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Rotary Club awards $1K scholarship (04/29/16)
The sky is the limit for a student from Marshall High School who will be attending the Missouri University of Science and Technology, in Rolla. Sarah Bentley, of Marshall, was one of eight contestants who wrote an essay, which won her a $1,000 scholarship from the Marshall Rotary Club Thursday, April 28. ...
Board of Public Works welcomes new member (04/28/16)
Ten days after he was appointed by the city council to the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works, Steve Mills was welcomed to the board at its regular meeting Thursday, April 28. The first action item of Mills' tenure involved a change order to post a bid for engineering work and inspection of improvements for the North English lift station...
County Commission addresses announcements and administrative tasks (04/28/16)
The Saline County Commission addressed a number of administrative tasks and heard several announcements at its regular meeting Thursday, April 28. The commission also addressed several items in regard to the Saline County Jail, beginning with the second quarter transfer of funds, followed by a few words from Sheriff Cindi Mullins...
Board of Public Works approves more than $170,000 in MMU employee raises (04/28/16)
Employees of Marshall Municipal Utilities will benefit during the current pay period from a combined 3.6 percent increase to the company's payroll. Thursday, April 28, the Board of Public Works approved an estimated total of $170,874 increase to its employee's annual wages, effective retroactively to April 17. ...
New MMU electric rates to increase fees, lower energy cost per kilowatt hour (04/28/16)
Marshall Municipal Utilities will alter its electric rates starting June 1. The Board of Public Works approved the new rates Thursday, April 28. Adminisitrative Services Director Ken Gieringer said the changes would place MMU in a more secure position when or if regulations for net metering changed...
Malta Bend FFA holds awards banquet (04/28/16)
A banquet and awards ceremony was conducted at the Malta Bend High School Tuesday, April 26. The meeting kicked off at 6:30 p.m. with a preview of the evening's events and benediction. The evening left the heart full, with plenty of laughter, food, and a sense of companionship. Along with the superb turnout from Malta Bend, Sweet Springs FFA member Austin Boland, state vice president, was present for all ceremonies...
CMU tunes up for summer music camp (04/28/16)
FAYETTE -- The Swinney Conservatory of Music at Central Methodist University, in Fayette, has announced plans for an expanded Summer Music Camp, and is now accepting registrations for the July 5-7 event. A vocal music track has been added to the traditional instrumental music option at the CMU camp, according to Dori Waggoner, Ph.D., chairwoman of the Fine and Performing Arts division. Campers can take private lessons, and/or play or sing in small or large ensembles, Waggoner said...
MPD to dispose of prescription medication (04/28/16)
Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Detective Sergeant Bill McMellen, of the Marshall Police Department, will be at the Marshall Municipal Courthouse excepting prescription medication from citizens who wish to dispose of them safely. The courthouse is located at 5 East Eastwood Street in Marshall. For more information contact the Detective Sergeant McMellen at 660-886-7411...
St. Peter students, Monsanto bring butterfly migration down to earth (04/27/16)
A biology lesson had St. Peter Catholic School fourth graders getting their hands dirty Tuesday, April 26. Monsanto's Joshua Braddock, with the help of other staff members, began a habitat plot for monarch butterflies at the company's North Miami Avenue site. The students arrived to help and to learn more about the insect's importance and frailty...
Lighthouse Shelter to close doors Thursday (04/27/16)
The services of a 21-year-old organization geared toward supporting victims of domestic and sexual violence in Saline County will soon come to an end. According to organization officials, at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 28, the Lighthouse Shelter will close its doors...
Monthly household hazardous waste collections begin in Marshall (04/27/16)
Rather than potentially having to wait two years to dispose of hazardous household waste, such as car batteries or oil-based paints, Marshall residents can now rid themselves of such waste every month. As of April, the Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission will now collect the waste at the Marshall Compost Area on the fourth Wednesday of every month from April through October. Additional accommodations for emergency situations can also be made, including during the winter months...
Man arrested after alleged ER assault (04/27/16)
Michael Coby Moylan, 35, of Carrolton, was charged with a class C felony of making a terrorist threat and four additional misdemeanors: two for third degree assault, one for resisting arrest and one for third degree assault on a law enforcement officer...
Slater FD contains structure fire (04/27/16)
At approximately 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, Slater Fire Department responded to a structure fire at the corner of Maple and Elm Street in Slater. On the scene were EMS, fire and police first responders. The blaze, though contained, was billowing a large amount of smoke as firemen worked to subdue the flames. Details of the damage have not yet been ascertained, and further information will be posted when it becomes available...
