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School Board Filing Opened Tuesday 12/13 12pm
     Filing for School Board elections opened Tuesday, for the elections scheduled for April 3rd. In Chillicothe, there are three open seats, two for three year terms and one with a one year term.
     Filings include:  Lindy Chapman and Paul Thomas filed for the three year terms. Brent Turner filed for the one year term.
     Filing for the Chillicothe School Board is at the District Office during regular business hours. The district office will close for the school district's holiday break starting December 21st to January 2nd.

Filings for other area school boards includes:
     Braymer, Breckenridge, Chula, Meadville, and Southwest have no filings as of Wednesday morning.
     Brookfield - 2 filings for 2 openings, they are Bernie Hicks and Mandy Wiedeman
     Carrollton - 2 openings and three have filed. Alvin Brownley, Matt Lock and Brian Hutchinson
     Tina Avalon - 2 openings, with one filing. Dwight Harper
     Trenton - 2 openings, with one filing. Cliff Roeder


Ambulance District Filings 12/13 12pm
     Filing for the April Election of the Livingston County Ambulance District is at the Livingston County Clerk's Office. Filing for District 2 was Darrel Rinehart.
     Filing for the April Election continues through January 16th.


Sheriff Investigated Unattended Death 12/13 12pm
     The Livingston County Sheriff's Department responded to a report of an unattended death, Tuesday evening at a home on US 65. Livingston county Sheriff Steve Cox says an adult woman had been found in her bed by a child. Cox states the woman may have died of an overdose on air-duster compressed spray.


City Considering "Air Duster" Restrictions 12/13 12pm
     12-Should Chillicothe limit access to products like Air Duster? A fatal accident just after Thanksgiving has possible links to the use of Air Duster as an inhalant and this week, a woman was found dead in her bed as a possible overdose on Air Duster.
     In the comment portion of Monday's Chillicothe City Council meeting, City Attorney Robert Cowherd asked if the council wanted to place any restrictions on the product.
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     Councilman Wayne Cunningham pointed out age restrictions on access to Air Duster would not have made a difference in the recent fatal accident.
     City Administrator Darrin Chappell says they will do some research on the restrictions and if they help.


CMU Trash Route Changes For The Holiday 12/13 12pm
     Christmas and New Years fall on a Monday this year and that means Chillicothe residents may have a change in their trash pick-up. CMU Refuse Director Troy Figg says there are Changes before and after Christmas and for just after the New Year. Figg says the Christmas Holiday Changes begin on December 22nd.
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     Figg says there is a change for the day after Christmas
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     For New Years, there is only one change.
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     Call the CMU Office at 646-1683 if you have any questions.


High Fire Danger Today - Burning NOT Recommended 12/13 6am
     Heightened fire danger returns today as we will have dry and windy conditions. National Weather Service Meteorologist Sarah Adkins says we should use caution with our outdoor activities.
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     Adkins says Outdoor burning is highly discouraged.
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     Winds today will be 20 to 25 miles an hour over much of Western Missouri, with wind gusts as high as 30 miles an hour.


Airport Engineer and Grant Applications  12/13 6am
     Projects at the Chillicothe Municipal Airport require qualified engineering services and at Monday's Council meeting, they approved a contract with Lochner Engineering. City Administrator Darrin Chappell explains.
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     The council also approved applying for assistants on runway projects.
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     There is no timeline on the runway projects.


City Assisting County With GIS Aerial Survey  12/13 6am
     The Livingston County Commission is planning an aerial survey of the county and The City of Chillicothe and Chillicothe Municipal Utilities has agreed to participate in the funding. City Administrator Darrin Chappell says this provides a variety of benefits.
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     The city's portion of the bill is $14,000. The City and CMU will split the cost and the total amount is paid over a 3 year period.


Five Arrests In Chillicothe Police Report  12/13 6am
     Five arrests are in the Chillicothe Police Department report for Tuesday.
     A traffic stop near Liberia and Madison Streets resulted in the arrest of Emily Griffith for alleged possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and failing to register a motor vehicle. She was processed and released.
     Brian Alexander was arrested on a Livingston County Warrant for alleged receiving stolen property. He is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail with bond set at $50,000 cash only.
     Steven Evans and Randy Campbell were arrested at the Probation and Parole office on a State Parole warrant. They were held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
     Officers arrested Colbi Stottlemyre on a Livingston County probation Warrant. He is also held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.


