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Friday, July 29, 2016

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County Commission discusses county affairs, hears resignation (07/28/16)
The Saline County Commission met in regular session Thursday, July 28, where it discussed new hires, continuing bridgework and other county affairs. Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey announced the commission will be employing the services of Attorney Anne Moody Johnson as an hourly consultant. Guthrey said the purpose of the new services is to allow the commission a legal consulting resource, as many times the county prosecutor may be tied up with other court cases or responsibilities...
Special consideration in electric demand charge rate remains under review (07/28/16)
A potential lowered electric demand charge for the Saline County Fairgrounds remained under consideration Thursday, July 28. While continuing to consider a possible reduction, the Board of Public Works and Marshall Municipal Utilities discussed this summer's readings from the fair and what other municipal utility providers across the state give to similar customers...
Public Works Board considers addition of another bucket truck (07/28/16)
While not committing to making a purchase, the Board of Public Works agreed Thursday, July 28, to entertain bids for a new small bucket truck for the use of Marshall Municipal Utilities' Electric Production Department. A new truck, if purchased, would be used to divide the workload of the team responsible for all meter work, approximately 1,2000 electric locates per year, sever ice calls for incidents like downed tree limbs or blown fuses, insulation and repairs of street lights, and providing additional assistance for the department's construction crews as needed. ...
July proclaimed as People First of Marshall Month (07/28/16)
People First of Marshall is a self-advocacy and self help organization formed in July 1991 by individuals with developmental disabilities, for people with developmental disabilities according to a proclamation presented by Mayor Mark Gooden Wednesday, July 27...
Public Works Board addresses aftermath of boiler explosion (07/28/16)
A gas explosion at the Marshall Municipal Utilities Power Plant while attempting to test the gas pilot of one of the units housed there Tuesday afternoon, July 19, continues to leave the building offline for power production. The cause of the explosion has yet to be determined. ...
NAACP holds annual Freedom Fund Banquet (07/28/16)
The Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP met with fellow members, friends and patrons of the community Sunday evening July 24, for its Freedom Fund Banquet. The night began around 6 p.m. with guests filing in little by little, followed by opening remarks after which dinner was served. Following the meal a number of area youth were honored at the event as they make their transition from life at home to that of a college student to come next year...
First week of August proclaimed Breastfeeding Awareness Week (07/27/16)
The upcoming week will officially be recognized in Marshall as "Saline County Breastfeeding Awareness Week, Breastfeeding: a key to sustainable development." Mayor Mark Gooden issued the proclamation for the week of Aug. 1-7 at the City Offices Building Wednesday morning, July 27. The week also serves as World Breastfeeding Week, as proclaimed by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, World Health Organization and UNICEF...
YMCA advocacy celebrated at annual luncheon (07/27/16)
Salt Fork YMCA CEO Kirk Alexander said he takes pride in the Y being more than just a gym and swim. Members of the community gathered at the Y Wednesday, July 27, for a luncheon celebrating and promoting the organization's advocacy work in support of the community's youth. The Y has been a part of the Marshall community for 20 years. For the duration of that time, Alexander said the Y has been committed to serving the community and fulfilling the organization's mission statement...
Inter-Agency Council quashes rumors of no Holiday Project, donates to Buddy Pack Program (07/27/16)
Despite apparent rumors to the contrary, the Saline County Inter-Agency Council's Holiday Project will take place this year as scheduled. The council reiterated at its meeting Tuesday, July 26, that the annual Holiday Project would take place Dec. 6-8 at the Martin Community Center as scheduled, the same as any other year...
County approves mandatory raise for prosecutor (07/27/16)
The Saline County Commission approved a pay raise for the county's prosecuting attorney after it reconvened Tuesday, July 26. According to County Clerk Debbie Russell, the raise was based on state law. Russell referenced Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 56 Section 56.265.1, which details compensation of full-time prosecuting attorneys and salary formulas. She noted the retroactive pay increase, which became effective July 1, was due to statutory formulas and not a request...
Marshall Public Schools acquires services in preparation for new school year (07/26/16)
The Marshall Public Schools Board of Education geared up for the start of school with the approval of multiple contracts and contractor bids Tuesday, July 26. Among the district's contracted services for the 2016-2017 school year will be: $30 per hour to Kathy Monning for supervision of licensed practical nurses, $75 per hour for physical therapist services and $55 per hour for physical therapist assistant services from Fitzgibbon Hospital, $85 per hour to Perkins Freedom Mobility for vision services, $65 per hour to Research to Practice, LLC for supervision of speech-language pathology assistants, and $85 per hour to Crossroads Behavioral Consultants for on-campus staff training in working with students with behavior challenges and $65 per hour for the same services off-campus.. ...
