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.
Ghouls and goblins abound in Marshall Square
The scene on the square Thursday evening, Oct. 23, was a bustling menagerie of ghost, ghouls, goblins and a fairy princess or two. Beginning at dusk the town square was host to the Halloween parade where businesses lining the streets set up shop outside and passed out candy to the miniature spooks. ...
Suzanne Smith leaves with fond farewell to Salt Fork YMCA
Suzanne Smith retired from Salt Fork YMCA after 18 years of service. The Y's staff surprised her with a going away party Friday, Oct. 24.
MVC English Department to host 'visiting writers series'
Award-winning poet Monica Hand will be welcomed as the first writer in the Missouri Valley College Visiting Writers Series. Hand will work with MVC creative writing students and give a public performance from her book "me and Nina." The presentation is scheduled from 7-8 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Murrell Library Reading Room...
Fall season brings hunter safety course to Marshall
The Missouri Department of Conservation hosted a Hunter Safety Education course at Missouri Valley College Thursday evening, Oct. 23. Instructed by Conservation Agent Andrew Mothershead and a host of volunteers, the event incorporated both hands-on training and classroom instruction. ...
Children's author sheds light on mental disability
June Rae Wood, author of "The Man Who Loved Clowns" delivered a heart-felt message to the students of Bueker Middle School Thursday, Oct. 23. Beginning with a synopsis of her earlier childhood, Wood's brother Richard was at the forefront of the presentation. Explaining how Richard was diagnosed with Down syndrome, Wood said if Richard were alive today he would be 65 years old. He died 29 years ago at the age of 36...
Reis celebrates 20 years with Wood & Huston Bank
Wood & Huston Bank is proud to announce that Ed Reis has celebrated 20 years of employment with the bank. Reis's banking career has spanned more than 45 years with 20 of those years as manager of Wood & Huston Bank's Trust Department. Reis, who came to the bank in September 1994, holds the position of vice president/trust officer...
Halloween fun-day to be held Sunday, Oct. 26
Marshall's Halloween fun-day, all aged costume contest and trunk-or-treating will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Visions located on the Marshall square. There will be pulled pork sandwiches and a hot chocolate bar. Bring the kids and enjoy all the activities planned...
St. Peter Catholic School 2014-2015 first quarter honor rolls
Third Grade Pastor's Honor Roll (All A- and above): Henry Pointer. Principal's Honor Roll (All A's and B's): Cohen Dierking, Jack Donnell, Bailey Keuker, Abrey Laxson, Erica Lilleman, Reece Tyler and Declan Weaver. St. Peter's Honor Roll (B- average and up): Carlos Alvarez, Caroline Eidson, Leilah Gaudreau, Loften Hinklin, Blaine Jones, Paige Lilleman, Sara Medrano and Ava Shepard...
County auditor issues protest concerning assessor's mileage reimbursements
Saline County Auditor Tara Vogelsmeier issued a notice of payment protest to the commissioners of the Saline County Commission regarding discrepancies with Assessor Margaret Pond's inability to provide the proper documents for mileage reimbursements...
McCarthy Auto Group drive for hope
Breast cancer is a battle that affects our mothers, sisters, wives, our friends and their loved ones, and one local auto group is making a difference in the fight. During the month of October, McCarthy Auto Group will donate a portion from every sale to the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge in Kansas City, which provides free overnight lodging for cancer patients and their caregivers. ...
Elementary principals suggests a second reconfiguration of grade levels
Northwest Elementary Principal Janine Machholz and Eastwood Elementary Principal Darci McFail returned to the Marshall Public Schools' Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening, Oct. 21, to report on how their configuration fared in combining third and fourth grade in each respective building...
Slater to host fall festivities, update city improvements
Slater held Its bimonthly city council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 21, to discuss the coming fall months. After the invocation and pledge, Gene Griffith, assistant city administrator, presented the financial report to the board. "Most funds are up as far as revenue to expenses," Griffith said...
