Marshall Board of education discusses draft budget, teacher salary
Marshall Public Schools Superintendent Ryan Huff shared with board of education members a draft budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. "I'm still going to be fine-tuning it," Huff said during the Marshall Board of Education's Tuesday, May 21, meeting. ...
Quick Look: Slater school board gets encouraging finance news
Slater School District Superintendent Terry Lorenz said state funding is taking a slight upturn at the end of the fiscal year. That, along with conservative management of finances throughout the year, put the district in a good position. He said legislation that potentially would reduce state income by $800 million over the next few years is still a concern...
Quick look: Slater Council hears update on Bear Creek Blues Festival and Steve McQueen Car Show
In the mayor's report at the Tuesday, May 21, meeting, Mayor Stephen Allegri noted the Bear Creek Blues Festival would be Saturday, June 29, and the Steve McQueen car show would be made up that day.
Son-in-law of Sweet Springs couple dies in Afghanistan
Sgt. 1st Class Trenton L. Rhea, 33, of Kansas City, died in a drowning incident May 15 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, according to a U.S. Army news release. Rhea's wife, Leah Reid Rhea, is the daughter of Harlan and Lynn Reid, of Sweet Springs. Trenton Rhea was a member of the 603rd Military Police Company in Belton, Mo., and deployed during Operation Enduring Freedom, according to the release...
Run for the Wall riders thankful for support
The 25th annual Run for the Wall motorcycle drive passed through Missouri on Monday, May 20, stopping in Concordia for fuel and food.
One thing all the motorcycle riders seemed to appreciate was the support shown by the community.
County road crews clean storm debris
Saline County Roads and Bridge Supervisor Justin Cowart said his department will be cleaning debris left from storms that hit the area Sunday and Monday night. "Yesterday and today we were cleaning up storm damage, debris and assessing the damage to the roads," Cowart said during the Saline County Commission's Tuesday, May 21, meeting. "Tomorrow, weather depending, we will be at the Marshall Junction area and east grading those roads and hauling rock in those areas also."...
Pickup truck slams parked vehicles at Northwest Elementary
A man in a Dodge Ram pickup truck hit several vehicles parked on the Northwest Elementary School parking lot facing North Benton Avenue, near the intersection with Porter Street Monday, May 20. There were no apparent injuries. Saline County Ambulance, Marshall police and fire departments responded to the accident at approximately 11:30 a.m. A dispatcher reported the man driving the pickup was unconscious for a few minutes before emergency crews arrived...
Marshall council approves city-wide yard sale
During a brief meeting Monday, May 20, the Marshall City Council approved a request from the Marshall Chamber of Commerce to host a city-wide yard sale on Saturday, June 15. "They've never tried it before but it's something they thought would be a good idea," said City Administrator Connie Latimer, who submitted the request to the council on behalf of the chamber. "They want to put up maps, show people where the different sales are going to be and that sort of stuff."...
Marshall firefighters extinguish structure fire
Marshall firefighters responded to an outbuilding fully engulfed in flames Sunday afternoon, May 19, in the 1200 block of Odell Avenue. Firefighters arrived on the scene at approximately 2:10 p.m. Upon arrival, they encountered a small storage shed fully engulfed in flames next to a mobile home, according to a Marshall Fire Department report. MFD also reported a nearby tree smoldering and some heat discoloration on the trailer due to the fire, which did not penetrate the mobile home...
33 Slater High School seniors celebrate graduation May 19
Update 4:35 p.m., Tuesday, May 21: Writer's note: The honor graduates were incorrectly identified as Slater Scholars in a previous version of this story. The current version notes the correct Slater Scholars and honor graduates. --- The Slater High School Class of 2013 bid farewell to their high school careers in a ceremony Sunday, May 19, at the school's gymnasium...
MHS graduates bid farewell to high school careers
Marshall High School sent forth into the world 184 members of the class of 2013 during graduation ceremonies Sunday, May 19. Principal Royal Peterson, Superintendent Ryan Huff, Board of Education President Anita Wright and board members Larry Godsey, Kathy Green and Sherrie Stouffer presided over the event...
Hydrant flushing begins Sunday
A fire hydrant on the Marshall square gushes water just after 8 a.m. Sunday, May 19, as Marshall Municipal Utilities crews begin the annual flushing project. Flushing in will continue through Thursday, according to city officials. Related story:...
