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MFD responds to Rose Acres for alarm (08/20/14)
According to the police scanner, Marshall Fire Department responded around 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, to a report of an ammonia leak inside the Rose Acres building, located at 123 N. Miami Ave. Everyone was evacuated from the building. Upon arrival at the scene, it was reported to MFD that a pop-off valve outside the building was leaking and had already been shut off...
Civil Air Patrol hosts disaster response drill in Marshall over weekend (08/20/14)
Members of the Civil Air Patrol MO-117 composite squadron hosted a disaster relief exercise, which began Thursday, Aug. 14, and lasted through Sunday, Aug. 17. The training conducted had several goals: to provide a snapshot of the area for before and after reference should a disaster strike, function as the beta testing ground for new imagery equipment for FEMA, as well as provide a scenario in which applicable skills such as radio communications and reconnaissance could be applied by CAP and emergency responders.. ...
Sweet Springs school board sets tax rate ceiling and levy for the upcoming year (08/20/14)
The Sweet Springs' Board of Education convened Monday evening, Aug. 18, to set the school district's tax rate ceiling for the 2014 tax year and the levy for the 2014-2015 school year. The board approved to set the state auditor-approved tax rate ceiling at $3.6107, which will have no voluntary reduction for the fiscal year and approved to set the levy for the upcoming school year at a total of $4.13, with the amount of $3.49 going into incidental and $0.64 into debt service...
Quick Run convenience store robbed at gunpoint (08/19/14)
Quick Run convenience store located on South Odell Street in Marshall was robbed at gunpoint according to a police report from Marshall Police Department. At approximately 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, a clerk from the convenience store reported to MPD that a white male had entered the store and produced a handgun instructing him to open the cash drawer. The clerk told police that he had did as he was told and the man took the cash and then left the business...
Marshall City Council postpones public hearing to Aug. 21 (08/19/14)
The Marshall City Council met Monday, Aug. 18, to find it didn't have a quorum to continue with a scheduled public hearing or a meeting. After discussion, it was suggested by Councilman Dan Brandt to reschedule the public hearing and meeting for 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21...
Woman allegedly held against her will (08/19/14)
A Blackburn woman was allegedly held against her will for approximately three weeks according to a Saline County Sheriff's report. A deputy was dispatched to a home in Blackburn Saturday, Aug. 9, where he made contact with a female that reported being beaten and held against her will over a three week period. ...
Saline County Commission receives notice to proceed with Bridge No. 50 (08/19/14)
Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings announced they have received a notice in the mail from MoDOT to proceed with Bridge No. 50 at the Saline County Commission meeting Tuesday morning, Aug. 19. "(Bridge No. 50) is on Afton Avenue in the western part of the county over Salt Fork and this is a letter from MoDOT... saying that we can proceed with consulted work on that bridge," Stallings said. "They're telling us funds have been obligated for that bridge now."...
Updated: 2-vehicle accident at Odell Avenue and Highway 240 causes injuries (08/18/14)
A two-vehicle accident at Odell Avenue and Highway 240 around 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, causes injuries.
Missouri Mental Health Commission approves of task force's report and recommendations (08/18/14)
After touring the Marshall Habilitation Center and Higginsville Habilitation Center campuses Thursday, Aug. 14, the Missouri Mental Health Commission unanimously approved the proposed changes and redesign of habilitation services put forth by the Northwest Habilitation Services Task Force back in July...
MMU debates big money projects to update facilities for public needs (08/18/14)
The Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works received a sizable presentation from representatives of Shafer, Kline & Warren, Inc. (SKW). Scott Williamson and Dennis Stith of SKW, briefed the board with plans to upgrade the water treatment plant's infrastructure and filtering equipment, as well as equip the plant to better handle increasing water distribution needs...
Sweet Springs Optimist Car Show brings people from all over the state (08/18/14)
The Sweet Springs Optimist Club hosted its 14th annual car show at Sweet Springs City Park Sunday, Aug. 17, and saw car enthusiasts drive from all over the state, including some from Kansas. According to Dee Friel, chairperson for the event, 69 entries representing 26 communities and eight car clubs were present. ...
