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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Local news

Aquatic Center opens for 2016 season (05/27/16)
Marshall VFW, American Legion mark graves of deceased vets (05/27/16)
Arrow Rock lecture offers behind-the-scenes glimpse at Bingham film (05/27/16)
Arrow Rock -- Friends of Arrow Rock will introduce George Caleb Bingham to new audiences with its upcoming documentary on the accomplished painter who called Arrow Rock home. As the documentary nears completion, director Shane Seley with Wide Awake Films will be in Arrow Rock to offer sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes stories about the making of "The American Artist: The Life & Times of George Caleb Bingham." This Friends of Arrow Rock First Saturday lecture takes place at 10 a.m. ...
Hail pounds Marshall area Thursday (05/26/16)
Large hail hit Marshall Thursday afternoon when a swift moving thunderstorm system moved through the area.
Marshall residents cautious in wake of storm (05/26/16)
Marshall residents expressed concern following a thunder and hailstorm Thursday, May 26, reporting that an individual from an out-of-town company was traveling door to door, offering estimates for hail damage. One resident said she was concerned after speaking with the individual and looking up the company's information online, stating she found the company to have a bad record with the Better Business Bureau...
County Commission announces road work, approves liquor licenses (05/26/16)
The Saline County Commission met Thursday, May 26, where it heard of several roadwork projects and approved liquor licenses for Casey's General Stores. "The road and bridge people continue to grade the roads," Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner said. "They replaced a tube earlier this week north of Hardeman and they will also have another tube east of Hardeman that they will replace probably the first of next week...
Marshall Schools discusses printer use, kitchen equipment (05/26/16)
Overuse of the Marshall Public Schools printers was a concern presented to the Board of Education Tuesday, May 24. At the board's meeting Tuesday evening, Director of Data Analysis and Dissemination Jim Papreck outlined the need to reduce the paper and ink usage from copiers by instead transferring large print jobs to the district's RICOH print shop, located at the Spainhower Building. ...
MoDOT: I-70 Lamine River bridges project begins prep work (05/26/16)
JEFFERSON CITY -- A highway construction project that will have a major impact on Interstate 70 traffic later this summer will begin prep work next week. Work to repair the eastbound and westbound Interstate 70 bridges over the Lamine River west of Boonville will begin Tuesday, May 31...
MPD search yields arrest for meth, pot (Updated at 10:30 a.m. May 26) (05/25/16)
A Marshall man faces drug-related charges after Marshall Police Department officers served a search warrant at his residence Wednesday, May 25. Joseph A. Nebergall, 18, was arrested after a search of his home on South Conway Avenue Wednesday morning revealed the presence of quantities of both methamphetamine and marijuana, in addition to paraphernalia for the use and distribution of drugs...
Soccer tournament supports Relay for Life team fundraiser (05/25/16)
Teams from the surrounding area face off at the Marshall High School soccer field Saturday, May 21, in support of a fundraiser sponsored by Cargill's Relay for Life team. The day featured several matches and the clear weather put the final touches on a day filled with family fun. The fundraiser will support the Saline County Relay for Life, an overnight fundraiser for the American Cancer Society...
Calling all seniors who want to 'stay strong, stay healthy' (05/25/16)
University of Missouri Extension is offering a strength training program entitled "Stay Strong, Stay Healthy" at the Saline County Health Department this summer. The program will start on June 22. This is an introductory strength-building program for middle-aged and older adults who want to improve quality of life and stay active...
VFW Post No. 2646 presents Troth with first-place trophy (05/25/16)
The Marshall Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2646 presented Karson Troth, 16, with a plaque Tuesday, May 24, to commemorate her achievement in the Voice of Democracy scholarship competition. Troth placed first in the District Six Competition. The Voice of Democracy is a 69-year-old scholarship competition that was created by the National VFW...
Monsanto Board of Directors unanimously reject current proposal by Bayer for buyout (05/25/16)
Tuesday, May 24, Monsanto released a statement that its board of directors unanimously viewed the proposal from Bayer AG for a possible buyout to be "incomplete and financially inadequate." Late last week, Bayer made a proposal to Monsanto in the amount of $62 billion, to buy out the St. Louis-based company...
