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Saturday, July 4, 2015

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Park activitiy remains strong despite weather conditions (07/02/15)
Much like the previous month, weather conditions have stunted some maintenance work within the Marshall Parks and Recreation system, yet activity within the parks continues to remain strong. During a Marshall Park Board meeting Wednesday evening, July 1, board members learned approximately 65 children were registered for the first session of swim lessons at the Marshall Aquatic Center. Sixty-two children are enrolled for the second session, which begins July 13...
Several charged with burglary of Marshall Walmart (07/01/15)
A 27-year-old Sedalia woman has been charged by the prosecuting attorney of Saline County with a class B felony of first-degree burglary. According to documents from the 15th Judicial Circuit Court of Saline County, Clarissa Holman, 27, of Sedalia, was charged after she was seen on surveillance footage in the Marshall Walmart...
County Commission discusses storm damage (07/01/15)
The Saline County Commission discussed storm damage in a regular meeting Tuesday, June 30. Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner provided an update on damages cause by last week's heavy rain storm. "We had a terrific rain storm, of course, last week, Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. ...
Bloomfield's owners charged after failure to pay taxes (07/01/15)
Lirim and Arjeta Saliu -- owner's of Bloomfield's Family Restaurant in Marshall -- were charged with unclassified felonies on Monday, June 29, related to failure to pay Missouri state income tax for three years, including 2010, 2011 and 2012. Investigators were able to find several discrepancies with the couple's recorded earnings compared to their expenitures, including the purchase of six vehicles, according to circuit court documents...
Nelson woman charged with statutory rape (07/01/15)
The prosecuting attorney of Saline County charged Sarah Barker, 27, of Nelson, with two class C felonies of second degree statutory rape. On Monday, June 29, charges were filed against Barker for the statutory rape of a male juvenile under the age of 17...
Common Good, Natural Living cuts a rug with the stars (07/01/15)
Sparkling dresses, bow ties and laughter created an atmosphere of fun and friendship Martin Community Center Monday evening, June 29, as the staff and consumers of Common Good, Natural Living boogied down throughout the evening. Crystal McGraw, co-owner of Common Good, Natural Living, explained the idea stemmed from a conversation she and a friend had regarding a similar event. ...
Tornado Siren Test (06/30/15)
The tornado sirens will be tested Wed. July 1, 2015 at times listed below, as weather permits. If bad weather is detected, testing will be rescheduled. Marshall 1:30 p.m.,Sweet Springs 12:30 p.m., Slater 12:00 p.m., Arrow Rock 12:00 p.m.
Behind the scenes: A closer look at preparations for Saline County Fair (06/29/15)
On a warm July 11 morning, the sun will poke through the clouds and the many FFA students, 4-H kids and proud parents will descend on Saline County Fairground, in Marshall. The buildings have been prepared, and the finishing touches have been made on the show arenas. It's time for the annual Saline County Fair...
Marshall woman hurt in Pettis County crash (06/29/15)
A Marshall woman was injured in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday, June 23, in Pettis County. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, the crash occurred at approximately 7:20 a.m. on Route H, south of Elliot Road, when the 2006 Nissan she was driving ran off the right side of the road...
Flash flooding puts Marshall under water (06/26/15)
Areas of Marshall and Saline County were inundated with water when flash flooding hit the region Thursday evening, June 26. There were no reports of injuries; however emergency personnel and city crews were busy throughout the evening. Miami Avenue near the Marshall Plaza was hard hit. According to Marshall Police Department Public Information Officer Roger Gibson, two vehicles were stuck underwater at that location...
YMCA brings in new CEO (06/26/15)
Kirk Alexander believes wholeheartedly in the mission of the YMCA, and has accrued almost three decades of experience with numerous facilities across the Mid-West. "I got involved in the YMCA almost by accident. Going to college, for me it was a part-time job and a full-time membership," Alexander said. ...
Bessie Mae Dubovick (06/26/15)
Bessie Mae Dubovick Bessie Mae Dubovick, 88, of Boonville, died Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at University Hospital. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, June 28th at Thacher Funeral Home in Boonville. Services will be on Monday, June 29, at 11 a.m. at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Boonville. Burial will follow in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall...
