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Center for Biological Diversity seeks Missouri ban on commercial trapping of wild turtles (08/24/16)
The Center for Biological Diversity and Great Rivers Environmental Law Center, the former a nonprofit organization and the later a nonprofit environmental law firm, are attempting to end commercial turtle trapping in the state of Missouri. The organizations announced Wednesday, Aug. ...
E-911 reviews director's report, approves equipment purchase (08/24/16)
The Saline County E-911 board met Thursday, Aug. 18, to discuss past business since its meeting in June. The board did take action on one item that day as Director Stacie Smith explained more about the need for an emergency purchase. The need for a new recorder at the E-911 facility was brought before the board, Smith stating the current one needs to be replaced...
Marshall Superintendent says district will forgo maximum allowed tax levy, stick with voter approved rate (08/23/16)
The Marshall Board of Education set its tax rate for the 2016-2017 year at $3.12 per $100 of assessed valuation Tuesday night, Aug. 23. That was the rate the city asked Marshall residents to approve during the municipal elections in April, passing by a 220 vote margin. Superintendent Carol Maher reported the raised levy generated an additional $612,182 in revenue. Maher also said the maximum levy for 2016-2017 that the state would have allowed for Marshall was $3.1271...
Statewide emergency response simulation plans for New Madrid fault quake (08/23/16)
Emergency personnel from Saline County were among those to participate in a statewide emergency response simulation this week at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia. The three-day simulation involved the set-up and execution of an emergency respite site as it would be designed in the event of an earthquake rating 6.6 or higher on the Richter Scale in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, located in southeast Missouri as well as parts of Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois...
Town hall focused on suicide prevention is topic of Inter-Agency meeting (08/23/16)
A concern about the welfare for persons contemplating suicide spurred the development of a committee in Marshall earlier this year. During a Saline County Inter-Agency Council meeting Tuesday, Aug. 23, Richard DeFord -- Fitzgibbon Hospital's public relations and marketing coordinator -- spoke about a town hall meeting scheduled for next month...
Farmers' Almanac makes possible the opportunity for national recognition (08/23/16)
Farmers' Almanac is giving the opportunity for three farmers or ranchers, to be nationally recognized for the work they do and the way they impact their community. According to the Voice of Agriculture, Farmers' Almanac has announced its search for three farmers or ranchers that will be recognized as it's 'Farmers' Almanac Farmer of the Year.' This will be done with the partnership of the American Farm Bureau Federation...
County Commission discusses grant possibility, bridgework (08/23/16)
The Saline County Commission discussed a potential sidewalk project along with a grant possibility through MoDOT at its regular meeting Tuesday, Aug, 23. According to Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner, the county has been discussing the grant opportunity with Director Stan Moore of the Marshall Saline Development Corporation, and said Moore informed them of a transportation alternatives program or (TAP) grant, that can be used for a potential sidewalk project around the Saline County Courthouse.. ...
Slater School District reports smooth beginning to school year (08/22/16)
The Slater Board of Education met Thursday, Aug. 18, where it discussed the new school year's projects, and faculty reported classes have begun smoothly. According to Pre-K Director Cheryl Willis, a total of 20 students have been enrolled with six on the waiting list...
MPD arrests 1 after attempt to flee (08/22/16)
While patrolling near South Odell Avenue and Yerby Street in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Aug. 19, officers spotted a pick-up truck exit the parking lot of the former Quick Run convenience store and head west on West Yerby Street. Officers also turned on to West Yerby Street continuing their patrol when they noticed the truck parked on the side of the road. ...
House graffiti under investigation (08/22/16)
On Tuesday, Aug. 16, Marshall police officers responded to a residence on South Benton Avenue in regard to property damage. When they arrived at approximately 3:30 p.m., officers made contact with the caller and observed the northwest corner of the house had been spray painted with explicit phrases...
Marshall Girl Scouts plan registration (08/22/16)
Marshall-area Girl Scout troops will hold registration for the 2016-2017 year Thursday, Aug. 25. Parents will have an opportunity to register their daughters who are in kindergarten through high school. Registration will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 710 E. Yerby St. Parents may come and go at any time during this period...
MFD repurposes derelict motel before planned demolition (08/22/16)
A longstanding source of public concern in Marshall was put to use in benefit of the community Saturday, Aug. 20. The former Budget Inn and Ivy Haven Motel, located at the corner of Odell Avenue and Morrow Street and vacant for the last couple of years, was the site of some hands-on training for members of the Marshall Fire Department and the West Central Fire Protection District's Blackburn station. ...
