Community Progress Feature Stories
Each year in late winter, The Marshall Democrat-News publishes a series of special sections that include stories featuring local businesses, organizations and projects that represent the community's progress over the preceding year or so.
MoDOT: Use caution if winter weather occurs
ST. JOSEPH - With snow forecast for Missouri on Saturday night through Sunday afternoon, the Missouri Department of Transportation reminds motorists to be prepared for the possibility of snowy or slick roads this weekend. MoDOT crews will carefully monitor road conditions and are ready to treat state-maintained bridges and overpasses as needed. Motorists should be aware that bridges and overpasses generally experience freezing conditions first...
The Optimist Club of Marshall met Jan. 24
The Optimist Club of Marshall held its meeting at 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Bloomfield's in Marshall. The meeting was called to order by President Wayne McReynolds with 20 members in attendance. Kenny Claus gave the invocation and Gary Grote led the Pledge of Allegiance. ...
Marshall Lions Club held its weekly meeting Jan. 19
Marshall Lions Club held its weekly meeting at 12:05 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at the Clubhouse in Marshall. The meeting was called to order by Lion President Maureen Burks. Lion Sharon Hall led the Pledge of Allegiance. Lion Mike Davis gave the prayer and opened the meeting. There were nine members in attendance...
Marshall Lions Club met Jan. 12
Marshall Lions Club held its weekly meeting at 12:05 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at the Clubhouse in Marshall. The meeting was called to order by Lion President Maureen Burks. Lion Leslie Sturhahn led the Pledge of Allegiance. Lion Andy Roehrs gave the prayer and opened the meeting. There were 11 members in attendance. A motion was made by Lion Jene Crook and seconded by Sturhahn to approve the minutes of the Jan. 5 meeting...
Marshall city council approves tax measure, Law enforcement provides community outreach programs
The Marshall City Council met Monday, Jan. 26, during a special meeting where a tax measure was passed for sales tax of half a cent. City Administrator Connie Latimer explained the new tax measure and some of the reasons for its approval. "They passed a ballot measure for a half cent sales tax. ...
County commission further discusses emergency plan
The Saline County Commission met Thursday morning, Jan. 29, to elaborate on the county-wide emergency plan currently in the works. In a letter to the commission, Sweet Springs Mayor Dee Friel explained the city accepted the proposal for the emergency plan. Presiding Commissioner Kyle Guthrey explained further...
Grief support topic of Inter-Agency meeting
The Saline County Inter-Agency Council met Tuesday, Jan. 27, for the first time in several months. The meeting was chaired by Richard DeFord who recognized Dr. Laura Festa with Fitzgibbon Hospital. Festa attended the meeting to explain the hospital's grief support group for those who have lost someone close...
Hunter Education Class Offered
Hunter education training is a form of life insurance. Only rarely is anyone who has had such training involved in any kind of firearms or hunting incidents. The Missouri Department of Conservation will sponsor a Hunter Education skills session on Thursday, Feb. 26, on the campus of Missouri Valley College. The class will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Charles Bacon room of the Malcolm Center on the MVC campus...
Ott named one of '50 rural hospital CEOs to know'
CHICAGO -- Ronald Ott, president and chief executive officer of Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, has been recognized as a top hospital executive in the country. Ott was included in a Jan. 26 article in Becker's Hospital Review entitled "50 rural hospital CEOs to know." The article featured the names and short biographies of the top 50 rural hospital leaders in the country. ...
City of Sweet Springs approves truck purchase, community requests
The Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen reviewed truck bids during a special meeting Tuesday, Jan. 27. According to unofficial meeting minutes, the city received two bids. One bid from Meyer Motors, in Concordia, was for $29,877.76. The second bid came from Midway Ford Truck Center in Kansas City, which provided two options -- a 2015 truck in stock for $29,375.80 or a 2016 model for $27,620.80. The option from Meyer Motors would have to be ordered and there would be a 90-day wait, the minutes said...
Piccadilly auction to raise funds for YMCA programs
A new fundraiser for Salt Fork YMCA invites women to enjoy a ladies night out, with food, fellowship and a piccadilly auction. "Bubbles and Bling" is a new fundraiser for the Y, which will benefit programs offered at the facility. Several YMCA board members helping to organize the event thought it was a fairly new type of auction for the region...
Vehicle fire extinguished in Marshall Walmart parking lot
The front half of a Ford Explorer was engulfed in steam and smoke in the Marshall Walmart parking lot at approximately 3:15 p.m. Wednesday afternoon as firefighters with the Marshall Fire Department worked to put out any hot spots.
County Collector releases 2014 railroad, utility taxes
The Saline County Collector released the collections for the 2014 railroad and utility taxes paid to the treasurer on Jan. 26. Collector Grace E. Miles pays out to the 12 cities in Saline County, as well. A total of $4,585,807.13 will be paid out according to the given information from the collectors office...
