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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

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Commission announces 2015 plat books coming in time for the holidays (12/18/14)
County Clerk Debbie Russell announced 20 plat books for 2015 have been federal expressed and will come in on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the Saline County Commission meeting. "The rest of them will be shipped out probably tomorrow to reach your office sometime early next week, so that process is underway nicely," Russell said. ...
Bueker Middle School hosts symphonic concert (12/18/14)
The students of Bueker Middle School put on a musical display of harmony Tuesday evening, Dec. 16, at the middle school's auditorium. According to Kevin Lines, orchestra director the concert included the band, choir and orchestra students with approximately 200 students performing at the event. Lines said they have been working on the material for the event since early October and broke down the layout of the concert in regards to the ages and groups performing at the event...
MPS' interim superintendent offered 3-year contract, mother airs grievances over 'homeless' policy (12/17/14)
In closed session, the Marshall Public Schools' Board of Education approved offering the current interim superintendent, Carol Maher, to a three-year contract as superintendent of schools effective July 1, 2015. Earlier during the regular meeting, Deanna Sporleder, a local mother of five students in the district, addressed the board about homeless students as it relates to one of her teenagers, which was discussed in closed session and which could result in the district handing her over to state grievance procedures. ...
Christmas decorations contest (12/17/14)
The home at 404 E. Highlander St. won second place in the Marshall Chamber of Commerce Christmas decorating contest in the "residential" category.
Saline County law enforcement incorporates body cams (12/17/14)
There are few Americans who wouldn't be able to speak about Ferguson, Mo., and the resulting fallout overwhelming its residents in recent months. The death of Michael Brown has sparked a backdraft of racial, educational and economic questions that have struck a nationwide chord with regard to law enforcement and the populous...
Mid-Missouri Energy makes use of rail track in December's export plan (12/17/14)
The ethanol plant on the outskirts of Malta Bend, owned by Mid-Missouri Energy, will be making use of its rail system to ship products in addition to shipping through their primary truck market. General Manager and CEO Chris Wilson was able to shed some light on the purpose of incorporating the rail system in this month's business plans. He explained how their shipping strategy typically works for exporting their product...
Interim Superintendent Maher talks about dire budget projections (12/16/14)
Interim Superintendent Carol Maher projected some grim estimates for next year's budget at the Marshall Public Schools' Board of Education meeting Tuesday, Dec. 16, after a look at possible future revenue streams and this year's expenses in the upkeep of district buildings...
County clerk talks election business at county commission meeting (12/16/14)
County Clerk Debbie Russell shared three bits of information concerning elections at the Saline County Commission meeting Tuesday, Dec. 16, including the upcoming general municipal election, which will be held Tuesday, April 7, 2015. "Today was the first day of candidate filing for the general municipal election to be held in April," Russell said...
City Counselor Stouffer resigns, Councilman Moten said he won't be running in April election (12/16/14)
The Marshall City Council met Monday, Dec. 15, at city hall to approve the minutes from the last meeting, including the reconvened open session later Monday evening, Dec. 1, in which the council approved City Counselor Don Stouffer's resignation. According to City Administrator Connie Latimer's notes, Stouffer's resignation will take effect Wednesday, Dec. ...
Sweet Springs man charged with domestic assault (12/16/14)
According to charges filed Dec. 9, James A. Markley, 41, of Sweet Springs, has been charged with one count of domestic assault in the second degree, which is a class C felony. According to a probable cause statement from Sweet Springs Police Department, law enforcement officials were dispatched to a residence on West Street to investigate a report of domestic assault by the woman's live-in boyfriend. ...
Two involved in accident on I-70 (12/15/14)
Two people suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle wreck on Interstate 70 Sunday, Dec. 7. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, the incident occurred shortly before 2:30 p.m. as Paul R. McKee, 84, of Manchester, fell asleep at the wheel while he was traveling eastbound...
Winners announced in chamber's Christmas decorating contest (12/15/14)
Marshall Chamber of Commerce hosted a holiday decorating competition, and entries were judged this past weekend. The contest featured both business and residential entries, and "chamber bucks" were awarded as prizes. Country Floral & Keepsakes won first place in the "business" category and was awarded $100 in chamber bucks. Second place in the same category went to Marshall Floral & Gifts, which won $50 in chamber bucks...
Pets help raise funds for animal shelter support (12/15/14)
Pet owners had an opportunity to share Christmas cheer with their animals Dec. 6, when Saline Animal League again hosted "Pictures with Santa" at Orscheln Farm and Home.
