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Twenty-Four Applied For City Administrator  6/20  12pm
     Chillicothe's search for their next City Administrator is back at the point they begin reviewing the applications received. Mayor Chuck Haney says the deadline for applications was Monday, June 19th and they have received 24 applications.
          <Audio: Haney 1>
     That committee includes the Mayor, Councilman At Large Reed Dupy and a representative from each of the city wards, Tom Ashbrook, David May, Dave Rogers and Don Ratliff.
     Haney says when they have narrowed the field, they will begin the interview process.
          <Audio: Haney 2>
     The date of their next meeting has not been set, and they do not have a timeline for the process. Haney says they hope to have a new City Administrator in place before the end of August.


Main Street Farm To Table Banquet is Friday  6/20  12pm
     Main Street Chillicothe's Farm to Table Awards Banquet is this Friday. Ben White from Main Street says the event will be held on Locust Street, from Ann to Clay Street.
          <Audio: White 1>
     Wednesday is the final day to make your reservation for the dinner. White says the cost is $35 per person and the funds raised in the event will be used for revitalization of section of Locust Street where the banquet is held.
     White says they will be presenting awards.
          <Audio: White 2>
     To find out more or get tickets, call 646-4071. In case of rain, the banquet will be held at Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery.


Froggin' Season Open June 30th  6/20  12pm
     Missouri's Frog season begins June 30th and last through October 31st. Livingston County Conservation Agent Jake Strozewski says it can be a fun family activity, but there are some rules.
          <Audio: Strozewski 1>
     Strozewski says there are several methods of harvesting frogs.
          <Audio: Strozewski 2>
     If you are using your hands, a hand net, atlatl, gig, bow, trotline, throw line, limb line, bank line, jug line, snagging, snaring, grabbing or pole and line, a fishing license is required. You can also use a 22 and shoot the frogs, but for that method you must have a small-game hunting permit.
     Strozewski says the reason to harvest the frogs is for the Frog Legs that can be baked, pan fried or deep fried and are described to taste like chicken.


Chillicothe School Board Meets Tonight  6/20  6am
     With the Chillicothe R-II School Board back at full strength, the board members will meet this evening in regular session at 6:30. The agenda includes several program evaluations, consideration of change orders for the construction projects, the professional development calendar, student handbook changes, a request from the salary and welfare committee, board policy revisions, job descriptions and asphalt bids.
     In addition, they will consider the date for a special board meeting, the city facility use agreement, Dewey School restroom renovation bids and declaration of surplus items.
     An executive session is planned following the regular meeting Tuesday night.


Fireworks Stands Open Today  6/20  6am
     If you are looking to stock up on Fireworks for the 4th of July, today is the day you have been waiting for. You can legally buy fireworks in Chillicothe beginning today. The fireworks tents and stands open and Chillicothe Police Chief Rick Knouse says they are permitted to sell through July 10th.
     In Chillicothe, Knouse says there are limitations to the type of fireworks you can use within the city limits and they can only be used from July 1st to the 4th. The public may use ground based fireworks; that includes fire crackers and aerial fireworks that are fully consumed. Basically, what goes up must not come down.
     When using fireworks, remember the city ordinance also limits the time and dates. July 1st to the 3rd, fireworks may be used from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm and on July 4th, the time is 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.
     Under the city ordinance, you are also required to clean-up the debris left after using the fireworks. If you have questions about fireworks and when you can use them inside the City Limits, call 646-2121.


Brookfield School Board Meets this Evening  6/20  6am
     Amending the 2016-17 budget and approving the 2017-18 budget are two of the topics of discussion on Tuesday's Brookfield School Board meeting which starts at 5:30pm. Other agenda items include program reviews for Guidance Counseling and Student Health Services, discussion of the Bus and Welding Boot auction, an update on the CSIP program and considering updates to the next school year calendar.


Chapman Selected To Fill School Board Seat  6/19  2pm
     The Chillicothe School Board has a new member. The board met in special session Monday at Noon and interviewed the two candidates that had applied. They are Patrick Groom, who had run in the April Election, and Lindy Chapman. The board selected Lindy Chapman to fill the position until the next election in April of 2018. A special election will be held at that time to fill the remainder of the unexpired term.


