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Teacher of the Year announced at VFW meeting (07/01/16)
The Deis-Orway-Rodenberg VFW post in Marshall honored a local educator with the Teacher of the Year award Tuesday, July 28. The award recognizes exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students. According to information dispersed at the meeting, each year a elementary, junior high and high school teacher who's curriculum focuses on citizen education topics for at least half of the school day can be nominated...
18 earn pins, diplomas at SCCC Practical Nursing Graduation (07/01/16)
The graduating class of nurses pledged themselves to their new profession at the Saline County Career Center's practical nursing graduation ceremony Wednesday evening, June 29. "This is such a big part of our school, the Saline County Career Center, this practical nursing program," SCCC Director Derek Lark said. ...
MMU to budget for replacement roofs (07/01/16)
After numerous repair attempts as a stopgap measure, Marshall Municipal Utilities has identified some buildings in need of having their roofs replaced. The Board of Public Works gave its consent Thursday, June 30, to move forward with budgeting for more roof replacements in conjunction with a previously budgeted replacement of the roof that houses Units No. 10 and 11, both diesel engine generators, located across the train tracks from the power plant...
Car restoration sparks memories of classic ride (07/01/16)
A 1961 Town Sedan DeVille found in the weeds resurfaced this past weekend for its original owners' daughter. Although its recent history of sitting in a field, inoperable and choked by weeds, threatened to dull the mechanics, a full restoration brought the classic and its family story back to life...
County Commission discusses low air traffic, failing railway infrastructure (07/01/16)
There were a few discussion topics had at the County Commission meeting held Thursday, June 30, which Emergency Management Director Emmit Williams elaborated on. The first item addressed regarded reports of aircraft flying too low over the town and certain "restricted" locations...
Demand charge raises questions among MMU customers (Updated 10:30 a.m. July 1) (06/30/16)
An influx of questions have arisen from Marshall Municipal Utilities customers concerning increased demand charges. Changes to the demand charge were included in MMU's electric rates changes that went into effect on Oct. 1, 2015. At the time those changes were approved, MMU estimated customers would see anywhere from a 10-15 percent decrease to a 30 percent increase, depending on the efficiency of the customer's energy use...
South American agriculture applied research company finding success in Saline County (06/30/16)
Ag. Idea USA LLC. is experiencing success in Marshall, after branching out from Argentina. It offers scientific support and conducts research projects and applied research for biotechnology, seed and crop protection industries. According to Site Manager Agustin Cresta, Ag. ...
Public Works Board approves incentives to attract new grocers (06/30/16)
Marshall Municipal Utilities will do its part to meet the public's demand for a new grocery store. The Board of Public Works voted unanimously Thursday, June 30, to approve monthly utility credits for a grocery store's account for up to the first three years of consecutive operation. ...
Man partially ejected in one-vehicle crash (06/30/16)
A one-vehicle crash Wednesday, June 29, resulted in injuries for an Alma man. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, 50-year-old Herman R. Kramer was partially ejected from the 2007 Ford he was driving south on state Highway 23. The crash occurred shortly before 6 p.m. when the Ford travelled off the right side of the road, struck an embankment and overturned...
Grant will fund four jobs at Marshall Public Schools (06/29/16)
Marshall Public Schools announced Wednesday, June 29, it had been awarded a grant of $141,000 from the federal government under the Homeless Children and Youth Initiative. The funds will be used to create two new full-time positions, a social worker and transitional housing manager, the latter as a partnership between the district and Great Circle. ...
Saline County fair adds new educational attraction (06/29/16)
The Saline County Fair is once again just around the corner, and with it come a few new attractions in addition to the traditional events. Taylor Bryant, 4-H Youth Development Specialist with the University of Missouri Extension in Marshall said most of the events are the same year after year. However, she did elaborate on two events she believed the public may find interesting...
Constitutional Amendment No. 6 to join federal, state elections on Missouri ballot in November (06/29/16)
Missouri voters will be asked in November to determine what extent of proof of identity and citizenship will be required when voting in future elections. Secretary of State Jason Kander announced Wednesday, June 29, that House Joint Resolution 53 had been referred to voters by the General Assembly. If passed, it would amend the state constitution to allow lawmakers to require that voters provide government-issued photo identification before being allowed to cast their ballots...
Slater Board of Education discusses upcoming year, curriculum and staff (06/29/16)
The Slater Board of Education discussed a number of items at its board meeting Thursday, June 23. Though school has let out for the summer and kids are enjoying a lengthy break from classes, the faculty and staff at Slater High School are busy preparing for the coming year. ...
