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.
Local woman to compete in South Carolina pageant
Jonna Taylor is known as a Courtesy Loans branch manager in her day to day life. The past year, however, she has adopted a new persona: Gavin Lea. As Gavin Lea, her pseudonym, Taylor has traversed the world of plus-size modeling. "I've always wanted to be a model, always," Taylor explained. "But I did have low self-esteem."...
I-70 Community Hospital and Clinics announces new CEO
Sweet Springs -- I-70 Community Hospital, in Sweet Springs, announced that Jeff Bloemker has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer. Bloemker previously served as Vice President of Mosaic Life Care in St Joseph. Prior to that, he had a 10-year career with Washington, D.C., helping to shape public policy. As CEO, Bloemker will oversee strategic, operational and clinical activities for the 15-bed acute care hospital and primary care clinic located in Sweet Springs...
Missouri Valley College hosts blood drive
The students of Missouri Valley College have been scouring the town promoting a blood drive held Thursday, April 30, at the Ferguson Center on the MVC campus. According to Ted Zeiter, collections team supervisor with the American Red Cross, a total of 42 units were collected...
Malta Bend FFA builds picnic tables for Saline County Courthouse lawn
The Malta Bend FFA chapter took a step toward adding to the Saline County Courthouse lawn with three picnic tables built by the seventh- and eighth-grade classes. FFA students Nicholas Ortzian, Jerry Surber and Brayden Zahner along with Adviser Terry Jenkins were present Thursday, April 30, to share their thoughts on the three-week project...
Dittmer 47th inductee into MVC Women's Hall of Fame
Three Missouri Valley College women were honored at the annual Valley Women Hall of Fame Tea, Thursday, April 30. 2005 Outstanding Woman inductee Sandy Macholz introduced the 2015 Missouri Valley Women scholarship recipient, Sonia Addo. Addo is a biology major with an emphasis in pre-med, holding a 4.0 grade point average. She is a tutor in the learning center, a student mentor of freshman seminar, a member of Students for Christ, Alpha Psi Omega and Psychology Club...
MHS DECA competes at international competition
Students of the Saline County Career Center DECA chapter competed in the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, FL. The event took place from April 24-29. Missouri was represented by 300 students, 13 of whom hailed from Marshall. Those students were Jake Alsbach, Isaac Barr, Brianna Bellamy, Blane Carter, Cassi Eshleman, Nicole Gann, Drew Hemeyer, Abigail Henke, Roberto Hernandez, Alex Jones, Margaret Miles, Kellen Renard and Emily Tobin...
Economic development group details its skills-assessment test
A component of economic development is to create the conditions for economic growth, according to a definition by the U.S. Economic Development Administration. For the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation, one program they tapped into does just that...
St. Peter Catholic School to perform production of "Oklahoma!"
St. Peter Catholic School will perform Roger and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" Thursday, April 30 through Friday, May 1. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. both evenings, with adult admission at $2.00 and student tickets at $1.00. Refreshments will be available following the performance...
MMU looks to observe Drinking Water Week
Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works met in regular session Thursday, April 30, to discuss the upcoming Drinking Water Week among other items. Drinking Water Week is an annual celebration of safe, clean drinking water nationwide, founded by the American Water Works Association...
MMU labors on new water main project
Marshall Municipal Utilities is laying water main from Commercial Drive to Brunswick Avenue, which will be under construction for approximately three to four weeks, according to Monte Chase, underground services director. "We're laying new water main because the old main is in poor condition and we've had a lot of main breaks back in that are over the many years," Chase said. "After we get it all disinfected we'll hook up the new services and then the old main."...
Saline County fisherman breaks 50-year state record with blue catfish
Burr Edde III, of Malta Bend, was awarded two distinctions by the Missouri Department of Conservation Tuesday, April 28, for his record breaking blue catfish catch March 21. Before presenting the awards to Edde, Tim Grace, of MDC, explained a bit about the significance of the award, which has stood for more than 50 years...
