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Connie Latimer

Connie Latimer has served the city of Marshall in various capacities for a number of years. Her appointment to the post of city administrator has been controversial, however, so this topic is intended to allow members of the community to learn more about her history with the city. Below are all the stories available in our web archive in which she is named.
City official sacrificed salary, Marshall approves P & Z board members (Update 12:55 p.m. Feb. 10) (02/10/11)
The City of Marshall authorized a contract with Connie Latimer for employment as the City Administrator during the council's meeting Monday, Feb. 7. The contract, introduced by Council Member Dan Brandt of the Personnel Committee, comes after an announcement that Latimer served the city without pay this past year. ...
Progress continues on blizzard clean-up (02/03/11)
Enforcement of the Marshall Emergency Snow Ordinance has been lifted, according to City Administrator Connie Latimer. City officials are still asking residents to continue keeping vehicles off the streets until they have been plowed back to the curb...
Digging out: Street crews in Marshall make progress, I-70 re-opens (02/02/11)
Marshall's primary and secondary snow routes have been plowed -- at least enough to make them passable, according to City Administrator Connie Latimer. She said crews would return to the main routes later to widen them, but first they will start plowing residential streets...
Stay home! | Marshall officials put emergency snow route policy into effect, MoDOT closes I-70 (02/01/11)
The City of Marshall announced at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, that its emergency snow route policy was in effect, according to City Administrator Connie Latimer. According to the policy, vehicle owners have two hours to move any vehicle parked on a primary or secondary snow route or risk receiving a ticket...
Blizzard: Forecasters up ante on storm warning (Updated 2:53 p.m.) (01/29/11)
The National Weather Service is usually very matter-of-fact in the tone of its forecasts, but officials are not mincing words in describing the winter storm expected to hit mid-Missouri Monday through Wednesday.
Marshall street crews use reprieve from snow to catch up on storm cleanup (01/27/11)
Two snow storms in two weeks -- dumping nearly 14 inches of snow total -- kept Marshall street crews scrambling to clear roads, but workers got a break from the white stuff this week. The reprieve allowed them a chance to complete the removal of the temporary mountains of snow that had accumulated during and immediately following the storms...
Resident follows up on improvement bond refunds: City approves library board members (01/18/11)
City Council members heard from Louis Rasse during the city's meeting Tuesday, Jan. 18, who wanted to follow up on a request he made during a meeting Dec. 20. Rasse requested the council consider acting on "a need to refinance or refund the improvement district bonds that are outstanding." Don Stouffer, city attorney, reflected on the contact he made with more than eight months ago with a consultant who helps communities market bonds...
Construction numbers modest for 2010, resident asks council for public disturbance help (01/04/11)
Construction numbers modest for 2010, resident asks council for public disturbance help By SARAH REED and ERIC CRUMP Democrat-News Writers The City of Marshall issued permits for construction valued at $6.6 million in 2010, according to a report released Tuesday, Jan. 4, by city officials...
Community development numbers low in December, resident asks for public disturbance help (01/04/11)
Marshall Council approves zoning ordinance for pallet business (12/06/10)
Walk of Honor dedication ceremony plans announced, brick sale adds order form outlet (12/05/10)
Veterans advocate Charlie Guthrie appeared before the Saline County Commission Tuesday, Nov. 30, to show a new poster for the Walk of Honor brick project provided by Green Printers and to present the program for the Walk of Honor dedication ceremony...
Christmas Dinner to be hosted for entire community (12/01/10)
Organizers feel fortunate to have donations from several local businesses in order to host this year's Community Christmas Dinner. In its fifth year of community celebration, the dinner is scheduled at noon Saturday, Dec. 18, in the parish hall at St. Peter Catholic Church...
Ribbon cutting commemorates completed bridge (11/24/10)
Officials gathered in the mist above the railroad tracks to commemorate the completion of the Eastwood bridges Wednesday, Nov. 24. Dan Niec, MoDOT District Engineer, said he wanted to thank the City of Marshall and "express the great cooperation we had on this project."...
Marshall firefighters battle blaze on East Yerby (11/18/10)
Firefighters were called to 622 E. Yerby St. in Marshall about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, after a passerby reported seeing flames coming from the house there. Shortly after firefighters began fighting the blaze dense black smoke began billowing from the structure, followed by a flash of flame...
Eastwood Bridge construction reaches completion, Marshall election dates set (11/17/10)
Marshall official offers explanation on labor force quote (11/15/10)
City and local economic development officials have found it difficult in recent years to attract new industries to Marshall, and they've also found it challenging to explain the complexities of the situation. At a meeting of Marshall-Saline Development Corporation's board last week, Marshall City Administrator Connie Latimer noted that one hurdle in attracting new industries to town is the lack of available labor...
Area residents endure cold drizzle to honor veterans (11/12/10)
Unseasonably warm, dry weather came to an end just in time for Veterans Day. The cold, drippy weather Thursday, Nov. 11, caused some ceremonies to move indoors that were originally planned to be outdoors. Saline County Career Center moved its ceremony to Marshall High School gymnasium...
Veterans Day on the square (11/12/10)
Several hundred people braved the fall chill to celebrate Veterans Day on the Marshall Square. While recounting his experience talking to a survivor of Pearl Harbor and Congressional Medal of Honor awardee, retired Navy Captain Steve Olson choked up a bit...
MSDC: Economic development challenge: Matching businesses with available local labor (11/09/10)
Problems in recruiting businesses to the Marshall-Saline County area prompted a significant discussion at Tuesday's Marshall-Saline Development Corporation Board meeting. Marshall City Administrator Connie Latimer attended a recent economic development conference in Kansas City with MSDC Director Roy Hunter. Latimer said she discovered that cities across the state were in a similar situation regarding economic development...
Marshall Planning and Zoning Commission approves amendment allowing special use permits on ag land (11/09/10)
The Marshall Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing and subsequently approved a recommendation to amend the city's zoning ordinance to allow special use permits on land zoned agricultural. No members of the public spoke during the hearing. The only person in the audience was Scott Miller, whose pallet refurbishing business served as the catalyst for the zoning ordinance amendment...
Guess which way Marshall electric rates are headed? (11/09/10)
Marshall Municipal Utilities Board plans to vote on a surprising electric rate change at the next board meeting on Nov. 30. The proposed change is a decrease in electric rates. "Because we had a decent year, we ought to pass it back to customers," said MMU Administrative Services Manager Ken Gieringer...
Sister of Liberty in need of restoration (11/03/10)
Fire Department acknowledges community support during city council meeting (11/01/10)
Utilities offer lower recycling rate (10/27/10)
The back-and-forth between Marshall Municipal Utilities and the City of Marshall regarding paper recycling came to a decision during MMU's meeting Wednesday, Oct. 27. The city had been paying MMU a rate of $15.46 per ton. According to a Marshall Democrat-News article published September 28, 2010, the city had paid MMU $11,803.20 to take the paper products, which the utility burns as fuel in a boiler...
Marshall firefighter found dead Sunday (10/25/10)
Marshall firefighter Randall Scott Davenport, 37, was found dead Sunday morning, Oct. 24, at the Marshall Fire Department, according to a news release from the Marshall Police Department. Davenport was a veteran Firefighter with four years of experience with the Marshall Fire Department...
Zoning issue remains unresolved (10/04/10)
Flashy cars serve serious cause as Fireball Rally stops in Marshall Thursday (10/01/10)
It's all for missing kids. What helps those kids is attention, lots of attention. And what gets attention is a stream of head-turning, tricked-out cars rolling into town -- Mustangs, Corvettes, Lamborghinis, DeLoreans and more. That's the Fireball Run, which turned heads in Marshall Thursday, Sept. 30, as the adventure rally and awareness campaign stopped for lunch in Jim the Wonder Dog Memorial Garden...
Question over who pays to recycle in Marshall (09/28/10)
Marshall City Administrator Connie Latimer asked Marshall Municipal Utilities to lower the rate it charges the city for accepting paper recycling at the Board of Public Works meeting Tuesday, Sept. 28. "If I could get you to do something about what you charge us, we could reduce the cost to businesses and increase the volume of paper," Latimer said...
Motor sport legend expected in Marshall Thursday as city hosts Fireball Run lunch (09/28/10)
His name is legend in motor sports. Almost every schoolboy in the last 40 years has, at one point, hanged a picture of one of his cars on the wall. And he'll be in Marshall Thursday. Valentino Balboni, the legendary Lamborghini test driver, will visit Marshall during the Fireball Run stop between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday...
Marshall to host Fireball Run lunch Thursday (09/28/10)
His name is legend in motor sports. Almost every schoolboy in the last 40 years has, at one point, hanged a picture of one of his cars on the wall. And he'll be in Marshall Thursday. Valentino Balboni, the legendary Lamborghini test driver, will visit Marshall during the Fireball Run stop between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday...
Marshall Council hears about I&I concerns (09/21/10)
Board of Public Works President Mike Mills told the Marshall city council that the City faces a looming bill in the millions of dollars that will come due within the next couple of years. The problem, Mills said, is inflow and infiltration, which is when rainwater enters the sanitary sewer system. Currently, Marshall Municipal Utilities sells about three million gallons of water a day. During storms, the utility receives as much as 10 million gallons of wastewater through the sewer...
Marshall seeks solution in zoning issue (09/20/10)
The City of Marshall is working to find a legal solution to a zoning dispute involving a pallet business on the south edge of town. "We are trying to figure out how to work with Scott Miller and make it legal," said Marshall City Administrator Connie Latimer...
Santa Fe Trail Days honors 9/11 (09/17/10)
While Marshall city officials and Chamber of Commerce officials light-heartedly competed to take credit for the beautiful weather Saturday, Sept. 11, they were in agreement when it came to more serious matters. Santa Fe Trail Days coincided this year with Patriot Day, and patriotic programs were prominently featured during the event...
Marshall revenue impacted by sales tax decline (09/09/10)
A surprising decline in sales tax revenue in August has many leaders in Saline County wondering why. According to sales tax numbers received by the Saline County Commission Wednesday, Sept. 8, the September sales tax revenue totaled $88,504.68. Sales tax revenue for the same month in 2009 was $109,377.77, which is a $20,873.09 decline...
Marshall Council sets date for zoning fight (08/17/10)
The City of Marshall held a sales tax hearing Monday, Aug. 16, but those rates may not actually be finalized for some time. City Administrator Connie Latimer said the actual ordinance approving the new tax rates would have to wait for the state auditor to review proposed changes...
Marshall P&Z Commission recommends one rezoning request be granted, one be denied (08/10/10)
The Marshall Planning and Zoning Commission held public hearings Tuesday, Aug. 10, for two rezoning requests, one from Marshall-Saline Development Corporation and one from Scott Miller. No members of the public were present, but MSDC Director Roy Hunter briefly reviewed the reason for the request to rezone an eight-acre tract on the west side of North Miami Avenue north of Prairie View School and south of the MFA facility...
City official questions MMU recycling policy (08/04/10)
Complaints by Marshall Municipal Utilities regarding paper-recycling shortfalls at the power plant are not entirely accurate or fair to the City of Marshall, said City Administrator Connie Latimer. The power plant said they need 700 to 750 tons of pellets per year, Latimer said. "We send them 80 to 90 tons of paper per month."...
Marshall P&Z Commission hears 2 rezoning requests (07/13/10)
The Marshall Planning and Zoning Commission met Tuesday, July 13, to hear two rezoning requests, one at the north edge of town and one on the far south edge. The request on the north side was brought to the commission by Marshall-Saline Development Corporation, seeking to have a 10-acre parcel on the west side of Missouri Highway 41 rezoned from A-1, agricultural, to I-H, heavy industrial...
MVC launches facility improvement projects (06/23/10)
Missouri Valley College is moving above and beyond its perception with a cluster of ambitious facility projects. During a meeting Thursday, June 17, President Bonnie Humphrey and her cabinet shed light on some of the upgrades happening on campus this summer...
Marshall Council approves bonds for MVC (06/22/10)
The Marshall City Council voted Monday to approve a bond issue from the Saline County Industrial Development Authority for Missouri Valley College. The $2.9 million bond issue consists of first mortgage revenue bonds. According to the resolution approved by the council, the bond s are intended for the purpose of financing, refinancing and reimbursing the costs of certain facilities of Missouri Valley College...
Woman apparently shot Tuesday night; Marshall police seek suspect (06/16/10)
A shooting in the 500 block of Pinewood Circle at 9:13 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, left a 25-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to her left leg and Marshall police searching for the shooter.
Odell paving to begin Wednesday morning (05/24/10)
Paving is scheduled to begin on Odell Avenue beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, according to Marshall City Administrator Connie Latimer. Crews will start at Arrow Street and move south to College Street. They are expected to pave about three blocks at a time, she said...
Marshall council hears good news about sales tax revenue, gets update on street projects (05/19/10)
Marshall City Council members got some good news for a change at the Monday, May 17, council meeting when City Administrator Connie Latimer announced sales tax revenues for April. City sales tax revenues were $108,894, higher by $5,256 than April 2009 revenues. Park sales tax revenues were $54,445, an increase of $2,641 over April 2009...
Traveler alert: Street work on Odell planned for Tuesday (05/17/10)
Travelers may wish to avoid Odell Avenue in Marshall Tuesday, May 18. The city plans to begin milling the surface on stretches of the street, according to City Administrator Connie Latimer.
MVC students present animations, documentaries (05/07/10)
The first-ever Missouri Valley College Student Animation and Documentary Film Festival, held Monday, May 3, had an attendance of about 35 when the festival began, but by its end, that number had grown to nearly 45. Students from Valerie Wedel's digital imaging class and Stan Silvey's digital film editing class presented their stop-motion animations and documentaries, respectively...
Marshall council holds public hearing on zoning, hears committee reports (05/03/10)
Prior to their meeting Monday evening, May 3, Marshall City Council members held a public hearing about the zoning of property located at 102. E. Washington St. Shirley Sumilang bought the building, which is the former site of both Century 21 real estate and AdventureQuest Travel, under the assumption that it was zoned for business because other businesses had operated there...
Marshall council reorganizes, hears report on citywide clean-up (Update 4:50 p.m. April 20) (04/19/10)
The Marshall City Council reorganized at its meeting Monday evening, April 19. City Clerk Janet French administered the oath of office to newly re-elected members Sheila Cook, ward 1; Dan Brandt, ward 3; and Ron Duvall, ward 4. Re-elected ward 2 council member Vince Lutterbie was absent...
City administrator: OK for police chief to serve on E911 Commission (04/08/10)
City Administrator Connie Latimer said Thursday, April 8, that no personnel policy, city ordinance or state statutes were violated when Police Chief Mike Donnell threw his hat in the ring as a candidate for election to the Saline County 911 Commission...
Marshall council approves updated codes, budget amendment (04/05/10)
The Marshall City Council approved a number of ordinances and resolutions at its meeting Monday evening, April 5. As a continuation of a process begun at the March 15 meeting, the council approved the 2009 editions of the international mechanical, fire and residential codes. The 2008 edition of the national electric code was also approved...
Marshall Municipal Services Committee contends with funding cuts in street plan (03/19/10)
In the city's budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, Marshall Municipal Services department received substantially less funding than in previous years. How to deal with this shortfall was a topic of much discussion at the Municipal Services Committee meeting Thursday evening, March 18...
Marshall council approves updated codes (03/15/10)
Downtown group discusses parking issues (03/12/10)
Marshall City Administrator Connie Latimer and Municipal Services Director Bill Anderson were special guests at the Downtown Marshall Association meeting Monday evening, March 8. Latimer and Anderson were present to discuss a problem that has caused some tensions between downtown business owners and workers: parking. ...
Tourism Commission approves funding request for water garden tour; Commissioners plan to ask city for help with tax enforcement (03/03/10)
At its meeting Wednesday morning, March 3, Marshall Tourism Commission heard requests from two groups concerning funding. Representing Friends of Jim the Wonder Dog, Larry Arrowood spoke to the commission about the group's upcoming water garden tour, scheduled for Sunday, June 27...
Marshall council approves sale of city property, lease with food pantry (03/01/10)
Newscope: Marshall City Council to meet March 1 (02/26/10)
Marshall council holds public hearing on soy sauce plant, approves mayoral appointments in regular session (02/16/10)
The Marshall City Council began its meeting Tuesday evening, Feb. 16, with a public hearing about the community development block grant contract with Zhenji Brewing Company. City Administrator Connie Latimer said the company had been planning to build a soy sauce plant in Marshall prior to the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001...
County leaders explore options for improving health care services for low-income residents (02/11/10)
Congress may be stymied in its efforts to reform health care on a national level, but locally, the effort to provide care to those in need is proceeding. More than 30 representatives of Saline County health care providers, social service agencies and churches met Thursday, Feb. 11, to learn more about the possibility of creating a rural health care coalition and offering clinic services to low-income and under- or uninsured residents...
P & Z Commission denies sign variance request, votes to keep existing slate of officers and loses 2 more members (02/10/10)
The Marshall Planning and Zoning Commission met Tuesday, Feb. 9, to consider a request for a sign variance from Aaron Gieringer. The commission voted unanimously to deny the request, but individual members offered Gieringer encouragement in his business venture and suggested he explore more conventional means of advertising his services...
3 properties selected to serve as Marshall community garden sites (02/04/10)
Five community members met Wednesday morning, Feb. 3, to discuss Missouri Valley Community Action Agency's community garden project. Currently, three properties belonging to the city of Marshall have been identified as sites for gardens between March and October 2010...
Latimer steps down as mayor, is appointed Marshall city administrator (02/01/10)
The Marshall City Council accepted the resignation of Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer at its meeting Monday evening, Feb. 1, and then moved to name her as the new city administrator. "It has been a pleasure to serve the city of Marshall and also to work with all of you," Latimer told the council as she left the room. She didn't say much else because she was already becoming choked up...
Council member says she's willing to step in if mayor steps down (01/29/10)
In a press release issued Friday morning, Jan. 29, Marshall City Council member Lorna Alexander announced that she is willing to fulfill her duties as mayor pro tem in the event of Mayor Connie Latimer's resignation, in order to become city administrator, at the city council meeting Monday night, Feb. 1...
Council member says she's willing to step in if mayor steps down (01/29/10)
In a press release issued Friday morning, Jan. 29, Marshall City Council member Lorna Alexander announced that she is willing to fulfill her duties as mayor pro tem in the event of Mayor Connie Latimer's resignation, in order to become city administrator, at the city council meeting Monday night, Feb. 1...
Marshall mayor may seek city administrator position (01/27/10)
Marshall has been without a city administrator for almost one month now, after Charles Tryban retired at the end of 2009. There has been much speculation about who will be chosen as his replacement, and Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer called an impromptu press conference Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 27, to address the issue...
Marshall council approves new city credit card (UPDATE Jan. 20 12:25 p.m.) (01/19/10)
At their meeting Tuesday evening, Jan. 19, Marshall City Council members approved a contract between the city and Bank of America for a Visa credit card. "This will replace American Express, which is what the city has used for a long time," Mayor Connie Latimer said...
Marshall council hears year-end reports (01/04/10)
At their meeting Monday, Jan. 4, Marshall City Council members heard year-end committee reports. Dan Brandt, speaking for the municipal services and personnel committee, said solid waste and recycling collections for 2009 were quite close to those of 2008...
The end of an era: City Administrator Tryban retires after 25 years (12/31/09)
For City Administrator Charles Tryban, January 2010 is not just the beginning of a new year. It is the beginning of his retirement. At the Marshall City Council meeting Monday, Dec. 7, Tryban announced his retirement, after 25 years working for the city...
Marshall council approves steps toward new fire truck, police cars (UPDATE Jan. 4) (12/21/09)
The city of Marshall is one step closer to buying a new fire truck, after action taken by the Marshall City Council at its meeting Monday evening, Dec. 21. Council members approved a financing agreement with Government Capital Leasing, which will provide funds to pay for the new truck...
Holiday happenings (UPDATE: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 14) (12/15/09)
Christmas season events and activities in the Saline County area. Anyone who would like to list an event that's open to the community can email marshalleditor@socket.net or use the form at http://marshallnews.com/forms/holidayevents.