1 man injured in accident on Mo. Highway 224 (08/18/14)
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, at approximately 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, a 2009 Honda driven by John C. Derrick, 62, of Excelsior Springs suffered moderate injuries in a one-car accident on Missouri Highway 224 just east of U.S. Highway 24 in Saline County...
2-car accident injures 5 (08/18/14)
At approximately 2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, a two-car accident on northbound U.S. Highway 65 injured five people. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, the accident happened when a 2004 Chrysler Sebring driven by Coralynn L. Vis, 76, of Le Grand, Iowa, was traveling northbound on U.S. ...
Mexico teen hurt in 1-vehicle accident (08/18/14)
Anthony P. Brower, 18, of Mexico, lost control of his vehice in a one-car accident at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at the junction of U.S. Highway 65 and Interstate 70 according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. The accident occurred as the 2001 Dodge Ram driven by Brower was traveling off the I-70 exit ramp onto southbound Highway 65 when he lost control of the vehicle and crossed the center line. He ran off the left side of the roadway as the Ram began to slide and overturned...
Mental health commissioners visit MHC and HHC campuses after task force recommendations (08/15/14)
The Missouri Mental Health Commission arrived in Marshall Thursday morning, Aug. 14, to take a tour of the Marshall Habilitation Center campus and around noon, took a tour of the Higginsville Habilitation Center campus, taking into consideration the recommendations the Northwest Habilitation Services Task Force made in July...
Local kids coloring for college scholarships (08/15/14)
Children ages 13 and under in Marshall have the opportunity to receive college scholarships by doing one of their favorite activities, coloring. On the heels of its giveaway of 100,000 backpacks, The Cellular Connection located at 941 S. Cherokee, Suite 3, is launching a "Color for College" program that will donate $1,500 college scholarships to students nationwide at nearly 300 of its stores...
MPD offers back-to-school safety tips (08/15/14)
The Marshall Police Department would like to remind citizen's that Marshall Public School will be back in session beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 20. With the start of a new school year, to emphasize the importance of "Safety over Speed," citizens should be advised that Marshall Police will be conducting selective traffic enforcement concentrating in and around school zones...
Disaster damage assessment exercise to take place Aug. 16-18 (08/15/14)
The Missouri Wing of the Civil Air Patrol will be conducting an exercise in and around Marshall Aug. 16-18. The purpose of this exercise is to improve the speed of post-disaster damage assessments, with a goal of speeding assessments and assistance to the people of Saline County during a disaster...
Commissioner Fenner updates commission about road projects (08/14/14)
Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner updated the Saline County Commission at its meeting Thursday morning, Aug. 14, about road projects. "Yesterday, Tom (Stallings, presiding commissioner), Justin (Cowart, road and bridge supervisor) and I took a tour in the southern part of the county looking at some road projects that had been brought to our attention and we were out for about two hours," Fenner said. ...
Lyceum review: 'Lend Me A Tenor' shines with brilliant cast (08/14/14)
This season, the Lyceum Theatre brings Ken Ludwig's comedy "Lend Me A Tenor" to its stage with a brilliant cast that had the audience laughing out of their seats. The play has been reviewed as "a remarkable piece of theatre" and "hilarious, the funniest show on Broadway." Played by Scott Evans, the play follows Max, a personal assistant to the Grand Opera's general manager, as he embarks on a comedic endeavor to cover up a famous opera singer's suicide...
Results of sobriety checkpoint released (08/14/14)
The Marshall Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint near the intersection of U.S. Highway 65 and Saline County Fairground between 11:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, and Thursday, Aug. 14. According to a press release from MPD, the purpose of the checkpoint was to deter impaired motorists from driving. ...