School Holiday Programs For Wednesday & Thursday  12/13 6am
     The School Holiday programs continue for area schools today and Thursday.
Today's schedule includes:
     Hale Winter Concert at 6:00 pm
     Gallatin High School Band and Choir concert at 6:30
Thursday:
     Brookfield Middle School Band & Choir Concert at 6:00 pm
     Meadville School Program at 6:30 pm
     Chillicothe High School Holiday Concert at 7:00 pm at the PAC.
There are no programs scheduled for Friday this week.


Officer Injured & One Arrested At Simpson Park 12/12 12pm
     A report of a suspicious person at Simpson Park led to an arrest and an officer injured. December 6th, an officer responded to Simpson Park to investigate the call. The report states the person was found in possession of stolen property from another county. When the officers attempted to talk to the person he became combative and the officer called for back-up. The person became more combative, posing a threat to the officer. When back-up arrived they attempted to take the man into custody the man became more combative and Sargent John Valbracht was injured as the man was arrested.
     Fifty-four year old Merelyn Ray Hendricks was arrested and charged with alleged possession of a controlled substance. He is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail with bond set at $75,000 cash only.
     Hendricks had a dog with him at the time of the incident and that dog was turned over to the Livingston County Humane Society.


Improvements Comming For Litton Road 12/12 12pm
     Improvements are coming for Litton Road, the road that runs along the eastern edge of Danner Park, north to Mohawk, at Green Hills Golf Course. City Administrator Darrin Chappell says because this road is half in the city and half in the County, this will be a cooperative effort between the City and Livingston County. Chappell says the city has made slight improvements to the road.
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     The city will now work towards significant improvements with the county's financial help.
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     Some of the more significant improvements will require larger amounts of funding and the city will put some money aside to begin saving for that work.


Jamesport Man Injured In Morning Accident  12/12 12pm
     A Jamesport man was injured in a single vehicle accident Tuesday morning on Highway 6, near Jamesport. State Troopers report 32 year old Jared Perkins refused treatment of minor injuries that happened when he was eastbound on Highway 6 and drove off the southside of the road, struck a guardrail and his small SUV overturned, coming to rest on it's wheels. He was not wearing a safety belt.


Donation Received For Feline Sanctuary 12/12 12pm
     12-12The Livingston County Humane Society exceeded their fundraising goal to build a Feline Sanctuary. Shelter Guardian Leslie Patek says the donation came from the Livingston County Community Foundation.
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     The goal of $50,000 in local funds is to match a donation from the Dr's Morrill Foundation. Patek says the next step is to build the sanctuary.
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     Fund raising continues for the project. If you wish to donate to the feline sanctuary or to help the shelter donations may be made to the Livingston County Humane Society at PO Box 1214 in Chillicothe.


Boil Order Continues For DCPWSD #2 12/12 12pm
     A Boil Order is issued Friday for a portion of Daviess County Public Water Supply District #2 continues. The boil order was issued following a waterline break and repair. The Boil Water Order continues for customers on Highway B in Daviess County, outside of Coffey, between County Road 242 and Route UU and customers south and east of the location. That Boil Order is expected to be lifted Wednesday.


GIS & Streets Approved By City Council  12/12 6am
     The Chillicothe city Council approved a contract for engineering and accepted a couple of streets into the City as part of Monday's Chillicothe City Council Meeting.
     There were two items for the Airport on the agenda. The council approved the engineering contract with Lochner for projects at the airport. They also approved moving forward with applying for federal and state assistance with the runway project.
     The Council approved the GIS Aerial Photography agreement with the County. City Administrator Darrin Chappell explains.
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     The City and CMU will split that cost, $7,000 each, payable over a three year period.
     The City Council approved accepting Blackhawk and Arrowhead Streets as city streets and will take over maintenance of those streets. The streets are in the Sunset Village Subdivision, to the west of Indian Hills. City Street Superintendent Jeff Gillespie says the street meets or exceeds all the specs for a city street. He says this is a concrete street with curb and gutter. Both streets carry a 1 year warranty from the Developer, Bill Mast.


