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Slater School Board hears bond, levy presentation (02/17/17)
The Slater School Board heard from Dr. Roger Adamson, with L.J. Hart & Company in St. Louis, about bond issues and levy increases during the board's regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 16. During August of last year, the school had an energy analysis completed by 360 Energy Engineers, resulting in suggestions from the company to address problems with the current ground source system, among other changes to the school's heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems...
Young Eastwood students tour Marshall post office (02/17/17)
Charges filed against Sweet Springs couple from alleged May 2016 cemetery incident (02/17/17)
The Saline County Prosecutor's Office filed class D felony charges of resisting / interfering with arrest for a felony against Larry and Kelly Zimmerschied, ages 74 and 57 respectively, of Sweet Springs, Thursday, Feb. 16. The charges result from an alleged incident at the Sweet Springs City Cemetery on May 13, 2016, in which Sweet Springs police officers attempted to detain Mr. ...
Northwest parents and students let off STEAM (02/17/17)
Benton Elementary students 'go' for health fair (02/16/17)
County commissioners announce road closures, auditor office renovation (02/16/17)
Saline County Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner announced several road closures during the county commission regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 16. Fenner said that 184th Trail, south of Hardeman, will be closed today and tomorrow, Feb. 17. Next week, road crews will be working on 245th Road from Neon Avenue east to Thompson Lane. That area will be closed from Monday, Feb. 20, to Friday, Feb. 24...
Lyon Bowl renovations underway (02/16/17)
Board of Public Works backs MoPEP waiver, approves pending sale of pelletizing equipment (02/16/17)
At the request of the Missouri Public Energy Pool, of which Marshall Municipal Utilities is a member, the Board of Public Works voted Thursday, Feb. 16, to support MoPEP's pursuit of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission waiver. The waiver would prevent a MoPEP member from being required to purchase power from a generating facility built in a MoPEP city service area. ...
Mid-Day Optimist Club supports SkillsUSA (02/16/17)
County commissioners approve burn ban (02/16/17)
Saline County commissioners approved a burn ban, as requested by Emergency Management Director Tony Day, during their regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 16. The burn ban will be in effect from today, Feb. 16, through Tuesday, Feb. 21. "For today, (the National Weather Service) issued an enhanced fire weather warning, and I don't see it getting any better until we get some rain," Day said...
MoDOT: Crews to begin construction on I-70 cross-overs in preparation for Bridge Rehabilitation Project (02/16/17)
SALINE COUNTY -- Beginning Feb. 22, crews will be constructing a bypass from the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 -- between mile markers 64 to 67 -- to the south outer road (125th Road) at the Davis Creek Bridge. This will require shoulder work and lane closures on I-70 for short periods of time. This will also close the south outer road to allow bridge work and bypass construction. All work is weather dependent...
Keller updates MSDC board on solar eclipse plans (02/15/17)
Community Eclipse Coordinator Mary Keller presented an update on plans for solar eclipse festivities to the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation board during its regular meeting Tuesday morning, Feb. 14. Keller first became the coordinator approximately one month ago, and has since worked on various plans for when the total solar eclipse occurs on Monday, Aug. 21...
The orchestral season continues in Marshall (02/15/17)
The Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra will resume its 54th Concert Season Sunday, Feb. 19, 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. This concert will feature Melissa Loehnig Simons, assistant professor of music in piano at Central Methodist University in Fayette...
Illinois man and woman charged with possession of controlled substance (02/15/17)
Coy D. Myers, 26, and Talor N. Whetstone, 24, both of Belleville, Ill., each face a class C felony charge of possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana, resulting from allegations concerning an incident on Sept. 12, 2016...
Advisory against burning expected through second straight weekend (02/14/17)
After responding to a handful of cover fires this past weekend, the Marshall Fire Department is again advising against burning due to dry conditions. After receiving moisture Monday evening, MFD Chief Tony Day said the grass and other vegetation conditions should be ok for Tuesday and Wednesday, but would once again be too dry for safe burning to occur after that and through the ensuing weekend. ...
Great Circle youth engage in holiday dance (02/14/17)
County Commission hears tax report, begins sales tax presentations (02/14/17)
Treasurer Marty Smith announced the February tax report during the Saline County Commission regular meeting Tuesday morning, Feb. 14. The county received $79,404.87 in sales tax, reportedly down by almost $34,000 from last month, but up approximately $14,500 from the same time last year. ...
Sweet Springs holds on waste management contract, planning and zoning decision (02/14/17)
When the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen next meets in March, two items for sure have already been set for the agenda. Monday, Feb. 13, the board voted to set March 13 at 5:45 p.m., 15 minutes prior to its regular meeting, as the date and time for a public hearing to discuss the city's 2017-2018 budget. The board will also review contract bids for the city's waste management services at the March meeting after tabling the matter Monday...
Kind Campaign to present at BMS, MHS (02/13/17)
Bueker Middle School and Marshall High School girls will hear a presentation from Kind Campaign founders Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson on Wednesday, Feb. 22. According to the campaign website, Paul and Thompson have traveled across the United States to speak to hundreds of schools and communities since 2009. ...