Timely Rainfall For Area Crops  6/19  12pm
     The weekend rainfall was timely for many area farmers. The Chillicothe area received about 1.5 inches of rain for Friday night and Saturday. Jeannette Straker from the Livingston County Farm Service Agency says this will help the area farmers.
          <Audio: Straker 1>
     Straker says the dry conditions before the rain were not causing problems just yet.
          <Audio: Straker 2>
     She says with a good balance of rain, sun and not too hot, the farmers are expecting a good growing season.


Man Arrested For Sex Offender Registration Violation   6/19  12pm
     A Chillicothe man was arrested following an investigation of alleged non-compliance with sex offender registration requirements. Nineteen year old Jonathan Patrick Patterson was arrested by Deputies on a Livingston County warrant. Patterson is currently on probation for a felony conviction for Promoting a Sexual Performance by a child under the age of 14. He is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.


Chillicothe Hotel Closed For Safety Violation  6/19  12pm
     One of Chillicothe's hotels was closed last week due to safety violations. Tammie Venneman from the City Codes Department the EconoLodge hotel was shut down on Thursday says violations included problems with non working smoke detectors, sprinkler system, wiring, exit signs that were not working. The hotel requested a re-inspection on Friday, but Venneman says there were still issues that had not been resolved.
     When the hotel resolves all of the problems, and are able to pass the inspection, they will be allowed to resume normal business.
     According the Chillicothe Police Department, as they were assisting with evacuation of the hotel, officers discovered narcotics activity and arrested a man from out of state.


Chillicothe Planning & Zoning Meeting Is July 17th  6/19  12pm
     Chillicothe's Planning and Zoning Commission will meet July 17th to consider a Conditional Use Permit. The Meeting begins at 5:30 pm at City Hall. The Planning and Zoning Department received the request to have a home-based Lawn Mower Repair business at 1103 Locust Street. Because this is a residential area, a Conditional Use Permit would be required.
     In addition, they have received a request to place a single wide 12x60 mobile home at a mobile home park on Jennifer Lane.
     Interested parties, either for or against either request, may contact the Zoning Office at City Hall. The number is 646-5636.


Health Center Offers Alzheimer's Memory Screening  6/19  12pm
     The Livingston County Health Center is offering Memory Screening through the Alzheimer's Foundation. Ann Burchett from the Health Center says the screenings will be offered every other month, beginning next week.
          <Audio: Burchett 1>
     Burchett says there is no cost for the screening
          <Audio: Burchett 2>
     To make an appointment, call the Livingston County Health Center at 646-5506. Appointments are available from 9:00 am to Noon.


Cameron Teen Injured In Single Vehicle Accident  6/19  6am
     A Cameron teen had moderate injuries in a single vehicle accident Sunday afternoon near Cameron. Sixteen year old Emily Akey was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center for treatment following the accident about 12:40 pm on Route HH, southeast of Cameron. According to the Highway Patrol, Akey was westbound and drove off the north side to the road. She overcorrected and went off the southside of the road and hit an embankment. She was wearing a safety belt.


New School Board Member To Be Selected Today  6/19  6am
     The Chillicothe R-II School Board will meet in Special Session, Monday at Noon at the District Administrative Building. The meeting will include an interview with the candidates for the board opening that was created when Robin Westphal resigned. The board will then make their selection for the person to fill the position and that person will be sworn in as a School Board Member, to serve until after the next School Board election in April of 2018.
     This meeting is open to the public.


Two Arrests In Chillicothe Police Report  6/19  6am
     Chillicothe Police reported two arrests and investigations of property damage.
     Thursday, officers arrested Tommy Gorman in the 1000 block of South Washington for alleged possession of marijuana. He was cited and released.
     Wednesday, theft from a business was investigated in the 1200 block of North Washington. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Matthew Oleson for alleged stealing. Oleson was processed and released.
     Property damage was reported Saturday in the 200 block of Walnut. That investigation continues.
     Sunday officers investigated another report of property damage in the 1100 block of Walnut. A juvenile was identified as a suspect and a report was sent to the juvenile officer.


