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Marshall Police Department provides 'cyber bullying' presentation (02/27/15)
Amanda Todd was fifteen years old when she committed suicide. After a year-long correspondence with an online stranger, he persuaded Todd to send him an intimate photo. The result was a snowball effect. One year later, 35-year-old suspect "Aydin C.", sent Todd a Facebook message, threatening to release her photo if she did not adhere to his demands. ...
Rotary Club lunch highlights agri-business (02/27/15)
The Marshall Rotary Club hosted a luncheon at Martin Community Center to spread the word on the business of agriculture. Ron Plain, professor of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri Columbia delivered a presentation on agriculture in today's age, which he began covering the differences between agriculture in the past and how it compares to today's world. ...
Physical Therapist buys winning $100,000 lotto ticket in Marshall (02/27/15)
A physical therapist from Geneseo, Ill., who is contracted to do work in Marshall, uncovered a $100,000 prize recently on a Missouri Lottery "$100 Million Cash Bonanza" Scratchers ticket.
MHS debate coach earns national accolades (02/27/15)
The National Speech and Debate Association has announced Paul Gieringer, debate coach at Marshall High School is the newest Seventh Diamond Coach. A diamond award recognizes a professional career that combines excellence and longevity. Coaches receive one-tenth of the points earned by their students in competition. ...
MHS principal to retire; School board discusses buses, staff resignations (02/27/15)
The Marshall Board of Education heard several staff and committee reports during a regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 24, including the process of seeking a new high school principal. According to Superintendent Carol Maher, eight candidates had applied by Tuesday, and she is looking to have the position filled in time to participate in plans for next school year...
MMU granted DNR extension, approval to boost walkway easements (02/26/15)
The Marshall Board of Public Works discussed its challenge of staying in compliance with water quality standards during a meeting Wednesday, Feb. 25. Board members learned more about the Trihalomethane Acid/Halioaesthetis Acid Reduction Project. Environmental Services Director Ginny Ismay said the Department of Natural Resources granted MMU an extension to come into compliance with Environmental Protection Agency standards...
County Commission recognizes Grace Miles for service to Saline County (02/26/15)
The Saline County Commission met Thursday, Feb. 26, where Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey presented Grace Miles with a special recognition for her service, being elected county collector in November 2002.
Waverly replaces early warning system through USDA grant (02/26/15)
In rural communities, storm sirens are a key factor as an early warning for residents. However, in Waverly, its early warning storm siren was inoperable. That is, until recently when it received a $8,250 Economic Impact Initiative (EII) grant from United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development. The city also provided a contribution of $6,750 to purchase the new siren...
Lawsuit update: City of Marshall dismissed from suit, new party likely to be added (02/25/15)
Disputed materials in the Marshall Public Library genealogy room will remain there for the time being, after Judge Dennis A. Rolf granted a dismissal for the city of Marshall in Division 4 court Tuesday, Feb. 24.
City of Gilliam pays off wastewater loan (02/25/15)
The city of Gilliam was ceremonially recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Tuesday, Feb. 24. A loan was acquired in March 1987 in an effort to improve the sewage system and connect with Slater's sewer treatment plant...
MPD seeks to return property to unidentified owner (Updated at 9:54 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26) (02/25/15)
Marshall Police Department officials said they are trying to identify the man pictured above in order to return property to him that they have recovered.
Student-made robot takes center stage at Marshall School Board meeting (02/25/15)
Several students of the Marshall Public Schools G.A.T.E. program seemed to wow district staff members and officials during a regular board of education meeting Tuesday, Feb. 24. The seventh-grade students -- called Team MORE -- presented a robot they created from scratch for the Show-Me BEST Robotics Competition held at State Fair Community College, in Sedalia, this past fall. ...
MHS placed on lockdown (02/25/15)
Marshall High School was placed on a soft lockdown Wednesday morning; meaning the outside doors were closed, however, they conducted business as usual inside, according to school officials.
