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Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014

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Committee asks for feedback on proposed school tax levy through survey (04/18/14)
Marshall CARES for Kids is the campaign committee for the recent tax levy proposal for Marshall Public Schools. The committee is in process of conducting a seven-day, post-election survey from Marshall citizens to gather feedback about the recent proposal, as well as gather input on future direction for the needs of new schools...
Children fly kites with MHS students for Young Adults as Parents program (04/18/14)
Marshall Public Schools Parents as Teachers held a "Let's Go Fly a Kite" Thursday, April 17, as part of "Month of a Young Child."
Slater school board reorganizes and accepts election results (04/18/14)
Slater School District's Board of Education met for its regular meeting Wednesday, April 16, to accept election results and to reorganize the board. Tedd Wiseman and Abbey Hemeyer, newly elected to the board, and Jayme Young-England, re-elected, all swore an oath of office for three-year terms. Brenda Guthrie and Jodi Fuemmeler retired from the board and were given plaques for their service...
Marshall Municipal Utilities rewards employees with pay increases for good performance (04/18/14)
Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works met for its regular meeting Thursday, April 17, to reward employees with an increase in wages and salaries who are maintaining their job performance and receiving performance appraisals from department heads...
Commission approves use of courthouse grounds (04/18/14)
Chris Nelson attended the Wednesday, April 16, Saline County Commission meeting to seek approval for use of the courthouse grounds from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 5. He said he wanted to do the event in tangent with the 175th birthday of Marshall. Nelson said he plans to do a hemp history event at the same time as the Marshall Municipal Band concert, with his event set up on the east side of the square...
MCC to host fundraiser for Santa Fe Trail Day (04/18/14)
The Marshall Cultural Council's History Committee is hosting a fundraising even for the Santa Fe Trail Day celebration. A garden party will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 5, at Grandaddy's Garden. When flowers, bushes or other items are purchased a percentage of that will be given to the history committee to go towards defraying expenses for the 2014 Santa Fe Trail Day celebration...
BMS band students compete at Fayette, multiple selected for district and honor bands (04/17/14)
The Bueker Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade band has made several accomplishments this winter. Several students were nominated for the West Central Junior High All-District Band. The honor band was held in Sedalia. BMS students who were selected were: ReBekka Cox, Marvin Gonzalez, Mason Allison, Chase McCord, Audrey Quint, Jennifer Aguilar, Matthew Huston, Brenen Sullivan, Katie Miles, Matti Page and Rileigh Massey...
April 14-18 National Crime Victims Week (04/17/14)
Mayor Mark Gooden (second from right) signs a proclamation declaring April 14 to April 18 as National Crime Victims Week Friday, April 11, at Indian Foothills Park. From left, Bikers Against Child Abuse members Trouble and Viper, Cassie Maberry, Todd Fleharty, Probation and Parole Officer Brian Bench and Dwight Anderson surround the silhouette welded by Heinzler Brothers, Inc. and painted by Mills Motors...
April proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention month at Pinwheels for Prevention event (04/17/14)
Mayor Mark Gooden (left) proclaims April 2014 as Child Abuse Prevention Month at the Pinwheels for Prevention event Wednesday, April 16, at the courthouse. From left, Audrey Ming, Misty Allen, Katie Igo, Sandy Gordon and Ashley Boock look on as Gooden gives a brief speech...
Gov. Jay Nixon visits Marshall High School to talk about good jobs, good schools (04/17/14)
Governor Jay Nixon visited Marshall High School and met with both administration and students alike Wednesday, April 16, to deliver a message about investing in education in Missouri. An assembly was held in the gymnasium where Nixon praised Marshall High School for its graduation rate being consistently over the state average and the passion and effort of FFA and DECA students, whom he spoke and visited with before the assembly. ...
Friends & Neighbors: Marshall boy plans to compete in tractor pull with a repaired tractor (04/16/14)
Brayden Zahner, a 12-year-old Marshall boy, is repairing and refurbishing a 1948 Case VAC Tractor named "Momma's Money" to compete in future tractor pulls in central Missouri. With the help of his father, Pat, and Larry Charles, of Larry's Welding, "Momma's Money" has been repainted, welded and has had parts replaced. His first competition for the new season will be Saturday, April 19, in Boonville...