Rep. Dean Dohrman attends library board meeting to discuss new bill (08/13/14)
State Representative of the 51st District Dean Dohrman attended Marshall Public Library's Board of Trustee meeting Tuesday evening, Aug. 12, to discuss his involvement in helping a bill get passed in Missouri Legislature which could benefit the library...
Marshall Municipal Band to perform last concert of its 93rd season (08/13/14)
The final concert of the Marshall Municipal Band will occur Thursday, Aug. 14, on the east lawn of the Saline County Courthouse beginning at 7 p.m. "It's been a great season," Director Kevin Lines said. "The musicians and I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to get together and make music for the people of Marshall and we are always saddened when the season comes to a close."...
Marshall Municipal Band performs 4 concerts in 1 day (08/12/14)
The Marshall Municipal Band performed three concerts at the Missouri State Fair Thursday, Aug. 7, and concluded its evening with a concert at First United Methodist Church's Family Life Center in Marshall.
Fenner reported road districts will help with Enbridge's pipeline at commission meeting (08/12/14)
Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner reported road districts are signing off to an agreement with Enbridge Inc. to repair its pipeline at its Saline County Commission meeting Tuesday, Aug. 12. "We are in the process of getting our special road districts to sign a release agreement with the Enbridge pipeline," Fenner said. ...
MMU discusses equipment purchases and roofing project (08/11/14)
The Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works met Thursday, July 31, to discuss updates of Marshall utilities and services. The board approved purchasing a fall protection mast with hoist at the meeting with a budget of $6,000. Kenny Clause, chief operator of the water treatment plant, explained the plant does have harnesses and fall protection equipment, but no post. ...
Jim the Wonder Dog attracts attention (08/11/14)
Jim the Wonder Dog will take his place in The American Kennel Club Museum in St. Louis. According to Stan Moore, director of Marshall-Saline Development Corporation, members of The American Kennel Club were informed by a Marshall resident a month or so back, about Marshall's Jim the Wonder Dog memorial. After touring the memorial, members of The American Kennel Club collected a few items to place on display in their museum...
Salt Fork YMCA brings back an after school program to Marshall (08/11/14)
Salt Fork YMCA has unveiled its 2014 Fall Program Guide and its biggest addition is the after school program the organization is hosting in conjunction with Marshall Public Schools. "Basically, we're trying to provide a need in the community that hasn't been there for a couple of years," Program Director Sarah Radke said. "... Whatever school the children are at, they'll be bussed to either Benton or Northwest and then the parents can pick them up at 6 p.m. or before that Monday through Friday."...
Sobriety checkpoint (08/11/14)
The Marshall Police Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in an unspecified location between Aug. 11 and Aug. 28. 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. ...
Why the task force made its recommendations concerning Marshall Hab Center (08/08/14)
On Thursday, July 10, the Northwest Habilitation Services Task Force gave its final report and recommendations to Missouri Mental Health Commission about the campuses and services of Marshall Habilitation Center and Higginsville Habilitation Center...
Buie wins top honors at Missouri State Fair for his pens of chickens (08/08/14)
Simeon Buie, son of Dan and Rebecca Buie, is the exhibitor of the 2014 Grand Champion Pen of Chickens at the Missouri State Fair. He is a member of the Work to Win 4-H Club. Buie's prize-winning chickens weighed an average of 5.95 pounds. The Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Chickens honor also went to Buie. His Reserve Champion birds weighed an average of 6.44 pounds...
You asked, we answered: Information on Marshall's nuisance ordinance (08/07/14)
Reader question posed: "The city only wants you to put out a limited amount of yard waste once a week, how are we supposed to get rid of it?" According to City Administrator Connie Latimer, the city will pick up as many bags of grass and leaves only as citizens need to use. However, no cans or bags weighing over 50 pounds per week...
Updated: You asked, we answered: Marshall water sparks questions about taste (08/07/14)
A number of Marshall residents have been raising questions about the taste and appearance of the city's water supply. The taste of chlorine has been reported recently and people are wondering why. How much chlorine is needed to filter the water? Ginny Ismay, director of environmental services explained chlorine levels could be low and need to be boosted...