Local Emergency Planning Commission approves budget, re-works board (05/25/16)
The Saline County Local Emergency Planning Commission met Thursday, May 19, where it took care of several administrative actions regarding the budget and re-organized a few officer positions. Emergency Management Director Emmit Williams opened the meeting with few remarks about a recent State Emergency Management Agency training (SEMA) conference he had attended in Branson...
Youths can explore new skills in Saturday morning activity program (05/25/16)
Children will have an opportunity to explore additional skills while having fun this June in a new Saturday morning program offered by Marshall Church of the Nazarene. The activity-based program will offer three class choices: youth can register for the Nutrition Detectives course, in which they will learn some basic nutrition and cooking skills; Fishing, in which they will learn about the sport as well as actively fish; and Creative Kiddos, where participants work on a different craft project each Saturday such as making bird houses or painting flower pots.. ...
Situational awareness for motorists during planting season (05/25/16)
Every spring, farmers are on the move. Anhydrous ammonia tanks, plows, tractors and other farm equipment are being moved from one field to another. While the corn has all been planted and is already growing, a lot of farmers are just now taking advantage of dry warmer weather, to plant their soybeans...
Slater native accomplishes career goal where the sky is the limit Lt. Col. Colby Edwards speaks on life as fighter pilot (05/25/16)
Adults often ask children what they want to be when they grow up, hearing responses such as "firefighter," "policeman" or "astronaut." A young man from Slater also had dreams of a high-adrenaline profession that would make the sky the limit. Lt. Col. Colby Edwards currently serves in the U.S. Air Force, and from an early age his father, Dennis, can attest to his love for flight...
County Commission hears of voice-capable sirens, 'Supporting Heroes' (05/25/16)
Marshall Fire Department Chief Tony Day was present at the county commission meeting Tuesday, May 24, to accept a check for a storm siren project from Kyle Knight on behalf of Cargill. "Ever since last summer when the high school football field got hit by a tornado (in Raymore) ... ...
Marshall Municipal Band prepares for its 95th season opener Thursday evening (05/25/16)
The 95th season of the Marshall Municipal Band will begin Thursday, May 26, at 7 p.m., on the east lawn of the Saline County Courthouse. "I've been asked numerous times when the season will begin as it is a summer staple for many who enjoy hearing the band," says director Kevin Lines. ...
Marshall Schools to fully finance insurance for classified staff (05/24/16)
More good news for Marshall Public Schools classified staff came Tuesday, May 24. One month after approving $360,000 in total combined salary increases for both certified and classified staff, the Board of Education voted to pay for 100 percent of insurance costs for the classified staff for the 2016-2017 academic year. The district had previously paid 95 percent of those costs. However, for the upcoming year, the total insurance costs under a more middle of the road coverage plan will be less...
Inter-Agency Council discusses Project S.H.A.R.E., other member programs (05/24/16)
A "One-stop-shop" is coming to Marshall High School Monday, Aug. 8, providing services to adults as well as children in need, just in time for the start of the new school year. Project S.H.A.R.E., Safety Health and Research Education, organized by Marshall Public Schools and the Missouri Valley Community Action Agency, will offer a wide array of free services including haircuts, dental work, physical and behavioral health screenings, flu and tetanus shots, pregnancy tests, bike registration, basic vision and glaucoma screenings, and the distribution of backpacks and school supplies. ...
Civil Air Patrol plans Memorial Day service (05/24/16)
The Saline County Composite Squadron of the United State Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol will host the annual Memorial Day Observance Service on Monday morning, May 30, beginning at 10 a.m. The service will take place on the southeast corner of the Marshall square at the Veteran's Memorial...
Bayer bids to buy out Monsanto (05/24/16)
Late last week, news broke that Bayer had made a bid to purchase the St. Louis-based agriculture company Monsanto. That has since been confirmed by both companies. Tuesday, May 24, Monsanto stated that no further comments about the possible purchase will be made, until its Board of Directors has had a chance to carefully review the proposal...
Nationwide ride honoring those POW MIA passes through Saline County (05/23/16)
Guilty plea entered in child pornography case (05/23/16)
A Slater man will serve 13 years with the Missouri Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to three felonies Monday, May 23. Levi Dennis pleaded guilty to one class A felony for sexual exploitation of a minor child, one class B felony for possession of child pornography more than 20 pictures or one film / videotape, and one class D felony for second degree invasion of privacy of multiple individuals. ...
