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Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

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Sweet Springs Oktoberfest plans underway (09/18/14)
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, who is also in charge of coordinating the Beer and Wine Garden (and the cake walk for the Chamber of Commerce.) In addition to the drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), a food concession will also be available. ...
Unused or Expired Medications Disposal (09/18/14)
On Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Marshall Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency, will be collecting unused or expired medications for safe disposal. The MPD Detective Unit will be collecting the medications. ...
Soul Team brings artist, speaker Timm to Bueker Middle School (09/17/14)
Eric Samuel Timm has been described as an artist, orator, author and man of great passion. Timm brought his passion to Bueker Middle School Friday, Sept. 12, with his message of love and faith. "Love is this idea we have and it's this concept that we explore," Timm said, as he began describing the things in life he loves...
Missouri Valley College offers plenty of entertainment for the fall semester (09/17/14)
Missouri Valley College's Division of Fine Arts planned a busy semester this fall season, offering a wide array of entertainment from plays to concerts to sketch comedy. Diana Malan, chair of the division, wants to get the word out that there are events to do in Marshall and the majority of them are free of charge...
Stolen vehicle recovered (09/17/14)
On Monday, Sept. 15, a Saline County Sheriff deputy was dispatched to a residence in Gilliam to speak with a male subject in regards to a stolen vehicle being left on his property. Upon arrival the deputy spoke with the individual that stated at approximately midnight Sunday, Sept. ...
Murder Suspect in Custody (09/17/14)
On Tuesday, Sept. 16, Marshall Police Department received information in regard to a man that was a fugitive from justice for aggravated homicide with no bond, from Cleveland, Ohio. After receiving information from detectives from Cleveland, Ohio Police Department, MPD conducted an investigation which led them to Jackson Street where Hector Anthony Almazon, 45, was taken into custody and later transported to Saline County Justice Facility...
Friends & Neighbors: Rachel Sporleder seeking the bright light in country music (09/16/14)
Rachel Sporleder, a 16-year-old country starlet, is crafting her own country song, about a Midwestern girl who started singing for her family, learning to play guitar and writing her own songs, with a hope to someday make it to Nashville, in some shape or form...
Van Meter State Park hosts Artifact Road Show (09/16/14)
Van Meter State Park hosted an artifact show Saturday, Sept. 13, for the public.
MPD releases results of September's sobriety checkpoint (09/16/14)
The Marshall Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint on north U.S. Highway 65, north of Mo. Highway 240. The checkpoint began Saturday, Sept. 13, at approximately 11:30 p.m. and ended at approximately 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. The purpose of the checkpoint was to deter impaired motorists from driving. ...
Leslie Tyler asks commission for tax waiver to improve Marshall's dilapidated areas (09/16/14)
Leslie Tyler, of Tyler Investments, attended the Saline County Commission meeting Tuesday, Sept. 16, to request a tax waiver for the building located at 10 N. Jefferson Ave, so that she could repair the building and potentially help the city and county generate money from the property again...
Learn more about the siege of Lexington at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site (09/16/14)
Guests can hear a thorough account of the Battle of Lexington from Civil War historian Larry Wood at the Lexington State Historic Site at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. This event is sponsored by Missouri State Parks. Wood is the author of "Siege of Lexington Missouri, The Battle of the Hemp Bales," and will discuss the battle that briefly consolidated Confederate control in the region. ...
English department at CMU to host young writer's day (09/16/14)
The Central Methodist University English Department will be hosting its second annual Young Writer's Day Thursday, Oct. 30. High school seniors are invited to this event for the opportunity to collaborate with the English faculty, as well as current CMU students...
Santa Fe Trail Day to bring some heritage back to Marshall (09/15/14)
The Marshall Cultural Council has taken the reins this year to remember and celebrate Santa Fe Trail Day Saturday, Sept. 27, on the Marshall square and they're bringing many new additions along. "We're wanting to bring some culture into the Santa Fe Trail (Day) with some more heritage crafters," Connie Grisier, board member with MCC, said. ...
Malta Bend Board of Education looks forward to the new school year (09/15/14)
The Malta Bend Board of Education met Wednesday, Sept. 10, to review the beginning of the year with the teachers and other faculty. The meeting began with a letter from the Community Blood Center thanking the school for supporting the community at the blood drive. The event registered 32 volunteers, collected 30 units of blood and had 13 first-time donors...