New officers elected at Inter-Agency Council meeting, MU Extension talks financial education opportunities (06/28/16)
The officers of the Saline County Inter-Agency Council will remain largely the same in the coming year as they were in 2015-2016. The council voted Tuesday, June 28, to award President David Van Horn and Treasurer Marilyn Rimmer each with another term in their respective offices. Secretary Jacci Grossenburg will assume the duties of vice president in the coming fiscal year, starting July 1, and Eden Degonia will take over as secretary...
County Commission approves trustee collector, reviews bids for jail (06/28/16)
The Saline County Commission met in regular session Tuesday, June 28, where it approved several requests from county offices and reviewed bids for services at the county jail. County Collector Cindi Sims requested the commission sign off on tax collections for the various townships in the county, and also requested Anne Moody Johnson be appointed as the trustee collector for the county. The commission approved both requests...
Fire started in bedroom at Northwest Community Services (06/27/16)
A bedroom fire at Northwest Community Services -- previously known as the Marshall Habilitation Center -- Saturday, June 25, could have resulted in more damage than was done. According to the Marshall Fire Department, firefighters arrived to a call at NCS shortly before 6 p.m., seeing light smoke. The incident occurred in unit 221, and the unit's sprinkler system had activated by the time MFD arrived...
Hot rods flock to Slater for annual car show (06/27/16)
Steve McQueen, or the "king of cool" is a name still highly recognizable even today. For many, be they car enthusiasts, moviegoers or just general fans, the name brings back memories of that edgy dare devil people grew to love. A good crowd turned out in Slater Saturday, June 25, for the annual Steve McQueen car show to remember the icon and enjoy the spectacle of cars of which McQueen also had a special love for...
Missouri man gets more than 500 year prison sentence for child sexual abuse (06/27/16)
A sentence of 527 years in prison was handed down Friday, June 24, in Audrain County. The jury in the trial of Darran Wade Boston, 31, of Mexico, returned a guilty verdict of 28 total felonies on April 14. The charges for which Boston was found guilty included several counts of statutory rape and sodomy in both the first and second degrees, child molestation in the first degree, abuse or neglect of a child less than 14 years of age and sexual abuse / exploitation, endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree and use of a child in sexual performance.. ...
Police chase results from Super 8 theft (06/27/16)
Marshall police pursued a subject through the city streets Friday morning, June 24. Officers responded to the Super 8 Hotel, located on College Avenue, after receiving two 911 hangup calls from the location shortly before 8:30 a.m. Upon arrival, an MPD report states the desk clerk informed of the subject, later identified as Andrew Grass, 22, of Independence, stealing money out of the hotel's change drawer and fleeing the scene through the front door, heading southeast...
MDC to host frog gigging clinic (06/24/16)
Children can learn and explore the basics of frog gigging at a Missouri Department of Conservation clinic scheduled Friday, July 29. According to Conservation Agent Chase Wright, participants will learn about the habitat of frogs, the history of gigging and regulations. A classroom portion of the clinic will also teach frog gigging safety, equipment, identification and more...
Accolades and activities fill Saline County 4-H summer (06/24/16)
Summer officially started June 20, but 4-H members in Saline County have been on the go since early June. According to a press release from Brad Anderson, State 4-H Youth Specialist, the accomplishments started June 1-3, when teens from all parts of Missouri gathered in Columbia for the 71st annual State 4-H Congress...
Malta Bend alumnus author returning home for book signings (06/23/16)
Published for the first time at the end of 2015, Malta Bend alumnus BeeJaye Green will return to Saline County next month, and fans will have multiple opportunities to meet the author. Green will be signing copies of his two novels, "Climbing Summerland" and "Chance", the latter releasing in July. Copies of both books will be available for purchase at the events. Green will be appearing at the following locations during his trip...
MPD warns citizens of potential false officer (06/23/16)
An investigation continues Thursday, June 23, after a Marshall citizen was pulled over by someone police believe to have been impersonating an officer Tuesday evening. According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, a concerned citizen reported his wife being pulled over at approximately 9 p.m. ...
County Commission approves liquor licenses, rejects bids (06/23/16)
The Saline County Commission approved a number of liquor licenses at its regular meeting Thursday, June 23 and also discussed the received bids for food services at the county jail. Among the list of approved licenses were Angie's Bar and Grill, Mazzios, Pizza Hut and Aldi's, all of which are Marshall businesses. The commission also approved a letter of destruction for obsolete computer equipment at the county jail, and one for a bottled water cooler at the courthouse...
