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Sunday, Sep. 25, 2016

Local news

Fletcher takes Santa Fe Homecoming crown (09/23/16)
Pair of Marshall residents injured in rollover crash (09/23/16)
Hubert L. Bradley, 26, and his passenger Heather R. Bradley, 32, both of Marshall, each sustained injuries as the result of a rollover crash on 250th Road, located Northwest of Marshall, Thursday afternoon, Sept. 22. The Bradleys were traveling eastbound when their vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and travelled through a ditch, coming to a rest on its roof, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reports. ...
Marshall Schools reports impetigo screenings violated district policy (09/23/16)
During recent screening for impetigo at the Marshall High School, some students were asked to remove articles of clothing, an action Marshall Public Schools says violated its Board of Education policy. Impetigo, a communicable skin infection common among children, usually produces blisters or sores, commonly on the face, hands, neck or diaper area. ...
Saline County farmer reports harvest of giant sweet potatoes (09/22/16)
Dannie Griffitt uncovered a lot more than he was expecting when he harvested this year's sweet potato crop. Griffitt, who planted the sweet potatoes on his farm just north of Marshall for only the second year, harvested multiple potatoes of significantly larger than average size Thursday morning, Sept. 22. The largest of the haul he said weighs in at more than 10 pounds and was found growing among a cluster of eight to 10 other potatoes. Another weighed more than six pounds...
Marshall schools sells Bueker tennis courts, changes to Fair Labor Standards Act to impact district (09/21/16)
One action item for the Marshall Board of Education saw the district bid farewell to the tennis courts at Bueker Middle School. Having previously advertised the courts for sale, the board voted Tuesday, Sept. 20, to accept a bid of $3,500 for the courts from Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home. It was decided the money would be used to aid in funding repairs for the tennis courts at the high school...
Viking Stampede Rodeo to run Thursday through Saturday (09/21/16)
MARSHALL (September 21, 2016) -- The Missouri Valley College rodeo programs are set to host the annual Viking Stampede Rodeo this week at Saline County Fairground in Marshall. The rodeo is the only home event of the year for the Viking rodeo teams and marks the beginning of the 2016-2017 rodeo competition season...
Owens waives right to preliminary hearing, arraignment set (09/21/16)
In the case of Donald Bruce Owens, who the state charged with two counts of first degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action and one count of first degree burglary on June 13, the defendant waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Sept. 21...
Slater City Council hears citizen concerns, talks maintenance (09/21/16)
In keeping with the effort to be a clean and junk-free town, a citizen of Slater spoke up at the most recent city council meeting held Tuesday, Sept. 20. Kathy Grumsick told the council about her neighbor's property. "I invite any of you all to come by and drive by (his) house," Griumsick said. ...
County candidates discuss issues at NAACP forum (Updated Sept. 21 at 10:20 a.m.) (09/20/16)
Candidates for three contested Saline County offices in the November general election addressed the community Tuesday, Sept. 20, at a forum hosted by the Mar-Saline branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at the Martin Community Center. ...
Florida residents injured in I-70 crash (09/20/16)
Two Florida residents were injured while driving west on Interstate 70 early Tuesday morning, one of them a 9-year-old boy. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, a 2000 Ford -- driven by Marvin R. Diaz, 36, of Deland, Fla. -- traveled off the right side of the road and overturned after Diaz fell asleep. ...
Marshall License Office receives 'good' rating (09/20/16)
The Marshall License Office, located at 120 N. Lafayette Ave., received an overall rating of "good" after state Auditor Nicole Galloway's office conducted an audit. The office was one of eight license offices recently audited, two received "fair" performance ratings and one an "excellent" rating. A "poor" rating would be the lowest reflection of performance...
City of Marshall approves 2016-2017 budget and tax rate, amendment to MC Power lease agreement (09/20/16)
Budgetary estimates for city of Marshall show a $2,763 surplus expected for the upcoming fiscal year. The city had finished with a combined $900,000 deficit for the previous two fiscal years. Monday, Sept. 19, the city council voted in favor of an ordinance to approve the 2016-2017 budget with total expenditures expected to exceed $11.2 million, slightly less than the expected revenues. The 2016-2017 fiscal year begins Oct. 1...