USDA Rural Development awards grant to Old Trails Regional Tourism Partnership (05/23/16)
BLACKWATER -- USDA Rural Development Area Director Kelly Gregory announced a Rural Business Development Grant of $42,500 to Old Trails Regional Tourism Partnership. The funds were used to support the position of an executive director; that position is believed to help the organization increase visitor attraction and create more opportunities for small and emerging businesses in the nine-county region...
Centerpoint nurse, Marshall native receives national excellence award (05/23/16)
Placed in the worst of circumstances, one emergency room nurse, of Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, received national recognition Monday, May 16. Following a fatal-car accident, Nurse Alison Marsh demonstrated compassion and patient excellence to the grieving family, a press release from HCA Midwest Health states. As a result of her service in that trying time, Marsh has been awarded the National HCA Excellence in Nursing Award...
MU Extension specialist presents solutions for aging residents' homes (05/23/16)
With a large percentage of the population reaching a certain age, a University of Missouri Extension program is addressing the concept of turning your home into a place that functions and ages with you. Connie Neal, a University of Missouri Extension Housing and Environmental design specialist, presented "Aging in Place" at the Marshall Public Library Thursday afternoon, May 19. ...
Local business awarded for employing veterans (05/20/16)
George's Heating and Cooling, in Marshall, was honored for its participation in the Show-Me Heroes program Friday morning, May 20. Gov. Jay Nixon started the program in 2008, and it functions as a cooperative effort between the Missouri National Guard and the Missouri Division Workforce Development to assist veterans in finding employment, and to incentivize businesses to consider veterans for employment, as well...
2 Marshall parents face child endangerment misdemeanors (05/20/16)
Two parents were each charged with two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child by the Saline County Prosecuting Attorney. Charges were filed Tuesday, May 17, against Claudie Yvonne Dertinger and Fredrick Wayne Tresler, of Marshall, according to circuit court documents...
County Commission hears of training conference (05/20/16)
The Saline County Commission met Thursday, May 19, where it heard from Emergency Management Director Emmit Williams about a number of topics. He elaborated on a training meeting he attended this week and noted in was in regard for the New Madrid earthquake scenario. He noted there will be several follow-up meetings and training exercise in the summer...
Marshall man arrested after US Marshal contacts MPD (05/20/16)
A Marshall man was taken into custody after the Marshall Police Department was contacted by a United States Marshal regarding a wanted fugitive Tuesday, May 17. According to an MPD report, Israel Rocha Jr. had an active federal warrant. He reportedly was a fugitive from justice on a probation and parole violation (U.S. ...
'Stuckey's' burglarized early Tuesday (05/20/16)
At 3:35 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, Saline County Sheriffs responded to a burglary alarm sounding at Fast and Friendly/Dairy Queen -- known to many as Stuckey's Convenience Store -- on Highway J at Interstate 70 in rural Saline Coutny. According to a Saline County Sheriff's case report, deputies arrived on scene and secured the exterior of the building. ...
Slater Board of Education hears Ag expansion proposal (05/19/16)
The possibility of expanding the Ag program at Slater High School was a main topic of discussion at the Slater Board of Education meeting Thursday, May 19. Currently 56 percent of the high school student body at Slater is involved in the agriculture program, according to Shelley McEachern of the Ag Advisory Committee. Along with Slater Ag teacher and FFA Advisor Zach Crews, the two requested the board consider allocating financial resources that may become available in the future...
Slater City Council discusses smoke testing, nuisance letters (05/19/16)
The Slater City Council met Tuesday, May 17, to discuss a number of ongoing projects in the works. City Administrator Gene Griffith began by updating the council on the upcoming smoke testing, which will be testing for water leaks the city has been dealing with, he said testing will begin Monday weather permitting...
Extensive report suggests GMOs safe for animal and human consumption (05/19/16)
USA Today reported that an extensive investigation was conducted by the National Academies of Science, finding genetically modified organisms, or GMO's, to be safe for human and animal consumption, without increases in diseases, cancers or illnesses. NAS is a private nonprofit organization of the country's leading researchers...