Marshall woman suffers minor injuries from Highway 65 crash (06/23/16)
A Marshall woman sustained minor injuries after her vehicle hit a tree Wednesday, June 22. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, a 2008 Chevrolet HHR -- driven by Amber L. Reyes, 36, of Marshall -- was heading north on U.S. Highway 65 in Pettis County when it went off the left side of the road. Reyes returned the vehicle to the road before it drove off the right side where it impacted a tree and overturned, the report stated...
Council addresses Monday decisions at special session (Updated at 9:00 a.m. June 23) (06/22/16)
Two days after voting to terminate City Administrator Connie Latimer, the Marshall City Council addressed the public at a special council session Wednesday, June 22, concerning that decision as well as another made the same night. "I just wanted to voice out loud, in front of the public, that when we voted for a city administrator, we do not anybody already planned," Councilman Kirk Arends said. ...
Slater City Council hears water meter, street project updates (06/22/16)
The Slater City Council has a number of projects in the works and at its meeting Tuesday, June 21, Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith elaborated on their progress. The water plant telemetry project has been ongoing for some time now and Griffith explained the new computer system has now been installed. ...
Ground broken on historic building preservation project (06/22/16)
A project to preserve four historic buildings in the village of Arrow Rock began Wednesday, June 22, with a groundbreaking ceremony at the Odd Fellows Lodge Hall. In addition to work on the Odd Fellows Hall, the preservation project will also include work on the Masonic Lodge Hall, the John P. ...
Fund transfers, amended agreement on Spainhower lease approved by MPS board (06/21/16)
In the final meeting of the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the Marshall Public Schools Board of Education actualized its budget and transferred a total of more than $2.2 million from Fund 4 to Funds 1 and 2. A total of $2,088,660 were transferred to Fund 4, $997,200 of which will go toward the board's energy savings contract with conEdison. ...
County Commission reviews bids for jail services (06/21/16)
The Saline County Commission reviewed several bids for services needed at the county jail during its meeting Tuesday, June 21. Among the services discussed, the commission began by reviewing a bid from Consolidated Correctional Food Service out of Des Moines Iowa. The package was described as an all-inclusive program that will be run by CCFS in conjunction with the sheriff...
Latimer relieved of duties (06/21/16)
The six-year tenure of Connie Latimer as Marshall City Administrator came to an end Monday night, June 20. According to a statement from Latimer, the council chose to relieve her of her duties during a closed session following the council's regular meeting...
House fire sparks from kitchen stove (06/21/16)
A house fire at 521 N. English Ave., in Marshall, resulted in a property loss of approximately $30,000, according to a report from the Marshall Fire Department. MFD responded to the blaze shortly before 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 21. Smoke and flames were showing from the rear of the structure, though the fire was located in the kitchen area at the time of the call...
Marshall amends budget, approves tax collection agreement (06/20/16)
The Marshall City Council endeavored to balance the city's budget Monday, June 20. The council approved an amendment to ordinance 8252, concerning its 2015-2016 budget. City Administrator Connie Latimer said the amendments were made throughout the year to adjust expenditures and revenue with the goal of those figures matching at the end of the fiscal year. ...
Tractor, hay baler caught in grass fire (06/20/16)
Farm equipment was in jeopardy from a grass fire Thursday, June 16. According to a Marshall Fire Department report, the department was called to a cover fire on County Road E, near 195th Road at approximately 4:46 p.m. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a tractor and an attached hay bailer caught in the fire, covering approximately one acre of grass field...
Fighting Alzheimer's on the minds of Westport staff, fundraiser supporters (06/20/16)
Westport Estates staff members brought their work outside Monday, June 20, where they and some of their families held a parking-lot fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association. While Sarah Smith, director of nursing in the assisted living community, and Saline County Career Center LPN student Elizabeth White washed a car by hand; others manned a bake-sale table, raffle, and barbecue lunch and dinner...
The paperless pieces of the library (06/20/16)
The Marshall Public Library introduced the latest features for use with library card numbers. Each of the following programs can be accessed through the Marshall Public Library website by clicking the respective links. Universal Class: This will allow patrons looking to broaden their learning spectrum. ...
Citizen, Business of the Year announced at chamber of commerce banquet (06/20/16)
Saline County residents and officials met Thursday evening, June 16, to recognize key leaders and business in the area. The event began with a mix and mingle, members from the community sharing drinks before dinner. A short time into the evening, outgoing Marshall Chamber of Commerce President Mary Fangmann spoke to lead off the recognition of all those who have helped the chamber with its endeavors. She commended the past year's board and also announced the two main awards that evening...