Malta Bend School holds Jump Rope for Heart event (04/16/14)
Malta Bend School held a Jump Rope for Heart event Wednesday, March 5, to raise money to support the American Heart Association's efforts to create healthier lives, free from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Leading up to the event, students learned the importance of developing heart-healthy habits, increased their knowledge of how the heart works and learned that being physically active can be fun. Ryan Armstrong, physical education teacher, was the organizer of the event...
St. Peter Catholic School students raise funds for Marshall Senior Center (04/16/14)
Tracy Crumbaugh (back center) and her fifth-grade class pose with their pink shirts and signs on Tuesday morning, April 15, for St. Peter Catholic School's Giddy-Up for Meals, to raise funds for Marshall Senior Center with its home-meal delivery program...
Large turnout for annual Take Pride in Marshall Cleanup (04/16/14)
Missouri Valley College head coach Paul Troth (not pictured) brings his football team to volunteer in Take Pride in Marshall Cleanup Saturday, April 12, starting at city offices. The majority of volunteers were the MVC football players, children from Butterfield Youth Services and members of First Christian Church, Covenant Presbyterian Church and Marshall Church of the Nazarene...
First ever Pinwheels for Prevention pinwheel garden (04/16/14)
Three hundred ninety-three pinwheels line the northeast corner of the courthouse lawn on Wednesday, April 16, for Pinwheels for Prevention. April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and the Saline County Pinwheels for Prevention Committee works to spread awareness in the county. ...
Sweet Springs BOA swears in officials (04/16/14)
The Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen has undergone many changes over the past year. After the April election Dee Friel is now mayor, and Eric Rader and Larry Looney were selected as aldermen. All three were sworn in at the Monday night, April 14, meeting. Wyatt Lea rounds out the board, but a fourth aldermen will have to be appointed to fill all the positions. Lea was voted to be the president of the board. Janice Bybee was sworn in as collector...
Slater City Council swears in officials, discusses 2014 goals (04/16/14)
Five council members and Mayor Stephen Allegri were sworn into office at the Slater City Council meeting Tuesday evening, April 15. Brett Hemeyer, Cathie Jeffries, Jake Brumit and Harry Lightfoot were sworn in for two-year terms, Brenda Smith was sworn in for a one-year term and Allegri was sworn in for a four-year term. Lightfoot was selected as mayor pro tem...
MVC students win 31 awards at Missouri College Media Association convention (04/15/14)
Missouri Valley College students received 31 awards at the Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) competition held April 5 on the Truman State University campus in Kirksville. Students writing for the Delta, MVC's student newspaper and online site; Copy Editing Special Edition, a special supplement; and Zoom, a student photojournalism magazine, brought home the awards. ...
Back to Nature with Native Plants class offered in Marshall (04/15/14)
The Nicholas Beazley Aviation Museum and Martin Community Center, along with Lincoln University Native Plants Program, invite the public to attend native plant classes offered by Native Plants Program staff. Classes will be offered Tuesdays June 3, June 17, Sept. 16 and Oct. 21...
Commission reviews April tax collection (04/15/14)
The Saline County Commission reviewed the taxes collected for April at the Tuesday, April 15, meeting. The sales tax collected for April was $85,831.63, compared to the $81,341.68 collected in March 2014. The law enforcement tax is up around three thousand dollars compared to last month, totaling $64,345.64 for this month. ...
Chamber's 1st Chocolate Festival brings close to 400 chocolate lovers to Marshall (04/15/14)
Marshall Chamber of Commerce hosted its first Chocolate Festival Friday night, April 11, at Martin Community Center. According to Jill Murray, executive director, there were 72 entries, 100 auction items and 20 vendors for approximately 400 chocolate lovers to gorge on...
Marshall Parks and Recreation holds Easter Egg Hunt (04/14/14)
With the weather cooperating this year to make a beautiful spring day, Marshall Parks and Recreation's Easter Egg Hunt saw parents bring their children out in record numbers, Lori Godsey, aquatics and recreation supervisor, said. A total of 15,000 eggs were scattered throughout Indian Foothills Park for children from ages 0 to 10 to find. For ages 11 and above, a flashlight Easter egg hunt was held in the evening...
MVC adds online degree in health information systems (04/14/14)
Missouri Valley College has added a new completely online degree program. Beginning fall 2014, MVC will offer an online Associates of Applied Science degree in health information systems. The program consists of a combination of computer information systems, basic medical information and health care administration courses. The program can be completed in as little as two years. Both eight and 16 week courses are available...