Old and new homes to be featured on Marshall Christmas Homes Tour (12/10/09)
The annual Marshall Christmas Homes Tour will be held Sunday, Dec. 13, from noon to 5 p.m. There are five homes on the tour this year, and they may be visited in any order during that time by anyone in possession of a ticket. Tickets are available for a cost of $10 at Marshall Chamber of Commerce, Court Street Classics Antiques, Country Floral and Keepsakes and Square Corner...
Marshall city administrator announces retirement (UPDATE 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8) (12/07/09)
At the end of December, Marshall City Administrator Charles Tryban will retire from his position, he announced at the Marshall City Council meeting Monday evening, Dec. 7. "It's been a wonderful 25 years," Tryban said. "Really, it's been very enjoyable."...
City, MoDOT officials cut ribbon on turn lane at Vest and 65 (11/20/09)
Marshall city officials and Missouri Department of Transportation representatives cut the ribbon on the new turn lane at U.S. Highway 65 and Vest Street Friday afternoon, Nov. 20. This project was a partnership between the two entities, and part of the $7.6 million resurfacing of U.S. 65 from Marshall to Carrollton, which was completed earlier in the year, according to a press release...
Marshall mayor proclaims National Family Week as Nov. 22-29 (11/20/09)
On Friday morning, Nov. 20, Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer signed a mayoral proclamation recognizing Nov. 22-29 as National Family Week in Marshall. Butterfield Youth Services employees collected boxes of food and toys for the 2009 Holiday Project as part of their celebration of the week...
Airport improvements part of local economic development efforts (11/18/09)
Editor's note: Readers often respond to stories about improvements being made at the Marshall airport in recent years by asking what the project is costing the city and what is the purpose of investing in the facility. This story attempts to provide answers to those questions....
Marshall council approves returning land to property owner, sets election date (11/16/09)
The Marshall City Council approved two new ordinances at its meeting Monday, Nov. 16. Council members agreed for the city to return a tract of land on Ridge Street to private ownership. The land was intended for street use, possibly as a cul de sac, as part of development that never occurred, Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer said...
Kids sing as Saline Countians gather in Marshall to honor veterans (11/12/09)
Saline County's celebration of Veterans Day Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the courthouse lawn saw a number of veterans and area officials speak to honor veterans with support from quite a few schoolchildren. Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer; Presiding Commissioner Becky Plattner; Congressman Ike Skelton, D-Mo.; state Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton; and state Rep. Joe Aull, D-Marshall, welcomed veterans and nonveterans alike to the event that drew at least 200 people...
Ceremonies in Marshall, Slater honor area veterans (11/11/09)
Veterans Day ceremonies around the area gave local residents a chance to thank those who have served the country. One event in Marshall was the annual Veterans' Breakfast. Veterans from Marshall and surrounding communities shared a breakfast at Knights of Columbus Hall Wednesday, Nov. 11, co-sponsored by Marshall's chapter of Rotary International...
School district, city officials pledge to address traffic at site of new school (10/29/09)
Twice each day, vehicle traffic clogs the streets at all four Marshall elementary schools as parents pick up or drop off their children, and one goal of school district officials in proposing a new elementary school was to help alleviate that problem...
Eastwood bridge comes down (UPDATE: 2:12 p.m. Oct. 26) (10/25/09)
More than three years after the city began the effort to replace the Eastwood Street bridges on the east edge of Marshall, the crumbling structures are starting to come down. Demolition began shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, and the center span collapsed onto the protected railroad tracks shortly before 7 p.m...
Home offering 'fresh start' for released offenders opens in Marshall (10/23/09)
PowerHouse Community Development Corporation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its Fresh Start Facility house at 439 E. Yerby St. Friday, Oct. 9. The house serves to further the mission of the Missouri Re-Entry Program, an effort to decrease released offenders' rate of return to prison...
Automotive businesses petition Marshall council for tire ordinance (10/19/09)
Several members of the auto-body shop and car business in Marshall attended the city council meeting Monday, Oct. 19, to approach the city about the issue of tire storage. Speaking for the group, Ken Samson outlined the problem. Department of Natural Resources inspectors have cited several area businesses for international fire code violations in the way used tires are stored at their facilities. ...
Marshall mayor speaks about funding for airport renovations (10/08/09)
The current work on the Marshall Municipal Airport is funded by grants that come from the federal and state governments that can be used only for improvement of the airport, said Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer. "That seems to be the biggest misconception that people have, is that we're taking money away from bridges and roads and that kind of stuff, but this money is allocated ... for the aviation program," she said...
Marshall council approves park board members (10/06/09)
The Marshall City Council raised city license fees and approved two members for the city parks department board at its meeting Monday evening, Oct. 5. Council members approved two ordinances amending city codes. The occupational, or merchant, and cigarette license regulations were amended to increase license fees from $25 to $50. Regulations on the purchase of alcoholic beverages were changed to increase the price of a license to sell liquor by the drink from $375 to $450.
Marshall mayor signs disability employment awareness proclamation (10/01/09)
On Wednesday, Sept. 30, Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer signed a proclamation declaring the month of October as National Disability Employment Awareness month. Both Marshall Habilitation Center employees and consumers were present at the event. The U.S. Department of Labor has declared the month's theme to be "Expectation + Opportunity = Full Participation." More locally, the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Employment Team works for "community-integrated employment options" for all workers...
Marshall mayor proclaims Breast Cancer Awareness Month (10/01/09)
Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer signed a proclamation recognizing October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with the theme Team Pink: Fighting a Battle One Game at a Time, Wednesday, Sept. 30. At the signing, Latimer was joined by representatives from Fitzgibbon Hospital's mammography department: Marla Robbins, Elizabeth Kennon, Courtney Angelhow and Makenzie Thomason...
It's official: Community Cancer Center dream now a reality (09/23/09)
Several people involved in the creation of the Community Cancer Center addition to Fitzgibbon Hospital spoke during the ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 22. "Thanks go out to the thousands -- and I say thousands -- of people who worked thousands of hours and worked so hard to make our dreams a reality," said Fitzgibbon Hospital President and CEO Ron Ott. ...
Marshall council approves 2009-2010 budget (09/21/09)
The Marshall City Council approved the city's budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year at its meeting Monday evening, Sept. 21. The city expects revenues of $9,360,834 and expenditures of $9,328,826, which leaves a surplus of $32,008. This is a much tighter margin than the 2008-2009 budget, which allowed a surplus of more than $200,000...
Marshall Mayor issues proclamation for 'America on the Move' week (09/17/09)
In conjunction with Salt Fork YMCA, Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer has proclaimed the week of Sept. 20 through 27 to be "America on the Move" week. In the proclamation, citizens are encouraged "to take steps towards building a healthy lifestyle, family and community."...
Marshall DAR helps city celebrate Constitution Week (09/16/09)
Exactly 222 years ago on Sept. 17, the U.S. Constitution was signed by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Penn. In 1956, Congress and President Eisenhower declared Sept. 17-23 Constitution Week to remember the historical event...
MSDC: Saline Green awaits Dept. of Energy funding news (09/08/09)
Board members heard updates about various projects during Marshall-Saline Development Corporation's meeting Tuesday morning, Sept. 8. During September, said Executive Direcdtor Roy Hunter, the U.S. Department of Energy is expected to announce distribution of funds for loan guarantees and grants, which will determine the timeframe for advances in the Saline Green Project...
Pet owners, police chaplains attend Marshall council meeting (09/08/09)
Marshall's pet ordinance was again a topic of discussion at the city council meeting Monday evening, Sept. 8. Concerned Marshall resident Richard Johns returned to the council chambers to raise objections to the ordinance; Johns attended two meetings in July to broach this same subject...
MVC freshmen hear advice for college careers during convocation ceremony (09/03/09)
Freshman at Missouri Valley College got several pieces of advice during the convocation ceremony Thursday morning, Sept. 3. Campus Chaplain Pam Sebastian gave the invocation at the ceremony's beginning, speaking of the gathering together of a "community within a community."...
Marshall council adjusts new tax levy (08/17/09)
After receiving updated information from State Auditor Susan Montee, the Marshall City Council amended the city's 2009 tax levy at its meeting Monday evening, Aug. 17. At the council's July 20 meeting, an ordinance authorizing the levy was approved, with a rate of $1.2397 per $100 of assessed value...
Boil order lifted for Marshall and surrounding areas (UPDATE 11:55 a.m. Sunday) (08/14/09)
The boil order will remain in effect until further notice.
Marshall parks department remains busy through wet summer (08/05/09)
Despite unusual weather and poor economic conditions, the Marshall Parks and Recreation Department has had a fairly good summer, park staff members said at the park board meeting Wednesday morning, Aug. 5. "Things seem to be going pretty well," Director Jeff Stubblefield said. He added, "I'm pleased with where we're at, and the direction we're headed."...
Marshall mayor discusses sales tax holiday at council meeting (08/03/09)
At the Marshall City Council meeting Monday, Aug. 3, Mayor Connie Latimer reminded town residents about the upcoming sales tax holiday Friday, Aug. 7, through Sunday, Aug. 9. Although county officials opted out of the holiday, "We didn't," Latimer said. The city tax of 1.625 percent will not be levied during the weekend...
Marshall library staff, community members work on new long-range plan (07/24/09)
The new long-range plan for the Marshall Public Library was the main agenda for the Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday, July 14. The previous three-year plan, which began in 2006, will end at the close of the 2008-2009 fiscal year, and the new plan will set the MPL's goals for October 2009 through September 2012...
Marshall tax levy set; Rate remains unchanged from '08 (07/21/09)
As was reported on The Marshall Democrat-News Web site Monday evening, before its regular meeting Monday, July 20, Marshall City Council held a brief public hearing to discuss the city's tax levy for 2010. Currently, the levy will remain the same as last year's, which was $1.2397 per $100 of assessed value, City Administrator Charles Tryban said...
Marshall council hears from concerned citizens, approves tax levy and city improvements (07/20/09)
Before its regular meeting Monday evening, July 20, Marshall City Council held a brief public hearing to discuss the city's tax levy for 2010. Currently, the levy will remain the same as last year's, which was $1.2397 per $100 of assessed value, City Administrator Charles Tryban said...
Saga unfolds of how Eastwood house met its fate (07/17/09)
"The last thing in the world we wanted to do was tear down that house," said Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer Thursday, July 16. As the house at 750 E. Eastwood St. was being torn down Thursday morning, Latimer said the number of hours consumed by city officials in dealing with the demise of one of Marshall's oldest homes was "unbelievable," gesturing towards a file several inches thick sitting on her desk...
Luncheon July 8 marks benefit of YMCA to the community (07/15/09)
On Wednesday afternoon, July 8, Salt Fork YMCA hosted an advocacy luncheon for patrons and area officials. Dan Kappel, resource director for YMCA of the USA, spoke briefly about the Y's mission. "Our goal is to be a benefit to the community," he said. "That's why we're here in Marshall -- to make the community a better place."...
Marshall P&Z grants requests for pavement extension, additional sign (07/14/09)
The Marshall Planning and Zoning Commission met Tuesday evening, July 14, to approve two requests concerning streets and signs. Representatives from Springwater Greenhouse were present at the meeting to ask commissioners for an extension in paving. They said they have recently worked on a bunker, which has been filled with rock and may be filled with concrete, and would like to let the work settle before the area is paved...
Business leaders hold meeting Monday to discuss reassessment (07/14/09)
Area business leaders and government officials gathered at Mid-State Seed Monday afternoon, July 13, to discuss 2009 residential reassessments conducted by Saline County Assessor Margaret Pond and her office. "This is really a fact-finding mission," Mid State Seed owner Steve Blalock said before opening the floor for questions and statements...
Sweet and sticky fundraiser kicks off (07/01/09)
Representatives from Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. came to Marshall Wednesday, July 1, to help director of The Lighthouse Shelter Debbie Wallace, Pastor Nelson Gabriel of Handy Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer and others kick off a Krispy Kreme fundraising project at The Lighthouse Thrift Store...
Marshall council approves bids for airport construction (UPDATE 12:10 p.m.) (06/30/09)
At a special session Tuesday, June 30, Marshall City Council members approved two bids for construction at Marshall Memorial Airport. Emery Sapp and Sons was awarded a contract for $1,153,857.90 for the rehabilitation of the airport taxiway and the construction of a new apron...
Marshall council approves ordinance for responsible animal care (06/15/09)
The Marshall City Council made another move to protect the rights of animals in the city at its meeting Monday, June 15. The council amended section 6-5.1 of the code of ordinances, which makes it unlawful for pet owners to provide inadequate food and water for their animals and tether them in unsafe or unsanitary conditions, among other things...
June declared 'Cancer Awareness Month' (06/12/09)
Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer, center, signs a proclamation declaring June to be "Cancer Awareness Month." From left to right stand Melody Dierking and Georgia Yates, co-chairs of American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Relay for Life will be held beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, June 26, at the Marshall High School track. It will end at 6 a.m. Saturday, June 27...
Marshall Mayor announces new park board member, receives flag from Afghanistan (06/01/09)
Mayor Connie Latimer made two important announcements at the Marshall City Council meeting Monday, June 1. Latimer told the council she has chosen Ronnie Hill as a replacement for Jack Harvey on the parks department board. Council members approved Latimer's pick...
Salt Fork YMCA to celebrate 10th anniversary at current facility (06/01/09)
Salt Fork YMCA will host a 10th anniversary celebration Monday, June 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. The Y as an entity has been in Marshall for 13 years, Executive Director Suzanne Smith said, but the current facility is 10 years old. "We actually opened the doors of our current facility on June 1, 1999," she said...
Community leaders learn about area labor situation (05/22/09)
Members of the Marshall Saline Development Corporation, Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer and other community members heard a report on Saline County's available labor pool during a meeting at MSDC's office Tuesday, May 19. Assistant Director Mike Walker from the Docking Institute of Public Affairs, a research institute based at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan., shared the results of 2009's Saline County Labor Basin Labor Availability Analysis with the group...
Market on the Square begins 2nd season May 23 (05/19/09)
Marshall's Market on the Square returns for its second season this Saturday, May 23, from 8 a.m. to noon. Because of renovation work on Saline County Courthouse, the market will be held on the northeast corner of the square near Cadwell's One Scoop or Two, extending down North Street toward Marshall Cinema...
Marshall mayor lauds Saline Green Project (05/18/09)
Duvall named 2009 Al Bunch Humanitarian Award recipient (UPDATE: 12:55 p.m.) (05/13/09)
A man known in Marshall for wearing many hats -- and a red suit when the occasion calls for it -- was honored Tuesday, May 12, as the 2009 recipient of the Al Bunch Humanitarian Award. Ron Duvall received the award at the annual banquet of the Saine County Mental Health Association...
In Print: Stories in today's print and e-edition May 12 (05/12/09)
Interesting news and features published in our print edition and e-edition May 12 On page 3: A story about Lee Bearden speaking to Marshall Kiwanis Club. The calendar of events. On page 4: Columnists write about Presidents Reagan and Obama...
Initial goal reached, Marshall police to add canine to department (05/11/09)
If all goes as planned, there'll be a new law enforcement team showing up in Marshall in the next 12 weeks or so. With the presentation of a check for $5,000 to the Marshall Police Department by Saline County's Sanction-Treatment-Opportunity-Progress (STOP) Program, the goal of a drug-sniffing dog has been realized. ...
End of an era: Harvey resigns seat on park board (05/07/09)
The end of May will be the end of an era for the Marshall Parks and Recreation Department. Jack Harvey announced at the board meeting Wednesday, May 6, that he has submitted his resignation to Mayor Connie Latimer and will step down after 22 years with the department as either director or board member...
Town hall meeting to be held regarding future EcoAlgae plant (Updated 2 p.m. 5/14/09) (05/06/09)
Farmers, representatives of farm co-ops, potential partners, community members and community and business leaders are invited to attend an informal meeting at Martin Community Center, 1985 S. Odell Ave., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16, to discuss various aspects of the bio-refinery plant to be constructed in Marshall that will produce ethanol and green electricity from nonfood plant material...
Shriners plan parade May 9 in Marshall (05/06/09)
Shriners from all over Missouri will march into town Saturday, May 9, for the third annual Shrine Parade in Marshall. And at the head of the parade, sitting in the honored position of grand marshal, will be Howard Baker, 95, a Shriner who moved to Marshall three years ago from Bakersfield, Calif. Baker is the oldest Shriner in Marshall and has been a Shriner for "at least 50 years," said Russ Cooksey, president of Saline County Shrine Club, one of the parade organizers...
Marshall family shows what food and love can do for abused pets (04/30/09)
Recently, Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer announced that Marshall's animal shelter opted to waive the fee for dropping off an animal. This was in hopes that people who could no longer afford to care for their pets would take them to the shelter instead of letting them starve...
Marshall mayor declares May to be Motorcycle Awareness Month (04/25/09)
There's never a good time to be distracted while driving, but area motorcyclists and the city of Marshall are asking motorists to be especially attentive now that spring has arrived and more two-wheel vehicles are on the road. Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer read a proclamation Saturday, April 25, officially designating May as Motorcycle Awareness Month...
State of Saline County: Local success stories show how adversity can be opportunity (04/24/09)
The theme of the fifth State of Saline County symposium Thursday, April 23, was "Revitalization and Recession," but it might well have borrowed a line from Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" -- "Don't panic!" National economic news in recent months has been dominated by reports of economic doom and gloom, but the message from speakers at the meeting was that Saline County hasn't been hit nearly as hard as other places by the recession, and even if it gets worse, hard times present new opportunities.. ...
City officials sworn in at Marshall council meeting (04/20/09)
The main order of business for the Marshall City Council meeting Monday evening, April 20, was the certification of the April 7 election results. The council approved the results, and then City Clerk Janet French administered the oath of office to Barbara Utlaut, Ward I council member; Gabe Ramsey, Ward II council member; Sam Moten, Ward III council member; Lorna Alexander, Ward IV council member; Lin Alexander, city attorney; Edward McInteer, municipal judge; and Diane Green, city treasurer.. ...
MSDC board hears of progress (04/14/09)
Executive Director Roy Hunter gave updates on the projects with which he is currently involved at the meeting of the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation board Tuesday morning, April 14. "There has been considerable activity" on Project Green, the EcoAlgae project, since the last meeting of the MSDC board. Hunter has presented the project papers to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the governor's office...
Arrow Rock to host 5th State of Saline County meeting (04/14/09)
When economic times are tough -- as they certainly are now -- community leaders should turn their attention to projects that spur revitalization, and that's the theme that will drive the fifth State of Saline County meeting, according to lead organizer and moderator Jean Gaddy Wilson...
Marshall mayor signs child abuse prevention proclamation (04/08/09)
On Wednesday morning, April 8, Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer signed a proclamation declaring April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. At the signing, Latimer was joined by Darren Facen, Keith Bishop and Garry Cobb of Butterfield Youth Services...
Marshall plans to waive shelter fee to discourage dumping pets: Courthouse renovation tops construction projects; police to get different uniforms (04/07/09)
A few changes are coming to Marshall's animal shelter, Mayor Connie Latimer reported at the Marshall City Council meeting Monday evening, April 6. The city does not want bad economic times to affect people's relationships with their animals, which might be their only comfort right now, she said...
Marshall Municipal Services committee reviews citywide clean-up procedures (04/01/09)
At the Marshall Municipal Services committee meeting Monday evening, March 30, city officials discussed sanitation issues and reviewed bids for street materials. A citywide clean-up will take place the week of April 13. Residents can place unwanted items by the curb on the days of regular trash pick-up...
'Major step forward' for East Eastwood bridge construction (03/27/09)
In an e-mail message, Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer said that the city has received a signed contract from Union Pacific Railroad, signifying the company's approval of the East Eastwood Street bridge construction project. Now, MoDOT must approve the project, which will then be sent to engineering firm Shaffer, Kline and Warren to finalize plans, and then it will be put up for bid. ...
Handy Chapel AME Church holds service honoring area women (03/27/09)
Saline County has some powerful women serving as leaders in government, education, business and community affairs and Handy Chapel AME Church in Marshall used its annual Women's Day celebration to feature four of them. "Strong Women Revealed," at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 22, included a guest speaker, rousing music and prayer...