March declared 'National Athletic Training Month' in Marshall (02/25/15)
A notice was given Tuesday, Feb 24, by Mayor Mark Gooden that the the month of March will be recognized as National Athletic Training Month in Marshall. According to the proclamation athletic trainers have a long history of providing quality healthcare for athletes while playing sports and other physical activity...
Marshall City Council supports potential land lease for solar project (02/25/15)
After the city council met Tuesday, Feb. 17, the city of Marshall is a step closer to being a new site for an MC Power Companies' solar panel project. After discussion in closed session and reconvening in open session, council members approved a motion authorizing the mayor to execute a letter of intent with the power company. If MC Power chooses Marshall as a site, the agreement would allow them to put a solar project on Marshall Memorial Municipal Airport property...
New food program available for Saline County senior citizens (02/25/15)
Officials with Community Food Pantry of Marshall said they are excited to announce the addition of a new program for Saline County's low-income senior citizens. Commodity Supplemental Food Program -- also known as CFSP or Senior Boxes -- is a government program for those who are 60 years of age or older and meet the minimum income eligibility requirements. The program provides a box of nutritious food each month specifically for Saline County senior citizens...
Marshall Public Schools moves toward energy savings (02/25/15)
A report from Paul Faber, Marshall Public Schools director of business services, prompted the Marshall Board of Education to approve a resolution that could lead the district toward energy savings. Faber noted many in the district have been working toward minimizing the expense footprint...
Scouts collecting food for the hungry (02/24/15)
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will be distributing door tags in connection with the Scouting for Food Drive beginning Saturday, Feb. 28, detailing instructions on how to participate in this food drive. Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 7, scouts will pick up the donated food items from neighborhoods receiving the door tags. ...
State seeking organizations to served summer meals to children (02/24/15)
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is looking for organizations throughout the state to help feed thousands of children under 18 who would otherwise go without meals during the summer months when school is not in session. The Summer Food Service Program reimburses organizations for meals served to children who are at risk of not having enough to eat. ...
MVC dance ensemble attracts full house at performance, Q&A (02/23/15)
The Eckilson-Mabee Theatre hosted a sizable crowd during a repertory dance ensemble performance by Missouri Valley College's Division of Fine Arts. Approximately 20 performers took the stage during the concert, which featured numerous dance styles including ballet, swing and several interpretive dance routines. Though the concert was performed primarily by college students, several of the numbers included middle school students Grace Jackson and Kailyn Wise...
MVC breaks ground for new covered rodeo arena (02/23/15)
Marshall (February 16, 2015) -- In December 2014, construction crews broke ground at the site of Missouri Valley College's new rodeo practice facility, the DJ Rodeo Arena. The arena, a 61,750 square-foot covered facility, will allow the college's rodeo teams to practice year-round...
Marshall City Council supports potential land lease for solar project (02/23/15)
After the city council met Tuesday, Feb. 17, the city of Marshall is a step closer to being a new site for an MC Power Companies' solar panel project. After discussion in closed session and reconvening in open session, council members approved a motion authorizing the mayor to execute a letter of intent with the power company. If MC Power chooses Marshall as a site, the agreement would allow them to put a solar project on Marshall Memorial Municipal Airport property...
The "winter blues" have a name (02/23/15)
At 6 a.m. the alarm sounds, startling you from sleep. Begrudgingly, you rise, dress, and eat a quick breakfast--in the dark.
Saline County Fair Association holds auction to benefit fairgrounds (02/23/15)
The fourth annual Denim and Diamonds auction was held Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Saline County Fairground multipurpose building. The space was decked out in elegant décor, and the atmosphere was intensified by the featured solo saxophone player and tables fitted with jeweled centerpieces and decorations...
Manning charged with theft (02/23/15)
According to charges filed Feb. 13, Pamela Jean Manning, 47, of Marshall, has been charged with class C felony theft of more than $500 but less than $25,000 in Saline County Circuit Court. According to a Marshall Police Department probable cause statement, Manning is accused of stealing an undisclosed amount from Bharti Liquor between Dec. 20, 2014, and Jan. 6, 2015...