Poets in the Parks project comes to Arrow Rock (04/14/14)
The Missouri State Parks Board announced March 9 that Patrick Overton, from Boonville, is the "Poet in Residence" at the Arrow Rock State Park. "Patrick Overton has so many different qualities that will help us get this innovative statewide program started," said Mary Barile, a Missouri Parks Association Board member and director of the Poets in the Parks Project. "The Missouri State Parks Board is excited to begin this venture with him."...
Children and families to experience another time with Civil War storyteller (04/14/14)
The Civil War will come alive for children and parents/caregivers at "Civil War Stories," a program designed to explore this time period through children's books and conversation led by professional storyteller Steve Otto. The free program is offered by the Missouri Humanities Council in conjunction with "The Civil War in Missouri" exhibit, on display at Missouri Valley College through May...
Malta Bend Board of Education reorganizes after election (04/14/14)
The Malta Bend Board of Education reorganized after the April 8 election, and swore in Justin Malter as a new board member at the meeting Wednesday night, April 9. Scott Moore was elected president, Giles Kiser was elected vice president, Kim Malter was elected treasurer and Debbie Kiser was elected secretary...
Boonville man suffers serious injuries (04/14/14)
At approximately 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Michael A. Blumhorst, 39, of Boonville, suffered serious injuries when the 2007 Honda he was driving overturned on Poplar Avenue, one mile south of Route P in Saline County. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, it was unknown whether Blumhorst was wearing a safety device. He was transported by air ambulance to University of Columbia Medical Center...
Jazz education is essential part of Bob James Jazz Festival (04/11/14)
MARSHALL, Mo. -- Since its inception, an integral part of the Bob James Jazz Festival is a clinic for musicians of all ages who wish to learn and experience performing jazz. The clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17
MPL board approves change to local history and genealogy hours (04/11/14)
The Marshall Public Library Board approved changes to the local history and genealogy hours to begin May 1 at the Tuesday, April 8, meeting. The summer hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wedneday, Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday...
Sweet Springs Board of Education accepts election results, reorganizes the board (04/11/14)
Sweet Springs' Board of Education met for its regular meeting Thursday, April 10, to accept the election results and reorganize the board members. Troy Schroeder, Brian Vogelsmeier and Robert Fuehring were all re-elected to the board for three-year terms and all swore an oath of office at the meeting. ...
Knights of Columbus donate $300 to Cooperative Workshop (04/11/14)
The Knights of Columbus present Diana Crouch with Cooperative Workshop, Inc. a check for $300 to assist them with programming and supplies. Funds were raised during the annual "tootsie roll" collection this past fall. The Knights of Columbus "tootsie roll" drive generates funds to support disability services locally and for Missouri Special Olympics. (Contributed photo from Shannon Johnson)...
MHS Orchestra earns top rating at state music contest (04/11/14)
The Marshall High School Orchestra again earned a "I" rating at state music contest. The students traveled to Boonville Monday, March 31, where they performed in front of a panel of four judges that scored them on all aspects of their performance. Three of the judges evaluated the orchestra on their performance of three prepared works. ...
Commission accepts Donnell's resignation (04/10/14)
The Saline County Commission accepted Saline County Emergency Management Director Russ Donnell's resignation letter at the meeting Thursday, April 10. Donnell's resignation from the Saline County emergency management director, Marshall emergency management director and his chairmanship of the Saline County Local Emergency Planning Coalition will be effective April 30...
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...
Children honor 'Month of a Young Child' with parade around the square (04/10/14)
The "Month of the Young Child" activities began with the parade around the square Friday, April 4. The parade included children from birth to kindergarten age from the area preschools. The children tooted horns, rang bells, shook bottles and anything else that would make noise...
4th annual Blue Jean Bash to be held (04/10/14)
CASA, House of Hope and Brighter Futures Collaboration will be hosting the fourth annual Blue Jean Bash at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Arcadian Moon Winery in Higginsville. April is Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month and the organizations ask people donate $20 to the cause. The $20 gets participants a Stop Child Abuse button to wear all of April, and the button serves as entrance to the event where dinner is provided by many local restaurants and drinks are served...
Marshall women injured in 1-vehicle crash (04/10/14)
A Marshall women suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday, April 9, on Missouri Highway 240 at 260th Road. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Bonnie H. Greer, 80, of Marshall, was traveling westbound, when the 2003 Ford ZX2 she was driving traveled off the right side of the roadway, returned to the road and traveled off the right side of the roadway again. ...