Legislators address mental health group Thursday (03/20/09)
The Mental Health Workshop held at the Martin Community Center Thursday, March 19, began with statements by Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer, state Rep. Joe Aull and state Sen. Bill Stouffer. "Mental illness still has a stigma attached to it," said Latimer. ...
Re-entry simulation helps social services workers, others fight one cause of poverty (03/19/09)
During the second and final day of the 2009 Poverty to Prosperity Summit on Wednesday, March 18, Community Involvement Coordinator Steve Tatlow of Boone County and Executive Director of Missouri Association for Community Action Elaine West gave presentations on simulations dealing with ex-prisoners trying to re-enter society and the issue of poverty, respectively...
Ground broken on future site of Saline County 911 Dispatch Center (03/18/09)
Members of the Saline County 911 Commission pose with area officials and emergency responders at the groundbreaking of the future site of the Saline County 911 Dispatch Center at the 2000 block of South Odell Avenue Wednesday, March 18. From left to right stand commission Treasurer Jack Lenz Jr., commission member Jesse Coslet, Saline County Ambulance District No. ...
Marshall P&Z Commission grants paving extension to Latimers (03/11/09)
Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer came to the Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday, March 10, not as mayor or as a member of the commission but as a citizen with a request. Latimer abstained from voting on her request for a paving requirement extension on a new home at 1506 E. Eastwood St...
Eastwood bridge project one step closer to reality (03/06/09)
The Marshall City Council met in a special session Thursday evening, March 5, to approve an ordinance concerning the bridge on East Eastwood Street. The ordinance authorized Mayor Connie Latimer to sign a contract with Union Pacific Railroad Company, which gives the city easement on the railroad's property. ...
Marshall council gets updates on plaground renovation, litter clean-up projects (03/03/09)
Several guests were present at the Marshall City Council meeting Monday evening, March 2, to make announcements, ask questions and learn about local government. Parks Director Jeff Stubblefield reported to the council about the new playground equipment ordered for Guthrey Play Area and Peyton Park. He was grateful to the council and the city for funding the project...
Marshall police hope to add 'drug dog' to help combat illegal drugs (02/18/09)
The city of Marshall is hoping to acquire a new weapon in its war on drugs, Mayor Connie Latimer announced at the city council meeting Tuesday, Feb. 17. Latimer reported on a presentation given to the council last week by Steven Stewart of Marshall Police Department about a K-9 unit. Police Chief Mike Donnell spoke to the council again about this matter during the meeting...
Storm siren purchase approved by Marshall council Tuesday (01/21/09)
Public safety was the main concern at the Marshall City Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 20. After hearing a letter from Fire Chief John Rieves, the Council approved the purchase of a storm-warning siren to replace the broken one at the corner of College Street and Apache Drive. Blue Valley Public Safety of Grain Valley was awarded the contract for $10,649.60...
MLK Day speaker: 'Love' is key to solving problems (01/19/09)
Marshall residents gathered at First United Methodist Church Monday morning, Jan. 19, for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast and Program, organized by the Marshall-Saline branch of the NAACP. The Rev. Nelson Gabriel of Handy Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church was the event's keynote speaker...
Marshall Police Department gets grant (01/16/09)
The Marshall Police Department received a grant of $4,306.94 from the Local Law Enforcement Grant/Justice Assistance Grant program, which is a nationwide program, according to a press release. "As always, we're thrilled," said Mayor Connie Latimer. "All the grants that we get, that's just more money that the city doesn't have to spend."...
Newscope: Whiteman unit adopts 2 Marshall familes for Christmas (12/24/08)
Two Marshall families had an early Christmas surprise Tuesday, Dec. 23, when members of the 509th Support Services Squadron from Whiteman Air Force Base arrived laden with gifts. Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer said the squadron adopted two local families, bringing an "overwhelming" number of gifts to three children...
Marshall council approves rezoning request from American Legion, sets assessment for South Odell (12/16/08)
The Marshall City Council held a public hearing prior to its meeting on Monday, Dec. 15. The hearing, which lasted for about 15 minutes, was about rezoning land for use by American Legion Post 191 and assessments to be paid by residents in the South Odell neighborhood...
Marshall city health insurance premiums spike, employees spared the increase (12/04/08)
Health insurance premiums will increase more dramatically than Marshall city officials expected, but for the coming year, at least, city employees will not have to foot the bill. At a budget committee work session Wednesday, Dec. 3, City Administrator Charles Tryban outlined several options for the council to consider. He confessed he was floored when the premium quotes came in...
Marshall council approves 911 address changes (12/02/08)
The Marshall City Council met Monday, Dec. 1, to approve ordinances concerning the 911 system and the management of stormwater. City Inspector Mike Morgan spoke about the ordinance approving addresses in the city to be changed to make navigation easier for emergency responders. ...
Diseased pines replaced on South Odell Avenue (11/19/08)
These stumps are all that remain of about 100 pine trees along South Odell Avenue just north and south of the Cypress Drive entrance to Cypress Point subdivision that were taken down by Marshall Municipal Services between Monday, Nov. 17, and Wednesday, Nov. ...
Marshall council authorizes city to purchase property from the Lighthouse Shelter / Mayor offers update on Eastwood bridge project (11/18/08)
The Marshall City Council met Monday, Nov. 17, to approve the hiring of four new police officers, liquor licenses and five ordinances, including a measure to purchase property currently owned by the Lighthouse Shelter. For $35,000, the city has bought a piece of property on West North Street from the Lighthouse Shelter. The property is adjacent to the police department building...
Ninety years later: Still honoring veterans, still hoping for peace (11/12/08)
It was supposed to be the magic hour.
 The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month -- Nov. 11, 1918 -- was to have been the end of "the war to end all wars," and the beginning of a new era of peace.
 It was a ferocious war, consuming the lives of more than 125,000 American soldiers, and wounding twice that many. Millions more died in from the countries in Europe that were devastated in the conflict...
Emphasis on voting, health issues and education dominate state NAACP convention held in Marshall Sept. 26 (11/06/08)
The NAACP Missouri State Conference held its annual convention at Martin Community Center on Friday, Sept. 26, and Saturday, Sept. 27, with the themes of power, justice, freedom and voting. "I think it was the best ever," said NAACP Mar-Saline Unit President Clyde Williams, specifying the location, environment and workshops as main reasons for this comment...
Chorus celebrates 2 decades of delighting music lovers (10/28/08)
Marshall's Community Chorus opened its 2008 season with a celebration concert commemorating the group's 20th year Sunday, Oct. 26, at the Marshall High School Little Theater. The chorus is an all-volunteer collection of singers from many communities in Saline, Lafayette and Pettis counties, initially brought together as part of Marshall's Sesquicentennial celebration...
Marshall council agrees to lease land to EcoAlgae, signs off on ConAgra bonds (10/20/08)
The EcoAlgae biofuel project took another step forward Monday, Oct. 20, when the Marshall City Council approved an ordinance authorizing Mayor Connie Latimer to enter into a contract to lease city-owned land to the company. The contract involves 137 acres at the city landfill, which has been closed for more than a decade...
Marshall P&Z Commission gives nod to off-campus housing project (10/15/08)
The Marshall Planning and Zoning Commission approved two requests at its meeting Tuesday, Oct. 14, one to issue a new special use permit for a building project and another to hold a public hearing on a proposal to rezone property on North Miami Avenue to enable a prospective owner to use it as headquarters for an organization...
Marshall council gets deal with MoDOT to improve US 65, Vest Street intersection (09/30/08)
The intersection of Vest Street and U.S. Highway 65 in Marshall is considered by many area motorists to be one of the most dangerous in the city. Calls for improvements at the intersection to help make it safer have apparently been heeded. The Marshall City Council approved at its special meeting Monday, Sept. 29, an agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission to share costs on the project of adding northbound and southbound turn lanes on U.S. 65 at Vest Street...
Shepard murder trial: Community shocked at news Shepards were murdered, 3 teens charged with the crime (09/18/08)
In June 2006 a well-known Marshall couple apparently died in a house fire. Investigators soon determined they had been murdered prior to the fire. This is the first of three stories recounting the events leading up to next week's trial of Lyndale Henderson, one of three men accused of the crime.
Marshall council adopts budget with wage increase / Biggest capital expenses excluded but may be considered later, officials say (09/16/08)
Marshall council adopts budget with wage increase / Biggest capital expenses excluded but may be considered later, officials say
DAR urges residents to ring in Constitution Week celebration (09/15/08)
Daughters of the American Revolution Member Betty Stone, left, and DAR Regent Elaine Osborn, right, look on as Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer signs a proclamation designating the week of Sept. 15 as Constitution Week. The proclamation identifies Sept. 17 as the 221st anniversary of the framing of the Constitution. DAR chapters nationwide are urging communities to get involved in the celebration by stepping outside and ringing a bell at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17...
MVC to kick off 2008-2009 academic year with freshman convocation (09/02/08)
Missouri Valley College President Bonnie Humphrey, along with members of the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and students, will officially welcome the Class of 2012 at a convocation ceremony Thursday, Sept. 4. The goal of the convocation ceremony, which takes place at 10 a.m. ...
Marshall council approves appointment of new police chief, assistant chief (08/29/08)
County commission meets with FEMA, SEMA reps Aug. 6 to discuss flood damage (08/11/08)
Before their regular meeting Wednesday, Aug. 6, Saline County Commissioners met with representatives of FEMA and SEMA to begin the process of obtaining state and/or federal assistance with funds to repair damage caused by flooding in the county after the torrential rain overnight July 30...
Council approves street closing for ConAgra expansion (08/05/08)
A section of English Avenue adjacent to ConAgra Foods has officially been vacated for street purposes by the city of Marshall. The Marshall City Council unanimously approved an ordinance granting the company's request for use of English Avenue -- also known as Banquet Drive -- from North Street to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks about a block and a half to the north...
Study: ConAgra project should give local economy big boost (07/28/08)
An economic impact analysis of ConAgra Foods' internal expansion at its Marshall plant suggests the return for the local economy will be good, according to Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer. Latimer released a copy of the report Friday afternoon, July 25, soon after receiving it...
Marshall council considers helping finance ConAgra expansion (07/22/08)
The Marshall City Council set the date for a public hearing on the question of whether the city should issue industrial development bonds that would help finance ConAgra Foods' expansion project. The hearing will take place prior to the Monday, Aug. 18, council meeting...
Mock trial helps illustrate library's 'Created Equal' theme (07/10/08)
Connie Latimer stepped outside her typical mayoral duties Tuesday, July 8, to temporarily become a judge, presiding over the "Ugly Duckling Trial." The Marshall Public Library held a mock trial to correlate with the "Created Equal" theme for their "We the People" bookshelf, which was received through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities...
Kudos, critique and a conflict at the Marshall City Council meeting Monday (07/07/08)
There were kudos for construction crews, criticism of fireworks and a dispute over an easement at the Marshall City Council meeting Monday, July 7. The kudos came from Mayor Connie Latimer and were directed at APAC construction crews and Marshall Municipal Services workers...
Accountability, awareness needed, Ford says/Local NAACP branch confers awards at annual banquet June 28 (07/01/08)
"You don't send a duck to eagle school." This was a common refrain from Rev. Gill Ford at the Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP Annual Awards and Freedom Banquet Saturday, June 28. Ford, NAACP Regional Director and the evening's honored speaker, used the duck and eagle analogy to explain the ills of today's society...
Relay for Life to be held at MHS track (06/26/08)
The annual Relay for Life of Saline County is scheduled for Friday, June 27, and Saturday, June 28. This year's fundraiser will be held at the Marshall High School track. Brian Butcher of the American Cancer Society said Thursday, June 26, that the relay will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday, June 27, and end at 6 a.m. the following morning...
Chamber of Commerce committee to interview 10 for scenic byway project (06/25/08)
The Marshall Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee narrowed an interview list for the scenic byway project, which will cross Saline County along U.S. Highways 65 and 41, down to 10 select individuals at their Thursday, June 19 meeting. Jon Whiteman, of Whiteman Consulting in Boulder, Colo., will interview each person on the list to get a better understanding of tourism opportunities in the county...
Marshall to fix addressing problems for new 911 system (06/19/08)
Mayor Connie Latimer informed the Marshall City Council Monday, June 16, of a mishap involving the home address of an elderly woman and Saline County Ambulance District responders. In the early part of May, ambulance personnel had problems finding the woman, who lives on North Lafayette Avenue...
MoDOT, Marshall officials looking at traffic control options for Vest and U.S. 65 intersection (06/17/08)
The city of Marshall is working with Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) officials to determine whether traffic controls are needed at the intersection of U.S. Highway 65 and Vest Street. Mayor Connie Latimer announced at the City Council meeting Monday, June 16, that a traffic study is being conducted at the intersection...
Marshall park board approves new master plan (06/06/08)
The Marshall Park and Recreation Board approved a new version of the master plan, an update of the one assembled in 1999, at its regular meeting Thursday, June 5. The board also heard Aquatic Center Manager and Recreation Supervisor Lori Godsey's plan for mock rescues during pool hours...
Local businessman asks Marshall City Council to support addition of traffic light at Vest, U.S. 65 (06/03/08)
Doug Swinger, who owns the old mobile home park at U.S. Highway 65 and Vest Street, brought to the Marshall City Council Monday, June 2, a signed petition asking the city to consult with Missouri Department of Transportation to put a stoplight at the intersection.
Governor approves tax credits for ConAgra Foods expansion (05/27/08)
Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer said Tuesday, May 27, that she's pleased with the estimated $1.7 million in state tax credits being awarded to ConAgra Foods in Marshall. Gov. Matt Blunt announced Friday afternoon, May 23, that ConAgra Foods has been approved for $1,700,330 in state tax credits from the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) to assist in the creation of at least 160 new jobs in the Marshall area, according to a news release from the governor's office...
2 citizens object to ConAgra Foods street closing plan, others express support at public hearing (05/20/08)
The Marshall City Council met Monday, May 19, to hold a public hearing to hear comments and concerns about closing Banquet Drive from North Street to south of the Missouri Pacific Railroad crossing and Marion Street from Banquet Drive to North Ellsworth Avenue...
In print: Stories in our print and e-edition May 13 (05/13/08)
Interesting news and features published in our print edition and e-edition Tuesday, May 13: On page 3: A story with photo about the Daughters of 1812 chapter honoring long-time organization member Darlene Brownfield Peters. On page 4: A letter to the editor from Billy Thiel offering counterarguments against anti-ethanol information. ...
Cancer center capital campaign seeks funding help from MMU (05/13/08)
The Community Cancer Center Capital Campaign asked Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works to fund $292,000 towards the campaign so they can meet their July 11 campaign conclusion date. The board has decided to review options to fund this request at a later date...
Marshall City Council, 9-1-1 Commission agree on price for dispatch site (05/07/08)
Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer released a statement Wednesday morning, May 7, announcing that the Marshall City Council agreed in closed session Monday, May 5, to make an offer to sell a parcel of land on South Odell Avenue to the 9-1-1 Commission. The site was one of three put forward by the city of Marshall as possible sites for the new centralized dispatch center...
Long-time Shriners -- Baker and Malan -- to serve as grand marshals in May 10 parade (05/07/08)
Saline County Shrine Club announced Monday, May 5, that they will honor two long-time members of the Shrine -- Ralph Malan and Samuel W. Baker -- as grand marshals in the Shrine Parade Saturday, May 10. "They've been long-time members of the Shrine," said John Rieves, local chapter vice president. "They have given a lot of their time to the organization and helping the children."...
Marshall council sets public hearing on ConAgra Foods request for two street closings near Marshall plant (05/06/08)
Marshall City Council met Monday, May 5, to receive a detailed map of the proposed internal-expansion of ConAgra Foods and the closing of Banquet Drive and a section of Marion Street. "This is not a brick and mortar expansion," said Mayor Connie Latimer. "It's an in-house expansion."...
9-1-1 center site selection process bumpy in places/Negotiation with city of Marshall over land cost, other details are next on commission's agenda (05/05/08)
The process was not perfect, and certainly not free of controversy, but the majority opinion prevailed, and as things stand now, the new 9-1-1 call center will be located near Marshall's newly-renovated airport. The next question to be settled is how much, if anything, will be spent to acquire the property...
9-1-1 Commission chooses site near Marshall airport for proposed central dispatch center (05/03/08)
Pamela Teague, new director of the 9-1-1 dispatch center for Saline County, released minutes of Monday's closed session of the commission late Wednesday, April 30, announcing the commission's decision to build the center on a tract of land adjacent to the new Shirley Martin Community Center/Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum, near the Marshall Municipal Airport.
Shriners invite local organizations, bands to participate in annual Shrine Parade May 10 (05/01/08)
The Saline County Shrine Club invites any interested civic organization or school band to participate in the second annual Shrine Parade to be held in Marshall Saturday, May 10. John Rieves, chapter vice president, said any organization that wants to build a float representing their purpose or an upcoming event is welcome...
ConAgra plans Marshall plant expansion, adding 150 jobs/Marshall council agrees to offer pass-through revenue bonds (04/22/08)
ConAgra plans Marshall plant expansion, adding 150 jobs/Marshall council agrees to offer pass-through revenue bonds
Simulation helps area leaders learn what it's like to live in poverty (04/22/08)
Two days is a long time for nearly 200 people to learn about, hear about and talk about the same subject. And yet, it's really not long enough when the subject of the learning and hearing and talking is poverty. Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer, whose office co-sponsored the two-day Mayor's Summit "Poverty to Prosperity" with Missouri Valley Community Action Agency April 3 and 4 in Marshall, said poverty is "such a complex problem. ...
ConAgra plans Marshall plant expansion/City Council agrees to consider participating in financing process (04/21/08)
ConAgra Foods announced Monday afternoon, April 21, that it plans to expand its Marshall plant, adding a new production line and creating more than 150 new jobs in the process. Soon after the announcement, the Marshall City Council approved an ordinance affirming its intent to issue industrial development revenue bonds to the company to help finance the expansion...
Marshall mayor thanks MoDOT for support of airport improvements (04/21/08)
The City of Marshall held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, April 18, to celebrate the completed $2.3 million runway expansion project at Marshall Memorial Airport. About 100 people attended the ceremony and luncheon, according to Mayor Connie Latimer...
Marshall council approves South Odell Avenue rezoning request (04/08/08)
The Marshall City Council unanimously agreed to rezone the properties near the old Pizza Hut to make way for a possible nationwide pharmaceutical company. The council held a public hearing prior to their regular meeting to hear comments and concerns from residents in Marshall on the rezoning of the three lots known as 208 and 210 E. Rea St. and the vacant lot at the corner of College Street and Olson Avenue...
Community bids farewell to soldiers (04/07/08)
Sadness about the impending departure of area Missouri National Guard soldiers mixed with great pride for their service to the state and the country during the deployment ceremony at the Marshall armory Saturday, April 5. There were more than a few damp eyes and faltering voices as a series of dignitaries thanked the soldiers for their service and wished them a safe return as they prepare for a year-long deployment that will take them eventually to Kosovo, where Marshall's 1128th Forward Support Company will join the 129th Field Artillery unit in support of the NATO-led Kosovo Force mission.. ...
'Boom Town USA' author to speak April 4 in Marshall at Mayor's Summit (04/03/08)
John M. "Jack" Schultz, author of "Boom Town USA," will be on hand Friday, April 4, at the first-of-its-kind Mayor's Summit, "Poverty to Prosperity," at the Martin Community Center in Marshall. The summit is a joint project of the office of Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer and Missouri Valley Community Action Agency...
'Boom Town USA' author to speak April 4 in Marshall at Mayor's Summit on poverty (04/02/08)
John M. "Jack" Schultz, author of "Boom Town USA," will be on hand Friday, April 4, at the first-of-its-kind Mayor's Summit, "Poverty to Prosperity," at the Martin Community Center in Marshall. The summit is a joint project of the office of Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer and Missouri Valley Action Agency...
Marshall council sets public hearing on South Odell rezoning (03/18/08)
The Marshall City Council set a public hearing on a proposed zoning change on South Odell Avenue for 5:15 p.m. Monday, April 7. The request, brought to the city by Sandy Hisle, involves a potential retail development on the site of the old Pizza Hut near College Street and Odell Avenue...