Marshall names new City Administrator (09/19/16)
After three months without a city administrator, the city of Marshall announced Monday, Sept. 19, that it had found the position's next occupant. David Haugland, formerly the city administrator of Bethany, Mo., and Nevada, Iowa, and most recently the city manager of Excelsior Springs for nearly nine years, will begin his tenure as Marshall's city administrator on Oct. 10...
Cumberland to hold Anniversary Music Fest (09/19/16)
"When will you have another music thing?" That was the question Pastor Randy Shannon received a week after the Cumberland Presbyterian Church held an ice cream supper and music night last July. It prompted the church to decide to schedule a similar event for Sunday, Oct. 9, from 5:30-7 p.m., to celebrate Shannon's 10-year anniversary as pastor of the church...
Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission Kicks off CEDS community outreach meetings (09/19/16)
CONCORDIA -- Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission is beginning its new five-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) economic development planning process with a series of community outreach meetings. The CEDS plan covers the four-county region of the Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission's Economic Development District, which includes Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, and Saline counties. ...
Dohrman updates Pachyderms on veto overrides (09/19/16)
The Salt Fork Pachyderm Club had a unique program Thursday evening, Sept. 15, when State Rep. Dean Dohrman (R- LaMonte) provided some insight to 13 veto overrides accomplished at the annual veto session held the previous day. Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed 23 of the measures passed by the general assembly in
Pickett retires uneven shoes after life-changing surgery (09/19/16)
It was a surgery 45 years in the making. But the results were worth the wait. Randy "Griff" Pickett recently traveled from south Kansas City, Mo., for a life-changing orthopedic surgery at Fitzgibbon Hospital. The surgery not only gave him a new knee, but it also lengthened his left leg by almost four inches, relieving him of a disability he had endured for the last four decades...
Mazzio's celebrates grand re-opening weekend (09/16/16)
Memorial run/walk to raise scholarship funds (09/16/16)
The 25th annual Martin J. Kugel Memorial Fun Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, and proceeds from the event will support student athletes. Kugel coached the first cross-country team at Marshall High School in 1967, in addition to coaching basketball and track throughout his 25-year tenure. After Kugel died in 1992, a scholarship fund was established in his name to recognize two athletes per year who are participating in one of those three sports...
Friends of Arrow Rock to host 'Sip and Stroll' tomorrow night (09/16/16)
Get exclusive access to some of the homes of Arrow Rock, followed by a buffet meal of barbecue and silent and live auctions at Arrow Rock's Old Schoolhouse Saturday, Sept. 17. This year's featured homes include the residences of Steven Stroade and Danny Nge, Dan Auman and Kirby McCullough (new garage/office), Marti and Richard Hodge, and Mary and Michael Duncan. The historic Christian Church at 711 Main St. (across from the Old Schoolhouse) will be open for touring...
Marshall native appears in film, cinema to host free screening (09/16/16)
Marshall High School graduate James Phillips, class of 1984, plays a featured role in the recently released children's film, "My Best Friend." Phillips stars as Bo, a ranch hand. The Marshall Cinema will host a free screening of the film Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. Phillips will be present to greet children, family and friends prior to the showing...
Sweet Springs BOE discusses property sale (09/16/16)
The Sweet Springs School Board met Wednesday, Sept. 14, where the sale of the old maintenance building was discussed. Superintendent Donna Wright reported the building/grounds are listed with a local reality office and currently being shown to potential buyers. Offers will be reviewed at the October board meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19...
Two Marshall employers recognized as Breastfeeding Friendly Worksites (09/15/16)
Two Marshall workplaces joined the ranks of the Breastfeeding Friendly Worksites in Saline County Thursday, Sept. 15. The City of Marshall and Casey's General Store's College Street location were both awarded certificates recognizing their accomplishment by representatives of the Saline County Health Department and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. ...