Clean up begins after sudden bin collapse (12/15/14)
Central Missouri AGRIService is in the process of salvaging a sizable grain spill after one of their bins collapsed due to age and fatigue. Jerry Young, project manager at CMAS explained that a fatigue of the bin sheets was the cause. "Its associated with age and usage of that bin over a period of time," Young said...
Commemorating the fallen: Wreaths Across America event held in Higginsville (12/15/14)
While the holiday season is full of frivolity for many, it's a time to reflect and remember for others. This past Saturday, Dec. 13, many members of the American Legion Riders, veterans and veterans' families gathered at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, in Higginsville, to commemorate the fallen...
Teenager suffers serious injuries in wreck on Route 41 (12/15/14)
At midnight Sunday, Dec. 14, a Marshall teenager was involved in a wreck on Route 41, 0.4 miles north of 320th Road. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, 17-year-old Dylan C. Rogers was ejected from a 2000 Chevrolet when the vehicle traveled off the road and overturned, resting on its wheels. ...
Marshall man charged with first degree attempted burglary (12/15/14)
Joshua G. Hill, 22, of Marshall, has been charged with a class C felony of attempted burglary in the first degree, according to charges filed Dec. 9. Law enforcement officials were dispatched to a residence on South Grant Avenue to investigate after the resident noticed her pet to be missing. ...
Lyceum brings holiday cheer with 'A Christmas Carol' (12/12/14)
The Lyceum Theatre in Arrow Rock brought to life on stage the Charles Dickens' holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol," to entertain, endear and enjoy this festive season. Lyceum's Producing Artistic Director Quin Gresham directs this new adaptation with an excellent and vibrant cast from the old miser Ebenezer Scrooge himself -- portrayed by Ron Wisniski -- to the children, including Cooper Rainwater's heartwarming portrayal of Tiny Tim...
Sweet Springs Elementary celebrates Christmas with concert Thursday (12/12/14)
Students of Sweet Springs Elementary School pulled up their boots and stepped onto the stage to present "Country All the Way!" -- the 2014 Christmas concert.
MMU updates on high- dollar water, electric projects (12/12/14)
The Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works met Wednesday, Dec. 10, where past project expenses were further reviewed. Jeff Bergstrom, director of electric distribution, led the reports with notification that an upgrade to the Re-conductor Feeder 14 from the Miami substation to the industrial park is necessary. ...
MVC Pre-K shows off holiday spirit (12/12/14)
The Missouri Valley College Pre-K lab students performed their rendition of several Christmas stories Thursday evening, Dec. 11, at Missouri Valley College. Ledawn Stephenson, director of the pre-school at MVC, explained a bit about the play and what it entails...
County commission amends budget for the Blackwater Fire Protection District (12/11/14)
In a brief meeting Thursday morning, Dec. 11, the Saline County Commission approved a commission order to include a line item on its budget for the Blackwater Fire Protection District. "(Auditor Tara Vogelsmeier) has asked us to due to the fact we are now getting in tax money for the new Blackwater Fire Protection District -- that needs to be added to the county budget, so we need to create a new line item in the county budget for that in both expense and revenue," Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings said. ...
Marshall bassist plays his way to a Blues Music Award nomination (12/11/14)
Marshall's own, Will Campbell -- or Willie J. Campbell when he's playing the blues -- won't be living the blues this coming spring when he'll be heading to Memphis, Tenn., after being nominated for his work as a Blues' bassist in his band The Mannish Boys, which is named after a Muddy Waters' song...
MMU updates on water, electric high dollar projects (12/10/14)
The Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works met Wednesday, Dec. 10, where a continuation of past projects expenses was further reviewed. Jeff Bergstrom, director of electric distribution led, the reports with notification that an upgrade to the re-conductor feeder 14 from the Miami substation to the industrial park is necessary. ...
Curiosity Club focuses on financial habits with Extension specialist (12/10/14)
In the middle of Marshall Senior Center, approximately one dozen participants were in the middle of a process -- examining their spending habits. On Wednesday, Dec. 10, the Curiosity Club gathered to learn about six financial habitudes from Trish Savage. Savage is a family financial education specialist through the University of Missouri Extension...
Press Release: 'Marshall is Music' historically, and coming soon (12/10/14)
MARSHALL -- Coming new in 2015, the Bob James Jazz Festival will take a unique direction, introducing a musical and visual performance featuring local and regional talent.
Sweet Springs aldermen discuss rising water prices (12/10/14)
The Sweet Springs Board of Alderman met Monday, Dec. 8, where rising water prices were a main topic of discussion. The meeting was lead by approving a motion to set the filing dates for Ward 1 and Ward 2. Candidacy filing will open at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, and close at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20. The current terms that are expiring are for Aldermen Wyatt Lea and Boyd Jones...