Singapore delegation visits Marshall to discuss poverty issues (03/13/08)
Nine representatives from Singapore visited Missouri Valley Community Action Agency in Marshall Tuesday, March 11, to learn new and creative ways to address poverty. "We are extremely pleased you decided to come to Missouri, we are still flabbergasted," said Missouri Association for Community Action (MACA) Executive Director Elaine West. "We hope this will be a beneficial experience for you and us."...
Marshall P&Z Commission approves rezoning for retail business on South Odell/Commission denies a separate South Odell rezoning request further south (03/12/08)
The Marshall Planning and Zoning Commission met Tuesday, March 11, to hold two public hearings and hear feedback from the community. Sandy Hisle of Tower Reality started out the public hearing to rezone several lots between Odell and Olson avenues and Rea and College streets from R-2 residential to C-2 highway business...
Mayor officially announces police chief's retirement in May (03/05/08)
On Wednesday, March 5, Mayor Connie Latimer released an update on the status of the retirement of Marshall's Chief of Police. "Effective May 5, 2008, Police Chief Jim Simmerman will retire," Latimer stated in the release. "I have contacted the Missouri Police Chief's Association and we are exploring the possibility of hiring their Assessment Team to screen the applications we receive for Chief Simmerman's replacement. ...
Marshall Police Chief announces retirement (03/04/08)
Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer announced Tuesday morning, March 4, that Marshall Police Chief Jim Simmerman will retire. "In executive session, (Monday night, March 3) I informed the council that Chief Simmerman would be retiring effective May 5," Latimer said...
Marshall council approves 2 more telephone company settlements (03/04/08)
Marshall City Council met Monday, March 3, to approve joining a municipal class settlement with two more wireless phone companies. Marshall accepted the settlement from Verizon in the tune of $28,540 in November 2007. The council approved joining the settlements of AT&T Mobility and Sprint Nextel Corporation...
MVC briefs city, county officials on college's crisis plan (02/26/08)
Missouri Valley College presented its 2008 Crisis Response Plan to city and county officials during a dinner on Friday, Feb. 22. The purpose of the document is to provide information, guidelines and procedures to the MVC community. Bonnie Humphrey, president of MVC, said, "It's a shame we have to deal with these problems. But we are fools if we think we're immune."...
MVCAA officially opens Sunshine Estates (02/25/08)
Missouri Valley Community Action Agency held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 20, to celebrate the opening of the newly-built Sunshine Estates. Sunshine Estates consists of four new homes and two duplexes for rent. The homes were constructed at Benton Avenue and Summit Streets. Each single-family home will include three bedrooms and two baths. The duplex homes were built at Ravenal Avenue and Miranda Drive...
Marshall mayor pleased with response to cancer patient benefit (02/21/08)
Area cancer patients face a number of challenges in dealing with the disease, and the costs of simply getting to their treatments is one that local volunteers hope to ease. Led by Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer, volunteers held a benefit dinner Wednesday, Feb. 20, to raise money that will go directly to helping cancer patients meet their expenses...
Marshall council certifies park tax election results (02/20/08)
The Marshall City Council met Tuesday, Feb. 19, to certify the election results of Feb. 5. The city certified the one-quarter of one percent sales tax for the park system. The final tally was 1,512 votes in favor of the tax and 761 votes against. The measure succeeded in all four wards of the city and among voters casting absentee ballots, generally by a more than two-to-one margin...
MHC to celebrate cultural diversity (02/14/08)
Marshall Habilitation Center has celebrated Black History Month and Women's History Month for several years, but this year's event co-chairs, Paula Reynolds, Koby Staley and Cindi Gibson, combined the events into a celebration to focus on the variety of life and culture in the city of Marshall. The three have been working on their plans since January...
Milestone: First jet lands on rehabbed runway (02/13/08)
The gleaming corporate jet swept a spray of snow in its wake as it touched the runway at Marshall Municipal Airport shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. The routine landing was anything but routine for Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer, who was on hand to witness the first jet landing at the airport since the facility reopened after runway and taxiway renovations were essentially completed recently...
Stouffer to host town hall meeting in Marshall about I-70 (02/12/08)
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story included an incorrect location of the meeting. Revised at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 13. State Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, announced Tuesday, Feb. 5, that he will hold a town hall meeting to discuss issues regarding Interstate 70, which runs through the heart of his district and is a key transportation artery for the state. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, and will be conducted at the Municipal Court Building on Eastwood Street in Marshall...
Marshall council pays airport bills, authorizes April litter pick-up event (02/07/08)
The Marshall City Council met Monday, Feb. 4, and approved the payment of two bills for the airport expansion project and approved the next citywide clean-up day. City Administrator Charles Tryban said he received two bills Monday morning for the airport expansion project and he would like the council's approval to pay them...
Benefit dinner for cancer patients postponed (02/06/08)
Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer announced Wednesday morning, Feb. 6, that the spaghetti dinner originally scheduled for 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. to benefit local cancer patients has been postponed to Feb. 20 because of poor weather.
2007 building projects steady, value down from 2006 (02/05/08)
A total of $12,361,632 worth of construction was done throughout Marshall in 2007. Ron Duvall, Ward 4, and member of Community Development and Code Committee, said, "It seemed like a pretty good year." In 2006, a total of $20,976,362.15 worth of construction was done throughout the city...
Spaghetti dinner Feb. 6 to benefit area cancer patients (02/01/08)
The Office of the Mayor -- City of Marshall, Fitzgibbon Hospital and Marshall Ministerial Alliance are hosting a community support dinner to benefit area cancer patients on Ash Wednesday. The spaghetti dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 at First United Methodist Church New Life Center, 225 E. Arrow St. in Marshall...
Both sides of railroad crossing controversy air their views at public hearing (01/25/08)
Editor's note: This story is the second in a series examining the proposal to close two railroad crossings in Marshall, the reasons and potential consequences. At Marshall City Council meeting Tuesday evening, Jan. 22, a public hearing to receive comments and concerns from Marshall residents and business owners about closing North Jefferson and Lyon avenues' railroad crossings caused a little bit of tension...
Organizer: 'The vision has become a reality'/Martin Community Center/Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum officially open (01/24/08)
"Wonderful," "beautiful" and "awe-inspiring." Those are some of the words used to describe the long-awaited Marshall communitiy center and aviation museum facility. Area residents who have followed the progress of the Shirley Martin Community Center/Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum finally got a chance to see what organizers and supporters of the Building the Vision capital campaign delivered...
Pro and con: Marshall council hears views on proposal to close 2 railroad crossings (01/23/08)
Editor's note: This story is the first of a series that will look more closely at the reasons for closing two railroad crossings in Marshall and the possible impact the closings will have on local residents and businesses. The Marshall City Council met Tuesday, Jan. 22, and held a public hearing to hear comments and concerns regarding the proposed permanent closing of the Kansas City Southern (KCS) crossings at North Jefferson Avenue and North Lyon Avenue...
Utility board votes to turn lagoons over to Cargill (01/22/08)
The Marshall Municipal Utilities' Board of Public Works met Tuesday, Jan. 15, to approve a measure allowing Mayor Connie Latimer to execute necessary documents to return ownership and maintenance responsibilities of six wastewater pretreatment lagoons back to Cargill Meat Solutions...
Ervin: Key to MLK's dream is respect for all (01/21/08)
For Freema Ervin, keynote speaker at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. prayer breakfast in Marshall, pursuing King's dream of justice and equality requires a simple prerequisite: respect. Ervin, a college educator and third-generation ordained minister from Sedalia, spoke Monday, Jan. 21, at the First United Methodist Church event, about taking King's dream further...
ConAgra plans to begin demolition soon on 4 buildings in Marshall (01/17/08)
ConAgra plans to demolish four buildings within two city blocks beginning the end of January, which may effect some of the city's utility lines. The buildings scheduled for demolition are located between Salt Pond Avenue and English Avenue from North Street to Arrow Street. Wayne Brown Enterprises was issued four permits on Friday, Jan. 11, to begin demolition of each structure that stands within the two city blocks...
Marshall P&Z Commission grants paving extension to new civic center, sets public hearing date for South Odell business's rezoning request (01/10/08)
The Marshall Planning and Zoning Commission met Tuesday, Jan. 8, to approve a paving extension request from Martin Community Center/Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum (MCC/NBAM) and to set a public hearing for rezoning a property located at 1674 S. Odell Ave...
Councilman: 2007 was a good year for construction in Marshall (01/08/08)
The Marshall City Council heard good news Monday, Jan. 7, from the city inspection department as over $12 million of construction was done throughout the city during 2007. According to a report given by Ron Duvall, Ward 4, the city issued 130 building, 130 electrical, 149 mechanical, 128 plumbing, 23 demolition and 45 certificates of occupancy permits...
Marshall airport reopens with new pavement, lights (01/04/08)
Area residents who like to fly have been waiting for weeks to hear these few words, "The airport is open." According to Mayor Connie Latimer, the Marshall Municipal Airport opened up at 7:15 a.m. this morning, Jan. 4. The airport was closed on Monday, Sept. 17, so Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. of Columbia could begin the airport expansion project...
Marshall City Council approves amendment to fireworks ordinance (12/19/07)
The Marshall City Council Monday, Dec. 17, approved an amendment to the Code of Ordinances relating to permissible use and possession of fireworks. The amendment had been tabled twice, once for a committee to review and the second time for City Counsel Don Stouffer to review...
Newscope/Requests for Christmas dinner deliveries should be made by Dec. 20 (12/19/07)
Anyone who would like to request a holiday meal delivery Saturday, Dec. 22, from the Saline County Community Christmas Dinner should call the Marshall City Offices at 886-2225. Mayor Connie Latimer urged people to call by Thursday afternoon, Dec. 20, if possible so food preparation and delivery routes can be planned...
Visit from Santa and a big gift cheers Marshall council (12/18/07)
The Marshall City Council met Monday, Dec. 17, with a special visitor from the North Pole. The council received good news from City Administrator Charles Tryban, as the city was awarded more funds from the state to help fund the airport's runway extension project...
Officials urge residents to be wary of scams (12/13/07)
Some residents may be experiencing con artists in full swing as winter storms roll through Missouri. Marshall city officials warn Marshall residents to watch for con artists who want to trim trees in the wake of recent ice storms. Julie Lewis, assistant city clerk, stresses warnings to residents since the city office has received several fraudulent e-mails for tree trimming...
Mayor: Marshall airport project nears completion (12/05/07)
The Marshall City Council heard from Mayor Connie Latimer about the airport runway expansion project at their meeting on Monday, Dec. 3. Latimer said, "The saga at the airport continues. The lights are partially in." She said if "Mother Nature cooperates they should be done in a couple of weeks."...
Measure to regulate off-street parking remains in limbo (12/04/07)
The Marshall Planning and Zoning Commission again tabled ordinance amendments regarding paved parking and gross vehicle weight limits in residential areas on Tuesday, Nov. 13, for the fourth straight meeting in a row. Chairman Norvelle Brown did make a motion to accept the off-street parking amendment with member Steven Mills seconding it...
Big grant provides early Christmas gift for Marshall schools (12/03/07)
Santa came early to the Marshall School District and he brought a very nice gift for the financially-challenged district with him -- a big sack of cash. Even better, the money comes with very few strings attached and very few hoops to jump through. In fact, said Superintendent Rob Gordon, "the sky's the limit" on what can be done with a state grant of $1.2 million, spread over five years, to expand and improve before- and after-school programs...
Marshall Tourism Commission, mayor discuss fund's status (11/23/07)
The Marshall Tourism Commission met on Wednesday, Nov. 7, to hear comments from Mayor Connie Latimer and to begin the review process for grant applications of tourism funds. Latimer addressed the commission about the audit it is wanting to conduct of funds that the city oversees for the commission and stressed that their approach was unnecessary...
Marshall council sets April election, amends park tax election ordinance (11/23/07)
The Marshall city council heard two votes of 'no' on amending the park sales tax ordinance on Monday, Nov. 19. Barbara Utlaut, Ward 1, and Vince Lutterbie, Ward 2, voted no to amending the ordinance authorizing the enactment of a one-quarter of 1 percent sales tax to be used for the operation of Marshall Municipal Parks...
Feds question railroad crossing safety in Marshall/Crossings at Jefferson and Lyon avenues may close after other crossings receive upgrades (11/20/07)
Railroad crossing safety is being questioned by federal agencies; therefore, Marshall may see two crossings closed to the public along with five other crossings being revamped with new technology that increases safety for Marshall motorists. Kansas City Southern railroad's seven crossings in Marshall are in poor condition. ...
Area mayors meet to discuss poverty-fighting strategies (11/15/07)
In an effort to provide a starting point for united city action to boost the health and vitality of local communities, the Missouri Valley Community Action Agency (MVCAA) and Mayor Connie Latimer hosted a "Mayor's Summit" in Marshall on Tuesday, Nov. 13...
Community shows its gratitude to veterans during moving ceremony (11/13/07)
The Veterans Day ceremony on the Marshall square Monday, Nov. 12, had many individuals thanking the veterans who made the life people live now possible. Jim Heinzler, retired command sergeant for National Guard, addressed the public as the keynote speaker and ended his speech with a tear-jerking experience...
Cities of Marshall, Slater accept Verizon settlement payments (11/08/07)
Marshall and Slater city councils have unanimously decided to participate in the municipal class settlement with Verizon Wireless. "Basically, (Verizon) decided to not fight it anymore and pay it," said Marshall's City Administrator Charles Tryban. The settlement means a small revenue boost for both cities and the potential for additional tax revenues in the future...
Marshall voters will get a chance in Feb. to consider park tax (11/06/07)
The Marshall City Council heard its first "no" vote in what is said to be a long time during their meeting on Monday, Nov. 5. Vince Lutterbie, Ward 2, voted "no" on an ordinance authorizing the enactment of a one-quarter of one percent sales tax for the Marshall Municipal Parks...
MoDOT to host ribbon-cutting ceremonies for 2 U.S. 65 projects (10/25/07)
The Missouri Department of Transportation has announced two ribbon-cutting ceremonies in Saline County next week. The first will be held Monday, Oct. 29, at 1 p.m. to celebrate the completion of the roadway improvements to U.S. Highway 65 at the junction of Route N -- commonly known as Clyde's Corner -- east of Malta Bend...
Second graders learn about city from Q & A with mayor (10/22/07)
Textbooks are OK, but if you’re a second-grader and want to learn about city government, what could be better than talking to the mayor? Mayor Connie Latimer visited Southeast Elementary Wednesday, Oct. 3, to talk about city government with John Makings second grade class...
Marshall library board confirms patron's loss of privileges, meets new children's services coordinator at recent meeting (10/16/07)
The Marshall Public Library Board of Trustees met Wednesday, Oct. 10, to meet the library's new children's services coordinator and to make a decision on whether to enforce termination of a library patron's visiting privileges because that patron broke the "code of conduct" policy numerous times...
Marshall city officials pleased with intersection improvements on U.S. 65 (10/16/07)
The Marshall City Council met on Monday, Oct. 15, to discuss completion of the College Street and U.S. Highway 65 intersection. David Kemm, resident of Marshall, congratulated the council on the wonderful job that was done at the intersection of College Street and U.S. Highway 65...
Second annual Maastricht Institute shines light on entrepreneurship (10/02/07)
For the second consecutive year, the Maastricht Institute of Entrepreneurship at Missouri Valley College brought professionals to the campus to educate students and attendees on various aspects of the field. This year's institute, which took place from Sept. 25 - 27, featured several speakers including Mickey Burns, television host and founding member of Quest Media Entertainment Inc. in New York...
City council makes adjustments to clear up end of year deficit (09/28/07)
The Marshall City Council held a special meeting on Thursday, Sept. 27, to amend the 2006-2007 budget and to pay the bills through appropriation. For the 2006-2007 fiscal year, the city overspent $200,650. When all other funds were taken into account, the budget was off by a negative $197,345...
'Older Workers Week' designated for Marshall by proclamation Sept. 24 (09/25/07)
The Workforce Development Board of Western Missouri, Inc., and Experience Works announced Monday, Sept. 24, that Sept. 24 - 28 is designated as National Employ Older Workers Week. A proclamation was signed by Mayor Connie Latimer. At the signing was Bob Hagedorn, Chief of Staff for Ike Skelton, who told those present that Congressman Skelton wholeheartedly supported programs such as Experience Works...
Marshall City Council adopts $9 million budget for 2007-2008 (09/18/07)
The Marshall City Council met Monday night, Sept. 17, to adopt the 2007-2008 budget and schedule a special meeting to amend the 2006-2007 budget. The council passed the $8,912,098-expenditure budget unanimously. The predicted revenue is $8,985,430. The general fund is the most difficult part of the budget to come out even, said City Administrator Charles Tryban...
Local officials, students and organizations observe anniversary of U.S. Constitution (09/18/07)
Americans across the United States are celebrating Constitution Week inside and outside of school classrooms. Mayor Connie Latimer signed a proclamation on Monday, Sept. 17, declaring Monday, Sept. 17 as Citizenship Day and Monday, Sept. 17, through Sunday, Sept. 23, as Constitution Week...
2nd annual Poverty Walk takes its first steps Sept. 17 (09/17/07)
"Because it is right, because it is wise, and because . . . it is possible to conquer poverty." Ann Graff, executive director of Missouri Valley Community Action Agency, kicked off the 2nd Annual Poverty Walk on Monday, Sept. 17, at the Saline County Courthouse with Lyndon B. Johnson's words from his speech to Congress introducing the Economic Opportunity of 1964...
Tourism tax revenues up from last year, commission treasurer reports Sept.12 (09/12/07)
The Marshall Tourism Commission met on Wednesday, Sept. 12, to hear the financial report and to schedule next month's meeting to accommodate grant applications and financial preparedness. Treasurer Gracie Bouws said if the commission could average $20,000 per quarter on the hotel tax the funds available for grant applicants will be greater...
Marshall Girl Scout earns 'gold' through community service (09/07/07)
Kim Day, daughter of Tony and Sharon Day, accomplished the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve, the Gold Award, by helping her community. For her project, she helped the Lighthouse Shelter by renovating a room, turning it into a bright and fun library for children to use...
Airport to close nearly 3 months for construction (09/05/07)
The Marshall City Council met on Tuesday, Sept. 4, to hear an update from Mayor Connie Latimer about the airport overlay project. City officials met with Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. of Columbia to re-negotiate a start date. The start day was scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 4, with the Marshall Memorial Airport being closed for 85 days. The new start date has been moved to Monday, Sept. 17, with the airport being closed the 85 days beginning on the start date...
Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee discusses policy changes, plans for promoting new civic (08/23/07)
During the Marshall Chamber of Commerce's Tourism Committee meeting, Chairman Stan Moore announced that anything in the grant program for 2008 will require competitive bids if the amount is $3,000 or more. For example, this would include the printing of the visitor's guide and the park program guide...
Marshall council approves 2 utility-related ordinances (08/21/07)
The Marshall City Council met on Monday, Aug. 20, to approve two ordinances originating from Marshall Municipal Utilities (MMU). The council approved an ordinance authorizing and directing Mayor Connie Latimer to execute a contract addendum between the city of Marshall, MMU and the city of Waverly...
Back-to-school shoppers get sales tax break Aug. 3 through 5 (08/02/07)
The opportunity for parents and teachers to buy school supplies with a tax break is just around the corner. From Friday, Aug. 3 until Sunday, Aug. 5, back-to-school shoppers in the area will have a chance to take advantage of the Missouri Sales Tax Holiday...
MVCAA breaks ground on new Sunshine Estates development (08/01/07)
The Missouri Valley Community Action Agency broke ground for the $1.2 million Sunshine Estates on Friday, July 20. MVCAA received confirmation on Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, that it had been approved by Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) for a $2.7 million housing grant...
City officials receive 3 bids for airport project (07/19/07)
The city of Marshall received three bids for the Marshall Municipal Airport improvement projects. Bids were opened on Wednesday, July 18. The grant-funded project will allow the city to include a six-inch concrete overlay on the runway instead of an asphalt overlay, as had been planned previously...
Marshall council approves trailer park rezoning (07/18/07)
The Marshall City Council met on Monday, July 16, to hold a public hearing on a request to rezone a tract of land from M-H mobile home park to C-2 highway business. The request was made by Doug Swinger for a piece of property located at the corner of U.S. 65 and W. Thomas St...
