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Emergency management director updates county commission about safety protocols (10/21/14)
Saline County Emergency Management Director Emmit Williams attended the Saline County Commission meeting Tuesday morning, Oct. 21, to update the commission about safety protocols in the county. The first of the mandatory training drills to keep its grant status, Williams talked about the tornado drill, which was performed last August...
Republicans open Saline County office on Arrow Street (10/20/14)
Saline County Republicans celebrate the opening of their office at 368 W. Arrow St. Friday, Oct. 17, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. State Rep. Dean Dohrman, Cindi Sims and Eddie Howery were present.
Second Annual Foothills Fest entertained music lovers Saturday (10/20/14)
The second annual Foothills Fest entertained audiences all day Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Saline County Fairground.
Marshall Community Chorus begins 27th concert series (10/20/14)
The Marshall Community Chorus began its 27th concert series Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Covenant Presbyterian Church. The concert was called "Journeys Past and Present."
Weekend crashes send 2 to the hospital (10/20/14)
A couple of weekend crashes in Saline County kept Missouri State Highway Patrol busy. The first accident occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17, when a 2009 Kenworth Daycab driven by Jarad L. Dunn, 24, of Marshall, was traveling eastbound on the Interstate 70 exit ramp to U.S. ...
11-year recovering drug addict speaks about the horrors of meth addiction (10/20/14)
This is a tale so horrific, graphic and grotesque that not even a fictionalized popular zombie television show could match it. Sure, this tale has mutilated body parts, tons of gore and decaying bodies, but it's the heart-crushing stories of lost humanity that accompany it which makes it so profoundly disturbing...
NAACP hosts candidate forum for 51st Congressional District (10/17/14)
The NAACP hosted a candidate forum Thursday, Oct. 16, featuring Dean Dohrman, State Representative 51st district, and Gary Grigsby who will also be running for the office of State Representative for the 51st district in November. Leading off the evening was former State Representative Joe All who offered his take on some of the amendments on the ballot for the November General Election...
Man struck by vehicle Friday (10/17/14)
A man was struck by a vehicle at approximately 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, according to radio traffic. The incident occurred on Jefferson Avenue in north Marshall, between Commercial Drive and High Street. Police and EMS personnel were on scene and loaded the patient onto the ambulance for further treatment. The extent of the victims injuries are not yet known and details about the incident are still under investigation...
'School Bus Safety Week' proclaimed in Marshall (10/17/14)
Marshall Mayor Mark Gooden (far left) proclaims the week of Oct. 20-24 as National School Bus Safety Week Wednesday, Oct. 15, with Marshall Public School's transportation department.
Sweet Springs talks 'cold weather preparations' (10/17/14)
The Sweet Springs Board of Alderman met Tuesday, Oct. 14, to pass a new ordinance and discuss pertinent maintenance tasks for the coming months. Missouri Municipal League has recently taken Century Link to court to recoup franchise fees which could reach approximately $20,000. ...
Emergency responders, Cargill react in mock anhydrous spill (10/17/14)
Cargill hosted its annual HAZMAT training on Wednesday, Oct. 16, to provide emergency services and the Cargill HAZMAT team with invaluable first-responder training. Beginning with the situation briefing, the scenario was characterized by two refrigeration technicians performing maintenance on a section of pipeline. Suddenly, a valve failure occurred, resulting in a simulated anhydrous spill that "trapped" one of the two victims...
Court implements Missouri Electronic Filing System (10/17/14)
The Saline County Judiciary and Circuit Clerk's office implemented the Missouri Electronic Filing (eFiling) System to enhance access and efficiency Saturday, Oct. 11. This implementation is one of a growing number that allows the smallest, most rural court to the Supreme Court...
2 Malta Bend residents charged with felonies (10/17/14)
According to charges filed Oct. 14, Mark R. Jamison, 55, and Rhonda R. Sikes, 36, both of Malta Bend, have each been charged with two counts of forgery and one count of possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana, both of which are class C felonies...
