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Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

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Salt Fork YMCA's D.R.E.A.M. T.E.A.M donates funds to the Wright family (10/30/14)
Salt Fork YMCA's D.R.E.A.M. T.E.A.M. program raised funds by selling wristbands and donated all proceedings to the Wright family, for their son, Ayden, who is fighting liver and pancreatic cancer.
Voting machines put to test Thursday (10/30/14)
Voting machines were tested Thursday morning in the Saline County Clerk's office, where both the Democrat and Republican parties had representatives present.
Saline County bridge No. 47 re-opens, commissioners hold ribbon-cutting ceremony (10/30/14)
An hour after the Saline County Commission meeting at approximately 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, the commissioners traveled to bridge No. 47 on Magnolia Avenue to participate in a ribbon-cutting event celebrating the bridge's re-opening. Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings, Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie and Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner celebrated the event along with project engineer Rich Rhodes of Rhodes Engineering Company, project coordinator Dave Luther of Missouri Department of Transportation and Mike Bellamy of A-Team Construction, the project contractor company.. ...
Marshall man charged with attempted burglary (10/30/14)
According to charges filed Oct. 22, Andrew James Cooper, 23, of Marshall has been charged with attempted burglary in the second degree, which is a class C felony. According to a probable cause statement from Marshall Police Department, Cooper was found behind a Marshall business where he was attempting to enter unlawfully. ...
Slater woman charged with theft (10/30/14)
A Slater woman has been charged with two felonies according to charges filed Oct. 22 in Saline County Circuit Court. Toni Lynn Brumit, 23, has been charged with a class C felony stealing a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property, which is also a class C felony...
Marshall High School student to be honored as future medical leader in Washington, D.C. (10/30/14)
Aliah Clair, a 17-year-old junior at Marshall High School, has already suffered so many setbacks and injuries throughout her young life. However, she is taking that experience to help her forge a path in her future chosen profession. In no better fashion than she could have imagined, Clair has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C., from Friday, Nov. 14, through Sunday, Nov. 16...
How will you vote Nov. 4? A summary of ballot measures and area candidates (10/29/14)
Along with candidates for various offices within the county as part of the midterm elections, several ballot measures will be voted on by Missouri residents. These measures, if enacted, will affect the entire state. They are constitutional amendments 2, 3, 6 and 10...
Students take on robotics challenge (10/29/14)
Bueker Middle School student Martin Hynick placed a robotic vehicle on the floor of the classroom, held out a remote and let it fly. The robot was designed by members of Marshall Public School's G.A.T.E. program ― also known as the Gifted and Talented Expand program ― when they competed in the Show-Me BEST Robotics Competition at State Fair Community College, in Sedalia. ...
Marshall High School hosts awards assembly (10/29/14)
The Marshall High School staff and faculty hosted their first quarter awards assembly Thursday, Oct. 23. Several hundred students were present for the event, and numerous awards were presented to the students for their hard work. The first award was presented for perfect attendance and to qualify, students were not allowed to miss any class periods in the quarter. Perfect attendance awards went to 195 students...
Christian-rock tour brings free concert to Marshall (10/29/14)
This is the second part of a two-part series about the With Every Act of Love tour. The opening acts for a tour don't always garner as much attention as the headliner, but the openers for Jason Gray's "With Every Act of Love" tour, which comes to Bueker Middle School auditorium Sunday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. may be the exception to the rule...
Marshall vet to take the mound in Game 7 (10/29/14)
James Cramer, originally of Marshall, will be taking the mound alongside Bret Saberhagen, 1985 World Series Most Valuable Player and winner of the Cy Young Award, in Game 7 of the World Series tonight at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Cramer, now living in a skilled nursing home in Lee's Summit, was submitted for the honor of participating in the First Pitch ceremony as a part of the Royals "Hero's Program."...
Inter-Agency council announce upcoming events happening in Saline County (10/29/14)
The Saline County Inter-Agency Council members convened Tuesday morning, Oct. 28, to report back to each other about upcoming events happening in the month of November at the University of Missouri - Extension building. Marshall Ministerial Alliance: David Van Horn reported Salvation Army bell ringing begins Wednesday, Nov. ...