P&Z tables proposed amendments to parking law (07/11/07)
The Marshall Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing on Tuesday, July 11, to hear comments and concerns about two amendments to the City of Marshall's off-street parking regulations. The commission decided to table the amendments while more information is gathered...
NAACP speaker inspires continued battle on racism (07/10/07)
When Clyde Williams introduced the Rev. Myra Drummond-Lewis as the keynote speaker at the Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP's annual awards banquet Saturday, June 30, he predicted the audience's reaction would be, "Wow." It was. Lewis began her speech on a low key, offering observations and advice based on her studies of organizational leadership -- useful but academic in tone...
Marshall council gets update on airport project (07/03/07)
The Marshall City Council met on Monday, July 2, to discuss plans for the Marshall Memorial Airport improvement project. Mayor Connie Latimer said the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company have been meeting to discuss details of the project...
Marshall chamber names business and citizen of the year (06/22/07)
The Marshall Chamber of Commerce held its 86th annual awards banquet on Thursday, June 21, to honor State Farm Insurance Agent Dale Zank as the business of the year and George Green as the citizen of the year. Angie Wells, 2007-2008 chamber president, read a brief overview of the accomplishments of Zank's agency while a slide show compiled by Marshall Chamber of Commerce's Administrative Assistant Jill Murray played...
Newscope/Thursday, June 21 (06/21/07)
Optimist Club to host breakfast fundraiser to support childhood cancer services The Optimist Club of Marshall will host a breakfast in the park to raise money for childhood cancer support Saturday, June 30, from 7 a.m. to noon. Breakfast will include homemade sausage gravy and biscuits with juice and coffee at the Hill Top Shelter House. Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer recently proclaimed June as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month...
Police, city officials face off at City Council meeting/Complaints include poor pay, lack of input on insurance and inadequate communication equipment (06/19/07)
The Marshall City Council met Monday, June 18, to hear concerns about salaries, health insurance and radio communication problems from an organization representing 23 unhappy members of the Marshall Police Department. Marc Moore, president of the Mid-Missouri Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 16 and representing the members of the police department, addressed the council about "conditions of the Marshall Police Department."...
Civic center project accounts for most of May permits (06/08/07)
The city of Marshall issued permits for over $3.56 million in May with the Martin Civic Center/Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum taking "a big part of the pie," according to the report given by Ron Duvall, Ward 4, at the city council meeting on Monday, June 4...
Marshall airport grant gets boost/Council hears concerns about cars parked on lawns (06/05/07)
The airport improvement grant the city of Marshall will receive via the Missouri Department of Transportation is "better than expected," according to Mayor Connie Latimer. Latimer provided an update on the grant at the council's meeting Monday, June 4...
Illuminated angel presented to city/Gift honors memory of 2006 murder victims (06/05/07)
A year ago this week relatives of Richard "R.D." and Jessie "Tiny" Shepard were saddened by the news that the well-known Marshall couple had died in what initially appeared to be a house fire. Investigators soon determined that the couple had been murdered before their home was set ablaze...
Aull provides overview, assessment of recent General Assembly session (05/25/07)
Work done by the Missouri House of Representatives during the just-ended spring session was a mixed bag, according to state Rep. Joe Aull (D-Marshall). Aull spoke to the Marshall Rotary Club Thursday, May 24, and provided a summary and brief assessment of bills that legislators passed or did not pass...
Marshall council hears update on street work (05/22/07)
Motorists traveling through downtown Marshall have endured bumpy surfaces for several weeks, but crews are making progress on the street resurfacing projects, according to city officials. The Marshall City Council was given an update on street resurfacing projects at its meeting Monday, May 21...
Marshall Tourism Commission gets update from civic center project (05/17/07)
The Marshall Tourism Commission met on Wednesday, May 9, to receive an update from one project it funds and to discuss potential candidates for the replacement of the position on the commission held by Angie Wells. The Building the Vision Campaign gave an update to the commission on where the Shirley Martin Civic Center/Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum project stands in terms of funding and construction progress...
Shriners Parade schedules stop in Marshall May 12 (05/08/07)
Local Shriners have been working hard to bring the All Shrine Parade to Marshall, which they have successfully done. Marshall will see an "all call" Shrine Parade on Saturday, May 12, starting at 10 a.m. on Miami Street near the Marshall High School...
Final plat for Hunters Crossing Subdivision approved by council (05/08/07)
The Marshall City Council met on Monday, May 7, to hold a public hearings concerning the final plat of the Hunters Crossing Subdivision. Hunters Crossing will be a subdivision with 105 to 110 single-family home sites with the intent to have basements, said Russell Childers of Rac-Jac Investments, Inc. The new subdivision will be built in four phases starting from the north off Vest Street and working south...
May 1 named 'Loyalty Day' (05/01/07)
Mayor Connie Latimer proclaimed Tuesday, May 1, 2007, as Loyalty Day, continuing a tradition established by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in 1958. Celebrated unofficially for many years as a counter to the Communist "May Day" celebrations, Loyalty Day was proclaimed an official addition to the nation's calendar with Public Law 85-529 on July 18, 1958...
County leaders discuss problems, assets, opportunities (04/25/07)
Editor's note: This story provides an overview of the 2007 State of Saline County forum. Subsequent stories will focus in more detail on some of the small-group discussions that occurred at the event. The outcome from group discussions at the third annual State of Saline County on Tuesday, April 24, suggests that attracting and retaining employees in both the small and large businesses and industries remains a main concern among community leaders...
State of Saline County a venue to discuss future (04/20/07)
When the Lions Club of Marshall convenes the third Annual State of Saline County Report Tuesday, April 24, all those who are interested in the future of Saline County are invited to attend, according to organizers. This year's theme is "Seeing the Opportunities." The forum is co-sponsored this year by the Lions Club and the city of Marshall...
Seeing the opportunities/2007 State of Saline County/City of Marshall (04/20/07)
-- Founded 1839 -- Population (as of July 2005): 12,403 -- Employees: 152 -- Payroll: $405,377 -- Annual budget: $8.9 million -- Business licenses issued in 2007: 1,006 -- 100 miles of streets -- Tons of salt used on streets in winter of 2006-07: 125...
Seeing the Opportunities/2007 State of Saline County/ConAgra Foods (04/12/07)
-- F. M. Stamper Company began operations in the late 1920s in Marshall. Renamed as Banquet Foods, and acquired by ConAgra in early 1980s. -- Produces 1 million pot pies in a single day. -- The only plant in the U.S. producing Banquet pot pies -- Employs 830 workers in Marshall...
Municipal Band closer to permanent home (04/10/07)
Marshall Municipal Band gets a permanent home in the basement beneath the Marshall Municipal Court and will be moving in soon. Director Kevin Lines said the band will be settled in before the start of their 86th season in May. Mayor Connie Latimer said the sale of the Marshall Lumber Yard to ConAgra in mid-2005 allowed the city to purchase the building located at 11 E. Eastwood...
Marshall mayor, council incumbents re-elected (04/04/07)
Incumbent Marshall city officials fared well in the April 3 election, according to unoffical totals provided by county election officials. Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer held off a number of write-in challengers and was re-elected by a more than two-to-one margin. City Clerk Janet French said, "I have been working for the city since 1969 and I don't remember having that many write-in candidates."...
Marshall City Council gets airport project update (04/03/07)
The Marshall City council met on Monday, April 2, to hear updates on the airport expansion project. Mayor Connie Latimer said she spoke with Dave Hadel of Burns & McDonnell of Kansas City and the plan is to select a bid by the end of May. There are 112 days of construction allotted for the project which includes a runway overlay, extension and lighting. The project is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 31, Latimer said...
Kemm: Litter pick-up day a big success (03/28/07)
The Take Pride In Marshall litter pick-up last weekend was a big success, according to organizer David Kemm. Marshall residents and friends met in the parking lot of the City Office Building on Saturday, March 24, to help clean up Marshall. Fifty-four participants helped pick up trash and other litter items in the creek behind Sherri Estates and Cumberland Presbyterian Church, the square and the blocks surrounding, Lincoln Avenue to U.S. 65, and many other areas throughout the city...
MoDOT announces progress on intersection project at U.S. 65 and College (03/27/07)
The Missouri Department of Transportation's north central district announced Tuesday, March 27, that it has submitted final plans to its Central Office in Jefferson City to advertise for bids on a project in Saline County. The proposed project would construct turn lanes and install permanent signals at the intersection of College Avenue and Route 65 in Marshall...
Marshall council approves South Odell sewer contract (03/20/07)
The South Odell sewer project is closer to the construction phase after more than a year of preliminary work. The Marshall City Council approved an ordinance Monday, March 19, authorizing the mayor to execute a contract with C.L. Richardson of Ashland...
Municipal election: April 3, 2007/Three vie for Marshall mayoral post in April 3 election (03/20/07)
Editor's note: The City of Marshall will have three official candidates for a four-year term as mayor in the Tuesday, April 3 election. One name, incumbent Connie J. Latimer, will appear on the ballot. However, if the voter chooses to write-in either Thomas E. Bell or Russell M. Donnell their votes will be counted. All candidates were asked the same questions...
P&Z Commission supports change to sign ordinance (03/15/07)
The Planning and Zoning Commission met on Tuesday, March 13, to discuss a recommendation to amend the city's sign ordinance, a sign variance for SMC Electric Supply and the preliminary plat for Hunter's Crossing subdivision. The commission discussed the possibility of amending the sign ordinance to allow the commission to approve sign variances without having to go to the city council for final approval...
Marshall mayor's race adds third candidate (03/12/07)
The mayoral race for the City of Marshall has added another write-in candidate. Thomas E. Bell filed to be an official write-in candidate for the upcoming Tuesday, April 3, election on Thursday, March 8. He could not be reached for comment Friday, March 9 or Monday, March 12...
Council given updates on several projects (03/06/07)
The Marshall City Council met on Monday, March 5 to handle general business. Dan Brandt, Ward III, gave the municipal services and personnel committee report. The solid waste total is down from last month but is even with last year's month total, he said...
MMU adjusts personnel, estimates meter readings due to icy conditions (02/28/07)
After much discussion, the Board of Public Works for the Marshall Municipal Utilities approved three actions at its Tuesday, Feb. 27, meeting that involve the wages and pay ranges of municipal employees. The pay range adjustments made will increase payroll an average 2.78 percent and merit adjustments will increase payroll another 1.36 percent...
City officials hear update on Center/N-B Museum (02/26/07)
Marshall City Council members met with Bill Riggins, co-chairman of the Building the Vision campaign, to hear an update on the Marshall Civic Center/Nicholas-Beazley Museum project on Friday, Feb. 23. Many aspects of the project have not been finalized, Riggins told the city officials...
Challenger files for Marshall mayoral post (02/26/07)
The City of Marshall has a write-in candidate for mayor in the upcoming Tuesday, April 3 election. Russell M. Donnell filed on Friday, Feb. 23, as a candidate for mayor. Donnell's name will not appear on the ballot, but if voters choose to write his name in, it will be counted, said City Clerk Janet French...
Municipal airport master plan given final federal, state approval (02/23/07)
Marshall city officials were notified Thursday, Feb. 23, that the municipal airport master plan has received final approval from state and federal agencies. Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer said both the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration have given the plan their blessing, and that is an important step toward future development of the airport...
Mayor: Eastwood Viaduct plan approved (02/21/07)
Mayor Connie Latimer told everyone attending the Tuesday, Feb. 20, Marshall City Council meeting that earlier in the day the preliminary plans for the Eastwood Viaduct replacement project are approved. "It is going to be built," Latimer said. "There is going to be a bridge."...
MMU agrees to provide utilities for N-B (02/14/07)
Bill Riggins, co-chairman of the Marshall Civic Center/Nicholas-Beazley Museum Committee, asked the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works on Tuesday, Feb. 13, to provide electric, water and sewer to the museum facility to be built near the Marshall Municipal Airport...
Good character counts, but it isn't enough to win a reprieve, officials says/Inzunza hearing scheduled Tuesday (02/12/07)
What bothers supporters of Francisco "Paco" Inzunza about the removal proceedings against him is that his character and value to the community aren't given enough weight in the removal proceedings against him. But that is the way current law works, according to immigration officials. Good character counts, but it isn't enough to win a reprieve...
Mayor explains airport land deal/1st priority was to preserve master plan, improvements (02/09/07)
Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer offered explanation and additional details Thursday, Feb. 8, about the city's sudden purchase of land adjacent to the airport, a move that caught some in the community by surprise. The purchase for $337,500 of 8.84 acres of land that lies south of the airport drive between Odell and the terminal parking lot was approved by the council Monday, Feb. 5...
Marshall to spend $337,500 to buy land adjacent to municipal airport (02/06/07)
The Marshall City Council approved an ordinance Monday, Feb. 5, permitting a more than a quarter-of-a-million-dollar purchase of land by the city for the Marshall Civic Center/Nicholas-Beazley Museum. The ordinance authorizes Mayor Connie Latimer to "execute such documents as are necessary" to complete the purchase of 8.84 acres of real estate property adjacent to the east side of the Marshall Municipal Airport...
Taxicab ordinance is readied by city (01/30/07)
Marshall City Council met on Monday, Jan. 29, for an informational meeting to discuss two items that will be placed on the agenda for the regular Monday, Feb. 5 council meeting. The Chapter 31 "Vehicles For Hire" ordinance was tabled from the Tuesday, Jan. 16, meeting for the lack of time for discussion of changes...
Martin Luther King Jr. was 'a man God raised up to bring change' (01/22/07)
It was a morning filled with food, uplifting music, dancing and hopeful prayers. The Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast and Celebration Saturday, Jan. 20, at the First United Methodist Church in Marshall was, as Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer noted near the end, "the way church is supposed to be."...
Municipal ballots for April 3 election are now complete, officials report (01/22/07)
The filing period for positions available in the April 3 municipal election closed Tuesday, Jan. 16. The ballot will include candidates for city, school, road district, ambulance district and health department governing bodies. The Arrow Rock Board of Trustees has six candidates vying for three two-year terms, including Judy Turley Bagby, Jan Berry, Ken Blair, Larry Blevin, Bill Lovin and Ron Rennolds...
Marshall Municipal Band to receive permanent home in renovated space (01/17/07)
City Administrator Charles Tryban asked the Marshall City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 16, for approval to proceed with remodeling the lower level of the Municipal Court Building. The lower level of the Municipal Court Building will accommodate the Marshall Municipal Band. The city received a bid from Smith-Hecke, contractors from Marshall, at $16,093...
Mayor Latimer highlights infrastructure improvements in address to Rotarians (01/16/07)
When Bob Kueck introduced Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer at the Rotary Club meeting Thursday, Jan. 10, he said she had been invited to deliver a "state of the city" address. And the state of the city, according to Latimer: Busy. "We've seen quite a few strides forward in the last four years," she said...
Marshall construction near $21 million, '06 figures show (01/03/07)
New facilities under development at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall made the biggest contribution to a banner year in construction, according to a report compiled by Mike Morgan, Marshall code official. The construction numbers were announced by Councilman Ron Duvall at the council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 2...
A look at those in need: Part 1/The goal: End poverty in Saline County/Organization provides 'circles of support' to those who need help (12/27/06)
Editor's note: This is the first of three stories about those in need in Saline County. The goal is ambitious: End poverty in Saline County. The approach is simple: Provide those in poverty with a circle of support that will help them achieve their dreams...
City announces U.S. 65-College intersection work (12/19/06)
Marshall City Councilman Ron Duvall relinquished his seat on the council to Santa Claus at the council meeting Monday, Dec. 18, and Santa proceeded to distribute gifts to council members, city staff and even to members of the local media. But the biggest gift of the evening came not from the jolly old elf but from the Missouri Department of Transportation...
2 challengers file for Marshall council (12/19/06)
The filing period for the April 3, 2007, municipal elections in Saline County opened Tuesday, Dec. 12, and a number of candidates have thrown their hats in the ring. Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer has filed for re-election and currently remains unchallenged...
Wal-Mart donates to Fitzgibbon Hospital cancer center project; campaign at $1.35 M (12/13/06)
The Fitzgibbon Hospital Cancer Center capital campaign got a boost Wednesday, Dec. 6, when Wal-Mart and its employees made a donation of $3,500. The presentation of a giant check was made on behalf of Wal-Mart associates by Manager Garry Goldammer to Ron Ott, Fitzgibbon Hospital chief executive officer, and Bedford Knipschild, campaign co-chairman...
$2.7 million Odell Street project opened (12/06/06)
Local officials were on hand to officially open the new and improved Odell Street (Business Route 65) during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The Missouri Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the city of Marshall, completed the 2.7 million dollar project in November. ...
Plowed-in driveways result in complaints to city officials (12/05/06)
Marshall street department crews plowed the city's streets as fast as they could, according to city officials, after an early winter storm dumped eight or more inches of snow in Saline County but one of the by-products of their work -- plowed-in driveways -- resulted in complaints from a few residents...
County fares better than I-70 in big snow's aftermath (12/04/06)
Saline County apparently fared much better than other parts of the state in weathering the snowstorm that swept through Thursday night, Nov. 30. Nearly 400,000 were still without power in the St. Louis area Sunday, Dec. 3, according to The Associated Press...
Christmas dinner taking reservations (11/29/06)
Pam Whitney, Melanie Elfrink and a host of other people in the Marshall community want you to join them on the eve of Christmas Eve for dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall. You can come around noon on Saturday, Dec. 23, and eat smoked pork loin, potatoes, green beans, homemade rolls, cole slaw and homemade desserts...
Marshall health insurance up 5 percent (11/22/06)
Marshall officials are feeling lucky. The cost of health insurance for city workers went up only 5 percent this year. The city council approved the renewal of a contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield, an improvement over the increase of 8.6 percent the city paid last year...
Litter clean-up is held (11/20/06)
When most people list their favorite things to do on a cold, windy Saturday in November, spending two hours picking up litter along the streets probably does not appear in the top 10. But members of the Orearville 4-H Club not only pitched in to help tidy up Marshall streets Saturday, Nov. 18, during the Take Pride in Marshall Litter Pick Up, but they had a great time doing it, by their own accounts...
Progress being made on several economic development fronts (11/17/06)
Progress is being made on several economic development fronts -- legislative and commercial -- according to local officials. At the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation meeting Tuesday, Nov. 14, the Board of Directors heard updates from MSDC Executive Director Roy Hunter and from Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer...
Spirit of Veterans Day noted in Marshall square (11/13/06)
The Veterans Day ceremony on the Marshall square Saturday, Nov. 11, had moments of tears and moments of joy as members of the community gathered to honor those who serve their country in the military. Sgt. Major Larry Godsey delivered the keynote address and talked about how difficult it can be to define what it means to be a veteran. Dictionary definitions, he said, don't do justice to the idea...
Marshall council approves lighting for U.S. 65 (11/07/06)
Marshall City Council at its Monday, Nov. 6, meeting approved an agreement between the city and the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission to bring more light to a section of U.S. 65. The agreement provides for highway lighting at the intersections of Drake Road and U.S. 65 and the Saline County Fairground entrance and U.S. 65...
Veterans to be honored with program, breakfast Saturday in Marshall (11/07/06)
Saline County military veterans and emergency officials -- and their wives -- will be provided a free breakfast Saturday, Nov. 11, courtesy of The Rotary Club of Marshall. The free breakfast honoring veterans and emergency officials will be at the Marshall Senior Center prior to the annual Veterans' Day program on the south side of the courthouse square, said organizers Jim Brown and David Van Horn on Monday, Nov. 6...
Job shadow/Mayor: Base council helps Whiteman Air Force Base (11/03/06)
Mayor Connie Latimer never thought she would be less than 50 feet away from Vice President Dick Cheney, but Friday, Oct. 27, she had just that opportunity. She, along with several thousand airmen, attended Cheney's speech at Whitman Air Force Base. Latimer was given this invitation from her involvement in the Base Community Council...
Organizer says 'Take Pride in Marshall' will be bigger (10/17/06)
The Nov. 18 "Take Pride in Marshall" litter pickup project will be bigger than ever in its 25th year, according to coordinator David Kemm. Kemm reported Monday, Oct. 16, to the Marshall City Council that he has commitments from an estimated 150 to 250 people to help walk the streets of Marshall picking up trash...