NAACP awards banquet slated for Saturday (06/26/15)
On Saturday, June 27, the Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP will host its Annual Freedom Fund and Awards Banquet beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Martin Community Center, in Marshall. The NAACP is celebrating it 106th year -- the local branch its 76th year in Saline County. In 1939, the late Professor Frank D. Brown, of Pennytown, organized the Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP. Some of the charter members are Josephine Lawrence, James Smith, Anne Smith, Prof. Henry Peyton and Lorene Peyton...
FGT constructs new bin (06/26/15)
Vigen Construction is erecting a 1.2 million-bushel grain storage bin in Slater for Farmers Grain Terminal. Preliminary work began Monday, March 16, but the project is not estimated to be completed until September of this year. Farmers Grain Terminal is utilizing the local talents of Borgman Soil and Trenching, from Slater, for the dirt work...
Crime in the countryside (06/26/15)
According to a press release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Rural Crimes Investigative Unit was formed in 2009 after years of steadily increasing rural crime. The release states the unit focused on crime specifically targeting the state's agriculture and farming industry...
Marshall School Board approves 2015-2016 budget (06/24/15)
The Marshall Board of Education approved the budget for the 2015-2016 school year during a regular meeting Tuesday, June 23. According to unofficial meeting minutes, the approximate revenues total $24,369,285. Expenditures are estimated to reach $22,921,338, which would leave a fund total balance of roughly $3,800,000...
Marshall Fire Department hoses down elephants (06/24/15)
If you drove past the south end of Marshall on Tuesday, June 23, a large red and white striped tent no doubt caught your eye. Carson and Barns Circus was set up at the Saline County Fairground,, and along with the plus-sized tent spectacle, droves of area residents and spectators flocked to see the circus festivities. ...
Samarripa charge with forgery (06/24/15)
The prosecuting attorney of Saline County charged Joshua Samarripa, of Mendota, Ill., with a class C felony for forgery. Reports show Samarripa filled out a Marshall Police Department prisoner's jail record, so that is purported to have been made by another. ...
2 charged with class B felonies after vehicle stop (06/24/15)
On June 19, the prosecuting attorney of Saline County charged Joshua Westergard and Kathleen Quijas of Central City, Colo., with a class B felonies for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. On Thursday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol pulled over a vehicle driven by Westergard with passenger Quijas for following too closely to a vehicle and failing to drive in the left lane. ...
Black charged with class C felony (06/24/15)
The prosecuting attorney of Saline County charged Devon Black, of Marshall, with a class C felony of possession of a controlled substance. Black, 30, was pulled over at approximately 2:55 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, by the Marshall Police Department for a traffic stop at the corner of North Street and Benton Avenue in Marshall. ...
Wade charged with Two class C Felonies (06/24/15)
Matthew Wade Jr. is charged with two class C felonies -- count I-Burglary 2nd degree and count II-theft/stealing (value of property or services is $500 or more but less than $25,000). On Monday, June 22, officers were called to a residence on West North Street to investigate a burglary no longer in progress. ...
Students go big at MVC performing arts camp (06/24/15)
As part of an acting exercise Friday, June 19, more than a dozen teens and pre-teens collected as a unit on the stage at Eckilson-Mabee Theatre, at Missouri Valley College, transforming themselves from individuals into a gigantic machine. Standing in one place, some bopped up and down, and others swung their limbs while creating constant sounds...
Clover Kids learn about 4-H membership during activity day (06/24/15)
The Saline County MU Extension office hosted "Clover Kid Day" at Van Meter State Park Tuesday, June 23, where Extension staff and volunteer counselors taught children the in's and out's of membership in 4-H. Twelve children took part in the day's activities to include eight craft projects, as well as several speakers discussing topics from health and nutrition to conservation and wildlife...
County Commission reviews law enforcement bids (06/23/15)
The Saline County Commission met Tuesday, June 23, where several bids for food, gasoline and vehicle maintenance services were announced for the Saline County Sheriffs department. The bids read at the meeting were as follows: Thomas Oil with a discount of three cents per gallon of unleaded fuel, Thurman Automotive with a bid of $10 for labored oil change, hourly rate $45.94 with a flat tire repair costing $15.00. ...