Marshall woman charged with two felonies (07/26/16)
A Marshall woman faces felony charges of possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana and first degree endangering the welfare of a child involving drugs, following an incident where a witness claimed to have been handed a box containing drugs by the woman's child...
Sheriff's department seeking information in attempted child abduction (07/26/16)
The Saline County Sheriff's Department continues to seek information in the ongoing investigation of an attempted child abduction in the Miami area Wednesday evening, July 20. According to a July 21 press release from the department, deputies are attempting to identify a vehicle involved, described as a white 1990s model full-size Chevrolet van with black running boards. Witnesses reported having seen the vehicle in the area on occasions prior to the incident...
County clerk estimates higher-than-average voter turnout, $144K utility project completed at jail (07/26/16)
Absentee ballots for the August primary election are already coming in, and Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell estimated 200 absentee ballots have been submitted so far. During a Saline County Commission meeting Tuesday, July 26, Russell indicated her office has been diligent in assisting those who have signed up for assistance in the voting process...
Community stands behind its officers, protectors (07/26/16)
In response to the turbulent current events across the nation, members of the Marshall citizenry are reaching out in support of the community's police, as well as its firefighters and EMTs. The Marshall Police Department reports being touched by an outpouring of support that has included flowers, courtesy passes for free entry to the movies and free refreshments, and hand-crafted cards from the children of the community. ...
Coke charged in forged prescriptions case (07/25/16)
A Marshall woman was charged with more than 100 felony counts Wednesday, July 20, as the result of a months-long investigation. Anne Thompson-Coke, 35, faces 134 counts of fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance, a class D felony. According to the probable cause statement in the case, Coke forged fraudulent prescriptions from the dental office where she was employed, which were then filled by herself and 12 other reported individuals, including her husband and juvenile daughter...
Renfrow sentenced to 14 years, eligible for probation (07/25/16)
A Marshall man received two consecutive seven year sentences for second degree rape and second degree sodomy Monday, July 25. Russell A. Renfrow, Sr. pleaded guilty to both counts Monday, June 13, admitting before the Division IV Circuit Court that he perpetrated both acts against his juvenile daughter on or about Sept. ...
MVCAA family resource center moves (07/25/16)
Missouri Valley Community Action Agency (MVCAA) Family Resource Center, in Marshall, has moved this month to ...
Missouri State Fair offering new opportunities and experiences (07/22/16)
New events, new experiences, and new competitions are what's cropping up, at the Missouri State Fair from Aug 11-21. When enjoying this year's state fair, there are a few things to be on the look-out for and some new opportunities to partake in. "One of the things that we are going to do this year, we decided to buy a Go-Pro camera," Fair Director Mark Wolf stated, "and we bought all the little kits so we can mount them on your head. ...
Renovated Marshall airport terminal reopens (07/22/16)
After months of extensive renovations, the terminal building of the Marshall Memorial Municipal Airport officially reopened with a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, July 22. The modernized terminal now features a new roof, a new heating and cooling system, a new electrical system and new plumbing. ...
People First chapter celebrates 25 years in Marshall (07/22/16)
The Marshall chapter of a self-advocacy organization will soon be celebrating 25 years, and some members say they hope to share what they've done for themselves with others. People First of Marshall began July 23, 1991, according to chapter Vice President John Burriss, after a Center for Human Services employee was asked to be an advisor. Although it is not a nonprofit like the state-affiliated organization, its goals are the same...
Family grabs Lunch with MFD from Fitzgibbon Fling fundraiser (07/21/16)
County Commission discusses bridgework, Blackburn Spillway (07/21/16)
The Saline County Commission met Thursday, July 21, where they discussed a few ongoing county projects and affairs. Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner said after visiting the bridge project located on county road 250 that preliminary dirt work is underway and the bridge will most likely be closed in the next few days...
Wall of Faces seeks photos of remaining six Saline County fallen (07/21/16)
More than 58,000 names cover the wall at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund continues to attempt to put a face with each of those names in an ongoing project titled "Faces Never Forgotten." The VVMF has created a Virtual Wall of Faces that can be explored online by visiting the organization's website. ...