Vigilance needed in fight against breast cancer, survivor says (10/04/06)
Christie Boedeker is a living example of how important it is for women to be vigilant and assertive when it comes to detecting breast cancer. Boedeker spoke at a news conference Monday, Oct. 2, sponsored by Fitzgibbon Hospital to mark the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month...
Marshall City Council OKs new budget (09/19/06)
The Marshall City Council approved an ordinance accepting the city's budget for the 2006-07 fiscal year at its meeting Monday, Sept. 18. The proposed budget currently includes an $80,719 shortfall as revenues are projected to be $8,789,890, including the park and library funds, and the proposed expenditures are projected at $8,870,609...
MVC rodeo program exhibits much growth (09/19/06)
Editor's note: With the Valley Stampede this weekend, this story looks at the rodeo program at Missouri Valley College in Marshall. Valley will roll once again as the rodeo team is back in full strength for the new school year at Missouri Valley College in Marshall...
Street lighting recommended near Fairground (09/15/06)
The triangle at the south edge of Marshall created by U.S. 65, Business 65 and Drake Road can be very dark at night, and with increasing development and traffic in the area, city officials would like to provide more illumination. At the request of Mayor Connie Latimer, Marshall Municipal Utilities officials have been studying the possibility of installing street lighting on south U.S. 65 at the intersection with Drake Road and at the Saline County Fairground entrance...
MMU, parks strike water deal; parks to save $500 per month (09/13/06)
Marshall Municipal Utilities and the Parks and Recreation Department have agreed to a new arrangement that will save the parks department $500 per month on its water bill. Currently, the parks department pays $3,000 per month to MMU for water. MMU General Manager Paul Jensen announced Tuesday, Aug. 15, that starting in October, the rate will be reduced to $2,500 per month...
Five years later, we remember 9/11/Local officials say the attacks have changed definition of 'normal' (09/11/06)
Local officials say that the impact of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is still with us five years later, but the intense emotions of the immediate aftermath have faded as things have gotten back to normal. It's just that "normal" has changed...
Substance protects against fire and mold (09/07/06)
City, health, real estate and insurance representatives were on hand Tuesday, Sept. 5, at a construction site in Marshall for a demonstration of No-Burn, a substance designed to protect buildings from fire and mold, according to a distributor of the product...
Eastwood Street bridge project moves into design phase (09/06/06)
The Eastwood Street bridge replacement project took another step forward Tuesday, Sept. 5, when the Marshall City Council approved a design contract with Shafer, Kline and Warren Inc. The contract cost is not to exceed $167,000 and includes design, planning and supervision of the project through the construction phase, according to City Administrator Charles Tryban...
Newscope/Tuesday, Aug. 22 (08/22/06)
Marshall council receives report on resurfacing The Marshall City Council met on Monday Aug. 21, at the City Offices Building. The council received a report that work was done on the resurfacing project at the court house square. Councilman Dan Brandt wanted to acknowledge the downtown businesses and the citizens of Marshall for their cooperation and patience during the project...
Heat doesn't wilt spirit of Pennytown reunion (08/08/06)
It was 105 degrees on Sunday, Aug. 6, and even hotter inside the Pennytown Free Will Baptist Church, but that didn't stop the descendants and friends of Pennytown from enjoying their annual reunion. Pennytown is a historic African-American community located about eight miles south of Marshall, east of U.S. 65. Approximately 40 families inhabited the 64 acres. Today, the church is the only thing that remains of the once bustling town...
Sturhahn street clock arrives in Marshall (08/03/06)
It is a landmark in Quincy, Ill., and it may become one in Marshall as well. The Sturhahn street clock arrived in Marshall Wednesday, Aug. 2, and was installed in front of Sturhahn Jewelers on the east side of the square. "I think it's magnificent," said Al Sturhahn, who helped create the clock by building the patterns for some of the ornamentation...
Marshall receives $1.6 M for two Eastwood bridges (08/02/06)
Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer held a news conference Tuesday, Aug. 1, to announce that the state has approved the city's request for a $1.6 million grant to replace the two bridges on the city's east side. "As of about 10:45 this morning we are in the bridge-building business," Latimer said. "Now we're off to the planning stage."...
Fitzgibbon Hospital cancer center capital campaign names blue ribbon advisory panel (07/21/06)
The Fitzgibbon Hospital cancer center capital campaign has announced the members of its blue ribbon advisory panel. Members include Gordon Buckner, Marge and Walker Fletcher, George and Jane Huff, John Huston, Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer, Herman and Willa Mae Schulte, Clay and Ann Waldorf Stapleton, Barbara Quinn and Derl Bernard...
Marshall council approves natural gas agreement with prospective ethanol plant (07/18/06)
Marshall City Council at its Monday, July 17, meeting approved Marshall Municipal Utilities providing natural gas to a prospective ethanol plant. The agreement is between the city and Renewable Power of Missouri LLC. Renewable Power plans an ethanol plant north of Highway 20 in Marshall...
Family hit by Hurricane Katrina given fresh start, many new friends (07/18/06)
Hurricane Katrina left the Franchek family with almost nothing. The aftermath of the storm has given them a new start and a rather large new family: the city of Marshall. The Francheks were in Marshall over the weekend to meet the people of the city that adopted them and provided them support as they went through the difficult process of relocating and regrouping following the disaster...
City sells land (07/06/06)
Marshall City Council sold land Wednesday, July 5, to the Saline County Ambulance District No. 3. Mayor Connie Latimer said a lot on the corner of English and Arrow was sold to the ambulance district for $67,500. The council also approved liquor licenses to Ozark Pizza Huts Inc., 1180 S. Odell, and The Pop Shop Inc., 470 N. Miami...
Marshall Planning and Zoning Commission approves health department permit (06/30/06)
The Marshall Planning and Zoning Commission approved a special use permit for the Saline County Health Department's proposed new facility, granted a non-conformance exemption extension to one property owner and tabled a request by a business owner for an extension on a paving project...
Rotarian, former Marshall mayor Duggins dies at 77 (06/26/06)
Rotarians thought it was unusual when Amy Crump, director of Marshall Public Library, stood alone as she was inducted into the club Thursday, June 22. It was uncharacteristic for her sponsor, Frank Duggins, to miss a meeting, much less the induction of one of his own recruits...
Well-known 'Jim The Wonder Dog' focus of new tourism plan (06/21/06)
"Smart dog, nice folks ..." That is how the Marshall Chamber of Commerce will soon be introducing Marshall to tourists around the state and the nation. The chamber's tourism committee, represented by Rose Anne Huck, presented the new logo to Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer at an "After Hours" gathering Tuesday, June 20, in the Jim the Wonder Dog Memorial Garden...
Mayor praises quick work in Shepards' homicide investigation (06/20/06)
Mayor Connie Latimer on Tuesday, June 19, praised the quick work by the Marshall Police Department, the Rural Missouri Major Case Squad and City-County Prosecutor Don Stouffer in the recent double homicide investigation. "We've been kind of kicked in the teeth with that the last couple of weeks," Latimer said of the deaths of Richard "R.D." and Jessie M. "Tiny" Shepard on June 5 in their home on the corner of Lafayette and College...
Shock waves from murders roll through community (06/16/06)
The shock waves from the murders of Richard "R.D." and Jessie "Tiny" Shepard early Monday, June 5, are still reverberating through the Marshall community and will be felt for some time, according to community leaders. City Councilman Sam Moten noted that people who live in small towns like Marshall routinely see reports about crimes like this one when they watch big city news channels, but they may not think about it much...
Five-day, 180-mile walk to spotlight poverty ends in Marshall (06/12/06)
The theme of the five-day, 180-mile walk sponsored by Missouri Valley Community Action Agency was "Ending Poverty One Step at a Time," and by the time the dust settled from their trek, volunteers had taken many, many steps. The goal of the walk through seven counties and the series of rallies along the way was to bring attention to poverty in the area. ...
Marshall firefighters lauded by city officials (06/06/06)
Marshall firefighters received compliments at the Marshall City Council meeting Monday, June 5, for the way they handled the big fire at MFA's PetroCard 24 gas station in January 2005 and for the way they handled questions recently about the incident...
GIS contract could be obtained by mid-June, officials say (05/25/06)
With aerial photography of the county now complete, representatives of the city of Marshall, Marshall Municipal Utilities and Saline County met Tuesday morning, May 23, to discuss the next step in putting together Geographical Information System (GIS) mapping of the city and county...
Marshall City Council polled on meeting attendance (05/16/06)
The Marshall City Council made short work of a short agenda at its meeting Monday, May 15. Mayor Connie Latimer asked council members to let her know by June 1 if they were interested in attending a Municipal League meeting on June 6. Aside from that announcement and approving the routine appropriations ordinance to pay the city's bills, there were no items on the agenda to consider...
Police Week designated by Marshall mayor (05/16/06)
Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer issued a proclamation Monday, May 15, designating the week of May 14 through 20 to be Police Week in Marshall. The observance coincides with Peace Officers Memorial Day and national Police Week, which was established by the U.S. Congress in 1962...
MMU, parks and recreation may begin financial negotiations (05/12/06)
The Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works and the Marshall Parks and Recreation Board may soon begin talks about re-negotiating current financial arrangements between the two organizations. Mayor Connie Latimer delivered a report compiled by Director Jeff Stubblefield to the MMU board at its meeting Wednesday, May 10. The report makes comparisons among other municipal parks departments and how they arrange for paying utility costs...
Hospital week (05/10/06)
While Ron Ott, Fitzgibbon Hospital president and chief executive officer, looks on, Mayor Connie Latimer, right, signs a proclamation Tuesday, May 9, officially designating the week of May 7 through 13 as Hospital Week in Marshall. Latimer thanked hospital staff on hand for their service to the community. "We are so fortunate to have all of you looking after all of us," she said. Ott also expressed appreciation for the staff's hard work and for the support of the community...
N-B capital campaign kicks off (05/08/06)
The sign is up, lights are on and the door is open at the headquarters of the Building the Vision capital campaign at 20 S. Jefferson on the Marshall square. A number of community leaders joined campaign co-chairmen Todd Lewis and Bill Riggins Friday, May 5, to celebrate the opening of the office for the campaign, which officially gets underway Monday, May 8...
National Hospital Week set for May 7-13 (05/05/06)
Don't let the name fool you. Organizers say National Hospital Week isn't a celebration of health care's most recognizable buildings -- it's a celebration of the miracles that happen inside them. According to Ron Ott, president and chief executive officer of Fitzgibbon Hospital, the medical profession is making tremendous strides in many areas...
Mayor reminds residents of grass clippings disposal procedures (05/02/06)
Recent rains are helping lawns in Marshall flourish. But for the city all that extra grass is creating problems, at least when it ends up in the street. At the Marshall City Council meeting Monday, May 1, Mayor Connie Latimer issued a reminder to the public that grass clippings should be disposed of properly rather than left on streets...
May named motorcycle month (04/26/06)
When cars and motorcycles collide, the result is almost invariably worse for the motorcyclist than the driver of the car. And because warmer weather means more motorcycles on the roads, Mayor Connie Latimer, at the request of the Freedom of the Road Riders, issued a proclamation Saturday, April 22, naming May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Marshall...
Marshall City Council takes another step toward obtaining grant funds to repair Eastwood viaduct (04/18/06)
The Marshall City Council put the last piece in the puzzle Monday that will allow it to apply for a Missouri Department of Transportation grant to rebuild two bridges on the east edge of town. The city recently annexed the bridges on Eastwood Street so they would qualify for a grant that is available to municipalities for bridge work...
Marshall City Council reorganizes; Duvall named mayor pro tem (04/18/06)
The Marshall City Council voted Monday to certify the results of the April 4 election and re-elected council members were sworn in. Council members Dan Brandt, Ward 3; Sheila Cook, Ward 1; and Ron Duvall, Ward 4 took the oath of office administered by City Clerk Janet French...
Women committed to their community (03/23/06)
They play different roles in the community: one builds houses, one leads a city and two provide a safety net for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. What the panelists at the Marshall Habilitation Center's Women's History Month event Tuesday, March 21, appeared to have in common is a strong commitment to the people of the Marshall area...
Siren policy questioned by Marshall resident (03/21/06)
The issue of whether warning sirens should have been sounded March 12 when tornados hit south and east of the city was addressed at the Marshall City Council meeting Monday. Karl "Bub" Caldwell, a Marshall Housing Authority commissioner, asked the council to look into the matter...
Seigfreid resigns from MMU board (03/17/06)
Jim Seigfreid confirmed Thursday that he has resigned from the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works. The board meeting March 2 was his last, he said. Seigfreid cited potential conflicts of interest between his business and his role on the board...
Finding, keeping workers a concern at State of Saline County held at MVC (03/16/06)
Saline County's large and small employers have trouble finding, training and keeping workers. They, like the rest of America's businesses, struggle under escalating health care costs -- an annual 20 percent jump in some cases. Marshall, the county's largest town, has trouble attracting business opportunities because of its population of less than 13,000. ...
MME plans $50 million expansion (03/14/06)
Mid-Missouri Energy announced Tuesday that the company plans to double ethanol production at its Malta Bend plant. The $50 million project will mean the addition of five to six employees to the current 37, according to a news release from the company...
GIS system to focus lens on Saline Countians (03/08/06)
Smile, Saline County. Oh, and look toward the skies. You're going to be the subject of aerial photography in the next few months as part of a Global Information System (GIS) project. A meeting of county, Marshall city and Marshall Municipal Utilities officials Tuesday morning cleared up a couple of issues -- what will be included in the aerial photography project and what entities will bear the costs. ...
Panelists listed for 'State of Saline County' program (03/06/06)
Panelists for The State of Saline County program March 15 include: Cities' and county's progress and challenges -- Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer, Sweet Springs Mayor Roxanne Hinton, Slater Mayor Stephen Allegri, Arrow Rock Town Board Chairman Tom Beamer, Malta Bend Mayor Harrell Boedeker, Saline County Presiding Commissioner Becky Plattner, Marshall-Saline Development Corp. Executive Director Roy Hunter...
Marshall Hab Center Women's History Month schedule (03/06/06)
Marshall Habilitation Center's Women's History Month events continue this week. The theme this year is "Women: Builder's of Communities and Dreams." Linda Schlotzhauer, Women's History Month Committee chairman, announced the following public events:...
Parks Board falls behind on debt service for golf course irrigation (03/03/06)
The Marshall Parks and Recreation Department is struggling with two little green monsters, the algae that clogs its golf course irrigation system and the interest payments that are clogging its budget. Mayor Connie Latimer appeared Thursday before both the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works and the Parks and Recreation Board in an effort to initiate the process of solving the budget problem...
Women's History Month to begin March 1 at Marshall Hab Center (02/27/06)
Marshall Habilitation Center's Women's History Month events begin Wednesday, March 1. The theme this year is "Women: Builder's of Communities and Dreams." Linda Schlotzhauer, Women's History Month Committee chairman, announced the following schedule:...
Videoconference shares tips for facing 21st century challenges, opportunities (02/21/06)
A group of 45 to 50 Saline Countians attended a videoconference Monday afternoon, trying to get a peek into not only what issues might arise in the second annual State of Saline County program next month but what the next decade and beyond hold in store for rural areas...
Questions center around how to prepare for future (02/21/06)
During Monday's videoconference, local leaders were given the opportunity to ask questions of Smyre and the Norfolk, Neb., contingent. Questions, not surprisingly, centered around how Saline County can adapt to the changes that are forecast to occur and that may already be starting...
Morrow-Odell road project to begin March 1 (02/14/06)
The traffic bottleneck at the Morrow and Odell intersection will be alleviated with work beginning March 1, Marshall Mayor Connie Lattimer said Tuesday. Paving and curbing will also be done along South Odell out to the new Marshall welcome sign where the main city artery intersects with U.S. Highway 65...
Saline County Career Center offers students career options (02/13/06)
Editor's note: This is the first in a series of articles featuring the Saline County Career Center. February 13 to 19 is National Career and Technical Education Week. The motto on Joan Clouse's business card is "Career Education: Training Tomorrow's Workforce," and that is what the Saline County Career Center has been doing for nearly 40 years...
Marshall to seek money for Eastwood Street viaduct (02/07/06)
The Marshall City Council agreed Monday night to proceed with the application for a state grant to fund replacement of the Eastwood Street "viaduct" just east of the city limits. The two bridges, which span railroad tracks and a creek, were closed in April 2005 because of deteriorating substructure, forcing people who live on the county road east of Marshall to take a detour on Highway 240 to get into town...
Contract approved for sewer (02/07/06)
The South Odell sewer project took another step forward Monday night when the Marshall City Council approved a contract with Larkin Group Inc. to complete design and phased construction. The contract for about $118,500 includes surveying and site preparation work, according to Paul Jensen, general manager for Marshall Municipal Utilities...
In the swim at Fitzgibbon Hospital (01/13/06)
Fitzgibbon Hospital played host to members of the Marshall community Thursday evening during a ribbon cutting ceremony and tour of its latest addition. The new skilled nursing unit and rehabilitation department facility includes 8,456 square feet of space with room for the hospital's patient accounts, accounting and managed care departments...
Marshall to explore municipalities bridge program for Eastwood span (01/06/06)
For the last several months, residents living on the county road just east of the Marshall city limits past the Eastwood Street "viaduct" have had to go the long way around -- looping around on Highway 240 -- to access the city. A Missouri Department of Transportation press release in April 2005 cited deterioration of the bridges' substructure, especially the bridge that crosses railroad tracks, as a reason for the viaduct's closing. ...
Drake Road speed limit set (01/04/06)
With a vote Tuesday by the Marshall City Council, drivers on Drake Road in the southern part of town will be able to travel a little faster. For years, Drake Road was little more than a gravel trail between U.S. Highway 65 and Odell Avenue, but to simplify maintenance it was paved about five years ago, said Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer. By city ordinance, the road's default speed limit has been 25 miles per hour...
Shooting death, councilmen's resignation top city events at end of 2005 (12/30/05)
Editor's note: This is the last of four articles looking back at 2005 in Marshall. The final quarter of 2005 was a time of endings in Marshall. It saw a long-time councilman resign, witnessed the tragic death of a local teen, marked the end of a decades-old agreement and looked to the possible completion of the skateboard park...
County boosted with facility (12/27/05)
Editor's note: This is the first of four articles looking back at 2005 in Saline County. The first three months of news in Saline County during 2005 were dominated by the opening of an ethanol facility just outside Malta Bend, improving the price area corn growers could get for their crop, and the deterioration of buildings in downtown Sweet Springs, with one eventually partially collapsing. ...
Ready for winter? It begins tomorrow (12/20/05)
With a predicted high near 42 on Wednesday, the first day of winter won't ride in on an arctic blast. "We like that kind of weather," said Bill Anderson, Marshall Municipal Services director. Even though it won't be needed this week, the city's stockpile of salt and sand is ready for a major snow event, Anderson said. In fact, he said, the current supply could handle a 10- or 12-inch snowfall with material to spare...
City council approves South Odell sewer project resolution (12/20/05)
The Marshall City Council moved quickly through a light agenda Monday, approving a resolution for the South Odell sewer improvement project and ratifying several appointments. With 87 percent of the landowners in the area on board, the City Council adopted a resolution to move forward with the sewer project. The project will now go to an engineering firm for the creation of a formal plan and price estimate...
Water sought for Marshall Junction (12/13/05)
While it might seem like a simple matter to pipe water from Marshall to Marshall Junction, there are about 2.5 million reasons why it isn't being done. An engineering report prepared for the Public Water Supply District No. 3 of Saline County was the principal topic of discussion for the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation Board of Directors Tuesday morning...
Marshall City Council approves sewer improvements (12/12/05)
With no one raising a stink about a proposed sewer improvement project, the city's involvement was easily approved by the Marshall City Council last week. Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer said the effort to establish a sewer line in the area of South Odell Avenue picked up speed about six weeks ago when a petition drive began...
Hospital expansion planned (12/06/05)
With the help of the Marshall City Council, Fitzgibbon Hospital will soon undergo a massive transformation. The council voted unanimously Monday to approve a Marshall Industrial Development Authority project that would issue nearly $10 million in bonds for the hospital project...
