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.
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. ...
Drug charges filed after search of Marshall home
Charges were filed against a Marshall man after a search of a residence on East Vest Street in Marshall revealed a quantity of methamphetamine, a quantity of marijuana and drug paraphernalia associated with both the use and distribution of illegal drugs, according to a probable cause statement from Marshall Police Department...
Saline County Commission receive good numbers in November for C.A.R.T. funds
The Saline County Commission convened for a short meeting Thursday, Nov. 20, taking care of a few items of business. "(County Treasurer Marty Smith) has brought in the summary of the C.A.R.T. funds, which go into the road and bridge department and for the month of November, those dollars were $66,925.83 compared with $59,558.24 last year in November, so up about $7,000," Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings said, about the County Aid Road Trust funds. ...
Two-car collision west of Marshall
A two-car collision occurred Wednesday, Nov. 19, at approximately 4 p.m. three miles west of Marshall on Highway 20. The event involved a four-door pickup and four-door Toyota. Exact details for the extent of the damages as well as any sustained injuries have not yet been released. Further information to follow when details become available...
City of Slater discusses finances, events
The Slater City Council met Tuesday, Nov. 18, with a number of winter based discussion topics for the upcoming weeks. Gene Griffith, assistant city administrator, led off with the financial report indicating among other expenditures that compared to last year, electric rates appear to be down...
Tourism commission awards more than $87,000 in grants
More than $87,000 in grant funding was awarded by the Marshall Tourism Commission this past week after commission members reviewed requests from 16 organizations. According to Stan Moore, of the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation Tourism Committee -- a separate organization through which grant requests are funneled and organized -- the approved amount for 2015 is governed by the anticipated "motel tax" revenue from this year...
MPS will host challenge to donate toilet paper for 'Holiday Project'
Marshall Public Schools' Department of Transportation is challenging the Community Teachers Association and Marshall High School's student council for a "sit-in" on toilets. The challenge will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. Held on the high school's circle drive, the purpose of the event is to collect at least 5,000 rolls of toilet paper, which will be donated to Saline County Inter-Agency Council's Holiday Project...
The Marshall Monday Club met Nov. 10
The Marshall Monday Club met at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, at First United Methodist Church in the fellowship hall. President Anne Rea welcomed everyone and thanked janie Weber for the prelude music. Authorene Phillips reported the 2014 Marshall Writers Guild booklet, Notes and Notables of Saline County," is available for $5 at Jerry's Men's Ware/Lin's Fashions, Jim the Wonder Dog Museum and Red Cross Pharmacies. ...
The G.F.W.C. Coterie Club held its meeting Aug. 28
The G.F.W.C. Coterie Club held its meeting Aug. 28 at the home of Pat Hammer with Ruth Clemens as co-hostess. New President Alice Roselius called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. There were 17 members present for the meeting. Guests for the meeting were Marion Anderson and George Clemens. The minutes of the April 25 and May 20 meeting were read and approved...
Marshall Lions Club held its weekly meeting Nov. 10
Marshall Lions Club held its weekly meeting at 12:05 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, at the Clubhouse in Marshall. The meeting was called to order by Lion President Maureen Burks. Lion Teresa Vogel led the Pledge of Allegiance. Lion Royal Peterson gave the prayer and opened the meeting...
The Optimist Club of Marshall met Nov. 11
The Optimist Club of Marshall met at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Bloomfields in Marshall. Secretary Kyle Gibbs called the meeting to order. Paul Collier gave the evenings invocation and John Bargfrede led the Pledge of Allegiance. Dale Zank gave a report on popcorn sales and deliveries of the clubs holiday popcorn fundraiser. ...
New writers' guild booklet honors county's history in music and influential figures
The Marshall Writers' Guild released a new booklet this season titled "Notes and Notables of Saline County," detailing Marshall's rich musical history and important figures to come out of Saline County. What initially started out as a booklet of personal reflections from numerous authors, Authorene Phillips, co-founder and head of the guild, said since then, the idea has ventured out telling the county's history to preserve it...
Marshall City Council announces filing dates for open city positions in the April election
The Marshall City Council announced at the Monday, Nov. 17, meeting the filing dates for open positions in the general municipal election which will be held Tuesday, April 7. The open positions up for election includes the mayor, which is a four-year term, and the municipal judge, city attorney, city treasurer and one council member for each of the four wards. The other positions all serve two-year terms...
Search warrant served at Marshall residence
On Monday, Nov. 17, officers of Marshall Police Department and Lafayette County Crisis Action team served a search warrant at a Marshall residence, according to a press release from MPD. No persons were located in the residence at the time the warrant was served. ...
The Optimist Club of Marshall met Nov. 8
The Optimist Club of Marshall met at 7 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Bloomfield's in Marshall. President Wayne McReynolds called the meeting to order. Kenny Clause gave the morning invocation and Robyn Leimkuehler led the Pledge of Allegiance. John Bargfrede gave a report on the clubs popcorn fundraiser and sales. ...
Saline County Commission celebrates connection to USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor
The Saline County Commission welcomed back Malta Bend native and Aerographer's Mate Third Class for the U.S. Navy Bristol Rigby Tuesday, Nov. 18. Rigby attended the May 21 commission meeting contributing two pictures she took of the USS Missouri to the Saline County Courthouse and talked about her experiences at Pearl Harbor...
Patsy Gregg chapter NSDAR met Oct. 12
The regular meeting of the Patsy Gregg chapter NSDAR met at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at the home of Regent Carol McInteer. There were 11 members present and one prospective member. The opening ritual was led by Chaplain Linda Bulbruck. The President General's Message was read by Janice Malecki...