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.
Fitzgibbon distinguished as Show-Me 5 Hospital
Fitzgibbon Hospital was honored with the Show-Me 5 Award on Wednesday, July 23. Fitzgibbon is one of five hospitals in Missouri to attain this distinction as a Show-Me 5 Hospital. Gail Vasterling, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, elaborated on the significance and history of the award. ...
Showdown at Sundown ISCF amateur MMA and demonstrations
Showdown at Sundown ISCF amateur MMA and demonstrations will be held Friday, Aug. 1, at Mustang Sallyz Saloon in Marshall. Doors open at 6 p.m., fights begin at sundown. For more information contact William Arni at 816-649-4558 or email@example.com...
Maher unveils goals in her first Marshall school board meeting
Interim Superintendent Carol Maher addressed Marshall Public Schools' Board of Education at its regular meeting Wednesday night, July 23, of goals she would like to achieve during her term. In her superintendent's report, Maher started with announcing she has been meeting with administrators and everyone has welcomed her. She also said she is looking forward to meeting with students to hear from them what they think about their schools...
2014 Saline County Fair: 4-H, FFA members recognized at ceremony concluding the county fair
The 2014 Saline County Fair Awards Ceremony was held Sunday, July 20. A welcome was given by Sam Igo, followed by an introduction of the Senior Fair Queen, Kayla Elson and Junior Fair Queen, Molly Angelhow. The High Point Poultry award was presented to Josey Bartlett, the award was donated by Jerry and Kris Snapp family. ...
Sweet Springs Truck and Tractor Pull July 26
The fourth annual Sweet Springs truck and tractor pull will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Sweet Springs City Park. This event is sponsored by the BPM Brush Pullers of Missouri, Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pulling Association and the Sweet Springs Festival. The Brush Pullers of Missouri will have eight classes. The Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pulling Association will have five classes...
The Lyceum's season continues with a thrilling courtroom drama from the grand dame of mystery
Agatha Christie's "Witness for the Prosecution" opens Saturday, July 26, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 2. The fourth production of the Lyceum's 2014 Season, Agatha Christie's "Witness for the Prosecution," follows the trial of Leonard Vole, a shiftless drifter who is accused of murder. ...
Slater school board accepts board member's resignation, appoints another in place
Slater School District's Board of Education convened Tuesday night, July 22, to accept Abbey Hemeyer's resignation from the board and appointed Matt Campbell to fulfill her term. Hemeyer was newly elected to the board in April for a three-year term, but resigned because she accepted a job in the school's central office as the superintendent's secretary...
The Lyceum Theatre is celebrating Christmas in July!
To celebrate being half way to Christmas, tickets for "Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol" will be half price for one day only. The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is celebrating Christmas in July on Friday, July 25, by offering a ONE DAY sale for "Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol." Tickets for "A Christmas Carol" can be purchased either by calling the Lyceum at 660-837-3311, ext. ...
2014 Saline County Fair: 4-H, FFA members show off horsemanship skills
The Saline County Fair 4-H and FFA Horse Show took place Saturday, July 19. The individual results are as follows: Haley Baker: Horse show, first, second and third place, three red ribbons, one white ribbon and one blue ribbon. Josey Bartlett: Horse show, first place and fourth place, three blue ribbons...
1st Saturday Lecture looks at African-American experience in Arrow Rock and Missouri through two documentaries
The Friends of Arrow Rock continue the discovery of the African-American experience in Arrow Rock and Missouri through the screening of two documentaries that will be shown from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Arrow Rock State Historic Site. "Negroes to Hire" by Kansas City filmmaker, Gary Jenkins, illustrates how Missouri's system of slavery differed from that of the deep South. ...
County clerk updates commission about Aug. 5 elections
County Clerk Debbie Russell gave an update on the upcoming Tuesday, Aug. 5, election at the Saline County Commission meeting Thursday morning, July 24. "We have so far 102 absentee voters, which is about typical for this type of election," Russell said. "... There'll be a public test of our Accu-vote and touchscreen machines, come to my office on July 31 at 10:30 (a.m.) and basically what we do is just run a test of the machines to show that they work and show them to the public."...
5K raises funds for DIGS and The Lighthouse Shelter
On Friday, July 11, DIGS and The Lighthouse Shelter hosted their first annual 5K run at the Marshall Aquatic Center to raise money for their organizations. Both organizations strive to provide shelter for victims of abuse and/or homelessness. The race began at 7 p.m. outside the entrance of the aquatic center. A group of about 30 runners/walkers participated in the race...