Preservation advocates hold workshop in Marshall (04/27/16)
A two-day workshop was held April 21-22 at Martin Community Center, in Marshall, and was designed to help advocates in their endeavor to preserve the historical value of their communities. The event on Friday began early in the morning with classes over identifying resources, community engagement and more...
Realtors donate to Baby Grace (04/27/16)
Members of the Central Missouri Board of Realtors are typically helping families search for their next home, or sell the one they're moving from. But recently, members decided to help families in a different way. On Thursday, April 21, they gathered at First United Methodist Church, in Marshall, where boxes of baby diapers, wipes and other goods they donated to the church's Baby Grace program were being organized...
Trial concerning disputed historical materials cancelled (04/27/16)
A court's decision on the disputed ownership of documents currently housed in the Maggie Duggins Genealogy Room of the Marshall Public Library will have to wait a while longer. Both the library and the Saline County Historical Society claim ownership of the collection, a portion of which originally belonged to the historical society. However, the collection was left in the custody of the library years ago and many other materials have been added during the library's management of the collection...
Former MHS runner revs up momentum for marathons (04/27/16)
A former Marshall High School cross country and track athlete has tightened her laces once again -- this time, making her way through the streets of Southern California. Arozo Shahabzada -- a 2012 MHS graduate and graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia -- was an all-conference and all-district runner in high school, competing at the state level her sophomore through senior years...
Interagency Council trims mailing list, prepares for annual restructure (04/26/16)
In the interest of efficiency, the Saline County Interagency Council trimmed the names of several past members from its list of email notification recipients. At its regular meeting Tuesday, April 26, Council Secretary Jacki Carton said trimming the list would be a big help, noting there had been more than 100 names on the list...
Valley Women induct 48th Hall of Fame Member, honor two students at annual tea (04/26/16)
Two students and an alumnus were honored at the Valley Women Hall of Fame Tea Tuesday, April 26, at Missouri Valley College. The Valley Women Organization chose to honor Sandi Guthrey as the 48th inductee in the Valley Women Hall of Fame and its 2016 Outstanding Woman...
Saline County receives reimbursement for damages (04/26/16)
The Saline County Commission announced the county will receive reimbursement funds for damage caused by last year's rain. At a regular meeting Tuesday, April 26, Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner announced FEMA will be sending a check for $43,716.02 for reimbursement of materials lost or damaged during last spring's heavy rainfall. Fenner also noted CEMA will be sending $4,371.60, making the total reimbursement amoung $48,987.62...
State Mental Health Dept. responds to citizen's concerns (04/25/16)
At a meeting of the Marshall City Council Monday, April 18, one citizen raised concerns about the location selected for a new mental health crisis center. The new crisis center would replace the facilities still in use by the Missouri State Department of Health at Northwest Community Services, formerly known as the Marshall Habilitation Center. ...
Slater High School students celebrate at 2016 prom (04/25/16)
Family and friends from all around made it out to Slater High School Saturday evening, April 23 to watch their children walk into prom. The event marks one of the final high school milestones for many graduating seniors and two of them received a special honor that evening. Seniors Shovey Jackson and Breanna Wright were crowned prom king and queen respectively...
E-911 board addresses radio problems (04/25/16)
The Saline County E-911 board heard a concern from the Sweet Springs Fire District about communication problems at their board meeting Thursday, April 21. During a previous meeting it was explained to the board that certain areas in the southern part of the county have dead spots where emergency communication is hindered, that story can be read at:...
Students receive awards for Arrow Rock DAR essay contest (04/25/16)
The Arrow Rock Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held its annual Essay Award ceremony April 19 at the J. Huston Tavern in Arrow Rock. Five students -- who were essay award winners selected from more than 100 entries -- their teachers and families were present as students read their essays and received their awards...
Knipmeyer, Gass receive Missouri Youth in Agriculture Scholarship (04/25/16)
Sweet Springs FFA member Austin Knipmeyer and Marshall FFA member Abigail Gass received the Missouri Youth in Agriculture Scholarship from Youth in Agriculture Committee members during the 88th Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia, which was held April 21-22...
MFD called to backyard fire (04/25/16)
The Marshall Fire Department was called to the scene of a reported shed fire at the 400 block of West South Drive Saturday evening, April 23. Arriving on the scene at approximately 6:35 p.m., MFD personnel discovered a homemade smoker made out of pallet wood on fire in the backyard. The firefighters then utilized a pressurized water extinguisher to douse the flames...