MMU discusses customer service, tree trimming (10/16/14)
Customer service at Marshall Municipal Utilities was at the forefront of Thursday morning's Board of Public Works meeting, when board members were addressed by a previous employee. Shelly O'Bryan -- a 17-year employee of MMU and a billing associate for the past 11 years -- requested the meeting in an effort to explain her recent resignation to the board...
Saline County Commission honors domestic violence awareness month (10/16/14)
Prosecuting Attorney Don Stouffer attended the Saline County Commission meeting Thursday morning, Oct. 16, to ask permission to post a purple bow, made by LaTausha Lembke, on the southwest corner of the square to promote domestic violence awareness. "As I'm sure that you have seen October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month," Stouffer said. ...
Marshall firefighters are Royal (10/16/14)
Four of the Marshall Fire Department's firefighters posed for a picture Wednesday, Oct. 15, celebrating the Royals' sweep of the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Championship Series.
Mayor Gooden proclaims Oct. 20-24 as National School Bus Safety Week (10/15/14)
Marshall Mayor Mark Gooden and many members of the Marshall Public Schools' transportation department met at city hall Wednesday, Oct. 15, for the mayor to sign a proclamation stating the week of Oct. 20-24 is National School Bus Safety Week.
Slater City Council discusses community needs (10/15/14)
The Slater City Council met in regular session Tuesday, Oct. 7, to discuss upcoming fall events. Leading off Mayor Stephen Allegri said the next coming activity for the "city of festivals" is the kid's Halloween parade to be held on Oct. 31. "It will be the same as usual, meet at 5:30 p.m. and the parade will start at 6 p.m." council member Harry Lightfoot said...
MVC to celebrate homecoming (10/15/14)
Missouri Valley College will celebrate homecoming this weekend, and a full schedule of events has been planned for alumni and the community. An alumni banquet is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in the Charles L. Bacon Conference Center, located in the college's Malcom Center. There four alumni will be recognized. This year's homecoming parade is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. The route will run from Marshall's downtown square to the MVC campus...
Cargill gives to Y's after school program (10/15/14)
Cargill and YMCA staff members celebrate the $6,000 donation to the YMCA's after school program.
Marshall Public Library and Marshall Senior Center to host a series of programs (10/15/14)
Marshall Public Library Director Wicky Sleight announced a series of programs the library will hold in conjunction with the Marshall Senior Center at the board of trustee's regular meeting Tuesday evening, Oct. 14. Dubbed "The Curiosity Club," the series will be conducted on the second Wednesday of every month with a lunch at noon, and the presentation will start at 1 p.m. at the senior center...
County clerk talks upcoming election, commissioners address weather's impact on county work (10/14/14)
County Clerk Debbie Russell gave an update on how absentee voting is progressing for the upcoming election at the Saline County Commission meeting Tuesday morning, Oct. 14. "We're receiving requests for applications to be sent out and for people to send their absentee ballots via the mail," Russell said. "So that process is going on and... the county clerk's office is busy."...
Saline County Holiday Project readies for the new holiday season (10/13/14)
Halloween may be fast approaching, but immediately after, the holiday season begins. It proves to be a busy time for those involved in the Saline County Holiday Project, a 36-year-old community-wide effort to provide food, household items and gifts to families in need...
Mar-Saline NAACP announces Candidate Forum (10/13/14)
The Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP is hosting a State Legislative Candidate Forum, featuring candidates seeking election as state representative in District 51. Incumbent Dean Dohrman (R) and challenger Gary Grigsby (D) are the participants. The forum is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Martin Community Center, in Marshall...
Jason Gray's tour to come to Marshall (10/13/14)
Singer Jason Gray, whom Christianity Today magazine called "one of Christian music's best kept secrets," brings his Every Act of Love tour to Marshall's Bueker Middle School Auditorium on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. The tour, in support of his latest album "Love Will Have the Final Word," will also feature the band Unspoken, Lindsay McCaul and Carrollton...
Organization has 'vision' of community outreach, programming (10/13/14)
Some children grabbed markers and colored while others tossed balloons around the room Saturday during the grand opening of Visions -- a center for children to participate in crafts and other creative activities with their parents. Visions, located at 26 E. Arrow St., was established by James Moffit with the idea of giving adults a place to connect -- not only with one another, but also with their children...