Frigid temps stick around (02/23/15)
Snow that covered fields this past Friday evening had mostly melted by sunrise Monday, Feb. 23, and geese continued to rest at the Marshall Habilitation Center Lake amid the remaining layers of ice. While residents had a brief reprieve from harsh weather on Saturday -- when temperatures reached into the mid-40s -- they woke Monday to the shock of cold. The wind chill value was approximately 4 below zero at 7 a.m...
Marshall man charged with possession (02/23/15)
One Marshall resident was charged Tuesday, Feb. 17, with a class B felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, according to Saline County Circuit Court documents. Courtney R. Epperson Jr., of Marshall, was arrested Dec. 26, after a routine traffic stop revealed baggies that contained marijuana inside the vehicle...
MoDOT: Motorists advised to check road conditions before traveling (02/20/15)
JEFFERSON CITY -- Another round of winter weather is expected to affect driving conditions in Missouri tonight and through Saturday. The mix of precipitation could include ice and snow for much of the state. Missouri Department of Transportation crews will be out in full force to treat roads during and after the storm. Motorists are advised to check road conditions before they travel and avoid travel if it all possible especially with potential icy conditions...
Marshall City Council members pass two ordinances Monday (02/20/15)
Marshall City Council approved two ordinances during a brief meeting Tuesday evening, Feb. 17, before going into closed session. The first ordinance directed the mayor to execute an agreement to amend the lease between the city and Community Food Pantry, located at the intersection of Salt Pond Avenue and Morgan Street...
MDC offers landowner pond workshop (02/20/15)
COLUMBIA -- Do you have questions about building a new pond or about management of an existing pond on your property? The Missouri Department of Conservation is hosting free pond management workshops in two Mid-Missouri counties -- Saline and Montgomery. Each workshop will cover a wide variety of topics including pond site selection, pond construction, pond stocking, fisheries management, aquatic vegetation management, pond watershed management and nuisance wildlife...
Food pantry update presented at county commission meeting (02/20/15)
The Saline County Commission heard a number of requests and updates from community members at its meeting Thursday, Feb. 19. Ron Duvall of the Marshall Food Pantry presented an update on the inter workings of the service and how it has evolved over the past year...
Kansas City artist exhibit in MVC's Morris Gallery (02/20/15)
"Thoughts on War" by Ada Koch will display until April 26 in the Morris Gallery of Contemporary Art. Koch, a Kansas City based artist, was honored Thursday, Feb. 19, with an "Artist Talk" and reception from 5:30-7 p.m. at Missouri Valley College. A bouquet of white and red wines, fresh fruits, cheese and desserts were enjoyed by those in attendance as the MVC Jazz Band played on...
Saline County MU Extension swears in leadership (02/20/15)
Saline County University of Missouri Extension Council met Thursday, Feb. 19, for a swearing-in ceremony and celebration of the past year. Council member Kathy Tyre noted the success of holding the annual Century Farm ceremony at Martin Community Center in lieu of the former courthouse location...
Slater Public Schools finances on good trend; school board hears presentation on fishing as sport (02/19/15)
Slater Public Schools Superintendent Terry Lorenz had positive things to say about the district's financial standing for the month during a board of education meeting Thursday, Feb. 19. The monthly expenses have totaled $275,791.11, and Lorenz told the board those were on a downward trend...
SCCC competes in DECA district competition (02/18/15)
Saline County Career Center DECA students competed in the 2015 district competition Wednesday, Feb 11 at Independence Center. Missouri DECA, which ranks ninth in the country, boasts 157 chapters and 8,500 members. The organization prepares students for careers in marketing, finance, management and hospitality...
Mayor Gooden Proclaims National School Breakfast Week (02/18/15)
Mayor Mark Gooden signed an official proclamation stating that National School Breakfast Week will be held March 2-6, 2015. Research has demonstrated that children who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom and on test scores. However, according to the Food Research and Action Council, only half of children who eat lunch eat breakfast as well...
Advocates of tax increases hold luncheon (02/18/15)
Community leaders met Tuesday, Feb. 17 to discuss the Marshall sales tax and tax levy increase, which will be put to vote April 7.