Dierkings ask use of courthouse grounds for Relay For Life in spring 2015 (10/28/14)
Allen and Melody Dierking attended the Saline County Commission meeting Tuesday morning, Oct. 28, to request use of courthouse grounds for Relay For Life in the spring season. The Dierkings requested the courthouse grounds running from Friday evening, May 29, to early Saturday morning, May 30. The time for the event hasn't been set yet...
Slater schools superintendent addresses student attendance rates at board meeting (10/27/14)
Slater Public Schools Superintendent Terry Lorenz addressed the problem of student attendance rates at the Board of Education meeting Thursday, Oct. 23. The high school's enrollment is at 120 students, with the attendance running at 94.49 percent. However, 23 high school students are below the 90 percent attendance rate. It was also reported the elementary school currently has 15 students who has less than a 90 percent attendance rate...
Halloween of years past: Curious old photo beckons community response (10/27/14)
A picture found in a collection of old family photographs showcases old Halloween costumes as children observed the holiday near Benton Elementary School, in Marshall.
Eagle Scout project supports fire department (10/27/14)
A new Eagle Scout service project is nearly ready to lift off, but will require some community assistance before it can begin. Fifteen-year-old Brant Sims, a sophomore at Marshall High School, chose to support emergency personnel as he works toward earning the Eagle Scout rank by the spring of 2015. His project: building a storage shed for Marshall Fire Department...
'Kids 1st Night' an event for both parents and children (10/27/14)
Marshall Public Schools' Parents as Teachers is planning a new event titled "Kids 1st Night" Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Marshall High School. However, the event isn't just for the kids, but for the parents as well. Heather Johnson, the Parents as Teachers coordinator, said the event is free, and informative and interesting classes will be offered to parents and guardians...
Sobriety checkpoint results (10/27/14)
The Marshall Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint on north U.S. Highway 65 and Route YY. The checkpoint began Saturday, Oct. 18, at approximately 11:30 p.m. and ended at approximately 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. The purpose of the checkpoint was to deter impaired motorists from driving. ...
Slater ambulance collides with commercial vehicle on Route 240 (10/25/14)
A Slater Emergency Medical Services ambulance was involved in an accident with a commercial motor vehicle at the intersection of state Routes 240 and 41 near Weber Seeds Saturday morning, Oct. 25. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, the 2003 Ford E-350 ambulance -- driven by Samantha J. ...
Ghouls and goblins abound in Marshall Square (10/24/14)
The scene on the square Thursday evening, Oct. 23, was a bustling menagerie of ghost, ghouls, goblins and a fairy princess or two. Beginning at dusk the town square was host to the Halloween parade where businesses lining the streets set up shop outside and passed out candy to the miniature spooks. ...
Suzanne Smith leaves with fond farewell to Salt Fork YMCA (10/24/14)
Suzanne Smith retired from Salt Fork YMCA after 18 years of service. The Y's staff surprised her with a going away party Friday, Oct. 24.
MVC English Department to host 'visiting writers series' (10/24/14)
Award-winning poet Monica Hand will be welcomed as the first writer in the Missouri Valley College Visiting Writers Series. Hand will work with MVC creative writing students and give a public performance from her book "me and Nina." The presentation is scheduled from 7-8 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Murrell Library Reading Room...
Fall season brings hunter safety course to Marshall (10/24/14)
The Missouri Department of Conservation hosted a Hunter Safety Education course at Missouri Valley College Thursday evening, Oct. 23. Instructed by Conservation Agent Andrew Mothershead and a host of volunteers, the event incorporated both hands-on training and classroom instruction. ...
Children's author sheds light on mental disability (10/24/14)
June Rae Wood, author of "The Man Who Loved Clowns" delivered a heart-felt message to the students of Bueker Middle School Thursday, Oct. 23. Beginning with a synopsis of her earlier childhood, Wood's brother Richard was at the forefront of the presentation. Explaining how Richard was diagnosed with Down syndrome, Wood said if Richard were alive today he would be 65 years old. He died 29 years ago at the age of 36...