Carnival rides arrive for Slater Fall Festival (schedule included) (09/15/14)
Carnival rides line Elm Street between Emma and Maple streets in Slater in preparation of the upcoming Slater Fall Festival Sept. 18-20. Carnival rides open at 6 p.m. nightly with armbands.
Florida man injured in 2-vehicle crash (09/15/14)
A Florida man fell asleep while traveling westbound on Interstate I-70 at 1:35 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. The accident occurred when Hamid Tmarte, 33, of Sarasota, Fla., fell asleep while driving down I-70 in a 2006 Ford F350. ...
MFD responds to reported structural fire (09/12/14)
Marshall Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire on South Ohio Street in Marshall at 1:51 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered smoke in the house. After investigating, the fire department discovered foreign material on top of a floor furnace grate which caused the smoke...
Sturhahn Jewelers donates ring to Fitzgibbon Hospital's holiday bazaar in November (09/12/14)
Sturhahn Jewelers donated a ring to Fitzgibbon Hospital for its Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar in November.
Mayor claims Sept. 17-23 as 'Constitution Week' (09/12/14)
Mayor Mark Gooden signed a proclamation Friday, Sept. 12, proclaiming the week of Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week.
MMU board hears about upcoming budget items (09/12/14)
The MMU Board of Public Works met Thursday, Sept. 11, where several budgets were set for maintenance projects and updates to existing one's were briefed. The first item on the list was a $15,000 substation maintenance budget requested by Jeff Bergstrom, director of electric distribution. According to Bergstrom's explanation, the medium voltage breakers at the Southeast and Miami substations are due for maintenance which is done every five years...
Van Meter State Park hosts Artifact Road Show Sept. 13 (09/12/14)
The public is invited to Missouri's American Indian Cultural Center in Van Meter State Park on Saturday, Sept.13, for the Annual Artifact Road Show. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Members of the Sedalia-West Central Chapter of the Missouri Archaeological Society will be on hand to help identify guests' objects. Pieces of their collections will also be on display. Buying and selling of artifacts will not be permitted...
Marshall man charged with 2 class D felonies (09/11/14)
Joseph M. Roll, 26, of Marshall, has been charged with one count of fraudulent use of a credit/debit device (value of $500 or more) and one count of resisting or interfering with arrest for a felony. Both are class D felonies with a range of punishment of up to seven years in the Department of Corrections or up to one year in county jail and/or up to a $5,000 fine, according to charges filed Aug. 18...
Marshall man charged after altercation (09/11/14)
A Marshall man has been charged with a class D felony driving while revoked after an altercation with a woman on a rural Saline County road. According to a probable cause statement from Saline County Sheriff's Department, Saline County E-911 Central Dispatch received a phone call of a disturbance in progress along North Highway 41. ...
Corn husking competition packed full of educational events (09/11/14)
Since the earliest days of settlements in the Midwest, corn has been a vital part of the farm economy. Husking corn by hand is a heritage craft that requires skill and practice to master. Each year contest teams pit themselves and their horse and mule teams against each other to determine who is the best...
Ronnie Walsh prepares for the corn husking competition after 24 years of participating (09/11/14)
Ronnie Walsh, 68, of Kansas City, has been driving horses for Marshall's corn husking competition since 1990, participating in the competition with his Uncle Leo and younger brother, Randy. It has been in his blood since growing up in Brookfield, where his family kept their horses...
Santa Fe Trail Day 2014 Schedule of Events (09/11/14)
Santa Fe Trail Day is an opportunity to celebrate Marshall's history with an entertaining family event on the Marshall square. This year's Santa Fe Trail Day festivities will take place Saturday, Sept. 27, and is sponsored by the Marshall Cultural Council with funding from Missouri Arts Council.
Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner updates bridge work in county (09/11/14)
Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner reported on updates for bridge projects at the Saline County Commission meeting Thursday morning, Sept. 11. "This past Tuesday, we had our pre-construction conference here in the commission chamber and met with our engineer and our construction company, Boone Construction (Company) out of Columbia, and MoDOT," Fenner said. ...