Neighbor, Marshall Fire halt fire hazard (04/25/16)
The actions of one neighbor could have prevented a fire in Marshall Sunday night, April 24. The Marshall Fire Department was called to an apartment on the 1200 block of South Miami Avenue at approximately 11:22 p.m. The report states a neighbor to the apartment in question heard a smoke detector sounding and attempted to make contact with the occupant, but called 911 after receiving no response...
Marshall Lodge Masons to sponsor art show to support the Hundred Acre Woods Riding Center (04/25/16)
Marshall Masonic Lodge No. 205 will hold a special Mid-Missouri Youth Art Exhibit to offer students a venue to display their artwork. There will also be a pulled pork dinner, which will include baked beans, cole slaw, and a dessert. The event will be from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the Marshall High School, 805 S Miami, in Marshall. This event is open to the general public and there is an entry fee. There will be a free-will donation for the art show...
MS -- Walk 2016: Community encouraged to join fight against multiple sclerosis (04/25/16)
The MS Walk Team in Marshall invites the community to the North Point Shelter in Indian Foothills Park on April 30 to help in the fight against multiple sclerosis. The MS Walk registration begins at 9 a.m., and the walk begins at 10 a.m. The purpose of the MS Walk is to raise money for research to find a cure and to assist persons with MS that may not be able to access needed equipment, such as wheel chairs or medication to treat MS. ...
Team Cargill to kick off soccer tourney fundraiser | Tournament funds to support 2016 Relay for Life (04/22/16)
Cargill team members are kicking it into high gear as they prep for the return of a soccer tournament fundraiser. In the past, soccer tournaments organized by employees have raised funds for the United Way, but the May 21 tournament will support another cause for the first time -- Saline County Relay for Life...
Local students making waves at State FFA Convention (04/22/16)
Though the 88th Missouri State FFA convention will not conclude until 6 p.m. Friday, April 22, the list of local students succeeding at the highest levels was already extensive. As of Friday morning, three Saline County chapters have been recognized in the top 50 of Missouri's FFA programs. ...
Speaker to address bullying-induced suicide in youths (04/22/16)
Suicide claims the lives of 40,000 Americans each year. According to the Center of Disease Control, suicide is the second leading cause of death for persons between the ages of 10-24, with more than double the amount of suicides annually among that age group compared to 20 years ago. One in six high school students seriously considers suicide, while one in 12 makes an attempt...
Vets prep for next Honor Flight (04/22/16)
The Show-Me Honor Flight on April 26 will take 40 veterans on a tour of national monuments, war memorials and Arlington National Cemetery. This flight will host three World War II veterans, five veterans of the Korean War, and 32 veterans of the Vietnam War...
Best-selling author to hold book reading at Marshall Public Library (04/22/16)
Best-selling Missouri author George Hodgman will be at the Marshall Public Library on Friday, April 29, from 4-6 p.m. for a book reading and signing. Hodgman is the author of "Bettyville: a Memoir." "Bettyville" was a New York Times bestseller and a favorite of critics and booksellers, and was selected as a best book of the year by Amazon, Entertainment Weekly and Library Journal. A TV show based on the book is currently in development with Archer Gray and Paramount TV...
Marshall Animal Shelter excited for annual 'Fill-The-Truck' event: 2nd annual event to develop awareness and funds for shelter (04/22/16)
MARSHALL -- The Marshall Animal Shelter will host its second annual "Fill-The-Truck" event on Saturday, April 23. The event will run from 10 a.m. until approximately 4 p.m. at the Marshall Walmart. Students from the Missouri Valley College Public Relations Club will be outside Walmart collecting donations for the shelter. The students will be handing out lists with items the shelter is asking for. The items range from dog and cat food to trash bags and bleach to clean the kennels...
Alzheimer's awareness seminar held at Marshall Public Library (04/22/16)
Alzheimer's Disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior currently an ailment with no cure. Raising awareness about the disease and its difficulties was the purpose awareness advocate Janie Bonham set herself to Tuesday, April 19, at Marshall Public Library...
Security cameras now watching over MHS athletic complex (04/22/16)
An act of vandalism resulted in no damage this week at the Marshall High School athletic complex, but it did spark an addition to the complex this week. Athletic Director Kristen Niemeyer said cameras were installed this week at the baseball and softball field after an individual scaled the fence around the evening of April 6. The individual then accessed a box of turf glue that was left in the dugout, cut it open and dumped the glue onto the turf infield...