Troopers Arrest Five In Area Counties Over Weekend  6/19  6am
     State Troopers made five arrests in the area counties over the weekend.
     Sunday at about 11:30 pm, 27 year old Derek Bloss of Liberty was arrested for alleged DWI and Speeding. He was held at the Caldwell County Detention Center.
     At about 5:00 pm, Steven Ward of Canton, Mo was arrested for alleged possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was held at the Caldwell County Detention Center.
     At about 3:15 pm, Jonathan A Rodgers of Raytown was arrested for alleged speeding. 76 in a 60 zone, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
     At about 12:35 pm Sunday, 49 year old Brain Atterburry of Polo was arrested for alleged possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while suspended, no insurance and no seatbelt. He was held at the Caldwell County Detention Center.
     Saturday at about 4:00 am, Troopers in Grundy County arrested 20 year old Michael Grim of Hamilton for alleged DWI and Careless and Imprudent Driving resulting in an accident. He was taken to the Grundy county Jail.


Carrollton Man Injured In Accident 6/17
     A Carrollton man suffered minor injuries in a one vehicle accident in Carroll County on Friday morning. The Missouri Highway Patrol reports a vehicle driven by 71 year old Donald Harmon of Carrollton was on Carroll County Route W when the vehicle went off the road, causing Harmon to over correct and run off the opposite side of the road and overturn into a ditch. He was taken to a Carrollton hospital for treatment of minor injuries.


Chillicothe School Board Meets Tuesday 6/17
     Several agenda items will be discussed at the upcoming Chillicothe School Board meeting on Tuesday at 6:30pm in the District office. The agenda includes several program evaluations, consideration of change orders for construction projects, the professional development calendar, changes in the student handbook, a salary and welfare committee request, board policy revisions, job descriptions and asphalt bids.
     They will also consider a special board meeting date, the city facility use agreement, Dewey School restroom renovation bids and declare some surplus items.


Brookfield School Board Meets Tuesday 6/17
     Amending the 2016-17 budget and approving the 2017-18 budget are two of the topics of discussion on Tuesday's Brookfield School Board meeting which starts at 5:30pm. Other agenda items include program reviews for Guidance Counseling and Student Health Services, discussion of the Bus and Welding Boot auction, an update on the CSIP program and considering updates to the next school year calendar.


Sliced Bread Jam Has Full Saturday Schedule 6/17
     A full schedule of events highlights today's portion of the Sliced Bread Jam Bluegrass Festival at the Livingston County Fairgrounds. Chillicothe Area Arts Council Director Mary Lou VanDeventer expects a good turn out for the second day of the festival on Saturday.
     The program begins with three groups performing at the Chillicothe Farmers Market this morning followed by music at the fairgrounds starting at 1:00 and running through the evening with possible impromptu jam sessions on the grounds.
     VanDeventer says everything will be ready, rain or shine.
          <Audio: Mary Lou VanDeventer>
     Tickets for the event are $20 for adults for the day and are available at the gate. A Cowboy Sunday service at 8:30am is also planned and open to everyone.


Chillicothe Municipal Utilities Learns Cyber Security 6/17
     Chillicothe Municipal Utilities management members learned the importance of Cyber Security at a recent workshop by the Missouri Public Utility Alliance. CMU General Manager Jim Gillilan says discussion included a wide variety of topics involving securing their electric and IT parts of the utility
          <Audio: Jim Gillilan>
     Others attending the workshop with Gillilan were CMU Electric Supervisor Matt Hopper and IT Supervisor Casey Johnsen. They were part of a group that represented 24 member cities and utilities.