Sobriety checkpoint (10/13/14)
The Marshall Police Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in an unspecified location between Sunday, Oct. 12, and Sunday, Oct. 26. The goal of the checkpoint is to find and apprehend intoxicated and impaired drivers. The checkpoint will begin late in the evening and conclude early in the morning. ...
Non-injury accident on I-70 Friday (10/13/14)
Two Oregon residents were involved in a non-injury accident at approximately 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, on westbound Interstate 70, just west of the 81 mile marker in Saline County, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. The incident occurred when a 2012 GMC Yukon driven by Patricia A. ...
MMU takes down historic Marshall 'downtown' sign (10/13/14)
A historic sign that pointed to Marshall's once-vibrant downtown area was taken down within the past few weeks. The sign, which was located on the northeast corner of U.S. Highway 65 and Arrow Street, was seen being removed by Marshall Municipal Utilities Sept. 16.
Arrow Rock readies for 46th annual heritage craft festival (10/10/14)
Thousands of visitors will flock to Arrow Rock on Oct. 11-12 to get a glimpse of the past at the Arrow Rock Heritage Craft Festival. The 46th annual event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, and will feature dozens of talented artisans, plus live musical performances, storytellers, a Civil War encampment, food vendors and the autumn beauty of the National Historic Landmark village...
Sweet Springs school to replace HVAC units (10/10/14)
The Sweet Springs' Board of Education approved a bid Thursday evening, Oct. 9, from Beerman's Heating and Cooling to replace the rooftop HVAC units. "As you are aware, we've been having many problems with our rooftop units," Superintendent Donna Wright said, determining that seven of its units were in need of replacement...
MDN names new editor (10/10/14)
The Marshall Democrat-News publisher, Dave Phillips, announced this week that Sarah Reed, managing editor for The Concordian, has been named News Editor. She will be responsible for the editorial departments of the Democrat-News and sister publication, The Concordian...
Sheriff Wally George asks commission for approval to replace damaged patrol vehicle (10/09/14)
Saline County Sheriff Wally George attended the Saline County Commission meeting Thursday morning, Oct. 9, to ask the commissioners to approve a purchase of a truck, replacing the damaged vehicle which Deputy Daniel Kirchhoff survived from in an accident on Interstate 70 early Thursday morning, Oct. 2...
Rollover accident on South Odell Avenue (10/09/14)
Marshall Police Department responded to a one-vehicle rollover accident around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, on South Odell Avenue between Rosehill Street and Prairie Lane. The driver refused treatment at the scene. More information to follow as report becomes available...
Video: The Marshall Democrat-News Car Show (10/09/14)
Encouragement dawns on youth with porch light prayer, support continues to grow (10/09/14)
If you've seen a few more porch lights on this week than usual, it might not be due to an earlier sunset. Instead, many are flipping the switch as a sign of support for a 12-year-old boy undergoing chemotherapy at Children's Mercy Hospital, in Kansas City...
Hunter Education Skills Session Offered (10/09/14)
Hunter education training is a form of life insurance; only rarely is anyone who has had such training involved in any kind of firearms or hunting incidents. The Missouri Department of Conservation will sponsor a Hunter Education skills session from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Knights of Columbus Hall located at 1287 S. English in Marshall...
Woman earns certificate through course for developmentally disabled (10/08/14)
A program through the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council is empowering those with disabilities to become more involved in their communities -- and one Marshall woman accepted the challenge. Larie Hutson graduated Sept. 6 from "Partners in Policymaking," a leadership training program offered by the council for the past 20 years. ...
Center for Human Services addresses chamber members at quarterly breakfast (10/08/14)
Melissa Rutledge, employment solutions supervisor of Center for Human Services, gave a presentation about the services they offer that can benefit businesses in the community to members of the Marshall Chamber of Commerce at its quarterly breakfast Tuesday morning, Oct. 7, at Stone Hedge Golf Club...
