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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Local news

Southern Commissioner Fenner reported bids for Wilton Springs bridge are coming soon (07/29/14)
Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner announced to Saline County Commission at its meeting Tuesday morning, July 29, that bids for the Wilton Springs No. 46 bridge will be arriving soon. "Received word from Rhodes Engineering yesterday afternoon and they're going to submit their invitation to bid tomorrow," Fenner said. "It will be advertised to bid the Wilton Springs (No.) 46 bridge and (on Aug. 21), we will open bids on that and proceed from there. It looks like this bridge is going to be built."...
Lyceum Review: Agatha Christie's 'Witness For The Prosecution' full of twists and turns (07/29/14)
The Lyceum Theatre brings back Agatha Christie to its stage, but does so with one of her works which has never been adapted before to the Lyceum audience, "Witness For The Prosecution." Making its Lyceum premiere, the play is billed as "from the grand dame of mystery comes her most ingenious thriller," a timid and kind man, Leonard Vole, is accused of murdering an elderly woman, Emily French, a woman whom he reports to his defense lawyer, Sir Wilfrid Robarts, as having a friendly relationship with. ...
Folk musicians to play at MPL's Summer Reading grand finale (07/29/14)
Dave Para and Cathy Barton, folk musicians, "Music of the Missouri River," will be at Marshall Public Library at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 31. Known as a versatile duo, Para and Barton play several stringed instruments including banjo, guitar, Autoharp and hammered and fretted dulcimers, as well as not-so-ordinary instruments such as bones, spoons, mouthbows and leaves. ...
1-vehicle accident injures California man (07/29/14)
A one-vehicle accident has left a California man with moderate injuries Monday, July 28, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol accident report. The accident occurred at 2:40 p.m. on Interstate 70 just east of the 69 mile marker in Saline County. ...
Fitzgibbon distinguished as Show-Me 5 Hospital (07/28/14)
Fitzgibbon Hospital was honored with the Show-Me 5 Award on Wednesday, July 23. Fitzgibbon is one of five hospitals in Missouri to attain this distinction as a Show-Me 5 Hospital. Gail Vasterling, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, elaborated on the significance and history of the award. ...
Maher unveils goals in her first Marshall school board meeting (07/25/14)
Interim Superintendent Carol Maher addressed Marshall Public Schools' Board of Education at its regular meeting Wednesday night, July 23, of goals she would like to achieve during her term. In her superintendent's report, Maher started with announcing she has been meeting with administrators and everyone has welcomed her. She also said she is looking forward to meeting with students to hear from them what they think about their schools...
2014 Saline County Fair: 4-H, FFA members recognized at ceremony concluding the county fair (07/25/14)
The 2014 Saline County Fair Awards Ceremony was held Sunday, July 20. A welcome was given by Sam Igo, followed by an introduction of the Senior Fair Queen, Kayla Elson and Junior Fair Queen, Molly Angelhow. The High Point Poultry award was presented to Josey Bartlett, the award was donated by Jerry and Kris Snapp family. ...
The Lyceum's season continues with a thrilling courtroom drama from the grand dame of mystery (07/25/14)
Agatha Christie's "Witness for the Prosecution" opens Saturday, July 26, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 2. The fourth production of the Lyceum's 2014 Season, Agatha Christie's "Witness for the Prosecution," follows the trial of Leonard Vole, a shiftless drifter who is accused of murder. ...
Slater school board accepts board member's resignation, appoints another in place (07/25/14)
Slater School District's Board of Education convened Tuesday night, July 22, to accept Abbey Hemeyer's resignation from the board and appointed Matt Campbell to fulfill her term. Hemeyer was newly elected to the board in April for a three-year term, but resigned because she accepted a job in the school's central office as the superintendent's secretary...
The Lyceum Theatre is celebrating Christmas in July! (07/24/14)
To celebrate being half way to Christmas, tickets for "Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol" will be half price for one day only. The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is celebrating Christmas in July on Friday, July 25, by offering a ONE DAY sale for "Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol." Tickets for "A Christmas Carol" can be purchased either by calling the Lyceum at 660-837-3311, ext. ...