Samson Designs to be featured on Velocity Channel episode (05/19/16)
A local body shop continues to gain accolades for what owner Derick Samson, of Marshall, describes as automotive art. Samson Designs in Marshall was the site where Derick and his team rebuilt a 1952 Mercedes Benz 172SS from the ground up. A full story on that vehicle and its feature in the Detroit Autorama can be viewed online at: http://www.marshallnews.com/story/228807......
I-70 traffic slows at Highway 65 junction (05/19/16)
Eastbound motorists contend with congestion on Interstate 70 as traffic bottlenecks near the I-70/U.S. Highway 65 junction Thursday afternoon, May 19.
Arabia Steamboat Museum considering move (05/19/16)
The eventual home of the historic steamboat Malta could be on the move. The Arabia Steamboat Museum made headlines in March after announcing plans to potentially excavate another sunken steamboat along the Missouri River. After a three-year search, David Hawley discovered the location of the Malta, which sank in 1841, in a corn field north of Malta Bend. ...
Marshall Schools hires 18 for upcoming school year (05/19/16)
New or additional employment for 18 staff members were approved, in addition to the acceptance of six resignations Monday, May 16, at a special meeting of the Marshall Board of Education. Each of the resignations will take effect as of the end of the 2015-2016 school year. ...
At least 2 1/2 tons of food donated in annual letter carriers drive (05/18/16)
Malta Bend High School celebrates achievements of sole graduate (05/18/16)
The commencement ceremony at Malta Bend High School was unique this year, honoring the achievements of one student rather than multiple seniors. Larry Edde, the son of Larry Edde of Malta Bend and Diana Edde of Mt. Leonard, was the only graduating senior for the school's class of 2016. And his ceremony didn't go without fanfare...
Crash results in overturned truck in pasture (05/17/16)
Sweet Springs class of 2016 celebrates graduation (05/17/16)
It's that time of year when high school seniors take their place in the world outside the halls of school, and Friday evening, May 16, the graduating class of 2016 at Sweet Springs did the same surrounded by family and friends. The evening began with the processional, graduates taking their place at the front of the gym as Superintendent Donna Wright opened the ceremony with a few remarks...
Gun incident disrupts Sweet Springs funeral (05/17/16)
One man faces pending charges following a gun-related incident at a funeral Friday, May 13, according to a representative of the Sweet Springs Police Department. The incident report states two officers responded to the cemetery after receiving a call that there had been a physical altercation at a funeral. ...
County Commission transfers funds (05/17/16)
The Saline County Commission met in regular session for a brief meeting Tuesday, May 17. On the list of items, the commission approved the previous meeting minutes as well as authorized a transfer of funds to support the Saline County Historical Preservation Commission and the CAMP program that came to town a few weeks back...
Filming approaches conclusion on Arrow Rock portion of Bingham documentary (05/17/16)
A multi-year film project partially taking place in Arrow Rock began approaching its conclusion Sunday and Monday, May 15-16. Filming on "The American Artist," a biographical documentary and docudrama about famed artist and politician George Caleb Bingham, continued in the historic village both days. ...
Marshall Council tables tax collection agreement (05/16/16)
An ordinance to execute an agreement for the collection of Marshall's city taxes by the Saline County Collector was tabled pending clarification Monday, May 16. Council members expressed a lack of understanding as to what rate to the city would be paying for the tax collection services because quoted rates did not appear in the agreement...
Slater High sends off newest graduating class (05/16/16)
Members of the Slater High School class of 2016 took their final steps as Wildcat students at the graduation ceremony Sunday, May 15. The gym was a full house that day as parents, family and friends watched their graduates in this final ceremony before they make their way to various colleges, trade schools and other vocations following their time at Slater...
Marshall man injured in Calloway County crash (05/16/16)
A Marshall man was injured in a four-vehicle crash in Callaway County at 7:35 p.m. at the 144-mile marker on westbound Interstate 70 Sunday, May 15. According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound vehicle, driven by 61-year-old Joseph Palen, of Marshall, reportedly merged into and struck another westbound vehicle. ...
Students learn about native habitats by trading desks for acreage
In a cultivated field at the entrance of Blind Pony Lake Conservation Area, 38 fourth-grade students from Sweet Springs Elementary School picked up more than a fishing pole. Instead, they learned about conservation in a "habitat pollinators youth project" this past Friday...
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.