Constitution Week proclaimed in Marshall (09/15/16)
Two spending actions tabled by Board of Public Works (09/14/16)
Requested spending actions for the purchase of a small bucket truck and the conduction of an electric distribution system study, were both tabled by the Marshall Board of Public Works Wednesday, Sept. 14. The decision to table both requests results from a desire to receive the finalized budget for the upcoming fiscal year from the city of Marshall first before taking action. ...
Public Works Board approves continued property management agreement between MMU and MSDC, tree trimming contract (09/14/16)
Two contracts met with approval from the Marshall Board of Public Works Wednesday, Sept. 14. Among the approved actions was a three-year extension of a property management agreement between Marshall Municipal Utilities and the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation. ...
Century and a half old Marshall church suffers ceiling collapse (09/14/16)
2 arrested after child airlifted to KC (09/14/16)
On Tuesday, Sept. 13, a man and woman were arrested for Endangering the Welfare of a Child, according to a news release issued by Marshall Police Department. Since then, one faces felony charges and the other was released to deportation officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation...
Officers respond to alleged home break-in attempt (09/14/16)
The Marshall Police Department is investigating a reported residential break-in, according to a news release issued Wednesday, Sept. 14. MPD received a call at approximate 3 p.m. Tuesday reporting an attempted break-in at the 500 block of South Jefferson Avenue, and officers were dispatched to meet with the calling party...
Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP Schedule of Candidate Forums -- County Officials and State Legislators (09/14/16)
On Sept. 20 at the Martin Community Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m., the Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP is sponsoring a candidate forum for those seeking county positions and are facing opposition. The positions are Sherriff, Assessor, and Northern District Commissioner. The goal of the forum is for Saline County voters to meet and ask questions of those seeking office. Those running unopposed are welcome and will be given time to speak, but will not entertain questions...
O'Reilly Auto Parts cooks for customers (09/14/16)
Hilltop Shelter at Indian Foothills Park, in Marshall, was this year's location for O'Reilly Auto Parts customer appreciation barbecue Tuesday, Sept. 13. The barbecue consisted of hot dogs, burgers, baked beans, chips and beverages, with plates for those sitting and trays for those on the go...
MSDC holds monthly meeting (09/14/16)
The Marshall-Saline Development Corporation board met Tuesday, Sept. 13, where MSDC Director Stan Moore elaborated on the current projects that MSDC is involved with. Beginning with an update on an ongoing community development block grant application, Moore said the next step in the process was conducting an environmental review on two properties MSDC has the option to purchase, which has now been sent to the state for review. ...
Intersection upgrade construction dates announced near hospital and fairgrounds (09/13/16)
The Missouri Department of Transportation issued a construction advisory Tuesday, Sept. 13, for the intersection of U.S. Highway 65 and Fairground Road in Marshall. The intersection, located between Fitzgibbon Hospital and the Saline County Fairgrounds, will be receiving upgrades to its traffic signals. ...
New statewide library resource for child eduction available (09/13/16)
A new free resource for public libraries in the state of Missouri, TumbleBookLibrary Deluxe, will provide educational benefits for early gradeschoolers. An online subscription to the service will provide users with access to a collection of 550 animated, talking pictures books; chapter books; and educational games. ...
Sweet Springs passes ordinance limiting semi parking to business stops (09/13/16)
An ongoing effort to revise an ordinance restricting parking of semi-trucks on city streets culminated with the approval of Ordinance No. 572 for the city of Sweet Springs Monday. Sept. 12. Under the approved ordinance, which had been discussed at the Board of Aldermen's July meeting and then tabled in August, all parking of semi-trucks, truck-tractor or truck tractor and trailer combination or trailers are restricted from parking on the streets of Sweet Springs unless doing business. ...
Santa Fe Trail program will be held Sept. 17 at Arrow Rock State Historic Site (09/12/16)
A special program on the Santa Fe Trail will be presented Sept. 17 at Arrow Rock State Historic Site, in Arrow Rock. The program will be held at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the site's visitor center. Joy L. Poole, assistant state librarian from Santa Fe, N. ...
Mo. Secretary of State announces upcoming senior fraud protection website (09/12/16)
Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced Monday, Sept. 12, a new website designed to help protect senior investors from financial fraud. According to a press release from Kander's office, the website will provide training and resources to educate about financial exploitation. It also allows broker-dealers to file a Notice of Concern with the Missouri Securities Division when they suspect financial exploitation may be taking place...