Saline County Commission approves liquor license (08/19/16)
The Saline County Commission had a brief meeting Thursday, Aug. 18, where the commission approved a new liquor license. An application to sell packaged liquor was approved for the City of Sweet Springs during their annual fall festival. The next meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23...
Slater City Council hears pool review, past events and electricity cost (08/19/16)
The Slater City Council discussed a number of topics at its meeting Tuesday, Aug. 16. Slater Pool Manager Bailey Griffith and lifeguard Regan Peeples also addressed the council with a review of how business went at the pool over the summer. "We had a great year this year," Griffith said. "Our attendance stayed up throughout the entire summer, which is something we haven't seen in past years."...
State Auditor visits Marshall on statewide trek concerning small business issues (08/18/16)
An audit of Missouri's Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board conducted in May by State Auditor Nicole Galloway found that the board, designed to protect small businesses, was not functional. Since that time, Galloway has made stops across the state to discuss the status of that board and other issues facing small businesses. ...
Guardrail, road work scheduled in Saline County (08/18/16)
Motorists traveling eastbound on Interstate 70 should expect some delays today, Aug. 18, as guardrail and cable work is conducted.
Service organizations share space for back-to-school initiative (08/17/16)
In an effort to give parents and their school-aged children a single location to access multiple resources, Project S.H.A.R.E. launched Aug. 8 inside Marshall High School. Project S.H.A.R.E. -- a collaboration between Marshall Public Schools and Missouri Valley Community Action Agency -- not only provided information, but also some services on-site...
Students return to the books: Marshall schools back in session (08/17/16)
Families walk their children to Eastwood Elementary School Wednesday morning, Aug. 17.
Marshall library board reviews budget draft (Updated Thursday, Aug. 18) (08/16/16)
Note: This article has been edited to include board members' quotes. by Sarah Reed General Manager The Marshall Public Library Board of Trustees reviewed a draft budget for the 2017 fiscal year, which Library Director Wicky Sleight presented at a meeting Tuesday, Aug. 16...
Marshall man charged after drug arrest at drive-in (08/16/16)
Four charges, including a felony drug charge, were filed against a Marshall man Monday, Aug. 15. Harlan D. Fletcher Jr., 64, was charged with possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana, as well as possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana, unlawful use of dry paraphernalia and resisting / interfering with arrest, detention or stop. ...
County Commission discusses storm siren update (08/16/16)
The Saline County Commission heard about the ongoing progress pertaining to the storm siren to be installed in the courthouse tower. During the meeting Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day said he is currently contemplating which pre-programmed messages to install on the new system...
Progress on two longstanding public concerns in Marshall expected in coming week (Updated Aug. 16 at 9:00 a.m.) (08/15/16)
Pleasing news was issued concerning two ongoing projects for the Marshall community Monday, Aug. 15. A couple of longstanding community concerns were addressed by Mayor Mark Gooden during the regular meeting of the Marshall City Council -- a condemned building on the 200 block of Arrow Street and the progress of construction for the MC Power solar farm located across U.S. ...
Saline County riders place in Mo. State Fair Horse Show (Updated at 1:08 p.m. Monday) (08/15/16)
Several riders from Saline County and surrounding townships earned top spots in the 4-H/FFA Horse Show at the Missouri State Fair. The show was held Thursday, July 28, and included multiple classes. Results were posted on the fair's website Friday, Aug. 12...
Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb Announced (08/15/16)
Tyler Jenkins, of Marshall, was the recipient of Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb at the Missouri State Fair. He is the son of Susan Pointer and Terry Jenkins and is a member of the Saline County Junior Leaders. Tyler's Crossbred lamb weighed 141 pounds...
Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Chickens announced (08/15/16)
Vivian Buie, of Marshall, was the exhibitor of the Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Chickens at this year's Missouri State Fair. Buie, the daughter of Dan and Rebecca Buie, is a Saline County Junior Leaders 4-H Club member. According to a press release issued by the fair, her Cornish Cross Pen of Chickens weighed an average of 6.3 pounds...
MFD douses weekend attic fire (08/15/16)
Responding directly from one call to another, Marshall firefighters had to search for the source of a fire at a business in northern Marshall Saturday evening, Aug. 13. Firefighters arrived at Family Division Services, located on Santa Fe Trail, at approximately 9:18 p.m., where a MFD report states light smoke could be seen emitting from the building. ...
MO Valley Friends of NRA to host fundraiser (08/15/16)
Learning the fundamentals of shooting and gun safety are key aspects of shooting sports programs. For the Friends of NRA and the Missouri Valley Friends of NRA, supporting those programs is significant. On Saturday, Aug. 27, Missouri Valley Friends of NRA is hosting its third annual event fundraiser. The event includes dinner, an auction and time to socialize...
