Outgoing SCCC Director to assume Superintendency at Santa Fe
A goal he said he'd had for the past six or seven years came to fruition for Derek Lark in the Fall of 2015. Lark accepted the position of Superintendent at the Santa Fe R-10 School District after a 19-year career at Marshall Public Schools. Lark began his tenure with the Marshall district as a seventh grade science teacher and athletics coach while also coaching wrestling at Missouri Valley College. ...
Explosion at Slater High School
At approximately 1:19 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, the Slater Fire Department responded to Slater High School after a reported explosion occurred in the science room. Slater Fire Chief Todd Jenkins said the explosion occurred as the teacher was mixing chemicals in a glass hood. ...
Sen. Pearce Sponsors 21st District citizen to State Authority
JEFFERSON CITY -- State Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) sponsored a Marshall resident for a state authority appointment before the Senate Gubernatorial Appointments Committee Wednesday, Feb. 3. The senator spoke on behalf of William R. Thiel as a member of the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA)...
Delayed solar farm project not in jeopardy
While not here as soon as initial reports expected, a sunny endeavor remains on the horizon in the city of Marshall. In November 2015, solar panels began appearing at the site of MC Power's solar farm project in Marshall. Marshall City Administrator Connie Latimer described the rapid progress of the project as "going like gangbusters," at a city council meeting Monday, Nov. 16. However, less than a month later construction on the project was halted, pending a review of a glare study...
Marshall Saddle Club 'stirrups' new changes
"Our niche is the backyard horse person, the family, low-key," Vice President of the Marshall Saddle Club Laurin Bartlett said. "Even though we have people who have shown up to the breed level, we just want it to be a fun show." The club has elected new board members and has some fresh new ideas on how to incorporate those who have never entered the show ring before...
County Commission discusses upcoming training
The Saline County Commission elaborated on an upcoming training event they will be attending next week at their regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 4. Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner stated the training conference in Columbia, which the commissioners will be attending Thursday, Feb. 11. The annual meeting will host all the county commissioners from across the state and is a part of the mandatory training the commission undergoes...
Man charged with burglary
On Wednesday, Feb. 3, Randall D. Tangen, of Underwood, N.D, was charged with Burglary-1st degree. Tangen was allegedly involved in a residential burglary early this week. According to unofficial online court documents, his counsel status hearing is scheduled in the Division VI Courtroom next Wednesday, Feb. 10...
MHS students snag $2,500 H & R Block grant through classroom project
H & R Block Franchisee Barbara Gregory presents Marshall High School Data Analysis and Dissemination Director Jim Papreck with a $2,500 grant Thursday, Feb. 4. Papreck's AP Statistics class earned the funds through the H & R Block Budget Challenge, an online simulation of financial life as an adult. ...
Patron wins $1,000 prize from tax consultant company
On Thursday, Feb. 4, Marshall resident Rachel Wise (right) receives a $1,000 check from H&R Block owner Barb Gregory.
Parks Board discusses spring, summer events, upcoming park additions
With spring just around the corner, according to Punxsutawney Phil, the Marshall Parks and Recreation Board prepared to put the doldrums of winter in the rear view mirror, discussing upcoming spring and summer events at its meeting Thursday, Feb. 3...
Fate decided for West North Street building
The fate of a structure on West North Street in Marshall has been determined after its rear wall collapsed Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 2. Code Official Mike Morgan said Wednesday that the city would issue an order of demolition. "The owners have been notified and have seen the damages and are pursuing options," Morgan said. "This building's been condemned for several years."...
Annual police report shows crime decrease in Marshall
An annual police report distributed at the Marshall City Council meeting Monday, Feb. 1, shows a decline in arrests and incident reports. A total of 680 arrests were made by the MPD in 2015, the lowest number of the past four years and a 12.3 percent decrease from 2014. Additionally, the number of incident reports also reached its lowest figure during that same period of time and a 8.9 percent decrease from 2014...