Storms pack punch
A narrow but powerful line of thunderstorms moved through Saline County about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19, causing some damage but no reports of injuries, according to scanner traffic. There have been reports of trees down across roadways, and on U.S. Highway 65 between Marshall and Malta Bend there were reports of power lines down and a barn roof blown off...
Marshall man hurt in Livingston County collision
A Marshall man suffered moderate injuries when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a car in Livingston County Saturday afternoon, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. Russell W. Jones, 52, was taken by Chillicothe EMS to Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe and was slated to be transferred to St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, according to the report...
Bob James Jazz Festival: James leads intimate master class Saturday
In his first appearance at the 2013 jazz festival of his namesake, Marshall native Bob James offered a lecture to a group of approximately 20 people Saturday morning, May 18, at the Eckilson-Mabee Theater of Missouri Valley College. James arrived at MVC at around 9 a.m. ...
'Blues professor' kicks off 2013 Bob James Jazz festival Friday
The organizers of the Bob James Jazz Festival seemed concerned at the start of the festival's opening night Friday, May 17. They couldn't find Mike Henderson, the guest star of this year's jazz fest. Henderson's band was due to play after 8 p.m. at the Eckilson-Mabee Theater of Missouri Valley College. Organizers had hoped to present him with a mayoral proclamation at 7, but he was not aware of the surprise honor...
In historic performance, Henderson, James close jazz fest on a high note
Marshall natives Bob James and Mike Henderson took to the stage together for a final performance at the Bob James Jazz Festival Saturday night, May 18, in a historic moment that brought the two artists together on stage for the first time ever. It was the perfect ending for a two-day festival that brought not only Henderson and James back to Marshall, but also shone a light on the promising talent of local artists...
'A family reunion' | Large turnout at MVC's Morris Gallery for Mike Henderson's art show reception
There was almost not enough room at Missouri Valley College's Morris Gallery for all the people who came to see Marshall-native artist Mike Henderson speak at his reception. Former childhood friends, relatives, friends of friends and others who knew Henderson when he lived in Marshall wanted to speak and get a photo with Henderson as they reminisced with him about the old days...
UPDATED 'Back where she belongs' | Sister of liberty restored to Indian Foothills Park
UPDATED at 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 20, with information from the Saline County prosecutor's office. New information at the bottom of the story. --- After almost a year missing, the Marshall Sister of Liberty is back on its pedestal at Indian Foothills Park...
Business: Milestones and The Marshall Democrat-News
From left, Marshall Democrat-News advertising representative Scottie Davis, Publisher Dave Phillips and advertising representative Jared Brewer. Phillips presented Davis and Brewer with tokens of appreciation Wednesday, May 15, marking their anniversaries with the company. Davis has been with the newspaper for 40 years, and Brewer has been on staff for 10 years...
Malta Bend students toured the Kansas City Sports Lab and the Kansas City Chiefs Stadium
Malta Bend students toured the Kansas City Sports Lab and the Kansas City Chiefs Stadium Monday, May 6. Ann Gorrell, of Malta Bend High School, applied for a Target Field Trip grant in December and won $700 that paid for the entire school K-12 and staff to attend...
Pachyderm Club to host gun rights forum May 23
The Saline County Pachyderm Club will sponsor a public forum on gun owners' rights at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23, in Martin Community Center, 1985 S. Odell Ave. in Marshall. State Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, will be the speaker, and he will be joined in a panel discussion by Saline County Sheriff Wally George, conceal-carry instructor Leo Grothaus and National Rifle Association representative Bob Brown...
Malta Bend honors MBHS class of 2013
One by one, all six seniors graduating from Malta Bend High School marched into the gym of their school to the tune of "Pomp and Circumstance." As they entered the room, a crowd of more than 100 relatives, friends and neighbors of the honorees packed the gym to see the group of graduates embark on the new paths that laid before them...
Department of Revenue seeks bids for Marshall License Office
The Missouri Department of Revenue is seeking bids from individuals who wish to manage the Marshall License Office, which is operated by a contractor. May 31 is the DOR's deadline for those interested in managing the license office --located at 120 N. Lafayette Ave. -- to submit their bid...
Enbridge pipeline to go under 22 county roads | Commissioners work on agreements with road districts
The upcoming Enbridge crude oil pipeline will be going under 22 Saline County roads and, currently, the Saline County Commission is planning to meet with representatives from the different county road districts to get their signatures on construction permits...