County Commission discusses Marshall Saline Development Corp study (08/12/16)
Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey spoke about an on-going study involving the Marshall Saline Development Corporation at the Saline County Commission meeting Thursday, Aug 11. County officials and MSDC members met with a representative from Ady Advantage, to discuss the assets and areas of improvement throughout the county and Marshall...
Marshall FFA -- Models of Excellence for 5th time (08/12/16)
Marshall FFA has been named a finalist for Models of Excellence for the fifth time. Models of Excellence is the top ten FFA chapters in the nation who then compete for the right of top chapter in the nation at National Convention in October. Last year, Marshall FFA earned the right of Models of Excellence Top Chapter and were recognized by the governor today at the opening ceremonies of the Missouri State Fair. ...
MMU announces contractor selection in Power Plant cleanup (08/12/16)
Work to clean up asbestos-containing materials from the Marshall Power Plant following an explosion of the Unit No. 4 boiler got underway Wednesday, Aug. 10. At the previous Board of Public Works meeting Friday, July 29, the board narrowed its search down to two potential contractors, Asbestos Removal Services Inc and Insco Environmental Inc, pending the results of a walkthrough of the facility with ARSI. ...
Slater City Council reviews audit report Aug. 2 (08/12/16)
The Slater City Council received the annual audit report at the last meeting Tuesday, Aug. 2, which was delivered by Norma Schlesselman, of Wilson Tollner CPA. Among the reports some of the highlighted pages said the city's total net position increased by $378,738. Of that amount it was stated $378,182 was the resulting increase from city governmental activity; while Slater businesses increased the total amount only $556...
Decade-long Marshall Councilman announces resignation (08/11/16)
Having served as councilman for the past 10 years, Gabe Ramsey announced his resignation from the Marshall City Council Thursday, Aug. 11, effective as of Aug. 5. "As Chairman of the Finance and Property Committee, I am concerned about having the expertise needed for preparation of the upcoming budget without benefit of a City Administrator," Ramsey said in a released statement...
MPD releases Roettgen evidence (Updated at 4:15 p.m. Aug. 11) (08/11/16)
Amid allegations of inaccurate police statements from the attempted arrest of Carl Clayton Roettgen on the evening of May 13, 2015, representatives of the Marshall Police Department released and reviewed the evidence in the case with media representatives Wednesday, Aug. 10...
Slater's Central Missouri Agri Service conducts open house (08/11/16)
A downtown seed warehouse was the staging ground for an open house put on by Central Missouri Agri Service, of Slater, Tuesday, Aug. 8. The gathering of farmers and local business personnel was originally slated to take place on the grounds of the Slater Memorial Airport, but was moved due to concern of possible inclement weather...
Final municipal band concert of season scheduled Thursday (08/10/16)
Fans of the Marshall Municipal Band have just one day left to hear them before the 95th season comes to a close. "While it is our last day," says director Kevin Lines, "they will have several opportunities to hear us. The band has again been asked to play for the opening ceremony, which will be held this year by the Agriculture Building."...
Citizens seeking to revive partially neglected cemetery (08/10/16)
For the past decade, a couple of Saline County citizens have been working toward restoring the Cambridge Cemetery, located northeast of Gilliam on Route PP. Partially abandoned for more than a century, the cemetery rests near the former locations of frontier towns Cambridge and Frankfort. ...
Schools to host back-to-school night (08/10/16)
Marshall Public Schools and St. Peter Catholic Schools will host their open houses Monday, Aug. 15, at 5:30 p.m. for parents and students to meet teachers and drop off school supplies. Wendnesday Aug. 17, will be the first day of school for MPS, St. Peter and Hardeman R-1...
Slater City Council reviews audit report (08/10/16)
The Slater City Council received the annual audit report at the last meeting Tuesday, Aug. 2, which was delivered buy Norma Schlesselman, of Wilson Tollner CPA. Among the reports some of the highlighted pages said the city's total net position increased by $378,738. Of that amount it was stated $378,182 was the resulting increase from city governmental activity; while Slater businesses increased the total amount only $556...
Roettgen pleads guilty to resisting arrest, other charges dropped; Prosecutor calls two officer statements not credible, two officers suspended (Updated Aug. 10 at 10 a.m.) (08/09/16)
A four-year sentence was handed down Monday, Aug. 8, in the case of Carl Clayton Roettgen, and Saline County Prosecutor Donald Stouffer says he will no longer file charges in a case where the two officers involved in the Roettgen case play a significant role...