MVA appears minor at 65 / Fairground intersection (02/13/17)
Griffitt elected MHS Courtwarming Queen (02/13/17)
Senior Alli Griffitt was crowned as the 2017 Marshall Courtwarming Queen on Saturday during halftime of the Owls' basketball game against Hannibal.
Slater firefighters battle field blaze Saturday (02/13/17)
Slater firefighters began battling a natural cover fire before 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in a field off of Route O, north of town, with a bright moon to help illuminate the area.
Marshall man injured in Carroll County crash (02/13/17)
A Marshall man was injured Sunday evening, Feb. 12, when the vehicle he was driving crashed on U.S. Highway 24 at its U.S. Highway 65 intersection in Carroll County. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, the incident occurred at 8:35 p.m. ...
Marshall resident injured in ATV crash (02/13/17)
Forrest D. Ameral, 33, of Marshall, was injured in an all-terrain vehicle crash on Sunday, Feb. 12. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, at approximately 11:08 p.m., Ameral was driving a 2000 Honda 400 ATV and traveling west on 205th Road at Magnolia Avenue when he lost control, causing the vehicle to travel off the road and overturn. ...
Sweet Springs BOE hears school event updates (02/10/17)
The Sweet Springs Board of Education heard reports from school principals and student council during its regular meeting Thursday evening, Feb. 9. The first report was given by student Olivia Hager, who reported success on the school's "Jam the Gym."...
MFD responds to cover fire (02/10/17)
A Marshall firefighter rakes over enflamed leaves to put out a cover fire affecting small portions of timber area and a neighboring corn field on Wildcat Road north of Marshall. MFD personnel responded to the call shortly after 4 p.m. and appeared to have no trouble controlling and extinguishing the lingering cinders with hoses and rakes. (Arron Hustead/Democrat-News)...
Butterfield campus celebrates founder's birthday (02/10/17)
Great Circle staff at the Tom Butterfield Campus in Marshall partake in a carry-in lunch celebration in honor of the birthday of the campus' founder, Tom Butterfield, Friday, Feb. 10. Butterfield, at age 19, would become the youngest, and the first single, foster parent in the state of Missouri, later founding and expanding Butterfield Youth Services, which entered into a merger with Great Circle in 2015. ...
20 SCCC DECA students recognized at district level (02/10/17)
Of 31 Saline County Career Center DECA students to participate in district-level competition in Independence Wednesday, Feb. 8, 20 received onstage recognition while 19 will be moving on to compete at the state level. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. ...
Slater woman charged with receiving stolen property (02/10/17)
A class C felony of receiving stolen property was charged against a Slater woman by the Saline County Prosecutor's Office Friday, Feb. 10. Shelly L. Beeler, also known as Shelly Ballenger, 49, was charged due to allegedly possessing various items, particularly DVDs, reported as stolen from the basement of 275 S. Redman Avenue in Marshall. The items were reportedly stored there in marked boxes in February 2016 and items were no longer there when the owner returned for them in June...
New York resident charged after struggle with MSHP trooper in Lafayette County (02/10/17)
Jonathan Timmons, 22, of Middleton, N.Y., is charged with one class B felony of assault - second degree - special victim, two class E felonies of assault - third degree and attempt - disarming a peace officer or correctional officer while performing official duty. ...
High fire danger today: MFD discourages outdoor burning (02/10/17)
The Marshall Fire Department is warning residents there is a high fire danger because of recent weather conditions. Friday morning, Feb. 10, Fire Chief Tony Day said the threat could last for several weeks, unless the area receives additional moisture...
Red Cross to offer Shelter Fundamentals Class (02/09/17)
Should an ice storm or other disaster hit the area, a necessity for those displaced from their homes is having an emergency shelter. Because of this, the American Red Cross, through Saline County Emergency Management, will be offering a Shelter Fundamentals Class for anyone interested in volunteering to serve during emergencies in the county...
Fundraiser to benefit 2 youths fighting cancer (02/09/17)
The annual Cumberland Presbyterian Men's Fellowship Hog Supper will be held Sunday, March 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year the proceeds from the supper will be divided between the families of two area young people who are fighting cancer: Haley Browning and Ayden Wright. Haley is a fourth grader and the daughter of Justin and Dorrian Browning. Ayden is an eighth grader and the son of Aaron and Sarah Wright...
Slater man charged with statutory sodomy (02/09/17)
Benjamin A. Thomas, 29, of Slater, an officer of the Slater Police Department, was charged with a class C felony of statutory sodomy - second degree, Thursday Feb. 9. The incident for which the charge was filed allegedly occurred at Slater Lake in November 2016...
Felony DWI charged to Marshall man (02/09/17)
New Year's Eve resulted in a class D felony charge of driving while intoxicated - persistent offender for one Marshall man, who was formally charged Wednesday, Feb. 8. Michael F. Vollmer, 39, was stopped at approximately 8:51 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2016, near U.S. ...
Weiker appointed to Slater City Council (02/08/17)
Slater City Council approved the appointment of Jason Weiker as council member for a one-year term during the council's regular meeting Tuesday evening, Feb. 7. The appointment came after councilman Wayne Heuman resigned during the last council meeting. Although Mayor Stephen Allegri first talked with Harry Lightfoot about the open position, Weiker had also expressed interest...