Friends & Neighbors: Marshall native competes in Food Network's 'America's Best Cook' (04/09/14)
Lorin Fahrmeier, born and raised in Marshall, will have her cooking skills put to the test, when Food Network's "America's Best Cook" premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 13. According to Food Network's website, the new show, hosted by Ted Allen, is a six-episode series where four Food Network stars -- Cat Cora, Tyler Florence, Alex Guarnaschelli and Michael Symon -- will take home cooks out of their kitchens from across the country and choose two cooks out of four to compete on their respective teams, divided by region.. ...
County Commission approves new car for transport officer (04/09/14)
Saline County Sheriff Wally George attended the Wednesday, April 9, Saline County Commission meeting to request the commission approve a purchase of a new vehicle for the transport officer. George said Greg Billingsley, the transport officer, drives across the country to pick up prisoners on Saline County warrants and the car he currently drives has reached 200,000 miles. ...
MVC jazz band to host concert (04/09/14)
The Missouri Valley College Jazz Ensemble will be performing its final concert of the year in the Eckilson-Mabee Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, on the campus of Missouri Valley College. Doors will open at 7:15 p.m. "I am very excited about this concert," said Garry Anders, director. ...
MVC art student to host senior art show (04/09/14)
Missouri Valley College Senior Dakota Day-Herrell, of the college's visual arts department, will host a solo art exhibition entitled "The Silent Strength." The show, located in Baity Hall's Vern Nestor Gallery, will be on display Tuesday, April 29 to Saturday, May 3...
Road district election results April 8, 2014 (04/08/14)
These are the official election results for all polling locations including absentees.
Fire district election results April 8, 2014 (04/08/14)
These are the official election results for all polling locations including absentees.
City election results April 8, 2014 (04/08/14)
These are the official election results for all polling locations including absentees.
School election results April 8, 2014 (04/08/14)
These are the official election results for all polling locations including absentees.
The Marshall Democrat-News launches new agriculture publication (04/08/14)
The Marshall Democrat-News will launch a new monthly publication serving farm and agriculture families in Saline and Lafayette counties next month. Missouri Farms will feature stories about the people, issues and events that are part of our strong agribusiness community...
County clerk discusses potential election turnout (04/08/14)
County Clerk Debbie Russell said at the Saline County Commission meeting she is hoping for a great voter turnout today, Tuesday, April 8, especially since so many seem concerned with the issues on the ballots this year. She said around 8:30 a.m., Ward 1 in Marshall had 181 voters so far, Ward 2 had 160, Ward 3 had 93 and Ward 4 had 82. There had been 274 absentee voters, and there were 30 absentee voters at the courthouse on Saturday when, according to Russell, there are usually two to five...
Fitzgibbon's 'The Fling' Gala Celebration has great turnout (04/08/14)
Fitzgibbon Hospital held its "The Fling" Gala Celebration Friday, April 4, at Martin Community Center. The annual gala is the primary fundraiser for the Fitzgibbon Hospital Foundation. All proceeds from "The Fling" goes toward the redesign project of the emergency department at Fitzgibbon Hospital...
City council approved bids for lawn care of city properties (04/08/14)
Councilman Dan Brandt, in his municipal services and personnel committee report, sought the approval of a few bids for lawn services at Marshall City Council's meeting Monday, April 7, at city offices. "The first one is for lawn mowing of properties for the city," Brandt said. "... The second one is for lawn treatment of properties."...
MMU to receive bids for a warehouse (04/08/14)
Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works met Thursday morning, April 3, to approve Administrative Services Director Ken Gieringer's recommendation of obtaining bids for a warehouse structure. In his report, Gieringer stated they have been "working on a description of what features we desire to be incorporated in a new structure to be constructed through the design-build process."...
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
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...
Letter to the Editor: Prospective teachers weigh options for teaching positions (03/27/14)
Imagine a really great teacher weighing whether to accept a position teaching in a Marshall elementary building or in a building in Sedalia or in a building in Columbia. In a Marshall elementary building, the teacher will fight a roof leak, brown water, drafty windows, cracks in the walls, not enough electrical outlets for modern education, poor lighting, missing floor tiles, lack of space, lack of storage, and lack of safe rooms in case of intruders. ...