Slater City Council swears in new board, discusses upcoming events (04/21/16)
The Slater City Council met Tuesday, April 19, where the new board members were sworn into their respective positions. The new and encumbered members sworn in were: Jake Brumit, Cathie Jeffries, Brett Hemeyer and Wayne Heuman. Also during the meeting, councilman Terry Jordan was sworn in as mayor pro tem in the event Mayor Stephen Allegri is absent...
Lighted decorations spark dispute between family and cemetery (04/21/16)
The actions of a private cemetery in Marshall have members of one family frustrated regarding an issue that dates back to 2014. Mike Harlow visits multiple grave sites located within Ridge Park Cemetery, a nonprofit, incorporated institution, on an almost daily basis, including those of his infant son, his great-granddaughter, and his wife's parents. ...
MPD arrests 1 on Jackson Street, holds with intent to distribute charge (04/21/16)
Shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday, April 21, officers with the Marshall Police Department tracked down a suspect fleeing on foot through a residential neighborhood. According to a press release from MPD, officers executed a search warrant at a residence on the 700 block of West Morgan Street. The resident -- Mark Anthony Sutton Jr., 44 -- was arrested at a residence on the 800 block of West Jackson Street after fleeing from the Morgan Street home through a window...
Saline County Commission hears CART report, voids check (04/21/16)
The Saline County Commission met for a brief session Thursday, April 21, where County Treasurer Marty Smith delivered the County Aid Road Trust Report. For the month of April the county received from the State of Missouri $65,429.12, which is up $223.18 from last month and $1,137.88 from last year...
Residential home damaged in Wednesday night fire (04/21/16)
Fire damaged a residential home in Marshall Wednesday evening, April 20, and it's possible a candle was the cause. According to a Marshall Fire Department report, there was fire on the front porch of the house, at 214 E. Highlander St., and heavy smoke coming from the soffit when firefighters arrived shortly before 7:50 p.m. They were able to enter through the front door to extinguish the blaze and found two cats while searching the property...
Shoes not such a long way from the heart after all (04/20/16)
Students at Great Circle Butterfield Campus can now put their best foot forward. Brand new tennis shoes found their way to 81 pairs of feet Wednesday, April 20, when Shoes From the Heart visited the campus to provide shoes, not just for residential kids, but for all of the kids Great Circle serves in Marshall and the surrounding community...
Resurfacing work scheduled for several Marshall roads (04/20/16)
Resurfacing work on several Marshall roads might inconvenience some drivers this week, but Bill Anderson, director of the Municipal Services Department, said the process should be completed early next week. The department's contracting company, Vance Brothers, is scheduled to apply a slurry seal over a three-day period: Thursday, April 21, through Monday, April 25, excluding the weekend...
Minor injuries after collision with deer (04/20/16)
A Marshall woman was involved in one-vehicle crash in Lafayette County Tuesday, April 19. According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 2015 Mitsubishi -- driven by Caroline E. Schuster, 22, of Marshall -- struck a deer at approximately 7:30 p.m. Schuster was traveling on U.S. Highway 24 when the crash occurred, and sustained only minor injuries...
1 hospitalized after head-on collision (04/20/16)
A Hughesville man was involved in a head-on collision at approximately 12:20 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, but did not sustain any injuries, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. The other driver was reportedly air lifted to a Columbia hospital...
City of Sweet Springs not officially supporting regional TIGER grant (04/20/16)
The Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen chose to take no action to support a regional TIGER grant at a special meeting Monday, April 18. Mayor Dee Friel reported Pioneer Trails was asking for letters of support for a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant. ...
Students support senior center in awareness walk (04/20/16)
A little wet weather doesn't stop St. Peter Catholic School students, in Marshall, from marching downtown Tuesday morning, April 19.
Slater City Council discusses city maintenance, new meter system (04/20/16)
The Slater City Council met Tuesday, April 19, where a number of new items were discussed in addition to the council swearing in the new and incumbent board members. During the meeting's discussion of new business Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith began by elaborating on the first item regarding water storage maintenance...
Marshall FFA prepares for state convention (04/20/16)
Students from all over the state will converge at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Missouri for the 88th FFA state convention Thursday, April 21 and Friday, April 22. The two-day convention will kick off at 7:30 a.m. Thursday and come to an end Friday at 6p.m. ...
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.