Marshall man injured in Sedalia crash (07/21/16)
Alex D. Love, 18, of Marshall, sustained minor injury as a result of a crash in Pettis County Wednesday night, July 20, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. Love was traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 65 at approximately 10:30 p.m. when his vehicle traveled into the path of a southbound vehicle at the Intersection of U.S. 765. Brittney M. Seidel, 17, of Sedalia, was driving the other vehicle and sustained no reported injuries...
Formerly abandoned lodge returns from the brink (07/20/16)
What a difference a year makes. At a time when the public has been critical of the handling of derelict properties within the city of Marshall, the spotlight shone on at least one privately rejuvenated facility Wednesday, July 20. One year ago, what was then the Northside Lodge, and before that Gene's Motel, sat abandoned and in extreme disrepair. On the verge of reopening, the property now known as Tower Extended Stay Suites opened four completed rooms for public viewing Wednesday...
Slater City Council discusses upcoming events, ordinance (07/20/16)
The Slater City Council met in regular session Tuesday, July 19, where it reviewed the upcoming events in store for the city, and approved one ordinance. The Splish Splash Bash at the Slater pool will be held Wednesday, July 27, and feature a number of games and activities for the youths and patrons to partake in...
Saline County Commission discusses bridgework (07/20/16)
The Saline County Commission met in a brief session Tuesday, morning, July 19, where current bridgework was discussed. Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner informed the commission that work continues on bridge 49, which crosses Salt Fork Creek on 205th road. The bridge is expected to be completed within 70 working days...
One injured in gas explosion at Marshall Power Plant (07/19/16)
A gas explosion at the Marshall Power Plant resulted injury for one unnamed Marshall Municipal Utilities employee Tuesday, July 19. No update to the employees condition could be provided, though he reportedly was able to walk from the facility under his own power. ...
Saline County Fair Horse Show Results (07/19/16)
Three Saline County exhibitors earned high point honors in their respective divisions at the Horse Show at the Saline County Fair, held Saturday, July 16. In the beginner category, Josey Bartlett placed first. Dezera Perkins took the honors in the intermediate division and Katie Wansing outpaced the competition in the advanced division...
Saline County Fair livestock sale totals nearly $100,000 (07/19/16)
Livestock exhibitors at the Saline County Fair netted a combined total of $95,255 from the sale of premiums on their exhibits Friday night, July 15. A total of 115 exhibitors paraded their exhibits in front of potential buyers, who did not receive the animal as a result of the sale, instead providing financial encouragement for the youth to remain active in the 4-H and FFA programs...
Saline County Fair Silent Ham Auction Results (07/19/16)
Ham exhibitors at the Saline County Fair picked up a combined $3,400 for the sale of their meats during a silent auction Friday, July 15. The hams sold for the following amounts $275 - Haley Bernard, smoked ham to Shelter Insurance - Kelly Zimmerschied...
Saline County Fair Special Exhibitor Awards (07/19/16)
The following special recognitions were awarded to participants at the Saline County Fair, held July 9-17, and were based on their total efforts for the week. Watch Award - Overall High Point in the Multipurpose Building - Girl - Cortney Leimkuehler...
Youths put effort into fun at fair's pedal pull (07/19/16)
It's hard work having fun, at least if you're a youth competing in a pedal tractor pull. On Saturday, July 16, the Saline County Fair once again offered the popular children's contest, which isn't as mainstream as the showmanship and livestock shows. For a pedal pull, children drive small pedal tractors and attempt to pull a sled the farthest...
City Council addresses cleaning up Marshall (07/18/16)
Eight months after the city of Marshall passed a half-cent sales tax increase, the use of that money to clean up the city remains a concern for residents. The city council responded to those concerns Monday, July 18. While the tax passed in November with one of the purposes for that money to go toward tearing down old buildings, that tax didn't begin to be charged until April. The city had received $73,626 from the collection of that tax as of June...
Youth tackle barnyard contests at county fair (07/15/16)
The Summer Olympiad might not be until next month, but youth got an early start with the Junior Barnyard Olympics at the Saline County Fair Friday, July 15. From unbreakable eggs to flying hubcaps, the event was a sight to behold. Youth of all ages took part in a series of competitions including: the hubcap toss, egg toss, beach ball herding and the calf chug. ...
Archers shoot into Marshall for weekend jamboree (07/15/16)
Archers from all over the country have descended upon Indian Foothills Park to participate in the Missouri Self Bow Jamboree, known as MoJam. A large number of the enthusiasts who attend are members of a group called Primitive Archers. They spend time teaching and learning the arts of bow building, arrow making, fire starting, flint knapping and more. All of those techniques are on display and will finish up Saturday, July 16...
