topics was the resignation of Brian Sherrow as he has accepted the Marceline Superintendent's position. Barnes says there were other personnel items approved by the board.
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They also hired Bethany Tipton for elementary art.

Rain Forecast For Remainder Of This Week   6/18 12pm
    The weather forecast for north Missouri includes cooler temperatures and chances of rain beginning this evening and continuing into Thursday. National Weather Service Meteorologist Sarah Atkins says by the end of the week we could see one to two inches of rain and if there are stronger storms, that total could go up.
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     Atkins says this systems also brings some chances of severe weather.
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     Atkins says this is much needed moisture around the northwest part of the state and it will be welcomed by many.

Sonoco Plastic Adding 16 Jobs Through Expansion   6/18 6am
     Expansion of the Sonoco Plastic's plant in the Chillicothe Industrial Park is part of an announcement by the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The company is expanding the business, including adding a second rail spur approved by the Chillicothe City Council in May. The expansion is expected to add 16 new jobs.

Two Injured In Accident Near Browning Saturday   6/18 6am
     An accident in Linn County left both drivers injured Saturday afternoon. At about 12:50 pm on Essex Drive, just south of Browning, vehicles driven by 20 year old Taylor Coram of Browning and 27 year old Brandon Sheppard of Purdin were traveling in opposite directions and met as they crested a hill. Both vehicles were over the center portion of the road causing the vehicles to hit head-on.
     State Troopers report Coram was taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield with moderate injuries and Hollon was taken to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. Neither driver was wearing a safety belt.

Troopers Arrest Four in The Local Counties   6/18 6am
     State Troopers report four arrests in the local counties Saturday.
     At 2:06 am, Troopers in Daviess County arrested 23 year old Donald Fore of McFall for alleged DWI and Speeding. He was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail on a 12 hour hold.
     At 8:46 in Sullivan county, troopers arrested 58 year old Lodergario Garcia of Milan for alleged DWI-Chronic Offender, Driving While Revoked and leaving the scene of an accident. He was taken to the Sullivan County Jail on a 24 hour hold.
     At 10:17 pm in Linn County, Troopers arrested 33 year old Ashley Wood of Brookfield for alleged receiving stolen property - a firearm. She was processed and released.
     At 10:25 in Linn County, 41 year old Brandon Wood of Brookfield was arrested on several charges, including: receiving stolen property - a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm, no insurance, no seatbelt and on a warrant from the State of California for an alleged parole violation. He is held at the Macon County Jail.

Chillicothe Police Report Includes Three Arrests   6/18 6am
     The Chillicothe Police Department report for the weekend includes several investigations and arrests.
     Officers investigated a report of theft in the 700 block of Elm Street. The incident was found to be a civil issue.
     A traffic stop in the 1300 block of N. Washington Street, resulted in the arrest of Rodney Henderson for alleged driving while suspended.
     A traffic stop at Waples and Washington Street resulted in the arrest of Sarah Knouse for alleged driving while suspended. She was processed and release.

     About 1:00 am. officers checked a vehicle parked in Danner Park after hours. They took two juvenile boys and a girl into custody for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. They were transported to the Police Department and released to parents.

     1:00 pm, Officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 400 block of Wise Street. The incident was verbal.
     At about 3:10 pm, Officers received information that a couple had removed a new TV from a box, placing an old TV back in the box and taping it shut in the parking lot of South Town Shopping Center. Officers were unable to locate the suspects and alerted local stores of a possible scam. At 6:39pm, officers were called to the 1000 block of Graves Street on a report a man was attempting to return the TV as a new one. They arrested Dustin Miller for alleged fraud. Miller was processed at the police department and charges are pending.