County Commission To Discuss Roads and Courts Budget  12/12 6am
     The Livingston County Commission meets this morning in regular session. The meeting begins at 9:30 in the commission room. The agenda includes, at 11:00 am, a representative from Shafer Kline and Warren attends to talk about road and bridge projects. At 2:00 pm, Judge Tom Chapman and Circuit Clerk Brenda Wright talk with the commissioners about the 2018 budget.
     The meetings are open to the public.


Chillicothe Police Report Includes Steeling Arrests  12/12 6am
     Several arrests for stealing are in the Chillicothe Police Department report.
     Officers responded to three reports of stealing at a business in the 1000 block of Graves Street. Monday, Officers arrested Melinda Hedrick for alleged stealing. She was processed and released.
     Sunday, Officers arrested Randy Campbell and Shannon Hamilton for alleged shoplifting. They were processed and released.
     Saturday, Officers arrested Ronald Singer for alleged stealing. Singer had been trespassed prior from the business in 2015. As a result, Singer was charged with alleged 1st degree burglary and is being held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
     Sunday, Officers recovered counterfeit money in the 600 block of Calhoun Street. The investigation continues.
     Monday, fraudulent use of a credit device was reported in the 100 block of Webster Street.
     Monday, officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 1100 block of First Street. They arrested Cornelius Merriweather for alleged domestic assault. He was held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.


Troopers Arrest Woman In Caldwell Co.  12/12 6am
     A Kansas City woman was arrested by state troopers in Caldwell County Monday evening. Thirty-four year old Latoya Sturges was arrested for alleged displaying plates from another vehicle and no insurance. She was also arrested on a Clay County warrant on charges that include alleged failing to register a vehicle, driving while revoked, displaying invalid plates and no insurance. She was held at the Caldwell County Detention Center pending the posting of bond.


School Holiday Programs For Tuesday & Wednesday 12/12 6am
     Three area schools have holiday programs this evening. The list includes:
Brookfield 1st and 2nd Grade concert at 6:00 pm
Bishop Hogan Christmas Program at 6:30
Chillicothe Middle School Band & Choir Concert at 7:00 pm at the PAC.

     Wednesday:
Hale Winter Concert at 6:00 pm
Gallatin High School Band and Choir concert at 6:30.


Funeral Notices


Betty Jean McClure
     A Norborne resident, 88 year old Betty Jean McClure died December 7th in Carrollton. Services are Tuesday at 10:30 am at Foster Funeral Chapels in Norborne with burial in Fairhaven Cemetery in Norborne. Family visitation is Monday from 6:00 to 8:00 am at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Cemetery.

Shirley M Shannon
     A Chillicothe resident, 70 year old Shirley M Shannon, died December 9th in Lee's Summit. Funeral services are Thursday at 2:00 pm at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe, with burial at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Chillicothe. Friends may call Wednesday from 12:00 to 6:00 pm, with family visitation Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

Rosetta Frances Clark
     A former Jamesport resident, Rosetta Frances Clark, died December 7th in Lincoln, IL. Services are Friday at 11:00 am at McWilliams Funeral Home in Jamesport, with burial in Masonic Cemetery in Jamesport. There is no scheduled visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Parkinson Foundation.

Jo Williams
     A Branson resident, formerly of Marceline, 93 year old Jo Williams, died December 11th in Branson. Graveside Services are Friday at 1:30 pm at Elmwood Cemetery in Marceline. Family visitation is Friday from 12:30 to 1:30 pm at Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline.

Helen von Richthofen
     A former Chillicothe resident, 79 year old Helen von Richthofen, died December 5th in Athens, GA. A memorial Service is Saturday at 11:00 am at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe, with burial at Burnside Cemetery in Chillicothe. Friends may call Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, with family visitation Saturday from 10:30 to 11:00 am at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Funeral home.

Jeffery "Dillon" Swope
     A former Chillicothe resident, 19 year old Jeffery "Dillon" Swope, died December 3rd. A Celebration of Life is Saturday at 3:00 pm at Corner Stone Church in Chillicothe. There is no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Church for their Food Pantry. Non-perishable food items may also be brought to the service at the church.