Malta Bend School District decreases tax levy, loses board member (08/09/16)
The Malta Bend School District decreased its tax levy at a meeting Monday, Aug. 8, and is also saying good-bye to one of its members. The tax levy for the 2016-2017 school year is now set at $5.1919 per $100 of assessed valuation. According to unofficial meeting minutes, the board approved it unanimously...
Saline County Commission talks road repair, elections (08/09/16)
The Saline County Commission met in regular session Tuesday, Aug 9, to discuss county roadwork and elections. Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner reported the road and bridge crew has been out repairing damages. Yesterday they replaced two 4-foot culverts with one 5-foot culvert on 120th Lane. ...
Sweet Springs sets tax levy, tables another semi parking ordinance (08/09/16)
Sweet Springs residents will pay a lower tax levy in 2016 than in 2015. The Board of Aldermen passed ordinance no. 572 Monday, Aug. 8, setting the 2016 tax levy at $1.4485 per $100 of assessed valuation, down from $1.5106 in 2015. Mayor Dee Friel said this was the maximum level the city was allowed to charge by the state. Because total property values in the city went up, the levy had to decrease to keep revenues the same, the aldermen said...
Tangen sentenced to 10 years for home and convenience store burglaries (08/09/16)
Randall D. Tangen, 55, of Underwood, N.D., received sentences of 10 years and 5 years for first and second degree burglary charges in a Saline County courtroom Monday, Aug. 8. Tangen pleaded guilty to charges of both first and second degree burglary and two counts of second degree property damage on June 27, admitting to burglarizing a personal residence and stealing more than $50 in cigarettes from a convenience store on Feb. 3...
Winn pleads guilty on three felony drug counts (08/09/16)
A Marshall man received a 15-year prison sentence Monday, Aug. 8, relating to the distribution of cocaine on Oct. 15, 2015. Corey Dorain Winn, 37, entered a guilty plea to three separate counts of possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, a class B felony. For each count, Winn was sentenced to serve 15 years with the department of corrections, though those sentences will be served concurrently...
8 county residents win Mo. Lottery prizes in July (08/08/16)
The Missouri Lottery awarded more than $9.2 million in prizes of $1,000 or more in July, according to information released Monday, Aug. 8. Some of that prize money went to Saline County residents. Four residents were $1,000 Scratchers winners, including Tiffany Allen, Theresa Love, Rosa Ubaldo and Michael Wheeler, all of Marshall...
Slater School Board discusses rental possibilities for house on campus (08/08/16)
The Slater School Board held a special meeting Wednesday, Aug 3, which included a walk through of the school as well as discussion about the future of a house that sits on district property. According to Superintendant Debbie Gonzalez, the purpose of the meeting was simply to determine if the house is in shape to rent the property. While further details about the property are being gathered, it is expected more details will be discussed at the next regular board meeting Thursday, Aug. 18...
Ohio father, son to appear in Saline County court concerning drug stop (08/08/16)
After being arrested and charged with second degree drug trafficking, among other charges, an Ohio man and his son were scheduled to appear in Saline County court Monday morning, Aug. 8. Casey E. Jones, 44, and his son Caleb J.R. Jones, 19, both of Celina, Ohio, were arrested on March 4 by a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer after a search of their vehicle allegedly uncovered multiple bags of a white crystal substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as other drug paraphernalia and a weapon. ...
Roettgen pre-trial hearing scheduled today (08/08/16)
Carl Clayton Roettgen, who was arrested in Alabama after allegedly attempting shoot a Marshall officer and nearly running over officers with his vehicle this past May, has a pre-trial hearing scheduled at 2 p.m. today, according to unofficial online court documents...
Rollover crash near Gilliam injures Glasgow man (08/05/16)
Damon L. White, 24, of Glasgow, sustained serious injuries as the result of a rollover crash in the early morning hours Friday, Aug. 5, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. White had been traveling westbound on Missouri Route 240 at approximately 12:30 a.m. when his vehicle traveled off the roadway near Primrose Avenue, just east of Gilliam. Upon leaving the roadway, the report states White's vehicle struck the ground, causing it to overturn and come to a rest on its top...
County Commission discusses bridge work, announces new hire (08/05/16)
The Saline County Commission met Thursday, Aug. 4, for a brief meeting addressing various county affairs. An update on county roadwork was offered by Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner, who stated he was out at the bridge 49 work site. He said they have the equipment in place to remove the old bridge, but because of high water levels work has been delayed until it returns to a more manageable level...
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.