Slater City Council reviews goals, discusses property ordinance
The Slater City Council discussed a number of topics at their regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 3, and also heard from Mayor Stephen Allegri as he delivered his annual "State of Slater" address, which can be read at: http://www.marshallnews.com/story/227381......
State of city of Slater delivered at council meeting
Mayor Stephen Allegri delivered his annual "State of Slater," at a city council meeting Tuesday, Feb. 3, where he elaborated on the many accomplishments and on-going projects that have come to Slater and spoke about the goals he and the council have for the future...
MVC Fine Arts to present spring dance concert
The community will have another opportunity to see a Missouri Valley College fine arts performance. From Feb. 18-20, the Repertory Dance Ensemble Spring Dance Concert will feature choreography by Artistic Director Janie Morgan, guest choreographer Moreno Zanandre and student choreography by Rebeca Russi, Tea Mortensen, Dyamond Ross and Emily Schaefer. ...
Gilliam man uninjured after Freightliner hits uncontrolled car
A 39-year-old Gilliam man didn't sustain any injuries after the 2009 Freightliner he was driving Tuesday crashed with another vehicle. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, the crash occurred shortly before 1 p.m. Feb. 2 on Interstate 70 in St. Charles County...
Craft show to support jazz fest comes to Marshall
The Marshall Cultural Council will be sponsoring a craft and art festival Saturday, March 19, in the Marshall High School Gym. The event will begin at 9 a.m. running until 3 p.m. and will support the Bob James Jazz Festival, which will be coming to town later in May. According to organizers of the event, there is still room for any vendors who wish to participate...
Wall collapses from North Street building
Bricks came tumbling down when a portion of an exterior wall of a North Street building collapsed Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 2. Marshall Police Department secured the surrounding area and City Inspector Mike Morgan did a study of the building. The wall was part of a structure at 161, 159 and 157 North Street. The building is marked in history -- its face reflecting a "1891 Masonic Hall" inscription and its west side boasting a CocaCola wall advertisement...
MDN reader predictions disagree with groundhog
For the first time in three years, Punxutawney Phil predicted an early spring Tuesday morning, Feb. 2. In a recent poll conducted on The Marshall Democrat-News website, 51 readers responded to the question "Groundhog Day is Tuesday, Feb. 2. Punxsutawney Phil is scheduled to leave his burrow at 7:25 a.m. (EST). What is your prediction for winter?"...
County commission announces upcoming dates
The Saline County Commission met in regular session Tuesday, Feb. 2, where several upcoming dates for 2016 were discussed. Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey listed off the respective events and dates which are as follows: On May 14, the Marshall Chamber of Commerce will be partnering with the Marshall Rotary Club for the annual Spring Fling on the courthouse lawn. The event will feature a rotary shootout, Jim the Wonder Dog Days, a bicycle rodeo and the Shriner parade...
Relay for Life heats up annual kickoff with chili contest
A tasty new addition will be added to the Relay for Life fundraising schedule in 2016. This year's Saline County Relay for the Life will kickoff with a Chili Cook Off Thursday, Feb. 18, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Marshall Senior Center. Participants can enter for a fee before Monday, Feb. ...
Marshall City Council approves contract to post documents online, denies Public Works Board appointee
The Marshall City Council officially made access to its meeting minutes and city documents more accessible Monday, Feb. 1. The council voted to authorize and direct Mayor Mark Gooden to execute a one-year contract between the city and Poole Communications for the online publication of said documents at a rate of $55 per month. ...
Patient flown to trauma center after exiting moving ambulance
A patient was injured after jumping from a moving ambulance Saturday evening, Jan. 30, on U.S. Highway 65. Saline County Ambulance District responded to the scene after the patient voluntarily exited the truck of a private ambulance service that was performing a transfer in the county. SCAD treated the injured patient until she was flown to the University Hospital trauma center, in Columbia, by Air Evac, district officials said...
Search for Missouri Century Farms continues
COLUMBIA -- If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1916, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm. To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines. The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years. ...