Hammer charged with 'tampering with motor vehicle' (06/23/15)
The prosecuting attorney of Saline County charged Adam Hammer, 19, of Marshall, with a class C felony-first degree for tampering with a motor vehicle and additional charges. Reports from the Division 6 Circuit Court show that on or around June 14 Hammer knowingly, and without the consent of the owner, unlawfully operated an automobile owned by another. ...
MHS class of 1950 celebrates high school reunion (06/22/15)
Members of the Marshall High School Class of 1950 met once again for their high school reunion, which began Friday, June 19, and lasted through a weekend full of festivities. The group meets every five years, and as a part of their reunion committee, Dorris Carpenter explained a bit about the group and their weekend plans...
'Spa Day' for circus elephants in Marshall (06/22/15)
The pampered pachyderms of the Carson & Barnes Circus are looking forward to their upcoming stop at Marshall's Saline County Fairground, according to a press release issued by the circus. Carson & Barnes will hold two Big Top shows Tuesday, June 23...
Gregory takes 'Best in Show' at Living Center car show (06/22/15)
Painted gold in honor of his son's alma mater -- the University of Missouri -- Roger Gregory's 1957 Chevy Apache pickup took the "Resident Choice Best in Show" award at The Living Center's car show held this past Saturday. The truck was restored over the course of a 15-year build, with much of the work completed by Area 51 Cuztomz, in Marshall...
Children treated to touring play at Indian Foothills Park (06/19/15)
Dozens of students leaned in from their seats on picnic tables as actors with Central Missouri Repertory performed beneath a shelter house at Indian Foothills Park. The Friday morning show, "Erin Elevator's Extraordinary Adventure" by Claudia Hass, was the final show for the University of Central Missouri's six-city tour...
MVC named 'Business of the Year' at chamber celebration (06/19/15)
The Marshall Chamber of Commerce held it's 94th annual awards banquet Thursday, June 18, at Martin Community Center, where a sizable crowd of business leaders, county and city officials and area residents gathered to celebrate another successful year...
Wednesday crash results in minor injuries (06/19/15)
A 17-year-old driver sustained minor injuries after the 2001 Chrysler she was driving crashed on U.S. Highway 65 near Route H this past Wednesday.
Brother, sister to perform in next Lyceum production (06/19/15)
Dawson and Jaedyn Borja, the children of Denis Olis and Jared Borja, of Marshall, sat next to each other -- large smiles stretched across their faces and feet swinging beneath their chairs. Beginning this Saturday, theater-goers will see them not as an 11 and 10 year old, respectively, but as characters in the production of "South Pacific" at Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre...
Residents evicted from motel on Miami Avenue (06/18/15)
Numerous Marshall citizens taking residence at the hotel on North Miami Avenue have reported sudden eviction notices, leaving some without a place to stay and limited funds on which to get by. Two individuals informed The Marshall Democrat-News about their eviction, which they said they were notified of on Monday, June 15. The two said they had paid their monthly rent; however utilities were shut off in accordance with the owner's instruction. City Administrator Connie Latimer explained further...
County commission approves liquor licences (06/18/15)
The Saline County Commission met Thursday, June 18, to discuss county business and licensing. Starting with liquor licensing the commission approved licenses for Mazios Pizza, Jay Huston Tavern in Arrow Rock, La' Pas Grocery and Restaurant in Marshall and K-Bar Restaurant in Emma...
Crafting continues at Marshall Public Library (06/17/15)
The conference room at Marshall Public Library wasn't filled with discussions of meeting agendas Wednesday, June 17. Instead, conversation about fabrics and looping techniques echoed throughout the room as several members of Heartland Rug Hookers worked on projects.
Student addresses 'police misconduct' claims with city council, council contracts sidewalk construction (06/17/15)
Marshall City Council members heard concerns from a student during a regular meeting Monday, June 15. Marshall High School student Evan Lawrence was present, acting as a liaison for his peers in regard to police misconduct. "I've been approached by some of my citizens from a younger demographic who feel as if their complaints about police misconduct and harassment are going unheard," Lawrence said. ...
County Commission discusses upcoming bridge work (06/17/15)
The Saline County Commission met Tuesday, June 16, where Southern Commissioner Monty Fenner reviewed an upcoming bridge project between the county, MoDOT and other associated companies. "Last Thursday, June 11, we had a pre-construction conference here in the commission office. ...
