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.
Marshall G.A.T.E. students take on 'pet project'
Students with Marshall Public Schools' G.A.T.E. program took on a pet project Sunday, Nov. 23, as they greeted customers of Orscheln Farm and Home with some new friends. The five students ― Keegan Troth, Kelsey Troth, Cheyenne Friesz, Isabelle Guthrey and Jen Peele ― sat with several dogs, inviting people to "smooch the pooch" as they entered or exited the store. The project was the students' way of raising awareness, and funding, for the Saline Animal League...
Inter-Agency discusses final preparations for the Holiday Project
The Saline County Inter-Agency Council convened Tuesday, Nov. 25, to prepare for the final preparations heading into the Holiday Project, which will be held Thursday, Dec. 11, at Martin Community Center. "The Holiday Project is going great again. The money is starting to come in," Lorel Box said, about the council's annual project to provide food and holiday items for low income families. ...
National Guard visits head start in Marshall
Members of the Missouri Army National Guard made a stop by the Head Start facility on U.S. Highway 65 north of Marshall to give the students there a chance to take a seat in one of their HMMWV's (high, mobility, multi-purpose vehicle), commonly referred to as a humvee. ...
Dancing thrives for seniors at weekly event
Thursday evenings aren't typically thought of as a night to let loose, but that's just what senior citizens are doing each week at Saline County Fairground. On Thursday, Nov. 20, a crowd of patrons moved about the dance floor in the fairground's multipurpose building, enjoying live music and conversation with friends...
Senior center doubles up on home-delivered meals for holiday week
Monday morning, Nov. 24, staff and volunteers barely peeked above their packages as they worked to double up the home-delivered meals that would be sent out this week from Marshall Senior Center. While some will enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday surrounded by family and friends, the senior center was preparing meals ahead of time for home-bound residents who rely on the Meals on Wheels program...
Saline County Commission approves historic preservation program
Jessica Goodman, representing the Saline County Historic Preservation Commission, attended the Saline County Commission meeting Wednesday, Nov. 26, to ask about hosting a Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program, otherwise known as CAMP. "This year we are wanting to submit a grant for the 2015 year to the state of Missouri," Goodman said...
Marshall school board tries to come to terms with board policies
The Marshall Public Schools' Board of Education got mired in trying to change and clarify its "catastrophic sick leave" policy at the Monday, Nov. 24, meeting, which Interim Superintendent Carol Maher currently addressed as a priority in the August board meeting...
Marshall High School overflows with toilet paper donations
Marshall Public Schools transportation department, Community Teachers Association and Student Council participated in a Toilet Sit-on event to ask for toilet paper rolls to be donated to Saline County Inter-Agency Council's Holiday Project.
Marshall orchestra, chorus to present joint Christmas concert
On Sunday, Nov. 30, at 2:30 p.m., the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra and Marshall Community Chorus will join together to present their annual Christmas Concert in the Harold L. Lickey Auditorium at Bueker Middle School. More than a hundred musicians have been involved in numerous rehearsals, anticipating the joy of presenting this Christmas gift of song to our community...
Angel Tree to support Butterfield youth
The Mid-Day Optimist Club set up its Angel Tree Thursday, Nov. 20, at Viking Athletics on the square.
Santa makes appearance at Arrow Rock festivities
Arrow Rock held its Hanging of the Greens event Saturday, Nov. 22. Visitors came out to respect the tradition and visited with Santa Claus over fresh cookies and hot cocoa.
Community Thanksgiving service scheduled Tuesday
The Marshall Ministerial Alliance will sponsor the annual Marshall Community Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Music will be provided by the Marshall High School Orchestra, Marshall Community Chorus and Powerhouse Ministries youth. A free-will donation will go toward the Ministerial Alliance Transient Fund...