Area professionals teach kids about jobs
The Early Childhood Learning Center is implementing a new teaching strategy this year with it's Community Helper Week. The week will consists of professionals of various trades and jobs from the area reading to students and discussing the in's and out's of their respective professions. ...
MPD seeks wanted person
The Marshall Police Department is seeking a wanted man and asking for assistance in locating him. Roger William Bryan Jr. is wanted on a State of Missouri felony parole violation warrant with full U.S. Extradition, according to MPD. The department said he was last known to reside in the Saline County/Marshall area...
Two-vehicle accident results in three transported by air ambulance
A two-vehicle collision approximately one mile west of Marshall Junction on Interstate 70 Friday, Jan. 29, resulted in a driver and two passengers being transported from the scene via air ambulance. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, the Volkswagen Jetta driven by Taylor Beckenbach, 20, of Blue Springs, stopped on the roadway on the eastbound lanes of the interstate, partially blocking the southernmost lane. ...
Document accessibility final vote approaches for city of Marshall
As voted by the Marshall City Council at its most recent meeting Tuesday, Jan. 19, meetings of council minutes as well as the summary pages for city financial reports will begin to appear on the city's website at a cost of $60 per month. The action is pending the council's final approval of a contract with the city's web service provider to post the information at the council's upcoming meeting Monday, Feb. 1...
$50,000 Powerball Prize sold in Marshall
In the historic $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot drawing, 15 Missouri Lottery players won $50,000 prizes for matching four numbers and the Powerball, according to a press release from Missouri Lottery. One such winner was Nathan Guyer of Marshall, who purchased his winning Quick Pick ticket at Break Time, 1000 W. College, in Marshall. The Break Time is the same Missouri Lottery retail location that sold a Powerball jackpot ticket worth $258.5 million in 2010...
Ownership change at Phoenix Manufacturing; plans to expand operations, more than double work force
The workforce at Phoenix Manufacturing, with facilities located in Glasgow and Cole Camp, will more than double as the result of an ownership change. Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation announced Thursday, Jan. 28, the purchase of Phoenix by Turnkey Processing Solutions, LLC, of Warrenville, Ill. ...
Royals World Series trophy will make a visit to Marshall
The Royals are bringing the 2015 World Championship trophy to Marshall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, at Marshall High School. Fans will be provided the option of a purchasing a professional portrait of them with the trophy, or Royals staff will happily take a photo for you on your own personal device. Only one photo per group. The trophy will be at each stop for two hours and we will try to accommodate as many fans as possible...
Public Works Board discusses MMU Internet services, positive feedback from LED lighting replacements
The ongoing concern that the Missouri legislature could restrict services provided by municipalities featured heavily in the discussion at the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works meeting Thursday, Jan. 28. House Bill 2078 and Senate Bill 946, both currently being considered by the legislature, could prevent municipalities from providing competitive services that are offered by private entities, such as Internet...
MU Extension offers free workshop for teachers
The University of Missouri Extension will offer a free workshop Wednesday, July 13, targeted to teachers of high school personal finance classes. The National Endowment for Financial Education provides a free personal finance curriculum. The workshop will help teachers learn about the resource and how to use it...
Driver sustains minor injuries after semi overturns
A semi truck ended up on its side Wednesday morning, Jan. 27, at the Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 65 cloverleaf, but the driver only received minor injuries according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Saline County Commission reviews bids, approves commission orders
The Saline County Commission met Thursday, Jan. 28, where bids were reviewed for services providing fuel and other materials used by the commission throughout the year. The companies who submitted bids were: MFA Oil of Marshall, Skyline Materials of Glasgow, Mid-Missouri Limestone Inc., Viebrock Sales and Services of Sedalia and APAC of Missouri. Upon review of the bids the commission noted it will take them under advisement and give their response at a later date...