2014 Saline County Fair: 4-H, FFA members show off horsemanship skills (07/24/14)
The Saline County Fair 4-H and FFA Horse Show took place Saturday, July 19. The individual results are as follows: Haley Baker: Horse show, first, second and third place, three red ribbons, one white ribbon and one blue ribbon. Josey Bartlett: Horse show, first place and fourth place, three blue ribbons...
1st Saturday Lecture looks at African-American experience in Arrow Rock and Missouri through two documentaries (07/24/14)
The Friends of Arrow Rock continue the discovery of the African-American experience in Arrow Rock and Missouri through the screening of two documentaries that will be shown from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Arrow Rock State Historic Site. "Negroes to Hire" by Kansas City filmmaker, Gary Jenkins, illustrates how Missouri's system of slavery differed from that of the deep South. ...
County clerk updates commission about Aug. 5 elections (07/24/14)
County Clerk Debbie Russell gave an update on the upcoming Tuesday, Aug. 5, election at the Saline County Commission meeting Thursday morning, July 24. "We have so far 102 absentee voters, which is about typical for this type of election," Russell said. "... There'll be a public test of our Accu-vote and touchscreen machines, come to my office on July 31 at 10:30 (a.m.) and basically what we do is just run a test of the machines to show that they work and show them to the public."...
5K raises funds for DIGS and The Lighthouse Shelter (07/23/14)
On Friday, July 11, DIGS and The Lighthouse Shelter hosted their first annual 5K run at the Marshall Aquatic Center to raise money for their organizations. Both organizations strive to provide shelter for victims of abuse and/or homelessness. The race began at 7 p.m. outside the entrance of the aquatic center. A group of about 30 runners/walkers participated in the race...
4-H Technology Day at Saline County Fair (07/23/14)
This year's Saline County Fair 4-H Technology Day was held Saturday, July 18, in the Multipurpose Building at Saline County Fairground.
Municipal utilities board manages updates and repairs (07/23/14)
The Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works met Thursday, July 17, to review the needs of the community. Upon opening the session, the board moved into their reports which began with the Electric Distribution Director Jeff Bergstrom discussing the Miami sub station. According to Bergstrom, the station -- which was built in 1984 -- is in need of a new battery charger that has more up-to-date features and capabilities...
The Living Center's health administrator presents to Inter-Agency at monthly meeting (07/23/14)
Theresia Metz, health administrator at The Living Center, presented a program about the success of the nursing home and its challenges to the members of the Saline County Inter-Agency Council at its meeting Tuesday, July 22, at the University of Missouri - Extension building...
Illinois residents suffer minor injuries in 2-car accident (07/23/14)
Two Illinois residents suffered minor injuries in a two-car accident on Route H just east of Kitty Hawk Avenue at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 22. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, the accident occured when a 2013 Nissan Cube driven by Elizabeth A. Fields, 69, of Elgin Ill., was making a left turn from a private drive and pulled into the path of a 1989 Jeep Comanche driven by Jeremy M. Robinson, 21, of Marshall...
MMB to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI with concert (07/23/14)
Monday, July 28, is the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. To mark this historical event, the Marshall Municipal Band has a special concert planned for Thursday evening, July 24. The free concert will begin at 7 p.m. on the east lawn of Saline County Courthouse...
MVC to hold ribbon cutting ceremony for the Malcolm Center for Student Life (07/23/14)
Missouri Valley College will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony and Chamber of Commerce After Hours event Thursday, July 24, to celebrate the opening of the Malcolm Center for Student Life, a 37,000 square foot facility designed for student recreation and interaction...
Friends & Neighbors: MPS' Craig Thompson elected as region 2 director for MAPT (07/23/14)
Craig Thompson, Marshall Public Schools' director of transportation, has recently been elected as region two director for Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation. As someone who has already vested a lot of his energy and time into bussing Marshall's children, he decided to expand his horizon by doing more...