Energy pool deal OK'd by BPW (12/01/05)
As was expected, the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works moved Wednesday to join the Missouri Public Energy Pool. MMU has been weighing options for the purchase of electricity, with most indications pointing toward membership in the pool, which currently includes 26 other communities...
City's recyling program loses money, overseer says (11/23/05)
With required maintenance to equipment used in the city's recycling efforts, Marshall's recycling drop off facility is running at a deficit this year. Kyle Gibbs, who oversees the operation of the drop off facility, said a densifier used to make pellets from mixed paper was rebuilt this year, leading to a net loss of $8,458. He said the unit undergoes maintenance every three years, causing the facility to show red during those years...
Veterans Day speaker: ' … freedom is a gift of divine providence' (11/14/05)
For the 11th consecutive year, residents of Saline County gathered on the courthouse lawn at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Friday's program began with welcoming addresses from Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer and Saline County Presiding Commissioner Becky Plattner and a prayer led by Father Kevin Gormley of St. Peter Catholic Church...
Chamber marks five decades of greeting Marshall newcomers (11/11/05)
Thursday evening, the Marshall Chamber of Commerce continued a tradition that has been part of the community for five decades now. The 50th annual Newcomers' Celebration, held at the "Club House" on the east side of the Marshall Square, was an opportunity not only for new residents to be recognized, but also an occasion for several longtime residents and new employees of local businesses to be honored for promotions...
Local events set to honor veterans (11/09/05)
Whether it be a park, a statue or a monument, Saline County is hardly lacking in its show of support of the men and women who served or are serving in the U.S. armed forces. The county will continue that tradition of support on Friday with a host of observance ceremonies for Veterans Day...
City Council approves rezoning for ConAgra (11/08/05)
Mayor says city has received permission for transfer station
Reeder steps down from Marshall City Council (10/18/05)
The Marshall City Council approved a pair of recommendations from the city's Planning and Zoning Commission and accepted a letter of resignation from a longtime councilman during Monday evening's meeting. The council scheduled a public hearing immediately before its next meeting, Monday, Nov. ...
Marshall City Council gets update from RPC director (10/04/05)
Having met last week in special session, the Marshall City Council didn't have many items on its agenda during its regular meeting Monday. Rick Childers, executive director of the Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission, was present Monday to update the council on the programs the RPC can offer the city...
City reminds residents yard waste doesn't belong in streets (09/30/05)
With the mowing season drawing to a close, city officials are reminding residents that yard waste is considered litter. Following a special budget meeting Wednesday, Ward 3 Councilman Sam Moten said he had received several complaints from constituents about people blowing grass clippings into the street. They wanted to know what could be done and he passed the question to Mayor Connie Latimer...
Constitution Week proclaimed (09/23/05)
From left, Saline County residents Gertrude Steinkuehler, Elaine Osborn and Doris Whitlock stand with mayor, Connie Latimer as she signs a proclamation last week declaring Sept. 17 as Constitution Day.
Marshall City Council approves budget for 2005-06 (09/20/05)
The primary item of business for the Marshall City Council Monday was actually a late addition to the agenda. Prior to the adoption of the amended agenda, Mayor Connie Latimer explained that work on the 2005-06 budget had been completed in time for its consideration at Monday's meeting...
Council approves amended zoning ordinance (09/07/05)
Meeting Tuesday evening due to the Labor Day holiday, the Marshall City Council ratified several items approved by the city's zoning commission and added a new member to Marshall's police force. Voting without dissent, the council approved a replat of Finney Creek addition and amended a zoning ordinance concerning some commercial setbacks...
Former councilman, state rep killed in head-on crash (09/06/05)
A life synonymous with Marshall politics ended Saturday when Tom Marshall died in a traffic crash on Missouri Highway 240. According to a preliminary report filed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred around 8:20 a.m. near the highway's intersection with County Road 213...
Guard members from local armory heading to Louisiana (09/02/05)
Once again, the U.S. Army National Guard battalion stationed in Marshall is answering the call for help. Friday morning, Battery C, 1st Battalion 128th Field Artillery unit headed to the Gulf Coast region to assist in the relief efforts for the victims that were affected by Hurricane Katrina...
City Council buys another piece of property (08/16/05)
Weeks after selling a property just off the Marshall square, the Marshall City Council has purchased another. After holding the former Marshall Lumber property for nearly a year, the city sold it in July for $200,000, the same amount as the purchase price. ...
City Council OKs GIS contract (08/02/05)
The Marshall City Council took action on several items Monday, approving a contract for computer mapping services and scheduling a public hearing for a zoning issue. After considering the matter for some time and partnering with the Saline County Commission and Marshall Municipal Utilities, the council approved a contract with ProMap, a division of The Schneider Corporation, to conduct a needs assessment study that will serve as a precursor to the creation of a geographic information system...
Community Leaders Tour goes into cyberspace (07/14/05)
The 2005 Community Leaders Tour hosted by MMU Tuesday didn't go far, but it did give participants a chance to take a quick trip through cyberspace. After a round of introductions, MMU General Manager Paul Jensen began the evening's discussion about high-speed communications...
MMU crews complimented for pace of work along Odell (07/01/05)
After receiving praise from Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer for the work being done to water mains along Odell Avenue, Monty Chase offered a warning. "It's going to get worse," said Chase, Marshall Municipal Utilities underground facilities superintendent...
Hot, dry weather, algae woes lead to bogey for golf course irrigation system (06/30/05)
While Thursday's morning showers were certainly welcome, the brief respite comes at a time when the Indian Foothills Golf Course is desperate for water. Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer and Jeff Stubblefield, Marshall director of parks and recreation, were present Wednesday to discuss the issue with the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works...
Council clears way for development of former hospital (06/21/05)
With no objections voiced during a public hearing Monday, the Marshall City Council cleared the way for the development of a healing and visual arts center in the former Fitzgibbon Hospital building. The council voted unanimously to approve a rezoning plan put forth by Donna "Dee" Yoh and her partner, Pat O'Hanlon. The building was formerly zoned for single-family residential use, but will now be set for planned unit development...
Board questioned about commercial setback requirements (06/16/05)
About eight months after the Marshall City Council amended its ordinance concerning setbacks on commercial properties, questions are again being raised. In October 2004, the council voted to reduce the required setbacks for some commercial properties from 35 to 25 feet on the front and from 25 to 10 feet on the back side. Commercial properties in high-traffic areas maintained a 40-foot setback requirement...
BPW debates inflow, infiltration questions (05/26/05)
It was more than a century ago that the first sewer lines were laid in Marshall. Today, the system has grown to about 81 miles in length. As the mains have aged, the tandem problems of inflow and infiltration have grown, ranking now as the number one issue facing the system. City officials, including Mayor Connie Latimer and members of the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works, met this week to discuss the matter...
Former Marshall Mayor Mitch Geisler dies (05/23/05)
"I've lost a wonderful friend," Congressman Ike Skelton said Monday of the late Mitch Geisler, former Marshall businessman, police chief and mayor. "He's one of the finest persons I've ever known. He was a tremendous role model for young people in Missouri."...
Moten sworn in as Ward 3 councilman (05/19/05)
It took a little longer than expected to find a replacement for Norvelle Brown, but Marshall's Ward 3 officially has a new councilman. Brown stepped down from his seat on the Marshall City Council in December as he prepared to assume a new position as Saline County's Northern District commissioner...
Real estate issues dominate council agenda (05/18/05)
Monday's meeting of the Marshall City Council was dominated by real estate issues, ranging from the rezoning of a trailer park to the creation of an enterprise zone board. The meeting began with a public hearing to listen to comments about Richard Todd's plan to rezone the land at 1010 E. ...
City begins annexation process for southern tract (05/03/05)
It was a slow night for the Marshall City Council Monday, with only one item requiring action. Charlie Tryban, city administrator, explained that Mayor Connie Latimer and officials with Marshall Municipal Utilities had been working for some time to expand the availability of sanitary sewers in the southern part of the city along Odell Avenue...
Guardsmen welcomed home (04/29/05)
Thursday afternoon's welcome home celebration for the returning members of the Battery C, 1st Battalion 128th Field Artillery, was emotionally charged. The returning soldiers were greeted with back-slaps, hugs, handshakes and warm smiles from family members, community leaders and superior officers along with addresses to a packed National Guard armory...
Motorcycle Awareness Month (04/27/05)
Form left to right: Charles Harris and his wife June, along with Terry Clark, look on as Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer signs a proclamation declaring May "Motorcycle Awareness Month." The trio are all members of the Goldwing Road Riders Association. Clark said the proclamation is also designed to protect bicyclists as well...
Incumbents retain seats on Marshall City Council; Ward 3 race ends in tie (04/06/05)
With three candidates receiving the same number of votes, 163 seemed to be the magic number in Tuesday's Marshall City Council elections. Unofficial returns released Tuesday night by Ken Bryant, Saline County clerk, showed Lorna Alexander retained her Ward 4 seat, defeating Jean Harms with a vote of 163 to 79. However, no clear winner was present in the Ward 3 race -- where both Sam Moten and Jim Ruff tallied 163 votes...
Municipal services items dominate council agenda (04/05/05)
With the announcement of the 2005 street improvement plan and the acceptance of construction material bids, Municipal Services Department issues dominated the agenda of the Marshall City Council Monday. Ward 2 Councilman Tim Reeder, chairman of the Municipal Services Committee, said the city had once again put together an optimistically aggressive plan for improving the city's streets...
City reaches long-term agreement for trash disposal services (03/23/05)
The city of Marshall has struggled for years with rising costs related to the disposal of solid waste. But it made a significant breakthrough Monday with the approval of a long-term contract with Sedalia-based Waste Corporation of Missouri. Following the closure of the city's landfill more than a decade ago, the city has had to haul its garbage out of town. ...
City announces agreement to acquire land south of airport (03/08/05)
While it didn't grow overnight, the Marshall Municipal Airport's runway just got a little longer -- in official references. At Monday's meeting of the Marshall City Council, Mayor Connie Latimer announced a "gentlemen's agreement" had been reached for the purchase of land south of the airport. Owning the land will give the city permission to list its runway as 5,000 feet long...
County's challenges, successes outlined (03/02/05)
Community leaders gathered to discuss problems and successes experienced by Saline County at the first ever State of Saline County summit Tuesday night. The group, which included Missouri Valley College President Bonnie Humphrey, Saline County Presiding Commissioner Becky Plattner, Marshall Municipal Utilities General Manager Paul Jensen, Marshall-Saline NAACP President Clyde Williams and Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer, began by presenting what were seen as positive developments for the county...
Cook's widow appointed to fill Ward 1 seat (02/23/05)
The Marshall City Council met Tuesday night in regular session, with the top item being the filling of the late Mark Cook's Ward 1 seat. Mayor Connie Latimer announced the appointment of Sheila Cook, wife of the late councilman, saying the appointment was well-deserved and expected. "I'm excited about her appointment and I think she'll be a wonderful addition to the council," Latimer said...
Marshall city councilman dies (02/01/05)
The city of Marshall says farewell this week to Ward 1 Councilman Mark Cook, who died Monday following a prolonged illness. Cook, 52, was born in Waverly and lived in Marshall his entire life. A 1970 graduate of Marshall High School, Cook went on to work for I.C. and G. Railroad for 17 years before going into business for himself. At the time of his death, he owned and operated both EZ Green Turf Management Company and Tool Time Rental Company...
MFA blast, fire called one of worst in decade (01/10/05)
Friday's explosion and fire at one of Marshall's MFA PetroCard 24 gas stations is being called one of the worst in a decade locally. Marshall firefighters arrived at the scene, just outside of Marshall on Missouri Highway 41, at 8:05 a.m. Friday and remained there until early afternoon Sunday...
City Council tackles topics relating to criminal justice (11/02/04)
Criminal justice issues played prominently into the agenda of Monday's meeting of the Marshall City Council. In addition to approving an amendment to the city's mutual aid agreement, the council also rehired an officer and appointed a new municipal judge...
City Council approves amendment to setback requirements (10/19/04)
After postponing an amendment to the city's zoning ordinances earlier this month, the Marshall City Council voted unanimously in favor of it during Monday's regular meeting. The ordinance amends the city's required building setbacks for some commercial properties, reducing them from 35 to 25 feet on the front and from 25 to 10 feet on the back side. ...
Marshall CityCouncil tackles busy agenda (09/09/04)
Meeting Tuesday due to the Labor Day holiday, the Marshall City Council tackled a busy agenda including approving a new sanitation collection rate, several appointments and revised personnel policies. Rate goes up As expected, the council voted to approve a 10 percent increase in fees charged for residential and commercial garbage collection. The rate increase was discussed at last week's meeting of the Municipal Services Committee...
Marshall working to balance budget (08/17/04)
You can't always get what you want. That's the message city managers are getting as Marshall's budget is refined. Charlie Tryban, city administrator, reported on the annual budgeting process at Monday's meeting of the Marshall City Council. He told the council revenues and expenditures are getting closer to aligning, but there is still some work to do...
City Council examines storm water drainage (08/17/04)
While the raging waters have subsided, the effects of the storm system that dumped about five inches of rain on Marshall two weeks ago are still being felt. Members of Cumberland Presbyterian Church were present at Monday's meeting of the Marshall City Council, asking what the city planned to do about the drainage ditch that overflowed its banks and flooded much of the area near the intersection of Miami Avenue and Plaza Drive...
State offers vacation from taxation (08/13/04)
This weekend, back-to-school shoppers throughout Missouri will find their dollars stretching a little farther at the cash register. Today marks the beginning day of the state's first sales tax holiday. From midnight Aug. 13 until midnight Aug. 15, state sales taxes will not be required on many school-related items, though not without some restrictions. ...
Hotel tax passes in Marshall, fails in Sweet Springs (08/04/04)
A 5 percent hotel/motel tax, which was on the ballots in Sweet Springs and in Marshall, met a different fate in each town. In Marshall, where the tax has been supported by Mayor Connie Latimer, the matter was passed by roughly a 4-to-3 margin. In Sweet Springs, where Mayor Roxanne Hinton adamantly opposed the tax, it failed. Unofficial returns Wednesday showed in Sweet Springs the measure received about seven votes against it to every three for it...
Marshall in midst of construction boom (08/03/04)
What a year the city of Marshall is having. With construction under way on a Wal-Mart Supercenter and an Applebee's as an anchor in a new retail center, the city is showing visible signs of growth. Mayor Connie Latimer said the city's economic upturn is certainly welcome, especially when other areas of the state and nation are not experiencing the same growth. "It's exciting," she said. "This is what we want to see."...
Property issues dominate Marshall City Council meeting (08/03/04)
Property issues were the focus of the Marshall City Council at its regular meeting Monday night. During the meeting, the council approved a rezoning request made by the owners of the KFC/Long John Silver's location on Odell Avenue, a bid was accepted to demolish a building on Summit Street and a lot on Benton Avenue was deeded to a Marshall resident...
Public hearing set for tonight (08/02/04)
The Marshall City Council will hold a public hearing tonight (Monday) to hear comments concerning the proposed rezoning of a lot on Mitchell Street to accommodate a parking lot expansion for KFC and Long John Silver's. The hearing will be held at 6:55 p.m. and will be followed by the council's regular meeting. Items on the agenda for that meeting include committee reports, the rezoning question and an ordinance to authorize Mayor Connie Latimer to execute a quit claim deed...
Marshall city levy to go down (07/20/04)
Facing a dip in the city's assessed valuation, the Marshall City Council approved a tax levy down slightly from previous years. Last year, the levy was set at $1.30 per $100 of assessed valuation. As recommended by City Administrator Charlie Tryban, this year's levy will be $1.22...
Marshall and Sweet Springs mayors' opinions differ on proposed hotel tax (07/19/04)
Feelings are mixed in the two Saline County cities considering adding a hotel/motel tax in the August election. Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer favors the tax for her city, while Sweet Springs Mayor Roxanne Hinton is against it. Latimer said the tax represents a new source of revenue to promote tourism in the community. ...
Marshall City Council, local utilities to offer financing for sewer projects (07/07/04)
In an effort to stimulate growth in the city, the Marshall City Council and the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works have developed a plan to offer grants and low-interest financing to pay for sanitary sewer construction. The availability of the financing options was announced at Tuesday's meeting of the Marshall City Council. ...
Skills training center opens in Marshall (06/25/04)
Center to help individuals, businesses improve computer skills; first client creating 40 transcription jobs
City buys former Marshall Lumber Co. (06/22/04)
The Marshall City Council kept itself busy Monday, taking action on a variety of items during its second meeting of the month. In addition to several property issues, the council looked at a pair of ordinances concerning U.S. Highway 65, made appointments to the library board and approved a taxi grant application...
Park tennis courts looking good, running late (05/07/04)
The original May 7 completion date for the Indian Foothills Park tennis court renovation project will come and go without a serve, but city officials are pleased with the work so far. Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer discussed the project with the Marshall Park Board at its regular meeting Wednesday. She said weather delays and a problem at the asphalt plant combined to put the project several weeks behind schedule, but the work being done is first rate...
Park Board meets in special session to hear updates (04/29/04)
Board president says he wants to clear up 'misinformation'
Change on City Council's agenda (04/20/04)
Monday was a night of change for the Marshall City Council, with several policy revisions, an amended election filing and swearing in a new councilman all on the agenda. Building codes revised Monday's meeting began with a public hearing to allow residents to ask questions and comment on proposed changes to the city's building codes and the fees charged for various construction permits...
Chamber honors members (04/16/04)
E-Z Green/Tool Time honored businesses; MVC business dean Campbell honored citizen
BPW unable to reach consensus on banner policy (04/15/04)
For years, Marshall Municipal Utilities has hung across-the-street banners to promote upcoming events in the community. But it has never had a written policy for the practice. After Wednesday's meeting of the MMU Board of Public Works, it still doesn't. Paul Jensen, MMU general manager, presented a draft policy to the board, sparking a debate on who should be allowed to request the service...
Marshall parks director submits resignation (04/13/04)
Facing increasing criticism over the Marshall Parks and Recreation Department's spending on projects including the new Marshall Aquatic Center and the skateboard park in Indian Foothills Park, parks director Mel Smith has resigned. Smith, a Marshall native who took the director position in December 2001, disagreed with a recent Marshall Park Board plan to scale back a skateboard park currently under construction in Indian Foothills Park. ...
MSDC board takes up issue of sign at west entrance to industrial park (04/13/04)
A proposal for an entry sign at the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation's industrial park was the topic of discussion at Tuesday's meeting of the MSDC Board of Directors. Roy Hunter, MSDC executive director, broached the subject, saying it had been a few years since the matter was last discussed...
Park tennis court renewal project approved (04/07/04)
If everything goes according to plan, the Indian Foothills Park tennis courts should be game-ready by early May. An aggressive construction schedule, approved with a pair of bids Monday by the Marshall City Council, targets May 7 as the completion date for the repair effort...
Economic activity picking up in city (03/10/04)
The Marshall-Saline Development Corporation's offices have been buzzing the last few weeks with a number of interested entrepreneurs looking for assistance in making their business ideas a reality. Sandi Cox, MSDC assistant director, reported on office activity at the Tuesday meeting of the MSDC Board of Directors...
No decision yet on park concert series (03/09/04)
A bare-bones Marshall Park Board met in special session Monday evening to discuss the contract proposed by Full Circle Leisure to lease a portion of Indian Foothills Park for use as a concert series venue. If approved, Full Circle would bring a series of six concerts to the park later this year, including performances by Aretha Franklin and Vince Gill, but a number of issues will have to be resolved first...
Changes made to reduce park deficit (03/05/04)
With a lot of planning and a little luck, the Marshall Parks and Recreation Department could see itself in the black for fiscal year 2004. Overspending in general and an inability to make bond payments for a nine-hole golf course expansion have combined to create a running deficit of nearly $370,000. The Marshall Park Board and city officials are now casting a critical eye at the current budget to rein in the red ink...
Park Board discusses concert proposal (03/04/04)
Wednesday's meeting of the Marshall Park Board drew a standing-room-only crowd eager to hear the board's decision on leasing a portion of Indian Foothills Park to Full Circle Leisure, a for-profit business interested in promoting a local concert series...