New Mural Underway in Chillicothe 6/17
     A new version of a familiar mural is returning to the green space at Clay and Washington in downtown Chillicothe. Local artist Kelly Poling has begun work on the new Graham's Mill Bridge mural. Poling says he is recreating one of his murals from several years ago
          <Audio: Kelly Poling 1>
     Poling says a mural of this size should take a couple of weeks to complete
          <Audio: Kelly Poling 2>
     He says he enjoys when people stop and watch him work, showing they are interested in the project. The mural is funded by and is being created on the building purchased and renovated by Main Street organization


Area Road Work for Next Week Scheduled 6/17
     The Missouri Department of Transportation has announced the road work schedule for the upcoming week in the KCHI listening area. In Livingston county work will include pothole patching all week on Routes A, D, W and JJ
     Caldwell County will have shoulder work on Route 116
     Carroll County will have maintenance at the Moss Creek Drain Bridge on Route 65, will have drainage work on part of UU, will do maintenance on Route 25 at the 65 overpass bridge and will have pothole patching on Route D
     Chariton County will have pothole patching on Route 129, will have a resurfacing project on US Route 24 from Route 5 to the Randolph County line and will include a 14 feet width restriction
     Daviess County will have pavement repair on US Route 69 from G to C, will have a resurfacing project on Route 190 from 6 to U that will include a pilot car to help guide motorist through the work zone and will close Route T near Route AA on the 20th for a culvert replacement
     Grundy County will have pothole patching on Routes B, W and Y
    
Linn County will close business 36 from Main to Pershing on the 19th for a culvert replacement, Route 36 from Meadville to Macon County line for pothole patching and will have maintenance at the Locust creek Bridge


Water Main Break Near Dewey School   06-16  12pm
     A Water Main Break near Dewey School resulted in early dismissal for the Chillicothe Summer School Program Friday. Classes dismissed at Noon. The water main break is causing an outage for about 60 homes in an area on Dickenson, from Calhoun to Polk Street and on Cooper, from Walnut, west to the dead end. Randy Hamilton from the Water Department says those customers will be under a boil order until sometime Sunday.


Sheriff's Report Includes Several Arrests   06-16  12pm
     The Livingston County Sheriff's Department has several investigations and arrests in their report for early June. Sheriff Steve Cox says:
>June 8th, they began a harassment and possible stalking investigation.
>Trespassing was reported June 8th east of Chillicothe. The investigation resulted in the arrest of 41 year old Anissa L. Rhoton of Marshall and 47 year old Richard Daniel Stumph of Hale for alleged trespassing
>June 9th a sex offender registration violation was investigated. A report was sent to the prosecuting attorney.
>On the 14th, deputies began a child sex offense investigation. No details are available at this time.
     Other arrests in the report include:
June 11, 18 year old Levi Elias Terrell of Chillicothe on a warrant for alleged Probation Violation
June 12, 40 year old Joel Tracy Kellison of Chillicothe for alleged Driving While Revoked.
     Several tickets were issued for speeding, 10 to 25 miles an hour over the limit on US 36.


Chillicothe Street Overlay Program Begins Monday   06-16  12pm
     The Chillicothe Street overlay program will begin next week. Street Superintendent Barry Arthur says M&M's Utilities and their subcontractor, Tandem Paving Company, will begin Monday.
          <Audio:Arthur 1>
     Arthur says they will also be starting the work on the Danner Park walking trail. Parks Director Josh Norris says that schedule there is:
     Tuesday - Transitional milling around the concessions area as well as other portions along the walking trail.
     Wednesday - Demolition and reconstruction of deteriorated sections of walking trail along the northwest portion of the park.
     Thursday and Friday - Asphalt overlay of walking trail.

     All of the overlay work is weather dependent and could be delayed.


Sliced Bread Jam Bluegrass Festival - Rain or Shine   06-16  12pm
     The Sliced Bread Jam Bluegrass Festival is going on today and Saturday at the Livingston County Fairgrounds. Chillicothe Area Arts Council Director Mary Lou VanDeventer says they are expecting a few hundred people by this evening and hope to double that for Saturday. Music starts at 1:00 this afternoon and runs through the evening with plenty of opportunities for impromptu jam sessions on the grounds. Rain could be a factor for Saturday, but VanDeventer says it won't be an issue for them.
          <Audio:VanDeventer 1>
     The music begins Saturday at 1:00 and they will again continue with some great groups. Tickets for the event at $20 a day or $35 for a two day pass.
     A Cowboy Sunday service will also be offered at the fairgrounds. Beginning at 8:30 am.