Ken Ludwig's 'Lend Me a Tenor' continues with big laughs starting Aug. 9 (08/07/14)
Take one philandering opera singer, add a jealous wife, an unwitting impersonator, an ambitious bellhop and toss in some people running around in their underwear slamming doors, and you have the hilarious recipe for an incredible evening of theater...
Pennytown Homecoming, a special time to gather with friends, family, loved ones (08/07/14)
The Pennytown Freewill Baptist Church, first constructed in 1926, is now the last remaining building on the 64 acres once known as Pennytown. A modest, one-room place of worship, the church was one of many structures which made up the small town, including homes, businesses and a school...
MDC donates $600 to local fire department (08/07/14)
According to a press release from Ben Webster, forestry field program supervisor - fire, the donation comes from a matching grant program, distributed by the forestry division of the conservation department, which will help with the purchase of personal protective gear and firefighting equipment. The total funding awarded throughout Missouri fire departments this year is $378,665...
County Clerk Russell talks about voter turnout at commission meeting (08/07/14)
County Clerk Debbie Russell expressed her gratitude for her staff and poll workers at the Saline County Commission meeting Thursday, Aug. 7, regarding the primary election held on Tuesday, Aug. 5, which saw a better voter turnout than what was expected...
Slater mayor appoints council members for a demolition and repair board (08/06/14)
Mayor Stephen Allegri appointed officers to serve on a demolition and repair board at the Slater City Council meeting Tuesday, Aug. 5, at city hall. "We had that house fire and that house needs to be torn down," Allegri said. "We had our engineer look at it and they said its unsafe, it needs to be torn down."...
Marshall Municipal Band announces last 4 concerts (08/06/14)
While the 93rd season is coming to a close for the Marshall Municipal Band, the band is preparing for a flurry of activity to finish the season's performances. "This Thursday, Aug. 7, the band has a total of four performances. We begin by performing for the opening ceremony of the Missouri State Fair," Director Kevin Lines said. ...
Saline County voters support full-time prosecutor position (08/06/14)
According to the Saline County clerk's office, voter turnout for the primary election was better than anticipated. County Clerk Debbie Russell estimated between 15 to 17 percent voter turnout for the election. After numbers were in late Tuesday evening, Aug. 5, over 29 percent of Saline County voters came out to cast their votes...
Missourians pass 3 amendments, turn down 2 (08/06/14)
Missourians took to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 5, to vote on five constitutional amendments. As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, unofficial results show that Constitutional Amendment No. 1, also known as the "Right to Farm" amendment, passed with 498,751 votes against 496,223 votes...
15 pounds of marijuana seized (08/06/14)
Two Texas residents have been arrested during a traffic stop Sunday, Aug. 3, near the intersection of Highway 65 and College Street. According to a report from Marshall Police Department, a Marshall police officer was on patrol and observed a silver-colored Chevrolet S10 traveling northbound on Highway 65 in the southbound left turn lane. The officer stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Highway 65 and Walmart Drive in Marshall...
Marshall City Council passes new nuisance ordinance, violation tickets to be issued immediately (08/05/14)
The Marshall City Council met Monday, Aug. 4, to amend the code of ordinances pertaining to nuisances. City Counselor Don Stouffer told the council he went over the ordinance with City Code Official Mike Morgan three weeks ago and then spoke with Municipal Judge Ed McInteer and City Attorney Lin Alexander...
Saline County 2014 Primary Election results (08/05/14)
These are the unofficial election results for all Saline County precincts collected for the primary election held Tuesday, Aug. 5.
MVC purchases land for future growth (08/05/14)
The Missouri Valley College Board of Trustees approved the purchase of properties adjacent to the northeast corner of the MVC campus. The purchase was completed in May 2014 and in July the structures were razed. The purchase included properties located on College Street, Conway Avenue, Sharp Avenue and Laura Street. The land will be used for future growth of the campus, yet to be determined...