Marshall Tourism Grant applications now available (09/12/16)
The Marshall-Saline Development Corporation announced Monday, Sept. 12, applications for 2017 Marshall Tourism Grants are now available. Completed applications are due to MSDC by Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in order for the applications to be compiled and presented for review to the Marshall Tourism Commission when it next meets Wednesday, Nov. 9...
One requires treatment after Sunday crash (09/12/16)
One person was trapped in a vehicle Sunday, Sept. 11, after it collided with another on U.S. Highway 65 at the south city limits. According to information from the Marshall Police Department, a 2009 Dodge Ram, driven by Dolan Vanorman, of Marshall, was traveling north on Highway 65 when a 2016 Ford Escape pulled out in front of him. ...
Arrow Rock proclaims Constitution Week (09/12/16)
Optimist Club donates $500 to Marshall Soccer League to help with costs (09/12/16)
The Optimist Club of Marshall donates $500 to the Marshall Soccer League Tuesday, Aug. 30, to help with upstart costs of the new league.
Pink Out events raise awareness of cancer symptoms (09/12/16)
You're not mistaken. You are seeing pink. That's because pink is the color signifying breast cancer awareness. With October as the official Breast Cancer Awareness month, activities and events to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer will begin later this month. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer in women; skin cancer is first...
Democrats celebrate opening of Saline County campaign headquarters (09/10/16)
Slater City Council receives report on smoke testing survey (09/09/16)
The Slater City Council received a preliminary report of the smoke testing survey conducted by Civil Design INC (CDI), at the council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 6. Project Manager Jeremy Linley and Project Engineer Stephen Thole of CDI were present to review the findings of the testing survey and give the council a snap shot of the full report, which is yet to come...
Blackburn woman injured in bridge crash (09/09/16)
Denise D. Steffens, 58, of Blackburn, sustained minor injuries as the result of driving into a barrier on Interstate 70 Thursday morning, Sept. 8, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reports. Steffens was headed eastbound across the Missouri River Bridge on I-70 in Cooper County at approximately 8:29 a.m. when her vehicle hydroplaned upon entering the bridge, a MSHP report states. As a result, her vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, striking the concrete median barrier...
Wood & Huston Bank again tops a list of Healthiest Banks in America (09/09/16)
MARSHALL -- On Thursday, Sept. 8, Wood & Huston Bank announced it has once again been ranked as one of the top 100 healthiest banks in the United States. This ranking was done by an independent rating firm -- Deposits Online LLC (DOL). According to a recent press release, DOL, an independent financial information services firm that annually analyzes all 14,000 federally insured banks and credit unions across America rated Wood & Huston in its Top 100 Healthiest list for 2016. ...
Forgiveness: a theme in Loth's personal account of the Holocaust (09/09/16)
"They came by boxcars," Holocaust survivor Peter Loth told the crowd. Loth, who was born in the Stutthof Concentration Camp, is now an international speaker. On Thursday, Sept. 1, he led a presentation to a packed room at Missouri Valley College. "And then they come -- women, children. ...
Arson reported at Butterfield campus (Updated 11:00 a.m. Sept. 9) (09/08/16)
One female resident was taken into custody by the Marshall Police Department Wednesday evening, Sept. 7, at Great Circle - Butterfield Campus after allegedly setting fire to a notebook and calendar inside the facility. Precious Shanae Temple, 17, was arrested for arson Wednesday evening after being detained on the ground by facility staff. ...
County Commission discusses taxes, commission orders and reports (09/08/16)
The Saline County Commission met Thursday, Sept. 8, where it approved several tax rates and heard a number of county reports. County Clerk Debbie Russell stated the commission must review and approve the rates, and a mandatory Saline County Tax hearing was held to do so. ...
Fall Scout registration approaches (09/08/16)
The Marshall Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will hold registration for the 2016-2017 year on Monday, Sept. 12. Parents will have an opportunity to register their sons who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade for Cub Scouts and sixth grade through high school for Boy Scouts...
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.