School Board To Select New Board Member MONDAY   06-16  6am
     The Chillicothe R-II School Board will meet in Special Session, Monday at Noon at the District Administrative Building. The meeting will include an interview with the candidates for the board opening that was created when Robin Westphal resigned. The board will then make their selection for the person to fill the position and that person will be sworn in as a School Board Member, to serve until after the next School Board election in April of 2018.
     This meeting is open to the public.


County Commission Agendas Are Busy   06-16  6am
     The Livingston County Commissioners have busy agendas for both meetings next week. The commissioners meet Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 am in the commission room.
     Tuesday at 10:00, they will meet with representatives from Green Township for the Cart Rock allocation.
At 11:00, they will have a pre-construction meeting for a bridge project and at 1:30 with talk about a softmatch bridge project.
     Thursday, from 10:00 to 1:30, Presiding Commissioner Ed Douglas will attend the Solid Waste Water meeting in Trenton
At 2:00, Bill Weaver will address the commission about an abandon property in Bedford.


Board of Public Works Agenda Includes Sale Of Truck  06-16  6am
     The Chillicothe Board of Public Works will meet Tuesday at 7:00 am at the CMU Conference Room. The agenda includes reports from the department heads and General Manager Jim Gillilan. The Refuse Department will be presenting bids for the 2005 pick-up they are selling. And the board will make a decision on the bids received.
     An executive session is planned if it is needed, following the regular meeting.


Marceline Woman Injured In Clay County Accident   06-16  6am
     A Marceline woman was injured in a three vehicle accident on Interstate 35, in Clay County. The accident happened Thursday at about 5:45 pm, when a vehicle had stopped for traffic congestion on the freeway, another vehicle was slowing, when 73 year old Marjorie Stuart of Marceline ran into the back of the second vehicle, causing it to run into the back of the first vehicle. Stuart was taken to KU Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. The other drivers were not injured.


Two Arrests In Chillicothe Police Report   06-16  6am
     Chillicothe Police made two arrests Wednesday.
     Katelan Marie Chase was arrested about 3:00 pm, following a traffic stop at Clay St. and Cherry St. Chase was arrested for alleged driving without a license and failure to provide proof of insurance. She as processed and released.
     Earlier in the afternoon, officers arrested William Ray Johnson on a Saline County warrant for alleged failure to appear on non-support. The warrant had no bond allowed and Johnson was extradited to Saline County.
     Wednesday night, Officers were called to a domestic disturbance in the 1500 block of Locust. The incident was verbal and no arrests were made.


Chillicothe Street Project - Tomahawk Road  06-15  12pm
     The Chillicothe Street Departments major project this years is the curb and gutter work on Tomahawk Road, just south of Highway 190. Street Superintendent Barry Arthur says this project is already underway.
          <Audio:Arthur 1>
     Arthurs says once the storm drainage is complete, they will put in curb and gutter.
          <Audio:Arthur 2>
     Arthur says this project will continue for the next two to three weeks or more depending on the weather.


Five Heading To Prison  06-15  12pm
     The Livingston County Sheriff's Department will transport several detainees to the Department of Corrections following court appearance.
42 year old Jason L. Hicks of Maysville is sentenced to 4 years on a Probation Violation for Possession Controlled Substance.
34 year old Katrina Bledsaw of Oklahoma is sentenced to 7 years on a Probation Violation for Possession Controlled Substance.
51 year old Sherry Hicks of Brookfield is sentenced to 3 years for Stealing.
38 year old William Jennings Bryant Ross of Chillicothe is sentenced to 15 years on a Probation Violation for Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute. The sentenced will be served consecutive with other sentences.
33 year old Jennifer McDowell of Carrollton is sentenced to 4 years for Possession Controlled Substance. She is currently held at the Ray County Jail on Carroll County Charges and will be transported at a later date.