Santa Fe Trail Day to take place in conjunction with corn husking (09/11/14)
Why does Marshall have a Santa Fe Trail historical marker in a prominent spot on the courthouse square? Most people who pay attention to local history probably know about Arrow Rock's key role as the Missouri River crossing point for the trade route from Missouri to New Mexico, but the trail was established nearly two decades before Marshall was officially born...
SOUL Team to bring live art presentation to Marshall Sept. 12 (09/10/14)
Described as "part artist, part speaker and all passion," Eric Samuel Timm will bring his unique presentational style to the Bueker Middle School auditorium at 7 p.m. Friday night, Sept. 12. Dramatic "live" art presentations in which Timm transforms a blank canvas into a work of art right before his audience's eyes are his trademark. He has performed in all 50 states, and internationally, to crowds of 50 to 50,000...
St. Peter Harvest Festival brings in a large crowd with fun activities (09/10/14)
St. Peter Catholic Church held its annual harvest festival Sunday, Sept. 7, where over 700 lunches were served. The luncheon meal included fried chicken, ham, sides and a dessert. The activities for the kids included a bounce house, clowns who made balloon figures and basketball, just to name a few. ...
Friends & Neighbors: FFA Adviser Callie Dobbins honored as state teacher of the year finalist (09/10/14)
FFA Adviser and ag teacher Callie Dobbins was recently honored at Marshall Public Schools' Board of Education meeting Tuesday, Aug. 26, for being selected as one of the seven finalists for Missouri Teacher of the Year. Having grown up in Sweet Springs and always feeling connected to agriculture in Saline County, she attended the University of Missouri where she earned an undergraduate degree in agricultural education and earned her masters in vocational technical education...
Sweet Springs passes 2 new ordinances (09/10/14)
The Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen held its monthly public meeting Monday, Sept. 8, where two city ordinances were passed. The first ordinance discussed was a use tax which Mayor Dee Friel said was basically just putting into affect the use tax they passed in August...
Marshall library board of trustees reviews insurance policies (09/10/14)
Merlin Aldridge, of Naught-Naught Agency, attended Marshall Public Library's Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday, Sept. 9, to annually review the insurance policies the library carries. "Wicky (Sleight, library director) asked me to come here today and just review the insurance coverages that we're providing through the City of Marshall policy," Aldridge said. ...
MPD to conduct sobriety checkpoint from Sept. 11-28 (09/10/14)
The Marshall Police Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in an unspecified location between Sept. 11 and Sept. 28. The goal of the checkpoint is to find and apprehend intoxicated and impaired drivers. The checkpoint will begin late in the evening and conclude early in the morning. ...
E911 Commission discusses new signs (09/09/14)
The E911 Commission met Thursday, Aug. 21, to hear about the progress on getting new county road and residence markers signs. Saline County E911 Director Stacie Smith reported work orders were being processed for installation of the signs. "All the residential markers are in and will be replaced in the county," Corbin Allred, board member, said...
Treasurer Marty Smith gives sales tax report, updates county website (09/09/14)
Treasurer Marty Smith attended the Saline County Commission meeting Tuesday, Sept. 9, to give the sales tax report for the month of September and an addition to the county's website. "I was looking at the bank yesterday and we have received our money in from the state," Smith said. "Sales tax, law enforcement tax, courthouse tax and the used tax is in."...
Kansas City man suffers moderate injuries in 2-car accident (09/08/14)
A two-car accident at mile marker 77 eastbound on Interstate 70 occurred at approximately 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. Austin C. Embrock, 20, of Grain Valley, was traveling eastbound when he lost control of the 2003 Chevrolet Silverado he was driving. ...
Children catch fish at Kids Fishing Derby while guardians enjoy watching on (09/08/14)
All manner of people came out to participate in the Kids Fishing Derby Saturday morning, Sept. 6, hosted by the Mid-Day Optimist Club. Fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers, and sons and daughters drove out to John and Phyllis Rector's residence off of Highway WW to do some fishing with unseasonably cooler weather providing a peaceful and calm morning...
Sweet Springs woman charged with theft (09/08/14)
According to to charges filed Aug. 22, Pamela R. Coslet, 64, of Sweet Springs has been charged with a class C felony stealing leased or rented property. According to a probable cause statement from Marshall Police Department, Coslet entered into a rental agreement with McRentals in Marshall for furniture. Coslet failed to return the property at the specified date and time...