2014 Saline County Fair: Loges, Murphy earn Supreme Champion titles (07/22/14)
Taylor Loges took the top honor with her Supreme Champion Chianina breeder cow and Cole Murphy earned the Supreme Champion market steer at the Saline County Fair Cattle Show Friday, July 18. Individual results as follows: Rachel Bagnell: Hereford - Senior Yearling, second place, blue ribbon...
Board asking community to grade this year's Saline County Fair and how to improve (07/22/14)
The Saline County Fair board is asking the public to go online and fill out a survey to help focus on what they can improve, what kind of events they like to see more of, questions about the facilities, and so on. Visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/6TJZCRT to fill out the seven-question survey and one comment section which an individual will be able to elaborate on...
Mayor Gooden praises MFD at city council meeting (07/22/14)
Marshall Mayor Mark Gooden praised the performance of the Marshall Fire Department at the Marshall City Council meeting Monday, July 21, regarding the W.B. Young building fire, which broke out Tuesday afternoon, July 15. "Had a good comment about the Marshall Fire Department from the landowners of W.B. Young, said you guys did a fantastic job," Gooden said. "Response was quick, everything was just wonderful."...
Sweet Springs Board of Alderman addresses community affairs (07/22/14)
The Sweet Springs Board of Alderman met Monday, July 14, to discuss local community affairs. Roxanne Hinton, a local business owner, was first to speak on some of the current issues. Hinton expressed concerns of vacant buildings and safety hazards caused by exposed power lines behind those buildings. Road overlays were also a topic of discussion where Hinton alluded to water run off problems in her building created by the numerous overlays in the alley...
2014 Saline County Fair: Plattner receives numerous champion titles at Goat Show July 16 (07/22/14)
During the Saline County Fair's goat show Wednesday, July 16, Chris Holcomb judged goats exhibited by the youth of Saline County. Ten youngsters enjoyed the lovely fair temperatures as the typical hot and humid weather didn't plague the fair. Individual results are as follows: ...
2014 Saline County Fair: Llama and alpaca results (07/22/14)
Three county youth exhibit their rare breed animals during the Saline County Fair's Llama and Alpaca Show Thursday, July 17. Individual results are as follows: Mason Bethel: Alpaca male, champion alpaca, first place, blue ribbon. McKinlie Bethel: Alpaca male, reserve champion alpaca, second place, blue ribbon...
2014 Saline County Fair: Murphy, Loges honored with Grand Champion titles in swine show (07/21/14)
Many young Saline countians entered their projects into the swine show competition of the Saline County Fair Thursday evening, July 17. Chris Holcumb was the judge for this year's event. The results are: Josie Bartlett: Market, class three, seventh place, blue ribbon; market, class five, fifth place, blue ribbon...
Noted outdoors writer to discuss the Great Flood of '93 (07/21/14)
Kenneth Kieser, author of "Missouri's Great Flood of '93 -- Revisiting an Epic Natural Disaster" will be at the Marshall Public Library at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 24. The Great Flood of '93 hit the Missouri along with eight other states from the Iowa-Missouri border to the Mississippi river in St. Charles, but devastated mid-Missouri the most. A lot of people lost their land, local shops and some lost their lives and loved ones...
YMCA open as cooling center (07/21/14)
The Salt Fork YMCA will be open as a cooling center Monday, July 21, and Tuesday, July 22, from noon to 5 p.m. A present a photo id is required. All children 17 years of age and under must be signed in by an adult 18 years of age and older, and those nine and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call the Y at 660-886-9622...
Nelson man suffers minor injuries in accident (07/21/14)
A Nelson man suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle accident at 11:20 a.m. Sunday, July 20, on Nature Avenue just north of Route AE in Saline County. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, a 2008 Polaris 4-wheeler driven by David L. Kusgen, 21, of Nelson, was parked in the roadway as a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria driven by Steven P. ...