4-H Technology Day at Saline County Fair
This year's Saline County Fair 4-H Technology Day was held Saturday, July 18, in the Multipurpose Building at Saline County Fairground.
Municipal utilities board manages updates and repairs
The Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works met Thursday, July 17, to review the needs of the community. Upon opening the session, the board moved into their reports which began with the Electric Distribution Director Jeff Bergstrom discussing the Miami sub station. According to Bergstrom, the station -- which was built in 1984 -- is in need of a new battery charger that has more up-to-date features and capabilities...
The Living Center's health administrator presents to Inter-Agency at monthly meeting
Theresia Metz, health administrator at The Living Center, presented a program about the success of the nursing home and its challenges to the members of the Saline County Inter-Agency Council at its meeting Tuesday, July 22, at the University of Missouri - Extension building...
Republican Rally July 24 to address upcoming election issues
Candidates for fifth district Congress, state representative and Saline County offices will host a Republican rally and annual ice cream social at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at Martin Community Center. Presentations will be given on protecting the right to farm, sales tax increase for transportation, the right to keep and bear arms, and full-time Saline County prosecuting attorney...
Illinois residents suffer minor injuries in 2-car accident
Two Illinois residents suffered minor injuries in a two-car accident on Route H just east of Kitty Hawk Avenue at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 22. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, the accident occured when a 2013 Nissan Cube driven by Elizabeth A. Fields, 69, of Elgin Ill., was making a left turn from a private drive and pulled into the path of a 1989 Jeep Comanche driven by Jeremy M. Robinson, 21, of Marshall...
MMB to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI with concert
Monday, July 28, is the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. To mark this historical event, the Marshall Municipal Band has a special concert planned for Thursday evening, July 24. The free concert will begin at 7 p.m. on the east lawn of Saline County Courthouse...
MVC to hold ribbon cutting ceremony for the Malcolm Center for Student Life
Missouri Valley College will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony and Chamber of Commerce After Hours event Thursday, July 24, to celebrate the opening of the Malcolm Center for Student Life, a 37,000 square foot facility designed for student recreation and interaction...
Friends & Neighbors: MPS' Craig Thompson elected as region 2 director for MAPT
Craig Thompson, Marshall Public Schools' director of transportation, has recently been elected as region two director for Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation. As someone who has already vested a lot of his energy and time into bussing Marshall's children, he decided to expand his horizon by doing more...
2014 Saline County Fair: Loges, Murphy earn Supreme Champion titles
Taylor Loges took the top honor with her Supreme Champion Chianina breeder cow and Cole Murphy earned the Supreme Champion market steer at the Saline County Fair Cattle Show Friday, July 18. Individual results as follows: Rachel Bagnell: Hereford - Senior Yearling, second place, blue ribbon...
Board asking community to grade this year's Saline County Fair and how to improve
The Saline County Fair board is asking the public to go online and fill out a survey to help focus on what they can improve, what kind of events they like to see more of, questions about the facilities, and so on. Visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/6TJZCRT to fill out the seven-question survey and one comment section which an individual will be able to elaborate on...
Mayor Gooden praises MFD at city council meeting
Marshall Mayor Mark Gooden praised the performance of the Marshall Fire Department at the Marshall City Council meeting Monday, July 21, regarding the W.B. Young building fire, which broke out Tuesday afternoon, July 15. "Had a good comment about the Marshall Fire Department from the landowners of W.B. Young, said you guys did a fantastic job," Gooden said. "Response was quick, everything was just wonderful."...
Sweet Springs Board of Alderman addresses community affairs
The Sweet Springs Board of Alderman met Monday, July 14, to discuss local community affairs. Roxanne Hinton, a local business owner, was first to speak on some of the current issues. Hinton expressed concerns of vacant buildings and safety hazards caused by exposed power lines behind those buildings. Road overlays were also a topic of discussion where Hinton alluded to water run off problems in her building created by the numerous overlays in the alley...
2014 Saline County Fair: Plattner receives numerous champion titles at Goat Show July 16
During the Saline County Fair's goat show Wednesday, July 16, Chris Holcomb judged goats exhibited by the youth of Saline County. Ten youngsters enjoyed the lovely fair temperatures as the typical hot and humid weather didn't plague the fair. Individual results are as follows: ...