St. Peter Catholic School 2014-2015 first quarter honor rolls (10/24/14)
Third Grade Pastor's Honor Roll (All A- and above): Henry Pointer. Principal's Honor Roll (All A's and B's): Cohen Dierking, Jack Donnell, Bailey Keuker, Abrey Laxson, Erica Lilleman, Reece Tyler and Declan Weaver. St. Peter's Honor Roll (B- average and up): Carlos Alvarez, Caroline Eidson, Leilah Gaudreau, Loften Hinklin, Blaine Jones, Paige Lilleman, Sara Medrano and Ava Shepard...
County auditor issues protest concerning assessor's mileage reimbursements (10/23/14)
Saline County Auditor Tara Vogelsmeier issued a notice of payment protest to the commissioners of the Saline County Commission regarding discrepancies with Assessor Margaret Pond's inability to provide the proper documents for mileage reimbursements...
McCarthy Auto Group drive for hope (10/23/14)
Breast cancer is a battle that affects our mothers, sisters, wives, our friends and their loved ones, and one local auto group is making a difference in the fight. During the month of October, McCarthy Auto Group will donate a portion from every sale to the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge in Kansas City, which provides free overnight lodging for cancer patients and their caregivers. ...
Elementary principals suggests a second reconfiguration of grade levels (10/22/14)
Northwest Elementary Principal Janine Machholz and Eastwood Elementary Principal Darci McFail returned to the Marshall Public Schools' Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening, Oct. 21, to report on how their configuration fared in combining third and fourth grade in each respective building...
Slater to host fall festivities, update city improvements (10/22/14)
Slater held Its bimonthly city council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 21, to discuss the coming fall months. After the invocation and pledge, Gene Griffith, assistant city administrator, presented the financial report to the board. "Most funds are up as far as revenue to expenses," Griffith said...
Local boy informs city council about fundraising efforts for Ayden Wright (10/22/14)
Connor McGraw, friend of 12-year-old Ayden Wright who's fighting pancreatic and liver cancer, attended the Marshall City Council meeting Monday, Oct. 20, to speak about the numerous ways he and others are coordinating efforts to raise funds for the Wright family...
SFCC A.E.L. department announces registration/enrollment dates (10/22/14)
The A.E.L department at State Fair Community College announces registration/enrollment and start dates for the following classes. All classes are free and are offered as a community service to Marshall and its surrounding areas in Saline County. Classes are held at the Marshall Municipal Court Building located at 5 East Eastwood Street...
Evening accident leaves no injuries (10/22/14)
Juana D. Garcia Centeno, 27, of Marshall, was involved in a one-vehicle accident at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, on northbound U.S. Highway 65 just south of Rout H, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. The accident occurred when the 2003 Honda Civic she was driving in the right lane traveled into the left lane. She overcorrected causing the Honda to begin sliding, traveling off the right side of the road and overturned. The vehicle came to rest on its wheels facing southeast...
Marshall mayor proclaims October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (10/22/14)
Marshall Mayor Mark Gooden signed a proclamation Monday, Oct. 20, with employees of Center for Human Services. The proclamation is intended "to raise awareness about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of people with disabilities."
Emergency management director updates county commission about safety protocols (10/21/14)
Saline County Emergency Management Director Emmit Williams attended the Saline County Commission meeting Tuesday morning, Oct. 21, to update the commission about safety protocols in the county. The first of the mandatory training drills to keep its grant status, Williams talked about the tornado drill, which was performed last August...
Republicans open Saline County office on Arrow Street (10/20/14)
Saline County Republicans celebrate the opening of their office at 368 W. Arrow St. Friday, Oct. 17, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. State Rep. Dean Dohrman, Cindi Sims and Eddie Howery were present.
Second Annual Foothills Fest entertained music lovers Saturday (10/20/14)
The second annual Foothills Fest entertained audiences all day Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Saline County Fairground.
Marshall Community Chorus begins 27th concert series (10/20/14)
The Marshall Community Chorus began its 27th concert series Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Covenant Presbyterian Church. The concert was called "Journeys Past and Present."