Section of Salt Pond closed Wednesday morning (02/08/17)
A small section of Salt Pond Avenue in Marshall is closed for utility work Wednesday morning, Feb. 8.
Marshall teen charged with tampering with motor vehicle (02/08/17)
Corbin L. Whitney, 17, of Marshall, was charged with a class D felony of tampering with a motor vehicle - first degree Tuesday, Feb. 7. The charges result from an incident Monday, Feb. 6, in which Whitney was allegedly found driving a vehicle that had been reported as stolen. ...
Former Sheriff George sentenced to 9 months (02/07/17)
Wallace Newman George Jr., formerly the longest-tenured sheriff in the state of Missouri and a member of the Saline County Sheriff's Department for more than 40 years, was sentenced to a nine-month prison sentence by the United States District Court in Jefferson City Tuesday, Feb. 7...
County Commission approves 2017 budget (02/07/17)
Saline County commissioners approved the 2017 budget during their regular meeting Tuesday morning, Feb. 7. "As announced 10 days ago, we have laid the budget," Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner said. "It has been laid for 10 days." During those 10 days, the public was able to view and comment on the budget in the county clerk's office. The budget was approved after no concerns were brought to the commissioners...
The vanishing past: limited number of surveyed potential historic places in rural Saline County remain (02/07/17)
Another marker of the past in Saline County ceased to exist during the week of Jan. 30. A home dating back to the 19th century, just off the intersection of Missouri Route 41 and Poplar Avenue near Arrow Rock, was demolished. The home, known as the Pearson / Brockway home, was one of many to be surveyed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources as a potential historic site in the 1980s. ...
Sedalia man charged with speeding and three felonies in Sweet Springs (02/07/17)
A Sedalia man was charged with three felonies in Saline County Friday, Feb. 3. The charges result from an alleged incident at approximately 2:50 a.m. Friday, where officers report Pierre D. Sams, 46, was stopped for exceeding the speed limit near the corner of Johnson and Locust Streets in Sweet Springs. ...
Sweet Springs and Nelson men charged with combined eight felonies (02/07/17)
Dillon Tylor Edde, 25, of Sweet Springs, and Nicholas Allen Ray, 32, of Nelson, face a combined eight felony charges after an alleged burglary, assault and vehicular pursuit at approximately 3:16 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6, near Napton. Edde was charged with a class B felony of second degree assault - special victim, a class D felony count of second degree burglary, three class E felony counts of first degree property damage, tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution, and resisting arrest, detention or stop by fleeing - creating a substantial risk of serious injury / death to any person, as well as a misdemeanor charge of stealing. ...
Sedalia teen charged with property damage, stealing (02/07/17)
The Saline County Prosecutor's Office filed charges of first degree property damage and two separate misdemeanor stealing charges against a Sedalia teen Friday, Feb. 3. Bradley A. Williams, 16, stands accused of breaking into a vehicle in the Fitzgibbon Hospital parking lot on Friday, Jan. ...
Marshall man charged with fleeing arrest, DWI (02/07/17)
Nathan E. Potts, 19, of Marshall faces a class E felony charge of resisting arrest, detention or stop by fleeing, creating a substantial risk of serious injury or death to any person, as well as a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. The charges result from an alleged incident at approximately 3:47 a.m. ...
Pair of Mississippi men charged with delivery of controlled substance (02/07/17)
The Saline County Prosecutor's Office filed felony charges of delivery of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid against two Mississippi men Friday, Feb. 3. The charges result from a traffic stop Thursday evening, Feb. ...
Mo. Lottery announces January prizewinners (02/07/17)
The Missouri Lottery released the names of players who won prizes this past January, which included three Marshall residents. According to a news release issued by Missouri Lottery, Austin Evans was a $5,000 Scratchers winner. Additionally, Mary Bolden and Theresa Love were both $1,000 Scratchers winners...
MPL board meets to discuss ongoing suit, personnel requests (02/07/17)
The Marshall Public Library Board of Trustees first began its regular meeting in closed session on Thursday, Jan. 12. The board moved to go into closed session to hear from Attorney Josh Taylor about the ongoing suit between Marshall Public Library and Saline County Historical Society...
Slater Schools to host annual Trivia Night (02/07/17)
Slater Schools will host its fourth annual Trivia Night on Friday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at the Martin Community Center in Marshall. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Those interested can build their own team of no more than eight people for a fee, and can register by calling the school at 660-529-2278 ext. 103. Participants must be 21 years old, and can bring their own snacks and drinks. A silent auction will also be held during the event...
Police body cam contract, remote meeting attendance ordinance approved for Marshall (02/06/17)
Two previously discussed ordinances were passed unanimously by the Marshall City Council Monday, Feb. 6. The first ordinance will execute a contract between the city and Digital Ally to provide body cameras for the Marshall Police Department. The contract will include 25 cameras at an initial cost of $15,000, to be followed by one additional lease payment of $5,875.79. ...
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.