Beat the heat at the Saline County Fair (07/15/16)
The Saline County Fair is going strong and the summer heat is not relenting. If you find yourself wilting under the hot sun, there is a way to not only beat the heat, but also give support and recognition to the hard work and determination that embodies all participants in this years' fair...
Saline County Fair Beef Show Results (07/15/16)
The following are the results of the Beef Show at the Saline County fair, held Friday, July 15. Market Beef - Grand Champion - Jayden Riley - Reserve Champion - Delana Vogelsmeier Breeding - Grand Champion - Cole Murphy - Reserve Champion - Jayden Riley...
Saline County Fair Poultry Show Results (07/15/16)
The following are the results of the Poultry Show at the Saline County Fair, held Thursday, July 14. Overall Poultry Exhibit - Grand Champion - Emmett Finkeldei - Reserve Champion - Brock Boland Large Fowl - Grand Champion - Bailey Coyer - Reserve Champion - Josey Bartlett...
Saline County Fair Rabbit Show Results (07/15/16)
The following are the results from the Rabbit Show at the Saline County Fair, held Thursday, July 14. Best in Show - Grand Champion - Madison Vogelsmeier - Reserve Champion - Rachel Wansing Meat Pen - Grand Champion - Sarah Bentley - Reserve Champion - Connor Grossenburg...
Saline County Fair Miscellaneous Live Animal Show Results (07/15/16)
Four llamas made their way to the Saline County Fair Thursday, July 14, for the miscellaneous live animal show. One of Jacob Hall's two llamas earned the title of Grand Champion while the Reserve Champion llama was exhibited by Vivian Buie.
Saline County Fair Swine Show Results (07/15/16)
The following are the results of the Swine Show at the Saline County Fair, held Thursday, July 14. Breeding Gilts - Grand Champion - Taylor Smith - Reserve Champion - Tate Malter Market Swine - Grand Champion - Bailey Boland - Reserve Champion - Hannah Viets...
Saline County Fair Goat Show Results (07/15/16)
The following are the results for the Goat Show at the Saline County Fair, held Wednesday, July 13. Dairy Goats - Grand Champion - Abigail Gass - Reserve Champion - Abigail Gass Meat Goat Does - Grand Champion - Evan Funk - Reserve Champion - Danielle Funk...
Saline County Fair Junior Livestock Judging Results (07/15/16)
More than 30 county youth got the chance to turn the tables and judge the livestock rather than presenting their animals before a judge Thursday, July 14. The 32 participants in the fair's Junior Livestock Judging competition were divided into four groups. In the blue group, Taylor Smith earned top honors with a score of 329, followed by Cole Murphy in second with a score of 328 and Grant Knipmeyer in third with a score of 320...
Saline County Fair FFA Exhibit Results (07/15/16)
Fourteen FFA members showcased a total of 39 exhibits at the Saline County fair this year, earning 36 blue ribbons. Megan Leimkuehler was awarded the Grand Champion FFA Exhibit and Mason Therman earned the Reserve Champion FFA Exhibit.
Saline County Fair Meat Project Results (07/15/16)
The following are the results for the ham and bacon exhibits. Non-smoked Ham - Grand Champion - Hannah Alfrey - Reserve Champion - Collin Kuecker Smoked Ham - Grand Champion - Hannah Alfrey - Reserve Champion - Kylee Kuecker Bacon - Grand Champion - Kyle Gann...
Community Food Pantry collects $5,000 Monsanto Fund Grant (07/15/16)
Saline County Fair sheep and pee wee lamb show (07/14/16)
The 2016 Saline County sheep and Pee Wee lamb show kicked off at 9 a.m. Thursday morning, July 14, with a stampede of cloven hooves and little feet. All of the pee wee participants not only looked excited for the chance to show their lambs, but they were also awarded medals and one dollar for their hard work navigating through the arena...
Former runner-up takes top prize in Show Me Music Showcase (07/14/16)
Saline County's got talent. While Simon Cowell wasn't judging the competition, the acts still had to be sweating bullets under the spotlight at the annual Show Me Music Showcase Wednesday, July 13. Storms earlier that day forced the competition to be relocated from the Saline County Fairground amphitheater to the gymnasium at St. Peter's School, where the assembled crowd waved their handheld fans with frequency to fend off the heat and humidity...
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.