Tennis courts could get new life through alternate funding (03/04/04)
Indian Foothills Park's tennis courts could soon get some much-needed improvements through two new funding ideas being explored. The worsening condition of the tennis courts has been a topic of discussion at nearly every meeting of the Marshall Park Board since November, when a group of tennis players came to ask that something be done...
Marshallites have mixed views on spending for park improvements (02/27/04)
In the summer of 2001, the Marshall Park Board asked local voters to step up and support making improvements in the city's park system. They did, and a half-cent sales tax was approved by a 3-to-1 margin. Supporters estimated the tax would generate $600,000 per year during the first seven years and $300,000 per year after that when it scales back to a quarter-cent...
Council OKs liquor license (02/18/04)
With only one item of business, the Marshall City Council completed its meeting quickly Tuesday. Meeting a day late due to the Presidents Day holiday Monday, the council approved a new liquor license for China Inn by a vote of 7-0 with Ward 3 Councilman Dan Brandt absent. The license will allow the business to sell beer by the drink...
Park looking to volunteers to finish skate park (02/05/04)
While the Marshall Parks and Recreation Department is attracting volunteers to help complete its skateboard park, it will have to go forward without help from Marshall Municipal Services. During Wednesday's meeting of the Marshall Park Board, Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer and resident Larry Dametz were among those joining the discussion of the skate park...
Council sets hearing, hears about need for fire dept. substation (01/21/04)
The Marshall City Council moved quickly through a light agenda Tuesday evening during its second regular meeting of the month. With only one committee report, from Ward 3 Councilman Dan Brandt of the Personnel and Environment Committee stating the committee would be meeting every other month to review personnel policies, and no report from Mayor Connie Latimer or City Administrator Charlie Tryban, the council moved to consider a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission...
BPW begins policy amendment process (01/20/04)
Over the course of several months, discussions between the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works and local developer John Gorrell led the board to decide to amend its policies concerning the installation of utility mains. It turns out the policies needed to be updated anyway...
Park Board agrees tennis courts in disrepair, but unable to reach consensus on how to fix (01/09/04)
The future of the Indian Foothills Park tennis courts was one of several topics of discussion at the Wednesday meeting of the Marshall Park Board. While everyone agreed something needs to be done to repair the courts, no definitive answer on how to do it has emerged...
Parks and recreation dept. asks city for help in finishing skateboard park (01/08/04)
The Marshall Parks and Recreation Department is looking for help to complete the skateboard park in time for summer. Mel Smith, Marshall director of parks and recreation, discussed the situation Wednesday evening at the regular meeting of the Marshall Park Board...
Ethanol, military call-up, retail changes and concert series among 2003's top stories (12/31/03)
2003 was a year of arrivals and departures in Saline County. Several new industries, including two ethanol plants, broke ground or arrived on the scene while residents bid farewell to friends and family members activated to serve in the armed forces...
Cities, counties opting out of sales tax holiday (12/26/03)
Saline County among those who have already said 'No' to not charging sales tax on school-related purchases in August 2004
Renewable Power closes on property in Marshall (12/24/03)
Phil Danforth, manager of Renewable Power of Missouri, executed the purchase of a 28.8-acre tract of land from the city of Marshall Tuesday morning. The lot, located north of Highway 20 on the west side of Marshall, sold for $115,200, or $4,000 an acre. Renewable Power plans to build a 30-million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant on the property...
Marshall City Council takes up land sale for ethanol plant, hotel/motel tax (12/16/03)
Renewable Power of Missouri is one step closer to purchasing the land it needs to construct an ethanol production facility. At its regular meeting Tuesday evening, the Marshall City Council approved an ordinance authorizing Mayor Connie Latimer to execute a deed for the sale...
Public hearing held on Supercenter plans (12/10/03)
A decade after Wal-Mart received its initial approval to proceed with construction of a Supercenter location in Marshall, a hearing for a second rezoning request showed neighbors of the retail giant still have concerns. Alan Pugh, of C.E.I. Engineering Associates, was present at the Planning and Zoning Commission hearing Tuesday to address those issues, which included drainage and noise buffering...
Armory packed for Guard sendoff (11/19/03)
Hundreds of community members made their way into the Army National Guard armory in Marshall Tuesday afternoon to show their support for more than 30 departing soldiers. The half-hour sendoff ceremony attracted a crowd including old and young, military and civilian. Although a hum of conversation filled the armory before the ceremony, not a word was spoken during the posting of colors by the Marshall unit of the U.S. Air Force Civil Air Patrol...
Marshall City Council opts to join reorganized Pioneer Trails (11/18/03)
The Marshall City Council voted Monday to become a part of the reorganized Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission. The commission reformed in late 2002 and held its first meeting in March of this year. Its previous incarnation had been phased out about eight years ago due to disagreements among members. The commission represents Lafayette, Johnson, Pettis and Saline counties. By becoming part of Pioneer Trails, Marshall joins fellow Saline County municipalities Slater and Sweet Springs...
National Guard members prepare to depart (11/14/03)
Larry Godsey of Marshall is spending time this week with his family, knowing he will be separated from them for at least a year. Godsey is one of about two dozen soldiers activated from the "Charlie" Battery of the Missouri Army National Guard, based in Marshall and Boonville. The soldiers are slated to leave Wednesday, Nov. 19...
Emotion tinges local Veterans Day observance (11/12/03)
With the imminent departure of the Missouri National Guard's "Charlie" Battery, Marshall's Veterans Day observance featured several emotional speeches. The ceremony opened with comments from National Guard Sgt. Keith Broyles, who spoke about the nation's prisoners of war and those missing in action...
Local Veterans Day observance set (11/07/03)
Jim Brown of Marshall said that in the years since the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., he has seen a renewed patriotism in America. Brown, a member of Malta Bend American Legion Post 558, is the coordinator of this year's Veterans Day observance in Marshall, set for next Tuesday. As is the tradition, the program will begin at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11...
Chamber welcomes newcomers (11/07/03)
Over 100 local residents participated in the Marshall Chamber of Commerce's annual Newcomers' Banquet Thursday night on the Missouri Valley College campus. The chamber uses the event to welcome individuals and businesses that have moved to Marshall since the previous banquet, and give established members of the community a chance to mingle with the new faces. ...
Marshall City Council passes two ordinances (10/21/03)
The Marshall City Council unanimously approved two city ordinances in its regular meeting Monday night. The first ordinance authorized the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works president to execute a mutual aid agreement with the Missouri Public Utility Alliance. ...
Sewer needs, repairs top BPW agenda (10/16/03)
Lying beneath Marshall are about 90 miles of sewer mains, some more than a century old and in need of repair. In addition to being concealed under streets and yards, some of the lines are hidden by time with the recollections of men who installed them long gone. This means sometimes the mains don't go where crewmen with Marshall Municipal Utilities Underground Facilities Department think they go...
Marshall to lose J.C. Penney store (10/15/03)
The J.C. Penney store at the Marshall Plaza will be closing its doors permanently Jan. 17, 2004, a company spokesman said this week. Eighteen employees of the local store were told Friday, Oct. 3, they would lose their jobs. A fixture among local shoppers for decades, the store opened at the Marshall Plaza in April 1979, having moved from is location on the Marshall square...
Park Board approves 5% cut in expenses (10/07/03)
When Mayor Connie Latimer first took office, she visited the Marshall Park Board to discuss the park and recreation department's budget. At the board's May meeting, Latimer pointed out that the park system has been falling behind for several years and was now facing a shortfall of more than $180,000. She instructed the board to watch its expenses and stay within its budget...
City officials eye sanitation costs, waste disposal and recycling options (10/03/03)
City officials in Marshall are talking trash this week as they look at the city's ever-increasing sanitation expenses. Four days a week, sanitation trucks rumble through Marshall collecting trash and paper for recycling. A necessary service, it also comes at a price -- a price that continues to rise...
Renewable Power holds groundbreaking ceremony (10/01/03)
Renewable Power of Missouri LLC, which plans to build a 30-million-gallon ethanol plant on the western edge of Marshall, held its groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning, an event many people at the ceremony said has been a long time coming. Roy Hunter, executive director for the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation, has worked with Phil Danforth, owner of Renewable Power, for three years on getting the ethanol plant in Marshall...
Park Board receives praise, reviews planned activities (09/11/03)
It was kudos all around at the Marshall Park Board meeting Wednesday evening as Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer and several others thanked the parks department, the city and everyone else who played a part in making the Willie Nelson concert a successful event...
Nelson concert draws estimated 3,000 (09/04/03)
A number of Willie Nelson's fans, and even some of the Mid-Missouri Fine Arts Council members who planned the concert, stood amazed that the country music legend was really in Marshall Wednesday night. An estimated 2,900 people attended the concert at Indian Foothills Park, covering the slope of the hill as they danced, cheered and sang along to some of their favorite songs...
Council OKs change allowing earlier Sunday liquor sales (09/03/03)
After hearing requests from several local merchants, the Marshall City Council amended its ordinance changing the time when liquor sales can begin on Sundays. City Administrator Charlie Tryban said he was unaware that the Missouri legislature had allowed for earlier Sunday liquor sales until he began receiving the calls. The state statute permits licensed merchants to begin selling alcohol at 9 a.m. on Sundays, two hours earlier than previously allowed...
MOFAC makes requests of Marshall Park Board (08/07/03)
Although still in its infancy, the agreement for a concert series between the Marshall Park Board and the Mid-Missouri Fine Arts Council is experiencing some growing pains. While it approved a number of requests from MOFAC at its Wednesday meeting, the Park Board expressed concern over the execution of the agreement designed to bring performing arts into Indian Foothills Park...
Park Board discusses repaying debt, new band shell (06/13/03)
Wednesday marked the first meeting for new Marshall Park Board members Kathy Cook, Cindy Farris and Jack Harvey, all recent appointments made by Mayor Connie Latimer. After a round of introductions, the board reorganized, electing Mike Lamberson president and Todd Hartley vice president, then got to business discussing several major issues for the park, including repaying a debt to the city and constructing a new band shell...
Community reps gather to discuss tourism (06/12/03)
Presiding commissioner, MSDC rep speak about agritourism conference Most communities in the county were represented in the discussion of a countywide tourism effort at the Saline County Leadership Luncheon Tuesday. Only the second of such meetings, several mayors attended this week's luncheon, including Connie Latimer of Marshall, Vivian Wiley of Sweet Springs, Tom Beamer of Arrow Rock, Merle Trelow of Mt. Leonard and John Bakert of Miami...
City Council approves trio of rezoning requests (06/03/03)
The Marshall City Council approved three rezoning requests at its regular meeting Monday, but not before hearing a complaint about a previous zoning issue approved last month. Marshall resident Tadar Wazir was present on behalf of residents of West Porter Street, where a mobile home was recently installed by Ronnie Bowman. ...
Close to $500,000 annually may be leaving county in lost retail sales (05/30/03)
More than half of Marshall residents leave town to buy clothing, appliances and electronics or for entertainment, according to an informal survey conducted last week. Four students from the University of Missouri-Columbia spent last week in Marshall, asking people about their shopping habits and forming a plan to keep more shopping dollars in the city...
Close to $500,000 annually may be leaving county in lost retail sales (05/28/03)
More than half of Marshall residents leave town to buy clothing, appliances and electronics or for entertainment, according to an informal survey conducted last week. Four students from the University of Missouri-Columbia spent last week in Marshall, asking people about their shopping habits and forming a plan to keep more shopping dollars in the city...
BPW amends policies (05/16/03)
The Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works amended several of its policies Wednesday. The policy changes affect the purchase of wastewater bonds, employee leave and check-writing authorization. Outstanding bonds In an effort to avoid balloon payments later, the board is taking steps now to purchase 1997 series wastewater bonds on the open market. To be able to do this, the board needed to establish an investment account and modify internal policies for investments...
Mayor asks MSDC about recruiting retailers (05/14/03)
Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer, now entering her second month in office, continues to attend the meetings of area boards, learning their roles while exploring her own. After speaking with the Marshall Park Board last week, Latimer attended the Tuesday meeting of the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation...
Durham selected to reign as Miss Slater (05/13/03)
Crystal Durham will reign over events celebrating Slater's 125th anniversary. Durham was named Miss Slater over six other senior high school girls competing in the event Friday evening. Rachael Perry was voted to serve as the alternate. One-third of the competition was determined by the amount of donations collected by contestants...
Park Board reviews projects, told to eye budget (05/08/03)
The Marshall Park Board received a visit from Marshall's new mayor Wednesday and got a reminder to watch its bottom line. "Financially, we don't look so good," Mayor Connie Latimer said. Going back about two years, the park system began to fall behind fiscally, Latimer said. ...
Brandt sworn in to take council seat (05/06/03)
Two weeks after welcoming a new mayor and city councilman, Marshall has yet another new member on the City Council. Dan Brandt, a former councilman, was sworn in at Monday's council meeting to take the Ward 3 seat left vacant when Connie Latimer was elected mayor...
Marshall council approves pair of contracts (04/22/03)
Marshall Mayor Mitch Geisler's last City Council meeting was busy, with several contracts and a budget amendment up for consideration. Among the contracts approved during the Monday meeting was an agreement between the city and Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission to make improvements on South Odell Avenue, which Geisler said Marshall was fortunate to get. ...
Latimer edges Nelson in Marshall mayoral race (04/09/03)
It was a close race, but Connie Latimer will be Marshall's first new mayor in more than a decade. Latimer, a member of the Marshall City Council, beat Dave Nelson, former Marsh-all Park Board president, for the position held by Mitch Geisler for the last 12 years...
Latimer, Nelson vie for mayor post (04/01/03)
With the decision of 12-year incumbent Mitch Geisler to not seek re-election as mayor of Marshall, two candidates have stepped forward, both with a history of civic participation. On Tuesday, April 8, voters will choose between Connie Latimer, currently Ward 3 councilwoman, and Dave Nelson, who is president of the Marshall Park Board...
Marshall City Council covers siren testing, building permits, update on airport project (03/04/03)
The city of Marshall is now ready for the statewide severe weather drill next Tuesday. After testing the sirens Monday, Ward 4 Councilman Russell Bellamy reported to the Marshall City Council that a glitch was found in the main storm siren at the fire station on Arrow Street. Fire Chief John Rieves fixed the siren, Bellamy said at the council's regular meeting Monday evening...
Marshall council OKs agreement to facilitate MorPower relocation (02/19/03)
The Marshall City Council voted Tuesday to approve an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Slater to facilitate MorPower's relocation from its Marshall location to Slater. City Administrator Charlie Tryban said the agreement transfers administration of Community Development Block Grant funds secured for the company from Marshall to Slater. Tryban noted the move was not entirely bad for the city, as the company was not moving far away...
Lecture reviews state's open meetings law (02/14/03)
Members of public boards from across the county got a crash course pertaining to the Sunshine Law Thursday night. Representatives of city councils, park boards, water districts and the like assembled for a lecture on Missouri's open meetings law given by James Klahr, Missouri assistant attorney general. The event was sponsored by the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation's Investors Group...
Duplexes dominate January building permits (02/10/03)
January's building permits were dominated by duplexes, with three of the seven construction permits issued for the shared residences. In addition, the duplex projects accounted for 85 percent of the value of construction projects during the month. Records released by Marshall City Code Official Mike Morgan's office show the largest project issued a permit was a $290,000 duplex at 1627 and 1629 Sunset owned by Swinger Investments. ...
Latimer, Nelson to vie for Marshall mayor's seat (01/22/03)
With filing for the April election now closed, the slate of candidates is set. In Marshall, three city offices will see contested races while five candidates will vie for two school board seats. When voters go to the polls on April 8, they will have two mayoral candidates to choose from. ...
Value of construction permits issued in Marshall for 2002 tops $8.96 million (01/14/03)
The annual report by Marshall City Code Official Mike Morgan shows 2002 was a good year for construction in Marshall. For the year, there were 373 construction permits issued, 101 of them for building projects. The total value of the projects issued permits came in at $8,963,185...
Familiar names file for city posts (12/31/02)
As it now stands, Marshall voters will see a slate of familiar names when they go to the polls in April 2003. A week after filing opened, only the race for the Ward 4 City Council seat has more than one candidate. Incumbent Russell L. Bellamy will once again face David Philip Kemm. Kemm has run unsuccessfully for the seat in the past...
Council hears complaints about street work (09/17/02)
Street work in northern Marshall has led to a bit of feuding between residents, the Marshall City Council learned at its regular meeting Monday. "People are calling the police on each other," resident Vicky Nissen told the council. "They're mad because there aren't any parking spaces. It's just crazy."...
Organizers declare county fair a success (07/23/02)
Organizers of the Saline County Fair have declared the 2002 fair a resounding success - with large crowds, plenty of sponsors and lots of competitors. "It was great. It was just great," noted Fair Association Vice President Connie Latimer. "We had big crowds out all week long. We had big crowds out at all the events and we served more people at the ham breakfast (the last Sunday morning of the fair) than probably ever before."...
County fair preparations in full swing (07/12/02)
As the Saline County Fair kicks off this weekend with the demolition derby and fireworks display Saturday evening, directors and volunteers are rushing to put on the final touches. "They're going very well," noted Connie Latimer, director for this year's fair. "It's been kind of hectic right now, just trying to get everything in place."...
Marshall council tackles varied agenda (04/16/02)
It was a busy night for the Marshall City Council, with action being taken on a number of items. When the council met in regular session Monday, it revised police residency requirements, approved a rezoning request, authorized a pair of contracts and vacated a section of a city street...
City Council approves street plan (04/02/02)
While its agenda may have appeared light, Monday's meeting of the Marshall City Council was productive. The council approved several police promotions, a number of bids and the city's 2002 street improvement plan. Ward 4 Councilman Russell Bellamy gave the council the recommendation of the Police Personnel Board. ...
Council acts on planning, zoning issues (03/19/02)
The Marshall City Council voted to approve a sign variance and scheduled a public hearing for a rezoning request at its regular meeting Monday. Connie Latimer, Ward 3 councilwoman and member of the Marshall Planning and Zoning Commission, reported that the commission had voted to approve a request from North Street Methodist Church for a sign variance at its meeting held last week...
Planning commission OKs townhouse proposal (03/13/02)
The Marshall Planning and Zoning Commission gave its unanimous approval Tuesday evening to a rezoning request for four lots within the Gorrell Subdivision. John Gorrell, owner and developer of the properties, had requested that lots 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the subdivision be rezoned from R-1 single-family residential to P-D planned unit development. A similar request was granted last year for lots 13, 14 and 31 in the subdivision...
Marshall City Council approves bid for insurance (03/05/02)
The city of Marshall will be spending nearly $100,000 for its insurance package this year. The Marshall City Council voted unanimously to accept a bid for the policy at its regular meeting held Monday. Ward 1 Councilman Mark Cook, chairman of the Finance, Budget and Audit Committee, and City Administrator Charlie Tryban informed the board about the policy...
12 vying for three seats on Marshall school board (01/16/02)
While filing for local elections got off to a slow start, a flurry of late candidate entries has resulted in a field of 12 competing for three seats on the Marshall Board of Education and two of four City Council races being contested. School board incumbents Ed Kays and Raymond Thompson have filed for re-election, but board member Phil Perkins will not seek another term. Thompson filed Tuesday, the last day for candidates to submit their names...
Candidates slow to file for many April races (01/04/02)
As of press time Friday, the city of Marshall could see only one race with more candidates than seats to be filled in the April elections. Filing closes Jan. 15. David Kemm has once again registered to run for the Marshall Ward 4 City Council seat. He will be opposed by incumbent Ward 4 Councilman Ron Duvall. Kemm was defeated in his last run for the position by Ward 4 Councilman Russell Bellamy...
Council approves purchase of warning sirens (12/04/01)
After receiving only one bid for the project, the Marshall City Council voted to purchase emergency warning sirens at its regular meeting Monday. Marshall Mayor Mitch Geisler said he did not like to make purchases when fewer than two bids are submitted, but in this case it did not look like any other companies would be bidding on the sirens...
Student flights increase at local airport (10/02/01)
By Chris Post/Staff Writer Despite the grounding orders issued by the Federal Aviation Administration in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the East Coast, the Marshall Municipal Airport saw slightly higher use for the month of September when compared to one year ago...