2014 Saline County Fair: Buies named supreme and reserve champion ewe (07/18/14)
Lillian Buie had the Supreme Champion Ewe and Simeon Buie had the Reserve Supreme Champion Ewe at the 2014 Saline County Fair Sheep Show on Thursday, July 17. Tyler Jenkins was awarded the Grand Champion Market Lamb and Tori Hinton received the Reserve Grand Chamption Market Lamb...
2014 Saline County Fair: Rabbit show takes place Thursday at county fair (07/18/14)
The Saline County Fair's 2014 Rabbit Show brought in county youth's cutest, furriest critters on the fairground Thursday, July 17. Blayne Vogel earned the Best in Show Champion award for his intermediate buck standard, and Sarah Bentley won Reserve Champion with her senior doe standard...
2014 Saline County Fair: 4-H members receives ribbons for demonstrations (07/18/14)
The following awards were given in the 2014 Saline County Fair 4-H Demonstrations. Senior demonstration: Sara Bentley, blue ribbon, first place. Junior demonstration: Lilian Buie, blue ribbon, second place; Chandler Johnson, blue ribbon; Josey Bartlett, blue ribbon, first place; Cole Murphy, blue ribbon; Grace Ulbrich, blue ribbon; Kyle Gann, blue ribbon, third place; and Nicholas Newton, blue ribbon, third place...
The topic of tourism dictates chamber's quarterly breakfast (07/18/14)
Stan Moore, director of Marshall-Saline Development Corporation, and a few others led a presentation about Marshall's ability to attract tourism through a variety of ways at Marshall Chamber of Commerce's quarterly breakfast early Thursday morning, July 17, at Stone Hedge Golf Club...
2014 Saline County Fair: 4-H members exhibit projects from robotics to vegetables in Multipurpose Building (07/17/14)
The Saline County Fair brings in county-wide youth to exhibit their projects inside the Multipurpose Building on the fairground. Below is a list of ribbons awarded to each individual. Hannah Alfrey: Angel food cake, blue ribbon, state fair; bird feeder, blue ribbon, state fair; Foods B, two blue ribbons; woodworking II, red ribbon; arts and crafts, three blue ribbons and one red ribbon; photography 2, two blue ribbons and two red ribbons...
Marshall city tightens reins on unmaintained properties (07/17/14)
The Marshall City Council met Monday, July 7, to hear about more strict ways to deal with property maintenance violations. "I've had an opportunity to visit with our City Counselor (Don) Stouffer about the idea of maybe issuing tickets for property maintenance violations -- and no notice -- just give a ticket when it's already in violation and he seems to feel that that's something we can do," said City Administrator Connie Latimer to the council. ...
2014 Saline County Fair: Ham results are in (07/17/14)
The Saline County Fair had a good turnout for smoked and non-smoked hams with 94 entries. Grand Champion Smoked Ham: Alyssa Tracy Reserve Champion Smoked Ham: Kylee Kuecker Smoked ham blue ribbons: Hannah Alfrey, Collin Kuecker, Kyle Gann, Luke Pomerenke, Christian Rhodes, Gatlin Layton, Krede Kitchen, Logan Tracy, Matthew Wing, Bailey Boland, Evan Baker, Katie Wing, Sophia Bolser, Brock Boland and Miles Paulus...
Saline County Fair shooting competition at Dysart Memorial Shooting Complex (07/16/14)
The following awards were given in the 2014 Saline County Fair 4-H Shooting Sports: Western heritage intermediate: Jaden Riley, blue ribbon, second place; Kyle Gann, blue ribbon, third place; Nicholas Newton, blue ribbon, first place; Garrett Huston, red ribbon; Brayden Medcalf, blue ribbon, fourth place; Matthew Huston, red ribbon; and Brenden Medcalf, red ribbon, fifth place...
County Commission approves Nightwatch as its phone company (07/16/14)
Saline County Commission convened Wednesday morning, July 16, to approve the bid of Nightwatch Security & Telephone company out of Sedalia for the courthouse's telephone system, beating AT&T's bid. "We received bids from these folks and then sat down and had an eye-to-eye meeting with both of them again to fine tune what we wanted and we think we've done that," Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings said. "We appreciate the help of some of our other county officials in putting this together."...