Weekend crashes send 2 to the hospital (10/20/14)
A couple of weekend crashes in Saline County kept Missouri State Highway Patrol busy. The first accident occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17, when a 2009 Kenworth Daycab driven by Jarad L. Dunn, 24, of Marshall, was traveling eastbound on the Interstate 70 exit ramp to U.S. ...
11-year recovering drug addict speaks about the horrors of meth addiction (10/20/14)
This is a tale so horrific, graphic and grotesque that not even a fictionalized popular zombie television show could match it. Sure, this tale has mutilated body parts, tons of gore and decaying bodies, but it's the heart-crushing stories of lost humanity that accompany it which makes it so profoundly disturbing...
NAACP hosts candidate forum for 51st Congressional District (10/17/14)
The NAACP hosted a candidate forum Thursday, Oct. 16, featuring Dean Dohrman, State Representative 51st district, and Gary Grigsby who will also be running for the office of State Representative for the 51st district in November. Leading off the evening was former State Representative Joe All who offered his take on some of the amendments on the ballot for the November General Election...
Man struck by vehicle Friday (10/17/14)
A man was struck by a vehicle at approximately 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, according to radio traffic. The incident occurred on Jefferson Avenue in north Marshall, between Commercial Drive and High Street. Police and EMS personnel were on scene and loaded the patient onto the ambulance for further treatment. The extent of the victims injuries are not yet known and details about the incident are still under investigation...
'School Bus Safety Week' proclaimed in Marshall (10/17/14)
Marshall Mayor Mark Gooden (far left) proclaims the week of Oct. 20-24 as National School Bus Safety Week Wednesday, Oct. 15, with Marshall Public School's transportation department.
Sweet Springs talks 'cold weather preparations' (10/17/14)
The Sweet Springs Board of Alderman met Tuesday, Oct. 14, to pass a new ordinance and discuss pertinent maintenance tasks for the coming months. Missouri Municipal League has recently taken Century Link to court to recoup franchise fees which could reach approximately $20,000. ...
Emergency responders, Cargill react in mock anhydrous spill (10/17/14)
Cargill hosted its annual HAZMAT training on Wednesday, Oct. 16, to provide emergency services and the Cargill HAZMAT team with invaluable first-responder training. Beginning with the situation briefing, the scenario was characterized by two refrigeration technicians performing maintenance on a section of pipeline. Suddenly, a valve failure occurred, resulting in a simulated anhydrous spill that "trapped" one of the two victims...
Court implements Missouri Electronic Filing System (10/17/14)
The Saline County Judiciary and Circuit Clerk's office implemented the Missouri Electronic Filing (eFiling) System to enhance access and efficiency Saturday, Oct. 11. This implementation is one of a growing number that allows the smallest, most rural court to the Supreme Court...
2 Malta Bend residents charged with felonies (10/17/14)
According to charges filed Oct. 14, Mark R. Jamison, 55, and Rhonda R. Sikes, 36, both of Malta Bend, have each been charged with two counts of forgery and one count of possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana, both of which are class C felonies...
MMU discusses customer service, tree trimming (10/16/14)
Customer service at Marshall Municipal Utilities was at the forefront of Thursday morning's Board of Public Works meeting, when board members were addressed by a previous employee. Shelly O'Bryan -- a 17-year employee of MMU and a billing associate for the past 11 years -- requested the meeting in an effort to explain her recent resignation to the board...
Saline County Commission honors domestic violence awareness month (10/16/14)
Prosecuting Attorney Don Stouffer attended the Saline County Commission meeting Thursday morning, Oct. 16, to ask permission to post a purple bow, made by LaTausha Lembke, on the southwest corner of the square to promote domestic violence awareness. "As I'm sure that you have seen October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month," Stouffer said. ...
Marshall firefighters are Royal (10/16/14)
Four of the Marshall Fire Department's firefighters posed for a picture Wednesday, Oct. 15, celebrating the Royals' sweep of the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Championship Series.
Mayor Gooden proclaims Oct. 20-24 as National School Bus Safety Week (10/15/14)
Marshall Mayor Mark Gooden and many members of the Marshall Public Schools' transportation department met at city hall Wednesday, Oct. 15, for the mayor to sign a proclamation stating the week of Oct. 20-24 is National School Bus Safety Week.
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. ...