Reservations for Chamber Luncheon Due Monday 6/16 12pm
     Reservations for Wednesday's Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is due by Monday at Noon. The Luncheon will feature a special guest who will talk on many topics for the Missouri Business and industry. Missouri Chamber President and CEO Dan Mehan will address the attendees of the Chamber Luncheon on Wednesday, June 20th. Included in the topics will be a discussion of upcoming issues facing Missouri's roads & infrastructure with the "Missouri Can't Wait" initiative
     Wednesday's Luncheon will be  at Noon, at Comfort Inn and Suites. The cost is $10 for chamber members and $15 for all others.  Call the Chamber office at 646-4050.

Hydration Important In Hot Weather 6/16 12pm
     With the KCHI listening area under a heat advisory until Sunday night at 8:00pm, it becomes more important to stay hydrated. Sara Wood, an area Nutrition and Health Specialist with the University of Missouri Extension Service says staying hydrated becomes important for everyone
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     Wood says if dehydration becomes severe it can lead to heat cramps, exhaustion and heat stroke. She says it's especially important to hydrate when you start sweating.
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     She says some fruits and vegetables can help with your daily fluid needs. She says when hydrating, avoid caffeine, sugar and alcohol drinks.

Frogging Season Begins Soon 6/16 12pm
     Frogging season begins June 30th in Missouri, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. Specialist Cliff Wilson says how many frogs you can take depends on your permit.
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     Wilson says people under 16 or over 65 in Missouri don't need a permit. He says Missouri has two frog species that are legal game.
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     He says to check with your local conservation department for the daily limits and permit questions.

One Injured In Crash South of Chillicothe 6/16 6am
     A St Joseph man suffered serious injuries in a Friday afternoon traffic accident south of Chillicothe. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol a vehicle driven by 26 year old Ryan Schuermann was southbound on Highway 65, four miles south of Chillicothe when he crossed the center line and struck a Tractor Trailer driven north by a 66 year old man from Shawnee, Kansas. The Schuermann vehicle hit the semi's driver side and rear duals, then skidded off the road. Schuermann was taken to Hedrick Medical Center then Life Flighted to Truman Medical Center with serious injuries.
      The Highway Patrol was assisted by the Chillicothe Police Department, Livingston County Sheriff's Department and Chillicothe EMS.

Child Injured in Semi Accident 6/16 6am
     An 11 year old male from Ridgeway suffered minor injuries Friday morning in a one-vehicle accident on Daviess County Route AA, three miles west of Old Pattonsburg. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said a Semi Truck with a flatbed trailer driven by 31 year old James Baker of Ridgeway pulled over and came to a stop to park partially off the side of the road. While stopped, the Semi slowly began to overturn and came to rest on the passenger side of the vehicle. 11 year old Caleb Baker was taken to a Cameron Hospital with minor injuries.

Hornets Football Team Helps With School Moving
6/16 6am
     Members of the Chillicothe Hornet Football team helped this week at Central School. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says  team members and coaches made short work of clearing classrooms in preparation for a move across town.
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     Dr Barnes says they really appreciate the work put in by the team.
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     Items from Dewey School were moved to the new Chillicothe Elementary School at the end of the school year,. Work continues at Dewey in preparation of incoming 4th and 5th grade students.
     The Chillicothe School Board hopes to sell the Central School property later this year.

Bluegrass Festival to be part of Sliced Bread Day
6/16 6am
The Chillicothe Area Arts Council's Sliced Bread Jam - Bluegrass Festival will be a part of this year's Missouri Sliced Bread Day festivities on July 7th. Arts Council Director Mary Lou Vandeventer says shows will be Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 pm each day.
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     She says the special promotion is good only for the Saturday show, and she says there will be a great line-up both days.
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     Tickets for the Saturday show are normally $10 for adults. The Sunday Ticket is $20 for adults and $7 for students.
The Slice Bread Jam is also a part of the Arts Council Season Ticket this year, and members will be admitted at no extra cost.