Alabama man suffers injuries in 1-vehicle accident (07/16/14)
Charles T. Crosby, 61, of Athens, Ala., suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident Tuesday, July 15, at the 72 mile marker on eastbound Interstate 70. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, the accident occurred when the 2007 Honda he was driving traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck 18 median posts and came to rest facing east...
Mysterious vehicle fire on Route H (07/16/14)
At approximately 2 a.m. Monday, July 14, Saline County Central Dispatch advised Saline County Sheriff's Department of a vehicle crash involving a black Chevrolet S10 pickup and Union Pacific Railroad on Highway H near Nelson. According to the Saline County Sheriff's report, a sheriff's deputy made contact with the train conductor who advised them that when the truck was hit, he believed it to be unoccupied...
> Updated: Marshall firefighters receive 'all call' for W.B. Young fire (07/15/14)
Marshall Fire Department sent out an "all call" for firefighters Tuesday afternoon, July 15, in response to a fire at W.B. Young Co. at 2571 S. Odell Ave. Slater Fire Department responded for back up stationing themselves at the old Jim's (Seigfreid) IGA parking lot...
Marshall school board to patiently choose next superintendent (07/15/14)
On Monday, June 30, Marshall Public Schools' Board of Education accepted the resignation of Ryan Huff, the district's former superintendent. By the end of that week, a statement was released from Board President Larry Godsey announcing the school board hired Carol Maher as interim superintendent...
Demolotion Derby kicks off fair entertainment (07/15/14)
The entertainment for the Saline County Fair kicked off Saturday night, July 12, with the Demolition Derby. Results: First -- Cody Henry, Richmond, $1,500 Second -- Chuck Wilson, Richmond, $750 Third -- Dan Park, Marshall, $500 Highest placing Saline County resident, Dan Park, $500...
MMB hosts two concerts this week (07/15/14)
The Marshall Municipal Band has a pair of concerts slated for this week. The first is Wednesday evening in Grand Pass at St. Luke's United Church of Christ Ice Cream Social. This year marks the 81st year the Marshall Municipal Band has performed at this event. The second concert will be Thursday evening on the east lawn of the Saline County Courthouse. Both concerts will begin at 7 p.m...
Bellamy receives 77 years in DOC (07/15/14)
On Tuesday, July 8, Billy Joe Bellamy, of rural Marshall, was sentenced in Lafayette County Circuit Court to a total of 77 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Bellamy's convictions are the culmination of more than three years of work by Saline County Prosecutor Don Stouffer, Assistant Prosecutor Josh Taylor, Administrative Assistant Kim Owen and Missouri State Highway Patrol Corporal Darrin Lilleman. Bellamy's convictions arose from a series of crimes that began in March 2011...
Sweet Springs Oktoberfest plans underway (07/15/14)
Members of the Sweet Springs Oktoberfest Committee are working hard to bring lots of fun, excitement and great activities to Sweet Springs Saturday, Oct. 4. The overall chairman is Albert Hartman. He is also in charge of coordinating the beer and wine garden. In addition to the drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), a food concession will also be available in front of the beer and wine garden. Tables and chairs will be set up for patrons to sit and visit and enjoy the events of the day...
Marshall women hurt in Jackson County crash (07/15/14)
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, an accident occurred on Eastbound Interstate 70 just west of Adams Dairy Parkway in Jackson County, on Tuesday, July 15, in the early morning hours. The accident happened when a 1997 Toyota 4Runner driven by Monika M. Fabian-Monroy, 16, of Marshall, attempted to change lanes into a space occupied by another vehicle. Monroy overcorrected, causing the vehicle to travel into the median cables and overturn...
Sweet Springs man suffers minor injuries in Pettis County accident (07/15/14)
Two people were taken by Life Flight EMS to Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence with serious injuries after a three-car accident in Pettis County. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, the accident occurred at approximately 6 p.m. ...
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...