Warrant issued for Marshall woman (02/18/15)
According to charges filed Feb. 9 in Saline County Circuit Court, Jennifer Ruth Brandon, 30, of Marshall, has been charged with a distributing a controlled substance near schools, which is a class A felony. She could face 10 to 30 years or life in the Department of Corrections if convicted...
County commissioners attend management training seminar (02/18/15)
The Saline County Commission met Tuesday, Feb. 17, where Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey gave a synopsis of several certification classes and training events recently attended in Columbia. The County Commissions Association in Columbia sponsored a 2 1/2 day training event to provide knowledge on effective management of the respective business associated with each county commission...
Senator Roy Blunt meets with business leaders (02/18/15)
Senator Roy Blunt met with business and municipal leaders Monday, Feb. 17, at the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation office to discuss a few topics regarding government over-regulation and executive over-reach. Blunt said in regard to the future, many opportunities are present. ...
Marshall man suffers minor injuries (02/18/15)
A Marshall man suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle accident at 9:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, on Hemlock Avenue just north of 205th Road in Saline County. The accident occurred when a 2008 GMC Sierra driven by Daniel Tinoco, 28, of Marshall, traveled off the left side of the road, struck an embankment, returned to the road and struck a ditch. ...
Common Good Natural Living constructing new building on Odell (02/16/15)
A new structure will join the Marshall skyline by late 2015. Common Good Natural Living will make its permanent residence on Odell Avenue, according to owners Ellen Lance and Crystal McGraw. "[The building] is to provide services to the community through different kinds of programs that we look to add to the Marshall community," Lance said, adding she hopes the larger space and added amenities will give residents an opportunity to...
Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra performs at Bueker Middle School (02/16/15)
The Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra performed a musical selection of classical pieces Sunday, Feb. 15, at Bueker Middle School. The event featured work from Brahms and Tchaikovsky along with several other well known pieces, including "God of our Fathers," where the whole crowd was invited to sing along during the last part of the song. ...
Sunday snow hits mid-Missouri (02/16/15)
One lane of Interstate 70 was clear Monday at approximately 7 a.m., while the passing lane was still slightly covered.
Lawsuit filed against city of Marshall (02/16/15)
Saline County Historical Society seeks to remove items from public library
Haug crowned MHS Courtwarming Queen (02/16/15)
A month earlier, senior Olivia Haug was presenting the crown and roses to the 2015 Marshall High School Matwarming Queen. On Friday, she was on the receiving end of such honors as the MHS Courtwarming Queen. Haug (center), the daughter of Darin and Sarah Haug, was crowned during ceremonies prior to the Owls' varsity basketball game against Boonville -- escorted by her father (left) and senior Logan Harris...
MVC rodeo team to soon benefit from covered arena (02/16/15)
Footings for a new covered rodeo arena have been poured at Missouri Valley College's rodeo facility. The work began Dec. 30, 2014, and was slowed at the beginning of the year due to weather. Once complete, one side of the arena will still be open, according to April DeGraff, MVC's director of marketing and public relations...
A Columbia women suffers minor injuries in 1-vehicle crash (02/16/15)
One person was injured in a one-vehicle accident at approximately 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, on Interstate 70 just east of the 82 mile marker in Saline County, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. The crash occurred when Gerald P. Herman, 56, of Columbia, was passing a vehicle on westbound I-70 in a 2005 Toyota Matrix. ...
Nelson woman injured in Friday crash (02/13/15)
Road conditions were a cause for the crash of a Nelson woman Friday morning, Feb. 13. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol Report, Stephanie A. Powell-Jumps, 53, of Nelson, lost control of the 2014 Ford she was driving when traveling west on Route M in Carroll County. She lost control on the icy road, ran off the left side and struck road trees according the report...
Yield update, base acre reallocation deadline approaches for farmers (02/13/15)
Due to the changes made by the 2014 Farm Bill, deadlines for base acre reallocation and yield updates are approaching for crop farmers. The Farm Bill gave way to the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, which are enforced by USDA's Farm Service Agency. ...
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.