Fireworks Stand May Open Tuesday, June 20th  06-15  12pm
    The fireworks tents and stands are up and are being stocked for sale to the public, but Chillicothe Police Chief Rick Knouse says they cannot begin the sale of fireworks until Tuesday, the 20th, and sales may continue through July 10th.
     Knouse says there are definite limitations to what fireworks you can use in Chillicothe and they can only be used from July 1st to the 4th. The public can use fireworks in the city limits that are ground based, including fire crackers and they can use aerial fireworks that are fully consumed. That means there can be nothing that falls back to the ground. Basically, if the fireworks launch into the air and something falls to the ground, you are not allowed to use those.
     When using fireworks, remember the city ordinance limits the time and days. July 1st to the 3rd, they can be used from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm and on July 4th, the time is 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.
     Knouse says the city ordinance also requires you to clean-up the debris left after using the fireworks. If you have questions about fireworks and when you can use them inside the City Limits, call 646-2121.


Woman Has Serious Injuries After Being Hit By Stolen Truck  06-15  6am
     A New Cambria woman had serious injuries when she was struck by a stolen vehicle while walking through a yard. The accident happened early Wednesday morning in Bucklin. State Troopers report 27 year old Amanda Hepworth was flown to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries. Troopers arrested the driver, 18 year old Jose Montoya of Bucklin at his home an hour after the accident. Montoya had been reported to be driving erratically through a yard when he hit Hepworth. Montoya is held at the Macon County Jail for alleged DWI resulting in a serious physical injury, armed criminal action, assault, and tampering with a motor vehicle.


Sliced Bread Jam Starts With Preview Tonight   06-15  6am
     The 5th annual Sliced Bread Jam Bluegrass Festival in Chillicothe is this Friday and Saturday at the Livingston County Fairgrounds. The event is sponsored by the Chillicothe Area Arts Council and their Director, Mary Lou VanDeventer says there is a FREE Preview Event tonight in downtown Chillicothe.
          <Audio:VanDeventer 1>
     VanDeventer says if you are unsure if the Sliced Brad Jam is your kind of entertainment, this will be a good opportunity to have a sample of what you can expect this weekend.
     The gates for the Slice Bread Jam will open Friday morning at 8:00 at the Litton Ag Center. VanDeventer says the entertainment begins at 1:00 pm.
          <Audio:VanDeventer 2>
     Camping is still available at the fairgrounds. Call 646-1173 if you want to reserve a spot.


Chillicothe Solar Farm to Be Online in Early July   06-15  6am
     The Solar Farm in Chillicothe could be on line in early July. Lauren Williamson from MC Power says the project is going well.
          <Audio:Williamson 1>
     Williamson says when the project is fully online, it has the potential to power a neighborhood.
          <Audio:Williamson 2>
     CMU Electric crews were working Wednesday to make sure their connections are in place to bring that source of power into the electric grid.


Cowgill Woman Injured In Ray County Accident   06-15  6am
     A Cowgill woman was injured in an accident on Highway 13 in Ray County late Wednesday morning. Seventy-six year old Sandra Reeves of Cowgill was taken to Ray County Memorial for treatment of minor injuries. State Troopers report the accident happened about 11:00 am when 79 year old Charles Cassity of Rayville, made a turn into the path of a vehicle driven by 76 year old Charles Reeves of Cowgill and the vehicles collided. The drivers were not injured.


Troopers Arrest Illinois Man  06-15  6am
    An Illinois man was arrested by State Troopers in Daviess County Wednesday afternoon. Fifty-four year old Donald Roche of Blue Island, Illinois was arrested for alleged no valid drivers license and 90 in a 70 zone. He was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail on a 24 hour hold.


Ohio Family Lost Their Dog While Visiting Chillicothe   06-15  6am
     An Ohio family is missing their dog. Chillicothe Police are asking for help in locating a dog lost for a family visiting from Ohio. The dog, which looks like a terrier/pit bull mix, ran off from the area in southern Chillicothe, near Washington and Ryan Lane. A photo of the dog is on the Chillicothe Police Department's Facebook page and on the KCHI Facebook Page. If you have seen the dog, call 646-2121.