Career, tech education focus of February proclamation
"... We really try to do all we can at the career center to make sure you guys are exposed" to opportunities, Saline County Career Center Director Derek Lark told a group of students Thursday morning. The students were present at Marshall City Offices Jan. 28 for a proclamation reading for Career and Technical Education Month ®, which will be recognized Feb. 1-29 in the city of Marshall...
Inter-Agency Council issues reimbursements, updates from member organizations
The Saline County Inter-Agency Council voted to approve two reimbursements Tuesday, Jan. 26, one for $149 for the council's annual website payment and the other for $450 to repay a loan to the Holiday Project. The council had previously received the loan from the Holiday Project account in order to pay a fee to the IRS to refile for 501(c)3 tax status...
5 arrested after two search warrants served in Marshall
Officers with the Marshall Police Department issued two search warrants Wednesday morning, Jan. 27, arresting five subjects in relation to an ongoing investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine, according to a press release from MPD. A search warrant was issued at approximately 9:16 a.m. at a residence on the 500 block of South Ellsworth Avenue. The release stated the search revealed digital scales, marijuana, methamphetamine and drug packaging materials...
Gregor pleads guilty after 4-month court battle
Dwight Allen Gregor, 70, of Marshall, appeared in Division 4 Circuit Court on Monday, Jan. 25, for a scheduled plea/trial on class D felony charges of harassment by a person over 21years of age against a person under 17 years of age. During the session he withdrew his previous not guilty plea and entered a plea of guilty as charged...
Cleaver holds meet-and-greet at Higginsville office
U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver II, a Democrat representing Missouri's fifth district, was in Higginsville Friday, Jan. 22, to meet with constituents at his Higginsville District Office. The meet-and-greet was an opportunity for Cleaver to discuss work he's conducting in Washington, D.C., as well as to introduce the community to Kelli Montgomery, who will serve as the rural development coordinator in the Higginsville office after Kyle Wilkens was moved to Cleaver's D.C. office...
Marshall School Board examines plans for new website, district to hire Assistant Superintendent
A retooled website and a Marshall Public Schools mobile app were among projects discussed at the Board of Education meeting Tuesday, Jan. 26. The mobile app would include such features as live scoring updates for school athletic contests, news and updates divided categorically by each school and more...
Keeping the farm in the family
Farming is quite often a family affair. Fathers, daughters, in-laws and cousins all pitch in to tend to the family farm. Making a plan to fairly separate the inheritance of land or livestock can become a tricky situation. Larry Askins has been helping people solve problems for the past 40 years. ...
United Way donations more sparse than annual goal
United Way of Saline County announced Tuesday, Jan. 26, that it had fallen short in its annual donation campaign for the second consecutive year in 2015. In both 2014 and 2015, UWSC set its annual campaign goals at $100,000. After coming closer, but still falling short in 2014, the gap between that goal and the actual funds donated widened in 2015 when United Way raised just $55,000...
County Commission approves two orders, appoints board member
The Saline County Commission met Tuesday, Jan. 26, where it approved a number of commission orders and re-appointed William Treese to the Saline County Common Road District for a three year term. Treese's term will be effective April 2016 and last through April 2019...
Slater High School schedules annual FAFSA Frenzy, Student Aid ID nights
Slater High School plans to welcome all area students and families, not just those from Slater, at its annual FAFSA Frenzy event Sunday, Feb. 28. The event, scheduled from 2-4 p.m. at the high school library will provide free help for college-bound students in completing their FAFSA applications. ...
Saline Animal League, city of Marshall to potentially partner with MU vet student program
A new student program from the University of Missouri could provide low cost medical procedures for the animals at the Marshall Animal Shelter. The MU Shelter Medicine Program's Mobile Unit will agree to a regular schedule for the mobile unit to visit and provide care for shelter animals including spay and neutering, vaccinations, microchipping and more...
Walmart meat department has fire scare
Walmart might be known for its prices, but Monday afternoon, Jan. 25, some customers and staff got more than they bargained for.
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.