Slater Ambulance board agrees to financial review (06/20/16)
The Slater Ambulance District's board of directors accepted an estimate for an outside financial review statement to be prepared. During a regular meeting Monday, June 13, board chairman Marjorie Sanders presented an estimate from Jean Crook, CPA of MHS Accountants, according to unofficial meeting minutes. The estimate was $1,400, and the board voted to accept the estimate of not more than $1,400...
More than 30 felony charges filed against Marshall couple (06/16/16)
A Marshall couple faces charges for 37 counts of fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance, a class D felony. Stuart Randall Gossett, 31, and his wife Natalie Diane, 29, stand accused of fraudulently obtaining prescriptions for oxycodone at multiple pharmacies in Marshall using forged prescriptions from the dental office of Paul V. ...
Public Works Board discusses business incentives (06/16/16)
Marshall Municipal Utilities continues to discuss and consider potential incentives it can offer to attract incoming businesses, specifically grocery stores. City Councilmen Kirk Arends, Ron Ott and Gabe Ramsey addressed the Board of Public Works Thurdsay, June 16, during the board's regular meeting. ...
Extent of hail damage, repairs for MMU buildings considered (06/16/16)
Repairs to multiple Marshall Municipal Utilities buildings and infrastructure as a result of the hail storm that struck Marshall Thursday, May 26, became a minor theme at a meeting of the Board of Public Works Thursday, June 16. A new roof may be required for the building that houses Electric Production Units #10 and #11, both diesel engine generators operating on natural gas and No. 2 oil. That building is located across the railroad tracks from the power plant...
Midwest heatwave depletes crops' moisture levels (06/16/16)
With temperatures sustaining 90 degrees for the entirety of this last week, crops are losing the last vestiges of moisture levels. According to USDA's Crop Progress Report, 40% of fields in the area are devoid of topsoil moisture. Topsoil moisture is exceptionally important for crops as the yield for that crop is determined more so by the amount of water available, than the lack of food nutrients...
County Commission approves new hires, liquor license (06/16/16)
The Saline County Commission convened in session Wednesday, June 15, to approve two new county hires and two liquor licenses, as they did not hold a regular session Thursday due to training conferences. Presiding Commissioner Kile Githrey stated the county has hired Wilena Sims the new deputy collector along with Ryan Sloma who will be filling a position in the jail division...
McCarthy Auto donates to DECA (06/15/16)
Marshall Municipal Band announces next concert (06/15/16)
The Marshall Municipal Band has another concert scheduled for Thursday evening. The band will perform its free concert at First United Methodist Church's New Life Center beginning at 7 p.m. The band will open with the fiery march "From Tropic To Tropic" by Russell Alexander. ...
Library board hears presentation regarding facility's new online class program (06/15/16)
The Marshall Public Library Board of Trustees was introduced to the new online program Universal Class at its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 14. "It's classes that continue your education," Stephanie Borgman, the library's summer technology assistant, told board members...
MFD assists in controlling ammonia leak (06/15/16)
A leak at Cargill Saturday, June 11, had Marshall firefighters busy for approximately five hours. According to a report from the Marshall Fire Department, they were called to investigate and provide manpower to control and contain a hazardous materials leak...
Servicemen and women honored at brick dedication ceremony (06/15/16)
Patrons and veterans, along with local and state officials, gathered outside the Saline County Courthouse in Marshall Tuesday, June 14, to recognize the newest additions to the Walk of Honor and to pay tribute to all veterans -- past and present -- for their service...
Florida man killed in I-70 Crash (06/15/16)
A Jasper, Fla., man lost his life Tuesday morning, June 14, in a one-vehicle crash at 10:29 a.m. on Interstate 70 in Saline County. Wallace W. Taylor, 61, was traveling westbound near mile marker 63 when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the road, a Missouri State Highway Patrol report states. His vehicle struck a mile marker sign before crossing the north Outer Road, continuing over that and down an embankment before rolling over onto its right side, coming to rest in a culvert...
Alleged gun incident at Sweet Springs cemetery sparks discussion at aldermen meeting (06/14/16)
Opposing opinions were brought forth by Sweet Springs residents Monday, June 13, at a Board of Aldermen meeting, concerning what action, if any, the city should take following an alleged gun incident on the Fairview Cemetery grounds on Friday, May 13...
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.