Arbeiter convicted (12/10/14)
Joseph Franz Arbeiter, 65, of Sedalia has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder and dismemberment of Mandy M. Black, 35, of Marshall. Arbeiter was previously arrested on April 30 for attempted rape, sodomy, three counts of assault, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of armed criminal action stemming from an attack on a neighbor in the trailer park that led to the discovery of Black's remains in early May. ...
Saline County development board meets in regular session (12/09/14)
The Marshall-Saline Development Corporation board met Tuesday, Dec. 9, to discuss updates for the month's events. The financial report was delivered by Secretary Scott Hartwig, who explained the various ups and downs in revenue gained over the past year...
Fitzgibbon remembers lost loved ones on its Tree of Life (12/09/14)
Fitzgibbon Mary Montgomery Hospice hosted its annual Tree of Life ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the atrium at Fitzgibbon Hospital. The ceremony has been celebrated by the community for more than two decades. Fitzgibbon Hospital President and CEO Ron Ott gave an introduction welcoming all of the visitors who wanted to pay their respects by placing an ornament on their Tree of Life...
Wreaths Across America event scheduled for Saturday (12/09/14)
Wreaths Across America, an annual event meant to honor veterans, is scheduled Saturday, Dec. 13, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, 20109 Missouri 13 Business, in Higginsville. This free and open to the public event will include a memorial service, along with a wreath-laying ceremony. Wreaths Across America began in 1992 when Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine, donated 5,000 red-bowed wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery...
Benton Elementary students sing about "The Colors of Christmas" Dec. 8-9 (12/09/14)
Benton Elementary held its Christmas concert, titled "The Colors of Christmas," Monday, Dec. 8, with the first graders singing some holiday classics. Another performance is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 9.
County treasurer reports good end-of-year figures for county taxes (12/09/14)
County Treasurer Marty Smith attended the Saline County Commission meeting Tuesday morning, Dec. 9, to give the December tax report and the figures were significantly better than last year all around. For the sales tax, it ended at $102,994.37 in December and a total of $1,107,535.98 for the year, which is $64,421.09 more than last year's total of $1,043,114.89. ...
Christmas Homes Tour: Hartwig home will open to Christmas spectators (12/08/14)
The Christmas Homes Tour, of which Scott and Melissa Hartwig will take part in, is sponsored by Friends of Jim the Wonder Dog and will feature four homes throughout Marshall for spectators to view.
Patrons brave blustery weather for Friday's Christmas parade (12/08/14)
Patrons of the Christmas parade, organized by Marshall Chamber of Commerce, faced a chilly forecast Friday evening, Dec. 5, on the Marshall square. Though the weather was less than ideal, it didn't stop people from bundling up in order to enjoy the outdoor festivities...
Central Missouri AGRIService continues expansion project (12/08/14)
A new beginning is in store for Central Missouri AGRIService, in Marshall, and motorists on Route 240 have been able to see the changes from the comfort of their vehicles. This past week, Jerry Young, a project manager on the expansion project, gave insight on the upcoming grain transport and storage system. It is expected to be ready for the 2015 fall harvest...
Retired Marshall firefighter Richard Schaefer honored by Daughters of the American Revolution (12/08/14)
Retired Marshall firefighter Richard Schaefer was awarded the Distinguished Citizen Medal Friday, Dec. 5, by the Arrow Rock chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution at Stone Hedge Golf Club. Schaefer was notably honored for how his crew responded to an accident on Interstate 70 Highway Dec. ...
Marshall Community Chorus, MHS perform Christmas concert (12/08/14)
The Marshall Community Chorus, along with Marshall High School's Singers and Choraliers, performed its Christmas concert, its second concert of their 27th concert series, Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7, at First Baptist Church. Titled "Ho Ho Holy Cow!," Director James Woodland, with Julie Lewis serving as the accompanist, led the community chorus with an opening arrangement of "It's the Holiday Season," "Happy Holiday," "The Holiday Season" and "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" Some other works the chorus performed were "Hush, My Babe," "Joy to the World," "Sending You a Little Christmas," "How Like a Winter," "The Very Best Time of the Year," "The Winter Rose," "Something About December," "'Zat You, Santa Claus?," "White Christmas" and "Grown-Up Christmas List.". ...
Congregation seeks owners of found Bibles (12/05/14)
Two Bibles tattered with age bear the names of their owners, but they also bear a mystery for the congregation of First Presbyterian Church, in Marshall. A portion of the historic church building -- commonly known as the "rock church" because of its stone fašade -- underwent a renovation. Renovations began on the fellowship hall that housed a common space and kitchen. The Bibles were found during the process...