County Clerk talks about primary election at commission meeting (08/05/14)
County Clerk Debbie Russell reported to Saline County Commission how voter turnout is faring in primary election at its meeting Tuesday morning, Aug. 5. "I've been tooling around to some of the polling places. I went to Hardeman this morning, to Slater and to Orearville," Russell said. "Hardeman had nine voters in when I was there, Orearville had 11 and Slater had 50 with several people coming in. So that was a pretty good showing there."...
Slater draws a crowd with annual truck and tractor pull Saturday (08/04/14)
Slater held its annual Antique Tractor Pull Saturday, Aug. 2.
Mayor proclaims Aug. 1-7 'Saline County Breastfeeding Awareness Week' (08/04/14)
The proclamation states, "All available knowledge indicates that human milk optimally enhances the growth, development and well-being of the infant by providing the best possible nutrition, protection against specific infection and allergies, and the promotion of maternal and infant bonding. Breastfeeding promotes healthier mothers and benefits society through lower health care costs for infants, a healthier workforce, strong family bonds and less waste."...
SFCC offers classes in Marshall (08/04/14)
The Adult Education and Literacy department at State Fair Community College has announced the registration and start dates for upcoming classes. All classes are free and open to the public as a service to Marshall and its surrounding areas in Saline County. Classes will be held at the Marshall Municipal Court Building located at 5 E. Eastwood St. in Marshall...
Amendment No. 1, protecting the farmer or the corporation (08/04/14)
Saline County is one of the larger agricultural regions of Missouri, and residents, are no doubt scrutinizing Amendment No. 1 with a fine-toothed comb. Amendment No. 1 is known as the Right to Farm Amendment, which is intended to protect the rights of Missouri citizens to engage in farming operations. Those who support this bill state that Missouri needs protection from out-of-state entities and certain business restrictions...
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. ...
Supporters for a new school still plan to forge ahead (04/10/14)
On Tuesday, April 8, Marshall school district voters voted down the proposed $1.50 tax levy increase Marshall Public Schools were asking for to help build a new elementary building, a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) addition to Marshall High School and repairs and upgrades to both MHS and Bueker Middle School...
School election results April 8, 2014 (04/08/14)
These are the official election results for all polling locations including absentees.
Environmental psychology is a consideration for April 8 vote (04/01/14)
As a practicing psychiatrist serving Marshall and the surrounding area, I often see school-aged children challenged by learning disabilities, ADHD or social anxiety disorders. As part of my practice, I have a special interest in how environmental factors impact behavior, in this case, a child's ability to learn...
Letter to the Editor: Two values, two reasons (04/01/14)
Two of the many values that my dad taught me were the values of a good education, and to always support the community in any effort that would help it grow and prosper. These values are two of the reasons I support the Marshall school levy. Our children deserve the best education available in a safe environment. We have an opportunity to see this provided and at the same time we will be rejuvenating our community by attracting new business and industry when we pass the school levy on April 8...
How will the levy increase improve academic performance? (03/31/14)
This is the final installment in a series about the proposed building plan for Marshall Public Schools. This part focuses on the district's need and the benefits of new schools. The Marshall School District's levy increase request facing voters on April 8 is about not only building and improving schools in the district, but asking voters to pay significantly more to do so. ...
Letter to the Editor: Educators say learning environment is insufficient (03/31/14)
We were raised in Marshall, attended K - 12 in the Marshall Public School system, and received teaching degrees from Missouri Valley College. We enjoyed teaching at Bueker Middle School for a combined 44 years. We currently substitute teach in MPS. It continues to be a privilege to help educate the children of Marshall...
Letter to the Editor: Support the Future of Your Schools and Your Students (03/31/14)
On April 8, the patrons of the Marshall Public School District have an opportunity to become a part of something great. An opportunity to invest in the future of Marshall and its most precious resource: ITS CHILDREN. An investment in the children of the school district is an investment that pays dividends in the future. ...