MHS freshman class wins homecoming float contest (10/08/14)
The Marshall High School freshman class won the "Best Float Class" category, beating out the senior, junior and sophomore floats.
Marshall City Council promotes and hires police officers at council meeting (10/08/14)
Mayor Mark Gooden and the Marshall City Council approved recommendations from the Police Personnel Board at the council's regular meeting Monday, Oct. 6. During the public relations and public safety committee report, Councilman Gabe Ramsey made a motion to accept the recommendations of promoting second class officers Christopher Conaway, Clyde Anglim, Fred Hayes and Rick Townsend to first class officers...
Drive-thru boot drive being held for Wright (10/08/14)
A drive-thru boot drive for Ayden Wright will be held from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in the parking lot across from Bueker Middle School. ALL donations will go to the Wright family. For more information contact Ed Harper at 660-229-3679.
Runners participate in 5K color run to raise awareness for breast cancer, all types of cancer (10/08/14)
In honoring October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Fitzgibbon Hospital hosted a 5K color run on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon, Oct. 5, beginning at the Hilltop Shelter at Indian Foothills Park. "The color run is part of our 'Pink Out' events that we do yearly for breast cancer awareness," Makenzie Thomason, office coordinator at Community Cancer Center and organizer, said. "This is the third year that we've done a color run. It's grown year to year."...
Friends & Neighbors: Foothills Fest group gears up for its second annual music and art festival (10/07/14)
Beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, the second annual Foothills Fest will be underway at the Saline County Fairground. The all-day festival is free to attend, with art and music to entertain until midnight Sunday, Oct. 19. "During the day, you're going to experience everything that the local artists of the area have to offer, as far as new music goes, art drawings, crafts, whatever the community has to offer, it's going to be on display during Foothills Fest," Julien Soto, one of the event organizers, said. ...
County Treasurer Marty Smith presents October tax report to county commission (10/07/14)
Treasurer Marty Smith attended the Saline County Commission meeting Tuesday morning, Oct. 7, to give his presentation of the October tax report, showing figures are down from last month in every tax, but all are significantly improved from last year at this time...
Democrat-News annual car show has big turnout of vehicles (10/06/14)
Though it was a cool and breezy day, the fourth annual Marshall Democrat-News car show drew around 65 vehicles registered in 18 classes to the Marshall square. Al Hoffmeyer, of Carrollton, was presented with the Best of Show trophy for his 1934 Ford Cabriolet. Brandon Harlin, of Marshall, earned the people's choice award with his 1969 C-10 Truck for the second year in a row...
Harris, Mizer chosen as MHS royalty (10/06/14)
For the first time in Marshall High School history, both the Homecoming King and Queen were presented in full football uniforms, sans helmets. Seniors Merrah Harris (56) and Drew Mizer (57) are linemen for the Owls, coming straight from the sidelines to the halftime ceremonies during Friday's game against Truman. While Mizer registered mild surprise when his name was announced, Harris' reaction was more emotional -- barely holding back tears of joy...
Historic preservation commission to push for certified district (10/06/14)
The Saline County Historic Preservation Commission held a public meeting at the Saline County Courthouse Thursday, Oct. 2, to discuss their efforts to establish a historic district in Marshall. The commission has been working for some time towards establishing a district which recognizes the historical value of Marshall's older homes. In order to achieve this distinction, one of the upcoming tasks the commission must perform is a survey of the area to be distinguished as the historical district...
Marshall Parks and Recreations Director Stubblefield announces budget will end in the black (10/06/14)
Director Jeff Stubblefield, in his financial report, announced good figures for sales tax revenue and the park budget at the Marshall Parks and Recreation board meeting Wednesday, Oct. 1. "For the fiscal year, our sales tax brought in over $800,000," Stubblefield said. "That is the highest it's ever made since we started."...
MMU faces big price tags for public services (10/03/14)
The Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works held its bi-monthly meeting Thursday, Oct. 2, to discuss a number of items for the board's approval. The water treatment plant will be receiving a number of new tools for day-to-day operations and maintenance requirements, and will also be performing preventative maintenance on the UV modules. ...
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. ...