47th woman to be inducted to MVC Women's Hall of Fame
Marshall -- Missouri Valley College's Valley Women organization will honor three individuals at its annual tea at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 in the Ferguson Center Formal Lounge. The 47th inductee into the Valley Women's Hall of Fame, the 2015 Outstanding Senior Woman and the Valley Women Scholarship recipient will be recognized...
Nelson man life-flighted after crash on rural road
A Nelson man was injured in a one-vehicle crash on a rural Saline County road Tuesday, April 28. According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the incident occurred at approximately 4 a.m. when a 1999 Ford F-150 -- driven by Casey J. ...
Name of deceased Whiteman airman released
Whiteman Air Force Base released more information regarding the recent death of an airman. On Thursday, April 23, Senior Airman Michael K. Rafael died in Knob Noster. A press release issued by the based stated he was found in his residence by a fellow airman. No other details have yet been released...
Van Horn presents to Inter-Agency Council for April Meeting
The Inter-Agency met Tuesday, April 28. Reverend David Van Horn of Marshall Ministerial Alliance spoke to the group, outlining his organization's mission and its services. Marshall Ministerial Alliance was founded in 1959, and in 2000, was incorporated as a non-profit corporation through Missouri. ...
County Commission discusses fountain repair
The Saline County Commission met Tuesday, April 28, where the possibility of repairing the courthouse lawn fountains was proposed by a member of the Masonic Lodge in Marshall. Ed Harper, of the Masonic Lodge on Morrow Street, explained to the commission that as a part of their annual community development project. ...
Classic story theme of 2015 MHS prom
While "The Great Gatsby" is considered a classic piece of American literature for its view of the social condition of the 1920s, the story's propensity for lavish parties and glamour was mimicked as the theme for the 2015 Marshall High School prom. As in recent years, students donning formal wear were announced as they arrived, welcomed by a crowd of family and friends and posing for pictures...
The Marshall Monday Club met April 13
The Marshall Monday Club met at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church. President Ann Rea welcomed the members thanked Jane Weber for the prelude music. She introduced Lisa Marks, curator of the Hannibal History Museum. ...
Marshall Lions Club held its weekly meeting 4-20
Marshall Lions Club held its weekly meeting at 12:05 p.m. Monday, April 20, at the Club House in Marshall. Lion President Maureen Burks called the meeting to order. Lion Teresa Vogel led the Pledge of Allegiance. Lion Royal Peterson gave the prayer and opened the meeting. There were 14 members and three guests in attendance at the meeting. Nicole Gan was guest of Burks, and Jimmy Heinzler and Justin Hendricks were guests of Peterson...
Hendricks recognized as MHS teacher of the month
Lion President Maureen Burks recognized Justin Hendricks as Marshall High School teacher of the month at the Marshall Lions Club meeting Monday, April 20. He received a certificate of appreciation and a check for $25. Hendricks joined Marshall Public Schools in July 2012. ...
RSD Memorial Ride and Drive
The RSD Memorial Ride and Drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Marshall Senior Center. All proceeds will go toward Christmas Shopping with a Fireman and a scholarship. Along with a meal, there will be vendors, a live auction, a raffle and a 50/50 drawing. Vendors will also be available...
Nervous-system disease focus of Saturday event
Residents turned out Saturday, April 25, for the 11th annual Walk for MS. The purpose: to support those with multiple sclerosis, as well as those who have family or friends who suffer from the disease. MS is a disease in which one's immune system attacks the protective sheath -- myelin -- that covers the body's nerves. ...
2nd Annual Chocolate Festival draws a crowd
Eager pie-eating contest participants lined up on stage, plastic covers draped over their clothing. Parks and Recreation Activities Director Lori Godsey outlined the rules as giggling audience members snapped photos. Pie-eaters leaned down, placed their hands behind their back, and at Godsey's signal, began devouring...
Arrow Rock's 'Catalpa' seeks to beat the odds
Spring is in full bloom in Arrow Rock, save for the towering tree outside of Liz Huff's restaurant. "I have a picture of what it's going to look like in about a month," Huff said, producing a framed photo of the Catalpa namesake flowering unabashedly. "It has thousands of blooms that look like orchids."...