Letter to the Editor: Buildings are substandard (03/31/14)
The Marshall Public Schools have served my children and your children very well, often preparing them for advanced degrees and success. The buildings were adequate during those decades, but have now become substandard, not only in regard to lack of space to experiment with innovative programs and deteriorating structures, but also in regard to safety from intruders (an unfortunate reality we must all face in 2014.)...
Letter to the Editor: Supporting increased spending for education in Marshall (03/31/14)
Cargill's Case Ready meat processing facility in Marshall is proud to employ over 500 area residents, adding over 75 jobs in the last year alone. We have an outstanding team. We are committed to improving the future for our dedicated employees and their families who live and go to school in this community...
Letter to the Editor: Children are educated by teachers, not by buildings (03/31/14)
I am not sure where education is headed, but I doubt that it will even be in a school building in another 15 years. This much I do know... Children are educated by teachers, not by buildings. Please do not forget this if the levy does or does not pass...
Letter to the Editor: Proposed tax levy presents problem for those on fixed income (03/28/14)
There have been so many interesting letters written about the tax levy. I particularly liked Dr. Ed Richard's letter. However, all have valid points. Even though I am on a fixed income and not an "important" citizen I suppose, I have an opinion and a vote...
Letter to the Editor: Flawed systems (03/28/14)
Hating children and their families. What do Common Core and building a new school facility have in common to giving aid and comfort to the enemy? Please love the children enough to care about their eternity, anything less is just dust. Do not be lured in and deceived by pretty rhetoric at the local, state and national level by puppets to the system...
Letter to the Editor: Sure it will cost us, but won't it be worth the cost for childrens' future (03/28/14)
To my friends and those who may not be after you read these thoughts, I came to Marshall from Oklahoma City in the late 1950s with a new Oklahoma wife, a baby and a lot of confidence in my ability to sell furniture. I had $10,600 saved up and an old father (Doc Sam Mead) in Slater to back me. ...
Letter to the Editor: Proposed S.T.E.M. addition will benefit children (03/28/14)
Dear fellow Marshall residents, As the parents of two middle school and two high school children in the Marshall Public School District, we are excited that our 90-plus year-old elementary buildings will be replaced with buildings geared for teaching children of the 21st century. ...
Letter to the Editor: There's a substantial levy increase, but levy is still low overall
 (03/28/14)
April 8 is an important date not just for the future of Marshall Schools, but the city itself. I haven't lived in Marshall full-time for many years, but visit often and my family still owns property there. I owe so much of whatever success I've enjoyed to Marshall -- the schools, teachers, community members and general atmosphere of striving to be the best that many of us remember growing up...
Letter to the Editor: Here lies the problem with the proposed tax levy (03/28/14)
I have read the many letters and editorials in The Marshall Democrat-News these past weeks concerning the levy proposal for the Marshall Public School District. No one can argue the fact that many of the district's buildings are quite old, however, I have a few questions and concerns...
Answers to questions about how the building project will be financed and the impact on personal property taxes (03/28/14)
This is part two in a series the proposed building plan for Marshall Public Schools and its funding mechanism. Part three of this series will focus on the need for new buildings and the link to educational performance and student behavior. Voters in the Marshall Public School District on April 8 will be asked to approve an increase in the district's operating levy to fund a comprehensive plan to construct two new elementary schools, a science and technology center at the high school and renovations to the middle school. ...
Letter to the Editor: Replacing the 1920s buildings (03/27/14)
I worked as a primary teacher for 30 years in Sedalia retiring in the 1998-99 school year. I remember the many failed bond and levy issues trying to replace the Sedalia elementary schools that were built in the 1920s. In the late 80s Sedalia taxpayers stepped to the plate and voted to build two new elementary buildings and most recently a new high school. ...
Letter to the Editor: Good schools are important to the health of our community (03/27/14)
I know how important good schools are to the health of our community. I personally am endorsing the levy issue for new schools because I believe quality schools will attract new businesses and industries and contribute to a positive retail and economic climate for Marshall and the surrounding area...