Milne to bring ragtime show to Blackwater
The nationally known ragtime player Bob Milne will hold two concerts at the West End Theatre, 301 Doddridge Ave. in Blackwater, on Saturday, Dec. 13, and Sunday, Dec. 14. The performances are at 2:30 p.m. Milne hails from Lepeer, Mich., but spends most of the year on the road performing piano ragtime and boogie-woogie concerts across the United States, Japan and Alaska. ...
E-911 discusses radio software updates
The Saline County E-911 board of directors met Thursday, Nov. 20, to discuss a number of events from the past month. Director Stacie Smith's report indicated community service projects for youth are ongoing. The report lead into financial numbers in regards to various radio models used by the departments. She went on to elaborate about the new equipment updates, which can cause problems with older software...
MMU installs Christmas lights Monday
Christmas and winter decorations are budding up around Marshall as the city anticipates the upcoming season. On Monday, Nov. 24, Christmas lights purchased by the Marshall Chamber of Commerce were installed throughout town -- primarily around the downtown square, Arrow Street and Odell Avenue...
Monday morning crash at state Route 65 split
Morning commuters slowed at the intersection of state Route 65 and Business Loop 65 Monday morning as they attempted to drive around police personnel working a crash.
Celebration of Christmas Holiday Show continues Saturday at MVC
The lights dimmed on a packed house at Eckilson-Mabee Theatre Friday evening, when the Missouri Valley College Division of Fine Arts presented its Celebration of Christmas Holiday Show. Featuring the Valley Connection Show Choir, MVC Concert Choir, MVC Instrumental Ensemble and MVC Repertory Dance Ensemble, vocalists provided an evening both entertaining and heartfelt. ...
Farm bill meeting draws crowd and questions
With the passing of the farm bill in the recent election the Farm Service Agency conducted an informational public meeting at the Martin Community Center to update the public Thursday, Nov 20...
MVC rodeo team tarps a million-bushel grain pile
The Missouri Valley College rodeo team assisted Central Missouri Agri-Service Thursday, Nov. 20, by covering the 1.2 million bushel ground pile of grain at the northwest end of Marshall near Route 240.
H.E.A.T. for heat: helping homes stay warm
The chilly time of the year is well under way, as temperatures plummeted into the single digits this past week and are expected to drop into the 30s later next week. For most, a quick trip outside to start the car is enough to make them scurry back into the warmth of the house. But paying utility bills, for some, can be as overwhelming as the cold...
Slater Schools preps for April election
On Thursday, Nov. 20, the Slater Board of Education approved authorizing Superintendent Terry Lorenz to prepare the election ballot and sample ballot for April's general municipal election -- to be held Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Board President Rick Hays and board member Buddy Griffith's seats are up for election this coming April, and both seats are three-year terms...
House consumed by flames Wednesday evening
The Marshall Fire Department responded to a house fire at 562 W. Morgan St. Wednesday night, Nov. 19, at 7:13 p.m. The firefighters arrived at 7:15 p.m. and found the structure was fully involved. The blaze originated in the kitchen, where an appliance housing or casing was ignited, according to a report from MFD...
2 Marshall teens involved in crash
A one-car accident on Wildcat Road a half-mile south of 270th Lane happened at approximately 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. The accident happened when, a 2003 Kia driven by Rachel E. Sporleder, 16, of Marshall, was traveling southbound when she overcorrected causing the vehicle to run off the left side of the roadway and overturn. ...
Area school lunch menu 11/24-11/28
Marshall Elementary Schools and Bueker Middle Schools Monday -- Breakfast: Waffles, orange smiles, strawberries; sausage biscuit, orange smiles, strawberries; cereal, yogurt, orange smiles, strawberries; or cinnamon apple oatmeal, yogurt, orange smiles, strawberries; variety milk. ...
Marshall man charged with class C felony
Ricky L. Garrett, 54, of Marshall, was charged in Saline County Circuit Court Tuesday, Nov. 18, with a class C felony possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana. Bond was set at $10,000 cash only. According to a probable cause statement from Marshall Police Department, MPD responded to a disturbance at a Marshall mobile home community where Garrett resides. ...