Slater City Council announces upcoming local events (06/17/15)
The Slater City Council met Tuesday, June 15, where the council discussed several upcoming summer events, as well as approved routine minutes and bill payments. Steve McQueen Day has been set for Saturday, June 27, and Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith stated several vendors and T-shirt sales will be there, along with the numerous cars and various classes...
Thursday's municipal band concert geared toward children (06/17/15)
"Thursday's concert is geared specifically for children," says Kevin Lines of Thursday evening's concert by the Marshall Municipal Band. "And, of course, the young at heart. The band's taken great care this week to pick music that our young listeners will recognize and I hope parents will bring their children to hear this special concert just for them."...
Summer fun in store for Marshall park's Day Camp (06/17/15)
Marshall Parks and Recreation's Summer Day Camp has kicked off its seventh year of summer fun. With the return of veteran counselors and campers, the park has added several new campers to our group this year.
Student addresses 'police misconduct' claims with city council Council contracts sidewalk construction (06/16/15)
Marshall City Council members heard concerns from a student during a regular meeting Monday, June 15. Marshall High School student Evan Lawrence was present, acting as a liaison for his peers in regard to police misconduct. "I've been approached by some of my citizens from a younger demographic who feel as if their complaints about police misconduct and harassment are going unheard," Lawrence said. ...
Turtles are on the move (06/15/15)
If you've recently traveled on Missouri highways, it's possible you've crossed paths with a turtle moving across the roadway. While rainy conditions may be linked to their activity, their sudden mobility is most likely a sign of mating and nesting -- especially for box turtles...
Butterfield Youth Services holds chair auction (06/15/15)
A rambling selection of prices and auction items were called out Saturday, June 13, at Mustang Sallyz, in Marshall, as chairs, furniture, pies, sauces, rubs and other assortments of prizes were auctioned off to support the work that Butterfield Youth Services provides...
Rohdes say 'seek second opinion' after multiple medical procedures (06/15/15)
If John and Brenda Rohde, of Marshall, had one story to tell, its point would be this: get a second opinion. Approximately two years ago, Brenda was hit with what she describes as a sudden sickness. It was the day after Father's Day, 2013. "I just got sick all at once. I just felt nauseated and just felt really bad," she said. "I got sick through the night ... I just didn't feel right."...
The Living Center announces annual car show (06/15/15)
Marshall -- Classic car owners around Saline County have an opportunity to show off their car while bringing a smile to the face of another. The Living Center, in Marshall, announces its annual car show will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 20 in the parking lot at The Living Center, located at 2506 Linden Tree Parkway behind Fitzgibbon Hospital...
NAACP Annual Freedom Fund and Awards Banquet (06/15/15)
NAACP Annual Freedom Fund and Awards Banquet "NAACP: Courage Will Not Skip This Generation." Saturday, June 27, 2015 Martin Community Center in Marshall Reception at 5:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. The Speaker will be John Gaskin, III, who is a NAACP national board member...
Angie's Bar and Grill celebrates official ribbon cutting ceremony (06/12/15)
The Marshall Chamber of Commerce, along with Angie's Bar & Grill staff, celebrated the opening of their new restaurant located on Miami Avenue Friday, June 12. With Friday's event recognizing the restaurant as a new member of the chamber, Angie Roettgen, owner, stated tomorrow, Saturday, June 13, will serve as the grand opening with a live band with no cover charge for entry, and wine and beer will be served as well. ...
Relay for Life receives $4,200 donation (06/12/15)
Saline County Relay for Life receives a $4,242 donation from Wood & Huston Bank Thursday, June 11. The contribution included a $2,500 sponsorship from the company in addition to monies raised by fundraisers within the bank and on the day of the event...
Seeing Red (06/12/15)
If you are seeing red, then you're in the right place. The International Harvester Company is celebrating 26 years of the National Red Power Round Up at the historic Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia. The event kicked off Wednesday, June 10, and runs through Saturday, June 13...
'Curiosity Club' learns about beekeeping (06/12/15)
Beekeeper Amy Giffen explains the complexities and rewards of keeping bees
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.