Fitzgibbon receives designation from World Health Organization
Fitzgibbon Hospital was recognized as a baby-friendly hospital Tuesday, Jan. 27, in the hospital's atrium. According to a press release from the hospital, the distinction is a part of the World Health Organization's global baby-friendly hospital initiative, and Fitzgibbon is one of three hospitals in Missouri to receive this award...
Missouri Valley S-MSTA chapter receives award from state association
MARSHALL -- Missouri Valley's Student-Missouri State Teachers Association (S-MSTA) chapter received the Outstanding Service Project award at the 2014 Missouri State Teacher Association Convention held Nov. 14 in Columbia. The annual award is given to a chapter that records community service or volunteer hours, helping a local community agency or project. ...
County Commission adds community group to website
Jessica Goodman, of the Saline County Historical Preservation Commission addressed Saline County Commissioners during their meeting Tuesday morning, Jan. 27. She noted the nomination of two individuals to fill the vacancy currently open. "Brad Bartlet has been coming to some of the meetings, and he has really taken an initiative and has started helping out with the survey ... ...
Cinema history revived with 'Dead Files'
Many walk through the lobby of Marshall Cinema for a couple of hours of entertainment. But this summer the cinema will not only provide newly released films to its audiences, it will also be featured in a popular Travel Channel television show, "The Dead Files."...
Marshall Chapter DAR hosts joint Christmas luncheon
A joint Christmas luncheon of the Marshall Chapter DAR, Patsy Gregg Chapter DAR and the Arrow Rock Chapter DAR was held Friday, Dec. 5, at Stone Hedge Golf Club. The tables were beautifully decorated for the holiday season by Elaine Osborn and Judy Eaheart. After opening remarks and a blessing, the Marshall High School Choraliers, under the direction of Ann Lewis, provided holiday music during the luncheon. Regent Raylene Cornine presented each student with a "Santa Bag" of candy...
Miller chosen as MHS teacher of the month
Marshall High School Principal Royal Peterson recognized Glenn Miller II as Marshall High School teacher of the month at the Marshall Lion's Club meeting Monday, Jan. 26. Lion President Maureen Burks presented Miller with a certificate and a check. Miller is a Marshall native, having gone through the Marshall Public Schools himself. This is his 19th year in education. He teaches IPC and environmental science...
'Hillbilly' comedian, musician entertains in Marshall
Unperishable food items were piled at the entrance of Martin Community Center, in Marshall, Saturday afternoon as patrons set down their donations and headed inside for entertainment by Dennis "Moonshine" Rader. The hillbilly comedy and musical act is one Rader has performed for more than 25 years...
Slater senior trip to South Padre approved
The Slater Board of Education met Tuesday evening, Jan. 20, where they heard from three high school seniors who presented their proposed plan and budget for this year's senior trip. The plan included flying by Southwest Airlines, staying for three nights and renting buses. ...
Saline County Commission receives bids for county services
The Saline County Commission met Thursday morning, Jan. 22, to discuss bids for materials and services for county-wide maintenance tasks. To begin new business Anne Graff, executive director of the Saline County board services for the developmentally disabled, presented a letter of request to appoint three board members...
Fairy Prom Mothers provides the long and short of gown shopping
On Tuesday, Jan. 20, ninth-grader Kennessa Horstman sorted through dresses in search of something to wear to a dance at Marshall High School. Dresses were sized and hanging from racks, and in the corner was an illuminated sitting area complete with an ornate mirror, jewelry cases and clutches. But the shop wasn't found in a mall. Instead, it's located in the basement of First Presbyterian Church's fellowship hall...
Kiwanis Club to host chili supper
The Kiwanis Club will host its 26th annual chili supper from 4:30-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, in the commons area at Marshall High School. Menu will consist of chili, dessert and a drink for a nominal fee. Hot dogs will also be served. Take out orders will be available and profits will be used for supporting youth activities...
Mizzou announces fall semester 2014 dean's list
The University of Missouri has announced its fall semester 2014 dean's list. The following recipients were named to that list: Carter Anthony Austin, Misael Ayala, Alyson Leanne Cain, Erin Michelle Case, Jazmin Castrellon, Payton Carol Ehrhardt, James Robert Elfrink, Haley Jordan Evans, Kimberly Vanessa Garcia, Robert Gorrell, Abbey Christine Hartley, Mikaela Ann Henke, Charles Alexander Maupin, Abrea Quinn Mizer, Brock Alan Musick, Arozo Shahabzada, Austin Gale Thiel and Doran Camille Arni Vaillancourt, all of Marshall; Sydney Anne Bredehoeft and Anna Elizabeth Sleeper, both of Blackburn; Mary Anne Kadron Boston and Madison Allyn Cano, both of Gilliam; Dawn Nicole Gorrell of Malta Bend; Rebecca Dee Keller of Nelson; Adriana Haley Cortez, Bailey Breann Griffith and Marissa Mildred Weiher, all of Slater; and Janessa P. ...