Center for Biological Diversity seeks Missouri ban on commercial trapping of wild turtles
The Center for Biological Diversity and Great Rivers Environmental Law Center, the former a nonprofit organization and the later a nonprofit environmental law firm, are attempting to end commercial turtle trapping in the state of Missouri. The organizations announced Wednesday, Aug. ...
E-911 reviews director's report, approves equipment purchase
The Saline County E-911 board met Thursday, Aug. 18, to discuss past business since its meeting in June. The board did take action on one item that day as Director Stacie Smith explained more about the need for an emergency purchase. The need for a new recorder at the E-911 facility was brought before the board, Smith stating the current one needs to be replaced...
Marshall Superintendent says district will forgo maximum allowed tax levy, stick with voter approved rate
The Marshall Board of Education set its tax rate for the 2016-2017 year at $3.12 per $100 of assessed valuation Tuesday night, Aug. 23. That was the rate the city asked Marshall residents to approve during the municipal elections in April, passing by a 220 vote margin. Superintendent Carol Maher reported the raised levy generated an additional $612,182 in revenue. Maher also said the maximum levy for 2016-2017 that the state would have allowed for Marshall was $3.1271...
Statewide emergency response simulation plans for New Madrid fault quake
Emergency personnel from Saline County were among those to participate in a statewide emergency response simulation this week at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia. The three-day simulation involved the set-up and execution of an emergency respite site as it would be designed in the event of an earthquake rating 6.6 or higher on the Richter Scale in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, located in southeast Missouri as well as parts of Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois...
Town hall focused on suicide prevention is topic of Inter-Agency meeting
A concern about the welfare for persons contemplating suicide spurred the development of a committee in Marshall earlier this year. During a Saline County Inter-Agency Council meeting Tuesday, Aug. 23, Richard DeFord -- Fitzgibbon Hospital's public relations and marketing coordinator -- spoke about a town hall meeting scheduled for next month...
Farmers' Almanac makes possible the opportunity for national recognition
Farmers' Almanac is giving the opportunity for three farmers or ranchers, to be nationally recognized for the work they do and the way they impact their community. According to the Voice of Agriculture, Farmers' Almanac has announced its search for three farmers or ranchers that will be recognized as it's 'Farmers' Almanac Farmer of the Year.' This will be done with the partnership of the American Farm Bureau Federation...
County Commission discusses grant possibility, bridgework
The Saline County Commission discussed a potential sidewalk project along with a grant possibility through MoDOT at its regular meeting Tuesday, Aug, 23. According to Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner, the county has been discussing the grant opportunity with Director Stan Moore of the Marshall Saline Development Corporation, and said Moore informed them of a transportation alternatives program or (TAP) grant, that can be used for a potential sidewalk project around the Saline County Courthouse.. ...
Wood & Huston Bank announces new president and CEO
President and CEO Barry Randolph announced he would retire after 37 years in banking, 19 of which were with Wood & Huston. Randolph has lead the bank as President and CEO for the past 10 years. After his retirement, he will continue to serve the bank as a member of its board of directors. Taking his place at the helm will be current Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Mark Thompson...
Arrow Rock to host ice cream freeze-off
The village of Arrow Rock will host its annual ice cream freeze off at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, on the lawn of J. Huston Tavern. A nominal fee will gain patrons sampling and voting privileges in the contest, plus a helping of homemade cake and more ice cream...
Slater School District reports smooth beginning to school year
The Slater Board of Education met Thursday, Aug. 18, where it discussed the new school year's projects, and faculty reported classes have begun smoothly. According to Pre-K Director Cheryl Willis, a total of 20 students have been enrolled with six on the waiting list...
MPD arrests 1 after attempt to flee
While patrolling near South Odell Avenue and Yerby Street in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Aug. 19, officers spotted a pick-up truck exit the parking lot of the former Quick Run convenience store and head west on West Yerby Street. Officers also turned on to West Yerby Street continuing their patrol when they noticed the truck parked on the side of the road. ...
House graffiti under investigation
On Tuesday, Aug. 16, Marshall police officers responded to a residence on South Benton Avenue in regard to property damage. When they arrived at approximately 3:30 p.m., officers made contact with the caller and observed the northwest corner of the house had been spray painted with explicit phrases...