Friends of the Park Talks to City Council
6/16 6am
     A non-profit organization called "Friends of the Parks" recently addressed the Chillicothe City Council about assisting with Simpson Park. Ryan Horsman, President of the organization, told council members the Simpson Park playground area is their number one priority
             <Audio: Ryan Horsman 1>

     He says the plan is to partner with the City and the Parks Department.
            <Audio: Ryan Horsman 2>
     Horsman said anyone wanting more information or to support the Friends of the Parks organization can call 973-6655

Carrollton Town Council Meets Monday
6/16 6am
     The Carrollton Town Council will discuss three ordinances on the agenda for Monday's meeting at 6:00 pm at Carrollton City Hall.
     First on the agenda is the 2017 Audit Report presented by Brian Eckoff and McLiney and Company will have a presentation of the Carrollton Water Line Improvements.
     The Town Council considers an ordinances for number of members on the Park Board; the Street Sealing Bid for around the square and a bid for demolition of houses at 513 Benton and 202 South Locust.
     The council will also consider Liquor license renewals, plus hear reports  from the Wastewater Supervisor and Street Supervisor.

School Resource Officers More Than Just Security
 6/16 6am
     When you hear the words "School Resource Officer" you may think their only duty is to break up fights in school buildings. Eric Menconi is one of two Resource Officers in the Chillicothe School District, along with Mike Lewis. Menconi, a member of the Chillicothe Police Department, primarily works the Middle School Building. He sys their job is more than just security.
           <Audio: Eric Menconi 1>
     Menconi says Chillicothe has a good student body, but there are cases of students acting up. He says it can be due to a number of reasons and he says Law Enforcement is always there to help, regardless of the cause.
           <Audio: Eric Menconi 2>

     To hear more on the topic, Officer Menconi will be a guest on KCHI's "Cop Talk" show Sunday at 12:15pm.

Area Road Work Next Week
 6/16 6am
     Summertime is usually a busy time for roadwork by the Missouri Department of Transportation and next week will be no different. Here is a list of some of the major road work scheduled in the KCHI listening area
     Livingston County: Route 65 sealing and resurfacing project from the north edge of Chillicothe to the Iowa state line and will include a 12-foot width restriction (this includes Grundy County). There will also be pot hole patching on Routes A and Y
     Caldwell County: Bridge maintenance continues on the Brushy Creek Bridge on Route 36 and will include overnight lane closures
     Carroll County: Route 65 sealing and resurfacing project from the Missouri River to the Iowa State Line and will include a 12-foot width restriction.
     Chariton County: Route E closed June 19th for a culvert replacement from Route JJ/F to Route 5 and bridge maintenance at the Salt Creek and Brush Creek bridges on Route 11 on the 19th
     Daviess County: Route 13 remains closed through September for a bridge replacement project at the Honey Creek Bridge. There will be pavement repair on I-35 from Mile Marker 58 to marker 51 near Cameron
     Linn County: Shoulder improvements on Route 36 from Route 11 to Route 5. The project includes a 16-foot width restriction.

Funeral Notices

Jim Carpenter
     A Liberty resident, formerly of Rothville, 89 year old Jim Carpenter died June 13th in Liberty. Services are Monday at 11:00 am at Wright Funeral Home in Brookfield with a private family burial in Rothville Cemetery. Family visitation is Monday from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Rothville Baptist Church.

Emily Frances Vaughn
     A Trenton resident, 87 year old Emily Frances Vaughn died June 13th in Kansas City. Services are Monday at 2:00 pm at Resthaven Mortuary in Trenton, with burial in Resthaven Memorial Gardens of Trenton. Friends may call Sunday starting at 12:00 pm with family visitation Monday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the Mortuary. Memorials may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church or the Sunnyview Foundation.

Alicia Priscilla McCoy
     A Chillicothe resident, 63 year old Alicia Priscilla McCoy died June 15th in Chillicothe. Services are Monday, June 25th at 10:00 am at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe with inurnment at a later date. Friends may call Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Patricia Salmon
     A Blackburn resident, 77 year old Patricia Salmon died June 15th in Sweet Springs. Private memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Breshears Memorial Chapel in Brunswick.