New art exhibit on display at Morris Gallery on MVC campus (12/05/14)
Missouri Valley College's Morris Gallery of Contemporary Art hosted a holiday party celebrating its new gallery dubbed "Songs of the Prairie" by artist Allan Chow Wednesday, Dec. 3. "This is the fourth year of the Morris Gallery," Charity Mika-Woodward, director of the gallery, said about the second exhibit for the season. "Beautiful, fabulous, colorful paintings with a lot of paint on them ... I just like the thick bright colors. It's like a nice ray of sunshine in the gallery."...
Saline County EMD distributes emergency operations plan for county commission (12/04/14)
Saline County Emergency Management Director Emmit Williams attended the Saline County Commission meeting Thursday morning, Dec. 4, to present a hard copy of the emergency operations plan on a compact disk to the commissioners. Williams brought with him multiple hard copies of the plans, which will be distributed throughout all the cities in the county. ...
Marshall park board has no quorum, accepting real Christmas trees again this year (12/04/14)
The Marshall park board didn't have enough members to attend the monthly meeting Wednesday, Dec. 3, in reaching a quorum, but Marshall Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Stubblefield did have a public service announcement to distribute. The announcement states: "The Marshall Parks and Recreation Department will again be accepting real Christmas trees this year until Jan. 31, 2015. Please drop off your undecorated tree in the parking lot next to the Guthrey Playground in Indian Foothills Park."...
Saline County Holiday Project needs help with donations (12/03/14)
Shane Goldammer, representing Saline County Inter-Agency Council's Holiday Project, reports the project is in need of more donations. Grocery items, toys and cash would be deeply appreciated, Goldammer wrote in an email. Donations can be dropped off at Tower Realty or John Rector Motors...
Angel Tree offers gift ideas for Saline County foster children (12/03/14)
Wood & Huston Bank is displaying their Angel Tree in the bank lobby which allows the community to give to foster children in Saline County.
St. Peter's Pre-K puts on harmonic display (12/03/14)
The St. Peter's pre-K students displayed their musical talent Tuesday evening, Dec. 2, in the gymnasium at St. Peters Catholic School, in Marshall. The students sang familiar hymns like "Away in the Manger" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," just to name a few...
Slater firefighters honored with Life Saving Awards from Saline County fire chiefs, Slater City Council announces April election filing dates (12/03/14)
Slater Fire Chief Levi Dennis and Slater firefighter Shaun Durham were honored by Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day, Sweet Springs Fire Chief Todd Anderson and Arrow Rock Fire Chief Steve Bertani with a Life Saving Award at the Slater City Council meeting Tuesday, Dec. 2...
Marshall City Council announces Dec. 8-12 as last week for yard waste pick-up (12/02/14)
Councilman Dan Brandt, in his municipal services and personnel committee report, announced the end dates the city will pick up yard waste at the Marshall City Council meeting Monday, Dec. 1. "The week of Dec. 8 through (Dec. 12) will be the last week that we will pick up yard waste," Brandt said. "Also, Dec. 13 is the last Saturday that we will load compost in that compost area."...
University of Missouri System aids Saline County in a multitude of ways (12/02/14)
The University of Missouri - Extension is celebrating its 100-year anniversary and Tim Wolfe, president of the University of Missouri System, extends the message of how MU, as a whole, helps the county and its community. "The extension's mission is important to those in Saline County by the fact that last year ... we had over 10,000 contacts through the extension office," Wolfe said. "... We're very excited about delivering services to all citizens of Saline County."...
Marshall man charged as persistent offender (12/02/14)
Mario Humberto Colindres-Escarate, 35, of Marshall, has been charged with one count of class D felony DWI -- alcohol -- persistent offender, according to charges filed Nov. 26. According to a probable cause statement from the Marshall Police Department, around 11:30 p.m. ...
The hustle and bustle of Black Friday (12/01/14)
Black Friday has long been known for its great bargains, madhouse shopping and, for some, turning the front of department stores into a camp ground. The low-priced merchandise creates some hard bargain buys to pass up, especially before the gift-giving Christmas holiday...
Marshall citizen makes quilt for Bob James Jazz Fest
Norma Jeane Ferguson, a retired teacher who taught in Sweet Springs, keeps herself busy engaging in two activities she still enjoys: music and quilting.
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.
New proposed Marshall schools
Letter to the Editor: Addressing the needs of the children (07/08/14)
Dear Editor: It has been several weeks since the voting for the bond issue for a new school. That bond issue was defeated, but one gets the feeling that, with the forming of a new committee headed by the superintendent of schools, the issue is far from dead. ...