Marshall Girl Scouts plan registration
Marshall-area Girl Scout troops will hold registration for the 2016-2017 year Thursday, Aug. 25. Parents will have an opportunity to register their daughters who are in kindergarten through high school. Registration will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 710 E. Yerby St. Parents may come and go at any time during this period...
MFD repurposes derelict motel before planned demolition
A longstanding source of public concern in Marshall was put to use in benefit of the community Saturday, Aug. 20. The former Budget Inn and Ivy Haven Motel, located at the corner of Odell Avenue and Morrow Street and vacant for the last couple of years, was the site of some hands-on training for members of the Marshall Fire Department and the West Central Fire Protection District's Blackburn station. ...
Saline County Commission approves liquor license
The Saline County Commission had a brief meeting Thursday, Aug. 18, where the commission approved a new liquor license. An application to sell packaged liquor was approved for the City of Sweet Springs during their annual fall festival. The next meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23...
Slater City Council hears pool review, past events and electricity cost
The Slater City Council discussed a number of topics at its meeting Tuesday, Aug. 16. Slater Pool Manager Bailey Griffith and lifeguard Regan Peeples also addressed the council with a review of how business went at the pool over the summer. "We had a great year this year," Griffith said. "Our attendance stayed up throughout the entire summer, which is something we haven't seen in past years."...
Marshall Elementary Schools Monday -- Breakfast: Chocolate french toast; Breakfast pizza;, Cereal with yogurt: or Oatmeal with yogurt, fresh melon, fruit juice. Lunch: Chicken nuggets; Hamburger mac and cheese; or italian bread, fresh garden salad, corn, applesauce, fresh fruit; or , corn, applesauce, fresh fruit, italian bread...
Saline County Area Retired Teachers Associaiton to host meeting Aug. 29
The Saline County Area Retired Teachers Association invites any persons associated with Saline County schools to contact Linda Becker for information about SCARTA. SCARTA will begin its 2016-2017 year with a meeting, program and lunch, Monday, Aug. 29, at the Saline County Health Department. Current non-members can contact Linda Becker at 660-529-3218 to R.S.V.P. by Aug. 25 for the luncheon and additional information...
Sweet Springs to host annual Gusher Days festival
The Sweet Springs Gusher Days Festival will be held Wednesday, Aug. 24, through Saturday, Aug. 27, in downtown Sweet Springs. The baby contest will be held Sunday, Aug. 21, at the Lutheran church basement. Gusher Days activities will include: Turner's Kitchen, arm band rides and open exhibits...
Missouri Valley College hosts student orientation
Students will be moving on the Missouri Valley College campus this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19-20, with 2016 fall semester classes beginning Aug. 22. This week, students new to MVC will engage in a number of events and activities on campus. These will include ice-breaker activities, social events, learning MVC history and more...
Longing for home
I went to the basement to look for a box that would be suitable for recycling and found an idea for this column instead. On the shelf in a large, clear plastic tub was a container marked "Out of Season Clothes." Peeking through the sides of the tub were wooly house shoes and sweaters that I cannot fathom any possible use for on this particular day. ...
Amendment 4, The Taxpayer Protection Amendment
The Taxpayer Protection Amendment will appear as Amendment 4 on the general election ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Supporters say Amendment 4 will protect missouri from new taxes on services. "Amendment 4 will protect taxpayers by constitutionally stopping a new sales tax on services that Missouri families use every day," said Scot Charton, spokesman for Missourians for fair Taxation...
Holocaust survivor to speak in the Malcom Center at MVC
In the first of a series of programs on the Holocaust, Marshall Public Library and Missouri Valley College, Enactus Chapter, will host Peter Loth, a Holocaust survivor. Loth will speak at the College Malcolm Center, Charles Bacon Room on the second floor Thursday, Sept. 1, at 6 p.m...
State Auditor visits Marshall on statewide trek concerning small business issues
An audit of Missouri's Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board conducted in May by State Auditor Nicole Galloway found that the board, designed to protect small businesses, was not functional. Since that time, Galloway has made stops across the state to discuss the status of that board and other issues facing small businesses. ...
Guardrail, road work scheduled in Saline County
Motorists traveling eastbound on Interstate 70 should expect some delays today, Aug. 18, as guardrail and cable work is conducted.