Local boy informs city council about fundraising efforts for Ayden Wright
Connor McGraw, friend of 12-year-old Ayden Wright who's fighting pancreatic and liver cancer, attended the Marshall City Council meeting Monday, Oct. 20, to speak about the numerous ways he and others are coordinating efforts to raise funds for the Wright family...
Area school lunch menu 10/27-10/31
Marshall Elementary Schools and Bueker Middle Schools Monday -- Breakfast: Waffles, fresh apple; sausage biscuit, fresh apple; cereal, yogurt, fresh apple; or cinnamon apple oatmeal, yogurt, fresh apple; variety milk. Lunch: Hot dog on a bun or Italian calzone, fresh broccoli with dip, sweet potato fries; fresh grapes, pineapple; or turkey chef salad, fresh tomato slices, fresh grapes, pineapple, blueberry muffin; variety milk...
SFCC A.E.L. department announces registration/enrollment dates
The A.E.L department at State Fair Community College announces registration/enrollment and start dates for the following classes. All classes are free and are offered as a community service to Marshall and its surrounding areas in Saline County. Classes are held at the Marshall Municipal Court Building located at 5 East Eastwood Street...
MHS announces Meyer as teacher of the month
Marshall High School Principal Royal Peterson recognized David Meyer as Marshall High School teacher of the month at Marshall Lion's Club meeting Monday, Oct. 20. Vice President Teresa Vogel presented Meyer with a certificate and a check. Meyer has been teaching in the district for 13 years and teaches general chemistry I, college physics, chemistry II and electricity and magnetism at MHS...
Evening accident leaves no injuries
Juana D. Garcia Centeno, 27, of Marshall, was involved in a one-vehicle accident at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, on northbound U.S. Highway 65 just south of Rout H, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. The accident occurred when the 2003 Honda Civic she was driving in the right lane traveled into the left lane. She overcorrected causing the Honda to begin sliding, traveling off the right side of the road and overturned. The vehicle came to rest on its wheels facing southeast...
Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra to host concert 10/26
The Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra will begin its 52nd concert season Sunday, Oct. 26, under the baton of Conductor Kevin Lines. The concert will be held in the Harold L. Lickey Auditorium of Bueker Middle School in Marshall and will begin at 2:30 p.m. ...
Marshall mayor proclaims October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Marshall Mayor Mark Gooden signed a proclamation Monday, Oct. 20, with employees of Center for Human Services. The proclamation is intended "to raise awareness about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of people with disabilities."
Emergency management director updates county commission about safety protocols
Saline County Emergency Management Director Emmit Williams attended the Saline County Commission meeting Tuesday morning, Oct. 21, to update the commission about safety protocols in the county. The first of the mandatory training drills to keep its grant status, Williams talked about the tornado drill, which was performed last August...
Republicans open Saline County office on Arrow Street
Saline County Republicans celebrate the opening of their office at 368 W. Arrow St. Friday, Oct. 17, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. State Rep. Dean Dohrman, Cindi Sims and Eddie Howery were present.
Second Annual Foothills Fest entertained music lovers Saturday
The second annual Foothills Fest entertained audiences all day Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Saline County Fairground.
Marshall Community Chorus begins 27th concert series
The Marshall Community Chorus began its 27th concert series Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Covenant Presbyterian Church. The concert was called "Journeys Past and Present."
Weekend crashes send 2 to the hospital
A couple of weekend crashes in Saline County kept Missouri State Highway Patrol busy. The first accident occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17, when a 2009 Kenworth Daycab driven by Jarad L. Dunn, 24, of Marshall, was traveling eastbound on the Interstate 70 exit ramp to U.S. ...
11-year recovering drug addict speaks about the horrors of meth addiction
This is a tale so horrific, graphic and grotesque that not even a fictionalized popular zombie television show could match it. Sure, this tale has mutilated body parts, tons of gore and decaying bodies, but it's the heart-crushing stories of lost humanity that accompany it which makes it so profoundly disturbing...