Marshall man dies in tractor accident (09/08/14)
A Marshall man died in an accident around 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, on 290th Road in Saline County. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, the accident occurred when Lawrence B. Holland, 74, of Marshall, backed a John Deere 5400 tractor over and off a 15 foot embankment...
Santa Fe Elementary goes on temporary lockdown after shots fired (09/05/14)
An all-clear was given at Santa Fe Elementary School in Waverly Friday afternoon, Sept. 5. According to Santa Fe School District Superintendent Gini Barnett, precautionary measures were taken when gunfire was reported north of the school. Lafayette County Sheriff's Department determined it to be hunters in the area. School has resumed as normal...
Historical preservation commission to host public meeting Thursday, Oct. 2 (09/05/14)
The Saline County Historical Preservation Commission met Thursday, Sept. 4, to outline plans for the coming year's projects. The commission has been gearing up for some time now to ensure Marshall's history is preserved. During their last meeting in August, Jessica Goodman, a member of the Saline County Historical Preservation Commission, reviewed their trip to a training conference in Philadelphia which specialized in teaching strategies and techniques others can use to preserve the history of their town. ...
MFD responds to gas leak at Coreslab (09/05/14)
Marshall Fire Department left the fire station at 9:10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, to respond to a possible gas leak at Coreslab Structures. The area where the gas leak was reported had been cleared. Upon arrival, Marshall firefighters confirmed the gas leak...
The Lyceum Theatre's 2014 season continues with 'Around The World In 80 Days' on Sept. 10 (09/05/14)
Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg as he races to beat the clock. Fogg has agreed to an outrageous wager that puts his fortune and his life at risk. With his resourceful eccentric French servant, Fogg sets out to circle the globe in an unheard of 80 days. ...
Taylor charged with multiple felonies (09/04/14)
Jesse L. Taylor, 25, of Marshall has been charged with one count of possession of controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana, a class C felony; one count of tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution, a class D felony; and two counts of distributing a controlled substance near schools, which is a class A felony, according to charges filed Aug. 25...
Marshall park board raves about 'Day in the Park' event's success (09/04/14)
Park Director Jeff Stubblefield reported how Marshall Parks and Recreation's "Day in the Park" event fared at the park board's meeting Wednesday evening, Sept. 3, at the park administration building. "We had 800 people through the door in that one day from (noon to 6 p.m.) and it was free and it was warm," Stubblefield said, about the turnout at the pool. "We had approximately 2,500 people there all day... and then at the movie at night, we had about 150 people there for the movie."...
County Clerk Russell announces date for Amendment No. 1 recount at commission meeting (09/04/14)
County Clerk Debbie Russell has been absent from Saline County Commission meetings for a little under a month now because of health issues. Yet she hasn't stopped working and with the aid of Pam Doane, deputy clerk and payroll assistant, she distributed an announcement concerning the recount of Aug. 5 ballots for Amendment No. 1 at the commission meeting Thursday morning, Sept. 4...
Marshall city's budget misses the mark by half a million dollars (09/03/14)
The Marshall City Council met Tuesday, Sept. 2, to hear about next year's budget shortfall of a little over $500,000. The city has budgeted $600,000 for the street department and $400,000 for workman's compensation. "We have made major strides - thank you Mr. (Bill) Anderson and your department especially - getting our worker's comp claims under control," Latimer said. "I don't know what we'd do if they hadn't work so hard to bring that about."...
Slater City Council readies town for local events (09/03/14)
The Slater City Council held a brief meeting Tuesday, Sept. 2, to discuss local happenings. Mayor Stephen Allegri opened with positive remarks about the upcoming fall festival to be held Sept. 18-20. "Anybody who comes to it from out of town or in town, every body loves it," Allegri said. "Its just a great family time."...
You Asked, We Answered: Southeast Elementary's mold problem (09/03/14)
Marshall Public Schools sent out a text alert warning of suspected mold in Southeast Elementary School Monday night, Sept. 1. The suspected area was closed off and classes were held in other parts of the building. A source who wishes to remain anonymous also informed that a second-grade teacher has been hospitalized, which Interim Superintendent Carol Maher confirmed, but said it hasn't been proven it was from the mold in the school...
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...